Temperatures are not Rising over Climate Change except at the IPCC Conference in Paris

SOURCE: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28870988 Prepare yourself for wailing and gnashing of teeth as the UN International Panel on Climate Change advocates meet in Paris. The Telegraph newspaper article in the UK summed up the Panel’s view: “The world is on course to experience “severe and pervasive” negative impacts from climate change unless it takes rapid action to Read more about Temperatures are not Rising over Climate Change except at the IPCC Conference in Paris[…]

Light Sweet Crude Displacement

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and despite its well-deserved ‘tree hugger’ image the inland part of the Bay is home to a concentration of refineries essential to California’s economic vitality.  These refineries produce the boutique blend of gasoline not available anywhere else.  The EPA’s insistence on these unique regional gasoline blends is Read more about Light Sweet Crude Displacement[…]

Doha was a Dud!

The Doha climate change conference concluded this week with what has become a familiar ring.  Nothing much of import happened and increasingly fewer people noticed.  Oh, the issues at the surface are still the same as they have been since they first flamed out in 2009 at Copenhagen.  These events have become a global debate Read more about Doha was a Dud![…]

Coal Fights Back, and Wins in Europe

A funny thing is happening on the way to the clean energy future.  While the US government wages a regulatory war on coal fired generation, in Europe, the land of the oh so politically correct the drive for greenhouse gas emissions reduction is meeting a new competitor—-reality! The EU emissions trading scheme had fallen on Read more about Coal Fights Back, and Wins in Europe[…]

Will California Hit the Cap and Trade Megamillions Jackpot?

And you thought the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) was all about limiting greenhouse gas emissions, didn’t you?  Think again. There is a brewing fight in Sacramento over how to spend the gold expected to start pouring in when the Golden State starts its carbon cap and trade program.  The original intent of AB32 Read more about Will California Hit the Cap and Trade Megamillions Jackpot?[…]

Regulatory Flexibility

I know, that sounds like oxymoron, but this is an election year and not even the US EPA wants to have too many targets on its back.  So US EPA spews out new rules at a feverish pace fearing that time is running out to do so even while it issues press releases professing new Read more about Regulatory Flexibility[…]

Death by a Thousand Fracking Rules

In Medieval times one form of dispatching miscreants was called “pressing”.  The punishment involved piling stones on top of the offender one at a time slowly suffocating him from the weight on his chest.  Not only did this rid the kingdom of troublemakers but it had a ”crucify him” like effect on the gathered witnesses Read more about Death by a Thousand Fracking Rules[…]

My ‘Worry’ List for 2011

Year-end is always a time to look back and take stock of what happened as well as offer predictions for the period ahead.  As a forecaster by profession this is a comfort zone that exists year-round with long term views refreshed typically twice yearly and short-term views more frequently. Predictions, on the other hand, are Read more about My ‘Worry’ List for 2011[…]

Coal in Your Christmas Stocking

“We are following through on our commitment to proceed in a measured and careful way to reduce [greenhouse gas] pollution that threatens the health and welfare of Americans, and contributes to climate change.” —EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson in December 23rd press statement. “We’re pleased that EPA is working to deliberately bring this dangerous pollution under Read more about Coal in Your Christmas Stocking[…]

Hot Air Regulation!

It is risky business poking an angry California bear with new air regulations these days just when we are about to decide whether to suspend the muther-of-all greenhouse gas emission laws in the November election.  But just as early voting is about to begin here in California that is exactly what the clean air regulators Read more about Hot Air Regulation![…]