Tag: Climate Change

Exxon In Pitched Battle With the World

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Analysis | June 7, 2019) –  A growing number of world leaders, and state attorney generals, are taking off their gloves and flexing their muscles in an effort to drive home the point with Exxon that they aren’t backing down. In fact, they plan to ramp up their resolve, and persevere through to the next level and pry the appropriate climate action commitment from Exxon. Not only that, the world’s prepared to continue bringing charges against Exxon for climate fraud.

ExxonMobile Corp is the world’s largest publicly traded oil company. Back in 2015, during the build up to the 2016 presidential election,  documents leaked revealing that Exxon had intentionally kicked off a misinformation campaign for the purpose of undermining climate science in the hopes it would steer decision makers to continue with the massive use of oil for automobiles and energy. Since the 1970’s, Exxon has known that oil production causes global warming and has continued to mislead consumers, failing to warn of the hazards.

Now, 40 years later, we see Exxon’s misinformation campaign worked. Carbon levels have risen significantly – 335 PPM to 415 PPM. Thousands of innocent people have died as a result.

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The state Attorney General’ who have and/or will be filing climate fraud charges against Exxon:

  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Rhode Island
  • Washington DC – tentative

Foreign Nations are leveling penalties against Exxon through the European Parliament.

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Will Climate Action 100+ Unseat Mitch McConnell in 2020?

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report |Analysis | June 4, 2019) –  Who is Climate Action 100+? A very powerful, strategic force to be reckoned with, that’s for sure. One that has the potential to derail Mitch McConnell from American politics for the remainder of his days on earth… after all, McConnell is the single most culpable American connected to the US’s massive contribution to global warming during the past 35 years.

In 1984, when McConnell began his career as a US Senator, carbon part per million was approximately 345 PPM. Scientists were alarmed. Carbon was on the rise and had to be quickly contained. Previously, it had hovered below 310 PPM for thousands of years. But McConnell, from the coal producing state of Kentucky, was determined to block all legislation that would impact coal production levels.

From 1985 to the present, there have been dozens of international conventions with representatives from the majority of countries in the world gathering to brainstorm collectively and address the rise in carbon levels and ways to curb it. At the conclusion of each meeting, agreements were reached. In America, groups of concerned legislators have tried to pass bills that align with these numerous  international agreements. But, McConnell has done everything in his power to block each bill. In fact, it was Mitch McConnell who convinced Trump to pull out of the Paris Agreement.

Under Mitch McConnell and the GOP’s indifference, carbon has seen a staggering jump from 345 PPM in 1985 to the newly released 415 PPM in 2019. Hundreds of thousands of innocent victims across the globe have perished as a result.

Climate Action 100+ is a group of more than 320 global investors who have formed a coalition to collectively govern an excess of $33 trillion in assets for the purpose of:

  • improving management
  • cutting carbon
  • strengthening corporate financial disclosure about climate

The group is lead by a Steering Committee that has ten members. The additional member roles and functions are broken into five Engagement Working Groups, one group for each of the five main participating continents.

  • Asia
  • Australasia
  • Europe
  • Multi-region
  • North America

The North America Engagement Working Group is overseen by Ceres, who’s motto, “Sustainability is the bottom line,” sums up their mission.

Through superior organization, significant assets, and a life-and-property-threatening purpose, does anyone doubt that Climate Action 100+ won’t be able to leap tall buildings and move a few mountains… coal mountains to be specific. Good luck! We’ll be keeping a watch on the progress.

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Exxon Shareholder Majority Rejects Climate Action Responsibility | Votes for High Profit at World’s Expense

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Analysis | May 30, 2019) –  American publicly traded global fossil fuel companies are in for a turbulent next twelve months. Exxon was feeling this rough ride at it’s annual shareholders meeting Wednesday May 29, 2019. Two of its largest shareholders were demanding climate action accountability and threatened to wrangle the support of fellow shareholders and vote the directors out.

The New York State Common Retirement Fund, led by Thomas DiNapoli, the New York State Comptroller, along with The Church of England led the proxy fight. And although they may have missed their targeted goal of outright removal, they successfully increased shareholder support for climate responsibility. More eyes will now be closely following decision makers, and tweeting about their objections.

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The Church of England, another large Exxon shareholder, believes in ethical finance. They’ve made their shock and frustration with Exxon’s refusal to act on #climatechange very public.

“This has been a very difficult AGM for Exxon and a warning shot to management.” ~Edward Mason, Church of England

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Climate Action 100+ is a force to be reckoned with. This powerful group of 324 #climate focused international investors, control $33.4 trillion in assets. They have a reach far beyond America’s political divide with a proven ability to move mountains. American conservative investors who aren’t paying attention may find their political allegiance selling them short in the long run, maybe even the short run depending on where the next Category 4 or 5 hurricane or tornado strikes.

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Exxon’s press release, following their shareholder’s meeting  on May 29, 2019, stated: “ExxonMobil expects to increase annual earnings potential more than 140 percent and double potential annual cash flow from operations by 2025 from 2017 adjusted earning, assuming a 2017 oil price of $60 per barrel adjusted for inflation based on 2017 margins.” Seeing numbers like 140% and a doubling of “potential cash flow” without a concrete plan for climate action, is a clear statement that Exxon views profits as far more important than cutting carbon.

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The climate action world does not agree with Exxon’s disregard for their responsibility to decrease Exxon’s carbon footprint. The climate focused public will happily avoid Exxon gas stations, and instead choose Shell and BP. If dollars are the only way to connect with Exxon’s decision makers, the public will accept this and send our objections using dollars. No problem.

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Cakeism |Why Good People Support an Evil Leader (Trump)

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report |Opinion | March 19, 2019) –  This phenomenon that we’ve been witnessing for nearly three years now – friends, family and colleagues who we get along with very well, many of whom we even admire, supporting Trump, and we can’t figure out how they can be so blind – can be explained. Cakeism. We’ve seen it before. In fact, illustrations of this are everywhere. Securing a new credit card and jetting around the world. Buying a fancy car when the existing one only has $35,000 miles. Eating delicious cake. Cake is so delectable. Does anyone doubt this? It’s certainly my weakness.

“Let them eat cake.” ~ Marie Antoinette, 1789

When good things are good, they can’t be bad, right? Take low unemployment rate as an example. It’s certainly wonderful. No one can deny it. Who doesn’t love an excellent job market? I’ll take doubles, even triples. Trump announced at CPAC, that the unemployment rate is so low we don’t have enough skilled Americans to fill the open positions, so we need immigrants. Yes, Trump did emphatically state that we desperately needed immigrants, even though he’s demanding a wall to keep immigrants out. He clarified. According to Trump,  we need the right kind of immigrants.

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If a low unemployment rate is good, how can it be bad? Very easily. There’s always a downside to a short cut. Consequences are inevitable. Increasing our national debt by a trillion dollars a year, will lead to the death of America unless a fierce and noble leadership team steps in to quickly fix this disaster. Cutting environmental protections, as well as all the regulations that keep our landscapes and health safeguarded, will have very serious repercussions to our food supply, our tourism industry, and our physical well-being. Our crumbling infrastructure can’t be ignored.  Modernizing requires public funds. Taxes. The downside to our low unemployment will quickly become our worst nightmare in the not so distant future.

Cakeism. The belief that there’s only one side of the coin, the good side. The upside. The belief that there are never any consequences for bad decisions or short cuts.

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So yes, low unemployment rate is sensational, the same way chocolate ganache cake is to die for. We can absolutely thank Trump for this. Thank you, Mr. Trump.  But an increasingly polarized country, with the far right demanding a civil war (what they mean by this, is slaughtering innocent liberals and their families with assault rifles, the same way the New Zealand terrorist slaughtered innocent families at the Mosque) is a frightening traumatic reality. A corrupt cabinet that undermines our future. A president without a moral code, leading through fear, serving himself, bettering himself, at the expense of everyone else. Extreme weather conditions that will only grow worse, flattening towns, destroying thousands of square miles of personal property, killing thousands of Americans, eliminating our coastal communities and many of our most important military bases.

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Destroyed American landscapes. Unattended superfund sights. Gargantuan national debt. Crumbling infrastructure. An entire generation of undereducated. Alarming healthcare crisis. Our cherished institutions, the very pillars of our democracy, smashed. Extreme wealth disparity. Out of control white collar crime. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

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“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny,” ~Aristotle, 322 BC

Excellence is what America has always reached for. Excellence has been our collective purpose for two straight centuries. Excellence is what propelled us to become a global titan. Excellence, not cakeism.

I’m sure many of us have family, friends and/or colleagues who’ve made comments to the effect, “I like a lot of his policies, but I’m not a big fan of Trump.” We can now simply reply, “Cakeism. The belief that you can have all the advantages, and never have to deal with the disadvantages.” Cakeism isn’t rational of course. Bad decisions will always have negative consequences, despite the momentary short term gain.

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Climate Strike | Young Voices That Haunt

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Perspective | March 12, 2019) –  Children are often far more intuitive than adults. They have natural child’s intuition, similar to our pet’s intuition. Children are excellent at reading body language, with an uncanny ability to accurately deduce what kind of day we’re having without us saying a word.

Further, children are observant, typically hyper observant. When walking along a sidewalk, or driving the familiar route to school, a child will notice if the Lopez’s tulips have suddenly blossomed, or if the Wilsons’ painted their front door, whereas we adults may not. Young children are that much closer to the ground and thus silently absorb any number of signals from nature about its well being. Their memories are extremely sharp, recollecting with great accuracy if the water level along the river bank is higher this year than it was several years ago.

Children are idealists. We teach them what’s right. Provide for them a strong moral code to live by. They trust it. They believe that we live by the same code. They expect adults to practice what we preach.

The Climate Strike, led by alarmed children reaching out to adults and demanding that we please “panic” about their Climate Change plight, the same way they are,  intuitively projects that the point of no return will land squarely on their shoulders. Doomsday will arrive when they’re graduating from college, launching into their young adult lives. Do we remember our blissful 20’s? Instead, these terrified Americans will have to suffer the consequences of our indifference, of our blind eye. They’re profound Climate Strike message arrives at the right time and in the tone. An urgent plea for help. If only our president could stand up with the rest of us and do something noble.

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In a New York Times article, the founder of Climate Strike, 16 year old Greta Thunberg of Sweden, had a very poignant message for adults:

“‘Adults keep saying, “We owe it to the young people to give them hope,’ she said. ‘But I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.’”

No adult with a conscience wants children to endure this type of fear, and yet so many do. In the United States, children and teens already feel terrified with Active Shooter Lock Down Drills in their schools. If our action will help alleviate their young troubled minds, then let’s get to it. This forward path should be a very simple daily roadmap that will become a powerful force for curbing global warming and brightening the future outlook of today’s youth.

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Find a Climate Strike event near you…

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Mitch McConnell’s Days Are Numbered

Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Opinion | February 26, 2019) –  Mitch McConnell has been indicted by the American majority, global leaders, and citizens of the world. Denunciations of this notorious coward are erupting with every news story, resulting in strong protests of disgust toward his blatant lack of morality that now rings from every single corner in every major city in America. Despite McConnell’s pivotal leadership role in the most powerful legislative body on earth, McConnell is loathed, despised and scorned.

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Mitch McConnell is a self-serving fraud. There are many who believe McConnell’s a criminal and may eventually be indicted by the Southern District of New York, along with Trump and his children, when SDNY takes down this organized crime syndicate. What’s incredibly fascinating about the public’s deep mistrust and animosity toward McConnell, is that corruption appears to have a tangible residue, much like filth, that sticks to those he comes in contact with, and blinds them, while the good hearts flee with a horrible foreboding.

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What is it about Jim Mattis that commands overwhelming respect and admiration from all people in all demographics, the entire stretch of population spanning the globe? Mattis’ strong character is like a magnet, drawing people toward him rather than repelling them. Mattis embodies the deep virtues that our nation was founded on. Honor. Sacrifice. Commitment. Perseverance. Grit. All things noble. All things good. Mattis’ presence on the news screen, his noble commitment to our American ideals, quietly inspires us to be our best selves. True greatness isn’t about words, it’s about actions. A real leader doesn’t need to say anything, he or she simply shows the way by example.

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Mitch McConnell won’t have a hero’s goodbye. He’ll leave in the dead of night, shrouded in disguise. We’ll likely learn of McConnell’s arrest one blistering summer day as we’re headed to a climate change rally, or a superfund site to protest the undermining of our wondrous natural resources, and awe-inspiring landscapes. Mitch McConnell will spend the final chapter of his life a very lonely man, with nothing to look forward to. No noble legacy. No hero statue honoring his patriotism. His after-life will be eternity in the deep dark abyss, with all the other evil souls he tried to emulate while holding his gavel.

McConnell began his Senate career January 3, 1985. In these 34 years, he’s been the single strongest force behind global warming, blocking every single initiative introduced to protect our cherished national treasures. Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senator who will go down in American history as the arch obstructionist, the most politicized politician we’ve ever had the misfortune of being steamrolled by, straight from the bluegrass state of Kentucky whose astute motto has been ringing true for 2,500 years: “United we stand, divided we fall.”

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McConnell Most Responsible for Climate Change

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell was first elected to the United States Senate in 1984. After serving five terms, he was re-elected to a sixth in 2014. He steadily rose the ranks to various leadership positions:

  • National Republican Senatorial Committee | 1998 – 2000
  • Majority Whip | 2003 – 2005, 108th Congress
  • Minority Leader | 2006 – 2014
  • Majority Leader | 2014 – present

The global temperature in 1984, when McConnell was first elected, was 14.10 Celsius / 57.38 Fahrenheit. During the thirty-four years since then, the global temperature has risen to approximately 14.8 Celsius / 58.64 Fahrenheit, more than half of one full degree. Numerous urgent international global warming warnings have spanned the past three plus decades; McConnell was present for every single one of these. In his leadership capacity, McConnell had the unmistakable, repeated opportunity to rally support and Legislative action to curb the rise in global temperature, but he chose to shun responsibility, bury his head in the sand and aggressively promote the fossil fuel industry. His campaigns have received a stunning $2,151,444 from Oil & Gas industries.

Timeline of Global Warming Warnings During McConnell’s Tenure in the Senate:

  • 1985Villach Conference | Consensus amongst experts, global warming inevitable, calls on governments to “consider international agreements to take action to restrict emissions”
  • 1987Montreal Protocol of the Vienna Convention | “imposes international restrictions on emissions of ozone-destroying gases”
  • 1988Toronto Conference | “calls for strict, specific limits on greenhouse gas emissions; UK Prime Minister Thatcher is first major leader to call for action”
  • 1989Global Climate Coalition established | created by “fossil-fuel and other U.S. industries to tell politicians and the public that climate science is too uncertain to justify action”
  • 1990 First IPCC Report | “world has been warming and future warming is likely”
  • 1992Rio de Janeiro Conference | “produces UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, but U.S. blocks calls for serious action”
  • 1995Second IPCC Report | “detects ‘signature’ of human-caused greenhouse effect warming”
  • 1997Kyoto Protocol | “setting targets for industrialized nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (rejected by U.S. senate in advance)”
  • 2000Global Climate Coalition dissolves | “as many corporations grapple with threat of warming, but Oil lobby convinces U.S. administration to deny problem”
  • 2001Third IPCC Report | “global warming, unprecedented since the end of the last ice age, is ‘very likely,’ with highly damaging future impacts”
  • 2004 – “First major books, movie, and art work featuring global warming appear”
  • 2005Kyoto Treaty | “signed by major industrial nations except U.S.”
  • 2006“An Inconvenient Truth” documentary | “persuades many but sharpens polarization”
  • 2007Fourth IPCC Report | “warns that serious effects of warming have become evident”
  • 2009Copenhagen Conference | “fails to negotiate binding agreements,” hopes fade of “avoiding dangerous future climate change”
  • 2015Paris Agreement | 196 nations/state parties “pledge to set targets for their own greenhouse gas dust and to report their progress” | McConnell sends letter “urging states not to comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan”
  • 2017 – McConnell succeeds at urging Trump to pull United States out of Paris Agreement
  • 2018Katowice Climate Change Conference COP24 | “leaders reach deal bolstering Paris Agreement,” but not United States, “U.S. held event promoting fossil fuels

In a stunning rebuke of the 800 million people across the globe who are impacted by global warming, McConnell has consistently corralled his senate colleagues, and now the current president, to maintain staunch opposition to the science behind the global warming warnings. Despite the scientific facts, and the yearly physical proof that climate change is a reality, McConnel persists at denying the research and guidance of experts, and plows forward with legislating in conflict with the damaging impact of climate change reality.

Unfortunately, McConnell’s thirty-four years representing Kentucky in DC have not proven to be a career of public service, but rather of self-service. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost, and many millions are at stake.

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