The year the climate changed: The Climate Minute Podcast

2018 brought a continuous barrage of news for the Climate Hawk. What did it all mean? What were the lasting bits? Our rearview mirror says that the recognition of real-time climate effects was the big takeaway. Does that lead to grief or hope? And what it hope? 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


How to make climate history: The Climate Minute Podcast

Gary Rucinski’s campaign slogan “Make Climate History” worked on a lot of levels. He ran for Congress in the Massachusetts 4th Congressional District with a goal of being “..the kind of dedicated and knowledgeable voice for climate action our country needs.” Listen in for a real life case study of a candidate for Congress in the 2018 election. Win or lose, a little bit of climate history was made here.

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


How do we know what we know? And farewell DR! The Climate Minute Podcast

Today is our esteemed colleague, D.R. Tucker’s final regular podcast with the show as he moves onto other work. Thus, it is not to be missed! D.R. has been a rock for the show and is unfailingly knowledgeable and upbeat. Conversations with him are always fun! Listen in as we discuss how history is repeating itself, with Ryan Zinke stepping down as Secretary of the Interior only to usher in a potentially more damaging successor. We also dive into a Circuit Court that quoted The Lorax in their decision, the final reports from the COP 24 in Katowice, Poland, and review Chris Hayes’ and Dave Roberts’ recent podcast on the epistemic crisis in America. Tune in to find out more.

Links for further information:

Zinke’s Likely Successor is a Former Oil Lobbyist Who Has Influenced Trump’s Energy Policy https://nyti.ms/2GioFOF?smid=nytcore-ios-share

Zinke Resigns as Interior Secretary Amid Slew of Scandals https://thinkprogress.org/interior-secretary-zinke-resigns-amid-scandals-d01c859dea16/

Fourth Circuit Find Forest Service Did Not Speak for the Trees https://www.mgkflitigationblog.com/fourth-circuit-FERC-forest-service-cowpasture-NEPA

What Was Agreed at Katowice and Why Did It Take So Long? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/16/what-was-agreed-at-cop24-in-poland-and-why-did-it-take-so-long

Assessing America’s Information Crisis with Dave Roberts https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/assessing-america-s-information-crisis-david-roberts-podcast-transcript-ncna943701

Katharine Hayhoe’s TedTalk “The Most Important Thing You Can Do to Fight Climate Change: Talk About It” https://www.ted.com/talks/katharine_hayhoe_the_most_important_thing_you_can_do_to_fight_climate_change_talk_about_it

What did you have for breakfast?

https://www.podcastgarage.org/events/2018/8/8/is-this-thing-on-gxfkk-ncyga

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.


Wind Auction Success: The Climate Minute Podcast

MA clean energy policy is paying off. Commitments to renewables, made years ago, resulted this week in a 405M$ auction of off-shore wind leases. Today, decisions are being taken to support clean transportation options that we will enjoy in the future. These are the fruits of determined work by Climate Hawks.

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


Trump puts (Polish) coal in your stocking: The Climate Minute Podcast

We debrief on recent happenings at COP24 in Poland. A Swedish high-schooler who instigated a worldwide strike, spoke to the session. The US was mocked for touting the benefits of fossil fuel, and condemned for denying the acceptance of a scientific report. A leading US official literally ran away from Amy Goodman rather than answer questions. On the other hand, the Sunrise movement has gained momentum on Capitol Hill. 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 plan to price carbon: The Climate Minute Podcast

Gary Rucinski joins us to discuss the “Energy Innovation and Carbon Distribution Act” aka EICDA, which was recently introduced in the US Congress. Listen in as we explore this plan to ‘put a price on carbon.’

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 White House effect? The Climate Minute Podcast

George HW Bush famously pitted the “White House effect” against the greenhouse effect. How did he do, ultimately? One of Bush’s actions resulted in the current COP24 in Poland. That meeting is under a cloud of coal dust. What’s up with that? Bernie Sanders held a live stream town hall on climate. Did they pull punches on the media? Listen in to find out.

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


Solutions at scale: The Climate Minute Podcast

On today’s show, we revisit the green new deal and the Sunrise Movement. We take a deep dive on the best path toward decarbonization - will a carbon tax be enough? Or do we need more robust government intervention? Tune in and let us know what you think in the comments. Bonus: Ted has tucked a Moby Dick reference in your stocking. Check it out.

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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


Its real, dangerous and happening now: The Climate Minute Podcast

The National Climate Assessment (aka the NCA) was released on Black Friday. Ironically this allowed more media coverage of the dire message. Why do we have this report? What does the report say? How should we think about it? Listen in as we put this report in context and try to understand the implications.

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


We all live in the Merrimack Valley: The Climate Minute Podcast

The infrastructure of natural gas pipelines showed it’s danger recently when multiple explosions in three Merrimack Valley communities occurred simultaneously. How should a climate hawk think about this? Is it a chance to ‘electrify everything?’ If you want to help, check out Nathan Phillips gofundme page.  

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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