Grist: What Should The Climate Movement Do Next?

I’ve got a few things in mind, one of which is STFU and GFYS, you silly wanker hypocrites

(Grist) But whether you like the campaign or not, it’s too late for second-guessing at this point. The fight is underway; it’s already freighted with symbolism. Within the next few months, the Keystone decision will be made, for good or ill. Then the question arises: What’s next for the climate movement?

This is an opportunity to take a step back and think carefully about the effort to address climate change and the role activism plays in it. I’ll probably do several posts on this — it’s a rich subject — and I hope others will join in the discussion too.

As you can easily guess, there’s not one idea about practicing what they preach, giving up all use of fossil fuels, etc and so on. You know the drill. The only comment recommending this would be …… mine, which is sure to elicit plenty of personal attacks and deflections. There are plenty of ideas for “spreading awareness” and agitation campaigns, along with shutting down debate.

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Comment by Dana
2013-02-25 16:43:12

There are plenty of reasonable ideas, if they would consider reasonable. Rather than trying to shut down coal-burning power plants, they could work on regulations which require power plant construction to use other fuels, without penalizing existing coal plants.

Eventually, every coal burning power plant will simply wear out.

 
Comment by Gumball_Brains Subscribed to comments via email
2013-02-25 17:24:29

New report that 3 more coal power plants are being forced to shut down.

I’ve got a few things in mind, one of which is STFU and GFYS, you silly wanker hypocrites</blockquote>
SOmeone is getting testy. I like.

 
Comment by john
2013-02-25 18:12:55

HAHAHA fossil fuel prices will keep going up, renewables will keep going down. And Teach’s oft beloved nukes? no one will insure them so no one will finance them. The most expensive electricity in the USA right now is that generated by the “Peakers” those plants that can come online and generate large amounts of power instantly. They cost about .18 pkw solar is already below .10pkw it is expected to equal the cost of coal by 2015. http://solarcellcentral.com/cost_page.html
Teach seems to demand PERFECTION from this one group, I guess that helps n creating an easy opponent. At an installed price of $1.25 per watt, the cost of PV solar is always cheaper. At $2 per watt, it is cheaper after year 40. At $3.00 per watt, it is cheaper about year 80. As mentioned above (grid parity), an aggressive cost estimate (-15% per year) would have PV solar at parity with coal by 2014, a less aggressive forecast (-10%) would reach coal parity by 2017. As a result, very few “new” coal plants are expected to be initiated, although current coal plants will likely be upgraded.

 
Comment by john
2013-02-25 18:20:58

The US Navy is on board with climate change. And that is a fact. They ARE trying to reduce their carbon footprint

 
Comment by Gumball_Brains Subscribed to comments via email
2013-02-26 13:18:42

What Should The Climate Movement Do Next?

I’m betting that the movement of the climate will be to start to get warmer this year. I also suspect that July and August will be the hottest part of the year. I also suspect that much of the snow laid down over these last few months will melt away despite the attempts of the greenies to prevent any kind of environmental change.

 

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