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.

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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


A “Truth Sandwich”: The Climate Minute Podcast

A truth sandwich tells the true facts, points out the lie, and then repeats the truth. We apply this method: The Green New Deal cannot have a ‘cost’ since it has no specifics yet. The Green New Deal is essentially a ‘request for proposals’ to meet a goal, and no concrete proposals have been made. Therefore a ‘cost estimate’ is necessarily arbitrary and based on the fantasy of the estimator. We should know this when considering a report that the Green New Deal will cost 93 Trillion dollars. (Perhaps the right wing think tank that cooked the books included in their estimate a yearly flight on the space shuttle for every American. Who know?) The truth is that any estimate of the cost of the Green New Deal is premature. Further, such estimates should include the damage avoided over the next 100 years or so, and the economic growth an aggressive package would bring. We should think of the GND as an investment, not a ‘cost’. Listen in as we discuss.

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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


Cincinnatus, George Washington and the 46th POTUS: The Climate Minute Podcast

President Trump made headlines this week for declaring a national emergency to build a wall. Quickly, the conversation turned to the precedent set by this use of powers and the question “what if the Democrats used the same tactic to tackle climate change?” Jump on our philosophical roller coaster of a discussion about declaring a national emergency. Spoiler alert: the best way to avoid a national emergency that tackles climate change is to elect candidates up and down the ballot who have a robust pro-climate action platform. How do we get such candidates? By sending a clear message that we want climate action and we will vote for climate action.

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


Wise or "out-of-touch?" The Climate Minute Podcast

The confrontation of members of Congress by climate activists is a new and powerful tactic. Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi have both been visited. A viral video of young activists and Senator Feinstein seems to exemplify all the issues in this complex process. Put simply, is the Senator out-of-touch with the urgency of the problem, or is she a sage veteran who can make something practical happen? How aggressive should activist be in challenging erstwhile allies like Feinstein, as compared to clear opponents like Mitch McConnell? Listen is as we discuss.

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


Doing right even when you are afraid: The Climate Minute Podcast

It takes a lot of personal strength to commit an act of civil disobedience. What principles and inspiration lead Daniel Yildirim to become a valve turner? What sustains him on the difficult road? Listen in as we discuss.

The reading list:

Send us an email at podcast@massclimateaction.net.

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 human sized drama in Minnesota: The Climate Minute Podcast

Daniel Yildirim, along with three other 'valve turners', shut down a pipeline in Minnesota early this month. Listen in as we chat about the who, the what, the when and especially the why of this direct action against climate change. How can this act help all of us come to understand the implications of climate change? Does the 'necessity defense' apply in this case? Does the enormity and immediacy of the threat justify breaking the law? We discuss.

 https://soundcloud.com/massclimateaction/a-human-sized-drama-in-minnesota-the-climate-minute-podcast

 The reading list:

Send us an email at podcast@massclimateaction.net.

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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