Daily Archives: September 5, 2019

Elizabeth Warren and Other 2020 Hopefuls Release Climate Change Plans

Sep 04, 2019

Senator Elizabeth Warren has unveiled her plan to tackle the climate crisis Tuesday, ahead of tonight’s 2020 CNN town hall on climate change. The plan adopts ideas put forward by Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who put the climate crisis at the center of his campaign before dropping out of the presidential race last month. The $3 trillion plan — which would be paid for by reversing Trump’s tax cuts for the wealthy — includes zeroing out carbon emissions for commercial and residential buildings, as well as most passenger vehicles, in the next decade, switching to renewable electricity by 2035, and creating unionized clean energy jobs. Senators Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris and former Housing Secretary Julián Castro have also released climate plans in recent days.

“Utter Devastation”: Bahamian residents stranded after widespread flooding destr oys homes

Democracy Now!

Published on Sep 4, 2019

Hurricane Dorian made landfall this Sunday leaving a path of “utter devastation” in its wake.The Category 5 hurricane destroyed as many as 13,000 homes on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama and left 70-80% of the affected areas almost completely underwater, including the Grand Bahama International Airport. The death toll is currently at 7 but is expected to rise as flash floods continue to hamper rescue attempts. “The toll of the hurricane is truly indescribable and unprecedented,” says historian and scholar Crystal deGregory. deGregory, who was visiting her family in the Bahamas when the tropical storm made landfall, described the widespread flooding across both inland and coastal areas as “mind boggling.” Sam Teicher, the founder and chief reef officer for Coral Vita, also joins us from Freeport in Grand Bahama to describe the conditions on the ground and the islands’ desperate need for supplies. Teicher says, “Bahamian people are really resilient and incredible, but they really need help from the outside world now.”

Sunrise Movement: Why environmental racism must be addressed in climate policy

Democracy Now!

Published on Sep 5, 2019

Mattias Lehman, digital director of the Sunrise Movement, reacts to last night’s historic climate town hall, where Democratic presidential candidates outlined their plans for combating the climate crisis. Lehman emphasizes that any climate proposal must take the issue of environmental racism seriously. “This is a reality for a lot of people of color, for a lot of poor people — they bear the brunt of the beginnings of what climate change is bringing,” says Lehman. “I think when we look at climate change, racial justice and environmental justice [have] to be at the forefront of everything we’re thinking about and doing because we can’t just abandon the Global South… This is a fight for the future of our species and the future of our planet, and we have to all be in here together.”

“A haven for the wealthy”: The contradiction of hosting the climate town hall in a luxury mall

Democracy Now!

Published on Sep 5, 2019

Wednesday’s climate town hall, where Democratic presidential hopefuls outlined their plans for combating the climate crisis, took place in New York City’s Hudson Yards — the site of one of the biggest private real estate developments in U.S. history. “It’s hard to think of a more stark example of what we might call eco-apartheid, this development that is created to be insulated from the weather and insulated from most of New York City as well,” journalist Kate Aronoff says of the Manhattan venue. “I think this speaks to how absurd it is to have this be the venue for a debate in a predominantly working-class city, where people actually have felt real climate impacts in the last several years.”

After DNC Rejects Climate Debate, Candidates Discuss Green New Deal, Environmental Justice at Forum

Democracy Now!

Published on Sep 5, 2019

Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls took to the stage in New York City Wednesday night for a climate town hall hosted by CNN. The event was held less than two weeks after the Democratic National Committee rejected a resolution that would have allowed candidates to participate in a debate focused on the climate crisis. Former Vice President Joe Biden is facing scrutiny after being questioned about his relationship with the fossil fuel industry and attendance at a fossil fuel executive’s fundraiser the following day, while Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders diverged on the issue of nationalizing public utilities and the fossil fuel industry. We host a roundtable with former EPA official Mustafa Ali, journalist Kate Aronoff and Sunrise Movement digital director Mattias Lehman.

WATCH: Trump uses altered, week-old map in briefing to falsely show Alabama was in Dorian’s path

PBS NewsHour

Published on Sep 4, 2019

After receiving a briefing on storm preparation efforts for Hurricane Dorian, President Donald Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, that emergency officials are “well-prepared.” Trump also addressed efforts to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying he expects to have 500 miles of wall built by next year. It is unclear how he calculates that number because nearly all of the wall funding allocated by the Trump administration has gone to repairs of existing wall rather than new construction. In response to reporters’ questions, the president touted the effects of tariffs on China and said the U.S. will soon stop doing business with the China-based telecom giant Huawei. The map that President Donald Trump showed in Wednesday’s briefing that was meant to forecast Hurricane Dorian’s path appears to have an additional black bubble drawn around Alabama. The original map, released by the National Hurricane Center on Aug. 29, did not include the state of Alabama. The president tweeted on Sunday that Alabama would be among a list of states that “will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated.” In its own tweet that day, the National Weather Service in Birmingham said “no impacts from Hurricane Dorian will be felt across Alabama.”

James Hansen – Scientific Reticence: A Threat to Humanity and Nature


UPFSI

Published on Nov 19, 2017

https://ClimateMatters.TV – James Hansen, Pam Peterson, and Philip Duffy join us to discuss how the hesitancy among scientists to express the gravity of our situation is a major block to our understanding and response to climate change, The reticence arises from political pressure, institutional conservatism, so-called ‘objectivity’, aversion to controversy, etc. But when the data and the conclusions it leads to are alarming, isn’t it imperative that the alarm be transmitted publicly? Here is another facet of society’s apparent inability to assess and respond appropriately to the present immense, existential threat of climate change.