October 29, 2010
Whats a negawatt?Further evidence that the smart money is on clean tech, is that Pacific Gas and Electric and Exelon have quit the US Chamber of Commerce and Duke Energy has left the National Association of Manufacturers." From Bill Hewitt, earlier this month
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October 28, 2010
According to independent sources, more than 100 people have died as of Wednesday in Myanmar's oil pipeline blaze
On Monday, AFP reported the death of at least 14 workers at an oil fire in central Myanmar. That is the only report we had until yesterday, and casualties continue to mount. According to AFP "Authorities were battling to put out the blaze, which broke out on Sunday near Pakokku town in the Magway region." The official who passed the information to AFP did not want to be named.
The vast majority of industry in tightly controlled Mynmar is in the hands of the French company Total, and California based Chevron. Chevron took over the operations of UNOCAL after UNOCAL was sucessfully sued for sponsoring the rape and torture of villagers along their pipeline in Myanmar.
UNOCAL had long been one of the brands sold by the oil giant Chevron, but until the recent settlement, UNOCAL operated as an independent corporation.
The source for this article was a Malaysian publication Mysinchew.com, by way of AFP. Since then, the democratic resistance has leaked eyewitness accounts of villagers nearby: reported Wednesday - DOGSPOT
Death toll exceeds 100, Democratic Voice of Burma
reported Wednesday - DOGSPOT
October 26, 2010
UPDATE 10-29-2010:Rescuers need boats - 343 dead, 404 injured, 338 missing,
On Tuesday a tsunami smashed into a remote Indonesian island chain while in central Java a volcanic eruption left 13 people dead.
An intial 7.7 magnitude underwater quake triggered the tsunami 15 minutes later. After 5 hours, the islands were rocked by a 6.1 magnitude aftershock, and a series of smaller quakes in the range of 5.1 to 6.2 magnitude. The apocolyptic scenario was completed by 3 eruptions of the Merapi volcano, which erupted yet again on Friday.Details, along with seismic reports, have been moved to DOGSPOT
October 25, 2010
October 23, 2010
Two in a row for GRIST - they released a great issue yesterday. In "The GOP changes its tune on cap-and-trade", Dan Weiss explains how and why the Republicans are:
"...repudiating Reagan's legacy of cap-and-trade for cheap political gain to curry favor with polluting industries".
"Cap-and-trade is a cost-effective alternative that allows the firms that can more cheaply reduce their emissions below their required limit to sell any additional reductions to companies that are not able to make reductions as easily. This creates a system that guarantees a set level of overall reductions while rewarding the most efficient companies and ensuring that the cap can be met at the lowest possible cost to the economy.
The Reagan White House conceived the first cap-and-trade program to reduce pollution. It was used in the 1980s to phase out lead in gasoline at a lower cost."
Dan Weiss also sites Cap and Trade proposals by Newt Gingrich, George W. Bush, and Sarah Palin as recently as 2008. What a short memory we are supposed to have! Republicans bank on contributions from major polluters in exchange for their flip-flop on this issue dear to companies like Peabody and Chevron. Even before the court ruling that opened the floodgates of money for the upcoming election, Chevron has recently laundered millions through the Chamber of Commerce, an effort that is being scaled up this year. But not for candidates who support even the mildest attempts to mitigate the real cost of dirty industry.
Daniel J. Weiss originally posted his article at The Center for American Progress.
Her article- Critics question World Bank’s role as carbon trader, fossil-fuel funder was published 5 years ago. It should not be too much of a surprise that the World Bank envisions itself as banker for the UN climate process, which they also seek to shape. Negotiations unraveled when their hidden role in Copenhagen was revealed. As we head toward Cancun, their cards are on the table, but they are playing the wrong game.
It is time for them to fold. MORE at DOGSPOT
October 22, 2010
- Chevron corporate profile,
- Chevron goes to Ecuador,
- Chevron websurfing,
- Who sells Chevron?, and last but not least
- Chevron drills into the future.
Is this a green blog?The blog that calls itself "Green" at the New York Times announces with uncritical acceptance new drilling by Chevron in the Gulf of Mexico. If you want to talk to their executives, you have to be a cheerleader, and Clifford Kraus certainly is. Here's a quote from his blog, for which Green is clearly a misnomer:
"I caught up with Bobby Ryan, Chevron’s vice president for global exploration, to get his take on the announcement so soon after the lifting of the moratorium, which came in the aftermath of the blowout on a BP well that killed 11 rig workers and flooded the gulf with millions of barrel(sic) of oil. He said that despite the accident, the gulf continues to be one of the crucial areas of focus for Chevron, the second largest American oil company after Exxon. “We are going to continue to explore,” he said."Unfortunately, there is more. Read it and you'll agree. Fresh Green Blog is a green blog -:)
canonical name chvpkproxy3.chevron.com.
Chevron provides access to the web by proxy from a network that includes these addresses:
22.214.171.124/15, 126.96.36.199/13, 188.8.131.52/14, 184.108.40.206/13, 220.127.116.11/15, 18.104.22.168/16
Their domain is registered with Network Solutions:
6001 Bollinger Canyon Rd.
San Ramon, CA 94583-2324
more about Chevron Corporation
October 19, 2010
Even as I type this, several news outlets continue to distribute a spoof from environmentalists that preceded a genuine effort from Chevron. The fake press releases include a link to chevron-weagree.com where a slick slide show presents a message that would be a complete turn-around for the oil giant. Chevron has launched an effort to take it down...
Full story has been updated and moved
The original spoof site has been archived, and can easily be mirrored. http://dogspot.us/chevron/
You can download the entire site as an archive
Clean Up Their Messes chevron-weagree.com
This is only one slide from the spoofed Chevron website. The latest update is here: Masks come off in Chevron charade
Stop Endangering Life chevron-weagree.com
This is only one slide from the spoofed Chevron website. The latest update is here: Masks come off in Chevron charade
October 10, 2010
- (1.) Preamble
- (2.) The challenge as we see it
- (3.) The causes as we see them
- (4.) A just and sustainable transition
- (5.) Paths to transition
- (6.) A global movement for sustainable transition
The most innovative use proposed for The Plant is to develop a test site for implementing aquaponic farm techniques in a “vertical” environment. Vertical farms have been the subject of well-publicized research, both at Columbia University in New York and at Chicago’s own Illinois Institute of Technology. But to date, indoor farming in multi-story, urban buildings has not been attempted on any scale.They are just a few miles from the IIT campus: 1400 W. 46th Street and you're welcome to vist between 11:00am and 4:00pm. Find out more about it at the blog of developer John Edel.
It is a certainty that system change will be required in order to promote climate change. This was the theme of Klimaforum09, and it will be continued with Klimaforum10 in parallel with the UN conference in Cancun this year. An important instance of "system change" could be the change in the US political system: to eliminate the US Senate which has been standing in the way of progress on every front. The Senate has not even ratified the Kyoto treaty - and never will. Yet this is a measure that would easily have passed in the US House of Representatives, which is the only legislative body the American people need...Can we streamline politics to achieve system change?
September 25, 2010
September 23, 2010
In August, The Navajo Nation’s Resources Committee unanimously expressed their disapproval of the project.
The test would involve drilling near the Navajo Aquifer, which has already been threatened with depletion by the mining operations of Peabody Energy. Peabody would likely be involved if the project was considered viable.
September 22, 2010
"... It was a happy summer and nothing was afraid, because in the Moon When the Ponies Shed (May) word came from the Wasichus [the White Men] that there would be peace and that they would not use the road any more and that all the soldiers would go away. The soldiers did go away and their towns were torn down; and in the Moon of Falling Leaves (November), they made a treaty with Red Cloud that said our country would be ours as long as grass should grow and water flow. You can see that it is not the grass and the water that have forgotten.
Maybe it was not this summer when I first heard the voices, but I think it was, because I know it was before I played with bows and arrows or rode a horse, and I was out playing alone when I heard them. It was like somebody calling me, and I thought it was my mother, but there was nobody there. This happened more than once, and always made me afraid, so that I ran home.
It was when I was five years old that my Grandfather made me a bow and some arrows. The grass was young and I was on horseback. A thunder storm was coming from where the sun goes down, and just as I was riding into the woods along a creek, there was a kingbird sitting on a limb. This was not a dream, it happened. And I was going to shoot at the kingbird with the bow my Grandfather made, when the bird spoke and said: "The clouds all over are one-sided." Perhaps it meant that all the clouds were looking at me. And then it said: "Listen! A voice is calling you!" Then I looked up at the clouds, and two men were coming there, headfirst like arrows slanting down; and as they came, they sang a sacred song and the thunder was like drumming. I will sing it for you. The song and the drumming were like this:
Behold, a sacred voice is calling you;
All over the sky a sacred voice is calling.
I sat there gazing at them, and they were coming from the place where the giant lives (north). But when they were very close to me, they wheeled about toward where the sun goes down, and suddenly they were geese. Then they were gone, and the rain came with a big wind and a roaring..."
excerpted from: Black Elk Speaks, by John G. Neihardt
September 21, 2010
September 16, 2010
The Ecology of Education, reuniting Love and Learning"Teaching at the Edge" by John Elder is something new to me. I wandered into it by following links from visitors at my other sites, and I am drinking it up! Here's a short quote that resonates with my deepest feelings about education, some of my oldest beliefs:
"Love is the deepest science, but it is not quantifiable. Loving attentiveness to one's bioregional community is a discipline, in the sense of being a life's study. It does not, however, depend upon the sort of exclusive vocabulary which those academic categories we call "disciplines" use to define and defend themselves. It has already become a temptation, given the rapid growth of interest in environmental issues, to develop environmental studies or environmental education into separate new departments or programs of their own. But we should resist this impulse. The essence of environmental education is a certain energetic waywardness with regard to compartmentalization and boundaries of all kinds.more
One revelation of Stories in the Land and the Watershed Partnerships for me has been that often, the most whole-hearted and integrated teaching occurs in the lower elementary grades. Instead of always having schools and colleges looking up the line to the specialized and professionalistic standards of graduate schools, I would recommend that they also try to emulate the best first grade classes, where music, art, and literature flow directly into the studies of science and mathematics."