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Quote of the Week: “The great tragedy of Science – the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.” Thomas Huxley [H/t Tim Ball]
Number of the Week: 1,667 times
By Ken Haapala, Executive Vice President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)
Secret Letter: Climategate bulldog Steve McIntyre has been pursuing a reference by Thomas Stocker, co-chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for Working Group I (WGI), which covers the scientific basis of the various declarations of global warming / climate change. The letter was referenced in note threatening UK scientists with dire consequences if the letter is released to the public. Equally tenacious Christopher Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) apparently obtained the letter from Thomas Peterson of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a Climategate correspondent. McIntyre amusingly asks if Stocker will retaliate against the US, and American scientists. The US is a major funder of the IPCC and climate research in the US and other countries.
The letter, which went to all AR4 Lead Authors, Coordinating Lead Authors and Review Editors, contains some disturbing statements as to the direction of IPCC science. In its Third Assessment Report (AR3) published in 2001, especially in the Summary for Policymakers, the IPCC attempted to suppress climate history, particularly the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age with the discredited hockey-stick. In the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) published in 2007, the IPCC largely ignored or dismissed climate history. The letter states that Working Group I will remain firmly behind the findings of AR4.
After a decade of the IPCC suppressing climate history, increasingly, discussions of the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age are appearing in the literature. If the upcoming Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), due out in 2013, fails to address climate history, its science will be biased and unreliable. Please see links under Climategate Continued.
Secret Email Addresses: The correspondence of US government officials and employees, when acting in an official capacity, is part of the public record, which legally must be preserved. The law applies to email correspondence as well as physical correspondence. The letter discussed above is an example of NOAA adhering to the law. In the past, some government officials and employees have failed to adhere to the law. The determined Christopher Horner has discovered that a number of government agencies / employees keep secret email addresses where they conduct official business. NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) is one such organization. The director of GISS, James Hansen, is a political activist in global warming alarm and energy policy.
These activities are disturbing because the historic temperature record produced by GISS has been repeatedly changed to the point that the 1930s warm period and the cooling from about 1940 to 1975, which gave alarm of an impending new Ice Age, barely exist. See Global Temperatures: http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/graphs_v3/
Please see links under Suppressing Scientific (or Public) Inquiry. Please note that, whenever possible, TWTW avoids politically or ideologically slanted links and believes the public disclosure laws apply to all regardless of political party or ideology.
North Atlantic Climate Change: Last week, TWTW linked to a study taken in Svalbard, an archipelago north of the Arctic Circle. The study asserted that the current warm period is warmer than previously warm periods. Since the results are inconsistent with a large body of evidence across Greenland and North America, TWTW suggested that it may be an outlier or part of a cycle. Several readers asserted it was and send examples of prior studies. Euan Mearns referenced a study by Bond, et al, “Persistent Solar Influence on North Atlantic Climate During the Holocene”, Science 294 (5549): 2130–2136. Kenneth Towe sent a study by Kenneth Drinkwater showing a dramatic North Atlantic climate shift in the 1920s and 1930s based on temperatures, fish stocks, spawning areas, food biomass, etc.
This week’s NIPCC Reports links to a study reporting on climate change in Iceland for the past 10,200 years (the Holocene). The study indicates there is nothing unusual about the current warm period or the rate of warming.
In addition, past TWTWs have linked to changing Svalbard temperatures especially the December 17, 2011 which linked to an article showing a relationship between the solar cycle and Svalbard temperatures and predicting that the temperatures will decline in the future: http://arxiv.org/abs/1112.3256
Also, as linked in the September 24, TWTW, the Antarctic Peninsula appears to undergo cyclical warming and cooling. Please see links under Changing Climate and NIPCC Reports.
Measurement Issues: Roy Spencer reports that he and John Christy are seeing that the Aqua satellite they most depend upon for their temperature monitoring is experiencing increasing noise. They will have to adjust the datasets for this noise, which they hope to accomplish within a few weeks. No doubt, the adjustments will receive intense outside scrutiny and some will declare the instrument noise makes the satellite data unreliable. But those who wish to examine the adjustments will be able to do so before and after they are done. This is in contrast with NASA-GISS historic temperature data which are modified without public announcements. Please see links under measurement issues.
Climate Sensitivity: The amount the earth will warm with a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) has been a major issue for years. Classical theory indicates that it will be about 1.1 deg C (2 deg F). The IPCC, its models, and the climate establishment insist warming will be more than this because the warming will cause an increase in atmospheric water vapor (the major greenhouse gas) which will amplify the CO2-caused warming, a net positive feedback. Other climate scientists, such a Richard Lindzen, have stated that based upon their empirical research the warming will be dampened by other climate effects, a net negative feedback. New research indicates that the warming will be 1.1 deg C +/- 0.4 deg C – the same as the classical theory.
The controversy will continue. But, what is interesting is the wide range of estimates of climate sensitivity with the median estimates ranging from 0.7 deg C to 8 deg C. Until this issue is empirically resolved, model projections are simply sophisticated speculation. Please see links under Climate Sensitivity.
Additions and Corrections: Reader William Dwyer corrected TWTW when he pointed out the correct title for the magazine that reported deficiencies in Fisker’s automobile, Karma, was Consumer Reports not Consumers Report. As always TWTW deeply appreciates additions and corrections.
Unintended Movie Humor? Several blogs have noted that the new movie “Promised Land”, this is strongly against hydraulic fracturing is financed, in part, by the government of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE is one of the Persian Gulf oil states and in June produced about 2.6 million barrels a day, much of it for export. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-15/abu-dhabi-exports-first-pipeline-oil-to-pakistani-refinery-1-.html
The bloggers suggested that investing in the movie was motivated by something other than an investment diversification plan. Negative marketing (a form of propaganda) can be a prudent investment.
Number of the Week: 1,667 times. Last week TWTW linked to an article on the results from the US Geological Survey (USGS) testing of water wells near Pavillion, Wyoming, which the EPA had declared were contaminated by hydraulic fracturing. The EPA announced that the USGS findings were consistent with the EPA’s earlier findings. According to a UPI, report the USGS findings showed the presence of hydrocarbon benzene, which is considered to be carcinogenic to be within 3 percent of the EPA recommended limit for well water. The EPA had reported that it had found benzene to be 50 times the recommended limit. Thus, the proportion of benzene found in the water by the EPA is 1,667 times the proportion the USGS found. The word consistency has a different meaning to the EPA than to most of us.
It should be noted that the natural gas wells in Pavillion are not deep underground wells in dense shale, but are shallow wells apparently in the Wind River formation which is largely composed of claystone, siltstone, and sandstone, which are far less dense. http://tin.er.usgs.gov/geology/state/sgmc-unit.php?unit=WYTwdr%3B0. Any adverse findings cannot be logically applied to hydraulic fracturing of shale. Please see links under EPA and other Regulators on the March.
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. Opening Statement of the Honorable Joe Barton
Chairman Emeritus, Committee on Energy and Commerce, The American Energy Initiative, Sep 20, 2012 (No URL)
[SEPP Comment: Embraces the work of Fred Singer.]
2. The EPA’s Pebble Beaching
Rewriting the Clean Water Act to kill an Alaska mining project.
Editorial, WSJ, Sep 30, 2012
3. Bakken Crude Prices Rise as Railroad Reach Grows
By Ben Lafebyre, WSJ, Oct 4, 2012
4. Cuomo’s De-Fracking
New York’s Governor favors rich greens over the upstate poor.
Editorial, WSJ, Oct 3, 2012
5. India Oil Firms Buy Stake in Carrizo’s Colorado Asset
By Rakesh Sharma, WSJ, Oct 4, 2012
NEWS YOU CAN USE:
Will Stocker Retaliate against the U.S?
By Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, Oct 4, 2012
The ‘secret’ IPCC Stocker WG1 memo – found!
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Oct 4, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Link to the letter.]
Suppressing Scientific (or Public) Inquiry
The Cyber Bonfire of GISS’s Vanities
By Chris Horner, WUWT, Oct 4, 2012
The Liberal War on Transparency
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Oct 5, 2012
Czars, Lies and Email: What Information Is the Left Trying to Delete From History?
By Christopher Horner, The Blaze, Oct 2, 2012 [H/t Cooler Heads]
Challenging the Orthodoxy
New Paper “An Empirical Study Of The Impact Of Human Activity On Long-Term Temperature Change In China: A Perspective From Energy Consumption” By Li And Zhao 2012
By Roger Pielke, Sr, Climate Science, Oct 1, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Measured temperature increases are closely related to local energy consumption, an indicator of increased human activity.]
International research group shows that the aging of organic aerosols is caused by OH radicals
Climate models need to be updated
Press Release, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Oct 4, 2012 [H/t WUWT]
[SEPP Comment: As an amusing sidelight, published hiking guides of the Blue Mountains of Australia state the blue haze is caused by natural organic aerosols. For years, environmentalists in the US have been claiming the Great Smokey Mountains got its name steam coming off the mountains after a thunderstorm and that the haze of the Blue Ridge was caused by automobiles – as if the pioneers who named it had automobiles.]
Throwing Money at Climate Lies
By Alan Caruba, Warning Signs, Oct 1, 2012
Environmentalists Create Another False Claim About Climate Change
By Tim Ball, A Different Perspective, Oct 3, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Contrary to the claims of the global warming / climate change alarmist, there is nothing unusual in the rate of current climate change.]
Europe’s Media Goes Completely Deaf & Dumb When It Comes To Record High Antarctic Sea Ice
By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Oct 2, 2012 [H/t GWPF]
Defending the Orthodoxy
Humans added plenty greenhouse gases before industrialisation
By Staff Writers, Paris (AFP), Oct 03, 2012
UN official: Climate skeptics are losing
By Ben Geman, The Hill, Oct 1, 2012
[SEPP Comment: “Christiana Figueres, the United Nations’ top climate change official” at conference by the International Emissions Trading Association.]
Ocean acidification emerges as new climate threat
By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post, Sep 30, 2012
[SEPP Comment: The headline encapsulates the rigor of the thinking in the story.]
A pinch of salt for new carbon storage modeling
By Freya Roberts, Carbon Brief, Sep 27, 2012
Can we estimate the tipping point into irreversible climate change? We assess the One Hundred Months campaign
By Roz Pidcock, Carbon Brief, Oct 4, 2012
Questioning the Orthodoxy
Southern Hemisphere becoming drier
By Staff Writers, e Science, Oct 3, 2012
Hey, School Teachers: Those Greenhouse Effect Experiments Are Junk
By Roy Spencer, His Blog, Oct 2, 2012
Questioning European Green
Three years until the lights go out
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Oct 5, 2012
Power shortage risks by 2015, Ofgem warns
Britain risks running out of energy generating capacity in the winter of 2015-16, according to the energy regulator Ofgem.
By Staff Writers, BBC, Oct 5, 2012 [H/t Bishop Hill]
[SEPP Comment: Wind power will be no help on cold, still winter nights.]
Offshore wind prospects hit by grid costs
By Gerard Wynn, WAtoday, AU, Oct 3, 2012 [H/t GWPF]
[SEPP Comment: It costs money to connect electricity generated by off-shore wind power to on shore consumers?]
Wind farms given £34m to switch off in bad weather: Households stung by secretive payments
By Sam Greenhill and Graham Grant, Mail Online, Sep 30, 2012 [H/t GWPF]
Questioning Green Elsewhere
The Limits of Wind Power
Very high wind penetrations are not achievable in practice due to the increased need for power storage, the decrease in grid reliability, and the increased operating costs
By William J. Korchinski and Julian Morris, Reason Foundation, October 4, 2012
Green-energy policy hurts America
By Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Market Watch, Oct 3, 2012 [H/t Cooler Heads]
Expanding the Orthodoxy
Council of war gathers for world’s biodiversity crisis
By Staff Writers, Paris (AFP), Oct 05, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Efforts to save Earth’s natural resources? “Nearly half of amphibian species, a third of corals, a quarter of mammals, a fifth of all plants and 13 percent of the world’s birds are at risk of extinction, according to the “Red List” compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).”]
Interior Department seeks climate change advisers
By Ben Geman, The Hill, Oct 3, 2012
Problems in the Orthodoxy
Kyoto: The last rites
Where better than the Qatari capital to perform the last rites over the Kyoto Protocol?
By Peter Glover, Commentator, Oct 1, 2012
Al Gore Walks Away From Green Energy
By Bill Gunderson, The Street, Oct 4, 2012 [H/t GWPF]
Seeking a Common Ground
Can we predict the duration of an interglacial?
Perspective by William McClenney on the paper of the same title, WUWT, Oct 2, 2012
“Understanding The Impact Of Dam-Triggered Land Use/Land Cover Change On The Modification Of Extreme Precipitation” By Woldemichael Et Al 2012
By Roger Pielke Sr, Climate Science, Oct 5, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Large scale dams and irrigation can intensify rainfall.]
Rebuilding public trust in science for policy-making: Japan perspective
By Judith Curry, Climate Etc, Oct 2, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Among the important omissions in the given list is that the products from models that have not undergone rigorous testing are speculation, not scientific knowledge and that difference must be emphasized.]
A Canadian View: Language Matters in Global-Warming Debate
By Tom Harris, The Epoch Times, Oct 3, 2012
Climate sensitivities in various papers
By Lubos Motl, Reference Frame, Oct 6, 2012
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Oct 6, 2012
New paper on climate sensitivity estimates 1.1 ± 0.4 °C for a doubling of CO2
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Oct 5, 2012
Climate sensitivity and the Stern report
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Oct 1, 2012
Communicating Better to the Public – Exaggerate, or be Vague?
What have the Romans ever done for us?
By Simon, Australian Climate Madness, Oct 4, 2012
Want to make a paper more alarming and appealing to coverage? Blame the Romans for climate change
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Oct 4, 2012
Sea-level study shows signs of things to come
By Staff Writers, Washington DC (SPX), Oct 05, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Irreversible global warming will drown us – eventually.]
Not a problem for your children, or theirs (recurring)
By Lewis Page, The Register, Oct 3, 2012, [H/t GWPF]
[SEPP Comment: See link immediately above.]
Great Barrier Reef coral halved in 27 years: study
By Staff Writers, Sydney (AFP), Oct 2, 2012
Communicating Better to the Public – Make things up.
1 Billion To Die By 2030: Global Warming’s Deadly Rampage!
By William Briggs, His Blog, Sep 28, 2012 [H/t GWPF]
Climate hype via Hogwarts Lab
By Peter Foster, Financial Post, Oct 1, 2012
Not So Hot
The new climate-change study getting all the headlines is deliberately misleading. Too bad so many in the media got fooled.
By Bjorn Lomborg, Foreign Policy, Sep 28, 2012
A Classic Tale of Global Warming Alarmism
By Patrick Michaels, World Climate Report, Oct 5, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Why a New York Times journalist should be reported to the UN’s High Commission on Data Torturing!]
Climate: Scepticism highest in US, Britain – poll
By Staff Writers, Paris (AFP), Oct 04, 2012
[SEPP Comment: It is the belief that before human emissions of carbon dioxide, climate was stable that is unscientific.]
Climate skeptics gaining ground in media
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Oct 5, 2012
[SEPP Comment: More survey silliness. A good link for a detailed critique of the ridiculous 97%.]
Models v. Observations
RS Workshop on Handling Uncertainty in Weather & Climate Prediction. Part I
By Judith Curry, Climate Etc, Oct 2, 2012
[SEPP Comment: May have interesting results, hopefully.]
UAH V5.5 Global Temp. Update for Sept. 2012: +0.34 deg. C
By Roy Spencer, His Blog, Oct 5, 2012
UAH Global Temperature Update for September, 2012: +?.?? deg. C
By Roy Spencer, His Blog, Oct 4, 2012
What Is the Sound of 130 Wind Turbines Turning?
Researchers record undersea sound at offshore wind farm site
By Kate Madin, Oceanus, Oct 5, 2012
[SEPP Comment: What may become an important experiment, taking measurements of the area before, during, and after construction of the wind farm.]
Dr. Ryan Maue releases new hurricane frequency data showing a negative trend in the last 30 years
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Oct 1, 2012
The regime shift of the 1920s and 1930s in the North Atlantic
Kenneth F. Drinkwater, Institute of Marine Research and Bjerknes Center for Climate Research, P.O. Box 1870 Nordnes, N-5817 Bergen, Norway, Progress in Ocenography, Feb-March 2006 [H/t Kenneth Towe]
Antarctic Peninsula Warming, Time After Time
By Doug Hoffman, Reproduced by GWPF, Sep 24, 2012
[SEPP Comment: More on research reported previously.]
Venice Lagoon research indicates rapid climate change in coastal regions
By Staff Writers, Southampton UK (SPX), Oct 05, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Driven by urban heat island effect.]
Sea Level Fall Defies Climate Warnings
By Staff Writers, The Australian, From GWPF, Sep 29, 2012
Changing Sea Ice
The 2012 Arctic Ice Melt – An Unusual Year
By David Whitehead, GWPF, Oct 2, 2012
Arctic Ice Confounds Models
By Doug Hoffman, Resilient Earth, Sep 30, 2012 [H/t GWPF]
Cold Hard Fact: Antarctic Sea Ice is at Record High
By Art Horn, Energy Tribune, Sep 28, 2012
According to NOAA data, all time Antarctic sea ice extent record was set on Sept 22nd, 2012
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 29, 2012
[SEPP Comment: All time since satellite measurements started in 1979.]
Review of Recent Scientific Articles by NIPCC
For a full list of articles see www.NIPCCreport.org
The Mass Balance of the Karakoram Glaciers
Reference: Gardelle, J., Berthier, E. and Arnaud, Y. 2012. Slight mass gain of Karakoram glaciers in the early twenty-first century. Nature Geoscience 5: 322-325.
Northern Scandinavian Summer Temperatures of the Past Two Millennia
Reference: Esper, J., Buntgen, U., Timonen, M. and Frank, D.C. 2012. Variability and extremes of northern Scandinavian summer temperatures over the past two millennia. Global and Planetary Change 88-89: 1-9.
The Holocene Climate of the North Atlantic Region
Reference: Larsen, D.J., Miller, G.H., Geirsdottir, A. and Olafsdottir, S. 2012. Non-linear Holocene climate evolution in the North Atlantic: a high-resolution, multi-proxy record of glacier activity and environmental change from Hvitarvatn, central Iceland. Quaternary Science Reviews 39: 14-25..
Better Models Needed to Link Extreme Weather to Global Warming
Reference: Editorial (18 September 2012): Extreme Weather. Nature 489: 335-336 doi:10.1038/489335b.
[SEPP Comment: The call for better models ignores the most critical missing element in IPCC climate science – the need to understand climate history and what caused changes long before major emission of greenhouse gases.]
Cap-and-Trade and Carbon Taxes
CO2 Credits and China
By Donn Dears, Power for USA, Oct 5, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Unlike California, in China economic growth is more important than CO2 emissions.]
Deutsche Bank Closes Down Climate Casino
By Administrator, GWPF, Oct 3, 2012
Subsidies and Mandates Forever
The bogus debate over fossil-fuel subsidies
By Peter Foster, Financial Post, Oct 4, 2012
Subsidizing Big Wind: The Real Costs to Taxpayers
By Robert Bryce, Manhattan Institute, Oct 2012
EPA and other Regulators on the March
New House Bill Seeks to Reform EPA’s Science Advisory Board
By Sonel Patel, Power News, Oct 4, 2012
[SEPP Comment: A much needed effort.]
Less chemicals found in Wyo. fracking zone
By Staff Writers, UPI, Sep 28, 2012
New data out from Wyo. gas field with theorized fracking-pollution link, but no smoking gun
By Mead Gruver, AP, Sep 27, 2012
Giving in to fears of fracking
By Staff Writer, ACSH, Oct 2, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Dr Gilbert Ross states that traveling from western New York towns into Pennsylvania is a bit like traveling during the cold war from East Germany to West Germany – one area is economically stagnant the other prosperous.]
Energy Issues – Non-US
The Shale Gas Boom: How Scared is the Kremlin?
By Jen Alic, Oil Price, Oct 4, 2012
[SEPP Comment: The US has overtaken Russia as the world’s largest natural gas producer, and has also overtaken Russia as the world’s second largest oil producer. The Sierra Club is opposed to expansion of all non-conventional production of oil and gas in the US. However, the Sierra Club does not have much political clout in Russia.]
Next cold war? Gas drilling boom rattles Russia
By Staff Writers, AP, Sep 30, 2012
Spain Adds $32 Billion Power-System Bailout to Bank Rescue
By Ben Sills, Bloomberg, Oct 1, 2012 [H/t GWPF]
Energy Issues — US
Liberating the Energy Economy: What Washington Must Do
By Mark P. Mills, Manhattan Institute, Sep 2012 [H/t Marita Noon]
America’s booming energy industry has emerged as the no. 1 job-creating sector of the U.S. economy
Mark J. Perry, Carpe Diem, via AEI, Oct 1, 2012
[SEPP Comment: The statistical techniques used are less than rigorous.]
Two visions for energy: Smugness or prosperity?
By Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Washington Examiner, Oct 2, 2012 [H/t Randy Randol]
U.S. Policies And Economic Doldrums Fuel Chinese Energy and Tech Grabs
By Larry Bell, Forbes, Oct 2, 2012
US bars China wind farm deal on security grounds
By Staff Writers, Washington (AFP), Sept 28, 2012
Oil and Natural Gas – the Future or the Past?
The Natural Gas Revolution: Creator And Destroyer
By Al Fin, GWPF, Sep 30, 2012
Energy Independence from Fracking
By Donn Dears, Power for USA, Oct 2, 2012
Even with fewer drill rigs, shale gas production continues to rise
By Andrew Maykuth, Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct 3, 2012
Washington’s Control of Oil and Gas
Obama drilling chief: ‘Time-out’ might be needed as industry takes on more risk
By Ben Geman, The Hill, Oct 2, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Another drilling moratorium in the making at the behest of the environmental industry?]
Return of King Coal?
Coal Will Continue to Build America
By Frank Clemente, Energy Facts Weekly, Oct 3, 2012
Brattle Report Projects Doubled Coal Retirement Estimates Ascribed to Low Gas Prices
By Sonel Patel, Power News, Oct 4, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Two issues: will the natural gas prices remain low and will EPA still force closing of coal plants?]
Oil Spills, Gas Leaks & Consequences
Canadian oil company ordered by EPA to intensify river cleanup
By Zack Colman. The Hill, Oct 3, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Ownership of a 60 year old pipeline continues to hurt Enbridge, which desired to build a much needed Keystone XL pipeline.]
Chevron Brazil Oil Spill Fallout Warning For All
By Andrés Cala, Energy Tribune, Oct 3, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Balancing the need to protect public welfare (environment) with the need attract capital and expertise necessary to expand oil development that enhances public welfare is challenging to bureaucrats of Brazil.]
Nuclear Energy and Fears
Restricting nuclear power has little effect on the cost of climate policies
By Staff Writers, Potsdam, Germany (SPX,) Oct 05, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Another Made As Instructed numbers game. Restrict CO2 emissions, then calculate the GDP losses with or without nuclear power. The maximum cost of no nuclear is about 20% of climate policy costs. The article does not mention GDP losses from erratic alternative energy, which is considered a substitute for base-load, reliable nuclear. ]
Nuclear safety upgrade needed ‘nearly everywhere’ in Europe
By Staff Writers, Brussels (AFP), Oct 04, 2012
Swiss energy strategy relies on imports and gas
By Staff Writers, WNN, Oct 1, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Costs of phasing out nuclear.]
Construction of Japanese reactor to resume
By Staff Writers, WNN, Oct 1, 2012
Has the time come for us to rethink green jobs policies?
By Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Daily Mail, Oct 3, 2012 [H/t GWPF]
$1.3 billion for 288 jobs: The failure of government-subsidized renewable energy: Another reason why government shouldn’t pick winners and losers in the economy
By Andy Mathews, Nevada Business, Oct 1, 2012
Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Solar and Wind
Why Can’t We Get All Our Electricity from Wind?
By Marlo Lewis, Global Warming, Oct 4, 2012
Quote from Shakespeare that applies to wind power: “When Shakespeare’s Owen Glendower boasted, ‘I can call spirits from the vasty deep,’ Henry Hotspur replied: ‘Why, so can I, or so can any man; but will they come when you do call for them?’ Like Glendower’s spirits, the winds answer to no man.”
Bigger wind turbines make greener electricity
By Staff Writers, Washington DC (SPX), Oct 05, 2012
Glut of Solar Panels Poses a New Threat to China
By Keith Bradsher, NYT, Oct 4, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Given the promotion of alternative energy in the US by the Times, this article is strange.]
Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Energy — Other
Are the days of the European biodiesel industry numbered?
By Sonja van Renssen, European Energy Review, Oct 4, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Leak drafts of a report that was due in 2010 indicate Biofuels may not be the future. The food v. fuel and reports the CO2 emissions are not reduced may spell trouble.]
Biofuels industry lauds automakers for approving higher ethanol fuel blend
By Zack Colman, The Hill, Oct 2, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Forget car owners and damage to existing cars, full speed ahead.]
Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Vehicles
Electric cars ‘pose environmental threat’
Electric cars might pollute much more than petrol or diesel-powered cars, according to new research.
By Staff Writers, BBC, Oct 4, 2012
Electric Cars Are Far Too Expensive’
By Staff Writers, Spiegel, Oct 2, 2012
“The electric car is a good idea, even if the automobile industry doesn’t seem to think so…” “If we don’t create incentives, then the whole thing is going to fail,” the [Green] party said in a statement.
[SEPP Comment: Politicians and bureaucrats in Washington are not alone in ignoring consumer sensibility.]
Huffington Post Alarmist story featuring Mann and Climate Central full of errors and omissions
By Joseph D’Aleo, Weatherbell.com, Oct 6, 2012
Other Scientific News
Misconduct Widespread in Retracted Science Papers, Study Finds
By Carl Zimmer, NYT, Oct 1, 2012
Too Little Nitrogen May Restrain Carbon Storage Capability Of Plants
By Staff Writers, Minneapolis MN (SPX), Oct 04, 2012
Tree rings go with the flow of the Amazon
By Staff Writers, Leeds UK (SPX). Oct 05, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Can growth rings in certain tropical trees be used to estimate changes in precipitation?]
BELOW THE BOTTOM LINE:
The Matt Damon movie that blasts fracking was partly funded by Abu Dhabi
Joshua Berlinger, Business Insider, Oct 4, 2012
Scaling down: Warming will make fish smaller
By Staff Writers, Paris (AFP,) Sept 30, 2012
[SEPP Comment: See link immediately below.]
Shrinking Nemo – global warming to make fish smaller
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 30, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Taking on a study that claims that warming oceans will lead to less dissolved oxygen therefore smaller fish. Yet, the ocean acidification fans claim that the oceans that are warming will contain more dissolved carbon dioxide, thus poison fish.]