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Link to Clint Eastwood's Speech via CNN Politics


West Nile Virus: Should spraying be started?

"West Nile-carrying mosquitos found in most ZIP codes in Travis County" by Mary Ann Roser, Austin American-Statesman, September 5, 2012.


About the Democratic and Republican Platforms Regarding Climate Change:



"Democratic Party Platform: 'We know that global climate change is one of the biggest threats of this generation -- an economic, environmental, and national security catastrophy in the making'" Tom Nelson blog, September 4, 2012.


"GOP platform highlights the party's abrupt shift on energy, climate" Posted by Brad Plumer, The Washington Post, August 30, 2012.

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Related:

"Obama Being Pressed to Respond on Climate" by Carol Davenport, National Journal, September 5, 2012.

"VP Candidate Paul Ryan: Climatologists 'Intentionally Mislead the Public on Climate Change'" NoTricksZone, August 11, 2012.


Commentary about Wind Farms from the JoNova Website along with a Cartoon about a Gillard 'Green Economy' Four-Door Sedan:



"Wind farms -- are 96% useless and cost 150 times more than necessary for what they do" JoNova, September 1, 2012.

Julia Gillard is the current prime minister of Australia. The carbon tax begun there in July 2012 is very controversial as are green energy, catastrophic anthropogenic global warming, and urban consolidation (Australian version of smart growth) issues.

Pflugerville does not yet have a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade program for the same purpose, but it does seem to promote solar farm construction and wind turbine use.

California has managed to set up its own Cap-and-Trade Program so perhaps it is not inconceivable that an individual city might try to set up one as well. Smiley Faces


"Carbon Tax could raise $1.5 trillion for the U.S. government. No wonder politicians drool over dire predictions" JoNova, September 5, 2012.

"Greens against Green Energy" (The Wall Street Journal ) The Hockey Schtick, September 4, 2012.


"Stern exposed" Bishop Hill, September 4, 2012.

"A stern rebuttal to the Stern review" Watts Up With That? September 3, 2012.

"Nicholas Stern -- the most dangerous man you've never heard of" by James Delingpole, The Telegraph, September 4, 2012.

Related:

"Delingpole to stand in Corby" Bishop Hill, September 6, 2012.
"Wind of Change in Corby" Guido Fawkes' blog, September 6, 2012.

"Shale: The hidden treasure that could transform Britain's fortunes: Cameron's U-turn on the environment has the greens howling, but should delight the voters" by Fraser Nelson, The Telegraph, September 6, 2012.


Please see http://pfnow.webs.com/farm.html for much more information.


Other Topics

Plans for a New High School

What has happened so far:

"Site of new high school debated" by Rebecca Rose, Community Impact, September 6, 2012.

"Pflugerville school district scraps plan to buy land for fourth high school" by Marques G. Harper, Austin American-Statesman, August 17, 2012.

"Pflugerville cancels plans to purchase land for new high school" by Rebecca Rose, Community Impact, August 16, 2012.

"Community Briefing: Pflugerville district reconsiders land purchase" Austin American-Statesman, August 16, 2012.

"PISD board approves land purchase for new schools" by Marcial Guajardo, The Pflugerville Pflag, August 10, 2012.

Data Centers

The August issue of the Community Impact has a very informative article titled "Data Center Dreams" by JP Eichmiller. The online article is followed by a space for comments and a poll on the same web page that asks whether incentives should be offered to attract businesses to cities.

Related:

"Developer confirms intention to build Pflugerville data center" by JP Eichmiller, Community Impact, August 9, 2012.


September 5, 2012: The poll about incentives has been replaced by one about property taxes.

A Development in the Debate about Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming


An announcement about a pre-publication draft paper entitled "An area and distance weighted analysis of the impacts of station exposure on U.S. Historical Climatology Network temperatures and temperature trends" by Anthony Watts, Evan Jones, Stephen McIntyre, and John R. Christy was made with this press release on July 29, 2012.

The press release came shortly after the appearance of "The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic" by Richard A. Muller in The New York Times on July 28, 2012.

Muller attributed his conversion to the results of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) study, which he and his daughter founded.

Criticism of the kind of logic or lack thereof in the NYT article can be found in "Muller Lite: Why Every Scientist Needs a Classical Training" by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley, JoNova, July 29, 2012.

Some Other References:

"Muller-the-pretend-skeptic makes three claims. He's half right on one." JoNova, July 31, 2012.

"Blockbuster: Anthony Watts skewers Muller, BEST, and the surface record all in one paper" JoNova, July 30, 2012.

"Reaction from Germany: 'Shocking Development, Could Have Global Relevance'" NoTricksZone, July 30, 2012.

"Your Temperature Diddled" jennifermarohasy.com/blog, July 31, 2012.

"Have Muller or Watts transformed the AGW landscape?" The Reference Frame, July 30, 2012.

In the Mainstream Media:

"Global Warming? Yeah, right" by James Delingpole, The Telegraph, July 29, 2012.

"A Closer Look at Cimate Studies Promoted Before Publication" by Andrew Revkin, The New York Times, July 30, 2012.

Note that a reply by Watts to the arguments made by Thorne is included within the Revkin NYT article.

"So-called blockbuster climate change studies prove little" by Jason Samenow, The Washington Post, July 30, 2012.

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Skate Spots

Item 7C on the agenda for the regular meeting of the Pflugerville City Council on July 24 was “Approving the selection of Davcar Engineering for the Design and Construction Project Management of two (2) new Skate Spots and authorizing the City Manager to enter into negotiations regarding a scope of work and fee proposals.”

The selection of Davcar Engineering was approved at the meeting, but no information about specific locations for the new skate spots was given.

There was a lengthy article entitled "City leaders address five-year parks, recreation needs" in the July 25, 2012, issue of The Pflugerville Pflag, but there was no specific mention of skate spots.

According to the Key to the City July 27 - August 2, 2012, locations in Cambridge Heights Park and Falcon Pointe are being considered by the city.

Related: "Residents weighing in on skate spot" by James Rincon, The Pflugerville Pflag, April 8, 2011.

More Recent: "Ask enough times and you shall receive: Skateboarding areas are coming to Pflugerville" by Marques G. Harper, Austin American-Statesman, July 30, 2012.


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Currently Featured Article

"Monckton: Be skeptical, be very skeptical, of Skeptic magazine's skepticism of climate skepticism" Watts Up With That? July 23, 2012.

Christopher Monckton's Reply

Previously Featured

"Denialists will soon run the show? Not at all. Those in denial are the realists," JoNova, July 21, 2012.

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Pflugerville in the News:




Weather Station Run by Danny Mathews

"Community Briefing: Board names manager for school construction" Austin American-Statesman, August 2012.

"Pflugerville tax bills would decline under proposed budget" by Marques G. Harper, Austin American-Statesman, August 2, 2012.

"Pflugerville refinances bonds" by JP Eichmiller, Community Impact, July 20, 2012.

"Company no longer considering 50-acre Pflugerville plot for data center" by Kirk Ladendorf, Austin American-Statesman, July 18, 2012.

Related: Baryonyx Corporation Home Page

"Community Briefing...Pflugerville sales tax revenue up for month, year" Austin American-Statesman, July 18, 2012.

"Proposed Pflugerville WindData data center on hold" Community Impact, July 10, 2012.

"Pflugerville ISD may increase property tax" by J. P. Eichmiller, Community Impact, July 6, 2012.

"Community News: Look for 'PFLUGERVILLE Scott & White to start work on health clinic'" Austin American-Statesman, July 3, 2012.

"Community Briefing: Look for 'PFLUGERVILLE Local sales tax revenue takes dip'" Austin American-Statesman, June 24, 2012.

The "sales tax revenue" item in the middle of the page is followed by "PFLUGERVILLE Friends of library get $25,000 LCRA grant" directly underneath.

"Accused Pflugerville drug smuggler owned nail salon, worked as mover" by Steven Kreytak, Austin American-Statesman, June 20, 2012.

"Project Connect hosts open house in Pflugerville" by Samantha Bryant, Community Impact, June 20, 2012.

"Commuter rail possible in Pflugerville" by Calily Bien, KXAN, June 20, 2012.

"City lands data center campus" by Marcial Guajardo, The Pflugerville Pflag, June 22, 2012.

Related: Arista to build $210M Pflugerville Data Center by Sarah Drake, Austin Business Journal, June 21, 2012.

In the News Elsewhere:

"Our Opinion: 'Energy Corridor' could be America's new Sunbelt" by Tom Dennis, Grand Forks Herald, July 23, 2012.

"Expensive wood waste power plant to push up Austin electric bills" by Marty Toohey, Austin American-Statesman, July 18, 2012.


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News from Climate Blogs

Pflugerville seems interested in going intensely green and promoting green energy. The rationale for doing this is presumably based in part upon concern over catastrophic anthropogenic global warming (cagw). Many, however, are skeptical about the validity of cagw theory, but there is little in the mainstream media about the case presented by the skeptic side. Much of the missing news coverage is currently being provided by blogs. Some of these are Bishop Hill, Climate Audit, Climate Depot, The Hockey Schtick, JoNova, No Frakking Consensus, NoTricksZone, Tallbloke's Talkshop, and Watts Up With That? Titles of some articles of possible interest appearing in climate-related blogs began to be posted here on May 7.

"History of How the Hockey Stick Was Manufactured" Real Science, July 25, 2012.

"CO2 may lag temperature just by 400 years or so" The Reference Frame, July 25, 2012.

"Lindzen at Sandia National Labs: 'climate models ar flawed'" Watts Up With That? July 25, 2012'

Related: Wikipedia about Richard Lindzen

"Leading Sociologists and Natural Scientists Reiterate Global Climate Policy Has Been a Debacle" NoTricksZone, July 24, 2012.

"Fighting the Mann" Watts Up With That?, July 24, 2012.

"More Climate Change Alarmism -- Now It's the Vibrio Public Health Scare!" NoTricksZone, July 23, 2012.

"Yeo fights for his right to trough" Bishop Hill, July 23, 2012.

Related:

"Tim Yeo -- like a cross between Ebola and Chris Huhne" by James Delingpole, The Telegraph, July 23, 2012.

"Government energy plan 'unworkable,' MPs warn" by Emily Gosden and Roland Gribben, The Telegraph, July 23, 2012.

"Sugar cane ethanol biofuel pruduces 10 times the pollution of gasoline and diesel" JoNova, July 22, 2012.


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Garden Blogs


There is an article entitled "Casual confab quickly develops deep roots" by Diana C. Kirby about the annual Garden Bloggers Spring Fling on page E3 of the June 30, 2012, issue of the Austin American-Statesman. The 0nline article is entitled "Garden blogging group, started in Austin, grows." The first Spring Fling was held in Austin and the most recent (the fifth) was held in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Some garden blogs mentioned in the article are "May Dreams Gardens," "Digging," and "Sharing Nature's Garden."



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There is a spoof dated June 28, 2012, about smart growth entitled "Planners Inspired by Supreme Court Decision" in the Antiplanner website. Smiley Faces



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Contact Information:

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cw78660-bntalk@yahoo.com



Ice Melt in Greenland

On July 25, 2012:

"Sudden, Rare Ice Melt in Greenland. What Caused It?" by Jenny Marder and Katie Kleinman, PBS Newshour July 25, 2012.

"Paging AP's Seth Borenstein -- Hey Seth, where's the beef?" Watts Up With That? July 25, 2012.

On July 26, 2012:

"MSM Finally Questions 'Unprecedented' Nature of Greenland Ice Melt" Watts Up With That? July 26, 2012.

On July 27, 2012:

"Green Death Threats: 'Change of Die'" No Frakking Consensus, July 27, 2012.

Summary:

On July 28, 2012:

"97 per cent of the world to be destroyed tomorrow!" by James Delingpole, The Telegraph, July 28, 2012.

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Topics on Other Pages:

Page about the Carbon Tax in Australia

Page about Project Connect North Corridor

PfCONA Report about Its July Meeting


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