RENewsletter | September 30, 2012


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Opening Salvo:  “Climate Change at the presidential debates”


The schedule for the presidential debates beginning on October 3rd does not include a section on Climate Change.   Domestic and foreign policy rule the debates, though it’s odd to think that any of these topics could be discussed with any relevancy without talking about Climate Change.   Having a presidential debate without Climate Change is like dickering with a drug dealer when you don’t have any money.  What’s the point?


If you take the time to read the “THE NATIONAL GLOBAL CHANGE RESEARCH PLAN: 2012-2021” that was released in April of this year by President Obama, you will see that the US government has no intention of avoiding Climate Change with 13 departments of government spelling out how their departments have planned to deal with this planetary crisis.


“The Obama Administration today released a 10-year strategic plan for research related to global change, identifying priorities that will help state and local governments, businesses, and communities prepare for anticipated changes in the global environment, including climate change, in the decades ahead.” Administration Releases 10-Year Global Change Strategic Plan


Everything the next president of the United States will do in the next few years will have to be orchestrated through the lens of Climate Change.  Domestic issues that include energy, jobs, federal insurance coverage for natural disasters, policies on public health as heatwaves increase, protection for our forests because of an increase in wildfires, Fracking for gas under our feet as water issues intensify because of droughts, subsidies for farmers as climate jeopardizes traditional agriculture, and transportation issues will occupy the next occupant of the White House as greenhouse gases continue warm up the planet.  Even social justice issues will intensify in the coming years as millions yearn to keep cool without the money for AC’s or the ability to pay higher electric bills.  


On foreign policies too, the next president will have to consider how Climate Change will impact his decisions.  The increase in wars due to the lack of water because of Climate Change will drive our military to be forever vigilant—which will cost a lot of money.  Expected oil spills from the melting of the Arctic and ramped-up shipping and oil drilling will involve international concern when this pristine environment gets compromised.   Our economic markets will fall as more countries out-compete the US in renewable energy options and the American public, desperate for jobs, will blame a president not on the ball.     


Many Americans believe that the presidential debates coming up should include Climate Change.   Many Americans believe that Climate Change is not a part of the debates because the media, drunk from billions from a disastrous Supreme Court decision (Read: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission), don’t want to kill the golden goose of fossil fuel money. 


Billions upon billions of dollars from the fossil fuel industry, which get billions in US subsidies, is manufacturing doubt amongst the American public about the validity of Climate Change—and the fact that the rest of the world does not dwell in such paralyzing doubt. 


Climate Change denial is an American problem fueled by the fossil fuel industry and it threatens our future.  Go to the League of Conservation voters and send a message to debate moderator Jim Lehre to SIGN OUR PETITION TO ASK OBAMA AND ROMNEY AT THE  PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE: "HOW DO YOU PLAN TO ADDRESS THE CLIMATE CRISIS?"  (Click on my email for feedback)





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The great conundrum of our times is that in a time of rapidly occurring Climate Change and a rapid disintegration of the environment that we need to thrive and survive, mainstream media still marginalizes environmental concerns. [Check often for this continually updated list on the possible consequences of Climate Change in our region--supported by facts.] If there isn’t a quick and substantial change in how environmental concerns are reported, edited, and chosen in mainstream media, the public will continue to believe that environmental concerns are merely special interest matters, issues they can avoid if they choose.  How can we inform the public and monitor our environment without abridging our Freedoms--in enough time to safe ourselves?


Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet. -- Carl Sagan




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Updates Daily Updates – [Connecting the dots on Rochester’s environment. Find out what’s going on environmentally in our area—and why you should care? Clicking on -DISCUSSION – will take you to my blog “Environmental Thoughts, NY, where you can add your comments.]





Events Rochester Environmental Events Calendar – [The most complete listing of all environmental events around the Rochester, New York area.]  If you don’t see your event, or know of a local environmental event, please send me the info: with (EV event) in the subject line. Also, be sure to check other calendars and environmental series for multi-day events.


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Action Take Action - Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I’ll keep Actions posted until their due date. 





Award Environmental Site of the Month Award – [On the last Sunday of each month, we present an environmental award for the Rochester-area environmental web site or blog that best promotes the need to protect and offers solutions for our area's environmental issues.]