Climate Hawks ‘Cast’ing Call


Lately it’s been a roller coaster for supporters of effective climate legislation.  Recent events have led me to spin up this blog as a focal point for those looking to affect positive change.

Here’s a quick rundown of the recent events which seem pertinent:

  • BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig went down in flames in April, taking the lives of eleven workers with it and opening a hole in the bottom of the sea that poured out millions of barrels of crude oil.

Photo By: Greenpeace USA 2010

(Side note: Is the Lauren Valle in this picture the same one who got stomped by a Rand Paul supporter last week?  If so, she has been quite busy stirring the pot this year.)


  • In June, with the oil spill as a backdrop, Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) sponsored an amendment which would have neutered the EPA while invalidating new fuel economy standards.   Fortunately, it did not pass, but this will not be the last challenge to the EPA’s authority.  In a stunning turn of events, many are rooting for Murkowski to win her write-in bid in Alaska as she appears the slightly lesser of two evils when contrasted with Tea Party candidate Joe Miller.
  • In September, environmentalist and author Bill McKibben delivered one of Jimmy Carter’s solar panels to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., hoping that it would be returned to the roof of the White House as a symbolic gesture, but White House staffers sent him packing.  A few weeks later, the White House announced that they would indeed go solar.

Photo By: 350.org

  • BP’s Macondo well was finally capped in September, five months after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded.  The damaging effects of the enormous spill will be with us for years.  Additionally, dispersants spread by BP to accelerate the natural breakdown of oil, may be causing illnesses throughout the gulf region.

Photo By: NWFblogs

  • Cap and Trade seemed to gain traction due to the oil spill, but never came up for a vote due to the threat of filibuster in the senate.  With the Tea Party bloc in the house, the Exxon Valdez could crash into the White House and this legislation still wouldn’t see the light of day.

Image By: Tobias Higbie

  • The summer of 2010 was the hottest in recorded history.  Large swathes of Russia burned all summer long costing the country roughly 25% of its wheat crop.  Russia responded by banning the export of wheat for eighteen months, contributing to a spike in what had been a declining commodity price.

Source: indexmundi.com

  • While Russia burned, Pakistan flooded with up to 20% of the country underwater.
  • Hungary suffered the worst European environmental disaster in decades as an aluminum plant’s sludge pool burst through its damn killing four while flooding the town below.
  • November brings muted hope via COP16 as Mexico welcomes delegates to the UN’s climate change meetings, but last year’s meetings in Copenhagen went in with great promise and ended acrimoniously.  Fewer world leaders are attending this year, so we may have to wait for the Kyoto protocol to expire in 2012 before we see politicians get serious again.

If I haven’t convinced you that this has been a bad year for the climate, maybe you’ll believe one of the world’s largest reinsurance groups.  They tend to take a hit in the pocketbook when things go awry, so when Munich Re says it’s “been an “exceptional” year for weather disasters,” that might be worth paying attention to.

So the question begs.  What can we do?  The answer was simple for me.  Follow Dave’s lead and start building a community of those who want to affect positive change.  I’m asking my fellow Climate Hawks to take part in this blog.  I’d like to make this a forum for the sharing of ideas through impassioned, civil discourse.  A lone hawk may look majestic against a clear sky, but it will take a cast of them to make a difference.  So, this is my ‘cast’ing call.  If you want to share your passion for averting climate change in a civilized manner and can abide to the truth, then I want you in my cast.  I’d love to get original content, but would be equally happy to cross-post articles from other sources.  Let’s create a place where future climate leaders can come to learn and be inspired.  Help me make that happen.

Thank you,

-Chris

Twitter: @costrike

Photo By: Zevotron

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