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  • Carbon capture and storage – the Edsel of energy policies

    10/16/2013 1:43:35 AM PDT · by Rocky · 11 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | October 16, 2013 | Steve Goreham
    The war on climate change has produced many dubious “innovations.” Intermittent wind and solar energy sources, carbon markets that buy and sell “hot air,” and biofuels that burn food as we drive are just a few examples. But carbon capture and storage is the Edsel of energy policies. Carbon capture and storage (CCS), also called carbon capture and sequestration, is promoted by President Obama, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for coal-fired power plants. In September, the EPA proposed a limit of 1,100 pounds of CO2 emissions per megawatt-hour of electricity produced, a regulation that...
  • Cronyism, incompetence cited in failure of healthcare.gov site

    10/15/2013 6:23:37 PM PDT · by Rocky · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 15, 2013 | Rick Moran
    A report by a private foundation on how the Obamacare website was designed reveals that cronyism and sheer incompetence is at fault for the spectacular failures of the rollout. InfoWorld summed it up: "It was built by people who are apparently far more familiar with government cronyism than they are with IT." ---------------- (snip) --------------- All the same, CGI Federal -- which received $88 million for its work since March of this year -- told Congress in September it was indeed ready for the onslaught of users that would come when Healthcare.gov opened to the public. The same was claimed...
  • Only one peer-reviewed paper that claims to provide forecasts of long-range global temperatures

    10/15/2013 5:40:05 PM PDT · by Rocky · 1 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | Kesten C. Green
    The human race has prospered by relying on forecasts that the seasons will follow their usual course, while knowing they will sometimes be better or worse. Are things different now? For the fifth time now, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change claims they are. The difference, the IPCC asserts, is increased human emissions of carbon dioxide: a colorless, odorless, non-toxic gas that is a byproduct of growing prosperity. It is also a product of all animal respiration and is also essential for most life on Earth, yet in total it makes up only 0.0004 of the atmosphere. --------------- (snip) ------------------...
  • My Obamacare experience

    10/13/2013 4:47:06 AM PDT · by Rocky · 14 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | October 13, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    First, apologies to my readers for the diversion from the usual fare, but I’ll point out that this entry is covered under the masthead in the category of “recent news” and there’s a relevant WUWT category. Since like many of you, I’ve been forced to sign a document (at my radio station where I employed part-time) a document that confirms I’ve been given another document that advises me of my Obamacare rights, and of course being in tune to the news, I’ve been wondering if the claims about the Obamacare websites are as bad as claimed. I read an article...
  • IPCC Calls Off Planetary Emergency?

    10/04/2013 9:23:50 PM PDT · by Rocky · 5 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | October 4, 2013 | Marlo Lewis
    Okay, they don’t do so in as many words. But in addition to being more confident than ever (despite a 16-year pause in warming and the growing mismatch between model projections and observations) that man-made climate change is real, they are also more confident nothing really bad is going to happen during the 21st Century. The scariest parts of the “planetary emergency” narrative popularized by Al Gore and other pundits are Atlantic Ocean circulation shutdown (implausibly plunging Europe into a mini-ice age), ice sheet disintegration raising sea levels 20 feet, and runaway warming from melting frozen methane deposits. As BishopHill...
  • Met Office concedes the error

    09/26/2013 11:00:52 PM PDT · by Rocky · 6 replies
    Bishop Hill ^ | September 25, 2013 | Andrew Montford
    Over the last day or so, Julia Slingo has sent a polite, but somewhat evasive response to Nic Lewis regarding his critique of the UKCP09 model. It can be seen here. Nic Lewis's reaction is here. I don't think he is very impressed. The key exchange relates to the following paragraph in Slingo's paper: Having said that, it is true that the relationship between historical aerosol forcing and equilibrium climate sensitivity (ECS) depicted in your Figure B1 is based only on the PPE. But we disagree with your assertion that the results from HadCM3 are fundamentally biased. It is certainly...
  • Sea Level Rise: Climate Change and an Ocean of Natural Variability

    09/21/2013 5:43:30 PM PDT · by Rocky · 20 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | September 20, 2013 | Steve Goreham
    Today, leading scientific organizations support the idea that the ocean level is rising due to man-made emissions. Further, they claim to be able to measure ocean level to a high degree of accuracy. But a look at natural ocean variation shows that official sea level measurements are nonsense. ------------ (snip) -------------- The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stated in 2007, “Global average sea level rose at an average rate of 1.8 mm per year over 1961 to 2003. The rate was faster over 1993 to 2003: about 3.1 mm per year.” This translates to a 100-year rise of only 7...
  • Dialing Back the Alarm on Climate Change

    09/14/2013 2:36:48 AM PDT · by Rocky · 14 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 13, 2013 | Matt Ridley
    Later this month, a long-awaited event that last happened in 2007 will recur. Like a returning comet, it will be taken to portend ominous happenings. I refer to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) "fifth assessment report," part of which will be published on Sept. 27. There have already been leaks from this 31-page document, which summarizes 1,914 pages of scientific discussion, but thanks to a senior climate scientist, I have had a glimpse of the key prediction at the heart of the document. The big news is that, for the first time since these reports started coming out...
  • More settled science: Climate change/warming speeds up tree life cycles instead of causing migration

    09/12/2013 4:12:14 AM PDT · by Rocky · 9 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | September 12, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    From Duke University and the “I was sure those tree rings were linear indicators” department, comes this news: Climate Change May Speed Up Forests’ Life Cycles DURHAM, N.C. – Many climate studies have predicted that tree species will respond to global warming by migrating via seed dispersal to cooler climates. But a new study of 65 different species in 31 eastern states finds evidence of a different, unexpected response. Nearly 80 percent of the species aren’t yet shifting their geographic distributions to higher latitudes. Instead, they’re staying in place – but speeding up their life cycles. The Duke University-led study,...
  • A question for Oreskes – But what do we mean by consensus?

    09/07/2013 11:56:06 AM PDT · by Rocky · 2 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | September 7, 2013 | Christopher Monckton of Brenchley
    Politicians pay for science, but scientists should not be politicians. Consensus is a political concept. Unwisely deployed, it can be damagingly anti-scientific. A reply to Naomi Oreskes (Nature, 4 September 2013). The celebrated mathematician, astronomer and philosopher of science Abu Ali Ibn al-Haytham, or Alhazen, is justly celebrated as the founder of the scientific method. His image appears on Iraqi banknotes and on the postage stamps of half a dozen nations of the ummah wahida. Al-Haytham, unlike Naomi Oreskes,[1] did not consider that consensus had any role in science. He wrote that “the seeker after truth” does not put his...
  • Cooks ’97% consensus’ disproven by a new peer reviewed paper showing major math errors

    09/03/2013 6:04:29 PM PDT · by Rocky · 8 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | September 3, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    A major peer-reviewed paper by four senior researchers has exposed grave errors in an earlier paper in a new and unknown journal that had claimed a 97.1% scientific consensus that Man had caused at least half the 0.7 Cş global warming since 1950. A tweet in President Obama’s name had assumed that the earlier, flawed paper, by John Cook and others, showed 97% endorsement of the notion that climate change is dangerous: “Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made and dangerous.” [Emphasis added] The new paper by the leading climatologist Dr David Legates and his colleagues, published...
  • 50 to 1 Video Project (Cost of Global Warming)

    09/01/2013 11:42:45 PM PDT · by Rocky · 5 replies
    Topher.com.au ^ | September 1, 2013 | Topher Field
    http://topher.com.au/50-to-1-video-project/ (Sorry, I don't know how to embed the video. You'll have to follow the link.) Welcome to the 50 to 1 project! The best place to start is the video you see above, and after that feel free to explore by watching the full length interviews, checking out the source documents and joining the Facebook page and Twitter feed!
  • Can The IPCC Do Revolutionary Science?

    08/31/2013 7:56:31 PM PDT · by Rocky · 23 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | August 31, 2013 | Barry Brill
    The timing couldn’t be worse. On 23-26 September, scores of representatives of the world’s Environment Ministries are scheduled to meet in Stockholm to wordsmith the final draft of the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the key WG1 (physical science) portion of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC). ------------------------------- (snip) -------------- The temperature standstill has been apparent in the data for many years, but the tribalism of climate science rendered it unmentionable until the public disclosures of early 2013. Once spoken, it demanded an explanation – and it then became clear there was...
  • New Paper Corroborates Svensmark's Theory of Cosmoclimatology

    08/15/2013 1:36:41 AM PDT · by Rocky · 2 replies
    The Hockey Schtick ^ | March 21, 2013 | Unknown
    A paper published today in the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics finds "strong evidence" of a link between thunderstorm and solar activity in Brazil from 1951-2009. According to the authors, thunderstorm "behavior with respect to the 11-year solar cycle suggest a global mechanism probably related to a solar magnetic shielding effect acting on galactic cosmic rays as an explanation for the relationship of thunderstorm and solar activity," which would corroborate Svensmark's theory of cosmoclimatology. The relationship between thunderstorm and solar activity for Brazil from 1951 to 2009 Osmar Pinto Netoa, b, Corresponding author contact information, E-mail the corresponding author,...
  • Watch yesterday’s blockbuster performance by Dr. Pielke and Dr. Spencer at Senate climate hearing

    07/21/2013 4:26:43 AM PDT · by Rocky · 7 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | July 19, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    Marc Morano reported: ‘Senate global warming hearing backfires on Democrats’ — Boxer’s Own Experts Contradict Obama! — ‘Skeptics & Roger Pielke Jr. totally dismantled warmism (scientifically, economically, rhetorically) — Climate Depot Round Up ‘Sen. Boxer’s Own Experts Contradict Obama on Climate Change’ — Warmists Asked: ‘Can any witnesses say they agree with Obama’s statement that warming has accelerated during the past 10 years?’ For several seconds, nobody said a word. Sitting just a few rows behind the expert witnesses, I thought I might have heard a few crickets chirping’
  • A step in the right direction? Major shift in the UK’s government attitude to climate change

    05/11/2013 9:16:51 PM PDT · by Rocky · 6 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | May 11, 2013 | D. McNeil
    I’d like to bring some points to the attention of your readers that were raised in an article in the Independent published on 11th May 2013 It would appear to indicate a major shift in the UK’s government attitude to climate change. “The Government is facing an exodus of senior energy and climate change advisers amid growing concerns that decisive action to tackle global warming is falling victim to Treasury intransigence.” … “A Government offshore energy industrial strategy document, due to have been published this month, is understood to have been delayed after Treasury objections. At the same time as...
  • A case of the vapors – another global cooling mechanism found

    05/06/2013 6:50:48 PM PDT · by Rocky · 15 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | May 6, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    “We discovered that organic compounds such as those formed from forest emissions or from vehicle exhaust, affect the number of droplets in a cloud and hence its brightness, so affecting climate,” said study author Professor Gordon McFiggans, from the University of Manchester’s School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences. “We developed a model and made predictions of a substantially enhanced number of cloud droplets from an atmospherically reasonable amount of organic gases. “More cloud droplets lead to brighter cloud when viewed from above, reflecting more incoming sunlight. We did some calculations of the effects on climate and found that the...
  • Lords a leapin

    05/03/2013 6:54:36 PM PDT · by Rocky · 1 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | May 3, 2013 | Mike Jonas
    From the UK’s BBC comes this news item: Trillion-euro shortfall facing EU energy sector – Lords Committee Under the obligatory photo of chimneys spewing steam, is a totally uncritical article on the final report from an eight-month inquiry by the UK’s House of Lords into the EU power sector. The report accuses the EU of having a muddled energy policy, but the horribly disturbing aspect of this report is that their lordships are the ones that are muddled. For example, they say that a muddled Brussels energy policy is putting off big investors. Well, they really got that wrong. Brussels’...
  • Sunspot Cycle and the Global Temperature Change Anomaly

    05/03/2013 6:44:52 PM PDT · by Rocky · 33 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | May 3, 2013 | R.J. Salvador
    I have made an 82% correlation between the sunspot cycle and the Global Temperature Anomaly. The correlation is obtained through a non linear time series summation of NASA monthly sunspot data to the NOAA monthly Global Temperature Anomaly.
  • The Tragedy of Climatism: Resource Misuse on a Global Scale

    05/03/2013 2:58:10 AM PDT · by Rocky · 4 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | May 3, 2013 | Steve Goreham
    Excerpt: The Equator Principles are ten principles for lending by international banks that work to the detriment of poor nations. Under pressure from environmental groups, Citibank, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, and 76 other banks in 32 countries adopted the Principles. These principles demand that banks lend in an “environmentally and socially responsible manner,” which sounds good. But a top objective of the Equator Principles is “to promote the reduction of emissions that contribute to climate change.” Lending capital is restricted for coal mines, oil refineries, and other hydrocarbon projects desperately needed to build the economies of developing nations....
  • The Paradox of Consensus – a novel argument on climate change

    04/30/2013 8:18:08 PM PDT · by Rocky · 7 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | April 30, 2013 | D. RYAN BRUMBERG and MATTHEW BRUMBERG
    Theories that can be easily tested should have a high degree of consensus among researchers. Those involving chaotic and less testable questions – climate change or economic growth, physiology or financial markets – ought to have a greater level of scientific disagreement. Yet this is hardly the case for climate science. In the Paradox of Consensus, we illustrate that the greater the level of consensus for certain classes of hypotheses (those that are difficult to test) the less truth we should assign to them. ------------------------------------------------------- In our view, the fact that so many scientists agree so closely about the earth’s...
  • The beginning of the end

    04/25/2013 6:45:56 PM PDT · by Rocky · 14 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | April 25, 2013 | Dr. Vincent Gray
    To begin with I was the only critical voice in New Zealand. Last week I attended a packed meeting of the Press Club in Wellington to hear Lord Monckton tear apart the IPCC and everything connected with it. The University scientists will not listen to him. But one of the organisers of the meeting was from the Music Department. But, surely, we are at the beginning of the end. The globe has stopped warming; even when measured by the botched-up biased system that they favour. The Kyoto Protocol is dead. Emissions by former members are in steady decline compared with...
  • Time to shoot the husky, Dave

    04/25/2013 6:38:59 PM PDT · by Rocky · 1 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | April 18, 2013 | James Delingpole
    There is so much good news about the collapse of the EU's carbon trading scam, that I'm not sure where to begin. But let's start with the fact that it has really, really annoyed Bryony Worthington - the activist from the hard-left anti-capitalist pressure group Friends of the Earth who wrote the most economically suicidal piece of legislation in British history, the Climate Change Act. ------------------------------------------------------- When Cameron came into power he took what some of us recognised straight away as a massive gamble with the UK economy: he decided to stake all on a revival driven by green jobs,...
  • EU Refuses to Resuscitate Its Dying Carbon Market

    04/25/2013 6:20:08 PM PDT · by Rocky · 9 replies
    The American Interest ^ | April 16, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    The European Parliament just voted down a measure that would have attempted to revive its carbon market, likely dooming it to a slow and undignified death. This was a last-ditch effort to drive the EU’s carbon price back to a level that would incentivize green reforms. And it failed. --------------------------------------------------- The EU has been the global laboratory testing the green agenda to see how it works. Today’s story means that the guinea pig died; the most important piece of green intervention in world history has become an expensive and embarrassing flop. It’s hard to exaggerate the importance of this for...
  • Some sense about sensitivity

    04/24/2013 4:45:41 PM PDT · by Rocky · 5 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | April 24, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    More and more likely that double CO2 means <2°C: New study Yes, it warms the planet – just not as much as thought The results of a new approach to calculating the effect of CO2 – using empirical observations – suggest it has a lower impact on the climate than previously thought, and its effects are being over-estimated by the IPCC. Publishing in the American Meterological Society’s Journal of Climate, a new paper called An improved, objective Bayesian, approach for applying optimal fingerprint techniques to estimate climate sensitivity, Nicholas Lewis applies objective Bayesian techniques and uses more up-to-date observational data...
  • Newsbytes: Consensus And Controversy

    04/23/2013 10:28:42 PM PDT · by Rocky · 4 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | April 23, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    This report positively concludes that an alleged near unanimous scientific consensus on anthropogenic global warming (AGW), that “the science is settled”, is overstated. The report finds a robust, critical scientific discourse in climate related research, yet it highlights that a “consensus-building” approach to science might represent a politicised and unscientific belief in science – a belief in tension with the ethos of “normal science”. The report calls for a continuing questioning, critical, and undogmatic public debate over man-made global warming, and a clearer separation between science and policy. –Consensus and Controversy, SINTEF April 2013 By insisting on scientific consensus and...
  • Yet another ‘unprecedented’ hot times tree ring reconstruction

    04/22/2013 5:14:52 PM PDT · by Rocky · 3 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | April 22, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    From The Earth Institute at Columbia University comes another tree ring hockey stick. I have to laugh though at the choice of graphic for the press release, which shows a weather event (Euro heat wave) in 2003, rather than showing us the science, like maybe a reconstruction. I wonder what absurd assumptions or tricks (like Zombie proxies) Mr. McIntyre will find in this one that he hasn’t already – Anthony Fueled by industrial greenhouse gas emissions, Earth’s climate warmed more between 1971 and 2000 than during any other three-decade interval in the last 1,400 years, according to new regional temperature...
  • Mother Of German Green Weeklies, Die Zeit, Shocks Readers…Now Casts Doubt On Global Warming!

    04/20/2013 12:52:17 AM PDT · by Rocky · 11 replies
    No Tricks Zone ^ | April 19, 2013 | P Gosselin
    After a foray in a cult, one of the first steps on the path back to reality is the process of deprogramming. Could it be that this step is now being self-administered by the German mainstream media? It appears so. Now that the global mean temperature curve has drifted out of and below the IPCC’s projected range, panic is breaking out. The mother of German green weeklies, Die Zeit, appears to be taking measurements at the back of the house in preparation for the installation of a back door! Rahmstorf is back there with them, trying to talk them out...
  • Sequestered Gore satellite apparently not affected by ‘sequester’

    04/12/2013 11:59:31 PM PDT · by Rocky · 8 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | April 11, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    There’s no money to run White House tours, but apparently there’s money to pull one of Al’s pet projects out of mothballs. Satellite shelved after 2000 election to now fly By SETH BORENSTEIN WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is proposing dusting off and finally launching an old environmental satellite championed by Al Gore but shelved a dozen years by his 2000 rival George W. Bush. Obama proposed Wednesday spending nearly $35 million in his 2014 budget to refurbish a satellite, nicknamed GoreSat by critics, that’s been sitting in storage after it was shelved in 2001, months after Bush took...
  • With UHI staring them right in the face, Mann & Borenstein go with their ‘gut’ instincts

    04/12/2013 8:23:25 PM PDT · by Rocky · 2 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | April 12, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    Some people wonder if Michael Mann is simply an activist masquerading as a scientist, this lends credence to that idea. I wonder if Dr. Mann has ever visited weather stations in China to understand what is going on there? I have. I had to laugh when I saw this quote from Mann in Seth Borenstein’s most recent AP article: “The study is important because it formalizes what many scientists have been sensing as a gut instinct: that the increase in extreme heat that we’ve witnessed in recent decades, and especially in recent years, really cannot be dismissed as the vagaries...
  • FOIA obtained Met Office document shows them to be clueless about what affects our climate

    04/09/2013 7:35:58 PM PDT · by Rocky · 8 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | April 9, 2013 | Paul Homewood
    Following the wet summer in the UK last year, the Met Office provided the Environment Agency with a briefing document, giving an overview of the weather. This was discussed at the September Board Meeting of the Environment Agency, which Met Office officials attended. As far as I know, this document, which I obtained through FOI, has never entered the public domain. It is brutally honest in admitting how little the Met’s scientists understand about what affects our climate, and, in particular, what caused the unusual weather last year. This is in stark contrast to many of the hyped up claims,...
  • Hansen finally ‘Muzzled’ by Obama?

    04/08/2013 7:46:42 AM PDT · by Rocky · 2 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | April 8, 2013 | Chris Horner
    So, NASA’s in-house celebrity activist James Hansen says the following in explaining his departure from a lucrative perch — salary alone: $180k per year — one that proved extremely lucrative while there was a useful foil in the White House: “‘As a government employee, you can’t testify against the government,’ he told the Times.” Hogwash. Not that “Job 1″ for Hansen at NASA was attentiveness to ethics guidelines or anything, but the rules say no such thing. See 5 C.F.R. Part 6901.103 (c) and 5 C.F.R. 2635.805. Indeed, on top of that cool $1 million-plus in outside cash tossed Hansen’s...
  • Rebuttal to the attack on Dr. Don Easterbrook

    04/08/2013 7:31:14 AM PDT · by Rocky · 4 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | April 8, 2013 | David Deming
    I write in rebuttal to the March 31 letter by WWU geology faculty criticizing Dr. Don Easterbrook. I have a Ph.D in geophysics and have published research papers on climate change in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. In 2006 I testified before the US Senate on global warming. Additionally, I am the author of a three-volume history of science. I have never met Don Easterbrook. I write not so much to defend him as to expose the ignorance exhibited in the letter authored by WWU geology faculty. Their attack on Dr. Easterbrook is the most egregious example of pompous buffoonery since...
  • The Blatant Errors in the SkepticalScience Video “Global Warming over the Last 16 Years”

    04/07/2013 11:58:14 AM PDT · by Rocky · 6 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | April 7, 2013 | Bob Tisdale
    David Rose’s October 2012 article in the MailOnline generated a multitude of responses around the blogosphere. The article was titled Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released… and here is the chart to prove it. There have been so many blog posts about the article it’s not practical to list them all. SkepticalScience—a blog run by advocates of human-induced global warming, not global warming skeptics—attempted to counter the Rose article a number of times. They included a YouTube video in their January 2013 effort 16 More Years of Global Warming. The following YouTube video On...
  • Freeman Dyson speaks out about climate science, and fudge

    04/05/2013 10:12:35 PM PDT · by Rocky · 26 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | April 5, 2013 | Paul Mulshine
    Freeman Dyson is a physicist who has been teaching at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton since Albert Einstein was there. When Einstein died in 1955, there was an opening for the title of “most brilliant physicist on the planet.” Dyson has filled it. So when the global-warming movement came along, a lot of people wondered why he didn’t come along with it. The reason he’s a skeptic is simple, the 89-year-old Dyson said when I phoned him. “I think any good scientist ought to be a skeptic,” Dyson said. ------------------------------------------------------ Dyson said his skepticism about those computer models...
  • The science is settled: no warming

    04/04/2013 8:10:46 PM PDT · by Rocky · 6 replies
    The Quadrant Online ^ | March 26, 2013 | Barry Brill
    The planet is no longer warming. The brief warming episode of the late 20th century completed its course in the mid 1990s, and is now extinct. These are now uncontroversial statements. They are based on hard data which has been available for many years on the websites of many official agencies. But somehow those agencies found ways to interpret the data differently, and to continually sidestep the elephant in the room. ------------------------------------------------------ Now the whole house of cards finally tumbled, with Rajendra Pachauri, official spokesman for the IPCC, confirming in Melbourne that global temperatures had plateaued for 17 years. ------------------------------------------------------...
  • Ex-professor tells senators climate data manipulated

    04/03/2013 7:36:55 PM PDT · by Rocky · 27 replies
    energycentral ^ | Mar 27, 2013 | Brad Shannon
    A retired Western Washington University professor testified to a Republican-controlled state Senate committee Tuesday that climate change stopped in 1998 and that human-caused greenhouse gases are not responsible for fluctuations in the Earth's temperatures or melting polar ice caps. The startling testimony from emeritus professor Don Easterbrook is at odds with an apparent consensus among climate scientists and climate-science literature about human causes behind the the rise in global temperatures over the past century. His testimony came one day after the Legislature sent Gov. Jay Inslee a bill that sets up a legislative work group to study Washington's best strategy...
  • We’re not screwed? (Global warming)

    04/02/2013 5:03:16 AM PDT · by Rocky · 16 replies
    Financial Post ^ | April 1, 2013 | Ross McKitrick
    The new study, by Shaun Marcott, Jeremy Shakun, Peter Clark and Alan Mix, was based on an analysis of 73 long-term proxies, and offered a few interesting results: one familiar (and unremarkable), one odd but probably unimportant, and one new and stunning. The latter was an apparent discovery that 20th-century warming was a wild departure from anything seen in over 11,000 years. News of this finding flew around the world and the authors suddenly became the latest in a long line of celebrity climate scientists. The trouble is, as they quietly admitted over the weekend, their new and stunning claim...
  • Climate Maverick to Quit NASA (James Hansen)

    04/01/2013 7:01:59 PM PDT · by Rocky · 46 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 1, 2013 | Justin Gillis
    James E. Hansen, the climate scientist who issued the clearest warning of the 20th century about the dangers of global warming, will retire from NASA this week, giving himself more freedom to pursue political and legal efforts to limit greenhouse gases. Science Times Podcast Marveling at the efficiency of a killer in the skies and NASA’s household name on climate change takes his fight for the earth’s future into retirement. His departure, after a 46-year career at the space agency’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in Manhattan, will deprive federally sponsored climate research of its best-known public figure.
  • Michael Mann pretends to be an involuntary ‘public figure’; Posturing for libel suit?

    03/29/2013 1:18:12 AM PDT · by Rocky · 5 replies
    JunkScience.com ^ | March 27, 2013 | Steve Milloy
    In today’s The-Scientist pity-me piece, Michael Mann goes out of his way to assert (he) is an “accidental” public figure. Why? He and/or his lawyer may feel that his status as “public figure” will have adverse implications in the libel suit he filed against Mark Steyn and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. But Michael Mann has been a voluntary public figure since at least 1998. He first volunteered to be a public figure as early as April 22, 1998 when he appeared on NBC Nightly News to discuss his hokey stick study. You can’t promote yourself and your work in the...
  • FOIA and the coming US Carbon Tax via the US Treasury

    03/23/2013 8:42:23 AM PDT · by Rocky · 12 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | March 22, 2013 | Christopher Horner
    In November, I and CEI sued the Department of the Treasury to produce emails and other records mentioning “carbon”. See Joint_Scheduling_Agreement PDF I sought emails and other documents from two offices: Environment and Energy (really), and Legislative Affairs. This action after the administration first ignored us, which they followed with an unfortunate stumble, trying to delay us with fees — even absurd and surely anti-’green’ ones, like $1,800 to photocopy electronic mail, typically copied on a disc for no charge — which fees, even when they’re not mindlessly trumped up like that one, not-for-profit groups which disseminate government information are...
  • A bridge in the climate debate – How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change

    03/09/2013 1:36:27 PM PST · by Rocky · 33 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | March 8, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    Every once in awhile, an idea comes along that makes you ask, “gee why hasn’t anybody seen this before?”. This one of those times. This video below is something I almost didn’t watch, because my concerns were triggered by a few key words in the beginning. But, recommended by a Facebook friend, I stuck with it, and I’m glad I did, because I want every one of you, no matter what side of the climate debate you live in, to watch this and experience that light bulb moment as I did. The key here is to understand that desertification is...
  • Another solar manufacturer gives up

    03/07/2013 7:58:26 PM PST · by Rocky · 26 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | March 7, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    It seems to be a trend now, last October it was Seimens who gave up on solar, now it is British Petroleum, who has been in the solar business nearly 40 years, and has made the last closure announcements, finalizing what they announced in 2011. In the news today: (Reuters) – British oil major BP shut down the remnants of its solar unit on Wednesday, drawing a line under the business on which most of its Beyond Petroleum tagline of the early 2000s was premised. The unit, which BP has been scaling back since 2008, is the latest sun energy...
  • ‘Ground Zero for Global Warming’? State of Alaska temperatures in 2012 refused to cooperate

    03/06/2013 4:37:31 AM PST · by Rocky · 5 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | March 6, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    While some claims have been made that “Alaska is Ground Zero for Global Warming” it turns out that the state of Alaska was significantly below normal in 2012. For example, Fairbanks had the coldest year in the 21st century so far, and it was also the second coldest year in more than 40 years accroding to the data presented in this report below.
  • The 1970s Global Cooling Compilation – looks much like today

    03/02/2013 1:43:01 PM PST · by Rocky · 11 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | March 1, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    Does the bullet point list for solutions to global cooling at right look familiar? It reads almost like some of the manifestos we get from warmists today, including the suspension of Democracy as the article in the Owosso Newspaper clearly demonstrates. Thanks to Poptech for the compilation. During the 1970s the media promoted global cooling alarmism with dire threats of a new ice age. Extreme weather events were hyped as signs of the coming apocalypse and man-made pollution was blamed as the cause. Environmental extremists called for everything from outlawing the internal combustion engine to communist style population controls. This...
  • An encouraging admission of lower climate sensitivity by a ‘hockey team’ scientist

    02/01/2013 6:13:01 PM PST · by Rocky · 16 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | February 1, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    Andrew Revkin published the email today at the NYT Dot Earth blog as a comment in that thread, so now I am free to reproduce it here where I was not last night. Below is the comment left by Andy, quoting Annan’s email, bolding added: The climate scientist James Annan sent these thoughts by email: ‘Well, the press release is a bit strange, because it sounds like it is talking about the Aldrin et al paper which was published some time ago, to no great fanfare. I don’t know if they have a further update to that. Anyway, there have...
  • Global Warming: Anthropogenic or Not?

    01/30/2013 3:52:28 AM PST · by Rocky · 10 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | January 30, 2013 | Robert Carter
    AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW FROM DOWN UNDER Quite clearly, Dr. Hayhoe and I are both credible professional scientists. Given our training and research specializations, we are therefore competent to assess the evidence regarding the dangerous global warming that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) alleges is being caused by industrial carbon dioxide emissions. Yet at the end of her article Dr. Hayhoe recommends for further reading the websites RealClimate.org and SkepticalScience.com, whereas here at the outset of writing my own article I recommend the websites wattsupwiththat.com and www.thegwpf.org (Global Warming Policy Foundation). To knowledgeable readers, this immediately signals that Dr....
  • Environmentalist Air Pollution

    10/11/2012 11:02:32 PM PDT · by Rocky · 4 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | Oct 11, 2012 | Ira Glickstein
    Environmentalists have promoted the theory that human civilization is the main cause of global warming. They argue that Governments worldwide must take immediate drastic action to prevent a catastrophe. The chain of proof in their human-caused climate catastrophe theory is broken in at least six places: -------------------------------------------------- Environmental fallacy #1: Scientists have an accurate measure of warming since 1880. Environmental fallacy #2: Human activities, primarily fossil fuels, are the main cause. Environmental fallacy #3: Scientists can accurately predict future warming scenarios. Environmental fallacy #4: Human-caused warming will lead to an environmental disaster. Environmental fallacy #5: “Green” energy and conservation can...
  • How the IPCC handles (ignores) factual author corrections in AR4

    09/14/2012 12:11:06 AM PDT · by Rocky · 1 replies
    Watt's Up With That ^ | September 13, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Error #1: IPCC p. 110: “These previous national U.S. assessments, as well as those for normalised Cuban hurricane losses (Pielke et al., 2003), did not show any significant upward trend in losses over time, but this was before the remarkable hurricane losses of 2004 and 2005.” -------------------------------------- RECOMMENDED CORRECTION: ““These previous national U.S. assessments, as well as those for normalised Cuban hurricane losses (Pielke et al., 2003), did not show any significant upward trend in losses over time, and this remains the case following the remarkable hurricane losses of 2004 and 2005.” CLA Finding: There is no error in the...
  • New blockbuster paper finds man-made CO2 is not the driver of global warming

    09/01/2012 8:23:02 PM PDT · by Rocky · 29 replies
    The Hockey Schtick ^ | August 30, 2012 | Unknown
    An important new paper published today in Global and Planetary Change finds that changes in CO2 follow rather than lead global air surface temperature and that "CO2 released from use of fossil fuels have little influence on the observed changes in the amount of atmospheric CO2" The paper finds the "overall global temperature change sequence of events appears to be from 1) the ocean surface to 2) the land surface to 3) the lower troposphere," in other words, the opposite of claims by global warming alarmists that CO2 in the atmosphere drives land and ocean temperatures. Instead, just as in...