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Chemistry: FAIL

April 29, 2009


I’m good with “carbon neutral.” No problems with “no greenhouse gases were emitted in the production of this product.” But there’s a small problem with the following image (taken by my wife at a local natural grocer). I’ll give you a hint – the chemical formula for sucrose, aka sugar, is C12H22O11:

Gingrich lies to Congress about climate legislation

April 25, 2009


S&R has been following Newt Gingrich’s lies about energy and climate since last year when he pushed the “Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less.” lie in response to last summer’s oil price woes. On Friday, Gingrich appeared as a minority witness, on a panel all by himself, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee – […]

The Weekly Carboholic: Texas Representative baffled by continental drift, CO2 toxicity

April 23, 2009


Texas Representative baffled by continental drift, CO2 toxicity Medieval Warming Period likely regional in extent Today was the first of what will probably be many, many hearings on the Waxman-Markey climate change bill in the House of Representatives. One of the more… interesting exchanges occurred when Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) asked Energy Secretary Stephen Chu […]

Columbine's uncounted victims

April 21, 2009


Following the Columbine High School shootings of April 20, 1999, an Illinois carpenter by the name of Greg Zanis constructed a number of crosses and erected them atop the hill in Clement Park across the street from Columbine. He created one for every victim of the school shooting: Cassie Bernall, Steve Curnow, Corey DePooter, Kelly […]

Why scientific peer review matters

April 5, 2009


“Peer review isn’t all it’s cracked up to be,” and that phrase’s many variants, is something you year a lot these days. It’s a complaint that is heard most often with reference to climate science, and most often by people who understand neither the science behind climate disruption nor the purpose of peer review. So, […]

Aerosmith: a remembrance from my teenage years

April 3, 2009


One of my favorite bands is Aerosmith, but in the early 1980s I didn’t know it. I was happily listening to songs like “Walk This Way” and “Dream On” and “Back in the Saddle” long before I knew that it was Aerosmith. My sister was doing everything she could to broaden my mind to include […]

The Weekly Carboholic: as the Arctic melts

April 1, 2009


As the Arctic melts Aerosols strongly influence tropical Atlantic temperatures Latest EIA Annual Energy Outlook updates energy consumption estimates for 2030 Large insurers required to disclose climate risks to regulators “I was in Siberia a few weeks ago, and I am now just back in from the field in Alaska. The permafrost is melting fast […]