Archive for March, 2010

Climate I: Is the debate over?

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

The meltdown of the climate campaign

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Source:  WeeklyStandard

By Steven F. Hayward

It is increasingly clear that the leak of the internal emails and documents of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in November has done for the climate change debate what the Pentagon Papers did for the Vietnam war debate 40 years ago-changed the narrative decisively. Additional revelations of unethical behavior, errors, and serial exaggeration in climate science are rolling out on an almost daily basis, and there is good reason to expect more. (more…)

Our glaciers are growing, not melting – More falsehoods from Al Gore

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Source:  icecap

by Robert W. Felix

8 Mar 10 – ?Almost all of the ice-covered regions of the Earth are melting – and seas are rising,? said Al Gore in an op-ed piece in the New York Times on February 27. Both parts of Gore?s statement are false. Never mind that Mr. Gore makes only passing reference to the IPCC?s fraudulent claims that the Himalayan glaciers will all melt by 2035. (“A flawed overestimate,? he explains.)

Never mind that Mr. Gore dismisses the IPCC?s fraudulent claims that the oceans are rising precipitously. (“Partly inaccurate,? he huffs.) Never mind that Mr. Gore completely ignores the admission by the CRU?s disgraced former director Phil Jones that global temperatures have essentially remained unchanged for the past 15 years. I?ll let someone else dissect Gore?s lawyering comments, and concentrate on just the one sentence about melting ice, because neither part of that sentence is true. Contrary to Gore?s assertions, almost all of the ice-covered regions of the Earth are growing, not melting – and the seas are not rising.

Let?s look at the facts. (more…)

FIRST PETITION TO STAY FILED WITH EPA ON ENDANGERMENT FINDING

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Source:  Southeastern Legal Foundation

ATLANTA/WASHINGTON, DC:   Filing the first Petition to Stay with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the multi-party legal challenge against the EPA?s Endangerment Finding on carbon dioxide emissions, Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF) cites ?significant legal precedent for the EPA to halt its current regulatory steamroller.?

All legal documents and filings, as well as scientific background and reports, are available at www.epalawsuit.orgThe complete list of plaintiff-petitioners follows this release. (more…)

BREAKING UPDATE: The Gate’s: When Shall I Open? Further?

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Source:  http://www.globalwarminghoax.com/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?2089.post

by Dennis J. Feindel

In a compiling list of events, this is about the “Gates” that have been open to the failings of the Alarmist Agenda. There are two definitions for the word “Gate”. The first is; ‘an opening for passage in a wall or structures.’ Of course, there’s more towards this side of the meaning. There’s another side to which is being used more apparently toward a specific happenstance. –gate is; ‘political scandal often involving the concealment of wrongdoing.’ Yes, according to my dictionary, the “-“is suppose to break the words. Climate-Gate, Africa-Gate, etc.. Obviously thru laziness or lack thereof, it isn’t being done. Not to be “picky” though, well too much…

Hence, this is what has happened in the Climate arena the last 3 or so months that’s been pulled out into the open. This pulling has been for the “biased Media”, they’re making sure it doesn’t reach the masses. Only in Britain is the media open to all subjects. They still follow “the Code” to which Journalist’s use and follow. For the only way to see both sides of an issue here in the U.S. is on the Internet. “Thank God” for otherwise, NOTHING would have come of this in time.

It all started on Nov. 17, 2009 when an undisclosed person(s) hacked into or copied emails from the CRU (Climate Research Unit) of East Anglia in Britain. With Copenhagen approaching, this person(s) knew about the corrupt activities being done between the CRU and other Agencies around the world. So they took it upon themselves to gather and release the emails in a Russian Web Site. Then they notified a number of People on the Web who might have interest of this information stating: Quoted from Web Site ‘The Vent’ (more…)

Sequestering carbon dioxide in a closed underground volume

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Source:  Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering

Abstract

The capture and subsequent geologic sequestration of CO2 has been central to plans for managing CO2 produced by the combustion of fossil fuels. The magnitude of the task is overwhelming in both physical needs and cost, and it entails several components including capture, gathering and injection. The rate of injection per well and the cumulative volume of injection in a particular geologic formation are critical elements of the process.

Published reports on the potential for sequestration fail to address the necessity of storing CO2 in a closed system. Our calculations suggest that the volume of liquid or supercritical CO2 to be disposed cannot exceed more than about 1% of pore space. This will require from 5 to 20 times more underground reservoir volume than has been envisioned by many, and it renders geologic sequestration of CO2 a profoundly non-feasible option for the management of CO2 emissions. [Emphasis added] (more…)

Americans’ Global Warming Concerns Continue to Drop

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Source:  Gallup

Multiple indicators show less concern, more feelings that global warming is exaggerated

by Frank Newport

PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup’s annual update on Americans’ attitudes toward the environment shows a public that over the last two years has become less worried about the threat of global warming, less convinced that its effects are already happening, and more likely to believe that scientists themselves are uncertain about its occurrence. In response to one key question, 48% of Americans now believe that the seriousness of global warming is generally exaggerated, up from 41% in 2009 and 31% in 1997, when Gallup first asked the question. (more…)

Those Climate Pugilists

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Source:  http://spectator.org/archives/2010/03/12/those-climate-pugilists

By

Pity the poor Climategaters. The staid were played. Gentlepersons were violated. And the billion-dollar global warming science complex can’t compete with spunky skeptics.

Those are some of the complaints registered in newly disclosed emails among members of the National Academy of Sciences, whose messages were mysteriously made public last week via the Washington Times. Some call it Climategate II; Whinergate is more apropos.

Among their electronically-sent lamentations:

? “Most of our colleagues don’t seem to grasp that we’re not in a gentlepersons’ debate, we’re in a street fight against well-funded, merciless enemies who play by entirely different rules,” said Paul “Nostradamus” Ehrlich, a Stanford University biologist. (more…)

Keeping Parliament’s Climategate enquiry straight

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

From Dr. Sonja Boehmer-Christensen

  • The Science and Technology Committee of the UK Parliament recently held a hearing on the reliability of climatological data and results in the aftermath of Climategate. Here is an informed commentary on that hearing.

Re: http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/science_technology/s_t_pn14_100122.cfm

I carefully listened to the above last night and did some thinking. As both the editor of several critical papers related to the Climate Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and a former science-policy researcher into the IPCC and climate scepticism, I thought that you and your committee , and perhaps Sir Muir Russell, might be interested in my reactions. I have recently co-edited a book (with A. Kellow, Hobart University) on the international politics of ?Kyoto?. The book will be published by Elgar later this year. (more…)

Gray on Emanuel

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

By Professor Bill Gray

  • Kerry Emanuel, director of climate programs at MIT, published an article in the Boston Globe on 15 February2010 entitled “Climate Changes Are Proven Fact”. This piece has many inaccuracies and, in my view, is not a positive contribution to the “global warming” debate, for the reasons I present in this rebuttal of various statements made by Emanuel.

Emanuel ?? compelling strands of scientific evidence that have led almost all climate scientists to conclude that mankind is altering climate in potentially dangerous ways.?

Gray ? A high percentage of meteorologists and/or climate scientists do not agree that the climate changes we have seen are mostly man-made. Thousands of us think that the larger part of the climate changes we have observed over the last century are of natural origin. I believe that most of the changes that have been observed are due to multi-decadal and multi-century changes in deep global ocean currents. Such changes have yet to be properly incorporated into the global models or into most climate modeler?s physical reasoning processes. Over 31 thousand American scientists have recently signed a petition advising the US not to sign any fossil fuel reduction treaty. (more…)

Obama Administration Recruited Left-Wing Lobbyists to Sell Bogus ?Green Jobs?

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Source:  Pajamas Media

by Chris Horner

A FOIA reveals the Department of Energy turned to George Soros and to wind industry lobbyists to help cover up two economic studies pointing to the failure of European wind energy programs.

After two studies refuted President Barack Obama?s assertions regarding the success of Spain?s and Denmark?s wind energy programs, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request reveals the Department of Energy turned to George Soros and to wind industry lobbyists to attack the studies.

Via the FOIA request, the Competitive Enterprise Institute has learned that the Department of Energy ? specifically the office headed by Al Gore?s company?s former CEO, Cathy Zoi ? turned to George Soros? Center for American Progress and other wind industry lobbyists to help push Obama?s wind energy proposals. (more…)

IPCC Sources: Almost Half Non-Peer-Reviewed

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Source:  http://nofrakkingconsensus.blogspot.com/2010/03/almost-half-non-peer-reviewed.html

Despite protests from expert reviewers, 42% of the documents cited in one chapter of the climate bible are grey literature rather than peer-reviewed.

Economist Richard Tol has been taking another look at everyone’s favourite mega-document, the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. In guest posts on blogs here and here, he argues that while one section of the report (produced by Working Group 2) “appears to have systematically overstated the negative impacts of climate change,” another section (written by Working Group 3) appears to have systematically understated the costs to society associated with emissions reduction.

Click image for larger version. From p. 7 of a Dec. 2009 document issued
by the US Environmental Protection Agency (39-page PDF here) (more…)

Climategate: This Time It’s NASA

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

[SPPI Note:  More evidence on temperature data tampering by government-funded agencies:

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/climategate.html

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/reprint/climategate_analysis.html

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/reprint/science_or_deceit.html

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/temperature_trends.html

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/reprint/the_disclosure_of_climate_data_from_the_climatic_research_unit_at_the_university_of_east_anglia.html

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/reprint/epa_must_reconsider.html

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/reprint/petition_for_reconsideration.html

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Source:  American Spectator

By &

The “Climategate” scandal, which broke in November 2009, revealed what many skeptics had privately suspected. Prominent climate scientists at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU) had collaborated to keep data out of skeptics’ hands, subverted the peer review process, and used questionable methods to construct the temperature record on which the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change (IPCC) based its recommendations.

Now a new “Climategate” scandal is emerging, this time based on documents released by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in response to several Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suits filed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). The newly released emails further demonstrate the politicized nature of climate science, revealing a number of questionable practices that cast doubt on the credibility of scientific data provided by NASA. (more…)

Why Joe Romm Won’t Debate Roger Pielke Jr.

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Source:  Breakthrough

By Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger

The last few months have been rough for Joe Romm. Forced to spin Copenhagen as a success, climategate as a skeptics’ conspiracy, and cap and trade legislation as world-changing, Romm has started making increasingly wild accusations against working journalists and academics. (more…)

Lysenkoism and James Hansen

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Source: Quadrant on Line

by Bob Carter

Is Hansenism more dangerous than Lysenkoism?

On June 23, 1988, a young and previously unknown NASA computer modeller, James Hansen, appeared before a United States Congressional hearing on climate change. On that occasion, Dr. Hansen used a graph to convince his listeners that late 20th century warming was taking place at an accelerated rate, which, it being a scorching summer’s day in Washington, a glance out of the window appeared to confirm.

He wrote later in justification, in the Washington Post (February 11, 1989), that “the evidence for an increasing greenhouse effect is now sufficiently strong that it would have been irresponsible if I had not attempted to alert political leaders”.

Hansen’s testimony was taken up as a lead news story, and within days the great majority of the American public believed that a climate apocalypse was at hand, and the global warming hare was off and running. Thereby, Dr. Hansen became transformed into the climate media star who is shortly going to wow the ingenues in the Adelaide Festival audience. (more…)