Matt Yglesias: Paul Ryan hearts pollution

Matt Yglesias: Paul Ryan hearts pollution

We’d expect nothing less from Yglesias. Last month, the lefty hack got his Godwin on, comparing Mitt Romney to Hitler. Oh, how ca-LEVAH! Today, Yglesias turned to the noted “real journalists” and paragons of objectivity at The Washington Post for evidence of his claims about Ryan:

Now, Ryan’s suggestion that scientists have tried to “intentionally mislead the public” is a charge without much evidence. A series of investigations — from Penn State, the University of East Anglia, Britain’s House of Commons, the National Science Foundation and the EPA — looked into this question and found little evidence of wrongdoing by climate scientists. What’s more, since 2009, the scientific consensus that humans are warming the planet has only strengthened. (Ryan does not appear to have followed up on the topic.)

Ryan’s track record on environmental issues is certainly less green-tinged than Romney’s. For one, Ryan has consistently voted against government efforts to tackle climate change. Like many House Republicans, he has voted to block efforts by the EPA to regulate carbon-dioxide emissions. He approved an amendment that would bar the Department of Agriculture from studying how best to adapt to a warmer planet. Ryan voted to defund various climate-advisory positions within the White House. He also voted for an amendment, proposed by Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.), to cut $50 million from funding for ARPA-E, which funds long-shot energy research and development.

More broadly, Ryan appears to have had a firmly conservative record on the environment since joining the House. He has long supported more oil and gas drilling, including in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He opposes subsidies for clean energy. He’s skeptical of further EPA efforts to regulate air pollution.

Skepticism about anthropogenic global warming in the wake of ClimateGate? Support for offshore drilling? Distrust of the EPA? Alert the authorities! Paul Ryan is a menace!

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Obama blows into Ohio for campaign speech on the economy

Obama blows into Ohio for campaign speech on the economy

As Twitchy reported earlier, President Obama is in the Buckeye State today, where he’s delivering a speech on the state of his reelection campai- er, the economy.

Pres Obama's speech at 145pm is billed as a campaign event and will be staged at a local community college here in Cleveland.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Well, at least no one’s trying to conceal the speech’s stump-iness this time around.

This is sure to be one hell of a speech, and we’ll be takin’ one for the team and covering it live here. If you’re in the mood for a little masochism, though, you can view the speech here.

CBS’s Mark Knoller offers a preview of what we can expect:

WH/Jay Carney says Pres Obama views the election as a choice between "two very different visions" on jobs, growth & debt.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Pres Obama argues that his policies stopped the slide into depression, racked up 4.3-million jobs & would have been more had GOP allowed.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Pres Obama says there's been progress but "does that mean that I’m satisfied? Does that mean we are satisfied? Absolutely not. "

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Look for Pres Obama to stress "the last thing we need is to go back to the very same policies that got us into this mess in the 1st place."

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012


Obama Campaign Manager @Messina2012 on Obama speech: "whether we move this country forward, or return to failed policies of the past."

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Boooooooooooooosh again!

Difference between Obama "official" and "campaign" speech: campaign slogan on the lectern: "Forward."

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Why is there a campaign poster on the podium for a speech about the economy?

— Michelle Ray (@GaltsGirl) June 14, 2012

It’s like Obama isn’t even trying anymore to conceal the fact that all of his speeches are ultimately campaign speeches.


Annnnnd we’re off!

Oh. Em. Gee. POTUS hasn’t even arrived yet, and the students are doing the wave and chanting his name. WoooooOOOOOOooo!

The Obama crowd just attempted the wave. First two attempts failed miserably. Third was passable.

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) June 14, 2012

The president is late to his event. He must have misplaced his diamond-encrusted pocket watch.

“FOUR MORE YEARS!” In four more years, these students are still going to be living with their parents. It’s the American Dream.

For the love of God… if there's somebody there at the Obama speech, start up the Day-O song. Or Thunder Road. It'd be an improvement.

— Moe Lane (@moelane) June 14, 2012

Hospice nurse and mother of two Angela Shafer has taken the stage to introduce Obama.

Ms. Shafer is waxing poetic about how the president has her back. Like this, Angela?

And 17 minutes after his speech was scheduled to begin, President Obama has arrived on the stage.

Pres Obama cheered by supporters as he begins economic speech in Cleveland.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

White man’s overbite! This is officially a campaign speech.

RT @ethanklapper: Crowd estimate of Obama speech, per pool: 1,500

— Centered Politics (@CenteredPols) June 14, 2012

Quiet everyone! Obama is TALKING!

— jon gabriel (@exjon) June 14, 2012

Obama is telling folks with seats to sit down. #framingspeech

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) June 14, 2012

Ah, the benevolent ruler.

"Polls will go up, and polls will go down. There will be no shortage of gaffes and controversies…." BHO #ObamaMulligan

— Tom Reynolds (@Beregond) June 14, 2012

Obama promises more gaffes.

— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) June 14, 2012


"What is holding us back is not a lack of big ideas." That's for damn sure.

— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) June 14, 2012

Pres Obama says he stands in complete agreement with Mitth Romney in the view that "this election is about our economic future.”

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Pres Obama says this election presents a stark choice between two different visions on growing the economy, reducing debt & creating jobs.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

And, right on cue, there it is: Eat the rich! Fair share!

Obama: Prosperity never trickled down to the middle class.

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) June 14, 2012

Pres. Obama says he acted fast and the "economy started growing six months after I took office and has conintued growing."

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

"Of course the economy isn't where it needs to be."

— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) June 14, 2012


Obama: Conservatives want the government to reduce regulations on the private sector!

Obama: If they win the election, their agenda will be simple — they’ve spelled it out. They’ll roll back regulations…

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) June 14, 2012

We certainly can’t have that.

"We're digging out of a hole that's 9-million jobs deep," says Obama. "We're digging out of decade where 6 milliohn jobs left our shores."

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Pres Obama acknowledges that "of course the economy isn't where it needs to be." "There's more to do," he concedes.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Also, Republicans don’t want children to be educated or for people to get jobs.

Pres Obama says GOP budget cuts would have severe impact on education, student aid, medical research and health care.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Pres Obama says the election is about how to grow the economy faster, create more jobs and pay down the debt.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Addressing undecideds or opponents, Pres Obama says if you want to give policies of last decade another try – then vote for Mr. Romney.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Pres Obama says "Mr Romney is qualified to deliver" on the GOP budget and tax cut plan.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Pres Obama says the GOP plan didn’t work last time – why would we think it would work this time?

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Right. Unlike the President’s plan, which was awesome.

Obama touting Stimulus 2.0 that couldn't attract simple majority in Democrat-controlled Senate.

— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) June 14, 2012

Standing ovation for Pres Obama as he says he would pursue vision of shared sacrifice and responsibility "in my second term."

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

#obamaspin RT @KatrinaTrinko: Obama: "No, I don't believe the government is the answer to all our problems."

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) June 14, 2012


Obama just played the Abraham Lincoln card. What a novel approach for him!

And, in another surprise move, he just took a moment to bash the free market:

Obama says modern GOP has "a no-holds-barred, government-is-the-enemy, market-is-everything approach"

— Toby Harnden (@tobyharnden) June 14, 2012

Pres Obama says he doesnt believe govt has the answer to all our problems or should be helping people who refuse to help themselves.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

But really, the government can fix everything. By doing things like building pedagogic armies!

"I want to recruit an army of new teachers" & pay them more. -@BarackObama

— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) June 14, 2012

And investing in clean energy!

Pres Obama says his plan would end govt subsidies to oil companies and "put in place" a new clean energy standard.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

"Now's the time to invest more" in clean energy. -@BarackObama

— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) June 14, 2012

"At a time when we have so much deferred maintenance on infrastructure," says Pres Obama, "nows the time to rebuild America."

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

President Obama just said that asking Americans to give up more of their money is patriotic. Yes. Really.

"If we want to get the deficit under control — really; not just pretending to…" we have to raise taxes on wealthy. -@BarackObama

— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) June 14, 2012

He also just told his audience not to listen to any of the mean stuff the lying liars will say about him in campaign commercials.

Obama says GOP won't endorse of his policies that call for even a nickel more in taxes.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Calls budget and tax plans the "biggest source of gridlock" in Washington today and says voters are the only ones who can break it.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Pres Obama says Americans deserve "a real debate" about the differing economic plans he and Romney are proposing.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Obama: “I will work with anyone, in any party, who believes that we’re in this together.” Except for that guy. And that guy. And all those guys over there.

Pres Obama says election can remind world how a strong economy is built: "not from the top down but from a growing thriving middle class."

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Pres Obama ends 53-minute speech telling supporters "this November you can provide a mandate for the change we need right now."

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

It’s over. Man.

That speech really drained my battery.

— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) June 14, 2012

You said it, Ari.


Here’s what people actually affected by the economy are saying:

The excitement is palpable. Will he be "professorial" today or will he drop the "g" off the "ing" words to "connect with the people"?

— SFK (@stephenkruiser) June 14, 2012

I think the president is triangulating against himself here

— James Pethokoukis (@JimPethokoukis) June 14, 2012

Obama Speech: "Problems more than a decade in the making"–i.e., it's Bush's fault.

— David Hogberg (@DavidHogberg) June 14, 2012

This Obama speech might stimulate the economy. #DoingFine Because I might need to buy a new TV.

— sjsturkie (@sjsturkie) June 14, 2012

I blame George W. Bush. RT @jpodhoretz If the Bush tax cuts were so terrible, why did he extend them?

— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) June 14, 2012

We're just a few mins into Obama's speech & he's already bathed in class warfare & blamed Bush. I. Can't. Take. It.

— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) June 14, 2012

"This is not political spin." That means it's political spin.

— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) June 14, 2012

Obama: I'm growing jobs faster than Bush did. Are you now?

— Political Math (@politicalmath) June 14, 2012

Same economy, too RT @tobyharnden: RT @drewhampshire: Same speech Obama's been delivering for years. Except he now says "Romney" more.

— James Joyner (@DrJJoyner) June 14, 2012

Booooo! People making over $200,000. Booooo!

— James Pethokoukis (@JimPethokoukis) June 14, 2012

It's bad when a Presidential speech hurts my wallet worse than an Apple keynote speech.

— Jimmie (@jimmiebjr) June 14, 2012

I am so glad I'm 19 and not 21, b/c a drinking game on Obama's econ speech would be…well, disastrous.

— Emily Baxter (@EmilyBaxter613) June 14, 2012

Wait, wait. I thought cutting taxes and cutting regulations were bad? Why is Obama taking credit for them now??

— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) June 14, 2012

Basically Obama is running as if Romney is the incumbent. Message: The economy is all the Republicans' fault, elect me to fix it.

— Drew Cline (@DrewHampshire) June 14, 2012

Boy this sounds familiar. I think I heard it right before the 2010 election…

— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) June 14, 2012

Listening to an Obama speech is like dealing with a stuck pulley on the Titanic's lifeboat.

— John Hayward (@Doc_0) June 14, 2012

Obama: "I want an army of teachers." Translation: "I desperately need new Alinskyite foot soldiers & their forced dues filling my coffers."

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) June 14, 2012

#Solyndra #Solyndra #Solyndra #Solyndra #Solyndra #Solyndra #Solyndra #Solyndra #Solyndra #Solyndra #Solyndra #Solyndra

— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) June 14, 2012

So we can keep all that great spending if only rich folks pay a little bit more?

— James Pethokoukis (@JimPethokoukis) June 14, 2012

The reason that jobs bill has been voted down is it is a waste of money. Won't create 1 million jobs, and he knows it.

— David Hogberg (@DavidHogberg) June 14, 2012

This Obama speech is so long-winded it might be the first attempt to filibuster an election.

— John Hayward (@Doc_0) June 14, 2012

I turn on Obama's speech. I hear it is patriotic to pay higher taxes. I turn it off. #ReasonsToVoteForMittRomney

— Jacob Hyde (@Jacob_Hyde_) June 14, 2012

@davidhauptmann How many votes did Obama's budgets get? Oh, right … zero. None even from Democrats.

— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) June 14, 2012

All the job losses and skyrocketing debt aren't great, but the important thing is the president didn't learn any important lesson.

— Frank J. Fleming (@IMAO_) June 14, 2012

This is like intellectual waterboarding.

— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) June 14, 2012

Obama: "If you want to give the policies of the last decade another try, vote for Romney." Stampede of Americans heads for voting booths.

— John Hayward (@Doc_0) June 14, 2012

Another four years of sacrifice? Killer message, chief. #Obama

— jon gabriel (@exjon) June 14, 2012

This speech is doing just fine.

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) June 14, 2012


Jonathan Alter on MSNBC: "One of the least successful speeches" he's seen Obama give"

— James Pethokoukis (@JimPethokoukis) June 14, 2012

Rut-roh …

Jonathan Alter on MSNBC: "One of the least successful speeches I've seen Obama give." Way too long, 54 minutes, lost audience.

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) June 14, 2012

Jonathan Alter’s comment on MSNBC: “This speech was long and I hated it, despite the fact that I’m an adult paid to cover this stuff.”

— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) June 14, 2012

Well, that Obama speech changed everyzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

— Sean Geary Higgins (@SeanGHiggins) June 14, 2012


Ooo! Ooo! And don’t forget, guys! Now that POTUS is finished with his stumpage, David Axelrod is taking your questions. Mwahahahahaha.


Oh, and in case you’re curious as to what’s on the docket for the Lightbringer post-speech:

From Cleveland, Pres Obama heads to NYC where he'll visit the site of One World Trade Center for an update as building nears topping off.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Then in NYC, he' doing two campaign fundraisers intended to raise $4.5-million for his re-election bid and the DNC.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

First he attends a fundraiser hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker & Vogue editor Anna Wintour. 50 supporters paying $40,000 per person.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Hope he’s not late!

Then, a 2nd fundraiser at NYC hotel where 250 supporters willl be paying $10,000 per person to help his bid for re-election.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Pres Obama will be joined by the First Lady in addressing the 2nd event. Both fundraisers are print pool coverage only. No TV.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Mariah Carey also performs at the 2nd of Pres Obama's two fundraisers this evening.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Today's trip marks Pres Obama's 22nd visit to Ohio and 26th to NY – his two most frequent destinations (aside from DC neighbors MD & VA.)

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Also worth noting, Pres Obama has done 26 fundraisers for his re-election in NY but none in Ohio.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 14, 2012

Yeah, well, sorry Ohio. Community college students and working mothers can’t afford to spend $40,000 to sit next to Carrie Bradshaw? Sucks to be you.

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Obama talking about jobs to try to save his own at Honeywell’s Golden Valley facility; Update: Obama floundering, talks of ‘thingamajigs’ and ‘to do’ lists

Obama talking about jobs to try to save his own at Honeywell’s Golden Valley facility; Update: Obama floundering, talks of ‘thingamajigs’ and ‘to do’ lists

An atrocious jobs report was released this morning, as President Obama jaunts off to yet another campaign stop. Laser. Like. Focus.

President Obama: Hello, Golden Valley! It is good to be back in Minnesota.

— White House Live (@WHLive) June 1, 2012

One of the fifty-seven states!

Obama opens with "Prayer never hurts, it helps!" (Talking Vikings, no mention of jobs yet)

— Sarah Boxer (@Sarah_Boxer) June 1, 2012

Obama talking about pie right now. Very Twin Peaks

— James Pethokoukis (@JimPethokoukis) June 1, 2012

President Obama speaking on jobs now in MN

— Sarah Boxer (@Sarah_Boxer) June 1, 2012

Follow the spin attempt from the campaigner in chief along with Twitchy. We’ll update as new remarks and on the scene tweets come in.


More laser like focus…on himself.

Obama: "I've noticed" it's an election year. Crowd starts to chant "four more years."

— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) June 1, 2012

When it comes to creating jobs, Pres Obama says "we’ve got a lot work to do before we get to where we need to be."

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 1, 2012

Yes. The work of getting you out of office.

Obama says we can't control events in Middle East, EU — then moves to his old jobs plan and tax hikes on rich

— James Pethokoukis (@JimPethokoukis) June 1, 2012

Class warfare alert! Rich people are fine, though, if they can cough up $50,000 per plate for a fundraising dinner.

Pres Obama says "there's no excuse" for Congressonal failure to act on his proposals to promote job creation.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 1, 2012

Sigh. Tired and lame blame-gaming. Dude, the buck stops here.

Obama: Maybe they'll replace some thingamajig for their furnace….

— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) June 1, 2012

Obama: If they have some money, maybe they'd buy that thing…

— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) June 1, 2012

Yes, indeed, Honeywell does make furnace thingamajigs.

— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) June 1, 2012

Smartest. Man. Alive.

"My message to Congress," says Pres Obama, is now is not the time to play politics or sit on our hands.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 1, 2012

Uh. He has a “to do” list and everything!

Barack the Mad returns. I wondered when he'd show up. RT @trscoop: Obama just said clean energy companies are hiring

— John Hayward (@Doc_0) June 1, 2012

Oh, dear.

Wow, this is a terrible speech, not that he has anything much else to say.

— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) June 1, 2012

Pres Obama presses Congress to enact his legislative "to do list" including creation of a Veterans Jobs Corps.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 1, 2012

More “to do” list! Problems solved. Via Post-it.

Anyone who thinks Bush had anything to do with Obama's bad job report should not be allowed to operate a motor vehicle.

— John Hayward (@Doc_0) June 1, 2012

This includes President Obama.

Yes, Mr. President, veterans could indeed be great manufacturing workers. Why do you suppose they can't find work?

— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) June 1, 2012

Pesky reasoning!

Pres Obama gives campaign-style address on the economy & job creation to workers at Honeywell plant in MN.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 1, 2012

Same old, same old. Who really cares about jobs when Obama has a campaign to run?!

Obama's pleading with people to buy stuff, to stimulate job creation. He STILL doesn't understand how jobs are created.

— John Hayward (@Doc_0) June 1, 2012

Has never made a payroll in his life. Plus, thinking about real life outside of an ivory tower is hard!

Pool: 1,700 attended POTUS' speech at Honeywell thingamajig factory.

— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) June 1, 2012

Delicious snap.

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OMG. Exxon LITERALLY Just Spilled Oil In Your Backyard. Not Joking.

OMG. Exxon LITERALLY Just Spilled Oil In Your Backyard. Not Joking.

189,000 gallons of oil has been spilled in Mayflower, a small town in Arkansas.  This on the heels of the Keystone pipeline XL debate. See for yourself how safe oil pipelines are. Can we start REALLY investing in clean energy yet? 

There’s still time to stop the Keystone XL pipeline from being built. Sign the petition to Secretary of State John Kerry, and share this so people know what havoc this can cause.

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Hijack alert: White House offers ‘Congress to do list,’ citizens respond

Hijack alert: White House offers ‘Congress to do list,’ citizens respond

#Congresstodolist trended in the United States, but not in the good for Obama way. Again. Sheesh, he will never learn!

There's a yellow post-it note and everything. WH Releases "Congress To-Do List" JPG: #congresstodolist

— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) May 8, 2012

Heh. Where are the grown ups?

Twitter picks up the slack and helps out the President with his ‘to do’ list.

Find AG Holder in Contempt and start squeezing #DoJ from the bottom up #CongressToDoList

— Pete McDonough (@TexClassicalLib) May 8, 2012

@emzanotti: Pass a budget? Nahhhhh. #congresstodolist” but it's so haaaard.

— Katrina Jørgensen (@Veribatim) May 8, 2012

Funny, voting against the student loan interest rate hike wasn't on Obama's #congresstodolist when he was IN Congress.

— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) May 8, 2012

Appoint special prosecutor for #fastandfurious #CongressToDoList

— olliander (@ollieblog) May 8, 2012

How about a budget? RT @whitehouse: #CongressToDoList: Reward American #jobs, eliminate tax incentives to ship jobs overseas

— Seth (@dcseth) May 8, 2012!/ChelseaGrunwald/status/199921641092943872

@whitehouse The only way we can accelerate job creation fast enough is for gov't to get the hell out of the way. #CongressToDoList

— Wiccapundit (@RedStateWitch) May 8, 2012

#CongressToDoList is long and growing, but Senate Democrats steer towards a fiscal cliff. New RPC Analysis:

— Senate RPC (@Senate_RPC) May 8, 2012

#congresstodolist is funny since nothing good has been done the last four years for an incumbent to run on.

— Matthew Kimball (@mkball84) May 8, 2012

#CongressToDoList Impeach President @BarackObama!!!

— Shawn Grams (@airwolf1967) May 8, 2012!/llondo/status/199941012523728897

No it won't. MT @WhipHoyer Investing in clean energy manuf will make us energy secure and create well paying US #jobs. #CongressToDoList

— Jim Jamitis (@anthropocon) May 8, 2012

RT @RBPundit: I can't help but notice that "Pass a Budget" is nowhere to be found on the #CongressToDoList Weird, right? #tcot

— Kelly (@KLSouth) May 8, 2012

Weird. And absurd. More shameless pandering and playing at being President from an incumbent who can’t run on his own record.

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Department of Energy thinks ‘The Onion’ just may be on to something. Yes, ‘The Onion.’

Department of Energy thinks ‘The Onion’ just may be on to something. Yes, ‘The Onion.’

It’s really good to know that the Secretary of Energy’s staff has time to surf “The Onion” during work hours, but it’s disturbing that they think they may have found something valid there.

They’re not the only greenies doing it either.

You know that last guy is a totally super-legit enviro-warrior because he’s shouting through a bullhorn in his avatar.

Let’s break down this lame joke they’re all trumpeting as sage wisdom.

Stating that they just want to make sure it’s something everyone keeps in mind going forward, an international consortium of scientists gently reminded the world Wednesday that clean energy technologies are pretty much ready to go anytime. “We’ve got solar, wind, geothermal—we’re all set to move forward with this stuff whenever everyone else is,” said Dr. Sandra Eakins…

Sorry, we couldn’t detect the humor over the din of your unwarranted smug.

“Again, we’re good to go on this end, so just let us know. You seriously should see these new hydrogen fuel cells we have. Anyway, just say the word, and we’ll start rolling it out.”

Do these enviro-nauts actually think that this is what scientists do—”rolling out” technology like they work for S.T.A.R. Labs or something?  It’s kinda cute how they skip from lab coated scientists right to worldwide mass production. Engineering? Raw materials? Marketing? Economic feasibility? Bah. Gaia craves not such things. It’s funny, until you realize that these people are in charge.



Oops: Obama Energy Department bragged about ‘energy efficiency’ of New Orleans before power outage

Darrell Issa goes on epic Twitter rant against Energy Department’s innovation claims

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12 Technologies Which Could Save The World

12 Technologies Which Could Save The World

It’s easy to get downhearted about climate change. But amazing things are happening that could slow it down.

1. Solar glass

Marcelo Del Pozo / Reuters

We’re familiar with solar panels, and solar is probably the most promising renewable energy source. But we are on the verge of a major change in the technology.

“Power-generating windows are already available, and companies are working hard to cut costs and improve efficiency,” says James Murray of the website BusinessGreen. “But the most exciting aspect of solar glass is its position as the most visible example of thin-film solar technologies – lightweight, flexible, and printable solar cells that can be integrated in everything from clothes to car park canopies. Forget solar panels – within a decade, solar cells could be everywhere.”

2. Solar lamps

Sometimes the simplest technologies are the most important. Solar lamps sound like a punchline to a joke, but they are providing free, carbon-neutral lighting for millions of families in Africa and Asia. And they have a more immediate benefit: Because most poor families rely on kerosene lamps, the uptake of solar has led to a huge improvement in air quality. “SolarAid has now sold more than 1.5 million solar lamps in Africa, saving families $215 million in kerosene costs and leading to 3.6 million people reporting better health as air pollution falls,” says Murray. “It’s a forerunner of the solar consumer electronics revolution – companies such as Apple are looking into integrating solar cells into phones and laptops.”

3. LEDs

LED lights on the side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Jason Reed / Reuters

Since some of these technologies feel like they’re some way in the future, it’s worth looking at one that is very much part of our lives right now: the humble light-emitting diode. Since the invention of the blue LED (and the white lights they allowed), the little lamps have become ubiquitous. “LED bulbs cut energy use by up to 80%,” says Murray, “and, according to Philips, they will save 515 million tonnes of carbon emissions by 2020.”

4. Thorium and other new nuclear technologies

Reuters / Flibe Energy

There is an endless back-and-forth over nuclear power between different parts of the environmental movement. Is it safe? Is it economic? But a new generation of reactors could possibly end that debate forever.

It’s not the perpetually-30-years-away dream of fusion, but three fission technologies: thorium reactors, integral fast reactors, and travelling wave reactors. “Integral fast reactors promise to turn radioactive waste into power, travelling wave reactors promise to provide zero emission power for 100 years, and thorium reactors promise to quash nuclear safety concerns,” says Murray. The three technologies have been mooted for decades, but may make it off the drawing board soon: General Electric and Bill Gates, among others, are backing them.

5. Algae

Algae grown in a special water system at an Israeli biofuel firm. Nir Elias / Reuters

Biofuels have so far been, at best, disappointing. They work as fuels, but making them involves growing vast acres of crops which then can’t be used for food. But it has been shown that all transport can run on them, including air travel, which is amazingly high-carbon. “How do you get enough energy crops to power the global aviation industry while leaving enough land free for agriculture?” asks Murray. “Richard Branson and other airline bosses think the answer lies in algae that can be produced at scale in industrial ponds.”

Steps have already been taken by a possibly unexpected group. Murray says that “those notorious eco-warriors in the US Air Force have already successfully trialled biofuels containing algae, and wider test flights are imminent”.

6. Osmotic power

A river estuary in Cornwall. ThinkStock

It’s well established that you can generate electricity from the difference in salinity between river water and the seawater it’s flowing into, and a prototype osmotic power plant is already running in Norway. But an MIT team think they can make it cost-effective for commercial energy production. Murray explains: “The team reckon they have found a way to slash the cost of the semi-permeable membranes that sit between the salty and non-salty water.”

7. Carbon capture

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As with so many of these items, it’s already been shown that the technology works – the question is how to make the economics work as well. “One answer is to use the captured carbon to flush out yet more oil, which doesn’t really help with the whole saving-the-world thing,” says Murray. “But an environmentally sustainable alternative could be to use the captured carbon dioxide to make something, and a number of research projects are seeking to do just that.”

For instance, there is a Norwegian project which hopes to use carbon dioxide, photosynthesis, and latent heat from the power plant to make algae-based fish food. Others, such as Germany’s Sunfire, are exploring how to use carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to make fuel.

8. Passivhaus principles

Schiestlhaus, a house built to Passivhaus standards. Photo by Michael Schmid. Creative Commons / Via

Modern building technologies can radically – and I do mean radically – reduce your energy bills. The average British household now spends more than £1,200 on energy per year. But with “Passivhaus” building, that figure could be reduced to around £100. It’s already happening in lots of places worldwide: “Around 30,000 properties have been built or renovated to Passivhaus standards, which combine ultra-efficient insulation and mechanical ventilation and heat recovery systems to pretty much negate the need for conventional heating,” says Murray. It’s not cheap but would save money over the lifetime of the building, as well as making a huge dent in our carbon footprint, he says. “We could live in zero-emission modern homes and free ourselves from sky-high energy bills. Thousands of people already are.”

9. Supergrids

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At the moment, “grids” – the networks of cables and substations that bring electricity from where it’s produced to where it’s needed – are usually fairly local, which means that power has to be produced within a (comparatively) short distance of where it’s going to be used. But that may change: Soon, as high-voltage direct current cables become widely available, and grid management technology improves, it should be possible to transmit electricity efficiently over hundreds of miles.

“A European grid drawing from solar farms in the south, floating wind turbines in the north, tidal and wave arrays in the west, and Iceland’s geothermal reserves has long been regarded as an environmentalist pipe dream,” says Murray. “But there is growing evidence that such a grid is technically feasible, particularly as energy storage and grid-balancing smart-grid technologies mature.”

10. Graphene

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Yes, it’s a bit of a cliché. Every “new technologies” piece has to have a section on graphene, the new wonder material that can do everything up to and possibly including your tax return. But, says Murray, graphene has the potential to “revolutionise” green technology: “From ultra-lightweight vehicles to ultra-efficient solar cells or ultra-effective supercapacitors, many of the most exciting graphene research projects are focused on tackling climate change.”

11. Water from poo

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

This is pretty self-explanatory. “Yes, Bill Gates is working on a project to turn poo into drinkable water,” says Murray. “It works, and he has drunk the results to prove it.”

12. Geo-engineering?

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The big-ticket item that everyone looks to to save the world is, of course, geo-engineering. Seeding the oceans with iron to promote algae growth and dimming the sun with enormous solar mirrors or aerosols have been put forward as ways to slow the increase in global temperatures without any of that difficult lifestyle-change stuff. But the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) says it would be “irrational and irresponsible” to try any of this stuff yet.

It may, however, become necessary, if warming can’t be slowed by other means. The NAS says we should be investing more in exploring whether some forms of geo-engineering may be viable because the threat from climate change is so pronounced. Murray: “Basically, if it comes to this, we’re already in a world of trouble.”

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Conservatives mock #Gen44, Obama’s youth outreach

Conservatives mock #Gen44, Obama’s youth outreach

Obama did it again. Conservatives hijacked it again.

We aren’t sure why, but for some reason President Obama and the Democrats keep creating and promoting hashtags despite the fact that conservatives inevitably take over the hashtags in order to mock them. This time the hashtag is #Gen44, and was meant to be a place where young Obama supporters expressed their admiration for him. Instead conservatives are dominating the hashtag with tweets that criticize the President and some of his most naive supporters.

Here are the best #Gen44 tweets.

Because being a brainless lemming is easy. Critical thinking is hard. #Gen44

— Brandon Kiser (@Kiser) March 25, 2012

I'm not #gen44, I work for a living. I'm #gen1040

— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) March 25, 2012

#Gen44 because 44 is the expected life expectancy under Obamacare. @iowahawkblog

— أمريكا المحتلة (@cbrecluse) March 25, 2012

Whining beats working. #Gen44

— John Leschen (@johnleschen) March 25, 2012

Because we are all victims. #Gen44

— KevinIvey (@KevinPIvey) March 25, 2012

#gen44 We don't stand for anything so we'll fall for everything!

— Sixchain (@sixchained) March 25, 2012

Because my understanding of the word "choice" only extends to aborting my child #Gen44

— LittleMissRightie (@LilMissRightie) March 25, 2012

#Gen44 Because those who can't do, teach. And those who teach law students become president.

— Bill Zeiser (@BillZeiser) March 25, 2012

#Gen44 Being told what to do is much easier than thinking for yourself.

— No One Important (@singingherpes) March 25, 2012

#Gen44 because I'm too lazy to succeed on my own talents. Now hand over my free stuff!

— MarkC (@mcassill) March 25, 2012

#Gen44: because every good non-racist knows that ATMs and airport kiosks kill jobs while unemployment benefits and food stamps create them!

— Kevin Eder (@keder) March 25, 2012

#gen44 Vote for Barack Obama, because he's an underachiever just like you!

— Sam Valley (@SamValley) March 25, 2012

Because evil corporations made that iPad you are tweeting on…#Gen44 #OWS

— H Kitty (@hellocatrine) March 25, 2012

#Gen44 Sure the economy sucks, but the drum circle sector is booming!

— jon gabriel (@exjon) March 25, 2012

#gen44: Because this time I want Obama to win all 57 States

— Sharon Broadie (@SBroadie) March 25, 2012

Because my political conformity shows what an individual I am #Gen44

— DrewMTips (@DrewMTips) March 25, 2012!/adamsbaldwin/status/183708784449961984

#Gen44 Because I believe the largest economy the world has ever known can be run on solar panels, windmills and algae.

— drew (@FigDrewton) March 25, 2012

#Gen44 A Chevy Volt in every garage.

— Brian Schutt (@bschutt) March 25, 2012


— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) March 25, 2012

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Hollywood fuel fight: Mark Ruffalo vs. Adam Baldwin

Hollywood fuel fight: Mark Ruffalo vs. Adam Baldwin

Hollywood meets fossil fuel!

Actor/director Mark Ruffalo jumped on the United Nations agenda bandwagon with these tweets.

Good Morn! Can you help us end fossil fuel subsidies? Pls tweet #endfossilfuelsubsidies TODAY to help us send a msg & spread the word.!!!”

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) June 18, 2012

@MeeraGhani: @Mruff221 as a next step lets think about where this money could be better spent #endfossilfuelsubsidies#RenewableEnergy!

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) June 18, 2012

@natrlgasguzzler @watercitizen The real solution is Wind Water and Solar. Natural Gas is as bad as any other fossil fuel and destroys water.

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) June 18, 2012

Bless his heart. Dear Mr. Ruffalo: When you are on the side of Greenpeace nuts, you are doing it wrong.

Want to stop climate change? Stop funding it! #EndFossilFuelSubsidies

— Greenpeace (@Greenpeace) June 18, 2012

The hashtag was trending this morning as eco-nuts tweeted out messages to the Rio+20 United Nations Summit.

The easiest ask ever–pls join the #endfossilfuelsubsidies twitterstorm today. It's gone global very quickly–trending #2 a moment ago

— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) June 18, 2012

The summit appears to be as irrelevant as its supporters.

(Reuters) – As Brazil welcomes nearly 120 heads of state and government for a summit on global development this week, the mood could not be more different than it was two decades ago, when global leaders gathered here for the landmark Earth Summit.

Back then, once-arcane concerns about climate change and deforestation had finally grabbed the world’s attention, leading to a global treaty on biodiversity and decisions that cleared the way for the Kyoto agreement on greenhouse gases.

Now, though, the minds of global leaders are elsewhere.

Instead of clean energy, food, the oceans and other topics scheduled for debate at Rio+20, as the summit is known, political focus is attuned to a teetering Europe, turmoil in the Middle East and a presidential campaign in the United States.

Actor Adam Baldwin is not a fan of what he calls this anti-American propaganda campaign. So, he decided to fight propaganda with truth.

Boom. And then began the counter hashtag #endethanolsubsidies.

@adamsbaldwin 1day we'll look back on using food 4 fuel > save climate as we look at human sacrifice to please the gods #EndEthanolSubsidies

— mark (@ratPack66) June 18, 2012

We burn our food for fuel! Historians will refer to us as… idiots! #EndEthanolSubsidies

— Fedup w/POTUS (@dcarney321) June 18, 2012

Silly Politicians, Corn is for Food! #EndEthanolSubsidies

— Dedicated Tenther (@Dedicated10ther) June 18, 2012

Hashtag box office results? Win for Mr. Baldwin. Plus, he’s way easier on the eyes. Are we right, ladies?

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Rep. Darrell Issa blasts ‘stonewalling’ administration at Fisker hearing

Rep. Darrell Issa blasts ‘stonewalling’ administration at Fisker hearing

It was just yesterday that the Department of Energy was directing its followers to an online highlight reel of the last four years under Secretary Steven Chu, but not surprisingly, there’s no mention of Solyndra or Fisker; instead, the page touts the department’s $36 billion in Recovery Act investments “to support clean energy jobs across the country.”

Yesterday was Secretary Chu’s last day at DOE. Here are some highlights from the last 4+ years:

—Energy Department (@ENERGY) April 23, 2013

Some of the people who hold those few remaining clean energy jobs testified in front of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today to discuss failed electric car company Fisker’s $529 million loan from the government. Fisker, which was expected to create thousands of new jobs, laid off 75 percent of its workforce earlier this month. How, exactly, does the company expect to pay back its loan when it hasn’t built a car since last summer?

Fisker at one point told the DOE they planned to sell 250,000 karmas by 2015, including 60,000 in both 2011 and 2012 #fisker #fiskerlulz

— Michael Ballaban (@Ballaban) April 24, 2013

An Energy Department email in June 2010 warned that the company was in trouble, but Fisker continued to receive millions in taxpayer money for another year before the assembly line stopped.

Obama was warned in 2010 Fisker failed to meet requirements of $500M government loan. Kept funneling cash until 2011…

— Rep. Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) April 24, 2013

Dept of Energy still gave $32M to green carmaker Fisker even after co failed to meet key production targets in early 2011, says hearing docs

— Amanda Drury (@MandyCNBC) April 24, 2013

SHOCK: WH knew electric car maker Fisker was faltering: AP #tcot #tlot #p2 #Obama

— Sister Toldjah (@sistertoldjah) April 24, 2013

@sistertoldjah Client of mine’s wife worked for Fisker in the accounting dept. She knew they were failing, but was told shut up or lose job

— Trouble to a ‘T’ (@MarineReconDad) April 24, 2013

Rep. Meadows: Biden is right that #Fisker is writing a new chapter in auto history. “But the chapter is Chapter 7.” #CongressionalComedyHour

— Nick Bunkley (@nickbunkley) April 24, 2013

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is not amused.

Issa spitting hot fire at DOE officials during #Fisker hearing…

— E.W. Niedermeyer (@Tweetermeyer) April 24, 2013

Oversight chairman Issa gets heated at Fisker hearing, says Obama administration stonewalls and “lies through its teeth” on multiple issues

— David Shepardson (@davidshepardson) April 24, 2013

“You are a stonewalling administration.” – Issa.

— Aaron Nathans (@anathansnewsman) April 24, 2013

Issa on Fisker: DOE cannot miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. #Fisker

— Michal Conger (@MichalConger) April 24, 2013

Rep Issa: #Fisker investors had major access to White House.

— Cause of Action (@CauseofActionDC) April 24, 2013

Fisker:“Attempts to create an artificial green economy have instead created a ‘house of cards’ economy,” Issa said when A123 went bankrupt

— Rich King (@Buckyworks) April 24, 2013

Henrik Fisker declined to answer questions after hearing; was with handler who declined to give name. “We’ll be in touch,” handler said

— David Shepardson (@davidshepardson) April 24, 2013

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