Wednesday, July 28, 2010

California: Cool summer has vintners fretting about late harvest |
The season got off to a late start in May, when unusually cold and wet weather interrupted the blooming of many vines.

“This year has been behind from the get go,” said Chris Bowen, vineyard manager of Hunter Farms south of Glen Ellen.
“Things just aren't moving very fast,” Bowen said. “Ideally we would have 85 to 90 degree days right now.”

So far this week the high temperature has averaged 67 degrees.
Cap-and-Trade Cronyism - HUMAN EVENTS
The co-inventors don’t believe in global warming; they believe in money. And they want cap-and-trade.
Sparks fly over study suggesting wildfires cut CO2 | Environment |
A controversial NOAA study estimating CO2 released by US wildlifes says they could actually cut emissions
Pelosi vents to Obama, Reid on energy bill - Ben Smith -
At one point, she turned tartly to Reid and Senate Minority Mitch McConnell (R-Kent.) -- and announced, "The Senate is moving at a glacial pace, slower than the glaciers are actually melting," according to one person briefed on the meeting.

Another aide, working from notes of the meeting, said she peered in their direction and said, “Glaciers are moving faster than the U.S. Senate."
[Nate Silver advocates $145+ billion annual climate swindle]
But the main reason is simply this: at some point, the country is going to have to raise revenues to fix the deficit. And cap-and-trade, if done the right way -- if permits are sold, rather than given away to the industry -- can produce quite a lot of revenues: $145 billion per year initially, the CBO estimated in 2008, with the number rising much faster than inflation as emissions targets become continually more stringent.
In the meantime, it's time for the environmental community to heed Clive Crook's advice and think about its messaging and its science. Yes, most of the attacks on climate science are intellectually dishonest, and the Climategate scandal was much exaggerated. But I've come around to the position that it also exposed at least some real misconduct, and it certainly exposed some contempt for the public that is not as evident in most other scientific disciplines. There are real risks to the environmental community in engaging in a rhetorical arms race with the climate change denial crowd, which contains some individuals who are playing a healthy and even benevolent role in the long tradition of scientific skepticism, but is dominated by impetuous contrarians and, more dangerously, partisans who are seeking to exploit society's cognitive biases. It's time for them to reclaim the moral highground because the next crack and the cap-and-trade apple might come sooner than you would think.

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