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US Senate Acknowledges Climate Change Effect- Cause, Not So Much

The US Senate has passed a resolution, along with passing other pieces of effluent, which acknowledges Climate Change.

However (and there is always a “however,”) the Senate, while busy passing many things, did not address the Root Cause of Climate Change.

This is excellent news, the best news ever! Now the Senate (Totally R) and House (Majority R) can address government actions towards mitigating the Results of Climate Change (ROCC). Why deal with the actual problem, when you can manage the results?

Government funds will now be made available to address beach erosion, especially in the Poorest Neighborhoods on the planet, the Beach Fronts of the Hamptons, Newport Beach, California and various beaches in Texas, (Houston, we have a problem) where the poor Oil Companies’ Refineries are threatened by rising sea levels.
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Obama Despair

It seems like so very long ago, many of us here at The Agonist gave up on Barack Obama.  It was long ago – six years now – which is a long time considering the progress the United States could have made had Obama been the leader he promised to be.  My disillusionment was almost instantaneous, the minute he announced that the nation must look “forward and not backward” when it came to the criminal behavior of those in government who committed torture.  That was quickly followed by the surprise and disgust I felt when he appointed Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary.  Wasn’t Obama serious about reforming the banking industry and Wall Street?  He had said all the right things on the campaign trail, so why was he putting in power people who had been instrumental in causing the problem?  Sean Paul and others at The Agonist came to the same, quick, disappointment in Obama, and we all announced our sense of betrayal publicly, which was not a safe thing to do in liberal land. Read More

James Hansen – The legal case against climate change inaction, denial

Temperature Anomaly (C) Click for larger image.

Temperature Anomaly (C) Click for larger image.


Leading climatologist James Hansen et al. just published an excellent article at the open source journal PLOS ONE.  In an email, Hansen said: “The paper was written to provide the scientific basis for legal actions against federal and state governments, in the United States and other nations, for not doing their job of protecting the rights of young people.  The legal actions being filed by Our Children’s Trust ask the courts to require the government to provide a plan for how they will reduce fossil fuel emissions consistent with stabilizing climate.”

In addition to evidence to sue government, the material is equally valid for suits against climate change deniers.  Here’s an excerpt from the full article available at the link below.

Assessing “Dangerous Climate Change”: Required Reduction of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young People, Future Generations and Nature By James Hansen, et al, PLOS ONE, Dec 3 (Full Text, Open Access)

“The fallacy of this logic (major problems begin with global warming of 2–3°C) emerged recently as numerous impacts of ongoing global warming emerged and as paleoclimate implications for climate sensitivity became apparent. Arctic sea ice end-of-summer minimum area, although variable from year to year, has plummeted by more than a third in the past few decades, at a faster rate than in most models [21], with the sea ice thickness declining a factor of four faster than simulated in IPCC climate models [22]. The Greenland and Antarctic Read More

Let’s support the Philippine climate change delegate on hunger strike – until the conference does the right thing

Mark Karlin is right on target with this piece on the extreme rationality (which counts as heroics in this world) of the hunger strike by the Philippine representative for climate change.   He’ll eat when the international body does the right thing — addresses climate change.

palehorseDismayed by 10000 Dead, Philippine Negotiator at UN Vows to Fast Until Steps Taken to End Global Warming By Mark Karlin, Editor Buzzflash at TruthOut.org

With more than 10,000 estimated to be dead as a result of a typhoon in his homeland, Yeb Sano — the chief Philippine delegate to the current UN climate change talks in Poland — vowed to stop eating until serious actions are taken to reduce global warming.  According to The BBC online,

At the opening of the two-week Conference of the Parties (Cop), Mr Sano said he was not just speaking for those who lost their lives but for the thousands who were now orphans.

He told the meeting he would refuse to eat until progress is made.

“In solidarity with my countrymen who are struggling to find food back home, I will now commence a voluntary fasting for the climate, this means I will voluntarily refrain from eating food during this Cop, until a meaningful outcome is in sight.”

“What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness, the climate crisis is madness. We can stop this madness right here in Warsaw,” he said.

Headed for the wall 90 mph, CO2 crash

Needless to say, none of the major nations  are doing much in to prevent the crash and there is little global coordination. 

wastelandWorld Headed for a High-Speed Carbon Crash

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Nov 7 2013 (IPS) – If global carbon emissions continue to rise at their current rate, humanity will eventually be left with no other option than a costly, world war-like mobilisation, scientists warned this week.  (Image: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS)

“It’s blindingly obvious that our economic system is failing us,” said economist Tim Jackson, a professor of sustainable development at the University of Surrey in the UK.

“Prosperity isn’t just about having more stuff. Prosperity is the art of living well on a finite planet.” — economist Tim Jackson Read More

Where were you when they told us the world as we know it is over?

eclipsenasaAccording to a leaked draft of the upcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC), the world as we know it is over.  The report presents substantial and well documented predictions of global suffering and massive social disruption resulting from the impact climate change on the water supply, food, and natural resources, and successively mounting human loss.  (Image 11/2013 eclipse)

Oddly enough, the recipient of the leak, the New York Times, acted like it was a story about the “food supply.”  In fact, the totality of the draft  makes it clear that we’ve gone too far for too long to avoid the dire consequences of man made climate change.

The documented risks presented include (Climate Change 2014:  Impacts, Adaptations, Vulnerability, IPCC, here or here, pp. 6 & 7):  Read More

Decline and Fall – Drop Dead Date Pushed Up, New Pharaoh in Town 7/29

deadplanetDrop dead date pushed up – Man made pollution, mostly CO2, is accelerating at a rate that has a definite endpoint for world civilization as we know it.  Since accumulated CO2 in the atmosphere sticks around for hundreds of years, we won’t be able to change the cycle of oblivion once it gets rolling.  (Image: Takver)

In 2004, Lawrence Smith of UCLA pointed out that vast reservoirs of methane gas stored under Siberian permafrost could enter the atmosphere as global warming accelerated ice melts holding the tundra together.   By 2008, the beginning of the permafrost melt was imminent and warnings were sounded.  Now, we hear that the methane release, 20 times the pollution effect of CO2, will cost $60 trillion in adaptions to the damage to the environment (yes, $60 trillion).

What profound denial.  Why characterize catastrophic global climate change in terms of dollars?  Why not just say:  there is no chance to mitigate this emerging cycle of oblivion because world leaders won’t even mention the topic and by the time they do, it will be too late.  We’re done.  Stick a fork in us.

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Allow me to introduce myself.

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I’m a second generation Chicagoan. Live on the north side and work on the west side. I was around in the 70’s as a hippy. What little of Marx I understood then I liked. So when governments are democratic l tend to prefer them especially, of course, over corporations. My standards for democracy are extremely high. At the moment I don’t really count the plutocratic U.S. I believe that the bigger an organization is the more regulations it needs to follow. To me “to big to fail” means way more than big enough to nationalize.

I miss the diary system here at the Agonist….

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Fueling Climate Change Deniers

koch mapIf Hitler had never been born, or if he’d been killed in World War I or in an accident in 1925, would the Holocaust never have happened? Or would someone else have taken the lead in history’s inevitable direction? Do important events in history depend on the life of one person, or do they become inevitable regardless of the presence or absence of that one person, once conditions are right?

Human-caused climate change threatens us with flooding, drought, and famine. Some say it’s human nature to underestimate – grossly, even fatally – the risk from a cause so hard to see, so theoretical, as climate change. We evolved, doncha know, to be able to keep ourselves safe from such obvious things as predators and lightning; we’re not made to recognize human-caused global dangers. Is that true, or is denial driven by just a few powerful people, the way the Holocaust was driven by Hitler?

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