Japan Plays Russian Roulette in its Energy Quest

Fifty-five million years ago the world's climate was catastrophically changed when volcanoes melted natural gas frozen in the seabed. Now Japan plans to drill for the same icy crystals to end its reliance on imported energy. Billions of tons of methane hydrate, frozen chunks of chemical-laced water buried in sediment some 3,000 feet under the Pacific Ocean floor, may help Japan win energy independence from the Middle East and Indonesia. Japanese engineers have found enough “flammable ice'' to meet its gas use demands for 14 years. The trick is extracting it without damaging the environment.

 

Hark, The Herald (And Lots of Other Papers) Finally Sing About The Climate

Big wake-up to global warming

To illustrate, the Philadelphia Inquirer tracked the number of times the term “global warming” was mentioned in their paper over the years. In 2007 “global warming” was mentioned over 400 times, more than double any previous year.

An attitude shift as inexorable as global warming itself this year brought world groups together to debate risks.

“This was the year that global warming hit the mass radar screen, driven by a drumbeat of catastrophic predictions from top scientists, a jaw-dropping acceleration in polar ice melt…” 

Canada's Global Warming Grinch

Stephen Harper seemed positively grumpy the other day as he described the implications of his government actually doing something about global warming.
 
In a year-end interview with CBC, Harper said “”As soon as you're dedicated to actually reducing emissions, that imposes costs on the economy…Once we start [and] these things start biting, the criticism we're going to be getting is that we're doing too much.”
 
Harper seems like a man bragging to his neglected wife that if he ever made love to her, she might die from exhaustion.

400 Prominent Scientists Dispute Global Warming - Bunk

Climate change denial lives - though not nearly to the extent that Swiftboater Marc Morano would have you believe in his latest wild overstatement about “prominent scientists” who dispute man-made global warming.

Morano's list of “over 400” alleged climate quibblers (which can be found today on a host of right-wingy blogs and websites) includes the usual discredited suspects, a crowd of amateurs and TV weather forecasters who can claim no “pominence” in scientific circles, and another group of real climate scientists who don't actually dispute human-induced global warming at all.

It's bunk, Marc. Bunk.

The Excess of Evil Strikes Again!

The Bush administration's decision to deny California permission to regulate and reduce global warming emissions from cars and trucks is an indefensible act of executive arrogance that can only be explained as the product of ideological blindness and as a political payoff to the automobile industry.

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