A Fracked Earth News report.
On the global warming front
__By 2030—if 150 countries honor their pledges to the UN—there will be a significant slowdown in global carbon emissions.
__5000+ attended the second World Peoples Conference on Climate Change and the Protection of Life in Cochabamba, Bolivia, calling for reduction in over-consumption by the world’s people, and respect for the rights of all, including Pachamama (Mother Earth). Now on to the Paris Climate Summit.
__“Catholic cardinals, patriarchs and bishops signed … an unprecedented joint appeal … to a forthcoming U.N. conference on climate change to produce ‘a truly transformational’ agreement to stem global warming.”
__”Visualizing the World’s CO2 Emissions:
__Republican witch-hunt underway in the US House, targeting NOAA “scientists for doing the job they are paid to do; study the oceans and atmosphere and publish the results.” Lamar Smith (R-TX)’s House Science Committee is labeled the worst “for its open-ended, Orwellian attempts to intimidate some of the nation’s leading scientists and scientific institutions.” Oh, noooooos: “NOAA refuses to comply with House science committee subpoena.”
__On the Senate side, Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, says he just might go over to Paris “and be the bad guy, the one-man truth squad, and tell the truth, that they’re going to be lied to by the Obama administration.” Whatever, Sen. Snowball.
__Not only is Alaska’s permafrost melting, but the melt is accelerating at what one scientist called an “unbelievable” rate. More carbon, methane on the way. Permafrost map at link. Greenland, too, is melting, though it’s slowing in the southwest section. And Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay is increasingly threatened as saltwater rushes in.
__Meanwhile, Synapse Energy Economics’ modeling shows that, overall, clean energy is a net job-creator, even as CO2-producing industries fade away. Check out the interactive Influence Map which grades major corporations in terms of their influence on climate change. Guess who gets the D’s, E’s and F’s.
On the oil front
__Per the IMF, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and other ME oil countries will “run out of cash in five years” if the current oil prices continue.
__Oil prices Thursday morning: $46.33/barrel in NY, $49.01/barrel Brent.
__Baker Hughes oil field services had a $159m loss in the third quarter, leading them to axe 3,000 more jobs. That’s a total, worldwide, of 16,000 this year. They’re scheduled to merge with Halliburton, btw.
__Shell has halted its “Carmon Creek oil sands project in Alberta,” citing “uncertainties.” Shell’s 3rd-quarter profits ($1.8 bn) were 70% less than a year ago. Its expensive activities in the Chukchi Sea and elsewhere, and international oil prices, are taking a toll.
__Here comes the lipstick: they say they’re now using less water per barrel of oil in the Alberta tars-sands extraction process—30% less. They also say they’re “recycling more of the water used in their operations and using more non-potable salty water.”
__After the railroads threatened to shut down if they didn’t get their way, the US Congress agreed to a three-year extension for their installing an automated safety system for all trains (including oil)—with the option of asking for two more later. So, make that 5 years.
__Cuba is hoping US oil companies will return after some 55 years. Cuban crude oil, estimated at 20 billion barrels, is “extra-heavy” and has limited use (electricity, lubricants, asphalt).
__US and its allies targeted Syria’s Omar oil field controlled by IS which sells Iraqi and Syrian crude to smugglers. Turkey claims it’s shut down smuggling of oil across its borders, but equipment and experts are going through Turkey to IS-held oil fields. As usual, questions asked about Kurdish involvement.
On the fracking front
__University of Vermont researchers, studying the New York state Marcellus shale gas reservoir, have determined that fracking “can cause nearby abandoned oil wells to leak methane … marking a potentially large source of unrecorded greenhouse gas emissions.”
__Wastewater injection-induced earthquakes now plague Cushing, Oklahoma threatening the millions of barrels of oil there in storage—and national security too, since “Thousands of miles of pipelines stretch beneath Cushing” and from there to hubs throughout the country.
__Switcheroo occurred in UK’s House of Commons the day before they took summer recess. They made up some new rules which effectively overturn the Infrastructure Act aimed at protecting drinking water aquifers, national parks, “areas of outstanding beauty” and of interest to science from fracking.
__Surprising move, as a High Court judge approved a “judicial review of a monitoring scheme linked to Cuadrilla’s plans to frack” in Roseacre, Lancashire where many residents are opposed to fracking.
__From the Chair of UK Onshore Oil and Gas, a “shale gas lobby group,” who’s also a University of Reading professor: “women tended to act on gut instinct and were more likely to reject fracking because of a lack of education,” since they drop out of science courses. Atta gal!
__Israel’s Minister of National Infrastructure “held marathon talks last week in Washington and mainly Houston with US energy companies” (including Hess Corp, EOG Resources, Noble Energy), encouraging them to come on over and drill for gas.
Extractive industries international
__Peru, with its welcome mat for extractive industries, is allowing “geological fieldwork” by Pluspetrol in Manu National Park, the Amazon, although Peruvian laws and regulations ban “the extraction of natural resources” in the Park, a World Heritage Site, with extraordinarily rich biodiversity. Many indigenous peoples live there, including the Matsigenka, Nahua, Quechua, Yine and the isolated Mashco-Piro. Pluspetrol is hunting for gas.
__Indonesia’s president cut short his US visit, seeking investments, given worsening of his country’s peat fires, set to clear land, primarily for palm oil plantations. Irony: he met with President Obama to discuss climate change. Outcomes: GE “will invest $1 billion in Indonesia’s power, oil and gas industries,” Cheniere Energy will purchase shale gas for $13 billion, and Indonesia wants to join the TPP.
__22 years ago the devastating contamination of Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest by Texaco (later acquired by Chevon) began. Chevron successfully defended itself in the 2009 RICO trial, depending on the testimony of a “star witness.” Turns out the witness, a former judge, apparently lied in exchange for $12,000/month and many other goodies from Chevon. Stay tuned.
__US Marines in Peru? Why? MMG’s Las Bambos copper mine will open in early 2016, and already four Peruvians protesting it have been killed, but MMD is an Australian firm, with Chinese connections. Drug war? Terrorism? Humanitarian aid? Many Peruvians are opposed:
“Rainforest Tribes Declare War on Big Oil Destroying Rainforest”
__Venezuela’s ambassador to the US was president of Petroleos de Venezuela from 2004-2014, and oil minister for 12 years. The US has announced its conducting “wide-ranging investigations … into alleged corruption under his watch” at Petroleos de Venezuela. He says he “is calm [and has] a clear conscience.”
Health & survival
__As CO2 levels in the atmosphere soar, Harvard School of Public Health research suggests CO2 levels have a direct negative impact on human cognition.
__Research shows “that the toxic chemicals in our food, water and air [are] causing an epidemic of obesity … even in 6 month infants.” They’re endocrine-disrupting chemicals or EDCs, they’re ubiquitous and virtually all of us have been exposed.
__Denizen of rugged Central and South Asia mountains, the Snow Leopard’s existence is becoming increasingly imperiled by global warming and human encroachment:
__The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging US pediatricians “to fulfill their duty by aggressively addressing the crisis” of climate change and its particularly devastating impact on children. The Academy also urged physicians to screen children carefully for “food insecurity.”
__Monsanto’s filed its objections to California’s “intention to list glyphosate as a cause of cancer.”
On the birds & butterflies front
__The Greater Sage Grouse might end up classified as endangered after all, an unintended consequence of legal actions by eight Nevada counties, and the Wyoming Stock Growers Association. And the Lesser Prairie Chicken? Well, here’s an update on them, too.
__Monarchs are showing up in Pacific Grove, California in droves, and “filling the skies of Texas, on their way into northern Mexico.”
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