Paul Krugman in NYT: “But why have Republicans become the party of climate doom? Money is an important part of the answer: In the current cycle Republicans have received 97 percent of political contributions from the coal industry, 88 percent from oil and gas. And this doesn’t even count the wing nut welfare offered by institutions supported by the Koch brothers and other fossil-fuel moguls.
“However, I don’t believe that it’s just about the money. My sense is that right-wingers believe, probably correctly, that there’s a sort of halo effect surrounding any form of public action. Once you accept that we need policies to protect the environment, you’re more likely to accept the idea that we should have policies to ensure access to health care, child care, and more. So the government must be prevented from doing anything good, lest it legitimize a broader progressive agenda. …
“The only way that either American democracy or a livable planet can survive is if the Republican Party as it now exists is effectively dismantled and replaced with something better — maybe with a party that has the same name, but completely different values. This may sound like an impossible dream. But it’s the only hope we have.”
Republican climate denial is even scarier than Trumpism.
For Qatar, global warming is an engineering problem. But while it may be able to cool outdoor malls and stadiums, it cannot cool the entire country.
You can batten the hatches against a storm, but bureaucracy is harder to ride out. Last week, one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record made a direct h?
In the summer of 1990, I studied the law of the European Community (as it was then known) at a program in Brussels. The lecturer on European environmental law was an official from the European Commission. At a Q&A session afterward, he was very candid when asked about global warming (as it was then known). He said that upcoming elections in the UK and US made immediate action politically impossible but assured us that, once those elections were past, the issue would be dealt with. Boy, was he wrong! If it had been, this case would never have been brought and we would all be better off today.
Dutch ruling could trigger similar cases worldwide with citizens taking their governments to courts to make them act on climate promises
“Climate change, when layered onto a mix of economic instability, violence and weak governance, can become fuel — a threat multiplier that could aggravate Honduras’ vulnerabilities, leaving people little choice but to flee. Already, immigration analysts note that roughly half the adults apprehended at the U.S. border work in agriculture, underscoring the precarious nature of their lives at home.”
Farmers in rural Honduras and Guatemala are living on the edge of hunger, not knowing if the next harvest will come.
It may not always give the definitive explanation (though it often will) but it will always be illuminating.
Also this week, why you should talk about global warming
Anchorage could set a heat record this week, with a forecast high potentially reaching 90 degrees. The city has canceled its Fourth of July fireworks celebration.
As Charles Pierce puts it, “We should at least have a national referendum on whether or not we want our children and grandchildren to grow up in a Roger Corman movie.”
A colony can grow to be as big as a Volkswagen Beetle and can have 15,000 wasps. The last time scientists saw such an unusually high number of enormous nests was in 2006.
The Trump administration has stopped promoting government-funded research into how higher temperatures can damage crops and pose health risks.
See, e.g., this and this and with more climate refugees to come. It’s even happening in this country. Unfortunately, these poor people do not meet the definition of refugee under U.S. or international law (where the inability to return home has to be on account of “race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo downplayed climate change as a longstanding trend, suggesting that that modern societies could adapt to a changing environment, possibly with people moving to different places.