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America Cares About Climate Change Again

Mar 19, 2019

By Robinson Meyer

Suddenly, climate change is a high-profile national issue again.

It’s not just the Green New Deal. Around the country, the loose alliance of politicians, activists, and organizations concerned about climate change is mobilizing. They are deploying a new set of strategies aimed at changing the minds—or at least the behaviors—of a large swath of Americans, including utility managers, school principals, political donors, and rank-and-file voters.

They make a ragtag group: United by little more than common concern, they don’t agree on an ideal federal policy or even how to talk about the problem. They do not always coordinate or communicate with one another. And while their efforts are real, it remains far too early to say whether they will result in the kind of national legislative victories that have eluded the movement in the past.

But for the first time since November 8, 2016, if not far earlier, climate advocates are once again playing offense.

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9 comments on “America Cares About Climate Change Again

  • This is a real opportunity to change many aspects of political life in the USA. Yes, it is about existential threat globally but it is about many other forms of threat also…more immediate threat.

    It is the threat of not partaking sufficiently in the transformative new technologies that are seizing the initiative. GM sells more cars to China than the US. China makes three times as many electric cars as the US. In a few decades more electric cars than any other will be made and US money from GM to Musk will be settling in China.

    It is the threat of not having the institutions that can sustain the long term investments needed for the coordinated transformation for smart infrastructure nor a Government dirigiste enough (outside of military tech dirigisme) to achieve this. A Government ideologically hoist by its own petard.

    It is the internal threat of energy security and resource access when their competitors progressively close the loop and politico-economic traction in the world vanishes.

    It is in the threat of way too much nationally derived capital in the hands of too few, too rich to be loyal and globally mobile.

    This is a point of leverage capable of huge reach to the needed changes it can bring into focus. Report abuse

  • I think, Ollie, if only for the purposes of winding him up.

    There is nothing so unifying as a shared threat and its burgeoning enormity is just now seeping in at the highest levels.

    Those too scared are already bought off with dismissive, intellectual pablum.

    I want to see tendrils of smoke rising slowly and finally through the wisps of orange acrylic fibre of his wig…. Report abuse

  • phil #1

    It is the threat of not partaking sufficiently in the transformative new technologies that are seizing the initiative. GM sells more cars to China than the US. China makes three times as many electric cars as the US. In a few decades more electric cars than any other will be made and US money from GM to Musk will be settling in China.

    predictable you’d be on this  (winding me up!)

    the transformative ‘technology’ should be walking and bikes

    and public (not private) transportation

    not millions more bloody private litters/eevees which still use huge amounts of energy

    to manufacture and run causing even more climate change

    g m is a criminal fascist organization and musk is self aggrandizing elitist git

    who thinks public transportation “sucks”

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  • Q,

     

    EVs and trains are about the same fuel efficiency and both twice as efficient as standard busses. But EVs will pull ahead substantially because…

    A virtual train of powered but independent carriages/cats on public roads will be near optimal in energy use terms.  Wind resistance drops for most cars in the ad hoc chain. They are a fraction of the weight and optimally provisioned for the work they have to do unlike a real train always massively over-provisioned. Electric motors are near 98% energy efficient at the 50kW level and above. Direct drive transmissions now 95%. Rolling losses could be set to go down with explosive partial pressure release of tyres for braking allowing higher “in train” pressures and reduced losses.

    EVs are the perfect users of all the surplus nighttime wind we will generate once wind provision gets up to the direct daytime levels we need.

    Always always public transport in London.

    Its never an intentional windup, q, but non polluting and sustainable is entirely possible. Better still I’ve seen huge lifespan numbers being talked about with modular design and transport service models, based on black cab statistics.

    Hope you are keeping well.

     

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  • quarecuss says:

    who thinks public transportation “sucks”

    It seems the Chinese don’t – and could corner the market!

    https://www.supercaptech.com/the-supercapacitor-electric-bus-is-adopted-in-china
    China takes the lead in adopting the all-electric bus equipped with supercapacitors.
    The Chinese company Sunwin, a joint venture between Volvo and China’s largest automaker SAIC had already made a big publicity stunt in 2010 by providing 61 electric buses using supercapacitors to serve the World Expo 2010 of Shanghai.
    Buses with supercapacitors of Sunwin brought in their 2010 version an autonomy from 3 to 6 km. Supercapacitors are then charged on each bus stop with a pantograph (like a tram). 30 seconds are enough to charge the bus to 50% and it takes 80 seconds to charge to 100%.
    In February 2013, the city decided in favor of the electric bus equipped with both batteries and supercapacitors. The Shanghai public transportation department says so to want to acquire 200 of these new energy city buses.
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  • quarecuss says:

    and this in Shenzhen

    It’s good to see the project is progressing further, even if they are finding it more difficult in hill country and having a few problems with electric taxis.

    There is great potential for cleaning up the air in cities. Report abuse

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