And then he consumes enough energy (at his home and in his travels) to power a small city, all while buying carbon credits from his own business to make himself feel better (and richer). He needs the money, though, to buy more steak dinners.
NEW YORK -- Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore on Sunday urged a gathering of more than 500 business leaders to push for a global agreement on curbing global warming pollution, saying "Mother Nature does not do bailouts."
"The market signals on energy are badly misleading and wrong. We do not take into account the cost of pollution," Gore told the meeting of chief executives from global industry giants, including PepsiCo Inc.
"If there is no cost to be paid for the indiscriminate dumping of pollution into the earth's atmosphere, then it should be a surprise to no one that today we will dump another 70 million tons of global warming pollution into the thin shell of atmosphere surrounding our planet," Gore said.
Director Mike Judge’s new animated television series “The Goode Family” is a send-up of a clan of environmentalists who live by the words “What would Al Gore do?” Gerald and Helen Goode want nothing more than to minimize their carbon footprint. They feed their dog, Che, only veggies (much to the pet’s dismay) and Mr. Goode dutifully separates sheets of toilet paper when his wife accidentally buys two-ply. And, of course, the family drives a hybrid.
Community activist Helen Goode (the voice of Nancy Carell) chats with a neighbor in the coming ABC animated series ‘The Goode Family,’ which pokes fun at a household of environmentalists living in the Midwest.
On Wednesday at 9 p.m., “The Goode Family” will have its premiere on ABC and become the first animated series on the network’s prime-time lineup since 1995 when “The Critic” starring Jon Lovitz ended its second season.
This type of fear-provoking, anti-capitalist article certainly isn’t new to the plethora of lefty writings that detail what our love of electronics is doing to scorch the Earth. We’ve seen computers, video games, flat screen TVs, Christmas lights, and LCD monitors attacked before for their transgressions against an ordered, socialist society, which poots not one ounce of carbon into the atmosphere.
This attack on electronics doesn’t include the other “Mean Green” attacks on such capitalist offerings as drive-through restaurants, cows, toilet paper, automobiles, air travel, and old-fashioned light bulbs.
PARIS — Charge your iPod, kill a polar bear?
The choice might not be quite that stark, but an energy watchdog is alarmed about the threat to the environment from the soaring electricity needs of gadgets like MP3 players, mobile phones and flat screen TVs.
In a report Wednesday, the Paris-based International Energy Agency estimates new electronic gadgets will triple their energy consumption by 2030 to 1,700 terawatt hours, the equivalent of today's home electricity consumption of the United States and Japan combined.
Yes, it was one voice of many (so says the disclaimer). But remember, prominent liberals are on record saying that the economy must be cooled to fight global warming; they got their wish—the economy has cooled; so why all this panic to get something passed? Please go into it for yourself and discover the answer—it’s really quite obvious.
And why is there now a liberal voice among them who dares worry about the economic consequences of these policies? Because the nuts got their wish with the recent economic downturn; they know how low global warming ranks in the minds of average Americans compared to the economy. So, does it make sense to hurt the economy MORE with Draconian legislation aimed against a climate “problem” that doesn’t even exist? Can you guess how that will play out politically? How will it play out in the next election?
This is the reason for that lone voice in the memo. This is the reason that Congress watered down the cap-and-trade bill recently. They’re smart enough to try to avoid a repeat of the 1994 elections; if it can happen to them in 1994 and happen to Republicans in 2004 then it can come around for them again too. No matter what…they realize their control of the federal government is tenuous.
A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal that could lead to regulating the gases blamed for global warming will prove costly for factories, small businesses and other institutions, according to a White House document.
The nine-page memo is a compilation of opinions made by a dozen federal agencies and departments before the EPA determined in April that greenhouse gases pose dangers to public health and welfare.
A White House aide and Office of Management and Budget spokesman said the cost critique came from a single federal agency, and the document did not reflect the administration's view. They declined to identify which agency challenged the EPA proposal.
Still, Republicans and business groups immediately used the document to bolster their arguments that controlling greenhouse gases would harm the economy.
They also highlighted parts of the document that fault how the EPA arrived at its conclusion that greenhouse gases endanger human health and welfare, since the gases by themselves do not pose any harm.
The memo says the EPA could have been "more balanced" in its analysis by also highlighting regions of the country that would benefit from global warming, such as the state of Alaska, which would have warmer winters. It also says the EPA appeared to stretch the precautionary principle to support regulation despite the "unprecedented uncertainty" in linking emissions of greenhouse gases and the warming that will result to health effects.
"It really appears to me that the decision was based more on political calculation than on scientific ones," said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., who called the document "a smoking gun" during a hearing Tuesday on the Obama administration's proposed budget for EPA.
One definitely gets the sense by reading this article’s headline that the media isn’t happy with the Democrats.
This bill, if it does pass in its weaker form, will STILL be a travesty against John and Jane America; you can count on one irrefutable aspect of capitalism that the media will definitely not tell you about: Affected corporations will not pay…they will pass on the additional cost to the consumer in the form of higher prices, which means this is an indirect tax on all of us who consume products and services in America.
All of this because of a lie; CO2 does not cause the Earth to warm!
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democratic leaders are scaling back plans to curb global warming and make the transition to cleaner energy in the hopes that they can get a bill passed this year.
Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., announced Tuesday evening the outlines of a deal that they said would ensure the legislation will please both environmental and industry groups and have the support of moderate Democrats on the House Energy Committee.
To do so, they have lowered targets for renewable energy, will require a smaller reduction by 2020 in the emissions blamed for global warming, and will give away valuable permits to release pollution to electricity distribution companies and auto manufacturers.
As the World Health Organization raised its infectious disease alert level Wednesday and health officials confirmed the first death linked to swine flu inside U.S. borders, scientists studying the virus are coming to the consensus that this hybrid strain of influenza -- at least in its current form -- isn't shaping up to be as fatal as the strains that caused some previous pandemics.