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Trump vindicated? California to spend billions to clear out forests, remove wildfire fuel

California officials plan to spend billions of dollars to thin tens of millions of acres of forests in the Golden State, in hopes that doing so will restrict fuel for forest fires, especially during the state’s hot and dry summers.

After the plan was revealed, it was pointed out that former President Donald Trump made that exact suggestion during his presidency. Trump, however, was met with ridicule by progressives bent on making forest fires a symptom of climate change.

What did Trump do?

After wildfires ravaged California last summer — killing 33 people and burning a record 4.3 million acres — Trump issued an ultimatum to California’s Democratic leaders: Clean your forest floors or lose federal money. Trump made similar threats in 2018 and 2019.

The media worked overtime to spin the suggestion — which, in reality, is a common forest conservation measure — as prompting “head-scratching from experts” and as evidence Trump did not “understand the science of wildfires” and was “politicizing natural disasters.”

The Trump administration finally made good on Trump’s threats last October by refusing “to grant California an emergency declaration that would make hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding available for areas devastated” by wildfires, the Washington Post reported.

Trump later reversed that decision after Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) personally appealed to Trump.

What is California doing now?

California officials now say they’re going to do exactly what Trump had suggested: clear the forests of debris that intensifies fires.

According to Bloomberg, California will spend $500 million this fiscal year on “an effort that includes clearing pines, firs and redwoods. Without all this fuel on the forest floor, California officials contend, blazes will be less likely to turn into the mega-fires that devour thousands of acres.”

In fact, Newsom is planning to ask state lawmakers for even more money — reaching into the billions — to finance the forest-clearing campaign, with a goal of cleaning 1 million acres by 2025.

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The question is whether this new push can be done at a pace and scale that’ll actually make a difference. In a best-case scenario, Gov. Gavin Newsom hopes state and federal crews will be thinning out one million acres annually by 2025. He’s asking the state legislature to give him $2 billion to accelerate efforts in the fiscal year starting July 1. But even if his goal is achieved, it’d still leave millions of acres, and the communities that surround them, vulnerable for decades.

Christine McMorrow, spokeswoman for California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire, told Bloomberg the 1 million-acres-per-year goal will be split between the federal government and California.

Unfortunately, Gina Palma, a fire meteorologist with the Department of Agriculture, told Bloomberg wildfires are expected to be severe this year, during a season already ahead of schedule. For southern California, one of the most populous areas in the U.S., that translates to above average potential for significant wildfires.

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Oil and gas company turns tables on eco-friendly North Face with new ad campaign: ‘No chance’ they’d ‘exist’ without fossil fuels

An oil and gas company in Colorado is trolling The North Face in a new ad campaign calling out the popular apparel maker’s hypocrisy regarding fossil fuels.

Denver-based company Liberty Oilfield Services launched the witty ad campaign, coined, “Thank you, North Face,” on Thursday by putting up billboards near the outdoor recreation company’s Denver offices, Fox Business reported.

In addition to the billboards, Liberty also launched a website and produced a video ad to be streamed on social media platforms.

The move reportedly came as a response to The North Face’s decision to deny an order of jackets to a Texas oil and gas company last year reportedly because the apparel maker didn’t want to be associated with a fossil fuel business.

In the social media video, Liberty CEO Chris Wright expresses his tongue-in-cheek gratitude toward The North Face for its reliance on oil and gas to produce the vast majority of its products.

“Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more,” Wright noted.


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“[There’s] no chance that North Face could exist as a company or an organization without oil and gas,” Wright added during an interview with Fox Business on Thursday.

He went on to explain that fossil fuels are required to make the petrochemicals used in a wide range of products sold by The North Face, such as plastics, nylon, climbing ropes, and more. He also noted that oil and gas products fuel the factories that manufacture the apparel maker’s goods and that fossil fuels are the backbone for shipping its products around the world.

With that in mind, Wright called it “crazy hypocrisy” for The North Face to publicly distance itself from fossil fuels.

“It’s like bees shunning honey,” he charged.

According to Fox Business, the campaign will feature seven billboards close to the company’s offices in Denver, with one saying, “That North Face puffer looks great on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.”

Wright reportedly hopes that the campaign will kickstart an honest conversation about fossil fuels and a broader recognition of how integral the industry is to society.

Perhaps companies such as The North Face will realize that its “oil and gas is evil [stance] is kind of silly because my whole lifestyle depends on it, and all the products I enjoy in the outdoors are made out of it,” Wright said.

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Climate scientist admits key climate change metric is just something people ‘chose’: ‘Symbolic marker’

Jeff Berardelli, a CBS News meteorologist and “climate specialist,” admitted this week that a key metric scientists cite to warn about the dangers of climate change is not rooted in provable science.

What is the background?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published a report in 2018 warning of the catastrophic effects of global warming if global temperatures reach 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

“Climate-related risks to health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security, and economic growth are projected to increase with global warming of 1.5°C and increase further with 2°C,” the IPCC said.

“Poverty and disadvantage are expected to increase in some populations as global warming increases; limiting global warming to 1.5°C, compared with 2°C, could reduce the number of people both exposed to climate-related risks and susceptible to poverty by up to several hundred million by 2050,” an IPCC summary report for policymakers claimed.

What did Berardelli say?

Speaking on CBS’ “This Morning” Berardelli explained the 1.5 degrees Celsius is only important because it’s the number scientists chose — at least for right now.

First, Berardelli warned what will happen when global warming reaches an increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

In the next 5 years, it is somewhat likely that we will hit 1.5 degrees Celsius — briefly, temporarily — that’s 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit of warming since pre-industrial times. It’s likely to happen during an El Niño year, that’s when it’s really warm in the Pacific [Ocean]; so, natural variations on top of climate change. Then it will go back down.

But, you know, this is really a sign that humanity isn’t doing very well in managing our global greenhouse gas emissions. And at 1.5 degrees Celsius, it’s not like we’re gonna fall off a cliff where things are all of the sudden get catastrophic. But things will progressively get worse at a must faster pace. The intensity of these extreme weather events will pick up. We will see compounded events: heat waves on top of sea-level rise on top of large hurricanes and impactful hurricanes. And so things will get worse and worse if we breach [1.5 degrees Celsius].

Then Berardelli revealed why the metric is only a “symbolic marker.”

“Yeah, because humans chose it,” he said. “It’s not a tipping point. It’s not like we’re gonna fall off a cliff. It’s just that things will get progressively worse and worse at a faster clip.”

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World Health Org Study Says Working Too Many Hours a Week Is Killing 700,000+ Every Year

This article was originally published by B.N. Frank at Activist Post. 

There’s an old saying – “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”  According to the WHO – it may make Jack more than dull.  From Newser:

Working Too Many Hours Is Killing 745K a Year

‘Working 55 hours or more per week is a serious health hazard,’ researchers say

(Newser) – Working too many hours in a week is a massive health hazard that kills an estimated 745,000 people worldwide—and the problem is getting worse, according to a new World Health Organization study. The WHO says that compared to a standard working week of 35 to 40 hours, working 55 hours or more in a week is associated with a 35% higher risk of having a stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease, the BBC reports. More than 70% of the deaths associated with long working hours were in men middle-aged and older, though researchers say the deaths often occurred later in life than the period of overwork.

“Working 55 hours or more per week is a serious health hazard,” said Maria Neira, director of the WHO’s Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health, per Reuters. “What we want to do with this information is promote more action, more protection of workers.” The problem is most severe in Southeast Asia and the western Pacific region, researchers say. The study found that long hours can be deadly both from the body’s direct reaction to stress and the unhealthy lifestyles, including tobacco use, unhealthy diets, and a lack of sleep and exercise, that people working too many hours tend to adopt. The study did not include data from the pandemic, though WHO officials say evidence suggests the number of hours worked tends to increase around 10% during lockdowns. (Read more overwork stories.)

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US Army is ‘prioritizing climate change’ to align with President Biden’s agenda: ‘Serious threat’

The United States Army published a bulletin last week revealing what the military branch considers a grave threat that may jeopardize U.S. national security: climate change.

What are the details?

The document — published by the assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment — claims “climate change is a serious threat to U.S. National security interests and defense objectives.”

“Warming temperatures open new theaters of operations for military and commercial use, while extreme weather events and rising sea levels threaten infrastructure and economic output, trigger large-scale population displacement, migration and exacerbate food and water insecurity,” the bulletin claims.

Because of these alleged threats, the Army will now be “prioritizing climate change” in strategic defense plans. The new focus appears to be directly related to President Joe Biden’s agenda, which emphasizes addressing climate change threats.

The Defense Department, in fact, has already established the “Department of Defense Climate Working Group,” a new office that will coordinate the Defense Department’s ongoing response to climate change.

Joe Bryan, the leader of the new working group, said last month:

It’s really an exciting time in which we’re seeing our defense requirements and our mission requirements align exceptionally well with some climate-friendly solutions. And I think the commercial sector is moving there faster than we can possibly imagine, and we have an opportunity to take advantage of that and improve our own capability and competitiveness.

Anything else?

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin fully supports Biden’s emphasis on climate change.

Last month, Austin said that “climate change is making the world more unsafe and we need to act.”

“Today, no nation can find lasting security without addressing the climate crisis. We face all kinds of threats in our line of work, but few of them truly deserve to be called existential. The climate crisis does,” Austin said.

In his statement, Austin intertwined military readiness with “energy efficiency.”

“We in the Department of Defense are committed to doing our part, from increasing the energy efficiency of our platforms and installations, to deploying clean distributed generation and energy storage, to electrifying our own vehicle fleets,” Austin said. “The benefits of action extend well beyond the climate, and include opportunities to improve our own operations. For example, when we operate more sustainably, we become more logistically agile and ready to respond to crises.”

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China’s greenhouse gas emissions exceed every developed nation combined, researchers say

China produces more greenhouse gas emissions than any other developed nation in the world combined, according to new data.

What are the details?

Despite climate change alarmists who claim the U.S. has a problem with greenhouse gas emissions, a new report from the Rhodium Group exposes China as the world’s overwhelming leader of greenhouse gas emissions.

Researchers said China was responsible for 27% of all greenhouse gas emissions in 2019, nearly three times the amount emitted by the United States and more than the entire developed world combined.

The U.S. contributed 11%, while India and the European Union were each over 6%.

Shockingly, China’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2019 have more than tripled since 1990, according to the Rhodium Group, when “China’s emissions were less than a quarter of developed country emissions.”

China’s per capita emissions have also skyrocketed, according to Rhodium Group — but still significantly trail the U.S.

“China’s 2019 per capita emissions reached 10.1 tons, nearly tripling over the past two decades. This comes in just below avg levels across the [Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development] bloc (10.5 tons), but still significantly lower than the US, which has the highest per capita emissions at 17.6 tons,” the group tweeted.

The research group appeared to soften China’s massive greenhouse gas output by explaining China is responsible for relatively less emissions than other developed countries that industrialized prior to China.

“China’s history as a major emitter is relatively short compared to developed countries, many of which had more than a century head start. A large share of the CO2 emitted into the atmosphere each year hangs around for hundreds of years. As a result, current global warming is the result of emissions from both the recent and more distant past. Since 1750, members of the OECD bloc have emitted four times more CO2 on a cumulative basis than China,” the group wrote.

What about 2020?

Preliminary data from 2020 show that, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, greenhouse gas emissions continued to rise in China.

“Based on preliminary economic and energy data, we estimate that total GHG emissions in China increased 1.7% in 2020, reaching 14,400 million metric tons (MMt) of CO2e,” the Rhodium Group said.

“To put that figure in context, we estimate that is the equivalent of the total annual emissions of nearly 180 of the world’s lowest-emitting countries combined,” researchers explained.

Despite the massive amount of emissions, China signed the Paris climate agreement and Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged to make China carbon neutral by 2060.

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Biden’s National Day of Prayer proclamation makes no mention of God — but it does talk about racial justice and climate change

President Joe Biden’s Thursday
National Day of Prayer proclamation omitted any mention of God.

It did, however, discuss racial justice and climate change.

What are the details?

Biden’s proclamation, issued on Thursday, addressed the power of prayer.

“Throughout our history, Americans of many religions and belief systems have turned to prayer for strength, hope, and guidance,” the proclamation began. “Prayer has nourished countless souls and powered moral movements — including essential fights against racial injustice, child labor, and infringement on the rights of disabled Americans. Prayer is also a daily practice for many, whether it is to ask for help or strength, or to give thanks over blessings bestowed.”

The president pointed out that the First Amendment protects “the rights of free speech and religious liberty,” thus protecting the right of all Americans to pray.

“These freedoms have helped us to create and sustain a Nation of remarkable religious vitality and diversity across the generations,” the proclamation added.

Lauding the “healing balm of prayer,” Biden added, “As we continue to confront the crises and challenges of our time — from a deadly pandemic, to the loss of lives and livelihoods in its wake, to a reckoning on racial justice, to the existential threat of climate change — Americans of faith can call upon the power of prayer to provide hope and uplift us for the work ahead.”

Anything else?

  • A portion of former President Donald Trump’s 2018 proclamation read, “On this National Day of Prayer, let us come together, all according to their faiths, to thank God for His many blessings and ask for His continued guidance and strength.”
  • A portion of former President Barack Obama’s 2015 proclamation read, “Through prayer we find the strength to do God’s work.” A portion of his 2010 proclamation read, “On this day, let us give thanks for the many blessings God has bestowed upon our Nation.”
  • A portion of former President George W. Bush’s 2003 proclamation read, “We come together to thank God for our Nation’s many blessings, to acknowledge our need for His wisdom and grace, and to ask Him to continue to watch over our country in the days ahead.”
  • A portion of former President Bill Clinton’s 1995 proclamation read, “Let us not forget those painful lessons of our past, but continue to seek the guidance of God in all the affairs of our Nation.”
  • A portion of former President George H.W. Bush’s 1991 proclamation read, “As one Nation under God, we Americans are deeply mindful of both our dependence on the Almighty and our obligations as a people He has richly blessed.”
  • A portion of former President Ronald Reagan’s 1987 proclamation suggested Americans “turn our faces and our hearts to God not only at moments of personal danger and civil strife, but in the full flower of the liberty, peace, and abundance that He has showered upon us.”
  • A portion of former President Jimmy Carter’s 1979 proclamation read, “We endure and remain a land of hope because of the basic goodness and strength of our people and because the God of us all has shown us His favor.”
  • A portion of former President Gerald Ford’s 1976 proclamation, issued during the nation’s bicentennial celebration, read, “Let us also reflect on the profound faith in God which inspired the founding fathers.”
  • A portion of former President Richard Nixon’s 1973 proclamation read, “America is a nation under God.”
  • A portion of former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1967 proclamation read, “Let each of us pray that God will endow us with the constancy to prevail in defense of freedom, and with the courage and resolution to preserve and extend His blessings of liberty.”
  • A portion of former President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 proclamation read, “May we especially ask God’s blessing upon our homes, that this integral unit of society may nurture our youth and give to them the needed faith in God, in our Nation, and in their future.”
  • A portion of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1959 proclamation read, “Let us remember that our God is the God of all men, that only as all men are free can liberty be secure for any, and that only as all prosper can any be content in their good fortune.”
  • A portion of former President Harry Truman’s 1952 proclamation suggested Americans “beseech God to grant us wisdom to know the course which we should follow.”
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Climate activists dump manure near White House to protest Biden’s ‘bulls**t’ environmental plan

A group of climate activists gathered in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to literally make a stink about President Joe Biden’s environmental plan ahead of the White House summit on climate issues involving 40 world leaders.

What are the details?

Videos and photos circulating online of the Earth Day demonstration show activists wheeling pink wheelbarrows containing cow manure downtown toward the White House before dumping the contents in a pile onto the street.

In all, about 15 wheelbarrow loads of manure were dumped into a pile before a sign saying “stop the bulls**t” was planted on top, the Washington Examiner reported.

A spokesman for the activist group, called Extinction Rebellion, told the outlet they were protesting Biden’s plan to cut carbon emission by 50% of 2005 levels by 2030, which he argued was not nearly enough to ward off catastrophic environmental consequences.

“His plan to reduce carbon emissions by at least 50% by 2030, long after he’s out of office, is too little, too late,” the spokesman reportedly said. “We need net-zero carbon emissions by 2025. Anything else guarantees climate destruction and nails the coffin shut for millions across the globe.”

While dumping the manure, the activists were heard chanting, “As you bulls**t us, time is running out.” Another sign on display at the event read, “Declare Climate Emergency Now!”

Washingtonian writer Jane Recker reported that after dumping the manure, the activists dispersed without cleaning up their mess.

In remarks at the virtual summit, Biden framed the climate crisis as “the existential crisis of our time.”

What else?

The summit, according to The Hill, was riddled with technical difficulties. While Vice President Kamala Harris delivered remarks, her voice echoed on the live feed making it difficult for anyone to hear. A similar echo occurred at times during Biden’s remarks, as well.

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson was also affected by audio issues. The outlet reported that his remarks were “interrupted by dial sounds, as if someone were pressing phone keys near his microphone.”

Perhaps the funniest moment, however, occurred when it was time for Russian President Vladimir Putin to speak. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken had cut away from French President Emmanuel Macron because his speech was originally not accompanied with English subtitles and opened the floor to Putin. But the Russian president was apparently not aware of the transition.

“‘The floor is now to the President of the Russian Federation,’ Blinken said after several moments of silence, as Putin continued to shift in his seat, seemingly unaware that attention had turned to him … More than a minute later, Putin began giving his remarks,” The Hill reported.

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Episode-2862- The Ice Age Farmer on Climate Shifts and Food Shortages

Christian Westbrook is a researcher, food freedom activist, and founder of the Ice Age Farmer broadcast, which looks deeply at the future of our food supply, from the agenda to centralize control of food and defile our diets with insects Continue reading →

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AOC reintroduces the Green New Deal to fundamentally transform the US economy

Congressional Democrats, led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), reintroduced the Green New Deal on Tuesday, a sweeping progressive legislative agenda designed to fundamentally transform the U.S. economy to end capitalism while promoting so-called racial, economic, and climate “justice.”

“Not only do we refuse to leave any community behind but those who have been left behind come first,” Ocasio-Cortez said at a news conference announcing the reintroduction of the Green New Deal. “We’re going to transition to a 100% carbon-free economy that is more unionized, more just, more dignified and that guarantees more health care and housing than we’ve ever had before. That’s our goal.”

More than 100 Democrats are co-sponsoring the reintroduction of the Green New Deal resolution in the House, which comes ahead of a virtual international summit hosted by President Joe Biden to discuss climate change on Earth Day, this Friday.

While President Biden’s administration has not officially endorsed the Green New Deal, the president has signed several executive actions to curb U.S. oil and gas production and increase renewable energy production.

Sen. Markey urged Biden to be willing to go further to address climate change.

“We are going to be calling for the highest aspirations that our country can reach,” he said Tuesday. “We want to go big. Even bigger.”

Ocasio-Cortez first introduced the Green New Deal in 2019 as a nonbinding resolution in the House that broadly outlined a Democratic legislative agenda to remake the economy. The plan sets a goal of “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions” which will be met after a “10-year national mobilization” that would restructure government social programs, vastly expand government power to centrally plan the economy, and dramatically increase federal taxes and spending to fund it all.

The Green New Deal calls for “100 percent of the power demand in the United States” to be met through “clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources.” Infrastructure and public transportation would be overhauled to the point where “air travel stops becoming necessary,” relying on boondoggles like “high speed rail” and mandates requiring the public to use electric cars to meet the government’s standards. The resolution calls for “all existing buildings” in the United States to be upgraded for maximum energy efficiency.

But the “all hands on deck approach” of the Green New Deal goes well beyond climate policy. Ocasio-Cortez said the Democratic initiative must “rectify the injustices of the past” by providing free higher education for all Americans, “affordable, safe, and adequate” housing, free health care, and millions of “union jobs.”

She further added that Green New Deal legislation must address the “systemic cause of climate change.”

“While climate change is a planetary crisis, it does not have a random or environmental genesis,” she asserted. “It’s not just human-caused, it’s societally-caused. The climate crisis is a crisis born of injustice. And it is a crisis born of the pursuit of profit at any and all human and ecological cost.

“We must recognize in legislation that the trampling of indigenous rights is a cause of climate change. That the trampling of racial justice is a cause of climate change,” she continued. “We are allowing folks to deny ourselves human rights and deny people the right to health care, the right to housing and education.”

Green New Deal legislation is likely to remain aspirational for Democrats as Republicans are adamantly opposed to these policies, arguing they would make Americans poorer. Sen. John Barasso (R-Wyo.) called it the “Green New Disaster” in a statement responding to Markey and Ocasio-Cortez’s news conference.

“It’s about massively increasing the size of government and dictating how Americans live their lives,” Barasso said. “The last thing we need now is to double down on the punishing policies we have already seen from the Biden administration.”

Various bills related to Green New Deal policies that have already passed the Democratic-controlled House and have gone nowhere in the U.S. Senate. The Democrats’ narrowest possible 50-50 majority cannot overcome a filibuster threat from Republicans, leaving the viability of a plan to fundamentally restructure the U.S. economy very much in doubt.

For now, the Green New Deal serves as a messaging tool for Democrats to rally their progressive base and Republicans to attack ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

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Scientific American to begin using term ‘climate emergency,’ says it ‘agreed with major news outlets worldwide’ to do so

Scientific American — the longtime publication that covers the “intersection of science and society” — announced Monday that it will begin using the term “climate emergency” in its coverage of climate change.

In publishing the op-ed “We Are Living in a Climate Emergency, and We’re Going to Say So,” senior editor Mark Fischetti called attention to the magazine’s decision, which insists that “this is a statement of science, not politics.”

A Scientific American tweet added that it “agreed with major news outlets worldwide” in enacting the “climate emergency” terminology:

What else does Scientific American have to say?

The magazine said that adopting the term “climate emergency” is “not a journalistic fancy. We are on solid scientific ground.”

The op-ed went on to cite a January article from its pages that noted “more than 11,000 scientists from 153 countries had signed a report to signify their agreement that the world is facing a climate emergency that requires bold action. As of April 9, another 2,100 had signed on.”

The magazine, further citing the article, said that as of January, “1,859 jurisdictions in 33 countries have issued climate emergency declarations covering more than 820 million people.”

Fischetti wrote that “journalism should reflect what science says: the climate emergency is here.”

What does the magazine’s statement say?

The op-ed included Scientific American’s formal statement:

April 12, 2021


From Covering Climate Now, Scientific American, Columbia Journalism Review, the Nation, the Guardian, Noticias Telemundo, Al Jazeera, Asahi Shimbun and La Repubblica:

The planet is heating up way too fast. It’s time for journalism to recognize that the climate emergency is here.


This is a statement of science, not politics. Thousands of scientists—including James Hansen, the NASA scientist who put the problem on the public agenda in 1988, and David King and Hans Schellnhuber, former science advisers to the British and German governments, respectively—have said humanity faces a “climate emergency.”


Why “emergency”? Because words matter. To preserve a livable planet, humanity must take action immediately. Failure to slash the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will make the extraordinary heat, storms, wildfires and ice melt of 2020 routine and could “render a significant portion of the Earth uninhabitable,” warned the January Scientific American article.


The media’s response to COVID-19 provides a useful model. Guided by science, journalists have described the pandemic as an emergency, chronicled its devasting [sic] impacts, called out disinformation and told audiences how to protect themselves (with masks and social distancing, for example).


We need the same commitment to the climate story. As partners in Covering Climate Now, a global consortium of hundreds of news outlets, we will present coverage in the lead-up to Earth Day, April 22, 2021, around the theme “Living Through the Climate Emergency.” We invite journalists everywhere to join us.

How did folks react?

The response to Scientific American’s announcement on Twitter that it will begin using the term “climate emergency” was a mixed bag. Some commenters heartily agreed with the magazine, while others did not.

One user wrote “this is so scary; you can blame the Republicans for destroying our planet,” while another commenter replied, “Please do explain how that is? Also any peer reviewed papers you’ve written on the subject of how a political party is responsible for the climate of Earth.” Another user quipped, “Still waiting for Al Gore’s predictions to come true.”

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Pelosi blames border crisis on Trump and climate change

Democrats are scrambling following the massive surge of illegal immigrants and unaccompanied minors at the United States southern border. In the past week, there have been eye-opening reports about President Joe Biden’s migrant facilities, including children purportedly going days without showers or sunlight, populations at the detainment centers “akin to jail” at 729%, minors being denied access to communication to family members, and immigration lawyers being denied access to facilities.

The border crisis became so overwhelming that on Saturday, the Biden administration announced it was sending the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the border to assist with the record number of unaccompanied minors attempting to enter the U.S.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) acknowledged on Sunday that there is a “humanitarian challenge” at the border, but blamed former President Donald Trump and climate change for the overflow of illegal immigration.

“The facts of these, there are more children, about 600, 700 more children, unaccompanied children coming over the border,” Pelosi said on ABC News’ “This Week.” “This is a humanitarian challenge to all of us.”

Pelosi then pivoted to blaming Trump for the surge in illegal immigrants.

“What the administration has inherited is a broken system at the border, and they are working to correct that in the children’s interest,” Pelosi told host George Stephanopoulos. “I’m so pleased that the president, as a temporary measure, has sent FEMA to the border in order to help facilitate the children going from one — the 72-hour issue into where they are cared for as they are transferred into family homes or homes that are safe for them to be.”

Pelosi again passed the blame to the Trump administration by saying, “So this, again, is a transition for what was wrong before to what is right.”

“Of course, we have to also look to Central America, Mexico and the rest. The corruption, the violence, all of that’s so bad,” Pelosi briefly admitted, but then elaborated on what she considered a real culprit for the border crisis — climate change.

“My most recent trip to the Northern Triangle, that would be Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, you saw the impact of the climate change, mind you,” she claimed. “These people were leaving because of the drought. They couldn’t farm and they were seeking other ways to survive.”

There are others who believe that Biden’s lax immigration policies are causing a crisis at the border.

On Sunday morning, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), blamed Biden completely for the situation at the border.

“Empirically it is entirely. You can’t help but notice that the administration changes and there is a surge,” Cassidy told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace. “When they think they can get in they begin sending their unaccompanied child on a train ride across Mexico where she may be kidnapped and trafficked, on the hope that they’re going to be waved through at the border.”

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) told Axios earlier this month, “You just can’t say, ‘Yeah, yeah, let everybody in’ — because then we’re affected down there at the border. The bad guys know how to market this.”

Last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) proclaimed that he was deploying the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border to address the border crisis.

“The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden Administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration,” Abbott said.

Last March on the campaign trail, Biden announced to the world that he would end deportations if he was elected, “In the first 100 days of my administration — no one — no one will be deported at all. From that point on, the only deportations that will take place are commissions of felonies in the United States of America.”

In January, a migrant rights group issued a statement on behalf of the people participating in a caravan to the United States that demanded the Biden administration “honor its commitments.”

“We recognize the importance of the incoming Government of the United States having shown a strong commitment to migrants and asylum seekers, which presents an opportunity for the governments of Mexico and Central America to develop policies and a migration management that respect and promote the human rights of the population in mobility,” the statement from Pueblo Sin Fronteras read. “We will advocate that the Biden government honors its commitments.”

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Greta Thunberg can’t name single policy when confronted after saying Biden is not aggressive enough on climate

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg claimed Sunday that President Joe Biden’s climate policies are not aggressive enough to combat the challenges of climate change.

But when pressed to name a specific policy for Biden to enact, Thunberg was unable to name a single one.

What did Thunberg say?

Speaking with MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan, Thunberg, 18, said that Biden’s climate policies thus far are “not nearly enough in line with the science.”

“That’s not me saying that, that’s just black and white, looking at the facts,” Thunberg claimed.

When pressed on what specific policies Biden should enact to align his administration with science, Thunberg only said that Biden should “treat the climate crisis like a crisis” instead of engaging the climate like a “political topic among other topics.”

But Hasan pressed further.

“Is there a specific policy, or if he rang you up and said, ‘Greta, what should I do? I can wave a presidential magic wand executively. What should I do that I’m not?’ What would you say to him?” Hasan asked.

Thunberg again did not offer a specific policy.

“Well, nothing, because that’s not democratic. I mean, an elected leader cannot do anything without support from voters, and I would not want anyone to do anything that would not have the support because that would be undemocratic, and democracy is the most precious thing that we have and we must not risk that,” she said. “So, what we need now is to raise awareness and create public opinion to treat the crisis like a crisis.”

Thunberg endorsed Biden for president last year.

What has Biden done?

Contrary to what Thunberg believes, Biden has taken significant steps to advance the progressive climate agenda.

Not only did Biden cancel the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, but Biden signed an executive order on his first full day in office suspending “new oil and gas leasing and drilling permits for U.S. lands and waters,” the Associated Press reported. Biden’s order also applied to coal leases and permits.

Meanwhile, just hours after being inaugurated president, Biden rejoined the Paris climate agreement.

Biden also has established a new Cabinet-level position in his administration, appointing John Kerry to be the first ever White House climate czar.

Indeed, one of Biden’s key campaign promises included rolling back Trump-era climate policies to focus on “environmental justice.”

“The Biden plan will make a historic investment in our clean energy future and environmental justice, paid for by rolling back the Trump tax incentives that enrich corporations at the expense of American jobs and the environment,” Biden’s campaign website reads.

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Episode-2832- The Actual Climate Change You Should be Concerned About

As I do not subscribe to the alarmism around CO2 based climate change I am often accused of being of all things, a “climate change denier”.  This is so asinine!  I am actually very concerned about climate change an always Continue reading →

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MSM Joins Elitists In Propaganda Scheme: Eat More Bugs

For climate change and global warming, the elitists are demanding we all take to eating bugs.  But does anyone actually believe the rulers will be eating bugs? The mainstream media has begun their propaganda push to see if humans will actually eat bugs on their command.

The social engineering experiment in behavior modification has begun:

Entomophagy advocates say a cultural shift is already in the works, particularly among the young and adventurous urbanites who will be setting food trends for generations to come. “It’s not going to happen overnight, and it’s never going to 100% replace meat, but those of us who are health-conscious and environmentally aware have already started making that transition,” says biologist Jenna Jadin, who wrote Cicada-licious, a cookbook featuring cicada dumplings and other treats, just in time for the 2004 hatching of Washington D.C.’s 17-year cicada cycle (the next hatching is this summer. Get your skillets ready). –Yahoo

Why Is The Elitist Establishment So Obsessed With Meat?

Food culture does change. Five hundred years ago, Italians thought tomatoes were poisonous. In the 1800s, Americans considered lobsters to be trash food and fed them to prisoners. Few cultures ate raw fish 50 years ago; now sushi is ubiquitous. Insects are likely to follow the same trajectory, says Fisher, who suggests salt-roasted crickets served with beer as the ideal “gateway bug.” The sustainability factor, the health aspects, those are the angles that will make people want to try edible insects, he says. The rest is easy. “If it’s done right, they will keep coming back for more, because it tastes really good.” –Yahoo

Yes, food culture changes. However, anyone with any amount of common sense and critical thinking can see that this isn’t one that’s going to catch on without the brainwashing and propaganda campaigns of the mainstream media.

Bill Gates & Food Corporations Worked To End Livestock Production, Pushed Lab-Grown Meat

We have also warned that this propaganda push to get you to eat bugs and lower your standards of acceptable foods had begun with a fear of a “meat shortage.” This was all done by design. The real question is will humanity fall for this once again and descend further into slavery? Or will we finally wake up when it comes to such a life-sustaining issue as food?

BEWARE THE PROPAGANDA: MSM Wants Us To Fear The “Meat Crisis” The Government Caused

 

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Schumer mocks Texas over deadly energy crisis, blames ‘ignored climate change’: ‘Hope they learned a lesson’

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer disparaged and mocked Texas on Sunday as the Lone Star State battles the crisis triggered by record-breaking winter weather last week.

What happened in Texas?

When snow, ice, and blistering arctic air engulfed Texas and the deep south last week, millions of Texans were left in the dark and cold for days.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas — which is responsible for supplying the majority of the state’s electricity for more than 25 million Texans — has come under fire for vulnerabilities in the Texas power grid. In fact, Texas was just “seconds and minutes” away from experiencing catastrophic failure with its energy grid that would have left the state in the dark for months, the Texas Tribute reported.

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Texas is the only state in the continental US to run its own stand-alone electricity grid and had not been forced to weatherize because it is not subject to federal oversight.

The exact number of people who died from the extreme cold is not yet known.

What did Schumer say?

The New York Democrat said he hopes Texas “learned a lesson,” attributing the significant energy issues to officials who have “ignored climate change.”

“The bottom line is, Texas thought it could go it alone and built a system that ignored climate change,” Schumer said while speaking in Manhattan, the New York Post reported.

“It was not what’s called resilient, and now Texas is paying the price,” he mocked. “I hope they learned a lesson.”

Schumer went on to bash Texas officials for allegedly not considering the effects of climate change when constructing their energy systems.

“When we build power, when we build anything now, we have to take into account that climate change is real, or people will have to be caught the way the people in Texas were,” Schumer said.

“When I wrote the [Hurricane] Sandy bill, $60 billion for New York, we made sure everything was resilient,” he added. “When they built back the subways, built back this, built back that, they were going to be resistant to climate changes, and we have to do that.”

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Study warns solar farms could unleash unintended consequences on the environment, including global warming

A new study finds there could be unintended consequences of constructing massive solar farms in deserts around the world. The eye-opening research claims that huge solar farms, such as in the Sahara, could usher in environmental crises, including altering the climate and causing global warming.

The study was carried out by Zhengyao Lu, a researcher in Physical Geography at Lund University, and Benjamin Smith, director of research at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University. The results of their research were published in a Feb. 11 article in The Conversation.

Solar panels are darker colors such as black and blue to attract and absorb more heat, but they are usually much darker than the ground around the solar panel. The post cites an article that claims most solar panels are between 15% and 20% efficient in converting sunlight into usable energy. The researchers assert that the rest of the sunlight is returned to the surrounding environment as heat, “affecting the climate.”

The article notes that in order to replace fossil fuels, solar farms would need to be enormous — covering thousands of square miles, according to this article. Solar farms of this magnitude potentially present environmental consequences, not just locally but globally.

Authors of a 2018 study say that climate models show that installing ample numbers of wind turbines would double precipitation in the Sahara desert, and solar panels would increase precipitation by 50%. The researchers came to this conclusion by determining that the solar panels and wind turbines would decrease the albedo on the land surface. Albedo is the fraction of light that is reflected by a body or surface.

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The model revealed that when the size of the solar farm reaches 20% of the total area of the Sahara, it triggers a feedback loop. Heat emitted by the darker solar panels (compared to the highly reflective desert soil) creates a steep temperature difference between the land and the surrounding oceans that ultimately lowers surface air pressure and causes moist air to rise and condense into raindrops. With more monsoon rainfall, plants grow and the desert reflects less of the sun’s energy, since vegetation absorbs light better than sand and soil. With more plants present, more water is evaporated, creating a more humid environment that causes vegetation to spread.

Turning the Sahara desert into a lush, green oasis could have climate ramifications around the planet, including affecting the atmosphere, the ocean, the land, changing entire ecosystems, altering precipitation in Amazon’s rainforests, inducing droughts, and potentially triggering more tropical cyclones.

The good-intentioned effort to lower the world’s temperature could potentially do the opposite and increase the planet’s temperature, according to the researchers.

Covering 20% of the Sahara with solar farms raises local temperatures in the desert by 1.5°C according to our model. At 50% coverage, the temperature increase is 2.5°C. This warming is eventually spread around the globe by atmosphere and ocean movement, raising the world’s average temperature by 0.16°C for 20% coverage, and 0.39°C for 50% coverage. The global temperature shift is not uniform though – the polar regions would warm more than the tropics, increasing sea ice loss in the Arctic. This could further accelerate warming, as melting sea ice exposes dark water which absorbs much more solar energy.

The authors conclude their article by stating renewable energy solutions “may help society transition from fossil energy, but Earth system studies like ours underscore the importance of considering the numerous coupled responses of the atmosphere, oceans and land surface when examining their benefits and risks.”

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Biden declares ‘America First’ is over, reveals plans to ‘dramatically reshape’ US foreign policy

President Joe Biden has declared the end of “America First,” the foreign policy championed by former President Donald Trump that sought to prioritize the needs of Americans over international allies.

What did Biden do?

In separate speeches with international partners on Friday, Biden unveiled “his plans to dramatically reshape the U.S. foreign policy agenda,” according to the New York Post.

In his first speech to the Group of Seven — comprised of the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom — Biden “declare[d] that America is back and the trans-Atlantic alliance is back,” an administration official told the Post. The G-7 meeting was closed to media.

The administration official added that Biden emphasized “the core proposition that the trans-Atlantic alliance is a cornerstone for American engagement in the world in the 21st century, just as it was in the 20th.”

Meanwhile, Biden pushed the same message during a speech to the Munich Security Conference, announcing that America is “not looking backward,” an implicit reference to Trump and the policies of the Trump administration, according to the New York Times.

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And then he went on to offer a 15-minute ode to the power of alliances. He talked about an America that was itself overcoming challenges to the democratic experiment.

In sharp contrast to Mr. Trump, who declined on several occasions to acknowledge the United States’ responsibilities under Article V of NATO to come to the aid of allies, he said “We will keep the faith” with the obligation. “An attack on one is an attack on all.”

What is the background?

Biden has spent the opening weeks of his presidency dismantling much of his predecessor’s policies.

Not only has Biden jettisoned Trump’s “America First” foreign policy approach, but Biden has rejoined the Paris Agreement on climate change, reversed Trump’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization, and has signaled willingness to negotiate returning to the failed Iran nuclear deal.

“The United States would accept an invitation from the European Union High Representative to attend a meeting of the P5+1 and Iran to discuss a diplomatic way forward on Iran’s nuclear program,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said this week.

Biden was especially criticized this week over his willingness to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal.

In fact, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that negotiating with Iran will result in the Islamic nation obtaining nuclear weapons.

“Adopting the European Union model of accommodation will guarantee Iran a path to a nuclear arsenal,” Pompeo told the Washington Free Beacon.

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Arbiter of truth: Facebook plans to flag and debunk misinformation about climate change

After debunking misinformation about COVID-19 and the 2020 presidential election results, Facebook will now be the arbiter of truth about climate change. The social network will begin flagging and debunking climate change myths.

Facebook released a statement Thursday stating that the social media platform will “add informational labels to some posts on climate,” and direct users to the Facebook Climate Science Information Center, a resource that provides “science-based news, approachable information and actionable resources from the world’s leading climate change organizations.”

Previously, Facebook rolled out its Voting Information Center in August and the Coronavirus Information Center in March to combat news the company deemed to be misinformation.

“To debunk the myths with current and specific facts, we’ve brought in climate communication experts from the George Mason University, the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the University of Cambridge,” Facebook said.

“The spread of damaging falsehoods endangers the level of international cooperation required to prevent catastrophic global warming,” said Sander van der Linden of the University of Cambridge. “Facebook is in a unique position to counter the circulation of online misinformation, and the new climate ‘mythbusting’ section is an important step toward debunking dangerous falsehoods.”

“Developing rebuttals based on the best-practices from communication research is an important step toward countering online misinformation,” said Dr. John Cook of George Mason University.

Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication said, “Misinformation about climate change long predates the internet, but has been greatly amplified in our new digital world. This new mythbusting section of the Facebook Climate Science Information Center can help raise public climate change awareness and understanding worldwide.”

In May, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg declared that privately owned digital platforms should not act as the “arbiter of truth.” The pro-free speech comment was made after Twitter fact-checked a tweet by then-President Donald Trump.

“We have a different policy than, I think, Twitter on this,” Zuckerberg told the “Daily Briefing” host Dana Perino. “I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online. Private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”

The climate change fact-checking will begin in the U.K. and will expand into other countries soon. The Facebook Climate Science Information Center is currently available in 16 countries.

Facebook is banned in China, so the Climate Science Information Center will not be available to the world’s biggest polluter. China is responsible for nearly a third of the planet’s carbon dioxide emissions – over 10 gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions, almost double that of the United States, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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Bill Gates says ‘all rich nations should move to 100% synthetic beef’ to combat climate change

Bill Gates wants wealthier nations around the globe to ditch eating beef and instead switch to lab-grown or plant-based alternative “meats” in an effort to combat climate change.

What are the details?

The Microsoft cofounder sat down with MIT Technology Review to plug his new book, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,” and provided his views on what possible solutions might be viable — or not.

One area where Gates has become more optimistic is in the idea of transitioning folks away from beef, since cows are notoriously viewed as damaging to the environment due to emissions from their flatulence.

On this topic, Gates told MIT, “In terms of livestock, it’s very difficult. There are all the things where they feed them different food, like there’s this one compound that gives you a 20% reduction [in methane emissions]. But sadly, those bacteria [in their digestive system that produce methane] are a necessary part of breaking down the grass. And so I don’t know if there’ll be some natural approach there. I’m afraid the synthetic [protein alternatives like plant-based burgers] will be required for at least the beef thing.”

Gates went on to plug a number of firms he invests in that produce meat alternatives, such as Memphis Meats, Beyond Meat, and Impossible Foods, noting that “as for scale today, they don’t represent 1% of the meat in the world, but they’re on their way.”

He added that he does not think that such options would be viable in the world’s poorest countries where “we’ll have to use animal genetics to dramatically raise the amount of beef per emissions for them.”

Gates then declared:

I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef. You can get used to the taste difference, and the claim is they’re going to make it taste even better over time. Eventually, that green premium is modest enough that you can sort of change the [behavior of] people or use regulation to totally shift the demand.

The tech titan also complained about pushback in Congress over wanting to label the faux meat products as “beef,” however, he acknowledge that his idea may not catch on right away. Gates told MIT, “Now I’ve said I can actually see a path. But you’re right that saying to people, ‘You can’t have cows anymore’—talk about a politically unpopular approach to things.”

Anything else?

Gates, one of the richest men on the globe, has become increasingly involved in areas of agriculture in recent years. Last month, The Land Report discovered that he is now the largest private farmland owner in the United States.

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Bill Gates: “Climate Change and Bioterrorism” Will Be The Next Crises

Bill Gates, who was a part of event 201 before the coronavirus scamdemic “plagued” the world, is predicting there will be two other crises. And since we know he’s neck-deep in the COVID-19 scam, he’s probably got a role in these other crises as well.

Gates, a billionaire whose wealth has expanded while others were impoverished thanks to their enslavement to the ruling class is all but telling us what to expect the elitists to propagate as a “crisis.” We knew eventually that they’d try the climate change angle and demand we give up our private property while they live in luxury at our expense.

According to a report by The Hill, Gates revealed his “predictions” during an interview on Derek Muller’s YouTube channel Veritasium. Gates pointed out two prominent threats facing the modern world: climate change and bioterrorism.

“Every year that [climate change] would be a death toll even greater than we’ve had in this pandemic,” Gates said during the interview.

“Also, related to pandemics is something people don’t like to talk about much, which is bioterrorism, that somebody who wants to cause damage could engineer a virus. So that means the chance of running into this is more than just the naturally caused epidemics like the current one,” he said.

Bill Gates thinks we should be further enslaved to prevent the crises he’s planning on from happening. He’s all about control and power over everyone else.

While Gates said there will certainly be more pandemics in the future, he said humanity could increase its preparedness for one to the point where the world would never have a death toll anywhere near what is occurring today with the coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 107 million people and killed more than 2.3 million around the globe.

“Pandemics can be worse in terms of fatalities. Smallpox was over 30 percent fatality,” Gates said. “We were lucky that the fatality here is not, not super high, but we can nip in the bud…the number of deaths with the right system should be a tenth of what we’ve seen here.”

Gates said the world could prepare for the next pandemic by advancing mRNA research, the technology used in the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, increasing testing to 10 million PCR tests a day, and making more investments in diagnostic machines and therapeutics. –The Hill

Read about Event 201 (the elitists’ version) here. 

The biggest crisis facing humanity is not climate change, or pandemics (even if they are real.) The biggest crisis is people’s belief in slavery and belief that others have the right to rule them. It’s time to wake up and realize that government, in all aspects is slavery.  Changing the wording or voting for a new master won’t change the reality that some other person thinks they have a higher claim over your life and property than you do.  That is literally the definition of slavery and currently, that’s the crisis we should be concerned about. 

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Liberal Hollywood celebrities, who are known private jet flyers, demanding Biden kill Dakota Access Pipeline

Canceling the Keystone XL pipeline was one of President Joe Biden’s first actions after taking office, which reportedly cost at least 11,000 jobs thus far. Now, a group of Hollywood celebrities is demanding President Joe Biden kill the Dakota Access Pipeline.

However, many in the anti-pipeline coalition of liberal celebrities are famous for globetrotting around the world in carbon-spewing private jets.

A group of celebrities wrote a letter to President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to permanently shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline, also known as the Bakken pipeline.

“We urge you to remedy this historic injustice and direct the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to immediately shut down the illegal Dakota Access Pipeline while the Environmental Impact Statement process is conducted, consistent with the D.C. District Court’s decision and order,” the letter states. “Additionally, the U.S. Army Corps must ensure a robust environmental review with significant tribal consultation, tribal consent, and a thorough risk analysis.”

On Jan. 26, a federal appeals court upheld a district judge’s order for a full environmental impact review of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Though the DAPL is under review, the pipeline may continue to operate.

“We respectfully urge you to reverse another harmful Trump Administration decision and immediately shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) during its court-ordered environmental review,” the letter from a “broad coalition of Native-led groups, environmental organizations, and influencers” says.

“With your leadership, we have a momentous opportunity to protect our water and respect our environmental laws and the rights of Indigenous people,” the letter concludes. “This is our moment.”

The letter is signed by liberal celebrities, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Don Cheadle, Chris Hemsworth, Alyssa Milano, Cher, Amy Schumer, Ed Helms, Jane Fonda, Chelsea Handler, Joaquin Phoenix, Marisa Tomei, Jason Momoa, Jennifer Connelly, Orlando Bloom, Rooney Mara, Sarah Silverman, and Shailene Woodley.

Ironically, the so-called environmentalists calling for an end to the oil pipeline are also well-to-do celebrities who have a record of flying private planes instead of commercial planes to decrease their carbon footprint. Many of the virtue-signaling celebrities prefer to fly on private planes, which burn 40 times as much carbon per passenger as regular commercial flights, according to one report.

Fox News compiled a list of celebrities who say they are fighting against climate change, but also brag that they travel on private jets.

While boasting about his Marvel-licensed T-shirt “promoting climate justice and clean energy resources around the world,” Chris Evans was also flying in a private jet.

Fellow Marvel actor Mark Ruffalo was branded as a “hypocrite” by National Review in 2016 for lecturing people about fracking before flying in a private plane from New York to London for a British movie awards show.

According to a 2014 Daily Mail article, “DiCaprio took at least 20 trips across the nation and around the world this year alone – including numerous flights from New York to Los Angeles and back, a ski vacation to the French Alps, another vacation to the French Riviera, flights to London and Tokyo to promote his film Wolf of Wall Street, two trips to Miami and trip to Brazil to watch the World Cup.”

The article states that if DiCaprio had taken a commercial airliner for all of those flights, he could have saved 44 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from going into the atmosphere.

Jane Fonda, Scarlett Johansson, and Cher have all used private jets in the past.

Comedian Chelsea Handler and Amy Schumer bragged that they flew their dogs on luxury private jets.

Grow America’s Infrastructure Now claims that shutting down the Dakota Access Pipeline would result in the loss of 3,000 direct upstream jobs, 4,900 indirect jobs, and 7,400 lost jobs due to the lack of money coming into the region. The report finds that North Dakota and Montana would lose out on $912 million in taxes.

The $3.8 billion, 1,172-mile DAPL stretches near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation that straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border. The tribe fears pollution or oil spills in the nearby Missouri River.

Recently, John Kerry was named as President Joe Biden’s new climate czar, which set off a wave of criticism for his hypocrisy for the time that he used a private jet to travel to accept an environmental award in 2019.

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French court finds France failed to meet its own Paris Agreement climate commitments

A French court declared France was guilty of failing to meet its own climate change goals that it had committed to when it signed the international agreement named after its own capital city. The lawsuit brought by four environmental groups claimed that France was not living up to the terms agreed upon in the Paris Agreement.

France, which brokered the 2015 international treaty on climate change, committed to reducing greenhouse gases by 40% by 2030. France also pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050. However, four non-governmental organizations said the French government wasn’t doing enough to curb climate change and was “responsible for ecological damage.”

The NGOs include environmental groups Greenpeace France, Oxfam France, “It’s Everyone’s Business,” and “The Foundation for Nature and Mandking.” Two years ago, the environmental groups organized a petition to denounce “climate inaction” by the French government. The petition received 2 million signatures within a month. In March 2019, the organizations filed a lawsuit against France, according to CBS News.

The lawsuit alleges that France’s greenhouse gas emissions “dropped at a pace that was twice as slow as the trajectories foreseen under the law.”

On Wednesday, Paris’ administrative court ruled that the French government was guilty of not living up to climate change expectations. The court ordered France to pay one euro ($1.20) for moral damage to each of the associations behind the lawsuit. Judges told the state to focus their efforts on meeting the greenhouse gas reduction goals set forth by the Paris Climate Accord.

The administrative tribunal declared that it would reevaluate the country’s climate change efforts in two months and determine if further measures should be taken against the government over their climate crisis response.

“The judges examined whether there was a causal link between this ecological damage and the various breaches alleged against the state in the fight against climate change. They held that the state should be held responsible for part of this damage if it failed to meet its commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” the court statement said.

Despite only symbolic punishments levied against the French government, the NGOs were excited over the court’s ruling.

“This decision marks a first historic victory for the climate and a major advance in French law,” the organizations said in a joint statement. “This judgment also marks a victory for the truth: Until now, the state has denied that its climate policies were insufficient, despite mounting evidence.”

“This is the first recognition by the courts of the responsibility of the French State for its climate inaction,” Clementine Baldon, a lawyer for one of the NGOs, said.

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on his first day in office to rejoin the Paris Agreement. Former President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Accord during his presidency.

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Keystone XL pipeline manager speaks out after Biden executive order, explains the job toll

A construction manager working on the Keystone XL pipeline made clear last week that President Joe Biden’s executive order canceling the key contract for the oil pipeline had an immediate impact on American jobs.

What are the details?

A video posted by the Washington Examiner shows a general manager working on the pipeline explain that the project was responsible for “thousands of jobs,” but as a result of Biden’s executive order, “hundreds of guys” had already been laid off.

The manager — who was identified by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as Josh Senk, a general manager for Michels Corp., one of the subcontractors working on the pipeline — explained that many of those who have been laid off are from Wisconsin.

“There’s hundreds of guys that got laid off,” Senk explained last Friday.

Halting construction of the pipeline was one of Biden’s first actions as president, taken no doubt to appease progressive environmentalists and climate hawks.

Biden’s order declared, “The United States must be in a position to exercise vigorous climate leadership in order to achieve a significant increase in global climate action and put the world on a sustainable climate pathway. Leaving the Keystone XL pipeline permit in place would not be consistent with my Administration’s economic and climate imperatives.”

How many jobs are at stake?

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has been a leading voice speaking out against Biden’s order.

During the Senate confirmation hearing last week for Pete Buttigieg, who is Biden’s nominee for transportation secretary, Cruz grilled the former South Bend mayor about the job toll of Biden’s order.

“And with the stroke of a pen, President Biden has told those 11,000 workers, those union workers, ‘Your jobs are gone,'” Cruz said.

The Washington Post later fact-checked Cruz’s claim that Biden’s order nixed 11,000 jobs, essentially concluding that, yes, Biden did, adding the snide caveat that most of the jobs are temporary. “Cruz cited a real estimate of approximately 11,000 jobs, but he left out that they were all temporary. In the same report, the State Department said the Keystone XL pipeline, if built, would require only 35 to 50 permanent positions,” the Post said.

Cruz later responded by stating the obvious, “ALL construction jobs are temporary. Presidents still shouldn’t destroy them.”

Anything else?

Unions, including at least two that endorsed Biden, have since blasted him for revoking the key construction permit.

The the Laborers’ International Union of North America, which endorsed Biden, reacted last week, “#Pipeline construction has been a lifeline for many #LIUNA members across the country. The anticipated decision to cancel the #KeystonePipeline will kill thousands of good-paying #UNION jobs!”

Andy Black, president and CEO of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines, said, “Killing 10,000 jobs and taking $2.2 billion in payroll out of workers’ pockets is not what Americans need or want right now.”

The United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters, which endorsed Biden, also condemned the new administration.

Meanwhile, even Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke out against Biden’s decision.

“While we welcome the President’s commitment to fight climate change, we are disappointed but acknowledge the President’s decision to fulfill his election campaign promise on Keystone XL,” Trudeau said last week.

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