Tag: Environment

Five Ways to Talk to Kids About Climate Change (and Have Fun Too)

Yves here. While I know that teaching children about climate change is important and dificult, this post’s framing bothers my inner curmudgeon. I’ve never been big on fun and games, particularly in  learning. On top of that, activities that children were supposed to enjoy (art class!) were usually the things I despised (I saw art […]

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U.S. ‘’Oil Weapon’’ Could Change Geopolitics Forever

By Tim Daiss, an oil markets analyst, journalist and author working out of the Asia-Pacific region for 12 years. He has covered oil, energy markets and geopolitics for Forbes, Platts, Interfax, NewsBase, Rigzone, and the UK-based Independent (newspaper) as well as providing energy markets analysis for subscription newsletters. Originally published at OilPrice In a dynamic […]

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Obama-Era Oil Leases Broke the Law by Not Assessing Climate Impact, Judge Rules

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration violated federal law by failing to adequately take into account the climate change impact of leasing public land for oil gas drilling in Wyoming, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. But the decision by the United […]

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Who’s Behind Trump’s Claim the Green New Deal Will Cost $100 Trillion?

Lambert here: The usual suspects, but it’s always nice to see names named. By Dave Anderson, Energy and Policy Institute. Cross-posted from DeSmog Blog. President Trump’s claim that the Green New Deal would cost $100 trillion can be traced back to the Manhattan Institute, a think tank backed by fossil fuel investor Paul Singer and […]

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Of Course We Can Pay for a Green New Deal, but We Can’t Escape Hard Choices

Yves here. This post on the Green New Deal highlights an issue that hasn’t come close to getting the attention it warrants: the operational and organizational demands. However, it’s odd that the author does not consider revenue sharing, a program launched by that great American socialist Richard Nixon. Nixon believed that the federal government was […]

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W.S. Merwin, Poet of Life’s Evanescence, Dies at 91

W. S. Merwin, a formidable American poet who for more than 60 years labored under a formidable poetic yoke: the imperative of using language — an inescapably concrete presence on the printed page — to conjure absence, silence and nothingness, died on Friday at his home near Haiku-Pauwela, Hawaii. He was 91. His death was […]

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Beto O’Rourke Invokes ‘Those Who Were on the Beaches in Normandy’ in Climate Change Pitch

In an appearance on his newly launched campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) argued that the United States could tackle climate change because of its standing as the “indispensable nation.” O’Rourke invoked the landing on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day during World War II to bolster his argument. “Now, […]

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Can American Foreign Policy Be Greened?

In the 1977 novel Edith’s Diary, by the great crime writer Patricia Highsmith, Edith is the mother of a dipsomaniacal good-for-nothing who records in her diary not the truth about her son but, instead, the compensatory fantasy that he is a grad student in engineering, the husband of a charming wife, […]

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A Landscape Lewis and Clark Would Recognize Is Now Under Threat

The Northern Rockies are surely near the top of the list of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. Its ranges contain one of the last great expanses of biodiversity left in the continental United States, including most of the species that were there when Lewis and Clark first passed through in […]

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Tiny Costa Rica Has a Green New Deal, Too. It Matters for the Whole Planet.

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica — It’s a green big deal for a tiny sliver of a country. Costa Rica, population 5 million, wants to wean itself from fossil fuels by 2050, and the chief evangelist […]

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The 2020 Democrats of the ‘Anti-Green New Deal Coalition’

By Kendra Chamberlain, a freelance journalist overing renewable energy technology and smart infrastructure. Originally published at DeSmog Blog Follow her on twitter @KendraRC976 Support for the ambitious Green New Deal proposal has uncovered widening rifts within the Democratic Party as presidential candidates begin fleshing out their 2020 platforms. To date, […]

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India Bans Plastics Waste Imports, While Fossil Fuel Plastics Pushers in US and China Ramp Up to Party On

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. India last week banned imports of plastics waste for recycling. This move will exacerbate the worldwide recycling crisis. Regular readers know that China in 2017 stopped importing […]

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Vice President Calls Green New Deal ‘Socialism’ to Oil and Gas Group

Vice President Mike Pence raised a warning at Friday’s Oil and Gas Association annual meeting against the Green New Deal and Medicare for All as liberals simply embracing a socialist system. “It’s probably becoming obvious to you too that the choice we face could not be clearer,” Pence said. “It is remarkable to think that […]

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Mike Pence Asks Oil and Gas Industry to Promote Trump Accomplishments in 2020

“Give voice to the progress that we have made,” Vice President Mike Pence urged Oil and Gas Association annual meeting participants in Ohio on Friday. “Number one, keep growing and keep prospering. Keep taking risks,” Pence urged those gathered in Columbus for the Oil and Gas Association meeting. This was the first of two main […]

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Apple’s 2019 supplier report shows progress on labor and health issues

Though Apple designs its own products, it leaves both component supply and final assembly to third-party suppliers — companies that collectively employ armies to serve Apple’s needs. Since those companies aren’t always compliant with local laws or Apple’s own standards of conduct, Apple produces an annual guide to their performance, called […]

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The Potency of Republicans’ Hamburger Lie

Conservatives are starting beef with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez again. Earlier this month, on Showtime’s Desus & Mero talk show, the freshman congresswoman said her plan to fight climate change—the Green New Deal—would require the meat industry to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. “We gotta address factory farming,” she said. “Maybe we […]

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Green New Deal Sponsor AOC Spent $29,000 on Rideshare Services

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), the self-described Democratic Socialist who sponsored the “Green New Deal” legislation in the House, reportedly spent more than $29,000 on gas-guzzling rideshare services. Although the freshman Democrat lawmaker hawked the legislation with a goal of “full transition off fossil fuels and zero greenhouse gases” over ten years, her campaign spent $29,365.70 on […]

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Greenpeace Co-Founder on AOC: ‘Pompous Little Twit’ — Green New Deal Would Cause ‘Mass Death’

Patrick Moore, the co-founder of Greenpeace who left the organization he said has been “hijacked by eco-fascists,’ weighed in on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal resolution calling her a “pompous little twit” on social media. @AOCPompous little twit. You don’t have a plan to grow food for 8 billion people without fossil fuels, or […]

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Exclusive—EPA’s Andrew Wheeler: Green New Deal Activists Don’t Want American ‘Energy Domination’

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday that Green New Deal activists do not want American ‘energy domination.’ Wheeler told Breitbart News about how he plans to enact President Donald Trump’s policy of “energy dominance” as the newly confirmed leader […]

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Republic of Thirst, Part 3: ‘Creating’ New Water for California Through Innovation

“Republic of Thirst” is a three-part series made possible by a generous fellowship from the Robert Novak Foundation. Part 1 of this series explored current debates about the allocation of California’s scarce water resources. Part 2 explored whether the water supply could be expanded by building new reservoirs. Part 3 explores whether California might alleviate its […]

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The World Is Losing Fish to Eat as Oceans Warm, Study Finds

Fish populations are declining as oceans warm, putting a key source of food and income at risk for millions of people around the world, according to new research published Thursday. The study found that the amount of seafood that humans could sustainably harvest from a wide range of species shrank […]

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Trump Is Increasingly Isolated on Climate Science as Silence and Denial Recede Around Him

WASHINGTON — New efforts by President Trump and his staff to question or undermine the established science of climate change have created a widening rift between the White House on one side, and scientific facts, government agencies, and some leading figures in the president’s own party on the other. The […]

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