Let's face it: the door to national climate action as we know it has been slammed shut.
Like the grains of sand in an hour glass, 400 grains now sit at the bottom of the glass while just five grains remain at the top. The Earth's 400 ppm of atmospheric CO2 is a stark reminder of how little time we have left to act on climate and end our dependency on fossil fuels.
There's no doubt what's causing this: crazy rainfall like this comes when you've heated the atmosphere, allowing it to hold more water vapor. And there's no doubt what's heating the atmosphere: it's the carbon and methane we're pouring into the atmosphere at such a breakneck pace.
Taking on the fossil fuel industry isn't just the right thing to do for the climate, it's the right thing to do for the election. Big Oil wasn't the most popular going into this contest and the ongoing investigations into Exxon will only strengthen the case.
When a handful of attorneys general launched investigations of ExxonMobil for climate fraud, I wonder if they had any idea that they would be attacked for attempting to stifle the company's right of free speech.
Another text used with almost all Portland high school students is Holt McDougal's Modern World History, which includes a
Isn't it absurd that, as the fossil fuel era comes to a close and one of the world's largest coal companies stares down the barrel of bankruptcy, the New South Wales (NSW) Government introduces draconian laws which could send everyday people to jail for peacefully protesting?
Now, as the President gives his final State of the Union and prepares for his last year in office, the question remains: which path will he take? Will he continue to act in the way he did on Keystone XL, standing up to Big Oil and turning down projects that endanger the climate and our communities? Or will the President backslide to the Obama we saw in Cushing and continue to promote fossil fuel development, leaving a legacy full of contradictions and half-measures?
Image Credit: U.S. Government Printing Office "The Republican leaders of the U.S. Congress, with the help of President Obama
On December 4, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo gathered 1,000 city and regional officers at Le Bourget to make a grand statement
There are many ways to look at the climate deal coming out of Paris. We can identify with both those who criticize its lack of ambition, and those who are desperate to celebrate its success. Because the real outcome of the agreement isn't contained in the text, but what comes after.
Knowing few would hold him accountable during the heated presidential race with Mitt Romney, Obama used the campaign as political cover to deliver Keystone South to TransCanada.
Will some follow Portlanders' lead, and agree to put an end to new fossil fuel infrastructure in their city's limits, too? It's hard to say, just yet. But if this happens, we might actually look back on Portland.