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Over the last nine months, calls to address climate change have become a powerful new social movement.
Driving the news: Climate change has traditionally not spawned intense, organized and continued protest. That’s been gradually changing, and since November with the rise of the Green New Deal, youth activism and civil resistance protests, the movement has hardened into a force to reckon with.
Where it stands: Unlike earlier climate-related protests, such as the rallies against the Keystone XL pipeline, activists organizing today are more global, persistent and sweeping in nature. The emergence of young people, worried about an increasingly unstable world they’re growing up in, adds a clear constituency that was previously lacking.
Environmental and grassroots groups are planning a series of what they’re describing as the largest-ever climate protests this fall.
Why it matters: Influential leaders outside this social movement, from oil executives to country officials, are noticing. Elliot Diringer, a veteran of global climate talks, said the protests are a hot topic when he meets with negotiators from various countries.
What they’re saying: Groups involved, including the youth-led Sunrise Movement, Youth Climate Strike and Extinction Rebellion, all have similar demands that are light on policy but sweeping and urgent in nature. At the center is getting off oil, natural gas and coal while prioritizing broader social justice concerns.
“It’s not our job as high schoolers to come up with solutions to climate change,” said 16-year-old Sophie Anderson, national coordinator for the Extinction Rebellion Youth U.S. “We’re not the ones with the answers. We just want people to take action.”
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Business: This week brings the heart of Big Oil's earnings season. BP reports Q2 results tomorrow, followed by Shell on Thursday, and both Exxon and Chevron on Friday.
Politics: Tuesday and Wednesday night bring the next 2 Democratic primary debates in Detroit, Michigan.
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Speaking of the White House race, this morning Jay Inslee released his plan for "Environmental & Economic Justice in an Inclusive Clean Energy Economy."
Why it matters: It's aimed at responding to the disproportionate effects of global warming and pollution on poor communities and people of color. Pillars include...
Federal approval for a large wind farm off the Massachusetts coast is being held up by "infighting" among agencies, Reuters reports.
Why it matters: The problems come as U.S. offshore wind, which has been very slow to get moving, finally appears poised to become a major industry as deep-pocketed developers plan large projects off several states.
But, but, but: Per Reuters, the first of these big projects — called Vineyard Wind — is facing delays because the National Marine Fisheries Service hasn't yet reached an agreement with the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
The big picture: "How the problem is resolved will shape the regulatory blueprint for a growing list of offshore wind developers seeking to tap in to rising U.S. demand for renewable energy, but who face objections from fishermen worried the turbines will affect commercial species or make fishing more difficult," their story states.
Electric cars: Tesla CEO Elon Musk said over the weekend that the company could unveil its electric pickup truck in "maybe 2 to 3 months."
Oil: CNN reports that Chile's Navy has been been dispatched to address a spill of 40,000 liters of diesel fuel off the country's southern coast.
Climate: Via Climate Home News, "The world’s largest development bank is mulling a ban on financing fossil fuel projects, in a move hailed by climate campaigners."
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