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March 28 News: You May Take Our Shellfish, But You’ll Never Take… Our Coffee

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Vast majorities of Americans want to prioritize the development of renewable energy, compared to minorities that was to prioritize fossil fuels. [Gallup]

No fewer than two in three Americans want the U.S. to put more emphasis on producing domestic energy using solar power (76%), wind (71%), and natural gas (65%). Far fewer want to emphasize the production of oil (46%) and the use of nuclear power (37%). Least favored is coal, with about one in three Americans wanting to prioritize its domestic production.

Where Americans live makes a difference in their views about which sources of domestic energy they want the U.S. to emphasize more. Those living in the South tend to be more supportive of traditional energy sources such as oil and coal than are those in other regions.

Still, for Americans in every region, including the South, solar power is the top choice, or is tied for the top spot, among the energy sources tested.

The world’s coffee growers are scrambling to adapt to global warming to ensure that billions of coffee drinkers can stay caffeinated. [U.S. News and World Report]

Ocean acidification is affecting oyster beds all over the world — as one oysterman put it: “We are looking into the future happening now.” [USA Today]

A new report from the IMF says the best way to cut carbon emissions is to properly price fossil fuels and stop $1.9 trillion in energy subsidies. [Washington Post]

Several of the Democratic Senators the Wall Street Journal dubbed the “Keystone converts” said their votes on a budget amendment should not be seen as an endorsement of the pipeline. [The Hill]

Scientists forecast another bleak year for drought, saying this pattern is “uncomfortably similar to the most severe droughts in recent U.S. history, including the 1930s Dust Bowl.” [Inside Climate News]

Scotland has chosen to proceed with an offshore wind farm despite Donald Trump’s Twitter protestations about the view at his golf course. [Energy Collective]

Scientists have developed a material from plant extract that could be used for solar panel manufacturing, which would make disposal of solar PV much easier. [CleanTechnica]

Ecuador is planning to auction off 3 million acres of their rainforest to a Chinese oil company. [Guardian]

After a Washington Republican state senator stripped language that mentioned climate change from Governor Inslee’s climate bill, he said the bill is “not really a climate change bill anymore, it’s really a cost-benefit analysis of environmental actions bill.” [Seattle Times]

Despite warmer-than-average years and broken records, the globe would actually be even warmer than it is now because much of the heat is going into the deep ocean. [Climate Central]

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25 Responses to March 28 News: You May Take Our Shellfish, But You’ll Never Take… Our Coffee

  1. Mike Roddy says:

    This shows just how much the fossil fuel companies own our government. Senators are more afraid of inconveniencing the oil companies than of thwarting the will of their constituents. The same is true of Obama, who continues to drill and mine away on public land, and considers a carbon tax off the table.

    We haven’t had an honest and courageous president since Kennedy. Those who run this country made sure they will never allow that to happen again, by grooming corporate presidents like Obama and Clinton. Kennedy and Roosevelt were insiders, who knew how rotten from within our wealthy class really is. Better to pick Ivy League candidates from tough backgrounds, who are easily dazzled by wealth, and can be controlled.

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      What price democracy, now? It’s still useful as a fraudulent excuse to destroy countries like Libya and Syria, just as it shrivels into nothingness in the capitalist West.

  2. An additional roundup of energy and climate headlines for 3/28 is published at http://www.marcaccicomms.com/news/energy-and-environment-news-roundup-3-28-13/

  3. wili says:

    http://www.npr.org/2013/03/28/175550949/imf-gas-prices-dont-reflect-true-costs

    [b]IMF says gas prices don’t accurately reflect cost of GW, among others[/b]

    On the one hand, duh.

    On the other hand, it is important to have an international organization of this stature making such a common-sense claim (rather than just enlightened bloggers on CP :D ).

    Of course, it would have been nice if they had come out with this stunningly obvious finding a couple decades ago.

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      If the IMF boffoons said that it was a lovely sunny day, I would reach for my Luger…nah, that’s the wrong context…I’d reach for my umbrella. An incredibly destructive and utterly pernicious tool of Western bullying and hegemony.

  4. BillD says:

    I looked but did not find the polling data on which energy sources should be given “less emphasis.” We can only hope that a majority of American favor accelerating the decline in coal. What percent would like to see less use of all fossil fuels?

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      What percentage want to see their children and grandchildren live to a ripe old age?

  5. BillD says:

    I looked at the Seattle post article about the Washington State Climate bill being stripped of mention of climate. The Republican state legislatures had a climate denier testify to their committee and his (or her) main argument was the “trace gas meme” that the CO2 atmospheric concentration is low, so it could not possibly be important. Really frustrating and weird that such a weak and false argument might influence or even sway elected officials who must assume that climate scientist think that the CO2 concentration is a high percentage of the earth’s atmophere (?)

  6. prokaryotes says:

    New Record: Last sunday 68 percent of energy consumed in Germany were generated by renewable energy sources.

    http://www.heise.de/tp/blogs/2/153991

  7. Joan Savage says:

    Forthcoming tomorrow from Science magazine:

    Roots and Associated Fungi Drive Long-Term Carbon Sequestration in Boreal Forest

    Clemmensen et al.

    Science 29 March 2013:
    Vol. 339 no. 6127 pp. 1615-1618

    Today, Meghan Rosen at Science News has run a why-this-is-important piece.

    • Joan Savage says:

      Science News’ title:

      Fungi pull carbon into northern forest soils
      Organisms living on tree roots do lion’s share of sequestering carbon

  8. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    The oyster story is a real canary in the coalmine warning. I seem to remember the first reports of this predicted development occurring only a few years ago, yet, in December, I saw a Japanese scientist saying that, on the basis of research he and his comrades had just carried out in a Siberian sea, on the malformation of sea-shells amongst certain plankton, that he felt that ocean acidification there had passed the point of no return. This, I’m very much afraid, is the big horror, even more devastating than climatic chaos.

    • Merrelyn Emery says:

      I’ve been invited to a fish feed today – it’s Good Friday here folks – featuring the laughably described ‘well managed and sustainable’ Aussie seafood, ME

  9. prokaryotes says:

    Utah governor says Chevron leak is unacceptable

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s governor calls Chevron’s latest pipeline spill unacceptable.

    Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he will make certain Chevron cleans up the mess. The pipeline ruptured last week at Willard Bay State Park, spilling diesel fuel into marshes.

    The leak is Chevron’s third in Utah in the past three years. Another pipeline leak sent crude oil into a Salt Lake City creek in 2010. Months later, the pipeline ruptured again.

    Herbert says the federal agency responsible for interstate pipelines isn’t doing its job. He says Utah will step up efforts to oversee pipeline safety. http://www.chron.com/news/us/article/Utah-governor-says-Chevron-leak-is-unacceptable-4392511.php

    • Ken Barrows says:

      When the Arctic ice cap melts, I hope most poll respondents want the government to teach hunting and gathering skills.

  10. prokaryotes says:

    IMF: Want to fight climate change? Get rid of $1.9 trillion in energy subsidies.

    What’s the simplest way to tackle global warming? Make sure that fossil fuels are priced properly and not subsidized.

    That’s the core idea behind a large new report (pdf) from the International Monetary Fund, which argues that the world “misprices” fossil fuels to the tune of some $1.9 trillion per year. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/03/27/imf-want-to-fight-climate-change-get-rid-of-1-9-trillion-in-energy-subsidies/

  11. prokaryotes says:

    “Ecuador is planning to auction off 3 million acres of their rainforest to a Chinese oil company”

    Last year they offered to preserve these resources if someone would pay for it. Why not pay for it??

  12. fj says:

    one hundred percent by 2020

    Scotland’s renewable energy at all-time high #green http://t.co/m7iIRiDKVY — Steve Momorella (@GreenNewsDaily)

  13. fj says:

    New process may make renewable energy reliable at last by eliminating need for conventional power backup http://t.co/H1ZaM0zhAf #climate — ClimateCentral (@ClimateCentral)