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Advances in Health Care / Re: COVID-19 🏴☠️ Pandemic
« Last post by AGelbert on July 28, 2021, 11:50:12 am »
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July 27, 2021


Did 🦖 Exxon Stop Funding 🐍 Heartland, Or Is It Just Using 🐍 Shadowy Orgs To Fund Other 😈 Shadowy Orgs? 

Yesterday we talked about the Heartland Institute’s 🐍 Jim Lakely taking umbrage  at the mention that the organization might be a shadowy group ExxonMobil has used to spread climate disinformation. After taking issue with two points, Lakely objected to the idea that the hundreds of thousands of dollars Exxon gave Heartland between 1998 and 2006 had anything to do with the organization’s climate (denial) efforts in the years since.

Lakely points to the climate (denial) conferences the organization has convened, and climate (denial) reports published, and claims that “none of that work, spanning decades, was due to any financial support from Exxon.”

Well, his next sentence admits that, yes, “Exxon was a donor to Heartland, from 1998 to 2006,” but downplays that the company’s “contributions of about $50,000 never exceeded more than 5 percent of our annual budget.” Which is probably true, given that Heartland was busy taking money from the tobacco industry, among others. (And in case you’re wondering, yes, they’re clearly still working on the issue.) 

But he admits they got some money from Exxon, so what did Heartland do with it? Surely Exxon was getting something in return?   

Lakely does not disclose what work Heartland did with the funding Exxon provided. What he says instead is that after Exxon ended its funding to Heartland in 2006, the organization still worked on the climate issue.

So Lakely really wants us to know that it’s not Exxon who funded a bunch of their recent climate denial. But Carter wasn’t talking about their recent work, as just prior to mentioning Heartland he was talking about how “the most interesting thing” he found from the sting was “the admission that day regarding Exxon’s battle against early climate science.” And then contrasting those early efforts (where they used Heartland as part of “this vast network of think tanks and other pressure groups”) Carter went on to say that he thinks “what Exxon does now is work through groups like the American Petroleum Institute or American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers” to advance their interests. 

Now the question is, if Exxon isn’t funding the group’s current climate denial efforts, then who is? Well, know that despite the financial hit the organization took as a result of an alleged mismanagement of funds by its former president, Heartland’s gotten plenty of dirty money in recent years. It gets millions from various conservative billionaires like surge protector magnate (?) Barre Seid and the the Insurrection-y Mercers, plus funds concealed through the “dark-money ATM” of DonorsTrust, which we know Heartland uses to hide its donors because they were caught on camera offering to do exactly that when an undercover investigator asked. 

But on top of that, in 2017 Heartland got $75,000 from none other than the group Carter mentioned as Exxon’s newest tool, the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers. 

Okay, so Heartland isn’t necessarily one of the shadowy groups that ExxonMobil is funding to lobby officials and propagate climate denial. Instead Lakely wants us to know that it was funded by ExxonMobil, and it does lobby officials and propagate climate (dis)information.

And then folks should be careful to note that the funding that supports Heartland's more recent efforts to lobby officials and propagate denial isn’t still coming from ExxonMobil, but instead came from one of the other shadowy groups ExxonMobil funds to lobby officials and propagate climate denial.

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Catastrophic Climate Change / Re: Future Earth
« Last post by AGelbert on July 27, 2021, 12:44:32 pm »

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July 26, 2021 By Steve Hanley

Just For Fun — World’s Slowest ⚡ EV Drag Race


A drag race between 4 electric microcars is more fun than you might think.
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Who CAN you trust? / Re: Mechanisms of Prejudice: Hidden and Not Hidden
« Last post by AGelbert on July 26, 2021, 06:25:17 pm »

Bob Stannard ✨: Why all those 👿 parents hated Ruby Bridges

Jul 25 2021

This commentary is by Bob Stannard of Manchester , an author, musician and former state legislator and lobbyist.

The year was 1960. The school was the William Frantz elementary school in New Orleans, an all-white school. The little girl, Ruby Bridges, only 6 years old (the same age as my granddaughter), was Black. Thanks to the elimination of segregation, this little girl was able to go to a presumably better school.

When I was 6 years old, I attended the school at the foot of Danby Mountain Road. It had a potbelly stove for heat and a boys and girls “in-house” for bathrooms (and in-house is an outhouse, only indoors. You get the picture). I did not need an armed escort to allow me into my humble little school. Ruby did.

In 1960, I was 9 years old and living in the whitest state in the country. Had it not been for the Equinox Hotel bringing in Black help from Mississippi, I may never have seen a Black person until I went off to college. By 1960, we were wrapping up the age of innocence. Racial tensions in the South were heating up. Kids in Vermont had no clue what was happening down South.

Did Ruby Bridges’ parents decide to send their child to this all-white school to make a point or so their child would get a better education? Who knows, but there’s no argument that this little girl who suffered racial verbal attacks every day she attended this school must have received quite an education. The parents of the white kids relentlessly shouted and taunted this poor little girl for one and only one reason: the color of her skin.

By the time I entered Burr and Burton high school, other kids of color were being brought into our community to attend then-BBS along with me through what was known as the “Links Program.” BBS reached out to schools that were predominantly Black or Hispanic and chose a handful of kids to come to Vermont.

I don’t recall ever experiencing any racial problems with these kids, but there may very well have been some isolated episodes. What I can say is that there never was a time when the parents of students at my all-white school stood on the sidewalk with placards bearing hateful, racist words or small, handmade coffins with a Black doll inside. Yet, that is what the 6-year-old Ruby Bridges had to endure each and every day she went to school.

For the kids of today who may be reading this, 1960 may feel like a long time ago, but for me it doesn’t. Although I lived through the civil rights era in America, it didn’t have a huge impact on me, primarily because I was living in a nearly all-white state. We didn’t have any race issues, because we only had one race.

By the time non-white kids began arriving at BBS. our community didn’t seem to care all that much about the color of their skin. Maybe it’s a Vermont thing. Who knows. Perhaps if my parents had sent the 6-year-old me to an all-Black school in Harlem, things would have been very different for me.

How would I have reacted if an angry mob of Black people were shouting racial slurs at me just because I was white? I’ll never know, but the Ruby Bridges of today sure does.

Now 66 years old and a grandmother, she’s had a lifetime to reflect on her school days of 1960. She could not imagine putting her kids or her grandchildren in the same position as she had been placed. It was terrifying for her and her family. Both of her parents lost their jobs. Their commitment to having their little girl get a better education cost Ruby’s parents their marriage. We could only try to imagine how hard this decision must have been, but never having been in those tiny shoes, we’ll never truly know.

What was Ruby’s response to those people with hate in their hearts and horrible words spewing from their mouths? She prayed for them. The more empathy this child showed, the more vile hatred was thrust upon her.

Today we hear white politicians from red states try to tell us that there is no systemic racism in America. They want us to believe that the hatred exhibited by their grandparents was never handed down from generation to generation. They want us to believe that everything is just fine, while simultaneously working overtime to disenfranchise Blacks and other minorities from their constitutional right to vote.

Babies are not born hating or loving anything. Hating, loving, narcissism, empathy are all things that are learned from their parents. Parents who have 👿 hate and rage in their hearts will undoubtedly hand that hate and rage down to their kids. Sometimes the kids will ignore what’s being fed to them. Other times they lick the spoon.


America has been a racist nation since its inception and we’ve never come to grips with that reality.

Congress has a voting rights bill ready to be voted on. Passing it would be another step forward to counter our racism. Will it pass? I doubt it.
https://vtdigger.org/2021/07/25/bob-stannard-why-all-those-parents-hated-ruby-bridges/

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Renewables / Re: Renewable Hydrogen Power
« Last post by AGelbert on July 26, 2021, 05:16:13 pm »


July 25, 2021 By John Konrad

Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego research vessel Robert Gordon Sproul

Scripps Gets $35M From California To Build A Hydrogen-Powered Research Vessel

SNIPPET:

“Scripps has guided countless scientific projects aboard the R/V Robert Gordon Sproul” said California Senator Tempore Toni G. Atkins. “After a four-decade run, it is high time Scripps built a new research vessel that can keep up with the high-caliber work they continue to churn out, and help our state navigate the troubled waters of sea-level rise and our evolving climate.”

The proposed 125-foot vessel will take three years to design, build, and commission, and replace the Research Vessel Robert Gordon Sproul, which has served 40 years of service. This new vessel will continue the university’s educational mission to train the next generation of scientists. 

“With 840 miles of coastline, it is important for California to manage its access to the vast resources of the Pacific Ocean,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla.

The new vessel will feature an innovative hybrid propulsion system that integrates hydrogen fuel cells alongside a conventional diesel-electric power plant, enabling zero-emission operations. The design is scaled so the ship will operate 75 percent of its missions entirely using a non-fossil fuel—hydrogen—with only pure water and electricity as reaction products. For longer missions, extra power will be provided by clean-running diesel generators. The vessel represents a major step in advancing California’s pledge to reduce global climate risk while transitioning to a carbon-neutral economy.

“Our vision is to build an oceanographic research vessel that can be powered independently from 🦕 fossil fuels , and be free from the criteria pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions,” said Bruce Appelgate, associate director and head of ship operations at Scripps Oceanography.

Full article:
https://gcaptain.com/scripps-hydrogen-research-vessel/
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July 26, 2021


In Denying Claim It Is An Exxon ‘Shadow Group’, Heartland Describes How It 🦕 Lobbies On Climate & Took Exxon’s Money

As you may have (hopefully!) heard, recently some Greenpeace investigators posed as Middle Eastern oil interests and tricked an ExxonMobil lobbyist into spilling some of the company’s (open) secrets about its climate lobbying. 

In a recent interview at Slate, one of the Greenpeace investigators Lawrence Carter told Mary Harris the Heartland Institute was one of the shadowy groups Exxon’s lobbyist said worked with to attack climate science. He described how “they really helped shift the whole debate in the U.S. on climate change to a very bad place. Exxon played a leading role in that, spending at least $30 million on these networks, according to investigations.” 


Well apparently the Heartland Institute didn’t appreciate that being said, and on Friday published a response “to fake news about its funding” that bizarrely, confirms exactly the point Carter was making.

Heartland’s VP and Communications Director Jim Lakely took issue with three things he describes as “libel” before going on to actually prove them correct. The first is Carter mentioning Heartland specifically as one of the “shadow groups” that the Exxon lobbyist admitted they worked with to influence the climate debate in the company’s favor. 

But Lakely asks rhetorically how it can be a shadow group when it is “a 37-year-old organization that communicates more often with more elected officials than any other think tank in the country, has a prominent presence online, produces podcasts that gained 7 million hits in 2020, is published almost daily in outlets across the world, and is endorsed by an impressive list of think tank leaders, elected officials, and other opinion leaders?” 

Hmm yes what a great point, how can Heartland possibly be a tool of ExxonMobil’s lobbying when it’s so busy doing all this lobbying for ExxonMobil’s preferred policy positions? Here’s a better question though: if Heartland’s not a “shadowy organization,” then why are you so mad about your connection with Exxon being brought to light? 

The second point Lakely disputes is expected, claiming that  “Heartland is not ‘misleading’ the public on climate science.” Oh? No, instead Lakely points to the “Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change,” the group's effort to create a 🦖 climate denial 😈 version of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

So in response to being accused of misleading, 😈 Lakely points to one of their efforts so transparently meant to mislead the public that even the name is an obvious knock-off of the real deal. What other possible explanation could there be for the otherwise communications-savvy denial outfit choosing such a clunky mouthful of a name? It’s like you got sold a Sorny instead of a Sony, and then when confronted about it, the salesman just says “What, Sorny’s a great brand! Much better than Sony!” 

Lakely’s third and final dispute is over something he actually acknowledges. While admitting that “Exxon was a donor to Heartland, from 1998 to 2006,” he denies that the group’s climate denial is Exxon-oriented.
 
How? Tune in tomorrow to find out!
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Catastrophic Climate Change / Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Last post by AGelbert on July 26, 2021, 04:00:48 pm »

July 26, 2021


US set for punishing temperatures as huge ‘heat dome’ to settle over country
The Guardian
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Renewables / BE a Green Leaf Star American!
« Last post by AGelbert on July 26, 2021, 12:51:24 pm »

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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July 24, 2021


Agelbert COMMENT: The Greedball 🦖 Hydrocarbon 😈 Hellspawn made sure the scientists were ignored. Stupid is as stupid does.


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