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“Is there potentially a silver lining in all of this [on missing Flight 370], that there will be a worldwide cause of action to clean up the oceans and for there to be less polluting, greater fines, more regulation?”

Bette Midler

“Plastic bags are a scourge to the planet and everything that tries to live on it.”

Lisa Jackson

“There hasn’t been one economic downturn or loss of jobs that’s ever, in this country, been blamed on the fact that we insist you don’t pollute our air, or that you don’t pollute our water–the fact that we have strong environmental laws and an EPA.”

Chris Hayes

“Climate change is the biggest governing challenge we face. It’s the biggest governing challenge I think we’ve ever faced.”

Al Gore 3

“Let me add if I could briefly. As Van [Jones] said, it’s the intersection of dirty energy and dirty money. And we can’t forget it’s creating dirty weather because the extreme climate events that the scientific community has been telling us are connected to global warming are getting worse. We had 12 events last year here in the U.S. that cost more than a billion dollars that were connected to climate. And it’s getting worse.

And now, we have this extensive drought in big areas of the country, dramatic floods, stronger storms — completely consistent with what people have been predicting. And I know that there are lot of people that say, ‘ah, don’t talk about that because that – you know – people roll their eyes.’ Well this is our future.”

Chris Matthews 5

“If [Obama] blows [his reelection], the Tea Partiers and neocons come roaring back into Washington, emptying out the Heritage Foundation and American Enterprise Institute, erecting statues to Dick Cheney, celebrating the death penalty, elevating torture, ending environmental protection as we know it, breaking unions, punishing gays, starting more wars, enacting one more giant tax cut for the rich — or worse.”

Rosie O'Donnell 2

“It’s hard to find a reason that is not environmentally centered, that [doesn’t have] something to do with global warming or what the planet is going through. The amount of tornadoes…it’s like three times the highest amount ever before, right? Something weird is happening with all of these natural catastrophes.”

Michael Moore

“[N]ow that we sort of control the car companies, let‘s get them doing mass transit.  Let‘s get them doing things that are going to save this planet because the internal combustion engine is not going to get us to the 22nd century.  It‘s not just going to—we‘re not going to have a planet.  That has to stop.”