Look Around: The Costs of Not Acting on Climate Are Adding Up Fast

From major hurricanes and flooding to droughts and fires, the refusal to accept the science of global warming is getting very expensive. — by Common Dreams staff As Houston begins a recovery from Hurricane Harvey that is likely to last several years and cost many billions of dollars, the threat of extreme weather events around the …

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News & Views | 04.25.17

  Betraying ‘Hire American’ Pledge, Trump Rewards Companies Offshoring US Jobsby Lauren McCauleyThough he has the power, President Trump has yet to wield his executive authority to stop U.S. jobs from being shipped abroad   It’s Now Been Three Long Years Since Flint Had Clean Waterby Nika KnightFlint, Michigan has not had clean water since …

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‘Sheer Reckless Folly’: Trump Destroys Obama-Era Climate Rules

“Aside from provoking a large-scale nuclear war, it is hard to imagine an American president taking an action more harmful to the U.S. than Trump’s effort to accelerate greenhouse gas emissions” — by Nika Knight, staff writer at CommonDreams President Donald Trump on Tuesday set about aggressively dismantling Obama-era climate policies with an executive order …

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On Day One, Trump’s WhiteHouse.gov Scrubs Every Mention of Combating Climate Change

New administration’s official site offers ‘America First Energy Plan’ which boasts ‘direct obstacle to a livable future’ by promoting fracking and coal — by Andrea Germanos, staff writer at CommonDreams Soon after Donald Trump took his oath as the 45th President of the United States, the new White House web page for his administration went up. …

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#Rexxon ‘not aware’ of the existence of fossil fuel subsidies

But independent analysis suggests that Exxon gets as much as $1 billion in oil and gas subsidies. During former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson’s confirmation hearing for Secretary of State on Wednesday, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) wanted to know how, if confirmed, the former oil executive would work to fulfill a 2009 G20 pledge to phase …

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Worth the Repeat: Rep. Mark Amodei NV2 = Certifiable Climate Denier

(Originally posted on Rockolitics on May 20, 2014) I wrote to Rep. Mark Amodei NV2 expressing my concerns about climate.  Here’s his response in which (1) he espouses climate change denialism (“I do not believe it is appropriate for the federal government to advocate one position over the other”), and (2) advocates that we should commission an …

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With Nevada Poised to Squash Rooftop Solar, Clean Energy Fight Heats Up

Decision “puts Nevada embarrassingly out of step with the national and international agenda recently set in Paris to save our climate,” says local activist — by Deirdre Fulton, CommonDreams staff writer Renewable energy advocates say the move could “destroy the rooftop solar industry in one of the states with the most sunshine.” (Photo: SolarCity Advocacy/Twitter) Renewable …

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Hillary Clinton’s Plan to Combat Climate Change

“Climate change is one of the most urgent problems facing our nation and our world. I’m proud to announce the first steps of an ambitious plan to combat it and help make America a clean energy superpower.  Too many Republicans in this race deny the very existence of this global threat by reminding you that …

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Naomi Klein Makes Moral Case for World Beyond Fossil Fuels

Activist and author, Naomi Klein, praises ‘courageous’ invitation by Pope in face of fossil fuel industry’s power by Nadia Prupis, staff writer Naomi Klein—activist, author, and self-described “secular Jewish feminist”—spoke at the Vatican on Wednesday where she championed the Pope’s message for global action on climate change and made the case for “the beautiful world” beyond …

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‘Thirsty’ Global Fracking Industry Puts Water, Environment, Communities at Risk

‘The fracking industry needs to be urgently reined in before it’s too late for our planet and people across the globe.’ — by Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams staff writer Multinational oil and gas companies are moving into increasingly vulnerable countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia where the ecosystems, communities, and authorities are even less able to …

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