“Thank you Judy Bonds for your bravery and determination to do the right thing - when it was anything but convenient to do so. All of our children - well beyond the reaches of Appalachia - thank you for your heroic efforts.”
“It's well past time for this country to ban plastic bags as well! Stores should have a special week or two of giving away reusable bags to their customers prior to charging a small fee for each plastic or paper bag that is used.
We've got to start reframing how we look at things.... Instead of looking at this issue and saying we'd prefer to keep using plastic bags because we don't want to be bothered remembering to bring a reusable bag..... we should be asking ourselves, do we prefer that 'convenience' more than we value a healthy environment in which to live and pass on to our children? We should also come to fully appreciate that abusing our natural world comes with a steep price tag that if we really factored it in, no one would want to pay.”
“I ...Speaking of using artistic mediums in order to educate and rally people to take action, I enjoyed watching the concert tour of James Taylor and Carole King on DVD recently. When it ended, I thought to myself, why is it that they (and other entertainers) aren't front and center with a prominent environmental message? Immediately following this viewing, I watched a special on John Lennon - his New York years. It showed how when Lennon first came to NY, he connected with the leaders of the Anti War movement. By lending not only his name, but his tireless energies to peace, Lennon had the ability to influence many thousands of people as well as get the message into mainstream media.
We need more John Lennons today to wake us up to the threats of climate change.”
“Re: the post that refers to the work of Koch Industries as "mischief". What they do is a far cry from mischief. Using enormous amounts of money and the subsequent influence which that money buys, Koch Industries takes extreme and corrupt measures to distort information to the public. This is the same kind of tactics the tobacco industry used to knowingly hide and distort the risk that their products had on public health.
In this case, the ramifications to public health is far greater than individual smokers' premature deaths. Delaying action on climate change (so that companies can further enrich their coffers at the expense of the welfare of all humankind) far exceeds "mischief" making. It far exceeds common criminal action.... for such deception and the subsequent lack of action taken will cost staggering loss of life and unimaginable hardship.
The blinding greed that puts profits ahead of people's well-being - indeed ahead of life itself, must be stopped. The public must have access to the truth. The media has a responsibility to tell the story, to follow the money and connect the dots so that the public can clearly understand the huge price we pay when allowing their monied message to dominate and blind us to reality.
We MUST take an unflinching look at the influence of money - how it corrupts our democratic principles and how it will, if left unchecked, allow greed to flourish - making the future of all of our kids, collateral damage.”
“You succeeded in forcing their hand. The end result may not have been what you were looking for, but it is with these kind of 'confrontations' that our leaders must realize that they are going to have to answer to this movement and the public.
When it becomes either overwhelmingly convenient - or painfully inconvenient/embarrasing for them to take action, that is when we will see genuine action from our politically-minded politicians.”
“"The EPA will roll out more regulations on greenhouse gases and other pollution to help fight climate change, but they will not be as strong as action by Congress..." They had better be FAR STRONGER than action by Congress (as Congress has been been completely delinquent in addressing climate pollution).
The time is NOW! Please, for our sons and daughters... for all our sakes... Please do the necessary job of holding polluters accountable for pollution that is costing us our future! It's now or never.”
“Thanks to Bill McKibben for educating us and insisting that we face this crisis head on.
I was about to say that if only we had more like him that perhaps we'd have a chance of securing a stable future.... but through his work with 350.org, people all over the globe are stepping up, working in their communities and demanding our leaders step it up and get to work as well!”
“A strong climate bill now is essential to get our economy chugging with millions of new jobs... good paying jobs that stay here in America and won't get sent abroad.
A stong climate bill is essential for our national security.
A strong climate bill will get us going on our way to being the world's leader in clean energy technology.... we'll lose this status and all the economic advantages to China if we don't get serious now.
Acting now with a bold bill will prevent trillions in expenditures for "damage control"..... It is always far wiser and less expensive to address problems preventively....(although we're already too late for complete prevention).
Failing to act now with a bold climate bill will be the last nail in the coffin of our children's futures.
It is the only moral and sane thing to do. But it must be done NOW and it needs to reflect the science to do the job. Doing the right thing too late will be very sad indeed.”
carlosgriffin on Jan 24, 2010 at 23:58:40
“So you are suggesting we do exactly what Spain did. Did you not read the ending of their grand experiment? Every green job cost 2.1 previous jobs. I will never stand in line with you crazies just so I can cut my own throat.”
kevinabt on Jan 24, 2010 at 22:11:51
nameunused on Jan 24, 2010 at 20:46:59
“The carbon tax is dead, it has been for some time.”
“Obama and other world leaders must come to fully comprehend the immediacy and grave nature of the climate crisis.
In the 'meteor-about-to-collide- with-earth' movies, the (cinematic) president isn't interested in appearing balanced and moderate.... he is interested in saving civilization and the planet. He gets on the red phone, and puts in place a bold plan - doing what is necessary to address the threat and protect us all.
As McKibben says, the threat from global warming is like nothing we've ever faced before. We need our leaders to respond in proportion to the real threat that we face. This means that they cannot afford to be calculating if a bold climate bill is politically expedient, or how how taking the necessary action might impact one's re-election efforts.
It's (well past) time to face the bottom line: we either do what needs to be done now or prepare ourselves for a future of immeasurable agony and grief.”
minimalist715 on Dec 7, 2009 at 01:03:11
“I completely agree that climate change is happening because of human activity. However, I think most proposals for combating the situation are rather akin to the "abstinence only" argument when it comes to sexual activity. Political impotence aside, telling the world to stop or cut back on emissions, is a bit like telling people just to stop having sex in order to prevent population expansion. What's needed is more of the condom solution. It's time to start seriously looking at what geoengineering can bring to this debate.”
“If we (myself definitely included) all spent half the time that we spend reading/posting on blogs, instead working to cut carbon emissions to levels below 350ppm, working to educate & promote population control, perhaps we'd make genuine inroads on these immense, dire problems.
Blogs and the internet are very valuable tools.... but they can't be our only means of action. And if we over-saturate and become overwhelmed by the incessant dialog, we risk losing our "get up and go" to get things done..... (and there's MUCH to be done in little time!)”
wgsalter on Jul 20, 2009 at 13:39:17
“Except that the "problems" of AGW are neither immense nor dire - they're not even problems. Hunger is an immense problem. Poverty is a dire problem. And India has SEVEN HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE LIVING AT UNDER 2 DOLLARS A DAY. So if you really want to help the world, stop trying to restrain the Indians from doing everything they possibly can to improve the material well-being of their people. The solution is not to die off, or live in pre-historic fashion. It's development: economic, industrial and agricultural. They NEED things, like food, shelter, goods, electricity. And if we didn't have idiots claiming that CO2, which is exhaled by half of the biosphere (including us), and inhaled by the other half, is a POLLUTANT, the Indians could just get on with it. The Chinese, too. And the beauty of it is, that's just what they're doing, and they're telling us to get lost! Bravo! In twenty years, when the CO2 ppm is 450-500, and the world has NOT ended, you will all have to come up with a different cause. I can't wait.”
“rshrink, thanks for providing this important information. Now if only our decision-makers would look at the big picture and understand the truly immense cost to us all in continuing to burn this most dirty of fossil fuels.
In order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we don't have the time to fight each of these plants one-by-one. We must initiate legislation that bans new coal plants and puts a high cost on carbon emissions such that it makes no sense for existing plants' continued operation.”
rshrink on May 6, 2009 at 11:28:22
“I think you are right. It would probably make sense to also write to Obama and the new Director of the Health and Environment.”
“So very sad. It is essential that existing coal plants be phased-out in the near term and we put a moratorium on new coal plants, if we are to have hope of living on a relatively stable planet . This is a sad and devastating step in the wrong direction.”
“Now it's time to start shutting down all coal plants across the globe. A moratorium on all new coal plants is essential immediately as well as a quick phase-out of existing coal plants.
Our foremost climatologist, NASA's Dr. James Hansen calculates that the world will need to be out of the coal-burning business by 2030, and the West much sooner than that, if we're ever going to get back to a safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere - that level being no greater than 350 ppm. (we are currently beyond that safe level - at 387ppm).
The physics of climate change will not be open to negotiation!”
jesthefaxman on May 3, 2009 at 09:48:28
“Count up coal fired electricity producing power plants in the US. Count up the Nukes, and count up the Natural Gas....lay it all out there before you plan your exit strategy.
Strategy one is to NOT build anymore dirty coal power plants, but that would mean telling China what to do, as they have more than 300 in the works.
We are not the problem, but do we really have the conviction? We can raid and take over a country with impunity, but we can't force a nation to change it's energy source?”
“An investment in wind power produces almost three times as many jobs as the same investment in coal power. And an investment in solar power produces almost four times as many jobs, and energy efficiency, almost thirty times as many jobs as coal power.
Based on analysis of the new energy economy released by Earth Policy Institute, Nov. 2008”
Chopin on Feb 5, 2009 at 09:45:45
“If your figures on relative efficiencies can be easily demonstrated and referenced here, then you should take that extra step. List their website addresses here, so that people can easily check for themselves.
Realistically speaking, coal and other conventional 20th century and 19th century energy alternatives speak with louder megaohones in congress because they have established vested interest groups with multi-billion dollars lobbying and advertising budgets. The profit motives and financial stakes are in the multi-trillions of dollars.
No wonder people are confused. They are skillfully and professionally targetted to be confused and immobilized, and easily bamboozled --- like repeatedly throwing around the label "clean coal" with never any context information. Politicians are vascillating and neutralized because they perceive that the public is not onboard. People supporting advanced renewable energies have not matched the conventional energies lobbying organizational power and advertising budgets. Let's understand clearly what we're dealing with.”
“It's time to take a stand on coal. We simply can not continue to rely on this dirtiest of fossil fuels. It's time to repower America, and all nations, with clean, renewable energy that will provide many fold more jobs than the coal industry. We are running out of time to make the necessary transition to clean energy. Let's listen to the science and do what is necessary to save life as we know it.
We are facing a dire global emergency. It's time we responded with immediate, bold actions that gives us hope of avoiding the worst of climate chaos.”
“Many thanks Bob for all your efforts. Now perhaps you'd like to join us in DC on March 2 for a day of civil disobedience to bring attention to the need to close down our dirty coal plants if there is to be any hope of avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. The more high profile people - the more press coverage - the greater impact actions such as these will have in bringing critical change......www.capitolclimateaction.org/”
groundpoundinggrunt on Feb 5, 2009 at 11:12:57
“Economic down turn, people loosing work, and you want to close down coal mines which are the only jobs that the vast majority of the population in WV, VA, KY and other places can find. Thats right, we are now entering the dawn of socialism, so I am sure that you and the rest of the posters on here will have ZERO problems with paying for their welfare for the rest of their lives. Hell even in California, the greenes stopped them from putting up more wind mills because the of displacment of a bug in the area of where they wanted to put of the wind mills. Has a bug's life taken on more importance then the survival of the humanity? So are the major eviromental organizations going to stop the small organizations or the rogues organizations that are going to ensure that they hold up progression of new wind mills, construction of facilities of solar power, nuke plants in the courts for years? Seems like everyone is all for this stuff, but they are not looking at the whack jobs who live in tree houses who are going to hold up these advances from happening in the court of law.”