To frack, or not to frack?- The Climate Minute Podcast

Things wrapped up in Lima at COP20 with an agreement that is either good or inadequate. However, Greenpeace apparently went too far and desecrated a famous archeological site in the Andes. This raises questions about the ‘cultural cluelessness’ of some activists. Take for example the on going discussion about the Black Lives movement, environmental justice and Climate Hawks.

There was lots of activity on the energy-in-politics front, see

Lots to think about, but remember, this is the Winter Solstice , and longer days are coming.

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist that the United States put a price on carbon.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre

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Poisoned Memories -The Climate Notes Podcast

D.R. Tucker says he’s jealous of younger climate hawks, not only for
having greater awareness on global warming than he did at their age,
but also for being able to recognize frauds–something he couldn’t do
at their age.

See also:

http://web.archive.org/web/20120203170033/http://www.frumforum.com/remembering-talk-radios-best

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/12/09/keller-large-remembering-david-brudnoy/

http://archive.tobacco.org/news/104695.html

http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/map09a00/pdf?search=%22david%20brudnoy%22

http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/nap09a00

http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/jey54b00/pdf?search=%22david%20brudnoy%20tobacco%20institute%22

http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/qtt84b00/pdf

http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/zfa15b00/pdf?search=%22david%20brudnoy%20tobacco%20institute%22

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Introducing MCAN’s new Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) today announced the hiring of Ms. Carol Oldham as the new Executive Director for the organization. Ms. Oldham stepped into the role on December 1st.

“We are happy and excited to have Carol assume this important leadership position”, said board president Ted McIntyre. “With her broad knowledge of climate issues and her deep experience in grassroots organizing, we are confident she will help us re-build the strong network of local activism that has been the hallmark of MCAN.”

Ms. Oldham joins MCAN after nearly a decade of working on climate for large national organizations, including the Sierra Club and the National Wildlife Federation. She has managed regional campaigns, staff, and consultants and has focused on influencing federal climate change policy from the pueblos of New Mexico to coalition building in New England. Carol holds an MBA in policy and planning from the University of New Mexico and an undergraduate degree from Bennington College.

“I am thrilled to join MCAN’s network at this critical time,” said Carol Oldham. “The opportunities to address climate change are now at the local and state level. The MCAN network of citizens in towns across the state represents a powerful force for change. Local action and state policy go hand in hand, so the town-by-town activism that MCAN supports is crucial to making sure we reach the goals we have set as a state.”

McIntyre concluded “Please welcome Carol to your network, and seek her out for guidance and support. Her knowledge, enthusiasm and grassroots experience will help us all to build a durable future.”

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Contact: Carol Oldham, carololdham@massclimateaction.net

The Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) is a statewide organization that coordinates the work of locally organized groups across Massachusetts fighting the climate crisis. We have a large and vigorous community of 46 chapters, hundreds of members, and others who communicate, network, and share information related to climate action.

MCAN was founded in 2000, and in 2009 became a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

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Pipelines to Powerlines- The Climate Minute Podcast

As a leader in the fight against climate change, Massachusetts often has to deal with problems at the leading edge. Is a natural gas pipeline through the state a good idea? Is it wise to import hydro-power from Quebec in order to achieve our emissions goals? We discuss these topics, along with a review of the proceedings down in Lima.

Kinder Morgan re-routes it’s controversial pipeline. We talk with Rich Cowan about what is happening on the front lines of the struggle. Better Futures Project’s Craig Altemouse provides a run down of reasons to oppose the pipeline on the Huffington Post. For even more info, check out the MA Pipeline Action Network . The next hearing on the low-demand scenario is scheduled for SDecember 18th.

The Globe’s Business Page gives a somewhat unclear discussion of the Hydro-Quebec question. But the Op-Ed page has a simpler explanation. Alternatively, the State could save emissions by adjusting our thermostats or using tidal power.

In Peru, the COP20 in Lima has been on-going. ThinkProgress gives an update , and DemocracyNow talks to Pablo Solon. If you do nothing else, watch John Kerry’s remarkable speech.

Finally: Watch President Obama “dis” Keystone XL under Colbert’s cold stare.

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist that the United States put a price on carbon.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre

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The Turning Point -The Climate Notes Podcast

In the aftermath of the Eric Garner case, a number of right-wing media commentators have agreed with progressive commentators on the issue of police brutality. Could these talking heads ever agree with climate hawks on scientific reality?

See also:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/05/us/politics/anger-at-chokehold-death-crosses-political-lines.html

http://www.mediaite.com/online/concha-rare-consensus-across-cable-news-and-country-on-eric-garner/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqLQd1UlM8c

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/oreilly-eric-garner-was-not-a-threat-police-clearly-overreacted/

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/george-w-bush-garner-grand-jury-decision-hard-to-understand/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/12/04/can-eric-garners-killing-get-liberals-and-conservatives-to-agree-on-police-reforms

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/12/05/bipartisan-support-for-federal-probe-into-eric-garner-killing/

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/eric-garner-police-brutality/

http://www.desmogblog.com/2014/12/05/george-shultz-reagan-s-secretary-state-climate-change-potential-results-are-catastrophic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt0ot1LgXZQ

http://grist.org/climate-energy/why-the-awesome-climate-march-wont-change-american-politics/

http://grist.org/climate-energy/why-climate-hawks-are-on-the-left-like-it-or-not/

http://grist.org/politics/david-roberts-explains-postmodern-conservatism-in-36-tweets/

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/949rsrgi.asp

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Boston, you’re my home-The Climate Minute Podcast

Congratulations to Boston!

Boston was recognized as a climate leader by the Obama Administration. Here is an update from the Globe. City by city climate action could have big benefits.

Here is some background on the UN COP process, which will help clarify what is happening in Lima. You can read additional reports from the NYTBloomberg  and the Guardian

What is a Climate Hawk to think of falling gas prices.? Here is something to consider.

Alan Sorkin addresses climate change on his TV show, or does he?

When commentators discuss how much carbon can be emitted, things can get confusing. This link has a discussion of the global carbon budget.

If you want to hear the original version of the Standell’s 1970’s hit “Dirty water”, go here. It is a Bostonian anthem.

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist that the United States put a price on carbon.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre

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Pump It Up! -The Climate Notes Podcast

Berkeley, California moves to place climate-change warning labels at gas stationsand some people aren’t too happy about it.

See also:

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Berkeley-City-Council-Votes-to-Move-Forward-With-Global-Warming-Alert-Caution-Labels-at-Gas-Pumps-283231261.html

http://www.sltrib.com/home/1846777-155/gas-labels-berkeley-climate-consumers-oks

http://www.clickgreen.org.uk/news/international-news/125248-city-orders-petrol-pumps-to-carry-climate-change-warnings.html

http://www.newsadvance.com/news/national/wire/city-oks-plan-for-gas-pump-climate-change-labels/article_8197c648-e26b-57ed-8e22-f66db9afe79e.html

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