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Trump Threatens The Environment, Health & Economic Development

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed, Donald Trump threatens the environment,  health & economic development

Press release from the Center for American Progress

By Carolyn Kenney

The first months of Donald Trump’s presidency have raised serious concerns about the new administration’s understanding of climate change and the associated security risks. President Trump’s vocal skepticism of climate change and his appointment of several prominent climate deniers to his Cabinet, along with deep proposed budget cuts to government activities aimed at slowing or adapting to climate change, could see the new administration do untold damage to the environment, human health and security, economic development, and international peace and stability.
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Extreme Weather Cost US Communities $53 Billion In 2016

The ECOrerport reposts analysis of the damages caused by climate change, extreme weather cost US Communities $53 billion in 2016

Originally Published on Center for American Progress

By Miranda Peterson and Cathleen Kelly

Extreme weather and climate disasters caused a staggering 297 deaths and $53.5 billion in economic damage in the United States in 2016. Of these disasters, 15 cost at least $1 billion and together triggered $49.1 billion in damage across 38 states. Center for American Progress analysis found that the economic toll of the 15 most destructive extreme weather events in 2016 was more than double the cost of similarly catastrophic events in 2015, which totaled $21.5 billion. Damage costs due to these severe weather, flood, wildfire, and drought events include insured and uninsured losses tied to damaged homes, businesses, buildings, cars, energy and transportation infrastructure, and agricultural assets. These damage costs, however, underestimate the total economic consequences of extreme weather: They do not take into account the destruction of natural assets—such as wetlands and parks—health care costs, and the economic impact tied to loss of life.

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Germany’s G-20 Presidency May Prevent Backsliding on Climate Actions

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about Germany’s G-20 Presidency May Prevent Backsliding on Climate Actions

Originally published on Center for American Progress

By Gwynne Taraska, Pete Ogden, Nancy Alexander, and Howard Marano

This column previews a forthcoming report from the Center for American Progress and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung North America.

To date, 17 countries of the G-20—which account for 67 percent of global greenhouse gas pollution—have officially joined the Paris Agreement, bringing it into effect far sooner than anyone expected. If these countries follow through with their commitments to reduce emissions, it will represent unprecedented progress in the global effort to curb climate change.

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Polluters Fighting America’s Clean Power Plan

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED identifying the Polluters Fighting  America’s Clean Power Plan

Originally Published on Centre for American Progress

By Erin Auel

The Clean Power Plan, or CPP, was finalized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, on August 5, 2015, and establishes the first-ever standards for carbon emissions from power plants. The CPP will help the United States reduce the pollution that causes increased global temperatures, rising sea levels, and other effects of climate change. According to the Energy Information Administration—a federal agency that collects and analyzes data on energy production and usage—the CPP will reduce the power sector’s carbon pollution by 35 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. This puts annual pollution levels more than 400 million metric tons lower than their projected totals without the CPP in place. The power producers who would be responsible for achieving these emissions reductions have had a mixed response to the plan. Some power producers have supported the CPP, recognizing business opportunities in a growing clean energy sector. Some have remained neutral pending judicial review of the rule while other power producers are opposing the CPP altogether, because they are heavily invested in higher-polluting electricity generation.

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Canada, Mexico & the US Formulate Climate Strategies

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED: As their nation’s leaders prepare for the for the North American Leaders’ Summit, 6 NGOs in Canada, Mexico & the US Formulate Climate Strategies

Originally Published on the Pembina Institute

TORONTO – More than ever before, the United States, Mexico, and Canada are politically aligned on the topic of climate change. This alignment creates a unique opportunity for the three countries to launch a coordinated climate strategy to propel the shift to clean energy across the continent.

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$Billions In Tax Breaks For Oil And Gas

The ECOreport reposts a study of the $billions in tax breaks for oil and gas industry

Originally Published on Center for American Progress

The investment tax credit, or ITC, and production tax credit, or PTC, for clean energy have played an essential role in expediting the deployment of wind, solar, and other forms of clean energy in the United States. In December 2015, the U.S. Congress voted to extend the PTC and ITC. As part of the agreement, however, Congress decided to phase out these tax credits over time. This raises an important question, one asked by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) in February: If policymakers phase out tax credits for clean energy, shouldn’t they do the same for the billions of dollars in tax breaks for the oil and gas industry?
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Ways Obama & Trudeau Can Partner to Fight Climate Change

The ECOreport reposts an analysis of the potential for a new era of U.S.-Canadian cooperation. Here are four ways Obama & Trudeau can partner to fight Climate Change

Originally Published on the Center for American Progress

By Cathleen Kelly

When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau travels to the United States for his first state visit, he and President Barack Obama should seize the opportunity to launch a new era of U.S.-Canadian cooperation to curb climate change, accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, and safeguard the Arctic. The United States and Canada share far more than borders; the two countries are close allies on key issues, including counterterrorism, the environment, the Arctic, law enforcement, and maritime safety. The two nations also trade more than $2 billion in goods and services daily.

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US Emissions are Far Worse than we Thought

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Only months ago, US GHG emissions seemed to be shrinking. Apologists for natural gas productions seized upon this as proof LNG is a transition fuel to a greener economy in the future. The latest U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) report shows this trend has reversed itself. CO2 emissions from fossil fuels are up 2.74%, compared to 2013. As this figure does not include methane, which is 20 times more potent than CO2 over time, US emissions are far worse than we thought.

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Gimme Shelter: President Obama’s Climate Resilience Fund

Originally Published by the Center for American Progress

By Daniel J Weiss

President Barack Obama toured drought-ravaged California last week, promising $183 million in aid to farmers and communities devastated by water shortages from the region’s worst drought in more than 100 years. The president also proposed creating a $1 billion Climate Resilience Fund to help communities better prepare for future droughts, heat waves, wildfires, storms, and floods. This valuable fund would invest in research, planning, preparation, and breakthrough technologies to make infrastructure “more resilient in the face of changing climate.” It also would help communities better protect their residents, vital services, and businesses from extreme weather events. Even though the Climate Resilience Fund could help their communities, the key question now is whether congressional Republicans will pass this proposal, as a majority of these legislators deny climate science, according to a Climate Progress survey.
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5 Growing Threats to America’s Cities

Federal Investments in Resiliency Needed in the Face of Extreme Weather

Originally published by the Center for American Progress

By Matt Kasper & Daniel J. Weiss

Weather events have been dominating the news recently thanks to the “polar vortex” that caused record cold temperatures across the nation. But just a few months ago, the news was filled with other events: record rain and flooding in Colorado; destructive tornadoes in Oklahoma; widespread drought in the Southwest; and the sluggish recovery from Superstorm Sandy in New Jersey. Unlike the record cold, however, these extreme weather events are becoming more commonplace.
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