Archive for April, 2012

Is the EPA Endangering Public Health and Welfare by Attempting to Mitigate Extreme Weather?

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Source:  MasterResource

by Chip Knappenberger

On the rationale of mitigating man-made climate change and thus limiting the occurrence of extreme weather events, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is (unintentionally) fostering a less prepared and less resilient population. As such, EPA should regulate its own actions as endangering public health and welfare.

New Proposed Rule

Back in December 2009, the U.S. EPA issued a finding that human emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) ?threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations.? This ?Endangerment Finding? opened the door to the EPA?s issuing regulations aimed at restricting GHG emissions in the U.S. To date, the EPA hasn?t been shy about stepping through that door.

The latest in a string of EPA greenhouse gas regulations was announced just last month. This one is aimed at carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants. The proposed regulation would limit CO2 emissions to 1,000 pounds per megawatt-hour of power produced, which is not achievable by coal plants under current or near-term technology. It is congruent to what a new gas-fired power plant can achieve?and thus the standard.

So if this proposal were adopted, it would effectively eliminate the construction of all new coal-fired power plants in the U.S. (more…)

?PC? power is not ?sustainable?

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

And President Obama?s ?all-inclusive? energy policy is anything but!

Mary Kay Barton

President Obama?s mantra du jour for his 2012 campaign speeches is ?all-inclusive? energy.  Any business touting this version of ?all-inclusive? would be prosecuted for false advertising.

When the President says ?all-inclusive,? he means politically correct (PC) ?green? energy (wind, solar and bio-fuels), and nothing that actually provides reliable, affordable power ? especially not hydrocarbons. Another PC buzzword ? ?sustainable? ? is right out of the United Nation?s Agenda 21 Protocol and the President?s goal of ?fundamentally transforming? America.?

Increasing pain at the pump and plug underscore the reality that Mr. Obama?s energy policies are anything but all-inclusive, and his PC power is anything but sustainable ? though they certainly are transforming our country. In fact, if the Keystone XL pipeline’s oil were used to generate electricity, it would provide more energy than all existing US wind and solar installations combined.

Be they massive or small-scale, actual or theoretical and decades away ? wind, solar, corn ethanol, switch-grass and algae projects are being paid for with countless billions of taxpayer and ratepayer dollars. The arrangements are sweet for promoters and ?investors? on the receiving end, and for politicians looking for crony capitalist campaign contributions from these recipients.

But they?re neither nice nor ?sustainable? for those of us paying the tab. (more…)

Mine union boss: Coal industry could suffer same fate as bin Laden

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Source:  The Hill

By Andrew Restuccia

The coal industry will suffer the same fate as Osama bin Laden under new climate regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, the head of the United Mine Workers of America said this week.

?The Navy SEALs shot Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan and Lisa Jackson shot us in Washington,? Cecil Roberts, president of the powerful union, said during an interview Tuesday on the West Virginia radio show MetroNews Talkline.

Roberts blasted Jackson, the EPA administrator, over the proposed regulations, which would limit greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants. Opponents of the regulations, including Roberts, say the new rules would be the death knell of the coal industry. (more…)

Tropical cyclones and sea surface temps

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Source:  Climate change Reconsidered

Dare, R.A. and McBride, J.L. 2011. Sea surface temperature response to tropical cyclones. Monthly Weather Review 139: 3798-3808.

Many and diverse are the studies that have explored both real and imagined impacts of changes in sea surface temperature (SST) on various properties of tropical cyclones (TCs). Much less discussed is the reverse phenomenon of the impacts of TCs on SSTs. It has been known for decades, however – as reported by Dare and McBride – that strong winds associated with TCs tend to reduce SSTs beneath such storms, as described (in chronological order) by Fisher (1958), Leipper (1967), Brand (1971), Price (1981), Bender et al. (1993), Hart et al. (2007), Price et al. (2008), Jansen et al. (2010) and Hart (2011). This cold surface wake, as they describe it, “may extend for hundreds of kilometers adjacent to the storm track (Nelson, 1996; Emanuel, 2001),” and it can spread to larger scales over time, as reported by Sobel and Camargo (2005). As for the SST reduction within the TC wake, Dare and McBride write that it can “range from less than 1°C (Cione et al., 2000), up to 3° (Shay et al., 1991), 4° (Price et al., 2008), 5° (Price, 1981), 6° (Berg, 2002), 7° (Walker et al., 2005), and 9°C (Lin et al., 2003).” (more…)

One hundred years of global temperature change

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
Source:  Climate Change Reconsidered
Ludecke, H.-J., Link, R. and Ewert, F.-K. 2011. How natural is the recent centennial warming? An analysis of 2249 surface temperature records. International Journal of Modern Physics C 22: 10.1142/S0129183111016798.

Working with 2249 globally-distributed monthly temperature records covering the period 1906-2005, which they obtained from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Ludecke et al. (2011) evaluated “to what extent the temperature rise in the past 100 years was a trend or a natural fluctuation.” (more…)

No Global Warming For 15 Years

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Source:  GWPF

New UK Met Office global temperature data confirms that the world has not warmed in the past 15 years.

Analysis by the GWPF of the newly released HadCRUT4 global temperature database shows that there has been no global warming in the past 15 years – a timescale that challenges current models of global warming.

The graph shows the global annual average temperature since 1997. No statistically significant trend can be discerned from the data. The only statistically acceptable conclusion to be drawn from the HadCRUT4 data is that between 1997 ? 2011 it has remained constant, with a global temperature of 14.44 +/- 0.16 deg C (2 standard deviations.)

The important question is whether 15 years is a sufficient length of time from which to draw climatic conclusions that are usually considered over 30 years, as well as its implications for climate projections.

The IPCC states that anthropogenic influences on the climate dominated natural ones sometime between 1960 ? 80.The recent episode of global warming that occurred after that transition began in 1980. The world has warmed by about 0.4 deg C in this time. Whilst we live in the warmest decade of the instrumental era of global temperature measurement (post-1880), and the 90s were warmer than the 80s, the world has not got any warmer in the last 15 years. (more…)


Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Source:  Dennis Avery

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change admitted last week it had no evidence to support the various claims that the planet?s weather is becoming ?more extreme.? The new IPCC report on weather extremes reads: ?While there is evidence that increases in greenhouse gases have likely caused changes in some types of extremes, there is no simple answer to question of whether the climate, in general, has become more or less extreme.?

Incredibly, even this non-confirmation is false. The more correct answer is ?less extreme.? Moreover, paleoclimate proxy records have already told us about the truly awful climate extremes of the past 10,000 years?most of them mega-droughts during ?little ice ages.? For example, the 300-year drought that beset today?s Iraq in 2200 BC. The inhabitants all starved, and the land was left to a few nomadic shepherds until the warm phase of the 1,500-year Dansgaard-Oeschger cycle returned stable weather. Then the Tigris-Euphrates Valley produced a new irrigated agriculture and built the world?s first cities. This valley?s devastation/recovery pattern has happened at least seven different times, in the D-O?s 1,500-year rhythm.

Nor did the IPCC mention the 11th century AD mega-drought in the northern California mountains, with lake levels falling 70 feet below ?normal.? At the same time, the Anasazi and dozens of other western Indian tribes were driven from their homes forever. In the Corn Belt, the mega-drought destroyed Cahokia, Illinois, the only city the AmerIndians ever built.

What about the four huge sea-floods that attacked Northern Europe over a period of about 40 years in the 12th century? Whole counties were buried under storm sands and are still buried there! Each of these massive storms drowned more than 100,000 people. The biggest drowned 300,000, from a population of perhaps 75 million. If it happened today, with the present population density,  that number might be expanded to 3 million deaths.

The ship?s logs of the British Navy reveal twice as many major land-falling Caribbean hurricanes during the latter part of the Little Ice Age (1700?1850) as during the last half of the 20th century?when the planet was supposedly warming at an ?unprecedented? rate. (more…)