Archive for the ‘News’ Category

We need some regulatory patriotism!

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Source: SPPIThe-Economic-Collapse-Is-Not-A-Single-Event-262x300

President Obama condemns tax inversions, but pillages America with his regulatory agenda.

“My policies are on the ballot, every single one of them,” he reminded voters on October 2.

by Paul Driessen

It’s no mystery why American companies have stockpiled over $2 trillion of overseas earnings in foreign bank accounts. If they bring it to the United States, the IRS would grab 35% of it. That’s the US corporate tax rate – the highest in the developed world, double the average in EU nations.

Medtronic found a creative way to repatriate its cash, allowing it to bring money to the USA subject to just a 12.5% tax. The company acquired Covidien, another, smaller medical device firm in Ireland and will establish its formal headquarters in Dublin, thereby slashing its tax rate by two-thirds, and leaving it with far more cash for plants and equipment, innovation, hiring and keeping workers, and tapping new markets. (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…)

An Already Lost Battle Against Climate Change?

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Source: INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILYibd

By JOHN MERLINE

“What we do in the next two to three years will determine our future. This is the defining moment.”Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

“With another decade of ‘business-as-usual,’ it becomes impractical to achieve the ‘alternative scenario.’”James Hansen, climate scientist.

“Substantial reductions in global CO2 emissions must occur within the next 10 to 15 years,” or stopping catastrophic warming “may be nearly impossible.”“Protecting Our Biosphere” report.

“If we delay action by even a few years, the rate of reduction needed (would be) beyond anything achieved historically and could be very costly, making it practically unachievable.”Presidential Climate Action Project.

Warnings like these might appear to explain the urgency about climate change shown these days by the Obama administration, where almost every top official has been declaring it the world’s biggest, potentially catastrophic threat.

But in fact those quotes point more to the futility of efforts to stop it. (more…)

Environmental Collusion: Choosing Climate Policy Over Economic Stability in U.S. Manufacturing

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Source:  Sen. David Vitter 

Senator Vitter

Senator Vitter

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, has launched the second phase of his investigation into the collusion between environmental activists, lawyers and lobbyists, billionaires and their supporting foundations who use large sums of money to influence environmental public policy.

From farmers to miners to rig workers to manufacturers and fishermen, EPW Republicans have been examining how the jobs in those industries and their way of life are being targeted by well-funded environmental activists whose primary goal is maximizing government control, particularly over the land, water, and resources utilized by private industries and individuals. Today’s focus is on manufacturing. (more…)

Obama misleads students about climate and energy

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Source: SPPIobama in fantasy land

Climate change actually has little to do with energy choices

by Bob Carter and Tom Harris

In his October 2 address on the economy at Northwestern University, President Barack Obama told students, “If we keep investing in clean energy technology, we won’t just put people to work assembling, raising and pounding into place the zero-carbon components of a clean energy age. We’ll reduce our carbon emissions and prevent the worst costs of climate change down the road.”

But what does climate change have to do with energy supply? Almost nothing.

Climate change issues involve environmental hazards, whereas energy policy is concerned with supplying affordable, reliable electricity to industries and families. So where is the relationship to climate? (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…)

Poland to draw red line on EU climate change targets

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Source: Polish Radiored line

PM Kopacz says she has told the European Council president in Brussels that Poland would not accept new EU climate change policies if they cause a rise in energy prices.

Speaking after a meeting with Herman van Rompuy during her first trip abroad as prime minister of Poland, Ewa Kopacz told journalists that during the talks on Monday she laid out the “expectations of the Polish government at the European Council meeting [on 23 October]”.

The October summit will try and reach a consensus on CO2 emissions policy ahead of next year’s UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.

In July, the European Commission proposed reducing the EU’s energy use by 30 percent by 2030, though individual member states would be able to decide whether to opt in to the targets. (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…)

Ocean acidification and coral reefs

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Source: SPPI

Christopher Monckton

Christopher Monckton

by Christopher Monckton

The calcite corals first achieved algal symbiosis in the Cambrian era, 550 million years ago, when CO2 concentration was 20-25 times today’s. The more delicate aragonite corals first evolved in the Jurassic era, 175 million years ago, when CO2 concentration was 12-15 times today’s. Both species not only throve on the higher partial pressures of CO2 but also survived the only period – 55 million years ago – when the global ocean was acid (pH < 7.0). For comparison, rainwater is pronouncedly acid at pH 5.4, while the oceans are pronouncedly alkaline at pH 8.0 or thereby. (more…)

Impacts of Future pH Reductions on the Early Life of Reef Corals

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Source: CO2 Science coral-reef-1

Paper Reviewed
Chua, C.-M., Leggat, W., Moya, A. and Baird, A.H. 2013. Near-future reductions in pH will have no consistent ecological effects on the early life-history stages of reef corals. Marine Ecology Progress Series 486: 143-151.

In the words of Chua et al. (2013), “until recently, research into the consequences of oceanic uptake of CO2 for corals focused on its effect on physiological processes, in particular, calcification.” However, they note that “events early in the life history of corals are also likely to be vulnerable to changes in ocean chemistry caused by increases in the atmospheric concentration of CO2.” Focusing on these early life history events, Chua et al. thus set out to test “the effect of reduced pH on embryonic development, larval survivorship and metamorphosis of 3 common scleractinian corals from the Great Barrier Reef,” employing “4 treatment levels of pH, corresponding to the current level of ocean pH and 3 values projected to occur later this century.” (more…)