Utilities Knew: Documenting Electric Utilities’ Early Knowledge and Ongoing Deception on Climate Change From 1968-2017

Download report: Utilities Knew: Documenting Electric Utilities’ Early Knowledge and Ongoing Deception on Climate Change From 1968-2017 From Energy and Policy Institute Scientists had begun to warn electric utilities about climate change by 1968, and by 1988 the industry’s official research and development organization had acknowledged that, “There is growing consensus in the scientific community that the greenhouse effect is real.” Despite this early …

This myth about chimps helps justify patriarchy and war

This myth about chimps helps justify patriarchy and war, Ilana Strauss, TreeHugger.com January 15, 2019 © Sergey Uryadnikov/Shutterstock Are chimps really humanity’s single closest cousins? I recently saw a video that claimed chimpanzees are humanity’s closest cousins. You hear this a lot in articles and videos — that chimpanzees are the closest animals to humans. It’s not true. Chimpanzees may be …

Should water, gas, and electricity utilities be nationalised?

In Debating Europe, https://www.debatingeurope.eu/2016/04/04/should-water-gas-and-electricity-utilities-be-nationalised/ 04/04/2016 Three Quarters Of British People Want To Re-Nationalize Utilities, Leonard Hyman & William Tilles , OilPrice.com, Jan 27, 2018 Also see: https://utilityweek.co.uk/the-case-for-renationalisation/   Should basic services such as water, gas, and electricity utilities be governed by the free market? Or should they be considered a “public good”, and nationalised to keep prices down?  The latter policy fell out of fashion …

Legal Strategies Abound as Climate Liability Trend Becomes a Wave

Legal Strategies Abound as Climate Liability Trend Becomes a Wave, Dana Drugmand, 11 Jan 2019 Dutch Court Decision. Credit: Chantal Bekker 2018 was the year when the climate liability trend became a wave, with actions from New York City to France to the Philippines and Colombia putting the fossil industry under pressure to take responsibility for the climate impacts of …

Climate change’s impact on groundwater could leave ‘environmental timebomb’

Climate change’s impact on groundwater could leave ‘environmental timebomb’, Daisy Dunne, Carbon Brief, 21 January 2019 Over the next 100 years, the full impact that climate change is having on groundwater resources will become apparent in half of the world’s aquifers, a study concludes. The findings come from the first assessment of how long it could take groundwater to react …

Energy Democracy Scorecard

REGENERATIVE ENERGY SYSTEMS Key Principles: Renewable (source), De-commodified (use v. exchange), Sustainable (eco-focused), Resilient (distributed), Shared (commons/ownership) Category Data Source Extractive (0) Transactional (1) Transitional (2) Energy Democracy (3) Renewable Energy Generation System Ask to see your City’s Energy Portfolio Achieved by buying and selling RECs, control maintained by utilities 80% of renewable energy on grid is through RECs, with …

Fracking Moratorium Demand Letter with Concerns of 1 Million Coloradans Delivered to Governor Polis Prior to Inauguration

January 4, 2019 Dear Governor-elect Polis, Congratulations on your impending inauguration as Governor of Colorado. We look forward to your governorship and a new chapter in the history of Colorado. We hope this chapter will be more progressive, inclusive, and diverse than ever before. As Executive Director of Colorado Rising, it is my responsibility to express the very serious concerns …

Why Excluding Nuclear, Fossils With Carbon Capture, & Biofuels From The Green New Deal Makes Financial & Climate Sense

Why Excluding Nuclear, Fossils With Carbon Capture, & Biofuels From The Green New Deal Makes Financial & Climate Sense — #RealityCheck, by Mark Jacobson on Clean Technica, 24 Jan 2019  The Green New Deal and multiple proposed laws and resolutions in the U.S. House (HRes.540, HR.3314, HR.3671) and Senate (SRes.632, S.987) call for the United States to move entirely from …