Archive for August, 2012

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Some Clear Thinking On ‘The Debt’

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Source:  zero hedge

Drowning in Debt

by Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog,

If you haven’t heard yet, the United States of America just hit $16 trillion in debt yesterday. On a gross, nominal basis, this makes the US, by far, the greatest debtor in the history of the world.

It took the United States government over 200 years to accumulate its first trillion dollars of debt. It took only 286 days to accumulate the most recent trillion dollars of debt. 200 years vs. 286 days. This portends two key points:

  1. Anyone who thinks that inflation doesn’t exist is a complete idiot;
  2. To say that the trend is unsustainable is a massive understatement. (more…)

Germany’s new “renewable” energy policy

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Source:  SPPI

Wind and solar power + soaring electricity prices = outsourced jobs + more coal burning

Meanwhile, eco activists demand “sustainable lifestyles” – for other people

Kelvin Kemm

It is amazing how biased the international media is when it comes to reporting on energy generation, specifically electricity.

In mid-August, Germany opened a new 2200MW coal-fired power station near Cologne, and virtually not a word has been said about it. This dearth of reporting is even more surprising when one considers that Germany has said building new coal plants is necessary because electricity produced by wind and solar has turned out to be unaffordably expensive and unreliable. (more…)

‘Global Warming’ Fear is about Money Not Science

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Source: http://godfatherpolitics.com/6783/global-warming-fear-is-about-money-not-science/

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is spending $1.5 million to defeat five of the most outspoken members of the House of Representatives who believe man-made global warming is a hoax.

The campaign, called “Defeat the Flat Earth Five” will focus on running TV, mail and phone initiatives to spread the message that the members are ignoring science and out of touch with what most Americans believe.

Equating these anti-global warming congressmen with a belief in a flat earth shows how the folks at the LCV are as out of touch with the history of science as they are with the science behind climate change (it changes every day) since no one of any reputation ever believed in a flat earth.

In the end, it’s not about science; it’s about government (tax-payer) grant money. (more…)

Our SimCity government

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Source:  SPPI

OPINION

http://psxworld.narod.ru/game/Sim-City-2000.html

Governments treat us like Sim-citizens: with fewer rights for us and no accountability for them

by Paul Driessen and David Legates

Back in 1983, during the information processing Cretaceous Period, Maxis developed a new genre of educational, yet entertaining computer games. The latest version will be released next year.

SimCity allows players to build virtual cities by zoning land, adding buildings to enhance the needs and desires of Sim-citizens, adjusting tax rates, building power and transportation networks, and making other municipal decisions. Players don’t win or lose. They employ their knowledge of city life and urban planning to determine whether their SimCities thrive – or become uninhabitable urban deserts. (more…)

Is CO2 mitigation cost-effective?

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Source:  SPPI

Christopher Monkcton

by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley

Australia’s carbon tax: This note, prepared for distinguished scientific delegates at the 2012 annual seminars on planetary emergencies of the World Federation of Scientists, demonstrates the application of a much-simplified method of climate-mitigation investment appraisal to the recently-introduced Australian carbon dioxide tax. For the first time, mainstream climatological and economic-appraisal approaches are combined in a simple but robust appraisal method. The $130 bn cost of the Australian carbon tax (Parliament of Australia, 2011) over the intended ten-year term is compared with its benefit in the cost of warming-related damage avoided by successful implementation and the consequent intended 5% cut in Australia’s emissions. A zero inter-temporal discount rate is assumed. The minimum market rate would be 5% (Murphy et al., 2008). The calculations are made explicit. (more…)

Michael Mann says lawsuit against National Review is on! Climate Depot responds to Mann and his lawyer’s claims about the Hockey Stick & Climategate

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Source:  Climate Depot

Marc Morano of Climate Depot

Climate Depot’s Exclusive Report Challenging Michael Mann’s climate claims

Climate Depot Editorial

By Marc Morano

Climategate figure and Penn State Professor Michael Mann is threatening to sue National Review for a critical article of Mann and his now infamous “Hockey Stick” temperature graph of Northern Hemisphere temperatures claiming to show unprecedented 20th century warming.

See: National Review Responds to Michael Mann’s lawsuit threat: ‘Get Lost!’ & Michael Mann lawsuit: ‘Does Mann really want to litigate hockey stick in a court of law? Does he in fact want to dig into any of his unscientific behavior in a venue in which he will be under oath…’

Mann’s lawyer John B. Williams of Cozen O’Connor issued the following statement on August 23, 2012.

Excerpt: “The response of the National Review is telling with respect to the issues it did not address. It did not address, or even acknowledge, the fact that Dr. Mann’s research has been extensively reviewed by a number of independent parties, including the National Science Foundation, with never a suggestion of any fraud or research misconduct. It did not address, or even acknowledge, the fact that Dr. Mann’s conclusions have been replicated by no fewer than twelve independent studies. It did not deny the fact that it was aware that Dr. Mann has been repeatedly exonerated of any fraudulent conduct.” (For the complete statement see here.) (more…)

Hansen’s Temperature Analysis: Today’s Normal is Yesterday’s Extreme–and Nobody Cares

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Source:  MasterResource

by Chip Knappenberger

Hansen arrested

Yesteryear’s climate extremes are today’s climate normals. Yet we are largely oblivious and better off. A hundred years from now the same will be true. Ho hum….

But not everyone thinks this way. Take NASA’s James Hansen for example.

Hansen has recently published a prominent paper (in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS) and placed a prominent op-ed (in the Washington Post) that are aimed at raising the public’s awareness of the impacts of climate change, both now and in the future. In a rather candid admission for a scientific paper (and one which in most cases would have resulted in an immediate rejection), Hansen (and co-authors) proclaim that “…we were motivated in this research by an objective to expose effects of human-made global warming as soon as possible…” To drive the point home further, Hansen’s op-ed was headlined “Climate change is here — and worse than we thought.” (more…)

Citizen’s Petition to Rein in the Environmental Protection Agency

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Source:  Heartland Institute

The Heartland Institute is circulating a “Citizen’s Petition to Rein in the Environmental Protection Agency.” You can read and sign the online petition below, download a hard copy of the petition, or contact us at 312/377-4000 and ask us to send you a petition to sign, or for multiple copies to distribute to your family and friends.

EPA Is a Rogue Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created in 1970 to protect the nation’s air and water from pollution. Over the years, Congress put EPA in charge of implementing and enforcing many laws, some of them important and needed, but others based on faulty science and adopted without regard to their enormous costs and small or nonexistent benefits. (more…)

Michael Mann — the ghost of climate past

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Following is a series of articles updating the Mann Hockey Stick fiasco, with sources provided per each post.

Michael Mann

Source: PJ Media

People who have been following the climate debate closely know that one of the most controversial and key elements of the controversy is the so-called “hockey stick” — a graph of supposed global temperature over the past centuries that ostensibly shows a dramatic increase in average temperature in the last century or so (the upward swoop of the graph at that point is the business end of the stick, with regard to the puck). It vaulted its inventor, Michael Mann of Penn State University, to climate stardom, with associated acclaim and government grants, when he first presented it in the late ’90s. It was the visual basis of much of the hysteria in recent years, from Al Gore’s Oscar-winning crockumentary to bogus reports from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Unfortunately for those promoting the theory (and the potentially economically catastrophic policy recommendations supposedly supported by it), recent events indicate that the last basis of scientific support for the hockey stick may be crumbling. But to understand this, a little background is necessary. (more…)

DC Circuit Tosses Out EPA’s Pollution Rule

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Source:  Madison Project

Amidst Obama’s inexorable war on American energy, consumers, jobs, and prosperity, his EPA is in the process of promulgating 4 new pollution rules that will bury the coal industry and “necessarily” raise the price of electricity on American households.  They are the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for Utilities (MACT), the Cooling Water Intake Structures regulation, and the Disposal of Coal Combustion residuals.  The former two have already been finalized while the latter two are close behind.  Today, the D.C. Circuit Court struck down the EPA’s authority to implement the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. (more…)

The $6 quadrillion cost of the climate scam

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Source: WND

Lord Monckton

Christopher Monckton of Brenchley on economics of fighting ‘global warming’

ERICE, Sicily – The capture of the once-pure environmental movement by the hard left is far from cheap for the rest of us. I have just told the annual planetary-emergencies conference of the World Federation of Scientists that on the basis of the lunatic anti-CO2 policies now fashionable among scientifically illiterate governments, it would cost $6 quadrillion to prevent the 6 degrees Fahrenheit of predicted “global warming” that will not happen anyway.

Professor Antonino Zichichi, one of the world’s top six particle physicists (he discovered a form of anti-matter 40 years before the multi-billion-dollar Large Hadron Collider did), is the most famous Italian scientist since his hero Galileo. He founded the Federation half a century ago and, at the age of 83, is its president to this day.

Nino looks like a proper scientist. Imagine giving his friend Albert Einstein an electric shock, and that is what his hair looks like. He is fitter than me and attributes his good health to walking an hour every day, not drinking alcohol and not eating lunch (that’s for wimps). He lives in a medieval stone house in the unspoiled, monastic village of Erice, Sicily, perched high on a 2,500-foot crag overlooking the blue Mediterranean. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Euro Optimism Surges, A Greek Tax Revolt Flares Up: It’s Decision Time

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Source:  Zero Hedge

http://historylink101.net/greece1/rf-k-greek-island.htm

Euro optimism is once again gushing through the system on the hope that the debt crisis could be wished away with a nod by German Chancellor Angela Merkel or with a wink by the Bundesbank in direction of the European Central Bank, which is dying to print unlimited amounts of moolah to buy sovereign bonds—and old bicycles, if it has to—in order to force yields down for debt-sinner countries like the US Spain and Italy.

There is even hope that sudden German “flexibility” might solve the Greek debacle when Prime Minister Antonis Samaras heads to Berlin for his session with Merkel, based on indications in Germany that those with the power to say “no” are getting cold feet. But there was an incident in Greece that they should bear in mind. (more…)

NPR Just Like Borg Hive: “We All Think Alike”

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Source: Tom Nelson

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2541302/posts

What NPR insiders say when they think no one is listening?: “We know exactly, on the science desk, what the answer is”

NPR Officers: Climate change deniers will only be covered as a political story not a scientific one – YouTube

[5-minute video, uploaded Mar. 2011] NPR fundraising officers discuss why those who question global warming (aka climate change) will only be covered as a political story not as a science story.

Quotes from the video: “This funder said to us ‘you know, we would like to support your environmental coverage, but we really don’t want to give you money if you’re gonna talk to the people who think that climate change has not happened’”.

“Is the world flat? Is that the next question that we’re going to debate?” (more…)

Update: Medieval Warm Period Project

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Source:  CO2 Science

http://picturesofknights.net/Medieval-knight.html

Medieval Warm Period Project

Was there a Medieval Warm Period? YES, according to data published by 1091 individual scientists from 625 research institutions in 46 different countries … and counting! Our latest Medieval Warm Period Record comes from Upper Fly Lake, Southwest Yukon Territory, Canada. To access the entire Medieval Warm Period Project’s database, click here.

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Dying from Heat in a Warming World

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Source:  CO2 Science

http://fox2now.com/2012/07/10/st-louis-county-reports-second-heat-related-death/

In a paper recently published in the journal Climatic Change, Kysely and Plavcova (2012) write that “there is much concern that climate change may be associated with large increases in heat-related mortality,” but they state that “growing evidence has been emerging that the relationships between temperature extremes and mortality impacts are nonstationary,” and that “most of these studies point to declining heat-related mortality in developed countries, including the US, Australia, the UK, the Netherlands and France (Davis et al., 2002, 2003a, 2003b; Bi and Walker, 2001; Donaldson et al., 2003; Garssen et al., 2005; Carson et al., 2006; Fouillet et al., 2008; Sheridan et al., 2009).” And they say that this is the case, even in spite of “aging populations and prevailing rising trends in temperature extremes.” (more…)