Archive for December, 2011

Monumental fault in manmade global warming notion hiding in plain sight

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Source:  Junk Science

by Russell Cook

I don?t mean promoters of the issue comically spinning failed predictions for more frequent hurricanes and warmer snow-less winters into covering any hot/cold/wet/dry extremes. Or Al Gore?s Texas-sized carbon footprint undermining demands for ours to to be minuscule. Sure, the IPCC also has appearance problems as a supposedly ?unbiased? organization, caught red-handed with assessments authored by people in environmentalist groups, and its own ?ClimateGate? scientists behaving badly doesn?t help, either.

We have an arguably more far reaching problem ? one that imperils the issue itself, and the mainstream media?s basic integrity. (more…)

The Worst NYT Story on Climate Ever?

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Source:  Roger Pielke, Jr.

Regular readers will know that I think that the print media overall has done a pretty good job on covering the science of climate change, if not always getting the politics right. They will also know what I think about the “debate” over climate change and extreme events (above). But every once in a while I see a story that is so breathtakingly bad that it is worth commenting on. Today’s installment comes from Justin Gillis at the New York Times and was published on Christmas Eve. The article is so bad that it might just be the worst piece of reporting I’ve ever seen in the Times on climate change.

Where to begin? How about the start. (more…)

No Benefits, Extensive Harm in EPA’s Mercury Rules

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Source:  National Journal

By Craig Rucker

[SPPI Note:  SPPI Mercury Papers found here:  http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/mercury/ ]

EPA mercury rules for electricity generating units are based on false science and economics

The Environmental Protection Agency clams its ?final proposed? Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rules will eliminate nearly all toxic pollution from electrical generating units, bring over $60 billion in annual health benefits, and prevent thousands of premature deaths yearly ? all for ?only? $11 billion a year in compliance costs.

All of this may be true in the virtual reality of EPA computer models, linear extrapolations, cherry-picked health studies and statistics, government press releases and agency-generated public comments. However, in the real world inhabited by families, employers and other energy users, the new rules will bring few benefits, but will impose extensive costs that the agency chose to minimize or ignore in its analysis.

Emissions of mercury and other air toxics from power plants have been declining steadily for decades, as older generating units have been replaced with more efficient, less polluting systems or been retrofitted with better pollution control technologies. While a few older plants still violate EPA?s proposed rules ?the new rules are simply not based on credible scientific and epidemiological studies. (more…)

Electricity Rates by State

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Source:  USA TODAY

[ SPPI note:  Mar 18, 2009 · Barack Obama: “Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”

Electric bills have skyrocketed in the last five years, a sharp reversal from a quarter-century when Americans enjoyed stable power bills even as they used more electricity.

Households paid a record $1,419 on average for electricity in 2010, the fifth consecutive yearly increase above the inflation rate, a USA TODAY analysis of government data found. The jump has added about $300 a year to what households pay for electricity. That’s the largest sustained increase since a run-up in electricity prices during the 1970s.

Electricty is consuming a greater share of Americans’ after-tax income than at any time since 1996 ? about $1.50 of every $100 in income at a time when income growth has stagnated, a USA TODAY analysis of Bureau of Economic Analysis data found. (more…)

The UN Climate Change Summit in Durban

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Source:  Canada Free press

Lord Christopher Monckton: Treaty calls for the west to achieve 50 percent CO2 emissions reduction within the next eight years, a feat that would completely bankrupt the global economy and spark a new great depression

The UN Climate Change Summit in Durban has outlined the mandate to ?respect the rights of Mother Earth? by paying a ?climate debt,? a slush fund to bankroll the activities of a one-world government. I bet you did not know that Mother Earth had rights.

Lord Christopher Monckton said that the treaty ?calls for the west to achieve 50 percent CO2 emissions reduction within the next eight years, a feat that would completely bankrupt the global economy and spark a new great depression, as well as a more than 100 percent reduction by 2050, which presumably could only be accomplished by killing billions of humans to prevent them from exhaling carbon dioxide.? (more…)

U.N. Floats Global ‘Climate Court’ to Enforce Emissions Rules

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Source: FOX News

United Nations climate envoys have proposed the creation of a global “climate court” that would be responsible for enforcing a sprawling set of rules requiring developed countries to cut emissions while compensating poorer countries in order to pay off a “historical climate debt.”

The proposals are contained in a draft document pieced together for the climate conference in Durban, South Africa. Representatives at the conference are struggling to come up with a compromise that negotiators from 194 nations can agree on.

But the draft document, one of many floating around the conference, gives a glimpse into the long-term vision some nations hold for the creation of an international legal framework on climate change.

In the bowels of the document is a provision calling for “an international climate court of justice.”  (more…)

Durban: what the media are not telling you

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Source:  Climate depot

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley in Durban, South Africa

DURBAN, South Africa — ?No high hopes for Durban.? ?Binding treaty unlikely.? ?No deal this year.? Thus ran the headlines. The profiteering UN bureaucrats here think otherwise. Their plans to establish a world government paid for by the West on the pretext of dealing with the non-problem of ?global warming? are now well in hand. As usual, the mainstream media have simply not reported what is in the draft text which the 194 states parties to the UN framework convention on climate change are being asked to approve.

Behind the scenes, throughout the year since Cancun, the now-permanent bureaucrats who have made highly-profitable careers out of what they lovingly call ?the process? have been beavering away at what is now a 138-page document. Its catchy title is “Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action Under the Convention — Update of the amalgamation of draft texts in preparation of [one imagines they mean ‘for’] a comprehensive and balanced outcome to be presented to the Conference of the Parties for adoption at its seventeenth session: note by the Chair.? In plain English, these are the conclusions the bureaucracy wants. (more…)

U.S. Rejection of CO2 Emission Cuts: Just Do the Math (16% and falling ?.)

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Source:  Master Resource

by Chip Knappenberger

December 8, 2011

?[T]he impact that emissions reduction efforts in the U.S. will have on global emissions totals?and by extension, global climate?is quickly diminishing.?

The just-released numbers for last year?s carbon dioxide emissions (not including land-use changes) show why forcing large cuts in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions is not very high on the priority list of the U.S. powers-that-be (including voters).

In 2010, the total global CO2 emissions were the highest on record, ~9.1 PgC (33,400 million metric tons). The U.S. contribution was ~1.50PgC, about 16% of the global total?percentage-wise the lowest on record (since 1959) and falling rapidly. (more…)

Pachauri?s Green Torch Bearers

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Source: No frakking consensus

Pachauri, who has filled those shoes since 2002, is far from circumspect. If it was suddenly discovered, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that global climate change is 99.9% due to natural factors, nothing about his demeanor suggests Pachauri would a) believe such a finding or b) take pleasure in announcing it.We’re told the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a scientific body that conducts objective scientific assessments. But if that were the case there’s no way Rajendra Pachauri would be its chairman.

In other words, nothing about this man suggests genuine scientific impartiality. (more…)

The Great Global Warming Fizzle

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Source:  WSJ

The climate religion fades in spasms of anger and twitches of boredom. 

How do religions die? Generally they don’t, which probably explains why there’s so little literature on the subject. Zoroastrianism, for instance, lost many of its sacred texts when Alexander sacked Persepolis in 330 B.C., and most Zoroastrians converted to Islam over 1,000 years ago. Yet today old Zoroaster still counts as many as 210,000 followers, including 11,000 in the U.S. Christopher Hitchens might say you can’t kill what wasn’t there to begin with. (more…)