Archive for December, 2009

California fights back

12/31/2009

“Four years after California’s Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed off on the nation’s farthest-reaching global-warming law, a campaign is heating up to keep it from taking effect.

In the latest salvo, Dan Logue, a Republican State Assemblyman, has announced he will start collecting signatures next month in support of a November 2010 ballot initiative that would suspend the law until California’s unemployment rate drops below 5.5 percent.” “California Climate Law Faces Opposition

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Blog restored

12/31/2009

Last night I received an email from Blogspot.com informing me that my blog heliogenic.blogspot.com had been “deleted” because of “spam”. As there is no spam on this blog I was perplexed.

All last night and today this blog was dark. Now, with a little help from my friends, this blog has been restored. I don’t know why this happened. I am not paranoid, but blogspot bloggers, be on notice.

Google deleted my blog!

12/31/2009

I woke up this morning to read an email from google informing me they deleted my blog heliogenic.blogspot.com because of “spam”.  There is no spam on the blog.  I have appealed their action and the blog may be restored.  In the meantime I’m starting this new blog here on wordpress.

Greedy French pols "rush to revive carbon tax"

12/31/2009

“French ministers scrambled on Wednesday to rescue a carbon tax … which was annulled by the Constitutional Court just 48 hours before it was due to come into force. …

The new tax was expected to raise 1.5 billion euros ($2.15 billion) next year and the court’s decision will put added pressure on the budget deficit, already forecast to come in at a high 8.5 percent of gross domestic product in 2010.

Ministers promised to present a revised text on January 20 but it could take weeks more to get the law back through parliament and badly needed cash flowing into state coffers.” “French Government Rushes To Revive Carbon Tax

The scam in Oregon

12/30/2009

“When Oregon started handing out jumbo tax subsidies for renewable energy projects two years ago, one of the biggest beneficiaries was also one of the world’s richest corporations — Walmart.

No, the retail giant hasn’t branched to solar panels or wind turbines.

Instead, Walmart took advantage of a provision in Oregon’s Business Energy Tax Credit that allows third parties with no ties to the green power industry to buy the credits at a discount and reduce their state income tax bills.

State records show Walmart paid $22.6 million in cash last year for the right to claim $33.6 million in energy tax credits. The cash went to seven projects, including two eastern Oregon wind farms and SolarWorld’s manufacturing plant in Hillsboro. In return, Walmart profits $11 million on the deal because that’s the difference between what it paid for the tax credit and the amount of its tax reduction.

The loser in the transaction is Oregon’s general fund — which pays for public schools, prisons and health care programs — because the state is out the full $33.6 million in tax revenues.

Walmart isn’t alone. An analysis by The Oregonian shows Costco and U.S. Bank, which also rank among the nation’s top 200 wealthiest businesses, have made millions by buying up energy tax credits to cut their Oregon tax bills. Dozens of other companies and hundreds of individual Oregon taxpayers also have cut their tax bills by buying up the tax credits.

The practice, known as “pass-through,” has become a popular, nearly risk-free way for profitable corporations and high wage-earners to avoid paying taxes in Oregon. …

The tax credits, known as BETC, or “Betsy,” have come under increasing fire this year because the cost to taxpayers skyrocketed. It went from about $10 million in 2007 to an estimated $167 million in the 2009-11 biennium at the same time the economic recession hammered other areas of the state budget. …

Walmart, Costco and U.S. Bank, which top the list of energy credit buyers, shelled out a combined $67 million to avoid paying $97 million in Oregon income taxes.

Walmart and others are making money on projects that were closed, went belly up or never produced the energy or energy savings they initially claimed.” “Walmart, others make money on Oregon’s energy tax credits” h/t Climategate

Berkeley: to hell with science

12/30/2009

“Berkeley High School is considering a controversial proposal to eliminate science labs and the five science teachers who teach them to free up more resources to help struggling students.

The proposal to put the science-lab cuts on the table was approved recently by Berkeley High’s School Governance Council, a body of teachers, parents, and students who oversee a plan to change the structure of the high school to address Berkeley’s dismal racial achievement gap, where white students are doing far better than the state average while black and Latino students are doing worse.

Paul Gibson, an alternate parent representative on the School Governance Council, said that information presented at council meetings suggests that the science labs were largely classes for white students. He said the decision to consider cutting the labs in order to redirect resources to underperforming students was virtually unanimous.” “Berkeley High May Cut Out Science Labs” h/t Climategate

The inevitable end of the Holocene — enjoy it while you can

12/30/2009

“[E]ven [assumed AGW] warming will not stave off the eventual return of huge glaciers, because ice ages last for millennia and fossil fuels will not.In about 300 years, all available fossil fuels may well have been consumed.Over the following centuries, excess carbon dioxide will naturally dissolve into the oceans or get trapped by the formation of carbonate minerals. Such processes won’t be offset by the industrial emissions we see today, and atmospheric carbon dioxide will slowly decline toward preindustrial levels. In about 2,000 years, when the types of planetary motions that can induce polar cooling start to coincide again, the current warming trend will be a distant memory.” “Global Warming vs. the Next Ice Age” h/t FuturePundit

Watermelons: "The transition from red into green"

12/30/2009

“The decade just past marked the transition from red into green. It was the decade in which environmentalism replaced socialism as the authoritarians’ and the busybodies’ ideology of choice. … (more…)

Plan B: the ocean acidification scare

12/30/2009

“We all know how hard it is to say “sorry” when we’ve got something seriously wrong. Much easier, instead, to come up with a formula which says that even though some fools might perceive us to have been in error we were in fact right all along. This is why, just as they did once before when they stopped talking about “global warming” and started talking about “climate change” , climate-fear-promoters like [Charles] Clover are starting to big up this deadly new threat called “acidification of the oceans.”

This is no more a genuine threat than is AGW as you’ll learn if you read here, here, here, [here,] or this article at Watts Up With That. But it has the huge advantage, from the climate-fear-promotion industry’s point of view, that it continues to finger CO2 as the real villain of the piece. And so long as they can do that, it means our governments will still have the excuse they need to continue with their insanely expensive directives on carbon emissions; and it means – while most of us are impoverished by our inflated utility bills – that the thieves and fat cats who are on top of the carbon trading scam will get stupendously richer and richer.” “The scariest article you will read this year

Stalinist tactics continue at Wikipedia

12/30/2009

“Continuing Wikipedia’s trend of blocking skeptics from the ClimateGate debate, another skeptic has been banned from Wikipedia. This time it’s me.

I have a total of 1 edit to Wikipedia. Yes, just 1. And it’s not even to an actual article.

On the ClimateGate deletion discussion page I said that William Connolley should not be allowed to vote on the ClimateGate issue, as he’s personally involved in it. I provided two links to ClimateGate emails involving him.

And now I’m indefinitely blocked.

Screenshot showing I’ve been blocked. [screenshot]

Screen shot showing every edit I’ve ever made to Wikipedia. It’s from the deletion discussion page. (Minus links to emails that someone edited out.) [screenshot]

I’ve sent off an email to the admin who blocked me, Rlevse, asking why he blocked me.” “Another skeptic blocked from Wikipedia — me