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  • 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...
  • How fracking reduces greenhouse gases

    04/11/2016 8:02:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 04/11/2016 | Stephen Moore
    The Department of Energy published data last week with some amazing revelations — so amazing that most Americans will find them hard to believe. As a nation, the United States reduced its carbon emissions by 2 percent from last year. Over the past 14 years our carbon emissions are down more than 10 percent. On a per unit of GDP basis, U.S. carbon emissions are down by closer to 20 percent. Even more stunning: we've reduced our carbon emissions more than virtually any other nation in the world, including most of Europe (see chart). How can this be? We never...
  • “Carbon Pollution” Claptrap

    03/19/2016 9:55:35 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/19/16 | Dr. Klaus Kaiser
    So-called "greenhouse gas effect" of CO2 does not exist at all! When will the governments (and their all too numerous “useful idiots” of the media) state the unadulterated truth to the people? Carbon (like in wood, coal, oil, natural gas) is an energy source—not a “pollutant” Presumably, any government has the right to levy a tax on anything they want. In that sense, a tax on “carbon” or any energy source would be no different than a tax on food or clothing; it’s all coming out of your pocket. However, the right to levy taxes does not give government a...
  • Major NYC hotels pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions

    12/28/2015 2:12:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 28, 2015 4:29 PM EST | Jonathan Lemire
    More than a dozen of New York City's most famed hotels are pledging to get greener. The Waldorf-Astoria New York, the Lotte New York Palace, the Pierre-A Taj Hotel and the Crowne Plaza Times Square are among the 16 city hotels - all currently thronged with tourists visiting New York for the holidays - whose owners have agreed to cut greenhouse gases from their buildings by 30 percent or more in the next decade. ...
  • Promised Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cuts: A Useless Gesture

    11/12/2015 9:39:39 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies
    investors.com ^ | 11/11/2015 | unknown
    Environment: What would happen if every country taking part in the United Nations climate summit in Paris later this month cut its greenhouse gas emissions as they have pledged? The short — and long — answer is: nothing. The goal of the Paris talks is "to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below" 2 degrees Celsius, or 36 Fahrenheit. To reach this, countries have submitted their "intended nationally determined contributions," which outline how much they pledge to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S., for example, promises that by 2025...
  • UN report (quietly) raises ceiling for greenhouse gas pollution

    11/06/2015 2:36:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/6/15 | Karl Ritter - AP
    STOCKHOLM (AP) - The U.N.'s environmental authority has quietly raised its assessment of the level at which global greenhouse gas emissions must peak to avoid dangerous climate change, as governments seek a new accord to fight global warming. In its first four annual emissions reports in 2010-2013, the United Nations Environment Program said emissions must not exceed 44 billion tons in 2020 for the world to limit global warming to 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F).
  • Laughing Gas

    10/08/2015 5:17:04 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 31 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/08/15 | Dr. Klaus Kaiser
    Newest menace to the globe: Laughing Gas Some dentists use Laughing Gas for its analgesic effects instead of local anaesthetics. It’s supposed to prevent pain when they get close to your nerves. I’ve never had the pleasure of such a treatment and my dentist prefers the modern “slight discomfort” version of the poke and needle variety. Of course, that’s miles ahead of the procedure I experienced in my early years when the dentist appeared to use a hammer drill to lay bare the live nerves of my teeth—without any analgesic at all. But I’m getting sidetracked. This post is about...
  • Perth electrical engineer’s discovery will change climate change debate

    10/06/2015 10:54:05 AM PDT · by Sgt_Schultze · 91 replies
    Joanne Nova ^ | 4 Oct 2015 | Miranda Devine
    A MATHEMATICAL discovery by Perth-based electrical engineer Dr David Evans may change everything about the climate debate, on the eve of the UN climate change conference in Paris next month. A former climate modeller for the Government’s Australian Greenhouse Office, with six degrees in applied mathematics, Dr Evans has unpacked the architecture of the basic climate model which underpins all climate science. He has found that, while the underlying physics of the model is correct, it had been applied incorrectly. He has fixed two errors and the new corrected model finds the climate’s sensitivity to carbon dioxide (CO2) is much...
  • 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...
  • Obama targets fracking as EPA pushes for methane cuts for oil and gas industry

    08/18/2015 6:25:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 08/18/2015
    WASHINGTON – U.S. authorities on Tuesday proposed the first-ever federal regulations to cut the potent greenhouse gas methane by limiting emissions from the oil and gas industry. The four-part proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency is part of President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan, aimed at reducing pollution that is hastening human-caused climate change. However, the suggested changes will not, on their own, get the United States to its goal of cutting methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025, officials said. “We do project that our proposal will achieve...
  • Earth's oceans found to be a much greater source of greenhouse gas than previously believed

    06/08/2015 4:49:55 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 50 replies
    GizMag ^ | 06/08/2015 | Anthony Ward
    A new study by MIT has revealed that the quantities of nitrous oxide (N2O), otherwise known as laughing gas, being released by the world's oceans has been dramatically underestimated. Heightened levels of N2O have the potential to seriously influence the health of our planet's ozone layer, as the gas is around 300 times more potent than the more prevalent menace of carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan offers solution to global warming

    05/08/2015 12:25:13 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/6/15 | Fox News
    Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has a solution for global warming: Eat bugs. In an interview with The Guardian, Annan called the global livestock industry "a major threat to the climate" and suggested insects as an alternative protein source to meat. "Eating insects is good for the environment and balanced diets," he said. Annan told The Guardian that the growing population and middle class are making it more difficult to meet meat demands. "It represents 14.5 percent of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations," he said.
  • Lukewarm About Climate Change

    02/05/2015 1:11:43 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/05/15 | Alan Caruba
    The real issue for Americans is an Obama administration that is imposing regulations based on the utterly false assertion that greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced because of global warming “In short, climate change is not worse than we thought,” wrote Bjorn Lomborg in a recent issue of The Wall Street Journal. He is best known as the author of “The Skeptical Environmentalist” and his skepticism is welcome, but insufficient. First of all, climate change is a very long-term process and always has been. The climate takes decades and centuries to change, largely based on well-known warming and cooling cycles....
  • Monster Methane Cloud Hovers Over Western U.S.

    12/31/2014 2:47:37 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 142 replies
    U.S.Sputnik News ^ | 12-30-14 | Raisa Camargo
    Scientists are beginning to question the ramifications of a giant Delaware-sized methane hot spot high up in the air. The “giant plume” is the largest collection of greenhouse gas in the air above the U.S. and is likely the result of natural gas leaks. It’s located over a stretch of desert in Southeast New Mexico, and NASA scientists have studied the methane cloud as a potent climate changer for the past three years. When it first appeared, scientists questioned its existence. “We couldn’t be sure that the signal was real,” NASA researcher Christian Frankenberg told the Washington Post. But NASA...
  • A Coal Plant That Buries Its Greenhouse Gases

    12/12/2014 5:14:05 AM PST · by thackney · 40 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 12/11/2014 | Peter Fairley
    Boundary dam, a power plant in Estevan, Saskatchewan, is the first commercial coal-fired plant to capture carbon dioxide from its emissions, compress the gas, and bury it underground. The plant demonstrates that so-called carbon capture and storage (CCS) can work at a large scale—a crucial achievement given that CCS could play a significant role worldwide in reducing the greenhouse-gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Right now only two other CCS power-plant projects are under construction, both of them in the United States. That’s because CCS carries a hefty price tag: SaskPower invested $1 billion to equip one of the...
  • Anti-Coal Policies Causing Florida Electricity Rate Hikes

    09/20/2014 6:04:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | August 26, 2014 | James Taylor
    Duke Energy seeks nearly $2 million in Florida electricity rate hikes to pay for a new power plant made necessary by environmental restrictions. The electricity rate hikes became necessary as environmental restrictions force the closing of two coal power plants providing Floridians with inexpensive electricity. ... Aided by $10 million in campaign spending by billionaire liberal activist Tom Steyer, the Charlie Crist campaign is hammering Gov. Rick Scott for not imposing still more stringent power plant restrictions, above and beyond those imposed by the federal government. Steyer and Crist say Florida should impose state-specific power plant restrictions that would close...
  • Helping People in “Coal Country” as the Nation Divests from Carbon

    10/03/2014 6:56:47 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 18 replies
    NPQ ^ | 10-3-2014 | RICK COHEN
    In the wake of increasingly successful divestment actions aimed at carbon-producing industries, coal has turned into the new tobacco. While even natural gas mining has its vocal supporters despite the dangers of fracking, the supporters of coal are shrinking as the “clean coal” touted by candidates of both political parties looks more and more like an oxymoron. But what about the people who live in coal country? What is happening to them as the institutional investors withdraw their assets from the companies topping the Carbon 200 list? As institutional investors including foundations pull their assets out of coal, are foundations...
  • 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...
  • Greenhouse gas levels rising at fastest rate since 1984 (according to new WMO figures)

    09/08/2014 7:17:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/8/14 | Matt McGrath
    A surge in atmospheric CO2 saw levels of greenhouse gases reach record levels in 2013, according to new figures. Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere between 2012 and 2013 grew at their fastest rate since 1984. The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says that it highlights the need for a global climate treaty. But the UK's energy secretary Ed Davey said that any such agreement might not contain legally binding emissions cuts, as has been previously envisaged. The WMO's annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin doesn't measure emissions from power station smokestacks but instead records how much of the warming gases remain...
  • EPA Employees Told to Stop Pooping in the Hallway

    06/25/2014 2:28:39 PM PDT · by markomalley · 49 replies
    Government Executive ^ | 6/25/2014 | Eric Katz
    Environmental Protection Agency workers have done some odd things recently. Contractors built secret man caves in an EPA warehouse, an employee pretended to work for the CIA to get unlimited vacations and one worker even spent most of his time on the clock looking at pornography. It appears, however, that a regional office has reached a new low: Management for Region 8 in Denver, Colo., wrote an email earlier this year to all staff in the area pleading with them to stop inappropriate bathroom behavior, including defecating in the hallway. In the email, obtained by Government Executive, Deputy Regional Administrator...
  • Divided Supreme Court strikes down part of EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations for stationary sources

    06/23/2014 9:07:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 06/23/2014 | By Michael Lindenberger
    The EPA cannot require that power plants and other facilities seek building or operating permits based solely on the fact of their greenhouse gas emissions, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today. But it ruled 7-2 that any plant (or other stationary source) that already emits impermissibly high levels of other, traditional pollutants can be required to also obtain permits related to greenhouse gas emissions. The ruling does not affect President Obama’s latest proposed rules for greenhouse gas emissions that would require states to reduce their total emissions by 30 percent. Those rules are still in draft form and are subject...
  • How Much Energy Will the 2014 World Cup Consume?

    06/12/2014 6:11:55 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 6 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 12/06/2014 | Nick Cunningham
    Along with 3 billion other viewers around the world, I plan to tune in for the month-long World Cup to see whether the 22-year old Neymar can withstand the colossal pressure that has been put upon his shoulders to deliver a win for team Brazil. Every time I turn on my television set, I’m using World Cup-related energy. And that’s just the start. Flying in teams, trainers, equipment, World Cup personnel and the estimated 500,000-plus fans will use enormous volumes of jet fuel. Full article: http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/How-Much-Energy-Will-the-2014-World-Cup-Consume.html
  • China cites Australia in carbon market baulk [considers environment tax - easier]

    03/15/2014 11:58:06 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Business Spectator ^ | March 13, 2014
    .................Premier Li Keqiang last week declared war on pollution, which is expected to speed up the process of turning China's limited environmental levy into a full-blown tax targeting the nation's major polluters. But the all-out efforts to combat China's disastrous pollution levels might get in the way of plans to tax carbon dioxide emissions in a bid to stunt the rapid growth of greenhouse gas emissions, Zhu Guangyao, the vice environment minister, said...... A carbon tax is increasingly controversial among lawmakers, said Zhu, adding that an environment tax would be easier to push through without carbon in the mix. The...
  • Climate Parasites: The Answer to 'Climate Change Deniers'

    02/19/2014 10:56:46 AM PST · by Winged Hussar · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/19/14 | William Levinson
    It is a basic principle of psychological warfare that the side that controls the language of the argument controls the argument. Barack Obama's own website is using this PsyWar technique by calling opponents of his cap and trade agenda "climate change deniers." He has also used the financial resources of the federal government, such as whitehouse.gov, to marginalize everybody who doesn't agree with him as a climate change denier. Democrats Sheldon Whitehouse, Harry Reid, and Peter DeFazio also have followed Joseph Goebbels's advice to the effect that if you tell a big lie vigorously and often enough, people will believe...
  • The Ethanol Debacle

    09/13/2013 1:49:26 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 45 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 9--13-13 | Alan Caruba
    The government mandated blend of ethanol in every gallon of gasoline is a full-fledged disaster and neither Congress, nor the Environmental Protection Agency shows any indication of either repealing or abandoning it. A recent Wall Street Journal editorial said, “A strong candidate for the most expensive policy blunder of recent years would have to be the mandate to blend corn ethanol and other biofuels into the nation’s gasoline supply. Last month even the Environmental Protection Agency essentially acknowledged that the program is increasingly unworkable and costly to consumers. The EPA just won’t do much to fix it.” Some future historian...
  • EPA likely to delay climate rules for new power plants

    03/15/2013 1:32:08 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 15, 2013 | By Juliet Eilperin
    The Obama administration is leaning toward revising its landmark proposal to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants, according to several individuals briefed on the matter, a move that would delay tougher restrictions and could anger many environmentalists. The discussions center on the first-ever greenhouse gas regulations for power plants, which were proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency nearly a year ago. Rewriting the proposal would significantly delay any action, and might allow the agency to set a separate standard for coal-fired power plants, which are roughly twice as polluting as those fueled by natural gas. While the move...
  • Study: Earthworms May Contribute to Global Warming [Invasion of the Worms]

    02/06/2013 7:26:28 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 36 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | 02/06/2013 | Michael Bastasch
    As environmentalists and politicians fret about man-made Global Warming, they may be ignoring another culprit: earthworms. According to a new study by an international team of researchers, earthworms could be contributing to global warming. The study looked at results from 237 separate experiments from published stories to explore earthworms’ role in affecting global warming. “Our results suggest that although earthworms are largely beneficial to soil fertility, they increase net soil greenhouse-gas emissions,” according to the study’s abstract. Worms affect how much carbon dioxide is produced in the soil and how much escapes into the atmosphere...
  • Global Warming Greenhouse Theory Disproved a Century Ago

    01/08/2013 1:10:25 PM PST · by kathsua · 15 replies
    Lawrence Journal World ^ | January 8, 2013 | Reasonmclucus
    The claim that carbon dioxide (CO2) can increase air temperatures by "trapping" infrared radiation (IR) ignores the fact that in 1909 physicist R.W. Wood disproved the popular 19th Century thesis that greenhouses stayed warm by trapping IR. Unfortunately, many people who claim to be scientists are unaware of Wood's experiment which was originally published in the Philosophical magazine , 1909, vol 17, p319-320. Philosophical Magazine might not sound like the name of a science publication, but a century ago leading scientists published their discoveries in it. During the early 19th Century many physicists supported the theory postulated by Benjamin Franklin...
  • Romans, Han Dynasty were greenhouse gas emitters: study

    10/03/2012 7:20:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/3/12 | Alister Doyle | Reuters
    OSLO (Reuters) - A 200-year period covering the heyday of both the Roman Empire and China's Han dynasty saw a big rise in greenhouse gases, according to a study that challenges the U.N. view that man-made climate change only began around 1800. A record of the atmosphere trapped in Greenland's ice found the level of heat-trapping methane rose about 2,000 years ago and stayed at that higher level for about two centuries. Methane was probably released during deforestation to clear land for farming and from the use of charcoal as fuel, for instance to smelt metal to make weapons, lead...
  • Coal: The Rock That Burns

    09/19/2012 12:12:47 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies
    The New American ^ | 03.07.12 | Ed Hiserodt
    “Load sixteen tons, and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt… ” — Tennessee Ernie Ford Coal is very low on the scale of subjects for ballads or charming folklore. Like Rodney Dangerfield, it just doesn’t get any respect. What does a naughty boy get in his Christmas stocking? A lump of coal. As a career, few brave souls outside Appalachia would have a goal in life of riding a rail car several miles — down several thousand feet below the surface — to attack the “face” of a coal seam. The thought terrifies me —...
  • When Will Obama Issue Greenhouse-Gas Rules?

    03/21/2012 5:05:08 AM PDT · by EBH · 26 replies · 1+ views
    National Journal ^ | 3/19/12 | Olga Belogolova
    Many Insiders contended that the White House, in weighing the political implications of issuing these rules, will “wait for a less turbulent political environment to move forward”—after the November election passes. “OMB is going to hold on to the [regulations] until after the election. No matter what the [regulations] say, they are going to send shock waves through the important Rust Belt states. To release [them] earlier would be a certain self-imposed wound,” one Insider said. Some Insiders maintained that Obama already handed a victory to his environmental base when he rejected a permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline...
  • California's Economic Suicide

    10/25/2011 4:24:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 25, 2011 | Editor
    The Weather: Regulations finalized by the California Air Resources Board establish the nation's first state-run cap-and-trade regime. Despite Solyndra, the state will gather solar panels while it may. The 262 pages of regulations implementing California's 2006 global warming legislation, Assembly Bill 32, approved by CARB last Thursday, will probably reduce employment more than it reduces emissions. The only thing it will cap is economic growth by bleeding a patient that is already hemorrhaging red ink. Signed into law in 2006 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the cap-and-trade regulations are intended to force California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels...
  • State air board approves 'historic' greenhouse gas rules (CARB - it puts a price on carbon)

    10/21/2011 9:29:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    Mercury news ^ | 10/20/11 | Mike Taugher - CoCo Times
    California became the first state to cap greenhouse gas emissions across its major industries Thursday when air regulators unanimously approved a plan to allow companies to sell pollution credits as a way to ratchet down heat-trapping gases. The state Air Resources Board took the action almost a year after a nearly identical plan was approved, then delayed by environmentalists who demanded the board consider taxing carbon as an alternative to the cap-and-trade strategy. By 2013, refineries, power plants and the rest of the state's top 600 industrial sources of greenhouse gases will have to cut emissions on average by 10...
  • EPA’s greenhouse gas science didn’t follow its own peer review procedure, Inspector General says

    09/28/2011 9:17:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/28/2011 | Tina Korbe
    The data process used to arrive at the administration’s determination that greenhouse gases endanger “the public health and welfare” violated the Environmental Protection Agency’s own peer review procedure, a new report from the EPA Office of the Inspector General reveals.Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, requested this report in April, asking that the OIG determine whether the EPA “followed key federal and Agency regulations and policies in developing and reviewing the technical data used to make and support its greenhouse gases endangerment finding.” Now, Inhofe is calling for a series of...
  • EPA to hire 230,000 new employees to handle "new" paper work from new Carbon Laws - Boortz

    09/28/2011 4:44:33 AM PDT · by Scythian · 22 replies
    I was listening to Neil Boortz last night and he was talking about this new Carbon EPA stuff. He said that the EPA was hiring, get this, 230,000 new employees whose sole responsibility was to process this new paper work. He said that it was going to cost (I think) 1.4 million jobs right out of the box and companies will have to fold, and that some powerplants that we desparate need will be shut down, electricity is going to go through the roof. C02, a natural occuring Gas, is now pollution. He did say that Hermain Cain said the...
  • New EPA regulations would require 230,000 new bureaucrats to administer (COST: $21 Billion!)

    09/26/2011 6:49:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/26/2011 | Tina Korbe
    The president has found a way to add jobs, after all — 230,000 of ‘em, all within the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s the number of new bureaucrats the federal government will need to hire to implement new proposed greenhouse gas regulations, according to a report by The Daily Caller: The Environmental Protection Agency has said new greenhouse gas regulations, as proposed, may be “absurd” in application and “impossible to administer” by its self-imposed 2016 deadline. But the agency is still asking for taxpayers to shoulder the burden of up to 230,000 new bureaucrats — at a cost of $21 billion...
  • The pathway to go after farming and fertilizers ( Anti-capitalists have a plan?)

    08/24/2011 11:00:58 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | August 22, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    Reading this, especially with the climate doom opening paragraph, I’m left with the idea that it will be used as a tool to limit modern farming practices by going after yield enhancing chemical fertilzers. …it might even be feasible to use the knowledge in order to prevent nitrous oxide from being released into the atmosphere, for example, by additives in fertilizers that preserve the functioning of N2O-reductase… From the Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyNature: How the N2O Greenhouse Gas Is DecomposedFor the First Time, Microbiologists Identified the Structure of the Bacterial Enzyme that Decomposes Nitrous Oxide and the Decomposition Mechanism The...
  • Japan Disaster Sparks Demand for Air-Conditioned Clothes

    08/03/2011 7:12:32 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 9 replies
    abc ^ | 8/2 | fujita
    As far as summer fashion goes, clothes with built-in electric fans leave a little something to be desired. But Hiroshi Ichigaya has managed to turn his breezy invention into the must-have item of the summer, thanks to sweltering temperatures and a power shortage stemming from the triple disasters that hit Japan in March. The founder of Kuchofuku, or "air-conditioned clothing" in Japanese, says sales for his clothes have increased 10-fold. Phones at his office haven't stopped ringing. "People ask me, why would I want to wear a jacket when it's so hot," Ichigaya, a former Sony engineer, said. "I tell...
  • Ten Years And Counting: Where’s The Global Warming?

    06/09/2011 1:45:35 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 28 replies
    Forbes ^ | Jun. 8 2011 | James Taylor (no, not THAT James Taylor)
    Global greenhouse gas emissions have risen even faster during the past decade than predicted by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other international agencies. According to alarmist groups, this proves global warming is much worse than previously feared. The increase in emissions “should shock even the most jaded negotiators” at international climate talks currently taking place in Bonn, Germany, the UK Guardian reports. But there’s only one problem with this storyline; global temperatures have not increased at all during the past decade. The evidence is powerful, straightforward, and damning. NASA satellite instruments precisely measuring global temperatures...
  • The EPA’s New Move - Is the NAT GAS Act an EPA Trojan horse?

    06/09/2011 11:02:10 AM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | June 9, 2011 | Phil Kerpen
    The EPA's New MoveIs the NAT GAS Act an EPA Trojan horse? The debate over the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act of 2011, or NAT GAS Act, has focused mostly on the question of whether the federal government should use hefty subsidies — $64,000 per truck — to interfere with the free-market allocation of resources. On that point, a surprisingly large number of Republicans are siding with their central-planning-advocate colleagues on the other side of the aisle. But why are so many Democrats enamored with big corporate-welfare giveaways to the natural-gas industry in the first place? The...
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pulls out of greenhouse gas effort

    05/26/2011 7:04:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    WaPo ^ | 5/27/11
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) announced Thursday that he would pull out of a regional climate pact by the end of the year, delivering a political setback to the fledging effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming. In a news conference, Christie said the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a 2005 accord in which 10 states agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants 10 percent by 2018, would not be able to meet its goals. The program requires plants in the region that burn fossil fuels to buy pollution allowances for the carbon they...
  • EPA: ‘Nothing to fear’ on climate regs

    04/26/2011 8:31:42 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 29 replies
    EPA: ‘Nothing to fear’ on climate regs By Andrew Restuccia - 04/26/11 10:43 AM ET Environmental Protection Administrator Lisa Jackson said Tuesday that the public has no reason to fear the agency’s pending climate regulations. “I believe there is nothing to fear from common-sense use of the Clean Air Act to begin to put this country in the direction of moving towards addressing our greenhouse gas emissions,” Jackson said during remarks at an energy conference in Washington. The EPA has begun phasing in greenhouse gas standards for new and modified power plants and refineries. The regulations have come under attack...
  • Bill to block EPA rules advances after spat on climate science

    03/15/2011 3:05:59 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 15, 2011 | Andrew Restuccia
    Republicans on a key House panel approved a bill Tuesday that would permanently block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. The legislation passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee in a 34-19 vote. The bill won the support of every Republican and three Democrats: Reps. Mike Ross (Ark.), Jim Matheson (Utah) and John Barrow (Ga.). It’s the latest step forward for the legislation, which would prohibit the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources such as power plants and refineries. The bill, authored by House Energy Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), is expected to come...
  • Dry lake reveals evidence of Southwestern ‘megadroughts’

    02/28/2011 5:16:59 PM PST · by decimon · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Los Alamos National Laboratory ^ | February 28, 2011 | Unknown
    Cooling trend could be on the way unless thwarted by greenhouse gassesLOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, February 28, 2011—There’s an old saying that if you don't like the weather in New Mexico, wait five minutes. Maybe it should be amended to 10,000 years, according to new research. In a letter published recently in the journal Nature, Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers and an international team of scientists report that the Southwest region of the United States undergoes "megadroughts"—warmer, more arid periods lasting hundreds of years or longer. More significantly, a portion of the research indicates that an ancient period of warming...
  • Bolivia blames capitalism (for climate change - UN needs to approve the rights of Mother Earth)

    12/10/2010 1:25:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies · 3+ views
    Daily News ^ | 12/11/10
    Bolivia blames capitalism Mexico: Bolivian President Evo Morales said capitalism was responsible for climate change in his speech at the Climate Change Summit Thursday and he insisted on the need for the developed countries to make new commitments to reduce their greenhouse effect gas emissions. “We are sometimes debating only the effects of global warming, and not the causes, and we should be responsible and debate those causes,” said the Bolivian President in the high level segment of the 16th Climatic Change Summit in Cancun. Morales recalled the responsibility of the Governments so that key decisions are adopted to face...
  • CA: State violated law in passing greenhouse gas plan (enacted rules w/o complete CEQA review)

    02/03/2011 5:42:11 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 2/3/11 | Wyatt Buchanan
    Sacramento -- The California Air Resources Board violated state environmental law in 2008 when it adopted a comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gases and again last year when it passed cap-and-trade regulations, a San Francisco Superior Court judge has ruled in a tentative decision. If the decision is made final, California would be barred from implementing its ambitious plan to combat global warming until it complies with portions of the California Environmental Quality Act, though it's not yet clear what the air board would have to do to be in compliance. The state's plan, which implements AB32, the Global Warming...
  • Hackers steal 2 million tonnes of EU carbon credits

    01/20/2011 10:43:56 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/20/11 | AFP
    BRUSSELS (AFP) – Hackers stole two million tonnes of polluting rights in a five-day raid this week on the European Union's carbon emissions trading system, an EU source said on Thursday. The volume of carbon credits stolen in online action, which a European Commission spokeswoman was "possibly concerted", represents just a fraction of global industrial greenhouse gas permits, but is potentially worth many millions of euros. The scale of the theft, which involved five unnamed EU states, was revealed a day after Brussels shut all 27 national trading registries for a week, citing inadequate online protection. Credits stolen just from...
  • Challenge to Longview coal terminal contends commissioners failed to properly analyze impacts

    12/29/2010 10:02:18 AM PST · by CedarDave · 8 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Astorian ^ | December 28, 2010 | Daily Astorian
    LONGVIEW, Wash. - A coalition of conservation and clean energy groups applauded the state's decision to intervene in their challenge to the permit for a coal export terminal in Longview. The state contends that the Cowlitz County commissioners did not go far enough in considering greenhouse gas emissions outside the immediate boundaries of the project before issuing the permit for construction of the massive coal export facility. "We are very pleased that the state is calling for full disclosure of the risks to Washington's environment posed by this coal export facility," said Jan Hasselman, an attorney for Earthjustice, who filed...
  • EPA To Require Power Plants and Refineries To Use Pollution-Reduction Technologies To Trim...

    12/27/2010 11:24:41 AM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    CNSNews ^ | December 27, 2010 | Edwin Mora
    Complete title: EPA To Require Power Plants and Refineries To Use Pollution-Reduction Technologies To Trim Greenhouse Gas Emissions (CNSNews.com) -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, it will decide which pollution-reduction technologies work best for power plants and refineries and will then set regulations over the next two years that require those industries to implement similar pollution-reduction technologies.However, the EPA acknowledged that it does not yet know how much greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced through its new regulatory plan. Also, the American Petroleum Institute criticized the EPA's action...
  • Obama to regulate carbon from power plants

    12/23/2010 9:03:08 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 139 replies · 5+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/23/10 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama's administration said Thursday it will regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, after legislation on climate change died in Congress. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it would regulate fossil fuel power plants and petroleum refineries -- which together emit nearly 40 percent of US greenhouse gases -- starting in 2012.