"Global Warming" Category
May 1st, 2007

Ethanol? No Way!

Just say no to ethanol!! We cannot have this going on in the U.S.:
(from Foreign Policy Magazine)

We witnessed the tens of thousands of demonstrators decrying the rapidly (and exorbitantly) rising price of corn in the “tortilla protests” in Mexico City earlier this year. The protests came about as a result of the growing demand for corn-based ethanol, the Bush administration’s biofuel of choice. But now there appears to be a new dietary staple under threat from the rising demand for ethanol: German beer.

Der Spiegel Online reports that a 2006 barley shortage will raise the wholesale price of German beer this May. Many brewing industry lobbyists attribute the price rise to farmers forgoing barley for corn in order to satisfy the global demand for biofuels, especially from the United States. In the past year, the price of barley has doubled on the German market, from €200 to €400 per ton.

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April 30th, 2007

Diviserfied Energy Is The Answer

I find it ironic that we have reached a point where two major problems are coming to the fore at a singular point in time. Of course, I am talking about energy and environmental change. It is no coincidence that these two serious challenges are impossibly intertwined, because it is the very sources of energy we use, and the way we use it, that have led to many of the environmental changes. It becomes apparent then that to solve one problem we must solve the other. Or at least, in solving one, we alleviate the pressure on the other and make strides to improve even more.

So where do we start? Is it a ‘chicken and egg’ kind of question? Developing a new energy base means a complete infrastructure upgrade in addition to finding the new source and exploiting it. Yet invoking environmentally protectionist laws before a viable new energy source appears may be too economically and socially disasterous. Then again, invoking none, or too few too late could result in calamities that may have been avoidable or at worst, prepared for.

In the energy debate, I don’t hear people looking at the problem with enough open-mindedness. After three or four generations into an oil based society, we aren’t tasking ourselves to look at multiple replacement streams for multiple purposes. We’ve become so accustomed to having oil (and other fossil fuels like coal and natural gas) generate all our power needs, from lights to cars to everything in between, that we’ve only sparingly supplemented our power generation with some alternate forms, notably hydro-electric projects taken place during the 1930’s through the 1950’s. Our energy infrastructure is geared towards a single energy form and it’s derivitives. This ubiquity of a single source of energy, fossil fuels- and specifically oil- has engendered a myopic form of forward vision that isn’t looking at other kinds of power organization.
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April 27th, 2007

Quit Telling Me Impossible To Use Renewable Energy

You know, I’m starting to think we are a bunch of babies in the country. Every major domestic problem we face in this country seems to be met with a “can’t do” attitude. I’m getting pretty disgusted with hearing about how we can’t fix healthcare. I’m disgusted with hearing about how we can’t fix education. But nothing disgusts me more than hearing about how we can’t solve the energy issue. Its nonsense, it’s short sighted and it’s just plain defeatist.

Everyone knows we have an energy crisis in this country. One of the few areas that we all agree on is that we need to find some alternative to foreign oil. Most of us know we have a greenhouse gas problem in this country. Most of us agree that we need to find some cleaner source of energy to power our homes, fuel our cars and feed our industry. After that there is very little agreement and even less leadership on how to achieve our goals.

Let’s be honest, the United States is an energy pig. In 1957 the U.S. used 7.4 trillion BTU’s of energy. Our population was 172 million people (give or take a few hundred thousand). Fast forward 50 years. We now have 300 million people in this country (less than double the population) but our energy consumption has skyrocketed to 22 trillion BTU’s of energy - a near 300% increase! This kind of energy consumption cannot continue to be fed with fossil fuels long term. Even if we could find the fuel (coal would be our only legitimate option), the impact to the environment would be devastating.
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April 23rd, 2007

Rove Should Eat Crow - Sub Title - Come On People, Uncle Karl “Just Wanted To Have Some Fun.”

Proving that Rove is nuts, he blew his lid at Sheryl Crow, for no good reason other than that he wanted to display his true plumage. Why Rove shows such disdain for the American People is beyond me, but symptomatic of all that is wrong with the current administration.

In his attempt to dismiss us, Mr. Rove turned to head toward his table, but as soon as he did so, Sheryl reached out to touch his arm. Karl swung around and spat, “Don’t touch me.” How hardened and removed from reality must a person be to refuse to be touched by Sheryl Crow? Unfazed, Sheryl abruptly responded, “You can’t speak to us like that, you work for us.” Karl then quipped, “I don’t work for you, I work for the American people.” To which Sheryl promptly reminded him, “We are the American people.“

Let’s have a look at Dana Perino’s interpretation of the event:

Q Dana, can I ask you, there’s been a lot of chatter over the last couple days about this confrontation that Karl Rove allegedly had with a couple of celebrities about global warming, climate change. What was Karl Rove’s reaction to being confronted at the dinner in this way?

MS. PERINO: I think Karl Rove just wanted to have some fun on Saturday night. And I think he wasn’t the only one.

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April 23rd, 2007

The Liberal Conspiracy on Global Warming Just Got Weirder

A woman writes a letter to a newspaper to complain that moving Daylight Savings up a month has made it hotter and that the liberal Congress did it to make people believe global warming is real. This is authentic and not from the Onion. What’s scary is that this woman has the right to vote.

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April 23rd, 2007

Simple, Elegant, and Wrong

For every problem there is a solution that is simple, elegant, and wrong. – H.L. Mencken

This is in response to several articles in the newspapers over the last couple of days about the Virginia Tech mass murder and about other things, and a still-ongoing argument on another string about the best way to prevent future mass murders.

I’ve read of at least four responses to the tragedy in Virginia. First and foremost, of course, can be summed up as “Take away the guns!” Next most popular seems to be “Lock up all the crazy people!” The other two are, “Poverty is the root of all evil, so get rid of poverty,” and “By golly, we just need to be quicker to confront bad behavior and then we’d nip this kind of thing in the bud.” They’re all, on the surface at least, simple and elegant, and they’re all wrong, or at least incomplete. But we humans do have an unfortunate tendency to be too lazy to want to study complicated things, so we want quick sound-bite fixes, and if someone tries to tell us, “it’s not that simple,” too many of us don’t stop and consider the possibility that – gasp! – they might be right. No, we just screech that they are villains or fools, and if they try to say anything else, we just screech louder. Sometimes we cite polls of people whose opinions are no more based on fact or expertise than are our own (democracy is a beautiful thing, but the fact that we’re all created equal doesn’t mean we all equally know what we’re talking about.)
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April 22nd, 2007

Man vs. Earth (A Fight to the Finish?)

(Author’s Note: This article was originally posted by me in March 2005 here. It was subsequently posted here at Bring It On! in August of 2006. Both times it was posted it enjoyed some good conversation in the comments section. Since today is Earth Day, and because of the increase in general discussion about the environment and man’s role in global climate change, I have decided to offer it up again in the hope that it sparks new thoughts or provides a renewed sense of stewardship between mankind and our planet.)

It is a uniquely human quality to destroy that which we depend on. Whether from a lack of knowledge, a lack of foresight, or a lack of caring, human advancement has exacted a heavy toll on the resources and species of Earth. To any rational person, that fact is indisputable. From the extraction of minerals to the deforestation of wild lands to the over harvesting of various animals or plants, the growth of humanity has brought great changes to our planet and has affected its previous balance. The question is not how much we have damaged the Earth, or even if the damage can be reversed. The question is not even whether or not we have the right to cause these changes. The question is why are we doing it so callously?

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April 19th, 2007

Two Quickies About Global Warming

Thanks to a story in the Denver Post, I stumbled upon a great little website set up by Senator Barbara Boxer on Global Warming. The website allows an individual to input various figures into an energy calculator (how far do you drive, how often do you fly etc.) to calculate what their energy “footprint” is. I would wager that most people have no idea how much energy they use. I know I didn’t.

I’ll admit that I’m high compared to average, mostly because I have to fly several times a year. I wish I didn’t, but that’s the modern economy for ya. I was below average on driving and OK on my energy bill. The average U.S. footprint is 20.2 tons of CO2 per year. I’m not sure I can get down that far, but the website does offer several ideas of how to try. (For the record, the footprint for my entire family is well below the average).

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April 18th, 2007

EPA Chief: Bush Climate Policy Working

Al Gore just threw up a little in his mouth.

The Bush administration’s unparalleled financial, international and domestic commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions is delivering real results,'’ Johnson proclaimed in a statement.
I wonder if the head of the EPA said this with a straight face or was he giggling uncontrollably while he said it?
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April 18th, 2007

Supreme Court Upholds Partial Birth Abortion Ban

Apparently the Supremes did not hear the warnings from this advocacy group that the United States is ignoring “the most crucial factor in reducing global warming” — population control.

I just post it, don’t shoot me!

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April 12th, 2007

Green Shoulder to the Wheel

Occasionally I read something that gives me a V-8 moment. Tell me what you think of this:

Of all the possible Chrysler Group buyers with billions of dollars burning holes in their pockets, there is only one who has a chance of saving the troubled automaker AND our greenhouse-gassed planet: Al Gore.

So what is Gore to do?

It’s time for him to stop relying on the bully pulpit and the big screen, and put some skin in the game. He should buy Chrysler, which parent DaimlerChrysler put up for sale in February, and make it the greenest automaker on the planet.

Dump Chrysler’s gasoline-fueled internal combustion engines altogether and replace them with fuel cells, electric motors and engines that run on biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel. — Rick Haglund MLive.com

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April 11th, 2007

Even China Gets It

So like you know how all the anti-Global Warming folks always talk about China being the reason we shouldn’t do anything to help curb greenhouse emissions? Well it looks like that excuse is getting just a little less credible every day. The latest evidence comes from an announcement that China and Japan have agreed to commit their political will to curbing Green House gas emissions. It seems even the Chinese get how important it is to be less polluting in the future.

Now granted I know that that doesn’t mean that China is going to actually do anything. It could simply be P.R., but it’s a damn site more encouraging than what we get here. Considering we are responsible for 25% of all the pollution being pumped into the atmosphere, I’d say that it’s a shame we are not the leader on this issue. Frankly, why any country playing economic catch-up to us ever agree to do more than what we are willing to do is beyond me? Except they seem to be willing to at least entertain the notion. Funny that.

Someone is going to own the Green Technology future.The profits will be as big as Silicon Valley and Biotechnology lumped together. Green Tech plays to all of our strengths and exposes the weaknesses of many of our competitors. We should OWN this future for the good of the planet and our economy. To bad that isn’t going to happen. Not with all the well-paid professional Doubting Thomas’s out there.
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April 10th, 2007

The Pragmatic Party: Proactive Beyond Left or Right

There are desirable changes that nearly all of us agree on, whether we call ourselves red or blue, liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat. We may disagree passionately about exactly what the problems are or what the solutions should look like, but almost all Americans want to see our country and people safe from terrorism and other threats; the current wars brought to conclusions that are good for our own country and for the peoples of Iraq and Afghanistan; our society dealing with less homelessness and poverty; our budget deficit and balance of trade cleaned up; and our kids growing up safe, healthy, literate, clean, sober, and non-pregnant. Although people have intense convictions all over the spectrum about how to achieve these things, and about whether or how much we should be worried about a slew of other things, most of us share the sincere belief that we are speaking out in the best interests of America and Americans – we almost all have sincere good intentions.

So how do we get past the party-line dogmas and arguments and find ways to work together to make things better? The next two or three decades are going to be critical. A lot of things are changing faster and faster, another fact we can probably agree on, and we need to quit fighting over the steering wheel and collaborate to direct our own collective fate, or go over a cliff. To continue the metaphor, one of the most important parts of driving competently is to drive defensively, to look down the road and all around, spot threats coming before they get too close, and outmaneuver them. In other words, to be proactive. Our current mode of operation as a society and a nation is more often for all sides of a disagreement to refuse to let go of the wheel even if it means wrecking the car – in other words, we’d rather go into the ditch than in the direction the other guy wants – and then to argue about whose fault it was.

It’s time for the reasonable people of all parties and philosophies to start acknowledging that it’s possible for intelligent, thoughtful people to disagree with us without that making them villains or idiots. We need to re-combine and re-divide along different lines – I would propose the formation of a new party, we could call it the Pragmatic party. The key of the Pragmatics’ platform would be that loyalty to our nation’s best interests trumps concerns of left versus right, trumps differences of religious or spiritual values, trumps the kind of politicking that sees it as a reasonable thing to cause or allow bad things to happen as long as the other guys get the blame.
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April 4th, 2007

A Better Life

In the United States everything seems to be about money, except when it isn’t. If Yogi Berra didn’t say that, he could have. But, the point is that money, capital, market rise and prosperity is the language of America and capitalism. We saw this when the Soviet Union collapsed; capitalists were standing on their soapboxes proclaiming the strength and power of the capitalist system.

Of course I believe that capitalism is a motivating factor. People desire the easy life, and one sure way to an easier life is having money in the bank. The dream of resting on your laurels and having the world be your oyster has long been the American dream. It is certainly hard to argue with the fact that people can be bent to do the right thing if money is offered in exchange for it.

Not all cultures operate on this principle. Some cultures value family more than money. Some cultures value religion more than money. Some cultures value the well being of society more than money. But, here in American although you may find some minorities with these skewed and warped values the majority of Americans value money above all else.
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April 2nd, 2007

BushCo gets knuckles slapped by SCOTUS

Last summer, it was determined that SCOTUS would hear a case entitled Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency, 05-1120. The ruling was handed down this morning. Its not good for BushCo, but very good for the environment and individual states rights.

The lawsuit was filed by 12 states and 13 environmental groups that had grown frustrated by the Bush administration’s inaction on global warming. BushCo’s argument was that the EPA did NOT have to address vehicle emissions, in other words..it wasn’t their problem. There are several important decisions within this one case:

* Do states have the right to sue the EPA to challenge its decision?
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March 29th, 2007

American Evolution

We recently got a satellite TV system after several years with no TV access, and there are fascinating differences in the ads from what we saw years ago, differences with marked social and political implications.

Commercials reflect the concerns of the target audience. Marketers work hard both to create demand for products – usually by trying to convince us that there’s something wrong with us and the product they’re pushing is the way to make it right – and to figure out what already-existing concerns and demands they can target. If there are sociologists and anthropologists centuries from now, one of the best sources of information they will have on our culture is what we watch on TV, with the ads among the most useful parts.

The first thing that jumps out is the increased sophistication and cleverness of some of the ads. Amid the expected shouting hacks and glib talking suits, there are more ads that are funny or otherwise attention-grabbing. The Geico commercials running now – the Cockney gecko, the sensitive cavemen, and the over-the-top celebrity reps for stoic customers – are cute enough to make us look forward to the next in each series (even if we’re perfectly happy with our current insurance company and have no interest in switching.) There are some others that are just about as good.
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March 26th, 2007

A Blue Island

New Mexico doesn’t look like an island on the map, but I’m happy to report that it has become clear that it is. With the seriously red states of Arizona, Colorado (hell, Colorado means red in Spanish!) and Texas to the west, north, and east (and Mexico to the south), this state is an outpost of progressive policy. Having lived in Arizona, I can say that the difference is major.

Why do I say this despite this state’s having very narrowly ended up in the red column in the 2004 presidential election? Well, we have Dem majorities in both houses of the state legislature and a Dem governor, Bill Richardson; and looking at the results they produce, it shows. Some of the things accomplished:
• This state is one of the leaders in the country in energy policy, despite the petroleum industry being a major part of the economy here; the legislature passed, and the governor signed, laws creating policies to reward the energy industry for shifting to renewable sources of power and giving homeowners a healthy tax credit for installing solar panels and other energy-saving features in their houses. Makes sense, I guess, with Richardson having been secretary of energy.
• In another pro-environment move, the state government and the Guv successfully fought the Bush administration’s Interior Department when it tried to open up two pristine wilderness areas with fragile ecologies to the oil and mining industries.
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March 25th, 2007

Will Fixing Global Warming Kill The Economy?

I’ve noticed a very interesting “argument” from the Global Warming naysayer’s camp. It goes something like “Global Warming isn’t a problem, but even if it was, there is nothing we can do about it. Any attempt to fix the problem would destroy our economy.” They paint scenarios in which we suddenly tax fossil fuels so heavily no one can afford to drive, businesses can’t afford to stay here, and the poor bear the burden of our efforts. As one person said it is the law of unintended consequences.

To me it is a factitious argument (I’m always wary of people like Rep. Joe Barton talking about the “poor”). It paints a gloom and doom image in the broadest, most shocking way - without mentioning the gloom and doom of sitting on our hind quarters. It’s an argument based on hopelessness and despair instead of hope and possibility. I say it’s high time we explore the hope.

In order to frame the discussion fairly, we need to know the costs of doing nothing. Let’s skip for a moment the idea that we might just not be able to live on the planet (this is indeed a gloom and doom tactic itself, albeit one that we can’t ignore) and look at the financial impact to the world economy if Global Warming continues unabated. A recent report from Britain suggests the costs to the global economy could reach 20% of if we don’t take real steps to curb green house gases. Lower crop yields in Africa, displaced people from coastal regions, massive Katrina like storm damage occurring more regularly, drought and water shortages all add up to a big pile of money that the world will have to pay. It equals about $8,000,000,000,000 (that’s 8 trillion folks) skimmed off the top of the world economy. That’s the cost you need to keep in mind - Eight trillion dollars. Oh and that’s per year.
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March 22nd, 2007

Best-Worst Lines From Gore’s Testimony

The best line of yesterday’s testimony by Al Gore came from Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, obviously growing a little tired of Joe Barton’s (R-TX) incredulous line of questioning.

“It’s possible to be a conservative without appearing to be an idiot.”

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March 22nd, 2007

Pre-Gore Silliness: Rep Ralph Hall

You have to watch this to believe it. I know a Congressman from Texas is going to stump for the Oil industry (they pay the bills after all) but I’m not even sure where Rep. Ralph Hall is coming from. Mr. Hall is the ranking member of the full committee on Science and Technology. I now see why the state of American science is in such precarious shape.

About 1:00 minute into the piece, Mr. Hall starts making ridiculous assertions meant to scare folks. He says that we are trying to “attack” fossil fuels and will raise our dependence on OPEC to 80%? I’m a bit confused, don’t they produce fossil fuels? If we go green, wouldn’t we be telling them to piss off?
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March 21st, 2007

The President Speaks on Global Warming?

This is funny. Listen closely.


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March 21st, 2007

Reminder: Al Gore Speaks to Congress Today

Just a quick reminder that Al Gore will speak to the House this morning at 9:30 AM about Global Warming. You can watch Al on C-Span 3 (how many C-Spans are there anyhow?). If your at work, C-Span is also streaming the event. We will try to post highlights later.

In that same spirit, I wanted to share the following 4 rules I found for debunking Global Warming. . They seem oddly familiar around here.

1) Cite one inconsistency or somewhat misleading portion of the film ‘’An Inconvenient Truth.'’
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March 20th, 2007

Special Sneak Peak - Bring it On! Radio

We’re always working on new things. Today we tested our first “radio” show on Blogtalkradio.com. Consider this a rough draft to check the technical issues, but it I wanted to share it with you anyhow. The topics covered (before we had a technical glitch, damn work!) are Al Gore’s presentation to the House and Senate tomorrow and the Henry Waxman’s investigation into the Bush administrations willful obfuscating of science. Tune in and give a listen.

When we go live you will be able to call in and debate us live, on air. So if you are tired of all our Global Warming carping, or think we Liberals don’t know our *** from a hole in the ground, you’ll have your turn. Bring it On! baby, Bring it On!.

(and hey I know I have a voice for Silent Movies, but give me a break, I threw it together in under 10 minutes).
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March 14th, 2007

World’s Top Climate Change Expert Calls “The Great Global Warming Swindle” bad Science

Sorry to break it to all of you who pinned your hopes on the Channel 4 mock-umentary “The Great Global Warming Swindle” but it appears there are more holes in the programs science than than in Swiss Cheese. Just read what the worlds top climate change expert has to say (and NO I’m not the one who named him as such):

Sir John Houghton, who lives in Aberdovey, Gwynedd, said the television programme, directed by Martin Durkin on Channel 4, “discredited the science of global warming”.

Sir John is the former head of the Met Office who chairs the Scientific Assessment Working Group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

He said, “Last Thursday’s programme purported to debunk the science of Global Warming describing it as ‘lies’ and an invention of hundreds of scientists around the world, who have conspired to mislead governments, and the general public. The material presented was a mixture of truth, half truth and falsehood put together with the sole purpose of discrediting the science of global warming as presented by the main world community of climate scientists and by the IPCC.”

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March 12th, 2007

Headlines

• Gasoline prices up 20 cents in two weeks
• Halliburton to open new HQ in Dubai
• Oil prices drop below $59 a barrel
• Gas tops $3 mark in Calif
• Exxon plans 20 new global projects
• Exploration wells in Alaska Arctic allowed
• Big Oil sees big risks as it places big bets
• Battle over BP CEO’s bonus
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March 8th, 2007

More Administration Meddling In Science

The New York Times is reporting today that a the administration is continuing their campaign to stifle scientific discourse via a new directive to the Fish and Wild Life Service. Now if you are employed by the Fish and Wildlife Service, you have to fill out a new memorandum declaring that you understand the administrations position on the environment (we have one), Global Warming (sheep farts are to blame), polar bears (they don’t need protection, really - trust us) or sea ice (hey look over there, isn’t that Britney Spears with no hair?). Further, the scientist have to defer all questions to the groups “designated spokesman” instead of answering them directly.

Of course, the Regional Director has to sign off on the trip, including who the “designated spokesman” is. You can bet it will never be someone who disagrees with the Administration’s highly suspect positions. Conformity to the message will now be more important than discovering the truth.

Some of you may claim that I’m just bashing the administration with this, or that I’m just trying to make them look bad. Well, yeah! I’m not the one who is trying to stifle scientific debate. You would have thought they would have learned their lesson after all the Congressional investigations last year, but I guess you can’t teach a lying, disingenuous sack of crap and old dog new tricks. Quit blaming me for playing politics and start holding the Administration accountable for doing the same.

Hat tip to Chris Mooney at The Intersection.

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March 7th, 2007

Two Zany Windsurfing Videos To Warm Your Souls

This is a bit of a diversion. File this under the “you thought you were cold” category. Enjoy:



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March 6th, 2007

Global Warming On Mars? So What.

Have you seen the latest FUD campaign against Global Warming from the right, you know the one that says Mars is experiencing Global Warming too, so it can’t be greenhouse gases on earth! Just listen to James Newcomb explain away the vast majority of scientific evidence in one fell swoop:

While it is no secret that the earth has been experiencing an increase in average temperatures in the last decade or so, two new important studies suggest that these increases are the result of the course of nature — not man-made as the mainstream news media would have us believe.

Indeed, according to a recent National Geographic article, “One of the studies has found that temperatures on Mars have been rising as well. In 2005 data from NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor and Odyssey missions revealed that the carbon dioxide ‘ice caps’ near Mars’s south pole had been diminishing for three summers in a row.”

So if temperatures are rising on Mars as well as on Earth, how can it be definitively proven that man’s greenhouse gases are the cause of the recent temperature changes?

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March 1st, 2007

Well damn, if Exxon says it, it must be true!

“The risks to society and ecosystems from climate change could prove to be significant.”-these words came out of the piehole of Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson. Jim Hightower has a short piece up on his website that takes Big Oil to task for not doing enough to develop alternative forms of energy.

The bottom line for Tillerson is of course his companies bottom line. He goes on to say there isn’t 100% agreement on what or who is causing global warming. The problem is..if we wait until we are 100% sure..we might be past the breaking point imho and the majority of the scientific community as well.

So after I thought perhaps that Exxon had seen the light, I was dissappointed to find that all he really was touting was MORE OIL exploration. He wants us to spend more money on finding oil than developing alternative fuel. Seems he is worried about damaging the ‘global economies’ more than anything else. Tillerson thinks that limiting carbon emission’s is a very bad thing.
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March 1st, 2007

F*** The Right

Sometimes you can put up with mountains of bullshit, other times you can’t. Today is a can’t day. Today I’m sick and fricking tired of listening to the Right desperately try to tear down Al Gore and the Global Warming agenda that I want to punch someone. I can think of a few people in particular that I’d love to beat the ever living sh** out of, but let’s just say that I’m not to particularly fond of any of them right now. This rant is for them.

I’m sick and tired of you know-nothing idiots screaming “it’s all politics, it’s all politics” every time the science of Global Warming is brought up. You know what? Who gives a shit if it’s politics? Life is politics. Every time you try to convince your wife to get in the sack its politics but that doesn’t make it wrong. Or bad (well maybe for her if your one of the idiots). Politics is nothing but the art of persuasion and negotiation to achieve your desired goal. There is nothing that says the goal itself is untrue. Nothing. You don’t have any ammunition that counters the science effectively so you try to dirty the debate in the same vile, despicable way you do every debate about the public good. You disgust me.

You disgust me when you claim it’s the Left’s “New Religion.” If caring about the truth and trying to save the world for my kid is a religion, then strap a bible on my ass and call me the Pope. What’s your religion? Rape, pillage and plunder? Landfill at will? Is there something in ‘your” religion that says Oil is a God given right, the planet is yours to fuck up or it’s OK to be a selfish prick? Is there? I don’t see it. I keep reading trying to find the answer in “your” religion that makes giving a rat’s ass about the welfare of the environment so bad. Guess what? I can’t find it. I see lots of stuff about being my brother’s keeper, being a good steward etc, but nothing on being a self indulgent asshole. Point it out to me if you will.
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February 27th, 2007

Which Threat Is Worse:  Global Warming Or Terrorism?

After Gore and Co. won their Oscar for the Inconvenient Truth, I thought I would hunker down and actually watch it, particularly since it arrived via Netflix a couple weeks ago and I hadn’t even cracked the seal. I do have to say, the movie is rather disturbing, particularly the projected levels of CO2 for the foreseeable future.

Nevertheless, the video brought to my mind several very important question beyond what to do about changing our habits to reduce CO2 emissions and our dependency on and addiction to carbon based energy derivatives. Let’s roll this out…drum roll please…as

Windspike’s Topics For Tuesday
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February 27th, 2007

Shorter America: We’d Like to Lead, but We’re  Too Busy Being Stupid

Funny thing about leadership, when you decline to take a leadership role, the situation doesn’t dissolve into nothingness. Somebody else is going to step up, and you just get to follow along. This is where the United States finds itself. Because of the laziness of the MSM in questioning indefensible statements, and the duplicity of the Bush administration in paying lip service to global warming while setting policy profitable to energy corporations, the US did not take a leadership position on global warming. We were too busy coddling nut jobs, the punditocracy and corporatists to bother. The average American gets it, many of our corporations get it, but our government doesn’t want to get it. They’ve got friends in need – of unfettered cash flow.

This leaves the world looking, as it did over 50 years ago, to the bastions of the stiff upper lip. The Brits, as is their way, step up once again, into the breach. They understand the necessity of putting all hands on deck to fight a common enemy. (I can comfortably say that no Brit in their right mind would advocate a shopping spree as a panacea for terrorism.) Instead, the British excel at bringing the culturally far flung components of their country together; they outclass the world at self sacrifice for the common good.

The British capital set out on Tuesday to become the greenest city in the world with a radical climate action plan to cut carbon emissions by 60 percent within 20 years in the battle against global warming.

The plan aims to slash carbon output by reducing demand and wastage across the whole spectrum from individuals to households, businesses and local governments.

… The plan is far more ambitious than the draft Climate Change Bill the British government will publish on March 12 setting in law a commitment to cut national emissions of the main greenhouse gas carbon dioxide by 60 percent by 2050. – Reuters

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February 27th, 2007

Al Gore wins an Oscar, TN think tank releases his yearly energy usage

Fox Noise and another website..it rhymes with “fudge”..has printed a story, eerily the day after he won the Oscar, that shows his home uses roughly 22,619 kilowatt-hours of electricity at his house last August, a rate that is twice the level used by an average U.S. household in an entire year. The think tank, TCPR even went so far as to issue a press release with Gore’s information, which you can read here. Al released a statement through Think Progress:

Responding to Fudge’s attack, Vice President Gore’s office told ThinkProgress:

1) Gore’s family has taken numerous steps to reduce the carbon footprint of their private residence, including signing up for 100 percent green power through Green Power Switch, installing solar panels, and using compact fluorescent bulbs and other energy saving technology.
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February 8th, 2007

Clothing Optional

Yes, I have been to a nude beach. Or, as the signs around the beach proclaim, “clothing optional” beach. To my surprise however, not many people that I know have actually participated at a “clothing optional” beach. So, the mystique of nude beaches persists through our culture.

Now, of course my experience was many years ago quite far away from where I live. It wouldn’t be very likely that I would go there again, even though I enjoyed the experience quite well. That being said, my experience and my expectations at the outset were quite different. And, I believe that the expectations, false or real, are at the root of the misconceptions surrounding the whole idea of nude beaches in American culture.
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February 7th, 2007

Global Warming - Why We Still Matter

So the U.N. came out and said what most of us with a clue have known for years - humans are contributing to global warming. Tomorrow I hear they are going to announce that the world is round, the universe is large and Paulie Shore is still not funny. These guys are on a role. Regardless, if it takes a U.N. report to crack the consciousness of some of the naysayers, then it was worth every dollar (and I’m sure they were dollars) spent on the project. People can’t hide anymore from the fact that the Tides, they are a changin’.

So now that we are all on the same page, roughly, that we are contributing to global warming - and that the results of said warming trend will be bad, bad, bad - the question is what do we do about it? In typical political fashion, every country is pointing the finger and saying not my job. Well, at least all the countries that didn’t sign the Kyoto treaty. Actually, most countries did sign that so, um, what I meant to say is that in typical political fashion, some countries that really, really matter in this debate are still sitting around wondering how to blame the other guys for the problem instead of fixing it.

Hi China, hello American, howdy India. How are you today?
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February 4th, 2007

Super Bowl Sunday:  Anesthesia For The Masses or Antidote For What Ails America?

I’m felling a little bit like Charlie Brown in the Halloween episode. You remember the one. Every one gets fantastic treats and when it comes down to answering the question, “What’d you get Charlie Brown,” he answers, “I got a rock.”

When given the Super Bowl Sunday slot for a BIO Feature post, I felt like I had another rock dropped in my bag. Really, aside from the sports blogaholics, how many people will be turning on their computers Sunday to surf political blogs as they tune in to the Annual event that draws more viewers than people who vote in presidential primaries?

Meanwhile, as the president trumpets all the “good” news he can spin, he proves once again, that he is not open to real and true negotiation:

Another important tool for eliminating wasteful spending is the line-item veto.
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February 1st, 2007

Al Gore nominated for Nobel Peace Prize.

Now, I am not saying I agree with this nomination..but it has been made, so don’t shoot the messenger folks!

Two Norwegians have nominated Al. One is a Conservative, one a Socialist. I have always thought Global warming shouldn’t be a partisan issue, so for me..its nice that two people at opposite ends of the political spectrum came together to do this. For a read on who and why you can check out this MSNBC writeup.

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February 1st, 2007

Global Warming Science: Warning Earth Since 1930

At this point, after nearly 100 years of solid science (and real live data too), the debate over Global Warming shouldn’t be whether its occuring, but what to do about it. As far back as the 19th Century (damn that’s a long time ago) John Tyndall discovered CO2’s greenhouse effect followed by warnings in the early 20th Century that rampant burning of fossil fuels could cause climate changes. By the 1930’s British engineer Guy Callendar had evidence that the warming effect was happening. Then in the 1950’s American Scientists started taking note and examining the phenomenon so that by 1965, President Johnson was warning Congress about the implications of burning fossil fuels. So finally, in 1992 the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was established and signed by none other than George H.W. Bush. We better do something soon or this planet may not be hospitable to human life for long… WaPo has more.

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January 30th, 2007

Government Is Not A Faith-Based Organization

I don’t care what your religious creed is. Nor do I care if your moral code comes out of a crackerjack box or the Koran. Government in the USA is not, nor has ever been, a faith based organization.

But with the introduction of the W, Rove and Co to our beloved and treasured institution known as the Executive Branch, there has been a systematic deconstruction of the supposed, albeit theoretical, wall between Church and State. This degradation of the system our forefathers so bravely interdicted into the Constitution is neither righteous nor appropriate. But how did I get on this rant?

Turns out, Mr. Bush is asking us once again to lead by faith alone and trust him that his way is the “right” way. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting dramatically tired of people suggesting that I swallow leadership by faith over fact and public policy set in the ether rather than driven by real concrete evidence and proper planning. How about you?

…But all Mr. Bush really asked for was the authority to set mileage standards in a different way. Rather than requiring companies to meet an average fuel-efficiency standard, balancing gas savers against gas guzzlers, he would assign targets model by model, based on factors like size and weight.
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January 26th, 2007

Wheels on Peels

Florida citrus producers don’t deny it, the past few years have blown. Between hurricane grove damage, citrus greening which spoils ripening fruits and the epidemic citrus canker which required destruction of nursery stock, it ain’t easy being orange. The freeze in California, which produces most of the whole fruit crop in the country, helped some price points for Florida producers, but the majority of orange production in Florida is for that glass of Florida sunshine on your breakfast table.

Although there are 111 fuel ethanol production facilities in the United States, with the capacity to produce more than 5.4 billion gallons a year, Florida has none, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. – Palm Beach Post
So, what exactly does that have to do with the price of fruit in Orange City? Actually, quite a bit. The Port of Tampa will soon become home to Florida’s first ethanol production facility – the permitting for a 44 million gallon plant is already complete. Beyond that, United States EnviroFuels LLC is looking at building a large scale commercial ethanol plant on Florida’s east coast.

Citrus peels, vegetable waste and forestry/yard waste are all potential sources of cellulose for ethanol. Florida has the raw material capability to provide a lot of biomass, and an additional revenue source for producers.

“Florida could produce over 8 billion gallons of ethanol per year from biomass,” Ingram said. “Florida could be number one in renewable fuel production.” – Palm Beach Coast
Due to the fact ethanol will not transfer via pipeline, each state needs to look at its potential for biomass, theoretically solving a few waste issues by converting to ethanol. What do you make in your state? Paper, flour, dried potatoes, powdered eggs? Where is that waste going now? It’s a new and forward way of thinking, but the potential to turn a problem in to a solution feels pretty good.
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