Moving backwards: Northeasterners turn to burning wood for power

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. Read the rest of this entry »

EPA: Artless Dodging on ‘Carbon Pollution’ Rule

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.” Read the rest of this entry »

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

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’. Read the rest of this entry »

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

March 16th, 2014

Source: Forbes

Ecofasicts

Ecofasicts

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: Read the rest of this entry »

Democrats talk about climate, rake in billionaire bucks

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Canadian Ice Service, Coast Guard Warns Most Ice In 25 Years

March 15th, 2014

Source: http://modernsurvivalblog.com/weather-preparedness/canadian-ice-service-coast-guard-warns-most-ice-in-25-years/

by Ken Jorgustin

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images: Environment Canada

From data provided by Environment Canada – the Canadian Ice Services, and from real world conditions on the ground (on the ice), the Canadian Coast Guard is pleading with merchant ships to plan their voyages well in advance this year as their icebreaker fleet is confronting the worst ice conditions they’ve seen on the Atlantic Ocean in decades.

Global warming? Not here… Read the rest of this entry »

The Climate Change Express: Ignoring Your Views at Every Meal

March 15th, 2014

Source: No Frakking Consensus Train-Dining-Car

Ordinary people don’t care about climate change. How many times do they have to say so?

Imagine you’re on a multi-day train ride. Perhaps you’re crossing Australia. Or Africa. Perhaps you’re retracing the historic Orient Express route, from Istanbul to Calais.

At every meal you’re handed a menu with three choices: chicken, beef, or vegetarian. And at every meal the waiters serve everyone on the train the vegetarian option.

It doesn’t matter how clearly, loudly, or politely you speak when placing your order. It doesn’t matter whether you tip the waiters generously or not at all – the result is always the same. Read the rest of this entry »

Coal to the Rescue, but Maybe Not Next Winter

March 15th, 2014

Source: NY Times

"Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket."

“Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”

By

[SPPI Note - Barack Obama: "Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket." (January 2008)]

COLUMBUS, Ohio — When the temperature here dropped into the teens this winter, ice formed on the inside of Ernestine J. Cundiff’s windows in the drafty 50-year-old apartment building where she lives. At 81, with diabetes, poor circulation in her legs and both shoulders damaged in separate falls last year, Ms. Cundiff said wearing leggings and fur-lined slippers was not enough to keep her warm, so she took to using an electric space heater in her bedroom. Read the rest of this entry »

Relentless Global Warming “Scientists” Continue Their Scams

March 15th, 2014

Source: Warning Signs

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By Alan Caruba
Despite the growing worldwide recognition that global warming—now called climate change—is a hoax and that the Earth has been in a cooling cycle going on seventeen years, those most responsible for it continue to put forth baseless “science” about it.
The hoax has its base in the United Nations which is home to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and got its start with the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 that went into force in 2005. It limits “greenhouse gas” emissions, primarily carbon dioxide (CO2). It purports that the gases are warming the Earth and many nations signed on to reduce them. The U.S. did not and in 2011 Canada withdrew from it. Europe is suffering economically from the billions it invested in “alternative energy” sources, wind and solar power. Read the rest of this entry »

The Environmentalist Eugenics of the Left

March 15th, 2014

Source: Frontpage eugenics

Pick up a copy of Obama’s $3.9 trillion budget and there among the TSA fee hikes, Medicare payment cuts and the $400 million for the Department of Homeland Security to fight global warming is a curious little item.

On Page 930 of the budget that never ends is $575 million for “family planning/reproductive health” worldwide especially in “areas where population growth threatens biodiversity or endangered species.”

The idea that the way to protect insects, fish and animals is by preventing human beings from having children is part of an approach known as Population, Health and Environment (PHE) which integrates population control into environmentalist initiatives. Read the rest of this entry »

Sec. Kerry challenges climate skeptics at House hearing

March 15th, 2014

Source: Climate Depot

Darth Kerry

Darth Kerry

By: Marc Morano

Washington D.C. - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry challenged global warming skeptics on Thursday at a Congressional hearing: Kerry, appearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, explained that if skeptics are wrong and nothing is done, “life on the Earth can literally end.” Kerry has been championed a new UN climate change treaty. Kerry has called on U.S. envoys to make climate change a “top priority.” The New York Times reported that Kerry “hopes to use his position as secretary of state to achieve a legacy on global warming that has long eluded him.”

Climate Depot Reality Check on Kerry’s claim: 

Climate Depot’s Marc Morano responded to Kerry’s claim that government action of some type would act as an insurance policy against global warming. Read the rest of this entry »

New paper at SPPI: EFFECTS OF ELEVATED CO2 ON SOIL CARBON SEQUESTRATION

March 13th, 2014

Source:  SPPIIdso - soil carbon

EFFECTS OF ELEVATED CO2 ON SOIL CARBON SEQUESTRATION
Citation: Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change. “Effects of Elevated CO2 on Soil Carbon Sequestration.” Last modified March 12, 2014. http://www.co2science.org/subject/c/summaries/carbonsoils.php.

It is important to note at the outset that atmospheric CO2 enrichment typically has but a small effect on the decomposition rates of senesced plant materials present in soils; yet this fact often leads to significantly greater soil carbon sequestration, as demonstrated by De Angelis et al. (2000)1, who reported a 4% reduction in the decomposition rate of leaf litter beneath stands of 30-year-old Mediterranean forest species enriched with air of 710 ppm CO2, and who thus concluded that “if this effect is coupled to an increase in primary production [which nearly always occurs in response to elevated CO2] there will be a net rise of C-storage in the soils of forest ecosystems.” Similarly, in a study of soybean and sorghum plant residues grown at 705 ppm CO2, where decomposition rates were definitely not impacted by elevated CO2, Henning et al. (1996)2 still concluded that “the possibility exists for increased soil C storage under field crops in an elevated CO2 world,” due, of course, to the greater residue production resulting from CO2-enhanced plant growth.

For EPA’s Global Warming Rules, Will ‘Next Year’ Mean ‘Never’?

March 13th, 2014

Source: National Journal

Awaiting the EPA hordes

Awaiting the EPA hordes

EPA is running out of time to craft carbon-emissions standards for industrial polluters beyond power plants.

March 11, 2014

EPA’s new budget plan says the agency hopes to make critical—and controversial—decisions about its effort to regulate greenhouse gases by the end of fiscal 2015.

Specifically, the budget says the agency hopes to determine whether it should craft carbon-emissions standards for several big industrial pollution sources—notably refineries, but also pulp and paper facilities, iron and steel production, and few other categories.

But if the pledges about expanding climate rules sounds familiar to EPA-watchers, they should: The fiscal 2014 plan said the same thing about a decision on the rules, and the fact that the agency has now moved these decisions to its 2015 budget suggests that determinations in 2014 are probably not in the cards. Read the rest of this entry »

Public apathy on climate change is a cause for celebration, not concern

March 12th, 2014

Source: London Telegraph

CO2 brings abundance

CO2 brings abundance

by Brendan O’Neill

The executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres, has said scientists and UN officials should stop using “weirdo words” when talking about climate change. By talking in scientific jargon and using acronyms that fly over the heads of Joe and Josephine Public, the climate-change lobby is bamboozling rather than enlightening the masses, she said. Panicked that the public switches off – or more likely sinks into a coma – whenever an expert with more PhDs than sense holds forth on climate change, Ms Figueres says climate-change folk are “just not communicating properly”.

This alleged crisis of eco-communication, the failure of enviro-experts to make a connection with, far less fire up, the man in the street, weighs heavily on green-leaning minds. In the Guardian this week, an eco-worrier says climate-change activists must try harder to bridge the gap between “the abstruse nature of expert discourse” and people’s “ordinary lives” (shortened version: let’s find a way to make really complicated stuff understandable to ill-educated folk more used to reading Heat the celebrity magazine than Heat the George Monbiot book). Read the rest of this entry »

Why climate change is good for the world

March 12th, 2014

Source: Spectator

Benefits of CO2

Benefits of CO2

by 

Don’t panic! The scientific consensus is that warmer temperatures do more good than harm.

Climate change has done more good than harm so far and is likely to continue doing so for most of this century. This is not some barmy, right-wing fantasy; it is the consensus of expert opinion. Yet almost nobody seems to know this. Whenever I make the point in public, I am told by those who are paid to insult anybody who departs from climate alarm that I have got it embarrassingly wrong, don’t know what I am talking about, must be referring to Britain only, rather than the world as a whole, and so forth.

At first, I thought this was just their usual bluster. But then I realised that they are genuinely unaware. Good news is no news, which is why the mainstream media largely ignores all studies showing net benefits of climate change. And academics have not exactly been keen to push such analysis forward. So here follows, for possibly the first time in history, an entire article in the national press on the net benefits of climate change. Read the rest of this entry »