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800 Earth Scientists, Energy Experts Address the President-elect on Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Climate Change
Date: 2016-12-09
800 Earth Scientists, Energy Experts Address the President-elect on Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Asides) "We, the undersigned, (more than 800 prominent scientists and energy experts) urge you to take immediate and sustained action against human-caused climate change. We write as concerned individuals, united in recognizing that the science is unequivocal and America must respond.

"Climate change threatens America's economy, national security, and public health and safety.. Some communities are already experiencing its impacts, with low-income and minority groups disproportionately affected.

"At this crucial juncture in human history, countries look to the United States to pick up the mantle of leadership: to take steps to strengthen, not weaken, this nation's efforts to tackle this crisis. With the eyes of the world upon us, and amidst uncertainty and concern about how your administration will address this issue, we ask that you begin by taking the following steps upon taking office:

  • Make America a clean energy leader. The vast majority of Americans -- whether Republican, Democrat, or Independent -- support renewable energy research and deployment5. Embrace the enormous economic opportunities of transitioning to an energy efficient, low-carbon society. Use part of your $1 trillion commitment to infrastructure development to expand democratized clean energy, boost U.S. competitiveness, and put America to work. Since 2008, the cleantech industry has created one out of every 33 jobs in the United States. 'Wind technician' is the fastest growing job category in America, and the solar industry has hired more veterans than any other sector.

  • Reduce carbon pollution and America's dependence on fossil fuels. The majority of Americans are in favor of this. Assure them that the policies helping to cut greenhouse gas emissions, curb air and water pollution, and accelerate clean energy growth, innovation, and jobs such as the Clean Power Plan, renewable energy tax credits, and auto-efficiency standards will stay in place. Continued funding and flexibility of federal agencies to address climate change, including the EPA, the DOE, and NASA are key to achieving these goals.

  • Enhance America's climate preparedness and resilience. In the past 5 years alone, storms, floods, droughts, and wildfires caused over $250 billion in damages. As climate change continues to increase the frequency and severity of these extreme events, so too grows the burden on all taxpayers to pay for disaster relief and recovery. Help protect and strengthen America's communities, economy, and natural resources by investing in modern, climate-resilient energy, transport, building, and water infrastructure.

  • Publicly acknowledge that climate change is a real, human-caused, and urgent threat. If not, you will become the only government leader in the world to deny climate science. Your position will be at odds with virtually all climate scientists, most economists, military experts, fossil fuel companies and other business leaders, and the two-thirds of Americans worried about this issue.

  • Protect scientific integrity in policymaking. During your campaign, you said that your 'administration will ensure that there will be [scientific] transparency and accountability without political bias.' Uphold these standards by appointing scientific advisors, Cabinet members, and federal agency leaders who respect and rely on science based decision making. This would exclude many of your Cabinet and transition team appointees to date, who deny the scientific realities of human-caused climate change.

  • Uphold America's commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. Reneging from this treaty -- the product of 25 years of negotiations between almost every country on Earth -- would undermine our best chance to avoid dangerous climate change. It would also poorly represent the American people, the majority of whom support US participation in the Paris Agreement19. The United States will lose its seat of influence at the international negotiating table and will cede to China, the EU, and other countries its authority as a political, technological, and moral leader.
  • "You have the support of the majority of companies, military leaders, scientists, engineers, and citizens to respond to the threats posed by climate change by reducing carbon pollution and expanding clean energy. Many of America's largest cities and states are already committed to doing so.. We urge you to decide if you want your Presidency to be defined by denial and disaster, or acceptance and action." Sincerely, (signed by more than 800 prominent scientists)

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    Notable Quote

    Date: 2016-11-16
    "It would be a tragedy for the United States and the people of the United States if the US becomes a kind of rogue country, the only country in the world that is somehow not going to go ahead with the Paris Agreement."

    "I don't think that the process (Paris agreement) itself will be affected (if) one country (U.S.), however big and important that country is, decides not to go ahead." -- Mrs. Mary Robinson, President of Ireland 1990 -- 1997, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1997-- 2002

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    South Africa Explores Proposes Carbon Tax Impact (Int'l Report)
    Carbon Tax South Africa
    Date: 2016-11-14
    South Africa's proposed carbon tax could have a "significant impact in reducing the country's emissions but only modest consequences for growth," according to a study from the country's National Treasury. The study -- Modeling the Impact on South Africa's Economy of Introducing a Carbon Tax -- was completed under the Partnership for Market Readiness initiative administered by the World Bank.

    The study asserts that the carbon tax would promote a structural change in the electricity sector by raising the competitiveness of low- or zero-emission generation sources. The study also found that a carbon tax would cut emissions by almost 15 pct by 2025 and as much as 33 pct by 2035 compared with business-as-usual. It also claims the vast majority of sectors would be largely unaffected by the introduction of the tax. It also predicts declines in output in the petroleum refining, other manufacturing, coke production and the electricity supply sectors.

    South Africa's commitment under the Paris Climate Agreement is for its emissions to peak in 2020 to 2025, plateau for a ten-year period from 2025 to 2035, before declining. (Source: AllAfrica, Mining weekly, Various Others, Nov., 2017)

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    China Upping Coal-fired Power Plant Capacity by 20 pct (Int'l)
    China National Energy Administration
    Date: 2016-11-14
    The Wall Street Journal reports that China's National Energy Administration in Beijing will increase the country's coal power capacity by one-fifth by 2020 in an effort to increase China's coal-fired electricity capacity 200-gigawatt over the next four years. Coal would generate 55 pct of the country's electricity by 2020, according to an agency statement. It also plans to increase non-fossil fuel power production from 12 to 15 pct over the same 4 year period.

    Under the Paris Climate Agreement, China committed to cap its CO2 emissions by 2030, increase its renewable energy share to 20 pct of the market and reduce its ratio of carbon emissions-to-gdp. (Source: China's National Energy Administration, The Hill, WSJ, Others, Nov., 2016) Contact: China National Energy Administration ,,

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    Notable Quote
    Climate Change
    Date: 2016-11-04
    "If they (Donald Trump) resist this trend, I don't think they'll win the support of their people, and their country's economic and social progress will also be affected. I believe a wise political leader should take policy stances that conform with global trends." -- Chinese climate change negotiator Xie Zhenhua, commenting on U.S. Presidential hopefull Donald Trump's threat to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Agreement, 1 Nov, 2106. Contact: Donald Trump,,, (212) 832-2000,

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    India Inks COP21 Paris Climate Agreement (Int'l. Report)
    Paris Climate Agreement,India
    Date: 2016-10-05
    India, the world's fourth-largest carbon emitter with its population of 1.3 billion people, has become the 62nd nation to ratify the Paris agreement on climate change. India accounts for 6 pct of the global CO2 emissions following China, which accounts for 28 pct, the US for 16 pct and the 28 nation European Union trading bloc at 10 pct.

    As part of the initial commitments to the agreement, India plans to slash its carbon emission intensity -- emission per unit of GDP -- by 33-35 pct from 2005 levels over 15 years. The country also plans to generate 40 pct of its installed electricity capacity from non-fossil fuels by 2030. To achieve that goal, India will have to shift from coal-based power generation to renewable energy sources.

    The Paris Climate Agreement comes into force on the 30th day after the date on which at least 55 countries accounting in total for at least an estimated 55 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions ratify it. (Source: Hindustan Times, Various Media, 4 Sept., 2016)

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    Neste Co-Chairing EU Advanced Aviation Biofuels Initiative (Int'l)
    Date: 2016-09-30
    Neste reports that its Head of Aviation Regulation, Henrik Erametsa, has been appointed Co-Chair of the EU European Advanced Biofuels Flightpath Initiative. In the initiative, Neste will represent the biofuels industry and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will speak for the air carriers. Other biofuel participants include Biochemtex, Honeywell UOP, Swedish Biofuels, and Total.

    The initiative, which was launched in 2011, supports the goals of the COP21 Paris Climate Agreement and the EU targets set for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the production, distribution, storage and use of sustain ably produced and technically certified aviation biofuels. (Source: Neste, Hydrocarbon Processing, 27 Sept., 2016)Contact: Neste, Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP of Renewable Products, Virpi Kroger, Marketing & Sales Development, Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4379,,; EU European Advanced Biofuels Flightpath Initiative,

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