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#ActNow, Before It's Too Late

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Thin Blue Layer

Look at how thin our atmosphere is

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U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

Climate.gov -- News & Features


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2022


September 2022


Hurricane Ian Hits Florida


The Fast 'Intensification' of Ian

Hurricane Ian -- Close to 'cat5' -- Jim Cantore reporting


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Climate-induced, warm water in the Gulf of Mexico is a feeder of intensity


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Destructive Surges with Hurricanes, Extreme Weather Events

Florida, we're pointing at Gulf Waters heating up and 'inducing' more powerful storms

Hurricane Ian, September 26, the 'spaghetti plot lines' warn of a historic Gulf Hurricane on the way...


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On Florida's 'Space Coast', a Moon Ship is getting ready (and could be rescheduled again)

Artemis is the goddess of the hunt, the wilderness, wild animals, nature (wiki)


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September 21, 2022


Nuclear War Threats, Nuclear Disaster Dangers: Russia Ups the Ante in Ukraine Conflict

Russian President Putin: If the territorial integrity of Russia is threatened, the Kremlin would โ€” โ€œcertainly use all the means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people. It is not a bluff.โ€


The speech today by Russiaโ€™s president, it can be said, was not a surprise. Russiaโ€™s war against Ukraine was not, by any account, progressing the way the Russians expected and a shift in tactics was expected. What wasnโ€™t expected was the mobilization of 300,000 reserves and a new wave of nuclear weapons threats

What we see is President Putin moving to declare parts of Russian-occupied Ukraine as legally Russian national territory. Then, after annexing these parts of Ukraine, we see a move to give NATO/Europe/US an ultimatum that *attacks in the Donbas region etc will be considered attacking the Russian nation, a nuclear-armed Russia.

Let that sink inโ€ฆ.


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September 6


Russia Cuts Off Gas/Oil Exports to Europe

Fossil Fuels Crisis: Winter Approaching

Via Wire Services / Interfax

Europe has been thrown into its biggest energy crisis in decades with natural gas supplies from Russia becoming volatile and unpredictable even before the invasion of Ukraine began. Now, those supplies have come to a complete halt.

Russia claims punitive economic sanctions imposed on it by the West are responsible for the indefinite halt to gas supplies via Europeโ€™s main pipeline.

โ€œProblems in pumping arose because of the sanctions imposed against our country and against a number of companies by Western states, including Germany and the U.K.,โ€ Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday, according to Russian state news agency Interfax.

Asked whether pumping gas via Nord Stream 1 was completely dependent on the sanctions and that supplies would resume if these were lifted or relaxed, Peskov replied, โ€œOf course. The very sanctions that prevent the maintenance of units, which prevent them from moving without appropriate legal guarantees, which prevent these legal guarantees from being given, and so on.โ€

โ€œIt is precisely these sanctions that the Western states have introduced that have brought the situation to what we see now,โ€ Peskov added.

Coming directly from the Kremlin, such comments represent the clearest indication yet that Russia is seeking to pressure Europe to lift the economic measures, brought on to punish Russia over its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, in order for the taps to be turned back on ahead of winter.

European lawmakers have repeatedly accused Russia, traditionally its largest energy supplier, of weaponizing energy exports in an attempt to drive up commodity prices and sow uncertainty across the 27-nation bloc. Moscow denies using energy as a weapon...


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September 1


U.S. President Biden warns that Ex-President Trump's extreme MAGA Republicans are a 'danger' to U.S. democracy


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A speech about Democracy -- and protecting Democracy and the Republic

At Independence Hall, site of President Biden's speech

President Biden delivered a speech on the โ€œsoul of the nationโ€ Thursday evening in Philadelphia, with its famed Independence Hall as the backdrop. Itโ€™s far from the first presidential speech at the historic building. Hereโ€™s a primer on Independence Hallโ€™s origins, transformations and key moments throughout its 269-year history.

Independence Hall is where the Declaration of Independence was approved in July 1776 and where the Founders debated and wrote the Constitution in the summer of 1787. Itโ€™s where the Liberty Bell rang and where George Washington was named commander in chief of the Continental Army at the start of the Revolutionary War. In 1797, he made his final public appearance as president next door at Congress Hall โ€” which together with Independence Hall is now part of Independence National Historic Park...


Via Tom Nichols


CNN's John Harwood covers the speech -- then departs from a newly configured CNN


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August 2022


August 26

California Acts to Ban the Sale of New Gasoline Cars

The decision, to take effect by 2035, will very likely speed a wider transition to electric vehicles because many other states follow Californiaโ€™s standards

After the California Air Resources Board approved Thursday regulations that ban the sale of new gas-engine vehicles by 2035, requiring all new cars to run on electricity or hydrogen, California Gov. Gavin Newsom told ABC News he was confident that more states would do the same to help combat climate change.


BY THE TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD | AUG. 26, 2022

Itโ€™s hard to overstate the significance of Californiaโ€™s move this week to end the sale of new gas-powered cars.

The California Air Resources Boardโ€™s vote Thursday setting a firm 2035 deadline is huge and consequential for climate change, air quality and health. The nationโ€™s most populated and worst-polluted state is the first to adopt rules that will finally stop adding gas-fueled passenger vehicles to its roads.

The end of the internal combustion engine era, and the toll on our lungs and our planet, is finally on the horizon.

This regulation will require automakers to sell increasing percentages of zero-emission and plug-in hybrid vehicles starting with 35% of new car sales in 2026, reaching 68% in 2030 and 100% by 2035. Zero-emission vehicles account for 16.5% of Californiaโ€™s new sales today, a rate that leads the nation but lags behind Europe and China. So these rules help reestablish Californiaโ€™s climate leadership, putting it in step with other leading nations and making it one of the first โ€” and the largest โ€” vehicle markets in the world to require 100% of new sales be zero emissions.

Itโ€™s a pivotal moment for a state that has been shaped for decades, often negatively, by automobiles and the health-damaging pollution they generate.


More on California's decision to drive forward into a new world of transportation

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August 19

WASHINGTON / Via the NY Times and Online News Services โ€” Fresh off signing expansive climate legislation, President Biden and his administration are planning a series of executive actions to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help keep the planet from warming to dangerous temperatures, senior White House officials said.

Mr. Biden is on track to deploy a series of measures, including new regulations on emissions from vehicle tailpipes, power plants and oil and gas wells, the officials said.


After Signing Climate Bill, Biden Prepares More Actions to Cut Emissions

Regulations from the E.P.A. and elsewhere will help the president meet his aggressive climate goals

The Green Climate Package continues to grow with Executive Orders and Agency Actions


Speed & Scope Is Up: Green Transition / Climate Action on the Move


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U.S. House of Representatives Passes Historic Legislative Package

Inflation, Taxes, Health -- Energy and Climate

After lengthy 'rip-roaring attack speech' by Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and speeches by Democratic Leaders Hoyer and Pelosi, the vote is strictly partisan

With a vote of 220 to 207, the House agreed to the single largest federal investment in the fight against climate change and the most substantial changes to national health care policy since passage of the Affordable Care Act. The bill now goes to Mr. Biden for his signature


House approves Bidenโ€™s flagship climate and tax package

Final passage of $700bn bill marks significant legislative victory for U.S. president

The House vote is party-line 220-207 to pass the legislation


Cleaner air, greener cities, shifted politics: 8 visions of the future after the new climate bill


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Sweeping climate bill pushes American energy to go green

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By SETH BORENSTEIN, MATTHEW DALY and MICHAEL PHILLIS


WASHINGTON (AP) โ€” After decades of inaction in the face of escalating natural disasters and sustained global warming, Congress hopes to make clean energy so cheap in all aspects of life that itโ€™s nearly irresistible. The House is poised to pass a transformative bill Friday that would provide the most spending to fight climate change by any one nation ever in a single push...

The crux of the long-delayed bill, singularly pushed by Democrats in a closely divided Congress, is to use incentives to spur investors to accelerate the expansion of clean energy such as wind and solar power, speeding the transition away from the oil, coal and gas that largely cause climate change.

The United States has put the most heat-trapping gases into the air, burning more inexpensive dirty fuels than any other country. But the nearly $375 billion in climate incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act are designed to make the already plummeting costs of renewable energy substantially lower at home, on the highways and in the factory. Together these could help shrink U.S. carbon emissions by about two-fifths by 2030 and should chop emissions from electricity by as much as 80%.

โ€œThis legislation is a true game-changer. It will create jobs, lower costs, increase U.S. competitiveness, reduce air pollution,โ€ said former Vice President Al Gore, who held his first global warming hearing 40 years ago. โ€œThe momentum that will come out of this legislation, cannot be underestimated.โ€


The U.S. action could spur other nations to do more โ€” especially China and India, the two largest carbon emitters along with the U.S. That in turn could lower prices for renewable energy globally, experts said.

Because of the specific legislative process in which this compromise was formed, which limits it to budget-related actions, the bill does not regulate greenhouse gas emissions, but deals mainly in spending, most of it through tax credits as well as rebates to industry, consumers and utilities.

Investments work better at fostering clean energy than regulations, said Leah Stokes, an environmental policy professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The climate bill is likely to spur billions in private investment, she said: โ€œThatโ€™s whatโ€™s going to be so transformative.โ€


The bill promotes vital technologies such as battery storage. Clean energy manufacturing gets a big boost. It will be cheaper for consumers to make climate-friendly purchasing decisions. There are tax credits to make electric cars more affordable, help for low-income people making energy-efficiency upgrades and incentives for rooftop solar and heat pumps.

There are also incentives for nuclear power and projects that aim to capture and remove carbon from the atmosphere...


The Rhodium Group research firm estimates the bill would dramatically change the arc of future U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, cutting them by 31% to 44% in 2030, compared to what had been shaping up to be 24% to 35% by 2005 without the bill, said Rhodium partner John Larsen. Clean power on the grid, an upcoming Rhodium report says, would jump from under 40% now to between 60% and 81% by 2030, he said.

โ€œItโ€™s not as big as I want, but itโ€™s also bigger than anything weโ€™ve ever done,โ€ณ said Sen. Brian Schatz, a Hawaii Democrat who leads the Senate climate caucus. โ€œA 40% emissions reduction is nothing the U.S. has ever come close to before.โ€ณ


As decisive a change as it is for U.S. policy and emissions, it still does not reach the official U.S. goal of cutting carbon pollution roughly in half by 2030 to achieve net-zero carbon emissions across the economy by 2050.


Republicans, who unanimously opposed the bill in the Senate, say it would add to consumersโ€™ energy costs, with House GOP Whip Steve Scalise claiming it โ€œwastes billions of dollars in Green New Deal slush funds.โ€


โ€œItโ€™s a mark of shame that it took this long for our political system to react,โ€ said Bill McKibben, a long-time climate activist, adding that it leaves the fossil fuel industry with too much power. โ€œBut this will help catalyze action elsewhere in the world; itโ€™s a declaration that hydrocarbons are finally in decline and clean energy ascendant, and that the climate movement is finally at least something of a match for Big Oil.โ€


The 730-page bill is here


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* https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-senate-democrats-fend-off-amendments-430-bln-climate-drug-bill-2022-08-07/


August 7, 2022


Steve Schmidt / Founder, GreenPolicy360: It took 45+ yrs to pass real climate action called for in the 1970s w the first National Climate Act. Our #GreenPolicy360 network thanks Rep George E. Brown, a main mover at the beginning, who'd be smiling now if he were here ...


Five Decades in the Making: Why It Took Congress So Long to Act on Climate


Bookmark Climate Policy @GreenPolicy360


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Surprise Deal Would Be Most Ambitious Climate Action Undertaken by U.S.

The announcement Wednesday (July 27) of an agreement in the Senate almost instantly reset the role of the United States in the global effort to fight climate change


WASHINGTON โ€” The $369 billion climate and tax package forged in a surprise deal by Senate Democrats on Wednesday would be the most ambitious action ever taken by the United States to try to stop the planet from catastrophically overheating.

The agreement, which Senate Democrats hope to pass as early as next week, shocked even some who had been involved in the sputtering negotiations over climate legislation during the past year. The announcement of a deal, after many activists had given up hope, almost instantly reset the role of the United States in the global effort to fight climate change.


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(NYT) Until yesterday, the Democratic Party seemed as if it were on the verge of squandering a major opportunity to combat climate change. Democrats control both Congress and the presidency, and yet they had been unable to agree on a package of climate policies to accelerate the use of clean energy and reduce emissions. Senator Joe Manchin had been blocking any deal, and the Senate is so closely divided that the Democrats cannot afford to lose a single vote.

Yesterday, however, Manchin appeared to change his mind. He announced that he had agreed to include hundreds of billions of dollars for climate and energy programs in a bill that would also reduce prescription drug prices, raise taxes on the affluent and shrink the federal deficit.

If Manchin and other Democrats remain united, it would be a very big deal. โ€œThis has the opportunity to be an enormous breakthrough for climate progress,โ€ Sam Ricketts, co-founder of Evergreen Action, an environmental group, told The Times.

Itโ€™s especially significant because congressional Republicans have almost uniformly opposed policies to slow climate change (a contrast with conservatives in many other countries). And it remains unclear whether Democrats will again control both Congress and the White House anytime soon. If Congress fails to pass a climate bill this summer, it may not do so for years โ€” while the ravages of climate change worsen.


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President Biden needs to put forward a powerful 'executive' climate agenda


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July 4th, 2022


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... Our Challenge

In Democracy of Dollars I wrote: โ€œDemocracy doesnโ€™t happen by accident. We have to defend it, fight for it, strengthen it, renew it.โ€

Itโ€™s in the renewal, strengthening, and defense of democracy where you and I come in. Itโ€™s where achieving a healthy balance between individual liberty and the common good must be achieved, and we must insist on it being accomplished.


-- Dick Jacobs, July 4th 2022, Tierra Verde, Florida


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It's time to #UnfoldTheUniverse

You have a date with the Webb !


Get your game plan ready for the reveal of Webb's first images on July 12! ๐Ÿ™Œ

Find out how you can watch our broadcast, view the spectacular images, and participate in this historic event to #UnfoldTheUniverse


"It's an emotional moment when you see nature suddenly releasing some of its secrets," said Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA's associate administrator for science missions. "It's not an image. It's a new worldview."


On July 12, the first full color images and data from the world's most powerful observatory will be revealed

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June 2022


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West Virginia v EPA

Click Here for a scan of news/commentary and opinion re the June 30, 2022 decision


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June 28


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Republican Drive to Tilt Courts Against Climate Action

A Supreme Court environmental case being decided this month is the product of a coordinated, multiyear strategy by Republican attorneys general and conservative allies


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Protect Democracy

"Our Democracy Is in Danger" - https://protectdemocracy.org/


โ€œWhen specific actions threaten democracy, they should be covered as major news stories in themselves, not as part of a political or ideological debate.โ€

Our U.S. democracy is facing threats we havenโ€™t seen in generations. Protect Democracy is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting efforts, at home and abroad, to undermine our right to free, fair, and fully informed self-government. Together, armed with our Constitution and the rule of law, we can renew our democracy and protect it from those who would do it harm.


Electoral Count Act

Securing Consequences for the January 6th Insurrection

The Authoritarian Playbook: A Media Guide


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See GreenLinks

GreenLinks @GreenPolicy360


See Fact Checking


Fact Checking @GreenPolicy360


Voting Rights / Election Law


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June 17, 2022


Heather Cox Richardson from Letters from an American

heathercoxrichardson@substack.com]

On CNN this morning (June 16), Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD), a member of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol, said: โ€œNew evidence is breaking every single day now. Suddenly, a lot of people want to tell the truth.โ€

So far, the committee has used testimony and evidence only from those high up in Trumpโ€™s own administration. Today was no exception. The committee covered the former presidentโ€™s pressure campaign against his vice president, Mike Pence, to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Instead of following the law, codified in the 1887 Electoral Count Act, Trump wanted Pence to use his role as the person charged with opening electoral votes to throw out the votes that gave Democrat Joe Biden victory, or at least to recess the joint session of Congress for ten days to send the electoral slates back to the states, where pro-Trump legislatures could throw out the decision of the voters and resubmit slates for Trump.

In interviews with Penceโ€™s former counsel Greg Jacob, as well as retired federal judge J. Michael Luttig, formerly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the committee established that this plan, advanced by lawyer John Eastman, was illegal. Indeed, Eastman himself called it illegal, first at length in October 2020, and then in both written and verbal admissions after the election. And the committee established that Eastman, as well as others, told Trump the plan was illegal.

The hearings today hammered home that the centerpiece of our government is that the people have the right to choose their leaders. That concept is central to the rule of law. And yet, Trump embraced an illegal and unconstitutional theory that, instead, the vice presidentโ€”one manโ€”could overrule the will of the people and choose the president himself. Such a theory is utterly contrary to everything the Framers of the Constitution stood for and wrote into our fundamental law...


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Per- and polyfluoroalkyl ...

PFAS PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), PFOS (perfluorooctanesulfonic acid), PFNA (perfluorononanoic acid) and PFHxA (perfluorohexanoic acid)


PFAS - 'Forever Chemicals'


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June 14, 2022


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Nuclear Threats, Responses & Ripple Effects


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The Russia - Ukraine War Continues Raising New Nuclear Risks
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Bidenโ€™s Pick for the EPAโ€™s Top Air Pollution Job Finds Himself Caught in the Crossfire

At his confirmation hearing, Joseph Goffman was assailed by coal state Republicans for contemplating too much regulation, while Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse chastised him and his agency colleagues for doing too little


Inside Climate News

May 26, 2022


โ€œI believe that all Americans, no matter where they live or what they do for a living, deserve clean air to breathe, a secure job and healthy, safe communities in which to raise a family.โ€


West Virginia again


The Biden EPA is confronting obstacles to its climate agenda in both the Supreme Court and in Congress, as the Goffman confirmation hearing made clear.

Although the Obama Clean Power Plan never went into effectโ€”the Supreme Court blocked it without ruling on its legalityโ€”Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) argued it had a lasting negative impact on her state. โ€œIts mere proposal sent a shock through the energy sector, and combined with other regulations, it contributed in my state to hopelessness, poverty, drug overdoses and despair,โ€ she said.

The state of West Virginia, in fact, is currently seeking a Supreme Court ruling making clear that the EPA has only limited authority to act on greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.

When pressed by Capito over that legal question, Goffman declined to take a position but made clear that the EPA was waiting for the Supreme Courtโ€™s rulingโ€”expected some time before Julyโ€”before proposing its own proposal to cut carbon pollution from power plants.

โ€œDo you now have plan B already created in your office, to react to what the potential of a Supreme Court decision might be?โ€ asked Capito.

โ€œWe have identified different options for responding,โ€ Goffman responded, โ€œdepending on what the Supreme Court tells us the nature and contours of our authority are.โ€

The fact that Biden has not yet proposed a regulation for the power sector, which accounts for one-quarter of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, drew Senator Whitehouseโ€™s ire. โ€œI donโ€™t subscribe to the formulation that you should not do anythingโ€ while waiting for the Supreme Court ruling, he said.

The Biden administration had hoped that it would not have to rely on EPA regulation to tackle power plant pollution. Upon taking office, the administration sent Congress a national Clean Electricity Standard. But that was one of the first things that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) insisted on removing from Bidenโ€™s sweeping Build Back Better package.

Even after the White House dramatically scaled back Build Back Betterโ€”hoping to rely on a suite of clean-energy tax credits and other incentives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sectorโ€”it still has not garnered Manchinโ€™s approval and therefore does not have the votes to pass in the 50-50 Senate...


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NASA Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request

May 2022

GreenPolicy360: We are putting forward a proposal to restore the Earth Science provisions to the Mission Statement of NASA.

Journalist Andrew Revkin wrote about the removal of this initial provision that was an essential part of the beginning of NASA as a government agency. We believe that, although these provisions were 'silently' removed in 2006, they continue to playing an essential role in the missions of NASA and NASA's work.

Here is what Andrew Revkin wrote some 15 years ago:

>Andrew Revkin/July 22, 2006/ NY Times

>โ€œTo understand and protect our home planet; to explore the universe and search for life; to inspire the next generation of explorers ... as only NASA can.โ€

>In February 2006, the phrase "to understand and protect the home planet" was quietly removed from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s official mission statement.

>It is the first time since NASAโ€™s founding in 1958 that the mission statement does not explicitly include mention of the Earth.


Here is part of NASA Administrator Bill Nelson's testimony before the Senate oversight committee this past week:

INDEED A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK OF NASA AS THE SPACE AGENCY. DON'T FORGET TO THE FIRST A, AERONAUTICS. BUT ALSO, PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE IT IS ALSO THE POINT OF THE SPHERE ON CLIMATE AND CLIMATE CHANGE BECAUSE ALL THE MEASUREMENTS THAT ARE BEING MADE ARE DONE BY INSTRUMENTS THAT WE DESIGN, BUILD, LAUNCH AND MANY OF THEM WE OPERATE.

OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT DECADE WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A GREAT OBSERVATORY OF FIVE ADDITIONAL MAJOR SPACECRAFT THAT ALL OF THIS INFORMATION IS GOING TO BE PUT INTO A 3D COMPOSITE ON PRECISELY WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE EARTH'S CLIMATE. WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THE WATER, TO THE LAND, TO THE ICE, TO THE ATMOSPHERE. WE ARE PUTTING UP AT THE END OF THIS YEAR A MISSION THAT IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO MEASURE FOR THE FIRST TIME THE ELEVATION OF THE STREAMS AND RIVERS AND LAKES, THE FRESHWATER. WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO MEASURE THE ELEVATION OF THE OCEANS, THE SALTWATER. WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO FIND OUT VERY PRECISELY WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE ICE.

ALL OF THIS AND WE HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE WHITE HOUSE ON THIS AND WE HOPE WE WILL HAVE YOUR SUPPORT. WE ARE GOING TO CREATE IF YOU CAN ENVISION IN SPACE TERMS A MISSION CONTROL CENTER. IT'S GOING TO BE CALLED THE EARTH INFORMATION CENTER. IT'S GOING TO BRING ALL OF THIS DATA IN AND IT'S GOING TO BE DISPLAYED AND IT'S GOING TO BE AVAILABLE TO EVERYBODY, NOT JUST GOVERNMENT AT ALL LEVELS INCLUDING YOUR LOCAL COUNTY COMMISSION WHEN THEY ARE PLANNING, BUT IT'S GOING TO BE AVAILABLE TO SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR AS WELL AS TO WHAT IS HAPPENING AND THE CHANGES THAT ARE HAPPENING TO THE CLAIMANT.


Readers of GreenPolicy360 can look back at our founder's work with George E. Brown, who was instrumental as a leader in Congress for over 30 years and led Earth Science efforts, including advancing NASA's first generation of earth research from space.

Congressman Brown's point of view for over 30 yrs in Congress was that technology, science, data are guides necessary for smart policy decisions. Check out his record. George set in motion many of the programs and missions to accomplish multi generational envir protection goals that we have taken up and carried on...

The Original Mission Statement of NASA ((1958) provided Congressional intent and guidance to the first generation of space programs. George, if he were here, would've done everything within his power to protect the original mission statement, even as misinformation and denial are rampant these days ...


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April 29, 2022

Russian Invasion of Ukraine Expands to Energy Threats to Europe

Germany to build LNG terminals at 'Tesla Speed' to shift away from Russian gas

... Floating Storage Regasification Units (FSRU) can be moored at Germanyโ€™s coastal deepwater harbours and will enable the German utilities to begin receiving shipments of LNG from as far away as the US and Qatar.

Much of these developments will take place in Wilhelmshaven, which is due to host two of these floating terminals and have a permanent one constructed on land. Together, those projects will provide Germany with the capability to import around 38 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas a year, almost matching the Russian gas flows of 40 bcm in 2021.

But the project pipeline does not end there. In Brunsbรผttel, a land terminal with a capacity of 8 bcm will be constructed, where the local government is already rushing through legislation that will limit environmental groupsโ€™ ability to delay the project through lawsuits.

Altogether, Germany plans to build upwards of 68 bcm in LNG import capacity, more than the amount of Russian gas that needs to be replaced โ€“ a move criticised as superfluous and climate-damaging by Environmental Action Germany.

For Habeck, a Green party politician who is both minister of the economy and climate action, pushing for fossil fuel projects seems contradictory.

But โ€œthe attack on Ukraine has changed an incredible number of things,โ€ he told German citizens on Tuesday (26 April). โ€œA fundamental part of the change is that Germany must become independent of Russian energy imports.โ€


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April 20, 2022


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Recollections of the 'Satan Sarmat' (2016)


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April 17, 2022


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Announcement from GreenPolicy360 & Strategic Demands


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Biden's (and the World's) Imperiled Climate Agenda


On Thursday (March 31st), President Biden said he would release one million barrels of oil a day from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve for as long as 180 days to help bring down global oil prices. The scale and duration of such a release would be historic. The United States also plans to increase exports of natural gas to help Europe wean itself from Russian supplies. Environmentalists are concerned that both of those moves will lead to more domestic drilling at a moment when scientists say nations must sharply and quickly cut fossil fuel use.

The president used the announcement about the petroleum reserve to make a plea for his stymied climate legislation, saying that he was boosting gas and oil supplies to deal with an immediate crisis but that the countryโ€™s long term energy independence should be rooted in wind, solar and other renewable sources that are insulated from global market fluctuations.

โ€œUltimately, we and the whole world need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels altogether,โ€ Mr. Biden said. โ€œWe need to choose long-term security over energy and climate vulnerability. We need to double down on our commitment to clean energy and tackling the climate crisis with our partners and allies around the world. And we can do that by passing my plan thatโ€™s literally before the Senate right now, the United States Congress right now.โ€


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Progress, a Step at a Time

Get it done, and get it done good

(which brings to mind an old aphorism 'perfect is the enemy of good' )


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Ready for Webb's View of the Universe?

Webb's far better than Hubble -- and Hubble brought unprecedented new visions of the Universe


March 16, 2022


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"Absolutely phenomenal"


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March 8

Russia warns of $300 oil, threatens to cut off European gas if West bans energy imports


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Tactical, 'small battlefield' nuclear weapons aren't small

'Small' nukes are a misnomer'


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Sanctions Bite: War by Other Means

Democracies, Financial Systems, Governments and Businesses Fight Back Transactionally


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War in Ukraine, War on Ukraine


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The Ukraine-Russia Crisis and Threats of Nuclear Weapons Use


February 24, 2022


(AXIOS)

Rarely in our lifetimes has the world heard more chilling and ominous words: Vladimir Putin said nations "will face consequences greater than any you have faced in history" if they interfere in his invasion of Ukraine.

Why it matters: This is a rare overt threat of nuclear attack...

Putin said in announcing the invasion:

To anyone who would consider interfering from the outside: If you do, you will face consequences greater than any you have faced in history. All relevant decisions have been taken. I hope you hear me."


(CNN)

After Russian President Vladimir Putin announced he had ordered military action in Ukraine early Thursday, he threatened "those who may be tempted to intervene" on Ukraine's behalf.

"Now a few important, very important words for those who may be tempted to intervene in ongoing events from the outside," Putin said.

"Whoever tries to interfere with us, and even more so to create threats to our country, to our people, should know that Russia's response will be immediate and will lead you to such consequences as you have never experienced in your history. We are ready for any development of events. All necessary decisions in this regard have been made. I hope that I will be heard."


(NYT)

In a rambling speech early Thursday, full of festering historical grievances and accusations of a relentless Western plot against his country, Mr. Putin reminded the world that Russia โ€œremains one of the most powerful nuclear statesโ€ with โ€œa certain advantage in several cutting edge weapons.โ€

In effect, Mr. Putinโ€™s speech, intended to justify the invasion, seemed to come close to threatening nuclear war.

In the context of Russiaโ€™s nuclear arsenal, Mr. Putin said, โ€œthere should be no doubt that any potential aggressor will face defeat and ominous consequences should it directly attack our country.โ€


(POLITICO)

"Suddenly, the 'unthinkable' is unfolding before our eyes." For context, "new deployments of nuclear weapons in Eastern Europe could station US and Russian nuclear weapons closer than at any time in history... this would not be a second Cuban missile crisis but a far more volatile situation."


(TELEGRAPH UK)

Vladimir Putin appears to threaten nuclear strikes if West launches reprisal attacks

Russian president warns that any attempt to interfere in Ukraine conflict will provoke a response โ€˜never seen in historyโ€™

In a stark reminder of Russiaโ€™s nuclear power, he warned that โ€œno one should have any doubts that a direct attack on our country will lead to destruction and horrible consequences for any potential aggressorโ€.

The address amounted to a declaration of war on Ukraine, with the aerial bombardment and invasion following shortly afterwards.


More:

A BBC and NYT fact check: Nukes, Proliferation and the Ukraine crisis --


Nuclear 'Drills' as Russian Forces Hold 'Firing Exercises'

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Diplomatic Solutions to the Ukraine-Russia Security Crisis Are Available

Will Mutual Security Answers Prove Sufficient?


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EV Charging Stations, US Highways, Biden 2021 Infrastructure and Transportation Plan

February 10, 2022

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Strategic Demands for Mutual Security, Not Yet Evident


Feb. 7

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Re: question of diplomatic solutions, in Moscow... France's President Macron meeting with Russia's President Putin:

โ€œLet us start building a response that is useful for Russia, useful for all of our Europe, a response that helps us avoid war and build all the elements of trust, of stability, of visibility. Together.โ€


Updated / First week of February 2022


Russian President Vladimir Putin: Russia has not seen "adequate consideration of our three key demands regarding NATO expansion, the renunciation of the deployment of strike weapons systems near Russian borders, and the return of the [NATO] bloc's military infrastructure in Europe to the state of 1997, when the Russia-NATO founding act was signed."


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Via CNBC and Wire Services

January 28, 2022


Talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken are expected in the next few days...

The reaction from the Kremlin comes a day after the U.S. delivered its written responses to Russiaโ€™s security demands โ€” including that Ukraine never be allowed to join the U.S. and Europeโ€™s military alliance NATO, and that the organization rolls back its deployments in Eastern Europe.

In its response, which was given to the Kremlin by the U.S. ambassador in Moscow, the United States repeated its previous refusal to concede to such demands, sticking instead to its commitment to NATOโ€™s โ€œopen-doorโ€ policy...

Blinken told reporters in a press briefing that the U.S. response also offered Russia โ€œa serious diplomatic path forward, should Russia choose it.โ€

โ€œWeโ€™re open to dialogue, we prefer diplomacy, and weโ€™re prepared to move forward where there is the possibility of communication and cooperation if Russia de-escalates its aggression toward Ukraine, stops the inflammatory rhetoric, and approaches discussions about the future of security in Europe in a spirit of reciprocity.โ€


Russia has repeatedly denied it is planning to invade Ukraine despite having amassed around 100,000 troops and military hardware at various points along its border with Ukraine. Tensions have been high with its neighbor since 2014, when it invaded and annexed Crimea. It has also supported a pro-Russian uprising in eastern Ukraine, provoking low-level fighting between separatists and Ukrainian troops ever since.

Putin has said Russia can place its troops wherever it likes on its territory, and Russia has accused the West of stoking hostilities and hysteria in the region.

The U.S. and NATO are not prepared to take Russia at its word that it will not invade Ukraine. NATO has placed its forces on standby and reinforced its positions in Eastern Europe, with more ships and fighter jets being sent to the region. The U.S., meanwhile, has put thousands of troops on heightened alert, meaning they are ready to be deployed to the region if the crisis escalates.

Lavrov said Thursday that the U.S. response โ€œallows us to expect the start of a serious conversation but on secondary issues.โ€

โ€œOn the main question, thereโ€™s no positive reaction in this document,โ€ he said, according to the Interfax news service.

He reportedly stated that the main issue for Russia is โ€œthe inadmissibility of further expansion of NATO to the East and the deployment of strike weapons that could threaten the territory of the Russian Federation.โ€

Before Russia had received the U.S. response, Lavrov said he had made it clear to Blinken โ€œthat any further disregard for the legitimate concerns of the Russian Federation, which are associated primarily with the continued military exploration of Ukraine by the United States and its NATO allies against the background of the largescale deployment of the allianceโ€™s forces and weapons near our borders, would have the most serious consequences.โ€

 

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New Definitions of National Security Demanded


GreenPolicy360 & Strategic Demands:


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* https://strategicdemands.com/russia-ukraine-belarus-nato-eu-us/


 

War Between Russia, Ukraine, NATO, US?

War Between Nuclear Weapons States Carries Extreme Strategic Risks
Fact: There is NO winning a Nuclear Exchange, NO Winning with Nuclear Weapons


What do we need? A New Vision of Security. When do we need it? Now...


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Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin: Step back from the brink.

Order the ambassadors to talk security. Nuclear weapons controls. Mutual assurances. Real security.

Ukraine conflict, regional war, war involving nuclear-armed states, will never bring real security...

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Doomsday Clock 2022


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Voting and Election Rights Go Down in Disheartening Defeat

Dems' 'nuclear option' push fails, election bills dead, after Sinema and Manchin vote to keep filibuster


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Voting Rights and Democracy Atop President Biden's Political Speech in Atlanta


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White House: President Biden Speaks on 'Protecting the Right to Vote' (Speech Transcript /Atlanta, January 11, 2022)


 

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December 2021


On the Last Day of 2021

Ready for 2022? #ActonClimate Today & Every Day


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E.O. Wilson: Planet Citizen


E.O. Wilson: He discovered hundreds of new species by putting his hands in the dirt as a field biologist, synthesized evolving thinking in science and coined new terms, such as biodiversity and biophilia, to explain it. Of his many accomplishments in evolutionary biology, his biggest contribution was probably in the new scientific field of sociobiology, in which he addressed the biological basis of social behavior in animals, including humans.


E.O. Wilson: His 2006 book "The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth," a series of letters written to an imaginary Baptist preacher in pursuit of an ecological alliance to save the Earth.


E.O. Wilson: Naturalist dubbed a modern-day Darwin, dies at 92


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Protect Life, Be Pro-Life, Prevent Extinction


E.O. Wilson: The 8 Million++ Species We Donโ€™t Know


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Big Picture Time: On the Way to Cosmology


James webb space telescope

December 25th.... Launched !


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"The launch of the Webb Space Telescope is a pivotal moment -- this is just the beginning for the Webb mission," said Gregory L. Robinson, Webb's program director at NASA Headquarters.

"Now we will watch Webb's highly anticipated and critical 29 days on the edge. When the spacecraft unfurls in space, Webb will undergo the most difficult and complex deployment sequence ever attempted in space. Once commissioning is complete, we will see awe-inspiring images that will capture our imagination."


Big Science: How the James Webb Telescope Will See Back in Time


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Roll back into the GreenPolicy360 Archive ...

Green Movement, Green Politics, Green Party, Strategic Demands
1960s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s ... and on and on and on ...


Visit GreenPolicy360's Associate -- Strategic Demands

Global Security, Indivisible


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Green Stories of the Day - GreenPolicy360 Archive

Recent GreenPolicy Stories


GreenPolicy360 Archive Highlights 2021

Featured in 2021


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GreenPolicy360 Archive Highlights 2020

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GreenPolicy360 Archive Highlights 2019

Featured in 2019


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GreenPolicy360 Archive Highlights 2018

Featured in 2018


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GreenPolicy360 Archive Highlights 2017

Featured in 2017


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GreenPolicy360 Archive Highlights 2016

Featured in 2016


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GreenPolicy360 Archive Highlights 2015

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GreenPolicy360 Archive Highlights 2014

Featured in 2014


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GreenPolicy360 Archive Highlights 2013

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GreenPolicy360

"Greening Our Blue Planet"


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It's All Related


Planet Citizens

www.planetcitizen.org
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Planet Citizen Vision of Living Earth


Frontlines of Green Best Practices

Green Policy ... Vision and #Resilience


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DYK? Yes, we do, we remember the beginnings !
๐ŸŒŽ The 1960s... Beginnings of the Modern Environmental Movement

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On the 50th Anniversary

Memories on the Road to the First Earth Day

* https://www.greenpolicy360.net/w/Earth_Day_Memories_on_the_50th_Anniversary


... Remembering the student teach-ins, the means we used to spread the word and we did. The Vietnam Moratorium Committee became the peace group and and when we talked to Senator Nelson and George Brown about doing environmental teach-ins that would be the first in a series of annual peace and environment events they got it and put their combined weight behind the effort.

It came to be, from an Earthrise moment, to the Moratorium demonstrations and teach-in, to the teach-ins of Earth Day. What quickly followed was the passage of the first generation of US environmental protection legislation.

The environmental movement that sprang from the global realization passed on to us by the NASA Apollo missions, and student activism, are shaping a new generation and modern environmental movement.


The 1970s and 80s

Greening Our Blue Planet


An environmental foundation, initiatives and laws that serve a model for state -- and international -- action:

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In 1977-78 the first climate science comes to light... first generation science for national and global environmental action set a platform in place on which to create climate policy and environmental protection over the coming decades ...


First National Climate Act, Historic Work, 1978

GreenPolicy360 Siterunner / SJS: The beginnings of modern environmental and climate science can be traced to the 60s and 70s. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences played a key role with scientific reports and data.

Energy and Climate Report, 1977, National Academy of Sciences / 175 pp. / PDF via GreenPolicy360

George Brown, taking the 1977 Energy and Climate Report from the Academy, made climate science actionable. In a historic moment, Representative Brown from East Los Angeles proposed and drafted the legislation for the first U.S. National Climate Program and shepherded its passage in 1978. In 1979 came the first follow-on National Science Academy report. This study and report of national scientists was prescient and accurate in its global warming predictions.

This first federal program established to study and assess scientifically the issues and risks of human-caused climate change became a foundation for comprehensive initiatives, and led to an array of new Earth Science missions by NASA and NOAA, the EPA and USGS.


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At the Beginning of U.S. Science on Global Warming, Strategies & Planning

1978, Launching U.S. Climate Action:

National Climate Program Act, Public Law 95-367

National Climate Program Act of September 1978


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Into the 1990s... Going Green Globally


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Remembering the First Earth Summit


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The New Millenium: New Green Formative Action Beyond Party Politics


Initial proposing New Definitions of National Security


Each of us can make a positive difference

Climate Problems, Climate Solutions


Planet Citizens, Planet Scientists


Earth in Our Hands


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Climate Change - Global Warming Keyword-Terms


Our Biggest Experiment

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