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:  http://climateaudit.org/2009/06/23/climate-audit-submission-to-epa/

“…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

Posted by matt_dempsey@epw.senate.gov

“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…)

Senator Barrasso: EPA Inspector General Slams EPA for Skipping Scientific Standards

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Press release:  Senator John Barrasso

EPA Inspector General Slams EPA for Skipping Scientific Standards

Barrasso: “It’s clear we’ve all been repeatedly misled.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) responded to a report by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Inspector General that found that the EPA did not follow their own rules and safeguards when making their finding that carbon dioxide is a pollutant.  The EPA’s determination has led to a mountain of Clean Air Act regulations that could cost over a million American jobs.

“Throughout the past two and a half years, the Environmental Protection Agency has used its ‘endangerment finding’ as a reason to roll out red tape that destroys jobs across America.  EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has regularly assured Congress and the American people that its finding is based on sound scientific practices.  (more…)

China considers policy shift to boost shale gas

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Source:  Reuters

(Reuters) – China may treat shale gas as separate from conventional hydrocarbons to encourage companies outside of state-owned industry to invest, government officials said on Sunday.

It may also offer pricing and other incentives across the industry to further to tap the potentially huge resource.

A handful of state-run energy majors now dominate the sector in China as private and foreign firms face hurdles such as securing mining rights for onshore drilling activities or the ability to bid in tenders. (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, InvestorPlace.com

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…)

AGW: Guilty men and guilty women

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Source:  Bishop Hill

Sep 27, 2011

I’ve just been sent this video and transcript of Baroness Worthington speaking at an seminar called the CDKN Action Lab (H/T Barry Woods). In it she explains the roles she, David Cameron and David Milliband played in bringing the UK’s Climate Change Act into being. When the time comes to point the finger of blame this will be a good place to start.

I started out in climate change, possibly like other people. My main passion after leaving university was environmental protection and biodiversity and habitats protection and species conservation. (more…)

More IPCC Censorship

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

PRESSRELEASE

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…)

Herman Cain: AWG is a Scam

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Source:  Tom Nelson

Herman Cain wins the GOP Florida straw poll: Don’t miss this short list of his well-informed quotes about the global warming scam

Dec ’09: Herman Cain: T*H*E New Voice

[By Herman Cain] I learned early on that with any computer program the principle of “garbage in means garbage out” is always true. When you do not use all of the empirical data to develop your mathematical model it is “garbage in.”

It is outrageous that the head of the United Nations, the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama Administration are all dismissing these revelations as they push onward with their political agenda in the face of scientifically manufactured results.

This is no longer a controversy. This is conclusive. And once again, liberals choose to ignore the facts. (more…)

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Going green -- as in taxpayer's money

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Financial Crisis

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Source:  London Telegraph

Plan B: Flood the markets

Meeting halls A and B in HQ1 of the International Monetary Fund’s concrete plaza of buildings in Washington are a drab affair. Bare walls, muted browns and hovering interpreters’ booths perfectly capture the characterless functionality of the world’s economic watchdog.

For the finance ministers and central bank governors from the world’s leading 20 countries who were dining in the hall that night, however, the 1970s minimalism was wholly appropriate. Talk could turn to austerity without the jarring distraction of vaulting chandeliers and priceless art.

For George Osborne and Charlie Bean, the Bank of England deputy Governor who was standing in for Sir Mervyn King, there was an added poignancy. The construction of meeting hall A and B was reputedly financed by the interest payments Britain made on the £3.9bn IMF loan the country took in the dark days of 1976 – the era of the three day week and 25pc inflation. (more…)

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…)

How the WWF Infiltrated the IPCC – Parts 1 & 2

Saturday, September 24th, 2011
by Donna Laframboise
What is the WWF?
In the United States and Canada the initials WWF stand for the World Wildlife Fund. Elsewhere, this organization calls itself the World Wide Fund for Nature.

The WWF is an activist lobby group. On its website one finds declarations such as:

It is nearly impossible to overstate the threat of climate change. [see here, backup link here]

WWF’s vision of an eco-friendly future includes an entirely new layer of regulation, bureaucracy, and international law. Or, as the WWF phrases it:

a global legal framework…to ensure that governments can verify each other’s actions. [see here, backup link here]

Members of the voting public have never been asked if they want to pay for this new layer of bureaucracy, if they want to live under its restrictions, or if they think it’s even a good idea. The WWF you see, knows what’s best for all of us. (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:

PROFESSOR MURRY SALBY

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…)