Environmentalists are praising Secretary of State John Kerry in hopes of burying, figuratively speaking, the Keystone XL pipeline.
Bill Burton, a former press secretary to President Barack Obama who is helping a coalition of environmental groups opposed to the project, calls Kerry, “one of the great climate leaders of his generation.”
Dan Weiss, climate strategy director at the Center for American Progress, put Kerry on par with environmental icons like the naturalist John Muir and anti-pollution writer Rachel Carson. Academy Award winner Jared Leto, along with other activists, sent a letter last week urging him to take a stand against Keystone as he did against the Vietnam War as a young veteran in testimony to a Senate committee in 1971.
Sen. Brian SchatzTalk about hot gas. Rick Perry may have affectionately mistaken our site name once, but Senate Democrats could be in position to trademark it for themselves after tonight. The caucus will hold an all-night talkathon to demand action on climate change, which has USA Today very confused. After all … don’t Democrats control that chamber?
A majority of Senate Democrats on Monday will launch an overnight “talkathon” until approximately 9:00 a.m. Tuesday to draw attention to climate change.
The overnight effort, organized by Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, is part of the recently launched Senate Climate Action Task Force headed by Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island. …
The nation seems to be passing through a period in which too many U.S. Senators have been elected without so much as a high school level understanding of what drives the Earth’s climate and it isn’t the 0.038% of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere.
THE ABC was among the first to fall for it, of course. In 2002, it reported the Great Barrier Reef was as good as dead already.
Host Kerry O’Brien groaned that our “once-spectacular” reef was “threatened by global warming” and “up to 10 per cent of the reef has been lost to bleaching since 1998”, turning it “bone white”.
Up popped Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, a Queensland reef researcher with a natty patter, to warn us to “change our lifestyles” or the reef would go — killed by hotter seas.
My god, but journalists are suckers for warming scares.
If U.S. President Barack Obama is a man of his word, he will approve the Keystone XL pipeline. But is he?
In January, 2013, Obama said in a speech at Georgetown University: “The net effects of the (Keystone) pipeline’s impact on our climate will be absolutely critical in determining whether this project will be allowed to go forward.”
Obama said he would only approve it, “if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.”
In January, 2014, after its second review of Keystone, the U.S. State Department reported to Obama that, “approval or denial of any one crude oil transport project, including (Keystone), is unlikely to significantly impact the rate of extraction in the oil sands, or the continued demand for heavy crude oil at refineries in the United States.” In fact, the State Department added, if the pipeline is not completed, the proposed alternative methods of transporting oil from Western Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast will result in greenhouse gas emission increases compared to Keystone of 28% to 42%.
It was lost among the week's more dramatic news in Ukraine and Lois Lerner's continued refusal to tell America and a congressional committee what she knows about the IRS scandal, but U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan landed a devastating blow against greenmail. That's what can happen when Big Green environmental activists and class-action lawyers combine forces to use the federal court system to shake down corporate defendants for billions of dollars, usually via out-of-court settlements. Kaplan's ruling concerned Big Oil giant Chevron on one side and New York trial lawyer Steve Donziger on the other.
Here's the background: When Chevron bought Texaco in 2001, it inherited a class-action lawsuit filed in Ecuadorian courts by Donziger on behalf of residents of that country's Oriente region. The suit accused Texaco of causing extensive environmental damage with its drilling operations in the region, much of which had been done in conjunction with PetroEcuador, the state-owned petroleum exploration, drilling and refining operation. For years, Donziger pressured Texaco, then Chevron, to accept an out-of-court settlement that would have paid him and his cohorts hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees.
Few environmentalists would regard themselves as allies of Vladimir Putin. Indeed, in their stout opposition to petroleum, which the Russian president is using both as a piggy bank and a weapon for expanding his power, it might appear that they are opponents. Such a view is superficial.
In many ways, both Mr. Putin’s Russia and the modern green movement are offshoots of the collapse of the Soviet empire. They remain united against the old Soviet enemy: free markets and free minds.
The Grangemouth siteThe European chemicals industry will be wiped out in a decade, with the loss of 6m jobs, unless politicians wake up to its chronic lack of competitiveness, the man at the centre of last year’s Grangemouth dispute has declared. Jim Ratcliffe, the majority owner of chemicals giant Ineos, has written to Jose Manuel Barroso, the European Commission president, warning that the chemicals industry is heading for the same fate as the textiles sector. He says a toxic cocktail of high energy costs – inflated by green taxes – feedstock prices in “another league” to those in America and the Middle East and uncompetitive labour are leading to the rapid closure of Europe’s chemical plants. --Alistair Osborne, The Daily Telegraph, 7 March 2014
I could write every day about some new obscene Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) effort to thwart energy the nation needs, forcing the shutdown more coal-fired plants and the mines that supply them. Goodbye thousands of jobs, goodbye electrical energy. The White House has delayed the construction of the Keystone Xl pipeline to transmit oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Do you wonder, still, why there are millions of Americans out of work or who have stopped looking because every effort to build the nation’s economy is attacked by some element of the Obama Administration.
We can now add another attack on natural resources because the EPA has announced its intention to restrict, if not prohibit, the development of Pebble Mine in Alaska. The mine could be one of the world’s largest sources of copper.
Conservative climate change sceptics have been ordered to ‘shut it’, by the Lib Dems.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey said there was ‘overwhelming evidence’ of the need to cut carbon emissions.
He singled out former Tory Chancellor Nigel Lawson and Conservative MP Peter Lilley for particular criticism, in the latest coalition spat over the environment.
The Lib Dems have stepped up their attacks on the Tories over the environment in recent weeks.
Mr Davey told EurActiv, a Brussels-based news website: ;My recommendation to most politicians who want to talk about the climate is to listen to the scientists and listen to the evidence.
‘Of course you can question it, but when there is overwhelming evidence you should tend to shut it.’
Seventeen and a half years. Not a flicker of global warming. The RSS satellite record, the first of the five global-temperature datasets to report its February value, shows a zero trend for an impressive 210 months.
The graph below shows no global warming at all for 17 years 6 months:
THE Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has downplayed evidence that the global climate is considerably less sensitive to greenhouse gases than climate models are estimating, a new paper says.
Published by Britain's Global Warming Policy Foundation think tank, the new paper says clues to weaker climate sensitivity have all been referred to in the IPCC's recently published Fifth Assessment Report.
"However, this important conclusion was not drawn in the full IPCC report, it is only mentioned as a possibility, and is ignored in the IPCC's Summary for Policymakers," the report says.