What is Courage in a Warming World? The Climate Minute Podcast

We remember Rick Piltz who passed away this week. His courage in opposing the suppression of climate knowledge during the Bush Administration leads us to consider what it means to be courageous in the face of climate change. Is such courage for great men only, or do we all need courage?

Here are some of the links we discussed:

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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Ballot Questions for All: The Climate Hawk’s Companion Podcast

In this episode, we evaluate November’s ballot questions from a Climate Hawk’s perspective, and draw lessons applicable across the country. We talk with commentator D.R. Tucker and Citizens Climate Lobby’s Gary Rucinski about both the Bottle Bill (Question 2) and the Gas Tax (Question 1.) Then we talk with Chris Manns, who is leading the fight in Metro-West Massachusetts for the “Vote Yes For Democracy” question that reverses the Citizens United decision.

Here are some links to:

The following links provide information on the move to amend the constitution in response to the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision:

A top-level discussion of the statewide ballot questions is here.

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 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.”

Thanks for listening!

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