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Countries Gaming Carbon Offsets May Have Dramatically Increased Emissions 139

schwit1 writes: Abuse of the carbon offset system may have caused emissions to increase by as much as 600 million tons. That's the finding of a new report from the Stockholm Environment Institute, which investigated carbon credits used to offset greenhouse gas emissions under a UN scheme. As one of the co-authors of the report put it, issuing these credits "was like printing money." From the article: "In some projects, chemicals known to warm the climate were created and then destroyed to claim cash. As a result of political horse trading at UN negotiations on climate change, countries like Russia and the Ukraine were allowed to create carbon credits from activities like curbing coal waste fires, or restricting gas emissions from petroleum production. Under the UN scheme, called Joint Implementation, they then were able to sell those credits to the European Union's carbon market. Companies bought the offsets rather than making their own more expensive, emissions cuts. But [the studey] says the vast majority of Russian and Ukrainian credits were in fact, "hot air" — no actual emissions were reduced.

Comment Re:Surge Pricing - Why The Hate? (Score 1) 245

Surge pricing is Good, but there are also valid laws against Price Gouging during and before an emergency.

And, yet, during an emergency there should be extremely higher prices so that the people who most need a scarce commodity can get it (yeah, I know, if they can afford it).

We had a severe gasoline shortage in Nashville a few years ago, I mean severe. Most stations had no gasoline. Some started charging exorbitant amounts. Good. See, I didn't need gasoline so - being a good citizen - I quit driving. My wife and I work from home so we didn't need to drive. We went to the store, but that was it. Other people, though, were talking about finding a station that still had gas and filling up so that they wouldn't be left without. They didn't need it, just wanted it.

I'd rather see the ambulances and such have enough gas that they can still run - even if they have to pay double or triple for it. That's what a market is for. If you force everybody to keep their prices down during those times then all that happens is people will buy even if they don't really need.

Comment Re:A mini ice age? Really? (Score 1) 185

Climate change is not a death sentence. There aren't any reputable scientists saying it is. I think you may have been listening to some sensationalist media stories, and possibly embellishing what they state.

Yeah, and I bet these guys will "correct" stories like these as well <eyeroll>


New Tool Allows Scientists To Annotate Media Coverage of Climate Change 185

Layzej writes: Have you ever been skeptical of a climate change story presented by a major media outlet? A new tool holds journalists to account for the veracity of their stories. "Using the Climate Feedback tool, scientists have started to diligently add detailed annotations to online content and have those notes appear alongside the story as it originally appeared. If you're the writer, then it's a bit like getting your homework handed back to you with the margins littered with corrections and red pen. Or smiley faces and gold stars if you've been good." The project has already prompted The Telegraph to publish major corrections to their story that suggested the Earth is headed for a "'mini ice age' within 15 years." The article has been modified in such a way that there is no more statement supporting the original message of an "imminent mini ice age."

Comment Gotta love it (Score 0) 264

"The Obama administration is seeking to block the release of further information about how the predictions are made, as damaging to national security."

Yeah, but it's no big deal that the secretary of state was using her own private email server to store top secret and confidential information.

I wish Obama would have turned out merely as bad as I thought he would be 7 years ago - he's so far exceeded my expectations.


Lawrence Lessig Wants To Run For President So He Can Resign 458

An anonymous reader writes: Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig has announced his intention to explore a bid for the U.S. presidency. By Labor Day, he will decide whether he has the support necessary to enter the Democratic primary. His goals are rather unusual — he says, "I want to run to be a different kind of president. 'Different' not in the traditional political puffery sense of that term. 'Different,' quite literally. I want to run to build a mandate for the fundamental change that our democracy desperately needs. Once that is passed, I would resign, and the elected Vice President would become President."

His top picks for a running mate include Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Lessig calls it a "Presidency as referendum," a hack for the U.S. Constitution to give more power back to the citizens. "In no plausible sense do we have a representative democracy in America today." In an interview with the Washington Post, Lessig added, "Until we find a way to fix the rigged system, none of the other things that people talk about doing are going to be possible."

Comment Re:Subsidies and innovation helps, but... (Score 4, Insightful) 273

That is the difference between the average and the great IMHO.

Or the lucky.

Yeah, but The harder I work, the luckier I get.

There is an element of luck, but Musk is a hard worker and knows how to surround himself with brilliant people that he has the ability to lead on a common task. This is something that most people cannot do.

Of course you can't flap your arms and fly to the moon. After a while you'd run out of air to push against.