Archive for December, 2012

Lisa Jackson Resignation Follows Email Scandal, Investigation

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Source: CEI  

CEI: EPA Administrator?s Resignation A Good First Step

Lisa Jackson Resignation Follows Email Scandal, Investigation
Washington, D.C. ? December 27, 2012 ?  The Competitive Enterprise Institute released the following statement on the news today that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson will resign early in the new year:

We believe EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has chosen the proper course by resigning. As the focus of an investigation by her agency?s own inspector general and inquiries from at least two committees of Congress, she no longer could effectively serve as administrator of the EPA. (more…)

Beyond bizarre: University of Graz music professor calls for skeptic death sentences

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Source: Whatsup

Posted on December 23, 2012 by

[Update, Parncutt has pulled his page, the webcite link still works, 1:00 am PDT 12/24/12 ~mod]

UPDATE2:  9AM PST 1/24 The Parncutt page now gets a 404 ?file not found? error, which to me suggests that University of  Graz officials pulled the plug on it rather than Parncutt, as Parncutt alludes to and expects the reactions in his ugly essay and was prepared for them. Based on his demeanor, if he had pulled it, I posit that he would have left some rationalization essay in its place. In the wake of well known mass shootings this year, I suspect the University of Graz didn?t want this PR disaster on their hands before it got beyond the blogging world and into the MSM. See below for the page that I archived using an established and accepted archiving service  ? Anthony

UPDATE3: 5AM Dec 25th, Parcutt?s page has returned, completely rewritten without a hint of the ugliness of the previous one. It?s a Festivus miracle! I blame the airing of grievances. ? Anthony (more…)

Misguided PBS spreads acid ocean alarm

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Source:  Washington Times

by Steve Gorham

On December 5, the PBS News Hour showed a segment titled ?Endangered Coral Reefs Die as Ocean Temperatures Rise and Water Turns Acidic,? with Hari Sreenivasan reporting. The story discussed the recent loss of Florida coral reefs and the possible impact on recreation and tourism if reef degradation continues. But PBS wrongly told viewers that reef degradation was due to warmer ocean temperatures and ?ocean acidification,? both allegedly caused by human carbon dioxide emissions. Sreenivasan concluded with, ?Time that maybe is running out for coral reefs in Florida and elsewhere.?

Scientists, environmental groups, and the United Nations promote the fear of ocean acidification. According to claims, man-made emissions of carbon dioxide are absorbed by the oceans and converted into carbonic acid, thereby changing the chemical balance of the oceans. The basic concept of acidification is correct, but hugely exaggerated. (more…)

Sea Level is Not Rising

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Source:  SPPI

Sea level is NOT rising

New Paper posted at SPPI

by Professsor Morner, world-class expert on sea level

Main points

  • – At most, global average sea level is rising at a rate equivalent to 2-3 inches per century. It is probably not rising at all.
  • – Sea level is measured both by tide gauges and, since 1992, by satellite altimetry. One of the keepers of the satellite record told Professor Mörner that the record had been interfered with to show sea level rising, because the raw data from the satellites showed no increase in global sea level at all.
  • – The raw data from the TOPEX/POSEIDON sea-level satellites, which operated from 1993-2000, shows a slight uptrend in sea level. However, after exclusion of the distorting effects of the Great El Niño Southern Oscillation of 1997/1998, a naturally-occurring event, the sea-level trend is zero. (more…)

Is Africa in an emissions arm lock?

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Source:  SPPI  

First World industrialized nations are trying to prevent African development

Dr Kelvin Kemm

The latest world environment and climate change conference (COP-18) is taking place in Doha, Qatar. One of the prime issues under discussion is the attempt to force countries all over the world to adopt binding agreements to limit ?carbon emissions.?

The term ?carbon emissions? really refers to emissions of carbon dioxide gas ? but ?carbon? and ?carbon dioxide? are two totally different things. Carbon is a solid (think coal and charcoal) and the central building block of hydrocarbons, whereas carbon dioxide is the gas that all humans and animals exhale and all plants require to grow. Without carbon dioxide, all life on Earth would cease. (more…)

Things More Worrisome Than AGW: Post-US world born in Phnom Penh

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Source:  Asia Times

It is symptomatic of the national condition of the United States that the worst humiliation ever suffered by it as a nation, and by a US president personally, passed almost without comment last week. I refer to the November 20 announcement at a summit meeting in Phnom Penh that 15 Asian nations, comprising half the world’s population, would form a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership excluding the United States.

President Barack Obama attended the summit to sell a US-based Trans-Pacific Partnership excluding China. He didn’t. The American led-partnership became a party to which no-one came. (more…)

How Unusual Was 20th-Century Global Warming?

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Source: CCR

Pak, D.K., Lea, D.W. and Kennett, J.P. 2012. Millennial scale changes in sea surface temperature and ocean circulation in the northeast Pacific, 10-60 kyr BP. Paleoceanography 27: 10.1029/2011PA002238.

In answer to the question of how unusual was 20th-century global warming, climate alarmists typically respond with the word unprecedented! But is that really so?

We know that 20th-century global warming represents the recovery of the world from the global chill of the Little Ice Age, which had been preceded by the Medieval Warm Period, which in turn had come about as a result of the warming that followed the Dark Ages Cold Period, which had been preceded by the Roman Warm Period; and so has Earth’s climate periodically shifted – from cold to warm, and from warm to cold – all the way back through the entire Holocene, as a result of some oscillating forcing factor that alternately warmed and cooled the planet on a millennial timescale. And we know that each of the between-period transitions was of approximately the same absolute magnitude. But what was the situation prior to the Holocene? (more…)

Texas Windpower: Will Negative Pricing Blow Out the Lights? (PTC vs. reliable new capacity)

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Source:  Master Resource  

by Josiah Neeley

?It is well known that Texas is undergoing a major challenge in maintaining resource adequacy due to improper price signals; less well known is that a significant portion of the problem can be laid directly on the doorstep of subsidies for wind generation.?

The federal Production Tax Credit (PTC), which currently provides a $0.022/kWh subsidy to qualifying renewables, is set to expire at year-end. Just the prospect of expiration has dramatically slowed new construction of industrial wind capacity, despite a raft of other subsidies to politically correct energy. [1]

The Texas Public Policy Foundation has released a new paper looking at the effect of the production tax credit both on taxpayers and consumers. Bill Peacock and I found that PTC continuance puts the Texas electricity market at increased risk of price spikes and blackout by discouraging the construction of new reliable, on-peak generating capacity. (more…)