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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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Tax Plan Takes Aim at (non-carbon) Energy

Climate Crocks - November 21, 2017 - 10:55am
Still a moving target, but proposed tax “reform” will not only make the richest richer, (see above) it will take aim at disruptive new energy technologies, as well. The goal: A lump of coal in everyone’s stocking. Bloomberg: The framework the White House proposed Sept. 27 “would disrupt the economics of clean energy projects as […]
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Keystone XL Wins Nebraska Approval, but the Pipeline Fight Isn't Over

Inside Climate News - November 21, 2017 - 10:39am
InsideClimate News

The Keystone XL pipeline got a green light from Nebraska regulators, but on a different route, meaning developer TransCanada will have to arrange property easement agreements with new landowners if it decides to go through with the long-contested project. The regulators' decision follows on the heels of an oil spill on another Keystone pipeline.

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What EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Promised — and What He’s Done

Inside Climate News - November 21, 2017 - 10:38am
Politico

When he took office, EPA head Scott Pruitt said he wanted to stop the agency from "overreaching" and focus on clean air and water. But according to a Politico analysis, he's given industry more sway over decisions and undermined pollution cleanups.

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EPA Revises the Social Cost of a Potent Greenhouse Gas

Inside Climate News - November 21, 2017 - 10:36am
Climatewire

In a move that may have big impacts on climate rules, the Trump administration is changing how it measures the social cost of methane. It's setting an interim price of $55 per metric ton in 2020, about 25 times less than what the Obama administration estimated.

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Senate Bill Would Cut EPA Funding by $150 Million

Inside Climate News - November 21, 2017 - 10:34am
The Hill

The Senate Appropriations Committee has introduced a spending bill that would cut about $150 million from EPA's funding next year. The House earlier voted to cut EPA funding by $528 million, and President Trump has proposed far deeper cuts.

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Warming to Make Thunderstorms Larger and More Frequent

Inside Climate News - November 21, 2017 - 10:32am
Associated Press

North American summer thunderstorms will likely be larger and more frequent as global temperatures warm, dumping 80 percent more rain in some areas and worsening flooding, according to a new federally-funded study.

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Republican Lawmaker Who Wants to Abolish the EPA Joins Bipartisan Climate Caucus

Inside Climate News - November 21, 2017 - 10:30am
ThinkProgress

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, who introduced a bill to abolish the EPA, has joined the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, taking its membership to 31 Democrats and 31 Republicans. Gaetz has expressed doubt about the scientific consensus on climate change.

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Maine Largely Ignores Role as Seas Grow More Acidic

Inside Climate News - November 21, 2017 - 10:28am
Portland Press Herald

Three years ago, the Maine legislature decided that ocean acidification, largely caused by global warming, was a potentially catastrophic threat to the state's fishing industries. Lawmakers have done little to enact policy change, so a group of volunteers is doing its own research.  

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Music Break: Green Day’s “Day in the Life” is Cross Between “They Live” and “Pleasantville”

Climate Crocks - November 21, 2017 - 9:44am
In the movie “They Live”, the hero comes across a pair of high tech sunglasses that enable him to see through a fog of illusion created by alien invaders. In “Pleasantville”, a Ward Cleaver American suburb begins to wake from a sexless, gray slumber. Green Day draws on both here. Below, clips from. “They Live” […]
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As Oceans Warm, the World’s Kelp Forests Begin to Disappear

Inside Climate News - November 21, 2017 - 9:44am
Yale360

Kelp forests, which provide food and shelter for a variety of marine species, are disappearing as warmer waters invite in an invasive sea urchin species that mows down vegetation. In Tasmania, 95 percent of kelp forests are gone; the California coast is losing its kelp, too.

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Deep Peat: A Carbon Storehouse beneath the Rainforest

Climate Crocks - November 21, 2017 - 9:31am
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Disruption: Job Cuts at Big Maker of Gas/Oil Generators

Climate Crocks - November 21, 2017 - 9:30am
Reuters: FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Siemens (SIEGn.DE) will cut about 6,900 jobs, or close to 2 percent of its global workforce, mainly at its power and gas division, which has been hit by the rapid growth of renewables. Most of the cuts, about 6,100, will be made before 2020 at Siemens’s Power and Gas division, which […]
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How to Spot Fake News. The Basics.

Climate Crocks - November 21, 2017 - 9:22am
Survival tips for the attack on democracy. Worth circulating. International Federation of Library Associations: Critical thinking is a key skill in media and information literacy, and the mission of libraries is to educate and advocate its importance. Discussions about fake news has led to a new focus on media literacy more broadly, and the role […]
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Keystone XL: Historic Moment to Resist

350.org - November 20, 2017 - 3:18pm

State authorities in Nebraska just issued a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline – but along a different path than the original route TransCanada wanted. We’re still determining exactly what this re-route means, but we know one thing for sure: this pipeline will not be built.

Trump has tried everything to get this dirty tar sands pipeline built – but this announcement, though complicated, appears to be a setback that creates more hurdles TransCanada will have to jump through – so many that it might be too difficult for the company to move forward.

If they do move forward, they’ll be met with enormous resistance led by Indigenous peoples on the route of the pipeline – and we’re asking you to commit to standing with them. We’re answering the call of our Indigenous allies along the route to continue to oppose this project, and we need you engaged.

Join the Promise to Protect and commit to traveling to the pipeline route to engage in peaceful creative resistance when called upon by frontline leaders.

Together with Indigenous leaders, ranchers, and farmers, we’ll make a series of nonviolent but resolute stands along the proposed pipeline route in opposition to a project that endangers our communities, land, water and climate.

TransCanada said they’ll decide by December whether or not to move forward, and if we can show enough resistance with thousands of people ready to stand up – we’ll perhaps influence this decision.1

Add your name and Promise to Protect the people and water under threat in the path of Keystone XL.

All of us remember the inspiring beauty and power of the Standing Rock encampment a year ago. But we also remember the violent crackdown from authorities and the pipeline company in response. That’s why we will:

  1. Ask everyone to sign up in advance
  2. Require that everyone participate in a training beforehand
  3. Announce that this will be peaceful and nonviolent, at least on our end
  4. Respect the leadership of Indigenous peoples, farmers, and ranchers on the route

Once you sign up, we’ll be working with our Indigenous and frontline partners on the ground to determine the most strategic plan and timeline. We’ll keep you updated about dates and trainings once we know if and when TransCanada moves forward. In the meantime, our partners in Nebraska will use every legal option available to stop the pipeline, and continue to build renewables directly in the route.

We don’t know if we can hold the line on KXL forever, but then again we took on this fight in the summer of 2011 confident we’d lose. We knew we had to fight anyway, and so far we’ve succeeded, keeping 800,000 barrels of earth’s dirtiest oil in the ground day after day, year after year.

This fight has always been bigger than one pipeline. The movement that’s risen since this journey began is stronger than ever – and now every proposed fossil fuel project across the country is being challenged like never before. Now, it will take everyone’s help to stop Keystone, and all the dirty energy projects that threaten our communities and climate.

So on we go–and thank you so much for being part of this big broad movement and this long and beautiful fight for the future.

Bill

TransCanada to make final decision on Keystone XL by December – Reuters

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Is this Peak FoxNews?

Climate Crocks - November 20, 2017 - 2:45pm
You be the judge. Advertisements Filed under: Crock of the Week
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New Video: Climate, Sea Level, and Superstorms

Climate Crocks - November 20, 2017 - 2:21pm
This season’s disasters in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico re-started the conversation around climate and extreme weather. Several recent studies shine a light on this…Filed under: Crock of the Week
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UN Climate Talks Conclude with World Leaving Trump Behind

Inside Climate News - November 20, 2017 - 9:50am
InsideClimate News

Two weeks of international climate talks made only incremental progress toward resolving disputes that have been lingering since the Paris Agreement of 2015. The main achievement may have been cementing a firebreak to prevent the Trump administration from torching the whole process.

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Nebraska Regulators Approve Alternative Route for Keystone XL

Inside Climate News - November 20, 2017 - 9:33am
The New York Times

Nebraska regulators today rejected TransCanada's preferred route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but they said the project could proceed along a different path. The decision came after a few days after the company's Keystone Pipeline spilled 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota.

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