Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

THIS WEEK:

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

On Monday, the 16th Conference of Parties (COP) to the UN Climate Change Convention will meet in Cancun to produce yet another scheme to replace the Kyoto Protocol that will expire in 2012. It is expected that this meeting will be far more subdued than the 15th COP, last year in Copenhagen, when the expectations for a grand treaty were high. Of course, the treaty did not materialize and the COP ended poorly, which was fortunate for the world. Please see the referenced articles under “On to Cancun,” particularly the one from the Scientific Alliance.

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The UN IPCC and others use tropical islands such as Tuvalu to alarm the world of the dire consequences of global warming and sea level rise if the world does not support its demands for controlling carbon dioxide. Repeatedly, we are told that the islands are fast disappearing and the inhabitants will become climate change refugees.

Emeritus Professor Cliff Ollier, a geologist and geomorphologist, provided SEPP with a copy of his latest paper discussing the fate of these islands. It appears that, contrary to propaganda photos, the cabinet ministers of these islands will not need scuba gear to conduct cabinet meetings in the foreseeable future.

Please see Article # 1.

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The US EPA continues its march to regulate the US economy. In regulating sulfur dioxide it is using computer models (which are easily manipulated) rather than measurements to determine the amount of sulfur dioxide in the atmosphere. [After all, NASA-GISS routinely uses models, not measurements, to determine the temperatures in the Arctic.] The EPA ignores basic facts such as sulfur dioxide emissions fell by more than 50% while electricity generation from fossil fuels increase by 70% from 1980 to 2008. This compels one to ask are low levels of sulfur dioxide a threat to human health? Please see Articles # 2 and # 3.

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Several weeks ago, TWTW carried an article from the Wall Street Journal on a White House memo that discussed a wind farm in Shepherds Flat, Oregon, using wind turbines built by GE. The article stated that the total subsidies the developers will receive is about $1.2 Billion, which works out to be more than $34 Million for each of the 35 permanent jobs the wind farm is expected to provide.

The article prompted a letter from a person with GE Energy Financial Services, who stated such projects need loan guarantee. [The letter did not challenge the monetary or job numbers.] This letter, in turn, prompted a second letter from an engineer who had worked at GE when it was first designing, developing, and marketing gas turbine power plants, which was a money loser for many years with no government subsidies or loan guarantees.

The letter exchange illustrates how a corporate culture can change when the company goes from creating products for a competitive market to manufacturing products for an artificial, government-created market. Not explicitly stated, but implied, is that the wind turbine industry would collapse if it were not for government mandates and guarantees. Please see Article # 5.

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Over the past several weeks, TWTW has been emphasizing that China is building its alternative energy manufacturing facilities mainly to serve Western markets, and it is rapidly expanding its electrical generating capability mainly from traditional sources such as nuclear, hydro and coal. Some commentators are realizing that China is transforming from a traditional exporter of coal to a major importer of coal. Under Energy Issues, please see the article “Coal Exports to China Surge …” which has a link to a New York Times article on the subject.

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The 2008 NIPCC Report, Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate, http://www.sepp.org/publications/NIPCC_final.pdf, presented the strong correlation between solar activity and climate as seen by proxies from a stalagmite in a cave in Oman (p.. 12). The values of carbon-14, a proxy for solar activity, correlated with oxygen-18, a proxy for temperature. The correlations have been confirmed by other proxy data. Changes in solar wind and solar magnetism modulate galactic cosmic rays. The NIPCC Report suggests the mechanism whereby cosmic rays influence the earth’s climate is likely to be a change in cloud cover as suggested by Svensmark and Friis Christensen.

An article published on November 24, in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, “Cosmic rays linked to rapid mid-latitude cloud changes,” suggests that small but statistically significant influence of galactic cosmic rays on the earth’s atmosphere has been found. Please see the referenced article and links under Other Scientific Issues.

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THE NUMBER OF THE WEEK: is 30. That is the number of states in the US, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, that have adopted a Renewable Electricity Standard (RES). As discussed above and previously, under RES electricity providers have no incentive to produce at the lowest possible cost. In fact, under RES regulated utilities have every incentive to produce at the highest permitted cost. Regulated utilities provide electricity on a cost plus basis, the higher the capital costs the higher the profits. When utilities and their regulators work hand-in-glove for goals other than what is best to the consumer, the consumer suffers.

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ARTICLES:

For the numbered articles below please see:

http://www.haapala.com/sepp/the-week-that-was.cfm…

1. Tuvalu – the touchstone of global warming and rising sea level

By Cliff Ollier, On Line opinion, AU e-journal, Nov 26, 2010

http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=112….

2 EPA hungry for more power

By Lana Spivak, American Council on Science and Health, Nov 23, 2010

ACSH Morning Dispatch [morning@acsh.org]

3. The EPA Permitorium

The agency’s regulatory onslaught has stopped new power generation

Editorial, WSJ, Nov 22, 2010

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704658….

4. Wake up, Washington. Energy independence is close at hand

Editorial, Washington Examiner, Nov 21, 2010

http://washingtonexaminer.com/editorials/2010/11/exa….

5. GE Didn’t Always Want a Subsidy

Letter By Louis Fougere, WSJ, Nov 26, 2010

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704648….

6. Arctic Air: The Bold Missions of the 109th Airlift Wing

By Kenneth Haapala, Arctic Air Website, WCNY-TV (PBS), Nov 8, 2010

http://www.wcny.org/arcticair/wp-content/uploads/201….

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NEWS YOU CAN USE:

Challenging the Orthodoxy

‘Cool it’ with all the research dollars

Solution to climate change is planning, not spending

By Robert Carter and Paul Driessen, Washington Times, Nov 22, 2010

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/nov/22/cool….

[SEPP Comment: A counter to Lomborg’s special pleas for money for technological fixes.]

Global Warming Skeptics Ascend in Congress

Cap-and-trade may be just the first casualty of the science-doubters in the House and Senate

By Jim Snyder and Kim Chipman, Bloomberg Week, Nov 24, 2010

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/10_49/b….

[SEPP Comment: Those who question the validity of IPCC projections are labeled as science doubters.]

Climate Change Idiocy and The Economist

By Alan Caruba, Warning Signs, Nov 25, 2010

http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com/…

Climate change no longer scary in Europe

It’s not the climate, but the tide of opinion that’s changing in Europe and around the globe

By Dr. Hans Labohm, Canada Free Press, Nov 22, 2010 [H/t Francois Guillaumat]

http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/302….

Another Top International Scientist Jumps off Global Warming ‘Titanic’

By John O’Sullivan, Canada Free Press, Nov 22, 2010 [H/t ICECAP]

http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/302….

Head of IPCC surprised people didn’t like bogus climate data

By Hank Campell, Science 2.0, Nov 22, 2010

http://www.science20.com/cool-links/head_ipcc_surpri….

Defending the Orthodoxy

Next climate warming report will be dramatically worse: UN

AFP, Independent, UK, Nov 24, 2010

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/next-climat….

[SEPP Comment: The headline is amusing. Will it be worse in more dire projections or worse in quality of product, or both?]

Now we are not even allowed to doubt?

By Joanne Nova, Joannenova.com, Nov 27, 2010

http://joannenova.com.au/2010/11/now-we-are-not-even….

[SEPP Comment: Anyone who does not embrace the claims humans are causing unprecedented and dangerous global warming is now labeled a doubt monger.]

A Yale Forum Two-Part Special Feature

Scientists and Journalists on ‘Lessons Learned’

By Bud Ward, Climate Change & The Media, Nov 18, 2010 [H/t Marc Morano, Climate Depot]

http://www.yaleclimatemediaforum.org/2010/11/scienti….

The Costs of a Climate of Fear

When scientists are attacked professionally and personally, independent science and the public suffer.

By Michael Halpern, Academe Online, Nov-Dec, 2010 [H/t Sanford Aranoff]

http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/pubsres/academe/2010/ND/fea….

[SEPP Comment: A one-sided article from one more institution; doubt mongers are not professionally and personally attacked.]

Opening up climate science can cut off the skeptics

Equipping the public with the tools and knowledge to understand complex issues like global warming can help them avoid the rhetorical tricks of climate ‘skeptics.’

By Andrew Holding, Guardian, UK, Nov 25, 2010 [H/t Bishop Hill]

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/the-lay-scientist/….

NOAA’s New Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/usnoaagov…

[“NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources.” Need anything more be said?]

Uncomfortable Climate

By Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, Nov 22, 2010 [H/t Roger Cohen]

http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2010/11/22/101….

Pielke Jr. on Trenberth’s Book Review

Posted by Anthony Watts, WUWT, Nov 27, 2010

http://wattsupwiththat.com/…

[SEPP Comment: Another factually challenged book review published in Science Magazine.]

Climate-change agency winds down as federal funding ends

By Mike De Souza, Vancouver Sun, Nov 24, 2010 [H/t GWPF]

http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Climate+chang….

Front-Line City in Virginia Tackles Rise in Sea

By Leslie Kaufman, NYT, Nov 25, 2010

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/26/science/earth/26no….

[SEPP Comment: Apparently the journalist does not realize that Norfolk is built on soft ground. The measured sea level rise, which is greater than what is found elsewhere, is an indication of subsidence rather than rising seas.]

NASA Study Finds Earth’s Lakes are Warming

Press Release, NASA, Nov 23, 2010 [H/t Toshio Fujita]

http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/earthb2010….

Seeking a Common Ground

Global Warming: Fact or Fiction?

By Gary Baise, Farm Futures, Nov 23, 2010

http://www.farmfutures.com/blogs.aspx?fcb=23…

On to Cancun

From Copenhagen to Cancun

The Scientific Alliance, Nov 26, 2010

http://www.scientific-alliance.org/…

The Climate Cash Cow

Editorial, IBD, Nov 19, 2010

http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/554….

[SEPP Comment: Forget saving the planet, get the cash..]

World May Record Warmest Year as U.K. Meteorological Office Adjusts Data

By Alex Morales, Bloomberg, Nov 26, 2010

http://www.icecap.us/…

[SEPP Comment: The ICECAP comments put the article in perspective.]

BP Oil Spill and Aftermath

Science and the Drilling Ban

An inspector general’s report shows science played little role in the moratorium

Editorial, WSJ, Nov 20, 2010

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704312….

Salazar galls lawmakers from Gulf states

Talks end with little action to renew drilling

By Kara Rowland, Washington Times, Nov 22, 2010

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/nov/22/sala….

Energy Issues

Coal Exports to China Surge (Carbon Leakage with Vengeance – No Escape from Law of Unintended Consequences)

By Marlo Lewis, Global Warming.org, Nov 22, 2010

http://www.globalwarming.org/2010/11/22/carbon-leaka….

America Gets Gored

Editorial, IBD, Nov 22, 2010

http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/554….

Methane Hydrates: The Next Energy Revolution

By Takeo Kumajai, GWPF, Nov 24, 2010 [H/t Tom Sheahen]

http://thegwpf.org/energy-news/1909-methane-hydrates….

A Shale-Gas Bonanza

Obama’s State Department is pitching the new hydrofracking technology worldwide, and Halliburton is delighted.

By Coral Davenport, National Journal, Nov 18, 2010 [H/t GWPF]

http://www2.nationaljournal.com/member/magazine/a-sh….

Chinese Companies Dominate Solar Manufacturing Spending In 2010

By Staff Writers, Solar Daily, Nov 19, 2010 [H/t Toshio Fujita]

http://www.solardaily.com/reports/Chinese_Companies_….

Clean energy funding slumps

By Kiran Stacy, Financial Times, Nov 15, 2010

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/4d20d1ba-f7d7-11df-b770-00….

How to Get Private Financing for Green Projects

U.N. climate negotiations are bogged down. But as climate change experts gather in Cancun to replace the Kyoto Protocol, there are alternatives

By Michael Liebreich, Bloomberg Businessweek, Nov 24, 2010

http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/nov20….

[SEPP Comment: Rather than have the UN soak the Western taxpayers for $100 Billion per year, have the national governments do it and give the money to banks and others to invest in alternative energy projects.]

Subsidies and Mandates Forever

Energy Industry Strikes Out on Its Own

By Rebecca Smith, WSJ, Nov 22, 2010

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703559….

California Dreaming

Proposed Regulation Prohibiting False Statements

CA EPA – California Air Resources Board, Nov 24, 2010 [H/t Anthony Watts WUWT]

http://www.arb.ca.gov/html/falsestatements/falsestat….

[SEPP Comment: Would the prohibition against false statements also apply to CARB and its economic studies?]

Review of Recent Scientific Articles by NIPCC

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

Yearly Sea-Ice Breakup in Western Hudson Bay

Reference: Scott, J.B.T. and Marshall, G.J. 2010. A step-change in the date of sea-ice breakup in western Hudson Bay. Arctic 63: 155-164.

http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2010/nov/24nov20….

Holocene Climatic Change in the North American Plains

Reference: Nordt, L., von Fischer, J., Tieszen, L. and Tubbs, J. 2008. Coherent changes in relative C4 plant productivity and climate during the late Quaternary in the North American Great Plains. Quaternary Science Reviews 27: 1600-1611.

http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2010/nov/24nov20….

Effect of Elevated CO2 on Calcification by Oculina aruscula Corals

Reference: Ries, J.B., Cohen, A.L. and McCorkle, D.C. 2010. A nonlinear calcification response to CO2-induced ocean acidification by the coral Oculina arbuscula.Coral Reefs 29: 661-674.

http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2010/nov/23nov20….

The Medieval Warm Period on the Antarctic Peninsula

Reference: Hall, B.L., Koffman, T. and Denton, G.H. 2010.. Reduced ice extent on the western Antarctic Peninsula at 700-970 cal. yr B.P. Geology 38: 635-638.

http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2010/nov/24nov20….

Other Scientific Issues

Cosmic rays linked to rapid mid-latitude cloud changes

By Laken, Kniveton, and Frogeye, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 10, 10941-10948, 2010, (Issue 22) [H/t Anthony Watts, WUWT]

http://www.atmos-chem-phys.net/10/10941/2010/acp-10-….

For an informative summary see the post by Anthony Watts: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010

Other Issues that May Be Of Interest

U.S. Carbon Trading Goes Up in Smoke

Buying and selling carbon permits in the emerging market designed to control global-warming pollution is no longer a career prospect in the U.S., though California is moving ahead with its own program.

By Robin Farad, Bloomberg Businessweek, Nov 24, 2010, [H/t Marc Morano, Climate Depot]

http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/nov20….

Retrained for green jobs, but still waiting on work

By Michael Fletcher, Washington Post, Nov 22, 2010 [H/t Dike Forbes]

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article….

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BELOW THE BOTTOM LINE:

Study could mean greater anticipated global warming

Press Release, University of Hawaii, Nov 22, 2010 [H/t Toshio Fujita]

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-11/uoha-….

[SEPP Comment: the models are deficient in representing clouds, therefore they may underestimate future warming?]

BMW’s Comment On Ethanol

By Roger Pielke Sr., Pielke Research Group, Nov 26, 2010

http://pielkeclimatesci.wordpress.com/…

[SEPP Comment: A BMW ad for a product to improve your car’s performance if you must use gasoline with ethanol.]

Climate change, development bring pigs to city

By Kang Chan-su and Kim Hee-jin, Korea Joongang Daily, Nov 22, 2010, [H/t Marc Morano, Climate Depot]

http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=….

Could Climate Change Ruin Thanksgiving Dinner?

Warmer temperatures could affect just about everything you’ll see on the dinner table

By Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News, Nov 24, 2010 [H/t Marc Morano, Climate Depot

http://news.discovery.com/earth/thanksgiving-climate….

How to avoid a £100 million cost over-run on your next offshore wind project

By Andrew Williams, Wind Energy Update, Nov 22, 2010

http://social.windenergyupdate.com/industry-insight/….

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24 thoughts on “Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

  1. presented the strong correlation between solar activity and climate as seen by proxies from a stalagmite in a cave in Oman (p.. 12). The values of carbon-14, a proxy for solar activity, correlated with oxygen-18, a proxy for temperature.
    The Neff paper referred to, specifically states that the correlation is not with temperature but possibly with monsoon rainfall.

  2. Oh yeah. Tavalu is great indicator of catastrophic, unprecedented, sea level rise. As i seem to remember, it is a coral island. Which means it was once underwater. And as it still exists (coral is very soft and disintegrates into sand in a blink of a geologists eye), it was such very recently. Which means if these people seek the norm, this island would be about six feet under water.

  3. This may be borderline OT, but since thread start includes the words ”Weekly news roundup”, I note briefly (while stipulating weather is not climate):
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/8166098/Snow-shuts-Edinburgh-airport-as-big-freeze-grips-Britain.html
    Key sound-bites from above:
    ”Britain shivered in some record low temperatures on Saturday night – including a “ridiculously low” minus 17C in Wales”.
    ”. . . could see readings down to minus 20C in Scotland later this week.”
    UK’s lowest ever recorded temperature in Nov. was minus 23.3C on 14th, 1919.
    Maybe they’ll break that 91-year old low temp. . . .
    Of course it was that cold already a week ago here on the east slopes of the North Cascades in WA. . . .

  4. Brian H says:
    November 28, 2010 at 10:45 pm
    “Not that the water is rising.”
    I’m sorry but you are wrong. This is from a Wall Streeter outlet so it must be right:
    “SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Nearly 200 delegates from around the world will gather Monday in Cancun in hopes of reaching consensus on how to address current global climate challenges, which include rapidly rising ocean levels and a deteriorating ozone layer.”
    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/at-cancun-a-call-for-climate-consensus-2010-11-29
    One learns something every day. Who knew the ozone layer was a big concern again, and that it is actually threatened by climate change. Now that’s big news!
    But don’t worry. This writer explains the plan; Cancun’s role is as a “primer for developing an eventual umbrella deal on global climate control.”
    More great news. With sufficient funding, for the children, the experts will soon have everything under control.
    In the meantime, “policy experts hope the Cancun talks will drum up momentum and set the stage for next year’s conference in South Africa,” and that will take some funding too.

  5. Down under, in Victoria, Australia, we have taken a small back step from the precipice of creeping government control with the decisive victory of a Liberal Government, ( small business less interventionist government.) No preferences were allotted to the Greens, who expected to win several seats but failed to gain one seat. 🙂 OT we have a visit to Melbourne of Bono. Entourage arrived in 6 jumbo jets , are running 55 trucks for tour at HUGE expense!

  6. “Beth Cooper says:
    November 28, 2010 at 11:46 pm”
    The real scary problem here downunder is Gillard and the federal govn’t desire to “set a price on carbon” to establish “certainty”. Well, Ms Gillard, before you were voted into office you stated that you would not set a price on carbon.

  7. I just saw this guy on CNBC World business channel and I had to give you this info on it. He talked about the link between economic activity, how well the stock and equity markets are going to do in his 2011 predictions, and its relation to the Sunspot Cycle.
    Ponder this article from 2007;
    “Friday, April 13, 2007
    Charles Nenner on CNBC.
    CNBC Video: Portfolio Prophet.
    [Note: CNBC videos are available for 24 hours. You can move videos on Charles Nenner on his site.]
    Charles Nenner of Cycle Forecaster made another appearance on CNBC this morning. He brought along a couple of charts, including one of sunspot activity and the Dow Jones Industrial Average which shows a connection between increased sunspot activity and better market returns, the underlying theory being that magnetic fields thrown off from the sunspots influence human activity. This indicator suggests a stock market correction at the end of 2007 into 2008, then a market rise into 2013 (Yippie!). A second chart shows the relation between lumber and housing, and suggests the housing market will be weak into 2010.
    While watching the sunspot part, I pondered the idea of using the sunspot indicator on a longer term basis, and then using the moon phase indicator for shorter term trades.”
    http://actualsmarts.blogspot.com/2007/04/charles-nenner-on-cnbc.html
    And this from a more recent article from October 2010;
    (There are lots of nice charts at the bottom)
    Sunspot Cycle and Stock Returns
    “He believes that the sunspot cycle correlates strongly with equity markets via the predictable effects of magnetic field disturbances on investors. High sunspot activity produces exuberance. The sunspot cycle indicates that the bull market will top in 2013 (per the July 2007 presentation).
    The assertion that Dr. Nenner’s work is more art than science suggests that no one can independently and systematically replicate his forecasts. We can, however, test the predictive power of the sunspot cycle for equity market returns. Sunspot populations quickly rise and more slowly fall on an irregular cycle of 11 years.
    The following chart compares the monthly sunspot count to contemporaneous monthly DJIA closing levels (log scale) over the entire sample period, which comprises about 7.5 sunspot cycles. Visual inspection reveals no consistent relationship between the two series.
    For a closer look, we compare sunspot activity to monthly changes in DJIA.”
    http://www.cxoadvisory.com/calendar-effects/sunspot-cycle-and-stock-returns/
    Doing a WUWT story on this Sunspot/Economic activity link may raise awareness for the sheeple about currently being in a grand solar minimum.

  8. Beth Cooper says:
    November 28, 2010 at 11:46 pm
    “OT we have a visit to Melbourne of Bono. Entourage arrived in 6 jumbo jets , are running 55 trucks for tour at HUGE expense!”
    Any chance you can keep him there?

  9. http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/11/28/freaking-out-about-nyc-sea-level-rise-is-easy-to-do-when-you-dont-pay-attention-to-history/#more-28551
    November 28, 2010 at 11:42 pm
    [snip – we don’t need vulgarity in your comments to push your point of view repeatedly. – take a time out ~mod]
    DO TELL: How is evidence of what happened both 1000 and 2000 years ago, considered ‘vulgarity?’
    You’ll be talking about that, won’t you?
    In the meantime, there’s this to REMIND you:
    HOW IS THIS VULGARITY?!?!?!?!
    http://www.archaeoleg.org.uk/pdf/roman/KEY%20SITES%20SE%20WALES%20ROMAN.pdf
    HOW IS THIS VULGARITY?!?!?!?!
    http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/Discovery-of-log-boat-shows.5537797.jp
    HOW IS THIS VULGARITY?!?!?!?!
    http://www.maldonsx.freeserve.co.uk/Maeldune/first_maldonians.htm
    HOW IS THIS VULGARITY?!?!?!?!
    http://www.severnestuary.net/sep/pdfs/severnarchaeodesignguidefinal06.pdf
    HOW IS THIS VULGARITY?!?!?!?!
    http://www.rcahmw.gov.uk/HI/ENG/Heritage+of+Wales/Places/Sea+and+Coast/
    TALK ABOUT THAT!

  10. Keith says:
    November 28, 2010 at 11:03 pm
    “FYI ABC coverage[…]”
    I love this:
    “Professor Will Steffen, executive director of the ANU Climate Change Institute and science adviser to the Department of Climate Change, […] adds: “[…]The observations and the understanding of climate change are that much stronger than they were a year ago. We have a year’s worth of more data.” ”
    Unfortunately, he doesn’t go into details – i.e. which advances the science of climate change has achieved specifically…
    Will Steffen is a member of this one:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Transition_Decade
    Be afraid, be very afraid. Their program reminds me of this one
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mao#Great_Leap_Forward

  11. There was an analyst on CNBC World at about 3:50 AM who said CO2 was plant food and the vegetation and the forests were doing great while debating another person talking about the COP 16 summit. I would love to see a youtube video of that segment if anyone has it.

  12. Al Gored notes: (November 28, 2010 at 11:08 pm) More great news. With sufficient funding, for the children, the experts will soon have everything under control.
    Would you accept a word change in there, Al?
        “...With sufficient funding, FROM the children, the experts...”, because that’s where these creeps suck a lot of it from.

  13. Michael says: (November 29, 2010 at 12:19 am) how well the stock and equity markets are going to do in his 2011 predictions, and its relation to the Sunspot Cycle. […] Doing a WUWT story on this Sunspot/Economic activity link…

        Sounds the same story various commenters here on WUWT have told, but theirs with a reality bias tying the portents and omens to more prosaic matters such as grain prices to good and bad seasons and suchlike. Have not got the spooky feel of the great cosmos messin’ with men’s lives, but do hint at the germination of tall tales…

  14. Bono is another Al Gore, making money and crying save the world – a true watermelon, green on the outside and fits in well with the leftist agenda – oh woe is me, “we” are the bad guys…..well its your money we want, your lifestyle, and one of us should make that sacrifice (and its not Bono!!), the catch cry of the green socialists.
    In the recent Victorian Election one strong leader made the decision not to pander to the green agenderists who are holding the apology of an Australian Federal Government to ransom, and decided not to give the greens the parties second preference. This won huge approval and turned the election in his parties favour. It also robbed the “greens” of the chance to ride on their coat tails and win seats from the incumbent party.
    I now wait with bated breath to see if other politicians will have the same courage to expose both the green agenda AND the shoddy science behind Global warming, Catastrophic Climate Change or the new Climate disruption, its a health matter or whatever scam spin is applied.
    It will take another courageous leader to see the value of rejecting the climate agenda and exposing it and carbon trading as the threat to our industry and wellbeing that it is and expose the charletans hiding behind a facade of hokem science and also shame the role of the ABC in promoting the scam.

  15. My comment fell into the auto moderation – If it is “too political” and too Australian oriented feel free to delete. I agree with the sentiments of the other Australian comments !!

  16. Even the BBC have reported that Tuvalu and other islands are NOT sinking but GROWING….
    BBC: Low-lying Pacific islands ‘growing not sinking’
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10222679
    BBC: “A new geological study has shown that many low-lying Pacific islands are growing, not sinking. The islands of Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Federated States of Micronesia are among those which have grown, because of coral debris and sediment. ”
    BBC (June 2010): “In recent times, the inhabitants of many low-lying Pacific islands have come to fear their homelands being wiped off the map because of rising sea levels. But this study of 27 islands over the last 60 years suggests that most have remained stable, while some have actually grown.”
    The BBC article is from a New Scientist article, where they can’t quite bring themselves to say ‘growing’ but ‘shape-shifting’
    http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20627633.700-shapeshifting-islands-defy-sealevel-rise.html
    If you can get behind the paywall, a surprised ‘climate scientist’ on Kiribati describes the exact natural mechanism that means Tuvalu and Kiribati, etc are growing…..
    As described by Charles Darwin over a 150 years ago – in the formation of Coral reefs..
    http://www.darwin-literature.com/Coral_Reefs/index.html
    so much for peer review – the IPCC missed that one…

  17. And now from Cancun– the “scientists” are calling for carbon rationing for developed countries according to the UK Telegraph. It never ends.

  18. Jimmy Haigh 12:22
    “Any chance you can keep him there?” As usual, Jimmy, right on the button. Surely our Aussie friends must have an old ball and chain left over from the old days.

  19. jack morrow says:
    November 29, 2010 at 6:37 am
    “And now from Cancun the scientists are calling for carbon rationing for developed countries according to the UK Telegraph. It never ends.”
    Which is why they are in Cancun, Mexico partying attending meetings, so they can demonstrate how carbon rationing is done…
    By the way, Europe is broke (see Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Greece…), but I bet the climate science budgets will continue to increase…no “carbon reduction” for the climate elites!

  20. No doubt the top agenda item for this year’s COP in Cancun will be to settle on the exotic/cosmopolitan/expensive-for-everyone-else location for next year’s COP.

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