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Political Climate Action

Great post. This stuff should be taught in schools, in about … half an hour!

Thanks Ron.

Science Matters

The current world political climate is shame-and-blame in order to gain approvals for the Paris accord. Thus pressure is applied to political officials at every level to show their colors on acting to “fight climate change.”

For example, Hillary declared to great applause: “I believe in Science.” (I don’t know where to start on that.) This week Canada PM Trudeau announced he would impose a federal carbon tax of $10 a tonne starting in 2018, rising to $50 a tonne in 2022 on any province that did not enact its own equivalent carbon pricing. Several provincial premiers walked out at that point, disappointed that collaboration and consensus-building had only one predetermined outcome.

There is no place to hide these days, and politicians who have a rational position on climate science (in contrast to Hillary) had better legislate on the issue. A common sense legislative motion could read something like this…

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What Happened In Cuba When The Oil Ran Out

Lessons from the world of r-e-a-l-i-t-y.

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

File:Old Havana Cuba.jpg

Old Havana

According to the Guardian’s Andrew Simms:

In terms of what is possible in times of economic stress and isolation, Cuba provides an even more embarrassing example to show up our national tardiness. In a single year in 2006 Cuba rolled-out a nationwide scheme replacing inefficient incandescent lightbulbs with low-energy alternatives. Prior to that, at the end of the cold war, after losing access to cheap Soviet oil, it switched over to growing most of its food for domestic consumption on small scale, often urban plots, using mostly low-fossil-fuel organic techniques. Half the food consumed in the capital, Havana, was grown in the city’s own gardens.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2008/aug/01/climatechange.carbonemissions

Unfortunately for the Cubans, they had little choice.

chart

http://faostat3.fao.org/compare/E

Agricultural production fell off the edge of a cliff, when abundant and cheap oil supplies were taken away in 1991, and has struggled to recover ever since.

This is just…

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September Global Temperature Unchanged from August – but still cooler than 1998 or 2010

Watts Up With That?

From Dr. Roy Spencer:

UAH Global Temperature Update for September 2016: +0.44 deg. C

The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for September 2016 is +0.44 deg. C, statistically unchanged from the August, 2016 value of +0.43 deg. C (click for full size version):

uah-sept-2016

[Note that the August value of +0.43 is changed slightly from its previously reported value of +0.44. This is because inter-satellite calibrations are improved with each additional month of global data, which can change previous months’ results by several thousandths of a degree.]

The global, hemispheric, and tropical LT anomalies from the 30-year (1981-2010) average for the last 21 months are:
YEAR MO GLOBE NHEM. SHEM. TROPICS
2015 01 +0.30 +0.44 +0.15 +0.13
2015 02 +0.19 +0.34 +0.04 -0.07
2015 03 +0.18 +0.28 +0.07 +0.04
2015 04 +0.09 +0.19 -0.01 +0.08
2015 05 +0.27 +0.34 +0.20 +0.27
2015 06 +0.31 +0.38 +0.25 +0.46

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