dependence on fossil fuels



Say you’re Vladimir Putin, and you did a deal with Trump last year. Whether there was such a deal is being investigated. But if you are Putin and you did do a deal, what might Trump have agreed to do for you? 

1. Repudiate NATO. NATO is the biggest thorn in your side – the alliance that both humiliates you and stymies your ambitions. Trump seemed intent to deliver on this during his recent European trip by bullying members about payments and seemingly not reaffirming Article 5 of the pact, which states that any attack on one NATO ally is an attack on all. (He’s backtracked on this since then, under pressure from Congress.)

2. Antagonize Europe, especially Angela Merkel. She’s the strongest leader in the West other than Trump, and you’d love to drive a wedge between the United States and Germany. Your larger goal is for Europe to no longer depend on the United States, so you can increase your influence in Europe. Trump has almost delivered on this, too. Merkel is already saying Europe can no longer depend on America.

3. Take the United States out of the Paris accord on the environment. This will anger America’s other allies around the world and produce a wave of anti-Americanism – all to your advantage. You’d also love for the whole Paris accord to unravel because you want the world to remain dependent on fossil fuels. Russia is the world’s second-largest exporter of oil after Saudi Arabia, and biggest exporter of natural gas. And the oil and gas industry contributes about half the revenues to your domestic budget. And, hey, there’s also all those Arctic ports that are opening up now that the earth is warming. Trump has delivered on this. 

4. Embark on a new era of protectionism. Or at least anti-trade rhetoric. This will threaten the West’s economic interdependence and loosen America’s economic grip on the rest of the world. Trump is on the way to delivering on this one.

5. End the economic sanctions on Russia, imposed by the United States in 2014. Oil production on land is falling so you want to tap the vast petroleum and gas reserves offshore in the Arctic. In 2011, you and ExxonMobil’s Rex Tillerson, signed a $500 billion deal to do this. But the sanctions stopped it cold. Trump has promised to lift them, but he hasn’t delivered on this yet, because he has got to cope with all the suspicions in America about his deal with you. Once it dies down, he’ll end the sanctions. In the meantime, he’ll give you back the two compounds that were seized by the Obama administration when the U.S. intelligence discovered you’d interfered in the election.

And what might you have agreed to do for Trump in return? 

Two things: First, you’d help him win the presidency, by hacking into Democratic Party servers, leaking the results, sending millions of fake news stories about Hillary to targeted voters, and tapping into voter lists. 

Second, after he was elected, you’d shut up about your help so Trump wouldn’t be impeached and convicted of treason.

In other words, if you did a deal, you both still have every incentive to fulfill your side of it. That’s the art of the deal.

The International Solar Alliance

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is an alliance of more than 120 countries, most of them being sunshine countries, which come either completely or partly between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. The alliance’s primary objective is work for efficient exploitation of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.


[ ]To start off Russia never planned to EVER fall In love with America
[ ]Russia (at first) believed that his relationship with America was strictly business, nothing more.
[ ]However, things don’t always go how we think it should go, and ends up changing your life for the better or worse. For Russia, his life change for the better.
[ ]America’s youth, personality, and presence made Russia feel happy, like if he’s found that last puzzle piece to his life
[ ]America felt uneasy about Russia at first.
[ ]Russia was a tall, strong, towering country. America was a young, scrappy and hungry country (heheha), not really sure who to trust without Britain to guide him
[ ]At first, America believed that Russia was a bigger ally to Britian than to America ( for Britain and Russia go way back). However, when he saw that Russia seemed to favor America more than his ex brother, the young country began to warm up to Russia
[ ]America soon began to see how handsome, intelligent , strong , and amazing Russia was, and began to fall for him.
[ ]America still too young to understand love, and Russia was too desperate to let the American puppylove to end.
[ ]Both wanted a complete family, and that’s what held their relationship together .
[ ]America and Russia was dependent on each other for food, raw materials, fossil fuels, etc. They both helped each other modernized, and helped each other when something drastic happens, like the civil war.
[ ]When America went through his civil war phase, he was conflicted to who he was and who he should be. Russia, being a supportive bf, help the union (which was America current personality) because he believed that America was perfect the way he was, and shouldn’t tear himself apart.
[ ]After the civil war, Russia and America’s relationship was even stronger than ever before, and it seemed the two were unseperatable.
[ ]WW1 came around, and a famine hit Russia hard. Like the supportive bf he was, America made sure that his love was always well fed along with the russian people.
[ ]Than came the Russian revolution, and the rise of Stalin.
[ ]Ever since Russia changed his government, he hasn’t been the same, but America didn’t recognize this change for a while (being blinded by love)
[ ]Russia was becoming more controlling, less caring, and more aggressive. This was the cause of Stalin “brainwashing” now the Soviet union. ( Stalin was an assertive country to show the U.S.S.R was a force never to be reckon with)
[ ]WW2 comes around, and America and the Soviet union’s relationship beings to shake. The two aren’t as close as they used to.
[ ]America, afraid of losing his precious “Russia”, tries to spend more time with his lover, but it only reveals how much Russia has changed.
[ ]America believes it’s his fault for Russia’s change and begins to go a tad bit nuts.
[ ]The Soviet union sees his lover in distress and tries to leave his home to go and comfort America.
[ ]However, the Soviet union caught leaving and is sent to his boss immedetly.
[ ]He tries to explain why he was leaving and why it was important, but Stalin, who was not in favor of his male country dating another male country, didn’t want to hear the Soviet union’s plea
[ ]Stalin “brainwashed” the Soviet union, and demanded for him to break up with America.
[ ]The Soviet union breaks up with his long time lover, causing the outbreak of the Cold war
[ ]The cold war for America was filled with heartache, and anger. He wanted to show that he was better off without his ex, and tries to act like he is so much better than everyone else, trying to show off his greatness, and life without Russia. (This causes his ‘MERICA personality)
[ ]The cold war for Russia was just empty
[ ]By the end of cold war, the relationship between the two countries became more of a competitive ex relationship . (SPACE RACE)
[ ]At the end of U.S.S.R reign, America and new Russia grew close once again. AS FRIENDS.
[ ]However, America and Russia began to grow a little too close. America began to believe he can win back his ex’s heart, and have back that happiness he lost so long ago.
[ ] America and Russia seemed to be getting back together, but then Putin got into power
[ ] Russia, with a a smile on his face and a passport in his hand, was getting ready to visit America, and ask him to be his lover again. As he gets into the limo he sees russian guards on the other side and Putin sitting between them. “Russia, you know you can’t”
[ ] America and Russia once again grew far apart. America, heartbroken and desperate for his ex’s love back. Russia, empty..just empty, he doesn’t love anyone anymore, not even his own sister’s. Why should he love someone if he keeps hurting them? Why should he be happy? Love is an melody that is dull and has no beat.


Greens Urge Democrats To Block Senate Energy Bill.  

Hundreds of organizations have signed a letter to Sen. Chuck Schumer urging him to lead opposition to an energy bill that they say would increase dependence on fossil fuel production and hasten ‘climate chaos’.


gather 'round, my children

let’s look at all of the reasons Lena wants to work on the machine, shall we?

- solve climate change

- end famine

- end dependency on fossil fuels

- end war

- send rhea home, and likely send anyone missing their planet home as well

- basically s a v e the goddamn world despite how badly it’s treated her the past 24 years, all for being related to a pair of murderous psychopaths

so tell me again how Lena is supposed to become a villain.

go on.

everyone else, sign-up sheets for the Lena Luthor Defense Squad can be found in Kara Danvers’ office at CatCo Worldwide Media Headquarters, National City

holy shit I’ve heard the rumors but Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome sucks

like… it doesn’t feel or look like Mad Max. the commentary on human societal collapse and dependence on fossil fuels is gone, all the costumes and designs and everything look so wrong compared to the other movies

the series is about death, murder, and finding peace, with the first movie about dying and wallowing in misery, the second about being dead and a husk of what you are

mad max 3???? it’s a retelling of peter pan

like, this is a fucking kids movie for the most part, except for the one use of the fuck word, or the scene in which Blaster is shot with arrows with minor blood. There is no violence, or savagery, or brutality, or horror like in the other Mad Max films. Beyond Thunderdome has scenes in which kids swing around on ropes while carnival music plays, has a monkey sidekick, is loaded with slapstick comedy, theres even poop and fart jokes in it.

this movie was really made for kids, The Road Warrior made so much money and they thought they could market it even more if it had a PG-13 rating, and so a series about a man seeking solace in himself after the murder of his wife and kid in the midst of a nuclear summer, a series that featured graphic acts of brutality, is now dumbed down and given a Lost Boys angle 

it’s kinda like Return of the Jedi?? After how fucking incredible the second movie is, the next best thing to do for your movie franchise is to add cute creatures running around holding spears and taking the spotlight for a good third of the movie

Did it ever occur to any of you that Trump Jr tweeted out those documents to distract us from all the other shitty things going on this week, ie. Trumpcare in the Senate, net neutrality, S1460 (which would lock in our dependence on fossil fuels and kill any hope of slowing climate change), and Christopher Wray’s hearing in the Senate Intelligence Committee today, among other things?

Did it ever occur to you that if Trump Jr is convicted, Trump Sr is still safe, and he can pardon his son and nothing fucking changes?

Rebuking Trump on climate, the G20 proved “soft power” works
President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States of out the Paris climate accord was a deeply disheartening signal to the world that reducing dependence on fossil fuels threatens US dominance (a notion that is largely false). The climate commitments that came out of Hamburg promote carbon emissions mitigation and economic growth in line with the Paris Agreement and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Read more
  • Bernie Sanders: We must ensure communities that have been dependent on fossil fuels receive the training they need for the clean energy jobs of the future.
  • Republicans: OR OR OR we could just not do that and save money by continuing to leech off the fossil fuel industry for as long as humanly possible, killing the earth as we rely on a nonexistent safety net that'll renew nonrenewable resources in the future.
  • Republicans: And besides, we and our backers from the fuel lobby will probably be dead soon enough so it doesn't really matter right now anyway.

Neitzsche, maybe god you were speaking of was just a pretender

i remember you in serotonin waves and
parcels of starbucks conversations about
how god must wear fabric of our space-
time continuum to funerals only.  death

of stars gave us birth and almost every
facet of our society is dependent upon
the burning of fossils fuels - death and
destruction is what we come from and
what we live by.  and maybe these nine

planets are decapitated heads of gods
JFKs of the divine realm who stood up
for life and paid for it with their lives

and maybe all this time i’ve desperately
been trying to hold on to the remaining
traces of the divinity buried in inversion
as the black magic practicing foot soldiers
of the demiurge tie the final knot of the
blindfold permanently placed around the
eyes of infinity.  

"You’re a liberal” no... I’m a decent human...

I am going to select policies that reflect that.

If I have to choose between oil and solar panels, I will choose oil until I get enough evidence that solar panels can do as much, if not more than oil.

I have read facts that alternative energies can be use right now and in over the rest of my lifetime, we can reduce dependency on fossil fuels. That’s what I want because, in the long term, fossil fuels doesn’t make sense. 

That’s not being liberal, that’s being rational. I will never understand why I am labeled as this “leftist” with “ideas of utopia”… it’s pretty simple… I want what you want… to live a long life. But what I want is for everyone to benefit from it and everything living to prosper. What you want is for everyone to benefit in the short run and only a few in the long.

There are practical solutions to a lot of things going on and if we REALLY want to step forward, we would have discussions + compromises. There are short-term compromises, long term effects. 

I just don’t want to ever think of “the disease is here! Let’s find the cure”. I always think of “why the disease needs to be here in the first place? Can we stop that?” 

pardusnix  asked:

in regards to conversion to clean energy, which country impresses you the most, and which country should America be looking to as we move away from our dependence on fossil fuels?

No country really has it all together, when it comes to climate change. The world’s problem is that the U.S. has been and continues to be so bad. If the U.S. were leading, the world would follow.

- Bill

Read more of Bill Nye’s responses to your #AnswerTime questions here, and check out The Bill Nye Film on Kickstarter.

Obama administration to reject Keystone pipeline

The Obama administration will announce it has rejected the Keystone pipeline project, say sources, and will cite concerns about climate change as a key reason for the decision. The pipeline would have linked a span from Canada’s oil sands to the Gulf Coast, moving as many as 830,000 barrels of oil a day. Opponents said it would bolster America’s dependence on fossil fuels, and create fewer jobs than promised. - The Wall Street Journal

Watch an announcement from President Obama at 11:45 am ET, and follow the story, on Breaking News.

I’ve been thinking about how some people have said Solarpunk isn’t punk because it’s too positive and Utopian and it’s kinda pissed me off so now I need to get my rant on.

First off how is Steampunk punk? It’s not. It’s the glorification of dependance on fossil fuels - about as mainstream and establishment as you can get.  It’s nostalgia for an era of Eurocentricity, colonialism and white supremacy, when women couldn’t vote and being homosexual could land you in jail or an asylum.

Look around at modern sci-fi, what’s popular? Hunger Games, Divergent, Ender’s Game. Distopia, Distopia, Distopia.  If Distopia is main stream then doesn’t that make Utopia alternative?  Everyone is imagining the end of the world so let’s go against the grain imagine it’s re-birth.

Not to mention that Utopia isn’t just going to happen on it’s own. There’s plenty of powerful people who have a vested interest in keeping the world the way it is and/or driving it further towards ruin. It would take a lot of hard work and fighting against the establishment to make Solarpunk happen and the people who would be doing the fighting would be considered Freaks, anti-establishment punks. So the name Solarpunk works.

To be honest, most of the world building we seem to be doing would more accurately be described as Solarpost-punk. A world in which the radicals and revolutionaries have won. Where the free-thinkers and fringe-dwellers have taken center stage and are now running the show. But I imagine they would hold on to the name with pride, to remind them of their origins and encourage them to never settle for a mainstream rut - dream, fight, build, believe.


This means that food and water must be AVAILABLE, ACCESSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE to everyone on the planet. However with modernized agriculture every one of these necessities have been ignored.

AVAILABILITY- Food and water needs to be free from unhealthy substances and needs to be available in quality and quantity to everyone. Modern Agriculture uses pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers which end up being absorbed by the crops we eat. These toxins are said to be safe, but hey, how something that is designed to kill insects be “harmless” for humans? Trick question, it can’t and is not.

ACCESSIBILITY- Food and Water needs to be physically and economically accessible to everyone. Big companies are dominating the agriculture industry in both North America and in developing countries. These companies are making farming so expensive that many farmers can no longer afford to pay for farming requirements such as fertilizers and pesticides that they need to be able to compete with these corporations. This is forcing many farming families, who have been farming for generations, out of business and essentially loosing their identity. In fact many farmers are committing suicide by drinking the same pesticides they can no longer afford. Loosing their right to farm farming families are force to move to cities only to live in slums, forcing them to live in poverty and hungry.

SUSTAINABILITY- Food must be accessible and available for future and present generations. The food market should have little to no environmental impact. However, with the pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers today’s food system uses, the limited fertile soil the Earth has is being degraded, living behind dry, barren desserts. Agriculture heavily depends on fossil fuels, which cause climate change. How are we supposed to grow food when the remaining fertile soil has been degraded?

ANIMALS HAVE RIGHTS TOO- Livestock is one of the most unsustainable farming practices. Animals are kept in spaces so small they can’t move freely, they stand ankle deep in their own manure. Cows are designed to eat grass, yet they are fed corn which cause massive infections, such as e-coli, which kills humans. But surprise, by feeding cows correctly, e-coli would be reduced by at least 90%. Also they are fed hormones and drugs create diseases in the animals. This is a form of animal cruelty that needs to be changed.


Please do your part buy buying organic foods and making sure you buy sustainable produce. AND SPREAD THE WORD

Science of Solar Racing
The World races. Earth wins!

Why would one of the biggest innovation companies in the world spend its time and treasure to help a bunch of solar savvy students race across the Australian Outback? The reason is simple. By taking its solar forecasting and cognitive technologies out of the research lab and onto the World Solar Challenge raceway, IBM scientists and engineers will be able to start learning from these extreme experiences to better normalize solar power into a dependable part of our electrical energy grid. That could mean less fossil fuels, less carbon emissions and less money spent on your energy bill. It’s a win-win-win.
We can have good jobs and healthy communities

Our families and children deserve clean air and water and we must do all that we can to stop allowing corporations to corrupt our livelihood unchecked. Where possible, we must choose clean alternative options so that our economy and our families can thrive. It is not a one or the other choice. We can have good jobs and healthy communities by shifting away from an economy dependent on fossil fuels to one that creates jobs for workers through a just transition to a clean energy economy.

We can and must be the change we want to see in the world and we have the chance to do it right now. In North and South Dakota, construction of a crude-oil pipeline, known as the Dakota Access Pipeline, threatens the lives and livelihoods of the people of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The pipeline would pass under the Missouri River (at Lake Oahe) which is just half a mile upstream from the boundary of the Standing Rock Sioux’s reservation and provides their drinking water.

Over the last three years there have been over 200 known pipeline leaks in the United States. A spill at this site would be a health, economic and cultural catastrophe for Standing Rock Sioux families. Further, the pipeline would pass through incredibly precious culturally significant sacred lands, like burial grounds, for the tribe and infringe on their freedom to practice and protect their culture and beliefs.

We are so proud that our union, the Service Employees International Union, along with other labor unions, didn’t stand idly by and let this injustice prevail. Instead SEIU along with like-minded good jobs and justice-focused partners have stood strong with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

Not only do the Standing Rock Sioux deserve the respect and protection of their sacred grounds, but they deserve to know the water they are drinking is uncontaminated and safe. This is yet another instance where a low income, community of color is subjected to contamination at the hands of powerful corporations and an unresponsive government.    

[image description: a photograph of Donna Mazapeta-Firesteel with the words “We need to stop this pipeline of mother earth and for children that are not yet born”- Mazapeta-Firesteel, LPN at Health Partners, SEIU HCMN Member]