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Coal, not oilsands, the true climate change bad guy says study

The Canadian Press -- One of the world's top climate scientists has calculated that emissions from Alberta's oilsands are unlikely to make a big difference to global warming and that the real threat to the planet comes from burning coal.

"I was surprised by the results of our analysis," said Andrew Weaver, a University of Victoria climate modeller, who has been a lead author on two reports from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. "I thought it was larger than it was."

In a commentary published Sunday in the prestigious journal Nature, Weaver and colleague Neil Stewart analyze how burning all global stocks of coal, oil and natural gas would affect temperatures. Their analysis breaks out unconventional gas, such as undersea methane hydrates and shale gas produced by fracking, as well a


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Submitted Feb 19, 2012 By: kb726
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NHLiveFree
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That is for sure PDQBlues. Neither PD nor the Flat Earth Society gang here care to read the real news like this article, yet they are drawn to it like moths to a flame!
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2012 9:47:29 PM

That's kind of a no brainer.
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2012 7:15:33 PM

Get 3 experts together and you'll get 6 different opinions and 9 different conclusions.
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2012 12:56:40 PM

not a big surprise
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2012 11:18:41 AM

Finally - someone is starting to understand!
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2012 8:13:18 AM

If gas and coal companies would only impose tougher controls on their own operations, and if regulators would stiffen rules and crack down on violators.
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China and India are both rapidly developing and deploying coal burning energy assets.
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China is bringing 2 coal fired plants online a month right now. Nor is their government kissing the a$$ of Gaia worshipers for votes. All the while, de-industrializtion is full speed in the US, courtesy of "share the wealth within nations, among nations" President Hussein Obama.
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2012 4:16:28 AM

"United Nations Intergovernmental Panel

Does anyone else see the redundancy in that label?
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Not good!
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In a January 30, 2005, Miami Herald editorial, former Greenpeace co-founder and president, Dr. Patrick Moore said he left his own organization because “much of the environmental movement, made a sharp turn to the political left and began adopting extreme agendas that abandoned science and logic in favor of emotion and sensationalism.” It’s only gotten worse. The once wholesome and worthwhile goal to protect the planet was hijacked and turned into a pseudo religion – by some who care more about transferring America’s wealth than they do the environment.

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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2012 12:16:32 AM

Apparently, the researcher was paid by oil sands companies.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 11:40:46 PM

Mummmm
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 11:26:32 PM

not exactly a newsflash but i suppose they have to "study" something to get them grants.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 11:24:10 PM

This is not news.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 11:22:30 PM

Duh
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 11:20:00 PM

Look at the poor air in China caused by coal.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 10:40:37 PM

Thanks for posting this article, kb726. But be careful. Posting such facts could get you banned from this site.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 10:39:35 PM

duh...
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 10:34:17 PM

Agreed playtimeCLE.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:45:46 PM

While coal my cause its share of pollution, (as witnessed by those who went to China for the olympics) the only thing causing warmth in our climate is the earth going through a warming phase. If you live long enough you will see it cool back down in its own way.
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:31:22 PM

The article is wrong on both counts. Coal does not cause global warming or climate change. And there is no human made global warming or human made climate change.

When the climate of this planet changes, it is beyond the control of anyone (i.e the reason for the numerous separate ice ages and glaciers which have covered what is now North America.... well before human beings were on the scene.

[Edited by: doeslayersr at 2/19/2012 9:32:20 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2012 9:20:04 PM

to cool the earth down keep your refrigerator door open
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