David Wallace-Wells realized in 2016 that Climate change is a “huge story”.

“I’m a journalist, I’m an editor mostly..
Just in 2016 started seeing a lot more of the news from science, was about climate, and a lot more of that climate news was really scary.
We hadn’t had any storytelling, we hadn’t had any discussion of what the world would look like north of 2 degrees.

“and I just felt, ,…
As a journalist, I was like, holy shit there’s a huge story here.. Like, the way that this world could be completely transformed by these forces, is not something that anyone is writing about..”

Really? Thanks David.

Your description of your own somnolent, self-involved cluelessness sort of crystalizes the most massive journalistic failure in history.

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ANDREW WHEELER, administrator of the EPA, criticizing electric cars: It’s “a product … which most families cannot approach.” — remarks Thursday.
THE FACTS: His argument that electric cars are too expensive for most Americans is overstated.
In a speech earlier this week, Wheeler cited a McKinsey & Co. analysis from March 2019 that found electric cars cost about $12,000 more per vehicle to manufacture than a comparable gasoline-powered car.
But for a new electric car, that price gap is often largely offset by the lower operating and maintenance costs over time. Tesla is the top-selling electric brand in the nation.
Federal tax credits of up to $7,500 are available for vehicle purchases depending on the model and battery capacity, though the credits are being phased out on General Motors and Tesla vehicles. Many states also offer additional incentives for EV purchasers, from tax rebates for the car and home charging equipment to the free use of commuter toll lanes. 
EV drivers also don’t have to fill up at the gas pump, pay for oil changes or replace timing belts or spark plugs. A 2018 study from the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute found that electric vehicles cost less than half as much to operate as gas-powered cars — $485 per year for EVs compared to $1,117 for gasoline-powered models. So over 10 years, an EV driver will save another $6,320.
Wheeler, a former fossil fuels lobbyist, has also suggested it’s mostly wealthy people who buy new electric cars, citing 2016 figures showing that of the roughly 57,000 households that received the EV tax credit, nearly 80% had at least a six-figure income.
Setting aside that wealthier households are generally more likely to buy new cars than poorer families, in 2016 the top-selling EV was the Tesla Model S, a luxury sedan with a more than $71,000 sticker price. But in recent years, several more economical models have come on the market, and the prices of the batteries that power EVs have fallen. For 2018, the best-selling EV was the less-expensive Tesla Model 3, which currently has a base sticker price of about $37,000. That’s below the $39,500 average U.S. sticker price of new vehicles cited by Wheeler.
The range of electric cars is growing to where many will be able to travel more than 300 miles on a single charge. McKinsey, the management consulting firm, predicts that battery and other costs will fall to about the same as gasoline engines in three to five years.

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Storm Imelda.

People willing to risk their lives and health to save animals. Wonder if they’d be willing to vote for the same?

As I watched I’m thinking, ‘..this is a city in America.”

Watch what happens about 1 minute in…

Not just on Fox News.
This is going on all over.

We know it’s powerful. Listen to former Republican Rep. Bob Inglis recount when his son came to him about Environment.

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Informed, thoughtful, and all too accurate.

I’m old enough to remember the 2000 election – you know, “..there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between Al Gore and George Bush..”.

I did an interview last week on a powerful, conservative AM Talk station that covers Mid-Michigan.

The interviewer was skeptical and pushed back with some occasional snark on the idea of renewable energy, but I think I made my points.
Hope to be doing more of this outreach.

I was asked to come in after Consumer’s Energy CEO Patti Poppe made a strong impression on local leaders and media with an explanation of why a big midwestern utility is going all-in on renewable energy.

Imelda dropped 40 plus inches of rain on Texas with little warning. Not a hurricane, a climate pumped Tropical depression. The Future is now.

Insurance Journal:

By the time David Kaisel got back from selling his flour at a farmers’ market, a wildfire in California’s Capay Valley had burnt both his tractor and the shipping container where he kept some tools. His insurer is set to pay out a sixth of his losses.
He is now considering widening his coverage in the future to include fire insurance for his business.

Kaisel is the kind of customer making insurers rethink their approach to climate change so they can sell policies without incurring too much risk.
“I’m already accustomed to drought, but in the past year I learned first-hand the consequences of both record rainfall and wildfire,” Kaisel said. “I’ll certainly consider insuring against environmental risks when my cash flow permits.”
Other natural disasters such as wildfires, flash floods and hail have become increasingly costly for the industry, even though they were traditionally seen as lesser risks and classed by some insurers as secondary perils.
How much that should cost him is something insurers are getting to grips with after years in which their main natural catastrophe focus was hurricanes and earthquakes — and global warming was mainly a concern for the future rather than the present.
Other natural disasters such as wildfires, flash floods and hail have become increasingly costly for the industry, even though they were traditionally seen as lesser risks and classed by some insurers as “secondary perils.”
From 2010 to 2018, average insured losses from secondary perils were almost double those from primary perils such as earthquakes and hurricanes, a Reuters analysis of Swiss Re data showed.
While scientists are wary of attributing particular disasters to climate change, most agree it is making extreme weather more frequent or intense. Insurers, along with Kaisel and other farmers around the world, are at the sharp end.

Andrew Dessler PhD on Twitter:

Spare a moment to think about the those in the Houston region whose houses flooded AGAIN. You can think, “Hey, they ought to move.” But disasters like this can present you with some really bad options: You can try to sell, but houses that have flooded (esp. repeatedly) lose A LOT of value, so you’re going to take a beating on the sale price. Too bad if you needed that $$$ to live on, or if the sale price doesn’t cover the mortgage.

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