Wherein I agree with Marc Morano

We must not tolerate the same pathetic GW Bush strategy of accepting the alleged AGW science but rejecting so-called solutions –Marc Morano

I am as surprised as anyone, but I actually agree with the above quote from Marc Morano. Of course not in the way Morano would like. No, he is angry that politicians accept mainstream science, while I am disappointed that politicians refuse to do anything about it. [more]

Economists are not the enemy

Far too often economists are pitted against environmentalist, when in reality basic economic theory supports strong action on global warming and other environmental issues. The sooner the wider environmental community realizes this the sooner real progress will be made.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMSNpTqrlTw&w=560&h=349]

(h/t Michael Tobis)

Conservative conservationist

From a very uplifting article on the conservative website FrumForum by D.R. Tucker we get a clear, concise conservative/libertarian argument to tackle our GHG emissions:

conservatives and libertarians should strongly support regulation to reduce carbon pollution, since pollution by one entity invariably infringes upon the rights of others (including property rights), and no entity has a constitutional right to pollute. [more]

Quote of the day: Climate change vs global warming

If [global mean surface temperature] goes up a lot, the impacts cannot be small, but if [global mean surface temperature] does not go up a lot, the impacts may still be large. –Michael Tobis

Climate change is a more accurate term for what we are doing to the climate system, but the tyranny of Google (aka the fact that more people search for global warming than climate change), means I typically use the term global warming. [more]

Climate change solved by legislators

Global warming has been legislated out of existence:

House Republicans rejected amendments offered Tuesday by Democrats that called on Congress to accept the scientific consensus that climate change is occurring, it is caused in large part by human activity and it is a threat to human health.

The amendments, offered at an Energy and Commerce Committee markup of legislation to block Environmental Protection Agency climate change rules, are part of an effort by House Democrats to get Republicans on the record on climate science. [more]

The journalism problem

Much has recently been written on various climate blogs about the problem with journalism.

But I think this is the crux of the issue:

Passive news reporting that doesn’t attempt to resolve factual disputes in politics may have detrimental effects on readers, new research suggests.

The study found that people are more likely to doubt their own ability to determine the truth in politics after reading an article that simply lists competing claims without offering any idea of which side is right. [more]

Making use of the blog

So far this blog has been limited to making announcements, and not much else. In other words it was pretty boring. Well soon that is going  to change, I plan on doing some proper climate blogging here in the very near future.

That means Irregular Climate is now both audio and written media , which as I understand it, makes us officially multimedia!

An update on the delay

First of all, I have to apologize. My summer Hiatus wasn’t supposed to be this long. But things have been hectic around here and even though I wish that Irregular Climate could be my number one priority, it can’t. It doesn’t pay the bills.

So it has been forced on the back-burner, and the next episode hasn’t been recorded yet. [more]

Emerging from a summer slumber [UPDATED]

Summer is coming to an end, and the machinery that powers Irregular Climate is being powered up. It is creaky old machinery (or is that just me?), so no guarantees when the next episode will be out, but the plan is this Thursday or Friday. See you then!

UPDATE: The machinery is creakier that I thought (AKA I was called into work, when I was supposed to record). [more]