Corporate interests aren’t the only ones seeking a piece of the $2 trillion bailout plan working its way through Congress. Environmentalists are also eager to attach strings to the emergency aid — and drawing the ire of Republicans. Environmental groups and their allies on Capitol Hill see the federal funding as a chance to lock in climate-friendly policies such as tax credits to propel renewable energy and requirements for airlines to pare their greenhouse gas emissions.
Bloomberg 23rd March 2020 read more »
A Green Stimulus to rebuild our economy: An Open Letter and Call to Action to Members of Congress.
Medium 22nd March 2020 read more »
Boris Johnson’s agenda is over — a new politics will emerge. However, the coronavirus crisis plays out in Britain, the Boris Johnson government we thought we knew is over. Voters will not tolerate another NHS winter flu crisis with too few medical staff. One thing is clear. However the coronavirus crisis plays out in Britain, the Boris Johnson government we thought we knew is over. The rest of his premiership will be spent on this crisis and its aftermath. There will be little space for anything else. And that is assuming that he is still in place to oversee the aftermath. Some of his government’s innate Gaullism may still fit with what comes next, but other aspects of the Johnson revolution, the assault on the civil service or the BBC, the drive for lower taxation and some of the regional policy are vanishing before our eyes. Even Brexit must have a question mark over it, if not yet on whether it happens, most definitely on when. There is obviously no certainty that Mr Johnson comes through this as prime minister at all. While he has the parliamentary numbers to stay in power, there could conceivably come a point when early mistakes cost him the support of his own party and the country. If he gets through the crisis he may be broken by it and the recriminations which follow. There is no avoiding the grisly global scorecard against which he will be judged. But even if he endures, the landscape will be changed entirely. After sharing a searing national experience, the public may be newly attracted to the notion of collective effort. Might this make easier the demands that must come to tackle climate change; or might everyone be too focused on getting their lives and the economy back on their feet?
FT 23rd March 2020 read more »
The coronavirus pandemic and the slower-moving dangers of climate change parallel one another in important ways, and experts say the aggressive, if belated, response to the outbreak could hold lessons for those urging climate action. And while the dip in greenhouse gas emissions caused by the sharp drop in travel and other economic activity is likely to rebound once the pandemic passes, some carbon footprint-shrinking changes that the spread of COVID-19 is prompting could prove more lasting.
Yale Environment 360 23rd March 2020 read more »