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Entries from October 2009

“If our children knew the facts …” Demonstration

October 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on “If our children knew the facts …” Demonstration

If our children truly understand the hole that their grandparents and parents have been digging for them, what would they do? Here, Moms Against Global Warming suggest that this would drive our children to a rage that would make adolescent rage look benign. Now, this is a powerful video with a caveat. It ends linking […]

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Tags: climate change

Fellow Univ of Chicago Professor Owns Super Freaky Economist Levitt

October 30th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Professor Raymond T. Pierrehumbert, Louis Block Professor in the Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago Geosciences, has published An Open Letter to Steven Levitt, the nation’s Super Freakiest Economist. To put it simply, Pierrehumbert owns Levitt. By now there have been many detailed dissections of everything that is wrong with the treatment of climate […]

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Tags: analysis · climate change · Energy · Global Warming

Deeds for the Common Wealth

October 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The Commonwealth of Virginia has long embraced a tradition of: Good governance (especially fiscal management) Support for good public education (including a top public university system) Protection of its historical legacy and landscape (such as Civil War battlefields and the Piedmont) Business-friendly policy. Looking at the economic and political landscape, the time seems ripe for […]

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Tags: Energy · schools · virginia

Super Freaky Economist Continues to Mislead on Climate Issues

October 29th, 2009 · 8 Comments

Sadly, the abysmally weak Superfreakonomics is getting worldwide attention and its authors plenty of opportunities to continue to mislead on climate issues. Here is a guest post from Josh at Enviroknow providing a critical (highly footnoted) analytical eye to the Super Freaky Economist‘s oped in USA Today. After a stunningly non-confrontational chat with Jon Stewart […]

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Tags: Energy

Valuing demand destruction … critical to understanding value of clean energy action

October 28th, 2009 · 8 Comments

There are many things being lost in the discussion of the cost-benefit equation when it comes to mitigating global warming. When doing cost-benefit analyses, organizations like the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are constrained to consider just one quadrant of what could be considered (in simplified form) the four-quadrant cost-benefit analysis […]

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Tags: analysis · cap and trade · carbon tax · climate change · climate legislation · Congress · Energy · environmental · Global Warming · government energy policy

Supermodels take it off for the climate … Do you want to get to 350 too?

October 27th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The video, as you will see, ends with this line: So this is what 352 parts per million looks like. If you want to see 350 parts per million, our natural state, then you have to get your politicians to act now. Okay, a small caveat is in order. Who ever said that 350 parts […]

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Tags: climate change · Energy · energy efficiency · Global Warming · government energy policy · political symbols · politics

Myth of Cooling Globe shattered by AP-sponsored ‘blind’ test

October 26th, 2009 · 8 Comments

Just over the weekend, my inbox was filled with a discussion attacking climate science with assertions that “none of the models predicted the current cooling period” and, therefore, the entire concept of Global Warming rests on very shaky grounds. Sigh … Those involved in that discussion have now received links to an excellent article by […]

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Tags: analysis · climate change · climate delayers · Congress · Energy · energy efficiency · environmental · Global Warming · global warming deniers · government energy policy · politics · renewable energy

Senator Alexander “believes an inconvenient reality …”

October 26th, 2009 · Comments Off on Senator Alexander “believes an inconvenient reality …”

Earlier this afternoon, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) held a press call to discuss climate legislation.  There were those who were holding their breath, seeing Alexander as moving toward supporting the legislation if it met his desires when it came to nuclear power development.  Based on this press event, it seems that they might be holding […]

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Tags: analysis · cap and trade · climate change · Congress · Energy

The Bottled Water Swindle

October 25th, 2009 · 3 Comments

A guest post from the knowledgeable and impassioned Patric Jullet on the challenges of bottled water. Bottled Water: I call it one of the greatest “con job” of the preceding 3 or 4 decades and a marketing dream…aimed at the gullible. It is also my main pet hate. One of the biggest untruth in our world […]

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Tags: Energy · environmental

EPA fails to think in four quadrants: Valuing Climate Legislation

October 24th, 2009 · 7 Comments

Much noise is made over varying calculations associated with climate legislation. There is the disinformation fed from fossil foolish interests misrepresenting the situation. And, there are official studies from government institutions like the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that seek to do honest analysis but which are working within financial and […]

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Tags: analysis · climate change · climate legislation · Energy · Global Warming · government energy policy