5 things happening now that should give you hope about climate change.

Admit it talking about climate change can be super depressing.

Sea levels could rise to terrifying levels, droughts are getting worse, storms are getting more severe, and … this one’s tough … even beer is being ruined.

But don’t let all the doom and gloom rain on your parade. Because although, yes, we certainly need to continue acting on climate change (like, yesterday), the world has taken many encouraging, consequential steps forward as of late. And you have every right to feel good about that.

Here are five reasons to feel hopeful in the fight to keep global temperatures down.

1. Carbon emissions are expected to stall or even fall this year.

Yeah, you read correctly decline.

Photo via iStock.

New data presented at the UN climate talks in Paris earlier this month suggests global carbon emissions will have dropped 0.6% in 2015.

Even though that figure might sound measly (no one’s saying we don’t have our work cut out for us), this is pretty big. It marks the very first time carbon emissions have dropped during a year of global economic growth.

What have we been doing differently lately? Well, the world is using more renewable energy, the data found, and China one of global warming’s worst offenders is slowly kicking its dirty coal habit to the curb, which helped a lot.

2. More and more people around the world are taking climate change seriously.

Photo via iStock.

Just last month, Pew Research Center found that in all 40 countries where it polled respondents, majorities agreed that climate change is a “serious problem.”

What’s more, a median of 78% of global respondents were in favor of their country agreeing to limit greenhouse gas emissions to halt rising temperatures.

It’s OK to celebrate these numbers because, naturally, the more people believe in the science behind climate change, the harder they’ll fight to do something about it.

And that leads me to #3:

3. The biggest carbon-emitting culprits just united in Paris to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

The UN hosted the largest-ever gathering of heads of state this month in France at COP21 a summit focused on setting ambitious global goals to drastically reduce our collective carbon footprint.

Photo via iStock.

Yes, plenty of international climate conferences have happened before, and many have failed on reaching their prospective benchmarks. But this time looks especially promising, seeing as 195 nations around the world committed to dramatically reducing their carbon footprints.

“The Paris agreement establishes the enduring framework the world needs to solve the climate crisis,” President Obama said of the agreement. “It creates the mechanism, the architecture, for us to continually tackle this problem in an effective way.”

But it’s not just politicians (finally) trying to pull their weight against global warming…

4. Big names with deep pockets are stepping up to share the burden of a warming planet.

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, a UN Messenger of Peace on the climate, was also in France for COP21, encouraging about 1,000 mayors and leaders from around the world to go big on renewable energy.

Model cities like Vancouver, Sydney, Stockholm and Las Vegas have already committed to using 100% renewable energy in the coming decades,” he said in a speech. So to all the mayors and governors in this room today, I implore you to join with your peers to commit to moving to no less than 100% renewable energy as soon as possible. Do not wait another day.

And billionaire philanthropist and cool dude Bill Gates? He announced a massive carbon-fighting initiative that will use both billions of dollars from private investors (like Richard Branson and Mark Zuckerberg) as well as clean energy commitments from several countries to help prevent catastrophically high global temperatures.

“It is great to see so many government leaders and investors making these commitments and showing how the public and private sectors can come together to work on big problems,” Gates wrote on his blog.

“I am optimistic that we can invent the tools we need to generate clean, affordable, reliable energy that will help the poorest improve their lives and also stop climate change.”

5. The worst of climate change is still avoidable! And the urgency we’ve seen to act is a positive sign.

Yes, rising temperatures will continue to affect our planet in big, costly ways. But, if ambitious goals are met, we will have a green future ahead of us.

“I believe this moment can be a turning point for the world,” Obama said, praising the new climate agreement as “the best chance we have to save the one planet that we’ve got.”

See? There’s no need to feel demoralized. However, there still is a need to act. Demand the U.S. step up its clean energy game by signing this petition by the League of Conservation Voters.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/5-things-happening-now-that-should-give-you-hope-about-climate-change?c=tpstream

This corporation-backed nonprofit literally makes up Mad Libs bills for politicians to pass.

Mommy, where do bills come from?

According to “Schoolhouse Rock,” it’s a whole bunch of boring bureaucratic nonsense set to music, which, well, half of that’s right, anyway.

But even with the tedious waiting process, the song still presents a highly idealistic version of the lawmaking process, one where well-informed citizens reach out directly to their state representatives, who act in the best interests of their tax-paying constituents and aim to enact laws that work on their behalf.

Sadly, the groovy melodies aren’t the most misleading part of that musical masterpiece.



GIF via “Schoolhouse Rock.”

In reality, lawmaking is more like a corporate Mad Libs game, thanks to ALEC.

ALEC is the American Legislative Exchange Council, which describes itself as a nonprofit organization that advocates in the interest of limited government, free markets, and the “Jeffersonian ideal” of Federalism.

That’s the 501(c)3 application way of saying impossibly wealthy lobbying cabal disguised as a tax-exempt write-off through which corporations can control politicians with pre-written bills.”

I would clarify that ALEC is not actually a person, but that whole Citizens United thing (in which they had a hand) made that point moot.



GIFset via “Last Week Tonight.”

ALEC’s main function is to write business-friendly (read: corporate-profit-positive) “model” bills with a few blanks left for legislators to fill-in themselves.


GIFset via “Last Week Tonight.”

It sounds too absurd to be true, right? And yet, here’s the actual closing passage from ALEC’s “Electricity Freedom Act” model bill:


GIF via ALEC.

To be clear, Winters is an elected official, and he basically just admitted to cheating on a public policy test.

But he’s not just peering over the shoulder over the nerdy kid at the front of the class (honestly, that’d be preferable because then he’d at least be getting information from actual scientists). He’s going straight to the Koch Brothers and countless powerful and/or climate-change-denying corporations and asking them to tell him what to think.

And then there’s this fun exchange between Reps. Joe Atkins (D-Minnesota) and Steve Gottwalt (R-Minnesota):




GIFset via “Last Week Tonight.”

Oops.

They’ve also got their hands in the prison-industrial complex, voter disenfranchisement, privatizing education, undermining consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act, “stand your ground” laws, pollution and anti-environmental initiatives, and the so-called “Death Star” bill that wasn’t actually like this but basically did this to minority, LGBTQ, and overall workers’ rights:


Emperor Palpatine GIF from “Return of the Jedi.”

And ALEC’s next trick? Taking legal action against the sun (and destroying the environment along the way).

At their annual meeting in July 2015, ALEC members gathered to discuss their most recent working draft of the deceptively-titled Environmental Impact Litigation Act, which is intended for state legislators to help crush Obama’s new Clean Power Plan.

Coincidentally, the top sponsors of that conference included ExxonMobil, American Electric Power, Balanced Energy for Texas, and American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, none of whom could possibly have had any ulterior motives in crafting laws relating to energy.

In addition to the classic fill-in-the-blank parts, the Environmental Impact Litigation Act included a number of other incredible passages, like that whole part about the unfair political and economic overreach of … the sun.


Yes. According to ALEC, the sun has an unfair and illegal monopoly on solar power.

But remember, this is about consumer rights … right?! ALEC is standing up for the people, who deserve the freedom to spend more of their own hard-earned money to constantly upgrade equipment and pay additional fees to mediating companies even when they generate their own power from natural resources. This is America, dammit!



GIF from “Parks and Recreation.”

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/this-corporation-backed-nonprofit-literally-makes-up-mad-libs-bills-for-politicians-to-pass?c=tpstream

#CPAC2013: Sen. Rubio scores; Water bottles still causing buzz [photos]

http://twitter.com/#!/SBroadie/status/312253042407915520

Senator Rubio hit the stage at CPAC 2013 earlier today.

Looking forward to speaking at #CPAC2013 at 1:15p.m. #CPAC13

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 14, 2013

@alcardenasacu about to introduce @marcorubio on stage at #cpac2013! #tcot twitter.com/CPACnews/statu…

— CPAC (@CPACnews) March 14, 2013

Of course, water bottles were all the rage.

spotted at #CPAC2013 (of course): Marco Rubio water bottles, for sale… abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics…

— Rick Klein (@rickklein) March 14, 2013

#CPAC2013 For the thirsty CPACers, Reclaim America (Marco Rubio PAC) has you covered for $25: twitter.com/kevcirilli/sta…

— Kevin Cirilli (@kevcirilli) March 14, 2013

Marco Rubio water bottles for sale in the exhibit hall! twitter.com/charliespierin…

— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) March 14, 2013

Rubio coming up.Does he do a water bottle joke? Consensus here is ABSOLUTELY.We’ll see.#cpac2013

— Don Gonyea NPR (@DonGonyea) March 14, 2013

Consensus was correct!

“Love the hospitality, but this is an exaggeration” -Rubio, upon seeing water bottles at #CPAC2013 podium

— Lindsay M Boyd (@LinsBoydtweets) March 14, 2013

Marco Rubio has several water bottles. Haha #CPAC2013

— Erin (@Erincclo) March 14, 2013

Sen. Marco Rubio takes the stage at #CPAC2013 w/ three water glasses on his podium! He called it a bit dramatic. lol

— Clay Arnold (@H_ClayArnold) March 14, 2013

Still, there was another attraction: Senator Rubio himself.

Rubio Time at CPAC. People hustling in from the hallways, just like when they dim the lights at a rock concert.

— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) March 14, 2013

It’s a standing-room only crowd for Rubio at CPAC.

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) March 14, 2013

We ran into @marcorubio and he was kind enough to take a picture with us! #CPAC2013 twitter.com/BaylorYCT/stat…

— Baylor YCT (@BaylorYCT) March 14, 2013

An with @marcorubio, the event hall is full. #CPAC2013 twitter.com/fredontwittur/…

— Fred M (@fredontwittur) March 14, 2013

A packed house at #CPAC2013 listening to @marcorubio! twitter.com/Evan_Draim/sta…

— Evan Draim (@Evan_Draim) March 14, 2013

Marco Rubio knocked it out of the park as a motivator of conservative principled people #CPAC2013 twitter.com/OPDitch/status…

— O. P. Ditch (@OPDitch) March 14, 2013

Some key points from his wide-ranging speech:

Marco Rubio: “The student loan debt is the next big bubble in America.” #CPAC2013

— Roger Simon (@politicoroger) March 14, 2013

Rubio is not reading from prepared remarks. He has notes on a few sheets of paper.

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) March 14, 2013

“Science has proven that life begins at conception.” -Marco Rubio #CPAC2013

— Steven Ertelt (@StevenErtelt) March 14, 2013

Bravo, Marco! MT @katrinatrinko Rubio slams those who believeclimate change, but ignore the fact that life begins at conception. #cpac2013

— Josh Painter (@Josh_Painter) March 14, 2013

.@marcorubio: “We need a pro-growth energy policy. Including oil and gas.” #CPAC2013 twitter.com/SHannitysHair/…

— Sean Hannity’s Hair (@SHannitysHair) March 14, 2013

“There is no tax increase in the world that can solve our debt problem.” -Marco Rubio twitter.com/HaleyNForest/s…

— Haley Forest (@HaleyNForest) March 14, 2013

March Rubio Brings Down House at CPAC: ‘The Idea Is Called America and It Still Works’ nation.foxnews.com/marco-rubio/20…

— Fox Nation (@foxnation) March 14, 2013

#Rubio: “There is nothing progressive about million dollar loans to billionaires to build solar panels.” #CPAC2013

— American Spectator (@AmSpec) March 14, 2013

America isn’t our government, America is our people – @marcorubio #CPAC2013 twitter.com/themilydaniels…

— Emily (@themilydaniels) March 14, 2013

Rubio on the rest of the world: “They may claim to hate us, but they sure do want to be us.” #CPAC2013 #cpacnews

— Wayne Dupree ✌✊ (@NewsNinja2012) March 14, 2013

Rubio at CPAC: “We don’t need a new idea. The idea is called America and it still works.”

— Jamie Weinstein (@Jamie_Weinstein) March 14, 2013

Rubio at CPAC: ‘Just because I believe that states should have the right to define marriage in a traditional way does not make me a bigot.’

— Byron York (@ByronYork) March 14, 2013

Good line. @drudge_report: RUBIO: ‘We don’t need new idea. The idea is America, and it still works’… drudge.tw/XaOgqV

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 14, 2013

Amen. You can watch his whole speech here:

FULL SPEECH: Watch Marco Rubio speak at CPAC 2013 j.mp/YdHQr9

— Right Scoop (@trscoop) March 14, 2013

And it ended with more water buzz.

In closing, “never in the history of the world has water been so popular” – Sen Rubio at #CPAC2013

— Lauren Luxenburg (@LaurenC_Lux) March 14, 2013

Rubio says the left’s criticism of his speech will be, “No. 1, he drank too much water.” #CPAC2013

— MadeleineMorgenstern (@MadeleineBlaze) March 14, 2013

As crowd cheers as he sips a glass of water: Rubio: “Never in the history of the world has water been so popular”

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) March 14, 2013

Rubio gets applause for taking a sip of water at #CPAC2013

— John McCormick (@McCormickJohn) March 14, 2013

Rubio starts getting sticky mouth, pauses for sip, #CPAC2013 crwd cheers. Sen: “Never in the history of the world has water been so popular”

— Bridget Johnson (@Bridget_PJM) March 14, 2013

Rubio just drank water again, everyone freak out #CPAC2013

— Dan Hirschhorn (@DanDailyNews) March 14, 2013

Sen. Rubio taking a sip of water almost as popular on Twitter as a seagull landing on a chimney on the Sistine Chapel. #CPAC2013 #conclave

— Random Loathing (@RandomLoathing) March 14, 2013

Heh.

And a warning:

MSM is trying to force us choose between Rand & Rubio.Reject that narrative. As conservatives we get both. They get Reid & Pelosi. #cpac2013

— Henry Kelley(@henrykelley) March 14, 2013

Zing! It’s funny, because it’s true.

In case you missed it, Sen. Rand scored big as well earlier today.

.@marcorubio and @senrandpaul are today’s big speakers at #cpac2013 @nowthisnews @cpacnews twitter.com/skenigsberg/st…

— Sara Kenigsberg (@skenigsberg) March 14, 2013

Related:

#StandwithRand: Sen. Rand Paul asks CPAC to stand with him in liberty; Attendees remain standing through speech [pics]

‘Who let ThinkProgress program this’? CPAC hosts squishy immigration panel

#IMetBen: Franklin Center’s pal helps CPAC attendees celebrate freedom (and free beer)

Allen West a hit at CPAC: ‘Nothing libs fear more than a black conservative’; Foul libs prove him right

 

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/03/14/cpac2013-sen-marco-rubio-scores-water-bottles-still-causing-buzz-photos/

Watch Reese Witherspoon’s powerful new PSA fighting climate change.

Not any old actor can pull off the role of planet Earth.

But Reese Witherspoon isn’t any old actor.

The Hollywood heavyweight is the voice behind a powerful new PSA by environmental group Conservation International. She narrates the minute-long video seen below, which aired at the Momentum for Change Awards on Dec. 10, 2015, during the UN climate talks in Paris.

Her role as our “home” as in, the world we all share is making waves online.

Photo via Red Carpet Report on Mingle Media TV/Flickr.

The PSA serves as a commanding reminder that Earth might not need us. But we certainly need Earth.

With the entirety of humanity hanging in the balance, why aren’t we prioritizing the protection of our planet?

It’s a question Dr. M. Sanjayan, executive vice president of Conservation International, wanted to emphasize with the PSA.

“We wanted something that reminds everyone we have a shared planet,” he told Mashable. “That everything we have, from our building materials, to our food, to the air we breathe and the water we drink all of it comes from home. It’s the earth itself reminding us.”

The PSA, part of Conservation International’s #INeedNature campaign, is just the latest video getting some A-list traction behind it.

Just last month, Liam Neeson took on the role of “ice” for the initiative, and other celebs including Kevin Spacey, Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyong’o, and Harrison Ford have supported the cause, too.

Witherspoon’s PSA comes at a time when climate change has never been more of a hot (pardon the pun) topic.

World leaders just met up in Paris and decided upon a historic agreement to slash carbon emissions around the globe. Business leaders and philanthropists, realizing how vital the issue is, are investing billions of dollars in clean energy.

And more and more citizens around the globe are supporting organizations, like the Natural Resources Defense Council, that demand our leaders make combating climate change a #1 priority.

With Witherspoon now on board, this movement might just be unstoppable.

Watch the PSA narrated by Witherspoon below.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/watch-reese-witherspoons-powerful-new-psa-fighting-climate-change?c=tpstream

Ellen never gave up on her dreams. And our dream for the Earth isn’t unrealistic either.

It takes guts to dream big.

Because when you’re willing to take a stand, it means you actually care about something. And it’s scary to be open like that. It means placing a part of yourself on the line. It’s easier to give in to doubts or peer pressure. To hide.

But we’ve always loved the people who weren’t willing to settle. The dreamers.

We look up to them because they’ve felt what we’ve felt in every job interview, or school application, or confession of love they felt those same doubts and beat them back. They’re the people who inspire us to do what seems impossible.

But, what if Gandhi had gotten cold feet?

Image via Don’t Panic London/YouTube.

What if Ellen DeGeneres had stage fright?


Could the world really be powered by completely renewable sources? “There are a lot of people who say it is not possible,” Stanford professor Mark Jacobson told Upworthy. He’s out to prove them wrong.

Jacobson and his team weren’t involved in Don’t Panic’s video, but they have created a road map to 100% clean energy for 139 individual countries. Jacobson used today’s energy data projected forward to 2050 and customized the plan for each country based on their natural resources.

Volcanic Iceland, for example, could use a lot of geothermal, while sunny Italy could get more than half of their power from solar plants.


“In the end we’ll have a system that’s a lot cleaner, a lot safer, and our society should be more stable,” he added.

But to achieve this, we still need the same determination and heart that Gandhi and King had.

From Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, 2015, world leaders will be meeting in Paris to try to finally solve the climate change crisis.

We need to show them that we’re ready to dream big.

Watch Don’t Panic’s full video here:

The Wilderness Society also has a dream to keep southern Australia’s Great Australian Bight pristine and free of deep-sea oil rigs. Sign their petition to keep BP at bay and protect this untouched stretch of marine wilderness.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/ellen-never-gave-up-on-her-dreams-and-our-dream-for-the-earth-isnt-unrealistic-either?c=tpstream

What A Couple Did To This Old Church Bus Will Make You Insanely Jealous

Many people find enjoyment out of buying old cars and restoring them. Few things are more rewarding than taking something old and decrepit and making it beautiful and new again.

It’s a hobby for many, and a necessity for others.

Take this couple — when they found an old church bus, they saw it as an inexpensive opportunity to build a permanent home that they could take on the road. Check out the transformation!

This couple bought an old church bus off Craigslist.

Then they spent four months renovating it.

The old, beaten-up bus definitely showed its years of use.

They started out with a plan of attack.

And began ripping out the insides.

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They gave the interior a buffing and a new paint job.

Then they laid the groundwork for what would become a beautiful interior.

They also had to give the engine parts and undercarriage an update.

Solar panels were added to power the bus.

And after a ton of hard work and even more scrap wood, their new home started to take shape!

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They added a loft bed and storage units.

The kitchen came together.

They added some more decorative elements to the interior.

And voilà! Here’s the completed product.

View of the front end of the bus.

(source Imgur)

I wish I had the moxie to fix up a car like this. It would be insanely useful. But I think I’ll just continue being a normal car-owning person. For better or for worse.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/church-bus/

Obama to America: Let’s lower gas prices…by redistributing oil subsidies to green scams!

http://twitter.com/#!/WilliamTeach/status/185381967695585280

maybe ineed to start watchin the news more , b/c ireally dnt see the changes obama made the world seem like its gettin worse if yu ask me

— R.I.P BABi B.I. (@SuckOnDis9Piece) March 29, 2012

Obama really DOES want 2 stick it 2 Americans…now he wants 2 tax Oil Co's…which will cause gas prices 2 skyrocket. #ObamaMustGo

— Marian D Clough (@MarianDClough) March 29, 2012

This morning President Obama delivered a lengthy statement to Congress about an upcoming vote on oil subsidies. His pitch: cut them and invest more in clean energy – ie: let’s give more money to companies like Solyndra, which was an ultimate fail and wasted more than $500 million in taxpayer money.

Dear Mr President Obama, talk is cheap. GAS IS $4.00 A GALLON

— JCorb (@JDCorbinPM) March 29, 2012

But as most of his speeches are, President Obama was speaking to divide the country against Congress and Washington, placing himself on the side of “the American people” hoping to gain extra boost in poll numbers for the upcoming election. Well, as his advisors forget to tell him, America isn’t as dumb as he thinks. Here’s a bit of the reaction:

Or we can all become socialists. RT @markknoller: Pres Obama says Congress today "can stand (cont) http://t.co/q7cmksoe

— Paul Townley (@PaulTownleyGI) March 29, 2012

Obama just said wind and solar are proving "thousands of jobs" actually, more like killing thousands of jobs Mr. President

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) March 29, 2012

Listening to Obama on oil. I'm struck by how… well, how ignorant he is. Also by how demagogic.

— Quin Hillyer (@QuinHillyer) March 29, 2012

Obama wants to raise taxes on oil companys, get ready for $5 a gallion

— Johnston Tea Party (@JohnstonTea) March 29, 2012

Obama sounds defensive on oil drilling and oil production. he needs to stop slamming republicans and act like the president. #complaining

— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) March 29, 2012

No, but he is obsessed with them. RT @rickklein: Obama – BREAKING – "I'm not worried about the big oil companies."

— Steve Everley (@saeverley) March 29, 2012

9 months, 3 weeks, 2 days, 16 hours, 59 minutes, and 58 seconds until #Obama leaves office.

— Obama Countdown (@obama_countdown) March 27, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/03/29/obama-to-america-lets-just-raise-taxes/

Listen to Reese Witherspoon voice a new PSA fighting climate change.

Reese Witherspoon is the voice behind a powerful new PSA combating climate change.

She narrates the minute-long video seen below, which was produced by environmental group Conservation International and aired at the Momentum for Change Awards on Dec. 10, 2015, during the UN climate talks in Paris.

Her role as our “home” as in, the world we all share is making waves online.

Photo via Red Carpet Report on Mingle Media TV/Flickr.

The PSA serves as a commanding reminder that Earth might not need us, but we certainly need Earth.

With the entirety of humanity hanging in the balance, why aren’t we prioritizing the protection of our planet?

It’s a question Dr. M. Sanjayan, executive vice president of Conservation International, wanted to emphasize with the PSA.

“We wanted something that reminds everyone we have a shared planet,” he told Mashable. “That everything we have, from our building materials, to our food, to the air we breathe and the water we drink all of it comes from home. It’s the earth itself reminding us.”

GIFs via Conservation International/YouTube.

The PSA, part of Conservation International’s #INeedNature campaign, is just the latest video getting some A-list traction behind it.

Just last month, Liam Neeson took on the role of “ice” for the initiative, and other celebs including Kevin Spacey, Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyong’o, and Harrison Ford have supported the cause, too.

Witherspoon’s PSA comes at a time when climate change has never been more of a hot (pardon the pun) topic.

World leaders just met up in Paris and decided on a historic agreement to slash carbon emissions around the globe. Business leaders and philanthropists, realizing how vital the issue is, are investing billions of dollars in clean energy.

And more and more citizens around the globe are supporting organizations, like the Natural Resources Defense Council, that demand our leaders make combating climate change a #1 priority.

With Witherspoon now on board, this movement might just be unstoppable.

Watch the PSA narrated by Witherspoon below.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/listen-to-reese-witherspoon-voice-a-new-psa-fighting-climate-change?c=tpstream

‘Cronies he needs to pay off’? Obama seeks to double ‘clean energy’ spending

President Obama will send his final budget proposal to Congress next week, and he’s seeking to again crank up the amount of money going into “clean energy”:

Haven’t we been down this road before?

In his weekly media address, Obama announced that he will send a budget to Congress on Tuesday which hits twice the current spending levels for clean energy research and development by 2020, declaring that “rather than subsidize the past, we should invest in the future.”
[…]
“One of the greatest challenges of our time is climate change,” the US leader said.

Additionally, Obama has proposed a $10-per-barrel oil fee.

Never let a low energy price “crisis” go to waste:

Obama’s budget doubling “clean energy” spending faces hurdles though:

Obama appears determined to make energy prices as high as possible by the time he leaves office.

Apparently not.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2016/02/06/cronies-he-needs-to-pay-off-obama-seeks-to-double-clean-energy-spending/

He Turned A Rusty, Old Cargo Van Into An Epic Camping Mobile

Here at ViralNova, we’re no strangers to seeing people take old, rusted-out cars, ripping their innards out, and giving them a completely new look. Somehow, each new van remodel is more amazing than the last. And Reddit user VAN-Wilder‘s cargo-van-turned-Adventuremobile does not disappoint.

It all started with this 2006 Ford van that he bought on Craigslist.

The floors were rusted, but that would be easily remedied.

After ripping out all the stuff inside, VAN-Wilder got to work.

An angle grinder made quick work of the rusting.

He laid down a coat of primer.

And then painted the floor.

Runners were glued down with liquid nails — they would serve as the surface for the flooring to rest upon.

Then came the insulation.

OSB plywood went down on top.

Because the thing had seen some wear and tear over the years, VAN-Wilder had to patch up holes here and there.

More insulation on the walls meant this van would be ready for anything.

After he cut a hole out of the van’s side, he placed a propane tank inside and sealed it up with a hinged door.

He had a high top roof made for the van — this was crucial…

It meant he had six feet, five inches of standing room!

He cut out a hole in said new roof to add a fan for circulation.

He measured, cut, and put down Lonseal heavy-duty flooring.

Luan plywood was added to all the walls and the bed frame was finally built and installed!

Of course, you can’t have an epic camper van without power to operate your sound system and kitchen appliances.

Solar panels help, too.

Let there be light!

He has a working burner, refrigerator, and sink.

The bed has plenty of storage underneath it.

A privacy curtain went up for all those overnights he has planned.

There’s even enough room for his surfboard!

This is incredible!

All in all, it took VAN-Wilder about four months to make his camper. If you’d like to see the whole tutorial, check it out here. You can also follow along with his adventures on his Instagram.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/camper-van-remodel/

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