5 Feb 2017

(1) Climate Economist Issues Warning Against The Cost Of Inaction On Climate Change
Nordhaus ... calculates the social cost of carbon (SCC) at $31 per ton of CO2 (almost twice his 2013 estimate). If that were a carbon tax, it would add about $0.30 to a gallon of gasoline.
(2) Russia and the U.S. Could Be Partners in Climate Change Inaction
Russian climate policy specialists think U.S. rejection of climate action would deal a blow to the emerging pro-climate voices in Russia. "Russia looks to the U.S. and China's plans on climate change," ... "China might be getting more climate-oriented but if the U.S. pulls out of Paris, it's a huge argument to Russia to go even more slowly."
(3) Trump Cronies Rewarded as House GOP 'Dirty Trick' Bolsters Big Oil
"If Congress and the GOP vote to stop this common sense regulation, some of the clearest winners will be the Big Oil cronies closest to Trump," ... "Today's vote in the House to repeal BLM's wasted gas rule was a win for the American Petroleum Institute, the Koch Brothers, and oil and gas CEOs, but it was a loss for the American people."
(4) Trump’s War on Climate Policy Threatens National Security
National security advisers have warned since 2004 that climate change is a “threat multiplier” whose impacts could vastly eclipse terrorism. These concerns have increasingly worked their way into U.S. national security strategies ......
(5) Trump Ignoring Climate Facts
Trump and his team are damaging the future health, safety and prosperity of the American people by undermining climate scientists and promoting ‘alternative facts’ ...
(6) Clean Energy: The Challenge of Achieving a ‘Just Transition’ for Workers
The US government has poured millions of dollars into helping out former coalminers, but that apparently didn’t help them to feel any less disenfranchised in the most recent US election. Many saw Donald Trump’s promises to bring back the coal industry as a final lifeline, while Hillary Clinton’s promise to bring new opportunities to areas affected by coalmine closures was interpreted as a threat.
(7) An Economy of Meaning, or Bust
We don’t have much time to make a transition from current systems to better ones. Mass extinction and other global catastrophes loom on the horizon. We face the unthinkable, not so much because a few CEOs, companies, or politicians have acted greedily (some have), but rather because today’s problem-solving systems didn’t evolve to help us meet real needs. They waste our precious time, as mentioned, rather than focusing our talents and natural drives on things that do matter, such as caring for others and the planet. ...