Climate activist goes on trial for Montana pipeline shutdown

You can do anything in the name of saving Gaia. 

An Oregon man goes on trial in Montana on Tuesday in the latest criminal prosecution against activists who sought to call attention to climate change by shutting down pipelines carrying crude from Canada’s oil sands region to the United States.

Leonard Higgins, 65, of Portland is charged with trespassing and felony criminal mischief for breaking into a fenced site near Big Sandy, Montana, to turn off a valve on a Spectra Energy pipeline in October 2016. Activists simultaneously targeted other lines in Washington state, North Dakota and Minnesota.

Higgins, a retired technology worker for the state of Oregon, wants to tell jurors that his act of civil disobedience was necessary because climate change is an emergency that can’t be ignored, he told The Associated Press.

But District Judge Daniel Boucher (boo-SHAY) has indicated that he won’t allow the trial to be used as a vehicle for political protest. Boucher said in an April order that testimony on climate change would be irrelevant to the charges faced by Higgins.

“The energy policy of the United States is not on trial, nor will this court allow Higgins to attempt to put it on trial,” Boucher wrote in the order. “Mr. Higgins is on trial for his voluntary acts.”

New Antarctic heat map reveals hot spots beneath the ice

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Submarine volcanoes causing ice to melt. 

Who would have ever guessed, based on all the press saying that SUV-driving soccer moms are the cause. 

An international team of scientists led by British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has produced a new map showing how much heat from the Earth’s interior is reaching the base of the Antarctic Ice Sheet. The map was published last week (13 Nov 2017) in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

According to a press release from the BAS, “the team has produced the most up to date, accurate and high-resolution map of the so called ‘geothermal heat flux’ at the base of the Antarctic Ice Sheet.”

“Magnetic measurements mainly collected by aircraft reveal the ‘hot spots’ under the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and on the Antarctic Peninsula. These areas are the most rapidly changing areas of the Antarctic Ice Sheet.” (Italics added.”

“The new study from BAS uses over 50 years of magnetic measurements that were collected from thousands of hours flying over the continent. Warmer rocks lose their magnetic properties, and so the team was able to use the loss of magnetism in certain areas to calculate an estimate of the geothermal heat flux.”

Via Ice Age Now

Roughly Half of Norway’s Welfare Recipients are Migrants

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Norway has a fertility rate of 1.75 births per woman. The sustainable replacement rate is 2.1 children per woman. So Norway is already having it’s young workers supporting the welfare state and the retirees. Add on top of that all of the migrants on welfare, and you have something totally unsustainable. 

A new report reveals roughly half of welfare recipients in Norway are migrants.

According to the country’s labor minister, mass migration is one of the main causes of poverty in Norway.

This comes after Norway’s welfare administration reported the majority of migrants don’t work, opting to live on welfare benefits instead.

The labor minister said migrants account for over 28 percent of Norway’s poor, even though they only make up slightly over 16 percent of the country’s population.

She also fears the migrants might form what she refers to as a social underclass.

The language barrier, poor educational backgrounds, and lack of financial stability are all cited to play a role in the number of migrants relying on welfare.

The labor minister said authorities must have more migrants learn the Norwegian language and join the workforce.

Via OAN

Bill Clinton is facing new accusations of sexual assault by four women

This could be interesting for the Democrats. They are stuck on the horns of a dilemma: do they defend their idols (Bill Clinton, Al Franken) or dump them? 

They are praising Franken for admitting to groping a sleeping woman. Of course, there were photos of that event and witnesses. Then they equate that to Trump’s and Moore — with no photos, no witnesses, only she-says he-says. 

If you want a real eyeopener, check out the accusations of Bill Clinton on the “Lolita Express” that are emerging. 

Flight logs show Bill Clinton flew on sex offender’s jet much more than previously known

Former President Bill Clinton was a much more frequent flyer on a registered sex offender’s infamous jet than previously reported, with flight logs showing the former president taking at least 26 trips aboard the “Lolita Express” — even apparently ditching his Secret Service detail for at least five of the flights, according to records obtained by FoxNews.com.

UN Confirms That the Paris Climate Accord Was a Complete Waste

Can we have our $1,000,000,000 back that Obama gave to Paris? 

As UN Environment admits in its latest Emissions Shortfall report, even when you add up all the CO2 reduction pledges made by all the signatory nations at Paris, it still comes to only a third of what is supposedly necessary to stop the world warming by more than 2 degrees C by the end of this century.

According to UN Environment’s head Eric Solheim, the world is heading for disaster:

“One year after the Paris Agreement entered into force, we still find ourselves in a situation where we are not doing nearly enough to save hundreds of millions of people from a miserable future. Governments, the private sector and civil society must bridge this catastrophic climate gap.”

Another way of looking at it, though, is that President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris accord is now fully vindicated. Had the Agreement been ratified, the U.S. would have handed countries like China and India a huge competitive advantage over the American economy. But – as even the UN now admits – it would have made no discernible difference to the alleged problem of “global warming.” So what, exactly would have been the point?

Here is a pretty graph prepared by the BBC that gives an idea of this “catastrophic” emissions reduction shortfall:

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