IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: The future of U.S. climate policy following the 2020 Presidential election; Heads up, Florida --- Hurricane Eta may be headed your way; PLUS: As Trump officially exits the Paris Climate Agreement, U.S. states say they are still in... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Local elections are changing America’s energy mix, one city at a time; GOP Climate Denier Prevails In Critical Texas Energy Regulator Race; Dakota Access Pipeline Fate Uncertain After Court Hearing; Oregon Allows a Controversial Fracked Gas Power Plant to Begin Construction; Nevada Voters Approve Renewable Energy Mandate; India's capital suffers most toxic air in a year... PLUS: Surge In COVID-19 Cases Could Slash Emissions... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Hurricane Eta leaves wake of destruction in Central America, may strike Florida:
- Storm Eta wreaks 'shocking' devastation in Central America, 8 dead (Retuers)
- Hurricane Eta brings disastrous flooding to Central America, with concern growing in southeastern U.S. (Washington Post)
- VIDEO: Nicaraguans ask for humanitarian aid after Hurricane Eta (EuroNews)
- Florida in the path of Eta and it could become a hurricane again (CBS News)
- Hurricane Phoenix is Tampa Bay’s devastating worst-case scenario (Tampa Bay Times):
The Tampa Bay area is considered to be one of the most vulnerable population centers to a hurricane strike. The fact that we haven’t been hit by a major hurricane in 99 years is nothing more than luck, experts say...“You don’t need a 5 to bring Tampa Bay to its knees,” said Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen.
- Trump administration officially exits international Paris Climate Agreement:
- What the US exiting the Paris climate agreement means (Guardian UK)
- U.S. Formally Withdraws From Paris Climate Agreement as Exit Polls Show 74% of Biden Voters Cite Climate Change as Major Issue (Newsweek)
- The U.S. Just Officially Left the Paris Agreement. Can it Be a Leader in the Climate Fight Again? (Time Magazine)
- COVID-19 put U.S. back on track with reneged Paris targets (Yale Climate Connections)
- US vote to shape how world warms as climate pact exit looms (AP):
What happens on election day will to some degree determine how much more hot and nasty the world’s climate will likely get, experts say. The day after the presidential election, the United States formally leaves the 2015 Paris agreement to fight climate change.
- No Matter Who Wins, the US Exits the Paris Climate Accord the Day After the Election (Inside Climate News)
- Climate Policy: A Biden Administration vs. a Republican Senate
- Biden win meets Senate Republicans (Politico):
If Republicans hold onto their Senate majority and Biden wins the White House, it could also change the dynamics around Biden's nominations to his Cabinet.
- Prospect of Republican Senate Majority Narrows Democrats’ Options on Clean Energy Policy (GreenTech Media)
- How a Biden Administration Could Fight Climate Change Without the Senate (Earther)
- The Day One Agenda: The Next Administration --- Using Presidential Power for Good (The American Prospect)
- Biden’s Bold Climate Plans Could Be Thwarted in GOP-Run Senate (Bloomberg)
- If he wins White House, Biden's ambitions likely blocked by Republican Senate (Reuters)
- Markets Can Kiss Goodbye to the Blue Wave (Bloomberg):
This much is clear, in a night that remains mired in uncertainty: There will be no game-changing shift to fiscal spending.
- Roadmap To A Regulatory Reset (Forbes):
So, what can the Biden team do? Quite a bit, actually, depending on the timing of the regulation and whether Biden has support from other branches of government.
- courts could stop Biden
- How the Senate Race Could Shape Future U.S. Climate Action (E&E News):
“Mitch McConnell is going to be a really effective minority leader,” Deatrick said. “He’s the emperor of obstruction. His goal was to make Barack Obama a one-term president, and it’s going to be his goal again.”
- 2020 Election: Not 'game over' for climate, but makes the job harder:
- Gov. Jay Inslee: We're still in the Paris Agreement:
'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
- Local elections are changing America’s energy mix, one city at a time (The Verge)
- Oregon Allows a Controversial Fracked Gas Power Plant to Begin Construction (Inside Climate News)
- GOP Climate Denier Prevails In Critical Texas Energy Regulator Race (Huffington Post)
- Nevada Voters Approve Renewable Energy Mandate (Law 360)
- Dakota Access Pipeline Fate Uncertain After Court Hearing (Bloomberg)
- Some Areas Protected As Formosa’s Louisiana Work Continues (AP)
- Surge In COVID-19 Cases Could Slash Emissions (Oil Price.com)
- Climate Change — and its Encroaching Peril — Are On Americans’ Minds (Inside Climate News)
- Trump administration taps mainstream climate scientist to run key climate review (Washington Post)
- Gov. Murphy signs New Jersey plastic bag ban: ‘The strongest bill of its kind in the United States’ (The Trentonian)
- Iceberg floats toward South Georgia, puts wildlife at risk (AP)
- India's capital suffers most toxic air in a year, heightening coronavirus worries (Reuters)
- Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration (Pro Publica)
- Exxon's Snake Oil: 100 years of deception (Columbia Journalism Review)
- What Does '12 Years to Act on Climate Change' (Now 11 Years) Really Mean? (Inside Climate News)
- VIDEO: A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (The Intercept)
- 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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