07 May 2009

Congressional Budget Office: Potential Impacts of Climate Change in the United States

Here's a link to a summary.
As you might expect, the emphasis is mine
Today CBO released a paper presenting an overview of the current understanding of the impacts of climate change in the United States. CBO cannot independently evaluate the relevant scientific research, so our paper draws from numerous published sources to summarize the current state of climate science and provides a conceptual framework for addressing climate change as an economic concern. The paper was reviewed by several knowledgeable external reviewers and, as with all CBO analysis, makes no recommendations.

The paper discusses potential impacts on the physical environment (temperature, precipitation, severe storms, ocean currents, climate oscillations. sea level, and ocean acidification); biological systems(ecosystems and biological diversity, agriculture, forestry, and fisheries); and the economy and human health (water supply, infrastructure, human health, and economic growth).

The paper emphasizes the wide range of uncertainty about the magnitude and timing of impacts and the implications of that uncertainty for the formulation of effective policy responses. Uncertainty arises from several sources, including limitations in current data, imperfect understanding of physical processes, and the inherent unpredictability of economic activity, technological innovation, and many aspects of the interacting components (land, air, water and ice, and life) that make up the Earth’s climate system. This does not imply that nothing is known about future developments, but rather that projections of future changes in climate and of the resulting impacts should be considered in terms of ranges or probability distributions. For example, some recent research suggests that the median increase in average global temperature during the 21st century will be in the vicinity of 9° Fahrenheit if no actions are taken to reduce the growth of greenhouse-gas emissions. However, warming could be much less or much greater than that median level, depending on the growth of emissions and the response of the climate system to those emissions.

06 May 2009

What part of "Congress shall make no law" don't you understand

I think this kind of sh..tuff starts with a classic "Don't just stand there, do something" attitude which we seem to expect from our congresscritters. When combined with the first law of Washington, DC ("It's WAY more important to be seen doing something than it is to do something effective") you end up with this travesty by a gauleiter-wannabe who got her stern frame elected to Congress.
A proposal by Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Los Angeles, would never pass First Amendment muster, unless the U.S. Constitution was altered without us knowing. So Sanchez, and the 14 other lawmakers who signed on to the proposal, are grandstanding to show the public they care about children and are opposed to cyberbullying.

The measure, H.R. 1966, is labeled the Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act. It’s designed to target the behavior that led to last year’s suicide of the 13-year-old Meier.

If, btw, you feel called to write to your congresscritter and encourage him/her/it to tell Ms Sanchez too keep her gulag/lager proposal and her "overlarge nose" out of other people's business, here's a link for you!

05 May 2009

Harry Reid gaffe-o-matic

Reid said that "I feel comfortable that his choice will be as good as his Cabinet choices."

Really, I'm keeping a straight face as I say, "Secretary Geithner, Secretary-wannabe Daschle, your 2008 taxes are ready."

04 May 2009

Quote of the day

As always, McArdle has a good quote:
But the minute [Warren] Buffett was asked about newspapers, everyone in the place was as attentive as a Doberman on high-dose Adderall.

The "place" was the news booth for reporters covering the Berkshire-Hathaway conference.

03 May 2009

Bush: time to leave Reagan behind

When the list of Reagan's failures is totted up, I believe his greatest will be allowing the George Bush (43 & 41), Bob Dole, Richard Nixon branch of the GOP into the room.
Jeb Bush, GOP: Time to leave Reagan behind - Washington Times
The former Florida governor, joined by Mitt Romney and Eric Cantor at a townhall meeting, says it's time for Republicans to give up "nostalgia" and look forward, even if it means stealing the Democrats' winning strategy.

Ye flippin' stars!