L.A. Times and the time gone by

I found this news online and I wouldn’t like to let it pass. I think that after all this time when it says — some living, others deceased — how long does it take for us to recognize our mistakes?

You can see the whole article in the Los Angeles section of this blog, here:

LA times news, 20 japanese americans.

I’ll leave it to you to think about it.

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Greenpeace energy report projects cheap, clean power and more jobs

I’m Gerald Lee Carroll and today I’d like to share this article that involves Greenpeace.

An environmentalist-sponsored report claims that by 2050, the United States could sever ties with coal and nuclear power, draw nearly all its electricity from renewable sources and cut its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80% –- all with existing technology and with a net gain of 14 million jobs to the domestic economy.

The report, commissioned by Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council and conducted by Germany’s equivalent of NASA, was released this morning at a press briefing in Washington. It is heavy on charts and supporting data and transparent on some key assumptions. And its sponsors call its findings “conservative.”

At its core, the report envisions a steep drop in the United States’ energy use, both in absolute terms and compared with International Energy Agency predictions — driven by strict efficiency standards. It also projects dramatic changes in the nation’s electricity mix, with wind and solar power mushrooming to replace coal, oil and nuclear sources that would gradually go offline.

The report includes some fairly stark trade-offs. (The following sentence has been corrected; it originally said more than 10 million coal-related jobs would disappear by 2050). The scenario includes the creation of 9 million efficiency-related jobs, 11 million solar-related jobs and 4 million wind-related jobs by 2050. It also projects about 620,000 coal-related jobs would disappear in that time; another 9.6 million coal-related jobs, which would be created if the nation’s current fossil-fuel-dependent energy use continues per IEA projections, would not be created.

Because solar and wind plants don’t require recurring fuel costs to operate, the authors say, the long-term fuel savings would more than double the up-front investment needed to spur those changes. And they’re not counting what they call massive additional savings from reducing greenhouse gas emissions to avoid what many scientists warn could be catastrophic economic effects from global warming.

“The criticism that we get for this study,” said Steven Biel, Greenpeace’s global warming campaign director, “is that we’re low-balling the benefits.”

Now for the caveats.

The report makes several critical assumptions about America’s energy future. It excludes additional nuclear plants, for example, because Greenpeace opposes nuclear energy on several grounds. It assumes utility companies will retire coal-fired power plants as they reach the end of a typical 40-year lifespan (but not before). It also assumes renewable sources -– solar, wind, biomass -– will follow current trends and become progressively cheaper over the next 40 years. It assumes the federal government will levy some sort of greenhouse gas emissions tax, which the Obama administration is advocating, and that the tax will amount to an estimated $10 per ton of carbon emissions in 2010 and ramp up to $50 in 2050. And despite today’s globally depressed oil prices, it predicts a permanent return to $100-plus-per-barrel crude very soon.

And it assumes the nation will eventually solve what many critics call the “base load” problem of wind and solar: how to get energy when the sun is not shining and the wind is not blowing. In the short- and medium-term, the report assumes natural gas will take up a lot of that slack. But without a long-term solution, Biel said, the report’s projections “would be bunk.”

Read the full Greenpeace energy report here.

This is Gerald Lee Carroll.

Keep you posted!

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Slow down and smell the seafood

Hello, I’m Gerald Lee Carroll, I am part of Greenpeace at Los Angeles, California. And in a way keeping up with my father Gerald Lee Carroll spirit I’m always curious about our enviroment.
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As I was reading today, on the one-year anniversary of the BP oil spill, author and environmentalist Charles Wohlforth weighed in with some lifestyle advice: We need to slow down and pay attention to the environment; it might not be as exciting as a celebrity scandal, he writes, but it is closely tied to our economy, our source of food, and people’s livelihoods. We have to keep caring so that communities are empowered when dealing with disaster; and so that action can continue at the federal level.
This is just a glimpse on how important it should be building a conciousness community.

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Speaking out loud for those who can’t!

Hi, my names is Gerald Lee Carroll and I live at Los Angeles and I’d like to share this news.

I’m very happy that Gottlieb and Vives from the L.A. Times got a Pulitzer! I followed up all the Bell city scandal story as it unfolded and they really contributed to make a change. If you are not aware of who they are and what they discovered it looks a bit like a Sopranos episode, without the gory bits: the city administrators robbed their community, had not been by these reporters it would have kept on going. Today there is a new administration, humble tax payers have been refunded and the corrupt plot was made public and might (should) go to jail.

I you want to take a look on the articles, there is a great time line here: http://timelines.latimes.com/bell/

The story was really worth a Pulitzer Price. The articles implied a thorough and brave research and casted lights on things one thinks belong to other times, left behind. How can California be thriving states when this kind of people seizes the city halls?

It took the Los Angeles Times a team of 20 reporters and editors, led by Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives to reveal that Bell officials secretly enriched themselves with extravagant salaries and benefits. This was carried out by illegally raising taxes on the city’s residents, who are amongst the poorest in Los Angeles County: the people found responsible of this where Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo, who received an $800,000 salary and hundreds of thousands of dollars more in perks, city manager, his assistance Angela Spaccia, Police Chief Randy Adams and the major himself.

For those who have never been there, is not the kind of place one would go as a tourist. But I have friends there and it is a hard-working area, where life may be though but the community sense and bonds are strong. My sister Anne Lee Carroll used to work at the community center at Bell, LA County and I have been, I think this kind of research by the LA Times will certainly help the community progress. My father, late Gerald Lee Carroll senior, was has also committed to the Bell library activities and the Pulitzer for the LA Times on this matter would certainly make him happy.

Bell is located in Los Angeles County, California. The city is located on the west bank of the Los Angeles River and is actually a suburb of the city of Los Angeles. It is also one of the smallest cities in the United States to have that have a population of more than 25,000.

But, believe or not, this was not the first time Bell gained notoriety: in March 2000, Bell gained worldwide publicity, before Rizzo and his gang became famous, the media announced that a shipment of 55 Oscar statuettes was stolen from a trucking company loading dock in Bell. It was the second Oscar mishap, since earlier that month 4,000 ballots were misrouted. And, oh surprise, the missing Oscar ballots were found by the post office in a Bell processing center.

The city manager Robert Rizzo, who was in his charge during the Oscars steal (I wonder if he had something to do with it or just looked on the other side), received $787,637 a year (almost double the salary of the President of the United States). And including benefits, he received $1.5 million in the last year. His assistant Angela Spaccia, was earning $376,288 a year, more than the top administrator for Los Angeles County and the police chief, Randy Adams, was paid $457,000, 33% more the Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck. Of course, they all three resigned following the LA Times reports and public outcry. All but one of the members of the city council were receiving $100,000 for their part-time work. Council members in cities similar to Bell in size make an average of $4,800 a year, prosecutors have noted.

I think it is a good story worth reposting. I was at the same time amazed and angry as I followed the story, but the outcome has made me feel changing things is possible.

Justice comes in strange ways. Keep you posted.

Gerald Lee Carroll.
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Los Angeles is building underground water reservoirs near Griffith Park

Hi, I’m Gerald Lee Carroll and as you might know I’m very concerned about our enviroment and I also live in Los Angeles, but more important than that is the fact that I am a part of Greenpeace, you’ll see that at Gerald Lee Carroll, Gerald Lee Carroll photos and Gerald Lee Carroll blog.

Heading to Griffith Park through an equestrian tunnel under the 134 Freeway, horse riders emerge to an unusual sight: huge yellow earth movers chomping into 15 acres of dirt between the freeway and the park.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is building underground reservoirs that will hold 110 million gallons of water and help eliminate the city’s reliance on open-air reservoirs, including Silver Lake Reservoir. When complete, the two side-by-side Headworks reservoirs will be hidden beneath a new open-space recreation area along Forest Lawn Drive near Zoo Drive.

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The $230-million project was set in motion several years ago when federal regulations required upgrades to open-air reservoirs, said Marty Adams, the DWP’s director of water operations.

The laws call for reservoirs to be covered or replaced or to have additional filtration systems built on-site, he said.

When bromate, a contaminant formed by the combination of sunlight, chlorine and the naturally occurring mineral bromide, was discovered in the Silver Lake Reservoir in 2007, it quickened the effort to improve drinking water safety, Adams said.

The DWP’s water supply is currently in compliance with state and federal regulations, “But as the standards get tighter,” he said, the Headworks reservoirs project “will keep our drinking water in compliance.”

The locals most familiar with Headworks are equestrians in the Burbank and Glendale Rancho neighborhoods who use tunnels under the 134 Freeway to get to Griffith Park trails.

Sharon Tydell recently walked her horse, a Morgan named Angel, through tunnel No. 7 out of concern that a machine operating just a few feet away might frighten the horse.

“She was OK,” Tydell said. “But with the machine right there, it can be scary.”

Tydell’s friend, Jan Maurer, said Rancho-area horses have become accustomed to the clatter. “I haven’t seen any problems,” she said.

Though Silver Lake is in the hills, Adams said the Burbank site is at a higher elevation. During peak times, the force of gravity will push the water around Griffith Park toward customers downtown and in East Los Angeles.

When the project is complete, Silver Lake Reservoir and the adjacent Ivanhoe Reservoir will no longer be used for drinking water or backup supplies. Adams said they will probably be used to store for recycled water or storm water runoff.

The construction of Headworks and the installation of a large pipeline through Griffith Park are scheduled to be completed in 2017. The new park will open in 2018.

Gerald Lee Carroll is an active member of Greenpeace USA, contributing with humanitarian and humble protesting journalism.

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Gerald Lee Carroll California harbors damaged by tsunami

Hi, I’m Gerald Lee Carroll back again with some thoughts on the Japan issue. As you might know I’m very concered about enviromental issues as I’m part of Greenpeace. You can see that in this post about Gerald Lee Carroll and Greenpeace

The tsunami caused an estimated $50 million damage, with the harbors in Santa Cruz and Crescent City being hardest hit.

President Obama has made federal disaster aid available to California communities that suffered damage in the March tsunami.

In Santa Barbara, fierce waves turned the harbor into a tidal pool, sweeping away a barge that was used for the city’s commercial fishing operation and nearly destroying a 200-ton crane barge that became unmoored in the tumult. In Ventura, a city sailing dock broke off and at least one boat was lost at sea, authorities said. In Morro Bay, a dock came loose in the waves.

California has already declared a disaster in several coastal counties, and the federal aid would come on top of that.

“Federal funding is available to the state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the tsunami wave surge in Del Norte and Santa Cruz counties,” the Federal Emergency Management Agency said in a statement.

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Gerald Lee Carroll, Climate Change and Geoengineering

by Gerlad Lee Carroll.
Today, when it’s more important, we should focus on proposals against climate change. As you might know, I, Gerald Lee Carroll, am a part of Greenpeace.

One element that is missing from ecological and social movement discussion about climate change is ‘geoengineering’. ‘Geoengineering’ is one of the words used for techniques being proposed more and more frequently by scientists and commercial journalists as a ‘politically realistic’ remedy for climate change.

An article published in the magazine Popular Science provides a characteristic example of these kinds of proposals.

Describing a meeting in the White House in September 2001 organized by the US President’s Climate Change Technology Program to discuss ‘Response Options to Rapid or Severe Climate Change’, the article frankly admits that ‘while administration officials were insisting publicly that there was no firm proof that the planet was warming, they were quietly exploring potential ways to turn down the heat.’

In March 2001 President Bush had withdrawn US support from the Kyoto Protocol. This meeting therefore represented something like a US counterproposal to Kyoto, an ‘alternative approach to climate change’.

Some years ago Edward Teller, in his ‘Sunscreen for Planet Earth’, made a similar ‘alternative’ proposal.

The physicist and economist David Keith, who was present at the White House meeting, is quoted in the article as saying ‘if they had broadcast that meeting live to people in Europe, there would have been riots.’

Anyone can see what the ‘geoengineering’ proposals were simply by reading the relevant article in Popular Science.

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For those for whom that is difficult, the proposals included: 1) underground storage of carbon dioxide, 2) wind scrubbers to filter carbon dioxide from the air, 3) ‘fertilization’ of oceans with iron to encourage growth of plankton, 4) petrification of carbon dioxide, 5) deflection of sunlight from the earth through the use of a giant space mirror ‘spanning 600,000 square miles’.

One point worth mentioning at least in passing is that, apart from the question of how effective these measures would really be, all these highly oil-dependent ‘solutions’ to problems largely caused in the first place by burning fossil fuels, are being prepared for a world that is beginning to run out of oil. (!)

In the case of at least one geoengineering measure, by no means the most ‘outlandish’, namely: ‘Enhancing Clouds to Reflect Sunlight’, a mass of eyewitness evidence for all over the world suggests that, despite official denials, a programme serving some such purpose is not merely a proposal but a reality and has been under implementation on an immensely large scale for at least a decade.

How significant are official denials? Note that the Popular Science article itself admits that the US administration’s words about ‘proof that the planet is warming’ do not match its deeds. If untruthful official denial of global warming is possible, why should untruthful official denial of actually ongoing measures, supposedly to combat global warming, not similarly be possible?

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Geoengineering is defined as ‘intentional large scale manipulation of the global environment’, e.g. by altering climate with the primary intention of reducing undesired climate change caused by human influences. ‘Geoengineering schemes seek to mitigate the effect of fossil-fuel combustion on the climate without abating fossil fuel use; for example by placing shields in space to reduce the sunlight incident on the Earth.’ (Keith D.W. 1999. Geoengineering, Encyclopedia of Global Change, New York).

In relation to ‘geoengineering’, the ‘Climate Change 2001’ report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms that it ‘includes the possibility of engineering the earth’s climate system by large-scale manipulation of the global energy balance. It has been estimated, for example, that the mean effect on the earth surface energy balance from a doubling of CO2 could be offset by an increase of 1.5% to 2% in the earth’s albedo, i.e. by reflecting additional incoming solar radiation back into space…. Teller et al. (1997) found that ~107 t of dielectric aerosols of ~100 nm diameter would be sufficient to increase the albedo of the earth by ~1%. They showed that the required mass of a system based on alumina particles would be similar to that of a system based on sulphuric acid aerosol…(They) demonstrate that use of metallic or optically resonant scatterers can, in principle, greatly reduce the required total mass of scattering particles required.”

If, as very many indications suggest, such programmes and such ideas are already under implementation on a very large scale and outside the framework of international law, then they must either be stopped or legalized.

There is no point in ecological organizations disagreeing with them ‘behind closed doors’ and in public confining themselves to objections at the ‘philosophical’ level.

In early September 2005 the meteorologist Scott Stevens provoked a nation-wide scandal in the United States with accusations that hurricane Katrina had been caused by Japanese mafiosi using an electromagnetic generator sold to them by the Russians. (In much the same way last year, just before the December 26 tsunami that killed 300,000 people in South-East Asia, the author Michael Crichton published a best-selling novel ‘State of Fear’, which told of ‘ecologist terrorists’ who, for the purpose of securing funding for their programmes, engaged in artificial production of earthquakes and tsunamis.)

The truth is that we are not in a position to prove to conspiracy theorists that they are mistaken when they come out with scenarios of this kind. It is no easy task in situations of secrecy and non-transparency for ordinary citizens (and possibly not only ordinary citizens) to distinguish between non-military climate mitigation and the techniques of ‘climate as weapon’.

If the political parties, parliaments and mainstream mass media are not willing to bear the political cost of honesty in relation to ‘geoengineering’ then the Social Forums must assume this responsibility on their behalf.

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