CLIMATE CRIMINALS

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HUFFINGTON POST SEPT 2018 - California Gov. Jerry Brown bashed President Donald Trump’s record on the environment Thursday, saying that Trump will be remembered on climate change as a “liar, criminal, fool — pick your choice.”

The Democrat spoke out against the president in introductory remarks at the Global Climate Action Summit that he’s co-hosting in San Francisco.

Brown also ripped Trump for taking steps to try to dismantle California’s vehicle emissions standards, rolling back federal controls on power plant pollution, and easing regulations on methane emissions from oil and gas operations.

“When Trump says, in effect, ‘We like more methane going into the air,’ that is highly destructive, very highly destructive,” Brown said.

He characterized Trump’s designs to dismantle environmental protections as a “major assault on the well-being of the people of California and America and the world. It borders on not only insanity but criminality.”

Despite Trump’s position, Brown underscored that thousands of cities and states are committed to reducing global warming even without the president’s support.

The Trump administration and California, the fifth-largest economy in the world and the state with many of the strictest environmental rules in the nation, have been at loggerheads over the environment right from the start.

Brown on Monday signed into law Senate Bill 100 which pledges that the state will obtain 100 percent of California’s electricity from clean sources by 2045. The measure also establishes benchmarks requiring energy providers to generate 50 percent of their power from renewable resources by 2026. 

After signing the law, Brown complained to Bloomberg that Trump has “designated himself” the “enemy of the people,” adding: “I’m calling him out because climate change is a real threat of death, destruction and ultimate extinction.”

Protesters outside the summit Thursday accused Brown of not doing enough to protect the environment, and demanded he bring an end to the extraction and processing of fossil fuels in the state.

 

 

 

 

WHAT IS A CLIMATE CRIMINAL ?

 

A Climate Criminal is any politician who says that they care about Climate Change, but fails to put into practice whatever bullshit speak they used to get themselves elected. At least Donald Trump did not lie in his efforts to get himself elected. He may well be one of the biggest climate criminals the world has yet seen and go down in history as such, but he did not pull his punches. In fact the American voting public loved him for that. They love their high carbon lifestyle. It seems that they could not give a fig about global warming so long as they do not have to change their ways. How else could a person get elected. They get elected pandering to the greed that is in us all to some extent. In the UK we are no different, hence Brexit. But once the electorate have been fooled, that is that. Or will we ever learn from our mistakes!

 

 

 

2017 - In an announcement to withdraw from the ‘Paris Climate Agreement’ on Thursday, June 1, 2017, by the President of United States of America, Donald Trump, has surprised everyone in the world and made it difficult to understand the strategies which Trump is going to implement thereby. Again, the withdrawal of United States from Paris Climate Accord has resulted in a lot of changes in position with regards to the advisory board members and his decision is not gone well as United States is set to Syria and Nicaragua as non-participating countries at this year’s Climate.

The Chairman and CEO of Walt Disney, Bob Iger is resigning from the position in the White House advisory council, post Trump’s announcement.

Trump’s assistant, Ivanka Trump (his daughter) is however not accessible to comment on it. Sources said that both Ivanka Trump and Jared Khushner were not present during the announcement made by Trump at Rose Garden.

Trump indicated that America would renegotiate based on the changes in the terms of the agreement. However, the French president Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni said in a joint statement on Thursday “with regret” – when referring to U.S. decision to pull out of the agreement. Also, the three leaders insisted on the fact that the course charted by the accord is “irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement cannot be renegotiated.” These leaders consider the agreement as a “cornerstone in the cooperation between our countries, for effectively and timely tackling climate change.”

On the other hand Interior Secretary of United States Ryan Zinke has appreciated Trump’s bold move on this aspect as he reinstates that “America’s energy and economic destiny should be up to the United States, not the United Nations.” He believes that the said ‘climate accord’ is not very rich in its negotiation factors and that if the United States enters the accord on the terms mentioned therein, the American jobs will be killed.

Again, the President is of the opinion that the other nations in the accord are there to gain ‘financial advantage’ over U.S. than it is about climate change. May be a little elaboration in this regard would serve justice to the President’s comment.

At the same time the democratic rival of Trump, Hillary Clinton says “The world is moving forward together on climate change.” She emphasized that Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord “leaves American workers & families behind.”

Mark Zuckerberg slammed Donald’s decision and said – “puts our children’s future at risk“.

 

 

 

COUNTER CURRENTS NOVEMBER 2016 - Billionaire US president-elect Donald Trump belongs to the richest 0.1% of Americans but has been elected by an anti-science, neoliberal electoral continuum from the desperate White poor to the homicidally greedy rich. Trump is an explicit climate change denier and promises a neoliberal agenda of $1 trillion annually in tax-cuts disproportionately favouring the rich in an environmentally disastrous Business As Usual (BAU) Carbon Economy involving climate change inaction and unlimited oil, coal and gas exploitation.

Donald Trump is clearly a member of the US Establishment but was ferociously opposed by the “official” US Establishment represented by the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, and Mainstream media, politician and academic presstitutes backing the “official” US Establishment narrative and engaged in what was described as “manufacturing consent” in the seminal book of the same name by Professors Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky. Those who voted for Donald Trump are on a continuum from egregious stupidity and/or ignorance to homicidal and genocidal greed but the valid excuse of the poor, ignored and disadvantaged White voters was that they desperately wanted a change from essentially BAU rule by the Democrat part of the “official” Establishment. Of course they could have voted for science-informed, pro-Humanity, pro-environment, anti-racist Jewish American progressive physician Dr Jill Stein of the US Green Party, but she only gained 1% of the vote in what was basically a first-past-the post, 2-horse race in Plutocracy, Kleptocracy, Murdochracy, Lobbyocracy, Corporatocracy and Dollarocracy America in which Big Money purchases people, parties, policies, public perception of reality, votes and hence more private profit.

 

 

DONALD TRUMP = BUSINESS AS USUAL (BAS)

 

The world is facing a worsening climate emergency. The Paris Agreement target of no more than a 1.5-2.0C temperature rise to avoid catastrophic global warming is now essentially unavoidable. The plus 1.5C target may be exceeded in as few as 4 years. The present plus 1.25C global average temperature rise is already catastrophic for Island Nations being presently ravaged by sea level rise and storm surges from high energy storms. Already an estimated 0.4 million people die from climate change annually but this may be a considerable under-estimate because climate change evidently impacts the 17 million people who die avoidably from deprivation each year in the tropical and sub-tropical Developing World. Further, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 7 million people die annually from air pollution that is largely derived from carbon fuel burning .

Science-informed people are aware of the worsening climate emergency due to global warming and climatic disruption from greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution. The world is facing an existential threat from GHG pollution and it is estimated that 10 billion people (mostly non-Europeans) could die this century in a worsening climate genocide if GHG pollution is not requisitely addressed. Already 17 million people die avoidably each year from deprivation and deprivation-exacerbated disease but failure to address man-made climate change could mean an average of 100 million avoidable deaths each year this century. 

 

 

President Donald Trump USA

 

ADOLF HITLER - The Nazi party took wrong turn incorporating eugenics agendas as an agenda to wiping out what they saw as characteristics unbecoming German superiority. President Trump is undoing much that has been achieved by other US administrations to knobble climate change positives in other countries, where all he appears to be interested in is maintaining the present level of economic growth amid climate chaos that he appears blinded to. The world went to war against Adolf Hitler to stop the damage he was doing. How long will it be before Donald is kicked out for his crimes against planet earth?

 

CLIMATE ENEMY NUMBER ONE - If it was put to a vote internationally, Donald Trump may well be elected Climate Enemy number one. That might make Vladimir Putin Climate Enemy No2. We seem to have gone from the Cold War to the Hot War. That means undermining world efforts to curb global warming, such as to give the US or Soviet an advantage against previous Cold War adversaries. In other words, these guys are still behaving as enemies as if they have no intention of being content with peace. It is a kind of inverse arms race.

 

What will these despicables make of Greta Thunberg. The 15 year old schoolgirl who has been playing truant outside the Swedish Parliament, is calling them out on their blatant profiteering from coal and oil, in so doing squandering her future and the future of her children.

 

COAL FIRES - If we assume for simplicity that Donald Trump’s envisaged $50 trillion of fossil fuel utilization from US Federal lands is coal, that the coal price is about $50 per tonne and that burning 1 tonne of coal generates 3 tonnes of CO2, then this utilization will generate $50 trillion x ( tonne coal/$50) x 3 tonnes CO2/1 tonne coal = 3 trillion tonnes CO2 or 3 times more than the 1 trillion tonne CO2 Terminal Carbon Pollution Budget for the whole world that must not be exceeded between 2000 and 2050 for a probability of about 75% for limiting temperature rise to 2 degrees. We are familiar with the notion that the nuclear arsenals of the world are many times bigger than that required to destroy Humanity. Donald Trump’s proposed utilization of $50 trillion of US fossil fuel resources dooms planet to a catastrophic plus 2 degrees Centigrade temperature rise by an over-kill factor of 3. Put simply, international equity demands that the US must keep fossil fuels in the ground.

 

 

A practical and economical car from BMW i3 that uses electrical charging points

 

PRACTICAL MOTORING - This BMW i3 has been operated by Bluebird Marine and the Cleaner Ocean Foundation for about two years. Even in the winter (picture Feb 6 2018) she offers comfort to the passengers, though at a range reduction for trips around Sussex in connection with development of the SeaVax and other ocean research related duties - in so doing contributing to climate change reduction and lobbying for change that is environmentally friendly. What kind of car does Donald Trump drive?

 

 

ABC JUNE 2017 - Australia will not walk away from its commitment to the Paris agreement, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says, despite the US President's decision to withdraw.

"The commitments we have made are in Australia's interests," Mr Turnbull said while on an official visit to Singapore today.

He said Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris agreement was not a surprise.

"It was a very core campaign commitment of his," Mr Turnbull said.

Labor has also labelled Mr Trump's decision disappointing, while the Greens have gone much further, with MP Adam Bandt calling him a "climate criminal" who should become a "world pariah".

"Trump has just threatened our security and our way of life. Time to dump Trump," Mr Bandt wrote on Twitter.

"Trump's 'axis of denial' is a greater threat to global security than terrorism."

Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg argued the agreement could still be meaningful without the US because more than 190 countries had signed on and 146 nations had ratified the deal.

Coalition MPs Eric Abetz and Ian Macdonald have said Australia should consider following the US move to withdraw from the Paris agreement.

Liberal senator Chris Back said the deal was too lenient to China and India and had been made "impotent" by America's withdrawal.

"If you add China, America and India you're probably looking at two thirds of the world's carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions," he said.

"So that reason on its own would cause the whole accord to have to be renegotiated."

Labor's Environment Spokesman Mark Butler said he was concerned at that push but he was "somewhat reassured" Mr Frydenberg has committed to remaining part of the deal.

Mr Frydenberg said without the US, about 70 per cent of the world's emissions were covered by the Paris agreement.

And he urged the US to keep working to cut emissions, despite walking away from the Paris deal.

Federal Labor called the signing of the Paris accords by 195 countries the most significant global step towards action on climate change the world had ever made.

It has pushed for Mr Turnbull to press the United States to reconsider the decision to pull out.

It said Australia must step up its efforts to cut emissions.

One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts, said Australia should not have joined the agreement at all, adding the country should "never side with foreign powers wanting to harm the economic security of our nation".

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FRIENDS OF THE EARTH JANUARY 2017 - Donald Trump has:

* said he will pull the US out of the Paris international climate agreement
* taken steps to cut back the US Environmental Protection Agency
* and is on record saying that global warming is a hoax invented by the Chinese to attack US manufacturing.

The growing impacts of climate change are extremely serious and require urgent action. Yet the person at the helm of the world’s largest economy is ignoring the science – and at times preferring to pass the whole thing off as a foreign conspiracy.

Trump has a Republican Senate who have been heavily supported by industries that exploit coal, oil and gas – fuels we can't keep digging up if we want to avoid climate breakdown.

He has also surrounded himself with advisers linked to the dirty-energy industry, and filled his cabinet with climate change sceptics and deniers.

Here’s what we can tell so far about Donald Trump’s position on climate change, energy, the Paris Agreement and trade.

 

Donald Trump and the fossil fuel industry

 

Trump’s closest energy advisors all have very strong links to either the fossil fuel industry or climate denial outfits.

Trump nominated long-time climate denier Rick Perry for Energy Secretary, and the CEO of ExxonMobil Rex Tillerson as his top diplomat, in the Secretary of State role. Tillerson, who urged Trump not to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, was soon replaced with former CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who opposed the US ever joining the Paris Agreement in the first place. Pompeo has accepted well over a million dollars from oil and gas industries in campaign contributions since 2009.

Trump's original administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scott Pruitt had previously fought against the agency's clean air regulations and sued it to overturn President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. One EPA scientist is reported to have called Pruitt's appointment an “unprecedented disaster” for the natural world and public health. A judge told the EPA to release the evidence behind Pruitt’s claims that climate change has nothing to do with human activity. Pruitt resigned in July 2018.

While new acting administrator for the EPA, Andrew Wheeler, might be mroe tactful than his predecessor, one thing's for sure: he's not committed to protecting the environment. Wheeler has previously worked as a coal lobbyist on behalf of polluters and climate deniers to make sure government policies don't harm their climate-wrecking businesses. And although he isn't an outspoken climate denier like Pruitt, he has refused to agree that climate change is caused by humans.

Other top EPA officials have strong links to the fossil fuel industry, such as William Wehrum.

Trump’s Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is a big advocate of coal who has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from the industry.

 

What is Donald Trump’s policy on energy?

 

The theme of Donald Trump’s emerging energy policy mirrors that of the Republican Party – energy independence and energy security based on fossil fuels.

That means using American fossil fuel energy resources to the full. The priority is clear: “America is sitting on a treasure trove of untapped energy. In fact, America possesses more combined coal, oil, and natural gas resources than any other nation on Earth.”

Unfortunately this type of thinking is an express ticket to deadly rises in global temperature. Tackling climate change means keeping 80% of proven coal, oil and gas reserves in the ground.

There are 3 main proposals so far to realise Trump's catastrophic vision.

First, ending the current moratorium on coal mining leases. Second, fast-tracking new fossil fuel proposals and supporting new fossil fuel infrastructure. And third, scrapping regulations including President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

 

What is Donald Trump’s policy on renewable energy?

 

Trump has long stated his opposition to renewables. His administration’s budget for 2018 saw funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy cut by 72%.

One bizarre piece of support for renewables though was his announcement that his fabled Mexico Wall could be covered in solar panels – as a way to generate energy and make the wall pay for itself.

Fortunately, much of the progress that has taken place in renewable energy is happening in the private market and is not dependent on support from the federal government.

Even without subsidies or a price on carbon, renewable energy is cheaper than coal and cost-competitive with natural gas in the US.

This means that renewable technologies will continue to thrive – they are a huge growth sector. However, the US invests only a third of the amount that China spends on renewables, so it risks missing out on that growth.

 

What is Donald Trump’s policy on fracking and other fossil fuels?

 

Trump is pro-fracking, just as he is pro-coal. At least, his advisers are.

Trump has now started auctioning off large amounts of land for fracking. And by simultaneously weakening environmental regulations, it's clear that he's stopping at nothing to prop up climate-wrecking fossil-fuel companies.

But it will be difficult for him to bring back the jobs in coal country.

The economics of coal mean that the industry is in deep trouble – and in the US the growth of the fracking industry and renewable energy has been a major cause of its difficulties.

To get coal back on its feet, Trump would need to change the economics. Pro-coal Australian prime-minister Malcolm Turnbull has found that being pro-coal isn’t enough if the investors won’t put in their money. Ramping up the coal industry would require billions in subsidies from the federal government.

Last year, Trump produced a plan to do exactly that – use taxpayers’ money to keep coal power stations open. It was unanimously rejected by regulators. Now he is working on a new plan, claiming that coal must be subsidised in the interests of national security.

If we want to keep global warming below even 2°C above pre-industrial levels, we already have more coal, oil and gas in production globally than we can safely burn.

The President should move away from both fracking and coal, and focus on America’s even bigger renewable energy resources. There is greater potential for jobs and the manufacturing industry in renewables than in fossil fuels.

 

What are Donald Trump’s policies on trade and the environment?

 

Headlines suggest that Donald Trump has declared war on US trade agreements.

And, indeed, it seems he is just doing just that.

Trump has pulled the US out of the recently-negotiated Trans Pacific Partnership deal and begun the renegotiation of the USA’s North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. He believes those deals are too generous to US trading partners and encourage the off-shoring of US manufacturing. These agreements also happen to threaten climate, environmental and other public interest regulations – but that's not why Trump is ditching them.

What Trump has said is that he wants to significantly increase US production and export of coal, oil and gas – as well as roll back public-interest regulation across the board. And his Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, has made it clear that a UK-US trade deal would require the UK's current environmental, food and farming standards to be lowered.

As such, it’s hard to envision a future Trumpian US trade policy built on anything other than jingoism, greed and ignorance of environmental and climate science.

Thus, the idea that any of Trump’s proposed trade deals – including any future deal with the UK – will be better for the environment, people and planet than those he is promising to tear up is almost certainly nonsense.

"We will campaign vigorously against any trade deal with the US. Why should they get to profit from trade with the UK, when their actions will result in more people dying from extreme weather around the world, contribute to ever more serious refugee crises, and cause increased flooding and disruption here in the UK?" Friends of the Earth CEO Craig Bennett.

 

 

The British administration, as appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in good faith, is a nation that sometimes rewards maladministration with honours, as we head towards the monarch's 93rd birthday in 2019. We hope to help this nation transform into a bastion of transparency and virtue in United Nations and Universal Declaration terms by revealing issues and lost opportunities that are having a braking effect on the development of a sustainable society that admonishes climate criminals who should never be allowed to hold office again. Ultimately, this is up to the electorate. Please do not vote for any prospective member of parliament who does not stand for action against climate change. 

 

 

Poverty UN sustainability goals 1Zero hunger and food security UN SDG2Health and well being UN SDG3Education UN sustainable development goal 4Gender equaltiy for men and women UN SDG 5Sanitation and clean water for all SDG 6

Clean affordable energy for all UN sustainability goal 7Jobs and sustainable economic growth SDG 8Innovation in industry and sustainable infrastructure SDG 9Reduced inequalities for all sustainable development goal 10Cities and communities that are sustainable goal 11Consumption and production that is sustainable SDG 12

Action against climate change sustainable development goal 13Ocean and marine conservation UN sustainable development goals 14Biodiversity conserving life on land SDG 15Justice and institutional integrity for peace SDG 16Partnerships between governments and corporations SDG 17United Nations sustainable  development goals for 2030

 

 

 

 

 

LINKS & REFERENCE

 

https://friendsoftheearth.uk/climate-change/what-are-donald-trumps-policies-climate-change-and-other-environmental-issues

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-02/donald-trump-paris-deal-decision-disappointing-say-turnbull/8582696

https://countercurrents.org/2016/11/12/terracidal-wealth-transfer-by-neoliberal-climate-criminal-and-climate-change-denier-donald-trump/

https://newsnexa.com/donald-trump-exit-paris-climate-treaty-climate-criminal/1995/

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/jerry-brown-trump-climate-change-liar_us_5b9ae116e4b0c875d14a15ac

 

 

Offshore wind generation of electricity is clean and sustainable

 

OFFSHORE - The great thing about electricity is that energy generated at sea can be used to power vehicles on land. Wind energy can be captured with turbines on land and offshore. Land based development can be less of a navigation hazard and is certainly more efficient for micro-generation closer to the user where voltage drop - hence energy wasted in transmission is negligible. The permitted development rights from 2015 that came about as a result of the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006, are not sufficiently encouraging to home owners and businesses to have made any real impact in reaching our carbon reduction targets.

 

 

 

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