** “Phasing out fossil fuels is unrealistic as oil, natural gas, and coal will continue to play a crucial role in global energy supply and energy security, China’s special climate envoy Xie Zhenhua said this week in a speech obtained by Reuters.
“It is unrealistic to completely phase out fossil fuel energy,” Xie, who will represent China at COP28 in Dubai in November, told ambassadors in Beijing ahead of the climate summit.
China is the world’s biggest consumer of coal and the largest importer of crude oil.
Despite soaring renewable power capacity installations in recent years, China continues to consume growing volumes of coal, oil, and natural gas and continues to approve the construction of new coal-fired power capacity.
** In a significant ruling late Thursday, Judge James Cain of the Western District of Louisiana sided with American energy advocates, striking down the Biden administration’s eleventh-hour restrictions on a pending offshore oil and gas lease sale.
Taking a hard stance, Cain asserted the Biden administration seemed to be contriving a “scientific justification to a political reassessment of offshore drilling.” He further criticized the administration’s methodology, comparing it to a “weaponization of the Endangered Species Act” rather than a sensible, collaborative approach fitting the existing regulations.
** (zerohedge) “The future of America’s great urban centers depends on the willingness of the nation’s mayors to champion law and order and practice fiscal conservatism.
Our cities desperately need the genuine commitment to these principles (as opposed to the inconsistent, poll-driven commitment of many Democrats) that has long been a defining characteristic of the GOP.”
** Tracking – Apple dealt a giant blow to Google’s core revenue stream when it blocked third-party cookies in Safari in 2020.
While it was a win for privacy, Google’s not following suit until it can secure its advertising business. The Federated Learning of Cohorts and now the Topics API are part of a plan to pitch an “alternative” tracking platform, and Google argues that there has to be a tracking alternative—you can’t just not be spied on. The Electronic Frontier Foundation also argued this when it called Google’s FLoC a “terrible idea,” saying “[Google’s] framing is based on a false premise that we have to choose between ‘old tracking’ and ‘new tracking.’ It’s not either-or. Instead of re-inventing the tracking wheel, we should imagine a better world without the myriad problems of targeted ads.”
** The four-star general in charge of the US Air Force’s Air Mobility Command has defended a memo he sent to his officers earlier this year where he predicted the US would be at war with China in 2025.
“My assessment is that war is not inevitable, but the readiness I’m driving with that timeline is absolutely essential to deterrence and absolutely essential to the decisive victory,” Gen. Mike Minihan said last week when asked about his prediction, according to Defense One.
** H/T AlbertH – El Fatal -A murdered Ecuadorian cartel boss known as “El Fatal” was buried with hundreds of pistols, shotguns, and rifles in his coffin so he could be “armed to the teeth in the afterlife.”
Julian Sevillano, the 39-year-old reputed leader of “Los Fatales,” was with his 20-year-old daughter getting a regular car wash in Moroche last Wednesday when they were suddenly ambushed by gunmen, according to La Nacion.
Both were killed in a hail of more than a dozen shots blamed on members of a rival gang, the outlet said.
It may be good that he never read The Grave of the Hundred Head…
Identify the Aircraft
Made its first powered flight on 20 June 1939 with Erich Warsitz at the controls.