17 July 2016

(1a) Republican Platform Attacks the Environment
GOP’s agenda clear: deregulate pollution, halt any action to prevent climate change, and expand fossil fuel use.
(1b) Republican Platform Rejects Paris Climate Agreement
“We reject the agendas of both the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, which represent only the personal commitments of their signatories,” .... It also calls for an “immediate” halt to U.S. funding for the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change,
(2) Republicans Have No Answer for Coal Mining Collapse, Brad Plumer
Trump and other Republican aren’t really offering any alternatives at all. They spend most of their time railing against Obama’s "war on coal" ... pushing the illusion that all those jobs can somehow be brought back. ... Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is blocking a $4 billion plan in Congress that would send aid to troubled coal communities and shore up pension and medical care funds for retired miners.
(3) UN Must Reform to Address Climate Change
UN reforms needed: Address the responsibility-gap for managing climate risk. Improve understanding of climate risk. Monitor for climate tipping points.
(4) Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform
First, we need to clarify what we mean by “fossil fuel subsidies” – IMF says U.S. subsidies are $4.9 trillion but IEA says $493 billion. Second, there’s never a perfect time or place for fossil fuel subsidy reform. Reforms need to be tailored to the country context. Sometimes the best approach is to turn a crisis into an opportunity; other times it pays to lay the groundwork slowly and patiently. Third, we need to recognize that while climate change may be the priority for many of those advocating for fossil fuel subsidy reform, it’s not the priority on the ground. The more we know about the broader fiscal, economic and social benefits of well-crafted reforms, the stronger the case for reform will be. Think of the climate benefits as a bonus.
(5) A Climate Change Op-Ed for the Wall Street Journal
With an audience of movers and shakers from the top of the public and private sectors, the Wall Street Journal can boldly help lead the search for the best solutions to climate change. After years of misleading the public debate on climate change, the Wall Street Journal at least owes us the real, intellectual, and enlightening discussion that we deserve.
(6) Blazing Hot First Half of 2016
When comparing this year's temperature trends with past years, Schmidt said 2015 was also a very warm year, "but 2016 really has blown that out of the water."
(7) New Gas Infrastructure Will Completely Undermine U.S. Climate Goals
Emissions from leaks and combustion explain why ... the phrase "bridge to nowhere" is not uncommon when talking about natural gas. "It’s time for the fossil fuel industry to enter a managed decline ... [that] includes a just transition. "We can do this, but you have to make the decision to do it. You can’t really sugar coat it."
(8) Democratic Platform Calls For WWII-Scale Mobilization To Solve Climate Crisis, Joe Romm
We believe the United States must lead in forging a robust global solution to the climate crisis. We are committed to a national mobilization, and to leading a global effort to mobilize nations to address this threat on a scale not seen since World War II. In the first 100 days of the next administration, the President will convene a summit of the world’s best engineers, climate scientists, policy experts, activists, and indigenous communities to chart a course to solve the climate crisis. ... Our generation must lead the fight against climate change and we applaud President Obama’s leadership in forging the historic Paris climate change agreement. We will not only meet the goals we set in Paris, we will seek to exceed them and push other countries to do the same by slashing carbon pollution and rapidly driving down emissions of potent greenhouse gases like hydrofluorocarbons. We will support developing countries in their efforts to mitigate carbon pollution and other greenhouse gases, deploy more clean energy, and invest in climate resilience and adaptation.