November 19 News: Keystone XL Protest Marks Start Of New Campaign To Pressure White House

Hundreds of people who say they worry oil that would be carried the Keystone XL pipeline will accelerate climate change marched around the White House on Sunday, hoping to revive a movement credited with slowing down the permit process for the crude oil project. [Guardian]

Across the nation, tens of billions of tax dollars have been spent on subsidizing coastal reconstruction in the aftermath of storms, usually with little consideration of whether it actually makes sense to keep rebuilding in disaster-prone areas. [New York Times]

President Barack Obama, who is on a four-day trip through Asia, is reviewing material on reshaping his cabinet and is on track to announce some of his picks as early as the week after Thanksgiving, people familiar with his plans said. [Wall Street Journal]

The stubborn drought that has gripped the Midwest for much of the year has left the Mighty Mississippi critically low — and it will get even lower if the Army Corps of Engineers presses ahead with plans to reduce the flow from a Missouri River dam. [San Jose Mercury News]

Living in areas of high air pollution is an environmental risk to seniors’ brain health and function, U.S. researchers found. [UPI]

A bipartisan group of senators is asking President Obama for a meeting about the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline that the lawmakers want the White House to approve. [The Hill]

Energy companies, environmental groups, and even Hollywood stars are watching to see what decisions President Barack Obama makes about regulating or promoting natural gas drilling. [Washington Post]

A new study confirms the strong links between global temperatures, melting ice and sea level and suggests that sea level responds more quickly that previously believed, probably because of the feedback warming effect of open water. [Summit County Citizens Voice]

The drought has pressured ranchers across the West to sell breeding cattle, take on more debt, or seek supplemental work off the farm. Some, particularly in Texas last year during a crushingly severe drought, have even liquidated the whole ranch. [Climate Central]

31 Responses to November 19 News: Keystone XL Protest Marks Start Of New Campaign To Pressure White House

  1. John McCormick says:

    Silvio, I’ve never read a comment posted by you that was not a self promotion of your web site. Any thoughts on the topics here?

  2. Zimzone says:

    Keystone XL is a Canadian project, allowing them to get dirty tar sands oil to the Gulf of Mexico to be distributed globally to the highest bidder.
    That’s it.
    Conservatives use this as an ultimatum to our President while lying about the number of jobs created, the environmental impact, potential toxicity of a spill and a variety of other political efforts to disguise this as an ‘All American’ project.
    Let the entire approval process unwind, Mr. President. Don’t be bullied anymore!

  3. prokaryotes says:

    Massive waterspout caught on camera in Australia

  4. prokaryotes says:

    In what World Bank President Jim Yong Kim acknowledged was a “doomsday scenario,” a new bank study cited the 4 degree increase as a threshold that would likely trigger widespread crop failures and malnutrition and dislocate large numbers of people from land inundated by rising seas.

  5. prokaryotes says:

    ..the bank report said. “There is no certainty that adaptation to a 4°C world is possible.”

  6. prokaryotes says:

    Things would be much easier if we had a World President.

  7. Joan Savage says:

    The link didn’t work for the low Mississippi water level story.

    The text appears in an AP piece picked up by abcnews and captioned, “Low Mississippi River Water Levels May Halt Barges”

  8. Joan Savage says:

    Although we can focus on low water level as the result of drought and relationship to climate change, the low water level has another relationship, to fossil fuel:

    ” two of the nation’s largest coal companies … use the Mississippi to move their products both for domestic and international use.”

    “Knight Hawk Coal Co. of the St. Louis-area town of Percy, Ill., uses the river to ship 80 percent of the 4.5 million tons of the black ore it bores out of southern Illinois mines each year. Closure of the river could force the company to consider something it’s never done — part with some of its 400 employees.”

  9. Paul Magnus says:

    Prok we are already see this.
    We still have another 1C in the pipeline. We are going to crash.

    So I think even though it isn’t nice to message on this its the reality.

  10. Paul Magnus says:

    Must read current issue of NewScientist

    Climate change: It’s even worse than we thought

  11. Mark Shapiro says:

    The Marcacci site complements CP well. It is worth checking for other energy and climate news.

  12. Joe Romm says:

    Well, it’s not worse than I thought!

  13. Paul Magnus says:

    Yep. We thought…. and its worse than that.
    Its always worse than whats published in the science.

    We should have been considering global temp rise in increments of 0.1C or 0.2C not 1C or 2C….

    And on reflection, when you think of the energy your dealing with on a global scale for a 0.2C rise, it makes sense.

  14. Paul Magnus says:

    Avian Flew… Bigest personal action you can take to tackling GW….

    The not so friendly skies: the EU, aviation and
    Aviation has – and has had for some time – an emissions problem. That problem was illustrated in dramatic fashion last week when it was announced that the European Union (EU) would freeze until late next…

  15. prokaryotes says:

    Extreme precipitation events have become more common in Europe

  16. prokaryotes says:

    Projected Increases in North Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Intensity

  17. prokaryotes says:


    Environmental change during the PETM drives formation of gigantic biogenic magnetite

    The discovery of these exceptionally large biogenic magnetite crystals that possibly represent the remains of new micro-organisms that appeared and disappeared with the PETM sheds some light upon the ecological response to biogeochemical changes.

    Biogenic magnetite not too different from that found in magnetotactic bacteria has been also found in higher organisms, from Euglenoid algae, to salmon, pigeons, and humans.

    According to Dirk Schumann, a geologist and electron microscopist at McGill University and lead author of the study, “It was easy to focus on the thousands of other bacterial fossils, but these single, unusual crystals kept appearing in the background. It soon became evident that they were everywhere.”

    Perhaps in response to the environmental stress of the PETM, many land mammals in North America became dwarfed. Almost half of the common sea bottom-dwelling microorganisms known as foraminifera became extinct in newly warmer waters that were incapable of carrying the levels of dissolved oxygen for which they were adapted. “Imagine our surprise to discover not only a fossil bloom of bacteria that make iron-oxide magnets within their cells, but also an entirely unknown set of organisms that grew magnetic crystals to giant sizes,” said Caltech postdoctoral scholar Timothy Raub, who collected the samples from an International Ocean Drilling Program drill-core storehouse at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
    Read more at:

  18. prokaryotes says:

    Study suggests humans are slowly but surely losing intellectual and emotional abilities

    Human intelligence and behavior require optimal functioning of a large number of genes, which requires enormous evolutionary pressures to maintain. A provocative hypothesis published in a recent set of Science and Society pieces published in the Cell Press journal Trends in Genetics suggests that we are losing our intellectual and emotional capabilities because the intricate web of genes endowing us with our brain power is particularly susceptible to mutations and that these mutations are not being selected against in our modern society.

    Read more at:

  19. David B. Benson says:

    Yup, but that will soon come to a (bitter) end.

  20. prokaryotes says:

    Well this is a very, very broad topic. Diet, pollutants, condition, work, social status, financial status, health/medication, genes, the environment and much more probably) all plays a role in the intelligence status.

    Also why should mutation be always a bad thing? Einstein for instance had a special brain…

  21. prokaryotes says:

    New research suggests that a genetic mutation linked to psychosis and schizophrenia influences creativity.

    Szabolcs Kéri, a researcher at Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary, examined a gene involved in brain development called neuregulin 1, that previous studies have linked to a slightly increased risk of schizophrenia. A single DNA letter mutation that affects how much of the neuregulin 1 protein is made in the brain has been linked to psychosis, poor memory and sensitivity to criticism.

    According to New Scientist, this finding could help to explain why mutations that increase a person’s risk of developing mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar syndrome have been preserved — even preferred — during human evolution.

    The research also supports psychologist Hans Jürgen Eysenck’s conception of genius, and helps explain why geniuses like Einstein and Mozart are so exceptional – they may have a rare combination of intelligence and “psychoticism,” states in which individuals exhibit some of the qualities commonly found among psychotics.

    Intelligence –- often in the form of a high IQ of 150 or above –- is clearly a personality trait of geniuses. Eysenck’s concept of genius blends intelligence with just the right amount of psychoticism. The genius is able “to take frequent excursions from conventional ways of thinking about things, but not so much as to devolve into insanity,” explains computer scientist and neuroengineer Bruce Katz of Drexel University.

  22. Merrelyn Emery says:

    except when they examined it, it seemed normal, ME

  23. Paul Magnus says:

    It anit christmas with GW….

    Christmas Trees Wither Under Midwest Drought

  24. Paul Magnus says:

    That should have been … Aviation Flu…

    Ethical living: Can I fly with a clear conscience?

    I’d like to travel by plane, but it seems iniquitous that air fares are so low. Can you offer me any reasons why I might fly with a clear conscience?