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Bill would switch off lights for nearly 40K commercial buildings
City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Queens) has introduced legislation that would prohibit exterior and interior lighting at night for roughly 40,000 buildings, with exceptions carved out for small stores and landmarks like the Empire State Building.

The bill is part of the city’s plan to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

This isn’t just one lone idiot, ignorant of what it takes to keep a city of 8.5 million alive. There are 13 genocidal lunatics backing this. I kinda hope they convince enough more to pass it.

It’ll be exciting. I hear most people in NYC don’t cook. They go to restaurants, eat take-out, or buy microwaveable prepared foods. Someone has to constantly cook that food, ship and stock the store shelves, run the phone systems, clear stopped-up plumbing — take trouble calls and <i>schedule</i> repairs for the next day — repair taxis. And so on and so forth. Heck, watch Wall Street try to handle after hours trading in the dark.

Turn out the lights. Now lay off all the shift workers that you can’t move to straight days. (And remember that all the folks rescheduled to days add to the commuter traffic.)

Economy? Who really needs an economy?

The crime business (muggings, robberies, burglaries, murders, rapes) will be booming though, what all the convenient darkness.

Someone has a short memory.

Graft will be great for bureaucrats and pols, as non-exempt business scramble to bribe themselves a fresh exemption.

Care to make a wager on whether these clowns support a little population reduction?

Anthropogenic Global WarmingRecreational Drug Use

It must be.

Via Watts Up With That:

Ben Santer tries to explain ‘the pause’ in global warming
“Add it to the list of over 50 excuses for the pause from climate science now on record…this time its small volcanoes.”

Small volcanic eruptions partly explain ‘warming hiatus’
From DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory:

The “warming hiatus” that has occurred over the last 15 years has been partly caused by small volcanic eruptions.

Um… So I should infer from this that small scale eruptions never happened until the late 20th century? Humans caused ’em?

Oh. Wait. Someone did make that claim. So nasty humans made global warming that triggered volcanoes that stopped global warming… except cooling anthropogenic sulfur dioxide should have countered the warming anthropogenic CO2, preventing the warming that caused the cooling that…

If they weren’t hell-bent on destroying civilization, it would be hilarious.

Wait, I have to check the calendar…

Whew, not April 1st.I was afraid I’d fugued out for a few months.

World’s largest bird kill-trap applying for federal grant to pay off federal loan
“After already receiving a controversial $1.6 billion construction loan from U.S. taxpayers, the wealthy investors of a California solar power plant now want a $539 million federal grant to pay off their federal loan.”

This “clean”, efficient,” environmentally friendly solar bird incinerator power plant kills anywhere from a thousand to twenty-eight thousand birds per year. And it’s so efficient at generating electricity that it successfully competes with fossil-fueled plants to provide cheap energy needs help paying back the loan it got from the gov because market investors wouldn’t make the loans on something they knew wouldn’t work well.

Of course, birds aren’t the only fliers threatened by this poorly thought out monstrosity. Seems there’s a little problem with aircraft, too. I wonder how much extra evil oil-derived jet fuel all those planes burn diverting during the worst times of day.

The feds arrest some people who blind aircraft pilots. Others, they subsidize.

[sarc] In related news, The Onion has announced that it is shutting down operations due to an inability to make up fake news reports sillier and less believable than the real world. “We just can’t compete with the federal government in sheer stupidity,” explained Editor Cole Bolton. [/sarc]

* Ivanpah has some 300,000 mirrors sprawling over 5 square miles of desert tortoise habitat. It’s rated at 377MW, and was projected to provide more 1,000,000 MW/hours per year. The rated efficiency is just under 29%. It turns out that it only produces roughly a quarter or the projected power. In part, I suspect that’s because someone forgot the sun doesn’t shine 24 hours a day.

300,000 thousand mirrors on steel framework and towers is a lot of metal. A lot of metal that requires a lot more energy to produce, in concentrations that – even with the most optimistic rainbow&unicorn-enhanced projection – Ivanpah cannot produce.

By comparison, the new Irsching (Germany) gas-fired plant takes up far less area (acres rather than miles), has a rated capacity of 375MW, which actual comes close to meeting (ironically, much of it’s intended service is to provide backup power for “renewable” plants like Ivanpah). It’s rated efficiency is 60%. It can cold-start in 30 minutes, to provide power on short notice day or night.

Happy Birthday

October makes it a full 18 years now.

Bottom line: the ‘no upward trend’ has to continue for a total of 15 years before we get worried.
-Phil Jones, University of East Anglia, 7 May 2009

Amusingly, RSS upper atmosphere temperatures never matched the wonderful global warming models; models showed AGW appearing in upper atmosphere temps first, but it just wasn’t happening. Models are very useful tools, if you properly use them to model reality; somewhat less so when you get all cranky and whine that stupid reality doesn’t reflect your infallible models.


Friday: “[The White House fence-jumper] was concerned that the atmosphere was collapsing and (he) needed to get the information to the President of the United States so that he could get the word out to the people.”
If the sky collapses, that could bring down Air Force 1, you know.

Today: “Obama will use his speech at a U.N. summit Tuesday to announce plans to sign an executive order requiring the U.S. government to take climate change into account.”

I think not. [/sarc]

It makes as much sense as some of the other stuff Obama does