The main purpose of this ongoing blog will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials).😉
Main Topic: It’s About Time…Climate Financial Regulation Is Coming Under Biden
Dear Diary. Former President Barak Obama said before he was inaugurated in 2009 that change was coming to America. Indeed he and a democratic Congress managed to avoid a depression and reform U.S. healthcare before further actions were stymied after Republicans took back control of the House of Representatives, led by the new Tea Party faction of the party in 2010. Indeed, change is always coming to America, but conservative factions keep slowing it up. Were it not for the Tea Party we would have many climate reforms already, including a carbon tax that was nearly passed but batted down by Congress after the fateful midterm election of 2010.
Fast forward ten more years and Obama’s Vice President is poised to make more climate reforms that are way overdue by at least thirty-fourty years when we saw, with much assurance from climate scientists, that fossil fuels were detrimental to our environment during the Reagan Administration. It’s time to hit fossil fuel companies in the wallet so that there will be great incentive for Obama’s change.
As always, there will be a conservative faction in the U.S. trying to stop any of President Biden’s reforms. It will be interesting to see how a combination of Tea Party types and Trump supporters gum up governmental works during Biden’s first administration. Could they seal our climate doom or will science and reason prevail? We will see.
Inside Climate News has written a great piece on climate financial regulation that Wall Street thinks is coming down the old proverbial pipeline. This is your reading assignment for this weekend.
(Just click on the following tweet to read the piece.):
Here is more climate and weather news from Saturday:
(As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line. Items will be archived on this site for posterity. In most instances click on the pictures of each tweet to see each article. The most noteworthy items will be listed first.)
Now here are some of today’s articles and notes on the horrid COVID-19 pandemic:
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Guy Walton “The Climate Guy”