Monday, June 22, 2015

To Meet Methane Emissions Duty, California Must Look Beyond its Own Borders

To Meet Methane Emissions Duty, California Must Look Beyond its Own Borders 


Yes, we need to regulate methane and natural gas emissions, and ensure the fuels we use that originate outside our state are not causing undue pollution in their extraction and transportation as well. Yet another reason renewable and clean energy sources need to take the lions share of generation in the state ASAP.

Massive Fracking Burnoff Can Be Seen From Outer Space

Massive Fracking Burnoff Can Be Seen From Outer Space 



Fracking burnoff has got to be regulated and captured. Shameful policy, as wasting 30% of the natural gas is industry standard -- and contributing to ruining the enivornment -- when capturing costs only a little more than burning it off. Disgusting and shameful, and another reason fossil fuel type of companies cannot be trusted or relied upon to 'police' and regulate themselves.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Study: 6th mass extinction already underway -- and we're the cause -- USA TODAY

Here interesting how futile these headlines seem while Rome burns.
Whatever anthropologists are left will equally wonder about the greed and avarice of (1) the coal and oil barons who held everyone else essentially back in the polluting world of the 1800s and 1900s, and about (2) everyone else who did not have the mettle to confront and deter the destruction the oil and coal barons.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Pope Francis hands GOP climate change dilemma - CNNPolitics.com

Pope Francis hands GOP climate change dilemma - CNNPolitics.com 



Actually, man burning fossil fuels has been handing us the problem, the GOP has been evading and avoiding reality. That the Pope is putting the issue in front of everyone, and so many GOP relate to the Church and the Pope, they are in receipt on the problem as well.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Average US Woman Today Weighs Same as Man in '60s, FDA Mandates Trans-Fats Be Phased Out by Food Manufacturers

Weight women now 166.2; men now 196. Trans-Fats

Sometimes it's funny to see two headlines right next to each other on a newsfeed!
First thought, too late! But in due time at least.

Trans-fats are in most all the artery-clogging cookies and chips packaged crap -- "processed or manufactured food." What exactly is manufactured food anyway? I've been avoiding packaged crap for awhile, for health reasons. And weigh close to the male average... from the sixties. I also choose to remain physically active. This seems more sustainable for someone who likes to bike, and swim, and looks to snorkel, scuba dive, play golf and tennis and hike etc. as long into life as possible.

"The FDA encourages consumers seeking to reduce trans fat intake to check a food’s ingredient list for partially hydrogenated oils to determine whether or not a product"... contains artificial trans fat.

Pretty easy equation actually (see bottom). For better health, one needs to add will and awareness (will being the hardest part), and we as a society ought best to avoid or perhaps make less available universally available junk foods (or as here with with the FDA with less junk ingredients), particularly for kids. Which is happening in school, getting full-sugar sodas and fatty, full-sugar candy out of the rec hall vending machines. And/but on some level the FDA has been letting fast food joints and gas station wrapper foods poison us with sugars and carb and fat bomb meals and chemicals and trans-fats for awhile. Hard issue: at what point is free will the hinge, and how poisonous/deleterious to our health must something be before the government has to regulate/remove it (think asbestos, snake oil salesmen, etc.).

"...But the story is mostly one of growing girth... we're eating less healthy food, we're eating more of it, and we're not moving around as much.... Americans are now the world's third-heaviest people, behind only the Pacific island nations of Tonga and Micronesia." !!


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Environmental Action Climate Deniers Are Not Fit For The White House

Environmental Action Climate Deniers Are Not Fit For The White House 



Sign to include your name on petition... to ask that these backward thinking flat-earthers get up to date and on the same planet we all are trying to save, to help preserve a sustainable ecosystem and ensure humanity's survival and decent quality of life....

Take Action -- Tell Obama to Nominate SEC Commissioners Who Will Fight for Main Street, Not Pander to Wall Street

Take Action Via Public Citizen

Nominate SEC Commissioners Who Will Fight for Main Street, Not Pander to Wall Street

President Obama soon will be filling two
vacancies at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a federal
agency with broad authority to crack down on Wall Street recklessness.
Make sure President Obama nominates SEC commissioners who will fight for Main Street, not pander to Wall Street.

Sign the Petition to the President

Monday, June 15, 2015

Magna Carta's 800th Birthday -- Thank You

Here  Haven't heard about this since junior high school. 800 years old, progress in civilized countries has to happen eventually.... like today, phasing out fossil fuel use.
Then, "no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of the law." Thank you. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

House casts gloom over Obama trade agenda -- Fast Tracking the Trans-Pacific Parnership (TPP) – POLITICO

House casts gloom over Obama trade agenda – POLITICO 



Again, good. Per 350.org, "The TPP is an example of the wealthiest 1% working together
against the rest of us -- and the set back today is a demonstration of
the power we have when the rest of us work together to fight back."

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.

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