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What About Gravity? WSJ Readers Respond to Denialist Pseudoscience

Climate Crocks - May 22, 2018 - 6:38pm
Science literate readers respond to Wall Street Journal Op Ed that questioned first order physics of thermal expansion. Briefly, former scientist, tobacco apologist, and dotard Fred Singer questioned whether sea level was rising due to a warming planet. Must be something else… If you have not seen, and you want to see a media outlet […]
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Trump Administration Joins Fossil Fuel Companies in Climate Fight Against Cities

Inside Climate News - May 22, 2018 - 10:30am
InsideClimate News

The U.S. government is weighing in as an ally of fossil fuel companies, just ahead of a critical hearing to to determine the fate of two climate lawsuits in California. Justice Department lawyers filed a brief last week supporting the companies, which are asking a judge to dismiss the suits. Read more from ICN about the wave of climate accountability cases.

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National Parks Report on Sea Level Rise and Flooding Released, This Time With Mentions of Climate Change

Inside Climate News - May 22, 2018 - 10:20am
Reveal

The National Park Service on Friday quietly released a long-delayed final report charting the risks to national parks from sea level rise and storms, this time restoring references to human-caused climate change. Drafts of the report obtained by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting showed that park service officials had deleted every mention of climate change.

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Minnesota Governor Vetoes Bill to Put Enbridge Pipeline on Fast Track

Inside Climate News - May 22, 2018 - 10:15am

Following through on a veto threat, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has rejected a bill that would have expedited approved of an Enbridge oil pipeline by taking authority away from utility regulators. Supporters of the bill have said regulators are taking too long, which they say is delaying the economic benefits of Enbridge Line 3. Dayton said regulators are best equipped to deal with complex pipeline proposals. Read more from ICN about the controversy over this pipeline.

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Justin Trudeau’s Pipeline Nightmare May Just Be Getting Started

Inside Climate News - May 22, 2018 - 10:00am
Bloomberg

The Canadian government says it would cover costs of delays in building a controversial tar sands pipeline, which raises the possibility that the government could be propping up a project that hardly anyone wants. The Trans Mountain pipeline has been stalled because of political opposition in British Columbia, and developer Kinder Morgan is considering abandoning the plan. This leaves Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a difficult position.

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House GOP Leaders Aim for Compromise to Allow Oil Drilling Off Eastern Gulf

Inside Climate News - May 22, 2018 - 9:45am
Politico

Reps. Steve Scalise and Bob Bishop are working on a compromise measure that would allow oil drilling off of the eastern Gulf of Mexico. If the military and the federal government agree to the plan, the next step would be to overcome opposition from Florida lawmakers. Among the key issues is the extent to which drilling would be allowed in shallow waters, with state officials raising concerns that the sight of drilling would be bad for tourism.

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Former Trump Energy Aide to Head New Investor Campaign Against Climate Resolutions

Inside Climate News - May 22, 2018 - 9:20am
Axios

A recent former energy advisor to President Trump is leading a new campaign that seeks to push back against shareholder resolutions urging companies to take action on climate change. George David Banks will argue that large asset managers are yielding too much power in the shareholder resolution process. The resolutions are non-binding but symbolically important.

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Climate Change May Lead to More Drug-Resistant Infections

Inside Climate News - May 22, 2018 - 9:00am
Scientific American

A new study shows a potential connection between living in a warm climate and acquiring a drug-resistant infection. The study also shows the people living in densely populated areas are more likely to experience drug resistance. The findings help to broaden researchers' understanding of factors that are increasingly affecting human health.

 

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Stop Line 3, Stop Big Oil

350.org - May 21, 2018 - 9:11pm

On Friday, more than 500 people gathered and marched in St. Paul, Minnesota with chants of “Water is Life” and “Stop Line 3.” We stood together for the land. We spoke as one for the water. We demanded bold action on climate change. We honored the treaties. And we asked Minnesota’s elected officials to do the same and reject Enbridge’s dangerous Line 3 pipeline.

The Line 3 pipeline would ship more than 760,000 barrels of dirty tar sands oil across Minnesota waterways and through Anishinaabe treaty lands every day. It would violate treaty rights, endanger Minnesotan livelihoods and threaten water systems—including the Great Lakes, source of one-fifth of the world’s fresh drinking water.

Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has the power to approve or deny the Line 3 tar sands pipelineand they’re going to make their final recommendation this June. If they don’t hear from us, the PUC may not do the right thing and stop this hazardous project.

If you’re in the area, you can speak out against Enbridge and Line 3 at PUC meetings June 18-19 and 26-27.

Photo Credit: Fibonacci Blue

From Standing Rock to St. Paul, the fossil fuel industry is playing dirty. But together, we are fighting back for what is undoubtedly right: clean drinking water, Indigenous rights and a safe climate.

We can beat Big Oil here on Anishinaabe and Dakota territory in Minnesota. Line 3 is such a bad idea that even the Minnesota Department of Commerce—a government agency that has never taken a public stance against a pipeline before—recommended the state reject the project. Turns out those jobs and economic benefits Big Oil promises are nothing but talk.

As we strike down oily fictions and stand up for a just transition to clean and renewable energy here in Minnesota, we are also holding hands with Indigenous communities fighting tar sands mega-projects across North America: the TransMountain pipeline in British Columbia and the Keystone XL pipeline in South Dakota, Montana and Nebraska.

You are part of this historic fight. Sign-up to join or host an action as we rise for climate justice on September 8.

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Wind Energy: If it’s Good for General Motors…

Climate Crocks - May 21, 2018 - 6:20pm
Michigan Radio: General Motors says a new wind farm being constructed in Ohio brings it one step closer to running all its facilities worldwide on 100% renewable energy. The 100 megawatt wind farm in northwest Ohio was grandfathered in, before a new law made it almost impossible to build wind farms in that state. Rob […]
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2018 Hurricane Season: A Preview

Climate Crocks - May 21, 2018 - 5:59pm
Hurricane Season starting soon, while many areas will still be recovering from last year’s  record destruction.  What’s the forecast? Peter Jacobs, above,  is a PhD student and researcher at George Mason University Department of Environmental Science and Policy, and with climate comms ace  John Cook, whips up the Evidence Squared podcast. Market Watch: The 2018 Atlantic […]
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Springtime in Greenland

Climate Crocks - May 21, 2018 - 10:50am
a 55 knot phase of my recent @PromiceGL #Q18 Greenland 80 km ski-based snow survey. Yes, a #sufferfest but rewarding with 12 cores over 700 m vertical range on the #QTransect https://t.co/HNEFo5zZFJ pic.twitter.com/4mmpEZbgMr — Jason Box (@climate_ice) May 21, 2018
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Norfolk Wants to Remake Itself as Sea Level Rises, but Who Will Be Left Behind?

Inside Climate News - May 21, 2018 - 10:30am
InsideClimate News

This Navy town is in desperate need of solutions as seas rise and flooding worsens. City leaders are now working on innovative policies to pair climate adaptation with economic development, as they hope to prepare the city for what's to come and also lift people out of poverty. What's clear: Some neighborhoods likely cannot be saved.

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EPA’s Pruitt Finds His Regulatory Rollback Is Hitting Bumps

Inside Climate News - May 21, 2018 - 10:25am
Washington Post

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is running up against other parts of the federal bureaucracy as he tries to erase regulations on industry. His office has steadily introduced plans to change regulations but is finding that some of those requests have a difficult time standing up to the scrutiny of the government's review process. One problem is that EPA is citing evidence that turns out to not meet the standards required for use in a rulemaking process. Read more at ICN on Pruitt's deregulatory hurdles.

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Trump Replaces Obama Order to Improve Energy Efficiency in Federal Buildings

Inside Climate News - May 21, 2018 - 10:15am
The Hill

President Trump has replaced an executive order by former President Obama that asked federal agencies to reduce buildings' energy use by 2.5 percent per year, among other efficiency goals and guidelines. The new order asks agencies to set their own goals and track their progress.

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Energy Companies Want to Change Tax Credit for Capturing Carbon Emissions

Inside Climate News - May 21, 2018 - 10:00am
Axios

An industry coalition, made up of some of the country's largest energy companies, want to change a tax credit for capturing carbon emissions to allow its members to receive the credit without needing to be monitored by EPA to see if captured carbon stays underground.

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline Faces Civil Rights Complaint After Key Permit Is Blocked

Inside Climate News - May 21, 2018 - 9:46am
InsideClimate News

A federal court has invalidated a permit for the Atlantic Coast pipeline, a move that gives civil rights advocates more time to build their case against the project. The pipeline, which would carry natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina, would have a disproportionate negative impact on people of color living on its route, opponents say.

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California Coastal City Has Unpopular Plan to Retreat from Rising Waters

Inside Climate News - May 21, 2018 - 9:20am
Los Angeles Times

Del Mar, California leaders are considering a policy that would allow for the removal of structures that are threatened by rising water. The idea is controversial in this wealthy coastal community. Some property owners would like to see other options exhausted before even considering a plan that could allow for the taking of houses without the owners' approval.

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Federal Regulators Begin Review of Key Environmental Law, Promise to Keep Open Mind

Inside Climate News - May 21, 2018 - 9:10am
Utility Dive

The Federal Energy Regulatory Agency has begun a review of a 1978 law that has been used as the basis for clean energy investment in much of the country. The panel is reviewing the Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act, or PURPA, a process that is raising concerns about possible changes that could harm clean energy policy. Some utility companies are among those who support the review, saying that competitors are gaming the system to gain unfair benefits.

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BioDiversity at Risk – But it’s Not Inevitable

Climate Crocks - May 20, 2018 - 12:24pm
Guardian: Global warming is on track to cause a major wipeout of insects, compounding already severe losses, according to a new analysis. Insects are vital to most ecosystems and a widespread collapse would cause extremely far-reaching disruption to life on Earth, the scientists warn. Their research shows that, even with all the carbon cuts already […]
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