By CORAL DAVENPORT
Published: December 5, 2013
WASHINGTON — More than two dozen of the nation’s biggest corporations, including the five major oil companies, are planning their future growth on the expectation that the government will force them to pay a price for carbon pollution as a way to control global warming.
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[ed note: I don't believe you can ever have too many infographics!]
From the New York Times November 16th, 2013
“Scientists disagree over whether climate change is altering hurricanes. It is impossible, when looking at one storm, to know whether global warming had an impact, but researchers see a trend.”
Study suggests far-reaching acceptance of climate change in traditionally Republican states such as Texas and Oklahoma
Published in theguardian.com on Nov 13, 2013.
Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
A vast majority of red-state Americans believe climate change is real and at least two-thirds of those want the government to cut greenhouse gas emissions, new research revealed on Wednesday.
The research, by Stanford University social psychologist Jon Krosnick, confounds the conventional wisdom of climate denial as a central pillar of Republican politics, and practically an article of faith for Tea Party conservatives.
Instead, the findings suggest far-reaching acceptance that climate change is indeed occurring and is caused by human activities, even in such reliably red states as Texas and Oklahoma.
“To me, the most striking finding that is new today was that we could not find a single state in the country where climate scepticism was in the majority,” Krosnick said in an interview.
Continue reading here: www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/13/climate-change-red-state-opinion-america-study
I listened, spellbound, to the “Rising Seas” segment of BURN: an energy journal as it aired on Iowa Public Radio today. It turns out that the web site for this project, in addition to hosting the audio recordings of this show, is full of important and useful information about the consequences of a changing climate.
Host Alex Chadwick explains the project in the short audio link below. Listen and explore. I am sure you will be glad you did.
This op-ed by David Drake appeared in the Sunday, October 27, Des Moines Register
It’s early fall and many of us are still talking about what we did this past summer.
Have you been to Glacier National Park in Montana? If not, you had better go soon — if you want to see the glaciers. New predictions are that the 25 remaining glaciers will have melted by 2020.
My family and I went this summer. I was in awe of the beauty, as well as somberly startled by what we learned.
Friends Committee on National Legislation will be hosting a Climate Change Conference at Scattergood Friends School on Saturday, November 2, followed by Earth Walk Sunday, November 3.
Conference speakers include:
- Jose Aguto, FCNL Legislative Secretary for Sustainable Energy and the Environment
- Susan Guy, Director of Iowa Interfaith Power and Light
- Rob Hogg, Iowa State Senator
- David Osterberg, founding member and former director of the Iowa Policy Project
- Mark Quee, Scattergood farm manager
- Steve Shivvers of Des Moines Chapter, Citizens Climate Lobby
The Earth Walk starts at 8:00 a.m., Sunday, November 3, at Scattergood Friends School, 1951 Delta Avenue, West Branch, and proceeds along the Herbert Hoover Highway, ending at Iowa City’s pedestrian mall. Walkers will pick up trash along the way and there will be a sag wagon for walkers to stop and rest.
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Reprinted in the Mason City Globe Gazette from the National Hog Farmer.
Nebraska farmer fueled by hogs
Manure from the pigs on Danny and Josie Kluthe’s Bacon Hill Farms in Nebraska is processed in an on-farm anaerobic digester to produce electricity and compressed natural gas.
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October 23, 2013 3:44 pm • From the National Hog Farmer
Published in The Daily Kos Oct 18, 2013
Toxic black dust covers a working class community in south Chicago when strong winds pick up Koch Industries owned petcoke piled high along the Calumet River.
Detroit found out the Koch’s dirty secret first. Now south Chicago knows. What happens in Alberta doesn’t stay in Alberta. Petcoke, the dirty high carbon residue of Canadian tar sands refining, fouled Detroit. Detroit ordered the petcoke piles out. Now petcoke piles are covering south Chicago with black dust laced with toxic vanadium. Petcoke, the tar sands residue that is worse for the climate than burning coal, has been piled up near midwest refineries awaiting export to countries that allow it to be burned. Because it’s a waste product of oil refining the Kochs sell it for prices cheaper than coal to poor nations willing the accept pollution as a trade off for cheap energy. Petcoke is the carbon cost ignored in the State department analysis that falsely claimed that Keystone XL tar sands oil will not significantly increase greenhouse gas pollution compared with conventional oil. The dirty carbon secret that the Kochs don’t want you to know about is literally blowing in the wind. Working class and lower middle class communities were, as usual, the first to learn the Koch’s dirty secret.
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New York Times Opinionator Article
By MARK BITTMAN
The question is whether the natural gas “revolution,” which is a real thing — production is up about a third since 2005 — is also a good thing.
One reason natural gas is called “clean” is because it emits 50 percent less carbon dioxide than coal when you burn it. Thus it’s seen by some as a “bridge” fuel until zero-carbon-producing renewables can take over. But natural gas isn’t clean in the way that solar is clean. It’s clean-er than coal. It’s better than the worst; that’s all.
And the situation is actually too dire for a bridge fuel: experts say we must stop adding carbon into the air within the next 30 years or face a climate “feedback loop” in which global warming continues regardless of subsequent activities, a point at which we would be able to make things worse but not better. If switching to natural gas long delays the dominance of renewables, it’s not doing us much good…
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Arctic sea ice melting,…polar climate change 6 times faster than elsewhere…why should I care?
Climatologist Paul Beckwith offers a crystal clear and compelling explanation in this 18 minute audio segment extracted from the Citizens Climate Lobby monthly international telephone call.