The Week That Was: 2013-12-07 (December 7, 2013) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project
Quote of the Week: • “Absolute certainty is a privilege of uneducated minds-and fanatics. It is, for scientific folk, an unattainable ideal.” Cassius J. Keyser, American Mathematician
Number of the Week: 1 million and 1.3 million
By Ken Haapala, Executive Vice President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)
Ethanol and Biomass: This week, SEPP made a presentation at an EPA hearing on the 2014 renewable fuel standards (RFS) and 2015 biomass-based diesel volume. The purpose is to establish the annual percentage standards for cellulosic, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuels for 2014. A secondary purpose is to determine the applicable national volume of biomass-based diesel required for 2015. The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 does not establish standards for the latter beyond 2012.
The principal conflict is that the nation has hit the “blend wall.” Gasoline consumption is down, and the ethanol volume required by the act would necessitate that the percentage of ethanol mixed with gasoline to exceed 10%. EPA has the discretionary authority to reduce the volume requirement and is considering doing so. The automobile manufacturers and the petroleum industry have requested such a reduction, arguing that a higher ethanol percentage would be potentially damaging to gasoline engines.
SEPP’s comments were a shift in approach in addressing such issues before a potentially adversarial, non-technical audience. Rather than arguing that the EPA science is wrong, the comments argued that the science is out of date. It has been superseded by events. The three lines of evidence presented by the EPA in its Endangerment Finding no longer support the finding. The distinct human fingerprint (pronounced warming of the atmosphere above the tropics) cannot be found, the claimed unprecedented and dangerous global surface warming stopped 16 years ago, and the models are unreliable because they failed to predict that warming would stop.
Similarly, the 2007 mandate was passed by a Congress during a time in which its judgment was clouded by two fears: 1) increased dependence on imported oil from unstable regions and 2) global warming from CO2 emissions endangering human health and welfare. Both fears are out of date, rendering the standards obsolete.
There were 144 speakers listed. As can be expected, the majority of speakers were from the corn-to-ethanol industry and the biofuel industry who opposed the volume reduction. The Governor of Iowa denounced the proposed change stating the administration is unduly influenced by big oil – no doubt a surprise to the petroleum lobby.
The principle arguments opposing the RFS reduction included: green jobs, ethanol is cheaper than gasoline, ethanol helps rural America, national security, global warming, big oil is manipulating the EPA, etc.
Those supporting the reduction and some who oppose the RFS altogether included representatives from the food industry and gasoline station owners. The arguments included that ethanol and biofuels are driving up food prices and that ethanol is a burden to gas station owners.
A special panel two members of the House of Representatives spoke. Rep. Goodlatte (R-VA), who is the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and Vice Chairman of the Agriculture Committee, spoke strongly against the RFS and presented a letter signed by some 190 members of the House, stating that the RFS will be revisited in 2014. Rep. Goodlatte stated that although the RFS is beneficial to the corn industry, overall it is distorting the markets for food, feed, and fuel. He asserted there must be a better way to help the corn industry.
The real surprise was Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) who, as a freshman Congressman, was one of the authors of the 2007 RFS. He stated the RSF was “a well-intentioned flop.” Also, he complained that ethanol ruined his chainsaw, a common complaint by owners of two cycle engines. See links under Green Jobs, EPA and other Regulators on the March, and Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Energy – Other.
Fossil Fuel Subsidies: Promoters of wind and other alternative forms of energy in Western countries are again bring up world-wide fossil fuel subsidies. As discussed in the April 6 and April 13 TWTWs and in an article by Bjorn Lomborg carried in the November 12 TWTW, 75% of the subsidies occur in 12 countries. The 5 major ones are, in order, Iran ($82 billion), Saudi Arabia ($61 billion), Russia, India, China (between $30 to $40 billion), and Venezuela, Egypt, Iraq, U.A.E., Indonesia, Mexico and Algeria making up the rest. The subsidies occur by state controlled oil companies of these countries selling oil products below world market prices. In Venezuela gasoline costs as little as 1.5 cents a gallon, unofficial exchange rate, up to 5.6 cents a gallon for premium, official exchange rate. Since politicians of these countries choose to subsidize petroleum to promote political stability, should Western politicians subsidize unreliable solar and wind to promote grid instability? See the prior TWTWs and links under Communicating Better to the Public – Make things up.
Changing Change: First it was the fear of global warming. When that stopped, the orthodoxy tried climate disruption, then climate change, which has been ongoing for hundreds of millions of years. Now, the US National Research Council has come up with a new fear – abrupt climate change. How a gradual increase of carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the atmosphere causes abrupt climate change is not well explained, but the label may stick this time! The real issue at stake is not the fear, but the loss of credibility of once vaunted scientific institutions that produce statements such as: Climate is changing, forced out of the range of the past million years by levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases not seen in the Earth’s atmosphere for a very, very long time. Lacking action by the world’s nations, it is clear that the planet will be warmer, sea level will rise, and patterns of rainfall will change. See links under Defending the Orthodoxy.
Lost? Judith Curry discussed an article asserting that science has lost its way. The article deals with rewards for researchers in life sciences and that many splashy research results cannot be reproduced. Curry divides research into four types and suggests rewards structures should be tailored according to the specific type of research. When discussing climate research, she further states: In terms of money being thrown down a rathole for climate research, … that taxonomical studies of model-based regional impacts rests on the premise that climate models provide useful information for regional impact studies, and they do not. Well put. Studies based on long term projections from un-validated climate models have little value. See link under Seeking a Common Ground.
Uncertainty: On the Plos blog, Tamsin Edwards has a post on uncertainty and how people perceive it. It is based on a conference on “Communicating Risk and Uncertainty around Climate Change.” Nine attitudes are discussed including people have a finite pool of worry, often interpret uncertainty as ignorance, and are uncomfortable with uncertainty. One of the points made was how to respond if a journalist asks: “What does it mean to increase from 90% confident to 95% confident?”, a scientist could make this clearer with “[We think] the chance climate change is natural is now half as likely as before.”
Of course, such a response is not improvement in the issue. As the models, on which the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) heavily relies, diverge further from actual observations, the IPCC has expressed greater certainty in its work. In effect, as the public has greater reason to doubt the work, the IPCC insists that it is more certain. No wonder its climate scientists need special conferences on communicating better with the public. Expression of a little doubt may be helpful. See link under Seeking a Common Ground.
Extreme Weather: Although the year has not ended, it appears to be a dud for those claiming more, extreme weather events. US tornados are down, the hurricane season was uneventful, and major global tropical cyclones making landfall are down. Roger Pielke Jr. posted the latest cyclone statistics with a link to the work by Ryan Maue of WeatherBell Analytics. The Global and Northern Hemisphere Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) does not justify the claims of more extreme weather events. In January, it will be interesting to review the financial report of Munich Re, the large reinsurance firm. One must wonder if the rather tame weather is what the National Research Council defines as abrupt climate change. See link under changing weather and http://models.weatherbell.com/tropical.php
Earthquakes: On an amusing note, the UK newspaper, Independent, reported that, during an American football game, the Seattle Seahawk fans created such an uproar that the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network detected vibrations that measured between magnitude 1 and 2 earthquake. One wonders how this compares with earthquakes reported occurring from hydraulic fracturing of dense shale. Please see link under Changing Earth.
Number of the Week: 1 million and 1.3 million. The Wall Street Journal reports that the daily oil production from the Bakken formation in North Dakota will pass 1 million barrels per day (bbd) this month and the production from the Eagle Ford formation in Texas is approaching 1.3 million bbd. In January 2009, the production from the Bakken was about 100,000 bbd and in 2009 the average production from Eagle Ford was 843 bbd. The Federal agencies, which control US government land, have yet to finish the regulations on smart drilling that they claim are necessary to permit hydraulic fracturing on the lands they control. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bakken_Oil_Production_ND.png
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. In Fracking, Sand Is the New Gold
Energy Boom Fuels Demand for Key Ingredient Used in Drilling Wells; 100 Sand Mines in Wisconsin
By Alison Sider and Kristin Jones, WSJ, Dec 2, 2013
2. Moving Crude by Railcar Stalls on the Track
Heightened Safety Concerns, Slow Permit Approval Hinder Some Firms’ Efforts
By Alison Sider, WSJ, Dec 5, 2013
NEWS YOU CAN USE:
Science: Is the Sun Rising?
IPCC Finds The Important Natural Climate Driver – Solar Surface Radiation Intensity – But Then Ignores It!
By D.E. Koelle, Posted by P. Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Dec 1, 2013
Decisive for the climate and temperature changes is not the solar irradiance at the edge of the atmosphere, rather it is the amount of solar energy that makes it to the Earth’s surface.
Challenging the Orthodoxy
Václav Klaus: French criticism of the global warming champions’ fanaticism
Review of Pascal Bruckner’s book “The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse” by the Czech ex-president
Translation by Luboš Motl, The Reference Frame, Dec 5, 2013
The Best the IPCC Can Do
If a slick video and the IPCC’s latest inaccurate and untruthful arguments are the best it can do to demonstrate a dangerous warming problem, its advice should be ignored and funding withdrawn
By Bob Carter, Quadrant, Dec 4, 2013
German Scientists Show Climate Driven By Natural Cycles – Global Temperature To Drop To 1870 Levels By 2100!
Climate reveals periodic nature, thus no influence by CO2
By H. Luedecke and C.O. Weiss, Posted by P. Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Dec 3, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Open to challenge.]
Defending the Orthodoxy
Panel Says Global Warming Carries Risk of Deep Changes
By Justin Gillis, NYT, Dec 3, 2013
Link to the report: Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises (2013)
By Committee on Understanding and Monitoring Abrupt Climate Change and Its Impacts; Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Research Council
National Academies Press, No Date
Continuing with pledge pathways to 2030 could push climate goals out of reach
By Staff Writers, IIASA, Dec 3, 2013 [H/t WUWT]
[SEPP Comment: An imaginary climate goal is always out of reach.]
Questioning the Orthodoxy
A Theory Ready for Extinction
Don’t worry too much over those warmist predictions that millions of species will soon be lost to climate change. Judging by their methods it is the doomsayers who are the real dodos
By David Stockwell, Quadrant, Dec 3, 2013
Blaming the developed world for the forces of nature
Bad science puts rich nations on the hook for trillions in climate liabilities
By Tom Harris and Madhav Khandekar, Washington Times, Dec 3, 2013
Same old New Scientist
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Dec 5, 2013
Global-warming ‘proof’ is evaporating
By Michael Fumento, New York Post, Dec 5, 2013
Majority rules on climate science?
By Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe, Dec 4, 2013 [H/t Timothy Wise
Mail wars: Heartland -vs- the AMS
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Dec 2, 2013
UN’s war on coal threatens environmental progress in world’s desperate regions
By Donna Laframboise, Financial Post, Dec 3, 2013
Yes, The Overheated Climate Crisis Debate Is Settled. So Chill Out And Relax
By Larry Bell, Forbes, Dec 3, 2013
Problems in the Orthodoxy
The Poor Need Cheap Fossil Fuels
By Bjorn Lomborg, NYT, Dec 3, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
Europe Climate Policy Blows Engine…”Giant Failure” … Scientists “Failed Tricking Their Way Past Democracy” … Mood Of Resignation
By P. Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Nov 30, 2013
Leading Climate Policy Advisor On Warsaw: “A Failure Even When Measured By Lowest Expectations…2°C Target Failed”
By P. Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Dec 2, 2013
Poland argues for delay to EU 2030 climate package
By Sophie Yeo, RTCC, Dec 6, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
Seeking a Common Ground
Has science lost its way?
By Judith Curry, Climate Etc. Dec 1, 2013
Nine Lessons and Carols in Communicating Climate Uncertainty
By Tamsin Edwards, PLOS blogs, Dec 6, 2013 [H/t WUWT]
Polar bear conservation: the next 10 years
By Susan Crockford, Polar Bear Science, Dec 3, 2013
A recent genetic study indicated that polar bears survived the Eemian interglacial (130,000 to 115,000 years ago) with a relatively large population, despite much less ice than today. Computer models, on the other hand, predicted almost total extinction of polar bears under similar conditions.
There is no Denying Global Warming
By Donn Dears, Power for USA, Dec 6, 2013
US Climate Variability and Predictability Program Science Plan
By Judith Curry, Climate Etc. Dec 5, 2013
Link to US CLIVAR Science Plan:
Global Warming Consensus Crumbling
By clincher.]Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, Dec 6, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
[SEPP Comment: More on the poll by the AMS. The next to last paragraph is the clincher — “How worried are you about global warming?” Only 30% answered “very worried.”]
Questioning European Green
A £50 green energy tax cut is good news. The bad news? Britain will have to foot a £300BILLION eco-bill by 2030
By David Rose, Mail, UK, Nov 30, 2013 [H/t Bishop Hill]
800,000 people ‘lifted’ out of fuel poverty – by redefining it
By Tom Bawden, Independent, UK, Dec 2, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
Britain’s £85 billion bill for climate policies
A new study claims Britain’s climate change initiatives are both ‘staggeringly costly and excessive’
By Robert Mendick, Telegraph, UK, Dec 1, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
Our enemy is not global warming. In Britain, people are dying of the cold
Everyone talks about the human cost of climate change. What about pensioners dying in the cold?
Editorial, The Spectator, Nov 30, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
German Households Face Annual €30 Billion Cost For Green Energy Subsidies
By Daniel Wetzel, Die Welt, Trans. Philipp Mueller, Dec 5, 2013
Green jobs: £1 million each
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Dec 5, 2013
EPA fuel mandate imperils biofuel industry, producers warn
By Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill, Dec 5, 2013
The proposal could threaten up to 8,000 jobs, Evans said
[SEPP Comment: A tiny number of green jobs compared with the jobs being created by the oil and gas industry, without subsidies or mandates.]
Communicating Better to the Public – Exaggerate, or be Vague?
Antarctic fjords are climate-sensitive hotspots of diversity in a rapidly warming region
By Staff Writers, Manoa HI (SPX), Dec 06, 2013
The Choice May Be Global Warming Or A New Ice Age, Say Scientists
By Staff Writer, The National, UAE, Nov 30, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
Communicating Better to the Public – Make things up.
Ex-NASA expert issues call for climate solutions
By Staff Writers, Washington (AFP). Dec 02, 2013
The warming of the past few decades “has brought global temperature close to if not slightly above the prior range of the Holocene,” he said, referring to the last 11,700 years of Earth history, since the end of the last Ice Age. ???
[SEPP Comment: The latest from James Hansen.]
When a tax is not a tax; when a subsidy is not a subsidy: the liberal-left’s Orwellian assault on our language
By James Delingpole, Telegraph, UK, Dec 6, 2013
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Dec 2, 2013
Australia at risk of severe consequences of climate change
By Staff Writers, Sydney (UPI), Dec 3, 2013
More droughts, heavier rains in warmer Europe, study
By Staff Writers, Paris (AFP), Dec 02, 2013
Models v. Observations
In The Models Only! Leading German Experts Find “No Statistical Increase In Storm Frequency Or Intensity”
By P. Gosseelin, No Tricks Zone, Dec 6, 2013
Global Tropical Cyclone Landfalls 2013
By Roger Pielke Jr, His Blog, Dec 6, 2013
Historical Temperature Trends in Asia (Excluding China and Russia)
By Staff Writers, SPPI & CO2 Science, Dec 4, 2013
Rainfall to blame for decline in Arctic peregrines
By Staff Writers, Edmonton, Canada (SPX), Dec 06, 2013
NFL fans ’cause earthquake’ during game in Seattle
Simon Rice, Independent, UK, Dec 4, 2013
Land clearing caused drop in rainfall in South West of Australia
By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Dec 6, 2013
Arctic study shows key marine food web species at risk from increasing CO2
By Staff Writers, Exeter, UK (SPX), Dec 03, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Copedods formed long ago when atmospheric CO2 was far higher than today. Some copedods live in freshwater swamps with pH as low as 4.]
Rising Ocean Acidification Leads to Anxiety in Fish
By Staff Writers, San Diego CA (SPX), Dec 06, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Fish must have been neurotic when the atmosphere was many times richer in CO2 than today.]
Review of Recent Scientific Articles by NIPCC
For a full list of articles see www.NIPCCreport.org
Climate Change Impacts on Wheat Production in Central Asia
Reference: Sommer, R., Glazirina, M., Yuldashev, T., Otarov, A., Ibraeva, M., Martynova, L., Bekenov, M., Kholov, B., Ibragimov, N., Kobilov, R., Karaev, S., Sultonov, M., Khasanova, F., Esanbekov, M., Mavlyanov, D., Isaev, S., Abdurahimov, S., Ikramov, R., Shezdyukova, L. and de Pauw, E. 2013. Impact of climate change on wheat productivity in Central Asia. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 178: 78-99.
[SEPP Comment: Positive!]
The Strange “Global Warming” of the Antarctic Peninsula
Reference: Franzke, C. 2013. Significant reduction of cold temperature extremes at Faraday/Vernadsky station in the Antarctic Peninsula. International Journal of Climatology 33: 1070-1078.
[SEPP Comment: It is not the heat but the relief from cold.]
Long-Term Effects of Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment on Plant-Insect Interactions
Reference: Stiling, P., Moon, D., Rossi, A., Forkner, R., Hungate, B.A., Day, F.P., Schroeder, R.E. and Drake, B. 2013. Direct and legacy effects of long-term elevated CO2 on fine root growth and plant-insect interactions. New Phytologist: 10.1111/nph.12295.
[SEPP Comment: Greater resistance to insect damage.]
Modeling the South American Monsoon System
Reference: Jones, C. and Carvalho, L.M.V. 2013. Climate change in the South American Monsoon System: Present climate and CMIP5 projections. Journal of Climate 26: 6660-6678.
Cap-and-Trade and Carbon Taxes
U.N. carbon offset market seen ‘in a coma’ for years after Warsaw
By Susanna Twidale, Reuters, Nov 29, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
UN $315 billion CDM carbon market comatose after Warsaw. It may last years
By Joe Nova, Her Blog, Dec 5, 2013
[SEPP Comment: No one is bothering to keep the graph of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) current, as the market is collapsing.]
Subsidies and Mandates Forever
Centrica threatening to pull plug on £2bn offshore wind farm plan
British Gas owner Centrica prepares to abandon £2bn offshore wind farm plan because subsidies offered by the government are too low.
By Emily Gosden, Telegraph, UK, Nov 3, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
Ending the wind tax credit
A mature industry no longer needs taxpayer support
By Don Nickles, Washington Times, Dec 5, 2013
Erratic and arbitrary UK renewable subsidies are likely to end in failure
By Benny Peiser, City A.M. Dec 5, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
EPA and other Regulators on the March
EPA’s New Overseer Of ‘Scientific Integrity’: The Blind Leading The Blind
By Henry Miller, Forbes, Dec 4, 2013 [H/t Cooler Heads]
The EPA has long been intellectually, scientifically and ethically bankrupt. Francesca Grifo will fit right in.
EPA Releases Draft Strategy Plan For Next Four Years
By Sonal Patel, Power News, Nov 27, 2013
Link to Plan: Draft FY 2014-2018 EPA Strategic Plan, Nov 19, 2013
Public Comment Period Nov 19, 2013 – Jan 3, 2014
EPA Power Plant Regulations: A Backdoor Energy Tax
By Nicolas Loris, Kevin Dayaratna and David W. Kreutzer, Heritage, Dec 5, 2013
DOE official defends administration carbon capture rules
By Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill, Dec 3, 2013
[SEPP Comment: DOE has the EPA disease – false claims about commercially available technology.]
The Great Green Lie: CCS Today Is Not Like Scrubbers in the 1970s (Part II)
By William Yeatman, Master Resource, Dec 6, 2013
Democrats push EPA to act fast on greenhouse gas
By Laura Barron-Lobez, The Hill, Dec 4, 2013
[SEPP Comment: HFCs are the new target. They replaced CFCs which were blamed for reduction of the ozone layer.]
Both parties reject EPA fire hydrant guidance
By Pete Kasperowicz, The Hill, Dec 2, 2013
[SEPP Comment: A 384-0 vote!]
Renewable debate has EPA over a barrel
By Jennifer Dlougy, San Antonio Express News, Dec 5, 2013
Energy Issues – Non-US
Strangling Shale Gas In Europe
By Alan Riely, WSJ, Via GWPF, Dec 6, 2013
The energy imperative
By Martin Livermore, The Scientific Alliance, Dec 6, 2013
Europe’s energy price headache becoming a migraine – IEA
By Barbara Lewis, Reuters, Nov 29, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
2013’s Best News for U.S. Shale Gas Comes From…
By Dave Forest, Real Clear Energy, Dec 6, 2013
The Importance of ROI
By Donn Dears, Power for USA, Dec 3, 2013
Energy Issues — US
Most Renewable Growth Is in Wind
Editorial, Real Clear Energy, Dec 5, 2013 [H/t Cooler Heads]
Almost all the growth in renewable energy over the last five years has been in wind capacity.
Power struggle: Green energy versus a grid that’s not ready
Minders of a fragile national power grid say the rush to renewable energy might actually make it harder to keep the lights on.
By Evan Halper, LA Times, Dec 2, 2013
More Bankruptcies Just Mark of ‘Success’ for Dept. of Energy
By Paul Chesser, NL&PC, Dec 4, 2013
Washington’s Control of Energy
Pipeline or Not, Lots of Canadian Crude Oil is Headed to the US
By Marita Noon, Energy Tribune, Dec 2, 2013
Billionaire ‘absolutely’ wants to sway Keystone XL decision
By Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill, Dec 2, 2013
Federal Agencies Threaten Fracking
By Staff Writers, NCPA, Dec 6, 2013
Link to report: Protecting the States’ Ability to Regulate Fracking
By Nicolas Loris, Heritage Foundation, Nov 19, 2013
Oil and Natural Gas – the Future or the Past?
Energy’s future lies waiting in sea ice
By Sean Cockerham, Santa Fe News, Nov 30, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
The Texas Hockey Stick: Charting The Lone Star Oil Boom
By Kathleen Hartnett-White and Vance Ginn, IBD, Dec 6, 2013
Nuclear Energy and Fears
Nuclear Power: Our High Costs Benefits! (Bastiat, call your office) c
By Roy Cardato, Master Resource, Dec 4, 2013
Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Solar and Wind
Wind turbines trash the landscape for the benefit of billionaires
Energy policy is chaotic and incoherent. The myth that wind power is ‘free’ has driven Britain’s politicians mad
By Simon Jenkins, Guardian, UK, Dec 5, 2013 [H/t GWPF]
[SEPP Comment: Mad may not be the correct term for the behavior of opportunistic politicians capitalizing on voter ignorance.]
Atlantic Array: Victim of Chaotic EU and UK Energy Policies
By Peter Glover, Energy Tribune, Dec 2, 2013
[SEPP Comment: More likely due to terrible economics that voters can no longer tolerate subsidizing.]
Ohio’s Blue Creek Wind Farm: Predictable Underperformance
By Jerry Graf, Master Resource, Dec 3, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Contains useful data.]
Feds finalize eagle death permit rule
By Julian Hattem, The Hill, Dec 6, 2013
Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Energy — Other
Dem lawmaker Welch rides anti-ethanol bike
By Julian Hattem, The Hill, Dec 5, 2013
Ethanol cutbacks give U.S. consumers a break
By Jim Hillibish, Wicked, Dec 6, 2013
Team reports on US trials of bioenergy grasses
By Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor for UI News, Champaign IL (SPX), Dec 06, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Maybe one day?]
Earth’s crust beneath oceans could store centuries’ output of CO2
By Staff Writers, Southampton, England (UPI), Dec 4, 2013
Health, Energy, and Climate
Climate Change Isn’t Our Top Public Health Threat
Editorial, IBD, Dec 4, 2013 [H/t Timothy Wise]
Green Opposition To Converting Soviet Nuclear Stockpiles Is Dangerous
By Bernard Weinstein, IBD, Dec 3, 2013
Other Scientific News
A living desert underground
By Staff Writers, Tucson AZ (SPX), Dec 05, 2013
Link to paper: Making a living while starving in the dark: metagenomic insights into the energy dynamics of a carbonate cave
By Ortz, et al, ISME, Sep 12, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Even in an arid cave, life finds a way to convert CO2 into food.]
Private launch of geostationary satellite a ‘game-changer’
NASA no longer has a monopoly on US geosynchronous orbit launches
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Dec 3, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Though a long time in coming, it was envisioned that private entities would replace a large portion of the government space programs.]
X-37B Marks One Year On Orbit
By Morris Jones, Sydney, Australia (SPX), Dec 04, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Speculating on the purpose of the X-37B.]
BELOW THE BOTTOM LINE:
Companies could make the switch to wood power
By Staff Writers, Philadelphia PA(SPX), Dec 06, 2013
[SEPP Comment: Time to cut down the forests.]
Diseases on the move because of climate change
Coccidioides is a fungus that lives in the soil in the southwestern United States. It can cause a respiratory infection known as Valley Fever or “cocci.” Cases increased tenfold from 1998 to 2011.
Elizabeth Weise, USA Today, Dec 5, 2013
[SEPP Comment: More likely an increase in population living in the desert and an increase in diagnosis, than climate change.]
Reef fish find it’s too hot to swim
By Staff Writers, Cairns,, Australia (SPX), Dec 05, 2013
Storing carbon in the Arctic
By Jennifer Chu, MIT News, Boston MA (SPX), Dec 06, 2013
Tracking fracking pollution
By Staff Writers, Montreal, Canada (SPX), Dec 06, 2013
[SEPP Comment: The race horse has won, now the professors want to study the neaby pasture?]
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