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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #1560 on: November 14, 2018, 02:54:10 pm »
The Speech That Saved The Planet

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Tuesday November 13, 2018 · 7:24 PM EST

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What We're Fighting For

My Fellow Americans:

I stand before you tonight, not only as your President, but also as a father, and as a grandfather to nine beautiful grandchildren.  It is on their behalf, and on behalf of all the children and grandchildren of the world, that I ask for your attention, for it is their future that now hangs in the balance. 

One month ago, I received a report from the world’s leading climate scientists.  The report states that we have only twelve years to drastically curtail our emissions of greenhouse gasses or risk calamities ranging from drought and crop failures, wildfires, water shortages, the death of ocean ecosystems, and sea level rise that would inundate our coastal cities.  This nightmare will unfold, not in thousands or hundreds of years, but in the lifetime of our own children and grandchildren.  Some of it is happening now.  Indeed, it may already be too late to prevent this catastrophe.  But there may still be time.  My fellow Americans, we must take this last, best chance to preserve a habitable planet for children and theirs.  We must act boldly.  We must act selflessly.  But above all, we must act now.

There are those who continue to cynically or ignorantly deny this crisis.  For decades we have indulged their stubborn intransigence even as the evidence has become incontrovertible.  But the luxury of time is no longer ours.  The time for talk is over.  We must act.

There are those who still cling to the fantasy that technology will save us; that we can avoid personal sacrifice and rely on our scientists’ and engineers’ ingenuity to forestall catastrophe.  But the stark truth is that no such technology exists today.  Nor will it exist this year, or this decade.  And twelve years is all we have to prevent the worst effects of global warming from becoming our children’s reality.  We must act.

There are those nihilists among us who suggest that all is lost, that action is futile, that we may as well succumb to the inevitable.  But science tells us that we still have a fighting chance to save this planet, and if there is even a chance, I say we must seize it with all our might and all our determination and all our resources and fight until the bitter end.   We must act now.

Finally, there are those defeatists who say that America is too divided, too distracted, too apathetic and self-absorbed to mobilize for such a massive undertaking.  Yet throughout our history, America has shown time and again that we can rise to meet the occasion; that we do not shy from a fight when the cause is just – and what cause could be more just than the preservation of the very Earth that sustains us?  We must act now! 

What will it take?  Nothing less than a transformation of our energy, transportation, and agricultural infrastructure, which is to say our way of life.  As we did in World War II, we must mobilize every man, woman, and child; every factory and corporation; every school and place of worship – every resource in our possession – to achieve our ends. 

Sacrifice will be required from all our citizens.  Yet this transformation will also yield great benefits. Millions will be put to work across the country building and maintaining the new clean-energy economy and infrastructure.  Millions of lives will be saved and improved by the cleaner air we will breathe.  Millions will be spared the scourge of infectious disease now forecast to afflict us.  We may be able to save our great coastal cities from destruction by the sea; our fertile plains from destruction by drought; our forests from destruction by infestation and blight; and our coral reefs and ocean life from destruction by acidification and temperature rise.   Plants and animals now doomed to extinction may recover and thrive.  We may, indeed, be able to pass on to our progeny a world more healthy, clean, and beautiful than the one we inherited.

If we can do this – and I believe we can – then we must.  And so today, I say that we will.  Together, we will save this planet we share and love.  And when we do, we will take our rightful place among those generations before us who rose to meet the challenge of their time. 

In the coming weeks, I will lay out a comprehensive plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions by the year 2050 through a combination of greenhouse gas regulation, carbon pricing, energy-efficiency initiatives, and a “Manhattan Project” initiative to rapidly develop and deploy new clean energy and carbon capture technologies.  These plans will require Congressional action, which I hope will be swift, and judicial review, which I expect will be favorable.  Above all, they will require the united support of the American people, which I hope and pray will be overwhelming.  And to those who would resist our efforts, let me be clear:  I am sworn to protect and defend this nation against ALL threats.  No threat could be greater than that posed by climate change, and I intend to use all the power at my disposal to protect our country.

Of course, we cannot win this battle alone; we must immediately engage the world in intensive diplomacy to ensure that our efforts are matched by the other major polluting nations.  But America has a special obligation as both the world’s leading per capita emitter of greenhouse gas, and, more importantly, as leader of the free world.  It is up to us to set the example. 

For fifty years, we have watched this enemy approach, relentlessly and remorselessly, and we have done little to prepare or to defend ourselves.  Now, the enemy is at our shores.  Will we rise to the occasion, as we have so often before in our history?  Or will we succumb to denial and defeatism as the world burns?   I would like to say that we will be judged by the actions we take today, and should we succeed in this great endeavor, I believe this is true.  But the hard truth is that, should we fail, there may be none remaining to judge.  Therefore, for the sake of our children, our democracy, and our planet, let us do everything in our power to succeed – starting now.   

God bless you all, and God bless the United States of America.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/11/13/1812548/-The-Speech-That-Saved-The-Planet

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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #1561 on: November 14, 2018, 04:47:21 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: Pelosi is a BLUE DOG 🐩 Democrat who accepts "contributions" from the Hydrocarbon Hellspawn Fossil Fuel Fascists 🐉🦕🦖. I hope Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez ✨ is successful in shaming Pelosi into supporting a Green New Deal. 

 
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Demands For Green New Deal on The Hill

 
   

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) joined more than 200 youth protesters in a climate-sit in outside House Minority Leader Nancy 🐩 Pelosi's 🦕 office Tuesday.

The protest, convened by the Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats, was meant to put pressure on Pelosi and House Democrats to adopt radical climate action, and Ocasio-Cortez told protesters that should Pelosi become Speaker, "we’ve got her back in showing and pursuing the most progressive energy agenda that this country has ever seen."

Earlier this week, Ocasio-Cortez unveiled a resolution for a select committee to form a plan for a Green New Deal, and on Tuesday tweeted that Pelosi's proposed reinstated climate committee must not have members appointed who accept fossil fuel 🐉🦕🦖 contributions.

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"We need a Green New Deal and we need to get to 100 percent renewables because our lives depend on it," Ocasio-Cortez told reporters.
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"The IPCC themselves, they say we have 10 years left and I--not just as an elected member, but as a 29-year-old woman--am thinking not just about what we are going to accomplish in the next two years but the America that we’re going to live in in the next 30 years."

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/416411-youth-protestors-fill-nancy-pelosis-office-demanding-climate-change


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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #1562 on: November 14, 2018, 05:28:01 pm »
 
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In Not-So-Subtle Nod 👍 to Climate Change, South Park Shows a ManBearPig Denier Eaten by ManBearPig  ;D

''The climate system is an angry beast and we are poking it with sticks,'' Dr. Wallace S. Broecker 
warned humanity, decades ago. Now it looks like the beast is awakening, and even former critics seem to be coming around to the idea that we should stop poking it.


This reversal is even showing up in what we watch after work. The libertarian-leaning sensibilities of South Park’s creators have been plainly evident on TV for years. Humor like South Park’s fuels the sort of nihilistic “both parties are the same” rhetoric that allows edgy young men to feel superior to both parties, without having to actually make a political choice.

Climate change has come up in the show multiple times, from skewering the over-the-top dramatics with a Day After Tomorrow parody to lampooning the smug self-satisfaction of Prius driving liberals. But the episode that has continued to resonate, particularly in the deniersphere, is the ManBearPig episode. This infamous 2006 bit mocked Al Gore’s pandering to the press and public while promoting his Inconvenient Truth movie.

To be fair, the episode was always more about Gore’s attention-seeking behavior and bitterness at losing the presidency. The titular mythical monster (half man, half bear, half pig) served a stand-in for his public concern for climate change. For deniers obsessed with Gore, though, “ManBearPig” became something of a meme. 

But in last Wednesday’s episode, twelve long years after Gore was mocked mercilessly for warning of ManBearPig’s existence, the cryptid made its first (real world) appearance in the show. And real news like NBC  and Vanity Fair--as well as conservative fake news like Newsbusters, the Washington Times and Fox--all wrote how this new episode could be considered an anthropocene apology to Al Gore.

In the episode, the cartoon’s four young protagonists must seek out Gore after being blamed for the murders committed by ManBearPig (which police mistake for yet another school shooting). They’re determined to make amends so that they can clear their names and take down ManBearPig together. Lest you think the creators are now fans of the former VP, the cartoon Gore is less than gracious, requiring the kids apologize repeatedly and throw him a party at Olive Garden, where he bores them with a slideshow of his career. At the end, he gives them his Nobel prize and tells the kids it’s up to them now. (Presumably, this cliffhanger will be be picked up in tonight’s episode.)

But in one particularly climatic scene, captured by the right-wing “Media Research Center,” ManBearPig slaughters his way through a restaurant, while a glib denier explains that “You can't just go along with what people are saying, Susan, okay? There's no scientific proof, no real evidence of a ManBearPig… everyone wants to use the fear of a ManBearPig to get what they want. They throw around bad science, bad taxidermy… ”

When ManBearPig crashes through the wall behind the man, and begins a violent rampage he continues undaunted, saying “You can't just let people tell you that if you don't believe in ManBearPig, then you don't care about the world.”

When Susan points out that not only is ManBearPig real, but here, right now (and ripping the spine out of the guy behind him) the man shifts to the denier line that it’s too late now: “What can we do that everyone else will also do, Susan? Come on, use your brain. Even if we do something about it...  What about the Chinese? They’re just gonna keep right on--”

But ManBearPig picks him up and begins chomping down on the his skull, cutting off his denial mid-sentence.

While climate change was already plenty real twelve years ago, when ManBearPig was just a figment of Gore’s imagination, a decade of Sandys and Harveys and Marias and Florences, of wildfires and droughts and pests and heat waves, have made the risk of poking Dr. Broecker’s climate beast an obvious, if inconvenient, truth.





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« Reply #1563 on: November 14, 2018, 05:39:00 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: You need to up the volume at times for the Ocasio clips and then down it to continue hearing what Jamarl Thomas 👍, a very bright and perceptive young man, is saying.

Nov 14, 2018 | 376 views | by Jamarl Thomas 


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Storms Nancy Pelosi's Office Amid Green New Deal Sit In ...


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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #1564 on: November 15, 2018, 02:06:25 pm »
A voice of the future ... from 1970 👀

Change our thinking, change our world


The wisdom of Alan Watts 🕊

Could it be a general mental structure that humans have imposed on themselves which leads to our species' constant self-ruin?

He starts with the fascinating story of some of the greatest minds of the 70s coming together in an organized effort to propose solutions, and reveals that even some of the greatest among us didn't seem to know what to do at the time.

Alan Watts has his own view of what's wrong with the world, and proposes a beautiful and simple way we can do something about it.
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« Reply #1565 on: November 15, 2018, 02:31:35 pm »

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You may be surprised to learn that Virginia has one of the fastest rates of relative sea-level rise in the country. The Hampton Roads region is experiencing both rising seas and sinking land, threatening tourist towns like Virginia Beach and the region's major military facilities with frequent flooding — a situation expected to worsen as the climate warms. This week, in the first of a series of stories on the topic, we write about how the state is beginning to get serious about tackling sea-level rise, which could make Virginia a leader in coastal adaptation and climate strategies.

When it comes to wildlife, we still have a lot to learn about the reintroduction of imperiled wild species. University of Texas-Austin researcher Kalli F. Doubleday explains why all eyes are on India's Sariska Tiger Reserve for important lessons on the reintroduction of big cats and their coexistence with neighboring humans.

While tigers may be good at grabbing headlines, let's not forget about insects. Scientists are calling for more research to understand why many insect populations are declining and what we can do about it.

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Wildfires are on top of our minds right now as California battles its most deadly and destructive wildfire in state history. Wildfire historian Stephen Pyne explains why we need to have different strategies for fighting different kinds of wildfires 🔥, especially those at the intersection of wildlands and our developed communities.

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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #1566 on: November 15, 2018, 09:47:57 pm »

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2018

The Global Extinction Rebellion Begins


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Humans have undoubtedly triggered Earth's sixth mass extinction event, and are living amid an existential crisis unlike anything we have experienced. Despite the odds, a group in the UK has channeled their horror about the climate emergency into a movement called the Extinction Rebellion -- and they intend for it to become global.

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« Reply #1567 on: November 17, 2018, 01:41:37 pm »
November 17th, 2018 by Nicolas Zart

An Aerial View Of The California Fire 🔥 Destruction & Pollution In The Air

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The captain announced 2.5-mile visibility at San Jose. As soon as we reached 10,000 feet, the sad spectacle of the last fires in the Malibu canyon became obvious. You can see a few red trails lingering from the firefighter airplanes and helicopters dumping their fire-retardant liquid. The scenery stretched for miles of burnt, darkened landscape, as if someone had dumped fine powder over the mountains and ridges. I could barely make out the vegetation under the layer of dust.

Full article with videos:

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/11/17/an-aerial-view-of-the-california-fire-destruction-pollution-in-the-air/

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« Reply #1568 on: November 20, 2018, 07:34:25 pm »
Yep, this belongs here. It's long but it exposes the inevitability of the extinction of the human species UNLESS we totally replace the corporate state, in ALL its Capitalist/Fascist forms, with a Socialist structure that is fastidious and uncompromising about the primacy of protecting, preserving and expanding a VIABLE BIOSPHERE for ALL the life forms that we share this planet with. This is not "idealistic"; this is SINE QUA NON for a Viable Biosphere.


The result of this holistic approach, which requires a VETO POWER DECISION PROCESS FILTER for human economic activity, where ALL the biosphere math addition and subtraction in regard to ALL planned human actions are studied and measured PRIOR to allowing ANY country or business to engage in them, or subsidize them in some other way, is a reasonable expectation of continued human existence.

For those stupid, arrogant, hidebound, greedy people reading this who claim that "incremental measures will solve all the problems of Profit Over People and Planet" that CAPITALISM has cursed our biosphere with, I suggest you keep believing the convenient fantasy that "you are just being pragmatic". Keep believing that Chris Hedges and people like myself (and many other people of good will on Earth) are "too idealistic and impractical". Keep clinging to your stock market investments and your comfortable smug assumption that "Socialism was tried and it failed".

There is not a snowball's chance in Hell of mankind surviving while continuing to break the laws of LIFE, SINE QUA NON for a Viable Biosphere. When this increasingly Catastrophic Climate Change destroys the last shred of your Capitalist "greed is good" manufactured reality, it will be less painful for you if you cannot accept that reality.

Already, millions of white workers who's "American Dream" has been exposed as the American Scream by Capitalist Cruelty, have turned to a Demagogue Con Artist (i.e. Trump) for more assurance that "their beliefs actually were well founded and the dream", which was never real, "is just around the Trump promised corner".

This amazingly tragic level of denial in the face a degraded environment and destroyed job prospects is what you people with fat wallets will soon also enter into, as Chris Hedges makes crystal clear in the video below, instead of accepting that you were propagandized to embrace an environmentally suicidal economic system from the time you were knee high to a grasshopper.

Maybe you'll go nuts and embrace mass suicide like a nuclear war in order to avoid accepting the FACT that you embraced a morally bankrupt world view that is destroying our species, and thousands of other high order mammalian vertebrate species. Arrogant pride can, unfortunately, really lock people into doubling down on destructive behavior.

For the smug egotist, going out in a "blaze of glory" is, too often, preferable to admitting error. I hope you realize, before it is too late, that humble pie about our responsibility for all the harm we have collectively AND INDIVIDUALLY caused is not optional if we wish to survive.

Whatever you do, our species has NO FUTURE as long as Business as Usual with token feel good small incremental steps to "fix" our grotesque economic system and mitigate climate change continue.




SOCIALISM that respects, defends and protects the ENTIRE BIOSPHERE IS THE ONLY SOLUTION.

Chris Hedges, "American Anomie"
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Chris Hedges spoke at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY on November 3, 2018.  He is a Truthdig columnist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a New York Times best-selling author, a professor in the college degree program offered to New Jersey state prisoners by Rutgers University, and an ordained Presbyterian minister. He has written 12 books, including the New York Times best-seller “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” (2012), which he co-authored with the cartoonist Joe Sacco. His other books include "Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt," (2015) “Death of the Liberal Class” (2010), “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle” (2009), “I Don’t Believe in Atheists” (2008) and the best-selling “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America” (2008). His latest book is "America: The Farewell Tour" (2018). His book “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” (2003) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and has sold over 400,000 copies. He writes a weekly column for the website Truthdig and hosts a show, "On Contact," on RT America.

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« Reply #1569 on: November 20, 2018, 08:53:15 pm »
Part 1 of 2 - Challenging Extinction with Guy McPherson 🤔

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Published on Nov 15, 2018

Part 1 of my conversation with Guy McPherson, challenging his message of 'near term human extinction.'

Part 2, entitled 'Wanna Bet?' will be released on Thursday November the 22nd.  Watch both 👀 and decide for yourself.  🕵️
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« Reply #1570 on: November 20, 2018, 09:44:57 pm »
Climatologist Wallace Broecker: "The Deniers Are Going to Go Apeshit. They're Going to Have a Riot"

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In this week's edition of my Collapse Chronicles interview, I have the pleasure and honor of speaking with climatologist Wallace Broecker.
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« Reply #1571 on: November 23, 2018, 03:05:06 pm »
TD ORIGINALS

November 22, 2018

Will Democrats Back a ‘Green New Deal’?

Rep.-elects Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Joe Neguse exit a Democratic Caucus meeting at the Capitol. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

News related to climate change is rarely good. More often than not, it engenders a sense of doom and helplessness among the public. But lately there has been a glimmer of hope on the horizon for climate justice, and it bears the name Sunrise Movement.

Even before the midterm elections took place, activists in the youth-based climate justice organization had planned a sit-in at the Washington, D.C., offices of California representative and longtime Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. A week after the election, the approximately 200 people that crowded into Pelosi’s office were visited by newly elected New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Addressing the climate activists, Ocasio-Cortez said, “My journey here started at Standing Rock,” referring to the powerful indigenous-led rebellion to stop the Dakota Access pipeline project in 2017. Immediately afterward, Ocasio-Cortez pledged to introduce legislation to create a “Select Committee on a Green New Deal,” as one of her first actions in Congress.

William Lawrence, a co-founder of the Sunrise Movement, explained to me in an interview that the movement is motivated by the existential threat of the climate crisis. “We have hundreds of millions of lives worldwide that are at stake because of the threat of runaway climate change,” he said. The solutions out of this crisis are known and achievable: “We need to overhaul our energy system, our food system and our transit system,” Lawrence explained. In his opinion, “The only way to do that in time is for the government to take an active role in the economy to shape and guide the transition. That’s exactly how we got ourselves out of the Great Depression.”

But lawmakers are still undecided on a plan of action. Pelosi, feeling the pressure from grassroots activists and new colleagues like Ocasio-Cortez, made the call for reviving a defunct committee called the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, which was established the last time Democrats controlled the House.

While that committee’s mandate would not go nearly as far as the one Ocasio-Cortez has proposed, other Democrats, like New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, dismissed Pelosi’s position, saying a select committee was “not necessary.” His opposition highlights a strongly regressive streak within the Democratic Party that feels compelled to maintain the status quo in the face of the climate devastation that is already happening all around us.

Establishment Democrats now have two powerful forces working to push them in the right direction on climate: a strong grassroots movement intent on holding politicians’ feet to the fire, and a bold new crop of aggressive young Democratic Socialists like Ocasio-Cortez, who have been elected to office. It is the perfect storm of forces needed now more than ever to push a strong climate agenda.

Coming off a violent hurricane season on the U.S. East Coast, this fall brought record-breaking fires to the nation’s West Coast, underscoring the urgency of climate catastrophe. The death toll from the worst fire in California’s recorded history—the Camp Fire in Butte County—has now reached 83, with more than 600 still missing. Meanwhile, rain is expected this week in the northern part of the state, which could bring relief to the dry areas but could also trigger dangerous mudslides and flash flooding in areas stripped bare of brush and vegetation. Scientists are in clear agreement that climate change is behind this unprecedented fire season.

But President Trump barely acknowledged climate change during his weekend visit to the impacted areas. In addition to (embarrassingly) forgetting the name of the devastated town of Paradise—he referred to it as “Pleasure” before being corrected—Trump lectured state officials about the importance of raking and cleaning forest vegetation. His interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, went even further, saying in an interview with the extremist right-wing outlet Breitbart that the fires were the fault of “environmental radicals.”

Rather than confront Republicans like Trump and Zinke (Lawrence dismissed the GOP as “An organized alliance between fossil-fuel billionaires and white supremacists”), the Northern California chapter of the Sunrise Movement showed up outside the offices of Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee, a strong progressive figure and veteran lawmaker. They wore masks to protect their lungs from the toxic air that blanketed the areas surrounding the Camp Fire, and they called upon Lee to support the resolution that Ocasio-Cortez plans to introduce. So far, Lee has not responded.

Lawrence said the activists were sending a message to Lee, saying, “We love you, we respect you, you have been a progressive champion for many years on so many issues, but that doesn’t mean you get a pass on this.”

What activists with the Sunrise Movement are cleverly doing is demanding that their elected representatives, including Pelosi, Pallone and Lee, answer the question: “What Is Your Plan?” “Not only do they not have a plan,” said Lawrence, “but they don’t have a plan to make a plan.”

Angry about Pallone’s recent stance that no action is needed to establish any sort of select committee to address climate change, Sunrise Movement activists paid him a visit, too. According to Lawrence, Pallone attempted to cast himself as their ally, citing his statements in support of climate action and his 2009 vote for a “cap and trade program.” But Lawrence pointed out that Pallone “has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from fossil fuel companies.”

Lawrence and his fellow activists are demanding that Democrats back a “Green New Deal”—a proposal whose very name invokes the important government jobs program that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law to help end the Great Depression. The idea is one whose time has come. Rampant poverty and climate change are arguably the two most important challenges facing the U.S. today. A Green New Deal would address both crises together. At this moment, Congress has no plan to solve either income inequality or global warming. Indeed, Trump and the GOP’s deregulatory agenda is exacerbating these problems through actions like last year’s tax-reform bonanza for the wealthy and ending the Paris Agreement. Our elected officials are literally erasing our children’s future.

This is not a pie-in-the-sky movement. Lawrence said he is realistic: “We know that we are not going to pass anything until 2021 when we have Trump out of office, and hopefully we have a more favorable breakdown in the Senate.” With regard to recent developments, he insisted, “But now that the Democrats hold the House, it is absolutely imperative that they make a plan that will be ready to go in 2021. The climate—and our species—depend on it.

Agelbert COMMENTS:

Ocasio's version of a "Green New Deal" is not as thorough as the Green New Deal put forth by the Green Party. The Green Party platform is the only hope this country, and any other country on Earth, HAS for a Viable Biosphere.



That said, Ocasio has made it CRYSTAL CLEAR that part of her version REQUIRES THAT NO DEMOCRAT WHO TAKES "contributions" (BRIBES) FROM THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY be allowed on the committee to address Climate Change with a Green New Deal.

Also, the Sunrise movement that accompanied Ocasio supports the Zero Hour platform, which is even more comprehensive than the Green Party's Green New Deal.

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The system is too damaged and corrupted to be repaired. It does need to be replaced with a system that is socialist, or otherwise with one that puts the needs and interests of the people at the top rather than the accumulation of imaginary numbers on a computer.

The question remains /how?/
The political parties responsible for this mess are not going to cooperate and have to be forced out.

Which is why I called the notion to reform the democratic party from within an act of desperation.

Agelber > Marian Griffth

To say that Fossil Fuel Industry 🦕🦖 😈 disinformation isn’t the whole story is to knock down a straw man: the fact remains that it is a major--and perhaps the most important--part of the story.

I am not concerned any more about the foot dragging by the hydrocarbon hellspawn 🦕🦖 bought and paid fors 🐵 🐒 🦍 🙉 🙊 that curse most of the governments on this planet in general, and the USA in particular.

Catastrophic Climate Change is NOW in the driver's seat, no matter how much the Fossil Fuel Fascist 😈 👹 controlled Media and Politicians try to spin it.

Yeah, it might be too late for many species, including ours. 🤬

However, there is the distinct, nearly 100% probability that the violence of all the deadly environmental mayhem will bankrupt the Bastards 👹 💵 🎩 🍌 that now drive Capitalist Profit Over People and Planet INSANE 🏴‍ ☠️ 🚩 poliicies.

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At that, extremely close at hand point, a worldwide effort will concentrate on mitigating Climate Change.

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The following wise quote explains the knife edge that the human species finds itself now:

"There is a terrible desperation to the increasingly pathetic rationalizations from the climate denial camp. This comes as no surprise if you take the long view; every single undone paradigm in history has died kicking and screaming, and our current petroleum paradigm is no different. The trick here is trying to figure out how we all make it to the new paradigm without dying right along with the old one, kicking, screaming or otherwise." - William Rivers Pitt


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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #1572 on: November 23, 2018, 07:56:03 pm »

DONALD TRUMP'S 🦀 CLIMATE CHANGE TWEET LAMBASTED BY SCIENTISTS: 'HE'S A DANGEROUS CLOWN'

BY KASHMIRA GANDER ON 11/22/18 AT 6:38 AM

SNIPPET:

Mann told Newsweek: "It is disturbing to see the titular head of our nation misinforming the public about the greatest threat we face—the threat of catastrophic climate change impacts. Not only has Trump sought to dismantle the environmental protections put in place by previous administrations, he has also sought to lower the level of discourse by making nonsensical public comments that are untruthful factually, and deliberately conflate normal day-to-day weather fluctuations with climate change.

"It is shameful, irresponsible and most unbecoming of someone who would call himself President of the United States."

This is not the first time Trump has seized a cold snap as an opportunity to question whether climate change is real.

Full article with EXCELLENT video:

https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trumps-climate-change-tweet-lambasted-scientists-hes-dangerous-clown-1227310

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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #1573 on: November 23, 2018, 08:22:50 pm »
AXIOS


November 23, 2018

Andrew Freedman

New climate report warns of increasingly dire risks to U.S.

 
An American flag hangs at a burned out mobile home park in Paradise, California on Nov. 18. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration released a major new climate science report on Black Friday, warning of "hundreds of billions of dollars" in annual losses to some economic sectors without scaled up actions to adapt to current changes and slash emissions to avoid future warming.

Why it matters: The report by scientists from 13 federal agencies constitutes the second volume of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which is a congressionally mandated report. Its conclusion: Lives and property are already at risk in the U.S. due to climate change.

The release date, on the Friday after Thanksgiving, which is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year, is likely to bury the news coverage of its findings.

On a call with reporters this afternoon, David Reidmiller, the director of the assessment, said the timing was determined in order to have the report come out in advance of the next round of U.N. climate talks beginning in Poland on Dec. 2 as well as a large scientific meeting in Washington in mid-December.

“We wanted to get this out sufficiently in advance of those meetings so that folks have a chance to review it," Reidmiller said.

Monica Allen, a spokesperson for NOAA, said the decision to release the report on Black Friday was "made in the last week or so."

The details: The contents of the new report, which consists of 29 chapters that were extensively peer reviewed, are bleak. The report points out that the era of climate consequences for the U.S. is well underway, and only actions taken in the next few years can be effective in addressing the scope and severity of the problem.

The authors warn that neither climate adaptation or the pace of emissions cuts are keeping up with the severity and swiftness of the challenge.

The report release comes as the death toll from historic California wildfires continue to rise, and it finds that climate change is expected to bring more frequent wildfires and poor air quality.

The report finds that under a worst-case climate change scenario, in which emissions continue to climb at current rates, extreme heat would cause labor-related losses of an estimated $155 billion per year by 2090. At the same time, coastal property damage in the U.S. from sea level rise and storm surge flooding could reach nearly $120 billion per year.

The backstory: The new report builds off of findings from the first volume of the National Climate Assessment, which was released by the Trump administration in November 2017.

The second volume contains more information specific to vital U.S. economic sectors, regions and national interests. It includes a region-by-region breakdown of how global warming is altering life and economic productivity, as well as what opportunities there are to adapt to it.

The first report was a sweeping overview of climate science findings, which decisively concluded that there is no credible explanation for modern-day global warming other than the burning of fossil fuels for energy.

The report was written and published under the auspices of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, which brings together the 13 federal agencies that work on climate change issues, from the Energy Department to NOAA.

"This report dives into details concerning the US in a way that has not been done before," Michael Wehner, a climate researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, told Axios.

Between the lines: The Trump administration has allowed the National Climate Assessment process to move forward without interference, while at the same time expressing doubt about the causes and extent of the threat of human-caused climate change when it comes to forming its energy policies.

In an interview with in November with "Axios on HBO," President Trump 🦀 was presented with the first volume of the assessment, and he dismissed it.


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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #1574 on: November 25, 2018, 11:52:10 am »
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9. Does Colorado have a “Cash for Clunkers” program to get the most polluting vehicles off the roads?

All Federal funds have been allocated for the Cash for Clunkers program. The Clear the Air Foundation accepts donations of old “gross emitter” vehicles, sells them to parts yards, and donates the proceeds to various charities.

10. Will having an LEV standard reduce smog in cities?

It could definitely help, but vehicle tailpipe emissions are not the only contributors to ground level ozone (i.e., “urban smog”). Fossil-fueled power plants, construction, oil & gas development, industrial activities, wildfires, paint, etc. also contribute, and Colorado is addressing each of these through other programs.

11. How much might having an LEV standard improve over all air quality?

Our answer to #10 can also apply here, as “overall air quality” varies widely based on different combinations of all those contributing sources. As for climate change, however, we predict that CLEAR will help reduce over 30 million tons of GHGs in the years 2022-2031.

Full article with particularly informative comments by BigWu:

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