Weymouth to Bourne, Washington to Santiago: The Climate Minute Podcast

There is news all over the map this week. The situation in Weymouth continues to boil. Follow #NoWeymouthCompressor for timely updates. The Corp of Engineers wants your comment on building new bridges across the Cape Cod Canal. GM thinks your car should emit more CO2, while folks in Chile think the trains should be cheaper. Listen in for the climate connections.

https://www.wbur.org/earthwhile/2019/10/25/with-permits-upheld-weymouth-compressor-opponents-plan-legal-challenge

“On Friday morning, the Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station said it would appeal the decision to Superior Court, arguing the permits in fact violate environmental regulations.”

https://www.nocompressor.com/news/2019/10/31/preview-our-new-documentary-film-about-health-impacts-in-the-basin

https://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20191031/more-time-allotted-for-public-comment-on-canal-bridge-study

Public comment on the study was supposed to end Nov. 1, but the Corps decided to extend it for two weeks to Nov. 15, according to a statement.

In the study, released in early October, the Corps recommended replacing the two 84-year-old bridges with new, wider spans. It recommended six-lane bridges with four through lanes and two auxiliary lanes, along with shoulders, a median and a pedestrian and bicycle lane.The goal of the study was to decide whether the Corps should continue to rehabilitate the bridges or build new ones. The agency has been holding public comment sessions on the plans both on-Cape and off.

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https://legal-planet.org/2019/10/31/toyotas-defense-of-its-choice-to-support-the-trump-administrations-auto-standards-rollback-rings-hollow/

“In fact, Toyota is the only major automaker whose US GHG emissions and fuel economy have gotten worse since 2012.

https://legal-planet.org/2019/10/31/are-you-sure-thats-what-you-want/

“If what the intervening automakers—GM, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler, and others—were looking to get out of this whole mess was a slight tweak to the existing national program, throwing in behind the administration could be a bad gamble: they’ve burned their bridges with California, and the administration’s ill-conceived rule shouldn’t inspire much confidence. “

In Chile, metro fare protests spin out of control and lead to COP25 changes.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-chile-protests/spain-likely-to-host-cop25-climate-change-summit-after-chiles-withdrawal-idUSKBN1XA26P

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-chile-protests-lithium/chile-protesters-block-access-to-lithium-operations-local-leader-idUSKBN1X42B9

“Protesters from indigenous communities around Chile’s Atacama salt flats, among the world’s richest reserves of lithium, have blocked access to lithium operations amid nationwide rallies over inequality, a local leader said on Friday.”

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-50215011

"It's really important that we use these inhalers wisely, that patients have good technique and they have their technique assessed so we can really make sure every puff counts," he said.

We skip the California fires, new flooding estimates, recognition that we need to increase electricity generation, Greta prize, Rex at a climate trial. The news rolls on.

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre

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