The best way to counter back-room lobbying and misinformation about climate change is not to hunker down as some climate scientists have, but to foster greater transparency and open debate around the risks of not acting now.
Low carbon technologies, renewables and balanced energy polices -- and their export potential -- represent a new way of living that can help free us from today's high unemployment and the specter of economic stagnation.
Climate protection has gone local. Political leaders may fiddle while the world burns, but grassroots groups around the country are organizing to cut greenhouse gas emissions and build a greener future.
In 1987 we came together and regulated CFCs to solve the ozone deterioration problem -- and it worked. Now we can do the same thing with CO2 and twenty years from now look back on the climate crisis as a thing of the past.
The science behind climate change and the dangers it poses for our collective future remain intact. Enlightened business leaders should step up their attempts in clean energy sectors; after all, the reward will be huge.
If the U.S. intends to continue to respond to humanitarian needs abroad, it must factor the preparation efforts needed for climate change among those most at risk. Preparation surely increases effective response.
In all likelihood, we as a nation and a global community will look back on the events over the past year and realize that our failure with Copenhagen, the US Climate Bill, and with BP was the point of no return.
So far this year, globally, the weather patterns, insects, wild fires, melting glaciers, sea ice and the oceans all appear to be on performance-enhancing drugs eclipsing, in some cases, thousand year events.
Instead of negotiating with vested interests in the backrooms of the White House and Congress, President Obama should present a coherent plan to the American people on how we will lead the world out of the climate crisis.
Our national security, our economic recovery and the future of the United States of America depends on our country taking a leadership role on climate change. And that, in turn, depends on the United States Senate acting.
The Republicans have decided, en bloc, to block sensible legislation that reduces pollution and lowers carbon emissions. They have chosen short-term political gains over solving our country's long-term energy challenges.
My professional dedication and personal passion over the past two decades has been the environment and what humans are doing to it, it is always interesting to listen to the views of those who see us through different lens.