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Where Does US Democracy Go From Here?

July 20th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

One of the key lessons I learned while getting my first degree in sociology is a simple one, but it's also a profound one that is too often glossed over. The lesson is that democracy is fundamentally built on two pillars: 1) widespread availability of accurate, nearly complete information; and 2) a citizenry that engages in politics


410 PPM & Rising — CO2 Levels Reach Dangerous Levels

May 5th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley

High atop Mauna Loa on the island of Hawai'i, there is an observatory scientists use to study the cosmos. At 14,000 feet above sea level, it has a clearer view of the heavens than most places on Earth. (It is a neighbor of Kilauea, the volcano that erupted this week after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the island.) The observatory is also an ideal place to monitor the Earth's atmosphere in a place with no local pollution from large cities. One of the instruments installed there measures the concentration of carbon dioxide in the air


Is Trump Putin’s Puppet? And If He Is, What’s That Got To Do With Cleantech?

March 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Donald Trump is not that normal, but he is human. He is a human who has lived essentially all of his life with a totally stacked hand, to bring in a gambling analogy. He has still managed to lose all of his or his companies' cash several times, but then his connections in the benevolent and altruistic worlds of the mafia, luxury real estate, banking, and show business have bailed him out and let him start a fresh game with a new (again highly stacked) hand. As such, despite being human, The Donald has had a pretty abnormal life that has not fully warped his sense of reality by itself but which has warped his sense of what's proper and normal for the rest of society. After all, his reality is indeed real, even if it's not normal or proper


US Military & Security Leaders Call On Tillerson & Mattis To Lead On Climate Security

May 9th, 2017 | by Joshua S Hill

With the internal White House debate over whether to remain in or pull out of the Paris Agreement heating up, a bipartisan group of 20 retired senior military officers and national security experts have signed companion joint letters urging US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis to lead on addressing the security implications of climate change.


Opposition Increases To US Withdrawal From Paris Agreement; JIvanka, Exxon, Shell

April 18th, 2017 | by Joshua S Hill

With insiders predicting Donald Trump's senior advisers will aim to decide whether the United States will stay a part of the Paris climate agreement or not by Tuesday, a growing number of unlikely climate allies have arisen, including Washington's new power-couple, JIvanka, as well as officials from fossil fuel companies such as Exxon and Shell.


Will Geoengineering Plans Get A Boost From Trump Administration?

April 3rd, 2017 | by James Ayre

Will the Trump Administration "open the door" to planet-scale geoengineering experiments? That's the question posed in an article that I recently came across, one which referenced plans by Harvard engineers David Keith and Frank Keutsch to test in 2018 (in Arizona) the high-altitude spraying of sulphate particles as a means of limiting warming


Gutted EPA Mileage Rules Will Please Global Petro-States

March 6th, 2017 | by Susan Kraemer

On Tuesday, March 7th, the Trump administration will reverse the Obama administration's Final Determination requiring automakers meet an average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, according to Inside EPA. An alliance of manufacturers had urged protection for fuel inefficiency in a letter to Trump EPA administrator Scott Pruitt in February, and the industry request is one of hundreds of industry-requested rollbacks in Obama rules that are now on the chopping block, according to the New York Times


What If Obama Had Done it?

March 5th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

For years, many Republicans falsely claimed that Obama was not born in the US (and thus wasn't our legitimate president), that he's Muslim (he's actually Christian), that he hates America (so obviously absurd that the claim baffles the mind), etc., etc. All the while, Obama maintained his composure and was "presidential" for his entire 8 years as president. Try to imagine for a minute if he wasn't. And try to imagine he had serious conflicts of interest and strong ties to anti-democratic, anti-USA countries. What would the haters have been yelling if he crossed the lines Trump has crossed


Who Benefits If Russian Oil Sanctions End?

February 20th, 2017 | by Susan Kraemer

The idea of the president of any normal country also owning one of its largest assets and using his office to protect it seems outrageous. Putin used his position to gain wealth for himself and a small group of cronies, and is trying to prevent sanctions from reducing the value of that wealth


Elon Musk & Donald Trump — What’s The Deal?

February 5th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Multiple people have asked me to chime in on the Elon Musk and Donald Trump "partnership." The requests have popped up for months. I've also noticed a lot of commentary — on Twitter, here on CleanTechnica, and elsewhere — that implies Elon has turned evil or is sacrificing his morals by working with Trump


The Totally Insane Carbon Bubble

January 14th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

As the cleantech transition speeds up, many of us are jumping for joy. Trump may be king of tweetland, but he and his oil & gas buddies can't stop renewables or electric robotaxis. They know that. Their goals are pretty clear, though: pump up the carbon bubble as much as possible, stuff as much cash into their own bank accounts before it pops, and hopefully retire and die before the whole global economy is brought down with the the thin soapy liquid that was probably much prettier as a bubble



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