A new day in America: The Climate Minute

The Inauguration of President Biden has many implications for Americans of all perspectives, but especially for climate activists. Listen in as we discuss the sights, sounds and actions taken on this historic new beginning.

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


Rosenberg on climate lies: The Climate Minute

The major cable channels continue to downplay and mis-inform their audiences about the climate crisis. We talk to veteran climate journalist Beth Rosenberg and wonder if there are legal avenues to force a change.

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.


A clarion call for climate coverage: The Climate Minute

Betsy Rosenberg is a veteran climate journalist, who wants to implement regular designated coverage of environmental issues on mainstream media. We discuss her vision of a major-cable-news-media world where global warming is treated as the top-of-the-masthead topic, with both dedicated discussion and integration into all the other fodder of the 24-hour news cycle.

You can read more about Betsy here .

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


Planning is Everything: The Climate Minute

The State of Massachusetts released a strategy to achieve net zero by 2050 along with near term actions for 2030. Listen in to hear what it all means. Oh, BTW, call Governor Baker now to insist he sign the climate legislation that supports the roadmap! (617) 725-4005

The reading list:

 

How to Contact Governor Baker

Email Governor Baker using this portal: https://www.mass.gov/forms/email-the-governors-office 

You can also use this email: Charlie.Baker@state.ma.us

(this email has not bounced back according to advocates)

CC Gov. Baker’s Legislative Director: katherine.holahan@mass.gov, plus Community Affairs Director: michael.vazquez@state.ma.us

Call Governor Baker’s Office using the following telephone number: (617) 725-4005

Tag Governor Baker on Twitter using his twitter handle: @MassGovernor

Tag Kathleeen Theoharides, the Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary, on Twitter using her twitter handle: @ClimateKatie and @EEASecretary

Phone Script

Hello, this is ____ (name) calling from (your town). I’m calling today to ask Governor Baker to take leadership on climate action by signing Bill S.2995, An Act creating a next-generation roadmap for Massachusetts climate policy.

I have been working with Rep (your Rep) and Sen (your Senator) on ensuring that the strongest possible climate bill comes out of the conference committee. (optional) Including ____ in the climate bill is crucial to my community’s climate goals.

This legislation makes important advances to our current climate action efforts that are critical to ensuring that our communities are protected from the worst effects of climate change. Governor Baker has a huge opportunity to be a leader on this issue and (your town) is counting on him.

Will Governor Baker stand with his constituents and sign this bill?

[Conclude Conversation] I am happy to follow up with more information over email.  Is there anything else you need from me? 

As a resident of (your town) I appreciate Governor Baker's leadership on this important issue.

 

Email Script 

Dear Governor Baker,

I’m [name], your constituent from [your town]. I’m writing today to ask you to take leadership on climate action by signing Bill S.2995, An Act creating a next-generation roadmap for Massachusetts climate policy.

As an active member of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network, it’s important to me that you sign S.2995. This legislation makes important advances to our current climate action efforts that are critical to ensuring that our communities are protected from the worst effects of climate change. In particular, it: 

  • Writes environmental justice into Massachusetts law and provides new tools and protections for affected neighborhoods.
  • Creates a first-time greenhouse gas emissions standard for municipal lighting plants and imposes a five-year moratorium on biomass. 
  • Allows for a local option "net-zero stretch energy code" and adds 4 energy efficiency seats to the BBRS.

Governor Baker, you have a huge opportunity to be a leader on this issue and (your town) is counting on you. Thank you, in advance for your support and leadership.

Your Constituent,

[Your Name]

[Your address]

 

Sample Social Media

.@MassGovernor Please sign the #ClimateRoadMap that includes #EJ4MA + #netzero stretch code. #ClimateBillWithTeeth = #CovidRelief = #Publichealth.   

#mapoli

.@MassGovernor Please be a leader on climate action by signing the #ClimateRoadMap. Our communities need #EJ4MA + #netzero stretch code. #ClimateBillWithTeeth = #CovidRelief = #Publichealth.   

#mapoli

.@MassGovernor We need your leadership on climate. Sign #ClimateRoadMap. Our communities need #EJ4MA + #netzero stretch code. #ClimateBillWithTeeth = #CovidRelief = #Publichealth.   

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


A good climate bill awaits the Governor’s signature: The Climate Minute

The long slow MA legislative process finally produced a good climate bill. It now sits on Governor Baker’s desk, in limbo and awaiting his signature. If the Governor fails to sign it, there may be no new policy for years. Listen in for some good reasons to support this bill.

The reading list:

How to Contact Governor Baker

Email Governor Baker using this portal: https://www.mass.gov/forms/email-the-governors-office 

You can also use this email: Charlie.Baker@state.ma.us

(this email has not bounced back according to advocates)

CC Gov. Baker’s Legislative Director: katherine.holahan@mass.gov, plus Community Affairs Director: michael.vazquez@state.ma.us

Call Governor Baker’s Office using the following telephone number: (617) 725-4005

Tag Governor Baker on Twitter using his twitter handle: @MassGovernor

Tag Kathleeen Theoharides, the Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary, on Twitter using her twitter handle: @ClimateKatie and @EEASecretary

Phone Script

Hello, this is ____ (name) calling from (your town). I’m calling today to ask Governor Baker to take leadership on climate action by signing Bill S.2995, An Act creating a next-generation roadmap for Massachusetts climate policy.

I have been working with Rep (your Rep) and Sen (your Senator) on ensuring that the strongest possible climate bill comes out of the conference committee. (optional) Including ____ in the climate bill is crucial to my community’s climate goals.

This legislation makes important advances to our current climate action efforts that are critical to ensuring that our communities are protected from the worst effects of climate change. Governor Baker has a huge opportunity to be a leader on this issue and (your town) is counting on him.

Will Governor Baker stand with his constituents and sign this bill?

[Conclude Conversation] I am happy to follow up with more information over email.  Is there anything else you need from me? 

As a resident of (your town) I appreciate Governor Baker's leadership on this important issue.

 

Email Script (Senator)

Dear Governor Baker,

I’m [name], your constituent from [your town]. I’m writing today to ask you to take leadership on climate action by signing Bill S.2995, An Act creating a next-generation roadmap for Massachusetts climate policy.

As an active member of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network, it’s important to me that you sign S.2995. This legislation makes important advances to our current climate action efforts that are critical to ensuring that our communities are protected from the worst effects of climate change. In particular, it: 

  • Writes environmental justice into Massachusetts law and provides new tools and protections for affected neighborhoods.
  • Creates a first-time greenhouse gas emissions standard for municipal lighting plants and imposes a five-year moratorium on biomass. 
  • Allows for a local option "net-zero stretch energy code" and adds 4 energy efficiency seats to the BBRS.

Governor Baker, you have a huge opportunity to be a leader on this issue and (your town) is counting on you. Thank you, in advance for your support and leadership.

Your Constituent,

 

[Your Name]

[Your address]

 

Sample Social Media

 

.@MassGovernor Please sign the #ClimateRoadMap that includes #EJ4MA + #netzero stretch code. #ClimateBillWithTeeth = #CovidRelief = #Publichealth.   

#mapoli

 

.@MassGovernor Please be a leader on climate action by signing the #ClimateRoadMap. Our communities need #EJ4MA + #netzero stretch code. #ClimateBillWithTeeth = #CovidRelief = #Publichealth.   

#mapoli

 

.@MassGovernor We need your leadership on climate. Sign #ClimateRoadMap. Our communities need #EJ4MA + #netzero stretch code. #ClimateBillWithTeeth = #CovidRelief = #Publichealth.   

 

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

 


A surprise ending to 2020: The Climate Minute

In the waning days of 2020, Congress passed a COVID relief bill that included a good package of climate legislation. Among many other topics, the bill tells the EPA to deal with the 'super' greenhouse gases used in air conditioning. Why does this matter? 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


Biden prepares for the climate challenge: The Climate Minute

As 2021 dawns, we see climate experts assemble in the White House, and opportunities to gain traction on the challenges before us.

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


An act of duty and care: The Climate Minute

Joe Biden has assembled a powerful team to address climate change. Their nearly super-human responsibilities demand that we provide continuing support and honest feedback in order to force them to succeed.

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


The Gully and the M25: The Climate Minute

Dennis and Elizabeth Kucinich are environmental leaders. We talk about the experiences of their lives that led to this commitment.

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.


How to spend a trillion: The Climate Minute

The new president had plans to spend upwards of $2 trillion dollars addressing climate change. To do that effectively, honestly and equitably is no small task. A recent proposal for a “National Investment Authority” may provide a pragmatic path forward.

The reading list:

  • The American Prospect's Big Idea section discusses public investment
    • Today we are publishing Omarova’s article describing her proposal. Tomorrow we will publish four reactions, and Omarova will offer a brief final response on Thursday. This is another in the Prospect’s continuing series of Big Ideas—proposals that will not be enacted today or tomorrow, but that can set the agenda.

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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