Time has come to nationalize the US fossil fuel industry

Carla Santos Skandier As we gear up for a war-type of mobilization to mitigate the climate crisis, a federal takeover of the oil, gas and coal industry should be on the table. No other generation understands better the implication of climate change than today’s teens. As sixteen year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg has famously summarized it, “this is an emergency.” …

U.S. Seen as Climate Risk With Two-Thirds of New Oil and Gas

By Alex Nussbaum, Bloomberg, August 20, 2019  ‘Staggering’ forecast makes U.S. climate risk: Global Witness  Surge would be 40 times new Russian output, 20 times Saudi The U.S. will account for for almost two-thirds of the world’s new oil and natural gas output in the decade ahead, making it a critical obstacle to stopping climate pollution, a London-based advocacy group says. …

‘We Should Be Retreating Already From the Coastline,’ Scientist Suggests After Finding Warm Waters Below Greenland

GREENLAND  Jordan Davidson, Aug. 20, 2019 Andrew Yang’s assertion that people move away from the coast at the last Democratic debate is the completely rational and correct choice for NASA scientists in Greenland. “There is enough ice in Greenland to raise the sea levels by 7.5 meters, that’s about 25 feet, an enormous volume of ice, and that would be devastating to coastlines all around …

Bernie Sanders’ climate plan

Calling the global climate crisis both the greatest threat facing the United States and the greatest opportunity for transformative change, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday unveiled a comprehensive Green New Deal proposal that would transition the U.S. economy to 100 percent renewable energy and create 20 million well-paying union jobs over a decade. “If fossil fuel executives and lobbyists reading Sanders’ plan …

Communication mediated through hypernudging can gradually shift our moral values, norms and priorities

Intentional nudging using models built on our individual preferences and vulnerabilities will become much more impactful in the future. While the effectiveness of personalised propaganda such as that employed by Cambridge Analytica may still be debatable, there is no doubt long-term nudging can be powerful – if not to swing a close election, maybe to increase apathy or foment dissent …

We’re Grossly Underestimating the World’s Water Access Crisis

Jillian Du, Diana Mitlin, Victoria A. Beard and David Satterthwaite – August 13, 2019, WRI.org Print In Cape Town, South Africa, and Chennai, India, “Day Zero” events where cities run out of water have drawn global media attention. But while these catastrophes seem like rare, temporary crises caused by droughts or mismanagement, life without ample water is actually a daily reality for millions of people, even in cities …

Sixth Installment of Jay Inslee’s Climate Plan Champions Regenerative Farming and Massive Investment in Rural America

August 21, 2019 by Common Dreams While applauding much of the presidential candidate’s proposal, Friends of the Earth warned “it doesn’t do enough to stop concentrated corporate monopolies in the food and agriculture sector.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, participated in a panel discussion about the U.S. Climate Alliance during the United Nation’s Climate …

Sanders says rebuilding the trade union movement is essential to fighting soaring inequality in the US and securing economic justice for all. ‘We must come together and stand up for the working families of this country and finally create an economy and a government that works for all of us, not just the one percent’

“For 45 years there has been a war in this country waged by the corporate elite against the working class of America,” said Sanders. “And the truth of the matter—not talked about in Congress, not talked about in the media—is that as a result of that war against the working class by the corporate elite, what we have seen is …