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  •  "Unprecedented" in the US pales in (0+ / 0-)

    comparison to the efforts in Germany and elsewhere. And that unprecedented growth still has not stopped the drumbeat of "drill, baby, drill!" and "frack, baby, frack." And the Keystone XL is being pushed on us while coal mining, even on fragile public lands, continues.

    I do hope for the best, but as things stand, I fear the worst.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 09:28:15 PM PDT

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    •  I ride this emotional roller coaster (2+ / 0-)
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      on both the global ecosystem deterioration and the 1% grip on our government and financial infrastructure.

      Positives I have focused on include that in 2012, new energy sources in America were a few decimal points off even between alternative and fossil fuels. The first month of 2013, new energy was 100% alternative sources.

      The discovery (peer reviewed, scientific) reported this week that the 11/11 earthquake in Oklahoma was from fracking waste water wells is big news. While a lot of the public will miss it, the state governments where the earthquakes have happened are having to address it. The potential loss of lives and cost of damages is too significant.

      While it is certainly a state of nail biting and indigestion anxiety, awareness of the evidence of global ecosystem crises is getting to critical mass. We will know when Obama finally draws a line on further government support for the development and installation of new fossil fuel plants. I am really hopeful that line will be in the tar sands.

      This not well known possibility for significant energy production has a lot of potential IMO. Outgoing DoE director Chu supported funding additional research and development of the liquid salt reactors. There are a variety of videos on this YouTube page explaining thorium reactors and others.

      This weekend I am going to write a letter to Gov Frackenlooper about the earthquake study and challenge his legal threat to communities who enact restrictions on fracking operations.

      terrypinder's 3/28 diary. Large 2011 Oklahoma quake quite possibly tied to wastewater injection

      Mother Jones' excellent article on the study, with a cool animated gif near the bottom of the first page that really clarifies what is happening at the wells and below the ground.
      Fracking's Latest Scandal? Earthquake Swarms

      The rest of the world is paying a lot more attention, especially in countries severely impacted like Bangladesh -where 1000 schools were flooded last year and their low lying coastal areas are steadily being covered in water.  Al Jazeera's video on the battle in the rest of the world we don't hear much about. You can access part 2 from this YouTube page.
      The Climate Question: Degrees of Change - Part 1

      I think other countries may well drag the US, probably with a lot of corporate kicking and screaming, into serious action on changing our destructive behavior.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 05:59:22 PM PDT

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      •  I do hope that cooler, not greedy heads (1+ / 0-)
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        will prevail.

        "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

        by Lily O Lady on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 10:06:19 PM PDT

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