The depravity knows no bounds. Methane doesn’t linger for centuries like CO2, but over the near term, it’s a far more potent climate change forcer. What sickness leads people to scoff at urgent warnings from expert bodies? What cowardice prompts GOP officials to abet this evil?”
Sierra Club president emeritus Dave Scott, tweeting in response to a report in the New York Times that the Trump administration is making good on its threat to eliminate Obama-era rules limiting emissions of methane from leaks and flares in U.S. oil and gas wells (August 10).
[The Democrats’] agenda is shaping up to have two defining features. The first is reducing inequality . . . The second is acting on climate change.”
NY Times columnist David Leonhardt, It’s 2022. What Does Life Look Like?, July 10.
if you’re distressed by the devastating costs of covid-19 wherever officials have dismissed and denied the science and public health warnings — wait til you see the vastly greater costs of the same officials’ same dismissal and denial of climate change.”
New Yorker staff writer Philip Gourevitch (@PGourevitch), on Twitter, July 2.
I and other activists in my community are focused on issues that feel like immediate life or death, like the environment.”
Scranton, Pa. resident Kaitlin Ahern, 19, quoted in June 30 NY Times story, ‘I Can’t Focus on Abortion Access if My People Are Dying’, about younger U.S. women’s lower prioritization of abortion rights vis-a-vis other justice issues.
In one of the stupidest statements in history, Trump just said ‘if we didn’t do any testing, we’d have very few cases’ of the pandemic coronavirus. Thus introducing the Republican solution to #climatechange: just stop reading the thermometers.”
If you wait until you are absolutely sure a worst-case scenario could happen, you have almost certainly missed the chance to avoid it.”
We have seen the unfolding wings of climate change.”
Australian filmmaker Lynette Wallworth, quoted in “The End of Australia as We Know It,” by Damien Cave, New York Times, February 16.
The dangers of climate change are no longer predictions about the future.”
NY Times op-ed columnist (and 2008 Nobel laureate in economics) Paul Krugman, in “Apocalypse Becomes the New Normal,” The New York Times, January 2.
Until there are penalties for emitting carbon, clean alternatives will just meet new energy demand. They are not currently displacing ‘fossil fuel use to any great extent’ and will not in the future.”
Robinson Meyer, commenting on three linked articles by the Global Carbon Project, in 5 Big Trends That Increased Earth’s Carbon Pollution, The Atlantic, Dec. 3. The quote is from the project’s article in Nature Climate Change (links are in the Atlantic article).
The next U.S. president can save more lives and better improve human health by slowing climate change than by improving health insurance.”
New York Times columnist David Leonhardt, in The Most Pressing Issue for Our Next President Isn’t Medicare, October 27.
“In terms of CO2’s greenhouse effect, today’s world is already as far from that of the 18th century as the 18th century was from the ice age.”
What Goes Up, The Economist, Sept 21-27 (subscription required).
You shouldn’t be able to externalize these costs. That’s the problem with fossil fuels.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, at the Democratic presidential candidates’ climate debate, Sept 4. [link TK]
The morning after he dropped out, Inslee announced he would seek a third term as governor of Washington. A number of journalists tweeted that he would do well as the next Democratic EPA administrator. I disagree. The EPA’s ambit is too narrow, and climate change too sprawling, for Inslee’s time and talents. If the 2020 Democratic nominee, whoever it is, really wants to tackle climate change as their own plan discusses it—as an issue afflicting the whole economy—then they’ll need to show that someone in their administration can tackle it at the whole-economy level. They’ll need to put their money, in other words, where their Medium post is. They could start by calling Jay Inslee. He would make an excellent vice president.”
Robinson Meyer, in For Democrats, When Does Climate Change … Actually Matter?, The Atlantic, August 22.
Germany’s Greens recently learned from a study of voter concerns in Europe that the second-most-popular statement among far-right voters, after one on limiting migration, was this: ‘We need to act on climate change because it’s hitting the poorest first and it’s caused by the rich.’
New York Times, Greens Aim to Make Climate a Bread-and-Butter Issue, July 14.
It’s not surprising that if you raise the price of something, people will buy less of it.”
Christina A. Roberto, health policy expert at the University of Pennsylvania’s medical school and lead author of a JAMA study of Philadelphia’s soda tax, quoted in Tuesday Could Be the Beginning of the End of Philadelphia’s Soda Tax, New York Times, May 21.
Avoiding climate breakdown will require cathedral thinking. We must lay the foundation while we may not know exactly how to build the ceiling.”
Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg, addressing Parliament (U.K.), quoted in The Uncanny Power of Greta Thunberg’s Climate-Change Rhetoric, The New Yorker magazine, April 24.
A decade ago, I thought the most efficient climate policy is making dirty energy more expensive. It is the most efficient, but if politically it can’t happen, well, then it’s not the most efficient.”
NY Times op-ed columnist David Leonhardt, discussing his Sunday Times Magazine article, The Problem With Putting a Price on the End of the World, April 13. (The quote appears on p. 6 in the magazine’s print edition and is not available digitally.)
I’m looking at global warming — I don’t need to see the graphs. I’m living it and everybody else here is living it.”
Cathy Crain, mayor of Hamburg, IA, referring to the role of climate change in increasing the frequency of extreme weather events, following two record-setting floods that devastated Hamburg in a single decade. — An Iowa Town Fought and Failed to Save a Levee. Then Came the Flood., New York Times, March 20.
“Popular understanding of climate change fails to fully appreciate its irreversibility. Every increment of heat, and every knock-on effect of that heat, is something our species will be dealing with, for all intents and purposes, forever. Can’t ‘get to it later.’ “
Climate blogger David Roberts (@drvox), via Twitter, March 11.
If you really want to innovate, there has to be a cost to carbon pollution. Without that, where is the incentive to innovate?”
U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Taxing Carbon Emissions, letter published in The New York Times, Dec. 31.