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Climate Hawks go to the Olympics! - The Climate Minute

2015-04-08 :: The Massachusetts Climate Action Network

There has been almost no discussion of global warming in connection with the Boston 2024 Olympic Games proposal. We aim to change that! The Boston 2024 Games should reflect the kind of thinking that will get us to the durable future we want to build. Listen in!
The reading list:
•    Can the world’s climate afford another Olympics? Joseph Nevins has an answer.
•    Here is the answer to question 23 on Boston 2024’s FAQ page. It doesn’t inspire confidence that global warming planning is in the forefront.
o    Alongside sport and culture, sustainability is one of the three key dimensions of Olympism, and Boston 2024 aims to host the most sustainable Games in history. In cooperation with several institutions, such as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the IOC has launched a series of programs and activities that contribute to raising awareness about the importance of sustainable development in sport. The IOC and host cities [...]

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The long and winding road to COP21- The Climate Minute

2015-04-05 :: The Massachusetts Climate Action Network

The clock is ticking toward the December 2015 meetings in Paris (COP21) which are intended to negotiate a climate treaty.  Mexico has made an encouraging proposal, as has the US. Out in California, the (climate change related) drought has forced mandatory water limits. By the way, where did you latest salad come from?
The reading list:
•    Mexico’s proposed carbon emission reductions
•    The US proposed carbon emissions reductions
•    Senator McConnell’s reaction
•    Senate votes on a carbon tax
•    Chris Christy shifting in the winds
•    California imposes mandatory water limits
Check out live  links at our blog, https://massclimateaction.wordpress.com/2015/04/05/the-long-and-winding-road-to-cop21-the-climate-minute/

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From God to Galileo- Is Global Warming a religion? The Climate Minute

2015-04-03 :: The Massachusetts Climate Action Network

Is belief in climate change a religion?  The deniers want you think so, but we take it a little deeper. What does belief mean? What role does religion really play? Can a denier honestly pretend to be Galileo challenging the Pope? We consider.

The reading list:
•    The “religion of warmism” meme.
•    Charles Krauthammer goes over the top, speaks of religions of the environmental and market kind.
•    The real deal from an Episcopal Bishop
•    Comparing yourself to Galileo exposes your weaknesses.
•    Is Franzen’s despair a sin or just stupid?

Check out live  links at our blog, https://massclimateaction.wordpress.com/2015/04/03/from-god-to-galileo-is-global-warming-a-religion-the-climate-minute/

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We all live on Vanuatu- The Climate Minute Podcast

2015-03-30 :: The Massachusetts Climate Action Network

We discuss the destruction in the South Pacific, and what it means.
Here is the reading list:
•    Cyclone Pam hits Vanuatu
•    The Gulf Stream may be slowing
•    How should journalists treat denier candidates?
•    The cowardice of corporate media.
•    Rebecca Solnit makes a thoughtful call

Check out live  links at our blog, https://massclimateaction.wordpress.com/?p=4264&preview=true&preview_id=4264

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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Silenced, or Outspoken? The Climate Minute Podcast

2015-03-27 :: The Massachusetts Climate Action Network

Some people are trying to gag the discussion of climate change, but Climate Hawks are talking back. We discuss.
Here is the reading list:
•    A gag order in the Florida state goverment
•    A misleading Koch funded exhibit at the Smithsonian.
•    Mitch McConnell’s letter to governors about the EPA
•    The VT governor’s letter back to McConnell
•    The LA governor tries to dodge FEMA rules
•    The Guardian Divestment campaign
•    Is the TPP a threat to democracy?

Check out live  links at our blog, https://massclimateaction.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/silenced-or-outspoken-the-climate-minute-podcast/

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Global Warming and the Public Trust-The Climate Hawk’s Companion Podcast

2015-03-23 :: The Massachusetts Climate Action Network

Recently, a court in Boston heard a legal suit demanding that the state of Massachusetts set enforceable emission limits under the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA). The suit was brought by some brave teens that want to build a better future. You can read a great blog from one of them here.
Besides an argument that the GWSA (the statute itself) should be interpreted to require a legal limit on carbon dioxide emissions, one of the important legal bases for the lawsuit is the Public Trust Doctrine.  Use of this ancient legal concept is being advanced by the group Our Children’s Trust in legal battles across the country. The central idea of the effort is described in a new book entitled Nature’s Trust, which has a nice description in this article.  (You can see the author herself in this Bill Moyer’s segment.)
One of the big distinctions of the Massachusetts case is that the State Constitution already has Article 97 which says, in part “The people shall [...]

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Ride the Lightening! The Climate Hawk’s Companion Podcast

2015-03-20 :: The Massachusetts Climate Action Network

Come along as we drive an electric vehicle and explore what it is like to ride the  lightening!


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Climate Hawks go to the movies- The Climate Minute Podcast

2015-03-16 :: The Massachusetts Climate Action Network

Two new climate related documentaries are showing, both on-line and in theaters. We discuss.
This is the fourth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. How is nuclear doing in Japan?
Watch part 1 of Under the Dome or read about how it has been blocked. Watch the trailer for  Merchants of Doubt or read about how the deniers are trying to block it.  Wow, the deniers aligned with the Chinese Communist Party. Maybe they should write each other a letter! The Thought Police are also hard at work down in Florida trying to ban the term “Global Warming”.
Check out live  links at our blog, https://massclimateaction.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/climate-hawks-go-to-the-movies-the-climate-minute-podcast/?preview=true&preview_id=4201&preview_nonce=1f0cf01311

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Keep it in the Ground - The Climate Minute Podcast

2015-03-13 :: The Massachusetts Climate Action Network

The venerable British newspaper The Guardian has launched a six month effort to highlight climate issues called “Keep it in the Ground”. It is a great source to keep up with the latest thinking on climate issues.

Here are some highlights:
•    Alan Rusbridger  explains why he decided to start the effort.
•    George Monbiot explains why we need to end extraction.
•    Naomi Klein tells why we need to pay attention.
•    Bill McKibben says the climate movement is resurgent.
•    George Monbiot considers losses to others than ISIS.
    [Editor’s Note: Monbiot’s piece focuses on the destruction of natural regions. The extension of that argument to the fossil fuel companies is Ted’s.]
•    There is even a podcast.

Rolling Stone is also  on the case. They just published a article called The Fate of the Trees.
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Climate Change, ISIS, and the Conflicts of the Future- The Climate Minute Podcast

2015-03-09 :: The Massachusetts Climate Action Network

A recent report identifies climate change as a contributing cause to the ongoing horror in Syria. Is the rise of ISIS the only example of how global warming can be a ‘distal’ cause of conflict? Unfortunately, no!

A National Academy of Science study suggested that a prolonged drought in the 2006-2010 period set the stage for the rise of ISIS through societal distress and the outright the dislocation of Syrians. Read about it  at ThinkProgress or The New York Times ,  or else watch this  MSNBC report.  Finally, you can take a look at Russell Brand who puts it all in a human perspective.

For a long term perspective, check out Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel.  For a peek into a different (but similar) world, see  The Ornament of the World.

Check out live  links at our blog, https://massclimateaction.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/exposed-none-too-soon-the-climate-minute-podcast/
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Dr. Evil vs Gandhi- The Climate Minute Podcast

2015-03-06 :: The Massachusetts Climate Action Network

Do the ends justify the means? If a Climate Hawk could be as nasty as “Dr. Evil” seems to be, should she? We consider, because it is important to “Know Thine Enemy.”

Blogger Dave Roberts tells us about a PR man proud to be called Dr Evil, and wonders if Climate Hawks could or should use the same methods. What is even more troubling, Roberts argues that he is just a cog in a (climate denial) machine.

A well-respected guy named Mohandas Gandhi argued that the means were even more important than the ends, and in some sense the same thing. Building a just, durable and sustainable future requires just methods. (That doesn’t imply you can’t be aggressive, or use the truth attack the bad guys!)

The TPP is coming up for a vote. Reich and Trumka call for a debate.  Senator Bernie Sanders speaks about the media’s failure to engage the topic. On the other hand, nothing is stopping YOU from speaking.  Go here, type in your zip code and get your [...]

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

2015-03-04 :: The Massachusetts Climate Action Network

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

2015-03-01 :: The Massachusetts Climate Action Network

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

2015-02-27 :: The Massachusetts Climate Action Network

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 thi [...]

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

2015-02-22 :: The Massachusetts Climate Action Network

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:
•    Carla Smith lays out a Labor position.
•    Public Citizen explains the TPP
•    Wiki Leaks provides the text of the proposed environmental chapter.
•    Robert Reich explains it all for you. He even gives a video.
•    The Whitehouse provides it’s own explanation.
•    John Oliver makes it real by examining Big Tobacco’s antics. (Watch this!!!)
•    Read about CitiGroup’s plan here or here. Then consider  British Petroleum’s new statements.
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.
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Snow, thundersnow, trains and earthquakes-The Climate Minute Podcast

2015-02-20 :: The Massachusetts Climate Action Network

Our heavy snows are entirely consistent with global warming and its effect on the jet stream. Jim Cantore  got all worked up about  “ thundersnow “ 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 [...]

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Divestment Day-The Climate Minute Podcast

2015-02-13 :: The Massachusetts Climate Action Network

This weekend Divestment Day will be celebrated. We discuss the what and why, consider geo-engineering and speculate about the FBI’s now found interest in Climate Hawks.

Bill McKibben himself tells you why you should join an action. (If you have never read McKibben’s “Do the Math” article in Rolling Stone, click here and read it RIGHT NOW! ) There will be actions all over the world as well as here in Massachusetts. In fact over at Harvard there are  protests underway now.

As proof that the divestment movement has strength, consider that Big Oil is pushing back, trying to equate modern life with hydrocarbons. There is even a Valentine’s Day theme that seems to be coordinated, or at least very popular among those attacking divestment. For example, it is not clear if it’s tongue in cheek, self-parody, parody or simply a horribly lame way to reach people, but watch this video
 to see for yourself the demonization of Bill McKibben and the equation of coal [...]

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Why the EPA’s Clean Energy Plan will stand up in court- Climate Hawk’s Companion

2015-02-10 :: The Massachusetts Climate Action Network

Last summer, the President announced his Clean Power Plan to reduce emissions from coal powered electricity plants. The Plan consists of regulations that are sure to be challenged in court. Dave Roberts at Grist recently posted an explanation of the legal basis for the CPP. We take a moment to discuss the issues with our own legal expert.

Check out live  links at our blog, https://massclimateaction.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/why-the-epas-clean-energy-plan-will-stand-up-in-court-climate-hawks-companion/

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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EPA weighs in on KXL- The Climate Minute Podcast

2015-02-08 :: The Massachusetts Climate Action Network

The Keystone pipeline is heading for a showdown, and the EPA rides to the rescue.

Here are some links:
•    The pipeline goes through Nebraska, not Nevada (my bad!) Visit our friends at Bold Nebraka
•    The EPA sent Mr Obama a nice note telling him that the Keystone XL pipeline will lead to a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Let’s hope the President reads it before making his decisions.
•    Pope Francis will address a Joint Session of Congress in September. It will be interesting to hear what he says about climate change.
•    Up in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott (of “Ax the tax” fame) seems to be in deep trouble.
•    The Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty is coming closer, but most of the media ignore it, except for Ed.

Check out live  links at our blog, https://massclimateaction.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/epa-weighs-in-on-kxl-the-climate-minute-podcast/

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Is there a vaccine for cabin fever? The Climate Minute Podcast

2015-02-06 :: The Massachusetts Climate Action Network

Can you be vaccinated against snow? Between the record snow recently and the national kerfuffle about vaccines, there is a lot to discuss.

The Boston Globe tried to explain how you get heavy snow and global warming, but in an overly complicated way. Keith Olbermann got it right back in 2010 ( at the 3:16 mark) but also sounds funny, heartbreaking and prophetic all at once.

There were delays on the MBTA. Meanwhile, the IMF (not the World Bank, sorry!) will provide loans after extreme weather events. Over at MIT, they have an idea to make “carbon capture and sequestration”  cheaper.

The whole vaccine question is perplexing. Over at Fox News, Megyn Kelley admits we might need a  big brother once in a while. On the other hand, does  ideological rejection of science,  conspiracy theorizing and hyper-individualism mix in the same way for anti-vaxxers and climate deniers?

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