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Global Warming: Disinformation; Poznan; 2008 (so far); Energy Security; European Plan

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Jon Caldara (Independence Institute) let James Taylor (Heartland Institute)  spout off global warming disinformation on his show last week.  That’s what passes for proof in Con circles: let each other get away with lies on the media you control and label the results as valid.  When Taylor tells audiences that persons listed on the Oregon Petition have demanded they be taken off (which hasn’t happened, to my knowledge), he can cite the remainder of the delayers as he chooses.  Until then, Caldara and Taylor are charlatans.

As of yesterday, talks were very much behind schedule at Poznan, Poland.  The meeting is supposed to help tame the path toward a Kyoto Protocol upgrade, which many want negotiated at the end of next year (Kyoto expires in 2012).  The rest of the world is still struggling to deal with the inaction of the U.S. under George Bush and the Cons.  Jan. 20th can’t come soon enough.

Global temperatures in 2008 (through November) continued to be high.  Even with a stubborn La Nina working to cool things off for more than 2 years, the 2000s look to be on track to be the warmest decade in human recorded history.  That has real effects on the globe, none of which I would consider good.

The Center for American Progress has released an energy security framework paper.  Highly recommended.

Europeans are thinking of building an incredible renewable energy networkTREC would combine solar power in north Africa with wind power from the Eastern Mediterranean to the North Sea, bio-mass, and hydropower with a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) system of power lines to provide assured renewable electricity for the Mediterranean basin and Europe.  A massive undertaking?  Yes.  But it’s doable and it might be absolutely necessary.  Oh, north Africans and Middle Easterners would benefit by getting clean, fresh water out of the project, which would undoubtedly improve the geopolitical tensions of the region.

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