Archive for November, 2010

Texas A&M Professor Misrepresents U.S. Emissions During Global Warming Debate

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Source:  Heartland Institute

Written By: James Taylor

Global warming alarmist Andy Dessler, a professor at Texas A&M University, was caught misrepresenting U.S. carbon dioxide data during a November 9 Public Radio International debate with Heartland Institute Senior Fellow James M. Taylor.

After Taylor stated that U.S. carbon dioxide emissions have declined since the year 2000, Dessler aggressively criticized Taylor, asserting that Taylor was either deliberately spreading misinformation or had absolutely no knowledge of the facts. Dessler claimed, instead, that U.S. carbon dioxide emissions are “rapidly going up.”

Given a chance to respond, Taylor pointed to EPA data showing a decline in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions since the year 2000, and invited listeners to look up the data for themselves. Dessler again aggressively criticized Taylor, doubling down on his assertion that U.S. carbon dioxide emissions are rising rapidly.

According to EPA data, U.S. carbon dioxide emissions totaled 5,977 teragrams in 2000. As of 2008, emissions had fallen to 5,921 teragrams, according to EPA figures. Emissions fell by another 7 percent in 2009, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (official EPA data for the year 2009 have yet to be released). According to EIA, U.S. carbon dioxide emissions have fallen an average of roughly 1 percent per year since the year 2000. (more…)

Cold Yucca Mountain: Is Carbon Capture & Sequestration the Coal Industry’s Gordian Knot?

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Source:  Marshall Institute

by Dr. Eric Loewen
June 18, 2010

Cold Yucca Mountain: Is Carbon Capture & Sequestration the Coal Industry’s Gordian Knot? by Dr. Eric Loewen, a Marshall Institute Fellow, draws lessons from the nuclear industry’s experiences in seeking a permanent waste repository.

Dr. Loewen writes “The tribulations suffered by the nuclear industry in their quest to open a repository stand as a warning to those who put their hope in carbon sequestration.”

Dr. Loewen first reviews the Yucca Mountain experience, in particular drawing attention to regular congressional interference with the project.

Drawing the connection to CCS, Dr. Loewen finds that “Radioactive waste is perceived as the Gordian Knot for the nuclear power industry because of the lack of a disposal system for the spent nuclear fuel. Long-term storage of waste CO2 is the Gordian Knot for the coal power industry because CO2 is now regarded and regulated as a pollutant, and a possible means of abatement is disposal into a geologic repository.”

Specifically, he says proponents of CCS face three difficult questions — “how does an engineer design a CO2 repository that will last forever? How would a regulatory agency license this repository? And how could a government guarantee to the local stakeholders that this CO2 repository will last forever?”

See paper here

Climate Scientists Plan Campaign Against Global Warming Skeptics

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Source:  http://www.drroyspencer.com/

by Dr. Roy Spencer

?The American Geophysical Union plans to announce that 700 researchers have agreed to speak out on the issue. Other scientists plan a pushback against congressional conservatives who have vowed to kill regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.?

A new article in the LA Times says that the American Geophysical Union (AGU) is enlisting the help of 700 scientists to fight back against a new congress that is viewed as a bunch of backwoods global warming deniers who are standing in the way of greenhouse gas regulations and laws required to same humanity from itself.

Scientific truth, after all, must prevail. And these scientists apparently believe they have been endowed with the truth of what has caused recent warming.

The message just hasn?t gotten across.

We skeptics are not smart enough to understand the science. We and the citizens of America, and the representatives we have just elected to go to Washington, just need to listen to them and let them tell us how we should be allowed to live.

OK, so, let me see if I understand this. (more…)

Carbon Trade Ends on Quiet Death of Chicago Climate Exchange

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Source:  Suite 101

The Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) announced on October 21, 2010 that it will cease carbon trading this year. However, Steve Milloy reporting on Pajamasmedia.com (November 6, 2010) finds this huge story strangely unreported by the mainstream media.

To some key analysts the collapse of the CCX appears to show that international carbon trading is ?dying a quiet death.? Yet Milloy finds that such a major business failure has drawn no interest at all from the mainstream media. Milloy noted that a ?Nexis search conducted a week after CCX?s announcement revealed no news articles published about its demise.?

Not until November 02, 2010 had the story even been picked up briefly and that was by Chicagobusiness.com (Crain?s). Reporter, Paul Merrion appeared to find some comfort that while CCX will cease all trading of new emission allowances at the end of the year, ?it will continue trading carbon offsets generated by projects that consume greenhouse gases, such as planting trees.? (more…)

Climategate: peak oil, the CRU and the Oman connection

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Source: UK Telegraph

by James Delingpole

This is a guest post by contributor Andrew30 (whose full name I?ll give you when he reminds me via email). He put it up in comments but it?s so interesting it really deserves a blog all to itself).

Why would a Middle Eastern kingdom be funding a British Climate research business?

Oman has just completed a massive investment in LNG, and developed and installed new CO2 removal technology in their process; this lowers the carbon footprint of their gas. So using their gas to drive electricity generation will be less costly once CO2 is taxed.

They have no problem with this whole thing.

Saudi Arabia, who have oil and not so much gas, are in a different position, they have a problem with this whole thing.

Just an observation; a 4 degree rise in temperature in the Sultanate of Oman or Saudi Arabia would change it from really hot to really hot.

Maybe it is just good business. (more…)

Climate campaigners classroom turpitude captured for future studies of depravity at work

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
Source:  Climate Lessons
Jo Nova has done sterling work in documenting and providing insight into what led to the 10:10 video in which the producers fantasise about utterly destroying, at the press of a button, those who show the slightest reluctance to toe the party line on climate.  Including young children in a classroom.
The whole thing deserves deep study.  The paper by Jo Nova has been published by the Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI), and can be downloaded as a pdf from here: (1)
Kudos to the SPPI for publishing this.  Kudos to Jo Nova for creating it.  She gives a summary and background at her own blog (2). (more…)

The Climate Coincidence

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Source:  The Global Warming Policy Foundation

by Dr. David Whitehouse

Why is the temperature unchanging?

It seems probable that 2010 will be in terms of global annual average temperature statistically identical to the annual temperatures of the past decade. Some eminent climatologists, such as Professor Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia?s Climatic Research Unit, suggest the global annual average temperatures haven?t changed for the past 15 years. We are reaching the point where the temperature standstill is becoming the major feature of the recent global warm period that began in 1980. In brief, the global temperature has remained constant for longer than it has increased. Perhaps this should not be surprising as in the seven decades since 1940 the world has gotten warmer in only two of them, and if one considers each decade individually the increase in temperature in each has barely been statistically significant. Only when the warming in the 1980?s is added to that of the first half of the 1990?s does the change exceed the noise in the system.

But what does this 10-15 year temperature standstill mean? (more…)

Inaccurate news reports misrepresent a climate-science initiative of the American Geophysical Union

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Inaccurate news reports misrepresent a climate-science initiative of the American Geophysical Union

AGU Release No. 10-37

8 November 2010

For Immediate Release

http://www.agu.org/news/press/pr_archives/2010/2010-37.shtml

WASHINGTON-An article appearing in the Los Angeles Times, and then picked up by media outlets far and wide, misrepresents the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and a climate science project the AGU is about to relaunch. The project, called Climate Q&A Service, aims simply to provide accurate scientific answers to questions from journalists about climate science.

“In contrast to what has been reported in the LA Times and elsewhere, there is no campaign by AGU against climate skeptics or congressional conservatives,” says Christine McEntee, Executive Director and CEO of the American Geophysical Union. “AGU will continue to provide accurate scientific information on Earth and space topics to inform the general public and to support sound public policy development.”

AGU is the world’s largest, not-for-profit, professional society of Earth and space scientists, with more than 58,000 members in over 135 countries.

“AGU is a scientific society, not an advocacy organization,” says climate scientist and AGU President Michael J. McPhaden. “The organization is committed to promoting scientific discovery and to disseminating to the scientific community, policy makers, the media, and the public, peer-reviewed scientific findings across a broad range of Earth and space sciences.” (more…)

IPCC Climate Science Is Fundamentally Wrong: Carbon Footprint is All Wet

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Source:  Financial Post

By Dr. Tim Ball

imageIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) science deliberately kept public focus on warmer temperatures and blamed it all on radiative forcing due to CO2. They virtually ignore water in all its forms, partly because terms of reference directed them to only human causes and because any consideration of the role of water destroys the CO2 hypothesis.

Water explains many elements of weather as reflected in the response of plants and animals, but they even perverted that evidence.

Michael Mann?s ?hockey stick? deliberately rewrote history to eliminate the Medieval Warm Period (MWP) because it contradicted the false claim the world was the warmest ever. It was corruption of science to support a political agenda. Lost in the furor was the false assumption that tree growth was only about temperature. In reality, the most important growth factor is precipitation and available moisture. If Mann and others involved with the climate science debacle knew anything about climate, or were doing honest science, they would know this. (more…)

What the greens really got wrong

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Source:  Spiked On Line

by Ben Pile

Environmentalists have long claimed that their desire to save the world has been thwarted by conspiracies of Big Oil and right-wing think-tanks. Channel 4?s What the Green Movement Got Wrong (watch it here) showed signs that some environmentalists are at last beginning to take responsibility for their failures. But does it tell us anything we didn?t already know, and will the new environmentalists be so different from the old?

The main thrust of the film is that, by opposing GM, nuclear power, and DDT, environmentalists have damaged the chances of a solution to climate change and have done serious harm to poorer people and their own public image. Critics have been arguing this for environmentalism?s entire history, of course. But it is interesting to see some sober reflection on green failure nonetheless. Mark Lynas, author of Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet (see a review of the book here), speaks candidly about how his objection to GM ?wasn?t a science-based rational thing. It was an emotional thing and it was about the relation between humans and other living things?. Since Lynas ?came out? in favour of nuclear power, he has found himself on the receiving end of the self-righteousness he once meted out to others.

Although it is interesting to see one-time activists reflecting in this way, the reformulation of environmentalism doesn?t really address the problems with its initial perspective. The arguments in the film don?t form a criticism of environmentalism as an instance of the politics of fear, but merely moderate some of its excesses. There is an interesting discussion about the shortcomings of the precautionary principle, and the film?s participants are far more circumspect about risk from certain technologies than they have been in the past. (more…)

An Australian Morality Tale

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Source:  JoNova

by mandarine

The possum and the grasshopper

The possum works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks he?s a fool, and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the possum is warm and well fed.

A social worker finds the shivering grasshopper, calls a press conference and demands to know why the possum should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others less fortunate, like the grasshopper, are cold and starving.

The ABC shows up to provide live coverage of the shivering grasshopper; with cuts to a video of the possum in his comfortable warm home with a table laden with food.

The Australian press informs people that they should be ashamed that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so while others have plenty.

The Labor Party, Greenpeace, Animal Rights, The Greens and The Grasshopper Housing Commission of Australia demonstrate in front of the possum?s house.

The ABC, interrupting a cultural festival special from Nelson Mandela Gardens with breaking news, broadcasts a multi cultural choir singing ?We Shall Overcome?. (more…)

India predicts 40% leap in demand for fossil fuels

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Source:  http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101101/sc_afp/indiaenergyoilpolitics

NEW DELHI (AFP) ? Premier Manmohan Singh told India’s energy firms on Monday to scour the globe for fuel supplies as he warned the country’s demand for fossil fuels is set to soar 40 percent over the next decade.

The country of more than 1.1 billion people already imports nearly 80 percent of its crude oil to fuel an economy that is expected to grow 8.5 percent this year and at least nine percent next year.

Demand for hydrocarbons — petroleum, coal, natural gas — “over the next 10 years will increase by over 40 percent,” Singh told an energy conference in New Delhi.

“India needs adequate supplies of energy at affordable prices to meet the demand of its rapidly growing economy,” he said, as rising Indian incomes spur industrial demand and more people buy energy-guzzling cars and appliances.

Singh’s call comes as India is locked in a race with emerging market rival China for fuel supplies to feed their booming economies in which analysts say Beijing has taken a strong lead. (more…)

Alarmist spammer unleashes Twitterbot to stifle climate debate

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Source: CFACT

An Australian software developer grew tired of debating climate realists on Twitter so he created spambot to wear down his opponents. The bot responds to anyone who expresses skepticism about man-made global warming by posting one of hundreds of canned replies in an attempt to frustrate skeptics.

Nigel Leck, an Australian software developer, grew tired of debating climate realists on Twitter so he created a spambot to ?wear down? his opponents. The bot, @AI_AGW, scans Twitter every five minutes looking for key phrases commonly used by those who challenge the global warming orthodoxy.  It then posts one of hundreds of canned responses hoping to frustrate skeptics. CFACT?s Twitter account @CFACT (follow us!) often receives many of these unsolicited messages each day. Since the bot became active on May 26, 2010, it has sent out over 40,000 tweets, or an average of more than 240 updates per day!

Technology Review gushed that Leck’s bot ?answers Twitter users who aren’t even aware of their own ignorance.?  Leck claims that his little bit of trollware is commonly mistaken as a genuine Twitter user leading the unsuspecting to sometimes debate it for days. Eventually it wears people down. (more…)

Bank Tax, CO2 Auctions Recommended by Soros Panel to Help Climate Efforts

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Source:  Bloomberg

At least $65 billion might be raised by taxing foreign-exchange transactions and auctioning pollution permits, a United Nations panel said today in a report recommending ways to finance aid for fighting global warming.

The panel, which includes billionaire investor George Soros and Larry Summers, director of President Barack Obama’s National Economic Council, said selling carbon-emissions permits would generate $38 billion and a financial transactions tax an additional $27 billion, according to the report released today.

The findings are intended to guide envoys at UN climate talks that start this month in Mexico as they seek ways to pay for $100 billion in climate aid that was pledged by 2020 to poor nations at last year’s summit in Copenhagen. The report found that the goal is “challenging but feasible” to achieve.

“Without agreement on finance, we will not be able to reach agreement on other issues for climate change,” Jens Stoltenberg, Norway’s prime minister and co-chairman of the advisory group, said at a press conference in New York. “Now we need the political will to take the decisions.”

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed the panel, called the High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, in February. It’s led by Stoltenberg and Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. The 21-member group also includes Soros, Summers and Deutsche Bank AG Vice Chairman Caio Koch- Weser.

The report didn’t specify what financial transactions would be covered by the tax beyond saying the focus would be on international currency sales. (more…)

Taking the temperature: Climate change poll From Scientific American Readers

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Source: Scientific American

by Michael D. Lemonick

As a profile of Judith Curry in the November 2010 issue of Scientific American makes clear, the University of Georgia climate scientist has become an increasingly polarizing figure IN the past year or so. Once firmly in the mainstream, Curry says she was radicalized by the so-called Climategate affair. It crystallized her sense that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in particular, had become corrupted by what Curry calls “groupthink”—the idea that questioning some of the facts asserted by the IPCC is tantamount to treason.

Yet Curry herself is convinced that some of those facts are seriously exaggerated, and that the IPCC has failed to acknowledge the real uncertainty in the science. As a result, she’s been engaging with climate outsiders, including outright skeptics, and trying to force her colleagues to acknowledge some of what she considers serious flaws in the IPCC process. She’s been denounced, sometimes vehemently, for her efforts. (more…)