$300 Underground Greenhouse Grows Produce Year-Round, Even in Severe Climates
Wake Up World, 13th February 2013
With staggering food prices and shortages looming, there’s no better time to grow your own produce. Sadly, most greenhouses are expensive to build and impractical to heat during cold, wintery conditions. Thankfully, a solution is found with the Walipini. Developed for South American mountainous regions over twenty years ago, it allows edibles to be grown year-round – even in the most inhospitable weather. As an added bonus, it’s also outrageously inexpensive to construct.
Amazing new system harnesses sun’s energy for use at night
National Monitor, 15th January 2014
According to a news release from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, researchers have developed a system that converts the sun’s energy into hydrogen fuel during the day and keeps it for use at night.
“So called ‘solar fuels’ like hydrogen offer a solution to how to store energy for nighttime use by taking a cue from natural photosynthesis,” said Tom Meyer, Arey Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, in a statement. “Our new findings may provide a last major piece of a puzzle for a new way to store the sun’s energy – it could be a tipping point for a solar energy future.”
US to phase out antibiotics for fattening livestock
New Scientist, 12th December 2013
The practice of feeding antibiotics to healthy farm animals to fatten them up is being phased out in the US, a move that should help quell antibiotic resistance. However, the Food and Drug Administration has been criticised for failing to make the move compulsory.
I suppose it has dawned on the sociopaths in charge that their own lives are now in danger, hence the turnaround on the rather foolish misuse of antibiotics...
"We've got to get rid of all this green c***": David Cameron 'to axe eco taxes'
The Prime Minister is set to perform yet another U-turn, sources say, and abandon green levies wish push up energy bills
The Mirror, 25th November 2013
David Cameron has ordered ministers to cut the "green crap" after Labour put him on the back foot over energy prices.
The Prime Minister has already U-turned over his pledge to lead the "greenest government ever" by promising to roll back eco taxes which add £110 to the average energy bill.
But Mr Cameron, who once hugged a husky, has gone even further in private, according to Tory sources.
"He's telling everyone: 'We've got to get rid of all this green crap'. He's absolutely focused on it," one said.
The Government has been struggling to work out how to response since Labour leader Ed Miliband announced he would freeze energy prices if he wins power.
I suppose the reality is politicians are there to impose unsuitable solutions that profit a few. They then get to generate another fanfare announcement to dispense with these unwanted initiatives when their usefulness has diminished, to then repeat the cycle with something else. The real problem is the public cooperate with the game being played.
The £150 hobbit hole: Farmer builds a cosy cob home using materials he recycled from skips... and the tenant pays the rent in MILK
Daily Mail, 25th November 2013
The shanty town holiday where the rich get to pretend they are living in lean-to like millions of Africans (but with running water, electricity and even WI-FI)•The Emoya Estate provides corrugated metal shacks for up to 52 guests
Daily Mail, 20th November 2013
•Say the shacks that mimic the homes of impoverished Africans is an 'experience of a lifetime'
•Critics called it 'poverty porn' and insensitive to those who have to live in such basic conditions
A resort that allows rich tourists to pretend they live like millions of impoverished Africans in ramshackle shanty towns has been described as 'poverty porn'.
Emoya Estate claims the collection of corrugated metal huts on its five-star luxury game reserve gives holidaymakers the chance to experience life in a shanty town in 'a safe environment'.
However, unlike the genuine towns, tourists at the resort are given conveniences such running water, electricity and even Wi-Fi.
This reminds me of James Ray and the cockroach woman Byron Katie, dressing up New Age seminar junkies in rags and with no ID, putting them on the streets to beg, some nonsense to do with learning how to attract wealth... Personally, I could recommend a very basic hytter in Norway for the experience of feeling impoverished... Whatever, I can't understand the point accept for an attempt at generating some empathy for poor people, but I am not really convinced...
The £150 hobbit hole: Farmer builds a cosy cob home using materials he recycled from skips... and the tenant pays the rent in MILK
Daily Mail, 25th November 2013
Can Radio Waves Completely Transform Agriculture?
Natural Blaze, 31st August 2013
A single innovation from an octogenarian professor in Ireland is raising eyebrows and gaining accolades, though it is strangely absent in the U.S. mainstream media.
Professor Austin Darragh of Limerick University is employing a new use of radio wave technology that could be called the new or real miracle grow. The consequences of its implementation are being referred to as "the greatest breakthrough in agriculture since the plough."
Every now and then somebody tries to use technology that the powers that be want suppressed.... This is the “deviant science and technology” that often lurks in the cultic milieu waiting for a more opportune moment to become accepted in the mainstream, forcing world controllers to accept the new status quo. Here, I am quite pleased to see that different types of research that I have written about, have now resurfaced in a combined form to generate and interesting variation on a theme... (Actually, I think there is something in the archives about some Australians doing the same thing to generate excellent crop production results.... I also realise there are plenty of people attempting to do this with drinking water.) Anyway, this takes me straight back to the Theory of Multi-dimensional Reality and the need for any lifeform to incorporate higher charge in order to attract the correct frequencies to function and thus achieve higher health...
Scientists create batteries out of wood
The Weather Network, 8th July 2013
When wood and tin are combined, they can create an low-cost and sustainable battery, according to researchers at the University of Maryland.
Researchers hope the battery -- which was created using components more than 1000 times thinner than a sheet of paper -- will one day be used to power large-scale devices, like solar energy panels.
Al Gore’s Payday From Oil-Rich Qatar ‘Reeking With Irony’
Bloomberg News, 4th January 2013
Al Gore, who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his fight against global warming, may gross about $70 million from the sale of his Current TV network to Al Jazeera, the cable channel funded in part by oil-rich Qatar.
Al Jazeera will pay about $500 million for Current TV, including the stake held by Gore, 64, according to two people with knowledge of the deal. The network is one of dozens of investments made by the former vice president since he lost the 2000 presidential race by a slim margin.
“It’s reeking with irony,” said Jeff Sonnenfeld, senior associate dean at the Yale School of Management, who studies corporate governance. “It seems to be at least a paradox in terms of his positions on sustainability and geopolitics.”
“Many Americans are tired of borrowing huge amounts of money from China to buy huge amounts of oil from the Persian Gulf to make huge amounts of pollution that destroys the planet’s climate,” Gore said in September 2006 at the New York University School of Law. “Increasingly, Americans believe that we have to change every part of that pattern.”
Al Gore the zealous climate czar and hypocrite.... The Climate realists are laughing hysterically but I don't have time to be amused.... See more headlines at Climate Depot
Man-made tornadoes could one day power our cities
Electronic Products, 19th December 2012
Canadian engineer Louis Michaud has been working on one of the Earth’s natural disasters, tornadoes, as a source of power. In 2009, Michaud founded the company AVEtec and performed a successful test of an atmospheric vortex engine (AVE) that can harness the physics of tornadoes and their upward heat flow to produce cheap and clean energy. [...]
Now, after years of struggling to be viewed as a serious company, AVEtec has just received $300,000 in funding from PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, to improve on the initial concept and build a working engine to prove the viability of using this technology to produce electricity with virtually no carbon foot print.
“The power in a tornado is undisputed," said Louis Michaud. "My work has established the principles by which we can control and exploit that power to provide clean energy on an unprecedented scale.”
Yet, another technology that needs to be seriously considered as the current modus operandi will fail as the geomagnetic conditions on this planet worsen, see archives for more information.
She Literally Eats Out of Her Gutters…
The Berkly Guy's Blog, 27th October 2011
…rain gutters, of course! Suzanne Forsling has become somewhat of a celebrity for her ingenuity. Her resourcefulness finds a practical application for re-purposing rain gutters. Have a read:
I am from Iowa, so I have an inherent need to grow vegetables. Each winter, I dream up ways of trying to garden in Juneau’s environment which, so far, has really frustrated me.
Nothing I tried works very well. Like many homes in the Juneau area, our yard has its problems. We live near the glacier, so the soil is cold and has very little organic matter, there are lots of big trees shading it, and we have all the slugs and root maggots anyone could want, with porcupines, cats, bears and ravens meandering to boot.
There is only one side of our house that gets much sunshine, and, of course, that side of the house has the smallest yard. It is really just an alleyway between ours and the neighbors. I might eventually put in some cold frames, but can’t really afford that this year with all the extra money going to the high energy and food prices.
So my brain has kept working the issue, even while I was asleep. One morning in late May, I woke up with an idea that seems to be a real solution for our situation, and I thought it might help others as well.
I had heard about people using rain gutters around deck railing at a master gardener class that I took this past spring from the Cooperative Extension Service.
Now, this is what I call 'tapping the field' and the Universe will provide a solution that helps the majority and not just one person... brilliant...
Tree planting in honor of Wangari Maathai
National Geographic, 9th October 2011
Yesterday Kenya and the world celebrated the life of Prof. Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan environmentalist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 who recently passed away. As part of the activities in her honour, across the country communities came together to plant trees. The Turkana Basin Field School students joined the Friends of Lake Turkana, Forestry Department officials, members of the IRC committee in Lodwar and students and teachers of the St Michael Kawalase Primary school in a tree planting exercise.
The activities were organized by Ikal Angelei, who is a leading champion for local social and environmental issues, as well as coordinating many of the activities of the Turkana Basin Institute. Ikal is a passionate and able spokesperson and activist leading the fight for a better environment, livelihoods and justice in Turkana. It was a great honour and privilege for the students and myself to participate in this humble and powerful exercise.
Comment: Wangari Maathai
is the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, who was a wonderful Kenyan academic who won worldwide recognition for also encouraging villagers to plant billions of trees. She was one of the few environmentalists that I had any respect for, I am sorry to hear she has passed away.
China: Villagers protest at Zhejiang solar panel plant
BBC News, 18th September 2011
Hundreds of villagers in eastern China have held three days of protests at a solar panel plant over pollution fears.
Around 500 people started gathering at Zhejiang Jinko Solar company in Haining city, Zhejiang province, on Thursday.
Some of protesters stormed the factory, overturning several company cars and destroying offices, officials said.
Residents in the nearby village of Hongxiao said they became concerned after the deaths of a large number of river fish.
Well, if you are a regular to this blog, you will know that the place on Earth that has the worse rate of bizarre DNA mutations and abnormalities is China. We can only presume that the reports that are making international news, are not even scratching the surface of the problems caused by the degradation of the environment due to the policy of the Chinese government of permitting unrestrained industrialisation.
Light from a water bottle could brighten millions of poor homes (w/ video)
PhysOrg.com, 16th September 2011
As simple as it sounds, a one-liter plastic bottle filled with purified water and some bleach could serve as a light bulb for some of the millions of people who live without electricity. Originally developed by MIT students, the "solar bottle bulb" is now being distributed by the MyShelter Foundation to homes throughout the Philippines. The foundation’s goal is to use this alternative source of daylight to brighten one million homes in the country by 2012.
In order to make the water bottles "light up," holes are cut in the metal roofs of homes and a bottle is placed and sealed into each hole so that its lower half emerges from the ceiling. The clear water disperses the light in all directions through refraction, which can provide a luminosity that is equivalent to a 55-watt electric light bulb, according to the MyShelter Foundation. The bleach prevents mold growth so that the bulbs can last for up to five years.
The video made me cry.... such a simple idea, but it had to come from those with an interest in actually helping others without exploiting them...
Al Gore Lets Loose In Aspen Institute Speech About Bull**** Anti Global-Warming Pseudo-Science
Huffington Post, 9th August 2011
Speaking in Aspen last Thursday, former Vice President Al Gore warned of the impacts of global warming. In sharp contrast to previous appearances, however, Gore may have frothed at the mouth a bit when he told the Aspen Institute's 'Networks and Citizenship' panel not to believe those that dismiss global warming.
In a passionate rant, Gore says his opponents are a group of people, "washing back at you the same crap over and over and over again. There's no longer a shared reality ... It's no longer acceptable in mixed company -- meaning bipartisan company -- to use the goddamn word 'climate.'"
And some of the exact same people — I can go down a list of their names — are involved in this. And so what do they do? They pay pseudo scientists to pretend to be scientists to put out the message: ‘This climate thing, it’s nonsense. Man-made CO2 doesn’t trap heat. It may be volcanoes.’ Bullshit! ‘It may be sun spots.’ Bullshit! ‘It’s not getting warmer.’ Bullshit!
Wow... This is a classic rant... Al Gore in meltdown mode... He really does cuss badly... listen to the MP3 but only if cussing and bad language does not bother you... Well, he says that people have no idea, but if he understands that this is really about space weather, then I can understand why he is so distressed... Most people really don't have the first idea...
[Gore] did not know, as the others did, that the conference was being streamed…
WUWT, 9th August 2011
"As reported by the NYT. Oops. Now we know why we heard the real Gore speaking, not just the made for TV version of Al. And… due to this story going viral, we get the “Full Monty” at last."
Gore FAIL – Gore starts cussing in climate talk
WUWT, 6th August 2011
The fact that he has started cussing while addressing audiences
(even supportive ones) clearly shows that he has lost the battle.
“There’s no longer a shared reality on an issue like climate even though the very existence of our civilization is threatened. People have no idea! … It’s no longer acceptable in mixed company, meaning bipartisan company, to use the goddamn word climate. It is not acceptable. They have polluted it to the point where we cannot possibly come to an agreement on it.”
And that’s just part of the rant. More below plus a collection of news bytes from the past week that all point to Gore’s inability to restart the success of AIT he had in 2005. My personal view is that the battle was lost the moment Gore and his acolytes started trying to link severe weather events (see photo above of Gore pointing to a big mesocyclone aka thunderstorm) with global warming.
[Climate Depot Comment: 'This is psychologically healthy development for Gore. He needs to face the reality that despite his film, an Oscar, a Nobel, a compliant shoddy news media, the UN, Hollywood, untold tens of billions of dollars spent, propaganda directed at school kids, and twisted science - the movement Gore helped found, is dying scientifically, politically and economically. It is time to celebrate the utter and complete failure of the sub-prime science of man-made global warming.'
Al Gore must be mad about something! I am pleased that Morano is interested in Gore's health! LOL There is some indepth analysis of his failure here too...
It’s official: Al Gore is a prophet
WUWT, 8th August 2011
YOUNG: Did you just refer to him as a prophet?
FOX: I think he is a prophet on climate change. I think he woke up to this issue in his earliest years, expected as other people learned about it that they would also wake up to its significance … His presumption as a young man was that once you heard the information the world would shift and start getting its act together, and that hasn’t happened.
Comment: I find it remarkable that people are still calling Al Gore a prophet when his message of climate doom has been proven to be wrong, wrong and wrong!
You mustn't believe the lies of the Green zealots. And I should know - I was one
Daily Mail, 4th July 2011
Finally the Government is seeing sense about nuclear power. Last week, Energy Secretary (and former nuclear sceptic) Chris Huhne made a spectacular U-turn and backed a new generation of nuclear power stations.
Far from being a ‘failed technology’ (as he once described it), he said Britain needs nuclear electricity generation to get ‘off the oil hook’ and now reforms will be introduced to encourage businesses to invest in it. [...]
It has taken me a long time to reach this conclusion. I used to passionately oppose not only nuclear power but GM crops. I once even threw a pie in the face of a Danish scientist who dared to question the orthodox environmental line. So what changed?
I have featured Mark Lynas before as a prominent Green 'heretic'. He got a lot of press in September 2008, see
Green Churches: Casting Out Demons
that was all about the Green movement being religious and then in The Times, he was headlined, Mark Lynas: the green heretic persecuted for his nuclear conversion
. Since he has been harrassed by other Greens for his turnaround on nuclear power I am in no doubt that after Fukushima, he is now seen as a golden boy by those desperate to maintain a positive spin on nuclear power.
The 13-year-old who has the world planting trees
At the age of nine, Felix Finkbeiner hatched a plan to plant a million trees in his native Germany. Now he's a global eco-superhero
The Telegraph, 29th April 2011
[...] Felix, from the unremarkable town of Pöcking, near Munich, is an environmental superstar at the helm of a global network of child activists whose aim is to mitigate climate change by reforesting the planet. Behind his apparently unprepossessing facade, Felix is really an action hero. No wonder he gets the girls.
His organisation, Plant for the Planet, recently achieved its target of planting one million trees in Germany; now, Felix is spreading his message around the world. Plant for the Planet is up and running in 131 countries, and the British chapter was established last month, with the aim of planting a million trees here over the next few years. Individuals or planting groups can either 'pledge’ to plant a certain number of trees or make a cash donation – €1 buys one tree. [...]
What about the climate change sceptics?
'We children discussed this often,’ he told delegates at the UN in New York in January. 'We have an answer. If we follow the scientists that tell us there is a crisis and we act, and in 20 years we find out that they were wrong, we didn’t do any mistake. But if we follow the sceptics and in 20 years we find out that they were wrong, it will be too late to save our future.’
Adults, he cheekily told the assembled diplomats, are like monkeys. 'If you let a monkey choose if he wants one banana now or six bananas later, he always chooses the one banana now. We children [have] understood we cannot trust that adults alone will save our future. We have to take our future in our own hands.
This Felix is obviously a very old soul... Anyway, thank goodness there are a few on the planet that can get on and implement a plan to help keep this planet habitable. There is also a major need to help with the flow of etheric energies as the planet is flooded, courtesy of the interstellar cloud that is now hitting us much harder. Other metaphysical sources have been clear about the need for trees to act as antennae, so it's good to see that some serious efforts are being made. Good show.
Energy saving light bulbs 'could trigger breast cancer'
The Telegraph, 1st February 2011
Abraham Haim, a professor of biology at Haifa University in Israel, said that the bluer light that compact flourescent lamps (CFLs) emitted closely mimiced daylight, disrupting the body's production of the hormone melatonin more than older-style filament bulbs, which cast a yellower light.
Melatonin, thought to protect against some breast and prostate cancers, is produced and secreted by the brain's pineal gland around the clock.
Highest secretion levels are at night but light depresses production, even if one's eyes are shut.
A possible link between night time light exposure and breast cancer risk has been known for over a decade, since a study was published showing female shift workers were more likely to develop the disease.
Prof Haim explained that a recent study by himself and fellow colleagues had found a much stronger association than previous research between night-time bedroom light levels and breast cancer rates.
OK, I have been following the eco bulb fiasco, but this is totally unexpected.
European carbon market suspended over fraud fears
The European carbon market has been thrown into turmoil after the scandal-hit scheme was suspended for a week over suspicions of fraud.
The Telegraph, 19th January 2011
More than €2bn (£1.7bn) of trade is likely to be disrupted after the European Commission said it would prevent transactions until January 26.
The suspension follows allegations that 475,000 carbon credits worth €7m were stolen in a hacking attack on the Czech carbon register. It appears that the intangible allowances were bounced between eastern European countries before disappearing without a trace.
France's Bluenext exchange was the first to close its platform, while Austria, Poland, Estonia and Greece also shut their registries for trade.
This is not the first challenge to the credibility of the €90bn annual market in carbon allowances
OK, it was obvious that Carbon trading was just the next big stock market scam but it's starting to look like certain players realised that the traditional fraud of waiting for pension fund money etc before pulling out, (the colloquial 'pump and dump'), was not going to work and have been "stealing" their money back. This sounds just ridiculous, but how could €5bn just disappear?
China-style dictatorship of climatologists
NASA's Hansen prefers rule by decree to fight 'global warming'
Washington Times, 17th January 2011
November's election made it quite clear that the people of the United States do not want to radically change our society in the name of global warming. Pretty much every close House race went to the Republicans, while the Democrats won all the Senate squeakers. The difference? The House on June 26, 2009, passed a bill limiting carbon-dioxide emissions and getting into just about every aspect of our lives. The Senate did nothing of the sort.
The nation's most prominent publicly funded climatologist is officially angry about this, blaming democracy and citing the Chinese government as the "best hope" to save the world from global warming. He also wants an economic boycott of the U.S. sufficient to bend us to China's will.
Desperate times, require desperate measures, right?
Hansen gets FOIA’d on ethics issues with NASA
ATI Environmental Law Center Seeks NASA Records on Dr. James Hansen
WUWT, 19th January 2011
"Today the American Tradition Institute’s Environmental Law Center filed a federal Freedom of Information Act request with NASA, seeking records detailing whether and how ‘global warming’ activist Dr. James Hansen of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) has complied with applicable federal ethics and financial disclosure laws and regulations, and NASA Rules of Behavior."
Environmentalist Starts Israel’s Worst Ever Fire: Greenpeace Blames Global Warming.
Haunting The Library, 13th January 2011
The worst fire in Israel’s history has been the cause of some embarrassment to Greenpeace and other global warming activists when some uncomfortable facts emerged recently.
Late last year Israel’s worst ever forest fire was blazing out of control, destroying homes and releasing untold quantities of Co2 into the atmosphere. Over 5,000 hectares of forest were utterly destroyed, and experts say it will be half a century before the forest gets back to anything like its former state.
Greenpeace lost no time, of course, in pointing the finger squarely at global warming, and issued a press release, demanding Israel abandon construction of a new coal power station, and calling for all comrades to join the “international struggle”:
However, it didn’t have much to say following an investigation by Israel’s fire service which discovered that the fire was started by a global warming activist at a Rainbow Camp. As the Jerusalem Post reported:
The cause of this particular fire was, sadly enough, the good intentions of a participant in the Rainbow Festival that was being held at the site. For ecological reasons, she burned toilet paper she had used so as not to leave it in nature, and in normal circumstances, that would have been the thing to do. However, due to the strong winds and the unseasonable hot air, the dry grasses caught on fire immediately, and the fire spread in four different directions simultaneously.
Greenpeace have yet to retract their statement blaming the fire on global warming.
So, an environmentalist caused the worse ever fire in Israel's history? You could not make this stuff up, even if you tried.... I picked this story up at WUWT Quote of the Week
sequestration ‘splodes in Saskatchewan
WUWT, 11th January 2011
By: Bob Weber, The Canadian Press
A Saskatchewan farm couple whose land lies over the world’s largest carbon capture and storage project says greenhouse gases that were supposed to have been injected permanently underground are leaking out, killing animals and sending groundwater foaming to the surface like shaken-up soda pop.
Cameron and Jane Kerr, who own nine quarter-sections of land above the Weyburn oilfield in eastern Saskatchewan, released a consultant’s report Tuesday that claims to link high concentrations of carbon dioxide in their soil to the 8,000 tonnes of the gas injected underground every day by energy giant Cenovus in its attempt to enhance oil recovery and fight climate change.
“We knew, obviously, there was something wrong,” said Jane Kerr.
/Green' save the world idea that has gone dreadfully wrong... The worse thing about the story is that they got something simple like the geology of the cap rock wrong... hopeless... The video trailer of Crack in the World
(1965) sci-fi movie, is just hilarious, showing the result of a scientific idea of experimenting with the planet going wrong. It reminded me of the the sci-fi move The core
(2003) where the problem was that the Earth's core stopped spinning as a side effect of 'Project Destiny' (that sounds a lot like HAARP), which caused the 'accidental' shutdown with the resultant failure of the Earth's magnetic field.
Environmental activists demand inquiry into undercover officer's role
Following the collapse of their trial, power station protesters say PC Mark Kennedy's actions must be investigated
The Guardian, 10th January 2011
Six environmental activists who faced charges of trying to take over a power station called today for an inquiry into the role of an undercover police officer, who is accused of helping to plan and pay for the invasion.
The trial of the six, who denied conspiring to break into Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station, collapsed today, after details began to emerge about the role played by PC Mark Kennedy, an undercover police officer.
An investigation by the Guardian revealed how Kennedy lived at the heart of the environmental movement for seven years, using the fake identity Mark Stone to infiltrate dozens of protest groups.
So the Green Movement has been infiltrated with undercover police officers acting as "agent provocateurs". PC Mark Kennedy encouraged environmentalists to break the law, but bizarrely, when some of his environmentalist friends got wrongly accused, this undercover cop defended them... I suppose he was not given any orders about that scenario occuring and maybe he paid attention to his consciousness... Whatever, this does sound very familiar... It might wake a few naive people up... This reminds me of the saying, 'If there aren't any fires, there would be no need for firemen...'
Freezing Brits steamed over new green boilers
American Thinker, 30th December 2010
Five years ago the global warming crowd and their comrades in the Labour Party mandated the use of new green technology boilers in Great Britain. Government and environmental experts said that the ‘condensing boilers’ would not only greatly reduce the consumer’s carbon footprint, but would also lower their heating bills. Saving money and saving the planet, what could be better?
The UK Daily Mail
reports that during the recent record cold spell in Great Britain, tens of thousands of people were without heat due to a serious flaw in the new boiler’s design.
British Gas is understood to have had 60,000 call-outs in Yorkshire alone. And the cost to call out a plumber? It can be between £ 200 to £ 300 on a bank holiday. And don’t forget about VAT.[...]
In 2005 Labour deputy PM John Prescott made the condensing boiler mandate a key part of his plan to meet the CO2 reduction targets called for in the Kyoto Protocol. Three years later in an effort to sell the green technology boondoggle to the people, the government initiated a program which paid homeowners £ 400 towards the purchase and installation of the new boilers.
Sales people quickly jumped on the new market and produced glowing savings estimates for their customers. Boiler manufacturers and installers enjoyed a boom as they removed perfectly good boilers and replaced then with the new eco-friendly units. Everything was going smoothly until frustrated consumers discovered that their new boilers didn’t work in really cold weather.
To make matters worse, the new boilers typically last only 3-6 years and the costs of parts to repair the units are outrageously high.
The bogus Green commercialism is not really funny when it comes to boilers breaking down when people are experiencing arctic conditions...
Video: Greens hijack Christmas
Herald Sun Bolt blog, 15th December 2010
Green fanatics hijack Christmas to wish various tortures on climate heretics.
And they’re all so cheery about it…
"What shall we do with a climate skeptic
What shall we do with a climate skeptic
What shall we do with a climate skeptic, if they wont shut up?"
I am shocked! This is a choir singing in
Oxford Town Hall! See more info and comment about the Oxford UK, Sea Green singers
at WUWT, Hump Day Hilarity: songs for round up day
. This video clip over at Jo Nova is also hilarious Global Warming — it’s just another joke
Has Environmentalism Lost Its Spiritual Core?
Time, 6th December 2010
Environmentalism began as a religion. Certainly that's how paleo-greens like John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, would have seen it.
Muir was awakened to nature when he first explored Yosemite in the 1860s, and he felt it in a religious way — he called what would become one of the nation's first national parks "the grandest of all special temples of Nature."
Muir's biographer, Donald Worster, has written that Muir saw his mission as "saving the American soul from total surrender to materialism." David Brower, a spiritual successor to Muir who would found Friends of the Earth, would say of his staunchest green allies that they had "the religion." Environmentalism — rooted in nature and the outdoors — was an antidote to secular, technological modern life.
[...] Wangari Maathai, for one, would like to change that. The Kenyan activist won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 — making her the first environmentalist to earn the award — for her work with the Green Belt Movement, a nonprofit that focuses on planting trees, conserving the environment and fighting for women's rights.
Now Maathai has a new book called Replenishing the Earth: Spiritual Values for Healing Ourselves and the World, and she's preaching a green gospel.
To Maathai, environmental work needs to be linked to spiritual values — and spiritual values should drive us to care about the environmentalism, contributing to what's called in Judaism tikkun olam, the healing of the world. "We've become detached from nature," Maathai told me recently during a trip to New York City. "And as you move away from nature, you become lost."
It's nice to see that Time magazine can point Wangari Maathai, as someone who is a genuine environmentalist with spiritual values. This woman has gained my respect by her sheer brilliance and humility. Despite my highlighting of "green religion" this woman seems to have got the spiritual essence of environmentalism right.
Lawrence Solomon: The $7-billion carbon scam
Financial Post, 5th December 2010
Scam artists from around the world, capitalizing on lax regulations at the Danish emissions trading registry, have made off with an estimated $7-billion over the last two years, according to Europol. Denmark’s Office of the Auditor General is now investigating the fraud, which occurred after the Danish registry dropped requirements that carbon traders be documented. While allowing a free-for-all served the carbon market on the short term, by appearing to inflate the interest in carbon as a commodity, it ultimately backfired when much of the trading proved to be phony.
Aided by lax rules, the Danish emissions registry became the world’s largest, with 1256 registered permit traders, most of them fake.
OK, it was obvious that carbon trading was the latest stock market scam, but even I astonished by this revelation. The translation of the Norwegian article does not explain where the money came from to be given away to scammers and how that was allowed.
Glowing trees to replace street lamps
MSNBC News, 24th November 2010
Biologically based LEDs could be used to make trees illuminate sidewalks
The golden glow of street lights could soon be replaced by the green fluorescence of tree leaves. Scientists from the Academia Sinica and the National Cheng Kung University in Taipei and Tainan have implanted glowing, sea urchin shaped gold nanoparticles, known as bio light emitting diodes, or bio LEDs, inside the leaves of a plant.
The new nanoparticles could replace the electricity powered street light with biologically powered light that removes CO2 from the atmosphere 24 hours a days.
"In the future, bio-LED could be used to make roadside trees luminescent at night," said Yen-Hsun Su in an interview with Chemistry World. "This will save energy and absorb CO2 as the bio-LED luminescence will cause the chloroplast to conduct photosynthesis."
It sounds wonderful but many inventions have unforeseen downside and therefore require careful investigation and analysis before full implementation.
What the Green Movement Got Wrong: Greens come to see the error of their ways
The Telegraph, 8th November 2010
For many years, Channel 4 would not have dared devote an hour to the errors of environmentalism, writes Charles Moore.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about this programme is that it was made at all. It shows how the Green monolith has cracked. For many years, Channel 4 would not have dared devote an hour to the errors of environmentalism; or, if it had done so, it would have wrapped it in the cordon sanitaire always put round anything considered Right-wing, stating that this was a "provocative" and "personal" view.
This was no such programme. Instead, it was a platform for every sinner that repenteth. Former hippy Greens, directors of Greenpeace, the chairmen of the Copenhagen Climate Council and the like, queued up to admit error. Their reasons for doing so were interesting.
But, as one put it, environmentalists over the past 40 years have "failed to achieve Job One, which was to protect the planet".
The documentary is called : What the Green Movement Got Wrong.
it first aired on 4th November and it seems to be available to view online within the UK. Part 2 is on the 12th November. My reasons for pointing this out, is my belief that humanity are literally on the cusp of a massive shift in human consciousness. As Dr Clare Graves suggested, we are facing an evolutionary bomb and a huge bulk of mankind are going to propelled from a "green" Earth orientated way of thinking (presumably with the other tier 1 levels), into a more cosmic (tier 2) viewpoint. This is happening now.
Japanese 'Blest Machine' recycles plastic into oil at home
Wired News, 21st October 2010
Plastics are generally recycled back into oil in massive facilities, but a Japanese inventor has built a tabletop machine that can accomplish the same task safely and cleanly.
It's called the Blest Machine and was put together by Akinori Ito, after he began to see the places he played in as a child disappearing. He wanted to make the process of plastic recycling more accessible, so that less landfill would be required -- an increasing problem in densely-populated Japan.
To operate, you put your plastic trash in a large bucket, then screw on a lid. The temperature inside rises, slowly melting the plastic, which becomes a liquid and then a gas. The gas passes through a tube into a container filled with water, where it than cools and forms oil again. That oil can then be burnt as-is or further separated into gasoline, diesel and kerosene. A kilogram of plastic turns into about a litre of oil.
It just amazes me that nobody invented this machine before, but the machine is so small that anyone could have one at home... well, if you can afford it... well, the public needs to demand that supermarket chains and local councils purchase this machine as it will allow the public to recycle plastic in this way immediately... See also:
Man invents machine to convert plastic into oil [5:09]
Youtube, August 2010
German "heatball" wheeze outwits EU light bulb ban
Yahoo News, 15th October 2010
(Reuters) - A German entrepreneur is bypassing a European Union ban on light bulbs of more than 60 watts by marketing his own brand as mini heaters. Siegfried Rotthaeuser and his brother-in-law have come up with a legal way of importing and distributing 75 and 100 watt light bulbs -- by producing them in China, importing them as "small heating devices" and selling them as "heatballs."
To improve energy efficiency, the EU has banned the sale of bulbs of over 60 watts -- to the annoyance of the mechanical engineer from the western city of Essen.
Rotthaeuser studied EU legislation and realized that because the inefficient old bulbs produce more warmth than light -- he calculated heat makes up 95 percent of their output, and light just 5 percent -- they could be sold legally as heaters.
Good! I hope the idea spreads! Personally, I don't want to buy "green" light bulbs that are a bad alternative to incandescent light bulbs. There are major issues like the risk of mercury poisoning if you break one or the problem in the future, dealing with landfill sites with mercury contamination.
The 10:10 Splattergate goes “sploot” – a roundup
WUWT, 4th October 2010
From the New York Times:
Enviro Groups Retreat From Violent Advocacy Video
The four-minute video -- produced by the London-based group 10:10 -- features a host of celebrities encouraging the public to work to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent.
It also features a scene in which a schoolteacher explodes two students who refuse to take part in the campaign, turning the children into a red soup and covering their classmates with gore.
It's hard to comprehend that some think that blowing up school children because of their skepticism about global warming could be considered as satire or entertainment... Also, Morano on Fox News on the 10:10 exploding children film
& Cartoon: Josh on 10:10's Splattergate Goregate
'Go green or we'll kill your kids' says Richard Curtis eco-propaganda shocker
The Telegraph Delingpole Blog, 30th September 2010
Gillian Anderson, Peter Crouch [a tall footballer], Radiohead, David Ginola [a French footballer] and – above all – Richard Curtis, I salute you! You have just released a video which has entered history as the most emetic, ugly, counterproductive eco-propaganda movie ever made. Believe me this thing is going to go viral beyond your wildest dreams. But unfortunately that virus is ebola. (Hat tips: Barry Woods/Tom Dalton/Pete Hayes/Old Goat/half the civilised world….)
Here’s what the Guardian had to say, excitedly, when it previewed the video yesterday:
Had a look? Well, I’m certain you’ll agree that detonating school kids, footballers and movie stars into gory pulp for ignoring their carbon footprints is attention-grabbing.
To be honest, we are now starting to see the darkside of the Greens with this absolutely vile, disgusting and offensive video. I watched the video that is linked here, totally unbelievable... More rage at WUWT, see O…M…G – Video explodes skeptical kids in bloodbath
Grist commenter incites violence against CEOs, corporations
Green Hell blog, 7th September 2010
The leaders of Greenpeace, 350.org and the Rainforest Action Network published an article
today on Grist.org entitled, “A call for direct action
in the climate movement: we need your ideas
” — and boy did they get one.
Less than one week after Discovery Channel gunman James J. Lee went down in a blaze of violent ignominy, one commenter wrote,
… When someone is proud of taking advantage of another human being shoot the bastard. John Brown would have killed everybody who thought slavery was boss, or
groovy, well we feel the same way, pollute and die, its that easy especially for Corporations and their laziest of all people CEOs. We declare war on CEOs and
corporations that kill our brothers and sisters. Don’t need courts or judges, we got ropes. Scare the crap out of those who pollute, hang a few and our air will
improve. Bill is that what you had in mind, the Crystalline Matrix has formed like a giant spider’s web, who will understand the “burning bright.” This
is the year of the Tigeress.
the Director [Emphasis added]
The radical green management can call for non-violence all it wants — the zombies it has created seem poised to achieve their ends by other means.
BTW Grist, incitement to violence is NOT protected by the First Amendment. (Green Hell Blog)
Well, we have a problem of Climate Rage
caused by fear based on the lies that humans are changing the climate. Humans can be blamed for lots of things and polluting the environment is one of them but since scientists are not explaining that Earth is an energetic system that is not closed to outside influences, Earth is currently being heavily bombarded with solar cosmic galactic and intergalactic energy in the form of Space Weather. Therefore, the less knowledgeable have accepted the inaccurate, so called 'scientific' explanations for the associated climatic upheaval. So, now climate alarmists are having to mitigate the damage by the actions of the most militant and deranged and this example cited above is not an isolated case. See the responses to the Grist article: Discovery hostage taker is a population-obsessed eco-wacko
. Greenpeace are also showing signs of becoming even more militant, see Greenpeace Violence Is Escalating: “The Lines Are Drawn”
Police kill Discovery building gunman
Three hostages safe, police say; man told NBC he had several bombs
MSNBC News, 1st September 2010
Police shot and killed a man armed with several bombs who held three hostages Wednesday at the Discovery Communications building. Authorities said the hostages were safe.
At least one device on the man’s body went off when he was shot inside the building in suburban Washington, D.C., Montgomery County police Chief Thomas Manger said. Police were searching the building for other explosive devices.
Manger said no one was believed to have been injured other than the gunman, whom SWAT officers shot about 4:50 p.m. ET because officials “believed the hostages were in danger.” The building in the close-in suburb of Washington was safely evacuated, including the Discovery Kids Place day care center, police said.
An NBC News producer who called the building to find out what was going on had a brief telephone conversation with the man when he came on the line unexpectedly. He identified himself as James J. Lee and said, “I have a gun and I have a bomb. ... I have several bombs strapped to my body ready to go off.”
Lee said at the time that he experienced an ‘‘awakening” when he watched former Vice President Al Gore’s environmental documentary ‘‘An Inconvenient Truth.”
This man is doing exactly what Al Gore has been advocating... civil disobedience... See video clip, Gore: 'It Is Time For Civil Disobedience'
. More details at WUWT When warmistas attack
. There are many frightened and angry people who still believe that we are experiencing anthropogenic (manmade) global warming [this is being called 'Climate Rage']. There is no understanding that this is a lie and that Earth is being transformed by a massive bombardment of cosmic energy which is changing the cosmic conditions in our solar system. This is evident as scientists tell us that all the planets in our solar system are changing and even some of them and their moons are clearly experiencing "global warming", see Interplanetary “Day After Tomorrow?” - Part 1
Gore concedes, National Wildlife Federation calls skeptics “bastards”
Watt's Up With That, 10th August 2010
Speaking about the likelihood of climate bill being passed by Congress in 2010, Al Gore told a conference call of supporters tonight that, “this battle has not been successful and is pretty much over for this year.”
Gore bitterly denounced the Senate and federal government stating several times, “The U.S. Senate has failed us” and “The federal government has failed us.” Gore even seemed to blame President Obama by emphasizing that “the government as a whole has failed us… although the House did its job. [emphasis added]”
Gore urged his listeners to take the “realistic view that they had failed badly.”
Gore said that “Comprehensive legislation is not likely to be debated” and that a “lame duck debate” is a “very slim possibility indeed.” (N.B. We thought, because Gore told us, that “the debate” was over.)
LOL!!!! I think the End is Near for Al Gore... James Delingpole also enjoys the moment too, 'Der Krieg ist verloren!' declares confused, angry, trembly-handed Al Gore in bunker conference call
It's worth pointing out here that the failure is in convincing the world that humans are responsible for global warming and/or even climate change. Fortunately, the planet can provide ample evidence that over the last few billion years, it is quite capable of being transformed without any input from humans.
The image icon here is taken from the following article Doomsday-cult of global warming exposed as biggest false religion since Scientology
. My apologies to scientologists, but there is also some good graphics explaining the Climategate phrase 'hide the decline' that is worth noting.
Greenpeace activists close down BP stations in London
BBC News, 27th July 2010
BP filling stations across London have been shut down by activists.
Environmental group Greenpeace said it had cut fuel supplies to all 50 BP stations in the city. The oil firm said 35 to 40 had been shut but many of them have now reopened.
The protesters stopped the fuel by removing safety switches on forecourts. The action comes as BP reported an £11bn loss after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and confirmed chief executive Tony Hayward is to step down.
Greenpeace said it wanted the company to adopt greener energy policies. A BP spokeswoman said a majority of the targeted fuel stations have reopened and the rest will resume normal service by the evening. Greenpeace said the safety switches will be returned.
Is this a token gesture by Greenpeace? To be quite frank, BP needs to stop cutting corners, that would be the first practical step! Yet, in reality, it 's hard to accept that Greenpeace are NOT taking the opportunity to highlight the continuous news of oil and gas explosions and pipeline failures, with the ensuing environmental damage that threaten our very existence on this planet.
Green -vs- Green: Eu Climate Exchange website hacked
Watts Up With That, 24th July 2010
NOTE: See updates below, it appears a green group, Climate Justice Action claims responsibility and apparently attacked ECX.eu in a tiff over carbon credit policy.
The Independent Media Centre of Australia is reporting that the sister website of the flatlining Chicago Climate Exchange, the European Climate Exchange (ECX), had it’s main page hacked and replaced with the image above. I’ve confirmed this with Google cache of the ECX website available here, Screencap of the cached page here. [...]
According to the hack message:
“The Cap and Trade system (as implemented in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme) has a whole range of issues:
* It’s main purpose is not to reduce emissions, but to help polluters meet “reduction” targets in the cheapest way possible, in a business-as-usual scenario.
* Leaves room for unverifiable manipulation.
* Generates outrageous profits for big industry polluters, investors in fraudulent offset projects, opportunist traders and new ‘marketplaces’ such as the European Climate Exchange.
* It distracts attention from the wider, systemic changes and collective political action that needs to be taken to tackle climate change and it’s fundamental root causes.”
I suppose some Greens think this is the only way to deal with the enemy within their own movement.
Sex complaint against Gore is detailed, credible
Washington Examiner, 29th June 2010
The allegation that Al Gore sexually assaulted a woman in a Portland, Ore., hotel room nearly four years ago has dealt a serious blow to the former vice president's story that he and wife Tipper simply "grew apart" after 40 years of marriage.
The police report of the masseuse's complaint is 73 pages long and extremely detailed. According to the document, she got a call from the front desk of the trendy Hotel Lucia on the night of Oct. 24, 2006. The hotel had a special guest. Could she come at 10:30 p.m.?
I was going to completely ignore this allegation, even the New Agey stuff about his second chakra, until I read the following, as I don't think a woman being blackmailed by the threat of global warming is acceptable. I am sorry, but this cannot be allowed to pass.
"Finally she got away. Later, she talked to friends, liberals like herself, who advised against telling police. One asked her "to just suck it up; otherwise, the world's going to be destroyed from global warming."
In April 2010, Investors Weekly Business had an article, A Complete List Of Bad Things Attributed To Global Warming
, at that time there was 756 things, but the list now stands at 760. 'Gore omnipresence' was listed, but surely that does not include him being allowed to molest women, so I am sure a new category will be added...
‘Green’ Energy Company Threatens Economics Professor … with Package of Dismantled Bomb Parts
Pajamas Media, 24th June 2010
Spain’s Dr. Gabriel Calzada — the author of a damning study concluding that Spain’s “green jobs” energy program has been a catastrophic economic failure — was mailed a dismantled bomb on Tuesday by solar energy company Thermotechnic.
Says Calzada: Before opening it, I called [Thermotechnic] to know what was inside … they answered, it was their answer to my energy pieces.
Dr. Calzada contacted a terrorism expert to handle the package. The expert first performed a scan of the package, then opened it in front of a journalist, Dr. Calzada, and a private security expert.
The terrorism consultant said he had seen this before:
This time you receive unconnected pieces. Next time it can explode in your hands.
Dr. Calzada added:
[The terrorism expert] told me that this was a warning. [...]
As I have previously reported at PJM (here and here), Spain’s “green jobs” program was repeatedly referenced by President Obama as a model for what he would like to implement in the United States. Following the release of Calzada’s report, Spain’s Socialist government has since acknowledged the debacle — both privately and publicly.
Well, we are seeing the darkside of the Greens.
Veteran climate campaigner calls for renaming of planet Earth
Author and activist Bill McKibben says planet should be renamed 'Eaarth' to reflect environmental changes caused by humans
The guradian, 23rd April 2010
Humans have changed the planet so drastically that it needs a new name, claims one of the first environmental campaigners to warn the public about climate change.
"Eaarth" is the name being suggested
by author and activist Bill McKibben, and is the title of his latest book. The new name is changed just a little because the world looks like the familiar planet Earth, but is different in fundamental ways, McKibben told the Guardian.
From a metaphysical point of view changing your name is a reflection of a significant change in your life. Since Earth is undergoing massive evolutionary change, this does not sound such a bad idea to me.
Damage control: Greenpeace removes threats
WUWT, 6th April 2010
You’ve probably come here to read a blog post written by our colleague Gene, in which he addresses climate sceptics by saying:
“Let’s talk about what that mass civil disobedience is going to look like.”If you’re one of those who have spent their lives undermining progressive climate legislation, bankrolling junk science, fueling spurious debates around false solutions, and cattle-prodding democratically-elected governments into submission, then hear this:
We know who you are. We know where you live. We know where you work. And we be many, but you be few.”
Well, we’ve taken down that post from our website. It’s very easy to misconstrue that line, take it out of context and suggest it means something wholly different from the practice of peaceful civil disobedience, which is what the post was about. Anyone who knows Gene knows he’s an entirely peaceful guy. In the interest of transparency we have moved it off site to this location, where you can read the offending quotes in context and judge for yourself:
We got this one wrong, no doubt about it. I’m holding up my hands on behalf of the organisation and saying sorry for that. Peaceful action is at the very core of what we do, so any language that even comes close to suggesting that’s not the case is something we cannot support.
I am sure behind the scenes there must have been some shouting and howling....
Greenpeace posts threats
WUWT, 3rd April 2010
This is the face on environmentalism today – publicly issued threats from Greenpeace.
I find this sort of thing slightly troubling, but mostly I see it as just behind the scenes business as usual, only written down instead of part of the usual meeting rhetoric.
We need to hit them where it hurts most, by any means necessary: through the power of our votes, our taxes, our wallets, and more.
The proper channels have failed. It’s time for mass civil disobedience to cut off the financial oxygen from denial and skepticism.
If you’re one of those who believe that this is not just necessary but also possible, speak to us. Let’s talk about what that mass civil disobedience is going to look like.
If you’re one of those who have spent their lives undermining progressive climate legislation, bankrolling junk science, fueling spurious debates around false solutions, and cattle-prodding democratically-elected governments into submission, then hear this:
We know who you are. We know where you live. We know where you work.
And we be many, but you be few.
“…but you be few“
Well, where is the 'peace', Greenpeace! There has always been a dark side to the Green Movement with the talk of depopulation to save the planet etc, but clearly, this has now become about the preservation of Greenpeace and it's militant ideas, NOT based on the facts of what is actually happening to the planet.
Chaos on carbon market over ‘recycled’ permits
Times Online, 18th March 2010
EUROPE'S emissions trading system was in uproar yesterday amid a mounting scandal over "recycled" carbon permits. Two carbon exchanges were forced to suspend trading as panic hit investors fearful that they had bought invalid permits. BlueNext and Nord Pool, the French and Nordic exchanges, suspended trading in certificates of emission reduction (CERs) when it emerged that some had been illegally reused. Concern that used and worthless permits were circulating caused the spot price of the certificates to collapse, from €12 ($17.87) a tonne of carbon to less than €1.
The scare erupted after Hungary said last week that it had sold two million CERs submitted by Hungarian companies to satisfy their carbon emission allowances under the EU's emission trading system (ETS).
Carbon permits submitted by companies every year to the national register are usually cancelled.
True Greens realised that carbon trading had nothing to do with saving the Earth and carbon trading was just the excuse for the next big stock market boom and bust (scam), but it looks like it has busted prematurely. Countries know it's a scam, designed by scammers to benefit scammers, that's all.
Doctor Gore: a good idea? – poll disagrees
WUWT, 3rd March 2010
From a University of Tennessee press release: Former VP Gore to Receive Honorary Doctorate from UT Knoxville
KNOXVILLE — Former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore will be honored by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with only the third honorary degree granted by the campus. The degree was approved by the UT Board of Trustees at their meeting Feb 26th.
Gore will receive the degree — an Honorary Doctor of Laws and Humane Letters in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology — at the spring commencement exercises of the College of Arts and Sciences on May 14. He will be the featured speaker at the ceremony, addressing graduates and their families along with the gathered faculty. [...]
Gore will join entertainer and philanthropist Dolly Parton and former Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr. as the only recipients of honorary degrees from UT Knoxville.
This is a tempered response at WUWT:
AlexB (23:12:50) : This is really really disappointing. A doctorate is given to people for making a significant contribution to human knowledge, not for alarmism, lies and political advocacy. Looks like we have an entire university administration that doesn’t seem to know what science is.
I do not disagree with the principle of Honourary Degrees by "real" universities but I am not sure about Dolly Parton receiving her honorary doctorate degree of Humane and Musical Letters from the same University of Tennessee and I see it as a publicity stunt.
Anyway, I did not realise that so many well known people in the New Age world buy themselves degrees and doctorates to increase their credibility. I think my biggest surprise was finding out that "Dr." John Gray, famed for his "Women are from Venus and Men are from Mars" series, paid for his "academically unrecognised" qualifications. Regardless, he likes to flaunt his "credentials" on the front cover of his books but he was outted in 2003 by Rick Ross
. The extra credibility helped him to get where he is today which may not have happened otherwise and he even fooled a respected US university who gave him a real honourary degree, just like Al Gore's going to receive. So, it really bothers me that there are so many fakers in the New Age world, it means that people are automatically given some respect that is not DESERVED or EARNED....
Al Gore Is Lying Low -- for Good Reason
American Thinker, 24th February 2010
Maybe Al Gore's been advised by legal counsel to lie low. He may be the leader of the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) movement, but he's not defending it in public, not even when it's falling apart and his new fortune is based upon it.
Mr. Gore and his financial backers earned millions of dollars in start-up "green" companies and carbon trading schemes. If the scam worked, he could've become the first "carbon billionaire." [...]
If more AGW-destroying news rolls in, and if Gore's "green" companies lose significant value, then shareholder derivative lawsuits and/or state RICO lawsuits will follow -- more so as the losses grow.
Mr. Gore is in hiding today -- no longer the "courageous" leader of the AGW movement. Apparently, Planet Earth is "no longer in grave danger" or "needing to be saved," but Gore could lose all of his ill-gotten assets.
If the victim list grows and criminal intent is proven, Mr. Gore could do serious time. After a much smaller scam, Bernie Madoff got 150 years.
I am not sure the opening statement is correct here, if you think his personal blog is adequate, see below. But since there have been many other similar comments from the anti-AGW crowd, I now think the accusations are fair.
The Goracle Forecast: AGW=More snow
WUWT, 23rd February 2010
With all the climate deniers spreading lies about the climate crisis in the media, it’s vital we arm ourselves with the facts.
Thankfully, Repower America put together a great fact sheet explaining the relationship between the climate crisis and extreme weather:
“Fact: Climate change causes more frequent and severe snowstorms
Record snowstorms need two things: temperatures below freezing, and very high humidity. On a planet warmer by a few degrees on average, the Northeast US will still have plenty of days below freezing; the big difference will be warmer seas producing higher levels of moisture in the air – and therefore more severe cold-season storms.”
“Fact: We can expect more extreme weather
Scientists tell us that climate change has already led to more extreme weather in the United States and we can expect stronger hurricanes, more wildfires, heatwaves and droughts, to name a few.”
I have been ignoring most of the reports about record breaking snow but it's hard to resist Al Gore's attempts at damage limitation. Here, Al Gore may not be completely wrong about extreme weather as part of climate change but as we all know weather variability is normal and those with long memories can always cite extreme weather events in the past. Warning: The WUWT board are very scathing here and the word "idiot" has been thrown around but quite frankly, meteorologists do not understand all the factors that generate the weather, so those trying to scold/diss Al Gore may need to be a bit kinder, despite all his political maneuvering. However, I will give this quote:
Luís (00:47:54) :
“One thing Gore doesn’t mention: El Nino. Wonder why?”
Maybe because El Niño has nothing to do with it?
The first chart of this post clearly shows the snow records to the east of Rockies, so it would be better if an explanation was presented on how sea surface temperature in another aerological unit can influence precipitation at the heart of the North American high pressure channel.
Gore’s original post is the traditional produce of someone ignorant of the dynamics of weather and climate. First of all, for precipitation to occur perturbations must exist to transform precipitable potential into precipitation. An increase in precipitation is a consequence of an increase of perturbations, meaning a speed up of meridional circulation. Both this accelerated circulation and the decrease in height of the rain/snow threshold are symptoms of increased thermal deficit at the Arctic, not the contrary, as Gore proposes. Precipitable potential is at its highest in Summer, is then when it rains or snows more?
“With all the climate deniers spreading lies about the climate crisis in the media, it’s vital we arm ourselves with the facts.”
Steve Keohane (04:04:51) :
Luís (00:47:54) : An El Nino pushes the storm track south across the southern US, thus Texas and Florida are getting snow, it’s a typical El Nino pattern. The graphic is correct.
Environmentalists and Buddhists go head to head in Taiwan
Environmentalists believe that Taiwanese Buddhists are upsetting the eco-system with their good intentions.
The Telegraph, 22nd February 2010
The small group gathered after dark at Taipei's Tamshui river with tanks of catfish could be easily mistaken for fishermen.
But reciting Buddhist prayers, they haul one tank after the other to the river's edge and tip it over, releasing the meaty, shiny fish into the black water.
"May good karma come back to us," they chant at the end of the ceremony, one of hundreds that take place every year in Taiwan.
Freeing captive animals is an age-old religious tradition and is intimately linked to Buddhism, Taiwan's predominant faith, reflecting its emphasis on protecting life in all its precious forms.
But the ceremony, known as "mercy release", has raised concerns as conservationists warn the practice hurts the environment and, paradoxically, often involves cruelty to animals.
[...] A main defender of "mercy release" is the China Preserve Life Association, which says that it unleashed more than 20 million animals in 2008 during 300 ceremonies - the vast majority being small acquatic creatures.
"We Buddhists believe that all life is equal and it is our duty to protect all and not harm any. We only buy animals to save them from being killed," said Hai Tao, head of the association.
"It's a good deed. Some groups choose to drop it because of the criticism but we will not turn our backs on the animals," he said.
I don't think environmentalists should get into a fight with Buddhists because I don't think they will win! As we have seen in the past, Buddhists can and will get militant when pushed...
Pachauri’s TERI institute golf course – water hog in a city desperate for fresh
Watts Up With That, 20th February 2010
Richard North of the EU Referendum reports on this bizarre twist with IPCC Chairman Rajenda Pachauri’s use of land that was designated for public use, now runs afoul of the grant terms under which the land was given.
Plus a lot of water in a city that has water shortages. So much for sustainability.
Pachauri, famous for telling other how to live sustainable lives has a private chauffeur, spurns his electric cars provided for him, and once said in a newspaper interview:
‘Unfortunately, “social and environmental issues are often left without effective support when economic growth takes precedence,” he added.’
So, that’s why you charge memberships to your golf course and keep out the public from land given to you designated for public use?
It’s time for Pachauri to go. He’s dirty, deceitful, and dim witted. His personal life is hypocritical of what he preaches to the rest of the world via his IPCC position and is a public relations disaster.
I actually felt sick after reading this story. Please remember this is India where there are real problems for ordinary people to obtain clean water. Some people think that this story should not have been highlighted, but it reveals the deeply narcissistic mentality that really believes that the "rules" do not apply to them. Please remember, the organisation TERI has been given massive handouts (research grants), for the lies about water shortages in the future due to global warming. The comment that struck home that summarises this mentality is the refrain:
"Let them drink Perrier."
£8BN BBC ECO-BIAS
The Express, 7th February 2010
STRIKING parallels between the BBC’s coverage of the global warming debate and the activities of its pension fund can be revealed today.
The corporation is under investigation after being inundated with complaints that its editorial coverage of climate change is biased in favour of those who say it is a man-made phenomenon.
The £8billion pension fund is likely to come under close scrutiny over its commitment to promote a low-carbon economy while struggling to reverse an estimated £2billion deficit.
Concerns are growing that BBC journalists and their bosses regard disputed scientific theory that climate change is caused by mankind as “mainstream” while huge sums of employees’ money is invested in companies whose success depends on the theory being widely accepted.
This does help explain the BBC stance but it's still quite shocking... There are so many eco-worms from the Climategate can of eco-worms that I am struggling to keep up... Please remember that much a loved TV personality called David Bellamy, was shunned by the BBC because he did not believe in man-made global warming, it actually bothers me for some reason.
The Superbowl “Green Police” commercial
Watts Up With That, 7th February 2010
This video below is one of the most talked about Superbowl commercials today. You have to watch it more than once to catch all the visual gags in it.
Watch the Audi commercial featuring Cheap Trick, the Green Police, and the Audi A3 TDI® clean diesel, Green Car Journals 2010 Green Car of the Year®.
Well, since there is an increasing trend of US police brutality, where it seems some officers have completely lost control of their senses, I don't like the sentiment expressed in this commercial. The views at WUWT do vary, but some have seen the darker side to all this. This is what one person had to say,
Frank Moore (03:47:39) : "That commercial was, possibly, the most disturbing thing I’ve seen on television in the last 20 years."
This is worth considering:
Dorian (09:25:39) :
As I said once in an earlier post, this is now The Age of Dark Science.
When government policy, business interests, and social engineers combine together to undermine science, facts and reality, we have Dark Science, Dark Knowledge and a Dark Society.
It took many centuries for society to separate the church from state, and it took many lives to do it. We now have a far more potentially destructive problem, separating the maniacal megalomaniac elitists, stone-age regressive seekers of society and self-serving presumptuous manipulative intellectual hypocrites from the legislative and executive branches of government. I shudder what cost we as society have to pay to rid ourselves of this group of vampires, vultures and leeches.
The Age of Dark Science is here. The only weapon we have is the same weapon that all liars, cheats, crooks and bullies fear, the light of truth, use it well people!
This was written as a comment at The Green Police: window swat team edition
In Ecuador, Trees Now Have Rights
Earth Island Institute, January 2010
On September 29, the Associated Press reported that Ecuador’s new constitution would “significantly expand leftist President Rafael Correa’s powers.” It wasn’t until the end of a 15-paragraph article that the AP mentioned the new constitution – approved by 65 percent of voters – “guarantees free education through university and social security benefits for stay-at-home mothers.”
Also missing from the AP’s report: any mention that Ecuador’s voters had just ratified the world’s first “eco-constitution,” a pioneering document that, for the first time in human history, extends “inalienable rights to nature.”
Not too long ago, Ecuador would have seemed an unlikely nation to become the birthplace of Earth’s first green constitution. To service its massive debt to US creditors, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund forced Ecuador to open its pristine Amazon forests to foreign oil companies. Nearly 30 years of drilling enriched ChevronTexaco, desecrated the northern Amazon, and utterly failed to improve the lives of millions of poor Ecuadoreans. Amazon Watch estimates that Texaco damaged 2.5 million acres of rainforest, left the landscape pitted with 600 toxic waste pits, and polluted the rivers and streams that some 30,000 people rely on. Cancer rates in the area where Texaco operated are 130 percent of the national norm, and childhood leukemia occurs at a rate four times higher than in other parts of Ecuador.
Hey, I think this is major news!
Wind farms produced 'practically no electricity' during Britain's cold snap
Wind farms produced "practically no electricity" during the cold snap which manufacturers' groups say could lead to severe winter energy shortages.
The Telegraph, 11th January 2010
The cold weather has been accompanied by high pressure and a lack of wind, which meant that only 0.2pc of a possible 5pc of the UK's energy was generated by wind turbines over the last few days.
Jeremy Nicholson, director of the Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG), gave warning that this could turn into a crisis when the UK is reliant on 6,400 turbines accounting for a quarter of all UK electricity demand over the next 10 years
He said the shortfall in power generated by wind during cold snaps seriously undermined the Government's pledge on Friday to build nine major new wind "super farms" by 2020.
Well, we can only conclude that windpower is only any good in fair weather.... and that is when there is some wind.... Whatever, this is still not as bad as the energy savings light bulbs that will give you mercury poisoning if you break one or the energy saving traffic lights that don't give off enough heat to melt snow and so now people are dying in traffic accidents. I note the comments here, it looks like more people are waking up and soon more will start building and distributing "free energy devices", it won't be long now....
Turnabout is fair play – Greenpeace gets a dose of their own medicine
WUWT, 16th December 2009
Greenpeace, who prides themselves on civil disobedience and bannering smokestacks and U.S. national monument Mt. Rushmore gets a banner or two on the Rainbow Warrior. It is dubbed now the “Propaganda Warrior” and the “Ship of Lies”.
Indeed, this is ironic. The Green movement has various groups that most would consider extremist in the their views, but it seems that Greenpeace is now being tainted with the same brush. One of the founders of Greenpeace Patrick Moore, wrote an article in 1994 called Hard Choices for the Environmental Movement...
it is so poignant, I think it is worth reading as it will explain that Greenpeace has changed considerably from it's original ideals.
Since Greenpeace is being slated for it's propaganda, it maybe useful to know how to debate with a Greenpeace activist. The following YouTube video, is quite startling and as it progresses, it gets excruciating as Lord Monckton destroys the beliefs and faith of a woman who I believe is amongst the innocenti that can't tell the difference between scientific facts and propaganda. See, Lord Monckton Vs. Greenpeace: On The Streets - Dropping InfoBombs - ClimateGate Global Warming Hoax
. I am sorry to say this but the people interviewed seem to have more of a religious conviction than a deep understanding of Green issues.
Energy-efficient traffic lights can't melt snow
Yahoo News, 15th December 2009
MILWAUKEE – Cities around the country that have installed energy-efficient traffic lights are discovering a hazardous downside: The bulbs don't burn hot enough to melt snow and can become crusted over in a storm — a problem blamed for dozens of accidents and at least one death.
"I've never had to put up with this in the past," said Duane Kassens, a driver from West Bend who got into a fender-bender recently because he couldn't see the lights. "The police officer told me the new lights weren't melting the snow. How is that safe?"
This is so representative of the Green meme being too dominant, it is frightening...
Gore has no clue – a few million degrees here and there and pretty soon we’re talking about real temperature
Watts Up with that, 16th November 2009
This is mind blowing ignorance on the part of Al Gore.
Gore in an 11/12/09 interview on NBC’s tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, speaking on geothermal energy, champion of slide show science, can’t even get the temperature of earth’s mantle right, claiming “several million degrees” at “2 kilometers or so down”. Oh, and the “crust of the earth is hot” too.
I am starting to think that bullsh*tters like Gore are quite common after my experiences with people with big mouths, large egos but are frightened about doing some hard work. I have worked solidly for five years to try and research the impact of Space Weather, but I have been searching for truth for over 25 years. Hence, it is particularly bothersome to be approached by an assortment of dreadful bogus people who don't seem to realise that I study to understand the world around me. What's more, I have now realised that I can't even trust the research of so-called 'experts', because where possible, when I look at the same information, I often come to a different conclusion and sadly that is what has happened to the information relating to the end of the Mayan Calendar. It may be true that this date is meant to coincide with a major astronomical alignment, but the Maya seem to be tracking many different celestial events, where the meaning and purpose has been largely ignored. Anyway, going back to the subject, here are some links about geothermal energy courtesy of comments on the WUWT forum, link 1
& link 2
. The comments generally on this forum are all quite scathing, with good reason.
Scientists Create Bacteria that Lights Up Around Landmines
Tree Hugger, 16th November 2009
A stunning 87 countries around the world are still littered with undetonated landmines, and their impact is devastating. Tens of thousands of people are killed or injured by mines every year, and they pose a grave threat to ecosystems and wildlife.
But an unexpected solution may be on the way--scientists have developed a special kind of bacteria that actually begins to glow in the presence of landmines.
It seems like something straight out of a science fiction film, but this new bacteria is very real. According to the BBC, the "scientists produced the bacteria using a new technique called BioBricking, which manipulates packages of DNA." The bacteria is then mixed into a colorless solution, "which forms green patches when sprayed onto ground where mines are buried." The bacterial stew can also be dropped via airplane in extremely sensitive areas.
There is some strong metaphors here of light showing up to help the innocent avoid danger... My understanding of light is knowledge and truth but for some that's all about power. In response, I would say its all about intent and spiritual development, for me empowerment is a better analysis....
Winds of change – Gore gets booed – maybe they shouldn’t have billed him as “president of the planet”
Watts Up With That, 15th November 2009
Confused Palm Beach County voters helped thwart Al Gore’s 2000 bid to become president of the United States, but he was introduced as “president of the planet”
when he returned here Saturday night to deliver an environmental lecture.
The former vice president spoke on climate change at the Mizner Park Amphitheater to a crowd of about 800. More than 200 protesters gathered across the street from the event, and their boos and chants could be heard inside the amphitheater as Gore began his presentation. [...]
“It’s an interesting twist of fate here in our own backyard that former Vice President Al Gore has taken on a new platform and is now a catalyst for world change,” said Marci Zaroff, an “eco-entrepeneur” who introduced Gore.
“So, in essence, he’s president of the people. He’s president of the planet.
And the work that he’s doing is more important than any other work that could possibly be done.”
I suppose next he will be called 'The Green Messiah' and his supporters will be serious....
Unbelievable pollution in China – yet the US is the baddie at Copenhagen
Watts Up with that, 14th November 2009
We’ve made so much progress in the USA. 75 years ago, we may have witnessed some scenes like this in today’s China. Unfortunately, the de-industrialization of the west just moved the western problems of the past to a country that doesn’t seem to care much about pollution control.
At the junction of Ningxia province and Inner Mongolia province, I saw a tall chimney puffing out golden smoke covering the blue sky, large tracts of the grassland have become industrial waste dumps; unbearable foul smell made people want to cough; Surging industrial sewage flowed into the Yellow River…”
See the complete photo essay on pollution in China here.
Here, I am not interested in the politics but rather understanding the high levels of industrial pollution that is causing a rapid increase in birth defects, weird maladies and DNA mutations in China. The Photo essay here is nothing less than shocking and with the increase in galactic cosmic rays, the Chinese have created a cosmic Armageddon.
Interview with Lu Guang, the photographer of “Pollution in China”
China Hush, 11th November 2009
On October 21st 2009 I posted “Amazing Pictures, Pollution in China”
featuring the winner of W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, Lu Guang’s documentary project “Pollution in China”. This post was an instant sensation that attracted viewers from all over the world. In less than 20 days, this post was viewed by over 475,000 unique visitors in 204 countries with over 510,000 page views. As for today it had 3,327 retweets on twitter and 929 comments. Thank you everyone! It was both surprising and inspiring to see how much people around the world cared about the pollution issues in China and the environment of the planet earth.
People do care and I predict that the blogosphere will do it's job and spread the message that something tragic is unfolding in China. I also imagine that the Chinese government are already starting to seriously re-think their policy of trashing the planet, but I think it may be too late to stop some serious de-population.
Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth sequel stresses spiritual argument on climate
Nobel winner adapts fact-based message to reach those who believe they have a moral duty to protect the planet in Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis
The Guardian, 2nd November 2009
Al's Gore's much-anticipated sequel to An Inconvenient Truth is published today, with an admission that facts alone will not persuade Americans to act on global warming and that appealing to their spiritual side is the way forward.
In his latest book, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, the man who won a Nobel prize in 2007 for his touring slideshow on disappearing polar ice and other consequences of climate change, concludes: "Simply laying out the facts won't work."
Instead, Gore tells Newsweek magazine in a pre-publication interview, that he has been adapting his fact-based message - now put out by hundreds of volunteers - to appeal to those who believe there is a moral or religious duty to protect the planet.
"I've done a Christian [-based] training program; I have a Muslim training program and a Jewish training program coming up, also a Hindu program coming up. I trained 200 Christian ministers and lay leaders here in Nashville in a version of the slide show that is filled with scriptural references. It's probably my favourite version, but I don't use it very often because it can come off as proselytising," Gore tells Newsweek.
So this is an admission that our current scientific understanding cannot be used to explain climate change, as there is NO GLOBAL WARMING and too many scientists are no longer willing to risk their reputation on a scientific misnomer as it looks like the world is heading for a cooling phase. So the gospel according to Gore, states that people just need to have religious FAITH that our climate needs human geoengineering for it's protection. Meanwhile, there are acccusations that he has benefited from his Green gospel message, see
Al Gore could become world's first carbon billionaire
The Telegraph, 03 Nov 2009
"Al Gore, the former US vice president, could become the world's first carbon billionaire after investing heavily in green energy companies."
Is Al Gore the world's first 'carbon billionaire'? Critics slam former vice president for benefiting from climate change
Daily Mail, November 2009
The light bulb that lasts 25 years: It's environmentally friendly and as bright as the old ones... but it will cost you £30
Refreshing News, 25th October 2009
Bright idea: The Pharox light bulb lasts 25 years or longer if used for four hours a day It could be the breakthrough that finally has consumers warming to the energy-saving light bulb. A version that brightens up instantly, costs just 88p a year to run and lasts up to 25 years has gone on sale in Britain for the first time. The only catch is that the new LED bulb will cost £30.
Manufacturers claim the Pharox is the first low-energy bulb to give off the same light quality and brightness as a conventional 60-watt traditional bulb.
Since, there must be many people who are not thrilled with the risk of mercury poisoning from dropping a so-called environmentally friendly/energy-efficient compact fluorescent lightbulb (CFL). This is news of a viable alternative. Elsewhere. there are reports of people hoarding traditional lightbulbs to beat new regulations. See:
Drying up of lightbulbs has German in a lather:
As a European Union ban on making or importing certain incandescent lightbulbs takes hold, Ulf Erdmann Ziegler has hoarded 3,000 to last a lifetime -- he hopes. The ban aims to slow global warming.
Greenpeace activists spend night on Houses of Parliament roof in
climate change protest
Daily Mail, 13th October 2009
More than 20 environmental campaigners remained on the roof of the Palace of Westminster today in a protest over climate change, while another 20 were being held by police.
The Greenpeace activists hope to greet politicians as they arrive for the start of Parliament today with a 12-point manifesto calling for zero carbon emissions by 2030, a stop to airport expansion, more wind power and new pollution taxes.
In yet another embarrassing breach of Westminster security, the protesters took fewer than ten minutes yesterday to slide ladders through the railings surrounding the building and then use them to climb on to one of the lower roofs. They said there was little resistance from police.
I am not an anarchist, but I have started to love the 'Citizen Smith' archetype! There are some great pictures here...
Wave electricity generator capsizes in sea
The Independent, 22nd September 2009
A power company's plans to create energy by harnessing power from sea waves suffered a setback after an 80-tonne generator capsized off the coast.
A spokeswoman for Trident Energy, who developed the pioneering technology, said the experimental wave generator was being towed out to sea to begin a year-long offshore trial when the accident happened yesterday near Southwold, Suffolk. The technology, which was featured in Leonardo Di Caprio's eco-documentary, The 11th Hour, was being tested in the sea to gather detailed information on how the machine performed.
Apparently, Di Caprio's eco-documentary '11th Hour' also sunk at the box office, so this is quite ironic.
Meeting India's tree planting guru
BBC News, 19th September 2009
An Indian civil servant, SM Raju, has come up with a novel way of providing employment to millions of poor in the eastern state of Bihar. His campaign to encourage people to plant trees effectively addresses two burning issues of the world: global warming and shrinking job opportunities. Evidence of Mr Raju's success could clearly be seen on 30 August, when he organised 300,000 villagers from over 7,500 villages in northern Bihar to engage in a mass tree planting ceremony. In doing so the agriculture graduate from Bangalore has provided "sustainable employment" to people living below the poverty line in Bihar.
Mr Raju even came close to planting one billion saplings on a single day.
The scheme has become a huge success
"I started preparing for this and motivating villagers by announcing the date as 30 August," he said.
"The target for every village panchayat (council) was to plant 6,000 saplings from 6am to 6pm to achieve the target of one billion. At the end of the day, we found out that we were just just short of the target, but it was still a world record," the beaming civil servant said.
This idea is not new and the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, the wonderful Kenyan academic Wangari Maathai
won worldwide recognition for also encouraging villagers to plant billions of trees. Simply, trees are very very useful and it makes total commonsense.
Investors call for action on global warming
More than 180 of world's biggest investors aim to overcome opposition in US and elsewhere to climate change legislation
The Guardian, 16th September 2009
"More than 180 of the world's largest investors, with collective assets of $13tn, put their combined weight behind a passionate call for strong US and international action on global warming in New York today."
"We cannot drag our feet on the issue of global climate change," said Thomas DiNapoli, who heads the $116.5bn New York state pension fund. "I am deeply concerned about the investor risks climate change presents, and the human cost of inaction is unthinkable."
The summit drew together managers of the world's leading investment funds, including those from HSBC, Henderson, Schroders, Société Générale and Scottish Widows, and pensions funds from California public employees to the BBC and Church of England. It was aimed at overcoming entrenched opposition within the US and elsewhere to climate change legislation, by showcasing the scale of investor support for climate change action and the potential for mobilisation of private capital."
Hmmm.... 13 trillion dollars, that is a lot of love and commitment to making more money. But, with the current schemes, not necessarily doing anything that will really make a difference, because climate change is being driven by cosmic factors and always has been.
Market Confidence Low: Carbon Credits now worth 25 cents, were at $7 in 2008
Watts Up With That, 9th September 2009
"Back on September 2nd, 2006/2007 instruments were selling as low as 20 cents and held that way until Sept 8th. So this is a boost. See the table below. Zimbabwe money notes are doing pretty well on Ebay. Right now they are actually more valuable than carbon credit notes."
Cruel... well, this might explain why Al Gore has been getting desperate lately. He is heavily invested and so are the venture capitalists that he has got involved with. I think the idea was that the everybody would buy into the idea of cleaning up the environment and associated carbon trading schemes. I agree we should clean up the environment, but I can't see why capitalists should profit. My favourite skeptic Václav Klaus is maybe too harsh and the following statement should have been more specific, but he states; "Environmental issues are a luxury good" and "Now we have to tighten our belt and to cut the luxury." update
There's more woe as the legitimacy of the $100 billion (£60 billion) carbon-trading market has been called into question after the world’s largest auditor of clean-energy projects was suspended by United Nations inspectors. The SGS UK had its accreditation suspended last week after it was unable to prove its staff had properly vetted projects that were then approved for the carbon-trading scheme, or even that they were qualified to do so. It seems that this financial bubble is bursting before it even hits government pension schemes! Carbon-trading market hit as UN suspends clean-energy auditor
Researcher uses bacteria to make radioactive metals inert
Physorg News, 8th September 2009
Judy Wall, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Missouri, is working with bacteria that convert toxic radioactive metal to inert substances.
The Lost Orphan Mine below the Grand Canyon hasn't produced uranium since the 1960s, but radioactive residue still contaminates the area. Cleaning the region takes an expensive process that is only done in extreme cases,
but Judy Wall, a biochemistry professor at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, is researching the use of sulfate-reducing bacteria to convert toxic radioactive metal to inert substances, a much more economical solution.
The bacteria Wall is studying are bio-corrosives and can change the solubility of heavy metals. They can take uranium and convert it to uraninite, a nearly insoluble substance that will sink to the bottom of a lake or stream. Wall is looking into the bacteria's water cleansing ability and how long the changed material would remain inert.
It has been know since the mid 1980s that there are microscopic organisms that 'eat' radioactive waste. What's more the United Nations have encouraged the clean up of toxic waste using organisms that have been treated with magnets to make them bigger and stronger so they will eat more toxic waste to render it harmless. Here, the research is trying to understand more about these microbes thart seem very happy to live in toxic environments. This is the kind of Mother Earth solution that is required to clean up our planet cheaply and effectively.
Carbon scandal snares Australian
Brisbane Times, 4th September 2009
"AN AUSTRALIAN company has been swept up in a $100 million carbon trading scandal in Papua New Guinea.
The scandal has led to the removal of the head of the country's Office of Climate Change and has prompted an investigation into claims that fake carbon trading certificates were used to persuade landowners to sign over the rights to their forests.
It threatens to undermine efforts by Climate Change Minister Penny Wong to win support at UN climate talks for a global carbon trading scheme that would include forests in countries such as PNG and Indonesia. Senator Wong yesterday declined to answer questions on whether the scandal had been raised at UN climate talks last month, or whether she had discussed the crisis with PNG Prime Minister Michael Somare or his officials."
It has been obvious to me for a long time that Carbon Trading is the next big financial speculation along the lines of the Dutch Tulip mania, the South Sea Bubble, Internet Dot-Com bust and even the recent Subprime Mortgage Crisis. It's a proven method to suck in investors and leave them high and dry with worthless assets. The system works because it's based on understanding human nature and greed. The 'big' operators watch indicators to know when it's time to walk away with their profit. The people who have got caught here are obviously amateurs.
Living the dream
The visionaries behind plans for a new eco town in Scotland aim to create a better way to live. However, they're far from the first who have tried. By Helen McArdle
Sunday Herald, 29th August 2009
"BATTERY-POWERED BUSES, a dedicated organic farm and solar-panelled prefabricated houses - town planning of the future, or off-the-wall idealism?
When the ambitious plans for Scotland's first new town in decades were unveiled on Tuesday, knee-jerk cynicism greeted the lofty claims that Scotland could socially engineer its way back to a utopian paradise thanks to a bit of recycling and a dose of community spirit.
Owenstown, of course, doesn't aim to be paradise - just "the way it should be". Nonetheless, the proposed new South Lanarkshire settlement - named after the pioneering 19th-century industrialist, Robert Owen, and set to be located just five miles from New Lanark, the town Owen established as an ideal community - fits a long tradition of social utopias. [...]
Ambitious as the co-operative, eco-town sounds, it is not without precendent in Scotland. In Morayshire, the Findhorn Foundation has created a community of some 1000 devotees across a 25-mile radius. Established nearly 50 years ago, the Findhorn project's ethos of sustainable living was decades ahead of its time.
It could be a useful model for Owenstown, albeit on a much smaller scale.
The 400 permanent residents of the Findhorn estate recycle their waste, run Britain's biggest community-supported agricultural scheme (CSA), and generate energy from windmills. While they are involved in private enterprises with the wider community, within the Findhorn project residents are paid the same whatever job they do and remunerated in Findhorn's own currency.
An emphasis on spiritual wellbeing, meditation and holistic therapies, however, moves it beyond a simple eco-village into an attempt to create a pocket of socially engineered harmony within our otherwise chaotic society.
"I wouldn't say it's a utopia," says Australian-born Craig Gibson, 67, who arrived as a "happy hippy" in the late 1960s. "A lot of people find it quite difficult actually, because it's very self-regulating and also self-confronting. But on the other hand, it's very humanistic. We've put a lot of energy into communication, and being honest and transparent."
Gibson adds: "There's a movement of people wanting to reconnect with life. A lot of that goes back to food, landscape, and caring for nature. That mantra of thinking globally and acting locally is what we're doing."
Sarah Trevelyan, 59, is a psychotherapist who has visited regularly since 1996 and plans to move from Edinburgh to the Findhorn estate in October. "We're living in an increasingly fragmented world, so places which help people to find balance again and to find creative, nourishing and sustainable ways of relating to each other are very important," she says.
Recent years seemed to signal the end to utopian dreams, as the rise of gated communities - especially in the US, but increasingly in the UK - suggested people preferred to shut out a bad society instead of creating a better one."
Interesting to find an article mentioning the world famous Findhorn spiritual community.
European Union ban on lightbulbs leads to a dim future
The Telegraph, 25th August 2009
"If you have missed this story, it is probably because you have been reading your daily newspaper in such poor light that you have given up the struggle.
Since January 1 this year, when leading retailers announced a voluntary ban on stocking traditional 100-watt incandescent light bulbs, those glorious domestic globes with their Rubens-esque curves, the lights have been going out all over Britain. And life is about to be a whole lot darker."
For those people who can't understand why I post about light bulbs instead of the latest earthquake, tornado, hurricane, flood etc, it's because there is a tremendous thrust within societies to go green that is being driven by the wrong people, ie people who are essentially operating from political and commercial interests. This is becoming obvious when so-called environmentally-friendly light bulbs, are giving people mercury poisoning during the manufacturing process and this is only one of a host of issues that researchers have identified. Psychologists have already realised that it is very unlikely that the level of consciousness that can be associated with 'being green', is going to the change world. It is most certain that a massive jump in consciousness is required first, so that new ways of doing things are not compromised by failing to see the Big Picture and change is hindered by those operating with lower consciousness. Note: Alert over new wave of exploding fridges caused by 'environmentally-friendly coolant'
Scientists find 'great Pacific Ocean garbage patch'
Discover extensive plastic debris floating 1,000 miles from land
EurekaAlert.org, 27th August 2009
"Scientists have just completed an unprecedented journey into the vast and little-explored "Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch."
On the Scripps Environmental Accumulation of Plastic Expedition (SEAPLEX), researchers got the first detailed view of plastic debris floating in a remote ocean region.
It wasn't a pretty sight. The Scripps research vessel (R/V) New Horizon left its San Diego homeport on August 2, 2009, for the North Pacific Ocean Gyre, located some 1,000 miles off California's coast, and returned on August 21, 2009.
Scientists surveyed plastic distribution and abundance, taking samples for analysis in the lab and assessing the impacts of debris on marine life.
Before this research, little was known about the size of the "garbage patch" and the threats it poses to marine life and the gyre's biological environment. "
See the Greenpeace: Pacific Trash Vortex and explanation here.
According to www.greatgarbagepatch.org/
there is 3.5 million tons of trash. Most would agree that nearly 7 billion people cannot be supported if we destroy marine life by continuing to pollute the oceans. Cleaning up is the only sensible thing to do.
Greenpeace's sea ice 'mistake' delights climate change sceptics
Who would think that the omission of the word "sea" in one sentence of a Greenpeace online news story would kick off such an almighty ruckus?
Guardian Blog, 21st August 2009
Who would think that the omission of the word "sea" in one sentence of a Greenpeace news story would kick off such an almighty ruckus? Anyone who follows the climate change debate, that's who. The climate change sceptics - and the blogs on which they mass - have been cock-a-hoop with unbridled joy in the past few days with the belief that they have snared the Big One. During a BBC Hardtalk interview with Stephen Sackur, the executive director of Greenpeace, Gerd Leipold, admitted that a July news story which said that "we are looking at ice-free summers in the Arctic as early as 2030" was a "mistake".
As regulars to this blog will know, I am no greenie, but I actually think this coverage is unfair when compared to all the sheenanigans by the scientific community and politicians. We now know about the apalling state of the United States Historical Climatology Network (USHCN). The effort by scientists and politicans to encourage the use of statistical fabrications, the classic example is the infamous IPCC Hockey Stick graph, produced by the now notorious Michael Mann, where he irradicated the Mediaeval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age and made it seem that warming of the globe is a recent and dramatic phenomena. Then there is Al Gore with his Inconvenient Truth that is so riddled with inaccuracies that a British judge, stated it was "...unfit for schools because it is politically biased and contains serious scientific inaccuracies and 'sentimental mush'." Then there is Al Gore's recent hawk-like behaviour, encouraging young people to break the law in the effort to draw attention to global warming issues and comparing the campaign to fighting nazis. In comparison, I think Greenpeace have been a model of respectability....
Greenpeace's Director Busted For Lying About The Effects Of Global Warming
The Business Insider, 21st August 2009
"On July 15th, Greenpeace put out a press release saying the arctic ice caps would melt by 2030, a claim that Leipold now admits is false.
Rather than own up, and say it was a mistake and he'd never let it happen again, he says Greenpeace is "a pressure group" that has to "emotionalize issues, and we're not ashamed" of it. This is horrible. Imagine if an oil company executive, or the head of the American Petroleum Institute made the same concession.
This is the problem with the global warming debate. Most people don't feel the effects of a warming planet on day to day basis, so proponents need to overstate the effects to get people's attention."
Actually, despite my apparent antipathy towards Green issues I actually sympathise with Greenpeace due to my own understanding of how hard it is to take a difficult message to people who are not that interested. Many people will not pay attention to important issues that they don't understand and don't realise the importance to them until the #hit hits the fan and they are directly effected. Now that I have independent verification that my insight on Space Weather was correct, I consider NASA informing the world that we are losing our solar system shielding and Earth's magnetosphere now being flaky, being excellent support. Yet, many will probably have no interest until planet Earth gets some massive gamma ray blasts and those with weak enery fields, if they survive, may not be in any condition to repair the damage. What's more, the implications are for the metaphysical notion of 'the veil lifting'(ie a dimensional shift) which is now clearly taking place, will result in government disclosure that another life form exists on this planet. Due to the massive evolutionary changes occuring on this planet and scheduled for completion in 2012, I am now very confident that we are indeed witnessing the greatest transition in the history of mankind.
NASA, Air Force Test Environmentally-friendly Rocket Propellant
Science Daily, 21st August 2009
"NASA and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, or AFOSR, have successfully launched a small rocket using an environmentally-friendly, safe propellant comprised of aluminum powder and water ice, called ALICE.
"This collaboration has been an opportunity for graduate students to work on an environmentally-friendly propellant that can be used for flight on Earth and used in long distance space missions," said NASA Chief Engineer Mike Ryschkewitsch at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
"These sorts of university-led experimental projects encourage a new generation of aerospace engineers to think outside of the box and look at new ways for NASA to meet our exploration goals."
Since the US and Russian military did not think about the environment back in the late 1950s, when they started blowing holes in the Van Allen Radiation Belts, this kind of effort does seem trivial in comparison. The effect of exploding nuclear bombs in the Van Allen Belts does not get mentioned in polite circles, besides the short term effect of creating new radiation belts and creating electromagnetic pulses that at the time knocked out electronic equipment. Well, with all the military experimentation in the skies, some of which now seem to be early attempts at creating a global shield from the expected impact of Space Weather as our solar system started to traverse a new region of space, it seems that it could have actually partly destroy Earth's natural protection. We have to come to this conclusion because only the most blinkered can ignore chemtrails.
Incidentally, since it is now common knowledge that our skies are filled with bacteria that can act as cloud condensation nuclei, it can only be surmised that with Space Weather, the mix of ultra-violet radiation, combined with with the chemical additives a cocktail has been produced, which has manifested as the very nasty Morgellons Syndrome
of threadlike entities that has been mystifying scientists. One can only surmise that the controllers have started to seriously wonder at the prospects of living in underground bases after they have allowed the environment to be progressively destroyed in the name of profit. Since they can find no way of leaving our planet, (space is highly radioactive), maybe now getting everybody to clean-up the environment in a manner that give them more control is their only option.
Clash at China smelter after 100s of kids poisoned
AP News, 17th August 2009
"BEIJING — Police clashed with residents of two neighboring villages in northern China where nearly all the children were poisoned by lead apparently from a nearby smelter, reports said Monday, the latest sign of growing anger over China's rampant industrial pollution.
Several hundred villagers tore down fences and blocked traffic outside the Dongling Lead and Zinc Smelting Co. in Shaanxi province after news of the poisoning emerged last week, state media and villagers said. Fighting between angry parents and scores of police broke out Sunday, and trucks delivering coal to the plant were stoned.
No immediate word on injuries or arrests was available. Local officials, police and people at the company refused to confirm the reports."
Well, it's very interesting watching events in China as it is clear that they have seriously polluted their environment and a major disaster is unfolding. Mayan Elders are now warning that China will not become the next world Superpower because the people of China want change and there will be internal strife, this incident may be the start of much more to come.
Germans Hoarding Traditional Light Bulbs
Spiegel Online, 27th July 2009
"The staggered phase out of energy-wasting light bulbs begins on Sept. 1 in Germany. The unpopularity of the energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs that will replace them is leading consumers and retailers to start hoarding the traditional bulbs.
As the Sept. 1 deadline for the implementation of the first phase of the EU's ban on incandescent light bulbs approaches, shoppers, retailers and even museums are hoarding the precious wares -- and helping the manufacturers make a bundle.
Germans are hoarding traditional incandescent light bulbs as their planned phase out -- in favor of energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs -- approaches.
The EU ban, adopted in March, calls for the gradual replacement of traditional light bulbs with supposedly more energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL). [...]
"It's unbelievable what is happening," says Werner Wiesner, the head of Megaman, a manufacturer of energy-saving bulbs. Wiesner recounts a story of how one of his field representatives recently saw a man in a hardware store with a shopping cart full of light bulbs of all types worth more than €200 ($285). "That's enough for the next 20 years."
Well, the old fashion light bulbs don't put you at risk of mercury poisoning.... The discussion on 'light bulb socialism' is also very interesting. Well, I will wager now that some people are going to get very rich smuggling light bulbs in the future....
Tires made from trees -- better, cheaper, more fuel efficient
Eureka Alert, 26th July 2009
"Corvallis, Ore. - Automobile owners around the world may some day soon be driving on tires that are partly made out of trees - which could cost less, perform better and save on fuel and energy.
Wood science researchers at Oregon State University have made some surprising findings about the potential of microcrystalline cellulose - a product that can be made easily from almost any type of plant fibers - to partially replace silica as a reinforcing filler in the manufacture of rubber tires.
A new study suggests that this approach might decrease the energy required to produce the tire, reduce costs, and better resist heat buildup. Early tests indicate that such products would have comparable traction on cold or wet pavement, be just as strong, and provide even higher fuel efficiency than traditional tires in hot weather.
"We were surprised at how favorable the results were for the use of this material," said Kaichang Li, an associate professor of wood science and engineering in the OSU College of Forestry, who conducted this research with graduate student Wen Bai. "This could lead to a new generation of automotive tire technology, one of the first fundamental changes to come around in a long time," Li said."
Is it any wonder that people hug trees!
Activists reveal plan to storm Copenhagen climate summit
Anti-globalisation group Climate Justice action talks of plans to mobilise up to 15,000 protesters to storm Copenhagen summit in December
The Guardian, 21st July 2009
"A network of radical green groups is planning to disrupt the international climate change meeting in Copenhagen in December by invading the conference centre and occupying it for a day, it has emerged. The anti-globalisation group Climate Justice Action has said it hopes to mobilise up to 15,000 protesters to storm the climate summit, and a large carbon dioxide emitter nearby, while negotiators try to thrash out a replacement for the Kyoto protocol.
"We want to take over the summit space to set the global agenda away from false, market-based solutions, towards an agenda of social justice," said Tadzio Müller, a 32-year-old German activist who is part of the group organising the protest. "Real emission cuts will not be achieved by initiatives like carbon trading...It is (the pursuit of) economic growth that is driving us into climate chaos." [...]
"Copenhagen will be dominated by false solutions like biofuels and carbon trading," added Polder. "The most effective way to do so is to return to more localised, sustainable economies...We should work on true solutions and not wait for the politicians."
Hmmm.... it seems that some of the Greens have worked out that supporting market driven solutions means repeating the same merry-go-round that has led to the Earth's environmental crisis in the first place.
Can anyone trust Gore now?
Andrew Bolt - Herald Sun, 15th July 2009
"Al Gore lies on ABC television - or at least deceives by omission - about criticism of his wildly alarmist An Inconvenient Truth:
HEATHER EWART: There was also, though, a British judge who ruled that there were in fact, I think, nine errors when it was challenged in court?
AL GORE: Well, the ruling was in my favour.
Pardon? Here, in fact, is what the judge actually said ”in favour” of Gore’s film:
However, as will be seen, some of the errors, or departures from the mainstream, by Mr Gore in AIT in the course of his dynamic exposition, do arise in the context of alarmism and exaggeration in support of his political thesis...
And which nine errors did the judge identify? Read on (for the proof of Gore’s deception and for some updates)…
I have not seen this definitive list outlined by the UK Judge before, because other climate 'realists' say these are only the major
inaccuracies and there were many more. It seems the argument for global warming is getting weaker and weaker and as I have consistently logged, the desperation is growing.
UK Lawyer Slams Gore Over Court Case Claims
Not Evil, Just Wrong, 14th July 2009
"A leading UK lawyer, who represented the parent that sued Al Gore in the British High Court, has laughed off claims by the former vice-president that the judge ruled in his favour.
Speaking from London John Day, a senior partner in Malletts Solicitors, said Mr Gore was misrepresenting what the judge had found. Mr Day represented a British parent who sued the UK Ministry of Education when they wanted to distribute and show Mr Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Truth to every British school child. In the 2006 documentary Mr Gore claimed humanity is in danger because of man made Global Warming. He also claimed flooding and disease would increase with the destruction of most of the world's major cities including New York, London and Shanghai. As a result Mr Gore was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize and the documentary won an Oscar.
However, after a lengthy hearing a High Court Judge, Mr Justice Burton, found that An Inconvenient Truth contained significant scientific errors in nine key areas.
But questioned about the embarasing High Court decision during a current trip to Australia Mr Gore stated on ABC Australia "Well, the ruling was in my favour".
However, this has been rejected by Mr Day who said Mr Gore's latest claims are "difficult to square with the reality of the judgement".
"The judge found there were nine serious scientific errors in the film."
He said the court ordered that the film was "not suitable to be shown in British schools without a health warning".
"Mr Justice Burton said an Inconvenient Truth wasn't fit to be shown in British schools without suitably corrected guidance which drew attention to the errors in the film and its political partisanship."
Among the errors listed by Mr Justice Burton were Mr Gore claims that rising sea levels would destroy cities in the near future, that the polar bear was endangered and that the snows of Kilimanjaro were melting all because of Global Warming. The judge found these to be scientific errors.
He also dismissed Mr Gore's claims that Hurricane Katrina was caused by Global Warming.
The judge really did not mince his words, "not suitable to be shown in British schools without a health warning"
Disillusioned Environmentalists Turn on Obama as Compromiser
New York Times, 11th July 2009
"For environmental activists like Jessica Miller, 31, the passage of a major climate bill by the House last month should have been cause for euphoria. Instead she felt cheated.
Ms. Miller, an activist with Greenpeace, had worked hard on her own time to elect Barack Obama because he directly and urgently addressed the issue nearest her heart: climate change. But over the last few months, as the ambitious climate legislation was watered down in the House without criticism from the president, Ms. Miller became disillusioned. She worried that the bill had been rendered meaningless — or had even undermined some goals Greenpeace had fought for. And she felt that the man she had thought of as her champion seemed oddly prone to compromise.
“I voted for the president, I canvassed for him, but we just haven’t seen leadership from him,” said Ms. Miller, who rappelled down Mount Rushmore on Wednesday with colleagues to unfurl a banner protesting what they called President Obama’s acquiescence to the compromises. (They were arrested and charged with trespassing.)
It seems that nobody has been happy with this climate bill on both sides of the fence. Well, it seems there are a lot of Greens who soon will be forced to evolve their consciousness, as they find out their passion for the Earth has been exploited by those with other considerations and the more enlightening viewpoint that conditions on Earth are being driven by cosmic factors.
Greenpeace defaces Mount Rushmore
Watts Up With that, 8th July 2009
"Greenpeace took a unique approach today and sent several climbers up Mt. Rushmore in the middle of the night to deploy a giant 75lb sixty-five feet high by thirty-five feet wide banner calling for Climate Action. Featuring an unfinished portrait of the President, it read “America honors leaders not politicians: Stop Global Warming.” The demonstration came as President Obama meets other G8 leaders in l’Aquila, Italy today to discuss the global warming crisis in the lead-up to UN climate treaty negotiations in Copenhagen this December.
The banner managed to stay up on Mt. Rushmore for about an hour before being cut at around 1:17 PM est. Greenpeace was quick to point out that they respect American monuments and the banner was not installed in any way detrimental to the carvings on Mt. Rushmore.
Greenpeace are brilliant publicists but here they are sailing very close to the wind.
Al Gore likens fight against climate change to battle with Nazis
The Times, 7th July 2009
"Al Gore today compared the battle against climate change with the struggle against the Nazis. The former US Vice President said the world lacked the political will to act and invoked the spirit of Winston Churchill by encouraging leaders to unite their nations to fight climate change. He also accused politicians around the world of exploiting ignorance about the dangers of global warming to avoid difficult decisions. Speaking in Oxford at the Smith School World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment , sponsored by The Times, Mr Gore said: “Winston Churchill aroused this nation in heroic fashion to save civilisation in World War II.” "
Gore must be now getting desperate, but as I have stated before, I do believe that Gore does have deep seated concerns and his stance is not about a push for power and money. However, galvanising young people with such rhetoric is moving into dangerous territory, but not unprecedented. Rick, michigan (09:13:36) writes: "Mr. Gore, you are no Winston Churchill". LOL! For further comments, see Gore and Nazis
. Also, Investors' Business Daily states:
"Cap And Trade: Al Gore has likened his crusade against global warming to the world's struggle against Nazis. He said this while speaking in a country that is organizing a team of environmental storm troopers. Gore didn't come right out and call global warming skeptics Nazis while addressing an audience at Oxford University in England. But then, he didn't have to."
Green Jackets, Brown Shirts
Apparently, due to complaints, (of which I am sure there were numerous), The Times changed the headline, see Watts Up With That for original screen shot
& another saved screen shot here
Eco-warrior evicted from cave dwelling without fire exit
An eco-warrior has been evicted from the cave he lives in on his allotment patch in Brighton, East Sussex, because it doesn't have a fire exit.
The Telegraph, 17th June 2009
"Hilaire Purbrick, 45, has inhabited the seven-foot cave he dug on his plot and dined off the land for the past 16 years. But after having the dwelling checked by the fire brigade, Brighton and Hove City Council decided it did not have enough exits and sought an injunction banning him from entering it.
Mr Purbrick ignored the order and continued to live in the cave, but was pulled back into court on Tuesday when a judge granted the council a possession order which will allow him to be formally evicted and banned indefinitely from the site. Mr Purbrick now plans to take his fight to the European Court of Human Rights, claiming his right to a private life and freedom has been breached by the order."
Well, people can laugh at "eco-warriors" but if a massive blast of space weather comes along and blows out enough national grid transformers, it's people like him that will cope and thrive. Please don't think this viewpoint is being sensationalist, I have been logging major articles on this blog warning people that the world's national power grids are vulnerable.
Boy Discovers Microbe That Eats Plastic
Mother Nature Network, 12th June 2009
"PhDs have been searching for a solution to the plastic waste problem, and this 16-year-old finds the answer.
It's not your average science fair when the 16-year-old winner manages to solve a global waste crisis. But such was the case at last month's Canadian Science Fair in Waterloo, Ontario, where Daniel Burd, a high school student at Waterloo Collegiate Institute, presented his research on microorganisms that can rapidly biodegrade plastic.
Daniel had a thought it seems even the most esteemed microbiology PhDs hadn't considered. Plastic, one of the most indestructible of manufactured materials, does in fact eventually decompose. It takes 1,000 years but decompose it does, which means there must be microorganisms out there to do the decomposing.
Could those microorganisms be bred to do the job faster? That was Daniel's question which he put to the test by a very simple and clever process of immersing ground plastic in a yeast solution that encourages microbial growth, and then isolating the most productive organisms. The preliminary results were encouraging, so he kept at it, selecting out the most effective strains and interbreeding them. After several weeks of tweaking and optimizing temperatures Burd was able to achieve a 43 percent degradation of plastic in six weeks, an almost inconceivable accomplishment."
Well, this is a perfectly acceptable Mother Earth solution thought through by a 16-year old with his thinking head switched on! In the past, other solutions have been suggested like using magnetism to increase the size of organisms, but it seems very little attention has been given to cheap and easy solutions, that also includes the problem of nuclear waste too. Is it any wonder that channelled messages keep talking about children with 'different' DNA growing up and changing life on this planet. What that means is that there can only be some serious progress when the older generation with their incalcitrant views dies off. Therefore, those who have not evolved enough in their consciousness, will NOT be allowed to reincarnate back on the planet. OK it may seem callous, but it's an effective way of raising the overall consciousness level of the planet in a relatively short period of time.
Al Gore’s New Marching Orders
Seed Magazine, 25th May 2009
"The Climate Project began as a public education campaign. A foot soldier reports back from a recent summit, where Gore's environmental activists were issued a new directive.
Polling data leading up to last week’s summit of The Climate Project wasn’t exactly inspiring. The widely respected Pew Forum says the share of Americans who believe the Earth is warming is stuck at less than 50 percent, while Rasmussen Reports—often accused of Republican bias—shows that the number has fallen to 34 percent. Both polls have proven track records from the 2008 Presidential election.
As one of some 2,500 volunteers trained by former vice president Al Gore to present his Inconvenient Truth slideshow, I was discouraged to learn more than half of all Americans still deny the science that links human activities to global warming. Over the past two-and-half years, Gore’s volunteer army has delivered more than 50,000 slideshows to 75 million people worldwide in order to raise public awareness about climate change;
I’ve given about 20 throughout western North Carolina. While the polls suggested failure, the mood at the summit—a reunion of 600 global warming foot soldiers in Nashville, TN, from May 14 through 16, 2009—was positively celebratory. As Peggy Lehmberg of Jasper, GA put it: “We’re doing this because we can’t possibly not do it.”
On the other hand, I spent much of the three-day gathering trying to reconcile these frustrating results with the self-congratulatory tone that filled Hutton Hotel’s sixth floor. Gore invited a number of global authorities on climate change to reinforce his message that we were responsible for the Congressional committee working on a bill at that very moment that would cap greenhouse gas emissions. “It seems incredible that we could change enough minds and put it on the agenda,”
Gore told us. “It was really was An Inconvenient Truth that galvanized everything,” insisted Canada’s arch-environmentalist, David Suzuki. Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, declared us “missionaries,” who, “Collectively and individually can bring about change.”
This is very interesting. However, maybe we can make a comparison with another indicator of changes in human conciousness. The statistics clearly show that there has been a major change where many people have taken up holistic practices and holisitic medicine in the last 20 years or so, but there does not seem to have been any major campaigning to make this happen. Maybe, the lesson here is that waging a campaign with a documentary that is full of half-truths and distortions is a good example of David Hawkin's concept of Power Vs Force and that human consciousness can only be raised by the higher aspects of consciousness like truth that operate in the most powerful magnetic attractor fields within the domains of human consciousness. Scientific studies into the evolution of consciousness clearly show that the levels of consciousness that we associate with "being green" are part of an overall upward trend, but those who wish to exploit this evolutionary trend, need to understand that they need to operate at the same if not higher levels of consciousness too and as we know, it's not easy being green!
It's not easy being green around eco-snobs
The Age, 25th May 2009
"THERE is a new breed swanning around the inner city. You can see them at the farmers' markets in Northcote and St Kilda, at the organic grocery stores in Elwood and North Carlton. They are the eco-snobs, and although I am a vegetarian and do not drive a car, I fear them. Yes, they prioritise their life so they can afford organic groceries from a local farmer, but do they really have the right to look at the rest of us with such disdain?
Recently, I ventured into an organic grocery shop near my house in the inner north. I had expected to be greeted by smiling and welcoming hippie types; I had anticipated friendly employees ready and eager to share their vast knowledge about how to live the organic way of life. But instead of salutations and acceptance, I got scorn. Despite riding my bike to the organic shop, I soon discovered I was not as certifiably eco-friendly as I had imagined. At least not in the eyes of these people-unfriendly employees.
I think Kermit the frog sums this up nicely!
Komodo dragon attacks terrorize Indonesia villages
Breitbart.com, 24th May 2009
"IRWAN FIRDAUS (AP) - Associated Press Writer KOMODO ISLAND, Indonesia Komodo dragons have shark-like teeth and poisonous venom that can kill a person within hours of a bite. Yet villagers who have lived for generations alongside the world's largest lizard were not afraid—until the dragons started to attack.
The stories spread quickly across this smattering of tropical islands in southeastern Indonesia, the only place the endangered reptiles can still be found in the wild: Two people were killed since 2007—a young boy and a fisherman—and others were badly wounded after being charged unprovoked. "
This problem has arisen due to environmental directives forbidding people to feed the dragons and so the dragons have occasionally eaten people instead. See August 2008 entry and New York Times links,
Environmentalists feed people to dragons.
The Climate-Industrial Complex
Some businesses see nothing but profits in the green movement.
Online Wall Street Journal, 22nd May 2009
"Some business leaders are cozying up with politicians and scientists to demand swift, drastic action on global warming. This is a new twist on a very old practice: companies using public policy to line their own pockets. The tight relationship between the groups echoes the relationship among weapons makers, researchers and the U.S. military during the Cold War.
President Dwight Eisenhower famously warned about the might of the "military-industrial complex," cautioning that "the potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist." He worried that "there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties.""
Well, if there a Climate-Industrial Complex exists, they will not be able to function very well as the downpour of universal energies take out the world's technological infrastructure. See update above.
Green Gone Wrong 2.0
The Examiner, 13th May 2009
"I’ve been a consulting environmental scientist for over 25 years, and have written and spoken about the environmental (green) movement for the last decade. Environmentalism has been called the most densely-organized political movement in human history.
Environmentalism and its environmentalist adherents have been both prescient and peevish in their activist demands for environmental regulations beginning in the 1970s. Today, environmentalists are seen paradoxically as prophets or propagandists, as saviors or scoundrels, as futurists or fear mongers. And, the pop-cultural identity of the environmentalist continues to evolve. [...]
'The truth is, environmentalists are just not attractive. They’re not winning, engaging, amusing or empathetic. They are ranty, repetitive, patronizing, demanding, deaf, weirdly bonkers and smelly. But that’s not their real impediment.
The real killer thing is the “schadenfreude”: the naked, transparent, hand-rubbing glee with which they pass on every shame, sadness and terror. No disaster is too appalling or imminent that the green movement can’t caper and keen with a messianic glee. They sift through the minute details of demise, like a jolly self-congratulatory Scrooge. This is a real problem.
Or, rather, it’s a serious blockage on the road to solving the real problem.'"
OK, this rant is vicious, but quite frankly, the doomsdayers in the Metaphysical community can be accused of the same thing ( the “schadenfreude”).
Green movement 'hijacked' by politics
Peers accuse organisations such as Greenpeace of being multinational corporations that peddle fear
The Guardian News, 13th May 2009
"Parts of the green movement have become hijacked by a political agenda and now operate like multinational corporations, according to two senior scientists and members of the House of Lords. The peers, who were speaking at an event in parliament on science policy, said they felt that in some areas green campaign groups were a hindrance to environmental causes."
As I have noted before, some of the members of the green movement have already realised this and the backlash has started. See, Green-on-Green Violence
Gallup Poll Editor: Al Gore Is Losing Global Warming Debate
Newsbusters, 5th May 2009
"Any measure that we look at shows Al Gore's losing at the moment. The public is just not that concerned. So said Gallup Poll editor Frank Newport about the Nobel Laureate's campaign to convince Americans that man's carbon dioxide emissions are destroying the planet.
As reported by U.S. News & World Report's Paul Bedard at his Washington Whispers blog Tuesday: He admits that it's counterintuitive, but Gallup Poll Editor Frank Newport says he sees no evidence that Al Gore's campaign against global warming is winning.
"It's just not caught on," says Newport. "They have failed." Or, more bluntly: "Any measure that we look at shows Al Gore's losing at the moment. The public is just not that concerned.""
Obviously, this is a mixed blessing. Evolutionary change does not mean rich business men getting even richer by using misleading science about what is happening to our planet. However, the message of respecting planet Earth and cleaning up the man-made mess needs to be understood and action taken. Quite frankly, the cosmic, galactic and intergalactic energies are now upon us and may be utilised by the planet for 'cleansing'. At this moment in time, we don't know the true levels of electromagnetic imbalance on the planet and what is likely to happen.
'Green' lightbulbs poison workers
Hundreds of factory staff are being made ill by mercury used in bulbs destined for the West
The Times Online, 3rd May 2009
"WHEN British consumers are compelled to buy energy-efficient lightbulbs from 2012, they will save up to 5m tons of carbon dioxide a year from being pumped into the atmosphere. In China, however, a heavy environmental price is being paid for the production of “green” lightbulbs in cost-cutting factories.
Large numbers of Chinese workers have been poisoned by mercury, which forms part of the compact fluorescent lightbulbs."
Yet, these same 'green' light bulbs are being promoted as being environmentally friendly, see archives for reports on how people are being duped.
Mission to Break up Pacific Island of Rubbish Twice the Size of Texas
The Times Online, 2nd May 2009
"A high-seas mission departs from San Francisco next month to map and explore a sinister and shifting 21st-century continent: one twice the size of Texas and created from six million tonnes of discarded plastic. Scientists and conservationists on the expedition will begin attempts to retrieve and recycle a monument to throwaway living in the middle of the North Pacific. [...]
With a crew of 30, the expedition, supported by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Brita, the water company, will use unmanned aircraft and robotic surface explorers to map the extent and depth of the plastic continent while collecting 40 tonnes of the refuse for trial recycling. "We have a few technologies that can turn thin plastics into diesel fuel. Other technologies are much more hardcore, to deal with the hard plastics," says Mr Woodring, who hopes to run his vessels on the recycled fuel.
We can only hope that these scientists are successful.
Climate change activists in custody after Westminster protest
Protesters belonging to Climate Rush group arrested after gluing themselves to a statue in the central lobby of the Houses of Parliament
The Guardian, 28th April 2009
"Four climate change protesters arrested after gluing themselves together around a statue inside the Houses of Parliament remained in custody today. The three women and a man fixed themselves yesterday around the statue of Viscount Falkland outside the historic central lobby after entering the building as visitors. Ambulance staff worked to release them before officers arrested the four for public order offences and criminal damage about two hours after the protest began, the Metropolitan police said."
Over at JunkScience.com the comment was, why didn't the authorities just leave them glued to the statue.... LOL!!
Earth Day predictions of 1970. The reason you shouldn’t believe Earth Day predictions of 2009.
I Hate the media News, 22nd April 2009
"For the next 24 hours, the media will assault us with tales of imminent disaster that always accompany the annual Earth Day Doom & Gloom Extravaganza.
Ignore them. They'll be wrong. We’re confident in saying that because they’ve always been wrong. And always will be. Need proof? Here are some of the hilarious, spectacularly wrong predictions made on the occasion of Earth Day 1970.[...]
"The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age." • Kenneth Watt, Ecologist."
Well the skeptics are also out in force too! It's amazing how many people are refusing to buy into the gloom and doom scenario, this is good news as consciousness levels rise across the world. Also note the reference to 25 Global Warming Debunking Videos Al Gore Doesn't Want You To See.
The Gore Effect
Washington Times, 4th March 2009
"Thousands of protesters rally on the West Lawn of the Capitol on Monday to demand that President Obama and Congress pass bold climate and energy legislation this year that can dramatically reduce carbon emissions and create millions of green jobs. Astrid Riecken/The Washington Times
Driving snow froze the hopes of organizers of "the biggest global warming protest in history" Monday in Washington. With the government on a two-hour snow delay and the speaker of the House unable to attend because her flight was grounded by inclement weather, shivering protestors gathered on the west front of the Capitol, the latest victims of a climatological phenomenon known by the scientific community as the Gore Effect.
The Gore Effect was first noticed during a January 2004 global warming rally in New York City, held during one of the coldest days in the city's history. Since then, evidence has mounted of a correlation between global warming activism and severely cold weather.
"Critics claim the Gore Effect is mere coincidence, though one could also argue that coincidence is also the basis for the anthropogenic theory of climate change. Alternative theories, e.g., citing the influence of sun spot activity, have gained increasing credence as scientists have noted global warming in recent years on other planets, which presumably have been human-free.
Significant data issues have also arisen, such as the recent discovery of a chunk of Arctic sea ice the size of California that satellites had missed (but which in all probability had been known to polar bears). [...]
If nothing else, the Gore Effect proves that God has a sense of humor."
Climate skeptics are having a field day, because there does seem to some statistical merit in this claim....so we await a statistician with nothing else better to do, to produce some charts....
Green ideas must take blame for deaths
Sydney Morning Herald, 12th February 2009
"It wasn't climate change which killed as many as 300 people in Victoria last weekend.
It wasn't arsonists. It was the unstoppable intensity of a bushfire, turbo-charged by huge quantities of ground fuel which had been allowed to accumulate over years of drought.
It was the power of green ideology over government to oppose attempts to reduce fuel hazards before a megafire erupts, and which prevents landholders from clearing vegetation to protect themselves. So many people need not have died so horribly. The warnings have been there for a decade. If politicians are intent on whipping up a lynch mob to divert attention from their own culpability, it is not arsonists who should be hanging from lamp-posts but greenies.
From the descriptions here, it seems that some people were living in a tinderbox waiting for a spark of lightning to set the whole lot off and were fully expecting a massive loss of life, which is exactly what happened. I wonder if any of the dead were greens that had contributed to influencing public land policy.
Fined for illegal clearing, family now feel vindicated
Sydney Morning Herald, 12th February 2009
"They were labelled law breakers, fined $50,000 and left emotionally and financially drained. But seven years after the Sheahans bulldozed trees to make a fire break — an act that got them dragged before a magistrate and penalised — they feel vindicated. Their house is one of the few in Reedy Creek, Victoria, still standing."
Poignant: "Common sense isn't that common these days," Mr Sheahan said."
With Al Due Respect, We're Doomed
Washington Post, 29th January 2009
The lawmakers gazed in awe at the figure before them. The Goracle had seen the future, and he had come to tell them about it.
What the Goracle saw in the future was not good: temperature changes that "would bring a screeching halt to human civilization and threaten the fabric of life everywhere on the Earth — and this is within this century, if we don't change."
The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John Kerry (D-Mass.), appealed to hear more of the Goracle's premonitions. "Share with us, if you would, sort of the immediate vision that you see in this transformative process as we move to this new economy," he beseeched. "Geothermal energy," the Goracle prophesied. "This has great potential; it is not very far off."
This article strongly characterises Al Gore as a religious zealot so he is being lampooned in this article, but with the question and answer format and the style and substance of the responses, this is really deserved. However, if you realise that at some level, Al Gore understands that humanity is on the cusp of change and it is in no way certain what our destiny will be, then lots of the prophetic type statements will make a lot more sense.
Sweden to ban mercury
The Local, 14th January 2009
"Mercury is to be banned in Sweden starting June 1st, environment minister Andreas Carlgren has announced.
The ban prohibits products containing the heavy metal from being brought to market in Sweden. "Mercury is now dead and buried," Carlgren said. The actual decision is set to be taken by the government when it meets on Thursday. In addition to a ban on products containing mercury, the prohibition also means the substance can no longer be used in manufacturing or dentistry."
Well Sweden won't have a problem in the future dealing with mercury contamination by compact fluorescent lights [CFLs] being imposed by environmental directives.
Removing cats to protect birds backfires on island
AP, 13th January 2009
"BANGKOK, Thailand — It seemed like a good idea at the time: Remove all the feral cats from a famous Australian island to save the native seabirds.
But the decision to eradicate the felines from Macquarie island allowed the rabbit population to explode and, in turn, destroy much of its fragile vegetation that birds depend on for cover, researchers said Tuesday.
Removing the cats from Macquarie "caused environmental devastation" that will cost authorities 24 million Australian dollars ($16.2 million) to remedy, Dana Bergstrom of the Australian Antarctic Division and her colleagues wrote in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology.
"Our study shows that between 2000 and 2007, there has been widespread ecosystem devastation and decades of conservation effort compromised," Bergstrom said in a statement. The unintended consequences of the cat-removal project show the dangers of meddling with an ecosystem — even with the best of intentions — without thinking long and hard, the study said.
This is almost as bad as the environmentalists that stopped feeding deer meat to the Komodo dragons, so the dragons started eating humans instead....
U.K. Greens' Uncivil Disobedience
Planet Gore, 8th December 2008
"There could be no better snapshot of the elitism, killjoyism, and outright snobbery of the radical environmentalist movement than the protest taking place at Stansted Airport in London today.
Here we have an attempt by a tiny clique of well-to-do eco-protesters — with Middle-England names like Joss, Tamzin, and Lily — to prevent thousands of people from flying abroad, whether for fun, to meet loved ones, or, in one distraught woman’s case, to attend her father’s funeral in the Republic of Ireland.
This is the very essence of environmentalism: an aloof effort to police and restrain the desires of the mass of the population." See also Business Week article, Protesters break into secure area at UK airport
Unfortunately, the consciousness that governs the green mentality cannot comprehend a bigger picture. Meanwhile, there is more action worldwide as activists shut down two airports in Thailand and invaded a runway in Athens. Analysts say airport incursions might inspire copycat tactics
. Yet, this is EXACTLY the kind of civil disobedience that Al Gore has been advocating. As reported by the Wall Street Journal:
"If you're a young person looking at the future of this planet and looking at what is being done right now, and not done, I believe we have reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration." Gore's Rebellion
Climate Resistance, 8th December 2008
"Ridiculous, self-indulgent, self-absorbed, self-righteous, and self-important protest outfit, Plane Stupid broke into Stansted Airport today, to delay the reopening of a runway."
The folks at Climate Resistance are just not impressed!
So, whilst 'rent-a-mob' cause havoc, Al Gore says he thinks he has failed.... something is just not adding up...
Soap tycoon: Why I am funding airport demonstrations and paying protesters' legal bills
Junks Sience, 4th December 2008
"The activist group Environmental Defense got a taste of what it used to dish out this week when its Washington, D.C., offices were invaded by another green group, the Global Justice Ecology Project.
The Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP) essentially accused Environmental Defense (ED) of collaborating with the enemy -- big businesses that want cap-and-trade global warming legislation. Noting that her father was one of ED's founders, GJEP head Rachel Smolker said she was now "ashamed" of ED because it advocated cap-and-trade.
Smolker said that the European version of cap-and-trade, the Kyoto Protocol, had "utterly failed" to reduce emissions and served "only to provide huge profits for the world's most polluting industries." "Instead of protecting the environment, ED now seems primarily concerned with protecting corporate bottom lines. I can hear my father rolling over in his grave," Smolker said.
The GJEP activists who took over ED's offices rearranged the furniture to illustrate how cap-and-trade is "like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic," and sported signs that read "Keep the cap, ditch the trade" and "Carbon trading is an environmental offense."
Hardcore Greens like the GJEP are understandably upset at supposed allies "sleeping with the enemy." But large activist groups like Environmental Defense went mainstream long ago and are now more like the big businesses they used to scorn rather than the than grassroots groups they started out as. In contrast to GJEP's hand-scrawled 2006 tax return showing revenues of a mere $103,349, ED's neatly typed out 2006 tax return showed revenues of $83,827,034. Environmentalism has become an industry of sorts. According to a recent Forbes report, the 11 largest environmental groups have combined annual revenues of about $1.8 billion and own billions of dollars of assets. By selling out, Big Green has cashed in."
Well, this is going to get very interesting, as the rise of consciousness continues...
Farmers Panic About a 'Cow Tax'
New York Times, 1st December 2008
"The comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency’s exploration of greenhouse gas regulation ended last Friday, with farmers lobbying furiously against the notion of a "cow tax" on methane, a potent greenhouse gas emitted by livestock. The New York Farm Bureau issued a statement last week (PDF) saying it feared that a tax could reach $175 per cow, $87.50 per head of beef cattle and upward of $20 for each hog. Such a tax would represent a "massive hit on our industry here in New York," said Peter Gregg, a spokesman for the farm bureau, in an interview."
Taxing burps and farts.....are humans next?
Planet Has Cooled - Gore Admits 'I've failed badly' - Global Sea Ice Grows
Canada Free Press, 20th November 2008
"Washington DC - The bad news for global warming alarmists just keeps rolling in.
Below is a very small sampling of very inconvenient developments for Gore, the United Nations, and the mainstream media. Peer-reviewed studies, analyses, and prominent scientists continue to speak out to refute climate fears."
"Washington Post – November 11, 2008
Excerpt: When asked about the goal of his movie "An Inconvenient Truth"--to wake people up to an approaching global, environmental crisis-Gore said "I think it's been a failure . . . I feel, in a sense, that I've failed badly."
As much as I oppose Al Gore, I really don't think at a certain level he has failed, because now the general public are well aware that something major is happening, but they certainly don't trust politicians or anyone who looks and sounds like one. I know from my own experience talking to people, that they are looking for a more believable scenario and I always find that people are highly receptive when the concept of Space Weather and Evolutionary change are explained. However on a spiritual level, yes Al Gore has failed to stop the evolutionary changes because humans refused to believe in his version of reality. Now the 'New Energy' is being used to help mankind evolve to a higher level of consciousness but it's most likely to be played out in a chaotic and maybe violent manner. I am not pessimistic just realistic. We have not wisely used the opportunity since 1987, to harness the 'New Energy' to help stabilise our world. So now, according to the Hathors', the massive increases in energy will hit the Earth and the effects will be based on geophysical constraints.
Police warn of growing threat from eco-terrorists
Fear of deadly attack by lone maverick as officers alert major firms to danger of green extremism
The Guardian, 9th November 2008
"Police have warned of the growing threat of eco-terrorism after revealing they are investigating a group which has supporters who believe that reducing the Earth's population by four-fifths will help to protect the planet.
Officers from a specialist unit dedicated to tackling domestic terrorism are monitoring an eco-movement called Earth First! which has advocates who state that cutting the Earth's population by 80 per cent will ease pressure on other species. Officers are concerned a 'lone maverick' eco-extremist may attempt a terrorist attack aimed at killing large numbers of Britons."
Well now we have a new enemy, those in the intelligence services will be thrilled! I mean, what's the point of firemen if there are no fires..... According to wikipedia "Many in the radical environmental direct-action movement Earth First! claim to follow deep ecology, as indicated by one of their slogans No compromise in defence of mother earth
." It would be seem that Earth First! are militants and Deep Ecology provides the intellectual justification for their actions.
Raising bees and capturing rainwater: U.S. prisons go
Earth Magazine, 4th November 2008
"The flagging economy may complicate federal aspirations for a green
revolution, but at least one government entity has adopted the movement in
stride: state prisons."
This article has not got much coverage, even in the alternative
media. I suspect that some may reject certain green initiatives as being too austere, especially when even U.S. prisons are boasting of cost savings and their green credentials.
Gore Gathers Religious Leaders For Aid
Post Chronicle, 12th October 2008
"Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore says he gathered more than 130 pastors and other religious figures in Nashville to enlist them in his global warming fight. The outspoken environmentalist said in a statement that the faith-based volunteers who traveled to Nashville to hear him speak will be invaluable additions to his ongoing efforts to combat global warming and its impact on the planet, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported Sunday."
This is a time of spiritual renewal and evolutionary change and these spiritual leaders are worried about the imaginary "global warming". It must be obvious to some that the so-called "spiritual leadership" on this planet is in serious trouble.... I mean, what is going to happen if some seriously challenging evolutionary changes kick in....
'Taxing' farts and burps
BBC News, 2nd October 2008
"Committed to the Kyoto Protocol, New Zealand promised to cut its emissions to 1990 levels. The country's biggest source is methane from cattle, and as Stephen Evans discovers, the issue is raising a stink among local farmers."
"First, the New Zealand government came up with the idea of putting a levy on the global-warming emissions of sheep and cows.
These ruminant animals, as they are called, these hoofed beasts which chew the cud in the various compartments of their stomachs - produce methane which they then emit. And this methane is by far the biggest global warming polluter in New Zealand, about half the total, in fact, there being little manufacturing to speak of. And New Zealand, seeing itself as a good global citizen, committed itself to reduce its global warming emissions to 1990 levels.
Hence the levy, or "tax" as farmers like Frank immediately called it. In fact, a "Fart tax" - Fart, standing of course, for the Fight Against Ridiculous Taxes."
There can be no doubt that some have already fallen into total insanity.....
Dim Bulbs: Those Squiggly "Green" Light Bulbs Could Hurt the Environment, Study Says
Wall Street Journal Environment Capital blog, 1st October 2008
"The law of unintended consquences strikes again—this time with light bulbs.
A new study published today in the journal Environmental Science and Technology (sub reqd.) concludes that the shift away from old, incandescent light bulbs to more-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs carries plenty of environmental trade-offs.
The upshot: Making the switch is an environmental win for states and countries that generate most of their power from coal, because the more efficient bulbs mean less electricity generation, and thus fewer emissions of mercury into the atmosphere. But for places that don’t rely on coal power, the shift toward CFLs will probably mean more mercury pollution. That’s because of the mercury content in the fluorescent bulbs themselves."
The main issue is the safe disposal of the mercury in these light bulbs, which is now being considered as an afterthought along with a host of other issues. See previous entries.
Wall Street Journal, 29th September 2008
Speaking last Wednesday on a celebrity panel in New York, the Nobel Prize Laureate proclaimed: "If you're a young person looking at the future of this planet and looking at what is being done right now, and not done, I believe we have reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration." He added, "clean coal does not exist."
I am stilled shocked by Al Gore's rallying cry of "civil disobedience" and I wonder if he is really that interested in saving the Earth from global warming, or whether his financial investors are breathing down his neck to get things moving along quicker.
Mark Lynas: the green heretic persecuted for his nuclear conversion
The climate change expert Mark Lynas has been scorned by eco-colleagues for daring to speak up for atomic power
The Times, 28th September 2008
"Just a month ago I had a Damascene conversion: the Green case against nuclear power is based largely on myth and dogma. My tipping point came when I discovered just how much nuclear power has changed since I first set my mind against it." "The backlash to my first magazine article on the subject prompted my inbox to collapse, the blogs to drip with venom, the dirty looks to multiply."
Green-aware people 'key drivers of global warming'
TheAge.com.au, 25th September 2008
"PEOPLE who believe they have the greenest lifestyles are often the main culprits behind global warming, say researchers who claim that many ideas about sustainable living are a myth.
According to the researchers, people who regularly recycle rubbish and save energy at home are the most likely to take frequent long-haul flights.
Research leader Stewart Barr, of Exeter University in England, said: "Green living is largely something of a myth. There is this middle-class environmentalism where being green is part of the desired image. But another part of the desired image is to fly off skiing twice a year. And the carbon savings they make by not driving their kids to school will be obliterated by pollution from their flights."
I find the conclusion here most interesting,
"The findings indicate that even those people who appear to be very committed to environmental action find it difficult to transfer these behaviours into more problematic contexts."
This finding most certainly agrees with studies that have been able to successfully calibrate the evolution of consciousness, where dealing with greater complexity and integration of information requires a major shift in consciousness.
Henny Penny Goes Carbon-Free
The American Spectator, 16th September 2008
"Months had passed since we last talked with Ms. Henny-Penny, whose famous declaration -- "the sky is falling!" -- electrified the world. At the time, her barnyard colleagues quickly fell into line with her, save one, Chicken Little, who demurred. When last Ms. H-P and I talked, she scoffed at her former friend as a "denier." So, the other day I called her to see how she was doing as the recording secretary of what was now the Holy Order of the Sky is Falling, the Hon. Al Gore, pontiff."
Why carbon offsets don't work
They're like a fat person claiming he's losing weight by paying a thin person to go on a diet
Toronto Sun, 14th September 2008
"Any politician who tells you he has reduced or eliminated his carbon footprint by purchasing offsets, probably has a bridge in Brooklyn he'd like to sell you. Once carbon dioxide is emitted by the burning of fossil fuels, it can't be recalled. Estimates of how long it lasts in the atmosphere range up to 200 years. For other greenhouse gases, it's up to thousands of years.
Current theory on how long we have to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions before triggering potentially devastating climate change is about 50 years. Given that, the argument you can eliminate the harm caused by cumulative carbon emissions today by paying a third party to theoretically lower them tomorrow, is both absurd and irrelevant."
Well actually, if you put it like that, it does sound like a good idea! LOL!! Seriously, I realised that carbon offsetting was a complete joke when I found out that the founder of Greenpeace had set up a website that allowed people to buy carbon credits to offset their pets flatutlence. See article New Weapon Against Warming: "Flatulence Cards" Offset Dog, Human Emissions
It is quite clear to me that carbon offsetting is along the lines of many stock market manias like investing in tulip bulbs in the 1630s, or the South sea Bubble in 1720s or more recently investing in any internet company at the time of the dot-com boom. If you are interested in what's really happening, I recommend the book 'Devil Take The Hindmost: A History of Financial Speculation', because this is history repeating itself, over and over again.
Climb every chimney ...
The 'Kingsnorth Six' admitted causing £30,000 worth of damage to a coal-fired power station - yet a jury still refused to find them guilty. The verdict has left the government's energy plans in the balance, says John Vidal, and given a huge boost to climate change protesters
The Guardian, 12th September 2008
"Ten years ago, the idea that the head of Greenpeace could sit down at a banquet for the rainforest with the Prince of Wales and David Attenborough, along with ministers and some of the world's richest people, would have been inconceivable. But John Sauven, the head of the environment group that came close to being proscribed as a terrorist organisation in the US only a few years ago, was at Mansion House in the City of London on Wednesday night, sipping port and chatting about carbon credits and the intricacies of climate change policy with the men who control trillions of dollars."
"What is particularly galling for the backers of coal-fired power stations is that, because of the amount of damage alleged to have been done at Kingsnorth, the case went to a jury rather than a magistrate.
The crown prosecution service and many corporations know that campaigners who challenge the law by non-violent action are being regularly acquitted by juries.
In the past decade, prosecutions of protesters against GM crops, incinerators, new roads and nuclear, chemical and arms trade companies have all collapsed after defendants argued that they had acted according to their consciences and that they were trying to prevent a greater crime.> Greenpeace itself has a four-nil record against the crown using the same defence and was widely known to be seeking a jury trial to present complex arguments about coal and climate change.
"They were pretty confident that a jury would listen to them more than the government,"
said one lawyer yesterday. ""We're looking at a society which is far more in tune with the environment than in the past.
Politicians and companies have not understood that most people now understand the issues. There's a feeling that government and the authorities have not been paying sufficient heed, and that the courts are righting the balance," he said."
Comment: The world has certainly changed!
This reminds me of the 70s sitcom TV character 'Citizen Smith' who use to mutter under his breath Come the revolution
. So, as the energy shifts dramatically on this planet causing changes of consciousness, I can agree with some Russians who believe, "The world is facing a spiritual revolution", as it's obviously happening here and now.
Al Gore’s Carbon Empire:
Cashing in on Climate Change
Capital Research Center, September 2008
"Summary: Al Gore says everyone will benefit when new government rules require companies to pay to reduce global warming. But some people will benefit more than others, as will some companies. Benefiting most are those like the ex-vice president who can set up and invest in companies that will profit
from the federal regulations imposing heavy costs on others."
This entry is for anyone who thinks I have forgotten about Al Gore and his big business interests. It is my supposition that anyone "in the know" realises we are living in a time of environmental chaos caused by 'Space Weather'. To stay powerful, one needs to regulate the world for others to follow. As the saying goes, it's the GOLDEN RULE, them with the gold make the rules...., but this only works to a certain extent. Nevertheless, new environmental business ventures still constitutes a major shift in consciousness, however you view the situation.
Officials pluck tree-sitters from their perch
Physorg.com, 11th September 2008
"After almost two years perched in the sky, Berkeley's tree-sitters came back to earth Tuesday. The final four were handcuffed and escorted by police down steep steps of scaffolding for a safe-and-certain descent cheered by hundreds of bystanders, who anxiously gathered in fear of a conflict at the top of a 100-foot redwood.
"Thank you! Thank you!" shouted supporters, who have prayed, sang, danced, drummed and helped restock this ragtag group of radicals during their 21-month-long vigil. Many in the crowd were just relieved that what's being called the longest urban tree-sit in history was over."
Comment: Nearly two years protecting a tree, I call that committment!
Emissions trading scheme futile
Couriermail.com.au, 11th September 2008
"NATURAL climate changes include warmings, coolings and more abrupt steps represented by the Great Pacific Climate Shift in 1977.
Meanwhile, lurking in the background lies the threat of visitation of another Little Ice Age. The Rudd Government's emissions trading policy deals only with the threat of presumed human-caused warming, and ignores the other all-too-real climate threats. The Government's intended emissions trading scheme, therefore, does not represent proper climate policy but rather constitutes a human global warming policy - which is an entirely different, and speculative, matter."
Well, the opposition to global warming "taxation" is strengthening and a few more cold winters north and south of the equator should make a huge difference to public opinion.
Environmentalists feed people to dragons
Briggs Blog, 25th August 2008
"Komodo dragons have been eating a lot of people in Indonesia lately and the locals blame environmentalists, as reported by Yaroslav Trofimov at the Wall Street Journal
(a subscription is required; or borrow or buy today’s paper).
Apparently, in Indonesia, people used to hunt deer and leave portions of successful hunts to the komodo dragons. They also used to tie up goats as sacrifices. All of this pleased the dragons, which left the humans alone. Then entered the Environmentalists from the Nature Conservancy, who sought and were awarded a ban on deer hunting. They also had dogs declared an “alien species”, thus outlawing them. Naturally, being sympathetic souls, they also got a ban on goat offerings.
The reason they did all this, according to Widodo Ramono, the policy director of the environmentalist organization, was because he feared the komodo was becoming "domesticated." But, even though all the people in this group were no doubt armed with many letters after their names, each with multiple "studies" in hand, they forgot that the dragons had to eat. So the dragons started wandering down to the villages and learned how tasty villagers and the villagers' livestock were. "
Today the dragons are angry with us," says villager Hajji Faisal, "and see us an enemies." A man named Jamain, whose son was eaten, said "I don’t blame the dragons for my boy’s death. I blame those who forbade us from following custom and feeding them. If it weren't for them, my boy would still be alive."
Comment: Great headline!
I suppose we are seeing a type of environmental myopia and lack of common sense. I don't suppose these environmentalists actually live in close quarters with these beasts....
Mercury in CFLs – special investigation
The Most Comprehensive Media Investigation Of CFL Lightbulbs Published To Date
The Briefing Room, 11th August 2008
"We've all heard the marketing spin about so-called "energy-saver" light bulbs: they last seven times longer than an ordinary bulb, they use only a fifth of the power. In theory, compact fluorescent lights [CFLs]are the way of the future, a solution to soaring energy wastage and a sure-fire way to go green in the home and save cash doing it. –
In theory. –
Sometimes what looks good on paper turns out to be not so flash in practice, and when politicians get involved it can be a recipe for disaster."
Very long article and very important to read if you value your health. I was also very surprised by new information that I have not seen reported elsewhere; like the introduction of CFLs and the risk of completely collapsing the national grid in New Zealand, the risk of electromagnetic interference and damage to electronics and the risk of house fires. There are other environmental directives besides this one that are also going to cause consternation, so it seems the political initiative to please the greens, will just create new types of problems instead. Apparently, the Smart Money is now being placed on Halogen bulb manufacturers and I for one will NEVER buy a CFL, it's just not worth the risk.
Suddenly being green is not cool any more
As the credit crunch bites, environmental policies are being ditched. But oddly we are
doing better at saving the planet
The Times, 7th August 2008
"Julie Burchill can't stand them. According to her new book, Not in my Name: A Compendium
of Modern Hypocrisy, she thinks all environmentalists are po-faced, unsexy, public school
alumni who drivel on about the end of the world because they don't want the working classes
to have any fun, go on foreign holidays or buy cheap clothes.
Michael O'Leary, the chief executive of Ryanair, agrees. In an interview with Rachel
Sylvester and me, he told us that the "nutbag ecologists" are the overindulged rich who
have nothing better to do with their lives than talk about hot air and beans."
Very cruel..... but soon recent environmental directives will start to backfire
and some people will really start to get angry.
German City Wonders How Green Is Too Green
New York Times, 6th August 2008
"MARBURG, Germany – This fairy-tale town is stuck in the middle of a utopian struggle over renewable energy. The town council's decision to require solar-heating panels has thrown Marburg into a vehement debate over the boundaries of ecological good citizenship and led opponents to charge that their genteel town has turned into a "green dictatorship.""
Well, I would say this is a difficult one to call and I can understand why there is "vehement debate". I personally think that if you can afford solar panels then they are a great idea and if they can be used as an emergency backup, that don't require being linked to any national grid system, then that's even better.
Renewable energy in 'green gold rush'
Labelled a "green gold rush," global investment in renewable energy surged some 60 per cent to $148 billion in 2007
Times Online, 1st July 2008
"Global investment in renewable energy surged 60 per cent to $148 billion (74.3 billion) last year and is still accelerating despite the slowdown in the wider economy, according to the United Nations. Wind energy attracted the biggest amount of around $50.2 billion and solar, the fastest growing area, attracted investment of $28.6 billion. Since 2004, the global market for solar energy has grown by annual rate of 254 per cent. The report from the UN's Environmental Programme (UNEP) likened the flood of investment to the renewable energy sector to a "green gold rush"."
Well, at least the money is available to take care of our planet without the planet having to take it's own drastic measures, if we can raise our consciousness to the level where there is a genuine concern for the planet and not just particpate in the latest opportunity to make a fast buck....
Water crisis to be biggest world risk
Telegraph, 5th June 2008
"A catastrophic water shortage could prove an even bigger threat to mankind this century than soaring food prices and the relentless exhaustion of energy reserves, according to a panel of global experts at the Goldman Sachs "Top Five Risks" conference.
An iceberg melts in Kulusuk Bay, eastern Greenland
The melting of Himalayan glaciers threatens the water supply to the world's rivers
Nicholas (Lord) Stern, author of the Government's Stern Review on the economics of climate change, warned that underground aquifers could run dry at the same time as melting glaciers play havoc with fresh supplies of usable water."
Well the moneymakers have been trumpeting "water as the 'new oil'" for quite some time and this explains the lack of effort to capture fresh water from melting glaciers....
Human Sacrifice on the Altar of Gaia
New Oxford Review, June 2008
Book Review: "In the past thirty years, scientist James Lovelock, Fellow of the Royal Society in England
and originator of the Gaia Theory, has published several books on Gaia. It was around 1970
that Lovelock first came up with the name "Gaia" for the Earth (he usually puts a capital E
In his latest outing, The Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth is Fighting Back -- and
How We Can Still Save Humanity, he assures us several times that he uses the name as a
metaphor. But it turns out that for him a metaphor is not just a rhetorical device: He finds
Gaia a "useful metaphor" because the present ecological crisis "requires us to know the true
nature of the Earth and imagine it as the largest living thing in the solar system."
the metaphor Gaia turns out to be the way to know the true nature of the planet. Then
Lovelock invites us to a change of "heart and mind" so that we may "instinctively sense"
Gaia as a living planet."
This is a very interesting book review which highlights Gaia theory and Deep Ecology, with many points that are highly relevant to the thinking of many 'extreme' environmentalists who state they love Earth but whose beliefs seem to indicate they hate people.
Gore Financially Invested in Climate Cause
CNS News, 5th May 2008
Weeks before announcing a $300-million, three-year advertising campaign to raise awareness about global warming, Al Gore was conducting a slide show for a group of investors in Monterey, Calif., touting companies such as Bloom Energy, Amryis , Mascoma and other firms that are not household names -- yet. These bio-fuel and green technology firms could be poised to take off, Gore told his audience. "Here are just a few of the investments I personally think make sense," he said during the March 1 presentation. "I have a stake in these so I'll have a disclaimer there."
The world is being played.....
Gore to recruit 10m-strong green army
Guardian UK, 1st April 2008
"Al Gore yesterday launched a drive to mobilise 10 million volunteers to force politicians to act on climate change - twice as many as the number who marched against the Vietnam war or in support of civil rights during the heyday of US activism in the 1960s.
During the next three years, his Alliance for Climate Protection plans to spend $300m (about £150m) on television advertising and online organising to make global warming among the most urgent issues for elected American leaders."
Comment: All very Orwellian.....
Weather Channel Founder: Sue Al Gore for Fraud
Fox News, 14th March 2008
"The founder of the Weather Channel wants to sue Al Gore for fraud, hoping a legal debate will settle the global-warming debate once and for all.
John Coleman, who founded the cable network in 1982, suggests suing for fraud proponents of global warming, including Al Gore, and companies that sell carbon credits.
"Is he committing financial fraud? That is the question,"
Coleman said. "Since we can't get a debate, I thought perhaps if we had a legal challenge and went into a court of law, where it was our scientists and their scientists, and all the legal proceedings with the discovery and all their documents from both sides and scientific testimony from both sides, we could finally get a good solid debate on the issue," Coleman said. "I'm confident that the advocates of 'no significant effect from carbon dioxide' would win the case."
The fight for truth continues....
The greening of Wall Street
The Economist, 13th March 2008
"WHEN better to further the cause of financial greenery than St Patrick's Day? On March 17th the first carbon-linked derivatives contracts will begin trading on the Green Exchange, a joint venture between the New York Mercantile Exchange, Evolution Markets, a broker, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and others. America already has a small emissions-trading market in the Chicago Climate Exchange, run by one of the founding fathers of financial derivatives, Richard Sandor. Nevertheless, the NYMEX venture is seen as America's boldest step yet towards the carbon-trading big league."
We can only hope that there is a massive shift of consciousness, where Big Business leaders really think that we could look our home – Earth, instead of just seeking to siphon off the cash.....
Bono confesses sins to 'father' Al Gore
TerraDaily.com, 24th January 2008
Having climate campaigner Al Gore round to your house is to open yourself to a self-
flagellating guilt trip, Irish rock star Bono confessed Thursday.
Sharing a stage with the former US vice president at the annual gathering of world movers and shakers in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, the U2 frontman joked that their friendship was a source of pressure on the domestic front."
Confessing "green" sins, is a manifestation of the religious nature of environmentalism, see the related Times UK article:
Priest offers festival-goers the chance to confess their green
The Times, August 30, 2007
"Forgotten to recycle any newspapers or tin cans recently? Feeling guilty because you neglected to carbon offset your flight to somewhere, anywhere, outside England this summer?
The Roman Catholic Church is at hand with a new line in “green confessions” to help eco-sinners to find forgiveness.
Dom Anthony Sutch, the Benedictine monk who resigned as head of Downside School to become a parish priest in Suffolk, will be at the county’s Waveney Greenpeace festival this weekend to hear eco-confessions in what is thought to be the first dedicated confessional booth of its kind."
Fund managers are warming to climate theme
The Times, 19th January 2008
"With Gordon Brown and David Cameron both showing their green credentials by fitting solar panels and wind turbines to their homes, it seems that there has never been a better time to be an investor in green technology. What’s more, such investors now have a new place to put their money – in the shape of funds that focus on companies providing solutions to climate change."
An alternative view is that maybe they know that the national grid may not be so reliable in the future....
Water becomes the new oil as world runs dry
The Guardian, December 9, 2007
"A report out today from accountancy giant Deloitte & Touche says humans seem to have a peculiar talent for making previously abundant resources scarce: 'this is especially the case with water,' it observes. According to the firm's findings, more than 1 billion people will lack access to clean water by next year."
The drum beat about lack of water has been going on for some time. The parasitical attitude of the moneymakers holding the population to ransom over water is very interesting considering the fact that we live on a water planet.
Fluorescent vs. incandescent? Environmentalists can't decide
New concerns over mercury hazards split green activists on switch to CFLs
World net daily, December 7, 2007
"One new voice weighing in against the tide is Andrew Michrowski of the Canadian-based Planetary Association for Clean Energy: "I feel it's very important to warn people these 'green' bulbs contain mercury, which will end up in landfills throughout the country if we make the switch to them. In addition to filling our landfills with mercury, if the bulbs break you will be exposed to the mercury they contain."
He says consumers shouldn't buy them – even though they are now showing up in stores all over America.
Even the EPA, which is cheerleading the mania for the switch to CFLs, offers bone-chilling warnings about the dangers of mercury – if you search for them. "Exposure to mercury, a toxic metal, can affect our brain, spinal cord, kidneys and liver," says the agency.
When a CFL breaks, the EPA cautions consumers to open a window and leave the room immediately for at least 15 minutes because of the mercury threat. The agency suggests removing all materials by scooping fragments and powder using cardboard or stiff paper. Sticky tape is suggested as a way to get smaller particles. The EPA says vacuum cleaners and bare hands should never be used in such cleanups. After final cleanup with a damp paper towel, the agency warns consumers to place all materials in a plastic bag. "Seal and dispose of properly," says the EPA. "Wash hands."
Please see the later article comment, appropriately called "Dimwits"
Global Warming Plot Thickens: Gore Joins Venture Capital Group
NewsBusters, 12th November 2007
"The financial scam involved in advancing climate alarmism got even more obvious Monday - to folks outside of the media, that is! - when Nobel Laureate Al Gore joined "Silicon Valley's most prestigious venture capital firm to guide investments that help combat global warming."
The financial systems are evolving by finding a new way to rob the poor and reward the rich. Unfortunately, I think planetary events will make this mentality seem very pathetic quite soon.
Little Green Lies
The sweet notion that making a company environmentally friendly can be not just cost-effective but profitable is going up in smoke. Meet the man wielding the torch
Business Week, 20th October 2007
"Auden Schendler learned about corporate environmentalism directly from the prophet of the movement. In the late 1990s, Schendler was working as a junior researcher at the Rocky Mountain Institute, a think tank in Aspen led by Amory Lovins, legendary author of the idea that by "going green," companies can increase profits while saving the planet."
Now he states: "Who are we kidding?"... "I've succeeded in doing a lot of sexy projects yet utterly failed in what I set out to do," Schendler says. "How do you really green your company? It's almost f------ impossible."
Comment: Some honesty at last!
This is what Kermit says
Water whets the appetite of commodity traders with an eye to the next fortune
The Times, 19th October 2007
"Global shortages of water could lead to the precious liquid being exchanged in a similar way to permission schemes used by countries for carbon dioxide, the head of one of the world’s leading exchanges said yesterday."
Comment: These people can only envision lack and dream of controlling supply. Is that the world you want to inhabit, especially when we do live on a water planet?
Climate Change is Investment "Megatrend" - Deutsche
PlanetArk.com, 18th October 2007
"BEIJING - Government efforts to tackle climate change are creating a "megatrend" investment opportunity that should tempt even those sceptical about the nature and pace of global warming,
Deutsche Bank analysts said on Thursday.
"The climate change markets are being created by governments through their regulation,"
said Mark Fulton, the bank's global head of strategic planning and climate change strategist."
Comment: Money makers jumping on the bandwagon
Al Gore, UN Panel Share Nobel for Peace
Breitbart.com, 12th October 2007
" Former Vice President Al Gore, newly named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, said Friday he hopes the honor will "elevate global consciousness" about the challenges of global warming."
Well, I suppose he can hope.... Cosmic energies set to increase 100,000 x 100,000 x 100,000 x 100,000 x 100,000 until 2012. Global consciousness will
increase, the only problem is how many will "burn out" in the process.
Al Gore, Ignoble Laureate
Investors Business Daily, 5th October 2007
This article is scathing! Political Correctness:
"The front-runners for this year's Nobel Peace Prize are a couple of global warming alarmists. With dozens of wars raging, the committee couldn't find a single person laboring honorably for peace? Once a symbol of distinction, this honor has plumbed shameful depths in recent years." This article almost restores my faith in the mainstream....
Environmentalism for Billionaires
How businesses are looking to cash in on global warming with green-washed plans that aren't as eco-friendly as they seem.
The American Prospect, 17th August 2007
"Lately, I've been inundated with phone calls from venture capitalists, private equity guys, and hedge fundistas. They're coming to me because I'm their environmentalist friend and they all want to know one thing: how they can make a buck off the surge in interest in combating global warming.
In a way, that's a sign that the environmental movement has finally arrived. After decades of struggling to convince the titans of finance that protecting the planet and making money weren't mutually exclusive, the tycoons are now coming to us.
But many of these capitalist converts need watching. While Wall Street's eco-splurge has generated a flood of financing for legitimately clean ventures like wind and solar power, it's also spawned extremely dangerous projects that are painted green by their unscrupulous backers, but that at their core are as black as, well, coal."
Comment: Money makers jumping on the bandwagon
"The World Without Us"
What would the earth look like if humans suddenly disappeared? An audacious new book imagines a people-free planet, and restores our sense of awe.
Salon.com, August 2007
"Weisman envisions the Earth enduring that becomes motivation for us to change our ways. The twist, of course, is that his imagined happy ending for the Earth only comes about because mankind is absent. Yet this isn't depressing, as one might think, but oddly inspiring. Weisman concludes that many of those happy endings are possible even if humanity doesn't disappear -- as long we curb our appetites and our population. And even if we end up causing our own extinction, it is profoundly reassuring to think that the Earth will not only survive, but flourish."
Just imagine the Earth as a great big dog, which has got really irritated by fleas that are causing severe discomfort. I believe that at certain times in the galactic cycle, the poor dog can bark and get special assistance from the Universe to deal with the irritants. Now the most egotistical types often protest here that the universe totally loves us and would not erradicate selfish and stupid humans and so they ignore the abundant archaeological evidence that advanced civilisations have been wiped off the planet before. Earth as a conscious entity in combination with universal energies, have worked out an amazing plan, so I wonder how many realise that the Earth does not owe them a favour. Instead, we are in a partnership with Earth and we have to understand the rules.
The Hypocrisy of Celebrity Environmentalists
AEI Short Publications, 6th August 2007
"Thirteen years ago, I met a materialistic, narcissistic, superficial, bosomy woman from Long Island. She was the girl of my dreams? Finally, I had met someone as shallow as me? But then, after a few months, I began to sense that something had changed? She was growing? I, Larry David, the shallowest man in the world, had married an environmentalist."
See also Green Fakers: Why eco-hypocrisy matters
Earth-Friendly Greens Camouflaging the Poor's Plight
Junk Science, May 31, 2007
It must be obvious to anyone who has been following the environmental movement for some time that it has been hijacked and dark forces are at work. See the trailer Mind Your Own Business
I think that we need a serious spiritual make-over which would serve to help us to use our brains to create in a way that uplifts humanity, not maintain the disparity between rich and poor. Yet, universal forces are also at work and humanity is being pushed in a new direction. Unfortunately for some, this maybe seen as "levelling the playing field".
Greenpeace Activists Build Ark to Highlight Global Warming
Breitbart, 16th May 2007
What's with all the Arks? We have the Norwegian Government building a Noah's Ark
, a Dutch Noah's Ark
and now we have Greenpeace getting in on the act too! Well, to cut a long story short, we are at an end of an galactic cycle and there is obviously unconscious fear surfacing that we are going to face cataclysm.
We are literally in "The End Times" and the official start of the new galactic cycle is 2012. Unfortunately, the word has not hit the streets that it will not rain this time, the flood is electromagnetic and an "ark" is developing around humans
. It does require some work to complete the infrastructure and be strong enough to cope with the electromagnetic deluge that is coming our way.
Unfortunately, there is such a depth of apathy and lack of concern for our fellow man, that this knowledge is hard to come by, even by those who are even interested. I have written the book "Tuning the Diamonds: Electromagnetism & Spiritual Evolution to provide the technical details in why I am making these assertions. By the way, the electromagnetic flood has already started and our scientists call it Space Weather
and this is what's driving the climatic changes.
Gore As Religious Figure
The Conservative Voice, 10th May 2007
I love the news stories about how environmentalism is becoming a new religion, mainly because I have an strong aversion to religion. It may confuse some people because I do believe that we need to maintain a strong connection to the Earth, but the comparison now between a high priest like Al Gore and organised religion is just so overwhelming. Al Gore is very clever by talking about a "spiritual crisis" because that is exactly what we are facing, but his version of events is completely false. I really don't think Al Gore is a fool, he is on a mission, which he is executing brilliantly.
Eco-Extremist Wants World Population to Drop below 1 Billion
Sea Shepherd founder says mankind is a 'virus' and we need to 're-wild the planet.'
Business & Media Institute, 6th May 2007
Well, if you have not realised that extremists have hijacked the environmental movement, then this article should awaken you. My concern is that the Universe already has plans and the majority of humans are totally unaware. In my frustration in trying to get the message of "Tuning the Diamonds" out into the world, I was reminded of the biblical saying, "The meek will inherit the Earth". This extremist, like most, has no idea what's coming.
Carbon Credit — The Latest Greenie Trend
Newsmax.com, March 1, 2007
You have to admire the guile. This article explains the complex new business of carbon credits and how companies are being created to exploit the conscientious but gullible greenie. We are informed how this can develop into a new form of taxation based on each person's individual carbon footprint, such as household electricity, household heating fuels, automobile fuel use and air travel, etc. What's amazing is that CO2 is a natural product of living organisms! "Global Warming" is fast developing to the stage where we can tax our own breath!