March 26th, 2014
by Dennis Ambler
Renewable energy subsidies in Europe are having a devastating effect on conventional power prices, causing power companies to mothball plant, cut jobs and sell assets. The unforseen consequence for the Renewable Subsidy Farmers, is that these companies are also scaling back on renewables.
SSE to freeze prices until 2016 and cut 500 jobs – The Scotsman
Power supplier SSE today said it was freezing household energy prices until “at least” January 2016 as it unveiled plans to trim £100 million off its annual cost base within the next two years. Read the rest of this entry »
March 25th, 2014
Source: Human Events
By: David Archibald
The following has been excerpted from Twilight of Abundance: Why Life in the 21st Century will be Nasty, Brutish, and Short by David Archibald:
The United States is needlessly penalizing itself and squandering its resource endowment, all because of the big lie that carbon dioxide is causing dangerous global warming. The Chinese, in contrast, merely pay lip service to that big lie. The only reason they are making a token effort on the “global warming” front is to encourage Western countries to continue hobbling their own economies. One can be forgiven for thinking that there must be some truth in the global warming notion given how much noise its advocates have made. But as with most causes promoted by leftist ideologues, the truth is exactly the opposite to their claim. The fact of the matter is the carbon dioxide level of the atmosphere remains dangerously low at four hundred parts per million. In fact the more carbon dioxide there is in the atmosphere, the better for all forms of life on planet Earth. Read the rest of this entry »
March 22nd, 2014
Source: No Frakking Consensus
The process by which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) writes its reports is fraught with conflict-of-interest. A startling example can be seen in Chapter 7 of the Working Group 2 report.
Scheduled to be released in a few weeks, this chapter explores how climate change might impact humanity’s food supply. You can download a leaked copy of it here.
Andrew Challinor is one of eight lead authors for Chapter 7. (There are also two chapter heads, 10 contributing authors, and two Review Editors.) According to the headline on a University of Leeds media release issued this week, Challinor’s latest, hot-off-the-press research paper demonstrates that Climate change will reduce crop yields sooner than we thought. Read the rest of this entry »
March 22nd, 2014
Source: Faith, Hope and Charity
When internet surfers see more articles on the slugfest in the District of Columbia Superior Court that goes by the name of Mann v. Steyn, they may yawn and think its all political and who cares. The purpose of this post is to explain to you that while it is, indeed, political, you should care. What I have found very little of in all the online discussions is any actual comprehension of the legal and factual issues involved. So I now embark on an effort to provide an outline of those issues that is highly simplistic but more or less accurate. Read the rest of this entry »
March 22nd, 2014
Source: Brown Political Review
Victims of Poverty
Permanently emblazoned into our minds when we think about poverty is the image of a toddler in some faraway place, his tattered clothes soiled by the filth in which he sits, imploring you to help with a sad look in his big, beautiful eyes. NGOs and charity organizations have perfected the art of poverty porn in their fight in the longest standing human conflict: the global war on poverty. Governments, private companies and individuals have spent trillions of dollars on this campaign, and yet poverty remains the most unfortunate reality of the modern world. Efforts to resolve the issue often revolve around food aid or healthcare. The true building block of development, though, is access to adequate energy. Over 3.5 billion people, nearly half of the world’s population, experience energy poverty. Energy poverty is the lack of access to reliable sources of energy that are necessary to provide even most basic human needs. “Access to energy is absolutely fundamental in the struggle against poverty,” says World Bank Vice President Rachel Kyte. “It is energy that lights the lamp that lets you do your homework, that keeps the heat on in a hospital, that lights the small businesses where most people work. Without energy, there is no economic growth, there is no dynamism and there is no opportunity.” Read the rest of this entry »
March 22nd, 2014
Source: Project Syndicate
by Bjørn Lomborg
According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, “Climate change harms the poor first and worst.” This is true, because the poor are the most vulnerable and have the least resources with which to adapt. But we often forget that current policies to address global warming make energy much more costly, and that this harms the world’s poor much more.
Solar and wind power was subsidized by $60 billion in 2012. This means that the world spent $60 billion more on energy than was needed. And, because the total climate benefit was a paltry $1.4 billion, the subsidies essentially wasted $58.6 billion. Biofuels were subsidized by another $19 billion, with essentially no climate benefit. All of that money could have been used to improve health care, hire more teachers, build better roads, or lower taxes. Read the rest of this entry »
March 22nd, 2014
Source: Watts Up
AAAS’ Climate Lie
By Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger
Back in the Bush II Administration, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) nakedly tried to nudge the political process surrounding the passage of the environmentally-horrific ethanol fuel mandate. It hung a large banner from the side of its Washington headquarters, picturing a corn stalk morphing into a gas pump, all surrounded by a beautiful, pristine, blue ocean. They got their way, and we got the bill, along with a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions.
So it’s not surprising that AAAS is on the Washington Insider side of global warming, releasing a report today that is the perfect 1-2-3 step-by-step how-to guide to climate change alarm.
This is how it is laid out in the counterfactually-titled AAAS report “What We Know”: Read the rest of this entry »
March 22nd, 2014
Source: Wash Times
Holdren & Obama
by Chip Knappenberger
The White House science adviser confuses global-warming fact and fancy
In recent months, White House science adviser John Holdren has repeatedly pushed the link between extreme weather events and human-caused climate change well beyond the bounds of established science. Now, veteran climate scientists are pushing back.
Mr. Holdren’s efforts started in January, as much of the nation was shivering in the midst of an excursion of arctic air into the lower 48 states.
Anyone with a passing interest in the climate of the United States knows that is hardly an unusual occurrence (“citrus freeze” anyone?), but outfit the chill with a new, scarier-sounding moniker and a blase-sounding “cold-air outbreak” goes viral as the “polar vortex.” Read the rest of this entry »
March 20th, 2014
Source: msn news
A long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the Sun’s atmosphere, the corona, erupts out into space at 4:36 p.m. EDT on August 31, 2012.
The bursts would have wreaked havoc on the Earth’s magnetic field, matching the severity of the 1859 Carrington event, the largest solar magnetic storm ever reported on the planet. That blast knocked out the telegraph system across the United States, according to University of California, Berkeley research physicist Janet Luhmann. Read the rest of this entry »
March 18th, 2014
Wants to criminalize questioning of the science on global warming
A professor with Rochester Institute of Technology has called for the incarceration of any American who actively disagrees that climate change is solely caused by human activity.
Lawrence Torcello, a philosophy professor with a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, published the comments as part of an essay submitted to the academic website The Conversation.
Torcello argues that malignant individuals, who he does not identify, are collectively organising a “campaign funding misinformation” about climate change. Torcello goes on to suggest that such activity “ought to be considered criminally negligent.” Read the rest of this entry »