Stealth Bananas!!!

…In other words, despite 20 years of effort by Big Food to make organic friendly to GMOs, monocrops, dodgy fertilizers like sewage sludge, and more, the organic label remains the single most accessible way for consumers to avoid supporting the worst ecological practices of industrial agriculture. And consumers should know this, and not get the idea that the organic label has been drained of all meaning. (Consumers can also seek out nearby farmers and learn directly about their practices, but not everyone has the time or resources to do that.)…

…the world already produces 22 trillion calories annually via agriculture, enough to provide more than 3,000 calories to every person on the planet. The food problem is one of distribution and waste—whether the latter is food spoilage during harvest, in storage or even after purchase. According to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, in the U.S. alone, 215 meals per person go to waste annually.

"Since the world already produces more than enough food to feed everyone well, there are other important considerations" besides yield, argues ecologist Catherine Badgley of the University of Michigan, who also compared yields from organic and conventional methods in a 2006 study (pdf) that found similar results. Those range from environmental impacts of various practices to the number of people employed in farming. As it stands, conventional agriculture relies on cheap energy, cheap labor and other unsustainable practices….

…there are about 144,000 brine disposal wells in the U.S., into which about two billion gallons of fracking brine are injected daily….In addition to the earthquake hazard, though, well injection is emerging as a contamination issue for wells and aquifers….

So, how many tiny island nations will disappear under the rising tides?

…A group of evangelical Protestants worked successfully to oppose the watering down of the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and mounted a headline-catching campaign several years ago for higher-mileage cars by asking, “What Would Jesus Drive?” In West Virginia, where coal mining is a major employer and the bedrock of the state’s economy, religious folk have called for new regulations to protect streams and hollows from mountaintop coal mining. In Texas, where big oil ordinarily reigns supreme, congregants have campaigned for greenhouse gas reductions from the state’s refineries.

In the halls of Congress and state legislatures, “faith-full” environmentalists are talking to lawmakers about the moral implications of environmental damage. Rabbis have mounted a campaign to save the California redwoods, and just last week the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life embarked on a national campaign to cut energy use within the Jewish community by 14% in the next two years….

A Lorax-branded combustion engine? I mean, seriously?
Not a hydrogen? Not an electric?
Not even a Thneed-sponsored cross-breed?

Whoever is in charge of branding
For the Lorax’s mula-making machine -
Have you read the book you’re hijacking?
Did you misinterpret what it means?
We’ve spent a solid century & a half digging up carbon-rich fuels & partially combusting them on a global & industrial scale, but we’re supposed to believe that that (mostly invisible) mess doesn’t exist, doesn’t have impact, & etc . ….

We’ve spent a solid century & a half digging up carbon-rich fuels & partially combusting them on a global & industrial scale, but we’re supposed to believe that that (mostly invisible) mess doesn’t exist, doesn’t have impact, & etc . ….

EVER heard the one about climate scientists being a bunch of rent-seekers just out to chase taxpayers money, or the one where climate change scientists are just part of an elite left-wing conspiracy out to trample on the heretics?

How about your nearest conservative columnist telling you that “green is the new red” or how climate science and environmentalism has become a new religion? Where do these rhetorical tricks and debating points actually come from? How does the echo chamber work?…

Who finances the research? Well, there’s a whole lot more money for the fossil fuel industries to fund their preferred brands of propaganda:

…37 governments spent $409bn on artificially lowering the price of fossil fuels in 2010. Critics say the subsidies significantly boost oil and gas consumption and disadvantage renewable energy technologies, which received only $66bn of subsidies in the same year….

…But the most amazing and telling evidence of the bias of the Wall Street Journal in this field is the fact that 255 members of the United States National Academy of Sciences wrote a comparable (but scientifically accurate) essay on the realities of climate change and on the need for improved and serious public debate around the issue, offered it to the Wall Street Journal, and were turned down. The National Academy of Sciences is the nation’s pre-eminent independent scientific organizations. Its members are among the most respected in the world in their fields. Yet the Journal wouldn’t publish this letter, from more than 15 times as many top scientists. Instead they chose to publish an error-filled and misleading piece on climate because some so-called experts aligned with their bias signed it….
…That the WSJ would publish an amateurish collection of falsehoods and half truths is no surprise. The entire global Murdoch enterprise is designed to advance the pollutocrat do-nothing agenda…

How much environmental destruction justifies 500 jobs? 1,000 jobs? What price tag makes employment worth it?

But the moment of folly seemed to provide an aperture for new thinking. In the face of this fanciful idea (a traffic-busting flight!) it became possible to demonstrate that cycling, often taken as a non-serious or marginal or even annoying (to some drivers) form of transportation in the United States, could seem eminently reasonable: not only the cheapest form of transportation, not merely the one with the smallest carbon footprint, not only the one most beneficial to the health of its user, but the fastest.

"…Three of those companies have sued ChicoBag in South Carolina, accusing Keller’s business of causing them "irreparable injury." The suit argues that ChicoBag’s website and marketing material contain false or misleading information in a deliberate attempt to "misappropriate … customers and potential customers." Keller considers it an attempt to silence and smother his company. "The plastic bag is under attack all around the world," he said. "I think the plastics industry doesn’t know what to do, and they’re scared, in my opinion."…" —

I love my Chico Bags, I’ve got a bunch of them that I carry in my purse. This is some pretty messed up shit the plastic bag makers are pulling . .. .. :/

Coal V Nuclear?

Oh, & can I be on the record as officially NOT believing that we’ll leave much of any coal in the ground, unburned, regardless of how many nuclear power plants of whatever kind we build? To my eye, it’s a gross misrepresentation to play that card as an either-or when it’s really a tough-noogs-you-get-both card, particularly with regard to the pollutant effects … . .

For example, China. Both repository of some of the largest coal deposits on the planet & builder of a host of next-generation fission reactors. They are moving to making their use of coal cleaner, but I’ve seen nothing to indicate that they’re gonna go without utilizing their coal reserves … . & their lack of petroleum combined with a growing car-driving population virtually guarantees they’ll go thru that coal to electrify those future automobiles, just like we’ll do the same once the oil gets too expensive … .

& it’s very clear to me that we won’t take any significant action with regard to anthropogenic climate change until we’re living with the unmistakable, inarguable effects of it. In other words, when we’ve raised the ocean levels a coupla feet+ & otherwise are suffering the irreversible effects, then we’ll do something. Half-assed. With much dragging of feet. It’s our way, we humans … …

That & the doing something thing amounts to mostly just consuming less & moving away from an endless-growth-&-consumption economic model, & that’s a strike at the very heart of being Murrican, the capitalist country founded on selling stuff & inventor of marketing. So. This is me, holding my breath …. ;)