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#11202 of 11211 Re: Drive more, Drive bigger vehicles. [Stever@Edmunds]
Dec 09, 2013 (5:58 am)
Weather is climate over a shorter time frame. I don't think anyone is denying the climate is changing. Most logical thinking people do not believe sending $billions to tinpot dictators or financing opulent conferences in exotic locations will change the climate. Most of us in CA do not like paying for the state to experiment with crackpot ways to change something that is likely to do as it will. Right now I am sitting in my beautiful home freezing at 64 degrees because I don't want to waste $20 a day on propane to keep it at 68 degrees. We had a cooler summer than normal and now we are getting early frost. More people will die from cold weather this year than died from any isolated heat extremes around the globe. Give me the warmer weather and those that want colder can move to a cooler climate. All the BS about rising seas. So CA was all under water at one time. So if you are worried move inland from the coast. Don't charge me triple the national average for Electricity and claim you are helping to stem GW.
SFGATE and UK Guardian are very biased sources you used.
The end result of CA leading the charge over the cliff is a huge loss of jobs. The highest poverty rate in the nation, and rising crime in the cities that are losing businesses. Most bankrupt cities in the USA. Hope it will be worth it to all the ECO Wonks that are pushing CA into the abyss. I am getting very close to pulling the plug and getting out while the getting is good.
Most of the so called climate bills passed did no good, just made life worse for those at the bottom of the food chain.
#11203 of 11211 Re: Drive more, Drive bigger vehicles. [gagrice]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Dec 09, 2013 (6:11 am)
There's a good argument that the drive for alternative "cleaner" power is driving job growth.
#11204 of 11211 Re: Drive more, Drive bigger vehicles. [Stever@Edmunds]
Dec 09, 2013 (6:37 am)
Probably possible. Just not in the USA. US job creation is wishful thinking. Almost all of our Solar factories are shut down and moved to China. I don't think we build any of the 1000s of very expensive wind generators. How many batteries in EVs are manufactured in the USA. We assemble a few for the Volt. Yes we grow corn and make it into ethanol. Of course we are destroying the Gulf fisheries as a result. It will take close to 100 years of growing corn for ethanol to mitigate loss of CO2 absorbance provided by the forest cut down to grow the corn. I am not impressed with our knee jerk reaction to every crackpot Eco nut that gets on the Media. Worst part is our children are getting pumped full of half truths and out right lies that will push US closer to being a 3rd World nation. China will use what is available to power their industrial growth (coal) and use future technology when it becomes cheap. We will continue to shut down our industry with over priced solar, wind & regulations, then whine about the loss of jobs.
#11205 of 11211 Re: Drive more, Drive bigger vehicles. [gagrice]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Dec 09, 2013 (6:40 am)
lol, that little BP spill had no effect at all either eh? Between Big Ag and Big Oil and Big Nuke, I think the fisheries are about done, not to mention years of over-fishing.
Better buy stock in China. But focus on environmental companies.
China’s Stocks Fall as Coal Shares Drop Amid Pollution (Bloomberg)
#11206 of 11211 Re: Drive more, Drive bigger vehicles. [Stever@Edmunds]
Dec 09, 2013 (7:21 am)
I think the Japanese Nuclear disaster has ended my ocean fish eating forever. I love my seared Ahi and fresh Ono. I will have to get my fish from farm raised Tilapia from here or Central America. From the looks of the diseased herring, diminished Sockeye and glow in the dark Bluefin, ocean seafood is OFF my menu for good.
I don't think any of the oil disasters compare to Fukishima. My guess is BP will pay the price for fishery losses in the Gulf. When it is likely a combo of the deadzone caused by big Ag and the oil spill. Harder to sue a farmer in Iowa for polluting the Gulf than it is BP. Of course either way we pay the price. It all gets passed down to the consumer and tax payers.
#11207 of 11211 What's with the Sun???
Dec 10, 2013 (6:58 pm)
Based on historical records, astronomers say the sun this fall ought to be nearing the explosive climax of its approximate 11-year cycle of activity—the so-called solar maximum. But this peak is "a total punk," said Jonathan Cirtain, who works at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as project scientist for the Japanese satellite Hinode, which maps solar magnetic fields.
"I would say it is the weakest in 200 years," said David Hathaway, head of the solar physics group at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Researchers are puzzled. They can't tell if the lull is temporary or the onset of a decades-long decline, which might ease global warming a bit by altering the sun's brightness or the wavelengths of its light.
"There is no scientist alive who has seen a solar cycle as weak as this one," said Andrés Munoz-Jaramillo, who studies the solar-magnetic cycle at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass.
To complicate the riddle, the sun also is undergoing one of its oddest magnetic reversals on record.
Normally, the sun's magnetic north and south poles change polarity every 11 years or so. During a magnetic-field reversal, the sun's polar magnetic fields weaken, drop to zero, and then emerge again with the opposite polarity. As far as scientists know, the magnetic shift is notable only because it signals the peak of the solar maximum, said Douglas Biesecker at NASA's Space Environment Center.
But in this cycle, the sun's magnetic poles are out of sync, solar scientists said. The sun's north magnetic pole reversed polarity more than a year ago, so it has the same polarity as the south pole.
Could it be the sun is creating these extremes we are seeing or will the GW Cult stick with their man is all powerful mantra?
#11208 of 11211 Why should we trust the EPA??
Dec 11, 2013 (8:49 am)
I think this shows how corrupt the EPA and our Federal agencies really are. All are pushing the GW scam as well.
EPA warned of ex-official’s illegal salary, bonuses in 2010, watchdog report says
In July 2010, the EPA’s human resources office contacted Beale’s Office of Air and Radiation with a document it had prepared titled “John Beale Pay Issues,” according to the report. The head of Beale’s department was Gina McCarthy, who is now the head of the EPA. The report does not make clear whether the document was given to her.
A code on Beale’s timecard, approved by the Office of Personnel Management, initially allowed his salary to exceed legal limits.
On Jan. 12, 2011, the EPA’s Office of General Counsel warned McCarthy’s staff to “stop retention bonus pay,” and McCarthy was asked to inform Beale, according to the report. But on April 2, 2012, McCarthy “confirmed no actions taken on retention bonus due to advice” from the head of the human resources department, according to the report.
Beale’s bonus was not canceled until Feb. 5, 2013. He was forced to retire in April, when his base salary was $164,000. He will collect his pension.
Beale, who pleaded guilty in September to stealing nearly $900,000 in government pay and bonuses, is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court Dec. 18. In court papers filed this week, his attorney, John W. Kern, asked for jail time at the “low end” of the 30 to 37 months that Beale faces under federal sentencing guidelines. Beale has agreed to pay more than $1.3 million in restitution and forfeiture as part of the plea deal.
Top EPA officials have told investigators that they believed Beale’s story that he was working as a clandestine officer for the CIA and did not question his exorbitant hotel and first-class airfare bills or the bonuses he collected. The scheme began in 1994.
Isn't that about the time the whole Al Gore GW scam got going good?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/epa-warned-of-ex-officials- -illegal-salary-bonuses-in-2010-watchdog-report-says/2013/12/10/8027e570-61f2-11- e3-bf45-61f69f54fc5f_story.html?hpid=z4
#11209 of 11211 Re: Why should we trust the EPA?? [gagrice]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Dec 11, 2013 (9:09 am)
Well, it's easy to focus on the foibles of humans but eventually the science will out. (theguardian.com)
There's always a few hits like that when you search the news for GW.
This one is more seasonable though:
Greenpeace’s Santa Warns that Global Warming Could Cancel Christmas (nationalreview.com)
“Dear children, regrettably I bring bad tidings,” the video begins. “For some time now, melting ice here in the North Pole has made our operations and our day-to-day life intolerable and impossible and there may be no alternative but to cancel Christmas.”
#11210 of 11211 Re: Why should we trust the EPA?? [Stever@Edmunds]
Dec 11, 2013 (9:26 am)
I'd expect something like that from a shameless group such as Greenpeace. Hard to take squawky British media stuff seriously, too, seeing as that place is behind some previous ethical issues.
#11211 of 11211 Re: Why should we trust the EPA?? [Stever@Edmunds]
Dec 11, 2013 (11:14 am)
The GW scam has a lot in common with unintended acceleration. Both are driven (pardon the pun) by human error, fraud and greed.