I have gone back and forth on whether or not to support sometimes-lame Democrats (who are also sometimes clean energy and climate change leaders), like Obama. I campaigned for Ralph Nader in 2000 because I was fed up with the Clinton administration, which did less than was needed to address climate change. I swung back
global warming politics
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s (D-RI) 23-minute speech calling out the heads-in-the-sand Washington leaders last week may have been the speech of the week (or month.. or year.. or decade). If you haven’t already, you can watch it above. If you prefer text, someone over at the Center for American Progress created the full transcript:
Well, it doesn’t come as a huge surprise to see this statement from NASA’s James Hansen, perhaps the top climate scientist in the world. But it’s a statement we seem to keep ignoring. Here’s the statement I’m referring to:
“Climate change — human-made global warming — is happening. It is already having noticeable impacts…. If we stay on with business as usual, the southern U.S. will become almost uninhabitable.”
I just ran across these two global warming politics cartoons over on Climate Progress. Too cool (& accurate) not to share:
Check out these top activism stories of the day:
As always, there has been a lot of crazy environmental (or anti-environmental) and climate change political news over the past week. Here’s a weekly link drop of what I thought were the top stories…
If you follow climate science news and communication closely, you know that the NYTimes and Washington Post blow the story often. But maybe all the criticism of that, more education on the matter, and an understanding of the true crisis has woken up the editorial board of the Washington Post. A recent op-ed is titled “Climate change denial becomes harder to justify” and starts with these lines…
Nike, Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Levi Strauss, General Electric, General Motors, Shell, and other large international companies have opposed the US Chamber of Commerce, as well as a number of local chambers of commerce.
If you haven’t heard the news yet, two huge environmental organizations just decided to merge — 350.org, which organized what was reportedly the biggest day of global action in October (the 10/10/10 day of global action), and 1Sky, a great organization that has inspired many and accomplished much in recent years.
To be honest, they were already using the same colors, so why not merge?…
But, seriously, this is big news and I’m sure a lot of people are wondering if it’s for better or worse…
The science is absolutely clear, climate change is happening (at an unprecedented speed) and this is caused by humans. However, for a long time, Republicans remained the only major political party in the world to deny these facts and deny any need to act. Actually, the Bush administration and other top Republicans finally admitted to this for awhile until the false scandal (or misunderstood scandal) known as climategate, unprecedented funding for anti-science studies and claims, and horrendous coverage of these topics in the media. Republicans and even some Democrats, funded by massive fossil fuel industries only interested in making another buck, fought climate change legislation tooth and nail and even fought its existence. They looked to dismantle any environmental policies and government agencies, actually.
Some top global warming and environmental news from the last day or so: Global Warming & Environmental Politics Time to Put People Ahead of Polluters Over on ecopolitology, Sierra Club’s Michael Brune had a good piece on why it’s time to put people ahead of polluters. Senate 2012 Race & Tea Partiers The conservative right