Rick Perry, Energy Secretary, put together a convoluted proposal that—in effect—served as a form of welfare for nuclear and coal power plants. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) saw Rick Perry’s wild energy “dance moves” and told him to shuffle off! Climate Hawks should be happy to know that FERC rejected Perry’s proposal as unfair to consumers and ratepayers. In another win for Climate Hawks—from an unlikely proponent—Rick Scott, Governor of Florida, convinced Ryan Zinke, Secretary of Interior, to cancel the plan to drill oil off of Florida’s coast. The Trump Administration approved the entire East and West Coasts to be opened for oil drilling. Many Republican governors, including Massachusetts’ Charlie Baker, have come out against offshore oil drilling. Please contact Governor Baker to thank him. And finally, we discuss Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s recent announcement that NYC will divest $189 billion in pension funds from fossil fuel companies in the next five years. He will also be taking legal action against some of the top carbon emitters for the damages they have inflicted upon New York City. Tune in to hear details! And please be sure to rate us on iTunes – you will help us to spread climate news!
The Reading List:
- Oil giant ExxonMobil counters climate-change suits by SF, other governments
- Trump administration plans to allow drilling off all U.S. waters - The Washington Post
- Trump administration says no oil drilling off Florida coast
- Rick Perry’s Plan to Rescue Struggling Coal and Nuclear Plants Is Rejected
- New York City Plans to Divest Fossil Fuel Pension Funds and Sue Oil Companies
- Contact the Governor
Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist that the United States put a price on carbon.