Last night I finally got to see the documentary “Chasing Ice,” the story of photographer James Balog’s efforts to capture the death of our polar ice cap. There’s no other way to describe it: This is a devastating film. In the lifetime of most of the people who currently use Facebook, we will probably lose the Arctic as we know it.

It’s comfortable to pretend like this won’t somehow turn our lives upside down, like some miracle will come along and protect us from the laws of physics. But I hope you’ll think about what you can do as you watch this Manhattan-sized-chuck of ice disintegrate and collapse into the sea; it’s where we’re all headed if we don’t all make some serious changes in our lives.

Each of us makes choices every day that determine whether humans make it as a species. This really is up to us.
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Everything you need to know about DC’s periodic flirtation with a carbon tax, in one simple image.

everything you need to know about the silly sequester debate, in one simple image:

mateosfo:

Everything you need to know about DC’s periodic flirtation with a carbon tax, in one simple image.

everything you need to know about the silly sequester debate, in one simple image:

"Renewable energy can’t displace coal."

That analysis assumes that renewables can displace coal… they can’t. They can only displace gas, which can be ramped up and down quickly (~20 min) when the sun and wind come and go. Coal plants take many hours to ramp up and down. So none of the analysis makes sense.

- Michael Shellenberger, founder of The Breakthrough Institute, commenting on a recent analysis that found that renewable energy is responsible for over 50 percent of recent reductions in U.S. carbon emissions.

It’s NOT just a flesh wound

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ra_cUTmQykc

I’ve been pondering whether to weigh in on all the noise resulting from two recent studies about the failure of cap and trade policy a few years back. David Roberts nicely sums up his thoughts on the matter here, and, as usual, I largely agree with him.

First, full disclosure: I was there. As director of communications at ClimateWorks during this period, I have a pretty good sense of what went down. But rather than offering my views on what’s in these studies and joining in the mano-a-mano on he said/she said/who’s wrong/who’s right etc., I’d like to draw a sharp focus to what I think is the Real Big Issue that’s NOT being discussed.

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Everything you need to know about DC’s periodic flirtation with a carbon tax, in one simple image.

Everything you need to know about DC’s periodic flirtation with a carbon tax, in one simple image.