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Wind energy soon might power Sandia and Kirtland

New Mexico Business Weekly – May 23, 2008

Interesting article about good use of natural resources to power federal government facilities.  It is also worth noting that the facility tried to not just use wind but also solar and found that solar was not economical. This subject should be interesting to all that are concerned with global warming and also those that want to make sure that we tap every available option to create energy.

A 30 megawatt wind farm soon could supply a third of the energy consumed by Sandia National Laboratories and Kirtland Air Force Base.

As carbon market grows, law firms cash in

Boston Business Journal – May 16, 2008

In my opinion, this is wrong in so many ways that I can barely count all of the problems! As my frequent readers know, I rant against carbon trading schemes all the time, so much so that my fingers are starting to be bruised. I have yet to see one that makes sense to me and this story typifies many of the problems. (If you want to stay up to speed on all of my thoughts on this subject, subscribe to the feed for this site).

Polar Bear Cartoons

Cartoons tend to be some of my most popular posts.  I guess everyone likes to laugh!

Here are some cartoons that I found.  They are displayed small so that you will click through to the original site to see the full display.

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John McCain’s recent speech

Junkscience.com – May 15, 2008

I was about to write a review of John McCain’s recent speech.  I was reading other comments on it first to make sure that I had my thoughts put together and I found Steven Milloy’s review.  He has done an excellent job of discussing the speech.

I am going to pull the highlights from Steven’s article.  Click through at the end to read the whole commentary.

Next to solar power, however, wind power is the most heavily subsidized form of energy. Taxpayers cough up an astounding  $23.37 per megawatt hour of electricity produced, according to the Wall Street Journal. In contrast, coal and natural gas are only subsidized  to a tune of $0.44 and $0.25, respectively.

Bloggers Unite For Human Rights

I was reminded by DevTopics and Remote Access that today is “Bloggers Unite For Human Rights” day.  Since my site is relatively controversial, I probably cherish this right more than most. My ability to question the logic and policies of my nation and other nations is not globally accepted.

Regardless of your stance on an issue, let us not forget that we are all humans and we have the right to live, worship, and pursue happiness.  I will frequently complain about some aspects of the United Nations but this pretty much says it all:

The Endangered Polar Bear

The US has just listed the Polar Bear as a Threatened Species.  It is claimed by some that this is the first species that has been declared threatened by global warming.

I really don’t know if this is good or bad. The arguments from both sides seem quite convincing, in different ways.  The pro-endanger side says that since global warming is going to melt the ice that polar bears hunt on, they will start to rapidly decline in numbers and need our protection.  The con-endanger group says that there is no evidence to date that polar bears are dying due to ice loss so we are rushing the effort and the polar bear population has increased since the elimination of controlled hunting of the bears.  A great discussion of this can be found at The War Over the Polar Bear.

Carbon-Market Concept Moves to Mainstream

Wall Street Journal – May 14, 2008

I really do not like the concept of trading in carbon. I think that carbon offsets trading only reward bad processes that are extremely cheap and are a band-aid to the real problem. If it is assumed that we need to vastly reduce the carbon footprint then the buying public should be encouraged to buy energy and products that result from lower carbon emissions and discouraged from buying the carbon rich ones.

Allowing a utility that has a coal burning plant in one part of the world to offset that footprint with a geo-thermal plant in another part of the world really doesn’t solve anything. If the two plants served the same marketplace, then their energy would compete but if the two plants are separated by oceans then we really haven’t solved any problems, we have just allowed a company to financially afford a carbon-rich coal plant.

Global Cooling Consistent With Global Warming

April 30, 2008 – Center for Science and Technology Policy Research

This article by Roger Pielke Jr. is an interesting discussion on climate models. He sings their praises as a study tool but appears to feel that they have limited value as a prediction tool. This is interesting when considering all of the fuss that has been occurring lately on different boundary conditions that can be applied to climate models and are being discussed with so much emotion on web (see here, here, and here for different viewpoints).

The Global Warming Challenge

The Climate Bet – April 29, 2008

You may be aware of the current personal campaign that I am engaged with regarding what I consider to be improper behavior at RealClimate. The authors of that site decided to bet the authors of a scientific paper. I do not feel that is responsible behavior but in my efforts to convince them I wanted to try and find other scientific bets that fall into their category of bet (largely financial v. gentleman’s bet). To date I have failed in that search, I did find some interesting gems to share with you.

The bully children have taken over at RealClimate.org!

Typically, RealClimate.org is filled with very useful (and sometimes difficult to grasp) scientific discussion. I have frequently commented about their site and usually I am complimentary (although they have slammed this site a few times).

Unfortunately, their latest article is reprehensible or at least foolish. I commented on their site but I don’t expect that my criticisms will survive their moderation. If they do publish it, I am sure their many supporters will condemn me. I am reproducing the bulk of my opinions here for you to decide.