More on the German shift to clean renewables and "nervous" electric utility executives, from the NYT on Sunday:
Re: the previous comment, "Climate of Disbelief" is by Stuart Sanders of Chapel Hill. It's about a friend of his who considers global warming a hoax -- and who is immune to any and all evidence to the contrary. http://stuartsandersblog.wordpress.com/201…
An excerpt, with Sanders' permission:
"I was dumbstruck. Again. Where I see clarity, rationality and obvious connection, this man, whose IQ I know to be significantly higher than average, (not only is he great at business, he’s a tough out in Words with Friends) sees only a left-wing conspiracy. My only hope is his revulsion at hypocrisy. I’m sure I could point out instances of hypocrisy on his side of the argument but, realistically, he’ll just tout the glacier in Norway that’s gotten bigger or the ninety-five-year-old smoker who didn’t get cancer. There’s an anecdote for everything!
Life is too short. When I perceive a “man of science” to have blind faith in the gospel according to Palin and Trump, I’m afraid he is irretrievable. The famous motto of the United Negro College Fund seems apt: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” I lack the energy to continue fighting this battle; maybe I’ll look for a good cartoon to send him, or a kitten video.
If man-made global warming was real and there was world-wide consensus on an imminent threat, the engineers would already be working over time to deal with it. Instead, there is now a full-blown scientific controversy with the most important aspect of it being that, 10 years ago, the global warming models predicted a warming of a factor of about 3 higher than actually observed. This is a major disconnect in predictive ability.
What this means is that the predictive global warming models are wrong. There is no other conclusion. This is not debatable. This is not a matter of opinion. Even the IPCC, with egg all over its face, is backpedaling here with weasel words.
Scientists are looking for reasons why the predictive models were wrong, coming up with over 4 dozen reasons why this might be so. No one knows yet. This means, maybe, they come up with new, possibly more accurate models. This is yet to be demonstrated. There is no consensus no matter what Al Gore, Barack Obama or John Kerry repeatedly say.
Drink as much kool-aid as you want, be as indignant as you can stand, but the facts are the facts. And so far, with a very low increase (some say zero increase) in average global temperature in the last 10 years, we are in no danger. This has happened in spite of measured increases of CO2 in the atmosphere. (P.S. the politicians will be the last to figure this out, they are the slowest of the bunch. Especially now that the US CO2 emission has been dropping because of fracking to increase natural gas production and use, resulting in less coal being burned.)
Wow. Really MB_NC? You think we have the 20 yrs it takes to build new nuclear power? Or the water to cool reactors? Or the political stability to keep reactors - and the waste - safe, in the world that is coming? Why would we do that when solar, wind, tidal, hydro, and geothermal are all ready to go and can more than fill our needs?
People. There are still so many grossly misinformed and misguided citizens.
On the most important issue facing the world today.
This - the mental failure of humanity to rise to this challenge - is even more terrifying than the physical impacts.
It's time to wake everyone up. This is real. It is bigger than we can imagine. And we don't have time to debate solutions anymore. We need to act now: Drop fossil fuels. Recycle everything. Waste nothing. Work together.
You can pay a little more for energy, or an ever increasing cost for dealing with things like lower crop yields, civil unrest around the world, increasing storm and wild fire damages, disruptions to the ocean food web, etc.
Huh? And yet Germany has the strongest economy in Europe.
I saw the full pamphlet that included this in a laundromat; it is from the Jehovah's witnesses, and it actually admitted a modicum of legitimacy to the theory of evolution, which is progress, comparatively. If you're wrong and don't want to admit it, at least compromise, right?
As a millennial that believes in climate change, the problem I have with these recent movements is that they appear to push more of an agenda rather than look at what scientists agree are the optimal solutions. Germany's push for renewables has larger been viewed as a failure that is ruining their economy and INCREASING its emissions. It only resulted in shutting down nuclear power which is the single greatest form of energy for combating climate change. Increasing the use of nuclear energy should be just as big of a focus at these rallies. Renewables are still very costly and only survive in the United States marketplace due to subsidies. Ecowatch is not an unbiased news source I'm afraid. That's a poor source. Here are few sources that should add to the conversation. Leading climate scientists agree that nuclear is the key.
I have hundreds of topps cards including rookie cards from the 80's...are they worth anything?
Thank you, Bob, for this beautiful tribute to a great leader!
The city posted Thomas Crowder's statement to City Council; I've copied it below. Also, in a classy move, Councilman John Odom, who was splitting the Mayor Pro Tem designation with Thomas -- one year each -- resigned that post and asked that Thomas be named the sole Pro Tem. The vote in favor was unanimous. The city's press release about it is here: http://www.raleighnc.gov/home/news/content…
Here's what Thomas said:
“Friends and citizens, last year I announced that I had been diagnosed with testicular cancer. At that time my physicians anticipated a positive prognosis. I underwent extensive medical treatment that has, unfortunately, been unsuccessful. We have now exhausted all of my options for a cure.
My current status suggests I may not be able to complete my sixth term on the Raleigh City Council. But I intend to continue serving the citizens of District D and Raleigh as long as my health allows.
I have informed Mayor McFarlane and my fellow councilors of my condition and respectfully requested that - when I must resign - they appoint my wife, Kay Crowder, to serve out the remainder of my term.
I made this request because Kay has been much more than my life partner. She and I have discussed and debated most major decisions I made for the city we love. In addition to her many career accomplishments, Kay graduated from the first Raleigh Neighborhood College and previously served as president our neighborhood association. She shares my perspective on the programs, initiatives and vision for the citizens of Southwest Raleigh. Allowing Kay to finish my term will give the citizens of District D time to identify the best candidate to represent them on the 2015-2017 City Council.
I am extremely proud to work with so many folks who share my love of Southwest Raleigh and the Capital City. These are citizens who appreciate our area’s rich history and the progress we have made over the past decade. It is their vision, passion and perseverance that will continue to make Raleigh the greatest place to live in the nation.
I would like to take this time to thank Mayor McFarlane, my fellow councilors, former Mayor Charles Meeker, and the previous council members with whom I have served since 2003. I also wish to thank the many neighborhood leaders, CAC Chairs and citizens of District D - as well as Raleigh’s city staff. Most of all, I want to thank my wife, Kay, and our children, Rachel and Garrett, for allowing me the time to serve our beloved city. The support I received from my family and my community inspired me to focus on initiatives and programs that improve the quality of life in Southwest Raleigh, our urban core, and throughout the Capital City.
As a native and lifelong resident of Raleigh, I grew up knowing many wonderful people. I met many more through my years as an architect. My service on the Planning Commission and on the Raleigh City Council expanded existing relationships and fostered new friendships with hundreds of folks throughout the city and region. This has been one of my most humbling and rewarding life experiences.
Citizens of District D and Raleigh, thank you for allowing me the privilege to serve you.”
I live in Chapel Hill and am in favor of the right to protect myself and my family.
The day Councilman Crowder is unable to serve on City Council will be Raleigh's great loss; Mrs. Crowder is certainly the most logical District D resident to assume his seat if necessary. Our best hopes to the Crowder family as he continues the fight. Few will ever appreciate the contributions he has made to his home city, but many will benefit. Now it is time to focus on his health and we will support the Crowders, if only from a distance. Thank you for writing this, Mr. Geary.
Thank you, Bob, for saying so eloquently what so many of us in District D believe. Thomas has been a true champion of neighborhoods, and will continue to do that. I fully support Kay Crowder completing Thomas' term if he can't. No words can say thank you enough to Thomas for all he has done for District D and my neighborhood.
So sorry to hear about Thomas. I have worked with him over the years on growth and development issues at Triangle J Council of Governments and respect him greatly.
Bob Geary puts into words what I cannot. The great thing is, I was in many of these battles along with Thomas. Fighting the good fight for Raleigh. What it is today, and what it will be tomorrow. I fully support having Kay Crowder take on the duties at City Council for District D if that time comes. Thank you Thomas, for all your hard work for my neighborhood, District D, and Raleigh.
Well said Bob. No one has been a stronger supporter of neighborhood issues like Thomas. Kay, who has always been at Thomas's side, will do a fine job of fulfilling the District D duties. We are lucky she's willing to step in and carry out Thomas's duties. Thank you, Councilor Crowder, for all that you have done for the District D and the city of Raleigh. You are irreplaceable.....
Straight from the very best right-wing sources, how to get around those pesky state constitutions:
1) http://www.alec.org/docs/IJ-ALEC-school-ch… (ALEC is, of course, the American Legislative Exchange Council, a compendium of plans for crippling government.)
2) http://www.johnlocke.org/acrobat/policyRep… (John Locke Foundation, an Art Pope creation, supplies talking points to NC Republicans.)
Both publications apparently originate in the Institute of Justice, another spoke in the right-wing wheel from Arlington, VA.
IOJ attorney Richard Komer was part of the team arguing to Judge Hobgood in favor of vouchers -- along with Stephen Martin, a lawyer for House Speaker Tillis and Senate President Berger, and Attorney General Cooper's deputy, Lauren Clemmons.
Yes, indeed. Let us stop vouchers and stop the disadvantaged, especially the negros, from getting a better education to lift themselves from poverty to more independence. We gotta keep these Democrat voters on the plantation-- stupid, poor, but with bellies filled by their massas.
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