Monthly Archives: May 2012

130 mph biocoal steam engines – another high speed rail boondoggle?

My grandfather made steam engines, my father made a scale steam locomotive for taking children on rides in the park and at the fair. Some of my happiest memories as a child were of sitting behind my father in the … Continue reading

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A Longer Look at Climate Sensitivity

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach After I published my previous post, “An Observational Estimate of Climate Sensitivity“, a number of people objected that I was just looking at the average annual cycle. On a time scale of decades, they said, … Continue reading

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Who would have thunk it? Standing trees better than burning ones

From Duke University and the Department of Obvious Science  comes this study partially funded by NASA: Standing trees better than burning ones for carbon neutrality DURHAM, N.C. — The search for alternatives to fossil fuels has prompted growing interest in … Continue reading

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CARB’s Mary Nichols disallows presentation of public concerns on cap-and-trade carbon trading

Guest post by Lorraine Yapps Cohen California Air Resources Board (CARB) met on Thursday, May 24.  On the agenda was discussion toward deciding where and how to spend the billions raised from cap-and-trade carbon trading in the state. At the … Continue reading

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US Congress Rejects UN Internet Takeover

http://phys.org/news/2012-05-internet.html As a followup to a previous story about congressional hearings regarding a proposal to turn over control of the internet to the United Nations International Telecommunications Union, we are happy to report that extensive public pressure has ensured that … Continue reading

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UK’s Press Complaints Commission responds to the premature ‘Gleick cleared’ Guardian article by Suzanne Goldenberg

Paul Bongiorno submits this story: Mr. Watts and company, Good day Sir. I’d received a response from the UK’s Press Complaint’s Commission regarding the UK’s ‘Guardian’ story of, ‘Peter Gleick cleared of forging..’ fiction. The ‘PCC’s Simon Yip forwarded me … Continue reading

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FEMA loses the global warming plot on hurricanes

From the we’ve been telling you so department, comes this honest briefing to the White House: (CNSNews.com) – Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate said the frequency of tornadoes and hurricanes is cyclical, and he doesn’t know if global … Continue reading

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Stunning map of NOAA data showing 56 years of tornado tracks sheds light on the folly of linking “global warming” to severe weather

From the Data dot Gov website, this data set: https://explore.data.gov/d/8vq3-ke4t …has been turned into a stunning image of the United states. Each line represents an individual tornado, while the brightness of the line represents its intensity on the Fujita Scale. … Continue reading

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A look at oil production

Saudi Production Profile Guest post by David Archibald World conventional oil production peaked in 2005 and has been on a plateau at about that level ever since. This graph suggests that the market changed from inherent over-supply to inherent tightness … Continue reading

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Cap and Trade protest petition in California

Thousands Petition Gov. Brown To End Cap And Trade By Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network Californians Against Higher Taxes and business groups delivered the petitions against what they call an illegal and hidden energy tax. The cap and trade program … Continue reading

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CryoSat repurposed from sea ice to bathymetry

From the European Space Agency: CryoSat goes to sea CryoSat was launched in 2010 to measure sea-ice thickness in the Arctic, but data from the Earth-observing satellite have also been exploited for other studies. High-resolution mapping of the topography of … Continue reading

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Climate Craziness of the Week – ‘blazing the trail’

Some people are just beyond help. At Canadian embassy, global warming protester nears starvation By IAN DUNCAN — Tribune Washington Bureau On a patch of pavement outside the Canadian Embassy, Jay McGinley is trying to starve himself to death. After … Continue reading

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Dana Nuccitelli’s Skeptical Science OHC grapple – down for the count

Dana1981 at SkepticalScience Tries to Mislead His Readers Guest post by Bob Tisdale Dana1981 (aka Dana Nuccitelli) recently authored a SkepticalScience post titled Modeled and Observed Ocean Heat Content – Is There a Discrepancy?  Believe it or not, in it, he … Continue reading

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Old aerial photos supply new knowledge on glaciers in Greenland – it has been warm or warmer than today in the not so distant past

From the University of Copenhagen comes realization that Greenland’s current warm spell is not unprecedented. In the early 1920s and 1930s, temperatures were high, similar to that of the present, and this affected the glacial melt. At the time many … Continue reading

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Romney’s Historic Opportunity: Low-Cost Energy Fuels Economic Recovery

Editorial by Dr. Fred Singer Romney can clinch the election by detailing an energy policy that restores jobs, prosperity, and American economic leadership. “To be credible, a reform agenda must have some reform substance.”——————————————————————————————- Energy, the life-blood of the economy, … Continue reading

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Green energy companies off the government teat in Spain, take off

Spain Ejects Green Energy Lobby by Alex Morales and Ben Sills, Bloomberg Spanish renewable-energy companies that once got Europe’s biggest subsidies are deserting the nation after the government shut off aid, pushing project developers and equipment-makers to work abroad or … Continue reading

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Dr. Bob Carter on Canada’s Sun News

Michael Coren and guest Bob Carter on why Canada stands above the rest when it comes to being honest about climate change. See the full interview here:

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A student in despair over Romm’s 11°F temperature increase article – if this comment was reversed, it would be called a ‘death threat’

UPDATE: 5/30 8:45AM After we pointed it out Romm has now snipped the ugly part of the comment seen in the screencap below, it only took him five days to notice it with our help. The original post in entirety … Continue reading

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H2O 2012 conference theme: “please send money”

From Stanford University , this press release with a “who the heck cares?” question as a title. We have far bigger problems in California to worry about. It is another one of these “might result” weasel word press releases in … Continue reading

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A really, really, REALLY bad idea – Giving the Internet to the U.N.

Via Junkscience.com, comes this worrisome editorial from the Washington Times. The new world order invades your computer Imagine if everything you did online was subject to monitoring and control by the United Nations. Powerful authoritarian states, including China and Russia, … Continue reading

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Asteroid blows past Earth in near miss

From ChicoEr.com Flying close enough to Earth that in astronomic terms one could feel the breeze as it passed, a small asteroid flashed by just after midnight today. NASA reported the space rock, with the unimaginative name of 2012 KT42, … Continue reading

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New branch of science coined on WUWT

While we wait for Nick Stokes and David Appell to work up excuses for their embracing the “climate scientists get death threats” fiasco, I thought I’d share this spinoff of this short passage I wrote yesterday: Likewise, blogger/scientist Nick Stokes, … Continue reading

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Don’t Say That! Just Don’t Say It!

As the result of a Freedom of Information Act request, the US Government has released the list of words that will trigger the Department of Homeland Security to start monitoring your online contributions and conversations. The list is divided into … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, extreme weather, Politics, Weather | Tagged , , , , , | 114 Comments

Yamal that hurts! CRU gets touchy, responds to McIntyre and Montford without naming them

From the “he who must not be named” department, comes this sure to be future McI-fodder. UEA/CRU responds in a press release, authored by Tim Osborn, an excerpt: =========================================================== Tim Osborn comments on “Yamal, Polar Urals and Muir-Russell” Recent accusations … Continue reading

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Tick Tick Tick

Ticks are spreading, and down in the article, you guessed it, the cause is speculated to be global warming aka climate change. From CBS in Charlotte, worry over a one year increase. Excerpts: CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — In the … Continue reading

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An Observational Estimate of Climate Sensitivity

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach “Climate sensitivity” is the name for the measure of how much the earth’s surface is supposed to warm for a given change in what is called “forcing”. A change in forcing means a change in … Continue reading

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Paging David Appell and Nick Stokes again: time to fess up and apologize

“Death threats” story now proven false by ANU Chancellor Ian Chubb The bizarre now laughable “climate scientists get death threats” at Australian National University has finally imploded completely with the former chancellor Ian Chubb going on record in the Australian … Continue reading

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Myles off from the target

Josh of cartoonsbyjosh.com writes of a new climate FAIL entry: Hopefully you’ve watched the video, read the posts and comments here and at Climate Audit and Bishop Hill. Basically Myles Allen has been castigating journalists for getting Climategate wrong while getting … Continue reading

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This new paper may explain the widespread belief in the value of Michael Mann’s methods and the ‘bet’ on the Hockey Stick

Over at Steve McIntyre’s, there’s a fascinating discussion going on about the relevance of the hockey stick in the context of the Myles Allen mis-identification of the temperature record in a 2011 conference on Climategate as being the hockey stick … Continue reading

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Memorial Day tribute – USS Iowa final voyage this weekend

On this memorial day, I thought it might be appropriate to share this image and story. The USS Iowa made its final voyage from Richmond, CA to San Pedro CA on Saturday, May 26th, sliding under the Golden Gate Bridge … Continue reading

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NOAA/NWS under fire – ‘misappropriated $43 million dollars’

Report: National Weather Service misappropriated $43 million By Isolde Raftery, msnbc.com Jack Hayes, the director of the National Weather Service, stepped down Friday in response to an investigation that top officials at the weather service had misappropriated $43.8 million by … Continue reading

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project ################################################### Quote of the Week: “As an agency, NASA does not draw conclusions and issue ‘claims’ about research findings.” Waleed Abdalati, NASA Chief Scientist, April 11, 2012 “Eight … Continue reading

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Apathy and the climate change divide – it isn’t about science literacy

From Yale University,  it seems the climate debate has become completely tribal. On the plus side, this study blows the “if only we could communicate to the public better” meme out of the water. The great climate divide deepens even … Continue reading

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Another paper shows that severe weather/extreme weather has no trend related to global warming

From Pierre Gosselin’s  Notrickszone http://notrickszone.com/2012/05/25/comprehensive-alps-study-clearly-refutes-humans-are-causing-more-weather-variability-and-extremes/ A new paper authored by Reinhard Böhm of the Austrian Central Administration For Meteorology (ZAMG) refutes the notion that anthropogenic warming is causing an increase of climate extremes and making weather more variable and extreme. Pressure – temperature … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week – BONUS Krugman insanity edition

I had no more than published the QOTW yesterday, and this one popped up. I’m of the opinion now that NYT economist and columnist Paul Krugman has gone insane, because nobody with any intact cognition would make a statement like … Continue reading

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