With Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen...
By Desi Doyen on 3/1/2016, 11:44am PT  

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Donald Trump calls for killing the EPA; West Virginia votes to kill climate science education; China works to kill off coal; PLUS: Leo DiCaprio uses his Oscar acceptance speech to call for global action on climate change... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Warren Buffett: Solar and Wind Could ‘Erode the Economics of the Incumbent Utility’; Chemical Safety Bill Could Help Protect Monsanto Against Legal Claims; Here’s How Electric Cars Will Cause the Next Oil Crisis; Russian coal mine accident kills 36, including 5 rescuers; Top Scientists Insist Global Warming Really Did Slow Down In The 2000s; Flint Crisis: Governor Could Have Declared Disaster Sooner, Emails Show...PLUS: Scientist Claims USDA Tried To Hide His Pesticide Research... and much, MUCH more! ...

STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...

  • GOP Debate: Donald Trump Calls For Killing the EPA:
    • VIDEO: CNN Republican Debate from Houston (US Presidential Election News)
    • Transcript: The CNN-Telemundo Republican debate (Washington Post):
      TRUMP: We're going to make many cuts in business. We're getting rid of --- we're going to get rid of so many different things...Environmental protection --- we waste all of this money. We're going to bring that back to the states. And we're going to have other (inaudible) many things. We are going to cut many of the agencies, we will balance our budget, and we will be dynamic again.
      BLITZER: Mr. Trump. If you eliminate completely the Department of Education, as you have proposed, that's about $68 billion. If you eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency, that's about $8 billion. That's about $76 billion for those two agencies. The current deficit this year is $544 billion. Where are you going to come up with the money?
      TRUMP: Waste, fraud and abuse all over the place. Waste, fraud and abuse.

  • West Virginia votes to kill climate science education
    • West Virginia votes to block science standards because they teach global warming (Climate Progress):
      Adopted in 2015, the new science curriculum, which was based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), has long been a divisive issue for the second-largest coal producing state in the country.
    • Coal-Loving West Virginia House Blocks Teaching Climate Change In Schools (Talking Points Memo):
      "In an energy-producing state, it's a concern to me that we are teaching our kids potentially that we are doing immoral things here in order to make a living in our state," Republican Del. Jim Butler said of the standards, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail. "We need to make sure our science standards are actually teaching science and not pushing a political agenda."

  • China's coal consumption crashing faster than predicted:
  • Monarch Butterfly population surges:
  • Leonardo DiCaprio calls for global climate action:

'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...


FOR MORE on Climate Science and Climate Change, go to our Green News Report: Essential Background Page

  • 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: