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Hope for a Heated Planet:

How Americans are fighting global warming and building a better future

Robert K. Musil



Robert Musil, Hope for a Heated Planet



  1. Understanding Climate Change
  2. Home, Home on the range
  3. The Power of the Carbon Lobby
  4. Framing and talking about global warming
  5. Assessing the Big Greens: Start over or Build from Strength
  6. The New Climate Movement
  7. Where do emissions and energy come from?
  8. Energy Futures
  9. Creating Hope: What you can do
  10. Hope for a Heated Planet: Policy and Politics


Notes p. 225

The book is best used to mine for ways to cope – perhaps a Chart of the capable ways to cope – A) mitigation, versus B) adaptations


Solutions in Hope for a Heated Planet --

Musil 130-154

Chapter 6  The New Climate Movement   (post 2001)
Cool Companies.
p. 104

Toyota, 3M, Dupont, Lockheed Martin, United Technologies,

“These are huge institutions difficult to change overnight.”
p. 105

Lakoff compared to Wack – a Shell Oil manager

“Business as usual would not work in a world where oil demand would inevitably drop.”

1995 Chris Fey CEO of Shell oil stated “There is clearly a limit ot fossil fuel.”

“. . .the contrinutions of alternative, renewable energy supplies.”
p. 105.

“decentralized use of power.”

TABC Toyota Auto Body California – ong Beach assembly & Fremont plant

2.5 to 1.7 kwh consumption rate decline in five years while doubling production.

Variable speed motors

Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility ICCR
faith-based investors

“Clean-Air Cool Planet also offers easy-to-buy carbon offset tags form Native Energy, a renewable wind power company owned by Native Americans.”

“…That, even if enacted would not , would not prevent the worst of climate change.”

But both political change and grassroots organizing need clear focal points that affect people’s personal lives.”
p. 109.

Jerome Ringo NWF: National Wildlife Federation
“It is we humans, not just wildlife, who are harmed by pollution and climate change.”

“It must stop….minorities and poor people are especially hard hit.”
p. 110

“These include more jobs, a stronger economy, and renewed moral leadership.”

Faith Based movements                NRPE

“Justice, Peace and the integrity of creation.”

“Why don’t environmentalists ever have picture’s of people.”
Bishop James Malone of Ohio

Campus and Youth organizations
1.2 million signatures in a 1995 (spring-fall) for Environmental Bill of Rights
FTN   --       McKibben   --    NWF Campus Ecology Program       

Cool Cities

New England states
Governor Pataki, RGGI—Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative,

  • capped CO2 emission 2009-2015
  • 10% reduction by 2019
  • creating a market in carbon emissions
  • covered northeastern power plants

and California State Action
Governor Schwarznegger building on Gov, Brown Jr.s Energy Commission
State legislature passed the 200r Bill reducing carbon dioxoide emissions by 25% by 2020 – first such state to do so – Fran Pavley

New National Campaigns
Laurie David.

Growing Political Action

“may signal the crumbling of of the final obstacle to a truly strong environmental and climate change movement.”

in defeat
“They opted to give even greater priority to influence through electoral politics.”


New savvy
Sierra Club + CV + Garden Clubs of America + Green Groups = 2006 Congressional victory for conservationists

Note the Rhetoric
“a new healthy energy future.”
“preventing global climate change”

“The time is short. As scientists and environmentalists like point out, the planet does not care if we take action. Ike Noah…it is all up to us.”

What is needed is an end to the false distinctions between the personal and the political…the spiritual and the secular.”

“We need credible …calls to stop global climate change, create new energy polices.. . .”
“A simple set of policy prescriptions.. . .as well as a set of actions you and your family and friends can take at home and in your community.”

“The economy, health care, education and of course national security remain vital.”



education < -------------------------------------- > national security


health care

“give you and the rest of us real hope.”

p. 129


Where do Emissions and Energy come from? Chapter 7

Where Does Pollution Originate

“What we say and do about new, clean, and healthy energy sources with no greenhouse gas emissions or toxic wastes can make all the difference.”


Energy Futures Chapter 8


fossil fuels and nuclear power

“we also use energy pretty inefficiently.”

“The question is how fast can we change our energy system and how far can we go with nonfossil fuels?”

“More and more Americans are aware that we are nearing a dangerous tipping point for climate change.”

“three decades” to transition from gas lamps and horse to cars and electricity – so he says.

1886-1916, would have to be his dates (though 40-50 is more realistic) 1901 -31 he uses from Spindletop. Texas reserve to cars.

Renewables—wind and solar power

More energy efficient cars and fuel
Hybrids have been the first sensible step,
Page 160

The Brazillian picture is important –as—the world’s klargest user and producer of ethanol.

Once cellulosic ethanol becomes more common and processes for processes for biomass such as using grasses…are widely used (here) ethanol use can rise sharply.”

The built environment and sprawl

Green Buildings

Future Energy Policy Scenarios

“The reserves of renewable energy that are technically accessible globally are large enough to provide about six times more power that the world currently consumes—“
pp. 180-181

“no one can say we do not have options…to quickly turn around the US economy and its carbon emissions.”


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