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.Read more
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!Read more
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!Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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!Read more
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.Read more
Editor’s Note: Here is a better version of the podcast. Thanks to Dan for tipping us off and sorry for any ear-pain.
In the growing nation-wide war on solar power, one insidious argument made by the utilities is that people with solar panels on their roofs are somehow ‘free riders’ taking advantage of their fellow ratepayers. This is a psychological ploy to pit ratepayers against each other, while the utilities reap the benefits of continued climate stalemate. The reality is that solar power provides benefits to the grid that the utilities don’t want you to think about. We think about them anyway and conclude that Massachusetts should encourage a vibrant, flourishing solar power industry.Read more