There Goes Virginia’s Climate

By: Saturday November 29, 2014 5:20 pm

A snowstorm is the ideal time to write about climate disruption, as it allows us to immediately set-aside the cartoonish claim that if any spot on earth isn’t warmer than it was yesterday then all is well. The following things we know:

There are giant snowflakes falling outside my window.

 

Keystone XL Fails In Senate

By: Wednesday November 19, 2014 6:52 am

In a somewhat encouraging sign for the country and terrible event for the re-election prospects of Senator Mary Landrieu, the Keystone XL bill died yesterday in the Senate by one vote: 59-41. Landrieu has come to believe that getting the Keystone XL pipeline authorized to be built would help her chances to win a run-off in Louisiana. She was able to peel off 14 Senate Democrats to help advance the bill but it was not quite enough.In a somewhat encouraging sign for the country and terrible event for the re-election prospects of Senator Mary Landrieu, the Keystone XL bill died yesterday in the Senate by one vote: 59-41. Landrieu has come to believe that getting the Keystone XL pipeline authorized to be built would help her chances to win a run-off in Louisiana. She was able to peel off 14 Senate Democrats to help advance the bill but it was not quite enough.

US And China Announce Climate Deal

By: Wednesday November 12, 2014 6:49 am

The United States and China have announced that they have reached a climate deal after extensive negotiations over a nine month period. According to the announcement the US will reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 while China is claiming its peak year for emissions will be 2030 and that it will expand the share of its energy consumption by “zero-emission sources” such as renewables and nuclear power.

Stephen Colbert Does Jim Inhofe

By: Sunday November 9, 2014 1:19 pm

We are so screwed.

Set to take the chair on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works is one of the biggest climate deniers around, Sen. Jim Inhofe.

Climate Change Policies Dead in the Water With New Congress

By: Thursday November 6, 2014 11:23 am

Much has been made of the fact that immigration reform is going to have a tough time getting through Congress now that Republicans have taken control of both chambers, but an issue that appears to have even less of a chance of getting addressed in the next two years is climate change. If anything, Republicans taking control of Congress may exacerbate the situation.

Start with who is going to takeover the committee in the Senate responsible for climate change related legislation now that the GOP is in control, Senator James “it;’s a hoax” Inhofe.

UN Preparing Investigation Of Spying During Climate Talks After Snowden Disclosure

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 8:05 am

The British equivalent of the NSA, the GCHQ, was reportedly deployed by the British government to at least two climate talks to spy on other countries according to documents released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Now UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has said there will be an investigation into the spying and the use of talks about climate change as an opportunity to commit espionage.

On Doug Henwood’s Piece About Hillary Clinton

By: Wednesday October 29, 2014 6:10 pm

The thesis of Henwood’s piece is in black and white in front: the world is about to experience global warming disaster, and the economy is clearly ailing, but from Hillary Clinton one can expect more of the same. “And that shouldn’t surprise us,” we are told. So what’s wrong with business as usual?

Video: Republican Climate Deniers in 2014 Election

By: Tuesday October 28, 2014 7:14 pm

This video is a mixture of painfully-awkward, hilarious, and infuriating at the reality of the political system in which we are supposedly represented. Courtesy of Lee Fang, for Republic Report and Huffington Post.

And there’s more out there, if you can bear it. I promise that the end of this blog will not be as pessimistic as what follows.

Why “Shareholder Value” and Humanity Are on a Collision Course

By: Sunday October 26, 2014 4:00 pm

Here is why I think humanity will end with a bang followed by a whimper or a whimper followed by a bang. Take your pick.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny, #Newsfail: Climate Change, Feminism, Gun Control, and Other Fun Stuff We Talk About Because Nobody Else Will

By: Saturday October 18, 2014 1:59 pm

Both Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny are trailblazers when it comes to independent media. Week-to-week, with their “Citizen Radio” show, they combine sharp wit with thought-provoking commentary. The book is an opportunity to introduce the show to people who may have never heard of them or haven’t listened to them yet.

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