Stories to Watch: 3/5/14.
New Jersey Democrat Rep. Rush Holt opposes the Keystone XL pipeline. Not because he’s a Democract or a liberal, but because he’s a scientist. The “sludge” for the Canadian tar sands is “climate poison,” he says.
Michele Bachmann says that the veto of Arizona’s gay discrimination bill is a sign of “terrible intolerance afoot" against Christians. See, in Shelly’s world, people who fight back against intolerance are themselves intolerant — which, if you take it to it’s logical conclusion, means that civil rights marchers were the bad guys against the segregationist good guys. Don’t try to make sense of it. It’s Michele Bachmann. She’s President of the Ridiculous Nonsense Division of Republican StupidCo. there’s no sense to be found here. Victim card declined. (See also, James O’Keefe)
Just a reminder: Paul Ryan has terrible ideas. This has been a public service announcement.
House Republicans have now tried to repeal Obamacare 50 times. Because really, every problem the nation faces has been solved, freeing up congress to pass partisan bills that have no hope of ever going anywhere and would only make everything worse if it did.
The CIA spied on Senate staffers who were investigating the CIA. And that’s why liberals distrust domestic spying and surveillance — it will always be abused.
It’s no surprise that Republicans don’t get how the criminal justice system is supposed to work. But it took an additional 7 clueless Democrats to kill a Civil Rights Division nominee because he dared to defend a prisoner’s civil rights. You read that correctly. ThinkProgress names names here. Not only is this the result of political cowardice, but also of naked racism.
One lousy court decision: the Massachusetts Supreme Court finds that “upskirt” pics — photos of women’s panties taken without their permission or knowledge — are totally legal and above board.
Finally, that’s a real nice Statue of Liberty y’got there. Be a shame if some global warming was to happen to it…
[cartoon via Truthdig]
Study shows fossil fuels, nukes unnecessary to provide the world with energy.
PhysOrg: New research has shown that it is possible and affordable for the world to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, if there is the political will to strive for this goal.
Achieving 100 percent renewable energy would mean the building of about four million 5 MW wind turbines, 1.7 billion 3 kW roof-mounted solar photovoltaic systems, and around 90,000 300 MW solar power plants.
Mark Delucchi, one of the authors of the report, which was published in the journal Energy Policy, said the researchers had aimed to show enough renewable energy is available and could be harnessed to meet demand indefinitely by 2030.
Delucchi and colleague Mark Jacobson left all fossil fuel sources of energy out of their calculations and concentrated only on wind, solar, waves and geothermal sources. Fossil fuels currently provide over 80 percent of the world’s energy supply. They also left out biomass, currently the most widely used renewable energy source, because of concerns about pollution and land-use issues. Their calculations also left out nuclear power generation, which currently supplies around six percent of the world’s electricity.
I wasn’t extremely surprised that we could get by without fossil fuels. What got my attention was that nuclear power was left out of the equation as well. A lot of people have been trying to paint nuclear as a necessary evil, saying we’d have to use “clean” nuclear power to reduce carbon emissions. This study proves them wrong.
Turns out we can power the whole planet without using energy from an industry that produces what may be the most dangerous toxic waste known to humanity. Good to know.
We simply don’t have time to let a few loud interest groups hijack the climate conversation… We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and science and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific facts. Nor should we allow any room for those who think that the costs associated with doing the right thing outweigh the benefits.
The science is unequivocal, and those who refuse to believe it are simply burying their heads in the sand. We don’t have time for a meeting anywhere of the Flat Earth Society.
Dems propose Darwin Day bill.
The Hill: Three House Democrats have proposed a resolution that criticizes the teaching of creationism and the denial of man-made global warming as anti-science.
The resolution from Reps. Rush Holt (D-N.J.), Jim Himes (D-Conn.) and Mike Honda (D-Calif.), H.Res. 467, proposes the designation of Feb. 12 as “Darwin Day” to recognize Charles Darwin’s contributions to science.The resolution says Darwin’s theory of evolution through natural selection “provides humanity with a logical and intellectually compelling explanation for the diversity of life on Earth.” It also says teachings to the contrary go against established science."[T]he teaching of creationism in some public schools compromises the scientific and academic integrity of the United States education systems," it reads. It adds that the validity of Darwin’s theory of natural selection is "strongly supported by the modern understanding of the science of genetics."
The resolution also takes a shot at global warming skeptics, by saying the advancement of science “must be protected from those unconcerned with the adverse impacts of global warming and climate change.”
Bottom line, evolutionary biology is an applied science. Arguing against it is like standing next to a nuclear power plant and saying, “Oh yeah? Well if this so-called ‘nuclear power’ is so real, then why is it called the ‘theory of special relativity’?”
Of course, this bill is never going anywhere and it’s really just a way to tweak Republican anti-science, but if you can’t troll flatearthers on Darwin Day, where are you going to get your fun?
When A Harvard Educated Adult Acts Like A Complete Dick
"It is really freezing in D.C. I have to admit I was surprised. Al Gore told us this wouldn’t happen!”
— Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), quoted by TPM, to a crowd at the Heritage Foundation, in a speech about energy policy.
You don’t understand climate change and you are elected to office to talk in front of other conservative Heritage jugheads and giggle about Al Gore.
[Only Republicans think Al Gore is a climate scientist.]
What a complete waste of a humanity. #cruz #heritage
Bonus fun: neither Al Gore nor any climate scientist ever said that climate change means it will never snow or get cold anywhere ever again.
Ted Cruz is making fun of people he made up. What a dick he must be, when even his imaginary friends are the subjects of his ridicule.
The year 2013 ties with 2003 as the fourth warmest year globally since records began in 1880. The annual global combined land and ocean surface temperature was 0.62°C (1.12°F) above the 20th century average of 13.9°C (57.0°F). This marks the 37th consecutive year (since 1976) that the yearly global temperature was above average. Currently, the warmest year on record is 2010, which was 0.66°C (1.19°F) above average. Including 2013, 9 of the 10 warmest years in the 134-year period of record have occurred in the 21st century. Only one year during the 20th century—1998—was warmer than 2013.