What is the real “truth” and is it really awful?- The Climate Minute Podcast

It is always fascinating to see two really smart people challenge each other’s analysis of events. Dave Roberts of Vox and Joe Romm of ThinkProgress/Climate are two such people, and their dialog about the role of scientists and our hopes for the future makes great reading. We try to keep up!

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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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Kayaktivists challenge Shell, Obama misses boat- The Climate Minute Podcast

The Obama Administration’s decision to allow oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea shows passivity where leadership is required. Climate hawks, like the “Kayaktivists” in Seattle, will just have to stop Shell by themselves. The framing of the TPP on the news is inaccurate. Instead of endless discussion of winners and losers, we should ask “Why can’t an environmental group have the same access to the negotiations as Exxon? Why isn’t Bill McKibben at the table?”   Finally, consider if the current global refugee crisis is a harbinger of the future in a warming world.

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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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Batteries Included- The Climate Minute Podcast

Elon Musk, of Tesla Motors fame, recently announced a new product called PowerWall which is intended to bring simple and low cost ‘energy storage’ (i.e. energy from your solar panels) to safe place in your home. It is a high tech battery that could change the economics of renewable power.

Nice, but here in Massachusetts the Baker Administration has sided with the minority opinion on a study committee which consequently puts continued solar energy development in jeopardy. Go here to find out how to contact your Rep, Senator or the Governor himself. They will be interested in your opinion. But first, listen to the podcast!

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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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Elections threaten KXL, TPP inches forward- The Climate Minute Podcast

Voters in Alberta elected a government that seems to be environmentally friendly. What does it mean for the iconic Keystone XL pipeline? Meanwhile in Washington, the US Senate plans to take up the debate on allowing secret negotiation on the TPP treaty. As Senator Warren said “A rigged process will produce a rigged result.” We discuss.

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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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Red, White and Green- Climate Notes

There is high irony in the Boston Globe referring to climate change as part of the “progressive playbook” (in a piece about Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’s presidential bid) on the same day that conservative former Representative Bob Inglis received a 2015 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his leadership on climate change. The point that Inglis, Betsy Rosenberg, George Shultz and other prominent voices on climate have long made is that climate change should not be considered a partisan issue. After all, the children of conservative parents and the children of progressive parents will suffer equally in a warming world.

Bill McKibben has argued that Sanders’s decision to enter the presidential race is a blessing for climate hawks. It would indeed be a blessing if the mainstream media seriously covered Sanders’s views on the climate crisis, and asked the other major candidates if they take this issue as seriously as he does. (Sadly, early indications are that the press will not be giving Sanders serious coverage.)

Inglis has argued that conservative politicians must call for a free-market response to the climate crisis, in response to progressive calls for government regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. Let’s just say that if Sanders and Inglis were the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees in 2016, we’d be guaranteed to have a lively debate about the proper response to the climate crisis. What can we do to make sure that the real 2016 presidential race is as close as possible to that ideal?

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The Abolition of Dirty Energy-The Climate Minute Podcast

Colliding memes this week! Obama portrays as angry black Climate Hawk, while angry black men take to the streets in Baltimore. Environmental justice looms over the news. Mitch McConnell defends coal (against comparison to slavery) while the Pope convenes a meeting on the moral implications of global warming. Are Climate Hawks the new Abolitionists? We discuss.

Watch the President display his real opinion of climate deniers.

Something is happening here, but what it “is” isn’t exactly clear.

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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 Tale of Two Governors-The Climate Minute Podcast

From the clean energy perspective, it was the best of times in California and a not so good time in New England. The New England Governors all met in Hartford to discuss New England’s energy future, which turns out to look a lot like New England’s energy present. Massachusetts’ Governor Baker seemed to settle on an “all options” approach (i.e. more gas pipelines and let the ratepayer foot the bill), which is a disappointment to those who recognize the need for clean energy. In contrast, out in California Governor Brown has set strong goals to force renewable energy development by 2030. Which Governor’s leadership will pass the judgment of history? We discuss.

The reading list:

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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