03/04/2013 03:56 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Climate Change This Week: Pipeline Lunacy, Solar Supremacy, and More!

Yo, O, Say It Ain't So: State Department Analysis Says XL pipeline harmless since the Canadian tar sands oil would be mined and drilled anyway, reports Sierra Club President Michael Brune at the HuffingtonPost. That's just plain wrong: the oilies need the transport capacity before they extract...Hey, Mr. President, just HOW SERIOUS are you about stopping this climate change generator? Send your message to the administration today. Time is of the essence, so tweet this far and wide, folks - it's your planet, your future!


An XL Pipeline Protestor at the recent San Francisco Forward on Climate Rally (credit: Mary E Harte)

Frustrated? Time out with this real Squeaky Frog and draw your own conclusions...

First US, Then China Mentions Carbon Tax as five days after a US Senate carbon tax bill is introduced, a high Chinese government official suggests they should get one, too, reports Matthew Carr at Bloomberg News. Coincidence, or does it show how one country can spur another to act towards climate change? Stay tuned, folks.

********** Climate Change Headlines 'Round the World ********

Droughts and floods 'will be common events in Britain,' Says British Environment Agency...

Remarkable summer in Australia is its hottest on record, notes the country's Bureau of Meteorology ....

Climate change threatens 'Arab Spring' a new report warns...


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Skiing Already Headed Downhill with Climate Change reports Rebecca Jacobson at the PBS Newshour. Last winter saw an average 15% drop in skiers due to lack of snow; such dry winters cost the US economy close to $1 billion in lost revenues, nevermind the disappointed skiers....

Climate Change Replaces Biblical Plagues even in the US. There, much is already happening, reports Wendy Koch at USA Today. Plague of: Blood - read ocean acidification; Frogs - read bark beetles; Gnats - read more malaria; Flies/wild animals - read drought-starved midwest livestock; Boils - read heat strokes; Hail - read Hurricane Sandy; Locusts - read more crop pests; Darkness - read we're headed towards a dark climate change future. Death of first borns - read "your descendents are going to die bigtime" as it gets worse. There now, you're properly updated for Passover Seder 2013. Satisfied? I hope not.

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Many Breakthroughs Place Solar Above Coal in cost if we invest in solar power, reported Kurt Krukart at Mother Nature Network back in 2011, and the breakthroughs just keep coming, with a new cheaper way to produce solar cells, and the spinning solar cell way to deploy them... the answer is literally staring us in the face on sunny days....

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Climate Change Seesaw Now Reality says a new study that reviews the past 40 years of rainfall data & concludes that global warming has made wet seasons wetter, and dry seasons drier - ie, making climate more extreme, reports Tim Radford at Climate News Network. What does this mean? Invest in more raincoats and bikinis, of course!

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Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by these flowers I photographed one spring in Istanbul. 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. It's our way of letting Congress know there's a strong clean energy voting bloc out there. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and texts are freely available.