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  • Why New York State Should Lift its Hydraulic Fracturing Moratorium

    08/14/2012 1:20:32 PM PDT · by 92nina · 10 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-08-14 | Christopher Prandoni
    As New York’s Department of Energy Conservation (DEC) prepares to issue a report on hydraulic fracturing, DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens finds himself in a precarious position. As former founder of Catskill Mountainkeepers—your run-of-the-mill anti-energy, anti-hydraulic fracturing group—Martens spent most of his days making sure oil and natural gas producers were creating jobs in Pennsylvania, not New York. Hydraulic fracturing is effectively banned in New York State (indefinite moratorium) which means that the Utica Shale play, the natural gas formation that stretches from West Virginia to New York, is off-limits. Were NY’s DEC to issue an objective report about the pros...
  • (California Governor) Jerry Brown launches website to rebut climate change skeptics

    08/14/2012 6:45:30 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 13, 2012 | David Siders
    Gov. Jerry Brown said today that "humanity is getting dangerously close to the point of no return" on climate change, and he launched a website criticizing conservatives who dispute its significance. The website "Climate Change: Just the Facts," is hosted by Brown's Office of Planning and Research. It devotes one page to "the denialists" and another to rebutting "common denialist arguments." [Snip] "Global warming's impact on Lake Tahoe is well documented. It is just one example of how, after decades of pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, humanity is getting dangerously close to the point of no return," Brown...
  • NOAA Requests Ammunition For The Weather Service

    08/13/2012 3:05:16 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 66 replies
    http://pprnnews.prepperpodcast.com ^ | 8.13.12 | James Smith
    On 9 Aug 2012, the Department of Commerce, for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration by way of the National Weather Service, put out a solicitation for a small variety of ammunition. The solicitation breaks down the requirements: 16,000 rounds of ammunition for semiautomatic pistols to be factory-loaded .40 S&W caliber, 180-grain jacketed hollow point (JHP). 6,000 rounds of frangible, 125-grain CFRHT .40 caliber. 24,000 rounds of ammunition for semiautomatic pistols to be factory-loaded .40 S&W caliber, 180-grain jacketed hollow point (JHP). In all, 40,000 rounds of ammunition, and only 500 Transtar II blue 24″ x 40″ targets are being...
  • Green Death! Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs & Cancer

    08/13/2012 4:16:30 PM PDT · by 1pitech · 5 replies
    The Conscience of Kansas radio program ^ | 08-13-12 | Dr. Paul A. Ibbetson
    In this episode of the Conscience of Kansas radio program I talk about an article by Brian Sussman, author of the book "Climate Gate" about the Big Green environmental push and government mandates. Specifically, we talk about CFL's and a new study that says that CFL's raise the risk of skin cancer.
  • The Keys to the Climate Debate

    08/13/2012 12:22:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 13, 2012 | David M.W. Evans
    Hardly anyone knows that two thirds of the warming predicted by the climate models comes from assumed changes in humidity and clouds, and only one third comes directly from the extra carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases. Some awareness of the calculations is essential, because there is no direct observational evidence that rising CO2 caused the bulk of the recent warming. If there were, don't you suppose we would have heard all about it by now? The world has spent over $60B since 1990 looking for that evidence. The ice cores shown by Al Gore in his movie were...
  • [CA] looks at reducing 'cap and trade' burden on businesses [dole out extra carbon credits]

    08/13/2012 2:16:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 13, 2012 | Dale Kasler
    Big business sees California's global-warming law as a job killer, a $1 billion tax that could force some of the state's heaviest industries to flee. ..state regulators, trying to ease the burden, are studying whether to give hardship breaks to dozens of companies. ....the state would dole out extra carbon credits – the precious allowances that will give industries the license to emit greenhouse gases starting in January.... could save companies millions of dollars. Like practically everything connected with..the Global Warming Solutions Act, the idea is controversial. ..."We're … concerned about the system being gamed," said Kathryn Phillips, director of...
  • Hundred-Year Forecast: Drought (So sez the New York Times...)

    08/12/2012 5:20:07 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies
    Hundred-Year Forecast: Drought By CHRISTOPHER R. SCHWALM, CHRISTOPHER A. WILLIAMS and KEVIN SCHAEFER BY many measurements, this summer’s drought is one for the record books. But so was last year’s drought in the South Central states. And it has been only a decade since an extreme five-year drought hit the American West. Widespread annual droughts, once a rare calamity, have become more frequent and are set to become the “new normal.” Until recently, many scientists spoke of climate change mainly as a “threat,” sometime in the future. But it is increasingly clear that we already live in the era of...
  • Biz bosses 'to save Ł400m' as UK.gov axes green red-tape---More than 100 ... climate change ...

    08/10/2012 10:27:13 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    The Register ^ | 10th August 2012 08:40 GMT | Out-Law.com
    Rules for power lines, pipelines and more shown the door More than 100 energy and climate change regulations are to be scrapped or improved in a bid to cut "red tape" for businesses, the government has announced. Energy Minister Charles Hendry said that, following a review, 86 regulations would be dropped completely while a further 48 regimes would be "improved". The full package of reforms, including other initiatives by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), is expected to save businesses around Ł400m over the next 20 years, he said. The review was part of the government's 'Red Tape...
  • Coal Comfort - The EPA hates the carbon-heavy fuel, but it’s here to stay.

    08/06/2012 2:35:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2012 | Robert Bryce
    About one train per hour. ThatÂ’s the target loading rate for the massive silos, conveyors, and hoppers at the North Antelope Rochelle Mine in Wyoming, the most productive coal mine in the world. And on a cool, nearly windless day in late March, Scott Durgin, a regional vice president for Peabody Energy, was happy. Standing in the mineÂ’s dispatch office, Durgin pointed to a flat-panel display showing a list of trains that had recently passed through. It was exactly 12 noon, according to the clock on the wall, and since midnight, the mine had loaded 11 trains, each carrying...
  • 1.5 Million Years of Climate History Revealed After Scientists Solve Mystery of the Deep

    08/09/2012 11:10:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Aug. 9, 2012 | NA
    A new study has successfully reconstructed temperature from the deep sea to reveal how global ice volume has varied over the glacial-interglacial cycles of the past 1.5 million years. Scientists have announced a major breakthrough in understanding Earth's climate machine by reconstructing highly accurate records of changes in ice volume and deep-ocean temperatures over the last 1.5 million years. The study, which is reported in the journal Science, offers new insights into a decades-long debate about how the shifts in Earth's orbit relative to the sun have taken Earth into and out of an ice-age climate. Being able to reconstruct...
  • July 2012 not a record breaker according to data from the new NOAA/NCDC U.S. .....

    08/09/2012 7:38:24 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | August 8, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    I decided to do myself something that so far NOAA has refused to do: give a CONUS average temperature for the United States from the new ‘state of the art’ United States Climate Reference Network (USCRN). After spending millions of dollars to put in this new network from 2002 to 2008, they are still giving us data from the old one when they report a U.S. national average temperature. As readers may recall, I have demonstrated that old COOP/USHCN network used to monitor U.S. climate is a mishmash of urban, semi-urban, rural, airport and non-airport stations, some of which are...
  • Profits on Carbon Credits Drive Output of a Harmful Gas

    08/09/2012 11:23:42 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08 August 2012 | Elisabeth Rosenthal, Andrew W. Lehrern
    RANJIT NAGAR, India — When the United Nations wanted to help slow climate change, it established what seemed a sensible system. Greenhouse gases were rated based on their power to warm the atmosphere. The more dangerous the gas, the more that manufacturers in developing nations would be compensated as they reduced their emissions. But where the United Nations envisioned environmental reform, some manufacturers of gases used in air-conditioning and refrigeration saw a lucrative business opportunity. They quickly figured out that they could earn one carbon credit by eliminating one ton of carbon dioxide, but could earn more than 11,000 credits...
  • Ray Evans reviews The Denialist Victory ( Man-Made Global Warming Advocate not happy)

    08/09/2012 12:13:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    JoNova ^ | August 8th, 2012 | Ray Evans
    Ray Evans writes a review below of  Robert Manne’s essay in The Monthly entitled A Dark Victory: How vested interests defeated climate science. (Forgive me Ray for slipping in one or two thoughts of my own below).   Ray Evans is the secretary of The Lavoisier Group one of the first original skeptical groups in Australia (I’ve put a few notes on that at the base of the article). It was Graham Readfearns review (ABC Drum) that apparently brought the Manne article to Ray’s attention.Dear All,Readfearn’s review was a lamentation of defeat and disappointment. So I immediately bought a copy of The...
  • Ripping A Lib Blogger Who Rips Mitt on Wind Power

    08/09/2012 10:44:30 AM PDT · by rightjb · 20 replies
    RantPolitical.com ^ | 8-9-2012 | PolitiJim (@politiJim)
    Fellow RantPolitical.com blogger Jenny Craig (if that is her real name) asks the question, “Why Do Conservative Wingbags Hate Wind Energy?” Assuming that she is talking about wind power and not harnessing the flatulence of bovine bowel activity, I’m more than willing to help a fellow ranter out by answering her question. God knows SOMEONE needs to school her.She leaps off of Romney’s recent policy position that he wants to do away with wind energy tax incentives. She believes Romney (and by association every member of the GOP) are suddenly disconnected from scientific and economic reality for the following reasons:...
  • Reid: Time To Stop Acting Like Climate Change Deniers Have A Valid Point Of View - They Don't

    08/08/2012 5:45:37 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 41 replies
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ^ | August 7, 2012 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    Scientists Agree the Problem Is Real, and the Time to Act Is Now Time to Close the Dirty Relic, Reid-Gardner Coal PlantLas Vegas, Nevada–Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke today at the National Clean Energy Summit 5.0: The Power of Choice. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: Good morning, and welcome to the National Clean Energy Summit: The Power of Choice. I am pleased to once again host this important event with the support of the Center for American Progress, the Clean Energy Project, the MGM Resorts International and the UNLV.   Over the last four years, this summit...
  • Scafetta’s new paper attempts to link climate cycles to planetary motion ( March 2012)

    08/08/2012 12:52:53 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | March 21, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Nicola Scafetta sent me this paper yesterday, and I read it with interest, but I have a number of reservations about it, not the least of which is that it is partially based on the work of Landscheidt and the whole barycentric thing which gets certain people into shouting matches. Figure 9 looks to be interesting, but note that it is in generic units, not temperature, so has no predictive value by itself.Fig. 9. Proposed solar harmonic reconstructions based on four beat frequencies. (Top) Average beat envelope function of the model (Eq. (18)) and (Bottom) the version modulated with a...
  • U.S. affirms support for U.N. climate goal after criticism

    08/08/2012 3:12:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/8/2012
    The United States reaffirmed support for a U.N. goal of limiting global warming after criticism from the European Union and small island states that Washington seemed to be backing away. "The U.S. continues to support this goal. We have not changed our policy," U.S. climate envoy Todd Stern said in a statement on Wednesday. Almost 200 nations, including the United States, have agreed to limit rising temperatures to below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 F) above pre-industrial times to avoid dangerous changes such as floods, droughts and rising sea levels.
  • Clean Energy Summit Sparks Political Events, Debate Over Government Role In Renewables

    08/07/2012 2:38:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Lahontan Valley News ^ | Tuesday, August 7, 2012 | Sean Whaley
    CARSON CITY – With U.S. Sen. Harry Reid's 5th annual National Clean Energy Summit set to kick off today in Las Vegas, the debate over alternative energy development and the government's role in its future rages on. The purpose of the day-long event as described on the website is to, “once again bring together clean energy visionaries and leaders, public officials, business executives and entrepreneurs, investors, students, and the media to discuss how to empower the public with tools to promote the clean energy economy; increasing jobs and our energy independence.” But the role of the federal government in the...
  • $1.3 billion in ‘clean energy’ subsidies produce 288 permanent jobs, ......

    08/07/2012 2:47:54 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Nevada Journal ^ | Monday, August 6, 2012 | Kyle Gillis
    Full Title:**********************$1.3 billion in ‘clean energy’ subsidies produce 288 permanent jobs, quadruple cost of electricity in Nevada Reid-sponsored National Clean Energy Summit pushes more subsidies as key to Nevada’s futureLAS VEGAS — As U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid prepares to host his fifth annual National Clean Energy Summit on Aug. 7, a Nevada Journal examination of Nevada’s renewable energy sector shows that over $1.3 billion in federal funds funneled into geothermal, solar and wind projects since 2009 has yielded and is projected to yield just 288 permanent, full-time jobs. That’s an initial cost of over $4.6 million per job.Despite...
  • NASA’s James Hansen’s big cherry pick ( Summer heat... caused by Global Warming )

    08/07/2012 5:26:05 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | August 6, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    From NASA:  Research Links Extreme Summer Heat Events to Global WarmingA new statistical analysis by NASA scientists has found that Earth’s land areas have become much more likely to experience an extreme summer heat wave than they were in the middle of the 20th century. The research was published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Earth’s Northern Hemisphere over the past 30 years has seen more “hot” (orange), “very hot” (red) and “extremely hot” (brown) summers, compared to a base period defined in this study from 1951 to 1980. This visualization shows how the area...