Mar 152017
 

Plenty of false hopium found here (can’t post the video directly): Inside Story – Climate change: Can disaster be avoided?

The cities of the future are prominent. No discussion (of course) of limiting human growth levels. And the “climate deniers” in a “limited number of countries” just happens to include some of the worst polluting countries on the planet, USA, Australia, England. You’d think we were actually all one country, following the Orange Monkey to Disneyland.

Most speakers (if not all) found within the climate awareness discussions, never mention anything about reduced human survival, or the need to reduce human numbers or slow down economic activity. Inherent to their perspectives about the future, is growth. Nobody mentions why this might be a bad idea. Supposedly, “our choices we make together” will cumulatively be sufficient to “change the climate“. Which is as you should know by now, utter bullshit.

What I would like to see a lot more of, is the actual and real discussions about how hard it is going to be to remove existing levels of carbon, which is entirely different then any optimistic discussions about a “low-carbon future”. It’s a staggering amout of carbon too – 550 gigatons by some estimates. It is an amount that exceeds anything humans have EVER done.

Of course it is highly doubtful (still) that any significant part of this figure can be removed from the global atmosphere or oceans. There is a plan (not being broadly adhered to) to remove “current emission levels” by planting millions and millions of trees and modifying agriculture significantly and many other tweaks and adjustments to human society – but this does nothing to remove existing levels of atmospheric carbon causing global warming. They are not the same things. Current emissions and past emissions represent two entirely different targets and problems.

It is a critical point you will not read about without intensely looking. It is such a huge and glaring omission in most mitigation / adaption discussions (and papers) that it indicates either a) a deliberate attempt at misinformation; or worse, b) accidental oversight. If a), then at least they’re aware of the problem, they just don’t want the public to be aware. If b), then they’re not the sharpest knives in the drawer and well, we’re pretty well fucked. Which we might be anyway (read on).

The failure to address past and present levels of emissions is this: Defeat, because the planet continues to warm up for a 1,000 years or more, eventually exceeding wet-bulb temperatures (plant and human and animal survival). Existing emissions, past and present carbon dioxide levels (and methane, even more potent then C02) will stay in the atmosphere up to a thousand years, trapping more and more heat all this time, raising temperatures, melting ice and pretty much screwing up life on this planet for good. This is why future temperature projections are so dire (if you found them here and a few other places). This warming is unstoppable, even if we went to zero emissions yesterday. Even if we “trap / sequester” all future emissions (and we are light years away from being able to do that). We HAVE to sequester (remove) PAST emissions if we intend to survive. And THAT is MISSING from nearly all discussions and plans.

So far, the public is not being informed of this issue. You can find it, if you look very hard, but in general, it is not a discussion point at all. Buzzwords about “this is not sustainable” and “strategies for the future”, etc., don’t include removing past emissions from the atmosphere (and oceans, if possible). The concern about “business as usual” only includes limiting future emissions to a optimistic and dishonest “zero-emissions” desirability. It’s not even remotely going to be enough – even if it were possible (and it’s not). When deconstructed, it always boils down to trading the growth / economic paradigm with the need to stop using fossil fuels, and fossil fuels / growth / economy wins, every single time.

Netflix had another documentary about nuclear energy, and the narrator was breathlessly claiming that this was “carbon free” energy, which is total bullshit. So far, there are no carbon free energy sources devised by man available on the planet, and probably never will be. All energy sources still rely upon fossil fuels for their creation, fabrication, maintenance and support. The alternative energy movement does not want this fact revealed either, so this is another hidden “bomb” waiting to explode with the myth-builders. Those wind farms, solar panels or wave generators or nuclear power plants are really shell games, “hiding” their carbon footprints because their source energy and maintenance requirements from fossil fuels are not being counted.

Meanwhile, they’re being built to continue the growth paradigm, which can only possibly have one final outcome. Collapse of the global biosphere, which overloaded with heat-trapping greenhouse gases spirals towards more and more extreme temperatures and climatic events. Species rapidly die off and the human ability to survive on the planetary surface rapidly diminishes.

There are more problems not mentioned in this post, such as permafrost melting, deforestation and carbon saturation, methane releases and albedo effects, all affecting a rise in temperatures. Ocean warming has been recently reassessed and is considered significantly warmer then realized by all past assessments. We just took a massive jump for the worse and how this will affect future predictions and time scales. This, plus acidification is having a tremendous impact upon sea life and it’s getting worse every day.

Reducing our yearly emissions (eventually), does nothing to mitigate these other problems. It is a critical point that is missing from discussions.

There appears to me to be a deliberate attempt to “under notify” the general population about the dangerous risks related to climate change and a warming planet and how we’re still comitted to dangerous temperatures no matter what. I’ve blamed the media, the government and the scientists at different times for this. All three are responsible. The honest and real discussions about what we are facing and what, if anything, can be done about the whole inclusive topic still remains almost entirely absent. This is an extinction-level event (ELE) that should be a top-priority, global emergency.

I believe, and until proven wrong, will continue to believe, that we are facing a issue of extinction-level importance. For this reason, I’ve devised what I call the LIFE project, with the realization of reduced human survival is in our near-term future. It seems extremely unlikely to me, if not impossible, for the current population of the world to continue to exist with the projected rise in global temperatures and corresponding extreme climatic events affecting economy, agriculture and food production and global commerce. I further believe that I’m years ahead of most others with this early understanding of the real human future on this planet.

The reason why this is being brought up again here is there is a critical need to prepare the young generations of the world for the real future that they are facing. Not the false optimism, “hopiate-laced” addiction of endless growth and techno-solutions of tomorrow (which as of yet, still do not exist on the essential and required scale), but the real, down-to earth reality that rising temperatures actually means to human civilization and how we can, or cannot survive on this planet.

The message is unpopular, but then again, so was every other earth-shattering, paradigm breaking message of past thinkers. They’re widely rejected, ignored, ridiculed, ostracized and attacked. Generally after they’re long dead and gone do their ideas gain respectability, having truth and honesty eventually win the day. I doubt we have that kind of time. We’re looking at a situation that is rapidly accelerating and could be realized well within a single human lifetime. It doesn’t take much to tip the survival limits “over” to “extinction” as we are now discovering. Just a few degrees is all it takes.

And guess what? That is exactly where we are headed.

Mar 112017
 

If America does not implement some extremely aggressive climate policy within the next decade or so (as part of a concerted worldwide effort), we quite literally risk the destruction of the United States as an organized community.

Not my words, but I’ve written similar words like this many times. And nobody is paying attention. But these words are from this article, published in The Week: Scott Pruitt is a clear and present danger to American national security.

I’ve got a pretty good idea what climate change is going to mean to the world and the immense suffering and hardship this is already causing. It’s not a popular topic, but it should be considering what is at stake.

I will take the above quote a bit further, because it offers too much hope and therefore, dishonesty. We are already at risk; the destruction of the United States as an organized community will occur because we do not have ten more years to solve this problem.

Consider that the Trump Administration wants to insist they are the experts in climate science and that they alone know what is best for Americans (and the world, of course). They will waste at least 4 more years, enacting legislation and efforts that will have severe lasting effects on how America could EVER respond to dangerous climate change. This will put the country up to a decade behind emergency and essential response efforts that should have begun years ago.

Then, if ever – the opportunity to avoid our destruction will be that much harder (significantly) because climate change is accumulative.

The extra heat, emissions, melting ice, permafrost, water vapor, desertification and acidification and all the other points I’ve raised over the years will not be go away once “we finally decided to do something” whenever that may be. If you don’t understand this point, you should. We will have to live with these effects, however bad they get, essentially forever.

In other words – the Trump Administration is committing us (and the world) to a worse and worse future that can’t get better. This is the outcome you are not being told about “our delay” and inactions.

Venezuelans are currently surviving by eating garbage. Because of poor planning in a bad economy. Now they’ve run out of food. And medicine. And toilet paper. Yeah, it’s a real crisis. People are dying. In a modern country.

The only difference here is economic – in a time where food and medicine and toilet paper is still available elsewhere, this country can’t provide for their own citizens. Now consider how climate change doesn’t stop at national borders. It doesn’t restrict itself to certain countries or certain classes of people. It effects the whole economic system. The entire world. All human endeavors. The ability of our production and transportation. It won’t matter if you are rich or poor. It will only matter where you live and how fast and how severe your town begins to suffer. And how prepared you are for all of this.

Climate change is virtually limitless when you consider the contexts. It will be much, much worse then what the world has already experienced. The destruction of the organized communities around the world, whether they be nation states, cities or town, will be absolutely immense. Our ability to grow food and survive, to conduct any kind of activity or business, to engage in trade and transportation is ALL at risk. It will be the greatest unraveling in human history.

People just don’t get it. I don’t think that they want to. They would rather watch the NFL or some celebrities ass. Climate change is the most serious threat humanity will ever face. This is a fact being repeated by scientists, researches, the military, industry and the Pentagon.

And (almost) nobody wants to act. Or take this seriously.

It is truly, truly unbelievable.

Mar 102017
 

More bad (bad, very bad – extinction level bad) news for the world’s life forms: Oceans storing up staggering amounts of heat: ‘the memory of all of the past climate change’

A new study , out Friday in the journal Science Advances, suggests that since 1960, a staggering 337 zetajoules of energy – that’s 337 followed by 21 zeros – have been added to the ocean in the form of heat. And most of it has occurred since 1980.

This amount of energy is hard to fathom. Here’s the figure in joules: 337,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.

I honestly don’t know how to describe this amount of energy in the form of heat now stored in the world’s oceans. Here is the original paper.

Here’s why I think this is very, very bad: there is simply no way humans can remove this energy imbalance on a practical time scale meaningful to the human race. It is also a figure that will continue to go up, not down for the indefinite future and undoubtedly helps account for the vast migration of species and die-offs that have been recorded around the world (oxygen depletion is another topic that would also apply).

 

 

Mar 092017
 

New studies reveal: Soils could release much more carbon than expected as climate warms

A 30% – 34% increase in carbon release from warming soils was measured in a test plot. This represents a huge increase in carbon release into the atmosphere, if applied around the world it’s an amount equal to 30% annually of all human emissions.

And to add to the joyful fun ahead, Computer models show possible impact to world’s oceans of four major stressors due to climate change

The four main stressors are – pH level (more CO2 makes the water more acidic), primary production (availability of food), and water temperature and oxygen levels in the water.

“The model predicted that within just 15 years more than half of the world’s oceans will be reacting to more than one of the four stressors—by 2050, that number will jump to 86 percent. These estimates were based on the status quo, meaning emissions levels remain at current levels.”

Which of course they will. But the article digresses into hopium, with Paris agreement “pledges” – which if enacted would only delay that time frame calculated by 20 years anyway!

So, in my best valley girl voice – Whatever….

The world is not going to listen to anything that details doom no matter how accurate the measurement are or the models. It’s like talking to a room full of hostile people these days when topics of life, future, food, survival, climate come up (like I just so happen to do all the time).

There is virtually no interaction, laughter, camaraderie or interest “out there” (anywhere but here). I can’t even imagine how these researchers must feel in such a hostile and ignorant environment. I’d probably be thinking about a different career…

And if that wasn’t enough (and it won’t be) to perk some ‘interest’ in the whole carbon bomb thingy headed our way and about to go SPLAT right on our dumb fucking heads, there’s this too: Trees’ ability to store carbon in doubt after groundbreaking Australian study

Not all forests will have the ability to increase their carbon uptake. In fact, quite a few forests won’t increase their carbon uptake due to poor soils. So soil health is going to be a big issue, which puts the whole soil warming question into view again.

“There’s an assumption that carbon in the subsoil is more stable and not as responsive to warming as in the topsoil, but we’ve learned that’s not the case,” says Torn. “Deeper soil layers contain a lot of carbon, and our work indicates it’s a key missing component in our understanding of the potential feedback of soils to the planet’s climate.”

Many parts of the world are losing soil at an accelerated rate – especially where farming occurs. But it’s also happening from erosion and desertification, both on the increase. Monumental rainstorms are expected to only increase and dry regions are expected to get drier causing even more soil and nutrient losses. All in all, it’s going to be another issue for how the planet absorbs more of our carbon.

And how the world plans on eating. Increasing levels of carbon are going to reduce plant yields and nutrition, while heat stress and water stress will also factor in significantly. And just in case it didn’t occur to you what the top links really mean, and how the four stressors will be a huge food factor – they will. It means the oceans will DIE. Higher PH levels, declining oxygen and increasing temperatures mean that much of the world’s sea life will simply vanish. This is actually already well-known, yet the warnings about this are still going mostly unheeded.

As I said, more fun times ahead. The world is not making any significant plans or changes to adapt or mitigate for these issues. The primary goal in the United States seems to be “deny, deny, deny” (while appointing absolute morons to heads of Agencies) and pretend it’s never going to be a problem, a position / claim that does not even remotely line up with reality.

There’s a war on science – and on your mind. Much of the “fake” news being pumped out today is all about making sure you’re fat, dumb, uninformed, biased and poorly fed. No, I’m not digressing. What I’m trying to tell readers is you are being played for fools. All of you. If you are not keeping yourselves abreast of the real news that actually matters and how it is going to affect you, your life, your future, your family and your very survival on this planet, then you are allowing yourselves to be part of their shell game.

I put up links to help readers stay informed. But asswipes like Matt Drudge puts up headlies of irrelevant shit like this: NFL ALL PILLED UP on a daily, even hourly basis. He’s got millions of readers. I have almost none.

It is this kind of distractive irrelevant crap being bombarded upon the global populations online (and on television) that keeps people uninformed on important news and developments. On occasion, I receive a phone call and if the topic swerves towards climate or sea level, I quickly realize that the caller has absolutely NO IDEA what is unfolding. Why? Because the media whores that help control the minds of billions of connedsumers are a bunch of skanky prostitutes only interested in publishing whatever generates advertising revenue.

Think about it. The real “power” then isn’t actually in the media who sold out long, long ago, it’s in the money being spent (and made) by the corporate advertisers and manufacturers. Their also the lobbyist who are manipulating government and writing our country’s legislation. And it’s clear as day to me that their only real interest is in keeping people uninformed and distracted with utter irrelevant bullshit while they fleece your pockets and turn your brains into mush. Our government is very much in league with these brokers of death and destruction. The new Administration fully intends to keep as many people as uninformed as possible on truly important matters that will affect your very life.

There is no reason for people to be uninformed like they are today. The complicity with this Faustian bargain needs to end.

Mar 072017
 

This is another “I told you so” story: Why is the media under-reporting climate change?

“We need the public to be aware that children and even young adults alive today are going to experience the transition to a much more challenging world – unless we make major changes now,” he said.

“Politicians and the private sector respond to the public. So the most important thing is to raise awareness of the risks we’re facing among consumers,” he added.

King was asked if it would take more serious climate-related events for the message to sink in about climate change, to which he replied: “How many more incidences do we need?”

“Each year we see more and more [of those]. Now, here is the problem: why is the media not reporting them as caused by climate change?”

“Instead of reporting each incident as if it was isolated, why can’t the media develop this notion that this is the portent of things to come?” he said.

Translation for those who still don’t get it: The “challenging” world will be deprived of food. So the challenge will be how you intend to survive on the scraps you will be paying exorbitant prices for. The whole connedsumer paradigm is swiftly changing. In a world designed to exploit and profit from every possible resource, this method of doing business falls apart in a world deprived of food.

The media is utterly failing the general public (and the business world) by refusing to investigate the cause of the extreme events and rightly pointing the finger directly at escalating climate change. What we’ve experienced so far is but a tiny fraction of the disasters to come and it’s absolutely critical that this message finally be told.

But nobody listens to me. Not even when I’m right.

Mar 062017
 

Desdemona has a new article, Massive Permafrost Thaw Documented in Canada, Portends Huge Carbon Release, with the original article here. I don’t comment on Desdemona anymore, Jim started censoring commentary some time back.

This type of melting was expected and would account for the escalating levels of methane being detected. Once you grasp the scale of what’s happening, you’ll quickly realize that it is virtually impossible for this process to reverse itself. You’d have to have a seriously long deep-freeze to restore the frozen soil temperatures – and then you’d still be left with the billions of tons of C02 and methane still left in the atmosphere, raising temperatures higher and higher.

Which fits right in with this: Carbon Dioxide Could Reach 410 PPM This Month

Nothing but lip-service from most of the world on how to deal with this accelerating problem. But meanwhile, back in the land of the stupid, Members of Congress met to discuss the costs of climate change. They ended up debating its existence.

Does anybody really need any more evidence that humans are incapable of acting responsibly? Or that the whole topic of climate change is going to find humans racing at the very last second to try to save themselves from catastrophic climate change? By then, nearly everything else will already be dead. This is why the geo-engineering people are so anxious to get started. They already know that geo-engineering is what will ultimately be tried. But geo-engineering does not fix bad behavior (or bad attitudes, or ignorance, or stupidstition, or well… you get the idea).

It is not conjecture to state that all of this (and so very much more) will lead towards our collapse. Our species likes to dither around while earnestly practicing ecocide. Monetization of all living things and even the very elements guarantees we will always find a way to destroy it as we exploit it. This false notion of  monetary “valuation” is so deeply embedded within the psyche of almost every human being that it’s proving to be an impossibly persistent meme that penetrates to the very depths of human existence. Continue reading »

Mar 042017
 

Updated with more content and quotes!

As expected, that idiotic monkey in the Whitehouse has announced the following:

The White House has proposed slashing the overall budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration by 17% and eliminating funding for research programs overseen by the agency.

Similar proposals have been sent to the Environmental Protection Agency, which could see its funding cut by nearly 25%.

President Trump has said he plans to increase military spending by billions of dollars and pay for it by cutting funds for domestic agencies and departments.

The outline sent to the Commerce Department, which oversees the NOAA, includes drastic reductions to funding for grants and research.

NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research would lose $126 million, or 26%.

The largest cut would be to its satellite data division, which would lose $513 million, or 22%, of its current funding under the proposal, according to the Washington Post.

Trump administration proposes massive funding cuts for NOAA, the primary climate change research agency

So this is no surprise, and a lot of morons are actually all for this because they don’t bother to educate themselves on what it’s going to mean to try to survive on a dead planet. Nor do they care.

Overheard a conversation today that took my breath away. The fellow talking was convinced that Trump was going to “save America and the world” (somehow) but in the same breath, denied there were any problems Trump could not fix. Moving on, I heard yet another conversation about how we’re “returning to Constitutional government” (as more Executive Orders are being passed).

It is astounding how stupid people have become. It’s as if they’ve stomped their foot down on the gas and forgot what what it even means to be behind the wheel of a fast moving dangerous object, or the responsibilities that come with it. Civilization is on a trajectory for disaster and it’s rushing towards us all faster and faster.

I’ve yet to see a single valid argument made for hacking away at NOAA. Or even the EPA. Americans have forgotten what it means to have polluted skies and water and unregulated industry. The EPA may not be doing the best job, but replacing this with State oversight will create a morass of differing rules and regulations (or none at all, leading to the same problems of the 1970’s, only worse). And yes – it will be worse, because blinding the country to the escalating devastation sought after by this Administration and even shutting down the satellites is a move beyond stupid. It’s suicidal. But it’s all part of the plan to manipulate Americans – you should understand that by now.

This is the rape and pillage “pussy-grabbing” agenda Trump has always practiced in throughout his life. He made no pretense that was what he intended to do when he ran for office. The man has no respect for anything, not even himself, but his vanity and thin-skin is legendary. Trump hates science because the man is an ignorant moron. He hates having anyone around who is smarter then himself. He doesn’t even pretend to not hate science either. But his empty promises on how hating science is for our own good, and turning the country away from critical knowledge that will affect planetary survival is absolutely insane.

So expect more war. Where is anyone’s “guess”, but I’d bet on North Korea (smaller then China) and of course, the Middle East (because there’s not enough dried blood there yet). Don’t worry though, Americans are safe at home (most of you) while our Dear Leader blunders his way through his first year in office.

Sigh… not much point in publishing what America does not want to hear (and never really did). Others may find it worthwhile, but I honestly don’t. I’m not giving up, but hey, the country is lost. Only more so now, more then ever. I’m seeing a lot of talk and activity that hopes to return America back to the Dark Ages. Most of the climate denialist (extinctionists) websites are salivating at the prospect (after they kill the scientists of course).

The whole of civilization seems to be forever wedded to the drunken groomsmen that continues their insatiable march into the depths of Hell. There’s no divorce and no real desire to get one either. I see no reason to whitewash any of this. Filed under “Collapse” because this will all help accelerate our decline.

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NOAA Cuts Could Stymie Research, Put Lives at Risk

“Any weakening of our technological, scientific, and human capabilities related to weather and climate places American lives and property at risk,” Marshall Shepherd, director of the atmospheric science program at the University of Georgia and a former president of the American Meteorological Society

The proposal “is opposite to the ‘leave it better than you found it’ philosophy. This is take the money while you can, and let someone else in the future put Humpty Dumpty (aka NOAA) together again,” David Titley, director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Penn State and a retired rear admiral in the Navy, said in an email.

“Make no mistake — the proposed policies are designed to deal a body blow to climate science, and associated climate policy, that will be felt long after this administration leaves the White House,” Kim Cobb, a coral expert at Georgia Tech who receives some NOAA funding, said in an email.

And more Trump Administration stupidity here:

EPA Withdraws Request for Methane Data

The Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn an Obama-era request for methane emissions information from 15,000 oil and gas companies nationwide — a decision the Trump administration made after 11 states said the request amounted to “harassment.”

The withdrawal on Thursday is a sign that the EPA under new administrator Scott Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general who has expressed doubts about established climate science, is beginning to reconsider and possibly reverse the Obama administration’s efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

The “Plan” as it were, is to keep scientists blind, censored and unemployed while the Trump Administration and all of the global-polluting industries of the world rape, pillage and plunder “making America great again” (for the rich) who won’t live long enough to see the horrifying global destruction they’ve caused.

There is now ample evidence that Trump and his Cabinet don’t give a rats ass whatsoever about Americans or our future. It’s stunning how many people are still drinking the Kool-Aid however.

Mar 012017
 

This is the 1991 Shell tape that has been hidden from the public revealing the devastating impacts of climate change and fossil fuels.

Shell spent tens of millions of dollars lobbying against serious climate policy and funding disinformation campaigns of climate science ($22 million annually).

Yet they knew (as did Exxon as the historical record clearly shows).

The 28-minute film was uncovered by Dutch journalist Jelmer Mommers of The Correspondent, along with a raft of internal documents and reports by the company’s scientists that show just how thoroughly and precisely Shell understood the the damage caused by its product. Burning fossil fuels, the film warned, was causing climate change “at a rate faster than at any time since the end of the ice age. Change too fast, perhaps, for life to adapt without severe dislocation.” The Secret VHS Tape That Could Have Stopped Climate Change

It’s plainly obvious when you grasp the fundamentals of this gigantic coverup by Big Oil that they chose greed over human survival. And now the entire world, the whole of humanity, and the entire future of the human race, and every other living creature is having to pay the price for their greed.

And now, the Trump Administration intends to exploit every possible fossil fuel resource. We’re simply too stupid as a species to finally put a stop to this ecocide.

Feb 272017
 

Two articles that reveal increasing violence as it relates to resources and climate change:

“A sense of despair”: The mental health cost of unchecked climate change

Study on prehistoric violence published

I seriously doubt that the meaning of these reports is being fully grasped. This is a topic that I’ve given a lot of consideration and planning. In my attempted discussions with other people on these points (violence and resource competition), I’ve almost never found anyone else who has really thought this through and how it effects the present and future of civilization.

Our propensity towards violence should be well understood. Perhaps science needs more evidence (which is what science does – establish evidence), but anthropologists probably don’t. Nor would a historian. Anyone who has survived the 20th or 21st century should well understand that human violence on other humans (and the rest of the natural world) is an easily provable fact, and that we are all most probably headed towards a lot more violence. But what still does not seem to be well understood or widely accepted is how violence begins and why. Both of these articles touch on these reasons.

Resource competition is a primary reason. Land, food, water, space, resources are all triggers for violence – wherever there is rising levels of human competition. In an era of climate change, extreme weather disruptions leads to helplessness and despair. A new term I’d not paid much attention to is “climate anxiety”, which “everyone is experiencing now”.

I’ve always believe that action is an antidote for despair. Do something. It’s pointless to sit around and complain, or worry about what is going on in the world. Do something about it. Get involved. It doesn’t have to be much, but it has to be more then nothing. It can be as much as you like and can handle too. Some people dedicate their lives around their activism. I’ve done this many times myself, always engaging myself 110%, which isn’t good.

Recently, I learned that my area was going to build a silicon smelter operation nearby. Research revealed that this was going to pretty much ruin the local environment, pumping out toxic poisons into the atmosphere, soil and water. The more I learned, the more concerned I got. In fact, I got both scared and angry, this was going to be a total deal killer for a lot of people here, forcing us all to move away. The only alternative would be to accept living under a toxic cloud with the daily risk (24/7) of things going dangerously wrong and then having to evacuate.

I approached my entire family and asked what they wanted to do. Moving away was considered as a likely option, giving up on everything we’ve built here and tried to do. But so was activism – doing something about this. So I began to uncover everything I could about this project, which eventually culminated in building another website and then putting up flyers and notices around, plus contacting key people in the area and letting them know about this research effort.

I did not know what the outcome of this would be. A lot of money had already been spent and the county was all for this environmentally destructive project. They had already hired contractors and outside personnel to promote the project. Even the State was supporting this, ramrodding the project through. What scared the hell out of me however is what I had uncovered about their proposal. There was no public participation or notification. There was no investigation into local impacts prior to making the decision that this operation would be built. There was just very empty promises that “proper procedures would be followed” and that there would be “no environmental harm” to any of the local residents.

However, I had already uncovered tons of evidence that they were all lying about this – and they knew it too. Not only did they not follow proper procedures as promised, they were doing everything they could to ensure that the public did not catch wind of this before it was a done deal. My website scared the shit out of them because it revealed what they tried to keep hidden – that these type of operations were deadly to the local residents, accidents and spills were common, the chemicals they used were toxic and carcinogenic, and the impacts upon the local environment, residents, wildlife, soil, noise and air pollution would be significant. In fact, it’s so bad that it was already clear that sicknesses here would rise significantly, along with higher incidents of premature deaths and related diseases leading to early death.

So that’s exactly what I published – and I made sure that this was all well-documented. I even found evidence that the Canadians who were first approached for this project had also rejected it. They hadn’t done anything on the scale that I did, but their refusal of the project only reinforced my own efforts all the more.

But the best support finally came from a local Indian tribe, who finally put their foot down and said “NO”. I had already been there and had already shared my research. They were immediately and directly down-wind of this location and would have had the lions share of pollution washing over them (and their state-of-the-art health center). Early efforts of mine told me that they were divided among their people – some thought they’d find jobs there and others were very much against it. I already knew that the “job offer” pitch was total bullshit, the company was already planning on hiring everyone out of the area for the specialized positions required. But what was really amazing was how this company made an effort to pretend that there was no risk and no pollution, which I knew to be an absolute lie.

Months went by as I accumulated more and more evidence, anxiously awaiting some kind of hints that other local residents were going to finally take a keen interest in this and get involved. Nothing happened. It seemed as if nobody really cared, so I redoubled my efforts and approached the local newspaper (who rejected my letters), and county officials (who did not return my calls). I felt that I was already in a losing battle but giving up was simply not an option (until I’m dead) so I kept at it.

Finally, the good news arrived – this planet-ruining monstrosity was not going to be built here. The local paper said that the company had received a “gut punch” back in August – the same month that I had published my website, exposing the hazards and risks to humans and wildlife. I’ll never know if or what my role actually accomplished, and I don’t even care, all I know is I could not sit on my ass and not try to put a stop to this.

Now here is the point to this – do something. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to win or not, just don’t sit on your ass and expect someone else to do it for you. I didn’t have the time or the money, but I did it anyway, because if I didn’t, it’s damned likely nobody else would or it would have been too late when they finally did get involved. As it turns out, I’m the only person who did reveal everything about what was going to happen and how the local officials were pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes. You may be the only person in your area that can also make a difference, but you’ve got to try. People need to realize that it’s going to take some self-sacrifice to save what is left, either do it or expect to lose it.

Climate change is going to wipe out civilization. I digest several hundred articles a week on this single topic. There is absolutely NO DOUBT WHATSOEVER what this outcome is going to be, because humans have NEVER lived on this planet under these expected climatic conditions (mostly extreme heat). Violence and despair are already on the rise and much, much more is expected. The Pentagon and the US military have flatly stated that climate change will devastate civilization, as have many other sources. But that does NOT mean there isn’t anything you can do. It means just the opposite, there is a LOT do be done, so GET INVOLVED and get busy. You absolutely MUST take a interest in what is unfolding now, because if you don’t, you’re going to find yourselves totally unprepared for what happens next.

Action is the antidote for helplessness and despair.