Monday, May 14, 2018

Boycott hits Play about crooked Greenies trying to rip off  Chevron

An email from Phelim McAleer

I wanted to let you know about the trouble I'm experiencing with trying to put on my new play in San Francisco.

It's called the The $18-Billion Prize and basically it has been a nightmare because it seems the theatrical establishment do not want the truth to be told. This is a play about a fraud - a massive 18 billion dollars fraud - carried out by "environmentalists".

You can see more details about the play and the plot HERE but remember it was a Clinton appointed judge who found that this was a criminal enterprise perpetrated by "environmentalists". And the most damning evidence came from Donziger own emails and records.

But that doesn't matter to the establishment - they just want to be able to keep pushing their lies and exaggerations and they are trying to shut the show down. So when I wanted to rent a theater I was told there was none available - yes, seriously - they tried to tell me that in the whole of San Francisco there was no room for the short run.

Eventually I found one place that was open to having the truth be shown but then the real trouble started. No publicist would work with the production and no lighting designer either - and they were quite open it was because of politics. Eventually we had to hire a Los Angeles based publicist and light design company. This has made the production more expensive but at least the show is going to go ahead. That is why I'm writing to you. I need your help.

The establishment don't want the truth told but you can stop this coverup. Please go to and donate. It has been very tough and so many people want us to fail. There are lots of other problems behind the scenes which I hope to be able to talk about soon.

Via email

Trump administration quietly cancels $10m NASA program that tracks key greenhouse gases as part of its 'attack on climate science'

A $10million per year NASA program to track key global warming contributors carbon and methane has been canceled.

The program called the Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) was cut due to 'budget constraints and higher priorities within the science budget, a spokesperson for the space agency said Thursday.

A report from the journal Science called the shut down the latest move in a 'broad attack on climate science' by the White House.

'NASA's CMS has helped stitch together observations of sources and sinks into high-resolution models of the planet's flows of carbon,' the journal wrote.

'Now, President Donald Trump's administration has quietly killed the CMS.'

The journal science reported that the key problem with cutting CMS is that the move limits the America's ability to measure greenhouse gas emissions, and 'you can't manage what you don't measure'. 

However, looking at the situation from Trump's point of view, the move makes more sense. Throughout his campaign and his presidency Trump has remained firm in his belief that global warming does not exist.

Last June he announced the US would be pulling out of the Paris climate accord, a deal signed by more than 190 nations to slash polluting emissions from fossil fuels.

Also last year Trump had proposed cutting the CMS project along with four Earth science missions.

In the March 2018 budget Congress ultimately voted to keep those space missions, but left out the CMS. 

NASA spokesperson Steve Cole told Science the move to cut CMS from the budget was a joint effort by lawmakers and the Trump Administration.

The CMS was designed in 2010 to track sources and sinks for carbon and make high resolution models of the planet's flows of carbon.

Cole said that existing grants would be allowed to finish, but no new research would be supported.

He added: 'Winding down of this specific research program does not curb NASA's ability or commitment to monitoring carbon and its effects on our changing planet.'

Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy Kelly Sims Gallagher disagrees, calling the shutdown of the program 'a grave mistake'.

Gallagher is the director of Tufts University's Center for International Environment and Resource Policy in Medford, Massachusetts.

She said eliminating the CMS interferes with efforts to verify the emission cuts agreed to in the Paris climate deal. 'If you cannot measure emissions reductions, you cannot be confident that countries are adhering to the agreement,' she told Science. 


Scientists Identify 405,000-year Climate Cycle on Earth

Ancient rocks prove theory of overriding orbital behavior that exacerbates shorter-term effects, like those Milankovitch cycles that cause ice ages

Astrophysicists had been saying so for decades, and now geologists have proved it: Earth’s orbit goes through 405,000-year cycles and has done so for hundreds of millions of years. Now, physical proof of the cycle has been found by analyzing ancient rocks in Arizona, New York and New Jersey, explain Dennis Kent and Paul Olsen of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Every 405,000 years, Earth’s orbit around the sun goes from nearly circular to about 5 percent elliptical, and back again.

Within ancient rocks in Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park, scientists have identified signs of a regular variation in Earth’s orbit that influences climate. Kevin Krajick/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

This mega-cycle doesn’t affect Earth’s climate directly, Olsen explains. It does, however, exacerbate shorter-term cycles that do act directly.

The mega-cycle is chiefly caused by the gravitational pull of other planets in the solar system.

Despite the graphics in kids’ books, the planets’ orbits around the sun are not precise concentric circles. Mars, for instance, has a slightly eccentric orbit of 0.0934. Earth’s is eccentric too, but at 0.0167 is much less so than Mars’.

Right now, according to that eccentricity calculation, Earth’s orbit is practically circular.

The planets don’t move at the same rate through space around the sun, either. The upshot of differences in their positions and eccentricities is that the planets’ influence on each other’s orbits changes.

The Columbia U. scientists believe the mega-cycle is caused chiefly by Venus and Jupiter.

Venus isn’t big but is nearest to us, and Jupiter is a monster – 2.5 times all the other planets combined, with immense gravitational pull, they explain.

When dinosaurs were young

The evidence was found in 450-meter-long (1,476 feet) rock cores that Kent and his co-authors drilled from a hill in Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park, from suburban New York and from New Jersey (the site of “exquisitely preserved” massive volcanic spasms). The drills were done in previous years.

The Arizona rock dated to the time of the earliest dinosaurs, the Triassic phase: around 210 million years ago. Meanwhile, cores from New York and New Jersey showed “exquisitely preserved” signs alternating wet and dry cycles. Dating these was a problem, but the scientists observed evidence of reversals in magnetic polarity at all three sites. They showed that all three sites developed at the same time, and that the 405,000-year interval indeed exerts a kind of master control over climate swings.

The shorter-term cycles affecting our weather include 10,000-year Milankovitch cycles, which describe changing eccentricity in Earth’s orbit and are believed to be linked to ice ages. There is a 41,000-year cycle in the tilt of Earth’s axis relative to its orbit around the sun. And there is a 21,000-year cycle caused by a wobble of the planet’s axis.

Above them all rides this newly noticed 405,000-year cycle.

“There are other, shorter, orbital cycles. But when you look into the past, it’s very difficult to know which one you’re dealing with at any one time, because they change over time,” says Kent, an expert in paleomagnetism at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Rutgers University. “The beauty of this one is that it stands alone. It doesn’t change. All the other ones move over it.”

The scientists proved that this long cycle has been governing Earth’s behavior for hundreds of millions of years, from before the first dinosaur hatched from its egg.

If you live long enough

Ultimately, it’s really hard to tease out the cycles: They have almost certainly changed over time, but we don’t know how and they’re all constantly proceeding against each other.

Sometimes some are out of phase with others and will cancel each other out; at other times, they may line up and trigger sudden, drastic changes.

That said, Kent and Olsen estimate that every 405,000 years, when orbital eccentricity is at its stretched peak, seasonal differences – that are caused by shorter cycles, not the big one – will become more intense. Summers will be hotter, winters colder, dry times will become hyper-arid, and so on.

Exactly the opposite will be true 202,500 years later, when the orbit is at its most circular.

Admittedly, it is true that the longer off something happened, the wider margins of error are likely to be.

“We are using basically the same kinds of math to send spaceships to Mars – and sure, that works,” Olsen says. “But once you start extending interplanetary motions back in time and tie that to cause and effect in climate, we can’t claim that we understand how it all works.”

So, where are we now in this mega-cycle? We’re in the nearly circular part. Which means we can expect what? Nothing we'd notice.

“Probably not anything very perceptible,” says Kent. “It’s pretty far down on the list of so many other things that can affect climate on timescales that matter to us.” Such as the carbon dioxide we’re putting into our atmosphere. That, says Kent, is “the obvious big enchilada. That’s having an effect we can measure right now. The planetary cycle is a little more subtle.”


UN Climate Talks Fail To Reach Agreement On Paris Agreement

UN negotiations in Bonn are set to end in a stalemate today as delegates have become bogged down in technical arguments about the Paris climate pact. Poorer nations say they are fed up with foot-dragging by richer countries on finance and carbon-cutting commitments. Some countries, led by China are now seeking to renegotiate key aspects of the Paris agreement. An extra week of talks in September has been scheduled to try and get the process back on track. –Matt McGrath, BBC News, 10 May 2018

A proposal for bringing international environmental law under one legally binding treaty at the United Nations will be up for a preliminary vote later this week at the U.N. General Assembly. The United States U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley tells Fox News in a statement that the U.S. won’t support the measure. —Fox News, 9 May 2018

The EU has committed to a 20% cut in its energy use by 2020 to be achieved by two directives, covering energy efficiency and buildings. But leaked documents seen by the Guardian show that Britain is pushing for its 2014-2020 timeline to be stretched backward four years to count “early actions” taken that comply with the efficiency directive. —The Guardian, 9 May 2018

Ex-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) was at the vanguard of the climate movement, heading legal and political fights against Trump administration attempts to weaken environmental regulations. Schneiderman is also a pugnacious and media-savvy figure whose abrupt and stunning political fall this week after cringe-worthy sexual abuse allegations is an undeniable blow to climate hawks across the country. It may force them to reshuffle their tactics and, to a lesser extent, their priorities. —E&E News, 9 May 2018

The grim irony of the pursuit of “green” energy is that it may be placing millions of people in poor countries at risk of living much shorter, unhealthier lives due to air pollution, according to a new report from The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF). —Tim Pearce, Long Island News, 5 May 2018

As President Donald Trump’s decision to reinstate sanctions on Iran sends oil prices higher, consumers and the administration might hope that US producers could come to the rescue with increased production. —Financial Times, 10 May 2018

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran marks the end of the current output agreement between OPEC and its allies. OPEC is likely to insist the current agreement remains in effect, at least for now, but the prospective removal of several hundred thousand barrels per day of Iranian exports from the market will require a major adjustment.– Reuters,


At last an eco craze that might actually do some good

If you haven't yet heard of plogging, it won't take you long to wrap your head around it.

The fitness craze involves picking up litter while jogging. Yes, that's the extent of it.

If that sounds like a sped-up Clean Up Australia Day, well it kind of is, except plogging is a worldwide phenomenon.

It began in Sweden, where the name originated. "Plogging" is a mix of the Swedish words for "to jog" and "to pick up" — "plocka upp".

A quick search online delivers posts from plogging groups from just about everywhere; in the UK, Italy, Finland, the US, Canada, Venezuela, Malaysia and India.  And of course, the Icelandic President was recently spotted plogging at his palace.

Now, the craze has reached Australian shores. Well, it's reached Byron Bay.

"We saw it on social media and we thought, 'We can do this!'" said Geoff Bensley a member of the Byron Bay Runners and founder of the fledging Plogging Australia group. "We thought Australia should be up there also and we've picked it up, and yeah, we've been loving it."

"Loving it" is not the first impression you get from the Byron Bay Runners as they head out on what is only their second plog. It's been raining relentlessly through the night and at 7:00am enthusiasm for the task ahead is muted at best.

However, the group soon gets into the swing of things as they pound the 7-kilometre track along the coastline to Lennox Head.




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