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  • Yet another green fail imperils California half-fast bullet train

    05/27/2016 7:53:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 27, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Jerry Browns dream of constructing a high speed rail line connecting the Bay Area with Southern California suffered a major setback this week, but rest assured every effort is being made to spend enough money quickly enough to make pulling the plug seem unreasonable. Construction costs of the project have escalated so rapidly since the times state voters narrowly approved a bond issue that instead of constructing new tracks in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, the trains will share existing tracks with conventional freight and commuter trains, drastically increasing travel time, and making the trains half-fast at best. But...
  • California cap-and-trade auction falls far short, delivering blow to state revenue (tr)

    05/26/2016 6:16:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 26, 2016 | by Ralph Vartarbedian
    The latest auction in California's cap-and-trade market for greenhouse gases fell sharply below expectations, as buyers purchased just 2% of the carbon credits whose sale funds a variety of state programs -- notably, the proposed high-speed rail project. The quarterly auction, conducted May 18 and announced Wednesday, will provide just $10 million for state programs, including $2.5 million for the bullet train. The rail authority had been expecting about $150 million. Whatever prompted the lack of buyers, the auction is a stark example of the uncertainty and risk of relying on actively-traded carbon credits to build the bullet train. The...
  • New Ice Age knowledge

    05/13/2016 12:27:40 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 22 replies
    Science Daily ^ | May 13, 2016
    In fact, deep ocean circulation slowed down to such an extent that the heavy, saline water mass below a depth of 2000 metres was not in contact with the surface for almost 3000 years. "During this time, so much bound carbon in the form of animal and algae remains trickled down from the more intermixed sea surface into the deep water layer that we were able to identify it as the major carbon reservoir that we have looked for so intensively," says Thomas Ronge. The data also showed that the already old age of the water masses was artificially increased...
  • The Political Death of American Coal

    04/19/2016 5:07:17 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | April 19,2016 | Stephen Moore
    There was a time in America and it wasn't even so long ago that liberals cared a lot about working-class people. They may have been misguided in many of their policy solutions e.g., raising the minimum wage but at least their hearts were in the right place. Then a strange thing happened about a decade ago. Radical environmentalists took control of the Democratic Party. These leftists care more about the supposed rise of the oceans than the financial survival of the middle class. The industrial unions made a catastrophic decision to get in bed with these...
  • Gore's RICO-style Prosecution of Global Warming Skeptics

    04/15/2016 7:54:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 4/15/2016 | Russell Cook
    Al Gore is back in the news, prominently seen in a March 29 press conference led by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, where Schneiderman and his fellow AGs announced the latest effort to use racketeering laws to prosecute climate change deniers. Minutes after first thanking Gore for attending and noting how his 2006 movie galvanized the worlds attention about the urgency to act on climate change, Schneiderman spoke of how the group was working to find creative ways to enforce laws being flouted by the fossil fuel industry and their allies in their short-sighted efforts to put profits...
  • WH Science Advisor: Farmers, Construction Workers Will Die From Climate Change

    04/04/2016 1:10:04 PM PDT · by PROCON · 74 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | April 4, 2016 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - White House Science Advisor John Holdren says because of the impacts of climate change, agricultural and construction workers will basically be unable to control their body temperature and will die. In some parts of the world, when you look more broadly at this question, you see the likelihood that in the hottest times of the year it will be simply physiologically impossible to work outdoors, Holdren said at a White House event on climate change Monday. That means agriculture, that means construction, people who try to work outdoors will basically be unable to control their body temperature and...
  • Sanders campaign: Clinton owes us an apology for 'lying' remark

    04/01/2016 7:25:58 AM PDT · by McGruff · 13 replies
    POLITICO ^ | April 1, 2015 | NOLAN D. MCCASKILL
    Hillary Clinton owes Bernie Sanders campaign an apology, the campaign said Friday. Clinton on Thursday accused Sanders camp of lying, alleging that his campaign has been claiming Clinton accepts money from the fossil fuel industry a statement she forcefully rejected when confronted by an environmental activist. I think she probably owes the senator an apology for that because the senator is not lying about her record, Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver told MSNBC. Hes talking about her record. Hes talking about her practices. She obviously doesnt like it, but that doesnt make it lying because you dont like it....
  • Climate Change: The Greatest-Ever Conspiracy Against The Taxpayer

    03/28/2016 11:49:24 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 28, 2016 | by JAMES DELINGPOLE
    If all the countries do their bit then the total reduction in global warming by the year 2100 will be 0.170 degrees Centigrade. As a climate sceptic friend of mine pointed out at the time, youd experience a bigger temperature increase than that just walking down from the top to the bottom of the Eiffel tower. So theres your deal folks: you and taxpayers like you are paying $1.5 trillion a year to reduce the worlds temperatures by the end of this century by 0.170. Its so perfectly ridiculous its almost funny. And I suppose on a...
  • McConnell: Obama climate plan hinges on next president

    03/21/2016 5:40:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 21, 2016 4:59 PM EDT | Matthew Daly
    A Supreme Court ruling that delays a key element of President Barack Obamas strategy to fight climate change will likely push a final decision on the issue to the next president, the Senates Republican leader said Monday as he urged the nations 50 governors to continue a wait-and-see approach on Obamas plan. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky advised the governors to defy Obamas effort to limit carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants by refusing to submit compliance plans to the Environmental Protection Agency. In a follow-up letter to the governors Monday, McConnell said the Supreme Courts Feb. 9...
  • The Solar Industry Is Dying. Good Riddance.

    03/20/2016 5:20:30 PM PDT · by upchuck · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 20, 2016 | James Delingpole
    If you still own shares in solar energy it’s probably a sign that you’ve been in the sun too long: the sector is tanking – and deservedly so – as reality dawns that this is a Potemkin industry, an Enron of a con-trick, whose survival depends not on the energy it generates but on the subsidies it squeezes from the taxpayer. Consider Exhibit A: the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the California desert. This $2.2 billion project, heavily backed with federal grants by the Obama administration, is absolutely brilliant at killing birds. According to some estimates it accounts for...
  • ACADEMIC GIBBERISH WATCH: WE HAVE ANOTHER WINNER

    03/05/2016 11:13:14 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 75 replies
    .powerlineblog ^ | MARCH 4, 2016 | STEVEN HAYWARD
    Take a look at this abstract from the journal Progress in Human Geography: Glaciers, Gender, and Science:A FEMINIST GLACIOLOGY: framework for global environmental change research Mark Carey, M Jackson, Alessandro Antonello, Jaclyn Rushing ABSTRACT Glaciers are key icons of climate change and global environmental change. However, the relationships among gender, science, and glaciers particularly related to epistemological questions about the production of glaciological knowledge remain understudied. This paper thus proposes a feminist glaciology framework with four key components: 1) knowledge producers; (2) gendered science and knowledge; (3) systems of scientific domination; and (4) alternative representations of glaciers. Merging...
  • MIT Report: Carbon Tax Necessary to Break Fossil Fuel Dependence

    03/03/2016 3:06:18 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 34 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 03-03-2016 | MIT
    Renewable energy advocates like to point out that the cost of renewable fuels, like solar power, have dropped substantially in the last few years. The cost of solar power for instance has fallen by more than two-thirds since 2009. Yet for all the excitement about renewable power, the reality is that the entire energy sector has essentially been in a state of deflation for the last decade. The notable drop in oil prices over the last two years aside, costs of producing oil both in the U.S. and in many parts of the world have fallen dramatically. The phase out...
  • Washington considers nation's first carbon emissions tax

    02/28/2016 10:10:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 28, 2016 11:09 AM EST | Phuong Le
    Washington could become the first state in the nation to impose a direct tax on carbon emissions from fossil fuels such as coal, gasoline and natural gas. A ballot measure before the state Legislature would create a carbon tax of $25 per metric ton of fossil fuel emissions burned in Washington, while reducing taxes. ...
  • Just a fraction of the world's oil supply isn't profitable at $35 a barrel

    02/12/2016 12:52:48 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2/12/2016 | Bob Bryan
    Wood Mackenzie's report, cited by the energy news service Platts, said about 3.4 million barrels' worth of oil a day was not profitable below $35 a barrel. According to the International Energy Agency, the world's supply is 97.07 million barrels a day. While today's oil prices are below this threshold, the report suggests the price at which US shale and other producers would be forced out of the market is lower than previously thought. As Platts writes, "For many producers, being cash negative is not enough of an incentive to shut down fields as restarting flow can be costly and...
  • When Obama carried out his Solyndra scam, he broke the same law that Martha Stewart went to prison

    02/03/2016 8:22:06 AM PST · by grundle · 18 replies
    wordpress ^ | September 8, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    When Obama carried out his Solyndra con game, he broke the same law that Martha Stewart went to prison forbreaking In 2009 the Obama administration gave $535 million to Solyndra, claiming that it would create 4,000 new jobs. However, instead of creating those 4,000 new jobs, the company went bankrupt. It was later revealed that the company’s shareholders and executives had made substantial donations to Obama’s campaign, that the company had spent a large sum of money on lobbying, and that Solyndra executives had had many meetings with White House officials. It was also revealed that the Obama administration had...
  • Big Oil's Effort To Tax Carbon and Your Family's Finances

    01/30/2016 9:44:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2016 | Ken Blackwell
    As world leaders gathered in Paris last month for the United Nations climate summit, many seemed surprised that several large oil companies, including BP and Shell, endorsed a carbon tax as a "key element" of any international climate deal. Less surprising was the preference of those in the renewable energy sector to see a tax on carbon. The implication was of course that if major companies - oil companies in particular - want to tax themselves, who are we to stand in the way? It must be an indication that the climate crisis is so acute that even they have...
  • Yet another prediction of doom over Greenland ice melt and the AMOC that we can ignore

    01/26/2016 10:41:53 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com/ ^ | / 4 days ago January 22, 2016 | Anthony Watts
    From the “fresh melt water will disrupt the planet” department, except that this ongoing alarm has already been debunked by NASA, see:NASA refutes Mann and Rahmstorf – Finds Atlantic ‘Conveyor Belt’ Not SlowingIllustration depicting the overturning circulation of the global ocean. Throughout the Atlantic Ocean, the circulation carries warm waters (red arrows) northward near the surface and cold deep waters (blue arrows) southward. Image credit: NASA/JPL Melting Greenland ice sheet may affect global ocean circulation, future climateUniversity of South Florida and international scientists find influx of freshwater could disrupt the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, an important component of global...
  • American oil companies are starting to scream "mayday."

    01/24/2016 9:05:27 AM PST · by Lorianne · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | 22 January 2016 | Heather Long
    Last year, 42 North American drillers filed for bankruptcy, according to law firm Haynes and Boone. It's only likely to get worse this year. Experts say there are a lot of parallels between today's crisis and the last oil crash in 1986. Back then, 27% of exploration and production companies went bust. Defaults are skyrocketing again. In December, exploration and production company defaults topped 11%, up from just 0.5% the previous year, according to Fitch Ratings. That's a 2,000%-plus jump. It's just the beginning, says John La Forge, head of real assets strategy at Wells Fargo. If history repeats, people...
  • Insider leaks real reason for GOP kingpins' anti-Cruz venom

    01/23/2016 5:33:17 PM PST · by justlittleoleme · 112 replies
    WND ^ | 1/23/16 | Greg Corombos
    It's well known that many Republicans in Washington do not like Sen. Ted Cruz, but the full extent of that antipathy is coming to light this week as several current and former lawmakers say they prefer Donald Trump as the GOP nominee, although they have little regard for either man. Some GOP consultants and strategists started the rumblings in recent days. Then Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad told Republicans in his state to oppose Cruz because of the senator's opposition to ethanol subsidies. But the story broke wide open on Wednesday when former Senate Majority Leader and 1996 Republican presidential nominee...
  • BREAKING: National Black Republican Association Endorses Trump

    01/23/2016 4:41:42 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 14 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | January 22 | Frances Rice
    We, the grassroots activists of the National Black Republican Association, are pleased to announce our endorsement of Donald J. Trump for President of the United States of America. As citizens who happen to be black, we support Mr. Trump because he shares our values. We, like Mr. Trump, are fiscally conservative, steadfastly pro-life and believers in a small government that fosters freedom for individuals and businesses, so they can grow and become prosperous. We are deeply concerned about illegal immigration, a major cause of high black unemployment, especially among black youth. Black Americans across America are beginning to wake up...
  • Explosive volcanoes ended Earth's time as a snowball: Huge eruptions broke our planet's deep freeze

    01/18/2016 9:00:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 01/18/2016 | Ryan O'Hare for
    In our planet's early history, 720 to 640 million years ago, thick sheets of ice covered the majority of the surface, as the Earth was locked in a deep freeze. But explosive underwater volcanoes changed the chemistry of the Earth's oceans and were key to breaking the planet from its icy state, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Southampton believe underwater volcanoes helped to thaw out "Snowball Earth", and even led to runaway chemical chain reactions, which created the conditions for an explosion of life on Earth. While much of the driving forces behind glaciation during...
  • Top 10 Climate Change Predictions Gone Spectacularly Wrong

    01/17/2016 10:31:00 AM PST · by Libloather · 46 replies
    The Federalist Papers ^ | 1/16/16 | Analytical Economist
    **SNIP** 1. Biologist Paul Ehrlich predicted in the 1970s that: "Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make," and that "The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years." 2. In January 1970, Life reported, "Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support... the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution... by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half..." 3. In...
  • Saudi Arabia buying up farmland in US Southwest

    01/16/2016 10:52:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 15, 2016 | Jeff Daniels
    Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries are scooping up farmland in drought-afflicted regions of the U.S. Southwest, and that has some people in California and Arizona seeing red. Saudi Arabia grows alfalfa hay in both states for shipment back to its domestic dairy herds. In another real-life example of the world's interconnected economy, the Saudis increasingly look to produce animal feed overseas in order to save water in their own territory, most of which is desert. Privately held Fondomonte California on Sunday announced that it bought 1,790 acres of farmland in Blythe, California -- an agricultural town along the...
  • Tumbling oil trades below $30 a barrel for first time in 12 years

    01/12/2016 12:38:57 PM PST · by familyop · 13 replies
    Reuters, Yahoo News ^ | Jan 12, 2016 | Catherine Ngai
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil fell briefly below $30 a barrel on Tuesday, extending a relentless selloff that has wiped almost 20 percent off prices this year amid deepening concerns about fragile Chinese demand and the absence of output restraint.
  • ‘No Extinctions’: Polar Bears Survived Periods When The Arctic Had No Ice(DOH!)

    01/11/2016 10:40:34 AM PST · by rktman · 28 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/11/2016 | Michael Bastasch
    Former Vice President Al Gore shocked Americans in "An Inconvenient Truth" when he said polar bears were drowning because global warming was melting Arctic sea ice, but now a new study shows that polar bears did just fine even when there was no ice covering the Arctic. Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks released a study claiming the "stratigraphic record of the last 1.5 (million years) indicates that no marine species' extinction events occurred despite major climate oscillations," including periods where the Arctic was completely ice-free in summertime. "Some species thought to be...
  • Top US Admiral Fired For Questioning Obama Purchase Of Mansion In Dubai (Russian propaganda)

    01/10/2016 4:25:04 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 161 replies
    A stunning new Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that one of the United States Navy’s top commanders was relieved of his command a few hours ago after he sent out an “email/posting” revealing that President Barack Obama was in the process of purchasing a multi-million dollar seaside luxury villa in the United Arab Emirates city (UAE) of Dubai. According to this report, the Commander of the US Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 15, Rear Admiral Rick Williams, posted a “pointed” query on 8 January [since deleted] to the US Naval Institute’s “Readiness Kill Chain” “recipients/responders”...
  • Obama's Keystone saga takes new turn

    01/10/2016 4:45:04 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 5 replies
    the hill ^ | 10 Jan 2016 | timothy cama
    The “fair and equitable” piece is where the Obama administration is most vulnerable, said David Gantz, a trade law professor at the University of Arizona College of Law. “The issue becomes, if there is a very detailed procedure for approval or disapproval of pipelines, whether the U.S. followed those procedures or whether it went beyond the criteria or procedures,” Gantz said. “I would say the U.S. is pretty vulnerable on that one issue,” he said, “in part because the White House staff and others essentially said, ‘we know we’re doing this politically and to make a statement,’ but the regulations...
  • Where the world lives: Map shows half the planet's population lives on just 1% of its land

    01/10/2016 1:19:26 PM PST · by Reeses · 65 replies
    Dailymail.com ^ | January 7, 2016 | Stacy Liberatore
    Land covers 196.9 million square miles of the planet, which is broken up into 196 countries that are home to 7.125 billion people. With so much land available on Earth you would think people are spread out evenly throughout the world - but a stunning new map reveals that isn't the case. An entrepreneur used data from Nasa to understand where most of the world's population resides and found half of us are crammed into just one percent of the world.
  • Bjrn Lomborg: Mr. Gore, Your Solution to Global Warming Is Wrong

    07/22/2009 10:59:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 804+ views
    Esquire ^ | August 2009 | Bjrn Lomborg
    The plan we are most likely to adopt to address climate change will cost far too much and do next to nothing. The fight over the science of warming is over, yes. But the debate over the solution to global warming hasn't even begun. I. A False Choice On a family visit to Kenya long before he became president of the United States, Barack Obama declared that he wanted to go on safari. His Kenyan half sister, Auma, chided him for being a neocolonialist."Why should all that land be set aside for tourists," she asked, "when it could be used...
  • Keystone lawsuit spotlights climate politics

    01/08/2016 5:01:25 PM PST · by Dartman · 12 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Jan.8/16 | Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson
    The Keystone XL saga has taken a new twist in the New Year. On Jan. 6, TransCanada (the company that would have built and operated the Alberta to Texas pipeline) launched two lawsuits over President Obama's November rejection of the pipeline. One of the lawsuits will challenge the president's constitutional authority to grant permits when Congress has already acted, as it did in early 2015 when a bipartisan bill was passed approving the construction of the pipeline. The second lawsuit seeks damages of more than US$15 billion by issuing a claim under Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade...
  • Mark Steyn Whips a Senate Sub-Committee on Climate Change

    01/08/2016 4:36:25 PM PST · by American Quilter · 15 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 8 Dec 2015 | Mark Steyn
    "My name is Mark Steyn. I am not a scientist. I am an author. My main interest in climate science is that Michael E Mann, the inventor of one of its most notorious artifacts, is suing me for "defamation of a Nobel Prize winner" -- a crime that I was not aware existed, especially in his case, as according to the Nobel Institute he is not a Nobel Prize winner. So I recently edited a book about it called "A Disgrace to the Profession": The World's Scientists -- in Their Own Words-- On Michael E Mann, His Hockey Stick, and...
  • State Treasurer asks governor to suspend Energy Department's troubled loan program

    01/08/2016 12:53:40 PM PST · by Twotone · 2 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | Jan. 8, 2016 | Ted Sickinger
    State Treasurer Ted Wheeler asked Gov. Kate Brown Thursday to suspend the Energy Department's troubled Small-Scale Energy Loan Program.
  • If we’re going to fix climate change, we’ll have to get creative

    01/07/2016 2:16:20 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 7, 2016 | By Thomas Kostigen
    The developing world deserves reparations from wealthier nations as compensation for the harmful climate change effects that are mostly our fault. It's us who have tainted our global commons by emitting vast amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and us whose actions have led to extreme weather and other disasters in the world's most vulnerable regions. But a strictly financial mea culpa from rich nations won't be enough. Rich countries should also invest in geoengineering projects to provide solutions for those on the front lines of climate change: those who cannot afford to pay for more adaptive and resilient...
  • What I Pondered While I Was Away

    01/04/2016 3:43:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 4, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I try to avoid getting too deep or heavy on this program, but I had a lot of free time over the last 10 days or so, just to sit around and think as things came to my mind and ponder various things that just jumped in and jumped out of my mind. I didn't purposely focus on anything. I just reacted to whatever thoughts that I had that might have been stimulated by things I was reading. I didn't watch much television while I was gone. You look at this countdown clock and Algore and the...
  • The World According to Gore: Last Days

    01/04/2016 2:58:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 4, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I have been shocked (pleasantly so) to see some in the Drive-By Media recognize our Algore countdown clock at RushLimbaugh.com. Back in 2006, Algore said that we had ten years remaining. Ten years. Humanity had 10 years left to save the earth from what was then called global warming. And if we didn't save it in ten years, it was all lost, it was hopeless, and the fate of humanity would be hanging in the balance. Well, that 10-year anniversary comes up this month, January 27. Gore said we have 10 years left before the earth cooks,...
  • France, Germany, Canada call on world to put price on carbon

    12/01/2015 4:11:02 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 34 replies
    MSN/AP ^ | 12/1/2015 | SETH BORENSTEIN
    LE BOURGET, France — One of the smartest ways to fight global warming is putting a price on carbon dioxide pollution, some key world leaders said at Monday's international climate summit. Either a tax on carbon dioxide emissions or trading carbon pollution like pork bellies, which puts a price on carbon, will help use capitalism to get closer to a day when the world isn't adding heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere, according to leaders of France, Germany, Canada, Chile, Mexico and Ethiopia, as well as heads of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development....
  • Peter Goldmark - Thel Man Behind the Global Warming Scheme

    08/04/2014 6:51:50 PM PDT · by mgist · 30 replies
    Politco ^ | not sure | The Arena
    Arena Profile: Peter Goldmark Peter Goldmark currently directs the Climate and Air program for Environmental Defense Fund. Prior to joining Environmental Defense, he was Chairman and CEO of the International Herald Tribune. Peter has had exceptional careers in both the public and private sectors. His public service was highlighted by his tenure as Budget Director for the State of New York during the 1970s city- and state-wide fiscal crisis where he was an architect of its rescue; and as Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey through to 1983. He served as president of the...
  • UN climate change body suffers mammoth European carbon fraud [Russia, Ukraine]

    09/08/2015 11:01:00 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 20 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 2015 September 08 | George Russell
    The United Nations body that oversees greenhouse gas reductions is reeling from another cap-and-trade scandal that may have put 600 million tons of carbon emissions into the atmosphere — roughly speaking, the annual CO2 output of Canada or Britain — while the emissions were ostensibly suppressed, according to an independent study. In the process, the fraudsters, largely in Russia and Ukraine, were likely able to transfer credits for more than 400 million tons of their apparently bogus greenhouse savings by April 2015 into Europe's commercial carbon trading system — the largest in the world — thereby undermining that continent's ambitious...
  • Surpise: EU carbon credit scheme was used to generate cash with no carbon reductions

    08/25/2015 2:17:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    h ^ | 08/25/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The European carbon credit program, developed in conjunction with the United Nations, is working out just fabulously. Well… it’s at least working out fabulously for a few people. Similar to programs being developed here in the United States by climate warriors, it offers “flexibility” to various countries so it can be tailored to their individual needs. For example, if you are able to make big cuts in your carbon emissions, you get a lot of these “credits” applied to you. If there are other countries who are a bit fatter with cash but can’t manage the changes required to...
  • Salon Blogger: 'It's Time to Draft Al Gore'

    07/18/2015 7:31:56 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 48 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 18, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    He's tanned. He's rested. He's ready.Al Gore 2016! Wha-what? It's the premise of Salon blogger Sean Illing which reflects a growing realization among the left that Hillary Clinton is a fatally flawed candidate. Okay, fine, but is Al Gore really the best alternative they can come up with?Illing makes the case for Gore but leaves out a few fatal flaws about Mr. Global Warming. First let us watch Illing bemoan the candidacy of Hillary and why Bernie Sanders does not fit the bill as a replacement:
  • Did green madness help create the Greek debt crisis?

    06/30/2015 7:39:20 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | June 30, 2015 | By Eric Worrall
    The unfolding Greek financial crisis is front page news. The repercussions bank runs, unsustainable debts, deadlocked creditors could easily lead to major consequences worldwide. However misconceived the Euro currency was, its downfall will be painful on a global scale. How much of Greeces current economic problems were caused by the made Hellenic dash into renewable energy? The answer, unsurprisingly, is most likely quite a lot. Greece, like many small European economies, has placed a substantial focus on green energy, seeing it as a quick leg up into the big league an easy way to attract generous funding...
  • Pope rejects carbon pricing

    06/20/2015 8:05:54 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies
    Ottawa Sun ^ | June 20, 2015 | Lorrie Goldstein,
    Politicians touting cap-and-trade and carbon taxes as the solution to climate change should read what the pontiff saidTORONTO-Many politicians lining up to praise Pope Francis encyclical on the environment and climate change released last week clearly have either not read it or dont understand what it says.The most significant thing in the Popes encyclical is that it alternately attacks and ignores the two most popular methods governments around the world are telling their citizens will be effective in reducing industrial greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change.The first is carbon taxes, the second, cap-and-trade.The Pope never mentions carbon taxes (such...
  • Media Misinterpret Pope Francis

    06/23/2015 7:36:08 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 23 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 22, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    Although the media focused on Pope Franciss views on the environment, they neglected to mention some of his other notable positions in the highly-publicized encyclical Laudato Si. For example, Pope Francis had this to say about abortion, in context of respecting the environment: Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion. How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties? If personal...
  • California carbon auction brings in another $1 billion

    05/28/2015 7:29:07 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 29 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 28, 2015 | Dale Kasler
    Californias industrial firms spent another $1 billion in the most recent auction of carbon emissions credits, state officials said Thursday. The California Air Resources Board said its latest quarterly auction of carbon credits raised around $1.06 billion, making it one of the largest sales in the programs two-and-a-half year history.
  • Companies spend $1 billion in latest California carbon auction

    02/25/2015 9:36:24 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 16 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 02/25/2015 | Dale Kasler
    Companies spent more than $1 billion in Californias latest sale of carbon emissions credits, making it the largest auction since the controversial cap-and-trade program began in late 2012, state officials said Wednesday.
  • Republicans outfox Democrats on climate votes

    01/22/2015 7:15:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 21, 2015 | Elana Schor and Darren Goode
    The GOP accepts the notion of climate change - but not the way Democrats wanted them to.Senate Republicans head-faked Democrats on climate change Wednesday, agreeing in a floor vote that the planets climate was changing, but blocking language that would have blamed human activity. In a complicated maneuver that was the first politically perilous test for Senate Republicans, the new majority party split up the votes that Democrats had hoped would force the GOP into an awkward roll call on whether they believed in the science behind climate change just hours after President Barack Obama slammed Republicans in his...
  • Venezuela climate summit calls for end to green economy - an end to capitalism

    07/24/2014 1:13:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    RTCC - Responding To Climate Change ^ | July 23, 2014 | Sophie Yeo
    UN-backed event ends with unusual call from civil society groups to end capitalism A UN-backed conference in Venezuela has ended with a declaration to scrap carbon markets and reject the green economy. The Margarita Declaration was issued at the end of a four-day meeting of around 130 green activist groups, which the Venezuelan government hosted in order to raise the volume of civil society demands in UN discussions on climate change. The structural causes of climate change are linked to the current capitalist hegemonic system, the final declaration said. To combat climate change it is necessary to change the system....
  • New paper shows nature absorbs ~83% of man-made CO2 emissions, much more than previously thought

    09/21/2014 1:24:00 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 18 replies
    A paper published today in Earth System Science Data Discussions analyzes the 2014 carbon budget and predicts man-made CO2 emissions from fossil-fuels and cement production have increased by 65% since 1990. However, atmospheric levels of CO2 have only increased by 11% since 1990, indicating that ~83% of man-made emissions have been absorbed by natural sinks, far greater than the IPCC belief that natural sinks absorb 50% of man-made emissions. Thus, natural sinks [such as the up to 30% greening of the planet over the past few decades] are expanding faster than the IPCC anticipated, CO2 lifetime in the atmosphere is...
  • Australian deserts are controlling global CO2 levels?

    05/23/2014 10:01:56 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    JoNova ^ | May 22nd, 2014 | Joanne
    Does the world owe Australia bezillions of dollars in carbon credits? With years of La Nina rainfall on arid outback Australia, we (or rather the citizen plants of Australia) have apparently been sucking down the CO2 at a phenomenal rate: almost 60 per cent of carbon uptake attributed to Australian ecosystems. But, sigh, call me unconvinced. I think what this paper demonstrates is that consensus and simulations are not worth much, and that we dont know where global CO2 is going.And anyway, the Australian outback vegetation explosion is ephemeral. While there may have been a lot of carbon sucked out...
  • Kerry: Green Energy Will Solve Climate Change, Create 'Mother of All Markets'

    02/04/2014 8:26:30 AM PST · by rktman · 44 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 2/3/2014 | unknown
    Just as computer technology greatly expanded Americans' wealth in the 1990s, the clean energy market could do the same thing in the years ahead, Secretary of State John Kerry told the Munich Security Conference in Germany on Saturday. He touted climate change as a societal challenge and an economic opportunity: ... "The energy market that we are staring at--that is the solution to the climate change," Kerry continued. "Energy policy is the solution to climate change. That market, my friends, is a $6-trillion market today with 4 to 5 billion users today, and it will grow to some 9 billion...