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  • EPA Strikes Again: This Would Be Funny If It Wasn’t True! (Guest Post)

    04/01/2014 11:15:58 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-01-14 | Warren Beatty
    We have to first assume that global warming, or climate change, or whatever it's called this week, is caused by us. That is a big assumption, one that Dear Leader Barack Hussein Obama embraces. Plus, as reinforcement, we have this Fact Sheet from Obama about methane gas as a contributor to global warming, I mean climate change, uh, I mean ... : ... last June, President Obama issued a broad-based Climate Action Plan, announcing a series of executive actions to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address global climate...
  • Extracting carbon from nature can aid climate but will be costly: U.N.

    03/26/2014 2:32:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/26/14 | Alister Doyle - Reuters
    OSLO (Reuters) - A little-known technology that may be able to take the equivalent of China's greenhouse gas emissions out of the carbon cycle could be the radical policy shift needed to slow climate change this century, a draft U.N. report shows. Using the technology, power plants would burn biomass - wood, wood pellets, or plant waste like from sugar cane - to generate electricity while the carbon dioxide in the biomass is extracted, piped away and buried deep underground. Among techniques, a chemical process can strip carbon dioxide from the flue gases from combustion. The process - called bio-energy...
  • Climate adaptation faces funding crisis warn UN officials [Carbon Market Collapse]

    03/21/2014 7:40:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    RTCC ^ | March 20, 2014 | Sophie Yeo
    Flows of money towards climate adaptation projects are becoming increasingly unpredictable, making it difficult for vulnerable countries to prepare for the hardships caused by global warming. Future fundraising tactics would have to be “extremely aggressive” in order to raise enough money to continue their work, according to board members of the UN-run Adaptation Fund, the primary finance provider for adaptation projects around the world. “We are essentially going with our hands out to everyone,” Philip Weech, the board member from the Bahamas representing the Latin American and Caribbean regions, told RTCC. “We take funds from anyone, any inch, but the...
  • 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...
  • Report: EPA coal plant rule tainted by secretiveness, collusion with green groups

    03/10/2014 6:57:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/10/2014 | Editors
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s rule to limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants is tainted by secretiveness and collusion with environmental groups, according to a conservative environmental lawyer. Energy and Environmental Law Institute attorney Chris Horner has presented an 81-page regulatory comment showing the EPA’s “New Source Performance Standard” (NSPS) — which limits carbon emissions from new coal plants — was developed by officials masking their true agendas, using secret and private email accounts and in collusion with environmental groups.
  • Obama Credits Self for Decreasing Carbon Pollution that Has 'Severe Impacts on Our Weather'

    02/18/2014 10:21:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    breitbart ^ | 2/18/14 | staff
    President Obama speaking at a Safeway distribution center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, while speaking about fuel standards: "So for decades, the fuel efficiency standards of our cars and trucks was stuck in neutral even as other kinds of technology leapt forward," Obama said. "And that left families and businesses and our economy vulnerable to fluctuations in oil prices. Every time oil prices shot up the economy got hurt. Our automakers were in danger of being left in the dust by foreign automakers. Carbon pollution was going unchecked, which was having severe impacts on our weather."
  • Carbon Benefits Exceed Costs By Up to 500:1

    02/15/2014 8:41:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | February 15, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Roger Bezdek. The Environmental Protection Agency, other government agencies and various scientists contend that fossil fuels and carbon dioxide emissions are causing dangerous global warming and climate change. They use this claim to justify repressive regulations for automobiles, coal-fired power plants and other facilities powered by hydrocarbon energy. Because these rules are costing millions of jobs and billions of dollars, a federal Interagency Working Group (IWG) devised the “social cost of carbon” concept – which attaches arbitrary monetary values to the alleged impacts of using hydrocarbons and emitting carbon dioxide. SCC estimates...
  • EPA set to strike key blow against coal?

    02/07/2014 6:42:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 7, 2014 | Doug McKelway
    Video at link. Stymied by the GOP's long resistance to cap and trade legislation, the EPA this week began public hearings -- the next step toward a final rule -- to cut carbon dioxide emissions from new coal plants. The rule would limit emissions to 1100 pounds per Megawatt hour, a level the coal industry says is technologically unattainable. Green energy proponents disagree. "Opponents say this will prevent ever building another coal-fired plant in the United States today. They say that the technology is not commercially available. These claims are scare tactics," Rep. HenryWaxman, D-Calif., said in a press conference...
  • 'Burnt out' EU likely to curb climate goals

    01/22/2014 4:30:10 AM PST · by csvset · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 21 January 2014 | Matt McGrath
    Binding national targets on renewable energy are expected to be dropped from new EU proposals due to be unveiled on Wednesday. The UK has lobbied hard to have the mandatory 2030 target watered down, saying it would drive up energy bills. The EU executive will also outline a goal on emissions cuts for 2030, set to be 35 or 40% below 1990 levels. But green groups said the proposals lacked ambition and were the acts of a "burnt out" Commission. Seven years ago, the EU set out a three-pronged energy and climate strategy for 2020. Emissions of greenhouse gases were...
  • Wind farm operator says eagle deaths overestimated

    12/24/2013 12:12:18 PM PST · by CedarDave · 31 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 24, 2013 | AP
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The developers of what could become the nation’s largest wind energy project say the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has overestimated how many eagles could be killed by wind turbines at the site. They say they’re planning a variety of measures to reduce eagle deaths at the $5 billion Chokecherry/Sierra Madre wind power project south of Rawlins, and those steps will result in fewer deaths than the BLM estimate of 46-64 per year.
  • Ex-Energy chief Chu joins carbon capture company

    12/18/2013 6:24:52 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    AP ^ | 12-17-13 | MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON—Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu is joining the board of directors of a Canadian company that says it has a cost-effective way to capture and reuse carbon dioxide from power plants fired by coal and natural gas. Vancouver-based Inventys Thermal Technologies says it has developed a process that it says uses less energy than conventional carbon capture techniques and is less expensive. A Nobel Prize-winning physicist, Chu served as energy secretary in President Barack Obama's first term and now teaches physics at Stanford University. "It's a cause I believe in, and it is also something that has a shot at...
  • EPA preparing to unleash a deluge of new regulations

    11/27/2013 12:29:53 PM PST · by Red Badger · 31 replies ^ | 2:13 PM 11/27/2013 | Michael Bastasch
    Happy holidays from the Obama administration. Federal agencies are currently working on rolling out hundreds of environmental regulations, including major regulations that would limit emissions from power plants and expand the agency’s authority to bodies of water on private property. On Tuesday, the White House released its regulatory agenda for the fall of 2013. It lists hundreds of pending energy and environmental regulations being crafting by executive branch agencies, including 134 regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency alone. The EPA is currently crafting 134 major and minor regulations, according to the White House’s regulatory agenda. Seventy-six of the EPA’s pending...
  • Blood And Gore: Making A Killing On Anti-Carbon Investment Hype (hucksters pimp the hoax)

    11/03/2013 3:07:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11/03/13 | Larry Bell
  • (Sex Poodle) Al Gore Explains How He Lowers His Carbon Footprint

    10/27/2013 7:54:00 AM PDT · by Libloather · 60 replies
    Ecorazzi ^ | 10/24/13 | Lindsey Little
    **SNIP** “What specific things are you doing in life to lower your personal carbon footprint? And what is the biggest one specific thing I as an individual can do to reduce mine?” Gore responded by saying, “I use only carbon-free electricity. Have 33 solar panels on my roof, seven deep geothermal wells under my driveway, LED lights and highest-grade energy-saving windows, max insulation, hybrid plug-in car, etc. No fountains, btw. What you can do? Make smart choices for low-carbon options in the marketplace, make sure you divest from carbon-intensive stocks; be a smart and active citizen! Let politicians know the...
  • Why Is Comet ISON Green?

    10/24/2013 11:46:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies ^ | October 24, 2013 | Nancy Atkinson on
    “ISON’s green color comes from the gases surrounding its icy nucleus,” says’s Tony Phillips. “Jets spewing from the comet’s core probably contain cyanogen (CN: a poisonous gas found in many comets) and diatomic carbon (C2). Both substances glow green when illuminated by sunlight in the near-vacuum of space.” Both are normally colorless gases that fluoresce a green color when excited by energetic ultraviolet light in sunlight. And if those poisonous gasses sound dangerous, don’t worry. They are spread out in space much too thinly to touch us here on Earth. So don’t fall prey to fear mongers who are...
  • Report from the 'War on Coal'

    09/24/2013 2:55:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 23, 2013 | S. Fred Singer
    A major project has been quietly underway, within the executive branch of the U.S. government, trying to calculate a "social cost of carbon" (SCC) -- a so-called "non-market externality" (i. e., not captured by the normal price system of a free market). This calculated cost would then be imposed on all government programs in order to "fix" the price system -- so they say. The SCC report was published in May 2013, with little fanfare; public comments had to be submitted by Sept. 16. But this whole misconceived exercise has no valid scientific basis and can destroy the supply of...
  • Norway abandons Mongstad carbon capture plans

    09/23/2013 1:42:24 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 September 2013 | Roger Harrabin
    The outgoing government in Norway has buried much-vaunted plans to capture carbon dioxide and store it underground amid mounting costs and delays. The oil and energy ministry said the development of full-scale carbon dioxide capture at Mongstad oil refinery had been discontinued. It said it remained committed to research into carbon capture. When the Labour Party presented the plan in 2007, it was hailed as Norway's equivalent of a "Moon landing". Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and his allies lost a general election to conservatives and centrists this month, and are due to step down shortly. Mongstad had already run into...
  • New carbon emission rules will devastate the coal industry

    09/21/2013 11:22:27 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9-21-2013 | Rick Moran
    The UN's climate change panel is set to release a report next month that reluctantly concludes there has been no warming of the earth in at least the last 15 years. Fewer and fewer people are believers that climate change is man made. This hasn't stopped the Obama administration from releasing new rules governing "carbon pollution" at new power plants that would mean the virtual destruction of the coal industry.
  • Norway abandons Mongstad carbon capture plans

    09/21/2013 5:29:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | September 20, 2013
    The outgoing government in Norway has buried much-vaunted plans to capture carbon dioxide and store it underground amid mounting costs and delays. The oil and energy ministry said the development of full-scale carbon dioxide capture had been discontinued. "At both the national and international level, the development of technologies to capture and store CO2 has taken longer, been more difficult and more costly than expected," Oil and Energy Minister Ola Borten Moe told reporters.
  • Obama Moves to Limit Power-Plant Carbon Pollution

    09/20/2013 4:03:39 PM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sept 20, 2013 | DINA CAPPIELLO, AP
    Linking global warming to public health, disease and extreme weather, the Obama administration pressed ahead Friday with tough requirements to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, despite protests from industry and Republicans that it would dim coal's future. Under the law once the Environmental Protection Agency controls carbon at new plants, it will also control carbon at existing plants — a regulation the agency said Friday it would start work on immediately to meet a June 2014 deadline. The revised standards, the company said in a statement, "essentially eliminate coal as a future generation option."
  • Administration to Press Ahead With Carbon Limits

    09/20/2013 7:00:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 20, 2013 | By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    The Obama administration on Friday announced that it was not backing down from a confrontation with the coal industry and would press ahead with enacting the first federal carbon limits on the nation’s power companies. The proposed regulations, announced at the National Press Club by Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, are an aggressive move by Mr. Obama to bypass Congress on climate change with executive actions he promised in his inaugural address this year.
  • Obama takes on coal with first-ever carbon limits

    09/19/2013 8:16:28 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 22 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 09/19/2013 | Dina Cappiello
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will press ahead Friday with tough requirements for new coal-fired power plants, moving to impose for the first time strict limits on the pollution blamed for global warming. The proposal would help reshape where Americans get electricity, away from a coal-dependent past into a future fired by cleaner sources of energy. It's also a key step in President Barack Obama's global warming plans, because it would help end what he called "the limitless dumping of carbon pollution" from power plants. Although the proposed rule won't immediatedly affect plants already operating, it eventually would force...
  • Obama officials: Rule won't kill coal-fired power

    09/18/2013 6:50:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 9/18/2013
    President Barack Obama's top energy and environmental officials said Wednesday there is a future for coal, despite a pending regulation aimed at limiting global warming pollution from new power plants that Republicans and the coal industry say will doom the fuel source. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, questioned at a House hearing, both said coal-fired power would continue. Coal makes up about 40 percent of U.S. electricity. "The rule will provide certainty for the future of new coal moving forward, and in terms of existing facilities, coal will continue to represent a significant source of energy...
  • Tony Abbott Instructs Officials To Prepare To Scrap Carbon Tax in Aussie victory

    09/10/2013 4:24:25 PM PDT · by Signalman · 3 replies
    IceCap ^ | 9/9/2013 | Kate Rogers
    PRIME Minister-elect Tony Abbott has personally instructed his new departmental secretary to make preparations to axe the carbon tax and activate Operation Sovereign Borders to stop asylum boats. Mr Abbott got down to business this morning after his landslide election victory, with a briefing with Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary Ian Watt. Meetings were scheduled with Treasury secretary Martin Parkinson and Finance Department head David Tune, while Mr Abbott was also due to hold talks with senior Coalition colleagues later in the day. He told Dr Watt to prepare the ground for the Coalition to implement its agenda...
  • Canada PM Ready to Introduce New Carbon-Emission Rules for Keystone Approval -- Report

    09/07/2013 8:40:04 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 6, 2013 | Paul Vieira
    OTTAWA--Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has told U.S. President Barack Obama that he's ready to work on joint plan between the two countries to reduce carbon emissions in the energy sector in an effort to secure approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday. The CBC, citing unnamed sources, said Mr. Harper wrote to Mr. Obama in late August, signaling he is ready to accept carbon-reduction targets proposed by the U.S. and prepared to work with the White House to address concerns raised about Keystone and its impact on greenhouse-gas emissions. A spokesman for Mr....
  • Analysis: Foes of Obama climate policy prepare battle over cost of carbon

    08/20/2013 6:00:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 20, 2013 | By Valerie Volcovici
    Three months ago, the Obama administration made a little-noticed but potentially pivotal move in the stepped-up fight against climate change: it boosted the U.S. government's official estimate of the future economic damage caused by carbon pollution. The move should make it much easier for the EPA and other federal bureaus to enact tougher measures to crack down on emissions by showing that the greater benefits of such measures will justify their costs. "This has all the characteristics of a stealth approach toward making a greenhouse gas rule more justifiable by exaggerating the social benefits," said Luke Popovich, a spokesman for...
  • CLIMATE CHANGE made sea levels FALL in 2010 and 2011( Australia got the Flood )

    08/20/2013 10:38:33 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | 20th August 2013 | Lewis Page
    Global warming and climate change are usually thought to mean that world sea levels will rise, perhaps disastrously. But according to US government boffins, in recent times (2010 and 2011, to be precise) phenomena driven by human carbon emissions have actually caused world sea levels to fall.The seas have, of course, been rising steadily as the climate has changed for thousands of years, ever since the end of the last ice age. During the 20th century, according to estimates mostly from erratic tide gauges, sea levels rose by around 1.7mm a year. Since the early 1990s, satellites have also been...
  • Lexicon Shift Alert: global warming gets another name change (Carbon Pollution ??)

    08/15/2013 12:18:02 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | August 15, 2013 | by Anthony Watts
    Back in 2010, I pointed out that White House science adviser John Holdren had made a shift in naming conventions for the twice renamed “global warming”. The lexicon shift in 2010 It seems that another shift in the lexicon has occurred, again at the White House. Organizing for Action, President Obama’s campaign machine declared Tuesday that there was a new name.The Washington Times picked up on this shift, and I’ve updated the graphic to reflect the new name.  There’s also a poll to choose/predict the next name after this one. The doomed planet movement has been losing momentum. Inconvenient scientific...
  • Carbon Dioxide: The Gas of Life

    08/15/2013 7:17:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies ^ | 8/15/2013 | Paul Driessen
    It’s amazing that minuscule bacteria can cause life-threatening diseases and infections –- and miraculous that tiny doses of vaccines and antibiotics can safeguard us against these deadly scourges. It is equally incredible that, at the planetary level, carbon dioxide is a miracle molecule for plants -– and the “gas of life” for most living creatures on Earth.
  • Liberal Democrats Propose to Outlaw Gas-Powered Cars by 2040

    08/08/2013 8:31:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 57 replies ^ | August 8, 2013 | John Ransom
    The problem with bad ideas from Europe is that they eventually become bad ideas in America too. And so it goes with the latest nitwit scheme from Britain’s Liberal Democrat Party, which is cousin to our own liberal Democrat Party, separated not ideologically or by a vast ocean, but only by accents. The Lib Dems want to outlaw gas and diesel powered cars from the United Kingdom with a goal to create a “zero-carbon” UK by 2040. No word yet whether they will allow people to “breathe,” which-- incidentally to Lib Dems it seems-- also pushes carbon into the atmosphere....
  • Carbon credits market is neither free nor worth anything--Jo Nova in The Australian:

    08/03/2013 9:42:06 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    JoNova ^ | July 31st, 2013 | joanne
    Credit to The Australian for printing both points of view. Published as an Op-Ed today.Carbon credits market is neither free nor worth anything by: Joanne NovaFrom: The Australian July 31, 2013 12:00AM THE paradox du jour: people who like free markets don’t want a carbon market, and the people who don’t trust capitalism want emissions trading. So why are socialists fighting for a carbon market? Because this “market” is a bureaucrat’s wet dream. A free market is the voluntary exchange of goods and services. “Free” means being free to choose to buy or to not buy the product. At...
  • The Cost of Carbon Denial: Carbon use has helped billions escape poverty.

    07/31/2013 7:34:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/31/2013 | Robert Zubrin
    For the past several years, those seeking to strangle the world economy by denying it access to carbon have tried to gain support for their initiatives by inventing a concept called “the social cost of carbon.” According to this notion, the use of carbon imposes a cost on society through global warming, and therefore regulations to restrict the use of carbon create benefits that can be measured in dollar terms. Pursuant to this strategy, the Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 hired a crowd of consultants to generate estimates that would be useful for the cause. This they dutifully did, producing...
  • Gasland II: Muddying a Fractured Debate

    07/16/2013 3:12:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    The American Interest ^ | July 9, 2013 | Jamie Horgan
    First, a grainy image of a hose on fire; next, a slow shot of verdant, rain-drenched woods. That’s how Josh Fox’s documentary film Gasland II opens, and it encapsulates his vision of the two sides of the fracking debate: those who seek to destroy nature, and those who defend it. What follows is more than two hours of disturbing footage of the dangers of fracking.As the title suggests, the film is a sequel, and Fox ominously, smugly narrates that “in sequels, the empire strikes back.” The empire, in this case, is the oil and gas industry. And in a way,...
  • The Green Crusade Goes National

    07/16/2013 9:48:09 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    The National Review ^ | 7-16-13 | Devin Nunes
    Having grown up on a farm in California’s San Joaquin Valley, I have seen firsthand how environmental extremists smashed a flourishing agricultural region. Citing the need to protect a three-inch baitfish called the Delta smelt, green activists succeeded in getting farmers’ water supplies drastically cut. As some of the world’s most productive soil degenerated into a drought-stricken landscape, farmers — some of whose families had worked these lands for generations — packed up and left. The local economy sank, with unemployment in the Valley now doubling the national average. President Obama’s recent speech unveiling his “new national climate action plan”...
  • Green Dreams in America, Coal in Africa: We can't burn coal, but Obama knows Africa will have to

    07/08/2013 5:08:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/08/2013 | Robert Bryce
    Africans can burn coal. Americans can’t. That’s the conclusion to be drawn from the Obama administration’s most recent forays into energy policy. On June 25, President Obama was at Georgetown University decrying “carbon pollution” and making it clear that he will prohibit any new coal-fired power plants from being built in the U.S. Five days later, while Obama was in Africa, the White House released a fact sheet on its “Power Africa” initiative that aims to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa by helping finance some 10,000 megawatts of new generation capacity in that region. During his Georgetown speech,...
  • The Grand Prize in Obama’s War on Coal™

    07/01/2013 1:05:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | June 30, 2013 | Willis Eschenbach
    It’s a bad week for poor people around the planet. First, and with great fanfare, our President unleashed his patented climate plan, affectionately known as Obama’s War on Coal™. He hasn’t said yet how much Obama’s War on Coal™ will cost, but we can be sure that it will not be cheap. And as in any war, it is guaranteed that the poor will suffer the most. Sadly, this was followed by even worse news. The World Bank has decided it wants to keep the developing world from having inexpensive electricity. They will not make any more loans for coal-fired...
  • Obama declares a War on Coal

    06/25/2013 10:56:12 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 99 replies ^ | 6/24/2013 | Phil Kerpen
    So much for the denials. An administration that throughout its 2012 election campaign denied it was waging a War on Coal has now come out and publicly declared its intention to shut down coal-fired power plants – putting hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work and sending electricity prices skyrocketing. This is not what the American people voted for. Responding to a White House petition to end the War on Coal, the administration said: “The President has made clear that he understands that coal has played a critical role in our country’s energy portfolio for decades and will continue...
  • Obama Set To Announce Historic Climate Change Plan, With New Regulation Of Power Plants

    06/25/2013 5:58:50 AM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 73 replies
    BI ^ | 6/25/2013 | Josh Lederman
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking climate change efforts into his own hands, President Barack Obama is proposing sweeping steps to limit heat-trapping pollution from coal-fired power plants and to boost renewable energy production on federal property. Obama, in a speech Tuesday at Georgetown University, was to announce he's issuing a presidential memorandum to launch the first-ever federal regulations on carbon dioxide emitted by existing power plants, moving to curb the gases blamed for global warming despite adamant opposition from Republicans and some energy producers.
  • Oh, good: Obama administration sneaks more expensive carbon pricing into a microwave-oven rule

    06/12/2013 6:16:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 12, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Never underestimate the sneakiness when you’re dealing with The Most Transparent Administration, Evah‘s tortured internal conflict between pretending to heed the voices calling for pragmatic economic growth and appeasing the vociferous green interests nipping at their heels. The Obama administration just threw a major bone to said interests with a reevaluation that’s going to come in particularly handy in producing very official- and serious-sounding studies and reports, but it was carried out in a very quiet maneuver that I’m sure they’re hoping will pass by the public eye generally unnoticed. The Obama administration uses their “social cost of carbon” estimate...
  • Key players, Gore, are giving up: they can’t control the climate

    06/16/2013 2:12:06 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 40 replies
    JoNova ^ | June 17th, 2013 | Joanne
    IIn history studies of the Great Global Warming Scare, people will ask, is this the bargaining stage or the start of acceptance? Adapting to _ not just fighting _ climate change is taking the heat out of global warming talk Seth Borenstein for The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Efforts to curb global warming have quietly shifted as greenhouse gases inexorably rise.The conversation is no longer solely about how to save the planet by cutting carbon emissions. It’s becoming more about how to save ourselves from the warming planet’s wild weather. — Newsdaily On the five stages of  grief, this...
  • Vanity: Thorium Now!!!!

    05/30/2013 3:41:24 PM PDT · by ak267 · 7 replies
    You Tube ^ | March 2012 | 123ross456
    Learn more about Thorium reactors and the potential. (5 minute overview) (36 minutes...more "techie") (about 1 hour....symposium like discussion)
  • Mercedes-Benz Investigating Refrigerant That Caused 'Ball Of Fire' (EPA scorch the earth)

    04/23/2013 7:15:13 PM PDT · by I still care · 27 replies
    Motor Authority ^ | Dec 17, 2012 | Kurt Ernst
    As part of a routine test of a new refrigerant being used in the Mercedes-Benz B Class, engineers simulated a pinhole leak in a coolant line. When the refrigerant (now mixed with A/C compressor oil) sprayed on a hot engine, the results were dramatic. The vaporized mixture reportedly ignited on contact with the hot surface, creating what Reuters (via Yahoo News) described as a “ball of fire,” followed by a cloud of dangerous hydrogen fluoride gas. The corrosive gas then attacked the windshield, etching the glass and raising even more potential concerns about the safety of the new HFO-1234yf refrigerant....
  • WWU scientist debunks myths about CO2, climate change

    04/18/2013 10:57:16 AM PDT · by Twotone · 23 replies
    Olympia Report ^ | March 27, 2013 | Jeff Rhodes
    Barely a day after the Washington State Senate voted to fund a study that would explore ways to enforce tougher greenhouse gas emission standards, a respected academic spent nearly two hours presenting scientific evidence suggesting the assumptions on which that legislation was based were wrong. Dr. Don Easterbrook, a professor emeritus of geology at Western Washington University, on Tuesday told the Senate’s Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee he was relying on an old maxim in science: “In God we trust; everyone else bring data.” “Well, I’m bringing data,” he said. “You’ll hear very few opinions from me. When I’m finished,...
  • Carbon not Culprit in Global Warming, Science Is Say Scientists

    04/16/2013 10:16:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | April 16, 2013 | John Ransom
    A new paper that recently replaced the old paper that settled the science of global warming is now out - and not a moment too soon, either. Because the new paper essentially says: “Um, guys? Never mind.” :/). Ok, they don't really say that, but actually they really do.  “Sea level rise is one of the big issues of global warming. It could potentially swamp coastal cities or make them far more vulnerable to storms, such as Hurricane Katrina,” says Science World Report, apparently a wholly owned division of Wayne’s World Publishing, operating under the motto “It Certainly Does Suck.”...
  • Elevated Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere Trims Wheat, Sorghum Moisture Needs

    03/31/2013 9:32:06 AM PDT · by Twotone · 5 replies
    Science Daily ^ | March 25, 2013 | Staff
    Plenty has been written about concerns over elevated levels of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere, but a Kansas State University researcher has found an upside to the higher CO2 levels. And it's been particularly relevant in light of drought that overspread the area in recent months.
  • Obama’s Energy nominee: We need carbon tax to double or triple energy cost

    03/25/2013 2:34:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Examiner ^ | 3/25/13 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama’s Energy secretary nominee regards a carbon tax as one of the simplest ways to move the energy industry towards clean technologies, though he notes that government would have to come up with a plan to mitigate the burden this tax places on poor people, who would pay the most. “Ultimately, it has to be cheaper to capture and store it than to release it and pay a price,” MIT professor and Energy nominee Ernest Moniz told the Switch Energy Project in an interview last year. “If we start really squeezing down on carbon dioxide over the next few...
  • Lawmakers Release Carbon Emissions Tax Plan (Waxman, Blumenauer, Whitehouse, Schatz)

    03/20/2013 3:29:52 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    NY Times ^ | 3/13/13 | JOHN M. BRODER
    **SNIP** Mr. Waxman, joined by Representative Earl Blumenauer, Democrat of Oregon, and Senators Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Brian Schatz of Hawaii, both Democrats, distributed a relatively simple proposal to impose a fee on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, factories, refineries and other major sources. The idea of a carbon tax, long favored by many economists as the most straightforward way of deterring pollution, has been kicking around the Capitol for years, but has never gained a broad following. The plan contains three potential per-ton prices for carbon pollution, $15, $25 or $30, and a range of annual...
  • Ocean plankton suck up twice the carbon we thought they did

    03/20/2013 11:35:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies
    JoNova ^ | March 19th, 2013 | joanne
    Hyperia | Credit WikimediaDespite the fuss about CO2 emissions, on a global scale no one is quite sure where a lot of it ends up. Those mystery “sinks” draw in a large proportion of CO2. Here’s a big sink that just got twice as big.Science Daily  Mar. 17, 2013 — Models of carbon dioxide in the world’s oceans need to be revised, according to new work by UC Irvine and other scientists published online Sunday in Nature Geoscience. Trillions of plankton near the surface of warm waters are far more carbon-rich than has long been thought, they found. Global...
  • Somebody Please Tell Stubborn Fool Obama How Filthy and Toxic Electric Cars Really Are

    03/20/2013 3:46:30 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 25 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 20 March 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    When you buy a car, there are various ratings outfits in the business of calculating the true cost of owning that particular vehicle, inc. insurance, depreciation, maintenance, cost of repairs, etc. Such a comprehensive model is surely more realistic than just looking at the monthly payment or sticker price, and the customer knows if they're actually making a cost-effective, bottom-line decision. But even if you buy-into the now imploding globaloney scam, wouldn't it make sense to apply similar logic to calculate the entire environmental impact of electric vs. internal combustion cars over the full service life... esp since the actual...
  • Terence Corcoran: The price of Keystone may be a carbon tax

    02/12/2013 6:33:13 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    Financial Post ^ | Feb. 11, 2013 | Terence Corcoran
    Tune in Tuesday night to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. As the president speaks, he will be alert to the chorus of Hollywood stars, environmental activists, editorial writers and industry leaders who are pushing for him to make the biggest climate-change decision he can possibly make: Impose a carbon tax.