Wish I had more time to spend on each of these:
- Charlie Baker won’t take the T pledge, to actually experience first-hand what the hoi-polloi go through on a daily basis. I’m sure he feels it would disrupt his schedule. Imagine that.
- But have no fear – in the distance, you can see the cavalry coming! The governor is boldly addressing both the T’s managerial failures and the funding gap. There’s going to be — maybe — a funding commission! Perhaps next year. After the election. If they get to it. Goes along with the governor’s apparent “Y2K by 2040” transit ambitions. In the meantime, though, we’ll have fare increases. Isn’t that wonderful?
- What is with the Globe’s weirdly Orwellian, manipulative pro-gas-pipeline unsigned editorials? They make the case that if climate activists were really serious (and loved baby seals enough), they’d support … more gas infrastructure! The false choice of domestic fracked gas versus Russian LNG is especially stark in light of the Senate’s excellent, epochal clean energy bill — S.2302, which desperately needs your support, by the way. Please call your reps.
- The choice to be ambitious about energy comes not from a romantic view of the future, but from a recognition that we are teetering on societal collapse — no exaggeration — and that it requires immediate action:
“adaptation limits are expected to be exceeded” is another way of saying “Shit’s gonna break down on a huge scale, in ways that many people, even whole regions, will find impossible to respond to effectively.”
— Alex Steffen (@AlexSteffen) February 14, 2018
- … which makes me appreciate, as always, David Roberts, in a skeptical take on the bitter trade-offs and difficult math that real climate consciousness requires. I feel this deeply – we are all neck-deep in denial:
Just about nobody is taking climate change completely seriously at present, because, let’s face it, doing so is traumatic. To absorb the full implications of climate change is to realize that even a level of action beyond what’s reasonable to hope for can at best avert the worst of the damage.
Changes in ecosystems that are effectively permanent and irreversible are already underway; within the century, we will enter a range of climate conditions entirely new to our species. There is no “safe” space available anymore.
To take that seriously is to support massive, immediate carbon reductions, not only at the level of theory, not only in statements and proclamations and pledges, but in the sense of preferring the lower carbon strategy in every local, city, state, or federal decision, whether it’s about land, housing, transportation, infrastructure, agriculture, taxes, regulations, or lifestyle habits.
Good god, people. Pass the Senate energy bill and fund the T already.