The new Administration’s Cabinet of swamp monsters continues to be grilled in Senate hearings. The particularly repugnant Scott Pruitt, candidate for EPA Administrator and fierce defendant of “states rights” for oil companies, went all wobbly on his principles when asked about allowing California to pursue it’s own aggressive clean energy standards. However, this may be just the tip of the iceberg, since the Fed’s may try to preempt clean energy work in many states. Fortunately, China looks willing to lead the rest of the world into a clean energy future. Listen in!Read more
Barack Obama continues to lead, both with an academic paper on the benefits of clean energy and a stirring call to public action in his Farewell Address. Over the next few days we have the chance to push both of those goals forward. Link to the January 21 march through the MCAN event page and sign up for the Mass Power Forward Lobby Day January 25 2017 at 10AM .Read more
The Constitution calls for us to inaugurate our new president, but it also specifically protects “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” On January 21 we will march in Boston Common to oppose the many repugnant policies of the new administration. Link to the January 21 march through the MCAN event page and say your will be marching with MCAN. Then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and come by MCAN HQ for a cup of hot chocolate! Plus, Maura Healy wins a round with Exxon, and we wonder what our new “friend” Rex Tillerson is up to. Listen in!Read more
Climate action continues here in Massachusetts. From Exxon tanks near Boston to making it easier to own an EV, things are happening. On top of that, there are lots of opportunities to voice your opinion this month. Listen in and check it out.Read more
Based on a full year of campaign rhetoric, it is clear that the next administration will embody climate denialism among other repugnant policies, and will use lies, threats and intimidation as political techniques. This is not good news for those who love America, but it is a clarion call for us to prepare to defend what is good in our country. That defense is less about particular policies and more about protecting the very fabric of democracy: demanding truth, insisting on facts, protecting our fellow citizens. As 2017 dawns, we discuss concrete, specific actions that each of us can take to preserve, protect and defend the proud history of the United States of America. Listen in.Read more
2016 was quite a year-in many, many ways. Environmental justice concerns melded quite clearly with climate activism in Dakota. The pipeline protests there seem to be a template for a linking of climate and inequality issues that will be needed in the future. Of course, the year was notable from a geo-physics perspective as the Arctic icecap melted-in the winter! What a surprise! Finally, the international climate movement might be strong enough to persist, even without US leadership. Look to China to reap the benefits of our stupid policies. Listen in as we discuss.Read more
Trump’s anti-climate cabinet picks are only the latest round in a decades long battle. Reagan did it, W. Bush did it, and now “Lyin’ Donald” will try. But then as now, people will push back against the dishonesty and shortsightedness. Many states have aggressive climate plans and cities are feeling the effects now. You can add your own voice to the call for action at the Boston Women's March for America on January 21 2017 11AM or at the Mass Power Forward Lobby Day January 25 2017 at 10AM Listen in as we discuss.Read more
Good news this week: President Obama acted to protect a vast stretch of underwater area from fossil fuel exploitation. This suggests he know what is coming, and is working to protect the planet from the Trump-oil agenda. On top of that, a court case that will allow a full legal presentation of climate science will go forward in the State of Washington.
In case you are a little shaky on your constitutional trivia answers, the Emolument Clause is in Article 1, Section 9 of the US Constitution. Donald Trump must swear to “preserve, protect and defend” this along with all the other clauses in the document. Here it is:
No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.
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As the implications of the Trumpian climate desecration plan become ever more clear, the need to resist his agenda is obvious. From a request for names of climate scientists at DOE to legitimate fears that climate data will be deleted from government computers, we need no new signs of a malevolent intent. “Hamilton Electors” are great to support, but read up on A practical guide to resisting the Turmp agenda . Listen in as we discuss.Read more