Prop 23 Documentary

October 20, 2010

With the collapse, at least for now, of efforts to set national standards for renewable energy and greenhouse gases, the action has moved to the state and local level.  One of the most important questions on the ballot in California this November is Proposition 23 – a fossil-industry supported initiative to repeal AB 32, passed in 2006, which is aimed at capping greenhouse emissions in California by 2020, and encouraging renewable energy development.  Naturally, the usual suspects are out to squash human progress.

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September Another Hot One

October 18, 2010


September was tied as the 8th warmest on record, and continued a string of warm months that made January to September the hottest on record.

2010 is on track to become the warmest year in the instrumental record, despite the swing from el nino (warming) to la nina (cooling) conditions in the pacific over recent months. (check the blue data points over the eastern pacific in the above graph) The National Climate Data Center figure above is the iconic fingerprint of the process, and the series of monthly updates is highly recommended to those following the issue. I very commonly use the figures in my presentations and videos. Remember that the points represent temperature anomalies, differences, higher or lower, from the average temps during the 1961–1990 reference period.

We eagerly await the cooling trend that denialists have been promising. Due to be starting annny time now…


Remember that creepy old guy in your neighborhood that had a lot of guns and was always yelling at you to keep off the grass? Or maybe you can picture the archetypical survivalist freak in a bad science fiction movie? (Tremors comes to mind.)

Now you can meet that person in real life.  My video, “32000 Scientists”, is one of my most popular, because it addresses the widely circulated meme about a petition of  “scientists” who purportedly deny the reality of climate change.

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This opener for “The Simpsons” was directed by the British Street artist, Banksy.

Hang with it for the first 15 seconds or so. Trust me on this one.

The Bird

October 10, 2010

In April, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Five months later, a cement plug has sealed BP’s gushing well, but people will be feeling the effects from the incident for years to come. Inspired by the event, Sacramento rockers One Eyed Rhyno have recorded their song, ‘The Bird,’ which addresses the deadly wildlife conditions.

Pretty blistering guitar solo here.

Bob Dylan had it right

October 5, 2010

Watching as precipitation records fall with one 500 year event after another,
the songwriter’s words become something more than metaphor.

I’d been thinking about using a snip of this song in an upcoming video about increasing weather extremes, but till today, I’d never heard Edie Brickell’s version.

Oil has stopped gushing. Now we’re assessing the damage.
Divers assess undersea life in the Gulf.