Global Warming and Cancer

Among the many harmful impacts of climate change on human health is an increased risk of cancer. Hotter temperatures make toxic chemicals more toxic.  Warmer temperatures cause chemicals to vaporize into the air, increasing pollution. Heavier rains increase leakage from storage facilities and runoff of toxic pollutants into waterways. 

Greenhouse gases that cause global warming slow the speed at which ozone holes can close, let in more UV radiation and thereby contribute to skin cancer.

Steps to reduce warming gases by using less fossil fuels, oil, coal and natural gas, also helps to decrease air and water pollution.

We should ask Congress to pass a carbon fee and dividend law to help us stay healthy.


Rigging the outcome, not

A comment on Huff Post: “Climate modelling [sic] is better than a roulette wheel because you can rig the outcome.”


   Of course climate scientists rig the facts, how else would they pay for their lab coats and tweed jackets on $100 thousand  salaries? They must be getting money under the lab table from the solar and wind industries or the pollution clean-up companies.

Someone should tell the oil, coal and natural gas industries that this is happening; surely they could offer bigger bribes.  They  spent $674 billion looking for new sources of fuel last year and pay their CEOs $20 million a year. They ought to be able to get the scientists to toe the line and stop them from badmouthing fossil fuels.

We need to stop the scientists from measuring everything, and from using computers, and certainly from using the internet to spread their doom and gloom.  It would be such a drag to have to convert the yacht to electric, the mountain house to solar and ground the private jet.

So, all those reports listing trillions of measurements of temperature,  water, ice & air chemistry, insect hatching, plant blooming, wind patterns,  and melting ice   the reports that hundreds of thousands of people died last year from injuries or lack of food and water related to extreme weather, the reports that  the US suffered $120 billion in climate related losses last year, tear up those reports. Fire the scientists at NASA, NOAA, American Meteorological Society, and the analysts at the World Bank.

Less ‘modelling’ [sic] and more yodeling!

Tea Party support for clean energy

Tea Party supporters in Georgia are calling for more consumer choice in energy. Debbie Dooley, a national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots argued for a vote by the Public Service Commission of Georgia to require Georgia Power to add solar generation to its portfolio. In an interview with Chris Hayes in ‘All In’ she said, “We care about our environment.  We believe things should be done in a conservative way. ..This solar plan will not have to be subsidized.  We believe this giant utility monopoly deserves some competition and that consumers deserve a choice. …Show us in constitution where a government can pick winners & losers and set up a monopoly and be an impediment to the free market. We believe it is wrong.  In the next legislative session we will be asking the legislators to overturn the Territorial Right Act of 1973 that actually allowed these monopolies to take place.”

Byron Dorgon, a former Senator from North Dakota agreed and went further. “If we want more clean and renewable energy in this country, we have to do something about it. Thirty states have renewable energy standards, good for them, they are the heros. States need to make choices about what kind of future they want.  …. There should be renewable standards in every state should have them. We ought to have a national energy standard.”

Encouraged by public support by both the Atlanta Tea Party and the Georgia Sierra Club, members of the Public Service Commission voted on July 11, 2013 to require Georgia Power to generate more power from solar, adding 525 megawatts by  2016.  Although the power company had argued for months that such a move would raise rates, after the vote, the company’s attorney said that the addition of more solar probably would not affect power bills. – cmComments

Pikes Peak conquered by Winning Electric Motorbike

Go Electric!  Lightening Motorcycle’s electric sportbike won the race up Pikes Peak this year. It beat the next closest competitor, a gas powered Ducati, by a full 20 seconds. The 12 mile track climbs 4720 feet to the top of one of Colorado’s 14,000 foot high peaks.  

Citizens Climate Lobby in D.C.


Just before the 4th of July, 370 members of Citizens Climate Lobby from the US and Canada visited Congressional offices to ask for passage of a carbon fee and dividend bill.  A tax on oil, coal and natural gas of $15 per ton of carbon dioxide equivalent, rising $10 per ton until it reaches $100 per ton,  to be collected at the first point of sale, the mine, wellhead or port of entry, this is the proposal. The recommendation is for revenue neutrality,  with all the money collected to be returned directly to households. Also, it would include a border tariff to protect against imports from countries without such a tax. Our use of oil, coal and natural gas has hidden costs; the government pays for military protection for foreign oil and shipping, disaster relief for accidents, flood insurance, and other help for people suffering from extreme weather of global warming from fossil fuel emissions.  By gradually making the fossil fuel industry responsible for  its real costs, our government can free up American clean energy businesses to flourish and  provide us with more choices at lower prices.