Thinking about EVs: The Climate Minute

GM plans to sell only electric vehicles by 2035. That is a big deal all by itself, but what does it mean for the grid? And are we building a world that will have eight lanes of the Mass Pike congested with electric vehicles?

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


Speed v Justice: The Climate Minute

One issue in the ongoing transition to a clean energy economy will be balancing speed and justice. A possible example of this balancing act could be in the rapid construction of green infrastructure-for example ‘bullet trains’ or solar farms- on Federal "rights-of-way" on the interstate highway system. This sounds like a no-brainer because it avoids many of the usual siting issues associated with NIMBY-ism. Unfortunately, the simplicity vanishes when we consider the historical injustice of the placement of those highways back in the 1950's and '60s. We should not compound that injustice by imposing new burdens on those communities. How to resolve this conundrum? It is good to give early consideration to this future question in order to ensure both the justice and speed we need.

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


Sea Shanties as a Climate Issue: The Climate Minute

The current craze for sea shanties brings us the myth that ‘oil killed whaling.’ The truth is more complex and illuminates big oil’s plans to “get into plastics.”

 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


A big day for the planet : The Climate Minute

President Biden made January 27, 2021 a defining moment for climate action. He signed Executive Orders that signify an enormous shift into the right direction for America. We begin to unpack some of the many aspects of the announcement.

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


Baker cooks up a veto: The Climate Minute

Governor Baker vetoed a good climate bill. His four page explanation doesn’t measure up. We discuss his talking points and how the Legislature will proceed to get the bill passed.

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


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: [email protected]

(this email has not bounced back according to advocates)

CC Gov. Baker’s Legislative Director: [email protected], plus Community Affairs Director: [email protected]

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: [email protected]

(this email has not bounced back according to advocates)

CC Gov. Baker’s Legislative Director: [email protected], plus Community Affairs Director: [email protected]

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

 



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