Current CO2 concentration in the atmosphere

A few thoughts on the new EPA rules

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

The Climate Impact Line

After listening to and reading excerpts from last night’s State of the Union speech by President Obama[1], 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

Gasland 2

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

The only thing that matters

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.[1]

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

Inviting the climate concerned to become activists

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

Some overnight thoughts on Obama’s speech

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

Some graphical perspective on emissions goals

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

A few predictions about President Obama’s speech

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

Is climate change a choice between education and surrender?

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?

Two policy head-shakers

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