Little did I know, but that a couple of Island Nations are getting ready to sue a Czech coal plant for making the sea level rise. “Why not China?” comes to mind… but I guess they have a political agenda as Czechs are not “going along” on the whole global warming thing, so need harassment. (Or maybe they know China would just laugh at them and cut off their supply of everything manufactured, and then fish out their waters of anything edible).
At any rate, the attempt to “sue into submission” is beginning.
(h/t to EcoTretas in private email)
Last month, the government of Micronesia formally asked the Czech Ministry of Environment to reconsider plans by CEZ AS, the majority state-owned Czech power utility, to overhaul and potentially expand its largest coal-burning power plant in the north-western Czech town of Prunerov.
In a follow up letter to the Czech government, postmarked Jan. 4, the islanders listed potential risks for the Pacific nation posed by the Czech power plant, half a globe away. They argued the refurbished generator would spew out more carbon dioxide (CO2) and thus contribute to the warming of the planet blamed for rising ocean water levels. Parts of mostly flat Micronesia have already been lost to the rising ocean tide.
The Czech Ministry of Environment subsequently agreed to include some of the points, raised by Micronesia, in its currently ongoing Environmental Impact Assessment, or EIA, of the planned Prunerov power plant refurbishment. CEZ is in the midst of the regulatory clearance process to overhaul its coal-fired generator.
The Micronesian requests, heeded by the Czech Environment Ministry, have delayed the clearance process.
So far, so good. But I’m sure the islanders are thinking “damages” and suits globally if the thing gets approved. Ka-Ching!
Gotta love the name of this giant Polish power plant. Belch-A-tow…
In fact, all of CEZ’s Czech coal-fired power plants produce only slightly more CO2 than Poland’s single, dirtiest power plant, called Belchatow. And how about all those dirty coal-fired power plants in Germany? Their impact on global warming might be sustained if Germany follows through on its plans to phase out all of its zero-emission nuclear power plants.
With all due respect for the plight of the potentially submerging Micronesian archipelago, perhaps the Czechs should demand the islanders to send some warm weather to the Czech Republic to end the blizzards and cold winter weather here. It seems the central European nation may need every kilowatt hour of electricity generated by the Prunerov power plant to not freeze.
Love that ending too… Lots more in the article itself, including images of some of the original documents.
Well, EcoTretas took a look at the island sea level data. Not only did he find some islands going up while others nearby were going down, he found that the data presented had been neatly “pruned” for “best effect”…
Looks like sea level is going up in Pohnpei and Kapingamarangi, but not in Yap. Why might that be? Checking the data and graph in detail, one sees that Yap has all the recent data, but Pohnpei and Kapingamarangi lack data, especially Kapingamarangi, which doesn’t show the decline in 2010. Careful analysis of the graphs show that the highest levels in recent years have similar values in the 80s and 90s…
But more data is being concealed. If one grabs the daily data for Yap, and plots all those daily measurements into a graph, you’ll get the one below:
There is data since 1969! While there seems to be a growing trend since the beginning of the nineties, the truth is that the highest values since mid-2002 are lower than the higher values in the mid seventies, and lower than several peaks in 1984, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. The lowest value in 2010 is lower than any value from 1969 till 1980!
Hit the link for the whole article and the graphs. It’s worth it.
He also has a related posting where he finds that the data get “adjusted” but only one way:
The first entry should be the relevant file. If you click on it, you’ll get the most recent data. If you click on Google’s cache entry (probably available for only some days; keep a copy…), you’ll get the older data (#version_2010_rel5). Importing into a worksheet and plotting a linear regression is quite easy. Getting a graph for the evolution of the linear regression values over time is also not that difficult, using the SLOPE() function. The results are the following two graphs:
Notice that the rate of rise has gone up, due to the Colorado correction, but is going down. And it’s going down faster! When they last plotted the data, the value for cycle 2010.7415 was 2.956158611, just enough to round it to 3.0, when considering one decimal place, as they do. Now, they have figured out the trick to leave the rate of rise above 3.1, at least for some months…
So just what sea level will be used as the measured level for the suit? Who knows. But I’m sure they can find some mangrove swamp somewhere that is having subsidence and put a lot of photos on a bench.
Let the legal abuse and feeding frenzy begin…
Personally, I say let the Czechs annex Micronesia and have it as a vacation spot. In winter, Czechs can go to the islands. In summer, the islanders can get jobs in the tourism industry in Czech… win-win…
“You broke it, you bought it” comes to mind…
(“Be careful what you wish for”, Micronesians…)
Update 23 June 2011
I’ve added this graph, which was posted in a comment but did not “show”:
And this is the graph where the “first segment” shows a trend jump up, but the data points are not on the graph: