Anti-fossil fuel activists invade boardrooms and submit CO2-reduction resolutions

This post updates readers on the guerrilla warfare conducted by anti-fossil fuel activists against corporations by means of shareholder resolutions.

Background

Last year activists took a scalp from Exxon Mobil when a resolution passed requiring the Board to include business risk assessment from global warming/climate change. The cascade of suppositions underlying that proposal reveals the flimsy logic behind these financial maneuvers. Details are in the post: How Climate Law Relies on Paris

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Retraction request: FOIA emails document another harsh criticism of Amstrup’s 2007 polar bear model

Today I sent a letter to the editors of the journal Bioscience requesting a retraction of the shoddy and malicious paper by Harvey et al. (Internet blogs, polar bears, and climate-change denial by proxy) published online last week.

The letter reveals information about the workings of the polar bear expert inner circle not known before now, so grab your popcorn.

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No, Patagonia, President Trump Is Not ‘Stealing Our Land’

On Monday, after President Trump announced he was reducing the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah, outdoors retailer Patagonia replaced the splash page of its website with the message: “The President Stole Your Land.”

Patagonia has since announced that it will sue the White House over the decision. Can Patagonia pursue such a lawsuit, and if so, what would it claim and how would Trump defend himself?

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#Winning – Grant Applications for ‘Climate Change’ down 40 Percent

Grants funded by the National Science Foundation have seen a 40 percent drop in 2017 of applications mentioning the words “climate change”.

If you believe NPR this is a terrible thing.

But no it’s not.

It’s a really, really good thing: one of the first major indicators that the Trump administration is starting to win the climate wars.

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Vatican Issues Far-Left Declaration on Climate Change, ‘Very Fabric of Life on Earth at Grave Risk’

In a dramatic declaration punctuated by dire threats and warnings, the Vatican is urging the world to “decarbonize the energy system as early as possible and no later than mid-century” to avoid irreversible damage to humans and ecosystems.

In its newly released “Final Declaration: Our Planet, Our Health, Our Responsibility” from a November workshop on climate change, air pollution and health, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences warns that “there is less than a decade” to put in place a series of sweeping measures to counteract the effects of human-induced climate change. “The time to act is now,” it reads.

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Five Tribes Sue Trump For Cutting Bears Ears By 85 Percent

Five Native American tribes are suing President Donald Trump’s administration over the president’s decision to shrink the Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent.

The Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, Pueblo of Zuni, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, and the Ute Indian Tribe joined in filing the lawsuit Monday after Trump delivered a speech over the Utah monument’s cutback.

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Report: China’s Anti-Coal Crusade Leaves Country’s Poorest Freezing

China’s anti-coal campaign is causing people in the country’s poorest areas to freeze for lack of adequate energy supply, according to a report Monday from Climate Home News.

A five-year anti-pollution drive is forcing rural areas in northern China to switch from dirty coal to the cleaner alternative. The retrofitting campaign has sent gas prices soaring while children and mothers are left without heating systems, the report notes.

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Liberal Writers Claim Bitcoin Contributes To Global Warming

Bitcoin has caught the attention of liberal writers who argue the digital crypto-currency is contributing to global warming.

Vox and The New Republic (TNR) have pieces out highlighting the massive amounts of energy it takes to mine Bitcoins, most of which comes from fossil fuels. Most Bitcoins are mined in China, fueled by cheap coal power.

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Why Congress Should Ditch the Renewable Fuel Standard

Politicians don’t have a crystal ball that can predict the future of energy prices, energy supplies, or demand for electricity and gasoline.

But they pretend to, and that’s a problem. It leads to market-distorting policies that harm Americans as consumers and taxpayers.

Take the Renewable Fuel Standard. Congress and the George W. Bush administration established the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2005 and expanded the program in 2007. The standard sets volumetric requirements (peaking at 36 billion gallons in 2022) to mix biofuels into the country’s fuel supply.

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Do 40,000 volcanoes matter? In a word, Yes.

The world is watching one volcano in Bali, but it’s sobering to think there may be hundreds of others going off, and almost certainly ones we don’t even know about.

The article  Is the Bali volcano making us warmer or cooler? by William F Jasper, reminded me of Ian Plimer’s words about there being squillions of undersea volcanoes so I found the 2007 paper, by Hillier, that tried to count them.

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Climate Change Goes To Court; Looming Court Battle Coming

A German court has ruled that it will hear a Peruvian farmer’s case against energy giant RWE over climate change damage in the Andes, a decision labeled by campaigners as a “historic breakthrough”. —The Guardian, 30 November 2017

Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) will urge Massachusetts’ top court on Tuesday to allow it to avoid handing over records to the state’s attorney general amid a probe into whether the oil company misled investors and consumers about its knowledge of climate change. —Reuters, 5 December 2017

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