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Gawd I love this:
What an amazing photo but the story behind it is heartbreaking:
In this aerial photo taken on Sept. 27, 2014, and provided by NOAA, some 35,000 walrus gather on shore near Point Lay, Alaska. Pacific walrus looking for places to rest in the absence of sea ice are coming to shore in record numbers on Alaska’s northwest coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirms an estimated 35,000 walrus wer photographed Saturday about 700 miles northwest of Anchorage. The enormous gathering was spotted during NOAA’s annual arctic marine mammal aerial survey.
Let’s ponder the long run for a sec here: Who’s smarter? Who’s doing the best job planning for the future?
I vote for China.
This is what the U.S. gets allowing itself to become a corporatocracy run by lobbyist$ who drain it via endless war.
Steve Lipsky’s tainted water well had already stirred national debate about the impacts of oil and gas production. Now it stars in a free speech dispute that has landed in Texas’ highest court – the biggest test of a state law meant to curb attempts to stifle public protest.
Now that corporations are “people,” they’re asking for rights beyond that. They want to take away We the People’s right to say things about them they don’t like: In a nutshell: Texan Steve Lipsky, who says the oil and gas fracking industry caused the water coming out of his well to be so contaminated he can light it on fire, is fighting an oil and gas industry effort to shut him up because they claim what he’s saying about them hurts their poor selves so much he should be silenced:
The case has reached the Texas Supreme Court.
Imagine if this goes to the U.S.Supreme Court and it rules that corporation are not only people, but they have more rights that we real people do. That they have the right to stifle speech when we complain about what corporations are doing to us.Something to think about NOW, before it’s too late.
If you watch or listen to corporate media, I bet you haven’t heard a thing about this wonderfulness. The headline alone (from Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal no less) amazes:
DA Drops Charges Against Climate Change Protesters for Sake of Planet
Got that? Again:
DA Drops Charges Against Climate Change Protesters —-> for Sake of Planet <—-
Climate change activists Jay O’Hara and Ken Ward were arrested last year when they motored a lobster boat to a shipping channel near the Brayton Point power plant in Somerset, Mass. and blocked a 40,000-ton shipment of Appalachian coal.
Until this week, the environmental activists faced criminal charges for their makeshift blockade, which the two men documented online.
Fortunately for the defendants, they had an ally in Bristol District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter, a prosecutor who sympathized with their environmental cause. They were about to stand trial when Mr. Sutter announced that his office had agreed to drop the criminal case and instead charge then men with civil infractions
Mr. Sutter explained his reasoning in a statement Monday:
The decision that Assistant District Attorney Robert Kidd and I reached today was a decision that certainly took into consideration the cost to the taxpayers in Somerset, but was also made with our concerns for their children, and the children of Bristol County and beyond in mind.
Climate change is one of the gravest crises our planet has ever faced. In my humble opinion, the political leadership on this issue has been sorely lacking. I am heartened that we were able to forge an agreement that both parties were pleased with and that appeared to satisfy the police and those here in sympathy with the individuals who were charged.
As is my wont, I wish every American would see this…
CARBON is the first film in the Green World Rising Series.
Ah yes, on to the next great ripoff. Here we have a Delaware oil company, a direct contributor to climate change, asking taxpayers to protect it against rising sea levels caused by ah, climate change:
Big oil companies invest big chunks of their profits (which are bigger than many countries’) into climate change denial. As I wrote a while ago, 9 out of 10 top climate change deniers are linked with Exxon Mobil, the biggest private oil company. Still, there are some brilliant scientists working for oil companies, and they understand what is happening and preparing for it – after all, you wouldn’t make plans to explore oil in the Arctic areas if the ice wasn’t melting.
They’re also very open in accepting climate change when it suits them. Recently, an oil refinery from Delaware [PBF Energy] is asking taxpayers to pay for protecting it from rising sea levels. The refinery is just on the water front, and vulnerable to sea level rise, storms and even coastal erosion. Naturally, they invested lots of money in the facility, and don’t want to see it destroyed.
The federal Coastal Zone Management Act provides grants to states for projects such as building out natural barriers, like dunes, to protect against storm surges. The oil refinery believes it too can ask for money, after making its “fair share” of contributions to global warming.
“The extent of the shoreline erosion has reached a point where facility infrastructure is at risk,” says the permit application from the company.
Well sure, we wouldn’t want any damage to be done to the refinery by global warming, especially as refineries are one of the main causes of global warming. We should protect it, so that it can cause even more global warming, so that we can protect it more.
The gall. Oh the gall.