Kinder Morgan Pushback Makes UK List of Top Post-Paris Bright Spots
However grindingly slow the pace of international climate negotiations might be, the Paris Agreement has unleashed a “starburst of activity” that is increasingly detached from the ongoing talks themselves.
And the list of top 11 bright spots, compiled by UK-based Climate Home News, includes shareholder demands that Houston-based Kinder Morgan factor climate risk into its planning for projects like its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from the Alberta tar sands/oil sands to Burnaby, BC.
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With formal negotiations dragging in the effort to craft a detailed rulebook to implement the 2015 Paris deal, diplomats’ “failure to make serious progress has been met with concern around the world,” Climate Home reports. But outside the formal process, “not willing to wait for the finer details, businesses, researchers, governments, and citizens are coming up with new ways to move the climate to a safer place,” resulting in “thousands of stories, big and small.”
The news report draws out nearly a dozen examples of local progress—from a new satellite sensing system that helps Kenyan herders find the best grassland for their livestock, to a coal phaseout announced by Chile’s centre-right government that points toward a 100% renewable electricity target for 2040.
Since countries adopted the Paris Agreement in 2015, 106 new national climate laws have been enacted, and each signatory now has at least one clean energy sector law in place, Climate Home notes. Columbia University’s Sabin Center is tracking 866 climate lawsuits worldwide, many westerners are moving toward meat-free diets, and new technologies that can both absorb light and let it through are pointing toward a day when city windows and pavement could become power generators.
Climate Home’s list of 11 bright spots includes recent shareholder pushback against Kinder Morgan in the coveted #5 spot. [To Climate Home: Our thanks from Canada! – Ed.]
“The Kinder Morgan vote is another drag on a project facing strong opposition from Indigenous groups whose territory the proposed pipeline crosses,” the UK publication notes. “In countries where governments are unable or unwilling to regulate big oil, organized shareholders are checking the industry’s short-termist impulses.”