Thursday, November 13, 2014

It's a FACT. Let's ACT.

I just found this blog, and haven't had a chance to check it completely out.  The basic premise seems sound, though.

And if you are wondering who Anthony Watts is, and why there seems to be a link to his website in every tweet you get from a denier - well, there's your answer!

I personally am going to tweet the meme on the left, together with a link to the settled science blog, to every denier on this list.  (Well, except for Michele Bachmann.  ;-)

I apologize in advance for how BORING my Twitter feed is about to become!

And hey - anyone want to join me?

With all the flooding in Florida...

You'd think Rick Scott and Marco Rubio would get a clue.

At least Rick Scott met with some scientists.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

More memes...

In case you would like even MORE of my pesky #peoplesclimate memes... here are a couple additional pix!

The little brick building with the flag in front of it is the Senior Center in Charles City, Iowa, where my mother lives.  They may have voted for crazy lady Joni Ernst for Senate - but Iowans still don't deserve to suffer from runaway climate change.  ;-)

US & China Sign Historic Climate Change Deal!

Thanks, once again, to President Obama!  This is a potentially HUGE deal, and I am going to spend a big part of today reading up on precisely what's included - and not included.  I'm starting with the piece on, here.

But I'm worried, on so many levels.

The announcement that China will be producing 20% of its energy from clean sources by 2030 seems too good to be true.

It also seems to be too little, too late.

And there are no enforcement mechanisms built into the agreement, which seems perilous, given the wave of GOP legislators set to descend on Washington and do their darnedest to block the President's every move.

John Kerry wrote an op ed in the New York Times opining about how the US and China are "encouraging other countries to put forward their own ambitious emissions reduction targets soon and to overcome traditional divisions so we can conclude a strong global climate agreement in 2015."

Again, worried.  Seems possible that, instead, other nations may stand back and say, "You go, Big Guys!  We'll see how it goes and act later."  Or perhaps, "You go, Big Guys!  That should solve the problem, and we won't have to reduce our measly little emissions!"

Global climate negotiations start up again in mid-December, in Peru, and then it's on to Le Bourget in 2015.

And then?

I have my fingers crossed, but honestly, my hopes aren't high.  And we have a big fight ahead of us, to hold our legislators' collective feet to the fire (Exhibit A: Jim Inhofe)and make sure something actually happens!

Otherwise, it's all just so much hot air.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Memes for you to share!

Like anything you see here?  Feel free to tweet that puppy out!

Will post more from time to time.  Hope you like them!

Inhofe?! I am officially incredulous.

In a cruel twist of the electoral knife, the Guardian reports that Senator Jim Inhofe (R) of Oklahoma is poised to become the head of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Senator James Inhofe

Want your hair curled by the story in another paper?  Check out the New Republic's piece from a couple of days ago.

So what does Senator Inhofe believe about climate change?  Here he is in 2003: “It's also important to question whether global warming is even a problem for human existence. Thus far no one has seriously demonstrated any scientific proof that increased global temperatures would lead to the catastrophes predicted by alarmists. In fact, it appears that just the opposite is true: that increases in global temperatures may have a beneficial effect on how we live our lives.”

And lest you think that 11 years is an ample sufficiency of time for him to have seen the light and changed his mind, here's something horrifying I found over at Right Wing Watch, from 2012!

"Well actually the Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that ‘as long as the earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night,’ my point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous."

Other than just letting you know that's a thing that might happen, I really don't know what to say.

Well, except that I would point out to anyone who is listening that putting this unserious clown in charge of climate issues is like adding me (plump, sedentary and OLD) to the starting lineup of the Seattle Seahawks.  It makes just as much sense.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

GOP Wave

There, I said it. Still sticks in my craw. But it happened, and there's nothing to be done but pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and resolve to work even HARDER.

Because hoo boy, we are going to need to.

Early prognostications point to the President looking for a climate win via the monstrosity that is the Keystone pipeline.  Senate Republicans now have enough votes to force that vote.

The ever-charming Reince Priebus says that Mr. Obama will be "boxed in" and have to sign the bill.

There's still time to take ACTION.  Check out the NRDC's page here.'s site is here, and over here you can donate to Tar Sands Blockade.  And of course you can always sign a Pledge of Resistance!  Couldn't hurt, right?