Mother Jones on climate change and Thanksgiving It is a holiday loved for its abundance, but MoJo has now delivered a considerable bounty of downer to Thanksgiving, describing in detail just how endangered our favorite foods can be. Turkey, for instance, is in trouble because of what the drought has done to grain supplies. Forget mashing potatoes: higher temperatures in the spring could stifle yields of potatoes, which might also become infested with the potato tuber moth. Other dishes at climate change's mercy? Cranberry sauce, creamed spinach, anything involving corn, and maybe even pumpkin pie.
Grist on the carbon tax David Roberts describes why he doesn't regard the carbon tax "with the same reverence as many economists and climate hawks." Roberts says he has been asked why he doesn't advocate more strongly for the policy, which he says will not be instated as long as the GOP controls the house. So he gives 10 reasons "for a more tempered and realistic attitude toward a carbon tax." These reasons include the fact that the tax is "conservative," that the taxes are regressive, that the tax might come at the sacrifice of EPA regulations, and that "the environmental benefits are uncertain." He concludes that a carbon tax is a part of a "wholesale, society-wide commitment to remaking energy, agricultural, and land-use systems along low-carbon lines," but it's not the whole package.