16 April 2017

(1) Trump's Anti-Science Budget
Defunding science is like eating our seed corn.
(2) Starbucks, REI and Sound Transit Partner With PSE On Renewable Energy Project
... It allows customers to partner with PSE to use wind energy that meets their financial and carbon reduction goals as corporations are increasingly focused on reducing carbon footprints ...
(3) The EPA Reversed a Rule That Would Protect People from Toxic Water
As a mother, I’m frankly horrified that the EPA would put the safety of drinking water at risk for millions of Americans, but that’s exactly what they’ve done. Coming from West Virginia, where we’ve had enormous challenges with maintaining clean water supplies due to the coal industry’s political influence, I’m outraged that these common sense protections are under attack from the EPA itself. Having clean, accessible water is a basic right for all families, and it’s EPA’s job to ensure our communities have the clean water we need to stay healthy and thrive. Trump’s decision to attack our right to clean water on behalf of coal executives is just another indication of who this Administration works for - and it isn’t American families, but polluters.
(4) Neil deGrasse Tyson On Science Vs. Denial
Science has made America great.
(5) The Hunger President: Trump Doctrine Takes from Poor, Gives to the Rich
The failure of the international community — and particularly the United States — to help those in desperate need in Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria could become a powerful recruitment tool for anti-Western terrorist organizations. At the very least, the increased competition for limited resources will sharpen already-existing political and sectarian divisions. The Trump administration could continue to avert its eyes from famine. It could continue to deny the real-world impact of climate change. And it could insist that drone attacks from above are the only way of dealing with terrorists on the ground. But it won’t be able to pretend for long that these problems won’t ultimately affect the United States. The growing number of refugees pouring out of those countries and the growing anger of those who perceive that they’ve been abandoned by the West will necessarily have a blowback effect on the last superpower standing.
(6) Defeating Trump is Job One
Trump already has a long list of climate crimes. He has: **Revived the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines; **Appointed ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State; **Appointed climate denier Scott Pruitt to head the EPA; **Revoked the U.S. Department of the Interior’s “Stream Protection Rule,” which restricted dumping mining waste into surrounding waterways; **Ordered the EPA to review the “Waters of the United States” rule, effectively rolling back federal protections to some wetlands and isolated lakes; **Rescinded a prohibition of lead ammunition on federal lands and waters; **Withdrew an Obama EPA request for more detailed information on oil and natural-gas facilities; **Proposed a 31 percent budget cut to the EPA in the initial budget; ** Proposed one of the largest increases to the military budget in U.S. history, being one of the worst polluting sectors in our economy; **Ordered the EPA to reconsider car emissions requirements; Signed an executive order dismantling a huge part of the Obama administration’s climate agenda. This order reduces tracking of climate data, rescinds a 2016 moratorium on coal leases on federal lands, and begins the process of rescinding the EPA’s Clean Power Plan
(7) Climate Change as Genocide
... failing to halt the advance of climate change—to the extent that halting it, at this point, remains within our power—means complicity with mass human annihilation. ... in the era of President Trump, which means the federal government and its partners in the fossil fuel industry will be wielding their immense powers to obstruct all imaginable progress on limiting global warming. They will be the true perpetrators ofclimate genocide. ... Only dramatic and concerted action on multiple fronts can prevent the human disasters now unfolding in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen from becoming the global norm.
(8) "Reform" Won't Solve Our Biggest Problems
If it is true that modern capitalism is incompatible with effective action on climate change, if it is true that top-heavy, bureaucratic nations always eventually become captive to their wealthy citizens, if it is true that our centralized, complex, tightly networked systems in finance, agriculture, shipping and manufacturing are exceedingly fragile and prone to failure–if these all represent structural defects, then they cannot be addressed by tinkering or “reform.” Those in charge cannot be persuaded to “do something” which is contrary to the structural necessities built into these systems.
(9) Preparing For The Next Movement Moment
That evolution toward the ever-more-extreme position traps the group in its bubble, disconnecting it from the diversity of people who are open to change. ... this dynamic is one more reason why we can’t expect to make the most of movement moments unless we pay attention to the self-limiting aspects of internal movement life.
(10) The Trump Budget Cuts Hit Coal Communities and Workers Where It Hurts
[Given] President Trump’s professed support for coal country and coal miners, it is startling and contradictory that the budget blueprint ... defunds the very programs that are most actively helping economically struggling communities and workers in coal country.
(11) 4 Rules For Making A Protest Work
The whole goal of a protest movement is to create a political moment that decision-makers — the people in power — just can’t ignore. And protesters need to get creative in how to make that moment.
(12) Donald Trump And The Rise Of Tribal Epistemology
To understand the media’s dilemma, let’s revisit the classic liberal view of democracy, in which there is an area of normal politics bounded and structured by a set of shared rules and norms, enforced by institutions. This is still the view accepted ... by most of the mainstream political press. It prides itself on being a neutral referee, enforcing shared standards of accuracy and honesty. ... But what happens when political participants step out of bounds and violate shared norms? Is it the press’s role to defend those norms, to push back, or merely to report on what has happened?
(13) The Top 7 Ways the Trump Administration Is Attacking Science at the EPA
President Trump, Administrator Pruitt, and their allies in Congress want to obscure the science that clearly demonstrates the need to cut air and water pollution by the powerful corporate interests that offer them the greatest political support. Without hard science in the way, they can more easily spin the story they want to sell—that corporations can pollute unabated without hurting our lungs, waterways, and climate.
(14a) 6-Step Guide to Take Your Resistance to the Next Level
Trump may have big banks and the fossil fuel industry on his side, but the resistance movement has creativity, conviction, and people power. We’ve already defeated him in the courts, dwarfed his rallies with our marches, and made his Cabinet nominations the most contested in history. But we can’t stop until our air, our water, and our health are protected; we can all play a role in resisting these latest attacks. Are you ready to #ResistOften?
(14b) Fossil Free – How We Win
The Fossil Free campaign is just one part of the global movement for climate justice. We’re up against powerful actors that won’t give up their influence without a fight. We’ve experienced set-backs and should prepare for more. Just know that as long as we weaken acceptance for the industry and keep escalating pressure, we’re on the right track and gaining strength. This is how we win.
(15) Fossil Fuel Industry Steps in to Help Save Paris Climate Deal for All the Wrong Reasons
... both the coal and oil industries likely understand that their members could wield significant influence in global policy from inside the Paris agreement, which would be more difficult if the United States withdraws. If that were to happen, the value of fossil fuels originating in the U.S. could drop even further. While it may be nice to see these industries fighting for the U.S. to remain in the Paris climate agreement, it pays to remember whose interests the companies are really focused on: their own.