The Politics of Climate Change: Green New Deal And Other Madness

Jones

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Adding to the contradictions happening all over at the moment, the Victorian government is making changes to it's Environmental Protection Act to re-classify manure as industrial waste. That move will seek to cap the amount of manure that can be used to regenerate or improve soils or support organic farming to 20 cubic meters.

"The VFF (Victorian Farmers Federation) has opposed the proposal that animal manure be reclassified as industrial waste and is disappointed that farmer's views have not been listened to," Mr Bullen said.

While acknowledging the EPA was trying to make the process simpler he said it went against a growing awareness of sustainability and valuing by-products of the agricultural process.

"Farmers have been utilising animal manure as a sustainable by-product of agriculture for decades," he said
"To lump them with increased green-tape is baffling."

Manure from chicken and pig farms is a valuable fertiliser, especially in organic cropping systems, while deep-banding animal litter has shown huge promise in the state's south-west in lifting soil organic carbon levels.

Strange thing about that is that increasing carbon banks in the soil is supposed to reduce atmospheric carbon levels and there are sellable carbon credits available if green measures have been used to offset carbon foot print. The linked article coins a term that I haven't heard before - Green tape:

GREEN TAPE: Those using animal manure as a sustainable form of fertiliser will have to complete more paperwork regarding their application techniques under proposed changes to the Victorian environmental protection act.

An article from 2019 points out that farmers can earn an additional income by creating carbon sinks through changing to more green and sustainable farming practices and selling their carbon credits to other industries that have high emissions:

Corryong, Victoria, organic dairy farmer Stephen Whitsed is now preparing to sell soil carbon credits for what he considers simply improving his farm's productivity.

"If you can increase your soil carbon by 1 per cent, you increase its ability to hold water - by 140,000 litres per hectare," he said.

It's like:

PTB: Let's go green and sustainable.
Adaptable Farmer: OK! Reduce reliance on petrochemical fertilisers and use manure! Save money, improve productivity, grow healthier food and create an additional income stream! No brainer!
PTB: Wait a minute buddy. Not that green and sustainable or in that way. We want to make food in laboratories so grow trees instead and wait 20 - 30 years for any serious income because we don't want you in the middle class.
 
Coming soon off the Oregon coast...

OSU-led wave energy project moves a step closer to construction

This article caught my eye and seemed relevant to the GND, Great Reset and 4IR’s agenda in regards to renewable energy. The goal is to study the potential of harnessing energy from waves off the coast of Oregon. An area prone to earthquakes and tsunamis — so what could go wrong? 🙃

Besides the usual exuberant tone for alternative energy, there’s well, just pure hubris in a statement that claims:

“We like to think of wave as the slow and steady tortoise complement to the full speed and stop character of wind and solar,” said Burke Hales, a professor of oceanography at OSU and chief scientist for PacWave.”

Funny little slip in that they say “stop character of wind” given all the frozen wind farms in Texas — out of sight, out of mind I suppose. But maybe this time by installing (drilling?) a massive piece of infrastructure underwater and near the Cascadian subduction zone we’ll get the breakthrough needed to save us from ourselves.

Not gonna hold my breath 😒 but will be interesting to see how this harnessing of wave energy develops. Thought I’d share for others consideration.

Full article:
The federal government this week approved a lease for a wave energy test site off the Oregon Coast.

An Oregon State University-led project called PacWave has worked for years to build an offshore facility to test wave energy devices. The lease from the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management moves the project one step closer to construction, which could begin as early as this summer.

Wave energy is quickly becoming a key piece to the renewable energy puzzle. Waves are relatively more consistent and predictable than other renewable energy sources like wind and solar, which gives them enormous potential.

“We like to think of wave as the slow and steady tortoise complement to the full speed and stop character of wind and solar,” said Burke Hales, a professor of oceanography at OSU and chief scientist for PacWave.

The industry has struggled to get off the ground. One reason is because wave energy devices need to be tested at scale (i.e. in the ocean). Putting these large pieces of infrastructure into the water requires a comprehensive regulatory process and a lot of money.

A first-of-its-kind wave energy project proposed off the coast at Reedsport actually fizzled in 2014 due to high start-up costs.

The PacWave facility would provide a designated spot in the ocean about 7 miles off the coast at Newport to test wave energy technologies, eliminating many of those costs.

“The real world has challenges that are hard to actually mimic with a scaled or laboratory experiment,” Hales said. “We’re building the facility that will let people do that.”

Oregon has a fairly harsh wave climate, which provides the rigor necessary to determine a device’s long-term viability. PacWave aims to test up to four devices at a time.

Hales said the lease is the last piece PacWave needs for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to issue a license and for other federal agencies to conduct their final reviews of the project.

The facility will cost about $80 million to build.
 

Ageeva

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Pope Francis has warned of an impending second biblical flood except this time, he claims, it won't be caused by god but climate change.
He's right about the next great flood except it won't be the kind that creeps up higher from the ground but one that's 600 metres tall, travels at 500 mph and is caused by a meteor/cometary fragment strike. He should really be paying more attention to the Heavens! :-)


 

unkl brws

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Renewable Energy - It has been a green theme from windmills to solar on this and other threads, and low and behold Michael Moore comes out with a new film, although it is going against renewables (even The Guardian is apparently getting in line):
As Eric Worrall summarizes:



There is a second article with the actual film, which has yet to be viewed, however there are a few points from Anthony Watts (with a dash of satire):



Forbes Michael Shellenberger's said:


Going back to Worrall:

"Or are they just softening us up, because they are about to spring something even worse on us?"

A new film that is being promoted by the makers of "Planet of the Humans" is called "Bright Green Lies".

About the film -
On the year anniversary of the historic release of "Planet of the Humans" there now comes a critically important new film, "Bright Green Lies" by Julia Barnes an inspiring Canadian filmmaker. Based on the recently released book by Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith, and Max Wilbert, Julia's film covers the disastrous attempt to plaster the planet with "green" technology from a fresh perspective. We thank Julia for having the courage to make this film, and to speak not for the corporate interests that rule what we call an "environmental" movement these days, but for the life of this planet. https://www.brightgreenlies.com/
 

Mari

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In short, they want to put masks on cows because their burps are environmental hazard. :headbash::rotfl:


Agriculture giant Cargill Inc. will start selling methane-absorbing wearable devices for cows, putting its support behind an experimental technology that could help the industry cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The mask-like accessory was developed by U.K. startup Zelp Ltd., which claims it can reduce methane emissions by more than half. Cargill said Tuesday it expects to start offering the devices to European dairy farmers in 2022. The companies haven't set a price yet, but Zelp says an annual subscription fee may start at about $80 a cow.
 

bjorn

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His climate plan is very reminiscent of the system of central planning during the Soviet Union. What Carney ultimately wants is a technocratic dictatorship justified by climate alarmism. The former bank boss is a man on a mission: it won't be pleasant.

In his book Value(s): Building a Better World for All, Mark Carney, former governor both of the Bank of Canada and the Bank of England, claims that western society is morally rotten, and that it has been corrupted by capitalism, which has brought about a “climate emergency” that threatens life on earth. This, he claims, requires rigid controls on personal freedom, industry and corporate funding.

 

Vulcan59

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The impudence of those Swiss peasants voters, upsetting the carefully orchestrated plans of their leaders.

No doubt a vigorous public climate propaganda campaign already on the launchpad, to ensure voters don’t cause international embarrassment next time they are offered the opportunity to agree with their government.
:lol:

 

anka

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Just for the record, as I haven't seen it mentioned here in this thread, climate lockdowns might be a real option for the elites as part of attempt to block people's resistance in near future. The information is laid out very gently in the article published on WBCSD.org website (The World Business Council for Sustainable Development).

(I didn't figure out how to embed a Bitchute video)
Climate lockdowns coming

Avoiding a climate lockdown

Published: 21 Oct 2020

This article was originally published by Project Syndicate and reposted by WBCSD
Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London, is Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. She is the author of The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy, The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths, and, most recently, Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism.


As COVID-19 spread earlier this year, governments introduced lockdowns in order to prevent a public-health emergency from spinning out of control. In the near future, the world may need to resort to lockdowns again – this time to tackle a climate emergency.
Shifting Arctic ice, raging wildfires in western US states and elsewhere, and methane leaks in the North Sea are all warning signs that we are approaching a tipping point on climate change, when protecting the future of civilization will require dramatic interventions.
Under a “climate lockdown,” governments would limit private-vehicle use, ban consumption of red meat, and impose extreme energy-saving measures, while fossil-fuel companies would have to stop drilling. To avoid such a scenario, we must overhaul our economic structures and do capitalism differently.

Many think of the climate crisis as distinct from the health and economic crises caused by the pandemic. But the three crises – and their solutions – are interconnected.

COVID-19 is itself a consequence of environmental degradation: one recent study dubbed it “the disease of the Anthropocene.” Moreover, climate change will exacerbate the social and economic problems highlighted by the pandemic. These include governments’ diminishing capacity to address public-health crises, the private sector’s limited ability to withstand sustained economic disruption, and pervasive social inequality.

These shortcomings reflect the distorted values underlying our priorities. For example, we demand the most from “essential workers” (including nurses, supermarket workers, and delivery drivers) while paying them the least. Without fundamental change, climate change will worsen such problems.

The climate crisis is also a public-health crisis. Global warming will cause drinking water to degrade and enable pollution-linked respiratory diseases to thrive. According to some projections, 3.5 billion people globally will live in unbearable heat by 2070.
Addressing this triple crisis requires reorienting corporate governance, finance, policy, and energy systems toward a green economic transformation. To achieve this, three obstacles must be removed: business that is shareholder-driven instead of stakeholder-driven, finance that is used in inadequate and inappropriate ways, and government that is based on outdated economic thinking and faulty assumptions.

Corporate governance must now reflect stakeholders’ needs instead of shareholders’ whims. Building an inclusive, sustainable economy depends on productive cooperation among the public and private sectors and civil society. This means firms need to listen to trade unions and workers’ collectives, community groups, consumer advocates, and others.

Likewise, government assistance to business must be less about subsidies, guarantees, and bailouts, and more about building partnerships. This means attaching strict conditions to any corporate bailouts to ensure that taxpayer money is put to productive use and generates long-term public value, not short-term private profits.

In the current crisis, for example, the French government conditioned its bailouts for Renault and Air France-KLM on emission-reduction commitments. France, Belgium, Denmark, and Poland denied state aid to any company domiciled in a European Union-designated tax haven, and barred large recipients from paying dividends or buying back their own shares until 2021. Likewise, US corporations receiving government loans through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act were prohibited from using the funds for share buybacks.

These conditions are a start, but are not ambitious enough, either from a climate perspective or in economic terms. The magnitude of government assistance packages does not match firms’ requirements, and the conditions are not always legally binding: for example, the Air France emissions policy applies only to short domestic flights.

Far more is needed to achieve a green and sustainable recovery. For example, governments might use the tax code to discourage firms from using certain materials. They might also introduce job guarantees at company or national level so that human capital is not wasted or eroded. This would help the youngest and oldest workers, who have disproportionately suffered job losses owing to the pandemic, and reduce the likely economic shocks in disadvantaged regions already suffering industrial decline.

Finance needs fixing, too. During the 2008 global financial crisis, governments flooded markets with liquidity. But, because they did not direct it toward good investment opportunities, much of that funding ended up back in a financial sector unfit for purpose.

The current crisis presents an opportunity to harness finance in productive ways to drive long-term growth. Patient long-term finance is key, because a 3-5-year investment cycle doesn’t match the long lifespan of a wind turbine (more than 25 years), or encourage the innovation needed in e-mobility, natural capital development (such as rewilding programs), and green infrastructure.

Some governments have already launched sustainable growth initiatives. New Zealand has developed a budget based on “wellbeing” metrics, rather than GDP, to align public spending with broader objectives, while Scotland has established the mission-oriented Scottish National Investment Bank.

Along with steering finance toward a green transition, we need to hold the financial sector accountable for its often-destructive environmental impact. The Dutch central bank estimates that Dutch financial institutions’ biodiversity footprint represents a loss of over 58,000 square kilometers (22,394 square miles) of pristine nature – an area 1.4 times larger than the Netherlands.

Because markets will not lead a green revolution on their own, government policy must steer them in that direction. This will require an entrepreneurial state that innovates, takes risks, and invests alongside the private sector. Policymakers should therefore redesign procurement contracts in order to move away from low-cost investments by incumbent suppliers, and create mechanisms that “crowd in” innovation from multiple actors to achieve public green goals.

Governments should also take a portfolio approach to innovation and investment. In the United Kingdom and the United States, wider industrial policy continues to support the information-technology revolution. Similarly, the EU’s recently launched European Green Deal, Industrial Strategy, and Just Transition Mechanism are acting as the motor and compass for the €750 billion ($888 billion) “Next Generation EU” recovery fund.

Finally, we need to reorient our energy system around renewable energy – the antidote to climate change and the key to making our economies energy-secure. We must therefore evict fossil-fuel interests and short-termism from business, finance, and politics. Financially powerful institutions such as banks and universities must divest from fossil-fuel companies. Until they do, a carbon-based economy will prevail.

The window for launching a climate revolution – and achieving an inclusive recovery from COVID-19 in the process – is rapidly closing. We need to move quickly if we want to transform the future of work, transit, and energy use, and make the concept of a “green good life” a reality for generations to come. One way or the other, radical change is inevitable; our task is to ensure that we achieve the change we want – while we still have the choice.
 

Mari

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Just saw this site below being promoted on one of the major Croatian MSM portal with bombastic title „Don’t believe in climate changes? Look how the temperature has grown in Croatia in 20th century!“

On site you can see global rise in temperatures or local rise in temperatures.
Anyway, here it is for your entertainment…

Show Your Stripes

:rolleyes:

These ‘warming stripe’ graphics are visual representations of the change in temperature as measured in each country over the past 100+ years. Each stripe represents the temperature in that country averaged over a year. For most countries, the stripes start in the year 1901 and finish in 2020. For the ocean basins and for several countries with longer datasets available the stripes start in the 19th century instead. For two cities (Stockholm and Vienna), the data starts in the 18th century.

For virtually every country or region, the stripes turn from mainly blue to mainly red in more recent years, illustrating the rise in average temperatures in that country.
 

XPan

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Just saw this site below being promoted on one of the major Croatian MSM portal with bombastic title „Don’t believe in climate changes? Look how the temperature has grown in Croatia in 20th century!“

On site you can see global rise in temperatures or local rise in temperatures.
Anyway, here it is for your entertainment…

Show Your Stripes

:rolleyes:

All these "dumped down" illustrations *rolling my eyes* is one of the sad developments in the digital age.

Looking digitally "chic" and "smart", yet favor a sort of silent opposite; making it so easy to "wash over" or eliminate data and errors (against the "agreed consensus") - becoming parroting uniform. People think less. Just consume what is given.

Even in this gimmicky form of illustrations - Mari referred to with the "climate stripes" - even that will eventually becomes tiresome for the info-fed public, and stop raising eyebrows, regardless what it about. With such a path, the arena then is completely free; for dressed up clowns and fear porn parties going wild - and rulers to implement whatever they see fit at any time: followed by big tax increases, more laws, more restrictions and who knows, perhaps even prison - like @anka already pointed out with possible "climate lockdowns"; The peasants go berserk under the false light of Mother "Climate Change" and her skinny royal Hollywood born child, "Save the planet" meme. :umm:

It is... cynical when I think about it.

Once upon a time, I felt, it was so cool with more modern illustrations. I never envisioned that the accumulated effect of it all could lead to an increased drop of quality in the data shown - and would/could make people reflect less, diminish curiosity and lead soul reflection astray.

So, instead of stimulating curiosity - real data is smoothed out into some visual trickery - making critical thinking vanish - and the general public is diving towards entropy and mob-mentally by going crazy over tiny nuances in expressions at Twitter, instead of looking deeper into what really powers data, narratives and "science" ™ today.

"Up like a sun - down like a pancake"
 
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