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Climate-enhanced catastrophes in the US

Posted by feww on May 2, 2008

Snapshots of the most recent weather-related catastrophes in the US:

May 1 – Major flooding in Maine caused by rain and melting snow
As Clinton and Obama spar over gas tax, the National Weather Service said Maine’s St. John River crested at a record high of 31 feet. (Video report)

Apr. 29 – Virginia tornadoes kill one, injure hundreds
Three tornadoes have ripped through Virginia, killing at least one person and injuring 200. A state of emergency has been declared in the tornado-affected areas of the state. (Video report)

Apr. 28 – A wildfire forced more than 1000 people to flee their homes just north of Los Angeles. It has burned more than 400 acres since breaking out in the foothills Saturday afternoon. (Video report)

Note: The experts at Creating a Sustainable Future (CASF) believe that 2008-2010 would be the worst ever period for catastrophic wildfires throughout the United States and elsewhere on the globe!

War-related catastrophes:

Apr. 30 – The Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz accuses the White House of dramatically playing down the cost of the Iraq war.
Besides the heavy human price paid by ordinary Iraqis since the invasion of 2003 (as of May 1 2008, more than 1,205,025 Iraqis have been slaughtered), the former World Bank chief economist argues in his latest book that the economic cost to the U.S. has hit three trillion dollars. (Video report)

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“You can be sure of Shell !”

Posted by feww on May 2, 2008

Shell nixes wind project, UK government peeved

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to sell its stake in one of the world’s largest wind farm projects, much to the annoyance of the the UK government, project partners and environmentalists.

Shell is one of three shareholders of London Array, which plans to erect 340 turbines with a combined generating power of 1,000 MW on a 20km stretch along the Thames Estuary, east of London. [The other two are the German utility E.ON AG and Denmark’s state-controlled DONG (!) Energy.

The upstream (search, recovery and extraction of crude oil and natural gas) provides about 70 percent of Shell’s revenues. [The Arguello Inc. Harvest Oil Platform is located about 10 km off the coast of central California near Point Conception. Photo: NASA JPL]

Accused of “hypocrisy” by environmentalists, Shell is the world’s second-largest non-government controlled oil company.

“We’re very disappointed that Shell — which touts itself as a progressive green company — is pulling out of the London Array project and leaving a key clean energy project high and dry,” Friends of the Earth Energy Campaigner Nick Rau said. (Source)

Apart from the obvious, what is it about Shell that people so intensely dislike?

In Europe and most of ROW, I’m told, “you can be sure of Shell!” That is, you can be sure that Shell is the bête noire of the major oil corporations. My colleague who lives in London, England, reminds me about the non-stop demonstrations Greenpeace held against Shell in the late 70s and early 80s. Everyone, understandably, despised Shell: “Out! Out, with Shell!” But What about the other majors like ExxonMobil (the direct descendant of Rockefeller’s Standard Oil company) and BP (then British Petroleum), the world’s largest and third largest oil and gas corporations respectively? Were/are they really “greener” that Shell? The interesting point was that Greenpeace in London, home of the BP, never uttered a word in anger against British Petroleum.

It’d be interesting to find out why!


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