Embracing justice: The Climate Minute

The sad events in Minneapolis and cities across our nation call for a discussion of how systemic racism and climate change issues interact. The time has come for racial injustice to be seen as a climate issue.

The reading list

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


Climate, Coronavirus and the 4-day workweek: The Climate Minute

A four-day workweek might have sounded outlandish in January 2020, but by June it is a legitimate topic to consider. A shorter week could have climate and pandemic benefits, as well as allowing the chance to be a little more human. Listen in as we kick around another big idea.

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Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


Can we talk about the lithium in your cell phone? The Climate Minute

Many renewable energy technologies make use of uncommon elements, such as the lithium in your cell phone battery or the neodymium in your EV. Climate Hawks should ask questions about how those materials are mined and purified. The time is now to think about just and sustainable methods to fuel the renewable energy revolution.

The reading list

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


Doubling down on solar: The Climate Minute

Good news. As we install more solar panels, we keep learning how to do it more cheaply. This helps predict big solar electricity cost reductions over the foreseeable future.

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Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre

 

 


Ideas worth fighting for: The Climate Minute

The pandemic shock offers the chance to build a new world, using ‘ideas that are lying around.’ Neoliberals built a list of ideas to be implemented in a crisis. Now progressives have a better list of things to do in the face of the pandemic.

A recent article in ‘The Correspondent” makes the case that progressives have the right policies to meet the moment, if we fight hard enough for them.

The reading list

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre

 


Too hot for humans? The Climate Minute

While humans have spread to all parts of the globe, they prefer a narrow band of temperatures. (How would the Roman Empire have fared if Remus and Romulus had been born in Helsinki?) Global warming is threatening to make the places in which most people much less tolerable. Listen in.

The reading list:

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


Finding the right tune for the GND: The Climate Minute

The ideas contained in the Green New Deal can help us recover from the pandemic economic distress. They ought to be presented as a pragmatic solution to the current crisis, in order to combat the distortions already being pushed by some.

The reading list

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


Lessons in the pandemic pollution reductions: The Climate Minute

The predicted 5% reduction in carbon pollution due to the worldwide pandemic shutdown provides insight into how we can achieve the more challenging 7%-per-year-for-the-next-10-years that we need to do next. Listen in.

 https://soundcloud.com/massclimateaction/lessons-in-the-pandemic-pollution-reductions-the-climate-minute

 The reading list

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


What will we carry forward from these times? The Climate Minute

What will be the new normal? However they are defined, after these current difficult times pass, what will survive? What good features of our current experiences will persist? Listen in as we imagine. John Lennon would be proud.

The reading list

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


MCAN in the age of intentionality: The Climate Minute

We check in with the Executive Director to find out what MCAN is doing in this time of social isolation. It turns out quite a lot, from helping activist learn new tools for uncertain times to webinars about the EZ building code. Listen in to hear the discussion and stay on for a bonus virtual roadtrip to the MCAN website.

The reading list:

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for a building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist the United States transform it’s energy sector, over the next decade, under a just and equitable plan, that uses regulations, investments and a price on carbon to safeguard our collective future.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre



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