22 Jan 2017

(1) All References to Climate Change Have Been Deleted From the White House Website
the official White House website had a lengthy information page about the threat of climate change and the steps the federal government had taken to fight it. At noon, at the instant Donald Trump took office, the page was gone, as well as any mention of climate change or global warming.
(2) Get Ready for the First Shocks of Trump’s Disaster Capitalism
... a list of “Pro-Free-Market Ideas for Responding to Hurricane Katrina and High Gas Prices” — 32 policies in all, each one straight out of the disaster capitalism playbook. ... in the package of pseudo “relief” policies is the commitment to wage all-out war on labor standards and on the public sphere ... strengthen the hand of the oil and gas industry. ... “automatically suspend Davis-Bacon prevailing wage laws in disaster areas,” a reference to the law that required federal contractors to pay a living wage; “make the entire affected area a flat-tax free-enterprise zone”; and “make the entire region an economic competitiveness zone (comprehensive tax incentives and waiving of regulations) ...
(3a) Trump Tells EPA To Cut Climate Page From Website
... the administration had instructed EPA's communications team to remove the website's climate change page, which contains links to scientific global warming research, as well as detailed data on emissions ...
(3b) Trump Bans Agencies From 'Providing Updates On Social Media Or To Reporters'
... The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture have been placed under de facto gag orders by the Trump administration ... at least five the number of federal agencies which have been ordered silent by Trump in as many days.
(4a) Trump Is Getting Ready To Hammer The EPA
Trump’s team will move to tackle many of the existing environmental rules and regulations put in place under Obama.
(4b) Gutting the EPA Hurts Real People
Setting smart cost-effective public health standards has helped improve our air and water, drive innovation in clean technologies, and allowed robust economic growth to continue alongside. Let’s not turn back the clock on progress, putting our kids at risk of breathing dirtier air or drinking unsafe water. President Trump, what’s your plan to protect our children from pollution?
(5) Trump Can Make The Deal Of The Century On Climate
The good news, though, is that while meeting the challenge of transitioning to clean energy is formidable, it is also doable as a matter of innovation, policy and financing. We know what we need to do, and we can do it — if the political will is there.
(6) Real Facts Can Beat 'Alternative Facts' If Boosted By Inoculation
The challenge then is in delivering the facts and inoculation to the individuals who are being exposed to the misinformation. Conservative media outlets are the primary climate misinformation delivery system, but are unlikely to also publish facts and explanations about why their misinformation is wrong. However, while individuals who rely solely upon biased media outlets may be incurable, the majority of the public could potentially be inoculated against misinformation.
(7) A Globalism of the 1%: Donald Trump Against the World
As Donald Trump settles into the Oval Office this week, say goodbye to the one-worlders of the Obama-Clinton years and say hello to a new era of the one-percenters. America’s oligarchs will profit handsomely from the administration’s infrastructure program, its reconfigured trade deals, and its accelerated emphasis on resource extraction. For the rest of us, much pain will accompany the birth of this new nationalist world order, this confederacy of oligarchs. The world urgently needs a new generation of democratic internationalists -- or there won’t be much of a world left when Trump and his cronies get through with it.
(8) Climate Change in Plain Language
... we can make global warming more relevant to people by talking about why it matters to them, their families, and their daily lives.
(9) Solar Employs More People In U.S. Electricity Generation Than Oil, Coal And Gas Combined
... solar power employed 43 percent of the Electric Power Generation sector's workforce in 2016, while fossil fuels combined accounted for just 22 percent. It's a welcome statistic for those seeking to refute Donald Trump's assertion that green energy projects are bad news for the American economy. Just under 374,000 people were employed in solar energy, according to the report, while coal, gas and oil power generation combined had a workforce of slightly more than 187,000.