13 Mar 2009, 10:07pm
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Assisted Economic Suicide

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY, March 12, 2009 [here]

Climate Change: Sen. John Kerry warns that deferring cap-and-trade in a recession is a “mutual suicide pact.” In an effort to keep the glaciers from melting, he proposes putting the American economy in the deep freeze.

“You don’t enter a mutual suicide pact because the economy is having a hard time right now,” the failed presidential hopeful and noted climatologist said Wednesday. “Climate change is not governed by a recession.”

But trying to prevent a bogus apocalypse can drive one into a depression.

Kerry ignores the growing body of evidence presented by reputable scientists and including satellite observations, not computer models, that the earth has been cooling demonstrably since 1998 due to declining solar activity and other natural factors.

He also ignores the warnings of cap-and-trade’s economic consequences.

The winter of 2008-09 has seen record cold temperatures and snowfalls around the globe, with snow reported in such unlikely places as Las Vegas and Malibu, Calif.

As Al Gore might say (with apologies to Groucho Marx), who are you going to believe, me or your own lying eyes?

“The sun has gone quiet with fewer and fewer sun spots, and the global temperatures have gone into decline,” notes Weather Channel founder and meteorologist John Coleman. “Earth has cooled for almost 10 straight years. So, I ask Al Gore: Where’s the global warming?” … [more]

12 Mar 2009, 7:12pm
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Cap and Trade Primer: Eight reasons why cap and trade harms the economy and reduces jobs

Institute for Energy Research, March 12, 2009 [here]

The most popular way to regulate carbon dioxide emissions is through a cap and trade program. President Obama and many policymakers support some form of this regulatory policy. Cap and trade aims to cap emissions of carbon dioxide at a politically-determined level and then have the users and producers of oil, coal, and natural gas buy, sell, and trade their allowance to emit a given amount of carbon dioxide. Cap and trade will increase the price of oil, coal, and natural gas in an effort to force users to switch to other, less reliable, more expensive forms of energy.

These proposals are very, very costly and economically damaging. If enacted, last year’s flagship cap and trade proposal, the Lieberman-Warner bill, would increase the cost of gasoline by anywhere from 60 percent to 144 percent and increase the cost of electricity by 77 to 129 percent.

Up to four million Americans would lose their jobs under the program, which amounts to a $4,022 to $6,752 loss in disposable income per household. In return, we could have expected a 63 percent emissions cut. President Obama’s budget proposes to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 83 percent. If successful, it’s reasonable to conclude it would lead to even greater economic hardship than envisioned under Lieberman-Warner.

Other problems inherent in cap and trade exist, and they are manifold. What follows is a brief explanation of some of the most glaring … [more]

12 Mar 2009, 6:43pm
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Weyerhaeuser to close 5 iLevel service centers

Associated Press, Forbes.com, 03.11.09, [here]

Timber and wood-products company Weyerhaeuser Co. is permanently closing five iLevel veneer and engineered wood-service centers located in Albuquerque, N.M.; Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; and Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada.

The company also said Tuesday it will indefinitely shutter mills in Evergreen, Ala., and Dodson and Simsboro, La., and its TimberStrand mill in Chavies, Ky. The moves will affect about 480 employees across the nine locations.

“Demand for wood products continues to decline due to a slowdown in the housing market, and virtually all of our operating facilities are experiencing reduced operations,” said Tom Gideon, executive vice president of the company’s forest-products segment. “As a result of these challenging market conditions, the four manufacturing mills will close for an indefinite period of time to balance supply with our demand.”

Weyerhaeuser (nyse: WY - news - people ), which is based in Federal Way, Wash., said it will continue to operate its 26 other building-materials-distribution sites. These service centers sell products including lumber, plywood, oriented strand board, exterior siding, insulation and other specialty building products to dealers and home-improvement retailers.

Weyerhaeuser, which makes pulp and wood panels from trees it grows on more than 6 million acres, said it will supply customers with products from its other iLevel facilities.

Last month, the company said its fourth-quarter loss ballooned to more than $1 billion as the rapidly deteriorating U.S. housing market forced it to book a massive charge and write-down other assets. It has also said it plans to cut capital spending this year as it predicts homebuilding losses will rise and pulp results will be weaker, with lower prices and higher maintenance costs.

12 Mar 2009, 12:22am
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Heartland Meeting of Climate “Realists” a Huge Success

By Joseph D’Aleo, ICECAP, March 11, 2009 [here]

Over 800 scientists and economists from 24 countries were in attendance this week at the Second Annual ICCC in New York City organized by the Heartland and with 60 co-sponsoring organizations including Icecap. They heard talks by 80 scientists from 14 countries. The presentations of the keynote speakers which included Vaclav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic and the European Union, Dr. Richard Lindzen, Astronaut Harrison Schmidt, former Hansen boss Dr. John Theon, Former Governor Dr. John Sununu, Dr. Arthur Robinson, Dr. Bob Carter, Lord Monckton, and Dr. Willie Soon will soon be all available on the Heartland ICCC 2009 web site. The others were all videotaped and will be made available over upcoming weeks. Sections from the talks will be combined into other videos that tell the real climate story and distributed to decision makers and schools and groups that care about the truth or wish to hear both sides of the story.

One of the major outputs was Anthony Watt’s report on the surface station project. He documented the results of the siting survey of the US climate network. He and his team of volunteers are now 75% through the climate network and only 11% of the stations meet the government’s own published standards. He had a wonderful publication that will be widely distributed to decision makers.

The success of the conference was proof positive that we have won the battle of the science despite the media’s and alarmist blog proclamations and resistance to even acknowledge we exist.

To counter us and try and feed the hungry media and keep the world in a state of alarm, there has been a flurry of recent bogus papers that should never have passed peer review by Solomon and Steig/Mann.

Meanwhile grant toting scientists are meeting in Copenhagen to scare monger and present more total nonsense to try and save their movement and keep the gravy train of money flowing. See in this ICCC paper by Astronaut Harrison Schmitt how the alarmists intentionally attempt to mislead.

Despite the desperation on the part of the alarmist community, the irony is that the public is coming around to our side in droves even as the media tries to promote the alarmist drivel and ignore us and the rapidly increasing body of peer review science that has been debunked the greenhouse warming theory while proclaiming we “climate realists” are in disarray and in decline. … [more]

12 Mar 2009, 12:20am
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Climate change alarmists ‘intentionally mislead’

Tony Hake, Examiner.com, March 11, 2009 [here]

Dr. Harrison “Jack” Schmitt as a trained geologist was the first scientist-astronaut and walked on the moon with the Apollo 17 lunar mission.

Last month Apollo 17 astronaut and moonwalker Harrison Schmitt added his voice to the growing chorus of scientists speaking out against the anthropogenic [manmade] global warming (AGW) theory. In strongly worded comments he said the theory was a ‘political tool.’ Now, in a speech at the International Conference on Climate Change he outlined his argument in great detail saying, “the science of climate change and its causes is not settled.”

Schmitt recalled as a child in Silver City, New Mexico helping his father, also a geologist, take rain measurements. Those early experiments spurred the former astronaut’s interest in earth sciences at an early age. He recalled how later in life, while on the surface of the moon, he made weather forecasts for the southern hemisphere of the earth.

In wide ranging commentary, Dr. Schmitt made a point by point argument against many of the things that global warming advocates point to in support of the theory. In a similar vein to his comments last month, he continued to admonish scientists and politicians that have politicized the issue and said those that disagree do have a battle ahead of them. … [more]

10 Mar 2009, 8:44pm
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Angora Tahoe restoration plan released

By Adam Jensen, Tahoe Daily Tribune, February 18, 2009 [here]

LAKE TAHOE — A proposal by the U.S. Forest Service to restore 2,700 acres of land burnt by the Angora fire won’t try to recreate the forest that was there before the blaze.

Instead, the Angora Ecosystem Restoration Plan aims to move the forest closer to historic — and fire-resistant — conditions, said Forest Service spokeswoman Cheva Heck.

Like forests all around Lake Tahoe, decades of fire suppression left areas near Angora Ridge overgrown and prone to high-intensity wildfire.

“That forest was unhealthy,” Heck said. “We don’t want to go back and duplicate that forest.”

The proposal includes fuel reduction on up to 1,398 acres in the area, with a focus on the forest near homes, Heck said.

Also in the proposal is a plan to restore Seneca Pond.

The restoration is likely to decrease the water level at the pond and could affect recreation at the popular spot.

“It will be more of a wetland and less of a pond,” Heck said.

Although the Forest Service held a meeting to receive public comment on the plan in summer 2008, release of the proposal on Feb. 11 began a 30- day public scoping period under the National Environmental Policy Act.

“If people do have issues, now is the time you go ahead and bring those up,” Heck said.

Implementation of the project is not expected to begin until Fall 2009 at the earliest.

A public meeting to explain the proposal is planned for March 3 at Inn by the Lake, at 3300 Lake Tahoe Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe. The meeting will run from 4-7 p.m. and use an open house format.

Comments concerning the project should be submitted by the end of the 30-day public scoping period on March 13.

For more information regarding the proposal, contact Duncan Leao or Richard Vacirca, Interdisciplinary Team Leaders at (530) 543-2600.

The proposal as well as project maps are available on the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Web site: www.fs.fed.us/r5/ltbmu/projects.

10 Mar 2009, 8:39pm
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U.N. report: Forestry can create 10 million jobs

By Katy Byron, CNN, March 10, 2009 [here]

(CNN) — The United Nations is urging countries to invest in green jobs working with “sustainable forest management” to address the growing problem of unemployment worldwide.

At least 10 million such jobs could be created, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization will say in a report to be released this week.

The report does not mention any countries but is aimed at “mainly regions with substantial rural unemployment and degraded land areas,” said C.T.S. Nair, chief economist in the U.N. Forestry Department and one of the authors of the report.

While all countries could benefit from investing in these green jobs, Nair said, Asia and Africa — and to some extent Latin America — could benefit the most. India, China and almost all countries in Africa stand to benefit, he added. … [more]

10 Mar 2009, 6:44pm
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Dispatch from the International Conference on Climate Change in New York

Ronald Bailey, Reason Magazine, March 9, 2009 [here]

March 8, New York—”Global warming alarmism has always been a political movement,” declared Massachusetts Institute of Technology climatologist Richard Lindzen during his keynote address at the second International Conference on Climate Change.

Organized by the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based free market think tank, the conference has 700 registered participants who are attending the three day meeting in New York. Lindzen and Czech Republic and European Union President Vaclav Klaus were the featured speakers at the conference’s opening dinner. …

Klaus confessed that he was puzzled by the environmentalist ideologues’ approach to technological progress. They oppose the technological progress that free unregulated markets make possible. On the other hand, environmentalists want to mandate what they call clean technologies. “They want to operate technologies that have only one defect,” said Klaus. “They have not been invented.” Klaus added, “There is no known and economically feasible a way for an economy to survive on expensive unreliable clean green energy.”

Klaus called into question the common notion of inter-generational equity—that the current generation should sacrifice now to benefit future generations. Should we have a preference for future generations over poor people today? Klaus ended by observing that environmentalist ideologues say that they want to “save the planet. The question is from what and for whom?”

Lindzen decried what he sees as the intellectual corruption that global warming alarmism has brought to climatology. He noted that many climatologists are happy to issue ambiguous statements that are then spun by activists into alarms. The result is increased funding for climate research, so no one publicly complains about the spinning. Most of the funding for climate research would not be there were it not for the global warming issue. Lindzen added, “Most science funded under the rubric of climate does not actually deal with climate, but rather with the alleged impact of arbitrarily assumed climate change.” …

Lindzen also stated that the global mean temperature has not increased since 1995, even if one includes the anomalous big El Nino year of 1998. He added that this lack of warming is not a dispositive argument against anthropogenic global warming. Nevertheless, the lack of a recent discernible warming trend will have an impact on the public as debates about policies to cut emissions and increase energy prices to mitigate warming go forward. … [more]

10 Mar 2009, 6:38pm
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Enivro Groups Still Lily White

by Lawrence Jackson, Associated Press, NY Times, 03/10/2009 [here]

Lisa P. Jackson, Environmental Protection Agency administrator, says staff members should “look like the people we serve.”

Mr. Ringo, now president of the Apollo Alliance, a coalition of environmental, labor and business groups, says that even today, he is often the only environmentalist in the room who is not white.

“We’re not where we were, but we’re not where we want to be,” Mr. Ringo said of the environmental movement’s efforts to diversify.

National environmental organizations have traditionally drawn their membership from the white and affluent, and have faced criticism for focusing more on protecting resources than protecting people.

But with a black president committed to environmental issues in the White House and a need to achieve broader public support for initiatives like federal legislation to address global warming, many environmentalists say they feel pressure to diversify the movement further, both in membership and at higher levels of leadership.

“Our groups are not as diverse as we’d like, but every one of the major groups has diversity as a top priority,” said Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “There’s great commitment to making the environmental movement representative of what the country is.” … [more]

Note: Said Whitey with an insincere wink. Same old story, nothing new here. The lily white enviro groups are inveterate racists, both in membership and policy.

10 Mar 2009, 6:33pm
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Grazing: Good or bad for wildfires?

BLM researchers want to assemble data to judge environmental effects

by Patricia R. McCoy, Capital Press, 3/5/2009 [here]

BOISE - The Bureau of Land Management is launching studies to find out if livestock grazing can be a tool to reduce the threat of wildfires or if it may make them worse.

Mike Pellant, coordinator of the Great Basin Restoration Initiative for BLM, said grazing and anti-grazing proponents made claims on both sides of the issue after the 2007 Murphy Complex fire, Idaho’s second-largest wildfire on record.

“Our own studies indicate grazing made a difference and can be a tool, but it needs to be used properly. We think targeted grazing by specific kinds of livestock might be an answer, but we need solid, scientific data,” Pellant said.

He said the BLM wants to develop internal guidelines for grazing to reduce fuels. … [more]

10 Mar 2009, 6:32pm
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Wolf Pack Kills Cougar

By JASON KAUFFMAN, Idaho Mountain Express, March 4, 2009 [here]

A 2-year-old mountain lion believed to have been killed by gray wolves lies in the snow near Sun Valley’s Elkhorn neighborhood early Monday afternoon. A follow-up necropsy found multiple puncture wounds consistent with a wolf attack on the predator’s hindquarters, back and neck areas. Photo by Willy Cook

An age-old conflict between two formidable foes ended with the death of a well-traveled mountain lion in the foothills above Elkhorn this week.

The epic fight likely occurred Sunday night, Hailey-based Idaho Department of Fish and Game Conservation Officer Lee Garwood said as he ran his hand through the cougar’s matted fur just after noon on Monday.

“There’s still some warmth,” he said.

According to Garwood, the confrontation likely pitted the solitary, 2-year-old male cougar against an unknown number of wolves from the Phantom Hill pack. Tipped off by nearby residents, the seasoned officer found the crumpled remains of the big cat near the carcass of a cow elk it had likely been feeding on before its fateful encounter.

Only a few hundred yards from where Garwood stood was the first of several large homes in the lower end of Parker Gulch. … [more]

Note: Wolves are like any other dog, they are relentless and unmerciful on cats.

10 Mar 2009, 6:29pm
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Capping Economic Growth

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY, March 05, 2009 [here]

Tax-challenged Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and White House Budget Director Peter Orszag went to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to defend a federal budget that assumes $650 billion in revenue from a cap-and-trade carbon emissions scheme that may be worse than Bill Clinton’s defeated Btu tax on energy.

Under the plan, the Obama administration would sell or auction off emission credits based on a predetermined cap of carbon emissions arbitrarily set for the U.S. economy. Lower-polluting companies could then trade their excess. At least that’s the theory.

The problem is that capping emissions based on dubious climate science will also kill hopes for a rapid economic recovery. Any good that comes from the stimulus package will be wiped out by this energy tax that will be passed on to every consumer through everything we produce and consume.

Money that could be spent on creating jobs will be wasted trying to save the polar bear.

Geithner told the House Ways and Means Committee: “There is no other way to try to get us on a path of energy independence and address the critical problems caused by climate change without changing the incentives.”

Incentives? And just who has lost his job or had his house foreclosed while the Earth has actually cooled in the last decade? … [more]

10 Mar 2009, 6:25pm
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Cow Fart Tax Update

Farm Bureau Calls ‘Cow Tax’ Bill Timely and Critical

American Farm Bureau Federation, March 5, 2009 [here]

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 5, 2009 – Legislation introduced today to prevent a “cow tax” on farmers and ranchers is both “timely and critical,” said the American Farm Bureau Federation.

In a letter to the bill’s sponsors, Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), AFBF commended their bipartisan efforts and said the organization would work with them to ensure that the legislation gains broad support.

The Thune-Schumer bill would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing Title V operating permits on U.S. agriculture operations under the Clean Air Act. Those permits automatically result in mandatory fees.

If EPA were to regulate greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) under the act, as the agency indicated it was considering last year in an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, AFBF calculated that it could cost farmers and ranchers $175 per dairy cow, $87.50 per beef cow and $21.87 per hog. The fees were arrived at using publicly available government data.

“The concerns farmers raise are real,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “They are all the more pressing now as the agency is reportedly looking at potentially regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.”

AFBF brought attention to the potential operating fees last year when EPA’s proposed rulemaking was published, along with a statement by the Agriculture Department that it would result in increased regulation of farming operations. The reaction from farmers and ranchers across the country was swift and widespread, leading to the legislators’ commitment to work on legislation. … [more]

9 Mar 2009, 12:15am
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Final WI ELF members are sentenced

Justice system works, says research facility director

Sarah Juon , Editor, NewsoftheNorth.Net, March 7, 2009 [here]

When the sentence was handed down last month for the final two Earth Liberation Front members who committed sabotage on the U.S. Forest Service research facility [Forestry Sciences Laboratory] in Rhinelander in 2000, a collective sigh of relief went up.

Eric Gustafson, a biologist and the new director of the Institute for Applied Ecosystem Studies at the forest research lab, said the nine-year wait for closure was satisfying. “It may not seem like a big deal after all this time, but we were grateful for the perseverance of the FBI and other law enforcement groups that helped. It shows the justice system works.” …

Gustafson said the Earth Liberation Front attack was based on a false idea about what the research facility is doing. “They thought we were doing lab work with the poplars – genetic engineering. These are strictly hybrids of aspen and cottonwood, bred for rapid growth.”

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8 Mar 2009, 11:44pm
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Can’t see the forest for the fees

by Lois Henry, The Bakersfield Californian, March 7, 2009 [here]

I’ve said this before and it never ceases to be true: giving government agencies near-total control with virtually zero accountability is always — always — a bad idea.

This axiom is playing itself out again in the Kern River Valley where Sequoia National Forest Service officials have earned the community’s ire by bumping up day use and camping fees.

Everyone knows it costs money to keep up with the potties, trash and vandalism massive crowds bring with them over the summer.

What’s sticking in residents’ craws, however, is this:

• The Forest Service isn’t keeping up with trash, sanitation and vandalism.

• It isn’t providing better amenities.

• It hasn’t properly accounted for fees it’s collected and spent over the last several years.

And, in the process of doubling its fees on several sites, it also proposed a host of new fee sites the community feared would ensnare the whole lake and upper Kern River into a scheme that would have seen visitors charged $10 for parking to snap a few pictures.

Oh yeah, and residents tell me they are fed up with the lack of communication, doublespeak and outright misleading information they’ve been given by Forest Service officials over this issue. … [more]

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