8 Jan 2017

(1) Henhouse for Rent — Only Foxes Need Apply
If Ivanka and Jared Kushner want to make a difference, they must confront Donald Trump now. They must explain to him he can both act on climate and, by embracing the great economic revolution of the 21st century, renewable energy, make good on his campaign commitment to restore manufacturing in this country. And they must urge him to reconsider his tragically misguided nominations for key government posts.
(2a) Obama Says Shift to Green Energy Is 'Irreversible'
On the Paris climate agreement, Mr Obama said this was a "fundamental shift in the diplomatic landscape which has already yielded substantial dividends". Pulling out of the agreement ... would see the United States lose its seat at the table, and be unable to hold other countries to their commitments ...
(2b) The Irreversible Momentum of Clean Energy
... no country is better suited to confront the climate challenge and reap the economic benefits of a low-carbon future than the United States and that continued participation in the Paris process will yield great benefit for the American people, as well as the international community.
(3) White House Urges Research on Geoengineering to Combat Global Warming
Many environmentalists have opposed geoengineering research on the ground it would be a distraction from the task of reducing the impact of climate change by cutting carbon emissions in the first place. Others say scientists should at least be getting a head start on research in case geoengineering is someday needed ...
(4) Answers to Climate Change
The science is complicated. .... quick answers to often-asked questions about climate change.
(5) Fossil Fuel Exports in the NW: Down But Not Out
As the U.S. continues to increase its production of oil and gas in the next decade, it could flip from being a net energy importer to a net energy exporter ... That would likely mean building more export facilities along our coasts, such as the proposed crude oil terminal at Gray’s Harbor.
(6) Clean Energy: A 'Just Transition' For Workers
“Let’s face it, it doesn’t really help us to solve climate change in a way that creates massive economic and social disruption. At the end of this, we want to come out not only with a world where emissions are down, but actually people have decent and better lives.” ... 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) Republicans Want to Fight Climate Change, But Fossil-Fuel Bullies Won’t Let Them
A climate solution will require safe passage for Republicans through the political kill zone. Democrats can’t help with that. Environmental groups can’t help with that. Scientists can’t help either. It will take the corporate “good guys” to make that happen. Companies such as Walmart, Coca-Cola, Bank of America, Google and General Mills signed the American Business Act on Climate Pledge and do great work inside their fences and sometimes out through their supply chains. But U.S. companies don’t lobby Congress for climate action ...
(8a) Trump’s Sec. of State Nominee Refuses to Answer For His Company’s Promotion of Climate Denial
Tillerson is still lying about what Exxon knew about climate change. Asked directly about the company’s climate cover-up, Tillerson demurred and denied,” Boeve said. “We need a Secretary of State who acknowledges that the climate crisis requires bold action, not an oil industry CEO who is dedicated to spreading misinformation. Tillerson deserves a federal investigation into Exxon’s lies, not a cabinet appointment.”
(8b) #RejectRex: Protests as 'Big Oil Personified' Faces Capitol Hill Hearing
"All in all, it’s hard to imagine a single hire that could do more damage to the planet .... Making this man secretary of state rewards climate denial, further warps our foreign policy towards oil and does it at the precise moment when every bit of data screams that we should be going in the opposite direction."
(9) Ticking Carbon Clock Warns We Have One Year to Avert Climate Catastrophe
According to the most optimistic prediction, we have four years to kick our carbon habit and avert 1.5º of warming. ... And to limit warming to 2ºC .... we have nine years to act under the most pessimistic scenario, and 23 years to act under the most optimistic.
(10) Pricing Carbon: California’s Unfinished Climate Priority
We believe the best way to bridge this divide is to rebate a substantial portion of the revenue collected under a carbon pricing program back to California residents—ideally in a direct and tangible way that generates good will among new constituencies, not just actuarial tables promising a progressive outcome. Making carbon revenue benefits obvious to everyday people holds enormous potential, but will work only if a broad coalition of non-traditional organizations recognizes the benefits and works to support a bill.
(11) How Northwest Communities are Stopping Fossil Fuel Projects Before They Start
Portland is charting a course for local governments in the Northwest and beyond to use their powers to secure a future free of the economic whiplash, environmental degradation, and the health and safety threats that are endemic to the fossil fuel industry.
(12) Neighborhood Toxic Sites in Seattle
... within a three-mile radius of Downtown Seattle, DOE’s toxics map returned more than 800 sites ...
(13) A New Way to Calculate What Global Warming Costs.
A much-anticipated new report, just released by the National Academy of Sciences, recommends major updates to a federal metric known as the “social cost of carbon” — and its suggestions could help address a growing scientific concern that we’re underestimating the damages global warming will cause.
(14) Effect of Government Subsidies For Upstream Oil Infrastructure on U.S. Oil Production and Global CO2 Emissions
the U.S. has become the world’s No. 1 oil and gas producer. The oil production boom has been aided by tax provisions and other subsidies that support private investment in infrastructure for oil exploration and development.
(15) 3 Reasons Why Undermining the Paris Climate Agreement Would Be Bad for Business
If the incoming Trump administration is committed to supporting economic growth and job creation while protecting public health and the prosperity of future generations, the choice [between clean energy & fossil fuels] is clear.
(16) How Exxon Won the 2016 Election
The financial benefits of the 2016 election for Exxon (~$1 trillion)—to be attained by corporate power the company is building inside the Trump administration ... assisted by five Trump Cabinet nominees: former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state; Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) for Environmental Protection Agency administrator; Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) for secretary of the Interior; former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) for secretary of energy; and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for attorney general. Each of these nominees has either been employed by Exxon or received massive financial contributions from it.