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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #450 on: December 29, 2018, 07:08:22 PM »
Rep. Kathy Castor, newly appointed chair of "Select Committee on the Climate Change" blocks green initiative to disallow those taking money from Big Oil & King Coal from sitting.
What an inauspicious beginning!

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/kathy-castor-climate_us_5c1c0843e4b08aaf7a869cfd?ec_carp=8866883844216575748

More BAU from Nancy Pelosi, who never saw a dollar so dirty that she wouldn't bend over to accept it.
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #451 on: December 29, 2018, 07:31:35 PM »
Rep. Kathy Castor, newly appointed chair of "Select Committee on the Climate Change" blocks green initiative to disallow those taking money from Big Oil & King Coal from sitting.
What an inauspicious beginning!
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- Such a ban may be unconstitutional. 
- A ban would prevent “reformed” legislators — who can be strong examples to others — from sitting.
- Castor has years of congressional and environmental experience.  So she knows how things work in Washington.  We don’t have time to waste on fights that cannot be won quickly.
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #452 on: December 30, 2018, 05:54:37 AM »
We Don't Have Time.

NIMTOO, or how skewed is your mental model? Should we sue our governments and corporations? Civil disobedience?

Stuart Scott "Our Global Economic Operating System", CEP 24 Nov 2018:

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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #453 on: December 31, 2018, 06:16:54 PM »
“We’re not going to debate climate change, the existence of it. The Earth is getting hotter, and human activity is a major cause. Period.”

Chuck Todd Refuses To Give Air Time To Climate Deniers: ‘The Science Is Settled’
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In a special “Meet the Press” episode dedicated to global warming, NBC’s Chuck Todd said he wouldn’t indulge anyone who ignored the facts. The host delivered the message on his Sunday broadcast, which opened with footage of the destruction bred by fires and flooding.

“We’re not going to give time to climate deniers,” Todd said. “The science is settled even if political opinion is not.”

Todd also noted that there would be no discussion of whether the issue was, in fact, legitimate. “We’re not going to debate climate change, the existence of it. The Earth is getting hotter and human activity is a major cause. Period.” ...
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chuck-todd-climate-deniers_us_5c2998e2e4b05c88b701abd7
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #454 on: January 01, 2019, 01:42:22 AM »
Rep. Kathy Castor, newly appointed chair of "Select Committee on the Climate Change" blocks green initiative to disallow those taking money from Big Oil & King Coal from sitting.
What an inauspicious beginning!
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Terry

- Such a ban may be unconstitutional. 
- A ban would prevent “reformed” legislators — who can be strong examples to others — from sitting.
- Castor has years of congressional and environmental experience.  So she knows how things work in Washington.  We don’t have time to waste on fights that cannot be won quickly.


Would it be "unconstitutional" to ban those beholden to Electric Chair Manufacturers from sitting on a committee attempting to end Capital Punishment?
Which "reformed" bought and paid for representatives of Big Oil & King Coal have turned their backs of the industries that financed their campaigns. Would you trust their loyalty now, when they've already shown that they aren't even capable of remaining bought?
What kind of "example" do you wish to dangle in front of prospective candidates. "It's OK to take bribes from the enemy, as long as you later pledge to betray them?"


Pelosi's hypocrisy may reach new highs in lockstep with her families wealth and the worlds temperatures. All may surpass previous records in the year ahead.
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #455 on: January 02, 2019, 07:20:06 PM »
U.S. Republicans take another tiny step back from outright climate change denial.

Republicans push ‘innovation’ as climate change solution
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GOP lawmakers are increasingly turning to a new refrain for their position on climate change, calling for "innovation" as the policy solution.

Many Republicans have seemingly settled on innovation as their primary position to counter progressive Democrats who have grown louder in their calls for a Green New Deal, with its emphasis on renewable electricity, and as the United Nations and federal government issue reports saying time is running out to dramatically cut emissions.
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The strategy is the latest in a string of Republican responses to climate change and to the left's repeated accusations that the GOP, which has controlled both chambers of Congress and the White House for the past two years, is failing in its governance duties by not taking stronger action.

Previous strategies have included politicians pointing out that they are "not a scientist" and that man's impact on the climate is unclear.

In addition to taking first steps toward recognizing the scientific evidence that climate change is caused by human activity, the innovation strategy gives Republicans a policy answer that aligns with core conservative preferences for commerce and the free market. It contrasts with Democratic proposals like regulations and carbon pricing that the GOP considers heavy-handed and expensive. ...
https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/422785-republicans-push-innovation-as-climate-change-solution
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #456 on: January 02, 2019, 07:33:55 PM »
Stages of denial.
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #457 on: January 04, 2019, 02:02:37 AM »
Ouch. 
(During a Christmas Eve phone call from the White House, Trump asked a 7-year-old if she still believed in Santa Claus, saying “seven is a marginal age” for that.)
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #458 on: January 04, 2019, 09:58:57 PM »
Washington, D.C.

Trump’s White House Will Have to Go Green Under DC’s New Clean Energy Plan
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The DC Council on Tuesday passed one of the nation’s most ambitious clean energy bills to date, yet another sign that while the Trump administration moves backward on climate action, cities and states are continuing to move forward, even in the president’s own backyard.

The Clean Energy DC Act, approved in a unanimous vote by the council, requires the District to run on 100 percent renewable energy by 2032. That means the White House will have to comply as well.
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The DC bill also establishes new energy efficiency standards for buildings and incentivizes the use of clean cars. The bill will raise a current electric and natural gas surcharge in the District to finance energy projects and support low-income residents during the transition to clean energy.

Council members introduced the Clean Energy DC Act in June, and in November, the council unanimously passed the legislation in a preliminary vote. Now that the council has approved the bill a second time, it’s headed to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s desk for a signature.
https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/12/d-c-just-passed-an-ambitious-clean-energy-plan/
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #459 on: January 05, 2019, 01:55:23 PM »
”We just have to be clear-eyed about it—and we have to be brave about it—in acknowledging that for some of these consequences, it’s already too late, but for the most serious of them, it is not too late.”

Al Gore Q&A: Climate Change and the 2020 Democrats
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Isaac Dovere: Where do you see the politics of climate change right now?

Al Gore: I think that we are extremely close to a political tipping point. We may actually be crossing it right about now. The much-vaunted tribalism in American politics has contributed to an odd anomaly, in that the core of one of our political parties is uniquely—in all of the world—still rejecting not just the science, but also the messages from Mother Nature that have pushed toward, and perhaps are pushing across, this political tipping point right now.

More and more people on the conservative side of the spectrum are really changing their positions now. This election, in 2020, is almost certainly going to be different from any previous presidential election in that a number of candidates will be placing climate at or near the top of their agenda. And I think that by the time the first primary and caucus votes are cast a year from now, you’re going to see a very different political dialogue in the U.S.

The climate-related extreme-weather events are causing millions of people who had successfully pushed this issue into the background and into the projected distant future to now be finding ways to talk about it and to express their deep concern.
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https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/01/al-gore-q-climate-change-and-2020-democrats/579340/
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #460 on: January 13, 2019, 12:09:49 AM »
Florida’s new Republican governor softly nudges the state forward on climate change
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As a candidate, Ron DeSantis toed a line on climate change, promising to prioritize the environment and acknowledge the problems posed by sea rise without bowing to “the church of the global warming leftists.”

On Thursday, Florida’s newly anointed Republican governor put his words to action, announcing plans to open a new resiliency office as part of a sweeping environmental rollout that includes an extra $1 billion for Everglades restoration and water cleanup — without mention of climate change or carbon emissions.

In a state threatened by saltwater intrusion and suffering from red tide and toxic blue-green algae blooms, DeSantis’ green platform received bipartisan applause. He’s opposing fracking, creating a new office to integrate scientific research into the state’s environmental policies and pushing to quickly begin the process of cleansing the state’s distressed Lake Okeechobee.

For some environmentalists and Democrats, the proposal fell short of hopes. But even so, DeSantis still managed to exceed critics’ expectations by indicating that a state where former Gov. Rick Scott banned environmental regulators from using the phrase “climate change” is now willing to work to at least combat the symptoms of an existential problem.

“DeSantis has done more in two days than Scott did during his entire eight years in office,” said Laura Reynolds, an environmental consultant. ...
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article224231225.html
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #461 on: January 13, 2019, 12:45:41 AM »
U.S.:  Hundreds of environmental groups pressure Congress by backing Green New Deal
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Hundreds of environmental organizations signed a letter Thursday backing a rapid transition away from fossil fuels in the United States.

The groups, led by organizations like Friends of the Earth and the Climate Justice Alliance, told members of the House in the open letter that lawmakers should pursue the Green New Deal, a climate change-fighting concept that calls for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2035 and the decarbonization of other major industries.

“As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently warned, if we are to keep global warming below 1.5°C, we must act aggressively and quickly,” the groups wrote.

Their specific asks include an end to all new fossil fuel leasing on federal land; transitioning the power sector completely to renewable energy; phasing out fossil fuel-powered cars; and helping workers transition out of the fossil fuel sector. ...
https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/424746-hundreds-of-green-groups-back-green-new-deal
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #462 on: January 15, 2019, 10:13:08 PM »
America's No. 3 Coal State Sets Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets
The Pennsylvania governor’s goal matches the U.S. commitment under the Paris accord, but he’ll need the Republican-controlled legislature’s help to meet it.
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In Pennsylvania, a coal-mining state where the fracking boom has also pushed natural gas production to the second highest levels in the nation, Gov. Tom Wolf is launching into his second term with a conspicuous move on climate change.

Wolf issued an executive order on Tuesday to set the state's first economy-wide targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

His goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent by 2025 compared to 2005 levels mirrors the commitment the U.S. made as part of the Paris climate agreement. And his longer-term target—an 80 percent reduction by 2050—is in line with the decarbonization that scientists have said will be needed to keep global temperatures from rising 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

But meeting that target is easier said than done with Republicans in control of both chambers of the legislature, as the Democratic governor pointed out. ...
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/09012019/pennsylvania-greenhouse-gas-reduction-target-natural-gas-fracking-climate-change
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #463 on: January 18, 2019, 08:46:56 PM »
Climate change: Belgium students skip school to demand action
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-46913247/climate-change-belgium-students-skip-school-to-demand-action

Thousands of students have skipped school in Belgium to join a march demanding greater action on climate change.

About 12,500 young people took part in Thursday's protest in Brussels. They have vowed to return to demonstrate every week until world leaders take notice.
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #464 on: Today at 03:31:32 PM »
Yesterday we had more than 20.000 protesting kids here in Germany-in 55 cities.  8)

https://twitter.com/fridayforfuture?lang=de

Even the news of "Tagesthemen" brought a 3 minute report:

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