05 November 2010

NPR Today

I'll be on NPR's All Things Considered later today, to discuss President Obama's comments about "skinning cats."  While there is always more to say, I thought that they asked good questions.  If I had to add more context it would have been about how India, Germany and China are already taking steps to invest in energy innovation in an effort to decarbonize their economies.  If you have arrived hear after hearing the interview and would like to know how to find my new book, The Climate Fix, which goes into far more depth than you heard in the short interview, please click here.


  1. "If you have arrived hear..." Make that "here". Maybe your typo came from the audio nature of this excellent exposure today.

  2. Cap and trade will continue in Europe and I conjecture that Obama is looking for ways to keep the CO2 pot boiling before America is ready to accept cap and trade.

    I do not believe for one millisecond that "India, Germany and China are already taking steps to invest in energy innovation in an effort to decarbonize their economies" outside the context of fraudulent international negotiations to implement cap and trade.

  3. eric144 said... 2

    I do not believe for one millisecond that "India, Germany and China are already taking steps to invest in energy innovation in an effort to decarbonize their economies"

    India, Germany and China have insufficient inexpensively minable coal.

    Germany imported 31 million tonnes out of the 129 million tonnes of coal it burned in 2009

    China had net coal imports of 110 million tonnes in 2009

    There are only a handful of places in the world where 'decarbonization' and 'energy security' are not the same thing.

  4. Harrywr2

    The fact that a country has insufficient coal doesn't mean it would look for more expensive energy sources. The answer is either the necessity of (Germany) or the appearance of (India and China) reducing CO2 as part of international carbon trading negotiations.

    This is what I had in mind and it contradicts your argument. This was before the overturning of the nuclear decision. The money saved will have come simply from the extended use of valuable assets (nuclear power stations) not cheaper generation.


    The Vattenfall project in Berlin is only one example of a larger trend. Utility companies want to set up a total of 26 new coal-fired power plants in Germany during the coming years.



  5. When I feel like exercising conspiratorial trains of thought, I wonder at who is most profiting from AGW's CO2 obsession and apocalyptic hype?
    Of course at top is the reinsurance companies.
    Sharing that spot are the cola producers, ironically. By keeping the focus on trivial side shows like windmills, the result is not enough nukes and plenty more coal fired plants.
    Then of course are the profiteers who arrange to tap into tax payer operating subsidies and profit guarantees for wastes of time like wind and solar.
    and then of course the academic industry, getting endless grants to produce studies confirming the wisdom of the CO2 obsession.
    Fortunately the climate does not really care much.
    Perhaps a corollary of the iron law is that tax payers are OK with great deal of wasteful spending as long as it can carry a decent coat of paint called 'science' or 'environmental', but at some point the payers may gag?

  6. Frontiers of Faith and Science

    Everybody wins in this game, as long as you are a corporation or an academic. Nuclear energy providers will be major winners, both in the UK and USA as a major planned expansion rolls out.

    U.S. Nuclear Power Expansion Gains Traction


    This is how everyone else will win. Carbon credits will be handed out free to big business by their representatives in government.

    Carbon credits bring Lakshmi Mittal £1bn bonanza

    LAKSHMI MITTAL, Britain’s richest man, stands to benefit from a £1 billion windfall from a European scheme to curb global warming. His company ArcelorMittal, the steel business where he is chairman and chief executive, will make the gain on “carbon credits” given to it under the European emissions trading scheme (ETS).

    The scheme grants companies permits to emit CO2 up to a specified “cap”. Beyond this they must buy extra permits. An investigation has revealed that ArcelorMittal has been given far more carbon permits than it needs. It has the largest allocation of any organisation in Europe


    When one of Roger's academic chums expressed great incredulity of any benefit to business from global warming, this article made him go silent. It would be interesting to know if he took it on board.

  7. Frontier - when I read that you thought the cola producers were behind all this I got very excited.