Archive for January, 2012

Pachauri’s 5-Star Sustainability Summit

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Source:  No frakking consensus

Sustainable. That word is everywhere these days. So is Rajendra Pachauri, the discredited chairman of the discredited Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This week he’s in India for the 12th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, which begins on Thursday.

The summit is organized by TERI, an institute led by Pachauri. In other words, he isn’t merely a guest at this event. He’s the conductor of the orchestra. This is his show.

Which is why it’s so eye-popping that it’s taking place in an over-the-top, five-star hotel that’s described this way:

Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi offers guests a choice of Deluxe Rooms and Luxury Rooms. All guestrooms are luxuriously appointed with central air conditioning, these rooms measure 304 square feet and feature luxuriously large bathrooms. [bold added] (more…)

Inhofe Applauds Keystone Bill Introduction

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Inhofe Applauds Keystone Bill Introduction

Contact:

Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797

Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-2160

Link to Press Release

Washington D.C. – Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, applauded bipartisan legislation that approves the Keystone XL pipeline through Congress under Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, instead of through executive approval.  This bill, which will be introduced today, is sponsored by Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), and David Vitter (R-La.), and Senator Inhofe is one of the 44 cosponsors.   (more…)

Forget global warming – it’s Cycle 25 we need to worry about

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Source: UK Mail Online

The supposed ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years.

The figures suggest that we could even be heading for a mini ice age to rival the 70-year temperature drop that saw frost fairs held on the Thames in the 17th Century.

Based on readings from more than 30,000 measuring stations, the data was issued last week without fanfare by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit. It confirms that the rising trend in world temperatures ended in 1997. (more…)

EDITORIAL: Global warming’s ‘dirty laundry’

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Source: Wash Times

Michael Mann

University of Virginia should disclose climate emails

Those who say man alone is responsible for overheating the planet frequently dismiss any role the sun might play. As can be seen in an ongoing freedom-of-information lawsuit leveled against the University of Virginia (UVA), sunshine is precisely what the heralds of climate catastrophe fear most of all.

The American Tradition Institute (ATI) is going after 12,000 emails sent or received by Michael E. Mann while he was on the staff of the publicly-funded university. Mr. Mann is famous for coming up with one of the “tricks” used to “hide the decline” in global temperatures. On Wednesday, ATI released a small selection of emails it hopes will convince a Prince William County judge that full disclosure of the rest is in the public interest.

In March 2003, for example, a trusted colleague of Mr. Mann’s emailed to find out how the UVA professor arrived at his conclusions. Mr. Mann admitted he was missing crucial data and “can’t seem to dig them up.” Though he was working on this project on the taxpayers’ dime, he provided the information for the researcher’s personal use only. “So please don’t pass this along to others without checking w/ me first,” Mr. Mann wrote. “This is the sort of ‘dirty laundry’ one doesn’t want to fall into the hands of those who might potentially try to distort things.” (more…)

Spain Suspends Subsidies for New Renewable Energy Power Plants

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Source:  Bloomberg

Spain halted subsidies for renewable energy projects to help curb its budget deficit and rein in power-system borrowings backed by the state that reached 24 billion euros ($31 billion) at the end of 2011.

“What is today an energy problem could become a financial problem,” Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria said in Madrid. The government passed a decree today stopping subsidies for new wind, solar, co-generation or waste incineration plants.

The system’s debts were racked up as revenue from state- controlled prices failed to cover the cost of delivering power. Costs have swollen in the past five years because of an increase in regulated payments for the power grid, support for Spanish coal mines and subsidies for renewable energy plants. (more…)

California adopts nation’s most aggressive clean car rules

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Source:  Sacramento Bee

“By a 9-0 vote, the California Air Resources Board passed a broad set of rules that brings the state in line with President Barack Obama’s goal of doubling the nation’s auto fuel economy standards from the current 27.3 miles per gallon to 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025.

But the new rules go far beyond the federal mandates by providing a road map for the growth of the electric car industry, which will eventually represent one in every seven new cars sold in the state.”

No Need to Panic About Global Warming

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Source: WSJ

Editor’s Note: The following has been signed by the 16 scientists listed at the end of the article:

[SPPI Note:  SPPI has published papers by all the scientists in bold at the end of this article.] 

A candidate for public office in any contemporary democracy may have to consider what, if anything, to do about “global warming.” Candidates should understand that the oft-repeated claim that nearly all scientists demand that something dramatic be done to stop global warming is not true. In fact, a large and growing number of distinguished scientists and engineers do not agree that drastic actions on global warming are needed.

In September, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Ivar Giaever, a supporter of President Obama in the last election, publicly resigned from the American Physical Society (APS) with a letter that begins: “I did not renew [my membership] because I cannot live with the [APS policy] statement: ‘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?” (more…)

Obama-EPA Destroying More Jobs in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Source:  Sen. Inhofe

Washington D.C. – Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, said that FirstEnergy’s announcement today that it will shut down six power plants in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland due to EPA’s Utility MACT rule is a prime example that while President Obama is talking the talk on an ‘all of the above’ energy approach, his administration is aggressively working to shut down American oil, gas, and coal development.

“Today, hundreds of Americans learned that they will be losing their good-paying jobs because of the Obama EPA’s destructive regulatory agenda,” Senator Inhofe said. “Due to EPA’s forthcoming Utility MACT rule, FirstEnergy will be closing six power plants, which will put 529 Americans out of work in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland – states that have already been hit hard by the recession. (more…)

Virginians Get Their First Peak at Secret UVA Emails

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Source: http://www.atinstitute.org/virginians-get-first-peak-at-secret-uva-emails/

Dr. Michael Mann

On Tuesday the American Tradition Institute’s Environmental Law Center sent the University of Virginia and Michael Mann copies of 40 emails selected as examples of the 27 categories identified as benefitting from the Court’s review of UVA and Mann’s claims that emails in the taxpayer-funded school’s possession are properly subject to the specific exemptions under Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA). These categories range from discussions of professional retaliation against other scientists who challenged Mann’s work, to those sent to or from Mann from or copying an email account covered by other FOI laws, such as the federal Freedom of Information Act.

This was part of a process agreed to by ATI, the University and Mann’s attorneys as ATI continues to seek Thomas Jefferson’s university to release a cache of 12,000 emails covered under VFOIA that tell an important part of the history of climate alarmism and the often unsettling ways taxpayer money was spent in promoting it. (more…)

Opinion: response to State of the Union Address

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X2kKGDYpKU&feature=player_embedded

 

Hey, Center for Biodiversity, Listen Up!

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Source:  NIPCC

For those serious about science and species, book and reviews here: http://www.amazon.com/CO2-Global-Warming-Species-Extinctions/dp/0981969402/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1327547485&sr=8-4

[SPPI Note: Likely one of the most notoriously unscientific groups is the Center for Biodiversity, which files reams of listings for species endangerment based on deeply flawed models, statistical manipulations and bald ignorance of the broader sciences. A multititute of papers in the literature attest to this:

Biodiversity

Summary
Among Genotypes
C3 Plants vs. C4 Plants
Fungi
General
Grasslands
Marine Species
N-Fixers vs. Non-N-Fixers
Weeds vs. Non-Weeds

A complete review of the literature can be found here.

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Recent paper# 1

Reference
Sears, M.W., Raskin, E. and Angilletta Jr., M.J. 2011. The world is not flat: Defining relevant thermal landscapes in the context of climate change. Integrative and Comparative Biology 51: 666-675.

Climate alarmists have historically predicted catastrophic species extinctions based on the presumption that CO2-induced global warming will be so fast and furious that many species of plants and animals will not be able to migrate either poleward in latitude or upward in altitude rapidly enough to remain within the “climate envelope” to which they are accustomed. (more…)

Reality Check: Global Malaria Trends, 2000-2010

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Source:  NIPCC

Reference
World Malaria Programme. 2011. World Malaria Report: 2011. World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, 246 pp.

One of the concerns related to global warming is that it may increase the prevalence of malaria. Much of this is based on models and model results. Accordingly, it is useful to check in with the real world to verify whether death and disease from malaria is expanding.

Here we check on recent real world trends on malaria as compiled by the World Malaria Programme in its latest annual report. This Programme operates out of the World Health Organization. Among other things, it tracks trends in death and disease from malaria, developments in financing, vector surveillance, control, and malaria prevention and treatment, and progress toward targets and goals that have been adopted by the international community. These targets include reducing by 2015, malaria deaths to near zero, and incidence by 75% from the 2000 level.

The latest report is based on information from 106 countries where malaria is endemic. (more…)

Another Ocean “Acidification” Scare

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Source: NIPCC

Reference
Schram, J.B., McClintock, J.B., Angus, R.A and Lawrence, J.M. 2011. Regenerative capacity and biochemical composition of the sea star Luidia clathrata (Say) (Echinodermata: Asteroidea) under conditions of near-future ocean acidification. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 407: 266-274

According to Schram et al. (2011), “echinoderms produce their skeletal components from magnesium-rich calcite, a form of calcite that is even more vulnerable to ocean acidification than aragonite (Andersson et al., 2008; Gayathri et al., 2007),” and, therefore, they say that “an understanding of the prospective impacts of ocean acidification on internal skeletal structures of echinoderms is important, as the presence of an internal skeletal structure is unique in comparison to the majority of invertebrates studied to date in ocean acidification research.” The four researchers thus proceded to conduct their own experiment to add to that knowledge. (more…)

Biofuel Production in Brazil

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Source: NIPCC

Reference
Walker, R. 2011. The impact of Brazilian biofuel production on Amazonia. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 101 (4): 1-10.

In a thought-provoking article recently published in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Robert Walker of Michigan State University’s Department of Geography writes that “although biofuel represents a renewable and ‘green’ energy,” it has what he rightly calls “a downside,” the potential problem being, as he describes it, “the impact of growing international biofuel demand on Amazonia.” Therefore, focusing on Brazil, and “given the explosive growth of Brazilian agriculture, and notable effects on forests within its national borders,” he seeks to answer the question: “How will global demand for Brazil’s land-based commodities, including biofuel, impact its tropical forest in the Amazon basin?” (more…)

Earth’s Ocean Heat Content

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Source: NIPCC

[SPPI Note:  on sea level, see these paper:

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/reprint/the_great_sealevel_humbug.html?Itemid=0

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/south_pacific.html?Itemid=0

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/originals/when_sea_level_change.html?Itemid=0 ]

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Reference
Willis, J.K., Lyman, J.M., Johnson, G.C. and Gilson, J. 2009. In situ data biases and recent ocean heat content variability. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 26: 846-852

Authors Willis et al. (2009) write that “as the Earth warms due to the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the vast majority of the excess heat is expected to go toward warming the oceans (Levitus et al., 2005; Hansen et al., 2005),” but they note that “a large and apparently significant cooling in OHCA [ocean heat content anomaly] between 2003 and 2005 was reported by Lyman et al. (2006),” casting doubt on the theory in some people’s minds and doubts on the measurements in other people’s minds.

To help resolve this important issue, Willis et al. analyzed potential biases in expendable bathythermograph (XBT) data, as well as data obtained from the Argo array of profiling floats, which were used in making the OHCA calculations. (more…)

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