The Rap Guide to Climate Chaos

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1.
04:35
Straight outta Canada, not straight outta Compton I got into rap from lovin’ the lyrics but never from limited options The only limited option I could see when rippin' a dope beat Was reppin' the streets, or becomin’ a OG Who me? I went to university, studied poetry And planted a million trees at a summer job while learnin' to MC I could've continued on to get a PhD, but I dropped out  After I finished a masters to put some intelligent hip-hop out Invented a new style that's fact-checked and peer-reviewed Packin' ridiculous levels of information into a lyrical groove What should I do? I've got options, what should I rap about? I think I could rap about anything, except what the rest of them rap about So what about climate change? Yeah, I love a good challenge That's about as unsexy a topic as anything I could imagine Plus it happens to be a massive threat to human survival So nothin’ less than savin' the planet with rap is my goal So get your head noddin’ We’re solvin’ some problems Get your head noddin’ ‘Cause we still got options Tree-huggin’ Canadian, we don’t know what to make of him People heard me rap and always thought I was an alien Until the day I played Aesop the Living Legend some of my music And he said “That’s the kind of rap white people should be doin’” Watch me find my groove and chase it, rhymes and music makin’ The world a better place with science communication So do me a favour and check your feelings while you listen to me rhyme Your reaction is like the weather, whatever it’s like outside But the feelings of everybody listenin’ combined That’s like the climate, the average weather over time It’s simply not sufficient for you to check your intuitions Check ‘em against evidence and statistics If reality contradicts an individual's worldview It takes persistence for the message to get through And that's what I'm here to do, this is not your basic rhymin’ It’s designed to penetrate your confirmation bias Newscaster: Well it’s now official, NOAA and NASA have now concluded that 2015 was the warmest year on record globally… So get your head noddin’ We’re solvin’ some problems Get your head noddin’ ‘Cause we still got options
 We got options, I’m talkin’ ‘bout choices and consequences Believin’ in superstitions or the scientific method Twenty fifteen, officially hottest year on record But one cold day is all it takes to forget it I’m beginnin’ to feel like this particular problem was designed To evade the innate architecture of the mind Ask a scientist, they'll tell you the climate is in crisis But people on the street see a bigger threat in ISIS Cognitive biases, I really don't give a puff Of CO2 whether you drive a ridiculous SUV Or eat tofu, just try to remain conscious Of how you influence other people’s options Rappers comin’ out of Compton, the Bronx and Brooklyn Introduced me to this music, and this is where I took it So nod your head to the beat Climate change is real, nod affirmatively So get your head noddin’ We’re solvin’ some problems Get your head noddin’ ‘Cause we still got options
 Obama: If anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have at it. You will be pretty lonely, ‘cause you’ll be debating our military, most of America’s business leaders, the majority of American people, almost the entire scientific community, and two hundred nations around the world who agree it’s a problem and intend to solve it.
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03:59 video
You want a new definition of “hard core”? Check out the intergovernmental climate report It says the world is getting warmer, unequivocally And the oceans have increased 30% in acidity And 90% of the warming trend is oceanic And concentrated in the arctic – nobody panic But the level of greenhouse gasses in the air Is higher now than it’s been in millions of years We added more than a trillion tonnes of CO2 to the atmosphere It’s gonna be centuries before some of the gasses clear I’m dropping science, unvarnished, unbiased But I don’t blame you if your instinct is to deny it ‘Cause we evolved to prioritize immediate threats If it bleeds it leads, that’s what the media says So let the gangster-esque rap music paint a picture And I’ll hit you with some evidence-based predictions
Get ready for… Wars, famines, droughts, floods Hurricanes, heat waves, murders, thugs Chaos, refugees, stress, disease Extinction, disaster, I-P-C-C Hollywood summer blockbusters can’t touch this I get my thrills from the latest reports published By the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Formed in 1988 to get the science straight Now they dropped the fifth assessment and the data’s up to date So allow me to summarize: bad things on the way Higher emissions, sea level rise, dire predictions On target for disaster movie-style predicaments In Copenhagen we set a limit of two degrees But that’s still enough to disintegrate major ice sheets Over the course of centuries, or maybe decades Yeah, some of the details are still up for debate They fluctuate between certain disaster and likely disaster Slow and steady or higher and faster Consensus, it’s the lowest common denominator Which means it’s probably gonna be way worse Than the… Wars, famines, droughts, floods Hurricanes, heat waves, murders, thugs Chaos, refugees, stress, disease Extinction, disaster, I-P-C-C So be afraid, be very afraid But we’re not, despite what the scenarios say And the effect of talkin’ about it is visible yawning And occasionally changing our behaviour microscopically And even those who get it, tend to get it logically But not viscerally, so we’re navigating myopically The threat is existential, it’s not environmental And your individual response is inconsequential Only coordination of our whole species Is gonna keep coastal cities from sinking below the deep seas And when was the last time a solution included all of us? Geophysics is at the mercy of geopolitics Climate change communicators, keep it positive People need to feel like they still have options And we do have options, either we find a solution Or we stick with the business-as-usual level pollution 
And get used to the… Wars, famines, droughts, floods Hurricanes, heat waves, murders, thugs Chaos, refugees, stress, disease Extinction, disaster, I-P-C-C
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Try to keep it positive and play it cool… Keep it positive, don’t give in to the nihilism Beat the Mobb Deep pessimism with the primal rhythm When I'm tellin' a story it's so epic I get my positivity from De La Soul records But art-official intelligence wont save us The stakes is high for today’s civilizations Stuck in an ego-trippin’ balloon mind-state The ocean’s about to be three feet high and rising It’s time for a grind date, say no go We gotta get that baby fat under control And it starts with me, myself, and I reduce emissions Where I can in this dog-eat-dog competition So the kids don’t face a stone age instead Of a daisy age after De La Soul is dead But De La Soul is still alive So there's still time for humanity to survive
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Let’s take it back Way back… In the greenhouse We heated it up Now we gotta figure it out And though we may not be around When it all goes down I know that what we Do now will live on And on and on and on
 Let’s take it back 200 years To the 1800s up in here When we only had two hundred and ninety CO2 parts per million in the atmosphere We had one billion Homo sapiens On the planet tryin’ to get their groove on And soon lots of them would Thanks to industrial revolution Joseph Fourier was a Frenchman A physicist and a mathematician He discovered the fact that the atmosphere Acts like a blanket for heat retention The greenhouse effect, first described In 1824 – visible light From the sun meets little resistance inbound ‘Cause the size of the wavelengths is hella tight But then when it hits the earth it emits Infrared radiation, with longer waves And they get trapped and bounce back when they Try to escape on their way back up into space In the 1860s, John Tyndall Investigated methane and CO2 And water vapour to see whether any of them block Infrared radiation, and they all do But methane and water vapour don’t stick around In the atmosphere for long, it took a Swedish Genius to identify carbon dioxide As a regulator, Svante Arrhenius 1896, Svante did the math If you double the level of CO2 gas You get a 5 - 6 degree temperature increase All across the map In the greenhouse We heated it up Now we gotta figure it out And though we may not be around When it all goes down I know that what we Do now will live on And on and on and on In 1927 Arrhenius died A celebrated Swedish civilian And three years later the population Of planet earth exceeded two billion In 1938 a British engineer By the name of Guy Callendar Discovered a rise in carbon dioxide And also measured a rise in temperature In 1958 Roger Revelle Demonstrated that the oceans couldn’t take care of it He said: “Humans are now carrying out A massive geophysical experiment” In 1960 Charles Keeling Did some measurements on Mauna Loa Of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere And every year the level appeared to go up It was rising at a steady rate, the same rate As emissions from us burning oil and coal Also in 1960, the population Hit three billion souls And it only took fifty six years to get More than seven billion in the same boat All hooked on fossil fuels like a drug And how we gonna quit, huh? Just say no? We started at under three hundred, now it's More than four hundred parts per million And it can't go up much more before A bunch of tipping points get to kickin' in So either we set a carbon budget With a fixed cap, and we stay within the limit Or else we can expect a catastrophic Greenhouse effect, and that’s physics 
In the greenhouse We heated it up Now we gotta figure it out And though we may not be around When it all goes down I know that what we Do now will live on And on and on and on Homo sapiens, live on and on Primates, live on and on [Various organisms] live on and on Parasites, get squashed
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Party don’t stop… There ain't no party like a fossil fuel party Cause a fossil fuel party don't stop “But if the fossil fuel party continues The venue’s gonna get too hot And if we don’t want the warming to be an issue We got this carbon budget we gotta stick to Simple!” But people don’t like budgets That’s why rap songs don’t have them as subjects I checked, it’s all gas guzzling With the top down screamin’ out “Carbon ain’t a thing!” So so energetic and so so deaf  To the cautionary principles of environmentalists Addicted to energy in high density  It's not just the music industry, it's industry Tappin' into these joules in abundance J-O-U-L-E, we run this
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Life is a battle against the threat of entropy To keep the chaos at bay it takes energy Joules, you get four joules in a calorie They keep your body movin’ just like juice in a battery Performing work, that’s a joule’s capacity Living things either bring in joules or they’re casualties Life is a joule theft, everything is eating everything And it’s ruthless, food is a source of energy To make moves with, how else you gonna hold on? Plants are the exception, they get joules from a photon And store it in a chemical bond, that’s the juiciest Until you come along and stick it up for its nutrients Every organism livin’, stick 'em up, run the joules Unless they're photosynthetic, stick 'em up, run the joules Plants get it from sunlight but the rest are criminals Stick 'em up, run the joules, stick 'em up, run the joules The sun give me energy I got the energy to win You draw whatever energy You need to live We burn energy, makin’ order for entropy We even learned to harness external sources of energy Burn the wood and get some extra calories Out of your food and light up the night, and break out the heat Domesticated animals gave us an extra dose And then we dug underground for the treasure trove Three hundred million year old black gold Hydrocarbons: oil and coal! That’s when external work really just accelerated Energy abundance makes a civilization creative We transcended the limitations of evolution One machine can do the work of fifty humans Every organism livin’, stick 'em up, run the joules Until they go electric, stick 'em up, run the joules Now we get external energy from fossil fuels So that “stick ‘em up” thing is totally old school People tryin’ to Drain me of this energy Energy to win You draw whatever energy You need to live We had fun with our energy abundance Until we discovered the carbon cycle is disrupted It was in balance, until we dug around And pulled a couple hundred gigatons out of the ground And burned it for the joules just to keep things movin’ And now the atmosphere is full of carbon pollution And two hundred and fifty trillion joules of extra Heat gets added to the planet every single second That’s two hundred and forty Hiroshimas every minute So maybe it’s time to get our joules somewhere different Like a drug in your system, ooh yeah, that’s the buzz If only we could get it from the sun like a plant does Every organism, stick 'em up, run the joules Gimme gimme gimme gimme, stick 'em up, run the joules It’s nothin’ personal but I gotta get the juice We got the dirty energy blues
 I don’t know what 
 They want from me 
It’s like the more carbon we come across
 The more problems we see
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Mo carbon, mo problems… Mo carbon, mo problems Biggie Smalls could get a party poppin’ But could he get it poppin’ while talkin’ 'bout carbon? It’s not exactly a party-sparkin’ topic Bring it up if you wanna fill a party with awkwardness Right next to religion and politics Try to keep it non-partisan when discussin’ it Stick to the science, skip the political ugliness Don’t mention Republicans block it and filibuster it Don’t mentioned Donald Trump’s Twitter Proclamations that climate change is clearly a hoax Just imagine how high that conspiracy goes But he’s not alone, the Donald’s a standard-bearer For the most error-prone segment of America Don’t take sides for the sake of takin’ sides Take sides ‘cause one side is the mistaken side When it’s so cut and dry, not takin’ sides Is the same as takin’ the wrong side Rest in peace, Biggie Smalls died in a tragic beef So listen to Bill Nye breakin’ it down for 2016
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Bill: They make their living introducing doubt, or trying to reassure people in the fossil fuel industry, that their business isn’t really causing all this rapid climate change. If you like mathematics, it’s right around a million times faster than it would have happened without humans burning all this ancient fossil fuel. Ha ha ha ha ha, check out the bizarre People tryin’ to claim that global warming isn’t human-caused Anthropogenic climate change skeptics Convinced that the liberal media’s out to get them Sometimes they tell us that the warming isn’t happening Other times it’s happening, but it’s just a natural thing Their views vary and remain contrarian Economically they’re invariably libertarian They think government’s already too massive And climate change is just a scam to expand it Commonly you can find them on a comment stream Anonymously commenting Cherry pickin’ a bit of temperature data And tryin’ to claim that climate change is in hiatus It’s not, the trends are still goin’ straight up But they ain’t tryin’ to change their minds once they’re made up So now the scientists know, but the public doesn’t They think the government can’t be trusted, it’s up to somethin’ Either they deny there’s a consensus Or they view it through conspiracy lenses What's beef? Beef is when the scientific findings all agree Beef is when the public perceives controversy Beef is when the contrarian view With no data supporting it, still gets through What's beef? Beef is the whole field of climatology Beef is ninety seven percent against three Beef is when your worldview Predetermines what you don’t believe and what you do
 First portray the science as nothin’ but shaky guesswork Then cite the research of a bunch of fake experts There’s a formula, and some are paid to follow it But most of them are just in an echo-chamber that swallowed it And some are even smart as whips, sharp as tacks All that cleverness just makes them clever with the facts They emphasize controversy and uncertainty Like: “We should probably just wait and keep researching” Science always has to deal with probabilities But how we interpret them reveals our flexibility If it’s a one percent terrorist threat, that’s a killing spree Better invest in the military But when the science is 98% confident About the climate, they say "scientists admit dissent" Well that's the method, scientists have to admit it I guess they need some backup from some rappers who get it What's beef? Beef is when the scientific findings all agree Beef is when the public perceives controversy Beef is when the contrarian view With no data supporting it, still gets through What's beef? Beef is the whole field of climatology Beef is ninety seven percent against three Beef is when your worldview Predetermines what you don’t believe and what you do

 So what about my worldview, how was it shaped? A liberal Canadian, environmentally raised When I was thirteen, my mama was working On her masters on climate change researching And my dad ran a company that planted trees Takin’ carbon out the atmosphere with forestry In 1992 my mama’s thesis Was about CO2 and Svante Arrhenius So if you try to say that climate change isn’t serious You’re dissin’ my mama! – I’m cliquish People tend to believe what their friends believe And believe the opposite of perceived enemies So pick a team, baby, what’s it gonna be? Is it team Trump, or team green energy? Team evolution or team creationism? I’m takin’ the scientific mainstream position And the scientific mainstream on climate change Says it’s dangerous, it’s happening, and yeah it’s man-made And there’s a debate, but it’s not against the few who doubt it The debate is what to do about it
What’s beef? Bill: The science is settled, so what we gotta do is raise awareness of the fossil fuel industry’s techniques here, so that we can pass reasonable regulations and all move forward. Fewer than two dozen but more than a dozen people have been able to introduce so much doubt so successfully, that the world’s most technologically-advanced country has not been the world-leader that it once was. We’ve been sitting on our hands here in US. We’ve let this extremely conservative portion of the Republican Party become so influential, in a way that’s just not appropriate, and this has something to do with money I guess. But we can change that. Built into the system is change, so let’s change. Vote, vote, vote.
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01:39
Ya mama’s carbon footprint is so fat!
 How fat is it? It’s fatter than a herd of cattle’s methane emissions It’s so fat, it shows up on NASA’s instruments Ya mama’s carbon footprint is so fat, when it happens It melts whole glaciers and floods manhattan I’m kickin’ battle raps on climatic facts With consequences for human habitats Like Drake and Meek Mill or Jay-Z and Nas Like a high stakes version of Lil Kim vs Nicki Minaj Biggie and Tupac, lives are on the line Except it’s millions of lives this time So get your ringside seats for the great debate They don’t match these opponents up weight to weight The mismatches on either side are shocking It’s like Sarah Palin against Stephen Hawking I even got friends who reject the consensus And not trolls either, those get unfriended Sophisticated skeptics debating on the topic Persuasively, spot the flaws in their logic The false assumptions and resulting blunders Just try not to get lost in the numbers Chris Christie: We shouldn’t be destroying out economy in order to chase some wild, left-wing idea that somehow us by ourselves is gonna fix the climate. Carly Fiorina: A single nation acting alone can make no difference at all. So why would we destroy all these jobs with regulation when the answer to climate change is innovation, not regulation?
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I’ve got a friend and he’s into the climate contrarians Clever clever and he seems to know better than scientists in those areas Yes my friend, you have arguments in your defence, I’m aware of it And we can stay friends even if your opinions Are a bit of an embarrassment Don’t worry, everything’s gonna be just fine We've heard this kinda thing before, what's different this time? They said “The population bomb is coming, and we're all gonna starve! Resources are gonna run out soon and life will be hard! Y2K is gonna get us, we're all gonna die! We're gonna run out of oil, or ozone, and we're all gonna fry! Civilization is doomed!” It's always the lefties Who salivate at the thought of consumerism's death wheeze That gut feeling that modern life is too good to be true Has a lot more to do with this debate than CO2 Climate change is not a problem. It's what, a couple degrees? Are we supposed to panic? Over what, a warm breeze? Yes, it's happening, and yes it's caused by human emissions So don't call me a science denier, this is not creationism Call me a “luke warmer”, a “contrarian”, call me a skeptic All I'm suggesting is we consider the costs and the benefits If CO2 goes up, crops are gonna be more productive We can adapt to a planet that's warming up a bit Chances are, global warming is gonna be harmless So we must have the courage to stand up to these alarmists
 You’re lost in the numbers You miscalculated it The cost of climate change You underestimated it You’re lost in the numbers You miscalculated it The cost of going green You overestimated it What’s the plan? Are we gonna tell African nations That after we got rich off of fossil fuels, they can't partake in them? It’s the height of hypocrisy for a western democracy To block any path to prosperity for people living in poverty And let's be honest, renewables are too expensive They power five percent of global energy? Unimpressive And that five percent is massively subsidized So renewables only survive because governments take sides And distort the market so they can overcharge for it Fossil fuel is what lifted us out of our former darkness And now the forces of environmental hysteria Are desperate to drag us back into a bygone era You want chaos? Try shutting the power mains off Try rolling blackouts, gas shortages, massive layoffs Economic collapse, skyrocketing energy costs You want to stop fossil fuels? Try shutting everything off Nah, here’s what’s gonna happen: emissions will increase For like twenty or thirty years, along with prosperity We will get off of fossil fuels, after a while We just can't let it happen on the back of an African child

 You’re lost in the numbers You miscalculated it The cost of climate change You underestimated it You’re lost in the numbers You miscalculated it The cost of going green You overestimated it Let the market decide, don't be too eager Renewables can take over as soon as they’re cheaper And no sooner, otherwise we all pay out of pocket Yeah climate change is real, and here’s how you stop it You do nothing, enjoy the fruits of progress As more and more products hit the market and cost less You invest in adapting to sea level and temperature rise As the GDP soars to indefinite highs Thanks to innovation, thanks to human ingenuity What you don’t do is put the breaks on it prematurely ‘Cause every dollar you spend on “decarbonization” That’s a dollar you don’t spend on a hospital patient Even the IPCC doesn’t paint such a bad picture They say in eighty years, everyone’s gonna be ten times richer So the cost of acting now is ten times higher That’s built into the models, you can check if you think I’m a liar The worst thing we can do is saddle today’s poor With a burden their grandchildren would have no trouble paying for The best thing we can do is all become prosperous Rich enough to adapt if climate change tries to bother us
 So what do you think y’all Are you with me? I’ve got a friend and he’s into the climate contrarians…
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01:36
Tellin’ me look on the bright side… It was all a dream I used to read Nature magazine And expected the weather to get extreme But that was just a dream, what a relief! So take a look on the bright side And you’ll see that we goin' be alright Do you hear me, do you feel me baby? We goin' be alright – come on, try it, it’s nice Look at the world through contrarian eyes You might lose a few friends but it’s worth the price To be a maverick To buck the trends instead of stickin’ to the average This is so dope, you should try it We have no control over the climate! Don’t you feel liberated? Consensus, pfft, don’t be intimidated The National Academy of Science is wrong NASA’s wrong, and so is the Pentagon They all need to look on the bright side That's the dark side, this is the light side There’s almost nobody here So take a look in the mirror Brush off your collar And embrace it You’re a fossil fuel baller
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Forgive me for producin’ some emissions and pollution But this rhythm and the music is my livin', when I do it I get paid! Yeah, it’s been a decade Since I've had a day job and I did it my way Like Frank Sinatra, I’m just kickin up a racket I could be at a university teachin' classes But this is more fun than teachin', look at the people I'm reachin' Been around the world, I fly to Europe for the weekend Do a gig in California before I fly to New Zealand Encyclopedic rolling stone, pinch me I'm dreamin' You can check my status, got a U.S. Visa O-1: Artist of Extraordinary Achievement This all I've ever wanted, baby, livin' the life! In the past five years, a hundred and fifty flights Fifteen countries, forty states and provinces And as for carbon emissions, I'm off the charts with it! Fossil fuel is how I got here Both to entertain you, and in my career If you’re earnin’ somethin’, well then you’re burnin’ somethin’ Prosperity is driven by internal combustion I need what you got And I'm not thinkin' too far Past tonight Burn money Burn rubber Burn it all And give me all that you got And I'll be honest, I Can't promise much But I'll touch you right So you want it Where my fossil fuel ballers at? If you're burnin' somethin’, holler back We got Mother Nature on her back But it's a one-time thing Never call her back Burn baby burn it all Fossil fuel baller
 I been burnin’ the hydrocarbons at both ends Burnin’ to make money and burnin’ to spend And no one tells me how to dispose of my own property A globe-trotting solo artist with total autonomy This is what I am, fossil fuel is a part of me It powers eighty percent of the global economy In other words, if you have some money It’s got oil stains on it, your hands are bloody And if you don’t believe me go ahead and do a study Pimpin’ ain’t easy, you better ask somebody Cookin’ with gas is pimpin’, drivin’ a car is pimpin’ Energy consumption is pimpin’, look at how we’re livin’ Gangster! Compared to horse-and-buggy days Crankin’ up the air conditioner on muggy days Not freezin’ to death in the winter If energy consumption is a sin, I’m a sinner Life is good, it’s better than it used to be Let the good times roll, fossil fuels are cheap That’s how we stay hella major Prosperity is the bomb, player hater! I need what you got And I'm not thinkin' too far Past tonight Burn money Burn rubber Burn it all And give me all that you got And I'll be honest, I Can't promise much But I'll touch you right So you want it Where my fossil fuel ballers at? If you're burnin' somethin’, holler back We got Mother Nature on her back But it's a one-time thing Never call her back Burn baby burn it all Fossil fuel baller Turn off the lights, conserve power Everything goes dark, it’s earth hour We're taking action on climate change All together now, back to the stone age! In the meantime, I’ll be up in Vegas Illuminated, laughin’ at you player haters Face it, ballin’ is part of our nature Embrace it, you love energy wastin’ Would you rather be livin’ large and comfortably? Or in a shack, burnin’ dung for heat? Some people don’t have a choice, but you do So don’t hit me with any hypocritical voodoo About tryin’ to reduce my footprint voluntarily I’m tryin' to make ends, I can’t let them barely meet I’m always tryin’ to get more gigs and fly more I got a wife and daughter to provide for And maybe one day solar will supply us I hope so, it’s better for global climate Just don’t make me choose between solar and diapers And don’t make me switch off my amplifiers I need what you got And I'm not thinkin' too far Past tonight Burn money Burn rubber Burn it all And give me all that you got And I'll be honest, I Can't promise much But I'll touch you right So you want it
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01:23
Ballin’ like a mother… Lodi dodi, we likes to party Fossil fuel ballers ain’t botherin’ nobody So what you talkin’ ‘bout toes gettin’ stepped on? The top baller of all time is Exxon CO2 from their products, add it up Exxon pollutes more than Canada They funded skeptics, but Exxon knew What they told the public was just not true Internal memos going back to the seventies Show they studied the question scientifically And recognized a consensus on the topic That rising emissions would be catastrophic They raised up off-shore rigs, for sea level rise While still telling lies to the public… disgusting That's why I'm down with the activist Left wingers, like his holiness Pope Francis I never thought I’d get into religion But this pope has animal magnetism And that behaviour was crazy despicable So Francis, hit ‘em with a papal encyclical!
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04:41
Enviro cristo domino Deus ex machina Etcetera Laudato si Praise god the creator, laudato si These techno-capitalists don’t wanna mess with me They just picked an epic rap battle of history They’re tryin’ to defend carbon, well I’m the Holy C I’m the Pope! This world is a paradise And we’re degrading it with our dominant technocratic paradigm It’s time, for an ecological conversion I’m as sure of that as I’m sure the Lord was born of a virgin This earth is our home, there’s nowhere else to go We're worshipping a false god: unlimited growth We’re poisoning the oceans and the air with carbon We’re makin’ a golden calf out of the free market But we’re part of this world; we’re created out of its dust If we don’t put limits on our appetites, they diminish us The root cause of global warming and inequality Is rampant consumerism, spiritual poverty This is not our war… But you’re part of this world! For your crimes against nature You’re facing excommunication There’s more to life than a paycheque Redemption lies in protecting creation I’m the first Pope with a sense of rhythm At the heart of my faith is environmentalism As a Christian I can say that today’s “market fundamentalism” Is worse than any fundamentalism found in religion But radical change is coming, stop ignoring the problem The most prosperous are destroying the global commons While the most vulnerable watch as the sea level rises That’s a sure path to mutual destruction and violence Anything less than a total shift in mentality Is nothing less than selling our collective soul for a salary Worshipping gold is a fallacy; stop asking for more Stop feeding your appetites off of the backs of the poor It’s a moral imperative to step back from self-destruction And reform the whole system of production and consumption Rich countries owe poor countries an ecological debt They block international action out of national interest Selfish... For your crimes against nature You’re facing excommunication There’s more to life than a paycheque Redemption lies in protecting creation Selfish individual consumers driven by greed Selfish companies fight to protect their subsidies Selfish countries obsessed with economic development Whatever we do next, history is gonna remember it And don’t trust market solutions like "cap and trade" That's a trick to keep polluting, even if you have to pay And those who say we need population control are dodging We can feed ten billion easily with greater equality It’s not about government policy; it’s about changing consciousness No technocratic fix for sustained obnoxiousness These aren’t just my views, they’re also Jesus’ We need to protect nature y’all, and also fetuses I had to slip that in, in case you forgot I was Catholic But mostly we’re protecting the poor from the affluent And protecting this earth, our common home From the tyranny of unlimited economic growth For your crimes against nature You’re facing excommunication There’s more to life than a paycheque Redemption lies in protecting creation There’s more to life than a paycheque Redemption lies in protecting creation
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Only god can judge me, only god
 Only god can judge me now Only god can judge me so I’m gone…
 Yeah, sometimes I'm kinda blasphemous But only god can judge my sacrilege And that’s why I don’t pay it no mind ‘Cause blasphemy is a victimless crime Unlike desecration of the planet So I bet Francis will understand it Holy Vatican, we look to your guidance On climate, show us the spiritual side of it I tried to change my consumer habits I ride my bike and recycle my plastic But it’s not enough, emissions are goin’ up And the whole system is driven’ by burnin’ stuff The challenge is to break habits of waste And maximize freedom in matters of taste So is it time to replace capitalism with a more Compassionate system? Or just a more compassionate Version of capitalism? That's what I want That way my job doesn’t have to stop Holy father I got crowds to rock, responsibilities You can’t yank the plug on the vibe, you feelin’ me? The bottom line is, when it comes to rhymin’ I would not stop to save the climate I'm rockin’ til the day they make me stop Climate change or not, I make it hot
16.
05:57
Lyrics Scientists are telling us that we’re standing on a precipice And we have to convert the global economy and make it emissionless And those emissions are caused by every single one of our jobs Every one of us contributing carbon emissions to the smog For instance, if I write a rhyme tryin’ to describe climate change And it's hot, so it catches on, someone’s gonna fly me someplace To perform it, and the appeal of that is enormous It’s not an option for me to turn down work for global warming ‘Cause I make it hot, people say my rhymes are dope I twist words until they're unrecognizable I make it hot, make it heezy fa sheezy So hot even climate change skeptics will believe me I make it hot, like the temperature it needs to be Before the tea party will believe the IPCC I make it hot, I liquify the Greenland ice sheets Seven meters of sea level rise, that’ll do nicely And yeah, humans are adaptable, and we can toughen up But that response ignores people who feel like it’s already tough enough Make a list of countries that nobody visits as a tourist They have low carbon emissions, the richest inflicted this on the poorest We did it by heating our houses, and feeding our spouses And flying and driving places and having no patience for power outages The Pope calls it anthropocentric, he calls it obnoxious But I got work to do, and work takes energy to accomplish And I make it hot, I turn up the heat on the crowd You make it hot too though, so don’t try to be weaselling out I make it hot like the African sun Like the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum I make it hot, feel that bass when it vibrates Hot like the permafrost releasing methyl hydrates I make it hot, like a planet with low albedo Like me rockin’ a trench coat on a beach instead of a speedo Hot with no apologies, but still I’m feelin’ a lot grief For the impact my lifestyle has on the planet’s ecology My carbon footprint is bigger than crypto-zoology’s I’m talkin’ loch ness monstrous, so I’m not at peace Because the aggregate effect of every decision I’m makin’ is tragic But I can’t just quit, they say that we’re “carbon emission addicts” But that’s just glib, you want me to live in poverty abject And if I did, what happens to greenhouse gasses on average? If I quit and you don’t, it’s still hell in a hand-basket A traffic jam with no plan of action, fantastic This is a classic arms race that we’re trapped in, it’s ominous Self-interested parties stuck in a tragedy of the commons The problem is caused by our collective emissions of carbon But the person who emits is not the person emissions are harmin’ So it’s a failure of the market, everyone is incentivized To pollute as much as they can get away with, and catch a free ride So it’s no surprise to see emissions on the rise When the cost of burning fossil fuel is externalized It’s effectively subsidized, it’s paid for by the victims Of the eventual climate impacts caused by our emissions And Bill McKibben and the Guardian have been targeting investments Like: "Dirty energy is the new tobacco, so keep your distance From anybody makin' a profit off of fossil fuels" Cool, I’m down with the boycott, I’m just boycotting myself too 'Cause I make it hot, I cause a heat wave How about nine degrees hotter than the hottest ones these days? I make it hot, like climate refugees Picture a hot hundred million displaced Bangladeshis I make it hot, split flames, rap metaphors A five-alarm blaze killing the last redwood forest I make it hot, what if I make it six degrees? Causing the extinction of forty percent of species Hot! So what are we left with? A speeding train with no brakes? Some kind of a death wish? A scientific consensus that we’re standing on a precipice And a population with no idea of how to reduce their emissions Some people do offset their footprint voluntarily With the milk of human altruism, hope, faith and charity But that’s not gonna cut it – it’s not counterproductive But we have a global carbon budget that's globally busted And there are hundreds of gigatons that you would have to offset You might as well donate your piggy bank to the national debt I ain’t got no spare change to donate to carbon offsetting I don’t even want to calculate my footprint, I find it upsetting It’s like the medieval Catholic church, back when it was indulgence-selling If you get a big mac and a diet coke, your belly is still swelling But here’s what I’m willing: I’m willing to pay a tax A fee that’s calculated against my carbon impacts And globally harmonized to switch incentives around And make sure most of that carbon stays safely underground But I’m not gonna pay it, not unless you all pay it too That way I can be sure that you’ll do what you say you’ll do How about everyone has to pay it, no free riders allowed No international pact with the US or China left out You can invest it in green R&D, or you can dividend it back to me But either way I won’t be happy until the day they’re carbon taxing me ‘Cause then I can make it hot, without ever feelin’ a chill I’m sick of the guilt trip killin’ my high when I’m feelin’ a thrill So I make it hot, I get your emotions aroused If we can’t make those hot, we’re not gonna keep the oceans down So let’s make it hot, people, let’s turn up the heat On polluters tryin’ to catch a ride on all the rest of us for free I make it hot on the mic, and in my social life When I agitate for my friends to agitate for a carbon price
 And that’s how you make it hot
17.
01:59
Regulators, regulate… I started rappin’ before Eminem came out I thought I would be the first caucasian to break out But it’s hip-hop, I respect the competition That’s why I tend to defend capitalism I’m rappin’ to the rhythm but it’s still your decision Your time, your money, you can spend it on somethin’ different Just imagine if I was government subsidized ‘Cause someone up high just loves my rhymes So much they think everybody else needs to hear it Now everywhere you go you’re inundated with my lyrics No thanks! I got a sense of rhythm But I don’t want none of that nanny state nepotism When it comes to hip-hop, I’m straight up libertarian Let the free market choose among variants Let a thousand flowers bloom! And let most of them die if it leads to better tunes But wait a second, imagine if I made a record That could give people brain cancer when they listen My fans would end up in chemotherapy "We started listenin’ ‘cause he was dope lyrically The music was addictive!" And carcinogenic That’s when the government regulators would step in Get the facts straight, consult the experts And tax my rap so fewer people get hurt Now imagine I tried to deny the connection How would I be remembered if I funded skeptics? I'd go bankrupt, morally, intellectually And eventually financially like Peabody Energy On the flip side, if I was dedicated To finding a solution, I’d be celebrated Like a billionaire makin’ a public statement That business fully embraces decarbonization
18.
Richard Branson: We would like governments to price carbon, i.e. to tax us, effectively. And for them to then give that tax back to the public in their salary packets every year, exactly the same amount, or put it into reducing the cost of clean energy, because we believe that without a price on carbon, the world will not be saved. Back before the crash of 2008 A few people saw the bubble and knew how it would break It was debt obligations on top of debt obligations Collateralized and traded, bloated and overinflated Bad debt was bein' sold as triple A-rated assets Hindenburg, don’t be surprised when it crashes Well now we’ve got another bubble on our hands And it’s a hell of a lot worse than sub-prime mortgage scams It's the carbon bubble, a whole economic engine On a collision course to bankrupt the climate system Risky business, but who’s gonna give us a bailout? This global civilization is a bit too big to fail now The carbon economy is an insolvent bank So the government’s gotta be part of the fix, ask Dodd-Frank I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man I need a carbon price to handle my business, damn We’re livin’ in a great big carbon bubble Oil and coal and toil and trouble The bubble’s getting too big to ignore When you’re betting on a future you can’t afford Livin’ in a great big carbon bubble About to come down in a pile of rubble You want to cash in what you have in store But you’re betting on a future we can’t afford
 A business doesn’t have to close down to reduce emissions It just needs a level playing field with its competition And economic growth can continue, we don’t have to stop it It might slow down a bit, but alternatives are catastrophic So far the most popular is the “cap and trade” system That’s a decreasing total limit on greenhouse gas emissions But with tradable permits auctioned off or given away So companies who innovate to reduce emissions get paid Which is great, unless it’s only only big business capped and charged That doesn’t go far enough, what about tailpipes on cars? That’s why some countries go with a carbon tax instead A flat rate at the source, where the fuel gets extracted And that's when clean energy gets a lot more competitive And revenues get dividended back to regular citizens And some of it gets invested in the next round of inventions To revolutionize the energy system, picture it
 We’re livin’ in a great big carbon bubble Oil and coal and toil and trouble The bubble’s getting too big to ignore When you’re betting on a future you can’t afford Livin’ in a great big carbon bubble About to come down in a pile of rubble You want to cash in what you have in store But you’re betting on a future we can’t afford Ignoring climate change is like investing in derivatives In 2007, it’s not recommended The future is a shared resource, don’t bet against it Bet on scientific literacy winning elections We’re tryin’ to get to net zero emission by 2050 Anything less is just unacceptably risky But with the right market incentives, we’ll find the way forward Carbon pricing can even pay to protect surviving rainforests ‘Cause if you plant a new forest or close a coal-burning plant That's atmospherically equivalent in its carbon-content And deforestation is seventeen percent of emissions released So the carbon price has to capture what's sequestered in trees That price can be cap-and-trade, or a tax, or a hybrid One or the other or both, so long as we stabilize the climate And opportunity knocks for the future masters of business Who embrace the evolution of capitalism
 I can see your hand It’s not too late to take a stand So what's your plan? Baby, take me to the promised land We’re livin’ in a great big carbon bubble Oil and coal and toil and trouble The bubble’s getting too big to ignore When you’re betting on a future you can’t afford Livin’ in a great big carbon bubble About to come down in a pile of rubble You want to cash in what you have in store But you’re betting on a future we can’t afford
19.
If you invest in fossil fuels I feel bad for you son I got ninety nine problems but that ain’t one Now take a second to contemplate it A fossil fuel company that's publicly traded What’s a firm in the business of fossil fuel really worth? The book value is based on their “proven reserves” Not the fuel they sell to us and we burn right now It’s the coal, gas and oil that’s still underground Technically it’s worthless until it oxidizes  But as soon as they find it, it goes in their stock prices The top few hundred companies diggin’ and drillin’ Are collectively "worth" more than seven trillion But don't forget the IPCC We got a carbon budget to limit the heat increase And the percentage of the budget covered in proven reserves Determines how much we can burn and what to keep in the earth And we got five times as much underground As we're allowed to burn while keepin' the temperature down Which means fossil fuel’s lookin' like a bad bet And eighty percent of it is a “stranded asset” Like a warehouse full of Kodak film when digital Crashed the market, causing a total loss of principle What a lack of principles, what’s on their books Can’t be cashed in unless the whole planet cooks Imagine if we factored in every cost  That would set off a clean energy renaissance Elon Musk: What’s really needed to transition the world to sustainable energy? Is this actually possible? Is it something that is within the ability of humanity to actually do, or is it some insurmountable, super-difficult, impossible thing? It's not. This is actually within the power of humanity to do.
20.
If we can ride electric You can ride with me Yeah we can get connected And set this energy free I’m rockin’ solar panels on my Tesla Green tech renaissance, better catch up Petroleum is oh so prosaic  I'm a player when it comes to photovoltaic So three cheers for the engineers Eighty percent price drop in the past five years I've been to Germany, it's kinda grey But half of their total power is solar on sunny days Okay, it’s cheaper than coal now in twenty states Haters hate but they can't stop the wave Hey! And the next phase of battery tech’s Got that solar flowin’ day and night and that’ll be it We got a gravity battery underground Charging up with a solar water pump right now Every house, every car, every business, every year Make the switch and ignition switches will disappear I’m rockin’ solar panels on my Tesla Solar panels on my Tesla You's a gas guzzler? That’s messed up I’m rockin’ solar panels on my Tesla You got the morning sun I’m on the evening wind Our heat is geothermal No end and no begin If we can ride electric You can ride with me Yeah we can get connected And set this energy free I’m a fan of how the wind feels; windmills Power whole cities when you put ‘em up in fields That's the new, fossil fuel is the old way Don't hate on wind farms, Don Quixote What about nuclear? That’s what they askin’ me Hell of a lot better for the planet than gasoline Some new investments made could make it extra safe I’m thinkin’ Bill Gates probably should investigate Apollo moon shot, scalable renewables We can’t expect Elon Musk to do it on his own Cellulolytic biofuel and carbon capture Liftin’ CO2 out of thin air just like the rapture Gadgets to manufacture and toys to play with Makin’ it pay when pollution poison’s abated So come fly with me on solar Cessnas Into a future of affordable Teslas I’m rockin’ solar panels on my Tesla Solar panels on my Tesla You got coal dust up in your left lung I’m rockin’ solar panels on my Tesla 
You got the morning sun I’m on the evening wind Our heat is geothermal No end and no begin If we can ride electric You can ride with me Yeah we can get connected And set this energy free I told the lady we could ride electric Aviator goggle-style, baby, eyes protected But she called my bluff, yeah she lie-detected I drive a Honda Civic, girl, I confess it A Tesla costs a lot of freakin’ money And I can’t get a Model 3 ’til 2020 Plus a couple panels on the roof couldn’t power it Not with the one-half-a-mile-per-hour you’d get Okay, so I’m a bit off with the wattage But we can still live off the grid in a cottage But all she wanted was a regular life And not even with a baller, just a regular guy Who could ride with her, without producin’ CO2 emissions I can’t be that yet, it’s just a future vision But I’ma call her back when I’m worthy The same day clean is cheaper than dirty If we can ride electric You can ride with me Yeah we can get connected And set this energy free
21.
01:23
You can get with this Or you can get with that
 Get with this or get with that So let's try to get with the math What's your greenhouse gas reduction target? How about twenty tons of carbon? That's what the average American emits Every year, so that'll be easy to fix The global average is only four tons And billions of people are still tryin’ to get more stuff Just like your stuff, which you're not givin' up Especially not while the rest of us live it up Everybody's stuck with the perverse incentive Where dirty is cheap and clean is expensive Remember, this is a physical system It doesn't give a damn about your relative emissions Or whether emissions come from decadent living Or visiting relatives at Christmas This is everything, everything we manufacture Concrete, steel, glass and plastic  Whether or not you change your little habits Absolute emissions is all that matters So you can get with business as usual With everybody wiggling through their own loophole Or you can get with an arms control agreement If that's what you want, act like you mean it
22.
Yeah I'm one of those freestyle MCs I freestyle for days But this is a song about freestyle Not in freestyle 'Cause freestyle ain't free Nor should it be Chasin’ happiness, life and liberty It’s a freedom lovin’ people but the freedom ain’t free Freedom from oppression and tyranny Or freedom from people livin’ too freely Too free to make a mess and leave Freedom lovin’ people that freedom ain’t free Too free, keep that kind of freedom on a leash People that freedom ain’t free My freestyle ain’t free, it’s highly regulated That’s what keeps it elevated instead of degraded I voluntarily restrain it, so you get something from it It’s free but it’s not free, it needs infrastructure You wanna hear a freestyle that’s really free? Check it out: [Gibberish] Yeah, I improvised every syllable in that sequence! But was the lack of semantic content a weakness? Okay, here’s a freestyle that’s slightly less free [Semi-random sequence of words] Those words came straight up off of the top of my dome! But in retrospect they didn’t have a point, or a flow So I suppose when I freestyle, it should really have parameters So you can tell the difference between professionals and amateurs It’s gotta work sonically and rhythmically and logically It's better off with better laws, kinda like market economies
 Chasin’ happiness, life and liberty It’s a freedom lovin’ people but the freedom ain’t free Freedom from oppression and tyranny Or freedom from people livin’ too freely Too free to make a mess and leave Freedom lovin’ people that freedom ain’t free Too free, keep that kind of freedom on a leash People that freedom ain’t free It ain’t free, too much freedom is dangerous Your freedom to swing a fist ends where my face begins Freedom ain’t free, freedom involves tradeoffs We don’t want a banker to be free like Bernie Madoff People, freedom ain’t free, freedom for Cecil the Lion Means you gotta take away the freedom of dentists to buy him Yeah freedom ain’t free, too much freedom, I’ve had enough Of the freedom to stash money tax-free in Panama Freedom from predators, not freedom for predators Freedom from shaky loans promoted by shady creditors I want you to have the freedom to say whatever you’re thinkin’ But not the freedom to drive on the highway when you’re heavy drinkin’ I want freedom from bein’ shot randomly in the streets That freedom’s bigger than your second amendment freedom to pack heat I just want to be free to receive medical treatment when it’s needed The threat of medical bankruptcy is not freedom 
Chasin’ happiness, life and liberty It’s a freedom lovin’ people but the freedom ain’t free Freedom from oppression and tyranny Or freedom from people livin’ too freely Too free to make a mess and leave Freedom lovin’ people that freedom ain’t free Too free, keep that kind of freedom on a leash People that freedom ain’t free
 Freedom ain’t free, on its own it’s chaos I want freedom like Picasso, not like a baby with crayons Freedom ain’t free, you want freedom of religion? I want freedom from religious reasons to be a bigot People, freedom ain’t free, freedom involves sacrifice If pollution causes harm, pollution should have a price Freedom ain’t free, you say you want a free market? I want a market free from people dumpin’ their garbage on me Freedom ain’t free Hope you liked the “freestyle” Even if it’s not entirely free Peace out
23.
01:34
Stand up… Don’t stand up in a cinema, that’s rude Sit down if you’re blockin’ the view We gotta share this pale blue dot With a lot of people, it’s not all about you Stand up for the right to survive and thrive And collect a little private property Stand up for the principle that some things Have still gotta to be held commonly Stand up for the quality of the atmosphere We can’t each have a private patch of air Stand up for the people Who can’t stand up to defend their share Imagine generations lookin' back at us Like: “Grandma, grandpa You knew what was happening, did you stand up? Or did you pass that chance up?” Did you stand up To defend the rights of a polluter? Or did you stand up For the planet, for humanity, and for the future? Did you stand up For elected officials who really get it? Or did you stand up For a fossil fuel company’s interests? When everybody’s standing up You gotta stand up if you wanna see It’s not enough to just sit yourself down You gotta get the rest of us to agree
24.
All around I see the smokin’ guns Tellin’ everyone That it's goin’ down We got floods comin’ up the coast People leavin’ homes Tell me where they’ll go now I look around and see the warning signs With every morning rise See the storm and tides Well I ain't waiting for that day I'll change what I do today Yeah I'll be makin' waves Someone told me the climate is changing And all we can do is watch as it warms Somebody told me that we can reverse it By changing the stuff we buy in stores But the stakes are enormous I'm talkin' floods and forest fires and storms So I’m thinkin’ that we can make progress By changing the climate of norms The climate of what’s cool and what’s taboo ‘Cause we’ve been in this place before It’s kinda like segregation in the South Before MLK kicked in the door It’s kinda like apartheid in South Africa Before Nelson Mandela walked free It’s kinda like gay people tryin’ to get married In the States before 2015 Those laws all needed changing And so do the laws we have now Only this time the laws are passing Oppression down to your grandchild Now it's someone in a coastal city In a developing nation bein’ treated unequal ‘Cause one meter of sea level rise Displaces one hundred million people But the cultural climate is changing too We can feel that as social animals Whether or not your neighbours have them Is the best predictor of you getting solar panels You're not gonna stop people from competing With each other or keeping up with the Joneses But you can channel those competitions Into clean energy explosions
 You can amplify the upside Of heroic sustainability leadership You can celebrate success stories And spread the message over digital media You can name and shame offenders And call for the end of fossil fuel subsidies You can make it a political liability To give a free ride to polluting companies And you can reduce your energy use Yeah, that’s a luxury you can afford So go on and flaunt that green bling And signal other people to get on board You can make waves in so many ways As many as possible, just to be safe Each of us is just a drop in the bucket And buckets add up to a sea change All around I see the smokin’ guns Tellin’ everyone That it's goin’ down We got floods comin’ up the coast People leavin’ homes Tell me where they’ll go now I look around and see the warning signs With every morning rise See the storm and tides Well I ain't waiting for that day  I'll change what I do today Yeah I'll be makin' waves Picture the world you want, what it look like?  When the winds of change came and truth took flight Take a second thinkin' what could what might be Only see the grim and the good less likely That’s why we really need a game plan now How to get them greenhouse gasses back down Solar power, wind mills, you already know But CO2 is too high right now, so
 How we gonna reverse the flow Reforest the earth and let the green grow? Sounds good, one problem, no space Almost every acre a farm or a place Where the cows all graze in the Amazon’s ashes Animal agriculture surpasses Every car and plane, truck, ship's emissions But switchin’ to plants will free land up, listen 
 Hittin’ the tipping points now, we need a miracle Find it in your kitchen for your dinner or your cereal Keepin’ it simple, man, take it from a server Sub out the cow for a fat bean burger Chewin' up seeds, nuts and fruits That grew on trees that eat CO2 So see how you can make the movement improve Multiply the solution and send it to your friends too Every platform every venue Let the wave makin' continue  Let it influence every level of our lives From the cars that we drive to the menu Just don't let your enthusiasm For consumer action get you distracted You can have an impact as an individual But there's no substitute for pollution taxes Eyes on the prize, a price on filthiness That way the wealthiest pay for the bulk of The cost of transitioning, helping the helpless And keeping us well under two degrees Celsius  Take a lesson from the major civil rights Victories of past generations Unjust laws have gotta be changed It's not enough to say “please don’t be racist” And it's not enough to ask people nicely To embrace decarbonization That tactic has been tried for decades Emissions keep escalatin’ No time to waste just keep makin' waves And takin' this fight to ballot boxes  Vote with your wallets and load up on knowledge And all together I know we can solve this  All around I see the smokin’ guns Tellin’ everyone That it's goin’ down We got floods comin’ up the coast People leavin’ homes Tell me where they’ll go now I look around and see the warning signs With every morning rise See the storm and tides Well I ain't waiting for that day  I'll change what I do today Yeah I'll be makin' waves

about

On this one-of-a-kind concept album, Canadian rapper and former tree-planter Baba Brinkman breaks down the science, politics, and economics of global warming, following its surprising twists from the carbon cycle to the global energy economy. To paraphrase the Notorious BIG: “Mo’ carbon, mo’ problems.”

""Digital download includes full album lyrics in pdf format**

Reviews:

"Deftly explores the science, politics, and psychology of this century’s toughest challenge, with 24 tracks that range from witty to contemplative"
–Sierra Magazine
www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2016-5-september-october/green-life/meet-baba-brinkman-science-educator-beat

"Takes listeners on a musical tour of the defining issue of our time, bringing much-needed color, clarity, and humor"
– Popular Science
www.popsci.com/rap-guide-to-climate-chaos

"Actually pretty amazing"
– Alleghany Front
www.alleghenyfront.org/this-guy-raps-about-climate-change-and-its-actually-pretty-amazing/

"Awesome! If you're at all on the fence about climate change, this album alone should be enough to convince you"
– Fandomania
fandomania.com?p=84971

"Uses smart, satisfying rhymes to educate, question and opine over original beats"
– Huffington Post
www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/climate-change-rap-baba-brinkman_us_5717baa3e4b024dae4f0bae1

"If the thought of putting Al Gore’s 'An Inconvenient Truth' into a lyrical blender with 'Hamilton' and sprinkling bits of Eminem’s '8 Mile' over top sparks your interest, this might be the album for you"
– Geek Dad
geekdad.com/2016/09/rap-guide-climate-chaos/

"Apart from its chorus, the song 'Lost in the Numbers' pretty well summarises my view, so no complaints from me. I know it’s satire, but I’ll take what I can."
– Matt Ridley

Album produced by Tom Caruana and Soulful Spider, musical direction by Simon Kendall, mixed by Tom Caruana, and mastered by Morgan Sizer at Mozu Mastering.

credits

released September 30, 2016

Song Credits & Further Reading:

1. Options
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross, A. Ross)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Production and Mix by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Guitar by Tom Van Deursen
Additional Vocals by Aaron Nazrul

2. I.P.C.C.
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cello by Peggy Lee
Violin by Mark Ferris
Strings arranged and recorded by Simon Kendall
Cuts by iLLspokinn

Further reading:
www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/syr/
climate.nasa.gov/evidence/

3. Keep It Positive
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cuts by iLLspokinn

Further reading:
genius.com/artists/De-la-soul

4. Greenhouse (feat. Aaron Nazrul)
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana, A. Ross)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Chorus vocal production by Lin Gardiner
Keys by Simon Kendall
Guitar by Tom Van Deursen

Further Reading:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_climate_change_science
www.skepticalscience.com/history-climate-science.html
www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-15874560

5. Party Don’t Stop
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cuts by iLLspokinn

Further Reading:
www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-only-five-years-left-before-one-point-five-c-budget-is-blown

6. Run the Joules
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cuts by iLLspokinn
Additional vocals by Linda Kidder

Further Reading:
waitbutwhy.com/2015/06/how-tesla-will-change-your-life.html
4hiroshimas.com

7. Mo Carbon Mo Problems
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cuts by iLLspokinn

Further Reading:
twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/428414113463955457
twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/265895292191248385
twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/408977616926830592

8. What’s Beef (feat. Bill Nye)
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall

Further Reading:
www.skepticalscience.com
www.climatedepot.com

9. Battle Lines
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall

Further Reading:
www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/10/ultimate-climate-candidate-matrix

10. Lost in the Numbers
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross, A. Ross)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Production and Mix by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Clarinet by Morgan Price
Violin by Mark Ferris
Strings arranged and recorded by Simon Kendall
Additional Vocals by Aaron Nazrul

Further Reading:
quadrant.org.au/magazine/2015/06/climate-wars-done-science/

11. Bright Side
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cuts by iLLspokinn

12. Fossil Fuel Ballers (feat. Aaron Nazrul)
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross, A. Ross)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Production and Mix by Tom Caruana
Chorus vocal production by Lin Gardiner
Keys by Simon Kendall
Guitar by Tom Van Deursen

Further Reading:
www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/fossil-fuels-are-not-finished-not-obsolete-not-a-bad-thing/

13. Exxon Knew
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cuts by iLLspokinn

Further Reading:
insideclimatenews.org/content/Exxon-The-Road-Not-Taken
graphics.latimes.com/oil-operations/

14. Laudato Si
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana, S. Kendall)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cello by Peggy Lee
Violin by Mark Ferris
Strings arranged and recorded by Simon Kendall
Additional Vocals by Simon Kendall, Geordie Hart,
Sean Ross, and Aaron Ross, aka The Monk Brothers

Further Reading:
laudatosi.com

15. Yank the Plug
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cuts by iLLspokinn

Further Reading:
www.nytimes.com/2011/09/08/opinion/going-green-but-getting-nowhere.html

16. Make It Hot
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Production and Mix by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Additional vocals by Linda Kidder

Further Reading:
www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-point-of-no-return-climate-change-nightmares-are-already-here-20150805

17. Regulators
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Production and Mix by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cuts by iLLspokinn

Further Reading:
www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/06/paris-climate-change-summit-richard-branson
www.nytimes.com/2016/08/21/opinion/sunday/a-rare-agreement-on-climate-rules.html
www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/13/peabody-energy-coal-mining-climate-change-denial-funding

18. Carbon Bubble (feat. Mariella)
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana, M. Gonzales)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Horns by Morgan Price

Further Reading:
www.nytimes.com/2014/06/22/opinion/sunday/lessons-for-climate-change-in-the-2008-recession.html
www.nytimes.com/2016/01/19/opinion/proof-that-a-price-on-carbon-works.html
www.nytimes.com/2010/04/11/magazine/11Economy-t.html

19. Stranded Assets
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall

Further Reading:
www.carbontracker.org/report/unburnable-carbon-wasted-capital-and-stranded-assets/
www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-12-02/oil-investors-may-be-running-off-a-cliff-they-can-t-see
• https://www.carbonbrief.org/the-iea-weighs-in-on-stranded-assets-not-just-a-green-conspiracy

20. Ride Electric (feat. Fand)
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross, C. Wood)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Production and Mix by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Violin by Mark Ferris
Strings arranged and recorded by Simon Kendall

Further Reading:
www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-clean-energy-revolution-gathers-speed/
www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/nov/30/bill-gates-breakthrough-energy-coalition-mark-zuckerberg-facebook-microsoft-amazon
energy.gov/articles/renewable-energy-guy-qa-tvs-bill-nye

21. This or That
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cuts by iLLspokinn

Further Reading:
www.wri.org/blog/2015/06/infographic-what-do-your-countrys-emissions-look
www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2016/apr/13/can-game-theory-help-solve-the-problem-of-climate-change

22. Freedom Ain’t Free
(D. Brinkman, D. Moross, L. Kidder)
Produced by Soulful Spider
Additional Production and Mix by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Violin by Mark Ferris
Slide and electric guitar by John Ellis
Strings arranged and recorded by Simon Kendall
Additional Vocals by Linda Kidder

Further Reading:
www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/dec/19/bastardised-libertarianism-makes-freedom-oppression

23. Stand Up
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cuts by iLLspokinn

24. Makin’ Waves (feat. Gaia’s Eye)
(D. Brinkman, T. Caruana, G. Nadler)
Produced and Mixed by Tom Caruana
Keys by Simon Kendall
Cello by Peggy Lee
Violin by Mark Ferris
Strings arranged and recorded by Simon Kendall
Additional Vocals by Linda Kidder

Further reading:
www.nytimes.com/2008/04/20/magazine/20wwln-lede-t.html

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