Thursday, May 20, 2010

Let The Phony "Debate" End

On the heals of the NOAA report that the past few months presented global warming data, like those months had not done before, comes climate data which climate scientists say removes the phony "debate" from the halls of sanity.

The climate change and global warming deniers will have to wax more and more eratic, irrational, and plain dishonest if they choose to continue their religious boycott of strong scientific evidence.

The NOAA report indicated that March and April were the warmest ever, and that the quarter was likewise very significant in terms of global warming:

The combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for both April and for the period from January-April, according to NOAA. Additionally, last month’s average ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for any April, and the global land surface temperature was the third warmest on record.

The monthly analysis from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, which is based on records going back to 1880, is part of the suite of climate services that NOAA provides government, business and community leaders so they can make informed decisions.

(The Most Poisonous Months On Record?). Following that a panel of scientists has published reports that give the deniers a way out if they choose to join the only movement that can get through to the halls of power:

A strong, credible body of scientific evidence shows that climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for a broad range of human and natural systems, concludes this panel report from the America's Climate Choices suite of studies. As decision makers respond to these risks, the nation's scientific enterprise can contribute both by continuing to improve understanding of the causes and consequences of climate change, and by improving and expanding the options available to limit the magnitude of climate change and adapt to its impacts. To make this possible, the nation needs a comprehensive, integrated, and flexible climate change research enterprise that is closely linked with action-oriented programs at all levels.

(Advancing the Science of Climate Change). It is time for Senator Inhofe and other ethically challenged government officials to wake up and avoid the horror.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

West Texas Winds Blow Greener

The wind power project in Texas is 15 years ahead of its goal.

Ahead of its goal in megawatts of power it already generates, and even more good power is yet to come beyond that goal.

The idea immediately comes to mind that solar could be partnered with the wind, because we all know that West Texas gets its share of strong sunshine.

Anyway, the winning wind story goes something like this:

Texas has reached its goal of having 10,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity this year, 15 years earlier than scheduled, thanks to an ample supply of West Texas wind.

According to a report (.doc) filed with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Friday, the Lonestar State has 10,367 megawatts of renewable energy capacity, and generated 21,594,278 megawatt-hours of clean electricity in 2009.

(Texas Meets Renewable Energy Goals Early). Now if the federal government will get their act together and generate green jobs for rebuilding and retooling the power grid, the winds of Texas will send clean power to the east coast.

We are very impatiently waiting congress.

Good job West Texas wind pioneer patriots!