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Today’s Poor Needs More Oil, Natural Gas, And Coal

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Simply put, the world has no greater problem than energy deprivation and poverty. They shorten human lives by decades. I’m going to use this post to put some horrifically sad numbers to you because ending poverty today is our most critical global goal. I’ve written peer-reviewed journal articles on this stuff and have come to realize that we rich Westeners know almost nothing about how poor the world really is. In short, “climate scientists are everywhere, poverty scientists are nowhere.” So, this piece is vital to our energy-environment conversation, which has been decidedly one-sided in environment’s favor.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, just some facts to arm you for the holiday conversation with your brother-in-law that is sure to focus on protecting the world’s unborn great grandkids by limiting energy options for the world’s poor dying prematurely today. Remember two things: more money is the key to better health and it’s very telling that fossil fuels – oil, gas, and coal – account for nearly 85% of the energy used in the world’s best economies. Reliable, affordable energy is the impetus for everything.

    1. Let’s hope the world’s climate is indeed changing: 6 in every 7 humans today live in undeveloped nations, perpetually burdened with having just 5% of the income that we Americans enjoy.
    1. The Paris-based International Energy Agency has been reporting for years that 1,300 million humans have no electricity. And it’s actually far worse than that: IEA’s data are based on a pathetically far too low threshold level of just 75 kWh consumption, or what Americans use in 2 or 3 days. Thus, in reality, billions of people lack adequate access to electricity – the enabling force of a modern life. Without access to power, the digital divide between the world’s rich and poor is widening literally every day. Even under the best-case scenario, 600-800 million humans will still have no electricity decades from now.
    2. Sub-Saharan Africa is the fastest growing region for population on Earth, and over 60% of the population there, over 6o0 million humans, have no electricity whatsoever.
    3. India is the most energy deprived nation on Earth and has 370 million children under the age of 15 – or the equivalent of the entire populations of the U.S. and Canada. Over 700 million Indians have no access to modern energy and unimaginably have no refrigeration. At 750 kWh per capita, or 5% of what Americans consume today, Indians use the same amount of electricity as we Americans did in 1930.
  1. Tens of nations in Africa consume 100-200 kWh of electricity per capita, compared to 6,300 kWh in Europe and 13,300 kWh in the U.S. Our live expectancies are 30 years higher than theirs – no wonder given how indispensable electricity is.
  2. Around 3 billion people – 40% of the world – cook and heat their homes using open fires and simple stoves burning biomass (wood, animal dung, and crop waste). That’s the equivalent of smoking 400 cigarettes every hour. Thus every day, 11,000 people die from cooking smoke.
  3. Not having access to modern fuels and electricity impacts women and children the most, because they are the ones that spend their entire days gathering fuel and completing daily tasks that we Westerners take for granted. For example, each day, South African women walk the equivalent to the moon and back 16 times to simply collect water. These unfortunate ones have no chance to better their lives through education or retaining a job because they are forced to spend their entire days accomplishing the mundane. Women are 50% of the global population but over 70% of those stuck in energy poverty. Limiting their energy options cannot be a goal.
  4. More renewable energy cannot be the primary energy goal for the developing world that is so drastically energy deprived: renewables are too expensive and naturally intermittent and therefore less reliable. To illustrate, Germany and Denmark are the wind capitals of Europe, and home power rates there are respectively 40 and 42 cents per kWh, compared to 12 cents here in the U.S.
  5. There are 25,000 homeless in the great city of Los Angeles, many of them U.S. war veterans. No offense Mayor Garcetti and Governor Brown, with such a calamity within your midst, you have absolutely no right to continue to tell us how “clean” your electricity is. Once again, rich, powerful people ignoring the depth of poverty that surrounds them – even when it sits on their own city streets.
  6. The most horrific one, and the one I want you to remember most: 21,000 children perish every day from poverty, tragic deaths enabled by a lack of modern energy that we Westerners are really incapable of even imagining. They can only be helped by getting access to modern energy today.

Maybe most unfortunately, the energy companies themselves don’t fight nearly hard enough to promote their own products, seemingly stuck like a deer in headlights by the incredibly well organized, young, and ambitious environmental groups. The reality of “we must end poverty today” concept has been lost on the fossil fuel companies. They need entire divisions on how oil, gas, and coal have helped the world. For example, I’ve already shown how oil and gas companies could be heroes in Africa, here.

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108 Comments on "Today’s Poor Needs More Oil, Natural Gas, And Coal"

  1. coffeeguyzz on Thu, 30th Nov 2017 5:03 pm 

    Mr. Clement, the author, overstates by claiming we rich westerners know almost nothing about how poor the world really is.

    Aw kontrair, some of us witnessed by dint of living, working, travelling for years throughout the poorest, most wretched areas on the planet (Bangledesh for me, known as East Pakistan at the time), as well as growing up in environments of want … living for extended periods of time going to bed hungry every night.

    These are the types of experiences that sear deeply into the soul both an awareness of true deprivation and the myriad ways such a life lived can be extremely brutal … most acutely felt by the most vulnerable.

    I do not know how hardcore doomers react to these type of postings as the bizarre cult of doomerism, self flagellating individuals who incessantly seek to impose their misery upon a wider audience, is a new phenomena to me.

    Yes, yes, continue to cyber interact in the modern day version of the bearded character wearing the sandwich board proclaiming “The End is Near”.
    Strive to stifle those of us who yearn for a better tomorrow for our progeny, and – in an extended act of magnanimity – the progeny of those who do not wish us harm.

    Debate robustly how best to bring this about.
    Call to account those who deceive – even themselves – so as to best bring about a better world within these scant few decades most of us are allotted.

    Masochistically destroying our heritage in some surreal attempts of penance and/or virtue signalling will continue to be fought to the last breath, by any and all means available, by those of us who do not wish to inhabit a world of poverty, as Mr. Clement so poignantly describes.

  2. JuanP on Thu, 30th Nov 2017 5:35 pm 

    “Simply put, the world has no greater problem than energy deprivation and poverty.” I ignored the grammatical error in the title and got as far as the first sentence before stopping. I will not waste my time reading this article. We have many more serious problems than “energy deprivation and poverty” and, also, more important predicaments. We need to reduce our population and osumption, not increase them. More coal, oil, and gas would only fry the biosphere faster.

  3. onlooker on Thu, 30th Nov 2017 5:45 pm 

    Yep Juam is spot on and maybe some of those poor people or their progeny will at some future date be the survivors from a human/biosphere/economic crash because they have survival skills due to not being plugged into the civilization matrix

  4. Hello on Thu, 30th Nov 2017 6:19 pm 

    It’s amazing. Negros can’t even copy an age old technology and install some working power in their holes. Europeans on the other hand had to invent that stuff first.

    Ampere, Volt, Ohm, Siemens, Watt, Henry, Farad. Is there any unit associated with electricity that is not named after a european?…. wait, is there ANY physical unit at all, named after somebody else than a european?

  5. Anonymouse1 on Thu, 30th Nov 2017 6:37 pm 

    Forbes is implying here, that increasing consumption of energy(fossil-fuels specifically), as this heart-tugging article implies, is all about the noble goal of helping ‘the poor'(tm). But forbes also knows full well, that is complete bullstein. What forbes IS really interested in, is tethering as many as possible to the corporate-financier controlled system(aka globalism if you like). Well, for as long as the resources hold out of course.

    Forbes ‘vision’ here, is everyone should be allowed to be utterly dependant on centralized, corporate controlled systems. Be it food, energy, housing, finance, you get the idea. Plugging people INTO these systems, makes them LESS free, LESS independent, and LESS able to think for themselves. Which of course, is an idea Forbes can really get behind, even if they won’t actually put it in those terms.

    The strange thing about all this, is how easy it is to prove the people with highest energy usage, are the ones doing the most damage. Four% of the worlds population have been gorging themselves on ~ 1/3 of the entries planet’s energy and raw resources for nearly a century, and have done immense damage doing so. So now forbes wants the bottom…50%? or so, to increase their energy use? Someone should tell forbes what that would actually mean to the amero-zionist imperium. Less energy, a lot less, and by implication, other resources as well, NOT flowing into the amerikan ‘homeland’ at anywhere near the volumes they have been historically.

    The amerikan empire, and by extension, its colonies, have done very well by enriching themselves at the rest of the world’s expense. Forbes should rethink this radical position of redistributing wealth. It might actually catch on. And that, is something the class Forbes caters to, would definately would care at all.

  6. onlooker on Thu, 30th Nov 2017 6:41 pm 

    Bingo! Anon

  7. GregT on Thu, 30th Nov 2017 10:37 pm 

    “The amerikan empire, and by extension, its colonies, have done very well by enriching themselves at the rest of the world’s expense. ”

    We most certainly have. Could not agree more Anon.

  8. kanon on Thu, 30th Nov 2017 11:23 pm 

    If a poor country has fossil fuel resources it will be bombed, invaded, or otherwise subjugated. The poor people living there will have their society torn apart and their culture destroyed. Fossil fuel as a solution for poverty is a cruel and cynical joke. The worsening fossil fueled climate change will create more poverty and desperation than humanity has ever known. I think this article has nothing whatsoever to do with helping “the poor”(tm) and everything to do with promoting fossil fuel interests among the rich and powerful.

  9. Cloggie on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 1:17 am 

    ““The amerikan empire, and by extension, its colonies, have done very well by enriching themselves at the rest of the world’s expense. ””

    BS. Go have a look in Saudi-Arabia and other Gulf States and verify the extent with which the West “exploited” these poor Arabs.

    Zero.

    Mouse pretends to be an anti-globalist, but in reality he puts globalism in the overdrive by demanding wealth transfer from the West to the third world, as if the world is already One Country, the wet dream of the Anglo-Zionists. Wealth that mysteriously somehow was “taken” from the world’s sobs.

    Don’t get me wrong, I p*ss on globalist Forbes, on the “American-Zionist empire” aka the West. Forbes wants the Africans to use more fossil fuel, more energy, where everybody should use less or better: all energy should be renewable.

    The real reason why Afrika is “poor”, in comparison to the West, is because they are plain stupid, incompetent, lazy, low-IQ, indolent. Jungle material. That is not necessarily their fault, but certainly not hours.

    Yesterday on the “news”: in a few decades there will be 2.5 billion Africans, double so much as now. In Nigeria women have on average 7 children. Good luck with that.

    In the future, when Europe finally gets rid of the Anglos and can turn towards Eurasia (Russia and China won’t demand our extinction in contrast to the North-Americans or rather their politicians), any form of aid should be strictly tied to strong population reduction. If not: happy dying to you.

    Africa is an immense threat for Europe and we should get rid of that paternalist guilt-ridden “development aid”/Albert Schweitzer attitude towards them.

    The best thing that ever happened to Africa was European colonization, which lifted them from the Stone Age into the modern world, which they can’t carry by themselves.

    http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1713275,00.html

    Don’t worry anonymouse1, wealth distribution from white to non-white is coming alright… to North-America. Once Trump will be dealt with and the deep state is in full control again, they will come with universal healthcare and even basic income, to be paid for by stupid American whites. Mark Zuckerberg already played with these ideas.

    Ampere, Volt, Ohm, Siemens, Watt, Henry, Farad. Is there any unit associated with electricity that is not named after a european?…. wait, is there ANY physical unit at all, named after somebody else than a european?

    That’s a very raysist thing to say Hello, even if true. Don’t you know that Europeans came up with that knowledge because they exploited and stuff poor Africans? You run the risk now that Empire-overseer-wannabee Davy is going to call you a Natzie.

  10. Cloggie on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 1:40 am 

    Macron lectures Africans in Africa: stop expecting Europe to pay all the bills for you. We are no longer your colonial power.

    https://altright.com/2017/11/30/macron-calls-out-burkina-fasos-leader-for-rise-of-slavery-incompetence/

    I still do not entirely see through the political motivations of Macron yet. A lot is what I want to hear and he seems to be serious about limiting the influx of invaders from Africa to Europe.

  11. Davy on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 1:52 am 

    “The amerikan empire, and by extension, its colonies, have done very well by enriching themselves at the rest of the world’s expense. ” “We most certainly have. Could not agree more Anon.”

    Stupid nationalistic anti-American west coast Canadians peddling the “it’s all the American’s fault” whine when it is just as much the rest of the developing world that is involved with the exploitation of the remainder of the less affluent world. Places like the west coast of Canada or wealthy Europe have become rich off the same type of behavior the US has pushed. IMA, it was a dangerous cold war that drove this exploitive economic competition significantly so the (EX) Soviet Union nations have culpability in the blame. Now we have China and India enriching a huge middle class that is doing the same.

    The entire world is exploiting the planetary system in a rape of a system of commons that supports us all. People like grehg the t (Canadian), anon the mouse1 (Canadian), and their friends here are playing the blame and complain game. They are extremist who peddle anti-American agendas as a cover for their own complicity. Their accomplices here who are American are just playing the “I want to be part of your group” BS.

    The US has been the leader and of this game of exploitation but these other nations who are rich are also guilty for economic sins. The hypocrisy that comes out of a few of the Canadians here is disgusting. The west coast of Canada arguably one of the richest areas in the world is now a hot bed of self-righteousness hypocrisy and offers little in the way of global leadership in a new way of living that they could be showing leadership by action. You can’t be highly affluent and point fingers at others. You can’t engage in a huge money laundering housing bubble and not be corrupted. It is poor behavior that is little different from poor American economic behavior.

    The Americans have a special place in the “bad” category for its military exploits that have brough death to so many. There is no excuse for this and never will be. History will judge the US for so many bad wars. The US should atone for those sins but won’t because of its own group of self-righteous hypocrites who peddle the fake message that the US is a beacon of freedom. Yet, the accusations of economic colonization is self-righteous bunk coming out of the rest of the rich world. A poor African can point a finger not an asshole Canadian like anon the mouse1 or grehg the t.

  12. Davy on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 2:03 am 

    “You run the risk now that Empire-overseer-wannabee Davy is going to call you a Natzie.”

    Dumb und dutchy, you are a classic neo Nazi racist pig who deserves to be singled out in a special category of disgusting. As a European you have brought death and destruction on the world historically. A history you chose to revise daily. You are the creator of all the “isms” that is bringing life to the brink of destruction. You preach a neo colonial Euro Empire talk to the board that is exactly what the world must avoid. The US is only an extension of your Frankenstein creation. Of all the people on this board who peddle an agenda yours is probably one of the worst. Fake green and racist is all you are dumb und dutchy. You are promoting a new Empire to finish what the old one failed at. FRAUD

  13. Davy on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 2:15 am 

    “Pew Research Center Says EU Muslim Population Could Triple By 2050”
    https://tinyurl.com/y825ddeg

    “The baseline for all three scenarios is the Muslim population in Europe (defined here as the 28 countries presently in the European Union, plus Norway and Switzerland) as of mid-2016, estimated at 25.8 million (4.9% of the overall population) – up from 19.5 million (3.8%) in 2010. Even if all migration into Europe were to immediately and permanently stop – a “zero migration” scenario – the Muslim population of Europe still would be expected to rise from the current level of 4.9% to 7.4% by the year 2050. This is because Muslims are younger (by 13 years, on average) and have higher fertility (one child more per woman, on average) than other Europeans, mirroring a global pattern. A second, “medium” migration scenario assumes that all refugee flows will stop as of mid-2016 but that recent levels of “regular” migration to Europe will continue (i.e., migration of those who come for reasons other than seeking asylum; see note on terms below). Under these conditions, Muslims could reach 11.2% of Europe’s population in 2050. Finally, a “high” migration scenario projects the record flow of refugees into Europe between 2014 and 2016 to continue indefinitely into the future with the same religious composition (i.e., mostly made up of Muslims) in addition to the typical annual flow of regular migrants. In this scenario, Muslims could make up 14% of Europe’s population by 2050 – nearly triple the current share, but still considerably smaller than the populations of both Christians and people with no religion in Europe.”

  14. GregT on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 3:47 am 

    ““The amerikan empire, and by extension, its colonies, have done very well by enriching themselves at the rest of the world’s expense. ”

    WEmost certainly have.

  15. Makati1 on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 4:12 am 

    ‘… maybe some of those poor people or their progeny will at some future date be the survivors from a human/biosphere/economic crash because they have survival skills due to not being plugged into the civilization matrix.”

    Totally agree Onlooker. There are maybe a billion who are NOT plugged in and will survive because nothing will have changed for them.

  16. Davy on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 6:10 am 

    “Totally agree Onlooker. There are maybe a billion who are NOT plugged in and will survive because nothing will have changed for them.”

    Mad kat, explain that statement. One billion is a big number surely you have the details of who these people are and where they are located. Knowing you none of these people are in the US. I think the one billion you are talking about are the poor Asian that practice subsistence farming. There will be some survive after the die down but the percentage that will die are much worse. Numbers play this card. When you have 4.5BIL in an Area smaller than Russia I think we can say a bad die off will leave that area around 1BIL or less. Let’s look at North America 360MIL might drop to 100MIL or less.

  17. Sissyfuss on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 8:52 am 

    Leave it to Forbes to give us their fiscal only view of modern day reality. The world today needs less of anything related to humans, both in number and activity. Not their pro-growth Ponzi peccadilloes. You can tie all the perturbations of modernity to the Limits to Growth paradigm that we are now entering. Confucius say” he who continuously crap in bed wake up feeling like sh#t.”

  18. GregT on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 9:35 am 

    “‘… maybe some of those poor people or their progeny will at some future date be the survivors from a human/biosphere/economic crash because they have survival skills due to not being plugged into the civilization matrix.”

    Maybe, but only if the “civilization matrix” dies off before the natural biosphere does.

  19. GregT on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 10:03 am 

    “Let’s look at North America 360MIL might drop to 100MIL or less.”

    Much less. There are nowhere near 100 million people in NA that would have the slightest clue how to survive without modern industrialism. Other than the indigenous peoples, North Americans don’t even possess any significant historical record of doing so. Even with slavery.

  20. onlooker on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 10:21 am 

    Good point Greg

  21. Davy on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 10:24 am 

    Got your references or details? How do you even know what he collapse would look like in question. Far too many variables to say one way or another. I was showing Mad Kat the magic of numbers to show North American is better set to survive as-is than Asia. Food, water, and lower population densities will be the variables that matter. Asia is low on all counts. That’s science not emotions.

  22. onlooker on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 10:30 am 

    Yes in all fairness that seems right to me. Population to resources ratio is very important. So maybe this is a particular specific issue even Davy and Makati can agree on. Place your bets haha

  23. GregT on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 10:54 am 

    “Food, water, and lower population densities will be the variables that matter.”

    There would be a population die off everywhere. Those who do not rely on modern industrialism for food and water, would fair much better than those who do. Obviously. Don’t agree? Then move back to the city. All of your work towards self sustainability would be a complete waste of your time.

  24. Davy on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 11:18 am 

    Everyone is connected to the industrial food system even subsistence farmers. It is unclear how quickly a collapse of industrial civilization would occurs. The variables would be the significant determinant of who would or would not survive. Many Americans in rural areas are quite capable of feeding themselves and others depending on how bad things are. It is likely the industrial AG system would not go down suddenly. It could but there is nothing saying that complete failure is the only scenario. Asia with its huge populations that are increasingly urbanized will be most at risk. Asia’s inability to feed itself now is an blatant indicator of its dangerous unsustainability .

  25. Sissyfuss on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 11:32 am 

    Growth now is insanity. What a perpicklement!

  26. GregT on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 11:37 am 

    As per usual, you are incapable of getting beyond your America vs the rest of the world nonsense.

    Move on already. This isn’t a competition.

  27. GregT on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 11:47 am 

    “Everyone is connected to the industrial food system even subsistence farmers.”

    As I have mentioned before, I have spent time with many people in my travels, who are not connected to the industrial food system, in any way, shape, or form. While I am sure the they do exist somewhere, I am not aware of any of them living here in NA. Are you?

  28. Davy on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 12:09 pm 

    You are a blatant anti-American agendist peddling an emotional message of negativity for “ANYTHING“ American. Your specialty is stalking and pricking Americans who don’t submit to your anti-American agenda. It comes from your extreme Canadian version of anti-Americanism that is a combination of cultural anti-American conditioning and your own personal competitive negative bias against Americans. I am merely moderating your extremism. You are the one pointing out the US cannot survive but other areas will be fine. You then have the bold face to say get beyond the US verse the rest of the world mentality when that is precisely your mentality. You are the one that drives this message constantly and daily along with your sidekick mad kat. I am throwing cold water on that with science and math. Of course you are going to say “move on already”. I neuter this message daily and it has you very upset. Hence the extreme behavior lately. Start living by your own words maybe “already”. This isn’t a competition it is a search of the truth.

  29. Davy on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 12:19 pm 

    “I have spent time with many people in my travels, who are not connected to the industrial food system, in any way, shape, or form.”

    All people are connected to the industrial food system today except for very rare cases because all humans influenced by globalism. These farmers get their products that are not AG related from the industrial economy. I don’t see people living in hides and weeds anymore. They generally use fertilizers and electricity in some way. They buy seeds from those who are connected. They sell their harvest for money to buy things. These people are at risk to all those who are nearby that are reliant fully on industrial Ag. This is especially true in Asia where huge populations are everywhere and if these populations where forced to move they would overwhelm the local subsistence farming communities. You are in no way and expert nor can your opinion be relied upon for balance because of your emotional attachments

  30. GregT on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 1:26 pm 

    One more time.

    I have spent time with many people in my travels, who are not connected to the industrial food system, in any way, shape, or form.

    No electricity, no ‘running’ water, no fossil fuels, and no fossil fuels based fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. They do not buy seeds from anybody else, and they do not have money to buy ‘things’. Most of those people were in Asia. Some in Central and South America.

    You are the one who is being all emotional here, with your false sense of identity, and false belief that America somehow belongs to you. It does not. You belong to America. A name, a number, and a tax base. Nothing more.

  31. Davy on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 1:53 pm 

    I have traveled too grehg and I am educated. I am not sure about you. The world is tightly connect with the exceleration of consecutiveness occurring directly related to population increase and the resulting overshoot especially in the last 15 years. This corresponds to China’s rise which has been the biggest impactor of the economic component.

    You are peddling an emotional agenda that disregards this reality. You live in a fantasy world of hyper nationalism that you pretend is not your MO but someone on the receiving end of your hate this hyper nationalism is palpable. Anything coming out of you is suspect as revised, messaged, and obscured with your emotional agenda of taking down the Evil Empire. An Evil Empire that has taken on fictional characteristics. You are now to the point of divorcing from reality and your mental state of late is an example of poor reality testing skills.

  32. Apneaman on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 2:11 pm 

    What do climate scientists or even rabid environmentalists have to do with poverty or fossil fuels?

    How many barrels of oil have not been extracted because of them? How many tons of coal or Natgas wells have not been drilled because of them?

    Wouldn’t a good way to see what effect scientists and environmentalists have on fossil fuel extraction and use over the last 10 – 30 – 50 years be to look at the aggravate numbers of fossil fuel extraction and use over those time periods?

    Go ahead and knock yourself out digging up the numbers, but I can tell you right now that the numbers all say MORE, MORE MORE and the coal in the US was knocked back by cheap fracked gas.

    So what is this retard arguing about? US Cancer extraction had it’s best 8 years ever under Obama, so what is this retard going on about?

    His religion, capitalism + USA, is failing and flailing and he needs a scapegoat.

    I have heard this desperate babbling and excuse making a thousand times and have never once seen any of these fools demonstrate that climate scientist (AKA physics & chemistry) and environmentalists has prevented even one fucking barrel from being burnt.

    This is the type on non argument excuses that desperate clinging losers make when everything they believe in is crumbling before them.

    Stop trying to hide your Cancer shilling behind concer for the poor – phony cunt.

    As for that other issue, it will mercifully (for the rest of us) kill you and your stupid offspring off.

    What Happened to Winter?

    December is here, but warm temperatures are setting records nationwide.

    “In a season traditionally devoted to snow, a rash of unseasonably warm weather means that, right now in the United States, there’s hardly any of it.

    A coast-to-coast holiday heat wave means that, on Thursday, the last day of November, just 7.6 percent of the country was snow-covered, about one-third of the typical value over the past 15 years. Over the past seven days, 1,550 record high temperatures have been set across the country compared with just 15 record lows, a 100 to one clip. Nearly every corner of the country is warmer than normal.

    In parts of the West, it’s actually T-shirt weather: Temperatures in the Rockies, for example, are more typical of mid-June than late-November. On Monday, Denver reached 81 degrees—some 34 degrees above normal and warmer than Los Angeles, Houston, or Tampa, Florida—the warmest temperature ever recorded there during the month of November. On the same day, it was so unusually warm in Salt Lake City that the city broke its record high—at 2:20 a.m. Tucson, Arizona, set record highs all four days of the long Thanksgiving weekend, peaking at 92 degrees on Sunday—the highest reading ever measured there so late in the year.”

    https://psmag.com/environment/why-is-winter-suddenly-so-warm

  33. Apneaman on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 2:24 pm 

    Sahara ‘moving north’

    “Respected professor and researcher Filipe Duarte Santos this week forecast that, because of the advancing of the deserts in northern Africa, Portugal’s climate is becoming more and more like that of Morocco, Algeria or Tunisia.”

    http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/sahara-moving-north/43959

    The EU should build a TOLL bridge over the Strait of Gibraltar. That way they can charge each climate refugee a fee to cross instead of wasting all that money on marine fuel rescuing them in open water.

    Operating the toll booth would be a decent job for struggling EU senior citizens…….like clog. Bring meaning to his otherwise pitiful life.

  34. Apneaman on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 2:34 pm 

    How warm was November in Tucson? The warmest on record

    “November’s average temperature in Tucson of 69.2 degrees was 3.5 degrees higher than the last heat record for November, set in 2007. … The NWS said we are on track to break the record for the warmest year on record, which is an average temperature of 72.1 degrees set in 2014 and again in 2016.”

    http://tucson.com/news/local/how-warm-was-november-in-tucson-the-warmest-on-record/article_b404b221-f81b-5330-8863-afdd75eb5f4b.html

  35. Apneaman on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 2:51 pm 

    New study uncovers the ‘keystone domino’ strategy of climate denial

    “How climate denial blogs misinform so many people with such poor scientific arguments.Denier blogs and science-based blogs “diametrically opposite”

    In this study, the authors examined the arguments made by 45 denier blogs and 45 science-based blogs regarding the impact of human-caused global warming on polar bear populations and Arctic sea ice extent. They found that the science-based blogs all showed that Artic sea ice is declining, and nearly all said that global warming threatens polar bear populations.

    Conversely, the denier blogs nearly all denied that Arctic sea ice is declining or argued that we can’t predict how it will change in the future, and that polar bears aren’t threatened and/or will adapt to climate change.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/nov/29/new-study-uncovers-the-keystone-domino-strategy-of-climate-denial

    “poor scientific arguments”? Pussy liberals. Since when is lying for politics & profit an argument? It’s not, it’s treason and deniers should be put on trail for treason and after found guilty they should be hung for their crimes and stripped of their assets.

    That’ll never happen. No matter, they have already hung themselves and their kids and grandkids and ensured their country will fall harder and faster than without their lying and conniving and their masters obscene greed.

  36. Go Speed Racer on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 3:01 pm 

    A famous black person developed the
    hydro electric African rotational sluice gate.

    His name was Mellon.

    So whenever scientists and researchers
    calculate the amount of water flow in a
    hydro project in Africa, the SI units are
    calculated in Water Mellons.

  37. Go Speed Racer on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 3:05 pm 

    What the poor need, is for their
    taxes to be increased.

    Trump and the Republicans,
    should have that all done in time for
    Christmas at the poor households.

  38. Cloggie on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 3:25 pm 

    “Pussy liberals. Since when is lying for politics & profit an argument? It’s not, it’s treason and deniers should be put on trail for treason and after found guilty they should be hung for their crimes and stripped of their assets.”

    And the apneaman’s of this world volunteer to take care of said assets.

  39. Makati1 on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 3:33 pm 

    Greg, I know first hand that a large number of my farm neighbors do NOT have electric, running water in their homes or use any bought stuff for their gardens. No cell phone. No internet. No TV. They cook on charcoal that they make themselves from the local trees that fall during storms. They raise chickens and pigs. They have no debt. No bank accounts. No credit/debit cards. And, they have little or no knowledge of what is happening outside their community. Nor do they care. They live life. Even the city dwellers go to the countryside to visit their families when they can.

    Most Americans have a very warped view of the real world. They think that everyone lives much as they do, only with less ‘stuff’. Those who have actually traveled outside the 50 states know better. When you get off the tourist trail, you see the real world.

    Yes, there will be some changes here. Some regression. But they still have the skills to do that. Not 1 in 1,000 Americans have that ability. Of course, if meds disappear, some will suffer. Some will die. But, the percentage will be a lot less than in the US. A LOT less. Most here already cannot afford drugs, so they suffer and/or die. That too is the real world as millions of Americans are going to find out in the not too distant future.

  40. onlooker on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 3:42 pm 

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/12/capitalism-isnt-working-thomas-piketty

    Capitalism simply isn’t working and here are the reasons why

  41. Davy on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 4:05 pm 

    Mad Kat, you are so full of it just like grehg. You live in the westernized part of Manila overlooking the slums pretending they are like the civilization we say
    In the film Avatar. You want to believe there are noble poor who live wonderful simple lives separate from modernity. You are in a fantasy world. If and when the world enters a hard decline many of these people will be forced off the edge of survival. The same is true to a different degree in the developed world with their poor. You and grehg are living in a fantasy world. This is a pastoral view of a world that isn’t. You are going to be amazed how bad it gets for these people. Modernism is supplying many things you dismiss or ignore. One of the greatest things is security from mass movements of desperate people. Mad Kat, you are in the heart of the crucible of chaos and your days of easy living are numbered. I too have a difficult road ahead but I am honest and achnowledge this.

  42. Apneaman on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 6:38 pm 

    GSP, perhaps this do gooder author should import a few average American kids over to Africa to help out the starving villagers?

    Study: 57 percent of American children will be obese by age 35

    https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2017/11/30/Study-57-percent-of-American-children-will-be-obese-by-age-35/5191512023253/

    Oh oh oh, cancel that order GSR, it looks like US foreign policy (and Hillary) have, in a round about way, helped the Africans out with their calorie problem.

    African slaves ‘mutilated and cooked like kebabs’ by Libya gangs

    Slave markets have sprung up in Libya following the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

    Sub-Saharan African migrants heading for Europe are captured by gangs and exploited.

    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/african-slaves-mutilated-cooked-like-kebabs-by-libya-gangs-1649495

  43. GregT on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 8:28 pm 

    “Modernism is supplying many things you dismiss or ignore. One of the greatest things is security from mass movements of desperate people.”

    You don’t have the slightest clue as to what you are going on about, but by all means, do not let your delusions get in the way of reality.

  44. Makati1 on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 9:36 pm 

    Greg, no, Davy has no clue. I relate what I see every day here and he says it is fake/lies. The spoiled 1%er is going to get the shit kicked out of him when the SHTF in the US by those ‘nasty poor’ who will take his shit and leave him, and his family, crippled or dead. The US has about 33,000 armed gangs with over 1.4 million members. Many are less than 100 miles from his goat farm. Close by, in a country that has 250 million cars to get there. And the gangs will have gas. And weapons. Here, most will have to walk if they want to go somewhere after the SHTF. No guns.

    https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/violent-crime/gangs

    I guess he will deny the FBI info also as “fake news”. Here, they share, as will we, when the SHTF. IF we have it, we will share it with those nearby who need even before the SHTF. That is how to survive in a hostile situation. Community. Spoiled brats like Davy don’t share, they just want…

  45. MASTERMIND on Fri, 1st Dec 2017 11:24 pm 

    Madkat

    1.4 million members in a country with around 330 million is still just a rounding error…Obviously math was never your strong point…Sorry your scaremonger is nonsense.

  46. Davy on Sat, 2nd Dec 2017 12:48 am 

    “You don’t have the slightest clue as to what you are going on about, but by all means, do not let your delusions get in the way of reality.”

    I guess you don’t have a clue about what I am going on about or you would have the ability to explain with substance what that is. Just saying you are wrong without saying why means you are wrong or baffled and don’t want to admit it.

  47. Makati1 on Sat, 2nd Dec 2017 12:56 am 

    Mm, I suppose that that 1.4 million is also a “rounding error” if it is the total US military? They are equal numbers today. And most of the US military are not even in the 50 states. The gangs are. Plus, I am sure that 1.4 is more likely 2 million plus by now. Unemployment does that. Snowflake.

    You can deny it until you are the one shot for whatever you have that they want. They kill every day and are good at it. No remorse. No hesitation. Enjoy your delusions, snowflake.

  48. Go Speed Racer on Sat, 2nd Dec 2017 1:00 am 

    Hi Sleep Apneaman, wow U sure know how to
    pick the headlines.

    Ya, Amerika full of big fat slobs.
    Not enough to change the diet.
    Have to change out their DNA.
    They designed to be fat, in their genes.

  49. Davy on Sat, 2nd Dec 2017 1:00 am 

    Mad kat, you don’t see anything but your westernized part of Manila which is just a homogenized part of the global fabric all developed cities exhibit. Go to one mega city and it is like another. You pretend you have your hand on the heartbeat of Asia but you don’t. You and grehg have little understanding of what modernism is today in the 21st century of overshoot of populations and consumption. This is exhibited by your extremism of anti-Americanism and the promotion of an Asian agenda.

    I don’t deny the decline and decay about the US. You use this argument to try to fight my moderation of your Asian agenda. I moderate and neuter your agenda of all is well in Asia and all is bad in the US. I moderate your extremism of what is happening in the US, a place neither you nor grehg are in. Both of you think you understand the US because you are experts looking in. You are pretending the US is what you want it to be. You cherry pick facts and weave them into the fabric of your fantasy. You revise history and combine events to explain your agendas. You don’t even understand where you are at how are you going to understand the US. Surfing extremist sites is not understanding it is wishing with a tossed salad of facts.

    Mad kat, I do enjoy when you can’t ignore me anymore. It means I am getting through to your agenda and making you sweat. You and your partner grehg have an ever greater difficulties battling this moderation. Extremist hate to be moderated and it is showing.

  50. Cloggie on Sat, 2nd Dec 2017 1:28 am 

    “African slaves ‘mutilated and cooked like kebabs’ by Libya gangs

    Slave markets have sprung up in Libya following the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

    Sub-Saharan African migrants heading for Europe are captured by gangs and exploited.”

    It looks like that the Libyan trafficking route is closed now. Too bad for you and your NWO, TalmudTurk.

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