Hundreds Of Earthquakes Before the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

November 3, 2019 by Michael Snyder

Why is the mainstream media being so quiet about all of the seismic activity that has been happening all across the United States?  During the last 7 days, there has been an earthquake swarm directly along the New Madrid Fault zone, Kansas and Oklahoma have been hit by a very unusual number of significant quakes, and there have been several sizable seismic events in the vicinity of the Yellowstone supervolcano.  But of course the west coast is getting hammered more than anyone else.  According to Cal Tech, there have been more than 1000 earthquakes in California and Nevada over the last week, but of course most of them have been very small.  Overall, the latest USGS numbers tell us that there have been more than 2,000 earthquakes nationally during the last 7 days, and apparently we aren’t supposed to be alarmed by that.  But could it be possible that all of this seismic activity is leading up to something really big?

Over the weekend, we witnessed some very unusual quakes in the middle of the country.  On Sunday, a magnitude 3.2 earthquake rattled Kansas…

The Kansas quake hit at 9:08 p.m. Central time near South Hutchinson, northwest of Wichita, according to the USGS. About 175 people reported feeling the tremor, some as far away as Osborne and Concordia, Kansas.

Thankfully that quake hit in an area with a very low population density, and so it didn’t affect that many people.

But then on Sunday, a series of relatively large earthquakes hammered Oklahoma…

A 3.0-magnitude earthquake hit near Fairview in northern Oklahoma, at 1 a.m. Sunday, followed by a 2.6-magnitude quake at 1:37 a.m. near Quinton in eastern Oklahoma, the USGS reports. A 2.7-magnitude tremor rattled Waukomis in northern Oklahoma at 4:25 p.m. Saturday

Overall, there have been 143 earthquakes in Oklahoma in the last 30 days, and the increasing level of seismic activity in that part of the nation definitely has a lot of people on edge.

But of much greater concern is what has been happening along the west coast.  The two major quakes that hit California in July were followed by more than 100,000 aftershocks, and scientists are warning that this “may have increased stress on parts of a major dormant fault line”…

A series of earthquakes which shook Southern California earlier this year may have increased stress on parts of a major dormant fault line which has not produced any significant activity since records began, according to a study.

Scientists from the University of Iowa examined the so-called Ridgecrest earthquakes, which began with a 6.4 magnitude foreshock in the Mojave Desert on July 4, followed the next day by a 7.1 magnitude quake—the largest in Southern California for two decades. In addition, more than 100,000 smaller aftershocks were recorded.

The “dormant fault line” which they are talking about is the Garlock Fault.

And the Garlock Fault runs directly into the San Andreas Fault.

One day there will be a massive quake that fundamentally alters the geography of southern California, and let us hope that day is delayed for as long as possible.

Meanwhile, we have also witnessed some unusual rumbling off the coast farther north.

In fact, five large earthquakes were detected off of the Oregon coast last month.  The following comes from a news story that was posted on October 21st…

A magnitude-4.6 earthquake Monday morning became the fifth to strike off the Oregon coast since the beginning of the month.

The quake rumbled around 6:47 a.m. about 120 miles west of Bandon and at a depth of roughly 6 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

On Thursday, a magnitude-4.7 temblor struck about 95 miles from Port Orford — just hours after students in Coos and Curry counties participated in an annual earthquake drill.

The reason why these quakes are so alarming is because they happened in the vicinity of the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

As Steve Quayle recently told Greg Hunter, someday the Cascadia Subduction Zone will suddenly come to life, and it will be the greatest natural disaster that we have seen so far in all of American history…

What’s the worst case scenario if the Cascadia Subduction Zone lets loose and volcanos, earthquakes and tsunamis are unleashed? Quayle says “The amount of damage, and I am going to choose my words carefully, is going to be precedent setting. It’s going to be the combination of volcanos going off that are inland from the subduction zone where the plates meet, coupled with tsunamis. . . . When this happens, you will lose eight million to twenty million people. When it happens, you will lose all productivity in the electronic field, obviously Silicon Valley, and all food production in all of California, Oregon and Washington. When it happens, you will have a State of Emergency unlike any other. How about the refugees? There will be 3.5 million refugees to take care of. When this happens, what happens to the underground aquifers, and where does everybody go for fresh water? There will be years of drought, years of famine and years of water, water where did it all go? It is a very dire situation painted by computer models. This is not a sensational thing. It is a reality based, scientific study with the application of what happens.”

Quayle warns that the public would likely have roughly “15 minutes to get to safety,” and “the tsunami waves would be 500 to 1,500 feet tall.”

You can see the trailer for the new film that is being produced about the Cascadia Subduction Zone right here.  I am so glad that this movie is being made, because I have been trying to warn people about what is going to happen for a long time.  For example, the following comes from one of my previous articles entitled “You Have Been Warned: Experts Tell Us That A Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake And Tsunami Will Destroy Everything West Of Interstate 5”…

One day it will happen. With little or no warning, the Cascadia Subduction Zone will produce a catastrophic earthquake and accompanying tsunami that will essentially destroy everything west of Interstate 5 in the Pacific Northwest. It will be the worst natural disaster up to that point in American history, and as you will see below, the experts are saying that we are completely and utterly unprepared for it. Of course the San Andreas Fault gets more publicity, but the truth is that the Cascadia Subduction Zone is capable of producing a quake “almost 30 times more energetic” than anything the San Andreas Fault can produce.

Scientists assure us that it is just a matter of time before such a disaster takes place.

So essentially those living right along the coast are taking a huge gamble.

Day after day, they hope that there is still at least a little bit more time before the Cascadia Subduction Zone absolutely devastates the Northwest.

Of course up until now that gamble has paid off, but one day their luck will suddenly run out.

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The Great French Nuclear Horn (Daniel 7)

France: The Forgotten Nuclear Power That Could Kill Billions of People

The French nuclear arsenal is pretty substantial, with air- and sea-based components. Here is a breakdown of French nuclear capabilities.

Nuclear Dyad

Unlike the United States or Russia, who maintain a nuclear triad of land-based, submarine-launched, and air-launched missiles, France has a dyad of submarines that can launch nuclear ballistic missiles and a stockpile of air-launched nuclear cruise missiles.

M51 Ballistic Missile

The M51 is the heart of French nuclear deterrence at sea. Each missile has six to ten Multiple Independent Reentry Vehicles (MIRVs), and each of those MIRVs is guessed to be in the 75 to 110 kiloton range.

Its range is estimated at 8,000 kilometers, or just under 5,000 miles and the missiles are launched from the nuclear-powered Triumphant-class submarines.

Air-Sol Moyenne Portée

The Air-Sol Moyenne Portée is the air-launched component of French strategic deterrence. The missiles play a unique role in French deterrence, where their use would be considered a warning shot of sorts before the more widespread use of nuclear weapons would be used in a conflict. 

It uses a high-speed ramjet engine design and replaced earlier French free-falling nuclear bombs. According to CSIS, the missiles “accelerates to Mach 2.0 in five seconds, after which the booster cartridge is ejected from the ramjet exhaust nozzle. Then, the liquid (kerosene) – powered ramjet motor takes over and accelerates to a maximum speed of Mach 3.” Though not supersonic (Mach 5+), these speeds are nonetheless quite fast. CSIS estimates that only 40 to 50 missiles were ever produced.

Hadès

The Hadès missile system was at one point a land-based component of French strategic deterrence — though only at the tactical, not strategic level, due to the system’s relatively short 480 kilometer, or about 300 mile range.

The Hadès was created in 1975 as a road-mobile option to defend the borders of France in case of an invasion by the Soviet Union. Part of what doomed the program was the missile’s range, which would have put East Germany squarely in Hadès’ crosshairs.

After the reunification of Germany in 1990, it became politically untenable to maintain a stockpile of tactical nuclear weapons that could reach only as far as Germany, and the missiles and launchers were subsequently dismantled in the mid-1990s.

Prestige Factor

French nuclear deterrence is marked by a distinctly independent streak. France left the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 1966, and returned only fairly recently, in 2009. One of the issues was French reluctance to place their strategic nuclear arsenal under the umbrella of NATO.

France is one of the world’s preeminent missile powers — in addition to a wide array of conventional and nuclear missiles, France is also a permanent member of the United Nation’s security council. There is indeed an aura of exclusivity in being one of the world’s few nuclear powers — an aura made even more exclusive by leaving the world’s largest military alliance. 

Thankfully, France is no longer going it alone.

Caleb Larson holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy. He lives in Berlin and writes on U.S. and Russian foreign and defense policy, German politics, and culture.

How Babylon the Great Will Lose the War (Revelation 18)

How to lose a war without firing a shot? Ignore our enemies’ arms-control violations

BY PETER PRY, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR

The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill

The State Department has released the unclassified executive summary of its new report – Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments – an annual report focused on arms control violations and noncompliance by Russia, China, North Korea, Iran and others.

The State Department finds Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Syria, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Burma in violation or noncompliance with various arms control commitments, including the nuclear Threshold Test Ban Treaty (TTBT), unratified Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), Presidential Nuclear Initiative (PNI), Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), Biological Weapons Convention (CWC), Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty (CFE), and the Open Skies Treaty (OST).

Every year for decades, the State Department has reported significant arms control violations and noncompliance by Russia and other potential adversaries of the United States.

Dangerously – with rare exceptions – the White House, Congress and Washington foreign policy and defense establishments regard U.S. unilateral compliance with arms control agreements, while Russia and others routinely violate agreements, with complacency. It’s “business as usual.”

The State Department’s Compliance Reports, so-called in shorthand, do not assess the threat to the United States from unilateral U.S. compliance with all arms control agreements while Russia, China and others are cheating.  

Perhaps the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Net Assessment should begin supplementing State’s reports with a National Security Impact Report for U.S. unilateral compliance while our adversaries cheat on arms control.   

Some examples:

• Russia’s violation of the INF Treaty, by deploying new-generation nuclear missiles threatening Europe, undermines security of NATO and credibility of U.S. extended nuclear deterrence.  Fortunately, President Trump and his administration understand this, which is why they withdrew the U.S. from the treaty.

• Russia’s violation of the PNI to dismantle tactical nuclear weapons, while the U.S. proceeded to deeply cut such weapons, has resulted in giving Moscow at least a 10-to-1 advantage in tactical nuclear weapons, and superiority in the overall nuclear balance.

• Violations of the NPT increase the nuclear threat to the United States from fanatical and unpredictable actors such as Iran and North Korea.  

• Russia, China, North Korea, Iran and others violating the BWC and CWC potentially risks exposing U.S. troops and the American people to “bugs and gas,” against which we have no defenses. We could lose a war.

• Russian violation of the CFE, which Moscow has openly abrogated, could enable Russian tanks, mobilized under the guise of a big exercise, to overrun NATO front-line states in 72 hours. DOD and RAND Corporation have warned about this.

• Russian violation of OST further diminishes the United States’s already grossly inadequate capabilities to verify compliance with arms control agreements.

The big news in the 2020 Compliance Report is that Russia and China have been violating the TTBT and CTBT by conducting nuclear tests, while the U.S. has complied with the agreements and conducted no tests since 1992. “Russia has conducted nuclear weapons experiments that have created nuclear yield and are not consistent with the U.S. ‘zero yield’ standard,” the report cautions.  

The report further states that China’s “possible preparation to operate its Lop Nur test site year-round, its use of explosive containment chambers, extensive excavation activities at Lop Nur, and lack of transparency on its nuclear testing activities – which has included frequently blocking the flow of data from its international monitoring system (IMS) to the international data center operated by the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization – raise concerns regarding China’s adherence to the ‘zero yield’ standard.”

Thus, the U.S. is probably 28 years behind Russia and China in developing advanced nuclear weapons based on new designs and technology.  

Russia openly writes about having new-generation nuclear weapons based on “new physical principles” such as Super-EMP, neutron and X-ray warheads; “clean” warheads that produce no radioactive fallout; “dirty” super-high-yield (100 megatons) doomsday warheads; and ultra-low-yield warheads “useable” by land, air and naval forces.

What all this means is that the U.S. could lose a nuclear war.  

Knowing this, would the U.S. dare risk war with Russia or China? Will U.S. allies trust our security guarantees and continue to be allies? Is the U.S. already losing the “new cold war” because of arms control? Worse, the violations of arms control agreements by Russia, China and others almost certainly are far worse than the Compliance Reports acknowledge.

The State Department’s bread and butter is arms control. Historically, State has been reluctant to acknowledge violations of arms control agreements; the department and the intelligence community covered up Russia’s violations of the INF Treaty for years during the Obama administration.  

Both the State Department and the intelligence community are unreformed from the Obama years, still preferring to “see no evil” when it comes to violations of arms control sacred cows.  They still have not declassified President Reagan’s General Advisory Committee report, “A Quarter-Century of Soviet Compliance Practices Under Arms Control Commitments, 1958-1983” that exposed the long history of failed arms control.

Predictably, many left-leaning organizations – such as the Arms Control Association, the Federation of American Scientists, Union of Concerned Scientists, and former Obama administration officials – will defend Russia and China, claiming that they are not really cheating. 

It seems we still have not learned the Latin adage, “Si vis pacem, para bellum” – If you want peace, prepare for war.

Dr. Peter Vincent Pry was chief of staff of the Congressional EMP Commission and served on the staff of the House Armed Services Committee and at the CIA. He is the author of several books, including “The Power And The Light: The Congressional EMP Commission’s War To Save America 2001-2020” (2020).

Pompeo tries to backtrack on his errors with Iran

Pompeo preparing argument that US still ‘participant’ in Iran nuclear deal, in effort to restore UN sanctions

By Frank Miles, Rich Edson | Fox News

A U.S. official confirmed to Fox News on Sunday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is preparing a legal argument claiming the country is still a participant in the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran.

This plan would give the U.S. standing at the United Nations Security Council to push to extend the arms embargo on Iran expiring in October, and restore sanctions for Iran’s violations of the deal.

The State Department has been considering this strategy to restore U.N. sanctions on Iran that were in place for months before the deal came into effect.

The New York Times reported the argument “would, in essence, claim it legally remains a ‘participant state’” in the Iran nuclear deal.

Pompeo told the paper: “We cannot allow the Islamic Republic of Iran to purchase conventional weapons in six months. President Obama should never have agreed to end the U.N. arms embargo.”

He added, “We are prepared to exercise all of our diplomatic options to ensure the arms embargo stays in place at the U.N. Security Council.”

Iran gradually has been rolling back its commitment after President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal with world powers in 2018 – and recently announced that it no longer would respect limits set on how many centrifuges it could use to enrich uranium.

Tehran officials said their recent move on uranium enrichment was a “remedial step” in line with the deal and could be reversed.

The nuclear agreement was aimed at convincing Iran to stop developing atomic weapons in exchange for economic incentives.

Iran already has struggled under severe U.S. sanctions blocking the sale of its crude oil abroad, measures imposed after Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal. That has led to a monthslong period of increased tensions that have persisted through the coronavirus pandemic.

Iran has been seen as the Middle Eastern country hit hardest by the pandemic.

Experts both inside and outside of Iran said Tehran likely has been underreporting the scale of the crisis. “Iran, of course, has seized the opportunity presented by COVID-19, which is what’s preoccupying Americans at the moment,” Ariane Tabatabai, a Middle East fellow who studies Iran at the Washington-based German Marshall Fund, told The Associated Press. “In part, it’s trying to distract from its own botched response to the pandemic and partly, it sees the United States at its weakest in a while and so it’s using this to raise the cost of the maximum pressure campaign to force the U.S. to end it.”

Proxy Before the First Nuclear War (Revelation 8 )

Pak Army’s secret book reveals its new tactics for proxy war against India

April 27, 2020

Aarti Tikoo Singh

New Delhi– Shaken by the two significant actions of the Modi government last year — the air strike on terror camps in Balakot and the nullification of special status of Jammu & Kashmira — the Pakistan Army has recalibrated its proxy war tactics against India.

Pakistan Army has decided to go big on psychological warfare, revive home-grown native terrorism in Kashmir against India and use Indian authors like Arundhati Roy’s criticism of India as propaganda material to Islamabad’s advantage.

All this and more was revealed in the latest edition of the Green Book 2020 published by the general headquarters of the Pakistan Army.

The Green Book is a confidential internal publication of the Pakistan Army which outlines its geo-political understanding, vision and strategies. Apart from Pakistan Army chief’s views, it includes essays on policy recommendations written by specialists of defence forces and strategic thinkers of the country.

In the 200-page book, a copy of which was accessed by IANS, Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has written that the two decisions taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year, the Balakot strike on February 26 and reorganisation of Jammu & Kashmir state on August 5, will have “lasting imprint on the geopolitics” of the region.

Bajwa described the Balakot strike as a “coercive attempt to carve out space for war under nuclear overhang and enforce compellence.” Modi’s Kashmir decision, Bajwa said, has “raised the ante for the entire world.”

Other authors like Lieutenant General (retired) Raza Muhammad Khan (former corps commander and former President of National Defence University, Islamabad), Senator Mushahid Hussain and Peshawar-based journalist Farzana Shah made several anti-India policy recommendations.

Recognising that India is backed by the US and American efforts to contain China’s rise are promoting India, one of the suggestions was to warn Washington that Pakistan will shift its forces from its Western borders, which can adversely affect peace in Afghanistan, if New Delhi was allowed to pursue its Kashmir policy.

The book also contained conspiracy theories like “increased proliferation of WMDs, due to Indo-US nuclear deal and the RSS hold over Indian nuclear weapons and its armed forces” and Indian external intelligence agency RAW “established a special cell at a cost of $500 million” to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

China as a reliable strategic ally was repeatedly emphasised in the book. In one of the essays, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s quote — “No matter how things change in the world and the region, China will firmly support Pakistan in upholding its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and dignity” — was highlighted.

The other recommendation was to take Pakistan’s proxy war against India into the “non-kinetic domain” like information or cyber or electronic warfare. For this, Pakistan Army has been advised to run propaganda using video clips and pictures about “brutalities of Indian oppressive forces” in Kashmir to alter the perception about India, which it has “built so painstakingly over the years”.

“Modi’s India is bound to get stuck and sink in the Kashmir quagmire,” the essay by Senator Hussain said, while Ambassador Shamshad Ahmad Khan wrote, “Kashmiri youth are dying on the streets, not asking for jobs and employment opportunities. They are holding the Pakistan flag; it is a clear verdict!”

One major suggestion offered to the Pakistani Army was that it should revive “local uprising” in Indian Kashmir and make it difficult for “India to keep selling the terrorism card” in Kashmir.

“Only a native uprising will be just and politically defendable for Pakistan on international forums. Even such an uprising will need support in the information domain,” an essay said.

Professor Tughral Yamin in his prescription about future wars with India said that as long as Kashmir was unresolved, “there will be plenty of triggers to cause another crisis (for India) in the future.”

Yet another writer advised that “Indian masses and liberal intellectuals” should be the recipients of Pakistan’s information dissemination campaign on Kashmir.

The only scholarly piece in the book, ‘Security Competition between US & China and Impact on Regional Strategic Balance of South Asia’, was written by Rizwana Karim Abbasi who recommended bilateral dialogues between the US and China and simultaneously between India and Pakistan. (IANS)

New York Begins to Move BECAUSE OF Indian Point (Revelation 6:12)

New York Begins to Move Beyond Indian Point

April 27, 2020 Kit Kennedy

This blog is dedicated to the memory of former New York State Assembly Member Richard Brodsky (May 4, 1946 – April 8, 2020). Richard was an environmental champion par excellence and a tireless advocate for the closure of Indian Point. He will be deeply missed.

On April 30, 2020, New York State will mark a major milestone in the fight for public health and the environment when one of two nuclear reactors at the troubled and aging Indian Point nuclear power plant, located 24 miles north of New York City, is permanently shuttered. In January 2017, under a negotiated agreement between New York State, Entergy (the facility’s owner) and the environmental organization Riverkeeper, Governor Cuomo announced that the first Indian Point reactor would close in April 2020 and the second Indian Point reactor would close in April 2021.

The first nuclear reactor at the Indian Point nuclear power station will shut down on April 30th of this year; the second will close down in April 2021

Tony Fischer via Flickr

The planned, orderly closure of Indian Point is welcome news for the nearly 20 million people living within 50 miles of Indian Point. NRDC has long opposed relicensing its two reactors because of Indian Point’s history of operational, safety, and environmental problems, as well as the grave risk of a nuclear accident so close to the nation’s largest city. Fortunately, the Cuomo administration’s groundbreaking clean energy policies have helped to ease the transition to safer, carbon free alternatives—namely energy efficiency, land-based and offshore wind power, and solar power. As we have done for many years, NRDC will work to ensure that Indian Point’s power is expeditiously replaced with the best mix of clean energy possible.

Indian Point’s Public Health Risks

Indian Point, located in the most densely populated part of our country, presents a unique set of risks. For decades, we’ve heard about one alarming incident after another, including a May 2015 transformer fire which sent thousands of gallons of oil into the Hudson River, radioactive releases into groundwater, failed accident drills, and inadequate disaster planning. The power plant’s two operating units lie within a mile of a significant seismic zone discovered after the plant was built in the 1960s, prompting the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to deem Indian Point one of the top ten facilities considered most in need of reevaluation for earthquake vulnerability; one of the 9/11 terrorists had cited the plant as a potential target. Indian Point’s proximity to New York City and the rest of the densely populated tri-state area made potential impacts of an accident severe. My colleague Dr. Matthew McKinzie, a nuclear physicist and director of NRDC’s nuclear team, has blogged about these risks here.

Indian Point Energy Center Location Map

Indian Point’s Closure Won’t Impact Reliability

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO)—which is charged with ensuring the reliability of New York’s electric grid and running our wholesale electricity markets—noted last year that annual electricity demand in New York State has declined over the last decade after a record high in 2007 and recently predicted that electricity usage will remain essentially flat over the next decade. That’s due in large part to federal, state, and City energy efficiency efforts, including stronger building energy codes and appliance and equipment standards, as well as the aggressive energy efficiency goals that were memorialized in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), New York’s groundbreaking climate legislation enacted last year.

In addition to robust energy efficiency efforts, the state’s rapid deployment of clean, distributed “behind-the-meter” resources like rooftop solar, battery storage and demand response has contributed to a decline in the state’s reliance on bulk system power supply. NYISO further expects that peak electricity demand (the amount of power that we use on the hottest days) will decline slightly over the coming decade, thanks again largely to the state’s clean energy initiatives. And as noted below, the state Public Service Commission has been planning for the facility’s retirement and replacement power needs for some time, even before the closure agreement in 2017. All of this means that it is easier to retire Indian Point today than it might have been a decade ago. Indeed, NYISO’s own analysis concluded Indian Point can retire on schedule without having any impact on the grid’s ability to keep the lights on.

New York Will Meet Its Aggressive Climate Goals Without Indian Point

In announcing Indian Point’s closure in 2017, Governor Cuomo committed that New York’s “leadership on energy and climate change will ensure that Indian Point’s closure will not have an adverse impact on carbon emissions at the regional level. Through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the state will continue to drive reductions in greenhouse gases across the power sector.” As outlined below, New York State is poised to meet this commitment.

1 RGGI Ensures Regional Emissions Progress: Consistent with Governor Cuomo’s commitment, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)—a multistate effort in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to cut power sector carbon pollution—agreed in 2017 to extend the program for another ten years and to strengthen its carbon cap. The RGGI states have committed to cut power plant carbon pollution 65% by 2030 and have already made significant progress toward that goal—emissions have been cut by more than half since the program started in 2009. Significantly, in the modeling that went into charting this carbon trajectory for the program, New York built in an assumption that both Indian Point units would retire in 2019—meaning the projected impacts of this development on regional carbon pollution and allowance prices are essentially already baked in.

2 Dirty Peaker Plants Phasing Out: New York State has also taken further steps to reduce other forms of health-harming air pollution from fossil fuel power plants, including the recent adoption of a critical new requirement that imposes a much stricter limit on nitrogen oxide pollution during the summertime, when electricity demand can spike and when air pollution is most deadly. This regulation will importantly begin to shutter the old, dirty peaker plants throughout the state  (many of which are located in environmental justice communities) and open up opportunities to replace those facilities with battery storage.

3 CLCPA is a Game Changer: New York State has acted aggressively over the last three years to accelerate clean energy progress and is now required to do so by law. The CLCPA mandates that New York State achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040 and also includes groundbreaking equity provisions to ensure that climate and clean energy benefits are realized by environmental justice communities. This major progress on climate action in New York State was spurred by years of advocacy and activism by the NYRenews coalition and the New York environmental justice community. The CLCPA also includes nation-leading climate and clean energy mandates for solar power, offshore wind, battery storage and energy efficiency. More about the CLCPA is available here.

And so much has been achieved already by New York State in the last decade:

There are already nearly 1,300 megawatts of demand response (DR) resources (programs that compensate customers for agreeing to cut their electricity use when called upon during high use periods) in place to cut electric power on peak summer days, and there are additional megawatts of retail DR programs approved by the Commission that are operated by utilities like Con Edison.

New York’s groundbreaking NY-Sun solar power program was launched in 2013 and will continue to scale up solar projects on homes and businesses across the state. NY-Sun has been largely responsible for the incredible  growth in solar power throughout New York—nearly 1,800 percent since 2011. The CLCPA ensures that this progress will continue with the mandate to install 6 gigawatts of solar power by 2025.

New York is also taking bold action to install offshore wind in the waters off New York State. The CLCPA commits the state to building 9 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2035, a nation-leading mandate. Last year, New York awarded contracts totaling 1.7 GW to several offshore wind projects after a competitive procurement process. And just last week, New York State approved its second offshore wind competitive procurement process for up to 2.5 GW, which will take place later this year.

Additional transmission capacity is also essential to facilitating the replacement of Indian Point’s power with clean energy. The New York Power Authority has been working to improve reliability and expand capacity on its transmission lines. The fully permitted and approved 1,000 MW TDI Champlain Hudson Power Express transmission project, which would bring low-carbon hydropower from Quebec to New York City, could also play a significant role in replacing Indian Point’s power if it is built.

New York City is also playing a pivotal role in ramping up energy efficiency and clean energy options. It has already adopted a number of policies to scale up solar through the NYC Solar Partnership, New York City Council legislation, and other initiatives—including easing regulatory obstacles, assistance with collective solar purchasing and shared solar installations, with a goal of 1,000 MW of solar power by 2030. Since 2015, solar PV deployment in New York City has quadrupled, with over 215 MW currently installed. This number is expected to increase significantly given the recently enacted Climate Mobilization Act (CMA), which requires that solar PV systems or green roofs be installed on certain new construction and renovation projects in New York City. Regarding energy efficiency, the City’s leadership role will continue to be critical—with policies building off of its Greener, Greater Buildings Plan expected to continue to reduce energy demand. Local Law 97, a critical piece of the CMA, is one of the most aggressive, wide-reaching laws in the country, as it will significantly reduce carbon emissions from the City’s mid- and large-sized buildings.

Next Steps

Make no mistake, we need to continue to work aggressively to ensure that New York State remains on track to meet its aggressive climate goals, phase out fossil fuels and protect public health and air quality in our communities, with special focus on environmental justice communities. Indeed, we must redouble these efforts.

We also need to ensure that the community around Indian Point and the workers at the plant are supported in the transition to a future without Indian Point. New York State and Entergy have made commitments to the community and plant workers which must be met. In 2015, New York State created a Cessation Mitigation Fund for community mitigation related to power plant close downs. This will be one source of community support once both Indian Point reactors are closed in April 2021.

Finally, we have to meet the challenge of cleaning up the Indian Point site and dealing with the nuclear waste that is currently housed there. Many years will need to be spent decommissioning Indian Point after decades of operation, and New York State and the environmental community need to work hard to ensure a thorough cleanup. And we still have the challenge of the nuclear waste that will remain on site until there is a national solution, but NRDC has charted a course forward to address that issue, with reliance on bedrock environmental laws.

Conclusion

There’s no question that Indian Point was sited in the wrong place some 50 years ago—a location where a severe accident would jeopardize the health of millions of people and where no large-scale evacuation plan would be remotely feasible. Governor Cuomo’s leadership over the past decade helped make Indian Point’s closure a reality. He deserves tremendous credit for his vision and tenacious pursuit of a goal that many dismissed as unachievable. For a decade, the New York Attorney General’s office and the State Department of Environmental Conservation led the charge in opposing the relicensing of Indian Point in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission proceeding and in other related litigation, helping to clear the way to the Indian Point closure agreement. And much credit and thanks go to our colleagues at Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson, who have been NRDC’s valued allies and determined partners on Indian Point, Hudson River, and clean energy issues for decades. Clearwater and many other local and national groups have also played key roles on these issues over the years. It’s been an honor for NRDC to work with these and many other tireless advocates over the years. Check out the Beyond Indian Point website created by many of these and other activists.

This watershed moment demonstrates just how much can be achieved when we continue to fight for change. Just a decade ago, closing Indian Point seemed a daunting challenge. This week, the closure of the first Indian Point reactor will happen with no red flags from reliability monitors at NYISO, and against the backdrop of accelerated climate and clean energy progress in New York State that was almost unimaginable when we all launched this fight. The closure of the Indian Point Unit 2 this week shows what we can achieve when we dare to take on the biggest energy challenges and apply vision, passion, and skilled advocacy to the task.

Pakistan Showcases Her Nuclear Horn (Daniel 8:8)

Pakistan showcases military might in large-scale naval drills: video

2020-04-26

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – The Pakistani Navy test fired on Saturday a variety of anti-ship missiles in the North Arabian Sea from surface vessels, and from fixed wing and rotary wing platforms.

The navy, in a statement, said that Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi witnessed the missiles being fired.

This “successful demonstration of a missile firing is testament to the Pakistan Navy’s operational capability and military readiness”, the spokesperson said while emphasising that Navy Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi said on the occasion that Pakistan Navy is fully capable of responding to enemy hostilities.

The video from the Pakistan Navy shows that a series of missiles were launched from a warship, multi-role helicopter and an aircraft which hit the target (a destroyer of British origin) on sea.

Pakistan conducts Live Weapon Firing of anti Ship Missile in Arabian Sea.@OfficialDGISPR

Earlier on Friday, Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had asked the forces to ensure their “operational preparedness, while they are battling COVID-19” and that the adversary should not be allowed to exploit the current situation.

The Indian navy had also issued a separate statement on 18 April and stated that its naval assets continue to be mission-deployed in three dimensions, with all the networks and space assets functioning optimally.

Our assets continue to remain on patrol covering a vast oceanic swath from the Straits of Malacca in the East to Bab-el-Mandeb in the West, including undertaking Op Sankalp to provide reassurance and protection to our merchant vessels and Anti-piracy patrols in Gulf of Aden,” the Indian Navy said.

Despite the threat of COVID-19, the military forces of the two nuclear armed nations continue to target each other at the border and review their military preparedness at regular intervals.

India and Pakistan have been engaged in intense cross-border firefights over the past month, in which dozens of people have been injured and at least half a dozen civilians from both sides were killed.

On Friday, both countries asked their military to remain on alert regarding the situation along their shared border.

The two South Asian nations have been at loggerheads since August 2019, when India stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special status. Pakistan has repeatedly accused India of mistreating Kashmiris, something which New Delhi has consistently denied.

Kashmir has remain bone of contention between the two nations for decades and fought three wars since they gained freedom from British colonial rule in 1947 over the issue.

Source: Sputnik