The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED by a former senior analyst from the DOE, the Trump administration needs to be watched
Originally Published in the Fairfax Times
By Dr. Allan Hoffman
I voted for Hillary Clinton to become our next President because I thought she was a better choice than Donald Trump in temperament, experience, and policy. I also thought it was time to have a female president. I did this despite two serious misgivings about Clinton, her handling of the health insurance issue in the early days of her husband’s first term as President, and her failure to respond adequately to the seriousness of her decision to use a private email server while serving as Secretary of State. As a former government official I understand how frustrating dealing with the security systems in government can be, but poor judgements were made by Clinton and her staff, all of whom should have known better. Nevertheless, I was strongly offended by many of Trump’s statements during the Republican primary race and the general election, and saw no way to vote for a man I considered an uninformed and arrogant demagogue.
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The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about Angela Merkel, the Free World’s New Leader
Originally Published on UBC News
Less than a week before U.S. President-elect Donald Trump takes office, Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, is being hailed by many as the last defender of Europe and new leader of the free world.
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The ECOreport asks a former senior analyst with the DOE, how much damage Can Donald Trump Do?
By Roy L Hales
The fears seem especially strong across the renewable and environmental communities. David Suzuki writes that “a bigoted, misogynistic, climate change denier has been elected to the highest office in what is still the world’s most powerful nation.” Many fear that President-elect Donald Trump “is set to gut US environmental regulations, open up federal lands for fossil fuel extraction, and quit the Paris climate agreement.” Academics from many North American universities are copying information and data from U.S. government environmental websites before the new administration eradicates it. The next President’s personality “is certainly extreme by any standard.” How much damage can Donald Trump do to America?
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The ECOreport looks at a Clean Energy Canada poll on the national climate and clean growth plan, 70% of Canadians want a clean energy transition asap
By Roy L Hales
Though Donald Trump’s election casts a long shadow on energy matters, a new poll finds that it is making little impact on public opinion north of the border. Only 17% of the respondents think Canada should follow Trump’s lead and stick with fossil fuels. “If anything, this survey suggests that the new U.S. leader’s position actually makes Canadians more inclined to support clean energy here at home,” said Merran Smith, Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada. They perceive the future in terms of a low carbon economy and 70% of Canadians want a clean energy transition asap.
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The ECOreport reposts the story of a “good bill” spoiled by a highly controversial rider, Obama Signs California’s Poisoned Water Bill
Originally Posted on the Daily KOS
By Dan Bacher
In a slap in the face to fishermen, Tribes, environmental justice advocates, conservationists and family farmers, President Obama on Friday signed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act into law with its environmentally destructive Big Ag rider sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
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The ECOreport looks at the guerilla archiving activities underway as the academic community sets about protecting US environmental websites & data from Trump
By Roy L Hales
North America’s academic community is taking President-elect Donald Trump’s threats to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seriously. Crucial scientific data could disappear, or be made less accessible. There are only five weeks left until he takes office. So this morning, at 10 a.m. Eastern Time, researchers at University of Toronto (U of T) began protecting US environmental websites & data from Trump and his transition team.
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The ECOreport looks behind the news that Michigan passed laws requiring 15% renewables by 2021
By Roy L Hales
Governor Rick Snyder wanted to overhaul the state’s energy bills in 2015, but encountered fierce opposition. Opponents of Senate Bill 438 (SB 438) believed it puts corporate interests above the needs of residents. Proponents describe it as a small step towards lowering electricity costs, creating jobs and improving public health. Thanks to the Governor’s direct intervention, the legislators found a compromise. Thursday Michigan passed laws requiring 15% renewables by 2021.
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The ECOreport reposts another expose of the incoming American Administration, Trump’s Interior Secretary Pick
Originally Published on the Daily KOS
By Dan Bacher
Reports of President-elect Trump’s nomination of Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers to head the U.S. Department of the Interior have drawn outrage and concern from conservation groups and public trust advocates.
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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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The ECOreport reposts another OP-ED about the incoming US energy team, Donald Trump’s Pick To Run The EPA
Greenpeace USA via Greenpeace Energydesk
By Ryan Schleeter
Firmly eliminating any notion that he would maintain an “open mind” on climate change, President-elect Donald Trump has chosen a climate denier and fossil fuel shill for one of the top environmental positions in his administration.
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