I’ve made clear the connection between climate denial and racism many times.
I’ve also mentioned misogyny, which is more in evidence this week with the arrival of Greta Thunberg in New York.

Seems to be triggering a lot of doughy old men.

One of these days, further research will confirm the connection to faulty toilet training as well.

Yeah, you heard me. If you’re a climate denier, you’re probably a psychological mess in a lot of ways. Get help for God’s sake so we can get on with it.

New Republic:

Climate skeptic Bjørn Lomborg has built his global brand on keeping his cool. “Cool it,” his best-selling book told those worried about the warming planet. For some reason, however, he seems to have difficulty sticking to the blasé tone when it comes to a 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden.

Lomborg has repeatedly mocked and criticized Greta Thunberg, the prominent young activist who has been sailing across the Atlantic to attend the UN’s Youth Climate Summit and other meetings in the U.S. In June, he tweeted out a cartoon that implied Greta was only useful to climate activists because being young made her unassailable—in four years, it joked, she’d be replaced with someone younger still. Earlier in the year, he’d asked why the World Economic Forum was listening to her at all, and approvingly shared a Quillette article which called Thunberg a fanatic and “absolutist” and which argued adults had a duty to correct her childlike naiveté.
And Lomborg’s on the more civil end of Thunberg’s critics. In April, while tweeting that her policies were “unrealistic” and “costly,” he added that, “of course, she should be treated respectfully, just like all participants in the climate debate.” Several of his followers didn’t seem to care for the caveat, attacking Thunberg with comments about her age and mental health in replies.
As Thunberg approached America, she was followed by a tsunami of male rage. On her first day of sailing, a multi-millionaire Brexit activist tweeted that he wished a freak accident would destroy her boat. A conservative Australian columnist called her a “deeply disturbed messiah of the global warming movement,” while the British far-right activist David Vance attacked the “sheer petulance of this arrogant child.”

In the U.S., former Trump staffer Steve Milloy recently called Thunberg a “teenage puppet,” and claimed that “the world laughs at this Greta charade,” while a widely shared far-right meme showed Trump tipping The Statue of Liberty to crush her boat. We can expect a surge of similar attacks in the U.S. as she arrives in New York this week.

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Republican brains are different no doubt.

From all the available evidence, we have to assume that older republicans are physiologically unable to process information about climate change, and we have to assume – from what they do and say, they either do not care, or have utter contempt for, the living systems and creatures of planet earth.
Younger Republicans seem to sense that something is wrong, but are kind of boxed in as to what to do about it with the leadership they have.

Republic – EN purports to be a climate and ecology aware group of mostly-young Rebublicans. Got a mailer from them the other day.

RepublicEN:

Recently, Utah Senator Mitt Romney has been increasingly outspoken about the need to address climate change. 
 
“Scientists are almost uniform in their concern that this is happening faster than they expected and that the impacts could be dramatic,” Romney said in a recent interview. “So that suggests we’ve got to do something. We can’t just hope it’s not going to happen… that’s not an answer, that’s not a solution. We’ve got to take action.”
 
That gets a big thumbs up from the EcoRight!

Regrettably, the last time Mitt Romney actually had some potential influence in the national debate, he sneered and ridiculed the entire idea -even though he does know better… (above)

Newsweek:

A recent surge in environmental concern among young Americans shows a growing number of Republicans who say they’re worried human behavior and man-made pollution are damaging planet Earth.
President Donald Trump declared himself an “environmentalist” to reporters at the G7 summit Monday, but he quickly said he could not afford to sacrifice jobs and the economy in order to fight climate change. A new survey of global attitudes toward the environment released this week shows 67 percent, two-thirds, of young Republican voters are worried about human damage to the environment. The Amsterdam-based Glocalities polling data reveals an 18 percent spike in 18 to 34-year-old GOP supporters who say they fear the effects of climate change.
The survey of 189,996 respondents from 20 countries between 2014 and 2019 found that a majority of U.S. Republican Party voters today, 58 percent, say they are concerned about human-caused damage to the planet.
The 2014 to 2019 rise in concerns about man-made pollution, greenhouse gases and their effect on the environment is most sizable among Republicans. The U.S. overall has seen an 8 percent increase from 61 to 69 percent over the past five years in people expressing climate change worries. The Glocalities survey also showed a 10 percentage increase among U.S. Republicans who reported trying “to live eco-consciously.”


About 17 percent of Republicans explicitly said they have no worries about the effects of climate change. That number is reduced to just 11 percent of young Republicans between the ages of 18 and 34 years old.
The release of the survey data comes as the Trump administration on Thursday proposed reversing restrictions on methane gas, the main component of natural gas, which scientists consider the second most significant contributor to climate change behind carbon dioxide. According to The New York Times, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to eliminate federal tech requirements to repair and monitor methane leaks at pipeline or other energy facilities.

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AP video.

Description from Huffpost:

President Donald Trump has one intrepid real estate advocate in Conan O’Brien.
In an ongoing bit of mockery, the late night host has taken Trump’s desire to buy Greenland to heart ― even if the prime minister of Denmark, which owns the territory, has not. O’Brien visited Greenland over the weekend for an upcoming “Conan Without Borders” special (Sept. 3) to help facilitate a deal for the president.

NASA on Amazon Fires

August 27, 2019

NASA Earth Observatory:

On August 19, 2019, the MODIS instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite captured a natural-color image (top of the page) that shows fires burning in the vicinity of Novo Progresso in the Brazilian state of Pará. The town is located along BR-163, a straight north-south highway that connects farmers in the southern Amazon with an ocean-going port on the Amazon river in Santarém. Pasture and croplands are clustered around the highway in ordered, rectangular plots. To the west of the highway, winding roads connect a series of small-scale mines that extend deep into the rainforest.

With the fire season in the Amazon approaching its midpoint, scientists using NASA satellites to track fire activity have confirmed an increase in the number and intensity of fires in the Brazilian Amazon in 2019, making it the most active fire year in that region since 2010.


Fire activity in the Amazon varies considerably from year-to-year and month-to-month, driven by changes in economic conditions and climate. August 2019 stands out because it has brought a noticeable increase in large, intense, and persistent fires burning along major roads in the central Brazilian Amazon, explained Douglas Morton, chief of the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. While drought has played a large role in exacerbating fires in the past, the timing and location of fire detections early in the 2019 dry season are more consistent with land clearing than with regional drought.


“Satellites are often the first to detect fires burning in remote regions of the Amazon,” Morton said. NASA’s primary tool for fire detections since 2002 has been the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instruments on the Terra and Aqua satellites.
At this point in the fire season, MODIS active fire detections in 2019 are higher across the Brazilian Amazon than in any year since 2010. The state of Amazonas is on track for record fire activity in 2019.


Morton noted that 2019 fire activity statistics distributed by NASA and Brazil’s Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE) are in agreement. “INPE also uses active fire data from NASA’s MODIS sensors to monitor fire activity in the Brazilian Amazon,” Morton said. “As a result, NASA and INPE have the same estimates of chanes in recent fire activity. MODIS detections are higher in 2019 than at this time last year in all seven states that comprise the Brazilian Amazon.”


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Time:

President Trump was the sole leader absent from a meeting on climate change during the closing hours of the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, but his unoccupied seat at the table didn’t just signal Washington’s absence from the effort against global warming. It was a metaphor for America’s diminished leadership of the world’s most powerful economies.President Trump was the sole leader absent from a meeting on climate change during the closing hours of the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, but his unoccupied seat at the table didn’t just signal Washington’s absence from the effort against global warming. It was a metaphor for America’s diminished leadership of the world’s most powerful economies.

CNN:

On Monday, before the close of the G7 meetings in France, the heads of those nations gathered to talk about climate change and what could be done to address the warming of our planet. Donald Trump didn’t go.
“The President had scheduled meetings and bilaterals with Germany and India, so a senior member of the Administration attended in his stead,” press secretary Stephanie Grisham said by way of explanation for Trump’s absence.

Except that Trump seemed to think — or at least said — that the climate change meeting was later in the day and that he hadn’t missed it at all. From the pool report:
“Asked if he attended the climate session, Potus says ‘we’re having it in a little while.’ He didn’t appear to hear when a reporter told him it just happened.”

So, which is it? Did he have other pressing commitments? Or did he think it was later? Or are neither of those things true? (HINT: It’s the last one!)
Let’s rule out the idea that Trump just had the climate meeting down on his schedule wrong. He has a slew of advisers to keep track of where he is going and when. Plus, there are only seven world leaders in attendance — so, if the other six are all in one place, it’s sort of hard to imagine Trump and his team couldn’t figure it out pretty quickly.
Which brings us to the official White House claim that Trump had “scheduled meetings and bilaterals with Germany and India” which is why he couldn’t go to the climate change meeting. 
As CNN’s Jim Sciutto pointed out, both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were in the climate change meeting. (There’s visual evidence!) That fact gives us these options by way of explaining the White House position:
1) Modi and Merkel have been cloned and can appear in two places at once
2) Trump was meeting not with the heads of Germany and India but with lower-level staff
3) The official White House line is total bunk
I’m no scientist but option No. 1 feels far-fetched. Option No. 2 is also ridiculous, because if anyone would see it as beneath him to meet with staff rather than the principals, it’s Donald Trump. Which leaves us, by process of elimination, with Option No. 3 — the White House isn’t telling the truth.
I know, you’re stunned.










Amazon Aftermath

August 26, 2019

This is your planet on Trump.

Kenai, Alaska, 8/25/19

August 26, 2019

Description:

This is from the fire on the Kenai Peninsula just south of Anchorage yesterday (8/25). This is the only road to access the entire region.

Things Twitter loves.

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