Lockheed Martin, a recent Washington Post article notes, is getting into renewable energy, nuclear fusion, “sustainability” and even fish farming projects, to augment its reduced defense profits. The company plans to forge new ties with Defense Department and other Obama initiatives, based on a shared belief in manmade climate change as a critical security and planetary threat. It is charging ahead where other defense contractors have failed, confident that its expertise, lobbying skills and “socially responsible” commitment to preventing climate chaos will land it plentiful contracts and subsidies.
As with its polar counterparts, 90% of the titanic climate funding iceberg is invisible to most citizens, businessmen and politicians. The Lockheed action is the mere tip of the icy mountaintop.
China switches from polluting coal to cleaner shale gas (sic). --Carole Nahkle, World Review, 26 September 2014
China National Offshore Oil Corp (Cnooc) has decided to shelve its shale gas project in Anhui province in the latest sign that the shale gas revolution that transformed the US energy industry is unlikely to replicate itself in China. Chinese and international oil companies are cutting spending following a steep slide in crude prices over the past year, and expensive shale projects are begin targeted. Cnooc joins larger Chinese firm PetroChina, which has already sharply scaled back on shale project in Sichuan province that it was developing with Royal Dutch Shell. --Lucy Hornby, Financial Times, 27 March 2015
An article published today in Tech Times reports that Petra Tschakert, a climate scientist, believes the "world's target of limiting global warming to a 2°C global average temperature increase may not be enough." Would a two-degree rise in temperatures really mean the end of the world as we know it? Earth's history tells a different story.
Petra Tschakert, a lead author of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, said that the 2°C target "may pose a threat to livelihoods and ecosystems." What he doesn't tell you is that Earth has gone through much warmer periods than we have today, and has flourished and thrived quite nicely.
Republicans with higher levels of education are more likely than those in their parties with less education to say that the seriousness of global warming is "generally exaggerated."
By contrast, Democrats with some college or more are less likely than those with less education to believe the seriousness of global warming is exaggerated, according to Gallup.
Prof. John ChristyAn Alabama atmospheric scientist who has gained a global reputation as a repudiator of "mainstream climate science" strongly defended his research record at the University of Alabama, Huntsville (UAH), where he is a distinguished professor and director of the university's Earth System Science Center.
John Christy, who has been at UAH since 1987, said this week that all of his research funds are derived from state and federal agencies and that he has never accepted research money from business or industry groups that have challenged the scientific findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the National Research Council and other expert bodies.
Nor has he accepted research funding from groups actively engaged in lobbying against U.S. climate change policies, he said.