Karma’s a Botch.
Last week, we heard about the Fisker Karma, the new electric vehicle being built in Finland using a $529 million loan from U.S. taxpayers. Beneficiaries of this deal include one Albert Gore, partner in the “green” venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Now Forbes contributor Warren Meyer weighs in with an analysis of the Karma’s true energy efficiency, rate in miles-per-gallon equivalent according | Read More »
It’s Not Easy Going Green, Part IV
Remember jatropha? In 2007, Goldman Sachs called it one of the best candidates for future biofuels. Time Magazine touted its promise in an article from January, 2009: Renewable energy, it turns out, does grow on trees. The fruit pods plucked from jatropha trees have seeds that produce clean-burning diesel fuel. But unlike corn and other biofuel sources, the jatropha doesn’t have to compete with food | Read More »
Global Warming: What Are The Chances?
Oxford University’s Tim Palmer is a professor of climate physics. In an interview for an article in Sunday’s Guardian, “Feel free to doubt climate change: just don’t deny it”, he touched on climate skepticism, “denialism”, and a topic not often broached by the Climate Change community: Uncertainty. You may be confident that your house will not burn down this year, but you would be considered | Read More »
Monster Chiller Horror Global Warming!
This headline/subhead in The Guardian (UK) reminds me of the plot of a really bad 1950s monster movie: Global warming monitoring needs to find ‘missing heat’, say scientists Further study on oceans needed before hidden heat ‘comes back to haunt us’, say researchers in Colorado So, Global Warming Is Going to Kill Us All!!! And what makes it really scary: we don’t even know where | Read More »
More Global Warming Baloney from the AP
Via our friends at wattsupwiththat.com comes the sad story of South Talpatti Island (a/k/a New Moore Island) in the Bay of Bengal. Or, more precisely, South Talpatti is an ex-island. New Moore is No More, the latest victim of rising sea levels, melting glaciers and other Inconvenient Truths. NEW DELHI – For nearly 30 years, India and Bangladesh have argued over control of a tiny | Read More »
Antarctic Shrimp, Global Warming and the Laffer Curve
This one’s about philosophy, science and chaotic systems. H/T Caleb Howe, who called attention to an AP Science article today: Scientists go ‘gaga’ to find creatures beneath 600 feet of ice A borehole through 600 feet of Antarctic sea ice discovers two new critters: a sort of shrimp, and a jellyfish, living in a region that no scientist predicted. Until they’re proven tasty in a | Read More »
, Al Gore
, An Inconvenient Shrimp
, Antactic Shrimp-like Creatures
, Boiled Shrimp
, Fried Shrimp
, Shrimp Creole
, Shrimp Po-boys
, Shrimp Remoulade
, Shrimpin Bidness
Poll: Should UT Knoxville present Al Gore with an honorary doctoral degree?
Here’s your chance to weigh in on a matter of considerable importance. UT to give Gore honorary degree The degree – an Honorary Doctor of Laws and Humane Letters in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology – will be given to Gore at the spring commencement exercises of the College of Arts and Sciences on May 14, where he will be the featured speaker. “Vice President Gore’s | Read More »
Global Warming Digest: The U.K.’s Big Freeze
From Wikipedia: The winter of 2009–2010 in the United Kingdom (also called The Big Freeze by British media) is an ongoing meteorological event that started on 10 December 2009, as part of the severe winter weather in Europe. A persistent pattern of cold northerly and easterly winds brought cold moist air to the United Kingdom with many snow showers, fronts and polar lows bringing snowy | Read More »
Meet Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Global Climate Hustler
Do you ever wonder who stands to benefit from global trading in carbon credits? We’ve looked at some of the investments of former VP Al Gore with “green” investment bank Kleiner-Perkins. We’ve also considered the Top 10 Green Energy Whores and the Climate-Industrial Complex, led by General Electric. These are companies who stand to win big in the New Green Economy, and are not above | Read More »
$529 Million Loan for Al Gore’s Hybrid Sports Coupe
What’s the most laughably outlandish angle of this story? That the U.S. Government is loaning Nobel laureate Al Gore and investment bank Kleiner Perkins $529 million to build a car, and – It’s a hybrid electric sports model, and – It will cost $89,000 a copy, and – It will be made in Finland. We’re also loaning Tesla Motors $465 million to build a $109,000 | Read More »
Bobby Jindal Eyes the Carbon Market
Since the 1930′s, Louisiana has lost over 2,000 square miles to coastal erosion – an area larger than the state of Delaware. Stabilizing the remaining marshlands requires massive projects, such as plantings, erosion control structures and mass plantings, but more than anything it requires masses of money. Governor Bobby Jindal thinks he knows who might help foot the bill: you and me, pal, if Cap | Read More »
‘In 10 Years, It Will Be Warmer.’ Wanna Bet?
Scott Armstrong of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania is co-author of a paper which was presented to the International Symposium on Forecasting in June. The conclusion: “The paper explained the need for simple methods and conservative forecasts in the face of uncertainty and complexity and pointed out that simple no-change benchmark forecasts are sufficiently accurate for policy decisions. In contrast, simple causal | Read More »
AGW: Making Up the “Science” as We Go Along?
Do you ever get the feeling that the proponents of Anthropogenic Global Warming are just winging it? The mildest conclusion I can draw from the following sequence of news reports is that there is a heck of a lot of science that remains to be done on the subject of global warming, the carbon cycle, and the complex interactions between the atmosphere, the oceans and | Read More »
BREAKING! Freak Climate Change in South Louisiana!
Severe climate change, caused by excessive carbon emissions from two of Al Gore’s Gulfstream IVs, descended upon South Louisiana this morning in the form of a <a href=”http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20081211/NEWS01/81211001&referrer=FRONTPAGECAROUSEL”>freak snowstorm.</a> <img src=”http://cmsimg.theadvertiser.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?NewTbl=1&Site=DG&Date=20081211&Category=NEWS01&ArtNo=812110802&Ref=PH&Item=1&Maxw=542&Maxh=352&q=60″> Snow comes to South Louisiana about once in a decade. Residents awoke this morning to large fluffy flakes of the white stuff, and 1-2 inches of accumulation. The flakes quickly turned to sleet, and | Read More »
Mr. Al Gore, Jr.’s Wonderful, Miraculous Plan to Save the Planet
H/T Ellie Belle In a Nov. 9 Guest Editorial in the august New York Times, Nobel laureate and erstwhile VP Albert Gore offers a sort of a Unified Filed Theory of Big Government Solutions to All of Life’s Problems. [emphasis mine throughout] The inspiring and transformative choice by the American people to elect Barack Obama as our 44th president lays the foundation for another fateful | Read More »