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Quote of the Week:
“The number of those who reason well in difficult matters is much smaller than the number of those who reason badly. If reasoning were like carrying burdens, where several horses will carry more sacks of grain than one alone, I should agree that several reasoners would avail more than a single one; but reasoning is like running and not like carrying, and one Arab steed will outrun a hundred pack horses.” Galilei, G., 1960, The Assayer, in, The Controversy on the Comets of 1618, translated by Stillman Drake: University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, p. 300-301. [H/t David Demming]
Number of the Week: $69 Billion
By Ken Haapala, Executive Vice President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)
The Heartland Controversy: On her blog, Judith Curry expressed her views on the Heartland Institute; including some statements that were somewhat less than complimentary. Joe Bast responded, which is included as Article #1, which can be found on the SEPP web site, followed by Fred Singer’s letter to the Chicago Sun-Times. Curry’s view of the Heartland billboard tactic is, of course, her privilege. Is Heartland right in using this tactic, similar to those frequently used by global warming advocates, such as labeling skeptics as deniers? That is an opinion left to each individual. SEPP was a co-sponsor of the Heartland conference and intends to be one in any future conferences. As expressed by Czech President Václav Klaus, it is one of the few forums that publicly states the science is far from settled. Please see Article #1 and the links under Challenging the Orthodoxy and the Heartland Controversy.
Ocean Acidification, Changing Alkalinity: Emeritus Professor Cliff Ollier exposes the myth that increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide is causing significant ocean acidification. Ocean acidification is a marketing term used to instill fear and it is not scientifically accurate. Ollier states oceans are alkaline with a pH above 7 and that the pH changes by location and with seasons. Locations where carbon dioxide is high by naturally occurring CO2 bubbling from the ocean floor are abundant with marine life.
The comments by Ollier are drastically different from those used in a November 2010 Congressional hearing by NOAA scientist Richard Feely, who was supported by Benjamin Santer of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Richard Alley of Penn State. Feely claimed ocean acidification from atmospheric carbon dioxide has increased 20%, which is resulting in dire coral die-off, and if it continues, millions of species will become extinct. During the Q & A, Feely asserted that a pH of 7.7 [alkaline] will cause the Arctic and Antarctic oceans to become corrosive from top to bottom. Please see Ollier’s comments in the link under Challenging the Orthodoxy and TWTW’s comments on the hearing at http://www.sepp.org/twtwfiles/2010/TWTW%202010-11-20.pdf
Climate Change: A new study by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute suggests that the decline in the monsoon rains led to the slow collapse of the Harappan Civilization on the Indus plateau between 3000 and 3900 years ago. This further confirms what HH Lamb suggested in his classic Climate, History, and the Modern World. Lamb pointed out that the drying of the Sahara occurred with the cooling that followed the Holocene Climate Optimum. The monsoon rains no longer came that far north. Many dismissed a wet Sahara, which has been confirmed by satellite observations of river beds.
Lamb also suggested that the Indus civilization may also have been adversely affected by this cooling with the drying of the Indus plains and, similarly, Chinese civilization with a drying of the plains in central China. The current study supports Lamb’s suggestion. All this is unrelated to atmospheric carbon dioxide. Climate change is real, significant, and natural. The recent human global contribution, and the influence of atmospheric carbon dioxide, is yet to be determined. Unfortunately, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) failed to determine the natural causes of climate change before claiming humans are responsible for global warming. Please see link under Changing Climate.
Wind and Solar Companies Leaving Spain: Faced with a financial crisis, in January the Spanish government eliminated any subsidies for new wind and solar projects. Now, Spanish alternative energy companies are abandoning their home country, looking for subsidies elsewhere. This is not a particular surprise for those who realize that companies producing electricity from alternative sources depend on subsidies and / or mandates.
Several years ago, researchers at the King Juan Carlos University in Spain stating the subsidies were unsustainable. The US National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL) produced a study dismissing a study. The major point of the critics was that an input-output model was not used – although the NREL study failed to identify one for Spain. One does not need an elaborate input-output model to determine some government sponsored economic activities are not sustainable. Gradually, governments of some countries are discovering the hard truth of this race for 21st century energy. No one will win except the promoters. Please see links under Questioning European Green.
Number of the Week: $69 Billion According to a report by Bloomberg, Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimated that the solar and wind expenditures in Spain totaled $69 Billion since 2004 – four times the per capita expenditures in the US. Except for legacy projects, Spanish companies are no longer investing in domestic projects. Expenditures in new photovoltaic solar projects are expected to fall to $107 million in 2013 from $1.5 billion last year. Expenditures on new wind projects are expected for fall to $244 million in 2014 from $2 billion this year. Please see link under Questioning European Green.
Doubt has been eliminated (?): Judith Curry has an interesting post on scientific uncertainty, addressing, in part, a speech by UN Commission on Sustainable Development, Gro Harlem Brundtland, and the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change in 2007, trumpeting the IPCC AR-4. What is missing in the post is that there is massive doubt in the validity of the models and the doubt in the various temperature forcing factors considered in the models. This doubt is largely covered-up and appears in an appendix of the main report presenting the level of understanding of the forcing factors. The IPCC’s failure to openly discuss the lack of knowledge of natural and manmade temperature forcing factors does not eliminate doubt, but merely ignores it. Please see link under Seeking a Common Ground.
A Golden Age of Gas: The International Energy Administration issued a special report on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas with the title Golden Rules for a Golden Age of Gas. No doubt, the Sierra Club is less than thrilled by the title. After years of labeling coal a dirty fuel and promoting natural gas as the alternative, the club is now labeling natural gas as a dirty fuel. An upcoming TWTW will discuss the rules in light of a paper by Norm Kalmanovitch, a Canadian Professional Geophysicist, on the safety and exaggerated hazards of hydraulic fracturing.
Michael Mann: Several readers requested TWTW to comment on a review of the new book by Michael Mann written by Washington Post writer Juliet Eilperin and published in the Post. Please realize the following are comments on the review taken from the perspective of a critic of the hockey-stick, and not a review of the book. The review makes several significant omissions that may or may not be in the book.
The review, and apparently the book, employs several red herrings to divert the reader from the main issue – is Mr. Mann’s hockey stick rigorous science and the results scientifically acceptable? One red herring is the discussion of the peer review process as a final argument. The peer review process is an important first step, only. It alerts others that the paper may be worthy of consideration. A second red herring is the discussion of the statistical technique of principal component analysis. The assumption is that it is widely accepted technique. However, it is a source of great controversy among professional statisticians. (See Montford under Oh Mann).
Several of the omissions are particularly significant. Are all the pertinent data included? Apparently, they are not. This is one of the motivating factors for the Freedom of Information requests. Are the results reproducible? Apparently, they are not. The data was not made available to McIntire and McKitrick or any other independent researchers. Further, as pointed out by McIntire and McKitrick, and later by Wegman, the model itself produces a distinct hockey-stick shape from noise.
More importantly, is the hockey-stick, which shows little or no Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age, supported by other, independent, studies using other techniques. Some studies claim they show no such periods. However, there are a multitude of studies showing such periods. Many of these studies are in the database compiled by Sherwood, Craig, and Keith Idso which are available at http://www.co2science.org/subject/subject.php, and some are in the data base of the NIPCC reports http://www.nipccreport.org/ They show that these periods were, generally, global. More published studies appear monthly showing a Medieval Warm Period and a Little Ice Age.
Can the hockey-stick come from confounding variables? Tree ring proxies are particularly influenced by confounding variables such as moisture and surrounding vegetation. However, any analysis of the last 150 years must take into account carbon dioxide fertilization which greatly increases the growth of trees. The original data for the bristlecone pines, the most important proxy in the hockey-stick, came from studies on carbon dioxide fertilization, such as by Graybill and Idso.
There is no compelling argument why the hockey-stick should be accepted as rigorous science and this review does not provide one. A more rigorous review is provided by Brandon Shollenberger: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/03/11/shollenbergers-technical-review-of-manns-recent-book/
The review gives the impression that Mr. Mann is a victim. If he is, he is a victim of the IPCC. In its Third Assessment report (AR3) the IPCC dropped climate history as presented in the first two assessment reports with a Medieval Warm Period and a Little Ice Age. In AR3, the IPCC emphasized the hockey-stick, especially in the Summary for Policymakers. This contributed to governments spending well over one hundred billion dollars on the claim that carbon dioxide emissions are causing unprecedented and dangerous global warming, a claim that has yet to be substantiated. Mr. Mann was a featured author of AR3. The hockey-stick was not featured the last IPCC report, AR4, published in 2007. Please see links under Oh Mann.
Amplifications and Corrections: Two weeks ago, TWTW discussed a study from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography claiming that global warming will cause snowpack of Sierra Mountains to largely melt this century, threatening agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley. TWTW pointed out that a large part of the moisture is captured by dams in the early spring for irrigation in the summer. As long as the moisture falls it makes no difference if it is rain or snow.
Emeritus Professor Cliff Ollier suggested checking Google for “Advancing Glaciers,” there are plenty of examples in the western US, which is the case.
John Christy of the University of Alabama, Huntsville, sent a study which he recently completed and which has been accepted by the Journal of Hydrometeorology. The study, “Searching for Information in 133 Years of California Snowfall Observations”, covers the western Sierra Mountains which feed the Central Valley including the San Joaquin Valley. Some of the over 500 stations the data go back to 1878. The stations were subdivided into 18 regions. For some stations, data were missing. “For those regions characterized by consistent monitoring and with the most robust statistical reproducibility, no statistically significant trends in their periods of record (up to 133 years) nor in the most recent 50 years are found. This result encompasses the main snowfall region of the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.”
Once again, data trumps models. Please see http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/JHM-D-11-040.1
For the numbered articles below please see this week’s TWTW at: www.sepp.org. The articles are at the end of the pdf.
1. Your Post on Heartland. Plus: Fred Singer to the Chicago Sun-Times
By Joe Bast, Heartland Institute to Judith Curry, May 25, 2012
2. Romney’s historic opportunity
Plan for low-cost energy will fuel economic recovery
By Fred Singer, Washington Times, May 29, 2012
3. Renewable Energy Can’t Run the Cloud
Data centers now consume about 1.3% of all global electricity.
By Robert Bryce, WSJ, May 28,, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Many in Washington do not recognize that modern communications, including the Cloud, require reliable, affordable electricity.]
4. U.S. Gas Exports Put on Back Burner
By Tennille Tracy, WSJ, May 30, 2012
[SEPP Comment: The administration is playing the political game.]
5. Sierra Clubs Natural Gas
The green lobby picks its next fossil fuel target.
Editorial, WSJ, May 30, 2012
NEWS YOU CAN USE:
Science: Is the Sun Rising?
Nicola Scafetta: The Theory Is Very Simple
By David Whitehouse, GWPF, May 29, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Further comment on the hypothesis of the influence of solar system cycles on the earth’s climate.]
Myles Allen Calls For “Name and Shame”
By Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, May 31, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Repeatedly, data used by the IPCC is not archived or available for independent review.]
Myles Allen and a New Trick to Hide-the-Decline
By Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, May 26, 2012
[SEPP Comment: In AR4 the IPCC should have stated why it was no longer emphasizing the hockey-stick.]
Yamal that hurts! CRU gets touchy, responds to McIntyre and Montford without naming them
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, May 29, 2012
Suppressing Scientific Inquiry
Shale study’s lead author faces ‘green’ backlash
College distances itself from fracking findings
By Ben Wolfgang, Washington Times, May 28, 2012
Challenging the Orthodoxy
It’s about freedom
By Václav Klaus, Financial Post, May 28, 2012 [H/t Roger Cohen]
The Myth of ‘Acidification’ of Oceans
To demonise CO2 yet again, a false claim is that human production of CO2 will cause the oceans to become acid.
By Cliff Ollier, Quadrant, May 24, 2012
Comprehensive Alps Study Clearly Refutes Humans Are Causing More Weather Variability and Extremes!
By P Gosselin No Tricks Zone, May 25, 2012 [H/t WUWT]
Defending the Orthodoxy
New Climate Models Fall Short
By Doug Hoffman, The Resilient Earth, from GWPF, May 30, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Trying to work in tiny airborne particles, aerosols, as the explanation for no recent warming trend.]
Supercomputer will help researchers map climate change down to the local level
By Stephen Nash, Washington Post, May 28, 2012
[SEPP Comment: A newer, bigger computer will not necessarily make the models, the lack of data, and, especially, the lack of critical model testing any better.]
A new dark age?
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, May 26, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Those who defend the orthodoxy are claiming that the skeptics who expose the lack of rigor in climate science are attacking science and promoting the end of the enlightenment. Contrary to the report, AAAS is hardly America’s leading academy of science.]
New energy minister for Germany
By Staff Writers, WNN, May 23, 2012
Germany has a new minister for energy, environment and nuclear safety in Peter Altmaier, a CDU/CSU heavyweight who has been charged with making the country’s ‘energy transition’ a reality.
Questioning the Orthodoxy
Global Warming Alarmism: When Science IS Fiction
By Larry Bell, Forbes, May 29, 2012
The Integrity of the Australian Academy of Science
By Tony Thomas, Quadrant, Jun 2, 2012
A Partisan Look at U.S. Science Policy
by Jeffrey Mervis, Science Insider, May 23, 2012 [H/t Reference Frame]
More on IPCC Chapter Head Neil Adger – & Stephen Schneider
By Donna Laframboise, NFC, May 31, 2012
The unbearable stench of fishiness
By Michael Kile, Quadrant, May 28, 2012
Red herring, n., 1. A dried and smoked herring. 2. Anything that diverts attention from a topic or line of inquiry; including any expression in which a piece of information (or its omission) is, or is intended to be, misleading. 3. Origin: From the practice of using preserved (or rotten) fish, especially herring, to confuse hunting dogs and persons hungry for the truth.
Climate “Deniers” Winning the War
By Marita Noon, Townhall, May 28, 2012
Global Green Agenda Continues To Fail
By Walter Russell Mead, American Interest, May 28, 2012
Sorry Global Warming Alarmists, The Earth Is Cooling
By Peter Ferrara, Forbes, May 31, 2012
[SEPP Comment: It would be more correct to state no warming trend for over a decade.]
Questioning European Green
Spain Cuts Payouts, Ejects Clean-Power Industry
By Alex Morales and Ben Sill, Bloomberg, May 30, 2012
Gas rebranded as green energy by EU
Victory for gas lobby as aims of €80bn EU innovation programme altered to channel money to ‘low-carbon’ fossil fuel
By Fiona Harvey, Guardian, UK, May 29, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Based on a secret document obtained by the Guardian.]
Household energy bills will be ‘unaffordable’ by 2015 [UK]
If pricing trends continue, average annual energy bill will top £1,500 in three years.
By Martin Fagan, Energy Choices, May 30, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Forcing households to severely ration their electricity use may be part of the plan.]
Sting in the tail as Government announces new solar PV tariffs
By Staff Writers, London, UK (SPX), May 28, 2012
As Doubts Grow, Merkel Promises Green Energy Transition Will Succeed
Jochen Gaugele, Matthias Kamann and Stefan von Borstel, Die Welt, From GWPF, May 31, 2012
UK Electricity “Set to Become Unaffordable” Within 3 Years Independent Report Finds.
Haunting the Library, May 31, 2012
UK Coalition on Energy: Dumb and Dumber
By Peter C Glover, Energy Tribune, May 29, 2012
Alex Salmond’s £46 billion green ‘gamble’ with Scotland’s economy
Alex Salmond is gambling with Scotland’s economy by placing a £46 billion “fantasy” bet on green energy despite its “catastrophic” record of making money, one of the world’s leading banks has told MSPs.
By Simon Johnson, Telegraph, UK, May 31, 2012 [H/t Bishop Hill]
The wind farm rebellion blows across Britain as campaigners take heart from village’s victory
By Tamara Cohen, Emily Andrews, and Mark Duell, Daily Mail, UK, May 31, 2012 [H/t GWPF]
Expanding the Orthodoxy
The IPCC: Going Where No Scientist Should Go
By Donna Laframboise, NFC, May 29, 2012
[SEPP Comment: More reasons why the IPCC is political organization, not a scientific one.]
US officials, others say no to UN Internet control
By Staff Writers, Washington (AFP), May 31, 2012
[SEPP Comment: A preposterous idea.]
Rio + 20 – World Control?
Alabama Fights a UN Land Grab
By Justice Gilpin-Green, Townhall, May 31, 2012
[SEPP Comment: UN control of land use decisions, embodied in Agenda 21, will be featured in Rio + 20.
Brazil readies 15,000 security forces for Rio summit
By Staff Writers, Rio De Janeiro (AFP), May 28, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Expecting a peaceful crowd.]
Problems within the Orthodoxy
Slow progress since Earth Summit 20 years ago
By Staff Writers, Paris (AFP), May 26, 2012
Climate talks stall with nations ‘wasting time’
By Richard Black, BBC, May 25, 2012
Top US companies shelling out to block action on climate change
Analysis of 28 companies finds cases of support for thinktanks that misrepresent climate science, including Heartland Institute
By Suzanne Goldenberg, Guardian, UK, May 30, 2012
[SEPP Comments: Based on an analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The amount is a pittance compared with the $68.4 Billion the US spent on global warming in the past four years – with little accountability. Much of the money was spent in fighting EPA expansion of regulations.]
Does Climate Money matter? Is a monopoly good for a market?
By Joanne Nova, Her Blog, May 30, 2012
Spot the conflict: GE owns NBC, the Weather channel and lots and lots of wind turbine factories
By Joanne Nova, Her Blog, Jun 1, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Jo Nova did not include that GE makes gas turbines that can replace coal-fired utility plants as the EPA drives them out of business and makes components for the smart grid, which will be needed for alternative electricity. No wonder it supported US cap-and-trade.]
Heartburn at Heartland
By Judith Curry, Climate Etc, May 24, 2012
Seeking a Common Ground
Doubt has been eliminated (?)
By Judith Curry, Climate Etc, May 26, 2012
Guest Post On “Fire Suppression Policy, Weather And Western Wildland Fire Trends: An Empirical Analysis”
By Johnston and Klick, Pielke Climate Science, Jun 1, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Recent large western fires may be more the result of past policies than global warming / climate change.]
Beetle-infested pine trees contribute more to air pollution and haze in forests
By Staff Writers, Washington DC (SPX), May 28, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Beetle infestations of standing timber, without cutting the timber out, can also contribute to hot, extensive fires in the West.
Communicating Better to the Public – Exaggerate, or be Vague?
The more science you know, the less worried you are about climate
‘Abandon focus on sound science’, say trick-cyclists
By Lewis Page, The A Register, May 29, 2012 [H/t Tom Sheahen]
Yale study concludes public apathy over climate change unrelated to science literacy
By Staff Writers, New Haven CT (SPX), May 30, 2012
[SEPP Comment: A different view of the study linked immediately above.]
Study: Climate Change Skeptics Know More About Science Than Believers
By Erica Ritz, Blaze, May 28, 2012 [H/t Catherine French]
[SEPP Comment: Another version. Skeptics answered 57% correctly; warmists, 56%. Not much of a difference.]
The polarizing impact of science literacy and numeracy on perceived climate change risks
By Kahan, D, et al, Nature Climate Change, May 27, 2012
[SEPP Comment: The study discussed in the links above.]
Communicating Better to the Public – Make things up.
Paging David Appell and Nick Stokes again: time to fess up and apologize
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, May 28, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Last year’s widely publicized story of death threats against climate scientists continues to implode.]
Killing jobs to save the sage grouse
Junk science, weird science and plain nonsense
By William Perry Pendley, Washington Times, May 31, 2012
[SEPP Comment: The decline of the grouse happened well before extensive residential or oil development of the central west. Unlike the West coast, vast areas are undeveloped..]
U.N. Warns ‘Door’ is ‘About to Close’ on Halting 2-degree Celsius Rise in Global Temperature
By Penny Starr, CNS News, May 25, 2012 [H/t Bud Bromley]
[SEPP Comment: A bureaucratic, made up convention with no scientific support.]
Models v. Observations
Coastal N.C. counties fighting sea-level rise prediction
Science panel predicts 1-meter sea-level rise by 2100; counties say that could harm economic development
By Bruce Henderson, Charlotte Observer, May 25, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Why bother with measurements of what is occurring when you have a model predicting what you desire?]
Grappling With Reality – A Comment On The Skeptical Science Post By Dana1981 “Modeled and Observed Ocean Heat Content – Is There a Discrepancy?
By Roger Pielke, Sr, Pielke Climate Science, May 29, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Is there a discrepancy? YES! Is it significant? YES!]
FEMA Director: Frequency of Tornadoes Cyclical, Won’t Say If Global Warming Involved
By Fred Lucas, CNSNews, May 31, 2012 [H/t WUWT]
[SEPP Comment: Often restraint is admirable.]
56 Years of Deadly Tornados On One Gorgeous Map
By Mario Aguilar, Gizmodo, May 30, 2012
[SEPP Comment: The graph of tornado frequency and deaths there from is also interesting.]
As hurricane season starts, the FSU hurricane season forecast is the odd man out citing “active”
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Jun 1, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Becoming one of the orthodoxy.]
Climate change led to collapse of ancient Indus civilization
By Staff Writers, Woods Hole MA (SPX), May 29, 2012
Discovery Of Historical Photos Sheds Light On Greenland Ice Loss
By Staff Writers, Columbus OH (SPX), Jun 01, 2012
Taken together, the imagery shows that glaciers in the region were melting even faster in the 1930s than they are today,
[SEPP Comment: The article claims that sulfur pollution probably caused the cooling of Southeast Greenland from 1943 to 1972, and it stopped with the passage of the US Clean Air Act! A global cooling during that period is generally accepted. It is doubtful that the cooling would be stopped by the US Clean Air Act.]
Sea Level Rise ~ a spurious notion?
By Geoff Brown, Climate Sceptics Blog, May 30, 2012
[SEPP Comment: The perceived sea level rise at a Pacific atoll was caused by human activity on the atoll, not an actual rise.]
Changing Sea Ice
Heavy ice could delay start of Shell Alaska’s Arctic drilling
By Staff Writers, Physorg, May 28, 2012 [H/t ICECAP]
Agriculture Issues & Fear of Famine
Groundwater depletion in semiarid regions of Texas and California threatens US food security
By Staff Writers, Austin TX (SPX), May 30, 2012
[SEPP Comment: As far a food security is concerned, eliminating the mandate for biofuels will do much to enhance food crop production.]
Cap-and-Trade and Carbon Taxes
EU Carbon trading crashes: German bourse closes and Irish end carbon rort
By Jo Nova, Her Blog, May 29, 2012
Subsidies and Mandates Forever
New York’s RPS: High-cost, Ineffectual, and Anti-environmental (30% goal perils)
By Lisa Linowes, Master Resource, May 31, 2012
[SEPP Comment: New York State’s Renewable Portfolio Standard is not reducing electricity rates as the state’s politicians and bureaucrats claimed. Further, they overestimated the average capacity of the wind farms: expected 28.8%; delivered 22.7% in 2010 and 23.6% in 2011. One wonders what is the capacity factor when the electricity is needed the most?]
Editorial, NYT, May 27, 2012 [H/t Dennis Manuta]
[SEPP Comment: The NYT has yet to acknowledge that the US is on course to significantly reduce its dependence on mid-east oil from innovation on private lands, not subsidies and mandates for solar and wind.]
EPA and other Regulators on the March
U.S. EPA: Playing Fast and Loose with Health and Welfare
By Paul Driessen, Master Resource, May 27, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Washington’s energy policies are economically regressive; the poor will pay a greater portion of their income for these policies than the rich.]
EPA’s War On Fossil Fuels — Waged With Tax Dollars
By James Rust, Somewhat Reasonable, May
With Alaska’s Pebble Partnership, The EPA Waves The Precaution Flag
By Patrick Michaels, Forbes, May 24, 2012
EPA holds 12-hour hearings with environmentalists to slow coal production
By Josh Peterson, Daily Caller, May 24, 2012 [H/t Timothy Wise]
[SEPP Comment: Last week’s TWTW gave Ken Haapala’s personal perspective. The time limit for written comments is June 25.]
Australian PM: miners don’t own minerals
By Staff Writers, Canberra, Australia (UPI), May 31, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Therefore, after licenses are issued the government can tax the industries and the licenses anyway it pleases?]
Energy Issues – Non-US
Greens think more supply raises prices
By Alex Pourbaix, Financial Post, May 25, 2012
Energy Issues — US
If We Only Had a Stable Energy Policy
By Robert Rapier, Energy Tribune, Jun 1, 2012
[SEPP Comment: One that would prevent innovation?]
Unconventional Energy Meets Conventional Politics: Which Will Win?
By Steven Hayward, Real Clear Politics, May 16, 2012
All (Green) Thumbs
By Jonah Goldberg, Townhall, Jun 1, 2012
Forget Bain — Obama’s public-equity record is the real scandal
By Marc Thiessen, Washington Post, May 24, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Surprising for the Washington Post.]
Flexible fuel to end foreign oil dependence
Domestic energy solutions could slash trade deficit
By Robert McFarlane, Washington Times, May 30, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Fuel change is happening without subsidies or mandates. Ethanol is damaging small engines, methanol may be worse.]
Oil and Natural Gas – the Future or the Past?
Golden Rules for a Golden Age of Gas (Released 29 May 2012)
World Energy Outlook, IEA, May 29, 2012
IEA says proper rules can bring gas ‘golden age’
By Staff Writers, London (AFP), May 29, 2012
Major Investors Back IEA Call for ‘Golden Rules’
By Staff Writers, Boston MA (SPX), May 31, 2012
Natural gas golden age threatened by pollution: IEA
By Matthew Brown, Financial Post, May 29, 2012
[SEPP Comment: A different view of the same announcement as stated above.]
New study: Development of shale has saved consumers $250 billion since ’09
By Staff Writers, Energy in Depth, May 29, 2012 [H/t GWPF]
[SEPP Comment: Washington is unimpressed. It has been Washington’s policy to drive up energy costs to consumers.]
Energy’s better mousetrap
Shale gas boom results from reducing restrictions on the private sector
By Peter Foster, Financial Post, May 30, 2012
Drilling boom spurring clean up push
By Jennifer Dlouhy, Fuel Fix, May 29, 2012
Washington’s Control of Oil and Gas
Analysis: Bush’s EPA tougher on oil-and-gas companies than Obama’s
By Ben Geman, The Hill, May 30, 2012
[SEPP Comment: A surprise headline. There is a significant difference between vigorously enforcing laws and arbitrarily expanding regulatory power – such as EPA’s new rules on carbon dioxide emissions.]
Return of King Coal?
Is There Still a Case for Coal?
By Robert Bryce, Manhattan Institute, May 2012
[SEPP Comment: Those who declare we need solar and wind for energy security are among the first to demand the shut-down of coal fired utilities – which provide over 40 percent of electricity and depend only on domestic supplies.]
Like a “Friend” and Burn Some Coal
By Mark Mills, Energy Facts Weekly, May 29, 2012
Nuclear Energy and Fears
A nuclear future?
By Martin Livermore, Scientific Alliance, May 31, 2012
GAO: NRC Should Examine Requirement That Reactor Operators Conduct Probabilistic Risk Assessments
By Staff Writers, Power News, May 31, 2012
Japan to decide on nuclear power restart
By Staff Writers, Tokyo (UPI), May 29, 2012
Germany needs 20 bn euro investment in power grid: operator
By Staff Writers, Bonn (AFP). May 29, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Shutting the nuclear plants will require a significant realignment of the grid.]
SMR vendors apply for government funds
By Staff Writers, WNN, May 22, 2012
Three developers of small modular reactor (SMR) technology – Babcock & Wilcox, NuScale Nuclear and Westinghouse – have submitted applications to the US Department of Energy (DoE) for funding to support first-of-a-kind engineering, design certification and licensing.
Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Solar and Wind
NERC: Texas, California, New England Could Face Reliability Issues This Summer
By Staff Writers, Power News, May 31, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Renewable mandates are not helping Texas.]
Commerce Dept. Imposes Tariff on Chinese Wind Towers
By Staff Writers, Power News, May 31, 2012
[SEPP Comment: First solar wars, now wind wars; could they be no win wars?]
US Antidumping Tariffs Impact Solar Module Shipments to North America
By Staff Writers, El Segundo CA (SPX), May 31, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Unfortunately, state mandates will continue to require solar and wind.]
California Tribes Suing to Halt Construction of Wind Factory on Sacred Land
By Gale Courey Toensing, Indian Country, May 29, 2012 [H/t Catherine French]
Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Energy — Other
Can the US Military Afford More Biofuels?
By Geoffrey Styles, Energy Tribune, May 25, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Questioning the Great Green Fleet.]
Report: 8 Large-Scale CCS Projects On Track To Begin Operations Within Five Years
By Staff Writers, Power News, May 31, 2012
Review of Recent Scientific Articles by NIPCC
For a full list of articles see www.NIPCCreport.org
How Adult Oyster Exposure to Ocean Acidification Impacts the Response of Their Offspring to Elevated Atmospheric CO2
Reference: Parker, L.M., Ross, P.M., O’Connor, W.A., Borysko, L, Raftos, D.A. and Portner, H.-O. 2012. Adult exposure influences offspring response to ocean acidification in oysters. Global Change Biology 18: 82-92.
Ocean Warming and Acidification Impacts on Western Australian Coral Reefs
Reference: Cooper, T.F., O’Leary, R.A. and Lough, J.M. 2012. Growth of Western Australian corals in the Anthropocene. Science 335: 593-596.
[SEPP Comment: Increased temperatures apparently lead to increased coral calcification rates and no effect from possible declining alkalinity. The term the Anthropocene is questionable.]
Biofuels or Bust
Reference: Jaeger, W.K. and Egelkraut, T.M. 2011. Biofuel economics in a setting of multiple objectives and unintended consequences. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 15: 4320-4333.
Summing things up, therefore, they conclude that “judged on the basis of reducing fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions,” their results suggest that U.S. biofuel policies “have been ineffective and highly costly, producing negligible reductions in fossil fuel use and significant increases, rather than decreases, in greenhouse gas emissions.”
The Effects of Dramatic Climate Change on Marine Planktonic Microbes: A History Lesson
Reference: Cermeño, P. 2011. Marine planktonic microbes survived climatic instabilities in the past. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279: 474-479.
[SEPP Comment: Surprise, they are tough little creatures.]
Health, Energy, and Climate
American Shale Gas Solves Poverty Too
By Walter Russell Mead, American Interest, May 31, 2012
Surprise! Current Motor Fuel Taxes Exceed the Estimated Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) in Most Industrialized Countries
By Indur Goklany, Master Resource, May 30, 2012
[SEPP Comment: To be fair, in the US the justification for the taxes is to pay for road; but, based on the latest information available, about 40% is being diverted for other activities.]
Book review: Michael Mann’s ‘The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars’
By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post, May 25, 2012
Jeff Masters on Mann and PCA
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, May 18, 2012
This new paper may explain the widespread belief in the value of Michael Mann’s methods and the ‘bet’ on the Hockey Stick
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, May 28, 2012
[SEPP Comment: The paper is on gambling.]
Der Spiegel Skewers the World Wildlife Fund
By Donna Laframboise, NFC, May 30, 2012
[SEPP Comment: A summary of the lengthy article linked below.]
WWF Helps Industry More than Environment
By Jens Glüsing and Nils Klawitter, Der Spiegel, May 29, 2012 [H/t Donna Laframboise]
The WWF is the most powerful environmental organization in the world and campaigns internationally on issues such as saving tigers and rain forests. But a closer look at its work leads to a sobering conclusion: Many of its activities benefit industry more than the environment or endangered species.
Other Scientific News
CryoSat goes to sea
By Staff Writers, ESA, May 28, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Mapping the sea floor. Will it find many previously unknown volcanoes?]
American Physics Dreams Deferred
By Dennis Overbye, NYT, May 21, 2012
[SEPP Comment: The enormous spending on questionable global warming / climate change is taking a toll on other science.]
Electric Moon Jolts the Solar Wind
By Bill Steigerwald for Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jun 01, 2012
Scientists Discover the “Vitamin B12 Claw”
Newfound protein is key for algae growth in the ocean
By Lonny Lippsett, Oceanus, May 31, 2012
[SEPP Comment: The discussion of carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas reduces the possible importance of the finding. Increased carbon dioxide creates a more robust environment!]
Landslides linked to plate tectonics create the steepest mountain terrain
By Staff Writers, Seattle WA (SPX), Jun 01, 2012
[SEPP Comment: No surprise here.]
Other News that May Be of Interest
No 16-oz sugary drinks for you, New Yorkers
By Staff Writers, Health Facts and Fears, May 31, 2012
BELOW THE BOTTOM LINE:
Astrologers Say Celestial Charts Favor Obama Over Romney
By Greg McCune, Reuters, Published in NYT, May 29, 2012
[SEPP Comment: The Gray Lady is getting desperate. As suggested by Best of the Web, is global warming next? Or have they already predicted it?]
Warm, dry El Nino weather puts baby sea turtle at risk
By Staff Writers, Washington DC (SPX), May 31, 2012
[SEPP Comment: No scientific support for the claim that El Ninos will become more common.]