Archive for February, 2011

Wind Power: Questionable Benefits, Concealed Impacts

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Source:  TownHall

by Paul Driessen

America is running out of natural gas. Prices will soar, making imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) and T Boone Pickens’ wind farm plan practical, affordable and inevitable. That was then.

Barely two years later, America (and the world) are tapping vast, previously undreamed-of energy riches – as drillers discover how to produce gas from shale, coal and tight sandstone formations, at reasonable cost. They do it by pumping a water, sand and proprietary chemical mixture into rocks under very high pressure, fracturing or “fracking” the formations, and keeping the cracks open, to yield trapped methane. (more…)

Why the UN Loves Hollywood: An Inconvenient Truth About ‘Gasland’

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Source:  Redstate

[SPPI Note:  No wonder UN chief Ban Ki Moon loaded the atmosphere with more CO2 flying into Hollywood to beg for broader global warming propaganda.  The "entertainment" left, like the political left, is gleefully bereft of concern for facts.]

“And the winner is … Gasland!” But guess who’s the loser?

by Steve Maley

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (COMINTERN) (AMPAS) are a bunch of suckers when it comes to Leftist propaganda films featuring outrageous, junk-science based, anti-capitalist claptrap. Just ask Al Gore, who won an Oscar a few years back for An Inconvenient Truth.

One of this year’s nominees in the Documentary Feature category is a film by Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic called Gasland. Too bad there’s no category for Documentary Fiction. (more…)

Aussie PM Pushing Mindless Carbon Tax

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Source:  Quadrant Online

“Today’s debate about global warming is essentially a debate about freedom. The environmentalists would like to mastermind each and every possible (and impossible) aspect of our lives.”

Vaclav Klaus
Blue Planet in Green Shackles

Shhsshh … don’t talk about the science

by Bob Carter

February 28, 2011

Carbon dioxide tax – the People’s Revolt – Part II


Last Wednesday, February 23, Prime Minister Gillard announced, on behalf of her Multi-Party Committee on Climate Change, an in-principle commitment to introduce a carbon dioxide tax in Australia on July 1, 2012.


This despite the irreconcilable breakdown of the Copenhagen and Cancun meetings that were aimed at achieving international agreement on similar action, and despite it now being clear also that cap-and-trade measures are dead for the foreseeable future in the USA.

This representing, first, a broken election promise of some magnitude, and, second, a stupid policy, it is not surprising that the announcement provoked an immediate blizzard of public criticism and resistance. Yet as I write, and after almost 4 days of saturation press coverage, not a single mainstream media commentator appears to have discussed the real issue at hand.

That issue is, of course, supposedly dangerous global warming caused by human carbon dioxide emissions. And note the two adjectives “supposedly” and “dangerous”, for both are critically important to the debate that we are failing to have. (more…)

UN’s Ban Ki Moon seeks Climate Change Blockbuster

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Source:  SPPI

The UN is becoming increasingly desperate at their failure to convince the “man in the street” about global warming, particularly since the weather is refusing to co-operate over the last few years. They are now seeking to enroll the entertainment industry into their propaganda war and Ban Ki Moon breezed into Hollywood this week to meet writers, directors and producers. The taxpayer of course pays for all these junkets via national contributions to the UN.

U.N. leader asks Hollywood for help in fight against global climate change

By Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times February 27, 2011

“Ban Ki-moon, the normally buttoned-up Secretary General of the United Nations, swept into Los Angeles during Oscar week playing the role of Hollywood pitchman. His message: Make global warming a hot issue.

“I need your support,” he told entertainment industry insiders during a daylong forum Tuesday that focused on recent heat waves, floods, fires and drought, which scientists link to human-induced climate change.

“Animate these stories!” Ban pleaded. “Set them to music! Give them life! Together we can have a blockbuster impact on the world.” (more…)

INHOFE HIGHLIGHTS COMMERCE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Source:  Sen. Inhofe

Contacts:

Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797

David Lungren David_Lungren@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-5642

IG Finds NOAA Climategate Emails ‘Warrant Further Investigation,’ Top Scientist Thwarts Transparency Law

Link to Press Release

Washington, D.C.–Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, released the following findings from the investigation by the Commerce Department’s Inspector General on emails from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) related to the “climategate” scandal.

“I want to thank the Inspector General for conducting a thorough, objective, and balanced investigation,” Inhofe said.  “NOAA is one of the nation’s leading scientific organizations.  Unfortunately, in reading past the executive summary, this report shows that some NOAA employees potentially violated federal contract law and engaged in data manipulation.  It also appears that one senior NOAA employee possibly thwarted the release of important federal scientific information for the public to assess and analyze.  Her justification for blocking the release was contradicted by two career attorneys in the Office of General Counsel.  This is no doubt a serious matter that deserves further investigation. (more…)

It’s the Warmists who get the big bucks from big oil and big business

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Source:  Greenie Watch

Chris Field, the co-chair of an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) working group told a St. Louis paper that American money spent on the IPCC “is a very good deal for the governments and for the world.”

Field, echoed the recent warming alarmist party line of communicating better. He said he and the other smart people like him need to explain the science better to those less fortunate. And he said “the scientific community” should be more nurturing and help “people understand” both the importance of the IPCC, and “how science works.”

Field may be hiding a bit of information that might help us “understand how his science” is paid for. (more…)

Solomon’s “Divergence” Problem

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Source: Climate Audit

Although NOAA were minor players in the Climategate letters, the recent report from the Inspector General of the US Department of Commerce (re NOAA) is the first report to date in which the investigators made any effort to crosscheck evidence from Climategate correspondents against independent sources.

It does not list the emails that it investigated and its report does not discuss some relevant emails involving NOAA (Tom Karl copied on the post-Arusha discussion that resulted in hide-the-decline; also comments on 1127614205.txt ; 1148307524.txt ; 1182342470.txt;1226451442.txt; 1248902393.txt would have made the report more comprehensive.)

They did an interesting analysis of NOAA’s repudiation of 2007 FOI requests for documents held by NOAA related to IPCC review comments. They rejected NOAA’s assertion that they did not hold any IPCC-related documents (an assertion characterized at CA as “mendacious”) and sought an explanation for the assertion from NOAA employee and IPCC WG1 Co-Chair Susan Solomon, who was specified in the FOI request. (more…)

NOAA Misrepresents Inspector General Report

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Source: Climate Audit

NOAA’s news release on the IG report contains the following misrepresentation of NOAA’s repudiation of FOI requests:

The report questions the way NOAA handled a response to four FOIA requests in 2007. The FOIA requests sought documents related to the review and comments of part of an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. NOAA scientists were given legal advice that IPCC work done by scientists were records of the IPCC, not NOAA. The requesters were directed to the IPCC, which subsequently made available the review, comments and responses which are online at IPCC and www.hcl.harvard.edu.

“The NOAA scientists responded in good faith to the FOIA requests based on their understanding of the request and in accordance with the legal guidance provided in 2007,” Glackin said. (more…)

Another Climate Propaganda Unit Funded at the University of Chicago

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Source: SPPI

by Dennis Ambler

$6 million grant to fund center for robust decision–making on climate

“The Computation Institute at the University of Chicago is leading a new multi–institutional, interdisciplinary center to build tools to help governments, the private sector and individuals make better–informed decisions relating to both climate and energy policies and the long–term consequences of climate change.

The effort will bring together collaborators at nine institutions under the auspices of a new Center for Robust Decision Making on Climate and Energy Policy, supported by a five–year, $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation as part of the Decision–Making Under Uncertainty program.”

I think “collaborators” is an appropriate term! (more…)

Another Govt Climate Change Propaganda Unit

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Source: National Park Service

Job Title: Interdisciplinary (Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator – Cultural Resources)

Department: Department Of The Interior

Agency: National Park Service

Job Announcement Number: NPSWASO-HQ-11-434393

SALARY RANGE:

$89,033.00 – $136,771.00 /year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, February 04, 2011 to Thursday, February 17, 2011

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0101-13/14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time Career/Career Conditional

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy – Washington DC Metro Area, DC

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:

This announcement is open to all U.S. Citizens.

JOB SUMMARY:

Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service.  Become a part of our mission to unite the past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.

The National Park Service is seeking an energetic professional individual to serve as the Cultural Resources Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator.  The position is located in Washington, DC and provides cultural resource management assistance to park units, and provides leadership and guidance to stakeholders in the cultural resource management and historic preservation communities nationwide on issues relating to climate change. Candidates interested in this position should have an indepth knowledge of climate change science either as a consumer or generator of climate change data and models to support decisions in cultural resource management and adaptation.

Things More Worrisome Than AGW: China’s Military Rise

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Source:  http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/admiral-says-chinese-carrier-killer-miss

USS George Washington arrives in Busan, South Korea, on July 21, 2010, ahead of large-scale joint military exercises aimed at deterring North Korean aggression. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles Oki)

Admiral Says Chinese ‘Carrier Killer’ Missile Won’t Change U.S. Navy Operations

By Eric Talmadge, Associated Press

Yokosuka, Japan (AP) - A new “carrier killer” missile that has become a symbol of China’s rising military might will not force the U.S. Navy to change the way it operates in the Pacific, a senior Navy commander told The Associated Press.

Defense analysts say the Dong Feng 21D missile could upend the balance of power in Asia, where U.S. aircraft carrier battle groups have ruled the waves since the end of World War II.

However, Vice Adm. Scott van Buskirk, commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet, told the AP in an interview that the Navy does not see the much-feared weapon as creating any insurmountable vulnerability for the U.S. carriers — the Navy’s crown jewels. (more…)

KRUGMAN Flunks Food—And History

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

BY DENNIS T. AVERY

CHURCHVLLE, VA—Paul Krugman is a big deal: Princeton professor, New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate (2008). Krugman wrote last week about the “food crisis, the second one to hit the world in the last three years.”  His key statement: “what really stands out is the extent to which severe weather events have disrupted agricultural production. And these severe weather events are exactly the kind of thing we’d expect to see as rising concentrations of greenhouse gases change our climate—which means that the current food prices surge may be just beginning.”

What warming?  The puny 0.2 degrees C we’ve had since 1940?

On food, we’re currently diverting a huge proportion of the world’s crops to biofuels. We’ve created an artificial shortage of the world’s already-scarce cropland. Two years ago, the high food prices were driven by a very high price for oil, so our corn ethanol plants were running full-tilt. World food prices nearly doubled. This year, the high food prices are driven by a combination of high fuel prices, and diverse bad weather in the U.S., Russia, Australia and China, to name a few weather-challenged regions. (more…)

Google Scholar Illiteracy at Skeptical Science

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Source:  Popular Technology.net

Rebuttal to “Meet the Denominator

In a desperate attempt to diminish the value of the list of peer-reviewed papers supporting skeptic’s arguments, Rob Honeycutt from Skeptical Science not only lies but puts on a surprising display of his Google Scholar Illiteracy. It is clear that not only does he not understand how to properly use Google Scholar, he has no idea of the relevance of any of the results he gets.

1. Rob begins with a strawman argument that the list is only presenting one side of the argument. This has never been denied as one of the reasons the list was created was to show the skeptical side of the argument supported by the peer-reviewed literature. This purpose is explicitly stated on the list,

Purpose: To provide a resource for peer-reviewed papers that support skepticism of AGW or the negative environmental or socio-economic effects of AGW and to prove that these papers exist contrary to widely held beliefs.

2. Rob mentions previous criticisms of the list that have been completely refuted,

Rebuttal to “450 more lies from the climate change Deniers” (more…)

The Source of Sourcewatch

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
Source:  Wattsup
Poptech says:
February 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm

@Patrick Davis

I take it you are new to all this as Sourcewatch is not a reliable resource,

Sourcewatch (Discover the Networks)

A project of the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), [...]

These “exposes,” which tend to be critical of their subjects, deal predominantly with conservative entities… [...]

As with the online reference Wikipedia, the contents of SourceWatch are written and edited by ordinary Web users. Says SourceWatch: “You don’t need any special credentials to participate — we shun credentialism along with other propaganda techniques.” While stating that it seeks to maintain fairness in the profiles and articles appearing on its website, SourceWatch does acknowledge that “ignoring systemic bias and claiming objectivity is itself one of many well-known propaganda techniques.” [...]

…The perspectives are mostly leftist; the entries rely heavily on leftist and far-leftist sources.

Center for Media and Democracy (Discover the Networks)

An anti-capitalist, anti-corporate organization that seeks to expose right-wing “public relations spin and propaganda”. (more…)

WikiLeaks cables reveal how US manipulated climate accord

Monday, February 14th, 2011
Source:  UK Guardian

A Greenpeace activist in a hot air ballon ahead of the current UN climate summit in Cancún. WikiLeaks cables expose US use of espionage before the 2009 Copenhagen summit. Photograph: Luis Perez/AFP/Getty Images

Hidden behind the save-the-world rhetoric of the global climate change negotiations lies the mucky realpolitik: money and threats buy political support; spying and cyberwarfare are used to seek out leverage.

The US diplomatic cables reveal how the US seeks dirt on nations opposed to its approach to tackling global warming; how financial and other aid is used by countries to gain political backing; how distrust, broken promises and creative accounting dog negotiations; and how the US mounted a secret global diplomatic offensive to overwhelm opposition to the controversial “Copenhagen accord“, the unofficial document that emerged from the ruins of the Copenhagen climate change summit in 2009. (more…)