Extreme Temperature Diary-August 30, 2018/ Topic: Little Victories…Derailing Pipelines

Thursday August 30th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing post will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials)😊. Here is today’s main climate change related topic:

Little Victories…Derailing Pipelines

During the outset of World War II between Dunkirk and Hitler’s planned invasion of Britain in 1940 it appeared that all was lost. The Germans would successfully invade Britain, and Europe would be dominated by the Nazis and Fascists for years if not decades to come. However, with each downed plane Churchill and Britain kept delaying ultimate defeat by hours then days, then finally past the awful summer and fall of 1940 into 1941. The invasion never came allowing Britain to regroup in 1942 along with other allies finally defeating the Nazi scourge in 1945. So too, many people with climate on the brain are writing that all is lost in this World War III to save the planet from global warming. Like Churchill we must never give in to doubt and fear, though. We do see green signs of victory with each solar panel that is constructed and each battle flag (windmill) that is raised.

Today I learned that a court in Canada has shot down an enemy pipeline that could have bombed the climate into more submission:

BAM! VICTORY!!! Indigenous Nations and environmental groups win major court decision as Federal Court of Appeal quashes the approval of the TransMountain pipeline. HUGE!

time to say . Panels not pipelines.

Court quashes Canadian approval of Trans Mountain oil pipeline that would have put southern resident orcas already on the verge of extinction in even greater peril:

Quoting from the Reuters article: 
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – A Canadian court on Thursday overturned approval of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion, ruling that Ottawa failed to adequately consider aboriginal concerns, in a blow to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s efforts to balance environmental and economic issues. Trudeau’s government agreed in May to buy the pipeline from Kinder Morgan Canada for C$4.5 billion ($3.46 billion), betting it would win the court battle and expand Trans Mountain over fierce political and environmental opposition. The Federal Court of Appeal ruled that the National Energy Board (NEB) regulator wrongly narrowed its review of the project to exclude related tanker traffic. Additionally, the federal government was seen to have not adequately consulted First Nations, as required by law.“The big takeaway is the duty to consult (indigenous people) is still the most important step in any major project,” said Andrew Leach, associate professor of business economics at University of Alberta.
       “Further delays will harm Canada’s economy by limiting access to global markets, said Al Reid, executive vice-president of oil producer Cenovus Energy Inc, whose shares dropped 4.4 percent.”
       This last quoted sentence tells me that Canada needs to invest more in green projects so that its people and economy won’t be hurt going into a changing future.
       Just like Keystone in the U.S. the TransMountain pipeline would have enabled sludgy shale oil being mined and drilled in western Canada to find an easier outlet to the coast, in this case Vancouver. This shale oil has been described as some of the most dirty, toxic oil on the planet with a high carbon content. I congratulate all for stopping this pipeline in its tracks much like brave RAF pilots stopped the Nazi war machine during WWII only this time without bullets, just a lot of heart and some big protest signs.
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On Friday our late summer heat wave will break in the East while building from Texas into the Plains:
Going into early September we may see an eye popping 500 mb ridge developing in the East. We will see if the thing gets to 597 decameters or higher as forecast by the GFS by the 5th:

(As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line.)

Here is some of today’s climate related news:

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