12/16/2012 04:38 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Climate Change This Week: A Break for Clean Energy, 2012 Hottest Yet, GravityLight, and More!


Congress Proposes Giving Clean Energy A Break in 2013, actually the same tax breaks they already give oil industries, reports Roberta Rampton at World Environment News. 29 bipartisan lawmakers in the Senate and House are proposing bills to tweak the tax code just so... could it be they are actually paying attention to 2012 voters?

*****Ask Santa for a rechargeable electric bicycle -- do yourself and the planet a favor! Me! Me! I want one!!!!

And the Dry Goes On as the unusually severe US summer drought persists and expands into winter, threatening winter wheat crops says the latest US Drought Monitor report, notes Carey Gillam at World Environment News. Stock up on your wheaties NOW, folks!

*****Check it out - the new $5 GravityLight, perfect for the developing world! Hoist a bag and light your hut!

2012 Hottest Recorded Year - Yet, set to smash previous records, according to Climate Central. But then, that's just with a 1.5 degree Fahrenheit planetary warming so far. Imagine what it will be like with a likely rise of 8 degrees by 2100. The new hot investment tip: bikinis and thongs!


Global Insurance Industry Says Cut the Carbon, Already! As they pay out more billions every year for damages from climate change, reports Ken Weiss at the LA Times. The muli-TRILLION dollar industry is cleaning up its act and portfolios, and urging the rest of the planet to do so, too.

*****Mother Nature Better Than Scientists at Explaining Climate Change -- Poll ... wow, would never have guessed...

Cut the Soot, Says EPA, by 20 percent by 2020, reports Juliet Eilperin at the Washington Post. Who makes up these numbers - English majors? To little to do much about climate change -- we might breathe easier, but it's not going to stop the heat enough....

*****Nature's natural holiday ornaments - watch birds of paradise dance and sing! One of many reasons to cut carbon with clean energy...

Every day is Earth Day, folks, as I was reminded by this pic of scarlet gilia I took this past summer. Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future. For more detailed summaries of the above and other climate change items, audio podcasts and texts are freely available.