Archive for November, 2012

The futility of climate change mitigation

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Source:  Washington Examiner

“Futility Report”

It is now July 31, 2018. You are sitting by a stream, thinking back to Nov. 23, 2012 — the day the U.S. stopped emitting carbon dioxide altogether, permanently. It’s been a very rough six and a half years without carbon, and it’s about to get a lot rougher. Because today is the day you realize that it’s all been for naught — the day that someone explains to you that all of the emissions America was making in 2012 have been completely replenished by new emissions from rest of the world’s growing nations.

What do you do? Do you gloat because you got even with all those evil corporate polluters who were destroyed when the carbon days ended? Or do you scream and shout, realizing that we have sacrificed our nation for nothing? Or do you take comfort in the mitigation we achieved through self-immolation? Are you proud that, by 2050, our act of total national self-destruction prevented the global temperature from going up by an additional 0.083 degrees Celsius, and sea levels from rising by 0.6 centimeters? It only cost the world its biggest economy and a people their entire livelihood.

Now wake up from this nightmare. Last week, the Virginia-based Science and Public Policy Institute released a report showing, in chart form, the above results of Big Green’s dream scenario. The SPPI study sports a cover graphic of a flaming dollar sign and a long title beginning “Analysis of US and State-by-State Carbon Dioxide Emissions,” but readers are already just calling it “The Futility Report.” (more…)

EPA chief’s secret ‘alias’ email account revealed

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Source: Daily Caller

[SPPI Note:  More on Lisa Jackson's EPA here:  

Lisa P Jackson - EPA Administrator: Fulfilling the UN Mission

The United Nations-States Environmental Protection Agency

Samples of U.S. Government Grants to the Global Warming Industry]

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The name Richard Windsor may sound innocuous, but it is allegedly one of the secret “alias” emailaccounts used by Obama EPA Administrator Lisa JacksonRead more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/12/epa-chiefs-secret-alias-email-account-revealed/#ixzz2CloYgC00

“That is the name — sorry, one of the alias names — used by Obama’s radical EPA chief to keep her email from those who ask for it,” Chris Horner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and author of the new book “The Liberal War on on Transparency,” told the Daily Caller News Foundation in an email. (more…)

Why Courts Should Repeal EPA’s ‘Carbon Pollution’ Standard (and why you should care)

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Source: Global Warming Org

Fracking

by Marlo Lewis

Note: A nearly identical version of this column appeared last week in Forbes Online. I am reposting it here with many additional hyperlinks so that readers may more easily access the evidence supporting my conclusions.

The November 2012 elections ensure that President Obama’s war on coal will continue for at least two more years. The administration’s preferred M.O. has been for the EPA to ‘enact’ anti-coal policies that Congress would reject if such measures were introduced as legislation and put to a vote. Had Gov. Romney won the presidential race and the GOP gained control of the Senate, affordable energy advocates could now go on offense and pursue a legislative strategy to roll back various EPA global warming regulations, air pollution regulations, and restrictions on mountaintop mining. But Romney lost and Democrats gained two Senate seats. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: “The Electric Power Delivery System… Could Be Severely Damaged By A Small Number of Well-Informed Attackers”

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Source: SHTFplan.com

The Classified Report DHS Doesn’t Want You To See: “The Electric Power Delivery System… Could Be Severely Damaged By A Small Number of Well-Informed Attackers”

In 2007 the National Academy of Sciences completed an extensive review of the national power grid infrastructure in a 164 page report titled Terrorism and the Electric Power Delivery System. In it the NAS detailed a wide array of physical, personnel and cyber vulnerabilities that could pose a significant risk to the national security of the United States.

Even though the report was originally written for public release, notes Madison Ruppert of End the Lie, the entire document was almost immediately classified by the Department of Homeland Security and hasn’t seen the light of day until this week. That release came after five years of committee reviews, reversals, deliberations and pressure from the Academy itself.

[SPPI Note:  See our paper on threats to the power grid here.] (more…)

Updated Paper at SPPI Puts Lie to Carbon Taxes

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Source:  SPPI

Analysis of US and State-by-State Carbon Dioxide Emissions (for 2009)

and Potential “Savings” in Future Global Temperature and
Global Sea Level Rise from a Complete Cessation of All CO2 Emissions 

Using assumptions based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Reports, if the U.S. as a whole stopped emitting all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions immediately, the ultimate impact on projected global temperature rise would be a reduction, or a “savings,” of approximately 0.08°C by the year 2050 and 0.17°C by the year 2100—amounts that are, for all intents and purposes, negligible.

Read full paper here

President of UN climate summit in Qatar says shale gas is “good news”

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Source: RTCC

The President of the forthcoming UN Climate Change Summit in Qatar says shale gas is “good news” and will ensure global energy security for the next 300 years.

In comments which raise serious questions over Qatar’s ambitions for the COP18 negotiations, which start in Doha on November 26, His Excellency Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, deputy Prime Minister of the Gulf state, said the exploitation of unconventional sources of fossil fuels would be good for consumers.

“It’s good news because it gives the world trust and confidence in gas,” he told a TV reporter at the 2012 Oil and Money Conference.

“A few years ago there was uncertainty about enough supply to the world – today the gas will give the world 300 years of security. I believe this is good news and it will give the consumer more trust in gas.” (more…)

Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released… and here is the chart to prove it

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Source:  UK Mail

Dr. Judith Curry

  • The figures reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012 there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures
  • This means that the ‘pause’ in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996

By David Rose

The world stopped getting warmer almost 16 years ago, according to new data released last week. 

The figures, which have triggered debate among climate scientists, reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures.

This means that the ‘plateau’ or ‘pause’ in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996. Before that, temperatures had been stable or declining for about 40 years. (more…)

New SPPI Paper: Droughts in Africa

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Source:  SPPI  

One of the many dangers of global warming, according to the world’s climate alarmists, is the predicted propensity for rising temperatures to produce more frequent, more severe, and longer-lasting droughts almost everywhere on Earth. But just how realistic are the climate models upon which these claims are based? And what does real-world climatic history have to say about the subject? In this brief summary, we discuss the findings of several scientific papers that broach these questions as they pertain to Africa.

 

 

Can Medieval Heat Cool Warming Worries?

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Source:  WSJ

A flurry of recent scientific papers has tried to measure the warmth of the “Medieval Warm Period” (MWP) of about 1,000 years ago. Scientists have long debated whether it was cooler or warmer than today, and whether the warmth was global or regional. The point for nonscientists: If recent warming has precedents, some might find it less alarming.

John S. Dykes

If recent warmth has precedents, some might find it less alarming.

Until the late 1990s, researchers generally agreed that the MWP was warmer than today and that the “Little Ice Age” of 1500-1800 was colder. Then in 2001 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change adopted the “hockey stick” graph devised by Michael Mann at the University of Virginia and colleagues. (more…)

Paper: global warming DECREASES storm activity and extreme weather

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Source: The Hockey Schtick

 New paper finds the highest storm activity is associated with cold periods

A new paper published in Nature Geoscience examines climate change over the past 11,500 years and finds, contrary to the claims of climate alarmists, that the highest storm activity is associated with cold periods. According to the authors, “We find that high storm activity occurred periodically with a frequency of about 1,500 years, closely related to cold and windy periods.” The paper adds to several others showing that global warming decreases storm activity and extreme weather. (more…)

SECRET 28 ‘scientific experts’ who Greened the BBC – Revealed! 2

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Source:  UK Independent

A list of attendees at a climate-change seminar the BBC has spent tens of thousands of pounds trying to keep secret has been unearthed on an internet archive. The listed names emerged after the publicly-funded broadcaster fought off requests for the list under freedom of information (FOI) laws.

This surreal story is only tangentially about climate change: the disclosure raises questions about the evidence submitted to the information tribunal by the BBC and Helen Boaden – its director of news who “stepped aside” this week. (more…)

SECRET 28 ‘scientific experts’ who Greened the BBC – Revealed!

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Source:  GWPF

[The BBC crisis] is like watching the collapse of a small totalitarian state, its dark secrets  – previously known only to terrified inhabitants – being finally subjected to vivid light. Some of the more famous and eloquent inhabitants even dare to speak out as a regime implodes. The implosion was bound to happen at some point, as inevitable as the crisis that engulfed out-of-control newspapers the summer before last or the one that continues to challenge the banks. –Steve Richards, The Independent, 13 November 2012

Did anyone hear Stott vs. Houghton on Today, BBC Radio 4 this morning? Woeful stuff really. This is one reason why Tyndall is sponsoring [Roger Harrabin’s] Cambridge Media/Environment Programme to starve this type of reporting at source. –-Mike Hulme, University of East Anglia, Climategate email 2496

The BBC has held a high-level seminar with some of the best scientific experts and has come to the view that the weight of evidence no longer justifies equal space being given to the opponents of the consensus [on anthropogenic climate change]. –John Bridcut, BBC Trust report on impartiality, May 2007 (more…)

What’s in store for climate change policy in Obama’s second term?

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Source: Daily Caller

Climate change advocates and policy experts are predicting that environmental policy will be highlighted in Washington politics once again after both New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s endorsement and President Barack Obama’s victory speech after his reelection.

“Now that Obama will never have to face voters again, he may attempt to make global warming a key part of his legacy,” Marc Morano, publisher of Climate Depot and former staffer on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an email.

“There’s the big question of: Does the president use the bully pulpit, the power of the executive agency… to do a much more aggressive job of educating the American public about the reality, the urgency, the impacts, and the costs of inaction on climate change and start to shape the politics on this issue over the next four years,” Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists, told The DC News Foundation. (more…)

Life-saving Energy Producers Called Terrorists – Its Enough to Make Ya Nuts

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Source: http://tomnelson.blogspot.com/2012/11/warmist-tom-engelhardt-for-al-jazeera.html  

 Warmist Tom Engelhardt for Al Jazeera on bad-weather-causing energy executives: “they are the business equivalents of terrorists”

Other people’s unnecessary fossil-fueled trips to Chicago caused bad weather so that Tom had to cancel his unnecessary fossil-fueled trip to Chicago!It’s a consensus:  Both Nanny Bloomberg and the people running Nanny Bloomberg’s magazine agree that carbon dioxide causes storms!!
Dealing with oil-Qaeda – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

…They certainly don’t know less than the reinsurance types who have launched a campaign of climate change awareness within the insurance business or New York’s Mayor Bloomberg, whose magazine Bloomberg Businessweek just had the blunt cover headline, “It’s Global Warming, Stupid”. (more…)

More Institutionalized Alarm: AGW and Security

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Source:  NY Times   

 WASHINGTON — Climate change is accelerating, and it will place unparalleled strains on American military and intelligence agencies in coming years by causing ever more disruptive events around the globe, the nation’s top scientific research group said in a report issued Friday.

The group, the National Research Council, says in a study commissioned by the C.I.A. and other intelligence agencies that clusters of apparently unrelated events exacerbated by a warming climate will create more frequent but unpredictable crises in water supplies, food markets, energy supply chains and public health systems.

Hurricane Sandy provided a foretaste of what can be expected more often in the near future, the report’s lead author, John D. Steinbruner, said in an interview.

“This is the sort of thing we were talking about,” said Mr. Steinbruner, a longtime authority on national security. “You can debate the specific contribution of global warming to that storm. But we’re saying climate extremes are going to be more frequent, and this was an example of what they could mean. We’re also saying it could get a whole lot worse than that.” (more…)

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