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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Photo credit: Vinh Dao

45 comments

W. C
W. C2 months ago

Thanks.

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William C
William C2 months ago

Thank you for the article.

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Cat Lazaroff
Cat Lazaroff6 years ago

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/

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Victor M.
Victor M6 years ago

We need strong decissions.

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Rebecca S.
Rebecca S6 years ago

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...

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Gale Thomasson
Gale T6 years ago

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

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Duane B.
.6 years ago

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!

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K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

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Mark Stevenson
Mark S6 years ago

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

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Andrew Carvin
Andrew Carvin6 years ago

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?

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