Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project

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Quote of the Week:

Scientifically it is sheer absurdity to think we can get a nice climate by turning a CO2 adjustment knob. Klaus-Eckar Puls, German physicist and meteorologist who supported the IPCC until he conducted his own investigation. [H/t Timothy Wise link under Challenging the Orthodoxy.]

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Number of the Week: $68.4 Billion US

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THIS WEEK:

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

Heartland Conference: The Heartland Institute’s Seventh International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-7) is taking place in Chicago, Illinois from Monday, May 21 to Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at the Hilton Chicago Hotel, 720 South Michigan Avenue. The event will follow the NATO Summit taking place in Chicago on May 19–21. The Theme is Real Science, Real Choices. Open to the public, registration is required. http://climateconference.heartland.org/

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Once Venerable Institutions: We continue to see publications by once venerable institutions overtaken by alarmist claims. According to the E&E reporter, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography produced a study claiming that warming will wipe out one-third of the California snowpack (Sierra Mountains) by 2050 and two-thirds by the end of the century. [TWTW was unable to locate the actual study on the Scripps web site.]

The claim was immediately repeated by officials at the California Air Resources Board (CARB). CARB has been one of the most active regulatory authorities in the nation, often using the scantiest scientific justification for its regulations. The implication is that the loss of the snowpack will have a disastrous effect on agriculture and urban areas that depend on the moisture from the Sierra Mountains. http://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/rss/displaypost.php?pno=5864

No doubt based on climate models that have not been verified and validated, the study has a number of deficiencies that are exposed by a simple examination of the physical world. As ICECAP points out, in spite of 20th century warming, there has been no net change to the snowpack as measured at the Donner summit. The snowpack varies with the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO). Last year, the Donner summit had a record snowfall that remained well into the summer.

A second major deficiency is the failure to recognize that since the 1920s California has built a major system of dams to capture the moisture coming off the west side of the mountains. These serve two purposes. One is to stop the annual floods that devastated communities downstream; and, two, to provide irrigation water for the San Joaquin Valley (southern Central Valley) which is now a bountiful crop producing center, but, previously, was a desert in the summer. The officials responsible for the dams monitor the snowpack to determine how much they should draw down the water in anticipation for the spring floods. The plants, or urban areas, do not care if the moisture fell as snow or rain, as long as it is available when needed.

The formerly venerable National Geographic produced another alarmist article on global warming. Among other points, it failed to note that temperatures have not risen in over a decade, and Antarctica is not warming. If nature continues to ignore global climate models, such articles will contribute to the decline in credibility of the magazine. Please see links under Communicating Better to the Public – Exaggerate or be Vague?

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Science by Polls: The publication, Nature Climate Change, published a study proclaiming that the American public is willing to accept a national clean energy standard (mandates). It is based on a political poll in which the authors claim a high level of confidence. It doesn’t pass the sniff test. The authors claim that the mandate requiring that by 2035 80% of electricity coming from renewable sources will increase electricity prices to households by only $48 to $59 per year. A simple look at the change in electricity rates in European countries or US states that have adopted mandates demonstrates that the author’s estimates are ridiculously low. Please see links under Questioning European Green and Communicating Better to the Public – Make things up.

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Solar Wars: The US Commerce Department announced that it has found that Chinese firms dumping low cost photovoltaic solar panels in the US and has proposed import tariffs of 31 to 250% on these products. China has proposed to retaliate by examining US subsidies on alternative energy sources and perhaps impose import tariffs on US products. The dispute illustrates several issues. One, it reinforces the view that China heavily subsidized its domestic solar panel industry not so much for domestic consumption but for export. Two, it demonstrates the extent to which Washington is willing to protect an industry that produces unreliable, expensive electricity.

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North Dakota: In March, North Dakota became the second leading oil producing state in the US, exceeding Alaska. In less than a year it went from number 4 to 2 and in eight years from number 8 to 2. This increase is primarily due to hydraulic fracturing of oil bearing shale to extract high quality crude (tight oil). The production of the next two leading states, Alaska and California, has been severely limited by regulations by Washington and California. Please see Article # 1.

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Corrections and Amplifications: Last week’s TWTW contained the statement: “…the Sierra Club has begun a campaign calling natural gas a dirty fuel. Of course, the objective is to cripple the economy by shutting down all forms of energy use and electric power generation.” Reader Paul Kenyon correctly challenged the conclusion, asking for evidence. The conclusion is not based on announcements by the Sierra Club, but based upon its actions. It has, or is opposing, all major sources of electric power generation in the US: coal, hydro, nuclear, and, now, natural gas. Although oil is not used to produce electricity the Club opposes that as well. http://www.sierraclub.org/goals/. We appreciate all amplifications and corrections.

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Number of the Week: $68.4 Billion: In a speech to the Senate on Thursday evening, Senator Inhofe revealed a new study by the Congressional Research Office reporting that between Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 and 2012, the US government will spend $68.4 Billion on global warming / climate change issues. TWTW has not yet determined how well integrated this study is with the previous study from the General Accountability Office that the US spent $107 Billion on global warming issues between FY 1998 and 2010. Global warming is big business in the US.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future by U.S. Senator James Inhofe

Probably more than any one single individual, Senator Inhofe (R, OK) has prevented of cap-and-trade of carbon dioxide, or similar legislation, from being adopted by the US Congress. The task has often been a lonely one, during which Senator Inhofe demonstrated a willingness to contradict much of the establishment leadership, including those in his own party.

For over a decade, Senator Inhofe has faced the wrath of the environmental lobby. At the 2003 global warming conference of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), he was confronted with wanted-posters showing his face accompanied by the caption “The most dangerous man on the planet.” He was not intimidated. Instead, the “Renegade Conservative from Oklahoma” went to the desk of the National Environmental Trust, responsible for the posters, and thanked them for not misquoting him.

In a frank, plain-speaking style that is associated with his native state, Senator Inhofe explains why he entered politics, not his first choice of careers, and what motivated him to take highly unpopular positions, rather than getting along by playing along. In 2003, Inhofe became chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and established three principles for the work of the committee: “(1) it should rely on the most objective science, (2) it should consider costs on businesses and consumers, and (3) the bureaucracy should serve, not rule, the people.”

The effectiveness of Inhofe’s leadership was demonstrated in the fall of 2009, after the Democratic Party took control of Congress and the Presidency. Cap-and-trade had passed the House and many believed it would surely pass Senate. In early November, hoping to have a bill passed in time for the Copenhagen IPCC conference in December, committee chairman Barbara Boxer refused to allow time for a complete economic analysis of the legislation. Senator Inhofe walked out of the meeting and announced to the press that the bill is dead. It never came to a vote before the Senate.

Shortly thereafter, the Climategate emails appeared, illustrating the nefarious actions of a number of scientists who actively supported the IPCC. The Copenhagen conference soon followed, which ended in a disaster for the IPCC. In the US, the EPA is trying to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, claiming they endanger public health and welfare. Inhofe understands the weaknesses of this approach and may prove to be more than a match for the politically powerful EPA.

In this personal view, Senator Inhofe treats his political opponents with kindness and appears humble in spite of his accomplishments. The book concludes with several appendices, one of which explains, in his terms, the motivation of the UN and its proponents and why their vision and actions are incompatible with Inhofe’s view of America. If anything, some skeptics may think Inhofe’s comments are too kind.

The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future by James Inhofe, U.S. Senator, 2012, WND Books, Washington, DC, ISBN 978-1-936488-49-0, 319 pp including endnotes and index. Available on Amazon

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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. North Dakota Tops Alaska in Oil Output

By Jack Nicas, WSJ, May 15, 2012

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304192704577406493478214670.html?grcc=grdt&mod=WSJ_hps_sections_news

2. Groups Sue Again Over Oil Drilling off Alaska

By Jim Carlton, WSJ, May 17, 2012

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303879604577410520594646982.html?mod=WSJ_Energy_leftHeadlines

3. Wind-Generated Energy Is Working Well for Us in Iowa

By Governor Terry Branstad, Letter, WSJ, May 15, 2012

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304070304577398493215885010.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_MIDDLEThirdBucket

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NEWS YOU CAN USE:

Science: Is the Sun Rising?

Is The Stratosphere Responsible For Global Warming?

By David Whitehouse, GWPF, May 15, 2012

http://thegwpf.org/the-observatory/5727-is-the-stratosphereresponsible-for-global-warming.html

[SEPP Comment: A possible new explanation on how high energy galactic cosmic rays, modulated by the sun, cause temperature variation on earth.]

Climategate Continued

Schmidt’s “Conspiracy Theory”

By Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, May 16, 2012

http://climateaudit.org/2012/05/16/schmidts-conspiracy-theory/#more-16091

Suppressing Scientific Inquiry or Data

Climate Commission Fudges Hot Day Data

By Jennifer Marohasy, Her Blog, May 14, 2012 [H/t ICECAP]

http://jennifermarohasy.com/2012/05/climate-commission-fudges-hot-day-data/

Challenging the Orthodoxy

Will Happer: CO2: friend or foe?

By Lubos Motl, Reference Frame, May 17, 2012

http://motls.blogspot.com/2012/05/will-happer-co2-friend-or-foe.html#more

[SEPP Comment: Links to a 90 minute video of Happer discussing CO2 in 2010.]

The Belief That CO2 Can Regulate Climate Is “Sheer Absurdity”

By John Hinderaker, Power Line, May 13, 2012 [H/t Timothy Wise]

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/05/the-belief-that-co2-can-regulate-climate-is-sheer-absurdity.php

Future Southwest Drought in Doubt?

By Patrick Michaels, World Climate Report, May 14, 2012

http://www.worldclimatereport.com/index.php/2012/05/14/future-southwest-drought-in-doubt/#more-539

Defending the Orthodoxy

Major Environmental Treaty Tackles Black Carbon as Climate Pollutant

By Staff Writers, Washington DC (SPX), May 17, 2012

http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/Major_Environmental_Treaty_Tackles_Black_Carbon_as_Climate_Pollutant_999.html

The short-lived climate pollutants are responsible for 40 to 45% of all warming, with carbon dioxide responsible for the other 55-60%.

[SEPP Comment: Natural forces no longer matter!]

Statistical Analysis Projects Future Temperatures In North America

By Pam Frost Gorder, Columbus OH (SPX), May 16, 2012

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Statistical_Analysis_Projects_Future_Temperatures_In_North_America_999.html

[SEPP Comment: Shouldn’t they try to validate and verify the models first?]

Questioning the Orthodoxy

Stocker in Action

By David Holland, Bishop Hill, May 14, 2012

http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2012/5/14/stocker-in-action.html

[SEPP Comment: The British Government appears to be waking up to the fact that much of the critical IPCC work is done in secret.]

Using Earth’s Blessings To Better Mankind and Planet

By David Legates, Townhall, May 14, 2012

http://townhall.com/columnists/davidlegates/2012/05/14/using_earths_blessings_to_better_mankind_and_planet

The Rebranding of Global Warming (Demoting an exaggerated issue)

By Ken Maize, Master Resource, May 14, 2012

http://www.masterresource.org/2012/05/rebranding-global-warming/#more-19993

Only global poverty can save the planet, insists WWF – and the ESA!

Windfarms for all, but without using steel or concrete

By Lewis Page, The A Register, May 16, 2012 [H/t GWPF]

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/05/16/wwf_living_planet_report/

Progressive climate science

By Anthony Sadar, Washington Examiner, May 14, 2012

http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/2012/05/progressive-climate-science/610591?utm_source=Washington%20Examiner%20Opinion%20Digest%20-%2005/15/2012&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Washington%20Examiner:%20Opinion%20Digest

Questioning European Green

UK councils may be obliged to lower emissions

By Martin Livermore, Scientific Alliance, May 17, 2012

http://www.scientific-alliance.org/scientific-alliance-newsletter/uk-councils-may-be-obliged-lower-emissions

[SEPP Comment: The EU economy is faltering, carbon dioxide emissions are down by 2%. The EU climate commissioner declares the decline of CO2 emissions demonstrates the success of the Emissions Trading Scheme, even as the cost of tonne CO2 fell to 7 euros. Would a depression, with huge reductions in CO2 emissions, and a corresponding cost of CO2 at zero, be called a triumph in cap-and-trade regulation?]

The cost of energy bills soar by 140pc in eight years

The cost of household energy has risen seven times faster than household income since 2004, according to a study

By Staff Writers, Telegraph, UK, May 18, 2012 [H/t GWPF]

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/household-bills/9273867/The-cost-of-energy-bills-soar-by-140pc-in-eight-years.html

Green Energy Fiasco: German Electricity Prices To Double

Translated from German, Deutsche Presse Agentur, May 16, 2012

http://thegwpf.org/international-news/5735-green-energy-fiasco-german-electricity-prices-to-double.html

Is Europe giving up on energy efficiency?

By Sonja van Renssen, European Energy Review, May 14, 2012

http://www.europeanenergyreview.eu/site/pagina.php?id_mailing=275&toegang=63923f49e5241343aa7acb6a06a751e7&id=3697

Shale gas boom threatens European renewables investments – MGT

By Elza Pell, Environmental Finance, May 17, 2012 [H/t GWPF]

http://www.environmental-finance.com/news/view/2503

Questioning Green Elsewhere

Taxpayers Subsidize Forbes ‘Green’ Billionaires’ Schemes

By Paul Chesser, NLPC, May 15, 2012

http://nlpc.org/stories/2012/05/15/taxpayers-subsidize-forbes-green-billionaires-schemes

Indian NGOs Accuse UK Of Colonialism, Racism, For Funding Forced Global Warming Sterilisations

From Haunting the Library, GWPF, May 18, 2012

http://thegwpf.org/uk-news/5748-indian-ngos-accuse-uk-of-colonialism-racism-for-funding-forced-global-warming-sterilisations.html

Expanding the Orthodoxy

Federal government spent nearly $70 billion on ‘climate change activities’ since 2008

By Caroline May, Daily Caller, May 17, 2012

http://dailycaller.com/2012/05/17/federal-government-spent-nearly-70-billion-on-climate-change-activities-since-2008/#ixzz1vEGrINQ1

UN talks take first steps on 2015 climate deal

By Staff Writers, Paris (AFP), May 17, 2012

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/UN_talks_take_first_steps_on_2015_climate_deal_999.html

[SEPP Comment: Desperate to collect money from developed countries. If developed countries bear most of the responsibility for taking the world out of the Little Ice Age, shouldn’t they be the ones collecting rather the paying.]

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta On Defensive Over Global Climate Warm-Mongering

By Larry Bell, Forbes, May 13, 2012

http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2012/05/13/defense-secretary-leon-panetta-on-defensive-over-global-climate-warm-mongering/

Green Police: 1st Global ‘Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Summit’ Held in France.

Haunting the Library, May 17, 2012

http://hauntingthelibrary.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/green-police-1st-global-environmental-compliance-and-enforcement-summit-held-in-france/

Rio + 20 – World Control?

The Real Enemy Is Humanity Itself’

By Ben Pile, From Spiked, May 17, 2012

http://thegwpf.org/best-of-blogs/5743-ben-pile-the-real-enemy-is-humanity-itself.html

Forty years ago, two ideas about humanity’s relationship with the natural world caught the imagination of the richest and most influential people. The first was that the demands of a growing population were taking more from the planet than could be replaced by natural processes. The second, related idea was that there exist natural ‘limits to growth’. These two reinventions of Malthusianism became the basis of a new form of global politics, which has sought to contain human industrial and economic development ever since.

Looming U.N. Mega-Conference in Rio to Seek ‘More Sustainable Future’

By Patrick Goodenough, CNS News, May 15, 2012 [H/t Timothy Wise]

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/looming-un-mega-conference-rio-seek-more-sustainable-future

WWF says over-consumption threatens planet

By Staff Writers, Geneva (AFP) May 15, 2012

http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/WWF_says_over-consumption_threatens_planet_999.html

[SEPP Comment: More alarmist claims. World population growth rate has fallen from 2.2% in the early 1960s to about 1.1% today. The article claims that global population is spiraling!]

Problems within the Orthodoxy

Atmospheric observations of Arctic Ocean methane emissions up to 82° north

By Kort, et al, Nature Geoscience, Apr 22, 2012

http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/v5/n5/full/ngeo1452.html

Ed Caryl Responds To Latest Warmist Gaseous End-Of-World Scare Scenario

By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, May 12, 2012 [H/t ICECAP]

http://notrickszone.com/2012/05/12/ed-caryl-responds-to-latest-warmist-gaseous-end-of-world-scare-scenario/

[SEPP Comment: See like to article immediately above.]

Seeking a Common Ground

Editorial Bias And The Crisis Of Science Communication

By Benny Peiser, GWPF, May 12, 2012

http://thegwpf.org/opinion-pros-a-cons/5701-benny-peiser-editorial-bias-and-the-crisis-of-science-communication.html

[SEPP Comment: A paper presented to the European Parliament in 2007 – little has changed.]

Economists list cheapest ways to save the world

By Staff Writers, Copenhagen (AFP), May 14, 2012

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Economists_list_cheapest_ways_to_save_the_world_999.html

[SEPP Comment: The third Copenhagen Consensus lead by Lomborg.]

Guest Post By Kiminori Itoh ” What Is The Psychological Origin Of The Narrow View Of The IPCC? – Socio-Psychological Aspect Of The Climate Change.”

By Roger Pielke Sr, Pielke Climate Science, May 18, 2012

http://pielkeclimatesci.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/guest-post-by-kiminori-itoh-what-is-the-psychological-origin-of-the-narrow-view-of-the-ipcc-socio-psychological-aspect-of-the-climate-change/

[SEPP Comment: Do climate scientists of the west lack flexible thinking necessary to comprehend complex issues such as climate change?]

Communicating Better to the Public – Exaggerate, or be Vague?

More Nonsense from Scripps: Rising temperatures could eliminate two-thirds of California snowpack

By Staff Writers, ICECAP, May 17, 2012

Article by Anne C. Mulkern, E&E Reporter, Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

http://icecap.us/index.php/go/they-said-it/more_nonsense_from_scripps_rising_temperatures_could_eliminate_two_thirds_o/

What Is Global Warming?

The Planet Is Heating Up—and Fast

National Geographic, No Date [H/t Bud Bromley]

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/gw-overview

[SEPP Comment: More alarmist claims from a formally valuable magazine.]

Rapid Climate Changes Turn Minn.’s North Woods into a Moose Graveyard

By Daniel Cusick, E&E repoter, Earth First, May 18, 2012

http://earthfirstnews.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/rapid-climate-changes-turn-minn-s-north-woods-into-a-moose-graveyard/

[SEPP Comment: Could the reported decline be the introduction of wolves in the area? During the same period, moose have proliferated in New England in such numbers that they have become a threat to motorists.]

Potomac River threatened by pollution, Congress, new report says

By Darryl Fears, Washington Post, May 15, 2012

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/potomac-river-threatened-by-pollution-congress-new-report-says/2012/05/14/gIQAxl89PU_story.html?hpid=z3

[SEPP Comment: In the 1960s and early 1970s there was a major breach in the sewer line serving much of the suburbs north and west of Washington. Raw sewage was being dumped into the river immediately upstream of Washington. Private citizens, not government regulators, demanded this be cleaned-up. Today, the river is healthy and supports sports fishing contests immediately downstream of Washington.]

Climate scientists discover new weak point of the Antarctic ice sheet

By Staff Writers, Breme, Germany (SPX), May 15, 2012

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Climate_scientists_discover_new_weak_point_of_the_Antarctic_ice_sheet_999.html

[SEPP Comment: Using unverified and unvalidated models to projects 60 years into the future.]

Communicating Better to the Public – Make things up.

Willingness to pay and political support for a US national clean energy standard

Aldy, J. et al. Nature Climate Change, May 13, 2012

http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate1527.html

[SEPP Comment: The estimated cost of 80% electricity from renewables is ridiculously low and unsupported by experience.]

The perfect climate for hollow threats

By Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun, May 14, 2012 [H/t Des Moore]

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/climate-for-hollow-threats/story-e6frfifx-1226354335311

[SEPP Comment: More on the false death threats.]

Models v. Observations

We can’t predict the climate on a local, regional, or continental scale

By Tony Cox and Jo Nova, Her blog, May 17, 2012

http://joannenova.com.au/2012/05/we-cant-predict-the-climate-on-a-local-regional-or-continental-scale/#more-21325

Question And Answer On The Value Of Dynamic Downscaling For Multi-Decadal Predictions

By Roger Pielke Sr, Pielke Climate Science, May 16, 2012

http://pielkeclimatesci.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/question-and-answer-on-the-value-of-dynamic-downscaling-for-multi-decadal-predictions/

Changing Weather

Varied Views on Extreme Weather in a Warming Climate

By Andrew Revkin, NYT, May 11, 2012 [H/t ICECAP]

http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/11/another-view-on-extreme-weather-in-a-warming-climate/?comments#comments

[SEPP Comment: It is not established that there has been an increase in severe weather. It is incumbent on those who claim it to product the evidence. Clichés are not evidence.]

Hurricane drought days at an all time high – Katrina Karma ?

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, May 16, 2012

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/05/16/hurricane-drought-days-at-an-all-time-high-katrina-karma/

[SEPP Comment: A new scare – global warming is causing fewer hurricanes?]

Changing Seas

Trenberth’s missing heat still missing: new paper shows a near flat ocean temperature trend – 0.09°C over the past 55 years

By Anthony Watts, WUST, May 16, 2012

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/05/16/trenberths-missing-heat-still-missing-new-paper-shows-a-flat-ocean-temperature-trend-0-09c-over-the-past-55-years/#more-63740

Changing Sea Ice

New paper using RADARSAT data: Antarctic ice shelves slowed down – “…have not been changed in a significant way in the past 12 years”

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, May 17, 2012

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/05/17/new-paper-using-radarsat-data-antarctic-ice-shelves-slowed-down-have-not-been-changed-in-a-significant-way-in-the-past-12-years/#more-63767

Cap-and-Trade and Carbon Taxes

EU issues warning to carbon tax rebels China, India

By Staff Writers, Brussels (AFP) May 15, 2012

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/EU_issues_warning_to_carbon_tax_rebels_China_India_999.html

[SEPP Comment: Will the next step for the EU be a tax on the carbon content of imports?]

Subsidies and Mandates Forever

Wind energy without the PTC

By Lisa Linowes, Wind Action, May 11, 2012

http://www.windaction.org/faqs/34944

[SEPP Comment: Continued demands for subsidies of wind power.]

Wind Energy: The Next Green Black-Hole

By Marita Noon, Townhall, May 15, 2012 [H/t Martin Mangino]

http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/maritanoon/2012/05/13/wind_energy_the_next_green_blackhole/page/full/

EPA and other Regulators on the March

Get even more lead out: CDC

By Staff Writers, ACSH, May 18, 2012

http://www.acsh.org/factsfears/newsID.3632/news_detail.asp

[SEPP Comment: Even the CDC appears to be adapting a linear no-threshold model.]

Energy Issues – Non-US

The Future of Oil: Geology versus Technology

By Staff Writers, IMF Working Paper, European Energy Review, May 13, 2012

http://www.europeanenergyreview.eu/site/pagina.php?id=3692

[SEPP Comment: The perils of predicting future oil prices]

Oilsands apocalypse at odds with credible science

Editorial, Calgary Herald, May 17, 2012

http://www.calgaryherald.com/opinion/editorials/Editorial+Oilsands+apocalypse+odds+with+credible+science/6640149/story.html

Australia to become energy superpower?

By Staff Writers, UPI, May 14, 2012

http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2012/05/14/Australia-to-become-energy-superpower/UPI-26871337012856/

Energy Issues — US

What the Keystone pipeline won’t do

Editorial, Washington Post, May 13, 2012

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/what-the-keystone-pipeline-wont-do/2012/05/13/gIQAVp2FNU_story.html?hpid=z3

[SEPP Comment: The Washington Post discovers there is a world market for oil and sudden disruptions in the market affect price. This is hardly justification for not building the pipeline.]

James Hansen’s War Against Canada

By Kenneth P. Green, Master Resource, May 16, 2012

http://www.masterresource.org/2012/05/james-hansen-war-canada/#more-20027

Oil and Natural Gas – the Future or the Past?

Star States on the Road to U.S. Hydrocarbon Plenty

By Julia Bell, Master Resource, May 15, 2012

http://www.masterresource.org/2012/05/star-states-hydrocarbon-plenty/#more-20005

Two new LNG projects planned in North America

By Edward McAllister and Jeffrey Jones, Reuters, May 16, 2012

http://business.financialpost.com/2012/05/16/ten-lng-projects-planned-in-north-america/?__lsa=a643f026

[SEPP Comment: This brings to total planned projects to export LNG to 12. Remains to be seen how many will be built.]

Canadian oil production may hit six million bpd by 2020: CIBC

By Yadullah Hussain, Financial Post, May 17, 2012

http://business.financialpost.com/2012/05/17/canadian-oil-production-may-hit-6m-by-2020-cibc/?__lsa=a643f026

Methane hydrate technology fuels a new energy regime

By Neil Reynolds, Globe and Mail, May 15, 2012 [H/t GWPF]

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/commentary/neil-reynolds/methane-hydrate-technology-fuels-a-new-energy-regime/article2433611/

Washington’s Control of Oil and Gas

No Virginia, There Is No Sanity Clause In Obama Drilling Permit Policy

By Larry Bell, Forbes, May 15, 2012

http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2012/05/15/no-virginia-there-is-no-sanity-clause-in-obama-drilling-permit-policy/

GAO To Obama: More Oil Than Rest Of The World

Editorial, IBD, May 14, 2012

http://news.investors.com/article/611380/201205141900/green-river-equal-to-worlds-oil-reserves-.htm?p=full

Oil Spills, Gas Leaks & Consequences

A Push From the Mississippi Kept Deepwater Horizon Oil Slick Off Shore, Penn Research Shows

By Staff Writers, Philadelphia, PA (SPX), May 16, 2012

http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/A_Push_From_the_Mississippi_Kept_Deepwater_Horizon_Oil_Slick_Off_Shore_Penn_Research_Shows_999.html

[SEPP Comment: Why is it a surprise that the outflow of the mighty Mississippi alters the currents in the Gulf?]

Nuclear Energy and Fears

Water waste set to become uranium resource in USA

By Staff Writers, WNN, May 9, 2012

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/ENF-Water_waste_set_to_become_uranium_resource_in_USA-0905125a.html

Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Solar and Wind

Wind Energy: The Wheels are Coming Off the Gravy Train

By Marita Noon, Energy Tribune, May 14, 2012

http://www.energytribune.com/articles.cfm/10625/Wind-Energy-The-Wheels-are-Coming-Off-the-Gravy-Train

China rejects US antidumping ruling on solar panels

By Vicki Needham, The Hill, May 18, 2012

http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/1005-trade/228295-chinese-reject-us-antidumping-ruling-on-solar-panels

China government may begin anti-dumping and anti-subsidy probe against US firms

Nuying Huang, Shanghai; Jackie Chang, DigiTimes, May 17, 2012 [H/t GWPF]

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20120516PD212.html

European Union PV market largest worldwide

By Staff Writers, Paris, France (SPX) May 17, 2012

http://www.solardaily.com/reports/European_Union_PV_market_largest_worldwide_999.html

[SEPP Comment: A dubious honor.]

Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Energy — Other

Top Five Figures Influencing Renewable Energy in US

By Staff Writers, Washington DC (SPX), May 14, 2012

http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/Top_Five_Figures_Influencing_Renewable_Energy_in_US_999.html

Catching the Wave of Alternative Energy

By Staff Writers, Portland ME (SPX), May 16, 2012

http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/Catching_the_Wave_of_Alternative_Energy_999.html

California Dreaming

California High-Speed Rail: Highest Burn Rate Ever

By Tim Cavanaugh, Reason, May 14, 2012

http://reason.com/blog/2012/05/14/california-high-speed-rail-highest-burn

Hurry Up And Spend? No, Slow Down And Think

Editorial, IBD, May 15, 2012

http://news.investors.com/article/611573/201205151852/obama-has-trouble-finding-takers-for-high-speed-rail-money.htm

Review of Recent Scientific Articles by NIPCC

For a full list of articles see www.NIPCCreport.org

Evolutionary and Adaptive Responses of Coral-Algal Symbioses to Potential Future Warming

Reference: Pettay, D.T., Wham, D.C., Pinzon, J.H. and LaJeunesse, T.C. 2011. Genotypic diversity and spatial-temporal distribution of Symbiodinium clones in an abundant reef coral. Molecular Ecology 20: 5197-5212.

http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2012/may/15may2012a2.html

[SEPP Comment: They adapt.]

ENSO: A Permanent Feature of a Future Warmer World?

Reference: Davies, A., Kemp, A.E.S., Weedon, G.P. and Barron, J.A. 2012. El Niño-Southern Oscillation variability from the Late Cretaceous Marca Shale of California. Geology 40: 15-18.

http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2012/may/15may2012a3.html

[SEPP Comment: No support for the proposition that warmer world would lead to a permanent El Niño.]

Hudson Bay Ringed Seal Populations Declined Significantly Due to Heavy Ice in the 1990s

Reference: Chambellant, M., Stirling, I., Gough, W.A. and Ferguson, S.H. 2012. Temporal variations in Hudson Bay ringed seal (Phoca hispida) life-history parameters in relation to environment. Journal of Mammalogy 93: 267-281.

http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2012/may/15may2012a4.html

[SEPP Comment: Cold periods can have negative impacts on the populations of ringed seals – and the polar bears that feed on them.]

Dust Deposits at the Bottom of the Aral Sea

Reference: Huang, X., Oberhansli, H., von Suchodoletz, H. and Sorrel, P. 2011. Dust deposition in the Aral Sea: implications for changes in atmospheric circulation in central Asia during the past 2000 years. Quaternary Science Reviews 30: 3661-3674.

http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2012/may/16may2012a1.html

[SEPP Comment: The deposits vary with warming and cooling periods over the past 2000 years.]

Tree Growth in the Swedish Sub-Arctic: Setting New Records

Reference: Hedenas, H., Olsson, H., Jonasson, C., Bergstedt, J., Dahlberg, U. and Callaghan, T.V. 2011. Changes in tree growth, biomass and vegetation over a 13-year period in the Swedish Sub-Arctic. Ambio 40: 672-682.

http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2012/may/16may2012a3.html

Oh Mann!

Jeff Masters on Mann and PCA

By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, May 18, 2012

http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/2012/5/18/jeff-masters-on-mann-and-pca.html

Other Scientific News

Caltech researchers gain greater insight into earthquake cycles

By Katie Neith, Pasadena CA (SPX), May 16, 2012

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Caltech_researchers_gain_greater_insight_into_earthquake_cycles_999.html

The Heliosphere Bow Shock Does Not Exist

By Staff Writers, Moffett Field CA (SPX), May 14, 2012

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/The_Heliosphere_Bow_Shock_Does_Not_Exist_999.html

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BELOW THE BOTTOM LINE:

Chinese Farmer Fights Smog With Fan Power

By Holly Williams, Sky News, May 17, 2012 [H/t Bishop Hill]

http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16228695

[SEPP Comment: The video of this near perpetual motion machine is amusing.]

Wasted milk is a real drain on our resources

By Staff Writers, Edinburgh UK (SPX), May 16, 2012

http://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Wasted_milk_is_a_real_drain_on_our_resources_999.html

[SEPP Comment: Other reasons to drink all your milk.]

Nearly one-tenth of hemisphere’s mammals unlikely to outrun climate change

By Staff Writers, Seattle WA (SPX), May 16, 2012

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Nearly_one_tenth_of_hemisphere_mammals_unlikely_to_outrun_climate_change_999.html

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21 thoughts on “Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

  1. Figured this story needed to be added to the report.

    At a panel discussion titled “Changing the Moral Climate on Climate Change” at the Penn State campus April 30, Mann (who was on the panel) was quoted as saying,

    “There’s the side of science, and then there’s the other side which manufactures their own science; they manufacture their own facts.”

    The climate craziness continued.

    Donald Brown, a professor of Environmental Ethnics, Science and Law at Penn State, stated, “We should encourage a conversation whether this is some kind of new crime against humanity.”

    He continued: “It’s really evil stuff.”

    These men are doing nothing more than accusing others before they themselves get accused of being the manufacturers of ‘evil stuff.’

    You can read the story at :

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/05/global-warming-doubters-accused-of-crime/?cat_orig=health

  2. One of my students asked for the definition of “quell”. I said that there are some people who think humans have the power to “quell” storms. He immediately said that humans cannot quell storms. So I asked him if he thought humans could make storms worse. He said that was impossible. Out of the mouths of a 3rd grader. The boy has talent!

  3. ClimateForAll says:
    May 22, 2012 at 7:37 pm
    “Figured this story needed to be added to the report.
    At a panel discussion titled “Changing the Moral Climate on Climate Change” at the Penn State campus April 30, Mann (who was on the panel) was quoted as saying,

    “There’s the side of science, and then there’s the other side which manufactures their own science; they manufacture their own facts.””

    Mann obviously doesn’t know what the IPCC says.
    WG1 of the IPCC says GCM’s cannot simulate the QBO.

    http://www.ipcc.ch/ipccreports/tar/wg1/279.htm

    The QBO determines upwelling of air from the troposphere into the tropopause where radiative cooling happens. Can’t be simulated. Sub gridscale processes; and what causes the QBO is not yet known. One would have thought this somewhat relevant to the radiative balance. And maybe one should postpone running simulations to the year 2100 and assert any meaning to them as long as one can’t simulate that.

    One of many blind spots. Admitted by the IPCC and glossed over by their summary. “Given this conclusion, what assumptions can we make?”

    And one should really not call that science, as Mann insists on doing.

  4. “Once Venerable Institutions: We continue to see publications by once venerable institutions overtaken by alarmist claims. ”

    This is another sad aspect of the warmist takeover. I can remember not too many years ago, kicking back and looking forward to reading publications like Scientific American; now, I don’t know.
    At jnova a commenter called a ScienceDaily article rubbish, and wanted feedback. Note that I am in the process of trying to refine my approach to describing the pro-AGW science press and pro-agw establishment, so if anyone has any thoughts on that, great! Anyway, I replied:

    You link to a bs ScienceDaily propaganda piece. I won’t comment on its content, other than to say that there is a pro-AGW “science press” that exists on the web, in print, and TV. They feed on the deception filled press releases of the fear-mongers. Offenders include Nat Geo, LiveScience, Physorg, Discovery, Scientific American etc …

    A warmist troll replied: “if an article is published in a big journal like Science, how can anyone report it without being vilified by the likes of yourself?” My reply:

    I don’t include journals like Science as technically part of the “science press.” Nevertheless, we’re all aware of the shocking problems with climate science peer review that the Climategate emails exposed. And take a look at much of what passes as science reporting is essentially a cutting and pasting of warmist press releases, or a biased uncritical echoing of warmist journal reports.
    The thing is, skeptics have been bowled over. Trillions of dollars have been earmarked in support of the leftist “cause,” and nothing, not a cent, for us ragtag rebel skeptics. Against us: the main stream media, the left leaning scientific establishment, the “science press,” and the academic (non scientific) establishment, not to mention a tangled web of govt institutions.
    But the science is on our side. There is nothing wrong with the climate: the fabricated hockey sticks has been debunked. And the ipcc deceived everyone about CO2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK_WyvfcJyg
    And, now conservatives are on our side; at least in America where a recent Pew poll showed only 19% of Republicans believe in man-made GW. So… the seeds are there now… for the skeptics to rise to victory.

  5. Still waiting for the Daily Bayonet to resurface. Better roundup than yours but by not much.

  6. “Effectively, this (new study) means that the global economy will spend trillions of dollars trying to avoid a warming of ~ 1.0 K by 2100 A.D.” Dr. Wilson wrote in a note to the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee on August 19, 2007. Wilson, a former operations astronomer at the Hubble Space Telescope Institute in Baltimore MD, was referring to the trillions of dollars that would be spent under such international global warming treaties like the Kyoto Protocol.

  7. This is another sad aspect of the warmist takeover. I can remember not too many years ago, kicking back and looking forward to reading publications like Scientific American; now, I don’t know.

    It’ shameful how fully and completely the warmist takeover has been. All of the most famous science journals have been corrupted by the Warmist religion, even the very top ones such as “Science” and “Nature”. It is hard evidence of how worthless peer review truly is nowadays.

    Venerable institutions such as NASA, the USGS, the AAAS, the American Chemical Society are all tainted by the Al Gorists and their assorted minions. Indeed it is difficult, if not impossible, to find a scientific community that actively rejects the the nonsense of global warming. It’s like 1998 never happened to these people. Anything to keep the grant money flowing.

    Even the popular science magazines are now worthless. Sadly, it’s not just Scientific American.
    No wonder that some sheeple are duped into thinking that there is a scientific consensus. (As if scientific consensus meant anything except scientists gathering around the government slop bucket feeding on our tax dollars.)
    Darwinism and AlGorism are simply religions masquerading as “science”.
    Yet if you have the courage to question and demand real science, you are expelled.

    Yet there is hope. Blogs are independent of the stuffy atmosphere of academic dogma. It is there that real science can be discussed. Open review by dedicated individuals on the internet is the future. WUWT leads the way, of course and there’s lots of good material from Prisonplanet, AIG and Minnesotansforglobalwarming.
    Conservatives understand the real issue. Speakers such as Rush and Monckton have done Herculean work to push back against the so-called “scientists”.

    And, now conservatives are on our side; at least in America where a recent Pew poll showed only 19% of Republicans believe in man-made GW.

    That number will only go down further with each new survey. It will reach critical mass at about 15%, become too big to politely ignore by the lamestream media and then create a massive re-think that will cross political lines and spread to other countries. NASA and the rest will be forced to come to the table if they don’t want their precious money cut off. They have to learn to keep politics out of science.

  8. Changing Seas

    Trenberth’s missing heat still missing: new paper shows a near flat ocean temperature trend – 0.09°C over the past 55 years

    By Anthony Watts, WUST, May 16, 2012

    As this blog’s owner knows the name of their site and that this is an obvious typo and this is posted on their own said site, is it even necessary to check with the post author before correcting this mistake, or to note the correction was made?

    Or is this an accidental reference to Anthony Watts’ new blog highlighting specific follies of “climate science” and other things so mind-numbingly outrageous and incomprehensibly stupid that they have been “exiled” to a less-serious site, Watts U Smoking There?

  9. 22 May: Reuters: Climate models indicate likely El Nino return: Australia
    Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said the climate models it monitors indicate a possible return of the El Nino weather pattern, often linked to heavy rainfall and droughts, in the second half of 2012.
    The last severe El Nino in 1998 killed more than 2,000 people and caused billions of dollars in damage to crops, infrastructure and mines in Australia and other parts of Asia.
    The bureau tracks seven climate models from compatriot meteorology centers around the world, of which five indicate above El Nino conditions, while the remaining two sit on the neutral – neither El Nino or La Nina – and warm border.
    “Nobody is going to say that the models are 100 percent accurate, but if you look at the climate models, the risk of El Nino has gone up in recent weeks,” said Andrew Watkins, manager of climate prediction at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology…

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/22/us-elnino-australia-idUSBRE84L07B20120522

  10. Regarding the “Solar Wars” part, I really wonder. China is subsidizing an industry for export? That’s like direct delivery of their taxpayer money to anybody willing to accept them. Now, buying the market this way could be beneficial for a viable industry … but for solar?

  11. Hmmm, CARB concerned about impacts on agriculture. The Greens, and their government lackies, state and federal, have done more to decimate agriculture in California than CO – in the name of protecting a smelt.

  12. DavidA, hehe. Imagine the headline: “Mount Everest deaths increased over the past 100 years”

  13. Kasuha says:
    May 23, 2012 at 3:31 am
    “Regarding the “Solar Wars” part, I really wonder. China is subsidizing an industry for export? That’s like direct delivery of their taxpayer money to anybody willing to accept them. Now, buying the market this way could be beneficial for a viable industry … but for solar?”

    China has, like Germany, a desperate resource anxiety. In the case of Germany, it’s the memory of the fuel embargo that torpedoed our WW II war machine. In the case of China, memories of the big famine that killed 40 million. China wants all power sources it can get. They have enough billions in the bank to burn some of that.

    From a capitalist point of view, neither Germany’s nor China’s actions make sense.

  14. ” … it is sheer absurdity to think we can get a nice climate by turning a CO2 adjustment knob.” Klaus-Eckar Puls,

    That really needs to be sharpened up and kept near the top of the rhetorical toolkit. The models have a dozen or more buttons, dials, sliders and switches to tweak in order to hind-cast the climate accurately. But then all but one knob is set and — abra cadabra and ceteris paribus — a forecast is made while allowing only that one knob to be slowly dialed higher. And we are to believe that none of the other settings are in any way shape or fashion coupled to, or interfering with, or drifting despite, that one knob. That control of that one knob is possible and desirable and safe in the hands of unelected unaccountable internationalists. And that failure to tweak the knob in the right direction will result, almost instantly, in our certain destruction.

    Put that way. the idea might bring out the denier among a few people who might never express the concept otherwise.

  15. Re: “Solar Wars”
    “China has proposed to retaliate by examining US subsidies on alternative energy sources and perhaps impose import tariffs on US products.”
    There were also subsidies placed on tires and steel. No President in 50+ years has done that. We are reliving the 1930’s. Trade wars back then were a mistake that prolonged the Great Depression.

  16. There is alot in this post, but the remark about our snow pack yielding less water is hilarious. Even with a relatively smaller snowpack this year than last (CA had a huge snowpack last year) the reservoirs are full. Shasta alone is at 99% while the other great northern reservoirs are at 94 to 97%. Check it out here – it can be updated daily…

    http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cdecapp/resapp/getResGraphsMain.action

    This is measured data, not models.

  17. Excuse me, I misspoke.

    Its Oroville (not Shasta) at 99% capacity with 3,000,000 acre feet, Shasta at 97% capacity with 4,000,000 acre feet, Trinity at 96% capacity with 2,200,000 acre feet and Folsom at 94% capacity with about 970,000 acre feet as of 5/23/12. FYI, Folsom was at 99% capacity until about three weeks ago when it increased its discharges down the American River.

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