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The Midcat gas pipeline is a 3000 million euro FRAUD says EU Report!

Finally the truth comes out, it never made sense, except as a way to get EU construction funds and fat commissions for Spanish politicians funds. Why would ‘Europe’ import gas to Spain and then pump it to France when they can get it cheaper through many underused local facilities? How would ‘Europe’ get cheap Algerian gas by pipelines which only have the capacity for half the Iberian market? We’ve been saying this for years, but now a report commissioned by the EU has said it… Does this mean the second half of Midcat will never be built?

Why destroy the country for a Pipeline which ‘will never carry gas’?

Exclusive: Viability of French-Spain gas pipeline questioned – report

/article/us-france-spain-gas-by Geert De Clercq – A report prepared for the European Commission has questioned the economic viability of plans to build a huge gas pipeline between Spain and France designed to boost security of supply in Europe, five sources told Reuters.

The Commission has long backed the 3 billion euro ($3.7 billion) Midi-Catalonia (Midcat) pipeline that would more than double the amount of gas that can be piped across the Pyrenees mountains that border the two nations. Continue reading The Midcat gas pipeline is a 3000 million euro FRAUD says EU Report!

‘France is secretly Fracking Algeria already’.. claims French MP

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Scandal in France, a deputy accuses the government of secretly allowing fracking in its ex colony of Algeria. If France really is fracking in Algeria, the gas would be twice as harmful to our climate emergency as coal.  And if the new gas pipeline from Timimoun built by TOTAL brings this gas to the general gas network, it would also reach the two gas pipelines that supply two thirds of Iberia’s gas (22 bcm).

And the Spanish government has announced several times that the new controversial Midcat gas pipeline would serve to ‘export gas from Algeria to France’.

We have published an article ”18 Jan 2018 ” detailing the decision of the Algerian government to renounce the ban on fracking. We included the news that fracking would start at the Timimoun gas field in the south west desert.

Accepting the Animal Holocaust is promoting Climate Catastrophe ..Toxic Masculinity, Capitalism and Mass Cultural Delusion!

Killing Floor: the Business of Animal Slaughter

         from Counterpunch with thanks

We saw them peer out from between the slats of tightly packed trucks as they were steered through town. Often when lorries slowed at a road crossing, groups of children – myself among them – hung on to the rear for a free ride (a risky street game we called ‘going for a hudgie’), but the idea of hanging on to a slaughterhouse truck filled us with revulsion. As city kids, our view of farm animals was filtered through the misty lens of Disney, but anyone could see the slaughterhouse run was wrong. Given the chance, we would most definitely have sprung our gentle friends free to roam the streets and our imagination: cows, pigs, chickens – the lot.

They were terrified in those rattling high-sided vehicles; mothers were separated from their young, and some gave birth in the cramped conditions of the truck itself. It was not unusual for a litter to be born and trampled in transit, and for some to slip through the slats as a bolus of blood and flaccid flesh; we once saw a newborn piglet slide out onto the tarmac in Saltmarket, but were unable to find out if it was alive before it was crushed under heavy traffic. Continue reading Accepting the Animal Holocaust is promoting Climate Catastrophe ..Toxic Masculinity, Capitalism and Mass Cultural Delusion!

Argelia da luz verde al Fracking Gas con EU Imperialistas TOTAL y CEPSA

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A pesar de las promesas, Argelia ha abandonado su moratoria sobre el gas de Fracking que adoptó después del levantamiento popular de 1915, con miles de heridos y un muerto, Mohamed Anoui, de 21 años. La fuerte resistencia unida obligó al Estado a abandonar sus planes por temor a volver a encender una guerra civil.

El fracking utiliza un cóctel químico tóxico y una presión explosiva incontrolable para romper rocas abiertas y puede envenenar permanentemente las aguas subterráneas de las cuales las comunidades argelinas del desierto son 100% dependientes.

El gas natural es más del 90% de metano que escapa fácilmente y es docenas de veces más letal que el CO2 en el marco de 20 años.

El “apuesto por el gas” de la UE como un sustituto “verde” es un fraude flagrante que ignora la urgente necesidad de salvarnos de Climate Meltdown. Los nuevos oleoductos subsidiados por el público de la UE, NordStream, TAP y Midcat son peligrosos e inmorales apostados por la codiciosa industria de combustibles fósiles corruptos para encerrarnos en su producto para las generaciones venideras.

La tubería de Midcat es especialmente perversa. Se promueve para “traer gas africano a Europa” cuando la capacidad de los oleoductos actuales de Argelia no puede satisfacer ni la mitad de las necesidades de Iberia. El único uso para Midcat será bombear gas LNG de Barcelona a Francia (en lugar de enviarlo directamente a Francia). Si Midcat se construye será puramente porque la UE pagará por ello y los políticos españoles obtendrán su parte. Una vez que se construya Midcat, el argumento puede cambiar a “necesitamos nuevos gaseoductos de Argelia para incorporar Fracking Gas y hacer que Midcat sea viable”.

En 2015, la industria, incluida Halliburton, prometió que sus operaciones previas al Frackinjg en Argelia eran “absolutamente limpias”, pero los activistas visitaron los sitios de la encuesta y descubrieron desbordamientos de lagos de desechos tóxicos y productos químicos esparcidos por todas partes. Fotos y vídeos publicados en sitios de redes sociales revelaron la ausencia de instalaciones para tratar el agua y el lodo de perforación, llevando a la gente de Ain Salah a rebelar y sacar a la luz la falsidad de las afirmaciones de Sonatrach.

El Gas de Fracking es mucho peor que el gas extraido por métodos convencionales. Es al menos el doble de dañino que el carbón para el cambio climático. debido a las inevitables filtraciones de metano. (De hecho, algunos estudios han calculado que podría ser hasta 5 veces peor que el carbón; nunca se han realizado mediciones en los EE. UU. A pesar de que se perforaron varios millones de pozos de Fracking, excepto en casos limitados controlados por la propia industria corrupta.) El Presidente Trump ha ABOLIDO POR DECRETO hasta los controles voluntarios que iban a ser introducidos)

Timimoun, donde comenzará el fracking, es el antiguo centro de un centenar de pueblos de oasis impresionantes, Se ubica entre majestuosos acantilados. Todos los oases se encuentran 100% dependientes del agua limpia del acuífero.

La UE todavía acepta el fraude del Gas de Fracking de los Estados Unidos, bajo una fuerte presión para permitir su ingreso a Europa, a pesar de ser más caro y dos veces más letal para el clima que el gas de Rusia y otros competidores. Continue reading Argelia da luz verde al Fracking Gas con EU Imperialistas TOTAL y CEPSA

Yaqui Tribe Defends Land by Digging Up Gas Pipeline

  Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

from Bloomberg News and Earth First

A chunk of Sempra Energy’s natural gas pipeline sits in the dirt behind a community center in the village of Loma de Bacum in northwest Mexico. Guadalupe Flores thinks it would make a great barbecue pit.“Cut it here, lift the top,’’ he says, pointing to the 30-inch diameter steel tube. “Perfect for a cook-out.’’Photo: Yael Martinez/Bloomberg

It would be an expensive meal. The pipeline cost $400 million, part of a network that’s supposed to carry gas from Arizona more than 500 miles to Mexico’s Pacific coast. It hasn’t done that since August, when members of the indigenous Yaqui tribe – enraged by what they viewed as an unauthorized trespass their land – used a backhoe truck to puncture and extract a 25-foot segment. They left the main chunk about a mile from the community center, perpendicular to the rest of the pipeline, like a lower-case t.

 The impact extends far beyond Loma de Bacum and its 4,500 residents. Arizona’s gas exports to Mexico have plunged 37 percent since the shutdown, hitting an eight-month low in December. Mexico’s state utility is having to burn fuel oil instead to generate power, raising costs.

It’s not an isolated case. Mexico’s opening of its energy industry has succeeded in attracting capital, but it’s also been beset by territorial or environmental disputes, often involving the country’s myriad indigenous groups. When protest turns into sabotage, there’s a risk that investors will be put off from future phases, like an extensive shale development. It’s also grist to the mill of the leftist frontrunner for next year’s presidential election, who’s vowing to reverse some of the reforms.

‘Refused Consent’

The Yaquis of Loma de Bacum say they were asked by community authorities in 2015 if they wanted a 9-mile tract of the pipeline running through their farmland — and said no. Construction went ahead anyway.

The Energy Ministry acknowledged that account is true, in a statement that highlights the difficulties its officials confront. Consultation of the eight Yaqui communities along the route was carried out, as required by law. Seven of them gave a green light, the ministry said by e-mail, “while the town of Loma de Bacum refused consent.’’A piece of the gas pipeline extracted by the Yaquis of Loma de Bacum.  Photo: Yael Martinez/Bloomberg

The project is now in a legal limbo. Ienova, the Sempra unit that operates the pipeline, is awaiting a judicial ruling that could allow them to go in and repair it — or require a costlier re-route. “If they want to build a pipeline, that’s fine,’’ said Flores, the would-be barbecue designer who’s a local community leader. “But it won’t pass through here.’’

At the Energy Ministry in Mexico City, that’s becoming a familiar refrain. Continue reading Yaqui Tribe Defends Land by Digging Up Gas Pipeline

Arctic Emergency. Oil tanker gets Stuck in Ice, drifts Ashore.

Illustration photo: Rosmorport.ru

Emergency in Arctic waters as oil tanker gets stuck in ice, drifts ashore, attempting  Northern Sea Route

The 35 year old vessel «Chukotka+» carried several thousand tons of oil and independently tried to make it across the Northern Sea Route.    By  Atle Staalesen  Dec 04, 2017  
Little is known about the incident which probably could have triggered a serious accident along Russia’s icy northern coast, and could be one of many future ecological  disasters as the Northern Sea Route is opened up. .Due to the Climate Emergency, caused ironically in large part by the fossil fuel industry, oil tankers , as well as prospecting, drilling, military bases and a rush to exploit fishing and wildlife  which have proliferated in the arctic as the ice rapidly retreats.

The summer opening of the Northern Sea Route makes possible big savings in Asia/Europe trade, especially in oil and Liquid Natural Gas.  The Chukotka+ was bought in 2016, to be used precisely for this expansion by the company, also named Chukotka which has long experience in the area. .Russia has declared its intent to make the Arctic a Russian Sea, while the US has just abolished protection north of Alaska to begin drilling. Accidents and spillages are common and inevitable in the extreme conditions and the arctic is uniquely vulnerable as the contamination can linger for generations

Tanker “Chukotka+”. Photo: chtkom.com

According to Rostom, the state company operating the fleet of nuclear-powered icebreakers, the «Chukotka+» on the 30th October entered the waters of the Northern Sea Route. The ship sailed alone and aimed for a voyage across the Arctic route without icebreaker assistance.

It was not successful.

In the Sannikov Strait, the area between the New Siberian Islands and the mainland, the ship got stuck in ice. It subsequently drifted with the ice onto a sand bank. Continue reading Arctic Emergency. Oil tanker gets Stuck in Ice, drifts Ashore.

Harvey Partly Due To Climate Change.. Partly caused by Texas Capitalists

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For every extra degree Celsius in warming, the atmosphere can hold 7% more water. This tends to make rainfall events even more extreme when they occur. Another element that we can mention with some confidence is the temperature of the seas. “The waters of the Gulf of Mexico are about 1.5 degrees warmer above what they were from 1980-2010,” Sir Brian Hoskins from the Grantham Institute for Climate Change told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

Climate change fueling extreme weather

It’s a fact: climate change made Hurricane Harvey more deadly | Michael E Mann

“That is very significant because it means the potential for a stronger storm is there, and the contribution of global warming to the warmer waters in the Gulf, it’s almost inevitable that there was a contribution to that.” Researchers are also quite confident in linking the intensity of the rainfall that is still falling in the Houston area to climate change. “This is the type of event, in terms of the extreme rainfall, that we would expect to see more of in a warming climate,” Dr Friederike Otto from the University of Oxford told BBC News.

Nature’s ironic ‘revenge’: Harvey hits the heart of the Fossil Fuel empire.. but also strikes the Poor and uninsured…

Ecocidal Houston Oil Mafia Reap Whirlwind of  Climate Change’s Hurricane Harvey…..   Exxon Knew for decades and Profited while paying none of the costs
Exxon may lose billions.. Serves Them Right!.. you say. Only that the criminal billionaires scooping the loot from the great fossil fools nightmare will still have their mansions, private islands, yachts and offshore fortunes safely  stashed away.

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It’s the ordinary six and a half million of us in Houston, only one on six of whom have flood insurance, who will have their lives ruined.

The great irony is that fracking for gas and tight oil is both the greatest promotion of EXXON TEXAS and probably the greatest new addition to runaway climate chaos, though that can’t be proved since Trump abolished methane measurement.

But does the Texas fossil fuel industry cause Climate Chaos? Of course it does, though you can’t prove a specific case  ”Harvey benefited from unusually toasty waters in the Gulf of Mexico. As the storm roared toward Houston last week, sea-surface waters near Texas rose to between 2.7 and 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit above average. These waters were some of the hottest spots of ocean surface in the world. The tropical storm, feeding off this unusual warmth, was able to progress from a tropical depression to a category-four hurricane in roughly 48 hours”.  see footnote 1

Climate change made every stage of Hurricane Harvey more horrific .

Okay so the sea is much too hot, but there’s evidence Harvey’s weird stalling out on the coast may also be connected to climate change.  Because of man made devastation and galloping desertification inland south Texas produces a semi permanent anticyclone which blocks entering storms. see footnote 2 Continue reading Harvey Partly Due To Climate Change.. Partly caused by Texas Capitalists

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