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Chilly Climate for Oil Refiners

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 01/06/2010 - 12:59pm
Only a few years ago, a cry went up that the United States needed more oil refineries. The perceived shortage was so acute that George W. Bush, president at the time, even offered disused military bases as sites for building them.

Not only did that never come to pass, but the reverse is now happening. The business of oil refining is mired in a deep crisis, with five refineries having shut down this year, including plants in Delaware, New Jersey, California and New Mexico.

The Climate Lobby from Soup to Nuts

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 01/06/2010 - 11:22am
CONTACT: Marianne Lavelle (202) 725-7638

The Climate Lobby from Soup to Nuts

1,160 Businesses and Groups Lobbying on Climate Change; Venture Capitalists, Food Companies Now Among Those Fighting for a Place at the Table

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 28, 2009 — President Obama said at Copenhagen that the United States is committed to action on global warming, but the domestic politics are only growing more complex. A Center for Public Integrity analysis of the 140 interests that jumped into the fray for the first time in the third quarter of 2009 reveals a marked trend: Firms and organizations which feel they've been overlooked are fighting for a place at the table. Among them: venture capitalists and food companies, including America's most iconic soup maker.

Climate Change: "We're Not Finished Yet," Civil Society Warns

Submitted by admin on Mon, 12/21/2009 - 2:28pm
By Raúl Pierri and Daniela Estrada - IPS/TerraViva*

COPENHAGEN, Dec 19 (IPS) - The climate change summit proved to be a "spectacular failure even according to its own terms," but civil society had "some successes," such as the inclusion of certain issues on the climate agenda, and making the voice of the South heard loud and clear.

That was how activists assessed their efforts at 15th Conference of Parties (COP-15) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as the climate change talks came to an agonising end Saturday in Copenhagen.

Copenhagen Accord Promises Nothing

Submitted by admin on Sat, 12/19/2009 - 1:24am
"The "deal" or the "Copenhagen Accord" promises nothing. Whilst it acknowledges a maximum 2 degree temperature rise target, it makes no proposals on emissions reductions and contains nothing that is binding."

The proposed agreement early Saturday morning sought to privide $30 billion to poor countries from 2010 to 2012 to adapt to climate change, a paltry sum compared to war spending and a rejection of what the Global South had asked for: justice and reparations, not charity.

What’s At Stake In Copenhagen

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 12/17/2009 - 12:25pm

La Paz, Bolivia, where I was born and spent my first 18 years "could perhaps be the first large urban casualty of climate change," according to The New York Times. [1]   I've been tracking the melting glaciers that supply water to the La Paz metropolis for the last few years. Each year the pace of melting has outstripped prior predictions in dramatic fashion. As a kid and a teenager I used to visit the emblematic glacier, Chacaltaya, mentioned in the Times article.  It is now gone.  Extinct.  Scientists speculated that it would be gone by 2020; it formally disappeared this year.  The crisis is no longer a futuristic prediction.  It has arrived.  The human impact stands to be incredibly stark. Margarita Limachi Álvarez, a Bolivian woman living in a village impacted by receding glaciers was quoted in the Times article saying,  “A lot of us think about not having kids anymore.  Without water or food, how would we survive? Why bring them here to suffer?”

Let's transpose that experience to a U.S. context:  Lake Mead, which is a major source of water for LA, San Diego, Las Vegas, Tucson, and Phoenix, has a 50% chance of being completely dry by 2021. [2]   That is only 11 years from now.  Major urban centers in Southwest U.S. are going to suffer dramatic decreases in water supplies within the next decade.

Tens of millions of lives are at stake in Copenhagen and beyond.  Literally.  Our profit- and growth-based economy has pushed the planet's life systems to the brink.  Hence the motto on the streets of Copenhagen this week:  "We need Systems Change, not Climate Change."  It's way too late for compromises.

Emergency Protest & Vigil Solidarity with Activists in Copenhagen

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 12/17/2009 - 12:16pm

Updates from the UN Climate Change Conference
Dec. 7-18, 2009 – Copenhagen, Denmark

Come Out Friday, 12/18 4:30-6 Vigil at San Francisco Danish Consulate



WHEN: Friday December 18th 4:30-6:00PM
WHERE: Danish Consulate, 1 California St, at Market St. (Embarcadero BART),
San Francisco. Bring candles and friends.


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