Browsing All Posts published on »March, 2009«

Carbon capitalism

March 30, 2009


American-style capitalism, sans regulation, has earned its present bad rap. Even so, some market mechanisms do work quite well. Commodities pricing is discovered and costs kept low because markets are very efficient at making sure that metals, oil, food, etc. are moved to where the demand is the highest from where the supply is greatest. […]

The Weekly Carboholic: Project releases principles of climate science literacy

March 25, 2009


Project releases principles of climate science literacy Synchronized chaos and natural climate variability Stop drilling, baby! STOP! First federal loan guarantee for solar energy issued Ask yourself the following question: “What do I know about climate change?” If you answered “very little” or “not enough,” then the new guide Climate Literacy – The Essential Principles […]

The noxious weed smelled good…

March 18, 2009


Have you ever stumbled into a situation where something made you crave your long forgotten bad habit or addiction again, just one more time? You’d repeatedly proven yourself stronger than your old needs or patterns and were no longer even tempted. But then, perhaps because of the phase of the moon and the alignment of […]

The Weekly Carboholic: California report recommends changes to adapt to rising sea level

March 18, 2009


California report recommends changes to adapt to rising sea level “Virtual” water exports a problem for Australia and the world An update on high voltage direct current transmission lines MIT develops new Li-ion battery that charges really, really fast New biodiesel stays liquid at colder temperatures Limit development in low-lying coastal areas. Consider abandoning existing […]

Neither climate change deniers nor activists are Nazis or genocidal maniacs

March 12, 2009


I get seriously annoyed when I read that James Hansen and others are comparing climate disruption deniers and skeptics to Nazis and war criminals – it’s too extreme and it leads to polarization and results like the latest Gallup poll. I also get seriously annoyed when I read that garbage coming from said deniers and […]

The Weekly Carboholic: IPCC 2007 conclusions were too conservative

March 11, 2009


IPCC 2007 conclusions were too conservative International Climate Congress updates IPCC science for Copenhagen International Polar Year finds significant polar warming since 1959 Less CO2 absorbed by one plankton species ———- The Fourth Assesment Report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Program on Climate Change (IPCC) is a consensus report. This means that politicians and diplomats from […]

Boehner: capitalism is taxation

March 4, 2009


House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) stated on March 3 that “‘Cap-and-trade’ is code for increasing taxes, killing American jobs, and raising energy costs for consumers.” His claim is based on the fact that carbon-intensive energy sources such as coal, natural gas, and petroleum supposedly provide 85% of the energy consumed in the United States. […]