Bob Inglis, former Republican House member from South Carolina, has a nice piece up in USAToday, that includes the following-

Aided by energized climate deniers on talk TV and radio, we’re driving a powerful wedge that divides God-fearing, red-meat eating Republicans from the arugula-eating bed-wetters we see on the left. Wedges work. And yet we aspire to bring America together?

Perry asserts, and many conservatives believe, that the flow of grants have produced a corresponding flow of studies indicating human causes of climate change. Skepticism is warranted, but it’s relieved by an observation: Scientists become famous by disproving the consensus, not by parroting it. You don’t get a theory named for yourself by writing papers that say, “Yeah, like he said.” You become famous (and, for the pure of heart, you advance science) by breaking through with new understandings.

Grasping at outliers

In the zeal of our disproof, many conservatives have latched on to the outliers to create the appearance of uncertainty where little uncertainty exists. Accordingly, only 15% of the public knows that 97% of climate scientists have concluded that the planet is rapidly warming as a result of human activity.


Wangari Maathai

September 26, 2011

Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai has died.

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I didn’t find this until I had already posted my annual Sea Ice video. (below)

Tom Wagner is simple, engaging, credible, and clear – I’ve used clips of his explanations before to help elucidate this material. Would like to see more like this from NASA.

For graphs and data from NASA, go here

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Despite the bizarre insistence of climate deniers (see below) that, any time now, the world is going to plunge into their long-forecast “cooling”, in the vast sprawling wastes of the arctic, reality quietly continues to unfold.

This year’s satellite view from NASA below-

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Like I say, the people that know wind energy first hand are its biggest boosters. Case in point, rock ribbed conservative Sam Brownback, Governor of Kansas, writes in the Witchita Eagle:

The moment is approaching when our nation must decide how it’s going to power the future. The
importance of renewable energy to the nation becomes clear as Congress turns its attention to energy policy this fall, as we examine the importance of true energy independence and security more closely, and as we continue our work on rebuilding the economy and job creation.

Experience has taught us that investment in the renewable-energy economy is creating jobs across all employment sectors, including construction, engineering, operations, technology and professional services, in both rural and urban communities. Greater use of renewable energy also will allow the country to prolong its current power-generation resources while developing new generation technologies to ensure a secure and homegrown supply of energy.

We, as a nation, have been waiting for the moment when a true balance between environmental concerns, economic benefits and energy needs is in view. I believe that moment has arrived.

At the national level, we’ve moved toward this balance by deploying powerful tools, such as tax incentives to support investment in renewable-energy projects and grants to encourage innovation in clean-coal technologies. The wind industry has utilized a production tax credit, which has helped the industry see steady growth this decade. I support the continued use of those tools as a way to spur investment in our communities and create sorely needed jobs.

In Kansas and the lower Midwest, our local utilities have designed and are constructing an electric transmission system that ensures greater reliability for our residents, offers access to competitively priced power, and dramatically increases our ability to move renewable energy across the country.

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In this video -Peugot 3008 testdrive, and – fuel cell are for houses, not cars.

Below: The Guardian notes that beyond electric cars, a revolution in conventional motor technology –

But away from the spotlight, carmakers have been quietly delivering significant cuts in CO2 emissions with some re-engineering of internal combustion engines, technology advances, weight reduction and aerodynamic improvements.

Increasingly stringent fuel economy standards in Europe and the United States that were mandated due to climate change concerns have been the main catalyst. Yet with rising fuel prices and a waxing awareness of global warming, consumers have also been clamoring for more fuel-efficient vehicles.

“Carmakers have finally gotten the message and have made a good start in making cuts in CO2 emissions but only after they were forced to,” said Dorothee Saar, an industry analyst at the German Environmental Aid Association (DUH) in Berlin ahead of the Frankfurt international car show starting on Tuesday.

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