19 Feb 2017

(1) Trump, Putin, Exxon: What Is Russiagate Really About?
The Trump and Putin camps are acquainted. Putin helps Trump become president. Trump ends the sanctions that are holding back Putin’s economy, especially the Exxon-Rosneft deal. That the two men seem to share a love of autocratic government, of pressuring the media and judiciary to do their bidding, and of mingling their financial interests with their government power, does not lessen concerns that such a corrupt deal has been taking place in front of our eyes.
(2) America Is Suffering From A Very Real Water Crisis That Few Are Acknowledging
... the water affordability crisis is not something that is a few decades off, or even a single decade off: More than 40 million American citizens could find themselves unable to afford water in the next five years if both stagnating incomes and increasing water prices stay on their current trajectories.
(3) California Dam Crisis Could Have Been Averted
... “It’s irrational and risky to operate without considering modern” climate trends and the changes they could create in rainfall, snowpack, runoff and flooding
(4) Two Cheers For A Carbon Tax, But Don’t Expect It To fFx Everything
Fossil fuels now supply four-fifths of the world’s energy, a share that has dropped only slightly since 1990. To stabilize CO2 concentrations, we must essentially stop burning fossil fuels. How is this to happen? Supporters of a carbon tax hope that the market mechanism — higher prices for fossil fuels — will unleash a torrent of innovation: safer nuclear, less costly solar, better batteries. This is a leap of faith. Higher prices do not guarantee technological breakthroughs.
(5) System Change Will Not Be Negotiated
The fact that fossil fuels are not renewable does not deter the fossil addicts. In order to remove the cloud of dust (and doubt) over fossil fixations, the industry came up with the term clean coal, and the notions that carbon pollution can be tackled through carbon capture and storage or sequestration, or through types of geo-engineering. These unproven technologies are all ways of resisting the need for change and ensuring business as usual. The best possible outcome would be to postpone the evil day and build an uncertain future for our children.
(6( Economic Growth — A Primer
... our global economy is entirely unsustainable. We are hurtling towards an unlivable planet, scarce in necessary resources, yet overflowing with waste, and heated to a point where the planet’s ecology will spin out of control. But the official policy of every major government and international agency across the globe is to maintain economic growth. ... Economic growth is not sustainable—not even close. It is a material and energy intensive highway to ecological ruin. Unsustainable means “cannot continue.” Either it can’t continue because the materials needed just don’t or won’t exist, or it won’t continue because we will have made the world uninhabitable by trying to maintain economic growth, though it is more likely that we will see a mixture of the two, with lots of finger-pointing, blaming, and political and social disruptio ...
(7) To Billionaire Doomsday Preppers: Your Wealth Won’t Save You
Our current system of extractive capitalism is preventing the transformation required of us. We need to rewire ourselves as a species and change the economic system that is destroying nature and producing escalating inequalities. The question to those with wealth is: Will you throw your lot in with the rest of humankind and work for a system that gives us all the chance to survive and, possibly, flourish?
(8) How Electric Utilities Could Revive Their Sagging Fortunes And Decarbonize The Country
Total electrification of transportation and heating in the US would yield a 72 percent reduction in greenhouse gases from energy, almost enough to meet our long-term target. ... Utilities should wake up to the opportunity ... an electrified future in which they are the heroes of the decarbonization fight rather than the villains, with a vital role at the heart of America’s energy economy.
(9) Trial of the Century Pits Trump Climate Denialism Against 'Right to a Climate System Capable of Sustaining Human Life'
The climate kids asked the court to declare that their constitutional and public trust rights have been violated and to order the government to develop a science-based National Climate Recovery Plan to reduce emissions to a climate-safe level.
(10) What Is Wrong with a Carbon Tax
Under Barnes’ schema, the government caps the supply of fossil fuels allowed into the economy. Next, energy companies bid against each other to obtain production permits in a government-run auction, thus driving up the price of each unit of carbon. As the cap gradually descends, additional auctions occur, thus further increasing prices and steering the market toward cheaper renewables. Meanwhile, taxpayers receive their dividend checks quarterly, as with the tax plan. The result is a carbon price determined by the forces of supply and demand instead of the dubious mathematics and ethics of mainstream economics.
(11) Forewarned About Environmental Damage
Hurrican Katrina, Coal Ash, Lead Poisoning, Algae in Lake Erie, Hanford Radioactive Waste
(12) Climate Migration Film Festival
Beasts of the Southern Wild, This Changes Everything, The Crossing ...
(13) Renewables Gain Market Share
Renewable energy appears unstoppable, with two US states introducing 100 percent renewable energy legislation, the solar industry reporting strong job growth and record solar power installations, and batteries attracting big investors.
(14) Trump’s War on Our Planet
Over the past four and a half decades, presidents from both parties have furthered environmental protections designed to keep the American people safe and healthy. But President Trump and the Republican‑led Congress are poised to wipe out these essential safeguards. America is now facing the worst assault against our environment and health in our history. President Trump has pledged to cripple the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, making it even harder to protect our natural resources—and, as a result, the well-being of all Americans.