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April 25 News: Canada In DC To Lobby To Approve Fuse To Biggest Carbon Bomb On Planet

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Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources is in our nation’s capital today, lobbying Congress and the State Department to approve the Keystone pipeline. He will continue to face the reality that the pipeline will create only 35 permanent jobs, pump a lot of carbon into the atmosphere, and export a large portion of its tar sands oil abroad. [The Hill]

Green groups bashed comments Oliver made earlier Wednesday in which he said it is “simply not the case” that Keystone would facilitate oil exports.

The groups cited a State Department review of the pipeline and congressional testimony from Keystone builder TransCanada Corp. that indicated some of the oil would head overseas.

Responding to that, Oliver said, “I don’t think I said no oil would be exported.” He explained that claims that Canada plans to use the U.S. as a “conduit” for exports are “untrue.”

“My understanding is that most of it will not be exported,” he said.

Imagine a world in which we never stop burning carbon. [Atlantic]

Coal sludge impoundment wells may not be so well constructed. [Washington Post]

Two liquid natural gas fuel barges exploded in Alabama, seriously injuring three. [Huffington Post]

The Mississippi is overflowing smaller levees in the upper Midwest. [NPR]

Organizing for Action is entering a multi-year effort to enact climate legislation starting with a video of Congress’ climate denier greatest hits. [Huffington Post]

Could we stop paying for electricity by the kilowatt-hour, and instead pay a flat fee like in the telecom industry? [GreenTech Media]

There could be bipartisan agreement in expanding the master-limited partnership — currently enjoyed by fossil fuel projects — to renewable energy projects. [National Journal]

The next time you hail a cab in New York, it might be an electric Nissan Leaf. [EarthTechling]

Tesla Motors stock reached an all-time high of $53 a share yesterday. [Gas2]

A byproduct of whiskey distillation will now power up to 9,000 homes in Scotland. [EarthTechling]

A House subcommittee will hold a climate science hearing at 10am (rescheduled due to a rainstorm in March) featuring Judith Curry, Bjorn Lomborg, and William Chameides. [House Science Committee]

Apples depend on winter chill to thrive, so climate change could affect apple orchard production, or even lead to complete crop failure. [PennLive]

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26 Responses to April 25 News: Canada In DC To Lobby To Approve Fuse To Biggest Carbon Bomb On Planet

  1. prokaryotes says:

    Canada has enough space to become a major energy exporter – with clean reliable – sustainable, clean energy! The people who destroy the land and push for this crazy Tar Sand should be put on trial for ecocide!

    • prokaryotes says:

      Test trial convicts fossil fuel bosses of ‘ecocide’
      Top lawyers put fossil fuel bosses on trial in the UK’s supreme court in a mock case to explore if ecocide – environmental destruction – could join genocide as a global crime http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/damian-carrington-blog/2011/sep/29/ecocide-oil-criminal-court

      • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

        This is great! We must get legal experts to construct laws prosecuting these, the greatest crimes in human history (considering how many deaths and how much misery ecological destruction has caused and will cause)refine them occasionally, and have them ready for enactment when a sane Government is elected somewhere. No impunity, no statute of limitations, universal jurisdiction etc, and send copies to as many of the ecological criminals as possible, to ‘concentrate their minds’. It might convince a few to come over and turn ‘State’s evidence’ on their fellow destructocrats.

    • Mike Roddy says:

      I agree, Prok. The Canadians are no better than the Mexican drug cartels. Our politicians here are the ones getting in on the action to supply American junkies.

      • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

        The Canadian Right, Mike, not all Canadians. They suffer the same horrific disaster that has engulfed the Anglosphere in particular-the total triumph of the Right, the worst people in any society, hence they are become a kakistocracy.

    • Addicted says:

      I disagree. Ecocide makes it sound like they are damaging the planet itself. Not true. The planet will be fine with or without humans.

      What they are doing is massively increasing the number of future dead humans, and drastically reduced lifespans for our kids and grandkids.

      They should be put on trial for attempting genocide.

      • Artful Dodger says:

        Killing future generations is called progenocide. New laws are appropriate.

      • Merrelyn Emery says:

        Haven’t you read anything on this site or even looked out of the window recently? What do you think those huge scars on the lush green face of the globe are? What do you think the warming is doing to countless numbers of terrestrial species? What do you think ocean acidification is doing to aquatic flora and fauna? ME

    • Jim Baird says:

      Our most valuable resource isn’t non-renewable oil; it is the 7 percent of the world’s renewable water we are unwilling to share with our southern neighbour or anyone else for that matter.

      It is renewable in that it is replaced with one years precipitation and for the most part flows back into the sea from whence it came without providing a benefit to anyone.

  2. prokaryotes says:

    LOL, Bjorn Lomborg is advising the US House ^^

    Sharon Begley of Newsweek noted that “a big reason Lomborg was taken seriously is that both of his books, The Skeptical Environmentalist (in 2001) and Cool It(in 2007), have extensive references, giving a seemingly authoritative source for every one of his controversial assertions” in reviewing Howard Friel’s book The Lomborg Deception, which exposes Cool It’s citations as consistently misleading http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Bjorn_Lomborg

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      One of the star attractions at any future trials for crimes against humanity through propagandising for continued ecological destruction. One I’m personally really looking forward to.

  3. catman306 says:

    Everyday, someone needs to ask, in public, every single politician, federal, state, or local:

    “What are your connections with the fossil fuel industry?”

    They’ll notice.

  4. Richard L says:

    Joe,
    Seems to me the organizers of Obama’s “Organizing for Action” need to read your book. They are spreading the wrong message by repeating the GOP/Oil platform….

  5. Approval of the Keystone pipeline will make it impossible for the US to oppose Venezuela’s plans for the Orinoco tar sands, even bigger than Alberta’s.

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      If the US Government stopped trying to overthrow Venezuela’s Government, and install one of their preferred rich sub-fascist despots, Venezuela might have a chance to forego the oil tar. As it is they have a poor population to raise up from squalor, so have few other options.

      • prokaryotes says:

        Maybe future wars are fought because a state refuses to stop with oil extraction. Just like today some states are kept from developing nuclear energy. The damage of each technology is actually kind of equal.

  6. Raul M. says:

    http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/stratosphere/polar/polar.shtml
    North Poleward eddy heat flux at 100mb. This time series shows the 10 day averaged eddy heat flux towards the North Pole at 100mb. Strong positive fluxes indicate poleward flux of heat via eddies. Multiple stong poleward episodes may result in a Sudden Stratospheric Warming or a smaller/warmer polar vortex. Relatively small flux amplitudes will result in a more stable/colder polar vortex and will extend the winter circulation further into the Spring.

  7. Joan Savage says:

    The Cryosphere has published “New estimates of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice extent during
    September 1964 from recovered Nimbus I satellite imagery”

    Full article:
    http://www.the-cryosphere.net/7/699/2013/tc-7-699-2013.pdf

    The 1964 information extends the data on the Arctic death spiral, as previously seen in data 1979-present.

  8. fj says:

    The President’s Organizing for Action (OFA) is incorrect and immediate authoritive public media exposure to climate change reality will get immediate social change.

    . . . as it had in the past . . .

    Something is not impossible if it ready exists.

  9. prokaryotes says:

    Is Breathing Smoggy Air Hardening Your Arteries?

    Breathing particulate-laden (aka smoggy) air may be hardening your arteries faster than normal, according to research published today in PLOS Medicine. While everyones’ arteries harden gradually with age, a team of researchers led by epidemiologist Sara Adar of the University of Michigan School of Public Health discovered that higher concentrations of fine particulate air pollution were linked to a faster thickening of the inner two layers of the carotid artery. http://www.forbes.com/sites/melaniehaiken/2013/04/25/air-pollution-linked-with-artery-hardening/

  10. fj says:

    Major city takes a stand against Big Oil http://t.co/XW0bLd3anc — Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost)

  11. fj says:

    It’s the Demographics, Stupid: Why the Political Future Looks Good for Environmentalism http://t.co/RzbgKPWnnh — Larry Oliver (@tweetingdonal)

  12. prokaryotes says:

    The campaign group formed to support Barack Obama’s political agenda has launched an initiative to shame members of Congress who deny the science behind climate change. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/25/obama-campaigns-next-target-climate-change-deniers-in-congress/

  13. prokaryotes says:

    OMG!

    Carbon tax on the table in the Senate

    Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), one of the most powerful Democrats on Capitol Hill, announced this week that he wouldn’t seek another term, devoting the rest of his time in Washington to reforming the tax code. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2013/04/25/carbon-tax-on-the-table-in-the-senate/