Senate Advances Climate Change Bill

In a gesture that could never have prevailed under its former leadership (see James Inhofe or Marc Morano ), the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works has advanced the first bill calling for mandatory limits on greenhouse gases.

Nice to see the tide beginning to turn, despite the Administration's efforts to stand in the waves, holding hands with Canada and Japan trying to convince everyone that they have dry feet.

You Might Die - But it Will Cost Too Much To Do Anything So Let's Not.

If you were told that you had a fatal disease and a Doctor told you how to get better, but then an economist came along and told you that the cost of treating you would be too high so it would be better not to do anything - would you sit there and wait to die?

It's that kind of inane logic that governs this quote from Cato Institute Senior fellow, Jerry Taylor who said, “scientists are in no position to intelligently guide public policy on climate change.” Scientists can lay out scenarios, but it is up to economists to weigh the costs and benefits and many of them say the costs of cutting emissions are higher than the benefits”.

A Climactic Scandal? Harper Government Cannot Account for $1.5 billion in Climate Change Funds

Yesterday at a meeting of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, Canada's Minister of the Environment waffled about heavily and refused to provide a full accounting of the government's $1.519 billion Canada Eco Trust Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change.

This follows on criticism two weeks ago of the Eco Trust by the government's Auditor General, Sheila Fraser, who stated:

We are deeply concerned about very large transfers being made purportedly for certain purposes. But when you look at the actual agreements there are absolutely no conditions requiring the recipient to use the moneys for the purposes being announced.”

Lacking the oversight guaranteeing that monies provided to the provinces will be spent appropriately is bad enough, but even worse it appears the government cannot even account for monies spent to date.

Bali-bound Baird Hiding Climate Information

Canadian scientists say the federal government is sticking to its policy of willful ignorance on climate change, most recently by delaying the release of a report outlining likely impacts.

In a story today by CanWest News Service's Mike De Souza, several senior scientists say climate change has huge implications for Canada. Melting of the Arctic ice could reveal resource wealth - and trigger conflicts over who should have access and ownership of those resources.

Warming could also destroy rich fish species like the sockeye salmon, and falling water levels could disrupt shipping and reduce Canada's capacity to generate electricity.

DSCOVR Grounded by Office Politics?

They spent $100 million on the spacecraft. It’s finished.
Two other countries and another US government agency have offered to launch it at no cost to NASA.
Yet it still remains in a box.

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