DURBAN “live” (cont)

A RECAP ON FRIDAY, THE FINAL DAY OF THE TALKS.

IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE DURBAN CONFERENCE WAS DUE TO FINISH ON FRIDAY 9th DECEMBER. ON SATURDAY 10th DECEMBER ALL COUNTRIES ARE STILL NEGOTIATING.

CONNIE HEDEGARD – EUROPE’S CLIMATE COMMISSIONER, prominent at the Copenhagen talks, GIVES A PRESS CONFERENCE LATE FRIDAY NIGHT.

“It is very encouraging that the EU’s roadmap is the focus of the intense negotiations here in Durban.”

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PABLO SOLON GIVES A CRITIQUE OF THE “EUROPEAN ROAD MAP” and describes the “DECADE LOST TO POLLUTERS”

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ALDEN MEYER FROM THE Union of Concerned Scientists gave this statement on Friday –  negotiations continued until 4 am.(Sat)

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SMALL ISLAND NATION STATES (PACIFIC) INCLUDE THE DELEGATE FROM TONGA, SIONE TAULO FULIVAI, AND A BEAUTIFUL MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP, THEY NEED US TO SHARE.

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BACK “live” (ish) for the FINAL HOURS of DURBAN.

THESE ARE SOME FINAL FILMS FROM THE LAST HOURS OF DURBAN.

 

News round-up from One Climate early Friday morning, good summary.

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7pm GMT A day of hurried drafting of texts, geopolitical alignments, allocating work with an eye on 2020. I wonder what will happen when the new I.P.C.C. Reports come out in 2014 with even worse news than we have today.

7:01pm GMT update from Bill Gunyon

Before we encounter any more draft texts, here’s an outline summary of the day’s events. (I invite my colleagues to follow up with any errors or omissions).
With the overnight wind in her sails, the European Commissioner, Connie Hedegaard used the day’s opening press briefing to add pressure on those parties yet to be won over by her roadmap.
Soon we heard that Brazil and South Africa had been seduced, leaving China, India and US as the main hold-outs. Perhaps the gameplan was to isolate the US and repeat the endgame of the Bali conference in 2007.

http://oneworldgroup.org/durban

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LATEST REPORTS INDICATE A SATURDAY FINISH, WITH U.S.A. INDIA & CHINA HOLDING OUT ……………….

YOKE LING CHEE, MALAY DELEGATE & 3RD WORLD NETWORK WITH A NEGOTIATOR’S POINT OF VIEW.

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When Worlds Collide, Naom Chomsky on the UNFCCC Durban talks.

MARCHING OFF THE CLIFF by NAOM CHOMSKY                              http://www.truth-out.org/marching-cliff/1323195281

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 The standard “he says/she says” coverage of the issue keeps to what is called “balance”: the overwhelming majority of scientists on one side, the denialists on the other. The scientists who issue the more dire warnings are largely ignored.

One effect is that scarcely one-third of the U.S. population believes that there is a scientific consensus on the threat of global warming – far less than the global average, and radically inconsistent with the facts.

As ominous reports were released this year from I.E.A. & U.N. agencies, the Financial Times devoted a full page to the optimistic expectations that the U.S. might become energy-independent for a century with new technology for extracting North American fossil fuels.

Though projections are uncertain, the Financial Times reports, the U.S. might “leapfrog Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world’s largest producer of liquid hydrocarbons, counting both crude oil and lighter natural gas liquids.”

In this happy event, the U.S. could expect to retain its global hegemony. Beyond some remarks about local ecological impact, the Financial Times said nothing about what kind of a world would emerge from these exciting prospects. Energy is to burn; the global environment be damned.

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http://www.truth-out.org/marching-cliff/1323195281

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DURBAN “live” (almost)

UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTIST BROUGHT THE CLIMATE CRISIS TO THE WORLD’S ATTENTION IN 1992 WITH THIS;

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Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course. Human activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources. If not checked, many of our current practices put at serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know. Fundamental changes are urgent if we are to avoid the collision our present course will bring about

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http://www.ucsusa.org/about/1992-world-scientists.html

ALDEN MEYER FROM U.C.S. gives an opinion on the DURBAN negotiations to date.

http://oneworldgroup.org/2011/12/06/alden-meyer-of-union-of-concerned-scientists-sums-up-the-state-of-play-at-cop17/

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TOVE RYDING FROM GREENPEACE INTERNATIONAL , “ASKS” THE U.S. TO “STEP ASIDE”, THEY DON’T BRING ANYTHING ………………….

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CHRISTIANA FIGUERES  executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), delivers the 2011 Robert Schuman lecture TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY in Lisbon PRE DURBAN.

http://oneworldgroup.org/2011/11/10/christiana-figueres-updates-business-leaders-on-progress-at-the-un-climate-talks/

WITH DURBAN IN MIND 3 (Durban “live”)

Meanwhile, media interest in the subject has crashed. Dr. Robert J. Brulle of Drexel University describe a ‘collapse of any significant coverage of climate change in the [US] media. We know that 2010 was a record low year, and 2011 will probably look much the same. If the media doesn’t draw attention to the issue, public opinion will decline’.

WHAT ISN’T IN THE NEWS is the thousands of people working their a’s off in Durban

There is a dearth of information in the “Main St” press about the Durban Climate Conference IN GENERAL, NOTHING EXPECTED NOTHING GAINED. Maybe it’s “newsy” around Copenhagen, but hey, once you’ve filmed a “human sign” with 5,000 bodies in it demanding ‘climate justice’….. you’ve filmed ’em all.

PREVIOUSLY,  I have not been able to have the “live feed” which puts you in touch with the 20,000 people WHO REALLY CARE ABOUT THE FUTURE, but are portrayed in the media as dithering whimps who cannot agree, you can gaurantee that the media “lords” have their own agendas. Below is a series of film clips of people who are intelligent and well respected and are part of a global process of agreement.

THESE &  MORE can be found at ; http://oneworldgroup.org/oneclimate-newsroom They are placed randomly but ALL reflect the necessity of URGENCY. Something that is seldom portrayed in the “main st” press.

I think it’s fair to say that Canada has been “black balled” with it’s open hostility to the KYOTO PROTOCOL, along with Russia and Japan. But Canada had the TAR SANDS motive bubbling away in the wallet. The one thing about these conferences is that people who attend are pretty well educated, and aren’t so STUPID as to be fooled by “ETHICAL OIL”, or the ‘marketing’ bluster of such a poisonous industry. The E.U. is putting the “cradle to grave” “LIFE CYCLE ANALYSIS”  blowtorch to ALL FOSSIL FUELS, – SHIPPING IS VERY MUCH ON THE HITLIST – so that ALL EMISSIONS are  approached in a “scientific way”, (as is the E.U. inclusion of airline emissions) –  and pursue the ‘carbon budget’ approach explored in Europe.

MARY ROBINSON. Ex President of Ireland and United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights. Brilliantly speaks of how “OCCUPY” can be involved with the climate process.

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ANNIE PETSONK, Career Diplomat in previous climate negotiations for the U.S.A. assesses the FIRST WEEK of negotiations.

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BREAKING NEWS FROM ANNIE PETSONK re CANADIAN POSITION.                 WITH 2 DAYS TO GO   !!!!!!!!!!  CANADA HAS A LOT OF OIL IT’S RELYING ON, AND CHINA WANTS TO SEE KYOTO PROTOCOL PROCEED & HAS “RELAXED” IT’S NEGOTIATING POSITION, BEING A “PARIAH” AT A CONFERENCE WHEN PEOPLE ARE STRIVING TO GET A RESULT PRODUCES A SUDDEN CHANGE.

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CHRISTINE MILNE ON THE DENIAL INDUSTRY IN AUSTRALIA. Greens senator Milne takes a swipe at the campaign of disinformation in the MURDOCH PRESS.

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http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/12/08/384743/australian-green-party-leader-us-climate-denial-machine-murdoch-news-corp/

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CANADIAN YOUTH DELEGATE CAM FENTON, part of the very brave crew of intelligent Canadians prepared to “Occupy” a speech by Canadian “environment” Minister Kent whose in town to do business with oil. 6 people stood and turned their backs on Kent wearing ‘T’ shirts that said “Turn Your Back On Canada”, the 6 were roundly applauded but ejected by security, such is the power of a ‘T’ shirt.

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JIM LEAPE of W.W.F. with a concise evaluation of the “URGENCY” needed.

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CHRIS HUHNE – U.K. ENVIRONMENT MINISTER AND DURBAN U.K. REP, Gives a high level view and frank appraisal of his concerns PRE DURBAN, along with Hannah Stoddardt from OXFAM giving their “wish list”. HANNAH points at the $30 BILLION CONTRIBUTION A TAX ON “BUNKER FUEL”  (SULPHUR DIOXIDE PARTICLES) for the shipping contribution to emissions (5% + -) in the global total. Discussion moves to FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS TAX.

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CHRIS HUHNE ON TAR SANDS. INTERESTING VIEW ON HOW CLIMATE CHANGE “SCIENCE” IS REFLECTED IN WHAT WE BUY (fuels of ALL kinds) through “Life Cycle Analysis”.

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CHRIS HUHNE ON THE NEED FOR A LEGALLY BINDING AGREEMENT.

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KEITH ALLOTT FROM W.W.F. critical of U.S.

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YOKE LING, MALAYSIAN DELEGATE and long time attendee of the UNFCCC “circuite” speaks frankly about the pros and cons of negotiations.

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PABLO SOLON BOLIVIAN DELEGATE AT CANCUN on the systemic problems in the negotiation process. Again reiterates the part the “OCCUPY” movement can adopt.

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TOD STERN, U.S. DELEGATE an “everpresent” at the head of the U.S. “team”. Still there after being told at the 2007 BALI conference, “TO GET OUT OF THE WAY” if they didn’t want to be part of the solution.

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PAKISTAN LEAD NEGOTIATOR, FARRUKH KHAN AT COP 17.

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SOLUTIONS.

Professor Tim Jackson has been stirring serious intellectual involvement since he launched “Prosperity Without Growth”. He along with Andrew Simms at “nef”, CASSE and many NGO’s have been through 2 “Degrowth” Conferences and are holding a 3rd in Venice next year. There are no rational answers being proposed by the existing economic system. The refusal to instigate a “Robin Hood Tax” universally shows a direct bias and an obstruction to change. It throws every decision impacting the future to the mercy of it’s “ECONOMIC BENEFIT”, and farther away from social and environmental needs

In this Deakin Lecture speech Jackson questions the basic fundamentals of growth and introduces “Degrowth”.

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This Tim Jackson film is part of a series of speakers from all over Europe at a conference with CEECEC a sustainability body funded by the E.U. The whole day of lectures on Degrowth with excellent European academics can be found at ;  http://vimeo.com/11890694

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WITH DURBAN IN MIND.

The Climate Change conference in Durbam begins shortly and no-one has presented a message as forcefully as Bill McKibben and 350.org Bill has been a champion and a master strategist. 350.org and has been joined by Naomi Klein who is a real inspiration through her tireless advocacy against the greatest minds of conservative thought.      Bill will always have the Tar Sands to his credit. He took James Hansen’s dire warnings and chrystallized them into action, Seeing the seriousness of the situation and having put out this film clip shortly before.

This Durban climate conference MUST DO SOMETHING. – BIG. So if we have to be reminded of the purpose of Durban, it’s to stop this getting worse. Soon we should all be able to ask a question raised by Laurie Anderson ;                                                     “Are things getting better, or are things getting worse.”

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Here is a film on “the great white hope for black coal”, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). “Trials” are collapsing in the U.K. and elsewhere. Meanwhile by 2030 the world is scheduled to have “up and running”

467 projects

31% OECD

69% non-OECD

This is according to IEA/UNIDO emissions reductions ROADMAP TARGETS. That huge amount of infrastructure would see a reduction of less that 1 gigatin by 2030, and only 4gt by 2050 when there would be

1 806 projects

25% OECD

75% non-OECD

PRODUCING ONLY 4 GT OF CO2 CEQUESTRATION.

This film shows the progress of the Australian venture. It should be born in mind that there already is a surplus of CO2 in the atmosphere which must be removed. C.C.S. is needed, but it will never be the “big bazooka”.

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Capitalism vs the Climate – Naomi Klein

This article appears in the November edition of :The Nation”, http://www.thenation.com/article/164497/capitalism-vs-climate?page=0,0

There is a question from a gentleman in the fourth row.

He introduces himself as Richard Rothschild. He tells the crowd that he ran for county commissioner in Maryland’s Carroll County because he had come to the conclusion that policies to combat global warming were actually “an attack on middle-class American capitalism.” His question for the panelists, gathered in a Washington, DC, Marriott Hotel in late June, is this: “To what extent is this entire movement simply a green Trojan horse, whose belly is full with red Marxist socioeconomic doctrine?”

Here at the Heartland Institute’s Sixth International Conference on Climate Change, the premier gathering for those dedicated to denying the overwhelming scientific consensus that human activity is warming the planet, this qualifies as a rhetorical question. Like asking a meeting of German central bankers if Greeks are untrustworthy. Still, the panelists aren’t going to pass up an opportunity to tell the questioner just how right he is.

Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute who specializes in harassing climate scientists with nuisance lawsuits and Freedom of Information fishing expeditions, angles the table mic over to his mouth. “You can believe this is about the climate,” he says darkly, “and many people do, but it’s not a reasonable belief.” Horner, whose prematurely silver hair makes him look like a right-wing Anderson Cooper, likes to invoke Saul Alinsky: “The issue isn’t the issue.” The issue, apparently, is that “no free society would do to itself what this agenda requires…. The first step to that is to remove these nagging freedoms that keep getting in the way.”

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Naomi Klein, Occupy and Wombat.

Naomi Klein gave an inspiring acceptance speech when she was given the  “Challenging Business as Usual Award” at the Rainforest Action Network Conference   in San Francisco. She portrayed the “Occupy” movement as a “state of mind” which was based on “sharing”. This is something the current economic fundamentalism knows nothing about, and given the projected population increase to 10 billion by 2050, we are all going to have to learn.

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One of Naomi’s major points was the need to change the system, unlock the radical imagination, and share. WOMBAT explains it as no human being could. Jason ABles made this clip in 2005 perhaps realising that it was the pnly hope for humanity.      Thanks Jason.

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Jason Ables  http://www.bumpercars.com

The 5 GYRES

As if ocean acidification weren’t enough, the 5 Gyres are symbolic of modern living, out of sight, out of mind. Whilst we all are part of today, tommorow should not leave unsolvable problems.

The biggest of the 5 Gyres – massive “islands” of plastic debris concentrated by the ocean currents in the heart of each ocean, lies in the north pacific. The food chain is being drammatically affected as this talk by  Capt Charles Moore explains.

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Whilst the majority of the research has gone into the North Pacific Garbage Patch, recorded for 1,700 miles, another, similar sized area lies between Bermuda and Portugal. The film clips show the disastrous consequences of sea life ingesting plastic for food.

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For more information see ; http://www.5gyres.org/     or http://inhabitat.com/another-giant-garbage-patch-found-in-the-atlantic-ocean/

OCCUPY EVERYWHERE.

OCCUPY EVERYWHERE ; THE MOVEMENT AGAINST CORPORATE POWER.      Organised by “The Nation” magazine and “The New School”

An engrossing panel discussion occured just 2 nights ago in New York which is long, (over 2 hours) but one of the best discussions I have seen/heard on the nature of the “Occupy” movement, the situation it faces and possible outcomes.

The panelists were, Michael Moore, filmaker; Patrick Bruner, a representative elected from OWS; Rinku Sen, racial justice advocate; Bill Grider, journalist and author; and Naomi Klein, Canadian author. A brilliant clarion call to get activated and a frank discussion of obstacles and what everyone can do to Occupy Everywhere.

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 http://www.thenation.com/

DEMOCRACY, ENVIRONMENT, GROWTH, which is the odd man out ?

The 3 concepts of Environment, Growth and Democracy cannot co exist. The false hope of having a healthy environment, exponential economic growth and a flourishing democracy has been exposed drammatically since the failure of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in December 2009. The final act of this tragi-comedy was played out during the G-20 summit in November 2011, when Prime Minister George Papandreou of Greece was told his idea of a referendum to decide the fate of the next  austerity measures would not be allowed. If he pursued the idea, an $8 billion bail out, essential for Greece to exist, which had been agreed, would be witheld.

Silvio Berlusconi, at the same conference, arrived without any extra proposals to rein in Italy’s $2 trillion debt, perhaps hoping for some “bunga bunga”. He was told EU commissioners would be installed in every Italian government department to ensure austerity measures were enacted. The next issue of Italian government bonds saw no purchases by the European Central Bank which had intervened when other PIIGS nations bond issues had been undersubscribed. The interest rate on Italian bond issues climed over 7%, Italy was facing financial collapse caused by the recently formed “Frankfurt Group” at the very same G-20 Summit that disposed of the elected Greek Prime Minister.

The European Union has always had problems with democracy, a messy process that can interfere with the grand designs of people at the top who know best. When Ireland voted no to the Nice Treaty, it was told to come up with the right result in a second ballot. The real decisions in Europe are now taken by the Frankfurt Group, an unelected cabal made of up eight people: Lagarde; Merkel; Sarkozy; Mario Draghi, the new president of the ECB; José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission; Jean-Claude Juncker, chairman of the Eurogroup; Herman van Rompuy, the president of the European Council; and Olli Rehn, Europe’s economic and monetary affairs commissioner.

This group, which is accountable to no one, calls the shots in Europe. The cabal decides whether Greece should be allowed to hold a referendum and if and when Athens should get the next tranche of its bailout cash. What matters to this group is what the financial markets think not what voters might want.

To the extent that governments had any power, it has been removed and placed in the hands of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF. It is as if the democratic clock has been turned back to the days when France was ruled by the Bourbons. (Larry Elliot, Guardian, 9/11/2011).

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Good news from the Home of the Brave.

Despite this blog being quick to point out the failings of Obama, it is also prepared to acknowledge and give credit where due. Today’s statement regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline is one such occasion. Bill McKibben and 350.org has produced a completely unexpected turnaround which has countered the lobby groups intent on seeing tar sands proliferate, to the extreme detriment of ALL those that call this Earth Home.

No doubt the fact that over 1,250 people were prepared to be arrested helped, including some very eminent people, which gives an indication of how hard the victories of the future will become. It should also be noted that this “review” merely postpones the ultimate decision until after the Presidential election. Nonetheless, we have to say thanks Obama, this is why you were elected.

Naomi Klein interrupted her discussion of Occupy Wall St to announce the decision.

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President Obama released this statement:

I support the State Department’s announcement today regarding the need to seek additional information about the Keystone XL Pipeline proposal.  Because this permit decision could affect the health and safety of the American people as well as the environment, and because a number of concerns have been raised through a public process, we should take the time to ensure that all questions are properly addressed and all the potential impacts are properly understood.  The final decision should be guided by an open, transparent process that is informed by the best available science and the voices of the American people.  At the same time, my administration will build on the unprecedented progress we’ve made towards strengthening our nation’s energy security, from responsibly expanding domestic oil and gas production to nearly doubling the fuel efficiency of our cars and trucks, to continued progress in the development of a clean energy economy.

Extract from the State Department statement: “Keystone XL Pipeline Project Review Process: Decision to Seek Additional Information.” It states:

… given the concentration of concerns regarding the environmental sensitivities of the current proposed route through the Sand Hills area of Nebraska, the Department has determined it needs to undertake an in-depth assessment of potential alternative routes in Nebraska….

Based on the Department’s experience with pipeline project reviews and the time typically required for environmental reviews of similar scope by other agencies, it is reasonable to expect that this process including a public comment period on a supplement to the final EIS consistent with NEPA could be completed as early as the first quarter of 2013. After obtaining the additional information, the Department would determine, in consultation with the eight other agencies identified in the Executive Order, whether the proposed pipeline was in the national interest, considering all of the relevant issues together. Among the relevant issues that would be considered are environmental concerns (including climate change), energy security, economic impacts, and foreign policy.

World Energy Outlook 2011, did I say 4 degrees warmer, make that 7.

The International Energy Agency is the organisation that gets all the governments listening,  it just reports energy facts and relates them in annual reports about projected
energy growth. Even Peak Oil bodies realise that, although I’m sure they try to “adjust” their take on whatever optimistic outlook they have. Like electric cars and how fantastic that will be.

Fatih Birol, the chief economist of the I.E.A. seems a believable man, even after denying Peak Oil for years, last year he changed his mind and said it happened in 2006, but at least he fessed up. The release of the new report however, seems to revisit that, firmly saying that the expected oil production in 2035 will rise from 87 million barrels per day (now) to 99 mbpd, with China responsible for half that growth. The global figure for cars on the road rises from 800 million to 1,700 million, and I didn’t hear the word electric mentioned once.

This short clip is an overview.

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Maria van der Hoeven, new executive director couldn’t bring a more “sensitive” front to this report sadly, except for stressing that we need to accelerate renewable energy sources, and Fatih complied somewhat, saying renewables will provide 45% of energy supplies by 2035. A figure of 38 trillion dollars would be needed for energy investment by 2035 too, with 100 billion needed in the Middle East/North African countries + Brazil every year just to serve the oil up.

“The door is closing,” Fatih Birol said. “I am very worried – if we don’t change direction now on how we use energy, we will end up beyond what scientists tell us is the minimum [for safety]. The door will be closed forever.”

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The Myth of “Rising Tide Economics”, and the Fact of a 4 Degree Warmer World.

The economic growth paradigm has as its central tenet that poverty can be eradicated everywhere if growth continues exponentially.  “A rising tide will lift all boats”. The trickle-down effect has been used maliciously by right wing think tanks, modern politicians
of all beliefs, and of course the wealthy who have been unerringly welded to economic rationalism theory since the Great Depression.  More “modern” economic rationalism prolonged the myth by stating it could also fix global warming.

In light of current economic experience, and judging what “the science” tells us of rising sea levels that theory is o.k. ONLY if you’ve got a boat, literally !

What the global financial crisis told us, nay shouted to the world, was that for 30 years bubbles had been the only thing that had been keeping the world’s economy afloat, bubbles caused by drawing down 400 years-worth of fossil fuel accumulation every year.  In exact parallel to exhortations to increase GDP, energy consumption has increased causing ever increasing levels of greenhouse gas emissions.

This link, that growth does not occur without energy expenditure, has cemented the belief of man-made global warming. The data is scientific and peer reviewed and the root cause of global warming is now accepted by the scientific community as anthropogenic. Eventually, as oil prices have settled at historic highs over $100 per barrel, growth has stalled. Reaching a “peak price” in 2008 of $147 per barrel equated to 25% of global GDP – the biggest bubble of them all burst, and in 2008 we discovered someone forgot the boat had no lifejackets. Continue reading

Carbon Counting

In June 2009 Deutsche Bank in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched the Carbon Clock. The 70 foot high clock is opposite Pennsylvania station in the middle of New York. The clock measures, in real time, the amount of carbon, in metric tons, which is already in the atmosphere. In June 2009, the amount was 3.641 TRILLION tons. By hitting this link NOW you can see what it is today.             The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide has jumped by a record amount, according to the US department of energy. The  figures for 2010 mean that levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst case scenario outlined by climate experts just four years ago. The world pumped about 564m more tons (512m metric tons) of carbon into the air in 2010 than it did in 2009, an increase of 6%.                http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/nov/04/greenhouse-gases-rise-record-levels       Every second 800 metric tons of carbon are released into the atmosphere, in the time it took to write this sentence –  120,000 metric tons have been emitted. –  70,000,000 ( seventy million ) tons a day. –  25,500,000,000 (25 billion) metric tons per year. This is the “forcing” that the I.P.C.C. refers to in it’s reports. The global campaign by vested interests to cloud the issue is discussed in the first piece on this blog.       “The Climate denial Industry and Why Environmentalism is Failing.”

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Dmitry Orlov speaks,.

Well he does, and he speaks very well and his very deadpan delivery hides quite a wicked sense of humour. He engages because he takes a different aspect of a familiar issue and places a unique interpetation around it. Being able to see the same issue from a different perspective and make it tangible is a great talent, particularly when there are recommendations for a better future.

Born in Russia, Orlov has witnessed collapse, and can place experience behind his words.

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Richard Heinberg in Totnes, The End of Growth.

No discussion of energy or economic growth is complete without the invaluable insights of Richard Heinberg. He is the author of ten books including:

  • The End of Growth: Adapting to our New Economic Reality (June 2011)
  • Blackout: Coal, Climate, and the Last Energy Crisis (2009)
  • Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines (2007)
  • The Oil Depletion Protocol: A Plan to Avert Oil Wars, Terrorism and Economic Collapse (2006)
  • Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World (2004)
  • The Party’s Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies (2003)

He is Senior Fellow-in-Residence of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators. He has authored scores of essays and articles that have appeared in such journals as Nature, The Ecologist, The American Prospect, Public Policy Research, Quarterly Review, Z Magazine, Resurgence, The Futurist, European Business Review, Earth Island Journal, Yes!, Pacific Ecologist, and The Sun; and on web sites such as Alternet.org, EnergyBulletin.net, TheOilDrum.com, ProjectCensored.com, and Counterpunch.com.

This talk was given at Totnes, the first Transition Town, which together with Rob Hopkins has set a standard for being informed and offering solutions.

In this film clip Richard introduces 5 principles that must be adopted which mirror the basic tenets of a Steady State Economy, and in doing so suggests that we are on the verge of the Sustainability Transition.

http://www.postcarbon.org/

http://transitionculture.org/

Nicole Foss – How I Prepared My Home for Peak Oil and Economic Uncertainty

Nicole Foss gave this talk in October 2011 which explained her personal preparation for Peak Oil depletion. As a guide to supplement her “inside” knowledge of Peak Oil and financial uncertainty it is invaluable, and gives excellent guidance on where her thoughts are for future everyday living. It details the preparations she and her family undertook in order to get ready for tough times ahead. Foss concludes with, “There is a hell of a lot we can do.  We can’t have business as usual.  We have to get over it.  It is gone.  It is done.  We cant’ have that.  We have to be happy with what we can have; that is really what it means to be human, and that is incredibly important. Perhaps the first solutions to “Starting Again”.

In February 2011 Ms Foss gave a talk on “Peak Oil & Economic Crisis – A Century of Challenges” which is a presentation of a DVD that is available from The Automatic Earth website (see “Links” om Home page). The Q & A after the talk is well worth listening to and replayed below.

 

Nicole Foss on finance and bubbles

This is the first film of 5 produced by Nicole Foss about the Peak Oil and Economic Crisis we are currently facing. The other 4 are in the main body of the post. The Automatic Earth’s co-editor Illargi has an interview in the “Words” section as an MP3.

In the new economy there were 3 types of people                                                
The have’s,                                                                                                                     The have not’s,                                                                                                              And the have-not-paid-for-what-they-have’s.        

Satyajit Das ; “Built to Fail”                                                      http://www.themonthly.com.au/nation-reviewed-satyajit-das-comment-built-fail-1544

The following post features extracts from a Nicole Foss article in TAE from 2009 http://theautomaticearth.blogspot.com/2009/07/july-1-2009-renewable-power-not-in-your.html  called “Renewable Power? Not in your lifetime.” calling on Nicole’s insights into her knowledgr of power systems and international finance.

It should also be remembered that a United Nations Report from February 2011, the “World Economic and Social Survey 2011” has put the financial cost of “repowering” the Green economy with renewables at between $15-20 TRILLION. This is discussed in the second post on this blog

https://awayfromitall.me/2011/09/28/the-green-economy-can-the-current-growth-system-be-the-basis/#more-12

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Dr Clive Hamilton, Facing up to Climate Change, “Requiem for a Species”

I have been reading Clive Hamilton’s books since “Growth Fetish” and he has now evolved into a very well informed commentator on climate change. Not having read “Requiem for a Species” I saw this film clip as another of his valuable contributions to the climate change debate. What he adds is an update of the science with conclusions that are truthful and realistic. He confirms earlier posts from Prof Hans Joachim Schellnhuber in the prospects that 2 degree warming is now unattainable and a world where 4 degrees warming could be the norm. His socialogical insights are very valuable as a guide to what will be required for future generations to cope with our legacy. The first part of the talk centres on the denial industry of which a fuller explanation can be found in the post “The Denial Industry and why Environmentalism is Failing”.

How would you like your planet sir, with or without ice ?

The easiest way of determining the truth of the “greenhouse effect” is the loss of ice at the North and South Poles. It is now beyond doubt that ice loss is occuring faster than most scientists had contemplated in the I.P.C.C. reports.  In the midst of the financial crisis the environmental crisis continues, and as Susan George remarks, we can always come back and fix a financial crisis, and environmental crisis is permanent. The following films bear witness to the scale of ice loss, and brings back the reality of the environmental crisis that we stand to leave as a legacy for the future. The ease with which trillions of dollars are found to band aid an economic system that must change in the near future is a sad endictment on current values.

The “Home” that this blog refers to is the planet. There is no place like it, and it is changing for the worse, so again the question is raised, “How do we start again?”

In August 2010, an area of ice four times the size of Manhattan broke away from the Petermann glacier in the biggest ice calving ever to occur in Greenland. Film from New Scientist http://www.newscientist.com/

Film from NASA Goddard http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/home/index.html

Andrew Simms, Limits to Growth

Andrew Simms is the head of new economics foundation (nef), a U.K. “think tank” that has published many reports centering on consumption, economic growth, and in this talk, Limits to Growth. Again he cites the pioneering work of Herman Daly and ecological economics as a response to resource depletion, climate change and exponential growth on a finite planet. An excellent and energetic speaker.

Their website is full of great stuff to download and at the forefront of solutions.  http://www.neweconomics.org/

Four Degrees or More

Hans-Joachim Scellnhuber, is one of the most respected scientists in the world and was in Melbourne in July to give the first keynote speech entitled “Climate Change, the Critical Decade” at the :Four Degrees or More” conference.. Here it is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etl0FBDghtA

 

Hans Joachim “John” Schellnhuber is the founding Director of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, (PIK) and Chair of the German Advisory Council on Global Change. He is also providing advice to the President of the European Union Commission, José Manuel Barroso. In 2007, he has been appointed as Chief Government Advisor on Climate and Related Issues during Germany’s EU Council Presidency and G8 Presidency. Continue reading

Solar Power All Day and All Night: A Video Tour of Spain’s Gemasolar Plant

In July, Spain’s Gemasolar concentrating solar power plant became the first solar power project to generate electricity for 24 hours straight. The 19.9 MW Gemasolar plant features power tower technology with molten salt storage that allows a steam turbine to run for 20 hours each day on average. The plant will generate about 110 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year — almost triple what an equivalent solar photovoltaic plant would produce. By Stephen Lacey on Oct 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

For this and other articles go to http://thinkprogress.org/

Democracy Now interview with Dr Vandana Shiva & Maude Barlow

This year’s Earth Day brought 3 women together who have destroyed many “glass ceilings” – Amy Goodman from “Democracy Now”, Dr Vandana Shiva from Navdanya & Maude Barlow, head of the Council of Canadians. All are tireless workers for human and ecological “rights”.

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