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As someone who (a) is a smoker, and (ii) has a gas stove, I would welcome draconian regulation or even banning of both.

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Methane leaks aka farting in your general direction

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It is the "certified organic" of the gas production business. And just as meaningless.

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But it is packaged in GREEN!

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I have certified my poop as environment friendly.

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Here's a radical idea: Just fix the fucking leaks, period.

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Here's an even radicaler idea: Let's pour all our resources into renewables like our lives depended on it and put these shitstains out of business.

When they first learned about the dangers their product causes back in the 70's, they could have started diversifying to blunt the inevitable economic impact. Instead, they kept all their eggs in one basket and topped it off with a generous dollop of lawyers.

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This sounds even more ridiculous than the junk mail I keep getting for "clean, certified electricity."

Here's the deal they offer: I pay considerably more for my electricity than the local utility charges. In return, somebody pinky-swears that the energy came from windmills or solar panels. Wow, what a bargain.

BTW, if you haven't already, take a moment to savor the deck for this post. It's brilliant.

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Renewals shouldn't be sold at a premium, because they cost less to generate.

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since essentially all electrons are pushed into the national grid, what you're getting is homeopathic electrons . . . much more effective because: diluted beyond even the most devout woo-doctor's dreams.

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The reasoning, such as it is, says that if I buy X amount of KwH from these clowns, it pays for X amount of KwH to be fed into the grid, so it all balances out. Yeah right. Invent blockchain for electric current, and then maybe I'll believe you.

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. . . but some of those electrons make it to your house . . . properly diluted, of course!

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Last month was hottest February on record. We've broken records for the past 9 months. Why do you hate breaking records, Libturds?

Irony points: hydro damns aren't working as well, because we're running out of water.

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ISTR that France had to temporarily shut down a nuclear plant because the river it used for cooling water got too low because of drought.

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I'm glad I'm old-ish, and don't have kids, because the world is going to become an extremely scary place. I know it's scary now, but in the future it's going to be scary with EXTRA fire, wind, and water, events.

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There is nothing these greasy freaks won't try to monetize. I hate late stage capitalism so freaking much!!!

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[enraged democratic/socialist smolders in livid contempt right alongside you]

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Somebody on here earlier said that Campbell's came out with grilled cheese and tomato soup. You know, because grilled cheese is super hard to make. When I go to the store, I literally gawp at the endless parade of shit that doesn't ever need to be invented, but is, just to feed the monster. Seen the ad for the portable smoothie blender? Yeah. Who the fuuuuuuuck needs a portable smoothie blender? You gonna carry your yogurt and fruit around in your purses or your pocket to make your smoothie on the go in the car? Charges up with an android charging cord! Neato! Order me two! 🤦‍♀️

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Have some respect. Getting you to buy shit you don't need is the engine that drives capitalism and world prosperity.

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It's why every product on a grocery story shelf comes in every flavor found in nature and a few a bit more questionable.

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LMAO 😄😄😄

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A reminder to my Tejas Wonkettes: Be sure to vote for the Democrat candidate for Texas Railroad Commission. She is a very smart person and has been very vocal about this issue.

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As I understand, that's a really powerful position in TX with control over all energy production in the state. Definitely needs a Democrat in the position.

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ok, just to (hopefully) clarify my incoherent ramblings posted down thread:

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"MethaneSAT – led by the Environmental Defense Fund – will have a targeted focus: to spot methane from the oil and gas industry, which leaks at various parts of the fossil fuel production process. Sometimes oil companies deliberately burn methane gas if they can't pipe it somewhere.

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"The goal of MethaneSAT is to have a granular picture of where exactly methane comes from in oil and gas operations around the globe, in places like Texas, Russia and Nigeria. "For the first time [we'll] have high quality empirical data for an entire sector across the globe," Hamburg says.

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"When this satellite is fully operational in the coming months, it will provide data that will be free to the public. That will allow governments, researchers and others to have an unbiased view from space of most oil and gas operations, says Adam Brandt, a professor in the Department of Energy Science and Engineering at Stanford University who was not involved with the project.

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"In the past six years EDF put together a team – including scientists from Harvard University and other groups – to build a satellite to get a better picture of the oil industry. The satellite has sensors specifically designed to pick up the fingerprint of the methane molecule. The sensors now orbiting in space will then send data back to Earth in the coming months.

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OT: Ronny Jackson, who is a rear end, is no longer a rear Admiral and can't refer to himself as such. The Navy demoted him some time ago for being a drunken, drugged out asshole to subordinates during his Trump WH tenure.

https://www.rawstory.com/admiral-ronny-jackson/

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That will probably be noticed in his future pension payments.

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It definitely will. To the tune of about $18K per annum, I believe.

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We know there is more blood in these goddamned turnips!

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just call it "organic," which is both a weasel word and true.

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Low-cholesterol AND gluten-free!

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25% less sugar . . . no trans-fats . . .

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It’s so organic, it’s Carboniferous

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Make giant insects and horsetail-trees great again!

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Horsetails and giant hornwort are earlier than vascular plants…Cambrian-Silurian. Carboniferous = ferns

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I could never get into those Fern movies. Call me an elitist, but I like my comedians smart.

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Then Fernwood 2 Night is for you!

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you still had things like Calamites, which is what arose I think in the Devonian from much smaller forms of the Silurian. Ordovician gave us the first land plants and everything stayed on the smaller side for quite some time.

there were also giant clubmosses from the Devonian into the Carboniferous. the most well known from the Carboniferous is probably Sigillaria.

well, and all kinds of ferns and fern relatives were also abundant, and proto-Gymnosperms made their appearance in the Devonian and were widespread in the Carboniferous as well.

it's mind-boggling to see the fossils of these things in museums just due to their enormous size.

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Geologist?

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plant and natural history museum nerd.

I also grew up in an area that's full of fossils and natural history museums.

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you forgot <pedant> ... </pedant>

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ha! iAnal. see the epic poem of a post.

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Fossil lives matter!

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WaPo has an article about how our energy demand DOUBLED from 2022 to 2023

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"How Biden's historically low unemployment rates and raising wages are driving the environmental disaster"

- Hugh Hewitt, Wapo Editorial Staff

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Most likely due to the increased demand for heating during those brutal polar vortices, and cooling during the brutal heat waves.

This will only get worse.

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I’ve taken to sleeping with icepacks, which really helps…but I live in Hades and am a burrow sleeper (need blankets) so I create an ice cave under the blankets

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I do the ice cave technique as well! I'm not a big burrower, but I do sleep, like nuclear reactor hot 🔥 so during the summers, the ice cave saves my life at night. Lol

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Isn’t it great to just sleep however you damn want? Must be single with cats haha

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What is it relative to 2019?

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Double. It dipped in 2022 https://wapo.st/3IqeK6P

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Wow!

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Just from server farms

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As mentioned below, Bitcoin mining is ridiculously energy intensive. Ban Bitcoin and all other cryptocurrencies.

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Just as a data point ...

I read recently that AI is a resource hog and, to put it in perspective, generating one image with AI uses the same energy as charging your phone.

Imagine millions and millions of social media users suddenly doing that.

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All the big tech companies are building out entire data centers dedicated to AI.

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Dok haz a sad

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"These new LED lights use a fraction of the electricity!"

"Great! Let's install more lighting!"

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I feel like Cassandra about this

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Blah blah blah Ginger...

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I'm a historian. I'm a Cassandra about everything.

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Sometimes I believe my frugality with energy is a waste of my time because no one else gives a rat's ass.

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OT.

Remember that guy Retired Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson? He's been demoted to a Captain. Ya hate to see it.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/navy-stripped-rep-ronny-jackson-of-his-rank-report-says

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Too bad that lying about your rank wasn't included in the Stolen Valor Act (just medals and commendations). Yet another thing to fix.

Hey Dems in Congress, how about introducing a bill to amend the law?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stolen_Valor_Act_of_2013

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And yet Michael Flynn is still a general somehow

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No less than Colin Powell called for his court-martial.

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Should have recalled him to AD, court-martialed him, and busted him down to E-Nothing.

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A mission to the center of the sun, just to make sure.

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Permanent Latrine Orderly

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I understand that reference.

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