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'Clean coal: as useful as a porous condom' – comedian Robin Williams

'Clean coal is a bit like a porous condom: at least the intention was good.' – comedian Robin Williams.

Georgetown, TX: ‘We’re not Al Gore, but our goal: 100% clean energy.’

"I'm probably the furthest thing from an Al Gore clone you could find. We didn't do this to save the world — We did this to get a competitive rate and reduce the risk for our consumers." – Georgetown, Texas interim City Manager Jim Briggs

Category:Clean Energy
Climate action is an opportunity to express our faith through love

“Climate change is an opportunity to express our faith through love.” – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, atmospheric scientist and associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University.

Rising temperatures: it’s like a bully coming for your lunch money.

‘We can think of global warming as a bully that comes by every year and tells you to give him more and more of your money.’ – Park Williams, a tree ring researcher at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

A livable planet: it’s not a special interest. It’s a public interest.

“(To be successful) we have to take climate change and take it from a special interest to a public interest." – Bob Berkowitz, President and Founder of EcoAmerica.

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Climate scientists: not drama queens, more like anti-drama kings

‘Scientists are often accused of being alarmists. However, an examination of scientific literature shows that scientists have been underestimating the risks. Instead of being drama queens, climate scientists are like anti-drama kings.‘ – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist and associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University.

Earth was warmer before? Yes, go see Jurassic World!

‘People often say: ‘Earth was warmer in the past with carbon dioxide levels higher than today’ Yes, there is a recent movie called Jurassic World. Would you like to go see it?’ – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist and associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University.

This is not a scientific debate. It’s a political debate

‘If I have one message, it is that climate change is not a scientific debate. Its a political debate being made to look like a scientific debate.’ – Dr. Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University.

Don’t like big government? Then give free market solutions a voice

"The main reason why we object to the reality of this problem (of climate change) is because the solutions that have been presented are big government solutions. So that is why I think it is so important to give free market solutions a voice in this argument.” – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist at Texas Tech University.

Gateway fact: 97% of climate scientists think human-caused climate change is real

“Based on the evidence, more than 97% of climate experts are convinced that human-caused climate change is happening.” – Edward Maibach, Teresa Myers, & Anthony Leiserowitz, of George Mason & Yale Universities.

Solutions! The exact opposite of farting at a cocktail party

'Society conspires to suppress the discussion of climate change. Someone once said that talking about climate change is like flatulence at a cocktail party.' – Dan Miller, clean technology venture capitalist and climate speaker.

Can't reject science data just because you don't like it

"The one thing we know in science and life in general is that we can't just throw out the data we don't like just because we don't like it." – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist at Texas Tech University.

The world is waiting for a ‘Yes’ from America

“Do we really believe in America is an exceptional nation and do we think we can really solve this challenge of climate change? The rest of the world is waiting for a 'Yes' from us.” – former Representative Bob Inglis.

It’s stories, not science, which persuades people

“Science is not what persuades people. It’s the stories they hear from the people they trust.” – George Marshall, the founder of the Climate Outreach and Information Network, based in Oxford, England.

“Solar = independence & freedom!” – says Tea Party member

“I don’t believe government should be picking winners and losers in the market place. I want consumer choice and clean air and clean water and solar is the best way to create a competitive choice.” – Debby Dooley, co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party.

Category:Clean Energy
Dangerous is not a scientific decision. It’s a choice within our hearts.

‘What is dangerous is not a scientific decision. It is a decision we make based upon what is in our hearts.’ – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, atmospheric scientist and associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University.

Scientists: The last people on Earth capable of a conspiracy

“The last people on the planet capable of a conspiracy are scientists. Their entire career is spent trying to prove the other guy is wrong.” – Dr. Bruce Wielicki, senior Earth Scientist for NASA.

‘I’m not a scientist, but I can use my brains and talk to one’

“I’m not a scientist either but I can use my brains and I can talk to one.” – former Florida Governor Charlie Crist in July 2014 responding to Florida Gov. Rick Scott's line, “I’m not a scientist.”

Antarctic sea ice: like a napkin draped over a huge water pistol

“The spreading sheet of sea ice around Antarctica could be viewed as a napkin being draped over a monstrous water pistol. “ – John Upton, science writer at

Let’s create jobs that will save us, not cook us

“If public money is going to be spent on energy jobs, it has to be for the jobs that will save us, not cook us.” – author and social activist Naomi Klein.

Category:Clean Energy
ESPN: ‘Cheering for bad basketball, like cheering for cold in Antarctica.’

“We can point to (NCAA men’s basketball) games and say ‘that was a great game’ or ‘this has been a great tournament’ but that is like denying there is climate change by saying ‘Hey it was cold yesterday in the Antarctic.’”

“I’m not a doctor, but I know not to drink arsenic”

“I’m not a doctor, but I know not to drink arsenic.” – climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann responding to the “I am not a scientist” line used by top Republican leaders.

Ocean barnacles don't respond to Fox News, just sea level rise

‘Ocean barnacles don’t know science. They don’t read science. They don’t watch Fox News… What they do is they respond to the actual position of the ocean and they are moving up.” – Peter Harlem at Florida International University

Category:Who to Believe?
You can be a religious conservative & accept climate science

"What I’m trying to do is convince people that acknowledging climate change doesn’t make you liberal. It makes you literate." – meteorologist Paul Douglas.

NASA: 'We study Earth because it is our only home.'

“We can’t go anywhere if the Kennedy Space Center goes underwater and we don’t know it...It is absolutely critical that we understand Earth’s environment because this is the only place we have to live.” – NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

'Ronald Reagan would have fought climate change'

'Before you get mugged by reality, take out an insurance policy. It’s the Ronald Reagan way.' – George Schultz, former Secretary of State for President Ronald Reagan from 1982 to 1989.

'Conservatives support solar even more than progressives'

“Conservatives support solar — they support it even more than progressives do. It’s about competition in its most basic form. The idea that you should be forced to buy power from a state-sponsored monopoly and not have an option is about the least conservative thing you can imagine.” – Bryan Miller, co-chairman of the Alliance for Solar Choice and a vice president of public policy for Sunrun, a California solar provider.

Category:Clean Energy
Balloons go up! So gravity is a hoax?

"See this balloon? It goes up when I let it go. This proves gravity is a hoax." – This educational message brought to you buy The Jim Inhofe School of Science.

Let's give our kids a clean and green future!

"Whether the climate is changing or not and whether people are responsible or not, these children deserve a clean and green future. Lets give it to them!" – Dave Finnigan, Founder & Director of Climate Change is Elementary.

Climate is a trend, weather is a snapshot

"Climate is a trend, weather is a snapshot." – Adam Kutell, software developer and advanced level Toastmaster in St. Louis, Missouri.

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Let's terminate Climate Change!

"(Climate change) is a challenge of our time and that is why I am on a crusade for a sustainable future and terminate climate change once and for all." – Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Governor of California and Hollywood movie star.

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President Obama: 'Let's put a price on carbon'

"if there’s one thing I would like to see, it’d be for us to be able to price the cost of carbon emissions." – President Barack Obama in an interview with New York Times journalist Thomas Friedman, June 7, 2014.

This is the most important thing you can do!

"Very few people on Earth ever get to say: I'm doing, right now, the most important thing I could possibly be doing.' If you join this fight, that's what you will be saying." -– Bill McKibben, founder of

Can’t trust politicians? Then British Monarchy should rule us again.

‘If we can’t hold our politicians accountable, then we need to ask the British Monarchy come back because our experience in self governance failed.’ - Rep Bob Inglis responding to claim our elected leaders cannot be trusted to properly implement a carbon tax.

Humans not warming climate? That idea is gone with the wind.

“Any wisps of doubt that human activities are at fault are now gone with the wind.” – climate scientist Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University.

Science conspiracy exposed by plucky band of billionaires !

Plot idea: 97% of the world’s scientists contrive an environmental crisis, but are exposed by a plucky band of billionaires & oil companies!

Category:Who to Believe?
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.

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.

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.

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.