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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.

‘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 Climatecentral.org.

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
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?
It's not enough to care, we must link together and act collectively

"It's not enough to care; we must link our concern to each other & act collectively...'1,000 stallions unconnected cannot move a baby carriage.'” — Larry Schweiger, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation

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.

'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)

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.

No single solution, there are millions of solutions

"A million small things got us into this climate crisis, and millions of actions will get us out of it." - Patrick Gonzalez, climate scientist for the National Park Service.

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 350.org

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.

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.

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.

Category:Who to Believe?
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.

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?

Category:Who to Believe?
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

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.

Scientific consensus matters; even Galileo made mistakes.

Galileo championed the idea that Earth revolves around the sun, but some of his evidence was later proven wrong. Today, peer review and consensus are how science errors get corrected. "People who say science is not about consensus, do not understand science."

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Category:Who to Believe?
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.

Category:Clean Energy
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

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."

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.

Category:Who to Believe?
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.

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.