Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Blizzard of 2015: No More Buying Time

With warmer ocean temperatures fueling the storm, the Blizzard of 2015 bears the fingerprints of climate change.

Centrist politicians and pundits like to say, hey, I'm no climate science denier, and we should cut carbon pollution, but can't we just build this one more pipeline?

Nope. The wolves of climate change are at our doorstep. Good luck bargaining with them.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The State of the Union at 3am is Sweaty

Nest ThermostatI'm not saying you should keep your house at 45 degrees, but how do most Americans sleep at night with their house so warm at 68 degrees? I thought we all looked forward to cool summer nights - why do we keep our homes set at a warm summer night in the wintertime?

My wife and I bought a very warm comforter (only a few dollars more than a light comforter) and were saving big on our gas bill by letting our home cool off to around 60 at night. We raised it back to 68 after having our baby, but quickly tired of the sweat-drenched nights. Once she hit 8 months old, we bumped it back down to 65, about as high as we can tolerate.

But it's hard to blame people with programmable thermostats being so complicated to use (the model in my bedroom has 18 button)s. Next-generation thermostats like Nest lower the technological bar, but they're really expensive. Maybe we should subsidize those instead of shoveling taxpayer money at new climate-disrupting, water-polluting fracked gas pipelines that won't solve our energy problems?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

2015 State of the Union Highlights Obama's Climate Transformation

Just 30 months ago, President Obama was silent on climate change in his re-election campaign. But as the Washington Post's Chris Mooney reports, in his 7th State of the Union, Obama is not only staking his legacy on climate action, he's using climate science to make his political opponents look ignorant - and polls show it's working.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Are These the Faces of Climate Conspiracy?

Quick, look at this photo of NOAA National Climatic Data Center employees honored for developing a new standard to produce & preserve climate data records:

How would you best describe them?
  • Nerds happy to labor in obscurity
Climate science deniers are weird people.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Nitpicking MA's New Governor On His First Day

I didn't want to be a pain in Gov. Charlie Baker (R-MA) on his very first day in office, but then in his inaugural address, Baker claimed energy prices are rising in Massachusetts but falling everywhere else. That's false.

If Massachusetts wants to stop getting gouged by spiking fracked gas prices, the answer isn't to grow more dependent on fracked gas by building more fracked gas pipelines, it's to invest in wind and solar, which are the same price year-round.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

2014's Most Popular Posts: Wind Wins, Pedestrians Lose

The top posts of 2014 by page views here at The Green Miles:
  1. It's OK To Hit Pedestrians As Long As You're Not Paying Attention
  2. ABC Wind "Victims" Rebuked as Wind's Winning Streak Rolls On
  3. Meet the Newest Polluter Front Group: The Coalition to Lower Energy Costs
Posts dropped off precipitously in 2014 with the arrival of my daughter Olivia. But if you feel like 2014 looks a little thin, try looking at it upside down while hanging out of a backpack - I hear it's way more fun that way.

A photo posted by Bethanie Grant (@bethaniegrant) on

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Apparently Crosswalks Aren't Legally Binding

Traces, WellingtonTwice in recent weeks, people crossing the street in crosswalks have been hit by cars with no repercussion for the drivers:
  • Man in crosswalk seriously injured after being hit by driver in Warwick, RI at twilight without headlights on; driver not charged.
  • A 71-year-old New Bedford woman was injured November 24 when she was struck by a car in the crosswalk while she was walking across County Street at Union Street, reported The New Bedford Standard-Times. No citation was issued to the driver, Capt. Dennis Hebert said. (No link available.)
What's the point of crosswalks if drivers can run over people using them and not get charged with anything?