Bill McKibben’s crazy logic: He says wind is cheap as coal. Jo Nova says “so who needs a carbon tax then?”
To which I say, fantastic. If wind power is as cheap as coal, we don’t need a carbon tax, emissions trading schemes, renewable targets, or other subsidies … people will use wind simply because it is cheaper. Alternatively, Bill is talking out of his hat.
Kill the schemes, cut the subsidies. Bring it on. I say!
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I don’t think the logic here is well thought out:
Thank Global Warming For Softening The Blow Of Hurricane Sandy
Beyond the general hurricane trends, it is quite possible global warming had a very direct, beneficial impact on Hurricane Sandy. Scientists have documented that global warming has increased upper-atmospheric wind shear, which rips apart hurricanes before they can grow to major hurricanes.
That might be true when Sandy was over the tropical Atlantic, where the effect is documented, but in its post tropical stage, when most of the damage was done, it really didn’t have an effect. The “Fujiwhara effect,” probably had more to do with the damage path than anything. Watch this animation.
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Taxpayer-Funded Solar Company Leaves Environmental, Financial Mess
By Paul Chesser, National Legal & Policy Center, 10/28/2013
It may be the height of irony that a company that was supposed to soar to the top of the new clean energy economy, with the help of U.S. taxpayers to undergird President Obama’s stimulus visions, has instead left both an environmental and financial mess after its demise.
Yet that’s exactly the case with miserable failure Abound Solar, which the president’s Department of Energy thought so much of, they awarded it a $400 million loan guarantee. That proposition quickly soured and the government halted payouts after about $70 million. The company went bankrupt in June 2012, leaving taxpayers out between $40 million and $60 million that was never recovered.
There was other collateral damage, not the least of which was a huge toxic mess from unused panels and abandoned chemicals at Abound’s former facilities.
Read the rest here: http://bit.ly/16h3ouz
NOAA’s fmr. Jane Lubchenco: The climate change era is already upon us
We’re beyond debating the existence of climate change. Impacts we’re seeing now should compel us to reduce emissions further and start planning in earnest. It’s time to quit dithering.
Problem is, much of that is predicated on starting points from the urban polluted surface temperature record:
Shades of RGGI: US States & Canadian Province Sign Clean Energy Agreement
In an agreement announced Monday, the governors of California, Oregon, Washington and the environment minister of British Columbia, Mary Polak, will place a price on greenhouse gas pollution and mandate the use of cleaner-burning fuels.
While the west wails about trying to control CO2, other parts of the world still have real problems. There is so much pollution in China and India that it is causing computer motherboards to fail due to corrosion.
Intel engineers spotted the problem a few years ago, when the company noticed an unusual number of customers from China and India returning computers with failed motherboards, the component that houses the microprocessor brains.
Time to write more letters then, lest it become Dana 24/7:
BBC coverage criticised for favouring climate change sceptics
A letter from the BBC in response to the science committee’s criticism defends airing ‘misinformed’ arguments
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Tom Nelson writes:
I’m confused again: If the Arctic is at its warmest in 120k years, why the suggestion that 120 meters of Antarctic ice has built up over the last 1,000 years?
The team will drill three ice cores, one 400-metre core with data between 2000 and 3000 years old, and two 120-metre cores, which will cover atmospheric conditions over the past 1000 years.