An Inconvenient Sequel
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+943) one month ago
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+943) one month ago
Climate change scientists have told us many, many times that unprecedented summer warmth and flooding, forest fires, drought and torrential rain -- extreme weather events are occurring more and more often.

This weekend there was an extreme weather event in Mocoa, Colombia. Five (5) inches of rain fell Friday triggering landslides. Colombian President Santos said: "That means 30 percent of monthly rainfall fell last night, which precipitated a sudden rise of several rivers." So far, 254 are known dead and hundreds are missing.

"Climate change can play a big role in the scale of natural disasters, such as this one, a senior UN official said.

"Climate change is generating dynamics and we see the tremendous results in terms of intensity, frequency and magnitude of these natural effects, as we have just seen in Mocoa," said Martin Santiago, UN chief for Colombia."

https://www.pri.org/stori...sing-fast/

https://www.theguardian.c...eavy-rains

https://www.pri.org/stori...ies-ignore



Oh yes, and did I mention that Trump thinks climate change is a hoax cooked up by the Chinese. Yes, he did! Wake Up, Trump! Wake Up, America!

http://www.politifact.com...chinese-h/
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+943) one month ago
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+943) one month ago
Trevor Noah explains why coal jobs aren't coming back. Hint: It's about the free market.

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Posted by The man from snowy plains (-45) one month ago
Give it a rest, go back to watching Days Of Our Lives. Or maybe get a job.
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+943) one month ago
Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Thanks to the Man from snowy plains for suggesting that I go back to watching "Days of Our Lives." To tell you the truth, I have not watched that show even once. I much prefer truth to fiction; and history to non-fiction.

That said, for those of us who prefer truth to fiction, I hear that the Trump Administration is deleting and purging scientific research on climate change from government databases.

Artic researcher, Victoria Herrmann, wrote a recent op-ed piece published in The Guardian about her research being deleted from government databases since the Trump Administration came to power! She writes:

"Over the past two months though, I’ve been navigating a different type of uncharted territory: the deleting of what little [Arctic] data we have by the Trump administration.

At first, the distress flare of lost data came as a surge of defunct links on 21 January. The US National Strategy for the Arctic, the Implementation Plan for the Strategy, and the report on our progress all gone within a matter of minutes. As I watched more and more links turned red, I frantically combed the internet for archived versions of our country’s most important polar policies.

I had no idea then that this disappearing act had just begun.

Since January, the surge has transformed into a slow, incessant march of deleting datasets, webpages and policies about the Arctic. I now come to expect a weekly email request to replace invalid citations, hoping that someone had the foresight to download statistics about Arctic permafrost thaw or renewable energy in advance of the purge."

The purging and deletions of government databases should concern all of us committed to truth and truth finding. It should set off a few alarm bells. Furthermore, if we don't address climate change, I can tell you that the "Days of Our Lives" in the near future are not going to be much fun. For example, have you ever heard the term, "climate refugees?" I suggest the man from snowy plains may want to do a little research.

Read more at:

https://www.theguardian.c...-citations

Listen to more at:

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/q...-1.4049900
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+943) one month ago
On Sunday, April 2, 2017, reporter, Chris Wallace, at Fox News conducted an interview with Trump's new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head, Scott Pruitt, about the Trump Administration's dismantling of environmental protections in the Clean Power Plan (CPP) that protect Americans' health. For example, as Wallace explained, under the CPP, the cleaner air would prevent 90,000 fewer asthma attacks, 3,600 fewer premature deaths, and 300,000 fewer missed days of school and work. Currently, the American Lung Association reports that half of all Americans live in counties with unhealthy air.

Wallace said: "But the question is there are 166 million people living in unclean air and you're going to remove some of the pollution restrictions which will make the air even worse?"

Count me as one person who is very concerned about the public health importance of clean air, clean water and the adverse health effects of climate change. I was not reassured by Pruitt's answers to Wallace's various questions.

Read more at:

https://www.good.is/artic...-interview

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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+943) one month ago
The Washington Post is reporting that some of the cuts at EPA are going to affect farmers.

"Ken Kopocis, who headed EPA’s Office of Water in 2014 and 2015, said in an interview that the $165 million proposed cut to the agency’s nonpoint source pollution program would deprive farmers of critical funds to help curb agricultural runoff."

https://www.washingtonpos...1221e6eb72

This article details the 62 agencies and programs Trump wants to cut. Education, Agriculture and Health and Human Services may be of particular interest to the citizens of Miles City.

https://www.usatoday.com/.../99223182/
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+943) one month ago
I completely agree with the editorial board of the Washington Post, who wrote this editorial, entitled, "A reckless climate reversal: Mr. Trump endangers the Earth" March 28, 2017.

"Under President Barack Obama's leadership, the world finally began addressing one of the greatest challenges human beings have ever faced, a multi-generational struggle to keep the planet temperate and accommodating to human life. President Trump's move to rip up Mr. Obama's climate policies are beyond reckless. Children studying his presidency will ask, 'How could anyone have done this?'

Climate science is complicated, but the basics are easy enough for those schoolchildren to understand. When humans burn fossil fuels, they emit heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere. Releasing vast amounts of these gases for decades changes the atmosphere's chemistry, creating an ever-thicker blanket. The world has therefore warmed and will continue to warm; the more fossil fuels burned, the hotter the planet will get.

The human species still has time at least to moderate the trajectory. But on the course Mr. Trump set Tuesday, the prospect will be for sharp environmental disruption. Among many other things, scientists have predicted more and more intense heat waves, more volatile weather, more abrupt changes in the landscape, more destruction from invasive pests, more illness from microbes flourishing in warmer fresh water and more urban flooding. Americans alive today will saddle future generations with the costs of action too late, when addressing the issue sooner would have been cheaper and far less destructive.

Even as climate science has steadily improved, the U.S. climate debate has descended into a partisan mess, with a once-great American political party [GOP] embracing rank reality-denial. The nation has now reached an anti-intellectual nadir, elevating a man who called climate change a 'hoax' to the presidency and a climate-change denier to head the Environmental Protection Agency. The country reaped the fruits of this decision Tuesday, when Mr. Trump signed an executive order to unwind Mr. Obama's Clean Power Plan and several other important climate rules.

The practical effects will be serious though not immediate. The Trump administration will have to rewrite federal regulations, which takes time and will encounter stiff resistance from environmental groups with many lawyers. Between now and 2020, other federal policies will continue to put some downward pressure on emissions. After 2020, the absence of the plan will be felt. According to an Energy Information Agency assessment released in January, energy-related greenhouse-gas emissions would have declined significantly between 2020 and 2030 -- not by enough, but it would have been a decent start. Without the plan, these emissions will stay roughly the same over that crucial decade. And, by the way, energy experts predict no coal renaissance in Appalachia, despite Mr. Trump's campaign promises, because the economics simply do not make sense in a country awash in cheap natural gas.

The nation had a climate policy. Now it does not. If Mr. Trump has a plan that would significantly cut greenhouse emissions in a smarter way than Mr. Obama's Clean Power Plan -- indeed, a few senior Republican statesmen offered one just a few weeks back -- he should propose it. Instead, the president has put the country on a know-nothing path to an endangered planet."

https://www.washingtonpos...8ad4476843

As usual, WAKE UP, AMERICA!
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+943) one month ago
Here is an ironic sign of the times: Solar Panels Power the Kentucky Coal Museum!

"The Southeast Community and Technical College, which owns the museum, expects the solar panels to save between $8,000 and $10,000 a year on energy costs, according to spokesman Brandon Robinson."

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http://www.msn.com/en-us/...cid=TSHDHP
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