…….Global warming! And the only solution? More government!
Forward on Climate: The Climate Cliff – Ed Markey, Daily Kos
For two years, the nightly news and the morning papers have been filled with scenes that look like they’re straight out of a blockbuster movie. Waves crashing over sea walls as stronger storms lash our coasts. Trees ablaze as wildfires scar our forests. Crops withering as unrelenting drought and heat parch our farms.
Climate disruption is costing American lives and livelihoods. In 2011 and 2012, America endured 25 weather disasters that totaled $1 billion or more in damages 2012 was the warmest year on record in the continental United States. We suffered the most widespread drought since the Dust Bowl, record wildfires that engulfed neighborhoods, and superstorm Sandy, which killed more than 100 people and could cost taxpayers $60 billion. [...]
I have also been fighting the GOP effort to build the Keystone Pipeline. Tar sands oil is some of the dirtiest crude oil on the planet, and the pipeline ends in a tax-free export zone in Port Arthur, Texas. Keystone XL would make American the middleman between the dirtiest oil on the plant and the thirstiest markets willing to burn it. Our country and our climate will assume all of the risk, and what we will get back is higher gas prices in the Midwest and more pollution in our atmosphere.
We also need to get smart about smart grid. It wasn’t Beyonce’s amazing performance that blew out the power during the Super Bowl, it was an aging energy infrastructure. If Thomas Edison was alive today he would recognize our current grid. No one should be in the dark about the necessity and the opportunity of building a new energy backbone.
Republicans don’t want to talk about climate change, but Mother Nature keeps interrupting their other conversations. It’s time to not just talk about the challenges that we face from climate change, but to do something about them.
Right now, we’re hanging off the climate cliff by our fingernails, with the weight of the fossil fuel lobby pulling us down.
Buffoon! I love how these climate change salesmen act as if forest fires and storms are new phenomenons somehow
We know the Left loves to accuse Conservatives of denying science, it is untrue, but when did a Liberal ever let the truth stop them. Anyway, Over at Wyblog, Chris looks at the science behind the “better” greener light bulbs
Howard Brandston founded the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He’s probably the world’s foremost authority on the science of electric light.
And what does Professor Brandston’s science tell us? Incandescent bulbs are superior to compact fluorescents in every way.
Renowned lighting designer Howard Brandston, a retired Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute adjunct professor associated with RPI’s Lighting Research Center, is leading a crusade to save the incandescent light bulb.
From his farmhouse in the Columbia County hamlet of Hollowville, Brandston is almost singlehandedly trying to preserve Thomas Edison’s iconic invention so it is not relegated to the dustbin of history.
Brandston calls it a misguided energy conservation effort by the federal government to phase out incandescent light bulbs and replace them with compact fluorescent lamps, known as CFLs.
He said CFLs are far more expensive, their energy savings is insignificant and they pose potential health and environmental problems because they contain mercury, a toxic heavy metal.
“The New York Times called me the Paul Revere of this cause, but I still feel like Don Quixote,” Brandston said. He has launched a Save the Bulb campaign on his website, testified against CFLs before the U.S. Energy Committee last year and encourages consumers to join the fight by writing letters to members of Congress and hoarding incandescent light bulbs.
“Edison created a time-tested light bulb that is still the best option for its price,” Brandston said. “Consumer choice is an all-American right. The government has created a light bulb cartel, has crammed the CFL down our throats and the citizens have no antitrust protection.”
Here comes the science.
Ever the professor, Brandston offered an experiment for a reporter and photographer set up in his garage that involved diagnostic testing equipment, including a spectrometer hooked up to a laptop computer. The tests confirmed that the light spectrum of the incandescent light bulb was full and complete and resembled natural daylight. By comparison, the thin, gap-filled light spectrum of the CFL did not come close to natural daylight.
“That’s a 50-cent bulb, an Edison bulb, and it’s beautiful,” Brandston said of the incandescent. “Now, look at the CFL. It costs nearly 10 times as much and it’s incomplete, dull and flat.”
All the government has done with their banishment of the evil incandescent bulbs is to prove that they are the dim bulbs. The fact is, and this is one the Left will never acknowledge, is that the market will do a better job deciding than any government mandate. The fact is the American people are not fools, Congress on the other hand…….