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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day 2014

I wrote this on Earth Day 2013.

I'm not sure I have much to add a year later.  Certainly, not much has changed on a global scale, except the increasing concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere and the ever-more-urgent dittoing

We know what we we need to do. Indeed, the economic impact of those actions would be surprisingly small.  The logic behind a clean energy policy is not hard to understand.  The Obama Administration gets it - it has done more on climate and renewable energy than all of its predecessors combined, without the credit that those moves deserve.

Still, public opinion on the urgency of tackling climate disruption lagsIdeology blinds. And the frog continues to slowly boil.




2 comments:

  1. John, what more can we do to show the dangers of fossil-fuel extraction and the harm done so far in counties like Susquehanna and Bradford and others? we are polluting the waters and air on a steady basis...thanks,

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  2. Hi, Vera.

    Thanks for reading.

    I'm not sure that I have a good answer. If there are demonstrable harms being done, they need to be reported to DEP. And then DEP - as well as local and state officials - need to be held to account for their response.

    To raise awareness, I think it's important to document any harms, and, frankly, make every effort to bring them to the attention of the media. Efforts like those by the good folks at FracTracker to collect data/visual evidence of impacts might also be something to consider. See http://www.fractracker.org/projects/

    Best,
    John

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