Archive for April, 2013

Easterbrook Washington State Senate Testimony

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Source:  TVW

http://www.tvw.org/index.php?option=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2013030153#start=627&stop=5945

Don Easterbrook?s testimony to the Washington State Senate  on March 26, 2013 is outstanding. It goes on for about an hour. We owe him a lot for having the courage and fortitude for doing this! Pass it on.

Joe Bass

 

EPA?s Tier 3 tyranny

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Source: SPPIepa-evil

High cost, no benefit does nothing to forestall agency?s quest for ecological utopia

by Paul Driessen

President Obama?s Environmental Protection Agency has already promulgated a tsunami of 1,920 regulations, many of which will bring few health or environmental benefits, but will impose high economic and unemployment costs, often to advance the Administration?s decidedly anti-hydrocarbon agenda. The Heritage Foundation has calculated that his EPA?s twenty ?major? rulemaking decisions (costing $100 million or more annually) alone could cost the United States over $36 billion per year.

The latest example involves a third layer (or tier) of rules that the agency says will clean the nation?s air and save lives, by forcing refineries to remove more sulfur and other impurities from gasoline. EPA and refiners call the proposal Tier 3 rulemaking. Tier 3 tyranny is more accurate ? as the rules would cost billions of dollars but bring infinitesimal benefits, and will likely be imposed regardless. (more…)

Dr. Willie Soon at University of Minnesota on April 2, 2013

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Source: CFACT

http://www.cfactcampus.org/2013/04/12/dr-willie-soon-speaks-at-the-university-of-minnesota/

 

This video is about one hour long, I only listened to the first few minutes, but Dr. Soon appears to be very funny, relaxed, and right on target.

Joe Bass

Learning and Teaching Climate Science: The Perils of Consensus Knowledge Using Agnotology

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Source: Science and Education

Dr. Willie Soon

Dr. Willie Soon

by David Legates, Willie Soon and William Briggs

Abstract

Agnotology has been defined in a variety of ways including ?the study of ignorance and its cultural production? and ?the study of how and why ignorance or misunderstanding exists.? More recently, however, it has been posited that agnotology should be used in the teaching of climate change science. But rather than use agnotology to enhance an understanding of the complicated nature of the complex Earth?s climate, the particular aim is to dispel alternative viewpoints to the so-called consensus science. (more…)

Live With Your Answers ? ?Occupy? A World Without Oil

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Source:  http://patriotupdate.com/articles/live-with-your-answers-occupy-a-world-without-oil/Keystone pipeline

by Michael McCarthy

My hometown newspaper reported on local college students who traveled in a van (oil fueled) for ten hours over highways of asphalt (made from oil products) to protest in Washington D.C. against the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada into the US.

A picture showed them warmly clad in fleece and nylon jackets (both petroleum products) smiling for the camera. Of course this was a big party that enabled them to ?feel good? about ?doing something? about the environment and global warming, without actually making any sacrifice themselves. (more…)

Inslee’s emissions proposal is unrealistic

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Source:  Kitsap Sun

In appearances before both Senate and State House committees, Governor Inslee strongly supported legislation that would dramatically reduce the state?s CO2 emissions, citing the rising threat of climate change. The bills, SB 5802 and HB 1915, would determine how the state would meet its previously established goal to reduce CO2 to 1990 levels by 2020, 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2035, and 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

The question is whether these reductions, even if they could be achieved, would actually have any measurable effect on global climate ? and to what extent would the state?s economy and the lifestyle of its citizens be impacted. The answer is troubling.

An analysis of U.S. CO2 emissions by the Science and Public Policy Institute shows that this state emits 77.5 million metric tons per year (2009), which is about 0.26 of a percent of the total global emissions. Using Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assumptions, the report calculates that if this state?s CO2 emissions were to be entirely eliminated, it would potentially affect world temperature by only 0.0012 degree Centigrade by the year 2050. The report also states, ?If the U.S. as a whole stopped all CO2 emissions immediately, the impact on projected global temperature rise would be approximately 0.08 degree Centigrade by the year 2050.? (more…)