Here comes the sun: Solar legislation on the The Climate Minute Podcast

While an “Omnibus” energy bill is still in preparation, a solar policy bill has been advanced on its own.  The solar bill is an improvement on the original possibility, but it will require further improvements in the next round. Also, see below the jump for a link to find your state rep’s phone number and a script to ask her to oppose the proposed tariff (AKA tax) for the pipeline. Listen in!

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It may be hot but at least you can soak your feet: The Climate Minute Podcast

This week we learned that sea level rise could be much faster than anyone thought. By the end of this century, the sea could rise by about 6 feet. Imagine standing on your favorite beach, at the exact water’s edge. Then imagine the water over your head- how much farther inland would it go? That is a hint about where we could be in less than 100 years. Of course, if you play the  Climate Smart Boston game, your views will help shape the long term plans of the city. On top of that, we have MA AG Healy investigating Exxon and new EVs to consider. Listen in!

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Climate Smart Boston is more than a game: The Climate Minute Podcast

Planning a sustainable future for the City of Boston is no game, but for the next few weeks you can play an on-line game that could help to shape the next few decades of Boston’s development. Climate Smart Boston is a “public deliberation” game where you gain points by suggesting your own (and commenting on other people’s) ideas about making Boston “climate ready.” Then you can spend your points to support one of the ‘causes’ in the game- with real money.  You don’t need to be an expert, just interested. Listen in as we get the details from the Project’s Manager.

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Oooh, It's getting hot in here! The Climate Minute Podcast

Dr. James Hansen gave us all some more to think about this week- in many ways. His recent paper predicting an early onset of climate consequences is happening during the most intense planetary heating we have seen for a while. Listen in!

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Is CH4 the new CO2? The Climate Minute Podcast

US emissions of methane (aka natural gas, aka fracked gas, aka CH4) may be nearly as dangerous as carbon dioxide. New studies show that methane itself, before it is burned as a fuel, is leaking from fracking wells (and pipelines) at rates much higher than were expected. The leaked methane is a more potent greenhouse gas than CO2, even as it spends less time in the atmosphere.  On the whole, the damage done by these methane emissions rivals that of CO2. Bill McKibben points this out in a new article and calls for Climate Hawks to oppose the extraction and use of methane. He concludes” The global warming fight can’t just be about carbon dioxide any longer.” We discuss.

Don’t forget: Local Action, Big Results   is an MCAN event on March 30 in Brookline. Check it out!

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An obscure yet profound trend: The Climate Minute Podcast

This week data showed that global economic growth and increases in carbon pollution are no longer linked. That means a future built on clean energy is possible. That good news was accompanied by the President’s ban of off-shore drilling and a change of heart by 100 of the 152 Massachusetts Representatives. They now support legislation that can help our solar industry survive. Listen in.  

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The Clean Power Plan and a Garland SCOTUS: The Climate Minute Podcast

The Constitution says the President “shall” appoint justices to the Supreme Court, and so he did. This week Mr. Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland.  Of course, inquiring Climate Hawks want to know: what does this mean for the fight against global warming? The big issue is the legal basis of the President’s Clean Power Plan, which will inevitably be decided by the Supreme Court. Listen in as we discuss.

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56 plus 21 equal progress: The Climate Minute Podcast

Fifty-six Climate Hawks arrested near Seneca Lake protesting natural gas storage, plus twenty-one Florida mayors demanding a realistic discussion of climate in the Presidential campaign add up to a growing movement. Listen in as we discuss the week’s events.

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To promote the general welfare: The Climate Minute Podcast

Some high school kids skipped class and went to an Oregon courthouse to demand their constitutional rights. Kids these days!  These young activists are correct in recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to protect the “public trust.” We discuss the background, plus the latest US-Canada move to limit methane emissions. Listen in!

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Leonardo and Bill’s Excellent Adventure: The Climate Minute Podcast

Recently Leonardo diCarpio took a stroll down the Oscar red carpet. He gave a passionate call to action on climate change in his acceptance speech. For his part Bill Gates made a visit to a planet where miracles still happen and called for new technologies to address climate change. (Note to Bill, we did that already!) We discuss all this, and the MA Power Forward meeting to be held at MCAN’s upcoming conference.

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