(Weiss 2011)

In the 2020 presidential election, then-candidate Joe Biden pinpointed the U.S.’s greatest challenge as “the climate emergency.”[1] Twelve percent of all voters and 22 percent of Democratic voters agreed, naming climate as their number one issue, too.[2]

One of President Biden’s big takedown targets is fossil-fuel subsidies, specifically those for the oil and gas (O&G) industry. One of his first moves was to pause O&G leasing on federal (public) lands and offshore. …


Mention the Green New Deal, and it’s easy to gauge where peoples’ political affiliations lie based on their immediate, visceral responses — ridicule, anger or wistfulness.

Jay Inslee, Washington state governor and creator of Green New Deal action plan (from PBSNewsHour, Aug. 21, 2019)

But the Green New Deal isn’t a program at all. It’s a 14-page vision document laying out some aspirational goals, and it inspired a number of presidential candidate platforms to avert the worst of climate change. More importantly, these candidate economic platforms create jobs — up to 8 million of them. …


Mr. Akio Toyoda, CEO

Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

Dear Mr. Toyoda,

I’m proud owner of a Toyota Prius (2011), a branded company car pictured below and affectionately named Penny by my staff. At least I was proud until I saw that you’ve petitioned the current administration and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to roll back CAFÉ standards.

As part of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Toyota Motor North America, Inc., signed two letters — one Nov. …

Melissa Baldridge

Melissa Baldridge is a nationally recognized ESG-sustainability expert with demonstrated success guiding clients to zero carbon, energy, water, and waste.

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