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Joe Biden would be a disaster for climate change | The Guardian

‘Presidential candidate Joe Biden, 79, seems to have a very different understanding of the climate crisis than the world’s leading climate scientists. Several top advisers to the former vice-president previewed his “middle of the road” plan on the issue for Reuters on Friday. He’ll have the US rejoin the Paris agreement, which Trump has said he will leave exit as soon as that document’s terms allow in early 2021. He’ll preserve existing regulations on emissions and fuel efficiency that the current administration has targeted. Like Obama, he’ll embrace an “all of the above” energy strategy, with plenty of room for new natural gas development and exports as well as carbon capture and storage, to indefinitely extend the life of the coal industry.’

Source: Joe Biden would be a disaster for climate change | The Guardian

Joe Biden Defends Record on Climate and Calls for ‘Environmental Revolution’ | The New York Times

‘HAMPTON, N.H. — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. defended his record on climate change on Monday in the face of criticism from rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, and called for a “green revolution” that is “rational” and affordable.’

Source: Joe Biden Defends Record on Climate and Calls for ‘Environmental Revolution’  | The New York Times

Jay Inslee promised serious climate policy and he is delivering | Vox

‘…The first piece, out last Friday, is the “100 percent Clean Energy for America Plan.” It lays out three high-level targets for 2030:

  • 100 percent carbon-neutral electricity;
  • 100 percent zero-emissions in new light- and medium-duty vehicles and all buses;
  • 100 percent zero-carbon pollution in all new commercial and residential buildings.’

Source: Jay Inslee promised serious climate policy and he is delivering | Vox

Why Beto’s Climate Plan Is So Surprising | The Atlantic

‘…O’Rourke says his proposal is the “most ambitious climate plan in the history of the United States.” Certainly it is—so far—the most wide-ranging climate plan debuted by any Democratic presidential candidate in the 2020 race, though a number of contenders say their own proposals will come out shortly. And it makes for a dramatic contrast with the agenda of President Donald Trump, who has repealed major federal rules restricting carbon pollution and staffed the federal government with former fossil-fuel lobbyists.’

Source: Why Beto’s Climate Plan Is So Surprising | The Atlantic

It’s Not Coming, It’s Here: Bill McKibben on Our New Climate Reality| Literary Hub

Climate change has become such a familiar term that we tend to read past it—it’s part of our mental furniture, like urban sprawl or gun violence. So, let’s remember exactly what we’ve been up to, because it should fill us with awe; it’s by far the biggest thing humans have ever done. Those of us in the fossil fuel-consuming classes have, over the last 200 years, dug up immense quantities of coal and gas and oil, and burned them: in car motors, basement furnaces, power plants, steel mills. When we burn them, the carbon atoms combine with oxygen atoms in the air to produce carbon dioxide. The molecular structure of carbon dioxide traps heat that would otherwise have radiated back out to space. We have, in other words, changed the energy balance of our planet, the amount of the sun’s heat that is returned to space.’

Source: It’s Not Coming, It’s Here: Bill McKibben on Our New Climate Reality | Literary Hub