The Day After Tommorow, A Decade Later

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The Day After Tommorow, A Decade Later

Post by Riddick » 12-31-2014 06:50 PM

It was released in 2004, yet with all the talk today of CLIMATE DISRUPTION (having now gone past mere Global Warming and Climate Change) mention of the movie in the same breath is a non starter...

Anyone here dare care to conjecture as to reasons behind why the flick's being by and large ignored?
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Post by kbot » 12-31-2014 08:10 PM

Don't know, but I loved the book and movie......
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Post by Doka » 12-31-2014 11:29 PM

Did you say released in "2014" ?
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Post by Riddick » 01-01-2015 12:01 AM

Doka wrote: Did you say released in "2014" ?
D'OH!

Silly me. That's what I said, but it wasn't what I meant. I'll take care of that.

With some confidence I'll say that's the last mistake here I'll make this year. :D

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Post by Doka » 01-01-2015 09:29 AM

Lordy, I get so picky sometimes! :D
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Post by kbot » 01-01-2015 01:35 PM

Didn't even catch the year.

But, what about this weird weather we're all having?

I heard snow in Vegas and the southwest, although it appears that they might be colder than what we are in New England...... we're now "normal" for this time of year.

The Old farmers Almanac said that by now we would have had far more snow than we've gotten, and a far wetter autumn as well.

Snow on palm trees in California?????? What's with that?
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Post by Doka » 01-01-2015 02:46 PM

We are having a 17* day here, with blue sky and a chem/con trail grid . Warming it up for us. And it is bone dry, feel like I should slather on some wesson oil. :eek:
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Post by Riddick » 01-01-2015 05:02 PM

"Disruptive" meterological events are noteworthy, especially at the time they happen but it's not like they're anything new. Since when has the world's weather or climate always conformed to a "norm"?

We talk about it, but nobody does anything about it... As if we ever could - But WAIT! If disruptions are MAN's doing, then all needs be is we stop doing whatever it is that's causing them - Easy peasy!

Think about how our ancestors looked to the tribal Wiseguy on issues like drought. When rain dancing didn't take, his answer was "The Gods are angry. We must change our ways" - to HIS way of course.

So much rain came eventually, that was a sign the tribe was doing good. But the Wiseguy would warn things could still go badly, lest they STAY on the right path, that being whatever one HE decided on.

Fast forward to today... "Oh great Wiseguy, what can save us from the weird weather we're having?"

Two words: CARBON TAX.

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Post by kbot » 01-01-2015 05:42 PM

ANOTHER tax Riddick???????? :rolleyes:
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Post by BenSlain » 01-01-2015 07:01 PM

kbot wrote: Didn't even catch the year.

But, what about this weird weather we're all having?

I heard snow in Vegas and the southwest, although it appears that they might be colder than what we are in New England...... we're now "normal" for this time of year.

The Old farmers Almanac said that by now we would have had far more snow than we've gotten, and a far wetter autumn as well.

Snow on palm trees in California?????? What's with that?



There's nothing there that hasn't happened before though. Sometimes things just happen cause they can.
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Post by Riddick » 01-01-2015 11:37 PM

kbot wrote: ANOTHER tax Riddick???????? :rolleyes:
Well, insofar Global Domination doesn't come cheap? An everyday ordinary new tax won't cut it - Good thing we've got a Prez who'll do whatever it takes to satisfy the World Council of Wiseguys!


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World Bank Announces Effort to Combat Climate Change

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By Melanie Hunter | April 11, 2016 | 3:40 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) – The World Bank, whose goals are to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity worldwide by 2030, announced last week that it will turn its attention to climate change.

“The World Bank Group’s Climate Change Action Plan, adopted today, is designed to help countries meet their Paris COP21 pledges and manage increasing climate impacts,” the World Bank said in a press release on Thursday, referring to the UN climate change summit in Paris.

The Climate Change Action Plan “lays out concrete actions to help countries deliver on their NDCs,” or Nationally Determined Contributions, “and sets ambitious targets for 2020 in high-impact areas, including clean energy, green transport, climate-smart agriculture, and urban resilience, as well as in mobilizing the private sector to expand climate investments in developing countries.”

“Under the Plan, the World Bank plans to double its current contributions to global renewable energy capacity, aiming to add 30 gigawatts of capacity and to mobilize $25 billion in private financing for clean energy by 2020,” the World Bank stated.

“The Bank Group will also quadruple funding for climate-resilient transport, integrate climate into urban planning through the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities, and boost assistance for sustainable forest and fisheries management,” it stated.

Furthermore, by 2020, the World Bank plans to “bring early warning systems for natural disasters to 100 million people.” It will also “step up advocacy and work with countries and companies to put a price on carbon pollution” and “help countries build climate change into their policies and planning.”

“The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group and the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries, aims to increase its climate investments from the current $2.2 billion a year to a goal of $3.5 billion a year, and will lead on leveraging an additional $13 billion a year in private sector financing by 2020,” the World Bank announced.

“Climate change poses an enormous challenge to development,” the World Bank said. “By 2050, the world will have to feed 9 billion people, extend housing and services to 2 billion new urban residents, and provide universal access to affordable energy, and do so while bringing down global greenhouse gas emissions to a level that make a sustainable future possible.

“At the same time, floods, droughts, sea-level rise, threats to water and food security and the frequency of natural disasters will intensify, threatening to push 100 million more people into poverty in the next 15 years alone,” the World Bank stated.

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FLASHBACK: World Bank Climate Profiteering

Post by Riddick » 04-12-2016 04:52 PM

by Daphne Wysham and Shakuntala Makhijani | Published Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The World Bank’s long-running identity crisis is proving hard to shake. When efforts to rebrand itself as a “knowledge bank” didn’t work, it devised a new identity as a “Green Bank.” Really? Yes, it’s true. Sure, the Bank continues to finance fossil fuel projects globally, but never mind. The World Bank has seized upon the immense challenges climate change poses to humanity and is now front and center in the complicated, international world of carbon finance. It can turn the dirtiest carbon credits into gold.

How exactly, does this work, you ask?

Quite simply: The Bank finances a fossil fuel project, involving oil, natural gas, or coal, in Poor Country A. Rich Country B asks the Bank to help arrange carbon credits so Country B can tell its carbon counters it’s taking serious action on climate change. The World Bank kindly obliges, offering carbon credits for a price far lower than Country B would have to pay if Country B made those cuts at home. Country A gets a share of the cash to invest in equipment to make fossil fuel project slightly more efficient, the World Bank takes its 13% cut, and everyone is happy.
Everyone, that is, who is cashing in on this deal. If you’re after a real solution to the climate crisis, these shenanigans can and should make you unhappy.

Aiding the Tata Group

Consider a project the International Finance Corporation (IFC) had scheduled for board consideration on March 27, but is now, according to its press office, slated for approval in April. (The World Bank Group’s boards virtually never reject anything sent to them). The IFC, the World Bank’s private sector lending arm, plans to back a massive coal-fired power plant in Mundra, a town in the Indian state of Gujarat. The complex of five 800 megawatt plants will cost $4.14 billion to build and be owned and operated by Tata Power Company Limited, a scion of India’s largest multinational corporation, the Tata Group.

To put this in perspective, Tata Motors, a division of the same conglomerate, recently announced plans to buy the luxury car companies, Jaguar and Range Rover from U.S. automaker Ford for $2.3 billion. And Tata Power’s 2007 revenues totaled $1.6 billion. So, it’s hard not to ask how much help Tata needs from the World Bank, which has as its motto: “our dream is a world free of poverty.” Several other corporations are involved. Toshiba, for example, will supply the steam turbine generators.

Once operational, the Mundra power plant will be India’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases. But it doesn’t stop there. Now, the World Bank has planned for the Tata coal burner to be eligible for carbon credits under Kyoto’s Clean Development Mechanism. Carbon credits for a coal burner, you ask?

In the bizarre logic of the carbon market, a market the World Bank is both shaping and investing in, yes, Country B can get credits for helping a corporation, even one of the world’s wealthiest corporations such as Tata, capture a few carbon emissions, as long as these emissions are captured in a “poor” country, like India, regardless of how rich the company involved may be.

Indonesian Coal

And it gets stranger still. One would hazard a guess that the IFC is lending $450 million, “considering investing up to $50 million in equity as part of its exposure to the project,” and possibly helping Tata obtain $300 from other sources at favorable rates for the Tata burner because India has no other choice but to burn its own abundant supply of coal. But, no, the IFC plans to import coal from Indonesia to fuel the plant in India. In fact, Tata bought a 30% stake in two Indonesian coal-mining units for $1.3 billion in April 2007 in order to secure the coal resources for the Mundra plant.

On its Website, the World Bank division offered this feeble justification for this transaction: “IFC is supporting thermal power projects which have better GHG (greenhouse gas) and environmental performance than the average plants in India, given the country’s large needs for incremental electricity supply.”

Surely, if the Bank is involved, the poor, if not in India, then somewhere else are better off as a result of this project? Well, in a word, no. Indonesian coal regulations are largely incoherent and open to manipulation, giving often-corrupt local officials control over the resource wealth, stripping local communities of their resources, and leaving them with a legacy of environmental problems.

Indeed, Indonesia’s coal sector is the rule, not the exception, in its posture toward the poor: A three-year review of the World Bank’s investments in the extractive industries, the Extractive Industries Review, launched under former World Bank President James Wolfensohn, found that the poor were worse off as a result of investments in extractive industries, and recommended the World Bank get out of coal immediately. (That was back in 2004.)

The Extractive Industries Review, ironically, was developed with input from industry, government, and civil society participants, and overseen by former Indonesian environment minister under Suharto, Emil Salim, who himself sat on the board of a large coal company. Nevertheless, Salim was unequivocal that the World Bank should cease lending for coal, and phase out of oil by 2008. The World Bank’s board voted to overrule these recommendations.

Sadly, the IFC isn’t the only powerful international financial agency backing the Mundra power project. The Asian Development Bank, The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), and the Korea Export Insurance Corporation are also involved.

Climate Change Mitigation?

O.K. The poor are worse off, the corporations are better off, and the Bank is double-dipping on carbon trading. Bad enough. But here’s a final, scary twist: The World Bank is increasingly being given a leadership role in various climate investment funds by the world’s wealthy countries. In an initiative with pledged contributions from the United States, the UK, and Japan, the Bank will oversee $7-$12 billion for “climate change mitigation and adaptation projects in developing countries.” The funds - the Clean Technology Fund, the Forest Investment Fund, the Adaptation/Climate Resilience Pilot Fund, and the Strategic Climate Fund - are moving forward despite having come under fire from developing countries as well as from environment and development organizations. They are concerned that the funds will, once again, give wealthy Northern governments, and, in particular, their bank of choice, the World Bank, more control over funds intended to “help” developing countries.

Rather than a “Green Bank,” the World Bank is revealing itself to be a banker for the super-powerful corporate elite. In addition, it’s turning into a climate change profiteer. If the Bank were the only one fooled by its new identity, the image would be pathetic if not outright laughable. Unfortunately, the Bank has seemingly fooled some of the richest and most powerful countries in the world. Or maybe, when they look at the Bank, what these wealthy countries really see is not “green” but “greenbacks.”

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