Signs of the Times

­­Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

Recent Convert, Rapper Kanye West, Proclaims Christ, Saves 1000

A Louisiana pastor praised Kanye West’s last-minute “Sunday Service,” where “over 1,000” people raised their hands to commit their lives to Christ on Friday. West opened up his ‘Sunday Service,’ to the public a few months ago, traveling across the country to hold gospel services and perform songs from his new album, “Jesus is King.” Curvine Brewington, a pastor at Crossroads Church in Lafayette said, “Tonight, worship was lifted, the name of Christ was exalted, the Word of God was preached, a multitude prayed together, the Gospel was clearly proclaimed, and an opportunity to respond was given. “In a crowd of 6,000, people from all walks of life, all ages, and all races, I witnessed over 1,000 people respond to The Gospel by raising their hands to accept Jesus as their Lord & Savior!”

  • Kanye West’s new album Jesus Is King not only ranked number one on the Billboard 200 chart, but it also came in at number one on the Top Christian Albums chart.

Paula White to Head Trump’s Faith Office

Paula White, a Pentecostal preacher and longtime adviser to President Donald Trump, has been tapped to head the White House’s Faith and Opportunity Initiative, a successor to previous administrations’ faith-based office that coordinates outreach to religious communities. The appointment of the popular author and former pastor of a Florida megachurch, sometimes called “the Trump whisperer” for her closeness to the president, has been long anticipated. Americans United for Separation of Church and State was quick to denounce White’s appointment. “Televangelist Paula White is unfit to serve in the position of advisor to the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative,” read a statement from Americans United President Rachel Laser. “She has no experience in government or public service and no history of undertaking the kind of interfaith outreach necessary for this role. Instead, she has operated in the shadows to influence public policies that discriminate against women, LGBTQ people and religious minorities, and the nomination of partisan judges who will support those harmful policies.”

Kentucky Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Christian Print Shop Owner

The Kentucky Supreme Court handed a victory Thursday to Lexington promotional print shop owner Blaine Adamson. The court found that the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO) did not have a legal right to sue Adamson or his business for declining to print a message that violates his religious beliefs. For more than seven years, Adamson has been battling in court for the right to run his business consistently with his faith. He faced many setbacks: boycotts against his promotional printing company, Hands On Originals; hateful emails, phone calls, and Facebook comments; and some customers even pulled their business. Adamson was represented by attorneys for the Alliance Defending Freedom. “Today’s decision makes clear that this case never should have happened. For more than seven years, government officials used this case to turn Blaine’s life upside down, even though we told them from the beginning that the lawsuit didn’t comply with the city’s own legal requirements,” said ADF Senior Counsel Jim Campbell.

Radical Feminists, Conservative Women Unite to Fight Transgender Agenda

Kara Dansky is a self-avowed radical feminist, but she’s much more likely to appear on a Heritage Foundation panel or as a guest Fox News than any left-tilting forum. That’s because Ms. Dansky and her organization, the Women’s Liberation Front, or WoLF, have struck up an unlikely alliance with conservatives over the increasingly influential transgender-rights movement, specifically its implications for the lives of women and girls. “The Women’s Liberation Front has always stood for the right to privacy and safety of women and girls, and we see the trans movement as a threat to those,” Ms. Dansky said. “We absolutely think that women and girls have the right to intimate spaces without the presence of men.” By “men,” she also means biological males who identify as women, a stance that puts her at odds with progressive powerhouses like the Human Rights Campaign, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, as well as feminist groups such as the National Organization for Women and UltraViolet.

Austin Votes to Teach Middle Schoolers about Sodomy & Transgenderism

Despite heavy turnout from parents opposed to the plan, the Austin Independent School District voted Tuesday to approve a sex education curriculum that calls for teaching children as early as middle school how to engage in sodomy and put on condoms, and that gender is “non-binary.” As detailed by Texas Values, the curriculum discourages gender-specific language like “mother” and “father” because it “can limit [children’s] understanding of gender into binaries,” encourages children to attend LGBT “pride” rallies and explore other ways to become LGBT “allies,” and proposes various role-play scenarios for children to act out in class, including lesbians deciding when to engage in oral sex.

UK Parents Protest Mandated LGBT Teaching in School

Parents in the United Kingdom who were infuriated by mandatory LGBT lessons in public schools have launched an organization and a petition demanding the right to exempt their children from the indoctrination. The organization is called OCOFOR, Our Children Our Faith Our Rights. Members recently staged a demonstration at Parliament Square insisting the government allow them to opt children out of the LGBT lessons. The online petition warns that society is snatching away “the rights of Christians who chose to live according to biblical views and other religious groups regarding homosexuality.” The petition explains the organization “is fighting to protect the rights of people of faith to peacefully live out their beliefs. “Religious freedom is fast becoming marginalized with those of the Christian faith being especially set apart for public mockery and shaming,” they warn.

Judge Affirms Law that Bans Business Owners from Expressing Faith Publicly

A federal judge has affirmed a Colorado law that effectively bans business owners from freely expressing in public their religious beliefs about marriage and homosexuality. Colorado was the loser in a similar dispute, the Masterpiece Cakeshop case in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the state show “hostility” to the Christian beliefs of Jack Phillips in its handling of his refusal to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. Since then, openly homosexual Democratic Gov. Jared Polis has pursued a gay-rights agenda that includes allowing people to indicate their sex on driver’s licenses according to their “gender identity” and banning counselors from helping young people who want to rid themselves of same-sex attractions.

President Trump Has Appointed 150 Federal Judges

President Trump just celebrated the appointment of his 150th federal judge on Wednesday—a huge milestone that will have a lasting impact long after the president leaves office. These lifetime appointments will impact the federal judiciary for decades to come on big issues like abortion to religious rights. “A truly momentous achievement,” Trump said. “They will uphold our Constitution as written. These distinguished men and women are some of the most gifted scholars, respected jurists, and finest legal minds ever placed on the federal bench.”

­­­Thousands of Illegal Aliens from Terrorist Nations Live in U.S.

Months after Judicial Watch reported that migrants from terrorist nations are trying to enter the U.S. via Mexico at record rates, government figures show that more than 10,000 illegal aliens from countries that sponsor terrorism currently live here. It’s not clear how they entered the country but federal authorities know about them because they have either been deported or have final removal orders pending. The statistics from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and show that there are 10,340 non-detained illegal immigrants from Iran, Syria, Sudan and North Korea on ICE’s national docket as of June 2018. Iran tops the list with 6,331, followed by Syria (2,128), Sudan (1,860) and North Korea (21). All four countries have been designated as sponsors of terrorism by the State Department.

Judge Blocks Trump’s Health Insurance Rule for Immigrants

A federal judge in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday put on hold a Trump administration rule requiring immigrants prove they will have health insurance or can pay for medical care before they can get visas. U.S. District Judge Michael Simon granted a temporary restraining order that prevents the rule from going into effect Sunday. It’s not clear when he will rule on the merits of the case. Seven U.S. citizens and a nonprofit organization filed the federal lawsuit Wednesday contending the rule would block nearly two-thirds of all prospective legal immigrants. “We’re very grateful that the court recognized the need to block the health care ban immediately,” says Justice Action Center senior litigator Esther Sung. “The ban would separate families and cut two-thirds of green-card-based immigration starting tonight, were the ban not stopped.”

Illegals in Mississippi ICE Raids Stole Americans’ Identities

Most of the 680 illegal immigrants nabbed in August’s immigration raids at poultry plants in Mississippi worked under stolen American identities, the Department of Homeland Security’s top investigator told Congress Thursday, rebuffing Democrats who insisted the “undocumented” workers were doing no harm. “They stole the IDs of 400 U.S. citizens,” said Jere Miles, who leads Homeland Security Investigations’ New Orleans office. Mr. Miles defended the Aug. 7 raids against seven processing plants as both a success and a deterrent to future illegal immigrants. The raids have become a major flashpoint in the immigration debate, with activists complaining that they were conducted cruelly, on the first day of school for the workers’ children, and without warning to local authorities or social welfare agencies.

Tucson Voters Reject Sanctuary City Proposal

Tucson voters on Tuesday resoundingly opposed an initiative, known as Proposition 205, that would have given sweeping protections to illegal aliens, and prohibit local law enforcement from working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. At the close of the polls, over 71% of voters rejected the measure. Notably, the measure was opposed by every member of the Tucson City Council — all of whom are Democrats. The council members were concerned that its passage would lead to the loss of millions of dollars in federal and state funding. Leaders were very aware of the Trump administration’s fight against other local jurisdictions that have passed sanctuary policies, threatening to withhold federal grants as punishment.

Nine American Mormons Killed in Mexico

Relatives say at least ten U.S. citizens— three women, four small children and two infants, all Mormons—have been killed in a highway massacre believed to be tied to a drug cartel in northern Mexico. Three mothers and 14 children—members of a breakaway Mormon community known as La Mora, some 70 miles south of Douglas, Ariz.—were reportedly ambushed Monday while driving in Bavispe, Sonora state. Relatives say the remains of Rhonita Miller and four of her children, including twin infants, were found in a burned-out SUV on the side of the road,. Others in the three-vehicle convoy were “shot at as they tried to flee.” Six children were wounded in the attack, with five transferred to hospitals in Phoenix, Ariz. One child is still missing. Relatives say this is not the first time members of the breakaway Mormon community have been targeted.

  • President Trump on Tuesday offered U.S. assistance as he called on Mexico to “wage war” against the country’s murderous drug cartel “monsters.” President Andrés Manuel López Obrador refused the offer, however, saying at a Tuesday news conference, “The worst thing you can have is war.”

Hundreds of Oklahoma Inmates Released in Record Commutation

Hundreds of Oklahoma inmates left prison Monday before their original sentences were over. In the largest mass commutation in US history, at least 462 non-violent inmates were released, officials said. A total of 527 inmates had their sentences commuted Friday, but 65 of them have detainers and will be released later. The move is one of many prison reform efforts in Oklahoma aimed at reducing overcrowded prisons while helping low-level offenders build a life of self-sufficiency rather than reincarceration. In 2016, Oklahoma passed reforms that would turn some low-level felonies into misdemeanors. For example, possession of a small amount of drugs became a misdemeanor, and the threshold for a property crime becoming a felony increased from $500 in property value to $1,000 in value.

U.S. Formally Opts Out of U.N. Climate Accord

The United States has told the United Nations it has begun the process of pulling out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that he submitted a formal notice to the United Nations. That starts a withdrawal process that does not become official for a year. His statement touted America’s carbon pollution cuts and called the Paris deal an “unfair economic burden” to the U.S. economy. The U.S. is the first nation to pull out of the deal. Agreement rules prevented any country from pulling out in the first three years after the Nov. 4, 2016, ratification. President Donald Trump has been promising withdrawal for two years, but Monday was the first time he could actually do it.

U.N. Voted to Condemn U.S. for Economic Blockade Against Cuba

The 193-member United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to condemn the U.S. economic and commercial blockade against Cuba on Thursday, and in doing so shunned U.S. calls to condemn Cuba for its ongoing human-rights violations. Brazil and Israel were the only two countries to vote with the United States against the resolution. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft listed a litany of human-rights abuses by Cuba that she said went against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – a document to which the communist country is a signatory. Craft referenced a report that estimated 50,000 journalists, activists, and others had been arrested arbitrarily since 2010. Craft told member states, “Like all nations, we get to choose which countries we trade with. This is our sovereign right. So, it is worrying that the international community, in the name of protecting sovereignty, continues to challenge this right.”

Global Fertility Rate Falling Dramatically

Contrary to U.N. and globalist propaganda, global population is headed for a crash, not an explosion. The birthrate in many countries is so low that they will cease to exist as discrete nations if it doesn’t turn around. For many, the trend is already irreversible, says Technocracy News. At least two children per woman is needed to ensure a stable population from generation to generation.  In the 1960s, the fertility rate was five live births per woman. By 2017 it had fallen to 2.43, a decline of over 50%. While the global average fertility rate was still above the rate of replacement—technically 2.1 children per woman—about 50% of all countries have already fallen below the replacement rate. Fifty years ago, there were only 5% of countries below replacement level. Falling fertility rates and aging populations will mean serious challenges that will be felt more acutely in some places than others.

U.S. Lab Loses Enough Fentanyl to Kill 1,750 People

A government-owned nuclear laboratory long plagued by scandals and security breaches is in trouble again for recklessly managing controlled substances, including enough opioids to kill more than 1,700 people. Other illicit narcotics mishandled by the taxpayer-funded compound’s staff include morphine, methamphetamine, codeine and cocaine. The drugs are routinely used for research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, the same facility where Judicial Watch exposed a Chinese Communist scientist that stole nuclear secrets. Los Alamos is among the world’s largest science institutions and the nation’s key nuclear weapons research facility. It also conducts work involving controlled substances to assist law enforcement agencies with drug traffickers. The lab recently could not account for 3.5 grams of fentanyl, according to a federal audit that outlines. The U.S. government’s National Institute on Drug Abuse has determined that “fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent.”

Teen Vaping Continues to Increase Despite Dangers

A U.S. government report based on a recent survey indicates that the U.S. teen vaping epidemic shows no signs of slowing down. An estimated 28% of high school students and 11% of middle schoolers surveyed earlier this year had vaped within the past month. That amounts to over 5 million young users, versus about 3.6 million last year. The results follow the Trump administration’s call in September to ban virtually all vaping flavors, following reports of deaths and lung disease from vaping. Federal health officials have identified vitamin E acetate in the lung fluids of 29 people sickened in the outbreak of dangerous vaping-related lung injuries. The discovery, which they call a “breakthrough,” points to the oil as the likely culprit.

U.S. Doctors Reap Big Bucks from Big Pharma

In a very thorough and revealing analysis of statistical industry payment data, ProPublica disclosed that more than 2,500 physicians have received at least half a million dollars apiece from drug makers and medical device companies in the past five years alone. More than 700 of those doctors received at least $1 million, and that doesn’t include money for research or royalties from inventions. In their article, the authors note that their previous analysis in 2013 found that 1 doctor had made $1 million and 21 doctors had made over $500,000 for the same reasons. It was expected to be a wake-up call for more effective scrutiny, oversight, and challenges to these payments. Instead, these types of payments have become much more commonplace.

Economic News

China and the United States have agreed to cancel in phases the tariffs imposed during their months-long trade war, the Chinese commerce ministry said on Thursday, without specifying a timetable. Tariff cancellation was an important condition for any agreement, ministry spokesman Gao Feng said, adding that both must simultaneously cancel some tariffs on each other’s goods to reach a “phase one” trade deal. The proportion of tariffs canceled for both sides to reach a “phase one” deal must be the same, but the number to be canceled can be negotiated, he added

The global debt load has surged to a new all-time record equivalent to more than double the world’s economic output, International Monetary Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva warned Thursday. “Global debt — both public and private — has reached an all-time high of $188 trillion. This amounts to about 230 percent of world output,” Georgieva said in a speech to open a two-day conference on debt. Global debt has risen by 24 trillion dollars since 2016 which puts governments and individuals at risk if the economy slows, she said.

As more baby boomers put off retirement, millennials and Gen Xers are finding it harder to move up into middle- and higher-level jobs, according to a USA TODAY/LinkedIn survey and interviews with recruiters. Forty-one percent of millennials — and 30% of all adults  — said they’ve found it difficult to move up in their fields because boomers are waiting longer to retire. “This is the first time ever that five different generations are in America’s workforce at the same time, from Gen Z-ers up to baby boomers,” says LinkedIn career expert Blair Decembrele.

U.S. hiring was surprisingly solid last month as employers added 128,000 jobs despite a General Motors strike that held down overall payrolls and the loss of 20,000 temporary census workers. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expected 85,000 job gains. Job gains for August and September were revised up by 95,000. The unemployment rate, which is calculated from a different survey, rose from a 50-year low of 3.5% to 3.6%, the Labor Department said Friday. That’s because a strong increase in employment was offset by an even bigger rise in the labor force, which includes Americans working and looking for jobs.

  • The positive report sent the S&P 500 and Nasdaq stock indices to record highs last Friday. The stock indices hit historic highs again on Monday. But this time the Dow joined the record-setting club as well.

Persecution Watch

Pro-Turkish forces are reportedly carrying out a “soft ethnic cleansing” of Christians in north-east Syria by terrorizing them into fleeing, despite assurances from Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that his forces would not persecute religious minorities. Bassam Ishak, the head of the Syriac National Council, said Syrian armed groups allied with Turkey are preventing Christians from accessing their land during the current cotton harvest. The troops have orders not to physically touch the Christians, but instead to tell them that “they have no land here anymore,” said Ishak, who is also a member of the Syrian Democratic Council. “The Christians in Ras al-Ain own at least one-third of the agricultural land there. These forces are basically carrying out a ‘soft’ ethnic cleansing. The Christians are being frightened by these people, and then they lose their source of income.”

Two evangelical pastors were beheaded and many church buildings burnt in an outbreak of anti-Christian violence last month in Sebeta town, near the capital Addis Ababa. But this was only the latest incident of violence which has plagued the country for over a year. The violence began in September – November 2018, in the area of Enseno town, leaving 45 people dead – including many Christians – and many homes burnt. Thousands were displaced and have been living in temporary shelters, even through the rainy season of 2019. It is a region dominated by Islam and by conflict between two tribes. The government has been unable to cope with the huge need of the displaced people, and church leaders became “confused and discouraged” as they wrestled with the problem of how to save the displaced Christians from starvation, malnutrition and the diseases that go with it.

Islamic State Names New Leader

Days after its “caliph,” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and his heir apparent were killed in Syria, the Islamic State on Thursday confirmed their deaths, announced a new leader and warned the U.S.: “Do not be happy.” In an audio recording, the group said it was now led by Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi. That’s not a name experts knew before — but ISIS leaders often take new names when they’re appointed or promoted.

ISIS Terror Attack Kills Over 50 Soldiers in Mali

At least 53 soldiers and one civilian have been killed in a terrorist attack on the Malian Armed Forces, according to Mali’s government. Rescue teams found the bodies, along with 10 survivors and “significant material damage,” at the military post in Indelimane, in the country’s north-east, on Friday. The government called the assault a terrorist attack and urged the nation “to succeed in the war for freedom, peace and social cohesion in our country.” This attack follows previous attacks on army posts in central Mali in September that killed 38 soldiers. Separatists and al Qaeda-linked insurgents often target military outposts in the West African nation.

Iran Brags of Violating Nuclear Accord, Protesters Shout “Death to America”

Iran on Monday displayed its defiance of the United States when the Islamic Republic brazenly announced new violations of the 2015 nuclear accord while Islamist demonstrators shouted, “Death to America” and likened the U.S. to a “poisonous scorpion” during an event commemorating the 40th anniversary of revolutionaries seizing the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Iran says it now operates 60 advanced centrifuges, twice as many as allowed by the 2015 accord, and is experimenting with a prototype designed to be 50 times faster than what’s allowed by the nuclear agreement. Iran injected uranium gas into centrifuges at its underground Fordo nuclear complex early Thursday, taking its most-significant step away from its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Tehran meanwhile also acknowledged blocking an official from the International Atomic Energy Agency from visiting its nuclear site at Natanz last week, the first known case of a United Nations inspector being blocked amid heightened tensions over its atomic program. Experts have previously estimated Iran could produce enough material to build a nuclear weapon in about a one-year period; however, the advanced centrifuges could speed up that assessment.

  • A new package of economic and political sanctions were imposed by the U.S. Treasury Monday on nine individuals closely tied to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Dresden, Germany Declares Nazi Emergency

A city in eastern Germany has declared a “Nazi emergency” after allegedly experiencing a rise in anti-democratic and far-right extremist views and even violence. Council members of the city of Dresden, the capital of Saxony, declared in a resolution that acknowledges that “right-wing extremist attitudes and actions … are occurring with increasing frequency.” It also called on the city to help victims of far-right violence, protect minorities and strengthen democracy. The resolution was approved 38 to 29, with Germany’s governing Christian Democrats (CDU) – which has Chancellor Angela Merkel at the helm – among those who rejected it. The party reportedly described the resolution as “pure political symbolism.”

Russia Expanding Military Operations from Syria to Libya

After four years of behind-the-scenes financial and tactical support for a would-be Libyan strongman, Russia is now pushing far more directly to shape the outcome of Libya’s messy civil war. It has introduced advanced Sukhoi jets, coordinated missile strikes, and precision-guided artillery, as well as snipers — the same playbook that made Moscow a kingmaker in the Syrian civil war. The Russians have intervened on behalf of the militia leader Khalifa Hifter, who is based in eastern Libya and is also backed by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and, at times, France. His backers have embraced him as their best hope to check the influence of political Islam, crack down on militants and restore an authoritarian order. Hifter has been at war for more than five years with a coalition of militias from western Libya. Libya’s government was set up by the United Nations in 2015 and is officially supported by the United States and other Western powers. But in practical terms, Turkey is its only patron.

Gunmen In Burkina Faso Attack Mining Company Convoy, Killing 37

Gunmen in Burkina Faso killed at least 37 people on Wednesday in an attack on a convoy carrying employees, suppliers and contractors of a Canadian mining company, one of the deadliest episodes in a recent tide of violence that has gripped the West African nation. The mining company, Semafo, which is based in Montreal, said that five buses escorted by Burkina Faso’s military were attacked while traveling to the Boungou mine, an open-pit gold mine in the eastern part of the country. They were on their way from the city of Fada-Ngourma, about 25 miles away. Lt. Col. Saïdou T.P. Sanou, the governor of the country’s eastern region, confirmed the death toll in a statement and said that another 60 people had been wounded

New Delhi Toxic Smog Grounds Planes, Sickens Citizens

Toxic smog choking India’s capital has shut down schools and prevented planes from landing at an international airport — but doctors say what’s most concerning is how the foul air has sickened many of New Delhi’s citizens. New Delhi officials declared a health emergency Friday, asking the city’s more than 20 million residents to stay indoors. Schools were closed for five days and authorities handed out millions of free masks to children as the deteriorating air quality reached a three-year high. An Air Quality Index of 0-50 is considered “good.” New Delhi’s AQI reached 900. Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal saying that the city had been turned into a “gas chamber.” The pollution is so bad that it can be seen from space.

Bolivian Post-Election Violence Surging

The mayor of a small town in Bolivia has become the latest victim of violence in the country that has seen violent street clashes intensifying over the country’s disputed election nearly three weeks ago. Vinto Mayor Patricia Arce Guzman was confronted at the town hall by protesters, who then dragged her out barefoot through the streets of the town as windows at the city building were broken and her office was set on fire. Guzman was then forced to kneel down as demonstrators cut her hair, doused her in red paint, and forced her to sign a resignation letter all while yelling “murderess, murderess,” according to the BBC. Officials said Wednesday that three persona have been killed in street clashes between supporters and foes of President Evo Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president, who has accused the opposition of trying to stage a coup.

Environment

Deforestation’s contribution to climate change is vastly overestimated, a new study concludes. The study led by researchers at Ohio State University and Yale University states that deforestation for timber and farmland is responsible for about 92 billion tons of carbon emissions into the environment since 1900.  “Our estimate is about a fifth of what was found in previous work showing that deforestation has contributed 484 billion tons of carbon – a third of all manmade emissions – since 1900,” said Professor Brent Sohngen. The professor said that widely accepted estimate didn’t take into account the planting of new trees and other forest management techniques that lower the environmental burden. The model used in the new study did take those factors into account. “There was a significant shift toward treating forests as a renewable, rather than nonrenewable, resource in the last century, and we estimate that those reforestation and forest management efforts have led to a far smaller carbon burden on the environment,” Sohngen said.

Part of the Keystone 1 Pipeline in North Dakota was shut down after a leak of about 9,120 barrels of oil — 383,040 gallons — was discovered. The oil leak occurred just north of Edinburg, in the northeast part of the state, and affected about 2,500 square yards of land, TC Energy company said. A drop in pressure was detected on Tuesday, and the pipeline was immediately shut down. The company is not sure how the leak started, but says an independent party is examining the pipeline.

Shrinking ice, rising sea levels and fierce storms are transforming Canada’s Magdalen Islands, where temperatures have warmed twice the global average since the late 19th century. Residents are fighting an escalating battle against erosion and flooding — trying to fend off the sea in some places and retreat from it in others.

San Jose, CA Mayor Sam Liccardo and other city council members approved a proposal to prohibit natural gas infrastructure from being installed in many new residential buildings. The measure covers single family homes, accessory dwelling units and low-rise multi-family buildings. San Jose’s ban comes just after Berkeley, CA passed a natural gas ban that will also take effect on January 1. San Jose is the largest city to advance this type of ordinance. It aims to reduce emissions from buildings, which are considered the largest emissions producers along with transportation. The ultra-left environmental group, Sierra Club, claims that 50 other California cities are also considering a ban on natural gas.

  • The only by-products of burning natural gas are water and CO2, which is used by plants to generate oxygen. There are enough proven reserves currently in production that could power the entire U.S. for at least 80 years, and more reserves are being discovered every year.  Technocracy News notes that natural gas is the cleanest, cheapest and most resilient source of energy on planet earth.

Earthquakes

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck northwestern Iran early Friday, killing at least five people and injuring over 300 others, officials said. The temblor struck Tark county in Iran’s Eastern Azerbaijan province at 2:17 a.m., about 250 miles northwest of Iran’s capital, Tehran. Over 40 aftershocks rattled the rural region nestled in the Alborz Mountains. Rescuers have been dispatched to the region. State TV reported the earthquake destroyed 30 homes at its epicenter.

A part of Texas that is being heavily developed for oil and gas production has seen a dramatic increase in earthquakes over the past decade, a new study shows. Researchers examined more than 7,000 seismic events in West Texas between 2000 and 2017, according to the study published this week in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth. The analysis showed that a disproportionate number have happened in the last 10 years in an area near Pecos known as the Delaware Basin. The uptick began after 2007, when just one earthquake was recorded in the area. Nineteen earthquakes happened in 2009 and more than 2,000 were recorded in 2017.

  • In less than a decade, a boom in the country’s shale patches added a record 8 million barrels day and made the United States the No. 1 oil producer in the world at 12 million barrels/day. A large proportion of this comes from the oil producers in the Permian Basin, a vast expanse of 86,000 square miles that borders west Texas and southeastern New Mexico. That region is responsible for about a third of America’s crude output.
    • In a fallen world of good and evil, there are plusses and minuses to almost every situation

Weather

More than 11,000 scientists from 153 countries have signed a declaration that states, “clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency.” The scientists warn that an “immense increase of scale in endeavors to conserve our biosphere is needed to avoid untold suffering due to the climate crisis.” The scientists set out “critical and interrelated” steps that should be taken in six areas: Energy, short-lived pollutants, nature, the economy, food, and, most controversially, population. They call for the stabilization of the world population through measures including making family-planning services available to all and working toward full gender equity in education.

 

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