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  • Global warming 'hiatus' puts climate change scientists on the spot

    09/23/2013 6:37:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 22, 2013, 9:14 p.m | Monte Morin
    Since just before the start of the 21st century, the Earth's average global surface temperature has failed to rise despite soaring levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases and years of dire warnings from environmental advocates. Now, as scientists with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change gather in Sweden this week to approve portions of the IPCC's fifth assessment report, they are finding themselves pressured to explain this glaring discrepancy. ... A draft summary that was leaked to the media reported that scientists were "95% confident" that human activity was responsible for more than half of the increase in average global surface...
  • Unclean at Any Speed, Electric cars don’t solve the automobile’s environmental problems

    07/02/2013 12:10:48 PM PDT · by thackney · 32 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | 30 Jun 2013 | Ozzie Zehner
    Last summer, California highway police pulled over pop star Justin Bieber as he sped through Los Angeles in an attempt to shake the paparazzi. He was driving a hybrid electric car—not just any hybrid, mind you, but a chrome-plated Fisker Karma, a US $100 000 plug-in hybrid sports sedan he’d received as an 18th-birthday gift from his manager, Scooter Braun, and fellow singer Usher. During an on-camera surprise presentation, Braun remarked, “We wanted to make sure, since you love cars, that when you are on the road you are always looking environmentally friendly, and we decided to get you a...
  • Government Steering Americans Toward a Tele-Work, Tele-Shop, Mass-Transit Future

    03/15/2013 5:13:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 15, 2013 | Susan Jones
    The Obama administration envisions a “low-carbon, low-petroleum” future where Americans tele-work, tele-shop, walk, bike and use carpools or mass transit if they must leave the neighborhood at all. A study released Friday says the U.S. has the potential to reduce petroleum use and pollution in the transportation sector by more than 80 percent by 2050. In other words, gasoline-powered cars may go the way of the dinosaur, and many Americans may end up living in planned, mixed-use, “walkable” neighborhoods, built along mass transit lines. … Higher densities (more people living in the same area in smaller homes), a mix of...
  • Goldman Sachs Made 400 Million Betting On Food Prices In 2012 While Hundreds Of Millions Starved

    01/27/2013 6:18:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    TEC ^ | 01/25/2013 | Michael Snyder
    Why does it seem like wherever there is human suffering, some giant bank is making money off of it? According to a new report from the World Development Movement, Goldman Sachs made about 400 million dollars betting on food prices last year. Overall, 2012 was quite a banner year for Goldman Sachs. As I reported in a previous article, revenues for Goldman increased by about 30 percent in 2012 and the price of Goldman stock has risen by more than 40 percent over the past 12 months. It is estimated that the average banker at Goldman brought in a...
  • New Coal Technology Harnesses Energy Without Burning, Nears Pilot-Scale Development

    02/06/2013 6:25:52 PM PST · by neverdem · 43 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Feb. 6, 2013 | NA
    COLUMBUS, Ohio—A new form of clean coal technology reached an important milestone recently, with the successful operation of a research-scale combustion system at Ohio State University. The technology is now ready for testing at a larger scale. For 203 continuous hours, the Ohio State combustion unit produced heat from coal while capturing 99 percent of the carbon dioxide produced in the reaction. Liang-Shih Fan, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and director of Ohio State’s Clean Coal Research Laboratory, pioneered the technology called Coal-Direct Chemical Looping (CDCL), which chemically harnesses coal’s energy and efficiently contains the carbon dioxide produced before...
  • Wanted: Buyer for controversial Cape Wind energy

    12/19/2010 7:14:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    Associated Press, On ^ | Sunday December 19, 2010, 8:23 pm EST | Jay Lindsay,
    Cape Wind has outlasted a decade of government review, a slew of court brawls and fierce opposition from mariners, fishermen, Indian tribes and Kennedys just to win the right to sell its wind-fueled electricity. Now, all it needs are customers.
  • It's Time To Pardon Carbon -- CO-2's bad rep is undeserved.

    11/10/2010 10:12:58 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10.28.10, 12:00 PM EDT | Larry Bell,
    It's high time we recognize that carbon dioxide has been treated unfairly. Not only have the good deeds of that wonderful molecule so essential to rain forests, begonias and plants that feed God's creatures been ignored, it has even come to be demonized as an endangering pollutant and climate-ravaging menace. What real evidence has been offered up to support these defamatory charges? Absolutely none. Take the EPA's CO-2 endangerment finding, for example. Shrouded under the ever- expanding blanket of the Clean Air Act, it is being applied to validate an unprecedented regulatory takeover of carbon-emitting energy and construction industry permitting....
  • If Al Gore’s Chicago Climate Exchange Suffers Total Failure, Does the MSM Make a Sound?

    11/06/2010 6:03:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 6, 2010 | Steve Miloy
    The CCX was the topic of thousands of MSM articles over the years, but not a single article reported their recent demise. Hmmm. Global warming-inspired cap and trade has been one of the most stridently debated public policy controversies of the past 15 years. But it is dying a quiet death. In a little reported move, the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) announced on Oct. 21 that it will be ending carbon trading — the only purpose for which it was founded — this year.Although the trading in carbon emissions credits was voluntary, the CCX was intended to be the hub...
  • Disputing The Skeptical Environmentalist

    10/29/2010 5:14:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 29, 2010 | WILLIE SOON, ROBERT CARTER AND DAVID LAGATES
    This is a response to "Why Can't We Innovate Our Way To A Carbon-Free Energy Future?", a "Perspective" by Bjorn Lomborg that ran in this space a week ago. Bjorn Lomborg, author of "The Skeptical Environmentalist" and "Cool It," is right about the need to focus on critical health and economic priorities. But he is wrong about human carbon dioxide emissions causing what is now being called "global climate disruption." By demonizing the gas of life, in league with Al Gore and Bill Gates, Lomborg commits several serious scientific errors. As independent scientists, with broad training in mathematics, physics, chemistry,...
  • A Bad Bet on Carbon (carbon capture and sequestration)

    05/23/2010 12:06:17 AM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies · 897+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 12, 2010 | ROBERT BRYCE
    ON Wednesday, John Kerry and Joseph Lieberman introduced their long-awaited Senate energy bill, which includes incentives of $2 billion per year for carbon capture and sequestration, the technology that removes carbon dioxide from the smokestack at power plants and forces it into underground storage. This significant allocation would come on top of the $2.4 billion for carbon capture projects that appeared in last year’s stimulus package. That’s a lot of money for a technology whose adoption faces three potentially insurmountable hurdles: it greatly reduces the output of power plants; pipeline capacity to move the newly captured carbon dioxide is woefully...
  • Carbon rises 800 years after temperatures

    12/13/2009 9:29:37 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies · 1,549+ views
    JoNova ^ | December 14th, 2009 | Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center
    Ice cores reveal that CO2 levels rise and fall hundreds of years after temperatures changeIn 1985, ice cores extracted from Greenland revealed temperatures and CO2 levels going back 150,000 years. Temperature and CO2 seemed locked together. It was a turning point—the “greenhouse effect” captured attention. But in 1999 it became clear carbon rose and fell after temperatures did. By 2003 we had better data showing the lag was 800 ± 200 years. CO2 was in the back seat.AGW replies: There is roughly an 800-year lag. But even if CO2 doesn’t start the warming trend, it amplifies it.Skeptics say: If CO2...
  • Scientist says CO2 ‘good for planet’

    09/21/2009 9:12:15 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 73 replies · 2,320+ views ^ | Sept 22, 2009 | By Kristen Inbody
    There’s good news on the global climate change front: All that carbon dioxide blamed for global warming is actually good for our planet, says Cody scientist and writer Leighton Steward. “The earth’s atmosphere needs more carbon dioxide,” he said at a recent Rotary Club meeting. “That ought to get everyone’s attention.” The CO2 level now is about 385 parts per million. It’s been as high as 7,000 during the earth’s history. * “Climate is always changing,” he said. “You should never expect climate at an equilibrium, and history shows it’s not.” More CO2 means better crops and forests, Steward says,...
  • Climate summit flop feared

    08/20/2009 10:41:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies · 1,013+ views
    CPHPOST ^ | , 19 August 2009
    Hotel reservation cancellations spark failure fears for the upcoming climate conference in Copenhagen The Foreign Ministry has cancelled 20,000 overnight hotel reservations meant for people attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in December. The move is expected to cost the hotel industry about 40 million kroner in lost revenue, calculated by each night in a hotel room costing about 2,000 kroner, reports Reservations in a number of hotels across Zealand and parts of Skåne in southern Sweden have been cut from 120,000 to 100,000 overnight stays. The two-week conference in December is expected to attract between 12,000 and...
  • Senators slam climate bill

    08/20/2009 12:02:27 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies · 1,474+ views
    Star-Tribune ^ | August 20, 2009 | DUSTIN BLEIZEFFER
    congressional leaders from carbon-intensive states such as Wyoming remain adamantly opposed to the Waxman-Markey bill, insisting the real costs of curbing greenhouse gas emissions would further bankrupt the nation. “There’s nothing good about it,” said U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo. “I’m going to do everything to make sure it doesn’t pass.” U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said the bill is “the biggest hidden tax in America.” “It’s a Ponzi scheme because we’re just going to print certificates for CO2 and not take care of any CO2,” Enzi said. “It’s just another way to make money.” The U.S. House in June...
  • Four Democratic senators want to delay cap and trade bill (Obama and Pelosi running out of fuel)

    08/16/2009 12:55:58 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 94 replies · 7,362+ views
    dallas examiner ^ | 8/16/2009 | KJ Collins
    Four Democratic senators want to put off the proposed cap & trade legislation. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad both of North Dakota are urging the Senate to delay legislation that puts caps on greenhouse gas emissions and instead, pass a narrow bill that sets requirements on the use of renewable energy. Senators Lincoln and Dorgan are up for re-election in 2010 and are from states that would be hurt economically from a cap and trade bill similar to the one passed by the House in June. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid...
  • Cap-And-Trade: Bridge to Economic Disaster?

    07/14/2009 10:17:58 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 11 replies · 3,073+ views
    CNBC ^ | 7/14/2009 | Staff
    Outgoing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called President Obama's approval of cap-and-trade legislation to counter global warming "an enormous threat to our economy" in a Washington Post op-ed piece Tuesday morning. AP Sarah Palin -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Stephen Moore of The Wall Street Journal agrees with Palin, calling the program the "India and China Redevelopment Act" because all of the related jobs in the United States are going to move there. Moore also referred to the legislation as a "war against the Midwest" because many Midwestern states rely heavily on coal for utilities, and utility rates are bound to increase in those states....
  • Stop the CO2 Madness!

    02/22/2009 7:45:39 PM PST · by Delacon · 20 replies · 789+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | February 22, 2009 | Alan Caruba
    When The New York Times publishes a story, as it did on February 19, regarding the next step in the Obama administration’s intention to destroy the U.S. economy, it’s a very good idea to pay attention. “E.P.A. Expected to Regulate Carbon Dioxide” was the headline of John M. Broder’s article. “The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to act for the first time to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that scientists blame for the warming of the planet, according to top Obama administration officials.” Those “top Obama administration officials” are unnamed and so too are the “scientists” claiming that...
  • E.P.A. Expected to Regulate Carbon Dioxide

    02/18/2009 8:59:09 PM PST · by phatus maximus · 58 replies · 1,271+ views
    NY Times ^ | 2/18/2009 | John M. Broder
    WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to act for the first time to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that scientists blame for the warming of the planet, according to top Obama administration officials. The decision, which most likely would play out in stages over a period of months, would have a profound impact on transportation, manufacturing costs and how utilities generate power. It could accelerate the progress of energy and climate change legislation in Congress and form a basis for the United States’ negotiating position at United Nations climate talks set for December in Copenhagen. The...