Friday, January 30, 2015

Scientist v US Citizen Opinions

Here. Scientists are more sure climate change is human caused, and we should not allow fracking.
Surprisingly, they are less concerned with eating GMO food or pesticide-grown food. Other interesting issues there as well.

Keystone Faces Years of Wrangling

Here. "Mike Hudema of Greenpeace says besides the political wrangling, there’s the legal wrangling.
“Right now there are lawsuits that have been launched in Nebraska, challenging the routes through Nebraska. The permit for the pipeline has expired in South Dakota, so there is mounting opposition to prevent that permit from being re-issued.”
He believes the longer the assessment process drags on, the less likely it will be approved.
“Anytime there is a delay, it allows us to get more of the concerns around the pipeline out to the general public. Definitely the resistance to this pipeline has just grown over the years.”
He asserts as more people learn about climate change, the less marketable oil from the oil sands is going to be."

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Koch Brothers' Billions to Swamp and Subvert Democratic Elections

Here Heinous and shady guys, and not sustainable practices if all men are created equal and we each get one vote.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Romney says Climate Change Needs 'Real Leadership'

Here Apparently* he is a transformational member of the GOP. There are bound to be 'mavericks' who make the generational shift into taking climate change seriously, and forcing the party to adopt real measures and policy to help reduce it aggressively and appropriately. Seems Romney is one of those. *Or trying to be one of those. Or at least leading us on to believe he's one of those. From previous comments, I think perhaps it is genuine. And it's a smart position. Not only for the planet and future generations, but as the party of money protection because it's been well-established that preventing worse climate change will be much cheaper in the long run than paying for all the destruction and adaptation it is bringing and will continue to bring. We all have to continue to slow and reverse the greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. Eventually smart Republicans will be coming forward to help. We are all in this together, and sympathy for the oil and coal lobbies and industries (who have had their run of polluting profits already) don't outweigh the well-being of us all, and the viability of the planet to sustain life safely.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Obama Calls Climate Change Our Greatest Threat

In State of the Union, Obama Focuses on the Middle Class -- New York Times

Here. "Obama: The State of the Union Is Strong During his State of the Union address, the president said the economy was growing and “it’s now up to us” to choose where we go from here."

I liked the speech a lot. Nina said it sounded like the United States she wants to live in. Toddy said 'Proud Americans; fine SOTU"

I won't wax rhapsodic, but we are bigger than the power play pissing contests between political parties make it seem. America as a country and concept is resilient. I hope we keep that up. After all we are all immigrants here (if you the reader is not of Native American heritage).
I'll stop there. The speech did make me emotional a couple of times. Some of it was spectacular in its understanding and grasp of -- and ability to communicate -- the breadth of the American Dream.

I still like Obama a lot. I think history will look back and show we were very lucky to have such a competent and well-principled man when we did. 

It's now up to us to choose where we go from here. With his help for two more years.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Pope Francis Defends the Poor

Here  Sustainable. Again, this Pope is inspired, and inspiring. "“Reforming the social structures which perpetuate poverty and the exclusion of the poor first requires a conversion of mind and heart,” Francis told an audience including President Benigno Aquino on Jan. 16, his first public address in the country. He urged the people “to reject every form of corruption which diverts resources from the poor, and to make concerted efforts to ensure the inclusion of every man and woman and child in the community.” Yesterday, he made a similar call."

The whole 1% of the globe will soon own over 50% of the world's wealth is a reminder: Capitalism Gone Wild. We all have to do what we can to reverse the current global culture and direction of income inequality. In my mind, this is at least as big a factor in the ISIS thing as religion.

In a related example of Capitalism Gone (Really, Really) Wrong, Mexico has a strong Catholic history. The state of consciousness of some (many?) could be improved here, such as the mayor implicated in the kidnapping and murder of student-teachers. Despicable and heinous, this needs and those responsible need to be stopped. http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2015/01/14/mexican-mayor-charged-with-kidnapping.html 

Is Manmade Climate Devastation Inevitable? New York Times

Saturday, January 17, 2015

How an EPA Plan to Reduce Carbon Emissions is Playing Out in Coal Rich Wyoming

Here The EPA is just doing their job. The article here includes a couple points of view included which are pretty good. (As per the comments, a Democrat should have been quoted to counter-balance the GOP quote). That one climate denier politician Rep. Lummis supplies the most ignorant quote. But interesting that the farmer and even some of the coal 'advocates' seemed genuinely concerned and apologetic about the pollution -- health and climate destruction -- coal provides. Nice if they have developed absorbing towers, why are these not used more commonly even if expensive? We all know that the coal industry is one of the most profitable in the world, why can't some of the profits be used to install and use these pollution control devices? It's not necessarily the source people have the biggest problem with (although of course coal mining has its own dangers and mortality rate) ... it's the pollution. And obviously if the pollution cannot be adequately or affordably controlled the black junk has got to stay in the ground until it can.

The most meaningful exchange:

"Professor Harold Bergman specializes in environmental toxicology.
HAROLD BERGMAN, University of Wyoming: Wyoming can file 100 lawsuits a month if they want, and it’s not going to change a thing. This is going to get fixed. It absolutely must.
LEIGH PATERSON: He says Wyoming lawmakers need to recognize the realities of a changing climate.
HAROLD BERGMAN: The consequences for the coal industry, for instance, are going to be severe, and they have to begin adjusting for it now. If they don’t, we’re going to be blindsided."

Sunset, Venice 12/20/2012

Sunset, Venice 12/20/2012
I've been thinking some about the Winter Solstice, the Mayan end of the 30,000-year-cycle on 12/21/12.

What if in fact the world did end? To live consciously, even though this probably will not happen, it is honest to take a bit of an inventory.

Am I happy with how I've lived my life? (Yesterday, I thought mostly yes, with some areas for improvement, as below.) Are there changes I would make?
Would I have tried to forgive those that were hostile or disappointing to me?
Would I spend more time with those I loved the most, telling them that, feeling that more?
Would I be happier, grateful for what I have, what I've experienced, the joy, the beauty in this world?

Maybe the answer is yes to all of the above.
So this time can serve as a point of rebirth for all of us. If we think about it.

Because somewhere I realized I think maybe mankind deserves it. !
The way we are killing each other, killing the planet.
How selfish we are, and snotty to those around us. Petty, competitive. Why is this? Do we have to behave this way? (I say no, it greatly detracts and misdirects energy from the full-time celebration in which we could engage, the great multi-cultural, multi-rhythmic dance we can sustain here.)

Maybe God or the Great Universe is fed up, and will pull the rug out from under us.
Don't think I can say we could blame Him/Her/It.

But it probably won't happen. (Probably not! This time.)

Still we are finite on this ride.

It is a time to think, am I happy with how I've lived my life?
Hopefully most of us can say yes.

For the part of us that have a little worry, a little sadness....
This is the time to be present.
This is the time to be the person you want to be, that can die at peace, that can hope to every day be able to look yourself and the Universe in the eye and say, how beautiful, smiling, and thank you. Let's do that.

Antidotes to Violence, a.k.a., Take Charge of Where Your Head's At - here

Tell Congress to Strengthen Gun Control Laws NOW - here

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Christians & Muslims Gather, for Peace here
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The 'Busy' Trap - NYTimes.com
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