Tag Archive: Climate Change

Just the Facts

One thing that really annoys climate change deniers are facts. So if you don’t want facts, don’t watch this video. But if you’re concerned about the effect of global climate change on New Jersey, slog through the scary narrative that Rutgers climate scientist Dr. Anthony Broccoli delivered to an Assembly panel this week. Especially when he tells us that “there is no realistic scenario in which all future [climate] changes can be avoided.” He warns us that in addition to working to mitigate carbon emissions, we must also be prepared to spend the money to adapt to the inevitable sea level rises and severe weather.

Tea Partiers would rather sacrifice the nation and the planet than compromise on their agenda. That may not be a scientifically provable fact, but it’s still horrifying.

Jeff Tittel on Climate Change and Chris Christie

Yesterday, New Jersey Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel testified about climate change at the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee hearing.

Tittel started out by describing how environmental concerns and remediation have traditionally been a bipartisan issue and how a small group of deniers has hijacked the Republican party away from reasonableness. He excoriates Chris Christie’s policies which have diverted almost a billion dollars earmarked for clean energy to balance the budget, how New Jersey has lost our federal tax dollars to other states who choose to comply with federal guidelines, and some potential solutions.

Fighting An Uphill Battle Against Christie’s Climate Deniers

There are a lot of issues facing us today, but arguably the most important one for this and future generations is the impact of global climate change. Even if we solve our problems with civil rights, the economy, and jobs, without a habitable planet, all of those solutions are for naught.

Searching for solutions, today Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula convened an informational session of his Telecommunications and Utilities Committee to hear testimony from all sides of this issue.

As David Pringle of the New Jersey Environmental Federation put it, this is not a zero sum game. In other words, we don’t have to choose between a clean environment and jobs. We can have both. In fact, according to Jeff Tittel of the New Jersey Sierra Club, the state has lost 1,800 jobs since Governor Christie unilaterally pulled the state out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We have fallen into fourth place in terms of solar energy, and our wind energy projects are stalled as they continue to wait for Christie administration approval. Jobs in these industries are going to neighboring states.

Probably the biggest waste of time, and yet the most entertaining part of the hearings was the testimony of climate-change deniers from Americans for Prosperity – a group that was led by Steve Lonegan before his Senate run. Every time they espoused their Fox “News” talking points, Chairman Chivukula struck them down with something the AFPers are unfamiliar with – facts. When confronted by Chivukula with scientific evidence, they determined that it was just “fairy tales.” One of them testified that RGGI was costing a 7 percent hike in electricity rates. Chivukula did not let them go unchallenged -he pointed out that the correct number is 0.7 percent. So in my estimation, the AFP crew is either stupidly misinformed or a bunch of liars.

After the hearing, I spoke with Chairman Chivukula to get a brief summary. Below the fold is a short audio interview with renowned climate scientist Dr. Anthony Broccoli of Rutgers.

Lonegan Signs Anti-Climate Change Pledge During Record Heat Wave

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How’d you feel last week? A little hot?  Record hot?  ‘Cause it was really hot.  For a really long time.  Even in the middle of the night.  Hot.

Most people celebrated it by going to the pool, running an extra air conditioner, running in a sprinkler, going to the movies (very cold) or some other effort at ameliorating the brutal heat.

But not Steve Lonegan, presumed Republican nominee for United States Senate.  He signed a pledge to ensure more record heat waves.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan today signed the “Americans for Prosperity No Climate Tax Pledge.” …

While serving as head of the New Jersey chapter of Americans for Prosperity, the candidate vehemently opposed federal carbon cap and trade provisions championed by President Barack Obama.

Cap and trade was also championed, interestingly, by a guy named Ronald Reagan back in the 1980s to deal with acid rain.  It worked perfectly, which is why our rivers and lakes are still living ecosystems.

Oh, and when Steve Lonegan was head of Americans for Prosperity he also got caught hiring undocumented immigrants to work on an investment property.

A principled conservative!

Rush Holt web video: “Climate Change”

Unless we act, physics tells us what will happen next …

Rush Holt is out with another web ad. This is the long form version (here’s the shortie). Holt outlines what’s happening to the earth, with numbers, what the consequences are if we do nothing – “that’s science, and that’s reality” – and what we can do about it, because “we’d better get to work”.

Climate change, says Holt, is the #1 reason we need a scientist in the Senate. What do you think, Blue Jersey?

Chris Hayes Rips Chris Christie For Dismissing Climate Change

MSNBC host Chris Hayes took Chris Christie to task on his Tuesday night show for dismissing climate change following Hurricane Sandy.

“Since taking office, he has de-funded the Office of Climate Change and Energy within the Department of Environmental Protection, taken $210 million out of the state’s clean energy fund to balance the budget, withdrawn the state from the northeast cap and trade plan, and perhaps most relevant, so woefully underprepared his state transportation agency for the effects of climate change that the state sustained over $120 million of damages to their system after Sandy.”

And you can see the video of the segment yourself here:

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Chris Hayes Rips Chris Christie For Dismissing Climate Change

MSNBC host Chris Hayes took Chris Christie to task on his Tuesday night show for dismissing climate change following Hurricane Sandy.

“Since taking office, he has de-funded the Office of Climate Change and Energy within the Department of Environmental Protection, taken $210 million out of the state’s clean energy fund to balance the budget, withdrawn the state from the northeast cap and trade plan, and perhaps most relevant, so woefully underprepared his state transportation agency for the effects of climate change that the state sustained over $120 million of damages to their system after Sandy.”

And you can see the video of the segment yourself here:

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Rush Holt on President Obama’s Visit to Jersey Shore

Rush Holt, New Jersey’s physicist congressman, released this statement after attending President Barack Obama’s visit to Asbury Park Convention Hall to check on how New Jersey’s doing rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy:

“Disaster relief is a key responsibility of the federal government, and I’m grateful that the president continues to return to New Jersey to check on our progress after Hurricane Sandy.

“As climate change causes more and more floods, storms, and hurricanes, we’re going to have to find ways to rise above politics to prevent disasters when we can and to repair damages when we must.”

You’re Right, Gov. Climate Change Didn’t CAUSE Sandy.

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Back when Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast Governor Christie suggested we needed to consider climate change.  Then in February he said that it was stupid to even ask if climate change had anything to do with Sandy.

Now this:

Should New Jersey have prepared with climate change in mind? No, the governor said, “’cause I don’t think there’s been any proof thus far that Sandy was caused by climate change.”

The Daily Beast focuses on the weasel word “proof” in there, the favorite word of the science denial crowd who are more than happy to accept faith in determining the world is 3,000 years old but won’t accept 97 percent of scientists certain humans are a major reason for climate change.

But the real problem here is “caused.”  No, Governor, climate change didn’t cause Hurricane Sandy.  There have been many hurricanes in the past, and there will be many in the future even if we do something about it.  It’s natural.

Climate change isn’t about creating one storm, or a weird heavy snow in October, or a cold winter, or a hot summer, or a hot winter, or a cold summer.  It’s about weather patterns changing in ways that make weather events worse for humans than in the past.

That means …