Archive for October, 2014

It?s rarely about the environment anymore

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Source:  SPPIA-Greenpeace-activist-in--006

It?s about slashing our energy use, free enterprise, job creation, living standards and freedoms

by Paul Driessen

Back in 1970, when I got involved in the first Earth Day and nascent environmental movement, we had real pollution problems. But over time, new laws, regulations, attitudes and technologies cleaned up our air, water and sloppy industry practices. By contrast, today?s battles are rarely about the environment. (more…)

Curbing Obama power grabs

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Source: SPPI55_benefits_of_co2_pamphlet

OPINION

The courts and Senate provide no checks and balances. Could a Republican Senate help?

BY Paul Driessen

You?ve got to admire the sheer audacity: Democratic Senator Mark Begich telling Alaska voters that he stood up to President Obama and fought for oil drilling and jobs in his state. Maybe he had a few chats.

But he certainly knew his concerns and opinions meant nothing, changed nothing, accomplished nothing. And then he voted 97% of the time with Mr. Obama and Senate Majority Dictator Harry Reid

Reid has kept over 300 bills bottled up, squelched almost all proffered Republican amendments on anything that did move, and used the ?nuclear option? to end the longstanding 60-vote rule and wipe out any chance that Republicans could block Obama nominees or prevent the President from packing the vital DC Circuit Court of Appeals. The three new liberal judges on that court can now be counted on to defer to Mr. Obama?s policies and ?agency discretion? on future arrogations of power. (more…)

Global warming scare declared over

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Source: WND  agw-earth

‘Past time to stop the madness of wasting great sums of money on EPA’s imaginary threat’

Scientists and others on a team assembled by the Chicago-based Heartland Institute, which focuses on free-market solutions to today?s problems, say the ?scare? of global warming from the use of carbon fuels and other human activities ?is over.?

It?s ?past time? for the world to realize that and ?stop the madness of wasting great sums of money on EPA?s imaginary threat,? contends Kenneth Haapala, the executive vice president of the Science and Environmental Policy Project at the Heartland Institute.

Institute experts said Thursday the Remote Sensing Systems, which provide data to NASA, NOAA and the National Science Foundation, have confirmed ?the global mean surface temperature has not risen for 18 consecutive years.? (more…)

Patrick Moore?s Public Appearances in Australia

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Short biographyDr. Patrick Moore

Patrick Moore

Patrick Moore

Dr. Patrick Moore has been a leader in the international environmental field for over 40 years. He is a co-founder of Greenpeace and served for nine years as President of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a Director of Greenpeace International. The leader of many Greenpeace campaigns (e.g. ?Save the Whales?, seal hunting), he was a member of the Rainbow Warrior crew when the anti-nuclear testing ship was bombed in Auckland Harbour.  Dr. Moore was a driving force shaping policy and direction while Greenpeace became the world’s largest environmental activist organization.

He left Greenpeace in 1986 because of his concern at the anti-science and extreme political policies it was adopting; nevertheless, he remains passionately concerned about the environment and describes himself as a ?sensible environmentalist?. This, of course makes him a most controversial figure as the current Greenpeace policies are not aligned with his ?sensible? view.  He is visiting Australia to explain why his view of catastrophic global warming differs from that of the extreme green movement. (more…)

The Global Warming Statistical Meltdown

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Source: WSJ

Dr. Curry

Dr. Curry

by JUDITH CURRY

Mounting evidence suggests that basic assumptions about climate change are mistaken: The numbers don?t add up.

At the recent United Nations Climate Summit, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that ?Without significant cuts in emissions by all countries, and in key sectors, the window of opportunity to stay within less than 2 degrees [of warming] will soon close forever.? Actually, this window of opportunity may remain open for quite some time. A growing body of evidence suggests that the climate is less sensitive to increases in carbon-dioxide emissions than policy makers generally assume?and that the need for reductions in such emissions is less urgent. (more…)

Global Temperature Update

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Source: Monckton Foundation

Christopher Monckton

Christopher Monckton

It?s official: no global warming for 18 years 1 month

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley

The RSS monthly satellite global temperature anomaly for September 2014 is in, and the Great Pause is now two months longer than it was last month. Would this year?s el Niño bite soon enough to stop the psychologically-significant 18-year threshold from being crossed? The official answer is No.

Globally, September was scarcely warmer than August, which was itself some distance below the 18-year trend-line. Therefore, taking the least-squares linear-regression trend on the RSS satellite monthly global mean surface temperature anomalies, there has now been no global warming for 18 years 1 month. (more…)

‘Where’s the global warming?’ Expert says public are growing sceptical of climate change

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Source: Express Climate-Change

THE PUBLIC are becoming ever more sceptical of climate change as they begin to ask ‘where is the global warming we were promised?’, a leading scientist has claimed.

This week saw the 18th anniversary since the Earth’s temperature last rose – something that Dr Benny Peiser, from the Global Warming Policy Forum, says experts are struggling to understand.

He explains that we are now in the midst of a “crisis of credibility” because the global warming – and accompanied ‘Doomsday’ effects – that we were once warned about has not happened.

Scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) once predicted a temperature rise of 0.2 degrees per decade – but are now baffled by the fact our planet’s temperature has not increased for almost two decades.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Dr Peiser said: “What has happened is that the public has become more sceptical because they were told we are facing Doomsday, and suddenly they realise ?Where is the warming that we were promised??”

“They say we can predict the climate and the reality is that they can?t.”
(more…)

Paper: Climate Policy Implications of the Hiatus in Global Warming

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Source: Fraser Institutegreening earth

by Ross McKitrick

The fact that CO2 emissions lead to changes in the atmospheric carbon concentration is not controversial. Nor is the fact that CO2 and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) absorb infrared energy in the atmosphere and contribute to the overall greenhouse effect. Increases in CO2 levels are therefore expected to lead to atmospheric warming, and this is the basis for the current push to enact policies to reduce GHG emissions.

For more than 25 years, climate models have reported a wide span of estimates of the sensitivity of the climate to CO2 emissions, ranging from relatively benign to potentially catastrophic. These continuing uncertainties have direct policy implications. Economic models for analyzing climate policy are calibrated using climate models, not climate data. In a low-sensitivity model, GHG emissions lead only to minor changes in temperature, so the socioeconomic costs associated with the emissions are minimal. In a high-sensitivity model, large temperature changes would occur, so marginal economic damages of CO2 emissions are larger. (more…)

New Material Posted on the CO2 Science Web site 2 October – 8 October 2014

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Source:  CO2 Sciencearctic sea ice

Climate Model Biases in Arctic Wintertime Temperature Inversions (8 October 2014)
We find yet another glaring example of the fact that today’s CMIP5 models are still not up to the task of adequately portraying Earth’s current climate…

Ocean Acidification Impacts on Cnidarian-Dinoflagellate Symbioses (8 October 2014)
Symbiotic sea anemones “could not only survive ocean acidification, but also thrive under future conditions”…

Extreme Surface Air Temperature Trends of Canada: 1961-2010 (7 October 2014)
“Canada has become much less cold but not much hotter”… (more…)

EU energy policy slated as industrial players take flight

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Source: Natural Gas DailyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

By Tom Hoskyns

Brussels must consider fundamental energy policy changes to prevent a mass exodus of industrial players, according to speakers at a conference held at London?s Chatham House on Monday.

Rob Franklin, president of gas and power marketing at ExxonMobil, criticised EU energy policy implemented in recent years, which he noted favoured an overly interventionist approach by governments.

?The most effective energy policies are the ones that are transparent, predictable and based on cost benefit analysis. Importantly, policies [should] allow market prices and open competition to determine the solutions,? said Franklin. (more…)

Eastern countries oppose EU climate goals

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Source: EUobserver

Brussels – With only three weeks to go before the European Council is to make a final decision on new climate goals for 2030, six Central and Eastern European countries have declared their opposition to the proposed targets.

In an effort to limit global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius, the European Commission proposed in January 2014 several targets for 2030.

Greenhouse gas emissions should be 40 percent lower; the market share of renewable energy should be 27 percent and energy efficiency should be improved by 30 percent.

In March and June, the European Council failed to agree on the commission’s proposal. When the EU government leaders meet again on 23 and 24 October in Brussels, they hope to reach a ?final decision on the new climate and energy policy framework?. (more…)

Six Decades of Northeast Atlantic Phytoplankton Productivity

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Source:  CO2 Science ocean-waves

Paper Reviewed

Raitsos, D.E., Pradhan, Y., Lavender, S.J., Hoteit, I., McQuatters-Gollop, A., Reid, P.C. and Richardson, A.J. 2014. From silk to satellite: half a century of ocean color anomalies in the Northeast Atlantic. Global Change Biology 20: 2117-2123.

According to Raitsos et al. (2014), “changes in phytoplankton dynamics influence marine biogeochemical cycles, climate processes and food webs, with substantial social and economic consequences,” and they add that large-scale assessments of phytoplankton biomass have been obtained from two different remote sensing satellites, the Coastal Zone Color Scanner (CZCS, 1979-1986) and the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS, 1998-2010). However, they note that “due to the large gap between the two satellite eras and differences in sensor characteristics, comparison of the absolute values retrieved from the two instruments remains challenging.” Rising to meet on that challenge, and employing a unique in situ ocean color dataset that spans more than half a century, in the present work Raitsos et al. merged the two satellite-derived chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) histories to produce a six-decade-long history of phytoplankton productivity over the Northeast Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea. And what did that history show? (more…)

Oil Price Drops on Oversupply

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Source: Oil-price.netoil_well_gusher

 By STEVE AUSTIN

In June of 2014 the Brent Crude Oil Price hit $115 per barrel and many oil market insiders were predicting higher prices. Other analyst however, called a peak, and their predictions proved to be correct. By the beginning of October 2014, the Index dropped to $95 and predictions of further falls down to $90 or even $80 hold sway. What changed?

Panic

Back in June, the world suddenly became aware of the Muslim fundamentalist group called IS. This band of revolutionaries threatened to disrupt Iraq’s oil output, just as that country was beginning to open the taps and sell to the world. OPEC‘s estimates of world demand for oil showed that the loss of Iraq’s output would produce a large shortfall in supply. When supply cannot meet demand, prices rise. However, that simplistic view ignored many other factors that were coming into play in the oil market. Speculators talked the market up and encouraged panic buying. That panic pricing lasted long enough for those insiders heavily stocked with oil futures to offload them on the general public. (more…)