IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: California voters choose climate action at the polls; Yet another ethics scandal for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt; Federal judge orders EPA to cough up scientific evidence humans are not driving climate change; PLUS: Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord could cost the U.S. economy trillions... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): The heat is back on high as May 2018 smashes US temperature records; Documents show Trump officials took actions on coal baron's energy policy requests; China has built a road so smart it will be able to charge your car; Electric vehicles will grow from 3 million to 125 million by 2030, International Energy Agency forecasts; Trump's move to please farmers on biofuels reform draws refinery union ire; First grid-scale liquid air energy storage plant launches in UK; Eerie silence falls on Shetland cliffs; NOAA: U.S. coastal flooding breaks records as sea level rises... PLUS: 'Ecotopia' teaches low-carbon living to Californians who aren't waiting for Trump to save the climate... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- California voters choose climate action at the polls:
- CA voters rubber stamp every prop on primary ballot - except one (SF Gate)
- Measure By Measure: A Roundup Of The Five Propositions On California's June Ballot (Capital Public Radio)
- Californians approve measure to fund parks, conservation (AP)
- Prop. 68 passes to inject $4.1 billion into CA water, land conservation projects (SF Gate)
- Here's how California plans to spend $1.5 billion in cap-and-trade money (San Jose Mercury News)
- Progressive victories you may have missed in Tuesday's elections (Think Progress)
- John Cox says November race against Newsom is 'Venezuela' vs. 'California Dream' (LA Times)
- Deb Haaland from New Mexico on track to become first Native American congresswoman (USA Today):
"Our campaign is about putting people before corporate profits, standing up to bullies like the fossil fuel industry," she said. "And ensuring every New Mexican and American has a chance to thrive regardless of our skin color, neighborhood, religion, gender, who we love or the size of our bank account."
- New ethics scandals for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
- Pruitt Had Aide Do Personal Tasks, Hunt For A Used Trump Hotel Mattress (Washington Post):
Hupp described her work for Pruitt on an array of personal tasks, including booking nonwork flights with his personal credit card, during a closed-door interview with Republican and Democratic aides from the House panel on May 18.
- VIDEO: Trump, GOP keep Scott Pruitt on despite flagrant abuse of office (The Rachel Maddow Show):
Rachel Maddow shares reporting that Donald Trump EPA administrator Scott Pruitt tried to use his office as leverage to get his wife a Chick-fil-A franchise. There does not appear to be any dispute of the evidence that he did this.
- Two Pruitt Aides Resign as E.P.A. Ethics Questions Continue (NY Times)
- Pruitt Aide Resigns Amid Scandals (The Atlantic)
- EPA spokesman to Atlantic reporter: 'You're a piece of trash' (Washington Post)
- VIDEO: Republican Sen. John Kennedy: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt 'acting like a moron' (CNN)
- Judge orders EPA to cough up scientific evidence humans are not causing global warming:
- Judge Orders EPA to Produce Science behind Pruitt’s Warming Claims (E&E News):
“Particularly troubling is the apparent premise of this agency challenge to the FOIA request, namely: that the evidentiary basis for a policy or factual statement by an agency head, including about the scientific factors contributing to climate change, is inherently unknowable.”
- Judge orders EPA to disclose any science backing up Pruitt’s climate claims (Ars Technica):
[Judge] Howell concluded: “When the head of an agency makes a public statement that appears to contradict ‘the published research and conclusions of’ that agency, the FOIA provides a valuable tool for citizens... Compliance with such a request would help ‘ensure an informed citizenry, vital to the functioning of a democratic society.’”
- Trump's withdrawal from Paris Accord could cost U.S. economy trillions in losses:
- New Stanford study suggests climate mitigation could yield trillions in economic benefits (Stanford University):
Failing to meet climate mitigation goals laid out in the U.N. Paris Agreement could cost the global economy tens of trillions of dollars over the next century, according to new Stanford research. The study, published in Nature, is one of the first to quantify the economic benefits of limiting global warming to levels set in the accord.
- VIDEO: Following climate accord goals could save trillions of dollars (CBSN):
One year ago, President Trump withdrew from the Paris climate accord, saying it would have negative impacts on the U.S. economy. But a new study from Stanford University researchers says following the agreement's guidelines could save $20 trillion.
- Trump’s abandonment of Paris climate deal to cost U.S. economy trillions, new study reveals (Climate Progress):
Benefits of climate action are over a hundred times larger than the cost of cutting carbon pollution
- AUDIO: Half a Degree Hotter Will Cost $30 Trillion (PRI)
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
For a comprehensive roundup of daily environmental news you can trust, see the Society of Environmental Journalists' Daily Headlines page
- The heat is back on high: May smashes US temperature records (AP)
- Trump officials took actions on energy policies suggested by coal tycoon, documents show (Washington Post)
- China’s Built a Road So Smart It Will Be Able to Charge Your Car (Bloomberg)
- Electric vehicles will grow from 3 million to 125 million by 2030, International Energy Agency forecasts (CNBC)
- 'Ecotopia' teaches low-carbon living to Californians who aren't waiting for Trump to save the climate (NBC)
- Trump Falsely Claims ‘We’re Now Exporting Energy for the First Time’ (NY Times)
- Trump's move to please farmers on biofuels reform draws refinery union ire (Reuters)
- FERC could have role in Trump's plan for coal, nuclear (E&E News)
- Japan Moves to Ease Aging Drivers Out of Their Cars (NY Times)
- First grid-scale liquid air energy storage plant launches in UK (Utility Dive)
- Eerie silence falls on Shetland cliffs that once echoed to seabirds’ cries, due to climate change (Guardian UK)
- U.S. Coastal Flooding Breaks Records as Sea Level Rises: NOAA Report (Inside Climate News)
- Underreporting Of Toxic Waste At Hog Farms Prompts Inquiry (Guardian UK)
- Honey Laundering: Honey May Be One Of Nation's Most Fraudulent Foods (Tampa Bay Times)
- US Industries Ask Trump Admin To Endorse Global Hydrofluorocarbon Deal (C&EN)
- How More Carbon Dioxide Can Make Food Less Nutritious (NY Times)
- The world's bleak climate situation, in 3 charts: We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there. (Vox)
- AUDIO: An Inconvenient 'BradCast' with Al Gore (The BRAD BLOG):
Guest Host Angie Coiro's exclusive interview with the former Vice President on elections, pollution, persuasion, activism, and hope...
- The Climate Risks We Face (NY Times):
To stabilize global temperature, net carbon dioxide emissions must be reduced to zero. The window of time is rapidly closing to reduce emissions and limit warming to no more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit or 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, the goal set in the Paris climate accord. The further we push the climate system beyond historical conditions, the greater the risks of potentially unforeseen and even catastrophic changes to the climate - so every reduction in emissions helps.
- The Uninhabitable Earth: When will climate change make earth too hot for humans? (New York Magazine):
Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak - sooner than you think.
- A beginner's guide to the debate over 100% renewable energy (Vox):
Clean-energy enthusiasts frequently claim that we can go bigger, that it's possible for the whole world to run on renewables - we merely lack the "political will." So, is it true? Do we know how get to an all-renewables system? Not yet. Not really.
- No country on Earth is taking the 2 degree climate target seriously (Vox):
If we mean what we say, no more new fossil fuels, anywhere.
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