ABSOLUTE SLAVERY: Zero Carbon Agenda Deconstructed
What is a zero-carbon future? What does it look like? To imagine, turn off your heater. No airports. No shipping. No animals. Perfect surveillance state. In this Ice Age Farmer special report, Christian breaks The “Absolute Zero” plan and how governments are actively taking drastic steps every day to meet these dystopian goals for Travel, Transport, Energy, Manufacturing, Recycling, and Food. We must understand the reality underneath their flowery philanthropic language: Absolute Slavery.
— FULL SHOW NOTES —
Intro to Net Zero: (0:00)
Road Vehicles: (3:54)
Heating & Appliances: (22:42)
Food & Waste: (26:34)
Materials, Construction, Recycling: (35:32)
Electricity & Fossil Fuels (43:22)
Perfect Surveillance/Enforcement (46:46)
Absolute Zero document
— INTRO —
Race To Zero Campaign | UNFCCC
Race To Zero is a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. It mobilizes a coalition of leading net zero initiatives, representing 471 cities, 23 regions, 1,675 businesses, 85 of the biggest investors, and 569 universities.
The race to zero: can America reach net-zero emissions by 2050? | Climate Change |The Guardian
If America finally weans itself off planet-heating emissions, the country will look and feel very different. Landscapes from coast to coast would be transformed, carpeted in wind turbines and solar panels, with enough new transmission lines to wrap around Earth 19 times.
— CARS —
California Plans to Ban Sales of New Gas-Powered Cars in 15 Years – The New York Times
The Transition to Electric Cars The proposal would speed up the state’s efforts to fight global warming at a time when California is being battered by wildfires, heat waves and other consequences of climate change. California plans to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars statewide by 2035, Gov.
U.S. Senate and House Get a Bill to Ban Sales of Gasoline-Powered Cars by 2035 | The Motley Fool
As California goes, will the United States follow? In September, nearly a month ago, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order banning the sale of new gas- and diesel-powered automobiles within the state beginning in 2035. And now, two Democratic lawmakers, Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Rep.
UK to ban selling new gas and diesel cars by 2030 – ABC News
The new deadline is 10 years earlier than initially planed. The United Kingdom announced Wednesday it would ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles by the year 2030, 10 years earlier than initially planned. The sale of hybrid-electric vehicles, however, will be allowed until 2035.
German Government Votes to Ban Internal Combustion Engines by 2030
Members of the German government have just passed a resolution to ban the sale of internal combustion engines in the European Union by 2030. Only zero-emissions vehicles would be allowed on the market after that time, according to the resolution.
Phase-out of fossil fuel vehicles – Wikipedia
The phase-out of fossil fuel vehicles is one of the two most important parts of the general fossil fuel phase-out process, the other being the phase-out of fossil fuel power plants for electricity generation [citation needed ].
Biden’s buying spree could boost the number of electric vehicles in the US by 40% — Quartz
The US government will replace its entire fleet of 645,000 cars and trucks with US-made electric vehicles, president Joe Biden said on Jan. 25, while signing a “Buy America” executive order that creates new guidelines for the government’s $600 billion in annual spending on goods and services.
Countries That Will Ban Gasoline Cars – WorldAtlas
The number of countries that have proposed a ban on the sale and use of gasoline cars has increased significantly since 2005. Several reasons have been cited for the move to ban the use of gasoline and other fossil fuels, including health risks that result from car emissions, energy independence, and the reduction of a carbon footprint.
Nissan and Mitsubishi are said to be readying an electric minicar to sell in Japan for less than 2 million yen ($18,400) with subsidies. Local media reports that the two car manufacturers are jointly developing an electric kei car using a common platform and battery pack.
Buttigieg suggests ‘vehicle miles tax’ to pay for infrastructure projects | Fox Business
Biden Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is weighing a vehicle miles tax (VMT) to fund the president’s estimated $3 trillion infrastructure plan, which he plans to unveil next Friday. A VMT would tax people per miles driven and presents an alternative to further raising the gas tax.
Electric fleets can fuel decarbonisation efforts. Here’s how | World Economic Forum
The surprising truth behind the world’s electric cars | World Economic Forum
Though electric cars are greener than conventional ones, much of their power still comes from coal.
— RAIL —
Biden Wants You Out of Your Car and on the Train | WIRED
The US is car country. Its 4.1-million-mile road network is the world’s most expansive. It has more motor vehicles per person than any other major nation. Eighty-six percent of Americans drive to work (or did during the Normal Times), compared with 63 percent of English workers and 71 percent of Australian commuters.
US election: could Joe Biden spark a Second Great Railroad Revolution? | Railway Technology
As US election day dawns, the American rail industry is gearing up to find out what the new administration has in store for its future. The Covid-19 pandemic is having serious impacts on the US’s entire infrastructure sector, with passenger rail particularly feeling the strain of reduced traffic, long-existing inefficiencies and chronic underfunding.
Amtrak Lays Out Expansion Proposal Under Biden’s Infrastructure Plan | NY1
Amtrak on Wednesday released a proposed map that details their new and expanded rail service, including brand new stations in cities without service such as Las Vegas, Columbus, Nashville, and Phoenix – if they can get funding from President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill.
The Emerging Megaregions | Regional Plan Association
Should The Government Invest in High-Speed Rail to Boost a Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery? | The Urbanist
Revisiting Berkshire Hathaway’s Acquisition of BNSF |The Rational Walk
Four years have passed since Berkshire Hathaway announced that it would acquire Burlington Northern Santa Fe in a cash and stock transaction. This article looks back at the transaction and attempts to determine whether it was a good deal for Berkshire.
Bill Gates Owns Canadian National Railway – Pinnacle Digest
Before the 2000 tech bubble, Bill Gates sold a significant portion of his Microsoft shares and diversified. In Cooper Academy’s latest video they examine Bill Gates’ current portfolio. In the video Cooper explains why Gates likely owns Canadian National Railway and other top dividend paying stocks.
Canadian Pacific to acquire Kansas City Southern in $25 billion freight-rail deal – MarketWatch
Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. agreed to acquire Kansas City Southern i n a merger valued at about $25 billion that would create the first freight-rail network linking Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. The companies said Sunday their boards agreed to a deal that values Kansas City at $275 a share in a combination of cash and stock.
Carlos Slim consortium wins 18-billion-peso Maya Train contract
A consortium controlled by billionaire businessman Carlos Slim has secured the second contract awarded by the federal government for the construction of the US $8-billion Maya Train railroad project in Mexico’s southeast.
Amtrak Corporate Profile FY 2019
— FLYING —
John Kerry flew on private jet to accept climate award: ‘Only choice for somebody like me’ – Washington Times
It turns out Leonardo di Caprio isn’t the only one taking private jets to pick up climate awards. Biden global climate czar John Kerry flew by private plane in 2019 to accept an award for his climate work in Iceland, a decision he defended at the time as “the only choice for somebody like me,” as shown on a video posted Wednesday by FoxNews.com.
U.S. airlines to go net-zero carbon emissions by 2050: Travel Weekly
The member carriers of Airlines for America (A4A) have collectively committed to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The move is a significant step for the organization, going well beyond the commitments that U.S. government and the airline industry globally have made to reduce emissions by 50% of 2005 levels by 2050.
Airbus says it could be flying zero-emissions planes by 2035 | World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Incorporated as a not-for-profit foundation in 1971, and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the Forum is tied to no political, partisan or national interests.
Is this the next “clean” energy to power aviation? – Innovation – Airbus
In the aviation industry, one existential question is seemingly on everyone’s mind: which “clean” energy carrier could be scaled up to fuel commercial aircraft? For decades, the common industry consensus was no viable alternative to kerosene exists. This is because fossil fuels (kerosene and gas) have a high energy density that enables them to power large aircraft over long distances.
— Social License to Operate —
The world needs carbon-neutral flying. Here’s how to bring it one step closer | World Economic Forum
— SHIPPING —
Ship Stuck in Suez Canal Exposes Supply Chain Vulnerability
Business continuity sometimes means supply chain continuity. The drama of the ship stuck in the Suez Canal has played out on the news cycles for over a week now. One week does not seem to be that long, but in supply chain terms, it can be an eternity.
Time for a logistics rethink after Suez Canal grounding – academic – NZ Herald
Business A year of supply chain disruption and a blocked Suez Canal has highlighted the need for New Zealand to build up buffer supplies of some products, and to look at local manufacturing to make the Premium
How decarbonizing shipping could unlock a global energy transition | World Economic Forum
Getting to Zero Coalition | Global Maritime Forum
International shipping emits 2-3 percent of global GHG emissions, transporting close to 80 percent of global trade by volume. To curb the emissions from shipping, the IMO has agreed on an ambition to reduce GHG emissions from shipping by at least 50 percent by 2050.
Getting to Zero Coalition – Members | Global Maritime Forum
Accelerating maritime shipping’s decarbonization with the development and deployment of commercially viable deep sea zero emission vessels by 2030.
ECB should think green when picking assets: policymakers | Reuters
The European Central Bank should consider climate risk when buying assets or accepting them as collateral, top ECB policymakers said on Monday though Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann cautioned that price stability not saving the planet remained the ECB’s top priority.
Smart ports are needed for shipping to recover from the pandemic | Asian Development Blog
Over 11 billion tons of goods were transported by sea in 2019. This was equivalent to more than 80% of global trade, and seaborne cargo transport is expected to increase in the years to come. Ports facilitate economic connectivity and growth, especially for island countries.
Deloitte Port Services – Smart Ports
Maersk, Ports America invest $19M in Loadsmart Smart Drayage initiative | Supply Chain Dive
Container shipping and logistics startup Loadsmart received $19 million in funding from Maersk Growth and Ports America, the country’s largest port operator to support its Smart Drayage initiative, the company announced in a press release this week.
About PortXchange – Originated from Pronto In The Port of Rotterdam
PortXchange originates from Pronto – collaborative vessel and terminal planning platform – designed by Port of Rotterdam. Pronto has been used in Rotterdam since 2018, and various pilots have been conducted, with fantastic results. After tremendous success in Rotterdam, it was decided to make the platform available to ports across the world.
Smart Ports: Piers of the Future
Port de Barcelona
LA Port Chief Implores Importers To Speed Cargo Pickup As Congestion Crisis Worsens | ZeroHedge
For many months ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have dealt with massive congestion of ships as trillions of dollars in stimulus results in one-sided trade with Asia. The congestion is so bad at the US West Coast port that the port’s head told importers to expedite container pickup to alleviate congestion on Tuesday.
— HEATING & APPLIANCES —
Berkeley becomes first U.S. city to ban natural gas in new homes | San Francisco Chronicle
Berkeley has become the first city in the nation to ban the installation of natural gas lines in new homes. The City Council on Tuesday night unanimously voted to ban gas from new low-rise residential buildings starting Jan. 1. It’s not the first time Berkeley has passed pioneering health or environmental legislation.
Gas heat and stoves are warming the climate. Should cities start banning them? | National Geographic
In the summer of 2019, the city council in Berkeley, California, made a bold and unprecedented move: They banned natural gas hookups in most new building construction. Councilwoman Kate Harrison, who sponsored the new ordinance, had been on a hunt for ways to reduce the city’s carbon emissions.
Wood burners: Most polluting fuels to be banned in the home – BBC News
Owners of wood burners, stoves and open fires will no longer be able to buy house coal or wet wood, under a ban to be rolled out from next year. Sales of the two most polluting fuels will be phased out in England to help cut air pollution, the government says.
— FOOD —
The ‘Planetary Health Diet’: Will It Save Lives And Planet Earth? | Forbes
On Wednesday, a group researchers released a report published in The Lancet medical journal that offers the framework for the “planetary health diet,” which they argue will increase health outcomes for the world’s population while promoting sustainable food systems that combat climate change.
‘Let’s get rid of friggin’ cows’ says creator of plant-based ‘bleeding burger’ | Environment | The Guardian
atrick Brown is on a mission: to eradicate the meat and fish industries by 2035. The CEO of Impossible Foods, a California-based company that makes genetically engineered plant-based meat, is deadly serious. No more commercial livestock farming or fishing. No more steak, fish and chips or roast dinners, at least not as you know them.
Bill Gates Wants Rich Countries To Move To 100% Synthetic Beef, But Here’s The Opportunity Behind This Trend | Forbes
Will Ireland sacrifice its sacred cows to meet climate change targets? | Ireland | The Sunday Times
‘No country has ever set such an ambitious target,” said Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, when describing the short-term goal of halving emissions by the end of this decade at the launch of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021 last week. The bill’s long-term goal is no less ambitious.
Senate bill aims to eliminate all CAFOs in 20 years | AGDAILY
For years, the agricultural industry has followed a trajectory that has led to the mass production of beef, pork, poultry, and other foods. It is not uncommon to see an operation that contains hundreds to thousands of animals. We find it to be the norm that the average farm size increases while the number of farms decreased.
Greenpeace calls for ban on chemical nitrogen fertiliser – Greenpeace Aotearoa
Greenpeace is opening up a new front in the struggle to save New Zealand’s rivers and reduce agricultural emissions. The environmental heavyweight is calling for a ban on chemical nitrogen fertilisers. Firmly in the sights of the new campaign are Ravensdown and Ballance, two little-known companies that sell 98% of all fertiliser used in New Zealand.
Proposed FDA rule threatens small farms & food businesses – The Weston A. Price Foundation
🖨️ Print post The FDA is proposing a new rule that would apply to almost everyone involved in the food system, including farms, cottage food operators, co-ops, and restaurants.
Why is China using facial recognition on garbage bins? | South China Morning Post
Public housing residents are now having their faces scanned to keep them from subletting
— MATERIALS —
Circular economy – Wikipedia
A circular economy (also referred to as “circularity”) is an economic system aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources. Circular systems employ reuse, sharing, repair, refurbishment, remanufacturing and recycling to create a closed-loop system, minimising the use of resource inputs and the creation of waste, pollution and carbon emissions.
Mission Possible: Climate-Action Partnership Launched to Help Transform Heavy Industry and Transport › Press releases | World Economic Forum
Mission Possible: Climate-Action Partnership Launched to Help Transform Heavy Industry and Transport
Public Engagement, World Economic Forum, Public.Affairs@weforum.org · Coalition to accelerate the decarbonization of heavy industry and transport · Builds on work launched at the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit in 2019 to help seven heavy industry sectors cut their carbon emissions · Brings together over 400 companies, along
This Bill Gates-backed startup will soon help power a giant mine – CNN
Heliogen, the Bill Gates-backed clean energy startup, is bringing its field of mirrors to the Mojave Desert.
Moving towards a world without waste | World Economic Forum
Every hour, around 600 metric tons of plastic waste enter the oceans. The CEO of Coca-Cola writes on his company’s plans to recycle every bottle they produce.
What Does Bill Gates’ Trust See in Waste Management? | Yahoo!
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust is not technically a hedge fund. It is a tax-exempt entity aiming to provide charitable donations worldwide. The trust aims to deliver positive returns to fund grants from the Foundation sustainably in the future. To that end, the portfolio may be managed differently from most hedge funds.
New recycling facility on the way at McCommas landfill in southern Dallas | Dallas News
A Spanish firm will break ground within the next two months on the new facility on the McCommas Bluff Landfill site.
Fort Worth, Partners Launch Digital Recycling Tool in Honor of Global Recycling Day — NBC 5 Dallas – Fort Worth
In honor of Global Recycling Day, the Recycling Partnership has launched ” Communities for Recycling,” an initiative to provide Fort Worth residents with real-time, personalized, and hyperlocal recycling information through Facebook Messenger. Fort Worth is one of two cities selected to pilot the program.
— PLASTIC —
Push to reduce plastic waste gains traction in Sacramento and D.C. – Press Telegram
If the mountain of proposed legislation is any indication, lawmakers are increasingly primed to crack down on the plastic waste that is littering roadsides, washing onto beaches and into oceans, being digested by fish, and ending up in our own bellies.
Ban plastic bags? Put millions toward recycling? Or do both? Colorado lawmakers deal with competing bills | The Denver Post
Ban plastic bags? Put millions toward recycling? Or do both? Colorado lawmakers deal with competing bills
A Colorado bill backed by environmentalists would ban single-use plastic bags and foam takeout containers from many restaurants and retailers. A competing measure, backed by the plastics industry, would instead put fees on food service packaging distributors to raise $75 million for recycling efforts.
Oahu restaurants maneuver new ban on plastic ware | Yahoo!
Apr. 2-Honolulu restaurants are adjusting to the ban on plastic bags, plastic straws and plastic utensils that went into effect Thursday. The ordinance is being implemented in two phases. Phase 1 was supposed to take effect Jan. 1 but was postponed to Thursday to allow restaurants to use up their supply of plastic materials.
Three experts on why eradicating plastic pollution will help achieve gender equality | World Economic Forum
Women fight on the frontlines against plastic pollution. The transition to a circular economy for plastics – and the shift to a green and sustainable world – must go hand-in-hand with building a plastics value chain that is inclusive and gender-equal.
Is Carbon Neutrality the Next Big Sustainable Packaging Thing? | Plastics Today
You’ve probably recently read about carbon neutral rPET or about new forms of carbon negative deodorant packaging. Are these types of carbon claims becoming a trend? In my opinion, the answer is “Yes”. Is it primarily marketing hype, and not a significant opportunity to reduce carbon emissions?
— ELECTRICITY & FOSSIL FUELS —
California Considers Statewide Ban On Gas-Powered Garden Tools — CBS Sacramento
If you have any gas-powered gardening tools, you may be forced to give them up soon.
France to ban all oil and gas production from 2040 | The Independent | The Independent
France is to ban all drilling for oil and natural gas by 2040 after its Parliament approved part of President Emmanuel Macron ‘s plans to cut the use of fossil fuels. It will become illegal to produce or look for oil and gas in the country and its overseas territories.
— WATER —
Global Water Initiative | World Economic Forum
Water is the ultimate systems challenge. It is a unique resource that underpins all drivers of growth – be it agricultural production, energy generation, industry or manufacturing. It also connects these sectors into a broader economic system that must balance social development and environmental interests.
— PERFECT SURVEILLANCE & ENFORCEMENT —
In the Face of Extraordinary Challenges, 36 Pioneer Cities Chart a Course Towards a More Ethical and Responsible Future > Press releases | World Economic Forum
In the Face of Extraordinary Challenges, 36 Pioneer Cities Chart a Course Towards a More Ethical and Responsible Future
What the COVID-19 pandemic teaches us about cybersecurity – and how to prepare for the inevitable global cyberattack | World Economic Forum
What COVID-19 teaches us about cybersecurity – and how to prepare for the inevitable global cyberattack
COVID-19 shows that the world is at great risk of disruption by pandemics, cyberattacks or environmental tipping points. We should prepare for a COVID-like global cyber pandemic that will spread faster and further than a biological virus, with an equal or greater economic impact.
The Climate Cop | Climate TRACE: The 100 Best Inventions of 2020 | TIME
For years, Silicon Valley companies have used artificial intelligence to make social media more addictive and streaming recommendations more predictive. “But very few people want to point these tools at the biggest problem we’re facing: CO2 emissions,” says Gavin McCormick, a co-founder of Climate TRACE.
These Smart Sewers Are Part Of A Growing Trend Connecting Infrastructure To The Internet : NPR
Under the streets of South Bend, Ind., a high tech experiment is underway. This sewer system is smart. The infrastructure can sense flow and divert water to prevent flooding. It’s part of a growing trend of cities across the U.S. connecting infrastructure to the internet of things.
“Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.”
– Henry Kissinger
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