IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: California wins, Trump loses as four major automakers make a deal on fuel-efficient cars; Two cable networks to host climate change town halls for 2020 presidential candidates; Study finds just talking about climate change makes a difference; PLUS: Republican pollster Frank Luntz has a change of heart on the climate crisis... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Where will the West's next deadly wildfire strike?; How the Trump Administration trampled science in the rush to drill in the Arctic; 2020 Democrats put climate justice front and center ahead of debates; Stopping climate change will never be 'good business'; Farmers reckon with new climate reality in the heartland; Africa's largest wind power project is now open in Kenya; New report shows how many environmental activists are killed each week... PLUS: How investors got a heads-up on EPA's Pebble mine reversal... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Trump Admin. plows ahead with rollbacks as carmakers strike deal with California:
- Major automakers strike climate deal with California, rebuffing Trump on proposed mileage freeze (Washington Post):
"What we have here is a statement of principles intended to reach out to the federal government to move them off the track that they seem to be on and onto a more constructive track," Nichols said, adding that the companies approached California officials last month about a potential compromise. In a joint statement, the four automakers said their decision to hash out a deal with California was driven by a need for predictability, as well as desires to reduce compliance costs, keep vehicles affordable for customers and be good environmental stewards.
- Automakers, Rejecting Trump Pollution Rule, Strike a Deal With California (NY Times):
Although California won the backing of the four companies in its showdown with the federal government, the Trump administration is still expected to try to revoke California’s right to set its own auto emissions standards. The state has vowed to fight that effort all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary, and the four automakers, by siding with California, are in effect voting that they expect California to win that battle. On Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California said he was “very confident” that more automakers would join the deal in coming days, and one auto executive familiar with the negotiations agreed that was likely.
- Trump fuel efficiency rollback hits speed bump as major car companies strike deal with California (Climate Progress)
- VIDEO: 3 things to know about California's gas mileage deal with automakers (KCRA-Sacramento)
- The EPA refuted its own bizarre justification for rolling back fuel efficiency standards (Vox, 8/16/2018)
- Talking about climate change helps combat denial:
- Discussing global warming leads to greater acceptance of climate science (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences):
discussing global warming with friends and family leads people to learn influential facts, such as the scientific consensus that human-caused global warming is happening. In turn, stronger perceptions of scientific agreement increase beliefs that climate change is happening and human-caused, as well as worry about climate change.
- The most important thing you can do right now to fight climate change, according to science: talk about it (Climate Progress)
- Q&A: Want to do something about global warming? Talk about it with your family and friends (LA Times)
- Frank Luntz has a change of heart about the climate crisis:
- VIDEO:The Right Thing To Do: Conservatives for Climate Action Hearing (Senate Democrats, Special Committee on the Climate Crisis)
- Frank Luntz, the GOP’s message master, calls for climate action (Grist):
Luntz, whose advice helped Republicans hold power for years and also keep their heads in the sand when it comes to climate change, cited the fire as an example of the climate crisis made personal. He’s the same political consultant who convinced conservatives to rebrand the “estate tax” as the “death tax.” He crafted talking points for the Koch brothers and reportedly convinced the Trump administration to talk about “border security” to drum up support for building a border wall. But the reality of climate change is increasingly too hard to ignore.
- VIDEO: Darkness Into Light? Frank Luntz of aiding climate science denial (Climate Crocks)
- CNN, MSNBC to host 2020 presidential climate forums:
- In a historic first, two climate forums announced for 2020 Democratic candidates (Climate Progress)
- MSNBC and CNN to host climate events for the presidential candidates (Grist)
- 'Our Pressure Is Working' Says Sunrise Movement as CNN and MSNBC Announce Climate Events for 2020 White House Hopefuls (Common Dreams):
"But we also want to be clear: these are not climate debates," the group added, reiterating its demand for a DNC-sponsored debate.
'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
- Where Will The West's Next Deadly Wildfire Strike? Risks Everywhere (Arizona Republic)
- How Science Got Trampled in the Rush to Drill in the Arctic (Politico)
- 2020 Democrats put climate justice front and center ahead of debates (Climate Progress)
- Jay Inslee Has a Plan to Spend $1.2 Trillion to Fight Climate Change and Inequality (Earther)
- Stopping Climate Change Will Never Be "Good Business" (Jacobin)
- VIDEO: "I'm not a climate change guy, but...": Farmers reckon with new reality in the heartland (CBS News)
- Africa's largest wind power project is now open in Kenya (Quartz)
- Report Shows How Many Environmental Activists Are Killed Each Week (Huffington Post)
- 5 Governors Push Presidential Candidates To Aid Great Lakes (AP)
- Tribe At Center Of Pipeline Protests Launches Solar Farm (AP)
- A New Old Way To Combat Toxic Algae: Float It Up, Then Skim It Off (NPR)
- Greta Thunberg to Attend New York Climate Talks. She’ll Take a Sailboat (NY Times)
- Critics Call Trump Bears Ears Plan ‘Salt In An Open Wound.’ (Washington Post)
- Court Strikes Down Fish & Wildlife Permit For Atlantic Coast Pipeline (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
- How investors got a heads-up on EPA's Pebble mine reversal (E&E News)
- America Last: Oil Oligarchs have a Plan for You (Climate Crocks)
- VIDEO: A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (The Intercept)
- This Is How Human Extinction Could Play Out (Rolling Stone)
- 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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