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March 27, 2022 By Kim Stanley Robinson (Bloomberg)


Even the low-end estimates, almost sure to be reached because of the anthropocentric warming that’s already occurred, would be enough to submerge almost every beach in the world. Kiss them goodbye. 🤦‍♂️



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Thank you for visiting often. I am encouraged by the views count.

Henceforth, all pertinent articles will be posted at the 🦉 Sober Thinking Forum, which has the same Boards arrangement as this Forum. This Renewable Revolution Forum will remain as a Historical Reference Library for the time being. I advise you to copy and save any posts, articles and graphics that you wish to preserve for posting somewhere else on the internet. Since new posts here will be rare to none, the Create-A-Forum owners might decide to shut it down.

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The Renewable Revolution is well on its way, but Sober Thinking based articles like this one are more important than ever.

If you have met me and forgotten me, you have lost nothing. If you have met Jesus Christ and now only make a pretense of following Him, you have lost everything.

As to those Socialists that hunger and thirst for Justice but have never had anything to do with real Christianity because of the Mammon worshipping fake version practiced by too many self labelled "Christians" , please read about this experience by Paul the Apostle:

A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to debate with him. Some of them asked, “What is this babbler trying to say?” Others remarked, “He seems to be advocating foreign gods.” They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we would like to know what they mean.” (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)

Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything.

Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.  ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

“Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”

When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.” At that, Paul left the Council. Some of the people became followers of Paul and believed. -- Acts 17:18-34

And there's the rub, isn't it? Too many of my fellow Socialists DO NOT believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead, regardless of the irrefutable historical fact that His small group of terrified and defeated Apostles, only weeks after Christ was Crucified and killed, changed from cowering scared rabbits into bold, miracle working leaders championing Christianity all over the Roman Empire.

If you think they were "crazy", how does that square with common sense? The Apostles were NOT pampered members of the privileged classes with the time on their hands to engage in religious flights of fancy. Jewish Dietary Laws handed down from Moses on guaranteed that they didn't do hallucinogenic drugs either. The Apostles were all hard working members of the common people, not given to 'pie in the sky' promises or illusions of grandeur. In fact, every single one of them, sticking steadfastly to their Faith to the end of their earthly lives, was brutally murdered by the Roman Empire.

Don't tell me they had some "secret strategy" to "spread their religion" by becoming martyrs. That too defies elementary common sense. These people had the unforgettable jaw dropping experience of eating and drinking with Jesus Christ AFTER He rose from the dead, not once, but several times, for a period of just over a month. Faith that Christ rose from the dead was NOT the basis of their Faith; it is the basis of the Faith of true Christians since then.
Paul made it clear to any that doubted the Resurrection, like many people of good will do today, that their logic was superficially sound, but tragically short sighted.    
Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them? And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? I face death every day—yes, just as surely as I boast about you in Christ Jesus our Lord. If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame. -- 1 Corinthians 15:29-33

Paul starts out in 1 Corinthians 15 by reminding them that Jesus did die and was raised from the dead for the salvation of man. This is the foundation of the gospel. Next Paul states that there were witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus, not only by His disciples but by more than 500 people. Paul wrote 1 Corinthians approximately 20 years after Jesus' death and resurrection. It would be very hard to argue or dispute that many credible witnesses.

But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, ]we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.   -- 1 Corinthians15:12-20

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March 28, 2022

Wind, solar and other renewables cover 54% of Germany’s power consumption in early 2022

Renewable power installations covered more than half of Germany’s power consumption in the first two months of 2022. Figures released by energy industry association BDEW and the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wurttemberg (ZSW) showed that wind turbines, solar panels and other renewables contributed 54 percent of power consumption in January and February. These installations produced about 25 percent more electricity than in the same period one year before. “The increase is mainly due to favourable weather conditions for power production with wind and sunshine,” BDEW and ZSW said. With an output of 20.6 billion kilowatt hours (kWh), February 2022 also ended up being a new record month for wind power production in the country. In that month alone, renewables even covered 62 percent 🌞 of total electricity consumption.

However, the high renewables output “should not conceal the fact that the expansion of renewable power sources is happening much too slow”, said BDEW head Kerstin Andreae. She added that the war in Ukraine had highlighted the need for more energy autonomy, urging the government to make sure that licensing procedures are carried out faster and other hurdles for renewables expansion are removed.
Renewables / A detailed look inside the German Tesla factory
« Last post by AGelbert on March 27, 2022, 02:27:28 pm »

March 27, 2022 By Johnna Crider

Video: Inside Look At Tesla’s Giga Berlin

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Renewables / Why Heat Pumps are Immensely Important Right Now
« Last post by AGelbert on March 26, 2022, 03:54:43 pm »
Why Heat Pumps are Immensely Important Right Now

Technology Connections 1.53M subscribers

More pumping. More now.

00:00 Intro
00:43 An old video needs correcting
02:19 The Coefficient of Performance
03:16 Resistive Electric Heat's Challenges
05:16 How Heat Pumps get around those
07:39 Modern Heat Pump Performance Is Amazing!
08:33 An analysis of Chicago winters and Heat Pumps
10:53 Hourly Analysis and Conclusion
12:24 Caveats (costs and demand)
13:52 The Main Point Of This Video
15:49 Backup heat, its necessity, and the options involved
18:29 Conclusion and where to go from here
19:56 Bloopers

Links 'n' stuff:

The original video (explaining how they work)

"Part 2" which is now, I guess, more simply about ground-source heat pumps and some other stuff

Who CAN you trust? / Wildlife Slaughtering US Government "Services" 🤬
« Last post by AGelbert on March 25, 2022, 02:04:23 pm »

USDA Program Killed 400,000 Native Animals in 2021

A federal program called Wildlife Services, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, just announced it killed 404,538 native animals last year. According to its new report — which probably underestimates the real number — in 2021 the secretive, multimillion-dollar program massacred 324 gray wolves, 64,131 coyotes, 433 black bears, 200 mountain lions, 605 bobcats, 3,014 foxes, 24,687 beavers, and 714 river otters. It also unintentionally killed at least 2,746 animals, from bears to bobcats to songbirds — and even pet dogs.

“Killing carnivores to supposedly benefit the livestock industry just leads to more conflicts and more killing,” said Collette Adkins, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Carnivore Conservation program. “This is a stomach-churning, truly vicious cycle, and we’ll continue to demand change from Wildlife Services.”

With litigation and advocacy, the Center has been fighting Wildlife Services’ cruel killing for almost a decade, winning in states like California, Idaho, Minnesota and Washington. Help us win with a donation to our Stop Wildlife Services Fund.

Washington Nixes Spring Bear Hunt — Thank You

Just in time to save Washington’s black bears at their most vulnerable, last weekend the state’s Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 5-4 against a proposed 2022 spring bear-hunting season.

“This vote will protect bear cubs from being orphaned by a reckless spring hunt,” said the Center’s Sophia Ressler. “It reeks of corruption that department staff and commissioners did the bidding of bear hunters by pushing this proposal to the commission only days before Gov. Inslee appointed new members.”

Supporters like you sent in more than 3,800 comments opposing this unsporting, inhumane hunt. Thanks — your actions made a difference.
Who CAN you trust? / It's the Social Darwinism, stupid
« Last post by AGelbert on March 25, 2022, 12:46:08 pm »
The Class Struggle

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Ralph Nader: The Biggest Business in America? Defrauding Uncle Sam and You


The biggest business in America is stealing and defrauding the federal government, Uncle Sam and you the taxpayers. In terms of sheer stolen dollars, the total amount is greater than the annual sales of Amazon and Walmart over the past two years.

Before getting to the real big stuff, start with how much was stolen or not delivered by the contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan. Just in one program, John Spoko—Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR), estimated that $30 billion of the $100 billion repairs project was purloined. Despite his many damning reports on what was also wasted—like the $40 million natural gas-powered fueling station (there were no natural gas-powered cars in Afghanistan)—no one was indicted, no one was fired, no one missed a promotion. ... ...

Of the $360 billion in annual billing fraud by the health care industry, over $100 billion is fraud on Medicare and Medicaid.

Turning to the $6 trillion appropriated (without reversing the tax cuts by Trump on the super-rich) by both Trump and Biden since March 2020, government investigators and the media are seeing staggering thefts and frauds. Money was stolen outright by fake companies and fraudulent applications, or taken by profitable companies, law firms and others that these programs were never intended to benefit. ... ...

Neither Congress nor the White House have met this challenge of titanic corruption which should become a major campaign subject in the coming elections. Apart from a few perfunctory hearings, Congress has not held the high profile intense hearings that grab public attention—in part because both Parties have culpability, though the GOP is worse. ... ...

Recent efforts by a long-culpable Congress and a long-neglectful Presidency are not close to catching up with current robberies, not to mention any chance of retrieving stolen monies. Ever since I requested in 1971 that President Richard Nixon set up a commission on corporate crime, the federal government has remained obstinately indifferent to the sheer scale of ‘crime in the suites.”

Full article:

Ralph Nader is one of the few voices of reason, objectivity and truth we have left among politicians in the USA. He knows full well that this routine theft from we-the-people is "Business as Usual" in our thoroughly Social Darwinist = Capitalist corrupted government.

There is a long list of elite parasites that defraud we-the-people 24/7, but the top spot on that list belongs squarely to Big Oil. Though Nader did not mention it above, the subsidy SWAG (both visible and invisible "subsidies") the hydrocarbon fuels "industry" has coerced from we-the-people with the help of bought and paid for politicians is the insult to the biosphere degrading pollution injury these 🦖 psychopaths profit from.

Big Oil talking points are a nothing but a thin economic-sounding pretense for their misanthropic, self-centered rants, that exposes how their 'free-market' punditry is merely plain-old cruelty wrapped in an economic-sounding pretense for prioritizing private polluter profits over public health and the environment (with, as Nancy MacLean documents in Democracy in Chains, a deeper utility in opposing the Civil Rights Act and subsequent racial justice policies).

March 23, 2022 Nexus Hot News 👉 Denier Roundup
Over $50 Million in Funding For Climate 😈 Disinfo 🐍 Organizations Between 2014-2020, Coming From 🦕 Koch And 🦖 Similarly Shady Sources

Just Me • 2 days ago
The only teeth the IRS has left are only good for chewing up the little people. That's the fundamental problem.

AGelbert > Just Me
Agreed. Thus the wealthy crooks steal more and the rest of us suffer more.

Adam G. Yoksas • 2 days ago • edited
... If you receive state benefits you aren't entitled to receive, and only receive them due to some untruthful claim, that's fraud, and subject to the criminal code.

But there's a difference between that kind of thing, and, say, the defense contract budget. It's a small difference, but a significant enough difference that makes that kind of fraud a bit more difficult to substantiate.

Government contracts are not entitlements. These are not benefits that a firm is entitled by law to receive. They are, as the name implies, contracts that both parties freely enter into on the basis of some consideration, typically an agreement of a private contractor to do some work the state wants done in exchange for money.

Now I can imagine some scenarios where a government contractor can be prosecuted for fraud. For example, if they were just a shell corporation created and maintained for the sole purpose of extracting graft from the commonweal, that could be fraud, among other things.

But unless it's a situation like that, the best a state can do when a private contractor fails to do what we expect it to do is file suit, at which point the state will have to show that the contractor failed to fulfill the obligations of the contract. But that's a civil matter, and not a part of the criminal code.

I can imagine some scenarios where the contract can be ruled unconscionable or invalid, but that's a pretty tall order for the state to claim. If the contract was so bad, why did the state even allow itself to enter into it in the first place? We assume that the state is competent to enter into agreements like these, and that they do so in the interest of the public. And if they aren't entering into contracts that are in the interest of the public, is that the private contractor's fault? Or is it the state's fault, whereby the remedy is to remove those government officials through elections, appointments, censures, impeachments, and other remedies available under the Constitution?

AGelbert > Adam G. Yoksas
The thorny problem you correctly state of determining agency for fault requires a firmly grounded moral compass. As long as we have too many people in government and in business which live by "situational" ethics, morally bankrupt greedballs, lacking any consciense whatsoever, will write or/and approve contracts that profit said greedballs by defrauding we-the-people. 💩

I remember that old saying, "It's the economy, stupid." Well, I don't think that was true then or now.

What is true, then and now, that clearly shows the irrefutable link between moral bankruptcy and corrupted government, is this saying:
It's the Social Darwinism, stupid.

🦉 "In human society, the amount of inequity is directly proportional to the amount of iniquity." -- A. G. Gelbert
General Discussion / Re: Books and Audio Books that may interest you 🧐
« Last post by AGelbert on March 24, 2022, 04:28:56 pm »
Free audiobook "Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis

Read by an English lady in a way that makes you feel you are part of the adventures of some English children.


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March 23, 2022

Over $50 Million in Funding For Climate 😈 Disinfo 🐍 Organizations Between 2014-2020, Coming From 🦕 Koch And 🦖 Similarly Shady Sources

On Monday, Alex Kotch at the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD)  published the latest count of climate disinfo funding, tallying up over $50 million in “donations” to climate denial groups, straight from industry profits, billionaire ideologues fortunes, and everything in between.

Between 2014 and 2022, there was $54,298,510 that went to just eight organizations that, per Kotch, “represents key groups primarily focused on energy and the environment that consistently mislead the public about the climate crisis.” 

While bearing in mind that this is just the verifiable drop in an otherwise much larger and murkier bucket of fossil fuel funding for climate disinfo, which when including advertising and PR budgets is likely in the hundreds of millions, not tens of millions, it is still quite a sizable figure, and one that is hardly coming from grassroots supporters. 

In fact, it’s mostly coming from a couple dozen billionaires, conservative dark money pass-throughs, and 🦖 industry sources. “A dozen of the largest nonprofits donated $47.8 million to the leading climate denial organizations, accounting for 88% of the funds CMD was able to track down using FY 2014-20 federal tax returns.” 

The Koch Foundations of course makes the list at number eight, right behind the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers. Donors Trust/Donors Capitol Fund, the right’s “dark-money ATM,” tops the list, of course, followed by the Searle, Scaife, Mercer, Dunn and Bradley foundations, all more or less just tax write-off vehicles for rightwing billionaires trying to simply buy the reality they want.

Jennie King of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue told Kotch that “bad actors are using a tried and tested playbook to weaken public mandates and create confusion [about] viable solutions going forward.

This includes weaponizing climate response within a broader ‘culture wars’ frame and conflating it with any supposed controversy, from Covid-19 lockdowns and vaccine mandates to critical race theory, trans rights, or geopolitics.”

Similarly, the tobacco-defending climate deniers at Heartland lost over half their donations between 2019 and 2020, and that overall the recipients' totals have dwindled from their 2016 peak. 

This may be an indication that even as the fossil fuel industry begrudgingly begins to co-opt climate change and clean energy, they’ve done so well at integrating it into the Republican party that generally conservative funders could be keeping the charade going, even after it served its purpose of buying the industry a few decades of unchecked, climate-changing profits. 

The little climate disinfo troll is all grown up now, and finding fun new pursuits attacking Trans people, defending racism, and, of course, spreading anti-covid/mask/vaccine propaganda.

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