Climate change: Two articles. Friday, Dec 7 2018 

Here are excerpts from two recent articles about climate change, presented without comment, as no comment is necessary:

‘It’s happening, it’s now,’ says U.S. government report on climate change
Nov 23, 2018 6:50 PM EST

On Friday, the federal government released its most dramatic report yet on the effects of climate change.

According to scientists, the country is already experiencing serious consequences from rising global temperatures, including more frequent and severe storms, fires and flooding. John Yang talks to Michael Oppenheimer, professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton University.

The government issued its most dramatic report yet about climate change today, and it came with a dire warning.

Scientists said the country is already reeling — feeling major effects of climate change and it has already cost the United States hundreds of billions of dollars.

The report, which was issued by 13 federal agencies, also highlights how climate change is expected to have a significant impact on the future of the economy.

The report links extreme events like Hurricanes Maria and Harvey and longer, more intense, more frequent wildfire seasons.

And scientists say there’s more to come. The continental United States is already 1.8 degrees warmer than it was a century ago, and the temperature may rise by another 2.3 degrees by 2050.

Unless more is done, the risks and impact of climate change are expected to shrink the U.S. economy 10 percent by century’s end.

And then came this:

Trump’s EPA Plans To Ease Carbon Emissions Rule For New Coal Plants
December 6, 20184:22 PM ET

President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency plans to reverse a 2015 Obama administration requirement that new coal-fired power plants have expensive technology to capture carbon dioxide emissions, EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, announced Thursday.

Wheeler said the Trump administration was removing “unfair burdens” on energy providers to “keep energy prices affordable and encourage new investments in cutting-edge technology that can then be exported around the world.”

Environmentalists criticized the move, which came as leaders from 200 countries meet in Poland to discuss reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Mary Anne Hitt, senior director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, said the administration was trying to push its “backwards and false narrative about reviving coal at the expense of science, public safety, and reality.”

Note to Trump followers:  The rich want profits today. They don’t give a damn about your children’s and grandchildren’s lives.

So just keep on voting for stupid. Why worry about tomorrow.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
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Why does Trump get away with THIS? Saturday, Nov 24 2018 

In the previous post, we answered the question, “Why does Trump get away with lying?”

The answer, in short, is: His followers want to be lied to.

But why does Trump get away with THIS:

Trump-Appointed Judge Hands Donald Trump Bad News In Robert Mueller Russia Case, Rules ‘Collusion’ Is A Crime

In addition to his frequently repeated assertion that there was “no collusion” between his campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump has also followed the lead of his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, claiming that even if Russian collusion did exist, “collusion is not a crime.”

Judge Dabney Friedrich ruled that merely collaborating with a foreign entity in a “conspiracy to defraud the United States” violates federal law — even if none of the acts by either party are themselves crimes.

And this:

Judge allows lawsuit against Trump Foundation to proceed, rejects Trump claim that he can’t be sued
The lawsuit accuses the president of misusing his charitable foundation for his own personal and political purposes.

New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed the action against the president, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump earlier this year, charging that they had engaged in “extensive unlawful political coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing transactions to benefit Mr. Trump’s personal and business interests, and violations of basic legal obligations for nonprofit foundations.”

Underwood said, “the Trump Foundation functioned as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests.” 

The suit charges that foundation funds were used to pay off Trump-owned companies’ legal obligations, including a $100,000 payment to a charity that was mandated in the settlement of a lawsuit.

Supreme Court Justice Saliann Scarpulla noted that a judge in a different case had already ruled earlier this year that Trump is not immune to civil actions “related purely to unofficial conduct because he is President of the the United States.”

Colluding with Russia to fix the federal Presidential election and stealing from your own charitable foundation. What next for Trump?

Major Trump administration climate report says damage is ‘intensifying across the country’
Scientists are more certain than ever that climate change is already affecting the United States — and that it is going to be very expensive.

The effects of climate change, including deadly wildfires, increasingly debilitating hurricanes and heat waves, are already battering the United States, and the danger of more such catastrophes is worsening.

Numerous federal agencies say they are more certain than ever that climate change poses a severe threat to Americans’ health and pocketbooks, as well as to the country’s infrastructure and natural resources.

The report’s sense of urgency and alarm stands in stark contrast to the lack of any apparent plan from President Trump to tackle the problems, which, according to the government he runs, are increasingly dire.

The Trump administration has rolled back several Obama-era environmental regulations and incentivized the production of fossil fuels.

Trump also has said he plans to withdraw the nation from the Paris climate accord and questioned the science of climate change just last month, “I don’t know that it’s man-made” and that the warming trend “could very well go back.”

As the Northeast faced a cold spell this week, Trump tweted, “Whatever happened to Global Warming?”

This shows a misunderstanding that climate scientists have repeatedly tried to correct — a confusion between daily weather fluctuations and long-term climate trends.

The administration last year downplayed a separate government report calling human activity the dominant driver of global warming, saying in a statement that “the climate has changed and is always changing.”

And those who face the most suffering? Society’s most vulnerable, including “lower-income and other marginalized communities,”researchers found.

O.K.: Colluding with Russia to fix the federal Presidential election,  and stealing from your own charitable foundation, and fiddling while the world burns. What next for Trump?

Trump suggests ‘vicious world’ should be blamed for Khashoggi murder while disputing Saudi responsibility

Donald Trump has suggested, “maybe the world” should be held accountable for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, as he doubled down on his insistence the CIA had not concluded Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was responsible for the killing. 

The president again denied the country’s pre-eminent intelligence agency believed the powerful Mohammed bin Salman was behind last month’s murder.

“They did not come to a conclusion. They have feelings, certain ways, but I have the report. They have not concluded. Nobody’s concluded. I don’t know if anyone could conclude that the crown prince did it.”

Mr Trump spoke after the Washington Postreported last week the CIA had concluded the crown prince ordered the assassination of journalist the 59-year-old journalist.

Of course, defending such murderous dictators as Putin, Kim, and Duterte is typical for Trump.

He reserves his criticisms for people like Admiral William McRaven, the former commander of U.S. Special Operations, who captured bin Laden, and for France’s Emmanuel Macron and for other allied leaders, and for any judge who disagrees with him. 

(Chief Justice John Roberts who issued a rare rebuke Wednesday after President Donald Trump told reporters that he wanted to file a complaint against the “Obama judge” who ruled against his migrant asylum policy.after Trump criticizes ‘Obama judge.’)

So, we have the President of the United States accused of colluding with Russia to fix the federal Presidential election, stealing from his own charitable foundation, fiddling while the world burns, and defending a murderer (for personal, financial reasons) and criticizing an American war hero.

And that’s just in the past few days.

Now, he has topped it off with:

Trump says he is most thankful for himself on Thanksgiving after extraordinary call with US troops in Middle East

How does he get away with it all, day after day, week afteImage result for see no evilr week? We are reminded of the quote often attributed to Abraham Lincoln: “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

Apparently, Trump’s followers fall into that “some of the people” category — people who can be fooled all the time.

Fortunately, they are in a declining minority. Now, let us pray we can limit the damage to America and the world for the next two years.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
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The single most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the have-mores and the have-less.

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.

Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA

2. Federally funded medicare — parts a, b & d, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Provide a monthly economic bonus to every man, woman and child in America (similar to social security for all)

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.

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Concern about a fetus; no concern about the entire human race? Friday, Oct 5 2018 

What if I told you of a deadly disease that will kill more and more people every year?  Yes, it’s true.

Though your government previously denied the disease even existed (they called it a “hoax”), now your government, in a stunning political reversal, not only admits the disease exists but predicts that within a hundred years, the disease will kill most, if not all, of the people on earth.

And what if you learned that your government will do nothing about this disease because the leaders believe our fate is sealed. They say, no matter what we do, our descendants will die from this disease?

Because they say humanity is doomed, the government will make no further efforts to stop the disease. Rather than “waste” any more money, the government will cut back on research, and not even try to reduce the spread of the disease.

Most medical doctors and researchers think the government should keep trying. No one knows what future technological advances could emerge from research, and meanwhile, we should try to protect as many people as possible.

Do you agree with the government or with the doctors?

I ask because we actually are living that scenario – a predicted end of the world and a government unwilling to do anything about it.

The disease is called, “global warming.”Image result for heat and drought

Chicago Tribune, 10/5/18
As global temps rise, calls to action fall
Trump administration notes 7-degree rise by 2100 but thinks planet’s fate already sealed
By Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis and Chris Mooney The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Deep in a 500-page environmental impact statement released in August, the Trump administration made a startling assumption: On its current course, the planet will warm 7 degrees by the end of this century.

A rise of 7 degrees Fahrenheit compared with pre-industrial levels would be catastrophic, according to scientists.

Many coral reefs would dissolve in increasingly acidic oceans. Parts of Manhattan and Miami would be underwater without costly coastal defenses. Extreme heat waves would routinely smother large parts of the globe.

But the administration did not offer this dire forecast as part of an argument to combat climate change. Just the opposite: The analysis assumes the planet’s fate is already sealed.

The draft statement, issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, was written to justify President Donald Trump’s decision to freeze federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks built after 2020.

While the proposal would increase greenhouse gas emissions, the impact statement says, that policy would add just a very small drop to a very big, hot bucket.

“The amazing thing they’re saying is human activities are going to lead to this rise of carbon dioxide that is disastrous for the environment and society. And then they’re saying they’re not going to do anything about it,” said Michael MacCracken, who served as a senior scientist at the U.S. Global Change Research Program from 1993 to 2002.

The world would have to make deep cuts in carbon emissions to avoid this drastic warming, the analysis states.Image result for heat and drought

And that “would require substantial increases in technology innovation and adoption compared to today’s levels and would require the economy and the vehicle fleet to move away from the use of fossil fuels, which is not currently technologically feasible or economically feasible.”

The key words are, “substantial increases in technology innovation” and “not currently technologically feasible or economically feasible.”

We humans can take one of two directions. We can say:

  1. Humanity is going to die, and there’s nothing we can do about it, so don’t we won’t even try to save ourselves. We’ll just let it happen, or
  2. We will not surrender. We’ll do whatever it takes to save the world for our future generations.

The Trump administration has chosen course #1. To increase short-term profits for the automobile and oil industries, the government will do nothing to prevent the eradication of the human species.

Trump has vowed to exit the Paris climate accord and called climate change a hoax.

In the past two months, the White House has pushed to dismantle nearly six major rules aimed at reducing greenhouse gases, deregulatory moves intended to save companies hundreds of millions of dollars.

Trump claims that climate change is a Chinese hoax while simultaneously claiming climate change not only exists but is unstoppable.

The only people not confused by this are Trump’s blind-loyal acolytes who will follow him over a cliff because their love for him exceeds their love for their own children and grandchildren.

If enacted, the administration’s proposals would give new life to aging coal plants; allow oil and gas operations to release more methane into the atmosphere; and prevent new curbs on greenhouse gases used in refrigerators and air-conditioning units.

The vehicle rule alone would put 8 billion additional tons of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere this century, more than a year’s worth of total U.S. emissions, according to the government’s own analysis.

Despite Trump’s skepticism, federal agencies conducting scientific research have often reaffirmed that humans are causing climate change, including in a major 2017 report that found “no convincing alternative explanation.”

In one internal White House memo, officials wondered whether it would be best to simply “ignore” such analyses.

Essentially, Trump tells you that nothing should be done; on the contrary, we should increase CO2 and methane to bolster corporate profits, because we don’t know how to prevent humanity from dying in a hundred years anyway.

Remember the words “not currently technologically feasible or economically feasible.”

Here are some of the things that were not “currently or economically feasible” in the past hundred years: Electronic computers, jet planes, the internet, smartphones, Voice recognition, digital cameras. television, microwave ovens, space travel, organ transplants, Global Positioning System (GPS), LED bulbs, 3D printers, kidney dialysis machines, pacemakers, lithium batteries, DVDs, the atomic bomb, CRISPR technique for gene splicing.

More than a hundred years ago, few people could have foreseen these developments. Today, Trump and his followers cannot foresee a solution to global warming, so they wish to stop trying, and allow the world to end.Image result for heat and drought and children

This is the tradeoff: The future of humanity vs. the profits of the auto and oil businesses. Predictably, Donald Trump made the ghastly decision to favor profits over life.

The GOP, which claims to be concerned about the future of a fetus, seems to have no concern about the survival of the entire human race.

Considering Trump’s and the GOP’s many other failings, facilitating the end of the world seems to be part of the pattern.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
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No kidding: Trump says the world will end by 2100, so no use trying to save it. Saturday, Sep 29 2018 

I’m sure you remember when Trump made one of his way too many, ridiculous declarations, this one saying that despite the opinions of the vast majority of climatologists, global warming (aka “climate change”) is a Chinese hoax, “in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive” (his words).

And because global warming doesn’t really exist, why waste precious dollars on research to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gasses? Also, the coal and oil industries pay big money to compliant politicians.

Well, now that hurricane stormwater is overtaking the eastern seaboard, the Trump administration has a completely different story: Global warming does exist, but why fight it?

Trump administration sees a 7-degree rise in global temperatures by 2100
(Stuart W. Palley/For The Washington Post), By Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis and
Chris Mooney; September 28 at 3:55 PM

Image result for manhattan flooded

Parts of Manhattan could be underwater

Last month, deep in a 500-page environmental impact statement, the Trump administration made a startling assumption: On its current course, the planet will warm a disastrous seven degrees by the end of this century.

A rise of seven degrees Fahrenheit, or about four degrees Celsius, compared with preindustrial levels would be catastrophic, according to scientists.

Many coral reefs would dissolve in increasingly acidic oceans. Parts of Manhattan and Miami would be underwater without costly coastal defenses.

Extreme heat waves would routinely smother large parts of the globe.Image result for desertification

But the administration did not offer this dire forecast, premised on the idea that the world will fail to cut its greenhouse gas emissions, as part of an argument to combat climate change.

Just the opposite: The analysis assumes the planet’s fate is already sealed.

The draft statement was written to justify President Trump’s decision to freeze federal fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks built after 2020.

“The amazing thing they’re saying is human activities are going to lead to this rise of carbon dioxide that is disastrous for the environment and society. 

And then they’re saying they’re not going to do anything about it,” said Michael MacCracken, who served as a senior scientist at the U.S. Global Change Research Program from 1993 to 2002.

It’s like saying there is no need to do medical research because we all will die of one disease or another. So just save the money.

Live fast; die young. Who cares about your grandchildren? You’ll be dead by the time global warming becomes a real problem.

This is the astounding message the President of the United States wants you to accept.

The world would have to make deep cuts in carbon emissions to avoid this drastic warming, the analysis states.

And that “would require substantial increases in technology innovation and adoption compared to today’s levels and would require the economy and the vehicle fleet to move away from the use of fossil fuels, which is not currently technologically feasible or economically feasible.”

So don’t do the research to find technology innovation. Instead, just burn that coal, use high emission cars, because . . . well, because Trump needs votes from coal miners and money from oil companies.

Scientists predict a four degree Celsius rise by the century’s end if countries take no meaningful actions to curb their carbon output.

In the past two months, the White House has pushed to dismantle nearly half a dozen major rules aimed at reducing greenhouse gases, deregulatory moves intended to save companies hundreds of millions of dollars.

If enacted, the administration’s proposals would give new life to aging coal plants; allow oil and gas operations to release more methane into the atmosphere; and prevent new curbs on greenhouse gases used in refrigerators and air-conditioning units.

The vehicle rule alone would put 8 billion additional tons of carbon dioxidein the atmosphere this century, more than a year’s worth of total U.S. emissions, according to the government’s own analysis. 

The right-wing argument is that humans don’t really release CO2 into the air, and anyway, CO2 isn’t a greenhouse gas, and anyway, a warmer world is a good thing, and anyway, plants use CO2 to grow, and anyway cutting CO2 is expensive, and anyway, the coal miners . . . .

Trump’s philosophy: The world will come to an end by 2100. There is no way to prevent it, so don’t even try.

David Pettit, a senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council who testified against Trump’s freeze of car mileage standards Monday in Fresno, Calif., said his organization is prepared to use the administration’s own numbers to challenge its regulatory rollbacks.

He noted that NHTSA document projects that if the world takes no action to curb emissions, current atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide would rise from 410 parts per million to 789 ppm by 2100.

“I was shocked when I saw it,” Pettit said in a phone interview. “These are their numbers. They aren’t our numbers.”

The right-wing philosophy is: Even though air pollution harms your children’s lungs and shortens their lives, they are going to die someday anyway, so we might as well save profits and keep on polluting.

Using the no-action scenario “is a textbook example of how to lie with statistics,” said MIT Sloan School of Management professor John Sterman.

“First, the administration proposes vehicle efficiency policies that would do almost nothing [to fight climate change].

Then [the administration] makes their impact seem even smaller by comparing their proposals to what would happen if the entire world does nothing.”

This week, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres warned leaders gathered in New York, “If we do not change course in the next two years, we risk runaway climate change . . . Our future is at stake.”

In the Trump administration, today’s corporate profits take precedence over the future of the world.

Federal and independent research cites “evidence of climate-induced changes,” such as more frequent droughts, floods, severe storms and heat waves, and estimates that seas could rise nearly three feet globally by 2100 if the world does not decrease its carbon output.

Two articles published in the journal Science since late July — both co-authored by federal scientists — predicted that the global landscape could be transformed “without major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions” and declared that soaring temperatures worldwide bore humans’ “fingerprint.”

“With this administration, it’s almost as if this science is happening in another galaxy,” said Rachel Cleetus, policy director and lead economist for the Union of Concerned Scientists’ climate and energy program. “That feedback isn’t informing the policy.”

The only thing that can turn the tide is voter outrage, and the only question is, how much evidence is required to cause your outrage?

The debate comes after a troubling summer of devastating wildfires, record-breaking heat and a catastrophic hurricane — each of which, federal scientists say, signals a warming world.

Ash from wildfires that covered Washington residents’ car hoods this summer, and the acrid smoke that filled their air, has made more voters of both parties grasp the real-world implications of climate change.

And then there’s this article from Inside Climate News:

Trump Targets Obama’s Methane Rules in Latest Climate Policy Rollbacks
BY MARIANNE LAVELLE
Interior lifts limits on methane leaks from oil and gas drilling on federal land

In its latest retreat from federal action on climate change, the Trump administration moved to lift two more rules on the leaking and uncontrolled release of the potent greenhouse gas methane from oil and natural gas operations.

California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols said, “It’s an attack on public health and continues the administration’s dereliction of duty to protect air quality, taxpayer dollars and the environment.”

Trump’s policies will kill more of your children, and their children, than have any mass-murderer in history.

Not only will millions die unnecessarily early, but the entire world will suffer — all because of the buffoonery of one foolish man.

The revelations go on and on:

Climate change could render many of Earth’s ecosystems unrecognizable
By Sarah Kaplan The Washington Post Aug 30, 2018

“Even as someone who has spent more than 40 years thinking about vegetation change looking into the past … it is really hard for me to wrap my mind around the magnitude of change we’re talking about,” said ecologist Stephen Jackson, director of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Southwest Climate Science Adaptation Center.

Some of the predicted ecological shifts are already happening, Jackson said. Where he lives in the Southwest, severe wildfires are destroying ponderosa pine forests that have existed for generations; constant high temperatures and prolonged drought prevent the pines from regenerating in the aftermath.

Jackson noted that the shade provided by ponderosa pines helps preserve snowpack well into the start of summer. The later meltwater is necessary to sustain the streams and rivers on which plants, animals, farms and cities all depend.

The loss of these pines will trigger domino effects all across the watershed, altering landscapes from the mountains to the sea.

Let us conclude with another Trump idiocy:

Trump’s ‘ridiculous’ tweet about California wildfires

President Trump’s concern? Water.

Image result for forest fire burns homes

Plenty of water but too much heat and dry foliage.

“California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilized,” the US President wrote on Twitter. “It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Think of California with plenty of Water,” he added. “Nice!”

The problem with his tweets, according to environmental scientists and California water experts, is that there’s way more than enough water available to fight the wildfires in California.

Plus, they say, Trump is ignoring the critical issue of climate change, which has raised global temperatures and intensified droughts, making wildfires in the West bigger and more likely.

“This seems to be a confused attempt to conflate the terrible California wildfires with our always contentious debates over water,” said Peter Gleick, an environmental scientist and former MacArthur Fellow who is president emeritus of the Pacific Institute in Oakland, California.

“(Trump) implied there wasn’t enough water to fight the fires in California because of our water policies — which is complete nonsense.

There’s plenty of water to fight the fires. We don’t even use that much water to fight the fires, but there’s plenty.

Three of the state’s largest bodies of water are very close to these fires. It’s just ridiculous.”

I’ll tell you what’s ridiculous. Trump and the Republicans intentionally damaging the earth and the futures of all its inhabitants, for the sake of immediate, corporate profits. That’s what’s ridiculous.

And you know what else is ridiculous. People standing by, and letting these boobs destroy our world. That’s really ridiculous.

What is the solution?

There is an election coming up this November. You know the solution.

Don’t sit on your butt, allowing it all to happen to you.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
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