Archive for September, 2011

Update on Shale Gas Resources

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Source:  Global Warming Policy Foundation

CCNet ? 21 September 2011

The Climate Policy Network

Cuadrilla Unveils Huge UK Shale Gas Resources

UK junior Cuadrilla Resources today claimed it is sitting on 200 trillion cubic feet (cf) of shale gas from just two wells drilled in northwest England. If even a fraction of Cuadrilla?s shale-gas reserves are recoverable, it would turn the UK gas market on its head. Cuadrilla?s shale gas estimate dwarfs Norway?s huge Troll gasfield, which has recoverable reserves of 33 trillion cf, and Ormen Lange, which holds 8.6 trillion cf of recoverable gas. And it even overshadows the 187 trillion cf of technically recoverable shale-gas reserves that the US Energy Information Administration believes Poland possesses —Petroleum Economist, 21 September 2011

 

The shale gas boom that has transformed the fortunes of energy companies is also giving US manufacturing a shot in the arm. The price of natural gas in the US has been cut in half from three years ago after new drilling techniques uncorked extra output. In Asia, where markets are pegged to oil prices, gas costs three times more. The supply trend has begun to reverse the fortunes of energy-hungry US industries. Factories mothballed as prices broke records in the past decade have begun to reopen and some manufacturers are breaking ground on new plants. –Gregory Meyer, Financial Times 18 September 2011

 

Abundant gas is calling the bluff of the renewable energy movement by demonstrating both better economic efficiency and better carbon reduction. If Europe and the wider world are bent on cutting carbon emissions, they would be foolish to ignore the claims of shale gas, at least until superior versions of nuclear or solar power are developed later in the century. Fortunately, this strategy is also the most affordable. –Matt Ridley, The Shale Gas Shock, The Global Warming Policy Foundation, May 2011

 

For the first time in decades, the emerging prize of global energy may be the Americas, where Western oil companies are refocusing their gaze in a rush to explore clusters of coveted oil fields. –Simon Romero, The New York Times, 19 September 2011

World Atlas ice loss claim exaggerated: scientists

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Source: Reuters

The Times Atlas of the World exaggerated the rate of Greenland’s ice loss in its thirteenth edition last week, scientists said on Monday.

The atlas, published by HarperCollins, showed that Greenland lost 15 percent of its ice cover over the past 12 years, based on information from the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado in the United States.

The Greenland ice sheet is the second biggest in the world and significant shrinking could lead to a global rise in sea levels.

“While global warming has played a role in this reduction, it is also as a result of the much more accurate data and in-depth research that is now available,” HarperCollins said on its website on Monday.

However, a number of scientists disputed the claim. (more…)

Update on Copenhagen process

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Source:  SPPI

Question from SPPI reader:

Can you please tell me what is the latest news about the One-world-government treaty that was in the works a couple of years ago?? 

Reply by Christopher Monckton:

Many thanks for your enquiry. I am glad to say that, partly as a result of the adverse publicity which news of the proposed Copenhagen Treaty attracted, the Treaty failed at Copenhagen. However, a number of largely-unreported meetings since then, under the German Government, have taken place in Bonn, where – to summarize not unfairly – the principal provisions of the failed draft are now being introduced little by little, and by stealth. The process is similar to that by which the European tyranny, with the acquiescence of the governments of Europe, gradually accreted supreme legislative power to itself and, in effect, extinguished all but the mere appearance of democracy throughout its dismal empire.  (more…)

Mann Fighting Release of UVA emails on Hockey stick

Friday, September 16th, 2011

ATI Statement on Results from Today?s Hearing in Freedom of Information Act Case Against U. of Virginia

Michael Mann

If you cannot read this press release, or wish to access embedded links, please click here: http://bit.ly/nkP8H9

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 16, 2011
Contact: Paul Chesser, paul.chesser@atinstitute.org

Today in Prince William County court Judge Gaylord Finch delayed arguments and the scheduled production of documents in American Tradition Institute?s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the University of Virginia. A brief hearing was held to discuss a Motion to Intervene in the case by lawyers for former UVA professor Michael Mann, whose records that were created while employed there are what ATI seeks. Judge Finch, recognizing the important precedent-setting potential of the case, said he wanted to schedule a longer hearing ? two hours ? to hear arguments about whether to allow Dr. Mann, now at Pennsylvania State University, to enter the case. (more…)

Dr. Giaever?s resignation from APS

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Source:  Red State

by Caleb Howe (Profile)

In the latest blow to ?consensus?, Dr. Ivar Giaever, a Nobel Laureate, has resigned from the American Physical Society over the group?s position on global warming. His resignation letter minces no words:

Thank you for your letter inquiring about my membership. I did not renew it because I can not live with the statement below:
?Emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities are changing the atmosphere in ways that affect the Earth?s climate. Greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide as well as methane, nitrous oxide and other gases. They are emitted from fossil fuel combustion and a range of industrial and agricultural processes.

?The evidence is incontrovertible: Global warming is occurring.  If no mitigating actions are taken, significant disruptions in the Earth?s physical and ecological systems, social systems, security and human health are likely to occur. We must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases beginning now.?

In the APS it is ok to discuss whether the mass of the proton changes over time and how a multi-universe behaves, but the evidence of global warming is incontrovertible? The claim (how can you measure the average temperature of the whole earth for a whole year?) is that the temperature has changed from ~288.0 to ~288.8 degree Kelvin in about 150 years, which (if true) means to me is that the temperature has been amazingly stable, and both human health and happiness have definitely improved in this ?warming? period.

That?s his emphasis, not mine. (more…)

Trying to Snooker Smucker

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Source: SPPI

Climate alarm campaigners make pitiful case that manmade climate change threatens coffee

Paul Driessen

It?s a common tactic among groups promoting climate alarmism and anti-hydrocarbon policies. As evidence mounts that manmade catastrophic climate change is not imminent, extreme weather events cannot be linked to human activities, and developing nations will not reduce their use of fossil fuels, radical groups have increasingly targeted companies with campaigns based on supposed ethical principles.

A recent target is the J. M. Smucker Company, maker of jams, syrups, and Dunkin? Donuts, Folgers, Kava and Millstone coffees. Calvert Investment Management and Trillium Asset Management bought enough shares to entitle them to introduce agenda-driving resolutions at shareholder meetings. (more…)

Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Who Endorsed Obama Dissents! Resigns from American Physical Society Over Group’s Promotion of Man-Made Global Warming

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

 Source:  Climate Depot

Nobel Laureate Dr. Ivar Giaever: ‘The temperature (of the Earth) has been amazingly stable, and both human health and happiness have definitely improved in this ?warming? period.’

By Marc Morano

Climate Depot Exclusive

Nobel prize winner for physics in 1973 Dr. Ivar Giaever resigned as a Fellow from the American Physical Society (APS) on September 13, 2011 in disgust over the group’s promotion of man-made global warming fears. Climate Depot has obtained the exclusive email Giaever sent to APS Executive Officer Kate Kirby to announce his formal resignation.

Dr. Giaever wrote to Kirby of APS: ?Thank you for your letter inquiring about my membership. I did not renew it because I cannot live with the (APS) statement below (on global warming): APS: ‘The evidence is incontrovertible: Global warming is occurring. If no mitigating actions are taken, significant disruptions in the Earth?s physical and ecological systems, social systems, security and human health are likely to occur. We must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases beginning now.’

Giaever announced his resignation from APS was due to the group’s belief in man-made global warming fears. Giaever explained in his email to APS: “In the APS it is ok to discuss whether the mass of the proton changes over time and how a multi-universe behaves, but the evidence of global warming is incontrovertible? The claim (how can you measure the average temperature of the whole earth for a whole year?) is that the temperature has changed from ~288.0 to ~288.8 degree Kelvin in about 150 years, which (if true) means to me is that the temperature has been amazingly stable, and both human health and happiness have definitely improved in this ?warming? period.”  (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Beyond Cairo, Israel Sensing a Wider Siege

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Source:  NY Times

By

JERUSALEM ? With its Cairo embassy ransacked, its ambassador to Turkey expelled and the Palestinians seeking statehood recognition at the United Nations, Israel found itself on Saturday increasingly isolated and grappling with a radically transformed Middle East where it believes its options are limited and poor.

The diplomatic crisis, in which winds unleashed by the Arab Spring are now casting a chill over the region, was crystallized by the scene of Israeli military jets sweeping into Cairo at dawn on Saturday to evacuate diplomats after the Israeli Embassy had been besieged by thousands of protesters.

It was an image that reminded some Israelis of Iran in 1979, when Israel evacuated its embassy in Tehran after the revolution there replaced an ally with an implacable foe.

?Seven months after the downfall of Hosni Mubarak?s regime, Egyptian protesters tore to shreds the Israeli flag, a symbol of peace between Egypt and its eastern neighbor, after 31 years,? Aluf Benn, the editor in chief of the left-leaning Israeli newspaper Haaretz, wrote Saturday. ?It seems that the flag will not return to the flagstaff anytime soon.? (more…)

Ultra-Left UK Guardian Freaks Out Over Gov. Perry’s Climate Stance

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Source:  UK Guardian

The world needs to prepare for a climate sceptic defeating Obama

Barack Obama is losing his grip on the White House – and climate sceptic Rick Perry is favourite to succeed him

A year or so ago, the very idea that the most powerful person on the planet could, within just a couple of years, be someone who refuses to accept the science that underpins our knowledge of anthropogenic climate change was almost laughable.

Sarah Palin ? who is no stranger to climate scepticism – has long been on people’s lips as a future candidate for the US presidency. But most analysts thought that Barack Obama would likely see off any challenge from any Republican who flirted with the extremes of the Tea Party movement and its anti-science agenda. And that was before Obama received a political fillip after green-lighting the assassination of Osama bin Laden in May.

But everything has changed now. The US economy continues to wade through treacle and, as a result, there seems to be growing talk that Obama is destined to be a one-term president. And currently leading the polls as his most likely Republican successor is Rick Perry, the governor of Texas.