Climate Breakdown 2017



CNN: How Cold Is It? So Cold That... - Here’s a 2 minute review of what a Polar Vortex is. 3 years ago that was the well accepted reason. Now it is never mentioned.


Scarymommy: Trump Decides Climate Change Isn’t Real Because “It’s Cold” - Twitter Roasts the Sh*t Out of Him


EcoWatch: What Will It Really Take to Avoid Collapse?


AP: Hundreds of Superfund Sites Face Flooding - 2 million people in the US live within 1 mile of one of the 327 superfund sites that face flooding due to climate breakdown. In Houston, more than a dozen Superfund sites were flooded by Hurricane Harvey. Most of these sites are located in low-income, mostly minority neighborhoods: Environmental Racism.

EcoWatch: 700+ Employees Have Left the EPA Under Trump, Undermining Agency’s Purpose

12/19/17 New York State and City Plan to #DivestNY’s $390 Billion Pensions From Fossil Fuels - Only because of 5 years of sustained, grass-roots, community action.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

Popular Science: New York City Isn’t Ready For the Catastrophic Floods in its Future


Grist: Let It Go: The Arctic Will Never Be Frozen Again - “Civilization is engaged in an existential gamble with the planet’s life-support system...the warming Arctic is “creating conditions where more extreme weather events are beginning to show up in North America.”


Reuters: California Winds Fuel State’s Now Third-Largest Fire - The numbers are staggering: 267,500 acres; 8,500 firefighters, 970 fire engines, 34 helicopters; destroying over 1,000 structures and threatening 18,000; wind speeds of up to 55 mph; less than 100 miles from Los Angeles; 5 of the 20 most destructive fires have hit California this year.


NYTimes: Cashing Out From the Climate Casino - Major victories in the battle against climate breakdown in just the last few weeks.

AJC: Vogtle Saga Shows Georgia Power’s Clout - A very well written article outlining just how corrupt this whole process really is, and historical examples of PSC members who move effortlessly into high-paying, no-show jobs with Ga. Power right after they vote to give the utility whatever it wants. As per the article, the current chairman of the PSC, Stan Wise plans to ‘step down’ right after the vote on Thursday. Wink Wink. Also see entry of 12/4.

Reuters: Vicious Winds to Test Crews Battling California Wildfire - Still growing and now the 4th largest fire in CA history. Rodney Dangerfield: “Nature is boss. Don’t mess with Mother Nature.”


NYTimes: Investment Funds Worth Trillions Are Dropping Fossil Fuel Stocks


Reuters: Firefighters Hold Back Massive Southern California Wildfire - The Thomas fire is currently the 5th largest wildfire in California history, and growing. All 5 have occurred since 2003, as have 7 out of the top 10.


Scientific American: Melting Ice Could Cause More California Droughts - California burns.


AJC: PSC Analysts: Scrap Plant Vogtle - Here is a multi-year, multi-$Billion project without a project plan, originally projected to cost $4.4 Billion. Costs incurred as of last June totaled $5.85 Billion. Analysts appointed by the PSC - who one would think should be sympathetic to Southern Co. - now say it should cost no more than $8.3 Billion tops, but the better plan would be just to shut it down. Southern Co. wants $12.2 Billion, essentially wasting an additional $6.35 Billion, and wants rate payers to foot the bill. When would the project end? No one knows because there is no project plan. WTF? Socialize the losses, privatize the profits - that is the new mantra of mega-corporations since the 2008 bank bail out.

This is just one more example of why nuclear power is not the way to solve climate breakdown. We already have the technology to run the entire planet on renewable energy sources, and Here, Here, and Here. The people want it. Renewables provide more new jobs than fossil fuel projects. The only thing stopping us is the politicians, funded by the mega-corporations who are happy to destroy our planet if it makes them even filthy richer.

UK Guardian: Mayor of London Plans Network of Water Fountains to Reduce Plastic Waste


Rolling Stone: Bill McKibben: Winning Slowly is the Same as Losing


Reuters: Keystone’s Existing Pipeline Spills Far More Than Predicted to Regulators - The company’s predictions to regulators are laughable when compared to the empirical evidence.


Grist: Ice Apocalypse - Two gigantic Antarctic glaciers (Pine Island and Thwaites) are melting more rapidly that previously predicted. When they finish melting, sea levels around the world will have risen by 11 feet. They will definitely finish melting by the end of this century, but it could be sooner. It could be in 20 years.

A wholesale collapse of Pine Island and Thwaites would set off a catastrophe. Giant icebergs would stream away from Antarctica like a parade of frozen soldiers. All over the world, high tides would creep higher, slowly burying every shoreline on the planet, flooding coastal cities and creating hundreds of millions of climate refugees.”


WashPo: Federal Aid Claims Jump Tenfold in 2017, After Series of Record-Breaking Natural Disasters - The numbers are astounding, but what’s really interesting about this article is that, because of climate breakdown, and the fact that everyone at some point is likely to be severely affected by some sort of natural disaster, the head of FEMA states that we now have to become a “culture of preparedness” - all because of our refusal to give up our addiction to fossil fuels. A more correct description would be a culture of refugees. See Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and Here.

Native American News: Judge Orders Removal of Gas Pipeline From Native American Property


UK Independent: Sea Creatures in Deepest Parts of Ocean Found to Have Plastic in Their Stomachs - More than 8 million additional metric tons enter the ocean every year. More than 5 trillion pieces of throw-away plastic are currently in the ocean. By 2050 there will be more plastic by weight than fish in the ocean. Gyres - swirling islands of plastic, mostly discarded food and beverage packaging, exist throughout the world’s oceans. One gyre in the S. Pacific covers a million square miles of floating trash, half again larger than the state of Texas.

The average American consumes 44 gallons of soda per year - which is what mostly fuels our current epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes. The average American’s diet consists of 60% “ultra-processed” foods that contain sweeteners, emulsifiers and other additives. Since 1970, the average caloric intake has increased 23%, most of it packaged in discardable plastic. Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. Needless to say, nature including the landscape and our bodies has been transformed by what we consume.

NYTimes: Norway’s Wealth Fund Considers Divesting From Oil Shares

WashPo: Keystone XL Pipeline Spills 210,000 Gallons of Oil on Eve of Permitting Decision for Trans-Canada and Popular Science - Of course they said this could never happen.


CNN: 16,000 Scientists Sign Dire Warning to Humanity


Common Dreams: Ahead of COP23 Climate Talks, Tens of Thousands March Demanding End to ‘Era of Fossil Fuels’ - The President’s own US Global Change Research Program issued its 4 year report on Thursday stating that everything Trump says about climate breakdown is totally false.


Bloomberg: Sweden Pays for Trump Whistleblower to Attend UN Climate Talks


BBC News: Record Surge in Atmospheric CO2 Seen In 2016 - We’re now at 403.3. Maximum sustainable for continued human existence: 350.

Truth Out: Scientists Warn of “Ecological Armageddon” Amid Waves of Heat and Climate Refugees - This is how our children and grand-children will spend their lives: either as climate refugees or protecting their homes from climate refugees, and Here, Here, Here, and Here.


Intercept: The Battle of Treaty Camp - One year ago corporate thugs, the FBI, the Dept. of Homeland Security, Bureau of Indian Affairs and state law enforcement colluded to crush the Dakota Access Pipeline protestors on Native American Indian soil. For anyone who does not believe that we live in a corporate police state, which usually coincides with fascism, this is the definitive proof. And yet here we all still sit in our apathetic conformity and willful ignorance, refusing to accept responsibility for our own inaction in the face of monumental injustice. We will all be judged by our grandchildren.


UK Independent: Climate Change May Be Worse Than We Thought - Based upon improved readings of historical ocean temperatures.


UK Guardian: Chief of IMF: “We’ll Be Toasted, Roasted and Grilled” If We Don’t Address Climate Breakdown - Christine: You are already fried. Your grandkids are going to despise you.

EcoWatch: Solar Windows Could Meet Nearly All of America’s Electricity Demands


NOAA: Globe Had 2nd Warmest Year To Date, 4th Warmest September

In These Times: Who Owns Puerto Rico’s Debt? We’ve Tracked Down 10 of the Biggest Vulture Firms - A pantheon of individuals, all associated with already US-taxpayer-bailed-out Wall St. banks, are ready to impose sadistic ‘austerity’ measures on Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million souls. These measures were devised by Rethugs and Democraps in Congress, and the PR “Control Board” was appointed by Obama. Banks like Goldman Sachs and Citibank received $1.6 Billion in fees when Puerto Rico’s debt was restructured last May. $33.5 Billion of the $74.8 Billion owed by PR is interest. And this was all BEFORE Hurricane Maria.

Democracy-NOW: As Puerto Rico Faces $95 Billion Cleanup, Expose Reveals Vulture Firms That Own Its $74 Billion Debt - Also see entry of 9/26/17 under Climate Breakdown.

Refund America Project - complete details on the Wall St. induced ‘debt crisis’ in Puerto Rico


Democracy-NOW: Climate Scientist on “Unprecedented Climate Conditions” Contributing to Deadly CA Wildfires - The numbers keep rising: 200,000+ acres burned, 40+ people killed, 100,000+ forced to evacuate, 11,000 firefighters, “dozens missing.” And not a word in the MSM about Climate Breakdown/Global Warming. Long, hot summers and Diablo winds cause extremely dry brush and grass which only needs a small spark to become an inferno.


PBS: War on the EPA - Viewers in red states were not allowed to watch this last night.

Democracy-NOW: As Deadly Wildfires Rage in California, A Look At How Global Warming Fuels Decades of Forest Fires - Now 17 deaths and 120,000 acres burned, the two largest fires are zero percent contained. Heat causes drought causes fires. The expert interviewee calculates that about half the area burned in forest fires in CA this year are due to global warming. Here is the study that shows this causal relationship.


Common Dreams: Deadly Wildfires Ravage California - 18 separate fires, tens of thousands forced to evacuate, 15 deaths, 100,000 acres destroyed.


NYTimes: California Fires Kill 10, Destroy 1,500 Buildings - 20,000 forced to evacuate their homes.


Credo: Sen. Merkley Destroys Trump’s Clueless EPA Nominee on Climate Science


NYTimes: EPA Chief’s Calendar: Fine Dining With Industries He ‘Regulates,’ But No Meetings With Public Health Advocates or Environmentalists

NYTimes: Trump, in Puerto Rico, Says Residents Should Be Proud That Only 16 Were Killed by Maria, and that It Wasn’t a ‘Real Disaster’ Like Katrina - Is this guy for real?


Democracy-NOW: Puerto Ricans Call for Aid Amidst Catastrophe: “We’re American Citizens. We Can’t Be Left to Die.” - During the Obama Administration, Puerto Rico was forced to sign a series of “Capital Appreciation Bonds,” which work exactly the same as payday loans. Control of the country was taken over by a ‘control board’ appointed by Obama to inflict austerity measures on the country. These loans were negotiated by the big Wall St. banks, primarily Goldman Sachs - the same exact people (Gary Cohn, Steve Mnuchin, Jay Clayton) who now serve on Trump’s cabinet. The vast majority of the money that Puerto Rico now owes is interest, not principle. They are being forced to pay an effective interest rate of 785%. Puerto Ricans are now literally starving while Wall St. “investors” make $Billions. Both Retugs and Democraps had a big hand in this and now look the other way.


DeSmogBlog: Here Are The Energy Companies Represented By Trump’s Nominee to Head FERC - This is just one of many Trump nominees who have clear conflicts of interest. He said he was going to “drain the swamp” of lobbyists. Instead he has placed the industry lobbyists in charge of the Federal programs they were previously lobbying.


Democracy-NOW: The Shock Doctrine in Effect After Hurricanes Harvey & Irma - The former head of Shell Oil is put in charge of recovery efforts in Houston. Donald Trump is using the hurricanes as an excuse to ‘ask for a speed up in tax cuts’ for the rich...but of course no carbon cuts. The corporations who caused the exponentially higher intensity of these storms should be footing the bill for restoration, but instead they will be handed $Billions more in profits. Trump is advocating for essentially bankrupting the government in order to cut corporate taxes to a nominal 15%.

So, the reason why people like Trump deny climate change is not because they have found flaws in the science. It’s because if the science is true—and it is true—then their entire (neoliberal) ideological project, which is an extremely profitable project, as we know, for the wealthy, falls to pieces, because we need to regulate. We need to tax the rich. You know, we need to build the public sphere. More importantly, we need to transform it to change where we get our energy, how we move ourselves around. We need to reinvent our cities. And there is no way that that political-economic project survives real climate action. That’s why they deny climate change. Let’s not worry about what they actually think about the science. It’s not about the science. It’s about the consequences, the political and economic consequences, of the science.”

Boing Boing: Florida Power and Light Lobbyists Made It Illegal to Use Solar Power During Outages


CNN: Trump Dismisses Climate Change Questions By Contradicting Himself on Hurricanes


Democracy-NOW: Special Report: How Decentralized Mutual Aid Networks Are Helping Houston Recover From Harvey - FEMA and the Red Cross, as usual, aren’t getting the job done, and Here. Besides the groups listed in this article, here are some others that are.


UK Guardian: Bill McKibben: Stop Talking Right Now About the Threat of Climate Change. It’s Here and Happening.

NYTimes: Pope Criticizes Climate Change Deniers - ...with Bible quote regarding stupid, boorish people.


Denver Post: Florida Governor Has Ignored Climate Change Risks, Critics Say


Public Citizen: A Storm of Silence - A report by this watchdog group that looks at the media’s failure to discuss climate breakdown.

NYTimes: Apocalyptic Thoughts Amid Nature’s Chaos - Right after Harvey 3 hurricanes in Atlantic basin, wildfires raging across the West, earthquakes in Mexico. You gotta wonder.


Democracy-NOW: Bill McKibben: “We’ve Never Had Anything Like Them” - Hurricanes, floods, drought, winds, fires...Hurricane Harvey was the worst rain event in US history, Hurricane Irma was the biggest storm ever in the Atlantic. A flash drought in the high plains has destroyed almost all crops in N. Dakota and Montana, and then the fires started across the entire region. Why not do what Denmark just did: sell its oil companies and use the money to go completely renewable by 2050.


IBT: Oil Companies Leaking Benzene Lobbied Against Pollution Rules - Yeah, that was just too much unnecessary government regulation.


CBS News: Irma Becomes Most Powerful Hurricane Ever Recorded in Atlantic Ocean

Democracy-NOW: Petro Metro: A Toxic Tour of Houston From Refineries to Superfund Sites in Wake of Harvey - Industrial sites use flooding as an excuse to get rid of toxic wastes so they don’t have to pay for removal. The corporations refuse to reveal what chemicals they are dumping. This is standard procedure for them. When the people of low-income communities who live near the plants complain of the toxins in the air and water, the MSM ignores it all. The EPA gives blanket waivers to the large corporations. That’s not really what you would call ‘regulation.’


Center for Biological Diversity: Nearly 1 Million Pounds of Seven Deadly Air Pollutants Released By Texas Refineries During Harvey Flooding

Houston Chronicle: Arkema Backtracks, Refuses to Provide Chemical Inventory to the Public - This is a typical procedure for companies with large amounts of poison chemicals and no way to dispose of them. Just wait for a big storm, dump everything and blame it on the weather. In today’s (lack of) regulatory environment nobody’s going to say a thing.

AJC: ‘Go’ Recommendation for Plant Vogtle Nuke Plant Heats Up Debate - When this little game is over, the 5 members of the Public Service Commission who vote to continue this boondoggle will very soon all be working for Southern Co in phone-it-in jobs for the remainder of their ‘working’ careers.

The renewables industry is about to drive the large energy suppliers out of business. Solar/wind are now cheaper per kwatt/hour to install and the intermittency problem has been solved. The potential growth in renewables jobs is multiple times greater that the puny number of new jobs cited in this article. We can and should switch over to renewables now. The technical issues have all been solved. The only thing stopping us is the bribery system we use to ‘elect’ politicians.

What this is really about is a few, already very rich corporate executives keeping their lavish salaries until they retire to their mansions in gated communities on the lake all paid for by Southern Co rate payers. And when Vogtle becomes the next Fukushima/Chernobyl the poor folks downstream and downwind will be left to shift for themselves.

This is always what capitalism does.


IBT: Texas Republicans Helped Chemical Plant That Exploded Lobby Against Safety Rules

Democracy-NOW: We Can’t Be Silent on Climate Change or the Unsustainability of the Capitalist System - It shouldn’t be called “climate change.” It should be called “climate breakdown.” It’s root cause is capitalism.

Capitalism “is destined to push us towards catastrophe, and unless we replace that system with a better one, with something really quite different, then it will destroy us. Instead of making us more prosperous, more comfortable, it will rip apart everything that makes our lives worth living, and result in the deaths of very large numbers of people.”

For people in the press, or people who run large corporations to open up the question of climate breakdown: “You open Pandora’s box, and you open up a discussion of whether capitalism is working. You open up a discussion of whether the political system is working. You open up a discussion of what the world’s most powerful actors, including the fossil fuel companies, are doing to the rest of the world’s people. And to go there, you put everything at risk. You put your career at risk. You put your piece of mind at risk. You put the good opinion of your colleagues at risk. To challenge everything is to become an outcast.”

“The system we have at the moment, which is about accumulation, the accumulation of capital, the continuation of growth, in a planet which does not itself grow, that system is destined to push us over the cliff.”

Common Dreams: Hell Hath No Fury Like Mother Earth Scorned - “Climate denial in the face of Harvey’s devastation is incomprehensible, ignorant and immoral.

You can’t attribute any given weather event to climate change, but human-induced climate change is making extreme weather events stronger and more frequent, more costly, more deadly. While the people in Texas and Louisiana suffer the final days of rain and begin recovery, over 1,200 people have been killed by massive floods in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. The planet is drowning in denial. Climate change is real, and needs to be addressed.”


Democracy-NOW: Ex-NASA Scientist James Hansen: There Is A Clear Link Between Climate Change & Stronger Hurricanes

EcoWatch: A Horrible Reminder of the Cost We Pay For Climate Denial

UK Daily Mail: Jaw-Dropping Photos of 2 Ft Waves With Whitecaps Where I-10 Used To Be


Yahoo/Fortune: Why Harvey Is The Worst Rainstorm in US History

DeSmogBlog: How Exxon Used the NYTimes to Make You Question Climate Science - The NYTimes has been taking money from Exxon and Mobile Oil ever since 1974 to publish ‘advertorials’ designed to look like legitimate editorials, but which are actually advertisements designed to throw doubt on climate breakdown.


Democracy-NOW: “The New Normal”: How Climate Change is Fueling Massive Storms Like Harvey - We are leaving a vastly degraded planet to our children and grandchildren.

Intercept: Harvey Didn’t Come Out of the Blue. Now Is The Time To Talk About Climate Change - All of the politicians that wanted to withhold government assistance after Sandy now have their hands out for Harvey relief. Prepare yourself for the ‘shock politics’ soon to come - just as we had after Katrina: “privatizing public schools and other services, weakening labor and tax laws, increasing oil and gas drilling and refining, and and flinging the door open to mercenary companies like Blackwater. Mike Pence and Here was a key architect of that highly cynical project — and we should expect nothing less in Harvey’s wake, now that he and Trump are at the wheel.

...there is a moral imperative for informed, caring people to name the real root causes behind this crisis — connecting the dots between climate pollution, systemic racism, underfunding of social services, and overfunding of police. We also need to seize the moment to lay out intersectional solutions, ones that dramatically lower emissions while battling all forms of inequality and injustice (something we have tried to lay out at The Leap and which groups like the Climate Justice Alliance have been advancing for a long time.)

It’s also a hard truth that the window for having these debates is vanishingly small. We won’t be having any kind of public policy debate after this emergency subsides; the media will be back to obsessively covering Trump’s tweets and other palace intrigues. So while it may feel unseemly to be talking about root causes while people are still trapped in their homes, this is realistically the only time there is any sustained media interest whatsoever in talking about climate change. It’s worth recalling that Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord — an event that will reverberate globally for decades to come — received roughly two days of decent coverage. Then it was back to Russia round-the-clock.”

A great 15 minute read, especially the video at the end.


Truthdig: The Criminals Who Amplified Hurricane Harvey Must Resign


Al Jazeera: Floods Kill Over 1,200 in India, Nepal and Bangladesh - 40 square miles of farmland washed away...over 2,300 square miles damaged. Jobs are dwindling and food is becoming scarce. This is monsoon season, but the intensity of these storms is unprecedented, and has been going on since April. The Indian PM rightly blames climate change. We know that global warming makes storms like this more frequent and more intense, and Here and Here. But just like with Hurricanes Matthew and Sandy, they get wall to wall cable coverage for a few days, but not one word about climate change, and then we’re back to Trump’s tweets, Russiagate and White House palace intrigue.


In These Times: Bill McKibben: The Unimaginable Is Now Possible: 100% Renewable Energy. We Can’t Settle For Less - The price of renewables has now dropped - and continues to drop - so low that a 100% switchover makes economic sense. The intermittency problem has been solved. There’s nothing stopping us but politicians. Germany, China, the UK, Scandinavian countries, Chile, Holland, etc. are far ahead of the US in the transition to 100% renewables. Currently more workers are employed in the US solar industry than the coal industry. The Labor Network for Sustainability is proposing a law similar to the 1944 GI bill to help displaced coal workers get re-educated and job placement. The transition will turn us all from energy consumers to energy owners.


Intercept: Exxon Mobile Still Pumping Toxins Into Black Community 17 Years After Civil Rights Complaint


Bloomberg: US Nuclear Energy’s Last Hope Seeks Help From Trump and Sierra Club - Boondoggle. This is another welfare entitlement program for execs and board members of Southern Co. and its sub-contractors, nothing more. Ratepayers are paying for all of their lavish lifestyles. Nuclear is not the answer.


Democracy-NOW: Meet the Senior Federal Official Blowing the Whistle on Trump’s Suppression of Climate Science

Vanity Fair: Damning Federal Climate Report Leaked Before Trump Can Suppress It

DeSmogBlog: Fraud Allegations Emerge at Troubled ‘Clean-Coal’ Plant - There is no such thing as ‘clean-coal’ and there never will be. Take that money and put it into renewables. The technology is ready to switch us over completely anytime the politicians get out of the way.


NYTimes: Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report - The most comprehensive climate science report to date, it includes data from thousands of studies conducted by tens of thousands of scientists. The planet is hotter than it’s been in 1,500 years, and the warming is caused by humans burning fossil fuels. Extreme weather events, floods, droughts which lead to forest fires, heat waves are all partially attributable to climate change. Of course the Trump administration is doing everything in its power to suppress the report.

UK Guardian: US Federal Department Is Censoring Use of Term ‘Climate Change’

UK Guardian: Global Fossil Fuel Subsidies Are $5 Trillion per Year - That is 6.5% of global GDP. Here’s the study. These subsidies are going to the most profitable enterprises the world has ever known, and Here, Here, Here.


CNN: Climate Change Induced Weather Disasters to Impact 2 Out of 3 Europeans by 2100

CBS News: Flash Floods Tear Across Arizona


Gulf Restoration Network: Gulf Dead Zone The Size of New Jersey - 8,776 sq. miles, the largest ever and it continues to grow.


CNN: Earth to Warm 2 Degrees Celsius By 2100 - ...if we do nothing.


UK Independent: Science Journalist Retires At 98, Warns of a Generation of Americans Who Suffer From ‘Thinking Disability’

Democracy-NOW: Meet The Two Catholic Workers Who Sabotaged the Dakota Access Pipeline - “We are speaking publicly to empower others to act boldly, with purity of heart, to dismantle the infrastructures which deny us our rights to water, land and liberty.”


Real News: First Six Months of 2017 Marked By Wildfires and Extreme Heat - Michael Mann draws a direct link from current models of global warming to the wildfires and heat. But he emphasizes how possible it would be for humans to change direction.


DeSmogBlog: Emails Show Iraq War PR Alums Led Attempt to Discredit Dakota Access Protestors - A really incredible and probably un-Constitutional coalition of government/corporate/military factions all in the service of the real god of America - Mammon and pure greed.


WashPo: I’m A Scientist. I’m Blowing the Whistle on the Trump Administration


Reuters: Windy, Dry Weather Forces 800,000 In US West To Prepare For Evacuation From Spreading Wildfires


Reuters: Central California Wildfire Nearly 50% Contained As Hot, Dry Conditions Persist

Reuters: Nine Killed By Flash Flooding In Arizona After Prolonged Heat and Drought


UK Independent: Fukushima Radioactive Waste Will Be Dumped At Sea - Nuclear power is not clean or renewable, and it’s too expensive. It’s not a solution to climate change.


CNN: Higher Seas to Flood Dozens of US Cities

CNN: Massive Iceberg Breaks Away From Antarctica


UK Guardian: Conservatives Are Again Denying the Existence of Global Warming

Popular Science: As The Arctic Gets Warmer, Our Winters Get Colder


CBS News: Wildfires Blaze Through the West As Record High Temperatures Peak - “Phoenix hit a high of 118 degrees Friday, breaking a 112-year record. Palm Springs, California, reached 122 degrees, one of its hottest days ever. And in Death Valley, the mercury soared to 127.”... too hot for humans, and most other species, to survive.


Business Insider: G20 To Press Trump to Rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement


Extreme Tech: Volvo: All Our New Car Models Will Have Electric Motors in 2019


Friends of the Earth: Sen. Cantwell Resuscitates Dirty Energy Bill - This bill would promote domestic fracking,  and the research and development of methane hydrates. While the Trump/Russia circus keeps us all occupied, this is what the fossil fuel lobbyists are pushing for.


Rolling Stone: Bill McKibben: How to Tell If Your Reps Are Serious About Climate Change  - “...just as physics is unlikely to be intimidated by Trump's bluster, it won't pay any heed to meaningless pledges by politicians. Physics cares about how much carbon is in the atmosphere. The time for encouraging messages of support for the climate is over – we need action. This has been a problem for years; Democrats in particular have been able to slip by with simple declarations that they "believe" in climate science. But at this point, who cares? Certainly not the swift heating planet. We need serious and immediate commitment to action.

From Abu Dhabi to Chile to Mexico to India, solar power costs less to produce than any other form of energy; across much of America, wind costs the same as or less than coal-fired power.

At the end of May, Patrick Lee, a vice president at Sempra Energy, one of the country's biggest utilities, addressed an industry gathering: "I am speaking with confidence. . . . We have a solution now to adjust the intermittency of solar and wind energy that is no longer a technology challenge. The technology has been resolved. How fast do you want to get to 100 percent? That can be done today."


Salon: Meet the Horsemen of Our Environmental Apocalypse - Hint: They’re all Koch Bros. toadies.


WashPo: Why Is China Suddenly Leading the Climate Change Effort? - The answer is: to support national economic development, gain control of their own energy infrastructure and to exploit the burgeoning industry in worldwide renewable energy technologies and become the most globally competitive country in the world based on these new markets which have just begun to open up. By the time Trump’s America catches on to the trend, we’ll all be left in the dust and probably begging the Chinese for a little more air conditioning.


UK Guardian: A Third Of The World Now Faces Deadly Heatwaves As A Result of Climate Change - 115 degrees Fahrenheit over a period of 2-3 hours can be fatal. Phoenix is looking at several days of 119, Palm Springs - 116, Sacramento - 107. In 2003, somewhere between 20,000 and 70,000 people died from heat waves.


Mashable: Record Smashing Heat Wave to Scorch the SW - These are the same temperatures that experts last year claimed would make large parts of the Persian Gulf uninhabitable.

Futurism: As Costs Plunges, Solar Power is Ready to Surpass Coal


National Geographic: The Melting of Antarctica - Larsen C ice shelf collapse is a harbinger of much more to come, possibly flooding coastal cities much earlier than previously anticipated.


Common Dreams: Newly Released Documents Show EPA Admin Pruitt Is A Fossil Fuels Puppet

Democracy-NOW: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Wins Major Legal Victory Over $3.8 Billion Dakota Access Pipeline - Chair of the Tribe comments on militarized repression and the fact that Trump owns shares in the pipeline company.


Vox: Experts to Trump: Climate Change Threatens US Military

New Yorker: In The Withdrawal From Paris Climate Change Agreement, Koch Bros. Come Out In The Open


Skeptical Science: Paris Agreement: Trump’s Climate Exit Risks US Economy, World’s Welfare


Futurism: An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore’s Sequel - Fight like your world depends on it.


Military.COM: Trump May Doubt Climate Change, Pentagon Sees it as a Threat Multiplier - See entry of 10/13/14

USA Today: Paris Climate Agreement: Fact Checking Trump’s Speech - Renewable energy jobs far outpace carbon jobs, and the lead increases daily.

Public Citizen: Gap, Disney, Pepsi: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is - Stop Funding US Chamber and Its Bogus Climate Studies


UK Guardian: The Republicans Who Urged Trump to Pull Out of the Paris Deal Are All Big Oil Darlings

Vox: Trump: I Was Elected to Represent Pittsburg, Not Paris. Pittsburgh: Uh, We’re With Paris


ABC News: Exxon Investors Approve Climate Resolution and Inside Climate News

Business Insider: What the US Will Look Like When All of Earth’s Ice Melts


CBS News: Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant Will Close Within 2 Years


KPBS: Sempra VP Surprises, Says 100 Percent Renewable Grid is Possible Now - This is the VP of one of the nation’s largest utility holding companies, addressing the annual La Jolla energy conference sponsored by the UC San Diego Institute of the Americas at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines: ““I am speaking with confidence now. We have a solution now to adjust the intermittency of solar and wind energy that is no longer a technology challenge. Now it is an economic decision," said Patrick Lee, Sempra Energy vice president for major project controls. “So installing a base load power plant is no longer your only option. You can now look at solar, wind and storage as alternatives, and still be able to manage the reliability of the grid. So that is the takeaway I would like you to have.”

Lee said that as a trained engineer, even three years ago he would not have believed this was possible.

It is hard to overstate the importance of this statement by a highly qualified industry expert.

Reuters: Storage of Nuclear Waste Poses Threat to US


NYTimes: Fighting Trump on Climate, California Becomes A Global Force


AJC: Plant Vogtle: Georgia’s Nuclear ‘Renaissance’ Now A Financial Quagmire - The project is $3.6 Billion over-budget and behind schedule. C-level employees and members of the board, make tens of $$$millions. Consumers will bear the costs. Corporate Welfare. Capitalism sucks.

UK Guardian: Arctic Stronghold of World’s Seeds Flooded After Permafrost Melts


NYTimes: Antarctic Dispatches: Miles of Ice Collapsing Into the Sea - “A rapid disintegration of Antarctica might, in the worst case, cause the sea to rise so fast that tens of millions of coastal refugees would have to flee inland, potentially straining societies to the breaking point. Climate scientists used to regard that scenario as fit only for Hollywood disaster scripts. But these days, they cannot rule it out with any great confidence.”


Democracy-NOW: Activists Sue to Block Plans to Bury 3.6 Million Pounds of Nuclear Waste Near California Beach

International Business Times: Is There A Gas Line Near You? How Anadarko Petroleum Killed A Bill Forcing Fossil Fuel Companies To Tell You


Bloomberg: How A Melting Arctic Changes Everything


Environmental Justice TV: Trailer: Raise A Paddle - #RaiseAPaddle


Popular Science: Historic Floods Ravage Canada


UK Independent: Barack Obama Warns Climate Change Could Create Refugee Crisis “Unprecedented in Human History”


UK Guardian: Dakota Access Pipeline Has First Leak Before It’s Fully Operational

Good: Tool: See How Much Seas Will Rise in Your Area

4/29/17 200,000 Demonstrate In DC For Climate, Jobs, and Justice In Sweltering Heat People’s Climate March

Democracy-NOW: “Weekends Are For Fighting Tyranny”:’s President On People’s Climate March

UK Guardian: The American People - not Big Oil - Must Decide Our Climate Future - From the most popular politician in the USA, and the one who should have been president but was totally demolished by the Democratic Campaign Committee. Thanks Democraps!


Scientific American: Major Report Prompts Warning: The Arctic is Unraveling - The Arctic is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet. The minimum estimates for the rate of sea level rise is now more than twice as fast as that issued by the IPCC in 2013.


Democracy-NOW: Hundreds of Thousands Take to the Streets Worldwide for the Global March for Science

Quartz: Four Main Reasons Deniers Change Their Minds


New Yorker: The Usefulness of a March For Science


Intercept: Why They March: “Science and Scientists Are Now Under Attack”


DeSmogBlog: Destroying EPA Protections Will Disproportionately Hurt Children and CNN - Yet we can spend $850 Billion per year and climbing on war corporations.

Daily Beast: Bill Nye Wants to Save the World-And Actually Thinks He Can


Sierra: Frontline Communities Will Be Front and Center At People’s Climate March (4/29)

Mashable: Sea Level Rise Could Send US ‘Climate Migrants’ Fleeing to Austin, Atlanta - We all like to think we will leave this world a better place than we found it. But instead, by the choices we have made, we have condemned future generations to lives as refugees from repeating, climate-induced disasters, and nobody much cares. We won’t be well regarded by them.

NYTimes: Climate Change Reroutes A Yukon River


DeSmogBlog: Pipeline Builders Oppose Trump’s Plan to Use American Produced Steel - Another Trump lie.


Mashable: We Became Scientists To Help The World. Now We Need to Take to the Streets.


DeSmogBlog: How a Magistrate Judge Scrapped a Pennsylvania Families’ $4.2M Unanimous Jury Judgement In A Gas Drilling Suit


DeSmogBlog: How the Koch Machine Pushed for the Dakota Access Pipeline and Stands to Profit


NYTimes: Rising Waters Threaten China’s Rising Cities - A study of the city and area of 42 million people that has more to lose from climate change than any other place in the world. China is now the world leader in the effort to slow global warming. So when Trump’s cabinet members state that the US should not have to be the world’s leader in this effort because no other countries are taking it seriously, they are lying.


NYTimes: Mud Erased a Village in Peru, A Sign of Larger Perils in South America - “The calamities have drawn jitters among some of the region’s leaders who believe that the rains are linked to climate change. Rising temperatures have already led to the retreat of glaciers in the Andes and large shifts in crop cycles in Peru. On Saturday, Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, said during a visit to Mocoa that the mudslide was the latest consequence.

“We are confronting a natural disaster caused by climate change,” he said. “We need to prepare because the rains that are coming will be more intense.”


UK Guardian: Coalition of 17 States Challenges Trump Over Climate Change Policy


UK Guardian: The Latest ‘Theatrical’ House Science Committee Meeting - Sad, but some good links within the article.


Science Alert: Greenland’s Coastal Ice Cap Passes a Tipping Point


NYTimes: A Message From The End of The World - A short, and very well written message. Trump, and by extension America, is seen by other nations as suicidally stupid, blindly greedy, scientifically ignorant and monumentally arrogant.


Intercept: Trump Rewards Fossil Fuel Industry - He kills Obama’s Clean Power Plan, Obama’s Climate Action Plan, opens federal lands to new coal mine leasing, removes rule limiting emissions from fracking wells (methane traps 25 X more heat than CO2 and causes longer term effects). EPA Director Scott Pruitt has already removed the requirement for fossil fuel corporations to report these emissions, so how we have no idea even how much it is contributing to climate change.


UK Guardian: Shrinking Arctic Sea Ice Threatens Majestic Beluga Whales


Climate Central: Arctic Sea Ice Sets Record Low For 3rd Year and UK Guardian


Penn Live: PA Republican Says God is a Polluter


EcoWatch: 3 Cities Prove Climate Action Works


Fast Company: The 100 Things We Need to Do to Reverse Global Warming - Drawdown explains.

Bloomberg: Tillerson Used ‘Alias’ Email For Climate Messages, Says AG Schneiderman


NYTimes: Next Threat to Fukushima: Wild Boars - ...and wolves, foxes, lynx, wild dogs, brown bears, moose, deer, rats. The boars are aggressive, not shy of humans, and have taken up residence in many homes. 13,000 boar killed last year in hunts, but it’s not even making a dent in the population. Surrounding towns fear they will soon be over-run. This is where nuclear power will take us.


Business Insider: EPA Stops Requiring Oil and Gas Companies to Report Methane Emissions


LA Times: Trump Directs EPA to Begin Dismantling Clean Water Rule

UK Guardian: Shell’s 1991 Warning: Climate Changing “At A Faster Rate Than At Any Time Since the End of the Ice Age”

WXIA: Pipeline Company Uses Eminent Domain To Plow Through Family’s Front Yard - An example of how private fossil fuel companies can use a measure that used to be reserved only for government.


UK Guardian: Just Who Are Those 300 ‘Scientists’ Telling Trump to Burn Up the Planet?


AJC: Local Green: Sabal Trail Will Only Line Corporate Pockets


Democracy-NOW: Days After Pruitt Becomes EPA Chief, Newly Released Emails Show His Ties to Koch Bros., Energy Firms


Techspot: After a Year of Use, Tesla Powerwall Systems Save 90% on Utility Bills - They pay for themselves in 8-10 years.


EcoWatch: Duke Study: Fracking Caused 6,648 Spills in 4 States Alone - EPA data is now totally unreliable.

CBS News: Dramatic Rescues in San Jose Floods - Don’t worry, this is just a hoax created by the Chinese.


UK Guardian: Expect to See More Emergencies Like Oroville Dam in a Hotter World


Climate Central: Wind Power Sets Record


Truthdig: Santa Monica Dumps Wells Fargo Over DAPL - Joining Seattle and a host of other cities that are resisting corporate domination and the Trump Administration.


Climate Central: This January Was the Third Warmest on Record Globally - We can’t blame it on El Nino because that has faded. Large areas of the Arctic were 9 degrees above normal for this time of year, and another wave of air 50 degrees above normal hit the Arctic this past week. 16 of the 17 warmest years have occurred since 2000. The 10 warmest years in order are: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2013, 2005, 2009, 1998 (an El Nino year), 2012, - 2003, 2006, 2007 - all tied for 10th.


CBS News: Antarctica Penguin Population Declining As Glacier Recedes and Ice Disappears


GMO Gotta Go: Texas Pipeline Spills 600,000 Gallons of Oil One Week Before DAPL Is Approved


Science Alert: No, NOAA Didn’t Fake Climate Change Data; The Real Story

Real News: Miami May Not Survive Climate-Driven Sea Level Rise - “May Not”??

ABC News: Cleaner Robot Pulled From Fukushima Reactor Due to Radiation - 650 Sieverts per hour. Anything over 5 Sieverts is fatal to humans.


Democracy-NOW: Water Protectors Call for Global Mass Mobilizations As Army Plans to Approve DXL

Intercept: Activists Plan Emergency Actions Across the Country to Protest Approval of DXL

Real News: EPA Employees Speak Out Against Pruitt and Trump’s Anti-Science Agenda


LA Daily News: Nuclear Officials Killed Study On Whether Reactors Pose Cancer Risk to Nearby Residents

Mashable: Trump Administration Begins Altering EPA Climate Change Websites


UK Guardian: Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Radiation At Highest Level Since 2011 Meltdown - Around 100 times the level required to be fatal in humans.


Reuters: In Peru, Droughts Give Way to Floods As Climate Change Looms


Seattle City Government: Wells Fargo Divestment Moves Forward - The city is divesting at the expiration of the current contract because WF is a funder of the Dakota Access Pipeline. This is a $3.5Billion hit for Wells Fargo. Republicans don’t do this. Democrats don’t do this. Well, actually one did...and the next morning, he was frog-marched off to jail.

CNN: Earth Day Picked As Date For Science March on Washington


Fast-Coexist: Climate Change Denying New Yorkers Will Be the Hardest Hit by Rising Sea Levels - And that irony holds true for the effects of climate change throughout the USA.

Quartz: The Future of NOAA, The World’s Largest Repository of Climate Data, Is Now in the Hands of a Climate Denier


UK Guardian: Here’s How We Know Trump’s Cabinet Picks Are Wrong On Human Caused Global Warming


Des Moines Register: Pipeline Rupture Leaks 138,600 Gallons of Diesel Fuel


Democracy-NOW: Trump’s Push to Build Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines A Declaration of War

Reuters: Trump Tells EPA to Remove Climate Change Webpages From Website


Democracy-NOW: Trump Signs Executive Orders Reviving Dakota Access and KXL Pipelines


Popular Resistence: Public is Barred From FERC Public Meeting


CNN: 2016 Hottest Year on Record - Even hotter than 2015, which was the previous hottest, and 2014 which was the hottest before that. 16 of the hottest 17 years on record have occurred since 2000.


Reuters: Unlike Trump, Americans Want Strong Environmental Regulator

Vox: China’s War on Coal Continues - It Just Canceled 104 New Coal Plants - In answer to those who say that the US should not lead the way on climate change if other countries are not willing to go along.

CNN: Trump’s EPA Pick Took Hands-Off Approach to Environmental Crisis That Shook Oklahoma


USA Today: What May Be the ‘Worst Ice Storm in 10 Years’ Begins in Central US

Real News: Tillerson Refuses to Acknowledge ExxonMobil’s Efforts to Deceive the Public on Climate Change - See entry of 12/11/16.


VOX: How Sen. Jeff Merkley Patiently Exposed Rex Tillerson On Climate Change - “Tillerson is a “lukewarmist” on climate change. He acknowledges that carbon emissions are having a warming effect, but says we can’t predict what will happen, we can’t live without fossil fuels, and we can adapt to whatever climate change does occur.” Lukewarmists also like to say that the US should not lead the way on climate change if other countries are not willing to go along, but in fact the US has become the laggard on climate change. Even China leads the US in efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions.


Washington Post: Methane May Not Last Long in the Atmosphere - But it Drives Sea Level Rise For Centuries


Boston Business Journal: Mass. Officials Worried About Safety at ‘Overwhelmed’ Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant


Science Alert: An Indian Chemical Plant Has Figured Out How to Turn Its Carbon Emissions Into Baking Soda


Democracy-NOW: Noam Chomsky: With Trump Election We Face Human Extinction


Tri-City Herald: Radioactive Contamination Spreading Within Hanford Plant - Just a small portion of the overall problem with this plant, and Here, and is consistent with the life cycle of most aging nuclear plants. This is the reason that nuclear energy is a false hope.

Climate Change 2016