Skip to main content

Hell is indeed freezing over and angels are dancing and popping corks everywhere. In an August 1st op-ed in the New York Times, former administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency William D. Ruckelshaus (1970 to 1973, 1983 to 1985), Lee M. Thomas (1985 to 1989), William K. Reilly (1989 to 1993), and Christine Todd Whitman (2001 to 2003) make the Republican Case for Climate Action.

First, they say denial is not a river in Egypt and it's time for Republicans to stop acting like stubborn 15-year olds clinging to their belief in Santa Claus.  

There is no longer any credible scientific debate about the basic facts: our world continues to warm, with the last decade the hottest in modern records, and the deep ocean warming faster than the earth’s atmosphere. Sea level is rising. Arctic Sea ice is melting years faster than projected.
They then go on to tout President Obama's Climate Action Plan, urging their Congress critters to endorse it and "start the overdue debate about what bigger steps are needed and how to achieve them — domestically and internationally."


More below the orange sluice of reality...


They talk about some of the important environmental policies that they pushed through in their days to clean up the air and the water (remember when Republicans did constructive things?), giving their Republican contemporaries some no-nonsense tutoring on how to be leaders and govern.

When confronted by a problem, deal with it. Look at the facts, cut through the extraneous, devise a workable solution and get it done.

They spell out for their fellow Republicans what the rest of the world and sane people in this country have known for quite some time now, basically borrowing Meteor Blades' delay is denial playbook.

We can have both a strong economy and a livable climate. All parties know that we need both. The rest of the discussion is either detail, which we can resolve, or purposeful delay, which we should not tolerate.

While you're at it, these high profile Republicans seem to say to their chickenhawk colleagues, don't just evolve a little bit towards being a timid non-denier, don't just get on board with the President's proposal, but help to work towards the much bolder actions and solutions that we need to implement to give us a chance to have some sort of a livable future on planet Earth.

Mr. Obama’s plan is just a start. More will be required. But we must continue efforts to reduce the climate-altering pollutants that threaten our planet. The only uncertainty about our warming world is how bad the changes will get, and how soon. What is most clear is that there is no time to waste.


PS: If you're in the Bay Area and want to do something, I just got this email from

This week your voice and presence matter on the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.

Wednesday, August 7, at 9:45 am

Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board vote on Keystone XL Pipeline Resolution.

Three things you can do

- Be there if you can this Wednesday. RSVP to attend the meeting
- Call Board Members on Monday and Tuesday - ask them to support the Resolution
- Sign 350 Bay Area's BayCAP Petition asking the Air District to declare that climate disruption is an escalating emergency and enact a program to achieve deep cuts in Bay Area greenhouse gas emissions. They have the power, but they're not using it. (Read more)

Make sure your your representative on the Air District Board votes to oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Quick talking points:
Keystone will add up to 1.2 billion metric tons of carbon pollution to the atmosphere over the 50-year lifespan of the project.
According to EPA and State Department estimates, carbon emissions resulting from the burning of Alberta tar sands are 81 percent higher than those from conventional oil on a well-to-tank basis.
For more information, see 350 Bay Area's Tar Sands Mining and Keystone Pipeline Fact Sheet

Originally posted to Climate Change SOS on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 11:46 AM PDT.

Also republished by Kitchen Table Kibitzing.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Meteor Blades, Thumb, JekyllnHyde, Sylv, KeithH, Radiowalla, teacherken, greendem, Gooserock, Powered Grace, mimi, Shockwave, LynChi, cotterperson, eeff, willyr, cyberKosFan, roses, navajo, Cedwyn, antirove, dksbook, kharma, pat bunny, 2laneIA, bula, yet another liberal, wdrath, lcrp, zerelda, Kitsap River, JayDean, Mosquito Pilot, Emmy, Gowrie Gal, marina, jrooth, ichibon, LakeSuperior, Freakinout daily, subtropolis, BCO gal, basquebob, dewtx, stagemom, YucatanMan, Laurence Lewis, Kevskos, FutureNow, fixxit, eru, Viceroy, where4art, aaraujo, GreyHawk, Burned, Overseas, Rusty in PA, sodalis, Lindy, peacestpete, SocioSam, mightymouse, Jim P, begone, kovie, Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, tonyahky, koNko, ruleoflaw, Lefty Coaster, Rosaura, agnostic, gooderservice, JVolvo, boatsie, sceptical observer, Dinclusin, middleagedhousewife, anninla, IL clb, CA Nana, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, WarrenS, blueoregon, kurious, MadScientist, Nulwee, BentLiberal, tegrat, One Pissed Off Liberal, FoundingFatherDAR, Habitat Vic, peagreen, ColoTim, offgrid, FishOutofWater, Mary Mike, Via Chicago, Matt Z, Dave in Northridge, mudslide, gchaucer2, Librarianmom, Wreck Smurfy, christianlsv, Assaf, theotherside, TomP, jwinIL14, bkamr, gundyj, mconvente, JaxDem, wayoutinthestix, ScottyUrb, poligirl, Sixty Something, Youffraita, NewDealer, Cat Servant, Buckeye Nut Schell, Morgan Sandlin, VL Baker, jamess, Lujane, catly, home solar, mofembot, Gemina13, doppler effect, forgore, maggiejean, pileta, number nine dream, dharmasyd, Methinks They Lie, War on Error, dRefractor, NWTerriD, asym, Shelley99, stevenwag, sfarkash, jfromga, LookingUp, Larsstephens, Just Bob, CalGal47, parse this, Christy1947, awcomeon, rb137, willynel, flitedocnm, LaughingPlanet, The Jester, gramofsam1, UTvoter, jakedog42, ATFILLINOIS, cordgrass, samanthab, elginblt, paradise50, addisnana, nirbama, ericlewis0, cocinero, slice, Wisdumb, theKgirls, translatorpro, no way lack of brain, kerflooey, mama jo, Liberal Capitalist, Bob Duck, Mr MadAsHell, BlueJessamine, Susipsych, nezzclay, mrsgoo, marleycat, Lusty, thomask, Muskegon Critic, enhydra lutris, peregrine kate, Marihilda, RLMiller, jham710, caryltoo, Auriandra, PrometheusUnbound, No one gets out alive, DawnN, AnnetteK, weatherdude, anodnhajo, greenbastard, Mindful Nature, Darryl House, Mike RinRI, jan4insight, belinda ridgewood, radical simplicity, MartyM, wxorknot, Denver11, rat racer, bluebarnstormer, Glen The Plumber, liberated spaces, James Wells, Robynhood too, ShoshannaD, Hammerhand, Blue Bell Bookworm, nomandates, John Crapper, remembrance, aresea, ORswede, northerntier, Icicle68, GreenMother, mwh191, the oklahoma kid, solarbay, ET3117, Kay Observer2, Ishmaelbychoice, julesrules39, DanceShaman, lehman scott, Darwinian Detritus

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site