Well, we’re living up to our name this week, as after three hours of taping and re-taping, we ended up with bubkus, zippo, nada for usable recording! The real tragedy was that we had the first appearance by (what we hope will be) new contributor Eugenia Gibbons; climate advocate, MCAN board member, and proud Mom. Eugenia brought a lot to the table, which the Skype gremlins promptly ate… A second try didn’t take either, so here’s a link-dunk, and the dulcet tones of Ted wishing you a happy week. We’ll catch you again next week
The biggest news of the week of course is the death of Nelson Mandela. Mandela’s life is an inspiration of all people, regardless of their particular activities, but Alex Lenferna has an interesting piece on lessons climate activists can take from his life.
Jeff Jacoby, the Boston Globe’s resident conservative, penned a piece this week essentially calling foul on the marginalization of climate-denier scientists. In the same vein, Bjorn Lomborg wrote about how cheap fossils fuels are the only hope for the world’s poor.
So, after reading those two pieces, how about lifting your climate-conscious spirit and checking out the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves an international group dedicated to providing climate-friendly life-sustaining cooking solutions for the world’s underprivileged.
Meanwhile, the State of Massachusetts has unveiled a revamped Dashboard showing their progess in meeting the state’s lofty global warming goals. Check it out and let us know what you think.
Speaking of Massachusetts, Rep. John Keenan of Salem (the Chairman of the Energy Committee) has added an interesting tidbit to a bill going through the legislature to address the problem of natural gas distribution leaks.
We’ve spoken about these leaks before, and everything you need to know (like how the state wastes over $30 million a year because so many of these leaks go unaddressed) can be found in an excellent report put out by the Conservation Law Foundation last year. Go here for a pdf of the excellent report.
Keenan’s amendment essentially gives the new natural gas plant in Salem a free ride, insulating it from any appeals that may be lodged against its permits. Putting aside the climate impact of natural gas (which is admittedly better than coal — but may not be when you consider the methane leaks…), this isn’t cricket, as they say. You don’t just get to exempt projects from the protections afforded abutters and other interested parties to lawfully protect their interests under state law!
Finally, last Friday was Black Friday and undoubtedly you know someone who ventured out before dawn, or even — gasp — went out on Thanksgiving to avail themselves of the marts of trade. Well, if that’s you thing, fine, I guess. But here’s an interesting piece laying out how the orgy of consumerism known as Black Friday reflects on our society and perhaps even our ability or desire to properly address climate change.
So, sorry about the lack of a recording, and it’s too bad because Eugenia was just so good! We’ll catch you again next week, and until then — be green!
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So we will close the way we always close, by saying that because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions- specifically to pay for the full cost of carbon pollution at the time we create it, 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 US put a price on carbon.