Submitted by Envirograham on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 5:27pm
As states up and down the east coast move forward with plans to develop wind farms off their shores, North Carolina continues to lag behind according to a new report released today by Environment North Carolina. While North Carolina has more offshore wind potential than any other Atlantic state, the state is falling behind in taking advantage of this clean, homegrown energy source.
“North Carolina actually has the potential to power our entire state using offshore wind,” said Graham Givens of Environment North Carolina. “If we were to develop just a fraction of the wind energy resources off North Carolina’s coast, we could easily meet 20% of the state’s energy needs.”
Submitted by Envirograham on Wed, 10/30/2013 - 5:06pm
Durham– On the one-year of anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, environmental advocates, local residents, small business owners and members of the clergy joined together to pledge their support for action against global warming. The event highlighted the large amount of public support for the EPA’s new carbon pollution standards for future power plants, included in the president’s national climate action plan.
“From rising sea levels to increased flooding, North Carolina has a lot at stake when it comes to global warming,” said Graham Givens, clean energy associate at Environment North Carolina. “Power plants are the nation’s largest single source of carbon pollution and here in North Carolina, power plants account for more than half of our total global warming pollution. If we want a cleaner, safer future for our kids, we can’t afford to ignore power plants’ significant contribution to global warming”
As of 2008, NC GreenPower also offers carbon offsets to address growing concerns about the impact of greenhouse gases on the environment. The program accepts financial contributions from citizens and businesses to help offset the cost to produce green energy. There is no limit on the number of $4 blocks an individual, organization or business can purchase.
If you're not sure just how much carbon you need to offset, there's a neat calculator on this page.
The Earth's climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events—like heavy rainstorms and record high temperatures—are already affecting society and ecosystems. Scientists are confident that many of the observed changes in the climate can be linked to the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, caused largely by people burning fossil fuels to generate electricity, heat and cool buildings, and power vehicles.
While some of these indicators are not visible to the naked eye, others are undeniably visible, but I'm not sure how much longer they'll be there to be seen:
Submitted by southernstudies on Thu, 11/01/2012 - 8:43pm
Koch Industries, the Kansas-based oil and chemical conglomerate whose owners Charles and David Koch have played a leading role in financing the fight against government regulation, is stepping up its investment in North Carolina politics at a critical moment for the state's energy future.
Submitted by persondem on Wed, 02/29/2012 - 9:49pm
I'll keep this short. I found an excellent article on RealClearPolitics from the L.A. Times today concerning global warming. It contains numerous links to back up its clearly stated assertions. Some salient quotes:
.... from the dawn of human civilization until the 19th century, the concentration was about 275 parts per million, and that many scientists believe 350 parts per million is a sort of tipping point: Irreversible impacts and feedback loops start to kick in.
... as of January, the Earth's atmosphere contained 393 parts per million of carbon dioxide. And rising.
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 01/26/2012 - 6:34am
This linked article is a good summary of why skeptics do not believe the theory that CO2 is causing global warming. The key assumption built into this theory are the huge feedbacks that have been asssumed. As can be seen in this paper, those feedbacks do not match reality. The author does a good job of presenting the science in layman terms.
That funny line came from a Seinfield episode. Dr Singer discusses the result of the BEST research by Dr Muller. The results did show that there was a warming in the land based temperatures from the 1950s till 2000. However the ocean based temperatures and atmosphere showed no warming. Zero, none, nada, zilch.
"What the BEST result shows is that surface thermometers from the land area of the globe (about 29% of the earth's surface) show a warming trend. But this is not global warming. And BEST director Professor Rich Muller explicitly disclaims that his trend results indicate a human cause.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 12/21/2011 - 12:18pm
If you look at the ocean temperature data, there are no temperature increases found. If you look at the satellite temperature data, there are not temperature increases. If you look at the land temperature data, the global temperatures have not increased since 1998. It appears now that the Artic is recovering its ice and is at normal levels, the Antartic never was a problem. The sea levels are going down not up. The only thing showing global warming are the climate modeling. The actual data does not show it.
Yet we continue to waste money and effort on global warming. The EPA continues to insist that we regulate CO2 emissions. Why?
I realize our government has good intentions, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I would like the madness to stop.
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