The Week That Was: 2013-02-09 (February 9, 2013) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org)
The Science and Environmental Policy Project
Quote of the Week: The Stone Age didn’t end for lack of stone, and the oil age will end long before the world runs out of oil. Former Saudi oil minister Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani (NYT “The Breaking Point, Aug 21, 2005)
Number of the Week: 2%
By Ken Haapala, Executive Vice President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)
Fred Singer: Chairman of SEPP, was interviewed by Anthony Wile of the Daily Bell, a publication of the non-profit Foundation for the Advancement of Free-Market Thinking (FAFMT). The topic was popular myths in politically correct science. For the transcript, please see Article # 1.
Secretary Chu: Last Friday, when he announced that was leaving office, Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu sent a letter to the employees highlighting the accomplishments of his administration. In it, probably unintentionally, he highlights issues regarding Washington setting industrial policy, especially energy policy. It should be remembered that many of the problems faced by the Nobel Laureate in physics predate his appointment to office. These problems include ethanol from cellulose, which was embraced by former President Bush who left office in 2009.
Also, many problems arose when Congress, in 2009, suddenly allocated the Department of Energy $36 Billion in the so-called “Stimulus Bill.” One can empathize with bright young employees, with little practical experience, being tasked with allocating huge sums of money. No doubt they were besieged by hoards of slick promoters, equivalent to the Wall Street groups that promoted securities backed by sub-prime mortgages. But what was inexcusable was the failure to recognize and articulate the causes of technological change, and subsequent prosperity, or even articulate basic facts about nature. Based on his letter, it appears that this brilliant man still fails to recognize these important concepts.
Secretary Chu refers to the above quote, which may or may not apply to oil. What Mr. Chu fails to recognize is that the Stone Age ended when new technologies were used to produce vastly superior tools at low cost, namely developments in metallurgy that created the Bronze Age and then the Iron Age. In fact, some cultures that did not understand metallurgy, or lacked the resources, remained in the Stone Age as late as the 19th or 20th centuries. The new Washington group-think, reflected in Mr. Chu’s letter, is that technological advancement can be achieved by using subsidies, mandates, or regulations to force inferior products, or excessively expensive products, onto the public.
For example, Mr. Chu states that the cost per kilowatt hour of electricity from wind generators is falling, and approaching the cost from traditional sources such as coal, natural gas, nuclear, etc. He ignores the critical issue – that wind power is unreliable. For over a century (the first fully automatic wind generator was built in 1887) wind power has failed to compete with traditional power sources because it is unreliable. Until an affordable, commercial storage capability for electricity is developed, wind power will remain unreliable and sub-standard, except when isolated from other sources. The same applies for solar power, though someday industrial solar power may be affordable and reliable. The frequently cited claim that wind power needs subsidies because fossil fuels received subsidies in the past is disingenuous. The tax “subsidies” to fossil fuels did not occur until the huge income tax hikes to pay for World War I, long after coal-fired power plants proved superior to wind power.
Mr. Chu goes on to cite the great increase in installed capacity of wind. However, the bottom line is not total capacity, but the installed capacity that is reliable. He also invokes the now common Washington mantra about the need to protect future generations from dangerous and unprecedented global warming / climate change arising from human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) – a concept that fails to withstand rigorous empirical examination.
As common in Washington group-think, he does not ask about the damages done to future generations by Washington squandering huge sums of money on technologies that have failed for decades or for over a century. Robert Bradley, on Master Resource, and Lubos Molt, on Reference Frame, include some of the above remarks and make further comments on Mr. Chu’s letter. For the letter and comments please see links under Energy Issues – US.
The Australian Experiment: When challenged about the failure of a wind farm to produce electricity when the winds fail, a favorite response of the wind promoters is that if sufficient farms are built over a broad area then the entire system will produce even if the winds fail on a few farms. The amount of excess capacity needed never seems to enter the discussion. It is important to remember that the electrical grid operator (distributor) must balance electricity output with consumption within fairly tight tolerances, or the entire system fails.
Australian Tom Quirk provided TWTW a reference to a paper in the peer-reviewed British journal, Energy and Environment, that describes a study of the production from 21 farms spread out over the grid for eastern Australia which is described as, geographically, the largest, most widely dispersed, single interconnected grid in the world. Unlike many studies, such as the ones by the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) which relied on computer models, this study relies on hard data. The results are grim, but not unexpected.
The study focuses on the year 2010, which was, apparently, not significantly different from other years. The study uses an unusually low standard of 2% of installed capacity for the Minimum Acceptable Level (MAL). It relies on data provided by the grid operator that covers average power output over five minutes. Shorter time periods are preferable and instantaneous output is ideal.
For 2010, the entire fleet (the combined output of all wind farms) failed to produce 2% of installed capacity 109 times. The longest period was for 70 minutes. One wind farm, described as typical, failed 559 times in the six months. The longest period was for 2.8 days. Not only does the entire fleet fail frequently, but also it fails throughout the year. Clearly, such performance would be unacceptable for any traditional method of generating electrical power.
After analyzing the data, the authors state that wind cannot be used for base load, the daily minimum requirement, and that the installed capacity of required back-up must be at least 80% of installed wind farm capacity. In eastern Australia the required back up is open cycle gas turbines (basically jet engines) which far less efficient than closed cycle gas turbines. But the closed cycle systems cannot react sufficiently quickly to variation of wind power output. Further, the open cycle turbines must be operating constantly on stand-by mode, wasting energy when the electricity is not needed.
Wind power promoters, and their supporting politicians, are leading the public into an expensive wind trap. Please see link under Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Solar and Wind.
U.S. Energy Innovation: On February 5, Mary Hutzler, a long time analyst with the US Energy Information Agency and now a senior fellow with the Institute for Energy Research, testified on energy innovation in the US and almost two generations of Federal government efforts to limit the safe, practical development of public energy resources on public lands, for the benefit of the public. The testimony appears in three parts on Master Resource with a link to the testimony.
One many not agree with every point she makes, but the testimony gives an excellent foundation of the enormous fossil fuel resources in the US. Please see links under Washington’s Control of Energy.
Climate Sensitivity: Over the past few weeks, TWTW has linked to studies questioning the sensitivity of the planet to a doubling of atmospheric CO2 or equivalence in other greenhouse gases (GHG). To go out on a limb, the consensus view of the orthodoxy, which is not a consensus of scientists, appears to be that a doubling of CO2 will increase temperatures by about 1.5°C to 4.5°C, with a likelihood of 3°C (about 3 to 8°F, likelihood of 5.5°F). On her blog, Climate Etc, Judith Curry posts numerous comments on Climate Sensitivity. Her concluding comment merits repeating.
“Until we better understand natural internal climate variability, we simply don’t know how to infer sensitivity to greenhouse gas forcing. The issue of how climate will change over the 21st century is highly uncertain, and we basically don’t know whether or not different scenarios of greenhouse gas emissions will be (or not be) the primary driver on timescales of a century or less. Oversimplification and overconfidence on this topic have acted to the detriment of climate science. As scientists, we need to embrace the uncertainty, the complexity and the messy wickedness of the problem. We mislead policy makers with our oversimplifications and overconfidence.”
Please see link under Seeking a Common Ground
Snow Anyone? Moscow has had an unusually hard winter with extreme cold and heavy snows. Last week, TWTW linked to a piece in the New York Times lamenting the lack snow in the Northeast US. On Friday night – Saturday Nature obliged. The snows are significant – over 2 to near 3 feet in certain parts of New England. Based on reports, it appears that amounts from the current storm are somewhat less than the storm of 1888 for locations that have records dating that far back. Places such as New York City received far less snow in the current storm. 1888 was also the year of the Schoolhouse Blizzard, which was one of three blizzards in the 1880s to hit the Great Plains of the US with such fury it that prompted people such as Theodore Roosevelt to wonder if the Great Plains can be permanently inhabited by humans.
Of course, the Global Warming Chorus is croaking that this is all due to global warming / climate change. Please see links under Changing Weather and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Blizzard_of_1888 [H/t Lars Hagen]
Number of the week: 2%. The study cited above under “The Australian Experiment” used 2% of installed capacity as the Minimum Acceptable Level (MAL) to calculate the frequency in which a fleet of wind farms failed during 2010. It is useful to keep in mind to this low estimate of reliable power when wind promoters brag about installed capacity, though zero percent may be more accurate.
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. Fred Singer on the Myths of Politically Correct Science
Interview With Anthony Wile, Daily Bell, Feb 3, 2013
2. The Fish and Wildlife Service Is Not for the Birds
The federal government plans to allow wind turbines to kill bald eagles for 30 years.
By Robert Bryce, WSJ, Feb 1, 2013
3. Planes, Trains and Bike Paths
Ray LaHood’s transportation legacy
Editorial, WSJ, Feb 2, 2013
4. An Alaskan Challenge for ‘All of the Above’ Energy
An accident with no environmental impact is being exploited for political purposes in an effort to halt offshore exploration in Alaska.
By Sean Parnell, WSJ, Feb 2, 2013
NEWS YOU CAN USE:
Science: Is the Sun Rising?
Monsoons In China Fluctuate In Sync With Solar Activity…No Correlation With CO2
By P. Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Feb 7, 2013
Translated from: China’s Summer Rains Fluctuated During The 20th Century In Sync With The Solar 11-Year Cycles
By Sebastian Lüning and Fritz Vahrenholt, Their Blog, Feb 7, 2013
Challenging the Orthodoxy
Decreased Surface Wind as a Contributor to Warming
February 5th, 2013 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.
In Their Own Words: Climate Alarmists Debunk Their “Science”
By Larry Bell, Forbes, Feb 5, 2013
Global warming overestimated by factor of two
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Feb 9, 2013
Link to paper: Using data to attribute episodes of warming and cooling in instrumental records
Ka-Kit Tung and Jiansong Zhou, PNAS, Feb 5, 2013
Yet another paper shows the hot spot is missing
By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Feb 2, 2013
Occam’s Razor, the Null Hypothesis, and Anthropogenic Global Warming
By John Hinderaker, Power Line, Feb 5, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Another review of Professor Carter’s excellent essay discussed in last week’s TWTW.]
Defending the Orthodoxy
Scientists to Obama: Convene climate change ‘summit’ to map out federal action
By Ben Geman, The Hill, Feb 8, 2013
[SEPP Comment: As nature refuses to obey these scientist, they call upon the President to defend them against nature?]
Looking to the Future at Energy Innovation 2013
By Matthew Stepp, Consumer Energy Report, Feb 4, 2013 [H/t Joseph D’Aleo]
Environment Canada quick off the mark with global warming propaganda
U.S. Inaugural Address spurs Canadian Government climate statements
By Tim Ball and Tom Harris, Frontier, Feb 4, 2013
Questioning the Orthodoxy
Climate seers as blind guides
Forecasters often use unscientific computer models
By J. Scott Armstrong, Washington Times, Feb 4, 2013
10 Killer Questions for Climate Extremists
By Christopher Monckton, SPPI, Feb 6, 2013, [H/.t Tomas Sheahen]
Environment Canada’s Ignorance Guarantees Political Climate Science And Wrong Policy.
By Tim Ball, A Different Perspective, Feb 3, 2013
Tyndall Centre gives up on science
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Feb 6, 2013
Report shows UN admitting solar activity may play significant role in global warming
By Maxim Lott, Fox News, Feb 1, 2013 [H/t Catherine French]
Met Office Decadal Forecast–2007 Version
By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That [H/t GWPF]
[SEPP Comment: Comparing Met forecasts with actual data.]
Problems in the Orthodoxy
Amazon forest more resilient to climate change than feared – study
By Alister Doyle, Reuters, Feb 7, 2013
Unable to find link to the actual article
[SEPP Comment: According to his web site Cox is a lead author of Chapter 7 of the IPCC report.]
Four Top Swedish Climate Scientists Publish Critical Letter Slamming Potsdam Institute Climate Alarmism
By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Feb 5, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Further commentary questioning the organization the World Bank used to produce a highly alarmist study.]
Do forests drive wind and bring rain? Is there a major man-made climate driver the models miss?
By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Feb 2, 2013
Link to paper: Where do winds come from? A new theory on how water vapor condensation influences atmospheric pressure and dynamics,
By Makarieva, A. M., Gorshkov, V. G., Sheil, D., Nobre, A. D., and Li, B.-L., Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Jan 25, 2013
A Closer Look at Moderating Views of Climate Sensitivity
By Andrew Revkin, Dot Earth, Feb 4, 2013 [H/t Bishop Hill]
Expanding the Orthodoxy
Climate Gets 20 Percent of Seven-Year European Budget
By Staff Writers, Environmental News, Feb 8, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
“Climate action objectives will represent at least 20% of EU spending in the period 2014-2020 and therefore be reflected in the appropriate instruments to ensure that they contribute to strengthen energy security, building a low-carbon, resource efficient and climate resilient economy that will enhance Europe’s competitiveness and create more and greener jobs,” the final agreement states.
Teaching climatism in schools: Next generation science standards
By Steve Goreham, Washington Times, Feb 6, 2013
Energy leaders say climate crisis more urgent
By Staff Writers, New Delhi (AFP), Feb 6, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Now the increase in temperatures is 6 deg C by 2100. The World Energy Council is hardly a group of energy leaders.]
Climate Science Turns Comic – John Schellnhuber Now Depicted As Planet-Saving Comic Hero In Germany
By P. Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Feb 6, 2013
Fixing the National Weather Service’s Computer Gap
By Cliff Mass, Weather Blog, Jan 28, 2013 [H/t Climate, Etc.]
When U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell learned about the lack of computer power for U.S. numerical weather prediction at a luncheon I attended, she asked an important question of the head of the NWS: how can this be when Congress has appropriated large amounts of funds for weather and climate computers? He did not answer, but the answer is clear: nearly all of these resources have been unavailable for weather prediction–most are used for climate studies.
Seeking a Common Ground
Sensitivity about sensitivity
By Judith Curry, Climate Etc, Feb 4, 2013
How Not to Argue for Increased R&D Funding,
By Roger Pielke, Jr, His Blog, Feb 6, 2013
The obtuse part is Geim’s equating of advances in basic research as both necessary and sufficient for economic growth, when neither may be the case.
[SEPP Comment: After decades of exaggeration about global warming, extreme exaggeration for other causes may not be sufficient.]
Communicating Better to the Public – Exaggerate, or be Vague?
Temperature Stagnation Suddenly Being Discovered In Climate Models…Erred Scientists Desperately Clinging!
By P. Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Feb 4, 2013 [H/t Anne Debeil]
NOAA Corrects Their 2012 State of the Climate Report – 2012 Was NOT the Warmest La Niña Year on Record
By Bob Tisdale, WUWT, Feb 6, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Slight error, too bad it was repeated with great fanfare all over the world and the correction is being ignored. But, the state of the climate is what we state when we state it.]
Increases in extreme rainfall linked to global warming
By Staff Writers, Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Feb 08, 2013
Link to paper: Global increasing trends in annual maximum daily precipitation.
By Westra, Alexander, and Zwiers, Journal of Climate, 
“Assuming an increase in global average temperature by 3 to 5 degrees Celsius by the end of the 21st century, this could mean very substantial increases in rainfall intensity as a result of climate change.”
[SEPP Comment: The good lecturer reduces the meaningfulness of his findings by his intensity of his assumptions as to the future.]
Communicating Better to the Public – Make things up.
‘Roasted, toasted, fried and grilled’: climate-change talk from an unlikely source
By David Runnalls, Globe and Mail, Can, Feb 1, 2012 [H/t Climate Depot]
[SEPP Comment: Hyperbole knows no bounds. This from the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. No wonder, except for a few countries such as China, the international financial situation is bleak.]
Global Warming To Bring Colder/Warmer Winters
By Paul Homewood, WUWT, Feb 8, 2013
Chris Mooney’s Chartsmanship in the Service of Alarmism
By Willis Eschenbach,WUWT, Feb 7, 2013
[SEPP Comment: A great example of chartsmanship – drawing the graph to mislead rather than to illuminate. See Number Watch: http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/chartmanship.htm.]
Polar bear researchers urge governments to act now and save the species
By Staff Writers. Edmonton, Canada (SPX) Feb 08, 2013
Link to paper: Rapid ecosystem change and polar bear conservation
By Derocher, et al, Conservation Letters, Jan 25, 2013
Andrew Derocher refuses to accept that polar bears have been saved
By Susan Crockford, Polar Bear Science, Feb 5, 2013 [H/t WUWT]
[SEPP Comment: See link immediately above. Perhaps the term “polar bear advocate” should be changed to “polar bear profiteer.”]
Here comes the snow
By Joseph D’Aleo, ICECAP, Feb 7, 2013
Heaviest Snowfall in a Century Hits Moscow – WWF has logic fail
Compiled by Anthony Watts, WUWT, Feb 5, 2013
[SEPP Comment: When nature disagrees with your forecasts, make things up.]
NOAA Slays the Billion-Dollar Disaster Meme
By Roger Pielke Jr, His Blog, Feb 3, 2013
Superstorm Sandy (Part III: Political Actions)
By Paul Driessen and Patrick Moffitt, Master Resource, Feb 2, 2013
[SEPP Comment: It is not sufficient to blame others, what will political leaders do to protect against future storms?]
Volcano Location: Greenhouse-Icehouse Key? Episodic Purging of ‘Carbonate Capacitor’ Drives Long-Term Climate Cycle
By Jade Boyd, Science Daily, Feb 6, 2013 [H/t WUWT]
Link to Article: Continental arc-island arc fluctuations, growth of crustal carbonates, and long-term climate change.
By Lee, Shen, et al, Geosphere, Dec 13, 2013
Agriculture Issues & Fear of Famine
Understanding the historical probability of drought
By Staff Writers, (SPX), Feb 06, 2013
Link to Article: Comparison of Drought Probability Assessments Based on Atmospheric Water Deficit and Soil Water Deficit
By Torres, Lallato and Ochsner, ASA, Jan 29, 2013
Review of Recent Scientific Articles by NIPCC
For a full list of articles see www.NIPCCreport.org
A History of Drought in the Southern United States Since 1895
Reference: Chen, G., Tian, H., Zhang, C., Liu, M., Ren, W., Zhu, W., Chappelka, A.H., Prior, S.A. and Lockaby, G.B. 2012. Drought in the Southern United States over the 20th century: variability and its impacts on terrestrial ecosystem productivity and carbon storage. Climatic Change 114: 379-397.
Coral Resilience to Ocean Acidification and Global Warming
Reference: McCulloch, M., Falter, J., Trotter, J. and Montagna, P. 2012. Coral resilience to ocean acidification and global warming through pH up-regulation. Nature Climate Change 2: 623-627.
[SEPP Comment: Corals adapt to changing alkalinity.]
Cloud Ice Water Content & Cloud Ice Water Path in CMIP5 GCMs
Reference: Li, J.-L.F., Waliser, D.E., Chen, W.-T., Guan, B., Kubar, T., Stephens, G., Ma, H.-Y., Deng, M., Donner, L., Seman, C. and Horowitz, L. 2012. An observationally based evaluation of cloud ice water in CMIP3 and CMIP5 GCMs and contemporary reanalyses using contemporary satellite data. Journal of Geophysical Research 117: 10.1029/2012JD017640.
Canadian and U.S. Droughts of the Medieval Warm Period
Reference: Laird, K.R., Haig, H.A., Ma, S., Kingsbury, M.V., Brown, T.A., Lewis, C.F.M., Oglesby, R.J. and Cumming, B.F. 2012. Expanded spatial extent of the Medieval Climate Anomaly revealed in lake-sediment records across the boreal region in northwest Ontario. Global Change Biology 18: 2869-2881.
Treasury fights to keep carbon emails secret
By CJ Ciaramella, Free beacon, Feb 5, 2013
Subsidies and Mandates Forever
Another Made Up Mandate on Energy that Doesn’t Exist
By Marita Noon, Townhall, Feb 3, 2013
EPA and other Regulators on the March
Is it time to get rid of the EPA?
By Henry Miller Daily Caller, Feb 4, 2013
The EPA’s Lisa Jackson: The Worst Head of the Worst Regulatory Agency, Ever
Bu Henry Miller, Forbes, Jan 30, 2013
EPA moves forward with climate change protection plan, asks for comments
By Ben Goad, The Hill, Feb 8, 2013
EPA: Power plants accounted for two-thirds of industrial emissions in 2011
By Zack Colman, The Hill, Feb 5, 2013
Line to the EPA Report: GHGRP 2011: Reported Data, Feb, 5, 2013
Energy Issues – Non-US
Why the World May Never Experience a Shale Boom
By Energy Burrito, Oil Price.com, Jan 31, 2013 [H/t Timothy Wise]
[SEPP Comment: Excellent caution: the experience does not exist to be confidently able to extrapolate from the US to the rest of the world.]
Each stalled pipeline project costing Canada $30M-$70M a day, new report suggests
By Lauren Krugel, Canadian Press, Feb 7, 2013
[SEPP Comment: In the US and Canada, environmentalists and bureaucrats do not care about costs.]
Energy Issues — US
DOE’s Chu’s Resignation Letter: Ten Questions
By Robert Bradley, Jr, Master Resource, Feb 5, 2013
[SEPP Comment: The link contains the letter.]
Steven Chu quits, misunderstands the end of Stone Age
By Lubos Motl, Reference Frame, Feb 2, 2013
Study: CBO underestimates revenues from expanded oil-and-gas drilling
By Zack Colman, The Hill, Feb 5, 2013
Link to summary and study: Beyond the Congressional Budget Office
By Joseph Mason, IER, Feb, 2013
[SEPP Comment: All that is needed is a change in energy policy, not special subsidies.]
Pandering on Price
By Marita Noon, Townhall, Feb 7, 2013
Let’s Inaugurate a Term of Energy Realism
By Michael Economides, Energy Tribune, Feb 7, 2013
U.S. Beating China in Race for Clean Skies
By Rudy Takala and David Kreutzeer, The Foundry, Feb 8, 2013
Washington’s Control of Energy
U.S. Energy Innovation (Part I: Expanding “Depletable” Resources)
By Mary Hutzler, Master Resource, Feb 6, 2013
Part II: Coal Issues: http://www.masterresource.org/2013/02/u-s-energy-ii-coal/
Part III: Federal Land Potential: http://www.masterresource.org/2013/02/u-s-energy-iii-federal-lands/
Growing Canadian oil exports to U.S. bittersweet for producers as price discount bites
By Yadullah Hussain, Financial Post, Feb 7, 2013
Interest Group Wants to End Natural Gas Exports
By Staff Writers, NCPA, Feb 7, 2013
Link to full report New Special Interest Group Pushes to Stop Natural Gas Exports
By Daniel Simmons, IER, Jan 29, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Energy isolationism. How would the members respond if regulations were passed to ban exports of their products?]
Domestic Energy: Triumph in the Face of Adversity
By Gary Jason, American Thinker, Feb 5, 2013
Oil and Natural Gas – the Future or the Past?
Full Throttle Ahead: US Tips Global Power Scales with Fracking
The United States is sitting on massive natural gas and oil reserves that have the potential to shift the geopolitical balance in its favor. Worries are increasing in Russia and the Arab states of waning influence and falling market prices.
By Spiegel Staff, Spiegel Online, Feb 1, 2013 [H/t Timothy Wise]
Spreading an Energy Revolution
By Christof Ruhl, BP, NYT, Feb 5, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
North Dakota’s Bakken Oil Finally Hits the East Coast
By Matthew Philips, Bloomberg, Feb 6, 2013
America’s Oil Revival
By William Tucker, Spectator, Feb 8, 2013
Oil Spills, Gas Leaks & Consequences
U.S. Halts Drilling on Gulf Wells with Flawed Bolts
By Carroll, Catts & Wethe, The Hill, Feb 7, 2013
Nuclear Energy and Fears
By Donn Dears, Power for USA, Feb 6, 2013
[SEPP Comment: We are for nuclear energy but we will oppose any means of disposing of the waste.]
Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Solar and Wind
Wind Farms in Eastern Australia-Recent Lessons
By Paul Miskelly, Energy & Environment, Dec 2012 [H/t Tom Quirk]
VantagePoint curbs cleantech fund raising due to lack of interest
By Katie Fehrenbacher, Gigaopm, Feb 5, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
[SEPP Comment: Even Al Gore’s investment firm is pulling back from “clean-tech.” Could it be that it is over-sold, under-delivers, and sub-prime? Some of the stated “successes” were backed by government loan guarantees, that may go into default.]
Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Vehicles
Pricing Electric Cars
By Staff Writers, NCPA, Feb 4, 2013
Link to full Article, The True Cost of Powering an Electric Car,
By Carroll Lachnit, Edmonds, Dec 21, 2012
Insight: Electric cars head toward another dead end
By Norihiko Shirouzu and Yoko Kubota and Paul Lienert, Reuters, Feb 4, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Largely for the same reasons they failed 100 years ago.]
Requiring Deeper Cuts in CO2 Emissions
By Donn Dears, Power for USA, Feb 9, 2013
Could Monterey Shale Save California?
Editorial, IBD, Feb 5, 2013
Brown vs. Green: Clash of the Titans in California
By Walter Russell Mead, Via Meadia, Feb 4, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
Solar development absorbing Calif. farmland
By Staff Writers, AP, Feb 4, 2013
Health, Energy, and Climate
South Africa using its smarts — and DDT — to prevent malaria
By Staff Writers, ACSH, Feb 7, 2013
New study finds a link between smog and birth weight — maybe
By Staff Writer, ACSH, Feb 7, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Describes no measurements of exposure, and shows no causal link.]
Other Scientific News
Study Shows that Gases Work with Particles to Promote Cloud Formation
By Holly Evarts, Press Release, Columbia University, Feb 4, 2013
Link to paper: Surfactants from the gas phase may promote cloud droplet formation
By Sareen, et al, PNAS, Feb 4, 2013
Spring may come earlier to North American forests
By Catherine Zandonella, for Princeton Research, Princeton NJ (SPX), Feb 01, 2013
Link to Article: Predicting changes in temperate forest budburst using continental-scale observations and models.
By Jeong, Su-Jong, David Medvigy, Elena Shevliakova, and Sergey Malyshev. 2013. Geophysical Research Letters. Jan 25, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Once an early spring was welcome, not to be feared.]
Other News that May Be of Interest
Shale Gas Boom Now Visible From Space
By Staff Writers, CNBC, Jan 28, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Further evidence of the need for pipelines.]
BELOW THE BOTTOM LINE:
Could Climate Change Be Al-Qaida’s Best Friend in Africa?
By Abraham Riesman, Slate, Feb 7, 2013
Study: Global Warming Can Be Slowed By Working Less
A new analysis suggests that a more ‘European’ schedule would reduce the effects of climate change
By Jason Koebler, US News, Feb 4, 2013 [H/t Timothy Wise]
Birds may need a hand to weather climate change
By Staff Writers, Durham, UK (SPX), Feb 06, 2013