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I couldn't believe it when I heard President Trump was planning to invoke "emergency power" to boost coal power plant output. This post by Prof. Dan Farber at UC Berkeley explains that yes, it's true, but no, it's probably not going to pass muster.
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There is one week left to submit public comments on the EPA's proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan that limits carbon emissions from power plants (deadline is Thu 4/26). I urge everyone reading this to submit a comment, long or short, urging against this repeal. The process is easy and only takes as long as you want the writing to take. Just go to the following link: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355-14998

Below are my submitted comments; please feel free to borrow any of them.
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I strenuously object to the Trump administration's proposal to revoke the Clean Power Plan that controls carbon emissions from power plants.

As an ecologist specializing in climate change impacts, I know that greenhouse gas emissions have the power to irreversibly damage our country's natural heritage: snow-capped mountains, healthy forests, beautiful seashores, and diverse flora and fauna. (Please let me know if you want several thousand peer-reviewed citations describing these potential damages.)

Furthermore, unmitigated climate change will endanger the health and prosperity of Americans. Key industries, such as agriculture, health care, and insurance, stand to lose billions of dollars. The ones most likely to be hurt are the Americans who are most vulnerable for other reasons - the elderly; children; low-income families; farmworkers; people of color. (Again, citations on request.)

Perhaps worst of all, our emissions travel around the globe and harm citizens of other countries - including developing countries that cannot afford to invest as much in climate adaptation as we can. Having worked on drought impacts in Kenya and Malawi, and having seen firsthand the suffering caused by climate disasters, I cannot accept the idea that the United States would knowingly inflict this fate on the world's poorest.

It is illogical to reject the Clean Power Plan on economic or national security grounds. Our domestic clean energy sources (wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal) are abundant and are getting cheaper by the year. Natural gas and nuclear power have a role to play going forward, too. But coal-fired power plants are the past, not the future. (Even China realizes this.)

Trying to prop up the coal industry by reneging on the Clean Power Plan is futile, destructive, and will not be judged kindly by history. And trying to justify this decision by claiming that CO2 may not be the main cause of global warming is frankly ludicrous.

Like other scientists around the country, I am deeply concerned and frustrated that our country is going in the wrong direction. We are turning our backs on our core American value of environmental stewardship (and on the evidence that should be used in service of that value).

I implore you to back off from dismantling this landmark and desperately needed piece of legislation. Saving the Clean Power Plan may be remembered as a turning point in which the Trump EPA began listening to the American people and acting in their long-term best interest.

Yours sincerely,
Dr. Amber C. Kerr
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Have you ever wondered what would happen if your hometown was hit by a nuclear weapon? Now you can find out with the click of a button...
NUKEMAP by Alex Wellerstein
NUKEMAP by Alex Wellerstein
nuclearsecrecy.com
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Tajel, I know exactly how you feel!
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If you want to get a close-up and personal view into the Napa/Sonoma County fires, read this. It's amazing that Brian Fies was able to create and draw this story as a fire refugee, with nothing but regular paper and a few markers that he got a hold of. My heart goes out to him, to all the other residents who have lost everything, and to all the first responders, medical personnel, and social services staff who have been working around the clock. If you want to help fire victims, try Redwood Credit Union's North Bay Fire Relief Fund (https://www.redwoodcu.org/northbayfirerelief) and UndocuFund for those who may not be able to access government resources (http://undocufund.org).
A Fire Story, COMPLETE
A Fire Story, COMPLETE
brianfies.blogspot.com
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Good article with some quotes from farmers (both organic and conventional) about the practical implications of GMO crops.
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I really enjoyed working with UC Extension forester Susie Kocher during my time at the California Climate Hub. This is a fun article about her (even if you don't know her, you'll learn a lot about trees, fires, and forests!).
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Hah, this is hilarious! I'd be hard-pressed to chose a favorite.
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Andrew Jackson and Donald Trump: Two peas in a pod? Two Constitution-shredding, brown-people-hating, might-makes-right peas in a pod? Let's hope not... but things are not looking too good so far...
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President Trump claims to be a savvy businessman. You'd think he'd care about what business leaders and economists have to say on climate change. But no, he was too busy deleting the White House climate change web portal to listen...
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