March 4 Energy News

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World:

¶ The Canadian province of Ontario will invest $100 million into “green energy” projects in its push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 37% by 2030. Ontario’s premier said this will help the province cut greenhouse gas emissions while improving local business prospects. [CleanTechnica]

Ontario wind turbine. Image via Shutterstock Ontario wind turbine. Image via Shutterstock

¶ German utility E·ON will partner with Solarwatt GmbH to develop and release modular energy storage systems based on Solarwatt’s MyReserve battery. The first models are expected in the next few months. E·ON’s domestic marketplace has over 1½ million private rooftop PV systems. [CleanTechnica]

¶ India gave a big clue about how serious it is about energy transformation policy when it doubled a national tax on coal. The increase, to ₹400 per tonne ($6/tonne), applies to all domestic and imported coal. The coal tax represents 30% of the wholesale price of domestic coal. [Corporate Knights Magazine

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Denierville Dumpster Fire: New Satellite Data Shows Greater Warming

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Tough enough to crank out these videos on a tight schedule, but the ground keeps shifting as I’m working.  That sound of grinding metal you hear is the wheels coming off the climate denial monster truck.

Right now, I am finishing a companion piece to the Satellite Temperature video that set off  an ongoing denierville dumpster fire a few weeks ago, and caused a climate denial stalwart, John Christy,  the Ned Flanders of climate denial, to break into a rant in congressional testimony about “well funded videos” attacking his work.

Anyhow, even as I’m working with video of Zeke Hausfather of Berkeley Earth predicting more adjustments to the satellite record – news breaks, of course, of new adjustments to the satellite record.  Of course, they show more warming in the very record that Ted Cruz likes to wave around at hearings and elsewhere.

Dana Nuccitelli in the Guardian:

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In 1993, Noam Chomsky delivered the Zika secret

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In 1993, Noam Chomsky delivered the Zika secret

Dear reader, I’ve been telling you the truth all along. Now we go even deeper.

More often than we suppose, a piece of forgotten history illuminates the present moment like a stroke of lightning above the landscape.

By Jon Rappoport

In December of 1993, Noam Chomsky published an article in Z Magazine titled, “The Clinton Vision.” Chomsky was actually discussing US foreign policy in the Western hemisphere since 1945. He focused on Brazil.

He spoke of the US takeover of that country, and how under guise of spreading democracy and the free market, the real operation was control of land, resources, and labor—ruled by a corrupt Brazilian oligarchy in turn managed by a US government-corporate nexus.

Workers in the northeastern area of Brazil were subjugated to a life of misery, the most obvious sign of which was extreme, generation-to-generation malnutrition.

Read this…

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Will #ExxonKnew Go to Court?

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Inside Climate News:

The U.S. Justice Department has forwarded a request from two congressmen seeking a federal probe of ExxonMobil to the FBI’s criminal division.

U.S. Representatives Ted Lieu and Mark DeSaulnier sought the probe last year to determine whether the oil giant violated federal laws by “failing to disclose truthful information” about climate change.

In response, the Justice Department deferred to the FBI, saying it is that agency’s responsibility to conduct an initial assessment of facts that prompted the congressmen’s request.  Such action is considered standard procedure, according to former federal prosecutors who say the response appears ambiguous as to what action may be taken by the FBI.

“As a courtesy, we have forwarded your correspondence to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),” said a letter to the congressmen from Peter J. Kadzik, an assistant U.S. attorney general.

“The FBI is the investigative arm of the Department, upon which…

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The “Not so” Extraordinary Meeting of the Arms Trade Treaty

IPPNW peace and health blog

IPPNW’s Dr. Bob Mtonga participated in a February 29th  “Extraordinary Meeting” of states parties and observers to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)  that turned out to be quite ordinary.

The meeting was convened to discuss organizational issues including proposals for the administrative arrangements of the Secretariat, its structure, location, funding and confirmation of staffing positions, as well as cost estimates and location of the 2nd Conference of States Parties to the ATT (CSP2), to be held at the World Trade Centre in Geneva, Switzerland from 2226 August 2016.

The Extra-ordinary Meeting however missed an opportunity to consider substantive items –  such as possible violations of the Treaty by States Parties, including continued arms exports to Saudi Arabia.

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Climate Denial Conspiracy Nut Job Ready for Texas Board of Education

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

If you are still wondering how someone like Donald Trump can get traction in an election – or the role of science denial in degrading public discourse, or the link between climate deniers and racist conspiracy theories, here’s more food for thought.

Above, video from the Heartland Climate denial conference in 2012 shows how climate deniers have made common cause with young earth creationists to destroy the teaching of science and critical thought in American schools.
Below, the fresh new face of climate denial in Texas.

Raw Story:

A woman who believes in the New World Order conspiracy theory and that President Obama worked as a gay prostitute could soon win a seat on the Texas state Board of Education, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Mary Lou Bruner fell just 2 points short of gaining the 50 percent needed to avoid a run-off. Bruner, who claims to be a retired…

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March 3 Energy News

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World:

¶ The six-turbine Coonooer Bridge wind farm in the Australian state of Victoria has become the first operational wind farm from the Australian Capital Territory’s wind auction process. The 20-MW wind farm is expected to become fully operational this month. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind farm in Australia. Author: Steven Caddy. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic Wind farm in Australia. Author: Steven Caddy. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

¶ According to a study led by the University of Leeds, about 80,000 air quality-related deaths are prevented each year as a direct result of the introduction of European Union policies and new technologies. They led to a 35% reduction in fine particles in the atmosphere since 1970. [CleanTechnica]

¶ In Scotland, 70% of those polled want to see more renewable energy such as wind, solar, wave and tidal, and two-thirds agreed that the next government should “continue to take forward policies that tackle greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.”…

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Leo DiCaprio’s Dark Snow Connection

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

LeoandBox

As I’ve reported – the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation helped support last summer’s Dark Snow Project efforts in Greenland. Although my schedule did not mesh – Leo’s plans tend to be rather fluid – Jason Box was there to take Leo to some key locations on the ice, and sketch out the problem.

But that was last year.
This summer, for the first time in 3 years, I won’t be heading to Greenland – but there is another project in the works that expands on Dark Snow’s mission – and I’ll need your help.
Announcement coming soon.

If you’re ready to jump in now, click on the image below, and earmark your donation to Peter Sinclair 2016.

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Mashable:

The speech came as no surprise to Jason Box, a glaciology professor at the Geologic Survey of Denmark and Greenland.Box is one of the scientists who was already personally familiar with the world-famous…

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Indian Point: The Cancer Cluster, The Movie & The Simulation

Former CEO Indicted on March 1st for Masterminding Conspiracy Not to Compete for Oil & Gas Leases; Dead on March 2nd, Age 56

Mining Awareness +

The former Chesapeake CEO died in an auto accident at age 56, one day after being indicted by the USDOJ.

Chesapeake, along with two other companies, is being sued by the Sierra Club over earthquakes believed generated by its waste disposal wells (See post bottom). Chesapeake also is said to have blocked research into impacts of fracking: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/06/05/us-epa-fracking-findings-likely-contaminated-by-industry-along-with-water/

From the US DOJ:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Former CEO Indicted for Masterminding Conspiracy Not to Compete for Oil and Natural Gas Leases

Aubrey K. McClendon has been charged by a federal grand jury with conspiring to rig bids for the purchase of oil and natural gas leases in northwest Oklahoma, the Department of Justice announced today.

The indictment alleges that McClendon orchestrated a conspiracy between two large oil and gas companies to not bid against each other for the purchase of certain oil and natural gas leases…

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Transformational News In 60 Seconds; What Works For Seven Future Generations Without Causing Harm?

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