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For some reason, this story really struck me to drive home the point that we are well and truly **** as humanity. Faced with catastrophic climate change, our response is to air condition the stadiums. Because money. And we know better, but just don't care.

Facing unbearable heat, Qatar has begun to air-condition the outdoors

Yep. Qatar's outdoor air conditioning is definitely Prima facie evidence of insanity.

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Cruelly, it’s those places that are already being hammered by the impacts of fossil-fueled development in the “global north”; climate equity advocates argue that larger economies which have benefited from historical processes like colonialism and slavery have the capacity to transition more quickly, and should allow countries and people that have traditionally been exploited the time and capacity to catch up. Throughout Democratic and Republican administrations, the United States’ team of career State 🦕🦖🐍 Department negotiators have spent years stymying calls for more ambitious climate policy, coming most vocally from “global south” countries already experiencing the climate emergency. Climate finance, in particular, has been their bête noire.

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🦀🦕🦖 RICH NATIONS , AFTER DRIVING CLIMATE DISASTER, 🦍 BLOCK ALL PROGRESS AT U.N. TALKS

By Kate Aronoff

December 18 2019, 1:26 p.m.

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LAST WEDNESDAY, over 300 demonstrators at COP25 in Madrid — this year’s 14-day U.N. climate talks, the group’s longest ever — watched from the courtyard of a conference center as a metal wall rose up seemingly out of nowhere, locking civil society observers literally out in the cold. Moments earlier, some had had their entry badges snatched off them by U.N. guards in skirmishes outside the main plenary hall before they were cordoned off. Security prevented them from speaking even to the press; all civil society observers had been barred from entering the conference center. With access to the venue now blocked, protesters marched out the back entrance, where they were greeted by Spanish police.

The protest was intended to call out the widespread lack of ambition coming from some of the world’s biggest emitters of heat-trapping greenhouse gasses, calling on countries in the “global north” to provide support for climate mitigation, adaptation, and recovery, plus excise loopholes that would give polluters a way out to keep on with business as usual. Demonstrators’ credentials were restored a few hours later, but the talks had done little to address their concerns. By Saturday afternoon — two days after talks were set to end — there was little agreement as to what would come out of them. “There is no one issue that is completely resolved,” Harjeet Singh, who leads up global climate work for ActionAid, told me. By the end of the closing plenary the next day, most major issues had been punted to future meetings. Even U.N. Secretary General António Guterres expressed his dissatisfaction on Twitter.

“There is no doubt: rich countries have been blocking progress across the board,” Singh said.

On that front, not ...

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Meanwhile, back from his Hawaiian holiday and brimming with Christopathic hubris, Prime Minister Fuckstick opines on the most important issue facing Australia.

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Morrison, an evangelical Christian and a vocal supporter of President Trump, finds himself aligned with the U.S. leader on support for the coal industry.

Don't forget to towel off.

Australia’s prime minister pledges to outlaw climate boycotts,
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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny leave after attending the inauguration of Indonesian President Joko Widodo for a second term, in Jakarta on Oct. 20, 2019. (ADEK BERRY/POOL/AFP/Getty Images)

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison railed against environmental protesters in a lunchtime speech on Friday, warning of a “new breed of radical activism” that was “apocalyptic in tone” and pledging to outlaw boycott campaigns that he argued could hurt the country’s mining industry.

The remarks were made to an audience at the Queensland Resources Council, an organization that represents peak mining interests in the northeastern Australian state. The proposed limits on protest quickly drew condemnation from human rights groups and activists.

“From ending slavery to stopping apartheid, boycott campaigns have played a critical role in achieving many social advances that we now take for granted,” Hugh de Kretser, executive director of the Human Rights Law Center, said in a statement.

Morrison, an evangelical Christian and a vocal supporter of President Trump, finds himself aligned with the U.S. leader on support for the coal industry. Australia is one of the largest coal producers on earth, with the industry supplying roughly 50,000 jobs but disproportionately responsible for greenhouse gas emissions.

During his speech, Morrison said his government was looking at “serious mechanisms that can successfully outlaw these indulgent and selfish practices that threaten the livelihoods of fellow Australians.” He argued that the “right to protest does not mean there is an unlimited license to disrupt people’s lives and disrespect your fellow Australians.”

Businesses linked to climate change were being refused banking, insurance and consulting services, Morrison said, due to the demands of activists. “I think some of our largest corporations should listen to and engage to their quiet shareholders, not just the noisy ones,” he said.

The Australian prime minister’s remarks took aim at secondary boycotts, in particular the boycotts that target firms that work with the Adani company in opening a controversial new mine in Queensland. In an interview with 3AW radio on Friday, Morrison said that secondary boycotts were “targeting decent small businesses who are providing services to the mining industry.”

“They’re being black-banned, and they’re being harassed,” Morrison said. “And this is not something that any Australian should have to put up with.”

Morrison told 3AW that he was considering whether secondary boycotts for environmental reasons could be made illegal. Australia, like the United States, already has laws that ban secondary boycotts run by labor unions. “It’s not okay for environmental . . . well, they’re not environmental, they’re activist groups. That’s what they are,” Morrison said.

Over the past year, there has been a surge in environmental demonstrations all around the world, including the “Extinction Rebellion” protests. Last month, millions of people in all corners of the globe took part in a youth-led protest movement to demand that governments do more to combat climate change. Just last week, there were violent clashes outside a coal conference in Melbourne.

Boycotts of businesses are one of many tactics used in the environmental movement. Prominent figures such as South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu are among those who have urged consumers to stop giving money to companies that contribute to climate change.

But Morrison’s surprise victory in Australia’s general election in May shows support for anti-activist policies, too. The incumbent prime minister, dogged by controversy and poor polling numbers, managed to cling to power, in part by portraying himself as a pro-business, center-right ally of Australia’s coal industry.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten, tapped as the likely winner in the election, had proposed that Australia move away from exploiting its large coal reserves and instead take steps to generate half of its electricity from solar, wind and other renewable sources by 2030. The move appeared to backfire electorally — especially in Queensland, where voters swung to the government in large numbers.

“I hear a lot about progressivism at the moment,” Morrison said in his speech. The word sounds lovely and “gives you a warm glow,” he added.

“I will tell you what it means,” the prime minister continued. “Those who claim the title want to tell you where to live, what job you can have, what you can say and what you can think — and tax you more for the privilege of all of those instructions that are directed to you.”


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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)
 




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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Jan 23, 2020 02:15 pm By Catherine Traywick, Stephen Cunningham, Naureen Malik and Dave Merrill (Bloomberg)

Gas 🦕 Export’s Dirty Secret: A Carbon Footprint Rivaling Coal’s

The six export terminals currently in operation aren’t yet running at full capacity. At current operating levels, their maximum potential CO2 emissions are equivalent to those of 5.2 coal-fired plants, according to Bloomberg calculations.

In May, while President 🦀 Donald Trump toured a new $10 billion plant designed to prepare natural gas for export, he made a vow. Such facilities would be good for the environment, he said, or they won’t get approved.   The president has greenlit 11 projects […] Read full story...

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If the amount of methane leaked during gas production and transportation exceeds 3.1% over a 20-year period, LNG’s lifecycle emissions become comparable to those of locally mined coal, according to the agency. A 2018 report published in the journal Nature found that leaks across the U.S. now total 2.3% of oil and natural gas production. In the Permian basin, the world’s highest-producing oil field, the largest 🦕😈🦖 producers are 🔥 burning off methane at a rate of 5.1%, according to Rystad Energy.
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Davos 💵🎩 financial 🐍 players pump US$1.4 trillion into🦕🦖 fossil fuels

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Banks and pension funds with CEOs attending the World Economic Forum are collectively exposed to fossil fuels to the tune of US$1.4 trillion. This is the major finding in a new Greenpeace International report “It’s the finance sector, stupid,” based on data from the Banking on Climate Change – Fossil Fuel Finance Report Card 2019 showing the financial sector is as culpable for the climate emergency as the fossil fuel industry. Read more.


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TRNN's Steve Horn and The Intercept's Lee Fang say a bill to lift the arms embargo on Cyprus and promote offshore gas in the region received lobbying support from ExxonMobil, and the pro-Israel and pro-Greece lobbies.

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The Wink to Webster Pipeline is a planned 650-mile (1,046 kilometre) pipeline that would run from the Permian Basin in west Texas to the Gulf Coast near Houston. When completed, the pipeline will carry over one million barrels of fracked oil per day. The project is a joint venture of 🦖 ExxonMobil, 😈 👉 Plains All American Pipeline, 👉 MPLX, 👉 Delek US, 👉 Lotus Midstream, and 👉 Rattler Midstream LP. Operations are planned to commence in the first half of 2021. Read more...


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