A Message from the Mayor of Salt Lake City

Several commentators have recently expressed profound pessimism about the possibility of addressing the challenges posed by catastrophic climate change. Some have argued that current technology is insufficient to address the problem, and that we can only hope for an as-yet unknown technological panacea to effectively combat global warming.

Our experience in Salt Lake City shows that individuals, businesses, and governments on every level can employ measures available with current technology to address the serious challenges of global warming. On the eve of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, I committed Salt Lake City to reduce global warming pollution from municipal operations by seven percent by 2012, in accordance with the Kyoto Protocol. Last year, we surpassed our Kyoto goal, seven years early. Salt Lake City's efforts in improving efficiency and sustainability can be easily undertaken by other municipal, state, and federal governments, and lead to significant cost savings.

An op-ed I authored on how climate change can be effectively addressed at the local level, using current technology, appeared in the Arizona Daily Star and other newspapers through the McClatchy-Tribune Wire. The op-ed is available here: http://www.azstarnet.com/opinion/138594. The Arizona Star also published an accompanying editorial enumerating effective solutions on the local level to the problem of disastrous climate change, available here: http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/138597.

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My Meeting With Al Gore Tonight

The moment I had been waiting for for 18 years came for me tonight... I finally got to shake the hand of the man I have respected for so long.

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Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth Threatens Big Biz

This diary comes out of a guest post I did for firedoglake, then cross-posted on my own blog.  I was compelled today because of what Robert J. Samuelson belched out in print, which is yet another attack to "crazy" Al Gore.  My own environmental tragedy recently was another. But when I was shopping at Whole Foods on July 4th and learned of their renewable energy campaign, the timing with Samuelson's nonsense seemed perfect.

Recently, Al Gore spoke to a bunch of progressive bloggers like myself in a conference call.  Part of the tale will make you mad, because when one Republican helped out Al Gore he was threatened.

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Coal and Global Warming

(Cross posted at the Appalachian Voices blog)

This month, U.S. P.I.R.G., released a report called "The Carbon Boom: National and State Trends in Carbon Dioxide Emissions Since 1960".

A lot of people ask me, why do you care about air pollution? Global warming is going to be the only problem we'll be worrying about in 50 years.

Well, with such a complicated issue as global warming (I challenge anybody to find something more complicated than global warming) PIRG does us the favor of making the connection between coal mining, power production, coal-fired power plants, air quality, and... gasp!...Global Warming.

I'd encourage you to read the whole report, but here are is my attempt to give you the short and easy story through graphs and the magic of

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...tech geeks, number nerds, and ye of great courage and a stout heart, proceed...

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What is happening on the East Coast?

Is this weather creeping anyone else out or is it just me? The Washington DC area has never had as much rain in a single week as we are currently experiencing, including rain resulting from hurricanes.  This won't be a scientific post at all, but more of a plug for Gore's new movie.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0497116/

Check it out... and act.  The flooding that we're experiencing right now is in my opinion, a precursor to the effects of global warming.  Critics argue that this rain is actually cooling this area right now, but fail to realize that the major challenges of global warming are the unpredictable and extreme weather patterns that are created through this imbalance in our environment.

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