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What the Right (Which Admits Climate Change Is Real) Believes

by gmoke Mon Jul 20th, 2020 at 07:56:11 PM EST

I've been publishing a free weekly listing of Energy (and Other) Events around Cambridge, MA for more than a decade as a listserv and a webpage (http://hubevents.blogspot.com).  It covers public events in the community and in the local universities.  I generally look at Harvard, MIT, BU, Northeastern, and Tufts, all of which have events to which the public is invited although they rarely know it.  Since, in these days of quarantine, everything has migrated online, I've been finding online events from far beyond the Boston/Cambridge area.

These following events in the next week should give anyone a good idea of what the response to climate is among those Republicans and conservatiives who admit that climate change is happening.  There might be some opportunities for agreement.  Or not.

Still, it's good to know what the opposition (loyal or not) is thinking.
Technology, Markets and Bipartisanship: The Future of Climate Action
Tuesday, July 21
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
RSVP at https:/www.eventbrite.com/e/technology-markets-and-bipartisanship-the-future-of-climate-action-tick ets-113039279528
Benji Backer, president of the American Conservation Coalition.
We're living in a partisan times, but climate change won't wait for the next election cycle. More and more young people are looking beyond traditional political boundaries for solutions to the environmental challenges facing us all. These solutions must reach across industries, parties and ideological divides to achieve meaningful change.
Join us Tuesday, July 21, at noon CDT for a special lunchtime conversation with Benji Backer, president of the American Conservation Coalition. Benji will talk about his politically conservative approach to environmental activism and introduce the American Climate Contract, a nonpartisan, holistic set of commitments to solve the climate crisis.
Title: "American Climate Contract: Environmental Action Beyond Partisan Politics"
Location: Zoom link to be provided to registrants
CRES Forum Event: How do conservatives plan to tackle climate change?
Thursday, July 23
Noon - 1.00 PM (EDT)
RSVP at https:
www.eventbrite.com/e/cres-forum-event-how-do-conservatives-plan-to-tackle-climate-change-tic kets-113112173556
Join CRES Forum for a discussion of immediate opportunities and actionable policies that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
It has been a busy year for climate policy. At the start of 2020 the first batch of Republican climate bills were introduced in the House. We have seen growing support for energy innovation, energy infrastructure and clean energy jobs as critical to America's economic recovery. Last month, we saw the introduction of the bipartisan bicameral Growing Climate Solutions Act. But, most recently, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released the Democratic Majority's staff report, which drew criticism for a lack of bipartisanship.
Join CRES Forum for a discussion of immediate opportunities and actionable policies that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Opening Remarks:
Dave Banks | Chief Strategist for the Minority, House Select Committee on Climate Change
Christopher Guith | Senior Vice President, US Chamber of Commerce Global Energy Institute
Devin Hartman | Director of Energy and Environmental Policy, R Street Institute
Mary Beth Tung | Director, Maryland Energy Administration
MODERATOR: Charles Hernick | Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, CRES Forum
Putting Principles First: Climate Change & Environmental Policy
Thursday, July 23
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
RSVP at https:
www.eventbrite.com/e/putting-principles-first-climate-change-environmental-policy-tickets-11 3589152212
Join us for a discussion with former Congressman Bob Inglis (R-SC) of republicEn about a principled approach to climate change.
We are delighted to welcome former Congressman Bob Inglis (R-SC) of republicEn for a Principles First discussion about new approaches to combating climate change and protecting our environment. We will hear from Mr. Inglis, engage in an open dialogue, and then reserve 30 minutes at the end of the meeting for other Principles First updates and topics.
The gathering will be hosted over Zoom and video conference details will be sent to all registrants prior to the event.
As always, all are welcome to join us.
About Bob Inglis
Bob Inglis launched the Energy and Enterprise Initiative ("E&EI") at George Mason University in July 2012 and serves as executive director, where he promotes free enterprise action on climate change.
For his work on climate change Inglis was given the 2015 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. He appears in the film Merchants of Doubt and in the Showtime series YEARS of Living Dangerously, and he's spoken at TEDxBeacon Street and at TEDxJacksonville.
Inglis was a Resident Fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics in 2011, a Visiting Energy Fellow at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment in 2012, and a Resident Fellow at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics in 2014.
Bob was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1992, having never run for office before. He represented Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina, from 1993-1998. In 2004, he was re-elected to Congress and served until losing re-election in the South Carolina Republican primary of 2010.

Editorial Comment:  I enjoy the fact that the Right tends to believe they are the only ones with principles, however defined.
Tom Friedman: The "Trump Effect" on Foreign and Climate Policy
Wednesday, July 29
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
RSVP at https:
/www.eventbrite.com/e/tom-friedman-the-trump-effect-on-foreign-and-climate-policy-tickets-109 832377598
Tom Friedman will share his thoughts and engage in dialogue on Trump and how they have impacted the world politic and climate change.
Tom Friedman is an American political commentator and best-selling author. He is a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner who is a weekly columnist for The New York Times. He has written extensively on foreign affairs, global trade, the Middle East, globalization, and environmental issues.

Editorial Comment:  I include Tom Friedman because he may not be of the Right but he certainly has been someone who has supported Rightwing positions.

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OK, I tried to hold back, but I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that.  None of it is aimed at you, though.

  1. I'm tempted to vote "don't understand the question?" because for there to be MORE useful climate change proposals from the Right, there must first be ANY useful proposals.  And there haven't been.  Hells, there aren't really any useful proposals out of the center (the DNC/DLC Democrats), and the Right honestly doesn't care.  Its "proposals" are just regurgitations of Watt-Gorsuch environmental policy ("The environment exists to be exploited for profit.") with a smiley face painted on.

  2. The number of people on the Right who honestly believe there is a significant, anthropogenic element to climate change could probably fit in my home office here.  The rank and file still believes what it's been told to believe, that the whole thing is a hoax.  College colleagues, most of whom have advanced science degrees, continue to call it a political scam.  One said recently in a letter to the university magazine that climate is too complex and open-ended to draw conclusions about.  This from a guy whose field is astrophysics.  Hypocrisy much, Fred?  As for the Ueberklass that controls the Right, it just sends its shills (several of who you've named) out with palliatives marketed as cures.  The Ueberklass doesn't care; it thinks it can simply retreat with its retainers to the strongholds it has scattered around the planet.  I would note, though, that at a recent meeting of these people, the topic came up of how they would keep their security forces from turning on them.  Shock collars were proposed.  I'm not kidding.

  3. Your list is a rogues' gallery of deniers and solution blockers.  American Conservative Coalition, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (Good diaper gravy, what a BS name!), Energy and Enterprise Initiative (and frankly anything from George Mason), US Chamber of Commerce, R Street Initiative, Principles First (Principles?  Please.  Grassroots?  More like astroturf, Jack.).  Benji Backer, whose "holistic set of commitments to solve the climate crisis" is just an excuse to continue business as usual at all costs.  Dave Banks, whose main job has been to remove all substance from the Growing Climate Solutions Act and yet STILL block it, leading to the Democrats' "partisan" staff report.  Bob Inglis, who had to find something to do after being run out of Congress for not being sufficiently fascist for South Carolina Rethuglicans, and this was the something.  And to clear up your concern over potential mischaracterization, Perfesser Pornstache is definitely Right.  He's the leading water carrier of our time for the 0.01%.

In short, in dealing with climate change, as in dealing with COVID-19, the Right follows Lord Farquaad in "Shrek": Some of you may die, but that is a sacrifice I am willing to make.

You are performing a mountain of a job aggregating all this material, but I sincerely hope you aren't tuning in to all this right wing crap.  It would have severe consequences for your health, both physical and mental.

by rifek on Wed Jul 22nd, 2020 at 07:31:06 PM EST
I listened to two of the events and heard "innovation" and "principle" or "principled" over and over again.

Innovation will be the way out of climate catastrophe which, as a friend pointed out, is sorta kinda the antithesis of conservatism which wants to keep things the same.

Principle and principled seem to be only Republican or Conservative virtues.  They have principles and are principled while everyone else doesn't and isn't.  Or so it reads to me.  Methinks they doth protest too much.

No worries about my buying into this stuff.  I've been studying climate and energy since the 1970s as an interested layperson and keep an eye on the Right for this issue just to see if they ever come up with anything remotely useful.  So far, eh, not so much.

My own feeling is that everyone is involved in "right fighting," arguing to prove they are right rather than to solve the problem.  I've tried to talk to people like Bob Inglis and Michael Mann, face to face with both after their respective appearances at MIT, about my approach which is Solar IS Civil Defense and planning for the next weather emergency, whatever it may be, is generally climate adaptation and the best is climate mitigation but neither gentleman was interested enough in the idea to take it up.

Solar IS Civil Defense

by gmoke on Tue Jul 28th, 2020 at 05:10:21 PM EST
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They want technological innovation, but only innovation that allows for the conservation of social relationships they care about (mainly the power and concentration of wealth), so not the actual existing innovations - solar, wind etc.
by fjallstrom on Tue Aug 4th, 2020 at 11:08:23 AM EST
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Slightly OT, but still about the transformative power of cheaper and cheaper renewable energy combined with non-renewable water.

What the heroin industry can teach us about solar power - BBC

Solar has transformed the productivity of farms in the region.

I've got a video shot a couple of weeks ago on an opium farm in what used to be desert.

The farmer shows us his two arrays of 18 solar panels. They power the two electric pumps he uses to fill a large reservoir.

He films the small canal that allows him to use the water to irrigate his land. All around, his fields seem to be flourishing.

He harvested his opium crop in May; now he is growing tomatoes.

"Solar has changed everything for these farmers," says Dr David Mansfield as we watch the video.

Dr Mansfield is the author of the report. He has been studying opium production in Afghanistan for more than 25 years and tells me the introduction of solar is by far the most significant technological change he has seen in that time.

Buying diesel to power their ground water pumps used to be the farmers' biggest expense.

"And it isn't just the cost," Dr Mansfield continues. "The diesel in these remote areas is heavily adulterated so pumps and generators keep breaking down. That's a huge problem for farmers."

Now it is very different.

For an upfront payment of $5,000 they can buy an array of solar panels and an electric pump. Once it is installed, there are virtually no running costs.

by Bernard on Tue Jul 28th, 2020 at 06:16:47 PM EST
I went to a lecture on the economics of Afghanistan opium poppy growing years ago at MIT.  Opium poppies are a ready cash-crop with a higher price than other agricultural commodities that can be grown there.  A lot of it is grown by farmers who want to provide a good dowry for their daughters and they have no other way to make such money and, without a real banking system, no way to borrow such money over time.a

Still, it's good to know that solar is now allowing them to grow another crop like tomatoes which isn't (quite as) addictive.

Solar IS Civil Defense

by gmoke on Wed Jul 29th, 2020 at 07:26:37 PM EST
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