Democrat Ralph Northam had barely won the Virginia governor’s race when his party announced it would impose a price on greenhouse gases emissions, require a 3% per year reduction in GHG emissions, and develop a cap-and-trade scheme requiring polluters to buy credits for emitting carbon dioxide.
COP 23, the UN climate conference in Bonn, Germany, ended with a coal-powered whimper.
The point of the meeting was to write the rule book for the Paris Climate Agreement that President Obama signed.
Scientists are once again sounding the alarm that humans are destroying the planet and we’re heading towards a “mass extinction event.”
“We the undersigned, senior members of the world’s scientific community, hereby warn all humanity of what lies ahead,” wrote over 15,000 scientists from 184 countries—an irrelevant fact to make it sound like a consensus. “A great change in our stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided and our global home on this planet is not to be irretrievably mutilated.”
While United Nations delegates wrap up this year’s climate summit, observers and experts have been coming to terms with an extremely inconvenient implication of meeting the goal of the Paris climate accord.
Meeting the accord’s goal of keeping global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius by 2100 requires technology, and the UN is essentially asking countries to literally suck carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere.
The Keystone Pipeline was temporarily closed Thursday morning after an oil leak was discovered in South Dakota, according to state officials.
TransCanada crew shut down the pipeline after detecting a leak 35 miles south of one of the line’s pumping station. The company estimates the Keystone leaked 5,000 barrels of oil, or about 21,000 gallons of crude oil before workers took the project offline.
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They’ve got an obsession with all things CFACT, Climate Depot, and Marc Morano and they’ve chronicled how effective we’ve been at the UN climate conference in Bonn!
Greenpeace docked one of their ships, the Beluga II, here in Bonn for the conference. Marc donned the uniform of a ship’s officer and welcomed “climate hustlers” of all kinds aboard Greenpeace’s “diesel-powered climate propaganda boat.”
Talks to form a coalition government in Germany were in deadlock on Friday morning (17 November), after negotiators separated early morning without a deal in sight. A new, last chance meeting was due at midday on Friday. But wide differences remained on migration, climate and energy and finance policies between the four parties involved in the so-called Jamaica coalition because their colors echo the Caribbean country’s flag: the center-right CDU and its Bavarian branch CSU, the liberal FDP, and the Greens. —EUobserver, 17 November 2017
As part of its woefully misleading and one-sided series attacking the oil and gas industry, NPR’s Marketplace published a story on Wednesday suggesting fracking chemicals are harming public health. In an effort to support that narrative, reporter Scott Tong lists a dozen studies he (presumably) feels best support the argument, while also adding the following disclaimer:
“While no medical diagnoses have been revealed to be caused directly by these oil and gas drilling chemicals, cause and effect can be difficult to prove.”
Translation: None of the studies listed by MarketPlace prove causation, which is a systemic shortcoming of literature attempting to link fracking to health problems that have been flagged by environmental research group Resources For the Future (RFF). But this is just one of a myriad of flaws shared by each of the studies included Marketplace’s list. Let’s review.
October Sea Surface Temperatures (SSTs) are now available, and we see a slight upward response after a steep drop in September. The rise was led by anomaly increases of about 0.06 in both the Tropics and the Southern Hemisphere (SH), compared to drops of about 0.2 the previous month.
Over the past century, the long-term sea level trend at Atlantic City has been a fairly steady 4.07 mm/year.
The Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palasczcuk, was promoting green energy at the Clare Solar Farm. Resources Minister Matt Canavan calculates the astonishing waste: “The Clare Solar Farm stands to get something like $340 million in subsidies over the next 13 years for 5 jobs! That works out at $60 million a job.”
The Queensland Premier was at the Clare Solar Farm on Sunday promoting renewables jobs. Here are a few facts about the Clare Solar Farm.
The fifth round of NAFTA renegotiations is getting underway in Mexico City.
Unfortunately, American trade negotiators have proposed expanding NAFTA’s environmental reach. This is counterproductive and seems to be inconsistent with the Trump administration’s broader deregulatory agenda.
U.S. officials should not only reject an expansion of NAFTA’s environmental regulatory reach in this round, they should work to remove any focus on environmental regulation from the NAFTA process altogether.