December 2008

Global warming alarmists, picking up where the Grinch left off, are trying to steal Christmas, some critics say. From children's books to school plays, the climate change crowd is dreaming of a green Christmas, angering opponents who say 'tis NOT the season to be preachy.

SCIENTISTS have warned that Christmas lights are bad for the planet due to huge electricity waste and urged people to get energy efficient festive bulbs.

The most expensive secret you’re not supposed to know is that George W. Bush leaves office with the planet cooler than when he entered. This dangerous trend threatens the multi-billion dollar “global warming” industry, adding new urgency to the ritual shriek of “we must act now!” in the scramble to impose a costly regime of mandates and energy taxes.

Clean Waste

by William Yeatman on December 23, 2008

in Blog

In choosing Nobelist and alternative energy enthusiast Steve Chu as his nominee to head the Department of Energy (DOE), President-elect Barack Obama is saying he is serious about his plan to invest an awful lot of taxpayer money in alternative "clean" energy schemes.

Global Cooling?

by William Yeatman on December 22, 2008

Winter officially arrives today with the solstice. But for many Americans, autumn 2008's final days already felt like deepest, coldest January.

This week in Chicago, President-elect Barack Obama introduced key members of his new energy and environmental team and gave a statement expressing his administration's ambitious goal to make America energy independent. While his desire to do so is sincere, such a strategy would be disastrous for our economy.

The election of Barack Obama, and his selection of what the League of Conservation Voters’ Gene Karpinski calls the “dream green team” to fashion energy and environmental policy, heralds a dramatic shift from the energy priorities of the last eight years, on issues ranging from offshore drilling to climate change.

LA To Try Solar Again?

by William Yeatman on December 22, 2008

Los Angeles has a solar power measure on the ballot for the city referendum this March. Measure B, titled “Green Energy and Good Jobs for Los Angeles,” would require the LA Department of Water and Power to build 400 megawatts of distributed generation on publicly owned rooftops. The LA Times reports today that Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller warned that the solar measure could result in "substantial increases" to the electricity bills of DWP customers. In 2000, L.A. announced it would become the "Solar Capital of the World," with solar panels on 100,000 rooftops by 2010. Three years and $80 million later the city cancelled the project as cost-ineffective, 99,400 buildings short of its goal.

Chu on China

by William Yeatman on December 22, 2008

“China’s addition of 90GW of coal-fired power plants installed in 2006 alone is expected to emit over 500 million tons of CO2 per year for their 40 year lifetimes. This is (sic) compared to the entire European Union’s Kyoto reduction commitment of 300 million tons of CO2.”—From Dr. Steven Chu’s congressional testimony March 2007. President-elect Barack Obama has nominated Dr. Chu to become Secretary of Energy.

Holdren’s Hysterical Quotes

by Julie Walsh on December 19, 2008

San Francisco Chronicle (CA)
Copyright 2007 San Francisco Chronicle
February 15, 2007
Section: NEWS
Climate change prime topic at science summit
David Perlman

The meeting's theme is "Science and Technology for Sustainable Well-Being." John Holdren, the association's president, said Wednesday that the greatest threat to the Earth's well-being is increasingly rapid global climate change.

The evidence for dangerously climbing temperatures is "absolutely stunning," Holdren said in a discussion with The Chronicle's editorial board. He cited such phenomena as the damage now caused worldwide by floods and wildfires, the spread of malaria in the tropics where mosquito populations are increasing, and the rapid melting of permafrost in the Arctic tundra as well as the swiftly increasing loss of ice in both polar regions of the globe.

He noted that virtually all climate scientists agree that global temperatures are rising, and that the major cause is increased greenhouse gases

— largely from the burning of fossil fuels.

The world's most urgent need, he said, is "a massive effort to slow the pace of global climatic disruption before intolerable consequences become inevitable."

The scientific community can certainly help develop new technologies to cope with the problems, he said, but with the pace of climate change increasing so rapidly, "we've only got about a decade to get things right."

New Statesman
Copyright 2006 New Statesman Ltd.
September 11, 2006
Drax and Today-I really must protest
Lynas, Mark

Then, ten minutes after the second Drax interview, the BBC's environment correspondent, Roger Harrabin, was sitting down with John Holdren, the eminent president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and discussing global warming. Holdren put it bluntly: "We are already experiencing dangerous human disruption of the global climate." To continue to ignore the problem would, he suggested, be "flirting with catastrophe", given that carbon-dioxide levels in the atmosphere have already "passed the safe level".

Sunday Times (UK)
Copyright 2006 The Sunday Times
September 3, 2006
Section: Features
The war on hot air;Focus
Jonathan Leake

Only last week, John Holdren, new president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, suggested that global sea levels could rise 13ft by the end of this century -much higher than previous forecasts.

Boston Globe (MA)
Copyright 2008 Globe Newspaper Company
April 22, 2008
Section: Op-Ed
Get real on global warming goals

 If we want to improve our chances of averting this century the extinction of 50 percent of the species or dramatic drops in grain yields or devastating sea level rises, we have to get worldwide CO2 emissions to start a real decline as fast as possible. Scientist Jim Hansen says that if we wait until 2018 to "stop the growth of greenhouse gas emissions" then we have close to no chance of avoiding catastrophic effects. Scientist John Holdren tells us that if we plateau in 2015, our chances of averting these catastrophic effects are down to 50 percent.

St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
Copyright 2007 Saint Paul Pioneer Press
November 11, 2007
Christopher Martin, Bloomberg News

 "Coal is by far the cheapest fuel because there's no price on how much damage it causes," said John Holdren, a Harvard University professor of environmental science and director of the Woods Hole Research Center in Falmouth, Massachusetts.