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“Natural Gas Guru Who Corrected the CIA Says Russia and U.S. Pick the Wrong Fight”

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The scientist who built the most prominent Cold War energy advisory said the U.S. and Russia should set aside their fight over natural gas markets and focus on slashing fossil fuel pollution more quickly.

Nebojsa Nakicenovic helped set the stage for the global gas boom five decades ago as part of an elite scientific team that fixed Central Intelligence Agency estimates “that were all wrong.” He combined the CIA’s views with secret Soviet data to provide the first full picture of the Earth’s plentiful methane reserves. But the window to tap those deposits is already almost closed, he said.You’v

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“Americans Will Pay Billions More For Climate Change, and That’s the Best Case”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-23/americans-will-pay-billions-more-for-climate-change-and-that-s-the-best-case?srnd=premium-europe

A grim U.S. government assessment of global warming’s economic impacts gives a whole new meaning to Black Friday.

“As Seas Rise, Americans Use Nature to Fight Worsening Erosion”

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Rising costs from flooding and erosion are prompting Americans, military bases and government agencies to opt for more natural alternatives. State and federal governments are changing permitting rules and taking other steps to encourage the switch, which can improve water quality, support fisheries and protect against storms and rising seas.

“Google and Facebook Join Cities in Challenging Trump on Climate”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-05/google-and-facebook-join-cities-in-challenging-trump-on-climate

Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Microsoft Corp. and Facebook Inc. are among dozens of companies that pledged their support for policies combating climate change following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord.

“Americans Tilt Toward Protecting Environment, Alternative Fuels”

Americans' Views on Energy Trade-Offs

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Given a choice, the majority of Americans think protecting the environment should take precedence over developing more energy supplies, even at the risk of limiting the amount of traditional supplies the U.S. produces. An even larger majority would prioritize developing alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power over the production of oil, gas and coal. Although these have been Americans’ preferences for some time, support in the past two years has been at record highs.

“Global Warming Concern at Three-Decade High in US”

American concern about global warming and climate change

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Record percentages of Americans are concerned about global warming, believe it is occurring, consider it a serious threat and say it is caused by human activity. All of these perceptions are up significantly from 2015.

“Combined Wind and Solar Reach 7.2% of Total US Electricity in 1H 2016”

Share of US Electricity Generation in 1H 2016 by Source

http://gregor.us/coal/combined-wind-and-solar-reach-7-2-of-total-us-electricity-in-1h-2016/

The transition to renewables, wind and solar power in particular, has typically run ahead of expectations this decade and fresh data from the United States illustrates this phenomenon nicely. In the first half of this year, combined wind and solar provided 140.97 TWh of the 1959.20 TWh generated in the country.

“U.S.-China Climate Agreement Won’t Slow Warming Enough, World Bank Says”

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-23/u-s-china-climate-agreement-won-t-slow-warming-world-bank-says.html

An agreement between the U.S. and China to curb greenhouse-gas emissions won’t slow global warming enough to prevent extreme weather that damages crops,World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said.

Issues Close to Home

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http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/07/more-chinese-than-europeans-identify-themselves-as-environmentalists?CMP=EMCENVEML1631

More Chinese than Europeans identify themselves as environmentalists

Survey finds Chinese environmentalists more socially conservative than liberal American and European counterparts

China’s massive pollution problems have given rise to a new force of environmental campaigners, with double the number of Chinese identifying themselves as environmentalists compared to Europe and the US, new research finds.

In Europe, financial crisis has knocked environmental policy down the political agenda and populist movements see environmentalism as a hobby of European elites.

Meanwhile in the United States, the 11 September attacks of 2001 pushed energy security to the top of the political agenda.

But in China, the world’s biggest polluter, some 64% of Chinese identify themselves as environmentalists, more than double that of Europe and the US, a report published on Wednesday by Dutch research agency Motivaction finds.

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People are more concerned with issues that directly affect their livelihoods.