A Hero in Our Time- The Climate Notes Podcast

D.R. Tucker speaks about the courageous Rick Piltz, who passed away recently.

You can read more on DR’s blog at http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2014_10/the_face_of_courage052536.php

Check out the links at our blog, http://massclimateaction.wordpress.com or our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/massclimateaction.

Thanks for listening!

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Threat Multiplication: The Climate Minute Podcast

Here are some links to the DOD report on climate and our military, Exxon’s anti-divestment blog calling the movement out-of-touch, the original of Paul Krugman’s article, with a reply by Dave Roberts at GRIST and a link to the Post-Carbon Institute website.

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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A Natural Disaster- Climate Notes (PODCAST)

The Boston Globe has apparently embraced the conventional wisdom that natural gas is the miracle cure for our energy woes. Let’s hope the paper’s future coverage of energy issues includes the perspectives of those who recognize that natural gas isn’t all that it’s fracked up to be.

The link to the original editorial:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/04/renewables-are-new-england-future-but-gas-pipelines-still-needed/1tpsRSYaMioGdeg8k9R2rM/story.html

Links to the LTE:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/11/importing-natural-gas-not-bridge-secure-energy-future/fj8l9fOaOQGNcfl5Aux1MI/story.html

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2014/10/11/importing-natural-gas-not-bridge-secure-energy-future/fj8l9fOaOQGNcfl5Aux1MI/story.html

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The Genie is out of the Bottle: The Climate Minute (Podcast)

Grassroots efforts have uncorked the best chance to pass the Bottle Bill in years, while the People’s Climate March has let the genie of a true climate movement out of the proverbial bottle!

Next November, the bottle bill will be on the ballot, and Yes on 2 is the right answer. You can read about the misleading opposition ads here.

Todd Gitlin’s piece in The Nation tells you why future generations will ask where you were on September 21. He heralds the birth of a true movement:

There is today a climate movement as there was a civil rights movement and an antiwar movement and a women’s liberation movement and a gay rights movement—each of them much more than its component actions, moments, slogans, proposals, names, projects, issues, demands (or, as we say today, having grown more polite, “asks”); each of them a culture, or an intertwined set of cultures; each of them a political force in the broadest as well as the narrowest sense; each generating the wildest hopes and deepest disappointments. Climate change is now one of them: a burgeoning social fact.

Watch Chris Hayes and the President of the UMW to get a sense of how we Climate Hawks must work to build alliances across all kinds of chasms.

Boston Globe editorializes on the need for new gas pipelines , while completely ignoring the scale and scope of the climate crisis.

Julia Roberts channels a not-too-happy Mother Nature.

A Nobel Prize to the scientists who developed the blue LED, which made possible the huge impact of highly efficient residential forms of lighting.

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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National Petroleum Broadcasting? Climate Notes (PODCAST)

NPR’s ombudsman insists that the network doesn’t allow energy interests to influence content, and condemns those who supposedly want the network to engage in “advocacy journalism” on climate. D.R. Tucker responds in this week’s “Climate Notes.”

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Venice in Beantown? The Climate Minute (Podcast)

Should we build canals in Boston to protect a locality or reduce carbon emissions to protect everyone on the globe? Either way, we are building our own future.

Links from today’s show:

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 March, the Media and the Meaning: The Climate Minute (Podcast)

The past weekend in New York, four hundred thousand people strolled through the city in the largest climate march in history. This is the big news, even though it was competing with out latest war for attention. What did it all mean? Two things: first that a powerful, vibrant climate movement exists and second that local action is the next big step.

Independent media coverage, such as Democracy Now’s live coverage and social media in general were ubiquitous. This unfortunately unique NBC report gave a great example of what accurate journalism would tell us about the climate march. (Kudos to Ann Thompson!) ThinkProgress rebuts Fox’s absurd and cynical meme about trash left by the marchers.   The talking heads on the Sunday Morning talk shows (almost) completely ignored them march. One blogger asks “wouldn’t you notice 400K people outside your front door?” Is the lack of coverage due to the alignment of elites? Or is it fear of losing advertising dollars? In any case, there is some deeper reason. It is reminiscent of a scene from Sherlock Holmes:

Colonel Ross still wore an expression which showed the poor opinion which he had formed of my companion’s ability, but I saw by the inspector’s face that his attention had been keenly aroused.
“You consider that to be important?” he [Inspector Gregory] asked.
“Exceedingly so.”
“Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”
“To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”
“The dog did nothing in the night-time.”
“That was the curious incident,” remarked Sherlock Holmes.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1893)
Inspector Gregory and Sherlock Holmes in “Silver Blaze” (Doubleday p. 346-7)

The climate summit itself had mixed reviews, even though the President spoke.

One take home is that local action ( say in big cities) we can fight climate change.

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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