Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #156

The Week That Was: 2014-11-15 (November 15, 2014) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org)
The Science and Environmental Policy Project



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

China-US Agreement? On November 4, President Obama and his supporters incurred a major defeat in the non-presidential election. The opposing party, the Republicans, expanded control of the US House of Representatives, took control of the US Senate, and expanded control over the legislative bodies in a number of states.

As if to save face, President Obama traveled to China to announce an agreement to reduce China-US emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), a signature issue of the President’s current term. In evaluating this agreement, TWTW was unable to find a joint, signed agreement and had to rely on press releases from the White House. The following are among the salient points in the White House press release with a deadline of Beijing, China, 12 November 2014.

3. Today, the Presidents of the United States and China announced their respective post-2020 actions on climate change, recognizing that these actions are part of the longer range effort to transition to low-carbon economies, mindful of the global temperature goal of 2℃. The United States intends to achieve an economy-wide target of reducing its emissions by 26%-28% below its 2005 level in 2025 and to make best efforts to reduce its emissions by 28%. China intends to achieve the peaking of CO2 emissions around 2030 and to make best efforts to peak early and intends to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 20% by 2030. Both sides intend to continue to work to increase ambition over time.


4. The United States and China hope that by announcing these targets now, they can inject momentum into the global climate negotiations and inspire other countries to join in coming forward with ambitious actions as soon as possible, preferably by the first quarter of 2015. The two Presidents resolved to work closely together over the next year to address major impediments to reaching a successful global climate agreement in Paris.


5. The global scientific community has made clear that human activity is already changing the world’s climate system. Accelerating climate change has caused serious impacts. Higher temperatures and extreme weather events are damaging food production, rising sea levels and more damaging storms are putting our coastal cities increasingly at risk and the impacts of climate change are already harming economies around the world, including those of the United States and China. These developments urgently require enhanced actions to tackle the challenge. [SEPP strongly disagrees with this paragraph and calls for compelling physical evidence supporting this view.]

This announcement is strikingly one-sided.

President Obama will leave office on January 20, 2017, after the 2016 election, long before the post-2020 time frame of the announcement. President Obama is attempting to encumber his successor with an impractical concept that will hobble the US economy.

In effect, this announcement gives President Obama the pretense of being a world leader in his campaign against carbon dioxide emissions and the coal industry. Probably, he will take advantage of the announcement during the November 15-16 meeting of the G20, the “premier forum for international economic corporation and decision-making.”

The announcement obligates China to nothing prior to 2030. Several analysts estimate that by 2030 China’s drive for industrialization will be largely over and its population will plateau. There is no logical reason for the President of China to not agree to such an announcement that will save face for President Obama. China can use the announcement to its advantage, claiming it has agreed to reduce CO2 in the future, and its potential competitors should agree to do the same. All this concurred to by the U.S. For a diverse array of comments please see Article #1 and links under China – US Agreement?


Green Reaction to the Announcement: After taking a major blow in the US election, the environmental industry was very favorable to the China-US announcement. Many see it as a way to create an international agreement at UN Conference of Parties (and Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol) in Paris from November 30 to December 11, 2015. No doubt, President Obama and the administration will work diligently in attempts to assure that the meeting will be a success.

To do so, requires another year of maintaining the fiction that the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) understands the causes of climate change, particularly the natural causes, and that the models it uses capture the natural causes. See Article # 2 and links under China – US Agreement? [In Article # 2, the recital of US renewable energy projects is particularly noteworthy, how many would exist without government subsidies and mandates?]


Cold Water on the Announcement: President Obama does not have the advantage of the President of China, the United States is not an authoritarian government, though China seems be becoming less of one. The president’s press releases do not have the force of law. No doubt, he continues to expect that his powers under executive orders will remain unrestrained. As a result of the election, he cannot expect the Senate to rubber stamp his announcements, nor can he expect the Senate will continue to ignore bills passed by the House, without considering them, as was the case under the leadership of Senator Harry Reid. The entire playing field has changed.

Already Senator Inhofe, who was severely attacked by the greens, has declared that the US funding for the special UN climate fund is an issue in the past for the US. Other funding issues, both national and international will follow. See links under China – US Agreement?, Funding Issues, The Political Games Continue.


Ivory Tower Contempt? In general, TWTW has ignored issues regarding President Obama’s first signature issue – what is known as Obamacare, or affordable health care. Over the past several months videos were taken of lectures by a major architect of the Obamacare program, MIT Economics Professor Jonathan Gruber. In these videos, Gruber demonstrates a callous disregard for the foundations of American government, the public, and the concept of integrity in public service – issues that apply well beyond affordable health care.

To make matters worse, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who helped force through Obamacare with limited discussion, pretended that Mr. Gruber was of no importance in implementing Obamacare. Quickly, examples of Ms. Pelosi touting Mr. Gruber’s analysis appeared, from Ms. Pelosi’s web site.

The attitude expressed by Jonathan Gruber, an expert on health care, does not bode well for experts on other subjects. The traditional media has not picked up on the topic. But, the traditional media is becoming less important in forming public views. In a Congress that has many people who are skeptical about the certainty that human emissions of CO2 are the primary cause of global warming/climate change, those advocating the Administration’s view may expect some tough questioning. See links under Problems in the Administration.


Challenging the Orthodoxy: Political writer Paul Driessen and climate scientist David Legates argue that the US, or any other country, cannot develop models making accurate climate forecasts until those funding these models abandon the fixation that CO2 is the control knob of the earth’s temperatures. This view of CO2 dominance has been advanced by members of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), including its current director, Gavin Schmidt.

Separately, long-time NASA researcher Roy Spencer argues that what controls climate for North America during human lifetimes are the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) and the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation (AMO) – two natural climate cycles. Though these researches have spoken out before against the dogma that dominates climate research, such challenges are refreshing. As Carl Sagan wrote: Arguments from authority carry little weight. This view is re-enforced by many others, including in the writings of Bertrand Russell, who emphasized it is not the authority or expert that counts, but how and why the authority substantiates his views. See links under Challenging the Orthodoxy and Seeking a Common Ground.


Arctic Methane: Over the years, SEPP has read many warnings that a warming of the Arctic will release vast quantities of methane that will create a massive greenhouse effect. The issue was contested in the reports of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) Climate Change Reconsidered II. An airborne research study by NASA finds no signs of rising Arctic methane in Alaska, which has warmed appreciably in the past few decades. See links under Questioning the Orthodoxy.


Natural Disasters: NIPCC lead author Madhav Khandekar has produced a study of flooding in India using 200 years of data compiled by the British. Contrary to reports, there was nothing new about recent floods in Kashmir. The report highlights the need for better climate models to predict natural variability and lessen the impact of naturally occurring events, particularly on a regional basis.

Roger Pielke, Jr. who temporarily stopped his blog, wrote a book: Disasters & Climate Change. The book is reviewed by Doug Hoffman. It finds no significant increase in extreme weather events, contrary to claims by the Administration. One of the main points the book brings out is that the media repeatedly asks if climate change is a causal factor in an event. Basically, the question as stated is unanswerable. See links under Changing Weather.


Number of the Week: $18.862 Billion. According to an August 2013 White House report, the 2013 Current Budget Authority for Clean Energy Technologies, Energy Provisions That May Reduce Greenhouse Gases, and Energy Payments in Lieu of Tax Provisions totaled $18.862 Billion – over 20 years, after a temporary subsidy would make solar and wind competitive.




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. Green Leap Forward

Obama trades higher U.S. energy costs now for distant Chinese promises.

Editorial, WSJ, Nov 12, 2014


2. A Game-Changing Climate Agreement

The U.S. and China are sending one of the most powerful market signals the world has ever seen.

By Fred Krupp, WSJ, Nov 12, 2014


Mr. Krupp is the president of the Environmental Defense Fund.

3. North Dakota to Require Producers to Treat Crude Before Shipping

Move Comes Amid Growing Safety Concerns About Oil-Laden Trains

By Chester Dawson and Russell Gold, WSJ, Nov 13, 2014




Climategate Continued

Gergis2K and the Oroko “Disturbance-Corrected” Blade

By Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, Nov 11, 2014


PAGES2K and Nature’s Policy against Self-Plagiarism

By Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, Nov 14, 2014


Suppressing Scientific Inquiry

First They Came For Climate Sceptics: EU Chief Scientist Forced Out By Green Lobby

By Ben Webster, The Times, Via GWPF, Nov 14, 2014


[SEPP Comment: The chief scientific adviser to the European Commission has been ousted after a lobbying campaign led by Greenpeace, which objected to her support for genetically modified crops.]

Genetic modification and Europe

By Martin Livermore, Scientific Alliance, Nov 14, 2014


[SEPP Comment: Further thoughts on the role of the EU Chief Scientific Adviser.]

Challenging the Orthodoxy

Man-made Global Warming (AGW) is Real: Men Really Created It

By Tim Ball, WUWT, Nov 9, 2014


IPCC’s Latest Report: The End Is Nigh Unless Mankind Repents of Its Fuelish Ways

By Marlo Lewis, CNS News, Nov 10, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]


Accurate Climate Forecasts: End the CO2 Fixation (Part I)

By Paul Driessen and David Legates, Master Resource, Nov 12, 2014


Accurate Climate Forecasts: End the CO2 Fixation (Part II)

By Paul Driessen and David Legates, Master Resource, Nov 13, 2014


A Busted El Nino and the New Weather Norm

By Roy Spencer, His Blog, Nov 12, 2014


The trouble with including natural climate cycles in the national discussion of global warming is both political and scientific: (1) it doesn’t fit the global warming narrative driven by policy goals, and (2) we don’t understand what causes natural climate cycles, and so they cannot be included in computer climate models.

Fossil fuels: The moral choice

By Alex Epstein, Fox News, Nov 14, 2014


The One Statistic Climate Catastrophists Don’t Want You to Know

By Patrick Michaels, CATO, Nov 13, 2014


[SEPP Comment: See link immediately above.]

Defending the Orthodoxy

NASA official says in NY Times if you question climate models then you must also question Newtonian mechanics

By Staff Writer, The Hockey Schtick, Nov 12, 2014


[SEPP Comment: False line of reasoning. The models have not been validated.]

The Bonfire of the Subsidies

By Kevin Watkins, Project Syndicate, Nov 11, 2014


[SEPP Comment: Promoting the contrived goal of limiting global warming to less than 2ºC above the planet’s pre-industrial level – as if we know what it was.]

China – US Agreement?

U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change

By Staff Writers, Office of the Press Secretary, The White House, Nov 11, 2014

Bejing, China, 12 Nov 2014


FACT SHEET: U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change and Clean Energy Cooperation

President Obama Announces Ambitious 2025 Target to Cut U.S. Climate Pollution by 26-28 Percent from 2005 Levels

By Staff Writers, Office of the Press Secretary, The White House, Nov 11, 2014


No Agreement in Beijing — Just a Surrender

By William R. Hawkins, American Thinker, Nov 14, 2014


Sen. Inhofe: ‘A non-binding charade’

China will face zero consequences if it does not live up to its word.

James Inhofe, USA Today, Nov 12, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]


Nothing New, as China “Intends” to Cap Emissions

By Patrick Michaels, CATO, Nov 12, 2014


While China has good “intentions” we get real “unemployment”. Such a deal!

Obama, Xi Agree on Meaningless Climate Deal

By Myron Ebell, Global Warming.org, Nov 12, 2014


The audacity of climate cynicism

Editorial, Washington Examiner, Nov 13, 2014


The China Heist

Massive “climate aid” to developing nations will not aid the climate, but it will harm our economy.

By Rupert Darwall, National Review, Nov 14, 2014


The Real Story on China Climate Change Deal: We Make Changes Now, They Wait Until 2030

By Nicolas Loris. Daily Signal, Nov 12, 2014


Obama’s Climate Deal With China An Empty Gesture

Editorial IBD, Nov 12, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]


Obama P*wned

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, Nov 13, 2014


[SEPP Comment: Not much of a reduction in fossil fuel use in China.]

Dealing with denial

America’s concessions are more real than China’s

Editorial, The Economist, Nov 15, 2014


Observations on the US-China climate announcement

By Benjamin Zycher, The Hill, Nov 14, 2014


China, U.S. agree to limit greenhouse gases

By David Nakamura and Steven Mufson, Washington Post, Nov 12, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]


China, U.S. make joint climate change commitments

By Zack Colman, Washington Examiner, Nov 11, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]


China climate negotiator defends flexible carbon target

By Staff Writer, AFP, Nov 14, 2014 [H/t GWPF]


Climate Deal with China: U.S. Makes Cuts, PRC Can Increase Emissions for 16 Years

“The president has gotten very little and he’s given away much in the agreement.”

By Bridget Johnson, PJ Media, Nov 12, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]


Emissions Reduction by the Numbers

By Jeffrey Frankel, Project Syndicate, Nov 14, 2014


[SEPP Comment: Rating countries by the extent to which they promised to cut CO2 emissions.]

Election over, so US, China agree to make unenforceable long term commitment with no consequences

By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Nov 12, 2014


Hallelujah! Climate Salvation in our Time!

By Steven Hayward, Power Line, Nov 13, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]


In Climate Deal With China, Obama May Set 2016 Theme

By Coral DaVenport, NYT, Nov 12, 2014 [H/t William Readdy]


Twenty-one percent of Americans think producing electricity from coal is a good idea, while 91 percent of Americans think making electricity from sunlight is a good idea.

[SEPP Comment: Would the New York Times run a survey that asked is producing electricity from unreliable sunlight a better idea than producing it from reliable coal? Would you ride the subway when there was no electricity?]]

In China: Obama Announces ‘Ambitious Goal’ to Fight Global Warming

By Patrick Goodenough, CNS News, Nov 12, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]


Obama Outmaneuvers Republicans on Climate Change

By Christopher Flavelle, Bloomberg, Nov 12, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]


Climate change self-delusion

Only the U.S. will fulfill its pact with China to reduce emissions

By Stephen Moore, Washington Times, Nov 14, 2014


US Election

Energy Was A Big Winner In Last Week’s GOP Wave

By Merrill Matthews, IBD, Nov 11, 2014


Questioning the Orthodoxy

Alaska shows no signs of rising Arctic methane, NASA study shows

By Staff Writers, Science Daily, Nov 13, 2014 [H/t GWPF]


Link to paper: Methane emissions from Alaska in 2012 from CARVE airborne observations

By Rachel Chang, et al, PNAS, Nov 10, 2014


IPCC’s 95% Synthesis er Synthetic Science

By Geoff Brown, AU-CSP, Nov 10, 2014


A more optimistic view of Churchill polar bears and Hudson Bay freeze-up

By Susan Crokford, Polar Bear Science, Nov 11, 2014


Senator wrong on climate, free speech

By Herbert Stevens, Providence Journal, Rhode Island, Nov 10, 2014


Polar bear listed as a migratory species by [the Convention of the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)] to restrict oil exploration & extraction.

[UNEP provides taxpayer funded services to organizations such as CMS.]

By Susan Crockford, Polar Bear Science, Nov 9, 2014


Social Benefits of Carbon

IU biologists collaborate to refine climate change modeling tools

By Staff Writers, Bloomington IN (SPX), Nov 12, 2014


[SEPP Comment: The increased root activity demonstrates the social benefits of enhanced atmospheric carbon dioxide in promoting plant growth.]

Problems in the Administration

Grubinations, White House Edition

By Scott Johnson, Power Line, Nov 15, 2014



By Scott Johnson, Power Line, July 31, 2014


Gruber Strikes Again

By Paul Mirengoff, Power Line, Nov 10, 2014


Third Gruber Video About Obamacare Fooling American Voters

By Jeff Dunetz, The Lid, Nov 12, 2014


Gruber #4

By John Hinderaker, Power Line, Nov 14, 2014


Gruber? Gruber? Who’s Gruber

By John Hinderaker, Power Line, Nov 13, 2014


[SEPP Comment: For an answer, Rep. Nancy Pelosi should check her web site.]

Seeking a Common Ground

Sagan’s baloney detection rules

By Judith Curry, Climate Etc. Nov 9, 2014


The constancy of change and the new catastrophism: a personal reflection on crisis-driven science

By Nick Eyles and Andrew Maill, Speaking of Geoscience, Oct 10, 2014 [H/t Energy and Environmental Newsletter]


Models v. Observations

New climate consensus: GCMs are lousy

By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Nov 10, 2014


An Empirical Review of Recent Trends in the Greenhouse Effect

By Robin Pittwood, Kiwi Thinker, WUWT, Nov 8, 2014


Model Issues

On the Elusive Absolute Global Mean Surface Temperature – A Model-Data Comparison

By Bob Tisdale, WUWT, Nov 10, 2014


Claim: “golden age of climate science, models” is upon us

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Nov 13, 2014


Supercomputers Enable HiRes Climate Models

By Staff Writers, Berkeley CA (SPX), Nov 13, 2014


[SEPP Comment: See link immediately above.]

Seven Years Ago, An IPCC Lead Author Exposed Critical Weaknesses of the IPCC Foretelling Tools

By Bob Tisdale, WUWT, Nov 13, 2014


Measurement Issues

“Hottest Year” Update

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, Nov 15, 2014


[SEPP Comment: NASA-GISS is wrong again.]

How variable are ocean temperatures?

By Staff Writers, Phys.org, Nov 10, 2014 [H/t GWPF]


Link to paper: Ocean surface temperature variability: Large model–data differences at decadal and longer periods

By Thomas Laepple and Peter Huybers, PNAS, Nov 10, 2014


Changing Weather

New Paper: Kashmir Floods Nothing New, Not Due To Climate Change

By Staff Writers, GWPF, Nov 12, 2014


Floods and Droughts in the Indian Monsoon: Natural variability trumps human impact

By Madhav Khandekar, GWPF, 2014


Review: Disasters & Climate Change by Roger Pielke, Jr.

By Doug Hoffman, The Resilient Earth, Nov 6, 2014


Study Shows Tropical Storm Intensity Has Not Increased

Poleward migration of storms means that tropical cyclone intensity has not increased, as expected, with global warming, according to new research

By Leon Clifford, Reporting Climate Science, Nov 11, 2014 [H/t GWPF]


Link to paper: Validating Atmospheric Reanalysis Data Using Tropical Cyclones as Thermometers

By James P. Kossin, AMS, Sep 9, 2014)


35 Degrees Below Zero And Colder Spreads, Grips 2 Million Square Kilometers Swath Of Central Siberia

By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Nov 10, 2014


Chill of an Early Winter

By John Hinderaker, Power Line, Nov 9, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]


[SEPP Comment: Hinderaker asks the question why is global warming such a partisan issue? “I think because there is hardly any evidence to support the alarmists’ case, so the whole thing is a matter of faith and politics, not science.”]

Harsh Winter Outlook Made a Bit More Dire by Siberia Snow

By Brian Sullivan, Bloomberg, Nov 6, 2014 [H/t Clyde Spencer]


[SEPP Comment: It’s not the polar vortex this time as claimed by the Administration last year?]

Changing Seas

Claim: Warmest oceans ever recorded

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Nov 14, 2014


[SEPP Comment: The author does not state when systematic measuring started.]

The oceans’ sensitive skin

By Staff Writers, Kiel, Germany (SPX), Nov 12, 2014


Link to paper: Effects of ocean acidification on the biogenic composition of the sea-surface microlayer: Results from a mesocosm study

By Gaigani, et al. Journal of Geophysical Research,


Changing Cryosphere – Land / Sea Ice

Berkeley Lab scientists identify new driver behind Arctic warming

By Staff Writers, Phys.org, Nov 03, 2014 [H/t Catherine French]


Link to paper: Far-infrared surface emissivity and climate

By Feldman, et al, PNAS, Nov 3, 2014


‘Dark Ice’ Speeds Up Melting in Greenland (Photos)

By Kelly Dickerson, Live Science, Nov 9, 2014 [H/t Clyde Spencer


[SEPP Comment: Nothing new here.]

Robots in the Antarctic study ‘rapidly melting ice’

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Nov 12, 2014


[SEPP Comment: “Rapidly” may be in geological time, rather than in human time.]

Agriculture Issues & Fear of Famine

Drought-defying tomato harvest breaks California record

By Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee, Nov 12, 2014 [H/t GWPF]


[SEPP Comment: Farmers adjust to drought conditions, high prices, with some help from nature.]

Un-Science or Non-Science?

Bolt from the blue: warming climate may fuel more lightning

By Will Dunham, Reuters, Nov 13, 2014 [H/t Clyde Spencer]


[SEPP Comment: Climate models cannot forecast 21st century temperatures, but can forecast lightning bolts?]

Lightnings may increase by 12% per 1 °C of warming

By Luboš Motl, Reference Frame, Nov 15, 2104


[SEPP Comment: See link immediately above.]

Claim: New Global Maps Detail Human-Caused Ocean Acidification

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Nov 10, 2014


Study: Global warming worsening watery dead zones

By Seth Borenstein, AP, Nov 10, 2014 [H/t Clyde Spencer]


[SEPP Comment: The models do not work for prediction, but let’s pretend they do.]

Sustainability, astrobiology illuminate future of life in universe, civilization on Earth

By Staff Writers, Rochester NY (SPX), Nov 10, 2014


Lowering Standards

More Deceptive Images From The BBC

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, Nov 15, 2014


As for the grossly deceptive impression that black smoke is being given off, this is in clear breach of the BBC Guidelines, which state: “Care should be taken not to use images to mislead the audience.”

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

Corals in Hot Water?

Racing time to predict the fate of corals in a warming ocean

By Evan Lubofsky, Oceanus, Nov 13, 2014


[SEPP Comment: Extensive evidence shows corals adjust by changing the organisms that help them in a symbiotic relationship.]

Communicating Better to the Public – Make things up.

“Meltdown: Terror at the Top of the World” — new book exploits polar bear attack to sell fear of sea ice decline

By Susan Crockford, Polar Bear Science, Nov 13, 2014


A Dose of Climate Reality for Maine

By Sierra Rayne, American Thinker, Nov 11, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]


As the climate warms, it could actually be generating more cold outbreaks in the USA. Here’s how

By Anthony Sharwood, News, AU, Nov 10, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]


[SEPP Comment: The Rossby waves, which create the so-called polar vortex, were identified in the 1930s. Both Tim Ball and WeatherBell has a superior explanations for Siberian cold entering in the mid-west and the east.]

EU sees light at the end of the climate tunnel

By Daniel J. Graeber, Brussels (UPI), Nov 11, 2014


Farmers and scientists divided over climate change

By Staff Writers, West Lafayette IN (SPX), Nov 12, 2014


Link to paper: Agricultural stakeholder views on climate change: Implications for conducting research and outreach

By Prokopy, et al. American Meteorological Society, 2014


[SEPP Comment: Survey games: grouping corn producers with agricultural advisors, climatologists, government funded scientists as “stakeholders.” There is a major difference in commitment.]

G20 Spends $88 Billion a Year on Fossil-Fuel Exploration

By Alex Morales, Bloomberg, Nov 10, 2014


[SEPP Comment: The author fails to recognize the difference between a state-owned industry and a privately-owned industry.]

Greens Should Stop Claiming More Warming Means More War

By John Horgan, Scientific American, Nov 6, 2014 [H/t Climate Depot]


Problems with the Iowa Climate Statement

By Sierra Rayne, American Thinker, Nov 12, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]


Questioning European Green

New Commission floats first ‘kill list’ of green EU laws

By Staff Writers, EurActiv, Nov 14, 2014 [H/t GWPF]


Non-Green Jobs

Report: Energy jobs have led economic recovery

By Joshua Cain, Fuel Fix, Nov 13, 2014


Funding Issues

Obama to pledge $3B to UN fund aiding poor nations’ climate fight

By Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill, Nov 14, 2014


Inhofe: Obama’s climate fund pledge not realistic priority

By Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill, Nov 14, 2014


Obama’s Climate Fund Pledge: “Absolutely No Chance Whatsoever”

By Lisa Friedman, E&E News, Via GWPF, Nov 14, 2014


“Absolutely no chance whatsoever” is how incoming Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) described the chances of Obama’s climate fund pledge approval.

Climate change – follow the money

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Nov 10, 2014


Climate change: India to keep up pressure on first world

By Aesha Datta and Richa Mishra, Business Line, Hindu, Nov 10, 2014 [H/t GWPF]


The Political Games Continue

Congress Must Rein In Runaway EPA

By Larry Bell, Newsmax, Nov 10, 2014


[SEPP Comment: How does government get rid of an entrenched bureaucracy? Send it to the North Slope of Alaska?]

Keep The Shale Boom Rollin’ With A Congressional KEEP Energy Act

By Mark Mills, Forbes, Nov 10, 2014


Litigation Issues

Greens sue to protect walruses from Arctic oil drilling

By Timothy Cama, The Hill, Nov 10, 2014


How Climate Alarmists Continue to Hijack Successful Walrus Conservation

By Jim Steele, WUWT, Nov 13, 2014


[SEPP Comment: See link immediately above.]

No proof walrus are “struggling from the loss of sea ice” as new Earthjustice lawsuit claims

By Susan Crockford, Polar Bear Science, Nov 10, 2014


Cap-and-Trade and Carbon Taxes

Carbon Tax Advocates Discuss Post-Election Prospects; Ignore Lesson of Plato’s Republic

By Marlo Lewis, Global Warming.org, Nov 12, 2014


Subsidies and Mandates Forever

AWEA’s Case against the PTC Extension

By Robert Bradley, Master Resource, Nov 14, 2014


Americans for Prosperity: Keep the PTC Expired (Obama supply-side energy strategy on the ropes)

By Robert Bradley Jr, Master Resource, Nov 11, 2014


EPA and other Regulators on the March

Business groups brace for deluge of regs

By Tim Devaney, The Hill, Nov 11, 2014


The coming climate onslaught

President Obama readies a sweeping list of executive actions.

By Andrew Restuccia and Erica Martinson, Politico, Nov 11, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]


House Republican wants watchdog probe of lost EPA text messages

By Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill, Nov 10, 2014


[SEPP Comment: EPA will not let the public read messages intended to be held in the public trust.]

Energy stat shop working on climate rule study

By Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill, Nov 7, 2014


Feds move to protect ocean-dwelling coral

By Tim Devaney, The Hill, Nov 12, 2014


Bird species threatened by extinction, FWS says

By Tim Devaney, The Hill, Nov 12, 2014


Energy Issues – Non-US

Energy is Europe’s ‘big disadvantage’: Deutsche co-CEO

By Katy Barnato, CNBC, Nov 10, 2014 [H/t GWPF]


Britain’s energy policy is a national disgrace, but Germany’s is even worse

Germans now pay more in green surcharges alone for their power than Americans pay for the whole package

By Jeremy Warner, Telegraph, UK, Nov 7, 2014


German Vice Chancellor Puts Brakes On “Ruinous” Rush To Green Energies: “Others Think We’ve Lost Our Marbles”

By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Nov 11, 2014


BILLIONS of pounds raised from shale gas in the North will go to a sovereign wealth fund to benefit the region, it was announced last night.

By Marco Giannangeli, Express, UK, Nov 9, 2014


IEA: 40% of World’s Power Fleet Will Need to Be Replaced by 2040

By Sonal Patel, Power, Nov 12, 2014


OPEC says energy demand to soar 60% by 2040

By Staff Writers, Vienna (AFP), Nov 07, 2014


Energy Issues — US

No Energy Policy Has Been A Blessing For Shale Boom

By Mark Perry, IBD, Nov 11, 2014


The Driving Force Behind the US Oil Boom

By. James Stafford of Oilprice.com, Washington DC (SPX), Nov 07, 2014


[SEPP Comment: There is no question that US oil-service companies are important in developing and spreading technology. To call them The driving force may be too much.]

Oncor Wants to Spend $5.2 Billion on Energy Storage

By Thomas Overton, Power, Nov 11, 2014


[SEPP Comment: The plans of the Texas utility depend on a projected decrease in the cost of energy storage.]

Stop That Fracking Pipeline!

By Dennis T. Avery, American Thinker, Nov 10, 2014


[SEPP Comment: An amusing view.]

Washington’s Control of Energy

House votes to build Keystone

By Cristina Marcos, The Hill, Nov 14, 2014


An Obama veto of Keystone XL could be pretty unpopular

By Aaron Blake, Washington Post, Nov 13, 2014


Keystone Stalls As Russia And China Ink Pipeline Deal

Editorial, IBD, Nov 10, 2014


Oil and Natural Gas – the Future or the Past?

Hydraulic Fracturing Saved Consumers Up to $248 Billion Last Year

By Staff Writers, Institute for Energy Research, Nov 6, 2014


EIA: ‘Modest’ benefits from LNG exports

By Daniel J. Graeber, Washington (UPI), Nov 12, 2014


Most fracking chemicals as toxic as common household substances

By Staff Writers, Boulder CO (SPX), Nov 13, 2014


[SEPP Comment: A more accurate headline would have read: “Most fracking chemicals are no more toxic than common household substances.”]

Return of King Coal?

India set to defy warnings on coal’s climate impact

While even China, the world’s leading coal producer, begins to recognize the fuel’s serious polluting effects, India has announced it aims to double production to meet soaring energy demand.

By Alex Kirby, Climate News Network, Nov 7, 2014 [H/t GWPF]


Robert Bryce: Coal trumps IPCC, again

By Robert Bryce, Twin Cities.com, Nov 13, 2014 [H/t GWPF]


Nuclear Energy and Fears

Dr. Jerry Cuttler’s presentation on the widespread myths about nuclear energy and exaggerated radiation dangers

By Jerry Cuttler, ACSH, Nov 13, 2014


Japan local government approves first reactor restart

By Staff Writers, Tokyo (AFP), Nov 07, 2014


Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Solar and Wind

Google-Owned Solar Company Requests $540 Million Bailout To Help Pay $1.6 Billion Loan

By Chuck Ross, Daily Caller, Nov 9, 2014 [H/t Joe Bast]


Ivanpah Solar Plant Owners Don’t Deserve Bailout

Editorial, IBD, Nov 11, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]


[SEPP Comment: See link immediately above.]

Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Energy — Other

Another Clean Energy Failure

By Donn Dears, Power For USA, Nov 14, 2014


IGCC power plants are not a viable clean energy alternative. Wind and solar may also not be viable alternatives, except as niche supplies, similar to geothermal.

Geothermal Revisited

By Donn Dears, Power For USA, Nov 11, 2014


[SEPP Comment: Those who take photos of power plants emitting steam, then implying it is pollution would have a field day at geothermal plants in Iceland.]

California Dreaming

California spends $33 million to coddle 800 cormorants

By Arnold Cusmariu, American Thinker, Nov 12, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]


Other Scientific News

American Leadership in Space — Now or Never

By Robert Charles, American Thinker, Nov 12, 0214


Despite landing fumble, comet probe working well

By Staff Writers, Paris (AFP), Nov 13, 2014


NASA Rocket Experiment Finds the Universe Brighter Than We Thought

By Staff Writers, Washington DC (SPX), Nov 10, 2014


Scientific collaborative publishes landmark study on the evolution of insects

By Staff Writers, San Francisco CA (SPX), Nov 12, 2014


“Microbiome” of Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs shifts during infectious disease outbreaks

Interaction between microbiome and infectious pathogens may drive disease

By Cheryl Dybas, NSF, Nov 12, 2014


[SEPP Comment: Global warming is not the cause?]

Orbital blames rocket engine failure for launchpad blast

By Staff Writers, Washington (AFP), Nov 05, 2014


Other News that May Be of Interest

The Population Challenge

By Bjørn Lomborg, Project Syndicate, Nov 14, 2014


[SEPP Comment: A different look at the world population issue.]

The EU dispenses with its CSA [Chief Science Adviser]

By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Nov 13, 2014


Desal: no water provided but Victorian families pay $450pa for bikies and drunks

By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Nov 12, 2014


Missing links

By John Brignell, Number Watch, Nov 11, 2014


[SEPP Comment: Humbling praise.]



A conversation inside the White House

By Cliff Mass, Weather Blog, Nov 10, 2014


[SEPP Comment: Amusing: A growing weather prediction gap between competing countries!]

Climate Change Made Simple

By Stephen Green, PJ Media, Nov 12, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]


“Earlier I said that expecting stasis on a planet where the continents are in motion would be insanity — and yet stasis is precisely what climate alarmists are trying to sell you, built on a foundation of ignorance.”


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November 16, 2014 9:32 pm

I apologize in advance if this post is a bit off topic, although these weekly roundup posts are a little bit of everything,and it seems more justified here than anywhere. Since there are a bunch of readers here who take science seriously, I wanted to let you know that I strongly recommend you see “Interstellar”. I cannot think of any movie I’ve seen which has worked so hard to get the basic science right; 2001 is the only movie I can think of that is comparable, and Interstellar is a better movie than 2001 in many, many ways.
Don’t be put off by the catastrophe that causes the search for a new place to colonize – the movie doesn’t spend a lot of time explaining it, and that is really just the McGuffin that provides the motivation for the characters actions for the rest of the film. (see Hitchcock’s use of the term; every suspenseful drama requires a McGuffin) What really impressed me was how the film jumped right into Relativity and made it a key part of the movie, in spite of the fact that Relativity is hard to comprehend and hard to explain. (Pretty much all sci-fi just ignores the entire subject of Relativity, since it’s just too hard and its rules have some very harsh consequences) I found it be be brilliant on almost every level; in fact it astounds me that modern Hollywood could ever have made anything as intellectually challenging as this! In my opinion, this one is well worth your time this holiday season.

John F. Hultquist
November 16, 2014 9:34 pm

Under Arctic Methane — my bold below
An airborne research study by NASA finds no signs of rising Arctic methane in Alaska, which has warmed appreciably in the past few decades.
Not exactly. There was a temperature rise after the, so called, phase shift of the Pacific Ocean following 1976. The link below says “since 1977 little additional warming has occurred in Alaska with the exception of Barrow and a few other locations.”
Other statements I’ve read are more blunt – Alaska is cooling.
“ During the first decade of the 21st century most of Alaska experienced a cooling shift …”
From the first line of the abstract, here:
[toascj = The Open Atmospheric Science Journal]

November 16, 2014 9:52 pm

G20 Brisbane: Tony Abbott clashes with Barack Obama over climate change
TONY Abbott [Prime Minister of Australia] has rebuffed Barack Obama’s demand for increased action on climate change and openly clashed with the US President in a fiery end to Brisbane’s G20 leaders’ summit.
The Prime Minister muscled up to Mr Obama behind closed doors yesterday, declaring there could be no effective action on climate change without a strong economy and strongly endorsing fossil fuels.
He did not address calls to pay into a global Green Climate Fund backed by the US.
He also refused to commit to new emissions reduction targets in the first quarter of next year, despite being urged to do so in the final G20 communique agreed by all leaders.
Mr Abbott’s defiance in the face of Mr Obama’s warnings about the threat from global warming came as he wrapped up a “weekend of achievement” at the G20 summit.

November 16, 2014 10:01 pm

So a couple of communists signed a worthless agreement. It will [hold] about as much weight as a U.N. resolution. Who cares?
But how typical of a leftist. Goes to a country that stomps all over its own people but our idiot-in-chief has CO2 at the top of the priority list. Perfect.

November 17, 2014 12:19 am

Today, the Presidents of the United States and China announced their respective post-2020 actions on climate change,

So Obama signed a non-binding agreement for a successor to take action four years after he leaves office.
Non-binding agreements. It is to laugh.
Dude wasn’t tricked by the Chinese as many commentators state, the Chinese and Dude both agreed to nothing for nothing.
For at least once, our POTUS knows exactly what he was doing.

Reply to  Charles Rotter
November 17, 2014 11:51 am

Can someone clarify when this $3 billion will be contributed?
According to http://www.ticotimes.net/2014/11/14/obama-to-pledge-3-billion-for-new-un-climate-change-fund
” Obama will include funding for part of the $3 billion in his next budget request, and will spread the funding out over a number of years, according to an administration official who spoke anonymously because budget figures haven’t been decided.” That sounds like the intent is to spend some of the money in the next few years while Obama is still in office.
Although in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t seem like much, as Everett Dirksen is reputed to have said “A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money.”

November 17, 2014 12:50 am

GWPF have some pretty amazing news from Germany. It seems that the powers that be in Berlin have finally recognised that their energy policies are a busted flush. If the story in Der Spiegel is correct then the country is going to cancel its decarbonisation targets forthwith.

November 17, 2014 12:10 pm

“5. The global scientific community has made clear that human activity is already changing the world’s climate system. Accelerating climate change has caused serious impacts. Higher temperatures and extreme weather events are damaging food production, rising sea levels and more damaging storms are putting our coastal cities increasingly at risk and the impacts of climate change are already harming economies around the world, including those of the United States and China. These developments urgently require enhanced actions to tackle the challenge. [SEPP strongly disagrees with this paragraph and calls for compelling physical evidence supporting this view.]”
O-M-G… I GUESS!!! All those claims and not a shred of proof! Not that any of it can be proven anyway without fabrication of data or confusing correlation with causation. The entire paragraph is KISASS based. Simple and sufficiently scary.
… Wait, one statement is true in a sort of dyslexic manor; “…the impacts of climate change are already harming economies around the world, including those of the United States and China.” This would have been accurate if he had said, the impacts of climate change legislation and climate mitigation are already harming economies around the world.

November 17, 2014 12:13 pm

US lightning fatalities has been steadily decreasing.
So has the number of forest fires.
So, if the planet has been warming for 60+ years, and lightning strikes are supposed to increase due to warming, why are these metrics moving in the wrong direction?

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