Are These Politicians Waiting for Climate Change in New Exhibit?

By: Friday May 16, 2014 6:36 pm

Clamoring to be heard and nearly submerged in murky water, the men in grey suits all appear to be stepping inward and under. The Berlin-based exhibit left the image open to audience interpretation but it wasn’t long before folks on social media dubbed it an image of “politicians discussing global warming underwater”. The resulting tweet, sent out in March of this year, was mistaken as being the official vision of the artist’s and helped the image go viral.

 

Can Climate Change Be Stopped Politically?

By: Wednesday April 23, 2014 12:20 pm

Due to yesterday being Earth Day there were lots of articles discussing climate change. Most resembled the typical call to action on a variety of issues such as stopping the Keystone XL pipeline and the continued dire predictions by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) But one article seemed to capture not just the gravity of the problem by why America’s ruling oligarchy is going to do everything in their power to evade and overcome attempts to limit carbon emissions.

Climate Change Skepticism Has Become a Defining Characteristic for the GOP

By: Tuesday April 22, 2014 8:57 am

According to Gallup, skepticism about global warming has effectively become a tribal signifier among Republicans. This is what it looks like when an issue becomes fully politicized by party. On this issue a person’s partisan leaning is now more important than age, gender, income or education when it comes to how you see the issue.

The “Butterfly Effect” Revisited

By: Saturday April 19, 2014 5:18 pm

I remember that the “butterfly effect” was much in vogue in the late 1990s and was often quoted by the chaos theoreticians that were instrumental in designing the risk modeling that ruled finance up till 2008 and signally failed to predict the implosion of the financial system.

I think that today it would be more appropriate to talk about the “moth effect”.

UN Climate Change Report Says Worst Is Yet To Come

By: Monday March 31, 2014 6:48 am

After decades of near total inaction by the major world economies a new report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) claims the worst effects of greenhouse emissions have yet to be felt. Already the effects of climate change are being seen with coastal flooding, severe weather, and rapid extinctions of wildlife, but that is just the beginning.

Obama Administration Adapts to Climate Change Amid Warning Signs

By: Monday March 24, 2014 6:30 pm

The White House announced a new initiative, presented by two science advisers, to provide resources on the impact of climate change with climate.data.gov.

By presenting such information, citizens and companies would be able to plan what to do in response to climate change threats. Data would be provided through federal agencies, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Americans See Global Warming as Real but Not a Serious Threat

By: Friday March 14, 2014 9:20 am

Often in politics what is important is not the overall level of support but the intensity of opinions and this is one of those cases.

Top 1% Getting 99% Taxpayers To Insure Their Beach Houses From Climate Change Losses

By: Monday February 24, 2014 1:34 pm

When kings make risky bets it is the serfs who pay. According to NBC News the plutocrats have successfully gotten the federal government to make taxpayers liable for the consequences of increasingly likely floods on expensive waterfront homes. The 99% can now not only look in wonder at the ornate plush homes on the beaches, they can underwrite them.

Valentine VIDEO: ALEC Is Duke Energy’s Corporate “Dating Service”

By: Friday February 14, 2014 7:15 pm

Over the last four years, Greenpeace has made a Valentine’s Day tradition of spoofing the influence peddling of corporate lobbyists and captured politicians. This year’s installment embodies the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, which reporters have characterized as a “dating service” for its role in pushing copycat, corporate-crafted laws through state legislatures.

Stopping the Keystone XL Pipeline Is a National Security Issue

By: Saturday February 1, 2014 9:00 am

The illogic emerging from the State Department yesterday on the Keystone XL pipeline would be mindboggling, if my mind hadn’t already been boggled so often in the past when it comes to this funnel of death. “Approval or denial of any one crude oil transport project, including the proposed project, is unlikely to significantly impact the rate of extraction in the oil sands,” they said. By this logic, TSA should be shut down. After all, “Inspection of passengers on any one airplane trip, including those going in and out of DC’s National Airport, is unlikely to significantly impact the rate of terrorism.”

But if they won’t listen to scientists, and they won’t listen to to lefty tree-hugger environmentalists, maybe they’ll listen to the military . . .

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