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New developments in climate science and the transition to clean energy.

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Latest news along with blogs by PCAP’s Bill Becker and other prominent commentators.

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Other groups working on climate change and the clean energy transition, regardless of political affiliations, along with resources climate activists can use.

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The most important of PCAP’s previous reports and studies.

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What are Americans Thinking?

Is there sufficient political pressure for elected officials to adopt the big changes necessary to meet the climate challenge? A literature review suggests the answer is no. Current public attitudes may be sufficient, however, to promote less substantial but still important actions

The State of the Union on Climate Change

In a poll taken shortly before Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, the Pew Research Center reported “While partisans agree on some assessments of what Trump and Congress’ top priorities are, climate change and the environment are among the most divisive. Nearly seven-in-ten Democrats (68%) say dealing with climate change should be a top policy priority, 50 percentage points higher than the share of Republicans who say so (18%). And while 81% of Democrats say protecting the environment should be a top priority, just 37% of Republicans say the same.” Respondents ranked climate change second to last among 19 issues. But like many other polls, Pew treated climate change as an issue disconnected from several topics that respondents ranked as most important: terrorism, the economy, health care costs and jobs. In reality, climate change and its impacts have profound impacts on these other issues.

Voters want industry and citizens to do more.

Recent public opinion research by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication found that a majority of registered voters – including large majorities of liberal, moderate and conservative Democrats, Independents, and nearly half or more of liberal and moderate Republicans – want corporations and industry, citizens themselves, the U.S. Congress, President Trump, and their own members of Congress to do more to address global warming. Half of conservative Republicans want corporations and industry to do more to address global warming, although fewer conservatives want Congress or President Trump to take action.

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The First Climate Election

Bill Becker posts a series of blogs on the importance of this year’s midterm elections to climate action in the U.S.

Part 1: The Big Issues

Donald Trump’s performance,  the flaws in our democracy and climate change should be among the issues in the 2018 midterm elections.

Part 2: Unrigging Democracy

Democracy is being sabotaged, and not just be the Russians. Here’s how and what we can do about it.

Part 3: No More Nice Days.

Why 2018 and 2020 should be America’s historic climate elections.

We can fight climate change without Washington.

By Bill McKibben
A frontal approach to climate action in the United States may not be successful, but the flanks are wide open

U.S. Military assesses its climate vulnerability

In its latest vulnerability assessment, the Department of Defense says half its facilities are vulnerable to climate effects.

This map from the Department of Defense shows the military sites in the lower 48 states that are vulnerable to flooding, extreme temperatures, wind, drought and/or wildfires.

Antidotes to the Poison of Campaign Finance

By Timothy E. Wirth
Secret and corrupting funding will always try to find a way into politics, but as in the past, our democracy can survive and succeed if citizens and their..

Finding Freedom in Restraint

By William D. Ruckelshaus Whether you believe it a moral obligation to care for other living things or an intelligent instinct for self-preservation, we need collectively to constrain our conduct so we…

Powering Forward

“What everyone should know about America’s energy revolution.”

Bill Ritter Jr., co-chair of PCAP’s National Advisory Committee, has written a new book on “what everyone should know about America’s energy revolution.”

Available from Fulcrum Publishing.

“As we peer into society’s future, we – you and I, and our government – must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow.”
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
“We have, I hope, finally put to rest the false choice between the economy and the environment, for we have the strongest economy perhaps in our history, with a cleaner environment.”
President Bill Clinton
“The great question of the seventies is, shall we surrender to our surroundings, or shall we make our peace with nature and begin to make reparations for the damage we have done to our air, to our land, and to our water?”
President Richard M. Nixon
“I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing.”
Barack H. Obama
“Laws change; people die; the land remains.”
President Abraham Lincoln