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Hydrocarbon Industry Skullduggery / Re: Hydrocarbon Crooks Evil Actions
« Last post by AGelbert on August 18, 2018, 06:47:32 pm »

Is Climate Change Killing More People Than George W Bush Ever Could?

Thom Hartmann Program   
Published on Jul 31, 2018

Short answer yes, it already has, and partly because of his wars he started we still have to do something and the question is what?

Climate Change / Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Last post by AGelbert on August 18, 2018, 06:47:08 pm »

Is Climate Change Killing More People Than George W Bush Ever Could?

Thom Hartmann Program   
Published on Jul 31, 2018

Short answer yes, it already has, and partly because of his wars he started we still have to do something and the question is what?

General Discussion / Re: Weird Science
« Last post by AGelbert on August 18, 2018, 04:48:35 pm »
Inside Space Shuttle Challenger STS-51L During The Accident (Higher Quality)


Earth Station Alpha

Published on Jan 5, 2017

On January 28, 1986 despite the warnings of engineers not to launch in freezing temperatures, NASA management chose to launch Space Shuttle Challenger.  The result was the loss of 7 astronauts in a horrific explosion 73 seconds later when flames from a solid rocket booster leak from a **** o-ring and burned through the main fuel tank.  The solid rocket boosters remained intact after the explosion and continued on out of control before mission control sent a self destruct signal to them so they could not cause destruction on the ground.

This video gives a detailed and technical explanation of the entire Challenger accident including pre-launch assembly, launch, post-launch, and accident investigation. It is highly recommended that the entire video be viewed to get a full understanding of the Space Shuttle Challenger accident.
Who CAN you trust? / Re: Corruption in Government
« Last post by AGelbert on August 16, 2018, 08:54:59 pm »

By Lorraine Chow

Aug. 13, 2018 12:54PM EST

DNC Will Take Fossil Fuel Money 🐉🦕🦖 After All


That was fast. Just two months after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) unanimously prohibited donations from fossil fuel companies, the DNC voted 30-2 🙉 🙊 on Friday on a resolution that critics say effectively reverses the ban, The Huffington Post reported.

The resolution, introduced by DNC Chair Tom Perez 🦖, allows the committee to accept donations from "workers, including those in energy and related industries, who organize and donate to Democratic candidates individually or through their unions' or employers' political action committees" or PACs.

It conflicts with the original resolution that called on the committee to "reject corporate PAC contributions from the fossil fuel industry that conflict with our DNC Platform."

In a conference call after the vote, Perez said that members of the labor community considered the original resolution passed in June "an attack on the working people in these industries," per The Hill.   

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Climate Change / Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Last post by AGelbert on August 15, 2018, 07:54:26 pm »

Glacier National Park Is on Fire 🔥

Brian Kahn

August 13, 2018 Monday 11:35amFiled to: WILDFIRE SEASON IS YEAR ROUND NOW 🚩 😓

A night view of the Howe Ridge Fire on the shores of Lake McDonald. Photo: Glacier National Park

Weeks after Yosemite Valley closed due to wildfires for the first time in decades, parts of Glacier National Park in Montana have been evacuated thanks to an explosive fire.

The Howe Ridge Fire “grew significantly” on Sunday according to a Facebook post by the park, the same day Glacier hit 100 degrees Fahrenheit for the first time in recorded history. The blaze has led the park to close portions of the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road from Apgar to Logan Pass, and to evacuate Lake McDonald Lodge and Avalanche Creek Campground around 9 p.m. local time on Sunday.

The park also evacuated private home inholdings and park ranger housing. According to the Missoulian, the park has requested a structure protection team to hold back the flames. There are at least two other fires currently burning in the park, all likely sparked by lightning.

So far, firefighting efforts have consisted of planes dumping water, smokejumpers parachuting in, and attempts to access the fires on foot, but the blazes continue largely uncontained for now. Earther has reached out to Glacier National Park for more information on the size of the fires, firefighting efforts, and how long evacuation orders will remain in place or if they’ll expand.

Smoke continues to obscure views and fill the sky with noxious fumes. As ash and other particulate matter falls from the sky, it could also add insult to injury for Glacier’s glaciers. Rising temperatures have caused the glaciers to recede and disappear over the course of the park’s history. The dark particles from wildfire smoke will absorb more sunlight, acting as a dark blanket that could cause the glaciers to melt even faster.

Not only has it been hot, it’s been dry. According to the National Weather Service, Missoula—located about 130 miles south of Glacier—has gone 40 days without a lick of measurable rain. If the streak continues for seven , it will set a record for the longest dry stretch. Records go back to 1893 and the current record was set in [checks notes] 2017. Well then.

“There are some places where if you dropped a match on the ground, it would catch on fire,” Nicky Ouellet, the Flathead Valley reporter for Montana Public Radio, told Earther. “It’s an accumulation of dried grass, dried twigs that would act as kindling.”

Western Montana is under a number of fire restrictions due to the hot, dry weather. Glacier is under a Stage I ban, which essentially means folks need to be more vigilant about campfires, smoking, fireworks, and off-roading. To the south of Glacier, a Stage II burn ban is in place, which means no fires, fireworks, smoking outdoors, or off-roading.

I feel like a broken record saying this, but it bears repeating that we are witnessing a new era of wildfires in the West. Rising temperatures have lengthened wildfire season by drying out fuels and melting out snowpack earlier. The increasing heat also ups the odds of explosive fires like what we’ve seen from California to Montana to British Columbia. And it’s going to get worse.

Update 3:00 p.m. ET: Glacier National Park is reporting that an unknown number of structures have burned on the north shore of Lake McDonald. In addition, a Stage II burn ban will go into place for the park starting at midnight tonight, which means no s’mores for a midnight snack.

Update 5:40 p.m. ET: The first estimates are in for the Howe Ridge Fire. It grew from 20 acres on Sunday to an estimated 1,500 acres by Monday.


Climate Change / Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Last post by AGelbert on August 15, 2018, 07:36:20 pm »

Aerial Photos Reveal the True Horror of the Carr Fire 😱

Brian Kahn

August 10, 2018 Friday 12:00pm Filed to: CARR FIRE 🔥


The pictures from the ground of the Carr Fire showed devastation on a human scale. But new aerial imagery released by the city of Redding puts the massive wildfire in a landscape context, revealing the both the power and capriciousness of one the most destructive fires in California history.

Firefighters and sheriffs used drones to better assess the damage wrought by the fire and to piece together the history of what happened two weeks ago when it stormed Redding, a city of 90,000, overnight. The blaze has killed at least eight, burned 178,752 acres, and razed 1,599 structures. As of Friday, it was 49 percent contained.

The fire swept in from the west of the city where it burned largely in tracts of forest around Whiskeytown Lake. The images from there show charred trees and denuded hillsides.

Whiskeytown Lake. Photo: City of Redding

Full article with several pictures:👀

Renewables / Re: The Big Picture of Renewable Energy Growth
« Last post by AGelbert on August 15, 2018, 05:31:39 pm »

August 15, 2018

Investment in residential solar companies took off this year, as Trump’s tariffs drive Wall Street to be more discerning with their money. While solar panel manufacturers struggle with the impact of the solar tariffs, rooftop developers such as Sunrun and Vivint Solar are faring much better as investors take the time to understand the differences among companies in the maturing industry. Contributing to the rooftop solar investment boost are state-level policies such as California’s recent mandate that all new homes include solar panels by 2020, as well as the extension of federal tax incentives. (Bloomberg)

The Midwest is a hotbed for clean energy, adding nearly 4,000 new jobs across the sector last year, according to a new analysis. While total U.S. clean energy jobs stalled, the Midwest saw five percent growth and now employs over 714,000 people in the sector — four times as many as fossil fuels. Michigan, Illinois and Ohio ranked in the top 10 nationwide for clean energy jobs, with more than 100,000 in each state. Nearly 12 percent of Midwesterners employed in the sector are veterans. (North American Windpower)

Midwest utilities are phasing out coal and investing in more wind and solar. State-mandated renewable portfolio standards are helping drive the trend, but an increasing number of utilities are setting voluntary emissions reduction targets. This month Wisconsin’s two largest public utilities raised their emissions reduction goals from 40 to 80 percent below 2005 levels by mid-century, and plan to meet the goal with more investment in renewables and natural gas. Despite these advancements, environmental advocates across the Midwest argue that utilities need to wean off of coal much sooner. (Greentech Media)

Up to 40 million EV ⚡ charging points will be installed worldwide by 2030, according to a new forecast from GTM research. The report estimates that 11 percent of new vehicle sales will be electric by then. In the U.S., California’s favorable state policies have been driving investment in charging infrastructure and helped create a network that extends up to Canada. Buildout has been slower on the East Coast, but progress is ramping up. Last week Virginia announced it will work with EVgo to build a network of charging stations across the state, using $14 million from Volkswagen settlement funds. (Greentech Media)
Climate Change / Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Last post by AGelbert on August 15, 2018, 03:52:58 pm »

There Are More Trees 🌲🌳🌴 Today Than There Were 30 Years Ago: Study

But that’s not necessarily a good thing.

By Joe McCarthy  and  Erica Sanchez

AUG. 13, 2018

Why Global Citizens Should Care
Trees are critical in protecting the ecological health of the planet and counteracting climate change. The United Nations’ Global Goals calls on countries to promote forest growth. You can join us in taking action on this issue here.

Forty football fields worth of tropical forest are lost every minute, but it appears that the world actually gained trees between 1982 and 2016, according to a comprehensive study published in the science journal Nature.

After studying more than 30 years worth of satellite images, a team of researchers concluded that global tree cover had increased by 7%, or 864,868 square miles, approximately the combined size of Alaska and Texas.

The finding might seem to contradict other reports that show staggering levels of deforestation over the past century. For instance, the World Resources Institute recently came up with that startling football field statistic in an annual report on tropical forests.

But the two reports aren’t actually in conflict with each other. As the world loses unsustainable levels of tropical forests, tree growth is rising in previously inhospitable places like deserts, tundra areas, and in cities.

Some of that tree growth is simply due to humans planting seeds in soil. Pakistan, for instance, has been able to plant billions of trees in recent years. Another part of the growth comes from trees reclaiming land abandoned by humans.

The biggest driver of tree growth, according to the report, is climate change. As the world warms, landscapes are changing and trees are able to take root in new areas.

Trees are critical in the global fight against climate change, but they’re also highly vulnerable to the phenomenon.

Brazil Replanting Rainforest Amazon Image: CIFOR / Flickr

Read More: This Scientist Is Using Photography to Save Animals From Extinction

As a result, the new study isn’t entirely good news, especially because it shows how tree growth on its own can’t counteract the accumulation of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere.

It also shows how rapidly the planet is changing.

In recent months, record-breaking forest fires have broke out in California and throughout parts of Europe. Glaciers throughout the Arctic, Greenland, and elsewhere, are disintegrating, destabilizing water networks around the world. And warming oceans are rearranging fish populations in ways that are undermining transnational treaties.

A motorists on Highway 101 watches flames from the Thomas fire leap above the roadway north of Ventura, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. As many as five fires have closed highways, schools and museums and cast a hazardous haze over the region. Image: Noah Berger/AP

Read More: This Site Helps You Plant a Tree Every Time Trump Tweets Something Wrong About Climate Change

 To reverse this ecological decline, there’s only one real solution — reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Through the Paris climate agreement, countries are asked to keep global temperatures from rising from more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels, a goal that seems increasingly out of reach.

If we go beyond that number, then trees will continue appearing in places that once seemed impossible and vanishing from places that once seemed ideal.

Geopolitics / Re: Profiles in Courage
« Last post by AGelbert on August 15, 2018, 03:19:09 pm »
Michael Keegan, People For the American Way alerts@pfaw.org

August 15, 20182:42 PM (24 minutes ago)
to me

People for the American Way


The big news from yesterday’s primary Election Day is that history-making, diverse, strong progressives continue to rack up amazing victories . And we’re proud that so many are doing it with PFAW’s help.

PFAW’s endorsed progressive champions in yesterday’s congressional primaries all won -- and won handily, in double-digit landslides!

Ilhan Omar won the Democratic primary for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District. Ilhan is now running to become the first Somali-American member of Congress and, along with another PFAW endorsee Rashida Tlaib, one of the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress. As a state legislator, Ilhan has been an active member of our nonpartisan affiliate PFAW Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network.

Jahana Hayes won the Democratic primary Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District. If she wins the general, she’ll become the state’s first Black Democrat to serve in Congress.

Randy Bryce won in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District and now stands good chance of turning Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s seat blue! Bryce was going to be a formidable challenger to Ryan before the Speaker decided to retire, and now that he’s retiring, Democrats’ odds of flipping the seat are even better.

Our other successful federal endorsees ran uncontested. They were Angie Craig, candidate for Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District, and incumbents Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-04), Sen. Tammy Baldwin (WI), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT).   

At the state and local level, the young progressive candidates supported by PFAW’s Next Up Victory Fund also fared incredibly well with two of our three candidates in contested races ending their night victorious:

Mandela Barnes, a former member of PFAW Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network, won the statewide Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin -- by a more than 2-to-1 margin.

Mitra Nelson won the special election for St. Paul, MN City Council Ward 4 by double digits.

Next Up endorsee Quentin Phipps    ran uncontested in the Democratic primary for Connecticut State House District 100.

PFAW's Next Up Victory Fund helps strong progressive candidates age 40 and under run and win critical local and state races, to build a deep bench of winning progressive candidates and expand progressive power from the ground up.

Besides our exciting progressive victories, the other big news of the day was that Trump 🦀 continues to consolidate his power and influence in the GOP. 👎 🤬

The most Trump-friendly candidates won in high-profile Republican primaries with the most shining example of this coming in the form of a result from the previously too-close-to-call gubernatorial primary in Kansas from last week.  Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach -- a close Trump ally who spent years seemingly prepping his party for the eventual rise of Trumpism by being a national leader in the arenas of racist, anti-immigrant, and voter suppression policies -- was declared the winner in his challenge against Kansas’s incumbent Republican governor, after Gov. Jeff Colyer conceded. Anti-Trump Republican and former Minnesota Governor (and failed presidential candidate) Tim Pawlenty also went down in that state’s GOP gubernatorial primary, in a bid to reclaim his old job.

We have a lot more amazing progressive candidates to support and a lot of right-wing Trump Republicans to defeat!  And, together, with your help, our win record is going to be incredible -- and the country, the Democratic Party, and the progressive movement will all be better and stronger because of it!

You can help keep the momentum going right now by donating to support Andrew Gillum  -- a truly transformational progressive leader and PFAW’s endorsed candidate for Florida governor. Andrew’s Florida primary is in less than 2 weeks!

Thanks for everything you do!


Michael Keegan, President   

Geopolitics / Re: Genocide
« Last post by AGelbert on August 15, 2018, 12:43:04 pm »

Yemeni Children Massacred With US-Made Bomb


Thousands have gathered in Yemen for the funerals of the 51 people killed in a Saudi-UAE-US military alliance airstrike, including 40 children traveling on a school bus.

Even after a Raytheon-made MK-82 bomb was found in the wreckage, Defense Secretary James Mattis said that the US is “not engaged in the civil war.”

Full Story Transcript:


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