Movie Changes Bill O’Reilly Fan/Global Warming Denier’s Life

This is an interview with a woman exiting the movie “Chasing Ice“. The movie not only changed this woman’s mind about global warming, “it’s changed me as a person,” she said.  “I believed Bill O’Reilly”. She’s now ready to “undo her damage” for her children and grandkids.

 

The new documentary, Chasing Ice, captures climate change on film with two-dozen time-lapse cameras placed throughout the Arctic and other areas to document the melting of the glaciers. The film chronicles photographer James Balog’s work archiving the affects of climate change and other human activities on our planet. Click here for showtimes.

Enhanced by Zemanta

Mitt Romney’s Inconclusive Declarations on Climate Change

Mitt Romney Steve Pearce event 057Mitt Romney got a good laugh out of the climate deniers in his audience at the GOP Convention in Tampa, a city already planning for sea level rise, as he mocked President Obama’s promise to address climate change.

“President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans…(pause to allow for laughter) and to heal the planet.  My promise … is to help you and your family.”

It could be that Republicans have a secret plan to transport American families to another planet, something they are keeping hidden from the rest of us. Perhaps in a parallel universe,  but we can’t be sure.

Romney’s statement got a lot of people upset. Notably Paul Douglas, a Republican meteorologist, who published this in the Huffington Post,
“But denying climate change won’t help any American family or our fledgling economy. And looking at the world with carbon-colored glasses, or using Solyndra as an excuse to snub renewables and clean-tech, is not only short-sighted, but makes America less competitive on the world stage. According to the World Economic Forum, America’s global competitiveness fell from 1st to 7th place since 2007. Should we just accept that most breakthrough energy technologies are originating in China and Europe, where there is no more “debate” about climate trends? Why is America still questioning the science? For political entertainment? Something tells me Mother Nature may get the last laugh.”
A facebook friend of mine commented, “I wish that he would publish his thoughts in some media that the Republicans follow.” Agreed.

Mitt moved forward with his not-gonna-fix-the-ocean-or-the-planet mantra on Meet the Press with David Gregory (September 9, 2012). Gregory let Romney ramble on without questioning him the on fact that the science tells us urgent action to curb emissions is necessary to preserve a liveable planet. It felt more like free ad time than an interview. This continued silence by the mainstream media to the true science of climate change is more than a lapse in journalistic integrity. It is willfully allowing this global train wreck to proceed unhindered.

In a recent interview with ScienceDebate.org, a science advocacy group, Romney had this to say,
“I am not a scientist myself, but my best assessment of the data is that the world is getting warmer, that human activity contributes to that warming, and that policymakers should therefore consider the risk of negative consequences. However, there remains a lack of scientific consensus on the issue — on the extent of the warming, the extent of the human contribution, and the severity of the risk — and I believe we must support continued debate and investigation within the scientific community.”
On a campaign stop in 2011 Romney stated,“We don’t know what is causing climate change on this planet and the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us.”

The above statements, carefully crafted to fuel the disinformation campaign on global climate change, are consistent with Romney’s energy plan which is all fossil fuels. It’s 2008’s “drill, baby drill” wearing new clothes, or maybe no clothes.

In my next post we’ll address some of the science of why this plan won’t work; why the point of no return and a runaway greenhouse (think Venus) effect are the probable scientific outcomes for future generations with this continued business-as-usual fossil fuel loving plan.

I tried to embed the Meet the Press video below but kept getting a restricted access message.

My 3 Days With Al Gore’s Climate Reality in San Francisco

Last week, I was fortunate to be an attendee at the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training with Al Gore. A thousand people from around the world- 58 countries and 47 US states- made the pilgrimage to San Francisco to be part of this training and that alone was truly inspirational. Bette Midler was in the house. Grammy Award winner Kathy Mattea spoke about her story and journey with the Climate Project and the language of nonviolent communication.

One very striking point is that while the US is still wading through a stew of climate denialism, the rest of the world is actively looking for solutions. In fact the first part of Mr. Gore’s latest slideshow presentation, focuses on connecting the dots through poignant photos of recent drought, floods, fires and extreme weather from around the world. With 337 consecutive months of temperatures higher than the 20th century average, every night on the evening news is like a “nature hike through the Book of Revelations”, according to Gore. The fact that the corporate news media doesn’t connect those glaring dots is huge journalistic lapse of integrity.

Gore compares the disinformation campaign, often referred to as climate denialism, to the effort by the tobacco companies to continue to as peddlers of doubt well after there was scientific evidence linking smoking to lung cancer. We must “dis-enthral” ourselves from the current meme which is an “illusory view of reality,” the former VP told the captivated audience.

This new presentation is packed full of emotional photos, sound science and myth-busting. And each of the thousand trainees will weave their individual story into the larger collective story and share it in their communities.

Even though recent surveys show that Americans may be waking up to the reality of climate change, the science is much worse than the average person realizes. There is an African proverb that Gore frequently quotes, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

“We have to go far — quickly,” he adds. So while the task of raising awareness and moving that into actionable change may seem daunting, we, collectively, have no other choice. Because taking this issue head-on is now a moral imperative.

What Can You Do?

  • Join Climate Reality online to learn about our I’m Too Hot campaign and to request a Reality presentation in your community.
  • Connect with the Citizen’s Climate Lobby. Take part in their bi-monthly conference calls. Join a local group or create your own.
  • Find out why 350 is the most important number on the planet at 350.org.
  • Click on this link to tell your local meterologist to connect the climate dots.

It’s your choice, but whatever you choose, please put down the remote and get off the couch. We live in an all hands-on deck moment in time and your participation is urgent and necessary.

 

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

Climate Deniers Make Presence At COP17 in Durban

While no elected member of the US Congress showed up in Durban this week for the COP17, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) recorded a video message for a conference of climate change deniers at the summit. Heralding the “complete collapse of the global warming movement and the failure of the Kyoto process,” Inhofe went on to say he was “confident” that he was the only person in Washington DC left talking about global warming.
Earlier that day, Democracy Now interviewed Mark Morano, a fomer Inhofe staffer and publisher of the Climate Depot, who spoke at that conference of global warming skeptics. Referring to President Obama, Morano said, “His nickname is “George W. Obama.” Obama’s negotiator, Todd Stern, will be here today. They have kept the exact same principles and negotiating stance as President George Bush did for eight years. Obama has carried on Bush’s legacy. So, as skeptics, we tip our hat to President Obama in helping crush and continue to defeat the United Nations process. Obama has been a great friend of global warming skeptics at these conferences. Obama has problems, you know, for us, because he’s going through the EPA regulatory process, which is a grave threat. But in terms of this, President Obama could not have turned out better when it came to his lack of interest in the congressional climate bill and his lack of interest in the United Nations Kyoto Protocol. So, a job well done for President Obama.”

 

Enhanced by Zemanta