Shifting the balance of forces through sanctions against Trump and US carbon capital

Boycott Divestment Sanctions” (BDS) movements have been effective against Israeli apartheid and during 1985-94, splitting white business from the South African apartheid regime. BDS against the US could succeed if US progressives are motivated to call for a world boycott of the US government plus key Trump-related corporations. “Trump is known to like walls. Maybe a wall of carbon tariffs …

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. …

Virtually all of the state’s climate progress has come from cleaner electricity generation, which Xcel would slow down. At 73% fossil fueled electricity generation now, Xcel wants to add gas through 2023.

The world’s top climate scientists warned last year that in order to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change, governments around the world must cut these carbon emissions in half by 2030 (on average – arguably the US much faster) and achieve net zero emissions not long after that. Led by Governor Jared Polis and Democrats in the state legislature, Colorado …

Long-term exposure to ground level ozone is like smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. Just a slightly elevated level of air pollution can lead to lung damage, even for people who have never smoked.

Aug 2019 It turns out you don’t need to smoke for a lifetime to get emphysema. Just breathing polluted air can give it to you, according to a new study that is the largest and the longest of its kind. “We found that an increase of about three parts per billion [of ground-level ozone] outside your home was equivalent to smoking a pack of …

Fracking causing rise in methane emissions, study finds

Researchers can track a marker of fracked gas and say the boom in shale oil and gas major contributor to climate emergency. The amount of methane — a powerful greenhouse gas — has increased dramatically in the atmosphere since 2008. The rise in fracking began about the same time. Credit: Robert Howarth via Biogeosciences. This work is distributed under the …

Shifting Subsidies to Renewable Energy Instead of Propping Up Fossil Fuel Giants Would Prompt ‘Clean Energy Revolution’, Study Shows

“What we are doing is using taxpayers’ money to boost hurricanes, to spread droughts, to melt glaciers, to bleach corals. In one word: to destroy the world.” August 01, 2019 in Common Dreams by Julia Conley, staff writer A new report by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) showed that if just 10 to 30 percent of the annual …

IPCC’s land report shows the problem with farming based around oil, not soil

August 8, 2019, Anna KrzywoszynskaResearch Fellow and Associate Director of the Institute for Sustainable Food, University of Sheffield The word “climate” makes most of us look up to the sky – however, the IPCC’s new special report on climate change and land should make us all look under our feet. Land, the report shows, is intimately linked to the climate. Changes in …

World’s 8th Largest Bank Says the Party Is Over for Oil Companies: ‘We conclude that the economics of oil for gasoline and diesel vehicles versus wind- and solar-powered EVs are now in relentless and irreversible decline, with far-reaching implications for both policymakers and the oil majors’

August 12th, 2019 by Steve Hanley, BNP Paribas Says The Party Is Over For Oil Companies, in Clean Technica Does it seem to you as though the world is poised at the precipice of a major realignment of traditional thinking? A Volkswagen executive this week said electric cars will reach price parity with conventional cars in the near future, something that seemed nearly impossible …

New York Says Climate Suit About Protecting Residents, Not Regulating Emissions

Climate Liability News, March 2019 Litigation/New York Says Climate Suit About Protecting Residents, Not Regulating Emissions New York City wants to shift the burden of protecting the city back onto the companies it says have overwhelmingly caused the climate crisis. Photo credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images Litigation |  March 27, 2019  print By Karen Savage In its latest brief trying to keep alive its …