Archive for the 'Global Warming/Climate Change' Category

HOW DOES $0.00 PER MEGAWATT HOUR SOUND…?

July 7th, 2014

Last week, for the first time in memory, the wholesale price of electricity in Queensland fell into negative territory – in the middle of the day. For several days the price, normally around $40-$50 a megawatt hour, hovered in and around zero. Prices were deflated throughout the week, largely because of the influence of one […]

I HAVE NO DOUBT…

June 22nd, 2014

WHAT IS A BUCKEYE…?

June 3rd, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio House committee is ready to debate a bill intended to limit the state impact of a newly announced federal plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 30 percent by 2030. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the rule Monday, part of President Barack Obama’s goal of reducing […]

WHY 2014…? WHY 2005…?

June 2nd, 2014

The Obama administration will propose sweeping new environmental rules on Monday, cutting carbon pollution from existing power plants by 30% over 2005 levels by 2030, according to people briefed on the plan. The new power plant rules – which will be formally announced by the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday morning – represent the most […]

PROMOTING VICTORIAN VALUES…?

May 27th, 2014

Jobs are available in and around Marietta, Ohio—well-paying blue-collar jobs—thanks to the oil and gas drilling in the Utica and Marcellus shale formations that run deep beneath the bucolic hills of Washington County. The local economy is not as robust as during its manufacturing heyday, when chemical, metals, and plastics plants dominated the Ohio River […]

SCIENCE WINS, 97-TO-3…!

May 12th, 2014

There, that–along with the helio-centric solar system, the spherical Earth, evolution, gawd, &c.–is settled. Move along, we have more important debates to engage in. Hat tip to PZ Myers and Pharyngula…

LOVE YOUR MOTHER…

April 22nd, 2013

Happy Earth Day…

DYSTOPIA COMES TO AMERICA…

December 3rd, 2012

In America, tragedy doesn’t count unless it happens to rich New Yorkers. Think Oklahoma City vs. New York, think Kiribati, the Maldives and Seychelles vs. New York, think New Orleans vs. New York, think Port-Au-Prince vs. New York, think Detroit vs. New York; are you as sick of whining rich New Yorkers as I am? […]

IF ONLY WE HAD RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT CARTER…

November 15th, 2012

Thomas Hedges writes: “This is a very American idea,” Arne Jungjohann, a director at the Heinrich Boll Stiftung Foundation (HBSF), said at a press conference Tuesday morning in Washington, D.C. “We got this from Jimmy Carter.” Germany adopted and continued Carter’s push for energy conservation while the U.S. abandoned further efforts. The death of an […]

MOVE OR BUILD DIKES…

November 5th, 2012

A Jewish view of hurricanes

SCIENCE AND SCIENTISTS MATTER… A LOT…!

October 31st, 2012

Chris Mooney wrote in 2007: Even as we act immediately to curtail short term vulnerability, every exposed coastal city needs a risk assessment that takes global warming scenarios into account…Scientists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York have been studying that city’s vulnerability to hurricane impacts in a changing world, and […]

IS THE BACKGROUND NOISE JUST TOO MUCH…?

November 15th, 2011

I’ve long been a fan of Jeremy Rifkin. I first discovered him in 1987 when I read his 10th book: Time Wars. I got to meet Rifkin at a Toronto environmental conference in 1995 when he was promoting his book: The End Of Work. This week I’m reading his most recent book: The the Third […]

HOW GREED TURNS LIES INTO MASSIVE PROFITS…

September 26th, 2011

Science is not what the rich say it is…

THE UNIVERSAL RESPONSE…

April 15th, 2011

1:6 IS A GOOD START…

December 30th, 2009

It would have cost you $5 per half ounce to send a letter via the Pony Express from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California. Adjusted for inflation, that is something like $118 in present dollars. Much of our present economy is based on cheap transportation depending upon relatively cheap energy costs. (Yes, gasoline at less […]

CAN WE STOP CALLING THEM SKEPTICS…?

December 7th, 2009

Science is central to humanity’s response to our role in altering Earth’s climate via global warming. Those who argue that either a. global warming does not exist (this group has pretty much gone the way of the anti-evolution folks) or b. global warming is taking place, but it is a natural process and humans play […]

THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND

October 1st, 2009

William Kamkwamba is back in the news. Kamkwamba also appeared on the Diane Rehm show this morning. There were two questions from listeners that caught my attention. First, a caller wanted to know if Kamkwamba had a particular faith that had allowed him to preserver. His response was that he believed in himself and in […]

HOW GREEN IS MY MEDMART…?

May 29th, 2009

And no, I’m not talking about the money flowing among the players in this civil cluster fuck. From an environmental point of view the best choice is to not build a un-needed and guaranteed to be as under utilized as the Brown’s stadium convention center at all, but if there’s no way to stop the […]

AH… SMELLS LIKE… CLEAN COAL…

February 26th, 2009

THE 10 BIG ENERGY MYTHS…

December 13th, 2008

Myth 1: solar power is too expensive to be of much use Myth 2: wind power is too unreliable Myth 3: marine energy is a dead-end Myth 4: nuclear power is cheaper than other low-carbon sources of electricity Myth 5: electric cars are slow and ugly Myth 6: biofuels are always destructive to the environment […]

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