Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #162

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




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


Climate Sensitivity

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


Model Issues

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.]

Measurement Issues

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


Changing Weather

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.”]

Changing Climate

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


Changing Seas

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]


Changing Earth

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.]

Acidic Waters

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.]

Lowering Standards

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


Non-Green Jobs

Economy Hits Cruising Speed, Thanks To Fracking

Editorial, IBD, Dec 23, 2014


Funding Issues

New challenges for ocean acidification research

By Staff Writers, Kiel, Germany (SPX), Jan 02, 2015


Litigation Issues

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


California Dreaming

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


Oh Mann!

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

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January 4, 2015 11:16 pm

These are the same people that like to marginalize dissent. The same dangerous cadre of social scientists that have brought us Health Care Reform, Immigration Reform the Carbon Footprint dogma. With so many pet projects at one time, they effectively cook the books without reading the recipes.
As a Meteorologist since 1980, I have had the opportunity to see what this is really all about. It is a shopping spree of Over-regulation for the purpose of taxation. An idea that I avoid is the rhetoric like the term ‘deniers.’ Too many get their information from an email from Harry Reed and scientists who agree with the Emperor and his ersatz clothing.

Reply to  Foghorn The IKonoclast
January 5, 2015 3:32 am

In politics marginalizing dissent is a dirty but common tactic, that this tactic infected areas of scientific research is what we should be alarmed about, not the climate.

January 5, 2015 12:34 am

maybe it is true ?? – nevertheless, I would prefer Nikolas Tesla system – independant –

January 5, 2015 3:28 am

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.

Well not only are they Gypsy fortune tellers predicting the future with almost 100% certainty, apparently they are also mind readers readers. You can see the fortune tellers/mind readers in person the next time a carnival comes to your town.

Supply and demand seem to be elusive concepts

Not really. More like supply and demand concepts as well as common sense for that matter become irrelevant when either additional tax revenue and/or votes from political supporters are needed.
Governments use taxes to “fix problems” by modifying behavior. Cigarette and Liquor taxes the most obvious, which mostly exacerbated cigarette and alcohol abuse in low income demographics since those taxes helped ensure their poverty. Often politicians will make up imaginary problems in order to come up with a tax. Tellingly, the tax is not used to “fix” the original problem but instead goes into a central pool and becomes discretionary spending. Climate change is the most egregious example of an imaginary problem used to create a new tax which of course will fix nothing and probably hurt lower and middle income workers. It also is used to reward wealthy supporters by modifying behavior that gives those political supporters advantage in the market place. The free market place is not free, you have to pay for it. And the most difficult problem to be fixed is the government itself.

Bubba Cow
Reply to  Alx
January 5, 2015 8:19 am

well-said and here come carbon taxes in Vermont

Greg Woods
January 5, 2015 3:35 am

‘The officers and directors of SEPP look forward to serving you far into the future.’
I sincerely hope that won’t be necessary, but maybe I am being overly optimistic.

Bubba Cow
Reply to  Greg Woods
January 5, 2015 8:29 am

Venturing way out into Sci Fi, I’m certain we do not know enough to go about terraforming, but I am equally certain that with means and opportunity, we’d just plain do it. Somewhere.
I think we’ll need SEPP and all our discussions pretty much forever (don’t imagine we’ll make it there).
On the bright side, we could then have “experimental climate science”.

Ralph Kramden
January 5, 2015 7:59 am

A tidbit of information from the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma had the fewest number of tornadoes in 2014 since records began.

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