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Global Warming

"Kookinelli" - Virginia's Embarrassment

by: Elaine in Roanoke

Fri Apr 02, 2010 at 11:55:42 AM EDT

(Also posted at Blue Virginia)

Here he goes again. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli vows once more to sue the federal government. Now, he is challenging  the Obama administration and Environmental Protection Agency's new fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks.

Cuccinelli has already filed suit against the EPA's determination that it can regulate greenhouse gases because they cause global warming and are harmful to human health. A Cuccinelli  spokesman said the EPA's announcement of fuel efficiency standards amounts to a "tacit denial" of Cooch's insistence that the EPA reconsider its greenhouse gases determination.

Well, duh...Of course it does.

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McKibben: Washington's snowstorms, brought to you by global warming

by: teacherken

Sun Feb 14, 2010 at 08:04:27 AM EST

It won't matter to the likes of Sen. Inhofe, who has his grandkids build an igloo next to the Capitol and label it "Al Gore's New Home."  Bill McKibben is realistic about that.  

And for those who want to harp on emails and some errors in isolation, it probably also won't matter, although as McKibben reminds us,

The British newspaper the Guardian just concluded a huge series on the "Climategate" e-mails with the words: "The world is still warming. Humanity is still to blame. And we still, urgently, need to do something about it."

But for those who are sane, whose minds are not already closed, McKibben's Washington Post op ed, Washington's snowstorms, brought to you by global warming, is a well-written piece, chock full of the material which will reinforce the seriousness of global climate change, aka global warming, as something reinforced, not undercut, by what happened where I live in the past 9 days.

Consider the following:

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Your ClimateGate / Swifthack Holiday Primer

by: kindler

Fri Dec 25, 2009 at 09:58:38 AM EST

Cross-posted at DailyKos

So you sit down with the family for your holiday dinner, and suddenly Uncle Grover starts going on about how climate change is just a massive hoax perpetrated by Al Gore, Leonardo di Caprio and the evil, corrupt scientific establishment - and the recently hacked collection of emails from climate scientists proves it.

Don't want to get caught slack-jawed and fuming?  Well, here are some key points and background about those emails (what the right laughably calls "Climategate", and which environmentalists have rebranded as Swifthack - as in "swiftboating")- to help you go mano-a-mano with the climate deniers and fight their fictions with fact.  (And not a moment too soon, as the conservative bloviocracy appear to have had some success in reducing the number of people who believe in climate change, according to recent polls )

Fiction: The stolen emails prove that scientists were lying and concealing evidence that climate change is a hoax.

Fact: Out of 1000 stolen emails covering 13 years, the right-wing noise machine has focused on a tiny handful, which they conveniently quote out of context.  These emails discuss issues that, rather than being dark, mysterious and hidden, have long been part of the public dialogue on climate change.  

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McCain Not Much of a Draw for McDonnell

by: Dan Sullivan

Sat Oct 17, 2009 at 18:37:02 PM EDT

(observations from someone on the scene - well worth noting - promoted by teacherken)

Bob McDonnell has attended fewer Virginia Beach Republican breakfasts this year than John Bell, the local Democratic Candidate for Sheriff. Just as well this morning, with its lowest attendance in months. McDonnell's focus was on an appeal to veterans at a VFW Post. That didn't work out so well either.

Clearly there was concern as the event approached; a sense of panic was apparent in an E-mail sent out by the local party asking for veterans to RSVP. The breakfast was located at another venue fairly distant from the VFW post, so that breakfast was called early and attendees, most not veterans, encouraged to transit. But even with that, you see that there wasn't an anxious crowd waiting for the McDonnell campaign RV at the front door of the building. Turns out there were more yard signs than supporters. Then with the focus on veterans, the local news chose this headline for the story: Climate change confronts McDonnell at McCain rally. Tucker Martin must be wondering how this happened. From the news report:

"I think it's a real concern, and we need to find ways to be able to reduce (carbon dioxide) emissions," McDonnell said in advocating development of technology to eliminate pollutants from coal-fired energy plants.

When asked to clarify whether he believes that global warming is scientific fact, however, he hedged.

"Well, there's some debate that various scientists are going on in that," he said. "I think the temperature of the earth, from the science I've seen, is going up."

And no words of encouragement from Senator McCain reported? Maybe, just maybe the concerns we Democrats have voiced about voter turnout are shared by the other guys. Between the political fatigue after the Bush years and the negative campaigning, the results may be harder to pin than we or the polls have pretended. Dropping in on the pancake breakfast John Bell's campaign was hosting this morning, there had been more attendees there than the Senator McCain energized McDonnell rally could draw. More anomalies this election season than Ayn Rand could metaphor in ten thousand pages.

Cross posted at Blue Virginia

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How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

by: Teddy Goodson

Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 21:44:56 PM EDT

( - promoted by Teddy Goodson)

What conservation activities really reduce your individual carbon footprint and give you the most bang for your buck? The magazine Mother Jones just published a list of lifetime savings based on research at the Oregon State University (http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2009/10/econundrum-best-personal-conservation-method)

* Recycling newspaper, magazines, glass, plastic aluminum, and steel cans: 19 tons of CO2 saved
* Replacing old refrigerator with energy-efficient model: 21 tons saved
* Replacing ten 75-w incandescent bulbs with 25-w Energy-efficient lights: 40 tons saved
* Replacing single-glazed windows with energy-efficient windows: 133 tons saved
* Reducing miles driven from 231 to 155 per week: 162 tons saved
* Increasing car's fuel economy from 20 to 30 mpg: 163 tons saved

"So," says Mother Jones,  "if you can't afford to replace your fridge (or you're emotionally attached to your avocado green late '70s model), drive 10 fewer miles a week. If you rent and can't persuade your landlord to upgrade your windows, drive 62 fewer miles a week (um, time to buy a bike)."  Personally, I believe I'll start with replacing those incandescent light bulbs, since I already drive a hybrid car and try to do a good job of recycling. How about you?

And I'll vote for the Democrats, like Creigh Deeds, Jody Wagner, and Steve Shannon in Virginia.  Unlike their Republican opponents, they all believe in climate change and understand we have a problem with carbon emissions.

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Tell Congress to Reject Pickens Plan to Fuel Cars with Natural Gas.

by: KathyinBlacksburg

Thu Jul 09, 2009 at 14:28:32 PM EDT

( - promoted by kindler)

Yesterday MSNBC reported an AP wire service story indicating that T. Boone Pickens has essentially struck out with the public in his mission to establish a wind corridor along a vast vertical swath of the Midwest (from North to South) and to require natural gas as a fuel for cars. Pickens was to have a significant control over such an initiative, of course.  A multi-billionaire must grow his portfolio.  

Pickens spent considerable time and capital trying to enlist support for his proposal. According to the AP article, Pickens has spent millions and logged miles to 72 cities and 22 town halls. I believe Americans are supportive of expanded wind, solar and geothermal (as well as other alternative fuels).  But the massive corridor requiring (of course) much Midwest land taken under eminent domain may have struck the public as self-serving on Pickens' part. Meanwhile, Pickens has scrapped his plan for the massive wind corridor.  

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