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    • I love reading about some positive steps coming to help the environment. Lots of great info in this article.

      Consider the progress made by the world’s top four emitters of greenhouse gases. Last year, solar and wind represented 88 percent of the new electricity capacity installed in the 28 nations of the European Union, 65 percent in India, 53 percent in China and 49 percent in the United States.

      The fastest growing occupation in the USA is solar installer and the second is wind turbine service technician. Wow.

      Globally, close to 200 of the world’s largest companies have announced commitments to use 100 percent renewable energy, and several have already reached that goal. A growing number of cities, states and provinces have pledged to do the same.

      Good read for anyone wanting some good news about the environment.

    • Really good article! It’s nice to read something on climate crisis that is optimistic, even if it’s cautiously optimistic. The attitudes of younger generations (35 and under) is shifting in a positive way when it comes to climate. The issue is older generations that are still firmly committed to fossil fuels and in denial of the effects they have on the planet. I don’t doubt that we’ll all eventually get on board to curb our carbon emissions and be much more ecofriendly, but the million dollar question, as Gore points out, is will it be too late once we will? I sure hope not. 

    • I’m sorry to rain on anyone’s parade, but that article is from September 20. Today, despite Greta Thunberg leading mass demonstrations in the interim, the US began the formal steps to become the only country in the world to withdraw from the paris accord.

      My state is being sued and threatened by the federal government for our climate efforts. And regulations on coal waste are being rolled back.

    • And regulations on coal waste are being rolled back.

      This is true @Chris , but the global economy is driving coal producers like Murray Energy out of business. They filed for bankruptcy last week in part because of “the recent trade war driving Russia to increase exports, as well as depressed demand for U.S. coal from international utilities.” (WSJ)

      In May, the UK set a record by going an entire week without coal: “The country is now in the longest stretch for energy production without coal since the days of the Industrial Revolution in 1882.” (UK).

      And building a new coal plant is the least profitable option for energy companies:

      Despite the tariffs on Chinese solar panels imposed by the Trump administration, the price of solar power continues to drop, the report found.

      “Not only is it now just as cost effective to build a new solar plant as it is to build a new gas plant,” Gallagher said, “but it's often more cost effective to build a new solar plant than it is to keep running an existing coal power plant or gas plant.” (KUT)

    • Thank you for the reference to the Wall Street Journal article. Some of the quotes were very revealing.

      Mr. Murray has been a generous political donor to President Trump and hosted a fundraiser for the president in West Virginia in July. After Mr. Trump took office in 2017, Mr. Murray drew up an “action plan” for the White House that pushed for eliminating a tax credit for windmills and solar panels, repealing President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, withdrawing from the Paris climate accord and cutting staff at the Environmental Protection Agency by at least half.

      This is a sad paragraph:

      At the end of last year, those li­a­bil­i­ties in­cluded $1.9 bil­lion of un­funded re­tire­ment ben­e­fits and $152.5 mil­lion of oblig­a­tions for work­ers’ com­pen­sa-tion and health ben­e­fits re­lated to pneu­mo­co­nio­sis, ac­cord­ing to a fi­nan­cial re­port re­viewed by The Wall Street Jour­nal. Pneu­mo­co­nio­sis, also known as black lung, is a con­di­tion com­monly de­vel­oped by coal min­ers.