Election 2020

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Dr. James Hansen: Why are you optimistic?

Why are you optimistic, I have often been asked since I wrote Young People’s Burden, which describes the steep climate and energy hill that we are leaving for young people to climb. Two weeks ago I noted the Students Government Leaders’ Statement on Carbon Dividends, a bipartisan statement by 350+college student government presidents from all 50 states.  Scroll down […]

August 17th

Renewable Roundup: Understanding Q-Anon and false beliefs

The True Believer, by Eric Hoffer, began asking certain questions in 1951, when the science delving into Hitler was in its infancy. It is an article of faith on the Right that the only way to oppose tyrants and fanatics, whether Nazis, Communists, or ISIS, is with tyranny and fanaticism. McCarthy, Birchers, Tea Parties, militias, […]

August 17th

EcoRight climate change news for the week of August 14

Hello from the dog days of summer. By Chelsea Henderson EcoRight News/ RepublicEN This week’s must read:  I’m a conservative Christian environmentalist. No, that’s not an oxymoron (New York Times) In this op-ed, Ericka Andersen writes, “There is also an opportunity for new partnerships, both with younger Republicans and Christian communities engaged in the climate fight. Because about 80 […]

August 14th

With Biden-Harris ticket set, climate groups demand transformative action from day one

Since presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday announced Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, green groups have responded by welcoming the choice and expressing hope that the California Democrat will push for ambitious, justice-focused climate and environmental policies if they win in November. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams As a 2020 presidential primary candidate until […]

August 13th

Fossil fuel investments and hawkish foreign policy Among serious issues progressives have with Susan Rice as possible VP pick

As Democrats await a vice presidential pick from party nominee Joe Biden, progressives are pointing to Susan Rice’s past fossil fuel investments—including stock in the company behind the Keystone XL Pipeline—and her hawkish foreign policy as reasons to disqualify her from the running. By Lisa Newcomb Common Dreams “The financial disclosure reports reflect at worst […]

August 10th

As Biden embraces more ambitious climate plan, fossil fuel execs donating to Trump with greater zeal than 2016

With presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s climate platform becoming increasingly ambitious thanks to nonstop grassroots pressure, fossil fuel executives and lobbyists are pouring money into the coffers of President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign in the hopes of keeping an outspoken and dedicated ally of dirty energy in the White House. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams The Houston Chronicle reported Monday that […]

August 4th

ourVoices podcast: Tom Steyer evaluates Joe Biden’s new climate plan

This week’s guest on ourVoices is the billionaire philanthropist and environmental activist Tom Steyer. The former presidential candidate discusses the future of the environmental justice movement in the US. By Open Democracy Since leaving the corporate sector, Steyer has pursued an active political career. In 2013, he launched the nonprofit organization NextGen America, which mobilizes young […]

July 29th