Author: John

Retired, Ex navy & airforce. Worried about the effects of climate change on my grandchildren & the planet.

School pupils call for radical #climateaction in UK-wide #ClimateStrike| The Guardian #auspol #qldpol #ExtinctionRebellion #TheDrum #Insiders #StopAdani Demand a #GreenNewDeal

Thousands of young people walk out of lessons in protest at political inaction over crisis
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Well, Alrighty then. Using Emergency Powers to Fight Climate Change

Yes declare #ClimateEmergency and #GreenNewDeal

Climate Denial Crock of the Week


As long as it’s an actually emergency, might as well.

Legal Planet:

Republicans are apparently worried that if Trump could use emergency powers by declaring border security a national emergency, the next president could do the same thing for climate change. There’s no doubt that this would be far more legitimate than Trump’s wall effort.  Border crossings are much lower than they were ten years ago; he has said in the recent past that his prior efforts have vastly improved border security. In contrast, the Pentagon has classified climate change as a threat to national security, and Congress under Republican control has even endorsed this view. Furthermore, scientists have made it clear that we have a limited time to head-off a disastrous outcome.

With that in mind, I did some quick research to see what powers a President might have to take emergency action against climate change. This doesn’t mean…

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My generation trashed the planet. So I salute the children striking back | George Monbiot |The Guardian #auspol #qldpol #nswpol #ClimateStrike #ExtinctionRebellion #StopAdani #Insiders #TheDrum

Across the country today, children left their classes to protest against climate change. This is my message to them, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot
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Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May in war of words over school pupils climate change protest | HeraldScotland #ClimateStrike #ExtinctionRebellion #StopAdani #auspol #qldpol #nswpol #TheDrum #Insiders

Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May have been involved in a war of words over pupils on climate change strike.
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Emergency Powers

Barataria - The work of Erik Hare

Queen Elizabeth II (or I, if you’re Scottish) is one of the most powerful people in the world. She can dissolve Parliament on a whim, declare war, revoke passports, and commit just about any act that would be a crime to anyone else with no consequences.

This may surprise you, given that she never does any of these things. Yet the main reason why the monarch of the UK still holds all these powers, what with the Magna Carta and Commonwealth and other historical tidbits, is a simple one. She absolutely never uses them. If she did, you can bet the UK would become a Republic faster than you could sing, “Rule, Britannia.”

This may seem like a rhetorical point, even with Brexit turning far further South than the Treaty of Rome ever enabled. But we’re about to see this principle in action. Not in the UK, but here in…

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School strike for climate

...and Then There's Physics

This sign made me laugh (it might be a generation thing). Credit: this tweet. I thought I would try to briefly write about today’s school strike for climate. I mostly think this is a really good thing. I don’t think we should be relying on school children. I don’t think that school children should be sacrificising their education to send this kind of message. However, a few days off school is unlikely to do much harm, and it certainly seems to be sending a pretty strong message, and is being noticed. It’s also illustrates how something that starts small, can snowball and have a substantial impact.

One unfortunate side-effect (in my case at least) of engaging in the rough and tumble of the online climate debate is that it can leave you feeling somewhat jaded, and a little battered. Even though I think the school strike for…

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