I found this post by Jim Dipeso (shown), from almost a year ago (October 2010). It reminds us that the carbon tax is not a left-leaning proposition, and in fact is much more consistent with conservative ideology. Here in Australia, we have it quite back-to-front in a spectacular way. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott from our conservative Liberal National Party coalition supports direct action (Government intervention), while Prime Minister Julia Gillard is pushing a carbon tax, which depends on the dynamics of business markets to solve the problem. Maybe they should elect for a re-start, shake hands and swap policies. It is too confusing otherwise!
There is what Jim Dipeso said on a Republican website in the United States:
As a climate change activist, climatologist Jim Hansen takes his activism a step beyond where most would be willing to go. Continue reading
Sydney Morning Herald, August 26, 2011
UPDATE: See Scott Mandia on CNBC talking about Irene, the flood risk and other issues.
The north-east seaboard of the US, including Washington and financial centre New York, rushed to prepare for a possible mauling from Hurricane Irene that will hit the coast this weekend. From the Carolinas to Cape Cod, more than 50 million people were potentially in Irene’s path. States, cities, ports, industries, oil refineries and nuclear plants scrambled to activate emergency plans, while residents stocked up on food and water and worked to secure homes, vehicles and boats. Continue reading
WASHINGTON–(ENEWSPF)–August 26, 2011. A top federal Arctic scientist is returning to work today after six weeks on administrative leave without any charges being leveled against him, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Meanwhile, the agency which suspended the scientist is itself under investigation for mishandling the matter.
On July 18, 2011, the Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) suspended Dr. Charles Monnett in connection with an ongoing Interior Department Office of Inspector General (IG) investigation. Continue reading
By Joe Romm on Aug 22, 2011 at 12:08 pm
NSF Inspector General: “Finding no research misconduct or other matter raised by the various regulations and laws discussed above, this case is closed.”
Reconstruction of Northern Hemisphere temperatures, Mann et al.
Two things we know with extremely high confidence:
- Recent warming is unprecedented in magnitude and speed and cause (so the temperature history looks like a Hockey Stick).
- Michael Mann, the lead author on the original Hockey Stick paper, is one of the nation’s top climatologists and a source of first-rate analysis.
We know these things because both the Hockey Stick and Mann have been independently investigated and vindicated more times than any other facet of climate science or any other climate scientist (see links below). Continue reading
Worried about climate change? Furious about the carbon tax? Confused about the science? Walkley-award winning journalist Michael Bachelard will lead The Sunday Age team investigating the 10 most popular questions on OurSay which will be featured and updated on The Age’s Climate Agenda website.
Go here to vote which question you would like to have investigated. The one starting “There are some very vocal and seemingly influential climate change sceptics …” is a particularly interesting question in the light of what we have seen over the last 12 months!
The Union of Concerned Scientists has a series of cartoons that they would like people to vote on. Here is a beauty! Go through to their website to view more. Continue reading
UPDATE – for more on this false scientific movement, Graham Readfearn has the details here. Note how most of their ‘experts’ are unpublished in the expert literature and don’t believe that CO2 is a greenhouse gas!
By Douglas Fischer and The Daily Climate | August 16, 2011, Scientific American
A new group challenging the general consensus on climate science is getting significant air time in Australia, where uproar over a proposed carbon tax may topple the country’s minority government. Continue reading