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Al Gore drops "An Inconvenient Sequel" trailer on same day as Trump's energy order.

Al Gore drops "An Inconvenient Sequel" trailer on same day as Trump's energy order.

Not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, more awareness is always a good thing. On the other, the overblown nature of Gore's rhetoric helped climate skeptics paint global warming as an alarmist conspiracy. In 2009, Gore said that arctic summer ice might fully disappear by 2013- a conclusion not reached by the scientist who's work he was quoting .

Edit- for everyone defending him and saying that there's nothing wrong with speculation about a worst case scenario, do some research. The very scientist who's work he was quoting denounced him, saying that he was misrepresenting their work, and outright fabricating conclusions.

Edit 2- fixed misquote

Edit 3- accidentally referenced something that gore did say, but that wasn't in the movie. Fixed.

On the other, the overblown nature of the original movie helped climate skeptics paint global warming as an alarmist conspiracy.

This is what I came here to say. Gore's Inconvenient Truth probably hurt more than it helped.

There was probably a time when the climate change skeptics were willing to accept the idea that humans are primarily responsible for climate change and immediate action was required (back in the 80's) but sensationalizing and politicizing the issue turned them into hardcore deniers.

The people who need to see this documentary the most, won't.

They will call it "FAKE NEWS" and continue to stick their heads in the sand.

Just yesterday on Fox News, the anchors, acting like global warming experts, said something along the lines of, "Some colder parts of the world would benefit from global warming"

They then went on to talk about SnapChat and Facebook. I guess the anchors are experts on environmental science AND social media usage in society. What geniuses.

Exxon Urges Trump To Stay In Paris Climate Agreement

Exxon Urges Trump To Stay In Paris Climate Agreement
Exxon Urges Trump To Stay In Paris Climate Agreement

This isn't altruism. It's to boost the value of natural gas while oil prices are low w/ excess supply from the Middle East.

The fact that an oil company is more concerned about the environment than the current Potus should really wake some folks up. It probably won't though.

Yuuuuuup. Even if there's seemingly good news like this, never, never start thinking of these people as the good guys. They've been wrecking the planet for decades and will continue to do so for as long as it's profitable. They love money. Not the environment, not people. Money. Period.

I'm wondering if this is because of either 1: PR and getting some grounding in people caught in the middle of whether fracking is safe for example (Basically making it seem as though Exxon wouldn't drill unless it was), or because if USA leaves, the countries involved in this climate agreement will increase regulations without having to have it be okayed by USA first. I can't imagine this being out of concern for the environment.

European Union official receives letter from Britain, formally triggering 2 years of Brexit talks

European Union official receives letter from Britain, formally triggering 2 years of Brexit talks

I was walking in Watford today when someone pulled up to me and shouted 'MMMMMHHH BREXIT' and promptly sped off. it was Hilarious.

Lol they actually did it.

Updates:

(Just get the ones I missed from here. AP is more reliable than most for fact-based reporting.) http://bigstory.ap.org/latest

Main updates (and comments from PM):

There will be no return to hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland: She is trying to quell the rumors about this that came up these last few days

Britain aims to guarantee rights of EU citizens in Britain as soon as possible: The status of EU citizens was a major point of contention, both in Parliament and in the courts

Brexit will have 'consequences'; Britain will lose say over EU rules: The UK has blocked more EU reforms than most other countries, and that will now change as Britain loses its right to cast votes on future reforms

Britain will leave jurisdiction of European Court of Justice when it leaves EU

Britain seeks 'bold and ambitious' free-trade deal with the EU: Access to the single market will be cut off as Brussels has indicated, but a new deal can be made

MPs and peers will be given another vote on the final EU deal after two years of Brexit talks come to an end

On the day of Brexit, the Great Repeal Bill will come into force and end the supremacy of EU law over Britain's own legislation

Scotland will have another independence referendum because most scots voted to Remain: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/scottish-independence-referendum-indyref-2-nicola-s...

Once the access to the single market is cut, then free movement of EU workers will almost most likely be stopped

US President Donald Trump has indicated that once Brexit happens, the UK will be on the "top of the queue" for a trade deal: The UK will have to reforge trade deals with most of the world as it leaves the EU

http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2017/03/29-euco-50-statement-uk-notification/

"For the European Union, the first step will now be the adoption of guidelines for the negotiations by the European Council. These guidelines will set out the overall positions and principles in light of which the Union, represented by the European Commission, will negotiate with the United Kingdom.

In these negotiations the Union will act as one and preserve its interests. Our first priority will be to minimise the uncertainty caused by the decision of the United Kingdom for our citizens, businesses and Member States. Therefore, we will start by focusing on all key arrangements for an orderly withdrawal."

Thank you for the link, u/VoiceOfRaeson

Recap of Brexit Lies

£350 Million for the NHS

Turkey joining the EU

UK will still trade under the WTO rules: Britain will have to file for re-admission after Brexit

EU law is adopted by unelected bureaucrats: The EU Commission President and the Commissioners are indirectly elected. Under Article 17 of the EU treaty, as amended by the Lisbon Treaty, the Commission President is formally proposed by the European Council (the 28 heads of government of the EU member states), by a qualified-majority vote, and is then ‘elected’ by a majority vote in the European Parliament. In an effort to inject a bit more democracy into this process, the main European party families proposed rival candidates for the Commission President before the 2014 European Parliament elections. Then, after the center-right European People’s Party (EPP) won the most seats in the new Parliament, the European Council agreed to propose the EPP’s candidate: Jean-Claude Juncker

British steel suffers because of the EU: Current government blocked EU proposal to penalize China for "aggressive" steel dumping

EU needs UK trade more than the other way around

Renationalisation of industries is impossible

You're right, u/TomPWD, so here it is

Recap of Remain Lies

Net migration without Brexit would eventually get to under 100k

Being in the EU is equivalent to being in Europe

Brexit would jeopardize the European Science Foundation

Brexit would jeopardize UK's standing in NATO

Referendum is non-binding: Referendums are binding on Parliament

There seems to be a lot of confusion with this one. This claim is actually one of strong contention. The UK doesn't possess a single codified Constitution, and the general argument for the Brexit side was that the direct will of the people supercedes that of the Parliament. The High Court ruled that the Referendum would be taken in an advisory capacity and that it should remain politically binding rather than legally because the country should adhere to “basic constitutional principles of parliamentary sovereignty and representative parliamentary democracy”. I stated that it was binding on Parliament because they couldn't just simply turn the referendum upside down without serious challenges to the constitutional principles of the United Kingdom. It's not an outright lie, but it was definitely not as black and white as Remain tried to make it look like, which was why I added it to this list.

Parliament won't be able to control how the Brexit happens

In all honesty guys, I'm really reaching for some of these here. The Leave Campaign was just horrible when it comes to the lies they told, nothing comparable to the ones mentioned by Remain. Most of the ones I posted on Brexit lies can be found directly on Leave's website while the Remain ones are things which bothered me during the campaign trail. Cameron's promise of keeping immigration below 100k if Brexit failed was an obvious lie, and there were politicians who made all sorts of claims with the ones above being some of the more obvious. Basically, my point is that in face of overwhelmingly dishonesty from the Leave side, Remain proceeded to say some outrageous things as well.

And on and on. There are a lot of lies surrounding this, and it's important to keep track of all of them as this affects the future of many people.

MMmmmmm watcha say

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Jane Goodall calls Trump's climate change agenda 'immensely depressing' - The renowned primatologist is dismayed by Trump administration’s climate skepticism, but says people have ‘woken up’ to the dangers of doing nothing

Jane Goodall calls Trump's climate change agenda 'immensely depressing' - The renowned primatolog...

I think people have woken up too late.

I read the research every week on airXb and in Nature and Science. It is bleak. I don't personally see there being any hope in preventing +2°C and don't see any chance we avert the sea level rise and increased warming. Not that we shouldn't try to mitigate it, but at some point we have to accept that it is fucked.

Reminds me of the scene in the Newsroom where they interview a climate scientist and he says that all the measures we're discussing would've been great 20 years ago, but now we're pretty much screwed.

The problem is we don't need individual people to wake up to the problem, we need systemic action. Until the ecological cost is included in market price hundreds of millions if not billions will continue to pollute as if it had no cost. Beyond that many won't be able to afford to or care to switch even though they realize there is some cost. Finally, businesses which try to act before systemic changes occur will be at a competitive disadvantage so will fail at higher rates than more polluting counterparts to the degree that there is any cost in reducing emissions and those costs can't be made up by reaching a larger market.

TL;DR Until systemic change occurs some won't care to act and others won't be able to afford it so it's not nearly enough that individuals are waking up to the importance of the issue.

"Someone has already been born who will die from catastrophic climate change"

"If we get really serious right now and do everything in our power to reverse the damage we've already done?....No I still don't see how there is literally any hope."

Mexico, the world's biggest buyer of US corn, is considering offering duty-free access to Brazilian or Argentine maize as an alternative to American imports

Mexico, the world's biggest buyer of US corn, is considering offering duty-free access to Brazili...

Aren't we already propping up the corn farmers? Can we afford more?

US corn prices are artificially high because ethanol fuel.

It always amused me that Ethanol is over $100/gallon inside the store and $3 a gallon from the pump outside.

Didn't the US decimate the once thriving and varied/heirloom maize farms in Mexico? The US has been over subsidizing corn farmers for decades to such an extent that, on top of forcing our shitty corn onto Mexico, they have to literally invent new ways to try to use it all. So I say good for them; I hope they do it.

Two million Mexican farmers lost their jobs due to NAFTA. But some of them got to live in filthy factory towns, so that's good.

And American factory workers lost their jobs. But the rich got richer, so that's good.

Beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev commits to 100% renewable energy

Beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev commits to 100% renewable energy
Beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev commits to 100% renewable energy

Now if they could only master the brewing of a delicious beer. They have the uniformity and business model down, now it seems like they are trying to become a more "responsible" company. I would gladly drink their product outside of stadiums, if they added a little body and flavor.

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Brewing powerhouse Anheuser-Busch InBev has committed to secure all of its purchased electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

In an announcement on Tuesday, the business said that its commitment would help to "Shift 6 terawatt-hours of electricity annually to renewable sources in the markets where AB InBev operates."

"AB Inbev is significantly boosting demand for renewables around the world, showing just the kind of leadership we need to slow climate change and speed a low carbon economy, inspiring other companies right along the value chain," Sam Kimmins, head of RE100 at The Climate Group, said.

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It's important to note that much of the speculation on why they purchase microbreweries is so they can control the market shares for those breweries. In fact, many of the purchased breweries end up killing certain beers within their portfolio, reigning in to what beers are their money makers.

Also, part of the success behind the AB InBev domination stems from their huge amount of support toward their distributors. While they don't own the distributors per se, they can offer huge incentives toward carrying their brands, leaving little room for support on smaller brands in a distributor's portfolio. I've seen it happen countless times, when a distributor picks up brands, plugs them to hold real estate, then offers no support outside of that, allowing a brand to falter. They claim things like "we don't have the warehouse space" to buy more of that product, then suddenly that brand is nowhere to be found.

Source: I've been in the beer industry far too long on every side of things.

Good move, it makes them look good now and it also protects them from possible carbon taxes in the future. Brewing beer takes a lot of energy; positioning themselves to not be effected by carbon taxes will reduce future operating expenses and give them an edge over other brewers in the future because of the reduced fixed costs of brewing under such a tax regime.

Ex-acting CIA director tells MSNBC: Russia carried out its ‘most effective covert operation in decades’

Ex-acting CIA director tells MSNBC: Russia carried out its ‘most effective covert operation in decades’
Ex-acting CIA director tells MSNBC: Russia carried out its ‘most effective covert operation in de...

I have a bird's nest in the right-most corner of the window above my front door. Every year at least 2-3 families of birds come and lay their eggs in the nest. It's basically like a bird hotel.

I always laugh at threads that tilt in this direction. Its like the spammers have no idea that the Reddit demographic is extraordinarily liberal-leaning. People who read through this shit smell bullshit the entire way through.

Honestly, its threads like this that reinforces my belief that there's a very potent online opinion manipulation operation currently underway, and Trump is complicit. Most of Reddit saw this bullshit all the way through the election. The_Donald actually exists. It happened right before our eyes. Fuck Trump, can't wait for this country to expose you and the Republican party to rid itself of this stain.

"War between Congress and the White House...."

So... the Russians started their operation in 2009?

There is a Russian military textbook that listed the strategic aims of the Russian government in 1997 they were : Get Britain to leave the EU Encourage the development of right wing nationalism in the USA Encourage race riots between militant black rights groups and the right wing nationalists The book is called foundations of geopolitics.

They must be beside themselves with joy over this brexit debacle, not only is England about to be out of the EU they are going to lose Scotland and Northern Ireland too. They will be back to the days of William Longshanks. And they didn't have to fight a war or anything, just a few millions of under the table money and backing up useful idiots in Britain with a lot of internet trolls. A river of vodka must have flowed when it passed.

/Longshanks was King Edward the first, thanks for pointing that out.

Only Sweden, Germany and France are pursuing Paris climate goals, says study

Only Sweden, Germany and France are pursuing Paris climate goals, says study

The Dutch just had their elections and the most likely coalition includes D66 and GroenLinks, both are parties that want to pursue the Paris climate goals and are incredibly unlikely to give in on that. So here's hoping that the Netherlands follows suit.

Meanwhile in my small town in Sweden someone recently was denied their request to put solar panels on their roof. Because "the other roofs in this neighborhood are red so yours should be too".

Europe only study.

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Sweden, Germany and France are the only European countries pursuing environmental policies in line with promises made at the Paris climate conference, according to a new ranking study.

"EU politicians portraying themselves as climate leaders should put their money where their mouth is by closing loopholes in the EU's key climate law and pushing for more ambition," said Femke de Jong, the EU policy director for Carbon Market Watch, a campaign group that co-drafted the EU Climate Leadership Board survey.

Carlos Calvo Ambel, a spokesperson for Transport & Environment, the survey's other co-sponsor, said: "The great majority of countries want to rig the law with loopholes so they can continue business as usual. Either Europe follows the lead of Sweden, Germany and France, which are going in the right direction, though not far enough, or we should forget about our climate leadership."

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Scottish parliament votes 69 to 59 in favour of holding second independence referendum

Scottish parliament votes 69 to 59 in favour of holding second independence referendum
Scottish parliament votes 69 to 59 in favour of holding second independence referendum

So to summarise the UK this week:

– N Ireland has no government

– Scotland has voted for another referendum

– Article 50 triggered tomorrow

Turbulent times.

we have to have a nationalist and a unionist first miniter (first and deputy first) due to the Good Friday agreement. After a financial scandal late last year involving the unionists, the nationalists demanded that the unionist leader step down- she did not.

Thus the nationalist first minister stepped down (in part due to health reasons, which make sense, cause he died last week), which, since there wasn't any nationalist leader, as agreed in the Good Friday Agreement, a snap election had to be called. The unionists did really, really shit, losing their majority for the first time ever.

So, after the election, they had to go into talks to appoint the first and deputy first miniters, the nationalists still demanded the unionist leader step down, she has not. Among other issues, no agreement has been called, and no government called.

If an agreement isn't made soon, Northern Ireland will return to direct rule from London, which will undo 20 years of attempted reconciliation between the Nationalists and the Unionists.

It's a fucking shit show

To elaborate a bit on the nature of the scandal: a country of 2 million people spent half a billion pounds paying people to heat empty barns, and the first minister tried to feign ignorance despite a paper trail.

You left out the bit where her husband owned the company that was supplying the fuel for these barn warmers, and there is a very tight correlation between people using the scheme and donors to her party

Try one of these subthreads