Archive for March, 2012

Britain?s New Energy Revolution

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Source:  CCNet:  The Climate Policy Network

 We used to regard natural gas as a transition fuel. We now understand that it is in fact a destination fuel. –British energy minister Charles Hendry, Standpoint Magazine, April 2012

 To the dismay of the Greens and their political, business and media allies, there are signs that Her Majesty’s Government is slowly turning back towards a new dash for gas, the UK has reserves for centuries to come, and exploiting them now would end the recession almost at a stroke. –Alan Jones, 3000 Quads, 29 March 2012

Let me conclude: Can the green lobby win the shale gas argument over environmental objections? I don?t think it can. Ten or 20 years ago it could have won when governments were willing to burn billions, but the economic climate has changed, we?re facing the biggest crisis in decades. No government in the world would give up this opportunity, not even the British government, which is very green indeed. I don?t think they have a leg to stand on when it comes to shale. People will realize that this energy is far less impacting on environments than most other forms of energy. Even wind farms are much more opposed than coal or nuclear power plants. Shale shouldn?t have any big problem and in all likelihood the government will grasp it with both hands. –Benny Peiser, Natural Gas Europe, 25 October 2011 (more…)

IPCC Confirms: We Do Not Know If The Climate Is Becoming More Extreme

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Source:  Climate policy network

CCNet ?  29 March 2012
The Climate Policy Network

IPCC Confirms: We Do Not Know If The Climate Is Becoming More Extreme

The full IPCC Special Report on Extremes is out today, and I have just gone through the sections in Chapter 4 that deal with disasters and climate change. Kudos to the IPCC — they have gotten the issue just about right, where “right” means that the report accurately reflects the academic literature on this topic. Over time good science will win out over the rest — sometimes it just takes a little while. —Roger Pielke Jr, 28 March 2012

FAQ 3.1 Is the Climate Becoming More Extreme? […]None of the above instruments has yet been developed sufficiently as to allow us to confidently answer the question posed here. Thus we are restricted to questions about whether specific extremes are becoming more or less common, and our confidence in the answers to such questions, including the direction and magnitude of changes in specific extremes, depends on the type of extreme, as well as on the region and season, linked with the level of understanding of the underlying processes and the reliability of their simulation in models.–IPCC Special Report on Extreme Events and Disasters

There is medium evidence and high agreement that long-term trends in normalized losses have not been attributed to natural or anthropogenic climate change… The statement about the absence of trends in impacts attributable to natural or anthropogenic climate change holds for tropical and extratropical storms and tornados… The absence of an attributable climate change signal in losses also holds for flood losses.  –IPCC Special Report on Extremes, Chapter 4

Plans to force companies to declare the size of their greenhouse gas emissions have been put on hold and could even be abolished, the environment secretary will tell parliament this week, raising fresh questions over the government?s commitment to fighting climate change. –Kiran Stacey, Financial Times, 28 March 2012 (more…)

NH votes to end RGGI participation — again.

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Source: Prov. Journal

NH House votes to repeal greenhouse gas law

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) ? New Hampshire’s House has voted for the second time in two years to end the state’s participation in a regional program to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The House voted by voice vote Wednesday to end New Hampshire’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in 2015.

Gov. John Lynch vetoed a similar bill last year. The Senate’s vote to override the veto fell short and the bill died.

The regional program is a cap-and-trade program for carbon dioxide.

Repeal supporters argue the program is a stealth tax on electric users. But opponents say New Hampshire consumers would lose the benefits of belonging to the program while New Hampshire’s rates would still reflect cap-and-trade costs included in rates in the regional power pool.

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Note:  A SPPI reader sent this:

According to RSS satellite data, “warm winter” 2012 was globally the coldest since 1993, and eighth coldest on record.

 

A Not So New “Brave New World”

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Opinion: UN-Backed Scientists Call For Mega-City Population Lockup

Jurriaan Maessen

In a recent statement put out by ?Planet Under Pressure? several scientists call for denser cities in order to mitigate worldwide population growth. When in doubt that UN?s Agenda 21 is not the Mein Kampf of our day, one should consider yet another in-your-face confession from yet another certified biocratic control freak

According to an MSNBC article one of the scientists while speaking about human populations worldwide, stated:

?We certainly don?t want them strolling about the entire countryside. We want them to save land for nature by living closely [together].?

Insisting the world?s population be locked up within the confounds of mega-cities, the elite realizes that if the herd is to be properly controlled walls are needed- thick walls, and by constructing these walls, making the masses go this or that way will be made easier..

Chief scientist Michail Fragkias involved with ?Planet under Pressure? told MSNBC that ?the answer (to population growth) is denser cities.? (more…)

Things More Worrisome that AGW: Gas shortages

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Source:  SFTF plan

gas panic in UK

What was a fairly minor fuel shortage sparked when gas tanker drivers in the UK threatened to go on strike has developed into what UK officials are now calling all out chaos, as drivers across the country scramble to fill their tanks amid uncertainty about when transportation services will be up and running at full capacity again.

In what may be a glimpse into the future of other industrialized Western nations that are experiencing rising gas prices and labor problems, residents of the UK were queued in hours-long lines reminiscent of the 1970?s oil crisis in the United States. The lines of drivers waiting to get their daily allotment  of gas are so long that they have led police to shut down gas stations in an effort to ease traffic and avoid delays.

For their part, government officials have asked drivers to remain calm, but may have inadvertently worsened the situation when Energy Secretary Ed Davey suggested that drivers concerned with running out of gas should be ?topping up when their tanks go below, say, half-full? they should actually go the full hog and fill up when they can.? (more…)

10 Reasons Why the Reign of the Dollar as the World Reserve Currency is About to Come to an End

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Source:  Wealth Wire

OPINION

The U.S. dollar has probably been the closest thing to a true global currency that the world has ever seen. For decades, the use of the U.S. dollar has been absolutely dominant in international trade. This has had tremendous benefits for the U.S. financial system and for U.S. consumers, and it has given the U.S. government tremendous power and influence around the globe.

Today, more than 60 percent of all foreign currency reserves in the world are in U.S. dollars. But there are big changes on the horizon…

The mainstream media in the United States has been strangely silent about this, but some of the biggest economies on earth have been making agreements with each other to move away from using the U.S. dollar in international trade. There are also some oil producing nations which have begun selling oil in currencies other than the U.S. dollar, which is a major threat to the petrodollar system which has been in place for nearly four decades. And big international institutions such as the UN and the IMF have even been issuing official reports about the need to move away form the U.S. dollar and toward a new global reserve currency. So the reign of the U.S. dollar as the world reserve currency is definitely being threatened, and the coming shift in international trade is going to have massive implications for the U.S. economy. (more…)

Opinion: The EPA Wrecking Ball

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Source: Alan Caruba

By Alan Caruba

The Environmental Protection Agency is using its power to advance the objective of the environmental movement to deny Americans access to the energy that sustains the nation?s economy and is using the greatest hoax ever perpetrated, global warming?now called ?climate change??to achieve that goal.

?This standard isn?t the once-and-for-all solution to our environmental challenge,? said Lisa Jackson, the EPA administrator, ?but it is an important commonsense step toward tackling the ongoing and very real threat of climate change and protecting the future for generations to come. It will enhance the lives of our children and our children?s children.?

This is a boldfaced lie. Its newest rule is based on the debasement of science that is characterized and embodied in the global warming hoax. It will deprive America of the energy it requires to function.

Since the 1980s the Greens have been telling everyone that carbon dioxide was causing global warming?now called climate change?and warning that CO2 emissions were going to kill everyone in the world if they weren?t dramatically reduced. The ball was put in motion with the United Nations 1997 Kyoto Protocols when many nations agreed to this absurd idea and carried forward by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ever since.

The Environmental Protection Agency was created to clean the nation?s air and water where it was deemed that a hazard existed. Like most noble ideas and most Congressional mandates, the initial language was vague enough to be interpreted to mean anything those in charge wanted it to mean. Add in the global warming hoax and you have the means to destroy the nation. (more…)

EPA to impose carbon limits on power plants

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Source:  Wash Post

RULE ?effectively bans? coal FACILITIES Emissions proposal doesn?t cover existing sites

By Juliet Eilperin, Monday, March 26,11:33 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency will issue the first limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants as early as Tuesday, according to several people briefed on the proposal. The move could end the construction of conventional coal-fired facilities in the United States.

The proposed rule ? years in the making and approved by the White House after months of review ? will require any new power plant to emit no more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt of electricity produced. The average U.S. natural gas plant, which emits 800 to 850 pounds of CO2 per megawatt, meets that standard; coal plants emit an average of 1,768 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt. (more…)

Another Lawsuit for Mann’s UVA Emails

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Source:  Wash Post

P.Wm. climate change case takes center stage

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Now that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli?s investigation into climate research has been tossed out of court, a similar case in Prince William County targeting the same ex-University of Virginia scientist moves into the spotlight. And this case, seeking some 12,000 emails sent and received by scientist Michael E. Mann, using the Freedom of Information Act, appears to have a far greater chance of success.

Climate researcher Michael E. Mann said his shared interest, with U.Va., in his e-mails means they can be released to him, but not to climate change skeptics. (Tom Jackman – The Washington Post) That?s because U.Va. apparently has already given the 12,000 e-mails to Mann himself, though he left Charlottesville years ago. The American Tradition Institute, the conservative group hoping to show that climate change scientists like Mann manipulated their data, argues that U.Va. can?t give the e-mails to one person and not another. By giving the emails to Mann, the university has waived any exemptions they?re claiming to the state Freedom of Information Act, ATI says.

You gave ?em to him, you gotta give ?em to us, basically. And a number of well-informed FOIA experts in Virginia say that ATI is right. (more…)

Hunting for scapegoats won?t lower pump prices

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Source: SPPI

Exporting gasoline and diesel fuel creates jobs and prosperity

Paul Driessen

When President Obama took office, regular gasoline cost $1.85 a gallon. Now it?s hit $4.00 per gallon in many cities, and some analysts predict it could reach $5.00 or more this summer. Filling your tank could soon slam you for $75-$90.

Winter was warm. Our economy remains weak. People are driving less, in cars that get better mileage, even with mandatory 10% low-mileage ethanol. Gasoline is plentiful.

Misinformed politicians and pundits say prices should be falling. Our pain at the pump is due to greedy speculators, they claim, and greedier oil companies that are exporting oil and refined products.

Their explanation is superficially plausible ? but wrong. (more…)

Heartland Institute Responds to Rep. Markey Letter on ?Fakegate?

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Source:  Heartland Institute

MARCH 15, 2012 ? The Heartland Institute today sent a letter to Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA), responding to Markey?s February 24 request for confirmation of the authenticity of stolen and forged documents distributed by Pacific Institute President Peter Gleick.

The scandal is known as ?Fakegate? because one of the documents, supposedly describing Heartland?s ?climate strategy,? was not written by anyone associated with The Heartland Institute and does not reflect Heartland?s work on environmental policy. Gleick has claimed he received the memo ?in the mail? from an anonymous source.

In his reply to Rep. Markey, Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast writes, ?Your letter repeats several false statements that appeared in the fake memo and have been circulated widely in the press. We thank you for this opportunity to set the record straight about our position on climate change.?

For more information on this scandal, visit Fakegate.org and Heartland.org. Media questions and requests for interviews may be directed to Tammy Nash at tnash@heartland.org and 312/377-4000 or Jim Lakely at jlakely@heartland.org. (more…)