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Study Details Why Climate 'Criminals' Like Exxon Should Pay for Hurricane Destruction


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Study Details Why Climate 'Criminals' Like Exxon Should Pay for Hurricane Destruction

Jake Johnson, staff writer

As Texas and Louisiana cope with the destruction wrought by Hurricane Harvey and as Hurricane Irma continues to ravage Caribbean islands on its way to the United States, many are asking a pertinent question: Who should pay for the damage?

"We should be naming these hurricanes after Exxon and Chevron, not Harvey and Irma."
—May Boeve, 350.org


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The fossil fuel industry receives a lot of criticism these days, and rightfully so. But in the final analysis, we are the ones who support the energy industry and it is our standard of living that will need to change. So contemplate what you can do for the cause

Personal Actions
End our love affair with the automobile
Ride more trains and buses
Car pool
Walk and bike more
Turn off the air conditioner in the summer and dial the thermostat down in winter
Become vegetarians or vegans
Refill plastic bottles with tap water
Discontinue using aluminum cans with and without carbonation
Maximize use of reusable bags and products
Recycle junk mail
Forego fast junk food
Go to “slow food”;
Recycle maximally, especially aluminum cans
Drive and accelerate more slowly
Climb more stairs
Plant more trees
Forego use of spray cans
Ride more trains and buses
Repair, mend and alter as much as possible
Buy solar panels
Compost as much as possible
Last person out of the room turn off the lights
Eat and farm organic
Ride more trains and buses
Fly fewer planes
Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings
Use manual tools instead of power tools
Share more
Use rakes rather than leaf blowers
Decrease use of bottled water and refill plastic bottles with tap water
Maximize reusable bags and products
Push rather than power small mowers
Replace lawns with vegetable gardens
Stop fertilizing and mowing lawns
Compost as much as possible
Minimize use of disposables (Pampers);
Maximize high efficiency LED and solar powered lighting;
Limit endless gadgets
Use motion lighting, where appropriate

Local Government Actions
Reorganize cities, building taller residences with a smaller footprint (the end of suburbia)
Institute a carbon tax
Promote car pooling subsidize and expand mass transit
Expand bike paths
Have shareable (zip) cars
Ban electric outdoor signs;
Eat and farm organic
Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings
Eliminate approximately 50% of all street lighting and office lighting in unoccupied buildings
eliminate “fast junk food”; go to “slow food
replace

Federal Government Actions
Ban gasohol
Rein in the militaries for defense only and outlaw war
Discontinue night baseball
Make electronics, house wares, furniture, etc to be as durable and long-lived as possible
Recycle maximally
Make appliances to be as energy efficient as possible
Discontinue aluminum cans
Ban electric outdoor signs
Maximize solar and wind power;
Change from petroleum based fertilizers to regenerative agriculture
Reverse deforestation, plant more trees
Restrict spray cans
Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings
Promote zero population growth with free condoms and family planning world-wide
End yearly auto model changes;
Proscribe junk mail
Scrap the mission to Mars


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Cheers!!! And end the use of synthetic fiber carpet. Use tile instead and natural fiber rugs if you have to.


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Fossil fuel corporations are using the atmosphere as an open sewer … these heavy polluters need to pay the carbon tax, not be further subsidized for their crimes against the environment … they need to pay for what they’ve done … https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/aug/07/fossil-fuel-subsidies-are-a-staggering-5-tn-per-year


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Built into these international trade deals like NAFTA are ridiculous provisions that allow corporations to sue in an business-friendly tribunerals for supposed unrealized profits for being denied their life-threatening resource extraction and processing practices. So corporations should similarly be responsible for the unrealized lives and property lost as a result of their dangerous activities that destroy the environment and cause climate change.


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And to help pay for the damage dome to BIG OIL refineries they have raised gasoline prices by 20 cents per gallon. Twenty cents time billions of gallons is a lot more than needed for repairs. Big oil and the banking industries are too powerful to where they are controlling our government and must be broken up to smaller segments. Big oil and big bans and investment firms don’t on the whole pay taxes either which adds insult to injury.


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Yes that was before people had caught up with them


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Give the poor and working classes a break. They’re broke and will be even more so with another " honey do list " from Big Mother. They’re not the problem!!!


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Guess all those people who used fossil fuel and related products should pay too.
Ever think at all about what life was like before Coal.
(Short, hard, and unsustainable … now it’s longer, easier and vastly more unsustainable.)


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Eliminate The Empire’s wars for world domination ?


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Avang –

Keep in mind the public has never acknowledged or dealt with the reality that
Our Founders actually created an Elite patriarchy, endowed them with land grants
and gave them immense influence and control over our nation’s wealth and
NATURAL RESOURCES.

And even beyond that grant, we’ve had organized patriarchal religion – which
underpins Elite patriarchy – give them further license to exploit nature in “Manifest
Destiny” and “Man’s Dominion Over Nature.”

… and not only Nature … but humans according to various myths of “inferiority.”

(Like 112 million Native people on this land whom they labelled “pagans” only
worthy of being fed to dogs.)


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The founding fathers, which are held in such puissant, high regard and disingenuous reverence, were actually the oligarchs of their time. Many were wealthy landowners who kept slaves. And stole the indigenous people’s land by demonizing them as " savages" which in the current vernacular translates to terrorists.


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Om Shanthi! Yes,and while Native Americans lived in America for tens of thousands of years with basically no pollution at all. It took the incoming immigrants a few hundred years to create the environmental pollution issues we are now confronting. We should have adopted the respect and reverence toward nature that the Native Americans had.