Category Archives: Environmentalism

March 13, 2017

Green finance for dirty ships

New ways to foot the hefty bill for making old ships less polluting.

Shipping may seem like a clean form of transport. Carrying more than 90% of the world’s trade, ocean-going vessels produce just 3% of its greenhouse-gas emissions. But the industry is dirtier than that makes it sound. By burning heavy fuel oil, just 15 of the biggest ships emit more oxides of nitrogen and sulphur—gases much worse for global warming than carbon dioxide—than all the world’s cars put together. So it is no surprise that shipowners are being forced to clean up their act. But in an industry awash in overcapacity and debt, few have access to the finance they need to improve their vessels. Innovative thinking is trying to change that.

A new report from the Carbon War Room (CWR), an international NGO, and UMAS, a consultancy, highlights the threat that new environmental regulations pose to the industry. The International Maritime Organisation, the UN’s regulatory agency for shipping, has agreed to cap emissions of sulphur from 2020. Last month the European Parliament voted to include shipping in the EU’s emissions-trading scheme from 2021. Without any retrofitting of ships to meet the new rules, many firms may be forced out of business. That also imperils banks across the world, which have lent $400bn secured on smoke-spewing ships.

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March 9, 2017

Campus Environmental Group Insists ‘White People Step Back’

“The whiteness of environmentalism today is deeply rooted in the racist, sexist, colonial history of the movement,” argues the group.

A black student “collective” from the University of California, Berkeley, blasted “environmental racism” and the expectation of “full, dazzling resumes” to join organizations in the campus environmental community.

Berkeley’s Students of Color Environmental Collective instructed the community to do research on being a “better ally,” prioritizing “racial justice,” and to stop teaching blacks how to be sustainable, asserting that whites learned that from blacks. The group published the demands alongside a letter on the school’s Student Environmental Resource Center site.

“Put racial justice at the forefront of your agenda,” instructs the black collective, before insisting that environmental justice could not exist without racial injustice and that “fighting one injustice means fighting them all.”

“Do your research on how to be a better ally,” commands the group. “Understand what microaggressions are, what cultural appropriation is, and how remaining silent places you on the side of the oppressor. Do not expect people of color to emotionally, mentally, and physically labor to educate you because you lack sensitivity to our cultures.”

Expecting students to pay money to participate in an event or possess “full, dazzling resumes” to gain membership of an organization is listed as another impediment to “marginalized” students.

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February 28, 2017

Leonardo DiCaprio flew eyebrow artist 7,500 miles to do his brows for the Oscars

The move is particularly surprising given the fact that DiCaprio is an active environment campaigner.

How much effort do you put into the appearance of your eyebrows? Tinting? Threading? Pencilling in? Plucking the strays? Or perhaps nothing at all?

Well if you’re an A-lister with the eyes of the world watching, it seems no length is too extreme to ensure your brows are perfect.

Australian eyebrow-artist to the stars Sharon-Lee Hamilton was flown from Sydney to Los Angeles to tend to a select few celebrities’ brows before the 2017 Oscars.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire are reportedly two members of the Hollywood elite who insisted on Hamilton flying the 7,500 across the Pacific Ocean, despite DiCaprio’s environmental stance.

Hamilton has previously revealed that when travelling on request, her costs are covered.

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February 19, 2017

Princeton Professor: Climate Change Activists are a ‘Cult’ (Video)

“The idea that the Earth has never had high C02 levels, it’s completely false, most of the time it’s never had such low levels as we have now.” — Princeton physics professor William Happer

On Friday Scott Pruitt was confirmed to lead the Environmental Protection Agency under the Trump administration. Pruitt, who has been harshly criticized by climate change advocates, believes the role human activity plays in causing climate change is up for debate.

President Trump has not been shy about his contempt for how the EPA has been run, at one point during his campaign even saying he wanted to eliminate the agency altogether.

Climate change activists view Pruitt’s confirmation as a step away from the progressive agenda laid out under President Obama. However, Princeton physics professor William Happer believes that this “cult” of activists often has little evidence to back up its claims about what is actually causing global warming.

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January 12, 2017

John Stossel: What the clueless, deceitful New York Times tells me about Trump

“Trump Denies Climate Change, These Kids Die.”
That’s the headline on a Nicholas Kristof column about drought in southern Africa. Apparently, there were no dry spells before “man-made global warming.”

Now that I no longer do a weekly TV show, I have more time to read my local paper. Sadly, that’s The New York Times.

The Times actually does some good reporting, but their political and economic coverage is filled with deceit.

Can I find deceit every day? You bet. Take a look at a few days just last week.

–Thursday:

The front page: “NAFTA’s promise is falling short, Mexicans agree.”

Wow, the Times now embraces Donald Trump’s position on trade? Economists estimate that 14 million jobs depend upon NAFTA, but people everywhere often oppose trade because the smaller number of jobs lost is more visible than gradual gains.

What evidence of NAFTA’s failings does the Times offer? Oddly, the article says “the workforce has grown.”

Ah, hello? Job growth is good.

Jose Luis Rico “earns well under $10,000 a year.”

Not much by American standards, but good for Latin America, and the reporter mentions that Rico got “a handful of raises.” Have you gotten “a handful of raises”?

Despite NAFTA, the “gap between the nation’s rich and poor persists.”

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January 1, 2017

DAPL protest is Occupy Wall Street reboot (Video)

Sheila Gunn Reid shows how the Dakota Access Pipeline protests are just another incarnation of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

November 21, 2016

DHS Sued for Ignoring Environmental Effects of Mass Immigration

A federal complaint has been filed against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Secretary Jeh Johnson for their “actions concern[ing] the entry and settlement of multitudinous foreign nationals into the United States.”

The DHS, and Secretary Johnson (in his official capacity) have been sued for the damage that has been caused to citizens because of expansive immigration policies and lax enforcement, and for not conducting an environmental analysis of the effect of their policies. The plaintiffs want transparency from the federal government and environmentally informed decision-making.

The nine plaintiffs urge that communities have been harmed and overwhelmed by school overcrowding, traffic congestion, water and air pollution, destruction of property and livestock, loss of green space, and interference with the peaceful enjoyment of private property. There were 14 affidavits attached to the complaint by those harmed by the federal government’s policies.

Affiant Don Rosenberg’s 25-year-old son Drew was in his second year of law school when an unlicensed illegal-alien driver ran over him three times and killed him. Rosenberg’s affidavit, an exhibit to the lawsuit, notes the stresses caused by congested areas, including traffic tie-ups and congestion, and says that the growing population in southern California has meant that there is not enough water to sustain the population. Rosenberg has lived in southern California for 30 years and he says he supports the lawsuit because DHS failed to take into account the environmental impacts of its mass immigration policies. Rosenberg maintains a website explaining the horrific things his family went through after his son was murdered by an illegal alien.

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November 18, 2016

How did you get to COP22? Anti-fossil fuel activists from across the world climate-splain (Video)

It’s day three for us at the UN climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco and we’ve come across some anti-fossil fuel protesters.

A group of medical students from across the world, all young, sincere climate activists in their home countries who had travelled all this way to rid the world of fossil fuels.

Except, how did they get here? And how would they get home?

And what about those computers and cell phones they rely on?

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October 3, 2016

James Lovelock, Godfather of Green: Climate Change Religion is Bunk

James Lovelock, inventor of Gaia Theory and godfather of the modern environmental movement, has finally renounced the green religion.

Climate alarmism, he says, is not “remotely scientific”; one volcano could make more difference to global warming than humans ever could; the computer models are “unreliable”; greens have behaved “deplorably”; and anyone who tries to “predict more than five to ten years is a bit of an idiot.”

Though this is not the first time Lovelock has rowed back on his earlier climate catastrophism – in 2012 he was already admitting “I made a mistake” – it’s his most emphatic rejection yet of the green litany.

Lovelock, 97, ascribes the dramatic change in his once fervently alarmist beliefs to the fact that he has “grown up.”

Only ten years ago – when the inventor, scientist and environmentalist was a mere spring chicken of 87 – Lovelock argued in his book The Revenge of Gaia that mankind was doomed.

Because of global warming, he predicted, “billions will die” and the few survivors would have to retreat to the Arctic which would be one of the few habitable places left on earth.

But now he admits to being “laid back about climate change.”

“CO2 is going up, but nowhere near as fast as they thought it would. The computer models just weren’t reliable. In fact I’m not sure the whole thing isn’t crazy, this climate change. You’ve only got to look at Singapore. It’s two-and-a-half times higher than the worst-case scenario for climate change, and it’s one of the most desirable cities in the world to live in.”

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September 6, 2016

To “Save Our Planet,” Obama Tramples Congress and Constitution

Obama’s submission of his fake “ratification” instrument to the UN “climate” treaty is legally meaningless. The U.S. Constitution is clear that treaties can only be ratified by a two-thirds majority of the U.S. Senate, not by Obama’s pen.

Alongside a brutal communist dictator, Obama used his infamous pen and his huge ego this weekend to “save our planet” from humans and the essential-to-life gas carbon dioxide they all exhale. At least that is what the would-be savior of the planet wants people to think. In the city of Hangzhou, China, Obama announced his pretended “ratification” of a massive United Nations treaty on alleged man-made global warming, working in tandem with Communist Chinese dictator Xi Jinping and Beijing’s rubber-stamp legislature. Congress, though, was not consulted, and federal law prohibits compliance with the UN scheme.

The two increasingly despotic rulers made the “historic” announcement at the G-20 meeting of governments and dictators, being led by the brutal regime in Beijing, as a way of encouraging their counterparts around the world to hurry up. Their fear is that a potential President Donald Trump takes over and makes good on his pledge to “cancel” the UN deal. Members of Congress, too, denounced Obama’s lawless bid to bypass the U.S. Senate and predicted that the UN’s Paris Agreement on “climate” was already doomed.

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