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Climate change — Mitigation and Adaptation

Eliot Daley’s Opinion  at New Jersey Times, in which he urges all to join  CCL! Hey, I’m all in favor of helping fellow human beings in distress, but… But? There’s a “but”? Yep. Here’s the thing. When I was studying theology in a seminary many years ago, one professor reflected on the well-known biblical story […]

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Carbon tax: Impressive Results in British Colombia

The Guardian’s  Climate Consensus: the 97%: In 2008, British Columbia implemented a carbon tax, with the revenue returned to citizens through lowered income taxes. A new peer-reviewed study examines the data through 2012 to see how British Columbia’s emissions and economy have fared, and the results are impressive. Consumption of taxed fuels per capita has […]

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The Population Bomb Redux: Stephen Emmott’s new book “10 Billion”

Anyone paying attention to what humans do to our planet will not be surprised to hear Stephen Emmott say we need to curb population growth (see The Population Bomb Paul Ehrlich, 1968.) I plan to read 10 Billion.  An except is published by The Guardian.  Emmott reminds us that EVERYTHING we humans do uses water, air, […]

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Sustainable Transportation: Ecuador

In the small country of Ecuador — roughly the size of Colorado — its 15 million people appear to be very mobile despite using 11 times fewer vehicles (cars, buses, trucks, commercial vehicles) per person than we do in the US.   The US has 797 vehicles per 1000 people, compared to 71 vehicles in Ecuador.  […]

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Get Active, Join CCL: NYTimes Article on CCL (Citizen’s Climate Lobby)

Excerpt from NY Times May 29,2013: Lobbying for the Greater Good: Earlier this month, scientists reported that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere had reached 400 parts per million. It’s an alarming milestone, to be sure, but, alas, there is no shortage of dire warnings about global warming. What is lacking is the […]

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Bus Rapid Transit: From South America to Chicago

From WBEZ: The first phase of a closely watched Chicago bus project would “maximize street potential” along more than five miles of Ashland Avenue for about $50 million, city officials announced Friday. The project would establish bus rapid transit (BRT) along that congested artery from 31st Place to Cortland Avenue. The city will study possible extensions […]

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US Dept of Energy gives up fight for energy efficient furnace standards

The US Dept of Energy (DOE) announced in April it will not enforce its rule requiring the most common type of residential gas furnaces to adhere to a minimum 90 AFUE (high efficiency) standard beginning May 1, 2013. The American Public Gas Association (APGA) filed a lawsuit against DOE regarding this high efficiency standard for […]

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US refuses to help Ecuador save rainforest from oil drilling

The Ecuadorian government has a unique proposal, being considered by other developing countries with petroleum reserves.  They ask for financial help that would partially compensate them for the lost income of NOT drilling for oil.  They’re asking for 50% of the  estimated $7.6 billion in oil revenues they would gain from oil drilling. They have […]

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“The carbon tax is one of the best ideas in Washington almost no one in Congress will talk about”– Washington Post Editorial

Excerpts from the Washington Post’s “Opinion” by Editorial Board, May 7, on the elegance and efficiency of a carbon tax: No honest tax reform paper, for example, would be complete without discussion of a carbon tax, an elegant policy Congress could immediately take off the shelf. It would make polluters pay for their own pollution, […]

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Oil Execs see the light on climate change and carbon tax

“As a company we recognize the impact that humans are having on the environment and that CO2 is having an impact on what’s happening in the climate,” ConocoPhillips CEO Ryan Lance said. The leader of one of the world’s largest energy companies said this week that humans are accelerating climate change and the global community […]

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