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Climate Change Sets its Sights on Thanksgiving

Climate Change Sets its Sights on Thanksgiving

Time For A Pro-Pecan Pie Climate Policy

It’s pretty clear that climate change will have a host of victims, from coastal communities and cities to drought-stricken plains states.  Already it is affecting the breakfast table, harming production of maple syrup and coffee.

Now it looks like climate change is set to undermine one of the great American institutions: Thanksgiving.

If you’re like me, Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without a big slice of homemade pecan pie to fully contribute to a post-dinner food coma in front of a football game. But the extreme temperatures in Texas, the second largest pecan-producing state, are threatening this year’s crop, and could have devastating implications for years to come on this key ingredient to pecan pie. This is particularly alarming to southern family traditions, as noted by South Carolina native Louise Tucker: “Thanksgiving without pecan pie would be like Christmas without Santa!”

This year’s historic drought in the Lone Star state has reduced the annual pecan crop by approximately 40%.  And unfortunately, it is likely that the hot, dry weather in Texas will be closer to the norm, rather than the exception, for years to come.

That’s why it is increasingly vital to stop denying the reality of climate change, and start supporting real solutions to capping the unchecked carbon pollution that is warming our world and threatening our jobs, our livelihoods and our holidays.

Even the climate skeptics are coming around to what many of us have known for a long time – that climate change is real, and it is happening. Now it is time to step up and take action to stop it.

Our energy policy is plainly anti-pecan pie, providing massive government subsidies for carbon polluters that spew greenhouse gases into the air and expect the rest of society to pay for the consequences.

If you’re in the pro-pecan pie camp, it is time to fight back.  It is time for a pro-pecan clean energy policy which rejects the special interest pleadings of the polluters, embraces wind and solar development and welcomes the life-affirming work of the Environmental Protection Agency’s that keeps our air clean and free of carbon pollution.

 

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1:00PM PST on Nov 18, 2011

Extreme weather in the US this year (lots of it linked to climate change) impacted everything from turkeys to pumpkins to wheat - Thanksgiving dinner is in big trouble! Check out this infographic: http://extremethanksgiving.weebly.com/

2:01PM PST on Nov 14, 2011

We need strong decissions.

11:20PM PST on Nov 13, 2011

harming maple syrup?? In Canada atleast we're producing too much maple syrup that in order to keep the price high on it the government has a bunch of maple syrup locked up...

2:54PM PST on Nov 13, 2011

There will be more than that scarce if we don't stop polluting our enviroment.

10:24AM PST on Nov 13, 2011

Pecans, chocolate, coffee ... the list affected by climate change is getting long enough that one of these days even the doubters will have to start working for a cleaner environment when their favorite food becomes scarce!

12:11AM PST on Nov 13, 2011

Thanks for the article.

10:37AM PST on Nov 12, 2011

A pollution tax on energy suppliers will be passed on to the consumers. The companies are not going to lose any profits

6:47AM PST on Nov 12, 2011

Leave one ice cube in your ice cube trays when you fill them for faster results.

I use solar lighting to light up portions of my yard, and have a solar light attached to my shed such that I don’t need to run electric to it. I also use gyro lights so I never have to buy batteries for my flashlights, and solar charged lithium ion rechargeable batteries for other devices.

I am far from being rich. So when it comes to saving money it’s not a question of whether I want to make the effort or not. All of the things I just mentioned cost me either close to nothing, or nothing at all. If we all began doing what I have already done we would be making serious progress towards saving the planet.

I intend to eventually move off the grid entirely through use of solar, and try to offset my electricity enough such that the electric company PAYS ME for electricity on a monthly basis. 10 years ago this would have been a serious endeavor, but these days they have easily accessible high quality consumer level products that you can buy cheap, and then set up with a minimum of effort.

I’m doing my part to save the world, and saving a lot of money while doing it.

So I have two questions for you:

Do you love your planet?

Do you like to save money?

6:46AM PST on Nov 12, 2011

I use green methods to control bugs. 1 part sugar + 1 part borax + 1 part water in a water bottle with a hole drilled into the lid will give you a very effective ant trap that you can use over and over. The same mixture with apple juice is being used to control ants, wasps, carpenter bees, and other flying insects that like to eat your house. My outside lighting is yellow which does not attract bugs anywhere near as much as the standard white. I also keep my house reasonably clean so there’s nothing to eat on the floor. ;P

We use reusable bags every time we go shopping. Reusable bags hold more, are more durable, do not pollute the environment like plastic bags do, and can be repurposed for luggage or storage. I keep several bags in my car’s trunk for whenever I decide to go shopping.

Buy digital goods that come with no store packaging (applications, games, music, etc). Not only will you avoid the waste created by store packaging, but digitally bought goods are often sold at huge discounts because they don’t have to factor the cost of the packaging into the price. Online and Steam both are well known for selling games at 75% to 95% off.

Keep ice in your freezer. Your freezer will use less electricity to stay cool, you will avoid the waste of ice bags, and save money on ice. Ice cubes are crystalized ice, and grow much faster when they have a pre-existing ice crystal to grow from.

6:46AM PST on Nov 12, 2011

Two trash can sits under my roof outflows, and the other 2 sit in my garden where I dump waste water from my dehumidifier in them.

My garden is grown completely from seeds, uses dirt from my yard as soil, uses pee as liquid fertilizer, and it is already providing food to offset my family’s food budget. All of the plants are planted in $2.50 paint buckets from WaMart, and thus it only takes 10 minutes a day to take care of it.

We cook around half of our meals on a propane grill which uses a lot less energy that an equivalent electric over. I have seen designs for solar ovens that use no fuel at all, and may eventually be switching to one of those.

I have replaced every bulb inside/outside my house with long life LED bulbs. I might have to replace a few maybe in 20 years, but for now the cost of leaving them all on (30 bulbs) is not even half of the cost of 1 incandescent bulb.

I have tin foiled most of the windows in my house, not only to help seal up the windows to prevent air/heat leaks, but to reflect incoming solar heat. This way I don’t have to run my AC as much in the summer, or my heaters as much in the winter.

I rescue trees that have grown up in inconvenient places in my yard, and then replant them elsewhere in my yard. Not only is planting trees a way to save the planet, but eventually they will be large enough to give my house shade. This will also lower my AC consumption in the summer.

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