Archive for February, 2009

The AGW party line at Wikipedia

02/28/2009

“For example, if you open the [Wikipedia] article about global warming and press the “history” button, you will see several edits every day made by William M. Connolley, [a former climate modeller, a RealClimate contributor, and] a blogging official in the British Green Party. Most of them are trying to protect what he calls the “consensus” – i.e. to keep a high degree of contamination of the articles by ideological crap and misinformation. He’s doing the same thing to dozens of key articles about the climate. Because Connolley has made it into some kind of a “moderator” of Wikipedia, it shouldn’t be hard to expect that the articles about the climate simply can’t be objective.” “Wikipedia: edit wars

Corn ethanol "galactically stupid"

02/28/2009

“In one of his slides, Enriquez showed a group of microscopic worms that were snacking on a small piece of coal. And just like a baby that eats beans, the worms, said Enriquez, are releasing a lot of methane. By genetically engineering those small animals, Enriquez said, “We can increase the amount of gas that comes out of coal by 10 or 20 or 30 fold. And we are scaling that.” He went on saying that through genetic manipulation, “We can program cells for various functions and we are going to program them to take methane out of coal.” In addition, they aim to program them “to make chemicals” and program them “to make octane.” He warned that his vision of the future “seems wild” but he declared that the coming boom in genetic engineering will be “the single biggest change to the global economy in your lifetimes. And your business is going to get hit a lot faster than the pharmaceutical industry.”

After his speech, Enriquez delivered my favorite quote of the conference. Asked about biofuels and corn ethanol, Enriquez replied “Growing corn to make fuel is galactically stupid.”” “Galactically Stupid and Other Random (Tardy) Notes from CERAWee

40% rate increase

02/28/2009

“The chief executive of Duke Energy Corp., one of the nation’s biggest power companies and a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, said Friday that a proposal by President Obama to place a price on carbon emissions would drive up electricity rates in some areas of the U.S. by 40% and warned that it could also lead to “a redistribution of wealth” from Midwestern industrial states to coastal states.

Duke Energy CEO James Rogers said he was also concerned that some of the roughly $646 billion that Mr. Obama hopes to raise by making companies pay for the right to pollute would be diverted to causes unrelated to fighting climate change.

“My view is they’ll try to use the money from Ohio and Indiana to subsidize the West coast and the Northeast and to use it for purposes that are different from addressing the climate issue,” Mr. Rogers said Friday in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.” “Duke Energy CEO: Cap-and-Trade Plan Would Raise Electric Rates 40%

Cap and tax

02/28/2009

“And as far as middle-class tax cuts are concerned, Obama’s cap-and-trade program will be a huge across-the-board tax increase on blue-collar workers, including unionized workers. Industrial production is plunging, but new carbon taxes will prevent production from ever recovering. While the country wants more fuel and power, cap-and-trade will deliver less.” “Obama Declares War on Investors, Entrepreneurs, Businesses, And More

The AGW party line at Wikipedia

02/28/2009

“For example, if you open the [Wikipedia] article about global warming and press the “history” button, you will see several edits every day made by William M. Connolley, [a former climate modeller, a RealClimate contributor, and] a blogging official in the British Green Party. Most of them are trying to protect what he calls the “consensus” – i.e. to keep a high degree of contamination of the articles by ideological crap and misinformation. He’s doing the same thing to dozens of key articles about the climate. Because Connolley has made it into some kind of a “moderator” of Wikipedia, it shouldn’t be hard to expect that the articles about the climate simply can’t be objective.” “Wikipedia: edit wars

Corn ethanol "galactically stupid"

02/28/2009

“In one of his slides, Enriquez showed a group of microscopic worms that were snacking on a small piece of coal. And just like a baby that eats beans, the worms, said Enriquez, are releasing a lot of methane. By genetically engineering those small animals, Enriquez said, “We can increase the amount of gas that comes out of coal by 10 or 20 or 30 fold. And we are scaling that.” He went on saying that through genetic manipulation, “We can program cells for various functions and we are going to program them to take methane out of coal.” In addition, they aim to program them “to make chemicals” and program them “to make octane.” He warned that his vision of the future “seems wild” but he declared that the coming boom in genetic engineering will be “the single biggest change to the global economy in your lifetimes. And your business is going to get hit a lot faster than the pharmaceutical industry.”

After his speech, Enriquez delivered my favorite quote of the conference. Asked about biofuels and corn ethanol, Enriquez replied “Growing corn to make fuel is galactically stupid.”” “Galactically Stupid and Other Random (Tardy) Notes from CERAWee

40% rate increase

02/28/2009

“The chief executive of Duke Energy Corp., one of the nation’s biggest power companies and a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, said Friday that a proposal by President Obama to place a price on carbon emissions would drive up electricity rates in some areas of the U.S. by 40% and warned that it could also lead to “a redistribution of wealth” from Midwestern industrial states to coastal states.

Duke Energy CEO James Rogers said he was also concerned that some of the roughly $646 billion that Mr. Obama hopes to raise by making companies pay for the right to pollute would be diverted to causes unrelated to fighting climate change.

“My view is they’ll try to use the money from Ohio and Indiana to subsidize the West coast and the Northeast and to use it for purposes that are different from addressing the climate issue,” Mr. Rogers said Friday in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.” “Duke Energy CEO: Cap-and-Trade Plan Would Raise Electric Rates 40%

Cap and tax

02/28/2009

“And as far as middle-class tax cuts are concerned, Obama’s cap-and-trade program will be a huge across-the-board tax increase on blue-collar workers, including unionized workers. Industrial production is plunging, but new carbon taxes will prevent production from ever recovering. While the country wants more fuel and power, cap-and-trade will deliver less.” “Obama Declares War on Investors, Entrepreneurs, Businesses, And More

China: full speed ahead on fossil fuels

02/27/2009

“China, the world’s No. 2 enegy consumer, plans to build nine crude oil refining bases in coastal areas during the next three years, local media reported Thursday, citing the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planning agency.

According to China Knowledge news service, under the country’s petrochemical stimulus plan, three of the new bases, each designed with refining capacity of 30 million tons of crude oil annually, will be built in coastal cities of Ningbo, Nanjing and Shanghai.

The other six bases, with annual crude oil refining capacity of 20 million tons each, will be constructed in such as Guangzhou, Quanzhou and Tianjin. In 2011, China’s annual crude oil refining capacity is expected to total 440 million tons and the total oil reserve capacity to reach 44.60 million cubic meters, the report said.” “China to build 9 refining bases in 3 years

EPA takes aim at farmers — food prices to increase

02/27/2009

“DES MOINES, Iowa – Nothing says summer in Iowa like a cloud of dust behind a combine.

But what may be a fact of life for farmers is a cause for concern to federal regulators, who are refusing to exempt growers from new environmental regulations.

It’s left some farmers feeling bemused and more than a little frustrated.

It’s such a non-commonsense idea that you can keep dust within a property line when the wind blows,” said Sen. Charles Grassley, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee who still farms in northeast Iowa.

Under rules imposed in 2006, rural areas would be kept to the same standards as urban areas for what the Environmental Protection Agency calls “coarse particulate matter” in the air. …

In a letter sent Wednesday to the EPA, Grassley wrote that compliance would be impossible because of the dust produced in farmers’ day-to-day activities.

Grassley also has noted that because many rural roads are not paved, particulate readings could be affected by wind gusts that constantly change.

After all, God decides when the wind blows, not Chuck Grassley,” he said. …

But farmers insist the regulation will affect their operations and eventually their bottom lines. And they said … they have few options for limiting dust from their fields and roads.

Roger Zylstra, a director with the Iowa Corngrowers Association, said if left alone, farmers can compete worldwide. But regulation could impede their success.

He said there seems to be a disconnect between farmers and policymakers.

“Many of the people that are making the rules, it feels like they really don’t know what (farming) issues are,” said Zylstra, a Lynnville resident who has worked on a farm for 35 years.

Zylstra said it’s hard not to get frustrated.

We think we’ve met the demands that have been put upon us and lo and behold, we have new and even more stringent demands. It seems really unrealistic.”” “EPA says farm dust open to regulation