WNN Breaking News Report
November 13, 2018
The National Water Regulation Agency (NWRA) released a report today expressing concern that greenhouse gases emitted into our atmosphere by human activities are contributing to global climate change. In a series of speeches and Tweets, both Presidents Pierre and Campbell, condemned the NWRA for releasing this report without an opportunity for their “team” to review and revise its content. The Presidents convened a “Future of the Environment Summit” that included a select group of Presidential staff members and lobbyists from fossil fuel-based industries, as well as the Secretaries of Community Development for Woodzel and La Rose.
“I wake up every day in La Rose City and the weather is different, some days it’s hot, like real-ly hot, I’m telling ya then it’s cold, brrrr reaallly cold. Climate changes every day, I don’t have time to talk about the weather, we gotta make jobs, folks. If you’re not making jobs get out of my way…. Warm is good, that’s why we vacation near Aiy; it’s warm with lots of sunshine!”
-President Pierre speaking at the Future of the Environment Summit (sponsored by the Fossil Fueled Coalition)
The Presidents are concerned that an overemphasis on climate change mitigation will negatively impact economic growth. They suggest that communities should work to positively adapt to “changes in the weather.” While the Secretaries of Community Development have shared that, in some situations, communities will need government funding to positively adapt to climate change, the Presidents argue that any financial or legislative support should come from the private sector.
The Presidents highlight the jobs and severance tax revenue generated through shale-based oil and gas development as an example of how the exploitation of natural capital can lead to financial capital and the positive spillover effects that has into community development. They have been clear that National Government funds raised through the severance tax will go to support local community development goals, however they will not support requests that discuss a movement away from a fossil fuel based energy system or attempts to mitigate causes of climate change.
While the next national election cycle is still four years away, some observers suggest that the inability for the National Government to take definable steps towards climate change mitigation or adaptation at the national-level is due, in part, to the fear that voters in some communities are not supportive of greenhouse gas regulations or the use of public funds to support climate change adaption measures.
“Communities complain about climate?! What?! Watch Weather Channel, sad! I’ll give ya some money from this great gas but make some jobs, people!”
-President Campbell via Twitter
Data compiled by the WNN and others find that the citizens of La Rose and Woodzel generally support regulations of some greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide. These findings are similar to attitudes held by citizens in some regions of the United States.
(four years later…)
November 13, 2022 Update
Citing their experience as students and Student Instructional Assistants in ENR 3500 and in their roles as the Secretary of Community Development, Secretary Cox (as President) and Secretary Griffin (as Vice President) are running in the National Election in La Rose, and Secretary Alvarez-Garcia (as President) and Secretary Woodruff (as Vice President) are running in the national election in Woodzel!
They would like to better assess the impacts that shale-based oil and gas development is having on communities’ pursuits of their broader community development goals and action steps. As WNN reported four years ago, the Secretaries argued from within the current administrations for communities to take a balanced approach and to stay focused on their goals.
In addition, toward the end of their terms, both Secretaries sharply denounced their President’s inaction on climate change. They are asking the Community Development Advisors (aka you!) to share the impacts that shale-based oil and gas development, any potential financial resources (including any grant money received from the National Government) through this development, as well as water pollution and other natural resource issues within their respective communities four years down the road.
These Presidential candidates are seeking a comprehensive development platform that addresses climate change adaptation measures at the local, community-level. Over the last four years, the administration made severe cuts to climate change efforts, yet communities have increasingly voiced concerns about the impacts of climate change. They want to know how climate change press and pulse dynamics are affecting communities at present, and into the future to be able to better assess the needs of the communities if they are elected.