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Harvey Hits Houston Hard (August 28, 2017)

Posted in Carbon Surcharge & Dividend, Climate, Environment, Global Climate Change, Global Warming on August 28, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The great philosopher Michael Tyson observed that ‘Everyone has a plan ‘till they get punched in the mouth.’”

J          “Harvey packed that punch.  A right and a left right to the boca.  And no one ever really had a plan.”

K          “In Houston, ‘urban planning’ has always been an oxymoron and a national joke.”

. . .

K          “The four most populous cities in America emerged at the cardinal points of a compass and are the Mega-Metropolitan capitals of the four geographic regions.  Three of them, the (North)Eastern, Southern and Western anchor cities, are on salt water.  The polis up North in the heart of the Midwest is on fresh water.  New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are as vulnerable.”    

J          “From sea to warming sea, the storms are accentuated and accelerated by the warmer seas and the warmer air temperatures.”

. . .

K          “The formula is formidable and forbidding.  Unchecked Growth + Global Climate Change = Bad News.”

J          “And the news is bad.  Floodplains are so described because they are plains that are prone to flooding.  That should be a clue.”

. . .

K          “The area is now pickled with effluents and other toxins that are escaping from and perhaps being released by the chemical plants and heavy industry refineries.”

J          “All of the electrical connections are corroding in every house and substation.  All of the houses and buildings are developing mold and mildew.  All of the area may need to bulldozed.  They need to start over.  Elsewhere.”

. . .

K          “Mother Nature does not seem happy with an area that is developing and overseeing the development of fossil fuels and other threats to her.”

J          “Many of Momma N’s kids who are otherwise merely trying to survive another day are experiencing a horror show worse than anything they have ever witnessed at the Saturday night flicks.”

. . .  

[See “Harvey Is a Major Still-Unfolding Disaster” in “Peak Prosperity” by Chris Martenson on August 28, 2017.]  

[See the e-commentary at “Beans and Bullets (April 6, 2009)”, “We Ain’t Ants; We Are Grasshoppers (April 9, 2012)”, “On Community (June 3, 2013)”, “On Roiling And Rolling Collapse (March 9, 2015)”, “Lights Out:  Renegade Nuclear Plants (September 21, 2015)” and “Prepping:  Public and Private Perspectives (April 27, 2015)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Planet Earth, we have a problem

Why not plan?  Why not prepare?

There is no PLANet B.

Bugging Out To N.Z.:  The Movie (June 26, 2017)

Posted in Airlines, Aviation, Climate, Collapse, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Kleptocracy, Movie Reference on June 26, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Last March while hanging around the hangar grounded by the weather, a few fly boys and girls were hangar flying the script for a movie about the New Zealand bug out estates that are all the rage among the parvenu jet set.  And mulled the job opportunities.  We posited three perspectives – the valiant and selfless pilot of one evacuation plane, the oligarch on another air ship, and a kleptocrat’s cute kid on the third bird who questions the insanity and absurdity of the scheme.”

J          “Bugging out is not without bugs and not just the ones implanted on the windscreen.  The first plane may never take off because of mechanical problems, the second air ship may be lost in transit because of navigation and communication difficulties occasioned by the Collapse, and the third bird may arrive to find tents, yurts, buses, campers and other structures and local folks trying to survive who are covering the runway and precluding a safe landing.”

. . .

J          “The thinking is that the pilot’s family must be accommodated on the manifest.  Imagine the pilot’s daughter caught in swelling traffic during the Collapse an hour from the airport compelling her father to stall the departure by claiming that the stall warning system is malfunctioning.  She is trying to taxi her Gremlin to the airport while her dad is faking a gremlin in the cock pit.” 

K          “So let’s say they get everyone safely buckled into the air ship.  Heat conspiring with altitude produces ‘density altitude’ that can ground a plane because the craft physically cannot lift off the ground.  Phoenix may have arisen from the ashes, but the planes at PHX may not arise from the tarmac in the summer.  WX is such a bugger.”

J          “If they lift the craft off the ground and then the GPS system goes south, they are left with no idea whether they are heading north or south.”

K          “The best laid plans.”

. . .

K          “No one is going to inquire whether you have made three touch and goes in the last ninety days.  However, can you make one takeoff and one landing in the next nine hours?”

. . .

K          “Imagine the surprise in the cockpit when they come upon the LZ in NZ.  ‘Robber Baron Estate traffic, N0666Whiskey turning final landing one three  . . .  Romeo Bravo traffic, 66Whiskey overflying the airport.’  No place to run (fly), no place to hide (land).”

J          “They could squawk 7700 to their heart’s delight in a world that will be indifferent to their flight and to their plight.” 

K          “Some of the helpless villagers have silently squawked 7500 all their lives to announce that their existence was indeed hijacked.”

. . .

J          “Even if they armed their jets and mowed down the little people down on the runway, they may not be able to rid the strip of detritus and dead bodies to make a safe landing.”

K          “Dollars are shackles.  If their money is no good, the wage slaves are suddenly emancipated.”

J          “Someone on the ground formerly enslaved on the payroll has little incentive to assist his or her oppressor.  And may perhaps harbor some resentment at his or her former master.”

. . .

K          “So are we on a CFIT or an UFIT?”

J          “We are UnFIT.”

. . .

K          “If you want to make the gods laugh, just share your plans with them.”

J          “We need to laugh.”

. . .

[See “‘Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich” in “The New York Times” by Evan Osnos dated January 30, 2017.]

[See the e-commentary on the prospects for the Empire and the planet passim.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

CFIT:  Society’s flightpath

We are way behind the power curve

No place to run (fly), no place to hide (land)

What happens when you are running out of altitude, airspeed and ideas at the same time?

Pull up . . . pull up . . . pull up.”  . . .  “Or level off if your airspeed is too low.”

Crank, yank and bank

Aviate, navigate, communicate

Fly the plane, fly it where you want it to go, tell someone about it

What are the two most dangerous words in aviation:  “Watch this.”

Stay tuned

Paris Accord; London Discord.  America Lost; America Last (June 5, 2017)

Posted in Carbon Surcharge & Dividend, Climate, Gas/Fossil Fuel, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Trumpi on June 5, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Some Americans criticized the French complicity with the Germans during World War II.  Remember the jab:  ‘How many Frenchmen does it take to liberate Paris?  . . .  None.  The U.S. always has to do it.’”

J          “How the tide has turned polluted and the seas have risen.  ‘How many Americans does it take to repudiate Paris?  . . .  One.  The Emperor.  Il Duce.  Donaldo Trumpi.’”     

K          “‘How many citizens does it take to exonerate the United States?  . . .  Everyone.  The world has to do it.’”

. . .

K          “The greatest threat on the planet today is the threat to the planet today.”

J          “The ultimate act of terrorism.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “Living In The ‘Peoplocene Age’.  The Inconvenient Truth:  Renewable Energy Is Not Sustainable; The Population Must Be Restrainable.  (December 12, 2016)” and at the “Categories” for “Global Climate Change” and for “Global Warming.”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

There is no PLANet B

Making America Lost Again

Making America Last Again

Making America Lose(rs) Again

Ask the Admirals

Price Carbon ($ C)

Sometimes I wrestle with my demons and sometimes we just snuggle

Title III –> Chapter 17:  Bankrupt States . . . Going Bankrupt (May 1, 2017)

Posted in Bankruptcy, Blue States / Red States, Canada, Cartoon Reference, Climate, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Kleptocracy, Pensions, Supreme Court on May 1, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Who thought the bricks would crumble.  The fifty brick house may not survive politically and will not endure economically.”

J          “The state of the states is dismal and abysmal.  When municipalities fold or water districts dry up, some interior curtain walls are dismantled and the curtains and furniture are sold.  Yet they are all just political subdivisions of the state, not a state itself.  Until recently, interior curtain walls were relieved whereas now the exterior load bearing walls are under stress.”

K          “Pick a metric.  If you input a realistic rate of return in calculating the solvency of state pension funds, most of them are not only under water, they are drowned with no chance of resuscitation or c.p.r.”

. . .

K          “Puerto Rico is the canary in the coal mine, the guinea pig and the alpha testing ground.  Congress concocted Title III’ as part of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) that imports many of the notions of bankruptcy law to address the island’s insolvency.”

J          “Up north, the HealthCare of Ontario Pension Fund directed funds it may not have to bail out the Toronto-based Home Capital Group for investments it never should have made.”

K          “That seems to be some type of capitalistic synergistic entropy.”

. . .

K          “On this Law Day, we should consider drafting and crafting a ‘Chapter 17’ provision to allow a state to file bankruptcy and write the next chapter in the Bankruptcy Code and American polity.  A PROMESA on steroids for the states.”

J          “The legislation may attract bipartisan support because half of the seriously distressed states are ‘red’ states and half of the seriously depressed states are ‘blue’ states.”

K          “Alaska, Kentucky, South Carolina and Louisiana counterbalance Illinois, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York among the states that are going.  Going states need some way to go.”

. . .

K          “State supreme court justices use their position and power to advance their economic interests and protect their pensions.  In the court across the street, federal bankruptcy court judges will be forced to distribute a smaller sum of money in a more equitable and efficient manner to all citizens.”

J          “This Republic had such great promise.”

. . . 

[See the discussion of the Peoples Climate March for climate, jobs and justice in “Climate March Draws Thousands of Protesters Alarmed by Trump’s Environmental Agenda” in “The New York Times” by Nicholas Fandos dated April 29, 2017, “Climate March draws massive crowd to D.C. in sweltering heat” by Chris Mooney, Joe Heim and Brady Dennis in “The Washington Post” dated April 29, 2017 and yesterday’s Doonesbury cartoon.]

[See the e-commentary at “Pensions and Other Entitlements: Pt. 1 (April 14, 2008)”, “Pensions and Other Entitlements: Pt. 2 (April 28, 2008)”, “Outsourcing Pensions? (Sept. 7, 2009)”, “Pensions, Conflicts Of Interest And The Illinois Supreme Court (June 1, 2015)”, “May Day (May 1, 2006)” and other e-commentary under the Category on “Pensions.”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Chapter 17 – Coming to a state near you

The United States dominates the world not because it is a “City Upon a Hill” but because it shoots, and shoots regularly, from the top on the hill.

Stealing Resources . . . Through Time . . . and Across Space (February 20, 2017)

Posted in Carbon Surcharge & Dividend, Climate, Climate Leadership Council, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Population, Sustainability on February 20, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Growth is death, yet when the population is growing the thing call the economy must grow or we die.”

J          “Or you need to not grow the population so that you do not need to grow and die.  At that point in the discussion, everyone’s head, without exception, explodes and makes a mess of the room.  And no one is willing to talk about reducing the population.”

K          “Always a bummer.  You end up forfeiting the room security deposit.”

. . .

K          “The theft keeps moving through time.  The current generation swiped the ‘consumption’ of the children and then swiped the ‘consumption’ of the grandchildren.  Now the current generation is swiping the ‘consumption’ of the great grandchildren.  Even if you explain it slowly and without a scintilla of condescension or impatience, few get it.”

J          “Or want to get it.  If those in power cannot reach into the future, they are trying to move across space to loot resources.  However, theft cannot move across space forever.  We are acting as if we can tap another planet.  We cannot.  As they say, there is no PLANet B.”

K          “And yet we as a society are producing more children and grandchildren who do not have a chance or a choice.”

J          “With the mess bequeathed to them, the kids may not be alright.”

. . .

K          “Last week, some Republican players endorsed the pricing of carbon and established the Climate Leadership Council.”

. . .

[See “‘A Conservative Climate Solution’:  Republican Group Calls for Carbon Tax” in “The New York Times” by John Schwartz dated February 7, 2017.]

[And in this corner, the master gardener of ‘team sustainable living’ advocating less demand on our finite resources, Professor Albert Allen Bartlett.  And in that corner, the captain of the confused cornucopians, Professor Julian Lincoln Simon.]

[See the e-commentary at “Global Climate Change.”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Save the Planet:  Price Carbon:  Now

Save the Marble:  Price Carbon:  Now

Tax what we burn not what we earn.

There is no PLANet B.

We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to.

“Men argue.  Nature acts.”  Voltaire.  Nature is acting while man is arguing.

Living In The “Peoplocene Age”.  The Inconvenient Truth:  Renewable Energy Is Not Sustainable; The Population Must Be Restrainable.  (December 12, 2016)

Posted in Book Reference, Carbon Surcharge & Dividend, Climate, Collapse, Consumerism, Environment, Gas/Fossil Fuel, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Overpopulation, Peoplocene Age, Population, Society, Taxation, Technology, Water on December 12, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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K          “It’s too late?”

J          “It is too late.”

. . .

J          “But we pretend and extend.”

K          “Get up, put on your socks, and soldier on.”

. . .

J          “We are producing far more babies than solar panels.  That scenario is not changing under any scenario.  There is very little hope, there is only collective delusion within the collective.”

K          “Ironic that so many will not acknowledge our global plight and others who will acknowledge our situation do not even acknowledge the underlying and overriding problem.  The ‘Peoplocene Age’ is upon us and we do not know it.”

J          “The ‘Peoplobscene Age’?  Too many people, too little planet.”

. . .

K          “The plebiscite on global climate destruction takes place in the specialized voting booths known as the maternity wards of the world one new voter at a time.  The votes are tallied every day, the voting booth never closes and the decision is unanimous and uncontested.  Everyone endorses global climate devastation one baby at a time.”

J          “We need to reduce the load.  Period.  The only viable solution is to produce fewer people not to delude ourselves into thinking we can produce more panels and power.”

. . .

K          “The inconvenient truth is that renewable energy is not the answer, now or in the long run.  If one honestly calculates all the costs including every opportunity cost, the total cost of renewable energy does not and never will pencil out.”

J          “My concern is that we are not allowed to provide that answer, so we are not allowed even to ask the question.”

. . .

K          “We are in the flood right now.  I don’t recall anyone in the movie even once mentioning overpopulation.  Go through the flick and replace the phrase ‘reduce fossil fuels’ with ‘reduce world population.’  The only sustainable energy policy is a people policy.”

. . .

J          “There are more neurosurgeons than skilled solar panel installers.  Americans contend in response that they can simply wave a wand and the problem is solved.  If the government – or the private sector with generous tax breaks, credits and deductions  – commits to training more solar panel installers, voila, we will have more solar panel installers.  But at what real cost?”   

. . .

J          “Those people who are here must reduce their load.  Period.  Everyone wants to live like they do in Bethesda-Chevy Chase; no one can sustainably live like they do in Bethesda-Chevy Chase.  The Republicans delude the populace that they can live the Bethesda-Chevy Chase lifestyle simply by demanding to live the Bethesda-Chevy Chase lifestyle.”

. . .

K          “The planet will support 500,000,000 souls comfortably and 5,000,000,000 souls uncomfortably.  We are grossly over gross.  Overpopulation is at the headwaters of all of our problems.”

J          “And first and foremost among the downstream problems is our growing inability to provide clean, available and affordable water.”

K          “We need to reverse the two trends.  We need to quit depositing more humans on the planet and quit removing other species off the planet.”

. . .

J          “Yet, by definition, it cannot be the biggest problem confronting humanity unless you use the word ‘terrorist’ to describe it.”

K          “Okay.  Fair enough.  We have overpopulated the planet with almost 7.5 billion precious little miracle . . . terrorists.  And the numbers are growing.  There you go.”

J          “That should work.”

K          “Almost 7.5 billion precious little miracle terrorists are pummeling Mother Nature with poison.  Then we sprinkle nuclear reactors around the planet that are finicky nuclear bombs waiting to be detonated by default.  Pull the plug on electricity, pull the pin on the reactors.  The nuclear reactors are weapons of mass destruction that will go off when they cannot get the electricity to stay on.”

J          “The mutant shall inherent the earth.  We allow one country to pour radiation into the Pacific Ocean day in and day out for over five years and create the world’s largest Superfund Site.  The grazing ground for sea critters is toxic.”

K          “The Pacific Ocean Superfund site and other ocean Superfund Sites also have massive gyres of poisonous plastic and detritus spinning around.”

J          “The ultimate inconvenient truth is that the entire Earth is now a Superfund Site.”

. . .

K          “What if the government only provided a tax deduction of ‘x’ for the first child and ‘1/2 x’ for the second child?  Or no deduction?”

J          “The hard simple truth is that little can be done to slow population growth.  The load has overloaded us.”

K          “A carbon fee and dividend program?” 

. . .

J          “With so many available bodies, there are so many opportunities for corporations to exploit the vast pool of desperate workers.”

. . .

K          “We have met the enemy and it is a little miracle terrorist.  It is us.”

J          “Mother Nature is the only adult on the planet.  She is growing impatient.  Soon she will intercede.”

. . .

[See Daniel Quinn from “What a Way to Go:  Life at the End of Empire” and his “Advice for Young People” at minute 48.  Try to find some joy in this life without deluding yourself.]

[See the e-commentary at “On Overpopulation (June 14, 2010)”, “Kids As Consumer Durables (August 6, 2007)”, “Global Environmental Something (February 16, 2009)”, “A Gentle Landing On Earth (August 1, 2016)”, “‘It’s Only A Rental.’ The Earth As A Cosmic Doormat.  De-Immanentizing The Eschation. (September 28, 2015), “Global Climate Craziness (GCC) and Taxation (March 23, 2015)”, “On Roiling And Rolling Collapse (March 9, 2015)” and “Over Over-Population:  10 Billion Little Miracles (And Counting) (And Costing) (January 26, 2015)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“We have met the enemy and it is a little miracle terrorist.  It is us.”  Nogo

We need to reduce the load.  Period. 

Be fruitful and don’t multiply; multiple fruit fruitfully

Slow climate destruction; practice birth control

Too many live people; too few dead dinosaurs.  To say nothing of the too chilling consequences of burning the few available dead dinosaurs (or whatever spawns gas and oil).

Price carbon

Stay calm and price carbon

Panic and price carbon

Better never than late?

Preserve the Nest; at all costs.

The mutant shall inherent the earth. 

Too many people, too little planet

“Can you think of any problem in any area of human endeavor on any scale, from microscopic to global, whose long-term solution is in any demonstrable way aided, assisted, or advanced by further increases in population, locally, nationally or globally?”  Albert Allen Bartlett, Great Challenge

A Gentle Landing On Earth (August 1, 2016)

Posted in Carbon Surcharge & Dividend, Climate, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Population on August 1, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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K          “‘Humankind, we have a problem.’  Us.  We be the problem.  There are too many of us.  Mother Nature is kind, patient and understanding, yet she is starting to demur.”

J          “Of all people, Mother Nature too must adhere to the laws of Nature.  She is law-abiding, you know.”

K          “The most gentle landing may be for her to dispatch many of us as quickly and as painlessly as possible.”

J          “We cannot take it personally.  She is only following the law.” 

K          “True.  However, the process is rarely quick and is not painless.  Then those who remain can treat the Downsize as a learning experience.  And then pay proper heed to the far too many nuclear reactors littering the planet and the plastic explosives hurled relentlessly at the Earth every day.” 

 . . .

[See the e-commentary at “‘It’s Only A Rental.’  The Earth As a Cosmic Doormat.  De-Immanentizing The Eschaton (September 28, 2015)”, “Lights Out:  Renegade Nuclear Plants (September 21, 2015)” and “Over Over-Population:  10 Billion Little Miracles (And Counting) (And Costing) (January 26, 2015).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Keep calm and price carbon.

Produce less of everything.

Wrap the rascal.