Cap and Trade in California

January 31, 2015

Forbes:

In lieu of cake and candles to celebrate the program’s first year and future potential, we’ve published the California Carbon Market Watch: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Golden State’s Cap-and-Trade Program, Year OneThis report is our comprehensive assessment of cap and trade’s inaugural year, and our analyses and interviews with market experts conclude that a strong, healthy, and enduring carbon market has emerged.

We know that California’s program is still young and isn’t the world’s first emission trading program, or even the first in the U.S., so why are we so excited about this milestone? Here are the top four reasons we’re celebrating – and why the global community should, too:

1.      It’s a well-designed program off to a promising start. California has held five allowance auctions to date and they’ve all run smoothly. All emissions allowances usable for compliance in 2013 were sold, auction participation has been strong and allowance prices have remained stable and reasonable. In addition to successful quarterly auctions, a healthy secondary market over the first year suggests that regulated companies are purchasing allowances and thereby incorporating the cost of carbon pollution into their strategic planning. This successful start is due to a commitment to building a solid foundation of principles carried out under the highest of market standards.

2.     With cap and trade in place, the California economy continues to recover. With a price signal now in place for emission reductions, regulated companies can flexibly decide how to reduce their pollution. In addition, clean energy companies and innovators are creating products and services that are transforming California to a clean energy economy. And money raised by the auctions will be invested in this clean energy future, and especially benefit communities hit hardest by climate change. These investments will boost clean tech in California, improve air quality, and create jobs.

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Music Break: Big Scioty

January 31, 2015

Aly Bain – fiddle
Jay Ungar – fiddle
Russ Barenberg – guitar
Jerry Douglas – dobro
Molly Mason – bass
Jim Sutherland – percussion

The Ecology of Death

January 31, 2015

 Walt Whitman – Song of Myself – Section 6:

Tenderly will I use you curling grass,
It may be you transpire from the breasts of young men,
It may be if I had known them I would have loved them,
It may be you are from old people, or from offspring taken
soon out of their mothers’ laps,
And here you are the mothers’ laps.

This grass is very dark to be from the white heads of old
mothers,
Darker than the colourless beards of old men,
Dark to come from under the faint red roofs of mouths.

O I perceive after all so many uttering tongues,
And I perceive they do not come from the roofs of mouths
for nothing.

I wish I could translate the hints about the dead young men
and women,
And the hints about old men and mothers, and the offspring
taken soon out of their laps.

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Let’s get this party started.

Senator Jeff Sessions, apparently gunning to play Jesse Helms to Jim Inhofe’s Strom Thurmond, took to the Senate floor this week, as one right wing site boasted, to “..tell Warmists to Cool it”, – target rich environment  there

Important that as the hard core climate deniers blow up in their final super nova flare in the coming years, that every one of their political supporters be held to account for the lies, distortions, bad faith and nonsense that they’ll be spewing.

Meanwhile, Robby  Kenner’s new movie ‘Merchants of Doubt”, based on Naomi Oreske’s work, is about to drop – trailer above.  Kenner directed “Food Inc”, which was hugely influential, and much discussed. MOD stands a good chance of becoming that kind of hit, or better, since it will be riding the renewed wave of discussion, and for a lot of folks, awakening, on the climate issue.

Add to the mix that once-firmly climate denying candidates are beginning to shift in response to clear polling data on the issue.  Big development in that Presidential aspirant Mitt Romney announced last week he was “..one of the republicans” concerned about climate, and this week dropped out, or was pushed, from the clown car. Several other candidates, including Marco Rubio, and even Rick Perry, showed evidence of reviewing their climate denial rhetoric.
Of course, “..one of the republicans” implies that Romney’s internal polling showed there are many more.
So now there’s further confirmation of that.

NYTimes:

WASHINGTON — An overwhelming majority of the American public, including half of Republicans, support government action to curb global warming, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times, Stanford University and the nonpartisan environmental research group Resources for the Future.

In a finding that could have implications for the 2016 presidential campaign, the poll also found that two-thirds of Americans said they were more likely to vote for political candidates who campaign on fighting climate change. They were less likely to vote for candidates who questioned or denied the science that determined that humans caused global warming.

Among Republicans, 48 percent say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports fighting climate change, a result that Jon A. Krosnick, a professor of political science at Stanford University and an author of the survey, called “the most powerful finding” in the poll. Many Republican candidates question the science of climate change or do not publicly address the issue.

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A warning to all?

A week ago Ned..uh, I mean, Mitt, … Romney was the first GOP presidential aspirant to acknowledge the reality of human caused climate change.
Now he’s out of the race. Connect the dots?

NBC:

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney told close supporters on a conference call on Friday that he will not run again in 2016, saying that he wants to allow other leaders in the GOP to step forward.

“After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney said in remarks posted on radio host Hugh Hewitt’s website, which participants on the call confirmed to NBC News as accurate.

Romney told backers he believed that he could have won the nomination but “it would have been difficult test and a hard fight.”

“I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee,” he added.

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, widely viewed as the new favorite of establishment Republicans, called Romney a “patriot” in a statement after news of the decision broke.

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Romney’s announcement last week that he was “..one of the Republicans..” who believe climate change is a major problem, and that humans are causing it.  Now he’s out.
Obviously, this is something that all those “other” Republicans who believe the scientists on climate change will have to factor in.

Below, could this be an indicator?  Radio blowhard, oxycontin addict, climate denier,  and 4 x married champion of family values – Rush Limbaugh gives the Republican reaction to Romney’s newly found acknowledgement of science.

UPDATE: Below, Rush takes credit for US climate denial:

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Making Pot Greener

January 30, 2015

The War on Drugs was the original template for the “culture war” wedge issues that paralyze our political system today – most critically, from this blog’s perspective, around climate change.

Now that we’re all pretty much agreed that the drug war is, and has been, a ruinously expensive, murderously ineffective, unfairly prosecuted, racist failure – and polls tell us that  legal marijuana is coming,  can we set about making it more climate friendly?

Oregon Public Broadcasting:

Marijuana growing operations can be major power hogs. Now that they’re legal in Oregon and Washington, experts are looking for ways to make them more energy efficient.

Indoor pot growing operations use as much electricity per square foot as data centers, according to energy attorney Richard Lorenz with Cable Huston.

“Just growing four marijuana plants uses as much energy as running 29 refrigerators,” he said. “The carbon output is incredible.”

But growers don’t want to sacrifice the quality of their product to save energy, according to John Morris, policy and regulatory affairs director for the energy-efficiency consulting firm CLEAResult.

Lorenz and Morris spoke at an Oregon Environmental Business Council event Wednesday in Portland that focused on the power demands of legal marijuana.

Morris said LED grow lights don’t work as well as they need to for the industry to start swapping out their power-hungry incandescent grow light bulbs. And lights, he said are only a third of all the energy requirements for indoor growers.

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Above average broadside video from Environmental Action.   Climate denying politicians seeking science love online.
It’s tough when 97 percent of the science community doesn’t support you, but you can still get action if you’re willing to pay..