A Dispatch from New Zealand

India Logan-Riley

Whether for gun control quickly passed after the Christchurch mosque attacks, or for far-reaching lockdowns and border closures to keep Covid out and prevent thousands of deaths, the government of New Zealand is admired around the world. That’s partly because the government’s many mistakes don’t reach the international stage. The supposedly sterling Covid response is a prime example: those who lost their jobs after the pandemic began were given twice...

A Dispatch from the Arctic Circle

Vince Cooper

The ship rose up onto the ice, balanced there for a moment, and then lurched back onto its side. We were stuck. The open water had frozen, shutting us in place against a pressure ridge, a thick wall on the ocean’s surface formed by the convergence of sea ice. Our vessel was called the Sikuliaq, and we were some 375 miles due north of Alaska, on a 30-day, 29-person research...

A Dispatch from Pakistan

Zoya Rehman

Even though Pakistan emits less than one percent of the world’s greenhouse gasses, our country is among those hardest-hit by climate change. This summer, monsoon rains and melting glaciers have combined to displace some 35 million people, while over 1,500 are already reported dead. It is estimated that Pakistan will lose around $30 billion as a result of the widespread destruction caused by the floods. Farms have been devastated and...

“The Task of the Next Generation of Climate Activists”

Jake Bittle

The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act and the permitting deal have the potential to jump-start a golden age of energy infrastructure — not just solar farms and wind farms but geothermal facilities, nuclear plants, carbon capture projects, offshore and onshore oil rigs, natural gas pipelines, natural gas export terminals, lithium and rare earth mineral mines, battery manufacturing facilities, biogas processing plants, electric vehicle assembly lines, and more will now...

“A War Against the Global South”

Ama Francis

This August, more than 30 million people in Pakistan were affected by unprecedented flooding that left one third of the country underwater. Climate minister Sherry Rehman called Pakistan “ground zero” for the climate crisis, joining the growing list of leaders who liken climate change to a war against the Global South. One of the fundamental inequalities that will shape the coming years is the fact that low-emitting countries like Pakistan...

“A Few Hundred Words Written by the Right People”

Arvin Alaigh

After Senator Joe Manchin abruptly killed talks on President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better proposal last December, advocacy groups slammed him for having strung along fellow legislative Democrats and the White House for over a year. His announcement followed a year of grassroots (and grasstops) advocacy: thousands of calls to his office, dozens of mobilizations across his home state of West Virginia, numerous constituent meetings with his Senate staff, and...

“An Ecology of Oppression”

Jack McCordick

What else could have secured a “yea” vote on the Inflation Reduction Act from Senator Joe Manchin other than a juicy pot-sweetener? In addition to a promise to ease permitting restrictions for new fossil fuel infrastructure, Manchin won a pledge from Democratic leaders and the White House that they would “take all necessary actions” to “complete the Mountain Valley Pipeline,” a 300-mile fracked gas pipeline through poorer regions of West...

“Affinities with Craft Unionism”

Johnathan Guy

Green capitalism is ascendant. The IRA will inject hundreds of billions of dollars of clean energy tax credits into the economy over the next ten years to be gobbled up by firms of all stripes and sizes. In line with its market orientation, the IRA does not specify which firms or clean energy technologies will ultimately claim these tax credits, setting off a frenzy among investors and organizers alike. Exactly...

“A High-Stakes Dance with Social Movements”

Marcela Mulholland

Four years ago, I sat in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office alongside my friends from Sunrise Movement demanding that the incoming Democratic House majority prioritize climate action. The sea was going to take my home state of Florida, and my representatives did not care. At the time, I wrote in uncompromising terms about the necessity of a Green New Deal — “We. Won’t. Settle.”  But when Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin...

“Climate Alibis”

Josh Lappen

The word on everyone’s lips is “transformative.” Even before many of its provisions have taken effect, the Inflation Reduction Act ranks as one of the most consequential climate actions in United States history. Its $370 billion in rebates, credits, grants, loans, deductions, and appropriations forge a new political alliance between climate and labor, and end a decade-long legislative fixation on a federal carbon price. It will remake the American automotive...

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