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Outdoor Sports Community Calls for Climate Action

Outdoor Sports Community Calls for Climate Action

by Julia Pyper, Contributing Editor at Greentech Media and host and producer of the Political Climate podcast The impacts of climate change are evident to winter athletes and outdoor enthusiasts. Rather than sit on the sidelines this summer amid the ongoing pandemic, snow sports competitors and the companies that support them are using their platforms […]

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Climate and Environmental Injustice Persist Even In Cities With “Strong” Climate Plans

Climate and Environmental Injustice Persist Even In Cities With “Strong” Climate Plans

Minneapolis has been at the center of the nationwide discussion on racism and police brutality against minorities, but it is also a place where the city’s heralded climate plan, first enacted in 2013, does not adequately address climate justice issues, according to a report by E&E News

Why This Matters:  Minority neighborhoods and residents deserve environmental and climate justice in Minneapolis and other cities.

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Will Post-COVID Budget Cuts Nix Funding for Climate Action?

Will Post-COVID Budget Cuts Nix Funding for Climate Action?

When the coronavirus crisis first began, climate activists were hopeful that political leaders could manage the outbreak while simultaneously keeping their commitments to climate action. But the cost of the COVID-19 response on state budgets has been profound and there’s a fear that environmental programs will be cut as governors grapple with staggering budget shortfalls. […]

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Warren’s New Plan Would Punish Exxon for Lying to Regulators

Warren’s New Plan Would Punish Exxon for Lying to Regulators

Yesterday, presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren released a plan (!) calling for companies who have misled federal regulators to be prosecuted under a new corporate perjury law.

She also singled out Exxon as her example, tying in climate change to her signature anti-corruption platform.

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Most Ohio Voters Believe Climate Change is Real and Impacting the U.S. Now

Most Ohio Voters Believe Climate Change is Real and Impacting the U.S. Now

Seven out of ten Ohio adults believe climate change is real and impacting the U.S. today, and nearly 60 percent believe that it is impacting their own community according to a recent poll.

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.

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“How Dare You,” Greta Thunberg Schools the UN

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 […]

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One Cool Thing: John Kerry’s New Climate Initiative

One Cool Thing: John Kerry’s New Climate Initiative

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 […]

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg Reveals Climate Plan

Mayor Pete Buttigieg Reveals Climate Plan

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 […]

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Pete Buttigieg Puts Out Rural Economic Plan to Help Tackle Climate Change

Pete Buttigieg Puts Out Rural Economic Plan to Help Tackle Climate Change

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 […]

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80 UN Nations Plan to Step Up Their Paris Climate Commitments

80 UN Nations Plan to Step Up Their Paris Climate Commitments

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 […]

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US states begin taxing electric vehicles

US states begin taxing electric vehicles

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 […]

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A Climate Action Alternative To the Green New Deal

A Climate Action Alternative To the Green New Deal

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.”

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