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WHAT IS THE 2021 FEDERAL COURT ACTION

KOMOR v. THE UNITED STATES 1:21-cv-01560-GPG

ALL ABOUT?

CLIMATE CHANGE DENIAL


We’ve all heard of denial in terms of substance abuse. The prevalent “business as usual” attitude towards climate change is denial. Denial that this is a whole different class of crisis - worse than conventional world war – possibly worse than nuclear world war. Climate scientists and paleogeologists tell us around the mid-2030’s global warming will trigger a rapid (decades not centuries) slide into a new epoch, one that is inconsistent with most forms of life currently inhabiting the planet. Yet politicians, NGOs, court systems, and even environmental organizations are still distracting themselves with dotting i's, crossing t's, switching plastic straws to paper, and adjusting percentages of carbon taxes. All of these are fine….down the road….if there is one. Only a massive upscaling of Direct Atmospheric Carbon Removal technology (www.Climeworks.com) will stop us from reaching the tipping level of 450 ppm atmospheric carbon in the mid-2030s. Anyone who is not putting the climate emergency as their second priority just below basic survival is hiding in denial and thus missing the big picture. At present our children only three generations in the future have no future. It is up to us to restore it. - Dr. Christian R. Komor


This is a difficult, challenging and perilous time for the United States and those who work on her behalf. As humanity struggles to prove its worthiness to survive under the burden of global warming, and its probable mutant stepchild COVID-19 (due to climate-altered viral and bacterial exchanges between species) the Biden-Harris Administration has lit a new fire of hope. On January 27th President Biden established the Office of Domestic Climate Policy, the National Climate Task Force and for good measure a Civilian Climate Corps. The Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad is a breathtaking leap forward, a “whole-of-government” approach to the Climate Crisis. The order provides for emissions reduction, sustainability, mitigation, new jobs, climate justice and more. This is a dream come true for those of us who have been fighting for environmental sanity all of our lives!

Of all the issues that threaten our security and survival, the most massive, deadly and final is global warming and the 450 ppm climate deadline rushing up on us in the mid-2030’s. Without a functioning habitat all other human endeavors become moot. Without manually removing existing atmospheric carbon, even should we reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero, it will have no meaningful impact on the course of climate disruption. The world now emits 41 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, and the amount is rising. We must combine a significant emissions reduction with the physical removal of at least 20 billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere per year.

At present we are working toward becoming sustainable and extinct. We have the technology for Direct Atmospheric Carbon Removal. Komor v. United States while arguing for the protection of Constitutional Rights to life, liberty and property can push government toward mobilizing this negative emission technology in a proactive, job-creating, economically enhancing drive to lead the way in creating sufficient air carbon removal capacity to skirt the 450 ppm climate deadline in the mid-2030’s.


WHY LISTEN TO A PSYCHOLOGIST ON CLIMATE STRATEGY?


I digress to address this tangential question because so many people asked it when I ran for Arizona Governor in 2018. Some are even snobbish enough to skip over papers like this one simply because its’ author does not have a pedigree in politics or environmental science. To them I point out that, with all the well-pedigreed professionals out there doing endless data gathering, making hefty salaries attending presentations at catered meetings almost every single aspect of our environmental situation is getting worse not better. The public and private sectors keep tossing out money and policies to appease the gods of global warming, while the rest of us are like frogs in a pot slowly boiling. Perhaps it’s time for some new voices in the field of climate change – voices that understand effective analysis and action.

Psychologists like myself are uniquely trained to search out divergent data and create effective analysis and action plans. We digest research, take into account environmental, personal and social variables and create palatable solutions for those we serve. We also historically transition well to legislatures and government roles. And we apparently work cheap. Even Bernie Sanders is getting at least one percent. Personally, I have spent tens of thousands of dollars on various climate-related efforts for no reward financial or otherwise.


There are a variety of problems endemic to the current culture of climate science. Researchers and NGO staffers have consistently underestimated the gravity and speed of global warming, allowing these cascading changes to take us by surprise. They have also had a tendency to overlook the obvious influence of legacy emissions already in the atmosphere as well as feedback loops between natural systems affected by warming. They have also failed to integrate geohistorical evidence. For example, fossil records clearly show that in every instance when the Earth reaches around 450 ppm atmospheric carbon, the result is cataclysmic change in ecological systems and yet we are still focused on 2.0 versus 1.5 degree temperature changes. Finally, there is an obvious halo effect created by the fact that many researchers' livelihoods and life purpose depend on the existence of the problem! Success in repairing our disrupted climate systems would leave thousands of environmentalists now making triple-digit salaries out of work.


After decades of failure at even slowing the process of global warming, species extinction and environmental destruction we are now within sight of the anthropogenic abyss. Perhaps the question we should be asking is “Can we survive if we don’t start listening to new voices on Climate Change?” It’s pretty clear the answer is ‘No”.


LEGACY EMISSIONS ARE TERMINAL AND NOT GOING ANYWHERE


Since our first time at bat in the global warming game some 50 years ago, man-made greenhouse gas emissions have continued to increase and accumulate in our atmosphere. This is in spite of periodic government investigations into climate change, and recommendations for robust actions. From 1850 to 2020, human activity has dumped escalating levels of greenhouse gasses into our thin protective atmosphere so that today we have approximately 950 gigatons of CO2’ circling above us. The effect of this has been to trap large amounts of global warming solar radiation. At present the amount of energy trapped is roughly equivalent to exploding 400,000 Hiroshima-class atomic bombs each day 365 days a year. Eventually this carbon (and ozone, and chlorofluorocarbons, and methane, and nitrous oxide) will be “recycled” through natural processes – but that “eventually” is in the neighborhood of up to thousands of years from now. Meanwhile, in the mid-2030’s, at around 450 ppm dissolved atmospheric carbon (or 10 GtC of ocean-dissolved CO2), geohistorical evidence has clearly shown us that the Earth will cross “tipping levels” and lock into a “new normal”. This new normal will be incompatible with the continued survival of most land and aquatic species now enjoying Earth’s hospitality. I refer to this simply as the “Climate Deadline”.


It is now 50 years past the time when we could repair the damage in our atmosphere simply by not doing more damage. Reforestation, carbon credits, shifting to alternative energy sources and the like will only make us feel better, like sending “Get Well Soon” cards to Auschwitz. Emissions reductions and sustainability actions are crucial for the future. At present they are a threat, a dangerous distraction and opiate for our climate anxiety. We will eventually need these tools to survive, but only if we first do our repair work on the already carbon-soaked atmosphere above us and the acidic oceans below. (A problem because phytoplankton will very soon stop producing their 80 percent share of the world’s oxygen.)


CHANGES IN ECOSYSTEMS WILL SOON BE BEYOND OUR ABILITY TO REVERSE


There is an urgency implicit in Komor v. United States. We see signs of overload all around us as we force our planetary ecosystems further and further toward the completion of anthropocidal feedback loops. Some examples:

 A slowing and redirection of ocean currents which distribute heat around the planet.

 Dramatic melting of ice and thawing of permafrost at both poles - including in Greenland where they have lost over 500 billion tons of ice in the past 10 years alone leading to…...

o A vast and accelerating release of stores of methane from beneath melting permafrost.

o And, unbelievably…..Arctic wildfires!

 In June and July 2020 alone NASA estimated that 205 megatons of CO2 were emitted from wildfires. Wildfires coincided with heatwaves in Australia, California and Siberia, where temperatures soared to more than 30C (86F) in some areas.

 Reduced or destroyed animal species and habitats such as during the Australian wildfires of 2019 when 80% of some animal’s habitats were destroyed.

 The emergence of new soil microbes around the world which have begun to release increasing amounts of stored carbon from the ground. The Amazon rainforest has recently become a net contributor to global warming.

 A widening, and fatal, breech between plants and pollinators.

 Altered weather patterns leading to loss of life and costly infrastructure damage.

 A weakened artic jet stream that normally propels weather systems around the globe can no longer push large weather patterns out it’s the way. This is what, in recent years, caused wildfires above the Arctic Circle, droughts throughout the world, and record-setting heat waves from Moscow to the U.S.

 Increasingly adverse weather events which have begun to disable alternative as well as traditional energy infrastructure during critical weather events. This has left large populations vulnerable to unmanageable decrees of heat, cold, drought, flooding, wind and seismic and ocean dangers.

 Increasing prevalence and intensity of viral and other diseases due to changes in the feeding grounds of bats, insects and other disease carrying vectors. In Texas, for example, 3.5% of the summer bat are now staying for the winter, compared with 0% in the mid 1950s. The current burden from climate-sensitive diseases such as diarrhea, malaria and malnutrition are so large that even the subtle climatic changes that have occurred since the mid-1970s could already be causing >150,000 deaths and approximately 5 million disability-adjusted life-years (DALY) each year. A (Note: Connecting the dots between global warming and the pandemic may be the only way to provide the public with a conceptual Climate Pearl Harbor and garner needed popular support for aggressive climate action.)


THE PRICE TAG KEEPS GETTING HIGHER


In the 1980s the U.S. suffered an average of 2.9 weather or climate disasters per year, at a cost of $17.8 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. By the 2000s the averages had grown to 6.2 disasters and $51.9 billion in spending per year. The 2010s brought averages up to 11.9 events and $81.1 billion, with NOAA dubbing it “a landmark decade of U.S. billion-dollar climate and weather disasters.’’ In 2020 the U.S. government spent about $2.3 billion fighting wildfires, roughly 10 times what it spent in 1985, an increase tied to the hotter, drier conditions of global warming has created in the western U.S. That money comes from taxes. So, too, does funding for the National Flood Insurance Program, which has piled up $20.5 billion in debt. The program now pays about $1 million in interest per day, according to a recent federal report, and won’t be able to repay its existing debts in the next decade as warmer oceans bring more flooding. At a certain point we simply won’t be able to pay for continued Climate Change mitigation.

When the suit is successful, the financial cost of Komor v. United States will be high, but not higher than the cost of continued attempts at mitigation of climate disruption. Indeed, within the next two decades these mitigatory costs will become so extreme that it will no longer be possible to meet them. We must take a proactive stance of atmospheric carbon removal now.


CLIMATE CHANGE SHOULD BE MEASURED IN PARTS PER MILLION NOT DEGREES


One example of a needed shift in thinking is the transition from “carbon footprints” and “global temperatures” and “emissions reduction numbers” to parts per million atmospheric CO2. This is important because only the goal of <450 ppm will keep stakeholders’ efforts purposeful and on-target. No other number is truly relevant. Any analysis of where we stand on climate not based on parts per million atmospheric carbon dioxide opens the door for political and accounting gamesmanship. For example, a recent submission from Brookfield Asset Management Inc. chose to calculate “avoided emissions”. Under this strategy, an investment in wind turbines might be claimed as avoiding an investment in the same amount of energy produced by coal.

The big lie here is that everyone sitting at the table is aware that it has been half a century or so since reduced emissions could put the brakes on global warming. Anyone with their big-boy research pants on knows we ruined our atmosphere to the extent that we must now actively remove legacy emissions in the atmosphere first before sustainability can be achieved. Thus, bartering carbon credits and changing the shoe size on carbon footprints is like playing cards on a high-speed train 100 yards from the edge of a precipice. It just doesn’t matter what your bet is, you’re going to sail over that cliff unless something very different happens. Legacy emissions are, at present, the only real game going on.


WE CAN’T EXPECT THE NATURAL WORLD TO CLEAN UP OUR ARTIFICIAL MESS


Komor v. United States acknowledges that legacy emissions are so long-lived that we must manually remove them. We can’t wait thousands of years for standard processes to do it. In fact, we must begin this task immediately. This will require the use of what are known as Negative Emissions Technologies (NET) blended into the Climate Executive Order.


First, we must shift our focus from the far-off “existential” metric of degrees-centigrade to the more bracing-but-helpful 450 ppm atmospheric CO2 (and, or 10 GtC in our oceans) pointing out that we are now at 417 ppm and increasing by 2.5 ppm each year. It is too easy for the public to pass off a few degrees centigrade as “a little uncomfortable, but Americans are tough”. Everyone needs to understand that we have approximately 15 years to develop and implement a massive program for manually removing large amounts of carbon. (It may just be possible to avoid - as diplomatically unfeasible as it may be - using stratospheric misting to increase albedo and reduce solar radiation which is a whole other kettle of fish!)


Second, we must gather together the best available technology for efficient carbon removal. Thankfully, the Negative Emissions Technologies of Direct Air Carbon Removal (DAR) and Solar Radiation Management (SRM) are well-developed and carry very minimal risk, especially when compared to the horrifying certainty of crossing the 2030’s climate deadline. Three companies have already opened pilot plants: Global Thermostat (United States), Carbon Engineering (Canada) and Climeworks (Switzerland). Dr. David Keith from Harvard has teamed with Occidental Petroleum to profitably scale up DAR ground stations. His brainchild, Carbon Engineering employs a complex process that uses solar power to cause absorbed CO2 to react with hydrogen to produce a biofuel that can replace fossil fuel.


After building a small plant that fed absorbed carbon dioxide into a greenhouse, Climeworks opened a small-scale commercial plant in Iceland aimed at removing carbon dioxide from the air and using water to pump it down into basalt rocks underground, harnessing Iceland’s abundant geothermal power as a source of energy. Here the carbon dioxide is literally turned to stone—it mineralizes rapidly because of the type of rock and the pressure. Once turned to stone, the carbon dioxide is out of the planet’s energy system for millions of years.


At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany, the NECOC (NEgative Carbon diOxide to Carbon) research project is aimed at building a unique test facility for active reduction of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). The world’s first container-scale facility of this type will convert CO2 contained in ambient air into highly pure carbon black powder that can be used as a resource in industry. Project partners are INERATEC GmbH, a spinoff of KIT, and Climeworks, a spinoff of ETH Zurich. The research project, scheduled for a duration of three years, is funded with a total of EUR 1.5 million by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).


The test facility will be built on the premises of KIT. It is aimed at demonstrating operation over a longer term. Future extensions of the facility are planned to increase the performance per container and to enable parallel operation of many facilities. The KIT partners of the NECOC research project (NECOC stands for NEgative Carbon diOxide to Carbon) are the Karlsruhe Liquid Metal Laboratory (KALLA), a facility of the Institute for Thermal Energy Technology and Safety (ITES), and the Institute of Thermal Process Engineering (TVT). KIT will not only coordinate the project and operate the facility, it will also contribute pyrolysis technology.


If giant carbon-sucking machines dotting the landscape offend your sense of feng shui, Dr. Robert Fry and his team at Climate Restoration Technologies, Inc. have continued to pursue a more naturalistic atmospheric carbon removal system using carbon sequestering sea life. Meanwhile, methods for “sequestering” and, or reformatting/reusing the carbon removed have been developed by many groups.


A climate deadline as soon as the mid-2030’s, at 450 ppm, is the gravest emergency humanity has faced. We must examine rationally, in the light of current data, the high degree of safety and efficacy of DAC and SRM. We must shrug off the antiquated fears of the “geoengineering boogeyman” that have mired the progress of even such climate luminaries as Vice President Al Gore in the past. We can’t fix an artificially caused problem with a passive “natural” solution. We need to clean up our own mess, and it’s going to take a mop and a broom to do it.


Third, we must focus the use of the Defense Production Act and the Civilian Climate Corps to get on war footing with global warming and bring our nation’s negative emissions technology efforts to sufficient scale to capture and re-utilize gigatons of carbon each year. The Administration has wisely surmised that the climate crisis brings with it an opportunity for the creation of millions of stable, good-paying jobs and these must initially be in the construction and operation of Direct Air Carbon Removal infrastructure. By 2025 DAR facilities must be up and running and capable of capturing a net 10 GtC/yr of CO2 per year if we hope to skirt the Climate Deadline.


Fourth, we must look to our Climate Envoy Sec. John Kerry to marshal other nations in following our lead. After the recent Paris Administrative Court ruling holding the government there legally responsible for "ecological damage" linked to global warming France might be happy to join the effort. Very importantly, an active Negative Emissions program can play out far differently on the international stage than the past 50 years of never-ending, snails-pace, debates over reductions and carbon credits. The United States can take an entirely fresh and proactive approach. We can do what we do so well – innovate and build - initiating the deployment of large-scale Direct Air Carbon Removal facilities at home and elsewhere, leveraging our allies and the United Nations in the process. This vastly different, proactive stance will free us from the quicksand of endless discussion and jockeying for position while giving China a whole new technology race.


WE MUST BE PROACTIVE NOT REACTIVE


For decades governments and NGOs have attempted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It has been said the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing expecting different results. Immunization programs end pandemics while efforts to reduce the spread only mitigate the damage. A proactive program for removing carbon from the atmosphere will engage new enthusiasm and energy. None but the most stalwart want to reduce their profits and pleasures for a nebulous goal of a “sustainable future”. A program for Direct Atmospheric Carbon Removal (like the goal of landing on the Moon in the 1960’s) will activate and channel human energy and enthusiasm. Americans like to build things and work toward goals. Sadly, we don’t like to clean up our messes.

The most recent U.S. Director of National Intelligence Report makes a clear case for increasing internal and external conflicts affecting a large number of world governments. Climate Change has been convincingly associated with increased domestic and international conflict. The establishment of a large-scale Direct Atmospheric Carbon Removal program lead by the United States will serve as a flagship of cooperation hope as it creates jobs not only for Americans but for all of the participating countries. No one is competing to reduce emissions. There will be universal competition for DACR participation and the attendant economic and social benefits. We must simply make a start and a proactive snowball effect will follow.

The Biden Administration has limited time in office. We cannot assume that any future Administration prior to the mid-2030’s will have the intention or resources to make the leap to Direct Atmospheric Carbon Removal.


WAITING FOR SUSTAINABILITY IS JUST WASTING TIME


Some of those concerned with climate and aware of the potential of negative emissions technologies are waiting to see if humanity will achieve relative energy sustainability before offering a quicker fix like Direct Atmospheric Carbon Removal. As a psychologist I can tell you that’s not how human nature works. Some years ago, I was in the historically pristine city of Amsterdam during a garbage strike. (My luck is like that.) Odiferous waste overflowed from every trash orifice. Normally fastidious Amsterdammers were reacting to the garbage strike by tossing food containers, aluminum cans and whatnot wherever they finished with them. There herd behavior had been altered by the changed context. It was a trash party and everyone was joining in!


At present a too-common perception is that the Earth may be hopelessly trashed. Billionaires with nothing better to do are creating their own space fleets and escape pods. There is an innate human response to value and protect places and things others clearly value and protect. We must first clean up our overflowing atmospheric garbage and then shift in earnest to a sustainability campaign not the other way around. It is suicidal to wait for something that will never happen just because it “should”. People don’t work to clean up what they feel is a hopeless mess. They will, however, fight for a goal that has tangible benefits and that they see others value. You’re much more likely to treat your new car with care than the old beat-up truck behind the garage. Now is the time for a proactive agenda to remove the plague of greenhouse gasses in our atmosphere, not for more unenforceable demands for emissions reductions – especially when even an immediate stop to all greenhouse gas emissions would not alter our trajectory toward the mid-2030’s climate deadline.

CONCLUSION

We must harness the urge of Americas to create and build, not their resistance to give up freedoms. We cannot rescue our ecosystem through passive emissions reductions that are both resented by everyone and too little too late. We must engage in an active effort through the building of a large-scale carbon removal infrastructure. If sufficiently motivated humans can build a massive network of fossil fuel exploration and extraction apparatus including deep-sea platforms reaching thousands of feet to the sea floor, we can certainly develop and deploy an effective carbon removal system (perhaps using those very same platforms)! This is the only way to protect Constitutional rights to life and liberty.

At present we are working toward becoming sustainable and extinct. We have the technology for Direct Atmospheric Carbon Removal. Komor v. United States while arguing for the protection of Constitutional Rights to life, liberty and property can push government toward mobilizing this negative emission technology in a proactive, job-creating, economically enhancing drive to lead the way in creating sufficient air carbon removal capacity to skirt the 450 ppm climate deadline in the mid-2030’s.

THE MAJOR POINTS COVERED IN KOMOR v. UNITED STATES INCLUDE:

1) Without a functioning habitat all other human endeavors become moot. We have to give up our “business as usual” mindset and get on “war footing” regarding Climate Change. This issue must have first priority, and as US Climate Envoy John Kerry pointed out, 2021 may be our last year to get on the right track.

2) The government’s awareness of the problem of greenhouse gas emissions dates back half a century. In spite of many government and NGO studies, reports and recommendations since then, the problem has only escalated more rapidly.

3) Without manually removing existing atmospheric carbon (and other greenhouse gasses) called “legacy emissions”, even should we reduce further greenhouse gas emissions to zero, the extremely long life of these gasses means this will have no meaningful impact on the course of climate disruption. There is too much greenhouse gas already in the atmosphere and it’s not going anywhere.

4) Global temperature goals encourage manipulation and obfuscation. For the present, we must forget about carbon footprints and emissions reduction numbers. Only the goal of staying under 450 ppm dissolved atmospheric carbon will keep stakeholders’ efforts useful and on-target.

5) Scientific evidence has demonstrated that somewhere in the mid-2030’s we will hit a “climate deadline” which geohistorically has occurred at 450 ppm dissolved atmospheric carbon (or 10 GtC of ocean-dissolved CO2, whichever happens first). Feedback-loops in Earth’s ecosystems that are already altered will then lock into a “new normal” incompatible with the continued survival of most existing land and aquatic species. We will not be able to reverse course after this point.

6) It is irrational to believe an artificially-caused glut of greenhouse gasses can be removed by nature unaided. We must manually remove them employing Direct Atmospheric Carbon Removal which is part of a group of technologies known as Negative Emissions Technologies.

7) DACR is already underway on a small scale pioneered by ClimeWorks in Europe and Carbon Engineering (teamed with Occidental Petroleum) in North America.

8) What is now needed is to scale up these efforts. This is the infrastructure work that needs to be funded. By 2025 DAC facilities must be up and running and capable of capturing a net 10 GtC/yr of CO2 per year or we will not clear the 450 ppm climate deadline.

9) This proactive effort will create jobs and strengthen our economy and world leadership similar to what was experienced in the wake of World War II.

10) Taking away something from people without rebellion is historically very difficult if not impossible. Reducing emissions has and will continue to encounter great resistance costing time and resources we no longer have. Building a network of Direct Atmospheric Carbon Removal infrastructure will be easily embraced as a constructive and profitable project which creates jobs, strengthens economies and unites disparate groups. People don’t work to clean up what they feel is a hopeless mess. There is an old adage that only an attack from outer space would bring together humankind. Climate Change is that global threat.

11) There is an innate human instinct to value and protect places and things others clearly value and protect. We must first clean up the open sewers that used to be our atmosphere. This, in turn, will create the hope needed for a successful sustainability campaign.

12) If you are unsure about any of the scientific basis for the statements in this document do your own research. Check the information in this document against the research findings from NOAA, NASA, the IPCC and other reputable sources. If you find any errors, please pass them on.

13) We must act now. We cannot assume that any future Administration prior to the mid-2030’s will have the intention or resources to make the leap to Direct Atmospheric Carbon Removal.


ABOUT DR CHRISTIAN R. KOMOR


The Chief Litigant in Komor v. United States, Dr. Christian R. Komor began a 30-year career in healthcare and public service after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Wright State University in 1989. Dr. Komor is the author of numerous books translated into multiple languages including “The Power of Being” (1992), “Driving Ourselves Sane” (2012) and “Climate Deadline 2035” (2017). The release of Dr. Komor’s first book, “The Power of Being” (1992) provided a forewarning of, and solutions for, the crisis of escalating consumerism and excess which now threatens our global way of life in the form of Climate Change.


As a sought-after national speaker and lecturer Dr. Komor has been the focus of dozens of articles, and television and radio interviews.


In 2016-2017 Dr. Komor trained with Al Gore’s “Climate Reality” team in which then led to work with a group of senior scientists and engineers in Colorado working for the past dozen years on ocean-based Negative Emissions Technologies. In late 2017 he published the first edition of “Climate Deadline 2035” a harbinger of what the United Nations has since called the “climate emergency”. In January 2018 Dr. Komor announced his run for Arizona Governor in order to gain public awareness for the need to actively remove carbon from the atmosphere and the mid-2030’s deadline for doing so.

In early 2019 Dr. Komor became the Chief Litigant in a US District Court lawsuit on climate which eventually became part of the largest civil action to date addressing global warming. In early 2020 Dr. Komor’s “Omnicide Brief” was accepted by the International Criminal Court and is currently under review there.

In late 2019 Chris founded the Climate Deadline Alliance (CDA) a 501(c)3 educational organization. The Climate Deadline Alliance advises on climate policy - predicts next-step scenarios and disseminating next-level solutions.

You can reach Dr. Komor and CDA at www.climatedeadline.com or www.climatedeadline2035.com

and by telephone at 800-884-0824, or email at [email protected]



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EMISSION REDUCTIONS AND SUSTAINABILITY ARE NOT ENOUGH TO ARREST CLIMATE CHANGE BEFORE THE MID-2030’S. ONLY THE NEGATIVE EMISSIONS TECHNOLOGIES ARE POWERFUL ENOUGH - BUT WE MUST MOVE SWIFTLY AND ON A MASSIVE SCALE BEFORE WE HIT THE CLIMATE DEADLINE 2035


“The suffering we are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is yet another manifestation of Climate Change (acting through alterations in human-animal disease vectors). Climate scientists have awaited a “Climate Pearl Harbor” which will awaken the public and politicians to the urgency and magnitude of our global warming plight….and here it is! But will we awaken and have the wisdom to direct our frustration with this deadly virus into the correct action? The path forward is an extremely narrow one and rapidly closing. We must bypass the temptation to rest in futuristic hopes of mitigation, carbon reduction and sustainability and instead mobilize the Negative Emissions Technologies (NET) of Direct Air Carbon Capture (DAC) and Solar Radiation Management (SRM) to deal first with existing legacy emissions. Only then can we be sustainable. Starting in 2025 we must capture a net 10 GtC/yr (10 billion metric tons) average CO2 per year if we hope to skirt the twin points of no return in the mid-2030’s – 450 parts per million atmospheric carbon and 310 GtC of ocean-dissolved CO2. (Inarguable geologic records demonstrate the former will trigger the Earth to shift to a new normal inconsistent with human survival. The latter will cause phytoplankton to stop producing 80% of the world’s oxygen.) Existing legacy carbon is not going away because we stop adding more – not for up to thousands of years. It must by actively removed. What can you, or your organization do to restore your children’s future-now-forfeit – use any avenues open to you - including joining the Climate Deadline Alliance (and the “Omnicide Complaint” now being reviewed by the International Criminal Court), pushing awareness of the necessity for a cooperative global effort to remove carbon from the atmosphere in your social groups, joining and advocating for NET in environmental organizations, supporting any ballot initiatives or candidates who are working for DAC/SRM, and contacting individuals with high visibility, connections, access and resources who can take action toward a global DAC/SRM effort. As in World War II everyone must be part of this effort. Do not delay, we need all hands on deck and time is short.”


- Dr. Christian R. Komor


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Ending greenhouse gas emissions may not stop global warming: study

by Marlowe Hood


Even if humanity stopped emitting greenhouse gases tomorrow, Earth will warm for centuries to come and oceans will rise by metres, according to a controversial modelling study published Thursday.

Natural drivers of global warming—more heat-trapping clouds, thawing permafrost, and shrinking sea ice—already set in motion by carbon pollution will take on their own momentum, researchers from Norway reported in the Nature journal Scientific Reports.

“According to our models, humanity is beyond the point-of-no-return when it comes to halting the melting of permafrost using greenhouse gas cuts as the single tool,” lead author Jorgen Randers, a professor emeritus of climate strategy at the BI Norwegian Business School, told AFP.

“If we want to stop this melting process we must do something in addition—for example, suck CO2 out of the atmosphere and store it underground, and make Earth’s surface brighter.”

Using a stripped-down climate model, Randers and colleague Ulrich Goluke projected changes out to the year 2500 under two scenarios: the instant cessation of emissions, and the gradual reduction of planet warming gases to zero by 2100.

In an imaginary world where carbon pollution stops with a flip of the switch, the planet warms over the next 50 years to about 2.3 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels—roughly half-a-degree above the target set in the 2015 Paris Agreement—and cools slightly after that.

Earth’s surface today is 1.2C hotter than it was in the mid-19th century, when temperatures began to rise.

But starting in 2150, the model has the planet beginning to gradually warm again, with average temperatures climbing another degree over the following 350 years, and sea levels going up by at least three metres.

Under the second scenario, Earth heats up to levels that would tear at the fabric of civilization far more quickly, but ends up at roughly the same point by 2500.

‘Tipping points’

The core finding—contested by leading climate scientists—is that several thresholds, or “tipping points”, in Earth’s climate system have already been crossed, triggering a self-perpetuating process of warming, as has happened millions of years in the past.

One of these drivers is the rapid retreat of sea ice in the Arctic.

Since the late 20th century, millions of square kilometres of snow and ice—which reflects about 80 percent of the Sun’s radiative force back into space—have been replaced in summer by open ocean, which absorbs the same percentage instead.

Another source is the thawing of permafrost, which holds twice as much carbon as there is in the atmosphere. The third is increasing amounts of water vapor, which also has a warming effect.

Reactions from half-a-dozen leading climate scientists to the study—which the authors acknowledge is schematic—varied sharply, with some saying the findings merit follow-up research, and others rejecting it out of hand.

“The model used here is … not shown to be a credible representation of the real climate system,” said Richard Betts, head of climate impacts research at the University of Exeter.

“In fact, it is directly contradicted by more established and extensively evaluated climate models.”

Mark Maslin, a professor of climatology at University College London, also pointed to shortcomings in the model, known as ESCIMO, describing the study as a “thought experiment.”

“What the study does draw attention to is that reducing global carbon emissions to zero by 2050″—a goal championed by the UN and embraced by a growing number of countries—”is just the start of our actions to deal with climate change.”

Even the more sophisticated models used in the projections of the UN’s scientific advisory body, the IPCC, show that the Paris climate pact temperature goals cannot be reached unless massive amounts of CO2 are removed from the atmosphere.

One way to do that is planting billions of trees. Experimental technologies have shown that sucking CO2 out of the air can be done mechanically, but so far not at the scale required.



EMISSION REDUCTIONS AND SUSTAINABILITY ARE NOT ENOUGH TO ARREST CLIMATE CHANGE BEFORE THE MID-2030’S. ONLY THE NEGATIVE EMISSIONS TECHNOLOGIES ARE POWERFUL ENOUGH – BUT WE MUST MOVE SWIFTLY AND ON A MASSIVE SCALE


“The suffering we are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is yet another manifestation of Climate Change (acting through alterations in human-animal disease vectors). Climate scientists have awaited a “Climate Pearl Harbor” which will awaken the public and politicians to the urgency and magnitude of our global warming plight….and here it is! But will we awaken and have the wisdom to direct our frustration with this deadly virus into the correct action? The path forward is an extremely narrow one and rapidly closing. We must bypass the temptation to rest in futuristic hopes of mitigation, carbon reduction and sustainability and instead mobilize the Negative Emissions Technologies (NET) of Direct Atmospheric Removal of Excess-Carbon (DARE) and Solar Radiation Management (SRM) to deal first with existing legacy emissions. Only then can we be sustainable. Starting in 2025 we must capture a net 10 GtC/yr (10 billion metric tons) average CO2 per year if we hope to skirt the twin points of no return in the mid-2030’s – 450 parts per million atmospheric carbon and 310 GtC of ocean-dissolved CO2. (Inarguable geologic records demonstrate the former will trigger the Earth to shift to a new normal inconsistent with human survival. The latter will cause phytoplankton to stop producing 80% of the world’s oxygen.) Existing legacy carbon is not going away because we stop adding more – not for up to thousands of years. It must by actively removed. What can you, or your organization do to restore your children’s future-now-forfeit – use any avenues open to you – including joining the Climate Deadline Alliance (and the “omnicide Complaint” now at the International Criminal Court) – to push awareness of the necessity for a cooperative global effort to remove carbon from the atmosphere so that those who have the visibility, connections, access and resources will take action toward a global DARE/SRM effort. As in World War II everyone must be part of this effort. Do not delay, we need all hands on deck and time is short.” 

 – Dr. Christian R. Komor

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SUSTAINABILITY WON'T SUSTAIN US!  NOT YET!

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recently validated the underlying basis for my campaign for Arizona Governor in 2018. Unless we reduce atmospheric carbon below 350 parts per million by the mid-2030s the Earth will shift to a “new normal” and climate disruption will transition from linear to a exponential and unstoppable condition referred to as Irreversible Exponentially Synergistic Anthropotoxic Environmental Cascade (IESAEC).

Already ocean currents are slowing, methane stores are being released from disappearing polar ice, disease vectors are altering, species die off is escalating, weather patterns are altering, novel carbon releasing soil microbes are emerging, and a breach is occurring between plants and pollinators. In the 1960s making a full transition to solar, wind and recycling would have been enough to avert the “tipping levels” we will reach in the mid-2030’s at 450ppm atmospheric carbon.

Sustainability may again be relevant several decades from now. In 2019, however, it is too late for sustainability to save us and too early for sustainability to sustain us. Our only option is to remove gigatons of carbon already in the atmosphere and do so in the next 15 years. After training with Al Gore, I was fortunate to work with a group of senior scientists developing a method using EHUX algae (which formed the White Cliffs of Dover) to remove carbon from the atmosphere and oceans. Emiliania huxleyi were designed by nature to remove carbon and can naturally achieve 350ppm safely and efficiently when assisted with liquid nitrogen from carbon capture at fossil fuel burning plants and human effort. Algae Assisted Carbon Capture & Reflection is the only existing method for bringing atmospheric carbon levels down to a safe level by the mid-2030’s. 



WE'VE HAD OUR "CLIMATE PEARL HARBOR" - NOW IT'S TIME FOR ACTION

As I finished my run for Arizona Governor in late 2018 on a climate change platform, once again major fires were threatening the nearby state of California. So far, the death toll as a result of a single fire in Northern California, the Camp Fire, now stands at 83, most of the victims burned alive – burned alive. According to the Butte County Sheriff's Department, 563 people remain unaccounted for. The Camp Fire has burned more than 153,000 acres and has destroyed more than 13,000 residences, as well as 514 commercial structures and more than 4,000 other buildings. Asking for help fire officials are stressing the connection between Climate Change and increasingly deadly and extensive fires. Over 137 deadly wildfires burned more than 1,830,00 acres in the Western United States during the 2017 fire season alone. Flooding along the Missouri river initiated preparations to shut down power plants, including the Cooper Nuclear Plant, forced 1,200 people to evacuate. A 30-knot wind storm, probably the first in Nepal, hit Bara and Parsa districts killing 28 and injuring over 500 people. Mozambique, Malawi, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, South Africa Tropical Cyclone Idai left entire cities demolished, close to 1,000 dead and more on the way from disease and starvation.


Farther north in neighboring Canada, early this week Valérie Théorêt and her 10-month-old daughter, Adele Roesholt, were found by her husband mauled to death by a grizzly bear – their bodies ripped apart. Wildlife experts report that bears are staying out later than usual because of warm winter conditions. Erratic climate disruption is driving the older bears to attack humans out of desperation due to hunger.  


There are several important Constitutional lawsuits already in process asking the United States Government to reduce carbon emissions. These suits, even if successful, will not be sufficient to avoid the climate deadline we are facing in the mid-2030’s. In March 2019 my colleagues and I file The Climate Lawsuit - a federal suit asking the United States Government to beta-test, operationalize and manage the EHUX algae-based carbon removal program called Ocean Assisted Carbon Capture. This legal action will not be successful without a massive rise in public awareness of the immediacy and finality of the climate change danger we face - and the possibility that exists for rescuing our culture.


(1) It is important for all of us to understand climate change both on the intellectual and personal level. Intellectually the scope of climate change is massive and increasingly fills the news. It includes most elements of our planetary ecology, political and economic and agricultural forces, and many scientific disciplines. This we can read about. On a personal level we must look to our experiences – have you experienced increasingly intense or frequent fires, floods, storms, dust storms? Are you noticing less animals, birds and insects where you live? Have climate-related costs gone up – are you paying more for your water for instance? In Arizona where I live two summers ago planes were unable to take off from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport due to intense heat. Especially for children we must find ways to build awareness that climate change is not just a far-off mathematical problem, but something very real happening to us more and more intensely and frequently.

(2) It's very important to talk with people about climate change. We no longer need to be worried about being laughed at or dismissed. Be aware that people will be reacting to climate change in different ways. Some will be in shock or denial. Some will be angry perhaps at the government or large-scale carbon polluters.

(3) Try and have a positive attitude – yes really! What we want to focus on is not how large and how serious the situation is – although those things are certainly true. The crucial thing to focus on is the very, very short time span (10-20 years) we have to master the problem. It’s like being bitten by a rabid animal. It’s not really a big problem if you get it in gear and take action get to a doctor and get vaccinated. But if you sit around wasting time your minor inconvenience is going to turn into something deadly. So global warming is really a time problem and our focus needs to be on getting moving.

(4) As individuals we can’t do much with recycling and driving hybrid cars. Those things will be great for later after we have solved the current crisis but they are actually causing a lot of people to not get moving and do what we need to do now which is push hard and fast for government and industry to mobilize. Since there is already too much carbon (and other greenhouse gasses) in the atmosphere and put in motion Ocean Assisted Carbon Capture (or some even better plan if there is one). Think about the large and rapid mobilization as the United States finally woke up to the danger or World War II. This is the situation we find ourselves in.

(5) So the kids who are walking out of schools and protesting are the ones who are most on the mark today - not the folks making sure their local restaurant is using paper straws and not plastic or riding their bikes to work. We need people blogging and posting on the Internet and getting their club or church to demonstrate in front of city hall and writing their representatives and marching at the headquarters of those companies most responsible for carbon pollution.

And then there is our Climate Lawsuit asking the United States Government to start work on a program like Algae Assisted Carbon Capture & Reflection that will remove carbon from the atmosphere.

(6) Start putting The Climate Lawsuit out there in your social circles and on social media today!

(7) Federal lawsuits are hugely expensive and The Climate Lawsuit will be no exception! Give a talk on what you have learned and collect donations for our legal fund! There is a link for making donations at www.theclimatelawsuit.com

(8) Our mission is to spread the word and to do that we need contacts. If you have contacts, please pass them on. We need students, teachers, researchers, philanthropists, investors, entrepreneurs, business people, farmers,

policymakers, engaged citizens, media representatives, celebrities, fossil fuel companies. If you have a church or civic group get us invited to talk.

(9) We need all kinds of other donations for material resources – plane flights to meet with and convince key organizations to get involved; access to a SPAR oil rig platform to perform “proof of concept” tests; funds to purchase seed and nutrients; access to marketing/advertising services.

(10) If you hear a news report (e.g. on flooding somewhere) possibly linked to climate change do some research. If it sounds like there is a legitimate link call the upstream news source and ask them to include mention of The Climate Lawsuit as part of their report. Write a story or letter to the editor yourself! If you need more facts just contact us!

(11) Talk about it! Tell your friends and colleague what you have learned here. We DO NOT have time to be shy or hold back. Imagine your living in the time of WWII – you would talk about it!

(12) Ask a friend in the motion picture industry to start running “shorts” or ads before the main feature outlining The Climate Lawsuit (we can get you all the materials your need!)

13) Promote the book “ClimateDeadline2035” which supports The Climate Lawsuit. Write a review of the book online or in print.

(14) Lobby for funding for Algae Climate Repair. Your Congressperson will ask what that is. This is on opening for you to tell them. Don’t forget the State level where most of the positive action is happening now. Remember politicians like doubt because it can be used to hide behind and not take action. We are certain about the need for and effectiveness of Ocean Assisted Carbon Capture. Politicians want re-election. Make sure they know you won’t vote for them if they do not cooperate.

(15) Join organizations like: Climate Action Council, National Wildlife Foundation, League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environment America, Sierra Club and, or visit some organizations online. (If you are in one of these organizations press your leadership to make OACC&R a priority.

PREPOSTEROUS?

 I ask you to picture this and tell me if you think it’s a crazy idea. We put a huge, and I mean 22,000 tons HUGE metal platform (let’s call it something cool and historic like a “SPAR”) way out in the Gulf of Mexico. Not in the shallow part either! We put it where the water is an average depth of say 8,000 feet! To make things more interesting let’s build the SPAR 8,200 miles away in Finland so we will have to drag it over to the Gulf of Mexico with a couple of giant barges. Then, once everything is hooked up, we make it suck 200 million cubic feet of gas and 100,000 barrels of flammable oil every single day 24/7 through a 27-mile network of pipelines on the ocean floor. Of course, that oil can explode and catch fire and devastate everything for 4 or 5 thousand square miles and 75% of that will be unrecoverable (trust me it’s happened before) so we will also put a couple of helipads on the thing so there will room for two Sikorsky S-92 escape helicopters that can carry 19 passengers each. Let’s see, with a workforce of 172 people the helicopters will have to make about ten 80 mile trips to get everyone safely to land if something goes wrong. So, what do you think is this an awesome idea or what? Let’s get started!


I’m not making fun of human ingenuity here. The point I am addressing is that somehow, for some strange reason (could there be a profit motive perhaps?) there is a myth floating around that repairing our damaged atmosphere through direct removal of carbon is not only an impossible idea, but a bad idea. So, my point is we need to have a little context when it comes to imagining atmospheric repair. Does anyone recall a discussion that went like, “Can we build and deploy giant and highly dangerous oil platforms?” Nope, there were profits to be made and corporations just did it. Now we are taking about the survival of humanity and the idea of using SPAR-type platforms to raise EHUX sea algae to remove carbon from the atmosphere sounds somehow like a crazy pipe-dream? How is that? Does that make any sense? No, of course it doesn’t. In fact, it sounds absolutely insane not to try – especially since we already have the technology and the down side is negligible. Carbon eating EHUX algae live a week tops. If something goes wrong, we just let the current crop die out and that’s the end of the project. No massive explosions, dead employees, or irreparable contamination of the ecosystem.


The truth is we have been “geoengineering” for the sake of greed alone for decades with no one questioning the wisdom of doing so – until we found out the result was going to be the extinction of our own species within this century. So the next time you even think about, or hear anyone even faintly whisper anything about active climate repair being unrealistic, or dangerous, or too expensive quash those delusions fast and hard. That’s all they are and very, very dangerous ones at that!

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