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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #2070 on: January 21, 2020, 01:07:07 pm »
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Court tosses youth climate case , fire smoke slows down coal production in Australia, & more

Court Throws Out Kids' Climate Suit: An appeals court Friday threw out a landmark case brought by a group of 21 young people charging the federal government with not taking sufficient action on climate change. The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to dismiss the Juliana vs. United States suit, which was originally brought against the Obama administration in 2015, saying that "the plaintiffs’ case must be made to the political branches or to the electorate at large" rather than decided in the courts. Our Children’s Trust, the nonprofit backing the suit, has vowed to appeal the decision, with the Trust's lead lawyer Julia Olson telling the New York Times that the case is "far from over." (New York Times $, Washington Post $, Reuters, AP, Vox, Politico Pro $)


Fossil Fuels' Radioactive Problem: Oil and gas production releases certain radioactive waste products that have led to a slew of cancer cases in workers, according to a new investigation from Rolling Stone. The investigation lays out how runoff from oil and gas wells, known as brine, can contain high levels of radionuclide, which may be an understudied public health risk to workers and communities across the country. The industry claims that radioactivity in the waste is harmless, so workers continue to be unprotected and brine storage facilities largely unregulated. "If I had a beaker of that on my desk and accidentally dropped it on the floor, they would shut the place down," Yuri Gorby, a former radioactivity expert at the Department of Energy, told Rolling Stone about high levels of radioactivity found in brine from the Marcellus shale. "And if I dumped it down the sink, I could go to jail.” (Rolling Stone)
 

Bush Fires Screwing Up Coal Production ;D: Smoke from bush fires in Australia is slowing coal production at mines owned by the country's biggest coal company. Mining giant BHP said Tuesday that production in its mines was down 11 percent partially due to poor air quality in the state of New South Wales making visibility low and equipment harder to operate. The company also noted that some of its employees had taken leave to fight the fires that have pushed areas of Australia, the world's largest coal producer, into a state of crisis. "I did roll my eyes" at BHP's announcement, Bill Hare, chief executive of Climate Analytics, told the New York Times. "...You can see the mood is changing in Australia. Sooner or later, the companies are going to run out of social license." (New York Times $, Reuters, SBS)





Taking A Peek At Upcoming Fossil Fuel Propaganda and Policy on Methane, Gas Bans, Coal and Protests

We hit the ground running this year, so today we’re going to do a bit of stock-taking about what 2020 is going to bring us from the 🦕👹🦖 fossil fuel industry.

Right now, the industry is not exactly in a happy place. Public polling from Yale shows that the “alarmed” portion of Americans is now the largest of the six segments at 31% of the population (compared to just 10% who are doubtful or dismissive of climate concerns). Last week, TIME’s Justin Worland published a piece based on an interview with Shell’s CEO, who’s feeling the pressure from climate activists and the realities of climate science. (Makes sense, given that last week Extinction Rebellion blockaded Shell offices.) The industry certainly has a problem with public perception, particularly but not solely among the youth, as protests from Harvard Law and Oxford, among others, show.   

Step one, then, for the fossil fuel industry is to make it harder for those pesky protestors to shine a spotlight on companies. As the Heartland Institute gratefully reminded us with a timely post last week, back in November of 2019 Wisconsin became the 17th state to criminalize protests with new stronger penalties including a $10,000 fine and six years in jail if protests trespass on energy company property. 

Step two is to pretend like the industry is doing something about pollution, to undercut calls for regulation. That’s the approach the American Gas Association and the Edison Electric Institute are taking for their new Natural Gas Sustainability Initiative, a draft of which E&E obtained. To address the fact that methane emissions are a powerful greenhouse gas, the initiative is completely voluntary, and only working on a reporting protocol. Drillers can choose to report how much they’re polluting, but won’t actually be pressured to do anything. 

But what about policies that are already being rolled out? To see how the industry is responding to the emerging trend of local municipalities banning natural gas use all together, check out this post from the oil industry’s Energy in Depth. It lays out the four narrative responses the industry will use to these local decisions. 

The first is an implicit admission that they’re a problem, in that they allege that gas bans won’t reduce emissions as much as efficiency measures or methane capture in landfills. (But obviously banning gas hardly means cities can’t also take efficiency measures or capture methane from garbage!) After that, cry crocodile tears for low-income populations by pointing out that electric heat can be more expensive than a natural gas furnace, that consumers appear to prefer gas to electric heat, and that gas is more efficient than electric.

None of this changes the simple fact that natural gas use is incompatible with fighting climate change. 

That’s why the industry is making last-ditch efforts to use their political sway to protect their business. The latest comes from Indiana, which introduced a bill last week to make it illegal to close down a coal plant unless the federal government (but NOT the EPA) gives a direct mandate to do so. The hypocrisy the party of free market worship and “not picking winners and losers” picking the losing coal industry to win legal protection from economic competition could not be more palpable. 

Even if it is eventually signed into law, eventually those plants will close. And when they do, surely the industry will be good neighbors and clean up the mess they left behind, right? 

Obviously not. In Ohio, a new analysis shows that while drilling companies are required to set aside either $5,000 to clean up a spent well, or $15,000 for all of their wells, the average cost of plugging one well is $110,000. Even worse, once the well is plugged, the companies get that money back, leaving the public to pay the rest. That is, if they even bother to clean it themselves. Ohio alone has a confirmed 900 orphaned wells, with potentially another 18,000 hiding away in homes or school gyms or farm fields or basements or anywhere else. When one considers what the costs would be if Ohio was representative of the whole country, it’d mean a price tag of hundreds of billions of dollars.

Which of course begs a question the industry is desperate to keep the public from asking: How are we going to pay for that?
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By Alexandru Micu on Jan 28, 2020 01:30 pm

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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
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God is talking to 🦀 Mr. Trump, who will, as he has done thoughout his life, not listen.

Nope. Not a syllable. In that regard he reminds me of Stalin, who, when informed that the Pope has expressed displeasure at a military move, replied, "And how many divisions does the Pope command?"

Stalin's ideology is a nearly perfect fit with Trump's ideology, in that both of them worshipped at the altar of "might equals right". 

But then, that is the 😈 altar most people on Earth worship at, regardless of the lip service to a deity given by assorted religious leaders and their, mostly pharisaic, followers.

So, Trump is certainly not an outlier in being a functional atheist. Most people in the USA believe that money isn't everything, but it is way ahead of whatever is in second place. That is the spiritually depraved norm here and that is the norm in the human species. The deliberately unethical wanton destruction caused by every successful empire with several divisions at their command throughout history evidences that.

Psychologists have determined, from repeated scientific studies, that humans are "wired" for empathy. This trait produces socially beneficial behavior such as altruism.

Empathy is the basis of ethical behavior. Ethical behavior tempers the "money is numero uno" greed reflex common to the human species. All these conclusions by social science academia deny the existence of evil as a spiritual force in human affairs. The concept of "evil" (i.e. invisible demonic spirit entities destructively influencing human behavior) is relegated to the realm of superstition, irrelevant to the "reality" of the materialist atheistic world view that "the human body is exclusively an organic machine that evolved from random BENEFICIAL mutations that gave the species enough evolutionary advantages to DOMINATE (SEE: Might equals RIGHT) all other earthly species". What's wrong with this picture? Plenty.

The very same psychologists that believe humans became "apex predators" through successful DOMINATION (i.e killing off or taming) of all competing life forms, believe the exception to the "rule" that humans are "wired" for empathy are the sociopaths and psychopaths. Cruel Predators like Stalin, Trump and Hitler are three examples of humans apparently not "wired for empathy". Yet, as the quote you gave from Stalin irrefutably evidences, Trump is a nearly perfect example of a person totally motivated by the quest for successful DOMINATION (i.e killing off or taming) of all competing life forms through FORCE. An objective evolutionary biologist would have to admit that, not only is Trump's mens rea modus operandi murderous belligerence a "successful evolutionary strategy", but the fact that fraud (SEE: trap door spiders that catch unwary insects, snakes with tails that look like a spider in order to catch eagles when they get too close, etc.) is cleverly interwoven into his force and fraud MO augments his "evolutionary advantages".

If it weren't for the "pesky" fact the "business as usual" climate trashing behavior embraced by Trump, Wall Street and nearly 100% of the profit over planet oligarchs, hell bent on doubling down on the biosphere trashing course that served their short term sociopathic greed based pecuniary interests so well, evolutionary biologists would be forced to conclude that the MO of Trump could not be viewed as anything but that of a "successful apex predator".

THAT is the conundrum that those who continue to cling to the "humans are an organic machine" world view are faced with.

These overeducated scientists, rather than admit that biochemistry is not sufficent to explain species endangering human behavior, and that something not scientifically measurable is causing apparently rational "evolutionarily successful apex predator" humans (i.e. Trump, the 1%, Wall Steet, Capitalists, etc.) to irrationally doom the human species by their thoroughly flawed "might equals right" world view, they resort to the Darwinian claim that if we shoot ouselves in the biosphere foot (and head), we don't "deserve" to exist.

IOW, these "rational" 🙈🙉🙊 scientists, in the face of all the irrationally destructive behavior by TPTB, as evidenced by Trump, flat refuse to recognize even the possibility that EVIL spirits, hell bent on destroying God's created beings in rebellion to the Creator God, are concentrating their corrupting actvities on the leaders of human society.

There is ZERO genetic evidence that there are a greater percentage of BORN sociopaths among the rich and influential humans in our doomed civilization than in the population as a whole. Yet, the "wired" for empathy tests evidence that the overwhelming majority of humans are NOT greedy to the point of enthusiastic support for climate trashing profit over planet. The only logical conclusion that a truly objective social scientist could reach from this genetic evidence is that SOMETHING or SOMEBODY targets targets anyone that makes it into TPTB far more than any other segment of the human species.

IOW, these scientists, watching the biosphere be delibrately destroyed by a tiny sliver of humanity known as TPTB, refuse to accept that evil spirits are at work corrupting TPTB because it makes a mockery of their Darwinian "Might Equals Right" flawed world view. "Nothing to see here, move along. Trump is nuts to want to destroy the biosphere for profit but it's just the way an apex predator is... Trump, like Stalin and Hitler, has all those military divisions to prove he is an evolutionary success... Might iequals right... Darwin said so, so it must be so..."     

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'Really, Really Bad': Scientists Raise Alarm Over Warm Ocean Water Beneath 'Doomsday Glacier' in Antarctica
"Warm waters in this part of the world, as remote as they may seem, should serve as a warning to all of us about the potential dire changes to the planet brought about by climate change."



The melt rate of West Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier is an important concern for climate scientists, because this glacier alone is currently responsible for about 1% of global sea level rise. (Photo: Stuart Rankin/Flickr/cc)

A study by British and American scientists revealed that a massive sheet of ice known as the "doomsday glacier" is melting faster than experts previously believed—edging the world closer to a possible sea level rise of more than 10 feet.

Researchers at New York University and the British Antarctic Survey drilled through nearly 2,000 feet of ice in the Thwaites glacier in West Antarctica, to measure temperatures at the 75-mile wide ice sheet's "grounding line," where the ice meets the ocean.

The water just beneath the ice was found to be 32º Fahrenheit—more than 2º above freezing temperature in the Antarctic region.

The findings have "huge implications for global sea level rise," NYU scientist David Holland said in a statement.

350.org co-founder and author Bill McKibben was among the climate action campaigners who expressed alarm over the new study.

"Oh, damn," McKibben wrote on social media.


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January 30, 2020 temperature, visualisation Ed Hawkins

The most common comment on the Warming Stripes’ visualisations (1850-2018) is: ‘what happened before 1850’?

I’m glad you asked.

We have a new reconstruction of global temperature going back to the year 1AD thanks to the work of the PAGES2k team. This reconstruction includes data from a wide variety of proxy records such as tree rings, cave deposits, corals, etc.

The warming over the past 50 years is stark compared to the variations that have occurred naturally over the last 2000 years. It is not normal.


The PAGES2k reconstruction also comes with uncertainty estimates, and so can be visualised in a more standard way, with key relevant global events added, such as large volcanic eruptions, the Maunder solar minimum and historical dates of scientific discoveries.


The data show that the modern period is very different to what occurred in the past. The often quoted Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age are real phenomena, but small compared to the recent changes. In this example, the reference period is 1850-1900, which is often used as an approximate ‘pre-industrial’ level.

The invention of the efficient steam engine in 1790 by James Watt kick-started the industrial revolution and our reliance on burning fossil fuels for energy. This has brought many benefits to humankind, but we are now experiencing the side effects of that development.

Data: PAGES2k

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Agelbert NOTE: Given the devastation to human civilization resulting from Hothouse Earth caused massively rising sea levels from Antarctic (and Greenland too!) ice melt, the ridiculous claim made in this video that hydrocarbons could then be extracted from Antarctica is worthy of disdain. By then, if there still exists some vestige of human civilization, hydrocarbons will be even more spurned by human society than hydrogen sulfide (that is the posionous gas with the rotton egg smell we have all had a wiff of at one time or another).

That said, I urge you to view this video and pass it on because, in addition to the fact that all the ice melt caused geographic changes displayed are scientifically accurate, the deleterious effect on all salt water marine species due to less salty oceans is one more valid reason for action to burning hydrocabons NOW, not when disease vectors in less salty oceans combine with increased acidity to wipe out most of the ocean food chain.

What if Antarctica MELTED?
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A remake an old video of mine, hope this answered some burning curiosities! And no, there are not aliens or Nazi bunkers under the ice... that I know of.

I forgot to mention that under the Antarctic treaty, mining is TECHNICALLY  prohibited on Antarctic, but that expires in around 30 years, and it's uncertain whether or not it will be renewed. Plus this is all theoretical anyway and would take place over many hundreds of years, if not thousands.

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An enormous waterfall gushes off the Nansen Ice Shelf. Credit: Jonathan Kingslake



The 🦕🦖 Hydrocarbon 👹 Hellspawn Fossil Fuelers DID THE Clean Energy  Inventions suppressing, Climate Trashing, human health depleting CRIME. Since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks 🦀, they are trying to AVOID DOING THE TIME or PAYING THE FINE!  Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on!   
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