Climate Change

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Regurgitating oil industry talking points doesn’t make a climate “debate”

Some might say that the only thing worse than being (deliberately) stupid is being lazy. Fortunately, we don’t have to decide, because climate change deniers are both. Case in point: As you may recall, Nicolas Loris of the industry-funded Heritage Foundation, recently argued that harmful indoor air pollution from gas stoves is no reason to replace them with electric […]

The Coronavirus pandemic has forced a budget hit on California’s climate mandates

Democratic Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed funding cuts to deal with what has been projected as a revenue deficit of $54 billion as a consequence of the economic response to the coronavirus. The state’s carbon cap-and-trade program pays for climate programs, which includes incentives for buying clean cars, electric buses, and off-road freight equipment, but as with […]

May 19th

Coronavirus + climate change means cities need to change for people to live and thrive. But how?

In the 21st century, a seemingly global prosperity masks an unequal distribution of benefits. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the world’s cities, where extreme wealth can exist next door to concentrated poverty. In some cities, like those in South Africa, well-meaning policies and investments in transit and housing have actually deepened the inequality and segregation […]

Price on Carbon: Adding winemakers to the climate conversation

The Finger Lakes region of upstate New York is known for producing excellent cool-climate wines. The majority of the region’s 140 wineries are located in New York’s conservative 23rd congressional district, where they hold real influence. “Vineyards line the three lakes in Republican Congressman Tom Reed’s district and contribute greatly to the economy there,” says […]

War on Science: Every unhappy conspiracy theorist is unhappy in their own way

The latest issue of the Atlantic magazine, Shadowland, focuses on a topic near and dear to us: conspiracy theories. Though not specific to climate, the parallels are clear and the fact that deniers are basically just motivated conspiracy theorists is, well, undeniable. By Climate Denier Roundup Jeffrey Goldberg’s essay looks at the difference between famous kooks like […]

Climate change could frustrated efforts to stop Coronavirus

While there is some preliminary evidence that sunlight, heat and humidity could slow the spread of the coronavirus, the summer months also promise a host of new risks, The Washington Post reports. Soaring temperatures will either compel people wanting relief to go outside, where they could catch the coronavirus, or the coronavirus will force people to stay indoors, where […]

Fox news kills (Coronavirus denial, climate change denial)

This week, the Washington Post won a Pulitzer prize for its excellent explanatory reporting on climate change, and a bunch of other great climate and environment stories were recognized as finalists. Unfortunately, TV news has yet to catch up with their written counterparts. By Climate Denier Roundup Also last week, Media Matters for America released a report on the state […]