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Global warming is already here. Denying it is unforgivable.

From the Editorial Board, Washington Post, August 19, 2019

GLOBAL WARMING is already here, striking substantial regions of the United States with increasing severity. That is the upshot of an exhaustive Post investigation in which Steven Mufson, Chris Mooney, Juliet Eilperin and John Muyskens analyzed decades of local temperature records and identified a variety of hot spots where warming has proceeded more quickly.

“A Washington Post analysis of more than a century of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration temperature data across the Lower 48 states and 3,107 counties has found that major areas are nearing or have already crossed the 2-degree Celsius mark,” The Washington Post has found. An increase of 2 degrees Celsius — 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit — is a temperature threshold that scientists warn the world, on average, should not surpass. “Today, more than 1 in 10 Americans — 34 million people — are living in rapidly heating regions, including New York City and Los Angeles. Seventy-one counties have already hit the 2-degree Celsius mark.”

Surpassing 2 degrees locally means different things in different places. If the average world temperature were to breach the 2-degree threshold, that would mean some places would have warmed far more than 2 degrees, bringing massive changes, and some places less. But in many of the regions The Washington Post examined, substantial negative effects were clear. Global warming’s consequences are various, pervasive and not always obvious when people consider how their lives will be directly affected — until they are.

The lobster catch around Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay is down 75 percent because of warmer waters. Toxic algae blooms are making a New Jersey lake off-limits to swimmers and boaters. The lake does not freeze like it used to, deterring ice fishermen. Spurred by warmer temperatures, southern pine beetles are invading northern forests. The restless ocean is washing beach homes out to sea. People who now find that their homes and businesses are far closer to the shore than when they bought them are moving them farther back — but fear they will have to move again.

Scientists offer various reasons for the temperature hot spots that have emerged across the United States. Alaska’s breakneck heating aligns with their prediction that human greenhouse-gas-driven warming strikes higher latitudes particularly hard. In the Northeast, a shifting Gulf Stream — a massive flow of water that runs from the Gulf of Mexico, up the Atlantic coast of the United States and then toward Europe, its path influenced by melting Arctic ice — seems to explain some of the temperature anomalies.

The underlying cause, though, is human-caused global warming.

The warming will continue. Humanity has steadily shifted the chemistry of the atmosphere, in ways that could not be reversed quickly even if rational policy were being implemented. The carbon dioxide that emerges from smokestacks and tailpipes lingers in the air for decades. All the more reason to change behavior now. Yet, whether for political advantage or out of sheer pigheadedness or both, President Trump continues to deny and ignore reality. It is beyond unforgivable.

NOTE: It is hard for people to accept global warming when they live in places that are heated in the winter and air conditioned in the summer. Particularly when they make money from burning carbon compounds or use huge amounts of energy generated by burning carbon. If you work out of doors, and particularly if you observe the growth of plants, its rather obvious. If you read about whats going on in other parts of the world it is obvious. Where I live, people had ice houses, filled with ice taken from streams over a century ago. Now streams hardly freeze over. Tom Bond, Lewis County, WV

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See also: Our leaders are ignoring global warming to the point of criminal negligence. It’s unforgivable | Tim Winton | Environment | The Guardian, April 20, 2019

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MVP sediment pollution in Braxton County, WV

VioBlitz” Uncovers Over 100 Potential MVP Violations

From the Allegheny – Blue Ridge Alliance ABRA Update #241 – 8/16/2019

Impacted landowners, concerned citizens, and trained volunteer monitors participated in a “VioBlitz” over the August 9-11 weekend.

Sponsored by the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, an ABRA member and a partner in the ABRA CSI program (Compliance Surveillance Initiative), participants traveled portions of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and documented as many permit violations as possible over a 3-day period.

Volunteers reported approximately 100 potential violations to regulatory agencies across the West Virginia and Virginia, with more than 60 occurring in West Virginia alone. Although responsible state regulatory agencies insist that they have adequate enforcement capacity, there is currently only one dedicated pipeline inspector for the entire state of WV.

It took a dozen volunteer monitors hundreds of hours over three days to trace the route through Monroe, Summers, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Webster, Braxton, Lewis, and Harrison counties. The continued pattern of repeated violations and impacts on water resources calls into question the quality, safety and reliability of MVP construction.

For the health and safety of affected communities and environment, citizen monitors and organizations are calling for the regulatory agencies to immediately issue a stop-work order on the project.

UPPER PHOTO — Heavy runoff laden with sediment overwhelms Mountain Valley Pipeline’s sediment and erosion control barriers, making its way into Oil Creek in Braxton County, WV.

LOWER PHOTO — MVP fails to control sediment and sediment-laden water from leaving their access road impacting Barbecue Run which flows into Knawl Creek, a tributary of Burnsville Lake, Braxton County, WV.

Water pollution on MVP in geographic center of WV

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Climate Scientist at Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Being Severely Limited

August 18, 2019

Climate expert at CDC poised to file whistleblower complaint over treatment From an Article by Maya Earls, E&E News & Climate Wire, August 14, 2019 An expected whistleblower complaint is the latest escalation in a fight between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, and its former head of climate work. [...]

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The Time Has Come to Boycott SHELL After This Behavior

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Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Admin. (PHMSA) Inspections Discover Significant Problems on Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP)

August 16, 2019

Feds warn of unsafe construction on Atlantic Coast project From an Article by Mike Soraghan, E&E News, August 15, 2019 Federal regulators have found unsafe construction practices at work sites on the Atlantic Coast pipeline, spelling more trouble for a project that’s already facing setbacks in court. Inspectors in December found crews laying pipe in [...]

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Natural Gas Pipelines Spell Pollution to Trout Unlimited

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New report notes pipeline-related pollution events By Jake Lemon and David Kinney, Trout Unlimited, August 5, 2019 Over the past few years, developers and regulators have assured Virginians and West Virginians that sound construction practices and the effective use of erosion controls would limit impacts to the hundreds of streams in the path of proposed [...]

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Protesters Flood Beaver County Courthouse Lawn Protesting Trump’s Shell Cracker Visit

August 14, 2019

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2019 “Global Climate Strike” is on for September 20th to 27th

August 13, 2019

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Trump Visits the Shell Cracker Plant for Publicity

August 12, 2019

TRUMP COMING TO BEAVER COUNTY TO VISIT SHELL CRACKER AUGUST 13th Donald Trump is coming to tour the Beaver, PA petrochemical cracker plant on Tuesday, August 13th as a campaign move. There will be a non-violent protest to show that there are many people who oppose this plant and the industry. We will be car [...]

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URGENT ACTION NEEDED — Comment on NEPA Revisions

August 11, 2019

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) — Proposed Revisions From the Greenbrier River Watershed Association, Lewisburg, WV It is urgent that the public weigh in on these significant changes. The proposed NEPA revisions comment period closes August 12. Here are some key takeaways: The proposed changes would reduce environmental review for logging and infrastructure. The US [...]

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