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Bill Maher: What’s Wrong with the Press and Why We Need to Make it Right

Climate Crocks - February 25, 2017 - 9:20pm
Bill points out that as much as the media has failed us over recent decades, this is no time for business as usual. Everybody’s going to have to up their game. Hunter Thompson said during Watergate, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”  In that fashion, it seems as though for a decade, […]
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The Weekend Wonk: No, Media – Trump #Resistance is NOT “Just like the Tea Party”

Climate Crocks - February 25, 2017 - 9:46am
Above, a workshop from 2010, training “spontaneous” Tea Party “patriots” on how to skew information on social media. Especially note, – “80 percent of the books I star, I don’t read. That’s how it works.” I’m pushing back against the media’s newly minted meme of comparing the current resistance movement against a true home-grown crypto-fascist […]
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European View of Trump’s Climate Threat

Climate Crocks - February 25, 2017 - 9:22am
We are pushing Europe toward China. Money quote here – “The only thing that this administration will respond to is pressure…words will not suffice, EU has to work together with China to exert maximum pressure.” Reuters: Faced with a U.S. retreat from international efforts to tackle climate change, European Union officials are looking to China, […]
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The U.S. Is Poised to Set a Record-Setting Record

Inside Climate News - February 24, 2017 - 9:21am
Climate Central

There have been 3,146 record highs set this February compared to only 27 record lows, ensuring this month will go down as the 27th month in a row with more highs than lows, Climate Central reports.

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Groups Sue EPA to Protect Wild Salmon from Climate Change

Inside Climate News - February 24, 2017 - 9:13am
Reuters

U.S. fishing and conservation groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, seeking to protect wild salmon threatened by rising water temperatures attributed in part to climate change in two major rivers of the Pacific Northwest, Reuters reports.

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Exxon Mobil’s New CEO: Bring on a Carbon Price

Climate Crocks - February 24, 2017 - 9:10am
Below, Exxon’s new Chairman Darren Woods calls for a price on carbon. Wood’s predecessor Rex Tillerson, well known to viewers of these vids, has gone on to fame, of course as Russian,.. ahem, I mean, US Secretary of State. Above, and below,  a good time for some reminders of what our expanding slate of options […]
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Partisan Divide in Congress Wider Than Ever on Environmental Issues, Group Says

Inside Climate News - February 24, 2017 - 9:09am
InsideClimate News

House Republicans cast pro-environmental votes just 5 percent of the time in 2016, while their Democratic colleagues tallied a 94 percent voting record, according to the League of Conservation Voters. That makes the 114th Congress the most politically polarized in the 46-year history of LCV's Scorecard, the new numbers released Thursday show.

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White House to Eject Its Environmental Advisers from Their Longtime Main Headquarters on Friday

Inside Climate News - February 24, 2017 - 9:00am
Washington Post

The White House on Friday will move the Council on Environmental Quality out of its headquarters at 722 Jackson Place, a red brick townhouse it has occupied since it was established nearly half a century ago, the Washington Post reports.

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Kushner, Ivanka Trump Pushed to Remove Words Critical of Climate Deal From Executive Order

Inside Climate News - February 24, 2017 - 9:00am
Wall Street Journal (sub. req'd)

At the request of President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner, language critical of the Paris climate agreement was cut from an executive order that Mr. Trump is planning to soon sign, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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Exxon Mobil Shareholders Renew Call for 2C Climate Analysis

Inside Climate News - February 24, 2017 - 8:46am
Climate Home

After Exxon Mobil's board last year failed to pass a resolution supported by 38.2 percent of shareholders requiring the oil giant show how its business model will fare in a warming world, an even greater coalition of shareholders is pushing a similar resolution this year, Climate Home reports.

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Ben Santer on Seth Meyer’s Late Show – How Climate Deniers Lie

Climate Crocks - February 23, 2017 - 9:13pm
The reason most people have not heard of Ben Santer is that, while his contributions to climate science have been massive and epic in importance, and his courage in standing up to an almost unparalleled barrage of attacks is legendary, Ben himself is one of the quietest, most unassuming people you will ever meet. My […]
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The Pruitt Emails: E.P.A. Chief Was Arm in Arm With Industry

Inside Climate News - February 23, 2017 - 8:29am
New York Times

As Oklahoma's attorney general, Scott Pruitt closely coordinated with major oil and gas producers, electric utilities and political groups with ties to the libertarian brothers Charles and David Koch to roll back environmental regulations, according to a New York Times review of thousands of his emails recently released to the public. Pruitt now runs the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Exxon Relents, Wipes Oil Sands Reserves From Its Books

Inside Climate News - February 23, 2017 - 8:17am
InsideClimate News

ExxonMobil announced Wednesday that it had wiped off its books all 3.5 billion barrels of tar sands oil reserves at one of its projects in Canada. Because of recent low oil prices, the company said none of those reserves can be considered economical according to the accounting rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Protesters Leave Dakota Access Pipeline Area; Some Stay and Are Arrested

Inside Climate News - February 23, 2017 - 8:04am
NPR

Local law enforcement officers have arrested some people who chose not to evacuate federal land near part of the Dakota Access oil pipeline north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, NPR reports. Most demonstrators had left earlier.

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Americans Once Moved Away From Forests. Now Forests Are Moving Away From Americans.

Inside Climate News - February 23, 2017 - 7:45am
Washington Post

A new study in the journal PLOS One of satellite imagines taken over 10 years starting in 1990 shows the rural forest canopy disappearing across the United States, the Washington Post reports.

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The U.S. Is Transitioning Into a Natural Gas Exporter

Inside Climate News - February 23, 2017 - 7:31am
Fuel Fix

The U.S Energy Department recently projected that America is on track to become a net exporter of gas in 2018, Fuel Fix reports.

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Forging Solidarity: Taking a stand on DAPL from Japan

350.org - February 23, 2017 - 6:06am

On Friday, February 17, an independent group of concerned citizens came together in Tokyo with indigenous Ainu of Japan and Maori of New Zealand to deliver 11,300 signatures demanding that the three major Japanese banks involved in financing the DAPL to divest from the project: Mizuho Bank, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group.

The petition delivery action in Tokyo coincided with an international solidarity effort involving numerous grassroots groups, which delivered similar letters to 17 U.S. and international banks urging their divestiture from DAPL.

To date, the battle to stop DAPL has encountered a dire set of circumstances. In early February, under an Executive Order announced by the Trump administration calling for expedited construction of DAPL and Keystone XL Pipeline, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced its plans to approve the final easement for both projects. This Wednesday, February 22 was the deadline for protesters in Standing Rock — the front lines of the battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline, or DAPL — to vacate their encampments there. Some protesters had left before this deadline, but the authorities have started to move in to arrest those who remain to resist.

Against the backdrop of these events, investors have shown support for the people of Standing Rock and their right to clean water. Notably, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), one of the largest public pension funds in the United States, has called on major U.S. and international banks to get behind the effort to reroute the DAPL, along with other investors representing $653 billion in assets under management. CalPERS’s embrace of this important movement provided hope for supporters engaged in the ongoing fight.

ABOVE: Messages of Indigenous solidarity and divestment displayed in front of Mizuho Bank’s Tokyo headquarters. (Yasuhiro Iguchi)

Akemi Shimada, chair of the Aotearoa Ainumosir Exchange Program, was one participant in the Tokyo petition delivery. Upon delivering the petitions, Shimada reiterated the importance of access to clean water, which is the main issue at hand in the fight against DAPL. “[Water] is why we requested that the three Japanese banks divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline,” she stated. Furthermore, if the people “continue this work another opportunity might present itself, so I would like to keep up our efforts.

Taka Okazaki, highlighted the role media plays in keeping these banks accountable. Media needs “to get in contact with the public relations department of Mizuho, Mitsui Sumitomo and Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ and ask the simple question of what they are planning to do with those petitions,” he said.

ABOVE: Supporters in front of Mizuho Bank’s Tokyo headquarters. (Yasuhiro Iguchi)

It was beautiful to see people from different backgrounds coming together in Tokyo to express citizens’ deep concerns about the pipeline’s humanitarian and environmental consequences. It reinforced the strong belief in the power of an informed public to effect change.

Personalizing and localizing the impact of controversial projects financed by the big banks and our pension funds and raising our voices to stop unethical investment is one way we can contribute to the battles being fought to stem climate change and to make progress on other issues around the world. These projects affect each of us individually and collectively. At a time of escalating crisis — environmental, humanitarian and social — no one can afford to be innocent. It is our duty to  connect the dots, and encourage others to think about what they can do about the problems that degrade our basic rights to survival.

The action that took place in Tokyo on February 17 is just the beginning. The banks accepted the petitions, but did not indicate how its signatures will be reviewed. The Standing Rock  might be half a world away, but human rights violations against the Standing Rock Sioux tribe are directly connected to investment practices by Japanese banks. All Japanese private banks that fund DAPL have signed the Equator Principles, a risk management framework adopted by financial institutions for determining, assessing, and managing environmental and social risk in project finance. Funding a project with a significant risk of damaging indigenous peoples’ way of life is contrary to the Equator Principles, as is turning a blind eye to the struggle of the people at Standing Rock.

Connecting the action in Tokyo with the struggle in Standing Rock feeds into the kind of energy and compassion that helps us all raise our voices for real change.

There are some things that we can do to support this movement. We can easily send a message to the banks by going to their website. We can even call or directly write to the banks to ask them to stop funding DAPL. Numbers add up. Spread the message of #NoDAPL to the banks today.

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CBS: Series on Climate Change Welcome, Might have Helped more Last Year

Climate Crocks - February 23, 2017 - 5:31am
Washington Monthly: Good on Mark Phillips of CBS News for his series this past week on the impact that human-caused climate change is having on our world. After years of US broadcast and cable entities downplaying and dismissing the importance of this issue, it was quite impressive to see Phillips and CBS report on the climate crisis with the […]
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Clyde Stubblefield: What made “Cold Sweat” Hot

Climate Crocks - February 23, 2017 - 5:30am
James Brown drummer Clyde Stubblefield just past.  The music that they made was as far ahead of its time ad Jimi Hendrix, maybe more so. Check under the hood, above, then see how it all came together, below. Ahead of his time seems appropriate.    Filed under: Crock of the Week
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3 Lessons from Standing Rock and What’s Next

350.org - February 22, 2017 - 3:44pm

Right now, water protectors are being evacuated from the main camp at Standing Rock. The state of North Dakota issued an emergency evacuation last week for the main camp, formerly known as Oceti Sakowin, that goes into effect today.

While some are optimistic as new camps emerge on higher ground and as the land is returned to its former state, others can’t help but feel heartache to see the camp pack up and to see Dakota Access prepare to drill under the Missouri River.

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