Climate change disasters cost tax payers billions every year while corporate politicians deny climate change and block reforms.
Follow the money to see how oil, gas and coal billionaires rig the system to get richer at the cost of the environment and public health. This digital story includes:
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A crucial moment for the health of the planet
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The environment is not for sale
"The Trump administration attempted to roll back at least 95 environmental regulations hurting the environment and Americans’ public health. The administration refuses to act to mitigate the effects of climate change—instead loosening requirements for polluters emitting the greenhouse gases that fuel the climate crisis. This dangerous agenda is affecting the lives of Americans across the country. Oklahoma experienced nine severe storms, three severe floods, and one intense drought between 2017 and 2019. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion." American Progress
Meanwhile, the University of Utah’s Global Change and Sustainability Center is also working on practical approaches. Center Director Jim Ehleringer says past reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have detailed how fossil fuels are the biggest part of the problem. "... burning fossil fuels and industrial processes account for nearly 80% of climate pollution. And emissions like these will continue to change the climate. And they will “increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.” Ehleringer says everything from rooftop solar power to mass transit to smart urban planning can help.