Daily Archives: September 2, 2015

Climate Change: What Can We Do About It?


Colorado Renewable Energy Society

Published on Feb 28, 2015

Climate Change: The Latest Science, Why It’s Serious, & What We Can Do About It.

A presentation by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) scientist Chuck Kutscher for the IEEE Pikes Peak Chapter and the Southeast Chapter of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES).

Chuck Kutscher is Director of the Buildings & Thermal Systems Center at NREL and a founding member of CRES.

Produced & edited by Martin Voelker (CRES, Jefferson County Chapter).

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Climate Change: Where We Are Now and Where We Are Going? (Lecture by Prof James White)


ClimateState

Published on Sep 2, 2015

Professor James White reviews the basic science behind the Earth’s climate system and discusses how humans are impacting it and put the current climate situation into the context of natural variability. White is director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research.

http://learnmoreaboutclimate.colorado…

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Abrupt climate change theory (Lovelock and White)


ClimateState

Published on Sep 2, 2015

There are various signs in earth past which point at rapid climatic developments. Lovelock explains based on his modelling potential implications. White talked about ice core records which point to similar circumstances.

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Historians of Color Are Revolutionizing the Narrative of ‘American Exceptionalism’

Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois, educator, writer and co-chairman of the U.S. delegation, addresses the World Congress of Partisans of Peace in Paris, France, April 22, 1949. (AP Photo)

For too long, we have looked in the wrong place and race for the genesis of our national story.

By David Levering Lewis Yesterday 3:50 pm

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an adapted and abridged version of the remarks delivered in May by David Levering Lewis upon receiving this year’s Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Jr., Distinguished Service Award from the Society of American Historians.

I find myself these days on the cusp of despairing over the cruel mischief long wrought by the paradigm known as “American exceptionalism.” I ask myself, why should I not conclude that what has been exceptional about our exceptionalist national narrative are the historic exceptions to it—notably, people of color?

Down the long corridor of interrupted progress from slavery to freedom, Africans in America have been unique victims and unimpeachable critics of a nation corrupted at its inception by a political economy anchored to race. Manumitted by war, politically empowered under Reconstruction, betrayed, disenfranchised, and re-subjugated during the 50-year nadir of Plessy v. Ferguson, African-Americans emerged from World War II a national people, urbanized, GI Bill–literate, occupationally diverse, but a people still forced and favored by history to pursue the role of redeemers of their nation’s founding egalitarian dogma.

Their great era began with the 1960s. If ever a time of epic breakthrough belonged to a single people, the racial, abortion, gender, immigration, gay, and handicapped rights channeled from the 1960s and ’70s were black people’s gifts to the nation. Even so, yet another great American deception for people of color was already in the making, as C. Vann Woodward and John Hope Franklin famously forecast: a Second Reconstruction that ended, like the first, with hard-won social and economic progress undermined and reversed by a triumphant Reaganism determined to nullify what survived of the New Deal, until most Americans finally recoiled from the consequences of their own electoral folly.

…(read more).

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Kentucky: Clerk Denies Same-Sex Marriage Licenses, Defying Court

And in Kentucky, a county clerk has continued to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of the Supreme Court. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis stopped issuing all marriage licenses following the landmark Supreme Court decision in June which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. On Monday, the Supreme Court denied Davis’s appeal that the court grant her “asylum for her conscience.” On Tuesday, same-sex couples confronted Davis at her office.

Kim Davis: “We’re not issuing marriage licenses today.”

David Moore: “The Supreme Court denied your stay.”

Kim Davis: “We are not issuing marriage licenses today. So I would…”

David Moore: “Based on what?”

Kim Davis: “I would ask you all to go ahead and leave.”

David Moore: “Why are you not issuing marriage licenses today?”

Kim Davis: “Because I’m not.”

David Moore: “Under whose authority are you not issuing licenses?”

Kim Davis: “Under God’s authority.”

David Moore: “Did God tell you to do this? Did God tell you to treat us like this?”

Kim Davis: “I’ve asked you all to leave. You are interrupting my business.”

County Clerk Kim Davis risks jail time and fines if she continues to refuse to provide marriage licenses.

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Arctic: Obama Tours Glacier amid New Call for Fossil Fuel Divestment

President Obama continues his trip to the Arctic just weeks after his administration permitted oil giant Shell to begin oil drilling in the remote Arctic waters off the coast of Alaska. On Tuesday, Obama toured a glacier and spoke about the already visible impacts of climate change.

President Obama: “So you guys have been seeing these signs as we’ve walked that mark where the glacier used to be, 1917, 1951. This glacier has lost about a mile and a half over the last couple hundred years, but the pace of the reductions of the glacier are accelerating rapidly each and every year. And this is as good of a sign post of what we’re dealing with when it comes to climate change as just about anything.”

Obama’s remarks come as the environmental group 350.org and the European Green Party launch the “Divest for Paris” challenge, calling on institutions, individuals and governments to divest from fossil fuels ahead of the climate summit in Paris later this year.

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Greg Grandin on “Kissinger’s Shadow”


Democracy Now!

Published on Sep 2, 2015

Democracynow.org – Four decades after Henry Kissinger left office, his influence on the national security state can still be widely felt as the United States engages in declared and undeclared wars across the globe. Kissinger served as national security adviser and secretary of state in the Nixon and Ford administrations and helped revive a militarized version of American exceptionalism. We speak with Greg Grandin, author of the new book, “Kissinger’s Shadow: The Long Reach of America’s Most Controversial Statesman.”

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