The People of the State of California v. BP P.L.C. et al

Filing 138

SOME QUESTIONS FOR THE TUTORIAL. Signed by Judge William Alsup on 3/6/2018. (whasec, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/6/2018)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 9 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, 12 13 14 15 No. C 17-06011 WHA No. C 17-06012 WHA Plaintiff, v. BP P.L.C., et al., SOME QUESTIONS FOR THE TUTORIAL Defendants. / 16 17 18 For the tutorial on MARCH 21, please include the following subjects: 1. What caused the various ice ages (including the “little ice age” 19 and prolonged cool periods) and what caused the ice to melt? When they melted, 20 by how much did sea level rise? 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2. What is the molecular difference by which CO2 absorbs infrared radiation but oxygen and nitrogen do not? 3. What is the mechanism by which infrared radiation trapped by CO2 in the atmosphere is turned into heat and finds its way back to sea level? 4. Does CO2 in the atmosphere reflect any sunlight back into space such that the reflected sunlight never penetrates the atmosphere in the first place? 5. Apart from CO2, what happens to the collective heat from tail pipe exhausts, engine radiators, and all other heat from combustion of fossil 1 fuels? How, if at all, does this collective heat contribute to warming of the 2 atmosphere? 3 6. In grade school, many of us were taught that humans exhale CO2 4 but plants absorb CO2 and return oxygen to the air (keeping the carbon for 5 fiber). Is this still valid? If so, why hasn’t plant life turned the higher levels of 6 CO2 back into oxygen? Given the increase in human population on Earth (four 7 billion), is human respiration a contributing factor to the buildup of CO2? 8 9 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 12 7. What are the main sources of CO2 that account for the incremental buildup of CO2 in the atmosphere? 8. What are the main sources of heat that account for the incremental rise in temperature on Earth? 9. Please bring to the tutorial a copy of the full GCC presentation 13 referred to in Paragraph 67 of the Oakland complaint as well as the full GCSCT 14 memo referred to in Paragraph 68. 15 16 17 18 Dated: March 6, 2018. WILLIAM ALSUP UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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