Eco-Terrorist Admits Necessity Plea Was A Ridiculous Justification For Sabotaging Pipelines

Michael Foster showing off his handiwork at Keystone 1 pipeline.

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.

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Hillary Clinton Says Global Warming Is ‘Exacerbating’ California Wildfires, Science Says Otherwise

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

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October Arctic Surprise: Rapid Recovery Of Ice Extent

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

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Blatant Hypocrisy re. Social Cost of Carbon

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.

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Puerto Rican Politics Is Killing Recovery Efforts, FEMA Head Says

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Trolls Trump by Wearing ‘Nasty’ T-Shirt during an interview. Without power, who’s printing up her many custom T-shirts?

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.

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Why It’s Wise for Trump’s EPA to Repeal Obama’s Clean Power Plan

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.

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Despite EPA Actions, Obama’s Climate Agenda ‘Has Not Been Fully Dismantled Yet’

Obama pushing for climate treaty at COP21.

Obama’s priority was saving the climate and not the flailing US economy.

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).

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Scott Pruitt Suggests Nixing Solar Tax Credits So They Can Compete With Coal

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.

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What Made This Hurricane Season So Active in the Atlantic?

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.

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