Fossil Fight Tuesday

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Trump Stank

Despite a string of victories in the last few years limiting the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure on the West Coast, Donald Trump’s presidency shows it was never going to be easy to defeat the oil and gas industry.

In two months, Trump has moved to revive the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipeline routes that had been blocked by the Obama administration, expedite environmental reviews for infrastructure projects, and reverse fuel efficiency standards for automobiles. He is expected to reverse environmental regulation policies established under President Obama, including the Clean Power Plan, and will not likely adhere to the commitments of the Paris Climate Agreement.

“Trump has sparked a groundswell of people coming into the climate justice movement.”

Republicans in Congress have followed suit, voting to kill two regulations passed in the waning days of the Obama administration: the Stream Buffer Rule, which prohibits coal companies from dumping toxic waste into an estimated 6,100 miles of streams; and a Bureau of Land Management rule that directs energy companies to capture natural gas from drilling operations on public lands rather than allowing them to burn or vent it into the atmosphere, where it’s heat-trapping potential is 84 times that of carbon dioxide.

For now, the situation is “scary,” says Mia Reback, a climate justice organizer with 350 PDX in Portland, Oregon. At the same time, she said, Trump has sparked “a groundswell of people coming into the climate justice movement who are looking to strategically and thoughtfully take action to create political change.” At her organization alone, orientation attendance has increased tenfold since the election.

All along the West Coast, environmentalists are gearing up for an epic fight. Advocates of a clean energy economy talk of building a “thin green line” from California to British Columbia to protect and improve on gains against the spread of fossil fuel infrastructure so that the production, use, and export of oil, coal, and natural gas steadily decline.

The fronts in this war are multiplying—along pipelines and rail lines, in the courts and media, through finance and all levels of government—even as an emboldened fossil fuel industry tries to roll back gains for climate justice and revive stalled infrastructure projects. Opponents are outmatched by the billions of dollars energy companies can throw around, but they are buoyed by an invigorated grassroots effort to stymie the industry and strengthen resistance by local elected officials. And they are aided by economic trends that increasingly favor renewable energy.

@ JUAN COLE

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20 Responses to Fossil Fight Tuesday

  1. micki says:

    Dr. B — I will be reading your son’s blog. Well done!

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  2. Den says:

    Friendly skies?

    Brutality Airlines where our customers can be beat.

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    Typical 14 minutes to the Hillside Cafe while passing four kinds of small and tiny blue flowers in the sunshine. Having Thai meatballs with a spicy sauce, coconut rice and bok choy. Yum.

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    What’s the difference between T. Rex and The Donald? Both have small hands, a tiny brain and a swelled head…

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  5. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Thanks for trying to cheer me up, Den. I stay up pretty much but sometimes I’m overwhelmed at how much bad crap is going on at the same time, with few signs of anything improving. It’s a depressing world that never seems to improve.

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  6. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Love that nuke meter thingy. I placed a Hiroshima bomb in Detroit, Fat Man was a pussy, lol! It didn’t even reach out to the suburb I grew up in, Lincoln Park, which actually touches Detroit’s border. I need to know the size of what we have now, put it there and see what damage it can do.

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    • Den says:

      It’s listed on the dropdown, fun with nukes, I tried to find a bomb big enough to hit me from SF but I would just get radiated to death, no scorching heat, forest fires will do that.

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  7. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Doc, your son’s writings, started to read the first one and found my mind drifting. That’s because I need to leave it for later when I don’t have pressing issues on my mind. I’ll give him a read later on.

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  8. Den says:

    I surmised that he is very patient-focused and careful in his thought.

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  9. David B. Benson says:

    This is a complete surprise:
    https://m.phys.org/news/2017-04-physicists-hidden-aspects-electrodynamics.html
    It might even be correct!

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  10. Den says:

    Actually the Earth might be composed of mono-pole magnets, dirt, also the Moon and rest of the planets, dirt, Is it gravity or material attraction to itself? Like substances tend to ‘stick together’ by some force that no one has described yet, water forms spheres on the space station they do not dissipate into vapor, the Earth does not break apart in pieces, water does not share with rock.

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  11. Den says:

    Space, the final frontier…

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