Archive for August, 2013

CEI Experts: Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Has Hired a Lawyer ?Because She Needs One?

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Source:  CEI  epa_un_mission

EPA E-mail Scandal Now Includes Telling Lobbyist To Use Home Account

WASHINGTON, D.C, Aug. 21, 2013 ? Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has hired an attorney to represent her in a congressional investigation into her use of private and secret email addresses to conduct agency business, according to media reports. Jackson resigned Dec. 27 after Christopher C. Horner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, revealed she had used the name ?Richard Windsor? in email correspondence to avoid having her emails subject to Freedom of Information Act requests.

But she was back in the news this week when emails produced by EPA as part of a court-enforced FOIA request by Horner revealed she had asked a lobbyist for Siemens, which does contract work for the agency, to use her home email for future communications. (more…)

Wood for Thought

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Source: principia-scientific

redwood trees

redwood trees

Written by Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

2,000+ years old and counting, the giant redwood trees (Sequoiadendron giganteum) in California are having a great time ? they are growing faster than ever before. A new study by UC Berkeley and Humboldt State University researchers finds them in a growth spurt that began about 100 years ago and began to accelerate in recent decades.

California?s redwood trees are among the oldest living organisms on earth. Some are over 3,000 years old and still going strong. So what?s the cause of their recent growth spurt?

Tree Food

Apart from a beneficial climate, trees grow when they have an adequate supply of three vital nutrients: (i) water, (ii) soil minerals and ? you may be surprised to learn ? (iii) carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. Without plenty of each of these any tree will wilt or die. (more…)

Report Indicates IPCC Ignore Facts and Failed Predictions To Claim Better Results

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Source: A Different Perspective  house-of-cards

by Dr. Tim Ball

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) never followed the scientific method. They inferred the hypothesis that an increase in atmospheric CO2 due to human activities would inevitably cause a rise in global temperature. They set out to prove this when they should have tried to disprove it in what Popper calls ?falsification.? Over at least the last 15 years global temperature has leveled and declined while CO2 levels continue to increase. What is actually happening is in contradiction to their hypothesis and essentially impossible according to the conclusion in their 2007 Report.

Most of the observed increase in global average temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic GHG concentrations. It is likely that there has been significant anthropogenic warming over the past 50 years averaged over each continent (except Antarctica).

Despite this on 16 Aug Reuters news agency reported: (more…)

Ross Gelbspan: No Tidy Answers; just Deeper Problems

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Source: Gelbspan Fileswhispering

by Russell Cook

Posted on

I concluded my last blog piece by suggesting there might be three degrees or less separation between Ross Gelbspan and others who say skeptic climate scientists are corrupt. Think I was kidding when I said that?

In my previous blog piece, I detailed how Ross Gelbspan?s name was seen in association with the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office?s Hans Verolme and reporter Jeff Nesmith. In one particular ClimateGate email, Verolme says Nesmith was working on an article ?exposing the skeptics?, and that particular article cited Gelbspan. I even added an edit to show how an archive version of the article preserves Nesmith?s direct link to Gelbspan?s web site. (more…)

Not so bright lights

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Source: www.CFACT.org)wind mill charge

by Craig Rucker

So-called ?renewable energy? is not clean, renewable, reliable, affordable or sustainable.

?Renewable energy? is a sexy term used to drive public policies and spending  The Obama Administration and like-minded Green zealots have said repeatedly that they are waging a ?war on coal,? intend to bankrupt coal-based power plants, and delay or block oil, natural gas and nuclear projects ? while fast-tracking and subsidizing ethanol, wind and solar programs

Another apostle of the renewable energy, anti-hydrocarbon movement is Senator Harry Reid. The chief organizer of and keynote speaker at this week?s falsely named National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Reid is a true believer in destroying conventional energy through subsidies, regulations and strong-arm tactics. He even wants to shut down every coal-fired power plant in Nevada. (more…)

Climate Left Watch: Al Gore Still Raking in the Ca$h

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Source:  Dennis Ambler

Algore

Algore

The Vancouver Observer seems to out-Guardian the Guardian…..

“The author, Amy Huva, is an environmental chemist and writer from Melbourne, Australia who worked for the Australian Federal Government on agricultural water reform and the Montreal Protocol.”

Al Gore’s Climate Leadership Training kept me riveted and inspired | The Vancouver Observer

“Al Gore knows how to tell stories amazingly well. He had over 1,000 people paying attention to him for the entire day.” (more…)

What Would a Bad Job Look Like?

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Source:  No Frakking Consensusdonna

A US official recently called Rajendra Pachauri?s leadership of the world?s most important climate body ?extraordinary.? But ?inadequate? and ?inexcusable? are more appropriate.

A few weeks ago, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, delivered a speech in India in which he publicly praised the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

?I was just able to meet with my friend, Dr. Pachauri, Nobel Laureate,? he said, ?and we thank him for his extraordinary work.?

Let us leave aside the fact that Pachauri is not a Nobel laureate. (He merely accepted the IPCC?s one-half share of the 2007 Peace Prize on behalf of that organization.)

The larger issue is that, according to the US government, Pachauri has done a great job. An extraordinary job, even. So let us review some salient facts. (more…)

OFA Gets Zero Attendance for Climate Change Rally

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Source: Wash Free Beaconfruit stand

Not a single person showed up at the Georgetown waterfront Tuesday for a climate change agenda event put on by Organizing for Action, the shadowy nonprofit advocacy group born out of President Obama?s 2012 campaign, the NRCC wrote in its blog.

The event page for the ?Climate Change Day of Action Rally? disappeared after rainy weather appeared to drive away whatever people planned to attend. The embarrassing showing follows the news that only one volunteer stayed for an OFA Obamacare event in Centreville, Va., last week to work the phones

The NRCC blog added: (more…)

Beyond Wind Spin: Miami Herald Should Get It Right

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Source: Master Resource

Wales Windfarm

Wales Windfarm

by Glenn Schleede

?I would suggest that the owners of the ?wind farms? that may not be able to sell all their output don?t deserve a lot of sympathy. They should have known the risks of investing in an industry that exists only because of massive tax breaks and subsidies and other unwise government policies.?

Mr. Graff: Thanks for your probably well-meaning [August 5th] story that bore the headline, ?Newly Available Wind Power Often Has No Place to Go.? However, I wonder if you realize that the story was quite one-sided and likely misleading.

That tends to happen, unfortunately, when a ?news? story is based heavily on information fed to reporters by lobbyists ? in this case from the wind industry?s Washington-based lobbyists, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

Please consider the following points: (more…)

Who are the real deniers?

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Source: The Hockey Schtick

by physicist Dr. Gordon J. Fulks

Global warmers are forever calling those of us who disagree with them ‘deniers.’ This thinly veiled reference to the Holocaust and the murder of six million people is far from appropriate. Do skeptics deny the Holocaust and the science? Of course not, but it brings up an interesting question:

Who denies natural climate change?

  • Who denies the importance of variable solar irradiance and the possible importance of solar modulation of galactic cosmic rays?
  • Who denies that our Sun is a variable star?  (more…)

The AGU climate policy statement as redrafted by Monckton

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Source: WattsUpclimate science fraud

by Christopher Monckton

The American Geophysical Union, after three previous attempts at a policy statement on climate change, has just published yet a fourth. Christopher Monckton of Brenchley redrafts it to say what it should have said if the AGU?s objective had been the honest scientific truth.

Anthropogenic climate change requires no action

Our influence on the climate is minor but beneficial

Human activities are changing Earth?s climate, but ? as the AGU must now concede ? not by much. The atmospheric concentration of CO2 has increased from 0.03% before the Industrial Revolution to 0.04% today. Much of this alteration of 1 part in 10,000 of the atmospheric composition may have been caused by burning fossil fuels.

The world has warmed by 0.8 Cº over the past 140 years, but a recent survey of the abstracts of 11,944 scientific papers on global climate change showed only 43 abstracts, or 0.3% of the sample, endorsing the notion that humans were responsible for most of that warming. The mean residence time of a CO2 molecule in the atmosphere is 7 years, so the AGU must recognize that its earlier fears that anthropogenic emissions will influence the climate system for millennia have proven unfounded. (more…)

After Climategate . . . never the same (?)

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Source: Climate, Etc.

Dr. Judith Curry

Dr. Judith Curry

by Judith Curry

Has Climategate been a good thing? ? Mike Hulme

Mike Hulme has posted an insightful essay entitled ?After Climategate . . . Never the Same?, which is a chapter from his forthcoming book ?Exploring climate change through science and society: an anthology of Mike Hulme?s essays, interviews and speeches.?  Excerpts:

One of the consequences of a public science controversy is to unsettle previously held convictions and certainties, beliefs which had been assumed but perhaps unexamined for some time.  Assumed truths and certainties were being questioned. The UK environmentalist columnist George Monbiot was an example of a high profile public commentator whose beliefs were clearly challenged by the emails and subsequent allegations. ?No one has been as badly let down by the revelations in these emails as those of us who have championed the science?, Monbiot wrote the week following: ?I have seldom felt so alone.? (more…)

Rise In Violence Linked To Poor Statistics. Or Climate Change

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Source: William Briggs

I particularly admire the sciencey shading.

I particularly admire the sciencey shading.

The computer revolution has been as bloody, wrenching, and disruptive as any other conflict. But unlike in territorial wars where there are actual body counts, the wounds caused by the proliferation of easy and cheap computing are chiefly psychic. (The most common injury is morbid over-certainty.)

Problem with computers is that they are irredeemably stupid. The computer doesn?t know anything: it can only do what it is told. And if it is told to take this set of numbers and that set of numbers and to mix them in a certain way, it will do it, creating pretty pictures of the result. And as computers get better, it can do these blind operations faster and produce prettier pictures.

That?s where the trouble starts. People start believing in the pictures because they?re so pretty and quantitative. The result is?and I?m sorry for this joke?not a pretty picture. (more…)

Misleading DOE August 6, 2013, Press Release and Report on Wind Energy

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Source: Glenn Schleede   wind mill charge

by Glenn Schleede

The highly misleading August 6 DOE press release and report claiming that, in 2012, wind was ?the fastest growing source of power in the United States? raises two questions:

  1. Why does the highly trained scientist heading the US DOE allow such a misleading claim to be issued by his Department?
  2. Why do so many reporters and editors repeat such misleading claim? (more…)

The Fundamental Limitations of Renewable Energy

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Source: the energy collective

Many people still think that it will not be long before renewable energy such as solar and wind becomes outright cheaper than fossil fuels, thereby leading to a rapid expansion of the thin orange slither in the graph below. This is an ideologically very attractive notion, but, as discussed in this article, it is questionable whether this is in fact physically possible.

Global primary energy by source

So, what does renewable energy have to accomplish before it can compete with fossil fuels in an open market? Well, in short, we will have to overcome the diffuse and intermittent nature of renewable energy more efficiently than we can overcome the declining reserve qualities and unrefined nature of fossil fuels.

In other words, renewables need to overcome the following two challenges in order to displace fossil fuels in a fair market: (more…)