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Why Obamas ‘Green Jobs’ Plan Lacks Logic

Updated: 11/10/2008 - There may be sound reasons to switch from existing energy sources to renewables, including the need to slash greenhouse gas emissions, the need to reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil, and the need to meet growing energy demand. If Americans wish to pay for a wholesale transformation of the energy industry, that is their choice. But let’s not lie about the costs, and let’s not espouse an economic fallacy that is nearly 160 years old. Obama’s “green jobs” plan would indeed create jobs, but it would do so by killing other jobs. Is that really the type of energy policy Americans want?

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Opinion: Gone with the Wind

Posted: 11/10/2008 - From California to Missouri, four of five environmental initiatives lost at the ballot box. Voters are clearly still not ready for exorbitant costs and excessive regulation without clear benefits. President-elect Obama may have felt “a righteous wind” at his back during the campaign, but it did not translate into environmental victories at the ballot box, where one green initiative after another failed for a variety of reasons.

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Insight into How Ice Sheets Influence Ocean Circulation During Glacial Periods

Posted: 11/10/2008 - A study reported in today’s [Nov. 7] issue of Nature disputes a longstanding picture of how ice sheets influence ocean circulation during glacial periods. The distribution of sunlight, rather than the size of North American ice sheets, is the key variable in changes in the North Atlantic deep-water formation during the last four glacial cycles, according to the article.

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Stellar Stethoscope Pushes the Envelope

Updated: 11/10/2008 - Like a gigantic bell, the sun reverberates at myriad frequencies, and by studying such oscillations, scientists have deciphered the structure of the star closest to our planet and our hearts. Now, new satellite measurements of distant stars may pave the way to similar studies of their interiors, too.

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Earth's Strange Tango With the Sun

Updated: 11/10/2008 - Every few minutes, short-lived portals open on the dayside of Earth's magnetic field, new satellite observations reveal. During that time, Earth and the sun are locked in a magnetic tangle that could trigger the geomagnetic storms that occasionally bedevil satellite communications and electrical power systems on the ground

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Another Cold December to March for Many Locations

Posted: 11/07/2008 - La Nina is gradually returning. The Multivariate ENSO Index (MEI) has dropped to -0.74 in October, well into weak La Nina territory. The tropical Pacific sea surface temperatures all the way from South America to beyond the dateline are back below normal. The North Pacific as a whole remains strongly in the cold mode (negative PDO). The Atlantic is weakly in its warm mode (Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation is positive). The sun recently showing slight signs of life is still at solar minimum levels. The winds in the stratosphere over the tropical Pacific are blowing anomalously westerly) in their Quasi Biennial Oscillation. All these conditions point to another cold winter in all but the southeastern United States.

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Fairbanks has 4th coldest October..North America early winter continues

Posted: 11/07/2008 - One of the coldest Octobers on record in the Alaskan interior has the Yukon River grinding to a halt and residents settling in for winter. October 2008 went down as Fairbanks’ fourth-coldest October on record since 1904..also in the lower 48 states, USAToday reported the season’s first major blizzard pounded the Dakotas and parts of Wyoming and Nebraska Thursday with wind gusts approaching 80 mph.

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Naturalist Shunned by BBC for His Climate Views

Updated: 11/07/2008 - For years, David Bellamy was one of the best known faces on TV. A respected botanist and the author of 35 books, he had presented around 400 programmes over the years and was appreciated by audiences for his boundless enthusiasm. Yet for more than 10 years he has been out of the limelight, shunned by bosses at the BBC where he made his name, as well as fellow scientists and environmentalists. His crime? Bellamy says he doesn’t believe in man-made global warming.

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Over-Hyping of CO2 and Global Climate Threats

Posted: 11/05/2008 - William Gray and many of his colleagues with comparable weather forecasting experience do not believe that CO2 gas emissions are anywhere near the threat to global climate as the environmental and liberal media groups have led us to believe.

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