No Debate, Most Oil Shale Is Doomed. Meanwhile, FF bankruptcy filings show funding of climate change denialism

Oct. 27, 2020 Seeking Alpha.com by Kirk Spano https://seekingalpha.com/article/4381730-no-debate-oil-shale-is-doomed Shale has huge competition to fill remaining oil demand. Zero cash takeovers for Permian producers is a very bad signal for the rest of the industry. Debt-laden shale companies simply cannot pay down debt at likely demand and prices – a last wave of bankruptcies and takeunders is coming. There might …

Climate mattered for three-quarters of voters in Nov 2020

https://www.climatepower2020.org/resources/biden-is-already-acting/ In exit polls, Morning Consult found 3-in-4 Biden voters said addressing climate change was very important in deciding who they voted for in the presidential race, and both CNN and NBC News found that two-thirds of voters think climate change is a serious problem. Even FOX News found that 72% of voters are concerned about climate and 70% of voters favor increasing government spending on green and renewable energy. …

Data and civil liberties: CellHawk helps law enforcement visualize large quantities of information collected by cellular towers and providers

Sam Richards, Intercept, December 23 2020 UNTIL NOW, the Bartonville, Texas, company Hawk Analytics and its product CellHawk have largely escaped public scrutiny. CellHawk has been in wide use by law enforcement, helping police departments, the FBI, and private investigators around the United States convert information collected by cellular providers into maps of people’s locations, movements, and relationships. Police records obtained by …

Share a wi-fi connection to lower costs

Ryan Scribner suggests this tactic for savings. “These days, there are long-range routers and even signal boosters that make this a feasible option. If you don’t need maximum speeds, you could slip an internet plan with your neighbor, assuming you live close by…why are we all paying for internet?” Sharing Wi-Fi might bridge the digital divide. Participating in the Open Wireless Movement can be …

Everything you need to know about online free speech

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SECTION 230 The most important law for online speech, by Casey Newton, The Verge, Dec 29, 2020 WHAT IS SECTION 230? Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which was passed in 1996, says an “interactive computer service” can’t be treated as the publisher or speaker of third-party content. This protects websites from lawsuits if …

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

The vaunted human capacity for reason may have more to do with winning arguments than with thinking straight. New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason. By Olivia Goldhill, Science reporter, October 10, 2015, Quartz Even if you have all the facts, you may not convince others to agree with your argument. It’s frustrating, but according to Rob Yeung, …

The Feynman Technique: The Best Way to Learn Anything

Choose a Concept Teach it to a Toddler Identify Gaps and Go Back to The Source Material Review and Simplify (optional) Farnam Street by Shane Parrish Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash Two Types of Knowledge There are two types of knowledge and most of us focus on the wrong one. The first type of knowledge focuses on knowing the name of something. The second focuses on …

Why Democrats Lose on Social Media While Republicans Lie and Win Big

Dominating Facebook, the world’s largest media platform, enabled the GOP to demonize the Green New Deal. By Joseph Romm and Jeff Nesbit DECEMBER 8, 2020 This article is published as part of Covering Climate Now, a global consortium of news outlets strengthening coverage of the climate story. If you’re baffled that nearly half of the United States could look at the last four years …

Lead with information can be counterproductive: Ask people what they know and want to learn. Then have a conversation.

Anger, anxiety, overwhelm … climate change can evoke intense feelings. “It’s easy to feel dwarfed in the context of such a global systemic issue,” says psychologist Renée Lertzman. She says that when people experience these feelings, they often shut down and push information away. So to encourage climate action, she advises not bombarding people with frightening facts. “When we lead …