Category Archives: Environment

Climate Tinkering to Pilfer Beneficial CO2 from the Air

OBAMA ADMIN PROMOTES CLIMATE CONTROL

Obama looks at climate engineering

The president’s new science adviser said Wednesday that global warming is so dire, the Obama administration is discussing radical technologies to cool Earth’s air.

John Holdren told The Associated Press in his first interview since being confirmed last month that the idea of geoengineering the climate is being discussed. One such extreme option includes shooting pollution particles into the upper atmosphere to reflect the sun’s rays. Holdren said such an experimental measure would only be used as a last resort.

“It’s got to be looked at,” he said. “We don’t have the luxury of taking any approach off the table.”

Holdren outlined several “tipping points” involving global warming that could be fast approaching. Once such milestones are reached, such as complete loss of summer sea ice in the Arctic, it increases chances of “really intolerable consequences,” he said.

Twice in a half-hour interview, Holdren compared global warming to being “in a car with bad brakes driving toward a cliff in the fog.”

At first, Holdren characterized the potential need to technologically tinker with the climate as just his personal view. However, he went on to say he has raised it in administration discussions.

Holdren, a 65-year-old physicist, is far from alone in taking geoengineering more seriously. The National Academy of Science is making climate tinkering the subject of its first workshop in its new multidiscipline climate challenges program. The British parliament has also discussed the idea.

The American Meteorological Society is crafting a policy statement on geoengineering that says “it is prudent to consider geoengineering’s potential, to understand its limits and to avoid rash deployment.”

Last week, Princeton scientist Robert Socolow told the National Academy that geoengineering should be an available option in case climate worsens dramatically.

But Holdren noted that shooting particles into the air—making an artificial volcano as one Nobel laureate has suggested—could have grave side effects and would not completely solve all the problems from soaring greenhouse gas emissions. So such actions could not be taken lightly, he said.

Still, “we might get desperate enough to want to use it,” he added.

Another geoengineering option he mentioned was the use of so-called artificial trees to suck carbon dioxide—the chief human-caused greenhouse gas—out of the air and store it. At first that seemed prohibitively expensive, but a re-examination of the approach shows it might be less costly, he said.

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In this excerpt from Global Warming or Global Governance scientists discuss the important benefits of carbon dioxide:

Carbon Dioxide is Our Friend

See: The Money Making Global Warming Scam

The Money Making Global Warming Scam

When it comes to the issue of global warming, most of us have been duped. When I was first presented with the idea that it was a hoax, I was quite protective of my viewpoints on it; it has become a religion, a mantra. Global warming has been a household word for some time now; it may be difficult to look at an opposing viewpoint, especially as the warnings become more dire and we’re told the World faces ‘irreversible’ climate change.

Polar meltdown

One of my primary concerns was for the poor polar bears who Al Gore told us were losing their home. Many of us have seen the photos of polar bears seemingly stranded on an iceberg. The photo however, was taken out of context:

Another Global Warming Hoax exposed

‘Stranded Polar Bear’ Photo Taken Out of Context Says Photographer

The videos and articles in this post will provide an ample amount of information to get you started into discovering who and what’s behind the hyped global warming scare:

Global Warming: Al Gore is wrong again

Investment Group Puts Millions in Green Companies Gore Has Stake In

Some more pieces of the “How Al Gore is Going to Become Amazingly Wealthy by Selling Climate Hysteria” puzzle came together Friday when the Silicon Valley venture capital firm he’s now a part of announced a $500 million investment in green technologies.

Making matters more delicious, the firm already has investments in many of the same companies Gore admitted in March he has a stake in.

To begin untangling this web, let’s first take a gander at what was reported Friday by the San Francisco Chronicle (emphasis added):

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers said Thursday it will invest $500 million in green technology companies that have passed their earliest stages of growth and are maturing.

The venture capital firm also will invest in green-tech startup companies as part of another investment fund it introduced Thursday, which will invest $700 million over the next three years in startups.

For those that have forgotten, this is the same VC group Gore joined last November as reported by NewsBusters.

Here’s where the plot thickens. The KPCB website identified the following companies this group has already invested in: Altarock Energy Inc, Altra Biofuels, Amyris Biotechnologies, Ausra, Bloom Energy, GreatPoint Energy, Mascoma Corporation, and Miasole. Full Story

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Obama’s involvement in Chicago Climate Exchange–the rest of the story

Good news to know that the truth will always out–even when you’re Barack Obama.

“Obama Years Ago Helped Fund Carbon Program He Is Now Pushing Through Congress” is a FOXNews story by Ed Barnes. In short, “While on the board of a Chicago-based charity, Barack Obama helped fund a carbon trading exchange that will likely play a critical role in the cap-and-trade carbon reduction program he is now trying to push through Congress as president.”

The charity was the Joyce Foundation on whose board of directors Obama served and which gave nearly $1.1 million in two separate grants that were “instrumental in developing and launching the privately-owned Chicago Climate Exchange, which now calls itself “North America’s only cap and trade system for all six greenhouse gases, with global affiliates and projects worldwide.”

And that’s only the beginning of this tawdry tale, Mr. Barnes.

The “privately-owned” Chicago Climate Exchange is heavily influenced by Obama cohorts Al Gore and Maurice Strong.

For years now Strong and Gore have been cashing in on that lucrative cottage industry known as man-made global warming. Full Story

Obama discusses global warming

John Coleman slams global warming – Part One

Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

How about this for hypocrisy:

Al Gore’s Carbon Footprint Is Big
The Obama Inauguration’s Carbon Footprint

See Also: The Climate Scam
Global Warming or Global Governance?Documentary that exposes Global Warming for the hoax it is

Global Warming or Global Governance – Trailer

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There are however, still important environmental issues – deforestation, poisonous pesticide/herbicide usage, and GMO’s. Reducing our ‘carbon footprint’, using less resources, remains an important mission, especially for Americans who, though only five percent of the world’s population, consume 26 percent of the world’s energy.

Part II of this series will explore the issues of famine and water shortages.

Fish on Drugs

Pharmaceuticals found in fish across U.S.
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Fish caught near wastewater treatment plants serving five major U.S. cities had residues of pharmaceuticals in them, including medicines used to treat high cholesterol, allergies, high blood pressure, bipolar disorder and depression, researchers reported Wednesday.

Findings from this first nationwide study of human drugs in fish tissue have prompted the Environmental Protection Agency to significantly expand similar ongoing research to more than 150 different locations.

“The average person hopefully will see this type of a study and see the importance of us thinking about water that we use every day, where does it come from, where does it go to? We need to understand this is a limited resource and we need to learn a lot more about our impacts on it,” said study co-author Bryan Brooks, a Baylor University researcher and professor who has published more than a dozen studies related to pharmaceuticals in the environment.

A person would have to eat hundreds of thousands of fish dinners to get even a single therapeutic dose, Brooks said. But researchers including Brooks have found that even extremely diluted concentrations of pharmaceutical residues can harm fish, frogs and other aquatic species because of their constant exposure to contaminated water.

Brooks and his colleague Kevin Chambliss tested fish caught in rivers where wastewater treatment plants release treated sewage in Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Orlando, Fla. For comparison, they also tested fish from New Mexico’s pristine Gila River Wilderness Area, an area isolated from human sources of pollution. Full Story

Teflon Birth Control

Non-Stick Cookware Chemicals Cause 150 Percent Increase in Infertility

Is eating off non-stick cookware a new form of chemical birth control? New research published in the journal Human Reproduction reveals that women with the highest levels of Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) in their blood are 150% more likely to have difficulty conceiving a child.

PFCs are commonly used in non-stick cookware, and eating off non-stick cookware inevitably results in the consumption of these chemicals. Even so-called “diamond” non-stick surfaces are easily scratched. A previous report by NaturalNews exposed the truth about so-called “diamond” non-stick cookware surfaces. See: http://www.naturalnews.com/021059.html

PFCs are also known to impair fetal growth, harm the liver and suppress immune system function. They’re also highly toxic to the environment, both during the manufacture and disposal of non-stick cookware products.

So why do the chemicals remain legal in the U.S. and other countries? Because they’re made by powerful corporations like DuPont (the owner of the Teflon trademark). Those corporations hold great sway over U.S. regulators, and they routinely distort the truth to hide the dangers of their chemicals.

DuPont, for example, illegally withheld information about the health risks of its chemicals from the EPA, says a Bloomberg article from 2004 (http://www.ewg.org/node/16471). It’s almost routine these days for corporations to lie about the dangers of the chemicals they produce.

To this day, DuPont insists PFOA and Teflon are perfectly safe to cook on.

Vilsack: A Poisonous Choice

Six Reasons Monsanto’s Buddy, Former Iowa Governor Vilsack, for USDA Head a Terrible Idea

* Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack’s support of genetically engineered pharmaceutical crops, especially pharmaceutical corn:
http://www.gene.ch/genet/2002/Oct/msg00057.html
http://www.organicconsumers.org/gefood/drugsincorn102302.cfm

* The biggest biotechnology industry group, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, named Vilsack Governor of the Year. He was also the founder and former chair of the Governor’s Biotechnology Partnership.
http://www.bio.org/news/pressreleases/newsitem.asp?id=2001_0920_01

* When Vilsack created the Iowa Values Fund, his first poster child of economic development potential was Trans Ova and their pursuit of cloning dairy cows.

* Vilsack was the origin of the seed pre-emption bill in 2005, which many people here in Iowa fought because it took away local government’s possibility of ever having a regulation on seeds- where GE would be grown, having GE-free buffers, banning pharma corn locally, etc. Representative Sandy Greiner, the Republican sponsor of the bill, bragged on the House Floor that Vilsack put her up to it right after his state of the state address.

* Vilsack has a glowing reputation as being a schill for agribusiness biotech giants like Monsanto. Sustainable ag advocated across the country were spreading the word of Vilsack’s history as he was attempting to appeal to voters in his presidential bid. An activist from the west coast even made this youtube animation about Vilsack
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmoc4Qgcm4s
The airplane in this animation is a referral to the controversy that Vilsack often traveled in Monsanto’s jet.

*Vilsack is an ardent support of corn and soy based biofuels, which use as much or more fossil energy to produce them as they generate, while driving up world food prices and literally starving the poor.

To learn more about this vitally important issue:

Tom Vilsack’s Kind of Agriculture: Another Shill for Monsanto
You Said NO to Vilsack..
Obama Picks Pro-Ethanol, Agribusiness Ex-Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack to Head Agricultural Dept.

Defending Our (Toxic) Way of Life

I would like to address the segment from the Daily Show Video in which Bush speaks of defending a way of life that Obama says we will not apologize for.

Bush: We will work with our friends and allies across the world to defend our way of life.
Obama: We will not apologize for our way of life.

Our way of life is an insidious poison that enslaves, cripples and is destroying the planet. If the rest of the world takes issue with us, it is because of our sense of entitlement in continuing a way of life that brings harm and misery to their way of life.

Think about it:

We are engaged in illegal wars that kill innocent people, referring to civilian deaths as collateral damage. We use more resources than any other country in the world while millions lack access to food, shelter, clean water, and electricity. We consume and consume and consume more in an effort to feed our voracious, insatiable appetite for pseudo status and power. Who would want our ostentatious and superficial way of life? Only an empty fool.

To the rest of the world: I would like to apologize for our way of life.

And now, a little humor, steeped in Truth

So that’s my problem – I don’t have my “obama-goggles”…