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"Child care was not the forte of U.S. Customs and Border Protection"

Fuck right off with this understatement,

Here’s the thing: Even if these troglodytes *did* “believe in” the same set of facts we do re the crisis, that wouldn’t make them want to act any different. They just want their tribe - sect, gender, family, mafia - to remain on top as things get wack. This works great for them.


Vice President Mike Pence refuses to say whether the climate crisis is a threat, when asked repeatedly by CNN’s Jake Tapper.


“some of the new [state-level, exclusively blue state] climate policies are striving to be much more far-reaching, affecting so many different industries that they could reshape the geography of America’s economy.”


Blue states are adopting strong policies that benefit their states broadly, while red states lag, threatening to cement an economic, social, and political divide for years to come. Great reporting


Week 3 (of 551!!) of the All Hands newsletter is out.

The goal is to weave together strands of the climate crisis in a way that is both realistic and (eventually) accessible rather than paralyzing.

This piece is so helpful in clarifying some of the glaring-but-elusive contradictions in climate politics. I weight some things very differently than he, but the framing is 🙏🏻😻 h/t

"technological change itself will be experienced as exogenous, and the very nature of the demands for intervention will reinforce our experience of technological change as something separate and apart from politics."

"technological change will likely continue to prove more easily seeded and sustained than political change..the new “facts on the ground” that it creates that will make political and institutional evolution possible."

"The shale gas revolution and Uber are more likely models for energy system transformation. [They] are potent examples because both were already well on their way to transforming global energy markets nd urban mobility respectively before most people understood what was going on"

"the proliferation of values, identities, and ideologies that modernization brings simply can’t support the level of social solidarity or consensus that planning and coordination of infrastructure and development at national—much less global—scale requires."

"It insists that capitalism and technology are the problem, when practically, after the sloganeering and rhetorical flourishes are done, what most environmentalists, including radical greens, are basically demanding is capitalism with carbon regulations and lots of windmills."

"The result is a radicalism that attacks the technofix while simultaneously demanding 100% renewable energy and rejects technocracy while demanding technocratic solutions of unprecedented speed and scale."

"The exigencies of large-scale technocratic action to rapidly build the infrastructure of a low carbon economy cannot be easily reconciled with the communitarian, small-is-beautiful, localism that has defined contemporary environmental thought"

Beef rules:

1. Eat much less beef.

2. Waste none of it.

3. Source it from soil-building grasslands.


Beef is confusing. Most environmentalists say we should avoid it, while others say it might be the key to rebuilding soil health and addressing climate change.

Who do we believe? And what should we eat?

It turns out some simple "Beef Rules" might help.



Not mentioned here, but the Google AI Challenge grantee that I was most impressed by in my interviewing - Gringgo - is going after this exact problem, by making trash collection more efficient and profitable for the independent collectors who provide most service in Indonesia.

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