I took a break from my new solutions video, which will be out soon. I just had to say something in regard to His Immaculate and Beneficent Highness Lord Christopher Monckton’s current tour of Australia.   We’re already hearing lots of exciting news, and I’ll cover it here as it happens.

For now, it turns out that The August and Exalted Lord Monckton ‘s scientific expertise is not limited to being the world’s foremost climate expert — he is also a medical practitioner of the highest caliber.

Bring out your Dead!!

UPDATE: Timed with Monckton’s visit, Reuters reports a  “coordinated campaign of intimidation” against science and scientists ramps up.

For More of my older Monckton videos, see below:

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Video from an amateur videographer, filming at the foot of a giant turbine at the Stoney Corners Wind Farm, about an hour from my house.
The camera records, you decide. (you can skip to 30 seconds in..)

Meanwhile, yet more evidence that Renewables are not only viable, they are the best choice for consumers.  The Michigan Public Service Commission has released a comparison of costs from renewable and conventional sources. The results? (levelized busbar costs..)

New Coal:  $133/MWh

Wind: $101.78/MWh

Cheapest of all, blowing everything out of the water,  energy efficiency at:$13.25 per MWh avoided

These results are typical across the country.

So, if you are a consumer in a large, midwestern, industrial state – your choice is now between energy efficiency, (the best investment you can make),  cheap (and getting cheaper),clean, safe,  21st century energy, or expensive, (and getting more so) polluting 19th century energy.
So why are the Tea Party Windbaggers promoting their steam-powered time-trolley into the past?
Might have something to do with where they get their money…

Latest climate denial nonsense gets the Potholer treatment.

Josh Willis is one of the nation’s best known young oceanographers, and I’m happy to say, an advisor to the Climate Crock series.

In a brief, low-key-but-authoritative interview on America Radio News Network, Willis expanded on the implications of a recent report of the tremendous pressure we are putting on global oceans.

More video from the State of the Ocean project below, illustrating just how high the stakes are:

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It used to be that the United States lead the world in technology. Most of the technologies powering the new energy revolution were born here, but are being perfected elsewhere.

Thank you, Wise and Benevolent Fossil Fuel Overlords!!

Gemasolar is a 19.9-MW plant with a 15-hour ‘battery’. Gemasolar’s expected production is 110,000 MWh per year—or about enough to fully power 25,000 households. Gemasolar to produce electricity about 6,400 hours per year – a capacity factor of 75%. Gemasolar’s power tower has a height of 140 meters (459.3 feet.)

The receiver on top of the tower is like a radiator that is heated to a temperature of about 565 degrees Celsius (1,050 degrees Farenheit) by the sunlight reflected by 2,650 heliostats with a total reflective surface of about 300,000 square meters (3.32 million square feet.)

Clip from a much longer interview – Rifkin does a good job describing the transformative power of new, distributed grid technology.

“Every building is a power plant….everyone under 40  gets it  –  everyone over 4o has a little problem with it.”

The interview was clearly conducted some time ago, in the Netherlands, before the Copenhagen conference, but the ideas are only more relevant.

(apologies that the sound gets a little out of synch towards the end)

UPDATE: Crock supporter Jane Talkington recommends another illustrated Youtube lecture by Rifkin – on the “Empathic Civilization”.

He is Us

June 23, 2011

A commenter on today’s extinction story reminded me of this classic.

While I’m working very hard to shift gears to some sunny solutions videos, I still have to keep up with the drumbeat of not-so-welcome warnings from our scientific community.

Science Daily:

An international panel of marine experts warns in a new report that the world’s ocean is at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history.

The preliminary report arises from the first ever interdisciplinary international workshop to consider the cumulative impact of all stressors affecting the ocean. Considering the latest research across all areas of marine science, the workshop examined the combined effects of pollution, acidification, ocean warming, overfishing and hypoxia (deoxygenation).
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Those of us who remember listening to Rush Limbaugh in his early 90s heyday recall the frequent voice impersonation of Al Gore droning about “mah info-mayshun super highway” — a far fetched, moonbat idea obviously, as every righteous “Rush Room” listener knew.

Since then, the “super highway” has made a noticeable impact on our lives, and become one more indicator of just how prescient Al Gore has been over his long career, and why he drives Climate deniers into raving, spittle flecked fits.  His very existence has been a constant reminder of just how deeply divisive, dishonest, and deluded the right wing noise machine has been from the outset.

Gore has an article in Rolling Stone coming out, and the headlines are that it bashes Obama’s inaction on climate change, but there’s really more to it.  Gore spends a fair amount of time detailing how the democratic process can only work if citizens have access to good information – and how that information has been deliberately poisoned by the Fox News/talk radio/thinktank  axis of disinfo.

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