In line with data obtained by the watchdog Climate Investigations Center and shared with DeSmog, CPS Vitality pays over $50,000 in annual membership charges to the American Public Fuel Affiliation (APGA), and over $200,000 yearly in membership dues to the American Fuel Affiliation (AGA). Each groups lobby for continued dependence on methane gas, resembling direct use of fuel in buildings for issues like heating and cooking, and oppose efforts to slash emissions by electrifying sectors like buildings and transportation. Their members and sponsors embrace massive vitality utilities and pipeline and fossil gasoline firms like Duke Vitality, Enbridge, TransCanada, and BP.

As DeSmog beforehand reported on this “Unplugged” series, the California metropolis of Palo Alto can also be serving to to fund the American Public Fuel Affiliation through membership dues amounting to over $20,000 yearly and that are paid by town’s municipally owned utility. Some in the neighborhood mentioned they see this funding as a battle with Palo Alto’s bold local weather objectives.

Equally, a number of environmental activists from the neighborhood in San Antonio advised DeSmog that their municipal utility’s funding and assist for the methane fuel foyer doesn’t appear to sq. with San Antonio’s purpose, prescribed in a new city climate plan, to scale back town’s carbon emissions to internet zero by 2050.

To have a purpose of being carbon impartial by 2050, whereas on the identical time paying cash to a fuel affiliation whose major purpose is to maintain us hooked on fossil fuels, yeah, completely that’s a battle,” mentioned DeeDee Belmares, a San Antonio resident and local weather justice organizer with the nonprofit group Public Citizen.  […]




“The president is a nationalist, which isn’t in any respect the identical factor as a patriot. A nationalist encourages us to be our worst, after which tells us that we’re the very best. A nationalist, ‘though endlessly brooding on energy, victory, defeat, revenge,’ wrote Orwell, tends to be ‘bored with what occurs in the true world.’ Nationalism is relativist, for the reason that solely reality is the resentment we really feel once we ponder others. Because the novelist Danilo Kiš put it, nationalism ‘has no common values, aesthetic or moral.’ A patriot, in contrast, desires the nation to reside as much as its beliefs, which suggests asking us to be our greatest selves. A patriot have to be involved with the true world, which is the one place the place his nation might be liked and sustained. A patriot has common values, requirements by which he judges his nation, at all times wishing it effectively—and wishing that it will do higher.”
          ~~Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny: Twenty Classes from the Twentieth Century (2017)




At Every day Kos on this date in 2003—Republicard: spend like there’s no tomorrow:

Introducing the Republicard. First practiced underneath the report deficit-spending of the Reagan-Bush administrations, and now re-issued underneath the fiscal wreckage of George Bush with a trifeca of Republican-rule to once more spend like theres no tomorrow. Miles, the creator of the cardboard:

Final week I used to be listening to a couple of proposal that had been launched into Congress to honor Ronald Reagan by placing him on the dime coin. Apart from the truth that FDR, creator of the “March of Dimes”, definitely deserves to remain on that coin (and Nancy Reagan agrees)… it occurred to me that if somebody had been to honor George W. Bush, given his monumental deficits, essentially the most applicable place to take action can be… a bank card. So I imagined what it would appear like, and got here up with the RepubliCard: (This concept concurrently occurred to political cartoonist Tom Toles who had a cartoon on this theme seem the very subsequent day).