Saturday, January 23, 2016

Truth Team Digest: The hottest year ever, the auto industry comeback, and more

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Diane, you're one of the best messengers we've got in this movement. Here's some recommended reading that's easy to share -- the latest on climate change, the auto industry's comeback, and more.

Court won't block Obama's climate rule
The Hill // Timothy Cama

President Obama's landmark climate change rule for power plants can move forward while its opponents challenge it, a federal court ruled Thursday.

2015 Was Hottest Year in Recorded History, NASA and NOAA Say
The New York Times // Justin Gillis

Scientists reported Wednesday that 2015 was the hottest year in recorded history by far, breaking a record set only the year before -- a burst of heat that has continued into the new year and is roiling weather patterns all over the world.

A Safer World, Thanks to the Iran Deal
The New York Times // Editorial Board

Iran has delivered on its commitment under a 2015 agreement with the United States and other major powers to curb or eliminate the most dangerous elements of its nuclear program. The world is now safer for this.

Obama announces moratorium on new federal coal leases
The Washington Post // Joby Warrick and Juliet Eilperin

In his speech on Tuesday, Obama argued for decreasing reliance on fossil fuels as part of the larger effort to fight the causes of climate change. He said the administration would "push to change the way we manage our oil and coal resources, so that they better reflect the costs they impose on taxpayers and our planet."

Graphic: 2015 Was the Hottest Year on Record
Bloomberg // Tom Randall and Blacki Migliozzi

2015 just beat out the previous record -- 2014 -- by the biggest margin since modern record keeping began. Fifteen of the 16 hottest years have been in the 21st century.

As Obama Takes Victory Lap Over Auto Industry Rescue, Here Are The Lessons Of The Bailout
Forbes // David Kiley

The decision to bail out General Motors and Chrysler, and aid their financing subsidiaries and suppliers through loan guarantees in 2009 in the teeth of the economic meltdown that gripped world markets, was hotly debated at the time and since. But given the 640,000 auto industry jobs created since then and the record sales by the industry in 2015, the President has room to crow.

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