Local, National and Global Progress-The Climate Minute Podcast

There was lots of climate news this week, from local to national to international issues. We check them all out!

Last Saturday, activist met in Fitchburg to discuss the proposed Kinder-Morgan pipeline. For details and other links, check out this report from the Berkshire Edge.

Here in Massachusetts, we have the ‘Global Warming Solutions Act’ that commits the state to lower carbon emissions. A great organization, Mothers Out Front , has been rallying to ask the Governor to take more steps in this direction. Check out their website to switch to clean energy yourself. We chat with Co-director Vanessa Rule about what is going on!

Over at Tufts University, there will be a conference this weekend entitled Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming . The attendees will discuss “The exceptional potential of the biosphere to address all of our current emissions, as well as to remove the 125 parts per million of excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.”

“If you can’t explain your opponent’s argument, you cannot explain your own.” Down in DC, the Senate rejected a KXL approval measure. But the real question is why are ‘conservatives’ fixated on fossil fuels? Here is a discussion of West Virginia as a resource colony. The Boston Globe suggests compromise , but letter writers are fed-up.

In the wider world, due to the US commitment of $3 billion dollars, a UN clean energy fund is closing in on it’s goal. In addition, the recent US-China agreement on emissions target suddenly has transformed into real work in China to cap coal usage.

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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Dialing down denial-The Climate Notes Podcast

A former Clear Channel radio executive says right-wing talk radio is on the downfall. This is very good news for climate hawks.

See also:
http://ringoffireradio.com/2014/10/ed-schultz-a-look-at-the-sound-based-conservative-country-club-known-as-talk-radio/
http://darrylparks.com/2014/07/11/ratings-disaster-ignore-it-talk-radio-hoping-it-goes-away/
http://dankennedy.net/2014/11/13/whats-next-for-howie-carr/
http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2007/05/wolcott200705
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/27/frank-rich-fox-news-new-york_n_4672800.html

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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Breakthrough in China-The Climate Minute Podcast

The US and China set targets for carbon emissions. This is a big deal, since it boosts the international negotiations already in progress, put political pressure on other nations and undercuts the arguments against US action.

Here are some links:

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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Someday we will all be (fossil) free-The Climate Notes Podcast

The arc of the moral universe may be long, but it will bend towards climate justice–recent developments in American politics notwithstanding.

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Severe, Widespread, and Irreversible: The Climate Minute Podcast

In a big news week, we focus on the latest IPCC report and the outcome of last Tuesday’s elections.

The executive summary of the IPCC Synthesis Report:

http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar5/syr/SYR_AR5_SPM.pdf

Some Commentary on the report

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/11/10-things-you-need-know-new-ipcc-climate-report

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/11/04/3587527/ipcc-irreversible-impacts/

WIll the new Massachusetts Governor take action on climate? Maybe.

http://theconversation.com/republican-charlie-bakers-win-in-liberal-massachusetts-offers-path-forward-on-climate-change-33779

Perhaps there is less hope in the US Senate.

http://grist.org/politics/the-new-gop-senate-is-already-gearing-up-to-cause-climate-mayhem/

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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Comedy and Tragedy-The Climate Notes Podcast

Bill Maher is a great comedian, but he needs to apologize for his remarks about Islam and use his talents to attack the real religious extremists in our midst–the sadistic shills for the fossil-fuel industry.

See also:

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/maher-and-rula-jebreal-throw-down-over-his-berkeley-speech-and-radical-islam/

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/31/us/politics/pr-executives-western-energy-alliance-speech-taped.html

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/10/31/3587081/oil-industry-reaction-to-berman-speech-fracking/

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/meet-rick-berman-aka-dr-evil/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/07/rachel-maddow-confronts-n_n_312334.html

http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/avy6xw/democalypse-2014—south-by-south-mess–ad-of-brothers

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Bottled up outrage? The Climate Minute Podcast

We discuss the expanded bottle bill (Yes On 2) and NPR’s decision to cut back on climate coverage. Check out the Yes on 2 website and both Inside Climate News and
ThinkProgress’ commentary on the NPR decision.

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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