06 Jan 2013

Bill McKibben: Time Is Not on Our Side

When it came to climate change in 2012, the operative word was “hot” (with “record” a close second). The continental U.S. broiled. Drought struck with a passion and, as the year ended, showed no sign of going away any time soon. Water levels on the Mississippi River fell so perilously low as to threaten traffic and business on one of the nation’s busier arteries. Meanwhile, it’s estimated that record greenhouse gas emissions were pumped into the atmosphere. And just in case you were thinking of putting those words “hot” and “record” away for a while, the first predictions for 2013 suggest that, drearily enough, they are once again likely to be much in use. None of us should really be surprised by any of this, since the ill effects of pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere have for years been outrunning the predictions of sober climate scientists.

Surprising numbers of Americans, from the Jersey shore to the parched Midwest, have met the effects of climate change up close and personal in these last years as billion-dollar “natural” disasters multiply in the U.S. As a result, there seems to be an increasing awareness that it isn’t some vague, futuristic possible disaster but a growing reality in our lives.

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23 Aug 2011

With Thanks To FDL from the Tar Sands Action Team

I just wanted to offer my thanks to everyone in the FDL community who has been offering their support for these tarsandsaction.org protests in recent days. And I mean really offering their support–Jane was still liveblogging while she was being put in handcuffs, the purest example of journoactivism I’ve about

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02 Jun 2011

Bill McKibben: Obama Strikes Out on Global Warming

Unfortunately, the administration’s decision to permit that Minnesota pipeline has made the job of sending the tar sand sludge south considerably easier. And now the administration is getting ready to double down, with a strike three that would ensure forever Obama’s legacy as a full-on Carbon President.

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22 Jan 2011

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Mark Hertsgaard, Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth

Mark Hertsgaard is one of America’s veteran environmental journalists, a forceful voice for two decades. His important book, Earth Odyssey, was an early attempt to help Americans understand the underlying dynamics that would give rise to, say, the Chinese economic explosion, with its attendant environmental implications. His work in the Nation and elsewhere has been an essential part of the dialogue about climate change, the most pressing of our environmental issues.

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22 Jan 2011

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Mark Hertsgaard, Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth

Mark Hertsgaard is one of America’s veteran environmental journalists, a forceful voice for two decades. His important book, Earth Odyssey, was an early attempt to help Americans understand the underlying dynamics that would give rise to, say, the Chinese economic explosion, with its attendant environmental implications. His work in the Nation and elsewhere has been an essential part of the dialogue about climate change, the most pressing of our environmental issues.

Now, in Hot, Hertsgaard advances the discussion again. He acknowledges what is now obvious: that we can no longer prevent at least some of the effects of global warming. Instead, we’re going to have to learn to deal with some of those troubles, even while the fight continues to staunch the flow of carbon into the atmosphere.

But it’s not just his writing that is pushing the message forward. A father of a young daughter, Hertsgaard has increasingly become an activist in the climate fight. Later this month he’ll journey to DC to “confront the climate cranks.” So this is a great opportunity to ask questions not only about his book but about the future of the climate movement; please join us, questions at the ready, on Saturday evening for a robust dialogue?

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06 Jun 2010

If There Was Ever a Moment to Seize

Here’s the president on March 31st, announcing his plan to lift a longstanding moratorium on offshore drilling: “Given our energy needs, in order to sustain economic growth and produce jobs, and keep our businesses competitive, we are going to need to harness traditional sources of fuel even as we ramp up production of new sources of renewable, homegrown energy.”

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06 Jun 2010

If There Was Ever a Moment to Seize

Here’s the president on March 31st, announcing his plan to lift a longstanding moratorium on offshore drilling: “Given our energy needs, in order to sustain economic growth and produce jobs, and keep our businesses competitive, we are going to need to harness traditional sources of fuel even as we ramp up production of new sources of renewable, homegrown energy.”

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06 Jun 2010

If There Was Ever a Moment to Seize

Here’s the president on March 31st, announcing his plan to lift a longstanding moratorium on offshore drilling: “Given our energy needs, in order to sustain economic growth and produce jobs, and keep our businesses competitive, we are going to need to harness traditional sources of fuel even as we ramp up production of new sources of renewable, homegrown energy.”

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