Here’s a very scholarly publication documenting a broad consensus on AGW (anthropogenic global warming) in scientific literature. Maybe it’s just a personal thing, but I’ve always hated articles like these. An article about articles? A “meta-article,” I guess it could be called? Eww.
In addition to not liking overly academic treatments of any subject, I point out that, even though there is very clearly a consensus in the subject, I’m not sure what that means. When Copernicus published his work on heliocentrism in 1514 there was consensus that the Earth was the center of the universe; the fact that Copernicus was the sole dissenter didn’t mean that he was wrong.
Having said that, the evidence surrounding AGW is overwhelming, and we’re certainly not doing ourselves any favors by pretending the matter is in doubt.
Here’s an article that suggests that a carbon tax could raise trillions of dollars in revenues, but would harm the economy. According to the report from the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) “Without accounting for how the revenues from a carbon tax would be used, such a tax would have a negative effect on the economy.”
Obviously. What’s the matter with a revenue neutral tax that provides incentive for everyone to reduce carbon, while fostering innovation on energy efficiency and renewables? This really isn’t rocket science. It just takes a will to do the right thing, which is glaringly absent.
Britain is still a country of scientific and technical innovation, despite the losses of some research and manufacturing capacity to other countries. Several influential commentators, such as futurologist Jeremy Rifkin, and the previous government’s Chief Scientist, Sir David King, have been projecting the UK as the place for a “New Industrial Revolution.” Combining British research capabilities, with the natural advantages of having high levels of wave and wind energy available and considerable engineering skills could make the UK the leader in all sorts of innovative environmental technologies. Read more ›
Here’s an article from SmartGridNews that makes some interesting and important points. Yes, people tend to think of smart grid generally as futuristic – even though some people (like me) recognize that it’s currently available technology and believe that it is absolutely essential to the integration of renewable energy. And yes, the speaker at the conference in Dublin made an excellent point: buildings can act as huge reservoirs for energy storage and offer enormous smart grid capability. Read more ›
I just spent an hour doing something I normally skip: I participated in a comprehensive webinar from Schneider Electric on the annual hurricane prediction. The bottom line is that their chief scientist is expecting an average year for 2013.
But even that raises a question: what is average? Over the last 100 years, there have been an average of 11 named storms per season, and each of 2010, 2011, and 2012 brought us 19 – almost twice the average amount. Read more ›
2GreenEnergy supporter Cameron Atwood sent me this incredible, wide-ranging article by political activist Rebecca Solnit. Its theme is critically important to people trying to making sense of our modern world – and especially to those of us trying to change it for the better. Simply put: we all make a difference, and we honestly have no idea of the magnitude of the impact we’re making: it’s just too early to know. I urge you to treat yourself to this short, readable masterpiece.
When you think about it, the world is an unimaginably different place than it was just a few decades ago. In terms of the things I follow most closely, e.g., climate change, I note that in 2003 there was essentially no public recognition for the phenomenon itself, and certainly no swelling of mainstream consciousness that we had a duty to change our ways of energy generation and consumption accordingly. Yet only 10 years later Read more ›
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, Cameron Atwood
, clean energy solutions
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, Credit Suisse
, Deutsche Bank
, energy consumption
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, energy generation
, George Will
, global climate change
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, Mohammed Bouazizi
, Rachel Carson
, Rebecca Solnit
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Posted in Climate Change
Clean, renewable energy is becoming more popular everyday.
As oil and gas prices are on the rise, the need to refocus our attention on creating sustainable new options is essential.
With that in mind, here are a few ways to get your kids excited about clean, green energy—so that ultimately they will recruit their kids to go green in the future as well. Read more ›
Denmark is held up as one of the great success stories when it comes to wind power – and it is. Half of Denmark’s electricity consumption will be generated by wind power in just seven years time. But Denmark has other lessons for those interested in wind power. It illustrates how effective – or ineffective – government support for renewables can be.
At one stage, wind power in Denmark was a genuinely popular movement. Around 3,000 community organizations with 150,000 shareholders operated wind turbines there. Then the government changed the law. They got rid of feed-in tariffs and replaced them with renewable portfolio standards (mandates requiring utilities to purchase renewable energy) and top-ups when renewable electricity was sold on the market. Read more ›
As fossil fuels become scarcer and more expensive, research continues to discover a means of producing energy from renewable sources. One challenge in this quest is devising a means to create sustainable energy in large enough quantities and economically enough to make sustainable energy sources a financially feasible option. While some alternative energy sources, such as solar energy and geothermal energy have already begun to enter the general marketplace, other promising sources of energy are still in the early stages of development. Read more ›
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