Mother Nature has not been helpful to global warming alarmists of late. The record cold wave she unleashed across much of planet during the recent United Nations climate change conference (known by the unwieldy bureaucratic acronym UNFCCC-COP16/CMP6 — really) extended even to the fabled, usually warm-and-sunny beaches of Cancun, Mexico, as we previously reported (Record Cold at Cancun Climate Confab).
Scientists conducting research at taxpayers’ expense are, says ABC News, “outraged” over the fact that Sen. Tom Coburn’s Wastebook 2010 characterized their work as a study of “cow burps.” The Oklahoma Republican’s report on wasteful federal spending described the $700,000 Department of Agriculture-sponsored project as a study of “greenhouse gas emission from organic dairies, which are cause [sic] by cow burps, among other things.” It quoted the principal researcher of the project from a newspaper report: “Cows emit most of their methane through belching, only a small fraction from flatulence.”
It's going to be a white Christmas at London's Heathrow Airport, with record low temperatures and snowfall canceling and delaying hundreds of flights. BAA Airports, Ltd., which operates Heathrow, announced on Tuesday, December 21 that it will function at one-third capacity until Thursday morning. With more adverse weather in the forecast, it is doubtful the airport will return to full service even then. Heathrow's website asks travelers not to come to the airport unless they have confirmed in advance that their flights are still scheduled.
A coalition of automakers is suing President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), hoping to overturn that agency's decision to allow the sale of E15, a blend of 15 percent ethanol added to gasoline, for cars and light trucks manufactured since 2007. The Engine Products Group (EPG) filed suit on Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
The U.S. Justice Department is suing nine companies including BP for billions of dollars in damages related to the Gulf of Mexico oil leak. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the lawsuit seeks civil penalties under the Clean Water Act. It also contends eight of the nine defendants should be liable without limitation for all removal costs and damages under the Oil Pollution Act.