As you probably know the Senate failed to pass the Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday night and that within hours of the defeat Republicans were already vowing to resurrect the Keystone fight in January when they take control in the Senate.
"This will be an early item on the agenda in the next Congress and I'm very confident that Senator Hoeven's bill will succeed and we'll be able to get it down to the President," said Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) concurred, "We'll be back at the first of the year."
As Republicans back the President in a corner "some are concerned that he might use Keystone as a bargaining chip," said MSNBC's Ed Schultz last night on The Ed Show.
"This is the energy policy of the Republicans. Their stated policy, more oil to market and denying climate change," spouted Schultz.
Last night guests Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Bold Nebraska Executive Director Jane Kleeb joined Schultz to discuss the outcome of the Keystone vote and what's to be expected in the coming months.
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Anger, anxiety, overwhelm … climate change can evoke intense feelings.
"It's easy to feel dwarfed in the context of such a global systemic issue," says psychologist Renée Lertzman.
She says that when people experience these feelings, they often shut down and push information away. So to encourage climate action, she advises not bombarding people with frightening facts.
"When we lead with information, we are actually unwittingly walking right into a situation that is set up to undermine our efforts," she says.
She says if you want to engage people on the topic, take a compassionate approach. Ask people what they know and want to learn. Then have a conversation.
This conversational approach may seem at odds with the urgency of the issue, but Lertzman says it can get results faster.
"When we take a compassion-based approach, we are actively disarming defenses so that people are actually more willing and able to respond and engage quicker," she says. "And we don't have time right now to mess around, and so I do actually come to this topic with a sense of urgency… We do not have time to not take this approach."
Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media
Reposted with permission from Yale Climate Connections.
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