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350 or bust: It’s Up To Us To Decide The Future

Global weirding has begun. We still have time to act, but not an indefinite amount of time: * Produced by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and Globaia and funded by the UN Foundation. The data visualization summarises and visualizes several of the most significant statements in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) recent Fifth Assessment […]

350 or bust: Surprise! Putting Price On Carbon Is A Job-Creating Bonanza

* SAN DIEGO, MARCH 3, 2014 – An aggressively-priced carbon tax in California, with revenue returned to the public, would actually grow the state’s economy and increase jobs, according to a new study released by Citizens Climate Lobby. The study, prepared for CCL by Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI), looked at the economic impact of […]

350 or bust: The Real Math on Renewable vs Nonrenewable Energy Jobs

406 Billion dollars in government subsidies go to the fossil fuel industry per year to create 7 million jobs globally. Renewable energy provides 5.7 million jobs already, but with 60 Billion dollars, less than one sixth of government support. * * Read more at International Renewable Energy Agency’s website. Take action at EndFossilFuelSubsidies.org

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* Thank you, President Obama, for using your “bully pulpit” to publicly confirm the accuracy of climate science. Now, what the world needs is action based on the science, not business as usual: Obama’s Hopelessly Wrong On The Environment: Here’s The Reality of What We Face. (Alternet.org)

350 or bust: Extreme Weather Events Escalating Around the World

The HawkkeyDavis Channel on YouTube does an excellent job of compiling extreme weather events from around the world at regular intervals during the year. Here’s the end-of-the-year compilation for 2013. As the video’s description notes, this is not viewing for the faint of heart; all kinds of extreme weather events are escalating both in frequency […]

350 or bust: A Republican Talks About Changing The Dialogue On Energy & Climate

For this week’s TED Talk Tuesday, former Republican Congressman Bob Inglis spoke at TEDx Jacksonville earlier this year about energy and climate. Mr. Inglis is now the Executive Director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative based at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and is a champion of carbon fee and dividend. * Like to […]

350 or bust: Cost of Extreme Weather Up 300% Since 1980s

“If you think mitigated climate change is expensive, try unmitigated climate change.” Dr. Richard Gammon, University of Washington, speaking to the US Congress, June 28, 1999 * * Economic losses from extreme weather events have risen from an annual global average of about $50 billion in the 1980s to close to $200 billion over the […]

350 or bust: Energy Darwinism: The Foolish Risk of Fossil Fuels

350 or bust: TED Talk Tuesday

As the world faces recession, climate change, inequity and more, economist Tim Jackson delivers a piercing challenge to established economic principles, explaining how we might stop feeding the crises and start investing in our future.

350 or bust: We’ve Been Lied To About The Real “Bottom Line”

Forget everything you’ve been told about economics, and learn about the “externalities” our entire economy ignores. Canadian geneticist and climate hero Dr David Suzuki explains the fallacy of conventional economics, in an interview done for the BBC. Posted by Sustainable Man: * David Suzuki.org New Economics Foundation  

350 or bust: Climate Denial Is Not Affordable

While dirty energy continues to rake in record profits, the rest of us are going to be paying a higher and higher price for our governments’ inaction on climate change. Up here in Canada recently we’ve had the worst flooding on record in both Calgary and Toronto. And in Colorado the Black Forest wildfire has […]

350 or bust: Time To Wake Up: What If Climate Change Is Real?

Sheldon Whitehouse, Democratic Senator for Rhodes Island, is a climate hero. He tirelessly pushes back against the heavily-polluter-funded deniers in the Senate and elsewhere, presenting the scientific facts and the risks of climate inaction. Here is Senator Whitehouse presenting on the Senate House floor last week, talking about what’s at stake. He says: “…many of […]

350 or bust: Grassroot Activists Gather On Capitol Hill To Lobby For Carbon Tax

  * It was no easy feat trying to keep my cool while racing in my high heels between Congressional and Senate offices in the scorching D.C. heat last Tuesday. More than once I wondered about the wisdom of leaving behind the comfortable Red Lake summer to join nearly four hundred other citizen lobbyists from […]

350 or bust: Alberta Oil Sands Not Economically Viable, MIT Report States

I’m on my way to Washington DC with 20 other Canadian climate activists, to join forces with 330 Americans from across the United States who are concerned that future generations will inherit a harsh and unforgiving world because of the climate crisis. The Citizens Climate Lobby diaspora collecting in D.C. intends to lobby almost every office on […]

350 or bust: Ms Smith Goes To Washington To Lobby For A Price On Carbon Pollution

Life feels incredibly busy these days; not only is it gardening season, there’s so much happening on the climate front as well as personally that it’s hard to keep up. I’m preparing to travel to Washington DC this weekend, along with my husband and 19 other Canadian climate activists. We’re going to be joining over […]

350 or bust: The Harper Government: Making The North Pole Safe, For Oil Companies & You

The Alberta tar sands aren’t only environmentally friendly, they’re good for the ozone layer, they will stop illiteracy and alleviate erectile dysfunction; and that’s just the tip of the melting iceberg! Don’t believe me? The Canadian federal government can’t stop gushing over them, so they must be out-of-this-world amazing! * * StopGreenWash.ca Great Plains Tar […]

350 or bust: Keystone XL: Nightmare In The Making

* Think it can’t happen? Remember Mayflower Arkansas, where residents of a residential suburb woke up to a sea of dirty oil around their homes. More links: Alberta Oil Spill: Up To 3,000 Barrels Spill Near Red Deer River Reports Plains Midstream Canada Alberta Oil Spill Will Take Months To Clean Up (Photos)

350 or bust: The Obama Tar Sands Pipeline

Is the Keystone XL pipeline really what President Obama wants to leave as his legacy, for future generations to remember him by – and curse him for? * Meanwhile climate destabilization continues as unabated as our carbon dioxide emissions: Czech PM Declares Emergency As Floods Threaten Prague: Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas declared a state of […]

350 or bust: No More “Nice Guy”: Canada’s Democracy & Reputation Tarred

It turns out Canada’s reputation is getting as toxic as the Alberta tar sands tailings ponds: * Some more facts: Canadian federal taxpayers subsidize the oil industry $1.38 billion a year. And that’s not counting your Province’s subsidies to the oil industry. The International Energy Agency says up to two thirds of known fossil reserves […]

350 or bust: Goodbye Fossil Fuels: Rejecting Scarcity & Embracing Abundance

It’s TED Talk Tuesday on 350orbust, and today’s talk, like last week’s, is from TEDx Sydney. Danny Kennedy,Founder and President of Sungevity. Before starting Sungevity Kennedy spent decades campaigning with Greenpeace; in this talk he discusses how profit can save the planet rather than destroying it. * Sungevity: The Life & Times Of Solar People

350 or bust: Harper’s House of Cards Disintegrating Under Weight of Conservative Senators

* We are living in interesting times, as the saying goes. Here in Canada, the house of cards that is the federal Conservative government of Stephen Harper is starting to self-destruct; the only surprising thing to me is that it took this long to happen. The Harper government is throwing bodies overboard as fast as […]

350 or bust: B.C. Votes Against Its Future

I don’t live in Canada’s most westerly province, but I know that British Columbians pride themselves in their slogan, “Beautiful British Columbia”. It is a province of vast wilderness, ancient mountains, and pristine waters, although its beauty has been marred in recent years by the pine-beetle-destroyed pine trees covering vast regions of the Rocky Mountains. […]

350 or bust: Scientists To Harper Government: It’s Time For Grown Up Conversation on Climate Change

This week twelve climate scientists and energy experts penned a letter to Canada’s Natural Resources (aka “Oil”) Minister, Joe Oliver, to express their concern about his ongoing support for building new pipelines and expanding fossil fuel production in face of the threat of climate change. Mr. Oliver was an international banker before he was elected […]

350 or bust: Betting The Farm On Hazardous Pipelines With Poor Track Records

* Ready or not, painful or not, we are in the middle of a huge shift from an oil dependent economy to one that is run on renewables, the Great Transition. Our governments and the corporations that control them – the people and structures that have become out-of-this-world wealthy from the way we do things […]

350 or bust: This Earth Day, Let’s Focus On Saving Humans

It’s a snowy and cold Earth Day morning in northwestern Ontario. On this Earth Day, Joe Romm over at Think Progress muses about renaming Earth Day – after all, it’s really humans and our civilization that is in peril at this point by our feckless, reckless and cavalier treatment of the ecosystem that gives us [...]