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Risk and Nuclear Power Plants

By Andy May The financial risk is too great. In any discussion of the future of energy, nuclear power generation is brought up. Once a nuclear power plant is built and operating, it can produce cheap electricity reliably for decades. Further, in terms of human health, some claim it is the safest source of energy…

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New 1918 Style Flu Pandemic Fear

Guest essay by Eric Worrall This isn’t a climate article, it is about a real problem. Back in 1918, the infamous flu pandemic killed an estimated 3-5% of the population of the time – 50-100 million people. The awful potential of a new 1918 style flu Pandemic to sweep the world and kill millions, perhaps…

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Oil – Where did it come from?

Guest post by David Middleton Introduction I am a petroleum geologist/geophysicist with about 36 years of experience in oil & gas exploration mostly in the Gulf of Mexico.   In light of Andy May’s recent post, Oil – Will we run out?, I thought I might post an essay on oil formation. Over the past six years,…

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Oil – Will we run out?

By Andy May “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future” (old Danish proverb, sometimes attributed to Niels Bohr or Yogi Berra) In November, 2016 the USGS (United States Geological Survey) reported their assessment of the recent discovery of 20 billion barrels of oil equivalent (technically recoverable) in the Midland Basin of West Texas. About…

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Fake News: Fukushima Edition

Guest post by David Middleton Radiation levels recorded inside Fukushima’s crippled nuclear power station are at the highest levels since its catastrophic meltdown in 2011. Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc (Tepco) said the radiation level in the containment vessel of Reactor 2 in the Fukushima No 1 power plant had reached a maximum of…

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Claim: Same Sex Marriage The Model for Climate Action

Guest essay by Eric Worrall David Hochschild, environmental commissioner on the California Energy Commission, thinks climate activists should learn lessons from the same sex marriage movement, about how to convince the public to take action on climate change. How Gay Marriage Suggests A Strategy For Climate Change Jeff McMahon, CONTRIBUTOR I cover green technology, energy…

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William Happer on Climate Science: “They’re glassy-eyed and they chant”

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Professor William Happer, who has been tipped as front runner to replace John Holdren as the Whitehouse Science Advisor, has described climate scientists as a glassy eyed cult. Trump’s likely science adviser calls climate scientists ‘glassy-eyed cult’ William Happer, frontrunner for job of providing mainstream scientific opinion to officials, backs…

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Trump Scaling Back EPA Climate Efforts

Guest essay by Eric Worrall President Trump is fulfilling his promise to remove the burden of intrusive EPA climate regulation on the US economy. But even more drastic action to curtail EPA activities is in the pipeline. U.S. EPA staff told to prepare for Trump executive orders: sources By David Shepardson, Timothy Gardner and Richard…

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More rain & snow forecast for California – will damaged #Oroville dam spillway weather the storm?

As the saying goes, when it rains, it pours. Over the last week, Murphy’s Law has been on overdrive in Northern California as Oroville dam suffered a series of mishaps, resulting from poor planning, lack of maintenance, and lack of heeding warnings years ago on the part of the state bureaucracy known as the California Department…

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14 Reasons Why Silicon Valley Embraced Climate Alarmism

Guest essay by Leo Goldstein This essay attempts to address a rarely asked question: How did Silicon Valley, one of the greatest centers of wealth and brain power on Earth, embrace climate alarmism? Silicon Valley insiders are smart and successful people. By “Silicon Valley insiders,” I mean the founders, owners, venture capitalists, executives, and software…

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #258

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) Data Integrity: For several years, some commentators who deal with historic temperature data in their daily work, such as Joe D’Aleo of ICECAP, have stated that warming trends suddenly appeared…

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Quotes of the Week: Met Office vs NOAA

The Battle For Truth And Credibility Over Global Warming Pause A story in the Sunday Times confirms that the UK Met Office does not accept Karl et al.’s denial of the global warming hiatus and acknowledges that, ‘the slowdown hasn’t gone away.’ Writing in this week’s New Scientist, Michael Mann claimed that the pause is…

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Bloomberg: Green Energy “Prisoner’s Dilemma”

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t englandrichard – According to Bloomberg, Green energy shortages caused by extreme winter cold have turned the EU energy market into a gigantic Prisoner’s Dilemma, with national governments tempted to take care of their own people, before allowing electricity exports to their European partners. Winter Cold Exposes Soft Underbelly of…

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A Reverse Greenhouse Effect

Guest Post By Willis Eschenbach [See two Updates at the end] Here’s an oddity. Some very clever folks have invented a plastic film that cools surfaces by as much as 10°C. From Science magazine: Cheap plastic film cools whatever it touches up to 10°C By Robert F. Service Feb. 9, 2017 , 2:00 PM If heat…

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Claim: 0.7C / Century is Exceptional

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A new study published in SAGE claims that 0.7C / century warming is exceptional, because on average temperature change over the last 9500 years, after smoothing away short term wobbles, was 0.1C -0.01C / century. The Anthropocene equation Owen Gaffney, Will Steffen The dominant external forces influencing the rate of…

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Oroville dam spillway expected to collapse

UPDATE: Drone video over spillway added. Collapse of emergency spillway expected, evacuation ordered Department of Water Resources officials say they expect the emergency spillway at Oroville Dam to fail, and say residents should evacuate northward. The emergency spillway suffered erosion and could fail, according to DWR. If that happens, the water behind that barrier will…

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UPDATE: 8:30AM PST Sunday 2/12/17 This is some sort of glitch with WordPress.com, and it published last night instead of Eric Worrall’s piece on the French giving asylum to Climate Scientists. Is suspect it had something to do with me approving it on my phone, and having a weak signal. It did make for an…