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India at pre-COP meeting says the post-2020 climate finance is fundamental to success of Paris. @timesofindia. How Renewable Energy Could Empower Canada's Disenfranchised Communities. How can Canadians get motivated to produce their own renewable energy?

How Renewable Energy Could Empower Canada's Disenfranchised Communities

Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein have a few bright ideas. The power couple wants to use the switch to renewables as a way to empower some of Canada’s poorest communities. “Real reconciliation is bringing resources to communities that need them so that they are not forced to say yes to polluting mines to polluting extractive projects because they are the only jobs on offer,” said Lewis. It’s one of the driving concepts behind Klein and Lewis’ documentary “This Changes Everything," which premiered during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Klein and Lewis suggest looking at communities like the Lubicon Lake Band of Little Buffalo, Alta. that recently installed a 20.8 kilowatt solar panel system. The author and filmmaker stopped by the Huffington Post Canada to share their thoughts on why Canadians should get energized about generating their own power. Chris Turner on Twitter: "Blaming the current round of job losses in the oil patch on Alberta NDP tax hikes is also in unicorns-and-rainbows territory #elxn42"

6 charts show Stephen Harper has the worst economic record of any Prime Minister since World War II. It turns out the emperor has no clothes after all.

6 charts show Stephen Harper has the worst economic record of any Prime Minister since World War II

Although Conservatives like to drone on like robots about how Stephen Harper is a "steady hand on the wheel" of the economy, that myth is increasingly hard to square with reality. Not only does a recent poll suggest Harper's reputation as a competent manager of the economy has plummeted, a new analysis shows Harper with the worst economic record of any Canadian Prime Minister since the end of the Second World War. The report, authored by Unifor economists Jim Stanford and Jordan Brennan, crunches the numbers on Canada's nine Prime Ministers between 1946 and today on issues relating to work, production, distribution and debt, and ranks each according to 16 economic indicators. The results? On 13 of the 16 indicators, Harper ranks dead last or second last. Here are six examples of what these data show: 1. Under Harper, real GDP grew "barely enough to keep up with population growth," says Stanford. 2. 3. Remember Louis St. 4. 5.

Barack Obama sur Twitter : "Investments in clean energy are boosting the economy—while fighting climate change. #ActOnClimate... InfluenceMap Scoring Table: Corporations and Influencers. Climate Reality sur Twitter : "The worst thing we can do for the economy is sit back and do nothing about climate change. RT if you agree. UN Environment sur Twitter : "#Cleantech growing into $6.4 trillion opportunity in developing countries: infographic via @wbclimatechange #climate. Green-industries. The Economist sur Twitter : "Fossil fuels reap four times more in subsidies from world governments than renewable energies.

Carbon Pricing - Cap and Trade - Tax

Report Breaks Down Climate Change's Impending Effect on Kentucky's Economy. Climate change will begin to have a demonstrative effect on Kentucky’s economy within five years.

Report Breaks Down Climate Change's Impending Effect on Kentucky's Economy

This is the conclusion from a report released today by the nonprofit Risky Business. The organization is dedicated to exploring the economic effects of climate change, and is chaired by liberal billionaires Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer, as well as former banker and George W. Bush-era Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. Recently, groups have begun focusing on the economic costs of climate change, considering any discussion or debate over the science or existence of climate change to be unnecessary. Yesterday, 13 major companies including Walmart, UPS, General Motors and Google launched the “American Business Act on Climate Pledge,” and pledged to reduce emissions with an eye toward their bottom lines.

Today, Risky Business’ report analyzes the factors around the Southeast that will become amplified as the climate changes. The Northeast's Electricity Bills Have Dropped $460 Million Since They Started Paying For Carbon. A regional cap-and-trade program has added $1.3 billion in economic activity to nine New England and Mid-Atlantic states since 2011, while decreasing their carbon emissions by 15 percent, according to independent analysis released Tuesday.

The Northeast's Electricity Bills Have Dropped $460 Million Since They Started Paying For Carbon

In addition to stimulating the economy and reducing carbon, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) has also reduced the cost of electricity for consumers, saving residential, businesses, and public users $460 million, the report from the Analysis Group found. These benefits mean that RGGI (pronounced “reggie”) could be a model for other states looking to reduce carbon emissions under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, set to be released next month.

The Clean Power Plan requires states to lower carbon emissions from the electricity sector, but lets states choose how they reduce those emissions. For example, investing in efficiency programs — such as weatherizing houses — reduces the amount of electricity used. Marco Lambertini's message for low-carbon business leaders.

CitizensClimateLobby sur Twitter : "Thoughtful piece: The Holy Grail of #Climate Economics? A Price on Carbon. @jcamuzeaux. ExxonMobil gave millions to climate-denying lawmakers despite pledge. ExxonMobil gave more than $2.3m to members of Congress and a corporate lobbying group that deny climate change and block efforts to fight climate change – eight years after pledging to stop its funding of climate denial, the Guardian has learned.

ExxonMobil gave millions to climate-denying lawmakers despite pledge

Climate denial – from Republicans in Congress and lobby groups operating at the state level – is seen as a major obstacle to US and global efforts to fight climate change, closing off the possibility of federal and state regulations cutting greenhouse gas emissions and the ability to plan for a future of sea-level rise and extreme weather. Exxon channeled about $30m to researchers and activist groups promoting disinformation about global warming over the years, according to a tally kept by the campaign group Greenpeace. But the oil company pledged to stop such funding in 2007, in response to pressure from shareholder activists. Each of the 49 Republican senators who voted no received at least $5,000 from Exxon, according to Oil Change figures.

Gas prices heading downward? : Augusta Free Press. Thanks in part to an improving economy and lower gas prices, the long-distance trip is returning to levels not seen across the United States since 2008.

Gas prices heading downward? : Augusta Free Press

Gas prices have remained fairly steady since the Independence Day holiday and domestic crude oil production was higher than expected during the first six months of the year – good signs as Americans embark on their longest road trips of the year in the six-week period from the first week in July to the second week of August. Friday’s national average price for regular unleaded gasoline dropped to $2.76 per gallon, down a penny versus one week ago and down 88 cents per gallon versus one year ago. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) is projecting monthly average gasoline prices will decline to an average of $2.49 per gallon during the second half of the year. 3 Presidential Candidates Say 'No' To Fossil Fuel Funding.

WASHINGTON -- Three of the candidates in the 2016 presidential race have pledged to shun campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry.

3 Presidential Candidates Say 'No' To Fossil Fuel Funding

Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley and Green Party candidate Jill Stein have agreed to a pledge from The Nation magazine that states: "In the name of protecting our country and the world from the growing dangers of climate change, I will neither solicit nor accept campaign contributions from any oil, gas, or coal company. " The Nation called on candidates to sign the pledge in an op-ed Monday, asking them to "cut their financial ties with fossil-fuel companies" in acknowledgement of the serious threat posed by climate change.

The group 350 Action, the political arm of 350.org, has been helping rally support for the pledge, in addition to its work in pushing colleges and universities to divest from fossil fuels. #ClimateChange YYC sur Twitter : "Ban Ki-moon: World must secure $100B/yr by 2020 for #climate finance. Donor countries reneging on promises.

ClimateNow sur Twitter : "Fossil fuel industry must 'implode' to avoid #ClimateChange disaster, says top scientist @dpcarrington. World Bank Climate sur Twitter : "Multilateral banks agree how to track funding aimed at combating #climatechange: Green Climate Fund sur Twitter : "New contributor joins #GCFund: Hungary’s Minister Miklós Seszták pledges USD 3.6 million to GCF #COP21 #climatechange. Greenpeace USA sur Twitter : "Wow. Turns out Exxon has known about #climatechange for at least 27 years. And it's still funding #climatedenial. UNFCCC sur Twitter : ".@IEA chief says fossil fuel firms risk wasting billions by ignoring #climatechange #COP21.

World Bank Climate sur Twitter : "How can we measure #climatefinance? Development banks agree on common approach: Scott A. Muller sur Twitter : "Oregon's Mileage-Fee Experiment... ADB Climate Team sur Twitter : "ADB, Other Development Banks, Agree on Common Approach to Measure Climate Finance... The Deans List: Clean Energy Continues to Rise. Twitter Video. The New Climate Economy Report 2015. Jim Harris sur Twitter : "Truth About Jobs: Renewables & Efficiency Create WAY More Jobs Than Polluting #Energy. #CSOTA #climatechange #climate. Climate Reality sur Twitter : "MT @MikeBloomberg: Strong #ClimateAction makes sound economic sense. Read @NewClimateEcon's 2015 report: #ClimateHope"

Climatehawk1 on Twitter: "Billions in natural gas projects to be stranded by #climate action: #globalwarming #risk #divest" Arik Ring sur Twitter : "Great News: @POTUS Plans To Allow More #Americans To Tap #Solar #Energy! #Climate. Climate Reality sur Twitter : "Nearly 180,000 Americans are working in the solar industry – more than twice that of coal. #ClimateHope" UNFCCC sur Twitter : ""#Climateaction is a multi-trillion dollar opportunity" - @FelipeCalderon and Nicholas Stern. Climate Nexus sur Twitter : "Climate Cartoon: Costs of delaying #climateaction keep going up. Changes Everything on Twitter: ""Now is the time to send a clear message to our political leaders that we reject the false choices pitting the economy against the planet."" Climate Reality sur Twitter : "#ClimateFact: Denmark’s long-term energy goal is to become completely independent of fossil fuel use by 2050.

Climate Nexus sur Twitter : "Climate Cartoon: Ready to declare independence from the dinosaur era of fossil fuels this #July4th? #climate. Clean Prosperity sur Twitter : "Want to learn more about #climate policy and economics? Look no further than this great series from @TheEconomist: Montreal Gazette sur Twitter : "Opinion: Full speed ahead to a clean-energy economy... OECD sur Twitter : ""#FossilFuel subsidies are contradictory to #climate action" Gurría's lecture pre-#COP21. Greenpeace USA sur Twitter : "The price tag of inaction on #ClimateChange? Billions, according to @EPAGov. Sierra Club on Twitter: "Inaction on climate change would cost billions, @EPA study finds: (@JobyWarrick @washingtonpost) #ActOnClimate"