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Follow-up to: Zealots have no place in an adult conversation

I recently wrote about a blogger on TPM that called for the jailing or execution of people that did not think as he did on the subject of global warming. I compared him to the zealot that recently assassinated an abortion doctor while the man was worshipping in his church.

The post had a comment of the person who says that he wrote the article. In that comment he apologized. In the comment, Insolent Braggart says that he is not a professional writer, which is hardly an excuse. I am not a professional writer either, just a former engineer turned salesman. It does not take a professional to know that spewing hatred in the form of calling for jailings and executions for thoughts and beliefs is wrong. There is also a post on TPM that says that he apologizes.

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White House threatens veto of energy bill

The Detroit News – December 4, 2007

I can’t figure out wether this is incompetence on the part of the House and Senate, convenient forgetfulness, or excuse making on the part of the Administration.

A few days ago, I wrote on the compromise that would have allowed an increase in the CAFE requirements for automobiles. You can read that post at:

New Fuel Standards Are Poised to Advance

It appears that the White House is threatening a veto of the bill that would increase fuel standards to 35 mpg by 2020. The bill evidently doesn’t cover some nuances that the Administration feels are necessary and is going to throw it back to the Hill and tell them to get this fixed. How did the Congress forget to include this stuff? Is the President just trying to find a convenient way to get out of signing it?

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New Fuel Standards Are Poised to Advance

Wall Street Journal – December 1, 2007

An important step has been taken in a new bill to increase the required fuel mileage per gallon required for US cars.  Late Friday evening a deal was struck with the major players in the House which should lead to passage in the House.

The new CAFE standard (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) will increase 40% and must be attained by 2020. It should reduce the amount of CO2 produced by autos slightly as well as slightly reduce the dependence on foreign oil.

The estimated cost increase to the consumer should be about $1400 and save the consumer about $200 in gas costs.  Frankly, I never believe these estimates as they tend to be worse than global climate models in their accuracy.

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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.

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Sun’s Direct Role in Global Warming May Be Underestimated, Duke Physicists Report

Duke University – September 30, 2005

This is a fairly old report but it is important since it points out that global climate models still need to be updated to reflect the changes in solar activity. Many of the studies and predictions of climate models that we read about are based on models that are fairly old (some have been around for decades). This article points out that these models need to be re-examined.

At least 10 to 30 percent of global warming measured during the past two decades may be due to increased solar output rather than factors such as increased heat-absorbing carbon dioxide gas released by various human activities, two Duke University physicists report.

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