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Climate Hawk and U.S. Senate candidate, Congressman Ed Markey (D. MA) is gathering signatures for his petition to urge President Obama to address climate change in his upcoming State of the Union speech:
Superstorm Sandy and unprecedented extreme weather. The worst drought middle America has seen in half a century. Global temperatures and sea levels rising fast.

NASA calls weather patterns “vital signs of the planet” -- and Earth’s vital signs are alarming.

I’ve been proud to lead the fight against climate change -- and I’m committed to continuing that fight in the Senate. President Obama’s inaugural address highlighted the need to take action on this critical issue and we must continue to move this debate forward.

The State of the Union is coming up, and I’m hoping you’ll join me in sending a message to the President: Give us a plan, and we’ll have your back. Click here to add your name to my petition.

http://www.edmarkey.com/...

With its strongest champion John Kerry now gone, I want to be the passionate voice in the Senate for taking action on climate change.

We can’t let obstructionist Republicans who deny the science of global warming stop us from taking action. We have to commit to action before it’s too late to combat the most dire consequences of climate change.

President Obama has a chance to take a huge step forward in the State of the Union address. But he needs to know that we will stand with him.

I’m sending a message to the President: Give us a bold plan to address climate change, and I’ll stand with you. You can sign on by clicking here.

http://www.edmarkey.com/...

We can already see the devastating impacts of the warming of our planet. Massachusetts’s economy, infrastructure and natural resources are already at risk. We can’t let this opportunity for action slip through our fingers.

Now is the time for action. Let’s urge President Obama to include a bold plan of action for tackling climate change in his State of the Union Address.

Click here to sign my message to the President.

http://www.edmarkey.com/...

Thank you.

Ed

You can sign Markey's petition here:

http://www.edmarkey.com/...

The 2013 Special Election to fill outgoing Senator, Secretary of State John Kerry's (D. MA) seat will be coming up soon.  Markey is a progressive hero who has made climate change a top priority in the House and will do so in the Senate.  He is up against Conservative Democrat Stephen Lynch in the primary.  Please donate to his campaign so he can win and keeping fighting for the environment:

https://secure.actblue.com/...

Originally posted to pdc on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 11:00 AM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, Climate Hawks, DK GreenRoots, and Massachusetts Kosmopolitans.

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  •  Markey has done a great job of ensuring that (10+ / 0-)

    efforts to address climate change have been considered in the House. He would make a superb senator.

  •  Great ... (4+ / 0-)

    that MA will go from a Senator strong on climate issues to a real Climate Hawk.  America will be well served by Senator Markey.

    And, well, President Obama would well serve America by listening to Senator-to-be Markey.

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

    by A Siegel on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 12:50:59 PM PST

  •  Already signed, on his list (2+ / 0-)
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    and recced and hotlisted. Thx for putting this out there.

    I am so liking Markey.

    www.edmarkey.com

  •  Ed Markey himself has nothing to say on the... (0+ / 0-)

    ...the subject of climate change because he hates - with the absolute irrationality of the set of people who agree with him - the world's largest, by far, source of climate gas change free primary industrial energy, that being nuclear energy.

    Nuclear power has easily produced, for the last 30 years, more energy than all the solar, geothermal and wind plants in the world combined, despite much silly rhetoric from Markey and his allies about how nuclear energy is "dangerous, even if they really can't identify as many dead people from the use of nuclear energy in its entire history as an industrially mature source of energy as will die today from air pollution.

    And how many people will die today from air pollution?

    The World Health Organization reports that 3.3 million people die each year from it - half under the age of five - and if you look into the epidemiological science behind this calculation you understand that WHO is being conservative with this estimate.   That's about 9,000 per day, 377 an hour, six to seven a minute, one every 9 or 10 seconds.

    But Ed Markey says nuclear energy is "dangerous."

    People with small brains should not try to operate big mouths.

    Markey's rhetoric is faith based and dogmatic.   He doesn't care about climate change so much as he cares to call out into his own echo chamber.

    Have a nice evening.

    •  and good to have you comment as well as (0+ / 0-)

      join the commenters.

      i posted a link to his former committee.. you're welcome to explore it at leisure.

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      by greenbird on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 03:03:53 PM PST

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    •  list of links at the bottom of the wikipedia link: (0+ / 0-)

      Congressman Ed Markey official U.S. House website

      The Markey Committee official campaign website

      Background and collected news at The Washington Post

      Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

      Voting record maintained by The Washington Post

      Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart

      Congressional profile at GovTrack

      Congressional profile at OpenCongress

      Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues

      Financial information at OpenSecrets.org

      Staff salaries, trips and personal finance at LegiStorm.com

      (ok. i love to read. expel me.)

      Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission

      Appearances on C-SPAN programs

      Profile at SourceWatch

      Ed Markey speaks on Second Life to delegates during OneClimate's Virtual Bali event in December 2007

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      by greenbird on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 03:12:48 PM PST

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    •  You're really big on the nuclear cult (0+ / 0-)

      of hating on renewables and pretending like they can never work, aren't you?

      Of course, we can build alternate energy sources just as fast as we can build nuclear, and there's no nuclear waste to deal with.  Not that you have a plan for dealing with waste either, other than hiding it.

      •  I'm really big into the SCIENCE of Seaborg... (0+ / 1-)
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        Bethe, Wigner, Fermi and other people who won Nobel Prizes for the invention of nuclear energy.

        I am however used to small minded brats who have no idea of what any of these fabulous minds did issuing stupid rhetoric about what is and what is not a cult.

        As usual, the squad of small minded brats who insist that nuclear energy, and only nuclear energy be perfect in their unenlightened shit hole of a universe or otherwise tens of millions of people can die from air pollution.

        I have never met a single light weight fuck up who gives a rats ass about the 90 million people who died from air pollution while they cried insipidly about Fukushima.

        As for your very stupid remark about "fast building" of renewables, the fact is that by simple reference to the EIA website, one can learn that 60 years of expensive wishful thinking from the "renewables will save us" cults has lead to a solar industry that produced just 0.2 exajoules of the 510 exajoules of energy humanity consumed last year.

        Here's the EIA website's data for solar energy:

        Solar Energy production on the entire planet.   You see the figure for solar + wave combined.   It's 31.2 billion kWh

        Here's the electricity demand for the entire planet.

        20,225.284 billion kWh.

        Any idea what 31.2/20,225.3 is?

        No?   Why am I not surprised?

        Nuclear energy, despite being shat upon by scientifically illiterate faith based shit-for-brains types who have remained blissfully unaware of the contents of science books in their over long lives, produced according to the EIA 2,620.217 billion kWh.

        Any idea what 2620.2/20,225.3 is?

        Can't do that either?   No surprise there either.

        Now.   The lightweights in the scumbucket solar cults in general can't do math, and they can't think very well either.

        They are so fucking stupid or such fucking liars, that they insist, as late as 2013, one year after the second worst year in human history for the accumulation of carbon dioxide on this planet that a system that produces just 0.1% of the planet's electricity almost 60 years after it's invention can be built faster than a system that produces 13% of the world's electricity.

        The first solar cell was invented in 1954, three years before the US built its first nuclear plant.   It's pretty fucking clear to anyone but the most pathetic idiot that for the last 59 years, the nuclear industry has been built more than 100 times faster than the fucking useless solar industry.    And mind you, this is while illiterate brats the world over have been cheering for, and throwing hundreds of billions of dollars, euros, yen and yuan at the solar industry while seeking to shut the world's largest, by far, source of climate change gas free energy.

        And then...you can't make this up...they want to call the supporters of the science of Seaborg, Wigner, Bethe and Fermi "cultists."

        There are two billion fucking people on this planet who have never seen or operated a flush toilet, and the "renewables will save us cults" can't fucking look at the data, and still insist on sending hundreds of billions of dollars year after year to build the equivalent of 3 small gas plants, except the solar plants need gas plants to back them up because of something called "night."

        Ever hear of "night?"

        No?

        Well then.

        The fact is that the renewable faith based fantasy is a fig leaf for the dangerous fossil fuel industry.   It sucks wealth out of the poor, puts in the hands of the rich, who in turn produce nothing.

        Now, let's make something very clear.

        The hatred of nuclear energy is an effort to kill people, since every nuclear plant that has been shut by the fear, ignorance and superstition - as well as the above obviated lack of even remote mathematical sense - has been replaced by dangerous fossil fuels or renewable biomass, which between them, again, kills 3.3 million people per year.  

        That's about 90 million dead in the last 3 decades, not that the dumbells in the anti-nuke dogma squad give a fuck about any one of these 90 million dead, any more than they give a fuck about the 200,000 deaths from the largest energy disaster of all time outside of the ongoing disaster of air pollution and climate change:   The the "renewable" energy disaster at Banqiao in 1975.

        It's always nice, though, to see an anti-nuke demonstrate how badly informed they are about, well, everything and to demonstrate irrefutably the depth of the moral and intellectual pits in which they conduct their useless and worthless lives.

        Have a great evening, genius.

        •  So your entire argument is based around the fact (0+ / 0-)

          that we don't have enough alternative power sources RIGHT NOW!!!  Oh god.  Except, how long does it take to build nuclear power plants?

          As for your very stupid remark about "fast building" of renewables, the fact is that by simple reference to the EIA website, one can learn that 60 years of expensive wishful thinking from the "renewables will save us" cults has lead to a solar industry that produced just 0.2 exajoules of the 510 exajoules of energy humanity consumed last year.
          You must live in a magical world where we spent more on solar than we did on nuclear.  Please, show me that world, because it sure as hell ain't this one.
          They are so fucking stupid or such fucking liars, that they insist, as late as 2013, one year after the second worst year in human history for the accumulation of carbon dioxide on this planet that a system that produces just 0.1% of the planet's electricity almost 60 years after it's invention can be built faster than a system that produces 13% of the world's electricity.
          I didn't realize that how much we have built is an indicator of how much we can build.  I'd note that at no point did you address any issues I brought up.  All you have is insults and invective and one minor math problem.  Sure, we don't have a lot of solar right now, but you ignore that the reason for that is that we haven't invested in it.  A nuclear plant will take about 20-26 billion to build.  How much solar can we get for that?  Show me the damn numbers.  I've asked before and you can't do it. Nor can you show me that your magical nuclear energy will actually be able to replace more carbon than other non-nuclear sources.  All you can do is rant about how I'm evil incarnate.
        •  And to answer your question. (0+ / 0-)
          Any idea what 31.2/20,225.3 is?
          Yes, yes I do.

          Of course, you knew that I could figure that out fairly easily. You're just interested in insulting people.

  •  i love you, poop. (1+ / 0-)
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    i'm also putting his wikipedia link here because there are so many details to have right at your fingertips (or, rather, pawtips and clawtips, as in my case) that display SO CLEARLY why we need to have this representative as a senator.

    please... any Gulf Watchers reading: going to facebook gets you his grassroots group. JOIN UP !! * !! * !!

    (yes, poop, you can call me bird.)

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    by greenbird on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:51:09 PM PST

  •  Thanks to future Senator Markey for the petition. (1+ / 0-)
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    Happy to sign it.   I'm soooo looking forward to the SOTU speech.

    Climate change is the most important thing we can address.
    Nothing else matters if we can't survive...

    Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by maybeeso in michigan on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:51:50 PM PST

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