Sarah Palin's image already appears on the newer nickels.

calendar   Friday - December 21, 2012

Ruh Roh

We had very heavy rain last night. I’m guessing 3 or 4 inches worth. It rained so hard that the sound of it woke me up, and we live in a downstairs unit.

I was just down town. The waters are getting awfully high.

If I had to choose a new name for Clinton, I’d call this place Confluence. Because Clinton is where 3 rivers come together: the Spruce Run, the South Branch of the Raritan, and the Beaver Brook. Granted, none of them are mighty rivers. And the Beaver Brook is a brook, though it’s one that is nearly as deep as it is wide. And right now they are all topping full. The South Branch carries all the water away from town. Right now it’s about 2 feet below flood stage. And the weather forecast is for more rain.

Ruh roh. I fear for all my pretty bridges downstream. Well, a little. They’ve dealt with this a million times before.


127 years old, the iron half-Phoenix Column Hamden Rd bridge crosses the South Branch a couple miles south of Clinton NJ


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calendar   Sunday - December 16, 2012

remarks by president on ct. and other mixed bag of subjects

Back, in a manner of speaking.
Nasty reaction to medication doc gave me.

Heard news of killings at Ct. school on the radio late last night. Shocker.  Just little kids. The killer had to be severely twisted mentally.  How could his late mom have not seen something wrong there?

I won’t dwell on that subject except for one other related thing.

I heard Obama’s remarks as they were also broadcast here.  He sounded quite emotional and there was a bit of dead airtime during his remark.
Very un-presidential I thought.  I’m willing to believe he was genuine as after all, he is a father no matter what else we believe about the guy.
But choking up and sounding as if he’d cry at any moment was toe curling and cringe-worthy.  Good grief. Like him or not he carries a title as head of state and is seen as a leader of the free world.  Well, a leader of some kind anyway.  You do not get all teary-eyed before going public.  You compose yourself and go on only when ready.  Or am I mistaken on that?

I liked Richard Nixon btw, and know during his last days in office some of his public remarks were emotional sounding.

Speaking of Nixon.  I heard an interesting program last night and it was based on the interviews he’d done with Frost.
It was sort of a re-cap of life and career.
From beginning to end it was genuine hatchet job which made me love and admire Nixon even more than I already did. But golly sports fans, he had flaws. Oh woo. None of the rest of us have those. Sure thing. We’re all perfect and especially the media.  Right. Always fair minded. Right?

They played a tape recording which was presented as proof of how racist and bigoted he was supposed to have been. Really. When you listen to it if open minded and even if not a fan, there was no racism there. Zip.  He said Latins weren’t very good at governing, he used Italy and Spain as examples, and then said look at France. Look at their problems and they are somewhat latin.  And yes, he mentioned Africa saying they were just not up to what it takes to govern and hold a country together.  Was he wrong?  He didn’t use the ‘N’ word either.  But somehow he was presented as racist and bigoted. He said African states were childlike and always demanding something. Gimme-gimme. Or words to that effect.
BBC program had a field day with that.

With regard to shooting in Ct. It won’t surprise any of you to know the liberal minded here are all over those ignorant uncivilized and barbaric Americans and their love affair with guns.

Meanwhile back at the home ranch:

Gunman robs elderly homeowners before kidnapping wife in their own car

Man broke into couple’s home and demanded money with a gun
Woman was forced into her own car and driven around for 15 minutes
Police have urged robber to give himself up

By Harriet Cooke

The terrifying ordeal came after a man turned up at a house in Lymington, Hampshire, yesterday morning, and used a gun to demand money from the couple who live there.

The man - in his 70s - received a minor head injury during a confrontation with the suspect.

As you can see, with the very strict control they have here, and btw should you want to know, it is against the law to have and carry a weapon of that sort.
Apparently this fellow didn’t quite understand the law. Or maybe,,,, he didn’t care?

If you’ve a mind to, surf to the Daily Mail and read the comments posted by many here re. Americans and guns. I won’t go there. I don’t need any more anger and angst in my life at the moment. 

On an all together different subject entirely.  Were you aware that as much as 80 percent of us, speaking of Americans, believe goreball warming is a serious threat to the USA? Must be true cos it’s in the papers.

80 per cent of Americans think global warming is serious problem for U.S.

A recent poll found 4 out of every 5 Americans said climate change will be a serious problem for the United States if nothing is done about it
That’s up from 73 per cent when the same question was asked in 2009
Even most people who say they don’t trust scientists on the environment say temperatures are rising

More than half of Americans say the U.S. government should do a great deal or quite a bit about the problem

By Associated Press Reporter

A growing majority of Americans think global warming is occurring, that it will become a serious problem and that the U.S. government should do something about it, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds.

Even most people who say they don’t trust scientists on the environment say temperatures are rising.

The poll found 4 out of every 5 Americans said climate change will be a serious problem for the United States if nothing is done about it.

That’s up from 73 per cent when the same question was asked in 2009.

That also comes from the Sunday Mail. I just thought you might like to know what it is you are thinking.
Look for measures inspired by euro-pee-ons to influence thinking in the US. 


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calendar   Friday - December 07, 2012

Filtered News From Fox

What a load of crap. Read the whole article; nobody says the “U word” once, yet it was common knowledge, local news, and even all over the internet that these work crews that drove halfway across the country to help were shut out because they were not union employees. And it was reported that they were told this to their faces. That was just a couple weeks ago. Has the Collective Hivemind become so blunted that it can’t remember back a whole five weeks, and history can be rewritten so quickly?

I am very disappointed in Fox News, but this isn’t the first time. I think they’re down to just one employee who tells it straight - Sean Hannity - and he’s on his way to being marginalized as a kook just like Glen Beck was. The rest of the crew are either playing it stupid or have tilted far to the left. They are the MSM just like MSNBC. Biased rats.

FEMA teams told to ‘sightsee’ as Sandy victims suffered

Hurry up and wait.

That’s what first responders were left to do after being deployed by FEMA to assist in the storm-ravaged areas in the initial days after superstorm Sandy, has learned. A FEMA worker who spoke to described a chaotic scene at New Jersey’s Fort Dix, where emergency workers arrived as the storm bore down on the Atlantic Coast. The worker said officials at the staging area were unprepared and told the incoming responders there was nothing for them to do for nearly four days.

“They told us to hurry, hurry, hurry,” the worker, who works at the agency’s headquarters in Washington and volunteered to deploy for the storm recovery effort. “We rushed to Fort Dix, only to find out that our liaison didn’t even know we were coming.”

“The regional coordinator even said to us, ‘I don’t know why you were rushed here because we don’t need you,’” said the worker, who spoke out of frustration with the lack of planning and coordination following the devastating storm.

After arriving in New Jersey, the worker and others waited for three full days and parts of another, even as reports dominated the television of the devastation and suffering wrought by the storm, which struck land on Oct. 29. When they asked for assignments, they couldn’t believe the response, according to the worker.


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calendar   Monday - September 10, 2012

I love The Fall

I meant to make this post 2 weeks ago when the leaves suddenly started to fall off the trees. Beats me why, it was still summer hot and muggy, and we haven’t been having too much lack of rain.

But today ... is fall. Thank you God.

It was just 58°F at dawn, and several hours later it has worked it’s way up to 63°F. The sun is brilliant in a clear blue sky. But what matters the most to me is that it is FINALLY dry outside.


New Jersey is a damned swamp from late April until September. Muggy muggy muggy until you want to grab the world and give it a firm twist like a washcloth and try to wring out the excess moisture.

And now all that’s gone, and in general it stays gone until the cold November rains come, heralding winter and generally making Thanksgiving a gray and chilling affair.

The weather wienies are reporting that it’s 70% relative humidity outside. That’s nice to hear, but fairly meaningless unless you remember your Earth Science from high school. Relative humidity means the amount of water vapor in the air (per unit volume) compared to how much water vapor that there could be in the air, for this temperature and pressure.

The thing is, as the temperature goes up, the air can hold more water. As the pressure increases, the atmosphere can hold more water as well. But it’s the ABSOLUTE numbers that allow you to compare apples to apples, and the absolute humidity is not often mentioned on the TV weather report.

Luckily, you can calculate your own, right here. Unless you know the current local air pressure, use a “standard atmosphere” which is 14.7psi or 101325 Pascals. Enter your numbers, select what you want converted to what, choose your settings, then click the red arrow.

And what does this neat little tool tell us? It tells us that the absolute humidity for my current conditions is 9.97gm of water per cubic meter of air. And that on a muggy NJ summer day, 85%RH at 92°F, the absolute humidity is 30.97 grams of water per cubic meter of air. More than 3 times as much. Heck, even 70%RH at 82°F is twice as much.

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calendar   Wednesday - August 01, 2012


It rained like Gosh Almighty around 5am here. Woke me up, and I usually sleep like a log.

Sun is out now, a little, and it’s not hot out, or even all that warm. About 70°F. But the humidity is right up there near the saturation point, 90% or thereabouts. Which means it’s another typical New Jersey super sticky summer day in the making. You feel uncomfortable even when it’s cool, because you can’t evaporate any moisture and there’s never any air movement.

I went and looked up that Heat Index thing this morning. It doesn’t even apply unless it’s 80 out or hotter! That sucks.  But a bit more looking about lead me to some info about the dew point that seems to be usable. Whenever the dew point is getting close to 70°F, or higher, it feels swampy. And I don’t like swampy. Currently our dew point is 68°F. That’s high enough in my opinion.

Another way to measure how hot it feels outside is to use the dew point temperature. The dew point temperature is an indicator of the absolute humidity — if the temperature drops to the dew point temperature, water vapor condenses to dew. No matter what the actual outside temperature is, most people begin to feel uncomfortable when the dew point approaches 70 degrees, and dew points above 70 degrees are oppressive.


What this chart really shows is that it’s got to be fairly dry to be comfortable when the weather gets hot. Somewhere there ought to be the winter version but I’m not sure how that one would work. High humidity and cold temps will cut right through your warm clothes, chilling you to the bone. I’ve noticed that blue jeans are especially sensitive to this. The weather folks always give us Wind Chill, but what we need just as much is something that deals with the moisture levels. 


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calendar   Friday - June 22, 2012

Stormy Weather

Looks like our heat wave is breaking, with a massive thunderstorm. Ba Boom! Lights blinking already. I know the power is going to fail. Oh well. At least that will mean an end to these August-like temps. Yowch!


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calendar   Friday - June 15, 2012

the Great Global Warming Lie and gullible loons

Further to the post re. weather Drew posted.
Here’s what Littlejohn of the Mail had to say.

So it might as well rain until September

By Richard Littlejohn

The usual gullible loons have been bouncing up and down following my column on Tuesday about the Great Global Warming Lie.

I’m accused of not knowing the difference between ‘weather’ and ‘climate’. It’s the line they always trot out when you point out the inconvenient truth about alleged ‘man-made climate change’.

But why should we believe long-term ‘climate’ predictions from global warming scaremongers like the Met Office when they can’t even get the weather forecast right from one week to the next?

Here, for instance, is the official three-month outlook from the Met Office, published on March 23 this year and sent to me by reader Ray McNaughton: ‘The forecast for average UK rainfall slightly favours drier-than-average conditions for April-May-June as a whole and also slightly favours April being the driest of the three months.’

How did that turn out, then?

According to the latest revised Met Office figures on its website: ‘Most of England, Wales and eastern Scotland were much wetter than normal, making it provisionally the wettest April on record across the UK.

‘Much of eastern and southern England, east Wales and eastern Scotland recorded well over twice the normal amount, with three times normal in places. The number of days with rain was comparable to that in April 1998, the highest in the last 50 years.’

Incidentally, 1998 is the last year in which the world was allegedly ‘warming’.

You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows .


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calendar   Thursday - June 14, 2012

Rain Rain Go Away

Looks like the Rain Spirits have left my little corner of the world and gone to visit Peiper’s. Sorry about that.

“50 Year Storm” About To Batter Britain

Hey, didn’t you guys just have a “50 year storm” last year too? Must be that damned global warming.

England and Wales are back on flood alert as Britain braces for a “once in 50 years” storm which could bring a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours and 70mph winds.

After a dry period of respite for many parts of Britain over the last two days, the wet weather is set to return this evening and get worse tomorrow as a slow-moving area of low pressure brings thundery showers and strong winds.

The Met Office has issued a new warning of wet and windy weather with periods of persistent heavy rain for parts of Wales and south-western England from late today until Saturday.

The Weather Channel said rivers would be overwhelmed and warned of a “major flooding event.” Up to 50mm more rain is due in many areas on Friday.

The Environment Agency told people in the South-West, Wales and Midlands to “prepare for flooding.” Dozens of flood alerts and warnings are expected to be in place tomorrow.

EA bosses implemented 24-hour shift patterns, visited all 150 campsites in Devon and Cornwall to warn of flooding and dispatched hundreds of extra flood specialists to assess nationwide defences and clear debris blocking rivers and drains.

“A couple of showers” is the forecast for Peiper’s corner of the Realm.


“A bit of wet” shut down his highway to London, above
British Understatement at it’s best? LOL

Peter Quarmby, the Environment Agency’s South East flood and coastal risk manager, said: “We have seen exceptional rainfall in the region over the past few days and have seen the devastating effects that flooding can cause.

“Our thoughts are with those who have been affected.

“We are focusing all efforts in working in areas that have been affected by flooding over the past few days to lower river levels and will continue to work alongside our emergency partners to assist flooded communities with immediate response and recovery.

“Latest forecasts indicate that heavy rainfall is again expected to cross the South East on Friday and into the weekend. We urge everyone to remain vigilant ahead of further rainfall tomorrow and over the weekend.

“We are monitoring the weather forecasts very closely and the possibility remains that we could issue further flood alerts in response to any significant rainfall.”
Weather Channel forecaster Leon Brown said: “There’s a 50 per cent possibility of extreme downpours seeing over 80mm of rain in 12 hours in south and east Wales, which is a once-in-50 years event.
“The heaviest rain was expected this evening and overnight, with 20-40mm widely and the potential for 40-60mm across upland Wales and particularly Northern Ireland, accompanied by gales gusing to 50mph.
“Saturday looks rather unsettled with most places seeing showers or longer spells of rain.”

“Rather unsettled”???? Time to break out the Wellies!!


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calendar   Wednesday - June 13, 2012

I Finally Sent Out A Dove

Sun is shinin’ in the sky
There ain’t a cloud in sight
It’s stopped rainin’
everybody’s in a play
And don’t you know it’s a beautiful new day

I’m crossing my fingers here, hoping that it has finally stopped raining. Sure, we’ve had 8 or 10 dry days in the past month and a half or so, and the roofers here have taken advantage of that. And we’ve had a fair number of days when it only rained half the day. But it has been awfully wet here this Spring, and pretty cool to boot. And to think that the Weather Wienies were fretting in March about the reservoir levels being down a bit from the lack of snow this past winter. Yeah right.

Spring. Ha. Summer officially begins in just over a week. It’s the middle of June and it’s all of 65°. The local forecast is for the next 10 days to be dry, with daytime temps eventually getting up to the low 80s. So I’m pondering whether the Winter That Wasn’t will be followed by the Summer That Slumped, thus giving us nearly a whole year of medial weather. That only seems right after the severe winter and the blazing summer of the previous year. Weather: it’s a big old balancing act, and we’re owed at this point.

Whatever. It’s stopped raining and the mud may even get a chance to dry up now. And my dove seems to be eating an olive leaf. Hurray!!


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calendar   Friday - June 08, 2012

not exactly the rain in spain

Battened down the atches and watching the trees bend.
Rain and more rain but the darn wind is the worry.

Actually, we are a bit lucky in our location as we are in a dip of some kind. Not sure what they call it but we do not generally get the very worst of it.
But watching large trees outside your window bend as they have been, well. It gives one pause.  Only real worry is possible loss of power if a line comes down.

Some very interesting photos and a short video of storm over lighthouse. Worth watching.

While our situation isn’t even close to these photos, not by a long shot, I must say it again.

I do MISS the desert of So. Calif. I really miss Palm Desert!
But then I come back to reality.  There isn’t any Tesco there. Not even a Waitrose. And no market deliveries.

Midsummer monsoon: 80mph storm batters the whole of Britain...

The millionaire owner of this £5m luxury yacht won’t be taking it out on the water any time soon

Met Office issues weather warnings for Wales, south-west England, the Midlands, London and the South East
High winds expected to continue today
South West is battered by storms and power cables are brought down
Hazardous road conditions result in serious accidents
Maritime and Coastguard Agency has issued warning for people to be careful along the coast
Drier conditions expected on Saturday but storm will return by Sunday
New report says the country - particularly the South - will have a wet rather than a dry summer
Environment Agency says it is for water companies to make a decision on when to lift their hosepipe bans



A multimillionaire’s luxury yacht has been badly damaged after a roof came crashing down on it in high winds as stormy weather continued to batter the UK today.

Ironically, the unnamed buyer had been due to make the final installment on the £5million Sunseeker vessel today and take delivery of it on Monday.

But last night the wind ripped the roof off a cleaning shelter straight onto the 91-ft yacht that was moored at the firm’s headquarters in Poole, Dorset. It is not yet clear how much repairs will cost.

And just down the coast in Cornwall a 42ft Yacht Iona worth £200,000 was washed up onto the shingle at St Mawes after breaking her mooring last night in the heavy storm.

Meteorologists are calling the appalling weather a ‘European monsoon’ as 80mph winds and torrential rain sweep the country.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for Wales, south-west England, the Midlands, London and the South East and eastern parts of the country.

Last night the weather front lashed the lower half of the country as an area of low pressure moved up through Southern England.Today winds could reach up to 80mph in some parts.

Waves of up to 40ft have been reported off the Cornish coast and many ferries have been cancelled. More than 50 fallen trees, many blocking roads and damaging property, were cleared overnight in Devon as winds of up to 70mph blasted seaside towns and rural villages.


Click on the pretty girl for all of the photos and story



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calendar   Monday - May 28, 2012

Junk Stats From Junk Scientists

“Global Warming Skeptics Slightly Better At Science Than True Believers”

To their amazement, the greenies ran some quiz, and found that nay-sayers knew just as much science and statistics as the worshipers of the Goreacle. To my non-amazement, both sides utterly bombed a squat-simple quiz, proving neither side knows much about anything.

Are global warming skeptics anti-science? Or just ignorant about science?

Maybe neither. A study published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change finds that people who are not that worried about the effects of global warming tend to have a slightly higher level of scientific knowledge than those who are worried, as determined by their answers to questions like:

“Electrons are smaller than atoms—true or false?”

“How long does it take the Earth to go around the Sun? One day, one month, or one year?”

“Lasers work by focusing sound waves—true or false?”

The quiz, containing 22 questions about both science and statistics, was given to 1,540 representative Americans. Respondents who were relatively less worried about global warming got 57 percent of them right, on average, just barely outscoring those whose who saw global warming as a bigger threat. They got 56 percent of the questions correct.

If those 3 examples are representative, I’d have to drive cross country to kick any of my readers in the nutz if they got less than an 80. ["ansers": 1) true; 2) one year; 3) false as you darn well already knew!] A red-assed baboon could score an 80 on this test I think. So I know I won’t be wasting a drop of 87 octane, because you’d all do way better than a pathetic 57.

Oh, and the statistics folks will notice that a score difference of 1% from a poll of 1540 is at the very fringy edge of meaninglessness. By which I mean that the differences are too close to call. Maybe they should have made it a 200 question exam instead.

“As respondents’ science literacy scores increased, their concern with climate change decreased,” the paper, which was funded by the National Science Foundation, notes.

Yale Law Professor Dan Kahan, the lead author of the study, cautioned that the survey results are not evidence for or against climate change.

“This study is agnostic on what people ought to believe,” he told “It just doesn’t follow to say this finding implies anything about what people should believe on this issue.”

That statement is pure organic compost. This was not a literacy exam, this was a science and statistics quiz ... unless there was some other exam, or some kind of educational level admission on the application form? This doesn’t jibe at all with what the examples purport to show; neither does an average score of 57% support any kind of claim to increasing literacy, unless half of the test takers were drooling imbeciles more likely to eat the test paper than to check off the boxes.

Kahan said that he thought another finding of the study was more important: That people’s cultural views – how much they value things like individualism and equality—affect their views on global warming much more than actual knowledge about science. Regardless of how much they know about science, individualists were relatively unconcerned about global warming, whereas those who value equality were very concerned.

AH HA. Now we get to the meat of things.
There HAD to be more to this study than just an analysis of a 22 question science quiz. And what the REAL take-away is, is that people who can think for themselves - individualists - are far less likely to buy into the scare=scam than are groupists - hive minded members of the Borg Collective, another pathetic sheep following the herd. Mentally lazy folk who need to be told what to do, what to wear, where to go, and what to believe in. Hypnotards.

And that’s the whole thing, in a nutshell.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/28/2012 at 06:46 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - April 05, 2012

Bear With Me On This One

An Inconvenient Truth: Polar Opposites

I know, I’ve said it before. Al Gore’s “oh noes, all the polar bears are drowning!!” was such a total crock. Said it then, said it before, saying it again. But it’s always nice when a bit more research hits the media.


Healthy polar bear count confounds doomsayers

The debate about climate change and its impact on polar bears has intensified with the release of a survey that shows the bear population in a key part of northern Canada is far larger than many scientists thought, and might be growing.

The number of bears along the western shore of Hudson Bay, believed to be among the most threatened bear subpopulations, stands at 1,013 and could be even higher, according to the results of an aerial survey released Wednesday by the Government of Nunavut. That’s 66 per cent higher than estimates by other researchers who forecasted the numbers would fall to as low as 610 because of warming temperatures that melt ice faster and ruin bears’ ability to hunt. The Hudson Bay region, which straddles Nunavut and Manitoba, is critical because it’s considered a bellwether for how polar bears are doing elsewhere in the Arctic.

The study shows that “the bear population is not in crisis as people believed,” said Drikus Gissing, Nunavut’s director of wildlife management. “There is no doom and gloom.”

The debate over the polar-bear population has been raging for years, frequently pitting scientists against Inuit. In 2004, Environment Canada researchers concluded that the numbers in the region had dropped by 22 per cent since 1984, to 935. They also estimated that by 2011, the population would decrease to about 610. That sparked worldwide concern about the future of the bears and prompted the Canadian and American governments to introduce legislation to protect them.

But many Inuit communities said the researchers were wrong. They said the bear population was increasing and they cited reports from hunters who kept seeing more bears. Mr. Gissing said that encouraged the government to conduct the recent study, which involved 8,000 kilometres of aerial surveying last August along the coast and offshore islands.

Mr. Gissing said he hopes the results lead to more research and a better understanding of polar bears. He said the media in southern Canada has led people to believe polar bears are endangered. “They are not.” He added that there are about 25,000 polar bears across Canada’s Arctic. “That’s likely the highest [population level] there has ever been.”

Maybe if we could teach them to eat environmentalists and biased scientists their numbers would increase even faster.


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calendar   Tuesday - March 27, 2012

EPA Is Out To Screw Us All

I guess I spoke too soon with that court ruling on the EPA and the coal mines. The EPA just announced it’s proposal to HALVE emissions on all future coal and oil fired power generation plants.


The Environmental Protection Agency proposed limits on greenhouse-gas emissions from new power plants on Tuesday, taking the first major regulatory action to address climate change as promised by President Obama‘s administration soon after he took office in 2009.

“We’re taking a common-sense step to reduce pollution in our air, protect the planet for our children, and move us into a new era of American energy,” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said in a statement released with the regulations.

The “new era” for energy will mean less reliance on coal, which currently provides nearly half of U.S. power supplies, and greater use of cleaner-burning natural gas, the EPA said in a release summarizing the rules. The agency is proposing that new fossil-fuel power plants — namely those fired by coal and natural gas — emit no more than 1,000 pounds of carbon per megawatt-hour of energy produced. That’s about the same amount of carbon emissions produced by today’s natural gas-plants and about half the amount of produced by coal plants.

“EPA’s proposed standard reflects the ongoing trend in the power sector to build cleaner plants that take advantage of American-made technologies, including new clean-burning, efficient natural-gas generation, which is already the technology of choice for new and planned power plants,” the EPA release said.

Even before EPA officially announced the rule, environmentalists were cheering and critics of the agency were jeering. The rule is sure to reignite a fight over climate change both in Congress and on the campaign trail.

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee ranking member James Inhofe, R-Okla., immediately vowed to fight the rule by introducing a congressional resolution to nullify it. “This plan is the most devastating installment in the Obama administration’s war on affordable energy: It achieves their cap-and-trade agenda through regulation instead of legislation,” Inhofe said at a hearing on Tuesday.

Hey Climate Change deniers - deny this!! It doesn’t matter what you say, what proof you’ve found that the whole Carbon thing is a lying phony scheme, it doesn’t matter that at least half the population is against it. The EPA - which apparently has the power to regulate us to death WITHOUT Congressional approval!!!!! Tyranny! - is going ahead and doing whatever the hell it wants to to fight greenhouse gases and climate change, AND YOU CAN’T DO JACK SHIT ABOUT IT, YOU STUPID WINGNUT LOSER.

The regulation, which was due to be released last July but was held up at the White House, stemmed from a settlement with environmental groups and states. The government already controls global warming pollution at the largest industrial sources, has adopted the first-ever standards for new cars and trucks and is working on regulations to reduce greenhouse gases at existing power plants and refineries.

Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, an advocacy group fighting coal-fired power, said in an interview that the regulation shows that President Barack Obama is moving to a cleaner energy future.

“It’s a strong move,” Brune said. “It means there will never be another coal plant built without new technology and it probably means even those won’t be built because they can’t compete.”

Other advocacy groups, however, said the regulation was imperfect, since it “grandfathers” in existing plants.

“EPA also must focus on the main source of power plant carbon emissions—existing coal-fired plants, many of them more than 50 years old, which are responsible for nearly 40 percent of U.S. carbon emissions,” said Kevin Knobloch, the president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, who said the regulation was a historic step to “trim” carbon emissions.

Even if the proposal did result in no new coal-fired power plants being built in the U.S., the coal would be exported and burned for electricity elsewhere, contributing to global warming. Export would also increase emissions because of the pollution from the transportation.

But Republicans said the new rule could not come at a worse time, with concern about high gasoline prices and energy taking center stage in the presidential election.

Fox News on TV is reporting that the combination of old plants closing and new ones having to spend dozens of millions more per boiler to install carbon catching filters will likely cause a TWENTY PERCENT jump in the price of electricity. Oh yeah, that one won’t have any downstream economic impact at all, will it? Other than causing the price of everything to nearly double.

So I guess the energy companies will just have to build nice clean non-polluting nuclear generators instead. Oh wait, that’s not allowed.

Well then, they’ll build natural gas fired ones, using all that natural gas the Canadians want to sell us. Oh wait, we not going to get that pipeline, are we?

Well then, the whole darn Northeast seems to be sitting on a massive deep deposit of natural gas. Let’s get to frakking and get it out. Oh wait, that’s not going to be allowed either. Shit.

Looks like we’re really screwed then. And at just the perfect time too, what with the snail’s pace of the Great Economic Recovery, all those new high paying jobs that haven’t been created or saved, and the real estate market going into it’s - I’m losing count at this point - 4th double dip??

And Obama keeps a campaign promise after all. Allow me to quote the One, from his 2008 campaign:

You know, when I was asked earlier about the issue of coal, uh, you know — Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it — whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, uh, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.

And you can guess the result ... and it wasn’t any unintended consequence from some well intentioned piece of legislation. This is a purposeful, tyrannical move by a branch of the government without any oversight or voter control to destroy the nation. PERIOD.

The proposal does not cover existing plants, although utility companies have announced that they plan to shut down more than 300 boilers, representing more than 42 gigawatts of electricity generation — nearly 13 percent of the nation’s coal-fired electricity — rather than upgrade them with pollution-control technology.

Rolling blackouts much? Welcome to the Turd World you dumb crackers, population: you.

Too bad the greenies didn’t really get their way: they wanted this proposal to apply to current power plants too, which would have shut down half the power plants in the nation overnight. Way to kill the economy stone dead, fuckwits. But that’s what they really want: they want half the population to die off, and the rest of us to live shivering in caves, dressed in Renewable Resource Rags™ while eating our government supplied daily ration of bean paste. Because greenies are the ultimate Luddites: they believe that fire is bad, and anything and everything that has come from that is wrong and must be abolished.

Meanwhile, two thirds of the human race all over the globe is perfectly willing and eager to burn whatever they can get their hands on to produce heat or electricity, “greenhouse gases” or any kind of air pollution be damned. So let’s grind the greatest nation that ever existed into ashes so that the mud people can continue fouling the global nest with nary a backwards glance. I guess that’s the Social Justice we deserve for not sucking at life like they always have.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/27/2012 at 12:43 PM   
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calendar   Friday - March 23, 2012

Cat is out of the bag

Scientific American: Only Way To Beat Global Warming Is One World Totalitarian Government

Well, gee, I toldja so a few years back, right?

Effective World Government Will Be Needed to Stave Off Climate Catastrophe
To be effective, a new set of institutions would have to be imbued with heavy-handed, transnational enforcement powers. There would have to be consideration of some way of embracing head-in-the-cloud answers to social problems that are usually dismissed by policymakers as academic naivete. In principle, species-wide alteration in basic human behaviors would be a sine qua non, but that kind of pronouncement also profoundly strains credibility in the chaos of the political sphere.

Behavioral economics and other forward-looking disciplines in the social sciences try to grapple with weighty questions. But they have never taken on a challenge of this scale, recruiting all seven billion of us to act in unison. The ability to sustain change globally across the entire human population over periods far beyond anything ever attempted would appear to push the relevant objectives well beyond the realm of the attainable. If we are ever to cope with climate change in any fundamental way, radical solutions on the social side are where we must focus, though. The relative efficiency of the next generation of solar cells is trivial by comparison.

The author also suggests downplaying nuclear power and clean coal, but at least has the honesty to ponder the “gosh, how do we set it up so that a tyrant can’t abuse the system if he gets in charge?” issue. Too bad no answer to that one is included. He does write in a nice erudite style, which slightly hides and softens the message, which is as cold and absolute as only Science or Stalin can be.

Stupid greenies. You aren’t going to push developed nations back into the stone age, and you aren’t going to stop developing nations from developing. If they ever do. If you really want to minimize waste heat and CO2 levels, then you have no other realistic choice: beef must go, and the world must learn to live on chicken and fish. Oh, and everything must run on electricity, generated by nuclear reactors and tidal generators. Wind power is a circle jerk daydream, and solar power is a minimal localized solution with a huge cost overhead and a nearly infinite break even point.

And now the cat is completely out of the bag: global communism is the answer to the “problem”. Redistribution and rationing, by force. Great, let’s do it. Because the first thing the Oceania Ministry of Finance will figure out is that investing in Eastasia is a waste; no matter how much money, effort, or technology you invest there, things will never improve. And Eastasia is wall to wall people, and always has been. Better to just cut them off now; in 20 years there won’t be anyone left, and think how much less waste heat and CO2 that will mean.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/23/2012 at 06:38 AM   
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