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  • Science Fiction

    06/24/2009 5:37:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 574+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 24, 2009
    Climate Change: He's a NASA scientist, the world's top climate researcher, we're told. Of course he's apolitical, nonpartisan, unbiased. Then why was the man who began the global warming scare arrested as an activist?Climatologist James Hansen was one of 30 people arrested Tuesday in West Virginia while protesting mountaintop coal removal. Though not the most famous person taken into custody — that would be actress Daryl Hannah — he has some renown as the person primarily responsible for fomenting the global warming scare. In a statement distributed by the Rainforest Action Network at the protest, Hansen tried to cover himself,...
  • Spain Tilts At Windmills And Pays Price

    06/24/2009 6:24:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 1,265+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 24, 2009 | GEORGE F. WILL
    The Spanish professor is puzzled. Why, Gabriel Calzada wonders, is the U.S. president recommending that America emulate the Spanish model for creating "green jobs" in "alternative energy" even though Spain's unemployment rate is 18.1% — more than double the European Union average — partly because of spending on such jobs? Calzada, 36, an economics professor at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, has produced a report which, if true, is inconvenient for the Obama administration's green agenda, and for some budget assumptions that are dependent upon it. Calzada says Spain's torrential spending — no other nation has so aggressively supported production of...
  • CBO Grossly Underestimates Cost of Cap and Trade (Waxman-Markey)

    06/24/2009 3:48:45 PM PDT · by flattorney · 13 replies · 1,279+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | June 24, 2009 | David Kreutzer, Karen Campbell, Nicolas Loris
    Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their analysis of the Waxman-Markey climate change bill that had proponents of the bill claiming Americans could save the planet for just $175 per household. That was the figure CBO estimated cap and trade would cost households in 2020 alone.[1]Both the CBO's analysis and the subsequent legislation are troubled: The analysis grossly underestimates economic costs while the legislation will have virtually no impact on climate. Overall, there are a number of basic problems with CBO's analysis: Their allowance cost numbers do not add up; They ignore economic costs such as the decrease...
  • Libertarians urge “No” Vote on $1.9 trillion Waxman-Markey tax hike

    06/24/2009 1:30:06 AM PDT · by flattorney · 6 replies · 1,831+ views
    Small Government Times ^ | June 23, 2009 | Staff
    WASHINGTON – America’s third largest party urged the U.S. House Tuesday to defeat plans for a $1.9 trillion energy tax hike over eight years. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is attempting to rush H.R. 2454, the Waxman-Markey energy tax bill, to a vote this week. “With unemployment rising above and beyond what President Obama said it would be with the multi-hundred billion dollar stimulus bill, now is not the time to dismantle our economy with a multi-hundred billion dollar energy tax hike,” said William Redpath, Libertarian National Committee Chairman. “Libertarians urge House members to defeat this job-killing tax hike on Americans,”...
  • Vote Set on House Climate Bill (Waxman-Markey, this Friday)

    06/23/2009 10:24:26 PM PDT · by flattorney · 47 replies · 5,328+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 24, 2009 | Steven Mufson
    ABSTRACT: Democratic leaders in the House have scheduled a Friday vote on a climate change bill that would establish a complex cap-and-trade system to limit the nation's greenhouse gas emissions, a priority for President Obama. The House Rules Committee unveiled the latest version of the bill, which weighs in at 1,201 pages. It features new items such as $7.5 billion in "green bonds" for a new federal financing agency called the Clean Energy Deployment Administration, extra emission allowances for politically powerful rural electric cooperatives, greater flexibility for states that want to use free allowances for mass transit, and tweaks benefiting...
  • Jobless GM Automakers Celebrate Saving The Planet

    06/23/2009 7:38:05 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 11 replies · 774+ views
    American automakers responded with great enthusiasm to yesterday's decision by General Motors to compost its gas-guzzling business model and close four pickup truck and SUV plants - a unilateral gesture of good will towards the environment that will result in 10,000 lost jobs. The automaker communities are widely celebrating the event with eco-friendly block parties, Earth fairs, outdoor concerts of New Age music, drum circles in the wilderness, meditations, body painting, and unrhymed poetry readings that venerate the earth as a living, spiritual being that feels pain when it is bring drilled for oil. ~ GM Chairman and CEO Rick...
  • Obama picks Evanston man for post of Great Lakes 'czar'

    06/23/2009 5:10:03 PM PDT · by pissant · 19 replies · 598+ views
    Evanston review ^ | 6/23/09 | Bob Seidenberg
    Evanston resident Cameron Davis occasionally hears from friends who suggest they take a canoe trip across Lake Michigan. "OK, have fun with that," replies Davis, realizing the enormity of the venture. Davis said the size of the Great Lakes -- together they total 94,710 square miles of surface area, larger than the size of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined -- works against them in a way. "Because they look so big we perceive them to be able to handle anything we throw at them," he said, "so I think their size belies...
  • An Inconvenient Truth: Waxman-Markey climate bill in trouble (Gore to the Rescue)

    06/23/2009 2:43:56 PM PDT · by flattorney · 17 replies · 1,670+ views
    The Examiner ^ | June 23, 2009 | JoAnn Blake, DC Environmental Policy
    Is an imperfect climate bill (Waxman-Markey) better than no bill at all? Al Gore says yes.To bring environment supporters together, Gore will host a nationwide conference call on June 23 at 8 p.m. ET. The purpose, according to his Repower America e-mail sent to a selected audience, is “to build urgency around this bill and make sure it passes. We have to go to the grassroots – we have to continue building support in communities across the nation.”“As this climate legislation moves before the full Congress this summer, we have an opportunity unlike anything we’ve seen yet,” the e-mail concludes.Gore...
  • Obama urges passage of "historic" climate change bill

    06/23/2009 1:36:45 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies · 859+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 23, 2009 | Richard Cowan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Congress to pass "historic legislation" to fight global warming, prompting his fellow Democrats in the House of Representatives to aim for a vote on Friday on the bill to reduce industrial emissions of carbon dioxide. At a midday White House press conference, Obama said the climate change bill moving through the House would "transform the way we produce and use energy in America." With incentives to encourage utilities, manufacturers and other companies to switch from higher-polluting oil and coal to cleaner energy alternatives, Obama said the legislation would spark a "transformation...
  • THE INFLUENCE GAME: Excuse me! Lobby wins on burps

    06/20/2009 6:03:57 PM PDT · by lilylangtree · 10 replies · 416+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6-20-2009 | Dina Cappiello
    WASHINGTON – One contributor to global warming — bigger than coal mines, landfills and sewage treatment plants — is being left out of efforts by the Obama administration and House Democrats to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Cow burps. Belching from the nation's 170 million cattle, sheep and pigs produces about one-quarter of the methane released in the U.S. each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That makes the hoofed critters the largest source of the heat-trapping gas. In part because of an adept farm lobby campaign that equates government regulation with a cow tax, the gas that farm animals...
  • Democrats’ Cap and Tax rush job: all economic pain, no climate gain

    06/17/2009 5:50:22 PM PDT · by Delacon · 10 replies · 1,031+ views
    The Hill ^ | 06/15/09 | Sen. James Inhofe
    The Obama administration and the Democratic leadership are attempting to push through global warming cap-and-trade legislation as quickly as possible, and for good reason: The more the public learns about what is in the bill, the more likely they are to oppose it. The Waxman-Markey bill is the latest incarnation of costly cap-and-trade legislation that will have a devastating impact on the economy, cost millions of American jobs, push jobs overseas and drastically increase the size and scope of the federal government. Or, as a recent Washington Post editorial put it, the bill “contains regulations on everything from light bulb...
  • Peterson: Democrats Back to Square One on Climate Bill

    06/20/2009 3:20:27 AM PDT · by Man50D · 19 replies · 1,361+ views
    Roll Call ^ | June 19, 2009, | Jennifer Bendery
    House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) on Friday said climate change bill negotiators are heading back to the drawing board after discussions between Democrats “blew up last night.”
  • Global Warming Bill Is A Job-Killer

    06/17/2009 5:47:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 426+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 17, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY
    Environment: Democrats failed to create jobs with their unnecessary, pork-laden stimulus bill. Now they want to kill even more of them with an equally unnecessary global warming bill.The party that cares so much about jobs for "working families" sure has a funny way of saving them. Amid pre-summer frosts and hailstorms, the White House this week released a sky-is-falling report on global warming that outdoes even Al Gore in predicting doomsday scenarios. "Heat waves will become more frequent and intense," the report warns, unleashing an apocalypse of "major insect outbreaks" and herbicide-resistant, garden-choking . . . "weeds" (horrors!). "Heat waves"...
  • EPA targets cement industry emissions (More Green jobs?)

    06/16/2009 10:49:37 PM PDT · by pissant · 9 replies · 592+ views
    LA Times ^ | 6/17/09 | Amy Littlefield
    Environmentalists and industry representatives pleaded their case with federal regulators Tuesday over rules that would slash toxic emissions from cement kilns, the top source of mercury emissions in California. The Environmental Protection Agency issued proposed regulations for Portland cement kilns earlier this year, after more than a decade of pressure from environmental groups. The rules aim to reduce the industry's mercury emissions by an estimated 81% to 93% annually, as well as cut emissions of hydrocarbons, particulate matter and hydrochloric acid.
  • State Department Says China to Get U.S. Aid under New Climate Deal

    06/15/2009 4:41:07 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 26 replies · 884+ views
    CNSNews ^ | June 15, 2009 | Matt Cover
    (CNSNews.com) - U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern said that there was “no question” that China would receive both financial and technological assistance from the United States as part of upcoming climate change talks to be conducted in Copenhagen, Denmark. “This is a developing country issue, which includes China,” Stern told reporters on Friday. “I think there is no question that a Copenhagen agreement is going to have to include mechanisms to provide the financial flows and technological assistance to developing countries.” The Copenhagen talks are part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), the...
  • Obama climate czar accused of law-breaking (most transparent admin)

    06/14/2009 10:47:18 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 4 replies · 424+ views
    House Republicans Darrell Issa and James Sensenbrenner are calling for an investigation of whether Obama climate czar Carol Browner’s secrecy in developing Obama’s CAFE standards and EPA’s CO2 endangerment finding was a “deliberate and willful violation” of the Presidential Records Act. According to the letter, ~~~ … Mary Nichols, the head of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), revealed to the New York Times that the White House held a series of secret meetings with select special interests as they were crafting the new CAFE standards. Nichols was a key player in these negotiations because of California’s determined efforts to...
  • Dem mutiny on climate bill grows, says Peterson

    06/11/2009 1:29:32 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 24 replies · 1,227+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 10, 2009 | Jared Allen
    More and more Democrats are ready to vote against Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s climate change bill, according to a congressional committee chairman who opposes his leader. The House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) said Wednesday that he’s at an impasse with the lead sponsor of a climate change bill strongly backed by Pelosi (D-Calif.), and that his list of Democratic members who would join him in voting against the measure is growing rather than shrinking. “We’re stuck,” Peterson said regarding a clash he’s had with House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) over a number of issues in...
  • Obama appoints czar for Great Lakes clean up

    06/04/2009 8:26:08 AM PDT · by smartyaz · 64 replies · 1,422+ views
    AP ^ | June 4th, 2009
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — President Barack Obama has appointed a Great Lakes czar to oversee the administration's initiative to restore the Lakes' environment. Cameron Davis, president of the Chicago-based environmentalist group Alliance for the Great Lakes, will head the effort. The alliance announced the appointment Wednesday. The restoration program is expected to cost more than $20 billion.
  • Obama administration supports a timeout on road building in national forests

    05/28/2009 3:03:04 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies · 608+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 28, 2009 | Jim Tankersley
    The U.S. Forest Service will announce a "timeout" on new road-building and other development in designated roadless areas of national forests today, sources say, prolonging a seesaw battle over a policy first announced in the waning days of the Clinton administration. The Roadless Area Conservation Rule, which former President Clinton issued shortly before leaving office in 2001, protects nearly 60 million acres of national forest land from logging and other development, largely in Western states. It has faced a protracted court battle that pitted conservation groups against the timber industry and several of those states. The Bush administration let the...
  • Obama Team Pushes for White Rooftops to Fight Global Warming

    05/28/2009 11:14:39 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies · 1,108+ views
    CBS News ^ | May 28, 2009
    "If you look at all the buildings and make all the roofs white, and if you make the pavement a more concrete type of color rather than a black type of color, and you do this uniformly, it's the equivalent of reducing the carbon emissions due to all the cars in the world by 11 years."
  • US wants to paint the world white to save energy

    05/26/2009 4:08:44 PM PDT · by StandUpChuck · 43 replies · 1,451+ views
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | 5/26/2009 | AFP
    LONDON(AFP) (AFP) – US Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Tuesday the Obama administration wanted to paint roofs an energy-reflecting white, as he took part in a climate change symposium in London. The Nobel laureate in physics called for a "new revolution" in energy generation to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Steven Chu: paint the world white to fight global warming

    05/26/2009 3:02:54 PM PDT · by Shermy · 42 replies · 1,491+ views
    Times London ^ | May 27, 2009
    The Nobel prize-winning physicist appointed by President Obama as US Energy Secretary wants to change the colour of roofs, roads and pavements so they reflect more of the Sun’s light and heat to combat global warming, he said today. Professor Steven Chu, speaking at the opening of the St James’s Palace Nobel Laureate Symposium, for which The Times is media partner, said this simple and “completely benign” approach to “geo-engineering” could have a vast impact at low cost. By lightening all paved surfaces and roofs to the colour of cement, it would be possible to reduce carbon emissions by as...
  • Democrats Hot for Global Warming Legislation

    05/23/2009 5:03:08 PM PDT · by pleikumud · 48 replies · 1,675+ views
    House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) won a victory on his 1,000-page cap and trade (read: cap and tax) bill Thursday when it passed his committee on a party line 33-25 vote. The bill ostensibly tackles global warming by creating a system in which industrial producers of greenhouse gas emissions would be required to meet a government-imposed cap on their emissions, but would allow them to purchase credits that cover emissions exceeding the cap. Initially, Obama wanted the credits to be auctioned off, with the estimated $629 billion in proceeds to go to other government-subsidized programs, of...
  • Green Bubbles Bursting ( comments on the Obama Green Agenda)

    05/22/2009 5:12:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 727+ views
    Hudson Institute ^ | April 13, 2009 | Alex Alexiev
    From the April 20, 2009 National Review With the selling of President Obama’s economic agenda now in full gear, this is a good time to take stock of his energy plans against the background of energy trends worldwide. Alas, even a brief glimpse reveals that Obama’s focus on renewable energy and the introduction of a cap-and-trade regime runs counter to both economic rationality and current energy trends to the point of guaranteeing its inevitable failure, which will result in serious economic harm to the United States. The president is imposing his green agenda on America, even as the renewable-energy bubbles...
  • Obama to announce auto mileage, emissions standards

    05/19/2009 9:04:32 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 29 replies · 923+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 5/19/2009 | Ken Thomas / Phil Elliot
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama's new fuel and emission standards for cars and trucks will save billions of barrels of oil but are expected to cost consumers an extra $1,300 per vehicle by the time the plan is complete in 2016. Obama on Tuesday planned to announce the first-ever national emissions limits for vehicles, as well as require an overall or industry average fuel efficiency standard at 35.5 miles per gallon. Carol Browner, the White House energy and climate director, publicly confirmed the new initiative in appearances on morning network news shows, calling it a "truly historic" occasion and saying...
  • Obama Sets New Auto Emissions and Mileage Rules

    05/19/2009 11:30:25 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 62 replies · 2,266+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 20, 2009 | John M. Broder
    President Obama announced tough new nationwide rules for automobile emissions and mileage standards on Tuesday, embracing standards that California has sought to enact for years over the objections of the auto industry and the Bush administration. “For the first time in history, we have set in motion a national policy aimed at both increasing gas mileage and decreasing greenhouse gas pollution for all new trucks and cars sold in the United States of America,” Mr. Obama said in remarks from Washington, flanked by officials from Michigan and California. The rules, which will begin to take effect in 2012, will put...
  • Obama's Fuel Fantasy

    05/19/2009 1:36:00 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 53 replies · 2,987+ views
    Forbes ^ | May 19, 2009 | Jerry Flint
    The new fuel economy rules announced by the government are more than a challenge; they could end our era of cheap transportation. If they can be met, and that is questionable without some cheating on the rulemaking, cars will be small and expensive--or larger and very expensive. The word coming from Washington is that a 35.5 mile average per gallon requirement will be set for vehicles by 2016, meaning something like 43 miles per gallon for cars and 26 miles per gallon for trucks. Rules are easy to make. Companies like General Motors ( GM - news - people )...
  • How The Car Companies Are Really Financed and O. Has Really Done To Them

    05/19/2009 3:32:10 PM PDT · by Gen.Blather · 48 replies · 1,848+ views
    Self | 5/19/2009 | Bern Pearson
    I didn’t realize the socialist horror of what the administration has done until I got to the end of the Bob Lonsberry’s article, “Government Wrong To Hose Car Dealers.” Then, I realized the author had missed the central point. Lonsberry fails to understand who finances the auto manufacturers; the dealerships. By destroying the manufacturer’s financing arm Obama destroys any possibility that the manufacturers can ever recover. Government support, and, therefore, control, will be required forever. Here’s how the pre-Obama financing system functions. Let’s say your dealership sells 100 cars a month. You keep an inventory of 200 cars on-hand. The...
  • New Obama rules will transform US auto fleet

    05/19/2009 5:06:29 PM PDT · by Flavius · 48 replies · 1,801+ views
    ap ^ | 5/19/09 | TOM KRISHER
    – Some soccer moms will have to give up hulking SUVs. Carpenters will still haul materials around in pickup trucks, but they will cost more.
  • Obama unveils 'historic' car efficiency standards

    05/19/2009 5:18:07 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 41 replies · 1,373+ views
    AFP ^ | 05/19/09 | Stephen Collinson
    Obama unveils 'historic' car efficiency standards by Stephen Collinson Tue May 19, 5:06 pm ET WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama Tuesday unveiled "historic" efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for US cars, forging a rare moment of unity between auto firms and environmentalists on climate change. "For the first time in history, we have set in motion a national policy aimed at both increasing gas mileage and decreasing green house gas pollution for all new trucks and cars sold in the United States," Obama said. The president gathered 10 auto industry chiefs, from crippled US firms to foreign giants, plus...
  • Barry: "Let the Bears DIE!"

    05/08/2009 6:18:08 PM PDT · by 51773photo · 21 replies · 977+ views
    Barry's Obamanation ^ | 5-8-09 | Jesse Ellis
    If having someone tell you a bold faced lie, is a measure of their lack of respect for you, then at least Barry is an equal opportunity prevaricator. Remember when Bush basically said, let the bears die when asked what he was going to do when the Polar Bears habitat was allegedly being melted by Global Warming partially attributed to Americas Polluting ways?
  • EPA Nominee Suggests New CO2 Rules May Expose Small Emitters

    05/06/2009 8:39:00 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies · 2,490+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 6, 2009 | Ian Talley
    New federal greenhouse gas emission regulation could expose a raft of smaller emitters to litigation, a nominee for a key post in the Environmental Protection Agency told lawmakers Thursday. The potential for smaller emitters to be regulated under the Clean Air Act is one reason why business groups warn that EPA regulation of greenhouse gases could create a cascade of legal and regulatory challenges across a much broader array of sectors. The Obama administration has said that isn't their intent. Regina McCarthy, nominated to be EPA's Director of Air and Radiation, told lawmakers that even while the government has flexibility...
  • EPA Administrator Optimistic About New Laws

    04/30/2009 3:00:43 PM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 11 replies · 586+ views
    All Things Considered ^ | April 28, 2009 | Manuel Balce Ceneta
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson testified on Capitol Hill Wednesday before a House Energy Committee. She says that the U.S. is overdue for climate and energy legislation. Lisa Jackson, the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is re-energizing the agency with a sweeping agenda. Jackson made waves recently with a ruling that greenhouse gases pose a threat to public health. That opens the way for new — and some say costly — regulations. Under one possible plan called cap-and-trade, companies would get allotments for carbon dioxide emissions, and they could buy and sell those rights. In a conversation...
  • Five Reasons the EPA Should Not Attempt to Deal with Global Warming

    04/26/2009 12:42:44 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 18 replies · 1,361+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | April 23, 2009 | Ben Lieberman and Nicolas Loris
    On April 17, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an endangerment finding, saying that global warming poses a serious threat to public health and safety. Thus, almost anything that emits carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases could be regulated under the Clean Air Act. This is the first official action taken by the federal government to regulate carbon dioxide.The endangerment finding is the initial step in a long regulatory process that could lead to the EPA requiring regulations for almost anything that emits carbon dioxide. Automobiles would likely be the first target, but subsequent regulations could extend to a million...
  • Can America Afford to 'Go Green'?

    04/24/2009 4:05:33 AM PDT · by rmarley · 21 replies · 769+ views
    ABC News ^ | April 22, 2009 | DAN HARRIS
    Strange-looking synthetic trees that suck carbon dioxide out of the air. Algae that can turn into gas. A candy factory fueled by methane from a local dump. At an Earth Day celebration in Newton, Iowa, today, President Obama said the United States must lead the world in renewable energy. He said his energy plan would simultaneously help the environment and the economy.
  • Obama's Climate Change Envoy Urges Global Warming Treaty, Offers Few Specifics

    04/24/2009 2:04:50 AM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 716+ views
    CNS NEWS.com ^ | Thursday, April 23, 2009 | By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer
    SNIPPET: "“The time has come for the United States to reclaim its rightful role as a diplomatic leader within the U.N. framework of climate change,” Kerry said. At the end of the first panel, Kerry defended the lack of detail in Stern’s testimony. “In fairness – I said this to Sen. Corker – Todd Stern made it clear to me prior to coming up here that not all of the T’s were crossed and I’s dotted,” the Massachusetts senator said. “I knew he was coming here today without the ability to fully flesh out every single component,” Kerry said. “I...
  • GOING GREEN, OBAMA-STYLE

    04/24/2009 3:09:02 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies · 431+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 24, 2009 | Editorial
    Add another name to the ever-growing list of environmental hypocrites: that of Barack Obama. The president celebrated the annual Earth Day festivities by jetting aboard Air Force One from Washington to Des Moines, Iowa, and from there he choppered over to the town of Newton -- delivering remarks at a plant that manufactures wind-turbine towers. There, he called for "a new era of energy exploration in America" (except for offshore oil drilling, no doubt). Now, Obama could have given this speech at the White House -- except that the background visuals probably wouldn't have been so, well, visual. And a...
  • CBS's Knoller: Obama Burned 9,000 Gallons of Jet Fuel for One Earth Day Speech

    04/23/2009 9:53:18 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 43 replies · 2,123+ views
    CBS's Knoller: Obama Burned 9,000 Gallons of Jet Fuel for One Earth Day Speech By Ken Shepherd Created 2009-04-23 12:21 President Barack Obama burned roughly 9,000 of jet fuel yesterday, Earth Day, and that only to deliver one speech in Iowa, reports CBS News's Mark Knoller in an April 22 Political Hotsheet blog post [1]. As if that weren't amusing enough, Knoller notes that the Air Force and the White House wouldn't disclose to Knoller how much fuel the president's plane burns on an average flight, so he had to consult with the manufacturer of the 747, Boeing: In flying...
  • G8 looks to greener White House to lead on global warming (I'm sure they are!)

    04/22/2009 6:23:06 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 2 replies · 258+ views
    yahoo ^ | 4/22/2009 | Gina Doggett/AFP
    The environment ministers of rich and emerging nations were looking Wednesday to Washington for new leadership at talks in Sicily on combatting global warming. "We are all encouraged by the new position of the United States," Italian host Stefania Prestigiacamo said as the three-day meeting kicked off. "It is an important signal on the issues of the environment and technology." The start of the talks coincided with Earth Day, an occasion US President Barack Obama used to launch a push for historic climate change legislation in the United States. "The American people are ready to be part of a mission,"...
  • CNN's Marciano to Obama: 'Let's Park the Jumbo Jet' for Earth Day

    04/22/2009 6:17:58 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 3 replies · 899+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 04/22/2009 | Ken Shepherd
    Hinting at but not explicitly charging President Obama with eco-hypocrisy, CNN weatherman Rob Marciano chided the chief executive for flying out to Iowa and back just for one Earth Day speech. Marciano took to the camera shortly after 10 a.m. EDT for a weather report. His comments came on the heels of Heidi Collins describing Obama's agenda for marking Earth Day [audio available here]:
  • Obama is poison to Al Gore

    04/18/2009 11:40:56 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 29 replies · 1,351+ views
    National Post ^ | April 18 2009 | Lawrence Solomon
    Climate change skepticism has soared under Obama's presidency, with only one third of American likely voters now blaming humans for climate change, according to a Rasmussen poll released today. In contrast, 48% believe that long term planetary trends are responsible, 7% blame other non-man-made factors, and 11% aren’t sure. The plummeting support for Al Gore’s thesis – the lowest ever – is a complete reversal from one year ago, when 47% blamed humans and only 34% saw long-term planetary trends as the culprits.
  • EPA Back on the Job

    04/18/2009 8:09:21 AM PDT · by Glenn · 2 replies · 545+ views
    Fora.tv ^ | 04/17/2009 | Unattributed
    Watch the video hereLisa Jackson, an EPA administrator, tells you what they have in their sites at the Aspen Environmental Forum. ~4:00 minutes.
  • Obama to regulate 'pollutant' CO2

    04/17/2009 8:30:33 PM PDT · by pissant · 42 replies · 1,210+ views
    BBC ^ | 4/17/09 | Dick Black
    The US government is to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, having decided that it and five other greenhouse gases may endanger human health and well-being. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the move following a review of the scientific evidence. The decision marks a major change from the Bush presidency, when the EPA argued it could not regulate CO2 because the gas was not a pollutant. Developing countries have asked for the US to show leadership on climate. Many are not prepared to curtail their own emissions without firm indications that the US is willing to make significant reductions. Carbon-cutting legislation...
  • Spanish Study Shows Green Jobs Could Lead To 11m More Lost US Jobs

    04/15/2009 3:52:06 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 5 replies · 411+ views
    Politics for All ^ | 4/15/09 | Mikey_1962
    For every new position that depends on energy price supports, at least 2.2 jobs in other industries will disappear, according to a study from King Juan Carlos University in Madrid and only one in 10 of the newly created green jobs became a permanent job, says a new study released this month. The study draws parallels with the green jobs programs of the Obama administration. President Obama, in fact, has used Spain’s green initiative as a blueprint for how the United States should use federal funds to stimulate the economy. Obama’s economic stimulus package,which Congress passed in February, allocates billions...
  • House Bill Would Allow 'Victims' to Sue Private Companies, Government for Global Warming

    04/13/2009 2:16:46 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies · 1,030+ views
    House Bill Would Allow 'Victims' to Sue Private Companies, Government for Global Warming FNC's 'Fox & Friends' warns of the chilling effect from vague language that could allow anti-pollution litigation for headaches to cancer. By Jeff Poor Business & Media Institute 4/13/2009 3:56:32 PM Global warming “victims” could be able to sue the government and companies if two congressmen have their way. Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy examined a provision inserted into a bill written by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., and Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass. The language, as...
  • Obama, Who Vowed Rapid Action on Climate Change, Turns More Cautious

    04/12/2009 2:45:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies · 2,113+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 11, 2009 | JOHN M. BRODER
    WASHINGTON — President Obama came to office promising swift and comprehensive action to combat global climate change, and the topic remains a surefire applause line in his speeches here and abroad. Yet the administration has taken a cautious and rather passive role on the issue, proclaiming broad goals while remaining aloof from details of climate legislation now in Congress. The president’s budget initially included roughly $650 billion in revenue over 10 years from a cap-and-trade emissions plan that he wants adopted. But the administration, while insisting that its health care initiative be protected, did not fight to keep cap-and-trade in...
  • Blowing smoke: Obama White House spews climate hysteria

    04/09/2009 10:25:37 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 23 replies · 1,044+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, April 10, 2009 | Editorial
    Not even the sky is the limit to crackpot environmental theories these days. On Wednesday, presidential science adviser John P. Holdren told the Associated Press that it might be necessary to blow pollution into the atmosphere to shield the sun's rays and stave off global warming. His hyperbole is even scarier than his science. According to Mr. Holdren, the planet is in so much trouble that it is like a "car with bad brakes driving toward a cliff in the fog." Not only is the world at a "tipping point," but we also face "really intolerable consequences" if drastic action...
  • Obama plans to engineer the climate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The president's new science adviser said Wednesday that global warming is so dire, the Obama administration is discussing radical technologies to cool Earth's air. John Holdren told The Associated Press in his first interview since being confirmed last month that the idea of geoengineering the climate is being discussed. One such extreme option includes shooting pollution particles into the upper atmosphere to reflect the sun's rays. Holdren said such an experimental measure would only be used as a last resort. "It's got to be looked at," he said. "We don't have the luxury of taking any approach...
  • Obama looks at climate engineering

    04/08/2009 9:55:04 AM PDT · by cdchik123 · 103 replies · 3,215+ views
    ap ^ | 4/8/09 | Seth Borenstein
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The president's new science adviser said Wednesday that global warming is so dire, the Obama administration is discussing radical technologies to cool Earth's air.
  • The Vote that (may have) Changed the World

    04/08/2009 4:05:07 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies · 1,510+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | April 08, 2009 | Raymond Richman and Howard Richman
    In a procedural vote on April 1, 2009, fifteen Democratic Senators joined all of the Republicans in defeating, for now, a climate change bill that would have allowed fast-tracking of President Obama's cap-and-tax proposal so that it could be passed as part of the current Federal budget. (Click here to see how your Senator voted.) Senator Lamar Alexander called this "the biggest vote of the year." The bill that would have passed would probably have resembled the Waxman-Markey discussion draft of The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, a bill proposal designed to combat global warming by encouraging...