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In other great news, ace climate reporter Dharna Noor has joined the team at Guardian US from the Boston Globe. I’m a print subscriber to the Guardian Weekly, in part to support their refusal of fossil-fuel advertising but also because it’s a damn good read.
Down Home North Carolina is seeking a full-time climate justice campaigner ($60K-$75K, N.C.) to build power for the multiracial working class in the arena of climate policy.
350VT is hiring a full-time community organizer ($42K, Vermont).
Climate Clock is seeking an experienced climate action campaigner to build energy for Climate Emergency Day on July 22 and Mental Health Awareness Day on October 9 ($30/hr, 20 hrs/week, remote).
The wonderful environmental-justice organization Asian Pacific Environmental Network is seeking a senior grants manager—the application deadline is Friday ($80K-$90K, Oakland or LA).
Fairfax County, Virginia is hiring a new director of environmental and energy coordination, responsible for managing a staff of eighteen and a budget of $2.3 million ($122K-$208K, Fairfax County).
HILL JERBS: Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), a YIMBY climate hawk who has been backing Joe Manchin’s dirty deal but recently introduced a clean-energy alternative plan, is hiring an energy legislative assistant or counsel to lead the senator’s energy policy work, including appropriations ($70K, D.C.).
Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), a member of the New Democrat Coalition, is hiring a climate/environment legislative assistant to handle a portfolio of issues to include climate, energy, environment, science and technology, and other issues. Applicants with at least two years of relevant experience should send a resume, short writing sample, and references to her legislative director Sharon Wagener (email@example.com). Please use the subject line: Legislative Assistant Position. (No salary listed, D.C.)
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is seeking an energy and environment legislative aide with at least one year of experience ($54K, D.C.). Please e-mail a resume and writing sample to: SenatePersonalOffice@gmail.com. Please include “Legislative Aide – Energy/Environment” in the subject line. The deadline is this Friday, May 26th.
Roman climate activists have been angrily protesting the fossil-fuel industry and its ties to Italy’s neo-fascist government in the wake of catastrophic, fossil-fueled flooding last week in northern Italy that killed 13. On Sunday, activists turned the blue water of the Trevi Fountain in central Rome black with coal. Today, youth activists drenched themselves in mud in front of the Italian Senate building.
This morning in London, the Shell annual shareholder meeting was delayed by climate protesters for over an hour. Shell CEO Wael Sawan and chairman Andrew Mackenzie huddled behind a human chain of security guards as a “choir of about a dozen protesters” sang “Go to hell, Shell, and don’t you come back no more.”
Shell, which made a record $42 billion in climate-genocidal profits last year, has dozens of new oil and gas drilling projects around the world.
A company spokesperson said the protestors were “not interested in constructive engagement.”
Colorado Bad: Colorado frackers dramatically increased their reliance on high-quality water for fracking to over 10 billion gallons of freshwater a year during the ongoing mega-drought, even though they could have used their wastewater.
Colorado Good: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has received $150 million through the Inflation Reduction Act for expansions in Arvada and Golden.
Colorado Dry: Under strong pressure from the federal government, the states of Arizona, Nevada, and California brokered a landmark deal to equitably reduce consumption of the drying Colorado River, using $1.2 billion from the Inflation Reduction Act to pay farmers to use less water.
The Biden administration has hit pause on the Rio Tinto-BHP Resolution Copper Mine in sacred Apache lands of Oak Flat of Arizona, “to meet with opposing tribes and review the Forest Service’s consultation.”
TODAY IN HEARINGS: We’ve got markups! In Transportation and Infrastructure, there’s a markup of legislation to cripple NEPA for port infrastructure projects (H.R. 3316), fight oceanic plastic pollution (H.R. 886), and simplify the disaster relief process (H.R. 1796), among other bills.
U.S. Department of Agriculture officials Terry Cosby, Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Zach Ducheneaux, Administrator of the Farm Service Agency testify before the Ag committee.
The Natural Resources Water, Wildlife and Fisheries subcommittee, chaired by Cliff Bentz (R-Ore.) with ranking member Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), reviewed the FY 2024 budget for the agencies under its jurisdiction: the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Power Marketing Administrations, with the heads of those agencies.
Finally, a cavalcade of fossil-funded think-tankers, including the Institute for Energy Research’s Kenny Stein, opine on the “domestic energy sector supply chain” for the Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.). There was a lot of discussion of the perfidy of China.
What’s that, you want to know about how the debt ceiling negotiations are going? Having read the latest reports on our metaphorical Nazi-truck-crashing-into-the-White-House scenario, I can’t give you any good news, but I did unfortunately discover that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Q-Ga.) paid $100,000 for Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Moron) cherry chapstick.
Hearings on the Hill:
10 AM: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Markup of Environmental Permitting, Ocean Pollution, Disaster Relief, and other legislation
10 AM: House Agriculture
Conservation, Research, and Biotechnology
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency
10:15 AM: House Natural Resources
Water, Wildlife and Fisheries
President’s FY 2024 Budget Proposal for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Power Marketing Administrations
10:30 AM: House Energy and Commerce
Oversight and Investigations
Growing the Domestic Energy Sector Supply Chain and Manufacturing Base: Are Federal Efforts Working?
2 PM: Federal Lands
House Natural Resources
Forests, Wildfire, and Timber Sales Legislation