Do the Math – The Movie

I went to a great event last night:  the premiere of “Do the Math.”  It’s a powerful short (45-minute) documentary about what the indomitable Bill McKibben and 350.org have set in motion with their stunning and timely movement to get universities and others to divest from the fossil fuel industry.  I wrote about what I called McKibben’s Manifesto, a blockbuster piece in Rolling Stone last summer and a call to arms.  I subsequently wrote about the first stirrings of the divestment movement.  Well, the movement has grown exponentially in only a few months:  as of today, there are initiatives at 302 colleges and universities, in 74 cities and states, and beyond.  Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, for one, has already set the wheels in motion in his city.  See what Fossil Free is doing and how you can get on board. Continue reading

China and US Boost Cooperation

china us emissionsI wrote in December about the Carbon Budget 2012 report from the Global Carbon Project.  As you can see, China and the US are well ahead of the pack in carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion – from power, transportation, buildings and industry. Continue reading

Tell State: No to Keystone XL!

tar-sands-before-afterI have written a few times here and a good number of times at my old blog for the Foreign Policy Association about the many and diverse reasons why the Alberta tar sands are a pox.  You may agree.  If so, you should be on your horse to get your comments into the US Department of State to tell them that the Keystone XL pipeline project, which will substantially enable further development of this planetary insult, should not be approved.  Please go right away to the link here from 350.org and register your comments.  The comment period ends soon! Continue reading