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CO2 Emissions Reduction, Renewables and Recession

This article by Euan Mearns of the website "Energy Matters" presents a graph that shows there is no correlation of the per capita wind + solar installed capacity of the European Union countries in 2014 with the CO2 reduction in each country for the period 2008-2014 (R2 = 0.01). Installing wind and solar devices appears to make no difference to CO2 emissions reduction. Economic growth does correlate strongly with the CO2 reduction in each country for the period 2008-2014 (R2 = 0.42). Countries with negative growth had the most CO2 emission reductions. Vibrant economies need energy to grow and most of that energy still comes from fossil fuels.



Clear the Air in Paris: Submission by Friends of Science

This Friends of Science document was prepared for the Canadian Federal Government, and copied to the Alberta's Climate Change Advisory Panel. Canada withdrew from Kyoto in 2011 to avoid ~$14 billion in penalties. In 2013, the IPCC reported that a naturally induced 15 years hiatus in global warming (now 18 years and 8 months) hiatus began before Kyoto was ever ratified. This evidence conflicts with the hypothesis of Anthropogenic Global Warming/Climate Change of carbon dioxide as the driver of warming. Carbon dioxide emissions from human activity have risen some 35% in the past 20 years despite measures said to reduce carbon emissions. Numerous unintended consequences of climate action have crippled national economies and pushed taxpayers into heat-or-eat poverty. Climate change targets could devastate the Canadian economy, especially if legally binding. It is time to clear the air.



Alberta Climate Change Panel too one-sided

Democracy based on the principle of widespread representation of different groups is a central feature of policy consideration. But the Alberta Climate Change Panel is made up solely of parties which favour renewables, carbon taxes, or cap and trade. They are not a balanced representation of society. The conclusion they reach may end up costing Albertans lots of money.



Who Cuts? Who Pays?

Energy economist Robert Lyman says that a new and legally binding international convention to be negotiated in Paris in December 2015 that forces countries like Canada to soon eliminate most uses of oil, natural gas and coal would impose extraordinary costs and societal changes; arguably, attaining this goal is not feasible in technical, economic or political terms. From 2010 onward 96% of emissions increases will occur in the developing countries, and especially in Asia. Previous conferences floundered on two central issues – who cuts and who pays. A “Green Climate Fund” of $100 billion per year by 2020 was proposed to pay for actions in developing countries to reduce GHG emissions.



Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States

Patrick Michaels and Paul Chip Knappenberger submitted these comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on June 8, 2015. The EPA's report, "The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment", and all other similar ones that have come before, is that the USGCRP simply chooses not to accept the science on human health and climate and instead prefers to forward alarming narratives, many based on science fiction rather than actual science. To best serve the public, this report should be withdrawn. By going forward without a major overhaul, its primary service would be to misinform and mislead the general public and policymakers alike. They write "it is readily obvious that Americans, across all climates, are well-adapted to the prevailing climate. ... for the entire collection of extreme weather impacts, mortality has greatly declined over the course of the past several decades, not only in the U.S., but for the globe in general. ... Mortality during the 2000s was lower than in earlier peak periods by 59%–81% for floods, lightning, tornados, and hurricanes, while mortality rates were 72%–94% lower. ... Americans have actively been moving to warmer climates. And there is every indication that they are continuing to do so."




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