Meanwhile, on Planet Cecil – The Climate Minute Podcast

Finally, an off-shore wind project begins construction, the Obama administration releases a climate plan, and the legal concept of a Public Trust gains ground. 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.

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Be the tax – The Climate Minute Podcast

What do the activists hanging from the bridge in Portland, the ‘ten guys with a Twitter account” opposing the Boston Olympics and the Black Lives movement have in common? They spoke up to force a discussion of important issues. As Frederick Douglass once said “Power concedes nothing without a demand.” Climate Hawks made a demand at this week’s solar rally at the State House. Here in Massachusetts, we need to raise the solar energy limits to ensure a vibrant clean energy market. Climate Hawks should, to paraphrase Gandhi, “Be the tax you seek in the world.”

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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From the Vatican to Beantown – The Climate Minute Podcast

The Pope called a meeting to discuss climate and human trafficking. Mayor Walsh was there. Is the Francis on to something? Also, a coalition of Climate Hawks calls on Governor Baker to open the process on his push to roll back environmental regulations. They are right- an open process will give better results!

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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Anticipating the Unanticipated – The Climate Minute Podcast

Due to climate change, we can’t even accurately date the mummies that are melting out of the snow! Who would have thought? We are entering a new world, were we need to be ready for surprises. That strange new world should incorporate racial equality, since that will necessarily be part of a sustainable future.

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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Soak Up the Sun! Renewable Energy Day of Action at the State House-The Climate Minute Podcast

Mark Your Calendars!!

It’s the middle of summer and the sun is shining — but utility companies want to keep us in the dark. They’ve put a cap on the state’s most important solar energy program. As a result, solar development and other renewable energy projects have stalled in more than 170 towns and cities.

We should do everything we can to soak up the energy of the sun. Will you join us at the State House to call for action?

Join us for the Soak Up the Sun day of action on Thursday, July 30 at the State House!

Solar is great. It’s clean, it’s renewable, and it’s helping reduce our dependence on dirty fossil fuels. But the utilities see solar panels as a threat — and that’s why they insisted on placing a cap on net metering, a program that helps make solar affordable for families, businesses, and local governments. In towns and cities where caps have already been met new solar and other renewable energy projects have been unable to move forward.

On July 30, we’re gathering at the State House and calling on state officials to lift the caps and commit to a target of 20% solar by 2025. At 10:45 AM, we’ll rally outside the State House entrance. Then we’ll head into the building to meet with legislators and their staff.

Come to the State House on Thursday, July 30 at 10:45 AM and help us bring more renewables to Massachusetts. The theme of the rally is “beach party,” so make sure to bring your beach gear! Towels, inflatable beach balls, beach umbrellas, etc. There’s never been a better time for us to repower our state with clean energy from renewables.

Hope to see you there!

http://www.massclimateaction.net/

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Mini Ice-Ages and Maximum Droughts-The Climate Minute Podcast

Don’t get worked up over a possible mini Ice Age in the 2030’s “cuz it ain’t gonna happen.” On the other hand, California seems to be playing out a predictable, global-warming-consistent drought pattern. That is worth worrying about! 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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Between the World and He: Climate Notes

Whatever respect I once had for New York Times columnist David Brooks–and believe me, there was a lot–went right out the window three years ago, after he wrote a ludicrous column falsely blaming Al Gore for America’s political division on climate. So I can’t say I’m surprised to hear that Brooks has embarrassed himself once again by writing a highly controversial column in which he explicitly accuses the acclaimed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates of trafficking in the politics of racial victimization.

Brooks was shamed on social media for his rhetorical assault on Coates; the controversy highlights the benefit of using social media to shame those who use their op-ed perches in major American newspapers to advance profoundly dishonest or morally irresponsible points of view. It’s certainly one way to deal with repugnant content on the op-ed pages of major American newspapers: I’ve previously suggested that there’s another way to deal with such content.

It’s a tragedy that the op-ed pages of our newspapers are filled with anti-science agitprop, defenses of demagogues or racist rants. Years ago, the only way you could respond to a dishonest diatribe on an op-ed page was by calling the newspaper (all the good that would do, usually) or writing a letter to the editor and hoping it would get published. Now, with the revolution of social media, there are more opportunities than ever to cast a spotlight on stupidity.

As for Brooks, consider for a moment the ideological impulses that led him to attack Gore, Pope Francis and Coates. These three men come from dramatically different backgrounds, but they are unified in their questioning of conventional wisdom. All three men challenge entrenched power. All three men call upon humanity to fight for a better world. If you loved conventional wisdom, hated challenges to entrenched power and thought humanity was just fine as it is, you’d hate them too. Thus, not only are Brooks’s rants pathetic, they’re predictable.

…D.R.Tucker

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