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The Center for American Progress' Think Progress website is home for one of the strongest and most widely read climate science / clean energy blogs.  Led by Joe Romm, Climate Progress/Think Progress Green wades forcefully into climate science discussions and provides excellent material about clean energy progress.  For anyone (especially Americans) concerned about fostering the conditions for a prosperous and secure climate-friendly future, Think Progress Green is on a must read list.

With that it mind, an end of year Think Progress post provided rather stunning reading -- not due to its contents but due to what it didn't contain. As the calendar year winds to a close and we look to a 'fresh start' into another year, 'lists' are on many minds and appear in many publications.

This morning, 31 December 2012, Think Progress provided 12 Progressive Resolutions for 2013.  From better drug policy to immigration reform to enacting gun safety laws, many interesting (if not outright good) items in this list.  Again, however, the telling thing is the absence of a critical set of issues.

Amid these 12, no (zero, nada, nilch) reference to climate change, the climate cliff, environment, clean energy, green jobs, energy efficiency, fossil fuel impacts on the political system, ... Clearly, whoever put together this post doesn't pay attention to Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

Considering the year the United States had re climate change (heat waves, droughts, Derecho, wild fires, Hurricane Sandy, warmest year on record, ...), the massive gap between the political parties on climate science and clean energy, the risks of the climate cliff (or, as Toles has it, the climate fissure), and the fact that unchecked climate disruption puts at risk every single element of a "progressive" agenda, the absence of climate and clean energy issues from (and total Climate Silence) a 'top 12 Progressive Resolutions" seems beyond stunning.

PS:  Considering that he truly does seem to 'get it' on climate change and clean energy (try actually listening to one of his speeches/talks in this arena), it seems reasonable to wonder what the Chair of the Center for American Progress John Podesta's list of "12 Progressive Resolutions" might look like.

Originally posted to DK GreenRoots on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 11:50 AM PST.

Also republished by Climate Change SOS.

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  •  That's really interesting. (4+ / 0-)
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    forgore, A Siegel, John Crapper, SolarMom

    Depressing - given their usual on-top-of-it-ness - but interesting.

    "I can't do it by myself. No president can. Remember: Change doesn't happen from the top. It happens because of you." B Obama, 2008

    by nzanne on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 11:58:55 AM PST

  •  It's a bad habit, but (8+ / 0-)

    .. I tend to flip on NPR early in the morning and this morning's "sciencey" segment was a reminder to make a New Year's Resolution and just stop doing that.

    After describing the absolutely weird storms of 2012 the "reader" tossed in a throwaway line at the end of the segment that went something like: "No-one knows if it can be blamed on global-warming, but.."

    Guess they have to get their funding somewhere.  

    Poor people have too much money and vote too often. Republican platform plank, 1980 - present

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 12:12:16 PM PST

  •  C'mon A, brothers and sisters need some vacation! (0+ / 0-)
  •  That is really surprising. (2+ / 0-)
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    I guess Joe Romm didn't get a vote on those 12 progressive resolutions.  Wonder if he'll post about this, but I wouldn't count on it.  Thanks  very much to the diarist for pointing this out.  I'm a regular reader of climateprogress so this is actually fairly depressing to know that TP doesn't actually pay much attention to JR...(at least that is how they are making it look)

  •  Make sure to check out Climate Progress (4+ / 0-)

    Not much has changed in the 10 days since Joe posted this article.

  •  What's on your list, A Siegel? (2+ / 0-)
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    ❧To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 01:45:08 PM PST

    •  Good question ... (4+ / 0-)
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      * Associate employment & work with achieving clean energy / climate change benefits

      * Do not shirk from confronting climate skeptics

      * Do not let energy / energy services be an afterthought in life but an actively considered thing ... every day

      * Lose at least 9 pounds (.75 month) and preferably 15

      Societal 12 Progressive Priorities:

      * Climate Mitigation / Adaptation that incorporates Environmental/Economic Justice as a core element

      * Legalize (& tax) marijuana

      * Prison / Justice reform, shift focus to preemptive efforts (education, social work, etc) + rehabilitation while driving down drive down 'for profit' prison system

      * Green the educational system -- save money, reduce pollution, improve test scores

      * Political reform -- over turning Citizens United, nation-wide voting reform (universal mail-in voting), nation-wide non-partisan drawing of districts, ...

      * Fiscal Reform -- Including ending many tax subsidies for the extreme rich, equalizing earnings from capital and work in taxes, ...

      * Expanding Health Care Reform -- with target toward single-payer system (preferred would be mix of public / private, like French or German systems)

      * Carbon Fee -- gradually introduced carbon fee (starting at $14/ton in 2014 and going up every year), with 1/3rd fees going to rebates (to American citizens living in US), 1/6th used to offset reduced taxation of wages, and 1/2rd used for climate mitigation, climate science, climate adaptation (w/1/6th of that for foreign aid in these arenas)

      * Reform of financial system to remove incentives for dirty energy and to reward clean energy/energy efficiency (such as including energy in mortgage calculations)

      * Immigration Reform -- perhaps 'amnesty' with fine incorporated into it for everyone who entered illegally over age 15 (fine is admitting that they broke law and have consequences for doing so -- re fine, make it something added to taxes that is over 25 years with very (VERY) small payments at low income levels and increasing the % if someone 'makes it big')

      * Strengthen safety net programs (social security, welfare, food stamps, unemployment) (e.g., increase resources) while adopting (REASONABLE) measures for dealing with true 'fraud' cases equitably

      * Gun Control Measures -- take good examples around the world that will accommodate 'hunters' while reducing threat to civil society from mass gun ownership of 'military' weapons

      Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

      by A Siegel on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 02:09:15 PM PST

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  •  I think that the reality is (2+ / 0-)
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    that it's a lost cause, and nobody's willing to sacrifice the things they have a chance on for it.  There are plenty of hills to fight for . . . no point dying on one you can't hold.

    We'll see an ice-free Arctic Summer before the end of the decade, and there's nothing we can do to stop it.  We'll probably see large areas ice-free year round less than a decade after that . . . with all the "climate change" that entails.  That's "baked in" even if we stopped burning fossil fuels tomorrow, and we're not going to.

    Fukushima killed the nuclear option, and fracking and horizontal drilling has both deferred "peak oil" and removed the price presure to seek alternatives, so "alternate energy" will not be competative without subsidy, and near-bankrupt governments have no money for that.  Do you want subsidized solar panels for the wealthy or health care for the poor?  Which should be on the "progressive agenda"?

    Sure "climate change" and weird weather is upon us, and will only get worse over the coming decade.  But when the sceptics ask "will solar panels and electric cars fix it" the only honest answer is "No" . . . thirty or forty years ago maybe, but not now.  The best we can do now is make things not-so-bad in fifty or a hundred years, maybe . . . and that kind of long view has always been a seriously hard sell.  People want benefits in their own lifetimes at least . . . some pie-in-the-sky about "maybe next century won't be so bad if we sacrifice now" is not going to win many "progressive" votes, let alone those of "ordinary people".

    If you want to do something for your kids then buy the now cheap property that will be expensive waterfront when they inherit it.  They won't get anything from you for sitting on the beach trying to stop the tide.

    Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

    by Deward Hastings on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 02:19:06 PM PST

    •  That list is useless unless we make progress now (2+ / 0-)
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      on climate change, but I fear there is no political will. Invest two trillion in infrastructure that can be destroyed by mega storms? Does DC not remember melting train tracks and tires sinking in the tarmac at Reagan? Oh yeah, that was so 2012.

  •  This blindness just points to the need to (2+ / 0-)
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    work that much harder in 2013.  FYI:  Your first link in this diary did not work for me.  Came up as an error.  Happy New Year!

    If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

    by John Crapper on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 02:58:13 PM PST

  •  Well, if you're listening to Joe Romm talk... (0+ / 0-)

    ...about climate you're just going to hear the same useless stuff over and over and over and over and over and over and over.

    To wit:  Joe Romm's favorite contention is that so called "nuclear waste" is too dangerous to use.

    Never mind that Joe can't find a single person killed in this country, or in France, or in Belgium, or in Germany, or in Mexico, or in Spain, or in Japan, or in China...who has been killed by so called "nuclear waste," but it's um..."too dangerous."

    Someone should inform Joe Romm that climate change is, in fact, waste related, dangerous fossil fuel waste related; unlike so called "nuclear waste" dangerous fossil fuel waste actually kills people.

    To wit:  The World Health Organization can find 3.3 million people who die each year, every year from air pollution - dangerous fossil fuel and dangerous biomass waste - every year, 9000 per day, 377 per hour, between 6 and 7 every minute, one every nine to ten seconds.

    Note that these deaths exclude the ancillary deaths, climate change gas deaths that we may expect to increase year after year after year while Joe continues to spew dangerous faith based ideologically inflexible rhetoric year after year after year.

    But in Joe Romm's alternate universe, nuclear "waste" is dangerous.

    The fact is that his fear and his ignorance is, in my view, a big reason for the fact that 2012 will be recorded, almost certainly, as one of the five worst years ever recorded in world history for dangerous fossil fuel waste concentrations in the atmosphere.

    It would have been better for humanity if he had simply said nothing at all, rather than repeat the fifty year old failed rhetoric that he learned at Amory Lovins' gas, oil, and coal funded knee.

    If one is listening to Joe Romm, arguably one is the cause of the problem, since one of his favorite things to do is to rail against the world's largest, by far, source of climate change gas free energy, nuclear energy.

    One of my favorite facts about Romm is that when he was running the climate office, in 1998, the world set a record for dangerous fossil fuel increases in a single year: 2.93 ppm.

    (November of 2012 came in at 2.61 ppm compared to November of 2011.)

    Yeah.   We're making "climate progress" alright.

    We're progressing on the fast track to oblivion.

    Heckuva job Joe.

    Happy New Year.

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