Under the cover of pandemic: The Climate Minute

Hidden by continuous media coverage of the pandemic, the current administration is pushing environmental rollbacks. The latest is about fine pollution (PM2.5) that makes coronavirus worse! We review some of the rollbacks, so you can remember later, when you have to make a decision on which leaders you will choose.

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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


Why your Post Office is a climate issue: The Climate Minute

The logic is simple: A free election is critical to climate progress. A free election, in the age of pandemic, should be mail-in. An honest mail-in election requires a functioning, public institution like the Post Office. The USPS is under siege by the forces of authoritarianism. Defend the Post Office. Listen in.

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

 


Climate change, by any other name, will feel the same: The Climate Minute

Reaching across political and cultural divides to address the root causes of climate change requires thoughtful planning and careful word choices. We talk with a Citizen’s Climate Lobby Fellow, based in Kansas, whose task is to make Conservative Outreach to people on all points of the political spectrum in the Sunflower State.

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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


Carbon fees and moral pillars: The Climate Minute

Listen to a Citizen Climate Lobby Fellow discuss what it takes to attract support for climate legislation from people with very different ideas about how the world works.

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


How to say “Sovereign Currency” like an expert: The Climate Minute

The silence of conservative politicians on the deficit impact of spending two trillion dollars is, in itself, very revealing. It shows that we can spend money on important issues, despite all the previous prophesies of doom. New economic understandings show that we can afford to spend money on big social programs, like the Green New Deal. Listen in so that you can throw the term “sovereign currency’” into the conversation at your next ZOOM cocktail party.

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


Nationalize the coal industry! The Climate Minute

In theses times, what once seemed impossible suddenly seems obvious. What if the US simply bought the coal industry, retired the factories, protected the workers, preserved the communities, kept the coal in the ground and saved the planet. For less than $2B! Listen in.

The monetary value of the fossil fuel industry is tiny compared to the damage the industry is capable of inflicting on the world. In a time of economic turbulence and a need for government intervention, federal money can be well spent acquiring a controlling interest in the fossil fuel industry. The value obtained by the US will be in protecting jobs and quality of life in communities currently impacted by the industry as well as the long-term preservation of the environment.

It is possible for the US to outright buy coal for $2B, and the Oil Majors for $500B. Then the industries can be retired with dignity for the country.

The estimate of the market capitalization of the coal industry is based on simple google searches, seeking a list of large US coal companies their value. In late March 2020, we found that Alliance Resources is worth $0.456B, Arch Coal $0.414B, Cloud Peak Energy $0.293B and Peabody Energy $0.273B. Others companies, like Murray, Revelation/Blackjewel/NACCO,Consol, Foresight and Contura are much smaller. The total value of the combined list is $1.8B. Hence, a 51% controlling stake could be purchased for about $1B.

The estimate of the value of the oil majors is: Exxon is valued at $156B, Chevron at 130B, Phillips at 66B,Valero at 18B, EOG Resources at $21B, Anadarko at $37B, Occidental at $12B, Pioneer at $12B and Marathon at 3B. EOG is also a major Fracking company, along with Diamondback at $5B. The total combined value is about $500B.

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


What to do with, or in, the streets? The Climate Minute

COVID-19 is reshaping our lives in real time, revealing the same old tricks Fox uses to misinform and raising questions about how to take climate action if the streets are closed. Speaking of streets, do we want to return to cities crowded with cars, or should we retain the calm of walk-able cities? Asking the easy question is the first step to finding the hard answers.

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

 

 


We need a #GreenStimulus: The Climate Minute

As the triple issues of Pandemic, Inequality and Climate Change bear down on us, it is clear that a #GreenStimulus is a path to a better future. Listen in.

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


Should the towns buy Columbia Gas? The Climate Minute

Columbia Gas has had a rough run after blowing up South Lawrence. Now it is on the block to be sold. Should the towns north of Boston band together to buy Columbia Gas? A recent article in Commonwealth Magazine posed just this question, so we discussed the pros and cons with the author.

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


Lessons from a giant experiment: The Climate Minute

A recent Globe opinion piece asked good questions about the pandemic and climate change. We talk with the author, and wonder what life will be like ‘after.’ Listen in.

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



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