Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

Fred Singer will be spreading the joyous news that humanity and the environment do not face eminent destruction. The claim of unprecedented and dangerous global warming is scientifically false.

Fred’s tentative itinerary includes talks at the following times and locations:

July 18, Fort Collins, CO, at 7:30 pm during a general meeting at Glover Hall, Colorado State University, (technical meeting at 3 pm)
July 19, Boulder, CO, at 4 pm at NIST, 345 Broadway. The location is government facility closed to the public. The talk is open only to members of NIST and NOAA.

For details please contact Ken.

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Quote of the Week:
“We are taking away a choice that continues to let people waste their own money.” Secretary of Energy Chu opposing the repeal of the upcoming ban on inexpensive incandescent light bulbs. WSJ 9/7/11

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Number of the Week: 4.4 to 3.1

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THIS WEEK:
By Ken Haapala, Executive Vice President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)

Videos from the Sixth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC) sponsored by Heartland Institute are available on the web. Go to:
http://climateconference.heartland.org/watch-…

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Philosophical Basis for Challenging the IPCC: In an interesting opinion piece in The New York Times entitled “On Experts and Global Warming,” Gary Gutting, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, argues that the non-experts must accept the findings of the expert authorities in climate science. Though not named, no doubt the expert climate authorities are the members of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes (IPCC), particularly as expressed in the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4).

Unfortunately, the good professor fails to recognize the tremendous change in thinking that came about through the development of natural philosophy – scientific philosophy. Under scientific philosophy, the pronouncements of climate authorities are not as important as how and why they acquired their claimed knowledge. Did they adhere to the principles of acquiring scientific knowledge? If the climate authorities did not, then anyone familiar with scientific principles is perfectly capable of challenging these experts, even though the challenger is not, necessarily, an expert in climate science.

There are many glaring scientific defects in AR4, particularly in the SPM. Among these defects are the following:

  • Ignoring scientific data that is contrary to the central conclusions.
  • Failure to rigorously test hypotheses using physical observations.
  • Assuming results are evidence of cause.
  • Assuming a poor correlation is evidence of cause.
  • Assuming a thorough knowledge of the climate system.
  • Assuming that calculations involving variables with a low level of understanding can produce results embodying a high level of understanding.
  • Assuming projections from unverified models are scientific knowledge.

The SPM focuses only on the past fifty years – not carefully defined. Thus, it ignores a vast body of scientific evidence that prior warm periods equal to or greater than the current period existed and that the historical warm periods are unrelated to atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). The main body of the AR4 explains these omissions by claiming the past warm periods were not global. Yet, according to the most comprehensive, reliable data available, satellite data, the current warm period is not global. It is concentrated in the northern part of the Northern Hemisphere, above 35 deg N.

CO2 is a greenhouse gas, and laboratory experiments show that a doubling of CO2, absent of feedbacks, will increase temperatures by about 1.2 deg C. The SPM assumes positive feedbacks amplify this small warming. Yet, nowhere in AR4 are these positive feedbacks tested against physical observations as required by the critical step of hypothesis testing. Tests by others demonstrate that the assumptions fail when tested against the proper alternative hypothesis – the null hypothesis. Such testing is the foundation of scientific knowledge.

There is little question warming occurred in the 20th century and the results of warming can be observed. However, these results do not establish cause.

During the 20th century, both CO2 and temperatures increased, but not necessarily together. The correlation is poor. For several multi-decadal periods during the 20th century temperatures fell while CO2 increased.

In the SPM, only one natural variation is considered – solar irradiation. Other influences of the sun and the influence of ocean oscillations are ignored.

An appendix to the main body of the AR4 gives the levels of understanding for sixteen variables considered to influence temperatures (many important variables are not considered.) The levels of understanding for five of these influences are rated as very low. The levels of understanding for ten for the remaining eleven are rated as low to medium. Yet the SPM states a high level of confidence in results of its work. One cannot have high confidence in the results, when starting with a poor understanding of critical variables.

The models have never been verified, thus are interesting artifacts, not knowledge.

Contrary to the statements of Professor Gutting, anyone understanding the principles establishing physical sciences has a solid philosophical basis for challenging the work of the experts of the IPCC. Please see the referenced articles under “Challenging the Orthodoxy” and “Defenders of the Orthodoxy.”

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Amplifications and Corrections: EPA numbers. Last week’s TWTW questioned EPA’s claim that the new, intensified regulations of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions will prevent 34,000 premature deaths, 15,000 non-lethal heart attacks, and 400,000 cases of asthma per year starting in 2014. The regulations would reduce SO2 emissions by 73% and NOx emissions by 54% below 2005 levels. TWTW termed the claims as not creditable (assignable as the term bankable in finance). Alert readers informed SEPP the correct term is not credible (believable).

Why EPA used 2005 as its base year for its calculations of SO2 and NOx calculations prompted further investigation.

A check of the EPA web site showed that under existing regulations, from 1980 to 2010, SO2 emissions have declined by about 12,490,000 from 17,260,730 tons to 5,119,700 tons. NOx emissions have fallen by about 3,963,000 from a high of 6,026,524 tons in 1997 to 2,061,098 tons in 2010, or about 66%. Obviously, by 2010, major reductions in emissions of these gases have been achieved under existing regulations – 71% for sulfur dioxide since 1980 and 66% for NOx since the high in 1997. (The web site also gives 2005 emissions of SO2 of 10,221,000 tons and NOx of 3,632,000 tons.)

Using the numbers games favored by the EPA and the claimed health benefits of the incremental reduction from the new regulations, one can calculate that the reduction in these pollutants prior to 2011 is already resulting in a prevention of 185,000 premature deaths, 81,000 non-lethal heart attacks, and 2,173,000 cases of asthma each year. As stated last week, during this period of regulations, according to the National Center of Health Statistics, prevalence of asthma has increased from 3.1% of the US population in 1980 to 8.2% in 2009. As with many EPA numbers, these new EPA numbers are neither believable nor bankable. Please see articles referenced under “EPA and Other Regulators…”
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Acid Rain: TWTW reader Robert Cihak reminded us of a 1990s, article on acid rain that was posted by SPPI. (Prior to the conversion of the web site, SEPP had a number of articles on acid rain, and other topics, which will be restored onto the new web site.) A search of the EPA web site failed to produce references to rigorous, scientific measurements of the acidity in rain, which has a normal pH of 5.6 — the lower the number below 7, the more intense the acidity. EPA commentary did state that rain has been measured as low as a pH of 4.3 but did not reference the study, location, or time.

The above referenced article suggests that lakes in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York are naturally acidic, but had the pH raised (made less acid) by the slash and burn land clearing methods used by colonial settlers. According to the article, after the passage of a state law in the early 20th century forbidding logging, the lakes are returning to their natural acidity. Please see referenced article under “Acidic Waters.”
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Acid Waters: Searching for the pH of other well-known acidic waters produced interesting results. The Great Dismal Swamp in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina has a measured pH seasonally ranging from 4.0 to 3.5. Its waters have been known as highly acidic since colonial times, long before the burning of coal became wide spread. A wide variety of wildlife thrives there including major mammals, migratory and non-migratory birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. However, a search failed to reveal a study of the pH published in recognized journals or scientific proceedings.

The Okefenokee Swamp includes peat bogs, forests, and wetland grasses stretching from southeast Georgia into northeast Florida. It is not downwind of the coal fired power plants in the Midwest that are blamed for acid rain. The swamp is about 20 miles wide and 40 miles long and the waters have been noted as highly acidic since colonial times. According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service a wide variety of wildlife thrives in and around these waters including major mammals, migratory and non-migratory birds, reptiles including alligators, amphibians including frogs, and fish. The detailed list includes popular game fish such as largemouth bass and eastern chain pickerel, a member of the pike family.

Other species listed in scientific studies include invertebrates such as odonates, amphipods and crayfish. The latter two are crustaceans. Apparently, none of the many species are unique to the swamp. . [Note: one study showed that in the presence of aluminum, young large-mouth bass did not thrive with a pH below 3.5, but it was not clear if the results were due the combination of aluminum and acidity or to acidity alone.]

Number of the Week: According to published scientific studies, Okefenokee Swamp has measured pH ranging from 4.4 to 3.1 – vinegar. The estimated average pH is 3.7.

The above illustrates that one cannot conclude that acidic waters are necessarily the result of burning of coal. Acidic waters are natural and provide a habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. It is incumbent on the EPA, and other organizations, to produce the scientific verifying the claims that burning coal causes acid rain and lakes to become acidic. Please see referenced articles under “Acidic Waters.”
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Ocean Acidification: The fact that highly acidic swamps provide important habitats for numerous species not specifically adapted to highly acidic waters falsifies many of the claims of EPA and NOAA concerning what they call ocean acidification. The term itself is a marketing gimmick. A more scientifically correct phrase, such as a marginal reduction of the alkalinity of the surface waters of the oceans, would not have the same sales appeal.

Last November, during hearings before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, it was apparent that some of the Subcommittee members were taken in by false claims that “ocean acidification” would cause the shells of shellfish and crustaceans to dissolve and eggs become hard boiled as if soaked in vinegar for several days. Yet, crustaceans and amphibians eggs not only survive in highly acidic waters, but are an important part of food web and ecosystem of the Okefenokee Swamp. These facts falsify the claims that slightly less alkaline surface waters of the oceans will cause shells of crustaceans to dissolve and eggs to become hard boiled. Please see Nov 20, 2010 TWTW at
http://www.SEPP.org…

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Ian Plimer: Over the past several months an email has been circulating falsely claiming that the volcano in Iceland is emitting more CO2 in four days as the human race has ever emitted. Some of the emails attribute the assertions to the noted Australian geologist Ian Plimer. Prompted by TWTW reader Joe Falcon, SEPP queried Plimer who disavowed any association with the email. Plimer pointed out some of the spelling is American English, not Australian English. It is reprehensible if the emails are a tactic to discredit Plimer.

In his book <>heaven+earth, Plimer discusses the disastrous effects of super volcanoes, the last such eruption was Toba in Sumatra about 74,000 years ago. Plimer also discusses the effects of volcanoes on the ocean floor and the failure to systematically study them. Under sea volcanoes and vents emit enormous amounts of carbon dioxide and other gases such as sulfur dioxide. A comment in an article in Oceanus, stated that the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute has a device that measured the pH at one such vent at 0.9 – battery acid. A search of the web site failed to produce any systematic studies of such a low pH at undersea vents.
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Hal Lewis: Anthony Watts informed SEPP that Hal Lewis died in May. A distinguished physicist, Lewis was a quiet man who did not draw attention to himself except last year when he publically withdrew his membership from the American Physical Society, outraged by its endorsement of the reports by the IPCC. Please see reference under “Other News …”

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ARTICLES:
For the numbered articles below please see:
http://www.sepp.org…

1. A World Food Crisis?
By S. Fred Singer, American Thinker, Jul 12, 2011
http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/07/a_worl…

2. Politics has overtaken science at the EPA (The Daily Caller)
By Gilbert Ross, M.D, Daily Caller, Jul 13, 2011 From ASCH
http://acsh.org/healthissues/newsID.1954/heal…

3. The Green Economy Withers
Editorial, IBD, Jul 14, 2011
http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Arti…
[SEPP Comment: The economic thinking of green energy policy is bewildering. Washington can create prosperity by lowering the standards of living of most Americans by driving up energy costs.]

4. The Greens Just Love Us to Death
By Alan Caruba, Warning Signs, Jul 9, 2011
http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com/2011/07/g…
“It is an utter delusion to think the Earth cares about you even if you care deeply about it”

5. Cellulosic Ethanol and Unicorns
The EPA punishes oil refiners for not buying a product no one makes.
Editorial, WSJ, Jul 15, 2011
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405270…

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NEWS YOU CAN USE:
Climategate Continued
“Covert” Operations by East Anglia’s CRU
By Steve McIntyre, Climate audit, Jul 14, 2011
http://climateaudit.org/…

HadSST
Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, Jul 12, 2011
http://climateaudit.org/2011/07/12/hadsst3/#m…
[SEPP Comment: An incorrect adjustment in the data for the switch from measuring sea surface temperatures from buckets dipped in the ocean to engine inlets may have caused the reported warming trend for last half of the 20th century to be greater than it actually was.]

Challenging the Orthodoxy
Understanding James Hansen’s View of Our Climate Future
By Roy Spencer, His Blog, Jul 13, 2011
http://www.drroyspencer.com/…

Our Refutation of Dessler (2010) is Accepted for Publication
By Roy Spencer, His Blog, Jul 15, 2011
http://www.drroyspencer.com/…

Perpetuating The Climate Science Community’s Inappropriate Model-Centered Reality
By Roger Pielke Sr, Climate Science, Jul 15, 2011
http://pielkeclimatesci.wordpress.com/2011/07…

Climate Science Myopia
By Roger Pielke, Sr, Pielke Climate Science, Jul 14, 2011
http://pielkeclimatesci.wordpress.com/2011/07…
[SEPP Comment: More on the claim that China's use of coal is hiding global warming.]
“The claim that CO2 dominates climate change in the multi-decadal time period has been clearly FALSIFIED.”

Inventing a pollutant
By Christopher Carr, Quadrant, AU, July 15, 2011
http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/doomed-plane…

PR, Climate Science and Climate Activism
By Shub Niggurath, GWPF Best of the Blogs, Jul 15, 2011
http://www.thegwpf.org/best-of-blogs/3450-shu…
[SEPP Comment: The science is in the marketing.]

Defenders of the Orthodoxy
On Experts and Global Warming
By Gary Gutting, NYT Opinion, Jul 12, 2011
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/…

Economists Find Flaws in Federal Estimate of Climate Damage
A report concludes that each ton of CO2 emitted inflicts almost 45 times more “social cost” than the federal government estimates
By Douglas Fischer and The Daily Climate, Scientific American, July 13, 2011 | 42
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm…
[SEPP Comment: "The social cost" of CO2 is $900 per ton. Imagine how prosperous society would be if all of it was eliminated from the atmosphere.]

So, will it rain tomorrow?
The Met Office has been trying to answer this question for 150 years. Have Britain’s weather scientists now cracked it?
By Clive Cookson, Financial Times, Jun 24, 2011 [H/t WUWT]
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/35145bee-9d38-11e0-…

Climate change forces early spring
By Staff Writers, SPX. Jul 14, 2011
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Climate_cha…
[SEPP Comment: How much of the early spring is due to warmth, and how much is due to CO2 enrichment?]

Climate Change ‘Could Lead to Rise In Coal Power Plants
By Ben Webster, The Times, Jul 15, 2011 [From GWPF]
http://www.thegwpf.org/the-climate-record/344…
[SEPP Comment: Now global warming reduces windy days.]

Global warming: study finds natural shields being weakened
By Staff Writers, AFP, Jul 13, 2011
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Global_warm…

Questioning the Orthodoxy
The China Syndrome
By David Whitehouse, The Observatory, Jul 14, 2011 [H/t WUWT]
http://thegwpf.org/the-observatory/3442-the-c…
[SEPP Comment: More on China hiding global warming.]

Arctic Species Prefer Warmer Climate
By Patrick Michaels, World Climate Report, Jul 15, 2011
http://www.worldclimatereport.com/index.php/2…
[SEPP Comment: No mentioned in the article is that Canadian Moose are invading New England as far south as Massachusetts.]

Expanding the Orthodoxy
International Climate Change Financing: The Green Climate Fund (GCF)
Richard K. Lattanzio, Analyst in Environmental Policy Congressional Research Office, June 23, 2011 [H/t Steven Aftergood}
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41889.pdf…
[SEPP Comment: Notice that transparency, as defined below as among governments, not between governments and their citizens, or in science.]
“Transparency” commitments refer to the negotiated provisions whereby all major economy Parties (including the large emerging economies) must report on the progress they are making in meeting their mitigation commitments (targets and actions), and all Parties providing financial assistance must report their contributions through commonly accepted formats.

Communicating Better to the Public – Exaggerate?
Gore (Re)Sells A Lie
Editorial, IBD, Jul 12, 2011 [H/t Deke Forbes]
http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Arti…

Gore to connect dots on extreme weather, climate change
By Andrew Restuccia, The Hill, Jul 7, 2011
http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/…

Australian children are being terrified by climate change lessons
By Bruce McDougall and Jenny Dillon, Daily Telegraph, Jul 9, 2011
http://www.news.com.au/national/australian-ki…

Teaching doomsday, learning fear
By Merv Bendle, Quadrant, AU, July 12, 2011
http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/doomed-plane…

Models v. Observations
Perpetuating The Climate Science Community’s Inappropriate Model-Centered Reality
By Roger Pielke Sr, Climate Science, Jul 15, 2011
http://pielkeclimatesci.wordpress.com/2011/07…
“The appropriate foundation (cornerstone) for all scientific studies must be real world observations!”

Changing Weather
Overplaying Heat, Underplaying Adaptation (Part II)
By Chip Knappenberger, Master Resource, Jul 12, 2011
http://www.masterresource.org/2011/07/overpla…

Fewer rain storms across southern Australia
By Staff Writers, SPX, Jul 14, 2011
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Fewer_rain_…
[SEPP Comment: Intense storms declining, don't tell the IPCC.]

Changing Seas
Battered West Coast a lesson on warming, study finds
USGS: Rough 2009-10 winter shows ‘large-scale coastal changes’ likely as sea levels rise
By Staff Reporters, MSNBC, Jul 13, 2011 [H/t Best of the Web]
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43741940/…
[SEPP Comment: El Ninos warm the Pacific Ocean, but according to the IPCC don't cause warming. Also, El Ninos raise the sea levels along the west coast by 4 to 8 inches.]

Changing Earth
Japan quake makes 2011 costliest year: Munich Re
By Staff Writers, AFP, Jul 12, 2011
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Japan_quake…

Underwater Antarctic Volcanoes
By Staff Writers, SPX, Jul 13, 2011
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Underwater_…

Scripps researchers discover new force driving Earth’s tectonic plates
By Staff Writers, SPX, Jul 15, 2011
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Scripps_res…

Tsunami airglow signature could lead to early detection system
Researchers at the University of Illinois have become the first to record an airglow signature in the upper atmosphere produced by a tsunami using a camera system based in Maui, Hawaii.
By Kim Gudemen, U. Illinois, Jul 14, 2011 [H/t WUWT]
http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/2011/07/…

New study suggests that the volcanic impact on climate may be significantly underestimated
Posted on July 11, 2011 by Anthony Watts, WUWT
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/07/11/new-stu…

Acidic Waters
Rear Mirror: The EPA vs. Ed Krug over the Acid Rain Scare
By William Anderson, Reason Magazine, Jan 1992
Posted by SPPI, [H/t Robert Cihak]
http://sppiblog.org/news/rear-mirror-the-epa-…

Microbial Biomass and Utilization of Dissolved Organic Matter in the Okefenokee Swamp Ecosystem
By Robert Murray and Robert Hodson. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Apr 1984
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2…
“The Okefenokee Swamp is an acidic (pH 3.1 to 4.4), black-water, peat-accumulating environment consisting primarily of forested swamp and open (the average may be 3.7) marsh prairies.”

Invertebrates as Bioindicators of Mercury in the Okefenokee Swamp of Southeast Georgia
By B.M. George and D.P. Batzer,
Proceedings of the 2001 Georgia Resources conference, March 26 – 27, 2001
http://www.gwri.gatech.edu/uploads/proceeding…
“We collected amphipods, odonates, and crayfish, three groups that are important in the Okefenokee food webs.”

Reference to pH of the Great Dismal Swamp
Tests by Elizabeth City State University
http://abyssal_night.tripod.com/pH.html…

Agriculture Issues & Fear of Famine
World Population Day: Agriculture Offers Huge Opportunities for a Planet of 7 Billion
By Staff Writers, SPX, Jul 14, 2011
http://www.seeddaily.com/reports/World_Popula…

Save the fish and feed the people, says EU fisheries chief
By Staff Writers, AFP, July 13, 2011
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Save_the_fi…
[SEPP Comment: The problem of overfishing in Europe.]

The Political Games Continue
Scientists warn on budget cutting
By Staff Writers, UPI, Jul 12, 2011
http://www.space-travel.com/reports/Scientist…
[SEPP Comment: This may become a real problem because scientific institutions subordinate science to politics.]

House votes to limit EPA’s say over state water standards
By Pete Kasperowicz – 07/13/11 06:55 PM ET
http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/1…

Cap-and-Trade and Carbon Taxes
Transcript of Andrew Bolt’s “Carbon Sunday” interview with Richard Lindzen
By Alec Rawls, WUWT, Jul 11, 2011
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/07/11/transcr…
RL: “I think there’s no disagreement in the scientific community that this [carbon tax] will have no impact on climate, so it’s purely a matter of government revenue. And, as I say, I mean if they can fool the people into thinking that they really want to pay taxes to save the earth, that’s a dream for politicians.”

Gillard’s tax on “carbon pollution”: the facts
By Lord Monckton, Jonova, Jul 10, 2011
http://joannenova.com.au/…
pdf.
http://jonova.s3.amazonaws.com/monckton/warm-…

Is CO2 mitigation cost-effective?
By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley, To Prague School of Economics, May 2011
http://joannenova.com.au/2011/07/monckton-is-…
Full pdf – 12 pages
http://jonova.s3.amazonaws.com/monckton/co2-m…

Australia sets carbon tax to fight climate change
By Staff Writers, AFP, July 10, 2011
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Australia_s…

Carbon tax backlash in national plebiscite hosted by News Ltd websites
By Staff Writers, The Sunday Mail (Qld) July 10, 2011 [H/t ICECAP]
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/c…

Subsidies and Mandates Forever
New Hampshire Governor Vetoes RGGI Withdrawal Bill
By Staff Writers, POWERnews
http://www.powermag.com/POWERnews/3856.html?h…

Let There Be Lights
Editorial, IBD, Jul 8, 2011
http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Arti…

EPA and other Regulators on the March
The EPA Doesn’t Love New York
Liberals learn what it’s like to be an American business.
Editorial, WSJ, Jul 11, 2011
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405270…
[SEPP Comment: Another example of EPA phony numbers - covering a reservoir would prevent from 112,000 to 365,000 cases of diarrhea from a particular pathogen. Yet years of testing fail to demonstrate the existence of the pathogen in the reservoir. May be behind a pay wall.]

More “Toxic” Research at EPA?
By Pete Sepp, Government Bytes, Jul 8, 2011 [H/t Timothy Wise]
http://www.ntu.org/governmentbytes/more-toxic…

An Aggressive Ruling on Clean Air
Editorial, NYT, Jul 10, 2011
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/11/opinion/11m…
[SEPP Comment: The New York Times repeats EPA phony numbers without pause.]

EPA chief: Bush-era ozone rule not ‘legally defensible’
By Ben Geman, The Hill, Jul 13, 2011
http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/…
[SEPP Comment: Are EPA numbers defensible?]

EPA Vs. Fireworks
Editorial, IBD, Jul 13, 2011
http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Arti…

Beware the Planners
By Donn Dears, Power for USA, Jul 12, 2011
http://dddusmma.wordpress.com/…
[SEPP Comment: To some, no amount of planning is sufficient even if it causes total failure.]

Energy Issues
The coming UK energy meltdown
By Hugh Sharman, European Energy Review, Jul 7, 2011
http://www.europeanenergyreview.eu/site/pagin…

A Test of Prudence Favors Coal — Part One
By Frank Clemente, Energy-Facts.org, Jul 13, 2011
http://www.energy-facts.org/?utm_source=Energ…

Nuclear Fears & Responses
Japan PM to outline nuclear phase-down plan
By Staff Writers, AFP, Jul 13, 2011
http://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/reports/Japa…

Heatstroke cases up as Japan saves electricity
By Staff Writers, AFP, July 14, 2011
http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/Heatstrok…

Nuclear technology is Russian priority
By Staff Writers, World Nuclear News, 08 July 2011
http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/newsarticle…

Differences in nuclear regulations
By Alexandra Arkin, Medill News Service (UPI) Jul 14, 2011
http://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/reports/Diff…

Germany to fund new coal plants with climate change cash
By Staff Writers, The Local, Jul 13, 2011 [H/t WUWT]
http://www.thelocal.de/national/20110713-3627…

Oil and Natural Gas – the Future or the Past?
A US oil boom – unless greens abort it
By Arthur Herman, NY Post, Jul 14, 2011
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolu…

Shale gas’s role in U.S. debated
By Alexandra Arkin, Medill News Service, UPI, Jul 7, 2011
http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/Shale_gas…
[SEPP Comment: The environmental industry does not care for the natural gas boom in the US.]

Chesapeake Will Invest in Uses for Natural Gas
By Ben Casselman, WSJ, Jul 12, 2011
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405270…
[SEPP Comment: A clear indication of the success of natural gas from shale. One of the largest producers is now trying to expand the market for it using its own money rather than demanding it from Washington. May be behind a pay wall.]

Oil Spills & Consequences
A year after flow of oil from BP spill ended, ‘normal’ drilling operations are hard to define
By Richard Thompson, The Times-Picayune, Jul 15, 2011
http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index…
[SEPP Comment: Killing an industry.]

Of Predators, Prey, and Petroleum
Do microscopic marine animals help bacteria degrade oil?
By Cherie Winner, Oceanus, Jul 14, 2011
http://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/viewArticle.do?id…

BP to impose voluntary offshore drilling safety standards
By Andrew Restuccia, The Hill, Jul 15, 2011
http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/…
[SEPP Comment: Do doubt how wasteful, the administration will demand the standards from others.]

China orders US oil giant to halt rigs after spill
By Staff Writers, AFP, Jul 13, 2011
http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/China_ord…

Administration Control of Fossil Fuels
Obama signs order forming Alaska drilling task force
By Andrew Restuccia, The Hill, Jul 12, 2011
http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/…

Oiling The Economy
Editorial, IBD, Jul 13, 2011
http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Arti…

Petroleum leader decries ‘extreme’ regulations
Says tax revenue and jobs still waiting for president’s pledge
By Tim Devaney, Washington Times, Jul 12, 2011
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jul/…

Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Energy
The Real Cost of Solar Energy
By Alan Aszkler, American Thinker, Jul 11, 2011
http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/07/the_re…

China almost doubles rare earth export quota
By Staff Writers, AFP, July 14, 2011
http://www.spacemart.com/reports/China_almost…

New wind turbines said more efficient
By Staff Writers, UPI, Jul 13, 2011
http://www.winddaily.com/reports/New_wind_tur…
[SEPP Comment: Using less land area.]

Carbon Schemes
Utility Shelves Ambitious Plan to Limit Carbon
By Matthew Wald and John Broder, NYT, Jul 13, 2011
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/14/business/en…
[SEPP Comment: Carbon capture and storage cost too much.]

Bad Gas Policy
By Robert Peltier, Power News, Jul 1, 2011
http://www.powermag.com/issues/departments/sp…

Review of Recent Scientific Articles by NIPCC
For a full list of articles see
http://www.NIPCCreport.org…

Challenges of Corals Living in the World’s Warmest Reefs
Reference: Bauman, A.G., Baird, A.H. and Cavalcante, G.H. 2011. Coral reproduction in the world’s warmest reefs: southern Persian Gulf (Dubai, United Arab Emirates). Coral Reefs 30: 405-413.
http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2011/jul/…

Six Decades of River Flows in the U.S. Northern Rocky Mountains
Reference: Arrigoni, A.S., Greenwood, M.C. and Moore, J.N. 2010. Relative impact of anthropogenic modifications versus climate change on the natural flow regimes of rivers in the Northern Rocky Mountains, United States. Water Resources Research 46: 10.1029/2010WR009162.
http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2011/jul/…
[Arrigoni et al. determined that over the past 59 years "direct anthropogenic modifications of river basins by direct development (i.e., damming and irrigation) have substantially altered river flow regimes in the Northern Rocky Mountains," but they found that reported climate change in the western United States has not "generated statistically detectable changes in the flow regimes in the Northern Rocky Mountains over the period of record."]

The Debilitating Disease of Climate Alarmism
Reference: Searle, K. and Gow, K. 2011. Do concerns about climate change lead to distress? International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management 2: 362-379.
http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2011/jul/…

Extreme Autumn and Winter Storms of the British Isles
Reference: Allan, R., Tett, S. and Alexander, L. 2009. Fluctuations in autumn-winter severe storms over the British Isles: 1920 to present. International Journal of Climatology 29: 357-371.
http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2011/jul/…

Environmental Industry
Big Green wants to turn off our lights, A/C
By: Examiner Editorial | 07/13/11 8:04 PM
http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/editori…

Big Green Pharaohs want more bricks, no straw
By Ron Arnold, Washington Examiner, Jul 14, 2011
http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columni…

Harper faces green caliphate
Kananaskis meeting should rise above ENGO misinformation campaign
By Peter Foster, Financial Post, Jul 12, 2011
http://opinion.financialpost.com/2011/07/12/p…
[SEPP Comment: Comments on the difference between Canada's National Energy Program in 1980 and an upcoming meeting to discuss national energy strategy. "Then, the main threat to the petroleum industry was economic nationalism; now it's radical environmentalism. Although both creeds are motivated by the same moralistic, authoritarian mentality, the good news is that the threat no longer comes from the policymakers themselves, at least at the national level."]

Other Scientific News
WW2 bombing raids offer new insight into the effects of aviation on climate
By Staff Writers, SPX, Jul 14, 2011
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/WW2_bombing…

With climate changes, polar bear and brown bear lineages intertwine
By Staff Writers, SPX, Jul 15, 2011
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/With_climat…

Global plant database set to promote biodiversity research and Earth-system sciences
By Staff Writers, SPX, Jul 08, 2011
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Global_plan…

Other News that May Be of Interest
Obituary – Hal Lewis
Posted by Anthony Watts, WUWT, Jul 9, 2011
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/07/09/obituar…

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BELOW THE BOTTOM LINE:
Research set up fake global warming websites to study response
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Jul 11, 2011
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/07/11/researc…

Researchers push the boundary with high carbon emission scenarios
By Staff Writers, SPX, Jul 08, 2011
http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/Researche…
[SEPP Comment: Pushing failed models to the extreme.]

Climate change reducing ocean’s carbon dioxide uptake
By Staff Writers, SPX, Jul 15, 2011
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Climate_cha…
[SEPP Comment: If the globe cools, will that reduce the capacity of oceans to hold dissolved gas?]

Couples required to plant trees before tying knot
By Madonna Virola, Inquirer Southern Luzon, Jul 11, 2011 [H/t WUWT]
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/23138/couples-re…

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13 thoughts on “Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

  1. “Fred Singer will be spreading the joyous news that humanity and the environment do not face eminent destruction.” Shouldn’t that be “imminent destruction” ?

  2. Mr Chu must be happy–our gutless congress voted down the appeal of the incandescent light bulb law, even if the bulbs have been proven to be inefficient and dangerous to our environment.

  3. The points that you make under “Philosophical Basis…” are excellent. I want to emphasize the following:

    “Yet, nowhere in AR4 are these positive feedbacks tested against physical observations as required by the critical step of hypothesis testing.”

    It is worse than that. Warmista have no physical hypotheses that describe some natural regularity that could serve as a positive feedback. Stuck to their Gaia Models, they are not even doing research to discover them. They are not physical scientists.

  4. Sorry to trash your band-width, Anthony, but the WSJ editorial had a paywall that I dodged. This is the editorial “Cellulosic Ethanol and Unicorns” in its entirety:
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    Today’s pop quiz: What happens if the government mandates the consumption of a product that doesn’t exist? Naturally, the Environmental Protection Agency has decided to punish the gasoline refiners because they can’t buy a type of alternative fuel that no one is making. Consumers will be punished too.

    The 2007 energy bill vastly increased the volume of corn ethanol that must be blended into gasoline, though it also included mandates for cellulosic ethanol. These are the second-generation fuels made from stocks like switchgrass or the wood chips that George W. Bush invoked in his 2006 State of the Union. At the time, no such fuels were being produced on a commercial scale, but cellulosic producers and the green lobby assured Congress they were just about to turn the corner, and both the Bush and Obama Administration furnished handsome subsidies.

    The EPA set the 2011 standard at six million gallons. Reality hasn’t cooperated. Zero gallons have been produced in the last six months and the corner isn’t visible over the next six months either. The EPA has only approved a single plant to sell the stuff, operated by Range Fuels near Soperton, Georgia. The company used to be a press corps favorite and has been lauded by the last two Presidents, but it shut down its cellulosic operations earlier this year to work through technical snafus.

    In its wisdom, Congress decided that some companies should be penalized if the targets aren’t met. But they’re not the companies that importuned the government for mandates and corporate welfare. They’re the U.S. oil refiners that make gasoline, which will end up buying six million cellulosic waivers by year’s end at $1.13 a pop. That’s $6.78 million in higher costs at the pump, in return for nothing.

    That might not be much in the scheme of things, though late last month the EPA proposed a 2012 mandate that will fall somewhere between 3.55 million and 15.7 million gallons. Barring a miracle, cellulosic producers won’t hit even the lower end, refiners and the driving public will continue to pay for the mistake, and the mandate will continue to ratchet up annually. Perhaps the EPA can also find someone to tax for the lack of unicorns.

  5. As a chemist and biologist I dabbled in trying to find a way to make cellulosic ethanol with a potentially viable industrial method. The sum of that project is that it is possible but is a nasty expensive process. I did find alternative crops produce decent ethanol yields not currently exploited such as onions. Really the best thing would be to create a sugarcane variant or hybrid to survive in colder environs, which coincidentally might be a good thing if we enter a cooler climate period.

  6. “…Some of the emails attribute the assertions to the noted Australian geologist Ian Plimer.”

    Is there any possibility that the false emails discrediting Plimer could have originated from information put out by Cho et al in the fake global warming websites they created for their study? Maybe the test subjects thought the information was real and passed it on.

  7. Greenhouse gas is a stupid name that implies somthing that does not happen. CO2, and other gasses/vapours, are IR reactive. They adsorbe IR radiation and heat up. They will then rise by convection and cool adiabatically. If there is disbelief that water vapour convects look at a towering Cb cloud.

  8. “We are taking away a choice that continues to let people waste their own money.” Secretary of Energy Chu opposing the repeal of the upcoming ban on inexpensive incandescent light bulbs.”

    Ok I don’t get this. In my house I turn my lights off after I leave each room, when I calculate the amount of time the incandescent bulbs are on during the year and the power they use, the flourescent curly bulbs cannot pay for themselves in their expected lifetime. The only ones which stand a chance are my outside bulbs which are on timers and remain on longer than any others in my home. The incasdesent bulbs are cheaper in the long run in my house because they are burning only a few minutes each day on average. The flourescent ones not as economical. And I’m not including costs from murcury poisoning which is as yet unknown (but coming I’m sure, just ask a lawyer sometime).

    This is simple math. Chu has a Nobel Prize, how can he be so wrong?

    Like I say I don’t get this.

  9. “We are taking away a choice that continues to let people waste their own money.”

    Um, why aren’t they doing this for cars too?

  10. Where I live the curly fluorescent bulbs cost $5 and the incandescent bulbs cost about 33 cents, thats 15 times more expensive, but the curlys use 1/4 the power and last twice as long (about 5 years). The average 60 watt bulb in my home costs me $.80 per year in power (my power rates are really high).

    By my calculations, over 5 years the average curly bulb costs me $6.00 while the average 60 watt incandescent cost me $4.66.

    I’m so glad the government will take this economical choice away from me.

    What will they take away next?

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