Global Warming Crisis: China Gets It

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson In Tianjin, China, this week, 3,000 participants from 176 nations are meeting to prepare for the United Nations annual Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The two-week event is slated this year for November 29 to December 10 in Cancun, Mexico. Compared to the cost and sheer hugeness of the 2008 [...]

Moving South at Four Miles a Day

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson     The thing I love about the World Wide Web (which most people think of as the Internet although the Internet is more than the Web), is that it’s all about serendipity. “Good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries” is as good a definition as any. I couldn’t find the poem [...]

UPDATE: Free Call to Senators to Save Climate Change Legislation

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson UPDATE is below. If you just got here and haven’t read my post about the Senate’s murder of climate change legislation, I wish you’d do it now, and then come back here. Repower America will pay for a  free phone call to the office of one  your Senators. Get a pencil [...]

A Free Pass for Senate Republicans

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. –William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming” With the help of Democrats in the White House and the Senate “leadership,” Republicans have killed hope for legislation on climate change, or even meaningful energy efficiency, for this year and probably [...]

The Crisis is Now

By Daphne Bishop The people at RuralVotes work for progress. We strive to create a better future for our communities and are actively engaged in the world around us. We write about seemingly intractable problems and highlight people who are finding innovative solutions. Sometimes, we discover that our words and our efforts join a larger [...]

UCS: Another Argument for Clean Energy

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Thirty-eight states are spending tens of billions of dollars to import coal, draining their own economies and enriching other states and foreign countries instead. People who pay electric bills would be better off pressing their governments to improve energy efficiency and develop renewable energy sources locally. Money that stays home could [...]

Repower America Cranks Up the Volume

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson If you heeded the call from Al Gore and Repower America to contact your senators during the 72 hours March 2-4, you’ll be glad to know that more than 200,000 phone calls were made in that time. This week’s conference call, on Monday, March 15, was attended by more than 10,000 [...]

Iraq Vets Group Supports Climate Change Legislation

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Support for a strong climate change bill, coupled with the argument that cutting America’s addiction to oil in half will help us increase our nation’s security and reduce the likelihood of a war against Iran, comes from a quarter that will surprise many: veterans of the war on Iraq. VoteVets, a [...]

72 Hours

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. —Albert Einstein Al Gore, in an op-ed piece in the February 28 New York Times, gives us a briefing on climate change. If this doesn’t brace you for the phone calls I’ll ask you [...]

Global Weirding

by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Mark February 12, 2010, on your calendar as the first day since records started being kept on which there was snow on the ground in every state except Hawaii. Meteorologists are coming combing 43 years of weather history to be sure that’s the case, but so far no one has come [...]