Weekly News Update December 5th

Jonathan Staufer | December 4, 2018 | Leave a Comment

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Our first post-Thanksgiving brief and there is so much to report that a few paragraphs might not do it justice.

On the eve of the Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, the leaders of 19 out of 20 largest economies, meeting in Buenos Aires, pledged to uphold their commitments to the Paris Climate Accord. The lone holdout was, of course, Donald Trump, who thinks global warming is a hoax because it was cold on Thanksgiving weekend.

Trump is, Salon points out, well-positioned to do something historic to fight climate change. Instead, he came back from Buenos Aires and threatened to pull the plug on electric car subsidies. Perhaps he can do for electric cars what he’s done for coal.

The previous weekend, his Administration tried to “deep 6” a Congressionally mandated government report on climate change by releasing it on Black Friday. The report made it clear that action is necessary. Aside from the costs in human life, climate change is set to have a disastrous effect on the economy, which is, of course, what really matters.

Thankfully, it would appear that Trump, his Administration and the  fossil fuel industry boosters in Congress are in an increasingly diminishing minority when it comes to “belief” in climate change. Perhaps the fact that an American city is making plans to drink its own sewage due to climate change-exacerbated drought might inspire more.

There is little doubt that the children we are leaving to clean up this mess “believe”: Australian children joined the Extinction Rebellion with a massive strike and march.

On the subject of children, the necessary discussion of population as a key component of sustainability is becoming acceptable.

If you happen to be in DC on December 10, as we’ve noted, there is definitely movement on the part of the incoming Congress to get working on climate change. The next task is turning sentiment into action

Until next time, in case you were wondering, there is STILL no such thing as “clean coal.”

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