Climate & Capitalism: Hung for a Sheep as for a Lamb

By: Wednesday September 10, 2014 3:46 pm

Global warming and capitalist history

I don’t know if you caught Chomsky’s most recent column, as reproduced in the pixels over at Alternet: “U.S. Plunges the Cradle of Civilization into Disaster, While Its Oil-Based Empire Destroys the Earth’s Climate.” There’s some good stuff there, but Chomsky finds it hard to remain focused when he’s pouring on the dire warnings. After some dire warnings about Mideast politics, he proceeds to discuss the most recent IPCC draft report. Here’s some good news: the IPCC is now on the side of the “keep the grease in the ground” movement, the movement I suggested back in 2009.

 

Report: CO2 Rising At Record Breaking Speeds, Planet Not Absorbing Excess Carbon

By: Wednesday September 10, 2014 6:52 am

Remember that actual threat whose solution does not put money into the hands of politically-connected defense contractors? A new UN report shows that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere rose faster than even many climate scientists had predicted providing more evidence that current strategies by governments around the world to combat climate change is failing.

District Attorney Drops Charges Against Climate Change Activists Because It’s Real

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 5:00 pm

Bristol Massachusetts District Attorney Samuel Sutter gave an usual explanation for dropping charges against two environmental activists who had blocked a shipment of coal to a power plant – he is worried about climate change.

A Zero Emissions Manifesto for the Climate Justice Movement

By: Friday September 5, 2014 3:51 pm

Zero has become the most important number for humanity. Why?

Any chance of stabilizing the climate hinges on transitioning to zero greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as humanly possible. Simply slowing the rise of emissions will not work. For the first time, the world’s leading climate authority, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has embraced a goal of near zero greenhouse gas emissions or below.

Top military experts and government institutions like the U.S. Department of Defense and National Intelligence Council warn that climate destabilization threatens our national security, yet global emissions just keep going up.

Governor Kasich Kisses Planet Bye-Bye

By: Wednesday July 9, 2014 6:05 pm

John Kasich is a smart guy who knows better than to be an overt serial killer, so, as Governor of Ohio, he joins with others who prefer to do their mass killing by stealth, maybe spread the carnage out over future generations, who will be unable to hold the Kasiches and the ALEC’s of this world to account. Ever. However long that turns out to be.

This is not to single out Republican Gov. Kasich as the worst environmental monster in office (current term 2011-2015). On the contrary, his behavior seems rather centrist in the context of contemporary American Republican politics.

CNBC Caught Soliciting Op-Ed Calling Climate Change A ‘Hoax’

By: Monday June 30, 2014 12:02 pm

CNBC was caught recently soliciting an op-ed that would label climate change a “hoax.” According to Republic Report, a CNBC employee sent an email to DeSmog Blog under the mistaken impression that because the site contained information on climate change skeptic Alan Carlin it was in some way affiliated with him.

Coal Lobbyist Jeff Holmstead Confronted by Greenpeace

By: Monday June 23, 2014 5:05 pm

f you’re a coal lobbyist like Jeff Holmstead, getting stuck in an elevator with Greenpeace activists is an inconvenient occupational hazard. It’s worse if you can’t catch a cab during an uncomfortable conversation about your work to attack pollution laws. See this K Street confrontation for yourself.

If you’ve followed the news around EPA’s proposed Clean Power Rule, which aims to reduce the U.S. power sector’s large contributions to global warming, you’ve probably seen Jeffrey Holmstead in the news. Usually, Holmstead is presented as a “partner” at Bracewell & Giuliani, and as a former EPA assistant administrator for air and radiation under George W. Bush.

This descriptor fails to present Holmstead’s current and past work as a registered lobbyist for coal companies

Scientists Predict Increased Rain, Floods for Northeast

By: Saturday June 21, 2014 11:30 am

Residents of the Mid-Atlantic and New England states will experience increased rainfall and floods if data analysis by a Penn State meteorologist and long-term projections by a fisheries biologist, with a specialty in surface water pollution, are accurate.

Battle Lines Drawn on New Coal Industry Rules

By: Thursday May 29, 2014 11:45 am

Implementing proposed EPA rules could cut carbon emissions from the coal-fired plants by up to 20%. A considerable reduction given how ubiquitous coal is, even in 2014, to America’s energy system. Part of Obama’s plan is reportedly based on a cap-and-trade system that he was unable to pass through Congress.

The Power of the Term “Global Warming”

By: Tuesday May 27, 2014 2:25 pm

According to a report by Yale Project on Climate Change Communications and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, the term global warming is more engaging and more likely to be associated with negative affects. That term appears to carry more power with regular people than “climate change.”

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