Above, in a recent interview for a Northern Michigan TV station, I described where I thought Exxon-Mobil was following revelations, that continue, about their awareness of climate science realities even in the 1970s, and before.
Recent developments show that I was pretty much spot on.  I take ClimateCrocks on the road frequently, in places as far away as Denver, San Francisco, and Reykjavik – so supporting with donations here helps put boots on the ground, as it were, as well as videos on the web.

NPR:

Shareholders of Exxon Mobil and Chevron have voted to reject a series of resolutions aimed at encouraging the companies to take stronger actions to battle climate change.

But Exxon Mobil shareholders voted in favor of a rule that could make it easier for minority shareholders to nominate outsiders to the company’s board, a potential victory for environmentalists.

Activist shareholders at both companies had placed an unusual number of resolutions on the ballot related to climate change.
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The resolutions would have required the company to add a climate change expert to its board, publish an annual report on the subject, and pursue policies that limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. All were defeated at Exxon Mobil’s annual meeting in Dallas.

Chevron shareholders voted down a series of similar resolutions at their annual meeting in San Ramon, Calif.

One bright spot for environmentalists was the passage of the so-called proxy access rule by Exxon Mobil shareholders. The rule, which won 61.9 percent of the vote, could make it easier to bring outsiders such as a climate change scientist onto the board.

Shareholders heard from several scientists who urged the company to take the threat of climate change more seriously.

“That’s what we’re basically asking for, is doing all that can be done with regard to cutting emissions,” said Michael MacCracken, chief scientist for climate change programs at the Climate Institute in Washington, D.C.

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Below, my 2012 interview with Dr. MacCracken, who was heading Department of Energy research on climate in the early 80s, and actually worked and published with climate scientists from Exxon in some of that early research.

You can see clips here from a lecture he gave at Sandia Labs in 1982 – indicating the degree of understanding that he shared with Exxon scientists at the time. Much of it sounds like it could have been yesterday – only difference being, then, we just projected and predicted it, now – we are seeing it unfold before our eyes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Above, chart shows how leading traditional importers of LNG (which most of my readers know means Liquified Natural Gas) have cut usage so much as to become net exporters.(more details below)

The current oil glut has turned thinking upside down on the idea of how the Oil age comes to an end. Classically, we’ve always supposed that at some future time we run out of oil and gas, and they become so expensive so as to be prohibitive. (archetypical Mad Max scenario)

But as I’ve discussed here before, instead, the abundance of oil being produced, leading to a glut and collapse of prices, and flameout of plans to expand drilling to ever more exotic resources,  may actually be what ushers rock oil the way of whale oil.
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Could something like that happen to LNG?

And if it did, would Donald Trump ever know?

VOX:

Robert Murray is the founder and CEO of Murray Energy Corp., an Ohio-based coal mining company. He blames the troubles facing the coal industry entirely on Democrats and has led lawsuits against Obama administration energy policies.

Speaking at a conference on Monday, Murray recounted that about a week ago, Donald Trump summoned him in for a one-on-one meeting, to reassure him that Trump is a friend of coal.

During the meeting, as Trump asked about various aspects of energy, Murray suggested lifting the ban on liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. The hope is if more natural gas can be exported, it might reduce the glut in the US, which has driven prices so low that it’s killing coal.

Which brings us to this immortal exchange, recounted in SNL:

[Murray] said that Trump was agreeable with the idea, but then had a question.

“What’s LNG?” Murray said Trump asked.

And just to be clear, that’s not Saturday Night Live but the excellent energy trade journal SNL. It is, in other words, real life.

 

Bloomberg:

Japan’s Jera Co., one of the world’s largest buyers of liquefied natural gas, agreed to sell the fuel to a unit of France’s Electricite de France SA.

Jera, a joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Chubu Electric Power Co., will sell as much as 1.5 million metric tons of LNG between June 2018 and December 2020, it said in a statement Thursday. The price of the LNG will be linked to European gas market prices, according to the statement.

Jera’s debut as a seller to Europe underscores how the oversupplied market has challenged traditional exporters, who have relied on steady, one-way demand from buyers in countries like Japan, the world’s largest consumer of the fuel. Japan’s new role as a middleman adds further pressure on LNG producers, who are losing bargaining power because of the glut.

“This deal represents an entry point for Jera into the European market, at a time when the company’s LNG contracts from the U.S. will be ramping up significantly,” Michael Jones, a Singapore-based gas and power analyst at Wood Mackenzie Ltd., said by e-mail. “The demand outlook in Jera’s home market remains uncertain, so EDF gives Jera the ability to offload some flexible U.S. volumes into Europe.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Business Insider:

A small Denver, Colorado, manufacturer has rolled out the first prototype of a new all-electric aircraft, suggesting that the same revolution currently sweeping through the auto industry may soon become airborne.

The Sun Flyer, the brainchild of engineer and pilot George Bye and his Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. (AEAC), is designed to be the perfect training aircraft with three hours of endurance and a 30-minute recharging time.

The change could very soon have profound effects on general aviation — a term for the world of private and non-airline aviation — and, one day, proper airlines.

Energy costs for an hour of flight training could be as little as $1, while maintenance costs on an engine with a single moving part could be significantly lower, Bye told Business Insider.

The aircraft has yet to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration, a long, exhaustive process that Bye believes will be completed within three years.

He also estimates that the final unit cost will initially be about $250,000 per aircraft.

That may sound like a lot for a small, two-seat aircraft, but a new, gasoline-powered Cessna 172 — long the standard in flight training — costs around $300,000, and most flight schools will charge more than $100 per hour for renting one and at least $30 per hour for instruction.

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Business Insider:

Electric power is the future of flight, according to Airbus, which has teamed up with Daher-Socata to start production of small, battery-powered airplanes for the flight-training market.

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Participant Media is a Gore project, I  believe.

What does it mean when a car inspires spontaneously created fan-made vids like this?

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A fan created Tesla commercial uploaded by Loren Booker is simply awesome. It features the voice of Carl Sagan narrating his 1980 television show Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Cosmos was a thirteen part PBS series that covered a variety of scientific topics. It attempted to demystify them and make the knowledge that was unique to the scientific community at the time understandable to the general population. To this day, Cosmos is one of the most frequently watched programs ever aired on PBS.

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Video from 2014 still holds up.

Associated Press:

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told California voters Friday that he can solve their water crisis, declaring that: “There is no drought.”

Speaking at a rally in Fresno, Calif., Trump accused state officials of denying water to Central Valley farmers so they can send it out to sea “to protect a certain kind of three-inch fish.”
supportdarksnow“We’re going to solve your water problem. You have a water problem that is so insane. It is so ridiculous where they’re taking the water and shoving it out to sea,” Trump said to cheers at a rally that drew thousands.

Trump said he spent 30 minutes before the rally meeting with more than 50 farmers who complained to him about their struggles.

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Description:

Florida Institute of Technology scientists used a high-speed camera to capture a lighting flash near the university’s Melbourne campus, on 20 May 2016. The video was recorded at 7000 frames per second (FPS) and is played back at 700 FPS.

Video courtesy of the Geospace Physics Laboratory, Department of Physics and Space Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology

At some point after your 5th 100+ year rain event in one year, dim awareness may begin to arise that something has changed. Houston, we have a planetary emergency..
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Why does climate change make for stronger storms and more intense precipitation?
It’s one of the clearest, most elementary predictions from fundamental physics, that a warmer atmosphere holds more water. In addition, this is one of the easiest to document changes that has been observed as climate changes.

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Below, interviews with scientists explaining the hows and whys – the kind of succinct explanation that moved Slate’s “Bad Astronomer”  Phil Plait to write:

..it pays to keep things on-topic, short, and sweet. That’s why I love the “This Is Not Cool” video series by Peter Sinclair and Yale Climate Connections. They’re short, tackle one issue, have expert interviews, and are easy to understand.

If you agree with that, support these videos by clicking on the Dark Snow logo above.

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Stephen Colbert once again flouting the conventions of media by assuming his audience is smart, curious, and wants to know stuff.

More please.
And if you’re that type of person, you probably enjoy what you get here and no where else. Hope you’ll support it.

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Highlights above.

More complete version here.

Comedy bonus – Trump answers question in “Press conference” ahead of speech. Read the rest of this entry »