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Survival and Renewal in the Anthropocene

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Gaslighting away the planet’s future…and ours

This is the second post in a four-part series on methane. Read posts #1, #3 and #4. “The Partnership (for Energy Progress)…[spent] $2.8 million in 2020 convincing consumers that ‘natural gas is part of a clean energy future…’” — Susie Cagle, climate reporter for The Guardian In the 1970s, when ExxonMobil’s internal assessment showed that […]

Slow global warming by cutting methane emissions now

This is the first post in a four-part series on methane. Read posts #2, #3 and #4. “Acting now to reduce methane emissions will have immediate benefits for the climate… — The Environmental Defense Fund” We need to hurry if we’re to slow global warming. But why would we want to only slow warming, rather […]

Oregon’s (and America’s) coming internal climate refugee crisis

This is the second post in a two-part series on climate migration. Read post #1. “We can’t deter people fleeing for their lives. They will come.” ~ Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations When my wife and I moved to Oregon from California about 18 years ago, I predicted that we would be among […]

Most of the climate refugees roaming the U.S. will be U.S. citizens

This is the first post in a two-part series on climate migration. Read posts #2. “They’ll just dry up and blow away.” — One of my mother’s favorite expressions The three desert states of Arizona, Nevada and Utah have a combined population of 13.75 million people — and they’re growing like crazy. For example, the […]

Community Solar and the Inflation Reduction Act — a win for everyone

This is the second of three posts on the Inflation Reduction Act. Read Posts #1 and #3. “Like any other business venture, community solar projects need investors.” — Christie Young, environmental journalist at Solstice website The climate provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) include plenty of incentives for America’s homeowners to install renewable energy […]

How the Inflation Reduction Act benefits you and the planet

This is the first of three posts on the Inflation Reduction Act. Read Posts #2 and #3. “Think of the IRA as a free electric bank account with your name on it…” — the Go Electric Now guide to the Inflation Reduction Act Have you ever wanted to put solar panels on your roof or […]

Gifts of renewal for Planet Earth in 2023

NOTE: This article was originally posted as a newspaper column in the Your Ecological House© series on Christmas Day, 2022, when thoughts of gifts were in the air. But it is also a good starting place for 2023, when we could be beginning to reach a turning point in the struggle to save the planet. […]

Climate action falls to the states: for now

“The less we do about climate change now, the more regulation we will have in the future.” Bill Nye (The Science Guy) As part of recovering from my gloomy mood caused by the recent one-two punch landed by the federal government against our future, I forced myself to think about the remaining avenues for fighting […]