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Take the Train: France Moves to Ban Short-Haul Domestic Flights

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. The French National Assembly voted to ban short-haul domestic flights on routes where the train journey takes less than two and a half hours. Connecting services are not affected. Reuters reported: The measure is part of a broader climate bill that aims to cut French carbon emissions by 40% in 2030 from 1990 levels, though activists accuse President...

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Experts Lay Out Their Case Against Carbon Pricing

Yves here. This article takes a look at how little progress is being made against climate/carbon emission targets and recommends more aggressive government action. Presumably the book it’s summarizing, Making Climate Policy Work. However, it sets up a straw man by equating carbon pricing with cap and trade and carbon offsets. We’ve called out those approaches starting with the early days of this website, in 2007, as gimmicks that enrich intermediaries, are rife with fraud, fail to change...

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Lessons from the First New Deal for the Next One

Yves here. While this article has a lot to recommend it, I have to voice some reservations. The first is that it jumps on the “Biden as FDR” bandwagon, which Lambert debunked yesterday. The second is the New Deal brand expropriation by Green New Deal advocates. As we’ve stressed repeatedly, the Green New Deal proponents will not acknowledge, let alone promote, far and aways the most important and urgent measures we can take to combat climate change: radical conservation. They aren’t even...

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Italy Bans Cruise Ships from Entering Venice’s Historic Center

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Italian ministers last week approved a ban on cruise ships entering Venice’s Giudecca Canal This measure was enacted in response to a request from UNESCO, and also applies to large container ships, according to the BBC. Coronavirus has for the moment called a halt to most global cruise ship traffic. But that can be expected to start again once the...

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Life in a Remote Alaskan Community on the Front Line of Climate Change

By Connor Dunleavy,Yale Climate Connections. Originally published at Yale Climate Connections. WHITTIER, ALASKA – The world’s high-latitude regions experience climate change at a rate twice as fast as the rest of the world. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Prince Williams Sound in South Central Alaska. This shelter body of water off the North Pacific is home to some of the tallest coastal mountains in the world and dominated by glaciers and icefields. But with the extreme warming and...

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Will Clean Energy Kickstart A New Resource War?

Yves here. This post on how the transition to green energy will upend geopolitical relations is far too short to do more than pose a few questions. But those questions are worth considering and I hope the commentariat will add some more meat. By Haley Zaremba, a writer and journalist based in Mexico City with extensive experience writing and editing environmental features, travel pieces, local news in the Bay Area. Originally published at OilPrice Before a United States-owned oil well...

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Meet the “New Koch Brothers” – the Hedge Fund Activists Wrecking America’s Green New Deal

By Lynn Parramore. Originally published at the Institute for New Economic Thinking website Think the government should do more to deal with climate change? You’re not alone – so do most Americans, according to a 2020 Pew poll. With Biden in the White House and Democrats controlling Congress, plans to get moving on some form of a Green New Deal could finally emerge. The Texas blackout heightened the sense of urgency, and everybody’s talking about upgrading the power grid, renewable energy,...

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Woodlands and Wetlands Could be Worth More When Left to Nature Than When Farmed

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. University of Cambridge scientists, with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds,  this week released a study – the largest to date of its kind – suggesting that the idea that economic development, in the form of farming, logging  or other resource extraction – necessarily produces more value than leaving wetland and woodland ecosystems intact...

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Waste Watch: Europeans Get Right to Repair for Some Consumer Electrical Goods, While John Deere Reneges on Promise to U.S. Farmers to Make Diagnostic Software Freely Available

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. New right to repair rules for some consumer electrical goods, including hairdryers, refrigerators, television displays, and washing machines, came into effect in the 27-nation EU on Monday, mandating that products be repairable for ten years. Tech Republic reported that the the European Parliament voted to approve the policy in November 2020. Each...

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The Oil Industry Is Ready To Fight President Biden In Court

Yves here. It appears that the Biden Administration, even in taking what would seem to be a modest step, curtailing new energy leases on Federal lands, is trying to do some things via executive authority that actually require legislation. By Julianne Geiger, a veteran editor, writer and researcher for Oilprice.com. Originally published at OilPrice Reeling from the effects of the pandemic, the oil industry is in no mood to fool around. When newly inaugurated President Joe Biden canceled the...

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