Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A bad day for climate science

CO2 monitoring satellite fails to reach orbit

In bad news for NASA (and the planet in general), the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) satellite did not reach orbit yesterday. According to a launch contingency briefing from NASA, the Taurus XL from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 4:55 a.m. EST proceeded normally, with only typical "minor issues" reported as the rocket approached lift-off, but preliminary indications are that the fairing on the Taurus XL launch vehicle failed to separate as planned.


Anonymous said...

The same day obama told us something. Europe has had a limited cap and trade system for years. He is proposing an economy-wide system.

The idea is this: the government sets a cap, a limit, on the total amount of carbon dioxide that can be emitted. It then issues permits to emit that carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The permits can be bought and sold on a market - that's the trade bit - and companies can only emit carbon dioxide if they buy a permit.

Mac said...

A carbon cap system is better than nothing, but the goal needs to be a complete cessation of CO2 emissions, followed by a practical, industrial scale atmospheric clean-up. Anything less is mere politics.

Anonymous said...

>> "limited cap and trade system"

I suppose the idea was to make emitting greenhouse gasses expensive and hence hopefully reduce it, but it's a bad idea to begin with and (not unsurprisingly) just does not work.

What's happening in reality is that countries are perfectly happy to just pay up instead of reducing emissions. It is (not unsurprisingly) much easier to just cough up the money as it is to stop pumping greenhouse gasses into the athmosphere.

They keep a low profile about it, most people in Europe are simply unaware of this whole system. As far as I'm concerned, it's a system put in place as a cop out, a way of buying your way out of what would otherwise be a difficult topic to handle.

Anonymous said...

Emissions trading

"Critics argue that emissions trading does little to solve pollution problems overall, as groups that do not pollute sell their conservation to the highest bidder."

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