WonkLine: November 15, 2010 23

Posted by Wonk Room Mon, 15 Nov 2010 15:14:00 GMT

From the Wonk Room.

Dust storms scour Iraq, freak floods wreak havoc in Saudi Arabia and Yemen, rising sea levels erode Egypt’s coast, and hotter, drier weather worsens water scarcity in the Middle East, already the world’s most water-short region,” as scientists urge Arab governments to act now against global warming.

“Approved by voters 53% to 47% on Nov. 2,” California’s Proposition 26 that reclassifies industry fees as “taxes” is “aimed at multibillion-dollar statewide issues such as a per-barrel severance fee on oil and a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases.”

“At Republican behest, controversial climate scientist Judith Curry will testify before the House Science and Technology Committee.”

WonkLine: November 12, 2010

Posted by Wonk Room Fri, 12 Nov 2010 15:16:00 GMT

From the Wonk Room.

Rush Limbaugh complained that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. gave Republicans and Fox News credit for killing climate legislation.

Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), campaigning to be the House energy committee chair, says his colleagues have practically forgotten that he apologized to BP.

Crude may climb past $100 next year as central banks pump cash into their economies to revive growth,” predict JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

WonkLine: November 10, 2010

Posted by Wonk Room Wed, 10 Nov 2010 15:17:00 GMT

From the Wonk Room.

“Global warming may be making pesticide residues, heavy metals and household chemicals more dangerous to fish, wildlife and, ultimately, humans,” scientists warn.

“We have to make it clear that the ice sheets are not Republicans or Democrats – they don’t have a political agenda as they disappear,” said Michael Mann.

Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, told the commission investigating the spill Tuesday that “efforts to ensure the safety of offshore drilling operations β€” including hiring new personnel to scrutinize permits and inspect rigs β€” could fail without more funding.”

WonkLine: November 9, 2010

Posted by Wonk Room Tue, 09 Nov 2010 15:58:00 GMT

From the Wonk Room.

International negotiators are looking to the Montreal Protocol which tackled ozone-depleting chemicals to limit the super-greenhouse gases hydrofluorocarbons.

The Nashville floods in May cost the city a year’s worth of economic activity, or $2.65 billion.

Britain, Haiti, Pakistan, Bangalore, and South Africa are being battered by extreme rains and flooding.