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John Christy, Climate Scientist, to President’s Council on Environmental Quality (May 13, 2015, testimony)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 2, 2015

“On average the models warm the global atmosphere at a rate three times that of the real world.”

“The climate is something we can’t predict. The policy is based upon theory that needs a whole lot of correction to it.”

John Christy, Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), has received numerous awards for his development of satellite-based temperature monitoring (with Roy Spencer).”

Dr. Christy recently testified before the Committee on Natural Resources on the subject, “CEQ Draft Guidance for GHG Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change Committee on Natural Resources.” Pertinent excerpts follow:

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The basic question under consideration here is to understand whether there is a causal relationship between the carbon emissions generated by a single proposed federal project and possible climate change related to those emissions.

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AWED Energy & Environmental Newsletter: June 1, 2015

By -- June 1, 2015

The Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) is an informal coalition of individuals and organizations interested in improving national, state, and local energy & environmental policies. Our basic position is that technical matters like these should be addressed by using Real Science. It’s all spelled out at WiseEnergy.org, which is a wealth of energy and environmental resources.

A key element of AWED’s efforts is public education. Towards that end, every 3 weeks we put together a newsletter to balance what is found in the mainstream media about energy and environmental matters. We appreciate MasterResource for their assistance in publishing this information.

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Some extra good articles in this issue are:

True Costs of Wind Electricity

Study: Economic Impact of Wind Turbines

California PUC concludes that Solar & Wind costs are extravagant

EIA: Renewables get 9x the subsidies of all conventional sources, COMBINED

Grid Constraints on Wind and Solar Energy — Part 2

Wind Turbines Being Installed in Sensitive Bird Habitat on Massive Scale

A Review of the Impacts of Onshore Wind Energy Development on Biodiversity

Research: Bees and Wind Turbines

German Doctors Push to Halt Building of Wind Turbines

British Leader: No More Wind Project Subsidies & Local People Have Control

Kansas Governor Signs Deal on Renewable Energy Mandate

The con in consensus: Climate Change Consensus Among the Misinformed is Not Worth Much

IPCC Lead Author: 97% of Climate Experts is Bogus

Another IPCC Lead Author: Global Warming Caused By ‘Natural Variations’ In Climate

What’s Really Wrong With the Global Surface Temperature Record

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Self-Service Becomes Institutionalized: 1971–84 (Part 4 of 4)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 29, 2015

[Editor note: This post completes a four-part history of the rise of self-service filling stations in the United States. Part I examined the discovery and early regulation of this new marketing strategy; Part II covered 1947–51; Part III reviewed the period 1950–70).]

“Government intervention unintentionally promoted self-service. The gasoline shortage of 1974 educated motorists to serve themselves to reduce waiting in line, and the seller’s market deteriorated the quality of service. Regulatory minimum wage and overtime pay scales, which had been steady for years, jumped 25 percent in 1974 and covered more stations.”

Prior to regulation under the Economic Stabilization Act and the Emergency Petroleum Allocation Act (1973–81), independent gasoline retailers were foiling the ambitious expansion plans of the majors with their low-cost service and discount prices. Central to this success was self-service

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Self-Service Takes Hold: 1950–70 (Part 3 of 4)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 28, 2015
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Self-Service Erupts — and Established Dealers Go Political (1947–51)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 27, 2015
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Self-Service Gasoline: Legalizing Freedom (New Jersey, Oregon hold out)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 26, 2015
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Memorial Weekend and Driving Season: Motor to a Better Environment!

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 22, 2015
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Climate Policy: Adaptation, Not Mitigation (Part 2, Examples)

By Terry Anderson and Donald Leal -- May 21, 2015
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Climate Policy: Adaptation, Not Mitigation (Part I, Theory)

By Terry Anderson and Donald Leal -- May 20, 2015
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“No Regrets” Climate Policy: Doing Much by Doing Little

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- May 19, 2015
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