Archive for July, 2011

Solar effects only cause cooling

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Source:  http://www.australianclimatemadness.com/2011/07/solar-effects-only-cause-cooling/

Climate scientists in the consensus camp are scrambling to find a reason for the slowing of the global temperature rise in the last decade. According to their models, in which climate sensitivity is very high and positive feedbacks rule, temperatures should have continued rising with CO2.

Solar effects are to all intents and purposes ignored, since as the IPCC states in AR4, changes in solar irradiance are too small to affect the climate, and other methods such as cosmic ray modulation are “controversial” [translation: they don’t fit our agenda – Ed]. So they are simply glossed over. (more…)

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Source:  IBD

Climate alarmists are now explaining away their failed predictions by claiming China’s power plants emit sulfur dioxide that cancels out carbon dioxide emissions. So should we burn more coal?

Among the emails unearthed during ClimateGate, when scientists working at or with Britain’s Climate Research Unit conspired to “hide the decline” in global temperatures, is one from Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research to Michael Mann, inventor of the now-discredited “hockey stick” graph that purported to show sudden and dangerous man-induced temperature rise. (more…)

Global warming? A new ice age? The only certainty is that YOU’RE paying for the hysteria of our politicians

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Source:  UK Mail

By Christopher Booker

Who would possibly have thought it? The latest news is that the world may be threatened by a sharp drop in temperatures, possibly so severe that it could herald a new mini ice age.

And one reason being put forward for this is that all the pollution being chucked out by thousands of coal-fired power stations may be blocking the sun’s heat from the Earth.

Dr Robert Kaufman of Boston University blamed China this week. ‘During the Chinese economic expansion there was a huge increase in sulphur emissions,’ he said. And this was the cause of global cooling. (more…)

Dick Lindzen: A Climate Change Dissenter Who Has Left His Mark on U.S. Policy

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Source:  NYT

Richard Lindzen is 71. His career as professor of meteorology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology is winding down. The rumpled, bearded, soft-spoken scientist no longer teaches regular classes and looks forward to a quiet retirement a year from now, perhaps at his second home, in Paris.

“Quiet” is not a word you could apply to his career. In the 1970s, he developed a mathematical analysis that disproved much of the accepted scientific theories about how “tides” in the Earth’s atmosphere move heat around the planet. For that, he won a number of prestigious awards and was invited to become a member of the National Academy of Sciences at the tender age of 37.

In the 1990s, when a group of climate scientists using computer-driven climate models and environmental groups asserted that climate change caused by man-made greenhouse gases would dangerously warm the Earth, Lindzen set out to disprove them. He lost that battle. The message of the computer modelers is now the prevailing wisdom of the National Academy and other distinguished scientific bodies around the world. (more…)

Science Corruption at the National Academies of Science

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Source:  Hawaii Reporter

BY MICHAEL R. FOX PHD

Since the proponents of global warming are being caught without providing supporting evidence, the theory of man-made global warming is being destroyed before our very eyes.  With no hardnosed physical evidence, measurable, observable, replicable evidence, the fiction has been sustained by non-science methods. These include appeals to authority, existence of an elitist scientific consensus, computer models none of which produce physical evidence.

Crippling national energy policies, environmental policies, economic policies are being seriously considered. Such suicidal policies did not originate in the recent fictions of climate change, but from the leaders of the UN and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and their friends within the American leadership. (more…)

Chinese coal blamed for global warming er… cooling

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Source: The Register

Economists ride into sulphurous cloud of aerosols

By Andrew Orlowski

The refusal of the global temperatures to rise as predicted has caused much angst among academics. “The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t,” wrote one in 2009. Either the instruments were wrong, or the heat energy had gone missing somewhere.

Now a team of academics, after tweaking a statistical model to include sulphur emissions, suggest that coal power stations may be to blame for a lack of global warming since 1998. The IPCC’s 2007 assessment acknowledged the negative radiative forcing (aka, cooling effect) of both natural aerosols from volcanoes and manmade aerosols, but admitted the level of scientific understanding was low. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Iran says fires missiles to Indian Ocean for first time

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Source:  http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/09/us-iran-missile-test-idUSTRE7680ZZ20110709

Iran said on Saturday it test-fired two long-range missiles into the Indian Ocean earlier this year, the first time it has fired missiles into that sea, according to state television.

“In the month of Bahman (Jan 21-Feb 19) two missiles with a range of 1,900 km (1,180 miles) were fired from Semnan province(in northern Iran) into the mouth of the Indian Ocean,” Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace division, told a news conference some of which was shown on television. (more…)

Boycott call by lobby group GetUp is nothing but blackmail

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Source:  Herald Sun

ONE of the things we must never lose in this country is our freedom to speak our mind.

But this week many chief executives got a letter from a lobby group called GetUp, whose founding directors included Bill Shorten, now the Assistant Treasurer.

Some extracts:

Dear CEO,

You may be aware that … the Australian Food and Grocery Council has reportedly put its support behind a multi-million dollar campaign to fight proposed legislation to put a price on carbon pollution … (more…)

NO MYSTERY TO NON-RECOVERY

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Source:  http://www.cgfi.org/2011/07/no-mystery-to-non-recovery-by-dennis-t-avery/

I?m tired of reading about the American economy?s ?mysterious? non-recovery. The lack of recovery isn?t mysterious at all. The economy hates uncertainty, and Obama has introduced more economic uncertainty than we?ve had since Hoover and Roosevelt started violating the law of supply and demand 80 years ago.

Our present crisis was caused by federal policies demanding that banks make bad housing loans to people who couldn?t afford their mortgages. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?s $500 billion in mortgage losses still haven?t been added to federal red ink totals?and both are still out there incurring more losses. Consequently we don?t know what a house is worth, now or tomorrow. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Greek Debt Swap [default]

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Source: Red State

Francis Cianfrocca

While you were watching imported Chinese fireworks yesterday, the Europeans were shooting off some home-grown ones.
The euro has been trading down for most of the last 24 hours, as S&P and Fitch announced that they would consider the French-led rollover plan for Greek debt a ?selective? default.

What?s really going on is that a negotiation is taking place over what should be the credit rating of Greece as an issuer, and of its particular debt issues. (Wouldn?t it be nice if you could negotiate with ratings agencies over your credit rating, next time you have to borrow money?) (more…)

It?s Not Easy Going Green

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Source:  Red State

by Steve Maley (Profile)

It sounded like such a good idea.

Back in 2009, NRG Energy Inc. hatched a plan to ?go green? using switchgrass and sorghum as boiler fuel supplement. It was hoped that it might replace up to 10% of the coal which fires its Big Cajun II power plant in New Roads, LA.

All the elements were in place: land near the plant (up to 30,000 acres of fertile Mississippi River floodplain ? you can?t afford to transport biomass very far), plus the help of California-based Ceres Inc., a recently-IPO?d specialist in switchgrasses. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: New IMF Chief

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Source:  Money Morning

OPINION

Why the New IMF Chief Will Cost U.S. Taxpayers Billions

By Kerri Shannon, Associate Editor, Money Morning

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has made another mistake – a mistake that’ll cost U.S. taxpayers a lot of money.

The organization’s executive board yesterday (Tuesday) selected French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde as its new leader. A U.S. pledge of support Tuesday morning secured Lagarde’s approval. She already had backing from European countries and major emerging markets Brazil, Russia, and China.

But with Lagarde in the driver’s seat, the IMF is likely to continue lending billions of dollars to struggling European countries that are drowning in debt.

Those billions come from member countries that hold a financial stake in the IMF – and the United States is the single-biggest stakeholder. (more…)

A Deep Sea Mystery

Friday, July 1st, 2011

by Ben Pile

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water?

World?s oceans in ?shocking? decline

Warns Richard Black at the BBC.

The oceans are in a worse state than previously suspected, according to an expert panel of scientists.

In a new report, they warn that ocean life is ?at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history?.

They conclude that issues such as over-fishing, pollution and climate change are acting together in ways that have not previously been recognised.

The impacts, they say, are already affecting humanity.

The panel was convened by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO), and brought together experts from different disciplines, including coral reef ecologists, toxicologists, and fisheries scientists.

Call me a cynic, but I no longer take claims about ?expert panel of scientists? at face value. Sadly, Richard Black of the BBC does. (more…)

Opinion: America’s Oil Price Inflation Crisis is Yet to Come

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Source:  National Inflation Association

NIA is very disturbed by President Obama’s decision to sell off oil from the U.S. emergency oil reserve, in an attempt to drive down oil prices. One week ago it was announced that the U.S. and other oil-consuming nations that are a part of the International Energy Agency (IEA) will begin releasing 60 million barrels of oil from their reserves, with 30 million barrels coming from the U.S. government-owned reserve. They hoped that by flooding the market with excess supply, they would cause an artificial forced liquidation of oil futures contract holders who bought using leverage.

The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve is the world’s largest government-owned stockpile of emergency crude oil reserves and is maintained by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). It holds 727 million barrels of oil reserves at four different sites along the Gulf of Mexico. Considering that the U.S. is releasing 30 million barrels of oil from these reserves, we are reducing the size of our emergency reserve by 4.1%. (more…)

Book Review: Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Source: http://rkadlec.wordpress.com/2011/06/26/confessions-of-a-greenpeace-dropout/

Subtitled ?The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist? by Patrick Moore.  Moore was one of the founders of Greenpeace and he tells an interesting story of Greenpeace from the beginning and why he is alienated from it now.  The nut of the biscuit is that Greenpeace is always against something and doesn?t offer any solutions.  Ban all pesticides, outlaw logging, no nukes!  Moore delineates the damage done by this ideology and makes a case for some of his solutions. (more…)