Archive for July, 2009
The Year is 1984. Did you hear the news? Carbon rations going up. Twenty-five grams next week.
To establish a social and behavioral sciences research program at the Department of Energy, and for other purposes. (Introduced in House)
HR 3247 IH
H. R. 3247
To establish a social and behavioral sciences research program at the Department of Energy, and for other purposes.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 17, 2009
Mr. BAIRD introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Science and Technology
To establish a social and behavioral sciences research program at the Department of Energy, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES RESEARCH PROGRAM.
(a) In General- The Secretary shall establish a social and behavioral sciences research program to identify and understand social and behavioral factors that influence energy consumption and acceptance and adoption rates of new energy technologies, and to promote the utilization of the results of social and behavioral research to improve the design, development, demonstration, and application of energy technologies.
(b) Director- The Secretary shall appoint or designate a Director of Social and Behavioral Research to carry out the program established under this section.
(c) Duties of the Director- The Director shall–
(1) develop a research plan in accordance with section 2;
(2) implement the research program under this section;
(3) work with the relevant Department of Energy program offices to integrate the results of social and behavioral research into their work;
(4) develop tools, practices, and information to apply and integrate the results of social and behavioral research into programs that–
(A) design, develop, and demonstrate technologies that supply energy and improve energy efficiency; and
(B) provide information on energy consumption to consumers; and
(5) assist the Secretary in awarding research grants under section 3.
SEC. 2. RESEARCH PLAN.
(a) In General- The Director, in consultation with the Advisory Committee established under section 4, shall develop a research plan and, not later than 9 months after the date of enactment of this Act, transmit such plan to the Congress. Prior to finalizing the research plan, the Director shall publish a draft of the proposed research plan in the Federal Register with a public comment period of not less than 30 days.
(b) Contents of Research Plan- The research plan shall–
(1) set forth priorities and a schedule for carrying out the research program under section 1 and the research grant program under section 3;
(2) address social and behavioral factors that influence–
(A) patterns of energy consumption by individuals, households, and businesses; and
(B) decisions to implement energy conservation measures,
including the factors that influence decisions to adopt energy efficient technologies and practices;
(3) include a description of the mechanisms the Department will use to integrate the findings of social and behavioral research into other relevant Department programs; and
(4) include responses to comments received during the public comment period.
(c) Review and Revision- The Director shall review the research plan every 5 years and revise the plan as appropriate.
SEC. 3. SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL RESEARCH GRANTS.
(a) In General- The Secretary shall provide grants to support social and behavioral research consistent with the research plan developed under section 2.
(b) Awards- Grant awards under this section may be for a period up to 3 years. The Secretary shall award grants through a competitive, merit-based, peer-reviewed process.
(c) Authorization of Appropriations- There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2015.
SEC. 4. SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL RESEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEE.
(a) Establishment- The Secretary shall establish an Advisory Committee composed of experts in relevant fields–
(1) to advise the Secretary and the Director on priority areas for research;
(2) to assist the Director in the development of the research plan under section 2; and
(3) to provide other assistance and advice as requested by the Secretary or the Director.
(b) Federal Advisory Committee Act- Section 14 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not apply to the Advisory Committee established under subsection (a) until 3 years after the date the Advisory Committee is established.
Germany is stepping up to the Skeptic plate now in attacking Carbon Tariffs as eco-imperialism in the French plan for taxing items moved across political boundaries.
Germany called a French idea to slap “carbon tariffs” on products from countries that are not trying to cut greenhouse gases a form of “eco-imperialism” and a direct violation of WTO rules.
The issue of greenhouse tariffs has met bitter opposition from developing countries such as China and India, who count on the developed world to buy their exports as they build their economies in the face of the worst financial crisis in decades.
Matthias Machnig, Germany’s State Secretary for the Environment, told a news briefing on Friday that a French push for Europe to impose carbon tariffs on imports from countries that flout rules on carbon emissions would send the wrong signal to the international community.
“There are two problems — the WTO (World Trade Organization), and the signal would be that this is a new form of eco-imperialism,” Machnig said.
“We are closing our markets for their products, and I don’t think this is a very helpful signal for the international negotiations.”
This comes on the heels of India last week rejecting the “key scientific findings on global warming” from the IPCC and helps highlight how not only people, but nations seam to be waking up from this kook-aid induced acid trip of eco-whoring.
I’m glad Germany is starting to figure it out, as most of Europe is ripe for the picking by the environmentalists. Most with a Socialist mindset are more apt to fall for this crap, as all you need to tell them is that “it will help the future.”
This misinformed desire to “help” is usually backed up with talk of taxing or punishing people who they deam to be “out of line”.
In America I have talked to many people who would associate themselves as “eco-conscious” as they say that there should be $2.00-$4.00 tax on each gallon of gasoline to push people away from using it. These same people, under the guise of being “Socially liberal but fiscally conservative” are also the ones who demand larger government in every way possible for most “solutions” to what are conceived as large problems.
Most of the solutions pushed by nations today are no different. They bost the needs for Larger government, more taxes, and less power by the individual to help push the public away from “hurting the planet” in the long run. And when I say long run, their threats of “Act now or forever hold your peace” time tables are so far out, there is no way a generation will keep on topic long enough to know if the “fix” actually addressed anything at all.
But then again, when they look at Carbon Dioxide as the only thing affecting the climate (and miss the giant yellow star in our sky), and only propose taxes as a way to fix it, its pretty clear how single minded most Watermelons are.
Watermelons. That fits nicely.
Green on the outside, Red to the core.
With the European Union calling for more action by developing countries and the United States working to cram a Cap and Tax bill down American’s throats, India rejects the scientists that act as a shill for Big Green.
From the Financial Times:
India rejected key scientific findings on global warming, while the European Union called for more action by developing states on greenhouse gas emissions.
Jairam Ramesh, the Indian environment minister, accused the developed world of needlessly raising alarm over melting Himalayan glaciers.
He dismissed scientists’ predictions that Himalayan glaciers might disappear within 40 years as a result of global warming.
“We have to get out of the preconceived notion, which is based on western media, and invest our scientific research and other capacities to study Himalayan atmosphere,” he said.
“Science has its limitation. You cannot substitute the knowledge that has been gained by the people living in cold deserts through everyday experience.”
This is a big deal.
For a country to stand up to the Church of Global Warming’s efforts highlights how everyone on the planet is not lost in this nonsense.
As far as “rejected key scientific findings on global warming” goes, I am sure they are referring to the IPCC report and all that (as they don’t actually say) many of the scientists of the IPCC have spoken out about in regards to the hype.
Private Joker: Yes, sir!
COLONEL: Son, all I’ve ever asked of my marines is that they obey my orders as they would the word of God. We are here to help the Eco-Sheep, because inside every hippy there is an American trying to get out. It’s a hardball world, son. We’ve gotta keep our heads until this Green craze blows over.
Private Joker: Aye-aye, sir.
Now, if only we could get those in our country to actually grow a brain.
Comment by Jason on 2009-09-24 10:23:59
Europe (or anyone else) shouldn’t be telling us what to do to with our emissions. There isn’t a country on this planet that has done more than the U.S. to reduce carbon emissions, and less specifically, air pollution. So, since we’ve had things in place for well over two decades now, leave us alone!
Apparently they didn’t get Gore’s video about Global Warming.
From WHNT 19 News:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cool weather has broken a previous low temperature for July 21 in Nashville that was set when Rutherford B. Hayes was president.
When the temperature at the National Weather Service station dipped to 58 degrees at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, it wiped out the previous record low for the date of 60 degrees, which was set in 1877.
NWS forecaster Bobby Boyd noted it was the third consecutive morning when Nashville either tied or broke a daily low temperature record.
Temperatures were cool, but did not break records at several Tennessee cities.
Knoxville dropped to 59 degrees Tuesday morning, Chattanooga had 60 degrees, Tri-Cities recorded 58 degrees and Memphis was 69 degrees.
Ian Plimer , geologist and professor of mining geology at Adelaide University in Australia, might be Australia’s best-known academic for being skeptical about manmade global warming.
He says Climate Change is climate change is unavoidable, but that humans are not its cause.
From the Vancouver Sun:
It is, of course, not new to have a highly qualified scientist saying that global warming is an entirely natural phenomenon with many precedents in history. Many have made the argument, too, that it is rubbish to contend human behaviour is causing the current climate change. And it has often been well argued that it is totally ridiculous to suppose that changes in human behaviour — cleaning up our act through expensive slight-of-hand taxation tricks — can reverse the trend.
But most of these scientific and academic voices have fallen silent in the face of environmental Jacobinism. Purging humankind of its supposed sins of environmental degradation has become a religion with a fanatical and often intolerant priesthood, especially among the First World urban elites.
But Plimer shows no sign of giving way to this orthodoxy and has just published the latest of his six books and 60 academic papers on the subject of global warming. This book, Heaven and Earth — Global Warming: The Missing Science, draws together much of his previous work. It springs especially from A Short History of Plant Earth, which was based on a decade of radio broadcasts in Australia.
Agreed. This article also points out one of the biggest ways Gore and company are lieing to us:
While environmentalists for the most part draw their conclusions based on climate information gathered in the last few hundred years, geologists, Plimer says, have a time frame stretching back many thousands of millions of years.
They do this because they know… you look at thie history of the earth…
It has been warmer then it is today far more often then it has been colder.
But if they can convince you otherwise, and tell you its your fault… then they can tax you and control you for it.