Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

 

Quote of the Week:
“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons history has to teach.”- Aldous Huxley

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Number of the Week: $26 Million

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THIS WEEK:
By Ken Haapala, Executive Vice President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)
Positive or Normative Science: Physics is a positive science. For example, the critical assumptions of the standard model are repeatedly, rigorously tested. By contrast, economics is largely, but not exclusively, a normative science where critical assumptions are not rigorously tested (often the assumptions are value judgments). For example, the failure of the US economy to respond to the massive 2009 stimulus bill as predicted by elaborate Keynesian models is a failure of the models in which critical assumptions have not been rigorously tested.

Climate science, based on physics, is a positive science. However, climate science as interpreted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is largely a normative science. Critical assumptions used in the models have not been rigorously tested, thus the results are projections, not predictions. These include the assumption that carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere are the major driver of climate change. The models used by the IPCC failed to predict the current decade-plus long trend of no temperature increase. As Vincent Gray of New Zealand, an IPCC expert reviewer since the beginning, writes: “It is the total absence of satisfactory prediction, instead of the IPCC ‘projections’ which leads me to state, unequivocally, that there is no scientifically based evidence that climate has been shown to be affected by emissions of trace gases into the atmosphere.”

Much of climate science as practiced by the IPCC, and those dependent on it, is more akin to economics than it is to physics.
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Wall Street Journal Blow-out: The article “No Need to Panic About Global Warming” by 16 distinguished scientists published in the Wall Street Journal on January 27 (see last week’s TWTW, Article #1) has caused a ruckus with some climate scientists. Thirty-eight signed a letter “Check With Climate Scientists for Views on Climate” published in the Wall Street Journal on February 1.

The letter makes a medical analogy, but uses it to establish a stawman argument: an argument that ignores the main issue. The issue not has the globe warmed since about 1850 or that climate is changing, it has never been static, but what is the cause? Keeping with the medical analogy, one is reminded about the cause of peptic ulcers.

For about 100 years, expert doctors were convinced that stress, spicy food, and alcohol caused most peptic ulcers and in severe cases would cut out sections of the stomach and intestines from their patients to stop ulcers. Then a pair of veterinarians demonstrated that bacterial infections caused most ulcers by deliberately infecting themselves and then curing themselves.

It is becoming increasingly apparent that the principal cause of global warming / climate change is not carbon dioxide emissions. Yet alarmist climate scientists are refusing to admit the physical evidence and are inventing various ingenious ways to explain why the projected global warming is not occurring. While the skeptics declare it is not carbon dioxide that is the main cause of global warming / climate change, and to disembowel a modern nation’s economy by severely cutting fossil fuels use would be a grave error. Please see Articles # 1 and # 2, and links to comments by Patrick Michaels and Indur Goklany under “Challenging the Orthodoxy.”

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The Quest for the Missing Heat: The missing heat can be roughly defined as the difference between the IPCC model projections of how hot temperatures should be now and the actual observations, which are much cooler. In two press releases, NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies (NASA-GISS) and a joint release from NASA’s Langley Research Center and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory each claimed they have found the missing heat: it is hiding in the deep oceans.

Both studies bring up similar issues. They assume the projections from unverified models are correct. They mistake temperatures for temperature trends. It is the temperature trend of no current warming that is important not the current temperatures. There is no explanation why the heat went missing in recent years when it was not missing when the models were created. And they fail to explain how the deep ocean heats without first heating the surface. Please see links under “Defending the Orthodoxy” and criticisms, especially the one by Robert Bradley, under “Questioning the Orthodoxy.”
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Atmospheric Temperature Trend: Roy Spencer reports that for January 2012 the temperature for the lower troposphere was below the January norm for the entire period from December 1979. Please see:
http://www.drroyspencer.com/2012/02/uah-globa…
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Nuclear Waste Storage: Once again a “Blue Ribbon Commission” has called upon a solution for nuclear waste storage. The approximately forty-year-old issue is an excellent example of how environmental industry manipulates public opinion by creating false fears in order to limit the public’s access to energy.

First the environmental industry creates a fear of nuclear waste, and then it creates a fear of recycling nuclear waste. Instead, it creates a demand for a central repository, and then creates fear of shipping to the central repository as well as a fear of the repository by placing impossible demands on it – such as no nuclear lead for 10,000 to 100,000 years. This demand demonstrates an amazing conceit that human knowledge will not advance beyond present day.

The success of the false fear was realized when President Obama stopped the Yucca Mountain project after the expenditure of Billions of dollars paid by ratepayers of nuclear generated electricity. Now, the environmental industry is demanding that no new nuclear power plants be built until there is a central repository. This process ignores that safe storage can be done in dry casks and, as Fred Singer wrote in the Wall Street Journal in 1985, the most sensible use of spent fuel is to recycle it. Throughout this entire process politicians from both parties and numerous ideologies have been cleverly manipulated to waste time and money at the expense of the ordinary citizen. For Singer’s article “Seeking a Sane Way to Store Nuclear Waste” please see the SEPP web site:
http://www.sepp.org/science-editorials.cfm?wh…
For links to the findings of the commission please see “Nuclear Energy and Fears.”
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Number of the Week: $26 Million: On Thursday, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune admitted that between 2007 and 2010 the organization took $26 Million from Chesapeake Energy Corporation for the Sierra Club’s campaign against coal-fired electrical power plants. Chesapeake is one the nation’s largest producers of natural gas and extensively uses deep underground hydraulic fracturing “fracking” and sees its future in natural gas-fired power plants.

In making the announcement on the Sierra Club’s web site, Brune implied that it will be joining in the campaign against “fracking” for natural gas. No doubt, the leadership of Chesapeake Energy is elated to hear that the animal they fed so generously to use against their competitors may soon turn on them, probably using the same tactics it used against Chesapeake’s competitors in fuels to power electrical generation.

As readers of TWTW realize, SEPP considers the health claims against coal fired utilities and deep underground hydraulic fracturing to be greatly exaggerated and have little scientific foundation.

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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. Check With Climate Scientists for Views on Climate
By Kevin Trenberth, and Others, Letter WSJ, Feb 1, 2012
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405297…
2. Posted Response to Above Letter
By Ken Haapala, WSJ, Feb 3, 2012
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405297…
3. Keystone Can Help the Gulf-and the Northeast
U.S. refiners could make great use of Canadian oil, if only Washington would let them.
By Lucian Pugliaresi, WSJ, Jan 30, 2012
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405297…

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NEWS YOU CAN USE:
Science: Is the Sun Rising?
Bicentennial Decrease of the Total Solar Irradiance Leads to Unbalanced Thermal Budget of the Earth
Habibullo I. Abdussamatov, Pulkovo Observatory of the RAS
Applied Physics Research Vol. 4, No. 1; February 2012
Abstract, Copied in ICECAP
http://icecap.us/index.php/go/joes-blog/bicen…
[SEPP Comment: Is a new Little Ice Age on the way? At least some Russian scientists think so.]
Climategate Continued
Geoffrey Boulton and IPCC Secrecy
By Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, Jan 31, 2012
http://climateaudit.org/2012/01/31/geoffrey-b…
[SEPP Comment: Further exposing the IPCC efforts to suppress contradicting studies. In this case the 2004 study by McKitrick and Michaels which was not included in the 2007 AR4. Such efforts should be compelling evidence that US Federal government agencies cannot rely on IPCC reports to meet the Federal standards for "influential scientific assessments."]
Suppressing Scientific Inquiry
Global Economic Damages from Tropical Cyclones – Sins of Omission
By Indur Goklany, WUWT, Feb 3, 2012
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/02/03/global-…
Global warming activists seek to purge ‘deniers’ among local weathermen
By Caroline May, Daily Caller, Jan 30, 2012 [H/t Catherine French]
http://dailycaller.com/2012/01/30/global-warm…
Challenging the Orthodoxy
The De-Industrialisation of Europe
By Roger Helmer, MEP, Feb 2, 2012 [H/t Anne Debeil]
http://rogerhelmermep.wordpress.com/2012/02/0…
[SEPP Comment: A Member of the European Parliament commenting on decline of Europe as a viable economic region. Next step, preserve it for tourists only.]
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Climate Change
By Tom Quirk, Quadrant, February 2, 2012
http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/doomed-plane…
[SEPP Comment: Significant questions concerning the IPCC Models.]
NASA Games
By Joe D’Aleo, ICECAP, Jan 25, 2012
http://icecap.us/index.php/go/joes-blog/nasa_…
[SEPP Comment: Are NASA - GISS adjustments a corruption of the temperature record.]
Defending the Orthodoxy
Earth’s Energy Budget Remained Out of Balance Despite Unusually Low Solar Activity
By Adam Voiland, NASA, Jan 30, 2012 [H/t Anthony Watts, WUWT]
http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/ene…
“The fact that we still see a positive imbalance despite the prolonged solar minimum isn’t a surprise given what we’ve learned about the climate system, but it’s worth noting because this provides unequivocal evidence that the sun is not the dominant driver of global warming,” Hansen said. [Boldface added]
[SEPP Comment: James Hansen's latest calculations on the missing heat to defend the position that greenhouse cases are the primary force driving global warming.]
NASA Study Solves Case of Earth’s ‘Missing Energy’
By Staff Writers, Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 02, 2012
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/NASA_Study_…
Confuses temperatures with temperature trends
Heats the deep ocean without surface heating
A dangerous shift in Obama’s ‘climate change’ rhetoric
What happened to “climate change” and “global warming”?
The Earth is still getting hotter, but those terms have nearly disappeared from political vocabulary.
By Maxwell T. Boykoff, Washington Post, Jan 27, 2012
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-dang…
[SEPP Comment: Could it be the Earth is not getting hotter?]
Climate change a ‘fundamental’ risk, expert warns
By Staff Writers, AAP, Jan 31, 2012 [H/t Anthony Watts, WUWT]
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/cl…
[SEPP Comment: Without question, natural climate change has destabilized civilizations via food shortages, disease and unrest. Therefore we must prepare for natural climate change when it occurs. The good professor uses model projections of extreme climate change that are meaningless, rendering his claims of the future without merit.]
In Defense of Clean Energy
Editorial, NYT, Jan 27, 2012
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/28/opinion/in-…
[SEPP Comment: No mention of the high cost of this energy. To protect children from mercury would require no days at the beach.]
Questioning the Orthodoxy
Forget global warming – it’s Cycle 25 we need to worry about (and if NASA scientists are right the Thames will be freezing over again)
Met Office releases new figures which show no warming in 15 years
By David Rose, Daily Mail, UK, Jan 29, 2012 [H/t Warren Wetmore]
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/articl…
[SEPP Comment: The article that no doubt triggered the press releases from NASA-GISS.]
The Mail on Sunday, the Met Office and the Temperature Standstill
By David Whitehouse, The Observatory, Jan 31, 2012
http://www.thegwpf.org/the-observatory/4868-t…
[SEPP Comment: Averaging over particular time periods may lose information and mislead readers on specific trends. The way NASA-GISS describes the data is misleading.]
On Dentists, Cardiologists, Climatologists and Evidence-Based Remedies
By Indur Goklany, WUWT, Jan 31, 2012
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/01/31/on-dent…
[SEPP Comment: Response by Goklany to the letter from climatologists presented as Article # 1.]
The Current Wisdom: Climate Change Controversy in the Wall Street Journal
By Patrick Michaels, CATO, Feb 2, 2012 [H/t Anthony Watts, WUWT]
http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=14…
[SEPP Comment: Response by Michaels to the letter from climatologists presented as Article # 1.]
When Global Warming Freezes Over
Editorial, IBD, Jan 30, 2012 [H/t Timothy Wise]
http://news.investors.com/Article/599442/2012…
When the earth refuses to warm
By Wesley Pruden on January 31, 2012 [H/t John Shepard]
http://www.prudenpolitics.com/index.php/prude…
Signing Global Warming’s Certificate of Death
By Alan Caruba, Warning Signs, Jan 31, 2012
http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com/…
Dear James Hansen: Climate Non-Alarmists Are Intellectually Grounded & Well Intentioned (Sir, are you suffering from a ‘fatal conceit’?)
By Robert Bradley Jr, Master Resource, Feb 1, 2012
http://www.masterresource.org/2012/02/james-h…
German Fear of Warming Plummets … Yet-To-Be-Published Skeptic Book Climbs to Amazon.de. number 4!
By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Jan 30, 2012
http://notrickszone.com/2012/01/30/german-fea…
Global warming will lead to fresher blueberries, plentiful fish and fewer winter deaths, finds official study (oh yes, and a lot of flooding)
By Kate Silver, Daily Mail, Jan 26, 2012
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/articl…
[SEPP Comment: Since government reports must continue to frighten the public.]
Limits to Growth
By Martin Livermore, Scientific Alliance, Feb 3, 2012
http://www.scientific-alliance.org/scientific…
[SEPP Comment: A brief review of predictions of reports from several highly influential internationalists, who were wrong.]
Questioning European Green
Climate alarmism is falling out of favour in the rest of the world – but Europe hasn’t noticed
By Roger Helmer, MEP, Feb 1, 2012 [H/t GWPF]
http://conservativehome.blogs.com/platform/20…
We might as well hang up a sign in the airports: “Closed for Business”.
UK Government will have ‘solar industry destruction’ on its hands if it pursues supreme court appeal
By Staff Writers, London, UK (SPX) Feb 01, 2012
http://www.solardaily.com/reports/UK_Governme…
[SEPP Comment: The future of solar depends upon subsidies. How is that sustainable energy?]
European Energy Policy: The ‘Fatal Conceit’ Continues (EU’s ‘Energy Roadmap’ to 2050 Reconsidered)
By Kent Hawkins, Master Resource, Jan 30, 2012
http://www.masterresource.org/2012/01/eu-road…
Spain subsidy cuts seen threatening thousands of jobs
By Staff Writers, Madrid (AFP), Jan 31, 2012
http://www.solardaily.com/reports/Spain_subsi…
[SEPP Comment: At what point does a subsidized industry become sustainable?]
Greece cuts subsidies for solar power producers
By Staff Writers, Reuters, Feb 1, 2012 [H/t GWPF]
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/01/gre…
Expanding the Orthodoxy
100 countries back world environment agency: France
By Staff Writers, Paris (AFP) Jan 31, 2012
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/100_countri…
[SEPP Comment: Of course, they want your money!]
Problems within the Orthodoxy
India opposes UN panel’s ‘back door’ for green caps
By Nitin Sethi, TNN Jan 31, 2012 [H/t GWPF]
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2…
A move to let the UNSG’s office and its team to oversee further action on the report is bound to cause concern of decision-making shifting to a less-democratic UN institution and outside the purview of the UN climate talks or the UN General Assembly, where each country holds a single vote.
[SEPP Comment: There is nothing democratic about the UN. People don't vote, nations do and many are far from democratic.]
Rio summit must yield new model: Brazil minister
By Staff Writers, Porto Alegre, Brazil (AFP) Jan 27, 2012
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Rio_summit_…
[SEPP Comment: Global warming no longer works to bilk the taxpayers of the West.]
In Davos, Climate Change Is Dead And Buried
By Staff Writers, The Times, Feb 2, 2012
http://www.thegwpf.org/the-climate-record/488…
Subscription required for the full story.
Seeking a Common Ground
The Reason We Need To Agree Which Of Three Fundamentally Different Hypotheses Regarding The Role Of Human In The Climate System Is Correct
By Roger Pielke Sr, Pielke Climate Science, Feb 1, 2012
http://pielkeclimatesci.wordpress.com/2012/02…
Policy responses based on a limited focus on greenhouse gas emissions, as a mechanism to influence how humans are impacting climate, will result in poorly thought out policy responses.
Climate scenarios: 2015-2050
‘Nature is about to carry out a very interesting experiment’
By Judith Curry, Climate Etc, Jan 31, 2012
http://judithcurry.com/2012/01/31/climate-sce…
[SEPP Comment: Discussing if global warming will come roaring back.]
Communicating Better to the Public – Make things up.
NOAA Climate Survey – A Biased Approach To Assess NOAA Employees’s View Of Climate Science
By Roger Pielke Sr, Pielke Climate Science, Feb 3, 2012
http://pielkeclimatesci.wordpress.com/2012/02…
[SEPP Comment: A thoughtful analysis of a misleading survey of NOAA employees. As usual, leading questions produce the desired responses.]
Ninety Seven Percent Is Not What You Think
By Art Horn, ICECAP, Feb 2, 2012
http://icecap.us/index.php/go/new-and-cool/ni…
[SEPP Comment: The "97% of scientists" number so frequently claimed by alarmists is not as impressive as it sounds.]
Models v. Observations
Protomodels
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Feb 1, 2012
http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/2012/2…
[SEPP Comment: Since the climate models the IPCC uses are not validated and do not make meaningful temperature predictions, would it not be more correct to call them Protomodels?
Our Article “Regional Climate Downscaling – What’s The Point? By Pielke And Wilby 2012 Has Been Published
By Roger Pielke, Sr, Pielke Climate Science, Feb 2, 2012
http://pielkeclimatesci.wordpress.com/2012/02…
[SEPP Comment: Regional climate projections based on global models that have no predictive skill are totally meaningless and a waste of money.]
Measurement Issues
The Problem with Proxies
By Patrick Michaels, World Climate Report, Jan 30, 2012
http://www.worldclimatereport.com/index.php/2…
[SEPP Comment: Problems with proxies: forest fires in the western US are not necessarily a good proxy for the El Nino - Southern Oscillation.]
Changing Weather
Villagers scramble for fuel in Europe’s big chill
By Marton Dunai, Reuters, Feb 2, 2012
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/02/wea…
[SEPP Comment: Europe, especially Eastern Europe is experiencing a big chill.]
European and Asian Cold Hits Hard
By Joe D’Aleo, Weatherbell Analytics, Feb 2, 2012
http://www.weatherbell.com/weather-news/europ…
The turn to cold has been the result of polar warming and collapse of the AO as seen in this cross section and graph. [in the article]
Correlation between summer Arctic sea ice cover and winter weather in Central Europe
By Staff Writers, Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Feb 03, 2012
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Correlation…
[SEPP Comment: There may be other factors involved that have not been considered.]
Changing Earth
First land plants plunged Earth into ice age
By Michael Marshall, New Scientist, Feb 1, 2012 [H/t Peter Salonius]
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21417-f…
When Lenton added this effect of non-vascular plants to a climate model of the Ordovician, the CO2 dropped from about 22 times modern levels to just eight times modern levels. That was enough to trigger an ice age in the model of Ordovician Earth. [Boldface added]
Volcanoes May Have Sparked Little Ice Age
Wynne Parry, LiveScience, Jan 30, 2012 [H/t Tom Sheahen]
http://www.livescience.com/18205-ice-age-volc…
[SEPP Comment: How does this work with the IPCC claiming there was no Little Ice Age?]
Agriculture Issues & Fear of Famine
The New USDA Plant Zone Maps: Planting the Seeds of Faulty Logic
By Anthony Lupo, ICECAP, Jan 30, 2012
http://icecap.us/index.php/go/joes-blog/the_n…
[SEPP Comment: The new USDA planting zone map, which uses improved methods and reflects the Urban Heat Island effect, is being incorrectly used by the AP and others to promote global warming.]
Subsidies and Mandates Forever
US Military Sets Ambitious Environmental Goals
By Staff Writers, Washington DC (SPX), Feb 01, 2012
http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/US_Milita…
The Obama administration recently announced a joint partnership between private-sector companies, the Department of Agriculture, U.S. Navy, and the Department of Energy to invest $510 million in biofuel production over three years
[SEPP Comment: Changing the term invest to spend or waste would be more accurate. The Secretary of the Navy suggesting using 336 million gallons of biofuel by 2020 from 300 thousand gallons today should be grounds for dismissal with dishonor. With Pew leading the change, the US military is sure to fail in its major purpose - defense of the nation.]
China Cuts Subsidies for Solar Projects on Declining Costs
By Staff Writers, Bloomberg, Feb 2, 2012
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-02/chin…
The subsidy applies only to projects developed by owners who will consume the power for their own use under the so-called Golden Sun program.
[SEPP Comment: These subsidies for off grid power are starkly different than subsidies in Western countries that apply to on grid power.]
EPA and other Regulators on the March
Agenda-Driven “Science” at EPA
By Paul Driesen and Willie Soon, Townhall, Feb 1, 2012
http://townhall.com/columnists/pauldriessen/2…
Paul Krugman’s Toxic Shock Syndrome: Mercury Madness
By Larry Bell, Forbes, Feb 2, 2012
http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2012/02…
NPRA Calls on EPA to Reconsider Cellulosic Biofuel Volumes
By Staff Writers, Washington DC (SPX) Feb 02, 2012
http://www.biofueldaily.com/reports/NPRA_Call…
EPA stands by ‘fracking’ study but calls reach limited
By Ben Geman, The Hill, Feb 1, 2012
http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/2080…
[SEPP Comment: Totally incompetent would by a better term than limited.]
Environmental Rules Prompt Closure of More Coal Plants, Pause Development of New Plant
By Staff Writers, Power News, Feb 1, 2012
http://www.powermag.com/POWERnews/4365.html?h…
[SEPP Comment: Another victory for Lisa Jackson and the EPA]
Energy Issues – Non-US
Tight oil kills the peak oil theory
Tight oil could make oil markets less tight
By Peter Orzag, Feb 1, 2012
http://opinion.financialpost.com/2012/02/01/t…
[SEPP Comment: To SEPP peak oil is a long dead idea.]
Canada launches new oil sands monitoring policy
Yadullah Hussain, Financial Post, Feb 3, 2012
http://business.financialpost.com/2012/02/03/…
The cost of ethanol
Canada’s ethanol policies aim to help the environment but all they do is harm farmers and their livestock
By Kevin Grier and Al Mussell, Financial Post, Jan 31, 2012
http://opinion.financialpost.com/2012/01/31/t…
US Administration’s Control of Oil and Gas
Natural gas sector set up by Obama to be sabotaged?
Industry insiders fear rules, taxes
By Ben Wolfgang, Washington Times, Jan 29, 2012
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jan/…
Obama’s Anti-Keystone Pipeline Decision: The Latest in Unconstitutional Moves in Energy Policy By Harrison Schmitt, American Common Sense, Jan 31, 2012
http://americasuncommonsense.com/…
President Obama’s Domestic Energy State Of Delusion
By Larry Bell, Forbes, Jan 31, 2012
http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2012/01…
Obama on Energy: An Exercise in Nuance
By W.A. Beatty, American Thinker, Feb 2, 2012
http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/02/obama_…
[SEPP Comment: Under the Administration's energy policies, production of oil and natural gas from Federal lands has declined, not expanded as suggested in the State of the Union address.]
Salazar: Interior closing in on gas ‘fracking’ rules
By Ben Geman, The Hill, Jan 30, 2012
http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/2075…
[SEPP Comment: As Federal regulations reduce the quantity of oil and gas produced from Federal lands, the Federal government will issue more regulations! What nonsense!]
Return of King Coal?
EIA on Coal: The Beat Goes On
By Frank Clemente, Energy Facts Weekly, Jan 30, 2012
http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=29bc7d5d8…
[SEPP Comment: The conflict between the practical use of coal and those who desire to shut it off will intensify.]
Oil Spills & Consequences
Hidden Victims’ of Gulf Drilling Slowdown (Obama’s Negative Employment Multiplier)
By Kevin Mooney, Master Resource, Jan 31, 2012
http://www.masterresource.org/2012/01/hidden-…
Gulf Deepwater Drilling Ban’s Hidden Victims
Editorial, IBD, Jan 31, 2012
http://news.investors.com/Article.aspx?id=599…
Nuclear Energy and Fears
Blue Ribbon Commission Underscores Urgent Need for Reform of Nuclear Waste Management Program
Witnesses and Members Call for Revival of Yucca Mountain
Press Release, House Energy and Commerce Committee, Feb 1, 2012
http://energycommerce.house.gov/news/PRArticl…
Members welcomed several of the commission’s recommendations, which propose a series of reforms to help solve our nation’s growing nuclear waste challenge.
Blue Ribbon Commission: U.S. Nuclear Waste Policy “Completely Broken Down”
By Staff Writers, Power News, Feb 1, 2012
http://www.powermag.com/POWERnews/4368.html?h…
Official: Lack of nuclear waste dump is a ‘serious failure of the American government’
By Andrew Restuccia, The Hill, Feb 1, 2012
http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/2079…
Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Energy
Wind Energy, Noise Pollution
Living near wind turbines can be hazardous to your health.
By Robert Bryce, National Review, Feb 2, 2012 [H/t Timothy Wise]
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/289920…
Interior moves closer to Atlantic wind leasing
By Ben Geman – 02/02/12 01:36 PM ET
http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/2083…
US DoC Finds Massive Surge of Chinese Solar Imports
By Staff Writers, Washington DC (SPX), Feb 02, 2012
http://www.solardaily.com/reports/US_DoC_Find…
[SEPP Comment: Photo-voltaic electricity increases electricity bills to the public. To further subsidize the industry, lower cost panels must be banned? How does increasing the utility costs to the public increase prosperity?]
New Report Further Polarizes Solar Manufacturers on China-Tariff Issue
By Staff Writers, Power News, Feb 1, 2012
http://www.powermag.com/POWERnews/4364.html?h…
[SEPP Comment: Except for environmental types and for isolated conditions, the photo-voltaic industry would not except without mandates and subsidies. Now it wants protection from foreign competition.]
Obama’s Green Energy Investments Continue to Fail
Editorial, IBD, Feb 2, 2012 [H/t Timothy Wise]
http://news.investors.com/Article/599948/2012…
The Volt: What Happens When Ideology Gets Ahead of Reality
By Marita Noon, Energy Tribune, Feb 1, 2012
http://www.energytribune.com/articles.cfm/971…
[SEPP Comment: There is no excuse for government committing to building products for which the technology to make them successful is not available.]
Malaysia approves Australian rare earths plant
By Staff Writers, Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Feb 1, 2012
http://www.spacemart.com/reports/Malaysia_app…
California Dreaming
California Issues Clown Car Mandate
Editorial, IBD, Jan 30, 2012
http://news.investors.com/Article.aspx?id=599…
[SEPP Comment: The happy face of the car is worth a look.]
Review of Recent Scientific Articles by NIPCC
For a full list of articles see
http://www.NIPCCreport.org…
Algal Symbionts Appear to Determine Responses of Calcifying Organisms to Ocean Acidification
Reference: Hikami, M., Ushie, H., Irie, T., Fujita, K., Kuroyanagi, A., Sakai, K., Nojiri, Y., Suzuki, A. and Kawahata, H. 2011. Contrasting calcification responses to ocean acidification between two reef foraminifers harboring different algal symbionts. Geophysical Research Letters 38: 10.1029/2011GL048501.
http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2012/jan/…
Genetic Adaptation to Extreme Environmental Change
Reference: Lande, R. 2009. Adaptation to an extraordinary environment by evolution of phenotypic plasticity and genetic assimilation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22: 1435-1446.
http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2012/jan/…
Warming and Cooling in the Bay of Biscay
Reference: deCastro, M., Gomez-Gesteira, M., Alvarez, I. and Gesteira, J.L.G. 2009. Present warming within the context of cooling-warming cycles observed since 1854 in the Bay of Biscay. Continental Shelf Research 29: 1053-1059.
On the Potential Extinction of High-Elevation Species
Reference: Randin, C.F., Engler, R., Normand, S., Zappa, M., Zimmermann, N.E., Pearman, P.B., Vittoz, P., Thuiller, W. and Guisan, A. 2009. Climate change and plant distribution: local models predict high-elevation persistence. Global Change Biology 15: 1557-1569.
http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2012/feb/…
Health, Energy, and Climate
Regulators’ ruling means Chicago can keep getting air pollution funds
By Paul Merrion, Chicago Business, Feb 1, 2012 [H/t Steve Goreham]
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/201202…
[SEPP Comment: It is not about health, it is politics and money.]
New malaria data show more adult victims
By Staff Writers, ACSH, Feb 3, 2012
http://www.acsh.org/factsfears/newsID.3369/ne…
[SEPP Comment: More related to banning DDT than any global warming.]
Oh Mann!
Status Update on UVA/Mann FOIA
By David Schnare, ATI, Feb 1, 2012
http://www.atinstitute.org/status-update-on-u…
[SEPP Comment: The University of Virginia continues to play tricks; slowing the process of open inquiry. The legal work is proceeding; but no formal announcements until April - at the earliest.]
Environmental Industry
Three States to Require Insurers to Disclose Climate-Change Response Plans
By Felicity Barringer, NYT, Feb 1, 2012
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/02/business/en…
[SEPP Comment: And what will you do to prevent the next ice sheet to advance on Manhattan?]
No energy is good to the greens
By Nicolas Loris, NY Post, Jan 26, 2012
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolu…
This Week in Clean Economy: Pressure Is on Obama to Finalize National Solar Plan
Advocates trumpet the nation’s first solar plan on public lands and urge quick action. Election-year debate over jobs spills into U.S.-China solar spat.
By Maria Gallucci, Inside Climate News, Feb 3, 2012
http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20120203/we…
Sierra Club took $26M from gas industry to fight coal-fired plants
By Ben Geman, The Hill, Feb 3, 2012
http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/2084…
Other Scientific News
Russian drill approaching long-buried lake
By Staff Writers, Moscow (UPI), Feb 2, 2012
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Russian_dri…
[SEPP Comment: A scientific exploration delayed for years by the environmental industry.]
Other News that May Be of Interest
‘First Light’ Taken by NASA’s Newest CERES Instrument, includes stunning “blue marble” image
By Anthon Watts, WUWT, Feb 3, 2012
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/02/03/first-l…
[SEPP Comment: Links to stunning photos of the earth.]
How NASA Solved a 100 Million Dollar Problem for Five Bucks
By Brent Rose for Gizmodo, Cape Canaveral FL, (SPX) Feb 02, 2012
http://www.space-travel.com/reports/How_NASA_…
NASA’s THEMIS Satellite Sees a Great Electron Escape
By Karen C. Fox for Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD (SPX) Jan 31, 2012
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/NASA_THEMIS…

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BELOW THE BOTTOM LINE:
Opinion: Why we should regulate sugar like alcohol
By Laura Schmidt, CNN, Feb 1, 2012
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/01/health/opin…
[SEPP Comment: Using chlorophyll as a catalyst, through photosynthesis green plants combine carbon dioxide and water to make sugar. Let's ban green plants!]
More sweet nothings about sugar
By Staff Writers, ACSH, Feb 2, 2012
http://www.acsh.org/factsfears/newsID.3363/ne…
[SEPP Comments: Response to the above article from American Council on Science and Health.]
The Arctic is already suffering the effects of a dangerous climate change
By Staff Writers, Brussels, Belgium (SPX), Feb 02, 2012
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/The_Arctic_…
“Tipping points are defined as critical points within a system, of which future condition may be qualitatively affected by small perturbations. On the other hand, tipping elements are defined as those components of the Earth system that may show tipping signs”
“According to the experts, the Arctic shows the largest concentration of potential tipping elements in Earth’s Climate System: Arctic Sea-Ice; Greenland Ice-Sheet; North Atlantic deep water formation regions; boreal forests; plankton communities; permafrost; and marine methane hydrates among others.”
[SEPP Comment: How did these tipping points adjust to the end of the last ice age - much less the warm period that followed?]
Asthma rate and costs from traffic-related air pollution are much higher than once believed
By Staff Writers, Amherst, MA (SPX) Jan 31, 2012
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Asthma_rate…
[SEPP Comment; By virtually every measurement, air is becoming cleaner in the US, yet asthma rates are increasing. The Centers of Disease Control states that the causes of asthma are unknown. ]

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PLEASE NOTE: The complete TWTW, including the full text of the numbered articles, can be downloaded in an easily printable form at this web site: http://www.sepp.org/the-week-that-was.cfm…

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On the Road Again: From February 6 to 17, Fred Singer will be traveling to the Southwest and West US to spread the joyous news that the NIPCC Reports are correct and the IPCC models do not conform to observations. Humanity has little to fear from the false claims of unprecedented and dangerous global warming. His public talks include (no reservations needed):
Feb 6 HOUSTON, TX
Noon Rice Univ, Physics Colloquium
7 pm University of Houston, Theater, College of Architecture, lecture with dessert reception.
Feb 7 AUSTIN, TX
7 pm Univ of Texas- Mezes Hall, Room MEZ 1.306
Feb 8 LOS ANGELES
6pm UCLA Room: Haines A82
Feb 9 ORANGE, CA
10am Chapman Univ, (but RSVP to Prof Don Booth 714-997-6804
Feb 14 SAN DIEGO
4 – 6 pm Cal State Univ, San Diego, Aztec Hall, Room 107
Feb 15 ALBUQUERQUE, NM
6-8pm Public Lecture. at UNM Law School For info visit
http://www.riograndefoundation.org…
Feb 16 ALBUQUERQUE, NM
5pm SIGMA XI LECTURE at Univ of NM Conference Center, Room C

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35 thoughts on “Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

  1. Thank you. I could spend a month reading all the links. But then, I’ve already read into the issue.

    It appears to all over except for the crying and screaming. Well, of course, a few elections. Next, the purging of the infected organizations. But then, can you purge a government or government financed organization? Through policy, if infected, will it always remain so?

  2. Excellent article! When folks start freezing in the dark, perhaps they will wake up to the scam and start doing somehting about it when they go to the polls. The green lobby is still the largest part of the problem. As long as they can file suit against the government using public money we will have a big problem even if people vote the green legislators out.

  3. “It appears to all over except for the crying and screaming”

    No sadly, it’s not all over for AGW, not even close.. Laws are still being drafted and passed taxing us back to the stone age. Until we staring seeing Green laws repealed, then I’m afraid it’s AGW business as usual.

  4. The last person one should consult about climate is a climatologist. They are either dolts or liars. Or both. The record speaks for itself. This must be where the social studies drop outs go for a career.

  5. I really wish people would stop referring to CO2 as a ‘trace gas’ as if this somehow constituted an argument that CO2 doesn’t cause greenhouse warming.

    It’s dishonest rhetoric and detracts from the arguments of those who use the term.

  6. I find it remarkable that the atmosphere can heat the ocean (normally it is the sun)
    one would suspect such heating accompanies water evaporation, which actually DRAINS heat from the water.

    anyway the various heat equations are all there in the GCMs of course. Is just a matter of -cough- setting the parameters.

  7. “It is becoming increasingly apparent that the principal cause of global warming / climate change is not carbon dioxide emissions.”

    Based on what?

    “Yet alarmist climate scientists are refusing to admit the physical evidence…”

    What physical evidence are you talking about?

  8. carbon is (in most of its configuration) very soft and manable
    so is iron
    put a little carbon in iron you get STEEL which has completely different qualities

    Same with CO2: an atmosphere of pure CO2 would of course cause some benign and hoped for warming

    However it is not at all proved and experimentally deternmined that a mix with a slightly larger CO2 content would lead to global warming. the effect might as well be opposite.

    anyway there is of course a parameter to set it as you wish , in your local GCM.

  9. “This must be where the social studies drop outs go for a career.”

    the ones that were caught stealing at McDonalds

  10. 6 Feb: Financial Times: China creates turbulence over EU aviation levies
    By Joshua Chaffin in Brussels
    Mr Tyler (Tony Tyler, director-general of the International Air Transport Association) warned that European carriers, in particular, could face retribution from foreign states, which do not believe the EU should levy taxes on their airlines – particularly when they are operating outside EU airspace.
    The extent of their response could become clear on February 21, when more than 20 governments, including the US, India and China, are set to meet in Moscow to discuss their discontent with the EU policy. The issue of retaliation is on the agenda…

    ***One thing European officials say they will not barter is their stature as the world’s leader in the fight against global warming. The carbon market, which forces companies to pay for their annual carbon emissions, is the main lever the bloc is relying on to deliver its goal of reducing emissions by 20 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020 – and possibly much further by mid-century…http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e158dca8-50e4-11e1-8cdb-00144feabdc0.html

    6 Feb: NYT: James Kanter: E.U. Rebuffs China’s Challenge to Airline Emission System
    Much is at stake for Europe, which has sought to improve its international stature by spearheading initiatives on climate protection, including folding aviation into the Union’s six-year-old Emissions Trading System, in which polluters can buy and sell a limited quantity of permits, each representing a ton of carbon dioxide…
    “The savviest airlines are figuring out that it makes sense to participate,” said Annie Petsonk, the international counsel for the Environmental Defense Fund, an environmental organization that favors carbon trading as a means to reduce emissions…
    The bigger worry for airlines is that they are looking at the thin end of an enormous wedge. The sums charged by the Europeans for permits could grow substantially in coming years if governments decide to auction a larger proportion of permits and if demand for the permits rises…

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/07/business/global/eu-rebuffs-chinas-challenge-to-pollution-plan.html

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  11. http://di2.nu/foia/foia2011/documents/statement.doc

    Having agreed on a form of words by consulting with a small number of colleagues (a process I am co-ordinating for the UK), we shall proceed to invite about 10 key scientists in the field in Europe (e.g. Crutzen, Houghton, Bolin, etc.) to sponsor the statement. Having gained this prestige endorsement, we shall then endeavour to invite as many additional scientists as possible (100s if not 1000s) to indicate their support for the statement which shall then be presented to the media at a press conference ‘ … with the support of “n” European scientists.’

  12. Philip Bradley says:
    February 6, 2012 at 2:39 pm
    I really wish people would stop referring to CO2 as a ‘trace gas’ as if this somehow constituted an argument that CO2 doesn’t cause greenhouse warming.

    It’s dishonest rhetoric and detracts from the arguments of those who use the term.

    It needs to be seen in the context of what the other side is doing, which is talking about dumping billions of tonnes of CO2 into the air, and artfully letting the hearers get the idea that this must amount to a significant fraction of the atmosphere. polls have shown that most warmist-followers have greatly exaggerated ideas of the percentage.

  13. Philip Bradley says:
    February 6, 2012 at 2:39 pm
    I really wish people would stop referring to CO2 as a ‘trace gas’ as if this somehow constituted an argument that CO2 doesn’t cause greenhouse warming.

    ==================================
    But it is a trace gas irrespective of what scientific evidence exists about its contribution to your word “greenhouse” (a misnomer if I’ve ever heard one) warming.

  14. “It is the total absence of satisfactory prediction, instead of the IPCC ‘projections’ which leads me to state, unequivocally, that there is no scientifically based evidence that climate has been shown to be affected by emissions of trace gases into the atmosphere.” – Vincent Gray

    Does anyone know the original article/paper/etc… where Vincent Gray wrote/uttered this? The google has failed to assist in this. Thanks.

  15. pwl says:
    February 6, 2012 at 8:02 pm
    Does anyone know the original article/paper/etc… where Vincent Gray wrote/uttered this? The google has failed to assist in this. Thanks.

    I cannot promise you will find it here, but you may want to try the following which has several articles by him:

    http://www.john-daly.com/guests.htm

  16. Phillip Bradley, 360 parts per million is 0.000360, or 0.0360%. If that ain’t just a “trace”, then it’s as close as you can get.

  17. L. says:
    February 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    “It appears to all over except for the crying and screaming”

    No sadly, it’s not all over for AGW, not even close.. Laws are still being drafted and passed taxing us back to the stone age. Until we staring seeing Green laws repealed, then I’m afraid it’s AGW business as usual.

    I agree it’s not all over by any stretch of the imagination.

    Universities are still recruiting grad students who will swear to uphold the AGW credo in various branches of the sciences. A nephew of mine who was a geology major at an elite university, this year will accept a full ride to study global warming at a university in Texas – or Stanford. His sister received a Fullbright Scholarship to develp a collaborative science curriculum with Japanese teachers to indoctrinate private middle school students.

    Government grants and scholarships to study, research and promote global warming are still being handed out, and the billions in stimulus doled out at the beginning of the Obama administration are still unwinding, so I don’t see any end in sight, despite concessions.

    And if we’ve learned anything, it’s that “business as usual” for the AGW crowd is often conducted in a quite underhanded way. Legislation may still come out of left field – as in the collaborations between energy companies and government. I can name several companies who hedged their bets with Obama administration, and who have yet to collect on their investments. G.E.’s solar investments in Colorado, for example.

  18. How about another letter to the Wall Street Jounal with 16 more signatures? If one got them gabbling and clucking, two should start them howling.

  19. But it is a trace gas irrespective of what scientific evidence exists about its contribution to your word “greenhouse” (a misnomer if I’ve ever heard one) warming.

    Greenhouse warming may well be a misnomer, but bear in mind that it is a misnomer because for many years there was a misconception about how actual greenhouses work. It was believed that greenhouses worked by the glass blocking longwave radiation.

    Anyway greenhouse warming is the term in use, despite its origin being based on a scientific mis-understanding.

    FYI there are gases that are present in the atmosphere at concentrations hundreds to thousands of times lower than CO2 that cause significant greenhouse warming. A molecule of CFC-12 is estimated to cause 11,000 times the greenhouse warming effect of a molecule of CO2.

    The percentage composition of the atmosphere by a gas is irrelevant. Except of course when we are talking about changes in concentrations.

  20. Re the “missing heat”. You can’t “heat” the ocean from above, SURFACE TENSION will stop the transfer of the “heat” through the surface. The only energy that gets into the ocean is the rays of the sun which penetrate the SURFACE TENSION no problem. Thats why the climate follows the sun and only the sun. Try heating the surface of water in a bucket with a heat gun..

  21. The heat flow is from the oceans to the atmosphere. In large part this is due to the ocean surface being warmer than atmosphere (approx 2C on a global basis). Warm the atmosphere and you decrease the temperature difference and thus decrease the heat flow from the oceans.

    This is the mechanism by which a warmer atmosphere warms the oceans.

    Which is not to say this has happened/is happening/will happen.

  22. Editing error: The three ‘articles’ you mention responding to the wsj articles all point to the same URL.

  23. Climate science, based on physics, is a positive science. However, climate science as interpreted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is largely a normative science

    No it’s not a science at all. It’s a well paid hobby for over qualified ‘anything but scientists’.

  24. nomnom says:
    February 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm
    ““It is becoming increasingly apparent that the principal cause of global warming / climate change is not carbon dioxide emissions.”

    Based on what?

    “Yet alarmist climate scientists are refusing to admit the physical evidence…”

    What physical evidence are you talking about?”

    There is not even any correlation between the increase in CO2 and temperature as temperature has recently gone down as CO2 has gone up. This, and the fact that there is no verifiable cause and effect relationship between the two, in any event, due to the many, many exogenous other potential causal variables involved. The models simply do not work at predicting warming, the temperature data is contaminated by heat islands, The data has been comprimised by idealogues acting as scientists, the parameters have been buggered to obtain the results desired, the supposed dependent variable has been changed to include nay and everything that happens., etc., etc..

  25. I maintain that economics can and should be a positive science as Mr. Haapala uses the phrase.

    If they had asked me, I could have told the managers of Chesapeake Energy Corp. that they’d be better off burning that $26 million than giving it to the Sierra Club.

  26. correlation: there is always a correlation factor that can be calculated between 0 and 1
    all values are relevant and tell something
    the correlation value between GHG and anomaly tell us al Gore is a liar. But we know that.

    ocean floor heating: in order for the atmosphere to heat the ocean floors, as the “new science” now predicts (their models do/did not predict this, but they have parameters for it of course: elephant trunk wiggledeewig) the interfaces air-ocean surface must have been enlarged dramatically the last 15years. This means that either we find huge patches where the difference between air surface temp ocean surface temp has widened, and/or huge patches where the mixing has improved (waves/rain)

    patches the size of Brazil

  27. it is very important to keep pointing out that CO2 is a trace gas

    the effect of a minute amount of a material with quality A in a mix, does *NOT* mean the mix gets more of quality A at all. this is the implied faux scientific reasoning but we have centuries of materials science proving otherwise.

    put soft powdery carbon in iron and you get a material that isn’t powdery iron . you get STEEL.

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