Archive for September, 2012


Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Source: Forbes

Antarctic sea ice set another record this past week, with the most amount of ice ever recorded on day 256 of the calendar year (September 12 of this leap year). Please, nobody tell the mainstream media or they might have to retract some stories and admit they are misrepresenting scientific data.

National Public Radio (NPR) published an article on its website last month claiming, ?Ten years ago, a piece of ice the size of Rhode Island disintegrated and melted in the waters off Antarctica. Two other massive ice shelves along the Antarctic Peninsula had suffered similar fates a few years before. The events became poster children for the effects of global warming. ? There?s no question that unusually warm air triggered the final demise of these huge chunks of ice.? (more…)

India Has Big Plans for Burning Coal

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Source: Scientific American

BIG COAL: India has big plans for burning coal, with attendant impacts on global warming Image: flickr/conskeptical

India Has Big Plans for Burning Coal: Scientific American

India is poised to contend with China as the globe’s top consumer of coal, with 455 power plants preparing to come online, a prominent environmental research group has concluded.

The coal plants in India’s pipeline — almost 100 more than China is preparing to build — would deliver 519,396 megawatts of installed generating capacity. That is only slightly less than pending new capacity in China, which remains the undisputed king of coal consumption.


India is poised to contend with China as the globe’s top consumer of coal, with 455 power plants preparing to come online, a prominent environmental research group has concluded.

The coal plants in India’s pipeline — almost 100 more than China is preparing to build — would deliver 519,396 megawatts of installed generating capacity. That is only slightly less than pending new capacity in China, which remains the undisputed king of coal consumption.

The data from the World Resources Institute (WRI), not released publicly but obtained by ClimateWire, paint a picture of a global energy trajectory in which coal remains a dominant actor, despite concerns about rising costs and environmental groups’ trumpeting of the reduced costs of renewable energy. (more…)

Global Warming Skepticism ? a Medical Condition?

Thursday, September 27th, 2012


Global Warming Skepticism – a Medical Condition? The controversy continues regarding a paper in press in Psychological Science by Stephan Lewandowsky et al. of the University of Western Australia. The title is ‘NASA faked the moon landing, Therefore (Climate) Science is a Hoax: An Anatomy of the Motivated Rejection of Science.’….

There are many comments in the blogs on how deficient the paper is including those by Thomas Fuller and Steven McIntyre. McIntyre hones in on the statistical deficiencies in the paper and the inability to replicate the findings. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Strike on Iran would trigger ‘World War III’: Guards

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Source:  France 24 News

Iran Missiles


AFP – Iran could launch a pre-emptive strike if Israel prepares to attack it, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander told broadcaster Al-Alam on Sunday, a day after his boss warned that conflict was inevitable.

Should Israel and Iran engage militarily, “nothing is predictable… and it will turn into World War III,” Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh told Iran’s Arabic-language television network. (more…)

Stop the War on Coal Act (H.R. 3409)

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Source:  US House Energy and Commerce Committee

stop the lynching of coal industry


Title I of the bill, the Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), will protect American jobs and support U.S. energy production by prohibiting the Secretary of the Interior from issuing new rules or regulations that will adversely impact mining jobs and our economy. It is a necessary safeguard in response to the effort by the Obama administration?s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) to conduct a sweeping rewrite of a coal mining regulation (the 2008 Stream Buffer Zone Rule) that will cost jobs and decrease American energy production.

Specifically, the Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act will prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from issuing regulations under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act that will: Adversely impact U.S. coal mining employment; Cause a reduction in coal revenue to governments through regulation of coal mining; Reduce the amount of coal available for domestic consumption or export; Designate any area as unsuitable for surface coal mining and reclamation operations; or Expose the U.S. to liability for taking the value of privately owned coal through regulation.

GOP needs to start talking about EPA reform now

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Source:  Washington Times

The EPA Hydra


One issue that has been noticeably absent from the Republican platform this election season is any discussion of the Obama Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It didn’t even come up at the Republican National Convention a couple of weeks ago. If the omission was an oversight, it was a big one. If it was intentional, it’s cause for concern. (more…)

Coal company facing aggressive regulations announces 1,200 layoffs

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Source:   Daily Caller

Coal company Alpha Natural Resources announced Tuesday it would be laying off 1,200 workers and closing eight coal mines to face two new challenges: cheap natural gas and ?a regulatory environment that?s aggressively aimed at constraining the use of coal.?

The Associated Press reports that the company is cutting production by 16 million tons and 1,200 jobs nationwide, with 400 layoffs occurring immediately by closing coal mines in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Four mines will be closed in West Virginia, another three will be closed in Virginia and one in Pennsylvania. All the mines are non-union operations, according to the AP. (more…)

Monckton Interview: Climate: It’s changed before.

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Source: Sun News[Canada]

Lord Monckton

Michael Coren talks to Lord Monckton about climate myths.

Collection of Monckton SPPI papers


Climate and National Security: Exploring the Connection

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Source:  Marshall Institute

Today, the George C. Marshall Institute releases a new report discussing the linkage between anthropogenic climate change and U.S. national security.

Driven by dire predictions derived from the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, concerns about the impacts of anticipated climatic changes have burst onto the national security agenda.

Climate and National Security: Exploring the Connection considers the evidence for the assertion that changing environmental conditions brought on by human emissions of greenhouse gases will negatively impact U.S. national security. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Rising Food Prices

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Source: Intelhub


Hunger is no game for world's poor

Food prices are rising, and consumers are feeling it. Rising food prices aren?t only hitting America, they are happening around the world. Costs have gone up 10 percent between June and July alone, with corn, soybeans, and wheat reaching record prices.

This outpaces the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization?s estimate of a 6 percent increase.

Rising Food Prices and Vulnerable Populations

While we may all see small changes in the grocery store and in grocery bills, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim says countries reliant on imported grains, especially ?Africa and the Middle East are particularly vulnerable.?

The World Bank attributes the price jump mainly to the American heatwave and drought in Eastern Europe, which has hurt corn and soy in the US and wheat in Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan.

Use of corn in the production of ethanol in the U.S.?accounting for up to 40 percent of corn crop?has also been blamed for the price jump.

But of course this isn?t the beginning of rising food prices. Costs have been going up for some time now; you can see a food price index we covered around just last Thanksgiving.

The food index count, which is an overall score reflecting the total price of the top 6 food commodities, rose to 215 in December of 2010 ? up from 90 in the year 2000. Sugar spearheaded the spike, hitting only 2 points away from the 400 mark in December of 2010.

Rice is the only staple that has actually decreased in price (by 4 percent).

G20 Unsympathetic to Those in Need

?We cannot allow these historic price hikes to turn into a lifetime of perils as families take their children out of school and eat less nutritious food to compensate for the high prices,? Jim Yong Kim added.

The World Bank is pushing governments to protect at-risk communities, but the G20 group of leading economic powerhouses is waiting until the USDA reveals September estimates for the year?s harvest.

Aid group Oxfam decries the ?wait and see? approach, but likely to little avail.

Monsanto and Subsidized Farmers

There?s some epic irony at work when Mother Nature wreaks havoc on genetically modified corn, soy, and beet root which have been slowly poisoning consumers for the last decade.

Unfortunately, her work also hurts organic farmers trying, as we all are, to desperately make a living.

Millions worldwide will go hungry as food prices rise, but crop insurance will help out subsidized farmers?many of them being the very ones growing Monsanto crops endorsed by the US government.

And who pays for up to 60 percent of insured crops, including GMO and pesticide-riddled varieties? The average taxpayer. So, we have that to think about, too, when we pay a little more for our daily bread.

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Tattoo this: ?It?s the Sun, stupid!?

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Source: SPPI

by Willie Soon and William M. Briggs

New Berkeley BEST project temperature records confirm: changes in solar radiation influence climate

Willie Soon and William M. Briggs

Scientists have been studying solar influences on the climate for over 5000 years.

Chinese imperial astronomers kept detailed sunspot records. They noticed that more sunspots meant warmer weather. In 1801, the celebrated astronomer William Herschel (discoverer of the planet Uranus) observed that, when there were fewer spots, the price of wheat soared. He surmised that less ?light and heat? from the sun resulted in reduced harvests.

Earlier last month Professor Richard Muller of the University of California, Berkeley’s BEST project announced that, based on their newly constructed global land temperature record, ?no component that matches solar activity? was related to temperature. Instead, Professor Muller said, carbon dioxide controlled temperature.

Could it really be true that solar radiation, which supplies Earth with the energy that drives our weather and climate ? and which, when it varied, caused the climate to shift over the ages ? is no longer the principal influence on climate change? (more…)

The Second Coming of Cap and Trade?

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Imperial War On Fossil Energy

Source:  Heritage Foundation

The Obama Administration, at this sensitive time, is playing down its expansive regulatory agenda, but some insiders are predicting a new onslaught of costly rules?including the imposition of cap-and-trade schemes on industry.

Although Congress rejected cap-and-trade legislation in 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) remains intent on effectively rationing the use of fossil fuels. A court ruling earlier this year upheld the agency?s ?finding? that emissions of carbon dioxide pose a threat to public health. The ruling has only emboldened the EPA?s regulatory impulses. According to Carol Browner, former administrator of the agency, the EPA is now poised for ?piecemeal progress on cap-and-trade.? (more…)

Historical Trends of African Glacier Dynamics

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Source: SPPI

Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world, was long renowned for its summit glaciers, immortalized by Ernest Hemingway in his famous short story “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.” Over the first few years of the current century, its disappearing summit ice fields were once again made famous, this time by political luminaries such as Al Gore, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, who cited them as unmistakable evidence of the deleterious consequences of human-induced global warming.

On the floor of the U.S. Senate during debate on Senate Bill 139 back in 2004, for example, Arizona Senator John McCain called this attribution not only a fact, but a fact “that cannot be refuted by any scientist.”

Then in subsequent debate on the same bill, former New York Senator Hillary Clinton echoed Senator McCain’s sentiments. Displaying a set of photos taken from the same vantage point in 1970 and 1999 – the first depicting “a 20-foot-high glacier” and the second “only a trace of ice” – she said that in those pictures “we have evidence in the most dramatic way possible of the effects of 29 years of global warming.”

Nevertheless, and in spite of the absolute certitude with which the two senators expressed their views on the subject – which allowed for no “wiggle room” whatsoever – scientific analyses have shown both of them to be as wrong as they could possibly be.


Al Gore’s “Hair on Fire” over Global Warming, Boycotting DNC

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Source:  Climate Depot

by Marc Morano


Report: Al Gore boycotting Dem Convention because of eco-clash with Obama — ‘Disappointed Obama hasn’t pushed harder for cap-and-trade’

The Daily: ‘Gore’s been missing in action. It’s not just the convention. Gore hasn’t made any speeches for Obama, or campaign appearances, or fundraising solicitations … nothing’

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Is Global Warming Causing A Record Breaking Lack Of Tornado Activity?

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Source: Forbes

The year 2012 is breaking all-time records for lack of tornado activity, inviting the question whether global warming is causing a long-term decline in destructive extreme weather events.

According the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, only 12 tornadoes touched down in the United States during July 2012, shattering the previous July record low of 42 tornadoes recorded in 1960. Because radar technology in 1960 could not detect many of the smaller tornadoes that are detectable today, scientists believe the actual number of tornadoes that occurred in the previous record-low July 1960 was actually about 73. Accordingly, six times more tornadoes occurred in July 1960, the previous record-low year, than occurred in July 2012. (more…)