Are oil companies responsible for climate change? A group of senators thinks so

The filing in the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco supported appeals by the two cities to reinstate the suit that U.S. District Judge William Alsup of San Francisco dismissed. Besides Feinstein and Harris, the brief was signed by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Edward Markey of Massachusetts. Senators …

‘Coal is on the way out’: study finds fossil fuel now pricier than solar or wind ‘we can move a lot faster to replace coal’

Around three-quarters of US coal production is now more expensive than solar and wind energy in providing electricity to American households, according to a new study.  “Even without major policy shift we will continue to see coal retire pretty rapidly,” said Mike O’Boyle, the co-author of the report for Energy Innovation, a renewables analysis firm. “Our analysis shows that we can move …

Jim Crow in our Climate Crisis: Our extreme weather is blowback from energy systems that were designed and operated in ways that entrenched inequalities

Communities of color lived experience of wage and employment discrimination, segregation, separate and unequal schools, and other systemic harms were/are inextricable from the system of energy, domination, destruction, and privilege driving our country, along with greatest consumption, emissions and use of power by the wealthy, creating the climate crisis. Pollution of our air and water, ecological destruction, and extreme weather …

‘In a Just World, It Would Be Treated as Crime Against Humanity’: New Report Exposes Big Oil’s Real Agenda

March 22, 2019 by Common Dreams ‘In a Just World, It Would Be Treated as Crime Against Humanity’: New Report Exposes Big Oil’s Real Agenda: “InfluenceMap’s research confirms a widely held suspicion that Big Oil’s glossy sustainability reports and shiny climate statements are all rhetoric and no action.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Big Oil’s Real Agenda on Climate Change is a new report from …

Federal agencies must “take a hard look” at the impact of oil and gas exploration on climate change, a US federal judge has ruled

Federal agencies must “take a hard look” at the impact of oil and gas exploration on climate change, a US federal judge has ruled, according to CNN and others. The ruling “could have significant implications for the Trump administration’s efforts to expand domestic energy production”, CNN says. The decision “amounts to a road map that could be used to challenge …

The Green New Deal aims to get buildings off fossil fuels. These 6 places have already started: The work of reducing carbon emissions from buildings has begun

Buildings are responsible for about 40 percent of the GHGs in the US, primarily natural gas these days but also heating oil burned to heat (and cool) the water and space inside buildings. CA: Last year, then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed an executive order that targeted statewide net-zero carbon emissions by 2045. Buildings are about 25 percent of state emissions, so that necessarily …

Tons of Collusion! “102 contacts and 28 meetings between the Trump Campaign/Transition team and Russians” (+ Russia–Trump Timeline)

March 22nd, 2019 by Zachary Shahan Image via Kremlin.ru (some rights reserved) I was on the verge of titling this “Let’s Be Honest — Fox News Viewers Are Idiots,” or perhaps “Let’s Be Honest — Trump Supporters Are Idiots,” but I thought I better take the high road and not do that. Happily, I think the new title is better and I didn’t offend anyone. …

Cities leading the way off cars and pollution

BY ADELE PETERS Fast Company, March 2019 In downtown Cairo, it’s not uncommon to see streets clogged with cars. But in a proposed redesign for a central thoroughfare, they’re hard to spot. Instead, in the concept illustration for what looks like the Egyptian version of Amsterdam, a two-way bike lane, a sidewalk, and a plaza filled with palm trees replace the sea of …

Dirty lies: how the car industry hid the truth about diesel emissions

The ‘Dieselgate’ scandal was suppressed for years – while we should have been driving electric cars. By Beth Gardiner, The Guardian, Fri 22 Mar 2019 John German had not been looking to make a splash when he commissioned an examination of pollution from diesel cars back in 2013. The exam compared what came out of their exhaust pipes, during the lab …

“Mayors are figuring out that if you do not have kids at the table … you’re probably not a very good mayor.”

Austin, Tex.—At the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual conference in Boston this past June, Gresham, Oregon Mayor Shane Bemis is the chair of the recently established U.S. Conference of Mayors Task Force on Youth Involvement. In 2018, the task force released a 2018 survey and best practices report “in order to obtain critical information surrounding youth engagement” and “create a baseline of …