gas & oil

flix911  asked:

Hi! Because pipelines and the oil industry are so detrimental for the environment, but Canada, specific provinces especially, receives a lot of revenue because of those resources, what is a solution? Should we stop those industries altogether and lose jobs/revenue? Is there a better way?

The solution is to keep oil production at its current level, not expand it. A lot of environmentalism isn’t about shutting down the oil sands (that would destroy the economy), its just keeping it at 2016/2017 levels, and then gradually reducing it once other energy sectors are able to take over (i.e. a transition). If we do this our climate change goals can be made, oil jobs will remain while we invest heavily in renewables. Oil pipelines don’t just transport oil, they allow industry to export more of it.

If we have any hope of reducing the worst of Climate Change, we have to keep a substantial amount of oil in the ground, and that means we must resist projects like pipelines that will expand operations. Otherwise we are risking cities being wiped off the map, millions of deaths and billions of refugees. These things will happen if we continue the status quo.

Also it should be pointed out that oil & gas investments are very poor job creators. Renewable energy jobs generate many more jobs for the same price:

Renewables Now Employ More People Than Oil, But Canada Is Missing In Action

And this:

Renewable Energy ‘Creates More Jobs Than Fossil Fuels’

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Marcus Scribner of ABC’s ‘Black-ish’ is taking action to protect the environment

I’m sometimes asked why I’m so passionate about environmentalism, and my answer is always pretty straightforward. As a Los Angeles native, clean air to breathe and water to drink are two things I don’t take for granted. I’m 17, but I grew up hearing the horror stories about what the city used to be like: Downtown Los Angeles smothered in a cloud of smog so toxic that students had to wear masks outdoors and drink water from wells contaminated with industrial pollution.

We still have a long way to go before everyone gets the clean water and air we deserve. But I’m proud of the progress my city has made. And that progress didn’t magically happen — it came, in part, because of the Environmental Protection Agency.

A lot of people, and young people in particular, might not know much about the EPA, so here’s quick history lesson: In 1970, President Richard Nixon – a Republican — signed into law legislation that established the EPA. Back then, there was overwhelming support to protect our environment (and considering just how awful environmental pollution was back then, it’s easy to see why.) Republicans and Democrats came together to pass some of the most ambitious environmental legislation ever. The Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, for example, are just two of the many important laws that EPA enforces to protect human health and the environment.

Today, many people my age might assume it was always like this: that clean air and water have always been seen as a right, essential for everyone. We never saw rivers literally on fire, because they were so full of highly flammable pollution. We never saw smog so thick it billowed over cities like a fog. That is what the United States was like when my mom and dad were kids.

Continuing the progress EPA is making to clean up our country is common sense. But you may have heard not everyone in Washington feels the same way. There are some elected representatives who claim that protecting the environment must come at the expense of prosperity.

But this could not be further from the truth. There are now more Americans employed in the solar industry than there are in the coal, oil and natural gas industries combined — and in 41 states plus Washington, D.C., clean jobs outnumber those in the fossil fuel industry. The clean energy revolution will continue and its benefits will be felt beyond those who are securing jobs.

But President Donald Trump is following through on his pledge to reverse much of the progress made under President Barack Obama. Through executive orders, the Trump administration has started to dismantle many protections that are designed to cut dangerous emissions from power plants, cars and trucks and the oil and gas sector.

To make matters worse, Trump also proposed to eliminate the EPA office responsible for coordinating environmental justice programs in its entirety. Vulnerable communities from Flint, Michigan, to Spartanburg, South Carolina, have much to lose if these unconscionable cuts become reality. Mustafa Ali, who recently resigned as head of EPA’s Environmental Justice office, said it best: that to protect public health and the environment is to “make the American dream a reality for all.”

I know many young people question whether they can have an impact on the direction of our country. Believe me, I understand as well. But I know that even in these uncertain times, we can rise up and make our voices heard to our elected leaders. With the March on Science and the People’s Climate March happening on consecutive Saturdays, young people around the world are letting us know that they want to be heard.

It’s a personal mission of mine to make sure the old days never come back — it’s why I work with Defend Our Future, a campaign empowering millennials to take action to protect the environment. Defend Our Future is making it as easy as possible for you to get in touch with your elected representatives. Please take a few minutes to send your senators and representatives a message. Let them know that you want them to protect EPA and our health. Even though I can’t vote yet, I have already reached out to my local representatives, and encourage you to do so as well, because together, we can and must defend our future.

— Marcus Scribner. Marcus Scribner plays Andre Jr. on ABC’s “blackish.” He is an honor student and has been honored with the Peabody Award, multiple NAACP Image Awards and several Emmy nominations.

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theguardian.com
The fossil fuel industry's invisible colonization of academia
Corporate capture of academic research by the fossil fuel industry is an elephant in the room and a threat to tackling climate change.
By Geoffrey Supran

Fossil fuel interests – oil, gas, and coal companies, fossil-fueled utilities, and fossil fuel investors - have colonized nearly every nook and cranny of energy and climate policy research in American universities, and much of energy science too. And they have done so quietly, without the general public’s knowledge.

What has Trump actually done in his first 100 days?

In late October, the president made 28 promises for his first 100 days. These were not the only promises the president made for his first 100 days, but they comprised the “contract with the American voter” Trump introduced immediately before the election. 

Here are Trump’s promises, followed by where they stand:

•  "Propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress.“ Not proposed.

•  "A hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety and public health).” Done, then rolled backthis month.

•  "A requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated.“ Done.

•  "A five-year ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service.” Done for White House officials, with loopholes.

•  "A lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.“ Done.

•  "A complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.” Not done.

•  "I will announce my intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205.“ Done.

•  "I will announce our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.” Done.

•  "I will direct my Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator.“ Not donesays he won’t.

•  "I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately.” Done.

•  "I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.“ In process: Trump ordered a review of what regulations to cut.

•  "Lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward.” Done.

•  "Cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure.“ Not done.

•  "Cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama.” Done.

•  "Begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.“ Done. Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the Supreme Court.

•  "Cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities.” Done, but blocked by federal judge.

•  "Begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back.“ Done.

•  "Suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.” Done, but blocked by federal courts — twice.

Overall, Trump is 14 for 18 on these actions and measures.

Trump also promised to introduce ten pieces of legislation in his first 100 days. He has introduced or announced three of them.

•  Cut taxes for the middle class and businesses. Announced: Trump’s tax plan cuts the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%, but it’s unclear how the plan will help the middle class.

•  Establish tariffs on goods created by U.S. companies overseas and shipped back. Not done.

•  Leverage public-private partnerships to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over 10 years. Not done.

•  Let parents send their child to the school of their choice. Not done.

•  Fully repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace with a conservative option. Introduced.

•  Allow Americans to deduct child care and elder care from their taxes. Not done.

•  Fully fund construction of a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Not done.

•  Increase training and support for local police to fight violent and drug crimes. Not done.

•  Increase funding for the military, reform the Veterans Administration. Announced.

•  Enact new ethics reforms to “drain the swamp.” Not done.

Trump is 0 for 10 on passage of those pieces of legislation, and 3 for 10 on introducing or announcing them. Read more (4/28/17)

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Russian oil drilling rig starts up while pumping drilling mud through it - this is what it looks like drilling holes in the ground for oil and gas.

The 6th house through the Planets and Signs

helloooo everyone right now I’m reading a book about the houses called The twelve houses: Exploring the Houses of the Horoscope by Howard Sasportas & Liz Greene. I wanted to get more info on the 12 house but I became fascinated with the 6th house. Maybe b/c it’s a earth house and it’s a practical or traditional house and my Cap Dom ass is intrigued lol idk but if you’re interested in the 6th house keep reading!!

Just some of the things the 6th house deals with:
-Health
-Work: our thoughts on work and how we obtain positions, how we converse with our co-workers and authority figures
-Service: how we handle being served and how we service others
-pets
-regular everyday tasks
-craftsmanship

The 6th house is the 5th houses boundaries. I’d like to think. For example: You bought a new car (5H) don’t forget to keep it clean, get gas, get the oil changed pay the insurance (6H). Lol I guess you can also say the 6H is the water that puts out 5H Fire or really just grounding the 5H. The 6H is how we unconsciously deal with everyday activities. It showcases the energies we bring to our mundane tasks and how we deal with them. The 6H is our reality check as I like to think of it. It’s takes many journeys through who we are on the inside and what surrounds us on the outside. (The book says this and I agree.)

The 6th house through the signs/planets:

The Sun/Leo in the 6H: the ego and identity revolves around health, daily routines and work. This person will feel the need to organize daily routines. This person will want to learn how to navigate everyday life in the most practical manner. They may even be the type to clean or organize when they are stressed. This person needs to have boundaries and routines it empowers them. They also enjoy servicing others. These people have learned how to care for their body. But some may learn this lesson later. When they start to neglect their health and cause illness their number one priority will be to get their health back up. Nothing else with be important to them during this time. They also have a knack for encouraging others to participate in a healthy lifestyle or to be more aware of their health.

The Moon/Cancer in the 6H: These people will find comfort and security when dealing with everyday activities. There mood depends on the ability to function through the mundane tasks. Illnesses that can run in the family should be considered and people should take the necessary precautions when preventing them. They can be emotionally engaged at work being wrapped in the personal lives of their co-worker or people that service them.

Mercury/ Gemini and Virgo in the 6H: these people need to gain knowledge in the process of dealing with everyday life and maintains health. These people’s health concerns may stem from excessive worrying, going over board when it comes to being active and not allowing their bodies to rest. People with These placements should be conscious of how much time they are using, and where they place their time. Sometimes these placements can make someone want to be super busy and they build their day with so many activities. Which can cause them to stress. People with these placements should engage in activities that allow lots of movement. Be aware of gossiping, slander and back biting in the work place. This placement can also have sibling issues that are unresolved to arise in the work place.

Venus/ Taurus and Libra in the 6H: people with this placement may have a tendency to fall for their co-workers. People with these placements will definitely like to improve their skills, talents and abilities. They enjoy adding flare to whatever they do. It has to be beautiful. People with this placement tend to put their artistic abilities to good use. They tend to create careers out of them. They also desire harmony in the work atmosphere. Beware of over indulging. People with these placements need to learn how to have a good balance. Taurus gives determination to accomplishing tasks while Libra is diplomatic when engaging in conversation with co-workers. Can become ill if too stressed.

Mars/Aries in the 6H: people with these placements may be impatient with co-workers. But these people usually want to run everything by them selves. But they will stand up for what’s right. Even stand up for a colleague they believe is being mistreated. With these placements it can vary between overly aggressive or just outspoken and standing up for the little guy in the workforce. Check what’s being aspects to Mars and the 6H.

Jupiter/ Sagittarius in the 6H: People with this placement might fill their time with too many activities and responsibilities. They may quickly finish one task just to get to the next. They take pride in their work and usually have a lot of energy for work. With this placement their could be travel, public, relations, educational activities amongst other things. Some people may be bogged down with many different activities or responsibilities and forget to take care of their bodies. Some may obsess about health if it has anything with cleansing the spirit. With Jupiter and it being excessive I’d be careful. Beware of fad diets. Usually, with these placements they want to be one with their body and spirit. So, in some cases they may tend to turn to crash diets if they believe it will cleanse them spiritually and make them one with there body mind and soul. However, this may not always be the case. People with these placements can also inspire others to take a positive approach about their self care.

Saturn/Capricorn in the 6H: people with this placement are great with organizing and have great administrative abilities. They also are good with details. They could thing their daily tasks are demanding and oppressive. They need a routine but they also can feel frustrated and trapped. I’d say a healthy balance is good for these placements as well. When it comes to illness it’s usually is a wake up call that they are living in an imbalanced lifestyle. They can be overly critical with people they work with. They can also fear being unacceptable or inadequate to their boss or co-workers. Losing a pet can push this placement over the edge.

Uranus/Aquarius in the 6H: this placement can learn that in order to change the outside you must first change the inside. They ask a lot of questions when faced with difficulties in their everyday lives. They’re approach work in a non conventional way. They have to always be engaged. Usually they find it difficult to work under others because they need to do the job in their own way. But also check aspects because they can bring inventive ideas while working with co workers. They may get unorthodox pets.

Neptune/Pisces in the 6H:
Weak nervous system. Could be prone to colds and illnesses. People with this placement should take precautions to Strengthen their nervous system. Could benefit better from home remedies or all natural medicines. There faith plays a huge part in recovery. Usually are very sensitive to the work place atmosphere. They could be the scapegoat. Always taking the blame for everything wrong (Like Jerry from Parks and Rec) however, some people may turn to them for support. They could be the person that everyone goes to to relieve their stress/burdens. Usually not interested in mundane activities.

Pluto/Scorpio in the 6H:
People with this placement should know that when it comes to illness it’s usually and indicator or other issues. Everyday tasks cane be very important. They are usually dedicated when it comes to work or a tasks. They usually want to always improve methods that exist already in the work place. They must have work that is totally consuming and engaging.

***most of the things in here is from the book. I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you pick up the book and get to know your houses a little bit better***

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A northbound L train passes a Standard Oil gas station at Glenwood and Pratt in Rogers Park in 1963.

Chicago

Photo by Lou Gerard

washingtonpost.com
Trump signs executive order to expand drilling off America’s coasts: ‘We’re opening it up.’
The measure will make millions of acres of federal waters eligible for oil and gas leasing, just four months after President Barack Obama withdrew these areas from possible development.
By https://www.facebook.com/eilperin

The assault on our environment, including our oceans, continues with this latest (i.e., today) Executive Order from trump. He’s starting in motion the process to reverse President Obama’s temporary and permanent bans, and the requirements for safety equipment imposed after the Deepwater Horizon spill. He’s also ordering a review of the marine sanctuaries created or enlarged by President Obama.

He will do anything to prove up to his supporters that his first 100 days will be the most productive period of time since the alleged 6 day creation effort by the Judeo-Christian-Islamic deity aka God. And we all know that this 100 day effort, if graded, wouldn’t even qualify for an “F.”

Excerpt:

President Trump signed an executive order Friday that aims to expand offshore drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, as well as assess whether energy exploration can take place in marine sanctuaries in the Pacific and Atlantic.

The “America-First Offshore Energy Strategy” will make millions of acres of federal waters eligible for oil and gas leasing, just four months after President Barack Obama withdrew these areas from possible development. In late December, Obama used a little-known provision in the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to bar energy exploration in large portions of the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, and a string of canyons in the Atlantic stretching from Massachusetts to Virginia.

Still, even Trump administration officials said it would take years to rewrite federal leasing plans and open up these areas to drilling. And global energy prices may deter investors from moving ahead with additional drilling in the Arctic Ocean in the near term, despite the effort to make more areas eligible for development.

Speaking to reporters Thursday night, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said it would likely take about two years to do a thorough review of what new areas could be put up for auction.

In addition to reviewing what drilling can take place off Alaska and the East Coast, the new directive charges Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to halt the expansion of any new marine sanctuaries and review the designations of any marine national monument established or expanded in the last decade. That includes Hawaii’s Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, which Obama quadrupled in size last year, and the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts off Massachusetts.

And here’s a summary from the New York Times about trump’s order regarding off-shore drilling safety equipment:

Trump also took aim at regulations on oil-rig safety.

Last year, the Obama administration unveiled a set of regulations on offshore oil and gas drilling equipment, intended to tighten the safety requirements on underwater drilling equipment and well-control operations. In particular, the new rules tighten controls on blowout preventers, the industry-standard devices that are the last line of protection to stop explosions in undersea oil and gas wells.

The 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig was caused in part by the buckling of a section of drill pipe, prompting the malfunction of a supposedly fail-safe blowout preventer on a BP well.

What are scientists up to in your national marine sanctuaries?

In Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, researchers are kicking off an expedition to explore the sanctuary’s deep-sea ecosystems!

Using a remotely operated vehicle, scientists from Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary will explore the sanctuary’s deep-water ecosystems. Photo: Charleston Lab

Located off the coast of Southern California, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary protects remarkable biodiversity, productive ecosystems, and sensitive species and habitats. But more than a quarter of this ocean treasure remains unmapped and little-explored. This month, a research expedition will change that.

Throughout April and May, a team of NOAA-led researchers will explore the sanctuary’s deep seafloor environment. Deep-sea environments like those in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary provide nurseries and habitat for commercially-important species such as lobster, squid, and sea urchins. Some deep coral reefs may also produce chemicals that could be key to the next generation of medicines. However, these habitats are under threat. The two-week cruise on board the NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada will shine a light on how these ecosystems are impacted by a variety of stresses facing them, such as ocean acidification.

When we burn fossil fuels like oil and gas, we release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. When the ocean absorbs this carbon dioxide, chemical reactions occur that reduce seawater pH and the amounts of available calcium carbonate minerals. This is known as ocean acidification. Calcium carbonate minerals are the building blocks for the skeletons and shells of many marine organisms, including deep-sea corals.

Lophelia pertusa (white coral at left and lower-right) is a deep-sea coral that is sensitive to ocean acidification. Photo: NOAA

2014 survey results indicate that corals in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary are already experiencing effects from ocean acidification, and waters in this area are projected to become even more acidic. Corals support extensive fish and invertebrate populations, including commercially-fished species, so it is important to monitor the potentially harmful effects ocean acidification has on deep-sea corals. Using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), the ocean acidification team will collect samples of Lophelia pertusa, a stony reef-building deep-sea coral found in the sanctuary. Researchers will also monitor water chemistry in and around reefs to help measure local effects of increased carbon dioxide emissions and to assess this ecosystem’s overall vulnerability to ocean acidification.

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