Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Obama’s ‘Green Trade War’ - By Greg Pollowitz - Planet Gore - National Review Online
NRO contributor Iain Murray and Geoffrey McLatchey write in Forbes on the president’s protectionist policies to protect “green” industry in America. The opener:
Trade wars benefit nobody, but we may need to brace for one soon.
Pregame: Entergy Bragged About the Superdome’s Low Power Use - By Greg Pollowitz - Planet Gore - National Review Online
Riddlebarger notes that much of the world holds a lingering image of the Superdome far different from the renovated stadium that will showcase the game. After a $336 million restoration, the “refuge of last resort” for 30,000 people during Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 is now buttressed with protective and energy-saving features. The stadium’s outer wall is a specially designed double barrier system with improved insulation and rainwater control. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome, as it is now known, is ringed with 26,000 LED lights, covering two million square feet and supported by five miles of copper wiring, but which draw only ten kilowatts of electricity—as much as a small home. The stadium stands as an example for “not just rebuilding what was there before, but making it more environmentally sound,” Riddlebarger says.
Minnesota Public Radio Airing Weekly ‘Climate Cast’ Program | The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media
Huttner and MPR introduce the idea behind “Climate Cast” as follows:
These days it seems like we are witnessing climate changes unfold right before our very eyes.

It’s not our imagination.

The nature of our seasons is changing. Spring blooms come earlier. Summer is more humid with a documented increase in extreme localized flash flood events … and more frequent droughts. Fall lingers longer. Lakes freeze up later. Winters are shorter and noticeably, measurably milder.

We’re all living witnesses to rapid climate changes in our lifetime. This is no longer your grandparents’ “Minnesota.”
List of Minnesota weather records - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Highest Temperature 114 °F (46 °C) July 29, 1917 [Beardsley]
July 6, 1936  [Moorhead]
Lowest Temperature −60 °F (−51 °C) February 1996 Embarrass

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