Cost or lost opportunity


“The Sun notes that a further five-year fuel duty freeze would ‘cost the government about £4bn a year’”


I don’t think so!


This is not a “loss” but a lost opportunity for a gain.

Editorial, The Sun

Methane Damage Greatly Underestimated

Methane emissions from fossil fuels ‘severely underestimated

19 February 2020


This happens in amazing regularity.  Surely we cannot be blamed for being sceptical!

Is it the media or those feeding the media?  Are scientists penalised for submitting “honest” predictions?  By honest I mean predictions based on peer reviewed data.  Valid in other words.  Or, is it that “honest” prediction data doesn’t even get reviewed because of fear of retribution?


Oil and Gas Damage Greatly Underestimated


Again underestimation.  This happens in amazing regularity.  Surely we cannot be blamed for being sceptical!

Is it the media or those feeding the media?  Are scientists penalised for submitting “honest” predictions?  By honest I mean predictions based on peer reviewed data.  Valid in other words.  Or, is it that “honest” prediction data doesn’t even get reviewed because of fear of retribution?



Oil and gas production is contributing even more to global warming than was thought, study finds


Turtles Among Us

By Robin Wall Kimmerer, PhD



Turtles Among Us




The Power of Gratitude


“If our leaders don’t lead, then we have to. If all our leaders ask is that we are quietly complicit to destruction, we say, “We are a better species than that.” All over Turtle Island, people are rising up to reclaim their roles as caregivers for the Earth, to be more than consumers, to be givers”



Recognizing Reality


Question Beliefs

“We live in a culture that is embedded in unquestioned beliefs passing as truth. These beliefs are the source of our current crisis. We attempt to solve the problems of degradation of our environment and climate disruption, but we do not look at these core beliefs. We hold on to the idea that capitalism is the only right way to organize an economy, that democracy is essential to our freedom, that freedom itself is a core ingredient to our happiness. We believe corporate slogans such as “Progress is our most important product” (General Electric), and subscribe to the belief that technology will solve whatever problems we have, even the ones caused by technology.”

The Need for a Greater Vision: Recognizing Reality

By Norton Smith, originally published by

November 19, 2019


Beliefs can go stale.  A belief that one incorporates at one stage of intellectual/spiritual development may not serve a person as they grow older and perhaps wiser.  That’s why beliefs should be reviewed from time to time.  No need for a schedule, just practice staying in the present and one may find an uncomfortable feeling with a particular behavior.  That’s the trigger to question the belief structure behind the action. We are creatures of habit and may find that we have become a slave to a few unquestioned behaviors that do not serve us any longer.  No good blaming the devil!


Tearing Down the System


“In a nutshell, American politics have tilted our economic system so far in favor of wealthy elites—and this has been by and large a bipartisan project—that establishment lawmakers are really the ones guilty of “tearing down” a modest (if flawed) system that once upon a time distributed riches more fairly. When Americans—the vast majority of whom are not millionaires—read reports like this one showing that “[f]or the first time in history, U.S. billionaires paid a lower tax rate than the working class last year,” for Obama to ask us to not tear down the system is deeply insulting. The system has already been destroyed—by billionaires and their backers in Congress and the White House, including Obama.”


Sonali Kolhatkar is a columnist for Truthdig. She also is the founder, host and executive producer of “Rising Up With Sonali,” a television and radio show that airs on Free Speech TV (Dish Network, DirecTV,

Ships fitted with ‘Cheat Devices’ to Divert Poisonous Pollution into Sea

Ships fitted with ‘cheat devices’ to divert poisonous pollution into sea


Wil Crisp The Independent


“Global shipping companies have spent billions rigging vessels with “cheat devices” that circumvent new environmental legislation by dumping pollution into the sea instead of the air, The Independent can reveal.


More than $12bn (£9.7bn) has been spent on the devices, known as open-loop scrubbers, which extract sulphur from the exhaust fumes of ships that run on heavy fuel oil.”


Is this the result of a mature capitalism?  If so, then these kinds of actions reveal a severe mental illness.

Questions About Slavery from Tourists in US South

The awkward questions about slavery from tourists in US South

By Ritu Prasad BBC News, Charleston, South Carolina

  • 2 October 2019



“Centuries of slavery followed by decades of institutional repression, according to Eaves, has reinforced old narratives that portray black Americans “as second class citizens”. An ignorance of the complete story is behind the persistence of nostalgia for the antebellum south – and for some, a rejection of anything that questions it.

‘They wouldn’t go to Auschwitz or Dachau and expect to hear a happy narrative and walk away cheerful, because they have an understanding that this was a place of death and exploitation and forced labor. A slave plantation was just that, even though, yes, this was someone’s home.’”

Prejudice against persons of color is a nasty, incredibly hurtful and unforgivable practice.  It is handed down from generation to generation and just recently re-emerged from the previously hidden behaviour of ignorant and vicious malcontents.  It needs to be resisted and condemned wherever it rears its ugly head.


Greta Thunberg’s defiance upsets the patriarchy

Greta Thunberg’s defiance upsets the patriarchy – and it’s wonderful


Suzanne Moore



“She is a 16-year-old, and these are grown men. And they are terrified. Wonderful. Who knew you could shake the patriarchy simply by refusing to smile for it, dress for it or demur to it? A refusal to acquiesce to the male gaze has these dinosaurs squirming.

Greta, you teach us about more than one kind of climate. Thank you.”

  • Suzanne Moore is a Guardian columnist




A Religious Left

A religious left



“Activists on the left should welcome the emergence of a religious core in their ranks because when political activity is morally inspired, it becomes more passionate — as conservatives already understand. Liberals are famous for being cerebral. A religious left may bring more energy to the progressive movement.”

“Democrats got a jolt of that passion at their last national convention with an appearance by the Rev. William Barber, an African-American preacher from North Carolina who started the “Moral Monday” movement in that state.

“Jesus, a brown-skinned Palestinian Jew, called us to preach good news to the poor, the broken, the bruised, and all those who are made to feel unaccepted!” Barber thundered, bringing the delegates to their feet.

Describing himself as “an evangelical Biblicist,” Barber said the nation is need of “moral defibrillators” to work on its weak heart.

“We must shock this nation with the power of love. We must shock this nation with power of mercy. We must shock this nation and fight for justice for all!” Barber said, in the most rousing speech of the convention.”


I have no problem with concern for the poor, the broken, the bruised etc.  However, to ignore the health of the Earth, to ignore an emphasis on “other than humans” is to invite extinction. We truly have a “climate crisis.” CO2 in the troposphere is increasing at an increasing rate.  The increase is non-linear and unpredictable.  A tipping point has been reached.

Definition of tipping point: the critical point in a situation, process, or system beyond which a significant and often unstoppable effect or change takes place. The process at work here, and that imperils us, is un-predictable and poorly understood positive feedback.  We must remember that with a CO2 reading of 414.7 ppm, in May, from the Mauna Loa Research Station on the big island of Hawaii, we have reached levels never before experienced by humans. Notice the caveat “often.”   We don’t understand the Earth behaviour triggered by a “runaway” increase of CO2.  We must consider that the “often” is probably a “certainly.”