Mayors Could Shift Nearly 42 Percent Of U.S. Electricity To Renewables By 2025

Mayors Could Shift Nearly 42 Percent Of U.S. Electricity To Renewables By 2025

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The country’s largest coalition of cities plans to vote this weekend on a pledge to make 100 percent renewable power a top policy priority over the next decade.

The resolution by the U.S. Conference of Mayors ― who represent a 148 million people and 41.8 percent of the country’s electricity use ― would be the broadest rejection of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. If each of the federation’s 1,481 cities actually converted to zero-emissions electricity before 2025, U.S. emissions of planet-warming gases would fall by 619 million metric tons, according to a Sierra Club analysis shared exclusively with HuffPost.

That’s equal to the total combined carbon footprint of the five worst states emitting greenhouse gases: Texas, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Florida and Ohio.

“The more cities that not only pledge to move to 100 percent renewable energy but pass that into a local law or ordinance and begin to work on that transition,” Jodie Van Horn, director of the Sierra Club’s “Ready for 100” campaign, told HuffPost by phone Wednesday from the mayors’ conference in Miami, “the closer we can get to meeting the Paris goals through city-level action.”

The Paris Agreement, a pact signed by every nation except Syria and Nicaragua, set broad, non-binding targets for countries to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases that cause the planet to warm and alter the climate. The U.S., historically the world’s biggest emitter, agreed to scale back pollution by 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. Trump announced plans to pull out of the deal this month after shredding virtually every policy meant to meet those goals.

An alliance of more than 1,200 cities, counties, businesses and state leaders, led by billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, formed soon after, announcing plans to meet the Paris Agreement targets anyway. The group, called We Are Still In, includes some smaller municipalities than the U.S. Conference of Mayors, whose members have populations of at least 30,000.

The Sierra Club analysis, based on data from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Energy Information Administration, considered two additional scenarios. If the 34 cities who already have plans in place to transition to 100 percent clean energy achieve their goal, the U.S. emission from electricity would fall by 19.1 million metric tons. The number increases to 34.5 million metric tons, equal to 3.4 percent of U.S. electricity consumption, if an additional 84 cities whose mayors pledged to completely switch to renewables but have yet to pass a formal policy also meet their target. Of the 100 who committed to that promise, 16 already approved policies to convert their electricity supply to solar or wind.

Getting the entire U.S. Conference of Mayors to adopt solar and wind power remains the ideal, if lofty, goal, Van Horn said.

“This is the good, better, best scenario,” she said, referring to the three situations outlined in the report.

The analysis comes just days after new research sparked fresh debate over the feasibility of converting to 100 percent renewable energy. The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, warned that the costs of shifting the U.S. electricity grid to renewables by 2050, as Democratic senators proposed in April, could prompt a political backlash.

“If we push down the avenue of 100 percent renewables, it will become very obvious very quickly that it is neither cheap nor effective,” Christopher Clack, the study’s lead author, told InsideClimate News. “We worry that it could be used by our opponents to diminish the role of renewable energy on the grid.  We worry if we oversell them, it will lead to disappointment and backlash.”

Rather, Clack proposed policymakers should aim for a number closer to 80 percent renewable energy.

That public discussion of clean energy has progressed at all to the percentage of renewable energy, rather than its merits compared to fossil fuels, struck Van Horn has a victory in itself. 

“We think the academic debate is healthy,” she said. “A few years ago, we wouldn’t have been having a debate.”

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Sonequa Martin-Green Of 'Star Trek: Discovery' Shuts Down Racist Trolls

Sonequa Martin-Green Of 'Star Trek: Discovery' Shuts Down Racist Trolls

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Beam her up to hero status.

Star Trek: Discovery” actor Sonequa Martin-Green ― the first black woman to be the lead in the franchise ― proved racist trolls wrong on Thursday, as she praised the universal appeal of “Star Trek” and pointed out its yearslong diversity.

The New Yorker last month reported on the ugly backlash to the new “Star Trek” show’s trailer, featuring Martin-Green as the lieutenant commander and Michelle Yeoh as the Starfleet captain. Some commenters decried the lack of an alpha male in charge, the magazine wrote, calling it a fear of “white genocide.”

But Martin-Green had the perfect advice for bigots.

“I would encourage them to key into the essence and spirit of ‘Star Trek’ that has made it the legacy it is — and that’s looking across the way to the person sitting in front of you and realizing you are the same, that they are not separate from you, and we are all one,” she told Entertainment Weekly on Thursday. “That’s something ‘Star Trek’ has always upheld and I completely believe that is why it’s been a mainstay in society in the hearts of so many people for so many decades.”

Noting the franchise’s casting diversity dating back to the original series in the 1960s, Martin-Green said she was proud of being on a “Star Trek” seen through the eyes of a black woman.

“I feel like we’re taking another step forward, which I think all stories should do,” she said to EW. “We should go boldly where nobody has gone before and stay true to that.”

“Star Trek: Discovery,” which takes place before Capt. James T. Kirk and crew, will be available on CBS All Access beginning Sept. 24, Variety reported. The premiere will also air on CBS that day.

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Stephen Colbert Went All The Way To Russia To Troll Donald Trump Over 'Tapes'

Stephen Colbert Went All The Way To Russia To Troll Donald Trump Over 'Tapes'

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Stephen Colbert is ready to help President Donald Trump.

Trump admitted on Thursday he didn’t have any recordings of former FBI director James Comey, as he had previously implied.

But the “Late Show” host said he can find them… since he’s in Russia right now:

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CBS was screening repeats of the “Late Show” Thursday and Friday while Colbert visited Russia. The Hollywood Reporter said he was there working on a material for a future broadcast.

No doubt the president will feature prominently in whatever he comes back with. 

While in Russia, Colbert stopped by “Evening Urgant,” a talk show that Ivan Urgant hosts:

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New Yorkers, Scientists Will Pay $1,000 To Study Your Rat Infestation

New Yorkers, Scientists Will Pay $1,000 To Study Your Rat Infestation

New York City’s estimated 2 million rats have a notorious reputation ― as disease-spreading, house-destroying, fire-starting vermin. But despite their ubiquity and the risks they pose to humans, very little is actually known about the rodents and their behaviour, according to a study published this week.

Eager to learn more, the research team has offered $1,000 to study rat-plagued homes and businesses in the city. Take that, Pizza Rat

American and Australian researchers conducted the study, published in the Journal of Urban Ecology, which found that urban rats are the “least studied wildlife” in city environments, despite being among the “most important” of all urban animals. 

“They are the bane of urban environments, associated with poverty, disease, and fines by public health authorities” said coauthor Jason Munshi-South in a statement.

Yet despite their bad reputation, scientists said the ecology of city rats is not well-understood, with “insufficient” research on the animal. 

Part of the problem is that people see rats as the “‘pariahs’ of the animal kingdom, linked with disease, poverty and fear,” the study says. Because of this, home or business owners “plagued with rats are reluctant to tell anyone, or to share their residences with researchers,” said Munshi-South, an associate professor of biology at Fordham University in the Bronx. 

But as lead author Michael Parsons warned, city-dwellers can’t afford to indulge their ignorance about their rat neighbors any longer. As city populations continue to balloon worldwide, rodent-related risks and diseases are anticipated to go up and up in the coming decades. 

“We neglect to study them at our own peril,” said Parsons, a visiting research scholar at Fordham, in a statement. “No war has ever decimated one-third of the human population. Rats have.” 

In an effort to bridge this critical knowledge gap, the scientists have urged others to start conducting robust studies into city rat behavior and movement patterns. To gain access to rat-infested homes and businesses, the scientists recommended “incentivizing” property owners so they’re more willing to open their properties for study. Local authorities could, for instance, provide discounts for pest extermination services in return for access, they said. 

The scientists added that they’ve seen first-hand how effective such incentives can be. In their own research, the team offered free and confidential extermination services to “willing residences” that permitted their rats to be studied before the critters were exterminated. 

To continue his research into New York City’s rats, Parsons is adopting this method himself. He’s offering up to a $1,000 “reward” for access to a viable rat-infested location in Manhattan. 

H/T: CBS News 

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Kim Kardashian West Scores Jackie Kennedy Watch at Auction

Kim Kardashian West Scores Jackie Kennedy Watch at Auction

Kim Kardashian West I’ve Got Nothing But TimeFor Jackie Kennedy

6/23/2017 1:00 AM PDT

EXCLUSIVE

Kim Kardashian has a little Jackie Kennedy in her — or at least on her — because we found out she secretly bid on and won one of the legendary First Lady’s super-expensive timepieces.

Auction sources tell us Christie’s expected the watch to pull in $120,000 … but Kim’s anonymous, winning bid was $379,500!

Jackie’s Cartier watch must have been acquired when she was First Lady — just months before JFK was assassinated. It’s engraved February 23, 1963. She got it as a gift from brother-in-law Prince Stanislaw “Stas” Radziwill.

It’s interesting … Kim has vowed not to be flashy since she was robbed in Paris last October. The watch doesn’t stray from her plan … it has no diamonds and the design is actually understated. We’re told she plans to wear it. 

Kim also bid on one of Jackie’s paintings … which shows Stas in ’63 on a 50-mile hike in Palm Beach.

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Ryan Seacrest's Hosting Gig with 'American Idol' Held Up Over Executive Producer Credit

Ryan Seacrest's Hosting Gig with 'American Idol' Held Up Over Executive Producer Credit

Ryan Seacrest on ‘A.I.’The Money’s Good … But Title is Everything

6/23/2017 12:50 AM PDT

EXCLUSIVE

Ryan Seacrest’s “done deal” to host the reboot of “American Idol” has hit a snag … but it’s not over money.

TMZ broke the story … Seacrest and Fremantle Media and Core Media — the producers of “American Idol”– have agreed on his salary … somewhere between $10 million and $15 million, substantially less than Katy Perry‘s $25M paycheck but definitely not chump change — but he wants more than a “Host” title.

Sources at Fremantle and Core tell us, Seacrest is asking for an Executive Producer credit but Fremantle is balking, and the stalemate has now lasted more than a week. It’s unclear if Seacrest wants day-to-day responsibilities for producing the show — hard to imagine since there are only 24 hours in a day.

As we reported, we know producers are interested in Lionel Richie as a judge, but we’re told they won’t sign anyone else until they seal the deal with Seacrest.

Stay tuned.

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Kwame Brown Warns NBA Draft Picks, Beware the Gold Diggers!

Kwame Brown Warns NBA Draft Picks, Beware the Gold Diggers!

Kwame Brown Warns NBA Draft Picks… Beware the Gold Diggers!

6/23/2017 12:45 AM PDT

EXCLUSIVE

Kwame Brown knows all about the pressures that come with being a top NBA Draft pick — he was #1 overall in 2001 — and he’s dishing out his best advice to Markelle Fultz and co. 

First things first, Brown says his #1 experience was different from everyone else — because right after he was drafted by the Washington Wizards, Michael Jordan came back as a player … and Brown says it got in the way of his development. 

“My situation was unique and it’ll never happen again … unless LeBron James owns a team and then he comes back and plays at 40.”

He continued, “Elton Brand [and] a lot of guys that were #1, they were given the keys to a team and told ’em to drive … I was never given the keys. I was given the [junker].”

Beyond that, Brown drops some pearls of wisdom for the new NBA rookies — especially when it comes to protecting that wallet! 

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Ainge irked that J. Jackson canceled workout

Ainge irked that J. Jackson canceled workout

BOSTON — Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Kansas forward Josh Jackson canceled a workout recently after Boston brass traveled cross-country to see him and said the team never talked with Jackson in advance of Thursday’s draft.

The Celtics selected Duke’s Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 pick, and Jackson went one spot later to the Phoenix Suns. Ainge vented a bit after Thursday’s draft when asked if there was any truth to a rumored clandestine late-night workout with Jackson this week in Boston.

Pacers prez: George's remarks 'a gut punch'

Pacers prez: George's remarks 'a gut punch'

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard called it a “gut punch” when he found out that All-Star Paul George does not want to be part of the franchise long-term.

“It couldn’t have come at a worse time,” Pritchard said at the conclusion of Thursday’s NBA draft. “If we would have known this a few months ago, I think we could have been more prepared. Becoming public was a big issue.

“We want our players to want to be here, that’s important. It really is. When Paul said he didn’t, that’s a gut punch.”

George’s agent, Aaron Mintz, told Pritchard last weekend that the forward plans to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent in July 2018.

Pritchard said he has not spoken to George since he was made aware of his intentions.

The Rockets, Cavaliers, Clippers, Lakers, Celtics and Wizards are among the teams that have expressed interested in trading for George, league sources have told ESPN in recent days.

The draft came and went without the Pacers pulling off a deal despite talking to a number of teams about a potential trade. The Pacers used their first- and second-round picks on UCLA teammates TJ Leaf and Ike Anigbogu.

“Multiple things came up (Thursday) came,” Pritchard said. “We looked at a lot of things that included draft picks, but at the end of the day there’s so much other stuff that doesn’t include draft picks that we decided to stay put and look at everything that’s on the board in the future. We’re not going to make a bad deal. We want to get what we want.”

The Pacers, who are on the brink of a rebuild, would be better off trading George so that they’re stuck in a predicament like Oklahoma City when Kevin Durant became a free agent and signed with Golden State last summer, which left the Thunder in the positon of not having anything in return for losing Durant.

Pritchard, who was making his first public comments since the news broke about George’s intentions, remained calm throughout his 20-minute news conference. He did reference the words “gut punch” in some fashion five times.

“For me it was a gut punch, it was a total gut punch because we had many conversations over the summer about players that we’d like to add, a little bit of style that we’d like to play,” he said.

The Pacers, according to Pritchard, plan to be patient in their desire to trade George. Pritchard didn’t rule out the possibility of George still being on the roster when training camp opens in the fall.

The Pacers are in a tough position leverage wise because other teams know they want to move George, who averaged 23.7 points a game last season, and because he is expected to become a free agent next summer, which could turn teams off in wanting to acquire him.

“It’s not ideal but, we didn’t put ourselves in it,” Pritchard said. “(George) did. I know he likes Indiana. I don’t think it’s that. I think we have to look at our scenarios and it doesn’t mean we have to look today. We don’t want to have to be rushed. We want to be methodical in our decision making. We’re going to look at everything.

For Paul, it’s a situation as he looks at this, it’s not ideal, but it’s not ideal for us. We have to do what’s best for our organization.”

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Johnny Depp Cracks A Joke About Assassinating Donald Trump

Johnny Depp Cracks A Joke About Assassinating Donald Trump

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Actor Johnny Depp is under fire after making a crack about assassinating President Donald Trump

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star was in Glastonbury, England, promoting his newest film, “The Libertine,” at an event called Cinemageddon when he brought up the president’s name. 

“I think he needs help,” he said. “There are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go.” 

Then Depp told the audience:

“It’s just a question. I’m not insinuating anything. By the way, this is going to be in the press, it will be horrible, but I like that you’re all a part of it. 

When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”

The crowd cheered wildly. 

“Now, I want to clarify, I’m not an actor,” he added after a pause. “I lie for a living.” 

The comments come weeks after comic Kathy Griffin was criticized for posing with a bloody fake Trump head, which led to her losing a job with CNN. They also come amid protests in New York over a staging of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” in which the title character, who is stabbed to death, looks like Trump. 

Some celebrity comments over assassination have led to Secret Service inquiries. Conservative rocker Ted Nugent said he got a visit from agents after he said in 2012 he would be “dead or in jail by this time next year” if President Barack Obama was reelected.

It’s not clear yet if the agency plans to question Depp about his remarks.

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