Browsing All Posts published on »May, 2008«

The Weekly Carboholic: new site calls out "clean coal" boosters

May 28, 2008

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That coal is dirty is hardly a surprise to anyone who’s read about coal. Mining coal destroys mountaintops and towns as surely as it does the lives of the miners themselves. Burning coal emits more radioactivity than nuclear reactors do even when they have unexpected coolant releases. And the sulfur, mercury, and nitrogen oxides that […]

ExxonMobil's ironic ally: Steve Milloy

May 27, 2008

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Tomorrow is ExxonMobil‘s annual meeting. At that meeting, shareholders are going to vote on a number of Rockefeller family-supported shareholder resolutions, one of which will if passed, force Exxon to invest more money in alternative energy. The Rockefeller family’s logic is that their investment in Exxon (which goes back to the founding of Standard Oil […]

The Weekly Carboholic: boreal forest moves north, reducing Arctic albedo

May 21, 2008

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When we think about forests and global heating, we generally think about how forests sequester carbon via respiration and storage in their trunks and leaves. For that reason, we’re often told that we should support reforestation efforts, support efforts that reduce deforestation, and even plant trees ourselves. And all of those things will help. But […]

Vatican Observatory says aliens would be "God's creatures"

May 14, 2008

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Reverend Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, was quoted in an Associated Press article as saying that any extraterrestrials, if they exist, would be “extraterrestrial brothers”. Apparently, Ref. Funes was interviewed on the topic of the interaction between the Roman Catholic Church and science in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano. In […]

A person's a zygote…

May 14, 2008

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It’s official. According to Mark Hotaling, executive director of the Christian Family Alliance of Colorado, “Colorado is going to be ground zero for the issue of life in America.” (Source: Denver Post) The reason is that the Colorado non-profit Colorado for Equal Rights has turned in nearly double the number of signatures required to get […]

The Weekly Carboholic: boosting energy efficiency is hard to do

May 14, 2008

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Energy efficiency is tricky. You might think that increasing energy efficiency would be a no-brainer, since it usually pays for itself, improves the reliability of electrical transmission systems, reduces the number of power plants that need to be built, and reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. You’d be wrong. And last week, The Economist had a […]

The Weekly Carboholic: powering Europe from the Sahara

May 7, 2008

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Spiegel Online published a story last week about how a group of Europeans have formed the Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Corporation (TREC) to develop enough solar-thermal power in the Sahara to power all of Europe. The idea is to build enough solar thermal power plants, plants that use concentrated solar energy to heat salts or boil […]