Local politicians want to act on climate change, but need public support

For anyone interested in getting their local city council to declare a climate emergency, this is a good place to start. I will provide further resources over the next few days.

Inside track

town centre smallThis post is by Deb Joffe, co-founder of Swindon Climate Action Network. She co-runs The Climate Brief,  promoting climate change action among local politicians.

Local councillors from all parties have a strong appetite for discussion and action on climate change, but need to feel that the public support them, according to recent research. They also want reliable information about solutions they can implement.

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North American drilling boom threatens major blow to climate efforts – report

The Guardian reports today that “More than half of the world’s new oil and gas pipelines are located in North America, with a boom in US oil and gas drilling set to deliver a major blow to efforts to slow climate change, a new report has found.

“Of a total 302 pipelines in some stage of development around the world, 51% are in North America, according to Global Energy Monitor, which tracks fossil fuel activity. A total of $232.5bn in capital spending has been funneled into these North American pipeline projects, with more than $1 trillion committed towards all oil and gas infrastructure.”

“If built, these projects would increase the global number of pipelines by nearly a third and mark out a path of several decades of substantial oil and gas use.” Read more . . .

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“From 2011 to 2016, following a period of heady optimism and over-expansion based on expectations of surging Asian demand, coal mining company values plummeted and bankruptcies decimated the sector. . . . Today, investors in the booming expansion of oil and gas infrastructure appear headed for a similar shock, as boom-fueled optimism runs into climate realities and fiscal limits . . .”

Donald Trump and Company: Incompetent, malignant and treacherous.

Climate Scientist Michael Mann and Bob Ward, writing in the Guardian:

“Americans should not be fooled by the Stalinist tactics being used by the White House to try to discredit the findings of mainstream climate science.

“The Trump administration has already purged information about climate change from government websites, gagged federal experts and attempted to end funding for climate change programs.

“Now a group of hardcore climate change deniers and contrarians linked to the administration is organising a petition in support of a new panel being set up by the National Security Council to promote an alternative official explanation for climate change.” Read more . . .