Monday, April 16, 2007

Weather, Water, Energy 4-16-07

Quick hits today. China's realized that its economic future can't have the traditional energy development in it due to the inability of the earth to afford a US-type Chinese economy with the same energy use. Answer? More efficiency, more renewables. But also, more sense. Ah, there's the rub, isn't it? . . . Newsweek whores itself once again, hyping climate change denier without letting readers know he also used to consult for Philip Morris and wants 50-1 odds to actually bet on his own prediction that temps are as likely to go down as up over the next 20 years. . . . Speaking of whores, MT's Gov Schweitzer turns out to be a coal one. 300 years of coal? Pleeeasssse. Yes, he's better than a Repub, but we're talking about the planet's survival here folks. You can't be half pregnant on climate change. . . . The Dutch seem to be making some gains in CO2 capture and storage. . . . Meanwhile in AL (Alabama, not Alaska) is demonstrating the intelligence it's well known for, with the US's first nuke plant in decades. Congrats. We're down with you. . . . OK has figured out that its water problems are looming, losing aquifer reserves, to themselves and to TX. The question is, is it too late? Better late than never, I guess. . . . Finally, we know we're doomed when our military gets global warming better than the rest of the fed gov't. Of course, they're the ones who are going to have to deal with the crap, strategically as well as managerially. Says a military report, "When a government can no longer deliver services to its people, ensure domestic order, and protect the nation's borders from invasion, conditions are ripe for turmoil, extremism and terrorism to fill the vacuum." Let 'em start in AL. (Alabama, not Alaska.)