BUSTED: The EPA spent millions in taxpayer dollars to push climate change propaganda via social media

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Under the Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency was one of the most tyrannical, lawless institutions in the entire country, spitting out tens of thousands of unconstitutional regulations each year and compelling businesses to abide by the left’s radical climate change agenda. Mind you, these are regulations that the American people did not vote for, nor do they necessarily support; rather, the EPA’s agenda under the Obama regime was wholly undemocratic and against the principles that America was founded upon.

Recently, Judicial Watch was able to obtain 900 pages of documents from the Environmental Protection Agency that revealed, among other things, lawless behavior from the Obama administration. Specifically, the documents show that the EPA used a social media platform called Thunderclap, which allowed the agency to mass-share information regarding its policies in violation of federal law.

As explained by Judicial Watch, “Federal law prohibits agencies from engaging in propaganda, which is defined as covert activity intended to influence the American public. Federal law also prohibits agencies from using federal resources to conduct grassroots lobbying to prod the American public to call on Congress to act on pending legislation.”

Jessica Orquina, the EPA’s Director of Web Communications, wrote an email on September 10, 2014, to Karen Wirth, an EPA team leader in the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, urging her to consider using Thunderclap covertly in order to promote the agency’s agenda. “I don’t want it to look like EPA used our own social media accounts to reach our support goal,” Orquina wrote in her email to Wirth. (Related: An EPA whistleblower has been fired for telling the truth about geoengineering.)

Although it is now in the process of being repealed by the Trump administration, it is worth noting that The Clean Water Rule gave numerous federal agents expanded authority over ponds, streams, and other small bodies of water. However, according to a December 2015 report by the Government Accountability Office, the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of Thunderclap to promote the Clean Water Rule to the American people “constitutes covert propaganda” and therefore is in violation of federal law. (Related: A top EPA official has recently resigned over the climate change hoax.)

But this is hardly the first time that the Environmental Protection Agency has been caught red-handed doing something that it ought not to be doing. Last year, The Daily Caller reported on new evidence that suggested that EPA officials routinely use private email accounts to communicate with lobbyists. Documents that were obtained by the Energy & Environment Legal Institute via the Freedom of Information Act revealed that Michael Bradley, president and founder of an energy consulting firm that represents numerous environmental groups across the country, had contacted the EPA asking if it would be okay to use a private email account to communicate with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. Allegedly, Bradley wanted to get in touch with the EPA regarding an agency regulation.

“Joe, Would you please send this email to Gina for me? I would have sent it to her directly with a cc to you but I don’t have a private email address for her and would prefer to not use an office email address,” Bradley said in an email to EPA Senior Counsel Joe Goffman.

Of course, the use of private email accounts for public business is in violation of existing laws and regulations – for more information on that, just ask Hillary Clinton.

The Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration wasn’t just tyrannical in nature; it was also highly corrupt and cared little about following the law. And in any society, though perhaps more so in a Constitutional Republic, that is a very bad combination.

Sources include:

JudicialWatch.org

DailyCaller.com

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Climate Alarmists Caught Faking Sea Level Rise

Alarmist scientists have been caught red-handed tampering with raw data in order to exaggerate sea level rise.

The raw (unadjusted) data from three Indian Ocean gauges – Aden, Karachi and Mumbai – showed that local sea level trends in the last 140 years had been very gently rising, neutral or negative (ie sea levels had fallen).

But after the evidence had been adjusted by tidal records gatekeepers at the global databank Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL) it suddenly showed a sharp and dramatic rise.

The whistle was blown by two Australian scientists Dr. Albert Parker and Dr. Clifford Ollier in a paper for Earth Systems and Environment.

The paper – Is the Sea Level Stable at Aden, Yemen? – examines the discrepancies between raw and adjusted sea level data in Aden, Karachi and Mumbai.

Kenneth Richard at No Tricks Zone reports:

The authors expose how PSMSL  data-adjusters make it appear that stable sea levels can be rendered to look like they are nonetheless rising at an accelerated pace.

The data-adjusters take misaligned and incomplete sea level data from tide gauges that show no sea level rise (or even a falling trend).  Then, they subjectively and arbitrarily cobble them together, or realign them.   In each case assessed, PSMSL data-adjusters lower the earlier misaligned rates and raise the more recent measurements.  By doing so, they concoct a new linearly-rising trend.

Here is a before/after from Karachi:

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Moody’s Warns Cities to Address Climate Risks or Face Downgrades

Coastal communities from Maine to California have been put on notice from one of the top credit rating agencies: Start preparing for climate change or risk losing access to cheap credit.

In a report to its clients Tuesday, Moody’s Investors Service Inc. explained how it incorporates climate change into its credit ratings for state and local bonds. If cities and states don’t deal with risks from surging seas or intense storms, they are at greater risk of default.

“What we want people to realize is: If you’re exposed, we know that. We’re going to ask questions about what you’re doing to mitigate that exposure,” Lenny Jones, a managing director at Moody’s, said in a phone interview. “That’s taken into your credit ratings.”

In its report, Moody’s lists six indicators it uses “to assess the exposure and overall susceptibility of U.S. states to the physical effects of climate change.” They include the share of economic activity that comes from coastal areas, hurricane and extreme-weather damage as a share of the economy, and the share of homes in a flood plain.

Based on those overall risks, Texas, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi are among the states most at risk from climate change. Moody’s didn’t identify which cities or municipalities were most exposed.



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Barely News: Emboldened Eco-Terrorists Claim ‘Climate Necessity’ as a Defense

The left’s determination to stretch the limits of acceptable activism now includes condoning property destruction and unauthorized disruption of energy delivery systems.

On a weekend when the national press is almost exclusively obsessed with matters involving sexual assault and harassment (obviously important) and the legitimacy of Sarah Sanders’ Thanksgiving pecan pie (obviously not), it’s fair to wonder why the national press has mostly failed to report that this irresponsible and fundamentally lawless perspective appears to be making some headway in the courts.

In an op-ed at The Hill on November 14, Ken Ward, attempted to justify his involvement and that of others he charitably described as “valve turners” on October 11, 2016. Ward is the co-founder of Climate Direct Action, whose website splash celebrates that day’s shutdown of “15% OF THE US DAILY OIL SUPPLY.” One of the few media reports that were filed described the actions as “an audacious act of sabotage.”

Ward disingenuously insisted that his group’s actions were not violent, and attempted to explain the “climate necessity” defense as required because, in his view, nobody, not even the wannabe climate change authoritarians who gathered in Bonn, Germany earlier this month, is doing what is really required to head off climate catastrophe (bolds are mine throughout this post):

My freedom is on the line to fight climate change, more will follow

at this late date, there is no credible leadership proposing any plan of climate action appropriate to the scale and speed of the problem. Instead of stark contrast between climate denial and action, what’s really on display in Bonn is 50 shades of climate denial.

… the crackdown on citizens who stand up to something about climate change continues apace: Earlier this month, the U.S. Justice Department responded to a letter spearheaded by Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and signed by 83 other members of Congress, asking DoJ pointedly why it hasn’t prosecuted climate activists, like me, as domestic terrorists. In reply, DoJ pledged to vigorously prosecute those who damage “critical energy infrastructure in violation of federal law.”

That could have potential personal ramifications for me. I was one of the five “valve-turners” who, in a coordinated Oct. 11, 2016, action singled out in the Buck letter, closed the emergency valves on all five pipelines carrying Canadian tar sands oil into the U.S. Though Buck and his colleagues would like to brand us as domestic terrorists, we acted responsibly, with great care and concern for safety, to combat the climate change emergency by stopping the flow of the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive form of oil.

Nice try, Ken. No sale.

Every dictionary definition of “violence” includes some version of the following: “an unjust or unwarranted exertion of force or power, as against rights or laws.”

These supposedly heroic and peaceful “valve turners” trespassed onto private property, “broke fences in four states,” used “bolt cutters to shear through the locks” at several of the locations, and manually turned off valves permitting oil to flow. That they allegedly placed phone calls “15 minutes in advance to the pipeline owner’s emergency response number to give operators time to turn off the pumping stations upstream from the shutoff valve and reduce pressure on the line” doesn’t change the fact that they committed acts any normal person would consider forms of “violence” to pull off their stunt. Any normal person would also recognize that the companies involved incurred significant costs in downtime and flow restoration.

Ward’s group deliberately claimed responsibility for their actions so they could be arrested and attempt their “necessity” defense in court. Here’s Ward’s explanation of it (links are in original):

We have sought to make this case at our trials, via the “climate necessity defense,” which argues that our actions were justified by the greater climate harms we’re seeking to avoid. In a precedent-setting decision, a judge in Clearwater County, Minn., granted my fellow valve-turners Emily Johnston and Annette Klapstein the right to mount a necessity defense in their upcoming trial for shutting off two Enbridge tar sands pipelines. The decision means they will be able to bring in expert witnesses and testimony about climate change and the climate damage tar sands do, and that the jury will be allowed to hear and consider them.

One certainly hopes that the prosecution will remind the Clearwater County judge that “climate change” alarmists have been making doomsday predictions about “global warming” which haven’t panned out for at least the past 30 years. I saw no evidence that anyone in the press covering stories relating to Direct Climate Action acknowledged that very inconvenient truth.

The judge also should know that if Ward’s group achieves all it wants, the complete and virtually immediate elimination of fossil fuels would result. One of the activists has specifically articulated the group wishes: to “make it impossible for the fossil fuel companies to carry on their deadly business because they have to deal with protests and blockades around every corner” to the point where they “become financially unviable.” That is a virtually surefire recipe for sending most of the world into poverty, likely wars over the crumbs which remain, and famines with the potential to kill hundreds of millions.

Ward himself, who faced at least ten years in prison, got off earlier this year with a wrist slap, even though his “climate necessity defense” wasn’t allowed.

His first trial in Skagit County, Washington ended in a hung jury in February. He was found guilty of second-degree burglary at his second trial. Rather than send a message that there should be consequences for illegal acts, no matter how allegedly “noble” their motivation, Judge Michael Rickert considered “Ward’s motivation for committing the crime” and let him walk, requiring only 30 days of community service.

The judge, in his sentencing statement, reportedly said that “I don’t know that imposing … jail time is likely to have any impact on what Mr. Ward does in the future, or people like him.” That’s indefensible, and irresponsible. At least Ward himself wouldn’t be participating in eco-sabotage if he were sitting in jail, and his eco-terrorist colleagues might have second thoughts if they faced a realistic and completely deserved chance of serving time. Now, instead, Rickert, who retired in June, has encouraged them to get even more aggressive.

Fortunately for the rest of us, things may not be looking so good for Leonard Higgins, who went on trial last week for his part in closing the Spectra Energy Express pipeline in Coal Banks, MT during the coordinated Climate Direct Action effort. Leonard too was also denied the right to the “necessity” defense, and was convicted Wednesday of “misdemeanor trespassing and felony criminal mischief”:

The 12-person jury could have found Higgins guilty of a lesser charge but determined that his actions caused more than $1,500 in damage to the pipeline’s owner, Spectra Energy (now Enbridge Corp.), making the criminal mischief a felony offense.

 

Higgins’ lead defense attorney, Herman Watson IV of Bozeman, said his client intends to appeal the verdict to the Montana Supreme Court.

Higgins potentially faces 10 years in prison.

Ward’s optimism about the Minnesota case at which the airing of the “climate necessity defense” has been allowed may be misplaced, at least based on the judge’s stated constraints:

In Minnesota, (Judge Robert) Tiffany wrote, a defendant asserting a necessity defense “must show that the harm that would have resulted from obeying the law would have significantly exceeded the harm actually caused by breaking the law, there was no legal alternative to breaking the law, the defendant was in danger of imminent physical harm, and there was a direct causal connection between breaking the law and preventing the harm.”

The judge said it applies “only in emergency situations where the peril is instant, overwhelming, and leaves no alternative but the conduct in question.”

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The defendants are citing “recent hurricanes and Western wildfires as evidence that climate change is making natural disasters worse.” One hopes the prosecution will note that “30 peer reviewed studies show no connection between climate change and hurricanes.”

As was the case with the violence and filth associated with the Dakota Access Pipeline protests which ended in February, the coverage of Climate Direct Action’s destructive efforts has been limited to regional news reports and national Associated Press stories the rest of the establishment press has chosen to almost completely ignore.

Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com.

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Major climate change study just confirmed the climate was changing dramatically in the 1800s, long before the invention of the combustion engine

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A new study on climate change claims that global cooling events that took place in Europe during the 19th century were directly responsible for driving millions of German immigrants, including Donald Trump’s ancestors, to the United States in pursuit of warmer pastures. But in attempting to take a subtle jab against our current president, this admission by mainstream climate scientists proves once again that the theory of man-made climate change is little more than a modern-day fairy tale.

According to this latest research, there were three waves of immigration to the United States throughout the 1800s that were driven by climate change. This allegedly resulted in more than five million Germans migrating to the United States – a convenient little factoid that’s supposed to make people outraged that the President, whose ancestors were among these migrants, continues to be a vocal opponent of illegal immigration.

But political motivations aside, the paper flips man-made climate change theory completely on its head by basically admitting that climate change has nothing to do with people driving cars and other forms of industrialization – none of which existed when these three waves of climate change-driven immigration reached America. So, something else must be responsible for changing climate patterns other than human activity and the other usual suspects.

“Overall, we found that climate indirectly explains up to 20-30 per cent of migration from Southwest Germany to North America in the 19th century,” stated Professor Rüdiger Glaser, lead author of the study from the University of Freiburg in Germany. “The chain of effects is clearly visible: Poor climate conditions lead to low crop yields, rising cereal prices and finally emigration,” he added, noting that almost every major migration out of Germany, at least, was triggered by unfavorable climate conditions.

Natural events like volcanic eruptions affect climate far more than anything humans do, study reveals

As to what actually caused the climate change events that drove these three immigration waves, Glaser and his colleagues were unable to pinpoint a human trigger in any one of them. They looked at official migration statistics and population data from that era, along with weather data, harvest figures, and cereal price records, to come to the conclusion that natural phenomenon outside of human control was the cause in each case.

The first immigration wave is believed to have been caused by the eruption of the Tambora volcano in Indonesia in 1815. Volcanic eruptions, as some Natural News readers will already be aware, have previously been identified in scientific research as being a major cause of climate change – the extremely high temperatures of volcanic ash and gases heating up the atmosphere to a much higher degree than cars ever could.

The year after the Tambora eruption in 1816 was declared to be the “year without summer” because it was so cold and wet that major crop failures occurred, resulting in widespread famine. A similar turn of events happened in 1846, marking the next mass migration event, which saw more failed harvests, increased food prices, and poverty.

These subsequent migrations were slightly less a factor of natural phenomenon, though they were still technically prompted by things outside of human control like unfavorable weather conditions. War was also found to be a factor that drove many Germans to feel their homeland, as during the Crimean War that took place between 1853 and 1856, France outlawed all food exports, which put extreme pressure on Germany’s grain market – and drove many residents out of the country.

“Migration in the 19th century was a complex process influenced by multiple factors,” Glaser concluded. “Nevertheless, we see clearly that climate was a major factor.”

Sources for this article include:

DailyMail.co.uk

NaturalNews.com

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Human efforts to reverse climate change could DESTROY the planet in catastrophic backfire, scientists warn

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Reversing climate change seems to be the celebrity cause du jour, and there are many people who feel that significant action is needed to help counteract global warming. Most people want to protect the planet on which we live, but there is a lot of misinformation out there and plenty of debate on the best way to achieve this.

Some have touted geoengineering, or the purposeful manipulation of our climate to reverse its damages, as a way of dealing with climate change. However, experts have warned that some caution is needed here. Trying to manipulate the environment could backfire in spectacular fashion on humanity, destroying the very planet that supports us and that we are trying to save.

According to a new study in Nature Communications, trying to cool the planet artificially to counteract human-caused global warming is going to end badly for us.

The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Exeter, and their findings were very disturbing. For their research, they enlisted the help of advanced climate models to simulate how proposed climate interventions like intentionally injecting aerosols into our atmosphere to reduce the sun’s power to fuel destructive storms could affect us.

This might seem like a good idea on the surface. After all, volcanic eruptions do this naturally, with the particles emitted serving as a barrier to the sun’s hot rays and preventing them from reaching the planet’s surface.

This causes a short-term cooling, and some have proposed that humans attempt to mimic this in the northern hemisphere to lessen the strength of tropical storms. Emitting sulfur dioxide, just as volcanic eruptions do, has been touted as a cheap and relatively feasible way to deal with the problem. While the researchers’ climate models found that this would indeed have the potential to decrease the number of storms in the North Atlantic, it would come at a very significant cost.

Specifically, the reduction in tropical storms in this area would cause drought in some parts of Africa to skyrocket. In particular, the area between the Sudanian Savanna and the Sahara known as the Sahel would be impacted heavily. On the other hand, if aerosols were injected into the atmosphere above our planet’s southern hemisphere, drought in certain areas of Africa would actually be reduced, including the Sahel, while tropical storms in the Atlantic Ocean would rise significantly. It’s a losing proposition no matter which way you look at it.

Researchers call for regulations on geoengineering

Therefore, the researchers believe that geoengineering should be tightly controlled as a way to deal with climate change given this highly undesirable outcome. Otherwise, some countries could conceivably start carrying out geoengineering projects that would help them reach their own climate goals at the expense of other areas. In fact, it’s not a stretch to imagine that some could even do it intentionally to wreak havoc on nations they don’t agree with – or at the very least shrug off the risks because they don’t affect their country directly.

The study’s lead author, Dr. Anthony Jones, said: “Our results confirm that regional solar geoengineering is a highly risky strategy which could simultaneously benefit one region to the detriment of another.”

Moreover, the world would have to use many megatons of sulfur dioxide and pump it into the air every year to maintain the cooler temperatures needed, and it could also have unforeseen effects on water scarcity, food security and even power generation.

This really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Nature has shown us time and time again that humans interfere with it at their own peril. Push nature, and it will push right back and remind everyone who is really in charge.

Sources include:

BGR.com

Nature.com

NaturalNews.com

 

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CNN Host Bill Weir Mocks ‘Arrogant Ignorance’ of Climate Change Deniers on Chelsea Handler’s Show

CNN’s left-wing show host Bill Weir was a guest on the November 17 episode of Netflix’s Chelsea, titled “Singing, Storms and Stoned Spelling.” His show, Wonder List, takes him around the world, so standard liberal talking points were flying as Chelsea Handler interviewed him.

Most of all, the CNN journalist proves that self-awareness is hard. Handler asks about journalism today and his journalist standards, “What is the rule of thumb for a journalist, because you’re supposed to have opinions all the time? Isn’t there some sort of …?” she trails off.

Naturally, this self-righteous sermonizing is about the cherished liberal topic of climate change. “Of course, and so I usually err on the side of science and find the smartest people, the most established and well-respected. We used to be a country that really celebrated a long resume and people paid their dues, academics – both journalist, and academics. Now there’s this attitude of — It’s either ignorant arrogance or arrogant ignorance,” Weir responds. He then dons an accent and mocks, “I don’t know anything about rocket science but climate change is a hoax.” All discussions come back to that on the left, am I right?

Admitting skepticism is something unfamiliar to him, Weir asks about climate change skeptics, “What do you do with somebody that thinks that way? The truth has been weaponized.” Yeah, buddy, and conservatives agree on that point – the truth has been weaponized. Conservatives are pleased that the U.S. is “the only country in the world that’s not in the Paris Climate Accord,” as Weir bemoans.

Weir’s show is now in its third season. He travels the world to “educate” viewers about various countries and cultures. He focuses on “environmental changes and social changes.” He sang the praises of Iceland because the culture there is strongly feminist and secular. Marriage is not important in Iceland and the country has the highest percentage of unwed mothers, so that’s super cool to marriage-hating Chelsea Handler. Of marriage, she asks, “What’s the big deal?”

And, of course, President Trump enters the conversation. Asked what the opinion of the people of Iceland is of President Trump, Weir says Icelanders think “we’ve lost our minds. To go from this constitutional law professor to a reality show host, people really can’t figure it out.” Speaking of weaponized truth, I laugh at the continued claim that Obama is a constitutional scholar given how many times the Supreme Court of the United States overturned his executive orders – the statistics are staggering. Plus, he was an adjunct professor instead of the full professor implied here. Frankly, the “reality show host” is living the American dream, isn’t he? Last time I checked, anyone can be president if the requirements are met. The left continues to try and de-legitimatize Trump’s presidency.

Weir tells another story, too. He speaks of going to Bhutan. Bhutan “only got television in 2001.” He says “everyone” has a satellite dish, though. Going into a 200-year-old farmhouse to speak with a little old woman, he says her very first sentence to him was, “Is Donald Trump for real?” He embellishes, “And this was before he had won.” Yeah, ok. Color me skeptical.

Another week, another liberal guest lecturing those flyover Americans outside the liberal bubble. Self-awareness is hard.

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Climate Change: 12-Year-Old Student Demands Urgent Action At Global Conference

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

Timoci Naulusala is a 12-year-old schoolboy from Tailevu province in Fiji. In a passionate speech this week, he called on world leaders to commit climate action to protect his home, as well as the homes of all Pacific Island children.  

“Climate change is like a thief in the night, said Timoci. “It not only steals, but kills and destroys. If we don’t act now there might not be a future for the entire human race.”

In September, Timoci participated in a nationwide speech competition in Fiji and his success earned him a place at the COP23 global conference – an annual event which addresses the UN convention on climate change. A Unicef Pacific spokesperson said that Timoci had seen first-hand the devastating impacts of climate change in Fiji from Cyclone Winston.

“My home, my school, my source of food, water, money was totally destroyed. My life was in chaos,” Timoci said. “My once beautiful village is now a barren and empty wasteland… Climate change is here to stay unless you do something about it.” Timoci’s powerful request for urgent action earned him rousing applause before shaking hands with some of the most  powerful people in the UN. Watch Timoci’s speech here:

Read more: Heartbreaking Image Shows The Devastating Effects Climate Change Is Having On Our World

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CBS on Climate Change: ‘Saving the World Has Been Harder’ Since Trump

CBS Evening News
November 13, 2017
6:41:56 PM Eastern

ANTHONY MASON: At a U.N. climate conference in Germany today, the Trump administration talked up fossil fuels, including coal. That puts the U.S. at odds with 194 other nations, but some American entrepreneurs and politicians want to make sure the administration does not have the final word. Mark Phillips reports.

[Cuts to video]

KIDS: Save the world! Save the World!

MARK PHILLIPS: Despite the kids’ demonstration, saving the world has been harder since the Trump administration announced its pullout from the Paris climate deal. There is an enthusiastic American delegation at this U.N. conference, but Washington didn’t send it. State and city governments and businessmen like Michael Bloomberg did.

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG: The American government may have pulled out of the Paris agreement, but the American people are committed to its goals, and there is nothing Washington can this to stop us.

[Applause]

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PHILLIPS: Washington has other ideas. Its main pitch here is to promote coal, which much of the world sees as exactly the wrong way to reduce greenhouse gasses that cause global warming. The leaders of this alternative delegation, like California Governor Jerry Brown, say: ‘Ignore Washington, listen to us.’

JERRY BROWN: America, we’re here, we’re in, and we’re not going away! Thank you very much.

PHILLIPS: And the 14 states who have come here say the U.S. can still reduce carbon output by a quarter over the next eight years as promised, partly because clean energy projects are also happening in some unlikely places.

RUSSELL TENSER: I went into Yuma, Colorado, and said we can help save the planet, they would turn me around and send me back.

PHILLIPS: Russell Tenser of United Wind told a tech conference in Lisbon, Portugal, that he actually sells most of his wind turbines in red states that voted Trump.

TENSER: If you go out to these farms, it’s blowing, the doors are flying off the hinges. You can feel it. It’s like, take that resource, do something that makes sense, lower your costs. They get it.

[Cuts back to live]

PHILLIPS: The argument being heard at conferences like this is that, well, it would be nice to have the support of the administration in Washington in fighting climate change, that support is not essential. In the end, economics, not politics, will prevail, and the newer forms of electricity generation, wind and solar, are in the long term not only cleaner, they’re cheaper. Mark Phillips, CBS news, Lisbon.

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Ride out climate change and rising waters in your ARKUP floating home

TreeHugger is all about sustainable design, so what’s not to love about the new ARKUP livable yacht? The designers clam that it is “environmentally friendly, powered by solar energy, no fuel, zero emission, equipped with waste management, rainwater harvesting and purification systems, our livable yachts are totally off-the-grid.” Unlike their state governor and their president, this Miami company believes that something is happening out there.

Urban growth, rising seas and energy independence are key challenges for our generation. Our solution is a unique avant-garde concept of life on the water. A combination of research in renewable energies, technological innovation and cutting edge spatial design and style situates your new home between the sea and the metropolis

Living room © ARKUP/ living room, watching Dr. No with Sean Connery and Ursula Andress

They have worked with Koen Olthius, a Dutch “water architect” to develop these 4,350 square foot floating houses. Notwithstanding the size, they “think sustainably from conception to construction” to create “future proof blue dwellings.”

You can Live Ecologically “while being self-sufficient with water and electricity. Enjoy living off-the-grid and feel the satisfaction of minimizing your carbon footprint.”

arkup on stilts© ARKUP/ built on stilts

You don’t need to worry about getting seasick either; unlike a boat it has four “spuds”, 40 foot long hydraulic legs that that can stabilize or even lift the home right out of the water. But if the neighbours get noisy there are 2 136 horsepower electric thrusters that can move you somewhere else at 7 knots.

Arkup on the move© Arkup on the move

It has so much green goodness; 30 kw of solar panels, 1,000 kWh of lithium-ion batteries and high grade insulation. There is rainwater collection and a “marine sewage device”

master bedroom© ARKUP/ Master bedroom

They say that it is hurricane proof but that seems to be a lot of glass. No word on what the hull and superstructure are made of, but I suspect it’s not wood and straw bale.

dining room© Arkup/ dining room

No matter the weather conditions, hurricanes, high winds, surge and floods are no longer an issue thanks to this self-elevating system. Arkup represents a new way of living on the water, making you feel 100% safe and protected.

ground floor plan© Arkup main floor plan

It’s a nice generous plan with four bedrooms that they say can sleep eight people. But come the flood and the revolution, no doubt it can be subdivided into smaller apartments for multiple families and be floated inland to where the water will be shallow enough for the pontoons to reach ground.

Arkup© Arkup at marina

And it is so reassuring to know that not all the billionaires are going to New Zealand, but that some are planning to tough it out at home in America.

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