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Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #135 on: July 03, 2018, 01:39:01 pm »
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Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #136 on: September 01, 2018, 11:06:39 am »
THERE you are again. ;D You pop in and you pop out. You are fun to watch. ;D However, I cannot ever compete with God, who has you on his S H I T list now. Here's that message you are mocking again so you can pass it on to your fellow HYDROCARBON HELLSPAWN. ;D



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Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #137 on: September 21, 2019, 05:06:17 pm »
Documentary “Blowout” Follows Climate ☠️ Cost of 🦖 Oil Boom from 🦕 Fracking to Exports

September 20, 2019

The new film follows the U.S. oil supply chain, covering health, climate and environmental justice impacts. And it points to the president who was central 🦖to creating the current reality: 😈 Barack Obama.


Story Transcript

DIMITRI LASCARIS: The United States fracking boom has entered a new phase as massive amounts of oil are now being exported to the global market. This is Dimitri Lascaris reporting on this subject for The Real News from Montreal, Canada.

Dozens of coal-fired power plants too have been converted into natural gas power plants and about 200 more are now under proposal across the country, according to a recent story by USA Today. A decade ago, a new technique called fracking inspired films such as Gasland and Promised Land due to the impacts it was having on rural community water resources in the United States, but today the horizontal drilling process has unleashed impacts which are truly global in nature. For most Americans, those impacts remain out of sight, rarely looked at from either a macro or micro point of view. A new movie aims to change that, however. That film, Blowout: Inside America’s Energy , is a cross-newsroom collaboration between the outlets, The Associated Press, Newsy, Center For Public Integrity and The Texas Tribune. Here’s part of the trailer for that film.

BLOWOUT FILM TRAILER: Right now we’ve got energy policies that are really being dictated by a handful of fossil fuel producers. Energy companies are looking to develop kind of this blank canvas, if you will. We started seeing the pads pop up. I started having vomiting episodes. Those impurities are going into my air. We are the sacrifice. No drills, not in our neighborhoods. It will never be safe. We’re sacrificing people’s health so that the oil and gas industry can ship overseas and make a profit.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: An ongoing seven-part print companion series is now also up online. The film is now streaming on platforms such as Amazon Prime, Fire TV, Roku, VIZIO, and Apple TV. Joining us here to talk about the film is Zach Toombs, the film’s director. He is also the Executive Producer of Newsy Documentaries. And thank you for coming onto The Real News, Zach.

ZACH TOOMBS: Thanks for having me.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: So Zach, let’s start out with this simple question. How did you come up with the idea behind Blowout, and why did your team choose a supply-chain based approach to tell the story?

ZACH TOOMBS: Right, so the Center For Public Integrity were really the driving force behind the core story idea, putting together this cross-newsroom partnership, and doing some really great journalism around the global exports boom that has come from this production boom in the US. And so the Center For Public Integrity, The Associated Press and The Texas Tribune all looked at different aspects of this global oil and gas trade fueled by the US. From Newsy’s perspective, we knew that we have this story that spanned the globe and a feature-length documentary seemed like a great way to tell that story because we could basically follow the physical path from drilling in West Texas and Colorado to shipping through the Panama Canal, to where the oil and gas is being bought in India, where it’s being burned off, and what the global climate impact looks like.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: Now, for the film, you managed to examine how many people live within 2,000 feet of a drilling pad in the United States. That number is remarkable. You’ve concluded that, as I understand it, 1.2 million Americans live within that health-risk zone based on US Census data.

ZACH TOOMBS: 1.4

DIMITRI LASCARIS: And as I understand, nearly half a million of them live in that zone in Texas. What are the health risks for those living in that zone?

ZACH TOOMBS: Yeah. It’s 1.4 million people across the US who live within 500 feet of active oil and gas production in the US. And the impact within that zone is well documented by scientists, by researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, by researchers at the University of Colorado. And those health impacts can look like anything from nosebleeds and respiratory issues to an increased risk of cancer. The risk of cancer is actually eight times higher within 500 feet of active oil and gas production than the EPA’s accepted threshold for cancer risk. And so that’s about eight in 10,000. It seems like a small number, but given the scale of US oil and gas production right now, that puts a lot of people in a dangerous position.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: In 2015, in the midst of a presidential election season, the world changed when President Barack Obama signed legislation reversing the crude oil export ban, which had been in place since the 1970s, and here’s a clip from the film dealing with that issue.

BLOWOUT FILM CLIP: And for decades, it kind of went and challenged until around 2008 when fracking really took off. And that’s the only time when you start to hear the oil and gas groups, like the American Petroleum Institute, start to suggest that this old ban that was put in place back in the 1970s, “maybe you should throw it out.” And around 2013, you see maybe under a dozen companies lobbying on the crude oil export ban. And then a year to two years later, that number grows to 300 lobbyists on this, converging on Capitol Hill.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: For Blowout, Zach, you took trips to the port of Corpus Christi and the Panama Canal to explore exports. Talk about what you learned in these places and how it relates back to the 2015 legislation.

ZACH TOOMBS: Well, one major thing that we took away from the whole process of filming this story across the world are the global impacts that decisions made in Washington can have, and the global impacts of an increase in drilling that has had a positive economic impact on some pockets of the US, but has severe public health and climate impacts across the world. And so, for example, in Corpus Christi—I mean, take the Gulf coast, for example. The port of Corpus Christi has seen tremendous growth, hundreds of new jobs, a lot of opportunity economically. But if you go further north up the Gulf coast, you get into places like Port Arthur, Texas, which is this town surrounded by refineries, which has essentially been dealing with poisonous air for the better part of the last few decades.

And now, the activity at these refineries that surround this town and a lot of refinery towns along the Gulf Coast, is only ramping up as us oil and gas production ramps up. At the Panama Canal, they’ve actually installed whole new sets of infrastructure within the canal to handle the increase in US traffic headed to Asia. So, that’s just one of the examples that we saw of a global impact that the US oil and gas boom is having right now.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: And you just mentioned Asia, you did not confine yourself in the making of this film to the Western hemisphere. You also went across the Pacific to South Asia, reporting in both India and Bangladesh. How is the US oil boom and exports impacting those regions?

ZACH TOOMBS: [inaudible] where they have this ambitious renewable energy plan based on solar energy, and then there’s the natural gas option, which is provided by the US— cheap, abundant fuel, and fuel that is certainly cleaner than coal. But the question is, the bridge that natural gas forms, and that’s what it’s often talked about as is, “Okay, natural gas will be this bridge between really dirty fossil fuels like coal, and renewable energy.” The question right now is how long will that bridge be for countries like India, countries that are pretty significant when you’re looking at a global scale, just because of their population. If they invest in infrastructure for natural gas, terminals to handle imports, pipelines, those are investments meant to last 30, 40, 50 years into the future. So, the countries that are now becoming customers for the US, buyers of the US natural gas, how long will natural gas delay a transition to renewable energy?

DIMITRI LASCARIS: And lastly, Zach, climate change. When you were out in the field in West Texas, you could see methane, as I understand it, a very potent greenhouse gas, methane plumes emitted into the sky via an infrared camera. What exactly is the current state of play for ethane/methane emissions and climate impacts for oil drilling in the United States?

ZACH TOOMBS: I mean, a lot of the legislative action and the executive action from the White House lately has been around methane. It’s something that is not talked about as much as it should be. When we talk about climate impact, we’re always talking about carbon emissions. Everybody knows about CO2, but what’s less discussed, but also very important, are methane emissions. Natural gas puts out less CO2, but it puts out a lot more in methane. And so, that’s something to consider when you’re thinking about greenhouse gases overall because methane has incredible potency in warming the Earth’s atmosphere. That’s something that Gabrielle Patron and researchers at NOAA break down for us in the film. And so, as natural gas is being sold as this relatively clean energy source, we have to look at the methane. The Obama administration, when they rolled back this export ban, they also tried to counter that because they knew more drilling would come and more natural gas would be produced.

They tried to counter that with some new restrictions and limitations on methane, which there’s a serious problem in the industry right now with methane leaks. The Trump administration has basically said, “Go for it.” They’ve rolled back those restrictions that were put in place, or delayed some that were planned. They don’t seem to be terribly worried about it. They want to take what they see as the shackles off of the natural gas industry and drilling. But that’s going to have a major methane impact, which is a major greenhouse gas impact, which is a climate impact.

DIMITRI LASCARIS: Well, I’ve been speaking to Zach Toombs, Director of the new film about the global fracking industry in America’s fracking boom. It’s called Blowout: Inside America’s Energy . Recommend you see it. And this is Dimitri Lascaris reporting for The Real News Network from Montreal. Zach, thank you for joining us today.

ZACH TOOMBS: Thank you.

DHARNA NOOR: Hey, y’all. My name is Dharna Noor, and I’m a climate crisis reporter here at The Real News Network. This is a crucial moment for humanity and for the planet. So, if you like what we do, please, please support us by subscribing at the link below. Thank you.

https://therealnews.com/stories/documentary-blowout-follows-climate-cost-of-oil-boom-from-fracking-to-exports

 The 🦕🦖 Hydrocarbon 👹 Hellspawn Fossil Fuelers DID THE Clean Energy  Inventions suppressing, Climate Trashing, human health depleting CRIME, but 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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Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #138 on: September 22, 2019, 09:14:05 pm »
Senate Democrats release list of climate studies buried by 🦀 Trump administration

By HELENA BOTTEMILLER EVICH 09/19/2019 01:48 PM EDT Updated 09/19/2019 02:57 PM EDT

Senate Democrats released on Thursday a report outlining dozens of times the Trump 🦕🦖 administration has censored or minimized climate science across the federal government at agencies including the EPA and the Department of Homeland Security.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, also publicly released a list of more than 1,400 climate studies that Department of Agriculture researchers have published during the current administration after POLITICO reported that USDA buried its own research and failed to release its plan to study the issue. The matter is increasingly urgent for farmers and ranchers dealing with erratic and extreme weather.

The trove of studies by USDA researchers carry warnings about climate change that the government is largely not communicating to farmers and ranchers or the public. The list published includes research showing that climate change is likely to drive down yields for some crops, harm milk production, and lead to a drop in nutrient density for key crops like rice and wheat.

“These studies show how climate change is affecting crop production, disrupting how food is grown and increasing risk to communities,” Stabenow said during a press conference on Thursday. Stabenow also serves as chairwoman of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, the research arm of Senate Democrats.

The Michigan Democrat called it “outrageous” that “critical information for communities, for farmers, for those of us who care deeply about what’s happening to agriculture, these are not being shared with the people who need to know but they are being paid for by them, as taxpayers.”

A spokesperson for the Agriculture Department said it's "false" to suggest that the department is suppressing science.

“We have repeatedly provided the Senate Agriculture Committee with evidence to the contrary, and the department has been transparent and communicative to the committee in response to their questions on research," the spokesperson said, in an email. "The list of studies linked in the report were provided by the USDA to the committee and are all publicly available."

The move comes as climate change is becoming an increasingly prominent issue in the Democratic presidential primary. The report was released ahead of several planned climate protests Friday and the United National Climate Action Summit in New York this weekend.

In their report, Senate Democrats allege that the Trump administration has repeatedly gone out of its way to undermine climate science.

The report pointed to President Donald Trump falsely claiming that Alabama had been under threat from Hurricane Dorian and his subsequent insistence on overruling the forecasting of NOAA scientists. It also noted the government released the Fourth National Climate Assessment — which warned of billions in damages and sweeping effects to public health and infrastructure — the day after Thanksgiving when most Americans are not paying attention to the news.

The roundup includes numerous instances where agencies, including FEMA, EPA, Department of Homeland Security and Interior Department, have dropped mention of climate change from key reports or websites.

“Frankly, this is just an overview because it’s being done every day,” Stabenow told reporters.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/19/climate-studies-hidden-by-trump-administration-1753631

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Denier Roundup
« Reply #139 on: May 21, 2021, 12:27:40 pm »
May 19, 2021

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Disinfo Has Not Yet Had Its Day In Court, But Insurectionists' Defenses Might Make That Happen


The Supreme Court ruled on the Baltimore vs Big Oil case this week and while traditionally we’ve delved into these sorts of things, these days there’s plenty of excellent coverage out there- Inside Climate News, as always, is well worth reading to get all the nuance, while Emily Atkin brings up the point that a couple of the 🐍 Justices are potentially as corrupt as 🦖 big oil itself.   

As for the decision, while the oil industry is popping champagne and calling it a major win, the 7-1 decision was a very narrow, procedural ruling that has nothing to do with the case itself. Instead, the court said a lower court had to consider all of Big Oil’s excuses for why the case should be heard in federal court, and not just rule on the one and then move on. Basically this just mires the cases in even more procedural back-and-forth before finally getting to a venue where a court might actually rule on disinformation.

But we may well see some disinfo-related rulings well before that. Because while ExxonMobil and other polluters can hire lawyers by the building-full, the 400-some regular Joe’s arrested in connection to the January 6th invasion of Congress are stuck with slightly less slick legal teams, who are trying some relatively novel defenses. 

Matt Shurman at TalkingPointsMemo reported yesterday there is perhaps an unsurprising theme to many of the defenses being raised: It’s not my client’s fault they decided to travel to DC to subvert democracy, they were just following orders from Trump! ::)

Now, legally, this is essentially a nonstarter. A former U.S. attorney told Shurman that “the law doesn’t recognize it as an excuse. Whatever brought them there, whatever they were spurred on to do, social media postings or whatever, they’re equally guilty under the federal statutes.

But that’s not necessarily the point, according to Albert Watkins, the lawyer for the Insurrection Icon known as the Q Shaman and legally known as Jacob Chansley. Instead, it’s largely to try and influence judges and prosecutors into being more sympathetic to the defendants. But there were plenty of people who were subjected to the same propaganda but chose not to listen to the deranged ramblings of a Trump mind.

So far, judges aren’t buying it, and when Watkins used the argument that the Q-Shaman was just following Trump’s orders to plead with a judge not to keep Chansley detained until his trial, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth soundly dismissed it. Turns out that even if Chansley “truly believes that the only reason he participated in an assault on the U.S. Capitol was to comply with President Trump’s orders,” that would still be just as bad, Lamberth ruled, because it “shows defendant’s inability (or refusal) to exercise his independent judgment and conform his behavior to the law.”

Watkins is basically invoking the Nuremburg Defense and combining that with a claim that his client was merely duped by Trump into participating. He also says, without any apparent explanation as to how it's relevant, that his client has Asperger’s syndrome. 

And then he said a whole lot more we won’t repeat, the least offensive of which was that “a lot of these defendants” like his client “are people with brain damage.” Not exactly the sort of thing a lawyer typically says in defense of their client, because as Judge Judy might be heard to say, stupidity is not a defense

But after doubling down on the ableist slurs, Watkins, whose bio alone is a journey, struck a slightly more sympathetic tone, pointing out that “they’re our brothers, our sisters… they’re part of our country. These aren’t bad people, they don’t have prior criminal history. F u c k, they were subjected to four-plus years of goddamn propaganda the likes of which the world has not seen since f u c k i n g Hitler.” 

Another attorney, Joe Hurley, said his client Anthony Antonio was actually sick when he broke into the Capitol building, with “Foxitis.” Apparently in an attempt to distinguish his client from “that herd of thugs that belong behind bars,” (links ours) he’s trying to claim that because Antonio was stuck at home watching Fox News all day during the pandemic, he was exposed to “the slithery snake” (link ours) that apparently convinced him to violently halt (however briefly) the workings of a peaceful and democratic transfer of power and attempt to assassinate the presidential line of succession. 

And he makes a good point. No, not that it’s fun and cool to use schoolyard slurs, or to try and deflect blame for a client’s crimes. And no, not that these are all angels — at least nine insurectionists have a (documented) history of violence against women, another was just arrested for shooting a mountain lion despite the fact that he is legally prohibited from owning guns due to a 1996 robbery conviction. (And it’s not that he needed the gun, he allegedly also killed a bobcat last January by using a slingshot and siccing his dogs on it to kill the cat. Montgomery was arrested in April and has been indicted on 10 charges including assaulting a police officer.) Not exactly an innocent sucked into violence and corrupted by Trump... 

But while the individuals who attempted to take democracy hostage should certainly be held responsible for the choices they made, the fact is that — while not a legal defense — saying “🦀 Trump told us to” is basically true. If not for the sustained propaganda of 🦀 Trump, 🐘 Republicans and 😈 conservative media, these people wouldn’t have been in DC that day. 

There should be liability for those actions as well.
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The $8 billion pipeline would have pumped 830,000 barrels of crude oil from Alberta, Canada’s tar sands to Nebraska, where it would connect with other pipelines that reach the Gulf Coast.

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Goodbye 🦕 and Good Riddance 

Canadian pipeline company TC Energy announced it was terminating the 🦕 Keystone XL pipeline on Wednesday, marking a major win for Indigenous and environmental groups who have been fighting the project for more than a decade. The long-embattled pipeline has largely been considered dead since President Biden revoked a key permit on his first day in office. Even before that, the project faced legal issues after a court ruled in 2018 that the Trump administration did not perform an adequate environmental review of the project when it issued a permit. The news was met with disappointment from the American Petroleum Institute, the Chamber of Commerce, and some Republicans in Congress. Climate activists, on the other hand, were pleased by the move and believe it will add momentum in the fight against other fossil fuel projects.

The decision comes just days after thousands gathered in Northern Minnesota to protest the Line 3 pipeline, another tar sands pipeline  that would bring 🦕 oil from Canada.

“The termination of this zombie pipeline sets precedent for President Biden and polluters to stop Line 3, Dakota Access, and all  🦖 fossil fuel 😈 projects,” said Kendall Mackey 👍, a campaign manager with 350.org. (Washington Post $, New York Times $, AP, CNN, Buzzfeed, BBC, Reuters, NPR, USA Today, Bloomberg, The Verge, The Hill, Wall Street Journal $, Washington Examiner)
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