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Posted October 18, 2017

One thing that has always puzzled me about the people—nearly all white men—who have chosen to damn the world to serve their greed is that they all know that climate change is real and that humans (mostly them) are to blame. They understand the reality of the situation and choose to make it worse. Do they really expect us to stop fighting them? Do they expect us to lie down and let them build their pipelines and coal plants over our bones, to let this beautiful planet rot and die? Don’t they know we fight for so much more than them? They lie, cheat, and steal to get a new yacht, a bigger house, a fancier car; we fight for our lives, our children’s lives, our grandchildren’s lives. We fight for the future of the human species. They have played a clever game—dividing opposition, sowing confusion and doubt—so that they can squeeze the last dirty drops of profit from the home we all share. But what they seem not to realize is that as long as even one of us remains with a conscience and a sense of purpose beyond kleptomania, we’ll keep fighting them. Don’t they understand they are going to lose?

—Jon Conway, Ph.D., Greenpower Research Director

5. Republican Mayor Transforms California City Into ‘The Solar Capital of the Universe’ ThinkProgress

Lancaster Choice Energy was one of the first Community Choice Energy programs in California, and the first in the state established to serve a single city. Now it’s well on its way to becoming one of the epicenters for solar on the West Coast—all thanks to a Republican. Really, it shouldn’t be as surprising as it is that a pro-business mayor supports renewable energy; solar is just good business. Despite only receiving a fraction of the state and federal subsidies enjoyed by fossil fuels, wind and solar are already more than competitive on the energy market and are some of the biggest job creators in the country. When you remove the toxic and, frankly, insane allegiance to fossil fuels, there is no reason why dirty fuels should be prioritized over better sources of energy.

"I think Lancaster is a fantastic story about clean energy and job creation, and it’s a great American story about reinventing. The Republican mayor has reinvented Lancaster as a clean energy capital." Jeff Tannenbaum, sPower chair

4. Shell Acquires NewMotion EV Charging Network Gas2

When one of the biggest oil companies in history begins the transition to support electric vehicles, it’s time to sit up and pay attention. Shell seems to be reading the writing on the wall: the future is electric. Just like the horse and buggy was replaced by the gas-powered automobile, so will that automobile be replaced by the electric vehicle. It’s refreshing to see a fossil fuel company act in humanity’s best interest, even if that’s only also because it’s also its own long-term self interest. We should laud all forms of investment in sustainability. After all, Shell’s CEO and shareholders live on this planet with the rest of us!

3. As Trump Retreats, States Are Joining Forces on Climate Action Yale Environment 360

The formation of the U.S. Climate Alliance within hours of Trump announcing like a petulant, spoiled, ignorant child his intention to pull the country out of the Paris Agreement came as a ray of hope in a dark time. It showed us that outside of the fascist bizarro world of the Trump administration, there were still leaders in government committed to actually acting in the interests of the people they are supposed to represent. The Alliance has grown since its inception to include 14 states and hurricane-rocked Puerto Rico, and represents the majority of the American economy. States like California have already shown that they can decouple economic growth from greenhouse gas emissions, and are setting high-profile goals that will lead the rest of the nation.

2. Petition Denied for Ending DAPL Attorney Provisions Bismarck Tribune

This past year has, tragically, been rife with far too much pain, suffering, and death. This should cause heartache, guilt, and embarrassment for Trump and his fossil fuel cronies. The silver lining may be that, despite assembling an all-star team of corporate fascists, Trump has still been unable to successfully inflict the worst of his desires on us because of the unprecedented resistance manifested against him at every level. Now comes a ruling that peaceful water protectors unlawfully arrested (with the help of a racist mercenary group operating in the state without a permit) during the illegal construction of the Dakota Access pipeline can continue to be represented by out-of-state attorneys. This may not be a major blow to the forces of fascism, but it is one more thorn in Trump’s side. That should be something that all advocates for due process, human rights, clean water, a liveable climate, and democracy should celebrate!

"I think it's a strong signal from the North Dakota Supreme Court of support for the due process and the right of defendants in these cases to have adequate representation and to be treated fairly by the judicial system." Attorney Bruce Nestor

1. Judge Allows 'Necessity' Defense by Climate Activists in Oil Pipeline Protest Inside Climate News

The importance of this last event is hard to overstate. You may recall last year’s news about several climate activists who filmed themselves breaking into and manually shutting down oil and gas pipelines across the country and their subsequent voluntary arrests. I certainly do, as I was fortunate enough to shake the hand of Michael Foster, who shut down the Keystone pipeline in North Dakota, at a local divestment march. (He was found guilty earlier this month and faces 21 years in prison for his sacrifice.) Now, a Minnesota judge has allowed Emily Johnston, Annette Klapstein, and Benjamin Joldersma to argue that they acted out of necessity; that is, they had no alternative to prevent physical harm from fossil fuel-caused climate change than to shut down the pipelines. This means that the judge is at least open to the possibility that there is a direct link between fossil fuel infrastructure and direct physical harm—a connection that the recent climate change-exacerbated hurricanes, floods, and fires have made plain. I could hardly imagine a more threatening outcome for the fossil fuel industry than if physically shutting down oil and gas pipelines was ruled legal!

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