March 6 News: ‘Snowquester’ Has Arrived

The incoming D.C. snowstorm — already dubbed “snowquester” by the Washington Post and the blogosphere — has shut down nearly all of the federal government offices in Washington, and poses numerous hazards across the country. [Climate Central]

The storm was expected to dump up to a foot of snow in Chicago on Tuesday, which would be the Windy City’s largest snowstorm of the year. Snow was also falling on Tuesday in parts of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, and will move into West Virginia by Tuesday evening.

From the Midwest, the storm will slide southeast and eventually coalesce into a powerful coastal storm to the east of the Virginia and Delaware coastlines by Wednesday. Computer-model projections show the coastal storm will rapidly intensify as it meanders to the east-northeast, blasting the vulnerable Delaware and New Jersey shorelines with high winds and battering waves, while dumping as much as 30 inches of snow in the higher elevations to the southwest and west of the nation’s capital.

In Washington, D.C., a city known for all but shutting down when snow is merely mentioned by weather forecasters, projections call for about 6-to-10 inches of snow, possibly more, depending on precipitation rates and surface temperatures.

The amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air jumped dramatically in 2012, by 2.67 parts per million to a final total of just under 395 parts per million, making it very unlikely that global warming can be limited to another 2 degrees as many global leaders have hoped. [Huffington Post]

The Obama Administration has sent documents to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee showing the president’s pick to head the Department of the Interior, REI CEO Sally Jewell, has owned stock in major oil companies. [WSJ]

Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela who was often been a thorn in the side of the United States — particularly when it came to heating oil and President George W. Bush — died at the age of 58 on Tuesday, after a bout with cancer. [CNN]

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Department actually have a broad range of options for tackling climate change through executive authority alone. [WaPo]

As the Arctic warms, its sea ice is decreasing, leading to more and stronger storm surges in Canada’s Northwest Territories, among other things. [Climate Central]

BNSF Railway Co. is planning to test a switch to natural gas for powering its locomotives this year. The railroad company is the largest in the U.S., and until now has also been one of the country’s biggest diesel fuel consumers. [WSJ]

China will wait until after this year to introduce a tax on carbon, deferring to concerns that the policy could hurt economic growth, a government researcher said yesterday. [Bloomberg]

5 Responses to March 6 News: ‘Snowquester’ Has Arrived

  1. Paul Hawley says:

    Please fix one little word in the first Huffington Post excerpt. Original (with my emphasis) reads:

    Carbon dioxide levels jumped BY 2.67 parts per million since 2011 to total just under 395 parts per million, says Pieter Tans, who leads the greenhouse gas measurement team for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

  2. Joe Romm says:


  3. Lou Grinzo says:

    Does anyone here think that China, even after this delay out of concern over harming economic growth, will enact a carbon tax and related policies that will trigger the needed reduction in that country’s CO2 emissions?

    I’d say the odds are about the same as seeing that kind of response from the US (or India or the EU or …).

  4. Sasparilla says:

    Well, no Lou, it wouldn’t. It would be some progress though, right?

    And it’d take one more little argument away from the denier’s (i.e. that China isn’t doing anything so we shouldn’t do anything).

    Anything the Chinese do at this point, that is even marginally good, I’ll gladly take – cause we’re going right for the wall and our President is about to open another, bigger tap for the Canadian Tar Sands telling us “don’t worry folks, this won’t hurt a bit”.

  5. Merrelyn Emery says:

    Good point about the deniers but more generally, I think China will surprise a lot of people. There was also an article here about the rapid rise in solar in India a couple of days ago. They already have a tax on coal, ME