Words to watch for: The Climate Minute

The words we use in discussions of climate change matter, as do the stories we tell. How should we talk about climate? A Renaissance scholar analyzes word choices, and helps us see the bigger picture.

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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


Would you enjoy a planned power outage? The Climate Minute

If planned power outages helped cut greenhouse gases right now, could you live with it? Would you find a way to make is good experience? Is continuous electricity a right? Who should pay the price for reducing emissions? Listen in.

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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


What is Ranked Choice Voting? The Climate Minute

Ranked Choice Voting is a simple improvement to how we vote. It allows us to find candidates who represent a true majority of the voters. RCV is a ballot question this fall in Massachusetts. Listen as we discuss with an expert.

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Some videos

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


Energy Equity Explained: The Climate Minute

The concepts of “Energy Equity” and “Energy Democracy” arise from new ways of thinking about the climate crisis. MCAN’s Executive Director gives a master class in what these terms mean.

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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


A Conversation with MCAN’s new Executive Director: The Climate Minute

The Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) speaks on behalf of its chapters to improve our town’s energy and climate policies and programs. Recently, Sarah Dooling joined the organization as it’s new Executive Director. Listen in as we learn more about her experiences and plans for the 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


MA climate bill at risk: The Climate Minute

A committee of the MA legislature is meeting to reconcile two versions of climate legislation. We review the issues and the stakes.

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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


A joy flight to climate catastrophe: The Climate Minute

Transportation in the post covid world will be different. While airlines offer “joy rides”, new insight about the impact of jet emissions comes to light. Here on the ground, Massachusetts struggles with it’s outmoded “auto-centric” transportation philosophy.

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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


Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s environmental legacy: The Climate Minute

We review RBG’s environmental achievements, and consider the future of climate legislation in the SCOTUS.

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


How should science and society collaborate in a warming world? The Climate Minute

US government agencies like the National Science Foundation are the result of a tacit post-WWII scientific contract. The terms of the contract were that the NSF would fund science in the public good. Naomi Oreskes argues that contract is broken, because too many American politicians find accurate science inconvenient. What will replace it? Also, given smoke out west and floods in the south, what should we expect for climate migration inside the US?

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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


The media and climate truth: The Climate Minute

Is the media’s sudden new interest in climate change a sea change? How will we know when the coverage is authentic? Is Facebook’s new climate information center a bona fide effort or just evasion of the real truth?

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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