If we want to set smart goals for improving climate change outcomes we need to incentivize adoption of electric vehicles. There is no barrier to adoption in this article that couldn’t be overcome with smart incentives. No new tech needed. Winners: all of humanity! Losers: energy companies too slow to adapt.
The International Energy Agency has estimated that electric vehicles would have to account for at least 40 percent of passenger vehicle sales by 2040 for the world to have a chance of meeting the climate goals outlined in the Paris agreement, keeping total global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.
When Will Electric Cars Go Mainstream? It May Be Sooner Than You Think https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/08/climate/electric-cars-batteries.html
Besides the climate peril the President has put us in, pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord is a big step toward ceding global leadership to the Chinese.
Trump and his friends are just so stupid and greedy it never ceases to boggle the mind. They just don’t get that we lead by positive example not by military and capitalist might.
Sad. The harm Trump and the GOP are doing will be felt for a long time.
Sadder. Trump’s Russian influence peddling distracts from the greater threat he has exposed us to.
Trump Hands the Chinese a Gift: The Chance for Global Leadership https://nyti.ms/2rwIWHo
Eating meat and other animal products doesn’t have to be a binary choice such as veganism to do good.
We can improve health and environmental outcomes by eating less. The author calls it Reducetarian. We all know that livestock production is a major contributor to climate change. Now you can feel good about consuming fewer animal products rather then cutting them out entirely.
The States will have to make up for what the Federal Government can’t do for the climate.
The Brookings Institution reported this month that between 2000 and 2014, 33 states and the District of Columbia cut carbon emissions while expanding their economies. That list includes red states run by Republican legislatures, like Alaska, Georgia, Tennessee and West Virginia.
In some states, including Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska and parts of Texas, new wind turbines can generate electricity at a lower cost, without subsidies, than any other technology, according to a report published this month by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin.
States Will Lead on Climate Change in the Trump Era http://nyti.ms/2ivLwpp
Climate change shouldn’t be framed as a war. There’s no us vs. them. The author makes that case that we need to see it as a revolution. In so doing we don’t need a war machine to produce our way out of the problem. We need to revolutionize the way we produce and consume energy and who does and doesn’t benefit from that.
if we understand that the enemy is not our physical environment, but the unjust social relations that allow some to gain at the expense of and risk to others, then technological solutions can be a part, but only a part, of the plan.
We Don’t Need a ‘War’ on Climate Change, We Need a Revolution http://nyti.ms/2dUh36w
This is where the real political change needs to happen, in Congress and the State legislatures. The president has much less influence than we collectively believe. To really push the most important agenda item, climate change, we need to get the Rightist fools out of the House.
Sometimes it’s overwhelming thinking about all the work we need to do to make this a better country for everyone. But this year more than any we need to focus on a single issue. There really isn’t much time left to turn the climate ship around. As this article suggest we’d be far better focusing on ousting the do nothing obstructionist conservatives who have gerrymandered their way into office.
Take Back the House, Democrats. Please. http://nyti.ms/2civcWy
When you ignore the Republicans and their self serving ignorance about climate change you get down to the reality that it’s already happening.
This article is maddening to read. How can the fools in Congress look at this objective reality and say it’s not happening?
It doesn’t matter in some ways. Republicans can call it a conspiracy, but it really just comes down to a question of who will pay to remediate the coming floods?
Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun http://nyti.ms/2c9EXZQ