Spotlight on green news & views: Dixie Chicks scorch gaslighters; deniers twist scientific views
This is the 637th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). Here is the March 21 edition. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.
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ClimateDenierRoundup writes—To Appease Oil Industry, Trump To Sacrifice Hundreds of Lives, Thousands of Jobs and Billions of $: “Back on Valentine’s day, we pointed you to stories from The Atlantic and the New York Times detailing the ‘turducken of falsehoods’ required to justify the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back Obama-era standards for automotive fuel efficiency. All those errors, like reversing how supply and demand work, came after plenty of reporting showed that even with the faulty math, the rule would cost American lives, jobs, and money, which is why only the oil industry pushed for it and was grateful to get it. The final rule materials say the change will result in Americans buying an additional 2 billion barrels of oil through 2029, adding around 900 million metric tons of greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere. And that’s just the start. InsideEPA dove into the finalized environmental impact statement for the ‘Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE)’ rule, and found that it is neither safer, nor more affordable, and obviously, much less fuel-efficient than what it’s overturning.”