This would be a huge blow for the people who fought for more than seven years against the project, a transnational pipeline that would extend from Canada to the Gulf Coast. The venture was killed by President Obama in 2015 because it would contribute to climate change and deter American efforts to reach a global deal addressing this issue.
With just three days left in his term Obama is taking steps to safeguard the historic Paris climate agreement — to the tune of $500 million.
On Tuesday, Obama transferred the sum to the Green Climate Fund, a trust created in 2010 to allow wealthy countries to financially assist developing nations in reducing emissions.
The United States has pledged a total of $3 billion to the fund. Combined with an earlier $500 million payment made in March 2016, the U.S. still owes $2B — a debt of which President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to pay none. Read more
On Tuesday, the official Twitter account of the Badlands
National Park went rogue amid the efforts of Trump’s administration to impose a communications blackout at several major government agencies.
The account posted several facts about the role of mass human industrial activity on
the global climate, a link that is near-universally agreed upon by scientists.
The Trump administration’s blackout has so far only been reported
to apply at the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of
Agriculture, Health and Human Services Department and National
Institutes of Health,
But the tweets from the Badlands account disappeared several hours after they were posted.
The Daily Beast’s Kelly Weill that when she called the Badlands National Park the “main phone line repeatedly failed,” while emails bounced back.
Other agencies, such as NASA’s climate division, have continued tweeting about the climate unabated. Read more
In a Fox News interview on Saturday, Trump insisted “nobody really knows” whether climate change
This is contrary to a near-universal consensus by scientists.
When asked to clarify his
position on climate change, Trump responded, “I’m very
open-minded. I’m still open-minded. Nobody really knows. Look, I’m
somebody that gets it, and nobody really knows. It’s not something
that’s so hard and fast.”
Peer-reviewed research into climate change papers and experts consistently find there is a “97–98% consensus that humans are causing global warming” among the scientific community. Read more
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.
Badlands National Park is not in defiance of the president, they are in support of the American People. They don’t work for him, they work for US. Climate change is a direct threat to our national resources, and the most severe threat facing our parks today. This is not a political issue, this is not Democrats vs. Republicans, this is data-backed endangerment of our open spaces and federal lands. If a building is deemed structurally unsound, you fix it, you don’t claim that scientists are lying to you about serious fatigue in the load-bearing members, or else it comes crashing down around you. Climate change is no different, nobody has ever tried to claim that forest fires are a myth invented by the Chinese.
In 2012, Trump did, in fact, perpetuate the notion that climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese in a tweet. He has since claimed that it was “a joke,” but he has in fact stood by the substance of it.