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Why This Matters: If Ohio residents care this much about climate change, it is a fair bet that so do a majority of residents in other states. Climate change could be a very important issue in the 2020 election if Democrats would seize on it and talk about it more.
Greta Thunberg’s speech to the UN Climate Action Summit sent shockwaves through the Twittersphere. Her candor, anger, and deep frustration summed up the reason that we’ve gotten to this point in terms of climate change quite simply: the fossil fuel industry has for 30 years–since the science became available–thwarted political action to significantly curb greenhouse […]
Yesterday on CBS’s Face the Nation former Secretary of State John Kerry announced a new global movement called World War Zero. Kerry explained to Margaret Brennan that “we will be announcing this in full with big names, a big concept that is going to help change the political dynamic in America, it’s going to create […]
Today, Mayor Pete Buttigieg revealed his climate plan, a comprehensive vision to tackle some of the most carbon-intensive sectors of our economy. While similar in many ways to Senator Cory Booker’s plan, keep reading for our breakdown of high-level points from this plan. Net Zero: No later than 2050 Cost: No total cost was initially […]
Yesterday Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg released his “Plan to Unleash the Economic Potential of Rural America.” The plan seeks to support agriculture and significantly invest in R&D as a powerful solution to climate change, including through soil carbon sequestration. One of the key components of the plan is to invest […]
According to a story the New York Times broke yesterday, 80 countries want to increase their climate pledges ahead of schedule under the Paris climate accord. The United Nations explained that this signals some of them would do so at a summit of world leaders in September. Despite the United States’ withdrawal from the agreement […]
Most European Union member countries offer tax and acquisition incentives for electric vehicles in hopes that they can help fight climate change but here in the U.S., in nearly half of states, driving a battery-powered car requires paying additional fees. As Bloomberg reported, “to date, 24 states have imposed special fees on electric vehicles, according […]
Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko of New York laid out his vision for a climate action plan that is an alternative to the Green New Deal — one that he hopes will appeal to a wider segment of the American public, including Republicans. Representative Tonko said in laying out his plan, “We agree that climate change is real. We agree humans are driving it. We agree that we need to build solutions that meet the scale and urgency of the crisis we face. The principles outlined [here] are meant to provide a framework that moves the lines of our agreement forward and helps us build a comprehensive national climate action plan together.”
While a record-breaking cold snap is headed for parts of the Midwest, summer in Australia has brought dangerous heatwaves that are threatening people and wildlife. As NPR reported, Australia’s State Emergency Service declared the heat wave a threat to public safety, as an increasing number of Australians have called ambulances and gone to hospitals in Adelaide for heat-associated illnesses.
Throughout the last two decades, Americans have fluctuated in their concern over climate change but it’s only been in the past couple of years that the concern had neared 50%. Headline-grabbing natural disasters may be helping to drive up the consensus and as The Hill reported, in the Associated Press-NORC poll released last Tuesday, 48 percent of respondents said they found the science of human-induced climate change more convincing when the poll was taken in November 2018 than they did five years ago. Then a separate poll conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change revealed that more Americans perceive climate change as a personal issue.