The Top 10 Things to Be Thankful For (Environmental Version)
It hasn’t been a good year, to say the least. But there are some things to be thankful for.
Overall, it’s been a pretty lousy year since last Thanksgiving. If you care about the environment, there are a lot of things NOT to be thankful for, or rather one big thing in the form of He Who Must Not Be Named. But there are also some things for which we should feel thankful, many of them involving resistance to You Know Who. Here’s a top 10 list:
10. Nicaragua and Syria have joined the Paris Agreement, leaving the U.S. as the only outlier.
9. Some countries and car companies have announced plans to phase out gasoline vehicles.
8. The new governors of New Jersey and Virginia are committed to fighting climate change.
7. Tens of thousands of Americans have lined up to support environmental groups opposing You Know Who’s Administration.
6. States from California to New York have strengthened their own climate change policies in direct response to the Administration.
5. China and the EU have remained firm in their support for the Paris Agreement.
4. The courts seem determined to rigorously review Administration actions.
3. China is about to announce its cap-and-trade plan, and may already have reached peak coal use.
2. Solar and wind prices are continuing to fall, making coal less and less competitive.
1. There’s another presidential election in three years.
Dan Farber has written and taught on environmental and constitutional law as well as about contracts, jurisprudence and legislation. Currently at Berkeley Law, he has al…READ more