Archive for June, 2010

Amazongate: ‘Drastic’ changes required in IPCC report

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Source:  http://nigguraths.wordpress.com/2010/06/25/amazongate-ipcc/

by Shub Niggurath

Amazongate is only an error of improper referencing, the actual science behind the key claim is sound”. This is the message that has been hammered home repeatedly by experts involved in Amazon forest research. In their press releases, letters of complaint and blog posts, they have refused to concede something might be wrong with the report, and argued that journalists should have performed in-depth research before bringing any disrepute to the IPCC.

Even as we search high and low only to conclude that the exact claim does not appear to supported by the literature available to date, another argument has been advanced simultaneously in defence of the IPCC.  It says that the scientific evidence, the crucial pieces that go to make up this claim, bizarre though it might be, lie in many different papers. The IPCC report just brings them together – it paints an integrated picture of the trouble the Amazon region is in. So the defense of the IPCC is bi-layered. The science behind the imminent catastrophic destruction of the Amazon forests is true, and the IPCC makes a synthetic judgement to this effect. The only flaw is therefore one of citations. (more…)

U.S. Can’t Continue As Engine That Drives the Global Economy, Obama and Geithner Say

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Source: CNSNEWS

Citing the country’s trade deficit, President Barack Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner each asserted last week that the United States cannot continue to lead the world economy.

“We said in Pittsburgh [at] the G20 that it was important for us to rebalance, in part because the U.S. economy for a long period of time was the engine of world economic growth; we were sucking in imports from all across the world financed by huge amounts of consumer debt,” Obama said Thursday during a joint press conference with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

“Because of the financial crisis, but also because that debt was fundamentally unsustainable, the United States is not going to be able to serve in that same capacity to that same extent,” the president added. (more…)

ANTARTIC SEA ICE GROWING AT FASTEST RATE EVER

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Source:  Wattsupwiththat

to view graphics, see here

By Steven Goddard

“Steepest slope ever.”

We have been hearing a lot about how the decline in Arctic ice is following the “steepest slope ever.” The point is largely meaningless, but we can have some fun with it. The Bremen Arctic/Antarctic maps are superimposed above, showing that ice in the Antarctic is at a record high and growing at the “steepest slope ever.You will also note that most of the world’s sea ice is located in the Antarctic. But those are inconvenient truths when trying to frighten people into believing that “the polar ice caps are melting.”

There are several favorite lines of defense when trying to rationalize away the record Antarctic ice. (more…)

Global Warming Politics Downunder

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Source:  Daily Telegraph

Greens are biggest losers in Julia Gillard’s victory

by Tim Blair

AS SOME prescient bloke wrote 13 months ago: “Climate change has turned out to be a helpful device to change governments, stitch up the middle-class Prius vote, grab Green preferences, impress stupid university students but a bitch of a thing to deal with once in government.”

Actually, that was me, getting it right for once. Well, maybe only half-right. As an issue, climate change has now gotten rid of both Kevin Rudd, who was in government, and Malcolm Turnbull, who wasn’t.

Still, that’s two Australian millionaires brought down by their climate fixations. So much for IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri’s 2007 claim that “it is the poorest of the poor in the world, and this includes poor people even in prosperous societies, who are going to be the worst hit.” (more…)

Climate Depot Factsheet on Inconvenient History of Global Warming ‘Tipping Points

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Source:  Climate Depot

By Marc Morano

Climate Depot Editorial

Laugh Riot: 190-year climate ‘tipping point’ issued — Despite fact that UN began 10-Year ‘Climate Tipping Point’ in 1989!

Climate Depot Factsheet on Inconvenient History of Global Warming ‘Tipping Points’ — Hours, Days, Months, Years, Millennium — Earth ‘Serially Doomed’

Once again, the world is being warned of a climate “tipping point.” The latest bout of stern warnings comes from a survey of 14 climate “experts.”

Get ready, we only have 190 years! Scientists ‘expect climate tipping point’ by 2200 – UK Independent – June 28, 2010 – Excerpt: “13 of the 14 experts said that the probability of reaching a tipping point (by 2200) was greater than 50 per cent, and 10 said that the chances were 75 per cent or more.”

Such silliness. It’s difficult to keep up whether it is hours, days, months or 1000 years. Here are few recent examples of others predicting climate “tipping points” of various durations. (more…)

Amazongate: the missing evidence

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Source: UK Telegraph

The story of the IPCC’s claims about threats to the Amazon rainforest takes another bizarre turn

By Christopher Booker

Amazon fire

Information about logging and fire risks in the Amazon ended up in the IPCC?s 2007 report on global warming Photo: Sipa Press/Rex Features

Last week the beleaguered global warming lobby was exulting over what it took to be the best news it has had in a long time. A serious allegation, which last January rocked the authority of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was “corrected” as untrue by The Sunday Times, the newspaper which most prominently reported it. The reputation of the IPCC, it seemed, had been triumphantly vindicated. The growing tide of scepticism over climate change had at last been reversed. But this episode leaves many questions unanswered.

The “correction”, gleefully quoted by everyone from the WWF and The New York Times to The Guardian’s George Monbiot related to what was known as “Amazongate”. This was one of the series of controversies which exploded round the IPCC last winter, when it was shown that many of the high-profile claims made in its 2007 report had been based on material produced by environmental activists and campaigning groups rather than on proper, peer-reviewed scientific evidence. (more…)

Peter Webster on PNAS Paper: “Very Likely Disgusted”

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Source:  http://rogerpielkejr.blogspot.com/2010/06/peter-webster-on-pnas-paper-very-likely.html

Peter Webster, a climate scientist at Georgia Tech, weighs in on the PNAS paper that segregates scientists into two categories, good guys and bad guys. Webster is listed as one of the “good guys” on the PNAS list:

All of this is new to me as I have just returned from Asia where I was happily oblivious to the PNAS paper and, forgive me, engaged in science. It has come something of a shock to find myself pigeon-holed, classified and lined up! (more…)

News Round Up on Climate Black List

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Source: Climate Depot

‘Black List’ Shame: ‘So many errors of data…mistakes regarding backgrounds, employment and specializations of scientists on the lists’

Pielke Jr.: A New Black List: ‘May very well mark a new low point in the pathological politicization of climate science’ — ‘There are good guys and there are bad guys, and to tell them apart, it is important to have a list. A black list’

Inquisition Has Begun! Joe Romm already using Black List ‘to dismiss scientists as unfit for participation in climate debate’ (jromm@americanprogress.org) — Romm: ‘It is time for the media to stop listening to, quoting, and enabling the anti-scientist disinformers’ (more…)

James Hansen continues to receive large cash awards

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Source:  Tom Nelson

US climate researcher James Hansen accepts Norwegian prize | Earth Times News

Oslo – US climate researcher James E Hansen on Tuesday received the annual Sophie Prize for helping improve “understanding of human-induced climate change” and its potential threat to the planet.

On accepting the prize worth 100,000 dollars Hansen voiced concern over the exploitation of tar sands in for instance Canada, citing the environmental impact, Norwegian news agency NTB reported.

Hansen has earlier stated that coal mining should be phased out and fossil fuel reserves remain untapped. (more…)

New Global Warming Scandal: ‘Consensus’ on Sun is One Expert

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Source:  Climate Change Fraud

by John O’Sullivan

sun_endless

New global warming data fraud scandal seems to show a faked ‘consensus’ of the impact of solar forcing on Earth’s climate based on one finding.

A staggering new finding seems to mire the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in global warming scandal every bit as devastating as Climategate.

The news broke June 24, 2010 on a Czech climate skeptic blog, Klimaskeptik.cz, that calls the latest global warming scandal, “Judithgate.(more…)

Poster comments on wind energy

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Comments following this essay:  http://www.masterresource.org/2010/06/economic-deficiencies-wind/#more-10380

Jon Boone { 06.17.10 at 11:24 am }

There is much to admire about this essay. By any objective measure, industrial wind technology cannot succeed as a source of energy on its own merits. Its power performance is inimical to modern standards and its mode of energy delivery destabilizes the essential match between supply and demand, for whatever it generates is highly variable, minute-by-minute. However, if one evaluates industrial wind technology NOT as a source of energy but rather as a mechanism for delivering significant income mostly through tax avoidance, it may be nonpareil–particularly for CFO’s of multinational energy corporations with a lot of taxable income. (more…)

“‘Denialism’ has no place in scientific debate”

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Source:  Global Warming. Org

by Michael Fumento

The key sentence in the letter is this, “‘Denialist’ is an ad hominem argument, the meaning of which is defined entirely by the user, intended to discredit the accused without evidence.” The “anti-denialism” campaign is, to use a word I rarely employ, a literal conspiracy–albeit something of an open one in that it’s openly pushed by Chris Mooney. The purpose is two-fold. (more…)

Climate junk hard to dump

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Source: Financial Post

by Peter Foster

Why would scientists allow themselves to be recruited to essentially political objectives?

The past six months has seen a series of unprecedented setbacks for the cause of catastrophic man-made climate change: the collapse of the Kyoto process; the release of incriminating Climategate emails; the discovery of the shoddy standards of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); the mounting evidence that a job-creating green industrial revolution is a fantasy; and the growing suspicion by the public that it has been sold a bill of goods.

The British Royal Society recently released a statement that “Any public perception that the science is somehow fully settled is wholly incorrect,” thus contradicting its own former president, and true believer, Lord May. And if the science isn’t settled, there can hardly ever have been “consensus” on the issue. (more…)

The Smart Grid Trojan Horse

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Source:  American Thinker

by Grant Ellis

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Smart Grid initiative. Perhaps you understand that the goal of the initiative is to improve and modernize the nation’s power transmission and distribution networks. Maybe your electric utility has even installed a Smart Meter at your home or business. What you probably don’t know is that the Smart Grid movement is the Trojan Horse of the green agenda, a step toward Cap & Trade.

Since the time of grid pioneer Samuel Insull, the goal of utilities everywhere has been to balance generation capacity against electrical demand to ensure system integrity. Curiously, this goal is shared in modern times by the green movement. The difference is in how the goal is accomplished. (more…)

German Solar Energy Gravy Train – The Coming Meltdown

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

by pgosselin

At the government feeding trough.

Other blogs have mentioned today a report from the German financial daily, Handelsblatt here, but didn’t provide many details, and so I’ve decided to shine a little more light on the article. It is indeed frightening.

The German government has been generously subsidising renewable energy sources for years now, and it’s going to cost the German consumer a bundle – and soon.

The big price driver is solar energy. Year after year more and more panels are getting installed on German roofs and far surpassing even the most optimistic projections. But that shouldn’t be a surprise because Germany’s Energy Feed in Act (EEG Gesetz) guarantees solar energy system operators a fixed tariff for 20 years, making solar energy systems extremely lucrative for those who have them. (more…)