California Gov. Jerry Brown sets history’s most ambitious climate target | Vox


.. That is big news in and of itself; 100 percent clean electricity is a difficult and worthy challenge.

But Brown didn’t stop there. Much to everyone’s surprise, on the same day, he also signed an executive order (B-55-18) committing California to total, economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2045.

Wait, whaaat? Zeroing out carbon entirely in California? In just over 20 years? In my expert opinion, that is … holy shit.

Source: California Gov. Jerry Brown sets history’s most ambitious climate target – Vox

The New York Times’s Trump-bashing op-ed from a senior Trump official, explained | Vox


Ironically, the White House’s conclusion — that it would be more honorable for the author to name themselves and resign than to keep their perch and whine anonymously — is also the position taken by many of the Trump critics sharing the op-ed and speculating about its author.

Because even if a lot of people are willing to believe that the anonymous official is telling the truth, there are a lot of other people out there who aren’t — and another anonymous report about Trump’s unfitness for office doesn’t do anything to solve the problem it’s identified.

Source: The New York Times’s Trump-bashing op-ed from a senior Trump official, explained – Vox

The US-Canada fight over NAFTA and dairy exposes an inconvenient truth about free markets | Quartz


The Canadian government limits the amount of dairy that farmers produce, sets the prices, and blocks most imports. There’s a big upside to Canada’s cow-based command economy, however: The stable dairy prices keep the industry consistently profitable and allow small farmers to thrive.

America does things differently. Whereas Canada limits supply, the US encourages a bounty of dairy. It’s a land of milky excess: fried butter balls, $0.99 milkshakes, four-cheese pizzas, and iced mocha Frappuccinos.

A place where the people of certain Midwestern states competitively sculpt butter. Though US consumers clearly relish dairy, for farmers and processors, the dairy surplus has its drawbacks.

Source: The US-Canada fight over NAFTA and dairy exposes an inconvenient truth about free markets — Quartz

Healthy Energy Systems | Global Climate Action Summit 2018


The Global Climate Action Summit is challenging people, communities, societies and economies around the world to ‘step up’ and take ambition to the next level across five key issue areas: Healthy Energy Systems, Inclusive Economic Growth, Sustainable Communities, Land and Ocean Stewardship and Transformative Climate Investments.

The Healthy Energy Systems challenge focuses on the global clean energy revolution that is decarbonizing energy and transport systems and enabling healthy people and places.

Source: Healthy Energy Systems | Global Climate Action Summit 2018

A hard look at America after 9/11 | TheHill


Memory must also include a clear-eyed assessment of what we got right and what we got wrong, and the lessons we must learn.

In hindsight, we had a stunning opportunity in the days following 9/11 to unify our country and to repair frayed relationships with many countries in the world.

Source: A hard look at America after 9/11 | TheHill

Sanders finds prime target in Amazon | TheHill


Sanders’s attacks on Amazon and its CEO, Jeff Bezos, have won support from the left and the right, elevating his views on the plight of the poor and middle class even amid a soaring economy.

The left-wing firebrand is using his elevated national platform to highlight issues like low wages and poor working conditions at the online retailer, and his attacks are resonating with unlikely allies, like conservative Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

Source: Sanders finds prime target in Amazon | TheHill

White House allies step up attacks on Woodward book | TheHill


The tensions deepened as Woodward’s “Fear: Trump in the White House” officially hit bookshelves on Tuesday. It’s expected to be a best-seller, with reports of 1 million copies being printed.

Source: White House allies step up attacks on Woodward book | TheHill

Federal deficit soars 32 percent to $895B | TheHill


The nonpartisan CBO reported that the central drivers of the increasing deficit were the Republican tax law and the bipartisan agreement to increase spending. As a result, revenue only rose 1 percent, failing to keep up with a 7 percent surge in spending, it added.

Revenue from individual and payroll taxes was up some $105 billion, or 4 percent, while corporate taxes fell $71 billion, or 30 percent.

Source: Federal deficit soars 32 percent to $895B | TheHill

Trump slump fuels GOP fears | TheHill


President Trump’s approval rating has fallen in a series of recent polls, fueling concerns among Republicans that an already dire election season is turning worse at precisely the wrong time.

Pollsters and strategists say the numbers are particularly unusual because the president’s approval ratings have suffered even as the economy has thrived.

Source: Trump slump fuels GOP fears | TheHill

The Next Crisis Will Be Worse Than The Financial One | Social Europe

These underlying messages are somewhat disturbing. They are probably right: it is not fake news to say that the final proof will be a burning uninhabitable globe.

But is it reasonable to wait for the final proof and to continue to emit CO2 without any incentive for a change of course?

There are all-time records of heatwaves in many parts of the world and in particular temperature records during the night.

It cannot be overlooked that glaciers and polar ice caps are melting, the sea level is rising, coastal and island regions are flooding, areas of drought expanding. All the facts are on the table.

Climatologists warn that these developments might be irreversible.

The challenge requires a systematic response, by politicians, economists and climatologists – and other key stakeholders.

The problem is that this response might fail and the same errors as with the financial crisis which nobody saw coming or predicted.

Source: The Next Crisis Will Be Worse Than The Financial One • Social Europe