Archive for June, 2012

Inhofe CNN Op-Ed: Obama-EPA Mercury rule at center of the war on coal

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Source:  Sen. Inhofe

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Posted by Matt Dempsey matt_dempsey@epw.senate.gov

By James Inhofe, Special to CNN

Link to Op-Ed

(CNN) — On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate will have the opportunity to put a stop to one of the most expensive Environmental Protection Agency rules in history: the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards rule. This is the centerpiece of President Obama’s war on coal.

Called MATS, or Utility MACT, this rule will destroy jobs and cause energy prices to skyrocket. By voting for my resolution, SJR 37, members of the Senate can prevent the Obama EPA from inflicting so much economic pain on American families.

How do we know that Utility MACT is designed to kill coal? Just ask EPA Region One Administrator Curt Spalding, who was seen on video admitting that because of the EPA’s regulatory barrage, “If you want to build a coal plant you got a big problem.” He went on to say that EPA’s decision to kill coal was “painful every step of the way,” because “if you go to West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and all those places, you have coal communities who depend on coal.” (more…)

The Big Lie About Fossil Fuels and AGW Skeptics

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Source: American Thinker

Global Warming’s Killer: Critical Thinking

By Russell Cook

Is there any issue more dependent on widespread lapses in critical thinking than the idea of man-caused global warming?

Nothing wrecks an argument faster than a question revealing a gaping hole in that argument’s fundamental premise.  Notice the abundantly obvious derailment in this example:

“We need to do something about the proliferation of ghosts causing an unprecedented number of people to have nightmares lately.  This problem leads to widespread sleeplessness, which in turn leads to a downturn in work productivity and overall economic hardship, and you are a cold-hearted capitalist pig if you deny the need for workers to be healthy.”

Any critical thinker will yell, “What?! Prove ghosts exist before you start calling me names!” (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: US Military Arms Sales Up

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Source:  SPPI

by Dennis Ambler

The peaceful President Obama….

US foreign military sales already a record 50 billion dollars, up 70% from 2011 ? MercoPress

“Speaking in Washington this week about how the US State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs is engaging with allies and partners to expand the defence trade, the US official cited some key data in the 655 Report released last week, which is an annual report of defence articles and services that were authorized for export.

The report focuses on direct commercial sales, and it showed that there was a more than 10 billion dollars increase in Fiscal Year 2011 in items authorized for transfer. In 2011, the Directorate for Defence Trade Controls, which is part of the Political-Military Bureau, processed more than 83,000 licenses, the most ever.

He said the State Department was going to continue to press and advocate for US arms sales, adding that additional sales are expected in FY13 from countries like India. ?We’ve made tremendous progress in the relationship (with India) over the last decade. We went from nearly zero sales to about 8 billion dollars in arms sales to India,? 

One has to wonder what Pachauri has to say about that?

There are some pretty weird people out there and we have all the politicians over in Rio, like Hillary Clinton, posturing about sustainability and here they are selling arms to poor, developing nations, who at some point may use them against the West.

Plants of Today (and Even More So of Tomorrow): Free at Last!

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Source: CCR

Reference
Tissue, D.T. and Lewis, J.D. 2012. Learning from the past: how low [CO2] studies inform plant and ecosystem response to future climate change. New Phytologist 194: 4-6.

In an illuminating Commentary article in a recent issue of New Phytologist, Tissue and Lewis (2012) write that “atmospheric CO2 over the past 800,000 years has varied generally as a function of glacial periods, with minima (c. 170-200 ppm) during glacial periods and maxima (c. 280-300 ppm) during inter-glacial periods,” citing Luthi et al., 2008). More specifically, they indicate that “during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM, 18,000-20,000 years ago), atmospheric CO2 ranged from 180-200 ppm, which is approximately half the current CO2 (392 ppm), and among the lowest CO2 observed during the evolution of vascular land plants over the past 350 million years[italics and bold added].” (more…)

Polar Bears Found Capable of Swimming Long Distances in Open Water

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Source:  CCR

Reference
Pagano, A.M., Durner, G.M., Amstrup, S.C., Simac, K.S. and York, G.S. 2012. Long-distance swimming by polar bears (Ursus maritimus) of the southern Beaufort Sea during years of extensive open water. Canadian Journal of Zoology 90: 663-676.

Polar bears use sea ice as a platform for hunting, traveling and denning. They are known to be excellent swimmers, capable of swimming between ice flows with ease. But what happens during the late summer, when the melting sea ice leaves the edge of the pack ice many kilometers offshore for months at a time? While some polar bears spend this ‘open water’ period on land, is this because they are incapable of swimming to the ice edge once it gets beyond a certain point? Are polar bears, particularly females with cubs, able to successfully swim hundreds of kilometers from land to the ice edge during the ‘open water’ season if they choose to do so? (more…)

The Impact of Ocean Acidification and Warming on a Calcifying Predator-Prey Relationship

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Source:  CCR

Reference
Landes, A. and Zimmer, M. 2012. Acidification and warming affect both a calcifying predator and prey, but not their interaction. Marine Ecology Progress Series 450: 1-10.

According to Landes and Zimmer (2012), “both ocean warming and acidification have been demonstrated to affect the growth, performance and reproductive success of calcifying invertebrates.” However, they say that “relatively little is known regarding how such environmental change may affect interspecific interactions.” (more…)

Landfast Sea Ice Extent Along the East Antarctic Coast (12 June 2012)

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Source:  CCR

Reference
Fraser, A.D., Massom, R.A., Michael, K.J., Galton-Fenzi, B.K. and Lieser, J.L. 2012. East Antarctic landfast sea ice distribution and variability, 2000-08. Journal of Climate 25: 1137-1156.

In the words of Frazer et al. (2012), “landfast sea ice (fast ice) is sea ice that is held stationary (fast) by being attached to coastal features (e.g., the shoreline, glacier tongues, and ice shelves), grounded icebergs, or grounded over shoals,” and that “it is a preeminent feature of the Antarctic coastal zone and an important interface between the ice sheet and pack ice/ocean.” They also state that variability in fast ice extent “is likely a sensitive indicator of climate change,” citing Murphy et al. (1995), Heil et al. (2006) and Mahoney et al. (2007); but they indicate that “despite the physical significance of fast ice, it is currently not represented in global climate circulation models or coupled ice-ocean-atmosphere models.” (more…)

FAULTY FDEP SCIENCE DRIVES UNNECESSARY FLORIDA MERCURY SCARE

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Source:  SPPI

There is a new paper posted at the SPPI main web site on the continuing mercury scare.

Dr. Willie Soon has been researching and writing on the science of mercury for nearly a decade.  This short paper discusses the fabricated justifications used by Florida to demand new restrictions on coal use.

Debate is raging in Florida over proposed regulations to slash mercury (and other emissions) from coal-fired power plants, based on claims that doing so will safeguard environmental quality and human health. Much of the information being used to support the proposal comes from the US Environmental Protection Agency and is being used by EPA and in other states to justify similar rules.

There is just one big problem. As this paper by Dr. Willie Soon explains, the information is based on highly selective use of data and reports, misleading computer models, and health and environmental assertions that simply are not supported by scientific or medical facts. With more public hearings being scheduled over the coming months in Florida and other states, his paper would provide a real service to citizens, regulators, and members of Congress and state legislatures.

(As noted in the paper, an article very similar to this paper was submitted to 43 papers in Florida ? and rejected by all of them. It is a sad commentary, indeed. However, the Washington Times did publish a slightly shorter version of this analysis.

Other detailed papers on the real science of Mercury can be found here:

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/mercury/

 

Senate Mad-climate Disease

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Source: Climate Depot

http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/232815-sen-whitehouse-says-climate-science-debate-is-over

Dem senator: Humans causing climate change, saying otherwise is ‘bogus’ – The Hill’s E2-Wire

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) declared on the Senate floor Thursday that the debate over whether humans are causing climate change is over, and that it has been shown conclusively that human activity is leading to global warming.

“People say there are questions about the theory,” he said. “No, there are not.

“The argument that the jury is still out on climate change is a false and bogus argument,” he added. “The jury is not out. In fact, the jury is in, the effects are obvious, they surround us every day, and we need to take action.”

Whitehouse said the theory that warmth creates a moist atmosphere that traps heat has been around since the Civil War. “That’s been basic textbook science for a century,” he said. “It’s never been controverted. It’s a law, essentially, of science

http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/232815-sen-whitehouse-says-climate-science-debate-is-over

Opinion: The 50th Anniversary of “Silent Spring” — A Lethal Legacy

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Source:  Alan caruba

By Alan Caruba

There are books that have doomed millions to death. ?Das Capital? by Karl Marx kicked off the worst economic system of the modern era, claiming the lives of millions of Russians and Chinese, along with others in the process.

Hitler?s ?Mein Kampf? mobilized Nazi Germany, led to World War Two in Europe, and was responsible for the deliberate killing of six million Jews and another five million Christians in its concentration camps, not counting the millions more in war dead. The Nazi leaders were ardent environmentalists.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of ?Silent Spring? by Rachel Carson; a book that is credited with giving rise to the environmental movement in general and, in particular, America?s unfounded fears of pesticides, especially DDT. (more…)

Commonsense wisdom from African farmers

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Source:  Dr Kelvin Kemm

They know ?sustainable development? really means sustained poverty and malnutrition

If you want to learn what farmers think (and need), talk to African farmers ? not to bureaucrats, environmental activists or politicos at the Rio+20 United Nations summit in Rio de Janeiro. You?ll get very different, far more honest and thoughtful perspectives.

The recent (May 24) Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network conference in Pretoria, South Africa brought together delegates from agricultural communities in many African countries. FANRPAN?s primary objective is to improve food security in Africa, by ensuring that small-scale farmers can become more productive. Their obvious enthusiasm and commonsense views were heartening. (more…)

Oregon State University purges another skeptical faculty member

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Source: Gordon Fulks

Another "skeptic" thrown off the cliff at OSU

Hello Everyone,

In theory at least Oregon State University (OSU) seems to be a bastion of academic freedom, diversity, and tolerance.  A wide range of ideas are openly discussed.  The most viable rise to the top and the least viable fade away.  But it is all a fairy tale, because OSU operates under a politically correct regimen that dictates what is acceptable to say and what is not. Transgressors who dare to be different are eventually weeded out so that the campus maintains its ideological purity
OSU is not yet as swift or efficient as the Soviet system when Joseph Stalin was trying to quash dissent among biologists who refused to go along with Trofim Lysenko.  If warnings to compromise their integrity were not followed, Stalin simply had biologists shot.  That quickly thinned the ranks of all biologists and persuaded the remaining ones to comply with Stalin’s wishes.  Of course, it also destroyed Soviet biology, because Lysenko was pedaling nonsense.  And Russian biology has never recovered. (more…)

Does Climate Money matter? Is a monopoly good for a market?

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Source: JoNova

Climate Money turned the tables on the Big-Oil criers

A reply to an article on Wired and Ars Technica

Alarmists rarely attack, or even mention the Climate Money paper I did in 2009.  It?s an own goal to draw attention to the fact that skeptics are paid a pittance, while the alarm industry soaks in extended baths of cash, grants, and junkets, and the vested interests are a magnitude larger. Exxon might lose some money if a carbon tax comes in, but the world will still need oil. The same can?t be said for ACME-Solar. If a carbon scheme falls over, so does a Solyndra.

So yes, let?s do talk about The Money. As Climate Money pointed out: all Greenpeace could find from Exxon was a mere $23 million for skeptics over a decade, while the cash cow that is catastrophic climate change roped in $2,000 million a year every year during the same period for the scientists who called other scientists ?deniers?.

John Timmer tried to debunk it with words like ?bogus?, and ?false? but lacked things like evidence and numbers to back up his case. As far as I can tell the arguments amount to saying that a massive wall of money doesn?t influence the scientific process because scientists are incorruptible, the peer review process is faultless, and the human process of  science works in ways that no other human process does. There are no political aims, personal ambitions, or human failings in *The Science!*?

Here?s why each excuse doesn?t pan out:

Excuse 1/?this is not how science works? (more…)

All Pain and No Gain — The Illusory Benefits of the Utility MACT

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Source:  CEI

by Marlo Lewis

Executive Summary
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency?s (EPA)
Utility MACT Rule establishes the first-ever maximum
achievable control technology (MACT) standards for
emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) from
coal- and oil-fired power plants.
Mercury is the principal HAP targeted by the Rule.
Unlike most air pollutants, mercury poses health risks
not via inhalation but after being deposited in bodies
of water. Microbes can transform some of the mercury
into an organic form, methylmercury, which can
accumulate in aquatic food chains.
The EPA contends that pregnant women in subsistence
fishing households consume enough methylmercury in
self-caught fish to impair fetal cognitive and neurological
development. The MACT Rule supposedly reduces
the risk to unborn children by lowering methylmercury
concentrations in non-commercial fish. But the
agency provides no empirical evidence that any
American children are harmed by mercury emissions.
With an EPA-estimated annual compliance cost of
$9.6 billion, the Utility MACT Rule is one of the most
costly environmental regulations in the nation?s history.
The EPA claims that the Rule will deliver up to $80
billion in annual net benefits, with no risk of significant
adverse impacts on fuel choice, electric supply reliability,
or employment. These claims are false.

See full paper here:

http://www.globalwarming.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Marlo-Lewis-William-Yeatman-and-David-Bier-All-Pain-and-No-Gain.pdf

Inhofe: Senate Will Vote in Next Two Weeks on Effort to Stop Obama War on Coal

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Source:  Sen. Inhofe

Contact:

Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797

Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-2160

Highlights New Video of Top EPA Official Admitting “Pain” of EPA Regs on Coal Communities

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO

Link to Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This evening, Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, gave a speech on the Senate floor highlighting a new video of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1 Administrator Curt Spalding admitting that due to EPA’s barrage of rules, “if you want to build a coal plant you got a big problem.” Administrator Spalding goes on to explain that the decision to kill coal was painful “because you got to remember that if you go to West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and all those places, you have coal communities who depend on coal. And to say that we just think those communities should just go away, we can’t do that. But [Administrator Jackson] had to do what the law and policy suggested. And it’s painful. It’s painful every step of the way.”

This new video is the second in a series revealing the truth about the Obama-EPA’s extreme agenda to kill fossil fuels. It follows a video Senator Inhofe highlighted in April, which showed former EPA Region 6 Administrator admitting that EPA’s “general philosophy” is to “crucify” and “make examples” of oil and gas companies.   (more…)