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Barack Tease

Obama pledges to save the civilized world with baby steps "This is our generation's moment to save future generations from global catastrophe," declared Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in a speech on Friday. He heralded a "grassroots effort to make America greener and end the tyranny of oil." And just as greens were up on their collective tippie-toes, primed for a collective Obamagasm, he ... proposed a small boost in U.S. vehicle fuel-efficiency standards. Oh. Obama's "National Low Carbon Fuel Standard," which would federalize vehicle emissions standards put forward by California and since adopted by eight other states, would lower …

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Vote Surly, Vote Often

Aluminum smelting defining Iceland elections You no doubt know that Iceland's elections are coming up on May 12. But here's something you may not know: the country's aluminum-smelting boom has become a key issue in the race. With three smelters up and running and three more planned, fans and foes alike are fired up. A new party, the Iceland Movement, has a platform with exactly one issue -- a five-year moratorium on big industrial projects while the effects of the current boom are studied -- and the Left Green Party also opposes the smelters. The author of an anti-smelter book …

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CitizenRE Spam

This company a renewable energy godsend or pyramid scheme?

Even after reading about how CitizenRE is possibly a shady racket, I was still willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, until I got a hilarious and random email that sounded like it came from a Nigerian scammer: Dear Sir / Madam, Joe Citizen here, life member of NAFC Now is that the North American Fishing Club or the National Association For Continence you're with? The reason I am writing is in regards to your campaign request for fund raising. As a member I believe in your cause and the cause of many other groups, and Associations that …

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Another day, another carbon trading scandal

Gee whiz

The London Times covers a carbon trading scandal in in India. Like our own New York Times, they bury the lede: BRITISH companies are handing over millions of pounds to an Indian chemical plant so that western firms can continue to pump out thousands of tons of greenhouse gases. Indian company SRF, which produces refrigeration gases in Rajasthan, stands to make a profit of more than £300m. That is how carbon trading is supposed to work, right? Even if they are making as much or more from the carbon credits as from the manufacturing process. Only: While British companies use …

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“It is green thinks nature even in the dark”

It took [artist Mary Ellen] Carroll about three months to come up with that phrase [on behalf of the Precipice Alliance] and, she said, "It should be something you should think about."

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The wrong question

Is climate change the most important global problem?

Is climate change the most important global problem we face? This seems on its face a good question. Economists like Bjorn Lomborg take this reductionist recipe, spice it with an unshakable confidence in future growth, and conclude that climate should be low on our list of priorities. Lomborg's arguments follow from his assumptions. If his conclusions are wrong as they appear, perhaps the logic is wrong, or the data, or the underlying premises. All of these are good places for skeptical inquiry, and may be fruitful, but there is yet another place to look. I suggest that Lomborg asks the …

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An end-game scenario, supply-side policy, and defining our goal: The solution statement

Here’s what we have to accomplish

The supply-side solution developed in the Bright Lines exercise, drawing on Bill Hare's Greenpeace International paper "Climate Protection: The Carbon Logic" (PDF), won little support from first readers. It is included in this proposal as a concept to be explored because no other solution could be determined to meet the dictates of the climate timeframe -- and the strong responses it provokes are evidence of its strong narrative value. A supply-side response -- imposing a cap on extractions in 2015 with 10 percent reductions at 5 year intervals until emissions are stabilized at pre-industrial levels, as shown in the accompanying …

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Local climate skeptic mocked on <em>Daily Show</em>

Some of the funniest stuff I’ve seen in a long time

Remember that wacky Federal Way, Wash. father who opposed showing An Inconvenient Truth in public schools? ("Condoms don't belong in school, and neither does Al Gore!") Well, he's back, and on the Daily Show: Some choice quotes, in case you can't watch the video: "The global warming we're experiencing right now would have to be God's wrath ... These are precursors to the rapture, which should occur in about, you know, 5 to 7 years ..." "If you have not accepted Jesus Christ, then you are basically left behind, and a bowl of God's anger is poured upon the sun, …

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