Five Stories: G20 Countries Pay Over $1000 Per Citizen In Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Here are five recommended reads for today (8/4/15)

  1. “Subsidies for fossil fuels amount to $1,000 (£640) a year for every citizen living in the G20 group of the world’s leading economies, despite the group’s pledge in 2009 to phase out support for coal, oil and gas,” reports The Guardian.
  2. “US president Barack Obama has released the final details of his ambitious Clean Power Plan, increasing his target for electricity sector emission cuts and renewable energy, just as his conservative counterparts in Australia hit the brakes on wind and solar,” says Renew Economy.
  3. “California’s investor-owned utilities and the solar industry unveiled dramatically differing visions for a new solar tariff, in filings submitted Monday with the state Public Utilities Commission,” according to The San Diego Tribune.
  4. “Major U.S. newspapers ran front page stories about devastating California wildfires alongside reports on the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly-finalized Clean Power Plan, President Obama’s flagship policy to address climate change. Yet with only one exception, these newspapers’ wildfire articles ignored the documented role that global warming has played in worsening wildfires,” reports Media Matters for America.
  5. “A powerful organization representing industrial polluters launched a misleading new television ad last week with images of pristine national parks that are, in fact, experiencing dangerous levels of air pollution caused by its own members,” says Think Progress. “The TV ad claims that the proposed regulations [by the EPA] are so strict that even America’s ‘pristine’ national parks would fail to comply.”