Archive for June, 2012

Reflections on the D.C. Circuit Court GHG Decision

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Source:  Global Warming. Org

Attorney Peter Glaser?s ?Morning After? Reflections on the D.C. Circuit Court GHG Decision

Despite the disappointing decision yesterday, it would be well to remember that the real damage was done in the Supreme Court?s 5-4 Massachusetts decision, where EPA was found to have authority to regulate GHGs under the CAA so long as it determined that GHGs endanger the public health and welfare.

. . .the Massachusetts decision was a real travesty.  It is impossible to review the history of the public debate on GHG regulation in this country beginning in the 1980s, when potential climate change first came to prominence, and conclude that authority to regulate GHGs was always available, hiding in plain sight in the CAA as first enacted in 1970. The Supreme Court said in the 2001 American Trucking Associations decision, in language that is often cited, that Congress does not ?hide elephants in mouseholes.?  Evidently, in the case of EPA GHG regulation, Congress did.

In the end, the most rational thing for the country to do on GHGs is for Congress to enact legislation that gets EPA out of the GHG regulatory business entirely.  ? Peter Glaser (more…)

Everything You Know About Paleo-Climate May Be Wrong

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Source: GWPF

Ice samples pulled from nearly a mile below the surface of Greenland glaciers have long served as a historical thermometer, adding temperature data to studies of the local conditions up to the Northern Hemisphere’s climate. But the method — comparing the ratio of oxygen isotopes buried as snow fell over millennia — may not be such a straightforward indicator of air temperature. “We don’t believe the ice cores can be interpreted purely as a signal of temperature,” says Anders Carlson, a University of Wisconsin-Madison geosciences professor. “You have to consider where the precipitation that formed the ice came from.” —e-Science Earth & Climate, 25 June 2012 (more…)

World Cooling To Global Warming

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Source:  GWPF

Politicians, today, have predictably ?walked away? from the issue of global warming. In retrospect we have to ask why this mass illusion, the transition to ?a new ecological society? imploded and fell off the teleprompters, off the front pages, and out of the seemingly endless TV special reports on threatened polar bears and collapsing ice cliffs. How could this all disappear so fast? –Andrew McKillop, The Global Warming Policy Foundation, 28 June 2012 (more…)

Millennial-Scale Climate Variability: It?s the Norm!

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Source:  CCR

Reference
Harada, N., Takahashi, K., Timmermann, A. and Sakamoto, T. 2012a. Climate change dynamics of present and past in the North Pacific and its northern marginal seas. Deep-Sea Research II 61-64: 1-3.

Harada et al. (2012a), in their preface to a special issue of Deep-Sea Research II, briefly highlight what the issue has to say about “the causal relationships connecting atmospheric circulation, the sea surface environment, the intermediate-deep ocean circulation and the carbon cycle,” a good understanding of which, in their words, “is crucial to clarifying the interactions and feedback mechanisms between the global climate system and the physics and climatology of the western North Pacific and its adjacent seas.” And in so doing, they touch on several contributions that clearly reveal the normalityof the millennial-scale cycling of climate that has alternately brought the Earth into and out of the Roman Warm Period, the Dark Ages Cold Period, the Medieval Warm Period, the Little Ice Age and the Current Warm Period. (more…)

Extreme Weather Heat Waves

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Source:  CCR

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Reference

Otto, F.E.L., Massey, N., van Oldenborgh, G.J., Jones, R.G. and Allan, M.R. 2012. Reconciling two approaches to attribution of the 2010 Russian heat wave. Geophysical Research Letters 39: L04702 doi:10.1029/2011GL05042.

The 2010 Russian heat wave was an extra-ordinary event which killed an estimated 55,000 people during July and early August of that year. The heat wave (and associated drought) also led to crop reductions in Russia by 25%, with an estimated loss in revenue of about 25 billion US dollars. Such an exceptional climate event has prompted many scientists and climate modelers in the US and UK to analyze the large-scale atmospheric sequence of events that led to this exceptionally hot spell in western Russia and, in particular, in and around the city of Moscow, all in attempt to determine if its cause was of natural or anthropogenic origin. In an earlier paper (see Dole et al., 2011) concluded that the 2010 summer Russian heat wave was mainly due to “natural internal atmospheric variability that produced and maintained an intense long-lived blocking event,” further adding that “it is very unlikely that the ‘warming’ attributable to increasing greenhouse gas concentrations contributed substantially to the heat wave.” Other scientist however, have come to a different conclusion. (more…)

Update on Remotely-Sensed Antarctic Sea Ice Extent

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Source:  CCR

Reference
Pezza, A.B., Rashid, H.A. and Simmonds, I. 2012. Climate links and recent extremes in Antarctic sea ice, high-latitude cyclones, Southern Annular Mode and ENSO. Climate Dynamics 38: 57-73.

According to Pezza et al. (2012) there has been a modest increasing trend in sea ice extent (SIE) around Antarctica over the era of satellite coverage, citing the studies of Watkins and Simmonds (2000), Zwally et al. (2002), Parkinson (2004), Turner et al. (2007) and Comiso and Nishio (2008).

In a broader study of the climatic link between the Southern Annular Mode and Southern Hemisphere SIE, Pezza et al. derived a history of Antarctic SIE for the period stretching from autumn 1979 to autumn 2008, based on remotely-sensed Nimbus-7 SMMR and DMSP SSM/I passive microwave data from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s National Snow and Ice Data Center. In doing so the three Australian scientists report that modest positive SIE trends were observed during all seasons, noting that “the absolute trends over spring and autumn are the most pronounced, with an increase of about half a million square kilometers over the whole period.” In percentage terms, they say “there is an increase between 2 and 3% during winter and spring and from 5 to 7% during the low ice season.” Of special note is their finding that “the greatest SIE on record observed during the low sea ice season occurred repeatedly in December 2007-February 2008 and March-May2008,” with both records being “far greater” than all previous records: 6% greater in the first case and 8% greater in the second. (more…)

Terrestrial ?Greening? and ?Browning? in Time and Space

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Source:  CCR

http://total-wallpapers.com/free-places-wallpapers/springtime-fo

Reference
De Jong, R., Verbesselt, J., Schaepman, M.E. and De Bruin, S. 2012. Trend changes in global greening and browning: contribution of short-term trends to longer-term change. Global Change Biology 18: 642-655.

According to De Jong et al. (2012), “field observations and time series of vegetation greenness data from satellites provide evidence of changes in terrestrial vegetation activity over the past decades for several regions in the world,” and they note that these changes in vegetative vigor “may consist of an alternating sequence of greening and/or browning periods,” which can obscure what one could call the “big picture.” (more…)

Ice Age

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Dodging another UN bullet

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Source:  SPPI

?The Future We Want? offered sustained power and money grabs in name of sustainability

by Paul Driessen and Duggan Flanakin

The Future We Want outlined a ?common vision? for planetary ?sustainable development,? as proclaimed by the ?Organizing Partners of the Major Group of NGOs,? to guide the taxpayer-funded Rio+20 summit that ended last week in disarray and acrimony.

The activist organizations that cobbled the document together filled it with hundreds of platitudes and pseudo-solutions to global warming cataclysms, newly reconstituted as threats to resource depletion and biodiversity ? and presented as standards and mandates for countries, communities and corporations.

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Lord Monckton Reports From Rio

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Source:  SPPI

MAD GIG

To the Gaia-worshipers in Rio, all is symbolic of the new religion

From Christopher Monckton of Brenchley in Rio de Janeiro

Symbolism! Dontcha just love it? Even the three-letter abbreviations for the world?s airports convey a resonant message for the goofy Gaia-worshipers here in Rio de Janeiro for the conference on ?sustainable development? (whatever that may mean). Flights still follow the old colonial patterns, so it is easier to fly to Rio (GIG from Madrid (MAD) than from London. Entertainingly, the bag-tag on my suitcase bore the legend MAD GIG ?a deftly synoptic description of the leftfest on Brazil?s once-fashionable coast.

The intended triumph of the new religion over the old was symbolized by a light-emitting diode system costing hundreds of thousands of dollars that has turned the normal floodlighting of the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer an unpleasant, lurid green, so that He looks like a giant jelly-bean. Fortunately, Divine intervention (or perhaps the Gore effect) has smothered the volcanic pinnacle on which the statue stands in unseasonably dense cloud and pouring rain, rendering this crude but costly sacrilege altogether invisible. Chalk up ten points to the old religion. God is not mocked. (more…)

Bailed-out BOA returns favor to Uncle Sam?s renewables

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Source: Wash Times

Banking on green energy

How do you know a bank is in trouble? When it suddenly jacks up fees or imposes new ones capriciously, that?s usually a flashing red light. For example, last year, Bank of America (BOA) suddenly announced it would charge customers a $5 fee for using their debit cards. Though the bank backed off that plan after a public outcry, the Wall Street Journal reported in March that the bank was still considering requiring ?many users of basic checking accounts to pay a monthly fee unless they agree to bank online, buy more products or maintain certain balances.?

As if that weren?t bad enough, earlier this year, mortgage giant Fannie Mae, that paragon of fiscal prudence, announced it was cutting off Bank of America from selling loans because the bank was failing to honor repurchase requests in a ?timely? fashion. When an institution that contributed to the 2008 financial meltdown with its profligate lending calls you out, you know you?ve got problems. (more…)

Europe Concedes Defeat: Developing Nations Reject Green Agenda

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Source:  GWPF

Europe Concedes Defeat: Developing Nations Reject Green Agenda

Nick Clegg, Britain?s Deputy Prime Minister, has admitted that the Rio+20 deal is ?disappointing.? He blamed China and other developing countries that have huge reserves of coal and want to continue using fossil fuels to grow, for failing to back plans for the green economy. ?The political significance of Rio is that the G77 nations are antagonistic to our European ideas on the green economy,? said Mr Clegg. He said Europe can no longer take the lead in such international negotiations because power is shifting “from West to East”. –Louise Gray, The Daily Telegraph, 22 June 2012

The ?failure? of Rio+20 is a cause for celebration, even if you can?t afford the champagne and foie gras that ecocrats served themselves as their hopes for ?Sustainia? retreated into the policy fog. The high priests of the new green world order crave cash, but calls for humanity to fork over for Gaia?s ?services? are falling on deaf ears. The Rio+20 text was originally sold as promoting ?The Future We Want.? However, the ?We? in question was always a self-selected group of UN bureaucrats, alarmist NGOs, corporate rent-seekers and main chancers whose interests were sharply at odds with those of ordinary people. Rio+20?s failure should be celebrated as The Future We Avoided. –Peter Foster, Financial Post, 22 June 2012 (more…)

U.S. Losing Lunar Legacy to Foreign Countries

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Source: http://godfatherpolitics.com/5758/u-s-losing-lunar-legacy-foreign-countries/

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So far, the critics have been right.

Not only has the federal government been subsidizing private companies like SpaceX to learn to do what NASA was already doing, but now an American company with plans to begin lunar expeditions as early as 2015 has moved its facilities to the Isle of Man in the United Kingdom because of the isle?s support for aerospace companies and low business taxes.

Representatives of the company, Excalibur Almaz, say it will be able to take paying customers on a six- to eight-month deep space expedition for 100 million pounds.

Using existing Russian technology, the company plans to cram three astronauts into a capsule that will launch from Earth and link up with a space station. From there, another vehicle will take the travelers to the moon. (more…)

Renewable Energy Threatens To “Ruin” Germany: “A Tsunami Of Costs”

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Source: http://thegwpf.org/

While Ivy league pundits sit comfortably in their intellectually sanitized world of academia and discuss the possible virtues and boldness of Germany?s fast-track energy transition to renewable energy (80% less CO2 by 2050), Germany?s media, business and political leaders are now sounding the alarms for disaster.

FOCUS cover story title: ?Energy End! Why it it unaffordable and threatens to ruin the country.?

This week?s cover story of Germany?s print news magazine FOCUS carries the title:Energy End. If you can read German, by all means pick up a copy.

One year ago Germany, in a fit of hysteria, ordered 8 nuclear power plants closed immediately and the remaining 9 closed by the year 2022. By 2050 it?s energy supply must be at least 80% supplied by renewable sources ? costs be damned. (more…)

The Siberian High in a Supposedly Warming World

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Source:CCR

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/171606-Welcome-to-the-Coldest-Town-on-Earth

Reference
Jeong, J.-H., Ou, T., Linderholm, H.W., Kim, B.-M., Kim, S.-J., Kug, J.-S. and Chen, D. 2011. Recent recovery of the Siberian High intensity. Journal of Geophysical Research 116: 10.1029/2011JD015904.

In the words of Jeong et al. (2011), “the Siberian High (SH) is the most conspicuous pressure system found in the Northern Hemisphere during wintertime,” when “strong radiative cooling over the snow covered Eurasian continent forms a cold-core high-pressure system in the lower troposphere over northern Mongolia” that exerts “tremendous influences on weather and climate in Northern Eurasia, East Asia, and even further into South Asia (e.g., Cohen et al., 2001; Panagiotopoulos et al., 2005; Wang, 2006).” And of this phenomenon, the authors further state that SH intensity variations – as simulated by 22 global climate models(GCMs) under 20C3M and A1B scenarios in the CMIP3 – show “a steady decreasing trend in the SH intensity from the late 20th century throughout the 21st century, leading to a decrease of about 22% in SH intensity at the end of the 21st century compared to the 1958-1980 average.” (more…)