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Malcolm Nance: The Plot to Hack America

Climate Crocks - November 23, 2017 - 11:42pm
Hacking, distorting, and weaponizing emails. Hmmmm. Rings a bell. Advertisements Filed under: Crock of the Week
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Samantha Bee: Climate Deniers Going Down with Their Island.

Climate Crocks - November 23, 2017 - 10:11pm
Apologies to Katherine Hayhoe, one of my favorite people, but some folks are genuinely arrogant about their own ignorance.  Observe. Filed under: Crock of the Week
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Joe Barton: Before the Dick Pics, Great Moments in Ignorance, Denial, and Hypocrisy

Climate Crocks - November 23, 2017 - 10:51am
We’ve all done stupid things, occasionally we’ve all been hypocritical, and we’re all ignorant about something. But people like Joe Barton, whose recently released, uhm…, let’s say, nude self portrait has become famous – has made a career of stupidity, ignorance, and hypocrisy. Nice work if you can get it, I guess, but for the […]
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The Scientists and Their Global Warming Riches. Right.

Climate Crocks - November 23, 2017 - 9:46am
“Climate Scientists are all in it for the money”. Katharine Hayhoe breaks it down. I’ve met scientists who left Wall Street Hedge fund jobs, because they found searching for truth more meaningful. And the reality that working for an Oil company is vastly more profitable than toiling on a glacier is obvious – yet still […]
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ICYMI

Climate Crocks - November 22, 2017 - 11:53pm
ICYMI: Joe Barton Nude
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Say it Ain’t so, Smokey Joe!

Climate Crocks - November 22, 2017 - 4:48pm
Hope this doesn’t spoil Thanksgiving Dinner. “Smokey Joe” Barton caught sending, well, uh, lewd, uh, pics. Popular video above features Hizzoner persecuting climate scientist Michael Mann, and swearing on a Bible that all that Tobacco money never affected any vote, ever. Good 'old Smokey Joe is back in the news!Joe was featured, of course, in […]
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Fossil Fuel Industry Sneakily Tries to Fight Back as Divestment Backed by People Power Grows

350.org - November 22, 2017 - 1:54pm

In a sign that fossil fuel companies, are stooping to new lows, an investigative report published in the most recent edition of Bloomberg Businessweek revealed that PR firms have set up fake anti-divestment, pensioners’ rights groups to lobby against divestment. We are already knew that oil and gas companies like Exxon have for decades lead campaigns to hinder climate action and sow confusion about the science of climate change. This most recent expose, months in the making, reveals that fossil fuel companies are scared of the success of the global divestment movement, and pulling out all the sneaky and nefarious stops to trying to erase the fossil free writing on the wall.

One such group – Protect our Pensions – has published opinion pieces in newspapers and written letters to legislators and pension trustees, supposedly from regular “Jane and Joe” pensioners. Turns out though, most of these pieces have been written by public affairs firms “operating in the shadows” according to Bloomberg.

 

 

The use of the tactic of creating fake groups, also known as astro-turfing groups, to counter the campaigns of real grassroots groups fighting to save our planet is growing as fossil fuel companies including pipeline builders find their projects repeatedly delayed or cancelled. The desperation is revealing and is a clear validation that our campaigns have traction and are affecting change.

As further proof of the success of the global divestment movement and in the midst of COP23, the United Nations Secretary General said that investing in fossil fuel projects mean an “unsustainable future”, one that we must avoid at all costs. António Guterres called for “more ambition, more leadership and more partnerships to tackle climate change.”

The world should adopt a simple rule: If big infrastructure projects aren’t green, they shouldn’t be given the green light. Otherwise we will be locked into bad choices for decades to come. Investing in climate-friendly development is where the smart money is needed” – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

His words seemingly foreshadowed an announcement, described as “heard around the world”, by the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund, that is is proposing to divest from oil and gas companies. The fund, valued at more than $1 trillion and the largest fund in the world, currently invests more than $35 billion in oil and gas companies like Exxon, Chevron, Shell and Total.

“Our perspective here is to spread the risks for the state’s wealth,” Egil Matsen, the deputy central bank governor overseeing the fund, said in an interview in Oslo. “We can do that better by not adding oil-price risk.”

According to Bloomberg, “the fund, which controls about 1.5 percent of global stocks, said it doesn’t expect returns or market risk to be affected “appreciably” by its proposal, emphasizing that cutting exposure to the energy industry would allow it to crank up investments in other sectors”. After the announcement stocks of large oil and gas companies plunged.

Bloomberg: Oil and Gas stocks drop after Norway signals divestment

One could easily argue that if this fund, built on oil and gas royalties, can in a financially responsible fashion, divest from fossil fuels then any pension fund or university endowment could do the same. And that would include iconic pension funds like New York City’s valued at $160 billion.

Meanwhile the very mainstream and financially conservative S&P Global showed that fossil free investments outperformed regular indexed investments over the past 5 years. Further proof that divestment from fossil fuels is not only the morally correct thing to do, it is a financially prudent action as well.

S&P Dow Jones – Fossil Free indices outperform

Join us as we take action the stop all fossil fuel projects and move to 100% renewable energy.

 

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Dunning-Kruger. In the Age of Fake News and Trumpism, This Cannot be Explained Enough

Climate Crocks - November 22, 2017 - 10:35am
This week a flat earth believer will, he thinks, take off in a self designed rocket to “shut the door on this ball earth” nonsense. Those with the least ability are the most likely to overrate their skills to the greatest extent. Sound like anyone you know? Good explainer, in particular because it points out […]
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“We Love the Poorly Educated!” Trump, GOP, Take Aim at Higher Education

Climate Crocks - November 22, 2017 - 10:02am
War on Science to a whole new level. You think I’m kidding when I say the GOP wants a nation of serfs. New Tax reform bill massively shunts money to top 1 percent. Knocks out most important rungs for getting up the economic ladder. Play that out for 30 years. You’re Guatemala with Nukes. Nature: […]
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California Nets $860 Million from Carbon Auction

Inside Climate News - November 22, 2017 - 9:58am
Associated Press

Two months after California lawmakers voted to reauthorize the state's cap-and-trade program, carbon permits sold for $15.06 for current emissions—the highest price ever. California will get $860 million from auctioning the emissions permits, according to the California Air Resources Board.

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Tribal Leaders Take Aim at Oil and Gas Development

Inside Climate News - November 22, 2017 - 9:56am
Associated Press

New Mexico tribal leaders have joined a groundswell of Native American tribes across the country fighting oil and gas development. Members of the Jemez Pueblo are concerned the Trump administration will relax rules to allow for development near Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

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Ice Apocalypse

Inside Climate News - November 22, 2017 - 9:54am
Grist

Antarctica's Pine Island and Thwaites Glaciers, two of the largest in the world, hold back enough land ice to raise sea levels as much 11 feet. Finding out how soon these glaciers could collapse as global temperatures rise is one of the most important scientific questions in the world today.

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Global Warming Might Be Especially Dangerous for Pregnant Women

Inside Climate News - November 22, 2017 - 9:50am
The Atlantic

Some researchers from the U.S. and Canada say higher global temperatures may be linked to a higher risk for pregnant women, including premature births and stillbirths. In one California study, stillbirth risk was 10 percent higher with a 10-degree Fahrenheit apparent-temperature increase.

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China Seen Reaching Peak Carbon Emissions by 2030: Study

Inside Climate News - November 22, 2017 - 9:48am
Bloomberg

China's carbon emissions will likely peak by 2030, according to a new survey by companies involved in the country's carbon markets. Almost half of participants said it would peak by 2020, when the average carbon price is expected to be 74 yuan ($11) per metric ton.

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Combining Tradition and Modern Science to Survive Climate Change in the Pacific Islands

Inside Climate News - November 22, 2017 - 9:01am
Pacific Standard

A network of 400 protected, locally managed marine areas in Fiji started out as a way to ensure food security, but they now are helping build community resilience in the face of climate change by pairing traditional conservation practices with the science of resource management.

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Dana Rohrabacher. Idiot? of Course. Useful? You Decide

Climate Crocks - November 22, 2017 - 8:20am
“There’s two people I think Putin pays, Rohrabacher and Trump.” Kevin McCarthy House Majority Leader June 15, 2016 Dana Rohrabacher, long known as one of Congress most consistent climate deniers, (see below) now under the microscope for Russia connections, and possible role in the worst incidence of treason in American history. Long article, but worth […]
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Music Break: NERD featuring Rihanna – Lemon – Phil Wright Choreography

Climate Crocks - November 22, 2017 - 8:18am
This gives me hope. More below. Original N.E.R.D. video here. Filed under: Crock of the Week
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Happy Holiday

Climate Crocks - November 22, 2017 - 8:17am
Aerial footage shows bumper-to-bumper traffic in Los Angeles as Americans get a head start on Thanksgiving travel. https://t.co/GAHCy45ous pic.twitter.com/lt7ClP8qb0 — ABC News (@ABC) November 22, 2017 We’ve got work to do when we get back.Filed under: Crock of the Week
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Flat Earther Determined to Prove Science is Wrong – in Home made Rocket

Climate Crocks - November 21, 2017 - 3:52pm
We are in a new heroic age of science denial. Look no further for the next NASA appointment by the Trump Administration. This is what 20 years of Fox News, talk radio, and science denial has given us. I’m fine with this guy doing what he wants.  Flat earthers are generally only harming themselves. But […]
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Red Alert for Internet Users – Trump Takes Aim at Net Neutrality

Climate Crocks - November 21, 2017 - 11:24am
The Internet. It ain’t broke, so it’s time someone fixed that. They hope to squeeze this poison pork through while you’re having Turkey. John Oliver’s worthwhile explainer is above. Wired: Jettisoning net-neutrality rules would make it easier for companies like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon to give their own streaming video services priority over others, such […]
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