Archive for February, 2011

Stop EPA’s Energy Tax

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Source: IBD

Federal Authority: At a contentious hearing on legislation to keep the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant, Republicans rightly called global warming a power-grabbing hoax that is all pain for no gain.

The assertion came at a Wednesday hearing before the House subcommittee on energy and power on the “Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011.” The measure is designed to reassert the authority of Congress to levy taxes on the American people and direct public policy ? powers that are being usurped by the unelected bureaucrats at the Environmental Protection Agency.

In a power grab that rivals ObamaCare in audacity and job-killing effects, the EPA has claimed unto itself the power to regulate carbon dioxide, a byproduct of human and animal respiration and the basis for all life on earth, as a pollutant. At least with ObamaCare, Congress ? our representatives ? voted to pass it. (more…)

House GOP spending bill prohibits funding for EPA climate regs

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Source:  The Hill

By Andrew Restuccia – 02/11/11 07:33 PM ET

A government spending bill unveiled Friday night by House Republicans would prohibit funding for Environmental Protection Agency climate regulations through September of this year.

The continuing resolution, which would fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, is the latest attempt by Republicans to stop EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.

Republicans argue that pending EPA climate rules will destroy the economy and result in significant job losses. GOP lawmakers, including House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), have introduced legislation to permanently block the agency’s climate authority.

The bill would block funding for all current and pending EPA climate regulations for stationary sources. (more…)

Pielke Sr. on the gang of 18 letter to congress

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Source:  Wattsup

by Anthony Watts

Comments On The Hill?s Post ?Scientists Ask Congress To Put Aside Politics, Take ?Fresh Look? At Climate Data?

By Dr. Roger Pielke Sr.

http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/141453-scientists-put-aside-politics-and-focus-on-climate-science

There is an article in The Hill?s Energy and Environment Blog on February 1 2011 by Andrew Restuccia titled  [h/t/ Bob Ferguson]

Scientists ask Congress to put aside politics, take ?fresh look? at climate data

The news article starts with the text

More than a dozen scientists took aim at climate skeptics in a letter to members of Congress late last week, calling on lawmakers to put aside politics and focus on the science behind climate change.

In the Jan. 28 letter, 18 scientists from various universities and research centers called on lawmakers to take a ?fresh look? at climate change.

?Political philosophy has a legitimate role in policy debates, but not in the underlying climate science,? the scientists said in the letter. ?There are no Democratic or Republican carbon dioxide molecules; they are all invisible and they all trap heat.?

Other excerpts from the news article read [with my comments right below each excerpt]

?The scientists took aim at climate skeptics. ?Climate change deniers cloak themselves in scientific language, selectively critiquing aspects of mainstream climate science,? the scientists said. ?Sometimes they present alternative hypotheses as an explanation of a particular point, as if the body of evidence were a house of cards standing or falling on one detail; but the edifice of climate science instead rests on a concrete foundation.? (more…)

New SPPI Book: Benefits of CO2

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Source: SPPI

SPPI has published a new Book, The Many Benefits of Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment.

The full book can be purchased here: http://www.valeslake.com/bookmart.htm

Global warming alarmists tell us the horrors of increasing atmospheric CO2 concentration. Skeptics tell us that it’s not all that bad. Finally, there is a non-apologetic treatise that tells us of the benefits of atmospheric CO2 enrichment in an alphabetical format. This extensively referenced 360-page color book by Drs. Idso and Idso tells us of fifty-five benefits of atmospheric CO2 enrichment, and belongs in the library of all who study CO2 and climate.

That’s 55 benefits. Fifty-five!

The benefits are not squeezed out of computer models, but are based on real data. CO2, after all, is plant food, absolutely necessary for all of the biosphere.

Congressional Energy and Environmental Policy Leaders File Amicus Brief with Supreme Court

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – Leading congressional energy and environmental policymakers today filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in American Electric Power Company, et al.  v. State of Connecticut, et al.  to assert the sole prerogative and responsibility of the legislative and executive branches – not the judiciary – to address the environmental and economic issues of federal climate change policy. The brief, filed by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Ranking Member James Inhofe (R-OK), argues strongly against the notion that a federal court is empowered or equipped to establish carbon dioxide emissions standards in response to federal common law nuisance claims. (more…)

Things More Worrisome that AGW: Opinion — How Obama Thinks

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Opinion

Source:  Forbes

Dinesh D’Souza, 09.27.10, 12:00 AM ET

Correction Appended

Barack Obama is the most antibusiness president in a generation, perhaps in American history. Thanks to him the era of big government is back. Obama runs up taxpayer debt not in the billions but in the trillions. He has expanded the federal government’s control over home mortgages, investment banking, health care, autos and energy. The Weekly Standard summarizes Obama’s approach as omnipotence at home, impotence abroad.

The President’s actions are so bizarre that they mystify his critics and supporters alike. Consider this headline from the Aug. 18, 2009 issue of the Wall Street Journal: “Obama Underwrites Offshore Drilling.” Did you read that correctly? You did. The Administration supports offshore drilling–but drilling off the shores of Brazil. With Obama’s backing, the U.S. Export-Import Bank offered $2 billion in loans and guarantees to Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras to finance exploration in the Santos Basin near Rio de Janeiro–not so the oil ends up in the U.S. He is funding Brazilian exploration so that the oil can stay in Brazil. (more…)

Carbon Dioxide and Earth’s Future: Pursuing the Prudent Path

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Source:  CO2 Science

by Craig and Sherwood Idso

Special Issue
This week we announce the release of our newest major report, Carbon Dioxide and Earth’s Future: Pursuing the Prudent Path. Based on the voluminous periodic reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the ongoing rise in the atmosphere’s CO2 concentration has come to be viewed as a monumental danger — not only to human society, but to the world of nature as well. But are the horrific “doomsday scenarios” promulgated by the climate alarmists as set-in-stone as the public is led to believe? Do we really know all of the complex and interacting processes that should be included in the models upon which these scenarios are based? And can we properly reduce those processes into manageable computer code so as to produce reliable forecasts 50 or 100 years into the future? At present, the only way to properly answer these questions is to compare climate model projections with real-world observations. Theory is one thing, but empirical reality is quite another. The former may or may not be correct, but the latter is always right. As such, the only truly objective method to evaluate climate model projections is by comparing them with real-world data. (more…)

Things More Worrisome Than AGW: Hyperinflation and Food Riots

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Opinion

Egyptian demonstrators clash during protest Egyptian demonstrators clash with Egyptian police in central Cairo during a protest to demand the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak and calling for reforms. The protests were the largest and most significant since riots over bread subsidies shook the Arab world's most populous nation in 1977, analysts said.? Read more » (AFP/Mohammed Abed)

Source:  National Inflation Association

Egypt: Preview of America in 2015

The rioting and looting currently taking place in Egypt is primarily a result of massive food inflation and shows what all major cities in the United States will likely look like come year 2015 due to the Federal Reserve’s zero percent interest rates and quantitative easing to infinity. On December 16th, 2009, NIA named Time Magazine’s 2009 ‘Person of the Year’ Ben Bernanke our ‘Villain of the Year’, saying he created “unprecedented amounts of inflation in unprecedented ways” and “When it costs $20 for a gallon of milk in a few years, Americans will have nobody to thank more than Bernanke.”

What started out a few weeks ago as protests in Algeria with citizens chanting “Bring Us Sugar!” and five citizens being killed, quickly spread to civil unrest in Tunisia which saw 14 more civilian deaths, and has now spread to riots in Egypt where 300 Egyptian citizens have been killed. Food inflation in Egypt has reached 20% and citizens in the nation already spend about 40% of their monthly expenditures on food. Americans for decades have been blessed with cheap food, spending only 13% of their expenditures on food, but this is about to change. (more…)

Climate change: A new religion complete with evangelists, tithes, indulgences and superstitions

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Source:  International Business Times

By William Dove

Last night BBC Four aired a documentary which took a look at climate change sceptics and in particular one of the movement’s most prominent poster boys, Lord Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount of Brenchley.

The programme, like climate science itself, attracted controversy before it even came on air. James Delingpole, a vocal climate change sceptic who appears in the documentary, yesterday called the programme “another hatchet job” on his Telegraph blog.

The presenter of the programme, Rupert Murray, concluded by saying that despite the arguments of the sceptics he did not want to take the risk that they were wrong. He was, he said, willing to give up some of his freedom if it helped to stop climate change. (more…)

Is Met Office again playing games with its weather data?

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Source: UK Telegraph

Dr Benny Peiser and Dr David Whitehouse, of the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), have written to John Hirst, chief executive of the beleaguered Met Office, asking for an explanation of a press release issued by his organisation on January 20 and headed ?2010 ? a near record year?. This won headlines by claiming that last year was hotter than any other in the past decade.

When the two men examined the original data from which this claim was derived ? compiled by the University of East Anglia?s Climatic Research Unit and the Met Office?s Hadley Centre ? it clearly showed 2010 as having been cooler than 2005 (and 1998) and equal to 2003. It emerged that, for the purposes of the press release, the data had been significantly adjusted. (more…)

Met Office document shows it only renamed its seasonal forecasts

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Source:  Autonomous Mind

A Freedom of Information request submitted to the Met Office by Autonomous Mind reveals the Met Office did not tell the truth when it said it had scrapped its seasonal forecast.

Despite repeatedly trailing the line that the Met Office no longer issues seasonal forecasts because the public says they are not of use (a separate blog post on that public view later today, with some new information that has come to light? Update: part two can now be read here), the reality is that the department?s Chief Executive, John Hirst, engaged in a smoke and mirrors exercise in an attempt at reputation management. (more…)

Mythologising Monckton

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
Source: climate resistance
by Ben Pile

There is only one climate sceptic in the world. His name is Christopher Monckton. This is the only conclusion you could draw from Rupert Murray?s film, Meet the Climate Sceptics,  broadcast on BBC4 tonight.

The film portrays Monckton single-handedly attacking the entire global scientific establishment, sabotaging any possibility of climate legislation in the USA, and thereby demolishing any possible global deal on emissions-reduction through the UNFCCC process. Along the way he destroys Kevin Rudd?s administration and the Australian ETS? In Murray?s fantasy, Christopher Monckton is to climate scepticism what James Bond is to the UK. (more…)