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Ignoring Public Opinion and Pentagon, Trump Denies Climate Change Is Threat to National Security

“If we want to keep our country safe, Trump should take military advice from the military, not fossil fuel executives who are pushing to deny climate science and boost their profits at any cost.”

By Julia Conley, staff writer for CommonDreams. Published 12-18-2017

Months after Hurricane Harvey caused an estimated $180 billion in damage in Houston, Texas, President Trump declined to include any mention of climate change in his strategy for national security. (Photo: Texoma Classics/Flickr/cc)

While 56 percent of Americans and the Pentagon hold that the deepening climate crisis is a serious threat to the country’s safety, President Donald Trump left the issue out of his speech on his national security strategy on Monday—angering critics and green groups.

“Trump is not just ignoring science and public opinion about the dangers of the climate crisis, he’s ignoring American generals and the Pentagon about what it takes to keep our military and our country safe,” said Michael Brune, the executive director of Sierra Club, in a statement released after the president’s speech. Continue reading

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Unified Against Trump Threat, World Vows To Push Ahead on Climate Action

“Climate change is not going to wait for U.S. action and the rest of the world is clear it is moving forward,” said campaigner

By Lauren McCauley, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 11-18-2016

Attendees of the United Nations climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco surround the words: "We Will Move Ahead." (Photo: Greenpeace)

Attendees of the United Nations climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco surround the words: “We Will Move Ahead.” (Photo: Greenpeace)

Underscoring the “climate pariah” that the United States is expected to become under a President-elect Donald Trump, world leaders concluded the United Nations climate talks on Friday by re-committing to the goals of the Paris accord and vowing to take swift action to reduce global emissions.

“We call for the highest political commitment to combat climate change, as a matter of urgent priority,” reads the Marrakech Action Proclamation (pdf), which was signed by 196 countries.

“Indeed, this year, we have seen extraordinary momentum on climate change worldwide,” it states. “This momentum is irreversible—it is being driven not only by governments, but by science, business, and global action of all types at all levels.” Continue reading

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Costa Rica Has Been Running on 100 Percent Renewable Energy for Months

Costa Rica’s electrical grid has relied solely on renewable energy sources for 76 days straight, aiming for an all-renewable future

By Nika Knight, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 9-7-2016

While Costa Rica transitions to renewable energy sources, the U.S. is still relying on coal and natural gas to supply most of its electricity. (Photo: Arturo Sotillo/flickr/cc)

While Costa Rica transitions to renewable energy sources, the U.S. is still relying on coal and natural gas to supply most of its electricity. (Photo: Arturo Sotillo/flickr/cc)

Costa Rica’s electrical grid ran on 100 percent renewable energy between June 17 and September 2, according to a report published Tuesday by the state-owned energy company, Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), which controls energy production and distribution. (Data after September 2 has not yet been released.)

“We are a small country with large goals!” ICE wrote on Facebook, alongside a video about Costa Rica’s plans to become “the first carbon-neutral country” by 2021. Continue reading

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State Now Claims It Owns the Wind — Taxing Renewable Energy “Out of Existence”

By Matt Agorist. Published 8-14-2016 by The Free Thought Project

Photo: Leaflet (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Leaflet (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Wyoming — Shortly after they realized the potential for wind energy creation in Wyoming, renewable energy companies began constructing turbines on private property and then selling the clean power they generated to the residents. However, shortly after their ventures began, Wyoming government officials, acting on behalf of fossil fuel interests, moved in for the kill.

The state legislature asked the question, “Who owns the wind?”

Without much debate, the Wyoming legislature quickly determined that the state does. Continue reading

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As World Burns, Richest Nations Can’t Decide When to End Fossil Fuel Handouts

Despite ambitious pledges, global energy ministers could not agree on a target date to phase out billions in subsidies to dirty energy

By Nadia Prupis, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 7-1-2016

"The world is in a deep hole with climate change, and the first thing to do in a hole is stop digging," said Stephen Kretzmann of Oil Change International. (Photo: ribarnica/flickr/cc)

“The world is in a deep hole with climate change, and the first thing to do in a hole is stop digging,” said Stephen Kretzmann of Oil Change International. (Photo: ribarnica/flickr/cc)

The world’s richest nations have failed to agree on a deadline to phase out fossil fuels subsidies—a commitment energy ministers made in 2009—stirring new fears over the impact of the hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars that go toward keeping dirty energy afloat every year.

Energy ministers from the Group of 20 (G20) met in Beijing on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss bringing those subsidies to a close after the Group of 7 (G7), the world’s seven wealthiest economies, last month committed to eliminate “inefficient” fossil fuel handouts by 2025. A report published in 2015 by the climate group Oil Change International found that the combined G20 subsidies for oil, gas, and coal production amounts to roughly $444 billion a year. Continue reading

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