How To Finance A Trillion-Dollar Climate Change Opportunity

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By Danny Kennedy and Ken Locklin for Green Tech Media – Pulling the world back from the brink of catastrophic climate change cannot be done for free. Changing the way the world is powered means big spending — and huge investment opportunities — as new clean energy infrastructure is built across the world. And that’s catching the attention of the global financial community. This week, from New York to California to Abu Dhabi, business and political leaders have been talking about the costs and opportunities inherent in the historic pledge that the nations of the world made in Paris last month to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.

San Diego Says No New Gas!

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By San Diego Rising Tide. San Diego, CA – Tuesday, February 10th at 2:30pm, activists with Rising Tide San Diego occupied the Sempra Energy building to call for a moratorium on new natural gas exploration in California. Carrying large painted clouds representing methane, or natural gas, and an open letter to SoCal gas, as subsidiary of Sempra Energy, Governor Brown and a list of local representatives, the organizers hope to make the Porter Ranch Crisis a wake-up call for the true costs of California’s natural gas industry. The protest comes nearly four months after workers at a SoCal gas storage facility near LA noticed a substantial leak originating in an underground storage well. As of late January, the well has reportedly leaked over 86,00 metric tons of methane and counting.

Climate Change False Solutions Damage Land & Livelihoods

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By BioFuelsWatch. 115 civil society organisations and networks from across the globe have published a declaration today, calling for bioenergy to be excluded from the next EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED) [1]. The declaration is being submitted to a consultation into the renewal of the directive for 2020 onwards [2]. The EU intends industrial bioenergy, i.e. biofuels and wood-based biomass, to continue playing a major part in its new renewable energy strategy. Campaigners say this will exacerbate the grave impacts already being experienced because of current support for biofuels and wood-based bioenergy in the EU. Bioenergy already accounts for around two-thirds of energy classed as renewable in the EU.

Five Climate Angels Arrested For ‘Watching Over’ Santos CSG

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By Thom Mitchell for New Matilda – Five women aged between 50- and 75-years-old have been forcibly dragged from the road and arrested by police this morning at a Santos coal seam gas development near Narrabri, in north west New South Wales. The protestors are part of the ‘Climate Guardians’, a group of theatrical activists who assume the guise of angles to create awareness of the need to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

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How Strong Is Legal Case Against Exxon/Mobil On Climate Denialism?

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By Reynard Loki for AlterNet – For the past few months, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been investigating ExxonMobil to determine if the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company lied to the public or investors about the risks of climate change to its future business, based on the firm’s own internal studies. In November, Schneiderman issued a subpoena demanding a wide range of documents, including emails and financial documents.

Fight Fracked Gas: Cove Point Spring Break

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By We Are Cove Point. Lusby, Maryland – We Are Cove Point and SEED (Stopping Extraction and Export Destruction) are organizing an action camp in Cove Point over Spring Break. The Dominion Cove Point liquefied natural gas export terminal is the centerpiece of the fracked-gas infrastructure build-out currently underway in the mid-Atlantic US. The gas industry is tying much of its financial future to exports, and Cove Point, Maryland, is the place it has selected to liquefy the gas, put it on tankers, and bring it around the world. However, a broad movement has been fighting the gas industry every step of the way — to stop this export terminal at Cove Point, the tangled web of pipelines and compressor stations, export terminals in other places, and where the gas is pulled from the ground.

Dispossessed In The Name Of ‘Security’

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By Robert J. Burrowes for Popular Resistance. ‘The Secure and the Dispossessed: How the Military and Corporations are Shaping a Climate-Changed World’ brings together a thoughtful collection of scholars, journalists and activists to explain the pre-eminence of the military and corporations in shaping the global response to the climate catastrophe as an ‘opportunity’. The book examines how for the security/military-industrial complex ‘climate change is just the latest in a long line of threats constructed in such a way as to consolidate its grip on power and public finance.’ For corporations, the risk posed by climate change is an opportunity for profit as they promise us ‘food security’, ‘water security’, ‘energy security’ … even if it is at the expense of equity and justice and has ‘disastrous implications for the security of human lives and dignity’. For the security industry, for example, it is an opportunity to offer governments an endless supply of resilience and disaster-related services that have little to do with human security, if your concern is ordinary people.

If Paris Changed Everything, Why Are We Still Talking Pipelines?

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By David Sukuzi for Rabble – With the December Paris climate agreement, leaders and experts from around the world showed they overwhelmingly accept that human-caused climate change is real and, because the world has continued to increase fossil fuel use, the need to curb and reduce emissions is urgent. In light of this, I don’t get the current brouhaha over Kinder Morgan, Keystone XL, Northern Gateway or the Energy East pipelines. Why are politicians contemplating spending billions on pipelines when the Paris commitment means 75 to 80 percent of known fossil fuel deposits must be left in the ground?

Join Global Wave Of Resistance To Keep Coal, Oil + Gas In Ground

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By Staff of Break Free 2016 – From 7–15 May, 2016 we are mobilising to keep fossil fuels in the ground and accelerate a just transition to 100% renewable energy and a sustainable future for all. After the Climate Summit in Paris we need to redouble efforts to end the use of destructive fossil fuels and choose a clean and just energy future. This May we hope to see more people than ever commit to joining actions that disrupt the industry’s power by targeting the world’s most dangerous and unnecessary fossil fuel projects, and supporting the most ambitious climate solutions.

Newsletter - Democracy, Not Corporatocracy

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By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese forPopular Resistance. What does a corporatocracy look like? Klaus Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum, says, “the sovereign state is obsolete.” Instead, WEF’s goal is to give a greater role for corporations in global governance through “40 Global Agenda Councils and industry-sector bodies.” In essence, the Global Redesign Initiative of the World Economic Forum seeks to privatize government. The next battle to stop corporate government on a global scale will be the TPP. Stopping the TPP will be a tremendous victory of popular power over corporate power. We can stop the World Economic Forum’s vision of a global governance redesigned into a corporatocracy and create a world of popular democracy for a livable future for everyone.

Cap And Clear-Cut

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By Will Parrish for East Bay Express – Jerry Brown basked in adulation during his whirlwind trip to Paris, and the evening of December 8 figured to offer more of the same. Standing alongside governors of states and provinces from Brazil, Mexico, and Peru, California’s governor planned to tout his state’s leadership role on global climate policy. The event was one of 21 presentations that Brown delivered during a five-day swing through France during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21).

How To Drive Stake Through Heart Of Zombie Fossil Fuel

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By Bill McKibben for Los Angeles Times – When I was a kid, I was creepily fascinated by the wrongheaded idea that your hair and your fingernails keep growing after you die. The lesson seemed to be that momentum was hard to kill. The same thing is at work right now with the fossil fuel industry. Even as global warming makes it clear that coal, natural gas and oil are yesterday’s energy, two centuries of fossil fuel development means new projects keep emerging in zombie-like fashion. In fact, the climactic fight at the end of the fossil fuel era is underway.

How The Broad Climate Movement Has Failed Us

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By James Jordan for LINKS – January 13, 2016 – Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal – It has been a month since the UN climate summit in Paris, aka COP 21. One might expect the kind of ebb and flow we often see in popular movements. Interest in climate issues, the cause of the day during the summit, might be expected to wane and move to the back burner of public discourse until such time as another development pushes it forward again. However, climate change is fundamentally different. It is going to get worse — we will be getting slapped in the face with this one for a long, long time, even under the best scenarios.

Indigenous Women: Respect Our Knowledge And Tradition

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By Renee Juliene Karunungan for Fair Observer – “We had a culture where we preserved wild fruits for when we didn’t have enough food and grains,” says Edna Kaptoyo, a Pokot indigenous woman from Kenya. “My mother did this for our family, but today, these fruits have disappeared.” “Women also use grass to cover our houses. But it has become more difficult for us to find grass, so when the storms come, we do not have anything to protect our children,” she adds.