Attorneys General in 17 ‘Red’ States Seek to Insert Themselves as Adversaries to Juliana v. United States Plaintiffs

June 8, 2021, Our Children’s Trust EUGENE, Ore. – Six years after the filing of the constitutional climate case Juliana v. United States – and just days before settlement talks were scheduled between the youth and the government – attorneys general from 17 states have asked to insert themselves into the case so they can oppose any proposed settlement and …

Total wealth owned by American billionaires grew over half in a year. What if the US had a maximum wage or ratio to the lowest paid workers at a firm? Inequality news May-June 2021

May-June 2021 Inequality.org, In 2019, the ratio of CEO-to-typical-worker compensation stood at 320-to-1, with CEO compensation ballooning 940% since 1978.  Now a study released last month by Americans for Tax Fairness and the Institute for Policy Studies found that the total wealth owned by American billionaires grew 55% over the preceding 13 months. Their total wealth increased by $1.3 trillion during the first 11 months of the pandemic, according …

The US will have to depart from past patterns of throwing its weight around to reduce its climate commitments “America First” in order to achieve needed GHG reductions

Through the Obama Administration the US continued to throw its weight around and weaken climate resolutions. The US will have to abandon this approach to meet necessary reduction goals. To meet his climate promises, Biden will have to abandon the U.S. tradition of hawkish nationalism in favor of global cooperation. KATE ARONOFF JUNE 1, 2021, In These Times This Earth Day, …

Plugging Abandoned and Leaking Wells

Excerpt from https://insideclimatenews.org/news/23052021/north-dakota-orphaned-abandoned-oil-gas-wells-methane-emissions/ June 2021 by Nicholas Kusnetz, The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the nation’s unplugged wells leaked about 263,000 tons of methane in 2019, which, when compared to carbon dioxide over a 20-year period, is equivalent to the climate-warming emissions of more than 5 coal-fired power plants. The agency added that the actual figure could be significantly smaller or three …

5 Whistleblowers: CDPHE air pollution supervisors unlawfully told pollution modelers to ignore federal law in drawing up industry permits and also demanded the use of bad data to get permits to fit under EPA emission limits

Denver Post and Colorado Sun articles, April and May 2021 Colorado far from meeting emissions-reduction goals, report says, Denver Post, May 14, 2021. Polis rejects sector-by-sector emissions caps, while a new report from Energy Innovation and the Rocky Mountain Institute shows the state is way off track for meeting 2030 and 2050 goals set by 2019 legislation.   Colorado Department of …

Capitalism Feeds Struggle and Inequality

Richard Wolfe, May 2021, LA Progressive, FacebookTwitterPinterestRedditShare In France, the United States and beyond, capitalism justified itself by reference to its achievement or at least its targeting of equality in general. This equality included the distribution of wealth and income, at least in theory and rhetoric. Yet from the beginning, all capitalisms wrestled with contradictions between lip service to equality …

Social costs of carbon pollution and climate damage in Colorado

This article does not take account of air pollution health costs from fossil fuel combustion, which greatly exceed the costs of production of fossil fuels and profit from them, which would indicate a rapid phase out if the public interest could prevail. ** https://coloradosun.com/2021/05/25/social-cost-of-carbon-colorado-laws/ How much damage does climate change cause in Colorado? Leaders are trying to put a price …

How offsets just don’t work

Here is a ProPublica piece on additionality and a forestry project backed by Audubon. As folks have noted, we need to be careful about the narrative that we just need to fix offsets, but I think this article really shows how these programs are a scam that no amount of tweaking will fix. And there are these gems: “I think …

How to spot the difference between a real climate policy and greenwashing guff

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/may/06/difference-real-climate-policy-greenwashing-emissions By Damian Carrington Unless actions by governments and corporations cut emissions in the here and now, a dose of scepticism is in order So it’s goodbye climate deniers, hello – and you’ll pardon me for being blunt here – climate bullshitters. The impacts of the climate emergency are now so obvious, only the truly deluded still deny them. Instead, …