Archive for January, 2011

Scientist: Climate changes are not caused by greenhouse gases

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Source:  http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.com/2011/01/scientist-climate-changes-are-not.html

Dr. Noor van Andel, former head of research at Akzo Nobel, has a new paper out showing the available data to date contradicts the notion of greenhouse gas induced global warming or ‘climate change.’ He notes that while there have been extensive efforts to ‘prove’ the ‘greenhouse’ warming theory by bringing computer models and observations into agreement, this has been done “strangely only by adjusting the measurements instead of adjusting the models,” in other words, via unscientific means. Dr. van Andel instead finds that ocean oscillations and the cosmic ray theory of Svensmark et al best explain climate changes.

CO2 and climate change
Noor van Andel, noor@xs4all.nl, 17-01-2011.

Abstract: It is shown that tropical Pacific sea surface temperature anomalies are closely congruent to global temperature anomalies, and that over more than a century. When we understand the cooling mechanism over the tropical Pacific, and especially its CO2 dependency, we can draw conclusions for the global CO2 climate sensitivity. (more…)

Carol Browner behind Interior moratorium lie?

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Carol Browner behind Interior moratorium lie?

Posted by Moe Lane

Back in June reports came out suggesting that Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar had lied in a report on the Gulf Coast spill by claiming that a panel of outside exports had peer-reviewed the report?s conclusions, which included a job-killing moratorium on offshore drilling.  After this came out, the Interior Secretary had to retract and disavow any nefarious intent on the administration?s behalf; and you could have believed as much of that disavowal as you liked.  Given that this White House purely hates offshore drilling and jumped at the chance to reverse course on the topic, it was reasonable enough not to believe a word of it.

Well, it?s now confirmed, via an Inspector General?s investigation, that the language in question was actually changed by a staffer to White House energy adviser Carol Browner.  This makes sense; Browner is a notorious Greenie who took advantage of the Gulf Coast oil spill to do a little empire building.  That the report just happened to get manipulated in such a way as to make it appear that the industry consensus supported an immediate moratorium on offshore drilling, and that it just happened to be manipulated by the office of the one staffer whose agenda would be advanced by a moratorium, is being treated as a? coincidence, apparently.  You see, nobody?s admitting any wrongdoing, which is expected to be treated as evidence that there wasn?t any.  And you can believe as much of that as you like, too.

Meanwhile, one Congressman estimated that we lost 12,000 jobs and about 1.8 billion dollars in revenue in the Gulf.  But Browner got the President?s Blackberry number, so: even trade, right?

What readers think about “Thinking Wrong Thoughts”

Sunday, January 30th, 2011
Source:  Whattsupwiththat

SPPI Note:  The Wattsup website posted the link to the new SPPI paper:  We Are Thinking The Wrong Thoughts.   Follows some of the blog posts in response to the SPPI paper written by Dennis Ambler. (Not all in chronological order)

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Charles Higley says:

September 16, 2010 at 10:45 am

To David Wells’ Comment:

David, you must realize that AGW has nothing to do with the science or saving the planet. It is a false crisis to create the case (by the IPCC) that we need worldwide emissions control. Then they can set up a carbon trading economy, a one world government, and carry out massive undeserved wealth redistribution, all under a totalitarian/socialist regime.

Crippling and de-developing the Western World and preventing the development of the undeveloped countries would serve them well, as a means of retaining power. The latter would become huge welfare states, crippled forever by government handouts from ever taking their own initiative.

By depressing the world, how could they not stay in power, particularly when they effectively disarm everybody and they have the only legitimate military (police/Gestapo/thugs) to force large scale compliance? Notice the International Small Arms Treaty (just agreed to by Clinton!) – why would the UN have any business knowing where all the guns are in the US, or any country, unless it is to eventually do something about them? They claim it is to better track illegal guns, but then why know where all the legal guns are? There is already perfectly good means of establishing the origin of a gun – starting at the manufacturer.

The psych part described here simply hallmarks the fact that the science and climate are not the issue, it’s getting the people to do what they want. They want compliance and acquiescence to their agenda – and they want it now! We are standing in their way with our delusional smugness! (more…)

UN Sec. Gen. ? Capitalism is ?Environmental Suicide? Says ?We Need a Revolution?

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Source: haunting the library

UN Secretary General, Ban-Ki Moon has launched an astonishing attack on the current economic system of Western-style capitalsim, saying that it was dangerous and outdated in the light of global warming, and calling for a new economic paradigm.

Recent reports have noted that Ban-Ki Moon has said he will take a hands-off approach to global warming, and many have interpreted this to mean that he will leave it to the scientists and national Governments to decide.

But his latest comments, reported in The Guardian, make it clear that instead Ban-Ki Moon is switching from a narrow focus on global warming to a much wider spectrum attack on the current Western style of capitalism generally, on the grounds that it is not environmentally sustainable. The Guardian reports: (more…)

The UN IPCC – Influence Without Accountability

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Source:  SPPI

by Dennis Ambler

Donna La Framboise has an excellent piece on Dr Rajendra Pachauri and highlights the emergence of a new UN body similar to the IPCC, but in respect of Bio-Diversity. This is of course another objective that was decided at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992, and is now being brought of the cupboard.

Mr. Chairman, Your Carriage Awaits January 28, 2011, Donna La Framboise

“According to some people the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a marvelous organization ? so marvelous it should be regarded as a prototype. A month ago, therefore, the UN General Assembly formally created the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

As the press release explains, this body will be an ?IPCC for Nature? which will:

?in many ways mirror the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which has assisted in catalyzing worldwide understanding and governmental action on global warming.

There?s just one problem. The IPCC model is utterly dysfunctional. It is a screeching, flashing, billboard-sized example of influence without accountability. For proof of this statement, one need look no further than the IPCC?s chairman, Rajendra Pachauri.” (more…)

ATI Study: National Renewable Electricity Standard Would Devastate Economy

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Source:  http://www.atinstitute.org/blog_post/show/69

Proposals to implement a national Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) ? such as the 80 percent ?clean energy standard? by 2035 suggested by President Obama in his State of the Union speech this week ? would impose severe economic costs, including job losses and cuts in family income, according to a study published today by the American Tradition Institute.

The report explored the potential costs under national RPSs of 15 percent, 20 percent and 30 percent by the year 2021. A bill imposing a 15 percent mandate was introduced at the end of last year?s Congressional session and had bipartisan sponsorship, and a 30 percent mandate by 2021 would be possible ? probably even necessary ? under the president?s proposal. ATI?s study determined that a devastating blow to an already struggling economy would occur under any of the RPS scenarios under consideration.
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On energy policy, Obama talks down to Americans

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Source:  Daily Caller

by Chris Horner

?Now, clean energy breakthroughs will only translate into clean energy jobs if businesses know there will be a market for what they?re selling. So tonight, I challenge you to join me in setting a new goal: by 2035, 80% of America?s electricity will come from clean energy sources. Some folks want wind and solar. Others want nuclear, clean coal, and natural gas. To meet this goal, we will need them all ? and I urge Democrats and Republicans to work together to make it happen.? ? Barack Obama

Folks, you are being treated like infants ? while you are being robbed. Windmills and solar panels are not ?innovative?; they exist only because some politicians have made icons of them and are wedded to them as a result. (more…)

Cap and Trade Returns From the Grave

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Source:  WSJ

by KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL

The president’s plans for “clean energy standards” amount to carbon controls by other means.

Cap and trade is dead. Long live cap and trade.

The president presented his new, conciliatory face to the nation this week, and his State of the Union was as notable for what it didn’t include as what it did. He uttered not one word about global warming, a comprehensive climate bill, or his regulatory attempts to reduce carbon. Combined with his decision to give the axe to controversial climate czar Carol Browner, political analysts took all this as further proof that Barack Obama was moving to the middle, making nice with Republicans.

Snort. Guffaw. Chortle. (more…)

Things More Worrisome Than AGW: Complete Economic Collapse

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Source:  The Economic Collapse

Barack Obama’s State of the Union address sure sounded good, didn’t it?  There were lots of solemn promises, lots of stuff about America’s “bright future” and a line about how we are now facing this generation’s “Sputnik moment” that will surely make headlines all over the globe.  But we all knew that Barack Obama could give a good speech.  That has never been the issue.  What the American people really need are some very real answers to some very real problems.  So were there any real answers in Barack Obama’s State of the Union address?  Well, Barack Obama promised that America will “out-innovate, out-educate and out-build” the rest of the world.  He also pledged that America will become “the best place in the world to do business” and that the government must “take responsibility” for our deficit spending.  But does all of this rhetoric mean anything or is all this just another batch of empty promises to add to the long list of empty promises that Barack Obama has already made and broken? (more…)

Things more worrisome than AGW: Can Our Nation Be Saved?

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Source:  TownHall

by Walter E. Williams

National debt is over $14 trillion, the federal budget deficit is $1.4 trillion and, depending on whose estimates are used, the unfunded liability or indebtedness of the federal government (mostly in the form of obligations for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and prescription drugs) is estimated to be between $60 and $100 trillion.

Those entitlements along with others account for nearly 60 percent of federal spending. They are what Congress calls mandatory or non-discretionary spending. Then there’s discretionary spending, half of which is for national defense. Each year, non-discretionary spending consumes a higher and higher percent of the federal budget.

The spending path that Congress has chosen for the last half-century is unsustainable and will end up with economic collapse but little or nothing can be done about it unless I’m grossly wrong about the American people. Americans who detest our country and those who love our country are hell-bent, wittingly or unwittingly, on destroying it.

You say, “Williams, that’s not only insulting but shows little trust as well. Explain yourself!” (more…)

Wind Energy Deal Blows Away

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Source:  American Spectator

By on 1.25.11 @ 2:27PM

Scrutinize the realities of costly and inefficient wind energy projects (and most alternative energy projects, for that matter) in public spheres where tough questions can be asked — like in court — and it’s amazing what you will learn. Such was the case with California utility PG&E, which had a $900 million deal in place to purchase a wind farm from Iberdrola, until an administrative law judge wanted it nixed. From the court decision:

“We reject the application because we find that the Manzana Wind Project is not cost-competitive and poses unacceptable risks to ratepayers. We find that the proposed cost of the Manzana Wind Project is significantly higher than other resources PG&E can procure to meet its RPS program goal. Moreover, it will subject the ratepayers to unacceptable risks due to potential cost increases resulting from project under-performance, less than forecasted project life, and any delays which might occur concerning transmission upgrades and commercial online date. As a proposed utility-owned generation project, ratepayers would pay a lump sum cost rather than a performance based cost for the Manzana Wind Project. Therefore, ratepayers would be at risk if the project underperforms. In particular, if the Manzana Wind Project fails to achieve production as expected for any reason such as construction delays or curtailments as a result of a collision with a California condor, shareholders face no risks while customers could incur increased costs. In contrast, under a power purchase agreement, project owners rather than ratepayers bear the risk of project performance…. (more…)

Commentary: Hansen Draft Paper: Paleoclimate Implications for Human-Made Climate Change

Monday, January 24th, 2011

by Dr. Martin Hertzberg

As the saying goes:

“If all you have in your hand is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail”.

It is hopeless to expect that Hansen could possibly analyze data objectively – all he has in his head is “CO2 climate forcing” and everything else has to be “forced” into that ridiculous paradigm. It makes no difference to him that the predictions of his past half-baked computer models based on “CO2 climate forcing” were completely wrong.

It is not worth my time (or anyone else’s in my opinion) to try to critique the entire paper, but the final paragraph on his p. 11 stands our like a sore thumb. In it he states:

” Earth orbital (Milankovic) parameters have favored a cooling trend for the past several thousand years, which should be expected to start in the Northern Hemisphere (NH). For example, Earth is now closest to the sun in January, which favors warm winters and cool summers in the Northern Hemisphere.” (more…)

?EPA Expands Climate Agenda to the Current Fleet of Power Plants and Refineries? ? VanNess Feldman

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Source:  Global Warming.org

by Marlo Lewis

On December 23, 2010, one day before the Yuletide season when Members of Congress, the media, and Tea Party activists are least likely to watchdog the federal bureaucracy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced rulemakings to establish New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from power plants and refineries. Or maybe ?whispered? would be more accurate.

If you didn?t read the text of EPA?s press release and just skimmed the headline, you would not know the agency had just launched the next phase of its greenhouse gas regulatory program. The release carried this bland and uninformative title:  ?EPA to Set Modest Pace for Greenhouse Gas Standards/Agency stresses flexibility and public input in developing cost-effective and protective GHG standards for largest emitters.? (more…)

Newspaper Says Too Many Poor People, Demands ?Cut This Population In Half?

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Source:  hauntingthelibrary

A local newspaper in Tennessee, the Jackson Sun, has printed a provocative news article arguing that crime is out of control because there are too many poor people, and proposing that their population needs to be controlled for the public good.

In what was a retrospective on the local situation in the previous year (2010) Tom Bohs, an editor at the Jackson Sun wrote: (more…)

Hansen Sent Up By Satirical Paper: ?Wants to Clone Hitler to Save the Planet?

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Source:  hauntingthelibrary

Dr James Hansen of NASA GISS has been satirized by Spoof Times Online Newspaper, in an article mocking his calls for the Chinese communist regime to launch a trade war against his country and lead the world to ?save humanity? from the barbarians of his ?so-called democracy?.

The article from Spoof Times, reads: (more…)