A Fool with a Plan Will Go Farther Than a Genius with No Plan

“A fool with a plan will go farther than a genius with no plan.”

It was late 2008 and everyone in the room laughed as billionaire T. Boone Pickens retold this story from his college years. His father was concerned with Boone’s lack of direction in choosing a major. Dad came to visit his son and said;

“Listen son, a fool with a plan can beat a genius with no plan. And your mother and I have a concern that we have a fool with no plan. So you’re getting ready to get a plan and get out of school and that’s it.”

At the time I saw him, Pickens was promoting his energy plan, which involved alternative energies- like wind and solar- and large scale use of LNG as a transport fuel to reduce America’s dependence on fossil fuels. A self-proclaimed “environmentalist“, the Texas billionaire thought that Obama was the man with the plan.

Flash forward two Obama Administrations, and although use of renewable energy has been on the rise globally, and the Administration created a Clean Power Plan that set targets for states (now stayed by the Supreme Court pending judicial review); a large part of the Obama plan was let’s use all-of-the-above energy to meet our needs.

13227755_10153585850135808_7322232879040725686_oAs our climate spirals out of control, it’s obvious now more than ever that we need a plan. Enter the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL). (They’re no fools!) They have a plan and it’s one that conservatives and progressives and everyone in between, including those without labels, can agree on.

It’s called carbon fee and dividend. And here is how it works:

  • Place a steadily rising fee on fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas).
  • Give all of the revenue from the carbon fee back to households.
  • Use a border adjustment to discourage business relocation.
  • It’s good for the economy AND even better for the climate.

With 332 chapters (and growing!) around the globe, CCL members are creating change with their solution to how to effectively price carbon in the market. Families live within a household budget; it’s time to put a price on carbon so that we can live within our global carbon budget.

Soon, over 800 CCL members will descend on Washington DC for both their international conference and to lobby on Capitol Hill. The Conference runs from June 19-21st and is both inspiring and solution-oriented.

“With your help,” Gandhi responded to General Smuts, as Smuts inquired how he intended to prevail in South Africa. It’s part of CCL’s creation story and strategy for success. And, it’s just as relevant today as it was in Gandhi’s time.

You can take part in a few ways.


The Anthropocene and the Fierce Urgency of Now

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”– Martin Luther King Jr.

It’s About Saving Ourselves

change“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.” Victor Hugo

Lately, people have been emphasizing that the climate movement is really about saving ourselves.

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Hooray for LED Lights!!

Browsing the lighting aisle in Home Depot about a month ago, I uncovered an exciting new light bulb. Well, not new, LED (light emitting diode) technology has been around more than 50 years, and three scientists where just honored with the Nobel Prize in Physics for their development of the blue LED technology in 1993. (The blue was needed the create white light and that was an enormous… Continue reading

Happy New Year Resolutions

Well, happy new year…we are just out of the gate into 2014 and here we are with again mega extreme weather.  We’ve already had a  North American deep freeze, and record highs with  100,000 bats falling from the sky in Australia. No single weather event can be attributed to climate change, but as Al Gore says, “if you see a turtle on a fencepost, you can be… Continue reading

Want to Change the World? Then Start a Climate Change Group

by Brian Ettling

Brian EttlingIt’s Thanksgiving.  What I am most thankful?  I started two climate change groups: St. Louis, Missouri and southern Oregon. I am even more grateful for Larry Lazar and Susan Bizeau.  The truth is that I would have started ZERO climate change groups without them.  The credit really goes to them for all their hard work.  I was… Continue reading

Climate In-Action: The World Can’t Wait

1476219_600824216650893_255274400_nMy friend lives in the Philippines. Rodne and I met 15 months ago when we participated in a Climate Reality Leadership Training in San Francisco with former VP Al Gore. We were 1000 volunteers from all places across the globe. Enthusiastic, bright-eyed, peaceful warriors, we accepted our mission to spread truth about the reality of climate change and the price that… Continue reading

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