A new report shows that this recent warm spell is nothing abnormal or unprecedented—during the 1990s there was simply a return to conditions present during 1931-1960. The reason for the shift is warm ocean temperatures that are, in turn, driven by variation in warm ocean currents from the tropics.
The whole “affordable energy” idea is based on the myth that if we don’t include those external costs in the price — the pollution costs, the national security costs — they just go away. They don’t. Keeping prices artificially low just transfers those costs to someone else, (..) someone who has to go off to fight a war to keep the shipping routes open. (...) If there’s one thing we can’t afford, it’s “affordable energy.”
Europe is exempt from a surge in unconventional gas sources that led the agency to declare the start of a new era for the fuel because on the old continent demand for gas in power plants has been largely replaced by cheap coal.
Resumindo, a Europa importa carvão barato dos States porque os cámones estão confortavelmente a explorar as suas reservas de gás natural através do fracking, o que os levou ao mais baixo nível de emissões das últimas décadas. Na Europa, fecham-se centrais nucleares e reina o carvão como alternativa. Lindo. É a economia, estúpido.
"During the round-the-clock coverage of the nuclear drama, the specter of Chernobyl has been raised repeatedly. It is worth noting that the worst nuclear disaster in history directly caused only 31 fatalities. The World Health Organization estimates that 4,000 deaths could be linked to the disaster over 70 years, whereas the OECD projects a range of 9,000-33,000 deaths during this period.
That is substantial. But consider that, according to the OECD, every year nearly one million people die from fine-particle outdoor air pollution. Yet this massive death toll provokes no discernible fear in the developed world, and receives virtually no news coverage.
We see coal as a polluting but reasonably “safe” energy source compared to nuclear energy. Yet, in China alone, coal-mining accidents kill more than 2,000 people each year – and coal is a leading cause of smog, acid rain, global warming, and air toxicity. As a result of Germany’s decision, its annual carbon emissions are now expected to rise by as much as 10% – at a time when European Union emissions are rising as the continent shakes off the effects of the financial crisis."
"I even read Al Gore’s book, which was very enlightening…but not in a good way. When you look for data to back up his claims, you immediately discover that they are totally unsubstantiated. This was frankly astonishing because analyzing data is something I’m very good at. (...)
It is scandalous that so many climate scientists who fully knew that Al Gore had no basis for his irresponsible claims stood mute. Meanwhile, that alarmism has generated billions of dollars more to finance a rapidly growing climate science industry with budgets that have risen by a factor of 40 since the early 1990s. I consider this failure to speak up just as unethical as the behavior of those who put out the false catastrophic claims."
- Burt Rutan, lenda aeroespacial numa entrevista à Forbes
"What are the political implications of this historical scientific misunderstanding? (...) This will also profoundly change the setting of priorities for an energy agenda. It will unleash much-needed resources to assure an adequate supply of food, water, and a rising standard of living globally. Factors concerning economic feasibility or social justice again will equitably decide energy policy along with climate protection. By understanding that natural climate factors will also play an important role in the future, we gain time – precious time – for rational decarbonizing."