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I come across this subject a lot, and sooner or later it's going to affect every one of us.

Here's another thread for anyone interested.


House Passes Internal Combustion Engines Legislation​

Legislation aiming to block efforts designed to prevent the sale of internal combustion engines was recently approved in the U.S. House of Representatives.

By a vote of 222 to 190 on Sept. 14, the Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act advanced to the Senate. Sponsored by Rep. John Joyce (R-Pa.), the bill would restrict the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing waivers specific to the sale or use of new motor vehicles equipped with the traditional engines, including diesel units.

Republican sponsors explained the measure would preserve the integrity of consumer choice as well as secure marketplace competition. Central to the bill is responding to California lawmakers targeting the sale of vehicles with internal combustion engines.

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From the EU:

On Sunday, the EU and the world’s first carbon import tax came into force. Until 2026, it will be in a transitional phase allowing stakeholders to collect useful information to refine the methodology for the levy’s definitive period, which follows thereafter.

The EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) is a central pillar of the bloc’s Fit for 55 policy. It uses the amount of CO2 emitted during production of carbon-intensive products - steel, fertilizer and aluminum - to calculate the levy.

According to EU’s Commissioner for Economy, CBAM has two goals: to encourage industry worldwide to embrace greener technologies; and to prevent carbon leakage, or the relocation of production outside EU borders to countries with lower environmental standards. Essentially, it will equalize the price of carbon between goods produced in the EU and imports.

However, questions linger to the kind of disruptions the CBAM will cause in shipment of goods in and out of Europe.

 
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Exxon, Apple and other corporate giants will have to disclose all their emissions under California’s new climate laws – that will have a global impact
Many of the world’s largest public and private companies will soon be required to track and report almost all of their greenhouse gas emissions if they do business in California – including emissions from their supply chains, business travel, employees’ commutes and the way customers use their products.

That means oil and gas companies like Chevron will likely have to account for emissions from vehicles that use their gasoline, and Apple will have to account for materials that go into iPhones.

It’s a huge leap from current federal and state reporting requirements, which require reporting of only certain emissions from companies’ direct operations. And it will have global ramifications.

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An interesting read.

The Great Cash-for-Carbon Hustle​

One evening in November, 2021, a group of men assembled at sundown on the terrace of the Ruckomechi Camp, a safari resort on the Zambezi River. Since arriving by private plane, they had gone out lion-spotting, boated down the river, and landed a giant tiger fish; now they were clinking gin-and-tonics. Hippos wallowed in the water below.

The party was led by Renat Heuberger, a forty-four-year-old Swiss entrepreneur with narrow eyes and a cropped copper beard. Heuberger was the chief executive of South Pole, the world’s largest carbon-offsetting firm, and he had come to Zimbabwe to fight off an urgent threat to his company.

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Nov 20 (Reuters) - U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) officials have told lobbyists and corporate executives in recent days that the agency's long-anticipated climate rules may scale back some of the most demanding greenhouse gas emissions disclosure requirements that it had proposed.

At issue are so-called Scope 3 emissions that account for greenhouse gases released in the atmosphere from a company's supply chain and the consumption of its products by customers, according to people familiar with the conversations.

 
It's just like creating a new currency. All the top dogs got in at the bottom and now they are trying to force others to adopt it and shake them down with it while maintaining their top tier spot for doing nothing.
 
Just look at the words used in these headlines.
"Smashed", "critical", "feared"
I just had an "argument" with AI regarding FACTS about how the earth has always gone through periods of warming and cooling. I gotta tell you, its responses are so predictable.
Huh, it's almost as if artificial intelligence isn't intelligent at all but simply parroting the words someone has programmed it to say.
That doesn't impress me. That simply puts it on par with all the leftists who wake up in the morning and rush to turn on CNN to find out what it is they're supposed to be angry about today.


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So I carried on my argument with AI.
I backed it into a corner using logic and it gave up arguing with me.
Look at the response I got.

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That might be indicative of some limitations on your account rather than anything specific to the conversation. I wonder if you would get the same result if you engaged ChatGPT in the Playpen:

 

DOT finalizes rule requiring states to track vehicle CO2​

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has finalized a rule requiring each state to track and monitor greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles despite opposition from some states and road and bridge builders.

The new rule, which generated close to 40,000 comments after it was formally proposed in a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) last year, requires each state’s department of transportation to establish declining carbon dioxide targets — using fuel sales, fuel efficiency and vehicles-miles-traveled data — and report on their progress.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which issued the rule, established 2022 as the reference year by which targets will be measured.

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^^^^^
For years PA has had emissions inspections. From experience I can state that most vehicles today don't pollute the air the way they did years ago. This includes cars, hvy trucks and hvy eqip. Years ago trucks and equip were horrible, but today they all have emissions equip on board. In PA's case I don't understand why they don't do away with the emissions inspections unless it's for the revenue they generate.

Ships are a bit different, with the types of engines and fuel they use. But more and more they are going to different engines, fuels, etc.

This going green seems more and more like a grab for the doe ray me.
 

Richest 1% emit as much planet-heating pollution as two-thirds of humanity​

Published: 20th November 2023

  • Carbon emissions of richest 1 percent surged to 16 percent of world’s total CO2 emissions in 2019.
  • Their carbon emissions are enough to cause 1.3 million excess deaths due to heat.
  • Unequal countries suffer seven times more flood fatalities than more equal countries.
  • Fairly taxing the super-rich would help curb both climate change and inequality.

The richest 1 percent of the world’s population produced as much carbon pollution in 2019 than the five billion people who made up the poorest two-thirds of humanity, reveals a new Oxfam report today. It comes ahead of the UN climate summit in Dubai, amid growing fears that the 1.5°C target for curtailing rising temperatures appears increasingly unachievable.

These outsized emissions of the richest 1 percent will cause 1.3 million heat-related excess deaths, roughly equivalent to the population of Dublin, Ireland. Most of these deaths will occur between 2020 and 2030.

“The super-rich are plundering and polluting the planet to the point of destruction, leaving humanity choking on extreme heat, floods and drought,” said Oxfam International interim Executive Director Amitabh Behar.

“For years we’ve fought to end the era of fossil fuels to save millions of lives and our planet. It’s clearer than ever this will be impossible until we, too, end the era of extreme wealth,” said Behar.

Climate Equality: A Planet for the 99%” draws on research by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and assesses the consumption emissions of different income groups in 2019, the most recent year for which data are available. The report shows the stark gap between the carbon footprints of the super-rich —whose carbon-hungry lifestyles and investments in polluting industries like fossil fuels are driving global warming— and the bulk of people across the world.

  • The richest 1 percent (77 million people) were responsible for 16 percent of global consumption emissions in 2019 —more than all car and road transport emissions. The richest 10 percent accounted for half (50 percent) of emissions.
  • It would take about 1,500 years for someone in the bottom 99 percent to produce as much carbon as the richest billionaires do in a year.
  • Every year, the emissions of the richest 1 percent cancel out the carbon savings coming from nearly one million wind turbines.
  • Since the 1990s, the richest 1 percent have used up twice as much of the carbon we have left to burn without increasing global temperatures above the safe limit of 1.5°C than the poorest half of humanity.
  • The carbon emissions of richest 1 percent are set to be 22 times greater than the level compatible with the 1.5°C goal of the Paris Agreement in 2030.

Climate breakdown and inequality are locked in a vicious cycle —Oxfam has seen first-hand how people living in poverty, women and girls, Indigenous communities and Global South countries are feeling the unequal brunt of climate impacts, which in turn increase the divide. The report finds that seven times more people die from floods in more unequal countries. Climate change is already worsening inequality both between and within countries.

Governments can tackle the twin crises of inequality and climate change by targeting the excessive emissions of the super-rich, and investing in public services and meeting climate goals. Oxfam calculates that a 60 percent tax on the incomes of the richest 1 percent would cut emissions by more than the total emissions of the UK and raise $6.4 trillion a year to pay for the transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

“We must make the connection explicitly. Not taxing wealth allows the richest to rob from us, ruin our planet and renege on democracy. Taxing extreme wealth transforms our chances to tackle both inequality and the climate crisis. These are trillions of dollars at stake to invest in dynamic 21st century green governments, but also to re-inject into our democracies,” said Behar.

Oxfam is calling on governments to:

  • Dramatically reduce inequality. Oxfam calculates that it would be possible, through a global redistribution of incomes, to provide everyone living in poverty with a minimum daily income of $25 while still reducing global emissions by 10 percent (roughly the equivalent of the total emissions of the European Union).
  • Get off fossil fuels quickly and fairly. Rich countries are disproportionately responsible for global warming and must end oil and gas production correspondingly faster. New taxes on corporations and billionaires could help pay for the transition to renewable energy.
  • Prioritize human and planetary well-being over endless profit, extraction and consumption. Stop using GDP growth as the measure of human progress.

 
The oxfam press release is really just some wealth tax propaganda. The way they arrived at their conclusion was to claim that the 1% were responsible for the pollution of all their investments, not just a jet set yacht club lifestyle.
 
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Nov 29 (Reuters) - Decades of global climate negotiations have produced a perplexing collection of phrases and acronyms, as countries grapple with new science and policy goals aimed at limiting industrial emissions and preparing for a warmer world.

Here's a rough guide to the jargon being used in Dubai at COP28, this year's United Nations climate change conference.

 
LONDON, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Four major banks, including Standard Chartered Plc (STAN.L) and HSBC Plc (HSBA.L), have quit a United Nations-backed initiative to scrutinise climate targets set by corporations, according to people familiar with the matter.

The lenders have abandoned efforts for the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) to validate their goals because of concerns it could hinder their ability to continue financing fossil fuels, the sources said.

 

Big Meat Unveils Battle Plans for COP28​

Major meat companies and industry lobby groups are planning a large presence at COP28 in a few days time, equipped with a communications plan to get a pro-meat message heard by policymakers throughout the summit, DeSmog can reveal.

Documents seen by DeSmog and the Guardian show that the meat industry is poised to “tell its story and tell it well” in the lead up and during the Dubai conference, which comes on the heels of the world’s hottest ever year.

The files relate how the world’s largest meat company, JBS, is planning to come out in “full force” at the summit, along with other big industry hitters such as the Global Dairy Platform and the North American Meat Institute.

The documents, which were produced by the industry-funded Global Meat Alliance (GMA), emphasise the meat lobby’s desire to promote “our scientific evidence” at the summit, which will run from November 30 through to December 12.

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Azane and Amogy to Develop Ammonia Bunker Vessel​


Azane Fuel Solutions, a joint venture between ECONNECT Energy and Amon Maritime, is moving forward with the design of an ammonia bunker vessel to be used for fueling large vessels. They believe the vessel will be a key component in the efforts to decarbonize shipping and as part of their development project, they will also explore incorporating the ammonia-to-power system developed by U.S.-startup Amogy into the vessel.

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DUBAI, Nov 30 (Reuters) - As global leaders gather in Dubai for the world's U.N. climate conference, delegates hope to clinch an early victory on a disaster fund on Thursday before the summit turns its focus to fossil fuels and other divisive topics.

Governments are preparing for marathon negotiations on whether to agree, for the first time, to phase out the world's use of CO2-emitting coal, oil and gas, the main source of warming emissions.

 
The percentage of Human activity contributing to CO2 in the atmosphere is .2%. The percentage the US contributes to CO2 is 14.5% as of 2022. The percentage of the atmosphere consisting of CO2 is .04%

So:

.002 X .145 X .0004 = .00000116 or a whopping .000116%

That is how much of the CO2 the US can affect.

It is also likely CO2 is unrelated to temperature. Note that the lines in red are computer models in the second graph.

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DUBAI, Dec 2 (Reuters) - The Biden administration on Saturday unveiled final rules aimed at cracking down on U.S. oil and gas industry releases of methane, part of a global plan to rein in emissions that contribute to climate change.

The rules, two years in the making, were announced by U.S. officials at the United Nations COP28 climate change conference in Dubai. The United States and other nations attending the summit are expected to detail how they will achieve a 150-country pledge made two years ago to slash methane emissions by 30% from 2020 levels by 2030.

 
Get out the private jets, it's climate conference time! Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Foreign Secretary David Cameron, and King Charles III each took their own private jets—as did many other hypocrites world leaders—to attend the Cop28 climate conference in Dubai, where it is apparently an "open secret," per Politico, that "the top temperature goal is mostly gone."

"This government's approach to tackling climate change, as we have set out repeatedly, is not about banning or reducing people from flying," said a Sunak spokesman. "It is through investing in new technologies of the future, as evidenced by the flight just yesterday using sustainable aviation fuel."

Innovation is well and good, but the whole world-leaders-coming-in-on-private-planes thing looks a bit bad when the topic at hand is reversing climate change—and when the news is so dismal. "A short trip on a private jet will produce more carbon than the average person emits all year," noted one Green Party critic.
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Dec 5 (Reuters) - Six of the world's largest dairy companies will soon begin disclosing their methane emissions as part of a new global alliance launched at the United Nations climate summit in Dubai on Tuesday.

Livestock is responsible for about 30% of global anthropogenic methane emissions, from sources like manure and cow burps, according to the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization. Advocacy groups have said that tackling livestock methane should be a major priority at this year's COP28 summit.

 
So dumb. Maybe one day the WEF is going to require all humans to wear fart-methane measuring underwear and we'll have a Logan's Run style carousel periodically to weed out the most gaseous offenders from society.

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New Transpacific Green Shipping Corridor Launched​

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Port of Long Beach, and Port of Los Angeles have formalized their plans for a transpacific green and digital shipping corridor connecting the global hub ports.

The plan, called the Partnership Strategy, follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding by the the three ports at Singapore Maritime Week in April 2023 with support from the C40 Cities.

“The strategies we develop here can be used as a roadmap by a larger network of seaports and supply chain companies to invest in programs, technologies, software and infrastructure to decarbonize international trade everywhere,” said Port of Long Beach CEO Mario Cordero.

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WikiLeaks cables reveal how US manipulated climate accord​

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Embassy dispatches show America used spying, threats and promises of aid to get support for Copenhagen accord

Hidden behind the save-the-world rhetoric of the global climate change negotiations lies the mucky realpolitik: money and threats buy political support; spying and cyberwarfare are used to seek out leverage.

The US diplomatic cables reveal how the US seeks dirt on nations opposed to its approach to tackling global warming; how financial and other aid is used by countries to gain political backing; how distrust, broken promises and creative accounting dog negotiations; and how the US mounted a secret global diplomatic offensive to overwhelm opposition to the controversial "Copenhagen accord", the unofficial document that emerged from the ruins of the Copenhagen climate change summit in 2009.

 
Kuwait's oil minister rejected any calls for fossil fuels phaseout on the final day of the COP28 UN climate change summit in Dubai Dec. 12, urging nations to focus on emissions instead.

"Kuwait deeply believes in the need to cut greenhouse gas emissions to protect the environment," Saad al-Barrak said in a statement to KUNA.

 

Nations strike deal at COP28 to transition away from fossil fuels​

  • COP28 reaches deal to reduce fossil fuels consumption
  • Summit President Sultan Al Jaber calls accord 'historic'
  • Small island states say deal does not do enough
  • OPEC wanted focus on emissions not fuels
DUBAI, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Representatives from nearly 200 countries agreed at the COP28 climate summit on Wednesday to begin reducing global consumption of fossil fuels to avert the worst of climate change, a first of its kind deal signaling the eventual end of the oil age.

The deal struck in Dubai after two weeks of hard-fought negotiations was meant to send a powerful signal to investors and policy-makers that the world is united in its desire to break with fossil fuels, something scientists say is the last best hope to stave off climate catastrophe.

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Thought some of y'all might get a kick out of this one.

Why people still fall for fake news about climate change​

It was the hottest year on Earth in 125,000 years, and #climatescam is taking off.

In 1995, a leading group of scientists convened by the United Nations declared that they had detected a “human influence” on global temperatures with “effectively irreversible” consequences. In the coming decades, 99.9 percent of scientists would come to agree that burning fossil fuels had disrupted the Earth’s climate.

Yet almost 30 years after that warning, during the hottest year on Earth in 125,000 years, people are still arguing that the science is unreliable, or that the threat is real but we shouldn’t do anything about climate change. Conspiracies are thriving online, according to a report by the coalition Climate Action Against

Keep reading, it gets better...
 
The “Climate Crisis” needs you to be poor. The experts are recommending individual carbon allowances of 2.3 tons per year, about 1/7 of what Americans use now. If you are rich, you could buy carbon credits to use more.

Say goodbye to commercial flying, car ownership, air conditioning, winter heating and tailgating at college football. Carbon emissions are only for the rich with their private jets and yachts.

Unless, of course, you’re spending that carbon for a left-wing cause — riots, private jets to climate conferences. In which case those “carbon footprints” disappear like magic.

The climate movement is a trap to abject poverty and civil unrest. And the activist legacy media does everything it can to hide it.

 
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