During the fifth Democratic “debate,” Big Media again reminded us why it is culpable in enabling humanity’s blind rush toward climate chaos. As was the case in the previous three debates, climate got short shrift. Despite that, several candidates found opportunities to highlight the urgency of the crisis, inserting it into non-climate questions.
Dear Friends, Last Friday, 75 Bold Iowa supporters came to Ritual Cafe and cast votes for their top five presidential candidates. While not scientific, the results are instructive, with four takeaways of particular interest. Here’s how it broke out: 16.6% – Elizabeth Warren 2.7% – Marianne Williamson 12.7% – Bernie Sanders 1.2% – John Hickenlooper 10.4% – Kamala Harris Continue reading →
Dear Friends, With human survival on the line, we all need to be as fully engaged as possible. There’s just no way to sugar-coat it: Earth’s climate news is not good, especially up North: Wildfires burned across the Arctic last month. Anchorage recorded a record-high temperature of 90 degrees. Greenland is seeing unprecedented ice melt. It’s easy to feel despair, but we can’t give up. The stakes are too high. Now more than ever, we need climate action at both the personal and political levels. Continue reading →
Dear Friends, Remember how the Republican field shifted in the 2012 and 2016 Iowa Caucuses? The lead changed so many times that emergency rooms across Iowa saw a drastic increase in whiplash cases. Ok, I made that last part up. But seriously, remember one-time 2012 front runner Herman Cain? I didn’t think so. How about 2016 flash-in-the-pack leader Ben Carson? Or shoe-in-for-the-nomination Scott Walker? And oh, how I miss Michele Bachmann. The horde of Democrats running for president this year may or may not experience Continue reading →
The New York Times Excerpt: Ed Fallon, a climate activist in Iowa, who runs a group that dresses in penguin suits to confront candidates about climate, said Mr. Inslee’s challenge was not his age or his personality. He just needs to show up more on the campaign trail, he said. “Iowans aren’t just enamored by charisma,” Mr. Fallon said. “Given Inslee’s laser-beam focus on climate and given that climate is the top priority of Iowa caucusgoers, he has a chance to end up in the Continue reading →
Dear Friends, Honestly, saving the world shouldn’t be this much fun. At Bold Iowa’s Climate Bird Dog Workshop (April 25, 7:00-9:00 pm at the Mickle Center, 1620 Pleasant Street in Des Moines), you’ll not only learn a lot but the role plays we’re preparing will be creative and, well, a blast. Sign up today as we’re limiting the workshop to 100 people. Whether you’ve bird-dogged before or are a newbie, this two-hour workshop will give you the tools you need to effectively agitate for climate Continue reading →
Iowa State Daily Excerpt: Samantha Kuhn, a member of the audience who identified herself as part of Bold Iowa, a Des Moines based organization that seeks to build a rural-urban coalition to fight climate change, asked Inslee why he thinks other candidates are not prioritizing climate change the way his campaign is. “I think perhaps they have not had as much experience as I have had,” Inslee said of other candidates. Inslee said he wrote a book on climate change 11 years ago and introduced the “first Continue reading →
Friday, June 28, 2019 Des Moines, Iowa Bird Dogs: Kathy Byrnes, Brian Campbell, Ed Fallon, Todd Steichen Kathy reports: “Jay Inslee enthusiastically responded ‘YES’ to our invitation to participate in a climate debate.” ******* Sunday, June 9, 2019 Cedar Rapids, Iowa Hall of Fame Reception Bird Dogs: Samantha Kuhn and Matthew Peirce Inslee receiving his MVP award (Most Vocal Proponent) from Bold Iowa at the Hall of Fame Reception from bird-dog, Samantha Kuhn. Inslee received this award due to climate change being his main platform Continue reading →