Daily Archives: March 25, 2021

1 in 5 Capitol Insurrectionists Tied to U.S. Military; Soldiers “Targets” for Extremist Recruitment

Democracy Now! – Mar 25, 2021

Nearly one in five people facing charges related to the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol had some connection to the military, including at least two active-duty troops, prompting Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to order a 60-day stand-down across the services to address extremism. Ahead of the first deadline on April 6, the House Armed Services Committee held a hearing Wednesday on extremism in the U.S. military. We speak with one of the experts who testified. “People who are connected with the military are prime targets for extremists,” says Lecia Brooks, chief of staff at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Despite the decades of inaction, she says, “the conversation is moving forward” in Washington, as lawmakers are finally speaking openly about white supremacy and white nationalism.

Pandemic Profiteers: How U.S. Billionaires Like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Saw We alth Grow by $1.3 Trillion

Democracy Now! – Mar 25, 2021

A new report reveals that as a record number of people in the United States lost their jobs and struggled to put food on the table during the past year of the pandemic, the combined wealth of the 657 billionaires in the country grew more than $1.3 trillion, nearly 45%, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who saw his personal wealth increase by $65 billion — more than $7 million every hour. “They are often leading companies who have benefited from the pandemic conditions by having, essentially, their competition shut down,” says Chuck Collins, author of the report on pandemic profiteers by the Institute for Policy Studies and Americans for Tax Fairness. “These folks have reaped enormous windfalls in this pandemic.” The massive gains come as pressure grows on lawmakers to impose new taxes on the top 1%, with both Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders proposing new measures to address growing economic inequality.

Georgia Turns Trump’s Big Lie Into Law | All In | MSNBC


MSNBC

Mar 25, 2021

“It’s impossible to ignore the breathtaking cynicism at play here,” says Chris Hayes on Georgia’s new sweeping anti-voter law. “Republicans in the state—trying to make it so less people can vote, so just the people they want to vote can vote.” Aired on 03/25/2021.

“Jim Crow in New Clothes”: Raphael Warnock Slams GOP Assault on Voting R ights In First Senate Speech

Democracy Now!

Mar 19, 2021

Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock, whose election in January helped bring the chamber under Democratic control, used his first speech on the floor of the Senate this week to assail Republican efforts to restrict voting rights. He called the raft of voter suppression bills being introduced in states across the country “Jim Crow in new clothes,” denounced false claims of voter fraud spread by Donald Trump and others, and called on Congress to pass the For the People Act, also known as H.R. 1, a sweeping voting reform bill that would greatly expand access to the ballot. “Make no mistake: This is democracy in reverse,” said Warnock, who is the first Black senator elected in Georgia. “Rather than voters being able to pick the politicians, the politicians are trying to cherry-pick their voters.”

Thoughts on the Moomaw/Booth Biomass Talk – Sustainability

Thoughts on the Moomaw/Booth Biomass Talk

February 14, 2011

On February 10th, Professor William Moomaw, Tufts University and Mary Booth, Massachusetts Energy Alliance shared their thoughts on using woody biomass for electricity production to a packed house in the Paresky Center.

Bill described how forests provide us with several usefull services: biodiversity, water quality and flood control, carbon sequestration, air quality, timber, soil production and erosion control. Using large amounts of forest wood will compete with some of these services and reduce the ability of our forest reserves to enhance our environments. (Prof. Moomaw’s presentation is available here: BillMoomaw-Biomass.)

Mary Booth, elaborated on some calculations of carbon generated from burning whole logs for energy production citing the Manomet report and shared concerns over proposed regulations for air emissions. (Her presentation is available here: Mary-Booth-Biomass)

The Moomaw/Booth talk prompted me to consider further the complexities and challenges of incorporating biomass energy into carbon reduction plans.

We are getting more sophisticated in our understanding of carbon calculations. Previously, many of us assumed that since biomass material can be regrown, we could assume that using bio-fuels could be considered carbon neutral. Plants absorb carbon while growing and release carbon when burned.

While this statement is true we need to ensure that we balance the growth and consumption cycles. This means that efficient energy generation facilities need to be developed – most likely ones that produce heat and use any waste heat to generate electricity. In addition, we need to employ state of the art technology to reduce air emissions including particulate, metals and other contaminants; the carbon cycle of emissions need to be accurately assessed regardless of the fuel used, and consideration of the full environmental impact from harvest or extraction, through delivery and production to final disposal needs to be determined.

Currently, in the US only 8% of the 95 Quadrillion BTUs used annually come from renewable sources; and biomass and biofuels make up 45% of the those renewables (Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration). We are all hopeful that truly clean and renewable energy sources will be sufficiently available in the near future and that we reduce our demand for energy.

In the meantime, lets consider how we can most effectively employ some ‘transitional’ fuels like natural gas, or biofuels, and woody biomass to reduce our dependence on depleting fossil fuels and to minimize our carbon footprint.

Moomaw – Booth Lecture: Should We Get Our Electricity by Burning Trees? was sponsored by the Williams College Center for Environmental Studies, Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives and Public Affairs.

More info on biomass and recent press releases are available at the CES website.

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Williams to Host Second Biomass Discussion Featuring Bill Moomaw and Mary Booth – Sustainability

February 8, 2011

Williams College will host a presentation titled “Getting Biomass Right: Should We Be Generating Electricity from Trees?” on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium on the lower level of Paresky Student Center. The event, free and open to the public, is the second in a series of forums addressing issues of biomass.

The discussion will feature Bill Moomaw, director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School of Tufts University, and Mary Booth, co-founder of the Massachusetts Environmental Energy Alliance (MEEA). Each will present remarks before taking questions.

Moomaw is professor of international environmental policy at Tufts. His work and research over the past two decades have focused on stratospheric ozone, climate, energy, forests, water, and sustainable development. He has served as a lead author or coordinating lead author for four Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports and is coordinating lead author of the IPCC special report “Renewable Energy and Climate Change” due out this year. He was also a member of the Technical Steering Committee that published new forest management recommendations based on ecosystem services for Massachusetts. He has advised corporations, governments, and the World Bank on climate, energy, and forest issues. He graduated from Williams in 1959, earned his Ph.D. at M.I.T., and taught in the Williams chemistry department from 1964 to 1990.

Booth is a scientist whose research has examined human influences on soils, waters, and forests. She is currently serving as an expert witness on air-permit appeals for biomass plants proposed nationally. The MEEA, which she co-founded with Alexandra Dawson, advocates for sustainable energy solutions by carrying out scientific and legal analyses of the impacts of energy policies. The organization promotes issues such as energy conservation and efficiency and transparent, science-based state and federal energy policies, and opposes large-scale biomass plants. Booth was formerly a senior scientist at Environmental Working Group. She received her Ph.D. in ecosystem ecology at Utah State University.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Environmental Studies, the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, and the Office of Public Affairs.

“Planet of the Humans” Earth Day Live Stream w/ Michael Moore, Jeff Gibbs & Ozzie Zehner


Michael Moore

“Planet of the Humans” Earth Day Live Stream featuring Executive Producer Michael Moore, Director Jeff Gibbs & Producer Ozzie Zehner

Michael Moore – #BiomassDelusion – Planet of the Humans

Biomass Murder
Premiered May 25, 2020

Michael Moore presents Planet of the Humans, a documentary that dares to say what no one else will this Earth Day — that we are losing the battle to stop climate change on planet earth because we are following leaders who have taken us down the wrong road — selling out the green movement to wealthy interests and corporate America. This film is the wake-up call to the reality we are afraid to face: that in the midst of a human-caused extinction event, the environmental movement’s answer is to push for techno-fixes and band-aids. It’s too little, too late. As only the last forty minutes out of the full 1 hour and forty minutes original video produced by Michael Moore is on bio-energy we have made only that last part available on http://BiomassMurder.org

The full & original Planet of the Humans movie is highly recommended and is to be found here: https://youtu.be/Zk11vI-7czE

Interview with Jeff, Michael, and Ozzie (1hr 16min): https://youtu.be/HBGcEK8FD3w

Hill TV Response to critics with Jeff, Michael and Ozzie (17min): https://youtu.be/Bop8x24G_o0

FAQ, Discussion Guide, Media: https://planetofthehumans.com/

Removed from the debate is the only thing that MIGHT save us: getting a grip on our out-of-control human presence and consumption. Why is this not THE issue?

Because that would be bad for profits, bad for business. Have we environmentalists fallen for illusions, “green” illusions, that are anything but green, because we’re scared that this is the end—and we’ve pinned all our hopes on biomass, wind turbines, and electric cars? No amount of batteries are going to save us, warns director Jeff Gibbs (lifelong environmentalist and co-producer of “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Bowling for Columbine”).

This urgent, must-see movie, a full-frontal assault on our sacred cows, is guaranteed to generate anger, debate, and, hopefully, a willingness to see our survival in a new way—before it’s too late. Featuring: Al Gore, Bill McKibben, Richard Branson, Robert F Kennedy Jr., Michael Bloomberg, Van Jones, Vinod Khosla, Koch Brothers, Vandana Shiva, General Motors, 350.org, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sierra Club, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Nature Conservancy, Elon Musk, Tesla.

Website: https://planetofthehumans.com/

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SDG Global Festival of Action | Program

https://globalfestivalofaction.org/program/

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Rising Food Prices Could Bring World War (w/ Richard Wolff)

Thom Hartmann Program

Mar 11, 2021

Food lines, growing prices, and widening inequality are all leading to global unrest. Economist Richard Wolff warns that it will only get worse.

What is the relationship between rising food prices and social unrest? Prices have increased by 2.4% in just February. What does this mean for the economy? What does that mean for the world’s hungry?

Professor Richard Wolff joined Thom to discuss how healthy the economy is for food and whether there is trouble on the way.

Richard Wolff is an Economist / Co-founder, Democracy At Work / Author of numerous books – his latest is The Sickness is the System: When Capitalism Fails to Save Us from Pandemics or Itself.

WATCH NEXT: Have Lobbyist Politicized Our Food? – https://youtu.be/_e3PTfWhT8M