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Head of EPA Doesn’t Know How Much CO2 is in the Atmosphere

Posted in Climate Change,Government Incompetence & Waste,U.S. by Ryan on the July 15th, 2015

When asked what percentage of the atmosphere is CO2, she deflects saying its not a calculation she has on hand. When pressed on the point, she refers to her papers (her papers!) to cite the levels in parts per million, saying we have just reached 400ppm.

How does the head of an agency, whose major regulation initiatives hinge on these very values, not know them by heart? I’ll give her a pass on not wanting to calculate the percentage given it may be an uncommon way to represent CO2, but to have to refer to notes to cite 400ppm?

Either we have another political appointee who is woefully unqualified for the job, or climate change is a convenient excuse to simply impose more control.

This is a tired record that keeps getting played over and over in the Obama era. Politicization or incompetence. Take your pick, but it might be both.

Climate Change’s Reach Expands Further Yet

Posted in Climate Change,President Obama by Ryan on the April 8th, 2015

President Obama took to blaming climate change as a contributing factor in his daughter’s asthma as a child, and encourages action on climate to prevent more asthma related incidents.


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I believe the logic follows that warmer temperatures increases the duration and volume of pollen during the spring, thus exacerbating asthmatic reactions and thus the potential for attacks. It is spelled out here at this NIH website.

Increase carbon dioxide concentrations and temperatures, thereby affecting the timing of aeroallergen distribution and amplifying the allergenicity of pollen and mold spores

 

It didn’t take long for some to point out other likely culprits.

 

If you go to the CDC website on Asthma and second hand smoke (yes, there is a page dedicated to the subject) you learn the following:

Tobacco smoke is one of the most common asthma triggers. Tobacco smoke—including secondhand smoke—is unhealthy for everyone, especially people with asthma.

 

Topping the CDC’s list of Common Asthma Triggers?

  • Tobacco Smoke
  • Dust Mites
  • Outdoor Air Pollution
  • Cockroach Allergen
  • Pets
  • Mold
  • Smoke From Burning Wood or Grass

 

But just like Michelle Obama’s trip to Target, it’s possible that Malia’s asthma will be repurposed by Obama at some point should a politically convenient opportunity arise.

Solar Flares

Posted in Climate Change by Ryan on the August 9th, 2011

The sun is acting up.

I blame global warming.

Toilet & Lightbulb Throwdown

Posted in Climate Change,Government,U.S. by Ryan on the March 11th, 2011

A great segment of video showing Rand Paul blast Kathleen Hogan, a deputy assistant at the Energy Department. He outlines the hypocrisy of those that fiercely advocate a woman’s right to choose, yet support restrictions that force compact fluorescent light bulbs and low capacity toilets upon consumers.

While I’m sure all conservation policies are not a bad thing, I am still confused why we would do away with harmless (but inefficient) light bulbs in favor of twirled tubes full of toxic mercury vapor. And put them in every home in America.

You would think this conservation crowd would have warmed up to nuclear power already.

Future Fuels

Posted in Climate Change by Ryan on the March 1st, 2011

An encouraging article about a company that claims to have produced an organism that can turn CO2 and light energy into diesel fuel.  I want to believe that such breakthroughs are inevitable and will impact our lives within the decade.  This certainly is a step in the right direction, if not for a full on red flag stumble along the way.

Joule was founded in 2007. In the last year, it’s roughly doubled its employees to 70, closed a $30 million second round of private funding in April and added John Podesta, former White House chief of staff under President Bill Clinton, to its board of directors.

Podesta’s involvement casts doubt in my mind for some reason…maybe it has something to do with his fondness for Van Jones.

I want this kind of technology to work, but I almost wonder if some of that delicious government “investment” finds its way to their coffers in the next while.

Coal

Posted in Climate Change,World by Ryan on the December 30th, 2010

George Will explains why coal is a big deal.  He also touches on the elephant in the room that I have yet to hear a cognitive response to from advocates of reducing global emissions.

Fallows reports that 15 years from now China expects that 350 million people will be living in cities that do not exist yet. This will require adding to China’s electrical system a capacity almost as large as America’s current capacity. The United States, China, Russia and India have 40 percent of the world’s population and 60 percent of its coal.

A climate scientist told Fallows that stabilizing the carbon-dioxide concentration in the atmosphere would require the world to reduce its emissions to Kenya’s level – for America, a 96 percent reduction. Nations with hundreds of millions of people in poverty would, Fallows says, have to “forgo the energy-intensive path toward wealth that the United States has traveled for so many years.”

Didn’t Obama Talk About a New Green Economy?

What was the stimulus for again?  I could have sworn I was promised massive investment in a new green economy.

Chu said the United States still concentrated on research in areas such as computers, defense and pharmaceuticals but that its funding for energy innovation was paltry.

“America still has the opportunity to lead in a world that will need essentially a new industrial revolution to give us the energy we want inexpensively but carbon-free,” Chu said.

“But I think time is running out,” said Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101130/sc_afp/unclimatewarminguschina

Jupiter’s Belt

Posted in Climate Change by Ryan on the May 21st, 2010

A large band of clouds have disappeared from Jupiter for the present.  Apparently it has happened before and they have always returned.  Initially, I wanted to blame global warming, but then I remembered it was a different planet.  And that’s when I realized how worrisome it is to observe extreme weather without knowing that it is caused by excess CO2 from human activity.  Truly baffling.

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I Called It?

Posted in Climate Change,World by Ryan on the April 23rd, 2010

Perhaps others thought of the same thing I did, but also dismissed it due to the apparent absurdity.

But yes, some people are openly wondering if anthropogenic global warming is to blame for recent seismic activity.

Yet something else is lately worrying geologists: the likelihood that the Earth’s crust, relieved of so much formidable weight of ice borne for many thousands of years, has begun to stretch and rebound.

As it does, a volcano awakens in Iceland (with another, larger and adjacent to still-erupting Eyjafjallajokull, threatening to detonate next). The Earth shudders in Haiti. Then Chile. Then western China. Mexicali-Calexico. The Solomon Islands. Spain. New Guinea. And those are just the big ones, 6+ on the Richter scale, and just in 2010. And it’s only April.

Does any of this ring familiar to claims about more intense hurricanes, despite no scientific evidence?

I’m no geologist, and neither is Alan Weisman, but his ambiguous assertion certainly plays into the humorous propensity to blame anything bad on human caused global warming.  In the article, it links to an article about James Lovelock, with whom I apparently share some opinions.  Those being that if global warming is happening because of human activity (I think he is more sure than I am), then all the actions we think we can take to save the planet are in the end, pointless.  There is nothing we can do, according to Lovelock, because we’re already past the tipping point.  Enjoy the ride.  If transformational global warming is happening, I don’t know if we’ve passed a tipping point, but my view is that no one is actually willing to literally abandon our carbon rich energy lifestyle in any kind of meaningful way.  So anything short of resorting to an agrarian lifestyle that is car and electricity free, is not going to stop AGW, but will instead just give government more oversight, power and authority without solving anything.

On another note, I recently saw this roundup of global warming mistakes and scandals on HotAir.  A good resource for the inquisitive skeptic.

I Blame Climate Change

Posted in Climate Change by Ryan on the March 5th, 2010

http://www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/03/05/sweden.ice.ships.stuck/

In fact, isn’t everything a result of climate change?  If there is unseasonable cold, its because the “warming temperatures” overall are skewing the normal winter cycle.  But if there is unseasonable warm, its because the “warming temperatures” overall are skewing the normal winter cycle.

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