The Good News…The Bad News…Week of March 31, 2017 - Years Of Living Dangerously

The Good News…The Bad News…Week of March 31, 2017

By Margaret Badore

WE’RE IN A RACE AGAINST TIME TO SOLVE CLIMATE CHANGE. CAN THE GOOD NEWS CATCH UP TO THE BAD?

This week, more executive orders from Trump continue to threaten climate progress. However, there’s interest in renewables from Madison, WI to Southern Australia. 

The Bad News

OIL IN The DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE

Energy Transfer Partners revealed Monday they have begun putting oil into the Dakota Access Pipeline, just upstream from Native American territories. Although the pipeline appears to be operational now, a legal battle is still making its way through the courts. Read More 

TRUMP SIGNS ORDER TO START UNRAVELING THE CLEAN POWER PLAN

On Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order calling to undo the Clean Power Plan, lift a memorandum on coal mining leases on federal land, and end other efforts to curb climate change. The process will be lengthy and is already facing legal challenges. Despite the many economic and technological forces that have led to fewer jobs in the coal industry, Trump claims the executive order will bring these jobs back. Read More 

DROUGHT PUSHES SOMALIA TOWARDS FAMINE

As water disappears and flocks of livestock die, thousands of people in Somalia are moving to camps for displaced people. Droughts, and the famines they cause, are more likely in the face of a changing climate, and for the first time in recent history four separate outbreaks of famine may happen in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen at the same time. Read More 

CLIMATE CHANGE DENIERS GET THE SPOTLIGHT IN CONGRESS

A panel of three prominent climate change deniers and one real climate scientist, Michael Mann, testified to the House Committee on Space, Science and Technology in an effort to obscure the scientific consensus that humans are causing climate change. Meanwhile, the House has also passed a bill that would restrict the EPA’s ability to use scientific studies to set policy. Read More: Panel and Bill 

 

The Good News

KENTUCKY COAL PLANT TO CLOSE

A coal-fired power plant in Owensboro, Kentucky is scheduled to close by 2023. The plant was opened in the 1960s, and the utility is still considering a number of options to replace the energy supply generated by the plant. Read More

SEE YOU IN COURT, KXL

A wide coalition of Native American and environmental protection groups have launched lawsuits against the State Department over hasty permit approval for the Keystone XL. Opponents of the pipeline argue that the State Department broke the law by using an outdated environmental review process. Read More

MADISON VOTES TO GO 100% RENEWABLE

Madison, Wisconsin’s City Council voted to make the city 100 percent renewable, an admirable goal in a state that is largely coal-powered. Although the city didn’t set a target date for the switch, it did resolve to make a plan to power all city government operations using renewables by 2018. Read More 

AUSTRALIA WILL GET GIANT SOLAR AND STORAGE PLANT

Renewable developer and investor Lyon Group announced plans to build a solar and battery project in South Australia, consisting of an estimated 3.4 million panels and 1.1 million batteries. The project was launched shortly after the region experienced widespread blackouts and in the face of a natural gas shortage. Read More