by Dr. Roy Cordato
Senior Economist, Emeritas
1. Nobel Prize Winner in Physics and Obama Supporter Joins "Denier" Camp
Dr. Ivar Giaever, 1973 Nobel Prize winner in the field of Physics and an Obama voter, argued recently at a conference of Nobel Laureates in Germany that global warming was a "non problem." According to a story published at ClimateDepot.com:
Giaever was one of President Obama’s key scientific supporters in 2008 when he joined over 70 Nobel Science Laureates in endorsing Obama in an October 29, 2008 open letter. Giaever signed his name to the letter which read in part: "The country urgently needs a visionary leader…We are convinced that Senator Barack Obama is such a leader, and we urge you to join us in supporting him." But seven years after signing the letter, Giaever now mocks President Obama for warning that "no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change". Giaever called it a "ridiculous statement."
Giaever noted in his talk that the earth has experienced no warming over the last 18 years. He went on to point out that:
So far we have left the world in better shape than when we arrived, and this will continue with one exception — we have to stop wasting huge, I mean huge amounts of money on global warming. We have to do that or that may take us backwards. People think that is sustainable but it is not sustainable.
Giaever’s entire talk can be viewed below:
2. Independent Institute releases "Love Gov" series
I encourage you to watch the new video series released by our friends at the Independent Institute (Independent.org). It takes a satirical look at government paternalism through the eyes of the relationship between a young woman, Alexis, and her protective "friend" Gov. So far the series has five parts. Below is second of those titled "Love Gov: Protection From Jobs." If you are anxious to see how Alexis and Gov met, make sure you watch installment one of the series.
3. Ozone Report
The 2015 ozone season began on April 1 and, as I have been doing since this newsletter was started, each week during the ozone season this newsletter will report how many, if any, high ozone days have been experienced throughout the state during the previous week, where they were experienced, and how many have been recorded during the entire season to date. (Note: Ground level ozone, which is what we are reporting on, is often called "smog.") According to current EPA standards, a region or county experiences a high ozone day if a monitor in that area registers the amount of ozone in the air as 76 parts per billion (ppb) or greater. The official ozone season will end on October 31. All reported data is preliminary and issued by the North Carolina Division of Air Quality, which is part of the state’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Thus far this season there have been three high ozone days recorded on any of the state’s 42 monitors. All three occurred on June 25.
The table below shows all of North Carolina’s ozone monitors and the high reading on those monitors for each day of the 7-day period, June 29-July 5.
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