fuel industries

theguardian.com
People left without heating due to spending cuts, says fuel poverty group
Health of low-income households at risk as funding cuts slash support for replacing and repairing boilers, pressure group warns
By Adam Vaughan

No gas boilers have been repaired since April under a government scheme intended to combat fuel poverty, as a result of spending cuts that risk leaving poorer Britons unprotected from the cold at home, according to a fuel poverty pressure group.

National Energy Action (NEA), which obtained the figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), said the drop in official support via the energy company obligation (ECO) threatens the health of low-income households. Peter Smith, NEA’s director of policy, said: “This leaves thousands of people with existing medical conditions facing a winter without any effective space heating or hot water.”

Consumers fund the ECO through their energy bills, but its annual budget has been cut from £800m to £640m as part of government attempts to reduce bills. The scheme’s spending has been concentrated on replacing a small number of faulty boilers, rather than repairing them.

But the number of replacement boilers being installed through the ECO programme has fallen from a high of 85,000 in 2013 to a low of 7,000 between April and June this year. No gas boilers have been repaired since April.

They know full well this will cause suffering and kill some of the most vulnerable poor people as temperatures drop to -5/10. It’s government violence. Yet if you’re violent back toward em they lock you up.

independent.co.uk
Ireland just became the world's first country to stop investing in fossil fuels
Bill will drop coal, oil and gas investments from Ireland Strategic Investment Fund

Ireland has voted to be the world’s first country to fully divest public money from fossil fuels.

The Irish Parliament passed the historic legislation in a 90 to 53 vote in favour of dropping coal, oil and gas investments from the €8bn (£6.8bn) Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, part of the Republic’s National Treasury Management Agency.

The bill, introduced by Deputy Thomas Pringle, is likely to pass into law in the next few months after it is reviewed by the financial committee.

“This principle of ethical financing is a symbol to these global corporations that their continual manipulation of climate science, denial of the existence of climate change and their controversial lobbying practices of politicians around the world is no longer tolerated,” Mr Pringle said.

“We cannot accept their actions while millions of poor people in underdeveloped nations bear the brunt of climate change forces as they experience famine, mass emigration and civil unrest as a result.”

Once enacted, the bill would force the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund to sell its investment in fossil fuel industries over the next five years.

In 2015, Norway’s sovereign pension fund divested from some fossil fuel companies, but not all.

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Trump’s Climate Change Lies about Protecting America

“In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord”, Trump - June 1, 2017

“As someone who cares deeply about our environment, I cannot in good conscience support a deal which punishes the United States”, Donald J Trump - June 1, 2017

“This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States.”Trump - June 1, 2017

Nearly 70% of Americans, including a majority of people in all 50 states, support the Paris climate deal


#SaveTheEPA and #FirePruitt

Scott Pruitt spent most of his career obstructing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Now this guy leads the EPA and is destroying decades of environmental standards. Makes no sense. He is denying what scientists have proved to be real time and time again—Climate Change. I collected a few articles if you have the time to read through them. Talk about it amongst friends and expose him.

University of North Dakota apologizes for ejecting a journalist at the behest of EPA chief Scott Pruitt during an official visit:
http://www.westfargopioneer.com/news/4314077-und-apologizes-reporters-ejection-during-epa-administrator-visit

Pruitt’s EPA rolls back regulations on a pesticide that causes brain damage in children:
http://www.motherjones.com/food/2017/07/bill-ban-chemical-epa-pruitt-trump/

Pruitt’s EPA repeals Obama administration emissions restrictions:
http://www.overdriveonline.com/trump-epa-sets-sites-on-tractor-trailer-emissions-regulations/

EPA rewrites guidelines for evaluation of toxic chemicals:
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/trump-rsquo-s-epa-may-be-weakening-chemical-safety-law/

Pruitt hires an anti-EPA lawyer who has sued the agency numerous times to lead its Water division:
https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060058019

New York sues Pruitt’s EPA for allowing dumping in the Long Island Sound:
https://www.courthousenews.com/new-york-sues-epa-allowing-dumping-long-island-sound/

Pruitt insists that Carbon Dioxide does not contribute to global warming:
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/09/epa-chief-scott-pruitt.html

Rundown of Pruitt’s 1st 100 days as EPA chief:
http://www.businessinsider.com/scott-pruitt-epa100-days-2017-4

Trump administration endangers our health with its EPA agenda:
http://www.theenergycollective.com/edfclimate411/2409875/trump-administration-outlines-plans-epa-bad-news-health

Pruitt’s EPA “out of control”:
https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/2017/07/05/scott-pruitts-epa-spun-control

Chicago Sun Times editorial on Pruitt’s EPA:
http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/scott-pruitts-short-tenure-as-epa-chief-already-a-scandal/

EPA considers changing a rule regarding toxic mercury emissions from power plants:
https://thinkprogress.org/mats-delay-pruitt-trump-5c9ad958b44f/

EPA budget cuts threaten uranium cleanup in Indian lands:
https://www.revealnews.org/article/epa-budget-cuts-threaten-to-slow-uranium-cleanup-at-navajo-nation/

Scott Pruitt operates his EPA with lock-down secrecy:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/11/us/politics/scott-pruitt-epa.html

Editorial from the Chicago Tribune about how Pruitt has failed to go after egregious air polluters in Chicago:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-epa-0725-jm-20170724-story.html

Pruitt shirks on his mandate to enforce the law and collect fines from polluters (and how it will end up costing the taxpayer even more in legal fees):
http://www.businessinsider.com/scott-pruitt-epa-lawsuits-courts-2017-7

Pruitt’s EPA rolls back regulations at the fastest rate in the 47 years since the EPA was started:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/01/us/politics/trump-epa-chief-pruitt-regulations-climate-change.html?mcubz=3&_r=0

A broad overview of Pruitt’s warped vision and his destructive administration of the EPA:
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/scott-pruitt-is-gutting-the-epa-serving-fossil-fuel-industry-w494156

Opinion piece from the LA Times on why Pruitt is a particularly dangerous operator:
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/topoftheticket/la-na-tt-hatchet-pruitt-20170702-story.html

Pruitt’s EPA cuts funds to clean up pollution in Houston neighborhoods:
http://www.houstonpress.com/news/houston-activists-join-task-force-to-fight-epa-head-scott-pruitt-plan-to-cut-superfund-budget-9637595

Pruitt caves to industrial interests and rewrite rules so that utilities companies can increase levels of water pollution:
https://thinkprogress.org/epa-rewriting-toxic-wastewater-rule-08a146b7f578/

The current EPA’s abominable record in enforcing environmental rules:
https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-epa-enforcement-idUSL1N1KW1SQ

Pruitt’s EPA website has no section about climate change:
http://mashable.com/2017/08/08/donald-trump-epa-website-no-climate-change-section/#BzNUIrc65iqy

Editorial from the Miami New Times on how Pruitt’s EPA will have a devastating effect on south florida’s coast and waters:
http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/trump-epa-cuts-will-destroy-south-florida-beaches-soil-and-everglades-environmental-defense-fund-warns-9608031

Illinois paper column on how Pruitt’s deregulation of the coal industry pollution standards will damage Illinois waterways:
http://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/guest-commentary/2017-08-20/guest-commentary-rewrite-coal-ash-rules-threat-water.html

I’m Jewish and I’m concerned about rising CO2 levels and the continued threat of human climate change on our future.

“וַיִּקַּ֛ח יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהִ֖ים אֶת־הָֽאָדָ֑ם וַיַּנִּחֵ֣הוּ בְגַן־עֵ֔דֶן לְעָבְדָ֖הּ וּלְשָׁמְרָֽהּ׃ ““The LORD God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden, to till it and tend it. “  (Gen. 2:15)

Psalm 24 argues that “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. and according to the Hebrew Bible, it is our job to make sure that God’s gift remains beautiful and clean.  Rising rates of pollution (increased fossil fuel emissions, garbage etc) are not in line with our tradition.

As Jews, we will continue to fight for our planet.

“The current model and the current strategy of the Democratic party is an absolute failure. The Democratic party needs fundamental change. What it needs is to open up its doors to working people, and young people, and older people who are prepared to fight for social and economic justice.The Democratic party must understand what side it is on. And that cannot be the side of Wall Street, or the fossil fuel industry, or the drug companies.” .. (quote Senator Bernie Sanders) .. (cartoon David Horsey)

theguardian.com
The fossil fuel industry's invisible colonization of academia
Corporate capture of academic research by the fossil fuel industry is an elephant in the room and a threat to tackling climate change.
By Geoffrey Supran

Fossil fuel interests – oil, gas, and coal companies, fossil-fueled utilities, and fossil fuel investors - have colonized nearly every nook and cranny of energy and climate policy research in American universities, and much of energy science too. And they have done so quietly, without the general public’s knowledge.

the history of lobbying in the us is interesting because it used to be more balanced. i’d say the lobbying we see today really took off in the 70s-80s.

so the argument that lobbying is democratic is incorrect due to people with a significant amount of wealth having much more control over the government. like environmental orgs are way outspent by the fossil fuel industry.

Basically, the fossil fuel industry has sent a raiding party into EPA and taken it over… I think he feels a kind of immunity from any kind of accountability because the fossil fuel industry so owns the Republican Party and so owns him.
—  Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. From @politico Morning Energy.

Trump left in cold over Paris climate agreement at end of G20 summit

Donald Trump was left isolated at the end of a fractious G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, after every other world leader signed up to a declaration that the Paris climate agreement was irreversible following an unprecedented standoff…

The G20 meeting saw a number of tense encounters between Trump and other world leaders, with a particular clash between him and the French delegation over climate change, but also tensions over protectionism and the overproduction of steel.

The final communique said: “We take note of the decision of the United States of America to withdraw from the Paris agreement.” It added: “The leaders of the other G20 members state that the Paris agreement is irreversible…”

Steve Price-Thomas, Oxfam’s director of advocacy and campaigns, said: “With the other 19 members firmly defending the Paris agreement as irreversible, President Trump’s stubborn insistence on propping up the fossil fuel industry leaves him isolated and stuck in the past.”

Global Carbon Emissions Rising Again After Brief Plateau, Researchers Say 

For three years in a row, the world’s carbon emissions were virtually stable — holding steady after decades of growth.

But now they’re on the rise again, which is bad news for efforts to fight climate change, according to a team of researchers who have released a new study on the topic.

Seventy-six scientists from around the world contributed to the Global Carbon Project, or GCP, which released its annual “Carbon Budget” on Monday.

The budget estimates that total global carbon emissions from fossil fuels and industrial sources will rise by 2 percent in 2017. There’s a fair amount of uncertainty in that projection, with possible values from .8 percent to 3 percent — but the researchers are confident it represents an overall rise, fueled in part by changes in the Chinese economy.

The anticipated change is a “big rise,” lead author Corinne Le Quéré tells NPR. “And this is contrary to what is needed in order to tackle climate change.”

It’s a shift from the more hopeful findings from the last few years. From 2014 to 2016, according to the GCP analysis, the rate of emissions was basically flat.

politico.com
How Bannon and Pruitt boxed in Trump on climate pact
The two advisers have spent months building pressure on the president to exit the Paris deal — and trying to outmaneuver Ivanka Trump.

President Bannon checks off another Dismantle America item from his to do list.

Lock Them Up

medium.com
Our first Justice Democrat: Cori Bush – Justice Democrats – Medium
By Justice Democrats

Not too long ago, we introduced you to Cori Bush, a registered nurse and Ferguson activist. We asked you to join us in asking her to run for Congress. You, from every corner of the nation, answered the call and told Cori you would back her.

Today, we are incredibly proud to announce Cori is running to represent MO-1 in Congress!

Cori embodies the kind of leadership St. Louis needs.

She knows the pain of working families because she has lived it. She understands the needs of society’s most downtrodden, because she serves them every day as a nurse. When Ferguson burned, she answered the call and stood tall on the front lines against police violence. She’s the perfect person to represent St. Louis because she is St. Louis.

She’s yours.

But Cori isn’t just our first official candidate. She’s yours. At the start of our nomination drive, you recommended Cori in droves. Over and over again during our vetting process, we were impressed with the passion people have for Cori; and after getting to know her, we firmly agree that it’s a passion well-placed.

While Cori’s just the first of the many candidates we will be running in the 2018 midterm elections, she’s a strong representation of what’s to come:

She puts people first — As a nurse, she’s been a first-hand witness to community health struggles: “We have patients who don’t even realize they are getting better because they are so stressed about how they will be able to get the resources in the future.“

She believes in her community — Cori believes in fighting to create thousands of jobs in St. Louis, not fighting to save 1 job in DC. That’s why she’s committed to bringing renewable energy jobs to St. Louis, even if the refining and fossil fuel industry attacks her for it.

She’s not afraid to speak the truth — Cori believes the role of government is to support, not control. That’s why she wants to break the school-to-prison pipeline, create educational standards on-par with other nations, pass Medicare For All and make the federal income tax fairer for the middle-class.

She’s struggled and lived the real American experience — While taking care of two young children, working and going to nursing school, she lived out of her car. You won’t find a DC politician of any part who’s faced the stigma of homelessness. Because she knows first-hand how expensive being poor is, you can trust Cori to protect social support programs, remove barriers to housing and increase funding for job training.

Cori, like all of our candidates, will challenge the status quo of American politics. They’ll be attacked as unprepared by Establishment Democrats and soft by Republicans — but so what? We will be defined by ourselves, our actions and our commitment to the people.

#Cori4MO-1 

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The remnants of beehive coke ovens crumble at the edge of an advancing forest along the Mon River Trail (North-Central West Virginia).  The land here was laid bare to provide the fuel for the industrial revolution in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Coke pulled from these ovens was driven by rail and shipped by barge to the great iron and steel works in Pittsburgh, now erased from the face of the earth.  One hundred years later, nature thumbs her nose at mankind.

The fossil fuel industry, today, in many respects is like the tobacco industry of the 1950s. They lie, lie and lie - trying to deny or obfuscate the damage their product causes. Unlike the tobacco industry, however, which kills people one at a time by selling a product which causes cancer, heart disease and a host of other ailments, the fossil fuel industry is threatening the lives of billions of people throughout the world - all at the same time.

Trump’s belief that climate change is a “hoax” is not just embarrassingly stupid, it is a threat to our entire planet. Today, millions of people throughout the globe marched for sane environmental policies and for the need to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and sustainable energy. The momentum is with us, not the fossil fuel industry. If we stand tall and keep fighting, we will win this struggle. Congratulations to all those who today marched for the planet.

—  Bernie Sanders