We Have To Stop The Fire – Sing This Billy Joel 1


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bicycles, clotheslines, compost, gardens..
run through the sprinkler, shower with a friend
renewable energy, solar panels,
piezoelectric, wind turbines
riff

yellow let it mellow, low-flow showerheads
eco hug, eco kiss, eco friends
drip irrigation, xeriscape
native plants, gray water irrigate

c: we have to stop the fire /g d
drought and heatwaves burning /em (wildfires planet earth)
floods (and) hurricanes turning /c
we have to stop the .fire /g d
climate change may bite (light) it/ em (or bm) greed apathy/waste, fossil fuels, consumerism
but we can fight it / but we all can fight it

attic insulation, water heater blanket,
efficient light bulbs, Energy Star,
carpool, hitchhike, tune-ups, tire pressure
bus, ride-share, dance for an eco friend

reusable water bottles, cloth napkins
portable plates and bowls, reuse again
vinegar on weeds, water gardens at night,
leave grass clippings, rake by hand,
c

volunteer, donate, living simply
recycle, reduce, reuse
water heater blankets,
kiss an eco friend

riff:
second-hand stores, invest in green
vote, protest, activist, fundraise
canvas, volunteer, donate

reusable silverware, bring a cup
reusable containers, throwaways suck

canvas bags, carry doggy bags,

silverware. organic, free range, wind turbines, renewable energy
shower with a eco friend

c: bridge:
cloth napkins, / c am /em /d
riff:
1/2 verse:
c:
ver:
c:
ver:
c:
c:
c:

stop junk mail, reusable canvas bags
fly less, pasta stirrer, pay bills online
rechargable batteries, share
clean green. buy local and organic.

cloth diapers, hang dry, cold water wash

carpool, rideshare, tune ups, inflate tires, drive smart,
drive less, best is no car

vinegar on weeds, water gardens at night,
leave grass clippings, rake by hand,

plant trees, grow food, organic,
vegetarian

staycations, localize, donate
carbon offset, telecommute, volunteer,

recycle electronics

efficient light bulbs, efficiency,
reduce reuse repair recycle
buy energy-saving things. conserve water.

adjust your thermostat,
use recycled paper, buy wind and solar energy

minimally packaged goods, carpool, hitchhike,
replace old appliances, weatherize a home

unplug un-used electronics, insulate your home
line-dry your clothes, double pane windows

reusable bags for market, no to plastic
honor eco friends and eco biz

buy local energy-efficient bulbs,

adjust your thermostat, reusable coffee cup

cars tune-ups, clean air filters, inflated tires
recycle aluminum and glass,

support clean, renewable energy.
energy-efficient bulbs, low-flow showerheads

turn your hot water heater down
energy star, mount a local campaign
c:

energy audits, seal and insulate
upgrade furnace, less beef and pork
fly less, live close to work

slash and burn, methane, pesticides /c am
erosion, habitat loss, herbicides /em d

global warming, toxic waste, coal, gas, oil
lead mercury poisons, spills, algal bloom

single serving containers

empathy, future, love and peace
honesty, ecoart, ecologic, earth team

climate change, fossil fuels, sea level rise
acid oceans, greenhouse gases, giant strip mines
habitat destruction, coral reef bleaching
nuclear meltdown, endangered species,

c: c:

bees butterflys,
vegan, extinction,
pcb, marine debris, landfill leachate, great pacific garbage patch

We Have To Stop The Fire /stele cc

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Climatecentral excerpt: ...the future number of hot days depends on future emissions. Current trends are running similar to the highest future emissions scenario defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its Fifth Assessment Report, with greenhouse gas emissions continuing largely unabated. The IPCC offers three other scenarios, but even under the lowest emissions scenario — which involves drastic emissions reductions coming from global climate policies and widespread adoption of advanced energy technologies — the average number of extremely hot days will likely increase across the country.

However, the magnitude of change is scenario-dependent. For example, Houston currently averages about 5 days each year at or above 100 °F. Between 2041-2060, it could average more than 20 days at or above 100 °F with current emissions trends, whereas with the drastic reductions, it would average only about 9 days above 100 °F. By 2080-2099, it would average over 70 days above 100 °F if current trends continue as they have in recent decades.

Some of the other findings from the analysis include:
New York, which currently sees 18 days above 90°F, will see more than 39 days above 90°F by 2041-2060 under the highest-emissions scenario and more than 69 days by 2080-2099.

Los Angeles currently sees 23 days above 90°F but will see more than 41 by 2041-2060 and 79 by 2080-2099 if emissions continue unabated; even under the lowest-emissions scenario it will see more than 28 days above 90°F by 2041-2060.

Philadelphia currently see 29 days above 90°F but will average over 58 a year by 2041-2060 and more than 89 a year by 2080-2099 under the present trajectory; only under the lowest-emissions scenario will the number of days above 90°F remain unchanged.

San Antonio, which currently sees 12 days above 100°F a year, will see 50 a year by 2041-2060 and over 96 days by 2080-2099 if emissions continue unabated; even with the most drastic reductions it will reach 21 days above 100°F by 2041-2060.

Dallas currently sees 16 days above 100°F but will see 47 by 2041-2060 and 83 days above 100°F by 2080-2099 under the highest-emissions scenario; even under the lowest-emissions scenario it will see over 22 days above 100°F.

El Paso currently sees 19 days above 100°F degrees but will see 50 by 2041-2060 and 101 by 2080-2099; even under the lowest-emissions scenario it will average over 26 a year by 2041-2060.

Denver currently reaches 100 degrees about once a year, but that will increase to more than 8 a year with the current trajectory by 2041-2060; by 2080-2099 it could reach 33 days.
www.climatecentral.org/topics/causes

Forbes excerpt: It’s possible we might yet be saved from setting another heat record, but it’s not looking good so far. Yesterday, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its temperature data for last month, meaning we have enough data on the first half of 2015 to compare with previous years. June 2015 was the hottest June during the 136 years where we have records, and is the fourth month this year with record-breaking temperatures.
Part of the reason for the excess warmth is the El Niño phenomenon. El Niño was first observed and named by fishers off the Pacific coast of South America, who found the water was too warm for good fishing around Christmastime some years. (The name “El Niño” refers to the Christ child, though strong El Niño years see the effect extending well past Christmas.) Since the Pacific Ocean is a huge reservoir of water, its temperature variations can affect the climate around the world.
Just as El Niño can heat up the world, climate change seems to be making the effect stronger. It’s a deadly feedback loop: as human activity pumps more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, global temperatures rise, which enhances the natural warm-cool cycle in the Pacific ocean, making some years that much warmer. To put it another way, climate change ramps up many existing cycles, making them more extreme.
www.forbes.com/sites/matthewfrancis/2015/07/21/after-a-scorching-june-2015-might-be-the-hottest-year-yet/

NRDC excerpt: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first-ever limits on the more than 2 billion tons of carbon pollution spewed into the atmosphere each year by power plants -- the single largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
The Clean Power Plan -- the centerpiece of President Obama's climate action initiative -- promises to be the most important action the United States can take to combat climate change to avoid the worst impacts.
The plan is also critical to spurring an international agreement to slow the impacts of climate change at the U.N. climate change conference in Paris in December 2015.
www.nrdc.org/air/clean-power-plan/

NRDC excerpt: Since 1997, we’ve seen the 15 hottest years on record; we haven’t had a month of below-average global temperatures in 29 years; and a record cold month hasn’t frozen us solid in a century.
www.onearth.org/earthwire/2014-hottest-on-record

EPS excerpt::
In 2014, the Annual Greenhouse Gas Index was 1.36, which represents a 36 percent increase in radiative forcing (a net warming influence) since 1990 (see Figure 1).
Of the greenhouse gases shown in Figure 1, carbon dioxide accounts for by far the largest share of radiative forcing since 1990, and its contribution continues to grow at a steady rate. Carbon dioxide alone would account for a 28 percent increase in radiative forcing since 1990.
Although the overall Annual Greenhouse Gas Index continues to rise, the rate of increase has slowed somewhat over time. This change has occurred in large part because methane concentrations have increased at a slower rate in recent years and because chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) concentrations have been declining, as production of CFCs has been phased out globally due to the harm they cause to the ozone layer (see Figure 1).
Greenhouse gases produced by human activities have caused an overall warming influence on the Earth’s climate since 1750. The largest contributor to warming has been carbon dioxide, followed by methane, and black carbon. Although aerosol pollution and certain other activities have caused cooling, the net result is that human activities on the whole have warmed the Earth (see Figure 2).
epa.gov/climate/climatechange/science/indicators/ghg/climate-forcing.html
epa.gov/climate/climatechange/science/indicators/health-society/heat-deaths.html

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Excerpt: Colorado’s devastating wildfires: By Jared Hargrave
It seems the entire state of Utah is on fire, with dozens of wildfires scorching hundreds of thousands of acres across our mountains. Whole towns have been evacuated, homes have been destroyed, and just when we think it can’t get any worse, more huge fires keep popping up. Well, it can be worse… much worse. All one has to do is take a look at our neighbors to the east to see how bad it could get here in Utah.

In The Quill, The Key, and The Compass

Excerpt: Flash Fiction: Pictures Of You: by HannahFergesen
The sky is burning. There is a layer of red on the horizon, a plume of smoke cutting through the sunset. No way to escape, now. No where to go. I lie in bed and toss and turn and finally when I realize that sleep will never come I still myself. I stare up at the ceiling. I wait for it to crash down upon me, the Apocalyptic heat collapsing everything. When I look outside my window I see a country on fire. When will the rain come?

Excerpt: High Park Fire: Wildfire near Fort Collins now 46,600 acres; 1,000 firefighters on the lines Highlands Ranch : CO : USA Jun 13, 2012 By iqbal_imran
The High Park Fire in Larimer County has burned more than 46,000 acres and an estimated 100 buildings and the Larimer sheriff’s office said 1,000 firefighters were working the fire by Wednesday morning. It is the third largest wildfire in the state’s recent history. A 62-year-old woman was confirmed dead in the fire.

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EADGBe : Piano intro riff:
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Harry Truman, Doris Day, .Red China, Johnnie Ray /g d
Em C
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, .Joe DiMaggio /em c

G D
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television

Em C
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe

[Piano Intro Riff ] G D Em C

G D
icebergs, planet mom, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom

Em C
Brando, "The King and I", and "The Catcher in the Rye"

G D
Eisenhower, vaccine, England's got a new queen

Em C
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

1] We gotta stop the fire /g d
drought and heatwaves burning /drought and flames/ when the .earth /em planet .earth
floods (and) hurricanes turning /c
We gotta stop the .fire /g d
climate change may light it/ greed and apathy(waste) light it / fossil fuels / consumerism
But we have to fight it / But we all can fight it

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

Verse:
G D
Josef Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Em C
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc
G D
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron

Em C
Dien Bien Phu Falls, Rock Around the Clock

G D
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team

Em C
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland

G D
Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Khrushchev

Em C
Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez

Chorus:
G D
2)We didn't start the fire

Em
It was always burning

C
Since the world's been turning

G D
We didn't start the fire

Bm
No we didn't light it

Am
But we tried to fight it

Bridge:
C Am
Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac

Em D
Sputnik, Zhou Enlai, Bridge On The River Kwai

C Am
Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California Baseball,

Em D
Starkweather homicide, Children of Thalidomide

Little guitar riff after bridge:
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Verse:
G D
Buddy Holly, Ben Hur, Space Monkey, Mafia

Em C
Hula Hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go

G D
U2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy

Em C
Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo

Chorus:
G D
3)We didn't start the fire

Em
It was always burning

C
Since the world's been turning

G D
We didn't start the fire

Bm
No we didn't light it

C
But we tried to fight it

Verse:
G D
Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land,

Em C
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion

G D
Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatlemania

Em C
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson

G D
Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British Politician sex

Em C
J.F.K. blown away, what else do I have to say

Chorus:
G D
4)We didn't start the fire

Em
It was always burning

C
Since the world's been turning

G D
We didn't start the fire

Bm
No we didn't light it

C
But we tried to fight it

Verse:
G D
Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again

Em C
Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock

G D
Begin, Reagan, Palestine, Terror on the airline

Em C
Ayatollah's in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan

G D
Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, heavy metal suicide

Em C
Foreign debts, homeless Vets, AIDS, Crack, Bernie Goetz

G D
Hypodermics on the shores, China's under martial law

Em C
Rock and Roller cola wars, I can't take it anymore

Chorus:
G D
5)We didn't start the fire

Em
It was always burning

C
Since the world's been turning

G D
We didn't start the fire

Bm
No we didn't light it

C
But we tried to fight it

G D
6)We didn't start the fire

Em
It was always burning

C
Since the world's been turning

G D
We didn't start the fire

Bm
No we didn't light it

C
But we tried to fight it

G D
7)We didn't start the fire

Em
It was always burning

C
Since the world's been turning

G D
We didn't start the fire

Bm
No we didn't light it

C
But we tried to fight it

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