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Will this disaster movie end with a kiss?

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BiteClimate change is like one of those Hollywood disaster movies that pit obstructionists against ordinary people who become heroes. Those movies often end with a kiss. We don't know how the climate change story will end—will our grandchildren enjoy some end-of-movie kisses?
Climate protection puts money in your pocket

Bite"Once people understand climate protection puts money in your pocket, the political resistance will melt faster than the glaciers." - Amory Lovins, physicist and Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute.
You don't have to believe in climate change to solve it.

Bite"You don't have to believe in climate change to solve it. Everything we do to raise energy efficiency, will make money, improve security & health, and stabilize climate." - physicist Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute.
Oil subsidies:   Like paying your kids to pee on toilet  seat?

Bite"Imagine if I was scolding my kids not to pee on the toilet seat while paying them per-dribble. I'm just saying."—David Roberts, Grist.
US:  The Saudi Arabia of wasted energy.   A vast untapped resource.

BiteThe U.S. is sitting on a vast, untapped reserve of cheap, clean energy: the energy lost every day to leakage, outdated infrastructure and old habits. We are the Saudi Arabia of wasted energy.
Nothing short of a revolution

BiteClimate solutions are not tweaks. They’re a revolution.
Why tax good things when you can tax bad things?

BiteA straight-through tax can help to lower carbon emissions by reducing taxes on work (e.g. income tax and payroll tax) while increasing taxes on consumption (e.g. carbon tax).
Like blood-alcohol limit, go over 2C and we're busted.

BiteTo stay below the blood-alcohol limit, we should drink no more than six standard drinks. To keep world temperature increase below 2C we must consume no more than 565 gigatons of fossil fuel. That is only one-fifth of known fossil fuel reserves. Bill McKibben.
Tattooed advocates will win Washington - Bill Clinton

Bite"The more people with visible tattoos who advocate for clean energy, the more success it will have in Washington. You win the tattooed vote and we’ll have the damnedest environmental policy anybody ever saw."—Bill Clinton
'Shine, Baby, Shine!' Not 'Drill, Baby, Drill'

Category:Clean Energy
Bite"I have nothing more to do with oil. I am producing my own energy -- solar energy," Larry Hagman (the actor who played oil baron J.R. Ewing on TV show Dallas) said in a television advertisement for SolarWorld, a Bonn, Germany-based solar system producer.
The best Christmas gift: Go solar!

Category:Clean Energy
Bite"This past month, I spent more beer & pistachios than I did on gas & electric. And I am not a big drinker. It’s amazing how much (solar) cuts down on your bills and how economical it is to install.” – Jim Stroup, St. Louis, Missouri area resident who recently installed solar panels on his house.
Nobody ever marched on Washington because of a pie chart

Bite"Numbers numb, jargon jars, and nobody ever marched on Washington because of a pie chart. Stories get stored. And when you can change the story, you can change the world." — Andy Goodman, a nationally recognized author, speaker, and consultant in the field of public interest communications.
Don't fear global warming but do fear local climate destabilization

Bite"Unfortunately, the focus remains mostly on “global warming” instead of on the bigger concern—that we are disrupting the planet’s climate in completely unpredictable ways." — Ajit Varki and Danny Brower, writers of the 2013 book, "Denial: Self-Deception, False Beliefs, and the Origins of the Human M...
"politicians don’t create political will, they respond to it."

Bite"We adamantly believe that politicians don’t create political will, they respond to it." — Mark Reynolds, Citizens Climate Lobby Executive Director.
'I am not going fishing.  I want to get climate change right.'

Bite'Hey, Senator Inhofe, I am not going fishing. (Many) military people like me want to get climate change right.' — Ret. General Steve Anderson
Reject climate change? Then you are rejecting science itself

Bite'If you disagree with the science of human-caused climate change, then you are disagreeing with science itself,' — World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.
Walmart's goal: use 100% renewable energy by the year 2020

Category:Clean Energy
Bite"Our goal to be supplied 100% by renewable energy is the right goal and marrying up renewables with energy efficiency is especially powerful." — Wal Mart President & CEO Mike Duke
Coal: Not a good long term investment says Goldman Sachs

Bite"The window for profitable investment in coal mining is closing. " — Goldman Sachs, Rocks & Ores Commodities Research Report, July 24, 3013.
Don't fall for denial or despair, instead just take action

Bite"(Many) people go straight from denial to despair, without pausing on the intermediate step of actually doing something about (climate change)." — Al Gore