As Rome Burns, Thus Increasing GHG Emissions, We Fiddle

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Like this, sometimes:

Governor Murphy has remained steadfastly poker-faced when it comes to a proposal to build a controversial power plant in the Meadowlands that would be one of the biggest greenhouse gas emitters in the state even as dozens of nearby towns voice opposition. Meanwhile, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is leaning toward spending billions of dollars to rebuild three aging gas-fired power plants, even as California aims to eliminate fossil fuels, a goal endorsed by Mayor Eric Garcetti.

And this:

Massachusetts is shrinking its popular electric vehicle rebates in an effort to stretch the program’s dollars, but critics say bigger changes are needed to make it financially sustainable and accessible to all residents.

“We have a long way to go,” said Larry Chretien, executive director of the nonprofit Green Energy Consumers Alliance. “Our transportation emissions are rising and we can’t allow that to happen.”

As the Trump administration puts the brakes on safety, as it miscalculated potential damages from train derailments when it canceled an Obama-era rule requiring the installation of more advanced brakes by railroads hauling explosive fuels, And, in Montana, [t]he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted oil major Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) a financial hardship waiver this year temporarily freeing its Montana refinery from U.S. biofuel laws.

And that was just today.

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6 thoughts on “As Rome Burns, Thus Increasing GHG Emissions, We Fiddle

  1. It’s time that the world starts to hear how much biodiversity is already committed to extinction, how much agricultural and other bioogical productivity will be lost, how much land and human assets will be flooded, how many deaths there will be from climate-related disease and geopolitical unrest… and who’s fault it is.

    Yes, we still need to mitigate against the worst that a human-warmed future might hold, but it’s past time that we acknowledge the destruction that we’ve already locked in, and talk about who carries the responsibility and who carries the cost.

    The longer we put off having that conversation the more we delude ourselves, and the nastier will be the facing of reality when it becomes inescapable.

  2. Bernard J sez “…biodiversity is already committed to extinction…”
    The triple threat of land use choices, pollution, and crazy fast climate change to things like mangroves, but pretty much every system, is just really really beyond fucked up, and I applaud you for your use and context of the term ” committed “.


    Just quickly wishing Greg and his readers an easy and safe time over the
    new year period, be it at work or play.
    Here’s 2 minutes of Australian comedy to express my appreciation for all the perspectives I have read this year.
    Clarke and Dawe

    Li D

    1. Thanks Li D. Sea Son’s greetings to you too and all.

      One of my grandsons is over in OZ right now having visited Baku and Borneo – he is a zoology undergrad. I am looking after his collection of thirty tarantulas of 26 species, some individuals are as big as my hand that is just the body for one of them.

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