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Global Warming's Terrifying New Math

 

If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven't convinced you, or the size of your AC bill this summer, here are some hard numbers about climate change: June broke or tied 3,215 high-temperature records across the United States. That followed the warmest May on record for the Northern Hemisphere – the 327th consecutive month in which the temperature of the entire globe exceeded the 20th-century average, the odds of which occurring by simple chance were 3.7 x 10-99, a number considerably larger than the number of stars in the universe.

Meteorologists reported that this spring was the warmest ever recorded for our nation – in fact, it crushed the old record by so much that it represented the "largest temperature departure from average of any season on record." The same week, Saudi authorities reported that it had rained in Mecca despite a temperature of 109 degrees, the hottest downpour in the planet's history.

Not that our leaders seemed to notice. Last month the world's nations, meeting in Rio for the 20th-anniversary reprise of a massive 1992 environmental summit, accomplished nothing. Unlike George H.W. Bush, who flew in for the first conclave, Barack Obama didn't even attend.


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Interesting article.  What will the rest of the century be like.

 

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Now this is interesting:

 

Even as evidence for climate change mounts and the consequences of the phenomenon become more severe, the amount of climate coverage on broadcast networks has plummeted. According to a stunning analysis by Media Matters, the Sunday morning current affairs shows averaged about one hour each on climate change in 2009, compared to averaging 21 minutes apiece in 2010 and only 9 minutes per program in 2011. In 2011, Fox News Sunday covered climate change the most (just under an hour), "but much of the coverage promoted the 'Climategate' controversy and downplayed the threat of climate change," reports Media Matters.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comm...ation-climate-change

 

What are they doing?

 

Reality and what people think about it are tow different things.  So the "information" that people do and do not get bombarded with affects what they think of reality.

 

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eople can't seem to wake up from the dream that our media is still as reliable and objective as it was in the past.  

 

Most Americans don't even know that our entire mainstreammedia is owned by just (6) companies (right leaning companies), so it is no wonder that our media only speaks on certain subjects and leaves out completely the others that are crucial for the public to be made keenly aware of.  

 

Internet sources, websites and de facto news does a much better job at spreading the truth than our mainstream media does, at least, once you are able to screen out the b.s., the political bias and hype.  

 

But, when it comes to climate change and the America doing anything about it, there has got to be a changing of the guards politically, because it is precisely because of politics and the sold-out politicians that plan to retire in their positions in Washington, that America does nothing to very little about climate change and the environment.  Since our politicians are owned by those who stand to loose a few pennies on the dollar of profit should they make their companies and methods of production environmentally safe, there won't be much done on the American side regarding changing, regulating or legislating big businesses' destruction of the environment which is the root cause of climate change, unsafe and unhealthy environments.

 

People are not connecting the chain reaction of an unhealthy environment causing an unhealthy, toxic food supply, which causes chronic illness and obesity, which causes unnecessary or skyrocketed medical and hospitalization costs, which supports the multi-billion/trillion dollar pharmaceutical industry, that relies on people remaining in a perpetual state of chronic illness and obesity.  

 

It makes one wonder if it all is not by design to poison the environment to denature the food supply to weaken the human immune system to create chronic illnesses and disease. 

Originally Posted by sunnubian:

 

It makes one wonder if it all is not by design to poison the environment to denature the food supply to weaken the human immune system to create chronic illnesses and disease. 

 

I don't think it's so much by design to intentionally harm people as it is the non-consideration and disregard of people's health over getting stinkin', filthy rich with destroying nature and the food supply as a byproduct ... or "collateral damage."  

 

But, when it comes to climate change and the America doing anything about it, there has got to be a changing of the guards politically, because it is precisely because of politics and the sold-out politicians that plan to retire in their positions in Washington, that America does nothing to very little about climate change and the environment.  Since our politicians are owned by those who stand to loose a few pennies on the dollar of profit should they make their companies and methods of production environmentally safe, there won't be much done on the American side regarding changing, regulating or legislating big businesses' destruction of the environment which is the root cause of climate change, unsafe and unhealthy environments.

 

I read a very interesting article the other day in the LA Times detailing California's governor's push to put Cali on the map as the "America's environmental capital," so to speak!!  He's a strong conservation/environmental advocate ... but, his policies and agenda are poised to cost California taxpayers up the wazoo!  

 

It helped me understand some of the push-back of President Obama's green energy agenda ... the enormous cost of switching to renewables ... as well as the billions of government subsidies going to the investors and utility companies that are jumping on the bandwagon (then again, it's probably no more than the oil and gas companies are getting right now!!)  ... but, by the same token ... it's also one of those "forward/future-thinking" things that will eventually provide benefits in the future!!

 

But ... it does go to your point about politicians needing to change their way of thinking ... and what can happen when they do! (Like with somebody like Gov. Brown).   It also goes to a point I tried to make to MC a while back that ... if the rules DO change ... the companies/banks/utilities/investors WILL change right with them!!  'Cause there's NO WAY they're gonna miss out on putting that much (free/government/subsidized) money in their pockets!!!  Nor miss out on what they're eventually going to make charging people for their energy needs!!  

Here's the first page of that article with a link to the rest of the story!

 

 

 

<small>One of three solar receivers stands 459 feet above the floor of the Mojave Desert in California's Ivanpah Valley at BrightSource Energy's Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station. The facility will eventually generate 392 megawatts of electricity, serving about 140,000 homes. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / August 8, 2012)</small>

 

 

Driven by the Obama administration's vision of clean power and energy independence, the rush to build large-scale solar plants across the Southwest has created an investors' dream in the desert.

 

Taxpayers have poured tens of billions of dollars into solar projects — some of which will have all their construction and development costs financed by the government by the time they start producing power.

 

Banks, insurers and utility companies have jumped in, taking advantage of complex state and federal tax incentives to reap outsized returns. Among the solar prospectors in the Mojave are investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc.,General ElectricJPMorgan Chase & Co., Morgan Stanleyand technology giant Google Inc.

 

The cost for decades to come will also be borne by ratepayers. Confidential agreements between solar developers and utilities lock in power prices two to four times the cost of conventional electricity. The power generated by the mega-plants will be among the most expensive renewable energy in the country.

 

That high-priced power will compose an increasing share of California's electricity following Gov. Jerry Brown's signing last year of legislation requiring that renewable sources provide 33% of the state's power by 2020.

 

Stanford University economist Frank Wolak, an expert in the California electricity market, said the state's renewable energy strategy could boost electricity rates 10% to 20%, depending on a number of factors. Potentially, consumers' bills could go up by 50%.

 

"It is easily in the billions of dollars," he said.

 

Government and solar officials say the subsidies are no different from long-standing federal support for the oil, gas and nuclear industries. They say generous incentives are necessary to incubate the fledgling renewables industry.

"We are driving clean energy projects that would otherwise not have gotten built at a commercial scale with innovative technology," said Daniel Poneman, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy.

 

Energy Department officials say solar energy prices will fall as the industry matures, and the cost of power from future conventional plants will be higher.

Critics, however, say that despite the righteous goal of combating climate change, solar entrepreneurs are getting too much government money.

 

"What's happening in California is a tragedy, on every front," said Bill Powers, a San Diego-based electrical engineer and power plant consultant to government, nonprofits and developers. "It's a huge waste of money…. I see a lot of this as just an old fashioned rip-off."

 

 

The lure of outsized profits has set off a solar frenzy in California, with dozens of projects planned from Barstow to Blythe, from Inyo County's high desert to the Sand Hills in Imperial County.

 

The spark has been the renewable energy program begun by former President George W. Bush and expanded under President Obama.

 

The incentives allow solar developers to reap annual returns on their investments of 8% to 12%, as much as tripling their money in a decade. In some cases the returns could go as high as 17%, according to Lee J. Peterson, an Atlanta-based tax attorney at the Reznick Group.

 

"Banks and Wall Street are trying to outdo one another with green commitments," said Michel Di Capua, a renewable power analyst with Bloomberg New Energy Finance. "It looks good from an environmental perspective. But it is also very profitable."

 

To make such projects economically attractive for developers, the government created a mix of federal loan guarantees, grants and tax incentives — and threw in the cheap use of millions of acres of public land for power plants.

 

Taken together, the incentives can provide solar companies with more than half a project's costs in cash, with the remainder covered by the federally guaranteed loans.

 

The cash grants, approved as part of the 2009 economic stimulus package, provided renewable-energy developers 30% of the cost of a project once it is finished. More than $13 billion has been distributed. The grants are no longer offered. They have been replaced by a tax credit of equal value.

 

The most complex piece is a tax policy that allowed companies to deduct in one year the entire cost of a project from their taxable income. The program was changed this year, requiring the cost be deducted over five years.

 

 

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"Potentially, consumers' bills could go up by 50%."

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This sounds like a gross exaggeration.  

 

But if America and the rest of the world do not change to an energy system that harnesses nature's energy or that is at least sustainable and renewable, the world is going to run out of place to bury the billions of tons of toxic waste that  our energy sources are producing.  The dirty West is already paying so-called third world countries to take our garbage and our toxic waste, countries that have contributed very little to toxic destruction of the planet.  With all of the toxic waste "stored" in this country alone, we are probably only one earthquake or one volcano eruption away from total annihilation as it is.

CNN International runs several programs that show that there are a LOT of other countries that are doing amazing things towards green energy!!  The President is not exaggerating when he says we are on the "catch up" end of the green/renewable energy revolution!!    Not only are we lagging behind in production and manufacturing ... but we may never catch up as far as invention, innovation and/or research goes!!

 

In Africa and in Asia ... there are projects underway to bring solar energy to even rural areas to provide energy for schools and hospitals and villages in general!!  And, surprisingly, countries like India and other wealthy Arab countries are cutting their "footprints" with everything from "green" train systems to powering their skyscrapers!!

 

Of course, most of the other industrialized countries - like us - aren't doing our part since we are the biggest killers of the Earth.

 

But others are ... and there's more and more starting to join in all the time.  So, I guess, let's just keep our fingers crossed.  We might 'get it.'  One day.

The Country & The Country–America in 2012

 

When I read The City & The City I thought the idea too far out to believe, but the 2012 Presidential election is making me change my mind.  This afternoon was I was reading news feeds on my iPad with the app Zite about climate change.  There were two kinds of stories.  90% of the stories were science articles about the effects of global warming around the world.  Not stories theorizing the coming of global warming, but reports of its effect right now.  The rest of the stories were from climate change deniers.  They no longer try to attack the science of global warming, they laugh at the the absurdity that anyone should even consider the possibility of climate change.  They sneer at liberals who believe these science fictional fantasies.  They applaud Romney, Ryan and the Republicans for giving zero thought and time to such Chicken Little fears.

 

We’re now living in The County & The Country!

 

Reality has become science fiction, or is it the other way around?

 

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