Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Warming Wednesdays: sitting up and taking notice

Who'd have thought it? GM -- the carmaker -- has some news:

General Motors officially acknowledged today that implementing policies to prevent climate change is “good business.”

GM became the first automaker to sign the “Climate Declaration” pledge, which is promoted by nonprofit Ceres’ Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) coalition.

The decision to sign the pledge comes as GM has been pressuring the U.S. government to establish a national energy policy focused on promoting energy security with a diverse range of sources, including natural gas and renewables. The automaker sends no waste to landfills from 105 of plants, and is trying to boost that figure.

GM CEO Dan Akerson told the Fortune Green conference on Tuesday that “sustainability is woven into our global strategies.”

Detroit Free Press, May 1, 2013

Action on galloping climate change will come when the power players finally realize that their survival is at stake. Apparently GM has noticed.

So has the U.S. military, for quite awhile. Warming-enhanced disasters are going to define their operational environment and they know it.

In this context, listen to President Obama at the National Academy of Sciences:
Smart guy, great comedic timing, terrific researchers.

H/t to Climate Crocks for today's topics.

Despite every other legitimate concern, we cannot ignore that our economic and social system is rapidly making the planet less habitable. So I will be posting "Warming Wednesdays" -- reminders of an inconvenient truth.

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