Welcome To The 350 Bay Area Climate Policy and Politics BLog

 This blog was created to publish the stream of articles and thoughtful email conversation posts.  This post is the first round from a few weeks of contributions.  Please post what you find and think is important. To see the ~20 articles, click on  "Read More"...

Topics:

  • Keystone XL
  • Tar Sands
  • California Refineries
  • Forward On Climate
  • Legislation
  • Books

 

Keystone

Why Keystone is not just any pipeline. For the Canadian Tar Sands, it is THE pipeline to success

Reposted from Tom's Dispatch:http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/02/11/1186223/-Michael-Klare-Will-the-Keystone-XL-Pipeline-Go-Down

 Conclusion:

 The stakes in this battle could not be higher. [emphasis added]  If Keystone XL fails to win the president’s approval, the industry will certainly grow at a far slower pace than forecast and possibly witness the failure of costly ventures, resulting in an industry-wide contraction.  If approved, however, production will soar and global warming will occur at an even faster rate than previously projected. In this way, a presidential decision will have an unexpectedly decisive and lasting impact on all our lives.

March 16-23 2013  Tar Sands Blockade and our allies are calling for a Week of Action to Stop Tar Sands Profiteers.

 

Reckless Canadian policy Review and the FOC blogathon

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/02/15/1186377/-Forward-on-Climate-Canada-s-reckless-environmental-policies

New tar sands pipeline will be longer and even more dangerous tha http://uncommon-hours.blogspot.com/2013/02/new-tar-sands-pipeline-will-be-longer.htmln Keystone XL

 

Bay Area /California

Greg Karras, scientist at Communities for a Better Environment is an excellent source on this.

 For sure all the Bay Area refineries have projects underway to enable them to process high sulfur crude oil, making them "tar sands ready."

 Some of the crude pumped in California is just as dirty as tar sands oil:

 http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/In-state-oil-fields-don-t-all-meet-standard-4267131.php

 Dirty California crude exists and is already processed here.

http://uncommon-hours.blogspot.com/2013/02/forward-on-climate-rally-more-than.html

The Do the Math principle says we need to leave it in the ground and focus on reducing demand: 

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/02/18/1187913/-California-s-Fracked-Up-Oil-Nearly-As-Bad-As-Keystone-XL

Bottom line: the more oil pumped/extracted from the ground, the more oil will be burned. Focus on carbon intensity is important, but we will never win via an abstract policy position when we hold no cards to stop the international extraction of dirty crude. The more oil kept in the ground, the higher the price charged for what does come out, the more the economics will favor other energy sources. If our "neighborhood" (California) is sitting on oil, the best thing we can do for the planet is to leave it there.

 

Valero planning to process tar sands oil

http://benicia.patch.com/articles/valero-applies-to-build-crude-by-rail-project-up-to-70k-barrels-to-benicia-by-train-daily

They have already approached the Air District to get a permit.

Secret report out of South Carolina admits climate change is real 

A secret report out of South Carolina admits climate change is real and lots of horrendous things will happen in SC as a result; but of course, since it is a REPUBLICAN state, the report is withheld from public view. What an enormous disservice many politicians do  to their constituents! And the press goes right along with the ruse. "If we ignore it long enough, maybe it will go away…" My parents own a condo very near the water in Hilton Head, a low lying area of the coast, which will undoubtedly be under water in the foreseeable future. 

 http://www.thestate.com/2013/02/24/2645515/secret-climate-report-calls-for.html#storylink=misearch

McKibben

This is definitely what to read today (thanks Frances Aubrey for forwarding!):

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-02-28/bill-mckibbens-battle-against-the-keystone-xl-pipeline

Various

connecting carbon dioxide levels and climate change

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/01/science/earth/at-ice-age-end-a-smaller-gap-in-warming-and-carbon-dioxide.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130301

Secret report out of South Carolina admits climate change is real

A secret report out of South Carolina admits climate change is real and lots of horrendous things will happen in SC as a result; but of course, since it is a REPUBLICAN state, the report is withheld from public view. What an enormous disservice many politicians do  to their constituents! And the press goes right along with the ruse. "If we ignore it long enough, maybe it will go away…" My parents own a condo very near the water in Hilton Head, a low lying area of the coast, which will undoubtedly be under water in the foreseeable future. 

http://www.thestate.com/2013/02/24/2645515/secret-climate-report-calls-for.html#storylink=misearch

 

New Mexico's ambivalence about drilling and fracking

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local%20News/022513oilandgas#.USuzmFpeuFe

 

Heat stress & climate destabilization

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/24/us-climate-labor-idUSBRE91N0CN20130224

 

 Drill, Baby Drill

We’re being told that – thanks to "fracking" for shale gas and oil, and massive stores of tar sands in Canada – the US is undergoing an energy revolution, leading us in a few short years to become virtually energy independent.

Written by geoscientist and PCI Fellow David Hughes, "Drill, Baby, Drill" takes a far-ranging and painstakingly researched look at the prospects for US energy abundance in the 21st Century. The conclusions are a stark contrast to the hype. The energy choices we make now are exceptionally important and "Drill, Baby, Drill" provides a reality check we simply can't ignore.

 http://shalebubble.org/drill-baby-drill/

 

Forward On Climate

As my four year old and I get ready to head out to DC for the rally, I wanted to see if anyone (especially any parents or youth on the list) would post this video to the your FB page today, and watch it if you haven't seen it. It's one minute of parent and kids (including some folks you might know, like Annie Leonard from The Story of Stuff)  talking about the importance of being there tomorrow (and I hope by now folks know if they can't be in DC, there are solidarity actions). The Sierra Club totally rocked in making this video possible, and if it could be a last bit of visibility....'twould be great.

http://act.engagementlab.org/signup/climate_parents_forward_video/

 

DC people's assembly after the rally--this is a great idea--maybe we could try this down the road to keep up the generation of ideas, energy and get many more people involved.  But not today!

https://www.facebook.com/events/418268198254076/?fref=ts

 

Legislation

In case you didn't see it. Brune and McKibben were at the press conf.

http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/news/?id=9D529C99-B278-4D14-B36F-F33F58CC2F3D

 

BOOKS

FIGHT GLOBAL WARMING NOW, The Handbook for taking action in your community.  by Bill McKibben and the Step it up Team.  Holt publishing.  (My strongest recommendation.  It's exactly about what we are doing.)

Organizing Cools The Planet, Tools and reflections to navigate the climate crisis. by Moore and Russell.  PM Press

Six Degrees

 

 

 

 

 

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