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WATCH: Is This Man the Greenest Governor in America? : Climate Desk

When Jay Inslee was elected governor of the state of Washington in November of 2012, climate campaigners rejoiced. As a congressman, Inslee had a top-tier environmental record, and not just that: He knew climate andclean energy issues inside-out. The co-author of the 2007 book entitled Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy, he also worked closely on the 2009 passage of cap-and-trade legislation in the US House of Representatives and was a co-founder of the House’s Sustainable Energy Caucus. No wonder that upon his election in Washington, the League of Conservation Voters declared that Inslee was poised to become “the greenest governor in the country.”

 

Sure enough, Inslee’s term got off to a great start: Last October, he joined the governors of Oregon and California and the Premier of British Columbia in endorsing the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy which pledges that those states (or, in BC’s case, that province) will set a consistent price or cap on carbon dioxide emissions (something California and British Columbia have already done), adopt low-carbon fuel standards, and more.

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Hey, Charles Koch: Americans Actually Have More Freedom Today Than They Used To

One of the Koch brothers stepped from the shadows yesterday to offer a detailed glimpse into his worldview in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. The piece is revealing at a number of levels

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Catch and Deceased?

Catch and Deceased? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What percentage of all the marine life caught by industrial fishing operations ends up on our plate? Ninety percent? Seventy-five? Fifty? Not even close…
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Revamped Federal Loan Program Will Produce Cleaner Cars and Create Green Jobs

Revamped Federal Loan Program Will Produce Cleaner Cars and Create Green Jobs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Retooling loans have helped create or preserve about 35,000 jobs
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Largest International Gathering of Water Protection Advocates Meet in Pittsburgh for River Rally 2014

Largest International Gathering of Water Protection Advocates Meet in Pittsburgh for River Rally 2014 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

From May 30-June 2, more than 700 national and international environmental leaders will join together in Pittsburgh, PA to share best practices for watershed restoration, stormwater management, water quality monitoring, water and energy conservation, green infrastructure, habitat restoration, safe drinking water and more.

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McCutcheon, and the Vicious Cycle of Concentrated Wealth and Political Power

McCutcheon, and the Vicious Cycle of Concentrated Wealth and Political Power | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If wealth and income weren’t already so concentrated in the hands of a few, the shameful “McCutcheon” decision by the five Republican appointees to the Supreme Court wouldn’t be as dangerous. But by...
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Mega-Donors Are Now More Important Than Most Politicians

Mega-Donors Are Now More Important Than Most Politicians | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In the post-McCutcheon world, the 0.1 percent are far more important than most candidates. The press needs to treat them that way and subject their views to scrutiny.
SustainOurEarth's insight:

US Politicians will now be the proxies for the political mega-donors.  Classical case of how a democracy is overcome by plutocracy.

 

The extreme right says they just want things to be like they used to be, but  the fact is, they never used to be this way, except maybe during the age of the Robber Barons (late 19th century). 

 

Communist could never pull the wool over our eyes, but it seems the extreme right can.  Wake-up America!

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U.S. Seeks Changes to ‘Skewed’ Data in UN Climate Draft

U.S. Seeks Changes to ‘Skewed’ Data in UN Climate Draft | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration is concerned that a crucial United Nations report on climate science may be too harsh in assessing the cost of fighting global warming.
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How the Rich and Poor Spend Money Today—and 30 Years Ago

How the Rich and Poor Spend Money Today—and 30 Years Ago | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Since 1984, education spending has nearly doubled as a share of a richer family's budget. And rent has nearly doubled as a share of a poorer family's spending.
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Climate Code Red: Climate economic impact models meaningless, so key question is "what is survivable?" not "what is affordable?"

Climate Code Red: Climate economic impact models meaningless, so key question is "what is survivable?" not "what is affordable?" | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Forget the cost of mitigating climate change, say two researchers. It's impossible to work out how much it will be - and whatever it is, we should do it anyway.


Two researchers who tried to work out the economics of  reducing global climate change to a tolerable level have come up with a perhaps surprising answer: essentially, we do not and cannot know what it would cost.

Even more surprising, probably, is their conclusion: not knowing is no excuse for not acting. "Mitigating climate change must proceed regardless of long-run economic analyses", they conclude, "or risk making the world uninhabitable."

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Company Statement | Charles Schwab: High-frequency trading is a growing cancer that needs to be addressed

Company Statement | Charles Schwab:  High-frequency trading is a growing cancer that needs to be addressed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As Michael Lewis shows in his new book Flash Boys, the high-frequency trading cancer is deep. It has become systematic and institutionalized, with the exchanges supporting it through practices such as preferential data feeds and developing multiple order types designed to benefit high-frequency traders. These traders have become the exchanges favored clients; today they generate the majority of transactions, which create market data revenue and other fees. Data last year from the Financial Information Forum showed this is no minor blip. High-frequency trading pumped out over 300,000 trade inquiries each second last year, up from just 50,000 only seven years early. Yet actual trade volume on the exchanges has remained relatively flat over that period. It’s an explosion of head-fake ephemeral orders – not to lock in real trades, but to skim pennies off the public markets by the billions. Trade orders from individual investors are now pawns in a bigger chess game.

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Could You Get By on a Low-Wage Job? Use This Tool to Find Out.

Could You Get By on a Low-Wage Job? Use This Tool to Find Out. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Nearly a third of all working families in the U.S. struggle to pay for their basic necessities every month. For Americans working in jobs that don’t require a college degree—minimum-wage workers at McDonald’s, sales associates at Walmart, those working multiple part-time jobs in retail—the struggle is more pronounced. In this...
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How To Make A PVC Pump!

How To Make A PVC Pump! | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In this DIY project you'll learn how to make a customizable PVC hand pump that will create vacuum suction, pump water, or compress air.
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The McCutcheon Majority Misunderstood the First Amendment | Demos

The McCutcheon Majority Misunderstood the First Amendment | Demos | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Appearing on C-SPAN's Washington Journal, Demos Vice President of Legal StrategiesBrenda Wright explained, "the First Amendment was never intended as some sort of bludgeon that the wealthiest of us would get to wield to dominate the political marketplace."

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Food + Energy = Crisis?

Food + Energy = Crisis? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Bringing intensive farming practices to the developing world could help meet escalating food demand. But such practices need lots of energy — creating new challenges.

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The zombie apocalypse is nigh

The zombie apocalypse is nigh | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Like many climate scientists and climate science communicators must feel, I’m sick with frustration. I want to shout, “Hey, people of Earth, pay attention! We have collectively changed the planet; it’s a done deal!"

 

But I also wonder if having another fear over which to get freaked out is what our society needs. We’re so copiously plastered with gun violence and war that the term “prepper” was recently coined to refer to people preparing for Doomsday. (No wonder zombie apocalypse is the new black.) So climate change gets thrown on the heap with pandemics and nuclear annihilations, and we all scoff, “whatever.”

 

On top of all that, people I know are freaking out over bankruptcy, foreclosure and barely making their rent. How dare I tell them that their personal economic crisis is less dire, less real than the global crisis of climate change?

 

Last week I presented and organized ClimatePalooza 2014, a collaboration between NASA’s JPL and USC’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism that hopes to foster conversation about climate change. We purposely tried to make the event sound less frightening and more inviting. We had music and comedy sketches lined up alongside science talks, booths and discussions about taking action. Yet I question this more light-hearted approach as much as I question a fear-based one.

 

Climate change is upon us, and it's happening now. The time for debates and fun times has passed.

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Extreme Drought Causes Environmental Crisis in Colombia

Extreme Drought Causes Environmental Crisis in Colombia | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

On World Water Day, March 22, Colombian news reports were released with horrific photos of scores of dead wildlife. A devastating drought has created an environmental crisis, threateningpublic health and killing more than 20,000 fish and animals in the Paz de Ariporo municipality of Casanare, Colombia. This water shortage rings the alarm that we need to adjust environmental policies regarding our water resources from the local to the international level. 

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Today's Jobs Report and the Supreme Court's "McCutcheon" Debacle

Today's Jobs Report and the Supreme Court's "McCutcheon" Debacle | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What does the Supreme Court’s “McCutcheon” decision this week have to do with today’s jobs report, showing 192,000 new jobs for March?
Connect the dots. More than five years after Wall Street’s near...
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It's Still Bad for the Long-Term Unemployed

It's Still Bad for the Long-Term Unemployed | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The evidence remains that the so-so recovery is not enough to help the long-term jobless.
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Ugo Bardi: The Banquet of Consequences

Ugo Bardi: The Banquet of Consequences | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.
~ Robert Louis Stephenson

"Growth is the problem; not the solution" says Ugo Bardi, Professor of Physical Chemistry at Italy's University of Florence and author of the recent book Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet.

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Shocking Facts About The Deindustrialization Of America That Everyone Should Know

Shocking Facts About The Deindustrialization Of America That Everyone Should Know | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
How long can America continue to burn up wealth?  How long can this nation continue to consume far more wealth than it produces?  The trade deficit is one of
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Starting Seed Indoors VS. Direct Seeding VS. Self Seeding Annuals

Starting Seed Indoors VS. Direct Seeding VS. Self Seeding Annuals | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
When I first started gardening, I had a tough time figuring out what plants I should start in my greenhouse, which plants I should direct seed, and which plants I should let seed themselves. As with m
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Program Looks to Give Bees a Leg (or Six) Up

Program Looks to Give Bees a Leg (or Six) Up | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In California’s Central Valley, researchers are trying to find assortments of bee-friendly plants that local farmers and ranchers can easily grow.
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CEO pay: 'Unbelievably piggish and outrageous,' no matter how you slice it

CEO pay: 'Unbelievably piggish and outrageous,' no matter how you slice it | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Led by Gilead Sciences' CEO John Martin's nearly $170 million haul, 10 CEOs took in total compensation of over $60 million in 2013, according to USAToday's CEO Compensation Report. Along with cash compensation, USAToday analyzed the value of exercised options and vested stock. 

CEO pay continued to rise last year amid a broader debate about income inequality and despite verbal shaming from presidents and pontiffs alike. But compensation critics are claiming a small win in the battle to rein in excessive pay: "A number of major U.S. companies are cutting back on glamorous luxuries like personal jet use, country-club memberships, and luxury rentals," Reuters reports.

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