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Entries from April 2011

Boehner: “They ought to be paying their fair share.”

April 26th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Questioned about the oil industry’s “obscene” profits by ABC’s Jonathan Karl, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) asserted that the oil industry doesn’t require the significant (>$1 billion/year) tax subidies of the oil depletion allowance. He said that they will “pay their fair share of taxes.” As Boehner put it, ““I don’t think the big oil […]

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Tags: Energy

Global Warming did not cause the tornados! Did it? (revisited)

April 26th, 2011 · 1 Comment

First, let me express my sympathy for all those caught in the devastating path of tornadoes. To be caught in such devastating power of nature, recourse totally beyond one’s ability for action, is beyond my emotional imagination. I can only begin to imagine the pain for the families of the dead and for those whose […]

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Tags: climate change · Global Warming · weather

Conventional Rail and the Steel Interstates ~ Best Friends Forever

April 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on Conventional Rail and the Steel Interstates ~ Best Friends Forever

Yet another guest post from the thoughtful BruceMcF. I’ve written several times about the direct potential of the Steel Interstate project to cut our oil imports by 10% by getting long haul freight trucking off the road. It would at the same time relieve the crushing burden imposed by long haul trucking on our over-worked, […]

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Tags: Energy · guest post · rail · trains · transportation

Terrible climate messaging from a Google communications specialist+*

April 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off on Terrible climate messaging from a Google communications specialist+*

This guest post from DWG provides a perspective on “Climate Shift”, questioning Google’s intentions with the climate communicators’ program. In addition to the items cited below, see Nisbet’s “Climate Shift” and where did they get these numbers (Item #374) Several months ago, Google announced with some fanfare the creation of a new Science Communication Fellowship […]

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Tags: analysis · climate change · environmental · journalism

Unpublished letters: “What is the long run?”

April 21st, 2011 · Comments Off on Unpublished letters: “What is the long run?”

WarrenS has taken on an admirable resolution: to send a letter to the editor (LTE) (or, well, a major politician) every single day, on the critical issues of climate change and energy. This discusses his approach and here is an amusing ‘template’ to for rapid letter writing. Now, I have always written letters and even […]

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Tags: Energy · lighting · unpublished letters · Washington Post

Nisbet’s “Climate Shift” and where did they get these numbers (Item #374)

April 21st, 2011 · 4 Comments

The release of Matt Nisbet’s Climate Shift report (and the opening of the Climate Shift Project website) has been surrounded by a storm of controversy, opened by Joe Romm’s critique of Nisbet’s financial analysis (follow up here and here; Chris Mooney on science ‘balance’, and Media Matters’ critique of Nisbet’s media analysis).     I read a […]

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Tags: analysis · climate change · environmental · George Will · journalism · Washington Post

Anniversary Actions …

April 20th, 2011 · Comments Off on Anniversary Actions …

When it comes to marking anniversaries, champagne for two is sometimes the appropriate path but there are many anniversaries that are more appropriate marked by serious (and loud) crowds. Today is such an anniversary, where we should be working together to remind people of what occurred and what is still occurring on what merits note […]

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Tags: Energy

The Value of Zero

April 18th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Value of Zero

What is the value of zero? Is it nothing? Imagine zero dependency on foreign oil. Zero polllutants in our environment. Zero depletion of the ozone. Suddenly zero starts adding up … Zero is worth worth more than nothing. Zero is worth everything. Nissan’s Leaf advertising is capturing a vision of a different path forward that […]

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Tags: advertising · automobiles · environmental

Bill McKibben: “Listen Up! There is no one else …”

April 17th, 2011 · Comments Off on Bill McKibben: “Listen Up! There is no one else …”

Bill McKibben fired up Powershift 2011 last night with what must rank as among his most powerful statements ever … (full text after the fold) There is no one else. No one … but the attendees of PowerShift 2011 … and me … and you …

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Tags: Energy

Would you go to jail in the fight against Climate Disruption?

April 17th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Do you recognize Climate Disruption as — quite likely — humanity’s defining challenge for the 21st century? Have Russian fires, Pakistani floods, Australian droughts and floods, shifting bird habitation, record high temperatures, melting Arctic Ice, increasingly acidified oceans, or the ever earlier flowering of your garden’s bulbs penetrated your conscience and increased your concerns about […]

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Tags: Energy