Archive for February, 2012

What Peak Oil? Huge oil discovery off-shore Brazil

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Source:  Merco Press

Repsol-Sinopec makes huge oil discovery off-shore Brazil: 250m boe

Spain’s Repsol and China’s Sinopec have made an oil discovery offshore Brazil that could be one of the biggest so far in the area and that boosted confidence that across in Africa, Angola’s deepwater reserves may be abundant too.

The firms’ Brazilian joint venture has struck oil in the Campos Basin off the coast of the South American country, it said on Monday.

?The well … drilled into a hydrocarbons column of 500 metres, one of the thickest discovered in Brazil to date,? Repsol said in a statement.

Repsol did not provide an estimate for the size of the find, but one of its partners, Norway’s Statoil, said it was a ?high-impact? one: it could hold more than 250 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe) or provide 100 million boe net to Statoil.

One analyst said the discovery could be even bigger and had the potential to be an elephant when compared with a recent discovery made by Petrobras in the same area.

?Using the same ratio between the oil column size and the recoverable recourses, the estimated size of (the find) is in excess of 500 million boe,? Teodor Sveen Nilsen, an analyst at Oslo-based firm Swedbank First Securities, wrote in a note to clients. (more…)

Showdown at the EPA corral

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Source:  Junk Science

By Steve Milloy

March 2 should be a date that lives in infamy for the Obama Environmental Protection Agency.

That day will most likely be the last opportunity for congressional Republicans to apply meaningful pressure on EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson as she testifies before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the agency?s 2013 budget.

Over the past three years, the Obama EPA has conducted a scorched earth campaign against fossil fuel producers and users, especially the coal-fired power industry, with multibillion-dollar rules that provide no meaningful environmental or public-health benefits, like the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and the Mercury Air Toxics Standard (MATS). (more…)

Most Dangerous Man’ reveals ‘Greatest Hoax’

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Source:  WND

WASHINGTON ? The fight against climate-change alarmism is just one part of Sen. James Inhofe?s lifelong struggle for liberty.

But what a fight there is over dire predictions of global calamities because people drive SUVs and are allowed unharnessed access to home heating and the like.

Now the Oklahoma Republican, in his new book, ?The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future,? reveals the ever-shifting rationalizations, fabricated evidence and corrupt profiteering of so-called climate change activists.

Inhofe confides that the battle is just the latest chapter of a saga that began when he first ran for office in Oklahoma against anti-business policies that were destroying the lives of hardworking Americans. (more…)

Breaking: Eminent Scientist May be Jailed for Faking Climate Emails

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Source:  CCD

In a sensational public confession a leading climatologist, Peter Gleick has admitted to taking part in a high-profile climate emails forgery that has backfired; says it was done to intentionally injure skeptic foundation.

Britain?s pro-green national daily, ?The Guardian?  was the first major newspaper to break the news that Dr. Peter Gleick had confessed to unlawfully libeling the prominent climate skeptic supporter, the Heartland Institute (HI). Heartland is a 28-year-old national nonprofit organization with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Washington, DC. Its mission is ?to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems.? (more…)

What are the depths of Peter Gleick?s depravity in the Heartland global warming smear attack?

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Source:  Red State

[UPDATE: The preliminary steps of removing Peter Gleick from positions of authority and respect have begun: he’s ‘resigned’ from his position with the National Center for Science Education, and his scientific ethics task force chairmanship(!) for the American Geophysical Union.  One wonders whether groups like the MacArthur Fellows Program and NAS will insist that Gleick cut all ties from them, as well.  Nobody’s really expecting the Pacific Institute to join in, of course: it’s a well-known reliable quote machine for the American Left.]

OK, quick background: last week there was a bit of fuss when a variety of documents appeared that purported to show that there was some sort of nefarious global warming ?denialist? (that?s what a Lefty calls somebody who has noticed that, hey, the temperature?s not actually rising the way that people told us it would) conspiracy centered around the Heartland Institute. The Heartland Institute was not amused by this, and has been making it clear that at least one document was a pathetic forgery. This latter point has generally been conceded by all the players, if tacitly, and the great walkback is beginning. I recommend Watts Up With That for those looking to monitor further developments: that site has been all over this story. (more…)

Stolen Heartland Documents: DeSmog Blog Keeps Blowing Smoke

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Source:  Global Warming Org

by Marlo Lewis

Updated 4:34 pm, Feb. 21, 2012

?Climate scientist Peter Gleick has acknowledged that he was the person who convinced the Heartland Institute to hand over the contents of its January Board package, authenticating the documents beyond a doubt and further exposing the disinformation campaign Heartland has pursued in the last week, trying to discredit the information,? writes DeSmog Blog in a post titled ?Whistleblower Authenticates Heartland Documents? (Feb. 20, 2012).

Gleick is indeed the culprit, but he is not a ?whistleblower? because to be a candidate for that honorable title, he?d have to be a current or former employee. Gleick acknowledges that he, an outside critic of the organization, solicited and received Heartland documents under false pretenses, an action he describes as a ?serious lapse of my own and professional judgment and ethics.? (more…)

Obama and Gasoline Prices

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Stolen and Faked Heartland Documents: Letter from General Counsel

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Source:  Heartland Insitute

February 18, 2012
By e-mail to: editor@desmogblog.com
By Federal Express to:
Mr. Brendan G DeMelle
Editor
DeSmog Blog
9527 13th Avenue NW
Seattle, WA 98117-2303
Re: Stolen and Faked Heartland Documents
http://www.desmogblog.com/heartland-insider-exposes-institute-s-budget-and-str
ategy
Dear Mr. DeMelle:
On or about February 14, 2012, your web site posted a document entitled
?Confidential Memo: 2012 Heartland Climate Strategy? (the ?Fake Memo?),
which is fabricated and false.
On or about the same date, your web site posted certain other documents
purporting to be those of The Heartland Institute (?Heartland?). Heartland has not
authenticated these documents (the ?Alleged Heartland Documents?).
Your site thereafter has reported repeatedly on all of these documents.
Heartland almost immediately issued a statement disclosing the foregoing
information, to which your web site has posted links.
It has come to our attention that all of these documents nevertheless remain on
your site and you continue to report on their contents. Please be advised as
follows: (more…)

Bob Carter wins the cartoon war :-) A very sweet win.

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Source:  Joanne Nova

Thank you DeSmog! Without FakeGate we would not have had this cartoon. (Readership est 850,000)

Cartoon by John Spooner. The Age.

On Wednesday I mentioned the Carter/Flannery disparity in wages:

And if Bob Carter receives an honorarium type amount of $1500 a month, the pull of those big dollars must be powerfully tempting for people like Tim Flannery who struggle along on about $1200 each day he works.

On Saturday :D after he scores flack in other articles, satire restores the balance in favour of Bob Carter. (Now was that in The SMH too?)

Message to DeSmog and that faker? whatever credibility you had?

A comment from Bulldust after my last post on this:
Jo, I am almost ashamed of you ? you know full well Flannery has far more sources of income than that pitiful $1,200 a day ? heck that would barely keep him in champagne and caviar. ? February 16, 2012 at 6:56 am

(Bulldust, forgive me! I have at least blogged about the Panasonic-Flannery connection: Cheap Influence in National Politics: How Panasonic buy time on our public broadcaster. But thanks for those links.)

Flashback: Who Owns These Two Houses?

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Source:  http://papundits.wordpress.com/2009/04/28/who-owns-these-two-houses/

Original posting date:  04/28/2009

Neither you nor I will ever be able to own a house like either of these.

However, it does provide us with a startling example of environmental friendliness that may raise your eyebrows.

Keep in mind, the average size for a family home in the U.S. is around 2300 square feet.

This image shows a 20 room mansion (not including 8 bathrooms) heated by natural gas. Add on a pool (and a pool house) and a separate guest house, all heated by gas. In one month, this residence consumes more energy than the average American household does in a year. The average bill for electricity and natural gas runs over $2400 per month. In natural gas alone, this property consumes more than 20 times the national average for an American home. This house is not situated in a Northern or Midwestern ?snow belt? area. It?s in the South. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: America’s homeless resort to tent cities

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Source:  BBC

      America’s homeless resort to tent cities

Panorama’s Hilary Andersson comes face to face with the reality of poverty in America and finds that, for some, the last resort has become life in a tented encampment.

Just off the side of a motorway on the fringes of the picturesque town of Ann Arbor, Michigan, a mismatched collection of 30 tents tucked in the woods has become home – home to those who are either unemployed, or whose wages are so low that they can no longer afford to pay rent.

Conditions are unhygienic. There are no toilets and electricity is only available in the one communal tent where the campers huddle around a wood stove for warmth in the heart of winter.

Ice weighs down the roofs of tents, and rain regularly drips onto the sleeping campers’ faces.

Tent cities have sprung up in and around at least 55 American cities – they represent the bleak reality of America’s poverty crisis. (more…)

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

4000-year temp History in Greenland

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Source:  NIPCC

Reference
Kobashi, T., Kawamura, K., Severinghaus, J.P., Barnola, J.-M., Nakaegawa, T., Vinther, B.M., Johnsen, S.J. and Box, J.E. 2011. High variability of Greenland surface temperature over the past 4000 years estimated from trapped air in an ice core. Geophysical Research Letters 38: 10.1029/2011GL049444.

Providing some background for their study Kobashi et al. (2011) write that, supposedly, “Greenland recently incurred record high temperatures and ice loss by melting, adding to concerns that anthropogenic warming is impacting the Greenland ice sheet and in turn accelerating global sea-level rise.” However, they state that “it remains imprecisely known for Greenland how much warming is caused by increasing atmospheric greenhouse gases versus natural variability.” (more…)

Heartland Institute Responds to Stolen and Fake Documents

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Source:  Heartland Institute

FEBRUARY 15, 2012 ? The following statement from The Heartland Institute ? a free-market think tank ? may be used for attribution. For more information, contact Communications Director Jim Lakely at jlakely@heartland.org and 312/377-4000.

Yesterday afternoon, two advocacy groups posted online several documents they claimed were The Heartland Institute?s 2012 budget, fundraising, and strategy plans. Some of these documents were stolen from Heartland, at least one is a fake, and some may have been altered.

The stolen documents appear to have been written by Heartland?s president for a board meeting that took place on January 17. He was traveling at the time this story broke yesterday afternoon and still has not had the opportunity to read them all to see if they were altered. Therefore, the authenticity of those documents has not been confirmed. (more…)

Electronic Armageddon

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Source:  National Geographic

A national geographic explorer special on the problems we face if the power grid fails, due to nuclear weapons or solar flares causing electromagnetic pulses (EMP).