US Military Is a Bigger Polluter than as Many as 140 Countries – Shrinking this War Machine Is a Must – Global Research


10-07-19 02:07:00,

The US military’s carbon bootprint is enormous. Like corporate supply chains, it relies upon an extensive global network of container ships, trucks and cargo planes to supply its operations with everything from bombs to humanitarian aid and hydrocarbon fuels. Our new study calculated the contribution of this vast infrastructure to climate change.

Greenhouse gas emission accounting usually focuses on how much energy and fuel civilians use. But recent work, including our own, shows that the US military is one of the largest polluters in history, consuming more liquid fuels and emitting more climate-changing gases than most medium-sized countries. If the US military were a country, its fuel usage alone would make it the 47th largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, sitting between Peru and Portugal.

In 2017, the US military bought about 269,230 barrels of oil a day and emitted more than 25,000 kilotonnes of carbon dioxide by burning those fuels. The US Air Force purchased US$4.9 billion worth of fuel, and the navy US$2.8 billion, followed by the army at US$947m and the Marines at US$36m.

It’s no coincidence that US military emissions tend to be overlooked in climate change studies. It’s very difficult to get consistent data from the Pentagon and across US government departments. In fact, the United States insisted on an exemption for reporting military emissions in the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. This loophole was closed by the Paris Accord, but with the Trump administration due to withdraw from the accord in 2020, this gap will will return.

Our study is based on data retrieved from multiple Freedom of Information Act requests to the US Defense Logistics Agency, the massive bureaucratic agency tasked with managing the US military’s supply chains, including its hydrocarbon fuel purchases and distribution.

The US military has long understood that it isn’t immune from the potential consequences of climate change – recognising it as a “threat multiplier” that can exacerbate other risks. Many, though not all, military bases have been preparing for climate change impacts like sea level rise. Nor has the military ignored its own contribution to the problem. As we have previously shown,

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‘Fake news’ a bigger threat than terrorism, poll finds – but what exactly is it?


06-06-19 10:10:00,

A new poll has found that more Americans feel threatened by the creation and spread of fake news and misinformation than terrorism, violent crime, or illegal immigration. As for who creates the fake news, that’s up for debate.

Half of all Americans see made-up news as a bigger problem that other key security issues, a Pew Research Center poll published Tuesday has found. Though drug addiction and affordability of healthcare remain the biggest issues in the American consciousness, “made-up news and information” beat out violent crime, climate change, racism, illegal immigration and terrorism in the survey.

% of Americans who say ___ is a very big problem for the US today:
Drug addiction 70%
Affordable health care 67
US political system 52
Inequality 51
Made-up news 50
Violent crime 49
Climate change 46
Racism 40
Illegal immigration 38
Terrorism 34
Sexism 26

— Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) June 5, 2019

More than two thirds – 68 percent – say fake news shakes their confidence in government, 54 percent say it weakens their trust in each other, and 51 percent say it impacts political leaders’ ability to “get work done.”

Respondents blame political leaders and activists for much of the fake news circulating, but say the onus is on journalists to correct the problem. Nearly eight in ten believe that the spread of fake news should be restricted, with only 20 percent viewing it as protected under the First Amendment.

This data is all the more interesting given how vague the term “fake news” is. Though propaganda and disinformation is as old as the written word, the term took on a life of its own around 2016, when then-candidate Hillary Clinton used it to shut down conspiracy theories. Those included claims that her campaign manager John Podesta was secretly running an underage sex trafficking operation from the basement of a Washington DC pizza restaurant.

READ MORE: ‘Pizzagate’ gunman who opened fire in DC pizzeria sentenced to 4 years in prison

Buzzfeed Journalist Craig Silverman used the term “fake news” two years earlier to slam a conservative news site for publishing a false story about an ebola outbreak,

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1 en 2 september: The Bigger Picture Event in Rijen

1 en 2 september: The Bigger Picture Event in Rijen

25-08-18 07:30:00,

Een beetje gek, een beetje wild, wars van poeha, kritisch, maar niet al te zwaar op de hand en spiritueel van ondertoon, alhoewel er ook best gelachen mag worden. Oftewel het Bigger Picture Event van 1 en 2 september aanstaande in Rijen (tussen Tilurg en Breda).

Bigger Picture Event

Tenminste, dat is het mentale plaatje dat ik ervan gemaakt heb in de aanloop er naartoe. Het is wat ik verwacht daar aan te treffen, want ik heb nooit eerder aan een evenement deelgenomen met zo’n bonte verzameling van sprekers.

En je raadt het al, ik ben er één van.

Op zaterdag 1 september om 14:00 geef ik een lezing over mijnboek Hemel onder Vuur. Deze lezing is bedoeld voor mensen voor wie het onderwerp chemtrails nog vrij nieuw is.

Op zondag 2 september om dezelfde tijd volgt nog een lezing, maar dan gericht op bezoekers die bekend zijn met het fenomeen en die willen weten wat daarvan…. The Bigger Picture is.

Ik kan veel over dit Grotere Plaatje van de chemtrails vertellen, maar moet ook bekennen dat ik af en toe het gevoel heb dat ik – ondanks stevige research – nog geen 20% van het chemtrail-fenomeen in beeld heb. We weten al veel, maar veel weten we toch ook nog niet.

De onwetendheid bij het grote publiek is in elk geval groot, maar vlak ook de onwetendheid bij de experts niet uit. Voor een werkelijk Groter Plaatje moet er meer samenwerking komen tussen onderzoekers.

Samenkomsten als het Bigger Picture evenement kunnen daarbij behulpzaam zijn. Kijk maar naar de onderwerpen: buitenaards contact, ufo’s, graancirkels, de realiteit van andere dimenseies en van andere bewustzijnstoestanden. Allemaal thema’s die raken aan het Grotere Plaatje van de chemtrails.

En dan zijn er nog zoveel meer thema’s waarvoor hetzelfde geldt….. zoals economische, biologische, natuurkundige, meteorologische en informatietechnologische thema’s…

Maar eerst maar eens richting Rijen.

Nog zeven dagen, dan is het zover.

Tot daar!

Klik hier voor het programma van de beide dagen.
Klik hier voor de programmakrant (pdf)

PS: ik heb de boeken bij me en ik signeer voor wie daar prijs op stelt.

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