Month: April 2019

“Affected Their Funding”

I had an unusually interesting bike ride up to NCAR this afternoon.

When I stopped to photograph the deer, I saw this gender neutral couple walking down the hill in their expensive Patagonia winter gear from REI, having this conversation – very loudly.

“Indians pitting their sacred traditions against …. you know …. evil capitalist pigs”

But the interesting part of the ride was at the top.  I started a cycling conversation with a guy walking out of NCAR, who turned out to be a famous NOAA tropical meteorologist.

I told him that I was friends with Bill Gray.  He said “the world just isn’t the same without Bill … though he raised quite a ruckus about climate the last few years of his life.”  I told him about the mistreatment Bill received at the CSU Atmospheric Sciences Department, and he said “Yes, people overreact.  Bill affected their funding.”‘

And that in a nutshell sums up climate science.

via The Deplorable Climate Science Blog

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April 30, 2019 at 11:26PM

Climate Council pleads “censorship” and calls billions of dollars “nothing”

The Climate Council (the rebadged Climate Commission) has launched a 60 page cherry picked list of one-eyed, self serving conspiracies and half-truths subtly called CLIMATE CUTS, COVER-UPS AND CENSORSHIP.

The headlines:

 ”Federal government accused of ‘false’ climate claims” [Newscorp]

It doesn’t matter how much money Australian’s pour into the climate vat, it’s never enough

The council released a new report this morning saying the government’s lack of action on climate change was a defining feature of its 10 years in power as it fights to extend its tenure at the May 18 election.

The Coalition Government hasn’t lacked action, it’s done far too much

Australians are adding more renewables per watt per person than any other nation. We now have targets that are possibly the severest in the world given that we are a small distant population in sparsely populated country with close to the largest per capita immigration program in the west. Making it worse, we are one of the only countries on Earth that looks like reaching our target. Our major export earner is coal, our major source of power is coal, and we are an industrial mining quarry far from most markets. The only continent that […]

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April 30, 2019 at 11:19PM

Democrats Push “Climate Action Now” Bill

Nancy Pelosi and President Trump

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Democrat controlled House of Representatives is set to pass the “Climate Action Now” bill, which seeks to prevent the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, and requires President Trump to prepare an annual report on compliance with Paris goals.

A BILL TO HONOR PARIS AGREEMENT GOALS COULD BE THE FIRST CLIMATE LEGISLATION TO PASS THE HOUSE THIS YEAR

Though the vote is expected to be along party lines, it’s more likely to gain the support of some Republicans than previous climate bills.
LEAH DUNLEVY

This week, the House of Representatives is set to vote on a new resolution aimed at mitigating the impacts of President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.

The bill, known as the Climate Action Now Act, would functionally reinstate United States participation in the Paris Agreement. The bill first prohibits the Trump administration from using federal funds to withdraw from the agreement. Second, the bill would require Trump to develop a plan (updated annually) for the U.S. to meet its contributions to the agreement, including greenhouse gas emission cuts (by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025), and require that the Trump administration work to ensure that other parties to the agreement are fulfilling their contributions.

The bill is expected to be the first climate legislation passed by the newly Democratically controlled House, although it is expected to fail in the Republican-controlled Senate

Read more: https://psmag.com/news/a-house-bill-reinstating-us-participation-in-the-paris-agreement

From the Summary on the Congressional Website;

Reported to House, Part II (04/18/2019)
Climate Action Now Act

This bill requires the President to develop and update annually a plan for the United States to meet its nationally determined contribution under the Paris Agreement on climate change. Specifically, the plan must describe steps to (1) cut greenhouse gas emissions by 26%-28% below 2005 levels by 2025, and (2) confirm that other parties to the agreement with major economies are fulfilling their announced contributions.

In addition, the bill prohibits federal funds from being used to withdraw from the agreement.

Read more: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/9

What a useless waste of time.

Even if you support climate action, what is the point of this bill?

There is almost no chance of this bill passing the senate, or if by some miracle it passes the senate, President Trump would surely veto, yet the Democrats choose to waste everyone’s time on a hardline partisan climate bill, instead of liaising with other branches of government to discover a workable compromise.

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April 30, 2019 at 11:14PM

Bring Back the Tide: Wash-Away Adelaide Politics

RECENT billion-dollar plans for the Murray Darling Basin have never been about the environment. Rather they have been about special interest groups doing deals through constant negotiation, with commercial interests in South Australia generally trumping all others. As Geoff Adams recently explained – with his newspaper article republished in various regional newspapers – Waterfront houses […]

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April 30, 2019 at 09:59PM