Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Brisbane retiree promised $31m in power bill savings by Government sustainability report | Courier Mail
BRISBANE retiree Colin McFarlane was told he would save more than $31 million a year on power bills if he purchased a new airconditioner and installed ceiling fans.
Despite his last quarterly power bill totalling just $195, Mr McFarlane said the sustainability report compiled by the Federal Government's Green Loans Team was "so glaringly obviously wrong".
The Global Warming Inquisition Has Begun « Roy Spencer, Ph. D.
So, since we have no other evidence to go on, let’s pin the rap on humanity. It just so happens that’s the position politicians want, which is why politics played such a key role in the formation of the IPCC two decades ago.

The growing backlash against us skeptics makes me think of the Roman Catholic Inquisition, which started in the 12th Century. Of course, no one (I hope no one) will be tried and executed for not believing in anthropogenic climate change. But the fact that one of the five keywords or phrases attached to the new PNAS study is “climate denier” means that such divisive rhetoric is now considered to be part of our mainstream scientific lexicon by our country’s premier scientific organization, the National Academy of Sciences.

Surely, equating a belief in natural climate change to the belief that the Holocaust slaughter of millions of Jews and others by the Nazis never occurred is a new low for science as a discipline.
President Convenes Senators for Final Chance at Climate Bill This Year - NYTimes.com
"I think the chances of a comprehensive bill are abysmal," Eileen Claussen, president of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, said in an interview last week, referring to legislation offered by Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).
But narrowing the focus to utilities doesn't necessarily win over lawmakers who have expressed concern about the cost of carbon caps on manufacturers. Even if factories don't have to pay for emissions directly, they might still be burdened by higher electricity costs resulting from caps on power plants, suggested an aide to Brown of Ohio, a Democrat who is undecided on climate provisions.

"There are still a lot of unanswered questions about how a utility-only bill would affect manufacturers," the aide said. "Industry uses approximately one-third of all electricity in the country, so the assumption that manufacturers wouldn't be impacted by a utility-only bill doesn't hold up."

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