Dedicated to the balanced discussion of global warming
Regular readers know that I think that nuclear power is one of the very few ways we can provide the power we need without taking the chance that global warming is caused by carbon dioxide. If you believe in anthropogenic global warming and don’t believe the human race should live like the Amish, then you really don’t have a choice but to endorse nuclear power.
Contrary to my custom, I will be recreating the complete story here.
Strickland details plans for nuclear plant
Business First of Columbus – by Matt Burns
A third nuclear power station proposed for Ohio likely won’t start operating for years, but government officials and energy industry executives are saying it is time to start considering its construction and Piketon is the place for it.
Today is Global Wind Day.
While there are some problems with relying on wind power for the bulk of our energy needs in the US, wind probably has a place to augment and help us meet our needs, especially if the US doesn’t quickly add more nuclear generation capability!
A short video from Wind Power Works
While I typically do not reproduce pages in whole, I am going to put the entire text of the Wind Day campaign here for your convenience. You should also go to the Global Wind Day site.READ MORE
By addressing the magnitude of the climate threat with urgency, a powerful global climate change treaty would help establish a firm foundation for a sustainable economic future. This would set a more predictable framework for companies to plan and invest, provide a stimulus for renewed prosperity and a more secure climate system. Economic recovery and urgent action to tackle climate change are complementary – boosting the economy and jobs through investment in the new infrastructure needed to reduce emissions.READ MORE
I will repeat the title with the full quote:
“Spain’s experience reveals with high confidence, by two different methods, that the U.S. should expect a loss of at least 2.2 jobs on average, or about 9 jobs lost for every 4 created.”
Tony Blankley opines on RealClearPolitics (and elsewhere) that using government funding for creation of “green” jobs will reduce the net number of jobs in the US. If you are not familiar with Mr. Blankley, you can find his editorial work on The Washington Times, hear him occasionally on The MacLaughlin Group and he is the most intelligent voice on the nationally syndicated Left, Right and Center.READ MORE
I don’t typically post news feeds here but I am making an exception in this case. It appears that the House committee has passed the bill to implement the foolish cap and trade (carbon trading) bill. Let’s hope that the larger House is more wise but I have my doubts.
This story is from AP.
By DINA CAPPIELLO and H. JOSEF HEBERT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation imposing the first nationwide limits on the pollution blamed for global warming advanced in the House late Thursday, clearing a key committee despite strong Republican opposition.
The Energy and Commerce Committee approved the sweeping climate bill 33-25 after repeatedly turning back GOP attempts to kill or weaken the measure during four days of debate.
The LA Times is running with an article that says that the Obama administration will not reverse the Bush administration in using the scarcity of polar bears to curb emissions. About a year ago, the US listed the polar bear as a threatened species. The concern of many was that this ruling would be used to control, tax, and sue individual companies to reduce their CO2 output. The Bush administration said that wouldn’t be happening and now the Obama administration appears to agree.
I originally found this article by reading Watts Up With That so go over there and check out his handling of this story.READ MORE
Let me start by explaining that I am not a lover of cap and trade. The systems that have been proposed to date are simply taxes on certain types of energy so that other forms seem to be more competitive. They also tend to reward industries that can have a flexibility in energy sources while punishing industries that have to purchase high BTU energy sources. Finally, they can reward industries and organizations that did nothing to improve their energy use – they were just lucky enough to use less carbon. To make cap and trade look better, you may also see it referred to carbon trading or carbon offsets but a rose is a rose, regardless of its name (or in this case – a tax is a tax, regardless of its name).READ MORE
I do want to make three additional comments before you read below. If it takes 1,000 years to recover from an overload of carbon dioxide that has already poisoned our atmosphere then:
These statements are part of the public record so I am comfortable that I do not harm any copyrights by reproducing them in entirety here. Please note that these are the prepared statements of former Vice President Al Gore.
If you don’t want to read such serious stuff, I suggest you read “Canceled Due to Global Warming” and have a good chuckle.
Statement to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee As Prepared Hon. Al Gore Wednesday, January 28, 2009
We are here today to talk about how we as Americans and how the
United States of America as part of the global community should address
the dangerous and growing threat of the climate crisis.
I don’t have all of the details but it seems that some representatives are trying to force a vote on the US energy policy. Earlier today I wrote about the delay tactics used by Speaker of the House Pelosi, now it seems that Minority Leader John Boehner has brought some representatives back into the chamber to try to force a vote (or at least get more attention to their cause). Maybe we should have Mr. Boehner and Ms. Pelosi switch jobs.
I first picked this up on Power Line: “House Republicans Refuse To Go Home” and I hope that they don’t mind if I reproduce the majority of their post because it is quite interesting in the lack of ability to get the job done that resides in our elected representatives.READ MORE