Suggested action: Write all CA Congressional representatives, both parties, and urge them to support the 17 GOP members who are opposing Trump’s plan to eliminate the control on CO2 emissions. This is a moderate point of view, politically and environmentally, but it is a step forward instead of two, or ten, steps back. A finger in the dike.
*The International Renewable Energy Association released a report yesterday showing how CO2 emissions could be completely eliminated by 2060. Reuters had the brief story; here from Fortune.
*New research out of Yale, detailing public opinion on climate change and powerfully presented in animated graphics, was published this morning in the New York Times.
An excerpt [brown emphases mine]:
A majority of adults in every congressional district in the nation support limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. But many Republicans in Congress (and some Democrats) agree with President Trump, who this week may move to kill an Obama administration plan that would have scaled back the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Nationally, about seven in 10 Americans support regulating carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants – and 75 percent support regulating CO2 as a pollutant more generally. But lawmakers are unlikely to change direction soon.
Bob Inglis, a former Republican congressman from South Carolina, warned that committed activists — like the Tea Party — can shape politicians’ approaches to issues like climate change. “Those are the ones who can take you out at the next primary,” he said. He lost his primary in 2010 to Trey Gowdy, a Tea Party candidate who attacked his climate views.
*What we need to know about how the opposition will proceed: neatly laid out in a Forbes article on March 17.
*Just released this morning from E&E News: Details on the 17 GOP Congress members who are opposing the Trump budget’s evisceration of environmental and climate programs and policies.
*Here’s the Atlantic story from last week on Scott Pruitt, Trump’s man at the now-oxymoronic Environmental Protection Agency: this piece is a meaty refutation of Pruitt’s dumb-boy ideas, a good refresher read.