Archive for May, 2010

Comments On The Scientifically Flawed Study

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Source:  Climate Science

Comments On The Scientifically Flawed Study ?Researchers Find Future Temperatures Could Exceed Livable Limits? By Sherwood and Huber 2010

There is a  press release  from Purdue University by Elizabeth K. Gardner and Greg Kline regarding a study by Matthew Huber of Purdue and Steve Sherwood of the University of New South Wales. The press release is titled

Researchers find future temperatures could exceed livable limits

The news media have already uncritically picked up this story (e.g. see Climate change could make half the world uninhabitable).

The paper version of this study is

Steven C. Sherwood and Matthew Huber,2010: An adaptability limit to climate change due to heat stress www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.0913352107 (more…)

Rex Murphy slandered for stating a fact: the planet is cooling

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Source: False Alarm

by Paul MacRae

Tom Pederson, director of British Columbia’s Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, got some cheap laughs at the expense of Rex Murphy and Murphy’s journalistic reputation at a University of Victoria panel on climate and the media in April.

The panel members were Pederson, Lucinda Chodan, editor of the Victoria Times Colonist, Peter Calamai, a science journalist, and James Hoggan, author Climate Cover-up, which claims that unscrupulous right-wing think tanks are trying to brainwash the public against belief in global warming. There was, thanks to Pederson (see why below), no one representing the skeptical side of the issue.

In his 15-minute segment, Pederson accused Murphy of breaching journalistic ethics in a July 24, 2009, Globe and Mail column entitled “So where’s that global cooling alert?” Murphy’s crime? He ignored what Pederson considers the global warming “facts.” Pederson’s point was that a newspaper columnist can have whatever opinions he/she wants, but these opinions must be based on facts, not just ideology. As a former columnist myself, for the Times Colonist, I also believe this is true. (more…)

Kerry-Lieberman Bill Bad for Consumers

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Source:  Tucson Citizen

[Some links added by SPPI]

The so-called American Power Act combines useless pork-barrel spending with just about all the bad ideas of previous Cap & Tax bills. The bill creates 60 new agencies and projects. You can read the 987-page sleep-inducing bill here.

The bill seeks to reduce domestic greenhouse gas emissions according to a schedule: 17% below 2005 emissions levels by 2020, 42% below by 2030, and 83% below by 2050. Those goals are similar to the Waxman-Markey bill of last year. The senators say those reductions are necessary to forestall global warming, even though there is no evidence that carbon dioxide significantly drives temperature. The possible effect on global temperature is negligible, too small to measure. Some estimates, based on UN’s climate models, place the potential temperature reduction at 0.043°C (0.077°F) by 2050 and 0.111°C (0.200°F) by 2100. I think those estimates are much too generous. To see why read my post: Your Carbon Footprint Doesn’t Matter.

To aim for a reduction in emissions of 83% by 2050 is completely absurd. That would be equivalent to U.S. emissions in 1910 according to Department of Energy historical statistics on energy consumption. Then, the U.S. population was about 92 million people. By 2050, the Census Bureau estimates the U.S. population will be 420 million. That means by 2050 the per capita emissions will have to be reduced to one-quarter the per capita emissions in 1910 and take us back to the economy in about 1875. (more…)

Kerry?s New Cap and Trade Bill Screws Non-Union Labor and Construction Companies

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Source:  Red State

by jeffdunetz (Profile)

FACILITATING COMPLIANCE.?The Secretary [of Labor] may require Federal contracting agencies, recipients of Federal assistance, and any other entity established in accordance with this Act to require contractors to enter into an agreement in a manner comparable with the standards set forth in sections 3 and 4 of Executive Order 13502 in order to achieve the purposes of this section, including any requirements established by subsection (c). Source: Kerry.Senator.gov American Power Act Page 842-3

After sifting through the ?lawyer-speak?  what the Executive Order 13502 part of the Kerry bill does, is empower the Secretaries of Labor and Energy to funnel federal contracts to unionized contractors. Or, to mandate the use of project labor agreements (PLAs) on federal and federally-assisted construction projects. This measure would choke off non-union companies from competing and resulting in an inefficient process that will raise the cost of projects, stymie the economy and lead to higher taxes.

PLAs are negotiated exclusively by construction unions and the person running the project but it binds the  contractors (and subcontractors) to labor unions. If contractors want to successfully bid and work on a PLA job, they must sign a letter of assent, which is a promise to follow the terms and conditions of a PLA. (more…)

Kerry’s Powerless America Act

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Source:  IBD

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Regulations: Call it cap-and-trade or bait-and-switch, but John Kerry and Joe Lieberman continue to tilt at windmills with a bill to restrain energy growth in the name of saving the planet.


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American Freedom And Prosperity Under Attack


The bill introduced Wednesday and sponsored by the two senators is called the American Power Act, an Orwellian phrase if ever there was one. Like President Obama’s offshore drilling program, for every “incentive” there is a restriction. It’s as if Hamlet were to be appointed Secretary of Energy.

The legislation has little to do with developing America’s vast domestic energy supply. It’s cap-and-trade meets pork-barrel spending. It’s about regulations, restrictions and research. It does not deal with exploiting America’s vast energy reserves but with finding ways to mitigate their alleged harmful effect. (more…)

Citizen Audit Report on IPPC 4th Report

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Source: No Frakking Consensus

A printer-friendly PDF version of the Citizen Audit report I released last month is now available. It’s 30 pages in total, includes clickable links to supplemental online material, and at 500 kb isn’t too huge a file.

DOWNLOAD IT HERE

There’s also an easy-to-remember short URL for the online report:

TinyUrl.com/CitizenAudit
(not case sensitive)

The public has been systematically misled about the nature of the climate bible produced by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This Citizen Audit, conducted by 40 people in 12 countries in five weeks, has exposed one of the biggest myths of all. (more…)

Senators Kerry and Lieberman Present New Climate Bill

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Source:  Troutman Sanders

by Peter Glaser

Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) yesterday presented their new nearly 1000-page American Power Act designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 83 percent by 2050.  The bill, which has not yet been introduced and still contains bracketed or incomplete provisions, was announced at a press conference at which a number of business and environmental leaders spoke in support, including the heads of the Edison Electric Institute and Duke Energy.  The White House released a statement yesterday strongly supporting the bill.

Absent from the press conference was Senator Lindsay Graham (R.-S.Car.), who helped develop the bill.  Senator Graham recently indicated that there should be a “pause” in work on the bill given his concerns about whether Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) might intend to push immigration legislation before the climate change bill. (more…)

PJTV Streams Climate Debate LIVE

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Source:  PJTV

Online media leader offers viewers on-the-ground coverage of International Conference on Climate Change

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — PJTV today announced it will stream LIVE coverage of the Heartland Institute’s 4th Annual International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-4) ? a worldwide gathering of global warming “realists” ? from Chicago, IL, on May 16-18.  The online television network will offer viewers videos and analysis from each keynote speaker as well as a number of the conference events.

“Climategate is hotter than ever ? especially after the introduction of Sens. Kerry and Lieberman’s American Power Act,” said Roger L. Simon, CEO of Pajamas Media.  “New evidence calls into question the impact human activity had on global temperatures in the 20th Century.  Nonetheless, many opinion leaders and Members of Congress fail to discuss these new scientific discoveries that dismantle the liberal agenda.  PJTV is excited to bring viewers a different part of the debate than is portrayed on Capitol Hill or in the main stream media.” (more…)

The American Power Act: A Climate Dud

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Source:  MasterResource

by Chip Knappenberger

?The global temperature ?savings? of the Kerry-Lieberman bill is astoundingly small?0.043°C (0.077°F) by 2050 and 0.111°C (0.200°F) by 2100. In other words, by century?s end, reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 83% will only result in global temperatures being one-fifth of one degree Fahrenheit less than they would otherwise be. That is a scientifically meaningless reduction.?

Senators John Kerry and Joseph Lieberman have just unveiled their latest/greatest attempt to reign in U. S. greenhouse gas emissions. Their one time collaborator Lindsey Graham indicated that he did not consider the bill a climate bill because ?[t]here is no bipartisan support for a cap-and-trade bill based on global warming.? But make no mistake. This is a climate bill at heart, and thus the Kerry-Lieberman bill sections labeled ?Title II. Global Warming Pollution Reduction.?

So apparently someone thinks the bill will have an impact on global warming. But those someones are wrong. The bill will have no meaningful impact of the future course of global warming.

That is, unless the rest of the world?primarily the developing nations?decide to play along. (more…)

The Bootleggers are the Baptists’ last hope for passage of global warming bill

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Source:  Washington Examiner

By: Iain Murray

05/12/10 2:35 PM EDT

Three separate events late last year knocked the air out of international climate alarmism. Combined, they put the kibosh on global warming legislation in the United States for the foreseeable future. Now the only ones keeping such legislation alive are a handful of powerful special interests. Contrary to what you normally hear, big business is pushing, not opposing, climate legislation.

The first event was the scandal that became known as “Climategate.” A public release of emails between climate scientists, at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit, showed clear evidence of collusion to subvert the scientific process for political ends. The emails also showed those scientists engaging in a cover-up in possible violation of Britain’s Freedom of Information laws. Polls following Climategate showed that it shattered public trust in climate science. (more…)

Questions posed for Kerry, Lieberman on new climate-energy bill

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Source:  CFACT

The new Kerry-Lieberman climate bill mandates a 17% reduction in US carbon dioxide emissions by 2020. It first targets power plants and refineries that provide reliable, affordable electricity and fuel for American homes, schools, hospitals, offices and factories – and then, in six years, further hobbles the manufacturing sector itself.

The House-passed climate bill goes even further. It requires an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050. Once population growth and transportation, communication and electrification technologies are taken into account, this translates into emission levels last seen around 1870!

House Speaker Pelosi says “every aspect of our lives must be subjected to an inventory,” to ensure that America achieves these emission mandates. This means replacing what is left of our free-market economy with an intrusive Green Nanny State, compelling us to switch to unreliable wind and solar power, and imposing skyrocketing energy costs on every company and citizen.

Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency is implementing its own draconian energy restrictions, in case Congress does not enact punitive legislation.

It’s time to ask these politicians some fundamental questions. (more…)

Every Silver Lining Has A Cloud

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Source:  Watts Up With That?

by Willis Eschenbach

I noted on the news that there is a new plan afoot to cool down the planet. This one supposedly has been given big money by none other than Bill Gates.

The plan involves a fleet of ships that supposedly look like this:

Figure 1. Artist?s conception of cloud-making ships. Of course, the first storm would flip this over immediately, but heck, it?s only a fantasy, so who cares? SOURCE

The web site claims that:

Bill Gates Announces Funding for Seawater-Spraying Cloud Machines

The machines, developed by a San Francisco-based research group called Silver Lining, turn seawater into tiny particles that can be shot up over 3,000 feet in the air. The particles increase the density of clouds by increasing the amount of nuclei contained within. Silver Lining?s floating machines can suck up ten tons of water per second.

What could possibly go wrong with such a brilliant plan? (more…)

Cap-and-Trade Is Back

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Source:  American Thinker

By Brian Sussman

On Wednesday, Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) plan to introduce legislation designed to inflate the cost of energy, strain family budgets, and decimate America’s manufacturing sector — all in the name of supposedly saving the climate.

Kerry and Lieberman have been revamping legislation that narrowly passed the House of Representatives last year. The House bill imposes oppressive limits on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and establishes a complex cap-and-trade scheme in which the federal government determines how much CO2 a business may emit. If a business exceeds its allowance, it may purchase additional “carbon credits” from an exchange, where the credits will be traded like a commodity. Rules for the exchange of carbon credits, including the trading of carbon derivatives, are addressed in the House bill, and my sources tell me that the Senate version will include these same stratagems. (more…)

Harvard astrophysicist dismisses AGW theory, challenges peers to ‘take back climate science’

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Source: Seminole County Environmental News Examiner

by Kirk Myers

If the sun persists in its sleepy state, Earth could be headed  for another Grand Minimum.
If the sun persists in its sleepy state, Earth could be headed for another Grand Minimum.
Miloslav Druckmiller/SWNS

In the following interview, Dr. Willie Soon, a solar and climate scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, questions the prevailing dogma of man-made global warming and challenges his peers to “take back climate science.” His remarks are his personal opinion based upon 19 years of scientific research.

Examiner.com: What drives climate change on Earth?

Dr. Soon: Most of the weather and climate variations we observed are essentially related to the sun and the changing seasons – not by CO2 radiative forcing and feedback. The climate system is constantly readjusting naturally in a large way – more than we would ever see from CO2. The CO2 kick [impact of CO2 emissions] is extremely small compared to what is happening in a natural way. Within the framework of a proper study of the sun-climate connection, you don’t need CO2 to explain anything. (more…)

IPCC’s Chairman Pachauri Conflicted, Says SPPI

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Source:  SPPI

A new paper by the Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI) explores recent revelations of the commercial links and associations of IPCC Chair Dr Pachauri, including his direct involvement with carbon trading as advisor to the Chicago Climate Exchange and as chairman of its Indian subsidiary.  SPPI is a Washington, D.C. non-profit research and education organization.

In Dr Rajendra Pachauri and the IPCC – No Fossil Fool, author Dennis Ambler shows that the UN Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) directly benefits energy companies in India with which Pachauri has previous or present connections, demonstrating a very clear conflict of interest with his position as head of IPCC. (more…)