Daily Archives: April 22, 2013

22 April 2013 | Elon, NC | Elon University

Earth Day at Elon University "The Way Out: Kickstarting Capitalism to Save our Economic Ass" by Hunter Lovins (download slides) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PMnQHO4pWM

The First Climate Test For Obama 2.0

ALSO POSTED BY: Huffington Post & Think Progress 21 February 2013 & 20 February 2013   It has not taken long for Barack Obama to face the first big test of his resolve on combatting global climate disruption. That test is the Keystone Pipeline, which would carry one of the dirtiest of all fossil fuels from the tar sands of Canada to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. Obama ultimately is “the decider” on whether or not to let the pipeline proceed. A great deal has been written about the pros and cons of Keystone, including competing claims about its impacts on jobs, the environment, gasoline prices and so on. There is strong evidence that the money would be better invested in clean energy and associated jobs. However, too little has been written about the moral dimension of Obama’s decision. That dimension is succinctly described by K.C. Golden, the policy director at Climate Solutions. He calls it the “Keystone Principle”: We cannot abide any major federal action that results in long-term capital investments that lock in emission trajectories that make catastrophic climate disruption inevitable. More simply, we have much patient work to do over many decades to make it better, but we must immediately stop making it worse. We are in the “era of consequences” now. Each month brings new pictures of the victims. Today and every day from here forward, we can pledge ourselves to this and demand it of the Obama Administration: We will not allow major new investments in making climate disruption worse. […]

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