Environmental Thanksgiving

Dan Farber at Legal Planet posts his Top 10 things to be thankful for when it comes to the environment:

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.

It’s a solid list. I would add two more: the price of electric vehicle batteries is falling rapidly, with two mass-market affordable EVs on the market (Chevy Bolt and the Tesla Model 3). And the congressional election is in less than a year.

Happy Thanksgiving!