Truncated models, Climate Strikes and Freedom Photons: The Climate Minute Podcast

The Trump Administration is undermining the credibility of US science by attempting to suppress data and modifying the next “National Climate Assessment” so that the science doesn't seem as dire. It is that equally heartening (the NCA provides legal basis to attack Trump's dismantling of climate protections) and maddening (Trump is therefore trying to adjust the next NCA so it loses its teeth and can't be used against bad policy.) In particular, the efforts will

  • Force the USGS to model climate effect only thru 2040, hiding the truly bad effects that come later
  • Eliminate the ‘worst case’ scenario in future reports
  • Resurrect the idea of a White House Panel to review (and distort) the science

All this is in keeping with the latest press release that renames natural gas as ‘freedom gas’ and ‘molecules of freedom.’ After the chuckles die down, we consider the role of branding. Why not call solar panels “Patriot Panels?”

Finally, we discuss the upcoming all generation climate strike slated for September 20. This is your opportunity to take action, wherever you are! Listen in.

 https://soundcloud.com/massclimateaction/truncated-models-climate-strikes-and-freedom-photons-the-climate-minute-podcast

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

 


Getting down to business about the climate: The Climate Minute Podcast

The Climate Action Business Association is a membership-based organization in Massachusetts that helps local businesses take targeted action on climate change. Listen in as we chat with Tim Cronin, the Policy & Partnerships Manager about CABA and the weekly Climate Exchange Policy Roundup newsletter. Top stories this week? First it’s the Baker Administration’s apparent suppression of science communication, and then the ongoing saga of the Weymouth Compressor Stations.

The reading list:

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist that the United States put a price on carbon.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


Tim Cronin on how local governments can act on climate: The Climate Minute Podcast

The impact of climate change is often seen at the local level, in towns and cities. Whether it is beach erosion on the coast or heat waves in cities, local elected officials are on the scene first. Listen in as we chat with Tim Cronin of the Climate Action Business Association (CABAUS) about the roles and opportunities for local elected officials in fighting climate change.

The reading list:

https://cabaus.org/

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist that the United States put a price on carbon.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


The sharp point on a long sword: The Climate Minute Podcast

The Weymouth Compressor saga has many heroes. One such hero is Andrea Honore, who has for months conducted a noontime a vigil outside the Governor’s office in the Statehouse, seeking to make the case about why the compressor should not be built. Listen in as she tells the story of how she came to be the point of a long sword.

The reading list:

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist that the United States put a price on carbon.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


Plots and subplots in the Weymouth compressor story: The Climate Minute Podcast

Building a natural gas compressor station in a busy part of Weymouth seems complicated enough, but when you throw in Sphinx-like leadership styles, backroom sweetheart deals, suppressed data, 200 years of industrial waste and lots of 1,3-butadiene, the plots and subplots multiply. Listen in

The reading list

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist that the United States put a price on carbon.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


Baker looks to transportation emissions: The Climate Minute Podcast

Carbon emissions from Massachusetts’ transportation sector are the next big frontier of climate work in the state. The Governor is searching for ways to finance these efforts and a multi-state effort (called the TCI, for Transportation and Climate Initiative) seems like a good path. At the same time, while his Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs has moved to work with a pipeline company, the incoming Secretary tweets as “@ClimateKatie”.

The reading list:

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist that the United States put a price on carbon.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


Imagination in an Age of Extinction: The Climate Minute Podcast

Does the imaginative response of the Extinction Rebellion (and that of the Climate Strikes, the Sunrise Movement and others) represent a new way to address the sclerotic politics of our time? Listen in.

The reading list:

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist that the United States put a price on carbon.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


The inside scoop on LEA2019 with Carol Oldham: The Climate Minute Podcast

Listen in to hear Carol Oldham (MCAN's Executive Director) as we discuss this year’s Local Environmental Action (LEA19) Conference. Bringing together community leaders, environmental justice advocates and activists from across the region to build skills, discuss new ideas, and be inspired for the work ahead.

The Contact List:

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist that the United States put a price on carbon.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


A fee for 5th Avenue? The Climate Minute Podcast

Paying a fee to drive in NYC may be an idea whose time has come. Is it fair? Is it practical? Is it coming to Boston? Then we pose the philosophical question: What is the best way for a Climate Hawk to shape the coming 2020 race? One path is to insist on a “Climate Qualified” candidate, who 1) comprehends the emergency 2) has a pragmatic political plan to get the votes to pass legislation and 3) proposes sound policy. Listen in!

The reading list:

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist that the United States put a price on carbon.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


AOC talks GND: The Climate Minute Podcast

Alexandria Ocassio-Cortez’s appearance on a cable TV town hall gives us lots of food for thought. Listen in!

The reading list:

Because we recognize the necessity of personal accountability for our actions, because we accept responsibility for building a durable future and because we believe it is our patriotic duty as citizens to speak out, we must insist that the United States put a price on carbon.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre



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