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Climate Change This Week: Oily Risks, CapNTrade, and More!

11/19/2012 03:11 pm ET | Updated Jan 18, 2013

Invest in BP, Chevron? We don't think so, says investment firm MSCI Inc, reports Jason Plautz at InsideClimate News. Their recent analysis showed that these companies' track records (read oil spills) and prep for future accidents make them pretty risky investments - try investing in solar leasing and wind turbine companies, instead...

****You Track Hurricanes - Why Not Your Congressmen? Sometimes there's not much difference. Votesmart.org now allows you to track officials you vote for - from president to state judges. Create your own user profile, click on an official, then click on the tracking button to track what they're doing - are they slacking on clean energy? Kinda like a political facebook, and a handy tool for the next elections....

Cap N Trade Comes to CA, reports David Baker at the San Francisco Chronicle, with resulting dividends to residents and businesses, while shielding them from increases in monthly energy bills... now will the rest of the country follow? Stay tuned...

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US Transition to clean energy could be tortuous: will it occur fast enough to avoid accelerating, catastrophic climate change?

Germany Racing Towards Renewable Clean Energy Independence, says Osha Gray Davidson at InsideClimate News, detailing the story of the revolutionary movement, dubbed Energy Change, in his new book, Clean Break. Many Germans believe they will be completely powered by solar, wind or biomass energy by 2050. Feeling green -- with envy, yet?

****Movie Time, kiddies: Six Degrees Could Change The World via National Geographic's Wild channel is a graphic illustration of just how catastrophic the world could become with just 6 degrees warming... thanks to commentor Demitasse for suggesting it in last week's column, where we noted a new NASA study showing how 8 degrees warming is much more likely than previously thought...

28 Bipartisan US Governors Urge Congress: Support Wind! reports the online magazine Power Engineering via InsideClimate News. They urged Congressional leadership to extend the Production Tax Credit for wind energy, noting that the industry stands to lose 37,000 jobs and $10 billion in investment. Hello, Earth to Congress?

**** "Pavlov in the Wild" Sight'em: my foot disrupted the gray curbside starburst of wild, pecking pigeons long enough to reveal the object of their feverish attention: a colorful picture of roasted peanuts on a flattened, empty box....

Clean Energy Voting Bloc Influenced Swing States in 2012 Election, says a new poll by the American Council on Renewable Clean Energy, reports online news source PV Tech. A majority of swing state voters indicated that renewable energy was an election issue as important as foreign policy and more so than abortion. Are there any still standing GOP listening out there?

Do you know of a good video or graphic connected with climate change? Do you have a cool "Every day is Earth Day" nature picture of yours you'd like to share with us? Put a weblink to it in the comments section below, and we'll see if we can post it, with deserved acknowledgment, of course!

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by these autumn leaves a few years back. 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 join the increasing numbers of people who want to TELL Congress that they will vote for clean energy candidates you can do 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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Happy Thanksgiving!