A bad news week for AGW proponents

Source: Wattsupwiththat?

by Anthony Watts

This is a collection of news story excerpts this past week. AGW proponents and environmentalists is general are taking hit after hit in the media this week. ? Anthony

The Crisis of Climate Catastrophism

The threat to tropical rainforests from climate change may have been exaggerated by environmentalists, according to a new study. Researchers have shown that the world?s tropical forests thrived in the far distant past when temperatures were 3 to 5C warmer than today. They believe that a wetter, warmer future may actually boost plants and animals living the tropics. ? David Derbyshire, Daily Mail, 12 November 2010

There are many climactic models today suggesting that ? if the temperature increases in the tropics by a couple of degrees, most of the forest is going to be extinct. What we found was the opposite to what we were expecting: we didn?t find any extinction event [in plants] associated with the increase in temperature, we didn?t find that the precipitation decreased. ? Carlos Jaramillo, The Guardian, 12 November 2010

The spectre of imminent thirst and/or starvation for billions by 2035 from melting glaciers would appear to have been confirmed as the worst kind of alarmist scaremongering. ? Lewis Page, The Register, 11 November 2010

Bjorn Lomborg should be careful about what he wishes for. The unintended consequences pursuant to a renewable trough worth $250 billion has the potential to spawn a lot more nonsense, given its potential for increasing the size and direction of government and making energy policy even more political, much less meritorious. The skeptical environmentalist has become far too credulous. ?Jon Boone, MasterResource, 11 November 2010

MORE than $1 billion of taxpayers? money was wasted on subsidies for household solar roof panels that favoured the rich and did little to reduce Australia?s greenhouse gas emissions, a scathing review has found. ?Tom Arup, The Age, 11 November 2010

Despite a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government, Solyndra, a maker of solar panels in the southeast San Francisco Bay Area city of Fremont, will close one of its manufacturing plants, lay off 40 permanent and 150 contract workers, delay expansion plans of a new plant largely financed with the government-guaranteed loan and scale back production capacity more than 50 percent. Despite the hype and tax money, Solyndra seems unable to compete with Chinese manufacturers, whose prices are lower. This is the latest bad news for the company touted by Mr. Schwarzenegger and President Barack Obama as one of the green industry?s supposed shining lights. ? Editorial,  The Orange County Register, 11 November 2010