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Delaware Oil Refinery Asks Taxpayers to Protect it From Rising Sea Levels

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:

PBF INdustries pbfenergy.com

(Image via PBFEnergy.com)

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.

Good point.

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.

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The gall.  Oh the gall.

July 31, 2014 at 10:26 AM 2 comments

Born to the Internet

This is an ad by the Indian company MTS Telecom that is meant to be funny and to speak to a time in the future but I’d say this kind of thing is essentially happening right now.  Have you seen the fake smart phone toys for babies?

(Via.)

 

June 12, 2014 at 10:19 AM Leave a comment

So What if All the Bees Die — We’ve Got Robobees!

Greenpeace put this video up this morning which I initially thought was sort of a sarcastic parody of what might happen if bees disappeared.  Then I realized it was for real. Instead of figuring out why real bee colonies are collapsing and preventing it, we’re developing robobees which I think is a sickening, bassackward way to run a planet.

Read more here.

 

 

April 28, 2014 at 8:18 AM 1 comment

Obama’s Department of Energy Continues the Disaster That is Hanford

Hanford Warning sign TobinFricke in January 2005. wikimedia commons

Hanford warning sign circa 2005. (Image Tobin Fricke via Wikimedia Commons)

From Seattle’s King5.com:

The state of Washington is preparing to take the most aggressive action in four years against the U.S. Department of Energy for the federal government’s failure to adhere to waste laws and legally binding cleanup schedules at the Hanford ["nuclear reservation"] Site – a sign of state officials’ growing frustration with lack of progress in the decades-long nuclear waste cleanup.

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On Friday, the state Department of Ecology ordered a new, faster timetable for pumping out a massive double-shell waste tank — designated AY-102 — that is slowly leaking highly radioactive waste. Next week, the state will communicate to the Department of Energy and the Department of Justice that the government is in violation of the 2010 consent decree governing the Hanford cleanup…

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The order issued Friday deals specifically with AY-102, a massive waste tank that has been at the center of a year-long KING 5 investigation, Hanford’s Dirty Secrets. KING 5 exposed the government’s contractor in charge of the tanks, Washington River Protection Solutions, ignored scientific evidence for nearly a year that the tank was leaking.

The thing I find the most outrageous:

According to a plan released on March 7, the federal government said it would not begin pumping the leaking double-shell tank until 2016 at the earliest. State and federal waste laws require leaking tanks to be emptied within 24 hours or whatever is practical.

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I guess we’re supposed to believe that, after ten or so years of this Hanford disaster going nowhere, 2016 is as fast as is “practical” to pump out that leaking tank.

 

 

 

March 22, 2014 at 6:51 PM Leave a comment

Protest in Front of the White House Against Keystone XL Pipeline Today

I guarantee you won’t see this on the corporate media tonight:

Happening today at 6:33 p.m. ET:

No to KXO via andrewnazdin on twitter

And there’s this tidbit about We the People having the right to assemble:

Cops rage at KXL protest 2-3-14

February 3, 2014 at 7:12 PM Leave a comment

John Hickenlooper, Colorado’s “Democratic” Governor, is Eating Out of ALEC’s Hand

John Hickenlooper via Wikimedia Commons

(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

This morning I came across this:

ALEC Plans Massive Environmental Attack for 2014

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has a big year ahead of them, as they attempt to dismantle a slew of environmental protections from state to state.  More specifically, the corporate front group is hoping to pass dirty energy friendly legislation to ease the rules for electric utilities.

From state to state, ALEC is drafting legislation that would cut renewable energy, increase dependence on coal and dismantle energy efficiency standards.

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And then I remembered reading about this a few days ago:

[Colorado's "Democratic"] Governor Hickenlooper has chosen Glenn Vaad, a former state representative from Weld County, as the newest of the three-member Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC).  Mr. Vaad is no friend of clean energy for Colorado—his voting record allied primarily with the fossil fuel industry at the expense of Colorado’s clean energy economy.   Mr. Vaad is also a former high-ranking member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a powerful corporate lobbying group whose members include Koch Industries and others pushing state legislatures to turn back the clock on adoption of renewable energy in Colorado and elsewhere.

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If a so-called Democratic governor is appointing “former high-ranking” members of ALEC to state boards — any board — we’re doomed.  Seriously.  It illustrates the fact that this isn’t about Republicans versus Democrats anymore — they’re all being corrupted — it’s about the corporatocracy and the monied class against the rest of us.

January 19, 2014 at 12:47 PM Leave a comment

Spying and Tiny Drones Everywhere

Today we learned, via Der-Spiegel, that the United States’ “National Security Agency” has gone so far as to intercept computers ordered online and to insert “backdoor” bugging devices in them, unbeknownst to to the recipients.

What?!

Meanwhile, per PopSci, this spy tool is out there too.  Imagine it hovering 30 feet above your living room window watching everything you do.  Given Der-Spiegel‘s revelations, I wouldn’t be surprised:

Drone Tiny via popsci.com

(Image via PopSci.com)

In a world of delicate, experimental nano-drones, the Black Hornet is the first operational system deployed. A hand-launched observation drone, it can resist gusting winds, fly for 25 minutes, and travel nearly a mile from its operator. The autopilot can follow GPS coordinates to conduct a preplanned patrol or simply hover and stare. All in a drone that weighs less than 0.6 ounces.

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December 29, 2013 at 9:38 PM Leave a comment

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