Archive for the 'Fracking' Category

IS GOOGLE ALERTS SHADOWBANNING DAPL NEWS…?

November 28th, 2016

Back on 5 November I created a Google Alert to follow daily news on the Dakota Access Pipeline. I haven’t received an alert since Wednesday, 23 November. What with all the holiday activities, I looked away until this morning. Boy, was that a mistake. A lot has happened since last Wednesday, not the least is […]

GLOBAL WEIRDING, PART IV: HOW DO WE KNOW…?

November 10th, 2016

Previously…

EXPLORING GLOBAL WARMING THE WEIRDING WAY…

November 7th, 2016

Joanna Walters, reporting in Katharine Hayhoe, climate evangelist, takes to the web to convert nonbelieversfor The Guardian, writes: While most US climate scientists live amid constant controversy, [Katharine] Hayhoe believes she is enduring an acute level of abuse because she reaches parts of the population many of her peers cannot reach. She’s an evangelical Christian. […]

CUYAHOGA COUNTY PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS EVENTS…

November 1st, 2016

So, what’s the CCPC up to? Road Trip to Standing Rock to support the Water Protectors: NextGen Ohio is organizing one. If you think you might be able to go click here. This Road Trip is considerably longer and bolder than the one’s we took in the spring. If you end up going please contact […]

FACING 45 YEARS FOR THE CRIME OF JOURNALISM…

October 22nd, 2016

Muckraking is a proud and storied tradition for Journalists in America. Perhaps my favorite example is Ida Minerva Tarbell, the woman who singlehandedly brought down the giant that was Standard Oil. In my lifetime I have followed the journalistic careers of I.F. Stone and Roldo Bartimole. Judge John Grinsteiner threw out rioting charges related to […]

HOUSTON, WE HAVE A SOLUTION…

August 5th, 2016

Tom Dart, reporting in ‘The only other option’: Bernie Sanders backers turn to Green party’s Jill Stein for The Guardian writes: [T]hen [Bernie Sanders] lost the Democratic presidential primary to Hillary Clinton, and backed her for the White House last month at the national convention. That was where [Vanessa] Tijerina and Sanders diverged. “A lot […]

WHY GARY JOHNSON IS NOT MY GUY…

August 5th, 2016

There are some existential perils so great and so imminent that only government is capable of addressing and shutting down that threat. Global warming/Climate change is just such a danger and while I get the whole libertarian concept of keeping hands off the liberty of others, when the monster is in my bedroom splashing gasoline […]

NATURAL GAS PROVES TO BE A NATURAL DISASTER…

March 24th, 2016

Jokes about cattle burping and farting greenhouse gases notwithstanding, a study published in Geophysical Research Letters titled A large increase in U.S. methane emissions over the past decade inferred from satellite data and surface observations shows a far more dangerous source: methane leaks from fracking. The paper’s abstract warns: The global burden of atmospheric methane […]

CARBON DIVESTMENT STEAMROLLERING…

September 23rd, 2015

The Guardian emails: Dear Jeff, This is an incredible news! The worldwide divestment movement that you have supported through your backing for the Guardian’s Keep it in the Ground campaign has now grown to over 400 organisations—worth a colossal $2.6 trillion (£1.68 trillion). The movement that started on American university campuses has now spread to […]

THE OVEN GLOVES ARE OFF..!

September 12th, 2015

OK, so a tank that gets three gallons to the mile is probably not the best image for fighting fracking, but I get Vivienne Westwood’s message that politicians who permit, or even encourage fracking in their countries are committing acts of chemical warfare no less heinous than those of Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi and Bashar […]

FEEL THE BERN ON THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE…

August 11th, 2015

Bernie Sanders writes: Climate change is an unprecedented planetary emergency. If we don’t act aggressively now to combat it, there will be major and painful consequences in store later: rising oceans that inundate coastal areas, bigger superstorms like Hurricane Sandy, worsening droughts, out-of-control wildfires, historic floods that come year after year, rising food prices, and […]

KEEP CARBON IN THE GROUND… 100,000+ VOICES…

March 20th, 2015

We’ve done it: since Monday more than 100,000 people have signed our petition asking the Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust to move their funds out of fossil fuels. What an amazing response! Scottish actor Tilda Swinton, chef Yotam Ottolenghi and Professor Anne Glover, former chief scientific advisor to the president of the European commission are […]

WELLCOME SELLS $138 MILLION IN EXXON STOCK…

March 19th, 2015

Investing our pension funds and other monies that we expect someday to provide for us in carbon stocks is a bad investment and investors and their advisers are waking up to this fact. Divesting is not just sound environmental policy anymore. The Wellcome Trust has quietly sold off a $138m (£94m) investment in ExxonMobil, the […]

COMING TO A BREADBASKET NEAR YOU…

March 17th, 2015

Above you see one of the iconic views of the formerly 26,300 square mile Aral Sea. Mouse over the photo and you see the formerly 18 square mile Folsom Lake in Northern California. Humans can live for about three days without water and we are seriously fucking up our second most precious resource—air being the […]

LEAVE FOSSIL FUELS IN THE GROUND…

March 16th, 2015

Kyoto, following five years after the 1992 The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, was sufficient proof for me that nothing was being done. Every national and international meeting to yammer on about Global Warming’s existential threat to our civilization and our planet has been an exercise in smoke and mirrors to distract us […]

SUSAN HOUGH RESPONDS…

August 19th, 2014

Earlier today I commented on an Associated Press story written by Seth Borenstein titled: No great shakes: Quakes triggered by drilling waste seem weaker than natural ones, study says. I emailed the author of the original report, Dr. Susan Hough, requesting a link to her findings. She graciously sent me the work which I am […]

TROUBLE RIGHT HERE IN RIVER CITY MARIETTA…

August 9th, 2014

I called this back on 21 June. Want to know how Marietta and Washington County are going to spend all of that cash rolling in from fracking? How about a bigger jail, more police and sheriffs to handle rising crime and increased social services loads. A gun-shot wound treatment refresher course for local hospitals will […]

NON-TECTONIC EVENTS AND FRACKING…?

July 26th, 2014

2008 and (mouse over) 2014 USGS maps of peak ground acceleration for 2-percent probability of exceedance in 50 years and VS30 site condition of 760 meters per second. This morning I’m looking at the United States Geological Service’s report: Documentation for the 2014 Update of the United States National Seismic Hazard Maps and the first […]

DO NOT DOUBT THAT LAKE ERIE IS IN DANGER…

July 25th, 2014

Reader Fred O’Neill alerted me to this Mother Jones story: On the morning of June 28, a fire broke out at a Halliburton fracking site in Monroe County, Ohio. As flames engulfed the area, trucks began exploding and thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals spilled into a tributary of the Ohio River, which supplies drinking […]