Feb. 27th, 2009

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This is almost funny.

Nuclear Bill Gets a Push in Georgia - AJC - 24 Feb 09

"As Georgia lawmakers push forward with a nuclear financing bill this week, their counterparts in Florida are scrambling to undo a similar measure approved three years ago.

In the past two weeks, Florida Republicans, including the state Senate president pro tem, drafted two bills aimed at a 2006 law requiring power customers to pay early for new nuclear reactors. The bills are a reaction to public outrage, after those nuclear fees had an unexpectedly expensive and politically disastrous debut this winter. One power company’s customers saw already spiking bills go up an extra 11 percent due to the nuclear fee. The company backed down two weeks ago, suspending most of the fee for the rest of this year."

"To SB 31’s opponents, that surprise is the lesson of Florida. 'In general, what Florida confirms is what we already know,' said Will Phillips, a lobbyist for AARP. 'Tying the hands of utility regulators, whether in Georgia or Florida, is bad public policy.'"
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This is almost funny.

Nuclear Bill Gets a Push in Georgia - AJC - 24 Feb 09

"As Georgia lawmakers push forward with a nuclear financing bill this week, their counterparts in Florida are scrambling to undo a similar measure approved three years ago.

In the past two weeks, Florida Republicans, including the state Senate president pro tem, drafted two bills aimed at a 2006 law requiring power customers to pay early for new nuclear reactors. The bills are a reaction to public outrage, after those nuclear fees had an unexpectedly expensive and politically disastrous debut this winter. One power company’s customers saw already spiking bills go up an extra 11 percent due to the nuclear fee. The company backed down two weeks ago, suspending most of the fee for the rest of this year."

"To SB 31’s opponents, that surprise is the lesson of Florida. 'In general, what Florida confirms is what we already know,' said Will Phillips, a lobbyist for AARP. 'Tying the hands of utility regulators, whether in Georgia or Florida, is bad public policy.'"
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Now that Denmark has so much wind that it's a challenge to their system to adapt to any more without storage and they the fact that they're not getting much money for those extra kWHs they export, this seemed the obvious next step.

Denmark Outlines Plans for Wind-Car Smart Grid - BusinessGreen - 25 Feb 09

"The government has joined the Electric Vehicles in a Distributed and Integrated Market using Sustainable Energy and Open Networks (EDISON) project, which aims to build a recharging infrastructure capable of supporting the 10 per cent of Danish cars that are expected to be electric in 10 years' time.

The government is keen to develop the network quickly as the batteries in electric cars will provide storage capacity for the power the country already derives from wind turbines. It is hoped that the infrastructure will simultaneously help Denmark manage peaks and troughs in power supply, while allowing cars to run using genuinely zero carbon energy."
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Now that Denmark has so much wind that it's a challenge to their system to adapt to any more without storage and they the fact that they're not getting much money for those extra kWHs they export, this seemed the obvious next step.

Denmark Outlines Plans for Wind-Car Smart Grid - BusinessGreen - 25 Feb 09

"The government has joined the Electric Vehicles in a Distributed and Integrated Market using Sustainable Energy and Open Networks (EDISON) project, which aims to build a recharging infrastructure capable of supporting the 10 per cent of Danish cars that are expected to be electric in 10 years' time.

The government is keen to develop the network quickly as the batteries in electric cars will provide storage capacity for the power the country already derives from wind turbines. It is hoped that the infrastructure will simultaneously help Denmark manage peaks and troughs in power supply, while allowing cars to run using genuinely zero carbon energy."
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Interesting question about the clean states vs. the brown states in this brave new Obama World.

Obama-Era Carbon Policy Must Transform Old Divisions - Renewable Energy World - 25 Feb 09

"I was heartened by the recent news from the American Wind Energy Association that California has ceded its No. 2 (behind Texas) spot among the leading wind-generating states to...wait for it...Iowa. That's right, the Hawkeyes of the nation's 26th largest state now have nearly 2.8 gigawatts (GW) of wind capacity, compared to 2.5 GW in industry pioneer California. If Ray Kinsella/Kevin Costner were building his mythical Field of Dreams baseball diamond in an Iowa cornfield today, he'd likely have wind turbines serving as foul poles. And Iowa is manufacturing as well as deploying wind, with six turbine makers now located in the state."
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Interesting question about the clean states vs. the brown states in this brave new Obama World.

Obama-Era Carbon Policy Must Transform Old Divisions - Renewable Energy World - 25 Feb 09

"I was heartened by the recent news from the American Wind Energy Association that California has ceded its No. 2 (behind Texas) spot among the leading wind-generating states to...wait for it...Iowa. That's right, the Hawkeyes of the nation's 26th largest state now have nearly 2.8 gigawatts (GW) of wind capacity, compared to 2.5 GW in industry pioneer California. If Ray Kinsella/Kevin Costner were building his mythical Field of Dreams baseball diamond in an Iowa cornfield today, he'd likely have wind turbines serving as foul poles. And Iowa is manufacturing as well as deploying wind, with six turbine makers now located in the state."
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How many times have we heard from those wanting to discredit global warming that the smartypants scientists all told us it was cooling in the 1970s. Columnist George Will just nattered on about this bit of non-history recently in "Dark Green Doomsday". Some may recall it from the late Michael Crichton's "State of Fear" novel.

It's the B.S. that couldn't die. One wooden spike available for use here. Several nifty graphs included.

The Myth of the 1970s Global Cooling Scientific Consensus - Bulletin of the American Meterological Society - Sep 2008

"Despite active efforts to answer these questions, the following pervasive myth arose: there was a consensus among climate scientists of the 1970s that either global cooling or a full-fledged ice age was imminent (see the “Perpetuating the myth” sidebar).

A review of the climate science literature from 1965 to 1979 shows this myth to be false. The myth’s basis lies in a selective misreading of the texts both by some members of the media at the time and by some observers today. In fact, emphasis on greenhouse warming dominated the scientific literature even then."
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How many times have we heard from those wanting to discredit global warming that the smartypants scientists all told us it was cooling in the 1970s. Columnist George Will just nattered on about this bit of non-history recently in "Dark Green Doomsday". Some may recall it from the late Michael Crichton's "State of Fear" novel.

It's the B.S. that couldn't die. One wooden spike available for use here. Several nifty graphs included.

The Myth of the 1970s Global Cooling Scientific Consensus - Bulletin of the American Meterological Society - Sep 2008

"Despite active efforts to answer these questions, the following pervasive myth arose: there was a consensus among climate scientists of the 1970s that either global cooling or a full-fledged ice age was imminent (see the “Perpetuating the myth” sidebar).

A review of the climate science literature from 1965 to 1979 shows this myth to be false. The myth’s basis lies in a selective misreading of the texts both by some members of the media at the time and by some observers today. In fact, emphasis on greenhouse warming dominated the scientific literature even then."
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