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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 12:10 PM
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Co-op Paying Michaels $100K Attributes Global Warming To Plate Tectonics
Edited on Thu Aug-03-06 12:13 PM by hatrack
No, you just can't make this shit up.


In southcentral Montana, for example, five rural electric cooperatives have ignored the obvious promise of windpower (clean, much cheaper than new coal, fast to install, can come on in increments, can be decentralized) to form a consortium attempting to build a 250-megawatt coal-fired power plant east of Great Falls. The co-ops are partnering with the city of Great Falls in order to secure enough water to run the plant (Great Falls has extensive water rights to the Missouri River).

And in Colorado, the Intermountain Rural Electric Association, based in Sedalia, organized a fund-raising campaign to pay Pat Michaels the Virginia state climatologist, a University of Virginia professor and senior fellow at the Cato Institute to continue his critiques of other scientists work on global warming. The Colorado REAs fund-raising efforts arose after Michaels spoke at the Western Business Roundtable in fall 2005 and said he was running out of money.


IREA gets 94 percent of its power from Xcel Energy, and a significant portion of that is coal-fired. IREA is also a partner with Xcel, owning 190 megawatts in Xcels 750 MW coal-fired power plant currently under construction. IREA does not want to see taxes on carbon emissions or mandatory carbon emission caps raise the price of its electricity. The IREA memo, interestingly, concedes that global warming is occurring, but that its primary trigger is not industrial emissions of greenhouse gases but eccentricities in Earths orbit, the influence of plate tectonics (a reference to earthquakes and volcanoes) and cyclical variations in the suns energy output.

IREA apparently is banking on those cyclical variations to save us. The IREA memo says a Russian scientist, Kabibula Absudamatov, is predicting a decrease in the suns radiation beginning in 2012, leading to temperature declines, not rises, into the middle of the current century.

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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 03:03 PM
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1. Actually, they ARE making this shit up. nt
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-05-06 01:19 AM
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2. Electricity co-op boss catches flak
By Jim Erickson, Rocky Mountain News
August 3, 2006

The general manager of a Sedalia-based electrical cooperative is coming under fire from scientists and co-op members for spending $100,000 to hire a leading global warming skeptic as a consultant.

Some members of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association said general manager Stanley Lewandowski overstepped his authority when he hired Virginia state climatologist - and longtime global warming contrarian - Patrick Michaels as a consultant.

One climate scientist said Lewandowski's action was part of a well-orchestrated campaign to confuse the public about global warming ...

"I just think it's outrageous that Lewandowski feels he can do this without talking to the members of the organization," said John Stencel, president of the Rocky Mountain Farmer's Union and an IREA customer in eastern Aurora ...,1...

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