Devastating Renewable energy subsidies in Europe

March 26th, 2014

Source: SPPIwind uk

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 »

The silence of the Anti Defamation League suggests they endorse defamation of climate skeptics

March 26th, 2014

Source: Wattsup

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ADL[1]I’ve waited several days for a response since I sent a letter last Thursday, I’ve checked the ADL website, my Inbox, fax machine, and asked in the climate skeptic community if anyone has seen any response of any kind from ADL. None has been received. It seems that ADL chooses silence after making a hypocritical error that puts their organization in a very bad light. Read the rest of this entry »

The carbon dioxide level is dangerously low

March 25th, 2014

Source:  Human Events55_benefits_of_co2_pamphlet

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 »

Conflict-of-Interest in the IPCC’s New Chapter 7

March 22nd, 2014

Source: No Frakking Consensuswitches and McBeth

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 »

Mann v. Steyn– An Attack on Free Speech

March 22nd, 2014

Source: Faith, Hope and Charity

Mark Steyn

Mark Steyn

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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 »

Living Without Lights: The Plight of Energy Poverty

March 22nd, 2014

Source: Brown Political Review

Victims of Poverty

Victims of Poverty

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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 »

The Poverty of Renewables

March 22nd, 2014

Source: Project Syndicate

Bjorn-Lomborg

Bjorn-Lomborg

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 »

The Growing Benefits of a Warmer World

March 22nd, 2014

Source: NCPA55_benefits_of_co2_pamphlet

by H. Sterling Burnett

Earth’s climate has changed many times throughout its history. During the last century and a half, average temperatures have risen modestly, though the warming trend has stalled for the past 16 years. Contrary to popular belief, climate change thus far has had positive effects, and the net benefits of warming are likely to be positive for the foreseeable future. Read the rest of this entry »

AAAS’s Guide to Climate Alarmism aka ‘What We Know’

March 22nd, 2014

Source:  Watts Up

AAAS' Climate Lie

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 »

Mainstreaming fringe science with John Holdren

March 22nd, 2014

Source:  Wash Times

Holdren & Obama

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 »

Nate Silvers’ 538: inconvenient statistics

March 22nd, 2014

Source: Climate Etc.

Dr. Judith Curry

Dr. Judith Curry

by Judith Curry

If Silver’s data-drive approach gets in the way of your political aims, so much the better. – Michael Brendan Dougherty

Nate Silver has a new blog FiveThirtyEight (well a relaunch and extension of his blog, which is now owned by ESPN).  What he is trying to accomplish is outlined in the post What the Fox Knows - basically he is promoting ‘data journalism’ .

I’m a Fan of Nate, and I applaud what he is trying to do.  But there have been a number of criticisms, and none more vociferous than the choice to publish an article by Roger Pielke Jr. Read the rest of this entry »

Scientists say destructive solar blasts narrowly missed Earth in 2012

March 20th, 2014

Source: msn newssolar flare

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 »

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Why Does the NSA Want to Keep Its Water Usage a Secret?

March 20th, 2014

Source: Wired

An aerial view of the NSA's Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah. Photo: Rick Bowmer/AP

An aerial view of the NSA’s Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah. Photo: Rick Bowmer/AP

The National Security Agency has many secrets, but here’s a new one: the agency is refusing to say how much water it’s pumping into the brand new data center it operates in Bluffdale, Utah. According to the NSA, its water usage is a matter of national security.

The agency made the argument in a letter sent to officials in Utah, who are considering whether or not to release the data to the Salt Lake Tribune. Back in May, Tribune reporter Nate Carlisle asked for local records relating to the data center, but when he got his files a few months later, the water usage data was redacted. Read the rest of this entry »

US In Its Third Straight Year Of Record Low Tornado Activity

March 20th, 2014

Source: Real Science  tornado3

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AAAS says that storms are getting worse, because they are concerned that the ability of their members to steal taxpayer money may be reduced, if people find out what is really going on. Read the rest of this entry »

Professor Calls For Climate Change ‘Deniers’ To Be Imprisoned

March 18th, 2014

Source: http://www.infowars.com/college-professor-calls-for-climate-change-deniers-to-be-imprisoned/ jail

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 »