Category Archives: carbon sinks

Oklahoma, where the denial comes right before the drought

I lived in Oklahoma, a half-hour’s commute from Tinker Air Force Base, where I was assigned, for nearly three years in the 80s. When I saw and read this article, I just had to share it here. So read it and then remember that Oklahoma is represented by denier-in-chief James Inhofe in the U.S. Senate. Whatta champ. Well isn’t he?

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James Hansen: ‘Neither party wants to offend the fossil fuel industry’

From Climate Progress comes this piece about NASA’s Dr. James Hansen. In it, Hansen talks about why scientists (and he is a model) must speak out about the threat posed by the burning of fossil fuels.

Carbon dioxide level reaches milestone

This Associated Press article appeared in many papers across the country this morning; I saw it on the Web sites of at least a dozen a few minutes ago. In any case, the world has indeed reached a milestone in the parts-per-million ranking of carbon dioxide, the main global warming gas. And, guess what? Humans are responsible (no matter what the Cato Institute might say). The Cato, by the way, is referenced in this reporting as the journalist attempts to include the “balance” thingee, no matter how inane that “balance” source may be. It’s the old he said, she said style of reporting. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

EPA: U.S. greenhouse gas emissions on rise

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the 17th annual U.S. greenhouse gas inventory. The final report shows overall emissions in 2010 increased by 3.2 percent from the previous year. The trend is attributed to an increase in energy consumption across all economic sectors, due to increasing energy demand associated with an expanding economy, and increased demand for electricity for air conditioning due to warmer summer weather during 2010.

Total emissions of the six main greenhouse gases in 2010 were equivalent to 6,822 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. These gases include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride. The report indicates that overall emissions have grown by over 10 percent from 1990 to 2010.

The Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2010 is the latest annual report that the United States has submitted to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which sets an overall framework for intergovernmental efforts to tackle the challenge posed by climate change. EPA prepares the annual report in collaboration with experts from multiple federal agencies and after gathering comments from stakeholders across the country.

The inventory tracks annual greenhouse gas emissions at the national level and presents historical emissions from 1990 to 2010. The inventory also calculates carbon dioxide emissions that are removed from the atmosphere by “sinks,” e.g., through the uptake of carbon by forests, vegetation and soils.

More on the greenhouse gas inventory report: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/usinventoryreport.html

The carbon value of a swamp

Interesting thesis put forth in this article, but it all seems like too little too late to me. The real arch enemy of a cool-temperature future for the planet lies in making people stop their wasteful habits – especially with the single-family motor vehicle.

Obstacles to capturing, storing carbon dioxide

Yes, carbon dioxide is the principle greenhouse gas. Yes, most Republicans could apparently care less. And yes, it does make a lot of sense to simply make less of it in the first place. Like turning off the car’s engine and walking or bicycling instead. Many Americans would not dream of doing so, however, as the car-centric society demands that they drive their personal cars. It’s all very sad.

Read about the difficulties in capturing and storing the greenhouse gas.

In an op-ed, McConnell, fellow senator blast away at the EPA

These guys must think they’re following in the footsteps of the great humorist and newspaper columnist Lewis Grizzard. How else to explain this hilarious op-ed. What a crew.