Thursday, January 3, 2008

Global Warming, Articles and Resources

Here are some articles and resources worth reading and saving on the subject of global warming.
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News Highlights

Bali Highs
Peter Hannaford, Spectator.org, 2 January 2008

Al Gore a Prophet, Global Warming a Religion
Cal Thomas, Sun Sentinel, 2 January 2008

Global Warming Consensus?
Orange County Register Editorial, 1 January 2008

In 2008, 100% Chance of Alarm
John Tierney, New York Times, 1 January 2008

Why Won’t Al Gore Debate?
Les Kinsolving, WorldDailyNet.com, 1 January 2008

On the Need for Healthy Skepticism
George Pell, news.com.au, 30 December 2007

Moving Deck Chairs on the Titanic
Terry Easton, Human Events, 27 December 2007

Not So Hot
Patrick Michaels, Spectator.org, 27 December 2007

Arnold’s Fake Global Warming Fix
Shikha Dalmia, NY Post, 26 Decemebr 2007

A Nation of Dim Bulbs
Andrew Ferguson, Weekly Standard, 31 December 2007


News You Can Use
Global Warming: Where’s the Beef?

The leading surface temperature data sets compiled by the Met Office's Hadley Centre and by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the weather satellite data set compiled by John Christy and Roy Spencer show no increase in the global mean temperature since 1998, even though the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide has risen by roughly four per cent.

Inside the Beltway
CEI’s Myron Ebell

Members of the House and Senate don’t return until the 15th to begin the second session of the 110th Congress. It’s not clear whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will try to pick up any of the pieces they dropped from their big anti-energy package before passing it last month. These include the 15% renewable portfolio standard for electric utilities and the $21 billion in new taxes for oil companies.

It’s also not clear whether Reid and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, will try to bring the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act to the floor. Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), Chairman of the relevant subcommittee, have said that the committee will consider their version of a cap-and-trade bill this year. But it’s unclear when or what’s going to be in it in the way of targets and timetables for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Turning to the executive branch, it’s unclear whether the Bush Administration is going to go ahead and find that carbon dioxide emissions endanger public health and welfare and therefore must be regulated under the Clean Air Act. The EPA did decide the day after the President signed the anti-energy bill not to grant California’s request for a waiver so that California and twenty-two other States could begin regulating CO2 emissions from new vehicles. EPA based its decision on the fact that the new CAFÉ standards in the anti-energy bill were a more effective way to achieve what California wants to do. This week California Attorney General Jerry Brown filed suit in federal court to overturn EPA’s denial. It’s not clear which way the court will rule.

So that’s what my crystal ball tells me for 2008: unclear.

Whopper of the Year: 2007
CEI’s Julie Walsh

Among the candidates for the biggest whopper in 2007 must be NASA’s James Hansen with his work of creative genius on Greenland’s and Antarctica’s ice sheets.

Though Greenland’s and Antarctica’s ice rest in deep bowls, Hansen declares them inclined planes. Despite ice cores that show little to no movement for the past 400,000 years (including the warm periods), he shamelessly states that these gigantic ice sheets are slip, slidin’ away and the world will be flooded. Of course, Hansen’s ignorance isn’t all that shocking. After all, he studied physics, not geology.

According to an actual expert, Cliff Ollier at the School of Earth and Geographical Science at the University of Western Australia, a “collapse” of the ice sheets is “impossible.”

Contact CEI
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For More Information on the Global Warming Debate:
Globalwarming.org World Climate Report CCnet.org Planet Gore Marc Morano Co2science.org

1 comment:

KelliB said...

I completely agree about your declaration of being unclear about what will happen within the next year in Congress and with Bush surrounding climate legislation. Our government needs to act NOW, especially those who are leading the pack. John Dingell of Michigan is one of those who should spend less time in bed with the auto industry (literally, his wife works for GM) and focus on stopping global warming. It may be difficult now that most media outlets are focusing on the Presidential race, but the American public must not forget that their legislators are still in session and policies are still being made. Global warming is the hottest issue right now. So everyone needs to wake up and pay attention to what their government is doing!