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Dear Planet Earth,

We, Big Oil, need your help. For all your help over the decades, we say, “Frack you very much”. But, could you help us out a little with California?

You might have thought we peaked in extracting fossil fuels and would be seeking non-carbon alternatives. Nah, not with these prices:
 

Nah, not with these prices...
See, we know where the money, er, oil and gas is buried. We just needed to figure out how to get at it. We’re sorta smart, in a “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder” kind of way. Look what happened when we figured out how to frack in 2006:
Look what happened when we figured out how to frack in 2006...

Can you say “Boom!”?  There goes a carbon bomb! We learn quick when money is to be dug up, er, made. You might have thought it was tricky of you to hide your burnable fossil carbon in tight shale formations, literally locking up our profits, but we outsmarted you. 30% of American gas was fracked in 2010.  Nah, nah, nah-nah nah!  
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Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 08:00 AM PDT

Who Speaks for Earth on Earth Day, 2014?

by RandW

San Francisco Earth Day Action Parade, April 19th, 2014
Carl Sagan asked, “Who speaks for earth?”  This Earth Day, who speaks? Who raises their voice for earth? On a sunny Saturday, in conjunction with the San Francisco Earth Day Festival, a thousand feet marched up Market Street for an “Earth Day Action Parade” for environmental and climate justice. It was a call to action for the earth.

350.org and 350 Bay Area groups, Sunflower Alliance, Sierra Club, CREDO Action and other groups sponsored the Action Parade. 500 faces told 500 stories. 500 voices spoke for the earth.  Earth Day in San Francisco, once again, had citizens in action, raising their voices for the earth.  Mr. Bill McKibben added his voice. It was a start.

 

Thirty four years ago Carl Sagan said in the last episode of his epic Cosmos series:
Had we destroyed our home? What had we done to the earth? There had been many ways for life to perish at our hands; we had poisoned the air and water; we had ravaged the land. Perhaps we had changed the climate…
From an extraterrestrial perspective, our global civilization is clearly on the edge of failure and the most important task it faces is preserving the lives and well-being of its citizens and the future habitability of the planet…
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[NOTE: These comments were submitted on time to the State Department, and come late to DK.  They are, hopefully, worth a read.]

For myself, rejection of KXL, as a key part of the dirtiest and largest extreme oil project in history, come down to the damage to the climate for 100’s of generations.  Now, in history, we need to immediately launch the cleanest and largest energy and economic transformation.  These are my 10 reasons why the Final EIR (Environmental Impact Report) is wrong and bad, and that the Keystone XL pipeline is not in the national best interest:

#1: KXL will increase tars sands use.  The idea that the Keystone pipeline will not increase consumption of tar sands is prima facie absurd.  Why would TransCanada and the oil industry want it unless it was going to facilitate them getting their product to market? The fact that they urgently want the pipeline is all the evidence anyone needs to know whether it will increase tar sands access to markets. They want to lower the cost of transport, so they can sell it a lower price, to increase its sales. Period.

Reasons #2 to #10 below the fold.... and a poll.

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Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 08:00 AM PST

Climate 2013: 100 Stories (Illustrated)

by RandW

If you look back on 2013, and consider the news stories relevant to the climate, what do you feel?  Here are 100 juicy stories and their pictures to ponder, served in a somewhat random order, with a thin layer of snark.  You might feel, like David Roberts, that "€œClimate change is not '€˜a story,'€™ but a background condition for all future stories."€ (see #38).

Personally, my feelings are with Naderev Sano, Philippines' Climate Commissioner (see #47): "€œStop This Madness"€.  So this is my picture of the year:

Naderev Sano, Philippines' Climate Commissioner
I'€™d highly recommend to check out Climate Reality Project'€™s review of 2013 and Grist'€™s.  Some material is borrowed directly from these great reviews.  Also, see The Guardian'€™s 2013 Extreme weather in Pictures and the World Resources Institute's.   I am continually impressed by the great work by the leaders in climate journalism (see #40), including (in no special order) Grist, Guardian, ThinkProgress, Daily Climate, Inside Climate News, Huffington Post, and many others, including the climate bloggers here at DailyKos.  IMHO everyone publishing these vital truths are among the great good heroes that are striving to save our planet from humanity's own madness of profit, denial, ignorance and inaction.

If you have a story that impacted you last year, please post it in comments. All photo credits are to be found in the cited articles, unless otherwise linked.  I would suggest to read the list in reverse order, and any which way works as well.

Here we go (after the fold...)

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After reviewing 2013 Climate stories, I feel...

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Sample Draft Climate Warning Label for Gas Pumps
You know that you have hit a denialist nerve when Fox News picks up a story.

The 350 Bay Area climate group has had a small dedicated campaign called "Dump The Pump" to put warning labels on gas pump. The purpose, of course, is to remind folks as they
are pumping gas that their carbon pollution is a problem (and also to point the to their city's Climate Action Plan for alternatives).  The campaign has been doing preparatory work, legal research and has not been in the public eye.  Not any longer.

First, The San Francisco Chronicle runs this blog by David Baker on the 350BA warning label campaign (which gets a hundred denialist troll comments).

Then the CBS local station, KPIX, runs a spot in the 6pm news, and posts this blog entry.

And the story has been picked up by Salon, ThinkProgress -- it has hit the media.

Predictably, it hit a number of knee-jerk denialist blogs -- including the mother lode...

Fox News just posted this blog post:

San Francisco environmentalist group wants global warming warning on gas pumps

This has just elevated the idea of climate warning labels on gas pumps into the mainstream consciousness.

Thank you to all the media who picked up the story, and, especially, Fox News.

More on next steps and activity in other areas below the fold...

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Cheers and applause at the BAAQMD Board Meeting upon passing the Climate Protection Resolution
On Wednesday, a little piece of climate protection history was made-a potential game changer. With congressional gridlock, one regional regulatory agency has just declared that they are going to hit the ball over the fence.

The Board of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) unanimously resolved to commit the San Francisco Bay Area to an 80% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050 (compared to 1990 levels).  Air Districts in California are a different kind of player. They can enforce regulations more stringent than state or Federal limits, and can directly charge polluters. This resolution has TEETH.

Let that sink in a little...  Without any other legislation or authorization, this Air District is going to develop a plan and enforce a series of actions that will transform at least 80% of the stationary energy infrastructure in the nine county area within 4 decades.  It will be no small feat. The region has a GDP of $535 billion (in 2011), which would rank 19th among countries. The Bay Area emits about 100 million metric tons of GHGs per year, more than many countries, including Sweden, Portugal, Israel and Ireland.

Accomplishing the 2050 goal of 17.6 million tons per year will be an exemplar extrordinaire of decarbonizing our society, and it can be done.  Game on, Bay Area!

Click below the fold to see how it could work and how the resolution came about through grassroots work...

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Summer Heat Richmond, protest, 8/3/2013, Cop and Sunflower
Summer Heat Richmond, protest, 8/3/2013,panoramic
350.org's Summer Heat series of 11 climate actions across the country concluded August 3rd with Summer Heat Richmond.  It turned out to be the largest Environmental Justice (EJ) rally (2800 attended according to Richmond PD) in that traditionally Chevron-refinery-dominated town to date. Over 200 protesters underlined the importance of the message, risking their freedom by being arrested in civil disobedience. While Richmond groups such as APEN and Communities for a Better Environment have been battling Chevron's influence and electorial money for three decades, this action marked the first time a coalition of Bay Area climate, labor, faith and national organizations participated.

The event was diaried on DK by dturbull, showed up in media from San Jose Mercury News to Rachel Maddow - all the press and photo & video are referenced here on 350 Bay Area's website.

Here is a story of that day of commemoration, resistance, celebration and collaboration in pictures by various photographers, pro and amateur...

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Albert Einstein famously said      

“You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.”
The Obama Administration needs to know NOW this applies to the climate war on the planet, and that it cannot compromise on the tar sands pipeline to thermal hell.  There is no compromise.

Tell Secretary of State Mr. Kerry, who along with President Obama, can determine the course of history with the Keystone XL pipeline, that he cannot simultaneously prevent and promote carbon pollution.

Send a letter today using The Friends of The Earth webpage.  As we needed 35,000+ in Washington, (and 5000 in San Francisco and thousands elsewhere) in the street for the Forward On Climate rally on 2/17, so we need you to fill Mr. Kerry's inbox before its too late.  Be outraged, and quick.

Some suggestions:

He cannot simultaneously fight Carbon pollution and light the fuse to the titanic tar sands carbon bomb.

He cannot simultaneously serve prosperity and fossil profit.

He cannot simultaneously cool the planet and fool the public.

He cannot simultaneously stop the ocean's rise and start a flood of bitumen.

He cannot simultaneously stay true to his words and conscience and ignore science.

He cannot simultaneously save and destroy the Holocene.

More on why, below fold, but please send the letter today.
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Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 01:25 AM PST

The Definition of Filibuster - Literally.

by RandW

filibuster (n.)
1580s, flibutor "pirate," probably ultimately from Dutch vrijbuiter "freebooter," used of pirates in the West Indies as Spanish filibustero and French flibustier, either or both of which gave the word to American English (see freebooter).

Used 1850s and '60s of lawless adventurers from the U.S. who tried to overthrow Central American countries. The legislative sense is first recorded c.1851, probably because obstructionist legislators "pirated" debate. Not technically restricted to U.S. Senate, but that's where the strategy works best. The verb is recorded by 1853 in both the freebooting and the legislative senses.
 

From: www.etymonline.com  [emphasis added]

Really? Need I say more?

Email your Senators NOW at http://campaigns.dailykos.com/...

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Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 03:41 PM PST

Learning Sandy's Lesson

by RandW

What are we, as a nation, to learn from superstorm Sandy?   Are we simply going to put a bandaid over the symptoms, or are we going to cure the disease? That is the essential question. Some useful analogies come from everyday life:

- Are we simply bemoaning the hangover of an extreme storm? Or are we confronting our alcohol-addiction-like fossil-fueled lifestyle that actually is the underlying problem?
- Are we going to keep going to the dentist (FEMA) every time we have a toothache (disaster), or stop eating candy (coal, oil) before bedtime and start brushing our teeth (invest in cleantech)?
- Are we going to hand out lifevests (adapt!), or recognize that the gash in the side of the climate is nearing the point of sinking the ship?   Are we recognizing that full speed ahead (business as usual) is a crash course?

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What if Mockingbirds became extinct?
Frances Aubrey produced this environmental music video with Betsy Rose singing and collaborating throughout.

Frances says,

I believe this lullaby can influence people to vote for earth-friendly candidates. The lullaby and website are nonpartisan, helping people realize that climate disruption needs to be addressed as a moral issue, one that threatens our children's future and the quality of their lives. The earth we leave our children will be a measure of our love for them.

I want 100,000 people to watch the lullaby before the election. Please send it to everyone you know. This is the most important election of our lives – it is time to act, out of love for children and for the earth they’ll inherit

A couple of the poignant of the comments,
Fabulous song and video. Environmental issues have been missing from the debates and campaigns. They should be front and center. Everything else is moot if we don't have a sustainable planet. I wish that a brave candidate could be taken seriously and state the most critical issue facing all of us: It's the environment, stupid.
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Listen up, everyone. Be moved to vote.
A Poll below the fold....
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On the Ed Show 9/24/2012:
Exasperated with Romney's most recent flip on Healthcare-- this time that the uninsured should use ER's, Ed said simply,
"Romney needs to debate himself -- we deserve it."
See http://www.msnbc.msn.com/...
See about at time 3:00...

What an idea!  This is one worthy of a twitterstorm  / trend:  
Come on, Kossacks, tweet this hashtag:

#RomneyNeedsToDebateHimself  

.. with what you think Romney should debate himself on: taxes, jobs, entitlements, the 47%, "you-name-it"

Facebook it too...

Flip-Flop Resources (Just Google: Romney Flip)

 - http://www.dailykos.com/... -  Timeline of his stances on healthcare

 - http://mittromneyflipflops.com - a flip at a time

 - http://biggerfatterpolitics.blogspot.com/...
- 26 Flips

 - http://www.dailykos.com/...  -  on keeping parts of ObamaCare

Vote in a fun poll after the fold...

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