Can GOP Senators be this dumb on climate?

According to Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority leader, the answer is yes: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday he will allow the Senate to vote on an amendment asking if they agree that climate change is impacting the planet. At his weekly press briefing, McConnell said "nobody is blocking any amendments" to legislation thatContinue reading “Can GOP Senators be this dumb on climate?”

McKibben/Toles: Ignore the climate/disaster connection!

It's long been my contention that environmental writers, artists, and speakers have to access the full range of human emotion to make the case for the urgency of action needed to preserve our existing climate — even bitterness, if necessary. Science and earnest appeals to reason simply aren't enough.  So it's good, in a rhetoricalContinue reading “McKibben/Toles: Ignore the climate/disaster connection!”

California spurred to change by Gulf oil spill; Californians, not so much

Fascinating duo of stories in today's papers. In the Los Angeles Times, news that the Governor and the California Legislature are moving into high gear on an ambitious renewable energy standard, supported (yes!) by major utilities. In the words of our Gov: "One needs only to look to the Gulf of Mexico and the tragedyContinue reading “California spurred to change by Gulf oil spill; Californians, not so much”

To Go Green, We Must Hope (Not Just Fear)

In a post called Obama and the Vision Thing, green business expert Joel Makower makes a great point: For decades, environmental leaders in business, activism, and government have expressed frustration that the public isn't behind them, except in disappointingly small numbers, despite a litany of increasingly dire environmental problems. These same leaders express bewilderment atContinue reading “To Go Green, We Must Hope (Not Just Fear)”