Challenges and Conundrums in making sense of climate

“Stopping climate change is easy,” said nobody ever. From nuisance lawsuits designed to stall wind turbines, to misalignments in state laws, to very real and impactful choices in Somerset we grapple with current issues in addressing global warming here in Massachusetts.

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



SCOTUS takes aim at EPA as well as most of the rest of your government

The Supreme Court has decided to hear a case that could upend how government functions, and make it more difficult to address climate issues. We discuss that plus the proposed pipeline expansion in New England, as well as a cool new electric bike.

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


An update on windpower from TUE Chair Jeff Roy

We talk to State Representative Jeffrey Roy about Massachusetts’ efforts to implement wind power. Jeff provides insights from

  • his trip to Ireland
  • his visit to the offshore wind turbine construction underway
  • his efforts with legislation underway

Along the way we find out about the Northern Ireland Parliament not having met in 3 years and the origin of Robert's Rules of Order in New Bedford.

The reading list:

Drone footage of turbine leaving New Bedford harbor https://youtu.be/4locoph2dMg

CommonWealth Magazine article on wind power quoting Jeff https://commonwealthmagazine.org/energy/governors-including-healey-raise-concerns-about-offshore-wind-pricing/

WBUR explainer on the status of the wind industry

https://www.wbur.org/news/2023/10/05/offshore-wind-massachusetts-vineyard-climate-whale-deaths-lawsuits

New Bedford - Robert’s Rules of Order -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2018/12/new-bedford-leads-in-value-of-fish.html

Solar power technical potential map from State of MA https://www.mass.gov/info-details/technical-potential-of-solar-study#report-and-storymap-

More about the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilites and Energy (TUE)

https://malegislature.gov/Committees/Detail/J37

** See the page that collects all the “Making Sense of Climate” episodes -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/02/making-sense-of-climate-collection.html

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


Voices from the March to End Fossil Fuels

The March to End Fossil Fuels occurred on September 17, 2023. We talk to the marchers and hear what it all sounded like.

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 best ideas to accelerate the green energy transition

In an era where we need to build green energy system rapidly, ‘permitting reform’ has become a confusing and divisive buzzword. In fact, the permitting process is not the source of delays in developing clean energy, nor should it be used as an excuse to rescue failing oil projects like the Mountain Valley Pipeline. We speak with an expert who knows what it takes to bring new clean energy into the system and has ideas about how to do it quickly.

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


From Leominster to your town

The weather has been wild this summer,and the town of Leominster was struck with a massive rainfall and subsequent flooding this week. A warm-water-fueled Hurricane Lee is approaching New England. You may be wondering about how well your town is prepared for abnormal weather in a warming world. We talk to the head of emergency planning for a typical Massachusetts town. Listen in to find out what you may need to know.

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

 


Strange weather, green amendments, and carbon offsets

Strange weather continues to drive our conversations this summer, but an encouraging court ruling and a dismaying move in Africa are also worth talking about.

The reading list:

Tornados near franklin

https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/flooding-downed-trees-power-outages-impacts-from-friday-mornings-severe-weather/3116175/

Tornado safety tips shared

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2023/08/franklin-fire-shares-tornado-safety-tips.html

Hurricane near LA

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-66559623

Warmer water off mexico,Heat dome in midwest alters wind direction on CA coast

https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2023-08-20/what-climate-factors-made-hurricane-hilary-possible

Massachusetts’ goal to reduce driving lags behind other states

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2023/08/13/metro/massachusetts-goal-reduce-driving-lags-behind-other-states/

Montana lawsuit. MA has an amendment

https://theconversation.com/montana-kids-win-historic-climate-lawsuit-heres-why-it-could-set-a-powerful-precedent-207907

Podcast on green amendments..

https://massclimateaction.podbean.com/e/you-have-a-right-to-free-speech-why-not-a-right-to-clean-air/

Juliana lawsuit

https://www.ourchildrenstrust.org/juliana-v-us

Carbon offset purchase by United Arab Emirates

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/liberia-to-concede-10-of-its-land-to-emirati-company-that-will-use-it-for-carbon-credits/ar-AA1eNmz2

How to purchase carbon offsets for flights

https://www.cntraveler.com/story/how-to-purchase-carbon-offsets-for-your-next-flight

Amazon link for King Leopold’s Ghost

https://www.amazon.com/King-Leopolds-Ghost-story-rubber/dp/B0BQG6JZ6W

Energize Franklin web page -> www.energizefranklin.org/

YouTube video walking through the Energize Franklin web page https://youtu.be/myUzRaFXpsI

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


Why you should go to NYC

The March to End Fossil Fuels will happen in NYC on September 17, days before the UN Climate Summit begins. You can catch a chartered bus to attend! Marchers want Joe Biden to stop permitting pipelines, stop drilling on Federal land, declare a climate emergency and provide a Just Transition. Go to EndFossilFuels.us or 350MASS to learn more, but first listen in to hear what it is all about.

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


Bill Sargent’s “Backstory”

We have a wide-ranging discussion with author Bill Sargent, based on his recent book about climate journalists. 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 that protects environmental justice communities.

Thanks for listening.

…Ted McIntyre


From geo-engineering to bicycling

Changes in the exhaust smoke from ocean freighters starts us on a path to thinking about geo-engineering. Listen in.

The reading list:

Ocean warming a consequence of cutting back on fossil fuel use by container ships

  • Twitter thread starts here

https://twitter.com/hankgreen/status/1687535525169930241?t=eDy85gcqMxaxyQwtbs6vsw&s=19

  • thread in PDF form (easier to read)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S5GNL_6Qf21KG_sP03btxa0oTiGLnVxO/view?usp=drive_link

Also ->

https://www.science.org/content/article/changing-clouds-unforeseen-test-geoengineerin

g-fueling-record-ocean-warmth  

https://www.science.org/content/article/changing-clouds-unforeseen-test-geoengineering-fueling-record-ocean-warmth

Podcast articles on interview with Wake Smith recorded earlier in 2023

https://massclimateaction.podbean.com/e/pandora-s-panic-button-or-why-we-should-be-thinking-about-solar-radiation-management/

https://massclimateaction.podbean.com/e/opening-pandora-s-toolbox-or-why-we-should-be-thinking-about-co2-removal/

Mt Pinatubo

https://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/climate-change-global-temperature

https://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/climate-change-global-temperature

https://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/news-updates/2023/06/30/congressionally-mandated-report-on-solar-radiation-modification/

Other related articles on making sunsets & geoengineering

https://makesunsets.com/pages/faq

https://www.axios.com/2023/02/28/geoengineering-climate-change-research-scientists

back to the stone age for building materials

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2023/08/the-guardian-back-to-stone-age.html

8 things that must be done to avoid the worst

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2023/08/8-things-world-must-do-to-avoid-worst.html

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



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