The Environmental Spectator

#COP21: We’ll Always Have Paris, Unfortunately

By 12.2.15

Paris is lovely in the autumn.

According to the attendees of the Conference of Parties, 21, however, by this time next year, Paris — along with every other major city — could be an abandoned ruin, smothered in smog, with lava floes running through the streets, burning out only where they meet the melted ice caps. Humans will have long since adapted to living at the poles, sunning themselves in the ozone hole, feasting off the last remains of polar bears, and bemoaning that moment when they failed to take notice of a five-day, five-star, 575-million-pounds-of-CO2 gathering of world leaders and “climate activists” that was meant to save us all. 

Enviro Poll: Global Warming Overblown

By on 2.24.11 | 1:56PM

In a survey conducted for Colorado College's State of the Rockies project -- one in which most questions were designed to produce environmentalism-friendly results (of the "Do you favor clean air?" "Do you favor clean water?" nature) -- most respondents in five Mountain states ranked global warming as a low priority and overblown as a problem. Asked to identify the top two or three most important environmental problems today, only 4 percent cited global warming and 1 percent mentioned climate change (7 percent said the federal government was one of the most important environmental problems!). Forty-three percent of respondents characterized climate change as "not a problem," while 27 percent believed it was an "extremely serious" or "very serious" problem.

Progress Only Progressives Could Love

By on 9.10.10 | 12:02PM

By now you've probably read and/or heard about the much-blogged about Washington Post article earlier this week about the last incandescent light bulb plant (owned by GE) that will close soon, and put 200 people out of work, because the bulbs will be outlawed in 2014 in favor of compact fluorescents. The manufacturing of the newer technology lights will drive these jobs to China, where the manual labor required to shape the CFL squigglies is much cheaper than here -- but not cheap enough to price them lower (not even close) than incandescents. Also, as has been well-documented, the CFLs are more toxic (when broken) than incandescents because they contain mercury.

Well my local newspaper, The News & Observer of Raleigh, today got around to carrying the Post story, but their editors came up with this headline:

It's lights out as last major bulb plant falls to progress

Studies Show, Moneys Flow

By on 9.8.10 | 5:41PM

A USA Today blog post shows there is a bottomless well of taxpayer dollars -- everywhere -- available for global warming related research. If you are a scientist and can write a grant proposal that shows a potential climate impact for what you plan to study, it's hard to believe you won't get funded. Examples from the newspaper:

New Canadian research suggests climate change may be causing flowers to open before bees wake up from hibernation, so that the bees don't get early nectar and the flowers aren't pollinated. The findings could apply to a wide range of flowering plants such as tomatoes and strawberries.


Stand and Deliver, Bob

By on 8.21.09 | 10:36AM

A couple of days ago I explained on the main site how the Southern Governors Association will hear a heavy dose of global warming alarmism this weekend at their annual meeting. Not mentioned in the piece is the fact that Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat environoiac, will step down as SGA chairman while Alabama Gov. Bob Riley, a Republican, takes the helm.