Trump is building out his policy proposals as he pivots from campaigning for his party’s nomination to the general election, including tapping experts in various fields. Among those he has asked for help is U.S. Republican Representative Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, one of the country’s most ardent oil and gas drilling advocates and climate change skeptics.
More power plants are switching over to natural gas, which has seen its prices drop as fracking has taken off around the country. Coal mining output has dropped by 15 percent in the state since 2008 and coal-fired power plants account for just 33 percent of the country’s total energy output today, compared with 50 percent half a century ago. Global demand has gone down too. China’s sudden economic slowdown created a surplus of raw materials, from iron ore to coal, leading to a collapse in commodities prices.
An Alberta government statement issued on Saturday night said the fire had consumed 500,000 acres — an area the size of Mexico City — and would continue to grow. Fort McMurray is the center of Canada’s oil sands region.
Firefighting officials said the inferno, propelled northeast towards neighboring Saskatchewan by high winds and fueled by tinder-dry forests, was set to double in size to 740,000 acres — almost twice the size of Houston — by the end of Saturday. Fort McMurray is the center of Canada’s oil sands region.
Throughout his campaign, Trump has made environmental destruction into a necessary act of maintaining American global hegemony, especially when contending with a rising China. The planet’s ecological balance is not worth saving if it means America can’t be on top, even if climate change is a threat to all the earth.
The disaster has led some to suggest, if carefully, that we might finally be witnessing a catastrophic event in a western country that can be linked directly to climate change. At the very least, events like the Fort McMurray wildfire will happen more regularly in the future, and will be more fierce.
“We tend to think we have a lot of time and this study shows we have maybe 30 years less time,” said lead author Chris Langdon, a University of Miami marine biologist. “We need to get serious sooner rather than later.”
In the wake of the recent attacks on European capitals by Islamic State, the continued instability of the Middle East that resulted in a refugee crisis that has hit Europe hardest and continued economic insecurity for many, Obama acknowledged a tendency “to withdraw” that was increasingly common on both sides of the Atlantic.
The ceremony comes four months after the deal in Paris and marks the first step towards binding countries to their greenhouse gas emissions promises.
Peabody Energy’s Chapter 11 filing will likely yield further proof that Big Coal and climate science deniers are in cahoots.
The Los Angeles Department of Public Works actually helped stoke the conspiracy fire in late January.
So it turns out the experts were mistaken. It turns out the impact of climate change on Florida — and much of the coastal United States — is not going to be anywhere near as bad as had been predicted. Apparently, it’s going to be much worse.
One of the evening’s most dramatic moments came when a Guatemalan immigrant in the audience at Miami-Dade College asked a question in Spanish of both candidates, noting that her husband had been deported, leaving her and her five children behind.
A vote to block the Obama administration’s ambitious climate regulation was one of Antonin Scalia’s last acts as a Supreme Court justice.
Courts delivers major blow to President Obama, putting on hold federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants.
The Earth is, in fact, a sphere — no matter what you see as you look out your bedroom window. Similarly, the planet is warming — no matter how cold it is outside your bedroom window.
Failing to address climate change is a mistake—one the party, the nation, and ultimately the world cannot afford to repeat at next Sunday’s fourth Democratic Debate.
You can judge President Obama’s results by how desperate Republicans are to reverse them. If there’s ever a time to stop and appreciate the singular presidency we’ve just all lived through, it’s now. Here are five hidden successes from the president’s tenure.
And we’re back. The right wing kicked the year off by freaking out in spectacular fashion to President Obama’s executive actions on gun control, indulging in some pandering to those precious Iowan evangelical ballot punchers, and kicking that dead horse called “traditional marriage” into a pulp. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy.”
Amidst the domestic sturm und dang of overly hyped fears and hysterical pandering to our worst instincts, continued progress around the world made us safer, healthier and potentially even smarter. So as a public service and a tribute to the truth, let’s dwell on the positive developments of the past year for a moment.
You didn’t have to look very hard to find things to depress you in 2015. These five events are not meant to be an exhaustive list. But these problem symbolize the worst of what we’ve experienced in 2015 with the most potential for wrecking more havoc in 2016.