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  • Obamaís Red/Green Cover-up Begins to Unravel(little late)

    06/21/2016 7:29:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 6/20/2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    Seven years into Barack Obamaís presidency, the scales may slowly be falling from the eyes of The New York Times. Could the truth about Americaís red diaper baby President be starting to emerge? In a story about papers of his reported father, Barack Hussein Obama Sr., the Times said that President Obama has shown no interest in ďthe newly discovered documents, which included nearly two dozen of his fatherís letters, his transcripts from the University of Hawaii and Harvard University, and references from professors, advisers and supporters.Ē The paper added, ďNearly three years later, as Mr. Obama celebrates his last...
  • New Map Shows the Dark Side of Artificial Light at Night

    06/11/2016 8:53:26 AM PDT · by samtheman · 76 replies
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/ ^ | June 10, 2016 | Lee Billings
    New Map Shows the Dark Side of Artificial Light at Night ... The most fundamental difficulty, however, has been that no one knows exactly how severe the problem is.
  • Donít look now but the Earth is getting greener

    04/27/2016 4:49:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/27/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Since both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sander are quite keen to talk about climate change and carbon taxes, let’s take a brief break from the campaign trail and check in on how Mother Gaia is doing these days. We’ve recorded what some climate scientists claim is a string of record warmest months over the past year and if I were judging by the almost snow-free, mild winter we just enjoyed in upstate New York and the rest of the northeast (watch out for the bears) I’d have to agree. So I assume this means we’re all doomed. But oddly...
  • Despite Drought, Residents Told To Keep Lawns Green ó Or Face Fines

    04/19/2016 5:30:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 4/11/16
    **SNIP** Four years of drought have transformed this biosphere of wealth into something a little less than immaculate, with some homeowners actually letting their lawns turn brown in an effort to conserve precious water. But enough is enough, declared the Blackhawk Homeowners Association, which issued a letter to the 9,000 residents of Blackhawk stating that as of June 1st, ďbeautiful landscaping Ē will again be required. The letter told residents that they must have a healthy lawn or drought-tolerant landscaping, or face fines, even litigation.
  • Ontario's Electricity Dilemma

    04/19/2016 4:12:35 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 3 replies
    The Unbroken Window ^ | 04.18.2016 | OSPE
    Adding wind and solar to Ontario's grid drives emissions higher.
  • No, the Moon Won't Turn Green on Wednesday

    04/18/2016 11:41:39 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    To go along with the infamous "Mars hoax," which claims that the Red Planet will appear as large as the full moon in the sky; the "Nibiru cataclysm," a supposed disastrous encounter between Earth and a large planetary object; and "Zero-Gravity Day," when people on Earth supposedly can experience weightlessness, we now have the "nights of the green moon." This latest fallacy to sweep the blogosphere claims that on Wednesday (April 20), and again on May 29, the moon will appear to turn a shade of green. The full moon of April will occur on Friday, April 22. The explanation...
  • The debate about human-caused climate change is heating up, just like the Earth

    04/06/2016 12:49:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | April 6, 2016 | By Douglas Perry
    On Tuesday I published a short post about the key arguments of climate-change skeptics while also pointing out that some 98 percent of published scientists in the field believe human-caused climate change is indeed happening and must be addressed. For years the two sides have been talking - or yelling - past one another, which benefits none of us. As expected, the post brought forth a wave of comments from readers. Many lambasted me for providing a forum for the "lunatics" who deny human-caused climate change. Climate skeptics, on the other hand, chastised me for only presenting their more simplistic...
  • Climate data since Vikings cast doubt on more wet, dry extremes

    04/06/2016 12:19:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 6, 2016 | BY ALISTER DOYLE
    Climate records back to Viking times show the 20th century was unexceptional for rainfall and droughts despite assumptions that global warming would trigger more wet and dry extremes, a study showed on Wednesday. Stretching back 1,200 years, written accounts of climate indicated that variations in the extremes in the 20th century were less than in some past centuries. "Several other centuries show stronger and more widespread extremes," lead author Fredrik Ljungqvist of Stockholm University told Reuters. "We can't say it's more extreme now." Ljungqvist said many existing scientific models of climate change over-estimated assumptions that rising temperatures would make dry...
  • Worldís Largest Green Energy Company Is Facing Bankruptcy

    03/30/2016 9:20:40 AM PDT · by Twotone · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 29, 2016 | Michael Bastach
    SunEdison, which bills itself as the worldís largest green energy company, may soon file for bankruptcy protection, according to a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing, as the company faces ďliquidity difficultiesĒ despite getting millions in government subsidies.
  • SunEdison at risk of bankruptcy, unit says; shares plummet 60 percent ($4.6b Taxpayer $)

    03/29/2016 12:34:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 29, 2016 | BY AMRUTHA GAYATHRI AND ARATHY S NAIR
    U.S. solar energy company SunEdison Inc, whose aggressive acquisition strategy has saddled it with almost $12 billion of debt, is at "substantial risk" of bankruptcy, one of its two publicly listed units warned on Tuesday. A bankruptcy would rank among the largest involving a non-financial company in the past 10 years, according to bankruptcydata.com. SunEdison declined to comment. SunEdison's shares - already reeling from a Wall Street Journal report on Monday that the company was being investigated for overstating its cash position - fell as much as 60 percent to a record low of 50 cents.
  • Obama-Backed Solar Plant Could Be Shut Down For Not Producing Enough Energy [Ivanpah]

    03/18/2016 6:07:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 17, 2016 | Michael Bastach
    California regulators may force a massive solar thermal power plant in the Mojave Desert to shut down after years of under-producing electricity ó not to mention the plant was blinding pilots flying over the area and incinerating birds.
  • Obama administration pays out $500m to climate change project

    03/08/2016 6:47:37 AM PST · by george76 · 43 replies
    Guardian ^ | 7 March 2016 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    The first chunk of a $3bn commitment made at the Paris climate talks Ďshows the US stands squarely behind climate commitmentsí, the State Department said. The Obama administration has made a first installment on its $3bn pledge to help poor countries fight climate change Ė defying Republican opposition to the residentís environmental plan. The $500m payment to the Green Climate Fund was seen as critical to shoring up international confidence in Barack Obamaís ability to deliver on the pledges made at the United Nationsí climate change conference in Paris in late 2015. Obama is expected to announce a number of...
  • Lawmakers Trash DOE Official For Withholding Green Loan Documents

    03/05/2016 8:55:05 AM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 03/03/2016 | Michael Bastasch
    House lawmakers sharply criticized the head of the Department of Energyís green energy loan program for not releasing documents requested by a committee looking into companies that have received taxpayer dollars. ďIt is disconcerting that the executive director of a major government program is unwilling to commit ó to actually commit ó to providing all the documents that an investigation committee of the Congress has requested,Ē California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher .. told Mark McCall, the head of the DOEís loan office, in a hearing Thursday, ďand that the answer being given is using weasel words ... House committee members...
  • Parched Earth soaks up water, slowing sea level rise: study [what we didn't realize....]

    02/12/2016 4:43:07 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 12, 2016 | AFP
    Miami (AFP) - As glaciers melt due to climate change, the increasingly hot and parched Earth is absorbing some of that water inland, slowing sea level rise, NASA experts said Thursday. Satellite measurements over the past decade show for the first time that the Earth's continents have soaked up and stored an extra 3.2 trillion tons of water in soils, lakes and underground aquifers, the experts said in a study in the journal Science. This has temporarily slowed the rate of sea level rise by about 20 percent, it said. "We always assumed that people's increased reliance on groundwater for...
  • Checking Cruz's climate science denial clangers [Left hits Cruz when Court blocks Obama's legacy]

    02/10/2016 11:13:23 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 10, 2016 | Graham Readfearn
    I have no clue how many climate science denial myths a Republican presidential candidate can fit onto the head of a pin, but given these zingers are generally huge it's probably not that many. But we do now have some clue how many myths one of those candidates, Senator Ted Cruz, can fit into an eight-minute diatribe. At least six. When asked about climate change at recent hustings, Cruz has been delivering a stock set of answers from the Little Book of Climate Change Denial (not a real book). At one such event in New Hampshire, the representative from Texas...
  • Are Electric Cars Really Green? (Video)

    02/08/2016 12:30:59 PM PST · by servo1969 · 25 replies
    Prager University ^ | 2-8-2016 | Bjorn Lomborg
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17xh_VRrnMU Do electric cars really help the environment? President Obama thinks so. So does Leonardo DiCaprio. And many others. The argument goes like this: Regular cars run on gasoline, a fossil fuel that pumps CO2 straight out of the tailpipe and into the atmosphere. Electric cars run on electricity. They don't burn any gasoline at all. No gas; no CO2. In fact, electric cars are often advertised as creating "zero emissions." But do they really? Let's take a closer look. First, there's the energy needed to produce the car. More than a third of the lifetime carbon-dioxide emissions from an...
  • Clinton rolls out energy efficiency plan - 1/3 reduction in energy waste in 10 years

    02/02/2016 10:29:57 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 2, 2016 | Devin Henry
    Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign Tuesday rolled out a plan to increase building energy efficiency standards as a way to cut emissions and save on energy costs. The plan, her campaign said Tuesday, looks to improve building codes, provide more information about buildings' energy usage and expand appliance energy labeling as ways to reduce energy consumption. The proposal would save households and businesses $70 billion, or $600 per household, annually if implemented, Clinton's campaign said, and reduce taxpayer spending on energy in federal buildings by $8 billion. Its goal is a one-third reduction in energy waste within ten years. The far-reaching...
  • CHART OF THE DAY: Here‚Äôs How Expensive It Is To Cut CO2 With Green Energy

    01/28/2016 10:14:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 28, 2016 | Michael Bastasch
    Politicians and environmentalists concerned about global warming are pushing policies to cut carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector. It's too bad they are pushing costly green energy technologies. ExxonMobil's annual energy report shows just how expensive it is to use green energy to cut CO2 emissions. Replacing coal power, for example, with wind or solar energy costs upwards of $100 and $200, respectively, per ton of CO2 reduced. That’s much more expensive than replacing coal with natural gas or simply improving vehicle engine efficiency. Pushing electric cars, however, is the most expensive way to reduce CO2 emissions, costing $800...
  • Branstad‚Äôs Ethanol Attack on Cruz: Will Iowans Choose Politics or Principle?

    01/21/2016 11:57:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    The National Review ^ | January 21, 2016 | Jeremy Carl
    Cruz tries for a respectable showing in Iowa with Trump and the governor against him There are few things that energy-policy experts of all political stripes can agree on - but one of them is that mandates and subsidies to promote the use of corn ethanol (a policy first implemented by Jimmy Carter) are wasteful boondoggles that harm our environment and food supply while imposing billions of dollars of hidden costs on consumers. However, most energy-policy experts are not running for president in the Iowa caucuses. Ted Cruz, however, is running in the Iowa caucuses, and this week he found...
  • Save Us from the Tyranny of 'Settled' Science

    01/16/2016 1:21:47 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 16, 2016 | John Horvat II
    In classrooms across the country, high school students are taught the scientific method. It consists of constructing a doubtful hypothesis and designing a series of experiments to test the hypothesis with the observable facts. After a number of tests prove positive. The student can then take the facts and reach a conclusion. When a conclusion is constantly verified,it is enshrined in what might be called "established" science.There is a second kind of science that uses methods very different from those of "established" science. In fact,this science,if indeed it might be called such, uses the exact opposite method. It consists of...
  • Humans could evolve webbed feet if sea levels rise, scientist claims

    01/12/2016 11:42:04 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 107 replies
    Telegraph ^ | January 13, 2016 | Sarah Knapton
    The perils of climate change are well known, but rising sea levels could also alter human evolution, scientists have claimed. Rising sea levels could force communities to live in underwater or semi-aquatic towns which could change out physiology. Dr Matthew Skinner a paleoanthropologist from the University of Kent, claims that humans could evolve to have webbed hands and feet and less body hair so they could move quickly through the water. Our eyes would even become more like cats, so we could see in the murky gloom of seas and rivers and our lungs would shrink as we became used...
  • Return of incandescent light bulbs as MIT makes them more efficient than LEDs

    01/11/2016 10:43:32 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 94 replies
    Telegraph ^ | January 11, 2016 | Sarah Knapton,
    Ever since the EU restricted sales of traditional incandescent light bulbs, homeowners have complained about the shortcomings of their energy-efficient replacements. The clinical white beam of LEDs and frustrating time-delay of 'green' lighting has left many hankering after the instant, bright warm glow of traditional filament bulbs. But now scientists in the US believe they have come up with a solution which could see a reprieve for incandescent bulbs. Researchers at MIT have shown that by surrounding the filament with a special crystal structure in the glass they can bounce back the energy which is usually lost in heat, while...
  • A Frightening History of the Militant Greens: Jacki Daily Show!

    01/11/2016 3:08:55 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 1 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 1/8/2016 | The Jacki Daily Show
    A Frightening History of the Militant Greens Robert Zubrin‚Äôs book, Merchants of Despair, shows how some of the most tragic events of the 19th and 20th centuries were inspired by radical environmentalists who used the ‚Äúgreen‚ÄĚ agenda to mask scary ambitions.
  • The Truth About Apple's '100% Renewable' Energy Usage (Apple lies)

    01/08/2016 2:54:56 PM PST · by all the best · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 8, 2016 | Alex Epstein
    Apple has been claiming, to great public acclaim, that it uses 100% renewable sources of energy such as solar and wind for many of its power needs, including its data centers. From Apple’s website: "Since 2012, all our data centers have been powered by 100 percent renewable energy sources. That means no matter how much data they handle, there is a zero greenhouse gas impact on the environment from their energy use." This is a lie. Apple, like nearly every other international technology company in the world, gets the overwhelming percentage of its power from cheap, plentiful, reliable coal and...
  • Climate Models Have Been Wrong About Global Warming For Six Decades

    12/28/2015 11:07:05 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 28, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    .........."Everyone by now is familiar with the 'pause' or 'slowdown' in the rate of global warming that has taken place over the past 20 years of so, but few realize is that the observed warming rate has been beneath the model mean expectation for periods extending back to the mid-20th century-60+ years," Patrick Michaels and Chip Knappenberger, climate scientists at the libertarian Cato Institute, write in a working paper released in December. Michaels and Knappenberger compared observed global surface temperature warming rates since 1950 to what was predicted by 108 climate models used by government climate scientists to predict how...
  • ‚ÄėFour Times Greater Than Solyndra‚Äô: DOE Drops 1,200 Pages Of Heavily Redacted Docs On Green

    12/25/2015 12:59:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/25/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    The Department of Energy recently turned over more than 1,200 pages of heavily redacted documents in response to a records request about a subsidized biofuels company from The Daily Caller News Foundation. In October, TheDCNF filed a FOIA request with the Energy Department, asking for email records from government officials regarding federal loan guarantees given to Abengoa, a Spanish-based green energy company. The request came on the heels of reports Abengoa was running into big financial problems, despite being given generous taxpayer-backed loans. The DOE gave TheDCNF the records it requested Dec. 18, and after spending time reviewing the documents,...
  • Cruz: I would pull US out of Paris climate deal

    12/23/2015 12:30:11 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 22, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is promising, if elected president, to pull the United States out of the nonbinding climate change accord that nearly 200 countries agreed to earlier this month. Cruz, a GOP presidential candidate, on Tuesday told reporters in Tennessee that the agreement is part of an extreme focus on climate by President Obama. "Barack Obama seems to think the SUV parked in your driveway is a bigger threat to national security than radical Islamic terrorists who want to kill us. That's just nutty," he said, according to The Washington Post. "These are ideologues, they don't focus on the...
  • [Sunshine State] Solar Initiative Circling the Drain

    12/20/2015 1:36:29 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 18, 2015 | Larry Thornberry
    Floridians for Solar Choice, an ad hoc group seeking a carve-out for the already heavily subsidized solar industry in Florida, appears to be running out of sunshine (it wouldn't do to say gas here) in its constitutional amendment petition drive. The group has gathered 271,000 certified signatures to put a constitutional amendment on the November 2016 state ballot that would oblige the state to promote solar power over other forms of electrical power generation and would allow citizens to generate solar power through a solar power company. This generation and sales would not be regulated in any way by the...
  • No One Is Going to Enforce the Paris Climate Treaty Through the TPP

    12/17/2015 2:30:19 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 16, 2015 | K. William Watson
    "..........Anti-trade groups on the political right use similar methods. The easiest target for these groups has been apprehension among conservative voters over the intentions of President Obama,focusing on things like immigration and gun control. Conservative protectionists adopted the term "Obamatrade" to refer--interchangeably,in order to profit from confusion--to the TPP,trade promotion authority,and even the WTO. During the debate earlier this year over trade promotion authority,a number of politicians fell for the simplistic but inaccurate argument that TPA would enable Obama to secretly liberalize America's immigration laws.The most recent right-wing,anti-trade boogieman is the idea that the TPP will enable Obama to implement...
  • France Uses Emergency Laws to Place Climate Activists Under House Arrest

    11/29/2015 2:46:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    Slate ^ | November 28, 2015 | Daniel Politi
    At least 24 activists who advocate for climate change have been placed under house arrest ahead of the highly anticipated United Nations talks in Paris. France used emergency laws that were implemented after the Paris shootings to arrest the green campaigners, the French government confirmed on Saturday. Earlier, the Guardian had reported the news, noting that the warrants delivered to the activists cited state of emergency laws that were imposed after 130 people were killed in terrorist attacks earlier this month....... ......It's not that the French government thinks green campaigners are tantamount to terrorists, but rather that their actions could...
  • Legislators Looking to Establish Monopoly for Energy Providers

    11/17/2015 6:18:13 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/15/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Lawmakers in Lansing are working on legislation that would bring major changes to Michigan‚Äôs energy laws. Since energy policy is a hard-to-understand topic, it does not receive much public scrutiny. By its very nature, it involves a mind-numbing array of technical terms, acronyms and insider elitist jargon that average people find both boring and confusing. This in turn gives policy insiders and advocates more of an incentive than usual to disseminate misinformation. At the beginning of the year, there was an attempt to eliminate the competition ‚ÄĒ such as it is ‚ÄĒ that Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison face in...
  • If You Start Seeing Green Lights Pop Up in Your Neighborhood, Here‚Äôs What They Mean

    11/11/2015 3:06:09 PM PST · by BridgeOutAhead · 23 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/10/2015 | Liz Klimas
    98 cents, right by the check out lanes
  • Wake up, Obama, climate change has been happening forever

    09/08/2015 8:39:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 8, 2015 | Betsy McCaughey,senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research
    President Obama hiked to Exit Glacier in Alaska last week, with photographers in tow, to send the world a message: The glacier is melting.Obama blames it on the increasing use of fossil fuels such as coal,oil and natural gas,which he wants to restrict not only in the United States but worldwide. The photo op was designed to build support for an international climate agreement heís pushing hard to sell, so far with little success......Exit Glacier has been shrinking for 200 yearsósince 1815ólong before widespread industrialization and automobiles. As the president ended his trip,he sounded the alarm again: ďThis stateís climate...
  • The Big Sunshiny Lie... solarís undesirability goes unmentioned

    09/08/2015 4:46:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | September 7, 2015 | Larry Thornberry
    As Florida enviros push for their solar amendment, solarís undesirability goes unmentioned.The important thing to know about solar and wind power, and other so-called ďrenewableĒ sources of energy, is that they arenít necessary. Au the contraire, their dominance of the energy mix would be a disaster for the republic. Solar and wind create trifling amounts of power at a multiple of the cost of power made available by fossil fuels.Increased reliance on pricy power from wind and solar would drive up the overall cost of energy, which in turn would drive up the cost of everything. EVERYTHING! Not just individual...
  • The Environmentalist Rhetoric Guide

    09/02/2015 7:30:21 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/1/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Market research surveys commissioned by one of the nationís largest environmentalist groups advises activists to ďtalk about yourselves as conservationists ó not environmentalists,Ē ďdo not make global warming/climate change the primary rationale for conservation,Ē ďdo not use the threat of Ďsprawlí unless with core supporters,Ē and ďdo not focus on Ďgreení jobs as a primary rationale for conservation.Ē These quotes are found in a pair of documents, one from 2004 and one from 2013, that expose what might be called the environmental movementís political messaging intended for public consumption. The documents are based on research commissioned by The Nature Conservancy,...
  • Solyndra autopsy: Did Inspector General go too easy on Department of Energy?

    08/31/2015 7:36:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Watchdog ^ | August 31, 2015 | Rob Nikolewski
    An Inspector General of the Department of Energy report that picked over the bones of the Solyndra green energy fiasco placed most of the blame on Solyndra executives for losing more than $500 million in taxpayer money. But a close reading shows DOE made plenty of mistakes as well. The report authored by DOE Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman came just short of calling Solyndraís highest officials liars, saying their actions during the loan process were ďat best, reckless and irresponsible or, at worst, an orchestrated effort to knowingly and intentionally deceive and mislead the Department.Ē While the 13-page report...
  • Your Green Car Could Cause Black Rain in China

    07/28/2015 9:27:51 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 8 replies
    National Observer ^ | July 28, 2015 15:12 GMT | Charles Mandel
    You may have a "green" car, but it could be causing black rain in China from the graphite mined and used in its lithium ion battery. Two academics at Toronto's York University, Carla Lipsig-Mumme and Caleb Goods, applaud many of the new advances in green technology in recent years, but at the same time warn that those very technologies may come with a host of environmental issues. The pair issue a caution about ďsuperindustrializationĒ in which the answer to climate change is a matter of ďtechnological adjustment.Ē In an article recently published in The Conversation and picked up by the...
  • Have 3 climate change scientists been ASSASSINATED? ..astonishing claim made by a Cambridge prof

    07/26/2015 1:31:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 68 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | July 25, 2015 | Gemma Mullin
    A Cambridge professor has claimed that three scientists investigating climate change in the Arctic may have been assassinated. Professor Peter Wadhams insists Seymour Laxon, Katharine Giles and Tim Boyd could have been murdered by someone possibly working for the oil industry or within government forces. The trio had been studying the polar ice caps - with a focus on sea ice - when they died within a few months of each other in 2013. Professor Laxon, 49, a director of the Centre for Polar Observation at University College London, was at a New Year's Eve party in Essex when he...
  • Tesla gets $295M in green subsidy credits for technology not offered to customers

    07/23/2015 2:23:17 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 10 replies
    watchdog.org ^ | July 23, 2015 | Tori Richards
    Tesla Motors has earned more than $295 million in green subsidy emission credits during the past three years for a battery-swapping technology customers werenít getting, a Watchdog investigation reveals. In fact, the electric car company, owned in part by billionaire Elon Musk, may have earned credits up to nearly half a billion dollars in value from the 11 states that use the Zero Emission Vehicle barter as part of a green auto industry mandate. California created the program and leads the pack, doling out $173 million in credits to the Silicon Valley-based Tesla. Tesla claimed the credits between 2012 and...
  • Walker Gives GOP Presidential Field a New Anti-Climate Leader

    07/19/2015 2:29:12 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Inside Climate Change ^ | July 13, 2015 | Katherine Bagley
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker joined the crowded field of Republican contenders vying for the White House in 2016 on Monday, and immediately stands out for having one of the poorest records on environmental and climate issues, according to green groups and political experts. Since taking office in 2010, Walker has dismantled several longstanding policies protecting wetlands and waterways, fast-tracked mining projects, fought climate action, slashed funding for dozens of state scientists and environmental education positions, and impeded development of wind energy in Wisconsin. "He's one of the worst," said Heather Taylor-Miesle, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Action Fund,...
  • The sixth mass extinction on Earth has officially begun and could threaten humanity's existence

    06/20/2015 12:28:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 159 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 20, 2015 | Mark Prigg
    We are entering a mass extinction that threatens humanity's existence, researchers have declared. Researchers say a new study shows 'without any significant doubt' that we are entering the sixth great mass extinction on earth. The study says that the window for conserving threatened species is rapidly closing. The study shows without any significant doubt that we are now entering the sixth great mass extinction event,' said Paul Ehrlich, the Bing Professor of Population Studies in biology and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment who led the research.The new study, published in the journal Science Advances,...
  • How Scott Walker Dismantled Wisconsin's Environmental Legacy

    06/18/2015 2:54:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Scientific American ^ | June 17, 2015 | Siri Carpenter with Nick Ibarra
    When Wisconsinís new state treasurer Matt Adamczyk took office in January, his first act was to order a highly symbolic change in stationery. Adamczyk, a Republican and one of three members of the board that oversees a small public lands agency, ďfelt passionatelyĒ that Tia Nelson, the agencyís executive secretary, should be struck from the letterhead. As soon became clear, his principal objection to Nelson, daughter of former Wisconsin governor and environmentalist-hero Gaylord Nelson, was that in 2007Ė08 she had co-chaired a state task force on climate change at the then-governorís request. Adamczyk insisted that climate change is not germane...
  • Group says Scott Walker bans employees from talking about climate change [Rated: FALSE]

    06/16/2015 9:32:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    PolitiFact Wisconsin ^ | June 16, 2015 | Sarah Hauer
    If a website from a progressive group is to be believed, state workers in Wisconsin cannot even say the words "climate change." So the scottaway.com website, developed by an operation called Forecast the Facts, allows readers to click a red button on the screen and get alternative words to use, like "weather roulette" and "extended Popsicle season." One tongue-in-cheek offering: "In the U.S., FREE OUTDOOR HEATING is predicted to cause more heat waves, flooding, wildfires, sea level rise and drought." Forecast the Facts, a project of the progressive Citizen Engagement Laboratory, says it developed the website in response to government...
  • Battle brewing over logging, grazing at state parks

    06/14/2015 3:16:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Stamford Advocate ^ | June 14, 2015 | KEITH MORELLI, The Tampa Tribune
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) ó Conservationists are drawing a line in the scrubland, vowing to fight any attempt by the state to expand logging and cattle grazing throughout Florida's 171 state parks. Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson, appointed in December by Gov. Rick Scott, set off a furor last month when he suggested in a series of newspaper guest columns that Florida expand grazing and timber harvesting in its state parks as a way to offset the cost of running them. In the columns, which ran in newspapers throughout Florida, Steverson said state parks hosted more than 27...
  • More laws will be enacted to 'keep you safe', help 'make things green'...

    06/12/2015 5:26:23 AM PDT · by alexmark1917 · 7 replies
    Itís no surprise that we lead the world in incarcerations when you see that the whole process has been monetized and profitable. States of Incarceration: The Global Context http://www.prisonpolicy.org/global/ Here Are All Of The Nations That Incarcerate More Of Their Population Than The U.S. Yeah, weíre actually number one and thatís not a good thing. No country incarcerates a higher percentage of its population than the United States. At 716 per 100,000 people in 2013, according to the International Centre for Prison Studies, the U.S. tops every other nation in the world. Among OECD countries, the competition isnít even close...
  • Going for the Golden Climate Change Dollars - "Bootlegger and Baptist"

    06/11/2015 9:12:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    E21 - Economic Policies ^ | William O'Keefe
    In 1848, the discovery of gold in California lead to one of the most dramatic population shifts in US history. People hoping to strike it rich migrated from all over the country, South America, and even as far as China. The non-native American population of California went from under 1,000 to over 100,000 in a little over one year. Today, there is another gold rush taking place in Washington D.C. as political entrepreneurs seek to strike it rich by mining the climate change mother lode. According to the 2013 Federal Climate Change Expenditures Report to Congress, the Federal Government is...
  • Help! Is my quinoa killing the planet?

    06/10/2015 7:46:31 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    the Guardian ^ | 4-3-15 | Deborah Coughlin
    Over the last two years, Iíve dabbled with paleo, cacao, almond milk, seaweed, aloe vera and coconut water. My friends tell me Iím a ďhealth hipsterĒ. And whatís wrong with that? But then I learned that my chia seed addiction might have a real impact on the global food industry: this year, analysts from Credit Suisse warned that the consumer migration from carbs to proteins would damage the baking and milling industry, all because people are having ham and eggs for breakfast instead of Shreddies or toast. And thereís worse: what about the environment? What if my taste for goji...
  • Obama to seek climate rules for airplanes

    06/10/2015 11:51:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 10, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    The Obama administration wants to declare that greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes are harmful, which would set up regulations to limit the pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed ďendangerment findingĒ Wednesday, which would formally conclude that carbon dioxide and any other greenhouse gases from commercial airplanes contribute to climate change and harm the public health and welfare. The move is a major win for environmentalists, since aircraft are the largest source of greenhouse gases that the EPA is not either regulating or planning to regulate. But the EPAís proposed solution to the airplane climate problem ó adopting...
  • WI Republicans fire scientists working on research related to climate change and polllution (sic)

    06/08/2015 12:55:37 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Wisconsin Gazette ^ | June 8, 2015 | Todd Richmond,
    Republican lawmakers are cutting scientists from the Department of Natural Resources who worked on issues related to climate change, pollution and mining. Republicans claim the cuts are designed to refocus the DNR on hunting and fishing. But Democrats say the GOP is retaliating against researchers in areas they oppose for political reasons. ďIt has to be political,Ē Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, a member of the Legislatureís budget committee, said of the cuts. ďThe public hasnít called for this. Most people in the state want decisions about the environment to be based on science, not politics.Ē Republican Gov. Scott Walker, an...
  • Putin and Buffettís War on U.S. Pipelines

    06/06/2015 6:52:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 6, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    Abundant, reliable, affordable oil and natural gas empower people. They support job creation, mobility, modern agriculture, homes and hospitals, computers and communications, lights and refrigerators, life and study after sundown, indoor plumbing, safe drinking water, less disease and longer lives. Hydrocarbons make plastics, pharmaceuticals and synthetic clothing. They create fertilizers and pesticides, to improve crop yields, reduce food prices and improve nutrition. But Sierra Club, 350.org and other radicals want to keep Americaís oil and natural gas bounties in the ground. They block leasing, drilling and fracking. They block pipelines that transport oil and gas to refineries, power plants, factories...