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This is the podcast site of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network bringing you climate news and highlighting local action in Massachusetts and across the nation.

This is the podcast site of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network bringing you climate news and highlighting local action in Massachusetts and across the nation.
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This is the podcast site of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network bringing you climate news and highlighting local action in Massachusetts and across the nation.






We all live in Flint-The Climate Minute Podcast

Scott Pruitt’s EPA withheld a report about poisonous chemicals in drinking water, and then barred CNN and AP reporters from a meeting about it. Plus the “jerks at FERC” want to ignore the greenhouse gases from pipeline content, Exxon wants permission to cook it’s books on monitoring methane leaks, and Gina takes a potshot at Bill, or did she? The answers to your worries? Vote in November.


A wind-wind situation-The Climate Minute Podcast

Massachusetts leads the way again in choosing Vineyard Wind to build an 800MW off shore wind farm. That, coupled with choices are Brayton Point, electric buses and the great energy proposal (the Pacheco Bill) make for a wind-wind situation. Listen in.


Actors in New Orleans and poison in the water-The Climate Minute Podcast

Two examples of deception this week: Entergy paid actors to testify in favor of a power plant in New Orleans and the White House is hiding a ‘nightmare’ report on water quality. And, by the way, Jupiter is changing our weather…very slowly. Listen in.


CA Solar- good or bad? The Climate Minute Podcast

We discuss the possible upsides and downsides of the new California solar panel program. How should Climate Hawks prepare for the inevitable unintended consequences of our proposals? (Hint: vote!)


Mayor’s climate conference coming to Boston: The Climate Minute Podcast

NY AG Eric Schneiderman resigns after the New Yorker reveals him as a violent man. He was leading the effort against Exxon. What now? Back at home, Boston will host a mayoral conference on climate in June. Listen in.


CA to put solar on new homes: The Climate Minute Podcast

California will insist on solar panels on new homes. And will sue Pruitt over fuel standards. Pretty cool.


Speaking for the trees: The Climate Minute Podcast

Trees play an important role in the vibrancy of cities. Listen in as we speak with David Meshoulam of “Speak for the Trees Boston” at the Local Environmental Action Conference last March at Northeastern.


Scott the Swamp Monster and New Jersey’s nukes: The Climate Minute Podcast

Scott Pruitt’s tiresome “swamp-monster” routine has moved beyond parody to absurdity, but is nonetheless as a continuing insult to Climate Hawks. SAD! A more constructive and substantive discussion is happening around the putative need to support nukes and the more pragmatic need for electric busses. Listen in!


The Necessity of Environmental Justice: The Climate Minute Podcast

Systemic racism expresses itself both before the law and in environmental injustice. Progress comes when Climate Hawks speak out about the issue. For example, the Flint water supply was damaged four years ago this week. Activist Siwatu-Salama Ra‘s imprisonment is a case of a combination of injustices. The good news is that a Minnesota judge has allowed the necessity defense in a jury case. This will allow the introduction of climate science into a court hearing—an important precedent for...


I’m voting the climate. Aren’t you? The Climate Minute Podcast

We talk to Nathaniel Stinnett of the Environmental Voter Project about what makes people vote. It turns out that two motivations to vote are peer pressure (you don’t want to be the only one who DIDN’T vote in this wave election) and expressing your deeply held commitment to the earth. Enviro’s should ‘vote like it is your job’ and take pride in expressing their green credentials at the ballot box. Listen in for tips on how to help motivate your friends and neighbors to vote for the planet.


A darkness falls on Puerto Rico: The Climate Minute Podcast

What seems like a freak accident-a single backhoe knocking out the power for the whole island of Puerto Rico- is actually emblematic of the environmental injustice being perpetrated there. Listen in as we discuss.


Crackdown in Iowa?: The Climate Minute Podcast

A bill aimed at stifling climate activists was introduced into the Iowa legislature recently. According to Buzzfeed, “The bill is a ramped-up version of the generic “Critical Infrastructure Protection Act” that the American Legislative Exchange Council, a Virginia-based national conservative group, is pushing across the country. Iowa’s legislation criminalizes protest on any “land, building, conveyance, or other temporary or permanent structure” or a “water supply treatment, collection,...


Science strikes back on Saturday April 14: The Climate Minute Podcast

This Saturday, April 14, the March for Science will happen in Boston. The theme of this year’s Boston march is “Science Strikes Back!” This year, our focus is on being proactive—advocating for science-based public policy and getting more people involved in science. In particular, the spotlight will be on climate change, where the science so needs to be heard. We discuss some of the bills in the MA Legislature, one on environmental justice, one on home energy scorecards and a climate hawk’s...


Scott Pruitt IS the swamp: The Climate Minute Podcast

President Trump talked about “draining the swamp” as a major part of his campaign platform and yet he put in an EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, who appears to be the definition of “the swamp” that Trump promised to evacuate. We highlight some of Pruitt’s worst offenses including scrapping the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, instructing EPA staff to boldly deny the dangers of anthropogenic climate change, removing decision-making power from regional EPA directors, and...


Healy, Baker and the click-happy lobbyist: The Climate Minute Podcast

Massachusetts continues to demonstrate it’s leadership on climate issues. Maura Healy gets a win over Exxon and fights door to door greenwashing scams. Charley Baker gets a thumbs up for a ‘point of sale’ energy audit but a thumbs down for a poison pill proposal to put natural gas in a ‘clean peak power’ package. The Northern Pass finally gets rejected, and a pipeline lobbyist lurks on constituent emails, but then cleverly hits ‘Reply all’ to comment. Hmmm….


Rising levels of necessity: The Climate Minute Podcast

Two items this week signal the inevitability of climate as a central issue in our politics. First, Boston held hearings on it’s resilience to ominously threatening sea levels. Second, in the West Roxbury trial of pipeline protestors, the court was able to dodge the central question but clearly gave the go-ahead for climate activist to pursue a ‘necessity defense’ of their actions. Listen in as we discuss.


Marching at the intersections: The Climate Minute Podcast

The March for Our Lives expanded the conversation about guns to include everyday chronic violence, not just spectacular events in schools. That is a good lesson for Climate Hawks who should work to find the ‘intersections’ of global warming with other issues like environmental justice. The second lesson for us all is the need to translate our marching enthusiasm into a march to the polls next November. That is where the change comes from! Listen in.


The judge held a science class: The Climate Minute Podcast

In a court case about global warming impacts brought by Bay Area cities against big oil companies, the judges has asked for a tutorial on the scientific basis for the suit. That is a refreshing approach, since the truth has a certain stickiness in legal proceedings. We discuss the general situation and the eight specific questions the judge posed. Listen in.


What about Environmental Justice? The Climate Minute Podcast

Stephen Hawking, you are among the stars. Your brilliance illuminated our world; you will be missed. This episode is a continuation of our environmental justice focus from Thursday. Arnold Schwarzenegger promises to terminate fossil fuels, using lawsuits as his weapon of choice. We cover recent EJ news from Uniontown, AL, Flint, MI, Bismarck, ND, and Puerto Rico. Bill McKibben advises us all to protest any new fossil fuel infrastructure. Tune in to hear the details.

Being a nuisance when it counts: The Climate Minute Podcast

School walkouts driven by the Parkland tragedy are an inspiration to climate hawks. It is good to keep in mind that the Florida high school’s namesake, Marjory Stoneman Douglas , was an early environmental champion who was instrumental in the protection of the Everglades. She was also one of the first to connect environmental concerns to social concerns like civil rights and the woman’s movement. Environmental Justice has become more and more important to the climate movement, so it...


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