It’s been quite the busy 24-hour(ish) news cycle. In case your attention has been otherwise focused, we’ve wrapped up the ecoright climate tidbits you might gave missed.
Conservative Leadership Council founder and CEO Ted Halstead‘s TED talk went live. You can watch the full presentation of his talk, A climate solutions where all sides can win here or read about his signature carbon dividend plan here.
Two Republican members of the New York delegation signed onto the so-called Stefanik climate change resolution. Rep. Peter King and Rep. Dan Donovan are the latest to add support to this measure, which calls for economically viable climate solutions. The bill now has 20 cosponsors.
In remarks made at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement, President Donald Trump boasted that he’s “loosened up the strangling environmental chains wrapped around our country and our economy, chains so tight that you couldn’t do anything – that jobs were going down. We were losing business. We’re loosening it up.” (Almost made our jester of the week, but we have something better lined up for tomorrow.)
Republican governors Charlie Baker (Massachusetts) and Phil Scott (Vermont) wrote a letter to Trump asking him to keep the U.S. in the Paris climate accord. “The impacts of climate change have already been felt in our states,” Baker and Scott wrote. “These impacts threaten the people of our states and put an intense burden on our economies.” They cited that carbon pollution can be cut “in a way that creates jobs, makes our states more competitive, and makes us leaders in the clean energy economy.”
Likewise, Alaska’s Sen. Lisa Murkowski predicted “brighter lights out of the administration in terms of where they see the focus on climate initiatives,” after the U.S. signed onto a statement prepared by the Arctic Council last week reiterating the need for climate action.
Keep up the good fight, ecoright!