The Week That Was: 2013-07-20 (July 20, 2013) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org)
The Science and Environmental Policy Project
Quote of the Week: “Can any witnesses say they agree with Obama’s statement that warming has accelerated during the past 10 years?” Senator David Vitter to a panel of climate experts [H/t Climate Depot]
Number of the Week: $7 Billion
By Ken Haapala, Executive Vice President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)
Showtime! It’s July in Washington – hot and muggy. Time for the Senate’s version of Kabuki Theater – a big stylized hearing on global warming by the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Probably unintentionally, the title demonstrated a bit of humor – “Climate Change: It’s Happening Now.” It’s been happening for hundreds of millions of years. Perhaps some senators are catching on. Who says senators cannot learn?
But a funny thing happened to the script – after the witnesses on the first panel spoke.
Senator David Vitter (Republican from the oil and gas producing state of Louisiana asked:
“Can any witnesses say they agree with Obama’s statement that warming has accelerated during the past 10 years?”
Silence, followed by a red herring by a certain witness. Minutes later, Senator Jeff Sessions (Republican, Alabama) followed up with the quote from President Obama and asked: “Do any of you support that quote?’ Embarrassed silence! Then another red herring that global warming is disappearing in the deep ocean by the same witness. (About 1.52 hours & 2.05 hours in the Senate video.)
Due to prior commitments, SEPP was unable to attend, and focused on the record of the scientific testimony by Roger Pielke, Jr. and Roy Spencer. Unfortunately, they were relegated to the second panel, after many senators left. The complete theater production, including videos, can be found in the links provided.
Pielke gave an excellent seven point summary rebutting the claims that recent extreme events are unusual, more frequent, and causing greater losses than the historic record shows. He went on to say that the humans influence climate, including by emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), but many claims cannot be substantiated. False claims about extreme weather events can lead to poor decisions and it may take decades, or more, before the human influence can be substantiated.
Spencer appears to be having fun. He identified himself with the 97% of researchers who believe that at least some of the recent warming is human caused. He then proceeded to rebut the claims of the so-called consensus. “The difficulty in determining the human influence on climate arises from several sources: (1) weather and climate vary naturally, and by amounts that are not currently being exceeded; (2) global warming theory is just that – based upon theory; and (3) there is no unique fingerprint of human caused global warming.”
Spencer presented evidence that the recent warming happened before, and that the 73 climate models produce far too much warming over the tropics (all exceed the observed warming). Other notable statements include: “The fact that all of the models have been peer reviewed does not mean that any of them have been deemed to have any skill for predicting future temperatures.” He conclude with: “Thus, the evidence that humans are mostly responsible for either recent warmth or severe weather changes (if such changes exist at all) is equivocal, at best.”
At the end of the second panel, Senator Whitehouse (D. RI) tried to bait Pielke and Spencer to make incorrect statements. He brought up Spencer’s religious beliefs, was were entirely inappropriate. When Senator Session reappeared after a floor vote, Spencer stated we need to analyze what is wrong with the models. We are not getting anywhere with the models emphasizing warming a that is not occurring. Spencer stated that his recent research emphasizes how much is the human influence on weather and climate.
Senator Whitehouse concluded by dismissing the measurement of carbon dioxide influence on the atmosphere temperatures (where the greenhouse effect takes place) and stated his concern about the oceans. The greenhouse effect takes place in the oceans?
Probably no senators changed their minds from the hearing. But they have been informed that, if they have any integrity, they should not be repeating the administration’s scientifically unsubstantiated claims. Please see links under Showtime!
Climate Plan: According to reports, President Obama’s climate plan is already impacting other countries. The US Export-Import Bank announced it will not provide financing of a 1,200 MW coal-fired power plant in Vietnam. The World Bank, headed by an Obama appointee, announced a new energy strategy plan limiting financing of coal-fired power plants to “rare circumstances.” The World Bank plan will restrict the financing of coal-fired plants to only those countries that have “no feasible alternatives” to coal, whatever that means. The President’s climate plan can be better described as Keeping the Poor, Poor. Please see links under that heading.
Energy Efficiency: The administration has announced plans to implement new energy efficiency requirements on new and existing buildings. This is part of an effort to impose regulations on virtually all things that use energy, including homes, automobiles, appliances, etc. It is an expansion of authoritarian power over the economy, without legislative approval.
Donn Dears has an explanation why many corporations do not reduce the energy costs of their buildings. It is a calculation called Return on Investment (ROI). If the “investment” costs more than what it returns, it is not an investment, but an expense. The British government instituted a plan to increase the energy efficiency of private homes, but failed to realize the homeowners are capable of calculating an ROI and basing it on their cash flow. The plan is failing.
Washington bureaucrats ignore ROI as well. Instead, they will substitute the absurd bureaucratic notion of the Social Cost of Carbon (SCC), which they calculate as they see fit. The SCC has not been approved by the Congress and can be better described as the bureaucratic cost of air plants need. Please see links under Washington’s Control of Energy.
Sustainable Energy: Britain, Spain, and Germany have announced plans to curtail subsidies for green energy. The British government has delayed implementation of a goal for off-shore wind power by about a decade and pushed back the goal of producing 30% of electricity from renewables to 2030 instead of 2020. Also it is considering minimum reliability standards and seeks to ensure power production is 99.97 % reliable within 3 years. Part of the reason given is the promise of extracting natural gas from dense shale. Another key component is the soaring electricity costs and backlash from businesses and voters.
The government of Spain has said, that given the economy, it cannot continue to absorb the costs of subsidizing wind and solar. The German government has announced a cap on the solar power nameplate capacity it will subsidize. The nameplate capacity is the theoretical maximum capacity, not the far lower actual production.
Of course, all politicians are blaming someone else, and the alternative energy industry is howling. But the politicians and bureaucrats have only themselves to blame. They accepted the claims of the green power advocates and failed to do a proper ROI analysis. If they had, they would have realized that, in many cases, ROI was negative.
With the demise of the alternative energy industries, we will see the demise of green jobs, so heavily touted a few years ago. All this supports John Christy’s well stated Law of Sustainability: If it’s not economically sustainable, it’s not sustainable. Perhaps some US politicians will learn from these experiences. Please see links under Questioning European Green, Subsidies and Mandates Forever, and Energy Issues – Non-US.
Erratic Wind: Jo Nova reports that India’s Central Electricity Regulatory Commission implemented a solution to the problem of wind power’s erratic characteristics placing burdens on other primary generators of electricity. A directive compels wind farms with a nameplate capacity greater than 10 megawatts to forecast their generation for the next day in 15 minute blocks. Wind Farms with estimates more than 30% off forecasts will face penalties. Those generating power by other means must forecast accurately, why should wind be exempt? Needless to say, the wind investors are not overjoyed. Please see link under Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Solar and Wind.
IPCC Temperatures Falling? The Economist reported it saw the draft of the upcoming Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) due out this fall. The article had a table showing estimate of various end of century carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations and associated temperature increases.
According to the article, CO2 concentrations of 425 to 485 parts per million (ppm) would result in a temperature of 1.3 to 1.7 ºC (2.3 to 3.1 ºF) above pre-industrial levels. This is within the IPCC’s concocted no more than 2 ºC (3.6 ºF) mantra, which politicians pretend is scientific. Many estimates have the current CO2 at about 390 ppm or about 100 to 110 ppm above the preindustrial level. According to some estimates, this increase in CO2 resulted in an increase in temperature of about 0.8 ºC (1.4 ºF). So the next 135 ppm results in an increase in temperatures of about 0. 5 ºC (0.9 ºF), which appears consistent with the greenhouse gas theory that the relationship is logarithmic.
According to the table, a doubling of CO2 to 560 ppm results in a temperature increase of about 2.2 ºC (3.96 ºF). Of course all this assumes that CO2 is the major driver of climate change. We will have to wait for the final AR5 to see appears.
What will be the impact of these new, modest projected increases in temperatures on the EPA’s finding that human greenhouse gas emissions, particularly CO2, endanger human health and welfare? Certainly, these changes and this week’s Senate hearing raise questions on the EPA’s claims of scientific certainty and the validity of the models. Please see link under Problems in the Orthodoxy.
Number of the Week: $7 Billion. That is the annual budget of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Once a pillar of rigorous empirical science, the NSF has lowered its standards as its budget has expanded. Among other things, it finances studies that analyze the impacts decades from now based on the outputs from un-validated climate models, rather than attempting to validate the climate models, or, at least, thoroughly test the assumptions. For other issues on government financed science please see Article # 1, and for government financed non-profits please see Article #4.
For the numbered articles below please see this week’s TWTW at: http://www.sepp.org. The articles are at the end of the pdf.
1. Time to Sequester Insipid Federal Research
Focus science funding on real science, not on silliness like studying how to ride a bike.
By Henry Miller, WSJ, Jul 17, 2013
2. Oil by Rail Is Here to Stay
The Quebec disaster shows how badly the industry needs to up its game.
By Holman Jenkins, WSJ, Jul 16, 2013
3. Asian Coal Use Grows Despite Gas Challenge
Economic Reality Is Trumping Pollution Worries in the Region
By Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen, WSJ, Jul 19, 2013
4. How Big Government Co-Opted Charities
Much of the not-for-profit sector has become a junior partner in administering the welfare state.
By James Piereson, WSJ, Jul 18, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Applies to universities and environmental organizations. Full disclosure of sources of funds on all solicitations may be appropriate.]
NEWS YOU CAN USE:
Science: Is the Sun Rising?
The Sun in June 2013 – on the way to a grand minimum? New study on the possible consequences
By Frank Bosse, Trans. by P. Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Jul 14, 2013
Met Office Hindcast
By Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, Jul 19, 2013
More Met Office Hypocrisy
By Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, Jul 17, 2013
Nature-mag Hides the Decline
By Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, Jul 15, 2013
Ouch! ‘Senate global warming hearing backfires on Democrats’ — Boxer’s Own Experts Contradict Obama! — ‘Skeptics & Roger Pielke Jr. totally dismantled warmism (scientifically, economically, rhetorically) — Climate Depot Round Up
By Marc Morano, Climate Depot, Jul 19, 2013
Testimony on the Current State of Weather Extremes
By Roger Pielke Jr, Testimony to US Senate, via GWPF, Jul 18, 2013
Link to full testimony:
Senate EPW Hearing: “Climate Change: It’s Happened Before”
By Roy Spencer, His Blog, Jul 19, 2013
Link to full updated written testimony: http://www.drroyspencer.com/wp-content/uploads/Spencer_EPW_Written_Testimony_7_18_2013_updated.pdf
U.S. Senate Hearing “Climate Change: It’s Happening Now”
By Judith Curry, Climate Etc, Jul 18, 2013
Watch yesterday’s blockbuster performance by Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. and Dr. Roy Spencer at Senate climate hearing
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Jul 19, 2013
Challenging the Orthodoxy
The real climate drivers – ocean and solar cycles amplified by levels of volcanism
By Joseph D’Aleo, Weatherbell Analytics, Jul 18, 2013
A Basic and Powerful Analysis of Greenhouse Effect Fallacies
By Tim Ball, A Different Perspective, Jul 15, 2013
Analysis by Norm Kalmanovitch
[SEPP Comment: Somewhat technical]
Controversial Skeptic Book “Die Kalte Sonne” Now Can Be Ordered Worldwide In English: “The Neglected Sun”
By P. Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Jul 15, 201333
Richard Lindzen vs Aljazeera gladiators
By Luboš Motl, Reference Frame, Jul 13, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Summary of a debate between Richard Lindzen and warmests filmed by Aljazeera TV.]
Global Warming as Religion and not Science
By John Brignell, Number Watch, June 2007
[SEPP Comment: A useful reminder from 2007.]
Waiting for the Warming
By David Whitehouse, GWPF, Jul 19, 2013
Defending the Orthodoxy
David Kennedy on climate sensitivity
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Jul 18, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Ignore the changing science.]
Questioning the Orthodoxy
Self-harm continues to plague the West
By John Brignell, Number Watch, Jul 18, 2013
Nature puts methane hydrate fears to rest – says it will be 1,000 years before they make any impact
By Anthony Watts: WUWT, Jul 16, 2013
Link to the 2011 paper:: Methane Hydrates and Contemporary Climate Change
By Carolyn Ruppel, Nature Education Knowledge, 2011
The phase relation between atmospheric carbon dioxide and global temperature
By Ole Humlum et al, Elsevier Journal of Global and Planetary Change, via ICECAP, Jul 19, 2013
[SEPP Comment: The conclusions are thought provoking, such as changes in global atmospheric CO2 are lagging about 11 to 12 months behind changes in global sea surface.]
AGW skeptics in the professional community
By Judith Curry, Climate Etc., Jul 15, 2013
We find that climate science skepticism [sic] is not limited to the scientifically illiterate,
[SEPP Comment: Horrors!]
Energy program shows the dishonesty of climate change arguments: Guest opinion
By Gordon Fulks, Oregonian, Jul 20, 2013 [H/t ICECAP]
[SEPP Comment: According to the President Obama, Nobel laureate in physics, Ivar Giaever, is a member of the flat earth society. Is he among the scientifically illiterate described in the link above?]
Global Warming – From Science to Agitprop
By Rupert Darwell, Huff Post, Jul 16, 2013
Short Meteorological Memories
By Alan Caruba, WUWT, Jul 15, 2013
Fabricating Climate Doom – Part 1: Parmesan’s Butterfly Effect
By Jim Steele, WUWT, Jul 14, 2013
Problems in the Orthodoxy
By Staff Writer, The Economist, Jul 20, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
New Regime Brings Change of Climate at Reuters
By Staff Writers, The Baron, Jul 12, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
U.K.’s Decade-Long Delay for Offshore Wind Draws Industry Ire
By Sally Bakewell & Alex Morales, Bloomberg, Jul 17, 2013
Seeking a Common Ground
Climate Dialogue about the (missing) hot spot
By Marcel Crok, De staat van het klimaat, Jul 16, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
[SEPP Comment: Somewhat technical]
By Judith Curry, Climate Etc., Jul 17, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Selections from a provocative essay stating uncertainty and questioning the consensus benefits scientific advancement. Unfortunately, the essay was greatly diminished by the essayist’s certainty in human caused catastrophic global warming, a certainty that does not exist.]
Why farmers don’t believe in anthropogenic global warming
By Judith Curry, Climate Etc., Jul 17, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Farmers are not convinced the humans cause climate change because it has always been happening.]
Forecast failure: how the Met Office lost touch with reality
Ideology has corrupted a valuable British institution
By Rupert Darwall, The Spectator, Jul 13, 2013
Questioning European Green
Our rising bills for going green
Energy giants warn of huge price hikes
GOING green could see power bills go through the stratosphere – and many families go into the red.
By Simon English, The Sun, Jul 17, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
Eco-Blowback: Mutiny in the Land of Wind Turbines
By Matthias Schulz, Spiegel Online, Jul 12, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
German Energy Companies Threaten Shutdown of Power Plants
By Staff Writers, Reuters, Trans: Philipp Mueller, Jul 16, 2013
Why you’ll be paying £3,250 extra for gas and ‘leccy in coming years [UK]
It’s not ‘gas prices’: It is the Will of The People, says Psychohistory prof
By Lewis Page, The Register, Jul 19, 2013 [H/t Bishop Hill]
The dirty secret of Britain’s power madness: Polluting diesel generators built in secret by foreign companies to kick in when there’s no wind for turbines – and other insane but true eco-scandals
Moving to wind power is expected to cost £1 billion a year by 2015
Official figures on the size of the green economy are extremely misleading
They exaggerate the worth of the sector by up to 700 per cent
By James Dellingpole, Mail Online, Jul 13, 2013 [H/t Bishop Hill]
[SEPP Comment: Green jobs are largely a redefinition of regular jobs – near the end of the article.]
Keeping the Poor, Poor
Report: Ex-Im Bank rejects financing for Vietnam coal plant
By Zack Colman, The Hill, Jul 18, 2013
World Bank to limit financing of coal-fired plants
By Anna Yukhananov and Valerie Volcovici, Reuters, Jul 17, 2013
Communicating Better to the Public – Exaggerate, or be Vague?
Global population of polar bears has increased by 2,650-5,700 since 2001
By Susan Crockford, Polar Bear Science, Jul 15, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Challenging the official estimates.]
Invest in Nature, not infrastructure for storm abatement
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Jul 18, 2013
Link to paper: Coastal habitats shield people and property from sea-level rise and storms
By Arkema, et al., Nature Climate Change, Jul 14, 2013
[SEPP Comment: For decades the US has been bombarded with the term “fragile wetlands,” now “fragile wetlands” are the best defense against storms?]
Scientists outline long-term sea-level rise in response to warming of planet
By Staff Writers, Corvallis OR (SPX), Jul 16, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Projecting thousands of years out, based on short-term data.]
Press Goes Crackers Over Fracking
Media loses its head over a report linking earthquakes and wastewater wells.
By William Tucker, American Spectator, Jul 15, 2013
Communicating Better to the Public – Make things up.
‘Gasland’ scandal ignited at EPA
By Ron Arnold, Washington Examiner, Jul 11, 2013 [H/t Joe Bast]
Communicating Better to the Public – Go Personal.
How I got on the “black list” of the German Federal Environment Agency
By Günter Ederer, on No Tricks Zone, Jul 20, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Gosselin associating the German government’s listing of skeptics with the Kent State shootings may be inappropriate, but the comments by Ederer are important.]
All parties in Europe, whether left or right, will go along the warming theory because the permission to tax the air we breath will be granted for the first time, and would even be praised because they it will be for rescuing the planet.
David Suzuki Should Set a Positive Example in Climate Debate
Global warming discussions need to be cleaned up if we are to develop rational policy
By Tom Harris Epoch Times, July 12, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Harris presents a list of all too common themes used by those who prefer to go personal than debate the science.]
Central Park in USHCNv2.5 (October 2012) magically becomes cooler in July in the Dust Bowl years
By Joseph D’Aleo, ICECAP, Jul 14, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Fiddling with the books, again!]
Expert Meteorologist: Data Show Little Change In Central European Precipitation Over Last 30 Years!
By P. Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Jul 13, 2013
Major cold/snow into Brazil while Antarctic ice nears record falsifies polar amplification idea
By Joseph D’Aleo, ICECAP, Jul 20, 2013
By Staff Writers, Cape Cod MA (SPX) Jul 16, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Rethinking the role of iron in phytoplankton blooms.]
Changing Cryosphere – Land / Sea Ice
Analysis Shows That Arctic Sea Ice Melt Extent Mostly Occurs In Natural Cycles
By Sebastian Lüning and Fritz Vahrenholt, Trans by P. Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Jul 17, 2013
As ice cover disappears, life in the frigid Antarctic moves fast
By Staff Writers, London, UK (SPX), Jul 15, 2013
Is the ice in Greenland in growing decline?
By Staff Writers, Berlin, Germany (SPX), Jul 17, 2013
Rate of future ice loss remains uncertain
By Darren Osborne, ABC, Jul 15, 2013
Link to paper: Limits in detecting acceleration of ice sheet mass loss due to climate variability
By Wouters, et al., Nature, Jul 14, 2013
Polar Ice Melt May Be Natural Event
By John von Radowitz, Scotsman, Jul 15, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
[SEPP Comment: Similar to the above link.]
Ocean acidification discussion thread
By Judith Curry, Climate Etc, Jul 19, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Curry discusses the normative testimony by Scott Doney, largely that asserting Congress must do something, and follows with a brief discussion on the rebuttal by Craig Idso to a prior film by the NRDC that claimed much the same as Doney.]
Agriculture Issues & Fear of Famine
Starved for Science
By Louise O. Fresco, Project Syndicate, Jul 17, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Broader application of the advances in agriculture are needed, especially in Africa.]
FAO releases new statistical yearbook details World Food and Agriculture
By Staff Writers, PMAC, Jul 1, 2013
Link to report: FAO Statistical Yearbook paints a big, and detailed, picture of food and agriculture
By Staff Writers, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Jun 19, 2013
Global crop production has expanded threefold over the past 50 years, largely through higher yields per unit of land and crop intensification.
[SEPP Comment: The report discusses the greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture but does not discuss the CO2 benefits to agriculture.]
The greening of the Sahel
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Jul 14, 2013
New study addresses trade-offs between food security and climate change mitigation
By Staff Writers, Rome, Italy (SPX), Jul 17, 2013
Agriculture and land use change contributed about 1/3 of total human greenhouse gas emissions in the past decade, through crop cultivation, animal production, and deforestation.
[SEPP Comment: Another incomplete study of agriculture that ignores the social benefits of carbon – CO2 fertilization.]
Review of Recent Scientific Articles by NIPCC
For a full list of articles see www.NIPCCreport.org
Surface Activity on the South-Central Greenland Ice Sheet
Reference: Jezek, K.C. 2012. Surface elevation and velocity changes on the south-central Greenland ice sheet: 1980-2011. Journal of Glaciology 58: 1201-1211.
How Much Heat Can Amazon Tree Species Take and Still Survive?
Reference: Dick, C.W., Lewis, S.L., Maslin, M. and Bermingham, E. 2012. Neogene origins and implied warmth tolerance of Amazon tree species. Ecology and Evolution 3: 162-169.
Sea Anemones and Microbes in a CO2-Vent-Induced pH Gradient
Reference: Meron, D., Buia, M.-C., Fine, M. and Banin, E. 2013. Changes in microbial communities associated with the sea anemone Anemonia viridis in a natural pH gradient. Microbial Ecology 65: 269-276.
Atmospheric CO2 and Global Temperature: Which Leads Which When Change Occurs?
Reference: Humlum, O., Stordahl, K. and Solheim, J.-E. 2013. The phase relation between atmospheric carbon dioxide and global temperature. Global and Planetary Change 100: 51-69.
Attorneys General in 12 States File Suit Against Environmental Protection Agency
AGs target ‘sue and settle’ suits that create new regulations
By Scott Pruitt, AP, Jul 16, 2013 [H/t Timothy Wise]
In some instances, the EPA filed a “consent decree” agreeing to new regulations on the same day the lawsuits were filed, leading critics to suspect prior knowledge.
[SEPP Comment: Talk about quick litigation!]
EPA’s failure to meet deadlines invites regulatory manipulation
Editorial, Washington Examiner, Jul 14, 2013
Cap-and-Trade and Carbon Taxes
The start of the end. Rudd ditches carbon tax for a trading scheme. Eurocrats now dictate what we pay.
By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Jul, 14, 2013
[SEPP Comment: To a promoter of the Greatest Moral Challenge, the Challenge has become something else, for political convenience. So much for the Greatest Moral Challenge.]
Carbon tax melts, and with it $4 billion of spending [AU]
By Phillip Coorey and Marcus Priest, Financial Review, Jul 15, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
Subsidies and Mandates Forever
Phasing out subsidies
By Martin Livermore, Scientific Alliance, Jul 19, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Written at a time when the electricity consumption is high and wind is supplying only 8% of its nameplate capacity.]
EU Renewable Energy Subsidies Make Natural Gas Plants Uneconomic
By Staff Writers, Daily Fusion, Jul 16, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
[SEPP Comment: If a highly efficient large-scale combined-cycle natural gas plant cannot operate without a loss thanks to unreliable wind and solar, what will provide the necessary back-up generation when solar or wind fail, as they always do?]
Germany pulls plug on solar subsidies
By Staff Writer, The Local, Jul 9, 2013
Requiem For Spanish Wind?
By Loren Steffy, Forbes, Jul 15, 2013
EPA and other Regulators on the March
Obama Using the EPA as His Weapon of Choice
By W.A. Beatty, American Thinker, Jul 14, 2013
Link to report: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Assault on State Sovereignty
By William Yeatman, ALEC, 2013
Another rogue Obama agency with next to no accountability.
EPA Growth Knows No Limits
By Todd Wynn & William Yeatman, American Spectator, Jul 5, 2013
McCarthy sworn in at EPA after Senate vote
By Zack Colman, The Hill, Jul 19, 2013
Lawmakers concerned new carbon metric developed in secret
By Julian Hattem, The Hill, Jul 18, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Why should the administration keep Congress informed when it expands its powers?]
Energy Issues – Non-US
Natural Gas: The Future Premier Fuel of the World Economy
By Michael Economidies and Xiuli Wang, Energy Tribune, Jul 16, 2013
Bowland Shale fracking could reignite UK economy and cut CO2 emissions
The world’s largest shale-gas field – underneath Lancashire and Yorkshire – could add £7bn a year to the UK economy and create thousands of jobs
By Bjørn Lomborg, Guardian, UK, Jul 16, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
It’s official: US-style shale revolution could soon slash gas prices in Britain
By Corin Taylor, City, AM, Jul 19, 2013
Britain Scales Back Wind Power as Shale Revolution Shakes Green Energy Assumptions
By Tim Webb, The Times, via GWPF, Jul 17, 2013
Energy Issues — US
Americans continue to use more renewable energy sources
By Anne M Stark for LLNL News, Livermore CA (SPX) Jul 19, 2013
[SEPP Comment: According to the graph, of the 95.1 Quads used by the US, 0.227 came from geothermal, 0.235 from solar, 1.36 from wind, and 4.32 from biomass. Not particularly significant considering the massive subsidies and mandates.]
Fracking is greener than critics claim
On the ground in natural-gas country
By Deroy Murdock, Washington Time, Jul 12, 2013
Washington’s Control of Energy
By Donn Dears, Power for USA, Jul 16, 2013
[SEPP Comment: A concept bureaucrats in Washington who are dictating energy efficiency ignore.]
White House seeks carbon curbs through energy efficiency gains
By Ben Geman, The Hill, Jul 18, 2013
Interior chief defends ‘fracking’ rules amid GOP, industry attacks
By Ben Geman, The Hill, Jul 17, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Explains why oil and gas production on private and state controlled lands will continue to outstrip production on federally controlled lands.]
Oil and Natural Gas – the Future or the Past?
Peak Oil Peters Out: Neo-Malthusian Cult Website The Oil Drum Shuts Down
Ronald Bailey|Jul. Reason, Jul 12, 2013 [H/t Timothy Wise]
APNewsBreak: 1st federal study finds natural gas fracking chemicals didn’t spread
By Staff Writers, AP, Jul 19, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Fails to mention that many of the chemicals are edible.]
Global Shale Oil and Gas Estimates Expand
By Geoffrey Styles, The Energy Collective, Jul 12, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
[SEPP Comment: We may be on the beginning of the knowledge curve in the technology to extract oil and gas from dense shale.]
Eagle Ford: Texas Shale Star (Resourceship in action: III)
By Fred Lawrence and Ron Planting, Master Resource, Jul 19, 2013
Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Solar and Wind
India threatens Wind farms with fines. They must accurately predict the wind a day in advance or else!
By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Jul 18, 2013
Solar Roads? Let’s not get Excited
By Sierra Rayne, American Thinker, Jul 13, 2013
Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Vehicles
Inaccurate EPA Mileage Tests Mislead Consumers
Editorial, IBD, Jul 15, 2013
How many miles per gallon does your Prius really get?
The EPA should update the way it measures fuel efficiency, after independent tests raised questions about hybrids’ gas mileage.
By The Denver Post Editorial Board, Jul 15, 2013 [H/t Timothy Wise]
EV and PHEV Sales Update
By Donn Dears, Power for USA, Jul 19, 2013
[SEPP Comment: EV stands for electric vehicles and PHEV stands for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.]
Carbon dioxide stored in Marcellus Shale wells could also boost gas production
By Anne Danahy, Penn State News, Jul 11, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
[SEPP Comment: Carbon dioxide is used to promote production; but for storage, government regulations may become so stringent to make it enormously expensive.]
Don’t Thank Stringent Regulations For California’s Reduced Electricity Use
By Lawrence J. McQuillan, Forbes, Jul 10, 2013
Health, Energy, and Climate
European descent into Dark Age ignorance continues apace
By Staff Writer, ACSH, Jul 15, 2013
Fractavists force PA landowners to abandon gas and oil leasing
By Staff Writer, ACSH, Jul 18, 2013
Locavorism vs. Resource Efficiency
By Pierre Desrochers, Master Resource, Jul 18, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Another environmental fad exposed.]
Other Scientific News
Distorted GPS signals reveal hurricane wind speeds
By Staff Writers, Washington DC (SPX), Jul 16, 2013
BELOW THE BOTTOM LINE:
Wyoming rancher: Grizzly could have killed me if she wanted
By Staff Writer, AP, Jul 6, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Global warming drove the grizzly bear off the mountain? Grizzly bears are native to the Great Plains.]
Revealed the keys to reducing the impact of agriculture on climate change
By Staff Writers, Cambridge, UK (SPX), Jul 17, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Government control of land use is best for all – as demonstrated by the Soviet Union.]
$487K Study of Viking Textiles During Little Ice Age To ‘Mitigate Climate Change’
By Alissa Tabirian, CNS News, Jul 15, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
Extreme irony – EPA rules shut down the mother of all weather conspiracy theories
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Jul 16, 2013
Kenji gets mail – ‘Union of Concerned Scientists’ wants a one-sided Senate hearing panel, asks for money
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Jul 17, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Anthony’s dog gets it, do you?]