The US used to be extremely hot. These sort of historical temperatures don’t happen anymore.
An environmentalist activist convicted of sabotaging oil pipelines in 2016 now claims he is having second thoughts about using the necessity defense to justify his crimes.
Michael Foster, who was convicted earlier this month of criminal mischief after damaging the Keystone XL Pipeline, now claims that he might “honor the judge and the jury and their verdict” rather than appealing the conviction. The antic was probably a waste of time, he now claims.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said global warming played a role in “exacerbating” natural disasters, including the fires raging across northern California.
“It’s been a tough couple of weeks with hurricanes and earthquakes and now these terrible fires,” Clinton told an audience at the University of California/Davis while promoting her new book “What Happened.”
Hillary Clinton Says Global Warming Is Fueling California’s Wildfires—Science Says Shaddup
In recent years, October has seen some rapid recoveries of Arctic ice extents. But this year may become something special. With the early onset of Siberian snow cover and the resulting surface cooling, ice is roaring back, especially on the Asian side. Consider the refreezing during the last 11 days through yesterday. —Ron Clutz, Science Matters, 7 October 2017
Tony Abbott, former PM of Australia, gave the annual GWPF lecture on Monday night. Predictably, the talk has been attacked, thereby giving it lots of publicity, and equally predictably, there is no substance to the attacks. —Paul Matthews, Climate Scepticism, 10 October 2017
Update of a post from last December, triggered by Michael Greenstone’s comments on the EPA Proposed Repeal of CO2 emissions regulations. A Washington Post article today, October 11, 2017, includes this:
“My read is that the political decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan was made and then they did whatever was necessary to make the numbers work,” added Michael Greenstone, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago who worked on climate policy during the Obama years.
Prior to 1965, October 11 used to be a warm day in the US, but over the past century, October 11 afternoon temperatures have fallen several degrees.
In March this year, the Committee on Climate Change published their latest review of the impact on energy prices of government climate policies:
I cannot recall it making many headlines at the time, but, as Joe points out, it makes for interesting reading.
One of the largest roadblocks to recovery in Puerto Rico is the deep divide between the island’s politicians, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator William Long.
The division among Puerto Rico’s leaders has led to some officials refusing to work with Gov. Richard Rosselló, primarily because of his political stances.
It doesn’t say a lot for the Clean Power Plan (CPP) that 27 states filed legal challenges against it in 2015. Or that the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay barring its implementation in February 2016.
Former President Barack Obama issued the CPP more than two years ago in an effort to demonstrate U.S. leadership in reducing power-sector carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
While Republicans and industry groups cheer the Trump administration’s repealing of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), conservative policy experts say there’s still more to do.
The federal government is full of programs and offices dedicated to pushing global warming policies, according to Myron Ebell, the director of energy and global warming policy at the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).
EPA Chief Scott Pruitt said Monday night that the U.S. government should stop subsidizing green energy industries at the expense of coal power and natural gas suppliers.
Tax credits to solar and wind companies prevent public utilities from being able to effectively generate power, Pruitt told an agricultural advocacy group Monday. Wind and solar tax credits are set to expire in 2020 and 2022, respectively.
What a hurricane season! It started very early with Arlene in April but the real action held off until the last week of August when Hurricane Harvey flooded Texas and Louisiana. Harvey was the first hurricane to make landfall in Texas since Ike in 2008 and the first Category 4 hurricane in Texas since Carla in 1961.
Irma, the 11th strongest Atlantic storm on record (using central pressure, the most reliable measure), had major impacts on islands like Barbuda and St. Martin, the Virgin Islands, the Turks and Caicos, and the southern Bahamas. Then crossing northern Cuba it curled back into Florida. It was the first landfalling hurricane and major hurricane in Florida since Wilma in 2005.