Clips from my interviews at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting last month.

Leading scientists update us on breaking news of climate impacts, and their personal reactions to Trump’s America.

This seems to fit pretty well today as well.

“The Masters cannot let Mereen succeed,..because if Mereen succeeds, a city without slavery, a city without Masters, it proves that no one needs a master.”

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Republican’s Steam powered Time Trolley lurches into the past, giving an opening to our economic rivals to take over leadership of the new industrial revolution.

Guardian:

Scotland is seeking to dramatically cut its reliance on fossil fuels for cars, energy and homes after setting a radical target to cut total climate emissions by 66% within 15 years.
In one of the world’s most ambitious climate strategies, ministers in Edinburgh have unveiled far tougher targets to increase the use of ultra-low-carbon cars, green electricity and green home heating by 2032.

The Scottish government has set the far higher target after its original goal of cutting Scotland’s emissions by 42% by 2020 was met six years early – partly because climate change has seen winters which are warmer than normal, cutting emissions for home heating.

The new strategy, which is expected to cost up to £3bn a year to implement and is closely linked to a new renewable energy programme due to be published this month, will call for:

 40% of all new cars and vans sold in Scotland to be ultra-low-emission by 2032, with 50% of Scotland’s buses to be low-carbon.

 A totally carbon-free electricity sector based entirely on renewable energy sources by 2032, when Scotland’s last nuclear power station will close.

 Four out of five of Scotland’s 2m homes to be heated using low-carbon technologies.

 The repairing of 250,000 hectares of degraded peatlands, which store a total of 1.7 gigatonnes of CO2 in Scotland.

 At least 30% of Scotland’s vital publicly owned ferry fleet to be low-carbon, powered by hybrid engines.

Newsweek:

President-elect Donald Trump has called climate change a hoax created by the Chinese. The Chinese disagree—and are pumping billions of dollars’ worth of investments into green energy over the next three years.

On Thursday, Reuters published details of the latest installment of China’s plans to break its deadly use of coal, an addiction that makes it the world’s worst greenhouse gas emitter.

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I’m going to be putting out a lot of stuff that kind of backed up in the aftermath of Election Disaster 2016.

Here’s more from Jeff Goodell, explaining the ground level realities of sea level rise and flooding in Miami Beach.  I met with Jeff as the sun was setting in one of Miami Beach’s most threatened neighborhoods.

Captain America vs Loki

January 21, 2017

Below, bonus scene – Spooky parallel of Trump and Hydra!

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With deepest gratitude to our Great, Visionary, and Munificent Ally, Vladimir Putin, a really Huge friend of Real Americans, our glorious people’s movement, unlike anything ever seen since 1933, has retaken America’s House from inferior races.

Whitehouse.gov:

Energy is an essential part of American life and a staple of the world economy. The Trump Administration is committed to energy policies that lower costs for hardworking Americans and maximize the use of American resources, freeing us from dependence on foreign oil.

For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years.

Sound energy policy begins with the recognition that we have vast untapped domestic energy reserves right here in America. The Trump Administration will embrace the shale oil and gas revolution to bring jobs and prosperity to millions of Americans. We must take advantage of the estimated $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves, especially those on federal lands that the American people own. We will use the revenues from energy production to rebuild our roads, schools, bridges and public infrastructure. Less expensive energy will be a big boost to American agriculture, as well.

The Trump Administration is also committed to clean coal technology, and to reviving America’s coal industry, which has been hurting for too long.

In addition to being good for our economy, boosting domestic energy production is in America’s national security interest. President Trump is committed to achieving energy independence from the OPEC cartel and any nations hostile to our interests. At the same time, we will work with our Gulf allies to develop a positive energy relationship as part of our anti-terrorism strategy.

Lastly, our need for energy must go hand-in-hand with responsible stewardship of the environment. Protecting clean air and clean water, conserving our natural habitats, and preserving our natural reserves and resources will remain a high priority. President Trump will refocus the EPA on its essential mission of protecting our air and water.

A brighter future depends on energy policies that stimulate our economy, ensure our security, and protect our health. Under the Trump Administration’s energy policies, that future can become a reality.

In the wake of the announcement by the world’s leading data keepers, that we’ve now seen 3 record setting years of global temperature, let’s take stock of whether scientists have gotten this thing right.

Above,  here are model runs from various widely used climate models versus actual measurements of global temperature.  How are they doing? You decide.

Below, John Cook asked Ken Caldeira the same question – what did science and models tell us that we now have actually observed?

Finally,  in this popular vid, you can see clips from Mike McCracken’s 1982 presentation at Sandia Labs. Did he get it right? Some of his talk then could have been delivered yesterday.

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