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… silent today to recall the lives …

Quote of the Day — 20 April 2011

” … I’m letting Dot Earth lie silent today to recall the lives of the 11 workers who died on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico one year ago. There is much to say about the full price of our existing energy menu, but also the steep price paid by the 2 billion or so people who live in parts of the world that lack any reasonable energy choices. There is much to say about mistakes of the past, culpability for the Deepwater calamity and energy imperatives for the future. But that can wait a bit…. “

— Andrew Revkin
— “A Silent Bell for 11 Who are Gone
Dot Earth Blog, New York Times

… you want oil, gas and coal …

Quote of the Day — 18 April 2011

… [Chevron CEO Joh] Watson says Americans can accomplish a great deal with “affordable conservation.” And “a wealthy economy,” he adds, “is better able to deal with the costs of greenhouse gas abatement than a poor economy.” Since “large numbers” of countries are “unlikely to take aggressive action on greenhouse gas emissions,” the “U.S. is going to have to decide, just as California is going to have to decide, if they want to go it alone. . . . Are they willing to place the burden on our economy and our consumers, at the expense of jobs?”

…”What I see are people who want affordable energy,” says Mr. Watson. “They want strong environmental standards—they want a lot of things—but first and foremost they want affordable energy. And if you want affordable energy, you want oil, gas and coal.”

— John Watson, CEO of Chevron
— as quoted by Kimberley A. Strassell
— “Oil Without Apologies
The Wall Street Journal

… a single joint contains …

Quote of the Day — 13 April 2011

… a single joint contains the equivalent of roughly two pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of running a 100-watt bulb for about 30 hours on the California grid.

“Current indoor cannabis production and distribution practices result in prodigious energy use, costs, and greenhouse-gas pollution,” Dr. [Evan] Mills wrote. “The hidden growth of electricity demand in this sector confounds energy forecasts and obscures savings from energy efficiency programs and policies.” …

— John Collins Rudolf
— “Marijuana Growing Gobbles Electricity, Study Finds
Green Blog, New York Times

… shale gas undercuts the logic …

Quote of the Day — 12 April 2011

“… The large GHG footprint of shale gas undercuts the logic of its use as a bridging fuel over coming decades, if the goal is to reduce global warming, …”

— Cornell Prof. Robert Howarth

… the joke is on the human race …

Quote of the Day — 5 April 2011

“… what we had, instead of high seriousness, was a farce: a supposedly crucial hearing stacked with people who had no business being there and instant ostracism for a climate skeptic who was actually willing to change his mind in the face of evidence. As I said, no surprise: as Upton Sinclair pointed out long ago, it’s difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.

But it’s terrifying to realize that this kind of cynical careerism — for that’s what it is — has probably ensured that we won’t do anything about climate change until catastrophe is already upon us.

So on second thought, I was wrong when I said that the joke was on the G.O.P.; actually, the joke is on the human race.”

— Paul Krugman
— “The Truth, Still Inconvenient
— New York Times

… full-on assault against protections …

Quote of the Day — 7 March 2011

” … What we have seen most recently is folks just basically taking the debate over the budget and the financial situation and using it as cover to attack core environmental protections … They are using the budget process as a costume to hide what they are doing – which is a full-on assault against our fundamental environmental protections. … “

— Joe Mendelson, director of global warming policy at the National Wildlife Federation
— quoted by Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent
— “Republicans attack Obama’s environmental protection from all sides

… power will not be intimidated …

Quote of the Day — 4 March 2011

What the world wanted to see was how you would react. And you have reacted with joy and resolve. You’ve shown that your power will not be intimidated by any power that they have, and that’s the most important thing that’s happened here this week.

Because everything that happened inside that building tried to convince me that I was alone and that I was weak. They tried to convince me that I was like a little finger out there on my own that could easily be broken. And all of you out here were the reminder for all of us that I wasn’t just a finger all alone in there, but that I was connected to hand with many fingers that could be united together as one fist, and that that fist could not be broken by the power that they have in there.

That fist is not a symbol of violence. That fist is a symbol that we will not be mislead into thinking that we are alone. We will not be lied to and told that we are weak. We will not be divided and we will not back down. That fist is a symbol that we are connected and that we are powerful. It’s a symbol that we hold true to our vision of a healthy and just world and that we are building the self empowering movement to make it happen. All those authorities in there wanted me to think like a finger but are children are calling to us to think like a fist.

And we know that now I’ll have to go prison, we know that now that is the reality. But that’s just the job that I have to do. That’s the role that I face. Many before me have gone to jail for justice and if we are going to achieve our vision many after me will have to join me as well.

No one ever told us that this battle would be easy. No one ever told us that we wouldn’t have to make sacrifices. We knew that when we started this fight.

Every wave on the ocean that has ever risen up and refused to lay back down has been dashed on the shore, but it is the very purpose of a wave to rise up, because once it rises up above the horizon it finally has the perspective to see that it’s not just a wave, that it’s a part of a mighty ocean. And the sharpest rock on the wildest shore can never break that ocean apart, they can never wear that ocean down, because it’s the ocean that shapes the shore.

That’s what we’re starting to do here today. That’s what we’re starting to do here this week. With wave after wave after wave crashing against that shore, we shape it to our vision. Thank you all for being a part of that.

— Tim DeChristopher
— “Tim DeChristopher’s Speech After Guilty Verdict for Climate Civil Disobedience
— Huffington Post

… Gone, even: ‘needs more study.’ …

Quote of the Day — 24 February 2011

” Over the weekend, the U.S. House of Representatives voted along partisan lines in favor of an amendment sponsored by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri (pictured at left) to cut funding for the Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). When I flagged this incredible news on my Discover blog, the clean energy activist Michael Noble tweeted back: “Gone, even that old refrain: ‘needs more study.'”

The more I think about it, the more profound that little remark becomes.

Time was when I, and many others tracking and critiquing the climate “skeptics,” would linger on their manufacture of uncertainty, their sowing and merchandising of doubt. “Doubt is our product,” as the infamous tobacco memo put it.

Up through “Climategate” and the ensuing attacks on the IPCC over matters like the Himalayan glaciers blunder, the resistance to climate science really was well captured by this broad strategy. The central theme was that there was a body of science being produced by experts, and those who didn’t like its findings were problematizing, nitpicking, fighting around the edges while ignoring the big picture. …

… But that’s not really what you see out there anymore. A decision to defund the IPCC, rather than attack or criticize it, doesn’t bespeak a strategy of doubt-mongering. It signals extreme certainty that one is right, that we don’t even need to consider (skeptically or otherwise) any more new results from climate scientists. … ”

— Chris Mooney
— “The Denialists Progress: From Doubt-Mongering to Certainty

… melting lasted 50 days longer than average …

Quote of the Day — 20 February 2011

2010 was an exceptional year for Greenland’s ice cap. Melting started early and stretched later in the year than usual. Little snow fell to replenish the losses. By the end of the season, much of southern Greenland had set a new record, with melting that lasted 50 days longer than average. …

… The long melt season primarily affected southern and western Greenland, where communities experienced their warmest year on record. After a warm, dry winter, temperatures were particularly high in the spring, getting the melt season off to a strong start. The early melting set the tone for the rest of the season, leading to more melting all the way into mid-September. …

Record Melting in Greenland during 2010
— Earth Observatory

… Forbes chooses not to issue corrections …

Quote of the Day — 16 February 2011

” … Forbes Magazine was allowing an architect, Larry Bell, to make false statements about climate science. Even more disturbing, Forbes magazine is allowing Bell and others to smear well-respected scientists such as Drs. Ben Santer and Michael Mann by making demonstrably false statements.

A pattern has emerged over the past two months where publishes errors in fact, corrections to these errors are sent to Forbes, but Forbes chooses not to issue corrections… “

— Scott Mandia
— “Forbes Magazine: Wrong is Right?
— Global Warming: Man or Myth