Exposed, none too “Soon”! – The Climate Minute Podcast

Wille Soon, the climate denier for hire, deserves some discussion. We provide it!

The IPCC head resigns over harassment allegations. What is the connection between personal behavior and climate advocacy? Read about Wille Soon’s escapades here, here, here, here or here. Senator Ed Markey plans to investigate the companies doing the paying. We wonder “what is the right way to monitor these issues?”

Don’t forget to sign up for the Local Environmental Action Conference. Sunday, March 15, 2015, 9am-6pm, at Northeastern University’s Curry Student Center.

Local Environmental Action 2015 is a great opportunity to join community leaders, environmental advocates and activists from across New England for an exciting day of skills training, networking, and inspiration. Whether you have been to every conference or are attending for the first time, be sure not to miss this amazing opportunity to connect and grow our grassroots movement.

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 Moral of This Story- Climate Notes

So a new Reuters poll asserts that most Americans feel a moral obligation to combat human-caused climate change. According to the poll, “Two-thirds of respondents (66 percent) said that world leaders are morally obligated to take action to reduce CO2 emissions. And 72 percent said they were ‘personally morally obligated’ to do what they can in their daily lives to reduce emissions.”

Grist’s John Light suggests that this poll indicates Americans of faith may play a key role in forcing elected officials to confront the climate crisis. The question is, which Americans? Despite the results of this poll, we can’t ignore the sad reality that there are still far too many Americans, including Americans of deep faith, who buy into the Bill O’Reilly “God controls the climate” argument and refuse to accept as legitimate the scientific verdict that human-caused carbon pollution is cooking our planet.

The philosophical and political divisions that have blocked strong American climate action in the twenty-seven years since James Hansen’s address to Congress aren’t going to go away just because of one poll. Those divisions were created by “Merchants of Doubt” who peddled the notion that Al Gore was a liar and that climate scientists were in on a massive Communist conspiracy. In order to solve the climate crisis, we must take power back from these “Merchants of Doubt.” That work remains unfinished.

This Reuters poll doesn’t inspire hope, but it doesn’t cause despair either. We still have so much work to do to avoid the worst impact of human-caused climate change. The only poll that matters is the one future generations will take in response to this question: “Did the folks who knew what the problem was back then do all that they could to fix it?”

…D. R. Tucker

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Carol Oldham on the Local Environmental Action Conference: The Climate Hawk’s Companion Podcast

In this episode, we talk to Carol Oldham, the Executive Director of MCAN, about the upcoming Local Environmental Action Conference.

She tells us about some of the interesting workshops planned for the day and who the keynote speaker will be. Whether you are new to the fight or a seasoned Climate Hawk, you will find this conference interesting and informative. Best of all the conference is a great opportunity to meet other good people working to stop climate change.

Northeastern is accessible by subway via the Green Line (the Northeastern stop on the E line) or the Orange Line (Ruggles Station stop). Commuter rail lines connect with the Orange Line at Back Bay Station, Ruggles Station, and North Station. You can find detailed directions here.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Local Environmental Action Conference. Sunday, March 15, 2015, 9am-6pm, at Northeastern University’s Curry Student Center.

Local Environmental Action 2015 is a great opportunity to join community leaders, environmental advocates and activists from across New England for an exciting day of skills training, networking, and inspiration. Whether you have been to every conference or are attending for the first time, be sure not to miss this amazing opportunity to connect and grow our grassroots movement.

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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Should you pay for the Governor’s new pipeline? The Climate Minute Podcast

Between the veto of the KXL bill and efforts to make people pay for pipelines (instead of solar panels or wind turbines) there is a lot to discuss.

This past week, the President vetoed the KXL bill, but don’t worry- its not dead. As oil trains proliferate, we could see ten explosions per year. Over in Europe, they have big energy plans. Here in Boston, the new Governor is considering asking electrical ratepayers to foot the bill for a new gas pipeline. Really? What about paying for clean energy?

Don’t forget to sign up for the Local Environmental Action Conference. Sunday, March 15, 2015, 9am-6pm, at Northeastern University’s Curry Student Center.

Local Environmental Action 2015 is a great opportunity to join community leaders, environmental advocates and activists from across New England for an exciting day of skills training, networking, and inspiration. Whether you have been to every conference or are attending for the first time, be sure not to miss this amazing opportunity to connect and grow our grassroots movement.

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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All Out? Climate Notes

On the heels of the sad decision by MSNBC to cancel The Reid Report--a program that often featured climate discussions involving such figures as Dr. Michael Mann and Bill Nyecomes word that the “Lean Forward” network is strongly considering canceling All In with Chris Hayes–a decision that would be catastrophic for climate hawks.
For the past several years, Hayes has been the gold standard in terms of climate coverage. His previous program, Up, was exemplary in its analysis of the consequences of carbon pollution; its successor, All In, has continued Up‘s legacy. A testament to Hayes’s success has been the skill with which he gets under the skin of climate-change deniers; the intensity of their wrath is as strong as his arguments about the need to address this crisis.
If All In is canceled, it will only reaffirm something I suspected after the mainstream media’s dereliction of duty regarding the People’s Climate March and the COP20 talks in Lima: that perhaps the only hope for truly comprehensive coverage of the climate crisis can be found in independent media. The “Big Three” broadcast networks and “Big Three” cable networks can’t be relied upon to cover this issue consistently. Two thumbs up to Hayes for all that he has done to raise awareness about the climate crisis–and two thumbs down to those in the mainstream media who fail to recognize that they have a moral obligation to cover this issue with the same intensity and integrity Hayes has demonstrated over the years.

…D.R. Tucker

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TPP and CITI, good or bad? – The Climate Minute Podcast

First, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Treaty is being negotiated with little public scrutiny. We aim the change that! Second, what should a Climate Hawk think about CitiGroup’s plan to spend $100B on clean energy?

Here are the links:

Don’t forget to sign up for the Local Environmental Action Conference. Sunday, March 15, 2015, 9am-6pm, at Northeastern University’s Curry Student Center.

Local Environmental Action 2015 is a great opportunity to join community leaders, environmental advocates and activists from across New England for an exciting day of skills training, networking, and inspiration. Whether you have been to every conference or are attending for the first time, be sure not to miss this amazing opportunity to connect and grow our grassroots movement.

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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Snow, thundersnow, trains and earthquakes-The Climate Minute Podcast

Snow in MA and earthquakes in OK all related to GW.

Our heavy snows are entirely consistent with global warming and its effect on the jet stream. Jim Cantore got all worked up aboutthundersnow “ falling in Plymouth MA. But, is thundersnow a new thing? Cable networks favorite ‘climate guy’ Bill Nye asks the media and us all to talk about climate.

The big train accident in West Virginia was analyzed by Hayes and Maddow.

There are earthquakes in Oklahoma, but does this City Manager suffer from Stockholm Syndrome? Over at the BradBlog they discuss the train and the RCMP’s surveillance of KXL activists.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Local Environmental Action Conference. Sunday, March 15, 2015, 9am-6pm, at Northeastern University’s Curry Student Center.

Local Environmental Action 2015 is a great opportunity to join community leaders, environmental advocates and activists from across New England for an exciting day of skills training, networking, and inspiration. Whether you have been to every conference or are attending for the first time, be sure not to miss this amazing opportunity to connect and grow our grassroots movement.

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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