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Climate Change This Week: Climate Flat Earthers, Green Vikings, and More

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Congressional Climate Deniers, Beware! The League of Conservation Voters is launching a new $1.5 million program aimed at defeating five climate change deniers, known as the Flat Earth Five, in the House of Representatives this election cycle, says the LCV website. We need to defeat climate denier ... to restore the place of science on Capitol Hill," said LCV President Gene Karpinski.

Let the Good Times Blow: Clean energy and green democracy prosper under Vikings, report Manfred Ertel and Gerald Traufetter at Der Spiegel. They trace how Denmark's democracy quickly invested in wind energy after the 1973 oil crisis to become the world's leader in wind power.

Getting Into Hot Water Pays bigtime, for both the company that installs heat pumps to draw heat from wastewater, as well as the buildings that make use of the pumps and heat, reports Ashley Ahearn at Living On Earth. A Washington state county makes it easier, by making the pipes accessible to developers.

Massachussetts Leads in Energy Efficiency, says the Alliance for Clean Energy, reports Steve Young at Living on Earth. Way to go, Big M! The Bay State is using less energy per person thanks to smart policy and big investments in programs to save energy. Mitt Romney was part of that legacy, in the good ole days before he flip-flopped and hooked up with Paul Ryan.

High and Dry = Dry and High, food prices, that is, reports Steve Raabe at the Denver Post. Besides raising prices this year, especially on meat and dairy whose production relies on high-priced corn, expect substantial rises in the cost of food next year as the corn crunch kicks in.

My foster baby Arctic chicks have hatched! Born in July, they are doing well and prospering, I hear, but not all chicks have the safety of bear-proof boxes, and the bears visit in August. Climate change has melted the ice pack food source of Arctic ice birds and is even starting to melt the frozen core of their nesting habitat, Cooper Island, making it a prime target for hungry polar bears. These Arctic "penguins" need more bear-proof nesting boxes from humans to keep their chicks safe. You can help here, and find out more about how dramatically climate change is changing their lives.


Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by this late summer puff I photographed not far from our research cabin (Can you see the hidden spider?). Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future. If you'd like to tell Congress that you're voting for candidates that will support clean energy, join the increasing numbers of people doing so here. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and texts are freely available.

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