Daily Archives: May 17, 2011

More about how GE is shafting Americans

Timothy P. Carney: How GE’s green lobbying is killing U.S. factory jobs

WINCHESTER, VA–“Government did us in,” says Dwayne Madigan, whose job will terminate when General Electric closes its factory next July.

Madigan makes a product that will soon be illegal to sell in the U.S. – a regular incandescent bulb. Two years ago, his employer, GE, lobbied in favor of the law that will outlaw the bulbs.

Madigan’s colleagues, waiting for their evening shift to begin, all know that GE is replacing the incandescents for now with compact fluorescents bulbs, which GE manufactures in China. (Washington Examiner)

Chris Horner on the Pickens subsidy plan

Media Gift: Republicans, Pickens’s New Subsidy and the ‘Circular Firing Squad’
by CHRIS HORNER on MAY 17, 2011

The Wall Street Journal has a long piece today about the prospect of using the state to move part of the U.S. transportation fleet from oil to natural gas. It gives prominent voice to the massive public affairs campaign of T. Boone Pickens to add billions to his natural gas fortune as a swansong to a prosperous career.

This campaign takes the form of a bill embraced by ostensible fiscal hawks, causing an uproar from those conservatives who took umbrage at Members abandoning their pledges of fiscal sobriety at the drop of a billionaire’s phone call. This enabled the media to describe the Republicans’ ‘circular firing squad.’ Well played, gentlemen.

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Roger Pielke Sr. points out [again] CO2 does not meet the standard definition of an atmospheric pollutant

Climate Science Myths And Misconceptions – Post #6 On Carbon Dioxide As A Pollutant

I have posted a number of times with respect to whether atmospheric concentrations of CO2 are a pollutant; e.g. see

New Plans To Regulate CO2 As A Pollutant

I want to discuss this further in order to expose a misconception on this issue.

Misconception #6:  Carbon Dioxide Is In The Same Group As The EPA Criteria Pollutants.

As I wrote in my post

Is CO2 a Pollutant?

A “pollutant” is defined as:

“a harmful chemical or waste material discharged into the water or atmosphere.”

(Roger Pielke Sr.)

Anti-nuke Germany reduces its electricity supply and subsidizes demand in the form of electric vehcles

“If They Really are that Good, Electric Cars will Prevail”

Berlin has announced plans to drive up the number of electric cars in Germany to one million by 2020, touting financial incentives worth two billion euros by 2013. German commentators wonder whether the money is being spent in the right place — or whether it is simply filling the coffers of large car manufacturers. more…

UK greenhouse vow already exposed as mere puffery

UK to halve greenhouse gases by 2025, if EU follows

Britain on Tuesday committed to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 but made the binding target conditional on the European Union taking similar climate action. (Reuters)

EU’s industrial emissions rose 3 percent in 2010

Carbon dioxide emissions from companies in the European Union’s carbon market rose 3.2 percent in 2010 as the economy recovered, in line with analyst expectations, final official data showed on Tuesday. (Reuters)

Australia’s proposed carbon [dioxide] tax descending into farce

Labor and Greens scrap over carbon tax
Sid Maher

DEEP divisions have emerged between the government and the Greens over the starting price of Julia Gillard’s carbon tax as negotiations enter their final weeks.

After a meeting of the Prime Minister’s multi-party climate change committee*, Greens leader Bob Brown seized on a report to be released today suggesting a carbon price of $40 a tonne may be needed to force electricity generators to switch from coal to gas. [*the so-called multi-party climate change committee includes everyone except those who actually count, the Liberal and National Party Coalition that will replace the current disaster sooner rather than later and who are committed to resist or repeal any “carbon price”]

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CO2 Science Volume 14 Number 20: 18 May 2011

Sixth International Conference on Climate Change
The 2011 Sixth International Conference on Climate change, organized by the Heartland Institute, will take place in Washington DC, June 30- July 1 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. We encourage you to attend this event that is co-sponsored by our Center. Details on registering can be obtained by clicking here.

Plant Stomatal Responses to Changes in the Air’s CO2 Content: They can occur on three different time scales, driven by three different phenomena, as observed in five woody angiosperms, three conifers and one fern in a recent study.

Journal Reviews
Earth’s Temperature: Deconstructing the Past to Predict the Future: How is it done? And what does it suggest?

Modeling the Pattern of Tropical Ocean Warming: Why is it important? … and how well do state-of-the-art climate models do in this regard?

Black Carbon and the Melting of Himalayan Glaciers: How big a role is played by the infamous BC?

The Disappearing Frogs of Southeastern Peru: What’s the Cause?: Is it climate change? Or is it … ???

Prospects for Sea Urchin Development in Warmed Waters Southeast of Australia: Are they good or not so good?

Heat Tolerance in Antarctic Fish: What was long believe to be true, now turns out to be not so true.

Ocean Acidification Database
The latest addition of peer-reviewed data archived to our database of marine organism responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment is Purple Sea Urchin [Paracentrotus lividus]. To access the entire database,click here.

Plant Growth Database
Our latest results of plant growth responses to atmospheric CO2 enrichment obtained from experiments described in the peer-reviewed scientific literature are: Raddish (Schubert and Jahren, 2011) and Scots Pine(Fransson and Johansson, 2010).

Medieval Warm Period Project
Was there a Medieval Warm Period? YES, according to data published by 971 individual scientists from 562 research institutions in 43 different countries … and counting! This issue’s Medieval Warm Period Record comes from the North Icelandic Shelf. To access the entire Medieval Warm Period Project’s database, click here.

World Temperatures Database
Back by popular demand and upgraded to allow patrons more choices to plot and view the data, we reintroduce the World Temperatures section of our website. Here, users may plot temperatures for the entire globe or regions of the globe. A newly added feature allows patrons the ability to plot up to six independent datasets on the same graph. Try it today. World Temperatures Database.

Major Report
Carbon Dioxide and Earth’s Future: Pursuing the Prudent Path: Ten of the more ominous model-based predictions of what will occur in response to continued business-as-usual anthropogenic CO2 emissions are compared against real-world observations. (co2science.org)

USA Today hand wringer and response from Inhofe

CAGW advocates always forget this is not a zero sum game – climate superstition comes with huge costs and no known upside.

Our view: America, pick your climate choices

One way to deal with a problem is to pretend it doesn’t exist. This approach has the virtue of relieving you from having to come up with a solution, spend money or make tough choices. The downside, of course, is that leaky faucets and other problems rarely solve themselves and, in fact, usually get worse if ignored. (USA Today)

Inhofe’s view: All pain, no gain
By Jim Inhofe

Not too long ago, President Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress proudly announced that America would lead the fight against global warming by passing a cap-and-trade bill. But despite overwhelming majorities in both houses of Congress in 2009, Democrats barely found the votes to get the proposal through the House, and Senate Democrats never even brought it up for a vote. (USA Today)

Ross McKitrick gives “green energy” and subsidy dependence a well-deserved whack

Ontario’s Power Trip: The failure of the Green Energy Act
By Ross McKitrick

The pledge by Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak to roll back key provisions of the Ontario Green Energy Act is a courageous move and deserves to be applauded. It will likely spark intense debates as we head into the upcoming election. It is hard to say whether public opinion will be on his side, but the facts certainly are.

The Green Energy Act (GEA) was proposed as both an environmental policy and a job-creation policy. It is misguided on both scores.

With regards to job creation, there is nothing special about subsidizing electricity generation. It’s just as harmful as subsidizing anything else. We have long and lamentable experience in Canada with failed job creation schemes based on subsidies to money-losing industries. From Sprung cucumbers to Bricklin sports cars, governments have regularly learned and relearned, at taxpayer expense, the immutable rule that if a business plan depends on subsidies, the jobs it creates are not sustainable, and if the business is profitable on its own, it doesn’t need subsidies.

An industry that depends on subsidies for its survival is not a net source of jobs. The funds for the subsidies have to be raised through taxation, and the burden of taxes kills more jobs than the subsidies create. This is as true for wind power as it is for greenhouse cucumbers, and it doesn’t matter if the taxes are visible or are hidden in the form of feed-in tariffs and artificially inflated electricity bills. (Financial Post)

What would you rather pay for a light bulb, a quarter or $50?


Tough call?

LED bulbs hit 100 watts as federal ban looms

NEW YORK – Two leading makers of lighting products are showcasing LED bulbs that are bright enough to replace energy-guzzling 100-watt light bulbs set to disappear from stores in January.

Their demonstrations at the LightFair trade show in Philadelphia this week mean that brighter LED bulbs will likely go on sale next year, but after a government ban takes effect.

The new bulbs will also be expensive — about $50 each — so the development may not prevent consumers from hoarding traditional bulbs. (Associated Press)

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Solar farm admits epic fail… and complains

Check out these guys. They apparently failed to do even rudimentary business modeling and think their property should be taxed at a rate commensurate with output, comparing themselves with nukes, no less 😀 Glossed over in their little comparison is that Palisades is indeed only taxed the equivalent of 0.2¢ per kWh – but on 6 billion kWh, totaling $12 million. Despite being massively overpaid for their trivial power output they want yet another concession because they are being hit with a tax bill less than one 400th that of Palisades (although it probably does look expensive when you produce one 27,000th the power output). Even massive subsidies aren’t much good when you have next to no product to sell, eh guys?

Solar farm near Climax losing money because of property taxes
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