Based on 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 Gasoline Affiliation (APGA), and over $200,000 yearly in membership dues to the American Gasoline Affiliation (AGA). Each groups lobby for continued dependence on methane gas, similar to 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 embody massive vitality utilities and pipeline and fossil gasoline corporations 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 Gasoline Affiliation by way of membership dues amounting to over $20,000 yearly and that are paid by town’s municipally owned utility. Some locally stated they see this funding as a battle with Palo Alto’s bold local weather targets.

Equally, a number of environmental activists from the group 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 objective, prescribed in a new city climate plan, to cut back town’s carbon emissions to web zero by 2050.

To have a objective of being carbon impartial by 2050, whereas on the identical time paying cash to a fuel affiliation whose major objective is to maintain us hooked on fossil fuels, yeah, completely that’s a battle,” stated 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 one of the best. A nationalist, ‘though endlessly brooding on energy, victory, defeat, revenge,’ wrote Orwell, tends to be ‘tired of what occurs in the true world.’ Nationalism is relativist, because the solely reality is the resentment we really feel after we ponder others. Because the novelist Danilo Kiš put it, nationalism ‘has no common values, aesthetic or moral.’ A patriot, against this, needs the nation to stay as much as its beliefs, which implies asking us to be our greatest selves. A patriot should be involved with the true world, which is the one place the place his nation may be beloved and sustained. A patriot has common values, requirements by which he judges his nation, all the time wishing it effectively—and wishing that it will do higher.”
          ~~Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny: Twenty Classes from the Twentieth Century (2017)




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

Introducing the Republicard. First practiced underneath the file 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 few proposal that had been launched into Congress to honor Ronald Reagan by placing him on the dime coin. Other than the truth that FDR, creator of the “March of Dimes”, actually 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, probably the most applicable place to take action could be… a bank card. So I imagined what it would appear to be, 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).