A plan by McCarthur grant winner Saul Griffith details how to electrify the US economy and eliminate 70 to 80 percent of US carbon emissions by 2035 using existing renewable energy technology.

It’s all here: The technology, the need for economic stimulus, the public approval. What are we waiting for!?

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How to drive fossil fuels out of the US economy, quickly

By David Roberts, Vox, August 6, 2020

  • McCarthur “genius” grant winner Saul Griffith unveiled a plan to rapidly decarbonize the US economy by 2035 while creating quality, long lasting green jobs. The plan will be featured in detail in the book Electrify Everything.
  • From the article:In a nutshell, he has shown that it’s possible to eliminate 70 percent to 80 percent of US carbon emissions by 2035 through rapid deployment of existing electrification technologies, with little-to-no carbon capture and sequestration. Doing so would slash US energy demand by around half, save consumers money, and keep the country on a 1.5° pathway without requiring particular behavior changes.”
  • That plan would create around 25 million new jobs; drastically improve air quality and, by extension, public health; and reduce the average US heating energy costs by up to $2,000 per year.

Why does it matter: It’s all here. Griffith’s road map is ambitious, but it creates a better future AND a better present for Americans.

On Climate, Kamala Harris Has a Record and Profile for Action

By Marianne Lavelle, Inside Climate News, August 12, 2020

  • Joe Biden’s chose California senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. In her time as California’s Attorney General, Harris fought for environmental justice and holding fossil fuel companies accountable.
  • Her track record includes suing Southern California Gas Co. for an underground methane leak; investigating ExxonMobil for misleading the public about the climate impacts of fossil fuels; and “opposing Chevron’s proposed refinery expansion in Richmond, a majority Black and Hispanic city that has waged a long battle against pollution at the Chevron site.”
  • From the article: “A true environmental champion,” said Tiernan Sittenfeld, vice president of government affairs for the League of Conservation Voters, noting that Harris has had a 91 percent pro-environmental lifetime voting record on the LCV scorecard (that’s better than Biden’s lifetime score of 83 percent). “Senator Harris has been a long-time champion for climate action and environmental justice….We know she will continue the fight for a more just solution to the climate crisis.”

Why does it matter: Choosing a staunchly pro-environment VP seemingly puts climate in the forefront of Biden’s campaign.

Thousands of baby turtles released into sea off Bali

From Rueters published in The Guardian, August 8, 2020

  • Conservationists and volunteers released 10,000+ baby turtles from the Indonesian island of Bali. The release was part of an effort to increase the population of the vulnerable species.
  • The Olive Ridley turtles have fewer places to nest on Bali’s beaches. However, conservation efforts have been successful in hatching and protecting more turtles.
  • Authorities also released 25 adult turtles that we rescued from illegal traffickers during a raid in July.

Why does it matter? Humans put these turtles in a vulnerable place and it’s up to use to help them through it!

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Feature photo by Nicholas Doherty on Unsplash.