11 Sept 2016

(1a) Republicans Are Doing Big Oil's Bidding
The GOP has become the Grand Oil Party. The fossil fuel industry has now managed to dictate Republican Party actions on climate change in attorney generals offices, Congress, and for the party’s presidential nominee.
(1b) Fossil Fuel Money to GOP Grows
... this election cycle in 2015 through the first six months of this year, fossil fuel industry political action committees and employees donated $37.2 million to Republicans running for federal office. ... giving to Democrats totaled just $3.8 million. ... 82% of Democrats believe in human-caused climate change versus 47% of Republicans.
(1c) Donald Trump’s Economic Plan Would Be Devastating to the Climate
Trump’s energy plan ... he opposes any policy that will tackle the climate crisis or grow our clean energy economy, and he supports any policy that props up the dirty fossil fuel industry ...
(2) Military Experts Say Climate Change Poses a Significant Security Risk
... the US national security community warned that warming temperatures and rising seas will increasingly inundate military bases and fuel international conflict and mass migration ... the Department of Defense called climate change a “threat multiplier” which could demand greater humanitarian or military intervention and lead to more severe storms that threaten cities and military bases and heightened sea levels that could imperil island and coastal infrastructure.
(3) Agenda 21 Is Conspiracy Theory
The main thrust of most of those conspiracy theories ... Agenda 21 is in fact a UN plan to deprive nations of their sovereignty, and individuals of their property rights. On the fringes of the right, a benign agreement encouraging social and environmental stewardship became a disguised attempt to impose global communism on free citizens.
(4) WA State Limits Carbon Pollution
... large carbon polluters will be required to reduce carbon emissions by an average of 1.7 percent annually.
(5) Sioux at Dakota Access Pipeline
... Rather than conduct a fair assessment of the risks posed by an entire pipeline to ancestral homelands, sacred sites, climate, air, and water, the Corps divides it into hundreds of individual segments and then concludes that each of them (surprise, surprise) is too insignificant to worry about. ... the Army Corps of Engineers would need to do a proper environmental impact statement for the entire pipeline. ... any environmental assessment of a major pipeline such as this one should absolutely consider how it will affect climate change ...
(6) Adding to Obama's Legacy on Climate Change
Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline ... Reinstate the Ban on Crude Oil Exports ... Stop Pursuing the TPP ... Incentivize Renewable Energy ... Ban Fracking on Federal Lands
(7) Local Food is Great, But Can Go Too Far
Grow food. Mostly near you. ... But work with the seasons and renewable resources nature provides you. ... Ship the rest.
(8) Exploring the Gap Between Business-as-Usual and Utter Doom
In order for the transition to occur as smoothly as possible, we’ll need to change our expectations about speed, convenience, affordability, and entitlement. We’ll need to share what we have rather than competing for increasingly scarce resources. We’ll need to conserve, reuse, and repair. There will be no room for planned obsolescence, or for growing disparities between rich and poor. Cooperation will be our salvation. So, too, will be recognizing that there are limits—both to the planet’s capacity to support our numbers and activities, and to the role of technology in “fixing” these crises. But just because we can no longer continue to grow population, consumption, and complexity does not mean we can no longer grow happiness, well-being, or prosperity.
(9) The Climate Mobilization Victory Plan
Common purpose is key. People who lived through WWII on the home front — so weren’t at the front line facing the human tragedy — speak almost fondly of the time. The sense of unifying purpose, the community working together to face down and overcome a frightening external threat, the shift in culture from self-focus and consumerism to collective focus and purpose, left them feeling their lives were better, happier and more worthwhile.