Archive for March, 2014

Greener than ?green?

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Source: National Review online

hydraulic fracking

hydraulic fracking

Fracking is friendly to protected species and mosquito-devouring bats.

Deroy Murdock

Williamsport, PA ? A constant, mild hiss.

That was my chief observation when I returned to Anadarko Petroleum?s Landon Pad A, a natural-gas site in Lycoming County, PA. October?s quietude was totally unlike the cyclone of equipment, personnel and activity that had dominated this spot just four months before, when Anadarko and the American Petroleum Institute hosted journalists and policy analysts here.

Back then, engineers used a pressurized blend of 90% water, 9.5% sand, and 0.5% chemicals to crack subterranean shale deposits and awaken natural gas that has slumbered since the dinosaurs died. This hydraulic fracturing, or ?fracking,? occurs some 6,000 feet underground. This is 5,000 feet beneath the water table ? deep enough to bury three Empire State Buildings. (more…)

COLD SHOULDER: ABC, CBS Exclude Scientists Critical of Global Warming for More Than 1,300 Days

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Source: News Busters

Like a simple parlor trick, the networks are able to make skeptical scientists vanish, at least from the eyes of their viewers.

In some cases, the broadcast networks have failed to include such scientists for years, while including alarmist scientists within the past six months. ABC, CBS and NBC?s lengthy omission of scientists critical of global warming alarmism propped up the myth of a scientific consensus, despite the fact that many scientists and thousands of peer-reviewed studies disagree.

Neither CBS nor ABC have included a skeptical scientist in their news shows within the past 1,300 days, but both networks included alarmists within the past 160 days — CBS as recently as 22 days ago. When the networks did include other viewpoints, the experts were dismissed as ?out of the scientific mainstream? or backed by ?oil and coal companies.? (more…)

Vladimir Putin?s green allies

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Source:  Financial Post

President Putin

President Putin

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Ian Walton/Getty ImagesIn many ways, both Vladimir Putin?s Russia and the modern green movement are offshoots of the collapse of the Soviet empire. They remain united against the old Soviet enemy: free markets and free minds.

The global warming policy labyrinth offered obvious potential to a KGB politician who had thrived in a climate of devious hypocrisy

Few environmentalists would regard themselves as allies of Vladimir Putin. Indeed, in their stout opposition to petroleum, which the Russian president is using both as a piggy bank and a weapon for expanding his power, it might appear that they are opponents. Such a view is superficial.

In many ways, both Mr. Putin?s Russia and the modern green movement are offshoots of the collapse of the Soviet empire. They remain united against the old Soviet enemy: free markets and free minds. (more…)

?California Hates Oil?: Energy Companies on the Run

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Source: City Watchoil_well_gusher

Written by Joel Kotkin

STATE ECONOMY-The recent decision by Occidental Petroleum to move its headquarters to Houston from Los Angeles, where it was founded over a half-century ago, confirms the futility and delusion embodied in California’s ultragreen energy policies. By embracing solar and wind as preferred sources of generating power, the state promotes an ever-widening gap between its declining middle- and working-class populations and a smaller, self-satisfied group of environmental campaigners and their corporate backers.

Talk to people who work in the fossil-fuel industry, and they tell you they feel ostracized and even hated; to be an oil firm in California is like being a pork producer in an ultra-Orthodox section of Jerusalem. (more…)

Harsh Winter Reveals Necessity Of Coal

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Source: Forbescoal-wanted-gg_s160x222

For the past three months, millions of Americans on the East Coast have endured constant freezing temperatures, regular deluges of snow, and expensive heating and electric bills. Pulling out all the stops to keep the East Coast?s lights on, utilities and grid operators employed every source of power they could to stave off dangerous brown outs.

Unfortunately, many of the coal-fired power plants that kept the East Coast running are being forced to shutter their doors due to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. In early January, around 75 percent of Southern Company?s coal power plants scheduled to retire were called upon to generate electricity. The Tennessee Valley Authority set new records for electricity demand at the same time that nearly 20 of its coal-fired generating facilities are scheduled for retirement. (more…)

Cartoon

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

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Personal Score-Settling Is the New Climate Agenda

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Source: WSJ

SPPI 2013 Papers

SPPI 2013 Papers

The cause of global carbon regulation may be lost, but enemies still can be punished.

Surely, some kind of ending is upon us. Last week climate protesters demanded the silencing of Charles Krauthammer for a Washington Post column that notices uncertainties in the global warming hypothesis. In coming weeks a libel trial gets under way brought by Penn State’s Michael Mann, author of the famed hockey stick, against National Review, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, writer Rand Simberg and roving commentator Mark Steyn for making wisecracks about his climate work. The New York Times runs a cartoon of a climate “denier” being stabbed with an icicle. (more…)

House GOP blocks heart of Obama’s climate platform

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Source: Arizona Daily Star

EPA Borg

EPA Borg

By Matthew Daly The Associated Press

WASHINGTON ? Aiming at the heart of President Obama?s strategy for fighting climate change, the Republican-controlled House voted Thursday to block the administration?s plan to limit carbon pollution from new power plants.

The bill targets Obama?s proposal for the Environmental Protection Agency to set the first national limits on heat-trapping carbon pollution from future power plants. It?s part of the GOP?s election-year strategy to fight back against what Republicans call a ?war on coal? by the Obama administration. (more…)

The “Yellow Rat Snake” Saga Cont.

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Source: No Frakking Concensusyellow_rat_snake_fl050409_web

Bob Ward?s Despicable Harassment Campaign

If someone was systematically writing to journals that had published your work, making false allegations against you, would you be concerned?

Imagine you?re a university professor and researcher. To a significant degree, your career success depends on being regularly published in scholarly journals.

Now imagine that the subject matter in which you specialize is controversial ? and that your research findings sometimes challenge conventional wisdom.

How would you feel if someone deliberately targeted you ? if they undertook a systematic campaign against you that involved contacting journals and alleging that your research is in error? (more…)

New Paper at SPPI: Biospheric Productivity in South America

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Source:  SPPIidso- biospheric_productivity

How will the terrestrial vegetation of South America respond to global warming and atmospheric CO2 enrichment? Climate alarmists suggest there will be widespread declines in both ecosystem size and productivity. But are these predictions correct? Given the fact that over the past century the Earth has experienced what alarmists refer to as unprecedented rises in both atmospheric temperature and CO2 concentration relative to the past two thousand years and several million years, respectively, plants should already be responding to the changes in these two environmental parameters. And what has that response been? In this summary we consider this question as it applies to locations in South America.

Oversensitive: How The IPCC Hid The Good News On Global Warming

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Source: GWPF

Chart by Dr. John Christy

Chart by Dr. John Christy

A new report published today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation shows that the best observational evidence indicates our climate is considerably less sensitive to greenhouse gases than climate models are estimating.

The clues for this and the relevant scientific papers are all referred to in the recently published Fifth Assessment report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

However, this important conclusion was not drawn in the full IPCC report ? it is only mentioned as a possibility ? and is ignored in the IPCC?s Summary for Policymakers (SPM). (more…)

Archive of Scientific Literature Reviews, February 2014

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Source: NIPCC Reportglobe in hands

Atmospheric CO2 Helps Oak Trees Recover from Natural Disasters (4 Feb 2014)

Following massive aboveground destruction caused by both fires and hurricanes, atmospheric CO2 enrichment is able to bring scrub-oak ecosystemsback from the brink of death, so to speak, to once again flourish, as the life-giving gas stimulates root production and the acquisition of needed-but-scarce soil nutrients… Read 

Modelling Decadal to Centennial Climate in the Equatorial Pacific (4 Feb 2014)
It might just be too difficult to do with any dependable and/or useful degree of accuracy, as the authors of this paper write their findings “imply that the response of the tropical Pacific to future forcings may be even more uncertain than portrayed by state-of-the-art models because there are potentially important sources of century-scale variability that these models do not simulate.” Such uncertainties must be adequately addressed before model projections can be taken seriously… Read More

Four Decades of “Global Warming” on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii (4 Feb 2014)
The trend in the diurnal temperature range “shows a decline during the past 39 years with a stronger decreasing trend during the recent 25 years.” What might such declines portend for the island’s inhabitants?… Read More (more…)

A Horrible Climate Mistake?

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Source:  SPPI frozen earth2

by Lee C. Gerhard

Climate Cassandras may have made a monumental, horrible, mistake. Using the rubric that humans dominate natural dynamic earth processes, they and the popular media argue that the warming of the Arctic portends disaster for polar bears and humanity, although the world as a whole is not warming.  They focus on the unscientific premise that continuing rise in carbon dioxide concentration portends future societal disasters, calamities and debacles. (more…)

Calling the Global Warming Charlatans “Nazis”

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Source: Warning Signs Nazi-Adolf-Hitler-Wallpaper-Logo

OPINION

By Alan Caruba

On February 20th, the noted meteorologist, Dr. Roy W. Spencer, fed up with being called a ?denier? of global warming, posted a commentary on his blog titled ?Time to push back against the global warming Nazis.? 

?When politicians and scientists started calling people like me ?deniers?, they crossed the line. They are still doing it,? said Dr. Spencer. ?They indirectly equate (1) the skeptics? view that global warming is not necessarily all manmade nor a serious problem with (2) the denial that the Nazi?s extermination of millions of Jews ever happened.? The Holocaust happened, but global warming?s latest natural cycle ended about 17 years ago and, as a lot of people have noticed, it has been getting cold since then. (more…)

?SOCIAL COST OF CARBON? (SCC) ? A STEALTH CARBON TAX?

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Source: American ThinkerAmerican Thinker

by Fred Singer

Nothing wrong with cost-benefit analysis ? but it should not be misused to support ideological goals.

Using Executive Order 12866 (Regulatory Planning and Review, issued by President Bill Clinton back in 1993), the White House Office of Management and Budget (WH-OMB) has published numerical estimates for the ?Social Cost of Carbon? (SCC).  In Public Comments, we have challenged these OMB numbers in three respects: use of outdated climate science; internal inconsistency; omission of CO2 benefits.  These miscalculations — whether politically inspired or innocently overlooked — could end up costing the American public hundreds of billions in higher dollar  costs, as well as millions of lost jobs. (more…)