The Changing Climate
the-lone-pamphleteer:

Back-Door Tar Sands Scheme Blocked by Local Communityby Lauren McCauley for commondreams.org
Victory for environmentalists may be near in one of the more overlooked battles in the war against Canadian tar sands oil.
A backdoor plan by Canada’s Enbridge and the US-based ExxonMobil to establish an alternate tar sands pipeline has met fierce resistance in the small town of South Portland, Maine where the proposed export terminal would be built.
In a proactive initiative to block the scheme, a local citizens group has collected nearly 4,000 signatures—roughly 4 times the amount necessary—in support of a referendum to place the matter before voters on the November ballot. The question will ask whether the city should enact a zoning change to permanently restrict new development of petroleum-related industry on its waterfront.
“It’s clear the people of South Portland want this initiative in November,” said Carol Masterson, an organizer with the anti-pipeline group Concerned Citizens of South Portland.
According to the group, “any pumping of tar-sands oil through the city’s port would require construction of two smokestacks near [a local park] that would emit an unknown combination of volatile organic compounds and other harmful gases and particles.”
South Portland Mayor, Tom Blake, and his wife were the last to add their signatures to the list Monday, the Portland Press Herald reports. 
“No amount of jobs are important (enough) if we can’t drink the water, breathe the air or work the soil we stand on,” he said.
The plan employs an existing pipeline that carries oil from freighters docked in South Portland’s harbor across northern New England to Montreal. The Oil Giants hope to connect this line to crude tar sands oil being mined in western Canada and reverse the direction of flow making the coastal Maine town an alternate export terminal for the heavily polluting bitumen.
In addition to concerns about the toxic byproducts of processing or a potentially devastating spill or leak near vital water sources, those against the pipeline fear that by opening up the vast Canadian reserves we will essentially be spelling “game over”—as former NASA scientist James Hansen has said—for the planet.
Click here to see a map of the Portland-Montreal pipeline route.

the-lone-pamphleteer:

Back-Door Tar Sands Scheme Blocked by Local Community
by Lauren McCauley for commondreams.org

Victory for environmentalists may be near in one of the more overlooked battles in the war against Canadian tar sands oil.

A backdoor plan by Canada’s Enbridge and the US-based ExxonMobil to establish an alternate tar sands pipeline has met fierce resistance in the small town of South Portland, Maine where the proposed export terminal would be built.

In a proactive initiative to block the scheme, a local citizens group has collected nearly 4,000 signatures—roughly 4 times the amount necessary—in support of a referendum to place the matter before voters on the November ballot. The question will ask whether the city should enact a zoning change to permanently restrict new development of petroleum-related industry on its waterfront.

“It’s clear the people of South Portland want this initiative in November,” said Carol Masterson, an organizer with the anti-pipeline group Concerned Citizens of South Portland.

According to the group, “any pumping of tar-sands oil through the city’s port would require construction of two smokestacks near [a local park] that would emit an unknown combination of volatile organic compounds and other harmful gases and particles.”

South Portland Mayor, Tom Blake, and his wife were the last to add their signatures to the list Monday, the Portland Press Herald reports.

“No amount of jobs are important (enough) if we can’t drink the water, breathe the air or work the soil we stand on,” he said.

The plan employs an existing pipeline that carries oil from freighters docked in South Portland’s harbor across northern New England to Montreal. The Oil Giants hope to connect this line to crude tar sands oil being mined in western Canada and reverse the direction of flow making the coastal Maine town an alternate export terminal for the heavily polluting bitumen.

In addition to concerns about the toxic byproducts of processing or a potentially devastating spill or leak near vital water sources, those against the pipeline fear that by opening up the vast Canadian reserves we will essentially be spelling “game over”—as former NASA scientist James Hansen has said—for the planet.

Click here to see a map of the Portland-Montreal pipeline route.

barrywone-blog:

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A boy stands on an oil pipeline in the Ecuadorian Amazon near the town of Lago Agrio. (Lou Dematteis and Kayana Szymczak)

In a case that dates back two decades indigenous groups and subsistence farmers successfully sued oil giant Texaco…

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ghostpatroladvance:

good article relating to the future of Coal in Australia and the shift from fossil fuels

barrywone-blog:

Over the last few days, there has been intense interest in our consensus paper and The Consensus Project website. The fact that the paper has been reported widely in mainstream media across the world is an important step towards reducing the gaping chasm between public perception…

climateadaptation:

laboratoryequipment:

Crowd-Sourcing Helps Map Global Emissions

Climate science researchers from Arizona State Univ. are launching a first-of-its-kind online “game” to better understand the sources of global warming gases. By engaging “citizen scientists,” the researchers hope to locate all the power plants around the world and quantify their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

The game has officially begun and is housed on a website called “Ventus.” Ventus (the Latin word for wind) has a simple interface in which users enter basic information about the world’s power plants. By playing the game, people around the globe can help solve the climate change problem.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/videos/2013/05/crowd-sourcing-helps-map-global-emissions

Looks like a nice project.

climateadaptation:

brynnbrooke:

PSA Poster for school.

brynnbrooke:

PSA Poster for school.

demsucf:

No more games. It’s time for Congress to stop denying the science on climate change.

Right

demsucf:

No more games. It’s time for Congress to stop denying the science on climate change.

Right