October, 2015

Exxon's role in global warming and in its denial -- the Spirit of Valdez lives!

Submitted: Oct 31, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 10-28-15

The Guardian

Oil

Imagine if Exxon had told the truth on climate change

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Humanity doesn't deserve Nature

Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Suppose, contrary to nearly universal public opinion, humanity doesn't deserve nature. Man is destroying ecological system after ecological system, extinguishing species after driving them into habitat corrals, constantly encroached upon by agricultural and housing development. The only way the story of the global environmental crisis makes sense is once hope is removed from reflections on it.

Every day is the New Day!

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But are Ryan's ideas any good for the public good?

Submitted: Oct 23, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The Chicago Tribune, clarion voice of the Midwest, calls Paul Ryan, R-WI, leading candidate for speaker of the House of Representatives, a man of ideas. To be exact, the Tribune's editorial board quotes Mitt Romney, whose running mate Ryan was in the presidential election of 2012, "he is a man of ideas who is driven to see them applied for the public good."

But what are the quality of Ryan's ideas? Since they focus on the federal budget, we consulted Dean Baker, an economist, on the subject.  We've listened carefully to Baker ever since he drew our attention to the complete instability of the housing boom and its dangers as early as 2004.

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There are no Crocodile Dundees in the San Joaquin Valley

Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 We are always happy to hear about our state Legislature getting out and getting exposed to educational influences. The poor dears are in the Capitol for so short a time -- thanks to the concerted, successful efforts of California's dominant corporations to impose term limits on legislators -- that it should always be reassuring to all Californians whenever our legislators are getting educated. In the case of their trip to Australia to study how that country has dealt with droughts, we ought to be especially grateful to the funders of this trip, the California Foundation on the Environment and Economy, an organization composed of termed out state legislators and lobbyists (for whom there are no term limits) from the energy and development "communities," and the building trades unions. 

This is a fine example of one of the basic assumptions of California leadership: Every day is a New Day! Why go to the abundant public record that exists on all aspects of the state's water supply and study, or at least have members of your staff study, what California has done in times of drought? How much more glamorous to go to Australia!" And it looks better on the resume than dropping by UC Davis for a workshop.

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Mother Earth is an Indian woman from a high mountain who wears a fedora

Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 10-15-15

Common Dreams

'Capitalism is Mother Earth's Cancer': World People's Summit Issues 12 Demands

The establishment of an independent climate tribunal to hold wealthy nations accountable emerged as a central goal of conference in Bolivia

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Just put a number on it and everything will be clear

Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 "We have hundreds of millions of acre-feet of groundwater under our feet in California," Quinn said. ...The state Department of Water Resources will release a final list of critically overdrafted basins in coming days. Those basins will need to have groundwater sustainability plans in place by Jan. 31, 2020, two years earlier than other high- and medium-priority basins. -- Kate Campbell, Sierra Sun-Times, Oct. 14, 2015.

 

 

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Tha banality of drought

Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 10-13-15

Energybiz.com

Meters and more in the fight against California's drought

R. Kress

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Merced City Council converts to district elections

Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The proposed "Palma" map for City-Council district elections,  pushed by a number of speakers at last week's Merced City Council meeting, was rejected by the council. Council members inquired why South Merced residents would want a district map that included two South Merced districts, each of which bulged across the highway and railroad tracks into Downtown Merced.

Mayor Stan Thurston pointed out that it could defeat the alleged purpose of the district maps to distribute council seats equally among different parts of the city and that South Merced could end up being represented by two council members from downtown or central Merced.

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The cosmetology of a state resource agency

Submitted: Oct 10, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The California Department of Fish and Game changed its name to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on Jan.1, 2013. The bill was sponsored by former Assemblyman Jared Huffman, who two days later became a congressman representing the north coast, home of the richest deer and bear hunting zones (1,2) in the state along with the densest concentration of forest fires.

Prior to going into politics, Mr. Huffman was an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Bernie Rising Out West

Submitted: Oct 09, 2015

...and Hill rolls down to the Plain of Oblivion.

 

10-7-15

commondreams.org

Golden State's Love for Sanders Grows as Support for Clinton Dwindles

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Dead forests

Submitted: Oct 08, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

 The large and growing patches of dead trees in California's forests are less perceptible to the public than even the falling aquifers, which at least have immediate consequences in the growing number of dry wells.  If you aren't flying over forests or talking to people who work or camp in them, it isn't easy to get a sense of the magnitude of what the drought has done to California forests. Wildfires through oak woodlands or forest fires may consume dead trees and leave others dead, can give us an idea of the stress forests are under now. But, strangely, the terror, injury and death of wild animals is not apparently considered news. Certainly not nearly as important as the loss of human habitations built in areas which, in retrospect, were seen to be vulnerable to large, fast, deadly fires.

Here are few articles that discuss different aspects of the problem. Some are saying, whether to raise the alarm, make a profit or a reputation, that this drought has permanently changed our forests. -- blj

 

 

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But, does it stick on the barn door?

Submitted: Oct 06, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 The tedious mixture of hyperbole and desiccated cliches politicians hurl at global-warming crises for which they have been unwilling to prepare the public remind us of a general comment about politicians from the 19th Century:

To delude others and by deluding them to delude yourself--this is parliamentary wisdom in a nutshell! -- Karl Marx, Sept. 8, 1872. in Istvan Meszaros, Beyond Capital, p. 679.

 

 -- blj

 

 

 

 

 

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The new Green Math of South Carolina

Submitted: Oct 05, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 10-5-15

Democracy Now!

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/10/5/headlines#1054

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CLIMATE SCIENTIST DROPS THE F-BOMB AFTER STARTLING ARCTIC DISCOVERY.

Submitted: Oct 03, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

7-7-15

Esquire Magazine

When the End of Human Civilization Is Your Day Job

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The first rain

Submitted: Oct 01, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 After the rain today in Merced it was as if the city had had a cataract operation, replacing the sepia tinted lens of drought. ---blj

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The contribution to global warming of artificial fertilizers

Submitted: Oct 01, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Fertilisers, especially nitrogen fertilisers, require an enormous amount of energy to produce... Faced with this dilemma, the fertiliser companies have moved aggressively to control the international debate on agriculture and climate change, and to position themselves as a necessary part of the solution.

 -- GRAIN, Sept. 30, 2015

 

 

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