Weekly Climate and Weather News Roundup

Quote of the Week:

“We concluded that the technical support document that accompanied EPA’s endangerment finding is a highly influential scientific assessment and thus required a more rigorous EPA peer review than occurred. EPA did not certify whether it complied with OMB’s or its own peer review policies in either the proposed or final endangerment findings as required.” EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins, Jr.

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Number of the Week: $0.25, 0.44 … $23.37, 24.34

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THIS WEEK:

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

Save the Date: October 22 from 11 am to 1 pm. SEPP and VA-SEEE will be hosting a forum in Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University. Details to follow.

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EPA Endangerment Finding: On September 28, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported on a study it did at the behest of Senator Inhofe, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Senator Inhofe asked: Did the EPA perform the procedures required under the Data Quality Act when issuing its finding that greenhouse gases (GHG), including carbon dioxide (CO2), endanger human health and welfare? As illustrated by the quote above, the OIG found the EPA did not meet these standards of scientific rigor. The OIG report addressed only the procedures involved and not the science itself. Thus the report does not validate or invalidate the science supporting or not supporting the EPA’s Endangerment Finding (EF).

Some articles in the news fail to comprehend the background and the significance of the OIG report. In the 1990s, the EPA, under Carol Browner, produced a number of studies that significantly lowered the level of scientific rigor acceptable to the EPA. For example, the infamous second-hand smoke study doubled the acceptable statistical standard confidence limits from 5% to 10%. Otherwise, the study would have been rejected. Indeed, similar studies that maintained scientific rigor were statistically rejected. Such activities prompted Congress to pass the Data Quality Act (DQA), which was buried in a larger bill that outgoing President Clinton signed in December, 2000.

The Act requires certain agencies set procedures of peer review that meet standards set by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Studies that failed to meet these standards would be so noted and future funding highly questionable. One of the first studies to fail the DQA was the U.S. National Assessment of Climate Change, which was led by then Vice President Al Gore. Of course, the alarmists were outraged and have little positive to say about the Act. [See NIPCC 2008, p 15.]

At issue now is the Technical Support Document (TSD) that accompanied EPA’s Endangerment Finding, which provides the scientific justification for the EF. One cannot be certain, but apparently EPA played a clever game in avoiding DQA’s peer review requirement. The TSD relies on the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as its scientific foundation. As noted by Alan Carlin, then a long standing (35 years) EPA scientist, the EPA should have provided an independent analysis of the science. EPA argues that the IPCC peer review is sufficient, but did not establish that to the satisfaction of the OIG. [The two other US funded reports cited by the EPA, one by the National Research Council and the other by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, follow a similar pattern of accepting the IPCC AR4 as indisputable and fail to provide independent review.]

As Climategate and other reports revealed, the peer review process of the IPCC has major deficiencies. The Summary for Policymakers was not supported by the larger scientific section and was published before that section. Largely, only studies agreeing with IPCC conclusions are included. Numerous attribution claims came from advocacy magazines, not peer reviewed journals. Phil Jones, the head of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) was the lead author of the chapter that reviewed the product of the CRU, etc.

As IPCC AR4 expert reviewer Ross McKitrick points out, peer-reviewed studies contradicting IPCC findings were dismissed without evidence – even after the final peer review of AR4. The IPCC dismissal of these studies was cited in the EPA TSD. Another questionable citation in TSD is the 2008 work of Santer and 16 others. They attempt to address the 2007 work of Douglass, et al, which shows that the atmospheric temperature trends as determined by observations depart significantly from those calculated by the models. [NIPCC 2008, p. 8] The trick used by Santer, et al. is now a familiar one – expand the error ranges so that the results of the models are not statistically different from the observations. It was such tricks that brought on the DQA. [Please see both Singer 2011 and McKitrick]

The EPA has 90 days to respond to the OIG report. It did not accept the report’s conclusions and recommendations. One can only guess if the report will change the current litigation against the EPA EF. However, the litigation and the NIPCC reports, particularly the 2008 report that was submitted early enough to be considered in the EF, have become more significant.

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), between 1993 and 2010, the Federal Government spent $107 Billion on climate change programs, not including tax subsidies, tax credits, etc. Further, the Federal government has spent over $31 Billion on what the GAO classifies as climate science. For that amount of money Federal agencies should be able to produce a study that meets the requirements of the Data Quality Act.

Next week TWTW will discuss some of the dubious science EPA has submitted to the courts to justify its endangerment finding. Please see links under “Climategate Continued,” McKitrick under “Suppressing Scientific Inquiry,” “EPA and other Regulators on the March” and SEPP links:

Singer 2011

http://www.sepp.org/science_papers/ICCC_Bookl…

NIPCC 2008

http://www.sepp.org/publications/NIPCC_final….

and Douglas, et al. 2007

http://www.sepp.org/science_papers/DCPS_IJC_f…

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Validation of Climate Models: Roger Pielke, Sr, brings up the interesting issue of validation of climate models. Can they be tested and rejected based on providing skillful predictions? EPA claims that the models have been validated. Others may disagree. Please see link under “Models v. Observations” and next week’s TWTW.

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Faster than the Speed of Light? Last week CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, announced that repeated experiments indicated that neutrinos travel faster than the speed of light – an absolute according to Einstein’s relativity theory. String theory physicist Michio Kaku discusses this finding in the Wall Street Journal. If correct, the finding will require significant revisions to modern physics. As an aside, many modern conveniences, such as global positioning satellites, depend on Einstein being correct.

The subtitle of the article expresses this dilemma well: “Unlike religion or politics, science will mercilessly pursue the evidence with repeated experiments.”

In a letter, Walker White points out the differences in response to disturbing news between physicists and (some) climate scientists. Please see Articles # 1, and #2.

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Personality Types: Donald Rapp, the author of Assessing Climate Change, provides amusing commentary on an article exploring the personality type differences between climate researchers and the general public. No doubt the researchers covered in the study do not include those labeled climate change deniers. Please see Article # 3.

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The New Technology: European politicians promoting severe cutbacks in electricity generation from traditional sources and expanding solar and wind are facing an increasingly hostile public and contradicting energy facts. The great alternative energy plan of the government of Scotland is being challenged as ruinous by Scotland’s business, the government of the UK has no idea what to do about the major find of shale gas in northwest England, and the government of Poland has declared it will veto any attempt by the European Union to control its development of shale gas.

Too many people recognize the success in the US of the development of oil and gas from shale, and recognize that it can provide affordable, reliable energy far into the future. Electricity from wind and solar is not affordable or reliable.

The technology revolution is sinking in. The Federal and state governments in the US face a similar dilemma. Even an article by the National Public Radio, which is not a supporter of oil and gas, included the following succinct comment: “The point is you can’t force a technology that’s not commercial. Rather than subsidize things that are not going to be competitive, we need to actually use that money to do R&D to create technologies – the same way that the industries created these technologies to produce natural gas and it turned out so commercially successful.” Please see Article # 4 and links under “Questioning European Green” and “Oil and Natural Gas – the Future or the Past.”

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Malaria and Tropical Diseases: The review of “The History of Malaria in Finland” by NIPCC prompted further investigation. Except for an archipelago in the south west, Finland lies above 60 degrees North Latitude as does much of Russia, most of Alaska, the Yukon and Northwest Territories in Canada, and Greenland. After the Reformation, the Lutheran Church was very important in Finland and required, at least, rudimentary reading and writing by all its members. After 1749, the church demanded all ministers keep vital statistics on all within their parish, including causes of death. This is one of the finest such records in all of Northern Europe.

During the 1700s and 1800s, malaria was endemic in Finland and the church records show that epidemics were frequent – including at least one north of the Arctic Circle. Yet in the late 1800s and early 1900s malaria began to disappear in Finland and the last recorded epidemics were in the 1930s – well before the use of DDT to kill mosquitoes (the vector that spreads malaria). The authors of the referenced study suggest that the decline of the disease was due to changes in living conditions. In the 1890s it became known that the vector spreading malaria was mosquitoes; thus, one can speculate that the church, which greatly influenced the rural areas, also insisted on measures controlling mosquitoes.

Similar control of malaria occurred in much of Northern Europe and North America prior to the use of DDT as an insecticide. Yet many supposed experts claim that global warming threatens human health because it will result in the spread of malaria and other tropical diseases beyond the range they now exist. Obviously, these experts never bothered to learn history. Please see link under “Review of Recent Scientific Articles by NIPCC.”

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Department of Energy: This week provided an excellent example of government financial irresponsibility. On September 30, the program, under the Stimulus Bill, of loan guarantees for alternative energy ended. The Department of Energy had $6.3 Billion to pass out. If it failed, it was not for the lack of trying. Supporters claimed these loan guarantees are different than grants. So they are, but they are obligations of the government (taxpayers). The bankruptcy of the prized solar company Solyndra shows that the taxpayers are on the hook for the guarantees and likely to receive nothing from the bankruptcy. Please see links under “Alternative, Clean (‘Green’) Energy.”

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Number of the Week:$0.25, 0.44 … $23.37, 24.34 These are the dollar amounts of subsidies for various energy producing industries as calculated in 2007 by the Energy Information Administration and repeated in a study “Empty Promises for Green Jobs” for the Congressional Budget Committee. The full list is: $0.25 for Natural Gas and Petroleum, $0.44 for Coal, $0.67 for Hydroelectric, $0.89 for Biomass, $0.92 for Geothermal, $1.59 for Nuclear, $23.37 for Wind, and $24.34 for Solar. These subsidies do not include the large amounts of money spent under the Stimulus Bill that went largely to Solar and Wind.

The report also brings up a dreaded concept: return on investment. The wind industry claims it needs subsidies to catch up with gas, oil, and coal. It has been receiving subsidies for over 30 years. It has not stated when subsidies will be sufficient. Please see link under “The Political Games Continue.”

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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. Has a Speeding Neutrino Really Overturned Einstein?

Unlike religion or politics, science will mercilessly pursue the evidence with repeated experiments.

By Michio Kaku, WSJ, Sep 26, 2011

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405311…

2. ‘Faster than light’ vs. climate change

Letter by Walker White, Washington Post, Sep 27, 2011 [H/t Conrad Potemra]

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/faster…

3. Personality type differences between Ph.D. climate researchers and the general public: implications for effective communication

By Weiler, et al, Climate Change, July 28, 2011

http://disccrs.org/files/WeilerEtAl_2011_Clim…

Comments by Donald Rapp

4. The Lessons of the Shale Gas Revolution

North American oil production can double by 2035.

By Lucian Pugliaresi, WSJ, Sep 29, 2011

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405297…

5. Inside the EPA

Memos show that even other regulators worry about its rule-making.

Editorial, WSJ, Sep 26, 2011

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405311…

6. Cosmic Rays and Climate Changes

Letter, Deke Forbes, Sep 27, 2011

http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB1000142…

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NEWS YOU CAN USE:

Science: Is the Sun Rising?

Evidence that the sun drives the oceans which control our weather and climate

By Joe D’Aleo, ICECAP, Sep 29, 2011

http://icecap.us/index.php/go/new-and-cool/ev…

[SEPP Comment: Relationships that warrant further investigation.]

Climategate Continued

Climate Audit Submission to EPA

By Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, Jun 23, 2009 [H/t Russell Cook]

http://climateaudit.org/2009/06/23/climate-au…

“Evasion of transparency” to avoid Freedom of Information requests.

How the WWF Infiltrated the IPCC – Part 1

By Donna Laframboise, No Frakking Consensus, Sep 23, 2011

http://nofrakkingconsensus.com/2011/09/23/how…

[SEPP Comment: The first of a series on how the special interest group, World Wildlife Fund (or World Wide Fund for Nature), influenced the supposedly scientifically objective IPCC reports.]

Suppressing Scientific Inquiry

Global Warming: Who’s Disagreeing with What?

By Ross McKitrick, presentation, Sep 28, 2011

http://rossmckitrick.weebly.com/uploads/4/8/0…

[SEPP Comment: A summary of some of the major defects in the IPCC science.]

Challenging the Orthodoxy

War of words over global warming as Nobel laureate resigns in protest

A Nobel laureate has quit one of the world’s leading organisations for scientists in protest at its assertion that the evidence of damaging global warming is “incontrovertible”.

By Philip Sherwell, Telegraph, UK, Sep 25, 2011

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/…

EPA Inspector General Finds Procedures Used in Preparing GHG Endangerment Finding Did Not Follow OMB Requirements

By Alan Carlin, Carlin Economics and Science, Sep 28, 2011

http://www.carlineconomics.com/archives/1363…

[SEPP Comment: An independent review of the science is desperately needed.]

The Vindication of Alan Carlin

By Steven Hayward, Power Line, Sep 30, 2011 [H/t Marc Morano, Climate Depot]

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/09…

Defending the Orthodoxy

Climate commissioner admonishes US for climate change denial

Connie Hedegaard says America’s “anti-science” political opposition is delaying effective climate solution

By Jennifer Buley, Copenhagen Post, Sep 26, 2011

http://www.cphpost.dk/component/content/52211…

[SEPP Comment: Anyone who dares to question the IPCC is anti-science!]

IMF, World Bank eye carbon tax on airline, ship fuels

By Staff Writers, AFP, Sept 23, 2011

http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/IMF_World…

[SEPP Comment: $250 Billion in taxes by 2020 – the goal of the UN, IMF, and World Bank in promoting global warming.]

Questioning the Orthodoxy

How the US’s Climate of Opinion Changed

By Myron Ebell, Standpoint, Oct, 2011

http://www.standpointmag.co.uk/node/4107/full…

“The global warming fad is waning.”

Climate skeptics don’t ‘deny science’

By Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe, Sep 24, 2011 [H/t James Seyster]

http://www.jeffjacoby.com/10407/climate-skept…

Global Warming: New study challenges carbon benchmark

By Staff Writers, AFP, Sep 28, 2011 [H/t ICECAP]

http://icecap.us/index.php/go/new-and-cool/gl…

[SEPP Comment: Is nature absorbing, through photosynthesis, more carbon dioxide than previous studies suggest?]

Major UN Climate Program “Basically A Farce”

By Steven Hayward, Power Line, Sep 29, 2011 [H/t GWPF]

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/09…

Questioning European Green

Alex Salmond’s green energy revolution ‘threatens firms with bankruptcy’

The costs of Alex Salmond’s green energy revolution are “going through the roof” and threaten to bankrupt companies by doubling energy bills, business leaders have warned the First Minister.

By Simon Johnson, Telegraph, UK, Sep 29, 2011 [H/t GWPF]

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scotla…

[SEPP Comment: Scotland’s energy plan is being questioned.]

Poland vows to veto any EU law on shale gas fracking

By Marek Strzelecki and Ben Farey Warsaw, Bloomberg, Sep 29, 2011 [H/t GWPF]

http://www.iol.co.za/business/business-news/p…

Economy of Thought

Ah, so that’s it. ‘Shale gas will not solve Britain’s energy problems’, because the likes of The Economist, and the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change simply don’t want it to.

By Ben Pile, Climate Resistance, Sep 30, 2011

http://www.thegwpf.org/best-of-blogs/3992-ben…

Airlines decry EU carbon emissions scheme

By Staff Writers, AFP, Sept 27, 2011

http://www.spacemart.com/reports/Airlines_dec…

European refineries face ‘dramatic’ future

By Sonja van Renssen, European Energy Review, Sep 22, 2011

http://www.europeanenergyreview.eu/site/pagin…

>Communicating Better to the Public – Exaggerate?

World Without Ice

56 million years ago a mysterious surge of carbon into the atmosphere sent global temperatures soaring. In a geologic eyeblink life was forever changed.

By Robert Kunzig, National Geographic, Oct, 2011 [H/t Debbie Wetlaufer]

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/10/hot…

Models v. Observations

Can Climate Model Predictions Be Tested And Rejected As Providing Skillful Predictions? Of Course!

By Roger Pielke, Sr, Pielke Climate Science, Sep 29, 2011

http://pielkeclimatesci.wordpress.com/2011/09…

[SEPP Comment: Since models are chaotic, validation fails unless a sufficient number of model runs are averaged.]

Changing Weather

D’Aleo- How A Warm Polar High Atmosphere Can Mean A Cold Winter In Mid-Latitudes

By Joe D’Aleo, WeatherBELL Analytics, Sep 26, 2011

http://www.weatherbell.com/newsletter-9-27-20…

Changing Climate

El Nino and the Tropical Eastern Pacific Annual Cycle Run to the Same Beat

By Staff Writers, SPX, Sep 23, 2011

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/El_Nino_and…

[SEPP Comment: But the IPCC does not recognize such things.]

Changing Sea Ice

Model provides successful seasonal forecast for the fate of Arctic sea ice

By Staff Writers, SPX, Sep 23, 2011

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Model_provi…

[SEPP Comment: Using measurements made in the fall to predict the summer melt. Based on ten years of measurements, it will be interesting to see if the relationship holds.]

Acidic Waters

Ocean Acidification – a little bit less alkalinity could be a good thing

By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Sep 30, 2011

http://joannenova.com.au/2011/09/ocean-acidif…

The Political Games Continue

The Empty Promise of Green Jobs

The Costly Consequences of Crony Capitalism

By Republican Staff, Committee on the Budget, Sep 22, 2011 [H/t Timothy Wise]

http://budget.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.a…

Litigation Issues

Angry federal judge rips ‘false testimony’ of federal scientists

By Ron Arnold, Washington Examiner, Sep 22, 2011 [H/t Tom Burch]

http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columni…

EPA’s Absurd Defense of Its Greenhouse Gas Regulations

By Daniel Simmons, Institute for Energy Research, Sep 23, 2011 [H/t Bud Bromley]

http://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/201…

Subsidies and Mandates Forever

Merger pressures Massachusetts utility on wind power

By Jay Lindsay, AP, Sep 25, 2011

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/sep/…

[SEPP Comment: Using a proposed business merger to bail out a politically favored wind farm. The consumers don’t count.]

EPA and other Regulators on the March

PRESS STATEMENT

Office of Inspector General, EPA, Sep 28, 2011

http://epa.gov/oig/reports/2011/IG_Statement_…

Procedural Review of EPA’s Greenhouse Gases Endangerment Finding Data Quality Processes

Office of Inspector General, EPA, Sep 26, 2011

http://epa.gov/oig/reports/2011/20110926-11-P…

[SEPP Comment: The full report.]

Report calls the scientific integrity of EPA’s decision-making process into question and undermines the credibility of the endangerment finding

By Matt Dempsey and Katie Brown, Press Release, Sep 28, 2011

http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAc…

Watchdog: EPA cut corners on global-warming decision

Report supports lawsuits seeking to block Obama global-warming rules

By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, Sep 28, 2011 [H/t Malcolm Field]

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/sep/…

EPA inspector general faults climate document peer review

By Ben Geman, The Hill, Sep 28, 2011

http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/…

Economic Euthanasia: More Poison Pills From The EPA

By Larry Bell, Forbes, Sep 27, 2011

http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2011/09…

How Absurd Is Regulating Greenhouse Gases through the Clean Air Act?

By Marlo Lewis, Global Warming.org, Sep 27, 2011

http://www.globalwarming.org/2011/09/27/how-a…

EPA delays auto emissions, mileage rule rollout

By Ben Geman, The Hill, Sep 27, 2011

http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/…

Energy Issues

Nord Stream: Neue Sorgen for Europe

By Matthew Hulbert, European Energy Review, Sep 26, 2011

http://www.europeanenergyreview.eu/site/pagin…

[SEPP Comment: Political implications of the gas pipeline directly from Russia to Germany, which passes under the Baltic Sea.]

Refining Pinched On East Coast

By Daniel Gilbert, WSJ, Sep 28, 2011

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405297…

[SEPP Comment: Three east coast refineries with a total capacity of 700,000 barrels per day are being taken off line because they are no longer profitable. May be behind a pay wall.]

Oil and Natural Gas – the Future or the Past?

Shale Gas Is Britain’s Golden Opportunity

The discovery of 200 trillion cubic feet of shale gas in north-west England could revolutionise Britain’s energy market

By Benny Peiser, GWPF, Sep 27, 2011

http://www.thegwpf.org/opinion-pros-a-cons/39…

UK Shale Gas: Larger Than the Marcellus Shale

By Tim Worstall, Forbes, Sep 22, 2011 [H/t Warren Wetmore]

http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2011/…

Shale Oil Boom Comes to More US Plains States

By Al Fin, Al Fin Energy, Sep 29, 2011 [H/t GWPF]

http://alfin2300.blogspot.com/2011/09/shale-o…

New Boom Reshapes Oil World, Rocks North Dakota

By NPR Staff, National Public Radio, Sep 25, 2011 [H/t Warren Wetmore]

http://www.npr.org/2011/09/25/140784004/new-b…

[SEPP Comment: Even a NPR article gets it.]

Over to you, Andrew

Editorial, New York Post, Sep 28, 2011 [H/t Warren Wetmore]

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/editoria…

In North Dakota, Flames of Wasted Natural Gas Light the Prairie

By Clifford Krauss, NYT, Sep 26, 2011

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/27/business/en…

[SEPP Comment: Pipelines are needed to capture this gas – environmentalists and the government regulations have made building pipelines very difficult.]

Administration’s Control of Oil and Gas

War on energy at home creates disasters abroad

By Sol Sanders, Washington Times, Sep 25, 2011

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/sep/…

Oil Spills & Consequences

LSU researchers find impact of oil spill in marsh fish species

By Staff Writers, SPX, Sep 27, 2011

http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/LSU_resea…

Nuclear Energy and Fears

Big money needed for German energy transition

By Staff Writers, World Nuclear News, Sep 22 2011

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/newsarticle…

Feds: Virginia nuclear plant will remain closed until operator proves it’s safe

By Andrew Restuccia, The Hill, Sep 30, 2011

http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/…

[SEPP Comment: Exactly, what would be the standards of proof?]

USA and Russia commit to expand nuclear power

By Staff Writers, World Nuclear News, Sep 21 2011

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NP_USA_and_…

New IAEA system to streamline communications

By Staff Writers, World Nuclear News, Sep 22, 2011

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS-New_IAEA…

[SEPP Comment: A lesson from Japan is the need for effective communication when power and telephone systems (including cell) are down.]

Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Energy

DOE Mulls Green Energy Loans At $23 Million Per Job

By Sean Higgins, IBD, Sep 27, 2011

http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Arti…

DOE Trying to Use $6.5 Billion in Loans to Create 283 Jobs

By Bob Beauprez, Townhall, Sep 29, 2011

http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/bobbea…

Energy Department invests $156 million in ‘game-changing’ research

By Andrew Restuccia, The Hill, Sep 29, 2011

http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/…

More ‘Green’ For Donor Energy

Editorial, IBD, Sep 29, 2011

http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Arti…

U.S. Defense aims for clean energy

By Staff Writers, UPI, Sep 23, 2011

http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/US_Defens…

[SEPP Comment: The Pentagon has been captured by the environmental industry.]

Delaware’s very own Solyndra

By Paul Driessen, Townhall, Sep 26, 2011

http://townhall.com/columnists/pauldriessen/2…

O’Malley’s wind energy plan worse than hot air

Editorial, Washington Examiner, Sep 26, 2011

http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/editori…

The Not-So-Green Mountains

By Steve Wright, NYT, Sep 28, 2011

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/29/opinion/the…

[SEPP Comment: Environmentalism is great until it affects me.]

Carbon Schemes

Texas IGCC Project with Carbon Capture to Get Federal Cost-Shared Funding

By Staff Writers, POWERnews, Sep 28, 2011

http://www.powermag.com/POWERnews/4068.html?h…

CO2 storage law falls through in Germany

By Staff Writers, AFP, Sept 23, 2011

http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/CO2_stora…

Review of Recent Scientific Articles by NIPCC

For a full list of articles see

http://www.NIPCCreport.org…

The History of Malaria in Finland

Reference: Hulden, L. and Hulden, L. 2009. The decline of malaria in Finland — the impact of the vector and social variables. Malaria Journal 8: 10.1186/1475-2875-8-94.

http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2011/sep/…

New Streamflow Records of Upper Colorado River Tributaries

Reference: Gray, S.T., Lukas, J.J. and Woodhouse, C.A. 2011. Millennial-length records of streamflow from three major Upper Colorado River tributaries. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 47: 702-712.

http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2011/sep/…

Urban Warming vs. Global Warming in East China

Reference: Yang, X., Hou, Y. and Chen, B. 2011. Observed surface warming induced by urbanization in east China. Journal of Geophysical Research 116: 10.1029/2010JD015452.

http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2011/sep/…

[SEPP Comment: Reinforcing Ross McKitrick’s findings that the land temperature data used by the IPCC has a strong socio-economic component that, contrary to IPCC claims, has a significant influence on global warming trends.]

Amazon Forest Dynamics

Reference: Laurance, S.G.W., Laurance, W.F., Nascimento, H.E.M., Andrade, A., Fearnside, P.M., Rebello, E.R.G. and Condit, R. 2009. Long-term variation in Amazon forest dynamics. Journal of Vegetation Science 20: 323-333.

http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2011/sep/…

Health, Energy, and Climate

The Amazing Decline in Deaths from Extreme Weather in an Era of Global Warming, 1900-2010

By Indur Goklany, WUWT, Sep 25, 2011

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/09/25/the-ama…

Environmental Industry

Nobels savage Keystone XL

How do the Holy Men travel the world? Sailing ship? Magic carpet?

By Peter Foster, Financial Post, Sep 27, 2011

http://opinion.financialpost.com/2011/09/27/p…

Greens want terror oil in your gas tank

Using Canada’s ethical oil makes economic, national security sense

By Bernard Weinstein, Washington Times, Sep 28, 2011

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/sep/…

Brazil court orders halt to work on $11 bn mega-dam

By Staff Writers, AFP, Sept 29, 2011

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Brazil_cour…

Do we need the RSPO?

By P. Gunasegaran, The Star (Malaya), Aug 6, 2011

http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file…

[SEPP Comment: What constitutes “sustainable” palm oil?]

Green groups sue Interior to thwart Shell’s Arctic drilling

By Ben Geman, The Hill, Sep 29, 2011

http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/…

Other Scientific News

How global warming could cause animals to shrink

By Staff Writers, SPX, Sep 29, 2011

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/How_global_…

‘World-first discovery ‘can help save coral reefs’

By Staff Writers, SPX, Sep 30, 2011

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/World_first…

Venus Weather Not Boring After All

By Bill Steigerwald, SPX, Sep 28, 2011

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Venus_Weath…

Aboriginals get new history

By Staff Writers, SPX, Sep 23, 2011

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Aboriginals…

Other News that May Be of Interest

The era of big American physics about to end

By Staff Writers, AFP, Sept 26, 2011

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/The_era_of_…

New packaging for old US rocket

By Oleg Nekhai for Voice of Russia

Moscow (RIA Novosti) Sep 26, 2011

http://www.space-travel.com/reports/New_packa…

[SEPP Comment: The proposed new NASA launch system does not impress the Russians.]

US, Indonesia sign $30m debt-for-nature swap

By Staff Writers, AFP, Sept 29, 2011

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/US_Indonesi…

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World’s First DNA Astronauts to Launch Into Space

By Staff Writers, SPX, Sep 28, 2011

http://www.space-travel.com/reports/World_Fir…

New energy in search for future wind

By Staff Writers, SPX, Sep 28, 2011

http://www.winddaily.com/reports/New_energy_i…

[SEPP Comment: Wind speeds cannot be estimated in the present much less than the long term.]

Dust makes light work of vehicle emissions

By Staff Writers, SPX, Sep 30, 2011

http://www.spacemart.com/reports/Dust_makes_l…

[SEPP Comment: Next step, driving permitted only during a dust storm.]

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8 thoughts on “Weekly Climate and Weather News Roundup

  1. Hey, Anthony, used the Canada is doomed prophesy here’s Johnny! From the National Post –
    A massive Arctic ozone hole opened up over the Northern Hemisphere for the first time this year, an international research team reported Sunday.
    The hole covered two million square kilometres — about twice the size of Ontario — and allowed high levels of harmful ultraviolet radiation to hit large swaths of northern Canada, Europe and Russia this spring, the 29 scientists say.
    http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/10/02/unprecedented-ozone-hole-opens-over-canadian-arctic/

  2. All items beneath News You Can Use should be separated by a blank line. They’re too run-together now. (The numbers on the items above this group help to separate them without the need for blank lines.)

  3. About the shale gas impact: this early article by Steve Forbes nailed it:
    The Energy Crisis is Over
    It undercuts all “renewables” so severely, and does such mortal damage to their “shortages” claims, that the Invisible Hand will use its brass knuckles on them. >:)

  4. Something I have noticed (and maybe some of you folks out there have spied it too) about the SST Anomalies in the Equatorial Pacific:
    1 year ago, with La Nina in full swing, there was anomalously cooler water on the Eastern Pacific side, and anomalouly warmer water on the Western Pacific side. Classic.
    Today, for all practical purposes, the entire tropical Pacifc is anomalously cool in SSTs.
    Is that to be expected for the 2nd year of La Nina?

  5. Rbateman,
    That warm water was left over from the el nino prior to the current la nina. The fact that it stuck around is kind of interesting, as that is not commonly seen, but the ghist basically is that we are back into a normal second year la nina routine right now. There was an article here on WUWT awhile back that mentioned the warmer water pool, but my quick search could not find it.
    It did seem to keep air temperatures higher in that area if memory serves correctly and also effected weather all the way into Alaska from that analysis. I just can not remember the date or time of the said article, and I am sure you are remembering that same article from what you said, but that was awhile ago.
    I couldn’t find the article, so my memory of it might be a little fuzzy so to speak.

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