Enviro News Wrap: Climate Denial and Conspiracy Theories; Helping Farmers Adapt; Fracking the Amish, and more...
GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week:
- Everyone has an opinion on climate change, usually a very heated one. Why do so many non-experts have an opinion on this issue? Well, one study claims that a good predictor of a climate change skeptic is their propensity believe in conspiracy theories. If someone throws out obvious facts in favor of fantastic theories then it is more likely to believe climate change is all part of the grand master plan by our ancient half-alien overlords.
- The US government has started a project to help farmers adapt to climate change - even if they don't believe in it.
- Individual states in the US have decided to do something about the declining health of our environment. Here are 10 states to consider moving to if you want to get a green job.
- In theory, Obama's second term is his opportunity to pursue his true green values without concern for reelection. But Obama has not broken away from the path of his first term so far, as can arguably be seen in his recent cabinet appointments. Are his appointees going to do the work that he isn't doing himself?
- The Canadian Alberta Tar Sands project can't get enough of their oil to refineries and to market. The XL Keystone pipeline is supposed to solve that billion dollar problem. The pipeline has been delayed in the northern states while the project has started in the southern states. Parts of the pipeline that have been built are already being replaced, not a good start for a project that is being so closely watched. In Canada, British Columbia has rejected plans for a tar sands pipeline due to environmental concerns. Both the Koch brothers and the Canadian government have too much money invested for these pipelines to not be built. The fight from the pro-Tar Sands side is going to be never-ending because they have invested too much money. Even if they spend $100 million to push these these pipelines through it's still more profitable than giving up.
- In Detroit a huge pile of "coke" from tar sands has been piling up - now it is being shipped back to Canada to be burned for electricity.
- Fracking the Amish: kind of a weird story here, the Amish apparently don't believe in lawsuits. So, guess what natural gas fracking companies are doing?
- Species extinction is a terrible thing that is happening too much right now. As just one example, a new peer-reviewed study shows 82 percent of native fish species in California risk extinction. Which species that you know and love won't be around for your grandchildren?