Dan Moutal

Dan Moutal

Dan Moutal is the co-founder of Planet3.0, a photographer, and blogger trying to find solutions to the most complex and pressing problems we have ever faced.

Recent Articles

Harper won’t take no for an answer on Keystone XL

With the fate of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline still in the hands of U.S. President Barack Obama five years on, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told a crowd of business leaders gathered in New York that he will not take no for an answer.

I suppose the next step is to make an offer Obama can’t refuse:
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What is the deal with Methane?

Recently a comment published in Nature made the case for a catastrophic release of the methane (a very potent GHG) in the Arctic which in turn could cause sudden warming and cause massive economic damage in the trillions of dollars.

Scary stuff! But before you panic it would be worth reading through a series of tweets by Gavin Schmidt who does an excellent job of putting the methane bomb in some much-needed context:

DC Court affirms Michael Mann’s right to proceed in defamation lawsuit against National Review and CEI

From Climate Science Watch:

Two decisions handed down July 19 in DC Superior Court affirmed climate scientist Michael Mann’s right to proceed in his defamation lawsuit against the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the National Review Online for their statements accusing him of data manipulation and fraud. The Court is not buying the Defendants arguments in their Motion to Dismiss that their statements are protected speech under the First Amendment, mere “opinion,” “rhetorical hyperbole,” or “fair comment.”

For more background see here.

The right response to Obama’s climate push

The R Street Institute, which split from the Heartland Institute after the billboard fiasco, has released a response to Obama’s renewed commitment to tackle climate change. Unsurprisingly, given R Street’s desire for small government, they aren’t happy about the use of a regulatory approach to reduce GHG emissions. Instead they call for conservatives to begin to constructively engage in the debate over climate policy: