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Quote of the Week: The epitaph that I would write for history would say: I conceal nothing. It is not enough not to lie. One should strive not to lie in a negative sense by remaining silent. -Leo Tolstoy, novelist and philosopher (1828-1910)
Numbers of the Week: $321,277; $38,400; $205,236 per job
By Ken Haapala, Executive Vice President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)
Changing Sun: A study published in the journal of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) shows an association between the freezing of the Rhine River in Central Europe and variation in sunspots. The study examined records of the Rhine going back to 1780 and noted that it froze in places 14 times from that period to 1963. It has not frozen since. Ten of the 14 times it froze were periods of a quiet sun (few sunspots). The suggested link is that a dormant sun emits less ultraviolet energy, which heats the upper atmosphere, thus changing the atmospheric circulation patterns and weather patterns for various regions of Europe. The study suggests that the unusually cold winters in Central Europe in 2010 and 2011 were the result of low solar activity, contradicting those who are claiming these are the result of declining Arctic sea ice. Of course, the study is not definitive, but suggests further investigation is needed.
Quite separately, in a post on his web site, Tim Ball speculates on the possible causes of changes in the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO). He suggests that ENSO changes may be related to variation in the energy emitted by the sun, in this instance the solar wind. The mechanism is similar to the Rhine study. The varying energy changes pressures on the upper levels of the atmosphere which are reflected in the lower layers. These, in turn, cause variations in atmospheric circulation patterns and wind patterns. As Ball points out, these links were discussed before and ignored by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Other than sunlight, which changes little, the IPCC does not wish to depart from its theme that humans are responsible for 20th century climate change. Please see links under Science: Is the Sun Rising?
Changing Climate: The British Antarctic Survey announced the publication of a study of an ice core from James Ross Island in the Antarctic Peninsula. Subject to ocean currents, the instruments on the Peninsula have shown recent warming, while instruments on the main Antarctic continent have shown cooling. Among the striking findings are that the Peninsula warmed by 6°C as it emerged from the last ice age, and that about 11,000 years ago it was about 1.3°C warmer than today’s average temperatures. After that the climate cooled, reaching the lowest point about 600 years ago (during the Little Ice Age). “Approximately 600 years ago, the local temperature started to warm again, followed by a more rapid warming in the last 50–100 years that coincides with present-day disintegration of ice shelves and glacier retreat.”
These findings are further evidence that the Little Ice Age was global, not regional as the IPCC claims. Also, the variation in temperatures, especially the warming 11,000 years ago, is not explained by changing concentrations in atmospheric carbon dioxide. Alarmist journalists immediately blamed human influence on the present-day disintegration of the ice shelves, totally ignoring the finding that it was significant warmer 11,000 years ago.
In its magazine, Oceanus, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) published a more detailed report on its remarkable study of the decline of the poorly known Harappan civilization in the Indus basin (TWTW June 2, 2012). Starting about 5,000 years ago, the civilization flourished until about 3,800 years ago, and it disappeared by 3,000 years ago. Although it built no great monuments such as pyramids of Egypt, it may have been the largest and most advanced civilization of the ancient world. Its cities were laid out on a grid pattern and featured fine architecture, sophisticated sewer systems, and massive water storage tanks.
The new report gives greater detail of the investigation into the weakening of the wet monsoons that led to the destruction of the Harappan civilization and to the growth of farming in the Godavari basin of Southeast India. As suggested by HH Lamb for the desertification of the Sahara, these events coincided with global cooling, not warming. Divorced from subsistence agriculture and with far greater trading ability, modern civilizations need not suffer the same fate as the Harappan civilization. Please see the links under Changing Climate.
Climategate Anew: Two years after they were requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and after a number several efforts of subterfuge, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released emails requested by Christopher Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). One of the more interesting subterfuges was the claim that the emails of NOAA employees working on IPCC issues are IPCC records, not NOAA records. According to this argument, these employees are actually not employees of the US government, even though the salaries and benefits are paid by the US government.
Thus far, little of great new significance has been revealed. However, they go further to the extent to which the Climate Establishment has manipulated climate science, including the reports of US Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) which has been re-named the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). On reviewing the emails, Roger Pielke Sr, relates how the CCSP resorted to the tricks of the IPCC, such as revising the agreed upon language by the scientists on the scientific findings. The editors inserted their political views that humans are responsible for recent global warming, making the findings less consistent with the actual scientific literature.
According to an April 26, 2012, estimate by the Congressional Research Service, in Fiscal Year 2012 the USGCRP is receiving $2.427 Billion and in FY 2012 all the Climate Change Programs are receiving $8.330 Billion. Changing scientific findings has its rewards. Please see links under Climategate Continued.
Oh’ Mann: The July 15, 2012, edition of The National Review contained some less than flattering remarks on Michael Mann. These prompted a letter from Mann’s attorney threatening to sue. In his editorial, the editor of The National Review was very clear of what he thought of the threat – “Get Lost.” Now it appears Mr. Mann may sue and sue others such as the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) as well.
The “Tree-Ring Circus” is becoming interesting. As explained above, Christopher Horner is with CEI, but he is also with The American Tradition Institute. As such, he is chipping away the stonewall erected by the University of Virginia to hide Mr. Mann’s emails, while he was at the University. This litigation is proceeding, with the latest defense of Mr. Mann claiming he was exonerated by the investigations taken by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and by Penn State. As pointed out in detail by Steve McIntyre, Andrew Montford, et al, these affairs were more a whitewash undertaken for the benefit of these universities. Please see links under Oh’ Mann.
California Dreaming: During the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing held August 1st on “Update on the Latest Climate Change Science …”, Senator Barbara Boxer made much of a report on California entitled “Our Changing Climate 2012.” She demanded if John Christy had seen the report and he admitted he had not, but may have seen prior drafts. Then Senator Boxer said the report was released the day before and stressed that it is based on more than 30 peer reviewed studies. Later, Christy asserted that he doubted that the studies included his peer reviewed studies such as that the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is not declining, and that there have been no long-term temperature trends in the mountains. A quick review of the sources for the report failed to find any of the Christy studies.
The report represents a significant effort. It contains 38 chapters, some over 200 pages, separated into 9 sections: Executive Summary; Agriculture, 3 chapters; California’s Changing Climate, 3 chapters; Coastal: Faster Rising Seas, 4 chapters; Ecosystems: Changing Landscapes, Vulnerable Species, More Fire, 9 chapters; Energy: Meeting Growing Demand in a Warming World, 3 chapters; Health: Many Opportunities to Reduce Social Vulnerability, 2 chapters; San Francisco Bay: A Regional Focus, 9 chapters; and Water: Every Drop Counts, 4 chapters.
The report is based on projections from six global climate models and two different methods were used to scale down the global results to obtain regional and local information.
A quick review of some of the more interesting chapters produced a few tidbits.
· By 2050 temperatures will be up by 2.7 deg above 2000 averages, and there will be a threefold increase in the rate of warming.
· Sea level rise (from models) will be between 110 cm to 160 cm from 2000 to 2100.
· Warming has been greatest in the Sierra Nevada, a large portion of total precipitation is falling as rain instead of snow, and the last 35 years both wettest and driest.
· The warming of the Sierra Nevada mountains will be up to 6 deg C (10.8 deg F)
· For Fresno County and Bay Area an Environmental Justice screening tool was applied. The two major inequalities were: #1 tree canopy shading, # 2 Social and health vulnerability – largely caused by lack of car ownership. [Emphasis added]
Needless to say, this is a continuation of the IPCC Climate Science claiming that everything bad about the weather will be worse – except for snowfall. It would be perversely amusing if homeowner insurance companies justified increasing rates by using these reports. One can speculate how long the reports would last.
No disclaimer appeared in the Executive Summary. A needed disclaimer would be that the global models have not been validated; thus, the results of the models are not scientific predictions, but speculative projections and the global climate models have no demonstrated skill in making local and regional predictions.
Without such strong disclaimers the report does not meet the minimum requirements of a Wall Street investment solicitation, yet the politicians expect the citizens to buy its claims? Please see link under California Dreaming.
Emerging Islands: The Maldives are islands southwest of India and are considered the lowest lying country in the world. They have been an IPCC poster child for rising sea levels. The government held a cabinet meeting underwater, with scuba gear, to publicize their fate. Now, the new president is soliciting investors for new resort complexes on the islands including an extremely expensive golf course encompassing several man-made islands. They may use the same disclaimer advisors that California does. See link under Below the Bottom Line.
Numbers of the Week: $321,277; $38,400; $205,236 per job. As mentioned in last week’s TWTW, at the above mentioned hearing, Senator Boxer was quite taken by the Brookings Institution 2011 report on green jobs. It claimed there are 2.7 million jobs in the clean economy and only 2.4 million in the fossil fuel industry. Yet less than 1 percent of the jobs are found in Biofuels, 20,680; about 1.1% in PV and thermal solar combined, 29,531; and less than 1% in wind power, 24,294. [The numbers are taken as given by Brookings.]
A July 2011 report by the Energy Information Administration gave estimates of Federal government “energy-specific subsidies and support by type for FY 2010” (ending September 2010). These totaled $6,644,000,000 for Biofuels, 1,134,000,000 for solar, and $4,986,000,000 for wind.
Using simple arithmetic, in Fiscal Year 2010 the subsidies per job calculates out to be $321,277 for Biofuels, $38,400 for solar, and $205,236 for wind that year. No wonder some people are asking that after spending so much money on these renewable, where are the jobs?
The above calculations only give approximations, they are not precise. One should note that the subsidies for Biofuels ended in 2011, the production tax credits for solar are scheduled to end in 2013 and production tax credits for wind are scheduled to end in 2012. Other support and subsidy programs may remain. Ethanol Biofuels are still mandated by the EPA. Further, the amount for wind in 2010 was unusually high because that was the last year the developers of wind farms could take an up-front cash payment in lieu of a ten year production tax credit.
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. Paul Ryan, the Perfect Anti-Gore
By S. Fred Singer, American Thinker, Aug 20, 2012
2. A Coca-Cola Solution to High Gas Prices
Regulations interfere with competitive markets and render all of us more vulnerable to supply disruptions.
By Andrew Morriss and Donald Boudreaux, WSJ, Aug 21, 2012
[SEPP Comment: A brief history on market fragmentation of what should be a commodity.]
3. EPA Smack-Down Number Six
A federal court cashiers another illegal Obama regulation.
Editorial, WSJ, Aug 21, 2012
4. Layoffs Latest Hit for Nuclear Plant
By Rebecca Smith and Tamara Audi, WSJ, Aug 22, 2012
NEWS YOU CAN USE:
Science: Is the Sun Rising?
AGU: Link found between cold European winters and solar activity
From AGU, ICECAP, Aug 24, 2012
[SEPP Comment: The graph of Central Europe temperature anomaly at the bottom of the article is very interesting.]
What Causes El Niño / La Niña? IPCC Doesn’t Know, But Builds Models and Makes Projections Anyway
By Tim Ball, A Different Perspective, Aug 16, 2012
NOAA releases tranche of FOIA documents – 2 years later
By Christopher Horner, CEI, Aug 21, 2012
First look: ‘Hit on the head with a hockey stick’ – some selected emails from the recent NOAA FOIA release 2 years later
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Aug 22, 2012
Yet Another Example Of IPCC Advocacy
By Roger Pielke Sr, Climate Science, Aug 24, 2012
US reaction to Climategate
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Aug 22, 2012
All communications on this issue are being coordinated with the White House.
More NOAA FOI emails – A question for Bill Lambrecht of the Post Dispatch
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Aug 23, 2012
Challenging the Orthodoxy
The Manmade Contribution to Global Warming Is Not a Planetary Emergency
By Václav Klaus, President, Czech Republic, World Federation of Scientists, August 2012 [H/t Christopher Monckton]
[SEPP Comment: Summarizing the Climate Establishment and its Global Warming Doctrine.]
John McLean – ENSO drives sea surface temperatures on the Great Barrier Reef
By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Aug 24, 2012
Models, Not Climate, Are Hypersensitive to Carbon Dioxide
By Steve Milloy, American Thinker, Aug 24, 2012
How Bad Data Contribute to Global Warming Hysteria
By John Hinderaker, Powerline, Aug 16, 2012
Defending the Orthodoxy
Nobel prize-winning scientist cites evidence of link between extreme weather, global warming
By Staff Writers, Philadelphia PA (SPX), Aug 22, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Molina is an atmospheric chemist, not a meteorologist.]
The Cost of Cool
By Elisabeth Rosenthal, NYT, Aug 18, 2012
[SEPP Comment: How will the environmental zealots keep them down?]
Questioning the Orthodoxy
Madrid ’95: What went wrong?
Bu Bernie Lewin, Bishop Hill, Aug 20, 2012
Some confirmation of Spencer’s cloud hypothesis – it is getting less cloudy and warmer at the same time
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Aug 20, 2012
Why doom has not materialized
By George Will, Washington Post, Aug 17, 2012 [H/t ICECAP]
Has Trenberth’s missing heat been found? Southern Oceans are losing heat
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Aug 21, 2012
Gullible Warming: A Contrived Crisis That Is Too Good To Waste
By Larry Bell, Forbes, Aug 21, 2012
The $6 Quadrillion Cost of the Climate Scam
Exclusive: Christopher Monckton of Brenchley on economics of fighting ‘global warming’
By Christopher Monckton, WND, Aug 21, 2012
Global Warming: a Marxist perspective
By Dennis Ambler, SPPI, Aug 20, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Environmental justice, not science, drives the EPA.]
Questioning European Green
Doubts mount over UK’s nuclear energy future
Britain is supposed to be on the cusp of a nuclear renaissance. A country whose last new nuclear plant was hooked up to the grid in 1995 now aims to have five new stations operating by 2025.
By Emily Gosden, Telegraph, UK, Aug 21, 2012 [H/t GWPF]
Financial Times Deutschland Talks Openly About “Germany’s Dirty Wind Energy Secret”
By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Aug 18, 2012 [H/t Tomaz Orgin]
Grid Instability Has Industry Scrambling for Solutions
By Catalina Schröder, Spiegel, Aug 16, 2012 [H/t Bishop Hill]
Don’t mention renewable
By Peter Foster, Financial Times, Aug 17, 2012
Questioning Green Elsewhere
Climate Change and Developing Countries
By Robert Rapier, Energy Tribune, Aug 20, 2012
Seeking a Common Ground
“Changing The Climate Change Debate” – A Message From A News Article From 2001 That Is Just As Needed in 2012
By Roger Pielke Sr, Climate Science, Aug 23, 2012
[SEPP Comment: In spite of the US expenditure of tens of billions on climate science, the climate establishment has done little to promote the understanding the complex system called climate.]
Comments On “The Shifting Probability Distribution Of Global Daytime And Night-Time Temperatures” By Donat and Alexander 2012 – A Not Ready For Prime Time Study
By Roger Pielke Sr, Climate Science, Aug 21, 2012
Communicating Better to the Public – Exaggerate, or be Vague?
Sea life ‘facing major shock’
By Staff Writers, Brisbane, Australia (SPX), Aug 24, 2012
Climate change puts Atlantic coastline in cross hairs
By Jeff Montgomery and Molly Murray, The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal,
[SEPP Comment: Other than in areas of land subsidence, the hyped sea level rise is far above observations.]
Models v. Observations
AR5 Climate Forecasts: What to Believe
By Pat Frank, WUWT, Aug 23, 2012
[SEPP Comment: A somewhat technical discussion of the potential error range in the IPCC model projections.]
Spurious Warmth in NOAA’s USHCN from Comparison to USCRN
By Roy Spencer, His Blog, Aug 22, 2012
Hourly Temperature Change
By Vincent Gray, NCTCS, Aub 23, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Using a small set of stations the author shows large discrepancies between an average of a maximum and minimum and an hourly average.]
German National Weather Service: “No Significant Trend To More Drought In Europe…Dryness La Niña -Related”
By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Aug 17, 2012 [H/t Climate Change Weekly]
Press Release – New climate history adds to understanding of recent Antarctic Peninsula warming
By Staff Writers, British Antarctic Survey, Aug 22, 2012 [H/t WUWT] http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/press/press_releases/press_release.php?id=1892
Man partly to blame for Antarctic ice shelf collapse: study
By Staff Writers, Paris (AFP), Aug 22, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Headline writing to promote global warming fears.]
Climate Change Spurred Fall of Ancient Culture
Weakening monsoons in India affected plants and people
By Cherie Winner, Oceanus, Aug 24, 2012
Mayans made drought worse with crops
By Staff Writers, New York (UPI), Aug 21, 2012
Agriculture Issues & Fear of Famine
Study: U.S. could put a big dent in food prices by relaxing ethanol rules
By Brad Plumer, Washington Post, Aug 21, 2012
Review of Recent Scientific Articles by NIPCC
For a full list of articles see www.NIPCCreport.org
Plant Diversities on Sixty-Six Warming European Mountaintops
Reference: Pauli, H., Gottfried, M., Dullinger, S., Abdaladze, O., Akhalkatsi, M., Alonso, J.L.B., Coldea, G., Dick, J., Erschbamer, B., Calzado, R.F., Ghosn, D., Holten, J.I., Kanka, R. Kazakis, G., Kollar, J., Larsson, P., Moiseev, P., Moiseev, D., Molau, U., Mesa, J.M., Nagy, L., Pelino, G., Pusca, M., Rssi, G., Stanisci, A., Syverhuset, A.O., Theurillat, J.-P., Tomaselli, M., Unterluggauer, P., Villar, L., Vittoz, P. and Grabherr, G. 2010. Recent plant diversity changes on Europe’s mountain summits. Science 336: 353-355.
Acidification Effects on Deep-Sea Corals and Other Megabenthos
Reference: Thresher, R.E., Tilbrook, B., Fallon, S., Wilson, N.C. and Adkins, J. 2011. Effects of chronic low carbonate saturation levels on the distribution, growth and skeletal chemistry of deep-sea corals and other seamount megabenthos. Marine Ecology Progress Series 442: 87-99.
Winter Snow Accumulation in the Andes of Chile and Argentina
Reference: Masiokas, M.H., Villalba, R., Christie, D.A., Betman, E., Luckman, B.H., Le Quesne, C., Prieto, M.R. and Mauget, S. 2012. Snowpack variations since AD 1150 in the Andes of Chile and Argentina (30°-37°S) inferred from rainfall, tree-ring and documentary records. Journal of Geophysical Research 117: 10.1029/2011JD016748.
The Roman Warm Period in Southwest Scotland
Reference: Wang, T., Surge, D. and Mithen, S. 2012. Seasonal temperature variability of the Neoglacial (3300-2500 BP) and Roman Warm Period (2500-1600 BP) reconstructed from oxygen isotope ratios of limpet shells (Patella vulgata), Northwest Scotland. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 317-318: 104-113.
Effects of Elevated CO2 and Warming on Photosynthesis in a Major Desert Biocrust Moss
Reference: Coe, K.K., Belnap, J., Grote, E.E. and Sparks, J.P. 2012. Physiological ecology of desert biocrust moss following 10 years exposure to elevated CO2: evidence for enhanced photosynthetic thermotolerance. Physiologia Plantarum 144: 346-356.
U.S. Court of Appeals: Food, Fuel Groups not Injured by EPA’s Approval of E15, Hence Lack Standing to Sue — Huh?
By Marlo Lewis, Global Warming.org, Aug 17, 2012
Bird Conservancy Sues Feds for Wind Turbine Information
By Brian Fojtik, Heartlander, Aug 9, 2012
Federal Court Strikes CSAPR, Reactions Swift
By Sonal Patel, Power News, Aug 23, 2012
Cap-and-Trade and Carbon Taxes
California Suspends Cap-and-Trade Provision for Electricity Imports
By Sonal Patel, POWERnews, Aug 21, 2012
Is CO2 mitigation cost-effective?
By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley, SPPI, Aug 24, 2012
Subsidies and Mandates Forever
Direct Federal Financial, Interventions and Subsidies, in Energy in Fiscal Year 2010
By Staff Writers, EIA, Jul 2011
EPA and other Regulators on the March
GAO: EPA Rules Could Spur Retirements, Increased Power Prices
By Sonal Patel, Power News, Aug 23, 2012
Court sides with Texas, overturns EPA rule
By Staff Writers, KETK News, Aug 21, 2012 [H/t Jeff Braswell]
Energy Issues – Non-US
Crude on the rails: in for the long haul
By Yadullah Hussain, Financial Post, Aug 24, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Washington’s energy policy. Pipelines are the safest, most cost effective method of transporting crude. According to the article the rail scheme will cost $31 per barrel while pipeline costs run about $8 per barrel.]
Harper’s Northern Vision
By Peter Foster, Financial Post, Aug 21, 2012
Energy Issues — US
Romney energy plan would hand drilling powers to states
By Ben Geman, The Hill, Aug 23, 2012
[SEPP Comment: The assertion in the article that there will be no major revenue increase in the next decade has been used to justify decades of freezing developable assets.]
Oil and Natural Gas – the Future or the Past?
Fracking is too important to foul up
By Michael Bloomberg and George Mitchell, Washington Post, Aug 23, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Although the assertion on carbon pollution is a bit much, the thrust of the article is to keep Washington out and have the states develop the necessary regulations. Most states with significant hydraulic fracturing appear to have already done so.]
IEA Chief: Policy Uncertainties Could Halt Natural Gas Revolution
By Sonal Patel, Power News, Aug 21, 2012
Return of King Coal?
Gas prices will spike: It’s only a matter of time
By Frank Clemente, Energy Facts Weekly, Aug 20, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Since the spot prices are below production costs for dry gas wells, as opposed to natural gas liquids, this is a safe claim. But the question is at what price will it stabilize?]
Nuclear Energy and Fears
Nuclear’s Dilemma: Few Jobs, Just Energy
By William Tucker, American Spectator, Aug 24, 2012
Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Solar and Wind
Renewable energy is a $250 billion dollar industry that makes about 3% of our electricity
By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Aug 20, 2012
Wind Energy Blown Away by Natural Gas
By Kimball Rasmussen, Power News, Aug 1, 2012
Does the Wind Production Tax Credit Matter?
The fledgling U.S. wind industry would be significantly set back if the credit isn’t renewed.
By Mike Orcutt, MIT Technology Review, Aug 17, 2012
[SEPP Comment: The MIT publication swallows tricky statistics. Capacity installed has little to do with actual productive capacity.]
Texas wind energy boom may go bust if tax subsidies disappear
By Bill Hanna, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Aug 24, 2012
[SEPP Comment: No discussion on consumer price increases.]
Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Energy — Other
The Building as an Energy Storage Device
By Allan Chen for Berkeley News, Berkeley CA (SPX), Aug 23, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Perhaps all afternoon siestas are the solution.]
Biofuels group: Big Oil also behind ethanol waiver requests
By Zack Colman, The Hill, Aug 23, 2012
California Climate Change Assessment
Our Changing Climate 2012,
By California Climate Change Center, Jul 31, 2012
With ‘Facts’ Website, California Looks to Thwart Opposition to Climate Change
By Jim Malewitz, Pew Stateline, Aug 15, 2012 [H/t Timothy Wise]
[SEPP Comment: As the first sentence of the article reveals, Pew is part of the Climate Establishment.]
Climate-Gate Zealot Continues Three-Ring Circus
Editorial, IBD, Aug 23, 2012
My response to Michael Mann.
By Rich Lowry, National Review, Aug 22, 2012 [H/t Timothy Wise]
Penn State Climate Scientist Michael Mann Demands Apology From CEI
CEI Refuses to Retract Commentary
By Christine Hall, CEI Org, Aug 24, 2012 [H/t Gordon Fulks]
Michael Mann says lawsuit against National Review is on! Climate Depot responds to Mann and his lawyer’s claims about the Hockey Stick & Climategate
By Marc Morano, Climate Depot, Aug 24, 2012
[SEPP Comment: An in-depth look at some of the key points of Mr. Mann’s latest.]
Michael Mann — the ghost of climate past
Following is a series of articles updating the Mann Hockey Stick fiasco, with sources provided per each post.
By Staff Writers, SPPI, Aug 23, 2012
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Aug 23, 2012
Good News For Polar Bears Is Bad News for Global Warming Alarmists
By James Taylor, Forbes, Aug 15, 2012
Environmental group: Auto industry ‘owes’ emission standards after bailouts
By Keith Laing, The Hill, Aug 20, 2012
[SEPP Comment: By this reasoning the companies that did not get bailouts should not be subject to the rules.]
Other Scientific News
A reality check for scientific studies?
By ACSH, Aug 20, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Medical science is experiencing difficulties similar to climate science – irreproducible results.]
NASA Picks Revolutionary Space Tech Proposals For Development
By Staff Writers, Hampton VA (SPX), Aug 22, 2012
Magnetic Turbulence Trumps Collisions to Heat Solar Wind
By Staff Writers, Warwick UK (SPX), Aug 22, 2012
Voyager at 35: Break on Through to the Other Side
By Staff Writers, Pasadena CA (JPL), Aug 21, 2012
[SEPP Comment: Far away and almost forgotten, but still working.]
China unveils ambitious space projects
By Xinhua writers Quan Xiaoshu, Yu Fei, Li Huizi and Ji Shaoting, Beijing (XNA), Aug 23, 2012
Uranium from seawater said attainable goal
By Staff Writers, Philadelphia (UPI), Aug 21, 2012
Earthworms soak up heavy metal
By Staff Writers, London, UK (SPX), Aug 21, 2012
Other News that May Be of Interest
Julia Child vs. Meryl Streep
By Elizabeth M. Whelan, ASCH, Aug 29, 2009
BELOW THE BOTTOM LINE:
Are they serious? Shade Cloth over the Great Barrier Reef to save it from climate change?
By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Aug 22, 2012
A urine based ‘potion’ can act as a CO2 absorbent
By Staff Writers, Madrid, Spain (SPX), Aug 22, 2012
The Maldives Emily Littella sea level moment – never mind…
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Aug 24, 2012
[SEPP Comment: With plans to build an extremely expensive golf complex, the islands will emerge from the seas.]