Monday, February 28, 2011

Environmental News; CFL's Targeted; Global Cooling More Dangerous; Alaska's Vast Oil Reserves; Turning Platic into Oil; Better Not Teach Religion to Muslim Girls;

Photo on left: Lake Michigan shoreline in winter
The following is quoted from Financial Intelligence Report: The global-warming hysteria is ill-founded.  I am certainly not alone in doubting its validity.  Some 31,000 U.S. scientists have signed a petition urging the US governmmemt not to adopt expensive measures to curtail carbon emissions, as they are not the driving force in climate change, according to Dr. Willie Soon, astrophysicist and geoscientist at the Solar and Stellar Physics Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, among others.

It would be hard, the report says, to exaggerate the ill effects of a sudden global cooling.  One report put it this way: "Some northern countries will be abandoned as the ice marches down from the Arctic; energy production will be interrupted, and shortened growing periods in the Northern Hemisphere will precipitate mass migrations, famines, food riots, regional conflicts, and a loss of human life that could be measured on an apocalyptic scale."


From the Washington Examiner: Oettinger is the European Union's energy commissioner and, according to Britain's Guardian newspaper, he has dashed hopes of Big Green environmentalists worldwide with these words: "If we go alone to 30 percent, you will only have a faster process of deindustrialisation in Europe. I think we need industry in Europe, we need industry in the U.K., and industry means CO2 emissions." He was referring to proposals that the EU increase its current carbon monoxide emissions reduction goal from 20 percent to 30 percent. Oettinger predicted that what is left of European industry would flee the continent and move to Asia if that happens.


John O'Sullivan writes: Governments, investors and even the World Bank are rushing for the exits in the Great Escape from the green energy bubble.
Solar energy appears to be the worst affected sector so far. Dow Jones reports on a startling U-turn by Britain’s ultra-green government has caught investors off guard and shock waves across the markets will likely precipitate the further rush from green energy projects to shale gas.
A recent article in Slate by Robert Bryce describes how Texas has more wind generator capacity than any other state — around 9,700 megawatts. But last August, when state electricity demand set a one-day record of 63,494 megawatts, all those windmills contributed just 500 megawatts, or about 5 percent of their rated capacity.
Apparently, the hottest days in Texas have something in common with those in Michigan —they’re usually not very windy. What’s more, the entity that operates the state’s electricity grid determined that on a year-round basis, all those spinning turbine blades are expected to contribute just 8.7 percent of their rated capacity.
Nevertheless, Texas families are now paying $4 more for electricity every month for a network of power lines connecting those distant rural wind turbines to where most people live.

The LA Times writes:  Ban Ki-moon, the normally buttoned-up Secretary General of the United Nations, swept into Los Angeles during Oscar week playing the role of Hollywood pitchman. His message: Make global warming a hot issue. Animate these stories!" Ban pleaded. "Set them to music! Give them life! Together we can have a blockbuster impact on the world."
If the pitch sounds a tad desperate, it's not surprising. In recent years, public
concern over climate change has plummeted in the polls, U.N. efforts to craft a new global climate treaty have been unsuccessful, and Congress has rejected federal legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
The U.N. has long courted such celebrities as
Audrey Hepburn, Mia Farrow, George Clooney and Angelina Jolie to be "goodwill ambassadors" for peacekeeping and anti-poverty efforts, but reaching out to writers, directors and producers to incorporate climate change issues in movies, television and social media is new.,0,3056165.story

Patriot Update reports: On Feb. 19, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) joined with U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) to introduce the Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act. The legislation would repeal light bulb standards Congress included in the 2007 energy law that effectively bans traditional incandescent light bulbs starting in 2012.

( – A new study says drilling on Alaska’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) could make Alaska the eighth largest oil resource province in the world -- ahead of Nigeria, Libya, Russia and Norway.
The report -- by the consulting firm Northern Economics and the University of Alaska-Anchorage’s Institute of Social and Economic Research -- says that developing Alaska’s OCS could produce almost 10 billion barrels of oil and 15 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, create around 55,000 new jobs and produce $145 billion in new payroll nationally, generating a total of $193 billion in government revenue through the year 2057.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   On this site, a Japanese inventor turns plastic bottles back into oil....


  1. on light bulb ban you mention...
    about the unpublicised industrial politics behind the ban,
    with documentation and copies of official communications

  2. old grizzled veteranFebruary 28, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Thanks for the news ! Alaska drilling should be made possible--once again, we are ALL being held hostage by private & political interests not in the best interests of America. We have already proved the animals can safely live with the oil pipe line, so what are we waiting for !!??