Tag Archives: climate change

Comments on The Big Belch

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Yes I’m working hard on The Big Belch.

I actually have it out for the first round of comments. Not only have my dear friends told me I’ve got some revisions to do, but one said and I quote, “Were you trying to kill yourself!”

Her point being I guess that I’m an idiot who signed on for the huge amount of drawing done already and a lot more to go.

Vastly underestimated what I was getting into. Really thought it would take less time. Beginners mistake, never having done a graphic novel before. But I am actually getting somewhere. So there is hope. Really.

It’s Ja-Mon, ©Kay Wood, New art from The Big Belch graphic novel

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President Obama’s call for climate action

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President Obama delivered what has been called “his most forceful push for action on global warming” this past Tuesday, June 25, 2013. What he called for is absolutely the right way to go. In fact, it has been the right way to go since the Jimmy Carter administration forty years ago when the exact same things with the exact same arguments both for and against were proposed.

A lot of political theatre has unfolded about President Obama’s call for action, just as it has every time the environment or climate showed up in the media since the 1970s. Maybe this time we will actually do at least some of the things that were called for back when flower children and miniskirts were new.

Had we not engaged in forty years of obfuscation and outright deception – brought to us by the same people who told us for decades that tobacco was good for us – the USA would own this vital lucrative economic sector instead of China and Germany as is the case now.

Had we started to do the right things back then, people would not now be dying and suffering untold other harm from the super storms and mega fires that now happen here with increasing frequency.

What will our planet look like in another forty years if we don’t enact the sensible measures that the president has put forward? How long will we survive as a species if we continue to dither in the facing of a pressing danger?

Obama Tweets About Global Warming

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This morning I heard that a group of President Obama’s supporters are doing tweets to “Call Out the Climate Change Deniers.”  An excellent project in my view but…

What had me gnashing my teeth was the report went on to describe the effort as difficult in political terms because it was framed as Climate Change vs. jobs.

This is – as has been proven over and over again – a completely false paradigm! Clean energy and technology will not only help save us from vast destruction from a climate gone insane, but creates far far more good quality and well paid jobs here than the old fossil fuels.

Climate Change Rally – No Kestone XL

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Climate Change Rally – No Kestone XL.

Wasn’t that anti-climate change rally in DC this weekend something. It was so great to see people fighting for saner energy policy. 40,000 people!

That tar sands oil planned for the keystone pipe line takes 4 times as much energy to process as it produces. Absolutely nuts.

I guess the folks who are proposing it think they’re somehow immune from catastrophic weather events.

Climate Change Rally – No Kestone XL

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Wasn’t that anti-climate change rally in DC this weekend something. It was so great to see people fighting for saner energy policy. 40,000 people!

That tar sands oil planned for the keystone pipe line takes 4 times as much energy to process as it produces. Absolutely nuts.

I guess the folks who are proposing it think they’re somehow immune from catastrophic weather events.

We live here too.

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Here are a few links to stories about yet more oil. Why are we so focused on drilling more and more at the expense of our environment? And our lives? We live here too.

Today: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-21038303#story_continues_2

“A pipeline system servicing up to 27 oil fields has been shut down after a leak on the Cormorant Alpha platform, north-east of Shetland…”

January 1, 2013: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/business/energy-environment/breakaway-oil-rig-runs-aground-in-gulf-of-alaska.html?_r=0

“…One of Shell Oil’s two Arctic drilling rigs is beached on an island in the Gulf

of Alaska, threatening environmental damage from a fuel spill and calling into question Shell’s plans to resume drilling in the treacherous waters north of Alaska in the summer…”

And from last year: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324556304578120140555122104.html

“…BP has agreed to plead guilty to felony charges and pay $4.5 billion in penalties, including $1.26 billion in criminal fines, stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil-rig accident and spill…”

It just goes on. But I hope we can stop following this oily path.