August is traditionally a slow news month. The U.S. and most of Europe take the month of August for vacations, stock markets trade in the year’s lowest volumes, and Congress is in recess. So, this column will aggregate some of August’s news from in the realm of ecopolitics.
- Pres. Obama’s administration is considering seven new environmental regulations from EPA and the Dept. of Transportation that would cost the U.S. economy $1 billion each year. The new regs target smog-inducing air pollutants for stricter controls. Obama has also reported to House Speaker Boehner that the administration is proposing 219 other regulations that will cost the U.S. economy more than $100 billion. (AP, August 30, 2011)
- Climate debate-denier Al Gore in an interview with the Climate Reality Project compared global warming skeptics to racists that tried to block the Civil Rights Act of 1965. (Daily Caller, August 29, 2011)
- Swiss scientists at the CERN physics lab have discovered that the constant showering of Earth by cosmic radiation from space has a significant effect on clouds that control global warming. CERN scientists insist that cosmic radiation effects on climate change have not been included in climate computer models to date. (The Economist, August 27, 2011). Other climate scientists say the CERN discoveries indicate no significant impacts from cosmic radiation on cloud formation. (UPI, August 29, 2011)
- U.S. House of Representatives moves to limit U.S. funding of U.N. climate change operations. (Solveclimate News, August 26, 2011)
- Government-subsidized global carbon trading markets were established to give greenhouse gas emitting industries a place to buy carbon credits to off set their pollution per pound emitted. U.S. and E.U. carbon markets are suffering near collapse. Internationally, $1.5 billion of carbon credits were traded last year – the lowest since their opening in 2005. (The Guardian, August 14, 2011.
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