People protesting the climate crisis are getting arrested around the world while actual alleged climate criminals walk free.
Great information that is also maddening, especially in the cases of Hoàng Thi Minh Hồng and the Ugandan protesters. I wish there was more that could be done other than raising awareness in cases like those.
"A law that prohibits utilities from spending their customers' money on political advocacy"
It also seems absolutely bizarre that utilities can engage in political advocacy at all. Public utilities have a specific job to do, and I don't how any part of that requires political advocacy. Like maybe there could be a concern that the utility regulators or other politicians would be so incompetent in their actions that they could threaten the health and stability of a grid, so advocacy against that by the utility could be seen as necessary. But that is such a remote concern.
A couple points. The local press at least in Arizona does not cover local elections that might actually lead to change at a small level. They do not cover the ramifications of voting for a candidate that is corrupted by energy money v. one that isn't. Second, Big Oil, which should now be called big Earth Destroyer, has spent years and billions telling us that even if there's something wrong, we couldn't afford to fix it, and it's really all of our collective faults, not theirs. I have a sign on my car that says Exxon Knew Make them Pay. I'd rather have an on going tally of oil subsidies. money given to politicians, and the current cost to society of all of the natural disasters we've had so far. Oh yeah, and the rising costs of goods and services, such as house insurance, that are being imposed on us by the same industries that invest in fossil fuels.
Fantastic formatting that brings out the hypocrisy between the individual and corporate rights in this country. If culpable corporations want to distance themselves from the truth of their involvement, then it's time to rub everyone's noses in the causal connections between fossil fuel use and climate change. When Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds and Mark McGuire were not voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, it was not because of Home Run Change, it was because of Performance Enhancing Drugs. And everyone who watches baseball knows that.
When the severity and frequency of extreme weather increases, the sea level rises and gets more acidic, wildlife populations move and wildfires abound, it is not because of Climate Change. It's because of fossil fuel use that has changed the atmospheric and oceanic chemistry, allowing it to store more heat. Everyone who watches the weather needs to be reminded of that, too.
It's time to stop using euphemisms that bury the lead and protect the corporate fossil fuel industry. From now on, everyone needs to be reminded of the role fossil fuels has in climate change, just as they knew about performance enhancing drugs turbocharging the natural talents of the users. Whenever discussing any of the things related to Climate Change we should make that link explicit by using phrases like:
- Fossil fuel induced Climate Change
- Greenhouse gases from Fossil Fuel use
- Climate Change caused by Fossil Fuel use
- Changed atmospheric chemistry through the widespread use of fossil fuels
and the like. And if someone says that you're politicizing the weather, tell them that this isn't just political; it's based on overwhelming scientific evidence. Refer them to the IPCCor skepticalscience websites if they are still deniers, and change the focus to how to become more energy efficient first, replace fossil fuel use with renewables second, and nurture local ecosystems third. Or maybe that's part of the first.
Thank you for the links to take action, and as always, thank you for this vital reporting.
There is a woman who's name escapes me who made the mistake of actually damaging some equipment. No one was hurt. Her punishment? Eight years in prison.
Thank you for bringing attention to these climate activists that have been unfairly arrested. I’ve engaged with the #StopEACOP campaign and one thing that I think is especially powerful (and an underused lever imo) is their targeting of insurers who are backing the project. Without insurance, EACOP can’t be built and the campaign has been successful at getting companies to drop coverage / publicly say they won’t insure the project! I’m curious if the intersection of insurance x climate is something you would report on! I think Heated is doing critical climate reporting and I’d love to see this covered!
Calling it out! Lifting the veil. What is the matter with Ohio?
So many Vietnamese climate activists not paying their taxes. Weird, huh? 🙄