Archive for January, 2015

Obama?s Greenhouse of Cards: Reflections for the New Year on Carbon Capture, the Clean Power Plan, and the COP 21 Climate Negotiations

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Source: GWO

by Marlo Lewis

The integrated carbon capture and storage (ICCS) project at the Boundary Dam Power Station has scooped up its first major award, even though it has been fully operational for less than three months. ? Estavan Lifestyles, Dec. 17, 2014

The economics only work at Boundary Dam in Saskatchewan for two reasons: a C$240 million government subsidy and a ready nearby customer for the carbon in Calgary-based Cenovus. . . .The CO2 is transported 66 kilometers (41 miles) to Cenovus Energy Inc. (CVE)?s oil fields where it is buried underground to coax additional crude from the reservoirs. ? Bloomberg News, Dec. 4, 2014

The news items above point to one of the Clean Power Plan?s (CPP) fatal legal flaws. (more…)

What Do Voters Think of Climate Change?

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Source: TGV

Americas Majority Foundation, an organization that I work with, held several polls over the past three months, including post-election polls. In August, the foundation polled 1100 Hispanics, and in a national post-election poll, polled 1000 whites, 1000 blacks and 1000 Hispanics. Finally we polled black and Hispanic voters in New Mexico, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Illinois: states where America’s PAC was involved. (We polled 3500 Hispanic voters in three states: Illinois, Wisconsin and New Mexico, and 2800 black voters in two states: Wisconsin and North Carolina.) 

Americas Majority Foundation has been doing surveys on voters? attitude on climate change for the past four years. While voters will tell pollsters that climate change is a serious problem, they don?t rate ?fighting? climate change as a major priority. In our polls, we added additional options on what causes climate change, and guess what, voters actually reject the climate alarmist worldview. They agree with climate realists on what causes climate change, and furthermore, view job creation as more important than fighting climate change. (more…)

Still more politicized pseudo-science?

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Source: SPPI

The neonics and honeybees saga takes interesting, potentially fraudulent turn

Paul Driessen

Widening efforts to blame neonicotinoid pesticides for honeybee ?colony collapse disorder? and other ?beepocalypse? problems have taken a fascinating turn.

Insisting that scientific evidence shows a clear link between neonics and honeybee population declines, EU anti-insecticide campaigners persuaded the European Union to impose a two-year ban on using the chemicals. Farm organizations and the Union?s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Department unsuccessfully opposed the ban, arguing that evidence for a link is not persuasive, and actual field studies in Canada and elsewhere have found little risk to bees from the pesticides. (more…)

Climate Alarmists Warm It Up

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Source: NRO

They overcook the evidence of 2014 to support their shaky predictions of global warming.

By Rupert Darwall

The year 2014 had scarcely expired before being declared the warmest year on record. First off was the Japan Meteorological Agency. The year 2014 surpassed 1998 to set a new record by all of five one hundredths of one degree Centigrade, according to the agency?s preliminary numbers. Then Britain?s Met Office announced that 2014 was the warmest year in the 355 years of the Central England Temperature series.

Each year, global-warming adherents anticipate an El Niño (a strong warming phase in the Pacific) as the physical manifestation of global warming?s Second Coming to herald the end of the barren years of flat-lining global temperatures. The Center for American Progress?s Joe Romm called the 2014 record doubly impressive. As Romm noted, ?We?re still waiting for the start of El Niño? but got a temperature record nonetheless. (more…)

New Material Posted on the CO2 Science Web site 8 January – 14 January 2015

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Source: CO2 Science

Corals Seeking Shelter from the Storm of Acidification & Bleaching (14 January 2015)

Can they find protection in the shade of beachfront mangroves? In a word, yes. This “previously undocumented refuge for corals provides evidence for adaptation of coastal organisms and ecosystem transition due to recent climate change,” and that is great news for these valuable marine organisms…

Biases Driving Biases in CMIP5 Models of Earth’s Major Monsoons (14 January 2015)
No wonder their projections are so often so far removed from reality… (more…)

The Elusive Absolute Surface Air Temperature

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Source: SPPI

by Dennis Ambler

With the current claims yet again of “record temperatures” it may be of interest to look again at this Q & A from James Hansen in 2005. It is still on the website.

Data.GISS: GISTEMP ? The Elusive Absolute Surface Air Temperature

Here are a few extracts:

The Elusive Absolute Surface Air Temperature (SAT)
Q. What exactly do we mean by SAT ?
A. I doubt that there is a general agreement how to answer this question. Even at the same location, the temperature near the ground may be very different from the temperature 5 ft above the ground and different again from 10 ft or 50 ft above the ground. Particularly in the presence of vegetation (say in a rain forest), the temperature above the vegetation may be very different from the temperature below the top of the vegetation. (more…)

NOAA – NASA Temperature Announcements

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Source: SEPP

By Ken Haapala

NOAA – NASA Temperature Announcement: Perhaps few public statements exemplify the willingness of certain government agencies to mislead the public as clearly as this week’s joint announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The press release reads as if the announcement was considered more an opportunity for self-promotion than a scientific statement. (more…)

Hottest Year Claim: Miniscule Change in Imaginary Number

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Source:  No Frakking Consensus

by Donna Laframboise

A few decades hence, it will seem as though 95% of today?s journalists were the recipients of lobotomies. Their ability to see beyond the press release in climate matters appears to be non-existent.

As I begin year six writing about climate change, my heart despairs. The central arguments haven?t changed much in half a decade. This year?s over-heated rhetoric, as activists ramp up for December?s Paris UN climate summit, faithfully echo 2009, when the Copenhagen summit was coming into view.

Then, as now, the media is failing abysmally at its core mission: giving the public useful information. Here in Canada, our government-funded news source, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), produced this headline last November: ?Hottest year? record likely for 2014 after warmest October. (more…)

New SPPI Papers for last 5 Months

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Source:  SPPI

TROPICAL TREES

Going back in time to the final few years of the 20th century, Schaffer et al. (1997)[1] grew two mango ecotypes – one evolving from a warm, humid tropical climate, and the other from a cool, dry subtropical region – for 12 months in glasshouses maintained at either 350 or 700 ppm CO2 in order to determine the effects of atmospheric CO2 enrichment on the trees’ growth and leaf mineral nutrient concentrations. In doing so, they found that in addition to the greater net carbon gains of the CO2-enriched trees, the elevated CO2 tended to decrease foliar concentrations of mineral nutrients (N, P, K, Ca, Mg, S, Cl, Fe, Zn, Mn, Cu and B) in both mango cultivars, most likely due to a dilution effect, since atmospheric CO2 enrichment increased leaf dry mass. But with respect to this latter finding, the scientists who conducted the study wrote that “given the slow rate at which global atmospheric CO2 concentration is increasing, it is possible that plants will adapt to this phenomenon over time with respect to mineral nutrition,” as actually was found to be the case in a prior study of sour orange trees after 85 months of exposure to elevated CO2 (Penuelas et al., 1997). (more…)