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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen touts energy efficiency bill at Earth Day event in Concord

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (left) peeks through binoculars that Phil Brown of the New Hampshire Audubon (right) handed her to try and spot a robin across the field at the Silk Farm Sanctuary on Tuesday afternoon, April 22, 2014. Shaheen went on a walk through the trails with people from the Audubon Society following a panel presentation on climate change and its effect on wilderness in the state. 

(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (left) peeks through binoculars that Phil Brown of the New Hampshire Audubon (right) handed her to try and spot a robin across the field at the Silk Farm Sanctuary on Tuesday afternoon, April 22, 2014. Shaheen went on a walk through the trails with people from the Audubon Society following a panel presentation on climate change and its effect on wilderness in the state. (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen touted her legislation that would incentivize energy efficiency during a local Earth Day event yesterday that focused on the effects of climate change in New Hampshire.

It “is the cheapest, fastest way to deal with our energy needs,” she said to a crowd of roughly 30 invitees who attended the panel hosted by the National Wildlife Federation at New Hampshire Audubon’s McLane Center in Concord.

Shaheen was one of four speakers to address the need for action on climate change. The others included two biologists from New Hampshire Fish and Game and a bird researcher from New Hampshire Audubon, who talked about the impact on the state’s wildlife.

The bipartisan bill Shaheen is co-sponsoring would encourage the use of energy efficient technologies by businesses, individuals, and state and local governments, she said, which would help reduce carbon emissions and create an estimated 190,000 jobs.

The legislation deliberately relies on incentives instead of mandates to help with passage, Shaheen told the attendees. “It’s progress,” she said. “It’s not everything I would like.”

Known as the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, it is co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican. The pair originally introduced the bill in spring 2013, but it stalled after legislators threatened to tack on amendments such as an approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

In February, Shaheen and Portman reintroduced an updated version of the bill, with several bipartisan amendments and new co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle.

Now the legislation has enough Republican support in the Senate to break a filibuster, she said, and it should reach the floor within a couple of weeks.

“We think we have a real shot at getting this bill done.” If it passes, she said, it would be the first energy bill to pass Congress since 2007.

After hearing presentations about the effects of climate change on New Hampshire’s bird and moose populations from the biologists, Shaheen stressed the importance of connecting wildlife preservation to economics, to reach those who may not see a problem in dwindling animal populations.

“If we don’t have moose in New Hampshire, it makes a difference when we think about the jobs we have here, to the outdoor industry, to tourism, to fish and wildlife,” she said.

Climate change has taken a large toll on the state’s moose population, said Fish and Game biologist Kris Rines. The shorter winters have increased populations of parasites, such as winter ticks, that can kill the animals. “As of right now, we have seen 64 percent of all collared calves die due to winter tick this year,” Rines said during her presentation to the group.

Bird populations are also affected, said Audubon biologist Pam Hunt, as the changing climate alters habitats and seasons. That could, for example, send birds into migration at differing times. “Depending on when birds arrive here, it might mismatch with the food supply if plants are blooming earlier and birds get here late relative to that event,” she said.

“There is something we can do,” said Fish and Game biologist Emily Preston. The organization, in collaboration with roughly 50 other agencies, has outlined a plan for how the state can keep natural ecosystems intact. “I invite your help,” she said, “because we need to do this all together.”

(Allie Morris can be reached at 369-3307 or at amorris@cmonitor.com.)

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Hey, here are some climate quotes from scientists on things which have never come true. It is such an "exact" science (guesswork and agenda). Let's get Bruce's take on these gems. On Earth Day 1970 they were warning about nitrogen, not CO2 causing a cooling period. But here are about 100 failed predictions: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/04/02/the-big-list-of-failed-climate-predictions/

Perusing the first fifteen or so, I see no specific dates attached to any of the predictions, nor do any of the predictions seem unreasonable as future projections --milder, wetter winters for the northeast, for instance. I don't think any of the predictions preclude an occasional cold winter--we're talking long term trends, but not in a straight linear progression. You seem to be under the misimpression that our cold winter somehow negates the fact the planet is warming up. It doesn't. The contiguous 48 states are less than 2% of Earth's surface. Australia experienced a hot summer, as did parts of South America. U.K. got record-breaking rainfall and flooding.

anyone who suggests that this winter was "shorter" should have their head examined.

Do you have a short attention span?, If you can think back for a few years, yes the winters have been shorter and warmer. One swallow does not make a summer. Remember that.

Feel free to look up the climate record for NH over the last 25-30 years, and then repost with your findings. We won't hold our breath waiting.

Well..I see no one is suggesting it. But I have another point to make about ticks and moose....I thought if there was snow on the ground at the time when the ticks jump off they die...what happened this year...? Not enough snow..? Not cold enough??? Surely the tick population had to suffer terrible losses this winter...what happened??

How's that check of the climate record for NH coming?

check out the average mean of monthly mean temps for Keene too. Same thing...in fact, since the 50's...the trend is down..am I right?

Not sure what you're looking at, or what you're smoking, but here’s the bar graph of state-averaged mean annual temps from 1895 to 2013. It shows a warming trend of 0.2 degrees F. per decade. http://www.unh.edu/stateclimatologist/images/2013_AnnTemp.pdf Likewise, here's the temperature record for Keene since 1895. Are you looking at it upside down? http://cdiac.ornl.gov/cgi-bin/broker?id=274399&_PROGRAM=prog.gplot_meanclim_mon_yr2012.sas&_SERVICE=default¶m=TMEAN&minyear=1885&maxyear=2012

Since the Monitor cant seem to post the link correctly, I'll have to just explain it. There are 2 stations that record the average mean of monthly means, Bethlehem and Keene. Those graphs both show the same now as 1895. Thats a fact. Its also a fact that the 50's were warmer and the trend since then is down for those 2 stations. As I understand it, this is unadjusted raw temperature data. Is the data in your first link raw data or adjusted???

This link clearly explains the several reasons the raw temperature data is adjusted. Though that won't stop some from mis-using it anyway to make claims that aren't supported by the science. Some posters don't bother with being right--they just post contrary information, and their work for the day is done for the day. hhttp://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/ushcn/ushcn.html#QUAL

http://www.globalclimatescam.com/category/failed-predictions/

"0.2 degrees F. per decade" - HOLLY COW BATMAN !!! - the sky is falling..... the sky is falling

Short answer: no.

If this trend with the raw data were accurate, how could it square with the fact that the growing season in the Northeast has increased by over 3 weeks in a century? Short answer: it can't. The observational data on bud break, ice outs, etc. since the Civil War supports the accuracy of the adjusted temperature trends, whether on a regional basis, or world-wide with the 4 major data sets.All show the same trend. BTW: it doesn't take a math genius to understand that an increase of 0.2 degrees F. per decade over the long term makes for a significant difference. A drop of less than 5 degrees F in the average is the difference between an ice age and our own more temperate climate.

until the liberal global warming HOAX....... climate was recognized as intervals like The Medieval Warm Period (MWP), Medieval Climate Optimum, or Medieval Climatic Anomaly when worldwide temperatures from AD 950 to 1250 were warmer than today. To think that the globull warming alarmists think that 25-30 years is significant when the last 17 years 8 months have not warmed is a joke

Not correct. The Medieval Warm Period was not a worldwide, or even a hemisphere-wide event. In other words, world-wide temps were NOT warmer than today. Nice seamless cut and paste from a non-science denier site though. Got a link that we can all laugh about for it? Or would that prove embarrassing? BTW: since the Mann/Bradley research that produced the famous "hockey stick" graph of the worldwide temperature record, there have been at least a dozen studies of the temperature record since their pioneering effort. All have produced similar "hockey stick" graphs of the temperature record, some going back 2 millennia.

BPR, you have to remember that it is not about the warming. Global Warming alarmists (phoneys) want to control the population, decide how they live, what they consume, what they use for transportation, how they live, they want to control the water supply. It is not about warming, it is about "control" and getting folks to comply with their vision of how we should all live, eat, spend, etc.

When one can't contest the facts, change the topic. In this case, It's the equivalent of the lawyerly trick of "pounding the table" when neither the facts nor the law are on one's side. It's all about the warming.

What is the point of this "hoax" that the whole world (except for a few flatlanders) believe in?

This is the first time I actually researched the average mean of monthly mean temps for a USHCN station....heres what I got...http://cdiac.ornl.gov/cgi-bin/broker?id=270706&_PROGRAM=prog.gplot_meanclim_mon_yr2012.sas&_SERVICE=default¶m=TMEANRAW&minyear=1885&maxyear=2012.......check it out...1890...2014...same.

thats a broken link.....dont know what happened.I think the Monitor chat site screws up the ampersand .try this....http://cdiac.ornl.gov/cgi-bin/broker?id=270706&_PROGRAM=prog.gplot_meanclim_mon_yr2012.sas&_SERVICE=default¶m=TMEANRAW&minyear=1885&maxyear=2012

Yeah..."&"....does not work...¶...no idea what that is

anyway...what this chart shows is that for this station #270706 Bethlehem...the average mean of monthly means is the same now as in the late 1800's...trend since the 50's? ...down...http://cdiac.ornl.gov/epubs/ndp/ushcn/ushcn_map_interface.html...try it

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