One route to reelection runs through the Gulf of Mexico
just show people in the US how Australia's LNG export industry left local industry with wildly higher gas prices, exactly the same playbook, exactly the same platitudes, exactly the same indifference to local industry needs once up and running.
I hope Biden's advisors who now regret promoting his signing onto the Willow Project are reading this! They could give him ideas for balancing that bad decision with a more powerful good decision.
I'm curious which senators and representatives were present and supporting this call. If mine weren't there, I'd like to ask them why not and request they come out in favor of an LNG export ban.
Lets not forget the other half of the story of why Biden is falling short with young voters - supporting a genocide. War is a climate story and most certainly a climate justice story. Would love to see people like you take an open stand, Bill.
Bill, how do we get your voice on the LNG export terminals to Biden/Harris/Administration's ears?
Also, I recommend reading the long version of this CSMonitor article: https://www.csmonitor.com/Daily/2023/20231106/Climate-change-is-driving-a-global-youth-revolution?cmpid=shared-email It makes clear how connected these young people are globally via the internet, and they are making a difference. It's not a good idea to ignore the approximately 4 million voices turning 18 each year (in the US) !!
I just watched 1.5 hours of WaPo Live on really exciting innovative sustainability in 3 different areas: food, clothing/fashion, and transportation (ev's). It was good to hear Ali Zaidi, Biden's National Climate Advisor. This all makes me feel less hopeless!
The fossil fuel industry expends too much focus on new drilling despite UN Secretary General’s demand that they stop all new drilling. Why isn’t there an international effort by them to implement energy efficiency? It is chilling to hear about profits for the industry and it’s shareholders. New drilling sites could be turned into emergency reserves.
This is what I wrote to my senators. It's just basically a summary of the newsletter post with a bit of focus on my state thrown in. Posting here in case it's useful to anyone who wants to make a similar effort:
Bill McKibben of 350.org and some of your colleagues, including Jeff Merkley from here in the Pacific Northwest, took part in a press conference yesterday to call for a ban on new licenses for liquid natural gas export. I hope you'll support their efforts and pressure President Biden to take this important step against LNG.
In the fight against the climate crisis, we must find ways to reduce fossil fuel use. As McKibben and others have pointed out, reducing LNG exports would not only serve that end; it would also bring political gains by lowering domestic prices for LNG. This would cut costs for ordinary Americans who have not yet transitioned away from using this fuel.
Although most LNG exports pass through ports far from Washington State, the consequences of extracting and burning LNG are discernible everywhere. By throwing your support behind this effort, you can help all Washingtonians, shore up your environmental credentials, and potentially even lower expenses for Washington families that still use natural gas. I'd love to see you out there in this fight.
Some powerful art from Fiji. I thought you would find it useful to share:https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2023/11/world/underwater-portraits-climate-cec-cnnphotos/?utm_term=16991922392540763c93df122&utm_source=cnn_Five%20Things%20for%20Sunday%2C%20November%205%2C%202023&utm_medium=email&bt_ee=NAGwErzzQW4IEgDe9u%2FhsH7PFKhXmAV56WHV1ungTQzpGV2okQn7bpcoJvqMEqPf&bt_ts=1699192239257
The Willow Project was important. They need to take back the approval. The LNG terminal is very important also. They need to prevent it from being built. Also the Biden administration needs to stop Israel from committing genocide in Palestine. Some of us cannot vote for people who are complicit in genocide.
Why not Kamala?