XR Boston’s Persistence on Beacon Hill

XR Boston has sponsored a year long ‘standout’ in front of the statehouse, demanding that no new fossil fuel infrastructure be built. We had a chance to talk with them.

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 that protects environmental justice communities.  

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


Voices from (near) the Hanscom DEIR hearing

At the last minute, a public session to review the Hanscom Jetport Expansion’s Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR)- a session which was originally to be held in a school auditorium- was moved to be ‘on-line only.’ The change was so sudden it stranded a few participants in the parking lot as they waited to enter the building. Listen in to hear what they had to say.

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 that protects environmental justice communities.  

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre

 


What’s in the Hanscom expansion Environmental Impact Report?

A Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) on the proposed expansion of jet traffic at Hanscom Field is open to your comment through June 14. We talk to a lead organizer about what is in the DEIR and how you can help out.

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 that protects environmental justice communities.  

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


The Climate Omnibus bill and what you can do about it

The Massachusetts Legislature is headed to the end of it’s session in July. The time is right to contact your legislators to improve the ‘Climate Omnibus’ bill-because it is being finalized right now. Listen to hear what policies need to be in the Omnibus and some specifics about how you can help get them there.

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 that protects environmental justice communities.  

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


Learning to think about embodied carbon

The term “embodied carbon” describes the CO2 emissions associated with a building that came from the manufacture, transportation, installation, maintenance, and disposal of building and infrastructure materials- even before the building was constructed! It is an important piece of the CO2 reduction puzzle in Massachusetts. We talk to an expert to find ways to understand this rapidly developing field.

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 that protects environmental justice communities.  

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


Demystifying decarbonization, Episode 5: Comparing notes

In the fifth of our series of episodes with understandable discussions about how to ’decarbonize’ your home, some of our earlier guests meet together to share stories and insights about their own efforts.

 


How you can help climate folks become reliable voters

Strangely enough, a lot of people who are concerned about climate issues do not turn out to vote when the time comes. The Environmental Voter Project has a plan, backed up with researched insight, to get those folks to the polls. Listen in to find out how you can get involved.

The reading list:

 https://www.environmentalvoter.org/get-involved

Find the current global CO2 ppm here

How many days ‘til 2030?

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 that protects environmental justice communities.  

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


Can a new kind of global map help address climate issues?

A detailed, almost ‘3D’ map of the earth’s terrain created by satellites using special technology might help address climate issues. We talk to the leader of a startup that hopes to provide new data for these important questions.

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 that protects environmental justice communities.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


How to stop private jet expansion at Hanscom (or anywhere)

The expansion of private jet capabilities at Hanscom is being opposed by a grassroots coalition of activist groups. Listen to one of those activists describe the issues and what is being done. Political pressure on the Governor is needed. You can sign a petition to Governor Healy at a link below.

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 that protects environmental justice communities.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


Should Hanscom accept more private jet traffic? A new report explains who is flying where.

In the first of two episodes, we hear about private jet traffic at Hanscom Field. Spoiler alert: it is mostly rich people taking relatively short (and consequently very carbon polluting) flights to vacation getaways. Should your state government (n the form of MassPort) permit the expansion of these polluting luxury trips? You will have a better answer after listening.

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 that protects environmental justice communities.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre



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