In today’s edition, Elon Musk leads the charge against the fossil fuel industry. Also, learn how to talk about climate change so people will act. And finally, an interesting piece of news: a majority of Trump voters believe in climate change. 

Quote of the day

“The fundamental issue with fossil fuels is that every use comes with a subsidy. Every gasoline car on the road has a subsidy, and the right way to address that is with a carbon tax.” 

Tesla’s chief executive Elon Musk, in the Guardian’s story Elon Musk: ‘We need a revolt against the fossil fuel industry’ 

Lead stories

Norway: environmental hero or hypocrite? 
By Richard Milne – Financial Times
With killer whales swimming in the pristine fjord and sea eagles soaring above it, the scene offers a postcard-perfect image of Norway.

Elon Musk: ‘We need a revolt against the fossil fuel industry’ 
By Matt Mace –  (part of the Guardian Environment Network)  
Tesla’s chief executive Elon Musk has accused politicians of bowing to the “unrelenting and enormous” lobbying power of the fossil fuel industry, warning that a global “revolt” may be needed to accelerate the transition to more sustainable energy and transport systems. 

At climate summit in Washington, UN officials call to take action ‘to the next level’ 
UN News Center 
Recalling that just two weeks ago, 175 countries came to the United Nations to sign the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said it is time to take climate action to the next level.

How to talk about climate change so people will act 
Science Daily 
Framing the issue of climate change collectively is more effective than emphasis on personal responsibility, finds a new study. 

Skepticism about climate change may be linked to concerns about economy 
American Psychological Association
Americans may be more likely to accept the scientific evidence of human-caused climate change and its potentially devastating effects if they believe the economy is strong and stable, according to new research.

Majority of Trump Voters Believe in Climate Change 
Climate Nexus
Despite the presidential candidate’s history of climate change denial, a majority of Donald Trump voters actually believe global warming is real and man-made.


Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2016 
Climate Action Reserve 
May 4-6, 2016 
San Diego, California   

Global Carbon Market Fair and Conference 
May 25-27, 2016 

Cleantech Innovate Scotland 
June 9, 2016  


Survey: Texans Support a Statewide “Clean Energy” Plan  
By Jim Malewitz – The Texas Tribune  
When it blocked President’s Obama’s Clean Power Plan, the U.S. Supreme Court let Texas off the hook — at least for now — on developing a plan to boost its use of cleaner-burning energy.

Exxon launches carbon capture scheme 
By Ed Crooks – Financial Times  
ExxonMobil is launching a research programme into a potentially revolutionary technology for capturing carbon dioxide emissions, offering a way to continue using fossil fuels while addressing the threat of climate change.

Natural gas / coal

Annals of the ‘Methane Age’: Gas from Fracked Wells No Longer ‘Unconventional’  
By Andrew C. Revkin – The New York Times
The Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration has posted a short update on trends in natural gas production in the United States that’s worth noting simply because it illustrates the profound nature of the energy transitions that are being propelled by the exploitation of shale deposits using hydraulic fracturing, known best as fracking, along with horizontal drilling. 


Plans for coal-fired power in Asia are ‘disaster for planet’ warns World Bank 
By Suzanne Goldenberg – The Guardian
Plans to build more coal-fired power plants in Asia would be a “disaster for the planet” and overwhelm the deal forged at Paris to fight climate change, the president of the World Bank said on Thursday. 

Republican states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy 
By Michael Biesecker – The Associated Press 
Wind turbines and solar panels accounted for more than two-thirds of all new electric generation capacity added to the nation’s grid in 2015, according to a recent analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy.


Rivers Can Resist Floods from Climate Change 
By Josh Fischman – Scientific American 
Large storms with lots of rain, which are prominent in future climate predictions, have the potential to flood rivers and change the landscape. 

Obama’s Flint visit boosted morale – but it doesn’t make the water safe to drink 
By Oliver Milman – The Guardian
Four months after he declared a state of emergency in Flint over its toxic water crisis, Barack Obama’s first visit to the Michigan city was as much about repudiating the philosophy of shrunken, hands-off government as it was about the lead-laced liquid that residents still have to drink and bathe in.

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