There are bits of it I don’t agree with. For instance, any fair reading of Ontario history would show that the province’s dalliance with gas power predates the Green Energy Act, and wasn’t a conspiracy to cover-up (or “backstop”) the poor performance of its wind farms.
But most of it (meaning over half) is OK, even relatively informative. There are several bits that are particularly interesting, because they undermine the arguments anti-wind types, Adams among them, have made on previous occasions. For instance this:
Adams said the real effect of the wind and solar investments on bills has yet to (Read more…)
The National Energy Board (NEB) report on the project is set to be released by month’s end. All the media hoopla around the release will occur…wait for it…in Alberta, with B.C., the province through which most of the pipe-line will run, made a mere spectator. Assuming the NEB gives its approval, and Harper’s cabinet signs off on the project, this issue will dominate B.C. politics up until the next federal election. Former government chief of staff Norman Spector gives a hint of the gathering mood:
“There are a lot of people in Alberta who (Read more…)
Climate change skeptic Richard Lindzen, most famous perhaps for arguing that global warming would be naturally offset by the Earth’s adaptive infrared iris ( a theory which has been pretty thoroughly discredited over the years) , has officially retired. Perhaps, and hopefully, he will step away from various odd theories, but who knows he might take this as an opportunity to pursue the right-wing talking-head circuit with renewed vigor. His work passed long ago from the realm of science to propaganda.
…on the tar-sands, from Alberta’s Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths. Kooky boy thinks this will get the minister in trouble. I don’t pretend to know the politics out there well enough to say. But stay tuned for possible recantations.
Update: A warm-up to a recantation? Will his career implode, or will he be forced to grovel before an angry mob of tar miners?
Keystone is at best marginally relevant to the cause of stopping global warming. The whole crusade increasingly looks like a bizarre misallocation of political attention.
My view, which I laid out in a long feature story last spring, is that the central environmental issue of Obama’s presidency is not Keystone at all but using the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate existing power plants. That’s a tool Obama has that can bring American greenhouse gas emissions in line with international standards, and thus open the door to lead an international climate treaty in 2015. The amount of carbon emissions (Read more…)
Three-time mayor Melissa Blake on AGW:
“I’m a big believer that, yes, the climate is changing. If the climate goes up by two, three, four degrees in the future, we’re lucky to be here in Fort McMurray. We’re lucky not to be in California or BC. They’re going to fall in the ocean. In a place like this, we’re going to survive a lot better.”
You mean digging up bitumen is a good thing, because it will make Fort McMurray’s winters milder?
With a nervous laugh, she assents: “And that means my real estate becomes a very important asset (Read more…)
So its best to ignore him when he writes on the issue of Global Warming or, really, on any issue, but this bit:
The continuing furore caused by The Mail on Sunday’s revelations – which will now be amplified by the return of the Arctic ice sheet – has forced the UN’s climate change body to hold a crisis meeting.
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was due in October to start publishing its Fifth Assessment Report – a huge three-volume study issued every six or seven years. It will now hold a pre-summit in Stockholm later this (Read more…)
…or, more precisely, the cuts in Carbon Emissions. Simon Donner of UBC has it right: @tyler_bryant @StephenLeahy Right. Climate value of “trading” pipeline for GHG reduction elsewhere will depend on the numbers— Simon Donner (@simondonner) September 6, 2013
…which is to say that a deal is doable, if whatever Keystone XL produces by way of carbon emissions can be offset elsewhere. To embed Mr. Donner again: @StephenLeahy Not ideal, but not impossible. Lots of other GHG reduction opportunities in Canada which could be offered.— Simon Donner (@simondonner) September 6, 2013
We shall see. But I should say I (Read more…)
“As an Arctic nation, Canada profoundly understands the climate and public health benefits of reducing short-lived climate pollutants, such as black carbon and methane,” said Minister Aglukkaq. “I look forward to meeting with my international colleagues to advance the collective efforts of the CCAC.”
Canada’s North is especially sensitive to the effects of black carbon as there is an additional warming effect when deposited onto snow and ice. Reducing emissions of short-lived climate pollutants is an integral part of Canada’s broader climate change and clean air agenda, and the Arctic Council program during Canada’s chairmanship.
It’s not that this (Read more…)
…is considering a run for the U.S. Senate. He may need an extra income source if Mike Mann’s defamation case against the National Review goes the way it appears to be headed:
“The Court finds that there is sufficient evidence in the record to demonstrate that Plaintiff is likely to succeed on the merits,” said a DC Superior Court judge in her latest procedural ruling in the defamation case of Michael Mann v. National Review, et al. “The evidence before the Court indicates the likelihood that ‘actual malice’ is present in the [National Review's] conduct.”
This language is (Read more…)
The investigation of an alleged conflict of interest by a U.S. State Department contractor reviewing the proposed Keystone XL pipeline won’t be complete until January.
The State Department’s Office on the Inspector General announced today that it was reviewing whether recommendations it made in a separate February 2012 report into conflict questions about another Keystone contractor are being followed as the department conducts an environmental review of the $5.3 billion project.
Announcing a Keystone approval/rejection before this investigation has been completed isn’t impossible, but it would be, as the folks at Desmog Blog note, “odd“. I’ve been (Read more…)
From Simon Donner, and offered here without comment:
The fundamental objective of carbon controls is to reduce the emission of gases that contribute to climate change. A primary reason to combat climate change is to protect those most vulnerable to its effects. Pretty much every analysis, not to mention every extreme weather event, shows that the most vulnerable are and will continue to be the poor and disenfranchised. Politics certainly influence the design of the carbon policy,more than many people would like. Nevertheless, at the most base level, carbon taxes are being proposed and enacted to help the poor, not (Read more…)
From Simon Donner, about as clear an explanation I’ve heard re the “pause” in AGW (which isn’t really a “pause” in any case):
Over the past 10-15 years, the global mean surface air temperature did not increase at the rate of the previous decades. The cause of the slowdown is primarily natural variability, variability that is driven by long-term oscillations in the oceans. The planet is still adding heat – we can see in this planetary energy balance data. The difference is for the past few years, more of that heat is gathering in the deep ocean.
In a few (Read more…)
In October of last year, climate scientist Michael Mann filed suit against Mark Steyn and the National Review for a piece Steyn wrote in that publication, and against the Competitive Enterprise Institute for a piece that appeared earlier on its blog. The articles in question described Mann’s hockey stick graph, his reconstruction of pre-instrument temperature records, as “fraudulent” and his work in general as “bogus”, so Mann’s angry response isn’t surprising.
The NR and the CEI filed motions to dismiss on the grounds that their statements are protected speech under the First Amendment, mere “opinion,” “rhetorical hyperbole,” or (Read more…)
CTV was reporting that Peter Kent may be moving on and therefore would be out as Environment Minister. Not sure there’s much a new Canadian minister might do to sway the Obama administration but Keystone has got to be figuring into Harper’s thinking. Is Rempel, currently the Parliamentary Secretary to Kent, the one? Whoever it is, they’re also going to have to deal with this burgeoning – and very warranted – focus onpetcoke. This oil sands byproduct gained greater visibility recently given the Koch brothers’ piling of it on the Detroit waterfront to the discomfort (Read more…)
. . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: On Environment Ministers And Petcoke
One day I want to do an in-depth post on gradually changing attitudes among climate scientists re attributing individual events to global warming. This is not that post. Instead I’ve just ripped some text from Dr. Jeff Masters at Wunderground that talks about how unusual patterns in the jet stream brought Alberta its great flood:…June 18 – 22, when a ridge of high pressure over Alaska broke all-time heat records in the state, with unofficial readings as high as 98°F. A low pressure system became trapped over Alberta, Canada, bringing the city of Calgary a $3 billion flood disaster. This was (Read more…)
Last week the Heartland got into it with Chinese Academy of Science. The academy had seen fit to translate HI’s Climate Change Reconsidered reports, and PR guy Jim Lakely from the institute suggested that this counted as an endorsement of the think-tank’s position re global warming. But no; CAS begged to differ, in fairly strong terms, and Lakeley was forced to issue an apology/retraction.
Now, however, we find that HI’s words were hollow. CEO Joe Bast writes:
Regrettably, the lies of some advocates, perhaps aided by confusion caused by the language barrier, led Chinese officials to threaten to (Read more…)
From Simon Donner, of UBC:For about a decade, the explanation for a lack of coherent Canadian climate policy was the lack of a coherent American climate policy. How could our federal government move forward with actions like regulations, carbon pricing, renewable portfolio standards, international agreements or adaptation plans without our largest trading partner and BFF?
Now the U.S has a plan. No, it is not perfect, but it is far more advanced that any plan proposed by any sitting President or Prime Minister.The ball is in our court. Time for Canada, time for Canadians, (Read more…)
From the fact sheet:We have a moral obligation to leave our children a planet that’s not polluted or damaged, and by taking an all of-the-above approach to develop homegrown energy and steady, responsible steps to cut carbon pollution, we can protect our kids’ health and begin to slow the effects of climate change so we leave a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations. Building on efforts underway in states and communities across the country, the President’s plan cuts carbon pollution that causes climate change and threatens public health. Today, we have limits in place for arsenic, mercury and (Read more…)
First, from the CAS site:
The Chinese translation of the “Climate Change Reconsidered—NIPCC Report” was organized by the Information Center for Global Change Studies, Scientific Information Center for Resources and Environment of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and was published in May 2013 through Science Press. However, the Heartland Institute published the news titled “Chinese Academy of Sciences publishes Heartland Institute research skeptical of Global Warming” in a strongly misleading way on its website, implying that the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) supports their views, in contrary to what is clearly stated in the Translators’ Note in the Chinese translation.
GLEAM, the Great Lakes Environmental Assessment and Mapping Project, has a series of interactive maps of Great Lake Stressors. I’ve included a couple related to Global Warming:
Water Level Change
Water Temperature Warming
Decreased Ice Cover
As you can see, T.O. and surrounding gets off pretty easy in regards to climate-change-related stressors, although it is located in one of the parts of the lakes under greatest stress when all issues are taken into consideration. Our particular problems seem to mostly involve toxins.
And the story links back to me, so you know its got cred.
Breitbart News has reported that the Heartland Institute–an infamous U.S. think-tank that shilled for both the oil and tobacco companies in times past–has teamed up the with Chinese Academy of Sciences to publish HI’s Climate Change Reconsidered documents, which are attempted “rebuttals” of the IPCC consensus report on global warming:The volumes, Climate Change Reconsidered and Climate Change Reconsidered: 2011 Interim Report, are chock full of 1,200 pages of peer-reviewed data concerning the veracity of anthropogenic climate change. Together, they represent the most comprehensive rebuttal of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change findings, which have (Read more…)
When it comes to making the seas rise, our glaciers are kicking ass!The new research found that all glacial regions lost mass from 2003 to 2009, with the biggest ice losses occurring in Arctic Canada, Alaska, coastal Greenland, the southern Andes and the Himalayas. The glaciers outside of the Greenland and Antarctic sheets lost an average of roughly 260 billion metric tons of ice annually during the study period, causing the oceans to rise 0.03 inches, or about 0.7 millimeters per year.Nice to know this country is doing something.
A nice chart, from here:
The graph above compares the price history of solar energy to conventional energy sources. This is what a disruptive technology looks like. While conventional energy prices remained pretty flat in inflation adjusted terms, the cost of solar is dropping,fast, and is likely to continue doing so as technology and manufacturing processes improve.That is all.