We were recently in a meeting discussing a technical issue that was frustrating. … We were finally having a meeting where we were making some progress. I saw a path out, and suggested a solution.
Everyone sort of stared dumbly at me.
My engineer colleague was standing next to me. He and I are fairly interchangeable, and joke that our offices are extensions of each others. He repeated my suggestion. Same words. Same tone. It wouldn’t have been so awful/funny except it was literally identical.
Then everyone went “That is a great idea! Yes, that fixes everything!”
And I sat there, gobsmacked.
Thinking that at least my buddy would realize how hysterical it was (I do sometimes bring him to vendor meetings, because the shops we visit have in the past required testosterone to hear. Ugh.) - I elbowed him and was like “Ha. That was ridiculous.” And he looked at me, totally wide eyed, and was like “What was?”
ALL THE TIME.
In part because even when we see extreme weather events linked to climate change, corporate media refuse to talk about it. This time the Midwest floods. Ask the mainstream media to cover climate change more here.
Climate change could make the Jefferson Monument and Ocean Drive become Atlantis. Sea levels: Present, 5 feet rise (probable in 100 to 300 years), 12 feet rise (probable by 2300 if we only make modest greenhouse gas emission reductions), and 25 feet rise (potential level in coming centuries based on historical climate data).
A look at the policy implications of these spills, particularly tar sands oil (dilbit) spills is HERE
All spills in order of occurrence:
March 11 – 21: Gwagwalada Town, Nigera
A week-long leak of Kilometer 407.5 NNPC (Nigeria National Petroleum Corp) pipeline. No official number of barrels spilled released, however the spill saturated a hectare (10,000 sq metres) of marshy ground near a major water source.
Tuesday, March 19: Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories Canada
Enbridge Norman Wells Pipeline leaks 6,290 barrels of crude oil
Monday, March 25: Fort MacKay, Alberta Canada
Suncor tar sands tailings pond leaks 2,200 barrels of toxic waste fluid into the Athabasca River
Wednesday, March 27: Parker Prairie, Minnesota U.S.
CP Rail train derails and spills 952 barrels of tar sands crude oil
Friday, March 29: Mayflower, Arkansas U.S.
Exxon Mobil’s Pegasus Pipeline suffers a 22 foot-long rupture, spilling at least 12,000 barrels of diluted tar sands bitumen
Sunday, March 31: A power plant in Lansing, Michigan U.S.
16 barrels of an oil-based hydraulic fluid spills into the Grand River
Tuesday, April 2: Nembe, Nigeria
After suffering a reported theft of 60,000 barrels of oil per day from its Nembe Creek Trunkline pipeline, Shell Nigeria shuts off the pipe for nine days to repair damage
Wednesday, April 3: 350KM southeast of Newfoundland, Canada
A drilling platform leaks 0.25 barrels of crude oil
Wednesday, April 4: Chalmette, Louisiana U.S.
0.24 barrels (100 lbs) of hydrogen sulfide and 0.04 barrels (10 lbs of benzene) leak at an Exxon refinery
Monday, April 8: Esmeraldas, Ecuador
The OPEC-managed OCP pipeline leaks 5,500 barrels of heavy crude oil, contaminating the Winchele estuary
Tuesday, April 9: 29KM NE of Nuiqsut, Alaska U.S.
Human error during maintenance spills 157 barrels of crude oil at a Repsol E&P USA Inc pipeline pump station
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