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And at this moment in 1996, the late Aaliyah was atop Billboard's R&B charts with today's infectious intro tune...
2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren wants to put environmental justice — that is, addressing the disproportionate pollution burdens that the poor and communities of color often face — at the center of responding to climate change.
Why it matters: Her plan, unveiled Wednesday, arrives as Warren has reached the top of the Democratic primary field.
The big picture: Warren's proposal is consistent with the Green New Deal's emphasis on tethering steep carbon emissions cuts to racial and workforce equity concerns.
How it works: One portion would create an "equity screen" for big federal investments she's proposing for accelerating the transformation to low-carbon energy.
Other pillars of the plan include...
The intrigue: The plan says Warren's positions in other policy areas will help address environmental justice.
Protestors in Quito, Ecuador, on Oct. 8. Photo: Jonatan Rosas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
The turmoil in Ecuador is a fresh example of why fossil fuel subsidies are so persistent worldwide: There's support for phasing them out in theory, but in practice it's a different story.
Driving the news: President Lenín Moreno this week said he has temporarily moved government operations from the capital city, Quito, to the port city of Guayaquil.
Quick take: While I'm not an expert in Ecuadorian politics, it's hard not to see a connection here to protests earlier this year in France over an increase in the gasoline tax amongst other things.
Where it stands: AP reports that protestors have "seized some oil installations" as part of the wider demonstrations, and that the state oil company warned that lost production could reach 165,000 barrels per day.
Needless to say, fossil fuel consumption subsidies are hardly unique to Ecuador, as this International Energy Agency data shows.
Check out the chart above, which reflects the subsidies that different fuels have received during this decade.
Why it matters: Climate advocates say fuel subsidies are among the barriers to emissions cuts. But the trick for policymakers is to reform the programs without further burdening the poor.
Saudi Aramco is expected to publish its IPO prospectus before the end of this month, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday evening, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter.
Why it matters: It's another sign that kingdom officials are planning to proceed with an offering of shares in the state oil giant after years of delays and uncertainties.
Where it stands: It's still unclear if the IPO is definitely happening. Per WSJ, publication of the prospectus would pave the way for a "final decision soon after on whether to proceed with the float."
Three scientists received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on lightweight lithium-ion batteries on Wednesday, Axios' Rashaan Ayesh reports.
Why it matters: "Lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized our lives since they first entered the market in 1991. They have laid the foundation of a wireless, fossil fuel-free society, and are of the greatest benefit to humankind," states the award announcement.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the California power giant, said early this morning that they've begun shutting off power to almost 800,000 customers in a bid to prevent fires when strong winds arrive.
Why it matters: Via the San Francisco Chronicle, "For PG&E, the shut-offs will mark a high-stakes test of a program the now-bankrupt company developed after being implicated in two years of catastrophic infernos."
The big picture: "Utilities malfunctions have been tied to some of the state’s most destructive fires, including last year’s Camp fire, which devastated Paradise, Calif., and the 2017 wine country blazes," the Los Angeles Times notes.
This joke about the octopus comes via a tweet from BuzzFeed's deputy world news editor. But it's about a serious underlying topic.
Driving the news: It's a snapshot of the ongoing climate protests in London staged by the group Extinction Rebellion.
Go deeper: Arrest Us, Please! Extinction Rebellion’s Path to Success (NYT)