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Climate Change, Florida, Texas, & The 2020 Election — CleanTech Talk with Mike Barnard

In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan sits down again with Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, to talk about a number of hot topics, including shifting public opinion on climate change and the role of climate action plans in the next presidential election. You can listen to the full conversation in the embedded player below. Below that embedded SoundCloud player is a brief summary of the topics covered, but tune into the podcast to follow the full discussion

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Conservative moratorium on fracking is just an election ploy

who are strongly against fracking, have voted in her colleagues. The government hasn’t “banned” anything. It has temporarily halted an unnecessary and unpopular practice to gain some votes. • On 1 May …

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Upcoming Canadian Federal Election Is About Climate Change

Canada has been a global leader for decades. We are part of the G7 and G20. Canada and the world can’t afford a return to Conservative leadership until they join us in this century

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Environmental Issues Top Upcoming European Election Agenda

In Germany, climate change issues are finally taking center stage in the political arena, and the results of the upcoming European elections could set the tone for the future. A poll by broadcaster ARD has shown that 48% of Germans listed climate change as the issue that was most important to them in regards to the upcoming election. If voters want to see political parties tackle the climate crisis effectively, and they use their votes to push this agenda, then the ramifications can be far-reaching both for Germany and the rest of the world

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How Indonesia’s election puts global biodiversity at stake with an impending war on palm oil

Bill Laurance receives funding various scientific and philanthropic organisations. He is the director of the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science at James Cook University …

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How Will Republican Politicians Proceed Following The Election? & Can The GOP Survive?

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The 2016 US presidential election — no matter who you ask — has been an unprecedented affair. The candidate at the top of the Republican ticket has no background in government and seemingly not more knowledge of political matters than he’s gleaned from watching Fox News, listening to and golfing with Rush Limbaugh, and trying to bribe politicians

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How The Republican Party Hacked Itself, & How Trump Hacked His Own Election Chances

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I originally published the second part of this article (reflections on how Trump hacked his own election chances) over on Planetsave, as I figured we didn’t need to go on about that here on CleanTechnica, but then something else came up that made me bring the article over here as well … but first with a long intro section. Creating this [&hellip

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Poll: Solar Energy Issue Could Swing US Election

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In the upcoming US election, independent voters in the key swing states—the most influential of influential voting sectors—will be more likely to vote for a Republican candidate who vocally supports solar energy, according to a new poll by Public Opinion Strategies. When asked the question “If a Republican candidate for office showed more vocal support [&hellip

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Oil-rig wasteland: How the election looks from 37,000 feet

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Wyoming’s Jonah Field

In the latter days of the George W. Bush presidency, I found myself nursing a hangover on an early-morning flight from Missoula, Mont., to Denver. I’d missed my plane the day before and decided to spend the evening with an old friend, finding our way to the bottom of a bottle of whiskey.

Much to my horror, the woman who plopped down in the seat next to me that woozy morning-after turned out to be a high-level official in Bush’s Interior department – the branch of government that keeps an eye on the national parks and monuments and other public lands, from Ellis Island to Yosemite.

I was the editor of an environmental magazine at the time, and I’d skewered this woman and the administration’s drill-mine-log-everything policies in print. Now here I was, strapped into a chair right next to hers — and battling a mean case of crapulence to boot.

Come to find out, this woman was feeling a little hung over herself – not from too much drinking, but from the development binge she’d helped facilitate on the public domain. (A binge that, incidentally, included a few well-documented benders featuring Interior department staffers and oil company employees.)

As the plane lifted off, I listened to her halfhearted defense of Bush’s policies of opening huge blocks of the Western landscape to oil and gas drilling and prayed for the flight attendant to show up with coffee. Now admittedly, I didn’t have a leg to stand on, riding as I was in a gas-guzzling, globe-torching airplane halfway across the West, but happily, the view out the window made my argument for me.

There, burned into the Wyoming high desert, was a scene of unholy disaster. Oil and gas companies had raged across the sagebrush, leaving a path of utter devastation. A spider’s web of roads and pipelines led to thousands of well pads, where drill rigs churned the fossil riches from the ground.

I told her about similar drilling, and proposals to use hydraulic fracturing, around my hometown.

That’s what you get, she said, when oilmen are running the country.

Two years later, I stood in the frigid January chill in front of the war memorial in downtown Baltimore, my four-year-old daughter on my shoulders, bundled in layers of wool and fleece. We’d come to see Barack Obama, who had just been elected to be the next president of the United States, and was making a whistle stop in Baltimore en route to his inauguration in Washington, D.C.

Obama had run for the presidency promising to undo much of the damage that Bush & Co. had done – to the country’s reputation abroad, to the economy at home, and to the land and the air. The energy he brought to that mostly African American city, a town that had seen far more than its share of hard times, was electrifying: Finally, a president who would put people before profits, who would end foreign wars and focus on rebuilding here at home.

Almost four years after that day in Baltimore, it’s easy to look at the mark that President Obama has left on the landscape, the climate, our cities, the economy, and feel like those hopes have been dashed.

Oil production has increased in the U.S. under Obama’s hand, as he is fond of reminding us. The Obama administration has put in place tough new regulations on coal-fired power plants, but on energy, it’s “all-of-the-above,” and on the climate, he hasn’t shown the leadership many had imagined. Obama’s urban policies have been clear-eyed, but, as with so many things, underfunded.

Still, on Tuesday, we have a stark choice to make at the polls. Hurricane Sandy has done a fine job of illuminating the differences between the two presidential candidates: On one hand, a man who snapped to, threw partisan politics to the wind, and got busy mobilizing the troops to help the millions affected by the storm; on the other, a man who has said he wants to privatize disaster relief and blushes and seizes up at the very mention of what we’ve done to the climate.

Some commentators have predicted that a President Romney would have a hard time making good on his promises to roll back environmental protections and open the public lands to more drilling and development. (At a rally last summer, he quipped, “I don’t know what the purpose is” of all this federal land in the West. Harold Hamm, his chief energy adviser, has made billions on – you guessed it, oil.)

But if there’s one thing that George W. Bush and the four hard years since his departure from the White House have taught us, it’s that it is far easier to blow things up than it is to put them back together again. Baltimore and cities like it continue to struggle, despite right-minded policies in Washington. The national economy is still a shambles. The globe continues to warm.

The last time I flew over the Wyoming gas fields, the scene hadn’t changed much. The gas boom is still going full throttle, thanks in part to deals the Bush administration cut before leaving office.

That view from an airplane window is a vivid reminder of the price we’re still paying for eight years of environmental rollbacks, just as the scenes of Hurricane Sandy show the price our kids and grandkids will pay for years of drill-mine-log-everything policies.

The last four years are littered with disappointment, but they at least show us that there has been a shift in priorities – a shift that could quickly be undone if we decide to let oilmen run the show again.

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Merkel fires environment minister after heavy German state election defeat – Washington Post

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel fired her environment minister on Wednesday after he led her conservative party to an embarrassingly heavy state election defeat. Merkel said she had asked Germany’s president to dismiss Norbert Roettgen and …
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