Tuesday, February 16, 2016

UPDATE: Climate change, Scott Walker, and short-term thinking

Gov. Scott Walker orders agencies not to prepare for Clean Power Plan.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/15/2016)
Supporters of the rule have questioned the state's estimate for how much it would cost to comply with the Clean Power Plan. 
Among other qualms, they say those estimates fail to account for savings on medical costs that would be seen from reduced emissions from burning coal — a contributor to asthma and other respiratory diseases.

I'm surprised that Walker didn't go all out and note the Clean Power Plan's projected cost of $39,000,000 in an analysis trumpeted America's Power:  America's Coalition for Clean Coal Energy.

Source:  About ACCCE

Original 2/10/2016 post starts here.

December 2015 in brief.  
This is the first time the global monthly departure from average has surpassed 1°C and is the largest margin by which an all-time monthly temperature record has been broken.

NOAA (Dec 2015)
NOAA (2015 summary)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/9/2016
By temporarily freezing the rule, the high court's 5-4 order signals that opponents have made a strong argument against the plan. A federal appeals court last month refused to put it on hold. GOP leaders and the manufacturing sector described the regulations to reduce carbon emissions from power plants as an unprecedented use of power by the White House.

As quoted in 2/9/2016 press release, Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s Stay of the Federal Government’s 111(d) Rule.

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