14 May 2017

(1) Looking for Trump’s Climate Policy? Try the Energy Department
... the world still needs major technological advances to halt global warming, like better batteries to integrate larger shares of solar and wind power into the grid, or carbon capture to curb pollution from cement plants. ... the Energy Department has nurtured these kinds of innovations, ... But those efforts would be drastically scaled back under President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal, released on Tuesday, which proposes to cut the agency’s energy programs by ... 18 percent below last year’s levels.
(2a) G7 split as leaders issue climate statement without US | Climate Home - climate change news
Trump’s “waffling” over the Paris deal had left him “in stark isolation ... The leaders from Europe, Canada, and Japan have made it crystal clear they intend to fully implement their national commitments under the Paris agreement and pursue efforts to decarbonise the global economy,”
(2b) Is the Paris Climate Agreement Dead? | Foreign Policy
The Trump administration faces a clear choice. Option 1: Stay in a global agreement designed around a bipartisan blueprint, show up to workmanlike talks and file required paperwork no one in Washington will read, and lean in aggressively to the commercial side by promoting U.S. clean-energy exports and investment overseas. Option 2: Withdraw, enrage virtually all our important allies and partners, cede market share to China, and face possible trade retaliation.
(2c) dear-mr-president-nyt-05-16-17.pdf
As businesses concerned with the well-being of our customers, our investors, our communities, and our suppliers, we are strengthening our climate resilience, and we are investing in innovative technologies that can help achieve a clean energy transition. For this transition to succeed, however, governments must lead as well. U.S. business is best served by a stable and practical framework facilitating an effective and balanced global response. The Paris Agreement provides such a framework. As other countries invest in advanced technologies and move forward with the Paris Agreement, we believe the United States can best exercise global leadership and advance U.S. interests by remaining a full partner in this vital global effort.
(2d) The Paris Agreement: A Good Deal for the United States. An Essential Deal for the Planet. | Earthjustice
With or without the United States, the rest of the world will implement the Paris Agreement. ... Other nations’ leaders aren’t wasting time denying climate change; in fact, they are moving forward to reap the economic and health benefits of the clean energy economy.
(3) If you want to solve climate change, you need to solve income inequality
“This is a time for people to get creative about how we can leverage the challenge of climate change to solve our inequality issues.” To protect the environment, “we need good jobs, we need a solid tax base, we need a good healthcare system, and we need criminal justice,”
(4) Rick Perry’s “review” of the energy grid is just what it looks like: a bid to save coal - Vox
There are more reasons why this bid to prop up coal is exactly what it looks like — including the absurdity of citing “fuel diversity” in defense of coal and the silly notion that grid cybersecurity is better served by baseload plants
(5) Focus on Carbon Removal a 'High-Stakes Gamble'
“Hoping that future generations might somehow figure out an atmospheric CO2 decline in a way that undoes climate catastrophe is just foolish,” he said, adding that it’s critical for humanity to pursue both emissions cuts and carbon removal technology as quickly as possible.
(6) EPA Clears Path for Alaskan Mining Project | Colorlines
The EPA announced today (May 12) that it will allow the Pebble Mine Project in Bristol Bay, Alaska to move forward with the approval process. Under former President Barack Obama, the agency denied the project access to permits in 2014. The mine ... would produce copper, molybdenum and gold. The concern had been how the mine would impact certain watersheds that are home to all five species of Pacific salmon ...