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"we have an exaggerated idea of the importance of laws. Our legislative bodies are the greatest law factories the world has ever seen. Our zest for legislation blinds us to the subtle forces behind and beyond the law. Those influences which really make and mar human happiness and greatness are beyond the reach of the law. The law can compel a man to support his wife, but it cannot compel him to love her, and what are ten dollars a week to a woman whose love lies in broken shards at her feet ? The law can compel a father to provide....

we have an exaggerated idea of the importance of laws. Our legislative bodies are the greatest law factories the world has ever seen. Our zest for legislation blinds us to the subtle forces behind and beyond the law. Those influences which really make and mar human happiness and greatness are beyond the reach of the law. The law can compel a man to support his wife, but it cannot compel him to love her, and what are ten dollars a week to a woman whose


Petition seeks new EPA pathway to require greenhouse gas curbs. The Hill

Petition seeks new EPA pathway to require greenhouse gas curbs

The Hill (blog) - ‎1 hour ago‎
EPA has already acknowledged - based in part on reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - that greenhouse gases from the United States endanger foreign countries; and other countries, such as Canada, have given the United States ...


Hill Climate Legislation Purpose: To provide Political Cover for EPA Regulation

Democrats Ready Climate Bill But Obama Call Signals Path To EPA Rules

Electric Light & Power - ‎12 hours ago‎
But on the other side, House Republicans continue to indicate they oppose any action to address climate change, including executive actions.


02.08.13 AVERTING ECOCIDE - WAR ROOM - Tracking Plan B blog

  •   Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Tied to Tinier Babies. U.S. News & World
  •     Climate Activist Failure to Convince Americans of Carbon Fee
  •     ***** Northeast snowstorm could be among the worst of all time
  •     ***** Climate change threatens food security ABC Online
  •     ***** Head of IMF: climate change is 'the greatest economic challenge of the 21st ...
  •     A Cleaner Way to Use Coal Kevin Bullis. MIT Technology Review
  •     Areva Studies Asia Offshore Wind Projects as Turbines Get Bigger Bloomberg
  •     Solar farm eyed for closed landfill The Daily News
  •     Nanoantenna Solar Cell Efficiency Can Blow Silicon Out Of The Water. CleanTechnica
  •     ***** Bloomberg: Whiny, Cowardly, Responsibility-denying Enviros Dooming Action - AGAIN
  •     ***** Legislators' Climate Change Panel Catches Ag Industry's Attention Farm Futures
  •     Media Let Climate Change Off The Hook In Fishing Debate Media Matters for America
  •     Amazon forest more resilient to climate change than feared. - study Reuters
  •     ***** Report outlines climate change options for Obama administration.
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 05:02 PM PST
Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Tied to Tinier Babies U.S. News & World Report - ‎Feb 6, 2013‎ WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women exposed to particulate air pollution -- commonly known as smog -- have a significantly greater risk of having a baby with a low birth weight, according to a large new international study. Pollution has shrunk Indian newbornsTimes of
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 01:14 PM PST
Climate Action Programme Poll: Americans back climate change regulation, not taxes EurekAlert (press release) - ‎3 hours ago‎ DURHAM, N.C. -- Now that President Obama has put climate change back on the table in his second inaugural address, a new national poll finds growing public support for regulating greenhouse gas emissions and requiring utilities to switch to
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 08:53 AM PST
NPR Blizzard alert: Northeast snowstorm could be among the worst of all time - ‎1 hour ago‎ Millions of Americans brace for a massive storm that threatens to pummel the Northeast and dump more than 2 feet of snow on parts of New England. Winter Storm Warning Issued for FridaySalamanca Press (blog) Northeast Braces For Powerful Winter Storm,
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 07:29 AM PST
Climate change threatens food security ABC Online - ‎5 hours ago‎ SARAH CLARKE: With climate scientists warning of a long term global warming trend, the forecast across the Asia Pacific region is one of greater variability. See realtime coverage »
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 07:23 AM PST
Environmental Leader Head of IMF: climate change is 'the greatest economic challenge of the 21st ... - ‎Feb 6, 2013‎ Climate change not debt or austerity is "the greatest economic challenge of the 21st Century," according to Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). "Future generations will be roasted, toasted, fried and
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 07:07 AM PST
Columbus Dispatch A Cleaner Way to Use Coal Kevin Bullis MIT Technology Review - ‎9 hours ago‎ In ordinary coal plants, coal is pulverized to make a fine powder and then burned in air to produce steam to drive turbines. OSU process gets 'clean coal' energyColumbus Dispatch New Coal Technology Harnesses Energy Without Burning, Nears Pilot-Scale ...Science Daily (
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 06:44 AM PST
Areva Studies Asia Offshore Wind Projects as Turbines Get Bigger Bloomberg - ‎1 hour ago‎ Areva, Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Siemens AG aim to expand in Asia as China plans 5,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2015.
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 06:19 AM PST
Solar farm eyed for closed landfill The Daily News of Newburyport - ‎5 hours ago‎ Mayor Thatcher Kezer and city councilors this week confirmed there is interest in using the former landfill at the intersection of Route 150 and South Hunt Road for solar power, which could bring a considerable amount of revenue into Amesbury. But ...
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 06:17 AM PST
Nanoantenna Solar Cell Efficiency Can Blow Silicon Out Of The Water CleanTechnica - ‎5 hours ago‎ Today, conventional silicon solar cells are 10% to 20% efficient (this means that they generate 100 watts to 200 watts per square metre of cells, respectively).
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 05:40 AM PST
Changing the Conversation on Climate Change. Bloomberg
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 05:35 AM PST
Farm Futures Legislators' Climate Change Panel Catches Ag Industry's Attention Farm Futures - ‎6 hours ago‎ Though it's a controversial topic, U.S. Rep Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., stand firmly behind climate change as a risk to the country - and now National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson announced his ...
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 05:34 AM PST
Media Let Climate Change Off The Hook In Fishing Debate Media Matters for America (blog) - ‎17 hours ago‎ As government scientists and policymakers attempt to safeguard disappearing populations of Atlantic Cod off of the New England coast with stricter catch limits, state and national media continue to ignore the role of anthropogenic climate change in ... Climate change
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 05:32 AM PST
Straits Times Amazon forest more resilient to climate change than feared - study Reuters - ‎18 hours ago‎ The boost to growth from CO2, the main gas from burning fossil fuels blamed for causing climate change, was likely to exceed damaging effects of rising temperatures this century such as drought, it said. Climate science: Global warming and tropical
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 05:31 AM PST Report outlines climate change options for Obama administration - ‎14 hours ago‎ ... Resources Institute, a think tank that focuses on the environment and socioeconomic development, looks at the technical and legal authority President Barack Obama could use to build on the pledge in his inaugural address to address climate change.


9/18 Tracking Plan B - WAR ROOM

Tracking Plan B - WAR ROOM

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 01:42 PM PDT
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Posted: 17 Sep 2012 11:22 AM PDT
"In the Midwest, coal-fired power plants capable of producing about 12,000 megawatts of power will be replaced in the next few years with gas-fired turbines, at a cost of $33 billion, according to a study released this spring."
Posted: 17 Sep 2012 11:08 AM PDT
New EPA Rules Could Prevent 'Fracking' Backlash - Businessweek Apr 18, 2012 – ... emissions from natural gas production, a rare set of regulations that may ... Most of the leakage occurs where it's taken from the ground, and ...
Posted: 17 Sep 2012 11:01 AM PDT
Massachusetts on the Verge of Passing Natural Gas Leak Legislation In the final session of the legislative calendar, natural gas pipeline safety advocates are looking to the Massachusetts Legislature to pass a bill today that would require natural gas companies to more closely monitor and repair the thousands of existing natural gas leaks across the state and develop a
Posted: 17 Sep 2012 10:55 AM PDT
Natural Gas and the Invisible Spill: How Much Methane Is Reaching the Atmosphere? Read more:,8599,2111562,00.html#ixzz26kcBXD5z
Posted: 17 Sep 2012 10:52 AM PDT
Posted: 17 Sep 2012 10:49 AM PDT
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Posted: 17 Sep 2012 09:40 AM PDT
Natural Gas Vehicles Ever More Feasible for Fleets WFPL - ‎Sep 7, 2012‎ On one side, so large it's hard to miss, is a sign that says “Think Green, Think Clean”—a reference to the fact that this truck burns cleaner natural gas. ... And if car companies aren't making vehicles, there's no incentive to build filling stations ...
Posted: 17 Sep 2012 09:38 AM PDT
Government sets strict fuel-economy goal of 54.5 by 2025 USA TODAY - ‎Aug 28, 2012‎ The vehicles will undergo more urgent evolution of current trends so that, in a decade or so, the American streetscape could resemble science fiction, including: •More gas-electric hybrids and plug-in hybrids.
Posted: 17 Sep 2012 09:37 AM PDT
Natural gas usage by US trucks to skyrocket - report Reuters - ‎Sep 4, 2012‎ Natgas demand in trucks may reach 14 bcfd by 2030. * Cheap natgas could displace diesel. * Hurdles remain, could reduce demand growth.
Posted: 17 Sep 2012 09:21 AM PDT
Nuclear Power: Is It Time for a Disruptive Technology? White House Chronicle - ‎14 hours ago‎ The company that has revolutionized war in the air with Predator drones wants to do the same thing for nuclear power. It wants to soar away from today's reactor designs, rooted in the 1950s and the beliefs of Adm.
Posted: 17 Sep 2012 09:05 AM PDT
World Record Academy Fastest pace of deforestation in the world: Indonezia World Record Academy - ‎2 hours ago‎ [May 05] JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia had the fastest pace of deforestation in the world between 2000-2005, with an area of forest equivalent to 300 soccer pitches destroyed every hour, Greenpeace said on Thursday.
Posted: 17 Sep 2012 06:42 AM PDT
Subsea ravine leaks a new headache for carbon capture Reuters - ‎1 hour ago‎ LONDON (Reuters) - Companies looking to store polluting carbon under the sea will have to pay more for tougher seabed screening, after geologists discovered a three-kilometre long fracture near Norway's pioneering subsea carbon storage project in the ...
Posted: 17 Sep 2012 06:30 AM PDT
Global warming: Businesses see 'tangible and present risk' Summit County Citizens Voice - ‎7 hours ago‎ According to a survey of 405 of the biggest global companies conducted by the Carbon Disclosure Project, 37 percent say they are already seeing the impact of climate change on their business - up from 10 percent in 2010. The Carbon Disclosure Project ...
Posted: 17 Sep 2012 06:19 AM PDT
Southwest Likely to be Loser Thanks to Climate Change KNAU Arizona Public Radio - ‎2 hours ago‎ Despite this year's abundant monsoon season, researchers say climate change could be pushing the Southwest into a period of sustained drought. 7 degrees of desperation: Author to speak in Flagstaff on coping with climate ...Arizona Daily Sun
Posted: 17 Sep 2012 06:17 AM PDT
Climate change could see a third of Victoria's animal species extinct in 60 years Herald Sun - ‎19 minutes ago‎ VICTORIA could bear the brunt of a climate change front that would see almost a third of animal species wiped out in less than 60 years.


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Posted: 14 Sep 2012 01:39 PM PDT
Posted: 14 Sep 2012 01:33 PM PDT
Domestic Fuel See realtime coverage Water-wise biofuel crop study to alter plants metabolic, photosynthesis process Phys.Org - ‎6 hours ago‎ They aim to apply this knowledge to biofuel crops. The team will develop novel technologies to redesign bioenergy crops to grow on economically marginal agricultural lands and produce yields of biomass that can readily be converted to 
Posted: 14 Sep 2012 12:42 PM PDT
Airlines grapple with food vs. biofuel debate Chicago Tribune - ‎8 minutes ago‎ The European Union plans to impose a limit on the use of crop-based biofuels, in a major shift in the region's much-criticizedbiofuel policy, according to draft legislation seen by Reuters. The policy U-turn comes after studies cast doubt on the ...
Posted: 14 Sep 2012 12:18 PM PDT
Over 450 Electric Car Charging Stations to Be Installed by BC Government Mobile Magazine - ‎19 hours ago‎ They say that one of the bigger reasons why electric cars haven't soared in popularity is the lack of infrastructure. When you have a relatively shorter range on a “full tank” of electricity, you need to be sure that there's somewhere you can charge up ...
Posted: 14 Sep 2012 11:35 AM PDT
Why the recent plunge in US carbon emissions may not last Washington Post (blog) - ‎3 hours ago‎ EIA expects carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, which fell by 2.3 percent in 2011, to further decline by 2.4 percent in 2012.
Posted: 14 Sep 2012 11:33 AM PDT
Idaho's 1st big solar plant to be built soon Businessweek - ‎2 hours ago‎ Other alternative energy developers, particularly those planning wind farms on Idaho's gusty Snake River plain, have struggled, as the state Public Utilities Commission considers rule changes pushed by utilities, including Idaho Power, that make it ...
Posted: 14 Sep 2012 11:10 AM PDT
Walmart Expands Solar Initiative in Arizona Sacramento Bee - ‎5 minutes ago‎ The solar panels at the distribution center alone will generate up to 5.3 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy per year, which is the equivalent of powering more than 400 homes and taking equivalent of approximately 600 cars off the road.
Posted: 14 Sep 2012 11:05 AM PDT
Solar and wind energy may stabilise the power grid Phys.Org - ‎1 hour ago‎ (—Renewable energies such as wind, sun and biogas are set to become increasingly important in generating electricity.
Posted: 14 Sep 2012 10:56 AM PDT
Without nuclear, the battle against global warming is as good as lost The Guardian - ‎2 hours ago‎ Without nuclear, the battle against global warming is as good as lost. Even many greens now admit this in private moments. We are already witnessing the first signs of the collapse in the biosphere this entails - with the Arctic in full-scale meltdown ...
Posted: 14 Sep 2012 06:49 AM PDT
Posted: 14 Sep 2012 06:04 AM PDT
Reducing Red Meat Consumption Lowers Chronic Disease Risk Food Product Design - ‎18 hours ago‎ Consumption of red and processed meat (RPM) is a leading contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and high intakes of these foods increase the risks of several leading chronic diseases.
Posted: 14 Sep 2012 05:56 AM PDT
Ocean Energy Flows To U.S. Grid For First Time EarthTechling - ‎40 minutes ago‎ by Pete Danko For the first time, power from the ocean is making its way onto a US grid. Ocean Renewable Power Company said Thursday that Bangor Hydro Electric Company had confirmed that electricity was flowing from ORPC's Cobscook Bay Tidal Project in ... Ocean Turbine Electricity Flows To Power
Posted: 14 Sep 2012 05:32 AM PDT
Extreme weather likely as ice loss accelerates The Spokesman Review - ‎5 hours ago‎ Arctic sea ice is shrinking at a rate much faster than scientists ever predicted and its collapse, due to global warming, may well cause extreme weather this winter in North America and Europe, according to climate scientists.
Posted: 14 Sep 2012 05:16 AM PDT
House GOP scrubs climate concerns from EPA bill The Hill (blog) - ‎14 hours ago‎ The latest House bill aimed at thwarting climate change regulations drops previous language that acknowledged scientific concerns about global warming and evidence of rising temperatures and sea levels.
Posted: 14 Sep 2012 05:07 AM PDT
Obama Declared Record-Breaking 99 Disasters in 2011 ABC News - ‎1 hour ago‎ In a year rife with Southern droughts, Midwest tornadoes and Eastern floods, President Obama declared a record-setting 99 disasters throughout 2011.
Posted: 14 Sep 2012 05:02 AM PDT
Fossil Fuel Industry Ads Dominate TV Campaign New York Times - ‎2 hours ago‎ WASHINGTON - When Barack Obama first ran for president, being green was so popular that oil companies like Chevron were boasting about their commitment to renewable energy, and his Republican opponent, John McCain, supported action on global ...

Loving, here: Ecocide: Being averted another way?

Ecocide:  Being averted another way?   (check my numbers below, pls advise if you see major errors)

I don't know.  The one or two that have followed my writings in the last 6 months know I've hinted, occasionally, that I know Pr. Obama and his Chu,
A. Know the Ecocide problem, and
B. Are aggressively attacking it with R&D.

My demand, my campaign, my life has been committed to getting the deadly wreckage costs of coal and oil, ON THE CONSUMER'S BILL TODAY, OFF THE CHILDREN'S BILL 10 years from now.  Doing so, aside from fundamental  morality, instantly changes the economics, makes the market True, the market costs True, basically obsoleting coal and oil, immediately.

In 2009 (?) Dr. Hansen's "Storms," said the answer was closing
1. all US coal plants (25% of world total, about .8 gigatons carbon/year, 600 coal plants, 600 gigawatts worth) by 2020, and
2. all coal plants (2.4 gigatons, 2,400 coal plants, 2,400 gigawatts worth) by 2030.
I find NO ONE as credible or useful as Dr. Hansen.  Do you?

He, and I, and others say a $240/ton carbon price by 2022 would probably do this, by fundamentally changing the market price TO THE TRUE PRICE, and hence the market dynamics, Truly.  And, morally, this should be done.

But can the market shift be done a different way?  Yes.  Anything that has a similar changing of RELATIVE market prices, dynamics will have the same effect.

IS IT BEING DONE A DIFFERENT WAY?  I don't know.  I think it is.  I KNOW it is, to a degree.  I'm trying now to grasp the magnitude of the degree.

Another way:
*  Fee and Dividend / Price of Carbon Wreckage ON THE BILL TODAY shows Wind and Sun as the far cheaper alternative, TODAY. OR....
*  DRAMATIC LOWERING OF WIND AND SUN AND BIOFUEL COSTS TODAY, ACHIEVES THE SAME THING!  As I've said, I know intuitively, quite confirmed in a MUST READ Atlantic article the other day, that Pr. Obama, calculating the near impossibility given a Lifeless, Soul-less US citizenry of 2012, of averting Ecocide with legislation,  Fee and Dividend or otherwise.  I knew he was seeking to win by dramatically accelerating renewable energy costs.
b. ARE OTHER DYNAMICS KICKING IN IN TIME - PLUNGING SOLAR PV PRICING; 4, 8, 16 X WIND TOWER OUTPUTS; yes, and even Natural Gas**** as a 5 year stopgap?????????????

I don't know.  But is it doing some of the job, achieving some of Dr. Hansen's:
A. Take down .8 GT (gigatons) carbon by 2020, and
B.  2.4 GT more by 2030?
YES.  How much?

Within several weeks, for myself, I expect to have a ball-park answer for myself.  I'll post it on this site.

****NO! I have NOT forgotten the most criminally under-reported story of 2012 - that natural gas seepage levels are currently making natural gas EVEN MORE DEADLY TO THE FUTURE THAN COAL!!!  But how feasible is it to dramatically reduce the seepage?  What is the proper legislation?  Is that feasible?  Status?...?


9/11 Tracking Plan B - War Room

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 06:39 PM PDT
Sea Shepherd Partners with Nation... Beach Caro...
Posted: 10 Sep 2012 10:28 AM PDT
Climate Scientists Face Organized Harassment in U.S. Bloomberg - ‎46 minutes ago‎ While outspoken scientists of human-caused climate change in the United States endure torrents of freedom of information requests, hate mail and even death threats from skeptics, their counterparts abroad have been free to do their work without fear.
Posted: 10 Sep 2012 10:18 AM PDT
Green jobs: Turns out red and swing states are showing the most growth Written by Katie Fehrenbacher in 812 Google+ circles GigaOM - ‎1 hour ago‎ While negativity about green jobs, and the zombie that is Solyndra, are being used as political fodder for the election year, it turns out that traditionally Republican and swing states are actually showing some of the most growth
Posted: 10 Sep 2012 10:08 AM PDT
China to subsidize energy-saving desktops, air conditioners Global Times - ‎10 hours ago‎ The country will earmark 14 billion yuan (2.22 billion US dollars) in subsidies to encourage the purchases of six types of energy-saving products, including desktop computers, air-conditioners, fans, water pumps, compressors and transformers.
Posted: 10 Sep 2012 10:05 AM PDT
ARPA-E and the Future of Power The Atlantic - ‎26 minutes ago‎ ARPA-E is financing projects to test better and cheaper batteries, more efficient air conditioners, new carbon capture and sequestration technologies, alternatives to rare-earth materials, and so on. Maybe electrofuels that bypass photosynthesis will ...
Posted: 10 Sep 2012 09:07 AM PDT
Environmental Leader E2 Report: Biofuel Industry Will Produce up to 2.6bn Gallons by 2015 Environmental Leader - ‎1 hour ago‎ Biofuel production capacity has increased from 437 million gallons in 2011 to more than 685 million gallons in 2012, according to a new report from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).
Posted: 10 Sep 2012 09:02 AM PDT
The race to make an electric car that charges as quickly as a petrol one The Guardian - ‎1 hour ago‎ When it comes to electric vehicles, topping up the "tank" does indeed take a long time, one of the primary barriers to more widespread adoption of EVs
Posted: 10 Sep 2012 08:55 AM PDT
The race to make an electric car that charges as quickly as a petrol one The Guardian - ‎1 hour ago‎ When it comes to electric vehicles, topping up the "tank" does indeed take a long time, one of the primary barriers to more widespread adoption of EVs.
Posted: 10 Sep 2012 08:29 AM PDT
New research shows Endangered Species Act is failing - ‎1 hour ago‎ Goble contends that while “The ESA was intended to interact with state and local regulations to prevent extinction” the reality is that “these regulations are often insufficient to maintain a species' population, and the ESA itself may hinder the ...
Posted: 10 Sep 2012 06:31 AM PDT
Sudan Inflation Accelerated to 42.1% in August on Food Cost Businessweek - ‎3 hours ago‎ Prices of food and drinks, the biggest component in the consumer price index, rose 3.9 percent in the month as the cost of meat, beans and vegetables increased as much as 11.8 percent, the Khartoum-based agency said today in an e-mailed statement.
Posted: 10 Sep 2012 06:22 AM PDT
Global Carbon Trading Takes a Big Step Forward Triple Pundit - ‎4 hours ago‎ It has often been pointed out that our modern world could quickly become cleaner, safer, and more sustainable if only externalities, such as air pollution or carbon emissions, were internalized, so that they could be captured and factored into the ...
Posted: 10 Sep 2012 06:04 AM PDT
LEDs Surging Ahead in Energy Efficiency
Posted: 10 Sep 2012 05:57 AM PDT
Enough wind to power global energy demand (blog) - ‎13 minutes ago‎ New research from Carnegie's Ken Caldeira examines the limits of the amount of power that could be harvested from winds, as well as the effects high-altitude wind power could have on the climate as a whole. Their work is published September 9 by Nature ... Wind power can meet global energy
Posted: 10 Sep 2012 05:50 AM PDT
China pushes wind power, but no quick payoff for producers Reuters - ‎4 hours ago‎ HONG KONG (Reuters) - China will order its dominant electricity distributors to source up to 15 percent of their power from renewable energy including wind, but slow compliance means it may be years before the country's struggling wind power developers ... Chinese utilities ordered to buy up to
Posted: 10 Sep 2012 05:38 AM PDT
German solar panels reaching grid parity Energy Live News