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Entries from September 2017

Imagine: Wyoming + Vermont + Alaska + North Dakota + South Dakota w/out power for 3-6 months

September 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

Imagine what America discourse might look like if five states faced a climate catastrophe with a projection for weeks — even months — without electricity. What would their Senators and Representatives be doing? Would this be top of the news cycle? Would cable news and newspapers filled with stories showing elderly sitting the dark; discussing […]

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Tags: Energy

Energy Smart & Secure Communities: Key to smart Harvey/Irma/Maria relief/recovery/reconstruction

September 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

When it comes to the post disaster space, where I spent a decent amount of time working with military forces trying to figure out how to be more effective in such situations (whether post natural or man-made disasters), there was a major ‘lesson’ that many came to in the 1980s and 1990s: effectiveness (in saving […]

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Tags: Energize America

Virginia’s troubling near failing clean energy/energy efficiency position

September 21st, 2017 · No Comments

Yet another report, yet another sign that Virginia is (far) behind the times when it comes to leveraging the clean-energy revolution to create economic activity and help address climate change.  In this case, “Solar Power Rocks” has gone through and rated the 50 states and the District of Columbia. As to Virginia, “Solar in Virginia: about […]

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Tags: solar

Powering Minnesota to prosperity through energy leadership

September 20th, 2017 · 1 Comment

A positive vision for the future is too rarely part of America’s political conversation at the moment. Today, Minnesota’s Rebecca Otto put out a serious marker to change that.  Otto’s Minnesota Powered Plan targets leveraging Minnesota’s envious position as a manufacturing state with excellent wind and (yes) solar resources to transform the state into a clean energy […]

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Tags: Energy

May we fight on so that a climate warrior may rest in peace …

September 18th, 2017 · 1 Comment

One of privileges of our internet world is the ability to interact with and develop relationships with people all over the globe without ever having the opportunity to meet face to face. (Yes, it was possible in snail mail days but, well, so much harder even as a ‘pen pals’.) One of the privileges of […]

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Tags: Energy

Documenting Trump Administration Silencing of Climate Science

September 18th, 2017 · 2 Comments

Donald Trump’s and his GOP acolytes anti-science attitudes created a flurry of activity in the interregnum prior to their White House occupation to capture key U.S. government science (especially climate science) information on servers accessible to the world’s researchers (and, well, everyone with internet access) that are outside U.S. government control (good example/discussion). In the […]

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Tags: climate change · science denial · Trump · Trump Administration

Turning one’s back on science: the New Mexico derivative

September 18th, 2017 · No Comments

In the name of science, school systems — state school boards typically — around the nation are working on science standards. Much is made, by many, of American education’s need to focus on STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) (and, often now, STEAM: Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics). For the moment, this is the opening for […]

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Tags: climate zombies · SciComm · science · Science Communication · science denial

Trump might (MIGHT) not be leaving Paris Accords … Should we care?

September 16th, 2017 · No Comments

The ‘breaking news’, according to an EU official and Wall Street Journal reporting, Donald Trump and @TeamTrump might act (yet again) in ways to piss off their #MAGA-frothing base. After announcing, in front of a sweating audience of fossil fools on the White House lawn, that the United States would be leaving the Paris Accords, […]

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Tags: Trump · Trump Administration

Polluters as proud parents: Climate-enhanced weather event achievements

September 12th, 2017 · No Comments

Parents are (often too) proud of their children’s accomplishments (and it can go too far, from the screaming parents on the side-line  to one-upmanship comments at back-to-school night to …).  Considering the significant accomplishments of the past month’s climate catastrophes From Sea to Shining Sea, the public affairs staffs of the 90 global firms responsible […]

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Tags: catastrophic climate change · climate change

Stunning contrast … must watch/consider video re #climate & #science denial politicians

September 11th, 2017 · No Comments

Two Get Energy Smart Now blog posts inspired the above DeSmogBlog video: The contrast stuns me/should stun you: Climate Catastrophes vs Fossil Foolish Promotion http://getenergysmartnow.com/2017/09/04/climate-catastrophes-striking-from-sea-to-shining-sea/

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Tags: catastrophic climate change · climate change · science denial