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Good News on Climate Change

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

William Hewitt, environmental activist and the author of A Newer World: Politics, Money, Technology, and What's Really Being Done to Solve the Climate Crisis, looks for reasons to be optimistic about climate change fixes.

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William Hewitt

Comments [7]

DR. Shirley Koshi from Manhattan, NY

Let us change the climate of men's thoughts first. Ask the women who are forced to be subservient to men whether they care about Climate change. If there are more women on earth than men, shouldnt this topic be on the United Nations agenda?

For all those violated by men, I say.....Speak up. Not just in India but in the ends of the earth. Everybody came from a mother, probably will want a wife and daughter, then how can they hurt another woman? Sick men need therapy because their society, education and parents have not given them the tools to respect women. EDUCATE THESE CREATURES who arent NORMAL. Have you seen an animal hurt the female for no other reason but that she is a female? They may be the French, World Bank wanna be premier guy who chases maids in rooms, the soldier who rapes his neighbour's wife because he can, the Uncle that violates his niece who trusts him, the boy friend who feels that because a girl holds his hand he can force her to have oral sex. They are all the same. Sometimes I wish, I could carry Brucella in my pocket so I can fling it on construction guys, rub it on in subways, inject it into all the men that have not respected me. There were many and will be more. So, I travel with a fork, some Ketamine, a scalpel blade and must I add some catgut to tie off the supply to his penis. Simple remedy.

Jan. 05 2013 04:24 AM
Marilyn from Manhattan

Your guest failed to mention that hydro-fracking is EXEMPT from the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts, as well as the Safe Drinking Water Act and other federal regulatory acts, thanks to the so-called "Halliburton Loophole." So his argument that fracking should be done to the best industry standards holds little weight. In fact, fracking is practiced in secrecy, with blatant disregard to public welfare and safety. Toxic frack waste is stored in open pits or dumped into municipal sewage plants that can't handle it. Surely Hewitt knows this... Hey New Yorkers, contact Gov Cuomo today and demand a real Health Impact Assessment for fracking. Not the closed-door rubber-stamp sham Health Review he's now conducting: 518-474-8390 or http://www.governor.ny.gov/contact/GovernorContactForm.php.

Jan. 02 2013 12:02 PM
Karen Casamassima from NYC

As William Hewitt just mentioned, combined heat and power is the way to make urban infrastructure resilient in the face of savage storms and weird weather. The Sallan Foundation has posted a recap and resource from a recent conference -- Not Your Grandma's Infrastructure -- for those who want to dig deeper. http://bit.ly/SPaL4O

Jan. 02 2013 11:56 AM
Katie

Isn't is true that Fracking is exempt from the Clean Air Act and the EPA courtesy of Dick Romney?????

Jan. 02 2013 11:49 AM
Christine from Westchester

I may have missed this but what are we to do about the green house gas production in other countries? China, India, other areas are among those that would be a concern. We can do better here but what about other areas? Please don't say hybrid cars! They make more green house gas and pollution to make them. Let's suggest better options.

Jan. 02 2013 11:48 AM
John from NYC

Is there a chance you could invite the writer/ director of the documentary film - "Chasing Ice" on this topic?

Jan. 02 2013 11:36 AM
Chris from New York

Brian-
Please ask your guest about the trade-offs between nuclear, natural gas and coal. They make up over 90% of the electricity market.

The advent of cheaper natural gas, largely due to hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling techniques, was driven by the private market and technology advances. The surge of natural gas usage has actually reduced carbon emissions as it displaces coal, which is actually a "dirtier" fuel source. U.S. carbon emissions have actually decreased over the past 5 years.

On the flip side, the European Union installed a regulated carbon market and have seen their carbon emissions INCREASE in the same weak economic setting.

Much of the climate change policy advocates always insist that there needs to be government regulation (carbon tax or cap and trade). But the evidence of the past 5 years is that the MARKET has done a better job of reducing emissions than government policies.

Does it make sense to keep excoriating hydraulic fracturing?

Jan. 02 2013 11:13 AM

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