Daily Archives: May 7, 2016

Naomi Klein- Climate Debt (in six parts)


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Uploaded on Feb 26, 2010

Feb. 25, 2010 – Naomi Klein gives a lecture on the issue of climate debt, organized by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives http://policyalternatives.ca

The event was media sponsored and livebroadcast by http://rabble.ca

This was the first in a series of lectures in honour of David Lewis (19091981), a leading labour lawyer, life-long social democrat, a founder of the NDP and its national leader from 1970 to 1975.

The lecture series will focus on issues that were important to David Lewis: social democracy, organized labour, and income inequality.

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Methane Hydrates: Natural Hazard or Natural Resource? – Perspectives on Ocean Science


University of California Television (UCTV)

Uploaded on Aug 7, 2008

Explore naturally occurring frozen methane deposits under the sea with renowned geochemist Miriam Kastner and discover whether or not they are a hazard to climate change. Series: “Perspectives on Ocean Science” [8/2008] [Science] [Show ID: 14350]

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TransCanada Is Suing America “Under Nafta” About the Keystone Pipeline


The Big Picture RT

Published on Jan 8, 2016

Erich Pica, Friends Of the Earth-US, joins Thom. For tonight’s Green Report we head to Houston, Texas – where on Tuesday Canadian fossil fuel giant TransCanada filed suit against the Obama administration over its decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. According to TransCanada – the administration went above and beyond its constitutionally-bound powers when it said “no” to the pipeline extension – which would have brought toxic tar sands oil across the US to the Gulf of Mexico. But Transcanada isn’t just relying on the American justice system to hit back against the White House. At the same time as it filed suit in federal court Wednesday – the company also filed a claim under Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement – or NAFTA.

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Rede Lori Wallach – stopTTIP Demo Hannover 23.04.2016


TTIP & CETA Stoppen! am 23. April 2016, 12 Uhr

Published on Apr 25, 2016

Am Vortag des Treffens zwischen US-Präsident Barack Obama und Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel anlässlich der Messe in Hannover haben unter dem Motto „TTIP & CETA stoppen! Für einen gerechten Welthandel“ 90.000 Menschen gegen die Freihandelsabkommen zwischen der EU mit den USA (TTIP) sowie mit Kanada (CETA) protestiert.

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Lori Wallach on Ed Schultz – February 23, 2016


Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch

Published on Feb 24, 2016

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Michio Kaku on Life After Death


Dr. Kaku’s Universe

Published on Jan 22, 2016

Michio Kaku on Life After Death
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You can see more of Dr. Michio Kaku at: http://mkaku.org/
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Let’s Live Forever


CuriosityStream

Published on Oct 30, 2015

Watch at https://CuriosityStream.com.
Soon we might all be in an era in which we can live up to 100 years of age — but can medical science prolong the quality of life, not just the length? Futurist Michio Kaku explores the subject.

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THE SOCIAL COST OF CARBON


Douglas Hendren

Published on May 7, 2016

http://musicalscalpel.com/2016/05/the-social-cost-of-carbon/

May 7, 2016 By Doug Hendren Leave a Comment

Oh, the social cost of carbon isn’t nice.
That’s the part that’s not included in the price.
Corporations make a killing, while you and I pay twice.
Oh, the social cost of carbon isn’t nice.

And the social cost of carbon isn’t fair,
‘Cause it damages the water and the air,
Gives you heart attacks and asthma, bumps the cost of your health care.
No, the social cost of carbon isn’t fair.

$500 billion every year is quite a fee.
That’s five thousand dollars for a family of three.
It’s a tax we never talk about, not supposed to know.
That’s what it’s costing us, burning gas and coal.

It’s all about the social cost of carbon.

Economics calls it an “externality.”
But let’s call it what it is: a rotten subsidy!
Just like cigarettes, they cause a lot of ills.
Smoke ‘em if you want to, but don’t ask me to pay your bills!

It’s all about the social cost of carbon.

Wind and sun is a better bet.
What you see is what you get.
They’ve got no hidden cost,
No hidden albatross!
Wake up and look around.
It sure beats burning down!
Tell your senator: “don’t be a fool-
No more money for fossil fuel”.

‘Cause the social cost cost of carbon’s got to go.
There’s no more pretending we don’t know.
If we wanna get it off our backs,
Gonna need a carbon tax,
Cause the social cost of carbon’s got to go!

©Doug Hendren & Nancy Beall 2016

What do coal, oil and gas really cost? A whole lot more than you may think. They are loaded with “social costs”, or “negative externalities”, like expensive and dangerous side effects that we’ve been unwittingly buying for decades, often in the form of inflated taxes and medical bills.

The direct medical costs from air pollution: Air pollution causes heart and lung disease, along with 7 million premature deaths each year, according to the World Health Organization. A Harvard Medical School study calculated the US medical cost of burning coal at $500 billion per year, or $1,667 per person. There is good news, though: When we stop burning coal, we get healthier, especially kids.

Natural gas is a big problem, too. Gas from hydrofracking is associated with numerous, highly toxic chemicals polluting our groundwater and compromising our public health(1,2,3). Although industry has tried hard to suppress this information, we are starting to see successful litigation around the public health dangers from fracking. Natural gas is not a “clean bridge fuel” at all. When we include the methane escaping from fracking sites and from leaky pipes, natural gas is even worse than burning coal in driving climate change.

We are all paying enormous subsidies to the fossil fuel industry. According to a 2015 report from the International Monetary Fund, fossil fuel subsidies worldwide are worth $5.3 trillion annually, or $10 million per minute, including tax breaks and uncompensated environmental damage. In the words of the research director of the Australia Institute: “The old, false story of ‘cheap’ fossil fuels is bunk. In addition to the health and climate costs that are never accounted for, they’re very directly costing taxpayers billions.”

How will a carbon tax help? Exactly the way a cigarette tax works. For any market to work, prices must reflect actual costs. Today, people see a tax on cigarettes as fair and proper, “internalizing” society’s cost for tobacco-related disease.

Carbon fuels should likewise be priced to reflect what they really cost us. If we want to stop the fossil industry from “freeloading” on us all, we start by putting the cost of pollution back into the cost of the fuel, where it belongs. The fuel cost goes up, but our medical bills and other subsidies go down. A carbon tax is the simplest, the fairest and most efficient way to deal with the social cost of carbon.

Will it really work? Yes. A successful revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend has been in place in British Columbia since 2009. To see what we have to gain by this policy, visit the Citizens’ Climate Lobby website.

REFERENCES

1) Physicians for Social Responsibility: Compendium of Scientific, Medical and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (Unconventional Gas and Oil Extraction).

2) Working Paper: Toward an understanding of the environmental and public health impacts of shale gas development: an analysis of the peer-reviewed scientific literature, 2009-2015 Out of 25 original studies, 84% identified potential public health risks or actual observed poor public health outcomes. When review papers were included in the analysis, the figure rose to 94%. Risks

include skin and respiratory problems, infant deaths, birth defects, low birthweights, increased hospitalizations and elevated cancer risks from multiple known carcinogens.

3) Johns Hopkins: Study: Fracking Industry Wells Associated With Premature Birth.

4) Harvard School of Public Health, Interactive graphic: Explore the True Costs of Coal.

5) The Nation 3-23-16: Bill McKibben, Global Warming’s Terrifying New Chemistry

6) New York Times 4-23-16 Carbon Pricing Becomes Cause for World Bank and IMF. “cutting emissions enough to stave off the worst effects of climate change will not be possible unless all fossil fuel polluters are forced to pay for the carbon dioxide they emit.”

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International Women’s Day 2016


Mamas Guide

Published on Mar 1, 2016

Women of the Universe its time to rise, dream and make it happen.
Get Inspired and be an inspiration. Support gender parity. Connect and let others be aware to dare to achieve success. Make it happen now.

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What are you going to make?


Microsoft

Published on Mar 7, 2016

This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating women inventors, how they’ve changed the world, and are inspiring the next generation.

Learn more about them and tell us what you’re going to make www.MakeWhatsNext.com

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