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November 6, 2007 -- Harvard University
Global Climate Disruption. What Do We Know? What Should We Do?
"Global warming" is a misnomer because it implies something gradual, uniform, & benign, none of which is true; "global climatic disruption" is a more accurate description.
.... 2005 was the hottest year on record; the 13 hottest all occurred since 1990, 23 out of the 24 hottest since 1980.
Summary of Draft Carbon Tax Legislation
Representative John D. Dingell
The earth is getting warmer and human activities are a large part of the cause. We need to act in order to prevent a serious problem. The world's best scientists agree we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60-80 percent by 2050 in order to limit the effects of global warming and this legislation will put us on track to do just that.
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August 3, 2007
HR 3416 IH America's Energy Security Trust Fund Act of 2007 (Introduced in House)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the United States domestic energy supply.
Mr. LARSON of Connecticut introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means
A BILL - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the United States domestic energy supply.
(a) In General- There is hereby imposed a tax on any taxable carbon substance sold by the manufacturer, producer, or importer thereof.
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July 17, 2007 New Scientist, Sydney
A national "cap and trade" greenhouse emissions scheme has been announced by the Australian Prime Minister John Howard, as part of a new AU$627-million (US$ 548 m) climate-change package.
Howard has been criticised for failing to sign up to international greenhouse-gas reduction schemes, such as the Kyoto protocol. The new system, announced on Tuesday, will help Australia significantly lower emissions at the lowest cost, he said.
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April 25, 2007 Financial Times
Fiona Harvey and Stephen Fidler in London
Industry caught in carbon ‘smokescreen’
Companies and individuals rushing to go green have been spending millions on “carbon credit” projects that yield few if any environmental benefits.
Others are meanwhile making big profits from carbon trading for very small expenditure and in some cases for clean-ups that they would have made anyway.
April 23, 2007
By Julie Ufner, National Association of Counties
Supreme Court puts global warming on EPA's front-burner.
In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court recently decided the first-ever case dealing with global warming. On April 2, the court ruled 5-4 in Massachusetts v. EPA, that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to set mandatory controls on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
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August 30, 2006
Feinstein Urges Defeat of Oil-Drilling Legislation
The Deep Ocean Energy Act, sponsored by GOP Rep. Richard W. Pombo, poses too big of a threat to California's coastal waters, the senator says
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February 19, 2006
Bush promotes energy plan, nuclear fuel reprocessing
By H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press |
WASHINGTON -- President Bush yesterday renewed his push for the expansion of nuclear energy and sought support for plans to revive nuclear fuel reprocessing to deal with radioactive waste from commercial power plants.
May 25, 2004
The U.S.'s Natural Gas Disaster
ASPO 2004 Conference, Berlin, Germany
Presented By: Matthew R. Simmons
Energy Peaking Is A Critical Event . . . . more
August 6, 2003
Washington, DC -- California Agency Raises Concerns about Impact of Ethanol-Blended Gasoline on Southern California Air
A new report by the California Environmental Protection Agency raises serious concerns about the impact of increases in ethanol-blended gasoline on the air quality in Southern California, a region which is currently experiencing the worst smog season in many years, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) announced today.
June 10, 2003
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) I strongly believe it is NOT in the public interest for our nation to subsidize costly nuclear plants. Instead we should devote more resources to the development of renewable energy.
May 23, 2003 Journal of Climate
Carl A. Mears, Matthias C. Schabel, and Frank J. Wentz
A Reanalysis of the MSU Channel 2 Tropospheric Temperature Record
Remote Sensing Systems, Santa Rosa, California
Model predictions of amplification of warming with height in the troposphere are clearly inconsistent with the available observations, leading some researchers to question the adequacy of their representation of the water vapor greenhouse feedback. A reanalysis of the MSU channel 2 dataset, with the objective of providing a second independent source of these data, is described in this paper. Results presented herein show a global trend of 0.097 6 0.020 K decade21, generally agreeing with the work of Prabhakara et al. but in disagreement with the MSU analysis of Christy and Spencer, which shows significantly less (;0.09 K decade21) warming.
March 20, 2003 NASA
Goddard Space Flight Center
NASA's Earth Science Enterprise funded this research as part of its mission to understand and protect our home planet by studying the primary causes of climate variability, including trends in solar radiation that may be a factor in global climate change.
The solar cycle occurs approximately every 11 years when the sun undergoes a period of increased magnetic and sunspot activity called the "solar maximum," followed by a quiet period called the "solar minimum."
Apr 18, 2002
Senate Rejects Oil Drilling Bill
By H. Josef Herbert,
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate by a wide margin on Thursday rejected oil development in an Arctic wildlife refuge. .
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August 3, 2001
House Approves Oil Drilling Bill
Due to intense pressure by the Administration and the Teamsters, the House of Representatives
approved an Arctic drilling provision to the Energy Bill on August 3, 2001.
Oil and Security
During 2006 the United States consumed 20.7 million barrels (20.7 MMbd) of petroleum products per day.
At the same time the US produced about 5.1 million barrels per day (5.1 MMbd) and imported about 15.6 million barrels per day (15.6 MMbd)
Petroleum products were imported from:
Canada - 17.2%
Mexico - 12.4%
Saudi Arabia - 10.7%
Venezuela - 10.4%
Nigeria - 8.1%
To secure our oil supply we have to reduce imports by about 50% or close to 8 million barrels per day.
There is no alternate fuel for airplanes, trucks and factories. We will be uing some oil for decades.
We can and must use our own!
(data from: http://www.eia.doe.gov/)
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