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Solid questions to contemplate by Moyers.

Strong words from a frackingist, oil drillingist administration…

Nice law shaped to restore parts of the Great Lakes in collaboration with local communities and NOAA.

Another cold and bitter splash of reality on Obama’s environmental supporters. Quite the story by Michael Kranish for the Boston Globe.

Interesting climate read of the day.

My gut tells me these proposed measures are too little, too late.

Have you seen Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s take down of  Senator Jim Inhofe?

Cynicism didn’t put a man on the moon. Cynicism didn’t win women the right to vote. Cynicism did not get a Civil Rights Act signed. Cynicism has never won a war. Cynicism has never cured a disease. Cynicism has never started a business. Cynicism has never fed a young mind. I do not believe in a cynical America; I believe in an optimistic America that is making progress.

DeSmogBlog is quite biased, but the article is worth checking out. Obama is typically portrayed by lefty and enviro-media as an effective leader with respect to climate change actions. I have on a number of occasions posted on the administrations adaptation and resilience plans and actions.

But, what’s under the radar - what media is ignoring - is that Obama directed his administration to implement very aggressive oil and gas drilling plans formulated under Bush and the oil industry. For example, just last week, Obama opened up the Atlantic coast for offshore drilling.

The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. Via AP

Thus, environmental blogs are missing one half of the story. Check it out…

Pretty harsh article on Miami’s situation with sea level rise. Miami actually has a lot of control over its own population growth and zoning laws. Mayor Stoddard may be right about his state’s politicians, but he’s just as culpable by allowing rapid development.

Why are we allowing this?

President Nixon’s energy crises address to the nation in 1973. It was very aggressive by today’s standards.

Nixon:

  • Reduced availability to gasoline by 15% (e.g., he rationed gas)
  • Built new oil pipelines
  • Cut access to home heating oil
  • Asked Americans to reduce driving two days per week
  • Asked Americans to turn down the their thermostats by 6 degrees
  • Ordered cities to turn off street lights
  • Reduced speed limit for trucks to 55MPH

Imagine if Obama ordered the nation to do this today??

Republicans aim to shut down all federal government climate plans and actions. With a lame-duck president in office and an uninterested public, these types of amendments are excellent tactics.

I did not know the White House’s solar panels were made in the USA.