6 Aug 2017

1) How Fossil Fuel Money Made Climate Change Denial the Word of God
Conservative groups, funded by fossil fuel magnates, spend approximately one billion dollars every year interfering with public understanding of what is actually happening to our world. Most of that money—most of the fraction of it that can be tracked, anyway—goes to think tanks that produce policy papers and legislative proposals favorable to donors’ interests, super PACs that support politicians friendly to industry or oppose those who are not, or mercenary lobbyists and consultants, ... few investments can rival the return that the conservative donor class has gotten from the small cohort of evangelical theologians and scholars whose work has provided scriptural justifications for apocalyptic geopolitics and economic rapaciousness. ... “Throughout the history of the church, people have always found ways to use God and scripture to justify empire, to justify oppression and exploitation,” Kyle Meyaard-Schaap, an organizer with a pro-environmental Christian group called Young Evangelicals for Climate Action (YECA), told me. “It’s a convenient theology to hold, especially when we are called to drastic, difficult action.”
2a) Scott Pruitt Is Carrying Out His E.P.A. Agenda in Secret, Critics Say
But as he works to roll back regulations, close offices and eliminate staff at the agency charged with protecting the nation’s environment and public health, Mr. Pruitt is taking extraordinary measures to conceal his actions, according to interviews with more than 20 current and former agency employees.
2b) A Former EPA Adviser on How to Push for Environmental Justice Under Trump
I believe in the power of people. It’s what our country is founded on. I believe that everyday folks can find different ways to get engaged. You can get involved with local nonprofits or your local civic organizations. You can get engaged making sure that elected officials know what your expectations are, whether you write a letter, send an email, or send a tweet. But then you also have your own personal responsibility inside your home.
3a) Paul Hawken on One Hundred Solutions to the Climate Crisis
Once you have a problem statement, what you don’t want to do is basically just push people’s face into it all the time. What you want to do is say, “Let’s go solve the problem.”   What Drawdown is basically saying to the world is we’re focusing too much on the problem instead of the solution. We’ve never mapped, measured, and modeled the top solutions to global warming after 40 years of this being in the public sphere. We have in hand now, in a practical way, the solutions that are needed in order to reverse global warming.  If they continue to scale in a rigorous but reasonable way, can we in fact achieve that tipping point where greenhouse gases peak and then go down on a year-to-year basis?
3b) Turn 21 | Responsible adulthood as citizens of the planet.
The truth is that we can make do with less stuff. We can share more, buy less, and buy used. With less stuff comes less expense, with a wonderful byproduct of having more leisure time.
4) Net Benefits of Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards
Adding up the costs of benefits of federal greenhouse gas emission standards yields a net benefit of $300 Billion per year by 2030, plus additional benefits of public health and more jobs. Thus, the benefits far outweigh the costs.
5) Trump administration refuses to close fossil fuel loophole, admits it will cost taxpayers millions
that coal and other fossil fuel companies should be required to pay royalties on the fair market value of coal. What the coal companies are really arguing is that they should receive “hidden subsidies” from the U.S. taxpayer ... taxpayers missed out on an estimated $28.9 billion in revenues over 30 years due to the failure of the DOI’s Bureau of Land Management to get fair market value for U.S.-owned coal mined in the region
6) Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year | John Abraham | Environment | The Guardian
First, fossil fuel subsidies are enormous and they are costs that we all pay, in one form or another. Second, the subsidies persist in part because we don’t fully appreciate their size. These two facts, taken together, further strengthen the case to be made for clean and renewable energy. Clean energy sources do not suffer from the environmental costs that plague fossil fuels.
7) The Nitrogen Problem: Why Global Warming Is Making It Worse
The combined threat of climate change and nitrogen pollution could soon mandate far more dramatic changes in agriculture.