Archive for October, 2011

Things More Worrisome than AGW: America in decline

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Source:  Telegraph of London

Why Barack Obama is the decline and despair president  

This week, The Hill newspaper published a poll that is dispiriting to anyone concerned about the future of America as the world’s leading power. It was one of the most damning yet, illustrating just how far most Americans believe their country has fallen in recent years. According to The Hill:

More than two-thirds of voters say the United States is declining, and a clear majority think the next generation will be worse off than this one, according to the results of a new poll commissioned by The Hill.

A resounding 69 percent of respondents said the country is ?in decline,? the survey found, while 57 percent predict today?s kids won?t live better lives than their parents. Additionally, 83 percent of voters indicated they?re either very or somewhat worried about the future of the nation, with 49 percent saying they?re ?very worried.?

The results suggest that Americans don?t view the country?s current economic and political troubles as temporary, but instead see them continuing for many years. (more…)

Abrupt Climate Change Simulations

Friday, October 28th, 2011
Source:  Climate Change Reconsidered
Reference
Wan, X., Chang, P., Jackson, C.S., Ji, L. and Li, M. 2011. Plausible effect of climate model bias on abrupt climate change simulations in Atlantic sector. Deep-Sea Research II 58: 1904-1913.

Writing as background for their study, authors Wan et al. (2011) state that “the notorious tropical bias problem in climate simulations of global coupled general circulation models (e.g., Mechoso et al., 1995; Latif et al., 2001; Davey et al., 2002; Meehl et al., 2005) manifests itself particularly strongly in the tropical Atlantic,” and they say that “while progress towards reducing tropical climate biases has been made in the tropical Pacific over the past decades (e.g., Deser et al., 2006), little or no progress has been made in the tropical Atlantic (Breugem et al., 2006; Richter and Xie, 2008; Wahl et al., 2009).” In fact, they state that “the climate bias problem is still so severe that one of the most basic features of the equatorial Atlantic Ocean — the eastward shoaling thermocline — cannot be reproduced by most of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment report (AR4) models,” citing Richter and Xie (2008). (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Iran already has nuclear weapons

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Source: Washington Times

KAHLILI: Iran already has nuclear weapons

Western intelligence has known it for years

The pressure the United States and the West is bringing to bear on Iran to keep it from acquiring nuclear weapons is all for naught. Not only does the Islamic Republic already have nuclear weapons from the old Soviet Union, but it has enough enriched uranium for more. What?s worse, it has a delivery system.

The West for nearly a decade has worried about Iran?s uranium enhancement, believing Iran is working on a nuclear bomb, though the government maintains its uranium is only for peaceful purposes. (more…)

Scientific case for man-made global warming fears is dead

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Source:  Washington Examiner

by Marc Morano

Many of the proponents of man-made global warming are now claiming that climate change is worse than they predicted. According to an Oct. 18, 2011, Daily Climate article, global warming activists claim that the “evidence builds that scientists underplay climate impacts,” and “if anything, global climate disruption is likely to be significantly worse than has been suggested.” (more…)

See No Evil

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Source:  Roger Pielke, Jr.

Why have a number of areas of US science become so politicized?

One answer to this question is that those concerned about science in politics have ceded discussion of issues of science policy to the most overtly partisan, many of whom see science as nothing more than a convenient tool to extract political advantage. This dynamic manifests itself in the overwhelming selectivity of attention among those who purport to be concerned about science in politics.

Consider a few examples: (more…)

Musings From a Radical Green

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Source:  Think Progress Green

By Bill McKibben

Today in the New York Times there was a story that made it completely clear why we have to be here. They uncovered the fact that the company building that tar sands pipeline was allowed to choose another company to conduct the environmental impact statement, and the company that they chose was a company was a company that did lots and lots of work for them. So, in other words, the whole thing was rigged top to bottom and that?s why the environmental impact statement said that this pipeline would cause no trouble, unlike the scientists who said if we build this pipeline it?s ?game over? for the climate. We can?t let this pipeline get built. (more…)

GOP Lawmakers Challenge White House on ‘Scientific Misconduct’

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Source:  FOX News

Several Republican lawmakers are challenging the Obama administration’s science czar over what they claim are repeat incidents of “scientific misconduct” among agencies, questioning whether officials who deal with everything from endangered species to nuclear waste are using “sound science.”

The letter sent Wednesday to John Holdren, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, cited four specific controversies in recent years where scientific findings were questioned. Sens. David Vitter, R-La., and James Inhofe, R-Okla., and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., rattled off a slew of questions on what they called “the apparent collapse in the quality of scientific work being conducted at our federal agencies.”  (more…)

Book Review: Regulators Gone Wild

Monday, October 17th, 2011
Source:  Co2sceptic
Rael Jean Isaac interviews Rich Trzupek, author of Regulators Gone Wild: How the EPA is Ruining American Industry – Amazon link, New York, Encounter Books, 2011.

This book could not have been published at a more propitious time. As the economy falters, it seems that every critic of this administration cites the role of regulation in strangling American business and industry–thereby preventing them from hiring new workers. Rich Trzupek, a chemist and environmental consultant for twenty five years, provides much needed chapter and verse, focusing on the devastation wrought by what has become the most abusive agency in the government alphabet soup–the EPA. (more…)

BREAKING: An IPCC backchannel ?cloud? was apparently established to hide IPCC deliberations from FOIA.

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Source:  Wattsupwiththat

by Anthony Watts

CEI has learned of a UN plan recently put in place to hide official  correspondence on non-governmental accounts, which correspondence a federal inspector general has already confirmed are subject to FOIA. This ?cloud? serves as a dead-drop of sorts for discussions by U.S. government employees over the next report being produced by the scandal-plagued IPCC, which is funded with millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars.

By Christopher Horner, CEI.org for WUWT

Although this is seedy and unlawful at any time, it also goes in the ?bad timing? file. Or it?s good timing, depending on one?s perspective.

Just as a brand new book further exposes the UN?s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)(which scam I dissected here, and in more disturbing detail here), and on the heels of the weekend surprise of a 2005 memo showing President Obama?s cooling/warming/population zealot of a ?science czar? John Holdren is the kind of guy Mitt Romney turns to to develop his ?environmental? policies, we?ve exposed the Obama administration and IPCC have cooperated to subvert U.S. transparency laws, run domestically out of Holdren?s White House office. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: US worries over China’s underground nuclear network

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Source: Breitbart

A leading US lawmaker who fears budget cuts could delay modernizing the US nuclear arsenal voiced concern Friday about an extensive tunnel complex designed to house Chinese nuclear missiles.

“This network of tunnels could be in excess of 5,000 kilometers (3,110 miles), and is used to transport nuclear weapons and forces,” said Michael Turner, who chairs a House Armed Services Committee panel focusing on strategic weapons and other security programs.

“As we strive to make our nuclear forces more transparent, China is building this underground tunnel system to make its nuclear forces even more opaque,” he added, citing an unclassified Department of Defense report. (more…)

Energizing American Jobs and Security PDF

Friday, October 14th, 2011

The Perry paper on energy plan can be read here:

http://www.rickperry.org/energizing-american-jobs-pdf/

 

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Source:   Big government

by Christopher C. Horner 

This Rick Perry video ? which is really all about Mitt Romney ? has caught some attention on the heels of a front page story by the Wall Street Journal raising the issue of Mitt Romney?s record on energy and environment issues. It?s not on the editorial page, mind you, but the less market-friendly news pages. This is a good thing, and wherever it leads, I do not believe the video can be shown, viewed or written about too often.

Mr. Romney finds himself needing to detach himself from these past positions on environmental issues without painting a target on his back for more accusations of flip-floppery. Otherwise, he must plainly state that voters should expect him to stick to his prior instincts on these issues. (more…)

The EPA Hurts the Poor, Again

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Source:  Global Warming. Org  

by Matt Patterson

As a lifelong sufferer of asthma, I have always depended on inhalers to provide me with fast-acting, lifesaving medicine.  Fortunately, I am able to afford expensive prescription inhalers, but many Americans hit hard by the faltering economy are not so lucky.

Until now, however, there has been a cheaper option for low-income families?over-the-counter, epinephrine-based inhalers have helped an estimated 1-2 million people treat their asthma for about $20 per unit (the prescription brands can cost up to 3 times that amount). (more…)

Ecocide lawyer predicts global run of mock trials

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Source:  BusinessGreen

Campaign to establish ecocide as the fifth crime against peace gathers pace after successful mock trial at UK’s Supreme Court

By Jessica Shankleman

A campaign to establish ecocide as the fifth international crime against peace appears to have gained further momentum following the first mock trial at the UK’s Supreme Court.

The campaign to make ecocide a crime is the brainchild of international lawyer Polly Higgins, who wants the UN to be able to brand companies that harm the environment as guilty of an offence comparable to genocide, war crimes or crimes against humanity. (more…)

Texas agency deletes climate change from report

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Source:  E&E reporter

SPPI Note:  for an in-depth look at sea level facts, see:

South Pacific Sea Level: A Reassessment

The Great Sea-Level Humbug: There Is No Alarming Sea Level Rise!

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An oceanographer and a Texas-based research organization are accusing the state’s environmental agency of censoring references to sea level rise and climate change in a new report on the health of Galveston Bay.

John Anderson, professor of oceanography at Rice University, said the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, or TCEQ, had removed every reference to “sea level rise, human influenced changes, changes in sediment supply due to the construction of dams and things of that nature.” (more…)