The Guardian reports today that “More than half of the world’s new oil and gas pipelines are located in North America, with a boom in US oil and gas drilling set to deliver a major blow to efforts to slow climate change, a new report has found.
“Of a total 302 pipelines in some stage of development around the world, 51% are in North America, according to Global Energy Monitor, which tracks fossil fuel activity. A total of $232.5bn in capital spending has been funneled into these North American pipeline projects, with more than $1 trillion committed towards all oil and gas infrastructure.”
“If built, these projects would increase the global number of pipelines by nearly a third and mark out a path of several decades of substantial oil and gas use.” Read more . . .
Download report HERE:
“From 2011 to 2016, following a period of heady optimism and over-expansion based on expectations of surging Asian demand, coal mining company values plummeted and bankruptcies decimated the sector. . . . Today, investors in the booming expansion of oil and gas infrastructure appear headed for a similar shock, as boom-fueled optimism runs into climate realities and fiscal limits . . .”
I was interviewed by KGNU radio prior to a talk I gave at the Longmont Salon on Wednesday March 27. The topic of the presentation was: “The Climate Crisis, Is It Too Late?” I introduced Extinction Rebellion and showed an XR video. You can listen to the 11 minute interview HERE.
Today’s taking and sending meditation is for the victims of the Nebraska floods. . . . Including humans, animals and the earth itself. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts says farmers are bearing the brunt of “the most widespread destruction we have ever seen in our state’s history.” Erbarme dich.
In the first significant check on the Trump administration’s “energy-first” agenda, a US judge has temporarily halted hundreds of drilling projects for failing to take climate change into account. Read more . . .
Scientist Michael Mann and Bob Ward, writing in the Guardian:
should not be fooled by the Stalinist tactics being used by the White
House to try to discredit the findings of mainstream climate science.
Trump administration has already purged information about climate
change from government websites, gagged federal experts and attempted
to end funding for climate change programs.
a group of hardcore climate change deniers and contrarians linked to
the administration is organising a petition in support of a new panel
being set up by the National Security Council to promote an
alternative official explanation for climate change.” Read
more . . .
The Crush of Leaves (after the Christchurch massacre)
the old crab apple tree still
feeds birds, squirrels, rabbits
and a thousand unseen creatures
even on this Ides of March
as we discover the oneness
of love and grief
reaching out from great distance
to a place so close
we feel only the crush of leaves