In the never-ending scramble of resources, governments around the world are turning over every stone so that demand and be satisfied. This demand is driving governments and corporations to do irreversible damage to our planet but the people that are increasingly on the front-line are indigenous populations. In the United States it was the Sioux Nation at Standing Rock who loudly opposed the Keystone XL Pipeline. In Australia aboriginal communities have protested attempts by the both the government and private companies to mine their lands for precious resources including uranium. It appears that this trend is also affecting the indigenous people of Peru and they need people to stand up to support their cause.
France has announced that by 2040 all petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned. This follows the example of Norway who also pledged to ban all fossil fuel-powered cars by 2025. France’s ban is more sweeping than Norway’s, however, as Norway’s ban made no reference to commercial vehicles like vans and lorries. The French Minister of Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs Nicolas Hulot said that “the end of the sale of petrol or vehicles between now and 2040”. This is a fantastic step forward and it shows how some countries in Europe are taking climate change seriously. Continue reading →
Coal India is the largest coal mining company in the world and produces 82% of India’s coal every single year. However due to the declining cost of solar power in India the company has announced that 37 mines are going to close on the grounds that they are “financially unviable”. This round of closures amounts to Coal India closing around 9% of the total number of mines that the company operates, and as a result will significantly reduce the amount of coal being extracted per annum. The important aspect of this development, and the growing commercial trend, is that companies are beginning to notice that fossil fuel extraction is, in many cases, more costly than investing in green technology. This needs to be promoted and celebrated as much as possible.
One of the things that the mainstream press have done is focus on Trump’s outlandish statements, particularly his empirical statements. For example at his press conference today Donald Trump said that “I guess it’s the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan”. I don’t blame the media for doing this as there is only so much time in the day, and such a statement is easy to disprove, but given the scale of the lying by Trump, I have decided to avoid these little things as much as possible. At the end of the day whether Trump’s win was the biggest ever or the smallest ever doesn’t really matter because he still won. Instead, I’m going to look beyond the stupid statements of the President, and highlight the horrible things the GOP are doing. And this starts right now.
Norway is often cited as an example of a non-Middle Eastern nation with a large part of its GDP based on oil. However it appears that the Scandinavian country is seeking to move its economy beyond black gold, starting with domestic consumption. Lawmakers from across the political spectrum have reportedly come together to ban all fossil fuel cars in a move that will set a precedent for other nations around the world. Some right-wing members of the Norwegian Parliament are have denied that a binding deal has been agreed to but the electoral arithmetic makes this proposal a distinct possibility.