Archive for October, 2013

China becomes world? biggest net importer of oil displacing the US

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Source:  MercoPress  GushingOilWell

China has knocked the US from its top spot as the world’s biggest net importer of oil, US government data shows. The country’s fast-growing economy, as well as the rise in car sales, has led to its new status, according to September’s data. Oil consumption in China had outstripped production by 6.3 million barrels a day, said the Energy Information Administration (EIA). In the US, the figure was 6.1 million.

China’s own oil supply has been outstripped by its economic boom, and its oil fields have been damaged by flooding during the past few months. The country had had to import to make up the shortfall, said the EIA. It predicts the trend will continue into 2014. (more…)

Harvard physicist, running for Congress, criticizes global warming ?hysteria?

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Source: Daily Caller  dsc00563

Dr. Mike Stopa is a Harvard physicist who says that there is a great deal of ?hysteria? surrounding global warming. He?s also a conservative Republican running to take the seat Democratic Sen. Ed Markey has vacated in Massachusetts? fifth congressional district.

In a YouTube video produced by his campaign, Stopa highlights the economics, science, and politics surrounding global warming and ends by showing the vacant lots of two green companies that have since gone bankrupt after profiting off of renewable energy subsidies (more…)

Climate guru puts ‘global warming’ on ice

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Source: WDN

Low sunspot activity means Earth chilling until at least 2030
Far from being the final word on climate change, last week?s United Nations report suggesting near certainty that human activity is causing a rise in Earth?s temperatures is actually further proof that the conventional wisdom is dead wrong and the Earth is cooling right on schedule, according to one of the leading scientists who is skeptical of the climate-change premise.

Last week, the U.N.?s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, reported it was 95 percent certain that climate change was the result of human activity, specifically the burning of fossil fuels that emit ?greenhouse gases.? (more…)

What happened to hurricane season? And why we should keep forecasting it?

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Source: Wash Posthurricane2

by Brian McNoldy

As we wrap up September, there have been just two short-lived Category 1 hurricanes in the Atlantic. Yet seasonal forecasts predicted an extremely active season. What?s going on?

Before diving into the seasonal forecasts, let?s take inventory on where the season stands.

In an average season,  8 tropical storms, 4 hurricanes, and 1 major (category 3 or higher) hurricane form by this date. This year, we?ve experienced 10 tropical storms, 2 hurricanes, and no major hurricanes.

Though we?ve had close to the average number of total storms, most have been short-lived and/or weak. If you went out for a cup of coffee at any time this hurricane season, you would?ve missed many of them. (more…)

What Reuter?s Said About the IPCC?s 1995 Report

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Source: No Frakking Consensus

by Donna Laframboise

A news clipping from 1995 ? concerning an earlier IPCC report ? was hilariously wrong.

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The Deseret News is published in Salt Lake City, Utah. Back in December 1995, it ran a Reuters newswire story titled Climate experts meet to OK report on global warming.

At that time, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was finalizing its second climate assessment (installment one of its fifth assessment has just been released). (more…)

The Big Lie: Marotzke?s Broken Promise

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Source: Climate Audit  Big-Lie

A few days ago, Jochem Marotzke, an IPCC Coordinating Lead Author and, according to Der Spiegel, ?president of the German Climate Consortium and Germany?s top scientific representative in Stockholm?, was praised (e.g. Judy Curry here) for his promise that the IPCC would address the global warming hiatus ?head on? despite pressures from green factions in government ministries and for his declaration that ?climate researchers have an obligation not to environmental policy but to the truth?.

However, it turned out that Marotzke?s promise was merely another trick. Worse, it turns out that Marotzke already knew that the report would not properly deal with the hiatus ? which, in a revealing interview, Marotzke blamed on an ? oversight? (h/t to Judy Curry here). Worse, it turns out that IPCC authors were themselves complicit during the plenary session in causing information about the discrepancy between models and observations to be withheld from the SPM, as shown by thus far undiscussed minutes of the IPCC plenary session. (more…)