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CIC Sues Department of Energy for Southern Co. Kemper "Clean Coal" Documents

 Kemper County coal plantThe Climate Investigations Center has sued the U.S. Department of Energy to force the release of records pertaining to Southern Company's "clean coal" power plant in Kemper County, Mississippi.

In a lawsuit filed late last week in federal District Court in Washington, D.C., CIC noted that it has waited almost a year for the release of records spanning a period in the late nineties through 2010 during which the technology deployed at Kemper was being developed and the plant was planned and construction took place.

CIC's Freedom of Information Act request notes that Southern Company subsidiaries Mississippi Power and Southern Company Services were granted a total of $293 million in DOE funds, as well as hundreds of millions in tax credits from the Internal Revenue Service, to defray the enormous cost of what eventually became a 585 megawatt power facility.

DOE originally agreed to fund a the experimental project in Orlando, Florida at about half the size of Kemper.  While the Orlando facility as proposed was to employ a first-of-its-kind technology that would burn coal more cleanly than older plants, it was not designed to capture carbon dioxide from the plant's waste stream.

Kemper theoretically will remove 65 percent of the carbon dioxide from the waste stream, compress it, and send it through a pipeline for injection into old oil fields to boost production - a process called Enhanced Oil Recovery. 




Climate Hustler Marc Morano Hustles Climate in New Climate Hustle Film

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Might I humbly suggest we embrace right-wing spindoctor turned corporate think tanker Marc Morano’s latest project Climate Hustle as a welcome escape from reality?

It could be the start a whole new genre of film called climate change escapism.

Maybe I’m getting soft in my old age, but instead of my expected rant about how Marc Morano and the organization he works for are recipients of money from the likes ExxonMobil, I want to suggest we embrace Climate Hustle.  This film has the potential to take us to a strange and happy place, where for a little while we can suspend the hard realities of a warming world where atmospheric disruption, droughts, floods, food scarcity and the resulting conflict and instability are a hoax and do not exist.

I have only seen trailers for the film, but if Morano stays true to form in Climate Hustle, it will be heavy on conspiracy theories and seriously lacking actual scientific evidence. And much like the 9/11 conspiracy film Loose Change, it will be a fun and entertaining romp into the land of conspiracy theories, which is always a good place to visit from time-to-time to escape reality (and a lot cheaper and healthier than a quart of whiskey!).

The only caveat being to not dwell in Morano’s fantasy land too long or you might end up like him and his crew, wide-eyed and scrambling for any chance to prove you’re right and the whole world is wrong (and of course working against you). It’s also really hard these days to find matching shoes for a tin foil hat.

Morano knows all of this and having watched his career as a shock-jock for hire blossom over the years, it is clear that his motivations are far less about proving there’s conspiracy, as they are continuing to find a comfy niche career in the world of American ideological politics.

Climate Hustle will make its debut at the Paris Climate Conference which starts this weekend.

Although I am pretty sure Morano is not out to help appease the concerns of world leaders, global security experts, business leaders, religious leaders and civil society who will all be in Paris these coming weeks trying to put together a plan to avoid the worst consequences of our unremitting use of carbon intensive fossil fuels.

While I still have a ticket to go to the Climate Hustle debut in Paris, I know many who asked for tickets were confirmed, but then had their ticket revoked. Which is a shame, because we all need a little escapism to a world where climate change is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people, as Marc Morano’s former employer Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) put it.

Who knew Marc Morano would end up being such a hip trendsetter?!

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Might I humbly suggest we embrace right-wing spindoctor turned corporate think tanker Marc Morano’s latest project Climate Hustle as a welcome escape from reality?

It could be the start a whole new genre of film called climate change escapism.

Maybe I’m getting soft in my old age, but instead of my expected rant about how Marc Morano and the organization he works for are recipients of money from the likes Exxon Mobil, I want to suggest we embrace Climate Hustle.  This film has the potential to take us to a strange and happy place, where for a little while we can suspend the hard realities of a warming world where atmospheric disruption, droughts, floods, food scarcity and the resulting conflict and instability are a hoax and do not exist.

I have only seen trailers for the film, but if Morano stays true to form in Climate Hustle, it will be heavy on conspiracy theories and seriously lacking actual scientific evidence. And much like the 9/11 conspiracy film Loose Change, it will be a fun and entertaining romp into the land of conspiracy theories, which is always a good place to visit from time-to-time to escape reality (and a lot cheaper and healthier than a quart of whiskey!).

The only caveat being to not dwell in Morano’s fantasy land too long or you might end up like him and his crew, wide-eyed and scrambling for any chance to prove you’re right and the whole world is wrong (and of course working against you). It’s also really hard these days to find matching shoes for a tin foil hat.

Morano knows all of this and having watched his career as a shock-jock for hire blossom over the years, it is clear that his motivations are far less about proving there’s conspiracy, as they are continuing to find a comfy niche career in the world of American ideological politics.

Climate Hustle will make its debut at the Paris Climate Conference which starts this weekend.

Although I am pretty sure Morano is not out to help appease the concerns of world leaders, global security experts, business leaders, religious leaders and civil society who will all be in Paris these coming weeks trying to put together a plan to avoid the worst consequences of our unremitting use of carbon intensive fossil fuels.

While I still have a ticket to go to the Climate Hustle debut in Paris, I know many who asked for tickets were confirmed, but then had their ticket revoked. Which is a shame, because we all need a little escapism to a world where climate change is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people, as Marc Morano’s former employer Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) put it.

Who knew Marc Morano would end up being such a hip trendsetter?!

- See more at: http://www.republicreport.org/2015/marc-morano-climate-hustle-film-makes-great-climate-escapism/#sthash.gzNXidAZ.dpuf

Might I humbly suggest we embrace right-wing spindoctor turned corporate think tanker Marc Morano’s latest project Climate Hustle as a welcome escape from reality?

It could be the start a whole new genre of film called climate change escapism.

Maybe I’m getting soft in my old age, but instead of my expected rant about how Marc Morano and the organization he works for are recipients of money from the likes Exxon Mobil, I want to suggest we embrace Climate Hustle.  This film has the potential to take us to a strange and happy place, where for a little while we can suspend the hard realities of a warming world where atmospheric disruption, droughts, floods, food scarcity and the resulting conflict and instability are a hoax and do not exist.

I have only seen trailers for the film, but if Morano stays true to form in Climate Hustle, it will be heavy on conspiracy theories and seriously lacking actual scientific evidence. And much like the 9/11 conspiracy film Loose Change, it will be a fun and entertaining romp into the land of conspiracy theories, which is always a good place to visit from time-to-time to escape reality (and a lot cheaper and healthier than a quart of whiskey!).

The only caveat being to not dwell in Morano’s fantasy land too long or you might end up like him and his crew, wide-eyed and scrambling for any chance to prove you’re right and the whole world is wrong (and of course working against you). It’s also really hard these days to find matching shoes for a tin foil hat.

Morano knows all of this and having watched his career as a shock-jock for hire blossom over the years, it is clear that his motivations are far less about proving there’s conspiracy, as they are continuing to find a comfy niche career in the world of American ideological politics.

Climate Hustle will make its debut at the Paris Climate Conference which starts this weekend.

Although I am pretty sure Morano is not out to help appease the concerns of world leaders, global security experts, business leaders, religious leaders and civil society who will all be in Paris these coming weeks trying to put together a plan to avoid the worst consequences of our unremitting use of carbon intensive fossil fuels.

While I still have a ticket to go to the Climate Hustle debut in Paris, I know many who asked for tickets were confirmed, but then had their ticket revoked. Which is a shame, because we all need a little escapism to a world where climate change is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people, as Marc Morano’s former employer Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) put it.

Who knew Marc Morano would end up being such a hip trendsetter?!

- See more at: http://www.republicreport.org/2015/marc-morano-climate-hustle-film-makes-great-climate-escapism/#sthash.gzNXidAZ.dpuf




It’s not just what #ExxonKnew, it’s what #ExxonDid next

In the wake of Inside Climate News and the Columbia University/LA Times investigations into ExxonMobil’s history on climate science, the company has been terribly busy telling the world that it stands by its scientific work.

cohen.pngIn a classic example of Public Relations 101, ExxonMobil’s lead spokes, Ken Cohen, has been huffing and puffing and standing up for climate science, pushing everybody’s focus onto the peer reviewed studies Exxon scientists published. 

But this isn’t the point.  Yes, it’s now clear that #ExxonKnew.  As Neela Bannerjee of Inside Climate News said this week about her investigation

“I came away with enormous regard for many of the Exxon scientists who researched climate change and for the managers and executives who gave them the resources and latitude to freely investigate a problem their own company was contributing to.”

 But it’s what #ExxonDid next is what we think the NY Attorney General should focus on in his investigation.   If Exxon had capable climate scientists on the case, and it knew all that it did, then how could it have done what it did next? 




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