In self-promo links: If you're on NetGalley, you can download The Dodo Knight for review now!
In other links:
David Roberts (whose podcast I recommended in my last post) argues that Democrats should call Republican's bluff on the Green New Deal vote in the Senate. I tend to agree with him.
Speaking of my last post, Nicoleandmaggie and I are chatting in the comments, and I think we're in agreement that the most useful individual action on climate right now is to push for policy changes. So here's an interesting old thread from another respected journalist on the climate change beat that has really influenced how I'm thinking about how to get meaningful action on climate:
Hey, it's Friday night. How about a twitter thread of unpopular opinions about climate policy generally, and the #GreenNewDeal specifically. Ready? Here we go. 1/— Ramez Naam (@ramez) February 9, 2019
The most effective climate policy of all time, for my mind, is Germany's early subsidy for solar and wind. These policies had impact not because of the emissions avoided in Germany (relatively small), but because they *made solar and wind cheaper* for the world. 5/— Ramez Naam (@ramez) February 9, 2019
States are the real leaders on climate and energy in the US. Hey #GreenNewDeal - bring your energy to the statehouses! Support these bills! https://t.co/gdfl5ihEVu— Ramez Naam (@ramez) March 5, 2019
On my list of things to read: Ramez Naan's article about how to decarbonize America.
UPDATE: Grace at Bad Mom, Good Mom also wrote about climate change and energy this week. She has lots of good links, too, as well as her own well-informed opinions in the post. Go check that out!
In hyper-local (to me) local progress news: my mayor apparently meant what he said in his recent State of the City address, and now San Diego has removed parking requirements for multi-family buildings in transit zones. (I have been very moderately active on advocating for higher density near transit and may get a bit more active - advocating for your community to get more transit, bike, and walking friendly is another good local advocacy option that can help address climate change.)
In other topics: Here's an explainer on the new study that shows states with stronger gun laws have fewer mass shootings.
Lux Alptraum argues we can learn to see through "deepfake" videos.
We deserve this burn:
There is an outbreak of measles in the USA. Fellow Ugandans, 1 shilling a day could save these dying kids.— Pru Nyamishana (@nyapru1) March 7, 2019
I love this poem:
“Haven’t you learned to keep the loosest possible hold?” So much swagger in this #poem by @maggiesmithpoet! via @damonayoung @POETSorg pic.twitter.com/iN9pHgG5Z1— Jeanette Beebe (@JeanetteBeebe) March 3, 2019
Have a good weekend, everyone.