The Road Ahead

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  1. October 31, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    The One Planet We’ve Got

    “Five years ago this week, the Paris Climate Agreement took effect, as nearly 200 nations committed to reduce their carbon emissions for the first time. To mark this milestone we asked ten people—Obama Administration alumni, Obama Foundation leaders on the front lines of the climate fight, and President Obama himself—to reflect on the path to Paris and the work that remains to address the climate crisis.

    As President Obama notes, “we’ve got no time to lose.”

    Here: (https://www.obama.org/paris-climate-agreement/)

  2. October 31, 2021 at 1:23 pm


    UNDP Head on campaign to end fossil fuel subsidies: “Don’t Choose Extinction”
    The UN Development Programme
    is calling on world leaders to end Fossil Fuel subsidies.

  3. October 31, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    Don’t Choose Extinction

    “The world spends an astounding US$423 billion annually to subsidize fossil fuels for consumers – oil, electricity that is generated by the burning of other fossil fuels, gas, and coal. This is four times the amount being called for to help poor countries tackle the climate crisis, one of the sticking points ahead of the COP26 global climate conference next week, according to new UN Development Programme (UNDP) research.

    The amount spent directly on these subsidies could pay for COVID-19 vaccinations for every person in the world, or pay for three times the annual amount needed to eradicate global extreme poverty. When indirect costs, including costs to the environment, are factored into these subsidies, the figure rises to almost US$6 trillion, according to data published recently by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

    Instead, UNDP’s analysis highlights that these funds, paid for by taxpayers, end up deepening inequality and impeding action on climate change.

    The main contributor to the climate emergency is the energy sector which accounts for 73 percent of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. Fossil fuel subsidy reforms would contribute to reducing CO2 emissions and benefit human health and well-being, and they are a first step towards correctly pricing energy – one that reflects the ‘true’ and full cost of using fossil fuels to society and the environment.

    But UNDP’s analysis shows that fossil fuel subsidy reforms can also be unfair and harmful for households and society if they are poorly designed. While fossil fuel subsidies tend to be an unequalising tool – as the lion’s share of the benefits concentrate among the rich – these subsidies also represent an important portion of poor peoples’ incomes that otherwise must be paid for energy consumption. Fossil fuel subsidies’ removal thus could easily become an income- and energy-impoverishing strategy. This contributes to making fossil fuels reform difficult, and imposes a key barrier to transitioning to clean and renewable energy sources.

    The Don’t Choose Extinction campaign features a collective intelligence platform, the Global Mindpool,
    to help tackle the most important issues of our time. Linking insights from around the world – on the climate emergency, the crisis in nature and inequality – the Global Mindpool will support UNDP to better inform and equip policy makers in government, civil society, and the private sector.”

  4. 4 ggail44
    October 31, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Good West Coast Halloween Day, Nerdy & TOD family 😻😎

  5. 5 ggail44
    October 31, 2021 at 2:54 pm

  6. 6 ggail44
    October 31, 2021 at 2:59 pm

  7. October 31, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    The One Planet We’ve Got: John Podesta

    Watch John Podesta reflect on the work that went into bringing the Paris Climate Accord to life.
    You can check out more reflections from other key staff, including from President Obama, at https://www.obama.org/paris-climate-a….

    “The Paris Agreement remains one of President Obama’s proudest accomplishments.
    It committed nearly all nations to binding emissions reductions and capstoned a longer effort that stretched across President Obama’s two terms to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. By the time he left office, those efforts helped create a vibrant clean energy industry in the United States, while reducing America’s carbon pollution to its lowest levels in two decades. His personal diplomacy also helped bring nations like China and India into the fold, forging a truly global framework to fight climate change.

    But even as the agreement in Paris was reached,
    President Obama underscored that the agreement alone was not enough to address the crisis;
    instead, Paris provided a framework for increased ambition in the fight against climate change, including through summits like the one taking place in Glasgow next week. Many of the young leaders the Obama Foundation supports are on the front lines of the climate fight and the Foundation has created communities of practice to share ideas and resources with program alumni as they engage in this work.

    Nearly every day, we see new evidence of how rising global temperatures affect our lives in the form of rising sea levels, longer droughts, more intense wildfires, and record-breaking storms, all of which contribute to the collapse of communities around the world. Progress requires all of us—activists, business leaders, governments—to ask what more we can do to live up to and build upon commitments like those made in Paris.”

  8. 15 ggail44
    October 31, 2021 at 5:04 pm


  9. 16 jer44
    October 31, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    • October 31, 2021 at 10:01 pm

      As Dr King has said…Unjust laws have to be opposed…the professors have to find the courage to do so….also as Dr King says…The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times challenge and controversy. .

  10. 18 jer44
    October 31, 2021 at 5:10 pm

  11. 21 ggail44
    October 31, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    I truly admire Jen

  12. 24 ggail44
    October 31, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    Me too

  13. October 31, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    Help! Fact check needed! Following is being attributed to PBO, & being shared via online platforms. For some reason, I don’t think it’s his words.

    Former United States of America President Barack Obama said:
    “When I think about the depth of the grave and the kilos of sand that are going to be thrown at us, there is no need to harm my brother;
    When I think of the darkness that pervades the tomb after it has closed, there is no need to hurt my sister;
    When I think of the heat driven back by the ground and the amount of water that will drown me during the rains in this grave, I cannot make my neighbor suffer;
    When I think that I will be alone abandoned by all, I prefer to enjoy communion when I am alive;
    When I think my relationships are cut off by my past, I want to perfect my future.
    If I could be reborn and start all over again, I would no longer make mistakes in my actions.
    After a long meditation, I understood that all is vanity on earth.
    May God help us to cultivate humility and love of neighbor, because vanity only gives vanity, everything will be vanity.
    Be happy and make someone happy.”

  14. October 31, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Summit on Global Supply Chain Resilience to Address Near-Term Bottlenecks and Tackle Long-Term Challenges

    “President Biden has made resilient supply chains a top priority of his Administration since Day One.
    Today, the President is holding a Summit on Global Supply Chain Resilience with the European Union and 14 like-minded countries to foster greater international cooperation on near-term supply chain disruptions and chart a course to strengthen and diversify the entire supply chain ecosystem over the long term—from raw materials, intermediate and finished goods, manufacturing, to shipping, logistics, warehousing, and distribution. The President’s Summit builds on recent Biden-Harris Administration actions including the expansion of port operating hours on the U.S. west coast, the launching of an Early Warning System for potential disruptions in semiconductor manufacturing, including in Asia, and this week’s Department of Energy announcement establishing Li-Bridge — a new public-private alliance committed to accelerating development of a robust and secure domestic supply chain for lithium-based batteries. Today’s announcements build on the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing work under Executive Order (E.O.) 14017 to build resilient supply chains that the President issued in February.

    Joining the President at the Summit are Leaders and representatives from Australia, Canada, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the European Union, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Italy, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom. They will discuss how we tackle the immediate supply chain challenges from this unprecedented economic recovery and build long-term supply chain reliance for the future.”

    Details: (https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/10/31/fact-sheet-summit-on-global-supply-chain-resilience-to-address-near-term-bottlenecks-and-tackle-long-term-challenges/)

  15. 38 amk for obama
    October 31, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    Yet another fbi-wray massive fail. And yet all these trumpturds are yet to be fired.

  16. October 31, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    (Pls note: Top polluters Xinping and Putin will not attend the Climate Summit, even as…)

    “In central China, the worst flooding on record displaced 250,000 people.
    In Siberia, summer temperatures reached as high as 100 degrees, feeding enormous blazes that thawed what was once permanently frozen ground.

    “Clearly, we are in a climate emergency. Clearly, we need to address it,”
    Patricia Espinosa, head of the U.N. climate agency, said Sunday as she welcomed delegates to Glasgow.
    “Clearly, we need to support the most vulnerable to cope. To do so successfully, greater ambition is now critical.”

    If the planet heats even a half-degree more,
    it could lead to water and food shortages, mass extinctions of plants and animals, and more deadly heat and storms, scientists say.

    Sara Noordeen is the chief climate envoy for the Maldives, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean.
    Most of the country comprises coral islands that sit only about three feet above sea level. Rising seas as a result of climate change mean the Maldives, which has been inhabited for thousands of years,
    could be submerged within a few generations.

    Mr. Biden’s election has brought “a lot of hope” to countries like hers, Ms. Noordeen said.
    But, she added, “He needs that legislation to go through as well.”

  17. 40 amk for obama
    October 31, 2021 at 8:10 pm

  18. 41 amk for obama
    October 31, 2021 at 8:11 pm

  19. 42 Dudette
    October 31, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Go Braves!!! ⚾️

  20. 43 Dudette
    October 31, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    This show is definitely worth you time.

  21. October 31, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Happy Hallz everyone!

    –goofing around here wearing capes and bear heads…eating choc. The kids are at the door this year.

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  24. 48 Dudette
    October 31, 2021 at 11:38 pm


  25. 49 pkayden
    November 1, 2021 at 5:56 am

  26. 50 jer44
    November 1, 2021 at 9:06 am


    President Biden will deliver remarks at the opening of COP26, a global summit in Glasgow, Scotland that will focus on international climate negotiations.

    • November 1, 2021 at 12:24 pm

      Hearing different languages is such candy for this brain, anyway a lot of English speakers.

      Representative of Georgia describing how rapidly his country is losing its glaciers — as here.
      COP26 must must act.

  27. 54 jer44
    November 1, 2021 at 9:45 am

  28. 55 amk for obama
    November 1, 2021 at 10:32 am

  29. 57 amk for obama
    November 1, 2021 at 10:44 am

  30. 58 jer44
    November 1, 2021 at 10:56 am


  31. 60 amk for obama
    November 1, 2021 at 10:58 am

  32. 64 amk for obama
    November 1, 2021 at 11:45 am

  33. November 1, 2021 at 11:55 am

    Here: (https://www.msnbc.com/the-reidout/watch/toni-morrison-novel-targeted-in-virginia-governor-race-ad-decried-by-critical-race-theory-scholar-124960325880)

    Top critical race theory scholar calls attacks on Toni Morrison novel a ‘bait and switch’

    “Toni Morrison’s novel ‘Beloved’
    being targeted during the Virginia governor race in a GOP ad is decried by leading critical race theory scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw. Crenshaw tells Joy Reid machinations like this are a political ‘bait and switch.’”

  34. 66 amk for obama
    November 1, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    What a clueless asshole of a moron.

  35. 67 Dudette
    November 1, 2021 at 12:26 pm


  36. November 1, 2021 at 12:28 pm


    Greta Thunberg joins a protest in Glasgow.
    (Lupkat and Santora)

    “As Greta Thunberg joined scores of protesters on the streets outside the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow on Monday, an online petition that she helped start quickly drew more than a million signatures.

    The open letter from Ms. Thunberg and other young climate activists — including Vanessa Nakate,
    Dominika Lasota and Mitzi Tan — accused political leaders of betrayal for not meeting their own goals to address global warming.

    “Right now, world leaders are meeting for historic climate talks, but pledges without real action won’t cut it anymore,” Ms. Thunberg said. “We are catastrophically far from the crucial goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius,
    and yet governments everywhere are still accelerating the crisis, spending billions on fossil fuels.”

    The impact of the youth campaign led by Ms. Thunberg was evident in the halls of the conference,
    where Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain borrowed from her scathing indictment of the political leaders.”


  37. 69 Dudette
    November 1, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    Heads Up! Nov 8th

  38. November 1, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    List of Speakers for the First Part of the High-Level Segment for Heads of State and Government

    Monday, 1 and Tuesday, 2 November 2021

    United Nations Climate Change Conference 2021
    Glasgow, United Kingdom,
    31 October – 12 November 2021

    “The first part of the high-level segment at the twenty-sixth session of the Conference of the Parties,
    the sixteenth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, and the third session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (COP 26/CMP 16/CMA 3), will be held from the afternoon of Monday, 1 November until the evening of Tuesday, 2 November 2021 and will hear national statements from Heads of State and Government who have registered and confirmed their wish to deliver a statement. There will be one list of speakers for Parties to the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. Parties will have only one opportunity to deliver a national statement during the high-level segment. The list below is the list of speakers who have been confirmed to deliver a national statement.”

    List is here: (https://unfccc.int/sites/default/files/resource/COP26_List_of_speakers_1st_part_HLS_0.pdf)

  39. November 1, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    “Obama was one of the Paris Agreement’s architects and President Biden has confirmed he United States Is fully committed to the climate action,” said Carolina Schmidt,
    Chile’s minister of the environment and the president
    of the last Conference of Parties (COP) meeting,
    held in 2019 at a time of intense international panic
    about Trump policy guided by his conspiracy mongering that climate change is a Chinese hoax.

    Trump announced in 2017 he was pulling out of the Paris Accords,
    which was built around country-by-country commitments to cutting carbon emissions through government action. Biden reentered the agreement in one of his first moves in office.
    But, Schimdt added, “We need not only leaders, but concrete commitments by every country — but especially from the big emitters — following the signs to be carbon neutral by 2050 at the latest. In that sense, all the commitments of the United States in helping to reach these global agreements is good news.”

    • November 1, 2021 at 12:51 pm

      Dinosaur Trump killed Americans in various intentional ways, including pulling out of the international agreement to save our planet from extinction. He and his enablers must be held to account so that our young people will have a future worth living.

  40. November 1, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    John Holdren: We need citizens to insist to their policymakers that the policies be constructed and implemented in a way that addresses this challenge, which is ultimately going to affect everybody.

    John Podesta: I understand people’s frustration, particularly young people,
    because there’s a generational equity issue involved in climate change. They’re going to experience the negative effects of bad decisions that their parents, grandparents, and great grandparents made. But I also understand the opportunity, which is right in front of us, to change our economy, to make it more just, more equitable, to reduce emissions, to make it cleaner, and the opportunity to build a strong economy that again, is carbon neutral. That is investing in these new clean technologies like electric vehicles, clean power, reducing emissions from the industrial sector, will create the jobs, the livelihoods, the businesses of the future.

    Colette Pichon Battle: I’m not doing any of this alone.
    And I think what I’m most hopeful about are the hundreds of leaders we’ve been able to connect with now… seeing new leaders, seeing wisdom from so many years all come together like a good gumbo is what gives me a lot of energy and a lot of pride in doing this work. We’re nowhere near done. We have some more, very difficult challenges, obstacles and fights in front of us. But I do think we’re reaching a moment where the broader public is starting to understand that those of us who’ve been talking about climate for decades now have been telling the truth.

    John Podesta: The politics of climate have changed.
    I think the American public has always supported clean energy solutions, and that’s true across the political spectrum. When you ask people, “Do you support renewable energy? Do you support the movement towards electric vehicles? Do you support more money for transit?” You get majorities saying, “Yes, yes we do.” But it hadn’t been a salient issue. It hadn’t been one in which people judged “
    Do I vote for this person or that person based on their stance on climate?”

    I think that’s really changed. As people who have felt the effects of climate change, see it all around them, breathe the smoke from the fires, see the tragedy of people dying from heat, understand the intensity and the increase in flooding in hurricanes, it’s really fundamentally changed, and people are demanding answers.

    We need action in this decade. And so, this upcoming meeting in Glasgow is really critical to ensure that the whole world is pushing forward now with even a tougher goal of meeting that mid-century net-zero target.

    President Barack Obama:
    From the perspective of the Obama Foundation, one of the things I’m most excited about is to see the young activists from around the world who are taking up the baton and not just working in their own countries, but now forming a collective movement across borders to tell the older generation that has gotten us into this mess that we all have an obligation to dig our way out of it. And if old folks won’t do it, get out of the way because these young folks are coming and they’re ready to make sure that we have a sustainable planet and a better future for our kids and our grandkids.


  41. 74 Dudette
    November 1, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    Space tacos, Baby! 😄

  42. November 1, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    and now with being able to protect our younger children…the number will rise higher…

  43. 77 Dudette
    November 1, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    BFD’s are afoot!

  44. 80 Dudette
    November 1, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    It’s Native American Heritage Month!

  45. 81 Dudette
    November 1, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    Wow! These folks ain’t playing! 😳

  46. 83 Dudette
    November 1, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    So, like it’s a bad thing that these drugs didn’t get circulated across America?

  47. 84 Dudette
    November 1, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    New Book Alert!

  48. November 1, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Jay-Z, Foo Fighters and Carole King
    Join the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

    Barack Obama (via video), Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift spoke on behalf of the inductees at a ceremony that also honored Tina Turner, the Go-Go’s and Todd Rundgren.


  49. November 1, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    ‘The Coup Is Ongoing’:
    Rep. Gallego On GOP Whitewashing Of Jan. 6th

    ““The coup is ongoing. It means the coup has moved from the rabble rousers, those losers, those wannabe terrorists that showed up on January 6 into the political realm, which actually does happen a lot,” says Rep. Ruben Gallego.”

  50. 87 Dudette
    November 1, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    NYPD’s foulest

  51. 90 Dudette
    November 1, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    Colorado maps

  52. November 1, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    Dave Chappelle & Obama inducts Jay-Z, Eminem & LL Cool J performs at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2021

  53. 93 Don
    November 1, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel”

    Samuel Jackson

    This is probably one of my favorite quotes of all time, it embodies the times we are living in and witnessing.

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