(h/t Raining Sky) Poland has adopted a new law banning construction of wind farms close to dwellings and hiking project costs in a move which the industry says could hobble Poland's move to renewables and away from coal.
Wind farms must be built at a distance from housing of at least 10 times the height of the turbine, or about 1.5 to 2 km, under the law which was adopted by the lower house of parliament on Friday.
It’s lonely being a “climate skeptic.” At social gatherings, you’re likely to be the lone outcast if you say you “don’t believe in catastrophic global warming.” Of course, what you really mean is, you don’t believe that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are driving contemporary warming. Regardless, it’s not the sort of thing people want to hear at parties. However, listed below are some possible responses to typical climate statements and questions that may pop up.
You don’t believe in global warming?
Yes, I do. The Earth has warmed by roughly 0.8 degrees Celsius since the late 1800s.
Claude Walker to Al Gore: Did you ever know that you're my hero?Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude E. Walker has withdrawn his subpoena of the Competitive Enterprise Institute after a rash of criticism over his investigation into climate-change dissenters.
Still, CEI general counsel Sam Kazman said Monday that the free-market think-tank would still push the court for sanctions against Mr. Walker, one of an 17-member coalition of attorneys general pursuing fraud allegations against climate skeptics.
“We are doing so because Walker’s underlying Virgin Islands subpoena remains in effect and, as his local counsel expressly stated, Walker can reinstate the DC [District of Columbia] subpoena whenever he wants,” Mr. Kazman said in a statement.
Why has the sea ice cover surrounding Antarctica been increasing slightly, in sharp contrast to the drastic loss of sea ice occurring in the Arctic Ocean? Since the late 1970s, its extent has been relatively stable, increasing just slightly; however, regional differences are observed. A NASA/NOAA/university team found that two persistent geological factors — the topography of Antarctica and the depth of the ocean surrounding it — are influencing winds and ocean currents, respectively, to drive the formation and evolution of Antarctica’s sea ice cover and help sustain it.
Hasn't anyone told him about FaceTime, Skype, or teleconferencing?Leonardo DiCaprio was pilloried by fans and critics this weekend for taking a private jet from France to New York and back again to scoop up an environmental award, an 8,000-mile-long journey that was anything but green. He had flown to New York City to receive an award from the grassroots' organization Riverkeeper, which helps protects NY waterways. Before coming to New York, DiCaprio was chumming it up at the Cannes Film Festival in France and partying hard at club Gotha with supermodel Georgia Fowler.
The Portland Public Schools board is going to need to buy some carbon offsets to compensate for its new book-burning campaign.
Well, okay, it’s not actually planning to burn the books, so it’s in the clear on the emissions. Perhaps it will use a more ecologically sensitive solution like composting. Either way, the politically incorrect books are on the way out.
Last week, the Portland, Oregon, public schools board voted to “abandon the use of any adopted text material that is found to express doubt about the severity of the climate crisis or its root in human activities.”
Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer is committing time, money and effort to keep presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump from winning California’s Republican primary in June.
Steyer’s super PAC, NextGen Climate, said Friday it will wage a voter registration campaign to beat back the support Trump is gaining from California Republicans. The liberal climate justice warrior is worried the smattering of moderate Republicans willing to work with Steyer and his group might get defeated in November’s election.
Boulder County commissioners re-implemented a local moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, Thursday, defying both state Supreme Court rulings and their own attorney’s legal advice.
The county repealed an old fracking ban, which was supposed to last until 2018, with a new six-month moratorium, which the oil industry considers challenging.
“Boulder County ends a moratorium by creating a brand new one,” Dan Haley, president of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association which brought the lawsuit which led to the Court’s ruling, told DailyCamera News. “We will watch very carefully to see if the county is sincere in enacting oil and gas regulations within the context of the recent Supreme Court ruling or if this is just a ploy to extend their previous moratorium and it’s business as usual.”
In March a group of Democratic attorneys general formed “AG’s United for Clean Power.”
It sounds nice enough, doesn’t it? New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, standing beside a grinning Al Gore, announced that the gang was going after any energy providers and distributors who may have committed thought crimes such as questioning the human cause of the 0.8oC global warming since 1880.
Former Vice President Al Gore told The Hollywood Reporter his 2006 film “An Inconvenient Truth” actually underestimated how serious global warming would be — despite all the patently false predictions he made in the film.
“I wish the film had over-estimated the seriousness of the crisis, but unfortunately it actually underestimated how serious it is,” Gore told THR in an interview Thursday, just days before the 10th anniversary of his film.
As they don caps and gowns, endure commencement speeches and take their diplomas, many high school and college graduates face bleak prospects in an economy that grew a dismal 0.5% the first quarter.
The United States added a meager 160,000 new non-farm jobs in April, a paltry 4,000 of them in manufacturing. First quarter 2016 averaged just 203,000 jobs per month. The labor force participation rate remains stuck at an abysmal 63% – meaning 93 million working age Americans are still unemployed.
Everyone has heard the famous statement that 97% of scientists say global warming is real. Of course, that in itself is a meaningless statement, since no one disputes that the earth has warmed by roughly 0.8 degrees Celsius over the past century or so.
But the “97% of scientists believe in global warming” mantra became gospel on May 16, 2013, when President Obama tweeted: