IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Election 2014 Environmental Democalypse Now: get ready for the Republican hegemonic hellscape; Climate denier caucus now in charge; PLUS: At least one note of very good environmental election news... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Energy storage breakthrough revealed; Fracking frenzy brings fears of boom-bust cycle; Peak water in U.S.; New Koch Industries video: "we rearrange your polar bears"; End the GMO madness: try mandatory labeling; GOP wins deal blow to US climate change leadership internationally; Maine's shrimp season cancelled for lack of shrimp ... PLUS: The biggest loser in this election is the climate - and the children of 2100 ... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- VIDEO: Election 2014 Kings of the Hill (The Daily Show):
- Election 2014: Big Money Wins Big For Fossil Fuel Industry:
- Outside Groups With Deep Pockets Lift G.O.P. (NY Times)
- Did Tom Steyer's $65M gamble to make climate change an election issue pay off? (San Jose Mercury News)
- Green groups spent millions on the midterms. What did it get them? (Grist) [emphasis added]:
But another question — maybe a better question — is, did their money raise the profile of the issue? According to exit polls, 70 percent of Democrats nationally answered “yes” to the question “Do you think climate change, also known as global warming, is a serious problem?” Eighty-four percent of Republicans said no....But leading up to Election Day, surveys in swing states looked somewhat promising....54 percent of eligible voters in Senate swing states — Colorado, New Hampshire, Michigan, Iowa and North Carolina — would prefer a candidate who wants to tackle climate change.
- Republicans Take Control: Climate Denier Caucus In Charge:
- Payback: A First Look at the Fossil-Fuel and Anti-Environment Agenda of the Next Congress (Center for American Progress)
- The Climate Lost Big-Time in Tuesday's Election (Mother Jones)
- The new GOP Senate is already gearing up to cause climate mayhem (Grist)
- Boehner touts bills to repeal Obamacare, build Keystone (Reuters)
- A Big Win for Climate Change Denial: Republicans to Target EPA Regulations After Taking Senate (Democracy Now!)
- Congratulations, Voters. You Just Made This Climate Denier the Most Powerful Senator on the Environment. (The New Republic)
- The Climate Lost Big-Time in Tuesday's Election (Mother Jones)
- Meet the Senate's New Climate Denial Caucus (Mother Jones):
Well, folks, it wasn't such a great night on the climate action front. It looks like the millions of dollars that environmental philanthropist Tom Steyer invested in the midterms didn't buy much other than a fledgling political infrastructure to sock away for 2016.
- Tiny Richmond, CA Wins Against Oil Giant Chevron:
- VIDEO: Small victories, silver linings seen in lopsided election (The Rachel Maddow Show)
- Republican Charlie Baker’s win in liberal Massachusetts offers path forward on climate change (San Jose Mercury News)
- Chevron spent $72 per voter to defeat these green candidates — and failed (Grist)
- Davids vs. Goliaths: Locals Beat Back Giant Industries:
- Denton voters approve state’s first ban on hydraulic fracturing (Ft. Worth Star-Telegram)
- Denton fracking ban quickly draws two lawsuits after passing (Dallas Morning News)
- California Voters Deal A Major Blow To Fracking (Huffington Post Green)
- Athens approves fracking ban in landslide; ‘we won’t quit’ is the mantra in Youngstown. (InsideClimate NEws)
- Minimum wage, anti-Pebble measures pass easily (Alaska Dispatch News)
- Maui Ballot Initiative to Ban GMOS Passes (Hawaii Public Radio)
- GMO labeling fails in Colorado, Oregon; GMO ban passes in Maui (Reuters)
- Florida passes conservation amendment (Florida Today)
- The California Water Bond is a Beginning, Not an End: Here's What's Next (Huffington Post Green):
he ultimate value and effectiveness of the bond will depend on how it is implemented and how the funds are spent. Here are some key issues to watch, things to understand about the new water bond, and recommendations.
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
- The biggest loser in this election is the climate (Vox.com) [emphasis added]:
[C]ongressional indifference is a huge problem for future climate policy. The most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that global greenhouse-gas emissions need to fall 42 to 71 percent below 2010 levels by mid-century if we wanted to fend off the worst impacts of global warming and prevent average temperatures rising more than 2°C (or 3.6°F). That's an astoundingly difficult task. But it gets harder and more expensive the longer that countries delay.
- Marcellus Shale Fracking Rush Brings Worries of Boom-Bust Cycle (DeSmogBlog):
In towns across the state, the lingering effects of past economic downturns – the flight of manufacturing, the 2008 financial collapse, the slow erosion of the auto and steel industries – have left communities eager for jobs, but also experienced with job loss.
- Peak Water: United States Water Use Drops to Lowest Level in 40 Years (Peter Gleick, Huffington Post Green):
- Brilliant: The Daily Show's New Koch Industries Ad: (The Daily Show, Comedy Central)
- GMO labeling laws keep failing. Here’s why we can expect more (Grist):
All the other measures have just barely lost, but in Colorado it was definitive. That’s the difference between the food companies spending three times more than the pro-labeling people (in Oregon) and outspending them 20 times over (as in Colorado)....The best possibility I see for ending the madness is to try mandatory labeling.
- How This Stealthy Startup Inked 50MW of Distributed Storage in California (GreenTech Media):
Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS), a San Francisco-based startup...emerged from stealth mode this week with a 50-megawatt contract to provide utility-scale, behind-the-meter battery storage across the west Los Angeles basin. That’s a huge win for a company with no deployments, little public information about its financing, and a yet-to-be-determined mix of battery, power electronics and energy management software.
- GOP Election Rout Delivers Blow to U.S. Leadership Role on Climate Change (InsideClimate News):
Deck in Congress is stacked in favor of fossil fuels, throwing Obama’s climate agenda in doubt during his lame-duck years.
- Federal regulators cancel Maine's shrimp season for second straight year over low population (Minneapolis Star-Tribune):
The "depleted condition of the resource and poor prospects for the near future" warrant another closure, the committee reported, adding that "long term trends in environmental conditions" for the little pink shrimp are unfavorable. The amount of the shrimp's population that can be fished is at an all-time low, regulators said.
- Energy Storage Will Soon Replace Simple Cycle Combustion Turbine Peaker Plants (Renewable Energy World):
[T]he costs for multi-hour energy storage are about to undergo a steep decline over the next 2 to 3 years. This cost trend will disrupt the economic rationale for gas-fired simple cycle combustion turbines (CTs) in favor of flexible zero emissions energy storage. This will be especially true for storage assets owned and operated by vertical utilities and distributed near utility substations.
- German solar ambitions at risk from cuts to subsidies (Guardian UK):
Germany is home to solar-powered football stadiums and funfairs but the country’s renewable energy future still faces obstacles.
- Chinese demand for ivory is devastating Tanzania's elephant population (Guardian UK):
Chinese criminal gangs are causing Tanzania to lose more elephants to poaching than any other African country, says a report by the Environmental Investigation Agency
- Falling Oil Prices Reveal America's Fracking Trap --- And Saudi Arabia's Continued Energy Dominance (Huffington Post Green):
The end of the shale boom is nigh. The recent plunge in oil prices reveals an economic and geological reality that some brave industry analysts depict, but which power brokers in Washington, Houston and on Wall Street fail to accept. With low energy prices, the U.S. shale revolution is unaffordable.
- How can we get power to the poor without frying the planet? (Grist):
As we pilot our ship through the 21st century, humanity faces its own narrow strait, its own Scylla and Charybdis. On one side is the many-headed monster of energy poverty, with its attendant ill health, backbreaking labor, and wasted potential. ...On the other side there is climate change, “waves and whirlwinds of fire,” which on our current trajectory threatens to flood, parch, starve, and uproot millions of people this century and possibly render the planet hostile to human life for centuries to come.
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- Skeptical Science: Database with FULL DEBUNKING of ALL Climate Science Denier Myths
- 4 Scenarios Show What Climate Change Will Do To The Earth, From Pretty Bad To Disaster (Fast CoExist):
But exactly how bad is still an open question, and a lot depends not only on how we react, but how quickly. The rate at which humans cut down on greenhouse gas emissions--if we do choose to cut them--will have a large bearing on how the world turns out by 2100, the forecasts reveal.
- How to Solve Global Warming: It's the Energy Supply (Scientific American):
Restraining global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius will require changing how the world produces and uses energy to power its cities and factories, heats and cools buildings, as well as moves people and goods in airplanes, trains, cars, ships and trucks, according to the IPCC. Changes are required not just in technology, but also in people's behavior.
- Warning: Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses (Grist)
- NASA Video: Warming over the last 130 years, and into the next 100 years:
- Video Proof That Global Warming is a 'Hoax'!: NASA Temperature Data 1888-2011 (The BRAD BLOG):
- NASA climate change video: This is the U.S. in 2100 (NASA).