A Clean Country – One State at a Time
This week we have yet another sign of hope and change, this time from the USA. Number 1 in the Top 5 Happy Eco News stories is another indicator of positive action by the people. Despite the US federal government dragging its feet on climate change action, or in some cases trying to roll back environmental protections, the states have been listening. Several US states and other smaller jurisdictions have been signing laws to adopt 100% clean energy generation by 2050 or sooner.
Have they gone rogue? Are they foolish for spending public money on an intangible concept like climate change? No, in fact it appears that the governors that have supported and signed these bills are just more in touch with their constituents than at the federal level. A full 95% of Democrats and 71 percent of Republicans support the goal of 100% clean or renewable energy by 2050. This bipartisan support is significant, because the states are leading campaigns with climate and are winning. Many of the lawmakers at the state level won their seats in the 2018 election and of these, a large number campaigned on a platform that included climate change as an important issue.
This begs the bigger question; what are the federal level politicians going to do in 2020? Considering that science generally accepts the fact that we need to make significant changes immediately to simply avoid a runaway climate change scenario, it is confounding to hear smart people in serious power espousing weak and uneducated positions on the topic. No, they aren’t stupid, just short-sighted. They are not leading with the power of conviction. They are just more concerned with how they do in the next election, not the legacy they will leave.
Will federal Democrats waffle and put forward a “safe” nominee that panders to the traditional money, or will they come forward with a nominee that embraces a serious and concerted effort to make the changes required? Will the Republican Party wake up and realize that the old ways are already gone and the people are starting to demand accountability?
I hope so, but to be honest, I’m not holding my breath; as indicated in the top story this week, I think the change will come from a grass roots movement at civic and state levels, and we are already seeing it happen.
In other top happy eco news stories, the most effective ways to curb climate change might surprise you, the local railways will be repurposing heat from underground systems to heat homes in London, a car park turned urban farm has grown 300kg of produce for people in need, and even pornographers understand the public’s desire for action (on pollution): PornHub launches their Dirtiest Porn Ever campaign to clean up the world’s oceans.