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Dec 29, 2009 -- BEIJING -- Dow Jones
China's State Grid Corp Plans To Build "Smart Grid" By 2020
China's power distribution monopoly State Grid Corp. has set a goal of building a smart grid by 2020 to improve efficiency and distribute power more flexibly, the company's general manager Liu Zhenya said Thursday.
The so-called "strong and smart grid" would help increase the share of clean energy in China's energy mix. Source

Dec 27, 2009 -- TEL AVIV Marketwatch
Korea Electric group wins UAE nuclear project
Korea Electric Power Corp., the South Korean state-run utility, and four other companies won a $20 billion contract to build four nuclear plants in the United Arab Emirates, media reports said.
The other companies in the consortium include subsidiaries of Samsung and Hyundai as well as Doosan and the Westinghouse subsidiary of Toshiba, (TOSYY) Bloomberg News reported. Source

Dec 27, 2009 -- Lisa Lerer -- POLITICO
Senate Democrats to W.H.: Drop cap-and-trade
Bruised by the health care debate and worried about what 2010 will bring, moderate Senate Democrats are urging the White House to give up now on any effort to pass a cap-and-trade bill next year.
"I am communicating that in every way I know how," says Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), one of at least half a dozen Democrats who've told the White House or their own leaders that it's time to jettison the centerpiece of their party's plan to curb global warming…. . "Climate change in an election year has very poor prospects," added Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.). "I’ve told that to the leadership."

Dec 22, 2009 -- AFP
India hails Copenhagen climate accord
India hailed Tuesday the lack of targets and legally binding measures in the Copenhagen climate accord and vaunted the united front presented by major emerging countries at the chaotic talks.
Facing parliament for the first time since the UN talks last weekend in the Danish capital, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said India had "come out quite well in Copenhagen". Source

Thank you China!
Dec 22, 2009 -- Mark Lynas --
How do I know China wrecked the Copenhagen deal?
I was in the room

Copenhagen was a disaster. That much is agreed. But the truth about what actually happened is in danger of being lost amid the spin and inevitable mutual recriminations. The truth is this: China wrecked the talks, intentionally humiliated Barack Obama, and insisted on an awful "deal" so western leaders would walk away carrying the blame. Source

Dec 21, 2009
Thomas Friedman On Copenhagen:
Columnist Weighs In On Climate Change Conference
According to Thomas Friedman, last week's climate change conference in Copenhagen was an "unprecedented breakdown," not an "unprecedented breakthrough," as described by President Obama.
The New York Times columnist weighed in on Copenhagen during an appearance Monday night on The Rachel Maddow Show. Source

Dec 21, 2009
Copenhagen summit ends in blood, sweat and recrimination
Gordon Brown and Barack Obama did their best to put a positive spin on it, but Copenhagen was a disaster, writes Andrew Gilligan.
Just after midnight, Copenhagen time, Gordon Brown appeared in front of the Sky News camera. "I feel I've played a part in bringing countries together," said the Prime Minister, in a line clearly prepared long before the disaster unfolding around him. Source

Dec 21, 2009
Copenhagen climate summit:
Ed Miliband accuses China of 'hijacking' conference
Ed Miliband, the Climate Change Secretary, has accused China of "hijacking" the Copenhagen summit and preventing a legally binding treaty desired by most of the world. Source

December 21, 2009
Secretary-General's press encounter on the outcome of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference
SG: Ladies and gentlemen, Good morning.
I returned yesterday afternoon after attending theUnited Nations Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen.
On Saturday morning in Copenhagen I had a press conference with your colleagues who were attending Copenhagen.
Today I am pleased to meet with you, basically to answer your questions which you may have. The last time I didn't have much time to answer questions. But I have also a Security Council briefing at ten o'clock on very important African issues.
Let me first of all say the Conference was a success.
Among the conference decisions, the Copenhagen Accord marks a significant step forward.
First, it commits countries to work to limit global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius.
It also says that they will review this commitment in 2015 to take account of new scientific evidence. I understand that the IPCC is going to try to release their fifth assessment report in 2014.
Second, the Accord includes mid-term mitigation targets by developed countries and mid-term mitigation actions by developing countries.
Again, this is an advance.
Third, countries have agreed on the importance of acting to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
This means we have finally brought the source of nearly one fifth of global emissions into the emerging climate regime.
Fourth, the Accord agrees to provide comprehensive support to the most vulnerable to cope with climate change.
Fifth, the deal is backed by money and the means to deliver it. You know that already $30 billion have been committed until 2012, and after that $100 billion annually up to 2020. Source

EPA takes charge!     December 7, 2009
Powers formally under Congress or the States are now under the EPA. These include: Energy. Manufacturing. Transportation. Agriculture. Construction..

December 9, 2009
Lie: "the last (email) was from 10 years ago"
Truth: The last email is from one month ago.
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December 9, 2009 -- Michael Asten -- The Australian
Climate claims fail science test
THE UN Climate Change Summit started this week in Copenhagen with far more dissent than its organisers hoped for from two extremes of the climate change debate
We had the "grandfather of climate change", James Hansen, describing the proceedings as counter-productive and "a farce", while the chief Saudi Arabian negotiator to the summit, Mohammed al-Sabban, doubts the current science and suggests there is no longer any point in seeking agreement to reduce emissions.
It is therefore certain that the global political debate on managing carbon emissions and climate change will continue well beyond the Copenhagen summit. It is to be hoped that the scientific debate is also permitted to continue. more

December 8, 2009 -- The Moscow Times
The Kremlin won a coveted agreement with India to boost cooperation in the civilian use of nuclear technology on Monday and promised to deliver a long-delayed aircraft carrier.
The nuclear deal was possible because the United States, eager to win lucrative contracts with India, successfully lobbied for the Nuclear Suppliers Group to lift a ban on importing nuclear technologies to India last year. more

December 7, 2009 --
EPA finds GHGs endanger public health and safety, will be regulated under CAA
Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that greenhouse gases (GHG) endanger public health and safety as well as the environment. This determination will subject emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perfluorocarbons (PFC), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) to the regulatory and permit requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA). more

December 7, 2009 --
Business Fumes Over Carbon Dioxide Rule
Officials gather in Copenhagen this week for an international climate summit, but business leaders are focusing even more on Washington, where the Obama administration is expected as early as Monday to formally declare carbon dioxide a dangerous pollutant.
An "endangerment" finding by the Environmental Protection Agency could pave the way for the government to require businesses that emit carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases to make costly changes in machinery to reduce emissions -- even if Congress doesn't pass pending climate-change legislation. EPA action to regulate emissions could affect the U.S. economy more directly, and more quickly, than any global deal inked in the Danish capital, where no binding agreement is expected. more

December 7, 2009 -- Ankur Jain -- The Times of India
Carbon markets are a sham
AHMEDABAD: As world leaders gather at Copenhagen to discuss climate change, this Amdavadi has put it out loud and clear how the same leaders have failed to combat the problem so far.
Siddhartha Dabhi, 22, who is doing research at the University of Essex, and Dr Steffen Böhm, a reader from the university, have compiled a book, Upsetting the Offset: The Political Economy of Carbon Markets'. The book, which will be launched at Lund University, near Copenhagen, on December 15, argues that the measures to reduce carbon emissions following the Kyoto Protocol, have only made matters worse.
Dabhi, who graduated from St Xavier's College, Ahmedabad, challenges tall claims made about for carbon markets and carbon offsetting schemes. He has done a detailed case study of a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Gujarat. "Carbon markets is a mutli-billion dollar business that helps industries earn more money under the disguise of so called green initiatives," says Dabhi. more

Dec 2, 2009 -- Poder
Venezuela Increases Oil Exports to the U.S.
The International Energy Agency registered an increase of 100,000 barrels a day to end the third quarter
The International Energy Agency revealed that at the end of the 2009 third quarter, "Petroleos de Venezuela" was sending 1.1 million barrels a day to the U.S., 7.1% more than they exported in Aug., when the figure stood at 1 million. The quantity of oil that the U.S. purchases from Venezuela represents 9.7% of its crude and derivative imports. Venezuela is currently its number three supplier after Canada and Mexico. more

Dec 2, 2009 -- China View
China hopes Copenhagen conference will achieve "fair and feasible" results
The developed nations should honor its commitment to accomplishing or establishing the medium-term emission reduction target on the one hand, and provide the developing nations with financing, technology transfer, and capability building support on the other hand," he said. more

The US sent its' technology and jobs to the developing nations. If the US borrows any more money from China they will never be able to pay it back.

December 1, 2009 -- Mike's America
Climategate’s "Harry Read Me" File is a Must Read!
As another pundit said: this isn’t just the smoking gun pointing to the fraud of global warming, it’s a mushroom cloud!
As researchers around the world report on their findings in the hacked emails from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in Britain you often hear references to the infamous “Harry Read Me” file. The entire file, 247 pages long, is an encyclopedia chronicling the absolute mess that temperature records, upon which much global warming theory is based, are in. more
HARRY_READ_Me.txt       text    pdf

December 1, 2009 -- Lorrie Goldstein
'Botch after botch after botch'
Leaked 'climategate' documents show huge flaws in the backbone of climate change science
I've been poring over one of many leaked computer files from the "climategate" scandal.
It's worse than those e-mails revealing leading climate scientists did a "trick" to "hide the decline" in global temperatures and privately called it a "travesty" they couldn't explain recent cooling.
This document has the innocuous header "HARRY_READ_Me.txt." more

November 25, 2009
Obama vows greenhouse gas emissions cuts
President Barack Obama is to pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the US in several stages, beginning with a 17% cut by 2020, the White House has said. more
Without a corresponding increase in carbon free nuclear energy we will end up with zero growth.

November 24, 2009 -- The Wall Street Journal
Global Warming With the Lid Off
The emails that reveal an effort to hide the truth about climate science.
'The two MMs have been after the CRU station data for years. If they ever hear there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the U.K., I think I'll delete the file rather than send to anyone. . . . We also have a data protection act, which I will hide behind."
So apparently wrote Phil Jones, director of the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit (CRU) and one of the world's leading climate scientists, in a 2005 email to "Mike." Judging by the email thread, this refers to Michael Mann, director of the Pennsylvania State University's Earth System Science Center.
We found this nugget among the more than 3,000 emails and documents released last week after CRU's servers were hacked and messages among some of the world's most influential climatologists were published on the Internet.

November 23, 2009 -- The Week
Global-warming bombshell
Humans cause climate change, right? Turns out scientists may have been suppressing data to the contrary
In what Michelle Malkin is calling "the global warming scandal of the century," emails hacked from a major British research center are being used to suggest that certain scientists have been over-simplifying the truism that humans cause climate change. Rival scientists, who question Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW), pounced on this "evidence" as proof that the emailers have been cooking the research, squelching dissenting views, and committing ethical crimes. Is global warming a global conspiracy - or is this heated debate mostly just hot air?
The emails reveal power-hungry fraudsters: The "scientific consensus" touted by "global warming alarmists" is apparently fiction, says Rob Port at Say Anything. Worse, these "scientists" were also deceiving the public to supply "phony, cooked research" to help politicians "enact a myriad of new taxes, regulations and a generalized expansion of government power."
This is overblown everyone massages graph data: Admittedly, says Nate Silver in FiveThirtyEight, one email suggests that key climate researcher Phil Jones was "sexing up a graph to make his conclusions more persuasive." That’s unethical, and inexcusable, but sadly quite common on both sides of the debate ("I'd include some of the graphs in [Al Gore's] Inconvenient Truth" in this charge.) more

November 23, 2009
Kate Devlin, Medical Correspondent,
2009 'on course to be the fifth hottest since records began'
This year is on course to be the fifth hottest since records began, experts have warned as they insisted that the science behind climate change was sound.
Met Office scientists called for urgent action on global warming and dismissed calls for a public inquiry into emails which suggest a conspiracy among international scientists to falsify data.
Although final figures will not be known until January, 2009 is likely to be the fifth hottest year on record, reversing a brief three-year "cold snap" caused by natural temperature fluctuations, they said.
Temperatures over the next decade will be even higher, Met Office models predict. more
figures will not be known until January. - How Convenient!

The truth from the BBC:
October 9, 2009 16:22 By Paul Hudson Climate correspondent, BBC News
Average temperatures have not increased for over a decade
This headline may come as a bit of a surprise, so too might that fact that the warmest year recorded globally was not in 2008 or 2007, but in 1998.
But it is true. For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures.
And our climate models did not forecast it, even though man-made carbon dioxide, the gas thought to be responsible for warming our planet, has continued to rise. source

November 23, 2009
Filmmakers Who Confronted Al Gore Release New Anti-Global Warming Documentary
PHELIM MCALEER, "NOT EVIL JUST WRONG:" There were nine significant errors in it. Given this film has been shown in schools to children, do you accept those errors? I know you say it's funded by that court but a judge in the British high court, after the hearing, finds there were nine significant errors. This has been shown to children. How do you accept those findings and have you done anything to correct those errors?
AL GORE: Well, I'm not going to go through all of those. The ruling was in favor of the movie by the way and the ruling was in favor of showing the movie in schools. And that's really the bottom line on that. more
"ruling was in favor of the movie"
The whole truth: "After outlining nearly a dozen serious factual errors in the film, Burton determined it could continue to be shown in schools, but only if accompanied by a teaching package that includes limiting and cautionary “guidance notes” and other films, including a counter-film, “The Great Global Warming Swindle,” produced by Britain’s Channel 4." more
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Nov. 23, 2009 -- Edmund L. Andrews -- The New York Times
Payback Time
Wave of Debt Payments Facing U.S. Government
WASHINGTON - The United States government is financing its more than trillion-dollar-a-year borrowing with i.o.u.'s on terms that seem too good to be true. more
Note: This is not from Glen Beck! This is not a test!

Boxer-Kerry Cap and Trade Bill
November 22, 2009
Steve Elliott, President, Alliance
Following closely on the heels of ObamaCare, the Boxer-Kerry Cap and Trade bill has been inconspicuously moving through the Senate with a stealth goal to pass the bill before the Copenhagen Summit this December!
During a heated debate last week Sen. Barbara Boxer, Chairwoman of the Environment and Public Works committee refused to release a full economic analysis of the bill, to which Inhofe bristled, "I can only conclude that they don't want the pubic to know how much money this thing is going to cost."
And cost it will?
Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) said of the coming legislation, "This would be the largest tax increase in the history of America."
Analysts believe the increased taxes and fees will cost the average American household upwards of $1,600 to $3,000 or more each and every year!
Making matters worse, scientists suggest Cap and Trade would have no measurable benefit--except to the federal government.
Steve Elliott

November 17, 2009 -- Economic Policy Institute
An Urgent Call for Action to Stem the U.S. Jobs Crisis
The U.S. unemployment rate exceeded 10% in October for the first time in a quarter century. Nearly 16 million Americans who are able and willing to work cannot find a job. More than one out of every three unemployed workers has been out of a job for six months or more. The situation facing African American and Latino workers is even bleaker, with unemployment at 15.7% and 13.1%, respectively.
.......... Last, we should explore spurring private-sector job growth through innovative incentives and providing credit to small and medium-sized businesses. more

What should be first is last. What should have been last, has already been done without effect. Please read, then come back and buy your gold or silver.

November 17, 2009 -- Manufacturing.Net
China Leads In Carbon Pollution
By Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pollution typically declines during a recession. Not this time.
Despite a global economic slump, worldwide carbon dioxide pollution jumped 2 percent last year, most of the increase coming from China, according to a study published online Tuesday.
"The growth in emissions since 2000 is almost entirely driven by the growth in China," said study lead author Corinne Le Quere of the University of East Anglia. "It's China and India and all the developing countries together." more

November 13, 2009 -- Investors Business Daily
Clueless Summit
Economy: Next month's "Jobs Summit" at the White House promises to feature a lot of posing and preening by Washington politicians. Unfortunately, despite lots of photo ops, it's not likely to result in many jobs.
Something's wrong when the government of the most prolific job-creating economy in history has to schedule a "summit" to decide how to create jobs.
This isn't rocket science. Any business owner, entrepreneur or manager can tell you that job creation requires new businesses, new investment in plant and equipment, and economic policies conducive to both. more

November 12, 2009 -- Investors Business Daily
The Coming Climate Dictatorship
Control: The House and Senate climate bills contain a provision giving the president extraordinary powers in the event of a "climate emergency." As chief of staff Rahm Emanuel says, a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.
If you thought the House health care bill that nobody read has hidden passages that threaten our freedoms and liberty, take a peak at the "trigger" placed in the byzantine innards of both the House-passed Waxman-Markey bill and the Kerry-Boxer bill just passed by Democrats out of Sen. Barbara Boxer's Environment and Public Works Committee. more

Nov. 10, 2009 -- Agencia Angola Press
Indian minister says cutting deficit 'imperative'
New Delh - India's Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee promised Tuesday the government would reduce the fiscal deficit as it seeks to put the nation's financial house in order.
He said the government would cut the deficit to four percent of gross domestic product by 2012, down from an expected 6.8 percent in the current financial year.
India's deficit, which stood at 6.2 percent last year, has been swollen by stimulus measures taken by the government to shield the economy from the impact of the global economic slump. more

Nov. 9, 2009 -- Andrew Porter and Louise Gray
Ten nuclear power plants get the go-ahead despite safety fears
A total of 10 new nuclear power stations will be built that could supply up to 25 per cent of the country’s power needs.
Ed Miliband, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, announced the expansion of Britain’s nuclear power capability yesterday in the face of opposition from environmentalists and concern from consumer groups, who warned fuel bills could rise to pay for building programme. The Conservatives attacked the plans for being "10 years too late."
Mr Miliband told MPs that the first new power plant should be operational by 2018. They will be built on the sites of old nuclear power stations or those soon to be decommissioned and the Government hopes it could mean that by 2025, nuclear will generate a quarter of the country’s electricity - compared to 13 per cent now. Environmentalists however, claim this is optimistic and the new nuclear power stations will generate considerably less power than the Government hopes. more

Nov. 08, 2009 -- CBS News
Obama: House Passage Of Health Care Overhaul Was "a Courageous Vote" For Many Lawmakers more
We agree. It was political suicide for many lawmakers. ed

November 7, 2009 -- By Betsy McCaughey - Wall Street Journal
What the Pelosi Health-Care Bill Really Says
Here are some important passages in the 2,000 page legislation.
The health bill that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is bringing to a vote (H.R. 3962) is 1,990 pages. Here are some of the details you need to know.
What the government will require you to do: more

November 6, 2009 -- UK Telegraph
US refuses to budge over climate change deal
The US has refused to sign up to a deal on climate change unless poorer countries also cut levels of pollution.
In the latest round of UN climate change talks in Barcelona, the US said it was unfair to expect rich countries to cut emissions while developing nations like China and India continue to pollute.
It is the latest blow to the negotiations and puts any chance of a deal in Copenhagen at the end of the year in serious doubt. more

November 6, 2009 -- The Hill
ObamaCare endorsements: What the bribe was
By Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
As the suicidal Democratic congressmen proceed to rubber-stamp the Obama healthcare reform despite the drubbing their party took in the ’09 elections, the president trotted out the endorsements of the AMA and the AARP to stimulate support. But these — and the other endorsements — his package has received are all bought and paid for. Here are the deals: more

10.2% unemployment, the highest since 1983!
That is no surprise to anyone who has been following this site. For years our government has ignored our energy needs, our natural resources and the billions of dollars going to our enemies.
Well meaning, Nancy Pelosi (I'm trying to save the planet) has two bills in Congress that will make matters worse.
The health care bill that will increase taxes on individuals and small businesses. Will destroy millions of small business jobs, Will not attack the real problem of waste, corruption and frivolous law suits. And will leave all government spending and perks in place.
The cap and trade bill that will subsidize wind and solar installations manufactured overseas. Set up a new, unproven, computerized electric grid. Send 1.2 trillion dollars to help developing countries and billions of dollars into the pockets of politicians and their friends. It will not create additional jobs in the US.
If you have lost your job, are about to loose your job, or fed up with change for the worst, call your union and your representatives. Tell them that you are fed up with excuses. You want free enterprise jobs now!

Gore is poised to become the world's first "carbon billionaire,"
November 2, 2009 - John M. Broder. New York Times
Gore's Dual Role: Advocate and Investor
WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Al Gore thought he had spotted a winner last year when a small California firm sought financing for an energy-saving technology from the venture capital firm where Mr. Gore is a partner.
The company, Silver Spring Networks, produces hardware and software to make the electricity grid more efficient. It came to Mr. Gore's firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, one of Silicon Valley's top venture capital providers, looking for $75 million to expand its partnerships with utilities seeking to install millions of so-called smart meters in homes and businesses.
Mr. Gore and his partners decided to back the company, and in gratitude Silver Spring retained him and John Doerr, another Kleiner Perkins partner, as unpaid corporate advisers. source:

November 2, 2009 -- Bloomberg News
China’s October Manufacturing Grows at Faster Pace
Chinese manufacturing data for October showed the nation’s recovery strengthening and export orders climbing, giving policy makers more room to pare stimulus measures in coming months.
Manufacturing expanded at the fastest pace in 18 months, according to a purchasing managers’ index released by HSBC Holdings Plc today and also a government-backed PMI released yesterday. The HSBC index rose to a seasonally adjusted 55.4 from 55 in September, an e-mailed statement showed. "source"

November 2, 2009 -- Shobhana Chandra -- Bloomberg
Manufacturing in the U.S. Expanded at a Faster Pace
Manufacturing in the U.S. expanded in October at the fastest pace in more than three years, a sign that factories will be the main drivers of the economic recovery in coming months.
The Institute for Supply Management’s factory index rose to 55.7, exceeding the most optimistic economist’s forecast, from 52.6 in September, according to the Tempe, Arizona-based group. Readings above 50 signal expansion.
Rising sales, boosted in part by the administration’s “cash-for-clunkers” plan, have led to a record plunge in stockpiles that will keep assembly lines humming. More than $2 trillion in global stimulus will also lift demand, while mounting joblessness signals consumer spending will be slow to rebound. "source"

November 1, 2009 -- The Wall Street Journal
The Worst Bill Ever
Epic new spending and taxes, pricier insurance, rationed care, dishonest accounting: The Pelosi health bill has it all.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reportedly told fellow Democrats that she's prepared to lose seats in 2010 if that's what it takes to pass ObamaCare, and little wonder. The health bill she unwrapped last Thursday, which President Obama hailed as a "critical milestone," may well be the worst piece of post-New Deal legislation ever introduced. more

October 28, 2009 -- Michael A. Fletcher -- Washington Post
U.S. electrical grid gets $3.4 billion jolt of stimulus funding.
Modernization investment will create jobs, Obama says
President Barack Obama announced $3.4 billion in spending for the nation's power transmission system Tuesday. White House economic adviser Jared Bernstein talks to The Associated Press about the new 'smart' electric grid. (Oct. 27)
President Obama stepped up his promotion of the job-creating potential of the $787 billion economic stimulus package Tuesday, announcing $3.4 billion in grants to improve the nation's electrical grid.
The federal money will pay for "smart meters," updated transformers and other devices to make the transmission of power more efficient and reliable. Obama called the grants the largest investment in energy-grid modernization in U.S. history. "source"

Who will own the grid?
Who will manufacture the turbines? China?

October 27, 2009 - By Kevin Bogardus
Kerry, Berman want controversial Honduras report to be retracted
Senior congressional Democrats want a report on the ouster of Honduran president Manuel Zelaya to be retracted.
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) made the demand in a letter dated Tuesday to James Billington, the Librarian of Congress. They asked the Law Library of Congress to withdraw and correct the August 2009 report titled "Honduras: Constitutional Law Issues."    more:
What changed since June? Is Chavez influencing the Senate?
Chairman Kerry's Statement on Honduras Escalating Constitutional Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee John Kerry (D-MA) today expressed concern about the growing tension in Honduras over an unofficial vote, scheduled for Sunday, intended to build public support for rewriting the Honduran Constitution.
America values its longstanding partnership with Honduras, but a push to rewrite the constitution over the objections of Honduras's top court, legislature, attorney general, and military is deeply disturbing, said Chairman Kerry. "The people of Honduras deserve a democratic process that is legal, fair and transparent." source:

Electrolux Looks to Juarez
The manufacturer will be moving its U.S. operations to its Mexican plant
In 2010, Electrolux, which manufactures home appliances, will close its Jefferson plant, and will do the same with a plant in Webster City by early 2011. Both factories’ production lines, dedicated to washing machine assemblage, run by a total of 930 workers, will move to the Electrolux plant it has in Juarez, Chihuahua, where it employs 300 people. source:

Nuclear + Coal = Growth & Jobs
Oct. 21, 2009 Elaine Kurtenbach, AP
China's economy expanded a blistering 8.9 percent in the third quarter, fueled by lavish government stimulus spending that has helped the nation spearhead recovery from the global recession.
Growth in the world's third-largest economy accelerated from 7.9 percent in the second quarter and for the first nine months of the year was 7.7 percent, the National Statistics Bureau said Thursday. Officials have said they expect the economy to at least reach the annual growth target of 8 percent. source:

US Chamber attacked for supporting free enterprise, energy and employment:
Oct. 19, 2009 -- Lisa Lerner -- POLITICO
White House plan: Neuter the Chamber
Chamber officials say the White House is scapegoating the Chamber and other trade associations as a way of dividing the business community.
The White House and congressional Democrats are working to marginalize the Chamber of Commerce - the powerful business lobby opposed to many of President Barack Obama's first-year priorities - by going around the group and dealing directly with the CEOs of major U.S. corporations........
Democrats in Congress have been angered by the Chamber's attacks on the House climate change bill and its staunch opposition to the creation of a consumer financial protection agency, a centerpiece of the administration's financial regulatory reform efforts. And like Jarrett, some of them seem eager to paint the group as grounded more in political ideology than in business reality.
"There's a strong, very conservative ideology there," said House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.). "They're more like The Heritage Foundation than they are like an economic association." source:

October 19, 2009 -- Tom Raum, Associated Press
Higher jobless rates could be new normal
Even with an economic revival, many U.S. jobs lost during the recession may be gone forever and a weak employment market could linger for years.
That could add up to a "new normal" of higher joblessness and lower standards of living for many Americans, some economists are suggesting.
The words "it's different this time" are always suspect. But economists and policy makers say the job-creating dynamics of previous recoveries can't be counted on now. more:

Your Oil Dollar at Work in Venezuela
October 17 2009 -- Written by Prensa Latina
Cochabamba, Bolivia.-
Mass Gathering Closes Bolivia ALBA Summit
A mass popular concentration at Cochabamba''s Felix Carriles Stadium will close the 7th Summit of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) Saturday.
The nearly 1,000 delegates to the First Summit of the ALBA Social Movements, and guests from the US, Europe, Africa, and Asia will present their conclusions to the presidents of the bloc's member countries.
Meanwhile, the meeting of representatives from Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Honduras, Dominica, Nicaragua, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines yesterday approved the Single Regional Payment Compensation System (SUCRE), to enter into force in 2010.
After deliberations at the Ministerial Council for Economic Complementation, comprising the ALBA economy ministers, the heads of State signed the financial mechanism, which will put an end to the US dollar dependency..
The meeting also agreed to revise ALBA military doctrines, and Bolivian President Evo Morales proposed the creation of a military school of dignity and sovereignty, as he called it.
A special resolution condemning the Honduras coup was also signed in the first session. The text demands the immediate reinstatement of constitutional President Jose Manuel Zelaya, and expresses strong support for the Honduran resistance. more:

The oil we buy from Venezuela pays for their new monetary system, their army, arms purchased from Russia and technology purchased from Iran.

October 15, 2009, -- The Heritage Foundation
CBO Director: There are Costs Involved with Cap and Trade
Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf testified on October 14 before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to discuss the economic effects of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the effects – most notably the effects of the Waxman-Markey cap and trade legislation. Although Elmendorf felt that Waxman-Markey could greatly reduce the long-term risks of climate change, he acknowledged that “such legislation would also reduce economic activity through a number of different channels.”
Note: Director Elmendorf’s expertise is budgets and economics, not climate science. More

October 15, 2009 -- Jane Van Ryan -- Energy Tomorrow
The Uncertainty of Waxman-Markey
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee held a hearing this morning to examine the Waxman-Markey climate bill's potential costs and benefits.
There were, however, a few eyebrow-raising facts revealed during the hearing. Sen. Maria Cantwell confirmed that the bill would send $1.4 trillion overseas in so-called "international offsets." Dr. Douglas Elmendorf of the Congressional Budget Office revealed that the cost of administrating the Waxman-Markey bill was estimated at more than $8 billion. And he confirmed that his model shows a significant number of jobs would be lost in fossil-fuel intensive industries and in certain areas of the country. Dr. Elmendorf also said that if other countries didn't reduce their greenhouse gas emissions along with the United States, more manufacturing would go overseas.     More

We have to ration health care for seniors, leave 25 million uninsured but can borrow and send $1.4 trillion overseas.
Is this insanity or treason?

October 14, 2009
The Economic Effects of Legislation to Reduce Greenhouse-Gas Emissions
Statement of Douglas W. Elmendorf Director before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
United States Senate   text

October 13, 2009, -- Poder360
Without Dollars
The ALBA countries will replace U.S. currency as payment

The countries of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) will approve, at the next summit to be held in Bolivia, the use of the Sucre as a means of international payment. The Sucre (Single Regional Compensation System) will operate, in principle, to honor the commitments among the member countries of the alliance - Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbuda - but it is expected that it can, in the future, function like the Euro in the European Union. More

October 11, 2009 -- Wyndeward
Global Warming? What Global Warming? Update: Gore questioned, organizers shut off microphone
Riddle me this, boys and girls what was the hottest year on record? 2008? 2007? Try 1998.
"This headline may come as a bit of a surprise, so too might that fact that the warmest year recorded globally was not in 2008 or 2007, but in 1998**.
But it is true. For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures.
And our climate models did not forecast it, even though man-made carbon dioxide, the gas thought to be responsible for warming our planet, has continued to rise."
So, just to reiterate, the globe hasn’t gotten any warmer and none of the climate models — the same models that predict disaster decades out if we don’t all immediately kow-tow to the whimsies and demands of the environmentalist movement — are wholly incapable of explaining what’s going on now. Remind me again — why do we take these folks seriously? More
** Warmest year on record in the US was 1934

October 06, 2009, John M. Broder New York Times
U.S. Blocks Oil Drilling at 60 Sites in Utah
The Department of the Interior has frozen oil and gas development on 60 of 77 contested drilling sites in Utah, saying the process of leasing the land was rushed and badly flawed.
The 77 government-owned parcels, covering some 100,000 acres in eastern and southern Utah, were leased in the last weeks of the Bush administration....
In recommending lease withdrawal or further study for 60 of the parcels, the review team gave a variety of reasons, including possible damage to the habitat of sage grouse, which is being considered for endangered species protection, and to avoid the dust and noise pollution associated with drilling operations.   more

Thousands of potential jobs are killed through government regulations and restrictions.
Many existing jobs will be lost through the coming health care and cap & trade bills.

Be ready when the next energy & economic crisis strikes.

October 06, 2009,
Chinese company to build biggest hydropower project in Ecuador
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on Monday signed a contract with representatives of China's Sinohydro corporation to build a 2-billion-U.S.-dollar hydroelectric project in the country.
The Coca-Codo-Sinclair hydroelectric project, to be built along the Ecuadorian Amazon river and some 75 km from the capital city of Quito, has a total capacity of 1,500 megawatts and annual output of 8.8 billion kilowatts. It will be the biggest hydropower project in Ecuador, capable of meeting 75 percent of the country's power supply.   more
Many jobs available! Ready to relocate?

October 02, 2009, -- The Associated Press
U.S. unemployment rate hits 9.8 percent in September, as 263K jobs are lost
The U.S. unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent in September as employers cut far more jobs than expected, evidence that the longest recession since the 1930s is still inflicting widespread pain.
The Labor Department said today the economy lost a net total of 263,000 jobs last month, up from a downwardly revised 201,000 in August. That's above Wall Street economists' expectations of 180,000 job losses, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.   more

Unemployment will get worse!
Health care bill, if passed, will slow hiring.
Cap & trade, if passed, will send more jobs
      to countries with low energy rates.
Proposed value added tax will eliminate more US jobs.
No new oil or nuclear jobs in sight.
Government income (taxes) is lagging.
Government hiring balooning.

Sept 28, 2009
Boxer, Kerry Set to Introduce Climate Bill in Senate
Ending some nine months of closed-door deliberations, Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) will release global warming legislation Wednesday that they hope will be the vehicle for broader Senate negotiations and an eventual conference with the House.   more

September 25, 2009
The American Conservation and Clean Energy Independence Act:
A Bipartisan Pro-Energy Bill

By Ben Lieberman
It is rare these days to see a congressional bill that is both bipartisan and worthwhile. This is even more true for a controversial and polarizing topic like energy. But the American Conservation and Clean Energy Independence Act (H.R. 2227) is one such bill. Its measures to increase America's offshore oil and natural gas production more than make up for the bill's shortcomings.   report      HR-2227 - bill

September 25, 2009
Venezuela acknowledges that Iran is helping it find uranium reserves
Basic Industries and Mining Minister Rodolfo Sanz confirmed that Iran is providing Venezuela with help in detecting uranium reserves in the western and southwestern parts of the country, which "are significant", according to initial estimates. Sanz, who is on Margarita Island attending the Second Africa and South America Summit, explained that initial evaluations "have allowed for the detection of anamolies which indicate the presence of uranium. Our geological makeup indicate that we might have significant uranium reserves. If uranium is found the decision to certify that mineral would be President Hugo Chavez's. Chavez supports developing nuclear energy for peaceful ends."   more

September 22, 2009
Carbon Offsets Do Not Offset the Economic Pain of Cap and Trade
Waxman-Markey proposes a new national tax of historic proportions
Chris Williams explains how the climate bill making its way through Congress is more focused on preserving corporate profits than the environment.
Heritage's Research on the Cap and Trade Global Warming Bill
There’s a point at which you’ve got to ask yourself, what are we doing here?   more

September 22, 2009 Americas Power
26th Annual International Coal Conference
What they’re saying at the International Coal Conference..
Pittsburgh is hosting the 26th Annual International Coal Conference, an event that focuses on environmental issues and technologies surrounding the continued use of coal, along with the development of future coal-based plants to achieve near zero emissions. Here’s a sampling of what scientists, academics and energy industry leaders have been saying at the conference:   more

September 21, 2009
Concentrating emissions
Research and Development Magazine
Researchers at MIT have shown the benefits of a new approach toward eliminating carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions at coal-burning power plants.
Their system, called pressurized oxy-fuel combustion, provides a way of separating all of the carbon-dioxide emissions produced by the burning of coal, in the form of a concentrated, pressurized liquid stream. This allows for carbon dioxide sequestration: the liquid CO2 stream can be injected into geological formations deep enough to prevent their escape into the atmosphere.   more

September 21, 2009
U.N.: China Poised To Lead Climate Change Fight
Manufacturing.Net - John Heilprin, Associated Press
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- As the United States lags on climate legislation, the U.N. climate chief says China is poised to join the European Union in claiming "front-runner" status among nations battling climate change.
The U.N. summit on climate change Tuesday and the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh at the end of this week are intended to add pressure the United States and other rich nations to commit to cuts and cough up billions of dollars to help developing nations install new technologies and take other actions to adapt to climate change.   more
China is already ahead of the US in carbon emissions and building more coal plants every month!

September 19, 2009 -- BY PRINCE TURKI AL-FAISAL
Don't Be Crude
Why Barack Obama's energy-dependence talk is just demagoguery.
"Energy independence" has become a byword on the American political scene, and invoking it is now as essential as baby-kissing. All the recent U.S. presidential candidates employed it, and to this day, the White House Web site lists as a guiding principle the need to "curb our dependence on fossil fuels and make America energy independent." Expect a whole new round of such rhetoric when the global economic recovery begins, and with it, higher oil prices return.   more

Buy the car you like while you are still allowed to: September 15, 2009 -- Manufacturing.Net
White House Unveils New Fuel Economy Rules By Julie Pace and Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With global talks on climate change looming, the Obama administration sought to gain momentum Tuesday by unveiling its plan to require better gas mileage for cars and trucks and tougher rules on vehicle greenhouse gas emissions.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson released the proposed regulations at the White House, the follow-up to President Barack Obama's announcement in May that the government regulations would link emissions and fuel economy standards.   more

Sept. 9, 2009 -- Moskow Times
Russia is surpassing Saudi Arabia in oil exports for the first time since the Soviet Union’s collapse as the country exploits OPEC production cuts to gain market share.
Exports of crude and refined products from Russia rose to about 7.4 million barrels per day in the second quarter, according to Energy Ministry data. Saudi shipments fell to about 7 million bpd, International Energy Agency estimates of output and domestic demand showed.
Investors had expected Russian supplies to decline this year after Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin told the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in December that his government was ready to limit production to support prices. Instead, the country is providing tax breaks for new fields in Siberia. Rosneft, LUKoil and TNK-BP pumped more as prices rose 54 percent to nearly $69 a barrel.   more

Sept. 9, 2009 -- Alex Anishyuk and Nabi Abdullaev
Chavez to Talk Energy but Not Arms
The Kremlin says oil and gas deals are expected to be signed during this week's visit by the Venezuelan president, who is on an 11-day world tour that has included visits to other energy powerhouses such as Turkmenistan and Algeria.   more

Sept. 7, 2009 -- Allah Akbar! -- Associated Press.
Chavez To Export Gasoline To Iran
TEHRAN, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said that his country is ready to provide Iran with gasoline, the local satellite Press TV reported on Monday.
In a joint press conference with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad late Sunday, Chavez said that his country is ready to provide Tehran with 20,000 barrels of gasoline per day, the report said.
"Based on the agreement, Venezuela will import machinery and technology (from Iran) in exchange for export of gasoline ... (which is) a strategic move," he was quoted as saying.   more
Who will inspect the "machinery and technology"? Remember Castro and Cuba!

September 4, 2009 -- Frank Langfitt -- npr
August Unemployment At 26-Year High
The Labor Department said Friday the nation's unemployment rate rose to 9.7 percent in August, the highest since 1983. But the economy shed a net total of 216,000 jobs, the fewest monthly losses in a year.   more

September 4, 2009 -- by Elliott Abrams
Hillary v. Honduras
The Obama administration declares it won't recognize the results of a free and fair election.
Honduras's ejected president Mel Zelaya saw the Secretary and apparently persuaded her that the outcome of Honduras's next elections must be rejected. On what basis? None was stated, and no logical basis exists. The next elections will be entirely constitutional and held on time; and the term of office of the ousted Zelaya would end naturally and constitutionally when a new president is sworn in, in January.   more
Why?   "we have to give in to Chaves's demands"

Sept 3, 2009 -- The Economist
Africa and climate change -- A green ransom
Make the rich world feel guilty about global warming
RICH countries should compensate Africa for all their belching chimneys and exhausts. In a rare fit of African unity, it was decided at a recent flurry of leaders’ meetings that the United States, the European Union, Japan and others should pay the continent the tidy sum of $67 billion a year, though it was unclear for how long. Ethiopia’s prime minister, Meles Zenawi, is likely to lead a delegation of 53 countries (all of Africa minus Morocco) to the climate-change summit in Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, in December, where he will presumably lodge this demand.   more
That leaves Americans out. We're not rich anymore.

September 1, 2009 -- US Patent Office
System and method for the manufacture of fuel
Agent(s) Johnson & Associates
Patent Office: United States of America Patent and Trademark Office. Granted Patents (USPTO)   
A method and system is provided relating to the production of ethanol or other renewable bio-fuels on a mass, large scale basis while maintaining a positive energy balance. In one example, the present invention relates to a system and method for the mass manufacture of fuel, fuel stock, or fuel additives by using dry or drying up hydrocarbon wells as a heat source in the manufacturing process. In one example, the distillation column is constructed from dried up oil wells.   more

Sept. 1, 2009 -- Poder
Business is Business -- Venezuela maintained oil shipments to the U.S. during the first half of 2009
An Energy Department report shows that during the first half of 2009, Venezuela sent an average 1.1 million barrels of oil daily to the U.S. That figure is 0.68% higher than exports for the same period in 2008.   more
Meanwhile we have to give in to Chaves's demands in Honduras.

Aug 31, 2009, Steve Gelsi, MarketWatch
Carbon looms for Joe Six Pack and corporate America
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- With climate change legislation rising as the biggest and most complex government program since health care reform, everyone from corporate America to Joe Six Pack will be touched by changes underway in Washington and elsewhere.
Average Americans may soon be sorting through products in the grocery aisle based on their individual carbon footprints, while fretting about the performance of their exchange-traded funds tied to carbon futures.
Executive types will have to cope quickly with carbon cost, rules and benefits tied to their products and services.   more

Aug 28, 2009 -- The Carbon Tax Center
The Obama Administration and the new Congress are being called upon to address 21st Century climate realities. In a carbon-constrained world, a permanent and increasing U.S. carbon tax is essential to reduce the emissions that are driving global warming.  A carbon tax is a tax on the carbon content of fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas).
A carbon tax is the most economically efficient means to convey crucial price signals and spur carbon-reducing investment and low-carbon behavior. Our spreadsheet shows how fast emissions will fall.   more

August 19, 2009 Americas Power
Scientists Boost Production Of Biofuel That May Replace Gasoline
Engineers at Ohio State University have found a way to double the production of the biofuel butanol, which might someday replace gasoline in automobiles.

August 18, 2009
Obama Underwrites Offshore Drilling
Too bad it's not in U.S. waters.
You read that headline correctly. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration is financing oil exploration off Brazil.
The U.S. is going to lend billions of dollars to Brazil's state-owned oil company, Petrobras, to finance exploration of the huge offshore discovery in Brazil's Tupi oil field in the Santos Basin near Rio de Janeiro. Brazil's planning minister confirmed that White House National Security Adviser James Jones met this month with Brazilian officials to talk about the loan.
The U.S. Export-Import Bank tells us it has issued a "preliminary commitment" letter to Petrobras in the amount of $2 billion and has discussed with Brazil the possibility of increasing that amount. Ex-Im Bank says it has not decided whether the money will come in the form of a direct loan or loan guarantees. Either way, this corporate foreign aid may strike some readers as odd, given that the U.S. Treasury seems desperate for cash and Petrobras is one of the largest corporations in the Americas.   more

Aug. 17, 2009 -- Casey's Extraordinary Tech.
What GM didn't tell you about their electric car
So, how about that 230 mpg claim? We'll stop short of calling it a fabrication and instead chalk it up to a classic apples-to-oranges comparison. After all, the Volt will be powered more by coal than by oil. You see, the mileage claim is based in part on the idea that the average driver puts less than 40 miles per day on their car, and that because the Volt is plugged in overnight, it has enough juice to make it back and forth to work having barely sipped a drop of gasoline. But hop on the highway for a 230-mile ride to visit a client or take a vacation, and you're likely to use quite a bit more gas than your window sticker would have you think.   more
A great idea. Unfortunately without more nuclear energy this car may create more pollution than your old clunker!

Aug. 14, 2009
Robert Kaper, Naval Air Systems Command Public Affairs
Fuels Team Plans Super Hornet Biofuels Flight Test
Patuxent River, Md. (NNS) -- The Naval Air Systems Command fuels team is gearing up for biofuels flight tests in an F/A-18 Super Hornet at Patuxent River, Md., by next spring or summer, according to NAVAIR's fuel expert.   more

Aug. 14, 2009 -- Pravda.Ru
China Poses Serious Threat to US Interests in Africa The USA is currently the world’s major consumer of the African oil, whereas Nigeria and Angola are large exporters of black oil on the world market. China is the second largest buyer of the African oil. The trade volume between China and the African states exceeded $100 billion in 2008.   more

Aug. 6, 2009 Tom Krisher, AP -- Manufacturing.Net
GM To Build Plug-In Hybrid SUV
General Motors Co.'s product development chief said Thursday the company will introduce a plug-in rechargeable midsize crossover sport utility vehicle in its Buick lineup in 2011.
Tom Stephens, vice chairman of global product development, said the new vehicle will be about the size of a Chevrolet Equinox SUV and get double the city gas mileage of a similar-sized conventional SUV.
The current Equinox with a four-cylinder engine and front-wheel-drive gets 22 miles per gallon in the city.   more
1. Some parts of the US do not hawe enough electricity. We need more power plants!
2. If cap & tax passes, elecricity will be too expensive to use as fuel!

Aug. 3, 2009 Stephen Ohlemacher, AP
AP ENTERPRISE: Federal tax revenues plummeting
Figures in an Associated Press analysis underscore the recession's impact: Individual income tax receipts are down 22 percent from a year ago. Corporate income taxes are down 57 percent. Social Security tax receipts could drop for only the second time since 1940, and Medicare taxes are on pace to drop for only the third time ever.
The last time the government's revenues were this bleak, the year was 1932 in the midst of the Depression.   more
Is this the change we were promised?
We are heading for a depression and our government has no intention of preventing it!

Aug. 2, 2009 - Cory de Vera, News-Leader
Bond vows to raise questions on cap-and-trade bill in Senate
Congressman Roy Blunt doubts that other representatives were fully informed of what they were voting on when the House passed the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill, he told a group of farmers and ranchers who gathered at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center Saturday.
"I think there were lots of specifics in the House bill, just no one knew what they were," he told the group. "This is a bill that wasn't available until 3 a.m. the day we voted on it. ... It wasn't available."
There were hearings on a cap-and-trade bill, but the one that was voted on had a 1,000-page substitution, which, for instance, had a provision that by 2020 would impose a tariff on about every product coming into the U.S., Blunt said.
"I don't think anybody knew that was in the bill until it had been voted on."   more

Aug. 2, 2009 -- Philip Elliott, AP
2 Obama officials: No guarantee taxes won't go up
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and National Economic Council Director Larry Summers both sidestepped questions on Obama's intentions about taxes. Geithner said the White House was not ready to rule out a tax hike to lower the federal deficit; Summers said Obama's proposed health care overhaul needs funding from somewhere.
"Most private forecasters — and let's use their judgment — suggest you're going to see unemployment start to come down maybe beginning in the second half of next year," Geithner said, adding those same economists predict positive growth during the second half of this year.   more
Without energy there is no growth & there are no new jobs. Taxes must go up!

July 29, 2009 LA Times - Jim Puzzanghera and David Pierson
President Obama is pushing for an agreement by December, but China resists committing to limits on greenhouse gas emissions. Chinese officials also express deep concern over the U.S. budget deficit.
Relations between the United States and China are getting cozier as their battle against the global recession has drawn them closer together. But things aren't quite so warm when it comes to some hot-button topics, particularly climate change.
U.S. and Chinese officials ended two days of high-level talks in Washington on Tuesday still at loggerheads on the issue, a top priority for President Obama. Global warming got little attention during the Bush administration.   more

July 29, 2009
Taiwan -- The Newest WTO GPA Member
Committed to be Your Ideal GPA Partner
For decades, Taiwan has provided the world markets a vast number of superior quality, highly innovative, high technology products that have satisfied millions of users. Today, Taiwan-made products not only continue to be sought after but have become a trusted choice.
As Taiwan officially becomes WTO's 41st GPA member this 15th of July, Taiwan shall embark on a new course that will give way to more strategic partnerships and better collaboration.
When do we embark on a new course?

July 29, 2009 -- David Rogers
Pelosi: "I'm trying to save the planet; I’m trying to save the planet, I will not have this debate trivialized by their excuse for their failed policy."
A little over a month after pushing a bill that could be a disaster for the environmentl Nancy pretends that she wants to save the planet.
The carbon trading market, valued at over $30 billionis, is set to skyrocket to over $1 trillion. Insiders will make millions of dollars trading carbon.

July 28, 2009 IPS - Daphne Wysham
Why Are We Letting Polluters Regulate Themselves Instead of Letting the EPA Do Its Job?
Now, Obama is getting what he asked for: In June, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, otherwise known as the Waxman-Markey bill. This legislation pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 2 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 -- if all goes well. But there's a lot that could go wrong.
As a tradeoff to gain support from industry for this bill, lawmakers have agreed to strip the EPA of its authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from all power plants, including coal burners, under the Clean Air Act. In place of regulatory oversight, the bill allows for a free market in pollution allowances between industries. Put simply, coal-fired power plants and other large burners of energy would have a "right to pollute," which they could buy and sell with other large consumers of energy. And because these pollution rights have a cash value and would be given away for free over the next several decades, polluters will make a handsome profit from their pollution.   more
Bad for the economy! Bad for the environment!
Great for the expanding bureaucracy!
Terrible changes we don't need or want.

July 22, 2009 -- Susan Page, USA TODAY
Poll: Less faith in Obama's economic abilities
A new USA TODAY/Gallup poll shows the public's confidence is waning in President Obama's ability to straighten out the troubled economy.   more
47% of Americans approve of the way President Obama is handling the economy.
Mr. Obama: Americans want energy and jobs. Pleass study our site.

July 15, 2009 -- MAPI
Industrial Decline Worse Than Economic Crisis
The Federal Reserve Board reported that total industrial production declined 0.4 percent and manufacturing production fell 0.6 percent in June,” said Daniel J. Meckstroth, Chief Economist for the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI. Manufacturing production fell at a 10.5 percent annual rate in the second quarter when compared to the first quarter of this year. Unfortunately, the industrial decline is many times worse than what the general economy experienced. Economists expect the government to report later this month that GDP declined at only a 2 percent annual rate in the second quarter.   more
We need change!   Reduce government by 10% per year.
Eliminate regulations! Lower taxes!

July 15, 2009 -- Page One Media
GM Revived in Brazil -- The bankrupt U.S. automaker announces millions in investment in Brazil
Despite still being immersed in the bankruptcy process, General Motors (GM) announced today that it will unfurl a gigantic investment plan in Brazil, which will extend to 2012. A $1 billion injection of resources will be directed toward plants the company operates in the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Sao Paulo. Production at these plants can supply demand for all of the southern region of Latin America.   more

July 14, 2009 -- Darcy Crowe Wall -- Street Journal
Venezuela's Chavez Turns Up Heat Against Obama Over Honduras
CARACAS (Dow Jones)--The crisis in Honduras is opening a deep rift between U.S. President Barack Obama and his fiery Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chavez, four months after they met with a handshake and warm smiles.
The Venezuelan leader is drawing on the ouster of his close ally, Manuel Zelaya, from the Honduran presidency to reawaken the region's painful memories of U.S. intervention and paint the Obama Administration as complicit in the crisis.
Chavez said Honduras is a true test for Obama . . .   more
I is a true test for all Americans!     Are we going to support Socialist dictators or drill for our own oil?.

July 13, 2009 -- Rick Pedraza --
Gore: Cap-and-Trade Will Bring Global Government.
Former Vice President Al Gore told a British conference on the environment that the energy tax under the so-called cap-and-trade legislation in Congress would bring about global governance.
Speaking at the Smith School World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment in Oxford, England, Gore said the United States is responding to the threat of global warming with the cap-and-trade legislation, Times Online reported.   more
Note: Gore is wrong as usual. Greenpeace Says Waxman-Markey Climate Bill not Science Based; Benefits Polluters. This is not an environment bill. It is a tax & steal bill.
Also: Who wants global government!

July 9, 2009    Randolpk E. Schmid, AP
El Nino conditions return to affect weather
Government scientists said Thursday that the periodic warming of water in the tropical Pacific Ocean, which can affect weather around the world, has returned.
The Pacific had been in what is called a neutral state, but forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say the sea surface temperature climbed to 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit above normal along a narrow band in the eastern equatorial Pacific in June.   more

July 9, 2009    Marketwatch
Power showdown looms over new utility lines
One of the nation's most ambitious infrastructure programs since the Eisenhower era appears headed for a showdown as state officials vow to fight a proposal that would give Washington more say over where to place high-voltage power lines.   more

July 7, 2009    ROME, -- Reuters
"Rich" nations sought to persuade China and India on Tuesday to agree to a goal of halving world greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at a summit of major economies in Italy later this week.
Environment ministers or senior officials from the 17-member Major Economies Forum (MEF) met in Rome, trying to end deadlock over a declaration that could be a step towards a new U.N. climate pact due to be agreed in Copenhagen in December.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi also told a news conference that "China was resisting progress on the climate".   more

July 7, 2009    John Porretto AP
Plans for the world's largest wind farm in the Texas Panhandle have been scrapped, energy baron T. Boone Pickens said Tuesday, and he's looking for a home for 687 giant wind turbines.
Pickens has already ordered the turbines, which can stand 400 feet tall - taller than most 30-story buildings.   more

July 4, 2009    US looses 467,000 jobs,
Unemployment at 9.5% and rising.
Stop the blame game.
End our anti-energy, anti-growth policy.
Kill the anti-American Cap and Trade bill.
Promote energy, growth and employment.
Americans need jobs. Not excuses, promises
and giveaway plans.

July 2, 2009 -- Socialist Worker -- Chris Williams
Worse than no bill at all
Chris Williams explains how the climate bill making its way through Congress is more focused on preserving corporate profits than the environment.   more

July 2, 2009 WSJ - Alan Reynolds
Fuel Standards Are Killing GM
A higher gas tax is a better way to get green cars on the road.
General Motors can survive bankruptcy far more easily than it can survive President Barack Obama's ambitious fuel economy standards, which mandate that all new vehicles average 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016.   more

  Timeless Topics:
2009 -- Carbon Markets are a Sham
2009 -- The Infamous HARRY_READ_ME file
2009 -- East Anglia's Climatic Research fraud
2007 -- NASA's Goddard calculation errors
2003 -- The Mann/NOA IPCC Hockey Stick Hoax

Basics of Global Control through Climate Control:
Global Governance: Agenda 21
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Division for Sustainable Development
Rio de Janerio, Brazil, 3 to 14 June 1992.
Agenda 21 - text
Global Energy: Kyoto Protocol
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
adopted in New York on 9 May 1992.
Kyoto Protocol - text

Britain Goes Berserk
November 25, 2009 --
Climate change poses a "real and present danger" to the immediate health of millions of people, Andy Burnham, the Health Secretary, has warned.
His comments came as a series of reports suggested that tens of thousands of lives a year could be saved in Britain alone by cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
The warning comes less than a fortnight before international leaders are due to meet in Copenhagen for crunch climate change talks.
Cutting animal farming by a third could significantly reduce emissions and save around 18,000 lives a year in Britain because of the resultant drop in cases of heart disease if people eat less red meat, scientists estimate.
Another 5,000 early deaths from lung problems and other conditions could be prevented by better home insulation and reducing the use of carbon based fuels.
Reducing our dependence on cars could improve also health, as well as lower emissions, the studies found.
Switching to walking instead of driving for many journeys could also cut deaths from heart disease by up to 4,200 cases a year.
The move could also save around 200 deaths a year each from dementia and breast cancer.
Good advice but it has nothing to do with greenhouse gas emissions. Also, add:
Ban alcohol. Making ethanol instead would save thousands of accidents and lives.
Water vapor is a greenhouse gas. Ban hot or warm showers.

Real Clear Political Deceit
"AARP's Nov. 5 health bill endorsement left many seniors wondering why the powerful group that claims to represent their interests would call for an estimated $500 billion in cuts to Medicare, a system many seniors have indicated that they would like to preserve."
Ansver: AARP will earn more if the bill passes!
November 10, 2009 -- Chelsea Schilling -- WorldNetDaily

Waxman-Markey Bill:
Sen. Maria Cantwell confirmed that the Cap & Trade bill would send $1.4 trillion overseas in so-called "international offsets."
We have to ration health care for seniors, leave 25 million uninsured but can borrow and send $1.4 trillion overseas.
Is this insanity or treason?

World will 'cool for the next decade'
09 September 2009 by Fred Pearce
FORECASTS of climate change are about to go seriously out of kilter. We could be about to enter one or even two decades of cooler temperatures, according to one of the world's top climate modellers.
"People will say this is global warming disappearing," Mojib Latif told more than 1500 climate scientists gathered at the UN's World Climate Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, last week. "I am not one of the sceptics. However, we have to ask the nasty questions ourselves or other people will do it."
Few climate scientists go as far as Latif, an author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and a climate physicist at the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Kiel, Germany. Yet many now agree that the short-term prognosis for climate change is less certain than once thought. more

October 06, 2009
U.S. Blocks Oil Drilling at 60 Sites in Utah
The Department of the Interior has frozen oil and gas development on 60 of 77 contested drilling sites in Utah,
Reasons included possible damage to the habitat of sage grouse, which is being considered for endangered species protection, and to avoid dust and noise pollution associated with drilling operations.
Jobs killed:
Engineering - determining hole locations
Construction - Access roads Onsite offices & storage
Manufacturing - Drill rigs Pipes & fittings Drill bits
Office - On-site & headquarters
Government - Site inspectors
Food service - On-site meals
Housing - Housing for new employees
Trucking -- Crude to refinery
Retail - Sales to new employees
Taxes & royalties lost
Lease income
Corporate income taxes
Employee income taxes
Employee sales taxes
Sales taxes on petroleum products
Thousands of potential jobs are killed through government regulations and restrictions.
Many existing jobs will be lost through the coming health care and cap & trade bills.
Be ready when the next energy & economic crisis strikes.

Nanci Pelosi's Cap & Trade Bill:
"I'm trying to save the planet" -- Nancy: July 29, 2009
Nancy: Read the bill!
It sells licenses to pollute. It is terrible for the environment!

It is just another special interest pork bill!
Creates jobs? Yes government jobs paid for by taxpayers!
Experts: Carbon Tax needed and NOT Cap-and-Trade Emission Trading Scheme (ETS)
Scientists, economists and writers variously argue strongly FOR a global Carbon Tax that will directly put a price on greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution and enable urgently required rapid transformation to a non-carbon economy.
They argue AGAINST carbon pricing based on a Kyoto Protocol-based Cap-and Trade Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)
Among the people who prefer carbon-based taxes over cap-and-trade are:
Al Gore - Former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate
James Hansen - Professor; Head, NASA Goddard Institute
Jonathan Leake - editor of the UK Sunday Times.
William Nordhaus - Professor; Economics, Yale University.
Jacqueline McGlade - Professor; European Environment Agency,
Daniel M. Kammen, - Professor; University of California.
Barry Brook - Professor; University of Adelaide, Australia.
Dr Robert J. Shapiro - Chair, U.S. Climate Task Force
Joseph Stiglitz - Professor; 2001 Economics Nobel Laureate
Greenpeace - leading global environment protection organization

Chris Williams -- Socialist Worker
Worse than no bill at all
"the climate bill making its way through Congress is more focused on preserving corporate profits than the environment."
While much has been made of the bill's promise to cut 17 percent of CO2 emissions by 2020, the baseline has been changed from 1990 (when the baseline for Kyoto began) to 2005. Therefore, in the best-case scenario--i.e., if the system actually works like it's supposed to--this represents just a 4 percent reduction of U.S. emissions from 1990.   more

Real Clear Government.
Where is the transparency we were promised?

In March of 2009 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drafted a 98-page report that warned against making hasty "decisions based on a scientific hypothesis that does not appear to explain most of the available data."
March 17, 2009. Al McGartland, an EPA official, sent an e-mail message to the authors stating "The administrator and the administration has decided to move forward... and your comments do not help the legal or policy case for this decision."
April 17, 2009. The EPA issued an endangerment finding, saying that global warming poses a serious threat to public health and safety. Much of the findings were based on information gathered by other agencies as well as on the IPCC Plenary reports written in 2007.
June 26, 2009. The Competitive Enterprise Institute released the draft of the "internal study on climate science which was suppressed by the Environmental Protection Agency."
Write or call your representatives. Demand that they read the report before the cap and trade bill is adopted.
    draft copy of report     CEI transmittal
Energy Tax Facts
The Markey-Waxman "Cap-and-trade" Energy Tax bill, in the current form being considered by the House Energy and Commerce committee, would have the following catastrophic effects by 2035:
1. Reduce aggregate gross domestic product (GDP) by $9.6 trillion annually;
2. Destroy 1,105,000 American jobs per year on average, with peak years seeing unemployment rise by over 2,479,000 jobs;
3. Raise electricity rates 90 percent after adjusting for inflation;
4. Raise inflation-adjusted gasoline prices by 74 percent;
5. Raise residential natural gas prices by 55 percent;
6. Raise an average family's annual energy bill by $1,500 annually; and
7. Increase inflation-adjusted federal debt by 26 percent, or $29,150 additional federal debt per person, again after adjusting for inflation.
Source: Heritage Foundation
May 5, 2009
Please tax us!
According to the latest energy bill (H.R.2454) the government intends to set up a system to control carbon emission through "Cap and trade".
Each year the government would issue your company (you) a permit to emit a fixed amount of carbon. You will not be allowed to exceed your permitted amount. If you reduce the amount of carbon you emit you will be allowed to sell the excess allowance you have received. If exceed your allowance, you will be able to buy an additional allowance from the companies who have cut down their emission. You will also be able to buy allowances from companies that specialize in carbon reduction.
A government department will measure and track your carbon emission as well as control your allowances all trades.
An alternative to "cap and trade" is the carbon tax. You are taxed on the amount of carbon you emit. The government would still have to measure the pollution produced and tax accordingly.
Please make it simple and clear! Tax all fossil fuels. If we use more fuel we emit more carbon and pay more. If we become more efficient we use less fuel and pay less, The system is already in place. You (The government) can start collecting the additional tax almost immediately and we (the taxpayers) will see where the money is spent.

April 22, 2009
"The American people are ready to be part of a mission," Obama said in a speech in the Midwestern state of Iowa.
Really? Are they ready for a Carbon Tax plus a World Tax?
The British charity Oxfam said Wednesday that if the G8 failed to take the lead in the fight against global warming it would endanger hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
"We need governments to raise their game," said Oxfam International Executive Director Jeremy Hobbs, calling on wealthy countries to provide at least 50 billion dollars (38.5 billion euros) a year to help developing countries adapt to unavoidable climate change.     see: mission
"The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened."
Norman Thomas: Socialist Party of America presidential candidate

Energy divided by taxes and regulation equals jobs

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the government IS the problem!"

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