By Paul Douglas Paul Douglas, a Minnesota meteorologist and author, writes a regular weather feature in the Star Tribune. This article first appeared Thursday on the Huffington Post. I'm going to tell you something that my Republican friends are loath to admit out loud: climate change is real. I'm a moderate Republican, fiscally conservative; a fan of small government, accountability, self-empowerment and sound science. I am not a climate scientist. A Republican meteorologist looks at climate change | Commentary
Human Pollution Tipping Scales Toward More Weather Extremes Energy & Sustainability::Climatewire::March 26, 2012:: ::Email::Print German researchers suggest that greenhouse gas emissions from human activity are linked to an increase in extreme weather events By Lauren Morello and ClimateWire EXTREME WEATHER: Greenhouse gas emissions from human activity may be predisposing the climate to produce more extreme weather events, such as Hurricane Katrina.Image: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC In the United States, 2011 was a year when weather seemed to ping-pong between extremes. A historic drought struck Texas while floods devastated communities along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and Hurricane Irene swamped the East Coast.
Globally, every year fossil fuels get six times as much money in subsidies than renewable energy. Given a world population of around 7 billion, that means every man woman and child on the planet is spending an average of $58 a year to prop this industry up, but only around $9 to support renewables. That might not sound like a lot, but keep in mind that 2 billion people on this planet live on less than $2 a day — to them, it’s a month’s wages. Here’s an idea: Instead of giving all that money to fossil fuel companies who are currently posting record profits, why not simply send everybody a check for that amount? If fossil fuel subsidies were distributed to every person, we’d each get $58/year