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Rally steps up climate awareness

April 15, 2007

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Concerned Kansans rally on Massachusetts Street in Saturday's Step It Up campaign. Lawrence's version of a nationwide event included a panel of speakers and the march to highlight climate issues.

Concerned Kansans rally on Massachusetts Street in Saturday's Step It Up campaign. Lawrence's version of a nationwide event included a panel of speakers and the march to highlight climate issues.

Concerned citizens from throughout Kansas gathered in Lawrence on Saturday to take part in the Step It Up campaign, which included a rally in South Park and a march down Massachusetts Street.

Concerned citizens from throughout Kansas gathered in Lawrence on Saturday to take part in the Step It Up campaign, which included a rally in South Park and a march down Massachusetts Street.

When it comes to picking its battles, the United States is fighting the wrong war, Don Worster believes.

Despite the Pentagon stating it has about $500 billion for its military budget, Worster, a Kansas University environmental history professor, suspects that the actual spending is closer to $800 billion.

"All this $800 billion to defend the safest and (most) secure nation in the world from human invaders," he said, "yet there is no money to combat global climate change?"

Worster told an audience at the Burge Union on Saturday that climate change presented a greater threat to United States security and economy than terrorists in the Middle East.

"Nothing will bring the United States down as a world power faster than this," he said.

Worster was among a panel of speakers at the Step It Up rally, Lawrence's version of about 1,300 simultaneous rallies across the country on Saturday to put the issue of global warming in the limelight.

Also on hand were Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence; Carey Maynard-Moody, who ran unsuccessfully this year for the Lawrence City Commission; and Jason Fizell, who represented U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka.

Climate change is an issue that Sierra Club member Bill Griffith, who came from Leavenworth to listen to the speakers, said has quickly gained attention in the past year since the release of a documentary by former Vice President Al Gore.

"It's definitely gaining traction," he said. "After 'An Inconvenient Truth' came out, we saw a marked increase in traction on this issue."

The rally culminated in about 150 people marching on Massachusetts Street at 4 p.m. Saturday, a march that Francisco rode up to on a bicycle.

Speaking at Burge Union earlier in the day, Francisco said the Kansas Legislature has passed environmentally friendly legislation, such as a bill that would allow utility companies to enter into agreements with homeowners to help finance energy conservation measures on houses.

But, she said, progress in government on climate change issues marched at the pace of baby steps.

It's the same with Lawrence City Hall, according to Maynard-Moody, who said the city hadn't made fast progress on its agreement with the Sierra Club's Cool Cities Program from a year ago.

It was an agreement in which the city was supposed to reduce carbon emissions by 7 percent by 2012.

She called on the audience at the Burge Union to pressure City Hall to make progress on the agreement.

"Give some time to this," she said. "Because that is what it's really going to take."

Comments

jmadison 7 years, 8 months ago

Global warming an article of faith not science

james bush 7 years, 8 months ago

The sky must be falling!..........NOT!

Richard Heckler 7 years, 8 months ago

Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

By Lee Iacocca with Catherine Whitney

04/11/07 "ICH" -- -- -Had Enough? Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, "Stay the course." Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned Titanic. I'll give you a sound bite: Throw the bums out! You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore. The President of the United States is given a free pass to ignore the Constitution, tap our phones, and lead us to war on a pack of lies.Congress responds to record deficits by passing a huge tax cut for the wealthy (thanks, but I don't need it). The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we're fiddling in Iraq, the Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what to do. And the press is waving pom-poms instead of asking hard questions. That's not the promise of America my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for.

I've had enough. How about you? I'll go a step further. You can't call yourself a patriot if you're not outraged. This is a fight I'm ready and willing to have. My friends tell me to calm down. They say, "Lee, you're eighty-two years old. Leave the rage to the young people." I'd love to, as soon as I can pry them away from their iPods for five seconds and get them to pay attention. I'm going to speak up because it's my patriotic duty. I think people will listen to me. They say I have a reputation as a straight shooter. So I'll tell you how I see it, and it's not pretty, but at least it's real. I'm hoping to strike a nerve in those young folks who say they don't vote because they don't trust politicians to represent their interests. Hey, America, wake up. These guys work for us. Who Are These Guys, Anyway? Why are we in this mess? How did we end up with this crowd in Washington? Well, we voted for them, or at least some of us did. But I'll tell you what we didn't do. We didn't agree to suspend the Constitution. We didn't agree to stop asking questions or demanding answers. Some of us are sick and tired of people who call free speech treason. Where I come from that's a dictatorship, not a democracy. And don't tell me it's all the fault of right-wing Republicans or liberal Democrats.

The Test of a Leader: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17516.htm

Fred Whitehead Jr. 7 years, 8 months ago

Hooray for Merril!!! You have managed to state my position that this newspaper will not print in the Letters to the Editor, it offends Mr. Simons Republican slant. Sorry, Dolph, but Bush is toast and he is leading us down the path of destruction and this blog has very completely presented that fact.

Sigmund 7 years, 8 months ago

A politician/movie maker and now a car salesman are telling us their views of science, it must be true! Therefore let us all discount the SCIENTISTS who are backing away from doomsday. Let us ignore the SCIENTISTS who now believe that global warming is not caused by man, but from the sun, the source of all energy, life, and climate on the earth.

But even if it is all man caused, "A warmer climate could prove to be more beneficial than the one we have now. Much of the alarm over climate change is based on ignorance of what is normal for weather and climate. There is no evidence, for instance, that extreme weather events are increasing in any systematic way, according to scientists at the U.S. National Hurricane Center, the World Meteorological Organization and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change." --Richard S. Lindzen

Professor Lindzen is the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research has always been funded exclusively by the U.S. government. He receives no funding from any energy companies. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17997788/site/newsweek/

Believe the politician/movie maker and ex car salesman if you like merrill, I'll go with the MIT professor on this.

EXks 7 years, 8 months ago

Merrill, thanks for the great post and link.

We won't have real outrage until this country, like a drunken addict hits rock bottom...... until the middle class and the privileged sons and daughters of the chicken hawks who support the Cheney/Bush oil war come home in body bags.... until gasoline hits $5 a gallon and they can't afford to drive their environmentally destructive SUV's! Maybe then the chicken hawks will say, "I've had enough!"

deec 7 years, 8 months ago

Interesting that actors are acceptable as Presidents, though.

EXks 7 years, 8 months ago

Sigmund, Richard Lindzen is perhaps one of the very few scienctists who are global warming skeptics.

Lindzen is a PAID lobbyist for the "coal and oil industry," so of course, being a skeptic of global warming is in his financial interests...... He charged "oil and coal interests" $2,500 a day for his consulting services; and in 1991 his testimony before a Senate committee was PAID for by Western Fuels.

Sigmund 7 years, 8 months ago

Professor Lindzen is the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research has always been funded exclusively by the U.S. government. He receives no funding from any energy companies.

At least according to Newsweek/MSNBC... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17997788/site/newsweek/

But if you say so, it must be true!

kugrad 7 years, 8 months ago

So if thousands upon thousands of scholarly articles in peer reviewed journals report the conclusion that Global Warming is a phenomenon caused by man, including articles that thoroughly debunk the "solar cycle" theory, we should instead listen to the one dissenting voice?

The issue as to whether or not man causes global warming has essentially been resolved. There is no significant dispute among the scientific community, albiet there may be one or two more who still pursue other alternatives, as is the nature of science.

Frankly, the evidence is now so overwhelming and so clear that only one with a biased predisposition to disbelieve the prevailing theory would support the notion that global warming is not caused by man.

Funding from the government does not equal scientific independence. As we saw during the George H. W. Bush presidency, the government will fund research for political reasons.

harryk 7 years, 8 months ago

Perhaps when all of these "environmentalists" finish putting a stop to global warming, they could trim 0.2422 days off of the length of the year so we don't need to worry about leap years any more.

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