Now that’s a big carbon footprint: 1,000 private jets arrive in pristine Davos

Climate hypocrite: Top countries showing the largest number of arrivals and departures were Germany, France, and the U.K.

No one is thinking too much about their carbon footprint at the World Economic Forum, now underway in Davos, Switzerland.

The hosting organization has a formal sustainability policy that vows to “limit our environmental impact” and addresses such issues as climate change and deforestation.

But wait. The number of private jets that have arrived in the pristine Alpine resort town has spiked 355 percent in the last few days.

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Saudi Oil Giant Cites Trump’s Tax Cuts For Major US Expansion

A Saudi oil company CEO cited President Donald Trump’s tax cuts as the reason for his company’s decision to expand its operations into the U.S.

“We are looking at new business opportunities in the U.S. and with the tax cuts, it will make it much more profitable … It is part of our strategy to grow our business in the U.S.,” Amin Nasser told reporters with Reuters about Saudi Aramco’s decision to expand its U.S. operations.

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San Francisco Blames Big Oil For Global Warming (But Will Keep Investing In Them)

San Francisco’s public pension fund decided to forgo divesting from fossil fuel energy companies Wednesday, despite pressure to do so from environmentalists and labor unions.

The Employees Retirement System pension board voted instead to direct a small portion of funds into a portfolio composed of environmentally friendly companies, E&E News reports.

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FERC Admits Fewer Coal Plants Forcing Consumers to Pay Higher Energy Costs in Winter

One of the country’s primary energy regulators suggested Tuesday that a lack of coal power would not have caused widespread power outages during this winter’s arctic blasts.

A top regulator appointed by President Donald Trump last year suggested at a Senate hearing that the electric grid could have operated without coal so long as customers were willing to pay higher energy prices.

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Shocking! Nations with more renewables have more expensive electricity

The Mystery: The most resource-rich nation on Earth has the highest electricity prices?!

Ask anyone and get confused: It’s poles and wires, gaming of the system by capitalist pigs, excessive taxes, privatization, and record gas prices.

The CleanEnergy Council tells us that Australia has one of the longest electricity networks in the world — we need lots of poles! And so we do.

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US slaps heavy duties on solar equipment imports

The Trump administration is imposing tariffs up to 30% on imports of solar equipment.

The measure is aimed directly at China who has been dumping cheap, subsidized solar panels on the US for a decade. The US  had imposed anti-dumping tariffs, but China got around them by opening subsidized factories in Vietnam, Malaysia, and other Asian countries.

The $28 billion US solar industry is up in arms over the new tariffs since about 80% of parts come from overseas. But the goal here is to jump-start the expansion of US manufacturing of solar panels.

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Even Lawyers Supporting Climate Lawsuits Are Skeptical About Their Success

One of the attorneys responsible for targeting oil companies’ climate records is skeptical about the prospects of winning lawsuits against Exxon Mobil and other companies over global warming.

New York City and other coastal cities will have a difficult time suing oil producers for contributing to global warming, Michael Burger, who heads the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, told Axios Monday.

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Three Reasons Trump Should Pull the Plug on Solar Tariffs

An expansive trade case has simmered on the back burner since April 2017 and is now finally on its way to President Donald Trump’s desk for a decision by Jan. 26.

The case involves two failing manufacturing companies—Suniva and SolarWorld—which have petitioned the government for globally applicable tariffs on inexpensive imports of solar cells and panels.

That petition has run the gantlet of comments, hearings, and analysis from the U.S. International Trade Commission.

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WaPo Calls Gas Tax Push A Potential Victory Against Global Warming

The Washington Post floated the ideas that increasing the federal gas tax could behave as a “rough” carbon tax designed to help fight global warming.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s half-hearted campaign to convince the Trump administration to impose higher gas taxes might benefit activists who want a carbon tax. The chamber believes increasing the tax will help pay for a nearly $1 trillion infrastructure proposal.

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Natural Gas Power Plants Have Saved Ohioans Billions With More Being Built

The 27 natural gas power plants in various stages of development in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia would be equivalent to 105 million solar panels and 11,500 wind turbines.

Yet another natural gas-fired power plant is now operational in Ohio. Advanced Power recently announced that its 700 megawatt (MW) Carroll County Energy Center — located squarely in the heart of Utica Shale gas country  — is now up and running and powering the grid.

The announcement comes just five months after the Oregon Clean Energy Center went into operation in northwest Ohio, adding another 870MW to the grid.

Together, these two plants have brought $1.69 billion of investment into Ohio, created hundreds of jobs and now provide 1,570 MW of clean natural gas-fired electricity which has the capacity to power approximately 1.5 million homes.

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Climate insurance is the latest wealth transfer shakedown

The primary goal of the international climate negotiations is to transfer huge amounts of money from the US and other developed countries to the developing countries.

Some of the various schemes for doing this are well established, but a breathtaking new one is emerging — climate insurance.

The basic idea is very simple, which good scams always are. The Federal Government (in other words, taxpayers) buys climate insurance for specific developing countries.

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R.I.P. Greenhouse Gas Theory: 1980-2018

Hansen’s 1988 testimony

Fresh analysis of government scientific records reveals the idea of ‘long-settled’ science in the greenhouse gas theory is a myth. The idea human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) acts as a control knob on climate only appeared in consensus science since the 1980s. Prior to that time, official records show the theory as “abandoned.”

Famously, on June 24, 1988, the whole world first heard about the dreaded “greenhouse effect” (GHE) from NASA’s  new champion of the theory, James Hansen. Hansen had breathed life into an old and “abandoned” theory drawing from new space research into Venus and Mars. Thanks to Hansen’s role, climate fear prevailed for a generation.

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