Hot Off the Wire — 11/13/2020

COVID Resources

We’re Never Going Back to Normal

The question is how we’ll remake the world.

Gregg Gonsalves | The Nation

livia Grant hugs her grandmother Mary Grace Sileo. It is the first time they’d had contact of any kind since coronavirus pandemic lockdown began in February 2020. (Al Bello / Getty Images)


As we head into the winter months, it’s important to remember that the coronavirus remains highly contagious, regardless of what temperatures are outside.

‘We can’t give up.’
U.S. can still control the spread of COVID-19, experts say

U.S. public health leaders have warned in recent days that the coronavirus is spreading unchecked throughout the U.S. — and likely to become significantly worse.


Regional Actions

Enter the dynamic duo of the SAFE Cities movement and the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty (FFNPT)

Add your name to the global movement taking on fossil fuels —

Returns to Port Angeles

Fridays from Noon – 1:00

Clallam County Courthouse
223 E 4th St, Port Angeles, WA 98362

National Actions

Can you step up to help FLIP both seats in Georgia
and secure a green majority in the Senate?

Post-Trump Climate Legislation Preview 11.9.2020

With Bill McKibben, Senator Van Hollen, and Andres Jimenez

Sign the petition: There is no place for fossil fuel fans like Heidi Heitkamp and Ernest Moniz in a Joe Biden Administration

Yes! A Better Would Today

10 Executive Actions we demand on Biden’s first day in office:

  1. End fossil fuel extraction on public lands.
  2. End crude oil and gas exports.
  3. Deny permits for new fossil fuel infrastructure projects and rescind federal permits for Keystone XL.
  4. Stop fracking through EPA pollution rules.
  5. Create a Just Transition task force.
  6. Investigate and prosecute fossil fuel polluters.
  7. Direct federal agencies to assess and mitigate environmental harms in low-income areas and communities of color.
  8. End fossil fuel subsidies.
  9. Use the Clean Air Act to set a science-based national pollution cap.
  10. Ensure a just and equitable recovery from climate-related disasters.

If you support these 10 Executive Actions, add your name
and tell the incoming Biden and Harris administration to make them happen.

Local/Regional News

Upcoming Climate Alliance partner webinars

Nov. 17th – Washington Budget and Policy Center is hosting a discussion on the WA state Budget and how we ensure an equitable recovery

Nov. 17th – Transportation Choices Coalition is hosting a transit chat W/ partners; Duwamish Clean Up Coalition, Puget Sound Sage to discuss  How can road pricing advance equity?

Join advocates, community leaders, policymakers, students, and other civic-minded Washingtonians on November 17 for Budget Matters 2020 Virtual Summit

In this Transit Chat series, we will explore how transit funding is the foundation for transit equity. How are transportation projects currently funded on federal, state, and local levels?

2020 Carbon Friendly Forestry Conference 
Tuesday, November 17 – Wednesday, November 18

Register Now!

Pursuing and sustaining a Resilient Recovery

National/International News

This bipartisan group might prove key to Congressional action on climate in the next two years.

Biden won the election. Now can he save the planet? — Grist

“A Biden win is a first step to a better future,” said Ken Caldeira, a climate scientist at the Carnegie Institution, via email. “But we have a long road ahead of us.”

McDonald’s is debuting a new line of plant-based options,
The McPlant?
— Reuters

Companies say they are going net-zero. Can we trust them? — Grist

Here are 4 ways to tell whether a company’s net-zero pledge is legit.

They’ve given us a mandate for action on covid, the economy, on climate change, on systemic racism.”
President-Elect Joe Biden

Climate Change Will Make Parts of the U.S. Uninhabitable.
Americans Are Still Moving There.

Instead of moving away from areas in climate crisis, Americans are flocking to them. As land in places like Phoenix, Houston and Miami becomes less habitable, the country’s migration patterns will be forced to change.

by Lucas Waldron and Abrahm Lustgarten | Nov. 10, 2020
The Great Climate Migration — ProPublica

Lucas Waldron/ProPublica

Sizing up Trump’s legacy

“Because global emissions in 2020 are so much higher than they were 10 or 20 or 30 years ago, that means that a year wasted in the Trump administration on not acting on climate has much bigger consequences than a year wasted in Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush or Bill Clinton’s administration,” said Michael Wara. — New York Times

‘We want real action’: young activists aim to fill void on climate with Mock Cop26

Frustrated by the one year postponement of UN talks, young people have organised their own virtual conference.
— The Guardian

Mitzi Jonelle Tan, 22, from Manila, Philippines, one of the volunteers behind Mock COP26 Composite: Guardian Design Team

China signals shift from gas-powered cars by 2035

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter Published: Friday, November 6, 2020

Half of Chinese auto sales will need to come from electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids or fuel cells by 2035, according to a new report from the country’s organization of automobile experts. The remaining fossil fuel vehicles will need to be hybrids.
— ClimateWire

National Newsletters

Climate in Politics

Vox’s Ezra Klein has written on Twitter:

Climate change “is the issue that throws the Georgia runoffs into sharpest relief. If Democrats win 50 seats in the Senate, large-scale climate legislation is possible, even likely. If they don’t, it’s simply not going to happen.”


Lucille Bridges, Whose Daughter Was First to Integrate New Orleans Schools, Dies at 86
— DemocracyNow!

“So many people just standing, screaming and hollering, ‘Two, four, six, eight, we don’t want to integrate. Two, four, six, eight, just tear that [bleep] away,’ and just every kind of thing they were saying, you know? But we just got out. … And they start pitching eggs and tomatoes and everything. But they didn’t hit us, because the marshals really took care. And when we walked to the step, when we got to the step, they had city policemen, and they says, ‘You cannot come in.’ And two of the marshals said, ‘The United States, the president, said we can.’”

The Problem We All Live With — Wikipedia

1964 painting by Norman Rockwell: The Problem We All Live With

The story you haven’t heard about that viral image of Kamala Harris and Ruby Bridges — Los Angeles Times

A photo illustration of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris walking alongside the shadow of civil rights trailblazer Ruby Bridges, created by an artist working with the Sacramento-based company Good Trubble.

Sightline Institute announces a new bookBecoming A Democracy

Sightline’s Kristin Eberhard’s new book offers pathways to becoming a real democracy—ways to transform voting rights and elections to restore faith in American democracy.

Nan Bray is an oceanographer and climate scientist
who has farmed superfine merinos near Oatlands, Tasmania since 2000
Note to Yarns from the Farm readers: This is a series of articles on climate change that I’ve written for our local monthly newsletter, the
Southern Midlands Regional News.
Cheers, Nan
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