[MCN] My climate change email to Sen. Jon Tester today
jeanclaire at montana.com
Thu Jun 6 17:39:04 EDT 2019
Please, it's "Jeannette Rankin" ...2 'n's
On 6/6/2019 3:35 PM, John Meyer via Missoula-Community-News wrote:
> Please let us know how Tester responds.
> The future of Montana’s economy lies in developing our renewable
> resources like wind and solar. The “All of the Above” approach that
> includes burning coal is literally killing us all. We have to elect
> people that are taking a strong stand and working on the Green New
> Deal. Tester, Daines, and Bullock are becoming irrelevant. Kathleen
> Williams sometimes likens herself to Janette Rankin—hopefully she will
> be strong like Janette and come out even stronger against fossil fuels.
> Make Montana fossil fuel free by 2023.
> John Meyer
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> On Jun 6, 2019, at 3:15 PM, Lance Olsen via Missoula-Community-News
> <missoula-community-news at bigskynet.org
> <mailto:missoula-community-news at bigskynet.org>> wrote:
>> Senator Jon Tester
>> United States Senate
>> Washington DC
>> Dear Jon
>> In December of 2018, recognizing the broad array of economic risks
>> associated with emissions from combustion of fossil fuels, the
>> Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, a group of 415
>> investment firms managing combined assets worth more than twice the
>> size of the entire Chinese economy, concluded that 1— corporations
>> must be required to come clean on reporting their climate risks.
>> That’s not all. This same group also concluded that governments must
>> back away from 2 — reliance on thermal coal, and 3 —stop subsidizing
>> all fossil fuels, and 4 — get on with putting a price on carbon
>> Try as they might, your colleagues across the aisle cannot dismiss
>> this group as a bunch of socialists. Nor can they dismiss this group
>> as a bunch of hippie tree huggers. Although they might try to look
>> the other way, your colleagues across the aisle need to realize and
>> admit that this group is a group of practicing capitalists, worried
>> about rising threats to capital.
>> I endorse and support the four above steps to reduce the many risks
>> emerging from combustion of fossil fuels. My own concerns focus
>> around climate-driven risks to living species and ecosystems,
>> including risks to humans, especially children, but these concerns
>> will be served with initiation of the four important steps urged by
>> the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change.
>> The beauty of this investment group’s four-point pressure campaign
>> is that it doesn’t focus on requiring corporate disclosure of
>> exposure to climate risk as a single silver bullet sufficient to the
>> cause. It also urges government reform on three counts, not one,
>> rejecting any suggestion that some single action by government can do
>> the job. That’s consistent with climate scientist’s recent urging
>> that action will be needed across broad swaths of our lives and times.
>> Last but not least the investment group’s four-point campaign is
>> highly consistent with major features of the Green New Deal. But,
>> however the Green New Deal itself works out, the Quixotic quest for a
>> silver bullet has delayed realistic thinking for too long.
>> *Elizabeth Kolbert:*"And I think the point that Bill has made, and I
>> agree with it, is***maybe***we can avoid the worst possible future.
>> But I don’t think at this point we can avoid a lot, a lot, a lot of
>> *Bill McKibben:*“Look, Betsy’s right. So we’re not playing for
>> stopping climate change. We’re playing*maybe*for being able to slow
>> it down to the point where it doesn’t make civilizations
>> impossible.That’s an open question. There are scientists who tell you
>> we’re already past that point. The consensus, at least for the
>> moment, is that we’ve got a narrow and closing window, but thatif we
>> move with everything we have,then,*perhaps,*we’ll be able to squeeze
>> a fair amount of our legacy through it. But Betsy is right, an
>> already very difficult century is going to become a lot harder no
>> matter what we do. It’s at this point trying to keep it from becoming
>> not a difficult and even miserable century but a literally impossible
>> *Greta Thunberg:*“We live in a strange world. But it’s the world that
>> my generation has been handed. It’s the only world we’ve got.”
>> “A new area of study is the field that some of us are beginning to
>> call social traps. The term refers to situations in society that
>> contain traps formally like a fish trap,where men or whole societies
>> get themselves started in some direction or some set of relationships
>> that later prove to be unpleasant or lethal and that they see no easy
>> way to back out of or to avoid."
>> John Platt. Social Traps. American Psychologist, August 1973
>> Excerpt: "Environmental psychologist Susi Moser, also talks about
>> the importance of acknowledging our underlying fears and distress
>> about climate change as an important coping strategy. She argues
>> that this is a necessary step for developing ‘authentic hope’ about
>> climate change. Moser (2012) calls it ‘the bravest thing’ – getting
>> real, accepting reality without illusions, and accepting that better
>> tomorrows may not come.”
>> Teen activist says leaders *not* '*mature enough*' to take action on
>> Dec 15, 2018 ... Greta Thunberg spoke at the global climate
>> conference in Poland, telling officials they 'are too scared of being
>> unpopular' to take action on ...
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