Climate Will Be a Big Club for Dems in Election Year

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

It’s Super Tuesday. We may see climate denier Donald Trump become the unstoppable nominee of the Republican Party – which at least, is truth in advertising – but a nightmare for anyone that cares about the future of this country, this planet, or their children.


Above, Democratic ad shows a theme we can expect to see more of as Republicans continue their lockstep denial of science in the face of increasing climate impacts. The water rising around Floridian’s ankles comes to mind – to mention just one electorally important state.

As the election year unfolds, it appears there is a good chance that 2016 will be at least as warm, globally, as the last two record breaking years – and arctic sea ice is in danger of breaking new low records as well.

Republicans have made themselves defenseless on this issue, and we can expect that whoever the Democrats nominate…

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Mystery Deepens Around Greenland “Cold Spot”

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

The Day After Tomorrow scenario, still alive?

A year ago I  published this video around Oceanographer Stefan Rahmstorf’s paper (with Mike Mann and Jason Box) describing a mysterious “cold spot” in the North Atlantic.
The spot is still there, and the video continues to attract international attention.

dayafter Danish. For the headline, Google translate gives “The nightmare scenario from the movie ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ keeps perhaps water”.
First paragraph:
“In the disaster film “The Day After Tomorrow ‘means changes in the Gulf Stream beginning of Earth’s destruction. New research confirms the specter, but downplays the consequences.”

More details from Stefan Rahmstorf’s write up of last year – below.

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SLAPP Lawsuits; Whistleblowers Censored And Sued – Objective Is To Stifle All Activists And Chill The 99 Percent Movement Through Fear, Intimidation, Threats, Financial Pressure And Jail

SLAPP Lawsuits; Whistleblowers Censored And Sued – Objective Is To Stifle All Activists And Chill The 99 Percent Movement Through Fear, Intimidation, Threats, Financial Pressure And Jail


SLAPP Suits: Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation

Veronica Islas and Tomoe Yoshihara look at the legal and ethical issues around suing protesters so they keep their mouth shut. The Mclibel case is one the most famous examples of an abuse of the judicial system to serve corporate interests. Anti-slapp legislation is in the works in certain jurisdictions. Sometimes the truth hurts and sometimes the long arm of the law gives democracy a slapp in the face.

Attorney Lawrence Walters Comments on SLAPP Suits and Free Speech Concerns

In this news segment, First Amendment Attorney Lawrence Walters discusses the legal concerns surrounding the posting of critical comments online and the potential legal action that can result. Specific attention is focused on a defamation lawsuit brought by a doctor against the poster of critical comments.


John Oliver’s Spectacular Trump Takedown

At the end of this video, John Oliver says that he expects a lawsuit from Trump.. 


Wikipedia; “A strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) is a lawsuit that is intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition.[1] Such lawsuits have been made illegal in many jurisdictions on the grounds that they impedefreedom of speech.
The typical SLAPP plaintiff does not normally expect to win the lawsuit. The plaintiff’s goals are accomplished if the defendant succumbs to fear, intimidation, mounting legal costs or simple exhaustion and abandons the criticism. In some cases, repeated frivolous litigation against a defendant may raise the cost ofdirectors and officers liability insurance for that party, interfering with an organization’s ability to operate.[2] A SLAPP may also intimidate others from participating in the debate. A SLAPP is often preceded by a legal threat.
There is a difficulty in that plaintiffs do not present themselves to the Court admitting that their intent is to censor, intimidate or silence their critics. Hence, the difficulty in drafting SLAPP legislation, and in applying it, is to craft an approach which affords an early termination to invalid abusive suits, without denying a legitimate day in court to valid good faith claims. Thus, anti-SLAPP laws target tactics used by SLAPP plaintiffs. Common anti-SLAPP laws include measures such as penalties for plaintiffs who file lawsuits ruled frivolous and special procedures where a defendant may ask a judge to consider that a lawsuit is a SLAPP (and usually subsequently dismiss the suit).
Anti-SLAPP laws occasionally come under criticism from those who believe that there should not be barriers to the right to petition for those who sincerely believe they have been wronged, regardless of ulterior motives. Nonetheless, anti-SLAPP are generally considered to have a favorable effect, and many lawyers have fought to enact stronger laws protecting against SLAPPs.[3]


SLAPPs take various forms. The most common used to be a civil suit for defamation, which in the English common law tradition was a tort. The common law of libel dates to the early 17th century and (unusual in English law) is reverse onus, meaning, once someone alleges a statement is libelous, the burden was on the defendant to prove that it is not. 
In England and Wales, the Defamation Act 2013 removed most of the uses of defamation as a SLAPP by requiring the proof of special damage. Various abusive uses of this law including political libel (criticism of the political actions or views of others) have ceased to exist in most places, but persist in some jurisdictions (notably British Columbia and Ontario) where political views can be held as defamatory.
A common feature of SLAPPs is forum shopping, wherein plaintiffs find courts that are more favourable towards the claims to be brought than the court in which the defendant (or sometimes plaintiffs) live.[4]
Other widely mentioned elements of a SLAPP are the actual effectiveness at silencing critics, the timing of the suit, inclusion of extra or spurious defendants (such as relatives or hosts of legitimate defendants), inclusion of plaintiffs with no real claim (such as corporations that are affiliated with legitimate plaintiffs), making claims that are very difficult to disprove or rely on no written record, ambiguous or deliberately mangled wording that lets plaintiffs make spurious allegations without fear of perjury, refusal to consider any settlement (or none other than cash), characterization of all offers to settle as insincere, extensive and unnecessary demands for discovery, attempts to identify anonymous or pseudonymous critics, appeals on minor points of law, demands for broad rulings when appeal is accepted on such minor points of law, and attempts to run up defendants’ costs even if this clearly costs more to the plaintiffs.
Several jurisdictions have passed anti-SLAPP laws, designed to quickly remove cases out of court. In many cases, the plaintiff is also required to pay a penalty for bringing the case, known as a SLAPP-back.


The acronym was coined in the 1980s by University of Denver professors Penelope Canan and George W. Pring. [5] The term was originally defined as “a lawsuit involving communications made to influence a governmental action or outcome, which resulted in a civil complaint or counterclaim filed against nongovernment individuals or organizations on a substantive issue of some public interest or social significance.” 
The concept’s originators later dropped the notion that government contact had to be about a public issue to be protected by the Right to Petition the Government, as provided in the First Amendment. It has since been defined less broadly by some states, and more broadly in one state (California) where it includes suits about speech on any public issue. [6]
The original conceptualization proffered by Canan and Pring emphasized the right to petition as protected in the United States under the US Constitution’s specific protection in the First Amendment’s fifth clause. It is still definitional: SLAPPs refer to civil lawsuits filed against those who have communicated to government officialdom (in its entire constitutional apparatus). 
The Right to Petition, granted by Edgar the Peaceful, King of England in the 10th century, antedates the Magna Carta in terms of its significance in the development of democratic institutions. As currently conceived, the right claims that democracy cannot properly function in the presence of barriers between the governed and the governing.[7]
New York Supreme Court Judge J. Nicholas Colabella, in reference to SLAPPs: “Short of a gun to the head, a greater threat to First Amendment expression can scarcely be imagined.” Gordon v. Morrone, 590 N.Y.S.2d 649, 656 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 1992). A number of jurisdictions have made such suits illegal, provided that the appropriate standards of journalistic responsibility have been met by the critic.
Jurisdictional variations


In the Australian Capital Territory, the Protection of Public Participation Act 2008 protects conduct intended to influence public opinion or promote or further action in relation to an issue of public interest. A party starting or maintaining a proceeding against a defendant for an improper purpose may be ordered to pay a financial penalty to the Territory.[8]


Some political libel and forum shopping incidents, both common in Canada, have been called SLAPPs, because such suits load defendants with costs of responding in unfamiliar jurisdictions or at times (typically elections) when they’re extremely busy and short of funds. Both types of suits are almost unique to Canada, so there is little academic concern nor examination of whether political subject matter or remote forums are a clear indicator of SLAPP.

British Columbia

One of the first cases in Canada to be explicitly ruled a SLAPP was Fraser v. Saanich (see [1999] B.C.J. No. 3100 (B.C. S.C.)) (QL), where the British Columbia Supreme Court struck out the claim of a hospital director against the District of Saanich, holding that it was a meritless action designed to silence or intimidate the residents who were opposed to the plaintiff’s plan to redevelop the hospital facilities.
Following the decision in Fraser v. Saanich, the Protection of Public Participation Act went into effect in British Columbia in April, 2001. The legislation was repealed in August, 2001. There was extensive debate on its merits and the necessity of having hard criteria for judges and whether this tended to reduce or increase process abuse. The debate was largely formed by the first case to discuss and apply the Protection of Public Participation Act (PPPA), Home Equity Development v. Crow.[9] 
The defendants’ application to dismiss the action against them was dismissed. The defendants failed to meet the burden of proof required by the PPPA, that the plaintiffs had no reasonable prospect of success. While it was not the subject of the case, some felt that the plaintiffs did not bring their action for an improper purpose, and the suit did not inhibit the defendants in their public criticism of the particular project, and that the Act was therefore ineffective in this case.
Since the repeal, BC activists especially the BCCLA have argued repeatedly for a broad understanding of SLAPP and a broad interpretation of judicial powers especially in intervener applications in BC and other common law jurisdictions and when arguing for new legislation to prevent SLAPPs. The activist literature contains extensive research on particular cases and criteria. The West Coast Environmental Law Association agrees and generally considers BC to lag other jurisdictions [2]. So do some BC lawyers, again listing specific cases [3].

Nova Scotia

A private member’s bill introduced in 2001 by Graham Steele (NDP, Halifax Fairview) proposed a “Protection of Public Participation Act” to dismiss proceedings or claims brought or maintained for an improper purpose, awarding punitive or exemplary damages (effectively, a SLAPP back) and protection from liability for communication or conduct which constitutes public participation. The bill did not progress beyond first reading.[10]


In Ontario, the decision in Daishowa v. Friends of the Lubicon (see [1996] O.J. No. 3855 Ont. Ct. Gen. Div.) (QL) was also instructive on SLAPPs. A motion brought by the corporate plaintiff Daishowa to impose conditions on the defendant Friends of the Lubicon Indian Band that they would not represent Daishowa’s action as a SLAPP was dismissed.
By 2010, the Ontario Attorney-General issued a major report which identified SLAPP as a major problem[11] but initially little or nothing was done.[12]
In June, 2013, the Attorney General introduced legislation to implement the recommendations of the report; that bill was re-introduced after the 2014 election. As of 2014, Bill 83, the Protection of Public Participation Act (2014), has been referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy and is not yet law.[13] 
The bill proposes a mechanism for an order to dismiss strategic lawsuits which attack free expression on matters of public interest, with full costs (but not punitive damages) and on a relatively short timeframe, if the underlying claims have no reasonable prospect of success.[14] In October 2015, Ontario passed the Protection of Public Participation Act, 2015.[15]
The bill is supported by a wide range of groups including municipalities,[16] the Canadian Environmental Law Association, EcoJustice, Environmental Defence,[17]Ontario Clean Air Alliance, Ontario Nature, Canadian Civil Liberties Association,[18] Canadian Journalists for Free Expression,[19] Citizens Environment Alliance of Southwestern Ontario, 
The Council of Canadians, CPAWS Wildlands League, Sierra Club Ontario, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario[20] and GreenpeaceCanada.[21] The Ontario Civil Liberties Association has called upon the Attorney General to go further, as Bill 83 does not correct fundamental flaws with Ontario’s defamation law which impose a one-sided burden of proof to force defendants to disprove falsity, malice, and damage within a very limited framework where “truth”, “privilege”, “fair comment”, and “responsible reporting” are their only recognised defences.[22]


Québec’s then Justice Minister, Jacques Dupuis, proposed an anti-SLAPP bill on June 13, 2008. [23] The bill was adopted by the National Assembly of Quebec on June 3, 2009. As of September 2013, Quebec’s amended Code of Civil Procedure is the only anti-SLAPP mechanism in force in Canada.
This bill was invoked in Ontario (and then Supreme Court of Canada docket 33819) in the case of Les Éditions Écosociété Inc., Alain Deneault, Delphine Abadie andWilliam Sacher vs. Banro Inc., in which the publisher Écosociété pled (supported by the BCCLA [4]) that it should not face Ontario liability for a publication in Quebec, as the suit was a SLAPP and the Quebec law explicitly provided to dismiss these. 
The court denied the request, ruling that the Ontario court did have jurisdiction.[24] A separate 2011 decision in Quebec Superior Court had ruled that Barrick Gold had to pay $143,000 to the book’s three authors and publisher, Les Éditions Écosociété Inc., to prepare their defence in a “seemingly abusive” strategic lawsuit against public participation.[25] 
Despite the Québec ruling, a book “Noir Canada” documenting the relationship between Canadian mining corporations, armed conflict and political actors in Africa was never published as part of a settlement which, according to the authors, was only made for the sole purpose of resolving the three-and-a-half year legal battle.
The Quebec law is substantially different in structure than that of California[26] or other jurisdictions, however as Quebec’s Constitution generally subordinates itself to international law, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights applies. That treaty only permits liability for arbitrary and unlawful speech. The ICCPR has also been cited, in the BC case Crookes v. Newton, as the standard for balancing free speech versus reputation rights. The Supreme Court of Canada in October 2011, ruling in that case, neither reiterated nor rescinded that standard.

United States

Twenty-eight states, the District of Columbia, and Guam have enacted statutory protections against SLAPPs.[27]These states are Arizona, Arkansas,California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota,[28] Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas,[29][30] Utah, Vermont, and Washington. In Colorado and West Virginia, the courts have adopted protections against SLAPPs. These laws vary dramatically in scope and level of protection, and the remaining states lack specific protections.
There is no federal anti-SLAPP law. The extent to which state laws apply in federal courts is unclear, and the circuits are split on the question. The First,[31] Fifth[32]and Ninth[33] circuits have allowed litigants from Maine, Louisiana and California, respectively, to use their state’s special motion in federal district courts in diversity actions. The D.C. Circuit has held the reverse for D.C. litigants.[34]
It has been argued that the lack of uniform protection against SLAPPs has encouraged forum shopping; proponents of federal legislation have argued that the uncertainty about one’s level of protection has likely magnified the chilling effect of SLAPPs.[35]
In December 2009, Rep. Steve Cohen (D–Tennessee) introduced the Citizen Participation Act in the U.S. House.[36] This marks the first time the Congress has considered federal anti-SLAPP legislation, though the Congress enacted the SPEECH Act on the closely related issue of libel tourism.[37] Like many state anti-SLAPP laws, H.R. 4364 would allow the defendant of a SLAPP to have the suit quickly dismissed and to recover fees and costs.


California has a unique variant of anti-SLAPP legislation which has led to a significant volume of SLAPP litigation in that state. A search for reported cases on SLAPP litigation in 2009 found 1,386 cases for the State of California alone. 
The rest of the states combined had about 341, of which Massachusetts accounted for 176, raising the question whether California’s SLAPP statute is accomplishing its primary objective of reducing costly litigation.[38] The U.S. state of California enacted Code of Civil Procedure § 425.16 in 1992, a statute intended to frustrate SLAPPs by providing a quick and inexpensive defense.[6] 
It provides for a special motion that a defendant can file at the outset of a lawsuit to strike a complaint when it arises from conduct that falls within the rights of petition or free speech. The statute expressly applies to any writing or speech made in connection with an issue under consideration or review by a legislative, executive, or judicial proceeding, or any other official proceeding authorized by law, but there is no requirement that the writing or speech be promulgated directly to the official body. It also applies to speech in a public forum about an issue of public interest and to any other petition or speech conduct about an issue of public interest.
To win an anti-SLAPP motion, the defendant must first show that the lawsuit is based on claims related to constitutionally protected activities, typically First Amendment rights such as free speech, and typically seeks to show that the claim lacks any basis of genuine substance, legal underpinnings, evidence, or prospect of success. If this is demonstrated then the burden shifts to the plaintiff, to affirmatively present evidence demonstrating a reasonable probability of succeeding in their case by showing an actual wrong would exist as recognized by law, if the facts claimed were borne out.
The filing of an anti-SLAPP motion stays all discovery. This feature acts to greatly reduce the cost of litigation to the anti-SLAPP defendant, and can make beating the motion extremely difficult for the plaintiff, because they effectively must prove their case has at least a basis of visible legal merit and is not merely vexatious, prior to discovery.
If the special motion is denied, the order denying the motion is immediately appealable. Defendants prevailing on an anti-SLAPP motion (including any subsequent appeal) are entitled to a mandatory award of reasonable attorney’s fees. After an anti-SLAPP motion has been filed, a plaintiff cannot escape this mandatory fee award by amending its complaint. More than 300 published court opinions have interpreted and applied California’s anti-SLAPP law.[39]
California’s Code of Civil Procedure § 425.17 corrects what the Legislature found to be abuse of the anti-SLAPP statute.[40] Signed into law on September 6, 2003, this statute prohibits anti-SLAPP motions in response to certain public interest lawsuits and class actions, and actions that arise from commercial statements or conduct. Section 425.18, signed into law on October 6, 2005, was enacted to facilitate SLAPP victims in recovering their damages through a SLAPPback (malicious prosecution action) against the SLAPP filers and their attorneys after the underlying SLAPP has been dismissed.[41]

Balancing the right of access to the courts

The SLAPP penalty stands as a barrier to access to the courts by providing an early penalty to claimants who seek judicial redress. In recent years, the courts in some states have recognized that enforcement of SLAPP legislation must recognize and balance the constitutional rights of both litigants. It has been said:
Since Magna Carta, the world has recognized the importance of justice in a free society. “To no one will we sell, to no one will we refuse or delay, right or justice.” (Magna Carta, 1215.) This nation’s founding fathers knew people would never consent to be governed and surrender their right to decide disputes by force, unless government offered a just forum for resolving those disputes.[42]
The right to bring grievances to the courts, in good faith, is protected by state and federal constitutions in a variety of ways. In most states, the right to trial by jury in civil cases is recognized. The right to cross-examine witnesses is considered fundamental to the American judicial system. 
Moreover, the first amendment protects the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances. The “right to petition extends to all departments of the Government. The right of access to the courts is indeed but one aspect of the right of petition.”[43] Because “the right to petition is ‘among the most precious of the liberties safeguarded by the Bill of Rights,’ … the right of access to the courts shares this ‘preferred place’ in our hierarchy of constitutional freedoms and values.[44] This balancing question is resolved differently in different states, often with substantial difficulty.[45]
In Palazzo v. Alves, the Supreme Court of Rhode Island stated:
By the nature of their subject matter, anti-SLAPP statutes require meticulous drafting. On the one hand, it is desirable to seek to shield citizens from improper intimidation when exercising their constitutional right to be heard with respect to issues of public concern. On the other hand, it is important that such statutes be limited in scope lest the constitutional right of access to the courts (whether by private figures, public figures, or public officials) be improperly thwarted. There is a genuine double-edged challenge to those who legislate in this area.[46]
The most challenging balancing problem arises in application to SLAPP claims which do not sound (give rise to a claim) in tort. The common law and constitutional law have developed in the United States to create a high substantive burden to tort and tort-like claims which seek redress for public speech, especially public speech which addresses matters of public concern. 
The common law in many states requires the pleader to state accurately the content of libelous words. Constitutional law has provided substantive protection which bars recovery against a first amendment defense except upon clear and convincing evidence that there has been deliberate or reckless falsehood. For this reason, ferreting out the bad faith SLAPP claim at an early stage of litigation should be accomplished with relative ease. Extension of the SLAPP penalties to factually complex cases, where the substantive standard of proof at common law is lower presents special challenges.
A Minnesota Supreme Court case, Middle-Snake-Tamarac Rivers Watershed Dist. v. Stengrim, 784 N.W.2d 834 (Minn. 2010) establishes a two-step process to determine whether SLAPP procedure should be applied. The decision arises in the context of an effort to enforce a settlement agreement between a local government and an opponent of a flood control project. 
The landowner had accepted a significant monetary settlement in settlement of his opposition to land acquisition. The landowner agreed as part of the settlement to address no further challenges to the project. When the local government sued the landowner for breach of settlement, the landowner contended that enforcement of the settlement was a strategic lawsuit against public participation. 
The Supreme Court rejected that claim and affirmed the District Court’s denial of SLAPP relief, holding “The District Court properly denied a motion to dismiss where the underlying claim involved an alleged breach of a settlement agreement that potentially limited the moving party’s rights to public participation.” The Supreme Court explained:
Preexisting legal relationships, such as those based on a settlement agreement where a party waives certain rights, may legitimately limit a party’s public participation. It would be illogical to read sections 554.01-.05 as providing presumptive immunity to actions that a moving party may have contractually agreed to forgo or limit.
Under the Minnesota approach, as a preliminary matter, the moving party must meet the burden of showing that the circumstances which bring the case within the purview of SLAPP protection exists. Until that has been accomplished, no clear and convincing burden has been shifted to the responding party.

Balancing the Right to Petition Government

Government use of anti-SLAPP statutes to obtain early termination of citizen lawsuits challenging government action, attorney fee awards and statutory penalties presents a problem of balancing both a citizen’s right of access to the courts and the right to petition government for redress against the particular government interest challenged. 
The originators of the SLAPP concept did not include government official defendants.[47] The idea that a statute designed to bolster an individual right may be used by government agencies to shut down and penalize private citizens for exercising a First Amendment right to challenge government action has been criticized.[48] 
The states are divided on the question of whether anti-SLAPP statutes may be used by government actors. (Compare, Segaline v. Department of Labor & Indus., 238 P.3d 1107,1110 (Wa.2010)(rejecting government use of anti-SLAPP protections)and Vargas v. City of Salinas, 46 Cal.4th 1 (Cal. 2009) (holding government agents may use the anti-SLAPP statute where their statements that are the basis for the lawsuit would be protected “if those statements were made by a private individual or entity.”)

Notable SLAPPs


Gunns 20“: In the 2005 Gunns Limited v Marr & Ors case,[49] Gunns filed a writ in the Supreme Court of Victoria, against 20 individuals and organisations including Senator Bob Brown, for over A$7.8 million .[50] The defendants have become collectively known as the “Gunns 20”.[51] Gunns claimed that the defendants sullied its reputation and caused it to lose jobs and profits. The defendants claimed that they are protecting the environment. 
Opponents and critics of the case have suggested that the writ was filed with the intent to discourage public criticism of the company. Gunns has maintained the position that they were merely trying to prevent parties enjoined to the writ from undertaking unlawful activities that disrupt their business. The statement of claim alleged incidents of assault against forestry workers and vandalism.[52][53] 
At a hearing before the Supreme Court of Victoria, an amended statement of claim lodged by the company and served on defendants on 1 July 2005 was dismissed.[49] However, the judge in the case granted the company leave to lodge a third version of their statement of claim with the court no later than 15 August 2005.[49] 
The application continued before the court, before being brought to a close on 20 October 2006.[50] In his ruling, the Honourable Justice Bongiorno made an award of costs in favour of the respondents only as far as it covered those costs incurred with striking out the third version of the statement of claim, and costs incurred associated with their application for costs.[50] 
In November 2006, Gunns dropped the case against Helen Gee, Peter Pullinger and Doctors for Forests. In December 2006, it abandoned the claim against Greens MPs Bob Brown and Peg Putt.[54]The other matters were all settled in favour of Gunns following the payment of more than $150,000 in damages or, in some cases, undertakings to the court not to protest at certain locations.


ThyssenKrupp Atlantic Steel Company (TKCSA), one of the largest private enterprises in Latin America, sued Brazilian researchers from public universities as UERJ (Rio de Janeiro State University) and Fiocruz (Oswaldo Cruz Foundation) for moral damages.[55][56] First, TKCSA sued the research pulmonologist, Hermano Albuquerque de Castro from Sergio Arouca National School of Public Health (ENSP – Fiocruz). 
Then TKCSA sued Alexandre Pessoa Dias, research professor of the Joaquim Venâncio Polytechnic School of Health (EPSJV – Fiocruz) and the biologist Monica Cristina Lima, from Pedro Ernesto University Hospital and board member of the Public University Workers Union of Rio de Janeiro State (Sintuperj). The last two lawsuits occurred after the disclosure of the technical report “Evaluation of social, environmental and health impacts caused by the setup and operation of TKCSA in Santa Cruz”.


Daishowa Inc. v. Friends of the Lubicon, from 1995 to 1998 a series of judgements [OJ 1536 1995] [OJ 1429 1998 (ONGD)] established that defendants, who had accused a global company of engaging in “genocide“, were entitled to recover court costs[57] due to the public interest in the criticism, even if it was rhetorically unjustifiable. This was the first case to establish clearly the SLAPP criteria.
Fraser v. Saanich (District) 1995, [BCJ 3100 BCSC] was held explicitly to be a SLAPP, the first known case to be so described. Justice Singh found plaintiff’s conduct to be “reprehensible and deserving of censure”, ordering he pay “special costs” [page 48, Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation: The British Columbia Experience, RECEIL 19(1) 2010 ISSN 0962-8797] to compensate.
In 2011, in Robin Scory v. Glen Valley Watersheds Society, a BC court ruled that “an order for special costs acts as a deterrent to litigants whose purpose is to interfere with the democratic process,” and that “Public participation and dissent is an important part of our democratic system.”[58][59] However, such awards remained rare.[60]
Crookes v., filed May 2006 [S063287, Supreme Court of BC], and a series of related suits leading to a unanimous October 2011 ruling by theSupreme Court of Canada in Crookes v. Newton upholding the rights of online debaters to link freely to third parties without fear of liability for contents at the other end of the link.[61] 
A number of related rulings had previously established that transient comments on the Internet could not be, in themselves, simply printed and used to prove that “publication” had occurred for purposes of libel and defamation law in Canada. Other elements of the ruling clarified howresponsible journalism (and therefore the right to protect anonymous sources), qualified privilege and innocent dissemination defenses applied to persons accused of online defamation.
In May 2010, Youthdale Treatment Centres of Toronto, Ontario filed a defamation suit against various former patients, parents of former patients, and other persons, claiming C$5,000,000.00 in damages.[citation needed] The lawsuit, filed on May 5, 2010 on behalf of Youthdale by Harvin Pitch and Jennifer Lake of Teplitsky, 
Colson LLP claimed that these persons were involved in a conspiracy to, among other things, have Youthdale’s licence to operate revoked. Youthdale also claimed their reputation was damaged as a result of various actions by the named defendants, which Youthdale alleged included the creation of websites and blogs containing complaints against Youthdale, including alleged accusations of unlawful administration of psychotropic medications. 
A notable left-turn for Youthdale occurred in July 2010, when Youthdale became the subject of a Toronto Star investigation, in which it was found that Youthdale had been admitting children to its Secure Treatment Unit that did not have mental disorders.[62] The case has since been dismissed.
Businesspeople Garth Drabinsky and Conrad Black filed numerous suits against critics of their business activities. These received much publicity but were usually settled quickly.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper filed a suit against the Liberal Party of Canada, the Official Opposition, after the latter paid for trucks to drive through the streets playing a journalist’s tape of Harper admitting he knew of “financial considerations” offered to dying MP Chuck Cadman before a critical Canadian House of Commons vote in 2005. 
This, the Liberals and most commentators and authorities agreed, would be a serious crime if proven. Harper alleged the tape had been altered but a court found no evidence of this. The suit was dropped by Michael Ignatieff after he replaced Stephane Dion as Leader of the Opposition, and so was not heard in court, but was transparently a (successful) effort to get the trucks off the streets.
In September 2014, Brampton, Ontario mayor Susan Fennell used threats of legal action against fellow councillors, the Toronto Star, the city’s integrity commissioner and auditor Deloitte to delay a city council meeting which was to discuss a major spending scandal.[63][64] As the parties involved needed an opportunity to seek legal advice, regardless of the merit (or spuriousness) of the claims, this tactic served to defer a key debate which otherwise would have, and should have, taken place before the city’s October 27 municipal election.[65]
Morris vs Johnson et al. October 22, 2012 ONSC 5824 (CanLII): During the final weeks of the 2010 municipal election in Aurora, Ontario a group town councilors and the incumbent Mayor agreed to use town funds in order to launch what was later referenced as a private lawsuit fronted by the Mayor, seeking $6M, against both named and anonymous residents who were critical of the local government. 
After the mayor and a number of councilors lost the election the new town council cut public funding for the private lawsuit and they issued a formal apology to the defendants. Almost one year after the town cut funding and after Morris lost a Norwich motion, Morris discontinued her case. The discontinuance cost decision delivered by Master Hawkins reads, per para. 32 (Ontario Superior court of Justice court file no.10-CV-412021): “Because I regard this action as SLAPP litigation designed to stifle debate about Mayor Morris’ fitness for office, commenced during her re-election campaign, 
I award Johnson and Hogg special enhanced costs as was done in Scory v. Krannitz 2011 BCSC 1344 per Bruce J. at para. 31 (B.C.S.C).” Morris subsequently sued the town for $250,000 in the spring of 2013 in order to recover her legal costs for the period after the town cut funding of her case. Almost one and a half years after the final ruling in the Morris defamation case (i.e. the second Master Hawkins cost ruling delivered in January 2013) and approximately one year after suing the town, Morris amended her statement of claim to note that her legal costs were actually $27,821.46 and not the $250,000 as noted in the initial statement of claim. Morris then attempted to move the case to small claims court after the town had already spent over $150,000 in preparing its defense. As of the summer of 2015 the case is ongoing.


In 2010 and 2011, a French blogger was summoned twice by the communication company Cometik over exposing their quick-selling method (a.k.a. one shot method) and suggesting a financial compensation for his first trial.[66] The company’s case was dismissed twice, but appealed both times. On March 31, 2011, the company won: the censorship of any reference (of its name) on Mathias Poujol-Rost′s weblog, €2,000 as damages, the obligation to publish the judicial decision for 3 months, €2,000 as procedural allowance, all legal fees for both first and appeal instances.[67]


In 2006, Oricon Inc., Japan’s music chart provider, sued freelance journalist Hiro Ugaya due to his suggesting in an article for business and culture magazine Cyzothat the company was fiddling its statistics to benefit certain management companies and labels, specifically Johnny and Associates. The company sought 50 millionyen and apology from him.[68] He found allies in the magazine’s editor-in-chief Tadashi Ibi,[68] lawyer Kentaro Shirosaki,[68] and Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF).[69]
He was found guilty in 2008 by the Tokyo District Court and ordered to pay one million yen, but he appealed and won. Oricon did not appeal later. His 33-month struggle against Oricon and his research on SLAPPs through his self-expense trip in the United States was featured on the TBS program JNN Reportage, titled as “Legal Intimidation Against Free Speech: What is SLAPP?”[70]
RSF expressed its support to the journalist and was relieved on the abandonment of the suit.[69]

United States

In December 2015 James McGibney was hit with $1 million in court sanctions and over $300,000 in attorney’s fees for filing a series of groundless defamation lawsuits against people in Texas that were also filed simultaneously in both federal and state court in California. This makes it the largest award in the four year history of the Texas anti-SLAPP statute and the largest sanctions award in United States history.[71]
In January 2012, Town of Kent NY official George Baum filed a SLAPP lawsuit against local preservationists (Putnam County Civil Supreme, #000049/2012), including Highlands Preservation, to silence their criticism of his protection of destructive vandals as he sought to renew his permit stewardship agreements with New York State and New York City. The lawsuit continued until Baum had succeeded in obtaining those permit renewals, but was dropped just before the trial phase, a common tactic by SLAPP filers who know they cannot prevail in court.
In December 2010, prominent foreclosure defense attorney Matthew Weidner was sued by Nationwide Title, a foreclosure processing firm.[72]
Barbra Streisand, as plaintiff, lost a 2003 SLAPP motion after she sued an aerial photographer involved in the California Coastal Records Project. Streisand v. Adelman, (California Superior Court Case SC077257)[73] See Streisand effect.
In 2004, RadioShack Corporation sued Bradley D. Jones, the webmaster of and a former RadioShack dealer for 17 years, in an attempt to suppress online discussion of a class action lawsuit in which more than 3,300 current or former RadioShack managers were alleging the company required them to work long hours without overtime pay.[74]
Nationally syndicated talk radio host Tom Martino prevailed in an anti-SLAPP motion in 2009 after he was sued for libel by a watercraft retailer. The case received national attention for its suggestion that no one reasonably expects objective facts from a typical talk show host, who is often a comedian telling jokes.[75]
Kim Shewalter and other neighborhood activists, as defendants, won a 1998 anti-SLAPP motion against apartment building owners. The owners had filed a SLAPP because of the defendants’ protest activities.[76]
Barry King and another Internet poster, as defendants, won an anti-SLAPP motion against corporate plaintiffs based on critical posts on an Internet financial message board.[77]
Kathi Mills won an anti-SLAPP motion against the Atlanta Humane Society, Atlanta Humane Society v. Mills, in Gwinnett County (Georgia) Superior Court; case 01-A-13269-1[78] She had been sued based on comments she made to an internet forum after a news program had aired critical of the AHS. 
In part, the judge ruled that private citizens do not need to investigate news coverage before they make their own comments on it. Also that governmental entities may not sue for defamation.[79]
Karen Winner, the author of Divorced From Justice, is recognized as “[the] catalyst for the changes that we adopted,” said Leo Milonas, a retired justice with theAppellate Division of the New York state courts who chaired a special commission that recommended the changes adopted by Chief Judge Judith Kaye.”[80] 
But in 1999, Winner, along with a psychologist/whistleblower, and several citizens were SLAPPed for criticizing the guardian ad litem system and a former judge in South Carolina. Winner’s report, “Findings on Judicial Practices & Court-appointed Personnel In The Family Courts In Dorchester, Charleston & Berkeley Counties, South Carolina” and citizen demonstrations led to the first laws in South Carolina to establish minimum standards and licensing requirements for guardians ad litem — who represent the interests of children in court cases.[81] 
The retaliatory SLAPPs have been dragging on for nearly 10 years, with judgments totaling more than $11 million against the co-defendants collectively. Reflecting the retaliatory nature of these suits, at least one of the co-defendants is still waiting to find out from the judges which particular statements, if any, he made were false.[82]
From 1981 to 1986, Pacific Legal Foundation and San Luis Obispo County, California, filed a suit attempting to obtain the mailing list of the Abalone Alliance to get the group to pay for the police costs of the largest anti-nuclear civil-disobedience act in U.S. history at the Diablo Canyon Power Plant. Pacific Legal Foundation lost at every court level and withdrew the suit the day before it was due to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
In March 2009, MagicJack (a company who promotes a USB VOIP device) filed a defamation suit against Boing Boing for exposing their unfair and deceptive business tactics regarding their EULA, visitor counter, and 30 day trial period. This was dismissed as a SLAPP by a California judge in late 2009. In the resulting ruling, MagicJack was made responsible for most of Boing Boing’s legal cost.[83]
In the 2009 case Comins vs. VanVoorhis, a Florida man named Christopher Comins filed a defamation suit against a University of Florida graduate student after the student blogged about a video of Comins repeatedly shooting someone’s pet dogs. This was cited as an example of a SLAPP by the radio show On the Media.[1]
In November 2010, filmmaker Fredrik Gertten, as defendant, won an anti-SLAPP motion after he was sued for defamation by Dole Fruit Company. The case concerned Gertten’s documentary film about farm workers. The lengthy lawsuit was documented in Gertten’s film Big Boys Gone Bananas!*.[84]
In January 2011 Sony Computer Entertainment America sued George Hotz and other individuals for jailbreaking the PlayStation 3 and publishing encryption and signing keys for various layers of the system’s architecture. The defendants and the Electronic Frontier Foundation consider the case an egregious abuse of theDigital Millennium Copyright Act. Hotz settled with Sony before trial.
Main article: Congress Elementary School District v. Warren, et. al.In effort to prevent four women from filing any Public Records Requests without first getting permission from a judge, or from filing future lawsuits, the Congress Elementary School District filed a SLAPP on January 28, 2010. The Goldwater Institute, a think tank based in Phoenix, Arizona, represented the four defendants. 
The school district said that it has been harassed so often by Warren that it was not able to functionally educate its students. Toni Wayas, the school district’s superintendent, claimed “that it had, time and time again, complied with the requests” The Goldwater Institute argued that the school district had been in violation of state laws mandating government transparency in the past. Investigations in 2002 and 2007 by the state Ombudsman and Attorney General uncovered violations of the state’s open meeting law by the Attorney General’s Office. 
According to Carrie Ann Sitren of the Goldwater Institute, this was “a clear attempt to silence people in the community who have been critical of the board’s actions, and have made good-faith attempts to ensure the district is spending taxpayer money wisely.” None of the records requested were private or confidential, and thus, should have been readily available to be released to the public, according to the assistant state Ombudsman.[85]
Main article: Scientology versus the Internet“Scientology versus the Internet” refers to a number of disputes relating to the Church of Scientology’s efforts to suppress material critical of Scientology on the Internet through the use of lawsuits and legal threats.
The Agora Six – The Cynwyd Group, LLC v. Stefany (2009)
Saltsman v. Goddard
Main article: Steubenville High School rape case In an effort to stop blogger Alexandria Goddard‘s website from allowing allegedly defamatory posts about their son, two parents of a teenaged boy from Steubenville, Ohio sued Goddard and a dozen anonymous posters in October 2012.[86] 
The lawsuit asked for an injunction against the blogger, a public apology and acknowledgement that he was not involved in the rape, and $25,000 in damages.[87] The case was dismissed with prejudice in December 2012, after the blogger agreed to post a statement that the boy was remorseful about his role in the aftermath of the Steubenville High School rape case, which was done.[88]
In August, 2015, the State Fair of Texas was sanctioned more than $75,000 for filing a SLAPP suit against a lawyer who had requested financial documents from the State Fair.[89]


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Silence Is Betrayal – Martin Luther King (MLK) Evil Men Triumph Because Good People Do Nothing


Kings, despots and powerful corporations are used to getting their way, no matter what. When someone steps up and reveals that the emperor wears no clothes, they usually and often get mad and try to get even, plus take revenge. 

The King’s New Clothes; An Ancient Story With A Modern Twist, For Children And Adults

The revenge historically was to take off the head of the person who disagreed with royalty or the ruling despot/dictator. Nowadays the revenge is to go to court and sue the person who is revealing things that are not in line with what the powers that be ‘allow’ to be known. The end result is that the whistleblower often ends up in jail, bankrupt due to court costs, and with a criminal record, while the real criminal ends up with promotions, pay raises and accolades plus ‘honor’ and lots of positive coverage from the faux mass media. 

Fake Mass Media News; The Many Ways The Viewing Public Is ‘Programmed’ And TV, Radio, Newspaper News Programming Is Censored, FOX News Fair And Balanced?


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March 1 Energy News



¶ Work is nearing completion on what will soon be Europe’s largest floating solar power farm. But few are likely to see the 23,000 solar panels on the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir near London. It is invisible to all but Heathrow passengers and a few flats in neighbouring estates. [The Guardian]

Divers fix anchors onto the bed of the reservoir. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian Divers fix anchors onto the bed of the reservoir.
Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian

¶ SunEdison and a subsidiary of the state-owned Chinese company Jinneng Group, Jinergy Clean Energy Technology Company, are partnering for the creation of a 1.5 gigawatt integrated N-type mono-crystalline hetero-junction solar cell production facility in Shanxi, China. [CleanTechnica]

¶ The 56 MW Moree Solar Farm is feeding electricity into Australia’s National Electricity Market network. Spain’s Fotowatio Renewable Ventures developed and constructed the project. It deploys single axis tracking and is the largest solar project using crystalline silicon PV modules…

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Indian Point Protesters Stop Pipeline Across Failing Nuke Plant

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Some other things happened too.
Like the place falling to sh-t.

Arrests: Pipeline Foes Block Worksites in Cortlandtbluedevils

[NY Gov.] Cuomo Seeks Halt of Spectra Algonquin Gas Line for Safety Review

Cuomo to feds: Stop Algonquin pipeline for more safety review (updated)

mamby-pamby NY Times story –Plan to Expand a Pipeline at Indian Point Raises Concern
 – concern? Yeah, like like killing over 20 million people nearby! F-tards!


Worse than Fukushima? Radiation spike 65,000% at NY nuclear plant

Buchanan – A radioactive flow from the Indian Point nuclear power plant is leaking into groundwater that leads to the Hudson River, raising the possibility that the U.S. may have its very own Fukushima-like disaster only 25 miles from New York City.

oldNPPsmNew York City’s nuclear power plant leaking ‘uncontrollable radioactive flow’ into Hudson River

FortuneIndian Point Leak…

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Australia’s renewable energy future – theme for March 2016


Australia has a bright renewable energy future. Indeed a pretty bright renewable energy present, too. Australian households have taken up solar energy in a big  way – per head of population,  the best in the world.

Wind energy is already a success story, with South Australia leading the way. Initiatives are happening, in utility scale renewable energy, particularly in the Australian Capital Territory.

Along with the ACT, Australia’s cities are choosing renewable energy – Sydney, Melbourne, Perth,  , and many other cities are making the solar city change.

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For large scale renewable energy, Australia has lagged behind. The climate policies of Liberal Coalition governments, under PM Tony Abbott, and now PM Malcolm Turnbull have been, and still are, dictated by the fossilfuel/nuclear lobbies.

Yet we still have the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, supporting initiatives in clean energy. The Turnbull government still plans…

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TEPCO Executives Indicted Over Fukushima Nuclear Disaster; Trial Next Year; The End of Impunity? And the Mysterious M-Fund?

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Former TEPCO executives were indicted on Monday, 29 Feb., 2016, over TEPCO’s Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, and are expected to be put on trial next year. This is upon insistence by a Japan Citizens’ Panel. Japan’s Citizens’ Panels were “introduced after World War Two to curb bureaucratic overreach“, according to Reuters (29-Feb-2016).
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Former Tepco execs indicted over Fukushima nuclear disaster
Posted:Mon, 29 Feb 2016 07:31:00 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Three former Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) executives were indicted on Monday for failing to take safety measures to prevent the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi plant in 2011, a Tokyo District Court official said.

Is this the opening of a new period of justice? Is the period of flagrant impunity of bureaucrats and corporate executives coming to an end? Bad people beware! It is time to turn to the side of good. A lot should come out…

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Hillary ♥ DOW

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Hillary Clinton Backed Off Crackdown on Chemical Dangerous to Pregnant Women After Dow Chemical Joined Clinton Global Initiative

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Hillary Clinton said that a dangerous chemical could harm pregnant women and infants and needed to be regulated, but she appears to have backed away from the issue after the nation’s largest corporate producer of the chemical started partnering with and eventually giving money to the Clinton Global Initiative and an advisory firm [ Advice on what? Where to find tween girls? ] linked to former President Bill Clinton. (more) 


DOWnHill” . . . .Dow Chemical pledged a $30 million loan guarantee for a clean-water program in India at the 2007 Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting. Dow chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris announced the loan while appearing at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York City between September 26-27, 2007, less…

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War on Solar Heats Up Nevada Desert

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

The PBS report above leaves out some crucial information.

Although briefly touching on what the benefits of residential/commercial solar installs might be – the report does not spell out those benefits.  The biggest one is that a distributed network of solar systems provides energy during the heaviest demand times of day – the midday thru afternoon period – and helps head off the need for rate-payers to finance very expensive “peaker” plants that are designed to make up the difference during those limited time periods, sometimes meaning they are used only on a limited basis thru the year – and are very costly.

A network of solar installations fills this spot very neatly – and was specifically not considered as part of the Nevada evaluation of solar costs.  The New York Times piece below hints at the reason – the new Nevada anti-solar rules were written at least in part…

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How solar energy can turn lives around in nuclear-devastatedFukushima


Adorable Japanese couple devastated by Fukushima turn lives around with solar

Okawara, Shin & Tatsuko

(Great photos) Greenpeace,  by Ai Kashiwagi – 26 February, 2016 For the past 30 years, Shin and Tatsuko Okawara spent their lives working as organic farmers. With their own organic farm, rural work was in their blood – tilling, planting and harvesting crops from the same soil their family worked on for six generations. They sold organic vegetables direct to customers and their service was cherished by the community.Mr and Mrs Okawara lived about 45km west of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and loved their place but at the same time were also cautious. They had a radiation detector alarm that they bought after feeling worried by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Then on 15 March 2011, four days after the earthquake and tsunami that caused the tragic Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, their detector alarm went off and radiation levels rose…

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Depletion of ozone layer by ionising radiation

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HAZARDS OF LOW LEVEL RADIOACTIVITY, Nuclear Reader, ………OZONE BREAKDOWN The protective layer of ozone around the Earth filters out solar and cosmic rays and prevents them from reaching our planet. Ozone surrounds the Earth in a layer between six and thirty miles above sea level. It is formed when light rays strike molecules of oxygen, which is 02, and causes them to break into two separate oxygen atoms, or an 0 and 0. An atom of oxygen then combines with a molecule of oxygen and forms ozone which is 03. It breaks down again and then recombines again. And so on; unless it is interfered with.  Radiation interrupts the process of ozone formation.

1957 – Walter Russell published his book Atomic Suicide, whose principle message was that the development of the nuclear weaponry and nuclear industry, if it continued, would eventually destroy the planet’s oxygen.

“The element of surprise which could…

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DeCaprio’s Oscar Speech – Climate Change is Real

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

As I show on this page, and here as well, Ted Cruz, the most hated man in America, is now the face of climate denial.

A leading voice affirming the science of climate change, Leonardo DeCaprio, just won the Oscar for best Actor, and gave an impassioned plea for climate action last night. DeCaprio has also been a strong supporter of our Greenland work with the Dark Snow Project.

Yeah, I know. Hollywood people, yadda yadda.
I’ll take it.


DeCaprio foundation funding announcement from last year is below. We still need continuing support for future efforts, but this was a huge affirmation.

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Truthsquadding Ted Cruz on Climate – Part 2

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

As promised.

A few weeks ago, Ted Cruz gave the world perhaps the greatest gift he is capable of at this point – a widely publicized rant on video which included just about every bonehead climate denial talking point now current.

Having the country’s most hated man as the spokesperson for climate denial is a good thing.

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“Absurdly Warm” Arctic May Set New Low Ice Record

Climate Denial Crock of the Week


Rapidly disappearing Arctic sea ice is about to set a new record after an “absurdly warm” winter at the top of the world. For the second year running, it will have grown to cover less of the Arctic Ocean than ever before.

The revelation comes as scientists are increasingly worried that the heating of the region could escalate out of control, as growing numbers of “feedback mechanisms” – which reinforce and accelerate the process – are being discovered.

Most attention on the melting sea ice so far has been focused on the increasingly low minimum levels it reaches each September. Its nine smallest-ever extents have all occurred in the last nine years, with the record being reached in 2012, when it covered only 3.41 million square kilometres –  44 per cent less than the average of the previous three decades, and a full 16 per cent lower than the…

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10 year plan for 100% renewable energy


renewables-not-nukes100% Renewable Energy: What We Can Do in 10 Years  Yes! Magazine It will take at least three decades to completely leave behind fossil fuels. But we can do it. And the first step is to start with the easy stuff. Richard Heinberg  Feb 22, 2016

If our transition to renewable energy is successful, we will achieve savings in the ongoing energy expenditures needed for economic production. We will be rewarded with a quality of life that is acceptable—and, perhaps, preferable to our current one (even though, for most Americans, material consumption will be scaled back from its current unsustainable level). We will have a much more stable climate than would otherwise be the case. And we will see greatly reduced health and environmental impacts from energy production activities.

But the transition will entail costs—not just money and regulation, but also changes in our behavior and expectations. It…

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Australia’s Labor and Liberal Parties unite in dismissing community concerns on nuclear waste dumping


Tweedle-NuclearLiberal and Labor vote to ignore waste dump community concerns 22 Feb 2016 | Scott Ludlam The Labor and Libberal parties have voted together against a senate motion acknowledging the community opposition to each of the six locations shortlisted as a site for a nuclear waste dump.

“It’s not as though this motion asked a lot of the government, but for the opposition to cower from it is disappointing and weak,” Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Nuclear Issues Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

“The government is shirking their own process. After months of assurances that they would heed community concerns, they’re desperately trying to downplay those concerns or ignore them altogether.

“We should be investigating all avenues to minimise waste, we should have a genuinely independent inquiry to investigate long-term stewardship options for spent fuel, reprocessing wastes, and other categories of radioactive waste. And we certainly should categorically rule out…

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South Australia a great State not a Waste State – communities visit Federal Parliament


text-Noradioactive trashFlinders Ranges and Kimba residents voicing nuclear concerns to Federal Parliamen 28 Feb 16 

FLINDERS Ranges and Kimba representatives will travel to Parliament House in Canberra next week, with delegates from three other sites across Australia targeted for a national radioactive waste dump joining them.

South Australia has three nominated sites – two at Kimba and one just north of Hawker in the Flinders Ranges. The visit comes a week before the closure of public comment on the National Radioactive Waste Management Project on March 11.

Meetings have been requested with the key decision maker federal Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg and other ministers to discuss community concerns ahead of the submission deadline.

Toni Scott and her family neighbour in Kimba a part of a group of locals within affected areas.She has been in regular contact and feels taking their message directly to Canberra will be an important…

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AGL proceeding with Silverton wind farm project in far west NSW


Wind turbines in Azerbaijan. AGL vows to go ahead with Silverton wind farm project in far west NSW ABC Broken Hill
By Declan Gooch 27 Feb 16  
Energy company AGL has reaffirmed its commitment to the Silverton wind farm project in far west New South Wales, and says studies of the site will get under way within weeks.

The proposed site along the Barrier Ranges just outside the Silverton township was first proposed in 2007 by Epuron, but stalled after AGL took over in 2012. AGL blamed uncertainty about the federal government’s Renewable Energy Target for the pause, with development approval set to run out in May.

The company announced at a community meeting on Thursday night it applied that day to have another five years added to the approval, and announced a new project manager, Adam Mackett.”We’re already doing work through the hydrogeological study where we’re committed to this project, so we’re showing…

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The dangers in Australia’s uranium deal with India


The blame, in this case, falls on the Australian Government, who went against the wishes of its joint committee to carry on with the agreement  – and ignored existing loopholes in the safeguards  – that may provide the opportunity for nuclear proliferation

This is a great opportunity for Australia to consider the several alternative energy exportation means available to them that are just as likely to succeed and without risking regional instability in the Indo-Pacific region. These include solar and wind power

It is vital that Australia rethinks the impact of exporting uranium to India while maintaining its strong bilateral relations with the country. The Government must also come to realise how this deal can affect the current dynamics of South Asia, the wider Indo-Pacific region and the perception of Australia across the global community. Regional instability in an already volatile region is the last thing Australia needs to get involved in.

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Australia at risk of missing its 2020 renewable energy target


Some continue to blame the sluggish investment on the uncertainty created by then Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s ferocious push across 2014 and 2015 to cut the renewable energy target. Last year the government and Labor struck a deal to lower the target.

In recent times there have been some positive signs of movement.. This month energy giant AGL launched an investment fund aimed at delivering 1000 megawatts worth of renewable energy, while Origin Energy head Grant King was quoted saying his company was preparing to back new projects………

Map Turnbull climateAustralia risks missing clean power goals, with households to pick up the bill, SMH, February 28, 2016 Tom Arup Environment editor, The Age Australia risks not hitting its 2020 renewable energy target with analysts now forecasting that interim goals will be missed – a situation that will trigger penalties that households will have to pay.

Many in the energy industry agree that this year will be “make or break” for achieving the end-of-decade target, which aims to deliver about 23 per cent…

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Greenpeace Launches Scientific Investigation Into Fukushima Disaster’s Effect On Pacific Ocean,


Pacific-Ocean-drain Clean Technica, February 26th, 2016 by Joshua S Hill  Nearly five years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Greenpeace has launched a high-tech investigation into the radiation effects of the meltdowns on the Pacific Ocean. “…… Greenpeace Japan announced Thursday that it is conducting an underwater investigation into radiation contamination of the Pacific Ocean caused by the disaster. According to Greenpeace, the investigation will be conducted aboard a Japanese research vessel using a one of a kind Remotely Operated Vehicle fitted with a sensitive gamma radiation spectrometer and sediment sampler.

Mr Naoto Kan, the former Prime Minister of Japan and leader at the time of the nuclear accident, joined the crew of the Greenpeace Flagship, the Rainbow Warrior, on the opening day of the investigation, and called for a complete phase out of nuclear power.

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Phone Tag with Nukers – Wheeping Willow on a tear!

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ww24UThe relentless Wheeping Willow gave a lot of high-up nukers a headache by calling them up and demanding answers to the U.S. import-nuke-waste-to-South Carolina plan.

Yes, it’s TRUE!MOXfireThe big brains of nukedom have a scheme to bring lots and lots of nuke waste – including super-nukey MOX – to Savannah River, South Carolina and then truck it all over for disposal… KNOWING there is NO disposal site functioning in the whole country since WIPP blew!


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Australian Senate passes motion calling on Western Australia to drop Anti-Protest Law


Federal Senate Urges WA Parliament To Drop Anti-Protest Law, New Matilda, By Thom civil-liberty-2smMitchell on February 24, 2016 The Federal Senate has passed a motion calling on the West Australian government to abandon “divisive and unnecessary” anti-protest laws which have been strongly condemned by the United Nations.

The motion, introduced by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert and passed on the voices, adds to a long list of institutions and individuals who are concerned about what Colin Barnett’s government is proposing.

Last week three separate United Nations Special Rapporteurs issued a joint statement condemning the anti-protest laws, saying it would have the “chilling affect of silencing dissenters”.

“It would go against Australia’s international obligations under international human rights law, including the rights to freedom of opinion and expression as well as peaceful assembly and association,” the three Special Rapporteurs said.

Hundreds of people protested against the bill at the West Australian…

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#NuclearCommissionSAust’s adviser AREVA is in deep financial trouble


AREVA EDF crumblingNuclear group Areva in the red again Nuclear power group Areva has reported a full-year net loss of 2.038 billion euros, its fifth consecutive annual loss.

The French state-controlled firm blamed extra costs at a reactor project in Finland for half of that.

The rest was due to restructuring expenses and other costs related to market conditions including reduced demand for uranium, nuclear fuel and services.

The group said it has enough funds for this year thanks to bank loans and will sell five billion euros worth of new shares by the first quarter of 2017 to stay afloat.

 Areva’s stock has lost more than 60 percent of its value over the past 12 months, most of that in the last six months with investors worried about its ability to repay its debt.

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Phasing out nuclear power is the best option for addressing nuclear waste problem


More money and some jobs would be offset by the stigma inevitably attached to radioactivity and by the risks involved, including accidents, radioactive leaks to underground water systems, and radioactive emissions to the air.

Recent accidents at nuclear waste dumps in Germany, New Mexico and France are deeply concerning. It is difficult to credibly predict cumulative environmental effects should a radioactive incident occur underground.

There are no straightforward answers. Given the dangers of radioactive waste, McKenna should invoke the precautionary principle which is enshrined in environmental laws worldwide. It states projects should not be undertaken if they might have serious adverse consequences, even if we don’t know whether these consequences will happen.

The next step would be to stop making more nuclear waste.

text-relevantflag-canadaDealing with nuclear waste is so difficult that phasing out nuclear power would be the best option 
Erika Simpson and Ian Fairlie, Special to…

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Australian govt’s new fossil fuel “growth centre” !


Coalition digs deeper into fossil fuels with new “growth centre” By Sophie Vorrath on 25 February 2016

The federal government has announced the establishment of a $15.4 million fossil fuel “growth centre”, to help prop up Australia’s oil, gas, coal and uranium sectors during what it describes as a “challenging time” for the industry.

fossil-fuel-industryPart of the government’s $248 million Industry Growth Centres Initiative, the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Growth Centre was unveiled on Wednesday by federal energy minister Josh Frydenberg and minister for innovation and industry, Christopher Pyne. The ministers said they hoped the facility – in which the Turnbull government is investing $15.4 million over four years – would help position Australia’s energy and resources sector for the next wave of investment.

It will be chaired by long-time oil and gas industry executive, Ken Fitzpatrick, with a board and management team drawn from across the oil…

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Hail to our glorious, smoggy, cancery future!


View from the Street: Government believes that fossil fuels are the future   Canberra Times, February 25 2016 Andrew P Street  Hail to our glorious, smoggy, cancery future!

It’s a great time to really revel in the endless possibilities of continuing to mine and burn fossil fuels – at least, that’s according to our Industry, Science and Innovation Minister Christopher Pyne and his sidekick Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg, who announced the creation of the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Growth Centre on Wednesday: a centre to “drive innovation and productivity in the Australian resource sector.”

And what better time could there be to launch such a boondoggl… sorry, completely legitimate and necessary centre of excellence than in 2016? After all, it’s a fossil fuel industry boom time!

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Heck, only yesterday the headlines were celebrating the ‘Worst day for BHP since 2008 as market plummets’, thanks to the tumbling price of oil…

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India soon to have nuclear-armed submarine


India-uranium1India close to first nuclear-armed submarine, SMH, February 27, 2016 N.C. BipindraNew Delhi: India is close to becoming the world’s sixth country to put a nuclear-armed attack submarine into operation, a move that would give it a leg up on neighbouring Pakistan and intensify a race for more underwater weapons in Asia.

The 6000-tonne Arihant, developed over the past three decades under a secret government program, is completing its final trials in the Bay of Bengal, according to a senior navy officer who declined to be identified because he’s not authorised to speak about the program. The vessel will be operated by the navy yet remain under the direct control of India’s Nuclear Command Authority headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi​.

The deployment would complete India’s nuclear triad, allowing it to deliver atomic weapons from land, sea and air. Only the US and Russia are considered full-fledged nuclear triad powers now, with China…

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Scrapping Trident and Transitioning to a Nuclear-Free World

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Scrapping Trident and Transitioning to a Nuclear-Free World

As the illicit trade in nuclear weapons escalates alongside the risk of geopolitical conflict, it’s high time governments decisively prioritized nuclear disarmament
Published on, Saturday, February 27, 2016
by Rajesh Makwana-Share the World’s Resources

As geopolitical tensions escalate in the Middle East and the world teeters on the brink of a new Cold War, it’s clear that the only way to eliminate the threat of nuclear warfare is for governments to fulfill their long-held commitment to the “general and complete disarmament” [1] of nuclear weapons – permanently. A bold and essential step towards this crucial goal is to decommission Trident, the UK’s ineffective, unusable and costly nuclear deterrent submarines. Renewing Trident would not only undermine international disarmament efforts for years to come, it will reinforce the hazardous belief that maintaining a functional nuclear arsenal is essential for any nation…

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Australia’s $150 billion Defence white elephant spending


Sub-standard plan for Defence, SMH, February 27, 2016 Michael West Business columnist After a welter of strategic press leaks, targeted with the precision of a laser-guided missile, the 2016 Defence white paper was finally unveiled this week.

Defence spending has the added allure of political expedience.The document is just 185 pages long, of which 21 are full-page glossy pictures or graphics and 7 are left “intentionally blank”. It’s skimpy……..a policy: flinging taxpayers’ money at defence and hoping it brings jobs and growth. It is rather Leninist of them to advocate such a grand scheme of taxpayer-funded economic growth – to swap a half-subsidised car industry for a fully-subsidised weapons industry – but it is a policy nonetheless.

Defence spending has the added allure of political expedience. Who can argue with a government bent on safeguarding its citizens from future unspecified invaders? Certainly not the opposition……

It may cost taxpayers $150 billion.

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Adelaide Advertiser poll – nearly all supporters of nuclear waste import had vested interests!


greed-1Dennis Matthews, It was heartening to see that in a survey stacked with vested interests (The Advertiser, 23/2/16), of those who had no apparent vested financial or professional interest only two people supported the importation of high-level nuclear waste into South Australia and one of those had imprecise information about Finland.

Stacking inquiries and surveys is a trade mark of the nuclear lobby.

I look forward to the day when we can trust the business community, media and politicians to be honest with the people of South Australia and to stop treating us as like idiots.

Naively, I thought this would have happened after the State Bank fiasco in 1991. Consecutive South Australian Premiers have clearly demonstrated that they have learnt nothing from past indiscretions.

It is now up to ordinary South Australians to keep South Australia free from exploitation by vested interests and incompetent politicians.

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Exposing the vested interests of pro nuclear publicists like Oscar Archer


nuke-spruikersSmDennis Matthews, 26 Feb 16 The Advertiser newspaper has been printing lots of Letters to the Editor on the nuclear issue.

Two pro-nuclear letters caught my attention.

One was by a writer (Oscar Archer) who is regular contributor to a pro-nuclear website, and who prides himself on having a PhD in Chemistry. The PhD, however, is in an area of chemistry not evenly faintly related to nuclear issues and is no basis for claiming any special insight. What is highly relevant however is that the supervisor of his thesis was Stephen Lincoln who, as a member of the board of SA Nuclear Energy Systems, has a vested interest in promoting the nuclear industry.

Another letter was written by a geologist (Sean Kennedy) who was one of the people acknowledged by Senator Edwards as contributing to his submission calling for an integrated nuclear industry in SA.

Noel Wauchope –  Oscar Archer…

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February 28 Energy News



Nevada must work to stay ahead of curve • The renewable energy industry has been a particularly bright spot in Nevada’s economy. The state’s $500 million investment in tax incentives has yielded a 10-to-1 return. Action on the Clean Power Plan could have similar results. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

Heliostats at the Crescent Dunes Solar Project, located 11 miles northwest of Tonopah, Nevada. Jeff Scheid/Las Vegas Review-Journal Heliostats at the Crescent Dunes Solar Project, 11 miles northwest of Tonopah, Nevada. Jeff Scheid / Las Vegas Review-Journal


¶ Industry analysts are now forecasting that Australia may not hit its 2020 renewable energy target. If an annual shortfall occurs major energy players are required to pay penalties to the federal government. The additional costs are to be passed on to consumers. [Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ APA, which owns and operates gas pipelines, wants a seat at the table in the multibillion-dollar investment boom in renewable energy sources as Australia moves to meet the mandated…

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#NuclearCommissionSAust ‘s plan – not necessarily an Eldorado for South Australia


Royal Commission bubble burstSA’s Nuclear Waste Boom: A Hot Story Requires Cool Heads John Spoehr  Director of the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute at Flinders University February 26, 2016

As the alluring prospect of a nuclear waste storage boom fades a little in our minds, attention needs to turn to the risks associated with large–scale radioactive waste storage…….

I think the Commission’s estimates might prove to be over-optimistic. If the proposition is as attractive as the modeling provided by the Commission suggests, then you would expect a range of players to enter the market at the same time as Australia does……

We cannot rely on a radioactive storage facility to deliver short-term bene­fit. ‑The lead times on a project like this are long and will be complicated by the need for very thorough and accurate geological, environmental, social and economic impact assessment. Community attitudes will be shaped by this as it unfolds.

In the meantime, we must guard against seeing the Commission’s findings as the foundation for some kind of…

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Trailer: Ice and the Sky

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Claude Lorius is one of the pioneer ice scientists of the past century. This movie is about him.

He’s been featured here before.

In this clip, Lorius describes the discovery of how air bubbles, trapped in glacier ice, can be a window into the past.
It all started with a glass of whiskey.

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Highly radioactive black sand found as far away from Fukushima as Tokyo


New Meltdown Byproduct Found Far From Fukushima Daiichi, Simply Info  February 4th, 2016  Another type of material has been found by researchers that is tied to the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi. We have reported extensively over the years on the finding of “black stuff” around mainland Japan. This is a highly radioactive black sand like material that had gathered in gutters and roads as far away as Tokyo. Analysis of materials of that type has linked them to the meltdowns inside the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. This new finding is also linked directly to the reactor meltdowns……..

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Anti nuclear advocate recommended for Nobel Peace Prize


Nobel-Peace-PrizeAnti-nuclear Nobel nomination ‘exciting’‘exciting‘   Alexa Cook, 26 Feb 16 –

A New Zealander working on a lawsuit to hold nuclear powers to account is excited about the team’s nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize. Professor Roger Clark is part of an international team representing the Republic of the Marshall Islands, which includes Bikini Atoll.

The islands have launched a legal bid at the International Court of Justice in The Hague to hold accountable the nine countries in possession of nuclear weapons.

Mr Clark said the team of eight lawyers had done a lot of hard work, and he was thrilled to be part of it.

“It’s an exciting thing. I think it’s a really important case and, of course, the nomination is for former RMI [Republic of the Marshall Islands] Foreign Minister [Tony] De Brum and the whole team that is working on the case.

“What we…

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Could Ev’s Crash Oil Sooner than you Thought?

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Above, Bloomberg analysis shows electric cars will have an impact sooner than you think.

Videos below from my interview with Brewster MacCracken of Austin’s Pecan Street Project on his detailed findings of solar and EV “early adopters”.


It’s time for oil investors to start taking electric cars seriously.

In the next two years, Tesla and Chevy plan to start selling electric cars with a range of more than 200 miles priced in the $30,000 range. Ford is investing billions, Volkswagen is investing billions, and Nissan and BMW are investing billions. Nearly every major carmaker—as well as Apple and Google—is working on the next generation of plug-in cars.

This is a problem for oil markets. OPEC still contends that electric vehicles will make up just 1 percent of global car sales in 2040. Exxon’s forecast is similarly dismissive.

The oil price crash that started in 2014 was caused by a glut of unwanted oil, as producers…

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February 27 Energy News



Sooner than you think? A prediction that electric cars will cause the next oil crisis • There used to be a cartoon series called Closer than We Think. Now Bloomberg Business has a video series, Sooner Than You Think. The first episode suggests the electric car could cause the next oil crisis. [Treehugger]

One day, cars will be powered by the sun. via Paleofuture / Arthur Radebaugh One day, cars will be powered by the sun. Image via Paleofuture / Arthur Radebaugh

Science and Technology:

¶ Carbon dioxide can be tapped and transformed into green energy using innovative approaches, a professor from Qatar University has said. It can be captured and combined with hydrogen to produce methanol. The methanol can be used as a feedstock for transportation fuel. [Gulf Times]

¶ Bees, birds, butterflies and beetles are among a growing list of pollinator species in jeopardy of global extinction, a UN study warns, a trend that could threaten…

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TEPCO-USNRC Knew Fukushima Was A Triple Meltdown (Units 1,2,3) Almost Immediately; Unit 4 Spent Fuel Pool Believed Failed

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Photo of the 4 Fukushima Daiichi Reactors on Idaho National (Nuclear) Lab, INL, web site.

US NOAA model of dispersion, showing that it blew offshore and was mostly impacting North America: Fukushima has continued to discharge radioactive materials into the air, and water, as even admitted by TEPCO last year. They probably wait until the wind is blowing offshore to vent.

According to the Japan Times, as of March 14, 2011, TEPCO “estimated that 55 percent of the fuel rod assemblies of the reactor No. 1 and 25 percent of those at reactor No. 3 were “damaged,” based on the levels of radiation detected, …” See article here: Unit 2 meltdown was confirmed by 2014, by Muon scans: However, it was apparently known almost immediately, according to US NRC documents.

The new news, as of Feb. 24, appears to be that TEPCO admitted to…

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Dirty Money

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“As stunning as it may sound, an argument can be made that neither the Nazi Party’s rise to power nor even WWII itself could have happened without the backing of U.S. industry and finance. Cash contributions through the 1920’s and ’30’s helped elevate Hitler’s brownshirts from mere street thugs to a political party and financed “off  hailhail01budget” ops for the SS. Before and after the U.S. entered the war, military equipment and critical technology transfers flowed from U.S. corporations and subsidiaries to the Third Reich.”

Loyal to their Class, Unhinged from Democracy
by Mike Ferner

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For Russian Farmers,Climate Change Nyet so Good

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russianfire Russian wheat field burns in the historic 2010 drought

Climate denier talking point: We’ll open up northern areas and grow more food.

Reality. Not so much.
NPR reports. Videos show why this is a big problem.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says last month was the warmest January on record. That sets off alarm bells for climate scientists, but for the average person living in a northern climate, it might not sound so bad.

That’s what many people are saying these days in Russia, where the expected icy winter has failed to materialize this year – to widespread joy. Of course, any climate scientist will tell you that an unusually warm month — or even a whole warm winter — doesn’t mean much. It’s the long-term trend that counts.

But that’s not how it appears to the popular imagination, says George Safonov, who heads the Center for…

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China, US, on Track to Meet Climate Goals

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renewableThe Hill:

The United States is racing toward achieving the goals of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), even as the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia raises the prospect of a deadlocked Supreme Court ruling. Achieving CPP carbon-dioxide emissions targets 14 years ahead of schedule is now likely thanks to a remarkable confluence of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies each achieving affordability after decades of developments.

Technologies from LED lights to electric cars to heat pumps are leaping past their less-efficient successors and are poised for mass adoption. Meanwhile, plunging prices push wind turbines and now solar panels into pole position for least-cost new electric capacity. Together, the technological innovations and market shifts are drastically reducing our nation’s need for coal for electric generation, and is even slicing into natural gas demand as well.

The Clean Power Plan requires a 32 percent reduction in power sector carbon-dioxide emissions…

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Could Water Heaters Double as Batteries?

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Not as svelte as a Tesla Power Wall, but – Smart is the ultimate sexy.

Chris Mooney in the Washington Post:

New research suggests that in the future, one of the most lowly, boring, and ubiquitous of home appliances — the electric water heater — could come to perform a surprising array of new functions that help out the power grid, and potentially even save money on home electricity bills to boot.

The idea is that these water heaters in the future will increasingly become “grid interactive,” communicating with local utilities or other coordinating entities, and thereby providing services to the larger grid by modulating their energy use, or heating water at different times of the day. And these services may be valuable enough that their owners could even be compensated for them by their utility companies or other third-party entities.

“Electric water heaters are essentially pre-installed thermal batteries that are sitting idle in more…

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