Skinner for Congress (MI-11)

Running for Congress — for the right reason

At last. There’s a candidate for congress from Michigan’s 11th district who is seeking office on a platform to do something about climate change

We talk about solutions. We complain about the government’s inaction — especially congress. Here’s our chance to help. I don’t care whether you live in Maine or California, Alaska or Hawaii. You can contribute.

The campaign is asking for donations of $11 for the 11th district for one candidate. Please contribute. Give more if you can afford it.

Go here and make a contribution.

15 responses to “Skinner for Congress (MI-11)

  1. NIck Barnes

    Brilliant. I don’t think it’s ethical for me to contribute (as a non-American), [Response: In fact I doubt that it’s legal for you to do so] but I will encourage American friends to do so.
    It’s interesting to me that she seems to be using a dog-whistle for evangelical Christians, and millennialists in particular, several times. The “End Times” headline is just the most obvious, but it runs all the way through, right to the style of the appeal in the “altar call” at the end.

  2. Martin Smith

    I’m in.

  3. Thank you. Done (or rather, begun)

  4. Greg Wellman

    Complete off topic, but something right up the alley of this blog – a website of Spurious Correlations (time series no less):

    [Response: Boring.]

  5. Hi everyone, I’m Nancy Skinner’s campaign manager and I just want to say thank you so much for 1) your courage to have your voice heard about this issue, 2) to stand up for a candidate who is running on this issue and 3) for helping donate to our cause (for those of you that can)!

    We always need more help getting the word out about the campaign, so please follow Nancy at @Nancy4MI11 and rewteet her messages if you can, or share posts on her facebook. Climate change is an issue that we need to tackle NOW and we all believe here at HQ that if we don’t elect a 21-year champion on the issue like Nancy, no one will have the courage to make the issue a cornerstone of his/her campaign in the future.

    Also, for funsies, you should check out Lenar Whitney’s climate denier video on YouTube. She’s like Nancy’s anti-particle. And if you can leave messages there that direct like-minded climate change advocates to Nancy, that would be even better! Thanks again for your support, keep up the good fight!

  6. Jim Torson

    It is very disappointing that Skinner’s website now includes a page promoting thorium reactors. This is now the first page linked on the “Issues” drop-down menu. I previously did some browsing around on her website and did not see this, so it appears that it was recently added.

    Rather than listening to the propaganda and hype by the thorium promoters, I highly recommend that you listen to this discussion of thorium by the very knowledgeable and highly-credible Dr. Arjun Makhijani:

    Dr. Arjun Makhijani on the downsides of the proposed thorium reactors and why solar power will save money and save lives

    • What a boring interview.

      He glosses over one of the main anti-proliferation points of liquid thorium reactors and claims it is a negative. The reactors don’t produce excess uranium 233. If you, with great difficulty, separate out the uranium for a bomb you will no longer have a working reactor. It’s much easier just to build a simple uranium reactor and make plutonium the old fashioned way.

      • Here is more on thorium:

        Thorium: the wonder fuel that wasn’t

        This is published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and is written by Robert Alvarez, who is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies. Alvarez served as senior policy adviser to the Energy Department’s secretary and deputy assistant secretary for national security and the environment from 1993 to 1999.

        Note that Makhijani’s book Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy is available free here:

        This includes several summary documents.

  7. Donation accomplished. Good luck, Nancy!

  8. [Off topic] A peer reviewed “not computer models” regarding climate sensitivity and formal attribution:

    Lovejoy 2014. Scaling fluctuation analysis and statistical hypothesis testing of anthropogenic warming. Climate Dynamics, May 2014, Volume 42, Issue 9-10, pp 2339-2351

  9. You might be interested to hear that in British Columbia, climate scientist Andrew Weaver (University of Victoria) ran for provincial office as a member of the Green Party and won. Here’s a recent article from the local news. My point is that scientists can win elections on platforms promoting evidence-based policy making.