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Seeing these things pop up month after month, the total effect gets ignored because of a stupid comment Donald Trump tweets that day….

  • So, did you know… That one year ago, April 2015 was also the hottest April EVER recorded….
  • And that May 2015…. was the totally hottest month of May, ever recorded?
  • And that June 2015…. was also the hottest month of June, ever recorded?
  • And that July 2015…. was also the hottest month of July, ever recorded?
  • And that August 2015…. was also the hottest month of August, ever recorded?
  • And that September 2015, was also the hottest month of September, ever recorded?
  • And that October 2015, was also the hottest month of October, ever recorded?
  • And that November 2015, was also the hottest month of November, ever recorded?
  • And that December 2015, was also the hottest month of December, ever recorded?
  • And that January 2016, was also the hottest month of January, ever recorded?
  • And that February 2016, was also the hottest month of February, ever recorded?
  • And that March 2016, was also the hottest month of March, ever recorded?
  • Which brings us around to April 2016… Which was hotter than last April which at that time was the hottest April ever recorded….

April 2016 also continues a string of 369 consecutive months at or warmer than average. The last colder-than-average month in NASA’s database was July 1985

But, over the last seven months, even the level of the amount of increase over the previous year, has climbed month from month…. April’s increase over the previous April’s was higher than March’s increase over last March, which was higher than February’s and so on back to November…

Global Warming

Did you know this?  I didn’t.  I had no idea it was this bad, so I thought I’d share….

I guess I could preach a little about how we should have to do something. But, what’s the point.  If you read this and don’t come up to that conclusion yourself, then you certainly won’t listen to my little spin at the end….

 

 

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There are myths, and there is reality.  Sometimes they coincide, but usually myths are invented to achieve a reality that otherwise would have such opposition, it would never occur.

Keystone is like that.

The myth is that Keystone will lower oil for us at the pump, and create jobs in the construction industry. If those were true then the bill would have a much easier time passing… They aren’t.  The truth is that the Koch’s own a large part of the tar sands in Alberta and must have that pipeline to move that oil southward to their refineries.  Otherwise if the pipeline goes east or west, other billionaire’s refineries will get the profit, not the Koch’s.

The oil is for import only.  Not domestic consumption.  There is no benefit to the USA to transport Canadian oil across America to refine it near Houston, and send it overseas in tankers.  At best, we would have 10 more people monitoring the flow of oil, provided technical advances do not replace even them.  There is a good likelihood they will.

As for jobs-building the pipeline, it appears that perhaps 2,500-3,000, most of them non-union and therefore low wages, would be the short term benefit…  I believe Senator Mitch McConnell estimated 40,000 jobs.  However Kinder Morgan which is building a bigger, better pipeline than the Keystone in question, is only swelling its job estimates to 4500, the equivalent number EDIS hires in Wilmington to build one single building, or Reybold hires to build one apartment complex in a former cornfield.

This is paltry.  We create 250,000 new private sector jobs a month… 2500 + or –  won’t make a dent anywhere.

The negatives are far more severe.  First it would transfer the worst type of oil through America… Whereas an oil well is environmentally non-intrusive, a tar sands operation creates an environmental hell.

Tar Baby

Photo courtesy of KQED

Far more worse than any train wreck to which Rick Jensen was alluding. Secondly, this pipeline crosses an aquifer that supplies the central US with almost all of its water.  Were oil to seep, that water though plentiful, would be useless as ocean water for any agriculture purposes…  No farming from North Dakota to Oklahoma. The bread basket of America, simply gone.

Proponents say pipelines are safe… they point to tankers on highways and trains that derail. However they go completely out of their way, even banning reporters from the town on Keystone I that had oil come up out of the ground and take over that town.  It’s water supply is undrinkable.

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If this already happened on Keystone I, it is a safe bet to assume it will certainly happen somewhere along the 1000 miles where the pipeline crosses America’s most important aquifer.

Tar leak Arkansas

Courtesy of The Star

We have so far completely put a dent in any argument stating that Keystone is important for America’s survival.

Now we shall show you why it is currently a hot topic and is being rushed through a Republican Congress over all cognizant objections.

it is not a random occurrence that Sen. Mitch McConnell went to the Koch’s summit, promised a load of goods, got campaign money, and upon arriving as Majority Leader, made Senate Bill #1 the passage of Keystone.   The Koch’s funded 44,000 ads in 2014. 

The following map shows why.  From this it is clear the pipeline has no other purpose than to get Koch oils sands down to existing Koch refineries.

koch props

Courtesy of Google Maps. 

Koch operates crude oil gathering systems and pipelines across North America. Its Flint Hills Resources subsidiary owns refineries in Alaska, Minnesota, and Texas that process more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil daily. The company owns a 3% stake in the Trans Alaska Pipeline System, 4,000 miles of oil and products pipelines in the US, and an 80,000 barrels-per day refinery in Rotterdam. In addition, Koch Industries has held multiple leases on the polluting tar sands of Alberta, Canada since the 1990s and the Koch Pipeline Company operates the pipelines that carry tar sands crude from Canada into Minnesota and Wisconsin where Koch’s Flint Hill Resources owns oil refineries.

So it is clear as this debate goes forward.  There is no advantage for America to build this pipeline.   In fact there is a huge disadvantage if the slightest thing goes wrong.  Yet there is a great advantage to the Koch Brothers who funded a large number of congressional races with both dark and legal money.  In this time and age, it appears that if you spend enough to get in who you want, then they do exactly what you originally asked them to

The People be damned.

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(Lower Keystone Pipeline Rupture; Mayflower, Arkansas) EPA

Death and money. The two things that really move politics forward.  If something will kill you, it is possible to get a law passed to rectify it.   The Environmental Protection Agency came about because people were dying… enough people dying so it became hard to elect people who said, “what the heck if people die; it costs money for billionaires to protect people from hazards.”

Instead people who stated: “this will kill us; I’ll stop it immediately” were elected as the alternative, which today, … is why we have clean air and clean water.

The only other thing besides death that can move things through legislative halls is money.  And since people won’t die from Keystone as they would from breathing in toxic air spewing across Newark out of a giant TDC smokestack, the money angle has more of a pull.

There are a lot of argument out there both for and against the Keystone Pipeline. However the principal brainstormed idea behind the Keystone pipeline, is to raise your gas prices.  For those who don’t know, the current glut in the price of oil is being caused by the emirates of the Persian Gulf dumping oil at very low prices onto the international market.  Their motive, taken straight from John Rockefeller I, is to drive out their competition which is us.  After we give up, after we throw up our hands and stop fracking, they again have the monopoly and with the price war over, their price bounces up a dollar per gallon and guess who is stuck?  They can get  a barrel out of the ground for under $25 dollars.  It averages out to $75 in the US today… So if they can get the price under $75 a barrel, then people will switch to cheaper foreign oil, and the frackers close up shop….

Except there is this giant pool of very dirty liquid tar in Alberta.  Stuff that burns with gross black smoke, but can be refined into automotive fuel and much of it is owned by the Koch Bros through various unrelated companies.

This oil will not sell well in America due to its filth and residue, but other nations do not have such scruples.   The oil can go out either of two ways.  One is across Canada to the Pacific; the other is across the US to Houston, Texas.  The Canadian route is an environmental nightmare and Canadians are environmental sticklers over their pristine wilderness.

But conservatives in control of the Congress make the US route far more attractive.  If a giant oil spill were to occur destroying the aquifers of millions of Americans as well as those of millions of cows, pigs, corn, and soy; there is a very good chance Mitch McConnell’s Senate and John Boehner’s House will pass a gigantic tax break to reimburse the Koch billionaires for any or all of their spilled oil…

Keystone II will raise your gas price at the pump.

The best way to describe how, is to imagine that your family has an oil well out back attached to a refinery…. You just back your car up and fill’er’up…. Pretty cheap…  Now imagine your spouse, decides to make some money so they sell 10% to this client, 25% to that client, 35% to that client’s neighbor and the sells three shares of 10% on the open market…

You never stop hearing how smart they were for selling those rights and making all that money…. (Did you do the math? Add the percents?)  You will find that you have no rights to your oil… You now need to buy it on the open market!…  And the price is much more than when you could back your truck right under a tank and fill’er’up!

If we have rights to 100 million barrels of oil, which we can tap later at our leisure, and suddenly with a pipeline, have zero rights unless we too buy it at the world price, we are going to pay more for gas….

Which is what everyone wants…. except those who aren’t making billions of dollars.

For those who want to argue that America will use the oil first, and not import it, answer this question:  why would any fool sell something cheap when he can get a lot more for it from somewhere else?

All the oil is intended to be imported.  We know this because when legislation was brought on the floor of Congress, requiring some of the oil in the Keystone pipeline to be designated solely for domestic consumption,  every single Republican voted against it….

They want you to pay more for gas because: you are not their boss; rich billionaires are.  Unless you can makes some people start dying, the money is going to win this one……

Hello Carper’s Office?

Uh, yes, could you give Tom Carper my take on the Keystone Pipeline vote?

I’m Against…

Yes, here is my name.

My address….

My email…

Sorry, I don’t give out my phone. This is 2014.  I never answer it anyways.

Thank you… Goodbye…

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Folks it is that easy and if you don’t do it. at some point in the future, you will wish you had… Did you know that the carbon first crossed 400 ppm last June for the first time EVER (well in 300 million years)?  And that this April, ending just last week, the average, the average for the whole entire month, was above that 400 ppm milestone first reached last summer?

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There is no way we need more convenient carbon dioxide pumped into our atmosphere….  It is scary, really.  We don’t know what could happen.  We do know that something really weird happened on Mars… It got warm and lost its atmosphere. So the options of what might happen here, are relatively wide open…..

They don’t say they are Koch ads.  And they don’t say anything really… Just moan and groan about nothing….

One of the statements being made by a senior women, is “and they promised us we could keep our own insurance, well you know how that goes.”

Whoa, Back up old lady. The fact is, that you can keep your own insurance if you wish.  Not only was that extended originally, but it was extended again.  If you want your crappy piss poor insurance policy, you can keep your crappy piss poor insurance policy, even though it gouges you in they eye and pays nothing if you go blind.

Those type of policies should be illegal…   The only reason they aren’t, is because in order to fill the spirit of a promise, they are grandfathered into existence despite the fact they hurt everyone who has them…. Hopefully those people will grow some brains and get a cheaper policy that covers them far better… But if they are adamant in their stupidity, well, a promise is a promise.  They can keep them….

 

But what is funny, it that this old senior woman,  jumps into minimum wage….   Raising the minimum wage will hurt women …..

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Even demented old seniors in nursing homes know that making $10.10 for every hour in a forty hour week, is better than making $7.25 dollars an hour in a forty hour week… It doesn’t matter if you are a man, or a woman… It is $2.85 dollars an hour better or $114 dollars a week, better, or $456 dollars a month better….

That will hurt women the Koch Brothers say….

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

The only thing stupider than a Koch Brother is someone who actually believes them…..

Hello. Rick Jensen?

 

If Delaware has 11,000 workers making at or below minimum wage, and all of those theoritically were given a $450 monthly raise,  the spending power of the Delaware economy would jump $5 million dollars a month…

If the Koch’s owned half the wealth, that means this awesome  jump in the economy is $2.5 million a month out of their own pocket….  No wonder they are throwing $6,000 at WDEL to try to trick you into calling for NOT improving our economy.

If you liked Ronald Reagan, you need to switch to the Democratic Party, now!

Now, if only Rick Jensen was as smart as you are….  😦

The money quote.:  “We need that land for mining,  lumber, drilling and fracking.  Those resources belong to people like the Koch Brothers.  The America Public has never done anything for us... said Republican House Member”. 3/26/14

“There’s money under those there parks” said another. “We shouldn’t be wasting that money just so future kids can see some purty scenery”