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Stuffing ourselves senseless & leaving the tab

My generation were diners stuffing ourselves senseless at the Restaurant of the Earth's Riches knowing—while denying—that we'd be doing a runner and leaving our grandchildren a tab that can never be paid.

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Greatest threat to our planet? The belief someone else will save it

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it” – Robert Swan, British polar explorer and environmentalist.

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The best bipartisan climate solution: a revenue neutral carbon tax

‘The best way to get bipartisan action on climate change is through a revenue neutral carbon tax.’ — Yoman Bauman, Stand Up Economist.

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Reject climate facts? Like smashing your bathroom scale to lose weight

“You can’t change (climate science) facts by ignoring them. This is like trying to lose 20 pounds by smashing your bathroom scale.” — Mike Breen, Executive Director of the Truman National Security Project, and leader of the clean energy campaign, Operation Free.

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For U.S. military, it's mission reality, not a political debate

'For US Department of Defense, climate change is a mission reality, not a political debate.' — Mark Wright, a Pentagon spokesperson.

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Facebook & blogging is not enough, we must change and act now

"We can facebook and blog all we want, but we stand no chance to solve (climate change) unless we accept the fact that we have to change." — Larry Lazar, Climate Reality Project Leader and co-founder of Climate Reality-St. Louis Meet Up group.

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A political issue? That's like choosing sides over E = mc2

"Climate change has taken on political dimensions...That's odd because I don't see people choosing sides over E = mc2 or other fundamental facts of science." — Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, Host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.

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Would you eat a mushroom that 97% of experts say is poisonous?

If 97% of experts say a mushroom is poisonous but 3% say it is safe, would you feed it to your kids?

Scientists & non scientists: Don't leave your citizenship at the door

"Just because we scientists have Ph.D.'s we should not hang up our citizenship at the door of a public meeting." – Dr. Steve Schneider (1945-2010) climate scientist at Stanford University.

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Is it going to be bad or horrifically bad? That's the scientific debate

‘Is it going to be bad or horrifically bad?’ This is what the scientists debate, not it could be fine. Nothing like that.’ – Dr. Justin Wood, climate scientist

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Climate is the canvas and weather is what is painted on it

“Climate is the canvas and weather is what is painted on it. Humans have changed the climate so now all weather is affected by us.” – Scott Mandia, Professor of Physical Sciences at Suffolk County Community College in Long Island, New York.

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The greenhouse effect isn’t rocket science

‘The science behind the greenhouse effect was simple enough to have been widely understood by the mid 19th century, when the light bulb and the telephone and the automobile where being invented – and not the atomic bomb or the iPhone or the space shuttle. The greenhouse effect isn’t rock science.’ – Nate Silver, author of The Signal and the Noise, page 376.

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Unless you care a whole awful lot, nothing will change – The Lorax

“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – The Lorax by Dr. Suess

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The most effective and memorable request to your congressperson

“Rep. Cantor, we need you to promise us that you won’t leave office until Congress has solved the climate crisis.” — Elli Sparks, Citizens Climate Lobby group leader for Richmond, VA.

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Weather you see from your window, climate you see from a satellite

‘Weather is what you see outside your window, climate is what you see from a satellite.’ – Scott Mandia, Professor of Physical Sciences at Suffolk County Community College, New York.

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Deny global warming? Do you deny Air Force heat seeking missiles?

'In a bizarre sense, to deny global warming is to question the ability of the Air Force to put the right sensor on a heat seeking missile.' — Dr. Richard Alley, climate scientist at Penn State.

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The best job creators: clean energy & energy efficiency companies

‘Clean energy and energy efficiency companies are growing faster than any other sector. They are job creators. I cannot emphasize that strongly enough.’ – John Kerry, Secretary of State.

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Keystone XL? It’s foreign corporations selling dirty crap to China

‘Senator, why do you support this Keystone boondoggle of foreign corporations selling dirty crap to China?’ – Van Jones, co-host of “Crossfire” on CNN

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It's not conservative to waste stuff, then send our kids to fight for it.

"It's not conservative to waste stuff," Inglis says, "and to cause somebody else's kids to go on the sands of the Middle East to fight for that stuff that we're wasting."

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Are you still debating if smoking causes cancer?

"Giving scientists and climate change deniers equal time is like having tobacco executives debate doctors on the safety of cigarettes." — Senator Brian Schatz from Hawaii.

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The danger is not to the planet but our civilization

‘The danger is not to the planet but to our civilization on the planet. This is the real challenge of climate change.’ – Adam Frank, writer for National Public Radio.

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Small Antarctic sea ice gain overlooks total sea ice loss

‘Looking at sea ice and not total ice is like your high school football team winning their game, but your NFL team loses the Super Bowl.’ — Ted Scambos, Glaciologist at University of Colorado's National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Pricing carbon: The silver bullet of climate change policy

‘The simple prescription for anyone concerned about climate change: price carbon. It’s simple. It works. It’s conservative to the core.’ — Bob Litterman and Gernot Wagner, writing in Forbes Magazine

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Our new moon shot: Restore a healthy climate by 2070

“We can restore the climate of the 1980s by 2070. It won’t require a miracle or big sacrifices, just the will and policies to do it.” — Peter Fiekowsky, physicist, business owner, and volunteer for Citizens Climate Lobby.

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If left unchecked, this issue will swamp all other all other issues

“Climate Change is not just another issue. It is an issue that if left unchecked, will swamp all other issues.” — Ross Gelbspan, writer and activist. He wrote two books on global warming: The Heat Is On (1997) and Boiling Point (2004)

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Time to act like this is an emergency

“If (climate change) is an emergency, we have to act like it…But the good news is (if we act) we get to have a future for our kids.” — Naomi Klein, author and social activist

Join the movement to stop the biggest threat to our planet

'Climate change: the single biggest thing humans have ever done to this planet. One thing must get bigger: our movement to stop it.' — Bill McKibben, environmental author, activist, and founder of 350.org

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Stewardship just requires action, not optimism or pessimism

'(Taking action on climate change), it's not a matter of being optimistic or pessimistic. It's something that just has to be done.' — Marjory Stoneman Douglas

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Only poets can approach explaining this present danger

“Only poets can approach this task (describing the threat of climate change) until we come up with the right metaphor.” — Donald A. Brown, Associate Professor, Environmental Ethics, Science, and Law, Penn State University.

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'This is not uncertainty.  It's high school physics and chemistry'

'Certain gases trap heat in our atmosphere...Anyone who tells you that's uncertain is either very confused or they're lying.' — Naomi Oreskes, Professor of Science History at the University of Califormia (San Diego)

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3 phases of great scientific ideas: denial, resistance, & acceptance

“Every great scientific truth goes thru three phases: 1st people deny it, 2nd they say it conflicts with the Bible, 3rd they say they knew it all along.” — Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist and science communicator.

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Global Warming paused since 1998?  Paws are for puppies & kittens

‘People ask me: Is there a pause in global warming? My response: paws are for kittens & puppies. Global warming is still increasing.’ - Joshua Willis NASA Climate Scientist

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Earth was warm before? That's an observation, not an explanation

'Yes, the climate changed before. That's called an observation, but a scientist’s role is to explain why it changed before and now. — Peter Hadfield, retired British journalist and creator of popular science YouTube channel Potholer54,

Fossil Fuel: not free market, it's free loading market on our health

'Right now it is now a free market. It is a free loading market. The fossil fuel industry is free loading on our health.' — Mark Z. Jacobson, Professor of civil & environmental engineering at Stanford University and director of its Atmosphere and Energy Program.

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Granddaddy was right: you can make money selling the wind

"My granddaddy used to say , 'if we could sell the wind, we'd be wealthy.' Well, who ever thought we would be selling the wind!' — Tim Alexander, resident of Roscoe, Texas.

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Uncertainty? In science, 95% certainty is the gold standard

“In science, 95 percent certainty is often considered the gold standard for certainty.” - Seth Borenstein Associate Press science writer

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If 1º melts the Arctic, we're fools to see what 2º will do

"If 1 degee melts the Arctic, we're fools to find out what 2 degrees will do." — Bill McKibben, environmental author & founder of 350.org

Cities lead the charge on climate change action

'Around the world, city leaders are not wasting time debating the science of climate change...we are taking action. There’s simply too much to do and too much at stake." — Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City

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Drive your car if 97% of mechanics agree your brakes are shot?

97% of mechanics agree your brakes are shot. 3% say your brakes are fine. You family is inside the car. Who do you listen to?

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