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Good News: Congressional "Quick Action" Bill Against Global Warming


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Tom
- 2043 days ago - biologicaldiversity.org
Today the Center for Biological Diversity, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, Defenders of Wildlife, and Earthjustice applauded the introduction of federal legislation that would reduce domestic and global emissions of black carbon.



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Past Member (0)
Thursday March 26, 2009, 6:35 pm
Hooray, at last!
 

Joycey B. (750)
Thursday March 26, 2009, 6:57 pm
Thanks for this great news Tom.
 

JULIE ANN Z. (247)
Thursday March 26, 2009, 9:04 pm
This is great and for us to do this is great. now to get other countries to also stop thier pollution. Lets hope this happens in time to save the polar bears and other wildlife.
 

Elainna Crowell (174)
Friday March 27, 2009, 1:12 am
Fantastic!
 

Chris Otahal (511)
Friday March 27, 2009, 7:13 am
A step in the right direction ... but remember this bill has only been introduced ... we continue to need to push for action so that bills like this are passed by congress, signed by the president and finaly put into practice ...
 

Judy Cross (83)
Friday March 27, 2009, 10:43 am
"It is gradually dawning on Washington that cap-and-trade legislation won't pass anytime soon--certainly not this year, and probably not next year either. One reason is public opinion: a Gallup survey released last week revealed that "for the first time in Gallup's 25-year history of asking Americans about the trade-off between environmental protection and economic growth, a majority of Americans say economic growth should be given the priority, even if the environment suffers to some extent." Just four years ago, protecting the environment enjoyed a 17-point edge; today, the advantage goes to the economy, 51-42.

The second reason is regional politics. Support for environmental legislation is strongest on the coasts, weakest in the interior areas that depend more heavily on coal-fired power plants. The Midwest, which has already been hit hard by the collapse of manufacturing, would take a second blow. This matters because the Democratic Party is an uneasy coalition between the coasts and the interior, symbolized by bitter fight between Henry Waxman and John Dingell for the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. It is hard to imagine Midwestern Democrats voting for cap-and-trade in current economic circumstances, and perhaps not in any economic circumstances--that is, unless they receive credible assurances of dollar-for-dollar offsets against the higher costs their constituents would have to bear."
http://blogs.tnr.com/tnr/blogs/galston/archive/2009/03/23/a-cap-and-trade-calamity.aspx
 

Chris Otahal (511)
Friday March 27, 2009, 11:37 am
Urge Congress to Stop Global Warming

"We can choose a better future -- based on clean energy and clean jobs. Tell Congress to act now on global warming -- before the climate crisis brings our planet even one degree closer to destroying our future."

http://www.care2.com/news/member/537645068/948398

 

Judy Cross (83)
Friday March 27, 2009, 11:48 am
Aww. "before the climate crisis brings our planet even one degree closer to destroying our future." "

Yes, but which way...will you save us from cold by allowing people to heat their homes without being taxed for it?
http://www.drroyspencer.com/latest-global-temperatures/
 

Chris Otahal (511)
Friday March 27, 2009, 12:03 pm
If you look at the graph you just posted you will note there is a long term UPWARD TREND IN TEMPRATURE - between 1979 and 2009 there was an INCREASE of 0.4 degrees!!!!

That is consistant with FIVE other data sets ALL showing a RISING TEMP trend from 1979- present

http://www.climate4you.com/images/AllCompared%20GlobalMonthlyTempSince1979.gif

and that is consistant with the 100-year trend as well:

http://www.worldclimatereport.com/wp-images/US_temps_2008.JPG

and the trend fro 1880:

http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/graphs/Fig.A.lrg.gif

 

Chris Otahal (511)
Friday March 27, 2009, 12:10 pm
As to a "lack of interest" regarding this issue ...

Vote for the Earth on March 28

Vote for the Earth by turning off the lights at 8:30 p.m., March 28, 2009, for one hour--Earth Hour--to raise awareness and take action to fight climate change. U.S. Activists: Tell your federal and state elected officials to shut off their lights too!

http://www.care2.com/news/member/338686546/1099030



 

Judy Cross (83)
Friday March 27, 2009, 12:35 pm
You can't spin the present cold reality by saying," but it was warm before". That was then...this is now. It's not going to get warmer for a long, long time.

People are waking up and responses to articles like this are not getting the sheeplelike answers Warmists rely on. I have a feeling the numbers will be less than last year of those who cooperate.
 

Chris Otahal (511)
Friday March 27, 2009, 2:58 pm
Truely AMAZING - you keep harping on "it is cooling" when even YOUR OWN DATA say it is not LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!

"People are waking up and responses to articles like this are not getting the sheeplelike answers Warmists rely on..." HALARIOUS comming from a person which consistently garners 20 or less "notes" per prapaganda article LMAO!!!!! Just how many front page news articles have you been promoted lately????? LMAO!!!!

"I have a feeling the numbers will be less than last year of those who cooperate. .." Earth Hour has grown eminsly - MILLIONS of people will participate this year and 3,000 citys have pleged their support (up from 100 or so last year) - the movement is GROWING and your retoric won't make THAT fact go away either LMAO!!!!!

Repower, Refuel, and Rebuild America - Petition

We need to get our economy moving by building a clean energy future. We applaud your efforts to make energy a top priority, and urge you to adopt these goals ...

http://www.care2.com/news/member/537645068/1003408
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Friday March 27, 2009, 4:26 pm
Noted , thans !!!
 

Sandra Martinho (35)
Friday March 27, 2009, 4:49 pm
Great!!!!
 

Dale Husband (124)
Friday March 27, 2009, 9:14 pm
I get sick unto death of us being held hostage to the fossil fuel companies and people like Judy Cross being fanatical apologists for them. The sooner we overthrow and destroy them, the better off we will be! We can free ourselves from them forever by building MILLIONS of solar panels and windmills everywhere!

Assuming that "It's not going to get warmer for a long, long time" because we had a recent cold snap is simply laughable. This month alone, we had two short cold snaps here in Texas, but the overall temperatures are still getting warmer since the end of January. Extend that concept to several decades and to the entire world, and Judy's claims fall flat. She doesn't know that we are getting cooler, that's what she is HOPING for!

http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/rss/from:1980/to:2009/plot/rss/from:1980/to:2009/trend

In that graph alone, there were FIVE temperature drops simular to the present one, yet the general trend was still upward. That trend line has to even out before global warming can be said to be a non-issue.
 

Lily K. (49)
Saturday March 28, 2009, 1:13 am
It is a start in the right direction. The world looks toward America to lead. Climate change is a natural event but i have no doubt that we caused some problems.
 

Lily K. (49)
Saturday March 28, 2009, 1:20 am
Sometimes i think about what the world would have been like if white european man had followed the lead of the indiginous population in America, Australia, New Zealand etc. As we know the American Red Indian were i believe a very wise race of people. When it came to their needs they did not waste nor harm other life forms unnecessarily. They only took what was required and no more and had a great respect and love the earth, rivers, mountains, land & other animals. Then white man came along and the rest is history. We have not respected the earth enough. What type of world is it when profit and the dollar is more important then the earth we live on, the animals we share it with and the air we breath.
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Saturday March 28, 2009, 6:33 am
That's for sure Lily. The native people of N. America at least were very connected with nature. They respected and revered it. 'Ownership' of it was a foreign idea to them. They shared, europeans took (stole essentially) and for themselves only (essentially).

A great analogy of nature and humans is found in this old first nations story of indian and white man:
An indian was sitting on a log in the forest. A white man came up and wanted to sit down too, so the indian moved over and let him. Then the white man moved right up near the indian so the indian had to move over a bit. The white man again moved right up against the indian, so again the indian had to move over, now of course getting nearer to the end of the log. This repeated until the indian was finally sitting on the very end of the log with nowhere else to go and then the white man sat right beside him again pushing the indian off the log.
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Saturday March 28, 2009, 6:33 am
I have applied this analogy to what humans have done to nature essentially on the planet and it seems to fit to a 't'.
 

Misti Blue (41)
Saturday March 28, 2009, 7:16 am
Noted with great thanks Tom!
 

David Gould (155)
Saturday March 28, 2009, 10:17 am
"The graph above represents the latest update; updates are usually made within the first week of every month. The smooth curve in the graph is a fourth-order polynomial fit to the data, which smooths out the large amount of monthly variability in the data and helps reveal the underlying ‘trends’. (There is no claim that this curve has any predictive power for the coming months or years.)"

Once again this shows how a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. This satellite, so called, measurement is based upon a predictive measurement and not an actual measurement...let's apply simple logic...how can a satellite flying 80 miles above the surface measure the temperatures on the surface of the planet...predictive measurement is gained by a ratio of the reflective infer-red spectrum and hence is affected by the relative cloud cover of any given time...cloud cover as the Chinese proved last year during the Olympic Games has been increasing for some while due to the increased volcanic activity on the earth's surface...as interesting as all this is it has little or no bearing upon the matter in hand; which is the tracking of temperatures on the planet surface, which as we all know is measured by a number of methods, including international weather stations, weather balloons and so forth...again this measures the weather variations and not the climate which is an analysis of the underlying trends over time. In spite of all her efforts to convince us to the opposite most authorities now agree that there is a general upward trend of temperatures in terms of climate. The most measurable affect this is having is the actual melting of ice and glaciers which as we have already shown are melting at a rate of about three hundred cubic Kilometers per year (Stern et al). The fact that most countries are now beginning to realise the likely outcome of this is being belatedly translated into legislation...but the deniers will prove that black equals white...which in strict terms of physics it does. We have to concentrate upon measurable effects as seen on the surface of the planet. Sea levels are rising and the need to do something drastic to cut harmful effects of mass fossil fuel usage is upon us.
Just love the legend at the bottom left of the page which says "done, but with errors on page." I'll say.
 

David Gould (155)
Sunday March 29, 2009, 5:07 pm
Earth Hour...the world voted.
Ms X you must see this one.. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090329/ap_on_re_eu/earth_hour_19
 
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