Climate change, the Pentagon, and Gaslight

Walking the gaslit streets

Climate change is hereby canceled A story published last week in Reuters led with the headline “Pentagon strategy document will not include climate change” Sure, that’s the “official” statement. Gotta keep Mr. Trump and his bumbling buddies happy. Like the president says, “bundle up!” In fact, the military has long understood climate change as a threat multiplier. Like the insurance industry, they take assessing …

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Trump Nominee Withdraws Nomination To Lead EPA’s Chemical Safety Program

Trump's EPA has one less environmental predator leading the charge

Michael Dourson, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical safety program, has reportedly withdrawn his nomination. Dourson worked 15 years at the EPA, but he has also consulted for chemical companies, Bloomberg reports, and for that work, he has received criticism. Dourson led Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment, a non-profit consulting firm. An investigation by the Center for Public Integrity and …

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World Bank Group Commits To Phasing Out Financing For Upstream Oil and Gas

Fossil Energy Development and the World Bank

Shift the subsidies Public financing helps fossil fuel projects continue. Take the World Bank Group which provided an average of more than $1 billion a year in upstream oil and gas financing from 2014 to 2016, according to Oil Change International. The good news is that after 2019, financing for those projects will no longer come from the WBG, except in extreme circumstances. The …

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The Paris Agreement and the Trump Effect

Global warming isn't fake news. Why do so many think it is?

Easier said than done Last week, Taryn Fransen and Kelly Levin of the World Resources Institute published an informative analysis on the “Trump Effect” on the Paris Agreement, signed in Paris at COP21 in  December 2015. It was historic in many respects, not least of which was that it was the first time the whole world agreed on anything so ambitious. Even so, it …

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