Sunday, September 30, 2007

Global Warming and Climate Change news coming through my channel: Let's get Political!

Hi all,

In my world, based on the news I read in the Post, on other online news sources, through my contacts, environmental organizations, etc: the world and the US need to act together in concert ASAP; we are in a race against time, against Global Warming. We are behind, and we need to catch up as fast as possible.
In my view, individuals can only do so much. One individual by changing their lifestyle cannot change the world and stop climate change. Coal-fired power plants are not the acts of individuals. Mass agriculture is not the act of individuals. The market must be spoken to; we need to give the market the input that carbon generation is not desirable, and carbon reduction IS desirable. The problem is so systematic, and we need change so fast, only government intervention can dictate to the market what we need to have changed. Thus, we need to be spending the energy that we would be using on trying to change our own lives on telling our representatives how much we need them to support the carbon-reduction strategies we need now.
Step It Up 2007 steps it up again on November 3rd when we are going to have rallies all over the country at locations where movers and shakers in our nation's history are commemorated, and we are inviting politicians of all levels, and asking them to be leaders on this issue. We need large marches demanding change on this singularly important issue. One sky, one chance. CARPE DIEM

Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Washington Post has a great section on the climate, including coverage of the Senate proposals, economics of the problem, effects of climate change, and interactive graphics.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007!

Hi All,

We (my family: parents and brothers) are working on a way to get my brother Timmy from home to Anne Arundel Community College and back three days a week. The school is near Anapolis, 25 miles away in Arnold, MD. We have come across a great site that everyone ought to know about and use more often: It is called Car Pool World! Someone contacted me with this site while I was on my bicycle trip. You can post your trip, starting and ending points, departure times, and then you can request drivers or passengers! You can specify how much leeway you wish to allow--how far out of the way you are willing to catch a ride or pick up a passenger. This tool can be of great value in helping us consolidate our traffic, reducing congestion and fuel consumption. Please try it out
! The more people we have using it, easier it will be to find a ride for Timmy (and anyone else looking for one)!

Monday, September 17, 2007

cool site

Project House

A carbon tax would be good; cap and trade much better

We could tax each ton of carbon emissions, and that would create incentive to reduce emissions, would encourage conservation and efficiency. But a couple of characteristics of the challenge make a cap-and-trade system a much better policy choice. One is that each unit of carbon emissions has an equal impact no matter where or how it is created. The other is that each emission reduction is not created equally with regard to how much it costs. Wait, though, I just found out that Chris Dodd's energy plan incorporates both. He supports the Sanders-Boxer cap and trade system, with some of the credits auctioned off, plus a Corporate Carbon Tax. Proceeds from the auction and tax would go to a Corporate Carbon Tax Trust fund that will be used to fast-track renewables and energy-efficient products. Please see his plan here. By the way, this isn't yet an endorsement of Chris Dodd; rather, it is part of my research.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

My quote of the day

People keep using gasoline and coal-fired electricity like it does not matter because they are not being held accountable. Normally, polluter pays. Not one cent of the price of gasoline or electricity goes to pay for the damage the CO2 emissions cause.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

If you haven't signed this petition yet, please do.

The four principles of effective global warming legislation.

The Legislation in Congress

(Taken from Environmental Defense's webpage)
Among the bills that could jumpstart the needed emissions cuts are:
In the Senate:

* Lieberman-McCain Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act (CSIA) - S.280
* Sanders-Boxer Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act – S.309

In the House of Representatives:

* Olver-Gilchrest Climate Stewardship Act - H.R.620
* The Waxman Safe Climate Act - H.R.1590

Please sign petition here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Big Legal Victory: On the way to Cleaner Cars!

Environmental Defense helped lead the way to a legal victory declaring that auto companies are liable to be required to produce cars that emit less greenhouse gas. See the article here.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Climate Emergency Fast

Yesterday, I participated in a fast for the climate:

I joined over a thousand climate activists around the country and the world in a fast on the first day the Congress is back in session to demand three things. One, a moratorium on any new coal-fired power plants; two, a freeze on greenhouse-gas emissions and a move to reduce them; and three, a downpayment of $25 billion for energy conservation, efficiency, and renewables development. While I visited an artisan of carbon-free vehicles, Bilenky, other fasters gathered on the Capitol Lawn to present their demands to the Congress. For more on the fast, see US Climate Emergency Council.