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Entries from October 2012

Most prophetic magazine cover ever? Cassandra = Sandy …?

October 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on Most prophetic magazine cover ever? Cassandra = Sandy …?

To the right is the Utne November-December 2012 issue cover (drawn and released prior to Hurricane Sandy). The cover refers to the “Confronting Climate Change” section with the following articles: Time to Get Crazy We might be doomed by climate change, but we should fight anyway by Chris Hedges, from TruthDig This Crisis Needs A Movement […]

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Tags: climate change

Big Dog speaks some truth …

October 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on Big Dog speaks some truth …

Bill Clinton laid out the issue of the differences betweeen Mittens and President Obama when it comes to climate change and the risk to the United States from extreme weather events like Frankenstorm Sandy: I was actually listening closely to what the candidates said in these debates. In the first debate, the triumph of the […]

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Tags: Global Warming

Ostrich Heads in the Sand(y)? Does your meteorologist break the climate silence?

October 29th, 2012 · 6 Comments

Like billions of others around the world in recent years and this year, Americans have been experiencing “unprecedented” after “unprecedented” weather event. Along with my neighbors, in the Washington, DC, area, I have yet again battened down the hatches for an “unprecedented weather event” (Snowcapolyse, Derecho, Heat Waves, …) that has offices closed, kids home […]

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Tags: Energy

MTV Shatters Climate Silence w/serious question to President Obama … and Obama gives a serious response

October 26th, 2012 · 3 Comments

While far from the ‘breaking news’ MTV created with a “boxers vs briefs” question to Bill Clinton, MTV interviewer Sway Calloway did what journalist moderators at the three presidential and one vice-presidential debates were unable (unwilling) to do: ask a quite serious question about climate change. Until this year global climate change has been discussed […]

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Tags: 2012 Presidential Election · climate change · President Barack Obama

Is Mother Nature revving up an October Surprise (w/human thumbs on the scale)?

October 25th, 2012 · 6 Comments

Speculating about an “October Surprise” has long been part-and-parcel of presidential elections. International crises, domestic economic troubles, and unearthed scandalous events/behavior have all had their moments in the month before election day. In 2012, we have a serious potential that the October Surprise will come from an unusual direction and a seemingly non-partisan actor: Mother […]

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Tags: 2012 Presidential Election · Energy

100 / 100 / 100: Some hot renewable energy news …

October 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment

100 … 100 percent.  Such a ’round’ and definitive figure provides the basis for a very clear, simple target to think about. With all the delays toward action related to climate mitigation and the mounting impacts of climate disruption around the globe, the concept of 80 by 50 (80 percent reduction carbon emissions by 2050 […]

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Tags: electricity · Energy · renewable energy · solar · Solar Energy · wind power

OFA asked for feedback … In three words: End Climate Silence!

October 22nd, 2012 · 1 Comment

Obama for America (OFA), the Obama-Biden reelection effort, asked for feedback in an email likely sent to millions.  I expect that many provided substantive feedback.  Below the fold is mine.

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Tags: 2012 Presidential Election · barack obama · Global Warming · Obama Administration · politics · President Barack Obama

Put Climate Change Into The Presidential Campaign

October 18th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Earlier this evening, a rather troubling piece came to my attention. Keeping Climate Change Out of the Presidential Campaign wrong-headedly celebrates that the Presidential political campaign has not included discussion of climate change issues. Consider … The planet has not seen a below-average temperature month since Ronnie Raygun’s presidency In both extent and quantity (extent x […]

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Tags: 2012 Presidential Election

National Defense … topics for next debate

October 18th, 2012 · Comments Off on National Defense … topics for next debate

National Defense, the magazine of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), has this banner headline at this time: The November issue’s lead article:  Top Five Threats to National Security in the Coming Decade.  Reading that article suggests, in comparison with the uninspired question arenas for next week’s Presidential debate on foreign policy, that National Defense […]

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Tags: 2012 Presidential Election · climate change

Climate Heroes Crash Through Climate Silence

October 16th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Consider … The planet has not seen a below-average temperature month since Ronnie Raygun’s presidency In both extent and quantity (extent x thickness), Arctic ice has set records this year — for lowest in recorded history. Weather extremes are demonstrating climate disruption around the globe — floods, droughts, severe storms, changed rain patterns, … In […]

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Tags: Energy