Today’s movement to abolish fossil fuels can learn from two different paths that the British and American governments took to abolish slavery in the 19th century.
The Solar Patriot
There’s no moral comparison between humans who suffered in slavery and molecules of fossil fuels. But the abolition movement of the nineteenth century may hold the key to unblocking climate action today.
I was so pleased to see a piece called “Climate change is our World War III. It needs a bold response” today by the venerable Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz. A great all-around mind, Stiglitz brings an economist’s wide take on money, stuff and people to the question of whether the world can afford […]
As long as energy prices remain low, you can forget about asking hundreds of millions of American consumers to drive less or turn down their thermostat. A few committed environmentalists will conserve energy just because it’s the right thing to do. But experience has shown that for the average American, morality is a poor motivator […]
Maybe you think of Bill Nye, known on TV as the Science Guy, as a genial explainer of how things work for kids and the adults who know them. But for years Nye has also been speaking out on climate science, trying to get his viewers to take the climate crisis seriously and especially not […]
Have you ever found yourself arguing, perhaps on Facebook, with somebody who won’t accept that climate change is a real problem and that it’s caused by humans, primarily by us burning fossil fuels? I’ve been in many exchanges with the mostly white, age 50+ men who cite their own alt-facts to dispute the fundamentals of […]