I’m already fielding e-mail from friends and people I know virtually about the EPA’s proposed CO2 reduction plan for electricity plants. While I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, mostly because it was released about a half hour ago, as I type this sentence, let me point out a few things:
The main EPA . . . → Read More: A few thoughts on the new EPA rules
After listening to and reading excerpts from last night’s State of the Union speech by President Obama, I was quite disappointed with the energy and climate aspects, to put it mildly. The pattern here of a president talking about the seriousness of the issue and then touting an absurd “all of the above” energy plan . . . → Read More: The Climate Impact Line
I finally got a chance to watch Josh Fox’s Gasland 2 yesterday on HBO, and it was not what I was expecting, to say the least.
In no particular order…
First and foremost, you should find a way to see this documentary, regardless of how you feel about what I say below. It’s worth every second of . . . → Read More: Gasland 2
1. Our current emissions path leads inevitably to the end of modern civilization as those of us lucky enough to live in rich/OECD countries know it.
2. We are so close to the cliff’s edge that humanity must find a way to make huge and rapid cuts in worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, beginning as soon as is . . . → Read More: The only thing that matters
Environmentalists demand new climate analysis for Keystone XL:
Just a day before President Obama announced he would only approve the Keystone XL pipeline if it “does not significantly exacerbate the climate problem,” six environmental groups quietly lodged a protest with the State Department charging it would do exactly that.
The groups also call on State Department officials to . . . → Read More: Inviting the climate concerned to become activists
I didn’t want to respond yesterday to President Obama’s speech, as I thought it would be a good idea to mull it over last night and this morning. I think that was a good call, as there was a lot more meat to this speech than I (and most people, from what I’ve seen) expected.
Joe . . . → Read More: Some overnight thoughts on Obama’s speech
Among the rush of stories about today’s speech by President Obama, is Brad Plumer’s piece in the Washington Post, Obama tries the kitchen-sink approach to global warming. It include the following graph from the US Dept. of Energy:
This illustrates the current US pledge of reducing CO2 emissions 17% below the 2005 level by 2020. . . . → Read More: Some graphical perspective on emissions goals
As the entire blogosphere and greenscape is well aware, US President Obama is set to make a major speech on not just the environment but specifically on climate change and controlling the US’ emissions tomorrow at 1:35PM ET.
While there’s no shortage of talk about what Obama will say, e.g. Obama Will Announce Regulation Of CO2 From . . . → Read More: A few predictions about President Obama’s speech
I normally don’t do this sort of thing, but because a topic came up on another site — ClimateProgress — that I’ve been thinking about a great deal lately, I wanted to quote a comment I left and a response to it by someone else, and see where it leads us.
The CP post, Climate Sensitivity Stunner: . . . → Read More: Is climate change a choice between education and surrender?
Green Car Congress: US DOE to award up to $20M for research on methane hydrates [emphasis added]:
The US Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory has issued a solicitation (DE-FOA-0000891) for up to $20 million in funding for projects that focus on the following three technical topic areas: (1) characterization of methane hydrate deposits; . . . → Read More: Two policy head-shakers