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Big Oil Winning the War On Ukraine

by Oui Thu Oct 27th, 2022 at 04:55:29 PM EST

In March there were joyful reactions in fossil fuel lobby community when sanctions on Russian natural gas were announced and the European powers were left without a diversion but coal, LNG and nuclear power. The wreckage of green transition to solar and wind power. Quite unreliable sources for fuel consuming industrial processes and transport sector. The politicians in EU HQ Brussels and member states were caught napping as Joe Biden crossed Europe in his Blitzkrieg boasting promises America couldn't meet.

Enduring Long-term American Energy Leadership


Of course the other growing sector as always the US prime contractors for the Pentagon claiming a powerful market across Europe with the urgency of a hot war. Easy salesmanship as the EU is under siege from high energy costs, losing the competition with MAGA business.

EU Leadership Failure to Reach Emissions Goal

Carbon emissions from energy to peak in 2025 in `historic turning point', says IEA

UN: No Credible Pathway to 1.5C Limit

No surprise to me ... for Western Europe there will be no real Winter in next decade, unless the Gulf Stream fails to move warm water into the Northern Atlantic.

'Staying as close as possible to 1.5 C' | The Guardian |

The response to calls in Glasgow for strengthened 2030 NDCs have not led to significant improvements, and many of the national plans to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 are also often "not credible," according to John Christensen, international senior advisor at Danish green think tank Concito, and a lead author the UNEP report.

Meanwhile, the war in Ukraine and resultant energy crisis is partly to blame for what the UNEP report calls a "wasted year." 

With EU nations relying in the short-term on highly polluting coal or imported liquid natural gas to make up for a shortfall in Russian gas, this needs to be quickly reversed via a big shift to renewables to avoid major climate damage, said Christensen. 

Loss of coral reefs and polar ice sheets due to temperature rise cannot be reversed in the medium term once they are gone, even if temperatures fall again, he explained.

While vulnerable countries like Pakistan are feeling intense climate impacts like huge flooding, more extreme temperatures are now also a feature of the changing weather cycle in much less vulnerable Europe, the researcher noted.

The continent saw unprecedented heat, drought and floods over the last year as a consequence.


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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 28th, 2022 at 02:22:39 PM EST
G7 unfunded pledges have NOTHING to do with elimination of present or future GHG emissions. +1.5 was baked in the cake in 1997 slide-rule of benchmark ppm toxcity in the garden of western civiliation. After 25 years of REDD+ carbon credit speculation, 100+ years corporate tax evasion, 200+ years dumping, "ecosystem" extinction, and C02 "sequestration" sustainability white wash, the "South" is merely demanding that G7 finally pay the cost of adaptation south of the equator—foregone conclusion to G7 industrial waste and IMF-brokered debt peonage—to degradation of the equitorial environment ppl there inhabit, harvest, and cannot escape.
by Cat on Sat Oct 29th, 2022 at 06:16:44 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 1st, 2022 at 10:12:14 PM EST
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Rex Tillerson Says Climate Change Is Real, but ...

The former oilman downplayed humanity's responsibility for raising the global thermostat before a Congressional hearing. ExxonMobil false rhetoric states climate change was happening on the planet long before man existed. Big Oil still commands Washington DC as profits are needed to invest in "sustainability and green transition". Keep the subsidies flowing. The Dutch spend 10x more on fossil fuel investment in 2021 than in energy transition in all its aspects.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Nov 2nd, 2022 at 07:09:55 AM EST


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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Nov 2nd, 2022 at 07:10:46 AM EST
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Photographer Peter Sinclair shares images and stories from Greenland to see the effects of climate change on the ice sheet. 25 Oct. 2022



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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Nov 2nd, 2022 at 07:11:34 AM EST
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Great foresight and comment by magnifico in 2007 ...

Re: The US will slowly strangle Europe (4.00 / 2)

Two weeks ago I visited the European Commission and we had one hour with someone from the DG External Relations who said the Member State governments have "no balls" [sic] to stand up to the US when it would be needed.

We have met the enemy, and he is us -- Pogo

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 13th, 2007 at 03:03:29 PM PDT

We have all been witness ... and stayed silent.

Comment from a lurker:

    A groundswell of public support for sane environmental and energy policies .... massive move to renewables would play a strong role in beginning to rebuild global respect for a country now considered insane.

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    wasn't writing about politicians, was referring to the intelligent part of the people who live there.

In reality, we're still at war and fossil fuel corporations are reaping big profits. Koch & Co LHAO

The warnings from the years of FDR and Ike still fall on deaf ears. Self interest of capitalism and the big polluters are less inclined to take harm to our environment and planet serious.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Nov 2nd, 2022 at 07:49:30 AM EST
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.Joe Biden on deteriorating democracy in America  ...

At his age beyond wisdom, he relies on policy of "us v. them" and sees the world in "black and white", no shades of grey. That is not innovative, nor multicultural ... people all across the globe want their freedom without bullying or strangling economic sanctions. America is not building an alliances based on multilateralism, but want it all. MAGA as the Trumpists shout out.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 4th, 2022 at 03:55:32 PM EST
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Obama's war on whistleblowers leaves administration insiders unscathed | The Guardian - March 2015 |

On his watch, there have been eight prosecutions under the 1917 Espionage Act - more than double those under all previous presidents combined.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 4th, 2022 at 03:56:52 PM EST
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Not expressing policy of regime change that has been in place ever since the US Embassy intrusion and hostage taking, the overthrow of the Shah in 1979, nor seeking revenge for the Beirut Marine  Barracks bombing in 1983 or the Saudi Khobar Towers bombing in 1996 (FBI conclusion not Al Qaeda but Iran).



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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 5th, 2022 at 10:43:17 AM EST
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If you life is based on a healthy dose of self-interest and greed, capitalism is your greed, not social-democracy.

French Revolution: "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité"

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 4th, 2022 at 03:58:06 PM EST
Since WWII the Ueberklass has fought tooth and nail to undo the New Deal, starting with the Red Scare and continuing on.  Through initial control of finance and several states, and liberal application of Red baiting and the Race and Religion cards to keep the population divided, they have taken control of education, media, and government in general.  This is why we can't have nice things.  In three days they will retake Congress, which will set the stage for retaking the White House in 2024.  At that point, no one will even bother to pretend this isn't a fascist state.  The RethugliKKKons smell blood in the water and are already saying the quiet parts out loud.
by rifek on Sat Nov 5th, 2022 at 10:38:18 PM EST
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This tension represents another dimension of the "double negative election," in which most voters are expressing doubts about each party. Its impact is evident in the contrasting ad strategies of the two sides. While Republicans have spent heavily tying Democratic candidates to Biden, particularly around inflation, crime and the border, Democrats have devoted much of their messaging to raising doubts about their Republican rivals, particularly on abortion and in many cases their personal ethics. Republicans are working to nationalize the Senate races, while Democrats are trying to localize and personalize them.

The challenge for Democrats in this situation is the breadth and consistency of Biden's struggles. Nationally, Biden's job approval rating on election day next week may not look much different than the modest 45% that exit polls recorded for then-President Donald Trump in 2018.



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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 4th, 2022 at 04:00:26 PM EST

The battle of perception vs facts. Narrative in American politics is build on FEAR.  #Trumpism  #triumphs

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 5th, 2022 at 10:37:31 AM EST
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Grown in everyday problems where there is no policy in place to recover ... #Finland #housing #HumanRight



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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 5th, 2022 at 10:38:24 AM EST
Well it is not specifically inside Europe, but I'm sure #JosepBorrell would not consider the USA a jungle he couldn't work with.  #fascism



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America's Future After Midterms



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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 5th, 2022 at 10:45:09 AM EST

Calculus on both sides: "We can win this war." #StopNato  #EndAll Wars

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 5th, 2022 at 10:46:35 AM EST

GOP and policy of isolationism. Democrats and Republicans are both void to abide by International law, Geneva Conventions and diplomacy. Election 2016 Déjà vu.

Worthwhile reading the tranquility before a storm (re: coup d'état) ...



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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 5th, 2022 at 10:47:56 AM EST

Politicians spent more time campaigning than doing their job of running a country. How about limiting a campaign to 60 days.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 5th, 2022 at 10:15:17 PM EST
Destroying democracy, beginning with the Democrats.



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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Nov 6th, 2022 at 08:46:03 PM EST
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Manchin erupts at Biden over coal comments

Sen. Joe Manchin on Saturday slammed President Joe Biden after he called for coal plants across the US to be shuttered, saying Biden's remarks are "outrageous and divorced from reality" and suggesting it's "time he learn a lesson."

Biden, while speaking at a stop in Carlsbad, California, on Friday about the CHIPS and Science Act, said, "We're going to be shutting these plants down all across America and having wind and solar also providing tax credit to help families buy energy-efficient appliances."

Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat who has longtime ties to the coal industry, seized on the comments in a statement on Saturday, calling them "not only outrageous and divorced from reality, they ignore the severe economic pain the American people are feeling because of rising energy costs."

"Comments like these are the reason the American people are losing trust in President Biden and instead believes he does not understand the need to have an all in energy policy that would keep our nation totally energy independent and secure. It seems his positions change depending on the audience and the politics of the day. Politicizing our nation's energy policies would only bring higher prices and more pain for the American people," Manchin continued.

Indeed, Joe Biden "divorced from reality" as US Congress turns from Blue to Red and Joe becomes even more isolated awaiting impeachment procedures.

Only Europe left to suffer from Biden's ill conceived confrontation over Ukraine with Russia: 2014-2022.

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Preference for more war and subsidies cq. tax benefits big oil ...

Around the Mediterranean, freshwater availability will drop by almost twice as much at 2 degrees as at 1.5 -- 17 percent versus 9 percent.

This graphic explains why 2 degrees of global warming will be way worse than 1.5

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 12th, 2022 at 04:34:36 PM EST
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So did the Arab oil producers, Aramco and Putin's Russia with Gazprom.

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Oil and gas greenhouse emissions 'three times higher' than producers claim | The Guardian |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Nov 20th, 2022 at 05:46:46 PM EST
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The rat of course was the insane hypocrisy of a foaming fascist like Dick Cheney suddenly getting all Amnesty International righteous over a bad regime that does bad things. The fact that Cheney flew straight to Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan right after squirting over Russia's human rights problems turned the rank hypocrisy into a bad black comedy routine. [Source ET - June 2006]

Change in the Air in Ukraine | Global Affairs - Spring 2006 |

As for its foreign policy, Ukraine still has bleak prospects for EU membership and, as shown by the January 2006 natural-gas agreement with Russia, it is unprepared for constructing transparent relations with its eastern neighbor.

Nevertheless, there is a sense of change in Ukraine. According to a poll conducted by the Kiev-based International Institute of Sociology for the first anniversary of the Orange Revolution, over 60 percent of respondents said that the country had changed from the days of President Kuchma's Ukraine. On a national scale, 53.6% of respondents in the east, 57% in the south, 57.6% in central Ukraine, and 75.6% in the west held this view. Only 28.6% of the respondents said they saw no difference.

Interesting timeline and presentation of bilateral meetings ahead of the crucial last NATO Summit of Bush-Cheney held in Bucharest.

Background: How to become a NATO member | UNIAN - Feb. 2008;|

Spokesman for the German government Ulrich Wilhelm said that in Bucharest Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy intend to put forward a joint initiative to hold the next NATO summit in spring 2009 in the cities-partners Cologne and Strasbourg on the German-French border on the banks of the Rhine River.

This initiative to hold the jubilee summit timed to the 60th anniversary of NATO is called upon to emphasise the importance of German-French friendship and the role of the Alliance for the preservation of peace in Europe.

Bush again urges NATO on Ukraine, Georgia

President Bush renewed urgent calls for NATO to start the admission process for Ukraine and Georgia despite a split among alliance members and fierce Russian objections, AP/The Guardian reports.

The president said the two former Soviet states are ready for membership and that NATO leaders at a summit this week must make clear that membership will remain open to all European nations, no matter what Moscow thinks.

"We must make clear that NATO welcomes the aspirations of Georgia and Ukraine for membership in NATO and offers them a clear path forward toward that goal," Bush said in a speech ahead of a summit of alliance leaders in Bucharest.

"So my country`s position is clear: NATO should welcome Georgia and Ukraine into the Membership Action Plan. And NATO membership must remain open to all of Europe`s democracies that seek it, and are ready to share in the responsibilities of NATO membership."

The stance puts him at odds with Russia, which is opposed to the former Soviet republics becoming part of the trans-Atlantic alliance, as well as France and Germany, which fear their entry might alter the balance of power in Europe.

Bush also called for NATO members to step up troop contributions in Afghanistan, citing Osama bin Laden`s latest threats to Europe.

The president says that if the alliance does not stay on the offense in Afghanistan, Taliban and al-Qaida extremists will use the country to launch more attacks on the West like those on Sept. 11, 2001.

In the wake of NATO's summit, top Russian officials are threatening Georgia and Ukraine directly and NATO indirectly with retaliation, if the alliance approves membership action plans for these countries | Jamestown |

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George W. Bush has arrived, fresh from his stopover in Kiev, for his farewell summit as US President. He is expected to push for Ukraine and Georgia to be allowed to begin the process of joining up.

But it may prove an uphill struggle. France and Germany, backed by several smaller countries, oppose the plan, fearing it could upset the balance of power with Russia.

NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer is in favour, however, and says Moscow has no right of veto. But Russia, whose leader Vladimir Putin will be a guest at the summit on Friday, has warned of a crisis in relations if Ukraine tries to join.

Later Jaap de Hoop Scheffer wrote a mea culpa in a Op-Ed ...

"The West should respect the red lines of Russia."

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Bush, Yanukovych, discussed European and Euro-Atlantic perspectives of Ukraine

U.S. President George Bush and Ukraine Party of Regions leader, ex-Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, have discussed  Ukraine`s European and Euro-Atlantic integration at a meeting in Kyiv.

"The Party of Regions supports Ukraine's aspirations toward European integration," Yanukovych's press service quoted him as saying at the meeting.

Speaking about  Ukraine's possible joining NATO, V. Yanukovych informed G. Bush that Ukrainians are split on the issue and that public opinion polls indicate that a majority of them are against joining the Alliance.

"Ukraine's accession to NATO is possible only after Ukraine holds a referendum on this issue," Yanukovych said. "It  was  important for us, the opposition, to express our point of view and be heard. We succeeded in this," he said.



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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 10th, 2022 at 06:43:17 PM EST

#xenophobia #anti-immigration #thirdworld #deveopments

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 12th, 2022 at 06:04:52 PM EST

Official Development Assistance nearly half of target set by UN

Related reading ...

The 0.7% ODA/GNI target - a history | OECD |

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The Guardian view on Britain's electric vehicle industry: slow-motion car crash

Earlier this year Boris Johnson predicted that a planned £3.8bn gigafactory in Blyth, built by a startup company called Britishvolt, would soon be "at the helm of a global green industrial revolution". As with so many of Mr Johnson's boosterish claims regarding Britain's journey to net zero, facts on the ground have signally failed to keep pace with sunny rhetoric. Britishvolt's vast site on the north-east coast remains a muddy field. This month, having failed to persuade the new business secretary, Grant Shapps, to ease its cashflow problems, the company finds itself more or less broke and up for sale.

Looking for a Chinese or Korean buyer ... buy British 🇬🇧

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 14th, 2022 at 10:00:07 AM EST
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War is the biggest emitter and will cause a serious setback to reach any set goal ... breaking promises. Who is begging Qatar and Saudi Arabia ... even Madagascar.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Nov 20th, 2022 at 06:49:55 PM EST
Can the Gulf secure energy supplies for Germany and Europe? | Al Jazeera - Inside Story |

Europe's rush for energy security through LNG risks fossil fuel lock-in | Energy Monitor |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Nov 20th, 2022 at 06:51:18 PM EST
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Just when in the last 3 days we've heard from Germany, France and the UK that there may be some power cuts this winter.
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Nov 20th, 2022 at 07:45:47 PM EST
Mainly due to exploded energy price and late and partial compensation by the government. These cold days and in spite personal investment in insulation, my daily cost is €25 ❗️Thanks to timely long term contract my bill is one third of the flex prices consumers are forced to pay today. #energypoverty throughout The Netherlands. Food banks are flourishing and the Red Cross is helping out.

Climate Change Performance Ranking 13th, slightly ahead of European Union average

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 21st, 2022 at 07:24:21 AM EST
So the Dutchies are world number 2 in food export after the US, and that is using a lot of water and energy.
What if: crypto were banned so as to save energy?
What if: the food was used to solve hunger and decrease conflicts around the world instead of being sold to the neighbours (Belgium, UK and France, who all have/had a self-sufficient agriculture.... )
https://www.cbs.nl/en-gb/news/2022/03/agricultural-exports-exceeded-100-billion-euros-in-2021
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Multinationals opening new gas sites, despite climate change warnings | France24 News |

Within the next few years, multinational companies such as Qatar Energy, Gazprom, Saudi Aramco, ExxonMobil, Petrobras, Turkmengaz, TotalEnergies, Chevron and Shell are planning to open new gas and oil production sites. These projects alone could put a strain on the carbon budget available to limit the effects of global warming.

In a report unveiled on Wednesday at COP27, the US NGO Oil Change International revealed that new fossil fuel projects approved, or in the process of being approved between 2022 and 2025, could lead to 70 billion tonnes of CO2 being emitted into the atmosphere over the course of their operation. Projects approved in 2022 alone are responsible for 11 billion tonnes of CO2, the equivalent of China's annual emissions. 



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