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October 20, 2012 5:07 AM Climate Change Is Simple

By Ryan Cooper

For your morning coffee today, check out this remix/mashup I made of a David Roberts TEDx climate talk. It’s best on HD, fullscreen, with some decent speakers:

Any technical/aesthetic recommendations or advice welcome.


Ryan Cooper is a National Correspondent at The Week, and a former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @ryanlcooper


  • Max on October 20, 2012 10:05 AM:

    Nicely done,Ryan.Incredibly depressing and oddly inspiring. I'll be bookmarking this one. When my granddaughter is a little older, I'll show her this to help recruit her into the army of Gaia.

  • William W. Quinn on October 20, 2012 10:10 AM:

    Thank you Ryan. I just got my solar panels up but am still 800 Kvolts/month short of being net neutral. OTOH my congressman is not only a global warming denier, he's even a DDT denier. And I just got through watching Chris Hayes' show where they were busy making nice with the coal miner union people on account of we need their votes.

    So what's next? What can I do? I just read up on McKibben's new project on disinvesting from fossil fuel companies and okay, I am all up with that, my measly few IRA dollars are going into nonfossil investments as we speak. Seems pretty puny, but the first folks who disinvested in South Africa probably thought the same.

    Any more ideas?

  • Ron Ray on October 20, 2012 10:36 AM:

    Everyone should see this video. Post it everywhere you can. Take up a collection and pay to have it broadcast on network TV. It should be shown in schools. This is the clearest and most convincing piece I have ever seen on this topic.

  • SecularAnimist on October 20, 2012 11:34 AM:

    William Quinn:

    If your electric utility bills separately for transmission costs and the actual electricity consumed, and allows you to choose your electricity supplier, you may have the option of purchasing wind-generated electricity.

    That's what I do, in Maryland. I buy 100 percent wind-generated electricity through a local company called Clean Currents, which sources its wind power from the Highland North Wind Farm in Pennsylvania and the Big Sky Wind Farm in Illinois. My monthly bill from the local utility (PEPCO) has separate line items for the electricity consumed and for PEPCO's transmission costs.

    Congratulations on your solar panels -- I hope to get mine installed within the next few months.

  • douglas imbrogno on October 20, 2012 12:02 PM:

    Nicely done, Ryan. Thank you.

  • hornblower on October 20, 2012 12:07 PM:

    I stumbled over my resolution not to read this blog on the weekend. Now I remember why.

  • Neildsmith on October 20, 2012 12:32 PM:

    Hey hornblower... Really? It sort of seems like you have nothing better to do.

    Did you have a substantive criticism to share? Global warming is silly? Not worth the sacrifice required to deal with it?

  • janinsanfran on October 20, 2012 12:47 PM:

    Very nice. Will propagate. Thank you.

  • Trish Ramey on October 20, 2012 12:57 PM:

    Powerful.... I will also propagate this video.

  • hornblower on October 20, 2012 1:41 PM:

    Kathleen talks about women's issues and Ryan talks about climate change. I tune in for political news and opinion. I believe in global warming er climate change. However, the cause, scope and long-term effects are open to debate. There will be none here and anyone who proposes such will be attacked as a dupe of some dark force. I am not a Scientist but I know there is no such thing as settled science. When I hear "we think" about future happenings rather than "we know" about them I listen.

  • Anonymous on October 21, 2012 8:16 PM:

    "I am not a Scientist but I know there is no such thing as settled science."

    Hornblower, did you miss the part in the video about worrying about the thread count of the German soldiers' uniforms or their daily caloric intake being immaterial when confronted by the onslaught? Do you jump out of fourth story windows because gravity isn't settled? How about banging your head against a concrete pillar because we don't even begin to understand inertia? We know as much about global warming as we do about gravity.