4 June 2017

(1) A Proposal for U.S. Leadership on International Climate Finance During the Trump Administration
A steep increase in climate finance from both public and private sources will be required over the coming years to curb greenhouse gas pollution and build resilience to the effects of climate change. Resilience is particularly underfunded, accounting for only 17 percent of public climate finance globally in 2014.
(2) Trump’s War on Oceans
President Trump’s ocean policy actions to date represent a direct attack on sustainable, science-based management of America’s marine resources and coastal economies. What’s more, the policies buck decades of ocean progress delivered by recent Republican and Democratic administrations alike to balance preservation, management, and use of America’s coasts and oceans. Trump’s proposals represent a dangerous outlier from mainstream ocean policy, one that will certainly face growing bipartisan resistance over the next three and a half years.
(3) Trump’s Climate-Change Sociopathy by Jeffrey D. Sachs - Project Syndicate
With its large, rich, fossil-fuel-intensive economy, the US has done more than any other country to bring about the global peril of climate change, so it should accept its responsibility in helping to get us all out of danger. At a minimum, America should be eagerly cooperating with the rest of the world. Instead, Trump’s sociopathic behavior, and the corruption and viciousness of those surrounding him, has produced utter disdain for a world nearing the brink of human-made catastrophe. The next human-caused climate disasters should be named Typhoon Donald, Superstorm Ivanka, and Megaflood Jared. The world will not forget.
(4) “Do you believe?” is the wrong question to ask public officials about climate change - Vox
The question Trump and his appointees should be asked again and again is not “Do you believe?” but “What is your plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?” You say you “care.” You say the administration is “environmentally responsible.” So what are you going to do about it?
(5) The Men Who Sold the World: Kochs Call the Tune for Trump, GOP on Climate - EXPOSEDbyCMD
“Republican lawmakers were moved along by a campaign carefully crafted by fossil fuel industry players, most notably Charles D. and David H. Koch, the Kansas-based billionaires who run a chain of refineries (which can process 600,000 barrels of crude oil per day) as well as a subsidiary that owns or operates 4,000 miles of pipelines that move crude oil.” The Koch network of funders spent an estimated $1 billion over the last few election cycles telling the Republican party what to do. “It is, perhaps, the most astounding example of influence-buying in modern American political history,” wrote Jane Mayer in the New Yorker.
(6) Federal Research Has Been Stoking Oil, Gas Interest in Bears Ears Monument for Years | DeSmogBlog
“Bears Ears could very well become another Standing Rock in both desecration and resistance — the latest example of a new colonialism, with the government bulldozing Indian sovereignty and privileging Big Oil,” Williams wrote on May 6 in The New York Times. “Bears Ears is a cradle of Native American history. Far from creating a 'midnight monument' willed into existence at the slash of a presidential pen, the Obama designation provides these sacred lands with the protection that has long been in the prayers and dreams of tribal leaders.”
(7) Trump Dismissed as "Climate Buffoon” After Paris Pull-Out
France, Germany and Italy responded to Trump’s decision “with regret”, and told the President they would not be renegotiating the Paris deal. French president Emmanuel Macron urged climate scientists and engineers to go and work in France instead. “The Paris agreement remain irreversible and will be implemented not just by France but by all the other nations. We will succeed because we are fully committed, because wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: make our planet great again.”