State of U.S. global warming efforts: Business as Usual

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 14:49 GMT le 24 janvier 2007

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President Bush spoke of "the serious challenge of global climate change" in his State of the Union speech last night, and called for the U.S. to reduce gasoline consumption 20 percent over the next 10 years. The reduction in gasoline consumption would primarily be achieved through promotion of alternative fuels such as ethanol and liquefied coal. While it is a pleasant change to hear the president acknowledge the reality of the climate change problem and to propose measures that could significantly reduce U.S. consumption of foreign oil, his proposals do virtually nothing to combat global warming.

About one third of greenhouse gases emissions in the the U.S. come from cars and trucks. Thus, a 20% cut in gasoline consumption would reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by about 6%, at best. Since a large portion of the gasoline reduction would come from liquefied coal--which, when burned, makes double the CO2 of burning gasoline--even this modest 6% decrease in emissions might end up at zero. The President offered no plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electric utilities or industry, whose emissions will continue to grow at about 2% per year. Overall, greenhouse gas emission will grow by 14% over the next decade under the President's plan, according to Philip Clapp, president of the National Environmental Trust. The consensus among most climate scientists is that emission of greenhouse gases must be radically cut 50-60% globally by 2050 in order to avoid dangerous levels of global warming. The President's business-as-usual plan to allow emissions to increase by 14% over the next decade will make it extremely difficult to achieve that goal, as the U.S. contributes about 25% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

Jeff Masters

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276. Tazmanian
6:45 PM PST on January 24, 2007
doing ok pat doing ok this need a little rain
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275. Patrap
8:42 PM CST on January 24, 2007
Yes it is Taz..how you doing man?
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274. Tazmanian
6:35 PM PST on January 24, 2007
yes pat i have seen it not as cold as it was but it cold overe there
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273. Patrap
8:34 PM CST on January 24, 2007
Pretty warm actually for them right now...http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=vostok
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272. Tazmanian
6:33 PM PST on January 24, 2007
if you do not no what you are doing you can die in -130 or lower temps
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271. Patrap
8:33 PM CST on January 24, 2007
Current Vostok conditions..the WU site too..Link
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267. catastropheadjuster
2:26 AM GMT on January 25, 2007
WEATHERBOYKRIS: Did you get the e-mail?
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265. Tazmanian
6:20 PM PST on January 24, 2007
wow you want cold? take a look at this

-129 Vostok Antarctica
-90 Oimekon Russia
-90 Verkhoyansk Russia
-87 Northice Greenlane
-81 Snag Canada

i her this from the weather on tv this not to long a go
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264. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
1:52 AM GMT on January 25, 2007
Former TC Zita
29S 150W -- 35 kts 998hPa

moving south-southeast 20kt.

This should be the last advisory issued by the Wellington Tropical Cyclone Warning Center in New Zealand.
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263. weatherboykris
1:52 AM GMT on January 25, 2007
mail catastrophe!
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262. weatherboykris
1:49 AM GMT on January 25, 2007
catastrophe,my email was just to ask if you needed help with anything weather related.
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260. ryang
9:41 PM AST on January 24, 2007
Taz i came back for a last check.
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259. catastropheadjuster
1:38 AM GMT on January 25, 2007
So how's everyone tonight?
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258. Tazmanian
5:24 PM PST on January 24, 2007
: ryang you said you where going for tonight
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257. ryang
9:23 PM AST on January 24, 2007
I maen castas.
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256. Tazmanian
5:23 PM PST on January 24, 2007
it is in the Southern Hem
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255. ryang
9:22 PM AST on January 24, 2007
Castro come to my blog!
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254. catastropheadjuster
1:18 AM GMT on January 25, 2007
TAZ:Where's that at?
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253. 882MB
1:20 AM GMT on January 25, 2007
Seems like now is the time for windshear in the pacific! We passed our 2006 atlantic hurricane season wind shear to them lol!
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252. Tazmanian
5:11 PM PST on January 24, 2007
seem like wind shear came out of no where and look what you get dos not look like march any more dos it

lol
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251. desertdisaster
00:54 GMT le 25 janvier 2007
Mysticdog Who ever you are ?

You got it all right! 100%
Get ready for the storm ! It's heading our way... and we are right on it's path... (adapting will be the only solution)

Storm ! what the hell am I saying ? It's a cat. 5 and we will have to add higher categories in the future ! no kidding!!!

The IPCC report will speak for itself next week.
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250. Patrap
6:47 PM CST on January 24, 2007
The entire reserve has about a 57 day supply currently.
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249. Patrap
6:46 PM CST on January 24, 2007
Heres the Location and capacity of that facility Bayou Choctaw - located near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Has a capacity of 72 million barrels (11,000,000 m)
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248. Patrap
6:44 PM CST on January 24, 2007
We have one depository near me rand..If ya ever run out..Ill send ya La sweet crude..But youll have to refine it yerself..See..Mad MAx for details..
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247. Patrap
6:43 PM CST on January 24, 2007
Heres the Stratigic OIL reserves status up to date rand..Link
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246. bigtrucker
7:30 PM EST on January 24, 2007
It is unlawful to vent refrigerants
to the atmosphere

But tons go up everyday. chloraldyfluorocarbins(cfc's) deplete ozone

From the regulations in the law
3.6. Refrigerant Leak
Building managers with appliances having refrigerant capacity greater than 50 pounds must maintain records indicating quantity of refrigerant added during servicing and maintenance. Based on the quantity of refrigerant added to the equipment, if leak rate of 15 percent or more is discovered, the leak rate must be repaired within 30 days of discovery

Ive yet to see a factory keep such records, just in my neck of the woods. imagine the whole world.
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243. Patrap
6:30 PM CST on January 24, 2007
My trouble is getting Vertical after sitting or lying down.But its getting better every day now..
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242. bigtrucker
7:28 PM EST on January 24, 2007
Im sorry to hear that!!!I know that kinda pain. not fun standing up to eat either
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241. Patrap
6:28 PM CST on January 24, 2007
Lortabs make me woozy in the Blogs though..LOL!
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240. ryang
8:26 PM AST on January 24, 2007
LMAO!
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239. Patrap
6:24 PM CST on January 24, 2007
Men Without Hats BT...good ol tune for sure.Learning a lot about back pain and resting 3 partially protruding discs too.
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237. bigtrucker
7:20 PM EST on January 24, 2007
lol i remember that video. werent they from down under
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236. Patrap
6:20 PM CST on January 24, 2007
Hurricanes and Global Warming Plus Human Influences..a Linkie Dinkie for those who Thinkie..Link
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235. Patrap
6:18 PM CST on January 24, 2007
.."We can go where we wanna..Rand is young and so am I..and we can blog real neat from our hats to our feet ..and we can Act like its a real big deal"...
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233. Patrap
6:15 PM CST on January 24, 2007
We need the Safety Dance!
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232. Patrap
6:14 PM CST on January 24, 2007
O3 ..Hows your BP..ya seems alil tense..Is it me..LOL!
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231. ricderr
12:13 AM GMT on January 25, 2007
skye..they..as well as anyone else.....can tune out just as easy as make a "boring" post....no need for you to leave
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229. Patrap
6:11 PM CST on January 24, 2007
Oh well..thats life in the Blogs...He pulled that stuff on Me..Screenshooting my comments and posting them in the Main..calling for a truce with me.Very crazy stuff.Back in late November..was crazy...laughed my but off over it.Like I could be worried.InPTSD recovery we learn to let go and let live.If ya cant take the heat..get out the Kitchen I say.
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228. weatherguy03
7:12 PM EST on January 24, 2007
Sorry not you Skye, you were actually presenting real useful unformation on the blogs. Not some of this crap I've been reading tonite and today.
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227. Skyepony (Mod)
12:06 AM GMT on January 25, 2007
He did not Bash, I lurked through it. That beautiful soul was in rare form & tore Michael by saying he didn't care about anything that wasn't in his zip code. Very odd & unexpected, started over a stupid misunderstanding that beautiful soul twisted to make a point.

Sorry to bore you '03 I'm done.
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