IMPORTANT PERSON, IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT #1

President Obama announced the White House has secured more than $4 billion in public and private funding to invest in R&D of clean energy technologies.  The goal: fill the void between conceiving of a promising clean technology and selling a commercially profitable version of that technology. This has the potential to accelerate new innovations and also move existing technologies into the mainstream.  As VP Biden says “ The reality is there’s a new reality. Our energy future is cleaner, cheaper, renewable energy. You can start a virtuous cycle here.”

http://www.ibtimes.com/white-house-raises-4-billion-investors-foundations-develop-clean-energy-fight-climate-1969120

IMPORTANT PERSON, IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT #2

The Pope issued an encyclical (a letter laying out official Catholic doctrine) “On Care for Our Common Home,” in which he makes the connection between climate change and oppression of the poorest and most vulnerable. According to reviews it is well written, well-argued, clear, and in parts quite moving. But… it is 42,000 words long. So here’s a summary in that most concise form of communication, tweets:

http://grist.org/climate-energy/the-popes-climate-change-encyclical-in-tweets/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=tweet&utm_campaign=socialflow