The Week That Was: 2015-01-03 (January 3, 2015) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project
By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)
Changes at SEPP: As announced in TWTW in December, after 25 years Fred Singer has stepped down as the founding President of the Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP). He will continue to be the guiding light for the organization, remaining as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Ken Haapala has assumed the duties as President, Tom Sheahen as Vice President and Donna Bethel remains Secretary.
There are no major anticipated changes in policies or activities of SEPP. It will remain faithful to the principles of empirical science and challenge government policies, claimed to be substantiated by science, that are not supported by comprehensive observations or experiments.
The Week That Was will remain the primary publication of SEPP. In addition, we will continue to provide scientific expertise to other organizations on policy issues, to include issuing brief handouts such as “Climate Fears and Finance.”
The web site will undergo minor modifications to bring it up-to-date, to include topics such as explanations why the climate science, as expressed by the UN International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its followers such as the US National Assessment, and their models, failed to predict the current plateau, pause, in temperatures. Another topic will be the filed objections to Administration’s Clean Power Plan as announced by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Emphasis will be on the scientific objections, but some legal objections will be included. Other topics will be developed as appropriate.
The officers and directors of SEPP look forward to serving you far into the future.
Quote of the Week: “politically correct climate change orthodoxy has completely destroyed our ability to think rationally about the environment.” Richard Tol, who withdrew his name from the IPCC AR5, economics section, because it was too alarmist, even though he was coordinating lead author
Number of the Week: Down 41%
The Pause or Plateau: Fred Singer provides an analysis of the explanations, largely expressed by global-warming promoters, why atmospheric temperatures have failed to rise for over a decade, and surface temperatures have failed to rise for about 18 years. The explanations described by provide an excellent foundation for an effort to note them and categorize them. Some of the explanations are internal to the earth’s climate system, some external. All major explanations are, in effect, alternative hypotheses or a modification to the hypothesis embraced by the UN IPCC that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of global warming, now called climate change. Those who exclusively use the term climate change, reflect a general ignorance of the earth’s climate history. Please see Article # 1.
The Race: The final results need to be tallied, but it appears that both the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies (NASA-GISS) lost the big race in declaring that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded.
Atmospheric temperature measurements by satellites, confirmed by weather balloons, just do not play the game that some of those who report surface temperatures play. One of the two atmospheric temperature reporting entities, Remote Sensing Systems, reports that 2014 was not the hottest year ever (since 1978). Could it be that adding CO2 to the atmosphere does not cause temperature change as previously attributed? We are still waiting for independent confirmation from the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. See links under Measurement Issues
Children’s Education: It appears the Administration is serious about a major climate education program directed at children. The Climate Education and Literacy Initiative will “help connect American students and citizens with the best-available, science-based information about climate change.” According to the promotion sheet, the initiative will employ 1) the National Park Service for Climate-science workshops, 2) NOAA to emphasize regional impacts as highlighted in the Third National Climate Assessment. 3) Enhance energy literacy. 4) Disseminate climate information through (NASA) Earth Systems Technology, and Energy Education. It will use a multitude of external organizations including American Meteorological Society (AMS), Earth Day Network, and Zoos.
The President’s announcement of the program in June at the University of California, Irvine, was disturbing. Reliance on the Third National Climate Assessment with its questionable assertions using global climate projections, modified for particular regions, is worse. The failure of the earth to warm illustrates that the National Climate Assessment contains highly limited knowledge of the natural causes of global climate change and their relative importance when compared with human causes. Using deficient models to project regional climate change is folly. As it develops, pointing out the deficiencies in the program will be an appropriate undertaking for SEPP, and other organizations. See links under Communicating Better to the Public – Use Propaganda on Children
Shoe on a Different Foot? For years, SEPP and other organizations have insisted that, when the science used to justify expansion of EPA powers is inadequate, the expansion of power is unconstitutional. SEPP and Fred Singer, particularly, have been falsely accused of being engaged by coal companies, oil companies, tobacco companies, etc.
Lawrence Tribe, Professor of Law at Harvard, is an icon of liberal Democrats. Tribe filed a document to the EPA, declaring the Administration’s proposed Clean Power Plan is unconstitutional. Tribe wrote an article explaining his actions which was published in the Wall Street Journal. Both the article and the filing are well reasoned. Will the defenders of the EPA slander Lawrence Tribe as they have others who spoke out in the past? See Article # 2 and the link to the filing.
A Breakthrough? The Breakthrough Institute can hardly be called a center for skeptics of the unsubstantiated claim that human emissions of carbon dioxide are causing unprecedented and dangerous global warming (or climate change). Using the eight regions of the North American Electric Reliability Council, from 2007 to 2013, analysts estimated the extent to which coal-fired electricity has been replaced by natural gas and by renewable sources. The findings may be of value, but perhaps not for the reasons intended. The main findings are:
“1. 80% of decline in coal generation nationally occurred in just two of the eight NERC regions.
2. The growth of gas generation nationally came almost entirely at the expense of coal generation.
3. Growth of non-hydro renewables accounts for little of the decline in coal generation.
4. New wind generation and new gas generation nationally appear to have had similar impacts on emissions on a per-MWh basis.
5. Net growth of gas generation in regional grids does not appear to be associated with declining net nuclear generation.
6. Growth of gas generation is not associated with rising demand for electricity.
Changes in generation shares at the regional level, however, strongly support the conclusion that fuel-switching from coal to gas, along with falling electricity demand in the wake of the Great Recession, account for the vast majority of the decline in emissions. Moreover, the shift from coal to gas accounts for a significant majority of the decline in the carbon intensity of the US electrical grid since 2007.” [The cited parts are not contiguous.]
Looking from a different perspective, one can argue that in the US there is little justification for continuing subsidies and mandates for solar and wind power, even if the purpose is to reduce CO2 emissions. Natural gas can reduce emissions, without the unreliable characteristics of solar and wind, and associated costs, provided pipelines are built to deliver natural gas where needed. Of course, such a view would be rejected by zealous promoters of global warming. But, one can counter that the unreliable characteristics of solar and wind requires a reliable fuel, such as natural gas. See links under Energy Issues – US.
Religious Issue: There have been several articles suggesting that the Pope will favor controls on carbon dioxide emissions in some form. This raises questions if the authors speak for the Pope or are privy to his thoughts. TWTW suggests that the articles are purely speculative. See links under Expanding the Orthodoxy.
Number of the Week: Down 41%. The US standard for crude oil is West Texas Intermediate. Each week the US Energy Information Administration announces an estimated spot price (which is usually different from (often more than) a contract price for a fixed delivery date. According to tracking entities, the spot price for the last week of December, 2013 (Dec 26) was $90.71 per barrel. The spot price for the last week of December, 2014 (Dec 29) was $53.46 – a decline of $37.25, or 41% for the year.
During the time of rising oil and gasoline prices, many politicians and energy experts in Washington declared that expanding drilling will not lower prices. As expressed previously in TWTW, all the increase in oil production in the US in recent years has been on private and state-owned lands. There has been no increase on federal government owned lands and waters. Contrary to these experts, with expanded US production, world oil prices dropped. See Article # 4 and https://ycharts.com/indicators/crude_oil_spot_price
For the numbered articles below, please see this week’s TWTW at: www.sepp.org. The articles, or a synopsis, are at the end of the pdf.
1. Cause of Pause in Global Warming
By S. Fred Singer, American Thinker, Dec 29, 2014
2. The Clean Power Plan Is Unconstitutional
The EPA acts as though it has the legislative authority to re-engineer the nation’s electric generating system and power grid. It does not.
By Laurence Tribe, WSJ, Dec 22, 2014
Link to legal comments:
By Laurence Tribe, Dec 1, 2014
3. NASA Is Lost in Space
The U.S. space program needs a clear purpose. Spending billions on the International Space Station isn’t it.
By Tom Coburn, WSJ, Dec 22, 2014
4. Obama on Oil Markets
Supply and demand seem to be elusive concepts.
Editorial, WSJ, Dec 19, 2014
NEWS YOU CAN USE:
Commentary: Is the Sun Rising?
Is the Sun driving ozone and changing the climate?
By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Jan 2, 2015
Has Increased Sunshine Caused UK Warming In The Late 20th Century?
By Paul Homewood, WUWT, Dec 23, 2014
Challenging the Orthodoxy — NIPCC
Google goes off the climate change deep end
Chairman Eric Schmidt should heed his own advice – and base energy policies on facts
By Paul Driessen and Chris Skates, WUWT, Dec 26, 2014
[SEPP Comment: Questions that remain unanswered include: Why did Google pull out of wind power and its scheme to be build a major transmission line for electricity off the East Coast of the US?]
Challenging the Orthodoxy
Hot Stuff, Cold Logic
Politically correct climate change orthodoxy has completely destroyed our ability to think rationally about the environment.
By Richard Tol, American Interest, Dec 10, 2014 [H/t Climate Etc.]
Settled science? The IPCC’s premature consensus is demonstrated by the Orbiting Carbon Observatory
By Tim Ball, WUTW, Dec 21, 2014
NZ Climate Truth Newsletter # 339
By Vincent Gray, Australian Climate Sceptics, Dec 29, 2014
A Christmas Gift From Dr. Bill Gray
By Steve Goddard, Real Science, Dec 24, 2014
Climate And Truth: A Tale Of Immorality?
By Tim Ball, WUWT, Jan 2, 2015
IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group out-lived its usefulness 20 years ago
By Susan Crockford, Polar Bear Science, Jan 1, 2015
Only temperatures, not temperature changes, may be dangerous
By Luboš Motl, The Reference Frame, Dec 24, 2014
Defending the Orthodoxy
Pachauri: IPCC future not tied to Paris climate deal
By Vishwa Mohan, Economic Times, India, Dec 30, 2014 [H/t GWPF]
Please Steal Our Fossil Fuels
By Adair Turner, Project Syndicate, Dec 23, 2014
As 2014 draws to an end, falling oil, gas, and coal prices threaten to undermine investment in green energy and stimulate wasteful consumption.
Financing Climate Safety
By Jeffrey Sachs, Project Syndicate, Dec 26, 2014
Questioning the Orthodoxy
2014: year of futility in the fight against climate change
Despite activist public efforts on climate during the last year, actual events question the theory of human-caused warming
By Steve Goreham, Communities Digital News, Dec 29, 2014
Calculations suggest that Global warming caused by the doubling of CO2 will be less than 0.6K
By Saburo Nonogaki, WUWT, Dec 24, 2014
You Ought to Have A Look: Examples of Real-world Realities vs. Naïve Thinking
By Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger, CATO, Jan 2, 2015
The Next World Agreement?
Bye Bye Lima – Roll On Paris
By Paul Homewood, WUWT, Dec 30, 2014
Climate change: In 2015, the long march to Paris
By Staff Writers, Paris (AFP), Dec 30, 2014
The Paris Climate Negotiations Next Year Will Be a Fiasco
Why there will not be a global climate change treaty in 2015
By Ronald Bailey, Reason.com, Dec 19, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]
Social Benefits of Carbon
NASA Finds Good News on Forests and Carbon Dioxide
By Carol Rasmussen for NASA Earth Science News. Greenbelt MD (SPX), Dec 30, 2014
Problems in the Orthodoxy
IPCC Lead Author and the Nazca Vandalism
By Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, Dec 20, 2014
People Will Pay To Stop Climate Change — But Only $5
By Jeff McMahon, Forbes, Jan 1, 2015 [H/t Joe Bast]
Seeking a Common Ground
Why do good intentions in the public sector lead to evil?
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Jan 3, 2015
Five things to remember about climate science in 2015
By Anthony Sadar, Washington Examiner, Jan 1, 2015
2014 → 2015
By Judith Curry, Climate Etc. Dec 31, 2014
“In other words, climate/energy policy has developed a life of its own that seems increasingly disconnected from the science.”
Measuring the Next Global Development Goals
By Bjorn Lomborg, Project Syndicate, Dec 22, 2014
The Great Divide
By Donn Dears, Power For USA, Jan 2, 2015
Yet another indicator that interest in climate has fallen by the wayside – climate doesn’t make it into the top ten science press releases for 2014
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Dec 25, 2014
Review of Recent Scientific Articles by CO2 Science
Three Decades of Vegetation Change in Northeastern Brazil
By Erasmi, S., Schucknecht, A., Barbosa, M.P. and Matschullat, J. 2014. Vegetation greenness in northeastern Brazil and its relation to ENSO warm events. Remote Sensing 6: 3041-3058.
[SEPP Comment: Overall, greening is more dominant than browning.]
Health Effects (Temperature – Hot vs. Cold: Asia) – Summary
By Staff Writers, Reviews of various papers, Dec 30, 2014
Global Warming and World Food Security
By Liu, H., Ge, Q., Zheng, J., Hao, Z. and Zhang, X. 2014. Crop yield and temperature changes in North China during 601-900 AD. Advances in Meteorology 2014: 10.1155/2014/137803.
[SEPP Comment: More evidence cold is destructive.]
Of Floods and Paleofloods Along the Middle Yellow River of China
By Liu, T., Huang, C.C., Pang, J., Zhou, Y., Zhang, Y., Ji, L. and Shang, R. 2014. Extraordinary hydro-climatic events during 1800-1600 yr BP in the Jin-Shaan gorges along the middle Yellow River, China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 410: 143-152. Dec 24, 2014
How Well Do Current Models Simulate Holocene Climate Change?
By Liu, Z., Zhu, J., Rosenthal, Y., Zhang, X., Otto-Bliesner, B.L., Timmermann, A., Smith, R.S., Lohmann, G., Zheng, W. and Timm, O.E. 2014. The Holocene temperature conundrum. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 108: 10.1073/pnas.1407229111, Dec 23, 2014
[SEPP Comment: Poorly.]
Coral Reefs Responding to Temperature Stress via Thermal Adaptation — Summary
By Staff Writers, CO2 Science, Dec 23, 2014
“As living entities, corals are not only acted upon by the various elements of their environment, they also react or respond to them. And when changes in environmental factors pose a challenge to their continued existence, they sometimes take major defensive or adaptive actions to insure their survival. A simple but pertinent example of one form of this phenomenon is thermal adaptation, which feature has been observed by several researchers to operate in corals in response to the stress of high temperature. This summary presents a review of such scientists’ work, demonstrating that predictions of vast coral demise due to global warming are unlikely to occur.”
“As more and more research is conducted it is becoming more and more apparent that the doom and gloom predictions of widespread coral decline due to global warming are unlikely to occur.”
Models v. Observations
An also-ran in the climate prediction stakes
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Jan 1, 2015
Associate Professor Kim Cobb’s Obsession…Ignores 95% Of Climate Models Running Too Hot
What About Climate Change?
By Ed Caryl, No Tricks Zone, Dec 20, 2014
Schmidt and Sherwood on climate models
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Dec 27, 2014
A Few Comments on the New Paper by Gavin Schmidt and Steven Sherwood
By Bob Tisdale, WUWT, Dec 29, 2014
[SEPP Comment: See link immediately above. If the model, or models, fail in prediction, other arguments are moot.]
Is Numerical Weather Prediction One of Mankind’s Greatest Achievements?
By Cliff Mass, Weather Blog, Dec 25, 2014
RSS AMSU: temperatures 1979-2014 grouped in many ways
By Luboš Motl, The Reference Frame, Jan 3, 2015
RSS Data Rubbishes Hottest Year Claims
By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, Jan 3, 2015
Has NOAA Once Again Tried to Adjust Data to Match Climate Models?
By Bob Tisdale, WUWT, Jan 1, 2015
Hurricane ACE Data For 2014 [From WeatherBell]
By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, Jan 2, 2015
2014/15 Super El Niño Gets “The Kiss Of Death”…Climatologists’ Prediction Of Warming Planet Crumbles Again
By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Dec 28, 2014
Preliminary US Tornado Data For 2014
By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, Jan 1, 2015
After a Brutal November, December was mild but January will be more like November
By Joseph D’Aleo, ICECAP, Dec 27, 2014
Rainfall: everything obscure
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Dec 31, 2014
Alaska’s toasty temperatures in 2014 worry observers
By Maria La Ganga, LA Times, Jan 3, 2015 [H/t Climate Etc]
Overland [from NOAA] argues that Alaska’s very cool heat wave is not evidence of climate change but rather the next stage in a long-term weather pattern that began with six years of warming in the Bering Sea and southern Alaska, followed by six cold years.
Alaska fish adjust to climate change by following the food
By Staff Writers, Seattle WA (SPX), Jan 02, 2015
[SEPP Comment: Apparently they have been doing so for millions of years.]
Climatologists’ Projections Defied…25-Year Trend For German Winters Shows Cooling! …”Snow Has Not Disappeared”
By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Dec 30, 2014
Drought Stricken California Suddenly Green
By Roy Spencer, His Blog, Dec 24, 2014
[SEPP Comment: The satellite photo on December 23, 2014 is in stark contrast with the one a year earlier.]
Muddy forests, shorter winters present challenges for loggers
By Staff Writers, Madison WI (SPX), Dec 26, 2014
[SEPP Comment: Think of the trees being “saved.”]
Australia has had megadroughts for the last thousand years says ice core study
By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Dec 30, 2014
Coral reveals long-term link between Pacific winds, global climate
By Staff Writers, Science Daily, Dec 22, 2014 [H/t Clyde Spencer]
Link to paper: Early twentieth-century warming linked to tropical Pacific wind strength
By Thompson, et al, Nature Geoscience, Dec 22, 2014
Early twentieth-century warming linked to tropical Pacific wind strength
By Bob Tisdale, WUWT, Dec 23, 2014
[SEPP Comment: See links immediately above.]
Danish-Chinese scientists discover important relationship: Arctic sea ice development of the last 5000 years is controlled by solar activity
By Fritz Vahrenholt and Sebastian Lüning, Translated/edited by P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Dec 23, 2014
Vostok and the 8000 year time lag
By Euan Mearns, WUWT, Dec 27, 2014
High Pressure Means Low Sea Level
By Cliff Mass, Weather Blog, Jan 1, 2015
Changing Cryosphere – Land / Sea Ice
Global Sea Ice Well Above Average For Most Of 2014
By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, Jan 1, 2015
Polar bear habitat – more Arctic sea ice in Canada this week than in early 1970s
By Susan Crockford, Polar Bear Science, Dec 26, 2014
Warm Arctic Is Simply Part Of Natural Cycle
By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, Dec 26, 2014 [H/t Climate Depot]
NASA’s new Orbiting Carbon Observatory shows potential tectonically-induced CO2 input from the ocean?
By Martin Hovland, WUWT, Jan 2, 2015
New, tighter timeline confirms ancient volcanism aligned with dinosaurs’ extinction
By Staff Writers, Science News, Dec 18, 2014 [H/t Clyde Spencer]
[SEPP Comment: The volcanic activity, now called the Deccan Traps, are in western central India.]
A Neutral View of Oceanic pH
By Willis Eschenbach, WUWT, Jan 2, 2015
“So there you have it. The oceanographic dataset confirms the gradual decline in pH, but doesn’t provide enough data prior to about 1960 to tell us much of anything. As usual, the problem is that the changes due to CO2 are so small that they are difficult to dig out of anything but the most accurate of datasets. This doesn’t mean that we can’t use the existing oceanographic measurements … it just means that we need to be cautious in their use.”
What if Obama’s Climate Change Policies are Based on pHraud?
By Marita Noon, Somewhat Reasonable, Dec 22, 2014
Are the Oceans Going to Boil?
By Steven Hayward, Power Line, Dec 29, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]
Agriculture Issues & Fear of Famine
Will Global Warming Reduce Wheat Production?
By Marlo Lewis, Global Warming.org, Dec 27, 2014
Link to paper: Rising temperatures reduce global wheat production
By Asseng, et al, Nature Climate Change, Dec 22, 2014
Egypt Wheat Production by Year:
Un-Science or Non-Science?
Climate change could cost U.S. coasts $1 trillion by 2100
By Puneet Kollipara, Science Mag, Dec 22, 2014
Link to paper: Joint effects of storm surge and sea-level rise on US Coasts: new economic estimates of impacts, adaptation, and benefits of mitigation policy
By James E. Neumann, Kerry Emanuel, Sai Ravela, Lindsay Ludwig, Paul Kirshen, Kirk Bosma, Jeremy Martinich, Climatic Change, Dec 14, 2014
[SEPP Comment: Based on highly questionable assumptions such as the US National Climate Assessment.]
AAAS called out for disgraceful, politically driven endorsement of CAGW
By Daniel Nebert, Letter posted in ICECAP, Dec 29, 2014
BBC & The Penguins
By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That [H/t GWPF]
Communicating Better to the Public – Exaggerate, or be Vague?
Obama Science Aide Says Humans Preventing New Ice Age
Editorial, The Hill, Dec, 24, 2014
Obama Science Adviser Says Humans Preventing New Ice Age [With Comment By John]
By Seven Hayward, Power Line, Dec 23, 2014
‘Atmospheric Rivers’ to Soak California as Climate Warms
By Becky Oskin, Live Science, Dec 22, 2014 [H/t Clyde Spencer]
[SEPP Comment: These atmospheric rivers have never occurred before?]
How Climate Change Could Leave Cities in the Dark
By Staff Writers, Baltimore MD (SPX), Dec 16, 2014
[SEPP Comment: Questionable assumption: if global warming intensifies hurricane activity.]
Communicating Better to the Public – Make things up.
Arctic Warming Twice As Fast As Rest Of Planet
Video By Science Daily, Dec 18, 2014
[SEPP Comment: What is 2 times zero?]
Caught red-handed: Geomar omits crucial 1960s Arctic sea ice melt phase in press release
By Fritz Vahrenholt and Sebastian Lüning, Translated/edited by P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Dec 21, 2014
Germany’s Environment Minister Declares Energiewende “Mission Accomplished” In Stunning CNN Propaganda Op-Ed
By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Dec 26, 2014
WH science adviser: Obama is a ‘science geek’
By Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill, Dec 22, 2014
Communicating Better to the Public – Use Propaganda on Children
FACT SHEET: Lifting America’s Game in Climate Education, Literacy, and Training
June 2014, Remarks at the University of California-Irvine Commencement Ceremony
By Staff, The White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Dec 3, 2014
“If you believe, like I do, that something has to be done on this, then you’re going to have to speak out. You’re going to have to learn more about these issues… You’ve got to educate your classmates, and colleagues, and family members and fellow citizens, and tell them what’s at stake.” — President Obama, June, 2014
The inculcation of final-form climate science
By Anthony J. Sadar, American Thinker, Dec 22, 2014
The economics of the madhouse
The Children’s Coalition’s insane war on natural gas
By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley, WUWT, Dec 22, 2014
Expanding the Orthodoxy
A salvo of silliness
By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Dec 29, 2014
Catholicism and Environmentalism
Catholics with an interest in the environment should attempt to separate legitimate science from ideological noise and organizational self-interest
By Thomas Doran, Catholic World Report, Dec 29, 2014
What Can a Popular Pope Do About Climate Change?
By Nicholas St. Fleur, The Atlantic, Dec 29, 2014 [H/t Clyde Spencer]
Questioning European Green
Almost Half of Households Struggle with Winter Fuel Bills According to Utilita Energy
By Rebecca Jackson, 24dash.com, Dec 22, 2014 [H/t GWPF]
Forget your gas cooker – we’re headed for ‘zero carbon’ Britain
How many people realise what the government is up to with its energy policy, asks Christopher Booker.
By Christopher Booker, The Telegraph, UK, Dec 20, 2014
Economy Hits Cruising Speed, Thanks To Fracking
Editorial, IBD, Dec 23, 2014
New challenges for ocean acidification research
By Staff Writers, Kiel, Germany (SPX), Jan 02, 2015
The Supreme Court’s Hidden Climate Agenda
By Brian H. Potts and David R. Zoppo, The Energy Collective, Dec 29, 2014 [H/t Cooler Heads]
Cap-and-Trade and Carbon Taxes
Australia Rejects Job-Killing Carbon Tax
Editorial, IBD, Dec 22, 2014
Carbon tax cost $5310 a ton. $15 billion to abate almost nothing and cool the world by even less.
By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Jan 1, 2015
The Carbon Tax Has Something for Everyone
It would help the economy and reduce pollution.
By Irwin Stelzer, National Review Online, Dec 29, 2014 [H/t Climate Etc.]
[SEPP Comment: Starts with a propaganda photo of smoke-stacks emitting steam, appearing to be darkening the sky. The logic continues from there.]
EPA and other Regulators on the March
EPA schedules 3 hearings on ozone rule
By Timothy Cama, The Hill, Dec 23, 2014
Federal regulators say “Bah, Humbug!” to Christmas lights
By Ernest Istook, Washington Times, Dec 24, 2014 [H/t Climate Depot]
Major & Obscure Regulations We’re Watching in 2015
By William Yeatman, Global Warming.org, Dec 31, 2015
Energy Issues – Non-US
Did The Saudis And The US Collude In Dropping Oil Prices?
By Andrew Topf of Oilprice.com
Washington DC (SPX) Jan 02, 2015
[SEPP Comment: If there was recent collusion between the US and Saudi governments, then the US administration brilliantly covered it up or demonstrated incompetence. Production on US government-controlled lands and waters fell while total US production increased significantly.]
U.S. Easing of Oil Exports Challenges OPEC’s Strategy
By Heesu Lee, Bloomberg, Dec 31, 2014 [H/t GWPF]
Oil and Dictators
By Alvaro Vargas Llosa, The Beacon, Dec 19, 2014
Israel’s Gas Dream – The End Is Nigh
By Gal Luft, Middle East Forum, Dec 23, 2014
Energy Issues — US
Natural Gas Overwhelmingly Replacing Coal, Says Report
By Thomas Overton, Power, Dec 22, 2014
Link to report: Natural Gas Overwhelmingly Replaces Coal
New Analysis of US Regional Power Generation Between 2007 and 2013
By Trembath, Shellenberger, Nordhaus, and Swain, Breakthrough Institute, Dec 15, 2014
Free Market Fuels the American Dream
By Larry Bell, Newsmax, Dec 29, 2014
Oil trains, pipelines and tanker ships
By William Shughart, The Hill, Dec 10, 2014
Obama’s Greenhouse of Cards: Reflections for the New Year on Carbon Capture, the Clean Power Plan, and the COP 21 Climate Negotiations
By Marlo Lewis, Global Warming.org, Dec 30, 2014
How the Left Wants to Eradicate Planes, Trains and Automobiles by Shutting Off Their Financial Fuel
By Ron Arnold, Daily Signal, Jan 2, 2015 [H/t Cooler Heads]
Washington’s Control of Energy
If Obama Wants More Solar Energy, Why Is He Making It So Expensive?
By Bryan Riley, The Daily Signal, Dec 20, 2014
Keystone XL set for January hearing
By Zack Colman, Washington Examiner, Dec 30, 2014
White House’s Mindless Energy Rules Could Trip Up Economy
By Stephen Moore, IBD, Jan 2, 2015
Oil and Natural Gas – the Future or the Past?
New York Fracking Ban Contrary To State’s Energy Future
By James Conca, Forbes, Dec 27, 2014 [H/t ASCH]
“Peak Oil Has Arrived:” Paul Krugman on Mineral Scarcity (2010 prediction from Dr. Errant)
By Robert Bradley, Master Resource, Dec 22, 2014
The revolution is now — and it’s black and greasy
By Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Hindustan Times, Dec 23, 2014 [H/t GWPF]
Why Cuomo’s Fracking Ban Won’t Matter Much
It will hurt upstate New York but won’t slow down the nationwide shale revolution.
By Robert Bryce. National Review Online, Dec 19, 2014 [H/t Timothy Wise]
Return of King Coal?
Global demand for coal over the next five years will continue marching higher
By Staff Writers, Balkans News, Dec 23, 2014 [H/t GPWF]
Nuclear Energy and Fears
China experimental fast reactor runs at full capacity
By Staff Writers, Beijing (XNA), Dec 23, 2014
NRC: DOE Does Not Meet Land Ownership, Water Rights Requirements for Yucca Mountain Site
By Sonal Patel, Power, Dec 18, 2014
[SEPP Comment: Did DOE falsely represent ownership to nuclear-power plant owners?]
Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down for the Last Time
By Aaron Larson, Power, Dec 29, 2014
Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Solar and Wind
Renewables Comprise Majority Of New Generation For November, Year
By NAW Staff, NA Wind Power, Dec 24, 2014 [H/t Toshio Fujita]
Wind energy and solar power combined provided more than 70% of the 873 MW of new U.S. electrical generating capacity placed into service in November, according to the latest report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects.
[SEPP Comment: Yet, as discussed in the report by the Breakthrough Institute, there is little new generation.]
Are Farmers Being Mislead?
By Donn Dears, Power For USA, Dec 26, 2014
Fuel prices going up as greenhouse regulations hit gas, diesel fuels
By Josh Richman, San Jose Mercury News, Dec 29, 2014 [H/t WUWT]
Health, Energy, and Climate
Junk study by Harvard School of Public Health tries to link pollution and autism: fails miserably
By Staff Writers, ACSH, Dec 19, 2014
Link to paper: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Particulate Matter Air Pollution before, during and after Pregnancy
By Raz, et al. Environmental Health Perspectives, Dec 2014
Oral Argument 2: EPA on “Fraud” Allegations
By Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, Jan 1, 2015
One of Carvin’s Gaffes
By Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, Jan 2, 2015
Other Scientific News
The Top 10 Retractions of 2014
A look at this year’s most memorable retractions
By Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky, The Scientist, Dec 23, 2014 [H/t Catherine French]
Despite posited ‘threats of extinctions caused by global warming’, 221 new species described by the California Academy of Sciences in 2014
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Dec 29, 2014
Nature admits peer review filters out controversial “champion” papers
By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Dec 24, 2014
Sun sizzles in high-energy X-rays
NuSTAR, a space telescope designed to look at the farthest reaches of the universe, has been cleared to begin capturing data from our star.
By Staff Writers, NASA/JPL, Dec 26, 2014 [H/t Toshio Fujita]
Other News that May Be of Interest
My Year-End Forecast: There Is No Future For Prediction
The US should close down its energy supply-and-demand forecasting department. We should do the same with our own “experts” at the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
By Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times, Via GWPF, Dec 21, 2014
BELOW THE BOTTOM LINE:
Climate Craziness of the Week – AGW could trigger plants and soil in tipping point attack
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Dec 27, 2014
Green Weenie of the Year: Andrew Cuomo
By Steven Hayward, Power Line, Dec 24, 2014
Tepid coffee anyone? Europe rules percolators must shut off after five minutes
New European laws aimed at saving energy mean that some coffee machines must power down after five minutes
By Sarah Knapton, Telegraph, UK, Jan 1, 2015 [H/t Climate Depot]