May 29 News: Christie Wins Teddy Bear, New Jersey Loses Chance To Plan For More Warming-Fueled Superstorms

Governor Chris Christie won President Obama a teddy bear on the Jersey Shore. But his record and recent statements on climate change’s relationship with extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy earned him a critical-yet-illuminating segment on Chris Hayes’ show on MSNBC last night. Activists also made their presence known during the President’s visit, protesting Christie’s statements on climate change. [Raw Story, WNYC]



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Climate science research could be threatened by a new bill being drafted in the House Science Committee that seeks to partially privatize weather satellites and focus more on short-term forecasting. [Climate Central]

Mora County, New Mexico: the first county in the country to ban fracking, because their water sources are more important than oil and gas. [LA Times]

Ceres’ Mindy Lubber writes more on how fracking forces serious conflicts over water resources throughout the Western U.S. [Forbes]

The current drought plaguing much of the U.S. could cost $200 billion. [AgProfessional]

New models suggest the open water exposed by melting Arctic ice will have global effects on climate, including a weaker jet stream. [Eurekalert]

After experiencing a drop earlier this year, solar stock across the globe are rising again. [Renew Economy]

Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is heading to Apple to coordinate their environmental efforts. [The Hill, Atlantic]

The first trial project in the world to use smart technology with electric vehicle charging found it’s possible to cut charging costs in half. [Renew Economy]

The Connecticut State House passed a new clean energy bill that might undercut the nascent local renewable energy sector by allowing more hydropower from outside the state to satisfy the state’s standard. [Connecticut Post]

The largest solar plant in Latin America is currently under construction in Mexico, and when completed in will provide 30 megawatts and power around 160,000 homes. [Clean Technica]

New companies look to provide services that allow consumers to compare quotes between solar energy providers. [Solar Love]

April saw 33 megawatts of new solar energy capacity installed in the United States, bringing the country’s total to 5.14 gigawatts. [Clean Technica]

The American Petroleum Institute wants the Interior to take its time with the Interior Department’s new proposed fracking rules. [The Hill]

China is looking at a new plan to curb air pollution. [China Daily]

As glaciers melt and reveal land for the first time in 400 years, plants dormant for that long are starting to grow again. [Grist]

The global market for grid power storage is predicted to hit $10.4 billion in 2017, way up from a mere $200 million in 2012. [Clean Technica]

A new study anticipates that the market for wind energy in unusually cold and icy climates will blossom to 45 to 50 gigawatts by 2017 as the technology becomes more physically resilient. [Eurekalert]

16 Responses to May 29 News: Christie Wins Teddy Bear, New Jersey Loses Chance To Plan For More Warming-Fueled Superstorms

  1. Spike says:

    UK Head of Climate Impact states on Twitter that he “doesn’t buy” dust bowlification:

    Richard Betts I don’t buy “dust-bowlification” – climate change might even *offset* population-driven water stress rise

  2. Brooks Bridges says:

    Your link went to a paper saying climate change might be a plus due to CO2 plant fertilization effects???

    I thought any increase in plant growth due to CO2 was very small – except for weeds – weeds really like more CO2.

  3. Mike Roddy says:

    It’s entirely possible that climate denial won’t fly in the 2016 election. After all, McCain accepted the science as recently as 2008. Christie is only going with today’s flow to keep up relationships with donors, since he is obviously already running for president. Hanging with Barry is smart, since the Repubs need independents, and the Pres won’t call him on past denial.

    It will be interesting to see how they pivot. No doubt Lunz and friends will show them how to parse it with manipulative phrases. The Democrats won’t call them on their past positions, since they have too many deniers in their ranks themselves.

    Activists need to work to defeat Blue Dogs in primaries, just as the Republicans eliminated moderate opposition with Tea Party challengers, which succeeded in making them all denial, all the time. The time will be ripe for public exposure of corporate control of the political process.

    Who will lead this effort? Certainly not the “green” groups, who are flush with corporate cash, including from the oil companies. Let’s hope 350 and other grassroots organizations fill the void here. If corporate Democrats are discredited, costing them seats, that’s fine. What has Obama done for the climate?

  4. Will Fox says:

    Great to know we have experts leading us on the single most important issue humanity has ever faced.

    I wonder how future historians will look back on this period? With total despair and hatred, I expect. How could we have been so stupid?

    Tim Yeo: humans may not be to blame for global warming

    Humans may not be responsible for global warming, according to Tim Yeo, the MP who oversees government policy on climate change.

    Brilliant! Haha. Let’s just ignore the 99% consensus.

  5. Raul M. says:

    Back in December of 2012, the methane emergency group said something about runaway warming occurring sometime within a few months if corrective action wasn’t accomplished. By my back of the envelope calculations it has been within the realm of a few months. Did something happen that wasn’t related to the masses here? Umm, don’t drill in the Arctic cause of potential leaks of oil and natural gas, near doubling of the extreme range of the uv index, summer ice melt by 2016, dust bowlification, food scarcity… Well the list of reasons for prescriptive action goes on. Yes even mention of the increased mixing of temperature to depth by Arctic waters that have lost their ice shield.

  6. Lou Grinzo says:

    The reports of Tim Yeo’s change of mind re: climate change are incorrect:

  7. prokaryotes says:

    Exxon shareholders reject ban on discrimination against gays, climate change proposal

    “What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers?” CEO Rex Tillerson said at the oil giant’s annual meeting Wednesday.

  8. prokaryotes says:

    Barbara Nearing Mexico at Hurricane Strength; Midwest Tornado Outbreak Today

  9. prokaryotes says:

    Tesla sales beating Mercedes, BMW and Audi

    In fact, in the first quarter of this year, more people bought a Tesla Model S than bought any of the similarly priced gasoline-powered cars from the top three German luxury brands, according to data from LMC Automotive.

    And this was before the recent Tesla hype…

  10. prokaryotes says:

    Tesla expanding Supercharger network for coast-to-coast drives
    By the end of this year, owners could drive their Teslas from Los Angeles to New York using the Supercharger stations, Musk said.

    Uhm i guess it is stil l a good time to invest…. someone lend me a mil :)

  11. prokaryotes says:

    Musk said that Telsa would have a third-generation $30,000 car in three to five years, and that it would likely be 20 percent smaller than the Model S and at higher scale production than the current $60,000 Model S, which is expected to sell 21,000 this year.

  12. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Monbiot had a good piece a few weeks back about how supposedly unbiased Government ‘scientific’ experts are nowadays appointed for their ideological reliability and loyalty to business and the regime of the day. Dare one say that this appears a classic example. We suffered the same under the John Howard pathocratic regime, the Government CSIRO scientific research organisation being ‘corporatised’ and made to seek out ‘business opportunities’. A head was appointed who was allowed to continue working at the same time for Rio Tinto, the big coal-miner. Can you believe it, but research into climate destabilisation was not ‘prioritised’ under that regime.The place has progressively crumbled ever since, morale is rock bottom, and the coming Abbott regime will probably finish the job and ‘privatise’ it. The Right no longer tolerates any opposition, anywhere, from anyone.

  13. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Rule by the Right is a ‘race to the bottom’, intellectually, morally and spiritually, and in the UK and the rest of the Anglosphere, rock bottom is within sight.

  14. Spike says:

    Odd isn’t it. I seem to recall him also saying he doesn’t subscribe to the 2C = danger threshold. Bit worrying.

  15. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    You can add the Chief Vet in the UK, who has come out with some outrageous sludge, designed to justify the Tories’ lust to exterminate badgers, that bovine TB will spread to humans if the badgers are not exterminated. The Right’s innate hatred of life, of all ‘other’ to itself is reaching a really apocalyptic fever pitch. To be a Green in the next few decades will invite vilification from the Rightwing MSM, and, no doubt, Governmental repression by the increasingly deranged and destructive Rightist regimes being thrown up by the combined ecological, economic and geo-political collapse. The fight over badgers in the UK will be a foretaste of that which is to come.