Logical Science has an exhaustive “list of quotes from scientific organizations, academies, scientists, industry spokesmen, etc supporting the existence of man made climate change and the need to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
Climate Progress is not a fan of the safety valve. Turns out Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) isn’t either. E&E News reports today:
A fundamental component of a new Senate global warming bill unveiled this week to much fanfare was dismissed outright today by the chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
Sen. Barbara Boxer told reporters today she disagreed with the “safety valve” provision that Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) inserted in their attempt to establish mandatory limits on heat-trapping pollution in the United States. Bingaman, the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, included the clause in his bill to help assure nervous lawmakers about the limited economic effects of a new mandatory U.S. climate policy.
But taking the side of many mainstream environmental groups, Boxer cautioned that the safety valve in Bingaman’s legislation would hamper growth in new energy technologies. “A safety presents problems because the business people tell us it will undermine the certainty of their investments,” Boxer said. “I think it’s a problem, and most business people don’t want it.”
The rest of the story is here:
Don’t miss this tidbit from Former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona’s Tuesday testimony before Congress:
The Alliance to Save Energy has a new report with interesting findings:
- Out of 104 million office PCs in the US, at least 31.2 million are left on all night.
- Turning off every work computer in the United States every night would save as much CO2 emissions as taking every car in the state of Maryland off the road.
- The simple step of shutting computers down each night can save a 10,000 PC enterprise more than $165,000 a year in energy costs. Across the US, this adds up to more than $1.72 billion dollars and almost 15 million tons of CO2 emissions.
Turning off home PCs would also save a lot of money and energy.
One last point: Screensavers waste energy (and modern screens don’t need them).