EP 102 / Doomsday Clock Pipeline

doomsday-clock-110516Will 2015 be the year of serious Climate Action?  We better hope it is. 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history, even despite small pockets of below-average temperatures in parts of U.S.  It’s good to remember that the rising temps are global because some Americans can overlook the fact that our continent’s landmass does not dominate the planet and is only a small percentage of the world’s area.  PBS talked with scientist Gavin Schmidt of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies about the indisputable human impact on global warming.

In the latest State of the Union, President Obama talked about his environmental record. The Obama administration has announced a plan to significantly cut methane emissions produced by gas and gas wells by the year 2025 through executive action. …This is being described by environmentalists as “not nearly enough”. Obama administration announces goal to rein in methane leaks

Half of the United States Senate has refused to formally acknowledge the existence of man-made climate change. Forty-nine Republicans voted against a measure noting “human activity significantly contributes to climate change.” . . . In North Dakota, nearly three million gallons of saltwater created as a byproduct of oil drilling have leaked from a pipeline.(Democracy Now)

Alexis Bonogofsky, an environmental activist and farmer, said she has learned not to believe safety claims about pipelines. She was hospitalized for hydrocarbon exposure after the 2011 rupture of ExxonMobil’s Silvertip pipeline, and she then watched her land along the Yellowstone River south of Billings lose hay, fill with weeds and feed fewer goats. Read the whole story here.

The most recent pipeline leak is into the Yellowstone River in the northern US. It’s a disaster.

This is the second major recent pipeline spill for Montanta. Libertarians, where are you on this?? The pipeline owners want to steal our health too, not just our land. The article I read from is here.

Doomsday Clock Moves closer to Midnight. “These failures of leadership endanger every person on Earth.” CNN

Climate change, nuclear weapons, emerging technologies all figured in Clock move. Science and Security Board explains…  http://ow.ly/HMulc

President’s decree calls for ‘science-based decision making’ as the Arctic warms twice as rapidly as rest of U.S.

Climate Hawks not impressed with Methane rules
Refinery FireAll Life on Earth now officially at risk, scientists say
Read it here.

The US has caused more climate change than anyone ever on earth. Even the Mayans.

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