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Biden: ‘We can no longer wait’ to deal with the climate change problem




In America’s most ambitious attempts to stop climate change from being worse, President Joe Biden has signed executive orders to clean up a heavily fossil-fuel economy which will pause oil and gas leasing and target subsidies for federal land.

The guidance aims to conserve 30% of the country’s lands and waters in the next 10 years, double offshore wind energy in the nation and move, among other modifications, to an all-electric federal vehicle fleet. Bids plan to stabilise the worst global warming from fossil fuels. Biden plans to stabilise global warming.

But its effort also puts the president and democrats at political risk as the oil and coal-producing countries face job shortages to significantly enhance U.S. reliability on clean energy, such as wind and solar energy.

Biden said Wednesday at the White House: “We can’t wait any longer to solve the climate crisis. “We have our eyes to see. In our bones, we know it. The time has come to act.

His orders “superimpose the ambitious plan of our government to address the existential threat of climate change.”

The aim has been to eliminate fossil fuel pollution in the energy sector by 2035 and in the U.S. economy by 2050, speed up the growth of solar and wind power already driven by the market and lower the country’s oil and gas dependency. The aggressive plan aims to slow global warming, which increases extreme weather events such as wildfires on the west and drenching rains and hurricanes on the east.

Biden has acknowledged the political risk and has repeatedly stated that his approach will generate jobs to compensate for oil, coal or gas loss in the renewable energy and automotive industries.

‘I think of jobs,’ Biden said, ‘if I think about climate change and the answers to it. “They’re not dreams of pie-in-the-sky. These are practical solutions which can be implemented. And that’s how we know it.

Biden also guides organisations to concentrate assistance and investment on low-income and minority populations that live closer to polluting refineries and other threats as well as petroleum and charcoal crop cities that face employment losses as the US moves to dramatically increase their reliance on wind, solar and other energy sources that do not emit climate change

The bidden to develop electric vehicles, to set up solar pans and turbines and to conduct advanced work to shorten abandoned water wells, to rebuild scarred land and to transform old manufacturing sites into new centres for economic development, Biden has vowed to generate millions of good-paid, cohesive jobs.

Yet the Republicans denounced the initiative as a career murderer immediately.

“Pie-in-the-sky government mandates and directives restricting our mining, oil, and gas sectors have adverse effects on our energy security and independence,” said Washington’s Republican Chairman of the House of Commerce Committee, Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

Biden also prioritises the warming environment and encourages intelligence services, the military and others to do better to brace them for rising threats. As part of Biden’s campaign commitment for a $2 trillion initiative to slow global warming, the conservation plan will save millions of hectares for the leisure, biodiversity and environment initiatives by 200.

President Donald Trump, who mocked climate change research, dragged the US off the Paris global climate deal, opened up more state land for coal, gas and petroleum production. Experts warn that these pollutants dangerously fuel the Earth’s atmosphere and intensify storms, droughts and other natural disasters.

Currently, 61% of electricity throughout the world is provided by gas and coal, 20% by nuclear and 17% by wind, solar, and other alternative energy sources, the United States. The Administration of Energy Information says.

Georgia climate scientist Kim Cobb said that “if the momentum of this Day 7 represents the four-year term of this administration, we can believe that carbon neutrality will take place before 2050” even though the biggest roadblocks are ahead.

The acts of Biden were done to make the President’s idea of a green economy feel deep sceptically by Republicans when she was nominated by the former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm for the Energy Secretary.

The Senate Representative, John Barrasso, a leading Republican on the oil and natural resources committee, said “The latter Democratic administration was in regulatory action to delay or stop the production of electricity. “I won’t lie idly around… If the government of Biden imposes measures that place the economy of Wyoming at risk.

Granholm, whose state was ravaged by the 2008 crisis, embraced new renewable energy technology as a solution to employment losses in the US as it transitioned away from fossil fuels, including battery production.

Former US secretary John Kerry of climate change, the ambassador to Biden now, said that petroleum, gas and coal workers “were given a misleading account of the fact that the climate is at their cost somehow. It’s not. No, this isn’t. It is because of such business dynamics which have already taken hold that it happens to them.

Kerry said a miner will have a happier career rather than a potential black lung disease as a solar power technician. “The same people are willing to do that work, but it is now a smarter option to do the solar power.

The petroleum industry said that the decline in domestic output would cause imports of oil to rise.

“I think no US wants to return to the days when foreign companies are held hostage that are not the best of America’s interest because we lose American leadership in the field of energy,” says Mike Sommers, President of the U.S. Petroleum Institute.

Sommers and business executives warned of the risk of States losing hundreds of thousands of jobs and vital funding. Ryan Flynn, president of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Group, said about a third of New Mexico’s state budget comes from petroleum and gas.

After a sluggish review by the Trump administration of some of the giant wind turbine offshore projects, Biden’s Offshore Wind Energy Output Order came in. It also orders organisations to reduce investment that functions as a subsidy to the industry of fossil fuels.

The onshore lease pause is limited to federal countries and does not affect private land boiling that is largely governed by states. It would also not impact the current prices and companies that have stockpiled ample fracking licences in the last months of Trump will begin to blur them to sustain oil and gas pumping for years.

The order exempts tribal lands used for the development of energy, primarily in the West.

Biden has instructed U.S. agencies to take advantage of research and evidence-based decision-making in federal laws and declared on Earth Day, April 22, a summit held by United States climate leaders.

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This “bizarre” creature is a massive sunfish spotted near Laguna Beach



This “bizarre” creature is a massive sunfish spotted near Laguna Beach

A pair of paddlers encountered a massive sunfish just a few hundred yards off Laguna Beach’s shoreline that could rival in size a Guinness World Record set in 1996.

Rich German and friend Matt Wheaton, both of Laguna Beach, set out on Thursday, Dec. 2, to enjoy the clear waters off the coast. They came across a massive mola mola, also known as sunfish, floating on the ocean’s surface.

“We were just paddling and all of a sudden we were like ‘Oh my god.’ That thing was massive,” said German, author of the book “Blue Laguna” and founder of the ocean conservation nonprofit Project O.  “Most of my encounters are with dolphins and whales, but you never know what you’re going to see.”

German, comparing to Wheaton’s 14-foot stand-up paddleboard, guessed the fish was close to 9 feet in length.

Once home, he found a Guinness World Record set in 1996 when a fisherman caught an 8-foot-11 mola mola that weighed 5,070 pounds off the coast of Japan. While that record was for the heaviest fish, which would be tough to compare with the sunfish the pair encountered off Laguna Beach, German said he thinks theirs could be longer in length and is hoping to consult with marine scientists to see if it could be measured based on the size of the board.

Julianne Steers, founding board member of the Beach Ecology Coalition, said the sunfish was larger than most seen here – she’s seen fish about 6- to 7-feet long. But whether it was a record-holder would be tough to tell.

“The only true way to know is if it was out and weighed and officially measured,” she said, noting that there’s some records up in Northern California of sunfish reaching 13-foot long. “But it does look much larger than what we typically see out here.”

She called the mola mola a “lumbering” fish that likes to lazily float on the ocean’s surface to bask in the sun, hence their nickname, eating jellyfish and salps.

The species looks like a mad scientist put them together with spare parts, Steers said. “It’s such an oddball kind of assembly of parts.”

The mola mola is also the largest fish in the world that has a skeleton structure, she said.

Scientists once thought the mola mola drifted with ocean currents, but they’ve been tracked in Southern California swimming 16 miles a day at a top speed of 2 mph, the Monterey Bay Aquarium says on its website.

“With its tank-like body, the mola was clearly not built for life in the fast lane. But it holds its own against faster and flashier fish and is able to live in almost all of the world’s oceans,” the aquarium says. “It’s known to spend time near the surface, but tagging shows that the mola is also a prolific diver and migrates long distances at depth.”

German said he has seen many mola molas through the years, but typically further offshore and about half the size of the one encountered just south of Main Beach.

“The first time I saw one, I didn’t know what it was. I thought it was a mutilated shark,” he said, noting the fish’s fin often stands up above the surface. “They are so bizarre looking. They just lay there.”

Even if it’s not an official record-setter, German is still soaking in the interesting encounter.

“I just know it was really big,” he said. “It was a unique and very cool thing to experience, and another example of why we need to protect the ocean and the amazing life that calls it home.”

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Pearl Harbor survivors gather on 80th anniversary of attack



Pearl Harbor survivors gather on 80th anniversary of attack

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — A few dozen survivors of Pearl Harbor and other veterans gathered Tuesday at the site of the bombing 80 years ago to remember those killed in the attack by Japan that launched the U.S. into World War II.

The USS Chung-Hoon, a guided missile destroyer, passed in front of the pier with its sailors “manning the rails,” or lining the ship’s edge, to honor the World War II veterans present.

David Russell, a 101-year-old from Albany, Oregon, who survived the attack while on the USS Oklahoma, stood to salute to the destroyer on behalf of the veterans.

Herb Elfring, 99, said he was glad to return to Pearl Harbor considering he almost didn’t live through the aerial assault.

“It was just plain good to get back and be able to participate in the remembrance of the day,” Elfring told reporters over the weekend.

Elfring was in the Army, assigned to the 251st Coast Artillery, part of the California National Guard on Dec. 7, 1941. He recalled Japanese planes flying overhead and bullets strafing his Army base at Camp Malakole, a few miles down the coast from Pearl Harbor.

Elfring, who lives in Jackson, Michigan, said he has returned to Hawaii about 10 times to attend the annual memorial ceremony hosted by the Navy and the National Park Service.

About 30 survivors and about 100 other veterans of the war joined him this year. Veterans stayed home last year due to the coronavirus pandemic and watched a livestream of the event instead. Most attendees this year wore masks.

They observed a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the same minute the attack began decades ago.

Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro recounted in his keynote address how Petty Officer 1st Class Joe George tossed a line to the USS Arizona that six men trapped by fire in the battleship’s control tower used to cross to his ship, the USS Vestal. Five of the six survived. Among them was Donald Stratton of Red Cloud, Nebraska, who died last year. Del Toro said he recently met with Stratton’s family.

“We sometimes talk about our victory in World War II as though it was inevitable. Only a matter of time. But there was nothing inevitable about one sailor’s decision to toss that line,” Del Toro said.

He said it took millions of individual acts of valor and courage at home and overseas to get the nation through the war.

The bombing killed more than 2,300 U.S. troops. Nearly half — or 1,177 — were Marines and sailors serving on the USS Arizona.

David Dilks, 95, traveled to Hawaii from Hatfield, Pennsylvania, with his son-in-law. Dilks enlisted out of high school in 1944, going from playing basketball one day to serving in the Navy the next.

Dilks said his battleship, the USS Massachusetts, bombarded targets like Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the Philippines during the war.

He recalls one day in March 1945 when he and his shipmates were watching the movie “Stage Door Canteen” on the ship’s fantail when a loud noise interrupted the film. They then saw a Japanese kamikaze plane crash into the USS Randolph aircraft carrier next to them.

“We never had a movie up topside after that,” he said.

Sitting at Pearl Harbor on the 80th anniversary of the attack, he said he’s thinking in particular about those that died.

“All of the sailors and soldiers who fought here — you should be proud of them. But more proud of those who didn’t make it,” he said.

Several women who helped the war effort by working in factories have come to Hawaii to participate in the remembrance this year.

Mae Krier, who built B-17s and B-29s at a Boeing plant in Seattle, said it took the world a while to credit women for their work.

“And we fought together as far as I’m concerned. But it took so long to honor what us women did. And so of course, I’ve been fighting hard for that, to get our recognition,” said Krier, who is now 95. “But it was so nice they finally started to honor us.”

This year’s ceremony took place as a strong storm with extremely heavy rains hit Hawaii, flooding roads and downing power lines. The ceremony was conducted under a pier with a metal roof. Skies were overcast but it was not raining during the ceremony.

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Denver weather: Will it finally snow this week? Here’s what to expect.



Denver weather: Pleasant Saturday, windy Sunday, chance for snow Tuesday

It’s been a long time coming but Denver may finally get its first snow of the season. Although it’s very late and we’ve waited nearly a record number of days in between accumulating snows, the streak could come to an end this week.

The weather this season has been concerning. The overall lack of snow and precipitation, in general, is enough to have sent Denver back into severe drought. While the upcoming storm isn’t going to be a blockbuster, it is at least something and any kind of moisture is very much needed.

Denver as of Tuesday has gone 231 days without seeing measurable snow. The only year with a longer span between measurable snows in Denver was all the way back in 1887 when the city went 235 days without accumulating snow. With the way this forecast may pan out, it’s possible we could get a tenth of an inch of snow Thursday, which would snap the streak at 233 days. It is more likely Denver will receive measurable snow Friday, meaning we will fall one day shy of the all-time record. Regardless of when snow officially happens, it has been a very long time since Denver has seen snow.

The record latest date of the first snow in Denver has come and gone and is almost a distant memory at this point.

Latest first snow dates in Denver

1) 2021 — TBD
2) 1934 — Nov. 21
3) 1931 — Nov. 19
4) 2016 — Nov. 17
5) 1894 — Nov. 16


A cold front associated with this system will push across the region late Thursday night into Friday morning. Above-average temperatures are expected Thursday before the cold front moves in, so we have nice weather expected until then.

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