Another Week of Climate Disruption News, May 4, 2014

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Another Week of Climate Disruption News

Information is not Knowledge...Knowledge is not Wisdom

May 4, 2014

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We are definitely back in the black humour zone:

Just a touch of irony?


The Kinder Morgan expansion hearings are coming up:

What the ruckus all about?

What's the state of the West Coast salmon fishery?

Meanwhile in BC:

Meanwhile in that Mechanical Mordor known as the tar sands:

Also in Alberta:

While in Saskatchewan:

    • 2014/05/02: CBC: Eye-popping farmland prices may have peaked, experts say
      Farm Credit Canada predicts 'soft landing' as agricultural land prices level off
      According to a survey by Farm Credit Canada, farmland values shot up by 28.5 per cent in Saskatchewan between Jan. 1 of 2013 and Dec. 31 of the same year. Nationwide, farmland prices increased by 22 per cent.

In Manitoba, people have flooding on their minds:

In Ontario, Wynne has been forced into an election. Poll date is June 12th:

In the Maritimes:

As for miscellaneous Canadiana:

And on the American political front:

The Keystone XL wheel grinds slowly. And it grinds woe:

Leaks and spills:

Jeez! It's getting hard to keep all the spills and leaks straight. You need a map. Let's see...:

  1. In North Caroline, Duke Energy spilled coal ash slurry into the Dan River
  2. In West Virginia, Freedom Industries spilled coal cleaning chemicals into the Elk river
  3. In Arkansas, Exxon, spilled dilbit into the suburb of Mayflower
  4. In the Gulf of Mexico, BP and company had the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
  5. Alpha Natural Resources is being fined for 6,000 Clean Water Act violations in 7 years
  6. BP Well Sprays Crude Oil Mist Over 27 Acres Of Alaskan Tundra
  7. A CSX train derails, explodes in Lynchburg, Virginia

In North Carolina, Duke Energy spilled coal ash slurry into the Dan River:

In West Virginia, Freedom Industries spilled coal cleaning chemicals into the Elk river:

Earlier in Arkansas, Exxon, spilled dilbit into the suburb of Mayflower:

The BP disaster continues to twist US politics:

Alpha Natural Resources is being fined for 6,000 Clean Water Act violations in 7 years:

Another BP spill, this time in Alaska:

A CSX train derailed in Lynchburg:

The GOP War on Women continues:

The impacts of the sequestration are coming home:

Looking ahead to the 2014 & 2016 elections:

The actions of the Obama administration are being watched closely:

As for what is going on in Congress:

What are the lobbyists pushing?

The movement toward a long term ecologically viable economics is glacial:

What comes after Capitalism?

In nature, there is no garbage:

Apocalypso anyone?

Why we fight:

How do the corporate media measure up?

Here is something for your library:

And for your film & video enjoyment:

Meanwhile among the 'Sue the Bastards!' contingent:

Developing a new energy infrastructure is a fundamental challenge of the current generation:

Hey! Let's contaminate the aquifers for thousands of years! It'll be a fracking gas!

On the coal front:

On the gas and oil front:

In the gas and oil corps:

And in pipeline news:

Ships and boats and trains -- How to tranport the stuff?

Marvelous! Now the USA has their own Mechanical Mordor:

A rush of American triumphalism pervades the energy independence PR campaign. Think it will last?

Biofuel bickering abounds:

The answer my friend...

Meanwhile among the solar aficionados:

The nuclear energy controversy continues:

Nuclear waste storage requires _very_ long term thinking:

Nuclear fusion has been 'Just 20 years away' for the past 50 years:

The possibility of a Hydrogen Economy shimmers on the horizon:

More people are talking about the electrical grid:

How are the utilities adjusting (or not)?

And then there is the matter of efficiency & conservation:

Automakers & lawyers, engineers & activists argue over the future of the car:

As for Energy Storage:

The reaction of business to climate change will be critical:

What do we have in (weekly) lists?

Anything in pithy (or piffling) quotes this week?

The carbon lobby are up to the usual:

Note: You may notice my denialist coverage flagging. I am finding it increasingly difficult to give any attention to these people.

So why is nothing getting done?

As for climate miscellanea:

And here are a couple of sites you may find interesting and/or useful:

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