Archive for Energy Conservation

Let’s Ignore Climate Change to Make it Go Away

epa quiet climate changeCan you really believe that the EPA is now gagging scientists and preventing them from speaking at conferences that discuss climate change? I suppose when we have an administrator that is a shill for polluters, it should come as no surprise that this would happen.

Whether or not you agree with anthropogenic causes as the reason for climate change or not, can there really be harm in discussing the science and what might be done to mitigate the damage at a conference?

This is getting out of hand.

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The Latest: EPA Scientists Won’t Speak on Climate Report

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Buy Me, Give Me, Take Me, Send Me…Americans’ view on how to deal with Air Pollution.

If you have followed my blog, you know by now that I have stated that there is no correlation between peoples’ attitudes and their actions. In the latest work conducted by Scientific American, we see this borne out when it relates to climate change policies.

climate change policiesTheir research shows that people want something done to curb the damages and risks of climate change…but, and this is a key point, only if it does not cost more money.

One of my many fine teachers used to make the above statement about his students. He was referring to our desire for good grades and the fact that so many did not want to work for them. But the statement is appropriate here as well.

There are costs associated with everything. The only reason that inaction on climate issues appears cheaper is that we have been subsidizing industries that create the problem for over 100 years. Indeed, we now see that the EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt dines with as many as 24 of the largest climate change gas emitters in the world to get his marching orders on keeping them in business.

There is no such thing as free people…

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Most Americans Want Climate Change Policies

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FORMER ADMINISTRATOR WHITMAN WORRIED…BE AFRAID, VERY AFRAID

As you know by now, I had the privilege of working for Christie Whitman for a number of years. We did not always agree on policy or issues, but we were always able to come to a meeting of the minds on the big issues. More importantly, this is a person who does not express concern unless that concern is warranted.

christie whitman epaSo, when I read an Op-Ed that expresses such a deep concern about how the EPA is now being run, and the direction that it is moving, I am even more concerned than I was when I last said that Mr. Pruitt needs to be removed from his office.

His blatant disregard of the scientific method, his self – centered (a hall mark of this administration) let’s just have fossil fuels attitude and his dangerous love of ignorance are frightening. Very frightening.

Say what you will, when Administrator Whitman is worried, you should be too.

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Christine Todd Whitman: How Not to Run the E.P.A.
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Trump will be Trumped on Unwinding Climate Change Policies

Ok, we have spoken about politics over science…and the fact that it is now normal to have a page devoted in major newspapers just to the untruths of the President, so this should not come as a surprise…but…

In signing his executive order to undo President Obama’s climate change initiative, this President has simply pandered to coal miners, but in fact, he has been about as truthful in his statements about jobs as he usually is about everything else. Namely, the only people who might make money on this change are the owners.

coal and climate change policiesFirst, he is wrong about energy independence. We have already become nearly energy independent over the past 10 years. Also, he is wrong about jobs. Even where there are coal mines that are open, they are more mechanized than ever. Third, there is little likelihood that power plants will shift from natural gas to coal, thus demand will continue to drop…Just take a look at China. Even they, massive users of coal, are trying to get away from coal and thus further lowering demand.

No, as usual, this President panders to fear, preys on the financially weak and gives to those who need it less.

This order is nothing more than a sham masquerading as policy. It shows no more consideration about people, the future of this country, or the future of the planet that we live on than his choice of the EPA administrator.

Oh, and did I mention that coal is very dirty and causes serious lung ailments?

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Trump Signs Executive Order Unwinding Obama Climate Policies
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