They can save the world
by Tom Sullivan
Climate activist Greta Thunberg, Time magazine's 2019 Person of the Year has called on German industrial giant Siemens AG to reconsider supplying mining equipment a new Australian coal mine under development by India's Adani Power. Thunberg's demand is international news. Thunberg is 17.
Australia's government approved the coal project last year. Today Australia is burning. The fires and drought, climate scientists insist, are driven by climate change driven, in turn, by burning fossil fuels.
It seems that @SiemensDE have the power to stop, delay or at least interrupt the building of the huge Adani coal mine in Australia. On Monday they will announce their decision. Please help pushing them to make the only right decision. #StopAdani— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) January 11, 2020
"If [Siemens] is honestly committed to fighting climate change and to Fridays for Future, they will respect my decision," she told the German DPA news agency.Taking the seat herself would legally limit her ability to speak out against Siemens, she said in a statement. Neubauer is 23.
How bad can the climate crisis get if Trump wins again? https://t.co/tMRIdqcakM— Guardian Environment (@guardianeco) January 12, 2020
Trump is still working to further weaken bedrock standards. This week he proposed to allow major projects like pipelines and highways to bypass reviews of how they will contribute to global warming. The draft rule is unlikely to become final before the November election, but it is yet another reason industries weighing climate choices might delay significant action.Andrew Light, a climate negotiator in the Obama administration, told reporters Americans choosing Trump again would signal the world they don't care about the environment.
“What they have done is created confusion within the business community and the environmental world as to what are going to be the standards,” said Christine Todd Whitman, who led the Environmental Protection Agency under the Republican president George W Bush. “Essentially every regulation the agency promulgates gets a lawsuit that goes with it, almost inevitably … that’s the only good thing you can say about it.”
Then came the decisions to leave the parks open to impacts during the unfortunate government shutdown, illegally misuse entrance fees, open park trails to e-bikes, suppress climate science, kill wolf pups and bear cubs in their dens to enhance “sport hunting”, privatize campgrounds, and issue muzzle memos to park managers. With a waiver of environmental laws, bulldozers are plowing ancient cacti in national parks along the southern border in order to build a wall. Senior career park managers are likely to be replaced with unqualified political hacks.
These are not random actions. This is a systematic dismantling of a beloved institution, like pulling blocks from a Jenga tower, until it collapses. You ask, why on earth would someone want to do that to the popular National Park Service, the subject of one of Ken Burns’ acclaimed documentaries and often called “America’s best idea”?
Because if you want to drill, mine and exploit the public estate for the benefit of the industry, the last thing you want is a popular and respected agency’s voice raising alarms on behalf of conservation and historic preservation.
The great dismantling of America's national parks is under way | Jonathan B Jarvis and Destry Jarvis https://t.co/GNC4AGkIrS— The Guardian (@guardian) January 10, 2020
Pres. Trump today announced another rollback of a major environmental regulation, this time affecting infrastructure projects. https://t.co/ndLrUPFT7r— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 10, 2020