Airline asks passengers to pee before flying — Airline asks passengers to use toilet before boarding — Michael Jackson Earth Song World Environment Day Video —Why Ryanair’s Bathroom Plan Sort of Makes Sense — Inconvenient Censorship: Stanford U. Bans Skeptical Climate Film from Airing Interview with Global Warming Prof. Stephen Schneider — ‘You are prohibited!’ — Global Warming: The Forest For The Tree Rings — Big Yellow Taxi 2007 Joni Mitchell Shine —UN Climate Reports: They Lie — Mley Cyrus Wake Up America Music Video —EO 13423: FEDERAL LEADERSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL, ENERGY,AND ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE
(THE DENVER POST | RJ SANGOSTI)
And the winner is … Loveland. Boasting its earliest opening day in 40 years, Loveland officials opened for skiing today. Arapahoe Basin announced it would open Friday. Loveland is the first ski area in North America to open its season, with $44 lift tickets… “We took advantage of the cold temperatures and got an early start making snow this year,” said Eric Johnstone, snowmaking and trail maintenance manager. Friday will mark the earliest opening in Arapahoe Basin’s 64-year history.
The new policy was implemented by the airline from October 1. Signs are being put up at airport gates asking passengers to visit the lavatory before boarding. The new policy started a one-month trial but the airline plans to expand it indefinitely if it’s effective. According to ANA, empty bladders will cut down passengers’ overall weight which will result in lighter aircrafts and lower fuel use, thus resulting in a reduction in carbon emissions.
The airline hopes that the saving in fuel will lead to a five-tonne reduction in carbon emissions in a one-month period. As part of its new policy, Nippon Airways plans to position “loo attendants” near the boarding gates in terminals to ask passengers if they need to use the bathroom before boarding the plane. In case of emergency, restrooms will still be available on the plane. Recently, Ryanair had implemented a new policy of charging passenger for bathroom use in the air.
Telegraph – By Tom Chivers, October 3, 2009
A Japanese airline, All Nippon Airways, has started asking its passengers to visit the lavatory before boarding, in an attempt to reduce carbon emissions.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) reasons that empty bladders means lighter passengers, which in turn means lighter aircraft and lower fuel use.
The airline will position staff near the boarding gates in terminals to ask passengers waiting for their flight to relieve themselves before boarding the aircraft.
It hopes that the weight saved will lead to a five-tonne reduction in carbon emissions over the course of a month.
According to Japan’s NHK television, the airline started the unusual policy on 1 October. Initially intended as an experiment lasting one month and 42 flights, ANA says that it may expand the trial if results are positive and it is well received by passengers.
Flying is the fastest-growing source of carbon dioxide emissions, accounting for more than 600 million tons of the greenhouse gas per year.
A return flight between London Heathrow and New York’s John F Kennedy airport creates around 2700lb (1.35 tons) of CO2 per passenger – more than one-third the yearly emissions of an average person worldwide.
Harvard Business Publishing – Bill Taylor, February 27, 2009
Among Chicago politicians, on the heels of the corrupt (albeit amusing) tenure of impeached governor Rod Blagojevich, the talk is all about “pay-to-play” politics. Among frequent flyers, on the heels of a steep economic downturn that continues to put financial pressure on the carriers, the talk may soon turn to “pay-to-pee” airlines.
Yes, you read that right. (By the way, I pride myself on having coined the term). The BBC recently conducted an interview with Michael O’Leary, the combative, controversial, and endlessly colorful CEO of Ireland’s Ryanair. In the interview, O’Leary said the airline has contemplated installing coin slots in on-board bathroom doors and charging customers one British pound to use the facilities.
O’Leary and his colleagues are nothing if not disruptive. They have reshaped air travel in Europe, with a business model that is relentless about cutting costs. Indeed, Ryanair makes Southwest Airlines look downright extravagant. A few years ago, according to the Wall Street Journal, the company ordered a new batch of planes and insisted that they come without window shades, seat pockets, or reclining seats — the better to keep the planes clean and turnaround times short. By the end of 2009, the company intends to eliminate all airport check-in counters, requiring that customers check-in online.
By being draconian on costs, Ryanair keeps its fares astonishingly low — and then charges for anything and everything above the flight itself, from checked bags to newspapers to. . . perhaps. . . the toilet!
You can laugh at the idea (my guess is that CEO O’Leary, who loves to offend, is laughing himself this morning), but it does underscore a serious point. You can’t be “pretty good” at everything anymore. You have to be the most of something — the most affordable, the most specialized, the most elegant, the most colorful, the most transparent, the most friendly. Everybody used to want to be in the middle of the road — that’s where all the customers were. Today, the middle of the road is the road to ruin…]
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Inconvenient Censorship: Stanford U. Bans Skeptical Climate Film from Airing Interview with Global Warming Prof. Stephen Schneider — ‘You are prohibited!’
By Marc Morano – Climate Depot, October 6, 2009
Stanford University has banned a skeptical documentary film from airing a climate change interview with one of its prominent warming activist professors, Stephen Schneider. After legal threats from Stanford University — apparently on behalf of Prof. Schneider — the documentary filmmakers were forced to use a blank screen and an actor had to read the transcript of Schneider’s already taped but legally banned climate interview. The skeptical global warming documentary “Not Evil Just Wrong”, set for its international premier on October 18, 2009, interviewed Schneider about his flip-flop from a coming ice age proponent in the 1970s to his current advocacy of man-made global warming fears. Schneider is a professor of biological sciences at Stanford University. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Irish filmmaker Phelim McAleer told Climate Depot: “Lawyers for Stanford University have tried to ban our documentary from reporting on how one of their professors previously predicted an imminent ice-age, but is now a leading global warming advocate.” (Schneider joins others like Obama Science Czar John Holdren. See: Climate Depot’s Factsheet on 1970s Coming ‘Ice Age’ Claims — ‘Fears of a coming ice age, showed up in peer-reviewed literature, at scientific conferences, by prominent scientists and throughout the media’)…]
AJ Strata has some of the best Blog posting on Global Warming. Highly Recommended readings…
The Strata-Sphere, By AJ Strata, October 5, 2009
There has been a shocking discovery in the last week as it pertains to global warming: there may be nothing unusual about the recent warming of the Planet Earth.
This realization has come about because it was discovered that suspect tree ring data used to relate today’s climate to historic trends has been shown to be … let’s say ‘unique’. As noted here, here, here and here it turns out that only a very select set of data from a remote Russian peninsula has any indication of massive tree growth in recent years. In fact it comes down to one magic larch, whose massive growth probably is NOT related to warming, let alone increases in man-made CO2.
The scientists who had created the supposed warming trend in their data and graphs actually had in hand much broader set of tree growth data from across that region of Russia. Due to the data’s larger size is not susceptible to one individual tree’s growth, or any other local environmental conditions that may have provided more abundance for above average growth. This larger data set has an intriguing feature – it shows no unusual growth, therefore no unusual global warming.
Here is how the key events were summarized by one source:
Briffa had published a paper in 1995 claiming that the medieval period actually contained the coldest year of the millennium. But this claim depended on just three tree ring records (called cores) from the Polar Urals. Later, a colleague of his named F. H. Schweingruber produced a much larger sample from the Polar Urals, but it told a very different story: The medieval era was actually quite warm and the late 20th century was unexceptional. Briffa and Schweingruber never published those data, instead they dropped the Polar Urals altogether from their climate reconstruction papers.
Briffa went on to produce the Yamal series, which had the same strange result of exceptional warming based on one tree’s unique growth. With all the data in his hands, only that which showed unusual recent warming slipped out to the public.
Strange, how a broad set of data – which is optimal for detecting a global condition outside individual or local area conditions – showed no runaway warming and yet remains unpublished. All the while a small set of 10-15 trees with one outlier (probably thriving due to the fact an older tree fell and gave it room to grow) is pawned off on the world as an indication of runaway, planet-wide warming.
Worse, the data that proved this situation was kept hidden from the public for nearly a decade (which violates the very basis of science and the scientific method).
So now we have data which scientifically challenges the ’settled’ conclusion of global warming. And that data has been in the possession of the global warming alarmists for more than a decade.
But let’s not loose sight of the fact that these hand picked tree ring cores are not the only data we have on hand for analysis. One of the strangest contradictions in the solar system is that no one has explained why Mars, Jupiter and other planets of our solar system have also recently experienced global warming! How is it they too experienced warming, without the man-made CO2 to drive their systems…]
American Thinker – By Marc Sheppard, October 5, 2009
For years, claims that UN climate reports represent the consensus of the majority of international scientists have been mindlessly accepted and regurgitated by left-leaning policy makers and the media at large. But in the past week or so, it’s become more apparent than ever that those who’ve accused the international organization of politicizing science and manipulating data have been right all along.
This latest disclosure again concerns what has become the favorite propaganda propagation tool of climate activists — the infamous “Hockey Stick Graph.” The familiar reconstruction, which deceitfully depicts last millennium’s global temperatures as flat prior to a dramatic upturn last century, has been displayed and touted ad nauseum as irrefutable proof of unprecedented and, therefore, anthropogenic, global warming (AGW).
Despite its previous debunking, the embattled AGW poster-child continues to languish in UN climate reports, which are unduly revered and quoted as gospel by all manner of proselytizers. In fact, just last week it had the bad timing to show up in a desperate UN compendium, released just days before Climate Audit published facts that promise to be the Hockey Stick’s (HS) long overdue epitaph. And those facts not only assuage any doubt of the chart’s fraudulence, but also of the deliberate and devious complicity of its creators, defenders and leading UN sponsors…]
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release October 5, 2009
President Obama signs an Executive Order
Focused on Federal Leadership in Environmental,
Energy, and Economic Performance
WASHINGTON, DC – Demonstrating a commitment to lead by example, President Obama signed an Executive Order (attached) today that sets sustainability goals for Federal agencies and focuses on making improvements in their environmental, energy and economic performance. The Executive Order requires Federal agencies to set a 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target within 90 days; increase energy efficiency; reduce fleet petroleum consumption; conserve water; reduce waste; support sustainable communities; and leverage Federal purchasing power to promote environmentally-responsible products and technologies.
“As the largest consumer of energy in the U.S. economy, the Federal government can and should lead by example when it comes to creating innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency, conserve water, reduce waste, and use environmentally-responsible products and technologies,” said President Obama. “This Executive Order builds on the momentum of the Recovery Act to help create a clean energy economy and demonstrates the Federal government’s commitment, over and above what is already being done, to reducing emissions and saving money.”
The Federal government occupies nearly 500,000 buildings, operates more than 600,000 vehicles, employs more than 1.8 million civilians, and purchases more than $500 billion per year in goods and services. The Executive Order builds on and expands the energy reduction and environmental requirements of Executive Order 13423 by making reductions of greenhouse gas emissions a priority of the Federal government, and by requiring agencies to develop sustainability plans focused on cost-effective projects and programs.
Projected benefits to the taxpayer include substantial energy savings and avoided costs from improved efficiency. The Executive Order was developed by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, with input from the Federal agencies that are represented on the Steering Committee established by Executive Order 13423.
The new Executive Order requires agencies to measure, manage, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions toward agency-defined targets. It describes a process by which agency goals will be set and reported to the President by the Chair of CEQ. The Executive Order also requires agencies to meet a number of energy, water, and waste reduction targets, including:
- 30% reduction in vehicle fleet petroleum use by 2020;
- 26% improvement in water efficiency by 2020;
- 50% recycling and waste diversion by 2015;
- 95% of all applicable contracts will meet sustainability requirements;
- Implementation of the 2030 net-zero-energy building requirement;
- Implementation of the stormwater provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, section 438; and
- Development of guidance for sustainable Federal building locations in alignment with the Livability Principles put forward by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Implementation of the Executive Order will focus on integrating achievement of sustainability goals with agency mission and strategic planning to optimize performance and minimize implementation costs. Each agency will develop and carry out an integrated Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan that prioritizes the agency’s actions toward the goals of the Executive Order based on lifecycle return on investments. Implementation will be managed through the previously-established Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, working in close partnership with OMB, CEQ and the agencies.
Examples of Federal employees and their facilities promoting environmental stewardship exist throughout the country. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Energy Business Center has recently awarded a design-build contract for a wind turbine electric generation system to serve their Medical Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The 600-kW turbine installation, to be completed in spring 2011, is projected to supply up to 15 percent of the facility’s annual electricity usage.
The U.S. General Services Administration’s Denver Federal Center (DFC) in Lakewood, Colorado will be installing a 7 megawatt photovoltaic system as part of a large modernization effort. The primary goal of the project is to provide a reliable utility infrastructure to service tenant agencies for the next 50 years. This facility will feed renewable energy back into the grid on weekends and cover 30 acres.
Many federal agencies have received recognition for their work to integrate environmental considerations into their daily operations and management decisions including: the Air Force Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas for their “Sheppard Puts the R in Recycling” program, the Department of Treasury for their petroleum use reduction, the Department of Energy Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee for pollution prevention, the United States Postal Service for their Green Purchasing Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture “Sowing the Seeds for Change” Extreme Makeover Team in Deer River Ranger District in Minnesota; and the Department of Health & Human Services National Institutes of Health in Maryland for their laboratory decommissioning protocol.
*Updated 10/06/09 to reflect more accurate data from GSA.
EXECUTIVE ORDER: FEDERAL LEADERSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL, ENERGY,AND ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE (PDF)