A bit on the chilly side this early Tuesday along California’s north coast, a change from what’s been happening weather-wise around here the last few weeks.
Although the temperatures expected to be back in the low-70s later today, the air feels cooler — maybe it’s just me.
(Illustration found here).
And maybe it’s just me, too, but the news cycle seems to have started to flow up hill — the same stuff told differently. Even years and years apart.
The detaining of reporter Glenn Greenwald’s companion at Heathrow Airport this weekend, dovetails nicely with the CIA finally admitting after decades of denial (though, way-common knowledge) they orchestrated the overthrow of the democratically-elected president of Iran in 1953, same shit, different time.
Or the leaked reports on the upcoming study from the UN Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) due next month follows the pattern from the last one in 2007 — which started the onslaught of global warming denial, but in itself is really worthless due to it being “…an instantly out-of-date snapshot that lowballs future warming because it continues to ignore large parts of the recent literature and omit what it can’t model.”
The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, however, does say it’s 95 percent likely that humans have caused global warming, up from 90 percent in 2007, 66 percent in 2001, and just over 50 in 1995 — that’s something, I guess.
And the horror expanding from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has gone crazy as the latest screw-up is mega-contaminated water with dangerously high levels of radiation is now leaking from a storage tank — not to be confused with another nasty leak reported earlier this month of tons of contaminated groundwater breaching a barrier and washing into the Pacific Ocean.
One mistake amongst a ton of others mankind has made is unleashing the atom — a hidden horror ready to unfold back on itself. Yucca Mountain anyone?
Meanwhile, the NSA’s under-construction mega-computer storage facility in Utah will require 1.7 million gallons of water per day to operate and keep computers cool — this shit in an age where water anywhere is going to be a major, major problem.
Just ask the folks in Barnhart, Texas, where they have gotten rich over selling out their land to fracking, but are running dry of water.
A twisted example of modern dumb-ass greed:
Texas shale producers used about 25 billion gallons of water last year, and with more and more drilling in the Eagle Ford Formation, that figure will continue to grow.
In some West Texas and South Texas counties – almost invariably drought-stricken counties – fracking accounts for 10 to 25 percent of water use and is projected to pass 50 percent in the future.
Every month, oil and gas companies dispose of 290 million barrels of wastewater from fracking.
That’s the equivalent of 18,500 Olympic-sized swimming pools, Luke Metzger of Environment Texas points out.
That’s water that can never be used again – in a drought-debilitated state, no less.
Bring on the drought!
And the list of news worthies goes on and on — but I’ve become too irritated for it.
Get on a good Tuesday!