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Entries from July 2009

Perpetuating Naked Fraud in Black Face

July 31st, 2009 · 2 Comments

For far too long and far too extensively, various industries have used astroturfing methods to distort public debate. They create false groups. They fund “institutions” with impressive sounding names to spout deceptive propaganda.  All of this is fraud, outright fraud on the very concept of intelligent discourse in a civil society.  Now, this “fraud” typical […]

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Tags: cap and trade · climate change · climate delayers · climate legislation · Congress

To Twit Claire: WRONG when it comes to CFC

July 31st, 2009 · Comments Off on To Twit Claire: WRONG when it comes to CFC

Now, I don’t know Claire’s stance on the CFC, have to believe she supports the Combined Federal Campaign (a path for Federal workers to have donations directly deducted from their paychecks).  And, it is unlikely that she is a big supporter of CFC destruction of the Ozone layer.  However, when it comes to CFC, Cash […]

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Tags: Energy · politics

CFCing Toward a Better Economy?

July 31st, 2009 · 8 Comments

CFC, Cash For Clunkers (the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) Program), certainly is in the news today. Almost no one expected the massive surge of interest in the program such that, within a week, the program required more funding. Now, in the debate about how to stimulate the economy, there has been a divide between […]

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Tags: Energy · gasoline · government energy policy

Bring out the violins …

July 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on Bring out the violins …

The oil industry is in trouble, trouble I say. Exxon-Mobil executives are almost certainly having their meals serenaded with much smaller violins this year as the second quarter profits were just (ONLY!!!) $3.95 billion — or a 66% drop from the 2008 second quarter. Sigh … no $40 billion+ in profits this year. Shell also […]

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Tags: Energy

Tomorrow’s weather report?

July 29th, 2009 · Comments Off on Tomorrow’s weather report?

Okay, a bit hard to see this as actually reflecting what could happen by 2015 … but the perspective is still worth a watch. Hat tip to ZapRoot.

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Tags: catastrophic climate change

Senate Democratic Policy Committee (DPC) Cozying up With T Boone Pickens

July 29th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Since launching The Pickens Plan in 2008, T Boone Pickens has become a face for American households about the potential for changing America’s energy structure. In short, T Boone advocates for a program that would reduce America’s dependence on overseas oil by: Constructing a major wind electricity generation and transmission capability Use that wind to […]

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Tags: Energy · politics

Roger Pielke Sr speaks on Climate Crock: Laugh or cry?

July 28th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Peter Sinclair’s Climate Crock of the Week are steadily becoming a must watch item among those besieged by climate denier truthiness and deceit. Most recently, Sinclair took on well-known climate skeptic Anthony Watts (based, in no small part, this study).  Watts, evidently, did not enjoy Sinclair’s attention and filed a complaint with YouTube that led […]

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Tags: Energy

Converging Emergencies 0: Setting the Agenda

July 28th, 2009 · Comments Off on Converging Emergencies 0: Setting the Agenda

This is a follow-up discussion from mwmwm to his thought-provoking “The End of the Beginning of the Collapse“. “The End of the Beginning of the Collapse” addressed some conflicting economic-analysis diaries by bonddad and bobswern about “the end of the end of the Recession.” I made the case that a real economy operates within a […]

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Tags: climate change · Global Warming

Watt’s Up With Suppressing Honest Skepticism

July 28th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Notable (notorious) climate skeptic Anthony Watts has made much of looking at scientists work and seemingly showing where there problems with that work. Evidently, however, he has some concerns when he faces such a look; perhaps because that look provided a clear and accessible demonstration of the shallowness of Watts’ claims. A recent video by […]

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Tags: climate change · climate delayers · global warming deniers

The End of the Beginning of the Collapse

July 27th, 2009 · 5 Comments

This guest post comes from mwmwm, who is found normally at ApocaDocs. This is a powerful, must read, discussion about the seriousness of the “convergence of emergencies” that we, as a society and a species, face in the coming years and decades. This morning, I started my day with a coffee cup and DailyKos, intrigued […]

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Tags: analysis · carbon dioxide · climate change · Global Warming