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Entries from November 2009

Christmas Lights … scrooge or savior? (an annual refrain …)

November 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on Christmas Lights … scrooge or savior? (an annual refrain …)

Do you love those displays of Christmas (or Hannukah or Kwanza or …) lights? Are you awed by those so impassioned that they string up 1000s of lights in awesome displays worthy of a city center? I once did, pausing on cold winter nights, white clouds issuing from my mouth, enjoying being in the glow […]

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Tags: Energy · energy efficiency · environmental · green · lighting · political symbols · pollution

Clean Energy Jobs Fill Labs

November 30th, 2009 · 8 Comments

This is part of a series of brief posts on ‘clean energy jobs‘ opportunities for sparking meaningful employment, quickly, in the United States as discussed in Clean Energy Jobs: Stimulate Me. Clean Energy Jobs Fill Labs: $4 billion per year for 60,000 jobs . Congress created the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) in 2007 but […]

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Tags: clean energy jobs · department of energy · Energy

RNC elements seek anti-business pledge

November 29th, 2009 · Comments Off on RNC elements seek anti-business pledge

When seeking paths for creating an environment for a prosperous America in the reality of a carbon-constrained future, many see the most business friendly general approach as “Cap & Trade”. Society (politicians) determine a “cap”, a top level, of total emissions and then people (businesses) can buy and trade emissions totaling to that cap. This […]

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Tags: business practice · cap and trade · carbon tax · Energy

News from the Arctic: The NOAA 2009 Report Card II

November 27th, 2009 · Comments Off on News from the Arctic: The NOAA 2009 Report Card II

This guest post from BillLaurelMD provides a window on change in the Arctic — a window that we might prefer not to look through, but look we must. This is the next in an occasional series of diaries on the state of Northern Hemisphere Arctic sea ice, written in memory of Johnny Rook, who passed […]

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Tags: Energy

Talk Radio and Climate Change — a perspective

November 26th, 2009 · Comments Off on Talk Radio and Climate Change — a perspective

This guest post is from CertaiNOT, who listens to talk radio so that you don’ t have to … Environmental groups thinking of protesting anywhere to support action on climate change should consider picketing the Limbaugh and Hannity superstations.  There may be no better place to get Obama’s back and show support for global warming […]

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Tags: climate change

“Coal’s assault on human health”

November 25th, 2009 · Comments Off on “Coal’s assault on human health”

While the denialosphere is shouting about “ClimateGate” and traditional media turn their attention to SwiftHack, the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) released a report that should be on the front page of every newspaper, discussed passionately on every talk show, and be heard about by every adult American. While aware of the impacts of burning […]

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Tags: carbon dioxide · coal · Energy · environmental · Global Warming · pollution

SwiftHack Scandal: What You Need to Know

November 25th, 2009 · 14 Comments

This guest post from Josh at Enviroknow is the most comprehensive and organized post about ClimateGATE that has emerged to date.  Josh will be updating this excellent reference document here. First of all, this story should never have been called ClimateGate. Given the similarities between this smear job and the Swift Boat attacks on Senator […]

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Tags: climate change · climate delayers · Global Warming · global warming deniers

Tips for the Job Summit: Can we say Clean Energy Jobs?

November 25th, 2009 · 3 Comments

This guest post comes from Devilstower and is relevant for thinking about Clean Energy Jobs that should result from the Jobs Summit and a coming jobs bill. Meteor Blades has already written a well-researched and authoritative article on the job summit. So consider this one the completely personal, off-the-cuff alternative cup o’ free advice to […]

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Tags: clean energy jobs · Energy

Large majority of Americans rejecting massively funded disinformation conspiracy

November 24th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Despite the $100s of millions (and likely more accurately, $billions) of resources expended on disinformation, mediocre reporting by the mass media, and the active embrace of falsehoods as part of political manipulation by many of a political party’s leadership, the vast majority of Americans adhere themselves to the basic facts that the globe is warming […]

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Tags: climate change · climate delayers · Global Warming · global warming deniers

Energy Bookshelf: Contemplating A “World Without Ice”

November 24th, 2009 · Comments Off on Energy Bookshelf: Contemplating A “World Without Ice”

We ever so casually talk of Arctic ice retreats, the potential for Greenland ice meltage, and the implications of Antarctic ice mass falling due to global warming. Centimeters or inches, those 2100 implications seem so remote and, well, insignificant to most.  Henry Pollack’s A World Without Ice provides a strong window on the essential nature […]

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Tags: climate change · energy bookshelf · environmental · Global Warming