Daily Archives: November 5, 2012

The Candidates and the Climate

While no candidate is perfect on climate change (and indeed, they all seem to be woefully inadequate), there are some differences:
 
PRESIDENT
Mitt Romney: despite his surprisingly good record on climate change while he was governor, Romney’s energy plan focuses almost entirely on pumping more fossil fuels into the atmosphere, a situation that would almost certainly ensure the world’s inability to reign in climate change (Rolling Stone has a pretty fierce write up of it, but you can read it yourself and see). Just one example: in his quotes about N. American energy independence, he uses a Manhattan Institute report that says, “In collaboration with Canada and Mexico, the United States could—and should—forge a broad pro-development, pro-export policy to realize the benefits of our hydrocarbon resources. Such a policy could lead to North America becoming the largest supplier of fuel to the world by 2030.” (what no-one seems to have told him, however, is that oil and gas companies that drill in N. America aren’t restricted to selling that fuel only to Canada, Mexico and the US – they’ll sell it to whomever gives the best price – as any good, non-government-run institution would do).
 
But anyhow, Obama’s no great climate champion these days either but at least he doesn’t blatantly ignore climate change or pledge to dig up and sell all the fossil fuels in North America. As an aside, Romney attacks Obama for ‘targeting old coal power plants’ – when, really, we wish he were targeting them, since those plants are some of the worst carbon emissions offenders.
 
Here is a summary of what the 2 candidates have said about energy and climate on the campaign trail.
 
US SENATE
Elizabeth Warren seems to support action on climate change – at least in words – but I doubt it’ll be a priority for her. Scott Brown, however, in June 2012 voted to ‘disapprove’ the EPAs endangerment findings on greenhouse gases and in March 2012 voted against ending tax deductions for major oil companies and extending incentives for energy efficient homes, plug-in vehicles and alternative fuels. They are considered one of 4 senate races with noticably different opinions on climate.
 
US HOUSE 
Jon Golnik doesn’t list ‘environment’ as an issue on his website, but under ‘energy’ he indicates he supports the Keystone XL pipeline, fracking and drilling in ANWR. OK, I guess that says it all. Climate doesn’t seem to be a priority for Niki Tsongas, but she states that she help[ed] to pass tougher fuel efficiency standards and incentives for renewable energy, so there’s hope there.
 
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Tobin Friends of Fresh Pond Club Leader (Cambridge)

Position Available: Tobin Friends of Fresh Pond Club Leader

 

Employer: Tobin Community School [City of Cambridge Department of Human Services]

 

Schedule: 2 hours per week on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays, approximately 2:30–4:30. Calendar matches Cambridge Public Schools’ calendar. Openings are for sequential sessions in Winter and Spring (and next fall) which can potentially turn this into a full-year gig. [The community school also runs a summer camp and school vacation camps]

 

Location: Tobin School, 197 Vassal Ln, & Fresh Pond Reservation, Cambridge

 

Program: Seasonally-adjusted afterschool curriculum for third-graders that combines unstructured outdoor play, nature games, stewardship (volunteer work on specific reservation projects), natural history activities, outreach to wider school community, and learning site-specific Leave No Trace Principles.

 

Staffing: Supervision by club founder. You will officially report to Director of Tobin Community School; an intern or community school staff member will serve as assistant.

 

Pay: Hourly wage, commensurate with experience, on Tobin Community School specialist pay scale.

 

Other: If you are in an undergraduate or graduate program and want to develop an internship or similar arrangement, we are willing to work with your school to customize a program.