New EPA boss promises dictatorial action on global warming
While speaking at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Gina McCarthy, the new head of the EPA, said Wednesday the administration is finished waiting on Congress and is set to take unilateral action on measures aimed at global warming, the Washington Times reported.
In June, Obama gave “what I really think is a most remarkable speech by a president of the United States,” she said.
“Essentially, he said that it is time to act,” she said. “And he said he wasn’t going to wait for Congress, but that he had administrative authorities and that it was time to start utilizing those more effectively and in a more concerted way.”
McCarthy insisted the administration could reduce so-called greenhouse gas emissions without harming economic growth, and could do it without any congressional approval.
Controlled Tornadoes Create Renewable Energy
Waste heat from power plants could be twisted into a nonpolluting source of energy.
Replication may be possible some day in the distant future. Of course if Cook acted like a scientist rather than a propagandist with Nazi fantasies, Tol could have all the data and do it now.
As predicted, John Cook releases a bit more data, but not all data, making sure that data quality and results cannot be checked.
— Richard Tol (@RichardTol) August 16, 2013
The chill goes deep:
Atlanta breaks a century-old temperature record – CBS Atlanta 46 http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/23151205/atlanta-breaks-a-century-old-temperature-record
Thursday’s 71-degree high temperature was the area’s lowest for an Aug. 15 and the seventh-coldest in August since records began to be kept in 1874, according to the National Weather Service.
The temperature at Mansfield’s Lahm Airport fell to 46 degrees at 7:00 a.m. and tied a record low set in 1979.
“Rare summer snowfall in Xinjiang,” reads the headline.
Windows XP, the next climate forcing?
Stacey writes in tips and notes:
Next Year Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP. Many companies will need to purchase new computers to run Windows 8. This will result in millions of perfectly working older machines being trashed.
Part of Microsoft’s statement on Climate Change follows, the irony is obvious:-
Climate change is a serious challenge that requires a comprehensive and global response from all sectors of society. To address it, Microsoft is committed to measuring, transparently reporting, and reducing the carbon footprint of our own operations. We are also pursuing opportunities with our partners to increase the energy efficiency of computing.
While energy efficiency is important, long-term solutions to climate change will require dramatic innovations to transition the world to a sustainable low-carbon economy while expanding substantially the number of people who have access to electricity. Software will play a key role in enabling this transformation. Microsoft is working to apply information technology innovation to help people and businesses around the world address climate change. We are also supporting research efforts on this topic being conducted by leading environmental groups, scientists, and governments around the world.
Mike Jowsey says in Tips and Notes
Quote of The Week contender:
In its article, Spiegel calls the growing disagreement between model results and measured observations “the wound of climate science“.
Gee, apparently farming practices, demand, availability, and selective breeding to make better crops had nothing to do with our crops of today, it was all the unseen guiding hand of climate change wot did it:
Thank climate change for our daily bread. High levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere after the last ice age drove us to cultivate wheat.
All the plants grew larger under high levels of CO2, but the relatives of wheat and barley grew twice as large and produced double the seeds. This suggests the species are especially sensitive to high levels of CO2, Frenck says, making them the best choice for cultivation after the last ice age.
The four-minute video below shows brave anti-coal folks protesting . . . with gourmet food on a luxury yacht.
Letter to the Editor – Watts Up With That? 16th August 2013
Green Energy is Part of the Past, not Fuel for the Future
The growing failure of green energy in Europe should warn Australia to abandon its bi-partisan policies dictating targets, mandates and subsidies for “green” energy.
I grew up at the end of the last green energy era – solar energy powered our growing crops and dried the washing, but it was weak in winter and ceased under clouds and at night; wind energy pumped water, but only when the wind blew; draft horses powered farm machinery, but they had to be fed whether they were working or not; wood gave us home heating and cooking, but it consumed energy to collect and chop it up; kids walked to school or rode bikes or ponies and ladies took the horse and sulky.
Our only help from carbon energy was kerosene for the kitchen lamp and coke used in smelters and forges to produce our metal tools and machinery.
We also practiced “sustainability” – we purchased little, and most of the farm produce was consumed on the farm by family, farm labourers and draft horses.
We were rescued from this life of hard labour by carbon energy – a kerosene-powered tractor, a petrol-powered truck, and coal-powered electricity for lighting, heating, cooking, refrigeration, milking machines and pumps. The horses and farm labour were no longer needed and, at last, the farms produced a decent surplus of food for the growing cities.
Wind, solar, wood and muscle power are tools of the past and they work no better now than they did then. Forcing people to use these ancient technologies will just return us to laborious poverty on the farms and hunger in the cities.
Green energy should not be forced on consumers – those who want it should pay for it.
Green energy will eventually be abandoned, but the cost rises for each day’s delay
Viv Forbes, Rosewood Qld Australia