IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Teens around the world plan global day of strikes for climate action; Trump formally nominates oil and gas lobbyist to head Interior Department; Wyoming's coal industry gets a bailout; PLUS: Bernie Sanders in 1989 was right about media coverage of climate change in 2018... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): The bogus number at the center of the GOP’s Green New Deal attacks; Lisa Murkowski and Joe Manchin: "It’s time to act on climate change — responsibly"; 11 things we can do to combat climate change;
Trump budget cuts take aim at science and the environment; Denver's air pollution (temporarily) as bad as Beijing's; Species by the dozen moved north during marine heatwaves; Iconic forests reaching 'tipping point' in the U.S. West... PLUS: Surge in chemical use ‘a threat to health and environment’... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Trump formally nominates oil and gas lobbyist for Interior Secretary:
- Trump names interim secretary to lead Interior Dept., overlooking glaring conflicts of interest (Climate Progress):
Last month, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) requested an inspector general investigation into Bernhardt’s role in rolling back “long-standing protections for federal wildlife, which would directly benefit one of his former clients.”
- 15 times former clients of the acting Interior secretary got favorable decisions (CNN)
- Earthjustice Statement on Nomination of David Bernhardt (EarthJustice.org)
- A brief guide to David Bernhardt, Ryan Zinke’s replacement at the Interior Department (Vox):
Bernhardt has to carry a card with him to keep track of his potential conflicts of interest. He’s even had to cancel a speech to the Colorado River Water Conservation District due to ethics concerns about his previous work lobbying for other water districts.
- Wyoming's unprofitable coal plants get a bailout handout:
- Republicans embrace socialism for coal to force consumers to buy costly dirty energy (Climate Progress)
- Wyoming passes coal support bill in spate of Western action to save ailing plants (Utility Dive):
The energy proposals across the U.S. West illustrate how state lawmakers are responding to the market transition away from coal power in the face of inaction from the White House...The bill comes after PacifiCorp, which owns Wyoming utility Rocky Mountain Power, said in December that 60% of its coal fleet is uneconomic, including plants in Wyoming.
- Wyoming coal power plant bill signed by Gov. Gordon (Casper Star-Tribune):
Gov. Mark Gordon has signed into a law a measure that aims to keep Wyoming's coal-fired power plants online and in business by requiring a utility to try to sell the facility first before decommissioning it.
- Montana: As details emerge about Colstrip bill, lawmakers discuss benefits of selling plant to NorthWestern for $1 (Montana Free Press)
- Customers shouldn't pay for fiasco (The Missoulian)
- Corporate media coverage of climate change dropped in 2018:
- How broadcast TV networks covered climate change in 2018 (Media Matters):
Broadcast TV news coverage of climate change plummeted 45 percent from 2017 to 2018, even as the climate crisis steadily worsened. The major news programs on the broadcast networks aired a combined total of just 142 minutes of climate coverage in 2018, or less than two and a half hours. Almost three-quarters of that coverage aired in just the last three months of the year. The networks did a particularly poor job of explaining how climate change exacerbates extreme weather; none of the networks' news reports on the major hurricanes of 2018 even mentioned climate change.
- VIDEO: Bernie Sanders blasts the media for not covering climate change in 1989 (Andrew Kaczynski, CNN)
- 2018 was a year of alarming climate reports, but you wouldn’t know it watching TV news (Climate Progress)
- Teens to stage global Climate Strike school walkout on March 15:
- Climate crisis and a betrayed generation (Guardian UK):
We will no longer accept this injustice. We demand justice for all past, current and future victims of the climate crisis, and so we are rising up. Thousands of us have taken to the streets in the past weeks all around the world. Now we will make our voices heard. On 15 March, we will protest on every continent.
- Youth climate strikers: 'We are going to change the fate of humanity' (Guardian UK)
- Students in 90+ countries will go on strike this Friday to demand climate change action (Quartz)
- Greta Thunberg, schoolgirl climate change warrior: ‘Some people can let things go. I can’t’ (Guardian UK)
- 'We won't stop striking': the New York 13 year-old taking a stand over climate change (Guardian)
- US: Playing hooky to save the climate: why students are striking on March 15 (Vox)
- Swedish student, activist Greta Thunberg's climate 'school strike' goes global (Globe & Mail)
- It's the Green News Report's 10th anniversary!
'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 bogus number at the center of the GOP’s Green New Deal attacks (Politico)
- Lisa Murkowski and Joe Manchin: It’s time to act on climate change — responsibly (op-ed, Washington Post)
- How we can combat climate change: The world has until 2030 to drastically cut our emissions. Where do we begin? (Washington Post)
- Trump budget cuts take aim at science and the environment (Climate Progress)
- It’s Fair to Compare Denver’s Air Pollution to Beijing (Denver Streetsblog)
- Species by the dozen moved north during marine heatwaves (AP)
- Surge in chemical use ‘a threat to health and environment’ (Guardian UK)
- BP lobbied Trump administration to roll back key US climate rules (Unearthed)
- Study Finds Racial Gap Between Who Causes Air Pollution And Who Breathes It (NPR)
- Iconic Forests Reaching Climate Tipping Points in American West, Study Finds (Inside Climate News)
- Collateral Damage: Many military bases are Superfund sites. Here's what it means for our vets' health. (Grist)
- Touting clean coal, EPA Wheeler calls climate activists ‘oblivious’ (Climate Progress)
- Pompeo to press for boost in exports in meeting with oil execs: report (The Hill)
- Study: Proposed copper mine won’t harm popular Montana river (AP)
- EPA chief Andrew Wheeler went straight to Fox News for his first post-confirmation TV interview: "Is climate change the existential threat? I don’t see it as the existential threat, no" (Media Matters)
- A wave of state bills could threaten science and climate education (Washington Post)
- SEJ Backgrounder: Green New Deal Proposes Sweeping Economic Transformation (Society of Environmental Journalists)
- Explainer: The 'Green New Deal': Mobilizing for a just, prosperous, and sustainable economy (New Consensus)
- What genuine, no-bullshit ambition on climate change would look like: How to hit the most stringent targets, with no loopholes. (David Roberts, Vox)
- A Global Shift To Sustainability Would Save Us $26 Trillion (Vox)
- Project Drawdown: 100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming (Drawdown.org)
- An Optimist's Guide to Solving Climate Change and Saving the World (Vice)
- The great nutrient collapse: The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention. (Politico)
- 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)
- 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.
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