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What Will the Car of the Future Look Like?

Wall Street Journal – November 19, 2007

This is a very interesting article about the challenges of manufacturing cars that would be better for the environment by using less petroleum. The impetus for the article was Presidential candidate, Senator Hillary Clinton’s push to double fuel economy by 2030.

The article starts out with a claim that Bill Clinton and Al Gore did nothing to increase federal fuel-efficiency standards and I am not confident that this claim is based on true fact. I cannot find evidence of my memory of the situation but I seem to remember that the Clinton administration did try to increase the standards.

UK explorer to measure effect of global warming on Arctic ice

International Herald Tribune – October 16, 2007

My first reaction when reading this article was “but aren’t we doing this already?” Obviously not but that is a shame. I repeat my often heard message that if we are going to spend trillions of dollars to reverse human induced global warming then we need to fully understand the true causes and effects of the phenomenon. Something as simple as mapping the ice on Greenland and in the Arctic seems like a good first step.

I give credit to Pen Hadow and his three-member team in conducting this research. I wonder what would happen if the poor guy had enough funds to launch a couple dozen three-member teams.

Follow-up: NASA Sees Arctic Ocean Circulation Do an About-Face

A few days ago, I wrote about a new NASA study that suggests that the Arctic Ocean is reversing the circulation direction. The study theorized that the circulation direction was a major contributor of the melting of Arctic ice.

At the time that I wrote the article, there was very little analysis by other scientists on the study (still isn’t). So I reached out to several of the contributors at RealClimate and asked them what they thought.  Dr. Benestad replied to me and he has agreed to let me reproduce his comments here for all to learn from. I would like to publicly thank him for his willingness to help us understand this.

Hydrogen: An alternative

CNN – November 9, 2007

No reading on this one.  It is a podcast from CNN.  If you don’t have an iPod, it doesn’t matter as you can listen to it on your computer.

As we grapple with ways to curb carbon dioxide emission as well as deal with the geopolitical problems of the world, it becomes obvious that we must find alternative ways to propel vehicles across the road.  Earlier this week, I wrote about GM’s Volt, which is an electric car.  Now here is an interview with a GM spokesperson that discusses the possibility of hydrogen fueled vehicles.

Time to give thanks

In the US, today is Thanksgiving. This is a celebration that has roots to the earliest settlers of our land, the Pilgrims.

I am sure that we all have much to be thankful for. I hope that you find this day to be relaxing and a way to see the best side of every issue and every person.

GM to launch Volt by end-2010 despite skepticism

Reuters – November 21, 2007

Bob Lutz from GM has re-confirmed that GM is still planning on introducing the Chevy Volt in 2010 even though there are some concerns about that timeline.

Typically when this level of concern happens, there are some trade-offs that are put out and the product doesn’t live up to expectations. I hope that is not the “hidden” message that Lutz is actually trying to deliver in this interview.

Mr. Lutz does speak with some sense of urgency and perhaps doom so maybe this really will hit the consumer market on time and, hopefully, will be a raving success.

NASA Sees Arctic Ocean Circulation Do an About-Face

Jet Propulsion Laboratory – November 13, 2007

Here we go again! It seems like every time we turn around there is a new study that suggests that global warming is going to get worse or it is going to reverse. The only clear evidence that I can find is that the climate is so complex that we simply don’t understand it yet.

A team of scientists for NASA has released a study that suggests that the Arctic Ocean circulation is about to change directions. It appears to do this somewhat frequently although it is doubtful that we really understand what transpired prior to the middle of the 20th century.

The truth about recycling

Economist.com – June 7, 2007

True or False: Recycling is a waste of time as it costs more money to recycle than to produce as new.

FALSE!!

There are a lot of old wives tales regarding the benefits of recycling. When an old friend of mine sent me this article, I decided that it fit into the goal of this site to try to educate the world on global warming issues.

The short answer is that it is far more efficient to recycle materials than to create new.  The Economist has a long article on the subject.  I will cite a couple relevant quotes for this global warming audience but check out the full article.

Power Plant Rejected Over Carbon Dioxide For First Time

Washington Post – October 19, 2007

This is the first time in the US that a power plant was rejected due to concerns regarding its output of carbon dioxide as a pollutant. I don’t understand all of the laws in this area but I suspect that this decision would not have been possible had the Supreme Court not ruled that CO2 was a pollutant.

I am not going to make a lot of comments on this article except to ask two questions that are not adequately answered in this article:

Climate skepticism: The top 10

BBC News – November 12, 2007

If you are a global warming skeptic (or if you deal with one regularly), you need to read this article on BBC. It covers a claimed top ten reasons that skeptics likely cite regarding global warming and then gives a short reason why the excuse is not valid.