Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #195

The Week That Was: 2015-09-05 (September 5, 2015) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project

THIS WEEK:

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

Divergence and the EPA: The August 28 TWTW discussed three forms of increasing divergence: 1) the surface temperatures record as reported by US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the atmospheric record; 2) the divergence between the global climate models and the atmospheric record; and 3) the divergence between what is being reported and discussed by the Climate Establishment and what is occurring in Nature.

Several readers inquired how do these forms of divergence impact on the US EPA’s Endangerment Finding (EF)? The EF is the EPA ruling that human emissions of greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide (CO2), endanger human health and welfare. The ruling is critical to the Administration’s plan to regulate CO2 emissions from power plants, making the American public more dependent on unreliable and expensive solar and wind. As being witnessed in Europe, those countries with the greatest expenditures, “investments”, in solar and wind have the highest electricity costs to consumers, led by Demark and Germany.

As explained below, these forms of divergence weaken the already empirically weak evidence offered by the EPA for its endangerment finding. The weakening of evidence is particularly true for the non-existent “hotspot,” which the EPA erroneously claims is the distinct human fingerprint for CO2-caused global warming. [Note: since other greenhouse gases can be measured and regulated separately from CO2, and since CO2 cannot be separated, on a commercial scale, from emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants, CO2 is the focus below.]

The hotspot is a pronounced warming centered over the tropics at an altitude of about 33,000 feet (10,000 meters). This region should show a greater rate of warming (warming trend) than the surface, but not higher temperatures. [In the lower atmosphere, temperatures decrease as altitude increases.] The issue is not the science of the hotspot, but its very existence. Where is it, can it be measured.

As discussed by Fred Singer in American Thinker in 2013 and 2014, in its Second Assessment Report (AR2-1996) the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) declared that a hotspot existed, without producing evidence of it. Subsequently, IPCC lead author Ben Santer of the USA, had a study published that showed the hotspot, but the researchers truncated the time series data, removed the 5 years beginning the period covered by observations and the 8 years ending the period. The removed data bring into question the existence of the hotspot. Santer also was a lead author of the 2006 report of the US Climate Change Science Project (US CCSP, now the US GCRP), which showed a hotspot in the models, but produced no physical evidence of its existence.

In its Endangerment Finding, the EPA produced no physical evidence of the existence of the hotspot. Further, with the divergence of atmospheric data from the surface data, which has been inflated to show a greater warming trend than before, it is doubtful if anyone can show the existence of a pronounced hotspot.

During the earlier litigation over EPA’s endangerment finding, the Chief Justice of the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the court of relevant jurisdiction, made it clear he would not tolerate any questioning of the EPA science. In general, the full court and the Supreme Court had a similar view.

However, the issue is not the scientific interpretation of a phenomena, but its very existence. The question is not the cause, but is it there? If the Federal Courts will not review if a pronounced warming trend exists, is there any physical evidence they will review? See links under Challenging the Orthodoxy.

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Quote of the Week: Reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled. Richard Feynman

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Number of the Week: 54%

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Please Note: Due to schedule conflicts, next week’s TWTW will be shorter than usual

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Mann’s Nature Trick: During Climategate, the removal of data that conflicted with hockey-stick, which purported to show dramatic temperature increases during the 20th century, became known as Michael Mann’s Nature Trick – after the journal, Nature, which published Mr. Mann’s article. The removed data showed a decline in recent temperatures in one of the proxy datasets used. The hockey-stick was featured in the Third Assessment Report (AR3-2001). Thus, we have two successive IPCC reports that have glaring problems, which have not been adequately addressed by the Climate Establishment. See links under Challenging the Orthodoxy.

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The Show: The United States is currently the chair of the Arctic Council, a group of the eight countries bordering the Arctic (Canada, United States, Denmark (Greenland), Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia.). The Council also has a dozen countries with permanent observer status, including China, India, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore.

On August 30 & 31, at the request of the US, officials of these countries attended a meeting titled Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement, and Resilience (GLACIER). President Obama used the conference to promote his perceived need for swift action on climate change. China and India refused to sign a non-binding agreement to aggressively address climate change at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP-21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11. Reports of whether or not Russia signed are conflicting. According to a report in The Diplomat, the inability of the President to have total support for a non-binding agreement may indicate difficulties at COP-21.

The President also used event to publicize his interpretation of global warming/climate change. One photo opportunity was the melting of ice in Glacier Bay, where ice has been melting since about 1750. The melting began before the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and major use of fossil fuels, which many blame to be the cause of global warming/climate change. As Patrick Moore, a Greenpeace co-founder, points out, the ice in Glacier Bay has been retreating and advancing for centuries. According oral tradition of the native “Huna Tlingit people, it is said that the glacier has advanced and retreated a number of times during their occupation of the area. Each time the glacier advanced they would move to the village of Hoonah in Icy Strait outside Glacier Bay. When the glacier retreated, many of them would move back into the bay. These multiple migrations were certainly caused by climate change, but it had nothing to do with human activity.”

Such photo opportunities may impress Mr Obama’s entourage of journalists, however they seem to have a diminishing impact on the American public as explained on the web site Fabius Maximus when discussing the fictitious 97% consensus on climate change and controversies regarding it. The author states: “Summary: This vignette illustrates important aspects of the climate change debate, and why it has failed to gain sufficient support from Americans to pass large-scale public policy measures. For two decades journalists and scientists have cooperated to produce political propaganda, exaggerating and misrepresenting the work of the IPCC. Their failure should inspire us, showing a resistance to manipulation greater than many people expected (it surprises me).”

The photo opportunities can be classified as propaganda. Edward Bernays, who helped sell World War I to Americans as necessary to keep the world safe for democracy, praised propaganda as needed to organize the habits and opinions of the masses. It is becoming evident that this target audience is journalists. See Article # 1 and links under Problems in the Orthodoxy, and Communicating Better to the Public – Use Propaganda.

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The Sun: European Physics News published an article by Henrik Svensmark, a co-founder of the hypothesis that cosmic rays, modulated by the sun, influences the climate on earth. In concluding the article, Svensmark asserts a consistency exists between, variations in cosmic ray flux and climate that warrants additional research.

Willie Soon, a target of those in Congress who organized a witch hunt, was a co-author of another article evaluating the role of solar variability on temperature trends in the Northern Hemisphere. Further, Climate Etc. links to a Russian article that uses data from deep boreholes to establish Earth’s surface temperatures for the past 1,000 years. The article suggests that, about 500 years ago, temperatures began rising from the Little Ice Age, not 150 years ago as usually assumed. That 1000 years ago it was warmer than today and the driving factor is natural, solar activity, not humans.

These studies contest the assertions by some in the climate establishment who consider the role of the sun to be trivial, and those who assert that recent warming must be from CO2 because they cannot think of anything else that would drive it. See links under Science: Is the Sun Rising?

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Social Cost of Carbon: Nicholas Stern, of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, created a study on the economics of climate change that has had a significant impact on politics in the US and in the UK. The Stern review asserts that the benefits of strong, early action outweigh the costs of climate change. Among other tricks, it uses an average discount rate below 1.5%. Most politicians would be lost when such tricks are explained. In effect, a low discount rate inflates the apparent value of actions today, as compared with taking actions in the future. The US Government Accountability Office recommends a discount rate of 7%. A discount rate of 1.5% would be justified if the economy was in a depression.

Ruth Dixon of the University of Oxford wrote a review of Mr. Stern’s latest book. Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change. She quotes Stern as writing: ‘[t]o be effective, some economists and scientists may have to become directly involved in the processes of practical decision-making and advice. It is, of course, a challenge to do this and retain some objectivity, but the alternatives may be irrelevance or gross misuse of the work.’”

Some readers may recognize the argument as similar to the false dilemma presented by Stephen Schneider, which can be called the Schneider syndrome. By invoking it, Stern is essentially stating he knowingly misled the public as to the future cost of climate change in order to achieve the goal of actions today. See links under Lowering Standards.

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NASA – Sea Level Rise: Last week TWTW linked to a press release by the NASA Sea Level Change Team announcing a dramatic rise in sea levels. A recent search of the internet failed to locate a study substantiating a dramatic rise. Other than the press release, TWTW located a report stating, in effect, sea level rise is dependent upon location – it may be rising faster than a world-wide average in some locations or even falling in other locations. There is nothing new here, and the importance of the location has been emphasized many times, including in the NIPCC Reports. Could the press release be in honor of the President’s show in Alaska? See links under Changing Seas

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Number of the Week: 54% According to statistics compiled US Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agriculture Service, from the period 1986-89 to 2013-15 the world-wide average yield for wheat and coarse grains (essentially cereals except rice) grew from about 2.4 metric tons per hectare to about 3.7 metric tons per hectare, or about 54%. If this is the result of climate change, it is bountiful. So much for the US Global Change Research Program and other entities that predict starvation and death from climate change, and entities such as the US Department of Defense that predict mass refugees and conflicts due to starvation from climate change.

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ARTICLES:

Please note that articles not linked easily or summarized here are reproduced in the Articles Section of the full TWTW that can be found on the web site under the date of the TWTW.

1. Obama’s Half-Baked Alaska

Yes, the glacier of Glacier Bay is receding—as it has from time to time for centuries.

By Patrick Moore, WSJ, Sep 3, 2015

http://www.wsj.com/articles/obamas-half-baked-alaska-1441321015

SUMMARY: As stated above, the co-founder of Greenpeace states that the President ignored the oral traditions of the Huna Tlingit people on their movement in and out of Glacier Bay as the ice retreated and advanced.

Moore writes: “The fashionable tendency to blame every change in climate and every extreme-weather event on human emissions is doing a grave disservice to the scientific tradition. We know that the climate has been changing for millions of years due to a multitude of perfectly natural factors. There is no reason to believe that those factors have suddenly disappeared and [that] now humans are the all-powerful shapers of global climate destiny. Yet this entirely unproven hypothesis of catastrophe is compelling to those who would control our beliefs.

 

“Politicians want us to believe they are saving us from ruin; religious leaders want to reinforce original sin and the need for repentance; some business leaders want us to subsidize their expensive “green” technologies; and the climate activists want their money-machine to keep on giving.

 

“This powerful convergence of interests ignores the fact that carbon dioxide is essential for all life on Earth, that plants could use a lot more of it, and that the real threat is a cooling of the climate, not the slight warming that has occurred over the past 300 years.”

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2. Big Solar’s Subsidy Bubble

Companies cash in on tax credits and ‘net-metering’ schemes.

Editorial, WSJ, Aug 30, 3015

http://www.wsj.com/articles/big-solars-subsidy-bubble-1440975764

SUMMARY: The author writes: “The Department of Energy’s Inspector General revealed last week that the legendary solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra—a poster baby of the Obama stimulus—lied to the feds to get a $535 million loan guarantee before going bust in 2011. Solyndra is a cautionary tale, but the Obama Administration is still throwing caution to the sun.”

Following a four year investigation: All evidence suggests that DOE was a willing victim. The IG notes that DOE loan officers felt “tremendous pressure” from the White House and Congress to rush through loan-guarantee applications. In their haste DOE officials failed “to ask specific questions, and require specific assurances” and overlooked major red flags.

“The larger problem is that the White House is more concerned with boosting the politically favored solar industry than protecting taxpayer dollars. More troubling, the solar industry may be growing too big to fail, and the Administration is assisting another taxpayer solar scam.”

“Solar installations increased 30% last year thanks partly to cheaper photovoltaic panels, but also a rush to cash in on the 30% federal investment tax credit that expires next year. The largest tax credit beneficiaries are big businesses like Wal-Mart and Google, solar-leasing companies and their investors. The financiers of SolarCity, which installs and leases rooftop panels, include Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and J.P. Morgan Chase —the guys Mr. Obama loves to hate.

 

“As the President dryly remarked, these businesses are “not doing this just out of altruism.” The real reason: Solar leases are a high-yield political investment.

“Here’s how this dubious business works. Solar-leasing companies install rooftop systems (which often cost tens of thousands of dollars) at no upfront consumer cost. Homeowners rent the panels for 20 years at rates that typically escalate over time but are initially cheaper than power from the grid. Investors get to pocket the myriad state and federal subsidies while homeowners are promised hundreds of dollars annually in savings on their electric bills.

 

“Sounds fantastic. The catch is that the teaser rates could shoot up if government subsidies are scaled back.”

 

“Maybe the biggest risk to solar profits is that many states are considering revising their net-metering policies, which are a key profit driver for the solar industry. These policies require utilities to purchase extra energy generated by residential and commercial solar installations—above and beyond what is used on their premises—at the retail power rate. This is often twice the wholesale price.

 

“The reason for the disparity is that the retail rate includes transmission, delivery and grid maintenance costs. Solar customers who depend on the grid to obtain power at night and sell their excess generation during the day skirt these costs. In doing so, they shift the costs of supporting the grid to other customers who must then pay more.”

“The solar industry’s top lobbyist Bryan Miller—who was the Department of Energy’s senior counsel while Solyndra was cashing in—threatened thousands of job cuts if the current net-metering rates weren’t extended. Vivint Solar, the U.S.’s second biggest panel installer, suspended operations in the state. All of this shows how dependent companies are on the regulatory subsidy.”

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3, The EPA’s Next Big Economic Chokehold

Lowering ozone—from cars, trucks, factories and power plants—in the name of an imaginary health benefit.

By Tony Cox, WSJ, Sep 1, 2015

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-epas-next-big-economic-chokehold-1441149571

SUMMARY: The author writes: “This fall the Environmental Protection Agency plans to take its next grand regulatory step, following the announcement of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan over the summer. The agency is likely to introduce stringent new standards for ground-level ozone, arguing that a lower allowable level of ozone—an important component of smog—will reduce asthma in the U.S., among other claimed health benefits. Yet the EPA ignores decades of data and studies, some under the agency’s auspices, that reveal no detectable causal relation between past reductions in ozone and better public health, including reductions in asthma cases.

 

“The new regulation may be the most expensive ever for the U.S. economy—even worse than the Clean Power Plan’s effect on coal-fired power plants. Some studies, such as one published in August by National Economic Research Associates, estimate implementation costs of hundreds of billions of dollars a year in the short run, and trillions of dollars over the next two decades, as well as millions of lost jobs. Why would it be so costly? Because attacking ozone involves almost every facet of the economy—as the EPA notes, “automobiles, trucks, buses, factories, power plants” and “consumer products” all contribute to ground-level ozone.

 

“So it is important to be clear about what health benefits, if any, such costly reductions in ambient, or surrounding, ozone levels are known to cause.

 

“No one disputes that while average levels of ozone have fallen significantly across the nation since 2000, the number of asthma sufferers has increased. Yet advocacy and lobbying groups such as the Natural Resources Defense Council and the American Lung Association claim that cutting ozone in the future will reduce asthma. The Obama White House blames increasing numbers of asthma patients on climate change.

 

“The National Institutes of Health lists neither climate change nor ozone as a cause of asthma. It notes that the exact causes are unknown, with excessive hygiene in childhood (and resulting underdeveloped immune systems) being investigated as a hypothesis. Assertions that ambient ozone causes asthma have been criticized by many state air-quality regulators, including those in Texas, Ohio, Indiana and South Dakota.

 

“Undaunted, the EPA forges on.”

 

“Fortunately, there is abundant historical data on ozone levels and asthma levels in U.S. cities and counties over the past 20 years, many of which have made great strides in reducing ambient levels of ozone by complying with existing regulations. It is easy to check whether adverse outcomes, from mortality rates to asthma rates, have decreased more where ozone levels have been reduced more. They have not. Even relatively large reductions in ozone, by 20% or more, have not been found to cause detectable reductions in deaths and illnesses from cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses, contrary to the EPA’s model-based predictions.

 

“How the EPA and society proceed when confronted with a divergence between optimistic model-based predictions and practical reality will say much about what role, if any, we collectively want science and objective analysis to play in shaping crucial environmental and public-health regulations.

 

“The cynical use of asthma patients to promote a pro-regulation political agenda that won’t actually help them undermines the credibility of regulatory science and damages the public interest.

 

“Mr. Cox is the editor in chief of the peer-reviewed journal Risk Analysis and on the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Public Health. His Denver-based company, Cox Associates, develops and applies causal analyses for improving health outcomes.”

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NEWS YOU CAN USE:

Science: Is the Sun Rising?

Cosmic Rays, Clouds and Climate

Henrik Svensmark, National Space Institute Technical University of Denmark, No Date (2015) [H/t Climate Etc.]

http://www.europhysicsnews.org/articles/epn/pdf/2015/02/epn2015462p26.pdf

Reconstruction of the Earth’s surface temperature based on data of deep boreholes, global warming in the last millennium, and long-term solar cyclicity. Part 2. Experimental data analysis

By V. A. Dergachev, O. M. Raspopov, Geomagnetism and Aeronomy, Jun 2010 [H/t Climate Etc.]

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1134%2FS001679321003014X

Re-evaluating the role of solar variability on Northern Hemisphere temperature trends since the 19th century

By Willie Soon, Ronan Connolly, and Michael Connolly, Earth-Science Reviews, Sep 1, 2015 [H/t Climate Etc.]

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0012825215300349

Climategate Continued

The Ocean2K “Hockey Stick”

By Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, Sep 4, 2015

http://climateaudit.org/2015/09/04/the-ocean2k-hockey-stick/#more-21349

“In making this criticism, I am influenced by my knowledge of the mining business, where promoters are strongly tempted to delay bad drilling results of a program in progress in the hopes that the program gets salvaged by a later hole. For investors and speculators, delayed publication of exploration results are generally a sign of bad results.”

[SEPP Comment: Addressing research behind headlines such as “1,800 years of global ocean cooling halted by global warming”]

 

The Enronization of Climate Science Revisited

By Robert Bradley, Jr. Master Resource, Sep 3, 2015

https://www.masterresource.org/climategate/enronization-climate-science-mcintyre-bradley/

“The stories in Eichenwald’s book [on Enron] about [Andy] Fastow’s rage reminded me of [Michael] Mann’s rage – often exemplified in public, but now placed further into context by the Climategate letters.” “The comparison with Enron may also be helpful in placing Climategate into context.” – Steve McIntyre, February 2010

Challenging the Orthodoxy

IPCC ‘s Bogus Evidence for Global Warming

By S. Fred Singer, American Thinker, Nov 12, 2013

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2013/11/ipcc_s_bogus_evidence_for_global_warming.html

 

Climate Science Does Not Support IPCC Conclusions

By S. Fred Singer. American Thinker, Aug 15, 2014

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2014/08/climate_science_does_not_support_ipcc_conclusions.html

 

The Lancet Commissions: Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health

By D Weston Allen, Australian Climate Skeptics, Sep 3, 2015

http://theclimatescepticsparty.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/the-lancet-commissions-health-and.html#more

[SEPP Comment: The author is a full-time general practitioner in Australia. The report by the Lancet Commission found dire consequences of climate change. It is significantly different than an article published in Lancet, about the same time, which found that cold weather kills about 17 times more people than hot weather. The executive summary of the former stated: “The direct effects of climate change include increased heat stress, floods, drought, and increased frequency of intense storms, with the indirect threatening population health through adverse changes in air pollution, the spread of disease vectors, food insecurity and under-nutrition, displacement, and mental ill health.” Boldface added.]

The Pause lengthens yet again

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley, WUWT, Sep 4, 2015

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/09/04/the-pause-lengthens-yet-again/

[SEPP Comment: There may be disagreement with the manner in which the temperature data is presented and its length, but not in the importance of no significant rise in temperatures.]

IPCC Confirmed Troposphere Should Warm Faster In 2007 Report

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, Aug 31, 2015

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/ipcc-confirmed-troposphere-should-warm-faster-in-2007-report/

Defending the Orthodoxy

No-one untouched

By Staff Writers, Climate Change Predictions.org, Sep 1, 2015

http://climatechangepredictions.org/uncategorized/3812

“The [IPCC WG II] report said that violent conflicts, food shortages and serious infrastructure damage were also predicted to become more widespread over the coming years.” Daily Mail, Mar 31, 2014 [Boldface added]

Climate Change Means One World’s Death and Another’s Birth

By Lizzie Wade, Wired, Sep 1, 2015

http://www.wired.com/2015/09/climate-change-means-one-worlds-death-anothers-birth/

Questioning the Orthodoxy

A New View on Climate Change

By Climate Study Group, AU, April 2015

http://www.ipa.org.au/portal/uploads/BehaviouralEconomics.pdf

Climate Alarm Industry Is Scientifically Bankrupt

By Larry Bell, Newsmax, Aug 31, 2015

http://www.newsmax.com/LarryBell/Climate-Change-Global-Warming-Media-Bias/2015/08/31/id/672766/

Climate issues we need to address

Guest essay by Paul Driessen, WUWT, Aug 30, 2015

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/08/30/climate-issues-we-need-to-address/

NOAA Data Show Outgoing Long Wave Infrared Radiation Higher This Decade – Planet Cools Slightly!

By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, From Robin Pittwood, Sep 2, 2015

http://notrickszone.com/2015/09/02/noaa-data-show-outgoing-long-wave-infrared-radiation-higher-this-decade-as-planet-cools-slightly/#sthash.wXV6H834.dpbs

Tracking polar bears – two S. Beaufort bears spent August 2015 on ice that doesn’t exist

By Susan Crockford, Polar Bear Science, Sep 2, 2015

http://polarbearscience.com/2015/09/02/tracking-polar-bears-two-s-beaufort-bears-spent-august-2015-on-ice-that-doesnt-exist/#more-68139

[SEPP Comment: In proclaiming warming of the Arctic, did Mr. Obama’s followers realize this?]

When is Climate Change Science not a science?

By Bob Brinsmead, Australian Climate Skeptics, Sep 3, 2015

http://theclimatescepticsparty.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/when-is-climate-change-science-not.html

“# 10. When it becomes dependent on Government support and fails to maintain a prudent separation of Science and State.”

The China – US Agreement?

China passes new pollution law, sets sights on coal consumption cap

By David Stanway and Kathy Chen, Reuters, Aug 29, 2015

http://news.yahoo.com/china-passes-pollution-law-sets-sights-coal-consumption-093009048.html

On to Paris!

Countdown to Paris

By Martin Livermore, The Scientific Alliance, Sep 4, 2015

http://scientific-alliance.org/node/950

“The danger is that the pressure for a deal means negotiators use ‘facts’ such as the anecdotal increase in extreme weather, the projected consequences of future temperature rise from deeply flawed global climate models and misleading statistics about the rise in insured losses due to weather damage. The global community is likely to regret an agreement which is costly, inefficient and ineffective. It’s time to step back and look at the bigger picture.”

[SEPP Comment: Examining the possible negotiating positions of three separate groups of participants.]

PM Modi urges ‘climate justice’ ahead of Paris meet

By Staff Writers, Times of India, Sep 3, 2015

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/PM-Modi-urges-climate-justice-ahead-of-Paris-meet/articleshow/48792466.cms?from=mdr

What’s On the Table at Bonn Climate Talks?

By David Waskow, World Resources Institute, Aug 27, 2015 [H/t GWPF]

http://www.wri.org/blog/2015/08/what%E2%80%99s-table-bonn-climate-talks

An emergency meeting for 40 world leaders to do climate deals? The real “Paris” negotiation?

By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Sep 1, 2015

http://joannenova.com.au/2015/09/an-emergency-meeting-for-40-world-leaders-to-do-climate-deals-the-real-paris-negotiation/#more-44277

[SEPP Comment: See link immediately above.]

Climate negotiators ‘frustrated’ over snail’s pace

By Staff Writers, AFP, No Date

http://www.businessinsider.com/afp-climate-negotiators-frustrated-over-snails-pace-2015-9?IR=T

The Administration’s Plan

EPA climate rule could take two more months to become official

By Timothy Cama, The Hill, Aug 31, 2015

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/252374-epa-climate-rule-could-take-2-months-for-formal-publication

[SEPP Comment: Is it delaying publication in the Federal Register to delay litigation?]

The Administration’s Plan – Independent Analysis

Skyrocketing Electric Rates Version 2.0: The Major Problem

By Alan Carlin, Carlin Economics and Science, Sep 3, 2015

http://www.carlineconomics.com/archives/2125

Even if you buy the science, the policy still fails

By Ross McKitrick, The Hill, Aug 27, 2015

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/energy-environment/252004-even-if-you-buy-the-science-the-policy-still-fails

The Administration’s Plan – Push-Back

Clean Power Plan: Acid Rain Part 2?

By Ross McKitrick, Real Clear Energy, Aug 26, 2015

http://www.realclearpolicy.com/blog/2015/08/26/clean_power_plan_acid_rain_part_2_1400.html

“It is wishful thinking to suppose that warnings about the costs of cutting CO2 emissions can be ignored, always and everywhere, just because some early estimates of SO2 control costs were too high, over some intervals.”

[SEPP Comment: More EPA folly – equating the administration’s power plan with sulfur dioxide reduction. McKitrick discusses that the options available for SO2 reduction are not available for CO2 reduction.]

EPA’s clean power fraud

The agency’s plan will do little good and much damage

By Paul Driessen, Washington Times, Aug 31, 2015

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/aug/31/paul-driessen-epas-clean-power-fraud/

The Administration’s Junket – Arctic

U.S. Gets Frozen Out of the Arctic

By James Loy, Bloomberg, Aug 31, 2015

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-08-31/u-s-gets-frozen-out-of-the-arctic

Amid Military Monsters, Obama Chases Junk-Science Chimera

Editorial, IBD, Sep 3, 2015

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/090315-769632-encircled-by-genuine-military-monsters-president-obama-chases-junk-science-chimera.htm?p=full

Climate Change Stars In Obama’s Alaska Theater Of The Absurd

Editorial, IBD, Sep 2, 23015 [H/t Timothy Wise]

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/090215-769402-obama-highlights-climate-change-at-alaska-glacier.htm

Obama Is Ignoring the Science on Climate Change

Katie Tubb, Daily Signal, Sep 1, 2015

http://dailysignal.com/2015/09/01/obama-is-ignoring-the-science-on-climate-change/?utm_source=heritagefoundation&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=morningbell&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRohvqjIZKXonjHpfsX66O0pUKOylMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4ATMtnN6%2BTFAwTG5toziV8R7jHKM1t0sEQWBHm

Obama Fixates On Climate, Ignores Faltering Economy

Editorial, IBD, Aug 31, 2015 [H/t Timothy Wise]

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/083115-768969-while-economy-falters-obama-goes-to-alaska-to-talk-climate-change.htm

Obama: Climate change threatens to ‘wipe out’ American towns

By Barbara Boland, Washington Examiner, Aug 29, 2015 [H/t Timothy Wise]

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obama-climate-change-threatens-to-wipe-out-u.s.-towns/article/2571059

Obama Warns of Planet Beyond Repair: ‘Submerged Countries. Abandoned Cities. Fields No Longer Growing’

By Melanie Hunter, CNS News, Sep 1, 2015 [H/t Timothy Wise]

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/melanie-hunter/obama-predicts-planet-beyond-repair-climate-change-speech

Obama: ‘…As We Push Our Economy and the World to Ultimately Transition Off Fossil Fuels’

By Staff Writers, CNS News, Aug 29, 2015

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/cnsnewscom-staff/obama-we-push-our-economy-and-world-ultimately-transition-fossil-fuels

Social Benefits of Carbon

Trillions and Trillions of Trees make that ‘giant sucking sound’ of CO2 from the atmosphere

By P Wilson, WUWT, Sep 3, 2015

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/09/03/trillions-and-trillions-of-trees-make-that-giant-sucking-sound-of-co2-from-the-atmosphere/

Link to paper: Global count reaches 3 trillion trees

Approach combines ground-based surveys with satellite imaging to find higher density than anticipated.

By Rachel Ehrenberg, Nature, Sep 2, 2015

http://www.nature.com/news/global-count-reaches-3-trillion-trees-1.18287

“Around 15 billion trees are cut down each year, the researchers estimate; since the onset of agriculture about 12,000 years ago, the number of trees worldwide has dropped by 46%.”

Problems in the Orthodoxy

Why Did China Opt Out of the Arctic Climate Change Statement?

China’s decision sends a worrying signal that U.S.-China tensions will impact climate change negotiations.

By Shannon Tiezzzi, The Diplomat, Sep 1, 2015 [H/t GWPF]

http://thediplomat.com/2015/09/why-did-china-opt-out-of-the-arctic-climate-change-statement/

India hits out at West over climate change

By Staff Writers, Z News, India, Aug 28, 2015

http://zeenews.india.com/news/eco-news/india-hits-out-at-west-over-climate-change_1664137.html

India’s post-2020 climate plan in disarray

India delays its national climate plan as the world’s third-largest emitter struggles to meet earlier pledges on cutting emissions intensity

By Joydeep Gupta, India Climate Dialogue, Sep 2, 2015 [H/t GWPF]

http://indiaclimatedialogue.net/2015/09/02/indias-post-2020-climate-plan-in-disarray/

Australia, New Zealand defend climate plans, say face high costs

By Alister Doyle, Reuters, Sep 1, 2015 [H/t Clyde Spencer]

http://news.yahoo.com/australia-zealand-defend-climate-plans-face-high-costs-171552361.html

World on track for warming ‘far above’ 2C target: analysts

By Mariette Le Roux, AFP, Sep 2, 2015 [H/t Clyde Spencer]

http://news.yahoo.com/world-track-warming-far-above-2c-target-study-091247064.html

[SEPP Comment: For those who continue to believe the global climate models!]

Seeking a Common Ground

Hurricanes and global warming: 10 years post Katrina

By Judith Curry, Climate Etc. Aug 30, 2015

http://judithcurry.com/2015/08/30/hurricanes-and-global-warming-10-years-post-katrina/

“So . . . another 10 years, what will that bring? Well, this time I won’t predict that this will be sorted out in another 10 years.”

Who Will Suffer Most from Climate Change?

By Bill Gates, Project Syndicate, Sep 1, 2015

http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/farmers-adapt-to-climate-change-by-bill-gates-2015-09

Models v. Observations

Where Is the Top Of The Atmosphere (TOA)?

Guest opinion: Dr. Tim Ball, WUWT, Aug 29, 2015

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/08/29/where-is-the-top-of-the-atmosphere-toa/

Model Issues

Column: Forecasts Have Improved in the 10 Years Since Katrina, And We Hope Messaging Has Too

By Peter Neilley, The Weather Company, Aug 24, 2015

http://www.weather.com/safety/hurricane/news/katrina-hurricane-forecasting-accuracy-peter-neilley

Measurement Issues

Hottest Year? Not According To Satellites

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, Aug 30, 2015

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2015/08/30/hottest-year-not-according-to-satellites/

[SEPP Comment: Shows the close correspondence between UAH calculations and RSS calculations. Note, the zero base is different.]

How fast is the Earth warming?

Guest essay by Sheldon Walker, WUWT, Aug 28, 2015

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/08/28/how-fast-is-the-earth-warming/

Roy Spencer On Satellite v Surface Temperature Data

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, Aug 30, 2015

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2015/08/30/roy-spencer-on-satellite-v-surface-temperature-data/

[SEPP Comment: Worth reviewing now that NOAA, NASA, HadCRUT, and mass journalists are enthralled with recently revised surface temperatures, which are less reliable than before.]

Changing Weather

Obama Longest-Serving President Not to See a Major Hurricane Strike U.S.

By Barbara Hollingsworth, CNS News, Aug 27, 2015 [H/t Timothy Wise]

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/barbara-hollingsworth/obama-longest-serving-president-1850s-without-major-hurricane

Ten years after Katrina: let’s learn from those predictions of more & bigger hurricanes

Guest essay by Larry Kummer., WUWT, Aug 27, 2015

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/08/27/ten-years-after-katrina-lets-learn-from-those-predictions-of-more-bigger-hurricanes/

Another Cold Summer! [UK—That the Met Failed to Predict]

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, Sep 3, 2015

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/another-cold-summer/

Soggy summer was impossible to predict, says Met Office

The Met Office admitted that long term forecasts are ‘still in their infancy’ after it emerged parts of the UK had faced the wettest summer ever despite predictions for a dry, hot season

By Sarah Knapton, Telegraph, UK, Aug 31, 2015

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/weather/11835279/Soggy-summer-was-impossible-to-predict-says-Met-Office.html

Strongest El Nino Since 97/98 Says BoM

By Staff Writers, Reporting Climate Science, Sep 1, 2015 [H/t GWPF]

http://www.reportingclimatescience.com/news-stories/article/strongest-el-nino-since-9798-says-bom.html

Changing Climate

Ancient cold period could provide clues about future climate change

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 2, 2015

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/09/02/ancient-cold-period-could-provide-clues-about-future-climate-change/

[SEPP Comment: If the North Atlantic Current stopped circulating, why?]

Changing Seas

Global Regional Trends Comparison (4 Main Regions, various subregions)

By Staff Writers, NOAA, Tides and Currents, Accessed Sep 4, 2015

http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/sltrends/globalregional.htm

Sea Level Rise Alarm Turned Off? NOAA: “Absolute Global Sea Level Rise Is Believed To Be 1.7 – 1.8 Millimeters/Year”!

By P Gosselin No Tricks Zone, Aug 30, 2015

http://notrickszone.com/2015/08/30/sea-level-rise-alarm-turned-off-noaa-absolute-global-sea-level-rise-is-believed-to-be-1-7-1-8-millimetersyear/#sthash.XeG7wd34.dpbs

On NASA’s recent sea level claim: “Science Isn’t Broken” (Except when it is

Guest post by David Middleton, WUWT, Aug 28, 2015

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/08/28/on-nasas-recent-sea-level-claim-science-isnt-broken-except-when-it-is/

Sea Level Rise Only Matters At The Coasts

By David A. Burton, No Tricks Zone, Sep 3, 2015

http://notrickszone.com/2015/09/03/sea-level-analyst-not-possible-to-torture-coastal-tide-gauge-data-into-yielding-a-sea-level-rise-anywhere-near-3-3-mmyr/#sthash.yJra9eUl.7jq9sh94.dpbs

The fingerprints of sea level rise

By Staff Writers, Science Daily, Source, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Aug 26, 2015

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/08/150826111113.htm

Changing Cryosphere – Land / Sea Ice

Current Surface Mass Budget of the Greenland Ice Sheet

By Peter Langden, Danish Climate Centre, DMI, Accessed Sep 2, 2015

http://www.dmi.dk/en/groenland/maalinger/greenland-ice-sheet-surface-mass-budget/

Guest post: The state of the Greenland ice sheet in 2015

By Ruth Mottram and Peter Langen from the Danish Meteorological Institute, The Carbon Brief, Sep 4, 2015

http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2015/09/guest-post-the-state-of-the-greenland-ice-sheet-in-2015/?utm_content=buffer5633d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Ice sheets may be more resilient than thought, say Stanford scientists

Stanford study suggests that today’s ice sheets may be more resilient to increased carbon dioxide levels than previously thought.

By Miles Traer, Press Release, Stanford Report, Sep 3, 2015 [H/t GWPF]

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2015/september/sea-level-rise-090315.html

link to paper: Oxygen isotope mass-balance constraints on Pliocene sea level and East Antarctic Ice Sheet stability

By Winnick and Caves, Geology, Aug 21, 2015

http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/early/2015/08/21/G36999.1.abstract

NASA’s summer research on sea level rise in Greenland

By Staff Writers: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Aug 28, 2015

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/08/150828111112.htm

Agriculture Issues & Fear of Famine

Production, Supply and Distribution Online

Agricultural Production

By Staff Writers, USDA, Sep 11, 2015

http://apps.fas.usda.gov/psdonline/psdHome.aspx

Germany Rightly Skewered for GMO Nonsense; Kudos for WSJ

By Gil Ross, ACSH, Aug 31, 2015

http://acsh.org/2015/08/germany-rightly-skewered-for-gmo-nonsense-kudos-for-wsj/

Lowering Standards

Book Review for the Journal of Economic Psychology

By Ruth Dixon, Univ of Oxford, Aug 25, 2015

Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change. By Nicholas Stern,

https://mygardenpond.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/review-of-stern-2015.pdf

Ins and outs of the ivory tower

By Judith Curry, Climate Etc. Sep 3, 2015

http://judithcurry.com/2015/09/03/ins-and-outs-of-the-ivory-tower/

“This is the strongest, and most cogently made, argument that I’ve seen against political advocacy by academics related to their subject of expertise.”

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

Another claimed tipping point: ocean cyanobacteria will go into ‘overdrive’ and can’t stop

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 1, 2015

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/09/01/another-claimed-tipping-point-ocean-cyanobacteria-will-go-into-overdrive-and-cant-stop/

Link to paper: Irreversibly increased nitrogen fixation in Trichodesmium experimentally adapted to elevated carbon dioxide

By Hutchins, et al, Nature Communications Sep 1, 2015

http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2015/150901/ncomms9155/full/ncomms9155.html

Communicating Better to the Public – Make things up.

Quote of the week: Obama’s Climate Claim in Alaska

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 2, 2015

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/09/02/quote-of-the-week-obamas-climate-claim-in-alaska/

“If we do nothing, Alaskan temperatures are projected to rise between six and twelve degrees by the end of the century.”

Warming Seas and Melting Ice Sheets

By Staff Writers, Pasadena CA (JPL), Aug 27, 2015

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Warming_Seas_and_Melting_Ice_Sheets_999.html

“For thousands of years, sea level has remained relatively stable and human communities have settled along the planet’s coastlines.”

[SEPP Comment: Not according to detailed rises in sea levels have risen about 400 feet (120 meters) since the maximum extent of the last ice age. Most of the rise was early, but there has been gradual rise for about 4000 years.]

Greenhouse gases caused glacial retreat during last Ice Age

Press Release, Oregon State University, Aug 21, 2015

http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2015/aug/greenhouse-gases-caused-glacial-retreat-during-last-ice-age

“A recalculation of the dates at which boulders were uncovered by melting glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age has conclusively shown that the glacial retreat was due to rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, as opposed to other types of forces.” [Boldface added.]

Greenhouse gases caused glacial retreat during last Ice Age

By Staff Writers, Corvallis OR (SPX), Aug 25, 2015

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Greenhouse_gases_caused_glacial_retreat_during_last_Ice_Age_999.html

[SEPP Comment: See link immediately above.]

Kerry Compares Climate Change to WWII: ‘Different in Character,’ But Same ‘Potential to Do Harm’

By Bridget Johnson, PJ Media, Aug 31, 2015 [H/t Timothy Wise]

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2015/08/31/kerry-compares-climate-change-to-wwii-different-in-character-but-not-in-potential-to-do-harm/

“The threat posed by climate change is obviously entirely different in character. But it is not different in its global reach or its potential to do harm.”

UWA and @PsychScience look the other way on Lewandowsky’s use of minors without consent in his “Conspiracist Ideation” and “Moon Landing” paper

By Psychologist Dr. Jose Duarte, WUWT, Sep 1, 2015

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/09/01/uwa-and-psychscience-look-the-other-way-on-lewandowskys-use-of-minors-without-consent-in-his-moon-landing-hoax-paper/

Communicating Better to the Public – Use Propaganda

EU funds climate propaganda

By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Aug 31, 2015

http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2015/8/31/eu-funds-climate-propaganda.html/

Politifact tells us about American politics and science. We should listen.

By Staff Writer, Fabius Maximus, Sep 4, 2015

http://fabiusmaximus.com/2015/09/04/politifact-tells-us-about-american-politics-and-science-we-should-pay-attention/

Expanding the Orthodoxy

Ocean Acidification: The Little-known Impact of CO2 Emissions

By Michael Amdi Madsen, IAEA Office of Public Information and Communication, Sep 4, 2015

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/ocean-acidification-little-known-impact-co2-emissions

Expanding the Orthodoxy – The Pope

California’s Governor at Vatican to share insights on combatting climate change

By Staff Writers, Vatican Radio, Jul 20, 2015 [H/t Timothy Wise]

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/07/20/californias_governor_shares_insights_on_climate_change/1159688

“The issues of climate change and human trafficking are under the spotlight in the Vatican on Tuesday, during a workshop of mayors from around the world who’ve come to discuss their commitment to tackling these two closely related problems,”

[SEPP Comment: The earth experienced climate change long before human slavery existed. Therefore the first causes the second? Boldface added.]

Questioning European Green

The wisdom of the man in Whitehall

By Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Sep 3, 2015

http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/2015/9/3/the-wisdom-of-the-man-in-whitehall.html

Denmark’s Government Readies U-Turn on Ambitious Climate Targets

By Peter Levring, Bloomberg, Sep 1, 2015

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-01/denmark-s-government-readies-u-turn-on-ambitious-climate-targets

“Denmark’s widening budget deficit is forcing its policy makers to take some hard decisions in the very area where they are considered global role models: the fight against climate change.”

German Handelsblatt: German Households Getting Crushed By Green Energies To The Tune Of 28 Billion Annually!

By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Aug 29, 2015

http://notrickszone.com/2015/08/29/german-handelsblatt-german-households-getting-crushed-by-green-energies-to-the-tune-of-28-billion-annually/#sthash.d4Spm87u.dpbs

Germany’s Green Energy Revolution Fails Its Climate Goal

By Daniel Wetzel, Die Welt, Via GWPF, Sep 3, 2015

http://www.thegwpf.com/germanys-green-energy-revolution-fails-its-climate-goal/

Toothless targets in EU’s renewables project

The devil is in the details as the EU tries to figure out how to reach 2030 targets.

By Anca Gurzu, Politico.EU, Sep 3, 2015 [H/t GWPF]

http://www.politico.eu/article/renewables-energy-union-2030-climate-eu/

Litigation Issues

Court vacates lesser prairie chicken’s threatened status

By Devin Henry, The Hill, Sep 2, 2015

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/252548-court-vacates-lesser-prairie-chickens-threatened-status

Dutch double down on emissions ruling

Court verdict could undermine the government’s ability to set policy.

By Kalina Oroschakoff, Politico, Sep 1, 2015

http://www.politico.eu/article/dutch-double-down-on-emissions-ruling-climate-courts-netherlands/

German Court Strikes Down Wind Turbine Project, Citing “Disfigurement Of The Natural Scenery”!

By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Sep 4, 2015

http://notrickszone.com/2015/09/04/german-court-strikes-down-wind-turbine-project-citing-disfigurement-of-the-natural-scenery/#sthash.TqcFWSax.dpbs

Federal Judge Thwarts Implementation of “Expansive” EPA Final Waters of U.S. Rule

By Sonal Patel, Power Mag, Aug 28, 2015

http://www.powermag.com/federal-judge-thwarts-implementation-of-expansive-epa-final-waters-of-u-s-rule/?hq_e=el&hq_m=3143129&hq_l=7&hq_v=5e660500d0

Cap-and-Trade and Carbon Taxes

The Case Against a Carbon Tax

Robert P. Murphy, Patrick J. Michaels, and Paul C. “Chip” Knappenberger, Cato, Sep 4, 2015

http://www.cato.org/publications/working-paper/case-against-carbon-tax

“Yet the computer simulations used to generate SCC [Social Costs of Carbon] estimates are largely arbitrary, with plausible adjustments in parameters — such as the discount rate — causing the estimate to shift by at least an order of magnitude. Indeed, MIT economist Robert Pindyck considers the whole process so fraught with unwarranted precision that he has called such computer simulations “close to useless” for guiding policy.”

Subsidies and Mandates Forever

Windmill Construction Declines With Changes in ITC

By Editors, Real Clear Energy, Sep 2, 2015

http://www.realclearenergy.org/charticles/2015/09/02/windmill_construction_declines_with_changes_in_itc_108726.html

[SEPP Comment: Replacing the “cash” subsidy with an actual tax credit had significant consequences.]

EPA and other Regulators on the March

Clearing Itself, EPA Again Weakens Public’s Trust

By Nicholas Staropoli, ACSH, Aug 27, 2015

http://acsh.org/2015/08/clearing-itself-epa-again-weakens-publics-trust/

Energy Issues – Non-US

The Perils of Being a Petrostate

By Editors, Real Clear Energy, Sep 3, 2015

http://www.realclearenergy.org/charticles/2015/09/03/the_perils_of_being_a_petrostate_108728.html

[SEPP Comment: Illuminating graphs on Russia and a ranking of petrostates.]

Resilience of shale and disappointment of OPEC

By Staff Writers, Arab Times, Aug 30, 2015 [H/t GWPF]

http://www.zawya.com/story/Resilience_of_shale_and_disappointment_of_OPEC-ZAWYA20150831054152/

‘Fracking is great opportunity’

Staff Writers, The Gazette, UK, Sep 1, 2015

http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/community/community-news/fracking-is-great-opportunity-1-7438282

Energy Issues — US

Energy Delusions

By Norman Rogers, American Thinker, Aug 29, 2015

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/08/energy_delusions.html

Feds: Oil exports could lower gas prices

By Timothy Cama, The Hill, Sep 1, 2015

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/252414-federal-report-oil-exports-could-lower-gas-prices

Link to report: Effects of Removing Restrictions on U.S. Crude Oil Exports

By Staff Writers, EIA, Sep 2015

http://www.eia.gov/analysis/requests/crude-exports/pdf/fullreport.pdf

PSC approves FPL plan to save customers millions of dollars by acquiring and phasing out coal-fired power plant

– FPL customers expected to save more than $70 million

– Nearly 1 million tons of carbon emissions to be avoided annually

Press Release, Florida Power and Light, Aug 27, 2015 [H/t Toshio Fjuita]

http://news.yahoo.com/psc-approves-fpl-plan-save-174100283.html;_ylt=A0LEVigzuuVV1VcAowgnnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTEzZXIxZG5lBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDRkZSQUMwXzEEc2VjA3Ny

[SEPP Comment: The savings are to come from an expected shift to natural gas in 2017 and increased use of reliable nuclear and unreliable solar.]

Washington’s Control of Energy

Reduced offshore share in U.S. oil and natural gas production lowers risk from hurricanes

By Staff Writers, EIA, Aug 28, 2015

http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=22712

Oil and Natural Gas – the Future or the Past?

US Drillers Unleash ‘Super-Size’ Shale Gas Output

By Russell Gold, WSJ, Via GWPF, Sep 3, 2015

http://www.thegwpf.com/us-drillers-unleash-super-size-shale-gas-output/

Sorry Naysayers, But America’s Oil Supply Is Inexhaustible

By Stephen Moore, IBD, Sep 2, 2015 [H/t Paul Redfern]

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-perspective/090215-769374-america-will-not-out-of-oil-or-gas-ever.htm

[SEPP Comment: Inexhaustible is an over-statement.]

‘Supergiant’ gas field discovered in Mediterranean

Italian oil giant Eni says field off Egypt’s coast holds equivalent of 5.5bn barrels of oil

By James Titcomb, Telegraph, UK, Aug 30, 2015

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/oilandgas/11833766/Supergiant-gas-field-discovered-in-Mediterranean.html

Return of King Coal?

How Japan pushes coal on the world

While the U.S. backs away from its dirtiest power source, its closest ally in Asia is building, selling and financing coal plants worldwide.

By Darius Dixon, Politico, No Date

http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2015/08/japan-exporting-coal-plants-000195

Nuclear Energy and Fears

After delays, Finland’s showcase nuclear reactor to face tests

By Anne Kauranen, Eurajoki, Finland (AFP) Sept 2, 2015

http://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/reports/After_delays_Finlands_showcase_nuclear_reactor_to_face_tests_999.html

Nuclear Is Still the Lowest Cost Option, says IEA/NEA Report

By Sonal Patel, Power Mag, Sep 1, 2015

http://www.powermag.com/nuclear-is-still-the-lowest-cost-option-says-ieanea-report/?hq_e=el&hq_m=3143129&hq_l=3&hq_v=5e660500d0

Link to study: “Projected Costs of Generating Electricity”

By Staff Writers, IEA, and NEA of the OECD, 2015

https://www.oecd-nea.org/ndd/pubs/2015/7056-proj-costs-electricity-2015-es.pdf

“As a result, at a 7% discount rate the median value of nuclear is close to the median value for coal, and at a 10% discount rate the median value for nuclear is higher than that of either [combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT)] or coal. These results include a carbon cost of USD 30/tonne, as well as regional variations in assumed fuel costs.” [Boldface added]

“However, consistent with the fact that nuclear technologies are capital intensive relative to natural gas or coal, the cost of nuclear rises relatively quickly as the discount rate is raised,” the report notes. At a 10% discount rate, the range, for example, is pushed up to $51/MWh in South Korea and $136/MWh in the UK.

Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Solar and Wind

The Dutch Railway Could Run Solely on Wind Power By 2018

By Bryan Lufkin, Gismodo, Aug 31, 2015

http://gizmodo.com/the-dutch-railway-could-run-solely-on-wind-power-by-201-1727617054

[SEPP Comment: Even in the source of the articles there is no discussion of back-up power when the wind fails.]

The Solar Revolution That Wasn’t

Concentrated solar plants are a relatively new technology that has the potential to provide hundreds of thousands of homes with clean energy. So why hasn’t it caught on?

By Ani Ucar, Pacific Standard, Sep 1, 2015 [H/t Timothy Wise]

http://www.psmag.com/nature-and-technology/the-solar-revolution-that-wasnt

Study: Wind farms offer diminishing returns as they grow more widespread

By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Aug 31, 2015

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/08/31/study-wind-farms-offer-diminishing-returns-as-they-grow-more-widespread/

US Wind Energy Stuck in the Doldrums

By Staff Writers, The American Interest, Sep 1, 2015

http://www.the-american-interest.com/2015/09/01/us-wind-energy-stuck-in-the-doldrums/

Wind Farm Investment Plunges With Power Prices in Nordic Region

By Anna Hirtenstein Rachel Morison, Bloomberg, Sep 4, 2015

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-04/wind-farm-investment-plunges-with-power-prices-in-nordic-region

“The Nordic region has the lowest electricity prices in Europe and some of the highest reliance on renewables.”

[SEPP Comment: To consumers, Denmark has among the highest electrical prices in Europe.]

Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Energy — Other

Wood burners [stoves] ‘worse than cars’ for contaminating air

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, Sep 2, 2015

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/wood-burners-worse-than-cars-for-contaminating-air/#more-16492

Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Vehicles

Streetcar Projects Suffer a Bumpy Ride

By Staff Writers, NCPA, Sep 3, 2015

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=26031&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DPD

California Dreaming

California Plays with Cap-and-Trade Monies (Steyerland redistributionism)

By Allen Brooks, Master Resource, Sep 2, 2015

https://www.masterresource.org/california-state-energy-issues/its-only-money-resources-california-plays-with-cap-and-trade-monies/

“Over the past year, the cost of electricity for California residents increased by 5.2% versus a national average that rose 0.8%. If you are a business or industrial user of electricity in California, your May power bill was 42% or 64%, respectively, above the national average. We suspect power costs in California are going nowhere but up given the mandates in this clean energy plan.”

California’s Katrina Is Coming

By Nick Stockton, Wired, Sep 1, 2015 [H/t Toshio Fujita]

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/california%E2%80%99s-katrina-is-coming/ar-AAdPGkP

Environmental Industry

Greens, civil rights groups team up on ozone rule

By Devin Henry, The Hill, Sep 3, 2015

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/252671-greens-civil-rights-groups-team-up-on-ozone-rule

Other Scientific News

Evidence of ancient life discovered in mantle rocks deep below the seafloor

By Staff Writers, Cape Cod MA (SPX), Sep 03, 2015

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Evidence_of_ancient_life_discovered_in_mantle_rocks_deep_below_the_seafloor_999.html

First global antineutrino emission map highlights Earth’s energy budget

By Staff Writers, College Park MD (SPX), Sep 02, 2015

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/First_global_antineutrino_emission_map_highlights_Earths_energy_budget_999.html

Other News that May Be of Interest

A brush with The Law

Sod’s law: The going wrong always occurs at a time that causes maximum inconvenience.

By John Brignell, Number Watch, September 4, 2015

http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/2015%20September.htm#Frankland

Survival in the Age of EMP

By Norman Rogers, American Thinker Sep 3, 2015

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/08/survival_in_the_age_of_emp.html

Met Office sacked by the BBC – but the truth is even odder

The bulk of the data used by the winning bidder will still have to be supplied by the UK Met Office anyway…

By Christopher Booker, Telegraph, UK, Aug 29, 2015 [H/t GWPF]

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/11833038/Met-Office-sacked-by-the-BBC-but-the-truth-is-even-odder.html

Scientists Replicated 100 Psychology Studies, and Fewer Than Half Got the Same Results

The massive project shows that reproducibility problems plague even top scientific journals

By Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian, Aug 27, 2015 [H/t Toshio Fujita]

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-replicated-100-psychology-studies-and-fewer-half-got-same-results-180956426/?utm_source=smithsoniantopic&no-ist

The advantage of short paper titles

By Adrian Letchford, Helen Susannah Moat, Tobias Preis, The Royal Society, Open Science, Aug 26, 2015 [H/t Climate Etc.]

http://rsos.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/2/8/150266

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BELOW THE BOTTOM LINE:

Climate to cause lesser of two weevils, says offbeat study

By Staff Writers, AFP, Sep 1, 2015 [H/t Clyde Spencer]

http://news.yahoo.com/climate-cause-lesser-two-weevils-says-offbeat-study-232602148.html

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17 thoughts on “Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #195

  1. The European countries seem to be having difficulty handling the refugee crisis and yet they have the chutzpah to adopt ‘save the planet’ as a problem with a more straightforward solution. Really?

    • The planet doesn’t need saving. More CO2 so far has been a good thing.

      Doubling its concentration from its low value at the end of the LIA (c. 280 ppm) theoretically might slightly increase global temperature, but that too would be beneficial.

      Because the IPCC assumes feedback effects from increased CO2 are positive rather than negative, its estimate of ECS for 560 ppm by c. AD 2100, ie 1.5 to 4.5 degrees C above c. AD 1850 temperature, is way too high. The range is more likely 0.0 to 2.0 degrees C, with the lower end more probable.

      Trees and most crop plants would like CO2 at 800 to 1300 ppm better than the present 400 ppm.

  2. ‘the Climate Establishment’ I think it would be more appropriately call The Climate Mafia. There are capos, enforcers, extortion schemes, prostitutes (oh mann, should I name them?), death threats etc.

  3. My long suffering “trouble and strife” has just proposed that when they finally find (or more likely don’t find) the sadly missing Malaysian airliner, MH370 – perhaps they will also in the process discover the whereabouts of – all the missing heat.
    She offers up many such brilliant insights during the course of an average day at home.
    Of course, satellites have failed to aid us in locating either MH370 or the hypothetical lost heat.
    It is imagined by most self-styled “experts” (a.k.a people who charge fees for pulling random excuses and groundless opinions out of a magic hat) that both the plane and the heat have been sucked down into the briny deep, where they current reside along with the ghastly luminous fishes that inhabit such regions.
    But perhaps we may now finally in 2015, see a turnabout in our fortunes.
    Some of that heat seems to have turned up off the coast of California, much to the delight of alarmist Californians, who have been long hoping for specifically this sort of calamity.
    And a part of MH370 seems to have turned up in La Réunion several thousand miles from the randomly selected small rectangle of ocean where Tony Abbott has been personally “combing the seabed”, using the world’s most expensive comb.
    So having recently recovered a part of a wing from the doomed plane, is this not also perhaps an omen, that we may soon receive news of the whereabouts of runaway global warming.
    Or has the runaway global warming – erm – runaway.

  4. “This region should show a greater rate of warming (warming trend) than the surface, but not higher temperatures.”
    “The issue is not the science of the hotspot, but its very existence.”

    The issue should indeed be about the science. If the hotspot is not a higher temperature than the surface, it is impossible for it to warm the surface. We are done here.

    No amount of IR radiation from a colder hotspot can warm a hotter surface, and the surface is always hotter than the atmosphere in daylight. This is important, as all the climate models model daylight only 24/7.

    • Great! Only one GIGO model in your link shows a period of non-warming longer than has already occurred, ie 30 years vs. the 17 to 27 years observed so far:

      **McKitrick, R. (2014) HAC-Robust Measurement of the Duration of a Trendless Subsample in a Global Climate Time Series. Open Journal of Statistics, 4, 527-535. doi: 10.4236/ojs.2014.47050.

      I added a year onto McKitrick’s 16 to 26 years, since his study was from last year.

  5. The tropical tropospheric warming at 8km is required to warm the surface of tropics by back radiation. That is not observed. There is no tropospheric warming at 8km which explains why there is almost no net observed warming in the tropics. All of the observed warming has been at high latitudes which is the same regions that warmed in during past cycles in the paleo record. The part of warming does not match the signature of warming if the increase in CO2 was the forcing function. The pattern of observed warming (high latitude warming) is matches the pattern of warming that is caused by solar cycle modulation of planetary cloud cover and modulation of cloud albedo by electroscavening.

    Further more the cult of error in the CAGW 1-dimension models is known. See below for details.

    http://icecap.us/index.php/go/icing-the-hype/the_flat_earth/

    This is the so called flat earth toy model.

    As the earth is a sphere TSI changes and greenhouse gas forcing changes should have the greatest effect in the tropical region. The warming in the last 30 years is the same pattern of warming (high latitude warming) that occurs in the paleo record cyclically. The majority of the warming in the last 30 years has been in high latitude regions, which supports the assertion that the majority of the warming in the last 30 years was not caused by increases in atmospheric CO2 and was not caused by TSI changes.


    http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/152458/

    The infamous without ‘feedbacks’ cult of CAGW’s calculation (this is the calculation that predicted 1.2C to 1.4C surface warming for a doubling of atmospheric CO2) incorrectly/illogical/irrationally/against the laws of physics held the lapse rate constant to determine (fudge) the estimated surface forcing for a doubling of atmospheric CO2. There is no scientific justification for fixing the lapse rate to calculate the no ‘feedback’ forcing of greenhouse gases.

    P.S. The cult of CAGW no ‘feedbacks’ 1-dimensional calculation also ignored the overlap of the absorption of water vapor and CO2. As the planet is 70% covered in water there is a great deal of water vapor in the atmosphere at lower levels, particularly in the tropics. Taking the amount of water vapor overlap into account (before warming) in the no ‘feedbacks’ 1 dimension calculation also reduces the surface warming due to a doubling of atmospheric to 0.1C to 0.2C. Double trump.

    http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.ca/2015/07/collapse-of-agw-theory-of-ipcc-most.html
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B74u5vgGLaWoOEJhcUZBNzFBd3M/view?pli=1

    Collapse of the Anthropogenic Warming Theory of the IPCC

    4. Conclusions
    In physical reality, the surface climate sensitivity is 0.1~0.2K from the energy budget of the earth and the surface radiative forcing of 1.1W.m2 for 2xCO2. Since there is no positive feedback from water vapor and ice albedo at the surface, the zero feedback climate sensitivity CS (FAH) is also 0.1~0.2K. A 1K warming occurs in responding to the radiative forcing of 3.7W/m2 for 2xCO2 at the effective radiation height of 5km. This gives the slightly reduced lapse rate of 6.3K/km from 6.5K/km as shown in Fig.2.

    The modern anthropogenic global warming (AGW) theory began from the one dimensional radiative convective equilibrium model (1DRCM) studies with the fixed absolute and relative humidity utilizing the fixed lapse rate assumption of 6.5K/km (FLRA) for 1xCO2 and 2xCO2 [Manabe & Strickler, 1964; Manabe & Wetherald, 1967; Hansen et al., 1981]. Table 1 shows the obtained climate sensitivities for 2xCO2 in these studies, in which the climate sensitivity with the fixed absolute humidity CS (FAH) is 1.2~1.3K [Hansen et al., 1984].

    In the 1DRCM studies, the most basic assumption is the fixed lapse rate of 6.5K/km for 1xCO2 and 2xCO2. The lapse rate of 6.5K/km is defined for 1xCO2 in the U.S. Standard Atmosphere (1962) [Ramanathan & Coakley, 1978]. There is no guarantee, however, for the same lapse rate maintained in the perturbed atmosphere with 2xCO2 [Chylek & Kiehl, 1981; Sinha, 1995]. Therefore, the lapse rate for 2xCO2 is a parameter requiring a sensitivity analysis as shown in Fig.1.

    The followings are supporting data (William: In peer reviewed papers, published more than 20 years ago that support the assertion that convection cooling increases when there is an increase in greenhouse gases and support the assertion that a doubling of atmospheric CO2 will cause surface warming of less than 0.3C) for the Kimoto lapse rate theory above.
    (A) Kiehl & Ramanathan (1982) shows the following radiative forcing for 2xCO2.
    Radiative forcing at the tropopause: 3.7W/m2.
    Radiative forcing at the surface: 0.55~1.56W/m2 (averaged 1.1W/m2).
    This denies the FLRA giving the uniform warming throughout the troposphere in
    the 1DRCM and the 3DGCMs studies.
    (B) Newell & Dopplick (1979) obtained a climate sensitivity of 0.24K considering the
    evaporation cooling from the surface of the ocean.
    (C) Ramanathan (1981) shows the surface temperature increase of 0.17K with the
    direct heating of 1.2W/m2 for 2xCO2 at the surface.

    Transcript of a portion of Weart’s interview with Hansen.

    Weart:
    This was a radiative convective model, so where’s the convective part come in. Again, are you using somebody else’s…
    Hansen:
    That’s trivial. You just put in…
    Weart:
    … a lapse rate…
    Hansen:
    Yes. So it’s a fudge. That’s why you have to have a 3-D model to do it properly. In the 1-D model, it’s just a fudge, and you can choose different lapse rates and you get somewhat different answers (William: Different answers that invalidate CAGW, the 3-D models have more than 100 parameters to play with so any answer is possible. The 1-D model is simple so it possible to see the fudging/shenanigans). So you try to pick something that has some physical justification (William: You pick what is necessary to create CAGW, the scam fails when the planet abruptly cools due to the abrupt solar change). But the best justification is probably trying to put in the fundamental equations into a 3-D model.

    • So the charlatans know their GIGO is totally bogus. They don’t care. They aren’t scientists but high priests of a cult and gain enormously personally from this intentional deception.

      Why are Hansen, Schmidt, Mann, Trenberth, etc prosecuted for fraud, theft and mass murder?

    • MS.

      All the data show that CAGW is a fantasy funded by the government-Green-industrial complex.

      There is not a shred of evidence in support of the catastrophic man-made global warming hypothesis, and all the data in the world against it.

      • Ms. Swanson: Your assertions that “There is not a shred of evidence in support of the catastrophic man-made global warming hypothesis, and all the data in the world against it” and that “All the data show that CAGW is a fantasy funded by the government-Green-industrial complex” are, quite simply, idiotic, ill-informed, non-scientific, and — let’s not put too fine a point on it — silly.

        I don’t mean to devolve my commentary into an ad hominem attack (my apologies, really), but c’mon, m’lady — can we get a grip on reality here? Can we examine the literature? Can we take a look the basic physics of radiative forcing? Can we peel the tinfoil hats off our skulls for a nanosecond? Can we accept the inarguable broad-based consensus — and even if you don’t agree with it, can you at least accept its honestly expressed existence?

        But, hey, further pointless and useless argument between us who accept the clear and demonstrable science supporting decadal global warming and climate change, and those who prefer not to is clearly besides the point, eh? Tell y’what — let’s check in again, say, in 2040, and see how the sea levels are doing, what the average global surface temperatures might be, how well the Greenland ice sheets are holding up, how the West Antarctic ice sheet is hanging on, how deep subsurface ocean temps are faring, and — of course — how more-refined CIMP5 (6?, 7?) models are correlating with both backcasting and forecasting.

        So let’s not argue or attack one another any further these days, m’kay? That said, here’s just one last thought: there are two kinds of folks in the world: those who now accept the reality that CO2-induced (plus CH4, N2O, etc.) temperature rise is inducing climate change, and those who will inevitably have to accept that irrefutable bit of simple physical “Well, duh…” at some rather uncomfortable time in the future.

        Climate change is real. Grow a pair. Let’s unite to deal with it.

      • Re: “Tell y’what — let’s check in again, say, in 2040, and see how the sea levels are doing, what the average global surface temperatures might be, how well the Greenland ice sheets are holding up, how the West Antarctic ice sheet is hanging on”
        I was introduced to the idea of dangerous greenhouse effect in the 1980’s.
        It is now 2015. Tell y’what – let’s check now, say in 2015, and see how the sea levels are doing, what the average global surface temperatures might be, how well the Greenland ice sheets are holding up, how the West Antarctic ice sheet is hanging on.
        Shit all, of any significance is happening with regard to any of these criteria.
        I gave it 25 years of waiting.
        Please do not try to fool me by asking me for another 25 years.
        I am not such a moron that I cannot identify:
        1: No accelerating sea level rise. Simply none whatsoever.
        2. Since sea level rise is not accelerating then land ice is clearly not melting at an accelerating rate. Since the water from the melting must necessarily be going somewhere.
        3. Your mention of specifically the west antarctic is hapless cherry picking of a non typical Antarctic location. The larger part of the Antarctic continent shows no trend or a temperature decline, during the satellite era. And Antarctic Sea Ice is at an all time maximum extent.
        I am tired of waiting. 25 years of bullshit is enough waiting for a promised apocalypse that isn’t coming.
        In other words – pull the other one, it’s got bells on it.

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