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#NotAScientists (i.e., Republicans) On How Global Warming is a Bunch of Hooey

This is good, via Act.TV/Americans United:

The GOP may be a lot of things, but “climate scientists” is not one of them. But that won’t stop them from ignoring a 97% consensus among actual scientists, along with 7 out of 10 Americans, that climate change is man-made and needs to be dealt with.

 

 

 

 

June 5, 2014 at 9:34 AM 3 comments

Chemicals Used in Fracking Must Be Absolutely Awful

Fracking Well Heads via Wikipedia

(Fracking well heads via Wikimedia)

Check out what corporate-owned Republicans in North Carolina are doing.  The chemicals used by the fracking industry must be terrifying if they’re going to this length to keep them secret:

As hydraulic fracturing ramps up around the country, so do concerns about its health impacts. These concerns have led 20 states to require the disclosure of industrial chemicals used in the fracking process.

North Carolina isn’t on that list of states yet—and it may be hurtling in the opposite direction.

On Thursday, three Republican state senators introduced a bill that would slap a felony charge on individuals who disclosed confidential information about fracking chemicals. The bill, whose sponsors include a member of Republican party leadership, establishes procedures for fire chiefs and health care providers to obtain chemical information during emergencies. But as the trade publication Energywire noted Friday, individuals who leak information outside of emergency settings could be penalized with fines and several months in prison.

“The felony provision is far stricter than most states’ provisions in terms of the penalty for violating trade secrets,” says Hannah Wiseman, a Florida State University assistant law professor who studies fracking regulations.

The bill also allows companies that own the chemical information to require emergency responders to sign a confidentiality agreement. And it’s not clear what the penalty would be for a health care worker or fire chief who spoke about their experiences with chemical accidents to colleagues.

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Amazing.  The citizens of North Carolina pay these guys’ salary but these state senators are blatantly and flagrantly working against the wellbeing of the very people who voted them into office and again, who pay them to ah, work for them not against them.  Thomas Jefferson must be twirling in his grave.

May 19, 2014 at 11:52 AM Leave a comment

Oil Companies Will Cheer When the Arctic is Ice-Free

And it’s no wonder. Look where they’re itching to drill:

Where Oil Cos Want to drill for oil via save the artic on twitter

(Image via SaveTheArctic on Twitter)

This is where and how they’ll put the final dagger in the Earth’s heart.

Larger version here.

May 15, 2014 at 12:10 PM Leave a comment

20-Foot-High Geyser Erupts After L.A. Oil Pipeline Bursts

This sounds awful:

 

Crews sopped up the remains of about 10,000 gallons of crude oil that sprayed into Los Angeles streets and onto buildings early Thursday after a high-pressure pipe burst.

A geyser of crude spewed 20 feet high over approximately half a mile at about 12:15 a.m. and was knee-high in some parts of the industrial area of Atwater Village before the oil line was remotely shut off, said Fire Capt. Jaime Moore.

A handful of commercial businesses near the border of Glendale was affected, as well as a strip club that was evacuated.

Firefighters and hazardous materials crews responded. Several roads were closed.

Four people at a medical business were evaluated with respiratory complaints, and two people were transferred to a hospital, Moore said.

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Here are photos:

(Via.)

May 15, 2014 at 9:18 AM Leave a comment

Slide Show: Antarctica Melting

Stranded Penguins reuters

Two Adelie penguins stand atop a block of melting ice on a rocky shoreline in East Antarctica January 1, 2010. (Reuters/Pauline Askin via Reuters.com)

See the slide show here, via Reuters.

May 13, 2014 at 2:07 PM Leave a comment

What the Hell is Barack Obama’s White House Thinking?

President Obama is holed up in the D.C./White House bubble, and has been for lo the the last six years, but one would hope and think he’d appoint advisers who are in touch with reality and with the pulse of his party. I mean, there is an election coming up.

But no.  This is so shockingly tone-deaf:

Obama At wallmart 5-1014

What.  Are.  They.  Thinking?

Oh, and btw, Obama went to Walmart to promote solar energy.  If you’re like me, you’re shaking your head. Walmart = solar energy?  Really?

Ugh.

 

May 10, 2014 at 7:48 PM Leave a comment

Another One: Train Carrying Crude Oil “Erupts” in Downtown Lynchburg, VA

It’s not clear whether this train crashed first or exploded first but that said, here we have yet another crude oil disaster (oil is leaking into the James River in the heart of downtown).  I swear, the gods are trying to tell us to get the hell off of oil:

Va oil crash via sherifelipe on Instagram

(Image via sherifelipe on Instagram)

Breaking: CSX Railroad “Bomb Train” Carrying Crude Oil Explodes in Lynchburg, Virginia

A freight train owned by CSX Corporation has erupted in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia, which sent “flames stories high” into the air, creating a large black cloud.

ABC‘s WSET has reported four of its cars were “labeled crude oil” and one witness interviewed on WSET who is an employee at Lynchburg’s Market at Main restaurant, Randy Taylor, told show hosts it “sounded like a jet” when it exploded.

“The train that derailed and caught fire in Lynchburg, Virginia, belongs to CSX Corp. and was carrying crude oil,” explained a Reuters breaking story. “The accident occurred near the waterfront and some crude oil is leaking into the James River, which feeds into the Chesapeake Bay.”

Around 300 people were evacuated following the accident because of the black, billowing smoke. Though the incident happened in the heart of downtown, no injuries or deaths have been reported.

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The post I linked to being updated continuously so check it out.

April 30, 2014 at 5:23 PM 1 comment

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