The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report today on 2009’s climate, which says the decade of the 2000s was the warmest since readings were first kept. In a phone interview with reporters today, Peter Stott of the U.K. Met Office, a contributor to the 224-page report, said the scientists who wrote it had sought, among other things, to draw attention to 10 variables he said “most intuitively” reflect temperature. He called that part of the report a “response” to allegations in recent months that scientists at the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia or NASA
A nuclear reactor to be built in France will be more expensive and take more time than originally planned, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
The project will now cost an extra
RES= Renewable Energy Standard.
Without an RES, the Senate is endangering at least 360,000 jobs: 85,000 currently employed in the wind industry and the potential 274,000 additional jobs created by an RES.
An overwhelming majority of Americans — 77% — support a national Renewable Electricity Standard. This support extends across party lines and includes 65% of Republicans, 69% of Independents, 92% of Democrats.
Let’s get going. Write or call your US Senators and let them know how you feel.
And it probably won’t be the last.
The oil and gas industry has a long history of spills in the Gulf of Mexico, dumping 517,847 barrels of petroleum into the Gulf between 1964 and 2009, federal records show.
In all, those spills double the volume of oil that leaked in the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989. The oil has reached as far as Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and has killed thousands of birds and other wildlife.
The records from the former Minerals Management Service may not even tell the whole story. In at least one case, the amount of oil recorded was 10 times smaller than the actual size of the spill. Regulators rely heavily on company estimates when organizing the data.
The data contradicts the talking points of many industry supporters. The American Petroleum Institute’s president, Jack Gerard, called the BP spill the “first time an incident of this magnitude has happened,” and Rep. John Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.) has praised the almost “astonishingly safe, clean history” in the Gulf.
Recently, technology improvements have lessened the spills, and the flow rates have been modest since 2006. In 2009, the largest spill was 1,500 barrels.
Some say the spill records indicate a need for more safety regulations and oversight, since the many spills resulted from poor maintenance and accidents (Steven Mufson, Washington Post, July 24).
I agree with Tom Friedman on this one.
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
The hour is late, but there is still a sliver of time to pass a serious energy bill out of this Congress. To do so, though, would require President Obama to rustle up votes with a passion that he has failed to exhibit up to now, and, more importantly, it would require at least seven Republican senators to put the national interest above party and politics. Yes, I know that is all unlikely. You can laugh now. But just remember this: If we don
Here I am at a gathering for our local delegate who has been active on global warming. We drank cool beers. What a sacrifice for our cause !
ELECTRICITY: Alt-power projects outpace new fossil-fuel efforts — report (07/15/2010)
Nathanial Gronewold, E&E reporter
UNITED NATIONS — For the second year in a row more alternative energy power capacity was added to electricity grids in Europe and the United States than power from coal, natural gas or nuclear reactors, according to a report released today.
That trend will be seen worldwide by the end of this year or next, with China leading the way in alternative energy projects, a U.N. agency and a Paris-based public policy organization say.
More than 50 percent of new generating capacity added in the United States last year came from wind, solar and other clean energy sources, according to analyses by the U.N. Environment Program and the nonprofit Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21).
And though new investment is stalling in Europe, more than 60 percent of new installed capacity in E.U. nations in 2009 came from renewables, the report says.
Still, overall investment levels plunged last year, falling victim to the global recession
As my friends in 350.org say:
Right now in Washington D.C., Senators are preparing to debate climate and energy legislation.
Thousands of lobbyists are sweeping the Hill, millions of dollars are being dumped into TV ads, and the BP’s of the world (Big Polluters and Bad Politicians) are doing everything they can to weaken and corrupt the climate bill.
Watching this debate unfold reaffirms one of our core beliefs at 350.org — solving the climate crisis will take a strong grassroots movement. Until we have a strong climate movement that can make our politicians work for us, they’ll keep working for the big polluters. We need to get to work changing our country from the bottom up.
Everywhere I look, that work is beginning to happen.
Right here in the US, and in over 100 countries on Earth, thousands of communities are already getting to work on climate solutions and preparing for our major day of action on October 10th. Hundreds of universities in China, India and the US are joining the Great Power Race, a campus clean energy competition. Tens of thousands of you have told President Obama to get to work putting solar panels back on the White House.
Now, it’s time to turn up the pressure on Washington.
As Congress finally begins to debate climate and energy legislation, take a minute to ask your Senators a simple question: are you working with me or are you working with the big polluters? Call the Capitol Switchboard 202-224-3121 and ask to speak to your reps and leave them a message.
And if you want to read this great report, here is the web link.
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