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June 2, 2021

Clean Energy ⚡ Power Cable Opened by Germany and Norway

Germany and Norway opened a power cable that will provide Europe's largest economy with clean energy. Dubbed “NordLink,” the cable will help turn Norway into a regional clean energy hub, able to fill shortfalls in Germany's intermittent wind and solar power with Norwegian hydropower. Norway is already connected to the Netherlands via a subsea power cable, and exported over 20 terawatt-hours of electricity in 2020, equivalent to 15 percent of the power Germany produced from lignite and hard coal last year. (Reuters)
Fossil Fuel Folly / Re: Fossil Fuel Propaganda Modus Operandi
« Last post by AGelbert on June 02, 2021, 04:03:09 pm »
June 2, 2021
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Hackers Hit Big Meat- Expect Climate Disinfo About It, Because 🦖😈 Deniers Lie For A Living

When the Green New Deal was first introduced, deniers falsely accused climate activists of wanting to take away Americans’ god-given right to enjoy as many cheeseburgers as we can. When natural gas and coal froze up in February, deniers blamed climate activists for pushing the state to adopt renewables by posting old pictures of frozen turbines. When hackers attacked the Colonial pipeline, the company’s decision to protect its billing capability by shutting down gas deliveries to a wide swath of the southeast, 😈🦕 deniers blamed climate activists for convincing President Biden to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico for export. 

Now that hackers have hit JBS SA, the world’s biggest meat producer, no doubt deniers will use it as an excuse to blame climate activists for ever having dared to suggest maybe Americans tone down our per capita 2.4 burger-a-day habit. (It's worth noting this number includes poultry, as well as waste, so the "average American's" actual consumption isn't quite this high. But still...)

Over Memorial Day weekend, five of JBS’s biggest U.S. beef plants were shut down, as were slaughterhouses in Australia (where it’s the county’s biggest meat processor) and Canada. Overall, JBS produces about a quarter of U.S. beef, and a fifth of our pork. The White House has offered JBS assistance and is dealing directly with the Russian government since the company suspects the cyberattack is coming from a Russian criminal organization. One commodity market expert, Matt Dalgleish, told Bloomberg that it’ll just be “a minimal hiccup” if it only lasts a week, but any longer and “we’re going to see disruption to supply chains.” 

Since that sounds all-too-familiar, no doubt deniers will be ready to blame environmentalists. Actually, it’d be a surprise if they even waited for real impacts to be felt before they start casting stones, since that’s their whole deal. 

For example, Steve Milloy, having defended tobacco, fossil fuels, and an unhinged Q-anongresswoman, and fresh off being humiliated by ExxonMobil’s shareholders, is apparently turning his attention to the agricultural industry. He recently took to the notorious bastion-of-intellectual-honesty that is the Washington Times to warn of “Biden’s coming war on farmers.” 

The Biden administration isn’t going to encourage alternatives to meat because it's so expensive, or because eating the apparent American average of 2.4 burgers a day would be terrible for your health, or because the large-scale deforestation of the Amazon into grazing land for JBS cattle (and soy) is not just illegal (and yet also encouraged) and causes terrible biodiversity loss, or because the forest and adjacent land is a natural carbon sink, it’s terrible for the climate. Those issues are all unmentioned by Milloy. 

Instead, he claims that the Biden Administration is targeting farmers simply because they “tend to be strong Trump supporters” who “project disproportionate political power in Congress.” 

That sure sounds like a pretty weakly justified and highly partisan motivation for a famously moderate President, even by right-wing news standards. So what’s the real reason Milloy’s imagining a war? Because this is really just all about PM2.5 pollution, a staple issue of Milloy’s tobacco-to-fossil-fuels-to-farms career. Milloy just really loves these tiny soot particles, which are found in smoke from cigarettes, smog from fossil fuels, and dust and other airborne particles from farm machinery, tilling, fertilizers, burning fields, waste management, etc. 

Biden’s not planning any War on Meat, and in fact, his proposed budget would increase the Department of Agriculture’s budget by 17%, with a particular emphasis on helping farmers and ranchers understand, adapt to, and even profit off a changing climate.

But the fact that Biden’s trying to help agriculture isn’t not stopping 😈 Milloy from doing a little war(on meat)mongering as his latest excuse to claim that the science of epidemiology is fake, and the EPA’s work on air pollution is a big hoax. He’s been saying that for decades on behalf of Big Tobacco and Big Oil as part of his unfortunately very real and well-documented war on air pollution science, so it’s safe to assume he’ll continue doing it until no one listens anymore.
Fossil Fuel Folly / Biden Suspends ANWR Leases
« Last post by AGelbert on June 02, 2021, 03:37:26 pm »
June 2, 2021

Biden Suspends ANWR 🦕🦖 Leases

The Biden administration suspended 🦕🦖 oil drilling leases in ANWR. The formal order from DOI Secretary Deb Haaland, if unsurprising, starts what will likely be a lengthy process to undo one of the Trump administration's biggest (anti-)environmental actions. The sale of ANWR leases, described as "absolutely bonkers" by climate advocates at the time it was announced last year, culminated in a hurried and ultimately underwhelming lease sale just days before Trump left office. Those existing ANWR leases could be canceled if the administration determines they were granted illegally by the Trump administration; the Biden administration has defended the legal process by which the Trump administration issues leases elsewhere. Last month, the notoriously pro-oil IEA said all new exploration for oil and gas must end immediately if the world is to limit global warming and avoid the worst and most destructive impacts of climate change.

Read more: The Verge

Who CAN you trust? / Re: Defending Wildlife
« Last post by AGelbert on June 02, 2021, 02:53:35 pm »

Nature Conservancy Photo Contest

MEMORABLE MOMENTS Fox kits on a log in Menasha, Wisconsin. © Christopher Appleby /TNC Photo Contest 2019

As excitement builds for this year’s Nature Conservancy Photo Contest, Photo Editor Alex Snyder reflects on a memorable moment from 2019: “The body language between the two is what really makes this frame. The use of a shallow depth of field helps separate the kits from the busy background of branches and leaves and lets us focus in on this interaction.”

Be the first to know when this year's Photo Contest opens, what the prizes are and more.

Agelbert NOTE: Scroll down to the plethora of fantastic photos at the Contest Web Page!

Here's a small selection of several you can feast your eyes on:


  Heard on the Half Shell: Shellfish Growers Share Their Voice

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Catastrophic Climate Change / Re: Apocalyptic Humor
« Last post by AGelbert on June 02, 2021, 01:58:07 pm »
Despite 👿 Hate from 😈 Evangelicals, Katharine Hayhoe 🕊️ Sees Climate Hope

For Katharine Hayhoe, climate change isn’t just a topic of study or her area of expertise; it’s what she calls “an everything issue.” Hayhoe, who is a leading climate science expert, told Sojourners that everybody everywhere “already has everything they need to care about climate change” and its impact on people, animals and Earth.
Read More About Our Chief Scientist’s Views in Sojourners

"I am a climate scientist because I am a Christian. If you take the Bible seriously, in Genesis it says God gave humans responsibility over every living thing on this planet. It talks about God's love and care for the tiniest and most minute aspects of nature." -- Katharine Hayhoe, a renowned Texas Tech climate change researcher and mother of a 13-year-old son, Gavin. May 5, 2021
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