Another Manntastic claim: Extreme weather events linked to climate change impact on the jet stream

From Penn State, and the “close but no cigar” department (see bold in text) comes this modelspalooza masquerading as science: Unprecedented summer warmth and flooding, forest fires, drought and torrential rain — extreme weather events are occurring more and more often, but now an international team of climate scientists has found a connection between many…

Fear of Nuclear – Part 3

Guest essay by Roger Graves This post deals with the disposal of spent fuel from nuclear power stations, and whether our fears concerning it are justified. You can also read Part 1 and Part 2. Nuclear fuel typically consists of either uranium dioxide (UO2) or a mixture of UO2 and plutonium dioxide (PuO2), commonly known…

California Auto Emissions Showdown

Guest essay by Eric Worrall California has geared up to defy President Trump’s efforts to dismantle ridiculously strict auto-emission standards. But there may be a way President Donald Trump can overturn their intransigence. California Upholds Auto Emissions Standards, Setting Up Face-Off With Trump By HIROKO TABUCHIMARCH 24, 2017 California’s clean-air agency voted on Friday to…

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The futility of “Earth Hour” @earthhour

“Earth Hour” starts tonight. Yawn. Every year at Christmas, many newspapers reprint “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus“, this excellent essay by Ross McKittrick should be repeated on every blog on every observance of Earth Hour. Copy, paste, and share it widely. Better yet, turn on all your lights to celebrate, as Ross says…

Earth Hour supporters propose ‘Carbon Law’

From the UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE and “that ain’t gonna fly” department comes this wishful thinking for Earth Hour. A ‘carbon law’ offers pathway to halve emissions every decade, say researchers On the eve of this year’s Earth hour (25 March), researchers propose a solution in the journal Science (24 March) for the global economy to rapidly…

Watch out for the ‘Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health’

Guest essay by Leo Goldstein The website medsocietiesforclimatehealth.org, owned by a previously unknown group called the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health (“the MedSocCon”), published a MEDICAL ALERT! report and other climate alarmism materials, targeted at physicians. MedSocCon attempts to use medical doctors and other health care providers to alarm their patients about climate…

#ExxonKnew and Schneiderman get hoisted by their own petard

Schneiderman Continues Media Strategy in Court Hearing with Meaningless “Bombshell” Claim by Katie Brown, PhD New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office attempted once again to manufacture an email controversy, proclaiming in a letter that Exxon had refused “to comply in good faith with OAG’s investigative subpoena dated November 4, 2015,” and characterizing it as…

Is there a Linux specialist in the house?

In the attached picture you’ll be able to see what’s happening to one of my most important servers containing some irreplaceable climate data. I’m at a loss and understand what’s going on because Linux is not my specialty and my Linux expert has since moved on to other ventures. It’s very important I get this…

A Bureaucrat Says: “Market Argues Against Arctic Ocean Oil Development.” The Market Seems to Disagree.

Guest post by David Middleton From Real Clear Energy: Really? Firstly, how can reopening the Chukchi Sea and Beaufort Sea OCS areas to leasing be disrespectful to “market forces”?  Opening up an area to leasing doesn’t somehow impose an obligation on oil companies to bid on leases in those areas. Secondly, Royal Dutch Shell and ConocoPhillips…

The silver-tongued liars’ playbook for coal

Coal ash scare stories are the latest tactic in their long war on coal-fueled electricity generation Guest essay by Paul Driessen Foreword: People routinely accept risks of dying from activities they happily engage in daily. For example, the lifetime risk of dying in a motor vehicle crash is 1 in 113. That’s 8,850 times greater…

Government websites break their own rules to cater to ‘climate cult’

When will .GOV Domains be Reset to Comply with the First Amendment? Guest essay by Leo Goldstein Government publications, including websites, must be free of partisan propaganda.  The Obama administration violated this rule and turned government websites into propaganda outlets of the left wing of the Democrat Party.  It was especially shameless in promoting climate alarmism.…

Blood Glucose Test

Claim: Climate Increases Diabetes Rates

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A new study claims a warmer climate is associated with higher rates of diabetes. But even if the authors are right, obesity, diet, age and heredity remain the dominant factors. Diabetes incidence and glucose intolerance prevalence increase with higher outdoor temperature Lisanne L Blauw, N Ahmad Aziz, Martijn R Tannemaat,…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #263

Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President False Precision: In their early education, many students of science faced the problem of significant numbers (digits). A useful rule of thumb was that the chain was only as strong as its weakest link. In measurement, the…

Great News! “The fossil fuel industry’s invisible colonization of academia”

Guest post by David Middleton Note: The original version of this article included a significant error.  The post has now been edited accordingly (DHM 3/21/2017). On February 16, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center hosted a film screening of the “Rational Middle Energy Series.” The university promoted the event as “Finding Energy’s Rational Middle” and…

Taiga Landscape in Quebec, Canada, dominated by Black Spruce Picea mariana

A serious climate opportunity

Why does government refuse to do the one thing that would help our forests and climate? Guest essay by Greg Walcher For years, politicians have waged war on coal, stifled oil and gas production, and advocated carbon taxes and other extreme measures to reduce carbon dioxide, while ignoring one of the most important things they…

Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Sux

Guest Post By Willis Eschenbach Bizarrely, and unlike almost every other industrialized country, the US has fuel efficiency standards for cars. Each corporation (Ford, Chevy, etc.) has to meet certain fuel economy standards called the CAFE standards. Let me start by saying that I think that this is governmental over-reach. In virtually every other part…

Scientists try to restore Pluto’s planet status

From the “Make Pluto Great Again” department, new definition raises number of planets in solar system to about 110 Johns Hopkins University scientist Kirby Runyon wants to make one thing clear: Regardless of what one prestigious scientific organization says to the contrary, Pluto is a planet. So, he says, is Europa, commonly known as a…

Solar Update March 2017 – still slumping

Guest essay by David Archibald Our divination of solar parameters is aimed to elucidating two things – the length of Solar Cycle 24 and the amplitude of Solar Cycle 25. Figure 1: F10.7 Flux from 2014 The F10.7 flux was exhibiting high volatility up to the beginning of 2015 after which it entered a disciplined…

Exergy and Power Plants

By Andy May Key question: Can renewables ever replace fossil fuels and nuclear? Understanding the value of renewables, vis-à-vis fossil fuels and nuclear power, requires that we consider that all energy is not equal in value. In fact, the quantity we call energy can be misleading and many experts prefer the quantity called “exergy,” which…

The G-20 Drops Climate Change From Communique

Opposition from the United States, Saudi Arabia and others has forced Germany to drop a reference to financing programs to combat climate change from the draft communique at a G20 finance and central bankers meeting. A G20 official taking part in the meeting said on Friday that efforts by the German G20 presidency to keep…

Shocker: little known ‘Financial Stability Board’ has huge climate deceit

FSB, Climate Cabal expand power and wealth, by targeting financial and insurance industries Foreword: A powerful international organization, the Financial Stability Board, includes a task force that is helping to coordinate numerous attacks on financial, investing, insurance and other firms … and their clients … in the name of preventing dangerous manmade climate change. By…