Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

Quote of the Week:
“Can We Really Call Climate Science A Science?” Paul Roderick Gregory

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Number of the Week: 140 decades

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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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Save the Date: October 22 from 11 am to 1 pm. SEPP and VA-SEEE will be hosting a forum in Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University. Details to follow.
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Climate Science: Forbes carried an article by economist Paul Gregory that asks the provocative question “Can We Really Call Climate Science A Science?” The author cites three recent events that prompted this question: 1) the resignation of Nobel laureate in physics Ivar Giaever from the American Physical Society for its declaration that “the evidence (on warming alarmism) is incontrovertible;” 2) the amateurish resignation of the editor of Remote Sensing who approved the Spencer-Braswell article suggesting more heat is being lost into space than calculated by the global warming models; and, 3) the ridiculing in the press of any politician who questions “global warming.”
The work of many of the practitioners of climate science is that of physical science. But the interpretation of the work by political bodies, such as the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is not physical science because, among other reasons, it emphasizes the results of unverified computer models and claims a certainty that simply is not credible. The physical evidence of carbon dioxide being the major cause of global warming is lacking. The support that the leadership of some science societies give to the IPCC exacerbates the problem. If climate science is to advance as a physical science, the deference to the IPCC cannot continue.
Ross McKitrick, who along with Steve McIntyre exposed the hockey-stick for what it was, has proposed a good start for climate science to become more rigorous. Climate journals follow the lead of the journal for the American Economic Association (AEA) and publish differing views and require that the computer code and data for articles accepted be available for other researchers. Please see link under “Questioning the Orthodoxy.”
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Arctic Sea Ice: Last week, TWTW linked to an article by Joe D’Aleo stating that the Arctic sea ice has stopped melting short of the observed record made in 2007. He was challenged on several blogs including claims of cherry picking data, but appears to be correct. As typical, with the fall equinox, Arctic daily average temperatures are falling and, as measured by the Centre for Ocean and Ice of the Danish Meteorological Institute, are more than 10K below freezing.
The graph of 2011 temperatures shows that the late winter (Jan to March) was above the 1958 – 2002 average, but the summer temperatures were about normal. These measurements contradict news reports of sweltering Arctic summer temperatures. Those who enjoy small bets over cocktails may wish to check the link to the Centre for Ocean and Ice.
The Times Atlas of the World published a map of Greenland showing much more green than many researchers thought appropriate. The publishers have issued an apology of sorts. Perhaps they were using an old Norse map from time the Vikings settled in Greenland. As the Danish Centre for Ocean and Ice maps show, circumnavigation of Greenland may be a bit difficult this time of year. Please see links under “Changing Sea Ice” and “Communicating Better to the Public – Exaggerate?”
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Climate Treaty: The next major international gathering of global warming promoters will be in Durban, South Africa, on November 28. Pessimism has come over the industry. Now some are proposing extending the current Kyoto Treaty which expires in December 2012. Others are calling for a new treaty in 2015 – apparently after the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) by the IPCC comes out. An interesting question is will there by an AR5? Please see links under “Problems within the Orthodoxy.”
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Spencer-Braswell: The study by Spencer-Braswell suggesting that more heat is being lost into space than calculated by models resulted in a rebutting study by Gerald Meehl, et al, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) suggesting the missing heat is hiding in the deep oceans. Roger Pielke, Sr, questions the latter study by pointing out that instruments should be detecting the transfer of heat from the sea surface to the deep sea and that it devalues the use of sea surface temperatures as the major data set to monitor global warming. See links under “Challenging the Orthodoxy” and “Defending the Orthodoxy.”
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Alternative Energy: According to reports, the government of Scotland has embarked on a plan to produce the equivalent of 100% of its electricity from wind, wave, and tidal resources by 2020 and 7 times this amount by 2050. No doubt, Scotland desires to become the largest exporter of such power in Europe. The costs of such a program will be staggering. Please see links under “Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Energy and “Questioning European Green.”
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Linear No-threshold Model: Toxicologist Edward Calabrese states that Nobel laureate Hermann Muller knowing mislead the public in claiming there is no safe level of exposure to radiation. This claim has lead to the development of the linear no-threshold model which is a favorite of regulators such as the EPA in claiming public health benefits of intensified regulations. The model presumes that if a large amount of a substance is harmful, then any amount, no matter how small, is harmful. The model is in contrast to the dose-response model of toxicology which depends upon observations, not statistics; in establish the potential harm of a substance. The dose-response model appears to be more consistent with life than the linear no-threshold model. For example, a large dose of arsenic may be lethal, but small doses are essential for health. Please see link under “Other Scientific News.”
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Oil and Gas from Shale: The technological developments of extracting oil and gas from shale continue to bedevil politicians and government officials who have made their careers by opposing the use of fossil fuels. Now, a major gas find has been reported in England. The government is exploring ways to stop the development of these resources. In addition, bureaucrats of the European Union are exploring methods of controlling the development of oil and gas from shale. After all, these discoveries make it more difficult to justify expensive and unreliable wind and solar power. Please see articles under “Questioning European Green” and “EPA and other Regulators on the March.”
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Number of the Week: 140 decades. A criticism of Spencer-Braswell is that they cherry picked the climate models used in their study of heat loss to space (see Spencer-Braswell above). Cherry picking has become a common charge by global warming alarmists against those who challenge their science. In a post entitled “The Rest of the Cherries” how the comparison of satellite data to all 140 10-year periods for the 14 climate models they analyzed. The graph looks more like a well mixed bowl of spaghetti than a bowl of cherries. Please see link under “Models v. Observations.”

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ARTICLES:
For the numbered articles below please see this week’s TWTW at:
http://www.sepp.org…
The articles are at the end of the pdf.
1. ‘High School Physics’
Another Nobel laureate breaks from the climate change pack.
Editorial, WSJ, Sep 18, 2011
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405311…
2. Salazar’s Priorities
A case study in green limits on job creation.
Editorial, WSJ, Sep 23, 2011
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405311…
3. Offshore Drilling Hasn’t Recovered
Rep Jeff Landry (R.La.) Letter, WSJ Sep 22, 2011
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405311…

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NEWS YOU CAN USE:
Climategate Continued
Brian Hoskins and the Times Atlas
By Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, Sep 22, 2011
http://climateaudit.org/2011/09/22/brian-hosk…
Appeal of UEA’s Yamal FOI Refusal
By Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, Sep 19, 2011
http://climateaudit.org/2011/09/19/appeal-of-…
[SEPP Comment: Seeking the missing tree ring data and why it disappeared.]
Challenging the Orthodoxy
Torpedoing Of the Use of the Global Average Surface Temperature Trend as The Diagnostic For Global Warming
By Roger Pielke, Sr, Pielke Climate Science, Sep 20, 2011
http://pielkeclimatesci.wordpress.com/2011/09…
How to get expelled from school — Ian Plimer’s new book
By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Sep 24, 2011
http://joannenova.com.au/2011/09/how-to-get-e…
Dr David Evans: Four fatal pieces of evidence
By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Sep 21, 2011
http://joannenova.com.au/2011/09/dr-david-eva…
The New Deniers
By Richard Haddad, American Thinker, Sep 17, 2011
http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/09/the_ne…
[SEPP Comment: If there is a consensus of scientists, as the US National Research Council claims, then why does it not precisely define what this consensus agrees to?]
Defending the Orthodoxy
Uncertain climate models impair long-term climate strategies
By Staff Writers, SPX, Sep 20, 2011
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Uncertain_c…
[SEPP Comment: Continuing failure to test the most basic assumption: is the net feedback positive or negative. If it is negative, the uncertainty of climate models is moot – they are all wrong.]
Boulder scientists: Climate’s ‘missing heat’ locked deep in the ocean
NCAR study explains context of controversial email
By Laura Snider, Daily Camera, Sep 19, 2011 [H/t Paul Chesser]
http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-new…
“Missing” Global Heat May Hide In Deep Oceans
By Deborah Zabarenko, World Environment News, Sep 19, 2011 [H/t Hugh Sharman]
http://planetark.org/wen/63311…
[SEPP Comment: According to our computer models it is there, therefore it must be hiding where we cannot find it. Heat is so clever!]
Welcome to the Carbon Cult
Hot-headed they may be, but the Thomas Friedmans of our world aren’t exactly “on fire.”
By Ross Kaminsky, American Spectator, Sep 19, 2011 [H/t Warren Wetmore]
http://spectator.org/archives/2011/09/19/the-…
Questioning the Orthodoxy
Can We Really Call Climate Science A Science?
By Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes, Sep 18, 2011 [H/t Anthony Watts, WUWT]
http://www.forbes.com/sites/paulroderickgrego…
Questioning European Green
Wind power: a policy spinning out of control
Telegraph View: The Government’s policy on renewable energy is based on dogma not evidence.
Editorial, Sunday Telegraph, UK, Sep 18, 2011 [H/t Gordon Fulks]
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/telegraph-…
Wind farm paid £1.2 million to produce no electricity
A wind farm has been paid £1.2 million not to produce electricity for eight-and-a-half hours.
By Edward Malnick and Robert Mendick, Telegraph, UK, Sep 17, 2011 [H/t Gordon Fauks]
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/windp…
Foreign firms reap £500m a year in subsidies from UK wind farms
Two thirds of wind turbines in the UK are owned by foreign companies, raking in half a billion pounds in subsidies added to household bills.
By Edward Malnick and Robert Mendick, Telegraph, UK, Sep 18, 2011
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/windp…
Watermelons v the Shale Gas Miracle
By James Delingpole, Telegraph, UK, Sep 23, 2011 [H/t GWPF]
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdeling…
Expanding the Orthodoxy
Obama Signed Exec Order Mandating US Comply With Kyoto
Howard Dean, Audio Recording, [H/t Bill Readdy]
http://www.breitbart.tv/howard-dean-obama-sig…
[SEPP Comment: If correct, a more accurate statement would be that US government agencies must comply with Kyoto, even though it is not a treaty recognized by the US government – it has never been approved by the US Senate as required by the Constitution.]
Problems within the Orthodoxy
US sees global discord on climate action
By Staff Writers, AFP, Sept 19, 2011
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/US_sees_glo…
Delay climate treaty until 2015?
By Staff Writers, UPI, Sep 21, 2011
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Delay_clima…
Tinkering with climate
Geoengineering would remake the atmosphere with tons of particulates
By Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post, Sep 23, 2011
http://opinion.financialpost.com/2011/09/23/l…
Seeking a Common Ground
State Climatologist of Georgia Ousting: Was It Justified? (‘Skepticism’, not only alarmism, can get political)
By Chip Knappenberger, Master Resource, Sep 19, 2011
http://www.masterresource.org/2011/09/state-c…
Communicating Better to the Public – Exaggerate?
World Atlas ice loss claim exaggerated: scientists
By Nina Chestney, Reuters, Sep 19, 2011 [H/t Bud Bromley]
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/19/us-…
Times Atlas publishers apologise for ‘incorrect’ Greenland ice statement
HarperCollins says it stands by the accuracy of the maps, but the media release suggesting 15% of Greenland’s permanent ice cover had melted was incorrect
By Fiona Harvey, Guardian, UK, Sep 20, 2011 [H/t Anthony Watts, WUWT
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/se…
Exaggerations about climate change
Scientists claim that the new Times Atlas has got it wrong on the melting of the Greenland icesheet. What other exaggerations have been made about climate change?
By Louise Gray, Telegraph UK, Sep 19, 2011
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/87…
Models v. Observations
The Rest of the Cherries: 140 decades of Climate Models vs. Observations
By Roy Spencer, His Blog, Sep 22, 2011
http://www.drroyspencer.com/2011/09/the-rest-…
Changing Weather
Deaths From Extreme Weather Events Have Fallen 98 Percent Since the 1920s
By Staff Writers, SPX, Sep 23, 2011
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Deaths_From…
[SEPP Comment: Economic development, with great improvements in agriculture, including pesticides, and transportation, have been a boon to human welfare. Great improvements in weather prediction, communication, and reporting have contributed significantly. The statement that extreme weather events are increasing is highly questionable.]
La Nina’s Reprise has important implications globally
By Joe Bastardi and Joe D’Aleo, WeatherBell Analytics, Sep 19, 2011
http://icecap.us/images/uploads/La_Nina_Repri…
Changing Climate
New Paper “Land Use/Land Cover Changes And Climate: Modeling Analysis And Observational Evidence” By Pielke Sr Et Al 2011
By Roger Pielke, Sr, Pielke Climate Science, Sep 19, 2011
http://pielkeclimatesci.wordpress.com/2011/09…
50-million-year-old clam shells provide indications of future of El Nino phenomenon
By Staff Writers, SPX, Sep 22, 2011
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/50_million_…
Changing Seas
Sea Level: Another Thing the IPCC Got Wrong
By David Whitehouse, GWPF, Sep 22, 2011
http://www.thegwpf.org/the-observatory/3943-s…
Aquarius Yields NASA’s First Global Map of Ocean Salinity
By Staff Writers, JPL, Sep 23, 2011
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Aquarius_Yi…
Changing Sea Ice
Daily Mean Temperatures in the Arctic 1958 – 2011
Centre for Ocean and Ice, Danish Meteorological Institute, Accessed Sep 23, 2011
http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/meant80n.uk.php…
Changing Earth
Farmers flee as world’s deadliest volcano rumbles
By Nasrullah Roa, AP, Sep 20, 2011 [H/t Gordon Fulks]
http://news.yahoo.com/farmers-flee-worlds-dea…
Agriculture Issues & Fear of Famine
Corn (i.e., CO2RN) v. Drought
By Patrick Michaels, World Climate Report, Sep 23, 2011
http://www.worldclimatereport.com/index.php/2…
In Scramble for Land, Group Says, Company Pushed Ugandans Out
By Josh Kron, NYT, Sep 17, 2011 [H/t Marc Morano, Climate Depot]
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/22/world/afric…
[SEPP Comment: Consequences of multibillion-dollar market in carbon-credit trading. Throw the natives off their land – to prevent global warming and to protect the environment.]
The Political Games Continue
House passes bill forcing analysis, delay of pending EPA rules
By Ben Geman and Pete Kasperowicz, The Hill, Sep 23, 2011
http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/…
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar jabs GOP on San Joaquin River pact
By Bettina Boxall, LA Times, Sep 19, 2011
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/20…
Cap-and-Trade and Carbon Taxes
Labor censors Dr Dennis Jensen — denies peer reviewed science
By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Sep 23, 2011
http://joannenova.com.au/2011/09/labor-censor…
Subsidies and Mandates Forever
Green dream jobs
Pursuing make-believe green jobs while losing real jobs
By Peter Smith, Quadrant, Sep 22, 2011
http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/doomed-plane…
Energy Department finalizes three loan guarantees totaling $623.9 million
By Andrew Restuccia, The Hill, Sep 23, 2011
http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/…
[SEPP Comment: To government, failure is no obstacle.]
EPA and other Regulators on the March
Gasping for common sense
By Staff Writers, ACSH, Sep 23, 2011
http://www.acsh.org/factsfears/newsID.3028/ne…
[SEPP Comment: As EPA is justifying its new regulations on the energy industry by making highly questionable claims of health benefits about asthma, Washington is banning cost effect relief for asthma sufferers.]
Unlearned Cap-and-Trade Lessons: EPA’s Problematic Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
By Roger Calazza, Master Resource, Sep 22, 2011
http://www.masterresource.org/2011/09/epa-cro…
[SEPP Comment: In establishing a cap-and-trade program in its new regulations of dubious value, EPA ignored its own lessons learned.]
Victory is Sweet, but the War Continues
By Paul Driessen, Townhall, Sep 19, 2011
http://townhall.com/columnists/pauldriessen/2…
EPA Indefinitely Delays Power Plant Greenhouse Gas Rules
By Staff Writers, POWERnews, Sep 21, 2011
http://www.powermag.com/POWERnews/4055.html?h…
Hearing Finds Little Consensus on Impact of EPA Rules
By Staff Writers, POWERnews, Sep 21, 2011
http://www.powermag.com/POWERnews/4053.html?h…
[SEPP Comment: EPA stated benefits are highly questionable.]
EU Studying If Current EU Enviro Laws Apply To Shale Gas
By Alessandro Torello, Dow Jones, Sep 22, 2011
http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2011/09/22…
Scientists find holes in Klamath River dam removal plan
$1.4-billion project — dismantling four hydroelectric dams to restore Chinook salmon runs in the upper Klamath River — amounts to an experiment with no guarantee of success, independent report says.
By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2011
http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jun/25/local…
[SEPP Comment: No evaluation of the destruction of agriculture or value of the power produced.]
The Return of the Elwha River
Editorial, NYT, Sep 21, 2011
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/22/opinion/the…
[SEPP Comment: In its claimed race against China to be the leader in renewable power, the US government is tearing down dams while China is building them.]
Energy Issues
The great energy debate
By Martin Livermore, Scientific Alliance, Sep 22, 2011
http://www.scientific-alliance.org/scientific…
EIA: World Generation to Increase 84% in 25 Years
By Staff Writers, POWERnews, Sep 21, 2011
http://www.powermag.com/POWERnews/4046.html?h…
Why CO2 Remains a Major Concern
By Donn Dears, Power For USA, Sep 23, 2011
http://dddusmma.wordpress.com/…
The greening of China a mirage
By John Lee, The Australian, Sep 19, 2011 [H/t Gordon Fulks]
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affa…
[SEPP Comment: The difference between what China states and what it does.]
Oil and Natural Gas – the Future or the Past?
New Fields May Propel Americas to Top of Oil Companies’ Lists
By Simon Romero, NYT, Sep 19, 2011
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/20/world/ameri…
[SEPP Comment: The NYT report ignores the large discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico.]
A Tragic Tale Of Two States On Shale Gas
By Bernard Weinstein, IBD, Sep 21, 2011
http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Arti…
Polish Shale Gas Flares
By Marynia Kruk, WSJ, Sep 19, 2011
http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2011/09/1…
[SEPP Comment: May be behind a pay wall.]
Administration’s Control of Oil and Gas
Drill, Cuba, Drill
Editorial, IBD, Sep 22, 0211
http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Arti…
Return of King Coal?
EIA Projections Confirm the Cornerstone Role of Coal
By Frank Clemente, Energy Facts Weekly Sep 22, 2011
http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=29bc7d5d8…
Nuclear Energy and Fears
IAEA Projects Slower Nuclear Growth After Fukushima
By Alan McDonald & Holger Rogner, IAEA, Sep 22, 2011
http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/2011/nucl…
Nuclear pull-out to cost Germany 250 billion euros: study
By Staff Writers, AFP, Sept 19, 2011
http://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/reports/Nucl…
[SEPP Comment: Emotional decisions by political leaders can cost a nation dearly.]
Siemens to quit nuclear industry
By Staff Writers, BBC News, Sep 18, 2011 [H/t Michael Schlesinger]
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14963575…
[SEPP Comment: What a waste!]
Japan promises ‘safer nuclear future’
By Staff Writers, AFP, Sept 19, 2011
http://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/reports/Japa…
China to restart nuclear projects in 2012: report
By Staff Writers, AFP, Sept 21, 2011
http://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/reports/Chin…
Despite Fukushima, India bullish on nuclear
By Staff Writers, AFP, Sept 21, 2011
http://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/reports/Desp…
Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Energy
Scotland’s sweeping green energy ambitions
If it is up to the Scottish government, the waters around Scotland will become the green energy powerhouse of Europe. The country has formulated highly ambitious renewable energy targets. These will have to be met by an offshore wind power revolution in the rough Scottish waters. The Scottish Green European Energy Centre gives an overview of the plans.
By Staff Writers, Scottish Green European Energy Centre, Sep 19, 2011
http://www.europeanenergyreview.eu/site/pagin…
Promise from green jobs overstated, harms ignored
By Gabriel Calzada, Daily Caller, Sep 19, 2011 [H/t John Droz, Jr.]
http://dailycaller.com/2011/09/05/promise-fro…
Biomass vs. Fossil Fuels: Thinking of CO2 Emissions in Terms of Nature’s “Battery”
By Indur Goklany, Master Resource, Sep 21, 2011
http://www.masterresource.org/2011/09/biomass…
[SEPP Comment: Amusing take on biomass.]
The Broken Planet Fallacy
The Solyndra boondoggle illustrates the folly of treating global warming as an economic blessing.
By Jacob Sullum, Reason, Sep 21, 2011
http://reason.com/archives/2011/09/21/the-bro…
[SEPP Comment: Global Warming may be an economic blessing, but not as viewed by the author.]
Blame China for Solyndra’s Downfall?
By Marlo Lewis, Global Warming.org, Sep 22, 2011
http://www.globalwarming.org/2011/09/22/blame…
[SEPP Comment: Poor financial planning is poor financial planning no matter who does it.]
Solar circa 1994: What Has Really Changed? (Remembering Enron’s hoodwink in the age of Solyndra)
By Robert Bradley Jr, Master Resource, Sep 20, 2011
http://www.masterresource.org/2011/09/solar-c…
[SEPP Comment: How soon they forget.]
Market Risks Are Seen in Energy Innovations
By Matthew Wald, NYT, Sep 15, 2011
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/16/science/ear…
[SEPP Comment: When in doubt, equivocate.]
Review of Recent Scientific Articles by NIPCC
For a full list of articles see
http://www.NIPCCreport.org…
A 2300-Year History of the South American Summer Monsoon
Reference: Bird, B.W., Abbott, M.B., Vuille, M., Rodbell, D.T., Stansell, N.D. and Rosenmeier, M.F. 2011. A 2,300-year-long annually resolved record of the South American summer monsoon from the Peruvian Andes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 108: 8583-8588.
http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2011/sep/…
“In conclusion, there is yet more evidence pointing to the likelihood that the Medieval Warm Period of a thousand or so years ago was equally as warm as, or maybe even a little warmer than, the Current Warm Period has been to date.
The Little Ice Age in East Antarctica
Reference: Li, Y., Cole-Dai, J. and Zhou, L. 2009. Glaciochemical evidence in an East Antarctica ice core of a recent (AD 1450-1850) neoglacial episode. Journal of Geophysical Research 114: 10.1029/2008JD011091.
http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2011/sep/…
A Review of Global Warming and Malaria
Reference: Reiter, P. 2008. Global warming and malaria: knowing the horse before hitching the cart. Malaria Journal 7 (Supplement 1): 10.1186/1475-2875-7-S1-S3.
http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2011/sep/…
Surviving the Warmth of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum
Reference: McInerney, F.A. and Wing, S.L. 2011. The Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum: A perturbation of carbon cycle, climate, and biosphere with implications for the future. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences 39: 489-516.
http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2011/sep/…
Other Scientific News
Nobel Laureate may have suppressed evidence on radiation effects in 1946
By Staff Writers, SPX, Sep 22, 2011
http://www.spacemart.com/reports/Nobel_Laurea…
[SEPP Comment: The linear no-threshold model may have been based on suppression of contradicting data.]
A big step towards the redefinition of the kelvin
By Staff Writers,SPX, Sep 22, 2011
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/A_big_step_…
Scientists reconstruct evolutionary history of mollusks
By Staff Writers, SPX, Sep 19, 2011
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Scientists_…
[SEPP Comment: Apparently the branch of mollusks that are considered the most intelligent, octopi and squids, are lower in the evolutionary tree than clams and oysters. Could humans have evolved from a lower branch of the evolutionary tree?]
Understanding methane’s seabed escape
By Staff Writers, SPX, Sep 21, 2011
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Understandi…
[SEPP Comment: What happened when the earth was warmer than today?]
Tree resin captures evolution of feathers on dinosaurs and birds
By Staff Writers, SPX, Sep 19, 2011
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Tree_resin_…
Other News that May Be of Interest
Journey to the lower mantle and back
By Staff Writers, SPX, Sep 19, 2011
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Journey_to_…
[SEPP Comment: A new view of the carbon cycle?]
Cities to grab lands equaling size of Mongolia In next 20 years
By Staff Writers, SPX, Sep 19, 2011
http://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Cities_to_gr…
[SEPP Comment: Urbanization of world will continue. Ignored in the study is population movement from rural areas to urban areas reduces population in rural areas. With a given population number, this shift should be beneficial.]
TUM scientists document aquatic species decline at dams and weirs
By Staff Writers, SPX, Sep 19, 2011
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/TUM_scienti…

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BELOW THE BOTTOM LINE:
At CIA, Climate Change is a Secret
By Steven Aftergood, Secrecy News, Sep 22, 2011
http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/…
[SEPP Comment: Could it be they have a secret agreement not to reveal the IPCC data and models they use?]

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11 Responses to Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

  1. Olen says:

    The problem with climate science and the solutions to the claim of climate disaster are cash hungry politicians with a tax spending addiction and possible conflict of interest. And I did not mention honesty, integrity and oath of office which seems to be lacking. Then there are those who will prostitute themselves for money and recognition.

  2. polistra says:

    McKitrick is missing the point. The pseudoscience is just the “medicine show” to attract the yokels. The money is in the medicine, the wind and solar and subsidies and offsets.

    Fixing the pseudoscience is like forcing the Gypsy Dancers and Banjo Players in the medicine show to dress more modestly and play better music. It won’t change the medicine or the prices.

    The hucksters will just find new ways to entertain the yokels and keep selling the poison nostrums.

  3. Mike Bromley the Canucklehead says:

    The planting of Eucalyptus stands in Africa in the name of saving the planet will become a tipping point. This is about as crass as it gets, and on the heels of the Goracle’s custom-built self-destruction, will mark the onset of Autumn 2011 as the time it really began to unravel. The silence from the McKibbens and Romms is deafening.

  4. John Garrett says:

    I love the SEPP Weekly. There are always useful gems.

  5. Spector says:

    I believe that ‘Climate Science’ stops becoming a science when its practitioners stop viewing themselves as seekers for truth per se, and come to believe that they have a higher calling, a noble cause to use their work to convince the public that great sacrifices must be made to avert a perceived danger.

    This can promote a re-enforcing bias, always giving the reality of this perceived danger the benefit of any doubt, and the dismissal, as invalid, of any evidence indicating that this threat might be over-stated and the public sacrifice not required.

  6. Martin 457 says:

    I’m just an electro-mechanical technician. ( I make machines work when they don’t want to. )

    I would like to know that climate science is actually a science other than a political or social science. So far, nope. Isn’t it possible by engaging in a debate these (less than aware) scientists might learn something that helps them prove their theories ( which haven’t been proven ) provable? If they’re so convinced of their theories, they should want to learn more to prove their point even more.

    Just sayin.

  7. very funny. anyone bother to click the american thinker link.
    i love ascii art

  8. Nevermind. It redirects now.
    But having said that.
    I can’t pull up that page it redirected me to/from.

  9. R.M.B. says:

    Re this “heat hiding in the ocean” theory, does it occur to these people that surface tension blocks physical heat from entering the ocean, Only radiation passes into the ocean not physical heat, The ocean follows the sun.

  10. Neo says:

    “This claim has lead to the development of the linear no-threshold model which is a favorite of regulators such as the EPA in claiming public health benefits of intensified regulations.”

    I wonder when some environmental group will sue the EPA to have the sun shut down.

  11. Brian H says:

    Re: the “Escaping seabed methane” article:

    Blowing smoke again.
    Methane is NOT a ‘powerful greenhouse gas’. Its actual absorption spectrum is a fraction (~15%) of CO2’s. The oft-quoted “20X” multiplier is calculated on the basis of the BURN products of CH4: 1xCO2 + 2xH2O. And CH4 in the atmosphere does not “BURN“, though it is ultimately involved in many complex chemical sequences.

    The whole “Fear Methane!” meme is just another Warmist scam. It’s lies all the way down, guv’nor.

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