'Global warming or climate change' ranked dead last among seven environmental issues in the 2022 Gallup survey. Americans ranking of environmental concerns found the quality of drinking water, rivers, and lakes were ranked as one and two respectively. Followed by concern over "the loss of tropical rain forests"; "air pollution," species extinction, and finally at the very bottom, "global warming or climate change."
Silicon Valley venture capitalist John Doerr, an early investor in Google, Amazon and other leading tech companies, and his wife, Ann, have agreed to donate $1.1 billion to Stanford University to set up a new school devoted to the study of climate change and its solutions. The gift, announced Wednesday, is the largest in Stanford history. It ranks as the second largest donation to any university in American history...
It will be called the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability. “Stanford is making a bold, actionable, and enduring commitment to tackle humanity’s greatest challenge" ... The university will add 60 faculty over the next 10 years, hiring experts in energy, climate science, sustainable development and environmental justice. ...
“I don’t see how giving a billion dollars to a rich university is going to move the needle on this issue in a near-term time frame,” David Callahan, author of “The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age” told the New York Times
AutoWeek mag: Emissions credits accounted for $518 million in revenue in a quarter that saw a pretax income of $533 million and a net income of $438 million on a GAAP basis. Needless to say, the credits account for almost the entirety of Tesla's profit for this quarter—in fact, sales of emissions credits have been a major source of revenue for Tesla for quite some time, contributing to hundreds of millions in income for the past few quarters. The automaker accumulates regulatory credits because it produces only EVs and sells them for a profit to other automakers that are short of these credits.
For one thing, if the government emissions credits did not exist and were not given to automakers under a cap-and-trade system, Tesla would simply not have any to sell—the government is essentially giving credits to Tesla to sell to other automakers for cash.
A "more intermediate goal" in the U.S. would be transitioning from monthly car payments to a "monthly transportation payment that's quite a bit less than a car payment that covers everything," said Buttigieg.
"From a sustainability perspective, evaluating donations of bodies to science is not straightforward. While prolonging the ‘useful’ life of the body, donation to science still holds sustainability implications. Firstly, the body is embalmed, usually using formalin, a toxic substance. Secondly, the body is kept in refrigeration for up to four years, with a resulting energy footprint relating to electricity use. Finally, at the cessation of its use in anatomy labs, the body is then cremated in a conventional cremator or buried—meaning that its overall environmental impact is generally not less than that of a body disposed of immediately after death—and may, in fact, be higher."
Marc Morano: "Whether milk production increases or decreases, you can rest assured the experts will blame 'climate change!' If you pick both teams to win the Super Bowl, you can always safely say, you predicted the winner!"