The Week That Was: 2014-04-12 (April 12, 2014) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project
Quote of the Week: One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived. Niccolo Machiavelli [H/t Tim Ball] Number of the Week: $97,000 annual salary, entry level with undergraduate degree
By Ken Haapala, Executive Vice President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)
NIPCC Briefings: From April 7 to April 10, representatives of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) conducted a series of briefings in Washington, DC, announcing the publication of the new work: Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts. The briefing team consisted of Craig Idso and Fred Singer, Lead Authors of Climate Change Reconsidered II, Joseph Bast of The Heartland Institute, publisher of the NIPCC reports, and Ken Haapala of SEPP. On occasion, they were supplemented by Marlo Lewis of the Competitive Enterprise Institute who spoke on policy impacts, David Kreutzer of the Heritage Foundation who spoke on the bureaucratically contrived Social Cost of Carbon, and Patrick Michaels of CATO moderated the briefing given at CATO.
The general program began with an introduction by Joe Bast of the new volume and of the speakers. In addressing the science, Fred Singer focused on the graph by McNider & Christy that appeared in their editorial published in the February 19, 2014 Wall Street Journal. The graph, titled “Warming Predictions vs. the Real World” is simple and should be easily understood. The graph shows an average of 102 model runs with the start based on 1979 (the beginning of satellite temperature data) as compared with two sets of temperature data from satellites and four sets of temperature data from weather balloons. The greenhouse effect takes place in the atmosphere and this is where it should be most readily observed and measured.
The satellite and balloons observations agree. The models do not. The models greatly overestimate the warming trend. The disparity between observations and models is increasing each year. The atmospheric temperature data shows no warming trend for at least a decade, the surface data show no warming trend for at least 15 years. Models show consistent warming.
Ironically, as the “gap” grew wider, successive UN-Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Reports (AR) expressed increasing certainty in the existence of dangerous anthropogenic (human-caused) global warming (AGW): namely, it was (greater than)>50% in [AR2-1996], >66% [AR3 2001], >90% [AR4 2007], and >95% [AR5 2013]. Clearly, current IPCC climate models are inadequate and cannot be used to forecast future temperatures or to establish far-reaching policies.
Conclusion: Government limiting emissions of essential carbon dioxide (CO2) is a “policy in search of a problem.”
Ken Haapala followed by showing that the failure of IPCC science is not due to the failure of governments to fund global warming/climate change research. Based on three US government reports, with their categories, the US government expenditures on climate change exceed $165 Billion, since Fiscal Year (FY) 1993. Expenditures on what the reports identify as climate science exceeds $35 Billion since FY 1993.
A graph prepared by Nir Shaviv shows there has been no advance in the official scientific understanding of the impact on temperatures from a doubling of atmospheric CO2 since the Charney report to the National Academy of Sciences in in 1979. Except for a slight bump in the lower range in the IPCC AR4 (2007), since changed back, the estimates remain the same: 1.5ºC to 4.5ºC, about 3 to 8ºF. Studies ignored by the IPCC indicate that any increase in temperatures may be far less.
Clearly, there is something wrong with the assertion (hypothesis) that CO2 has a significant impact on temperatures or the procedures (methodology) used by the IPCC, or both. [It is probably both. The IPCC mandate is to understand the human influence on climate and it has attempted to do so without first understanding the natural influences on climate. The mandate coupled with the failure to conduct proper hypothesis testing has consistently led to overestimates of the human influence. The IPCC is in a bureaucratic trap (gilded cage) of its own making and it cannot effectively back-down and admit it has been wrong.]
Also, Haapala pointed out that in FY 2013 about 85% of the US expenditures on climate change go to agencies and programs that pretend they can stop climate change, which has been ongoing for hundreds of millions of years.
Fittingly, Craig Idso presented the star of the show – the 1,000 plus page report citing thousands of scientific studies showing that increasing atmospheric CO2 is a tremendous benefit to plants, the environment, and humanity. This tome stands up to the bureaucratic science of the IPCC and the contrived notion that invisible CO2 causes harm. Much of the research of possible harms relies on models that use the upper end of possible values of warming from a doubling of CO2, the use of which cannot be justified given the clear failing of these models.
The book has seven chapters and Idso hit the highlights of each. Chapter 1 discusses the impact of CO2 on plants and soils. It cites over 200 years of research demonstrating that both plant productivity and growth increase with increasing CO2 concentrations in the air. A reporter for the Guardian (UK) thought she had a “got you” moment when she pointed out that in the summary of the chapter there is only one reference to 21st century work. The actual chapter in the main report contains many pages of citations including a significant number published in the 21st century. What the reporter did was emphasize that the IPCC, and others, ignore centuries of work on the benefits of CO2.
Chapter 2 goes into detail on studies of the impact of CO2 on plant characteristics. The principle study methods are to grow plants in CO2-enriched air and, in the case of long-lived trees, study how trees have responded to increasing atmospheric CO2. The key information sought are the rates of photosynthesis, biomass production, and the efficiency of water use. The research finds that the effects are overwhelmingly positive.
Chapter 3 addresses a significant body of research that the IPCC overlooks in its claim that warming will introduce new sources of stress on the biological world, such as forest fires, droughts, and extreme heat events, etc. There is a significant body of research that indicates the opposite. Enhanced CO2 will make the plants more resilient to stresses such as drought, diseases, insect damage, heavy metals, herbivores, soil salinity, etc.
Chapter 4 examines the likely future impact on plants. It demonstrates how atmospheric CO2 enrichment has expanded food production and biosphere productivity since the start of the industrial revolution. Further, it reports how CO2 enrichment helps plants resist temperature-induced extinction – in direct contrast to IPCC claims that rising temperatures (whatever the cause) will cause a decline in biosphere productivity. The IPCC claims are refuted by the empirical data showing increasing productivity of the biosphere. Except for Antarctica, the vigor of the Earth’s terrestrial biosphere has been increasing with time, since industrial revolution, and this increasing vigor extends over the entire globe.
Chapter 5 addresses the impact on terrestrial animals and the false claims by the IPCC of species extinction due to global warming. It points out that the models used are deeply flawed by artificially constrained climate envelopes and assumptions of immobility of species. These incorrect assumptions are routinely contradicted by observations.
Chapter 6 addresses the false notion, so heavily promoted, that the oceans will acidify with increasing CO2 concentrations and that they will warm to the point of diminishing or destroying aquatic life. The material in chapter 6 directly contradicts these notions and cites hundreds of peer-reviewed research analyses that suggest a much better future in a warmer, CO2 enriched aquatic world. A warming will increase ocean productivity. Species will adapt, as they have for eons since the earth was warmer and atmospheric CO2 concentrations were greater. Note, this does not mean that the increased CO2 caused the warmer world.
Chapter 7 finds that overall, a warmer world with increased atmospheric CO2, will be a great benefit to humanity. Cold related deaths are greater than heat related deaths. Further, numerous studies show that after an increase in heat related deaths, the death rates fall, indicating that the deaths would have occurred, but a short time later. The increases if food productivity immensity benefit humanity.
Climate Change Reconsidered II; Biological Impacts describes thousands of peer-reviewed scientific journal articles that do not support, and often flatly contradict, IPCC’s pessimistic narrative of ‘death, injury, and disrupted livelihoods.’ How CO2 enrichment has effected global food supply is fact, not opinion. The work of the IPCC cannot be considered unbiased science. The public should demand to know why the IPCC is silent or hides the benefits of increased CO2.
Joe Bast then concluded the briefings with three take-home points: 1) the IPCC science is failing, the models fail; 2) the failure is not from a lack of government spending; and 3) the environment and humanity benefit from increasing atmospheric CO2, and any slight warming it may cause.
Last week’s TWTW discussed three major findings in the IPCC report released on March 31, which were: 1) global warming/climate change will cause disruption of agriculture and the threat of famine; 2) increased atmospheric carbon dioxide will cause ocean acidification (actually a reduction in alkalinity), threatening the oceans as a source of food; and 3) global warming will cause increases over historic sea level rise, threatening those who live on coastal areas. Based on the NIPCC report discussed above, none of these represent a major threat, and do not require a reduction in use of fossil fuels.
See links under Challenging the Orthodoxy – NIPCC. For the Shaviv graph see http://www.sciencebits.com/AR5-FirstImpressions
IPCC: The IPCC report of Working Group III on the mitigation of climate change is due to be released on April 13. Some leaks indicate that it will contain severe recommendations on limiting CO2 emissions. If so, it will be more evidence that the IPCC is a political body, not a scientific one. The IPCC has failed to produce the scientific evidence that human CO2 emissions are causing significant global warming/climate change. Climate models, which have not been validated, and are failing, are not scientific evidence. See Article # 1, links under Defending the Orthodoxy, and Problems in the Orthodoxy.
Is the Sun Rising? Svensmark’s hypothesis that minor variations of sun have a significant influence on the earth’s climate is supported by an additional paper, just published. The hypothesis is that high-energy cosmic rays promote the formation of clouds, cooling the earth. An active sun reduces the number of high-energy rays reaching the atmosphere, with the result being a warming of the earth. A dormant sun allows for more rays, cooling the earth. The hypothesis is ignored by the IPCC in its summary of the influences on the earth’s climate. On his web site, Anthony Watts has a simplified flow chart explaining the process. See links under Science: Is the Sun Rising?
Propaganda: Called father of modern advertising, Edward Benays learned his craft during World War I at the US Committee on Public Information (CPI). The CPI advertised and sold the war to the American people claiming it would “Make the World Safe for Democracy.” In the first paragraph of his book, Propaganda (1928) Benays wrote: The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democracy. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.
Andrew Montford (Bishop Hill) and John Shade examined the education system in the UK and the Global Warming Policy Foundation published the findings under the title Climate Control: Brainwashing in schools. Montford and Shade wrote: Gone are the days when the education system hoped to generate young people equipped to form their own opinions on complex scientific sociological and political issues. Instead the education system, subverted by a green political movements, now seeks conformity with environmental orthodoxy, with any challenge to its vivid certainties viewed as transgressions to be ignored or treated with contempt.
According to Montford and Shade, knowledge is being replaced by propaganda. The Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, reacted quickly, but it remains to be seen if his reaction will be of substance or only for show.
On another side, Judith Curry posted her views on her latest “debate” with alarmist Kevin Trenberth of the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The occasion was a Conference for World Affairs in Boulder, Colorado. During the question and answer period, the normally restrained Curry commented she regarded presentations like Trenberth’s to be propaganda.
Though it may be distasteful, the term, propaganda, can apply to a great body of the work presented by the IPCC, particularly that resulting from the use of computer models that have not been verified and validated, such as forecasts of dire futures for plants, the environment, and humanity from increasing atmospheric CO2. See links under Communicating Better to the Public – Use Propaganda on Children and Seeking a Common Ground.
Lewandowsky: The fallout on the withdrawal by the journal Frontiers of a discredited paper by Lewandowsky et al. continues to raise controversy. Andrew Montford had particularly devilish comments: Ugo Bardi, an Italian chemist who seems to have something to do with the Club of Rome, has resigned from the editorial team at Frontiers in disgust, penning a long protest article here… And, as if to put the seal on the conclusion that the paper was bunk, support for Bardi’s decision comes from Peter Gleick, a man with long and deep experience in the area of ethical compromise. Gleick pretended to be a director of The Heartland Institute in order to obtain sensitive information under false pretenses. See links under Challenging the Orthodoxy.
Energy Security: Russian President Vladimir Putin is forcing Europe to focus on energy security rather than green energy. Security does not come from unreliable sources of electricity that must be backed up by natural gas imports from Russia. See links under Energy Issues – Non-US
Anti-science? The US House of Representatives, controlled by Republicans who are called anti-science, passed a bill requiring that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its National Weather Service (NWS) focus on forecasting weather rather than forecasting climate. Weather is killing people. NOAA/NWS missed Sandy while WeatherBell Analytics caught it nine days in advance. Cliff Mass, who is not a global warming skeptic, explains what happened with NOAA/NWS. See link under Models v. Observations.
Oh Mann! A Penn State article states that Mr. Mann and his colleagues have found that the current no warming trend is being caused by the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO). Mr. Mann’s work is being financed National Science Foundation. No doubt, Mr. Mann gets far more funding from the government than WeatherBell Analytics whose principals have been discussing the AMO for years. Mr. Mann also finds the current no warming trend is fleeting. We shall see. See link under Oh Mann!
Number of the Week: $97,000. Based on survey data compiled by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the top-paying undergraduate major in 2013 was petroleum engineering, with an average starting salary of $97,000. See Article # 2
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. Slash Greenhouse Gases to Meet Climate Goals, U.N. Draft Says
Report Also Expected to Suggest Expansion of Renewable Energy
By Gautam Naik, WSJ, Apr 9, 2014
2. How Climate Change Conquered the American Campus
By Paul Tice, WSJ, Apr 7, 2014
3. EU Industries to Pay Less Into Funds to Finance Renewable Energy
European Commission Sets Tougher Conditions for Government Subsidies for Renewables
By Vanessa Mock, WSJ, Apr 9, 2014
4. Book Review: ‘The Rule of Nobody’ by Philip K. Howard
When a tree fell into a stream in Franklin Township, N.J., it took 12 days and $12,000 for the necessary permits to remove it.
Book Review by Stuart Taylor, WSJ, Apr 7, 2014
NEWS YOU CAN USE:
Science: Is the Sun Rising?
New Paper Corroborates the Solar-Cosmic Ray Theory of Climate
By Staff, The Hockey Schtick, Apr 9, 2014 [H/t GWPF]
Link to paper: Effect of solar variations on particle formation and cloud condensation nuclei
By Fangqun Yu and Gan Luo, Environmental Research Letters, Apr 9, 2014
More support for Svensmark’s cosmic ray modulation of Earth’s climate hypothesis
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Apr 10, 2014
Fleshing out the cosmoclimatogy hypothesis
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Apr 10, 2014
Appearance of Night-Shining Clouds Has Increased
By Karen Fox, NASA, Apr 10, 2014 [H/t WUWT}
Link to paper: Analysis of northern midlatitude noctilucent cloud occurrences using satellite data and modeling
By James Russell, et al. Journal of Geophysical Research, Mar 18, 2014
Suppressing Scientific Inquiry
The New Politics Of Climate Change: No Space For Deniers
By Roger Scruton, Forbes, Apr 8, 2014
Challenging the Orthodoxy — NIPCC
Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts
Summary for Policy Makers, Nongovernment International Panel on Climate Change, April 2014
ICSC Press Release: http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1226523/new-science-report-debunks-climate-scare
Fox News Covers Latest Skeptic Climate Report from NIPCC
Video, Fox News, Apr 9, 204
Deepening divide over climate change sparks fierce debate
By Doug McKelway, By Fox News, Apr 9, 2014
[SEPP Comment: Coverage of the latest NIPCC report.]
Fox News: NIPCC report ‘Poking Very Large Holes’ in Climate Alarmist ‘Consensus’
By Jim Lakely, Somewhat Reasonable, Apr 9, 2014
Special Report with Bret Baier
Video, Fox News, Apr 8, 2014
Challenging the Orthodoxy
Climate Alarmism? Of Course! The IPCC Was Designed To Create and Promote It.
By Tim Ball, WUWT, Apr 9, 2014
“No sexing up here” says IPCC
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Apr 7, 2014
Ethical confirmations [of Lewandowsky’s ethically compromised papers]
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Apr 9, 2014
Climate Papers Without Peer
By Tony Thomas, Quadrant, Apr 6, 2014
[SEPP Comment: More on the discredited Lewandowsky paper and his defenders.]
Defending the Orthodoxy
UN: greenhouse gas emissions nearly doubled in first decade of 21st century
Leaked draft shows emissions grew nearly twice as fast from 2000-10 as in previous 30 years – despite economic slowdown
By Suzanne Goldenberg, Guardian, UK, Apr 11, 2014
[SEPP Comment: No mention if climate change doubled.]
UN panel calls for climate change ‘enlightenment’
By Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill, Apr 7, 2014
[SEPP Comment: Too bad the IPCC does not embrace the human concepts of the age of enlightenment.]
Questioning the Orthodoxy
Alarmists Blame Conditions on Global warming
By Larry Bell, Newsmax, Apr 7, 2014 [H/t ICECAP]
Are academia and publishing destroying scientific innovation?
By Judith Curry, Climate Etc. Apr 8, 2014
Would Plan B work any better than Plan A?
By Martian Livermore, Scientific Alliance, Apr 11, 2014
Climate Forecasting for the 21st Century
By Norman Page, WUWT, Apr 7, 2014
[SEPP Comment: The essay calls for an independent assessment. NIPCC has provided it.]
How did the IPCC’s alarmism take everyone in for so long?
Climate scaremongers are still twisting the evidence over global warming
By Christopher Booker, Telegraph, UK, Apr 5, 2014 [H/t GWPF]
How to convert me to your new religion of Global Warming in 14 easy steps
By Clipped-Wing Warrior, Jo Nova’s Blog, Apr 8, 2014
Scare tactics fail climate science, planet
By Clive Crook, The Spec, Apr 3, 2014 [H/t GWPF]
The game is up for climate change believers
Charles Moore reviews The Age of Global Warming by Rupert Darwall (Quartet)
By Charles Moore, Telegraph, UK, Apr 6, 2014 [H/t GWPF]
Problems in the Orthodoxy
Obama administration pressuring UN on global warming reports
By Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, Apr 7, 2014
U.S. Seeks Changes to ‘Skewed’ Data in UN Climate Draft
By Alex Morales, Bloomberg, Apr 4, 2014
[SEPP Comment: According to the Administration, anything it disagrees with is skewed, biased, or a weapon of mass destruction.]
We should give up trying to save the world from climate change, says James Lovelock
By Sarah Knapton, Telegraph, UK, Apr 8, 2014
Seeking a Common Ground
Curry versus Trenberth
By Judith Curry, Climate Etc. Apr 11, 2014
I said I regarded presentations like Trenberth’s to be propaganda
A rough ride to the future
James Lovelock recants his alarmism
Book review by Matt Ridley, Rational Optimist, Apr 38, 2014
Adapting to climate change
Global warming looks like it will be cheaper to cope with than to prevent
By Matt Ridley, Rational Optimist, Apr 6, 2014
Models v. Observations
The Weather Forecasting Improvement Acts Passes the House: What are the Implications?
By Cliff Mass, Weather Blog, Apr 10, 2014
The Great Credibility Gap yawns ever wider
By Christopher Monckton, WUWT, Apr 10, 2014
UC Geographers Develop a System to Track the Dynamics of Drought
By Dawn Fuller, UC News, SPX, Apr 10, 2014 [H/t WUWT]
[SEPP Comment: The article uses the drought in September 2011. Except for California, the April 8, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor is not as emotionally compelling. http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/]
The La Brea Tars Pits gets themselves in a sticky wicket over climate change and adaptation
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Apr 10, 2014
Soil microbe GHG feedback ‘less dire than previously thought’
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Apr 8, 2014
Link to paper: Microbial community dynamics alleviate stoichiometric constraints during litter decay
By Christina Kaiser, et al. Ecology Letters, Mar 17, 2014
“Soil microbes are responsible for one of the largest carbon dioxide emissions on the planet, about six times higher than from fossil fuel burning,”
Communicating Better to the Public – Exaggerate, or be Vague?
Researchers: Permafrost Thawing Could Accelerate Global Warming
Decomposing plants and soil could contribute to an increase in greenhouse gases
By Staff Writer, Newswise, Apr 7, 2014 [H/t WUWT]
Link to paper: Changes in peat chemistry associated with permafrost thaw increase greenhouse gas production
By Suzanne Hodgkins, et al, PNAS, Apr 7, 2014
From Abstract: This impact of permafrost thaw on organic matter chemistry could intensify the predicted climate feedbacks of increasing temperatures, permafrost carbon mobilization, and hydrologic changes. [Boldface added]
[SEPP Comment: There is no validated climate model, thus the term predicted is wrong. The study is funded with $400,000 from the Department of Energy?]
Social Cost of Carbon Inflated by Extreme Sea Level Rise Projections
By Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger, CATO, Apr 9, 2014
Communicating Better to the Public – Make things up.
Global warming: Improve economic models of climate change
Costs of carbon emissions are being underestimated, but current estimates are still valuable for setting mitigation policy, say Richard L. Revesz and colleagues
By Richard L. Revesz, Peter H. Howard, Kenneth Arrow, Lawrence H. Goulder, Robert E. Kopp, Michael A. Livermore, Michael Oppenheimer & Thomas Sterner, Nature, Apr 4, 2014 [H/t WUWT]
[SEPP Comment: These experts have not produced a climate model that works. The models greatly overestimate the impact of carbon dioxide on temperatures. Yet they claim that the future impact of carbon dioxide on climate is being underestimated.]
Global Warmism’s New Campaign: ‘Loss and Damage’
By Peter Wilson, American Thinker, Apr 7, 2014
Must Read: Walton Francis on the Social Cost of Carbon
By Marlo Lewis, Global Warming.org, Apr 10, 2014
The Washington Post Corrects, Disingenuously
By John Hinderaker, Power Line, Apr 8, 2014
[SEPP Comment: More on the false claim that Koch Industries is a driving force behind the Keystone Pipeline.]
Communicating Better to the Public – Go Personal.
Green ‘smear campaign’ against professor who dared to disown ‘sexed up’ UN climate dossier
Richard Tol claims he is fighting a sustained attack on his reputation
Professor from Sussex University is a highly respected climate economist
Criticised by campaigners after saying report summary was ‘alarmist’
In his opinion, it focused on ‘scare stories’
By David Rose, Mail, UK, Apr 5, 2014
Left Turns Those Who Dare To Disagree Into Pariahs
By Charles Krauthammer, IBD, Apr 10, 2014
Communicating Better to the Public – Use Propaganda on Children
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Apr 8, 2014 [Press Release]
[SEPP Comment: See link immediately below.]
Climate Control: Brainwashing in schools [UK]
By Andrew Montford and John Shade, GWPF, 2014
Some more responses [on the Climate Control paper]
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Apr 10, 2014
Climate Catastrophism For Kiddies
By Tony Thomas, Quadrant, Apr 9, 2014
Heads are breaking the law if they preach eco agenda, warns Gove: Education Secretary’s ‘concern’ at report that accuses ‘activist’ teachers
Accuses staff of turning pupils into ‘foot soldiers of the green movement’
Marks were awarded in exams depended on ‘parroting’ the green agenda
Many widely-used textbooks included inaccurate examples
By Daniel Martin, Mail, UK, Apr 10, 2014 [H/t GWPF]
Report finds schoolchildren being ‘brainwashed’ over climate change
By Scott Craig, Voice of Russia, Apr 8, 2014 [H/t GWPF]
Teachers Breaking the Law Over Climate Change Bias Says Gove Spokesman
By Andre Walker, Breitbart, Apr 8, 2014 [H/t GWPF]
Expanding the Orthodoxy
Britain must increase spending on green energy by ten times in next 15 years to help reduce global warming, says UN
By Ben Spencer, Mail, UK, Apr 10, 2014 [H/t GWPF]
Obama targets climate change in wildfire strategy
By Timothy Cama, The Hill, Apr 9, 2014
[SEPP Comment: What used to be called forest fires or prairie fires are now called wildfires – as if they never existed before.]
Questioning European Green
“100 Billion Euros For Nothing! Germany’s CO2 Emissions Haven’t Dropped In 10 Years!”
By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Apr 8, 2014
German AfD Protest Party Calls For Complete Abolishment Of Green Energy Feed-In Act, Citing “Cost Burden”
By P. Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Apr 10, 2014
[SEPP Comment: Are AfD and British UKIP parties somewhat like the US tea party – hated by the establishment?]
Questioning Green Elsewhere
Solar Land Blues: The Eco Reality of Dilute Energy
By Robert Bradley Jr., Master Resource, Apr 7, 2014
CEI Sues EPA Over Stonewalling Records Request
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Apr 9, 2014
Subsidies and Mandates Forever
Commission pushes renewable energy into the free market
By Staff Writers, EurActiv, Apr 10, 2014 [H/t GWPF]
New EU rules on energy funding phase out subsidies for renewables
By Barbara Lewis and Foo Yun Chee, Reuters, Apr 9, 2014
Rep. Welch: Ethanol mandate ‘killing’ farmers
By Timothy Cama, The Hill, Apr 10, 2014
[SEPP Comment: The member of the House who helped write the ethanol mandate and who now calls the ethanol mandate a well-intentioned flop.]
Alarm over EU proposal to cut loose renewable energy firms
By Nikolaj Nelsen, EUobserver, Apr 9, 2014
EPA and other Regulators on the March
EPA Studies and Preordained Conclusions
By Alex Gimarc, American Thinker, Apr 7, 2014
Energy Issues – Non-US
There Is No Global Energy Solution, Only Local Ones
Noted Scholar Vaclav Smil Says What We Produce and Use Depends on Where We Are
Transcript by Staff Writer, WSJ, Apr 8, 2014
Editorial: Energy Security Is Europe’s Top Priority
The Times, Via GWPF, Apr 11, 2014
Amid showdown with energy-rich Russia, calls rise in Europe to start fracking
By Griff Witte and Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, Apr 7, 2014
EU gas imports from Russia could drop a quarter by 2020
By Henning Gloystein, Reuters, Apr 9, 2014 [H/t GWPF]
Russia Is Crushing Ukraine’s Hopes for Energy Independence
Eastern Ukraine is home to nine-tenths of the country’s coal and one of Europe’s largest shale-gas deposits. Will the region soon be Moscow’s?
By Matt Ford, The Atlantic, Apr 8, 2014
Ukraine: Vladimir Putin threatens to turn off the gas
In threat to switch off Ukraine’s gas, Russian president acknowledges gas deliveries to the European Union would also be jeopardized
By David Blair, and Emily Gosden, The Telegraph, UK, Apr 10, 2014 [H/t GWPF]
Energy Issues — US
Peabody Energy: Let’s Talk About Energy Inequality (coal for the masses, solar and wind for the elites)
By Robert Bradley Jr., Master Resource, Apr 8, 2014
Exporting Natural Gas Update
By Donn Dears, Power For USA, Apr 11, 2014
How CO2 Distorts the Energy Equation
By Donn Dears, Power For USA, Apr 8, 2014
[SEPP Comment: The Public Utility Commission of Minnesota used the bureaucratically proclaimed “social cost of carbon” to justify solar energy. Each winter, the citizens will know who to blame.]
More calls made to learn about past winter’s energy price spike
By Dave Solomon, New Hampshire Union Leader, Apr 2, 2014
Washington’s Control of Energy
Scientists, economists urge Obama to reject Keystone XL
By Timothy Cama, The Hill, Apr 7, 2014
[SEPP Comment: The working class will benefit!]
Canada Could Bypass U.S. If Pipeline Isn’t Approved
Editorial, IBD, Apr 7, 2014
Oil and Natural Gas – the Future or the Past?
Shale revolution reverses global energy flow
By John Kemp, Reuters, Apr 9, 2014, [H/t GWPF]
Riding shale boom, US to become major LPG supplier to China
By Staff Writer, Reuters, Apr 10, 2014
[SEPP Comment: A possibility.]
Return of King Coal?
Drilling date set for North Sea’s vast coal reserves
By Barbara Hodgson, The Journal, Mar 31, 2014 [H/t GWPF]
Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Solar and Wind
The answer is still blowing in the wind
By John Brignell, Number Watch, Apr 2014
Link to the NYT Article, Wind Industry’s New Technologies Are Helping It Compete on Price
By Diane Cardwell, NYT, Mar 20, 2014
[SEPP Comment: Another airborne wind turbine scheme. If Bloomberg were still mayor of New York, would he be calling for the city skies to be filled with such wind turbines?
Lawrence Solomon: North America slow to reverse renewables projects, but its turn will come soon
Only those in fantasyland should expect a contract to be sacrosanct when one party to the transaction makes the law
By Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post, Apr 4, 2014 [H/t GWPF]
Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Energy — Other
Stanford scientists discover a novel way to make ethanol without corn or other plants
Stanford scientists have created a copper-based catalyst that produces large quantities of ethanol from carbon monoxide gas at room temperature.
By Mark Shwartz, Stanford News, Apr 9, 2014 [H/t WUWT]
Link to paper: Electroreduction of carbon monoxide to liquid fuel on oxide-derived nanocrystalline copper
By Christina W. Li, Jim Ciston & Matthew W. Kanan, Nature, Apr 9, 2014
[SEPP Comment: At the end article the author presents the real issue: How do you make the carbon monoxide? Burn fossil fuels?]
US Navy ‘game-changer’: converting seawater into fuel
By Staff Writers, Washington (AFP), April 07, 2014
“For the first time we’ve been able to develop a technology to get CO2 and hydrogen from seawater simultaneously, that’s a big breakthrough,” she said, adding that the fuel “doesn’t look or smell very different.”
[SEPP Comment: No explanation on how it works and what is involved. The costs estimates are questionable.]
Slowdown of global warming fleeting
By A’ndrea Elyse Messer, Penn State News, Apr 7, 2014 [H/t WUWT]
Global Warming Scare Tactics
By Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger, NYT, Apr 8, 2014 [H/t Thomas Hayden]
[SEPP Comment: Dire forecasts lead to skepticism. Environmental groups rejecting nuclear and natural gas as a replacement to coal adds to the problem.]
Science and Panic
By Anthony Ciani, American Thinker, Apr 9, 2014
Other News that May Be of Interest
BPA: The Scientists, The Scare, The 100-Million Dollar Surge
By Trevor Butterworth, Forbes, Apr 9, 2014
The Tyranny of Experts
Easterly’s book on aid and autocracy
Book Review by Matt Ridley, Rational Optimist, Apr 5, 2014
BELOW THE BOTTOM LINE:
Bill would establish ‘victory bonds’ for clean energy investment
By Timothy Cama, The Hill, Apr 9, 2014
[SEPP Comment: Contrary to the propaganda, the purpose of the Victory Bonds was not to finance the war, but to prevent inflation by reducing the disposable income of the general population. Will these bonds prevent prosperity?]
Wildlife still suffers four years after BP oil spill
By Staff Writers, Washington (AFP), April 08, 2014
[SEPP Comment: More sea turtles dead last year from the BP Blowout than during the full year immediately after the blowout? What nonsense! The BP blowout relates to the Keystone pipeline? The National Wildlife Federation as claiming this is based on science? The green industry will say anything to try to stop the Keystone pipeline.]
9th International Conference on Climate Change
Press Release, The Heartland Institute, Mar 17, 2014
July 7 – 9 — Las Vegas, Nevada
Includes the Findings of the New Report by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) Climate Change Reconsidered II, Volumes 1, 2, and 3