TWITE 06.08.17

Posted June 07, 2017

Welcome back, dear reader, for the latest edition of Greenpower’s This Week in the Environment (TWITE). As always, Dr. Jon Conway stayed atop a busy news cycle in the wake of the president’s sad (but not shocking...can we be shocked by anything this guy does anymore?) announcement that he pulled the United States from the Paris Agreement last week. Fortunately, as you likely know by now, a coalition of city and state leaders banded together to let the world know that a majority of the people of this beautiful nation want to keep it that way, and that we won’t abandon efforts to make the world a better place—no matter that crass, selfish, anti-factual (more on that below) individuals might be setting the national agenda. In any case, we hope you’ll enjoy the read. And, together, let’s keep showing the world that we still embrace local solutions to global warming.

5. Climate change progress at Trump's EPA is grinding to a halt, workers reveal The Guardian

Former EPA antagonist and current EPA Director/climate denier Scott Pruitt’s “back to basics” agenda for EPA activities is succeeding in undermining key climate research, according to reports from climate scientists at the agency. Researchers are being pulled from projects, denied funding, and prohibited from communicating with other scientists in a clear effort to prevent further research from threatening the interests of the fossil fuel companies who now own a controlling share of the federal government.

"I don’t think the administration is serious about protecting human health, but I am, and I’m going to keep at it." Anonymous EPA climate scientist

4. Trump got climate change almost entirely wrong in his Paris speech Vice

Last Thursday, the President of the United States stood in front of the world and spouted a torrent of bald-faced lies to justify officially positioning this country as an opponent to every other country and every single human being on the planet. While it was clear to anyone with even a passing understanding of the Paris Agreement, climate change, or history that Trump’s “facts” were either heavily distorted or complete fabrications, the sheer volume of falsehoods he managed to fit into his speech made it difficult to sort out exactly how he was wrong. Fortunately, a number of news sources have released fact checks—like this one from Vice—to help concerned citizens stay on top of the truth.

3. Generals Warn That U.S. Security Is at Stake In Race for New Energy Superiority Bloomberg

Perhaps the highest priority for the US government over the last half century has been to establish and maintain the US as the preeminent global superpower, but in less than six months Trump has nearly single-handedly undermined our standing on the world stage. A recent report from top military leaders lays out the case for the ways in which Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement threatens national security by breaking international alliances and placing major hurdles in our race for sustainable energy.

"Ceding U.S. leadership here has inherent national security risk, including loss of global influence and diplomatic leverage, as well as forgone economic opportunities." Quoted from a report by former high-ranking US military officials

2. 'World's Most Ambitious Target' to Go 100% Renewables Just Passed the California Senate EcoWatch

Trump can pull out of the Paris Agreement, but he cannot triumph over the ambitions of the Golden State. A new bill that just passed the state senate, SB 100, will be heavily influential in the renewable revolution. Proposed by Senate President Pro Tempore, Kevin De Leon of the 24th district, the bill would enhance California’s already groundbreaking goal of procuring 50% of all energy generated from renewable sources by 2030 to 50% by 2026, 60% by 2030, and 100% by 2045.

1. Climate Declaration Represents 120 Million Americans and $6.2 Trillion of the U.S. Economy WeAreStillIn

More than half of Americans wanted the US to remain in the Paris Agreement, according to polling results. In response to Trump’s wildly unpopular decision, 125 cities, 9 states, 902 businesses and investors, and 183 colleges and universities—representing more than a third of both the US population and GDP—have signed a declaration to remain in cooperation with the rest of the world on climate action.

In addition to this statement, since President Trump’s announcement to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, 211 Climate Mayors have adopted the Paris Agreement goals for their cities, 13 Governors have formed the bipartisan U.S. Climate Alliance, and 17 governors have released individual statements standing by Paris.

" Today’s statement embraces this rapidly growing movement of subnational and civil society leaders, by announcing that not only are these leaders stepping forward, they are stepping forward together."

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