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In USAmerica, we will have Republicanist politicians, even ones who a few days ago were praising Putin, tell us that this is all Biden's fault because he's so weak and if Trmp were in the White House, which was absolutely positively stolen from him by rampant election fraud (every instance of actual election fraud I've seen mentioned in the news has been perpetrated by a Republicanist) this never would have happened.

I would like to be wrong about this but I'm probably not.

Solar IS Civil Defense

by gmoke on Thu Feb 24th, 2022 at 07:27:48 PM EST
hmmm, to judge by US Congressional roll calls, I don't think that's quite right. Decades of resolutions that penalize RU, CN, IR, VZ, IQ, SY, and sundry Latin American governments is not only a bi-partisan pastime. They've permitted as many POTUS to direct cabinet secretaries in the mission prescribed to compete, as they say, against other nation-states for primacy, dominance by every imaginable contest of power. Why do you wonder that US Americans are barely capable of communicating to each other, in private or public, without resorting to sporting idioms?

That some US representatives admire Putin's command-and-control style in managing "national security" far more than his tiresome, pedantic persona in televised speeches is not surprising. RU won this heat of a race with NATO's leaders to pacify--euthanize or subjugate, if you will--UKRAINE government. You know the joke: He brought a gun in a knife fight...in a arena filled with right-to-life, right-to-work my-best-life voyeurs, I must add.

What continues to surprise me is this lingering compulsion to invoke Trump--past, present, or future-- whenever the federal government fails to fulfill its constitutes' expectations of how best to liberate peoples in foreign lands from their inferior forms republican "democracy".

by Cat on Thu Feb 24th, 2022 at 11:41:08 PM EST
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APsplainin, Actual greenhouse gas volumes exceed official [Texass] reports
Flaring occurs mostly at oil wells, but even companies that primarily produce and sell natural gas burn off some of it. Companies argue that they flare and vent for safety and maintenance and because selling or reusing the gas is not financially feasible. The industry and its regulators even refer to this gas as "waste." [OH MY!] But experts say a valuable resource is being squandered because of weak regulations, ineffective tracking of flaring and venting, and a lack of economic incentives to capture and sell the gas.

"The atmosphere is a free dumping place," said Robert L. Kleinberg, senior research scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. "It's like throwing [$10.6B] garbage out the window back in the Middle Ages."

archived Barack J. O'Biden "social cost" price sheet
California won't immediately change pollution [carbon] credit program
the goal of spurring companies to pollute less

But a recent report by a panel that advises state lawmakers found companies have saved up so many pollution credits -- 321 million -- for later use that it could make the program ineffective. The report's authors, environmental advocates and some lawmakers have urged the California Air Resources Board

The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Nunez) [!] expanded CARB's role to development and oversight of California's main greenhouse gas reduction programs. These include cap-and-trade, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard and the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) programs. As a result of these efforts, the state is on track to roll back carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. With the passage of additional laws (such as SB 32 in 2014 and AB 398 in 2017), CARB is now mapping out how these programs and others can help California reach its next target: reducing greenhouse gas emissions an additional 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The ultimate goal for California is to reduce greenhouse gases 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.< wipes tears >
to do a thorough analysis of the risks posed by the saved allowances.
archived EIA | Drilling natural gas wells and producing natural gas
by Cat on Fri Feb 25th, 2022 at 06:03:25 PM EST
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