TO BERN OR NOT TO BERN: why the left (and everybody else) should support Bernie Sanders for president

By Charles Fredricks Contrary to what we are encouraged to accept, supporting a politician is not a beauty contest, a horse race, or a marriage. Bernie Sanders may not be a perfect candidate, but he's certainly the closest to perfect of anyone who's had a shot at winning since George McGovern (whom I must confess I didn't support based on the system is rotten beyond repair brand of cynicism). Gripes over Bernie from the left fall into three categories, ill-founded if you take into account the state [...]

By |2015-09-07T23:51:40-05:00September 7th, 2015|Charles Fredricks, Commentary, Politics|0 Comments

Methane in CA – Spin Won’t Cut It

by Charles Fredricks A recent public indoctrination event on the issue of Methane held by Climate Resolve makes for a good Earth Day inventory of where we stand in Southern California. As with the previous Climate Resolve conference, what is most remarkable is what was omitted from discussion. The panel featured regulators and scientists, funded on the public dollar with some support from industry, describing their work to isolate and plug the leaks in our methane distribution system and capture emissions from dairy production.  Isolating these ìsuper-emitters [...]

By |2015-04-02T01:39:52-05:00April 2nd, 2015|Charles Fredricks|0 Comments

Busy Cutting The Branch We’re Sitting On

by Charles Fredricks scfs-la.org  dsa-la.org It's said that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step; but then, to get where you're going, it's helpful to know where you are to begin with. For those paying attention, two alarming studies were published recently calling attention to the lack of attention paid to our global ecology. For most these reports flew by under the radar, as conflict between races and different political groupings of humanity apparently continues to take all the oxygen in the room, [...]

By |2015-02-01T03:09:22-05:00February 1st, 2015|Charles Fredricks, Ecology, Environment|0 Comments

CLIMATE CHANGE by the numbers

By Charles Fredricks 5 or 10 years: The amount of time we may have to lock in transition of electric power generation, heating and cooling, and transportation away from carbon based fossil fuels to renewable energy, to avoid civilization-ending disaster. 50 years: The time lag roughly between when we will feel the effects in the climate system of the carbon emissions we are generating now. positive feedback mechanisms, 3: Systems in the biosphere that have a tipping point that could move warming beyond humanity's ability to control. [...]

By |2014-10-31T20:14:26-05:00October 31st, 2014|Charles Fredricks, Ecology, Environment|0 Comments

The Over-riding Urgency of Climate Change

by Charles Fredricks This year 20,000,000 people were displaced by climate events; more than by war (that's from the UN). In a few years, without prompt action, that number will increase tenfold, and from there the news will only get worse. This needs to remain a top-priority focus, educating the public and discussing steps that must be taken now to avert greater damage. To me Arun Gupta's article fails in this respect. It is rife with political targets, and short on solutions. There are carbon pricing schemes [...]

By |2014-11-01T12:17:02-05:00October 1st, 2014|Charles Fredricks, Ecology, Environment|0 Comments
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