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April 13 News: Without Strong Clean Energy Policy, ‘It’s Hard To See How The U.S. Can Grow,’ Warn Experts

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The U.S. government is creating a “boom and bust” in renewable energy investment that threatens to undermine its lead over China, the Pew Charitable Trusts said in a report. Phyllis Cuttino, Pew’s clean energy director, said “In the absence of long-term policy, it’s hard to see how the U.S. can grow significantly in the future.” [Bloomberg]

In 2011, it was Texas that went up in flames, with a historic drought and searing heat wave leading to the worst wildfire season on record. A year later, another southern state affected by intense drought is bracing for a destructive wildfire season: Florida. [Climate Central]

Scientists studying the environmental impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are raising fresh concerns about the effect of the leaked crude on a range of sea life, from tiny animal plankton to dolphins. [Wall Street Journal]

Fire experts say this year’s drought, low snowpack and record-high temperatures in much of the West portend a dangerous installment of what has become a year-round wildfire threat. [Washington Post]

The Environmental Protection Agency wants cleaner air at national parks across the country, including Guadalupe Mountains and Big Bend in Texas. By November, it is supposed to complete a plan that could regulate emissions from dozens of Texas’ industrial plants, with the goal of reducing haze at parks. [New York Times]

Climate change is likely to wreak havoc on California’s forests. Extreme weather, wildfires and insect outbreaks will all take a toll. Add to those another looming threat: disease. Forest diseases like Sudden Oak Death, which has infected trees in 14 counties in the state, stand to benefit from the effects of climate change, to the detriment, obviously, of the trees. [National Public Radio]

Rapid climate change and its potential to intensify droughts and floods could threaten Asia’s rice production and pose a significant threat to millions of people across the region, leading climate specialists and agricultural scientists have warned. [Zeenews]

Sea levels in the southwest Pacific started rising drastically in the 1880s, with a notable peak in the 1990s thought to be linked to human-induced climate change, according to a new study. [AFP]

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15 Responses to April 13 News: Without Strong Clean Energy Policy, ‘It’s Hard To See How The U.S. Can Grow,’ Warn Experts

  1. Craig Hallmark says:

    The Government should grant Relaxco money to make the air cleaners they have suggested to the NASA inventors for collaboration.
    The Croll Reynolds Company has perfected ways of cleaning the air at industrial sites. We would like to make these with other innovative filtering systems and pull the air through them globally at all sites of Industrial expulsion of pollutants that are causing us all problems.
    The government of the USA will be wise to comply with our requests for many reasons;
    Here are a few…
    World reputation of USA will be better.
    World economic results selling USA products.
    Pay down the debts.
    Clean air may help people think more clearly.

    The government has invested in many far worse ways.
    We suggest they invest as much in peace products as they do in war products, maybe more in peace products…think of $100,000,000,000 invested in air cleaning instead of 879,000,000,000 in war ways.

    The world needs us to lead in the cleaning of the air we share now!

  2. Ken Barrows says:

    Please tell me why we should “grow.” If you are for growth, you ain’t for the environment.

    • SecularAnimist says:

      Ken, it seems clear from the article that what Phyllis Cuttino means by “grow” is to grow the renewable energy industries, specifically solar and wind.

      So, the answer to your question “why should we grow” is simply that we need to replace fossil fuels with solar, wind and other carbon-free renewable energy sources as rapidly as possible.

  3. John Tucker says:

    Another tornado outbreak will be possible Saturday afternoon in the central plains.

    ( http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day2otlk.html )

    Severe weather will again be possible in the south also too.

  4. NASA data is out for March global temperature anomaly:
    http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/tabledata_v3/GLB.Ts+dSST.txt

    It looks like it was about the 14th warmest March globally in the NASA record.

    The global map shows just how warm North America was relative to the 1951-1980 average. Europe and the Arctic were very warm. Alaska was colder than average:
    http://data.giss.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/gistemp/do_nmap.py?year_last=2012&month_last=3&sat=4&sst=1&type=anoms&mean_gen=03&year1=2012&year2=2012&base1=1951&base2=1980&radius=1200&pol=reg

  5. Jay Alt says:

    Let’s hope they can get this 8 tonne wonder working again -
    BBC: Battle to save EU’s flagship Envisat spacecraft

  6. prokaryotes says:

    THEN THERE WERE TWO – IS THE ARCTIC OZONE HOLE HERE TO STAY? http://climateprogress.net/item/then-there-were-two.html

    • David B. Benson says:

      As I understand this eventually it will disappear as will the one at the south pole.