#832 It costs money to either save or destroy the world (Climate)

Today we look at the financial realities of both action and inaction on climate change. Turns out the right, selfless thing to do is also the right, selfish thing to do


Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: The shocking truth about oil - and our planet - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 04-22-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: The fiddler's ballad - Jen Osha w/Wolf Creek Session

Ch. 4: Act 2: You'll Never Guess Who is Leading the Fight on Climate Change (Hint: It's Your Insurance Company) - @majorityfm - Air Date: 05-21-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Land of Confusion - Invisible Touch

Ch. 6: Act 3: Climate Deniers Using Same Tactics as Tobacco Industry - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 04-09-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Robber Barons - Robber Barons - Single

Ch. 8: Act 4: John Fullerton: Carbon Crisis, Fossil Fuels, & Finance - The @GRITlaura Flanders Show - Air Date: 12-3-13

Ch. 9: Song 4: Leader - Burning Spear

Ch. 10: Act 5: Stanford makes progress on divestment campaign - @greennewsreport - Air Date: 5-8-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Peril - Heresy and the Hotel Choir

Ch. 12: Act 6: Fossil Fuel Divestment Wins via @350 - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - The Poet

Ch. 14: Act 7: The antarctic ice sheet is disintegrating - @greennewsreport - Air Date: 5-13-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Water Keeps Rising - Kristin Diable and the City

Ch. 16: Act 8: Climate denial a prerequisite for GOP in 2016 - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 05-12-14

Ch. 17: Song 8: What Have We Done - Dancing In The Streets

Ch. 18: Act 9: Politician: I'm Not Qualified To Debate Science So I Reject It! - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-30-14

Ch. 19: Final comments on the launch of our first major BotL fundraiser

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone

Activism Update!

"Big win for divestment campaign: Stanford to divest from coal companies”

Sources/additional glimmers of hope:

"Why the Petro-Divestment Movement Is Unstoppable” via The Tyee

"Why Divestment is Changing the Climate Movement” by Chloe Maxmin at The Nation

"Fighting Climate Change by Divesting from Fossil Fuel Companies” via On The Commons


Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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  • commented 2014-06-04 14:08:27 -0400
    The John Fullerton segment on climate change and finance was the best discussion on the issue that I have heard. He said it all and he is right to be pessimistic about our ability to change course. Nations and private companies are not going to give up all the wealth contained in fossil fuels without an extreme amount of public pressure. That public pressure is not likely to exists along side the sophisticated disinformation campaigns created by the fossil fuel interests. I think our only potential saving grace is technology. We have to find an alternative that makes fossil fuels cost prohibitive and obsolete and we need to hurry.

    The other technological advancement that I have heard (mostly from conservatives) would be an emission that reversed the effects of green house gases in the atmosphere. I question the science behind that concept, but I have heard it numerous times from rich conservative country club types. The fact that they would propose that solution shows that they are engaging in willful ignorance. They don’t really and truly deny climate change. They just understand that doing something about it would be hard and could possibly hurt their checkbook. They know its real, but they are just praying that the invisible hand of the infallible free market will save them in the end. Proving once and for all that church is just for show and the real God they worship is called money.