‘In a blow to the Obama administration’s efforts to combat climate change, the Supreme Court has temporarily blocked regulations to limit emissions from coal-fired power plants.’
‘…Indeed the oceans take up more than 92% of the extra heat. The rest goes into melting Arctic sea ice, land ice, and warming the land and atmosphere.’
‘In short, NOAA’s adjustments are doing what they’re supposed to do – removing biases in the raw data to make it more accurately reflect the true temperature changes at each measurement station.’
‘…But recent investigative articles in the Los Angeles Times and the online publication InsideClimate News described a pattern of behavior strikingly similar to Peabody’s. Scientists at Exxon and another oil company began researching global warming in the 1970s.’
‘…NOAA’s report assigned a “climate vulnerability score” to 82 Northeastern fish and shellfish species. It listed types of scallop and quahog and the Atlantic salmon as the most vulnerable in the region, as well as eastern oysters, a $175 million fishery in 2014.’
“…At the moment, it appears that BEVs carry the best environmental benefit. In terms of cost to operate per mile, their 4 cents per mile rating is half that of FCEVs…”
“They have bloviated about carpet bombing, bickered about walls, and waxed anti-Muslim and -migrant, but over more than 16 hours of debate, the Republican candidates for president have almost entirely ignored what most of the world fears most: the rising tides and temperatures of climate change.”
December 8, 2016, COP21, Paris
Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson appeared at a Paris COP21 press conference called “May the Force Be With You” along with Kevin Anderson and host Stuart Scott of climatematters.tv. Jacobson stated that an international transition to 100% renewable wind, water, and solar renewable energy by 2050 was technically and economically possible, though political and social barriers remain.
“We do think it’s possible not only to power the United States, each state of the whole country and the country itself, with 100% clean and renewable wind, water, and solar power for all purposes – that’s electricity, transportation, heating, and cooling, and industry – but we also have done studies now to show that it’s possible in each of 139 countries of the world that we’ve examined to do this, that such a transition is not only necessary, but it’s also technically and economically possible. But there are social and political barriers to actually getting the full implementation, although there has been some progress recently.”
“So we think there are so many benefits, … we calculate 22 million jobs worldwide net over lost of such a transition, and eliminating 4 to 7 million premature air pollution deaths which will cost the world today over 3% of the GDPs of all the countries of the world. And then eliminating global warming, if you actually phase these, do this on a global scale and eliminate 80% emissions by 2030, as we propose, and 100% by 2050, we can reduce the impacts of climate change and actually start reversing by 2100. ”
Report by James George
Lake County Vintage 2026
It’s hard to believe now, but in 2016, just 10 years ago, California’s famous Lake County was struggling economically and known to the wider world, if known at all, for being rough around the edges. Clear Lake, now the crown jewel of the region, was in those days polluted by agricultural run-off and mining chemicals and plagued with masses of foul-smelling algae that drove would-be tourists away. The county had just been devastated by a series of historic wildfires.
It was at this low point that a bold initiative was proposed by a small band of visionary wine-grape growers under the improbable leadership of self-described “bad-boy profiteer,” Mr. Z. They convinced the local wine-industry organization to adopt a winning strategy for vaulting ahead of the competition in Napa Valley, which was then predominant but overdeveloped. Owners would convert 100% of Lake County’s vineyards into showcase models of organic agriculture and diversify their crops and income streams. Rather than supplying Napa labels with large quantities of anonymous grapes for blended vintages, they would focus on their own small batches of distinctive varietal wines, rapidly to become 100% organic. They coined the term “eco-ag tourism” and the rest is history.
Mr. Z, winner of the 2026 Right Livelihood Award, is more than modest about his role. “At the time it was just a shrewd business move,” he says, “I really didn’t see the light until we were way down the road. At one point I actually bragged about my mega-vineyards running little old ladies’ wells dry. Then I could buy them out on the cheap. I certainly didn’t think twice about pouring on the pesticides.”
To those who might doubt that the environmental leader came late to the fold, Mr. Z says, “Hell, back then I thought climate change was a hoax spread around by the solar industry. Sustainable was a word I loved because it could mean anything. To me it meant sustaining my own jet.”
Today, Mr. Z is president of Organic Lake County, an umbrella organization that represents the Organic Wine Tourism Bureau, Organic Farm Vacations, Eco-Ag Boat and Bicycle Tours, Detox and Cleanse Resorts and Spas, Lake Local and Organic Catering, Organic Lake Weddings, and many others. And, of course, Lake County’s reputation, now international, no longer centers on its being down and out, but on its unique organic wines, stunning scenery, pure spring water, and exceptionally clean air.
“Some Republican presidential candidates are beginning to peer out from behind the wall of climate denial that has defined the party as long as Barack Obama has been in the White House. Finally, it seems, the most open expressions of climate denial – such as dismissing long-established scientific fact – may be seen as a bit retrograde, and possibly embarrassing, even by some who are looking for votes from an increasingly rightwing Republican party.”