EcoLinks 07.28.15
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EcoLinks 07.28.15

‘I only saw it for three minutes’: Ron Boswell criticises the Pope’s statement on climate change without even reading it and then misjudges population of India by 950 million
Lucy Mae Beers, Daily Mail Australia

Former National Party Senator Ron Boswell was greeted with laughter after making controversial and ill-informed statements about climate change and renewable energy.Appearing on the ABC’s program Q&A on Monday night in Brisbane, Mr Boswell had a particular issue with Pope Francis’ encyclical on environmental degradation and climate change – even though he had not read it. The discussion then moved to how environmental changes would help the likes of India.

EPA Chief: Climate Change Is Fact Because Bad Weather Leads the News
Nick Ballasy, PJ Media

“He can reach to communities that we can’t. I think it’s very difficult to say the pope is saying it for political reasons. He’s, I think, able to make the case that this is really a factual occurrence that humans are impacting the climate, that’s it’s really important, that it’s most important for the poor, the low-income minority communities that can’t get out of the way of the climate impacts,” McCarthy said.

The Francis Factor: How Will The Pope Influence The 2016 Election
John Gehring, Talking Points Memo

When Pope Francis visits the United States in two months and becomes the first pontiff to address Congress, his speech will be a seminal moment in American history. A pope who pumps fresh energy into the world’s most influential religious institution and humanizes the papacy will likely find his toughest audience in this country. Several polls released last week show both the challenges and opportunities that await a pope who denounces an “economy of exclusion” and in bracing language prods political leaders to wake up to the reality of climate change.

Francis ‘climate and capitalism’ views may be pruning his US popularity
Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News

Pope Francis’ favorability rating among the general public in the United States has returned to where it was when he was elected to the papacy and some believe his strong comments and capitalism and climate may be fueling that change.

Clinton unveils plan to combat climate change
Catherine Lucey and Ken Thomas, WRAL

Climate change has become a key issue in the Democratic presidential primary, where Clinton is the heavy favorite. Among Clinton’s 2016 Democratic opponents, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has been vocal about the need for action to curb climate change and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley released a plan in Iowa several weeks ago that deals not just with consumer energy use, but also industrial and transportation, as he aims to make the U.S. entirely powered by renewable energy by 2050.

Jeb Bush says he’s going to see the pope when he comes to the U.S.
Mitch Perry, Saint Peters Blog

Although he expressed some criticism about Pope Francis earlier this summer, Jeb Bush said at at town-hall meeting just outside of Orlando that he’s a “huge fan” of the current Pontiff, and says he hopes to be “part of the flock” when His Holiness comes to the United States in September.

How Hillary Clinton’s Climate Change Plan Stands Up To Martin O’Malley’s, aka The Only Two Global Warming Strategies In The Entire Race
Kendyl Kearly, Bustle

Whereas Clinton keeps her agenda related to clean energy, O’Malley addresses job creation and economic issues with his ideas. He has also expressed his disapproval of offshore drilling and tar sand oil, while Clinton has been less clear on such controversial issues.

Bruce Edward Walker

has more than 30 years’ writing and editing experience in a variety of publishing areas, including reference books, newspapers, magazines, media relations and corporate speeches. Much of this material involved research on water rights, land use, alternative-technology vehicles and other environmental issues, but Walker has also written extensively on nonscientific subjects, having produced six titles in Wiley Publishing’s CliffsNotes series, including study guides for "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest." He has also authored more than 100 critical biographies of authors and musicians for Gale Research's Contemporary Literary Criticism and Contemporary Musicians reference-book series. He was managing editor of The Heartland Institute's InfoTech & Telecom News from 2010-2012. Prior to that, he was manager of communications for the Mackinac Center's Property Rights Network. He also served from 2006-2011 as editor of Michigan Science, a quarterly Mackinac Center publication. Walker has served as an adjunct professor of literature and academic writing at University of Detroit Mercy. For the past five years, he has authored a weekly column for the mid-Michigan Morning Sun newspaper. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Michigan State University. He is the father of two daughters and currently lives in Flint, Mich., with his wife Katherine.