Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

The Week That Was: 2013-09-14 (September 14, 2013) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project


Quote of the Week: “What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.”- Bertrand Russell [H/t William Ready]


Number of the Week: 90%


Major New Report on Climate Science — Says Global Warming Is Not a Crisis

The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) will release a major new report on climate-change science produced by an international team of 40 scientists at a press conference on September 17 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago.

The new report, titled Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science, challenges what its authors say are the overly alarmist reports of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), whose next report is due out later this month.

What: Press conference announcing release of Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science
When: 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 17.
Where: James R. Thompson Center

100 West Randolph Street

Press Room (15th Floor)

Chicago, Illinois USA

Who: Lead author S. Fred Singer, Ph.D., professor emeritus of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, Chairman of the Science and Environmental Policy Project

Lead author Craig Idso, Ph.D., Chairman, Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change

Co-author Willie Soon, Ph.D., Chief Science Advisor, Science and Public Policy Institute

Media: Open to all credentialed press

Copies of a Summary for Policymakers, an executive summary, and the entire book (unbound) will be available to reporters at the news conference. All three documents will be available for free online following the news conference.


Book Launch Luncheon, Wednesday September 18, 11:30 to 1:30pm

Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science

Presenters: S. Fred Singer, Craig Idso, and Willie Soon

The Heartland Institute, One South Wacker Drive # 2740; Chicago, IL 60606

Cost: $15.00; Contact Tonya Houston at thouston@heartonland.org or call 312-377-4000


Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science

Science the U.N. Will Exclude from its Next Climate Report

September 23, Noon, Heritage Foundation Allison Auditorioum

214 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington DC, (202) 546-4400

Lead author Bob Carter and Co-author Willie Soon, Joseph Bast, hosted by Robert Gordon

Lead authors Fred Singer and Bob Carter will be making presentations in Europe and in California. Details to follow.



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

IPCC: On September 27, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is scheduled to release the first part of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), including the politically negotiated Summary for Policymakers (SPM), and the Working Group I section that contains the science supporting the SPM. This is a departure from prior releases when the SPM came out long before the scientific section was ready for release.

Much has happened since the last major report, AR4, was released in 2007. Numerous scientists exposed glaring IPCC mistakes, Climategate exposed game playing of many of the participants, etc. Probably most importantly, nature has undermined the credibility of the IPCC and the entire climate establishment and their models by refusing to allow the globe to warm, over 15 years on the surface and about a decade in the atmosphere. This failure to warm is in spite of human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) continuing to increase, directly contradicting the prior claims of the IPCC and its followers that CO2 is the control knob of climate. Of the industrial countries, only the United States has significantly reduced CO2 emissions – without any governmental mandates to do so.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal and on the web site of Anthony Watts, Matt Ridley reports he has seen a key prediction in the new documents – the IPCC will reduce the most extreme projection of warming from a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide somewhat, 30%, as compared with its 2007 projections.

Writing on his web site, The Reference Frame, Luboš Motl is far from impressed. Motl thinks that based on the scientific [physical] evidence the warming from a doubling of CO2 would about 0.5 to 1.5 deg C. This is different than the values obtained by using computer models that have not been validated. Also, Motl is disturbed by the IPCC’s continued use of unsubstantiated probabilities in making its projections.

We shall have to wait to see what the final documents actually contain. Please see Article # 1 and links under Problems in the Orthodoxy.


SCC: Monday marks the last day for public comment to the Department of Energy on the Social Costs or Carbon (SCC) as recalculated by US government agencies, without legislative authority. The specific issue seems trivial – the electricity use by microwave ovens. But this is how some agencies now operate. Establish regulations on a trivial issue, then slowly expand such regulations to other non-trivial areas until no one dare question the authority of the agencies for asserting such questionable power. One can label it as industrial policy by bureaucracy. The strategy was successfully employed by the EPA and the Corps of Engineers in regulating privately owned properties, labeled wetlands, even though many of the labeled wetlands had no water.

Several Washington think-tanks are submitting comments, including the Heritage Foundation, CATO, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. One issue is sea level rise. Is it proper for the government agencies to apply future sea level rise from projected global warming from CO2 emissions to US industries when US emissions are falling and countries such as China are the principal sources of increasing emissions?

Another main issues is the appropriate discount rate, how to value the possible future harm in today’s economy? The lower the discount rate the higher possible future harm is valued in today’s economy. The New York Times carried an interesting article presenting the issue as being a moral vs. business issue. The moral standpoint will be a low discount rate, thus a high present value assigned to future warming. The business standpoint is a high discount rate with a low present value.

This is the logical fallacy of a false dilemma. The real moral issue is what right do government agencies have for imposing costs on industry and the public for emitting CO2 when the government agencies have failed to produce a valid climate model that has been shown to successfully predict future global warming? At this point, it has not been scientifically established if CO2 emissions are a net cost or a net benefit. The NIPCC reports have reviewed thousands of studies showing increased atmospheric CO2 is a benefit. SEPP is submitting its comments on SCC, which will probably differ from most. Please see links under Social Cost of Carbon.


Supreme Court: The US Supreme Court begins its fall session on October 7. It may announce its decision of whether or not to hear the challenges to the EPA Endangerment Finding at that time, or sometime afterwards.


Australia’s Election: The coalition that opposed Australia’s carbon tax has announced the dismantling of significant climate change programs. But it does not have clear control of the Senate. Thus, the status of the carbon tax is not yet clear. Please see links under Questioning Green Elsewhere and Cap and Trade and Carbon Taxes.


Benefits of Smart Drilling: The Wall Street Journal has two articles on the great benefits to the poor from the US oil and gas revolution. The revolution can be described as obtaining oil and gas from dense shale, deep underground by applying precision directional drilling, multi-port hydraulic fracturing, insertion of sand or small ceramics to keep fractures open, and use of selected chemicals to promote continued oil gas flow.

Many politicians oppose the revolution, preferring to believe the false claims of the Sierra Club and other extreme environmental groups. The actions of these politicians and environmental groups demonstrates how insensitive they are to the plight of less fortunate humans. Please see Articles # 2 and #3.


Demolishing Icons? On his web site, Bernard Lewin has begun a series to investigate the various depictions of temperatures over the past 1000 years, and longer, that have appeared in IPCC publications. The first of the series centers on the writings of H.H. Lamb, particularly the Medieval Warm Period. Lewin’s analysis may prove to be illuminating and controversial. Please see link under Seeking a Common Ground.


Global Cooling? Several articles and web posts have appeared proclaiming global cooling. The authors doing so are using the same logical fallacy as many global warming advocates – the hasty generalizations. Very simply, the existing data has too short a term to declare a trend. Warming has stopped, we do not know if the warming will resume, or if temperatures will remain roughly steady, or if there will be definitive cooling. Certainly, the failure of the Arctic Ice to melt to the extent that it did last year is not a trend. That said, solar scientists may have theoretical reasons for stating the earth will cool. Please see links under Changing Cryosphere – Land / Sea Ice.


Responsibility: Judith Curry has two posts on responsible conduct in research enterprises and developing a standard for policy relevant science. In the latter post she quotes extensively from Ian Boyd, who is science advisor for the UK Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs. Boyd points out how bias often enters into government sponsored research, no matter how unintentional. Curry concludes her post with: JC request of the IPCC: Please replace Rachendra Pachauri with Ian Boyd.


Additions and Corrections: Last week, TWTW carried an article by Fred Singer in the American Thinker on data trends. Unfortunately, Singer omitted the clause that the spike in temperatures in 1998 should be discounted because it is widely accepted that it was the result of a strong El Nino. Otherwise, his argument stands, that surface temperature trends prior to around 2000 may be over-estimated.

Vincent Gray continued the discussion on hypothesis testing as stated by Feynman, which was challenged by Professor Cramer, who stated that the null (no association between two phenomena) must be tested. Gray writes:

“I object to the reformulation of Feynman’s argument on statistics by Professor Cramer

He does not explain how it is possible to test for a “level of confidence”.


If a scientific theory is successful in predicting all possible future behaviour you are justified in rejecting the null hypothesis and to have confidence in it


Sometimes a theory is only successful in a limited range of circumstances. You may have confidence within this range but not outside it where the null hypothesis is accepted.


The IPCC claims “levels of confidence” in its theories which are no more than the personal opinions of “experts” who usually have a conflict of interest. None of the models has been shown capable of successful prediction of future climate behaviour. The null hypothesis still stands.


Until the theories have been shown to successfully predict a range of future climate behaviour over all the circumstances for which they are claimed to be valid they need to be rejected and the null hypothesis accepted.”

[Behaviour is spelled the New Zealand way.]


Number of the Week: 90% According to energy economist Mark Perry, data from the Energy Information Administration shows that in May the total energy produced in the US is was 90% of total consumption. The last time the percentage was that high was in September 1987. The change is dramatic from about 70% in 2006-7, when Washington refused to expand production in the Federal government controlled lands of Alaska, falsely claiming it would not help the US. Although the difference between production and consumption swings widely during the year, Perry’s five graphs illustrate the US oil and gas revolution – which many politicians and environmentalists desire to stop.



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. Dialing Back the Alarm on Climate Change

A forthcoming report points lowers estimates on global warming

By Matt Ridley, WSJ, Sep 13, 2013


2. Fracking and the Poor

The natural gas boom may be America’s best antipoverty program.

Editorial, WSJ, Sep 6, 2013


3. More on Fracking and the Poor

The U.S. oil and gas boom added $1,200 to disposable income in 2012.

Editorial, WSJ, Sep 10, 2013


4. Japan and the Fate of Nuclear Power Radiation phobia prevents a rational response to Fukushima.

By Holman Jenkins, WSJ, Sep 10, 2013




Climategate Continued

IPCC and the end of summer

By Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, Sep 11, 2013


[SEPP Comment: A lengthy post on the improper use of proxy data including tree rings and certain lake sediments.]

Challenging the Orthodoxy

Climate Change Reconsidered II to be Released on September 17

By Jim Lakely, Somewhat Reasonable, Aug 29, 2013


The Earth’s Energy Imbalance,

By Vincent Gray, NZ Climate Truth Newsletter No 315, Sep 11, 2013


Beating the IPCC with Their Own Numbers

By Topher Field, American Thinker, Sep 13, 2013


[SEPP Comment: An article by the producer of the amusing video 50 to 1.]

IPCC AR5 Renews Demand Governments Buy Their Climate Change Pig In A Poke

By Dr Tim Ball, A Different Perspective, Sep 12, 2013


Please, please, believe

By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Sep 14, 2013


[SEPP Comment: The climate establishment is getting desperate to have the public believe it.]

How and why great news about Chukchi polar bears has been suppressed

By Susan Crockford, Polar Bear Science, Sep 8, 2013


Defending the Orthodoxy

Economic woes may mute impact of U.N. report saying warming manmade

By Alister Doyle and Nina Chestney, Reuters, Sep 6, 2013 [H/t GWPF]


IPCC Calls in Moral Philosopher as People Cool on Global Warming

By Ben Webster, Times, via GWPF, Sep 13, 2013


Questioning the Orthodoxy

An unequivocal rejection of the scientific method

By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Sep 10, 2013


Selling Fear Is A Risky Business: Part Last

By William Brigs, His Blog, Sep 12, 2013


[SEPP Comment: A statistician’s assessment of risk. Somewhat technical.]

A science-based rebuttal to global warming alarmism

By Steve Goreham, Washington Times, Sep 10, 2013


Man Made Climate Change Arguments Don’t Survive Scrutiny

By Art Horn, ICECAP, Sep 11, 2013


Global Warming To Cause New Crisis. What Will It Be?

By William Briggs, His Blog, Sep 9, 2013


[SEPP Comment: Makes the point that the use of the term global warming paused implies the belief that global warming will resume.]

The end of Sternonomics?

By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Sep 12, 2013


[SEPP Comment: An end to data manipulation by discount rate?]

Into the Dustbin

By Donna Laframboise, NFC, Sep 10, 2013


[SEPP Comment: See the three links immediately below.]

Laframboise’s new book on the IPCC

By Judith Curry, Climate Etc. Sep 9, 2013


A new book on the IPCC and Pachauri from Donna Laframboise

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 10, 2013


Chapter and verse on the Great Climate Con

By Tony Thomas, Quadrant, Sep 11, 2013


Reality intrudes on a hot dream

The globe cools, and Al Gore’s ‘Climate Reality’ does, too

Editorial, Washington Times, Sep 5, 2013 [H/t Timothy Wise]


United Nations’ Panel Admits Global Cooling?

Editorial, IBD, Sep 9, 2013


Social Benefits of Carbon

Greens Anti-Coal War Turns Heat on World’s Poor

By Peter Glover, Energy Tribune, Sep 13, 2013


Carbon Price Distorts

By Donn Dears, Power for USA, Sep 13, 2013


Social Costs of Carbon

Counting the Cost of Fixing the Future

By Eduardo Porter, NYT, Sep 10, 2013


A Further Look at the Social Cost of Carbon

By Paul Knappenberger and Patrick Michaels, CATO, Sep 13, 2013


[SEPP Comment: See link immediately above.]

Research & Commentary: Social Cost of Carbon Dioxide

By James Taylor and Taylor Smith, Heartland, Sep 12, 2013


Biz groups, GOP attack ‘social cost of carbon’ on multiple fronts

By Ben Geman, The Hill, Sep 13, 2013


Problems in the Orthodoxy

IPCC AR5 will reduce sensitivity by 30% or so

By Luboš Motl, The Reference Frame, Sep 14, 2013


Terrifying Flat Global Temperature Crisis Threatens To Disrupt U.N. Climate Conference Agenda

By Larry Bell, Forbes, Sep 10, 2013


Climate models wildly overestimated global warming, study finds

By Maxim Lott, Fox News, Sep 12, 2013 [H/t GWPF]


Link to paper previously discussed in TWTW: Overestimated global warming

over the past 20 years

By Fyfe, Gillett and Zwiers, Nature Climate Change, Sep 2013


The Climate Science Capitulation Begins…Hans von Storch: “We Definitely Have Seen Less Warming Than Expected”

By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Sep 11, 2013


PR Firm Enlisted to Convince Leaders to Ignore Public

By Donna Laframboise, NFC, Sep 12, 2013


Running on empty

By Lorne Gunter, Sun News, CA, Sep 11, 2013 [H/t GWPF]


Seeking a Common Ground

A standard for policy-relevant science

By Judith Curry, Climate Etc. Sep 12, 2013


Responsible Conduct in the Global Research Enterprise

By Judith Curry, Climate Etc. Sep 11, 2013


Global Warming Without Fear

By Bjørn Lomborg, Project Syndicate, Sep 13, 2013


Millennium Idols: smash the Hockey Stick but smash the others too!

By Bernie Lewin, Enthusiasm, Scepticism, and Science [H/t Bishop Hill]


Lowering Standards

National Geographic and the Statue of Liberty

By Marita Noon and Michael Economides, Energy Tribune, Sep 10, 2013


Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science

Department of the History of Science, Harvard University


[SEPP Comment: How low can you go?]

Expanding the Orthodoxy

Teaching Climate Change to Skeptics

By Carmen Nobel, Harvard Business School, Sep 9, 2013 [H/t Cork Hyden]


[SEPP Comment: Harvard Business School finds the government money too rich to pass up. The analogy to the obesity problem is a complete joke.]

Questioning European Green

Australia’s U-Turn: Is Germany Next?

By Steven Hayward, Power Line, Sep 9, 2013


Environmentalism: The Road To A Primitive Existence

Editorial, IBD, Sep 11, 2013


Germany Could Face Electricity Customer Revolt

By Bill Sweet, IEEE, Sep 9, 2013 [H/t GWPF]


Brussels fears European ‘industrial massacre’ sparked by energy costs

Europe’s industry is being ravaged by exorbitant energy costs and an over-valued euro, blighting efforts to reverse years of global manufacturing decline.

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph, UK, Sep 8, 2013 [H/t GWPF]


Clean Energy Damaging Europe’s Competitiveness

By Ante Batovic, Global Risk Insights, Oil Price.com, Sep 12, 2013 [H/t GWPF]


MPs Attack Impact of Climate Change Act on Families & Industry

By Staff Writer, GWPF, Sep 11, 2013


I urge the minister, in the light of all the evidence that has come out about the lack of any change in temperature over the past 15 years, to think again about the Climate Change Act and to revoke it, amend it and support home owners and British businesses. –David T. C. Davies, MP

Questioning Green Elsewhere

Australia liberated from their long national green nightmare

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 7, 2013


Australia rips up climate-change policies

By Michael Slezak, New Scientist, Sep 10, 2013 [H/t GWPF]


[SEPP Comment: Bad news for the climate? The climate supports a particular political party?]

Coalition takes axe to climate programs

By Sid Maher and Lauren Wilson, The Australian, Sep 11, 2013 [H/t Stefan Björklund]


Coalition starts axing Australia’s carbon-bureaucrat-machinery

By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Sep 11, 2013


Climate Change and Property Rights

By Sierra Rayne, American Thinker, Sep 10, 2013


97% Consensus

97% Climate consensus ‘denial’: the debunkers debunked

By Christopher Monckton, WUWT, Sep 9, 2013


‘Consensus’ on Climate Change just PR Campaign

By Andrew Montford, Austrailian, Via GWPF, Sep 13, 2013


Communicating Better to the Public – Exaggerate, or be Vague?

More settled science: Climate change/warming speeds up tree life cycles instead of causing migration

By Anthony Watts, Sep 12, 2013


[SEPP Comment: Could it be that global warming/climate change is not occurring as rapidly as many claimed?]

Spread of crop pests threatens global food security as Earth warms

By Staff Writers, Exeter, UK (SPX), Sep 10, 2013


[SEPP Comment: A warming Northern Hemisphere and enhanced atmospheric carbon dioxide allows for growing food crops further north. Is it surprising that crop pests follow?]

Communicating Better to the Public – Make things up.

Helping Out the [New York] Times

By Paul Knappenberger and Patrick Michaels, CATO, Sep 10, 2013


[SEPP Comment: Reporting at the Gray Lady is not what it once was.]

A Curious Climate Analogy – Badly Reported by the NYT

By Kip Hansen, WUWT, Sep 8, 2013


[SEPP Comment: More reporting of imagination rather than imaginative reporting.]

Making up historical tornado data

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 12, 2013


Global warming has increased risk of record heat

By Rob Jordan for Stanford News, (SPX) Sep 11, 2013


[SEPP Comment: Exaggerating the weather events in the US while ignoring the rest of the world. For weather stations with records dating earlier than the 1930, 2012 was not the hottest year on record.]

New Film Shows Hans Schellnhuber Claiming “Himalayan 2035 Glacier Melt Was “Very Easy To Calculate”

By P. Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Sep 8, 2013


[SEPP Comment: Amazing statements from the director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber.]

Changing Weather

Atlantic hurricane season: A record-breaking dud?

By Tom Brown, Reuters, Sep 9, 2013 [H/t Clyde Spencer]


Updated Major Hurricane Drought Figure

By Roger Pielke Jr. His Blog,


Missing Extreme Weather: German Meteorologists Confirm Global ACE 2013 Far Below Normal

By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Sep 13, 2013


Changing Climate

Siberian Arctic Is Not Warming After All – July-Temps Are Hardly Different From Those Thousands Of Years Ago!

By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Sep 7, 2013


Changing Seas

PDO, ENSO and sea level rise

By Judith Curry, Climate Etc. Sep 13, 2013


Breaking deep-sea waves reveal a potential mechanism for global ocean mixing

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 11, 2013


Insight into marine life’s ability to adapt to climate change

By Staff Writers, (SPX) Sep 10, 2013


[SEPP Comment: Marine life has been adapting for hundreds of millions of years.]

Clues in coral bleaching mystery

By Staff Writers, Stanford CA (SPX), Sep 11, 2013


Deep-ocean carbon sinks

By Gary Galluzzo ,UI News, (SPX) Sep 11, 2013


Changing Cryosphere – Land / Sea Ice

Arctic sea ice up 60 percent in 2013

By Staff Writers, Fox News, Sep 9, 2013, [H/t Rob Sheldon]


And now it’s global COOLING! Record return of Arctic ice cap as it grows by 60% in a year

Almost a million more square miles of ocean covered with ice than in 2012

BBC reported in 2007 global warming would leave Arctic ice-free in summer by 2013

Publication of UN climate change report suggesting global warming caused by humans pushed back to later this month

By David Rose, Mail, UK, Sep 7, 2013


Esa’s Cryosat mission observes continuing Arctic winter ice decline

By Jonathan Amos, BBC, Sep 11, 2013


Global warming? No, actually we’re cooling, claim scientists

A cold Arctic summer has led to a record increase in the ice cap, leading experts to predict a period of global cooling.

By Hayley Dixon, Telegraph, UK, Sep 8, 2013 [H/t WUWT]


Confirmed: Greenland reached hottest temperature in modern record this summer

By Jason Samenow, Washington Post, Sep 10, 2013 [H/t WUWT]


[SEPP Comment: The modern record started in 1958. The all-time record high was in 1915, at 4.2 deg C or about 7.4 deg F higher (rounding is not exact).]

Underlying ocean melts ice shelf, speeds up glacier movement

By Staff Writer, EurekAlert!, Sep 12, 2013 [H/t WUWT]


Agriculture Issues & Fear of Famine

Growing trees 40% faster with the help of the right bacteria and fungi

By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Sep 12, 2013


The Climate-Grain Production Relationship Quantified

By David Archibald, WUWT, Sep 8, 2013


[SEPP Comment: Reviewing the concept that solar cycles influence grain prices.]

Review of Recent Scientific Articles by NIPCC

For a full list of articles see www.NIPCCreport.org

Modeling the East Asian-Western North Pacific Monsoon & ENSO

Reference: Wu, B. and Zhou, T. 2013. Relationships between the East Asian-Western North Pacific Monsoon and ENSO simulated by FGOALS-s2. Advances in Atmospheric Sciences 30: 713-725.


The Fate of Peatland Carbon in a Potentially Warming World

Reference: Charman, D.J. et al. 2013. Climate-related changes in peatland carbon accumulation during the last millennium. Biogeosciences 10: 929-944


Southern Ocean Water Mass Circulation and Characteristics

Reference: Sallee, J.-B., Shuckburgh, E., Bruneau, N., Meijers, A.J.S., Bracegirdle, T.J., Wang, Z. and Roy, T. 2013. Assessment of Southern Ocean water mass circulation and characteristics in CMIP5 models: Historical bias and forcing response. Journal of Geophysical Research (Oceans) 118: 1830-1844.


The Future of Wheat Production on the North China Plain

Reference: Tao, F. and Zhang, Z. 2013. Climate change, wheat productivity and water use in the North China Plain: A new super-ensemble-based probabilistic projection. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 170: 146-165.


Litigation Issues

ATI Files Suit to Compel the University of Arizona to Produce Records Related to So-Called “Hockey Stick” Global Warming Research

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 9, 2013


Cap-and-Trade and Carbon Taxes

A carbon tax would make no sense

By Richard Rahn, Washington Times, Sep 2, 2013


Abbott government begins process to repeal carbon tax; says pressure on Labor to honour mandate

By Staff Writers, ABC, AU, Sep 9, 2013 [H/t GWPF]


Subsidies and Mandates Forever

Sequestration nation: DoD doles out $7 billion in wind-energy contracts

By Erika Johnsen, Hot Air, Sep 10, 2013 [H/t Timothy Wise]


EPA and other Regulators on the March

EPA to revise climate rule for new power plants; will still require carbon capture

By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post, Sep 11, 2013


States accuse EPA of exceeding its authority with climate change plan

By Ben Goad, The Hill, Sep 13, 2013


Rep. Trey Gowdy Grills Lisa Jackson about ‘Contact me at home’ Email to Lobbyist

By Marlo Lewis, Global Warming.org, Sep 11, 2013


Energy Issues – Non-US

Basic Power Gen Cost Information

By Donn Dears, Power for USA, Sep 10, 2013


Nominations for the Top 5 Energy Policy Shockers

By Staff Writers, Liberum Capital, Sep 13, 2013 [H/t Bishop Hill]


[SEPP Comment: Blunders may be a better word than shockers.]

Prepare for the Chinese Energy Juggernaut

By: Robert Rapier, Energy Tribune, Sep 11, 2013


U.K. scientists say shale gas’ carbon footprint on par with others

By Staff Writers, London (UPI), Sep 9, 2013


Energy Issues — US

Five charts that help put ‘Saudi America’s’ shale revolution into perspective

By Mark Perry, AEIdeas, Sep 6, 2013


[SEPP Comment: The US produces about 90% of the energy it uses.]

ACC’s Dooley discusses impact of shale revolution on chemical industry profits, growth

Transcript by Staff Writers, EETV, Sep 10, 2013


Groups: EIA Renewable Energy Data Doesn’t Reflect “Real World

By Sonal Patel, Power News, Sep 12, 2013


[SEPP Comment: EIA did not project as much growth in green power as the lobbyists want. But it all depends on government subsidies and mandates. The green power advocates are partially right, but not in what they claim. The EIA does not properly estimate the burden green power places on other producers of electricity.]

Washington’s Control of Energy

Obama’s Keystone Pipeline Delay Boosts Energy Cost With No Benefit

Editorial, IBD, Sep 12, 2013


Return of King Coal?

China Bans New Coal-Fired Plants in 3 Regions

By Louise Watt, AP, Sep 12, 2013


Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Solar and Wind

NREL Report: Cheaper Chinese Solar Panels Not Due to Low-Cost Labor, Subsidies

By Sonal Patel, Power News, Sep 12, 2013


Link to paper: Assessing the drivers of regional trends in solar photovoltaic manufacturing:

By Goodrich, et al. Energy & Environmental Science, Sep 5, 2013


Chinese Zombies Emerging After Years of Solar Subsidies

By Staff Writers, Bloomberg, Sep 9, 2013 [H/t GWPF]


Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Energy — Other

Report: $603 million in Energy Dept. biofuels funding fails to meet goals

By Ben Geman, The Hill, Sep 12, 2013


Link to Report, Audit Report

By Inspector General, DoE, Sep 2013


As of March 2013, the Department had obligated over $929 million, including $561 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, for the 29 projects, and had expended approximately $603 million (65 percent) of those funds.

BIO’s Greenwood discusses timeline for EPA proposal on 2014 volume limits

Transcript by Staff Writers, Sep 9, 2013


Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Vehicles

Unwanted Exotics

By Eric Peters, America Spectator, Sep 12, 2013


California Dreaming

California’s Middle Class Faces Slow Death by Green Laws

By Walter Russell Mead, Via Meadia, Sep 11, 2013


Environmental Industry

Same Old: Procter & Gamble bans two ingredients— but not based on science

By Staff Writers, ACSH, Sep 12, 2013


If Greenpeace USA (née Ozone Action) is Proud of its old ███████████ Work, Why do they Feel a Sudden Need to Hide It?

By Russell Cook, Gelbspan Files, Sep 6, 2013


Other Scientific News

Alaska tundra shows surprising resilience after unprecedented fire

By Staff Writers, Fairbanks AK (SPX), Sep 10, 2013


[SEPP Comment: Doubtful the fire was unprecedented.]

Eleven Spacecraft Show Interstellar Wind Changed Direction Over 40 Years

By Karen C. Fox for Goddard Space Flight Center

Greenbelt, MD (SPX) Sep 10, 2013


NASA’s Voyager first spacecraft to exit solar system

By Staff Writers, Washington (AFP), Sept 12, 2013


New paper says ‘No evidence of planetary influence on solar activity’

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 7, 2013


UH Professor Offers Insight Into Saharan Dust Migration

By Staff Writers, Houston TX (SPX), Sep 10, 2013


[SEPP Comment: Does the EPA interpretation of the Clean Air Act include control of dust from the Sahara?]

Other News that May Be of Interest

How people argue with research they don’t like

By Dylan Matthews, Washington Post, Sep 12, 2013 [H/t Tom Sheahen]


[SEPP Comment: Clever graphic.]

Flights over Pacific highest-producers of ozone

By Staff Writers, Cambridge, Mass,. (UPI) Sep 5, 2013


New data reveals that the average height of European males has grown by 11cm in just over a century

By Staff Writers, Essex, UK (SPX), Sep 10, 2013


[SEPP Comment: Is global warming the cause?]

Water-purification plant the size of a fast-food ketchup packet saves lives

By Staff Writers, Indianapolis IN (SPX), Sep 13, 2013


Wanted: Remedial education for museum curators

By Tony Thomas, Quadrant, Sep 13 2013




Goofed Skyscraper Architect Rafael Vinoly Blames Climate Change For Building Design Woes!

By P. Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Sep 7, 2013


[SEPP Comment: The photos in the article in Mail, linked, are quite striking.]


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Sweet Old Bob
September 16, 2013 9:29 am

Yes. More “Singing” and the “sooner” the better!

Gail COmbs
September 16, 2013 9:42 am

Economic woes may mute impact of U.N. report saying warming manmade
By Alister Doyle and Nina Chestney, Reuters, Sep 6, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
Not one word in the entire article about ‘THE PAUSE’ in temperature. Only one comment too which also applies to the article: “This IPCC report should be consigned to the dustbin….”

Greg Goodman
September 16, 2013 9:51 am

” Certainly, the failure of the Arctic Ice to melt to the extent that it did last year is not a trend. ”
Indeed not. But this might be …

September 16, 2013 10:14 am

[Behaviour is spelled the New Zealand way.] -> [Behaviour is spelled correctly.]

September 16, 2013 11:34 am

Jim Turner says:
April 30, 2013 at 1:58 pm
For those interested in the history of the English language, I recommend Melvyn Bragg’s readable and informative book ‘The Adventure of English’, based on his TV series (might also be available on DVD).
According to him, many differences between modern American and British spellings arose because of a 19th century fad for French spellings among the English middle classes. American spellings tend to be the more traditional.

September 16, 2013 1:09 pm

@ Greg Goodman…I had come to think of the change in the sea ice as a system reaching a low point, and then staying within a range. I even made mention of that a few times several years ago. That was my response to the warmist graphs that always showed such a smooth downward trend as if nothing else was going on within the system. That is why so many of the warmists were so cocksure about the demise of Arctic sea ice, and the many other ignorant views that they have come to hold as beliefs. Their beliefs so blinded them that they could no longer see what was right in front of them.

Blue Sky
September 16, 2013 1:24 pm

Anthony Watts is brilliant in presenting scientific discussions about problems in Climate. His site has been a part of my journey towards skepticism.
He distracts from his creditability by highlighting Heartland/NIPPC “reports”. The scientists involved are legitimate. But Heartland does actually what the UN and liberals do. Science by consensus is bad…we do not need our own report.
I love this site…..But Climate Skepticism does not need a political element. It’s your site Anthony….the best climate site…please don’t pollute it with politics.

September 16, 2013 1:39 pm

Blue Sky:
re your post at September 16, 2013 at 1:24 pm
NIPCC Reports are NOT “politics”. Any suggestion that they are is either mistaken or is “politics”.

Blue Sky
September 16, 2013 1:54 pm

Richard….Heartand did a billboard comparing AGW Alarmists to mass murders. Thats not political?

September 16, 2013 2:02 pm

Blue Sky:
re your post at September 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm
Heartland is NOT the NIPCC. By pretending it is you are being “political”.

Gail Combs
September 16, 2013 3:45 pm

Blue Sky says:
September 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm
Richard….Heartand did a billboard comparing AGW Alarmists to mass murders….
Heartland was correct in that comparison even if the truth is not palatable to the squeamish. Dr. R.J. Rummel has a name for it.
DEMOCIDE: DEATH BY GOVERNMENT The 20th Century Democide was 169,202,000 Murdered by their own governments.
“Just to give perspective on this incredible murder by government, if all these bodies were laid head to toe, with the average height being 5′, then they would circle the earth ten times. Also, this democide murdered 6 times more people than died in combat in all the foreign and internal wars of the century.”
Think about Britain’s death by government:

… 2,000 extra deaths were registered in just the first two weeks of March compared with the average for the same period over the past five years.
‘An increase in fuel costs and the extended winter means that more people are going to suffer, and more will be unable to afford to eat and heat their homes. It’s a scary prospect.’…

Meanwhile the situation is slated to get even worse:

Britain’s energy industry regulator, has “warned of an impending ‘near-crisis’ of energy supply, calling the situation ‘horrendous’ and likening it to being on a roller coaster headed ‘downhill — fast.'”
Apparently Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has even said he was working to “keep the lights on” while Ofgem’s capacity assessment says “risks to electricity security of supply over the next six winters have increased…
“the main reason for the possible crunch” is “closing a number of aging coal-fired plants — as well as some oil and nuclear ones — to meet European Union environmental laws.”
What Britain will be left with after its surrender to the “European Union environmental laws” is a reserve electric power capacity of between 2% and 5% — roughly half of what it is now.
It will lose 20% of its power plants over the next decade, and will have no coal-powered facilities, which provided 39% of the country’s electricity just last year…..

Government policy is responsible for those additional deaths in the last few winters. A quarter of Brits are living in fuel poverty as energy bills rocket: As energy prices go through the roof, shocking figures reveal one in four families has been plunged into fuel poverty.
If as some are predicting we are at the top of a warming cycle and about to head into cooling, the problems in the EU and Britain will only get worse and so will the political unrest.
Hiding from the truth because it unsettles us does not make it any less true.

September 18, 2013 10:30 am

“Several articles and web posts have appeared proclaiming global cooling. The authors doing so are using the same logical fallacy as many global warming advocates – the hasty generalizations. Very simply, the existing data has too short a term to declare a trend. Warming has stopped, we do not know if the warming will resume, or if temperatures will remain roughly steady, or if there will be definitive cooling.”
Not quite the case. The existing past data are maybe too short, but multiple instances of known periodicities strongly warrant the cooling forecast.
For instance the current solar cycle is in its peak period now and it is therefore sure the solar activity will descend at least until 2019 and will not exceed current activity at least until 2022. And because there’s known very significant direct causal dependence between solar activity and SST both in short-term and long-term sense, and because ocean covers most of the Earth, the solar activity shorterm forecast given by the solar cycle periodicity warrants a short-term cooling forecast. Such cooling period will add to the previous unsignificant cooling trend which stayed there despite the rebounding of solar activity from minima to current solar peak period, therefore the cooling trend will very likely become significant in the future. And it surely would happen under condition the next solar cycle will have simmilar magnitude as the current one (with practically lowest activity in the last 200 years).
Adding to tat the medium-term multidecadal cooling forecast is warranted by the current phase combination of PDO and AMO periodicity.

Blue Sky
September 18, 2013 12:24 pm

Your comments about murder by government because they don’t agree with skeptism is something I don’t want to be associated with.
We have to be better.

September 18, 2013 12:48 pm

Blue Sky:
re your accusation at September 18, 2013 at 12:24 pm.
I have made NO claim of “murder by government”.
Please explain why you think I have with quotation or apologise.

Blue Sky
September 18, 2013 1:16 pm

Please carefully reread my post.
The first part of my post was a reply to you and your denial of heartland being involved with Nipcc.
And I gave a link refuting your position.
The second part of my post…regarding “murder by government” was directed to Gail.

Gail Combs
September 18, 2013 1:39 pm

Blue Sky says: @ September 18, 2013 at 12:24 pm
Your comments about murder by government because they don’t agree with skeptism is something I don’t want to be associated with.
We have to be better.
That is a warning to people who think governments/bureaucrats only have their best interest at heart.
Again from Dr Rummel.

After eight-years and almost daily reading and recording of men, women, and children by the tens of millions being tortured or beaten to death, hung, shot, and buried alive, burned or starved to death, stabbed or chopped into pieces, and murdered in all the other ways creative and imaginative human beings can devise, I have never been so happy to conclude a project. I have not found it easy to read time and time again about the horrors innocent people have been forced to suffer. What has kept me at this was the belief, as preliminary research seemed to suggest, that there was a positive solution to all this killing and a clear course of political action and policy to end it. And the results verify this. The problem is Power. The solution is democracy. The course of action is to foster freedom. http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/NOTE1.HTM

BTW my mother was one of those innocent victims of over 4,000 secret and classified radiation experiments conducted by the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and other government agencies… Exposing almost 200 cancer patients to high levels of radiation from cesium and cobalt. The AEC finally stopped this experiment in 1974.

September 18, 2013 1:43 pm

Blue Sky:
Your post at September 18, 2013 at 1:16 pm says in full

Please carefully reread my post.
The first part of my post was a reply to you and your denial of heartland being involved with Nipcc.
And I gave a link refuting your position.
The second part of my post…regarding “murder by government” was directed to Gail.

OK. Thankyou for the clarification. I misunderstood your previous post and apologise for that.
Your link does NOT “refute{my} position”: that link CONFIRMS “MY POSITION”.
I copy your link to here so others can verify my reply for themselves.
At no time have I said, hinted or implied that the Heartland Institute (HI) is “involved” with the NIPCC.
I said to you at September 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Heartland is NOT the NIPCC. By pretending it is you are being “political”.

The link says that HI publishes NIPCC Reports. That was never in dispute. Indeed, the above article says that.
The HI has provided no pressure, influence or contact with me pertaining to my contributions to NIPCC Reports, and I have no reason to think HI acted differently towards anybody else who was involved in compiling them. Indeed, my knowledge of Willie Soon and Fred Singer (NIPCC Lead Authors) induces me to think the work to compile the NIPCC Reports would have ceased if there had been such activity.

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