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  The UK has followed France in announcing a ban on the sale of all diesel and gas cars and vans by 2040. Petronas has pulled the plug on Canada's huge Pacific Northwest LNG project due, they said, to market conditions. Anti-pipeline fighters blockaded the entrance to Kinder Morgan's export terminal in Richmond, California. The new coalition government in British Columbia that includes the Green Party is threatening to bring a hault to Trudeau's plans for Kinder Morgan's TransMountain project. Big oil has overturned Portland's fossil fuel ban. Seattle city council has voted to tax the rich. Debate is still brewing over David Wallace-Wells's "The Uninhabitable Earth" article, some saying "our aversion to doom and gloom is dooming us" and others saying "alarmism" is disempowering. SCNCC has created a new "Existential Threat" category to archive responses ranging from Michael Mann to Paul Beckwith. 2015, 2016, 2017 have been the three hottest years since records began. Read these stories and more at the SCNCC webpage. Join the SCNCC network - sign up for our email broadcasts, interact on our main listserve and/or get involved in our NEW discussion forum to keep on top of these and many other issues. Tell others on this network what is happening in your community and how others can get involved!!

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The Ezra Silk-Margaret Klein Salamon “Victory Plan”: limitations, contradictions, and questions

Richard Smith, a writer active in SCNCC, explains that Margaret Klein Salamon, clinical psychologist and founder and director of The Climate Mobilization (TCM) , responded [to the New York Magazine's "The Uninhabitable Earth" article] that the climate movement fears to tell the awful truth because many think this could paralyze people into inaction. She says, “it is OK, indeed imperative, to tell the whole, frightening story . . .  it’s the job of those of us trying to protect humanity and restore a safe climate to tell the truth about the climate crisis and help people process and channel their own feelings — not to preemptively try to manage and constrain those feelings.”

But Smith argues: "I’m no psychologist but it seems to me she’s certainly correct that facing up to the whole awful truth is essential to motivating people to confront our existential crisis and “the first step to taking substantial action.” Yet as an ecosocialist, I would say that Salamon either does not fully grasp or is too fearful to confront, the reality of scope of the necessary systemic political-economic changes we would need to make happen in order to prevent ecological apocalypse and the collapse of civilization – namely: the overthrow of capitalism and the institution of an ecosocialist social order."

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Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040

Jul 26 2017
 

The party's over, oilsands. Time to call it a day, Trudeau

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Petronas pulls the plug on Canada’s Pacific Northwest LNG megaproject

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Our Aversion to Doom and Gloom Is Dooming Us

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Systems thinking and the narrative of climate change

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Michael Mann Responds to 'Uninhabitable Earth'

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Fending Off Scientist's Attacks on "The Uninhabitable Earth". Part A

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World’s young face $535 trillion bill for climate

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Revolutionary Reflections | Petrocide: Hydrocabons, Conflict and Climate Chaos

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Climate warrior? Champion of 'Big Oil'? Canada's leader wants to be both.

Jul 22 2017
 

Who's banking on Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline?

Jul 22 2017 
 

“Inclusive Capitalism,” Nancy Pelosi, and the Dying Planet

Jul 22 2017
 

It’s Not Only Necessary to Develop an Alternative to Globalization — It’s Entirely Possible

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BC’s LNG Industry Dealt Another Blow as Regulator Forced to Re-Review Gas Pipeline

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Big Oil Overturns Portland's Landmark Fossil Fuel Ban

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Kinder Morgan on track to start Trans Mountain construction in September, CEO says

Jul 20 2017
 

Third-hottest June puts 2017 on track to make hat-trick of hottest years

Jul 20 2017
 

Your Personal Consumption Choices Can’t Save the Planet: We Have to Confront Capitalism

Jul 20 2017
 

Scientist Michael Mann on ‘Low-Probability But Catastrophic’ Climate Scenarios

Jul 19 2017
 

Scientist Michael Mann on ‘Low-Probability But Catastrophic’ Climate Scenarios

Jul 19 2017
 

How Seattle Voted to Tax the Rich

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New B.C. government unlikely to be anti-business or impede fracking according to oil and gas producers at forum in Calgary

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