Daily Archives: October 21, 2015

Bernie Sanders Calls For Federal Investigation Of Exxon

by Emily Atkin Oct 20, 2015 4:28pm

CREDIT: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., poses for a portrait before an interview, Wednesday May 20, 2015, in Washington.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wants ExxonMobil investigated by the Department of Justice.

In a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Tuesday, Sanders charged the oil giant of engaging in a cover-up to intentionally mislead the public about the reality of human-caused climate change, and by extension the risks of its carbon-intensive product.

“It appears that Exxon knew its product was causing harm to the public, and spent millions of dollars to obfuscate the facts in the public discourse,” Sanders wrote. “The information that has come to light about Exxon’s past activities raises potentially serious concerns that should be investigated.”

The information Sanders cited was a recent investigation by Inside Climate News, which found that the ExxonMobil conducted research as far back as 1977 affirming that climate change is caused by carbon emissions from fossil fuels. At the same time, the oil giant gave millions of dollars to politicians and organizations that promote climate science denial, and spent millions more lobbying to prevent regulations to limit carbon emissions.

Sanders, like many, compared the allegations against ExxonMobil to the DOJ’s massive and successful lawsuit against the tobacco industry. That action found that a number of big tobacco companies engaged in racketeering by conspiring to hide the harmful impacts of smoking from the public.

In an interview with ThinkProgress on Monday, the attorney who prosecuted that case against the tobacco industry said an investigation into ExxonMobil by the DOJ is “plausible and should be considered.”

…(read more).

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Sealife Can’t Be Protected from a Nuclear Plant’s Impact


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Published on Oct 21, 2015

In this excerpt from the Oct. 6, 2015 California Coastal Commission meeting, Steve Schroeter, Research Biologist, Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara reports on the SONGS Mitigation Monitoring Project, a long-term independent study aimed at seeing if it is possible to reduce the San Onofre nuclear plant’s devastating impact on local sealife. According to Dr. Schroeter’s report, it sounds like the answer is ‘not much.’

According to the Project’s website: http://marinemitigation.msi.ucsb.edu/
“The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Mitigation Monitoring Program is based at the Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara. Long-term monitoring and evaluation of the SONGS mitigation projects is a condition of the coastal development permit issued by the California Coastal Commission (CCC) for the operation of SONGS Units 2 and 3. The Permit requires Southern California Edison (SCE) as majority owner and operating agent of SONGS to design and build mitigation projects that adequately compensate for the adverse effects of the power plant’s once-through seawater cooling system on coastal marine resources. UCSB scientists working under the direction of the Executive Director of the CCC are responsible for designing and implementing monitoring programs aimed at determining the effectiveness of these mitigation projects. Funding for the SONGS Mitigation Monitoring Program is provided by SCE as a requirement of their coastal development permit for operating SONGS.”

For more info:
SanOnofreSafety.org
SecureNuclearWaste.com

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Urban Food Initiative


Berkeley Lab

Published on May 6, 2015

Shashi Buluswar, Berkeley Lab’s Executive Director of the Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies (LIGTT) discusses the issue of urban food deserts and malnutrition in American inner cities.

For more information on LIGTT visit ligtt.org

To learn more about Berkeley Lab and to receive the Friends of Berkeley Lab newsletter visit friends.lbl.gov

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Precision Urban Agriculture Initiative at Berkeley Lab


Berkeley Lab

Published on Oct 21, 2015

Precision Urban Agriculture refers to a new range of agronomic techniques that sharply limit the inputs that are used to grow food. By growing without soil; controlling environmental factors like lighting, temperature and humidity; and reducing the distance between production and consumers Precision Urban Agriculture can put healthy food on the plates of urban consumers and help our environment at the same time.

Berkeley Lab is leveraging its scientific resources and facilities to address the questions and support the technological innovation that will help this emerging field develop.

For more info: http://urbanag.lbl.gov/

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Matt Damon (1) Saving Civilization Plan B 3.0 – Lester Brown


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Uploaded on May 11, 2011

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Food Production and Population Growth – Daniel Quinn


Juan Ischnura

Uploaded on Nov 30, 2009

In November 1998 Daniel Quinn and biologist Alan D. Thornhill met in dialogue with a small group in Houston, Texas, to forge a new tool designed to unseat the unexamined conventional wisdom that typically shapes all discourse on this subject.

© 1998 New Tribal Ventures.

You can watch the whole talk in Google Videos following this links:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?doc…
http://video.google.com/videoplay?doc…

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Daniel Quinn from What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire


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Published on Mar 2, 2015

This is the complete and slightly edited interview footage we shot with Daniel Quinn in 2005, in preparation for our feature-length documentary, What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire.

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