January 28, 2009
We've Arrived at a Moment of Decision
By Al Gore
We are here today to talk about how we as Americans and how the United States of America as part of the...
Green Revolution - Ideology Holding America BackLast Updated on 2009-12-10 10:03:00American competitiveness is severely hobbled by our "free market" and anti-government attitudes. One way our competitors hold us back is by encouraging this outdated ideology. Result: other countries have national economic/industrial strategies and we don't. So we lose.
Remember how "chips" was a major driver of the economy in the 80s and 90s? Then the Internet drove the economy late 90's and early 2000s? The world understands that "green energy" is the next big industry that will drive the world economy. Actually, the rest of the world has understood this for some time and has been investing and inventing and innovating and building. Meanwhile over here America's big oil and coal companies bought themselves a Presidency and an anti-government ideology and a climate-change-denial industry that has cost us 8 years and counting.
Now we're playing catch-up, and the rest of the world is... More »
Al Gore fights back against climate change deniersLast Updated on 2009-12-09 12:43:39As world leaders convene in Copenhagen for the global climate conference, Former Vice President Al Gore has been making the interview rounds pushing back on "ClimateGate" and promoting his new book , Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis.
In a wide-ranging interview with Slate, Gore talks about environmental policy, why the Copenhagen meeting matters, and the hacked climate science emails. The emails, Gore stresses, were "taken wildly out of context" and the uproar surrounding them is "sound and fury signifying nothing."
His frustration with the hacked-email fallout is palpable. "The basic facts are incontrovertible. What do they think happens when we put 90 million tons up there every day? Is there some magic wand they can wave on it and presto!--physics is overturned and carbon dioxide doesn't trap heat anymore?" Gore asked, and pressed his point harder: "And when we see all... More »
Park Rangers make the case for night skiesLast Updated on 2009-12-09 00:00:00BRYCE CANYON, UT (kuer) - For 10 years, the National Park Service has been measuring light pollution, how bright lights obscure views of the heavens. They've been educating park visitors and local communities in southern Utah about the benefits of preserving natural darkness. In the first of a two-part series, Ross Chambless has the story.
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New alliances between labor, greens and big business emergingLast Updated on 2009-12-04 10:21:33
The transformation of America’s environmental movement began, as ex-United Steelworkers board member David Foster recalls, in late 2004 in a borrowed conference room at a table surrounded by union officials, top aides and the always-present group of Washington assistants.
“We’re in this together,” Foster remembered Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope and Frances Beinecke, head of the Natural Resources Defense Council, telling USW President Leo Gerard.
About the same time, another group of environmentalists began networking with equally unlikely partners.
Jonathan Lash, president of the World Resources Institute, asked General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt to help lobby for a national climate policy. The dialogue they launched eventually became the basis of legislation now in Congress to cap greenhouse gas emissions.
“We had been lobbying for what... More »
USU researcher responds to Rep. HerrodLast Updated on 2009-11-29 00:00:00
There is an old adage in statistics that states: "All models are wrong. Some are useful."
First articulated by George Box, a rather famous statistician, it reflects agreement among those who use statistics to model everything from business to economics to engineering to biological systems that error exists in any and all modeling exercises.
This includes, naturally, climate forecast models.
But it also includes the types of models that Rep. Chris Herrod, R-Provo, used to posit rather large increases in Provo electricity bills were a cap-and-trade program, one of several approaches being considered to reduce climate change impacts, actually implemented.
So I return Herrod's question back to him: "Where's the 'science' behind the dire estimates of $2,500-$4,000 annual increases in energy costs for Provo households? Assuming Herrod obtained his figures from a frequently cited... More »
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