Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Where are Portland’s climate refugees? | The Oregon Catalyst
Since the launch of the Climate Refugee Scenario in 2008, a new census has been taken by the U.S. Census Bureau for the year 2010. The notion of global warming itself dates back decades, being popularized as a governmental issue by Al Gore back in the 1990s when he was Vice President. One should think for the Climate Refugee Scenario to have significant veracity (at this time) the last two decades would show actual rates of population growth in the PMA and Metro area higher than those of Texas, Arizona, Nevada, and Florida. Yet the actual population data for the last two decades of global warming show quite the opposite. Here are the actual average annual population growth rates by area and state for the ten years 2000 through 2010: Seven county PMA (1.45%), three county Metro area (1.29%), Oregon (1.14%), Texas (1.89%), Arizona (2.22%), Nevada (3.06%), and Florida (1.64%). Clearly, harsh climate in southern states doesn’t seem to be especially boosting Metro area population, and more likely other factors remain most prominent in explaining population growth differentials.
Kiribati president suggests ‘floating island’ contingency plan · TheJournal
THE PRESIDENT of the Pacific island nation of Kiribati is so worried about climate change wiping out his country that he’s considering ideas as strange as building a floating island.
Tong said he’d seen models for a $2 billion floating island, which he likened to a giant offshore oil platform. He said while it sounded “like something from science fiction,” every idea had to be considered given the dire situation facing Kiribati, a low-lying archipelago with a population of 103,000.
Why "Green Jobs" Don't Belong in Obama's Jobs Program - Forbes
Unfortunately, we may hear about “green jobs” in President Obama’s upcoming speech to Congress. The thesis is that by leading new markets in energy technologies, the U.S. can create good jobs. It sounds too good to be true, and it is. There are many ways to create jobs, and there are several options to support green energy, but the two worlds are entirely distinct. The push for jobs through energy policy risks making both the Administration’s employment and renewable energy policies look like failures.

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