Archive for September, 2011

Flashback: Steve McIntyre on EPA Endangerment Finding

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

by Russell Cook

Remember that Steve McIntyre, the whistleblower on Michael Mann’s IPCC hockey stick graph, protested about EPA lack of science due dilignece in June 2009 at his blog here:

“…EPA guidelines require that highly influential scientific assessments meet a variety of sensible standards for transparency, data availability and due diligence ? policies that [ClimateAudit] readers know not to have been implemented by the IPCC. I discussed these issues in my prior post and have amplified these arguments in my submission which is online…EPA submission 3951.1 …”


Monckton: Climate Sensitivity Is About 2 Degrees F

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Source:  SPPI

2 F or not 2 F? That is the question

SPPI announces that, by an astonishing 15 distinct methods, Christopher Monckton of Brenchley demonstrates in his latest SPPI technical paper Empirical determination of climate sensitivity that the global warming we can expect in response to the doubling of CO2 concentration that is expected this century will be around 2 F, not the  IPCC?s central estimate of 6 F.

Monckton said: ?My commentary shows that there is really no need for any more spending of taxpayers? money on ?global warming?. There is not going to be enough of it to matter. That does not seem to be a message the editors of most climate journals want to hear.

Four of the 15 methods of determining climate sensitivity ? the amount of warming to be expected if CO2 doubles ? are based on looking at recent trends in global temperature. Warming since 1950, when CO2 emissions began in earnest, has occurred at a rate of 2 F per century.  Again, comparing the warming since 1950 with the radiative forcings, climate sensitivity works out at just 2 F.  Doing the same comparison since 1750 also gives a climate sensitivity of 2 F. And if the maximum rate of warming that lasted more than a decade since global temperature records began in 1850 were to become the average rate of warming for the next 90 years, global temperatures would rise by ? yes, 2 F. (more…)

Senator Inhofe: EPA Ignored AGW Science

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Source:  Sen. Injhofe Press Release

Sen. James Inhofe

EPA Cut Corners – Scolded on Review Process – Report with Wide Reaching Implications
Thursday, September 29, 2011

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“Obama Administration Cut Corners” – “EPA scolded on greenhouse gas report review process” – “Wide-Reaching Implications” – “fresh ammunition to vocal EPA critics”

Inhofe EPW Press Roundup

Link to Inhofe EPW Press Blog

Link to Inhofe Press Release

AP: “Obama Administration Cut Corners”: The Obama administration cut corners when it produced a key scientific document underpinning its decision to regulate climate-changing pollution, an internal government watchdog said Wednesday.The inspector general’s report says the Environmental Protection Agency should have followed a more robust review process for a technical paper supporting its determination that greenhouse gases posed dangers to human health and welfare, a finding that ultimately compelled it to issue costly and controversial regulations to control greenhouse gases for the first time…The Obama administration has made a big deal about the importance of peer review. Six weeks after taking office in 2009, Obama issued a memo that said: “When scientific or technological information is considered in policy decisions, the information should be subject to well-established scientific processes, including peer review where appropriate, and each agency should appropriately and accurately reflect that information in complying with and applying relevant statutory standards.” A year later, the president’s science adviser, John Holdren, emphasized the “particular importance” of outside review by scientists. (more…)

After Solyndra, Sun May Set on All Solar Stocks

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Source:  Investor Place

U.S. doesn’t having gov’t or VC backing to keep up with China

 By Jeff Reeves, Editor,

There has been a lot of fuss recently about the Solyndra debacle. About a year ago, President Barack Obama toured the solar energy company and touted its photovoltaic systems as a perfect example of so-called ?cleantech? growth that would create high-tech, high-paying jobs.

Unfortunately ? and despite a $535 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy ? Solyndra filed for bankruptcy this month, terminating all 1,100 workers. To make matters worse, the FBI recently raided offices, and now Congressional hearings are revealing very sloppy spending in the wake of Uncle Sam?s endorsement. (more…)

More than 70% of UK Households are struggling to pay energy bills

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Source:  Moneywise

UK energy customers are struggling to meet the cost of steep price hikes with 71% turning to savings, credit cards and overdrafts to pay for their energy bills.

The recent price increases have added a whopping £155.75 per year onto the average household energy bill, with gas prices shooting up by 17.4% and electricity bills up by 10.8%.

Two-fifths of consumers say they will use their savings, 17% will dip into overdrafts and 12% will use credit cards to meet higher costs. (more…)

More IPCC Censorship

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011


Source:  The Stockholm Initiative

London, September 5, 2011

Efforts to block message ?IPCC is finished? are fruitless as climate expert Dr. Fred Singer?s roadshow continues uninterrupted.

Last week?s incident of censorship in Brussels is testimony to the power of the message delivered by climate research veteran Dr. Fred Singer. Presently on a seminar/lecture roadshow through Europe initiated at the Majorana Conference in Erice, Sicily, two weeks ago, Dr. Singer lectures today at 5 PM at IEA (Institute of Economic Affairs) in London, before rounding off his European tour in Paris in a week from now.

Contrary to popular belief, on which current and planned climate policies are based, Dr. Singer?s conclusion is that natural causes are very likely the dominant cause of the climate change that took place in the twentieth and at the start of the twenty-first centuries. Costly measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions are meaningless since the evidence shows that they are not playing a substantial role. (more…)

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Going green -- as in taxpayer's money

The Decline in Deaths from Extreme Weather, 1900?2010

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Source:  Reason Foundation

Aggregate mortality attributed to all extreme weather events globally has declined by 98% since the 1920s

Indur M. Goklany and Julian Morris

Aggregate mortality attributed to all extreme weather events globally has declined by more than 90% since the 1920s, in spite of a four-fold rise in population and much more complete reporting of such events. The aggregate mortality rate declined by 98%, largely due to decreased mortality in three main areas:

  1. Deaths and death rates from droughts, which were responsible for approximately 60% of cumulative deaths due to extreme weather events from 1900?2010, are more than 99.9% lower than in the 1920s.
  2. Deaths and death rates for floods, responsible for over 30% of cumulative extreme weather deaths, have declined by over 98% since the 1930s.
  3. Deaths and death rates for storms (i.e. hurricanes, cyclones, tornados, typhoons), responsible for around 7% of extreme weather deaths from 1900?2008, declined by more than 55% since the 1970s. (more…)

Carbon cycle questions

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Source: Climate Etc.

Judith Curry


by Judith Curry

I just finished listening to Murry Salby?s podcast on Climate Change and Carbon.  Wow.

The abstract for his talk is here:


Chair of Climate, Macquarie University

Atmospheric Science, Climate Change and Carbon ? Some Facts

Carbon dioxide is emitted by human activities as well as a host of natural processes. The satellite record, in concert with instrumental observations, is now long enough to have collected a population of climate perturbations, wherein the Earth-atmosphere system was disturbed from equilibrium. Introduced naturally, those perturbations reveal that net global emission of CO2 (combined from all sources, human and natural) is controlled by properties of the general circulation ? properties internal to the climate system that regulate emission from natural sources. The strong dependence on internal properties indicates that emission of CO2 from natural sources, which accounts for 96 per cent of its overall emission, plays a major role in observed changes of CO2Independent of human emission, this contribution to atmospheric carbon dioxide is only marginally predictable and not controllable. (more…)

George Soros — More AGW Hypocrisy

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
Source:  Bloomberg
San Leon Energy Plc, the natural- gas explorer backed by billionaire George Soros and Blackrock Inc., expects its Polish shale licenses to be more profitable than U.S. deposits, the company?s exploration director said.

San Leon, which became one of the leading shale gas explorers in Poland after buying Realm Energy International Corp. for $142 million last month, seeks to profit either through so-called farm-outs with a cash component or asset sales once it develops its fields and proves they can produce gas, John Buggenhagen said in an interview in Warsaw. (more…)

Deep-sixing global warming

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Source:  National Post Canada

A study from the Boulder, Colo.-based National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) claims to have found all that missing heat from global warming’s “lost decade: ” It’s lurking in Davy Jones’s locker.

According to official science, global temperatures were meant to rise this century in line with increasing levels of man-made carbon dioxide, but didn’t. Now the puzzle has allegedly been solved: the heat is more than 300 metres below the world’s oceans, where it appears conveniently safe from physical verification.

According to the study’s official press release, “deep oceans may absorb enough heat at times to flatten the rate of global warming for periods of as long as a decade – even in the midst of longerterm warming.” (more…)

Peer review is dead, long live blog review

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Source:  The Drum

In January 2009, Nature splashed its front cover with the results of a new study titled ‘Warming of the Antarctic ice-sheet surface since the 1957 International Geophysical Year’.

The article was accompanied by a glowing editorial from Nature and was widely reported on in the media.

A very short time after the paper was published, a number of factual errors were found in the paper, along with significant issues with the methodology used to obtain the surprising results. The errors and the methodological problems were reported and discussed by climate change blogs Watts Up With That, The Air Vent, Climate Audit and Real Climate. (more…)

EPA’s AGW Regs cost Jobs

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Source:  Red State

EPA Regulations Will Result in 1.44 Million Job Losses

Last week, I wrote about how the EPA was warring with industry, one can only assume in an attempt to destroy jobs.  As that war continues, I thought it might be helpful to put some actual numbers in front of our readers so they can get the clearest picture possible about just how many jobs are being lost in the name of environmental protection against the man-made theory of global warming.

National Economic Research Associates (NERA) used the Federal Government?s own data in finding that Obama?s proposed EPA regulations would cost America over 180,000 jobs per year between 2013 and 2020.

This includes effects from the Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) as well as  Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) rules. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Is the US Department of Labor About To Develop Hit Lists of Individuals To Be Targeted By Unions?

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Source:  Red State

As a preface, sometimes it helps to have been ?on the other side? when trying to determine what the unions? game plan is within the Obama Administration. What you are about to read comes from having been on the other side and, quite frankly, putting two and two together. And, if you are not alarmed when you finish reading this, you should be, because there may be something much more sinister afoot at the Department of Labor than most people realize.

Yesterday, information was shared with you about the importance of submitting a comment by Wednesday on the Department of Labor?s proposed regulatory change on who would be newly classified as ?persuaders.? (more…)

Global warming and the twisting of our children’s minds

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Source:  UK Mail

By Christopher Booker

The Times Atlas Of The World, regularly updated since the Victorian age, proudly presents itself as ?the most authoritative atlas in the world?. But its latest hefty edition, published at the eye-watering price of £150, has become the focus of a bizarre climate change row. 

The new atlas shows the ice in Greenland ? the northern hemisphere?s largest ice cap ? to be melting so fast that, since 1999, nearly a sixth of it has vanished. An area the size of Britain and Ireland combined, once covered in ice and snow, has now become ?green and ice free?.

The publishers said the map revealed a whole new island off Greenland?s east coast, formerly viewed as part of the mainland ? but which the vanishing ice has now shown to be quite separate. Local inhabitants have even celebrated the event by giving it an Inuit name meaning ?Warming Island?. (more…)