Category Archives: USA

June 3rd, 2014 – EPA is a radical terrorist organisation. Or something

One way of delaying action is by relentlessly attacking all regulation as not far form Joseph Stalin and Pol Pot.  It’s ludicrous, but it ‘works’. On June 3rd last year, the ‘newspaper’ USA Today ran the following ad, from an outfit called EPA Watch–  (which may or may not be related to these guys).

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See also this charming congressman

 

Also on this day
2010 Merchants of Doubt by Oreskes and Conway published

 

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June 2nd, 2005 – Arnold versus the greenhouse. (1989 – “Hansen versus the world”)

On June 2, 2005, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced an initiative to curb greenhouse gas emissions in California as a step towards addressing global warming. In his speech, the governor declared, “The debate is over. We know the science. We see the threat, and we know the time for action is now.

“I say the debate is over. We know the science. We see the threat, and we know the time for action is now.”

–Arnold Schwarzenegger

San Francisco, June 2, 2005

Nope, the time for action was the 1980s.  Oh well….

Also on this day
june2ndhansen1989 Story appears in Science with the title Hansen vs. the World on the Greenhouse Threat
2014 EPA proposes “Clean Power Plan”

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May 28th, 1956 – Time magazine article “One Big Greenhouse”

28 May 1956 Time magazine:

“Since the start of the industrial revolution, mankind has been burning fossil fuel (coal, oil, etc.) and adding its carbon to the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. In 50 years or so this process, says Director Roger Revelle of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, may have a violent effect on the earth’s climate…

“Dr. Revelle has not reached the stage of warning against this catastrophe, but he and other geophysicists intend to keep watching and recording. During the International Geophysical Year (1957-58), teams of scientists will take inventory of the earth’s CO2 and observe how it shifts between air and sea. They will try to find out whether the CO2 blanket has been growing thicker, and what the effect has been. When all their data have been studied, they may be able to predict whether man’s factory chimneys and auto exhausts will eventually cause salt water to flow in the streets of New York and London.”
“One Big Greenhouse,” Time magazine, May 28, 1956.

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May 27th, 1962 – Centralia coal seam fire detected. Still burning today…

“The Centralia mine fire is a coal seam fire that has been burning underneath the borough of Centralia, Pennsylvania, United States since at least May 27, 1962. The cause of the fire is suspected to be from a trash burning that hit a coal strip in a cave. The fire burns in underground coal mines at depths of up to 300 feet over an eight-mile stretch of 3,700 acres.[1] As of 2014, the fire continues to burn. At its current rate, it could burn for over 250 more years.”

Er, Simpsons Tire Yard, much?

Also on this day

1919 – The NC-4 aircraft arrives in Lisbon after completing the first transatlantic flight.

1927 – The Ford Motor Company ceases manufacture of the Ford Model T and begins to retool plants to make the Ford Model A.

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May 26th, 2004 “The Day After Tomorrow” released

may262004dayaftertmrwBasically a re-tread of the 70s/80s -after a nuclear war disaster/who-will-survive flicks, TDAT was fun for its casting of a Dick Cheney lookalike as Vice President, but not much else.

According to the source of all reliable information (wikipedia)

“The film was inspired by The Coming Global Superstorm, a book co-authored by Coast to Coast AM talk radio host Art Bell and Whitley Strieber.[2] Strieber also wrote the film’s novelization. The book “The Sixth Winter” written by Douglas Orgill and John Gribbin and published in 1979, follows a similar theme. So does the novel Ice!, by Arnold Federbush, published in 1978.”

And this from the same article is fun –

“Paleoclimatologist William Hyde of Duke University was asked on Usenet whether he would be seeing the film; he responded that he would not unless someone were to offer him $100.[7] Other readers of the newsgroup took this as a challenge, and (despite Hyde’s protests) raised the necessary funds. Hyde’s review criticized the film’s portrayal of weather phenomena that stopped at national borders, and finished by saying that it was “to climate science as Frankenstein is to heart transplant surgery“, as quoted in New Scientist.”

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May 24th, 1990 – Environmentalists blown up, framed by FBI

On this day the environmental activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney injured by a car bomb. You can – and should – read more about the case here. They were at the time engaged in the “Redwood Summer”, an attempt to get timber workers and environmentalists combining forces. There are other more climate-related events that happened on this day, but it would be dishonourable not to remember this event, sadly not an aberration when it comes to the United States and social justice campaigns…


Also on this day

2004 Release of “The Day After Tomorrow” (New York Premiere)
2006 Release of “An Inconvenient Truth”
2007 Hansen Scientific Reticence and Sea Level Rise published

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May 21st, 1971 – “What’s Going On” asks Marvin Gaye

On this day in 1971 Marvin Gaye’s truly ground-breaking album “What’s Going On” was released.  The single “Mercy Mercy Me (the Ecology Song)” was released a few weeks later, on June 10th, a date which has competing interests.

Woo ah, mercy mercy me
Ah things ain’t what they used to be, no no
Where did all the blue skies go?
Poison is the wind that blows from the north and south and east
Woo mercy, mercy me, mercy father
Ah things ain’t what they used to be, no no
Oil wasted on the ocean and upon our seas, fish full of mercury
Ah oh mercy, mercy me
Ah things ain’t what they used to be, no no
Radiation under ground and in the sky
Animals and birds who live nearby are dying
Oh mercy, mercy me
Ah things ain’t what they used to be
What about this overcrowded land
How much more abuse from man can she stand?
Oh, na na…
My sweet Lord… No
My Lord… My sweet Lord

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