How politically realistic are the climate action goals that European governments are setting in lockstep with the United States? Some analysts are warning that the rich can afford the necessary changes, but the burdensome costs of a green transition for middle-class and poorer voters could trigger a backlash and prompt electoral reversals. Others worry European governments have still not fleshed out in practical terms how to meet their ambitious climate action and emissions reduction goals and that a failure to deliver solutions, as happened after the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference, risks undermining an emerging public consensus about the danger of climate change and a recognition action is required. “If you create a deadline that is unrealistic, which we will not be able to actually achieve, you put it completely beyond the bounds of possibility — that doesn’t mean you can’t have a high bar, you should be aiming for a high bar — but it can’t be unrealistic,” Jamie … [Read more...] about Are Europe’s Climate Action Goals Realistic?
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Metro Denver residents testifying in public hearings demanded closure of the problem-plagued Suncor Energy oil refinery, urging Colorado health officials not to renew the refinery’s outdated operating permits that allow air pollution. More than 150 people participated in these online hearings Tuesday night and last Saturday morning. A coalition of neighborhood groups, and activists who support a faster shift to clean energy, are targeting Suncor’s 89-year-old refinery — located just north of Denver in Commerce City near the confluence of the South Platte River and Sand Creek — as a toxic relic of the fossil fuel era. “The record shows Suncor is not capable of complying with its permit no matter how it is written. A scheduled retirement should be implemented immediately,” Kimberly Wagner said Tuesday. “Do your job,” Emmett Hobley said. “Stop this madness.” A new permit proposed by the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division would increase the annual tonnage of some … [Read more...] about Battle over Suncor oil refinery intensifies as state weighs permit renewal, metro Denver residents demand closure
With a CBS drama series in the works, three romance novels written by failed Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams — under the pen name Selena Montgomery — are returning to book stores. The Penguin Random House imprint, Berkley, plans to bring back Rules of Engagement, The Art of Desire, and Power of Persuasion by Selena Montgomery, Stacey Abrams’ pen name, to book stores next year, according to a report by New York Times . “As my first novels, they remain incredibly special to me,” Abrams said in a statement. “The characters and their adventures are what I’d wished to read as a young black woman — stories that showcase women of color as nuanced, determined, and exciting.” The news comes just months after CBS said it’s developing a drama series based on one of Abrams’ romance novels. The romance novels were first published in the early 2000s, and have long been out of print, the report adds. In 2019, Abrams told The Late Show host Stephen … [Read more...] about With CBS Drama Series in the Works, Three Stacey Abrams Romance Novels Returning to Bookstores
So the Tories have had exactly 11 years to undo all the damage of the Blair/Brown Labour years and to make Britain prosperous and free again. And what have they achieved that’s remotely conservative in that time? Nada. Zip. Zilch. If the Conservatives do well in Thursday’s local elections it won’t be because they have done anything to deserve it. As it happens, these elections are taking place on the 11th anniversary of the Conservatives taking power from Labour back on May 6th, 2010. Most of us, had we sat down with a notepad 11 years ago, could have come up with a wishlist for all the things we might have hoped a Conservative government would do. Probably, our lists would have looked quite similar. Near the top would have been: Exit the European Union. Brexit didn’t have a name back then. But we all knew roughly what it would look like: freedom from the regulations and constrictions of the sclerotic, corrupt and Socialistic (but I repeat myself) European superstate. No more … [Read more...] about Delingpole: Why I’m Not Voting Conservative on Thursday – Or, Indeed, Ever Again…