We’re breaking all records with today’s quizlet – worth a whopping 28 points!

As usual, read the brief passage and then scroll down and play the quizlet. Or just jump to the quizlet.

You can drag an answer and then check if you’re not sure, just by scrolling up, and then move it if you change your mind. But studies suggest that attempting a guess first improves retention rates. So — especially since it’s just between you and the quizlet — DEFinitely guess first.

The other thing you can do is just scroll down without reading the passage first, and see if you can win the quizlet anyway.

Any time you want to shake the etch-a-sketch, just refresh the screen.

The ongoing battles against new fossil fuel infrastructure, including but not limited to the battles over the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, scrambled the investment thinking of multinationals, banks, and investors.

Even if they’re eventually built, billions of dollars in new mining operations were deferred or canceled in the meantime.

The idea that tar sands output would triple or quadruple has vanished; even Exxon is facing the likely need to write off its investment in the north.

Nevertheless Standing Rock demonstrated that most of the planet’s big banks are still in the business of underwriting fossil fuel.

That means new targets, and new ways to identify vulnerability and apply consumer pressure.

Endowments and portfolios worth more than $5 trillion have already been pulled out of fossil fuel stocks.

If Denmark can generate half its power from the wind, then so can lots of other places.

If India can build the world’s largest solar farm in a matter of months, then there’s no reason others couldn’t follow.

Researchers at Stanford University have demonstrated, on a state-by-state basis, that we can get to 80 percent clean power in the U.S. by 2030.

Iowa is largely wind-powered now.

California is the world’s sixth largest economy, and it has begun to prosper from a tide of clean energy investment.

New York is halfway into the most ambitious utility restructuring plan on the continent.

Each passing month brings cheaper solar panels, more efficient wind turbines, more powerful batteries at lower cost.

But  to catch up with the physics of climate change we’ll need a truly stunning commitment to change, an all-out, planet-wide decision to push as hard as we’ve ever pushed to spread clean energy and shut down the dirty stuff.


Adapted from: Bill McKibben Opinion piece for Yale e360

FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Rhiannon Boyle

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2 thoughts on “Eighty Twenty Thirty

  • February 13, 2017 at 9:25 am
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    e360’s comment section is a no-miss. Most notably:

    From Glen: Overpopulation Denial is right up there with Climate Change Denial.

    From Solar: New York Governor Cuomo, while participating in the planned shut-down of Indian Point in several years, has arranged “his” public service commission to provide billions of new dollars for “clean energy” to older, dilapidated existing nuclear plants.

    From Joseph: in Massachusetts . . . many large solar “farms” . . . have wasted fields and forests. Why is this OK? Such land will no longer sequester carbon and produce oxygen.

    From Moi: would love to see a due diligence on the India project based on that last point.




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  • February 16, 2017 at 2:08 pm
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    Hey hey. From today’s Cleantechnica (citation friendly)

    A group of leading investors with a total of $2.8 trillion in assets under management have called on the governments of the G20 to end fossil fuel subsidies by 2020.

    In November of 2015, a report published by the Overseas Development Institute and Oil Change Institute found that members of the G20 are providing $452 billion per year on fossil fuel production subsidies. A year later, the United States and China both published reviews of their current fossil fuel subsidy policies, showing that together, the countries are annually providing $20 billion for fossil fuel subsidies.




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