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…)

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

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Source: Global Warming Org


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


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

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.



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!

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…)

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

Saturday, November 10th, 2012


 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…)

Utah company blames Pres. Obama for 102 workers laid off

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Source:  KSL  

EAST CARBON, Carbon County ? A Utah coal company owned by a vocal critic of President Barack Obama has laid off 102 miners.

The layoffs at the West Ridge Mine are effective immediately, according to UtahAmerican Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Murray Energy Corp. They were announced in a short statement made public Thursday, two days after Obama won re-election.

The layoffs are necessary because of the president’s “war on coal,” the statement said. The slogan is one used frequently during the election by Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray, who was an ardent supporter of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Obama Calls for Renewal of Assault Weapons Ban

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Sources:  see list below  

The Obama Administration has openly announced their intent to bring back the Assault Weapons Ban that was ?law? for ten years, but this time Senator Dianne Feinstein isn’t  just restricting new weapons & ammo purchases, but seeking legislation to require arms be turned in and private sales be barred. Simultaneously, the Obama Administration is helping to revive the United Nations Small Arms Treaty, which will undermine the sovereignty of the 2nd Amendment by putting international control over the flow of weapons and civilian ownership, inevitably affecting gun rights inside the U.S. (more…)

Did Global Warming Reduce the Impacts of Sandy?

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Source:  CATO 

Posted by Chip Knappenberger

Global Science Report is a weekly feature from the Center for the Study of Science, where we highlight one or two important new items in the scientific literature or the popular media. For broader and more technical perspectives, consult our monthly ?Current Wisdom.?

The press has been quick to jump on the idea that post-tropical cyclone Sandy (it was not a hurricane at landfall) was worsened by anthropogenic global warming and that ?superstorms? are here to stay.

But I must ask the impertinent question: could anthropogenic global warming actually have lessened the impacts of Sandy? (more…)

November surprise: EPA planning major post-election anti-coal regulation

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Source: The Examiner

EPA Planning Execution of Coal Utility Industry

President Obama?s Environmental Protection Agency has devoted an unprecedented number of bureaucrats to finalizing new anti-coal regulations that are set to be released at the end of November, according to a source inside the EPA.

More than 50 EPA staff are now crashing to finish greenhouse gas emission standards that would essentially ban all construction of new coal-fired power plants. Never before have so many EPA resources been devoted to a single regulation. The independent and non-partisan Manhattan Institute estimates that the EPA?s greenhouse gas coal regulation will cost the U.S. economy $700 billion. (more…)

Was Hurricane Sandy A Sign Of The ?New Normal??

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

Source: Energy Tribune  

By Art Horn

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy people with no meteorological training at all are climbing high atop media soap boxes, proclaiming that Hurricane Sandy is part of a ?new normal? of extreme weather. Robert Puentes, a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution?s Metropolitan Policy Program said ?Since we keep seeing large scale storms ? the derecho this summer, Irene, Isabel ? it may be wise for transit and infrastructure planners and officials to think of these as part of a new normal,? This claim is based on the often repeated warning that the increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide is causing the weather to become different than it was in the past, therefore creating a ?new normal?. In other words, in the past the weather was ?normal?, now because of the way we make energy, it is different and it?s our fault and we better do something about it, i.e. control the weather. (more…)

Eco-Taxes? Study Financed by U.S. Treasury Will Link Tax Code to Carbon Emissions

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Source:  FOX News

EPA can make you crazy

Coming soon:  a green tax code for American businesses and individual taxpayers alike?

A major tax study currently being sponsored by the U.S. Treasury will give environmental activists a powerful new weapon in their campaign to alter the entire American economic and social landscape  in the name of halting ?climate change??including the possible levying of new carbon taxes.

That campaign is bound to intensify in the aftermath of Nov. 6?s presidential election, regardless of who wins the race, as the nation faces the challenge of deficit reduction and tax reform that will be required to overhaul the country?s over-strained finances. Environmental advocates and others are likely to raise such innovative mechanisms as carbon taxes and major shifts in tax rates and incentives as part of the process?and the impending study may well provide them with important ammunition. (more…)