October 2017 Enews

CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT...IDEA OF THE MONTH...QUOTE OF THE MONTH...FLORIDA DEMOCRACY MATTERS...MONEY ON MY MIND...THE MAYOR...FACTS YOU CAN USE... CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT Democracy Matters at the State University of New York at Binghamton is in its ninth year and still going strong. This year’s record number of DMers are emphasizing the link between money in politics and the environment. Their solar initiative campaign will pressure Governor Cuomo and the NY legislature to prioritize renewable energy over fossil fuels in the state. In addition, DM at Binghamton is actively registering students to vote, and collecting signatures for a “Restore Democracy” petition to send to elected officials. A debate on campaign finance reform, and a "Redefining Democracy" panel discussion are also being planned. GO BINGHAMTON! IDEA OF THE MONTH –  Money in Politics is SCARY!! DMers get creative to ... Continue Reading

Talking About Climate Change

As Hurricane Irma roared toward Florida, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, famously told CNN this was not the time to talk about climate change. But he was wrong. The time is right now. Discussions of global climate change distinguish between “mitigation” and “adaptation.” The first refers to efforts to reduce, or at least slow, the pace of global warming. Most often this refers to reducing carbon dioxide emissions – the principle, but not only, green-house gas. Mitigation also includes the use of renewable energy. Adaptation, on the other hand, accepts that it is far too late to avoid the serious consequences of climate change. Instead, it is concerned with efforts to minimize damage. Examples include enhanced defenses against sea rise, strengthening building codes to resist increased storm intensity, and the protection of eco-systems. The need for mitigation and adaptation has its source in a giant market failure. Economic ... Continue Reading