We emphasize links to Biden’s Global Summit and Infrastructure plan, Drawdown: Marin’s new status as well as a list of Earth Day events. Belle and Climate Team
The new president has promised to take the lead on climate. His plan does not disappoint. “On April 22, Earth Day, the leaders of more than three dozen countries, among them 17 nations responsible for four-fifths of the world’s emissions of greenhouse gases, will convene at a virtual summit. The purpose is to discuss where the world goes from here on climate change and what each country must do to limit the Earth’s warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius compared with preindustrial levels — a threshold beyond which scientists predict irreversible environmental damage.”
Links to Articles
Biden’s Global Summit
The administration is closing in on deals with some close allies, but agreements with powers like China, Brazil and India are proving difficult.
Biden’s Infrastructure Proposals and Climate Policy
The reality is that a changing climate threatens America’s decrepit infrastructure and makes such investments ever more necessary. Every year, weather—and climate-related natural disasters cost the United States tens of billions of dollars—totaling more than $600 billion over just the last five years.
The president is trying to square environmentalists’ demands to stop burning fossil fuels with labor leaders’ desire for union jobs linked to oil and gas
The Administration has an ambitious vision for combatting global warming, but it’s only a start.
By Elizabeth Kolbert
From a political standpoint, it makes sense to link jobs and justice and decarbonization. Union wages and electric school buses are a lot easier to sell than a hike in the gasoline tax. And an infrastructure package that doesn’t pass won’t do anyone any good. Unfortunately, though, the laws of geophysics are indifferent to politics.
A pair of proposals would invest in infrastructure, education, work force development and fighting climate change, with the aim of making the economy more productive.
The president’s plan, worth up to $4 trillion, represents a fundamental shift in the way Democrats talk about tackling climate change: It’s no longer a side issue.
A guiding philosophy of the Biden proposal argues that the future of good jobs is the transition to an economy that no longer churns out carbon dioxide through the burning of coal, oil and gas.
The underlying message — that the next step of America’s economic recovery is fundamentally tied to countering the climate crisis — represents a major pivot in the way Democrats make the case for tackling global warming.
By Coral Davenport
The initiative includes hundreds of billions of dollars to fight climate change.
More people than ever visited national parks during the pandemic. We need to harness that interest for change.
The proposal represents an enormous effort to fight climate change, but it sidesteps the question of who will be forced to move because of rising water.
As vice president, Joe Biden oversaw a “green jobs” stimulus package that produced notable failures. This time, with more money and more demand for clean technology, will be different, Democrats say.
By Bill McKibben
In recent days, the nation watched in horror as an unprecedented winter storm wreaked havoc on Texas’s energy infrastructure, leaving residents without power in sub-freezing temperatures for days on end. We later learned that the state came within a hair’s breadth of a truly catastrophic failure that could have put parts of the grid in the dark for months.
"CO2 is not a lone actor. When you consider the whole cast of other characters, the outlook in the Amazon is that the impacts of human activities will be worse than we realize."
By Jessica Corbett, staff writer
The concentration of the heat-trapping gas topped 420 parts per million, while the planet has warmed more than two degrees
March 6, 2021
Above, the chicken and egg problem of EVs and EV chargers.
Researchers have worked out a way to transform food scraps, used cooking oil, animal manure and wastewater sludge into jet fuel with a carbon footprint 165% lower than standard jet fuel, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The U.S. currently has 42 megawatts of offshore wind online. The Biden administration just set a goal of deploying 30,000 megawatts by 2030.
By Chris D’Angelo and Alexander C. Kaufman
Amazon must become a leader in reducing single-use packaging.
A new U.S. Farmers and Ranchers in Action (USFRA) report, “Transformative Investment in Climate-Smart Agriculture: Unlocking the potential of our soils to help the U.S. achieve a net-zero economy” makes the case that increased attention and investment in agriculture is necessary and urgent. Why?
Green hydrogen technology can help reduce emissions from industry, transport and heating in the German Ruhr region up to 72 percent by 2050 compared to 2018, the private industry-sponsored German Economic Institute (IW) shows in a report commissioned by the Ruhr Regional Association (RVR). The IW looked at six different scenarios for the development and use of hydrogen in the western German metropolitan region, home to five million inhabitants and many power plants as well as steel and chemical industries.
Public opinion, Republican response to Biden’s climate policies
By Paul Krugman
It is time to embrace the softer side of infrastructure.
Republicans have been having a hard time explaining why they oppose President Biden’s American Jobs Plan. … in the past few days many Republicans seem to have settled on the claim that most of the proposed spending isn’t really infrastructure …
A new initiative seeks to tap into mothers’ concern for the world their children are inheriting.
By Lizzie Widdicombe
We at Carbon Tax Center believe that removing climate deniers from the Climate Solutions Caucus could help rehabilitate carbon taxing in the public conversation.
Extreme weather- wildfires, storms, drought
Frigid temperatures last month froze pipelines and forced companies to flare vast amounts of planet-warming gases that they suddenly had nowhere to send.
The need to intentionally burn off, or flare, an estimated 1.6 billion cubic feet of gas in a single day — a fivefold increase from rates seen before the crisis, according to satellite analysis — came as the state’s power plants went offline and pipelines froze.
… Burning off unused gas instead of capturing it not only wastes a valuable energy source, it emits carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that is the main contributor to climate change.
State has lost almost as much acreage to fires in four months as it did throughout last year
Toxic particles spewed by wildfires resulted in 10 times as many respiratory-illness related hospitalizations as other types of pollution, researchers found
Reviving the South Florida ecosystem enjoys bipartisan support and deserves federal funding.
A report by BlackRock, the world’s largest investment house, shows that those who have divested have profited not only morally but also financially.
Oil Giants Prepare to Put Carbon Back in the Ground
The multibillion-dollar project could be a breakthrough for a technology known as carbon capture and storage, a concept that has been around for at least a quarter-century to reduce the climate-damaging emissions from factories.
The clean energy transition isn’t Big Oil’s only problem. Oil and gas jobs have been disappearing for a long time.
By Richard Halstead
The Marin Agricultural Land Trust has hired Thane Kreiner, a scientist and biotech entrepreneur, as its new chief executive officer.
On the second day of April, the skies were clear over the San Francisco Bay Area and the view from atop the sun-drenched Mount Umunhum in the South Bay spread across a sea of green shrubs and trees carpeting the surrounding Santa Cruz Mountains.
A new nonprofit will be created to implement the goals of “Drawdown: Marin,” a community driven campaign to reduce greenhouse gas emissions below zero and prepare for climate change impacts. The Marin County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the formation of the nonprofit on Tuesday.
“This is a great day officially beginning the formation of the Drawdown organization,” said Bill Carney, president of Sustainable San Rafael and a Marin Climate Action Network member.
By Joe Mathews
When you evaluate California’s fight on what it’s actually accomplished, the picture is extraordinary. Over a generation, climate change has been the most compelling reason for reducing pollution, starting industries, re-engineering products, seeding social movements, investing in infrastructure, and revamping regional government.