Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Hottest Month (July) on Record

The drought that has over half the counties in the U.S. listed as disaster areas is not relenting.

Today the president approved more relief for drought victims, mainly farmers.

Last month, July, was the hottest July on record.

As if that was not enough, it was the hottest month of all time according to NOAA, an agency that has kept records for over a century:
In more than 117 years of records, July 2012 stands alone as not only the hottest July on record in the lower 48 United States, but also the hottest of any month on record in that time span. To put it another way, July 2012 was the hottest of more than 1,400 months that we've gone through since 1895.
(Weather). It was a month that saw an unusual huge acceleration of the summer melt of the glacier cover in Greenland.

Meanwhile, a federal appeals court ruled against the NRC, so the NRC stopped the licensing process on 19 current applications for Nuclear Power Plants:
We hold that the rulemaking at issue here constitutes a major federal action necessitating either an environmental impact statement or a finding of no significant environmental impact.
(New York v NRC, PDF). The courts will have to stop the runaway agencies that are puppets of the fossil fuel industry, because no puppet president now campaigning will do that either:
What do Arctic drilling and drone killing have in common? They are both being decided by Barack Obama without public debate ... several federal administrators responsible for regulating offshore oil drilling operations “had used cocaine and marijuana, and had sexual relationships with oil and gas company representatives” ... [under Bush II] ... A May 24 front–page article in The New York Times made clear that Obama got personally involved and fast–tracked Shell’s drilling permits.
(Obama Is Fast-tracking an Environmental Disaster to Please Big Oil). This post passed the truthiness test, as shown by the following lecture.

Here is an index into the lecture's (minutes:seconds) key times;
(Note: GW = global warming; GG = greenhouse gas, CC = climate change):

00:40 - Schwarzenegger: no debate, GW is happening.
06:20 - Proper amount of GG is good, keeps us warm.
07:00 - Too much GG is a bad thing.
07:09 - Tyndall in mid 1800's began research into GG.
07:45 - Arrhenius did first degree calculations re: CO2 content.
08:25 - Callendar discovered GG increases in 1930's.
09:02 - Hulburt accord in 1930's.
09:43 - Depression / war stopped GG research.
10:00 - Gilbert N. Plass developed CO2 atmospheric calculations.
10:49 - Suess & Revelle do paper in 1957 warning of GW dangers.
12:30 - Dr. Revelle warned of polar ice cap melt in TIME interview.
13:25 - CO2 levels discovered to be high.
16:30 - Lyndon Johnson in 1965 says fossil fuels causing GW.
17:00 - GW, CC not political originally.
18:20 - White of NOAA, 1978, warns of GW dangers.
20:52 - Polar Areas to be impacted 4 times more than other areas. 
24:20 - IPCC formed in 1979 with consensus on GW.
26:00 - Bush I signed GW treaty.
26:45 - Denial of GW begins.
27:40 - Luntz injects GW denial propaganda into political debate.
28:25 - Oil baron Cheney propagates GW denial.
29:00 - Oil companies do massive scale denial propaganda.
29:30 - Marshall Institute
30:30 - Marshall Institute formed to support Reagan SDI (star wars)
32:50 - Marshall Institute "cigarettes not related to cancer".
36:50 - Marshall Institute does GW denial campaign.
42:54 - Marshall member Seitz worked for big tobacco.
47:20 - Singer of Marshall Institute politically attacks GW.
53:35 - Cigarette smoking is ok rhetoric applied to GW science.

Professor @UCSD details history of Climate Change & Denialism:

1 comment:

  1. Naomi Wolf has a post called "America's drought of political will on climate change" that explains how the world sees U.S. gridlock. Link.