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  • Carbon capture and storage may have the potential for inducing seismic events

    06/18/2012 12:44:41 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    watts Up With That? ^ | June 17, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Posted on June 17, 2012 by Anthony Watts From the National Academies of Sciences News:Hydraulic Fracturing Poses Low Risk for Causing Earthquakes, But Risks Higher for Wastewater Injection WellsWASHINGTON — June 15th — Hydraulic fracturing has a low risk for inducing earthquakes that can be felt by people, but underground injection of wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing and other energy technologies has a higher risk of causing such earthquakes, says a new report from the National Research Council. In addition, carbon capture and storage may have the potential for inducing seismic events, because significant volumes of fluids are injected underground...
  • Dem senator: Humans causing climate change, saying otherwise is 'bogus'

    06/14/2012 8:22:01 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 14, 2012 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) declared on the Senate floor Thursday that the debate over whether humans are causing climate change is over, and that it has been shown conclusively that human activity is leading to global warming. "People say there are questions about the theory," he said. "No, there are not. "The argument that the jury is still out on climate change is a false and bogus argument," he added. "The jury is not out. In fact, the jury is in, the effects are obvious, they surround us every day, and we need to take action." Whitehouse said the theory...
  • 13th century volcano mystery eruption may be solved (Little Ice Age cause?)

    06/15/2012 1:49:41 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    watts Up With That? ^ | June 15, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    A photo of the Rinjani caldera in Indonesia, while Lavigne won’t name the volcano until his paper is published, insiders suggest this a likely candidate for the missing 1258 AD eruption. Image: Wikipedia From ScienceNews: Indonesia implicated as location of biggest eruption in last seven millennia By Alexandra Witze SELFOSS, Iceland — One of the biggest mysteries in volcanology may finally have a solution. An eruption long thought to have gone off in the year 1258, spreading cooling sulfur particles around the globe, happened the year before in Indonesia, scientists report.Until now, researchers have known a big volcano went off...
  • James Hansen’s climate forecast of 1988: a whopping 150% wrong

    06/15/2012 12:36:44 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    watts Up With That? ^ | June 15, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    From their Die kalte Sonne website, Professor Fritz Vahrenholt and Dr. Sebastian Lüning put up this guest Post by Prof. Jan-Erik Solheim (Oslo) on Hansen’s 1988 forecast, and show that Hansen was and is, way off the mark. h/t to Pierre Gosselin of No Tricks Zone and WUWT reader tips. Figure 1: Temperature forecast Hansen’s group from the year 1988. The various scenarios are 1.5% CO 2 increase (blue), constant increase in CO 2 emissions (green) and stagnant CO 2 emissions (red). In reality, the increase in CO 2 emissions by as much as 2.5%, which would correspond to the...
  • The UN defines “climate change” as being man-made: Orwell could not have done it better

    06/15/2012 12:05:42 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    JoNova ^ | June 16th, 2012
    Sloppy George Orwell, Photo: WikipediaSloppy language works for cheats and charlatans. In the search for the truth only accurate language will do. Orwell understood the power of language to change the way we think, indeed to fence off some possible options completely.Roger Pielke Snr put out a call today asking for precise definitions and protesting about the misuse of the term “climate change”. But when did this nonsensical term start? Where else, but with the UN. All the way back on May 9th 1992, UN defined “climate change” as man-made. See The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, (paragraph 6):“Climate...
  • Lisa Jackson Blames Cheap Natural Gas for EPA’s Job-Killing Policies

    06/15/2012 10:34:17 AM PDT · by 92nina · 7 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-06-14 | Lisa Jackson
    In a recent interview with The Guardian, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, stated that it is not her policies that are driving coal-fired power plants out of business, but rather organic changes in the American electricity market. Scapegoating natural gas, Jackson claims that low natural-gas prices and booming gas production are depressing coal consumption. But what Jackson fails to mention is that explicitly due to the EPA’s stringent regulations that some coal production is now non-econommical. The price coal-fired power plants would have to pay to comply with new, burdensome regulations is so expensive, that many coal mines are forced to...
  • How Climate Change Got Removed From the Agenda of the Rio+20 Summit

    06/15/2012 10:09:01 AM PDT · by Twotone · 5 replies
    In These Times ^ | June 14, 2012 | Rebecca Burns
    The Durban Climate Conference last winter ended in almost unqualified failure. The original framework of U.N. climate negotiations was all but abandoned in favor of a new global pact that may or may not be negotiated by 2015 and may or may not be legally binding. Climate change deniers literally crashed the party by parachuting onto a beach in Durban carrying a “Climategate 2.0” banner—and public perception in the U.S. on the reliability of climate science continued to shift in their direction, cementing the stalemate on a domestic climate deal.
  • Green Welfare, Green Taxes, Green Poverty

    06/14/2012 5:30:53 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | June 13, 2012 | Peter Ferrara
    What would you do if gangs of robbers roamed your neighborhood at night, breaking into your neighbors' houses and stealing their family jewels and life savings? You would arm yourself to defend your property. Or you would move to a safer neighborhood. But if the robbers formed gangs called Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, or the Natural Resources Defense Fund, and assaulted your standard of living, the Che Guevara Democrats expect you to greet them with open arms, and gleefully turn over bushels of your cash, until your life savings is gone, and your standard of living has been reduced to...
  • How Green is Your Bankster? Bank of America spends $50 billion to save the world.

    06/14/2012 2:14:10 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    JoNova ^ | June 12th, 2012 | Joanne
    Bank of America Pledges $50 Billion to Combat Climate Change The unholy alliance between bankers and government is on naked display.It’s the black hole in the kitchen: huge, obvious, and silent. And boy does it suck. As Climate Depot points out, Bank of America got a $45 billion bailout from the government during the global financial crisis. Now it’s promising $50 billion to “address Climate Change”. How Green is your Bankster?It’s a feeding frenzy:The bank’s new initiative includes lending, equipment finance, capital markets and advisory activity and carbon finance, as well as advice and investment help.Bank of America will focus...
  • Obama plans to tackle climate change and nuclear proliferation - if he wins second term

    06/13/2012 5:36:28 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 11 2012 | Toby Harnden
    President Barack Obama’s priorities in a second term could include tackling climate change, halting nuclear proliferation, bolstering overseas aid and immigration reform, according to his senior advisers. Although on the campaign trail Obama insists that the central campaign issue is ‘how we build an economy that works for everybody’, White House aides, speaking to the New Yorker in a lengthy article about Obama’s plans for a second term, stressed other themes. Officials insist that they are not taking Obama’s re-election for granted. But Ryan Lizza, author of the article, revealed that Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former chief of staff, had told...
  • 50 yrs. of ocean warming attributed to man (Oh Noes!)

    06/13/2012 4:56:22 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 17 replies
    UPI.com ^ | June 11, 2012 | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    LIVERMORE, Calif., June 11 (UPI) -- Human activity has been the primary cause of global ocean warming during the past 50 years, a team of U.S. and international researchers says. Scientists say the observed ocean warming in the last 50 years is consistent with climate models only if the models include the effects of observed increases in greenhouse gas during the 20th century. "We have taken a closer look at factors that influence these results," lead author Peter Gleckler at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California said. "The bottom line is that this study substantially strengthens the conclusion that...
  • Bank of America to Spend $50 Billion Fighting Global Warming; Got $45 Billion from Bailout

    06/13/2012 4:44:19 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 23 replies
    Brietbart ^ | June 12, 2012 | Wynton Hall
    On Monday, Bank of America announced it plans to provide $50 billion in loans and financing over the next ten years for "environmentally friendly energy projects."
  • Mitt Romney worked to combat climate change as governor (He turned to John Holdren for advice?

    06/13/2012 8:55:50 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 45 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 6/13/2012 | Neela Banerjee
    During his first 18 months as governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney spent considerable time hammering out a sweeping climate change plan to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions... Before doing an about-face toward the end of his term as he began to prepare for his first run for president, Romney pushed to close coal-fired plants, encourage the development of renewable energy and contain sprawl - steps similar to some President Obama has taken. Indeed, one of Romney's top environmental staffers, Gina McCarthy, now runs the air pollution unit of the EPA under Obama. John Holdren, a scientist Romney turned to...
  • Germany’s Green Energy Policy Hit Households Hard

    06/11/2012 7:05:15 AM PDT · by Twotone · 35 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 10, 2012 | Jack Dini
    Many people in Germany are no longer able to pay their electricity bills. Skyrocketing electricity prices are making electricity unaffordable for a large number of Germans. The past year over 600,000 households had their power switched off in Germany because they can’t afford the skyrocketing electric bills.(1)
  • Obama believes the most important issue of second term is 'climate change'

    06/11/2012 10:49:11 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 11, 2012 | Ed Lasky
    President Obama is quoted in a New Yorker column by hooked-in journalist Ryan Lizza as believing the most important issue to address in his second term would be climate change "Obama has an ambitious second-term agenda, which, at least in broad ways, his campaign is beginning to highlight. The President has said that the most important policy he could address in his second term is climate change (italics mine), one of the few issues that he thinks could fundamentally improve the world decades from now. He also is concerned with containing nuclear proliferation."
  • A Big Picture Look At “Earth’s Temperature” – Peter Gleick Edition

    06/10/2012 7:57:52 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    watts up with That? ^ | June 10, 2012 | justthefactswuwt
    By WUWT regular “Just The Facts”I recently came across a January 21st, 2012 Peter Gleick article 2011 Climate Change in Pictures and Data: Just the Facts, which appears to mimic the format and approach of my January 1st, 2012 article A Big Picture Look At “Earth’s Temperature”.What I find particularly amusing about Peter’s article is that a week after noting that, “Lost in this verbal debate are often the simple facts and data of climate change and the immense and definitive global observations of the ways in which our climate is actually changing around us.” Peter Gleick was perpetrating Fakegate. Why,...
  • Australasia has hottest 60 years in a millennium, scientists find ( tree ring data lies)

    06/10/2012 7:06:22 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Thursday 17 May 2012 02.52 EDT | Alison Rourke in Sydney
    Study of tree rings, corals and ice cores finds unnatural spike in temperatures that lines up with manmade climate changeThe last 60 years have been the hottest in Australasia for a millennium and cannot be explained by natural causes, according to a new report by scientists that supports the case for a reduction in manmade carbon emissions.
  • Jo Nova chronicles the snapping of the Gergis hockey stick (More AGW - from Tree Ring Data)

    06/10/2012 6:50:36 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    watts Up With That? ^ | June 9, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Note: I’m reposting this excellent essay from Jo Nova to give it a wide as an audience as possible. Be sure to bookmark her site if you have not already. – Anthony 300,000 dollars and three years to produce a paper that lasted three weeks: Gergis The paper might have been scientifically invalid, but it was a box-office success. The headlines were everywhere“1000 years of climate data confirms Australia’s warming” said the press release from University of Melbourne. It was picked up by The Guardian: “Australasia has hottest 60 years in a millennium, scientists find”; The Age and The Australian...
  • 300,000 dollars and three years to produce a paper that lasted three weeks: (More AGW Propaganda)

    06/10/2012 6:19:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    JoNova ^ | June 10th, 2012
    The paper might have been scientifically invalid, but it was a box-office success.The headlines were everywhere“1000 years of climate data confirms Australia’s warming” said the press release from University of Melbourne. It  was picked up by  The Guardian: “Australasia has hottest 60 years in a millennium, scientists find”; The Age and  The Australian led with “Warming since 1950 ‘unprecedented’. The story was on ABC 24  and ABC news where Gergis proclaimed:” there are no other warm periods in the last 1000 years that match the warming experienced in Australasia since 1950.” It was all over the ABC including ABC Radio...
  • Aussie Hockey Stick paper 'put on hold'

    06/09/2012 7:58:43 AM PDT · by Twotone · 5 replies
    Australian Climate Madness ^ | June 9, 2012 | Simon
    Again, thanks to the tireless efforts of Steve McIntyre, truly a hero of the realist cause, the paper by Joelle Gergis (climate activist), which claimed a Hockey Stick in Australia (and who then refused to release the data), has been put on hold.