Tag: Apocalypse Soon

I Wish John Fetterman Would Talk About Climate Change Again

Fetterman is leading Dr. Oz in the swing state, despite a debilitating stroke that has made it difficult for him to campaign in person. Many centrist Democrats would probably agree with his decision to avoid climate, which some in the consultant class view as a niche, polarizing “culture war” issue. Fetterman has excelled at focusing […]

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Hurricane Ian Exposes Ron DeSantis’s Faux-Environmentalism

Meanwhile, local governments such as in Miami Beach have taken matters into their own hands, aggressively pushing sustainability efforts including raising streets, building water pumping infrastructure, and erecting new seawalls, while others like Broward County used the occasion of 2020 to launch broader efforts at mitigation and sustainability awareness which include an aggressive effort to convert […]

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Progressives Didn’t Kill Manchin’s Permitting Reform Deal—but It Did Deserve to Die

The costs of new fossil fuel installations are not hypothetical. New oil pipelines, a recent study from Global Energy Monitor found, are “dramatically at odds with plans to limit global warming to 1.5C or 2C.” The United States is the world leader in building those, with 1,758 miles under development. More than twice the amount of […]

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A Company Behind the Mountain Valley Pipeline Is Showering Schumer With More Donations Than Manchin

The Mountain Valley Pipeline has accumulated more than 350 water quality violations and other environmental infractions since construction began in 2018. The permitting reform bill would go to remarkable lengths to protect the project from local and national scrutiny, mandating that any future legal challenges to either the pipeline or any of the bill’s provisions be […]

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Manchin’s Energy Permitting Bill Is a Failure of Democracy

The bill also creates a rolling list of national priority projects eligible for an expedited federal review, five of which—in the first seven years after the bill is passed—need to be fossil fuels or biofuels at any given time. And it limits the amount of time available under the National Environmental Policy Act for fighting […]

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John Kerry Refuses to Feel “Guilty” for Climate Change

There have been numerous proposals, though, to fund loss and damage internationally without relying on congressional approval here. “People [outside the U.S.] understand the U.S. political system just as well as you guys do because our fate is tied up with it half the time,” Yamin said. This week, U.N chief António Guterres expressed support for […]

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Puerto Rico Can Blame Its Total Blackout on Predatory Companies and Poor Decisions in Washington

Unlike companies or U.S. states that have trouble servicing their debts, Puerto Rico can’t formally declare bankruptcy. So the Fiscal Oversight and Management Board—known as “La Junta”—was imposed by Congress and the Obama administration in 2016 to oversee the debt restructuring process and the island’s finances, executing effective veto power over plans made by its […]

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Shell’s Internal Emails Show Just How Cynical Oil Companies’ Emissions Promises Are

These transactions and their afterlives can be difficult to track for a number of reasons. Since they’re not publicly traded, the private equity firms and smaller drillers that tend to buy up assets that Shell and other large companies offload aren’t obligated to provide much transparency to the public or regulators about what they do […]

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Will the Next Pandemic Start With Chickens?

No one I asked, however—not Murphey, not the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, not Lincoln Premium Poultry—said they were aware of a second problem that Lanc had observed: manure being loaded onto trucks at one of the Gallus-owned barns near his house, within the control area, another act that should have required permits. (Lanc had notified […]

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Patagonia Won’t Save the World Without Addressing Some of Its Prior Failures

The world’s institutions—both brands and NGOs alike— welcomed the Higg MSI with open arms and little to no research. After partnering with the global NGO World Resources Institute, Higg Co., the for-profit selling the index, raised $50 million in funding in April this year, and its index full of dubious data became the accounting metric […]

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Why Resolving Democrats’ Internal War on Climate Policy Will Be Hard

The draft text of permitting reform expands the scope of categorical exclusions that are regularly applied to oil and gas projects—including BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig—in a way that could include more clean energy projects, and level the playing field. Many advocates are leery of categorical exclusions writ large. A more careful analysis also isn’t necessarily […]

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Marjorie Taylor Greene’s New Climate Theory Is Absurd. It’s Also Very Smart.

The right is, of course, wrong to fantasize that the climate crisis is ushering in a totalitarian state in which Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez takes away your hamburgers. But the rhetorical assault on pleasure, without an optimistic vision of what we gain by addressing the climate crisis, plays into the hands of people like Marjorie Taylor Greene. […]

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The Fed’s Aggressive Rate Hikes Will Hurt Poor Nations Facing Climate Catastrophe

Among them is Pakistan, where at least 1,400 people have been killed in flooding that has displaced at least 35 million people. In the midst of a physical and political crisis sparked by rising food and fuel prices, Pakistan has also been attempting to secure additional funds from the International Monetary Fund to stay afloat, […]

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California Is Finally Confronting the Fossil Fuel Industry

Since Kern County is also a major agricultural producer, though, it can be difficult to isolate what exactly is causing residents’ health problems. “It’s very hard to say that the oil and gas pump in my backyard is causing the fatigue, dizziness, nosebleeds, and headaches,” Aguirre said. “It could be the pesticides in the field […]

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Historic Fire Lookout Towers Are Burning Down in Today’s Megafires

Indigenous communities across California haven’t just been discouraged from practicing intentional fire use—they’ve been criminalized for it. “Ten, 15 years ago, we would’ve went to jail for that,” explained Mendes. “You can’t have fires. And we still kind of struggle with that, where we have agencies that want to come onto reservation lands and suppress […]

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Mississippi’s Dry Run for Eco-Apartheid

In advance of a “Stop the Steal Rally” in Jackson last November, Republican State Representative Steve Hopkins dubbed the city “Mordor on the Pearl”—Mordor being the city where evil goblin hybrids and their power-hungry dictator live in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings books, and the Pearl being the river that runs through Jackson. (Hopkins […]

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Resurrecting the Tasmanian Tiger Is a Dumb Project

Luckily, and perhaps surprisingly, however, wildlife conservation policy enjoys bipartisan support. As Vox recently reported, Congress is about to pass the biggest wildlife protection bill in 50 years (unrelated to the climate policy contained in the Inflation Reduction Act, which clearly will also affect wildlife). The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, or RAWA, has passed the […]

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Rural Energy Is Especially Dirty and in Debt. Enter the Inflation Reduction Act.

For Democrats, there could be political benefits to bringing coops into the energy transition, as well. Coops serve 92 percent of “persistent-poverty” counties in 47 states, including many in places that now lean heavily Republican. But more isolated places haven’t always tilted right, Hatlestad points out. Agrarian and rural populists in places like West Virginia, […]

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The Deranged Demands of the “Anti-ESG” Movement

Unsurprisingly, then, the attorneys general’s rhetoric about the proposed rule has been noticeably hyperbolic, suggesting a rule merely requiring companies to disclose information to the SEC, as they do regularly, is nothing less than all-out war on American identity. “The woke left is going full throttle in their mission to change every facet of American life,” […]

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No, the Inflation Reduction Act Did Not “Overturn” West Virginia v. EPA

“What’s really the issue is what sort of regulations other provisions in the [Clean Air Act] authorize. That was the issue in West Virginia v. EPA and I don’t see anything in the IRA that effects that,” explains Jonathan Adler, director of the Coleman P. Burke Center for Environmental Law at the Case Western Reserve […]

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Made-in-America Electric Cars: Good in Theory but a Complicated Mess in Practice

As Roosevelt Institute’s Todd Tucker has noted, the IRA grafts the kinds of provisions usually found in procurement deals onto its broad suite of tax incentives. That is, requirements that would usually be in place only when certain firms sell goods and services to the government will now be inscribed into the tax code. Off […]

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A Grassroots Anti-Environmentalist Movement Grows in Oregon

This past April, Timber Unity hosted a gubernatorial debate for 11 Republican primary candidates, at which candidate Brandon Merritt encouraged the crowd to chant, “Let’s go, Brandon,” and questions focused on the declining timber industry. During the primary season, the group endorsed 16 County Commission candidates. Sanchez, the PAC co-director, did not yet know as […]

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Wildlife Shouldn’t Suffer Because of Human Stupidity

Some of these encounters have ended in tragedy on the bison’s end. Park rangers at Yellowstone bend over backwards to urge people to not approach any animals for any reason. In one particularly foolish incident in 2016, however, two tourists came across a newborn bison calf, concluded that it “looked cold,” put it in their […]

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Big Energy Bill? Don’t Pay!

“Energy companies are allowed to make record profits while regular working people are paying for these profits,” Lewis said. “We’re being told to sacrifice our holidays and our savings while companies like Centrica and Shell can make record profits.” Don’t Pay UK isn’t calling for nationalization, but groups like Common Wealth and the non-profit We […]

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Celebrate the Inflation Reduction Act. Then Double Down on Demonizing Fossil Fuels.

Fourth, we need to bring all the stigmatization efforts described above to bear against the Wall Street financiers behind our fossil fuel opponents. Coalitions like Stop the Money Pipeline have been advancing this work for years; it’s time they got the resources necessary to launch campaigns targeting every bank, pension fund, state treasurer, and insurer […]

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If Republicans Really Wanted to Fight Crime, They’d Support Climate Policy

This isn’t surprising, given conservative resistance to pretty much any policy response to crime that focuses on compassionate prevention rather than punitive reaction. And Republicans have a particular antipathy to policies mitigating or addressing climate change. The Senate Democrats just passed a historic climate package and not one Republican senator voted for it, despite their […]

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An Easier Way to Fight Inflation and Climate Change: Price Controls

“We are in a situation of geopolitical tensions, pandemic and climate change creating an environment where economic activity isn’t as stable and smooth as it once was,” says Weber, an economist at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst who consulted on the bill. In Europe, gas shortages this winter, exacerbated by a potential shut-off of Russian gas, […]

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It’s Good When Science Confirms That Depression Is Complicated

Building on Twarog’s work, the influential biochemist Dilworth Wayne Woolley suggested that serotonin might play an important role in mental illness. In 1974, researchers developed the first serotonin reuptake inhibitor, or SSRI, intended to treat depression. It was called fluoxetine, better known by the brand name Prozac. Today, millions of Americans are on antidepressants—not just […]

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