Open thread for night owls: The AFL-CIO takes a stronger stand on climate change

Jeremy Brecher at Common Dreams writes—The New AFL-CIO Stand on Climate Change:

At its Quadrennial Convention in late October, the AFL-CIO unanimously adopted a resolution on “Climate Change, Energy, and Union Jobs.” The resolution says that the fastest and most equitable way to address climate change is for “labor to be at the center of creating solutions that reduce emissions while investing in our communities, maintaining and creating high-wage union jobs, and reducing poverty.”

If acted on, the resolution will bring about significant changes in organized labor and will bring American trade unions into far closer alignment with allies in the climate protection movement.

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The resolution starts with the facts of global warming. It acknowledges “the overwhelming scientific consensus” that climate warming is “due to human activities” and that higher global temperatures will trigger “irreversible changes in our climate,” causing “a rise in sea levels

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Open thread for night owls: The AFL-CIO takes a stronger stand on climate change

Jeremy Brecher at Common Dreams writes—The New AFL-CIO Stand on Climate Change:

At its Quadrennial Convention in late October, the AFL-CIO unanimously adopted a resolution on “Climate Change, Energy, and Union Jobs.” The resolution says that the fastest and most equitable way to address climate change is for “labor to be at the center of creating solutions that reduce emissions while investing in our communities, maintaining and creating high-wage union jobs, and reducing poverty.”

If acted on, the resolution will bring about significant changes in organized labor and will bring American trade unions into far closer alignment with allies in the climate protection movement.

owls

The resolution starts with the facts of global warming. It acknowledges “the overwhelming scientific consensus” that climate warming is “due to human activities” and that higher global temperatures will trigger “irreversible changes in our climate,” causing “a rise in sea levels

Organize-Fish-eating-fish_NoTEXT_BlueRed.jpg

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Open thread for night owls: The AFL-CIO takes a stronger stand on climate change

Jeremy Brecher at Common Dreams writes—The New AFL-CIO Stand on Climate Change:

At its Quadrennial Convention in late October, the AFL-CIO unanimously adopted a resolution on “Climate Change, Energy, and Union Jobs.” The resolution says that the fastest and most equitable way to address climate change is for “labor to be at the center of creating solutions that reduce emissions while investing in our communities, maintaining and creating high-wage union jobs, and reducing poverty.”

If acted on, the resolution will bring about significant changes in organized labor and will bring American trade unions into far closer alignment with allies in the climate protection movement.

owls

The resolution starts with the facts of global warming. It acknowledges “the overwhelming scientific consensus” that climate warming is “due to human activities” and that higher global temperatures will trigger “irreversible changes in our climate,” causing “a rise in sea levels

Organize-Fish-eating-fish_NoTEXT_BlueRed.jpg

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Surprise! At global warming confab next week in Bonn, Trump regime will push fossil fuels, nukes

You would think it would be better not to show up at all next week in Europe for the 195-nation climate-change conference rather than to come promoting the burning of fossil fuels. But that’s exactly what the Trump regime plans to do at the latest session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany:  

“It’s embarrassing,” said Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii, a Democrat. “After forfeiting international leadership on climate, the Trump White House is compounding their error with a silly stunt. Fossil fuel companies are not clean energy companies, and no amount of spin will change that.”

The “stunt” is a presentation on Nov. 13 titled “The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation.” Featured will be speakers from Peabody Energy, previously Peabody Coal; NuScale Power, a nuclear engineering firm; and Tellurian, a liquefied natural gas exporter.

Even though the Environmental

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Trump’s senior environmental adviser nominee says climate change is treason and coal ended slavery

Take one part black helicopter, blue-helmet troops coming to invade Texas. Add two parts climate change is a Chinese hoax. Mix well—apply as the new White House senior adviser for environmental policy.

President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the White House senior adviser for environmental policy has said publicly in the past that the goal of the United Nations and climate change activists is “all-powerful government” that would effectively end democracy.

What is her evidence for this claim? Evidence is for scientists. And Kathleen Hartnett White would never let anyone accuse her of being a scientist.

In a 2016 appearance on the “Rush to Reason” radio show, White said the goal of those trying to control greenhouse gas emissions was a centralized economy controlled by elites, invoking the economies under Adolf Hitler and the Soviet Union as examples.

It’s well known that the first things on the agendas of Hitler

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Roy Moore: Marriage equality is worse than slavery and fighting climate change is a ‘radical agenda’

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Roy Moore, the notorious Alabama judge and now the Republican nominee for Senate in that state, has made his name on things like putting a 10 Commandments monument in a court building and ordering probate judges not to follow the law on marriage equality after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision—a decision Talking Points Memo reports he has said was “even worse in a sense” than the Dred Scott decision upholding slavery. But if he’s elected to the Senate, Moore won’t just be casting votes for bigotry. He’ll have a say in other important issues, and Alexander C. Kaufman’s deep dive on Moore and climate change is about as scary as Moore’s views on social issues. Although he has largely ducked the issue as a Senate candidate, Moore has a history, writing at WorldNetDaily in 2009 that:

Spotlight on green news & views: 2 nat’l monuments safe from shrinking; quakes batter Oklahoma

This is the 517th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) usually appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here is the August 2 Green Spotlight. More than 27,495 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.

OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES

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On the trail

Sylvanus Prince writes—The Daily Bucket: Frustration, success, and (scary) Surprise! “I am new to this madness hobby of nature and wildlife photography, in that for the first time in my life, having recently retired, I now have the time and opportunities to frustrate myself to the point of insanity pursue and enjoy it.  However, since I live in Reno, Nevada, and I don’t drive I have to

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Spotlight on green news & views: Acid oceans threaten extinction; hawk raised by eagles

This is the 516th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) usually appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here is the July 29 Green Spotlight. More than 27,475 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.

OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES

FishOutofWater writes—USGS Scientist Finds Smoking Gun for Earth’s Worst Mass Extinction, CO2 Turned Oceans into Acid: “Seth Burgess, U.S. Geological Survey volcanologist, found the smoking gun that caused earth’s greatest mass extinction 252 million years ago at the end of the Permian period. Massive blowholes, called diatremes, blasted extraordinary amounts of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) , after earth’s largest preserved volcanic eruption began injecting massive layers

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Court delivers another kick to Trump regime over delaying methane reductions, but fight isn’t over

In a ruling issued Monday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia smacked the Environmental Protection Agency again, requiring that it immediately begin enforcing an Obama administration rule that set standards for the oil and natural gas industry’s methane emissions. The Trump regime had issued a two-year delay for enforcing the rule. Although environmental advocates were pleased by the court’s decision, industry and some conservative organizations have appealed to the full 11-judge circuit court in hopes it will overrule the panel and allow the methane rule to be postponed while further studies are undertaken. Thus, the fight will continue. 

Although it doesn’t remain in the atmosphere as long, methane, a chief component of natural gas, has a greenhouse effect over 20 years that is 84-86 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Recent studies have shown, as environmental advocates have argued for years, that methane emissions from oil and gas

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Spotlight on green news & views: Tesla Model 3 unveiled; GOP back on their light-bulb schtick

This is the 515th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) usually appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here is the July 26 Green Spotlight. More than 27,455 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.

OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES

terrypinder writes—Like most everything else, his “trillion dollar infrastructure plan” is probably a f**king scam:Everything this regime does is a mean-spirited scam. The bones of this particular scam are a bunch of managementese gobble-te-gook: ‘we’re going to spend $200 billion over 10 years to leverage $800 billion in private money’ and some odd bullshit—things that don’t mean anything (oh, and we’ll return to the $200 billion in just a second).

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The new number two in the Interior Department: A lobbyist against environmental protections

Even in the context of Donald Trump’s other anti-government, pro-corporate hires, his choice of industry lobbyist David Bernhardt for the No. 2 position in the Department of the Interior is remarkably cynical.

Bernhardt, who ran the natural resources department at lobbying and law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, has spent the last several years working on behalf of oil and gas companies and large agribusiness to weaken environmental protections.

His lobbying appears to have continued into this current year:

The Campaign for Accountability accused Bernhardt of continuing to lobby for a client, the Westlands Water District in California, after withdrawing his registration as a lobbyist last November, the Washington Post reported Friday. In a letter to the Justice Department asking it to investigate the claim, the group contended Bernhardt edited a draft executive order for then-President-elect Donald Trump involving water issues that stood to benefit Westlands Water.

The suggestion here is

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Udall introduces bill to ban brain-damaging insecticide that EPA decided can still be used on farms

Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico and seven other Democratic senators introduced a bill Tuesday to regulate or ban a neurotoxic insecticide if the Environmental Protection Agency cannot prove it is safe. You can read a summary of the bill, S. 1624, here.

An organophosphate, the insecticide named chlorpyrifos has been banned from household use for more than 15 years, but it’s still widely used on crops like broccoli and almonds. Several studies have tied the chemical—a product of various companies, including Dow—to attention deficit disorders, lowered IQ, other health issues, and negative impacts on fetuses, including brain damage. Dow claims it’s safe when used as directed. But the EPA had planned to ban the chemical last November. The Trump regime wedged a stopper into that move.

Twice during the Obama Administration, the EPA had proposed to revoke all food tolerances for chlorpyrifos. At the time the agency said exposure to chlorpyrifos from food and drinking

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New information suggests that scientists have underestimated global warming—but don’t panic

A new study indicates that climate scientists may have underestimated the amount of global warming that has already occurred by as much as 20 percent. But that doesn’t mean that it’s any hotter outside. It’s a matter of hotter relative to what?

Preventing global warming from becoming “dangerous” may have just got significantly harder after new research suggested climate scientists have been using the wrong baseline temperature.

Scientists haven’t been making some kind of mistake in measuring the temperature. The issue is time. Most climate change models start somewhere in the 19th century, with the best data set beginning around 1880. But this new study indicates that this date may actually be too late if the intent is to really capture all the impact burning of fossil fuels has had on the climate. By the late 1800s, people had already been burning fossil fuels in rapidly-increasing amounts to stoke the

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Cap-and-trade for Northeastern states so successful that the only fight is over how much to improve

When Donald Trump announced that he was pulling the United States from the Paris Agreement—a spiteful action that promises precisely zero benefits while offering near infinite downsides—there was an immediate reaction from many governors and mayors in states and cities that retained some modicum of sense. Official after official promised that, while Trump may be racing to make synonyms of “America” and “mud,” they would maintain standards for their region that were as high, or higher, than those proposed under the agreement.

But with Trump actively promoting pollution and climate change, states could take that as an excuse to forget past promises. Which makes an upcoming plan all the more important.

Eight years ago, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative ― made up of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont ― established an interstate cap-and-trade system that puts a limit on carbon dioxide emissions from the utility

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Spotlight on green news & views: ExxonMobil fined for sanctions outlawry; peak oil nexus

This is the 513th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) usually appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here is the July 19 Green Spotlight. More than 27,435 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.

(The usual categories have been left out of this Spotlight because of the relatively small number of diaries that are included, not permanently from the series.)

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Moving them out.

Besame writes—Daily Bucket: Rescue mission provides sanctuary for threatened herbarium specimens: “The threatened with destruction 470,000 herbarium specimens at the University of Louisiana at Monroe were rescued by the Botanical Research Institute of Texas this Tuesday. Half of the herbarium cabinets were loaded into

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Spotlight on green news & views: ExxonMobil fined for sanctions outlawry; peak oil nexus

This is the 513th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) usually appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here is the July 19 Green Spotlight. More than 27,435 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.

(The usual categories have been left out of this Spotlight because of the relatively small number of diaries that are included, not permanently from the series.)

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Moving them out.

Besame writes—Daily Bucket: Rescue mission provides sanctuary for threatened herbarium specimens: “The threatened with destruction 470,000 herbarium specimens at the University of Louisiana at Monroe were rescued by the Botanical Research Institute of Texas this Tuesday. Half of the herbarium cabinets were loaded into

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Fighting climate change by paying people to not damage the environment

When people hear that there is a program that sometimes pays farmers not to grow crops, it’s often taken as the height of government folly. In truth, there’s some very sound thinking behind the program.

The alternative for keeping farmers alive in an industry where a year of high crop yields can drop prices far below production costs is a system of government price supports. Under that system, farmers would plow fields, plant crops, and use all the normal amounts of water, pesticides, and fertilizer, all to produce crops the market didn’t need. Paying farmers not to grow the crops is better for the farmer, better for the environment, better for the markets, and far cheaper for the government. As side benefits, it helps recharge farm lands by encouraging fields to be fallow, improves biodiversity by providing more space for native plants, and reduces pest species by not holding vast amounts

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Fighting climate change by paying people to not damage the environment

When people hear that there is a program that sometimes pays farmers not to grow crops, it’s often taken as the height of government folly. In truth, there’s some very sound thinking behind the program.

The alternative for keeping farmers alive in an industry where a year of high crop yields can drop prices far below production costs is a system of government price supports. Under that system, farmers would plow fields, plant crops, and use all the normal amounts of water, pesticides, and fertilizer, all to produce crops the market didn’t need. Paying farmers not to grow the crops is better for the farmer, better for the environment, better for the markets, and far cheaper for the government. As side benefits, it helps recharge farm lands by encouraging fields to be fallow, improves biodiversity by providing more space for native plants, and reduces pest species by not holding vast amounts

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Spotlight on green news & views: Eco-groups on Calif.’s cap-and-trade; Rick Perry—ignoramus

This is the 512th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) usually appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here is the July 15 Green Spotlight. More than 27,415 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.

OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES

The Climate MobilizatIon writes—The Planet Is Warming. And It’s Okay to Be Afraid: “Last week, David Wallace-Wells wrote a cover story for New York Magazine, The Uninhabitable Earth,’ on some of the worst-case scenarios that the climate crisis could cause by the end of this century. It describes killer heat waves, crippling agricultural failures, devastated economies, plagues, resource wars, and more. It has been read more than two million

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Most scientists are progressive, but is science too conservative?

Two stories appeared last week that have extremely serious implications. Donald Trump Jr.’s sneering confession of conspiracy may have kept them from getting the attention they deserve, but in any rational world—a place we clearly left some time ago—both would be at the center of public discussion. First, on Monday, there was a paper from the journal PNAS—the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study carries a title that combines the usual complexity of a scientific paper, but with a bit of extra punch: Biological annihilation via the ongoing sixth mass extinction signaled by vertebrate population losses and declines.

Obviously “biological annihilation” seems like something that could be a bit concerning, and it is. The paper—co-authored by Paul Erlich, a name that might be familiar to anyone who has attended high school in the last 50 years—focuses on how biodiversity is actually dropping much more quickly than

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