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Global Warming denialism ... from a "D" Senate candidate!

by a siegel Tue Oct 14th, 2008 at 05:58:15 PM EST

In South Carolina, the "Democratic Party" candidate is Bob Conley, who must be mentioned was recently a Republican, on a county GOP committee until winning the Democratic Party primay, and Ron Paul supporter.  On the Repulbican side, Lindsey Graham.  In this race, Saturday's debate could well be a telling one for anyone who cares for science and issues of Global Warming.

Conley, in Inhofe-scale like terms, very "firmly proclaimed his denial of global warming science".  In face of a question as to whether Global Warming is real (come off, is this a real question people?), Conley's response:

CONLEY: It really is the arrogance of man to think that we are having any effect.

These are not words of someone interested in reality-based policy making.

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Newest Nobel Prize Winner: "Republicans ... Party of Stupid"

by a siegel Mon Oct 13th, 2008 at 02:28:02 PM EST

Paul Krugman, the winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Economics, penned an article a few months ago: "Know-Nothing Politics".  

the debate on energy policy has helped me find the words for something I've been thinking about for a while. Republicans, once hailed as the "party of ideas," have become the party of stupid.

For Krugman, the Republican embrace and promotion of Drillusion exemplified how "know-nothingism" had become revered within the Republican Party.  "The party's de facto slogan has become: "Real men don't think things through."" ANd, "In the case of oil, this takes the form of pretending that more drilling would produce fast relief at the gas pump."  

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T Boone Pickens continues hard sell with blogger call

by a siegel Tue Oct 7th, 2008 at 05:19:36 PM EST

T Boone Pickens continues his hard sell efforts when it comes to the flawed Pickens' Plan.  Yesterday, a bipartisan group of bloggers had a teleconference with T Boone.  If one listens through 'the call', several points might jump out:

  1.  The bloggers seem have an uneven understanding of energy issues based on their comments and questions. In fact, the "right wing" bloggers seem to have basically no knowledge of energy issues. From the "left", several of the bloggers have legitimate claims to be energy/environmental experts.

  2.  At the end of the day, T Boone Pickens was able to get away with half-truths and untruths in the session.  

This was part of T Boone's promotion of an "e-rally" to be held before and after the Presidential debate this evening, with Sierra Club executive director Carl Pope joining him, to seek to influence the national debate toward T Boone's problem filled plan.

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Palin energy deception on TV ... again

by a siegel Sat Oct 4th, 2008 at 07:32:32 AM EST

During the Vice Presidential debate, Sarah "Energy Expert" Palin continued to demonstrate either her fundamental ignorance about energy realities or her fervent desire to mislead as many American voters as possible with half-truths and un-truths.  We'll put aside the whole question of Sarah's dealings with oil companies and the national gas pipeline and the problems of clean-coal discussion at the debate, but lets take a few moments to discuss the implications of Sarah's various words about "energy independence".   Remember, Sarah reminded us that energy is her subject:

"governor of an energy-producing state, and kind of undo in my own area of expertise, and that's energy."

Okay, what did Miss Energy Expert say about energy issues?

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White Roofing as Silver Bullet to slay Global Warming?

by a siegel Mon Sep 15th, 2008 at 11:18:57 PM EST

Reflective roofing has long seemed one of the best geoengineering options to help turn the rising tides of Global Warming. An opportunity to reduce energy use through reduced cooling demand and longer lasting roofs, to improve urban life (and cut energy requirements) by reducing urban heat island impacts, and to contribute to fighting global warming by reflecting solar radiation back into space.

It seems, however, that this opportunity might be even greater than previously believed. Global Cooling: Increasing World-wide Urban Albedos to Offset CO2 (pdf) suggests that white roofing of just 100 cities could handle Global Warming temperature increases.

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Move aside Gore. Move aside Pickens. Google is at the Podium!

by a siegel Fri Sep 12th, 2008 at 12:30:37 AM EST

At the Corporate ECOforum, Google CEO Eric Schmidt gave a talk that looks well worth hearing.  Schmidt began his talk with a Google Earth heavy discussion "of rising temperatures and government policies that are either speeding up or slowing down climate change."

There's a total failure of political leadership, at least in the United States, if not in the world.

His plan deals with three interrelated challenges: over-reliance on oil; sluggish world economy; and global warming.

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What Fraction Of America's $4+/Gallon Gasoline Is Due To The War In Iraq?

by a siegel Sat Jul 12th, 2008 at 09:02:26 AM EST

383359478_3dd94a0fdf_m.jpgJust how much of the pump price of gasoline is attributable to the war in Iraq? A dollar? Three dollars? None. That conversation recently swirled around me and, one one point, someone commented that well over half (or more than $2) of America's $4.10 gallon of gas is due to the war. Another person asked "Is that right?" And, after pulling out some hair from my head, my response was both short and then long.

The short:

Two dollars a gallon is, perhaps, as good a swag as anyone's. ... I think.

And, the long after the fold.

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Energy COOL: A stroll in a garden

by a siegel Wed Jul 9th, 2008 at 08:29:12 AM EST

Since diving into the deep end when it comes to energy issues, almost every day sees new fascinating concepts, approaches, and technologies.  Fascinating ... exciting ... even hope inspiring at times.  And, as well, as the passion builds, so many of these are truly Energy COOL.

This is a somewhat different path of discover and discussion when it comes to Energy COOL thinking. This isn't some emergent technology about to blow your mind away nor news of some momentous change in policy, but a window on a movement to communicate better paths forward through our public gardens.

So, join me in my stroll through a garden and, I hope, plan to take your own stroll.

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TRADITION! WashPost Global Warming reporting Fair and Balanced

by a siegel Fri Jun 27th, 2008 at 12:34:02 AM EST


The Washington Post is establishing a firm 21st Century tradition: when it comes to Global Warming, take guidance from Faux News, "Fair and Balanced".

Multiple times in the pastweek, both in reporting and on the editorial page, The Washington Post continued a seemingly iron tradition of coloring Global Warming science by ensuring that skeptics and deniers have their say as well, without providing any indication to the 'regular' reader that serial skeptics received a silver platter invitation to the Post's pages to spread their deception.

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The power of 350 ... spreading the word

by a siegel Thu Jun 19th, 2008 at 11:57:38 PM EST

Prior to the industrial era, the atmosphere was at about 280 parts per million of carbon dioxide.  Now, we are about 387 and growing at nearly 2 ppm per year.

The 'old' (a few years ago) scientific consideration was that it seemed we could stabilize, without utterly catastrophic risk, at 450 ppm or below.  This is the guiding thinking behind cutting carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050.

Jim Hansen, NASA and one of the strongest voices in climate research, came out with work stating that we must fall to 350 ppm to avoid catastrophic climate change, considering the impacts that we are already seeing globally.

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Beware the Silver Bullet ...

by a siegel Wed Jun 18th, 2008 at 07:21:18 AM EST

Across the world, people are passing around with great excitement the news that there might be a bug that will create oil. And, not just bio-derived oil, but carbon-negative oil. One little bug, too small for the naked eye to see, and all our problems are solved!

Worried about anything? Forget it. Solved!

Or ...

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Greening America's School Houses

by a siegel Sun Jun 15th, 2008 at 11:00:56 PM EST

Last month, to far (FAR) less attention than it merited, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act with $20 billion for greening public schools across the nation.

Taking aggressive action to green schools is about one of the smartest steps the nation can take, action that should go beyond bipartisanship to true unity of action as it is a win-win-win-win strategy along so many paths:

  • Save money for communities and taxpayers

  • Create employment

  • Foster capacity for 'greening' the nation

  • Reduce pollution loads

  • Improve health

  • Improve student performance / achievement

  • And, well, other benefits. In the face of these benefits, "The White House threatened a veto, saying it was wrong for the federal government to launch a costly new school-building program."

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    Waving a white flag ... Samuelson and Global Warming

    by a siegel Wed Jun 4th, 2008 at 12:59:44 AM EST

    Robert J. Samuelson simply doesn't believe in America, in American ingenuity, in Americans ability to rise to challenges and solve problems.

    From an acquaintance,

    This week's Newsweek magazine carries a column by Robert Samuelson, titled Just-Call It Cap-and-Tax. Samuelson likes to say he's not an economist. In this column, he certainly showed that to be the case.

    Join me after a fold for a stroll through some of Samuelson's reckless truthiness.

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    Coal is DIRTY!!!!

    by a siegel Fri May 23rd, 2008 at 06:43:59 AM EST

    Coal is NOT Clean.
    Coal IS Dirty!

    Introducing the Clean Coal Body Slam.  Kevin Grandia of DeSmogBlog has put together an amazing team with a clear (not clean) agenda:

    For a while now,
    whenever I mentioned the term "clean coal" people would roll their eyes and groan, "clean coal," usually followed by a rolling of the eyes or a mock gagging, eyes bulging expression. Most people know coal isn't clean, but that hasn't stopped the coal industry from trying to convince us otherwise.

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    Alaska in a State in Denial?

    by a siegel Thu May 22nd, 2008 at 02:41:09 PM EST

    When it comes to Global Warming impacts, Alaska is on the front lines.  It is also on the front lines of continued Republican efforts to confront reality directly ... and deny it!  

    Several Republican members of the Alaska State Legislature drove through, almost beneath the radar scope, a $2 million funding for a conference on Global Warming.  This conference, however, is not intended to be an honest discussion about Global Warming's impacts on Alaska and what Alaskans might do in the face of these impacts (both in terms of changed energy/other usage to reduce contributions to Global Warming and amelioration measures to help Alaska/Alaskans deal with Global Warming).  No, instead, it is an effort to put together a lavish environment to fete and give prominence to pseudo-scientists that seek to obfuscate reality and inhibit action to deal with Global Warming.

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    Blogging Halfway McCain's Global Warming concepts

    by a siegel Tue May 13th, 2008 at 12:18:32 PM EST

    John McCain's speech and policy constructs on Global Warming have gotten a bit of attention from the Energy Smart blogging world. The following are few of the worthwhile discussions to date.

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    Energy Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest ...

    by a siegel Fri May 2nd, 2008 at 03:24:11 PM EST

    My six-year old son is addicted to the Berenstein Bears. One of his first successfully read books: Ready, Get Set, Go which teaches adjectives and suggests that no one is best at everything.  How many times read between us?  10? 25? Maybe 50? As any parent can tell you, a favored book like that becomes imprinted in your brain.

    "Good, Better, Best ..."  is the tag line in Ready, Get Set, Go.   Well, in the past few days, we've seen an example of this in reverse, something more from the film world. When it comes to politics and energy, we've had a display of Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest.

    Clinton, McCain, Bush.  

    Energy Dumb. Energy Dumber, Energy Dumbest.

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    Decoding Bush Deceptions re Climate Change

    by a siegel Wed Apr 16th, 2008 at 04:20:13 PM EST

    Yet again, George the W graces America's television screens.

    Yet again, George the W peddles truthiness masquerading as serious policy concepts.

    Yet again, George the W works to undermine American and Global security and prosperity.

    Yet again ...

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    Chamber of Commerce: April's Fool ...

    by a siegel Thu Apr 3rd, 2008 at 07:26:28 AM EST

    On April Fools Day, the US Chamber of Commerce issued a memo that suggests that they want to make April's Fools of all Americans through their continued efforts to distort discussion about energy issues in a way that takes the truth out of truthiness.   And, what is impressive (and depressing) is how the Chamber's distorting material brings out April Fools who live in the black hole of denial.

    In Pay to Play on Climate Change, the Chamber's President and CEO, Thomas J. Donohue, moves quite directly into the Delayer mode of reacting to climate change issues.  He does not address the fact of Global Change or its (serious) implications, but asserts that there is not the public support for reacting to Global Warming while pursuing truthiness, by distorting the issue, rather than truth.

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    Reviews in: NAM/ACCF full of it!

    by a siegel Tue Mar 25th, 2008 at 12:01:46 PM EST

    While the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Council for Capital Formation take their dog-and-pony show of supposedly independent but fully deceitful analysis about global warming legislation around the country, reviews of the work are coming in from across the country. And, the common reframe:

    Thumbs DOWN!

    Cross-posted from Energy Smart.

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