April 5 News: Stopping Climate Change Would Cost Consumers Pennies Per Day, Concludes UK Report

Other stories below: Coke pulls the plug on anti-climate change ALEC Lobby; Climate change threat brings mountain communities together

Stopping Climate Change is Much Cheaper Than You Think (Mother Jones)

You’ve heard it before: politicians say they’d love to take action against climate change, but they’re reeling from the sticker shock. Today, a new report from the UK’s leading climate change watchdog refutes the oft-cited argument that climate action will herald economic Armageddon.

The Committee on Climate Change report, with the hairy-sounding title “Statutory Advice on Inclusion of International Aviation and Shipping,” says that in 2050, the UK’s emissions reductions across the whole economy will cost 1-2 percent of the total GDP. This updates, in greater detail, the range predicted half a decade ago by the watershed Stern Review….

The cost in GDP terms in the UK report accords with US studies. The Congressional Budget Office reported similar reductions would reduce the GDP here by 1-3 1⁄2 percent in 2050. One of the co-sponsors of the 2009 cap-and-trade bill, Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), said the scheme would cost the average family the equivalent of “about a postage stamp a day,” far less than critics claimed.

Related Post: “Introduction to climate economics: Why even strong climate action has such a low total cost

Natural Resources Defense Council report says Virginia vulnerable to climate change

The National Resources Defense Council says Virginia is among the states least prepared for climate change.

The environmental group is scheduled to explain why on Thursday when it releases a state-by-state analysis of what the states are doing — or not doing — to prepare for what the group says are ever-growing threats related to climate change.

Coke Pulls the Plug on Anti-Climate Change ALEC Lobby

For several years now the Coca-Cola Company has charted a careful, politically neutral path to sustainability, and now it has suddenly veered into new territory. Coca-Cola has abruptly pulled its funding from the conservative lobbying organization American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The move follows closely on the heels of negative publicity over Coca-Cola’s ties to ALEC, coupled with the announcement of an online petition asking the company to withdraw from the group.

On the surface it may appear that Coca-Cola’s response is an isolated reaction to a self-contained controversy, but in fact it is part of a broader trend among major corporations, and it could indicate a real tipping point for the corporate support of lobbying groups that focus on conservative causes for some funders while neglecting – or even actively working against – the sustainability initiatives of others.

On the stump, Dems split with Obama over Keystone XL pipeline

President Obama has steered clear of taking a firm stance on the Keystone pipeline, but many Democrats running for Senate don’t have the same luxury.

Eight of the 18 non-incumbent Democrats running for Senate surveyed by The Hill either steadfastly support the pipeline or oppose it outright, breaking with Obama’s decision to reserve judgment on the project until federal regulators conduct a full review.

Republican Senate hopefuls have made the pipeline – which would carry oil sands crude from Alberta, Canada, to refineries on the Gulf Coast – a top campaign issue. The emphasis on the pipeline has forced many Democratic candidates to stake out a clear position on the project, whether they like it or not.

Global warming: Polar regions changing faster than expected

Global warming is changing Earth’s polar regions faster than expected, according to the U.S. National Research Council.

Ice sheets around the poles are  showing evidence of serious retreat, which is expected to continue, and perhaps accelerate over coming centuries as warm ocean currents melt the ice front faster than anyone had grasped before. As, well, sea level rise from melting polar ice sheets is today slowly affecting every shoreline on the planet.

The findings were compiled in a synthesis of reports from thousands of scientists in 60 countries who took part in the International Polar Year  2007-08. The studies offer a benchmark for environmental conditions and new discoveries in the polar regions.

Climate change threat brings mountain countries together

Threat posed by global warming and the need to have a collective voice in climate change negotiations have brought mountain countries from across the world to one platform.

Representatives from government and organization from over two dozen countries having peaks with heights of 4,000

metres or more have gathered here to deliberate on the way ahead.

Initiated by Nepal government, the two-day conference will discuss effects of climate change on 25% of land Earth’s surface covered by mountains and nearly 13% world population residing there.

Faith Leaders to Congress: Enough Is Enough on Climate

As a seductively early spring brings premature cherry blossoms to our nation’s capital and while cruel storms and floods pound the Midwest, our Congress seems to have forgotten about the climate crisis. Nevertheless, a recent article in Scientific American underscores these disasters by warning that we are rapidly reaching the point of irreversible global warming.

As a more hopeful harbinger of spring, a dynamic new multi-faith collaborative initiative is planning creative actions in Washington to awaken the lawmakers, the administration and the American people to the moral and spiritual imperative of this issue.

23 Responses to April 5 News: Stopping Climate Change Would Cost Consumers Pennies Per Day, Concludes UK Report

  1. prokaryotes says:

    AT&T,Bayer,Glaxco Smith Klein, Johnson&Johnson, Bank of America, FedEX, UPS and DELL are still among the hunfreds of supporters …

  2. prokaryotes says:

    Surprise, General Motors ist still supporting ALEC…

  3. prokaryotes says:

    Or HP and IBM … this is all very disappointing.

  4. prokaryotes says:

    Analysis: High prevalence of painkiller sales turning America into painkiller nation

    (AP) NEW YORK – Sales of the two most popular prescription painkillers in the United States have exploded in new parts of the country, an Associated Press analysis shows, worrying experts who say the push to relieve patients’ suffering is spawning an addiction epidemic.

    And in the meantime medical marijuana stores are raided…

  5. Mossy says:

    I hate to see another group forming. Is that really what’s needed? All the groups need to band together and create one loud voice, as does the fossil fuel industry.

    We’re diffusing our message by maintaining separate organizations.

  6. prokaryotes says:

    Coca-Cola boycotts group backing ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws

    Coca-Cola Co. has ended its membership in a conservative organization seen as the incubator for a string of new state laws on voting and a marketer of laws like Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense statute.

    Uhm, so CC is pulling the plug because og this, but not because of sustainability or climate…

  7. prokaryotes says:

    Michael Klare: A New Energy Third World in North America?

    Knowledgeable observers are already noting the first telltale signs of the oil industry’s “Third-Worldification” of the United States. Wilderness areas from which the oil companies were once barred are being opened to energy exploitation and other restraints on invasive drilling operations are being dismantled. Expectations are that, in the wake of the 2012 election season, environmental regulations will be rolled back even further and other protected areas made available for development. In the process, as has so often been the case with Third World petro-states, the rights and wellbeing of local citizens will be trampled underfoot.

  8. prokaryotes says:

    Brazil’s Smart Grid Market Will Reach $36.6 Billion by 2022

    Smart grid investments in Brazil will reach $36.6 billion by 2022, according to a new study released today by Northeast Group, LLC. Utilities in Brazil will use the smart grid investments to help reduce electricity theft, improve the reliability of electric infrastructure, offer new pricing plans for customers and enable economic growth.

    “Brazil’s rapidly growing economy is straining the existing electric infrastructure and smart grid investments will be critical to address the many challenges facing the sector. Brazil, with the fifth largest population in the world, is eager to upgrade its infrastructure in the run-up to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics when it will be on the world stage,” according to Northeast Group.

    “A very significant problem in Brazil is the high rate of electricity theft. This is both a public safety issue and also unfairly requires paying customers to subsidize those stealing power. Smart meters are very effective tools in helping reduce electricity theft,” according to Northeast Group.

  9. prokaryotes says:

    Men’s Health, the world’s largest men’s magazine, announced today the launch of its 2012 Electric Car Challenge, a cross-country adventure designed to help maximize the potential of electric vehicles (EV’s), create a healthier, more satisfying, and more exciting road trip experience, and raise money for an important cause. The cross-country course will begin in New York City and end in Los Angeles.

  10. prokaryotes says:

    Renault Twizy 45 Could Be Driven In UK With No License

    The younger generations today, can now possibly really make a difference..

  11. John Tucker says:

    I am going to try to do a blog entry on newer nuclear technology, its kinda ridiculous and incompetent to all be arguing the positives, negatives and effects with blanket statements referencing 40 year old technology when we discus nuclear power.

    Safety is greatly improved in newer plants.

    Meanwhile – no surprise:

    Abandoning nuclear energy may not boost renewables

    Despite the drop-off in nuclear power generation, Germany’s decision may not mean a boost for European green energy . “Investment is stalling generally across the energy industry, including the major investment needed for offshore wind projects,” says Sue Ion of the Royal Academy of Engineering in London.

    The energy technology most likely to gain from any nuclear freeze in UK is gas turbines, says McKerron. With gas prices high, they cost a lot to run – but they are cheap and quick to build. ( )

  12. prokaryotes says:

    Inductive charging (presented today)

    The LE sedan may also pioneer wireless inductive charging, using a 50-kilowatt DC charging pad on the garage floor encasing a coil connected to the power source. The magnetic field it creates excites current in a second coil within the car.

    “All you have to do is park your vehicle over the charging pad,” said Infiniti Americas vice president Ben Poore, “with no need to connect cables.” And, he noted, it’s completely safe for children or pets and can easily be installed in private garages.

  13. prokaryotes says:

    Note: This blog has been updated with information about the cost of charging the Volt.

    -Average cost to charge the Volt for 35 miles of EV driving: $1.50

    -MPG of the Volt in extended-range mode: 35 city / 40 highway or 37 combined

    -Average cost per mile so far from Volt drivers: $.03 – .06

    -Cost per mile of a conventional vehicle that gets 30 mpg with gas at $3.90 per gallon: $.13

    Math is hard, but when used for good, it can also be electrifying.

  14. prokaryotes says:

    The “conservative” spokesperson here demonstrates perfectly Chris’ thesis that the Foxis of Evil provides an ”alternative facts” echo chamber, even quoting Rick Santorum as an authority. Amazing, revealing, pathetic, and sad.

  15. James Hansen et al. have a new paper out called “Public Perception of climate Change and the New Climate Dice”