Donald Trump’s presidency has ushered in an era of unprecedented polarisation between Republican and Democrat lawmakers when it comes to voting on measures to tackle the climate crisis, while the fossil fuel industry now almost entirely favours Republicans in campaign contributions. The two main US political parties regularly voted along the same lines on clean air and clean water provisions in the 1970s but started to diverge in the 1990s. They now occupy opposite ends of the spectrum, according to data collated by the nonpartisan group the League of Conservation Voters (LCV).
Guardian 11th Oct 2019 read more »
Environmental activists who settled a lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission and Southern California Edison after the utility agreed to make “commercially reasonable” efforts to relocate millions of pounds of nuclear waste are now asking a judge to enforce the deal. The Citizens Oversight community group and activist Patricia Borchmann filed a motion in San Diego Superior Court this week asking Judge Timothy B. Taylor to order Edison to halt the transfer of spent fuel from wet to dry storage at the site of the failed San Onofre nuclear plant north of Oceanside. They also want the judge to allow them access to at least some of Edison’s internal records.
LA Times 10th Oct 2019 read more »
Green revolution will mean challenges and opportunities. That is the disagreement over climate change and green policy. The US administration is sceptical of the view that the world’s highest priority should be to cut carbon dioxide emissions to control future temperatures. … Their policy is based on expanding fossil fuel extraction.
FT 11th Oct 2019 read more »