Saturday, March 19, 2016

News you can share: Obama's environmental legacy, Judge Merrick Garland, and more

Organizing for Action

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 President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland, the environment, and more.

Editorial: Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court
The New York Times // Editorial Board

In nominating Judge Garland to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last month, President Obama has taken his constitutional duty seriously, choosing a deeply respected federal appellate judge with an outstanding intellect, an impeccable legal record and the personal admiration of Republicans and Democrats.

US bars Atlantic drilling; Obama builds environmental legacy
AP // Matthew Daly

Obama, in his final year in office, is working to build an environmental legacy that includes a global agreement to curb climate change and an ambitious plan to reduce carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. He also has imposed stricter limits on smog-causing pollution linked to asthma and has rejected the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.

February breaks global temperature records by 'shocking' amount
The Guardian // Damian Carrington and Michael Slezak

February smashed a century of global temperature records by "stunning" margin, according to data released by NASA.

Efforts to link climate change to severe weather gain ground
Science Magazine // Warren Cornwall

Scientists are tying climate change to individual cases of extreme weather with increasing confidence and speed. Although people have long said it's impossible to blame climate change for any single weather event, that's no longer the case, according to a report issued 11 March by a panel of scientists for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

One of the biggest myths about beating climate change has just been busted
Quartz // Steve LeVine

For the second straight year, the global economy has grown without a corresponding rise in emissions tied to climate change, reversing an almost two-century-old trend and giving some hope that heat-trapping gases can be curbed without hurting living standards.

GOP rolls out baffling double standard for Obama's Court nominee
MSNBC // Steve Benen

This is a genuinely bizarre approach to contemporary politics, but just as importantly, it's an argument that appears even more foolish given the GOP's consistent praise of Merrick Garland over the course of many years.

How Obamacare Is Changing the Startup World
Fortune // Ezekiel J. Emanuel

In 2011, just after passage of the ACA, about $1.1 billion was invested in "technology-centric, health-related companies that facilitate healthcare administration, delivery, or access." In 2014 and 2015, that figured skyrocketed to over $4.3 billion.

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