Category Archives: Environment

I had wondered what was going on in the peak oil world

Oil and gas production in North America is booming and we’re past the usual estimates for peak oil. Now it turns out that one of the peak oil advocacy sites is shutting down.

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Go Visit Longnow.com, and a Different Theory About Easter Island

Too busy to blog much right now, so go visit Longnow.com. Lots of good seminars there on a variety of topics. The videos are subscriber-only, but the summaries are good and you can listen to the MP3 version under the … Continue reading

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Hybrids More Practical Than Pure Electrics

Great interview by Megan McArdle. A lot of people have concluded that gas-electric hybrids make more sense today than pure electrics and so has the market. This is an in-depth explanation of why that is. Electric Vehicles May Be the … Continue reading

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Lead and Crime

Mother Jones – America’s Real Criminal Element: Lead So Nevin dove in further, digging up detailed data on lead emissions and crime rates to see if the similarity of the curves was as good as it seemed. It turned out … Continue reading

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Did Cash for Clunkers Hurt the Environment?

Whoops—’Cash for Clunkers’ Actually Hurt the Environment Drudge linked to that piece as a study, but it’s actually quoting facts from this article at E Magazine. So we’ve got some facts, but calling it a study is a stretch. That … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to Peak Oil?

Remembering “Peak Oil” Madness: Contrary to some predictions that world oil production has peaked or will soon do so, Maugeri projects that output should grow from the current 93 million barrels per day to 110 million barrels per day by … Continue reading

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Conservation wins in Tennessee

I have some issues with the environmental movement, but I’m all for conservation of wildlife habitat and natural beauty. Score two points for the good guys. Refuge renewal: 68 acres of critical habitat added to Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge – That … Continue reading

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Climate Skeptics 2, Micheal Mann 0

National Review takes out full page ad in Penn State student paper congratulating the university for having a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Previously – Zombie Oscar Wilde Says “Suing for Libel Can Backfire”

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Zombie Oscar Wilde Says “Suing for Libel Can Backfire”

Climate researcher Michael Mann – of global warming hockeystick and Climategate fame – is suing the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Rand Simberg and National Review and Mark Steyn for libel. The suite follows a post by Simberg at CEI that … Continue reading

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How Well Do Climate Models Predict Climate?

Climate Models versus Reality: Part I: A 2011 study in the Journal of Forecasting took the same data set and compared model predictions against a “random walk” alternative, consisting simply of using the last period’s value in each location as … Continue reading

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Lifestyles of the Rich and Environmentalist: Will.I.Am

Will.I.Am attends climate change talk in helicoper: The Voice judge had been meeting climate change experts at Oxford University as part of a guest speaking role. Despite his environmentally-conscious stance on green issues, the Black Eyed Peas rapper, 37, chose … Continue reading

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Good News, Everyone! U.S. CO2 Production Falls 7.7%

Vancouver Observer – Climate change stunner: USA leads world in CO2 cuts since 2006: “US emissions have now fallen by 430 Mt (7.7%) since 2006, the largest reduction of all countries or regions. This development has arisen from lower oil … Continue reading

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This is Your Train on Drugs: CA Train Versus Endangered Species, Asthmatic Children

LA Times – Environmental objections in path of bullet train: The California bullet train is promoted as an important environmental investment for the future, but over the next decade the heavy construction project would potentially harm air quality, aquatic life … Continue reading

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How long until a hybrid or electric car pays for its extra cost?

NY Times – The Cost of Higher Fuel Economy I’ll insert a disclaimer here and say that I expect some controversy over the numbers. For instance, you can easily price compare a hybrid and non-hybrid versions of some of the … Continue reading

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James Lovelock Goes Skeptical on Global Warming

Environmental Guru and Inventor of the “Gaia” Theory of the Living Earth James Lovelock: I Was a Climate Change “Alarmist” And So Is Al Gore “The problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew … Continue reading

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