The main purpose of this ongoing blog will be to track planetary 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).😉
Main Topic: Needed Protests Over a German Coal Mine
Dear Diary. Protests over fossil fuel infrastructure are nothing new, but during this decade are ever more urgent. Coal mines should be shut down via any non-violent legal means necessary, via methods that Dr. Martin Luther King employed. Protests uncover plans to dig up more life killing chemicals to the public. Green renewables have been demonstrated to fit our energy needs, so I implore people to protest on. The protests I am reporting about today went a bit too far, though, becoming violent.
Here is a short Associated Press article describing protests in association with one German mine. It’s no wonder that Germany feels the need to continue getting energy from coal due to the Ukranian-Russian War. Keep an eye on these countries:
I’m hoping that we see more positive news during 2023 concerning both coal mines and oil platforms in which companies are stymied from implementing their dirty plans through grass roots protests. Unfortunately, this coal mine’s operation won’t be stopped this year.
Protests near German village vacated to expand coal mine
January 2, 2023
Activists build barricades and set them on fire while the police make preparations for the planned eviction of the village Luetzerath, western Germany, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. The village of Luetzerath has to be demolished to expand the Garzweiler lignite coal mine near the dutch border. (Henning Kaiser/dpa via AP)
BERLIN (AP) — Scuffles broke out on Monday outside a village in western Germany that is to be razed to allow the expansion of a coal mine, a plan that is drawing resistance from climate activists.
Activists threw fireworks, bottles and stones at police outside the village of Luetzerath before the situation calmed down and officers pulled back, German news agency dpa reported.
Protesters previously had set up a burning barricade, and one glued his hand to the access road.
The hamlet is to be demolished to expand the Garzweiler lignite mine, despite protests from environmentalists who fear millions more tons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide will be released into the atmosphere.
Activists have been living in houses abandoned by former residents.
The Heinsberg county administration has issued an order barring people from Luetzerath and, if they fail to leave, authorizing police to clear the village from Jan. 10 onward. Officials have called for a non-violent end to the activists’ occupation.
In October, the federal and regional governments — both of which include the environmentalist Green party — and energy company RWE agreed to bring forward the exit from coal use in the region by eight years to 2030.
But, amid concerns about Germany’s energy security following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the agreement also foresees the life of two power plant units that were supposed to be switched off earlier being extended until at least 2024 and Luetzerath being razed to enable further mining.
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Here are some “ET’s” recorded from around the planet the last couple of days, their consequences, and some extreme temperature outlooks, as well as some extreme precipitation reports:
Here is some new 2022 climatology:
Here is more climate and weather news from Sunday:
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