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  • Kissing Cousins and Carbon Taxes

    06/14/2012 11:54:37 AM PDT · by 92nina · 3 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-06-14 | Hugh Johnson
    Testifying in front of the Senate Finance Committee on tax and energy issues, Harvard’s Dr. Dale Jorgenson proposed a tax increase on fossil fuels equivalent to a 1.5 percent increase in federal revenues as a percent of GDP. Chairman Baucus asked if the increase is a “cousin” to a carbon tax and Dr. Jorgenson replied “a kissing cousin.” Defending the tax increase as a way to reduce consumption of carbon based fuels; Dr. Jorgenson claimed such a tax would be most effective if heavily weighted towards coal—this sounds like a carbon tax to us. A carbon tax harms American industries...
  • Obama plans to tackle climate change and nuclear proliferation - if he wins second term

    06/13/2012 5:36:28 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 11 2012 | Toby Harnden
    President Barack Obama’s priorities in a second term could include tackling climate change, halting nuclear proliferation, bolstering overseas aid and immigration reform, according to his senior advisers. Although on the campaign trail Obama insists that the central campaign issue is ‘how we build an economy that works for everybody’, White House aides, speaking to the New Yorker in a lengthy article about Obama’s plans for a second term, stressed other themes. Officials insist that they are not taking Obama’s re-election for granted. But Ryan Lizza, author of the article, revealed that Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former chief of staff, had told...
  • 50 yrs. of ocean warming attributed to man (Oh Noes!)

    06/13/2012 4:56:22 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 17 replies
    UPI.com ^ | June 11, 2012 | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    LIVERMORE, Calif., June 11 (UPI) -- Human activity has been the primary cause of global ocean warming during the past 50 years, a team of U.S. and international researchers says. Scientists say the observed ocean warming in the last 50 years is consistent with climate models only if the models include the effects of observed increases in greenhouse gas during the 20th century. "We have taken a closer look at factors that influence these results," lead author Peter Gleckler at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California said. "The bottom line is that this study substantially strengthens the conclusion that...
  • Bank of America to Spend $50 Billion Fighting Global Warming; Got $45 Billion from Bailout

    06/13/2012 4:44:19 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 23 replies
    Brietbart ^ | June 12, 2012 | Wynton Hall
    On Monday, Bank of America announced it plans to provide $50 billion in loans and financing over the next ten years for "environmentally friendly energy projects."
  • Mitt Romney worked to combat climate change as governor (He turned to John Holdren for advice?

    06/13/2012 8:55:50 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 45 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 6/13/2012 | Neela Banerjee
    During his first 18 months as governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney spent considerable time hammering out a sweeping climate change plan to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions... Before doing an about-face toward the end of his term as he began to prepare for his first run for president, Romney pushed to close coal-fired plants, encourage the development of renewable energy and contain sprawl - steps similar to some President Obama has taken. Indeed, one of Romney's top environmental staffers, Gina McCarthy, now runs the air pollution unit of the EPA under Obama. John Holdren, a scientist Romney turned to...
  • Obama believes the most important issue of second term is 'climate change'

    06/11/2012 10:49:11 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 11, 2012 | Ed Lasky
    President Obama is quoted in a New Yorker column by hooked-in journalist Ryan Lizza as believing the most important issue to address in his second term would be climate change "Obama has an ambitious second-term agenda, which, at least in broad ways, his campaign is beginning to highlight. The President has said that the most important policy he could address in his second term is climate change (italics mine), one of the few issues that he thinks could fundamentally improve the world decades from now. He also is concerned with containing nuclear proliferation."
  • Germany’s Green Energy Policy Hit Households Hard

    06/11/2012 7:05:15 AM PDT · by Twotone · 35 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 10, 2012 | Jack Dini
    Many people in Germany are no longer able to pay their electricity bills. Skyrocketing electricity prices are making electricity unaffordable for a large number of Germans. The past year over 600,000 households had their power switched off in Germany because they can’t afford the skyrocketing electric bills.(1)
  • A Big Picture Look At “Earth’s Temperature” – Peter Gleick Edition

    06/10/2012 7:57:52 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    watts up with That? ^ | June 10, 2012 | justthefactswuwt
    By WUWT regular “Just The Facts”I recently came across a January 21st, 2012 Peter Gleick article 2011 Climate Change in Pictures and Data: Just the Facts, which appears to mimic the format and approach of my January 1st, 2012 article A Big Picture Look At “Earth’s Temperature”.What I find particularly amusing about Peter’s article is that a week after noting that, “Lost in this verbal debate are often the simple facts and data of climate change and the immense and definitive global observations of the ways in which our climate is actually changing around us.” Peter Gleick was perpetrating Fakegate. Why,...
  • Cold snap to slow winter veg production [Australia]

    06/10/2012 8:51:11 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 6 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Commission ^ | 30 May 2012 | By Jennifer Huxley
    A north Queensland agricultural group says the recent cold snap will delay the winter vegetable season by almost two weeks. Weather bureau figures show maximum temperatures for the region over the past four days have been about eight degrees Celsius below average and there has been significant rain. Bowen Gulmu Growers Association spokesman Carl Walker says it could have a positive effect on prices. "A bit of rain, a bit of cold, a bit of wind - they won't grow quite as quick and it will slow down production," he said. "It is probably a good thing because down south...
  • Australasia has hottest 60 years in a millennium, scientists find ( tree ring data lies)

    06/10/2012 7:06:22 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Thursday 17 May 2012 02.52 EDT | Alison Rourke in Sydney
    Study of tree rings, corals and ice cores finds unnatural spike in temperatures that lines up with manmade climate changeThe last 60 years have been the hottest in Australasia for a millennium and cannot be explained by natural causes, according to a new report by scientists that supports the case for a reduction in manmade carbon emissions.
  • Jo Nova chronicles the snapping of the Gergis hockey stick (More AGW - from Tree Ring Data)

    06/10/2012 6:50:36 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    watts Up With That? ^ | June 9, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Note: I’m reposting this excellent essay from Jo Nova to give it a wide as an audience as possible. Be sure to bookmark her site if you have not already. – Anthony 300,000 dollars and three years to produce a paper that lasted three weeks: Gergis The paper might have been scientifically invalid, but it was a box-office success. The headlines were everywhere“1000 years of climate data confirms Australia’s warming” said the press release from University of Melbourne. It was picked up by The Guardian: “Australasia has hottest 60 years in a millennium, scientists find”; The Age and The Australian...
  • 300,000 dollars and three years to produce a paper that lasted three weeks: (More AGW Propaganda)

    06/10/2012 6:19:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    JoNova ^ | June 10th, 2012
    The paper might have been scientifically invalid, but it was a box-office success.The headlines were everywhere“1000 years of climate data confirms Australia’s warming” said the press release from University of Melbourne. It  was picked up by  The Guardian: “Australasia has hottest 60 years in a millennium, scientists find”; The Age and  The Australian led with “Warming since 1950 ‘unprecedented’. The story was on ABC 24  and ABC news where Gergis proclaimed:” there are no other warm periods in the last 1000 years that match the warming experienced in Australasia since 1950.” It was all over the ABC including ABC Radio...
  • Arctic discovery: Massive algae bloom raises crucial (Global Warming) questions

    06/09/2012 4:21:59 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 48 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 8, 2012 | Amy Hubbard
    NASA has revealed its discovery of a massive algae bloom under the slowly diminishing Arctic ice -- a finding that made scientists' eyes pop. But does this never-before-seen phenomenon change the fate of this microscopic algae? Not long ago, this crucial plant life -- which produces much of the world's oxygen -- was reported in a century-long tailspin. Here's the back story. The same year that NASA researchers launched the Icescape expedition to the Arctic -- the project that resulted in NASA's astounding new discovery -- there was a dire report on the world's phytoplankton. A Canadian team said...
  • The World as We Know It Is About to End, Say Some Really Frightened Scientists

    06/08/2012 7:16:05 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 118 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Jun 7, 2012 | Alexander Abad-Santos
    A new study by 22 biologists and ecologists has found that environmental changes on our planet are reaching a point of no return that leads to mass extinctions and harms human welfare. The situation, said one scientist, “scares the hell out of me.” That would be James H. Brown, one of the authors of alarming paper published by Nature, talking to New York Times Green blogger Justin Gillis. Brown is not one of your everyday cranks predicting raptures and the end of days. He is a macroecologist at the University of New Mexico. And as The Atlantic's James Fallows, who...
  • Warming nears point of no return, scientists say ( .. and then We'RE REallY ReallY DooMeD!!)

    06/07/2012 7:46:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 6/7/12 | David Perlman
    The Earth is reaching a "tipping point" in climate change that will lead to increasingly rapid and irreversible destruction of the global environment unless its forces are controlled by concerted international action, an international group of scientists warns. Unchecked population growth, the disappearance of critical plant and animal species, the over-exploitation of energy resources, and the rapidly warming climate are all combining to bring mounting pressure on the Earth's environmental health, they say. Scientists from five nations, led by UC Berkeley biologist Anthony Barnosky, report their analysis Thursday in the journal Nature. They likened the potential impact of the forces...
  • Climate engineering to 'cure' global warming could turn sunny blue skies WHITE

    06/07/2012 2:54:36 PM PDT · by Teflonic · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/6/12 | Rob Waugh
    Aerosol spray into upper atmosphere could reflect light away from Earth Scattering of red particles around Earth could 'wash' sky white Effect visible everywhere on Earth Most intense outside towns The sky could turn from a reassuring blue to a blank white if scientists are forced to take drastic action to tackle global warming, experts have claimed. By injecting aerosols which scatter light into the atmosphere we could reflect more sun away from Earth and cool the planet. But the knock-on effect would be the scattering of red particles around the atmosphere that wash out the blue. The result would...
  • GREEN Cola Gasification Plant Celebrates 25 years of operation.

    06/07/2012 7:24:42 AM PDT · by Young Werther · 13 replies
    Dakota Natural Gas webpage ^ | May 4, 2011 | Daryl Hill
    Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin Electric), through its for-profit subsidiary, Dakota Gasification Company (Dakota Gas), owns and operates the Great Plains Synfuels Plant (Synfuels Plant). The Synfuels Plant is the only commercial-scale coal gasification plant in the United States that manufactures natural gas. It is also the cleanest energy plant operating in the state of North Dakota, according to a comparison of emissions data available from the North Dakota Department of Health
  • Thermodynamics of Global Warming

    06/06/2012 12:23:55 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 6, 2012 | Jerome J. Schmitt
    What percentage change in global mean temperature (GMT) has occurred since the Industrial Revolution began? This can be calculated only by using an absolute temperature scale. Answer = +0.3%. Can this be so alarming to Al Gore? Indeed, the Kelvin absolute scale for temperature is one of only seven basic units of measure recognized in the International System of Units. Temperature measures the heat content of a substance -- a simple linear relation so long as the zero of the temperature scale is properly placed. Heat itself is a form of energy measured in joules, calories, or BTUs. The thermodynamic...
  • NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center caught cooling the past

    06/06/2012 6:54:25 PM PDT · by Rocky · 15 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | June 6, 2012 | Christopher C. Burt
    Jeff Masters and I recently received an interesting email from Ken Towe who has been researching the NCDC historical temperature database and came across what appeared to be some startling inconsistencies. Namely that the average state temperature records used in the current trends analysis by the NCDC (National Climate Data Center) do not reflect the actual published records of such as they appeared in the Monthly Weather Reviews and Climatological Data Summaries of years past. Here is why. ------------------------------------------- Yet as we have seen time and time again, with the exception of a -0.05°C cooling applied for UHI (which is...
  • Pacific Institute reinstates Peter Gleick (see link for full title)

    06/06/2012 6:35:12 PM PDT · by Rocky · 2 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | June 6, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    The Pacific Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Peter Gleick back to his position as president of the Institute. An independent review conducted by outside counsel on behalf of the Institute has supported what Dr. Gleick has stated publicly regarding his interaction with the Heartland Institute. This independent investigation has further confirmed and the Pacific Institute is satisfied that none of its staff knew of or was involved in any way.