Based on a full year of campaign rhetoric, it is clear that the next administration will embody climate denialism among other repugnant policies, and will use lies, threats and intimidation as political techniques. This is not good news for those who love America, but it is a clarion call for us to prepare to defend what is good in our country. That defense is less about particular policies and more about protecting the very fabric of democracy: demanding truth, insisting on facts, protecting our fellow citizens. As 2017 dawns, we discuss concrete, specific actions that each of us can take to preserve, protect and defend the proud history of the United States of America. Listen in.Read more
2016 was quite a year-in many, many ways. Environmental justice concerns melded quite clearly with climate activism in Dakota. The pipeline protests there seem to be a template for a linking of climate and inequality issues that will be needed in the future. Of course, the year was notable from a geo-physics perspective as the Arctic icecap melted-in the winter! What a surprise! Finally, the international climate movement might be strong enough to persist, even without US leadership. Look to China to reap the benefits of our stupid policies. Listen in as we discuss.Read more
Trump’s anti-climate cabinet picks are only the latest round in a decades long battle. Reagan did it, W. Bush did it, and now “Lyin’ Donald” will try. But then as now, people will push back against the dishonesty and shortsightedness. Many states have aggressive climate plans and cities are feeling the effects now. You can add your own voice to the call for action at the Boston Women's March for America on January 21 2017 11AM or at the Mass Power Forward Lobby Day January 25 2017 at 10AM Listen in as we discuss.Read more
Good news this week: President Obama acted to protect a vast stretch of underwater area from fossil fuel exploitation. This suggests he know what is coming, and is working to protect the planet from the Trump-oil agenda. On top of that, a court case that will allow a full legal presentation of climate science will go forward in the State of Washington.
In case you are a little shaky on your constitutional trivia answers, the Emolument Clause is in Article 1, Section 9 of the US Constitution. Donald Trump must swear to “preserve, protect and defend” this along with all the other clauses in the document. Here it is:
No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.
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As the implications of the Trumpian climate desecration plan become ever more clear, the need to resist his agenda is obvious. From a request for names of climate scientists at DOE to legitimate fears that climate data will be deleted from government computers, we need no new signs of a malevolent intent. “Hamilton Electors” are great to support, but read up on A practical guide to resisting the Turmp agenda . Listen in as we discuss.Read more
The Cabinet picks of our part-time PEOTUS are emerging from the smoggy, carbon-choked darkness like zombies. They are a collection of nasty monsters, whose disregard for science and the future of the planet deserves rebuke. The Trumpster’s continuous bait and switch rhetorical strategies may work on the press, but we need to stay focused on what actions he takes. The claim that “personality is policy” is a true, and The Donald’s policy is climate genocide. Our task is to resist.Read more
The recent historic fires in Tennessee are climate related. Why are Tennesseans still represented by deniers? Plus, our new boy-king’s assault on the truth is a strategy, not the random incoherencies of a damaged psyche. Listen in.
As the clock ticked toward zero, the Obama administration denied a corporate request for an easement to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline. This has effectively stopped the billion dollar project, and given a huge boost to the Native American “Water Protectors.” What happens next? What will the coming Trumpian mis-administration do? We discuss.Read more
The next four years will call for all of us to stand up for what we believe. The shape of our future can be seen in the bravery of the Standing Rock Sioux, the “Drive for 15” movement, and the opposition to the West Roxbury pipeline. Bill McKibben gives an overview, saying “Volunteering for pain is an unlikely event in a pleasure-based society, and hence it gets noticed. Nonviolent direct action is just one tool in the activist tool kit, and it should be used sparingly—like any tool, it can easily get dull, both literally and figuratively. But when it is necessary to underline the moral urgency of a case, the willingness to go to jail can be very powerful, precisely because it goes against the bent of normal life.” Listen in!Read more