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Need a miracle? Why, here's one now! cc: Billionaire Tom Steyer's super PAC

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Earlier, our own lwdgrfx posted a link to the above video about a new miracle, a possible global solution to help combat climate change, a brilliant idea, and-- wait for it-- a feasible one. As is stated at the link, "everything about this is good. You should be throwing your money at this project."

To put it mildly:

THIS IS A MUST-WATCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please note that I used more exclamation points than the GOP does after "Benghazi!!!!!!!!!!!" and a larger font.

So there.

I own my exuberance. I do not apologize for shouting. In fact, I hope billionaire Tom Steyer notices.

Which brings me to two related articles from the Los Angeles Times that are relevant to the potential miracle that are solar freakin' roadways: Climate change to result in less nutritional food, report says and billionaire will brand climate skeptics as deniers and highlight the hardships on real people that climate change is already causing.

Dear Billionaire Tom, please invest in solar freakin' roadways (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). Not familiar with Mr. Steyer? Please read my previous post, California billionaire may be liberals' answer to the Koch brothers.

Here are a few samples from the Times pieces. Please link over to read the rest. First, Billionaire Tom and his Amazing Super PAC:

A group run by California billionaire Tom Steyer unveiled plans to aggressively target Republicans in seven states who have been skeptics of global warming. Among the political figures the group plans to target is Florida Gov. Rick Scott and former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who hopes to win a Senate seat from New Hampshire.

The group plans to spend at least $100 million – half of it Steyer’s money, the rest raised from other environmentalists – on campaigns that will include micro-targeting voters, branding climate skeptics as deniers of basic science and highlighting the hardships climate change is already causing.

In other words, he's putting real faces and consequences to the catastrophes caused by climate change. He's humanizing it. He's offering concrete examples of actual living, breathing people being devastated by something tangible, something that the GOP is mocking (House Science Committee Hard At Work: More Hearings on Aliens Than Climate Change). Something many of us don't find very amusing.

Next, check this out. Some crops provide less nutrition than they used to, per a new report, and guess what's behind that:

Research indicates that higher carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have reduced the protein content in wheat, for example. And the International Rice Research Institute has warned that the quality of rice available to consumers will decrease as temperatures rise, the report noted. [...]

Scientists already have been investigating breeds of chicken and cattle that can thrive in triple-digit temperatures, grapes that are resilient to heat fungi and crops that won't whither as temperatures rise.

Anyone else find this disturbing?

We are already feeling and seeing the effects of our negligence in caring for our environment, both economically and physically. At this rate it will take a miracle to compensate for our recklessness. We can start with:

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mid-Day Distraction: Water Wheel Cleans Up Trash in Baltimore Harbor

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Another simple idea which cuts out big corporations looking to screw municipalities with overcomplicated 'special technologies'. This is the way to move forward in this country - not spending millions for CEOs to pocket.

Here's the information about this project on YT:

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The Inner Harbor Water Wheel receives its first major flow of trash on the morning of Friday, May 16th.

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Watchdog: Oversight of state pipeline safety "riddled with weaknesses."

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What would we do without a watchdog to protect us and reveal what we already know: We need more (and as you'll see, way more effective) oversight of Big Corporate Ventures; and that Big Corporate Ventures involving fossil fuels (coughKEYSTONEXLcough) are putting our lives in serious danger.

Two words: Oy vey.

Via HuffPo:

(AP) — The federal agency responsible for making sure states effectively oversee the safety of natural gas and other pipelines is failing to do its job, a government watchdog said in a report released Friday.

The federal effort is so riddled with weaknesses that it's not possible to ensure states are enforcing pipeline safety, the report by the Transportation Department's Office of Inspector General said. The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, or PHMSA, isn't ensuring key state inspectors are properly trained, inspections are being conducted frequently enough and inspections target the most risky pipelines, it said.

Uh oh.

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The post goes on to say that more than 20 percent of our pipelines are more than 50 years old or made of inadequate materials. And don't get me started on those incompetent inspectors. One had less than a year's experience.

Without proper oversight, deadly explosions and leaks occur, so clearly, the qualifications and competence of those who are charged with keeping us safe have to improve drastically.

But wait. One of the top three items on the official Republican bucket list is "less oversight." Oh, those wacky zany "pro-lifers" and their totes adorbs shortsightedness. The inspectors and the companies who are the focus of any given watchdog are as responsible as anyone for maintaining safe, healthy, reliable conditions for everyone affected by their operations. But so are our elected officials.

There's more here.

Time to revisit my post of a few days ago, "Our addiction to the ways of the past are destroying us. For humanity, intervention is needed."

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"Our addiction to the ways of the past are destroying us. For humanity, intervention is needed."

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Climate change is a fact. That this country has a dangerous addiction to fossil fuels is also a fact (See: Pres. Obama, just say no to addiction to (tar sands) oil. Please.). That Big Corporations are shortsighted, self-serving, and greedy at the expense of our health and welfare is also a fact.

You know what's fiction? That climate change doesn't exist. That climate change isn't man-made. That shifting to clean, renewable energy won't affect the impending disaster that is climate change. That if we don't do that soon, we'll be just fine, thankyouverymuch.

If you support gradual-- and accelerating-- devastation; if you're okay with coping with the increasing frequency and intensity of deadly hurricanes, "Snowmageddons," frackquakes, floods, and fires; if you don't object to pouring billions into cleaning up the messes Mother Nature is and will continue to create due to our self-indulgent and willful reliance on and acceptance of dirty crude oil, tar sands, methane, and coal, then you support a toxic, grim future for all of us, our children, their children, and so on.

As a spiritual leader, I often counsel people regarding personal problems such as addiction. ("Climate change is already affecting all of U.S., report says," May 6)

I have been preaching about global climate change for years. In the Jewish tradition, there is a teaching that it took Noah 120 years to build the ark so people would ask him what he was doing and hopefully heed his warning.

We are getting closer to our "120 years," as scientists and others have been sounding the alarm for years. How much longer will we think that money trumps doing the responsible and moral thing regarding fossil fuels?

Having the know-how to change, having the knowledge that we need to change, and seeing destructive forces at work but refusing to change: these are tell-tale signs of addiction and suffering that I counsel in my career.

Our addiction to the ways of the past are destroying us. For humanity, intervention is needed.

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

Pasadena

This year's National Climate Assessment will do little to sway those in Congress who are in denial about the contribution of human pollution to the changes seen around the globe. Even those who admit that our emissions into the air might add to the problem say that our efforts would be insignificant, so why go to the expense and trouble.

We should ask them, "Even if human-caused pollution has no effect on climate, why would we want to continue to pump such massive amounts of poison into the air?"

Richard Green

San Clemente

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"GOP politicians still care." Sure they do... about themselves.

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How much more proof do we need that GOP politicians care very little about us, but care very deeply about money, power, domination, and prestige? While Democrats fight for equal pay, equal rights, voting rights, women's rights, gay rights, civil rights, free public education, health care for all, and a safe, clean environment, GOP politicians do whatever it takes to benefit their donors. And the donors do whatever it takes to buy elections and destroy their competitors while clawing for status, increasing their own assets, and boosting their own clout.

It is not about caring. It is all about control.

This is not to say that Dems don't indulge in that kind of thing, too. Of course they do. But anyone can see by the restrictive, extremist laws attempted by and/or passed by GOP state and national legislators (racial, gender, sexual discrimination, trans-vaginal probes, personhood for blastocysts, and repeal Obamacare 50 times, anyone?) that the health and welfare of the American people are not exactly first and foremost on what's left of narrow GOP minds.

What makes it even worse is their blatant hypocrisy. We see them all over the media indulging in their self-righteous "pro-life" posturing. This as they support polluting (killing) our planet, using capital punishment to kill the (all too often wrongly) convicted, and Second Amendmenting anyone who looks at them cross-eyed. And their base eats it up.

GOP politicians boast about their "family values." Yet they play the base card while cheating on their wives in Argentina or concealing their own sexual orientation while pushing anti-gay initiatives.

All this because they care.

Think about it:

Which party is it that came up with the slogan "drill, baby, drill" despite the dire consequences and debilitating illnesses we're already seeing as a result of their deadly reverence of fossil fuels?

Which party is it that resorts to cheating (gerrymandering, Voter I.D. laws, cutting back early voting, caging) in order to win elections?

Which party is it that refuses to pay women the same salaries as men?

Which party is it that rallied around their "Patriot" O' the Day, racist scofflaw Cliven Bundy?

Which party is it that sworetogod they would turn over a new leaf and reach out to a more diverse spectrum of voters... and then did just the opposite?

Hint: Not Democrats.

And with that, here are today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re “Obama's Keystone trap,” Opinion, April 22

Goldberg writes: “GOP politicians still care about the environment, but they take their cues from public opinion, not the green lobby.”

Who does Goldberg consider to be the green lobby? The vast majority of climate scientists whose opinion is disregarded? If the GOP cares as much about the environment as he suggests, where are the party's environmental leaders?

Climate change is not simply another problem among the others (habitat loss, ocean acidification and more) that Goldberg lists; it underlies these problems.

Mary Clumeck

Santa Ana

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We can all sleep a bit better knowing that “GOP politicians still care about the environment.”

And I assume that we can look forward to the GOP leadership on increasing the minimum wage, equal pay for women, contraceptive coverage in medical plans, increasing the marginal tax rate on the very wealthy, providing routes to citizenship for illegal immigrants, legalization of marijuana and recognition for gay marriages.

After all, Goldberg assures us that GOP politicians “take their cues from public opinion.”

Ed Grubbs

Spring Valley, Calif.

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One for the good guys! Family wins nearly $3 million in fracking case.

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Finally, a victory for the good guys. That's the good news. The bad news is that the good guys got sick as hell from fracking and drilling done near their home. Climate change is one of the horrible outcomes of allowing more fossil fuel "exploration" and consumption (and corporate profit), but when a family suffers severe health problems as a result, it hits home. It humanizes the issue.

Let's hope more good guys win enough lawsuits to deprive frackers and Big Oil and Gas of some of that essential growth hormone called money. Let's hope more good guys win enough lawsuits to open the eyes of more Americans who are either apathetic, uninformed, misinformed, or too ideologically driven to care. Let's hope that more corporate toxins like Aruba Petroleum suffer legal defeats.

This time, at least, the good guys with lawyers beat the bad guys with lawyers.

Via the Los Angeles Times:

In a landmark legal victory that centered on fracking, a middle-class north Texas ranching family won nearly $3 million from a big natural gas company whose drilling, they contend, caused years of sickness, killed pets and livestock, and forced them out of their home for months. [...]

Robert and Lisa Parr filed suit against Aruba Petroleum Inc. in 2011, contending that its operations near their land had contaminated the air and harmed their health... "I am just overwhelmed," Lisa Parr said in a telephone interview Wednesday. "I feel like I am just this little bitty girl, this little family who just beat the biggest, most powerful industry in the world."

Of course, Aruba claims they did nothing wrong. Oh really?

Lisa, a stay-at-home mom, said that in November 2008 she started feeling sick to her stomach and suffered from blinding headaches. She brushed it off as the flu, but she didn't get better. She got worse.

Soon, she said, she developed a mysterious rash all over her body and open sores that never healed. Sometimes she had trouble standing and became disoriented. Once the rashes and sores became so severe that emergency room doctors had to pack her body in ice.

Her daughter, then in first grade, had horrible nosebleeds as she slept and would awaken soaked in blood.

Her husband began to have memory problems... Their calves were born with birth defects, and their pets began to die.

Nah, Aruba's off the hook, everything was hunky dory.

Eight doctors were stymied by the symptoms. Finally a specialist tested the air for the presence of toxic chemicals found in petroleum products. That was when the Parr's doctor told them to move the heck out of the area "or they "would spend more time and money on hospitalizations, chemotherapy and a mortician."

But Aruba Petroleum Inc. did everything by the book, see. It was all so very safe and legal. So they say.

Yet somehow Lisa ended up with 20 toxic chemicals in her bloodstream.

Yes, the good guys won this time. Or did they?

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The Local Fight to Save the Chesapeake Becomes a National Fight Over the Clean Water Act

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