“The Twitter feeds below are a random selection tied to a large set of “feeds” or the Tweet O-Rama. This is a larger list of watchdog, housing, accountability, consumer, tax, vote protecting, public policy and business integrity people, I make them available to myself for a fast review, sort of a personal litmus test. The “keyword” programs that hunt down story trends are cold and grabby. I like to stroll through them for the sense of humanity that remains.
I recommend scanning them regularly for what is relevant to them all from day-to-day. As a whole, Tweets represent a spectacular display of what is important to people in groups at the moment. They are not doing well, or maybe its just the moments are not that good.”Rex L. Curry
Before you go to the list, first, know that all core documents, assumptions, and arguments that require more testing for data will dance like angles on the head pin and achieve nothing. We live in the world of catastrophic resolution. Understand the practical misuse of argument in a diverse, divided country like ours is fully engaged in one poof. Garrett Harden’s 1960s thesis regarding the “tragedy of the commons” is true, but our innocent actions are no longer innocent. One balancing element might be the Creative Commons offer of a more open process. Nevertheless, even in the current mess in which we find ourselves, observers can see some things with abundant clarity.
Change toward anything better will not work without mass mobilization toward specific tests at the community-based action level of change. Moving the argument from the “atmospheric gas” problem to practical issues under the heading of resilience will shift the argument toward those tests. Every planning director and political leader should be asking questions such as 1) How many homes will flood or burn and where is it most likely now and in ten and twenty years? 2) Can this region or nation handle that number and does it have a resilience plan?
Getting blown down, flooded or burned out of a low-cost no cellar home, then flee, return and repeat is not a plan, it is climate change roulette. Once the gamble is recognized as such, the questions can get smarter to look for efficiencies in the food and water supply, the energy grid, the quality of emergency response, mitigation budgets and so on.
The spread of single family buildings from huts to mansions across the American landscape is our energy reality. We live where we live, it was shaped by national policy and cannot be reinvented easily in the face of new challenges. The National Interstate and Defense Highways Act of 1956 is a central part of why we live where we live. The initial expenditure was $26 billion, today that would be $242 billion. The act was designed in part to protect against thermonuclear war, but it also produced enormous land development wealth and a cheap place to live for everyone post-WWII to the present. An investment in the future of the nation even for purposes of research on alternatives is inconceivable today and yet The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) reports the costs of severe weather and climate disasters was $91 billion in 2018.
A self-criticism arose during the anti-war and civil rights movement of my 1960s youth. We had to do more than talk to the convinced, we had to walk the talk into new places. We have a similar problem today. There are people to listen to and learn from regarding trustworthy improvements in the argument for a better future. Quality leadership is easily accessible.
I like David Roberts at Vox on renewable energy, and Amy Harder of Axios is a favorite of mine on energy politics. Grist has Nathanael Johnson exploring, God help us nuclear energy and World Resources Institute offers the big picture with reasoned care.
The following tweets are written by people who are close to the ground that can be aware of tests for organizational, political and technological changes that meet a local condition and provide proof of a positive change. Feel free to add some. The well of ideas are plentiful, finding the thread of principle that ties them into a thing called mobilization is the real task at hand. Have a look.