23 Oct 2016

(1) Four Harsh Truths for Canada’s Lovestruck Pipeline Politicians
Climate disruption, driven by oil consumption and forest destruction, has become a global insurgency that can only be combated by rapidly changing patterns of energy consumption. That means using less energy and living locally. Pipelines and their political champions now look and behave like horsemen of the apocalypse.
(2) Crossing the Fossil Fuel Industry Could Now Get You Locked Up – For Decades
In the United States, people have the right to protest, and the press has the right to write about it. But over the past month, multiple journalists, documentary filmmakers, and activists have been arrested in three different states for engaging in and reporting on protests against fossil fuel infrastructure projects.
(3) Report Shows 'Bold New Vision' for Carbon-Free Transportation System Is Possible
"We need a policy roadmap to 100 percent clean transportation," ... removing barriers to low-carbon transportation investments; ensuring that fees charged for motor vehicle use meet or exceed the full societal costs imposed by driving; fostering regional and public-private collaborations to encourage adoption of electric vehicles; expanding renewable energy production.; and encouraging early adoption of electric vehicles among low-income users. ...
(4) Can We Unify?
... finding a path to unity. ... Unity does not mean lock-step agreement on every issue or detail, it does mean finding an avenue by which to bring our presently atomized struggles for peace, the environment, racial, social, and economic justice together. ... Keep the language open, non-violent and inclusive, not filled with acronyms and jargon. Make every effort to find the points of compromise and agreement as possible, without focusing on the disagreements. Any positive step will build on itself and move the struggle forward. People are hungry for positive change and representative bodies that work – make it happen.
(5a) The Left’s Opposition To A Carbon Tax
... many activists believe that building a big leftist coalition is the only way major action on climate will happen. Recycling carbon-tax revenue, rather than showering it on interest groups, “loses you the left coalition, and with it the big left funders, and doesn’t gain you any Republicans.” Maybe ... this reflects not just a failure on the part of Republican climate head-in-the-sanders, but also of “the big left funders” and their intellectual enablers. If the movement cannot accept economically sound policy that would help solve the fundamental problem, there is something deeply wrong with the movement.
(5b) To Tax Or Not To Tax
... to tax or not is a strategic and highly political decision. Is there a Congress brave enough to enact a carbon tax that actually changes behavior? Will successive Congresses keep it in place in a fickle political environment? Does political will exist to ramp prices up at an ever-increasing level – to make fossil fuel use sufficiently costly that consumers will abandon them in favor of renewables and energy efficiency? Will policy makers finally take the long view or will they be constrained by shorter term objectives, like getting reelected?
(6) Climate Change Could Push Risk of ‘Megadrought’ to 99% in American Southwest
A megadrought spanning several decades could be almost certain to hit the American southwest this century if greenhouse gas emissions are not curbed, a new study says. Rising temperatures will “load the dice” in favour of a megadrought in the region ...
(7) To Diversify Agriculture, We Must Diversify the Questions We Ask
... asking how we can ‘feed the world’ is in fact a reflection of the power of dominant actors to keep the agenda focused on industrial agriculture. This framing predisposes us to approach the question in terms of global production volumes of mainly energy-rich, nutrition-poor crop commodities, i.e. what industrial agriculture is designed to deliver. Meanwhile, it sidelines a number of key questions about poverty and access, the root causes of inadequate diets, and the crucial issue of where and by whom additional food must be produced.
(8a) Outrageous Militarized Police Collaboration With Oil Companies at Standing Rock Against Protectors
“The current buildup of tremendous force at Standing Rock should be understood as a military invasion of a sovereign nation on behalf of a foreign oil company."
(8b) The Battle Over the Dakota Access Pipeline, Vox, Brad Plumer
the broader lawsuit against the pipeline is still moving forward — and may not get resolved before the end of 2016 ... What’s more, Dakota Access still must get one last bit of approval from the Army Corps of Engineers before digging on either side of Lake Oahe.