Archive for July, 2011


Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Source:  UK Express

By Nathan Rao

THE BBC was criticised by climate change sceptics yesterday after it emerged that their views will get less coverage because they differ from mainline scientific opinion.

In a report by its governing body, the BBC Trust, the corporation was urged to focus less on opponents of the ?majority consensus? in its programmes.

It said coverage should not be tailored to represent a ?false balance? of opinion if one side came from a minority group.

The report was partly based on an independent review of coverage by Steve Jones, Professor of Genetics at University College, London.

Although he found no evidence of bias in BBC output, he suggested where there is a ?scientific consensus? it should not hunt out opponents purely to balance the story. (more…)

Texas electric regulator says new EPA rule could mean outages

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Source:  Dallas Morning News

Texas’ electric grid operator said Tuesday that a new regulation limiting pollution from coal-fired power plants threatens the state’s ability to ?keep the lights on.?

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the state’s deregulated power market, said it fears that some utilities will shutter coal-fired plants to comply with the rule, which significantly restricts emissions of sulfur dioxide.

?This is one of those cases where we believe it is our role to voice our concern that Texas could face a shortage of generation necessary to keep the lights on in Texas within a few years,? ERCOT president and chief executive H.B. ?Trip? Doggett said after a meeting of the council’s board of directors.

A philosopher on Climategate

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Source: Bishop Hill

I’ve always been rather unimpressed with philosophy and philosophers – I keep feeling that there is much less there than meets the eye. I don’t think this article in the New York Times is going to change my opinion much. In it, philosopher Gary Gutting looks at the AGW `consensus’ and Climategate and frankly doesn’t make much of a case. Here he is on Climategate: (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: A 70% Marginal Tax Rate

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Source: WSJ

by Michael Boskin

Some argue the U.S. economy can bear higher pre-Reagan tax rates. But those rates applied to a much smaller fraction of taxpayers than what we’re headed for without spending cuts.

President Obama has been using the debt-ceiling debate and bipartisan calls for deficit reduction to demand higher taxes. With unemployment stuck at 9.2% and a vigorous economic “recovery” appearing more and more elusive, his timing couldn’t be worse.

Two problems arise when marginal tax rates are raised. First, as college students learn in Econ 101, higher marginal rates cause real economic harm. The combined marginal rate from all taxes is a vital metric, since it heavily influences incentives in the economy?workers and employers, savers and investors base decisions on after-tax returns. Thus tax rates need to be kept as low as possible, on the broadest possible base, consistent with financing necessary government spending. (more…)

Why Hasn?t The Earth Warmed In Nearly 15 Years?

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Source:  Forbes

by Patrick Michaels

There is no statistically significant warming trend since November of 1996 in monthly surface temperature records compiled at the University of East Anglia. Do we now understand why there?s been no change in fourteen and a half years?

If you read the news stories surrounding a recent paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Boston University?s Robert Kaufmann and three colleagues, you?d say yes, indeed. It?s China?s fault. By dramatically increasing their combustion of coal, they have increased the concentration of fine particles in the atmosphere called sulphate aerosols, which reflect away solar radiation, countering the warming that should be occurring from increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide. (more…)

Why global warmists hate climate skeptics

Saturday, July 16th, 2011


Source: World Net Daily

by John K. Swayze

To the shock of many on both sides of the debate, the New York Times recently published a generally respectful feature article on Dr. Richard Lindzen, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who has been among the world’s most prominent “climate skeptics.” But while the article is mostly respectful, it certainly points out that Lindzen is widely hated by the climate alarmists ? whether the scientists, the politicians, or the grass-roots environmentalists.

As is so common in the culture of today, one of the chief reasons why many people hate Lindzen is that he wins debates and makes compelling arguments against what is supposedly the prevailing wisdom. His sharp wit is evident: “[T]here are the numerous well-meaning individuals who have allowed propagandists to convince them that in accepting the alarmist view of anthropogenic climate change, they are displaying intelligence and virtue. For them, their psychic welfare is at stake.” (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: US Credit Downgrading

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Source: WSJ

So the credit-rating agencies that helped to create the financial crisis that led to a deep recession are now warning that the U.S. could lose the AAA rating it has had since 1917. As painfully ironic as this is, there’s no benefit in shooting the messengers. The real culprit is the U.S. political class, especially the President who has presided over this historic collapse of fiscal credibility.

Moody’s and the boys are citing the risk of a default on August 2 as the proximate reason for their warning. But Americans should understand that the debt ceiling is merely the trigger. The gun is the spending boom of the last three years and the prospect that Washington lacks the political will to reduce it in the years to come. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: The US the Debt-Ceiling Fiasco

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Source: WSJ


It doesn’t help that he’s declared high-speed rail and even unspent stimulus funds as untouchable.

President Barack Obama and Congress face a mess if the federal government hits the debt ceiling Aug. 2. The Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington think tank, projects that the government will receive $172 billion in revenues between Aug. 3 and Aug. 31, but it is on the hook to spend $306 billion, leaving a shortfall of $134 billion.

On Tuesday, Mr. Obama told Scott Pelley of CBS News that “there may simply not be the money in the coffers” to issue Social Security, veterans and disability checks after Aug. 3.

Not so. The $172 billion in revenues collected over the rest of the month can pay the $29 billion interest charges on the national debt, Social Security benefits ($49 billion), Medicaid and Medicare ($50 billion), active duty military pay ($2.9 billion), Department of Defense vendors ($31.7 billion), IRS refunds ($3.9 billion), and about a quarter of the $12.8 billion in unemployment checks due that month. (more…)

Save the light bulb!

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Source: CFACT

by Bonner Cohen, Ph. D.

[SPPI Note:  see extensive SPPI paper at: ]

We’re about to lose our light bulbs.

Among the many foolish things the political class in Washington has foisted on an unsuspecting public in recent years was the mandated phase-out of one of the most successful inventions in human history, the incandescent light bulb.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, passed by a Democratic Congress and signed into law by President Bush, set in motion a scheme to phase out the incandescent light bulb, replacing it with what the public was told were ?more efficient? and ?climate friendly? alternatives. Those who questioned the wisdom of the move were assured that emerging technologies, specifically the Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL), would more than fill our lighting needs. (more…)

Global SST Update: Still No Sign of Resumed Warming

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Source:  Global Warming

by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.

Here?s the global average sea surface temperature (SST) update from AMSR-E on NASA?s Aqua satellite, updated through yesterday, July 7, 2011:

The anomalies are relative the existing period of record, which is since June 2002.

As can be seen, the SSTs have not quite recovered from the coolness of the recent La Nina.

Something else I track is the ocean cloud water anomalies, also from AMSR-E, which I have calibrated in terms of anomalies in reflected sunlight based upon Aqua CERES data: (more…)

More Confirmation That Unprecedented Global Warming Happened In Past – Say, The 1930s

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Source:  C3 headlines

Now that scientists have confirmed that global warming has been entirely missing since 1998, possibly the the lamestream press will finally gain the courage to finally report actual weather and climate facts, such as reporting the global cooling trend since 2002. This would be a huge improvement versus their modern method of doing climate science by press release. (more…)

Lake Powell Up 70 Feet Since Gavin Declared It Dead

Monday, July 11th, 2011
Source:  Real Science
by stevengoddard

Real Climate?s Gavin declared global warming poster child Lake Powell dead as of 2004.

Since then, it has gained almost 70 feet in elevation ? with year over year increases during every year except 2010..

Here is what it looks like this morning. Notice the clean coal-fired power plant in the background.

Swiss Re: We need to charge higher premiums because invisible, natural atmospheric gas may start making buildings collapse

Monday, July 11th, 2011
Source:  Tom Nelson

According to a new study from Swiss Re, ?Europe is witnessing a dramatic increase in property damage as a result of soil subsidence.? A new loss model developed by Swiss Re and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), also concludes that ?climate change could magnify those risks.? (more…)

Obama’s Plan for $10 Gas

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Source:  American Thinker

American drivers are angry at having to pay $4 a gallon for gas, and understandably so.  Their anger is often directed at the oil companies that supply the gas.  It should be directed at Barack Obama instead.

From the beginning of his appearance on the national stage, Obama has focused on the goal of driving up energy prices with the idea of “weaning” America off fossil fuels.  He has succeeded in driving up prices, all right, but not in reducing dependence on fossil fuels.  According to “The Outlook for Energy 2011,” fossil fuels now supply 80% of global demand.  That percentage will remain unchanged through 2030 despite hundreds of billions in subsidies squandered on wind and solar. (more…)

Experts Find Deep Arctic Water Temps Fall By 1 Deg. – Bizzarro Theory That “Global Warming Hides” In Deeper Waters Not So Hot

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Source:  C3 Headlines

Read here. Global warming scientists and alarmists are always trying to rationalize why the catastrophic AGW hypothesis is in continuous fail mode, and why the globe is cooling and not warming as they predicted. Besides the infamously lame “aerosols overwhelm CO2” excuse that is trotted out every few years by elite losers, the other favorite excuse is that global warming actually goes and hides in the deep ocean basins, where no one can ever seem to find it.

The “warming is hiding” hypothesis is also fairly lame as the latest evidence reveals, which is not a surprise since only greens/lefties/liberals believe it.

Data from Catlin Arctic Survey 2011, collected during an eight-week expedition from March to May, indicates the temperature of Arctic seawater below 200 metres depth has decreased by a ?surprising? one degree Celsius in comparison with previous observations…?What was most surprising was the degree of change; even the most incremental differences in ocean temperatures matter. To put this temperature change in context, global sea temperatures rose by only 0.25 of a degree Celsius in the last 30 to 40 years but this was enough for the IPCC?s Fourth Assessment Report to state the oceans are warming.?”