Archive for February, 2012

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Iran and EMP

Monday, February 13th, 2012


Iranian Nuke Attack on US Easy as EMP?

WASHINGTON — Pentagon estimates show that Iran could have missiles capable of reaching the East Coast of the United States by the year 2015.

If the Iranians acquire a nuclear bomb, they might be able to cripple their “Great Satan” even sooner through an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, attack off America’s coastline.

Within a year of an EMP event, at least two-thirds of the American population would perish from starvation, disease, and societal collapse. It’s a high-tech means of killing people the old fashioned way,” Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, president of EMPact America, explained.

A nuclear weapon detonated above the U.S. would emit powerful electromagnetic pulses, frying America’s electrical grid and shutting down necessities from cars to computers to airplanes and refrigerators.

Iranian military handbooks point out the benefits of such an attack. Russia, China, and North Korea also possess EMP technology.

Pry, a member of the congressional EMP Commission, said America could plunge back into the 19th century, with Katrina-like chaos nationwide.

“A single nuclear weapon will cause the collapse of the electric power grid, all the critical infrastructures and other electronic systems across the entire continental United States and basically cause a permanent blackout,” he told CBN News.

Pry’s nightmare scenario shows Iran or its terrorist proxy, Hezbollah, parking an unmarked freighter off America’s East Coast or in the Gulf of Mexico.

They would fire a nuclear-tipped scud above a city like New York, then immediately sink the freighter to destroy evidence of their handiwork. (more…)

Government?s ethanol mandate invites corruption

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Source:  Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Clean green fraud

The spectacular failure of Solyndra opened a lot of eyes. Yet the bankrupt solar panel manufacturer is far from the only fly-by-night outfit to take advantage of the current ?green energy? fad. No program is more ripe for abuse than the renewable fuel standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Last week, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, Michigan Republican, and Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield, Kentucky Republican, opened their own investigation into the fraudulent outfits that sell tradeable biodiesel fuel credits to legitimate companies that need to meet the arbitrary mandates established by the EPA and Congress.

In 2007, President George W. Bush signed a law declaring 36 billion gallons of ethanol would be used in gasoline by the year 2022. Though the move purportedly would help the environment, it?s no secret that the corn fuel mandate has more to do with politicians seeking Midwestern votes. There wasn?t a lot of thought put into the consequences of this unrealistic and pointless command handed down from above. (more…)

Support for the saturated greenhouse effect leaves the likelihood of AGW tipping points in the cold

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Source:  Wattsup

From The Hockey Shtick, word of a new paper that supports Miskolczi?s theory of saturated greenhouse effect. We?ve seen this before, in the form of this graph.

In 2006, Willis Eschenbach posted this graph on Climate Audit showing the logarithmic net downward IR forcing effect of carbon dioxide relative to atmospheric concentration:

The flatter portion of the graph gradually smooths out, as the effect of CO2 forcing becomes saturated with increased concentration. And this graphic of his shows carbon dioxide?s contribution to the whole greenhouse effect:

What?s more, in this new paper there appears to be some evidence for a negative climate feedback, in the form of slightly lowered relative humidity trend, which makes climate sensitivity lower. Relative humidity (RH) is the ratio of the actual amount of water vapor in the air to the amount it could hold when saturated expressed as a percentage OR the ratio of the actual vapor pressure to the saturation vapor pressure expressed as a percentage. The amount of water vapor the air can hold increases with temperature. Relative humidity therefore decreases with increasing temperature if the actual amount of water vapor stays the same. While the study found a slight increase in specific humidity (the mass of water vapor per unit mass of air), relative humidity (near the surface, 2 meter measurement) decreased by 0.5% per decade, resulting in an overall slightly drier atmosphere. (more…)

NM regulators repeal carbon cap and trade rules

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Source:  CBS Money Watch

SPPI Note:  Our collection of State Climate Papers (here) have played an instrumental role in State climate regulatory policy and outcomes.  The specific New Mexico Paper can be read here.  Here is the Executive Summary:

In this report, we review New Mexico?s long-term climate history and find little in the way of evidence that greenhouse gas build-up in the atmosphere has altered New Mexico?s climate. Instead of long-term changes, short-term variability dominates the state?s average temperature, precipitation, and drought frequency. Current temperatures are not all that different than the ones observed at the beginning of the last century?100 years ago. And a long-term look back more than 2,000 years into the state?s moisture history shows that until very recently, the state?s natural climate was characterized by much, much drier conditions. Other research shows that variability in the state?s moisture conditions can be tied to oscillations in patterns of sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans?oscillations which are part of the earth?s natural cycles. Cycles of wildfire can also be traced back to these same oceanic patterns. Further, scares of increasing tropical diseases and a rising sensitivity to excessive heat are easily shown to be misapplication of the true facts. (more…)

Professor slammed after flying 20,000 miles to Tahiti for climate change lecture

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Source:  UK Mirror

Prof Phil Jones? trip to the ­Pacific is among more than a QUARTER OF A MILLION miles of air travel he has racked up in the past five years.

The boffin?s fuel-burning flights mean his carbon footprint is so big it would take 95 acres of trees a year to absorb it all, ­Government figures show.

Critics have blasted Prof Jones, who works on reports about the environmental dangers of ­flying, for ?breathtaking ­hypocrisy?.

It is not the first time the ­scientist has felt the heat over his climate change crusade

Prof Jones, 59, stood down as head of the University of East Anglia?s Climatic Research Unit in 2009 after it was claimed leaked emails suggested that he knew data was manipulated to show ­evidence of global warming. (more…)

The Earth Times Asks: Should We Embrace Wind Power?

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
Source: Earth Times
Continuing The Earth Times’ series of debates on the hottest topics in the fields of the environment and conservation, we explore the arguments for and against wind power. Tackling the issue are Jonathan Pyke and Mark Duchamp.

Jonathan Pyke is the coordinator of Action for Renewables, which campaigns for the expansion of renewable energy in the UK. It works with the public, the energy industry and environmental campaigners at both the local and the national level. For more information, visit the Action for Renewables website or follow its latest news on Twitter: @Act4Renewables.

Mark Duchamp is the executive director of the European Platform Against Windfarms (EPAW), which works to question the effectiveness of wind farms as a tool for solving a range of environmental problems. Mark is also the president of Save the Eagles International and serves as the chairman of the World Council for Nature (WCFN).

Q: Under the European Union climate change targets, around a third of all the UK’s electricity will have to come from renewable sources. What role can wind power play in achieving this?

Jonathan: Wind is contributing over 6GW of energy already. Out of all renewable technologies it’s the one we’ve got the most experience in, so the bulk of generation is going to come from on and offshore wind. But there’s also a big role for solar photovoltaics, biogas and tidal generation too, as those technologies establish themselves. (more…)

No Need to Panic About Global Warming

Monday, February 6th, 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…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Ayatollah Khamenei Warning

Saturday, February 4th, 2012


Amid crippling sanctions over its nuclear weapons program, Iran is continuing to prepare itself for war against the West, and now is warning of a coming great event.

?In light of the realization of the divine promise by almighty God, the Zionists and the Great Satan (America) will soon be defeated,? Ayatollah Khamenei, the Iranian supreme leader, is warning.

Khamenei, speaking to hundreds of youths from more than 70 countries attending a world conference on the Arab Spring just days ago, told a cheering crowd in Tehran that ?Allah?s promises will be delivered and Islam will be victorious.? (more…)

EPA Is Far More Deadly Than Mercury

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Source: Wash Times

[SPPI Note:  For more  information on the truth about Mercury, see here.

Two-page Fact sheet here.]

by Willie Soon and Paul Driessen

SOON and DRIESSEN: EPA: Extreme Punishment Authority

New air-pollution rules will impose exorbitant costs for illusory health benefits

On Dec. 16, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson released new Clean Air Act National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants. Once again, she touted the supoosedly huge benefits of controlling emissions of mercury and other air toxics from coal- and oil-fired power plants and electric generating units (EGUs).

This final rule will be one of the most expensive ever devised by EPA. The actual benefits, however, are minimal to imaginary. Americans should no longer tolerate being penalized by the ?Extreme Punishment Authority.?

EPA itself says the purported ?hazards to public health? from mercury and non-mercury emissions from American EGUs are ?anticipated to remain after imposition? of the new regulations. (more…)

100 countries back world environment agency

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Source: Yahoo News

More than a hundred countries now support a French proposal to create a “World Environment Organisation” at the upcoming 20th anniversary conference of the Rio Summit, France’s ecology minister said on Tuesday.

“More than 100 countries have now associated themselves with the proposal,” Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet said at a conference in Paris aimed at stimulating ideas for June 20-22 global gathering.

The idea is to beef up the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which critics say lacks muscle for dealing with the world’s worsening environmental crisis. (more…)

Pachauri Pushes Emissions Reduction ? Again

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Source:  No Frakking consensus

According to its website, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a ?policy-neutral, never policy-prescriptive? organization. But it?s difficult to take that claim seriously when its chairman, Rajendra Pachauri, continues to lobby hard for one policy in particular.

Today he delivered a speech at the inauguration of a sustainability summit organized by TERI, an entity he leads. Again and again, he referred to his favourite hobbyhorse: reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

But emissions reduction is merely one possible response to climate change (adaptation and high-tech fixes are two others; see more here). Nor is it a response that most parents, if they spent five minutes thinking about it, would care to embrace.

[see SPPI paper on Pachauri here] (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Iran willing to attack on U.S. soil

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Source:  Washington Post

 Iran, perceiving threat from West, willing to attack on U.S. soil, U.S. intelligence report finds
An assessment by U.S. spy agencies concludes that Iran is prepared to launch terrorist attacks inside the United States, highlighting new risks as the Obama administration escalates pressure on Tehran to halt its alleged pursuit of an atomic bomb.

In congressional testimony Tuesday, U.S. intelligence officials indicated that Iran has crossed a threshold in its adversarial relationship with the United States. While Iran has long been linked to attacks on American targets overseas, U.S. officials said they see troubling significance in Tehran?s alleged role in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington last year. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Iran in South America

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Source:  UK Guardian

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad leaving Cuba earlier this month. Tehran is reaching out to friendly governments in Latin America.

Iran launches Spanish TV channel

Hispan TV will deal blow to ‘dominance seekers’, says Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iran‘s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has officially launched a Spanish-language satellite TV channel, saying it would deal a blow to “dominance seekers” ? remarks that were an apparent dig at the US and the west.

Iran’s broadcasting company said Hispan TV, the first Spanish-language channel airing from the Middle East, will broadcast news, documentaries, movies and Iranian films 24 hours a day.

The launch is Tehran’s latest effort to reach out to friendly governments in Latin America and follows Ahmadinejad’s tour of the region earlier in January, which included stops in Cuba and visits to Venezuela, Nicaragua and Ecuador (more…)