The California Democrat is a marquee draw for an otherwise obscure bill by Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont liberal and independent. Called "fee and dividend," the legislation is an unusual variant on a carbon tax. It would impose a fee on carbon emissions at their source, such as coal mines, raising the price of fossil fuel energy.
[h/t to Gator] Celebrities and environmental activists, including lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and civil rights leader Julian Bond, were arrested Wednesday after tying themselves to the White House gate to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.
Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune also was arrested — the first time in the group's 120-year history that a club leader was arrested in an act of civil disobedience. The club's board of directors approved the action as a sign of its opposition to the $7 billion pipeline, which would carry oil derived from tar sands in western Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.
Activist Bill McKibben, actress Daryl Hannah and NASA climate scientist James Hansen also were arrested, along with more than 40 others. They were charged with failure to disperse and obey lawful orders, and released on $100 bond each.
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The Government Accountability Office has added two big government operations to its latest "high risk list" for being vulnerable for waste, fraud, abuse, inefficiency and mismanagement.
The first is the government's overall management of programs that deal with possible climate change problems, such as the federal flood and crop insurance programs and direct damage to federal property. It also is concerned about disaster relief programs, which spent more than $100 billion in recent years including FEMA ($80 billion 2004-2011) and emergency spending, such as the $50 Sandy relief bill. Add in Katrina relief and you get billions more.
A shale oil revolution could add up to £800 to each person’s economic output in the UK, according to a report from accountants PwC. The boost would be due to significantly lower oil prices as the world taps into the energy held in shale rock, cutting costs faced by businesses and consumers, it said. As a result, UK gross domestic product (GDP) could increase by an extra 2pc to 3.3pc by 2035, it estimated, or around £30bn to £50bn at today’s values. --Emma Rowley, The Daily Telegraph, 14 February 2013
After watching the drivel that passes for science coming out of Obama's blabbering mouth last night, I couldn't help but remember this wonderful lecture given by the late author Michael Crichton at CalTech Jan. 17, 2003. It's called "Aliens Cause Global Warming" and I encourage everyone to read the transcript. It shows how over the last three decades scientists have begun to "intermingle scientific and political claims." Sound familiar? It's a bit long but well worth the read.
My topic today sounds humorous but unfortunately I am serious. I am going to argue that extraterrestrials lie behind global warming. Or to speak more precisely, I will argue that a belief in extraterrestrials has paved the way, in a progression of steps, to a belief in global warming. Charting this progression of belief will be my task today.
Let me say at once that I have no desire to discourage anyone from believing in either extraterrestrials or global warming. That would be quite impossible to do.
Rather, I want to discuss the history of several widely-publicized beliefs and to point to what I consider an emerging crisis in the whole enterprise of science-namely the increasingly uneasy relationship between hard science and public policy.
Satellite imagery of the New York City Metropolitan Area. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I pointed out that New York had a much bigger storm two centuries ago, and Huffington Post quickly deleted it. This is information which the public is not entitled to know, because it wrecks the basis of the global warming religion.
In 1821, stunned colonial New Yorkers recorded sea levels rising as fast as 13 feet in a single hour at the Battery. The East River and Hudson Rivers merged over Lower Manhattan all the way to Canal Street. According to Coch, the fact that the 1821 storm struck at low tide “is the only thing that saved the city.”
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Australian are urging Cardinal George Pell to throw his mitre into the ring and become the nation’s first pope. But the bookies still think the 71-year-old Victorian needs divine intervention to land the top job. “The white smoke’ll just be the barbie,” one tweeted, referring to the smoke that shoots from the Sistine Chapel once a new pontiff is selected after the secret Conclave ballot. While Cardinal George Pell is considered a $41 outsider, observers said yesterday he was “not without a chance” to replace the 85-year-old Pontiff, who is stepping down because of ill health. --Bruce McDougall, Herald Sun, 12 February 2013
When the white smoke goes up, who will lead the Church? My front-runners [among others]: Cardinal George Pell, of Australia: He’d be a great choice for the English-speaking world and would easily become another no-nonsense media star. –Louise Mensch, The Sun, 13 February 2013
They pointed out, without too much ado, the innocent fact that since the beginning of the observations in 1979, the year 2013 has seen the greatest increase of the Arctic sea ice area relatively to the previous year's summer minimum.
That drove Tamino up the wall! Some people – deniers – can't be reasoned with, we learn.
I find this exchange amusing. It's very clear that pride of Tamino's God – the omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent global warming – has been hurt. It's been hurt by the facts. Facts should only be allowed to support global warming's greatness.
Obama fails climate science in his State of the Union address -- Climate Depot's point-by-point rebuttal to the President's global warming claims
The President offered up nothing more than the usual incorrect global warming platitudes during his speech. No wonder the speech brought a "smile" to Al Gore's face. The president could not have been more wrong in claiming “extreme weather” was “now more frequent and intense" and he failed to note that global temperatures have not increased in 16 years.
Climate Depot's Point-by-Point rebuttal:
President Obama: 'But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change'
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During his State of the Union address, President Obama suggested that "climate change" caused Hurricane Sandy:
But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. Yes, it’s true that no single event makes a trend. But the fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods – all are now more frequent and intense. We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science – and act before it’s too late.
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Liberal senators are helping President Barack Obama make good on his plan to address climate change during his second term, and are set to announce comprehensive legislation on the topic later this week.
Democratic Sens. Bernie Sanders and Barbara Boxer will hold a news conference on Thursday to announce new legislation that would put a fee on carbon dioxide emissions to help fund green-energy projects such as wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass.
The legislation would also compensate consumers for higher energy bills.
Grinnell glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Following the end of the earth's most recent ice age, the planet entered into an interglacial period of time known as the Holocene, the warmest portion of which - the Holocene Climatic Optimum - prevailed from about 9,000 to 5,000 years B.P. Thereafter, the earth began to cool again; and glaciers began to reform and grow, as the planet experienced the Neoglacial period of "renewed glaciation." And it is this period of time on which Munroe et al. (2012) focus their attention in a recently published study of the glaciers of Montana's Glacier National Park (GNP), where there has been a reduction in the area of glaciers in excess of 36% since approximately 1850 (Key et al., 2002), about which they write that "such dramatic glacier retreat is frequently highlighted as a signal of global warming (e.g. Apenzeller, 2007)," but while noting that "in reality very little is known about fluctuations of glaciers in GNP before the Little Ice Age."