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.
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
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.
Ray McKinney is a Republican running for Congress in Georgia's 12th District against Democrat Rep. John Barrow. A project manager who works at nuclear power plants, McKinney has come up with a plan of action for coping with the disaster caused by the BP Deepwater Horizon well. Highlights of the McKinney plan: