Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Living Without Lights: The Plight of Energy Poverty

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Source: Brown Political Review

Victims of Poverty

Victims of Poverty


Permanently emblazoned into our minds when we think about poverty is the image of a toddler in some faraway place, his tattered clothes soiled by the filth in which he sits, imploring you to help with a sad look in his big, beautiful eyes. NGOs and charity organizations have perfected the art of poverty porn in their fight in the longest standing human conflict: the global war on poverty. Governments, private companies and individuals have spent trillions of dollars on this campaign, and yet poverty remains the most unfortunate reality of the modern world. Efforts to resolve the issue often revolve around food aid or healthcare. The true building block of development, though, is access to adequate energy. Over 3.5 billion people, nearly half of the world’s population, experience energy poverty. Energy poverty is the lack of access to reliable sources of energy that are necessary to provide even most basic human needs. “Access to energy is absolutely fundamental in the struggle against poverty,” says World Bank Vice President Rachel Kyte. “It is energy that lights the lamp that lets you do your homework, that keeps the heat on in a hospital, that lights the small businesses where most people work. Without energy, there is no economic growth, there is no dynamism and there is no opportunity.” (more…)

The Poverty of Renewables

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Source: Project Syndicate



by Bjørn Lomborg

According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, “Climate change harms the poor first and worst.” This is true, because the poor are the most vulnerable and have the least resources with which to adapt. But we often forget that current policies to address global warming make energy much more costly, and that this harms the world’s poor much more.

Solar and wind power was subsidized by $60 billion in 2012. This means that the world spent $60 billion more on energy than was needed. And, because the total climate benefit was a paltry $1.4 billion, the subsidies essentially wasted $58.6 billion. Biofuels were subsidized by another $19 billion, with essentially no climate benefit. All of that money could have been used to improve health care, hire more teachers, build better roads, or lower taxes. (more…)

The Growing Benefits of a Warmer World

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Source: NCPA55_benefits_of_co2_pamphlet

by H. Sterling Burnett

Earth’s climate has changed many times throughout its history. During the last century and a half, average temperatures have risen modestly, though the warming trend has stalled for the past 16 years. Contrary to popular belief, climate change thus far has had positive effects, and the net benefits of warming are likely to be positive for the foreseeable future. (more…)

AAAS’s Guide to Climate Alarmism aka ‘What We Know’

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Source:  Watts Up

AAAS' Climate Lie

AAAS’ Climate Lie

By Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger

Back in the Bush II Administration, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) nakedly tried to nudge the political process surrounding the passage of the environmentally-horrific ethanol fuel mandate.  It hung a large banner from the side of its Washington headquarters, picturing a corn stalk morphing into a gas pump, all surrounded by a beautiful, pristine, blue ocean.  They got their way, and we got the bill, along with a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

So it’s not surprising that AAAS is on the Washington Insider side of global warming, releasing  a report today that is the perfect 1-2-3 step-by-step how-to guide to climate change alarm.

This is how it is laid out in the counterfactually-titled AAAS report  “What We Know”: (more…)

Mainstreaming fringe science with John Holdren

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Source:  Wash Times

Holdren & Obama

Holdren & Obama

by Chip Knappenberger

The White House science adviser confuses global-warming fact and fancy

In recent months, White House science adviser John Holdren has repeatedly pushed the link between extreme weather events and human-caused climate change well beyond the bounds of established science. Now, veteran climate scientists are pushing back.

Mr. Holdren’s efforts started in January, as much of the nation was shivering in the midst of an excursion of arctic air into the lower 48 states.

Anyone with a passing interest in the climate of the United States knows that is hardly an unusual occurrence (“citrus freeze” anyone?), but outfit the chill with a new, scarier-sounding moniker and a blase-sounding “cold-air outbreak” goes viral as the “polar vortex.” (more…)

Nate Silvers’ 538: inconvenient statistics

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Source: Climate Etc.

Dr. Judith Curry

Dr. Judith Curry

by Judith Curry

If Silver’s data-drive approach gets in the way of your political aims, so much the better. – Michael Brendan Dougherty

Nate Silver has a new blog FiveThirtyEight (well a relaunch and extension of his blog, which is now owned by ESPN).  What he is trying to accomplish is outlined in the post What the Fox Knows - basically he is promoting ‘data journalism’ .

I’m a Fan of Nate, and I applaud what he is trying to do.  But there have been a number of criticisms, and none more vociferous than the choice to publish an article by Roger Pielke Jr. (more…)

Scientists say destructive solar blasts narrowly missed Earth in 2012

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Source: msn newssolar flare

A long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the Sun’s atmosphere, the corona, erupts out into space at 4:36 p.m. EDT on August 31, 2012.

The bursts would have wreaked havoc on the Earth’s magnetic field, matching the severity of the 1859 Carrington event, the largest solar magnetic storm ever reported on the planet. That blast knocked out the telegraph system across the United States, according to University of California, Berkeley research physicist Janet Luhmann. (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Why Does the NSA Want to Keep Its Water Usage a Secret?

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Source: Wired

An aerial view of the NSA's Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah. Photo: Rick Bowmer/AP

An aerial view of the NSA’s Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah. Photo: Rick Bowmer/AP

The National Security Agency has many secrets, but here’s a new one: the agency is refusing to say how much water it’s pumping into the brand new data center it operates in Bluffdale, Utah. According to the NSA, its water usage is a matter of national security.

The agency made the argument in a letter sent to officials in Utah, who are considering whether or not to release the data to the Salt Lake Tribune. Back in May, Tribune reporter Nate Carlisle asked for local records relating to the data center, but when he got his files a few months later, the water usage data was redacted. (more…)

US In Its Third Straight Year Of Record Low Tornado Activity

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Source: Real Science  tornado3


AAAS says that storms are getting worse, because they are concerned that the ability of their members to steal taxpayer money may be reduced, if people find out what is really going on. (more…)

Professor Calls For Climate Change ‘Deniers’ To Be Imprisoned

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Source: jail

Wants to criminalize questioning of the science on global warming

A professor with Rochester Institute of Technology has called for the incarceration of any American who actively disagrees that climate change is solely caused by human activity.

Lawrence Torcello, a philosophy professor with a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, published the comments as part of an essay submitted to the academic website The Conversation.

Torcello argues that malignant individuals, who he does not identify, are collectively organising a “campaign funding misinformation” about climate change. Torcello goes on to suggest that such activity “ought to be considered criminally negligent.” (more…)

Moving backwards: Northeasterners turn to burning wood for power

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Source:  Daily Callerwood stove

Americans living in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic U.S. are increasingly turning to a source of heat favored by humans for thousands of years: wood.

More and more people are using wood as their main source of heat as opposed to heating oil and kerosene.

The Energy Information Administration reports that, “All nine states in the New England and the Middle Atlantic Census divisions saw at least a 50% jump from 2005 to 2012 in the number of households that rely on wood as the main heating source.”

Those who switched to wood burning were spared high fuel oil and kerosene prices during this year’s harsh winter. (more…)

EPA: Artless Dodging on ‘Carbon Pollution’ Rule

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Source: Global Warming. Org

More Climate Fantasy

More Climate Fantasy

Yesterday, the House Science Energy and Environment Subcommittees held a joint hearing on the “Science of Capture and Storage: Understanding EPA’s Carbon Rules.” EPA Air Office Acting Administrator Janet McCabe was the sole witness on the second panel. Her testimony begins about one hour and 54 minutes (1:54) into the archived Webcast. Although calm and non-ideological in tone, McCabe’s responses in the lengthy Q&A were terse, usually uninformative, and often evasive.

The hearing focused on carbon capture and storage (CCS), the technology new coal-fired power plants will have to install to meet the carbon dioxide (CO2) New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) in EPA’s proposed “Carbon Pollution Rule.” Under the Clean Air Act, NSPS are to “reflect the degree of emission limitation achievable through the application of the best system of emission reduction which . . . has been adequately demonstrated.” (more…)

Game, Set, Match Fossil Fuels? James Hansen Sleepless in Ningbo

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Source: Master Resource

by Robert Bradley Jr

“Recent events have been spiraling down so rapidly that I find it hard to sleep. Ex-President Clinton campaigns for a huge pipeline to carry Canadian tar sands…. Dogged insistence by environmental groups that intermittent renewable energies are the only alternative to fossil fuels.…”

Writing from China earlier this week, and no doubt preparing his testimony for Thursday’s “Keystone XL and the National Interest Determination” hearing in Washington before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, climate scientist/policy activist James Hansen has once again laid bare the internal contradictions of Big Green’s codependency on dilute ‘green’. (more…)

Four Reasons Why The Environmental Movement Belongs on ‘The Biggest Loser’

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Source: Forbes



by Steven Hayward  

It’s still anyone’s guess whether President Obama will approve the Keystone pipeline.  Perhaps he will continue to vote “present” and attempt to postpone a decision as long as possible—perhaps even through the next presidential election cycle in 2016.  The administration’s body language—and actual language from Secretary of State John Kerry—suggests a negative decision, a hope that the Democrats’ green base is doing everything possible to reinforce so as to raise the political cost for Obama to approve the pipeline to an unacceptable level.

The environmental left may yet win the skirmish over Keystone, but there are several reasons for thinking they are losing the war.  Here are four of them: (more…)

Democrats talk about climate, rake in billionaire bucks

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Source: Washington Examiner

Democrats as Money Changers

Democrats as Money Changers

Democrats occupied the Senate floor all night Monday, talking about climate change. They didn’t try to advance any legislation, and they didn’t even try very hard to get media attention.

“The members know that serious climate change legislation stands no chance of passage in this divided Congress,” wrote the New York Times’ climate-change reporter, Coral Davenport. Beyond that, Democrats know that action on climate legislation would help Republicans take the Senate in 2014.

So why occupy the Senate floor talking about the issue? In short: Faith, identity and cash. (more…)