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Utilities Knew, Too: Despite Warning Decades Ago, Industry Lied and Deceived on Climate


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Utilities Knew, Too: Despite Warning Decades Ago, Industry Lied and Deceived on Climate

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Nearly 50 years ago, the U.S. electric utility industry was warned about potential risks posed by climate change if it continued to rely on fossil fuels. Rather than heed those warnings, the industry spent the following decades instilling public doubt and making substantial investments in fossil fuels—according to a report released Tuesday by the Energy and Policy Institute (EPI).


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The EPI? Hmmm. Funded by the government? I wonder how long it will be around.


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Actually, they are not funded by the government, or by trade associations or corporations, as reflected here.


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After learning about what Exxon knew, it isn’t surprising to learn this. The entire energy industry, except perhaps for renewables, has been entirely captured by corporations for decades: corporations that got rich off drilling, extraction, manufacturing, distribution, and sales. Plus they find ways to develop industry so it benefits the entire corporate class. The dismantling of the micro-grid was no accident; it increased profits, consolidated a lot of power (actual and political) in a few hands, and leaves We the People very vulnerable to broad power outages and brown-outs.

The science doesn’t lie and they know it, and corporations have every legal right not to tell us. The Supreme Court affirmed that right in the 1996 case International Dairy Association v. Amestoy. Vermont passed a GMO labeling law, which the Supreme Court struck down on the grounds Corporations cannot be forced to speak, a first amendment right. ( A more recent case involves the dairy assoc. members who decided to voluntarily label their products as GMO free. They were sued by agribusiness and lost. The court ruled they had to also include a disclaimer on their product which indicates no scientific evidence exists proving that GMOs are harmful. Corporate Rule has captured the courts.) For sanity’s sake, assume all major corporations knew about the science of global warming and made every effort to capitalize before the rest of us caught on.

Dispensing with Thomas Edison’s model dimmed our ability to locally control our power generation and create sustainable energy models. Interestingly, our demand for sustainables now is returning us to Edison’s vision.


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Another article just out about a fighter against the chemical industry.

Why do citizens have to fight back when Agent Orange is sprayed on their children in Oregon in order to protect trees for the lumber industry?

FOR DECADES, SOME of the dirtiest, darkest secrets of the chemical industry have been kept in Carol Van Strum’s barn. Creaky, damp, and prowled by the occasional black bear, the listing, 80-year-old structure in rural Oregon housed more than 100,000 pages of documents obtained through legal discovery in lawsuits against Dow, Monsanto, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, the Air Force, and pulp and paper companies, among others.

As of today, those documents and others that have been collected by environmental activists will be publicly available through a project called the Poison Papers. Together, the library contains more than 200,000 pages of information and “lays out a 40-year history of deceit and collusion involving the chemical industry and the regulatory agencies that were supposed to be protecting human health and the environment,” said Peter von Stackelberg, a journalist who along with the Center for Media and Democracy and the Bioscience Resource Project helped put the collection online.

Van Strum didn’t set out to be the repository for the people’s pushback against the chemical industry. She moved to a house in the Siuslaw National Forest in 1974 to live a simple life. But soon after she arrived, she realized the Forest Service was spraying her area with an herbicide called 2,4,5-T — on one occasion, directly dousing her four children with it as they fished by the river.

Her house burned down and her 4 children died. It could have been arson because she was standing up to powerful interests.

Her work has been used in several legal actions over the years.

100,000 PAGES OF CHEMICAL INDUSTRY SECRETS GATHERED DUST IN AN OREGON BARN FOR DECADES — UNTIL NOW

The Canadian environmentalist, David Suzuki, has been fighting for Nature for 50 years with several successful actions. But he claims that in hindsight his work was a failure. He has written something like 30 books and ran a nature TV show on Canadian TV for decades, but the continued exploration of nature has accelerated.

Is the fight against “progress” or “utopia” actually a religious war against an ideology? How can the best documented threat to humanity be ignored???

Maybe the humans don’t even live in space or time…

Here is the first of three short papers by a Oxford Ph. D. student

Latour and the non-space and non-time of Modernity (part 1 of 3)

This work is based on the work of the French polymath Bruno Latour whose Gifford Lectures, Facing Gaia, will be published in a few weeks in English. The web site by the student contains the other 2 parts of his articles and a summary of the 8 chapters of the forthcoming book. It was published some time ago in French.

From his article

This theme in Latour’s writing on Modernity culminates in his description of contemporary Western society as being characterised by ‘utopia’ (the condition of being ‘without space’) and ‘achronia’ (the condition of being ‘without time’).

In 1991 Latour published a book “We Have Never Been Modern” - been walking backwards saying not primitive like those people. The “primitive” cultures have been in the news as The Water Protectors show us and the attacks on the land of indigenous people continue around the earth.

Here is the web page that has the other 2 parts of the article and a summary of the chapters of the book

The Political Theology of Bruno Latour


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Electric utilities knew 50 years ago and industry lied about it?

Um? Anybody notice that they know now and are still lying about it?


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Please recall this the next time you see one of those oh so warm and fuzzy ads from your local “energy provider” and all the "green"ishness they’re “committed” to.


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“Nearly 50 years ago, the U.S. electric utility industry was warned about potential risks posed by climate change if it continued to rely on fossil fuels. Rather than heed those warnings, the industry spent the following decades instilling public doubt and making substantial investments in fossil fuels—according to a report released Tuesday by the Energy and Policy Institute (EPI).”

They were warned.

Yet they persisted.

Lock 'em up! Lock 'em up! Lock 'em up!