Posts tagged climate change


This is another way of saying that Paul Ryan is a nut. His ideological fantasies prevent him from accepting even basic scientific facts. He is, to be sure, a lucid nut, rather than a raving nut who accosts passersby on street corners. Ryan has spent his life imbibing the tenants of right-wing-movement thought, and he can apply the concepts he has learned to nearly any topic. 

 (via Paul Ryan: Yes, I Am a Nut — NYMag)

This is another way of saying that Paul Ryan is a nut. His ideological fantasies prevent him from accepting even basic scientific facts. He is, to be sure, a lucid nut, rather than a raving nut who accosts passersby on street corners. Ryan has spent his life imbibing the tenants of right-wing-movement thought, and he can apply the concepts he has learned to nearly any topic.


"We hear from people all the time who say they only needed to run the AC two weeks out of the year," Cooper said. "Now they’re running it for several months."

San Diego’s warm spell started long before summer. The city hit the 90s twice in late April, and every month since October 2013 has been warmer than normal.

All those new air conditioners and all the old ones running more often are pushing San Diego Gas & Electric, the utility that supplies energy to the region. On consecutive days in September, when San Diego topped 90 degrees and outlying areas went well over 100, SDG&E set records for peak load, or energy use. No areas lost power, but in previous times of high energy use, the California Independent System Operator, which controls the bulk of the state’s power grid, resorted to rolling blackouts to keep the system running.

If coastal weather patterns are shifting, it will have an obvious impact on energy providers. Steve Vanderburg, a meteorologist with SDG&E, said he and other meteorologists with the company and other utilities have been asked to study the impacts of climate change on the companies.

CNBC spreading climate change denial is another money making opportunity for CREDO

I can see it now: CREDO ginning up more indignation without actually doing something to stop dumbth from festering.

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We’re on the verge of destroying the balance of the earth so badly that the survival of everything is threatened. World leaders are meeting in just over 100 days to talk climate solutions - this moment needs a massive global day of civic action to force leaders to act and save our future. Join in!

The last ice age happened in 6 months. 6 months for the planet to unleash an army of apartment-building-size ice blocks across Europe and the United States. It was a climate tipping point where the balance is knocked completely out of control and threatens the survival of everything — and three more tipping points exactly like it are on the verge of happening.

It’s our “holy shit” climate moment according to a leading NASA scientist, and only a holy shit massive coordinated day of action response, right now, can change the future we’re facing.

One agreement with common sense steps to end dirty energy can save us. That’s why the UN has called an urgent climate meeting in just over 100 days with all major world leaders — if we greet them on September 20th with the largest ever global climate mobilisation in history we can break through the walls of mega coal, oil, and business that prevent even the best politicians from doing what is right.

There’s no way to get around how big a task this is. But together, each small action will add up into a millions-strong movement that literally drowns out the opposition and gives our leaders the best reason to break free and build a hopeful, clean and green future.

[T]hink about global warming from the point of view of someone who grew up taking Ayn Rand seriously, believing that the untrammeled pursuit of self-interest is always good and that government is always the problem, never the solution. Along come some scientists declaring that unrestricted pursuit of self-interest will destroy the world, and that government intervention is the only answer. It doesn’t matter how market-friendly you make the proposed intervention; this is a direct challenge to the libertarian worldview.

And the natural reaction is denial — angry denial. Read or watch any extended debate over climate policy and you’ll be struck by the venom, the sheer rage, of the denialists.
Paul Krugman has concluded there’s something else going on other than greed in the growth of climate science denialism. (via holygoddamnshitballs)

Stand With Harvard Faculty, Students, and Alumni for Fossil Fuel Divestment

Stand with Harvard students blockading right now! Harvard students are blockading RIGHT NOW to push the Harvard Corporation — the world’s largest educational endowment — to divest from fossil fuels. They need 50,000 signatures to meet their goal and show Harvard’s president that the public’s behind them. Sign now!

Today’s decision makes Indiana the first state in the nation to roll back its energy savings goals. While we are very disappointed with the governor’s decision to allow SEA340 to become law, it is critical that Governor Pence and the Indiana General Assembly now follow through on their promise of creating an improved energy efficiency program for Indiana. Energizing Indiana has saved millions of dollars, created hundreds of jobs, reduced energy costs and made Indiana homes and businesses warmer and more energy efficient. There’s no denying that hundreds of energy efficiency workers will be out of a job next January when utilities cancel or scale back home energy audits, appliance rebates and low-income home weatherization programs. We will now work with our coalition partners to make sure Indiana electric utilities will be required to replace what they’ve destroyed, despite their historic failure to reduce energy demand for the benefit of their customers.

Sierra Club Statement on Pence Decision To Allow Senate Bill 340 To Become Law | Sierra Club National

I remember when Mike Pence was in congress and what a smug bastard he seemed like then. This action is petty and reactionary; it serves no real purpose other than to run up the meters of Indiana utility consumers thus giving another coat of lining to the pockets of energy utilities.

 (via State of the Climate | National Climatic Data Center (NCDC))The globally-averaged temperature for 2013 tied as the fourth warmest year since record keeping began in 1880. It also marked the 37th consecutive year with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-average annual temperature was 1976. Including 2013, all 13 years of the 21st century (2001-2013) rank among the 15 warmest in the 134-year period of record. The three warmest years on record are 2010, 2005, and 1998.

Most areas of the world experienced above-average annual temperatures. Over land, parts of central Asia, western Ethiopia, eastern Tanzania, and much of southern and western Australia were record warm, as were sections of the Arctic Ocean, a large swath of the southwestern Pacific Ocean, parts of the central Pacific, and an area of the central Indian Ocean. Only part of the central United States was cooler than average over land. Small regions scattered across the eastern Pacific Ocean and a region of the Southern Ocean south of South America were cooler than average. No region of the globe was record cold during 2013.

The globally-averaged temperature for 2013 tied as the fourth warmest year since record keeping began in 1880. It also marked the 37th consecutive year with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-average annual temperature was 1976. Including 2013, all 13 years of the 21st century (2001-2013) rank among the 15 warmest in the 134-year period of record. The three warmest years on record are 2010, 2005, and 1998.

Most areas of the world experienced above-average annual temperatures. Over land, parts of central Asia, western Ethiopia, eastern Tanzania, and much of southern and western Australia were record warm, as were sections of the Arctic Ocean, a large swath of the southwestern Pacific Ocean, parts of the central Pacific, and an area of the central Indian Ocean. Only part of the central United States was cooler than average over land. Small regions scattered across the eastern Pacific Ocean and a region of the Southern Ocean south of South America were cooler than average. No region of the globe was record cold during 2013.

SUPPORT THE SOCIAL COST OF CARBON

The Social Cost of Carbon estimates the monetary damages that result from carbon pollution – essentially putting a value on the effects of climate change that are already costing us today. The Obama Administration requires agencies to factor in these damages when making new policies. After careful scientific analysis, the current estimate was increased to $37 per metric ton of carbon pollution. But Big Oil and Big Coal oppose this increase, attempting to reduce the social cost of carbon so that they can continue polluting recklessly.

Help us stand up for a future where the cost of carbon pollution on our health, our livelihoods and our children is taken into account. Add your signature now.

A spokesperson for Xcel Energy — a $10.1 billion a year public company based in Minnesota — said that the company hasn’t been a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) since 2011 in response to a recent letter to the Boulder Weekly criticizing Xcel’s efforts to reduce homeowner solar “net metering” credits as a hindrance to transitioning to renewable energy sources. The spokesperson attempted to distance the company from ALEC, complaining, “if you’ve been affiliated once, then they’ll brand you for life.”

Xcel Energy was listed as a state co-chair in ALEC documents from the summer of 2011, but Xcel told Boulder Weekly that it last paid dues in 2010. It is not clear when Xcel actually stopped aiding ALEC.

In addition, responding to investor pressure, Endo Health Solutions — a $3 billion a year publicly traded company based in Pennsylvania — has cut ties to ALEC and stopped providing any funding to the group, according to a statement by Trillium Asset Management, which is engaged in shareholder advocacy with the company.
Xcel Energy and Endo Health Cut Ties to ALEC, Making 72 Corporations Out