Smart thermostats can be remotely adjusted during periods of high energy demand. ... Power companies in Texas are remotely raising temperatures inside of some customers’ homes amid the state’s ongoing energy shortage. Houston resident Brandon English, whose home has an internet-connected smart thermostat installed, was shocked to learn of the practice after his wife and infant daughter “woke up sweating.”
PM Johnson on June 11, 2021 at G7 summit: "We're building back better together and building back greener and building back fairer, and building back more equal and in a more gender-neutral -- and perhaps in a more feminine way. How about that?"
Journalist Jordan Schachtel: "Their plan to 'counter China' involves forcing themselves and their partners to adopt unreliable energy and let China completely off the hook."
"One leader after another pledged $100 billion a year to force developing countries to remain impoverished and rely on unreliable 'clean energy' to solve the 'climate crisis,' which they declared the greatest issue of our time. Of course, their solutions all involved increasing the power of the state over its citizens and embracing creepy one-world U.N. affiliated organizations."
Accuweather: "During the month of May, the United States saw 288 preliminary reports of tornadoes, above the May average of 276 tornadoes. None of these storms were rated as stronger than an EF2, marking the first time there has not been a tornado of EF3 strength or stronger in May since 1950, when record-keeping began. There were also no deadly tornadoes in the U.S. in May, making this the first year without a killer tornado in May since 2014." ...
"This year has been a quiet one for severe storms in general," said AccuWeather Senior Weather Editor and Meteorologist Jesse Ferrell. ... The U.S. is experiencing a separate tornado-related drought — one that may delight those who fear some of nature’s most powerful storms. No EF5 tornadoes have been recorded in the U.S. for more than eight years, eclipsing the previous record, which was the period between the May 3, 1999, Moore F5 tornado and the May 4, 2007, Greensburg, Kansas EF5 tornado.
Politico: The more confrontational elements of the climate left are in public freakout mode. The youth-oriented Sunrise Movement, which gave Biden’s initial climate plan an F-minus grade during the Democratic primary but praised his initial infrastructure plan for its climate ambition, protested his negotiations with Capito and other Republicans outside the White House last week. Sunrise executive director Varshini Prakash warned on Tuesday that “anything less than a robust jobs and climate package is a death sentence for our generation.”
Economist: Countries should seize the moment to flatten the climate curve - "Following the pandemic is like watching the climate crisis with your finger jammed on the fast-forward button. Neither the virus nor greenhouse gases care much for borders, making both scourges global. Both put the poor and vulnerable at greater risk than wealthy elites and demand government action on a scale hardly ever seen in peacetime."
Nye testifies to the House Homeland security committee at Congress about climate change on June 8, 2021
Bill Nye Excerpt of his testimony: "Climate change is frightening. The effects and changes are so big and coming so fast that many of us are in denial about the consequences. I’ve come to believe that climate change contrarians especially are just scared. So am I. You’ve probably read recent reports concerning decreasing birth rates worldwide. Ask around. Women and men everywhere are thinking twice about bringing kids into a world that’s on fire. It’s time to take action now."
- 'Particulate aerosol pollution reductions...led to an increase in surface radiative forcing'
It has been assumed COVID lockdowns and their associated reductions in human CO2 emissions would be a “step in the right direction” with regard to climate change mitigation. But a new study finds the particulate (aerosol) pollution reductions from less industrial and transportation activity in Europe during the months of March to May (2020) actually led to an increase in surface radiative forcing ~65 times greater than from business-as-usual CO2 emissions.