Disastrous fire management wreaks havoc on California

Like swarms of locusts devouring everything in their path, the wildfires that struck California’s fabled wine country and surrounding areas have left behind death and destruction on an unimaginable scale.

With no warning, the blazes began spreading rapidly on the evening of Sunday, Oct. 8, and by the end of the week, there had been 31 confirmed deaths, over 400 people still missing, and 3,500 structures destroyed.

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Tesla’s Move To Ax Hundreds Of Jobs Comes At A Very Awkward Moment For Elon Musk

Tesla fired scores of people from manufacturing jobs one month before the automaker is scheduled to meet with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) over claims the company violated worker’s rights.

The company has been cagey about the number of people who were fired, but current and former employees estimate the company slashed between 400 and 700 administrative, sales, and manufacturing jobs. Tesla executives dropped the ax on the positions almost exactly one month before meeting with the federal agency responsible for protecting private sector employees.

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Meet ‘Climate Girl’ and Abandon Hope

My wife listens to ABC Illawarra radio in the mornings (much to my irritation) but sometimes it pays a perverse dividend. Without a recent broadcast, I would not have known that we, in the Illawarra, are blessed with our own superhero.

Let me introduce you to – drumroll please – Climate Girl, aka Parrys (pronounced Paris) Raines. A law student (environmental law, naturally) at Wollongong University.  Her ambition,  she tells us, is:

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China Isn’t Even Close To Meeting Paris Climate Accord Goals

China’s goal to run on 15 percent non-fossil fuel based energy by 2020 is not enough for the world leader in greenhouse gas production to meet standards agreed to in the 2015 Paris Climate Accords, Reuters reports.

China needs to overhaul its energy mix evolution and aim to produce 26 percent of its energy from renewables and nuclear plants by 2020 to comply with the Paris pact, according to a joint study by China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC) and the Energy Research Institute of Academy of Macroeconomic Research.

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Will questioning climate change become illegal in Canada?

“BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU.”

This slogan appeared on posters of the Party leader in the dystopian society of George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. It was a constant reminder of omnipresent government surveillance for “thoughtcrime” – independent thinking.

In Orwell’s book, Ministry of Truth ‘history re-writer’ Winston Smith quietly rebelled against this oppression, starting a diary expressing forbidden thoughts. But government telescreens were everywhere. Watched constantly, Smith’s every move was monitored. In Nineteen Eighty-Four, the consequences of being caught were dire; the stress on individuals enormous.

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The Clean Power Plan’s Counterfeit Benefits

Gina McCarthy (L) and Scott Pruitt

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed repeal of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan is a milestone. No Republican administration has ever mustered the courage to roll back a major EPA regulation.

In a clever twist, the Trump administration has done so by directly challenging the plan’s purported health benefits.

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Tony Abbott’s Victory: Australian Govt Dumps Green Energy Target

A Clean Energy Target recommended by Australia’s chief scientist will not be adopted, with the Federal Government instead proposing a new plan to bring down electricity prices. The plan will be put to the Coalition party room today and is likely to appeal to a group of backbenchers who favor coal-fired power and had opposed a CET from the outset. Former prime minister Tony Abbott argued a CET was effectively a “tax on coal”. —ABC News, 17 October 2017

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