Scientists Retreat as Global Warming Bill Pushed in Wisconsin

Supporters of Wisconsin global warming legislation are pushing away on their bill to save glaciers and rainforests from catastrophe.

Meanwhile, the “experts” who sounded the alarm about these catastrophes have been forced to admit many of those predictions were based on magazine articles and offhand comments rather than science.

Following the “Climategate” scandal in which scientists appear to have been working together to discredit anyone who disagreed, so many accepted “facts” have been exposed as meritless that a respected international newspaper is calling for the head of the IPCC, the International Panel on Climate Change (the United Nations “Experts”), to step down:

 January 31 London Telegraph: We need facts, not spin, in the climate debate”

“In its zeal to persuade the world of the catastrophic consequences of man-made global warming, the IPCC has lost both its objectivity and the trust of the public. That is one of the main reasons why we, along with our sister newspaper The Daily Telegraph, believe that Rajendra Pachauri, the IPCC’s chairman, should step down.”

 This call comes after two weeks in which:

 –          Claims by the IPCC that 40% of Rainforests are threatened by man-made global warming have been debunked.

January 31 London Times:  UN Panel Shamed by Bogus Rainforest Claim”

 “A STARTLING report by the United Nations climate watchdog that global warming might wipe out 40% of the Amazon rainforest was based on an unsubstantiated claim by green campaigners who had little scientific expertise.”

 –          Claims that glaciers in the Alps are disappearing due to man-made global warming have been debunked.

January 30 London Telegraph:  UN Climate Change Panel Based Claims on Student’s Dissertation and Magazine Article”

 “The revelation will cause fresh embarrassment for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which had to issue a humiliating apology earlier this month over inaccurate statements about global warming.”

 –          Claims that Himalayan glaciers could disappear by 2035 have been debunked.

January 21 Christian Science Monitor:  Himalayan Glaciers Gone by 2035?  IPCC Mistaken”

“Scientists did not challenge the spurious date for years and some now warn that, in fact, our understanding about Himalayan glaciers rests on thin data.”

Our question:  With international action stalled in the face of scandal over the facts and US action unlikely this year, shouldn’t Wisconsin allow the science to be corrected before we act?

Global Warming Bill Misses Chance for Real Jobs

The largest source of carbon-free energy available to Wisconsin is nuclear energy.  Producing that energy in Wisconsin can keep energy dollars here.  That is why the Governor’s Global Warming Task Force recommended lifting the ban on new nuclear energy.

 In place of the outright ban, this bill bans production of nuclear energy beyond what is needed for in-state use. 

 “If this bill is about jobs, they should encourage the export of new nuclear energy,” said Bob Seitz, Executive Director of Wisconsin Utility Investors, Inc.  “The ban means we can buy energy produced by highly paid workers in other states but can’t invest in this carbon-free, green energy source to sell outside of Wisconsin.”

 “The conclusion of the task force and the Governor is that nuclear energy should be considered as a safe, clean alternative energy source,” said Seitz.  “So why shouldn’t Wisconsin workers build and run a plant that can export that clean energy?”

 Lacking the wind, sun or hydroelectric potential of many western states, Wisconsin is likely to remain a net importer of carbon-free energy.  The more low-carbon energy that is mandated, the more will be spent employing workers in other states instead of Wisconsin. 

 The ban on exporting new nuclear energy will cost Wisconsin consumers and businesses much more because the cost of constructing the plant cannot be spread to consumers in other states.

 Utilities and policymakers across the nation are turning to nuclear energy as the only option for large-scale production of reliable carbon-free energy.  As drafted, the bill would prevent Wisconsin from competing for these highly paid “green jobs.”

 “Proponents point out that Wisconsin exports $16 billion for “energy resources,”” said Seitz.  “Nuclear energy should be an option to reverse the flow of energy dollars from our state.

 A nuclear plant capable of exporting power beyond Wisconsin’s needs would bring billions of dollars of construction work in addition to the hundreds of people who would have high quality jobs for the next 50 or more years.  Average pay for a worker in the nuclear industry is $62,000.

 “This bill will raise energy costs by billions of dollars, threatening existing jobs,” said Seitz.  “Nuclear is the only energy source capable of limiting energy costs and creating a significant number of jobs in Wisconsin.”

 Wisconsin Utility Investors, Inc is a grassroots organization made up of over 16,000 small, individual investors in shareholder owned utilities serving Wisconsin.  Most members invest for their retirement and to build and grow Wisconsin.

 “Our members have put their money where their mouth is,” said Seitz.  “They are proud to have invested in Wisconsin.”

 WUI strongly opposes this Bill as written.

Xcel Energy Continues Innovation

Xcel Energy has created a pilot project in Colorado, where they will be testing the capabilities of integrating solar power with a coal fired power plant.

Xcel (NYSE: XEL), Colorado’s largest power and natural gas utility, teamed with Abengoal Solar IST, a Spanish company that has its U.S. headquarters in Lakewood.

The project is the first in the United States to integrate an industrial-sized solar power plant into a conventional power plant, according to Abengoa.

The two companies broke ground Thursday on a $4.5 million, concentrating solar power plant at the Cameo coal-fired power station near Grand Junction. The test plant, when complete by the end of the year, will use mirrors aligned in a parabolic trough to concentrate the sun’s heat on pipes that hold fluid. The fluid will transfer the heat to water, producing steam to spin a turbine and produce electricity.

The test is to see if the sun-sourced steam can be used alongside coal-produced steam to run a power plant. The two companies also hope that using the sun’s heat will reduce carbon dioxide emissions at the power plant. The plant uses about 900 tons of coal per year, according to Xcel.

Xcel’s innovation could create a new way to produce clean energy.

Alliant Energy and Midamerican Energy Help Conveyor Engineering Go “Green”

In 2007 Iowa company Conveyor Engineering and Manufacturing (CEMC) broke ground on a new 114,300square-foot office and manufacturing space with a “green” vision and a strong environmental commitment. The building went through an energy-efficient design process provided by the Commercial New Construction program offered through Alliant Energy and MidAmerican Energy Company. Both utilities recently presented Conveyor Engineering leaders with rebate checks totaling $130,415 for CEMC’s efforts. Wisconsin Energy Again Honored As One Of ‘World’s Most Ethical Companies’ For the second year in a row, Ethisphere Magazine has named

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