"The ice is really just the canary in the coalmine. To have 97, 98 degrees in Glacier national park for days on end is insane.” https://t.co/CdHMzvuGXX— Climate Reality (@ClimateReality) July 27, 2021
It’s time to get real. https://t.co/B5RUuoI80I— Climate Reality (@ClimateReality) July 26, 2021
“This is lake Oroville. The first photo is from 3 years ago. The 2nd photo was taken April 27 2021. The 3rd was taken last week.” - Vern Miller via FB, July 24, 2021.— ✨ Amesari ✨ (@_SemaHernandez_) July 26, 2021
What are we doing to this planet? pic.twitter.com/mpVevxFb8j
Even if greenhouse gas emissions were slashed drastically tomorrow, extreme heat will still grow more common and harmful in the coming decades due to the delay time in our planet's climate.https://t.co/9lpqHwBftn— Nick Estes (@nickwestes) July 26, 2021
Hope you recovered from that last crippling heat wave, because here comes another. This is just how it is now, and it's going to get steadily worse throughout our lifetimes. https://t.co/CSuQZWAtIl— David Roberts (@drvolts) July 26, 2021
"Human-induced climate change has gotten so bad that our only hope isn’t to reverse it, but to simply save what we can." https://t.co/yRCeZhgIBl— Common Dreams (@commondreams) July 24, 2021
As I mentioned a few weeks ago in Part One, this post will have more Texas-related news. First, a few aggregations.
Desi Doyen compiles an exhaustive list twice a week in her Green News Report for the Brad Blog, which is really the collation you want to read in order to keep up with this topic. Here's her latest.
Excellent, evocative and eloquent summary of the spate of extreme weather disasters around the world and in the US, and what it means for all of us, by @BillWeirCNN. Worth your timehttps://t.co/pXStTCRcNg— Green News Report (@GreenNewsReport) July 27, 2021
A sobering compilation of climate disasters by Chris Hayes. @chrislhayes. I used to worry about the future impact of climate change. Now we can all see the past disasters caused by it. https://t.co/nk0EGpq2pg— UncensoredNews.US (@GNDNewsletter) July 25, 2021
Corporate media is waking up to the issue at last, but they still have to tread carefully around their Big Oil and Gas sponsors. No such smidge of conscience from our elected leaders, however.
The Democratic Party leadership believes its voters are suckers.— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) July 13, 2021
"Approvals for companies to drill for oil and gas on U.S. public lands are on pace this year to reach their highest level since George W. Bush was president."https://t.co/muEUjsO667
Honestly however, the criminals are literally everywhere you look.
BREAKING: Chevron-Texaco bankrolled the fascist war machine in Spain and Germany and was directly responsible for the deaths of many American soldiers.— Steven Donziger (@SDonziger) July 19, 2021
Texaco CEO was a major Hitler sympathizer.
They may have locked me up, but history will show who the real criminals are. pic.twitter.com/jerm34XDI5
This woman is NOT one of them.
Jessica Reznicek has been sentenced to 8 years prison + 3 years probation, + restitution of over $3 million to Energy Transfer Partners, for nonviolent direct action to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, due to "domestic terrorism enhancement" of charge. https://t.co/iywitBKPDm— 350 San Francisco (@350SF) July 24, 2021
"Energy Transfer Partners". Haven't we heard of them? Why, yes we have; just a moment ago.
ICYMI: @GregAbbott_TX got a $1 million campaign contribution from Kelcy Warren, whose pipeline empire was the biggest profiteer in the Texas grid collapse. Energy Transfer Partners is being sued by at least one utility for alleged price gouging. #txlege https://t.co/Wayq0SIoOQ— Justin Miller (@by_jmiller) July 22, 2021
The corruption is so vast and varicose that its tentacles rival the capillary nature of the Texas power grid. Speaking of:
Wowser: “Gas producers in the Permian shale basin began to drastically reduce output days before power companies cut them off … sparking one of the wildest price surges in history.” #txlege MUST READ https://t.co/hyzOKsHRJR— Jay Root (@byjayroot) July 11, 2021
The more we learn about how the electric grid failed, the more apparent our state regulators’ failure becomes. Texas regulator needs to explain why natural gas wells were shut down BEFORE the February Freeze and caused Texas Blackouts. My latest: https://t.co/gKpJGs17vC #txlege— ChrisTomlinson (@cltomlinson) July 16, 2021
Tomlinson: Texas is a world leader in clean energy, and Gov. Greg Abbott wants to ruin that https://t.co/g66bclXCBx— Lisa Falkenberg (@ChronFalkenberg) July 9, 2021
The deeper you dig, the worse the stench gets.
Frackers *permanently* poisoned the planet with their chemicals, in the hunt for more cheap oil https://t.co/h8Q81QAMVq— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) July 12, 2021
Who was president ten years ago?
Oil and gas fracking has released at least 66.3 million gallons/250 million litres of waste into the Gulf of Mexico since 2010, according to an analysis released last week by the Center for Biological Diversity.— allan crawshaw (@allan_crawshaw) July 15, 2021
A 20-year-old law would have made communities more resilient to climate change. FEMA didn’t enforce it. https://t.co/29UzdUb4K2— grist (@grist) July 17, 2021
If they planned to meet their net zero goals why appeal?— Justin Guay (@Guay_JG) July 21, 2021
Oh right, how silly of me https://t.co/FKzuZRmLdV
Had enough yet?
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has issued an Ozone Action Day for the DFW area for Monday, July 26. Political weakness and neglect at all levels of government have created conditions which are expected to produce high levels of ozone air pollution. pic.twitter.com/1ShU4zBIYQ— Downwinders at Risk (@cleanerair) July 25, 2021
Houston, TX sits at the heart of a fossil fuel empire, yet loses its power nearly every time disaster strikes.— Green New Deal Network (@GND_Network) July 26, 2021
Living through frequent 800-year storms, flash flooding, chemical leaks & explosions are just the way things are for Houstonians like Jacob. pic.twitter.com/3hlr7I2GJ5
Researchers at Oregon State University found a 59% increase in the odds of at least one asthma hospitalization among children who lived in Texas ZIP codes with fracking.https://t.co/Kn2GZHaq46— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) July 26, 2021
It's not all bad news. Some people are actually trying to do something.
The US is about to go all-in on paying farmers and foresters to trap carbon https://t.co/c4COy60NLH— Scott Stapf (@stapf) July 9, 2021
JUST OUT: In a new blog post, @CES_Baker_Inst's @magerton & @jimkrane and their co-author @BenGilbertEcon explain why it's time for a federal tax on #methane emissions for oil & gas companies and how this could actually move the needle on #climatechange: https://t.co/abte7aQv78 pic.twitter.com/XvN0I84Afw— Baker Institute (@BakerInstitute) July 12, 2021
Hey, my @nytimes debut!— Alex Yablon (@AlexYablon) July 16, 2021
Amidst excruciating negotiations over "paying for" infrastructure and climate legislation that falls far short of what's needed, I look at proposals to cut the Gordian Knot by having the Fed backstop muni bonds for green projects https://t.co/ONZ9qoiJZM
The Texas Department of Transportation plans to spend $25 billion widening highways to fix traffic in Texas cities. What if we tore them down instead? I wrote about @TxDOT's highway prophecy for @TexasObserver & @thenation: https://t.co/rheYdzLT6f— Megan Kimble (@megankimble) July 12, 2021
“The future does not lie in oil.” Greenland has decided to suspend all oil exploration off the world’s largest island, calling it a “natural step” due to climate crisis concerns.https://t.co/GUdFkuLK2a— The Associated Press (@AP) July 16, 2021
But some suggestions have failed, and others are too little, too late.
"The American carbon tax leaves behind dozens of supportive think-tank employees, thousands of politically engaged and idealistic Americans, and 3,589 dejected economists."https://t.co/NmhUBrYCjW— John Schwartz (@jswatz) July 21, 2021
Renewable power is set for strong growth in 2021 & 2022, but it's not expanding quickly enough to keep up with rebounding electricity demand.— International Energy Agency (@IEA) July 16, 2021
Fossil fuels will fill most of the gap, highlighting the need for a major surge in clean energy deployment 👉 https://t.co/vaxCZDEL27 pic.twitter.com/42rFFHjzpF
Electric Buses Coming to Houston - @METROHouston fears “the region may not have much time to mitigate #climatechange with lower vehicle emissions.” #EVS #EVbuses #TXEnergy #txlege https://t.co/u6a4hpTFAI— Texas Electric Transportation Resources Alliance (@TxETRA_TX) July 22, 2021
And we still have the deniers of facts, logic, science, and truth to overcome.
New cartoon: Land of free-dumb pic.twitter.com/wHAHZTQnby— Andy Marlette (@AndyMarlette) July 15, 2021
I'll add a few more as a thread when this post gets Tweeted shortly. If I missed anything, mention it here in the comments or post it there.