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How America Led Campaign of CC Denial

by Oui Sat Jul 23rd, 2022 at 04:07:38 PM EST

Previous diary — Humanity Is In A Climate Emergency

Even today the War in Ukraine plays into the hands $$$ of coal and fossil fuel lobby in US Congress and across the Conservative Think Tanks of the US and Western Europe. SHAME! As one of the pioneers to combat the fossil fuel lobby exclaimed in the documentary: "No it's not disappointment, I'm very angry. Those who pushed the false narrative of denial are on the level of war criminals, crimes against humanity and the biotope of our planet.

Documentary in three parts ...

Big Oil v the World

Key role in Washington DC promoting this ugly narrative was Chuck Hagel of Nebraska ... to be fair to bipartisanship and Republicans, Barack Obama appointed Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense ... to protect National Security of the Republic and based the oath to the US Constitution of founding father George Washington. They LIED!!

Trade and Investment - A Key to Our Global Community,'' remarks by Chairman Chuck Hagel at the Crossroads of the World Conference, Istanbul, Turkey | US Congress - July 8, 1998 |

The audacious PR plot that seeded doubt about climate change | BBC News |

Thirty years ago, a bold plan was cooked up to spread doubt and persuade the public that climate change was not a problem. The little-known meeting - between some of America's biggest industrial players and a PR genius - forged a devastatingly successful strategy that endured for years, and the consequences of which are all around us.

On an early autumn day in 1992, E Bruce Harrison, a man widely acknowledged as the father of environmental PR, stood up in a room full of business leaders and delivered a pitch like no other.

At stake was a contract worth half a million dollars a year - about £850,000 in today's money. The prospective client, the Global Climate Coalition (GCC) - which represented the oil, coal, auto, utilities, steel, and rail industries - was looking for a communications partner to change the narrative on climate change.

Don Rheem and Terry Yosie, two of Harrison's team present that day, are sharing their stories for the first time.

"Everybody wanted to get the Global Climate Coalition account," says Rheem, "and there I was, smack in the middle of it."

When Ford left in 1999, a Ford spokesman noted their reasoning for leaving: "Over the course of time, membership in the Global Climate Coalition has become something of an impediment for Ford Motor Company to achieving our environmental objectives."

According to Sourcewatch, members of GCC made more than $63 million in contributions to politicians from 1989-1999. This doesn't include separate campaigns organized by members of GCC at the time like the National Coal Association and American Petroleum Institute which also paid significant funds on the global warming issue.

Key People

    William O'Keefe -- Chairman.
    Gail McDonald -- President.
    Glenn Kelly -- Executive Director.
    Frank Maisano -- Media Contact. Member, Potomac Communications Group.

Shale Gas, Fracking and Leaking Methane

Thus, after the blitzkrieg of fossil fuel salesman Joe Biden across Europe, the War in Ukraine could ensue and the US will sell more than sufficient LNG from fracking deposits in North America. This is hell on earth.

A Last Warning to the White House: Change Your Ways

How the BBC let climate deniers walk all over it | The Guardian Opinion - July 8, 2021 |

The fossil-fuel multinationals fund `thinktanks' and `research institutes'. But it's gullible public service broadcasters that give them credibility.

Climate change: Green energy 'stagnates' as fossil fuels dominate | BBC News - June 15, 2022 |

A new study says that the world is using more fossil fuels than ever as the transition to green energy stalls. The Renewables 2022 Global Status Report says the share of wind and solar in the global energy mix has risen minimally in the last decade.

While renewables boomed in the electricity sector last year, they didn't meet the overall rise in demand. In transport, which accounts for a third of energy, renewables provided less than 4%.

The current situation in Ukraine has exacerbated this trend, according to the authors.

BBC airs documentary series ‘Big Oil v The World' | Energy Voice |

Big Oil has been a bit off the radar here @ET ...

End Game for Greece? | June 28, 2015 |

Yanis Varoufakis has an article in today's Irish Times in which he laments the failure of the Eurogroup to listen to his proposals even whilst they themselves have been kept in the dark about what "the Institutions" are proposing. Apparently no substantive discussions took place on what either "the Institutions" or Greece were suggesting as the way forward. A majority of the Eurogroup Ministers appear to have decided, in advance, that Varoufakis is not someone they can "do business with."

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Frank Schnittger: You had FDR and even Eisenhauer was better than current Republicans. The sad fact is that culturally and politically, the USA has been in decline since the 1960s.  I blame Vietnam, racism, followed by Iraq, citizens United and the worship of money above all else, but we all have our own demonology...

Melvin: Reagan was a progressive in comparison to this crop.

Frank Schnittger: Yes but he turned the tide. Carter was still a human being for all his faults.  From Reagan onwards with was big business which was in charge - regardless of whether it was Republicans or Democrats in power - it was just different sectors of big business who were in control (Big Oil vs. Wall street etc.)

Good to see BBC finally pick up on this thread, the way USAmerica's PBS did earlier this year with their documentary series on the same topic.  

However, Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway were there in 2018 with their book Merchants of Doubt and the documentary of the same name:

Those with eyes to see have been looking at this for a good, long while.  Way past time for the blindered and blinkered to take a look too.

Solar IS Civil Defense

by gmoke on Wed Jul 27th, 2022 at 06:20:10 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 29th, 2022 at 07:23:33 PM EST

Chartbook #139 The battle for climate legislation in the US: making sense of the Manchin-Schumer compromise

The Manchin-Schumer compromise in the draft Inflation Reduction Act includes:

$260 billion in clean-energy tax credits; $80 billion in new rebates for electric vehicles, green energy at home and more; $1.5 billion in rewards for cutting methane emissions; $27 billion `green bank' for a federal green bank to complement the 23 that already exist across the US; support for coal miners with black lung

All told, Democrats estimate the bill will bring in $739 billion in revenue and will invest $433 billion in spending. The result will be to reduce the deficit by in the order of $300 billion. The large-scale pledges on climate spending are flanked by provisions that will force through $288 billion in savings on Medicare expenditure, at the expense of the pharmaceutical industry, a three year $64 billion subsidy to support Obamacare and a $2000 cap on out of pocket costs for seniors on Medicare.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 2nd, 2022 at 06:38:29 PM EST

Trump's year in OPEC tweets: How the president deflected blame for rising oil prices

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 4th, 2022 at 09:09:01 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 4th, 2022 at 09:09:49 PM EST
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Why have Europe's energy prices spiked and what can the EU do about them

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 4th, 2022 at 10:00:29 PM EST
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BBC three part documentary ...

Big Oil vs the World tells the 40 year story of how the oil industry delayed action on climate change

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 4th, 2022 at 10:01:16 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 4th, 2022 at 10:03:55 PM EST
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Global coal demand is set to return to its all-time high in 2022 | IEA - July 28, 2022 |

The American coal specifically and fossil fuel lobby in US Congress ... losing the war to save the planet.

How Manchin used politics to protect his family coal company | Politico |

West Virginia Protest Calls out Manchin's Coal Profits | DeSmog |

Over the weekend, 16 people were arrested after trying to block the entrance to the Grant Town Power Plant, which burns pricey waste coal bought from Sen. Manchin's company.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 5th, 2022 at 07:54:54 PM EST

Today's diary ...

Russian Gas Made Europe a Global Leader

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 16th, 2022 at 06:20:41 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 19th, 2022 at 09:15:59 AM EST
Last Ditch Effort by Climate Denialists in 2013

Warming Plateau?
Climatologists Face Inconvenient Truth | Der Spiegel - Sept. 23, 2013 |

Data shows global temperatures aren't rising the way climate scientists have predicted. Now the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change faces a problem: publicize these findings and encourage skeptics -- or hush up the figures.

Science vs. Climate Politics

Germany's Federal Ministry of Research would prefer to leave any discussion of the global warming hiatus entirely out of the new IPCC report summary. "In climate research, changes don't count until they've been observed on a timescale of 30 years," claims one delegate participating in the negotiations on behalf of German Research Minister Johanna Wanka of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). The Ministry for the Environment's identical stance: "Climate fluctuations that don't last very long are not scientifically relevant."

At most, German delegates at the conference would be willing to include an admission that "the pace of temperature change has slowed" -- a reinterpretation that doesn't correspond to the latest research findings.

Germany's highest-ranking climate researcher, physicist Jochem Marotzke, director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, in Hamburg, is fighting back against this refusal to face facts. Marotzke, who is also president of the German Climate Consortium and Germany's top scientific representative in Stockholm, promises, "We will address this subject head-on." The IPCC, he says, must engage in discussion about the standstill in temperature rise.

Marotzke calls the claim that a temperature plateau isn't significant until it has lasted for over 30 years unscientific. "Thirty years is an arbitrarily selected number," he says. "Some climate phenomena occur on a shorter timescale, some on a longer one." Climate researchers, Marotzke adds, have an obligation not to environmental policy but to the truth. "That obligates us to clearly state the uncertainties in our predictions as well," he says.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 19th, 2022 at 09:17:09 AM EST
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Can Abenomics Cope With Environmental Disaster?

アベノミックスは環境災害 395;対応できるか

An important and little noted component of Abenomics, Japan's information and communications technology (ICT) growth strategy propounded on June 14 2013, ostensibly aims at the evolution of a new model of efficient, resilient and green urban and rural infrastructures. General Electric's leadership in applying ICT, or the "Industrial Internet," to its power systems shows that what you can monitor, you can manage, and that it is possible to realize significant efficiencies as well as innovate other capacities such as predictivity. Together with domestic businesses, Japan's central agencies, big local governments, and the Abe regime's regulatory and fiscal initiatives have been working to deploy cutting-edge innovation in a swath of smart city initiatives as well as special zones. Although some observers deride these initiatives as comparable to failed technopolis policies of the 1980s, Japan's initiatives may help us address the very real 21st century challenges of expensive energy, climate change, and the sobering "death" of stationarity (wherein past hydrologic and other data can no longer be used to predict the future). This latter is of deep concern to planners of water, power and other crucial infrastructures, which represent trillions of dollars of investment annually. The issues take on added urgency in light of climate denial whose effect has been to conceal the scale of the crisis from the academic community and attentive public. The loss of stationarity means we are essentially in uncharted waters concerning the stressors that our water, power, transportation, and other urban infrastructures need to be resilient against now and over time. The question is whether Abenomics can deal with the death of stationarity and help answer our urgent collective need for sustainability.

Climate Change

Global awareness of climate change risks has not kept pace with the science. This awareness deficit was seen in the run-up to, and aftermath of, the September 27 2013 release of the International Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report's first installment and summary. The release was preceded by a sadly effective "denialist" media campaign that positioned the IPCC report as alarmist while also claiming that it showed the previous decade and a half had seen a "pause" in climate change. Indeed, a Der Spiegel poll released September 23, 2013 suggested that even the "Germans are losing their fear of climate change," with those expressing fear dropping from 62% in 2006 to 39% in 2013. This disinformation campaign continued after the report's release.

The Der Spiegel poll seems a striking indicator of what might described as an "Alice in Wonderland" era, wherein as august a publication as The New York Times closed its environmental desk at the very moment that scientific evidence of the climate crisis mounted. The global public debate's incredible disconnect with reality is dispiriting. But this unpleasant fact cannot be ignored here because it influences a wide range of funding and other decisions relevant to Humanities Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR). As we shall see, it even shapes many of the HADR agents' understanding of how dire are our collective challenges.

Because of the widely held belief that climate change is only a catastrophe for coming generations (in itself, a morally odious complacency), let us review solid evidence that climate change is very much a present and rapidly worsening peril.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 19th, 2022 at 09:18:53 AM EST
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Trump's Cabinet of Horrors

Congressional hearings kick off for those who will lead our government's top agencies. Earth has reason to worry.

But hey, the Democrats of HRC and her backers in the Intelligence Community were fixated on their loss of the presidency. Their act in US Congress was to unseat Trump through a false narrative of "Putin did it" or RussiaGate. The pro-Clinton bias by the Ukrainian lobby was not a matter of investigation, nor the real nudge factor by foreign funding of Arab states combined with Israel as revenge for the JCPOA nuclear deal, nor the effort coordinated by John Bannon, Facebook and Cambridge Analytics in Texas.

Joe Biden and his corrupt foreign policy of Colour revolutions, regime change and the overthrow of a democratically chosen leader in Kyiv in 2014 which led Europe and the World into a disaster scenario of today.

America is turning fascist, taking Europe down with it as a preferred theater for a hot war. National interest of a expiring hegemon.

A running list of how President Trump is changing environmental policy | National Geographic - 2017/19 |

The Trump administration has promised vast changes to U.S. science and environmental policy--and we're tracking them here as they happen.

In 2017, the arrival of the Trump Administration brought a flurry of changes to U.S. environmental policy--from the decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement to cutting federal funding for science and the environment initiatives.

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