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  1. "Everything runs on oil. Most everything you and I own is made of oil. The moment you obtained those oil produced items you became an part of the loop David." Oil is heavily subsidized, because it's monopolizable. The moment those subsidies end, so does the rule of the petro-lords. Some of the largest, most profitable companies in Canada are collectively receiving an estimated $3.3 billion in subsidies every year from Canadian taxpayers, according to a new analysis. The report, released today by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, a Canadian-based think tank, outlines how billions in federal and provincial tax breaks and corporate incentives benefit companies in the oil and gas sector like Imperial Oil, whose earnings in 2015 were CDN$1.1 billion. https://www.desmog.ca/2016/08/30/canadian-taxpayers-fork-out-3.3-billion-every-year-super-profitable-oil-companies A 2013 report published by the International Monetary Fund concluded that global fossil fuel subisides amount to $1.9 trillion annually. $1.4 trillion of this is due to externalities, $800 billion due to climate change. This estimate is based on a conservative social cost of carbon of $25 per tonne of CO2 emitted. An arguably more realistic estimate of $100 per tonne of CO2 would bring global fossil fuel subsidies to over $4 trillion per year, with $3.2 trillion due to climate change. In a report published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Epstein et al. (2011) do a full cost accounting for the life cycle of coal, taking these externalities into account. Among the factors included in this analysis were: government coal subsidies increased illness and mortality due to mining pollution climate change from greenhouse gas emissions particulates causing air pollution loss of biodiversity cost to taxpayers of environmental monitoring and cleanup decreased property values infrastructure damages from mudslides resulting from mountaintop removal infrastructure damage from mine blasting impacts of acid rain resulting from coal combustion byproducts water pollution Most of these external factors do not apply to most renewable energy sources. https://skepticalscience.com/renewable-energy-is-too-expensive.htm The only question remains ... are you some country bumpkin fuck nut who is too dense to understand the above ... or are you some oil industry shill, who has betrayed the human race for thirty pieces of silver? Either way, you might take this opportunity to re-think your life choices.
  2. For almost 70 years the U.S. government has subsidized the fossil fuel industry; a very conservative estimate is more than $700 billion over that time period. Not surprisingly, given this massive “corporate welfare,” our entire infrastructure is currently based on use of these fuels and remains addicted to them for its continuing efficacy. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trumps-energy-and-climate-policy-denial-and-delusion_us_59037ec5e4b084f59b49f8a6
  3. George H.W. Bush: Biggest. Drug Lord. Ever. By David Malmo-Levine on May 16, 2017 Dear Reader, Do you ever get tired of hearing white journalists blame dark skinned people for the illegal drug problem? Do you suspect white people are also to blame for illegal drugs coming into North America? Do you hear rumors of CIA involvement in drug smuggling, but don’t feel like diving into a 2000 hour research project? Well then, you’re in luck. David Malmo-Levine has put all the evidence of CIA drug smuggling into one easy-to-follow format. The best evidence that the CIA is the biggest drug smuggling organization in the world is now conveniently located in one place. Over the course of the next several months, Malmo-Levine will be publishing the secret history of hard drugs at cannabisculture.com, so that the public will come to realize how the drug war was created by and for the elite section of the intelligence community, to help finance assassinations, military coups, secret armies and to pad their own pockets. Part 1: Born a spook “A drug lord, drug baron, kingpin, or narcotrafficker is a person who controls a sizable network of persons involved in the illegal drug trade. Such figures are often difficult to bring to justice, as they are never directly in possession of something illegal, but are insulated from the actual trade in drugs by several layers of underlings. The prosecution of drug lords is therefore usually the result of carefully planned infiltrations of their networks, often using informants from within the organization.” – “Drug Lord”, Wikipedia “World-class drug trafficker. Sinister spymaster with tentacles spanning the planet. President – the most corrupt president in United States history. George Herbert Walker Bush.” – Bill Weinberg, George Bush: The Super-Spy Drug-Smuggling President, 1992 (1) “Under the CIA program code-named ZRRIFLE, foreign heads of state who stood in the way of American control of the drug traffic were targeted for assassination; this program is essential to understanding the origins of the plot against President Kennedy.” – Rogue Elephant: The Drug Trade, the Kennedy Assassination, and the War in Vietnam, Kent Heiner, 2001, (2) “We both thought Bush might prove the worst president in American History and the all-around worst man of the 20th Century, even considering such competition as Hitler, Stalin, and Mao.” – Robert Anton Wilson, Cosmic Trigger, 1995 (3) Part 1: Chapter 1: A few quick questions Is it really the 41st President of the United States George Bush Sr. – not Lucky Luciano or Sam Giancana or Pablo Escobar or Joaquin Guzman Loera – who can accurately be called the biggest (and most dangerous) drug criminal who has ever lived? Is it really the Central Intelligence Agency – and not the Mafia or the Medellin Cartel or Sinaloa Cartel – that is the biggest drug-smuggling organization? Is there any credible evidence that this is so? Is Bush Sr. – along with his sons – really guilty of drug smuggling, gun-running, murder, and treason? Was JFK’s assassination tied to CIA drug trafficking? Was Bush Sr. the second-highest ranking member of the CIA to be in Dealey Plaza at the time of JFK’s assassination? How important is illegal drug trafficking to US – and world – politics? How many US Presidents – or foreign heads of state – can connect their rise – or fall – to profits from illegal drugs? Is raising awareness about the role drug money has to play in funding the “Shadow Government” the key to a more rational drug policy for both hard and soft drugs? Will knowledge of our ruler’s role in the illegal drug economy help us replace hierarchy with a more effective form of democracy? Is drug peace the most direct path to a sustainable society? Is there enough evidence of these crimes being tied to Bush Sr. that he could be made to stand trial? And if there was enough evidence, would any lawyer be brave enough to take him to court? Would any judge be brave enough to find him guilty? “What I wish to point out … is how deep-seated the fear of passing judgment, of naming names, and of fixing blame – especially, alas, upon people in power and high position, dead or alive …” – Hannah Arendt, “Personal Responsibility Under Dictatorship”, 1964 (4) http://www.cannabisculture.com/content/2017/05/16/george-h-w-bush-biggest-drug-lord-ever
  4. Greenland's Coastal Ice Passed a Climate Tipping Point 20 Years Ago, Study Says Faster-than-expected melting of Greenland's ice fields is worrisome news for the fate of the larger ice sheet, and subsequent sea level rise. BY BOB BERWYN, INSIDECLIMATE NEWS MAR 31, 2017 Credit: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images Ice caps and glaciers along the coast of Greenland passed a tipping point in 1997, when a layer of snow that once absorbed summer meltwater became fully saturated. Since then, the coastal ice fields—separate from the main Greenland Ice Sheet—have been melting three times faster than they had been, according to a new study published Friday in the journal Nature Communications. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/31032017/-climate-change-science-greenland-global-warming-ice-melt MARCH 31 2017 SAVE PRINT LICENSE ARTICLE 'Completely unlivable': Climate change pushing humans, other species to the brink Peter Hannam CONTACT VIA EMAIL FOLLOW ON FACEBOOK FOLLOW ON GOOGLE PLUS FOLLOW ON TWITTER Human societies and a multitude of species are going to be tested by climate change in ways that are barely understood, a wide-ranging study involving researchers from 44 institutions around the world has found. Species in every ecosystem are being affected by rising temperatures and shifting rainfall patterns, with marine animals moving poleward at the average pace of 72 kilometres and land-based ones 17 kilometres a decade, according to the paper published on Friday in the journal Science. SHARE SHARE ON FACEBOOKSHARE SHARE ON TWITTERTWEET LINK Malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases are spreading as temperatures warm. Photo: AP "Movement of mosquitoes in response to global warming is a threat to health in many countries through predicted increases in the number of known, and potentially new, diseases," the paper found, noting malaria is already a risk for about half of humanity, with more than 200 million cases recorded in 2014 alone. Food security is also at risk from the spread of plant pathogens and other pests. RELATED CONTENT Trump's anti-climate plans won't fool nature The $6b-a-year asset that is dying on our watch "This is going to impact on a lot more than you think," said Stephen Williams, a rainforest ecologist and one of the paper's authors. While some species can adapt by moving either to higher ground or cooler waters, not all can. Human populations, too, are limited in how they can move, depending on how tightly national boundaries are enforced. "[T]he relative immobility of many human societies, largely imposed by jurisdictional borders, has limited capacity to respond to environmental change by migration," the paper said. While Australia is known for its fluctuating weather, particularly rainfall, more extreme conditions will challenge many human and animal communities alike. "We're going way outside the boundaries of our natural variability ... more than we appreciate," Professor Williams said. SHARE SHARE ON FACEBOOKSHARE SHARE ON TWITTERTWEET LINK Four hours above 29 degrees and a lemuroid ringtail possum will likely perish. Photo: Wet Tropics Management Authority. He cited lemuroid ringtail possums that inhabit the wet tropics rainforests and will die if exposed to just four hours of 29-degree temperatures. Heatwaves, if they coincide with dry conditions with little mist or cloud, "can literally crash a population in a number of days", Professor Williams said. "Suddenly it becomes completely unlivable." SHARE SHARE ON FACEBOOKSHARE SHARE ON TWITTERTWEET LINK The UN is seeking $US4.4 billion by the end of March to prevent catastrophic hunger and famine in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. Photo: WFP/AP The shifting of the range of creatures poses challenges for conservation efforts not least because endangered species may exit areas set aside for their protection as they seek more hospitable habitat. "Under climate change, everything is very dynamic and moving," Professor Williams said. SHARE SHARE ON FACEBOOKSHARE SHARE ON TWITTERTWEET LINK The biologically rich giant kelp forests off eastern Tasmania are under threat from warm-water predators. Photo: Craig Sanderson In some cases, a threatened species will enter a region where it wasn't previously found, becoming "an invading species where by law it must be exterminated", he said. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions "removes the root cause" of the problem. In the case of tropical rainforests, the number of species expected to disappear will drop from about 60 per cent by the end of the century under business-as-usual emissions to as few as 5 per cent. "It will make a really big difference," he said. On-going monitoring is needed to track how species are moving, including across state or national boundaries. The collected evidence is limited and, in some cases, being interrupted by funding cuts. "[L]ong-term datasets for biological systems are rare, and recent trends of declining funding undermine the viability of monitoring programs required to document and respond to climate change," the paper found. Researchers in a range of Australian programs are awaiting news of their fate, with the federal government due to announce within weeks the next round of funding for the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). A Senate inquiry into oceans and climate change heard this month from scientists concerned programs such as the monitoring of the East Australian Current might be at risk. "We have had this 70-year history of recording temperature and salinity off Sydney, and some smaller arrays off Narooma, on the South Coast [of NSW], Iain Suthers, an oceanographer at the University of NSW told the inquiry. "If that funding were to cease, we would be left absolutely blind as to the strength and changes of that East Australian Current." http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/completely-unlivable-climate-change-pushing-humans-other-species-to-the-brink-20170330-gv9v7g.html
  5. http://www.rappler.com/science-nature/environment/157395-no-pause-global-warming-study http://climatenexus.org/messaging-communication/basics/debunking-top-10-climate-change-myths https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/no-pause-in-ocean-warming/ https://insideclimatenews.org/news/04012017/climate-change-denial-oceans-warming-lamar-smith
  6. http://mashable.com/2017/02/05/noaa-global-warming-hiatus-story/#aE8e2yIJ2sqO
  7. https://www.newscientist.com/article/2120983-new-talk-of-warming-pause-just-another-faux-climate-controversy/
  8. https://www.skepticalscience.com/conservative-media-cant-stop-denying-no-pause.html
  9. http://www.ebaumsworld.com/videos/neil-degrasse-tysons-simple-explanation-of-climate-change/85250635/
  10. http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/12/investing/exxon-loses-climate-change-ruling/index.html ExxonMobil has lost a key battle in an investigation into whether the oil giant misled the public about the dangers of climate change. A Massachusetts judge ordered Exxon (XOM) on Wednesday to hand over more than four decades of the company's climate change research. The court rejected Exxon's emergency motion to kill the demand from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who is investigating allegations the company ignored internal scientific research going back to the 1970s. The ruling came on the same day that longtime Exxon boss Rex Tillerson was being grilled by Congress about the company's climate change tactics at his secretary of state hearing. Tillerson, who stepped down last month as CEO after a decade in charge, repeatedly ducked questions about the issue from U.S. Senators. Asked if he lacks the knowledge to respond or is simply refusing to answer, Tillerson said, "A little of both." Last April, Massachusetts demanded Exxon turn over documents going back to 1976 related to the company's study of carbon emissions and the effects of those emissions on the climate. This week Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Heidi Brieger upheld the attorney general's demand. "Exxon must now end its obstructive tactics and come clean about whether it misled Massachusetts consumers and investors about what it knew about climate change, its causes and effects," the Massachusetts attorney general's office said in a statement. However, Exxon didn't immediately signal whether it's going to comply with the order. "We are reviewing the ruling to determine next steps," Exxon said in a statement. Related: Tillerson ducks Exxon climate change allegations Exxon is still awaiting a ruling in Texas, where the company has filed a complaint arguing that the Massachusetts demand for documents violates its federal constitutional rights. In Wednesday's ruling, the Massachusetts court declined to put the proceeding on hold until the Texas court rules. Exxon tried to kill the demand for documents by arguing the investigation is politically motivated. The company cited a March speech from Healey where she said, "We can all see today the troubling disconnect between what Exxon knew, what industry folks knew, and what the company and industry chose to share." But the Massachusetts judge said the remarks are not evidence of "any actionable bias" and that it "seems logical" for the attorney general to inform the public about the basis of the investigation. Climate change activists pounced on the ruling -- quickly linked it to Tillerson. "The prospect of a sitting secretary of state becoming entangled in a lawsuit for his role in misleading the public about climate change is as real as it is alarming," said David Turnbull, campaign director for Oil Change International, an advocacy group focused on exposing the true costs of fossil fuels. Related: Despite paper trail, Tillerson denies Exxon lobbied against sanctions Exxon's climate change history became a flashpoint in Tillerson's confirmation hearing. At one point, Senator Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's 2016 running mate, read from a 1982 letter uncovered by Inside Climate News that was written by an Exxon scientist. "Over the past several years a clear scientific consensus has emerged regarding the expected climatic effects of increased atmospheric CO2," Roger Cohen, Exxon's former director of theoretical and mathematical sciences laboratory, wrote in the letter. Cohen wrote that the "consensus is that a doubling of" carbon emissions from pre-industrial revolution levels would cause a rise in temperatures that would "bring about significant changes in the earth's climate." Exxon also faces a climate change investigation from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. A New York State court ordered Exxon to comply with two subpoenas last fall. Exxon has denied allegations of funding climate change denial. Exxon said it rejects "long-discredited conspiracy theories that attempt to portray legitimate scientific observations and differences on policy approaches as climate denial." CNNMoney (New York)First published January 12, 2017: 10:53 AM ET
  11. https://electrek.co/2016/11/10/tesla-made-more-money-last-quarter-than-the-entire-us-oil-industry-made-last-year/ Tesla made more money last quarter than the entire US oil industry made last yearFred Lambert While there are nuances to the claim made in this headline, it is technically true since Tesla announced that it turned a profit of $22 million last quarter while the US oil industry managed to lose $67 billion last year due to its inability to stomach lower gas prices, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). I think it’s something to consider in this new political climate following the election of Donald Trump. Notwithstanding any potential ulterior motives to favor fossil fuels or the fact that Trump doesn’t believe in man-made climate change, it’s important for the upcoming new Trump administration and GOP-controlled Washington to start looking at Tesla and other upcoming cleantech ventures as important middle-class American job creators and sustainable businesses. One of Trump’s main actions to create American jobs is to “lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal,” according to his own “contract with American voters” and as part of his plan for his first 100 days in office. Again, we are not going into the impact it will have on the climate in part because of how scary it is. Try to get the amount of CO2 that those fossil-fuel reserves will release in the atmosphere out of your head (if you can) and focus on the jobs. That’s supposedly how he won the election in the rust belt and coal country after all. While Trump’s deregulation of the oil and gas industry could certainly recreate jobs, we have to keep in mind that more investments don’t represent a guarantee that the companies will be able to handle price slumps like the one we saw last year and continues now without more government subsidies. Coal and Natural Gas are rapidly becoming less cost competitive to Wind and Solar power. But deregulation is not all Trump plans to do for the oil and gas industry – again with the goal of creating jobs. He also plans to slow down the competition from renewable energy by slashing federal research and development, subsidies for solar and wind, and any other climate programs. He also plans to gut the EPA and head it with a climate science denier. When the US oil industry lost $67 billion in 2015, it also slashed close to 100,000 jobs during the same period. All the while, more Americans now work in the solar industry than the extraction of oil, gas, or coal. One of the main examples Trump has been using is Ford moving jobs from Michigan to Mexico in order to be more competitive. Since his election, GM also announced job cuts. On the other hand, Tesla has been adding jobs with now over 18,000 employees worldwide and the majority are in the US. At the Fremont factory alone, Tesla employs over 6,000 people and it plans to bring that number up to 9,000 to support its latest expansion plans. The electric automaker is also investing in the Gigafactory in Nevada, where it plans to employ over 6,000 workers. If job creation (and not just rewarding fossil fuel political donors) is really the true goal of the new US political leadership, maybe they should think twice about introducing new policies that could slow the momentum of clean technologies in favor of fossil fuels. Instead, they should focus on introducing a level playing field. We could argue about the best way to do that (and please let’s do it in the comment section below), but in my opinion, the most simple one is to put an end to all subsidies, including the trillions of dollars worth of subsidies going to the fossil fuel industry. Hat tip to William LeGate for the headline. If you are interested in solar and energy storage, we suggest you get quotes from more than one installer to make sure you get the best energy solution for your house or business. UnderstandSolar is a great free service to link you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates for free.
  12. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/04/science/flooding-of-coast-caused-by-global-warming-has-already-begun.html?_r=1 Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already BegunScientists’ warnings that the rise of the sea would eventually imperil the United States’ coastline are no longer theoretical. By JUSTIN GILLIS SEPT. 3, 2016
  13. After 146 years, Rockefeller family is exiting the oil business A portrait of John D. Rockefeller, taken in the mid 1930's in Ormond, Florida. STF/AFP/GETTY IMAGES 31 Comments Share Tweet Stumble Email Heirs to the oil fortune created by John D. Rockefeller, who founded Standard Oil in 1870, are exiting the family business. The Rockefeller Family Fund, a charity that supports causes related to the environment, economic justice and other issues, is liquidating its investments in fossil fuel companies, including Exxon Mobil (XOM). "While the global community works to eliminate the use of fossil fuels, it makes little sense -- financially or ethically -- to continue holding investments in these companies," the fund said on Wednesday in a statement. "There is no sane rationale for companies to continue to explore for new sources of hydrocarbons." Play VIDEO What it takes to confront the climate change “tipping point” The fund, which manages roughly $130 million, said it would immediately divest holdings of Exxon, as well as sell its investments in coal companies and tar sands-based oil producers. Exxon, the world's second-biggest company, is a descendant of Standard Oil, which was famously broken up in 1911 as part of President Theodore Roosevelt's "trustbusting" campaign. In announcing its decision, the Rockefeller fund attacked Exxon for what it called the company's "morally reprehensible conduct," alluding to allegations that the company has hidden evidence that fossil fuels contribute to climate change. "Evidence appears to suggest that the company worked since the 1980s to confuse the public about climate change's march, while simultaneously spending millions to fortify its own infrastructure against climate change's destructive consequences and track new exploration opportunities as the Arctic's ice receded," the fund said. Rockefeller family members have long accused Exxon of working to deny the existence of global warming. Former Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller, a great-grandson of John D. Rockefeller, in 2006 urged Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson to stop funding groups that denied climate change. Play VIDEO Scientists believe melting polar ice could speed climate change In a February op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, Neva Rockefeller Goodwin, an economist and great-grandaughter of John D. Rockefeller, said that in the 1980s the company "began to finance think tanks and researchers who cast doubt on the reliability of climate science." Exxon denies that it misrepresented the dangers of climate change. "It's not surprising that they're divesting from the company since they're already funding a conspiracy against us," Alan Jeffers, a spokesman for Exxon, said in an emailed statement to CBS MoneyWatch about the Rockfeller fund's announcement. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is said to have launched aninvestigation last fall into whether Exxon misled the public and investors about its internal research regarding climate risks. California Attorney General Kamala Harris is also reportedly looking into whether Exxon lied about climate change. The probes followed a report by InsideClimate News, a non-profit news organization, claiming that Exxon sought to undermine scientific evidence that pointed to the growing threat of climate change. Jeffers said the Rockefeller Family Fund provided financial support to InsideClimate News, which he said "produced inaccurate and deliberately misleading stories" about the company's climate research. Play VIDEO How electric cars are taking over Norway's roads "The stories wrongly suggested that we had reached definitive conclusions about the risks of climate change decades before the world's experts and while climate science was in an early stage of development," he said. "ExxonMobil believes the risk of climate change is clear and warrants action." Exxon critics praised the Rockefeller Family Fund's move to divest its fossil fuel holdings. "Just like with Big Tobacco before it, the turning point in the movement to end the fossil fuel industry's abuses has come: Influential institutions and people are withholding their investments, and there is a burgeoning movement of attorneys general launching investigations into Exxon to expose the truth and hold it accountable for its lies," said Katherine Sawyer of watchdog group Corporate Accountability International. © 2016 CBS Interactive Inc.. All Rights Reserved. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rockefeller-family-is-exiting-the-oil-business/