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  • New paper finds deep Arctic Ocean from 50,000 to 11,000 years ago was 1–2°C warmer ......

    08/31/2012 2:10:24 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | August 29, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Reposted from the Hockey SchtickA new paper published in Nature Geoscience finds “From about 50,000 to 11,000 years ago, the central Arctic Basin from 1,000 to 2,500 meters deep was … 1–2°C warmer than modern Arctic Intermediate Water.” This finding is particularly surprising because it occurred during the last major ice age. Horizontal axis is thousands of years ago with modern temperatures at the left and 50,000 years ago at the right. Temperature proxy of the Intermediate Water Layer of the Arctic Ocean is shown in top graph with degrees C anomaly noted at the upper right vertical axis. Note...
  • Winning the AGW Science Debate: Here's How

    08/31/2012 9:14:36 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 30, 2012 | S. Fred Singer
    The upcoming election battles may be unique in offering for the first time a debate about global warming. Neither Bush-Gore nor McCain-Obama chose to discuss the issue -- maybe because they were not really that far apart. By contrast, Barack Obama has already announced that, if re-elected, he will make climate change an important priority -- while Paul Ryan is an assertive skeptic on AGW (anthropogenic global warming). The science of climate change is not just of academic interest, but has been leading to policies for large-scale changes in energy use and supply -- with important economic consequences. The burden...
  • Raining Nonsense during a Drought

    08/21/2012 10:35:59 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 10 replies
    The American ^ | August 21, 2012 | Blake Hurst
    The only conclusion to draw from a year like this one is that Mother Nature is not always kind. Never waste a good crisis, at least when it comes to the op-ed section. On the subject of this year’s historic drought, the chattering classes have certainly obliged. William Moseley contributed a sermon for the New York Times, pinning the scarlet A on corn and damning it for all that is wrong with agriculture. The author informs us that because corn is particularly vulnerable to a hot, dry period during the crucial week of pollination, no sensible farmer should grow it....
  • The Green War on the Poor - The Democratic party used to care about poor and working people.

    08/30/2012 10:06:12 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 30, 2012 | Robert Zubrin
    In a nearly full-page op-ed appearing in the business section of the August 25 New York Times, Cornell professor Robert H. Frank lays out the new green agenda for tax policy.According to Professor Frank, stopping global warming may require carbon taxes of about $300 per ton of carbon dioxide emitted, and by implementing such taxes, we can also balance the federal budget. “If such a tax were phased in,” Frank says, “the prices of goods would rise gradually in proportion to the amount of carbon dioxide their production or use entailed. The price of gasoline, for example, would slowly...
  • Mann versus Steyn: popcorn time!

    08/28/2012 2:28:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 48 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | August 27th, 2012 | James Delingpole
    Today I'm launching a fund and I wonder whether anyone would like to contribute. Please, I implore you all, PLEASE chip in to help finance Professor Michael Mann's suit for defamation against sinister, right-wing Canadian climate-change denier Mark Steyn and the fascist-denialist organ for which Steyn writes, National Review Online! I don't think Mann is going to win his case, not for one fraction of a millisecond. That's why I think it's so important that we give him all the financial encouragement we can at this sensitive early stage. There's a danger that Mann may yet take advice from his...
  • Greenhouse theory smashed by biggest stone

    03/30/2006 4:58:23 PM PST · by haole · 57 replies · 1,392+ views
    Space and Earth science : March 14, 2006 ^ | 14 March 2006 | Vladimir Shaidurov of the Russian Academy of Sciences
    A new theory to explain global warming was revealed at a meeting at the University of Leicester (UK) and is being considered for publication in the journal "Science First Hand". The controversial theory has nothing to do with burning fossil fuels and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. According to Vladimir Shaidurov of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the apparent rise in average global temperature recorded by scientists over the last hundred years or so could be due to atmospheric changes that are not connected to human emissions of carbon dioxide from the burning of natural gas and oil. Shaidurov explained how...
  • Temperatures were warmer than today for most of the past 10,000 years

    08/23/2012 4:16:44 PM PDT · by gorush · 13 replies
    http://iceagenow.info ^ | 25 May 10 | Robert W. Felix
    25 May 10 – The revamped cap-and-trade (control-and-tax) bill that Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) are trying to foist on the American public is predicated on a flat-out lie. The control-and-tax proponents would have you believe that our planet has been enduring unprecedented global warming (now coyly referred to as “climate change”), but the facts do not bear that out. Facts. Oh, those damnable facts... ...You’ll see that today’s benign climate is not even close to being the warmest on record. Not even close. Temperatures have been warmer than today for almost all of the past 10,000...
  • Ice core shows Antarctic Peninsula warming is nothing unusual--Press release flatly contradicts ...

    08/23/2012 12:47:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | 23rd August 2012 10:16 GMT | Lewis Page
    Press release flatly contradicts what boffins said New ice core data from the Antarctic Peninsula has revealed that temperatures in the region during the past 10,000 years have often been higher than they are today, and that warming of the sort seen there recently has also occurred in the pre-industrial past. The new data are derived from a massive new 364m-long core extracted from the ice sheet lying on top of James Ross Island towards the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula in the freezing Weddell Sea. The core was extracted by scientists from the British Antarctic Survey, assisted by...
  • Antarctic peninsula was 1.3°C warmer than today 11,000 years ago

    08/23/2012 5:47:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | August 23, 2012 | British Antarctic Survey
    Posted on August 23, 2012 by Anthony Watts From the British Antarctic SurveyWordie Ice Shelf location within Antarctic Peninsula (Photo credit: Wikipedia) New climate history adds to understanding of recent Antarctic Peninsula warmingResults published this week by a team of polar scientists from Britain, Australia and France adds a new dimension to our understanding of Antarctic Peninsula climate change and the likely causes of the break-up of its ice shelves.The first comprehensive reconstruction of a 15,000 year climate history from an ice core collected from James Ross Island in the Antarctic Peninsula region is reported this week in the journal...
  • 10,000 square miles of floating volcanic pumice found in Pacific

    08/23/2012 6:16:00 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies
    iceagenow.info ^ | August 10, 2012 | Robert
    Came from an underwater volcano. The New Zealand Navy announced today that they have found a patch of floating volcanic pumice from an underwater volcano floating about 600 miles off the shore of New Zealand. “The rock looked to be sitting two foot (half a meter) above the surface of the waves and lit up a brilliant while colour in the spotlight. It looked exactly like the edge of an ice shelf,” said Lieutenant Tim Oscar aboard the ship the HMNZS Canterbury.Scientists aboard the ship said the white pumice – which covers 10,000 square miles ( 26,000 sq km) –...
  • Climate Zealot Continues Tree-Ring Circus

    08/23/2012 4:44:21 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 7 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 23, 2012
    Climate Fraud: In an attempt to defend his role in the greatest scam of modern times, Climate-gate's poster child threatens to defend his tarnished reputation in court. First, hide the decline, then hide the deceit. 'Get lost" was National Review editor Rich Lowry's appropriate response to a threatened lawsuit by Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann. NR printed a post by the great Mark Steyn, who graces these pages as well, calling Mann's famous hockey-stick graph "fraudulent." That it is indeed a fraud has been documented by many, including us. Mann was at the heart of the Climate-gate scandal in...
  • Rich Lowry: Get Lost - My response to Michael Mann

    08/22/2012 1:34:32 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 22, 2012 | Rich Lowry, Editor National Review
    So, as you might have heard, Michael Mann of Climategate infamy is threatening to sue us. Mann is upset — very, very upset — with this Mark Steyn Corner post, which had the temerity to call Mann’s hockey stick “fraudulent.” The Steyn post was mild compared with other things that have been said about the notorious hockey stick, and, in fact, it fell considerably short of an item about Mann published elsewhere that Steyn quoted in his post. So why threaten to sue us? I rather suspect it is because the Steyn post was savagely witty and stung poor Michael....
  • The 6 Quadrillion Dollar Climate Change Scam

    08/22/2012 10:19:51 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 22 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-22-12 | Curt
    President Vaclav Klaus delivered the keynote address this year to the World Federation of Scientists: This brings me to the topic of my speech. I will try to argue that current as well as realistically foreseeable global warming, and especially Man’s contribution to it, is not a planetary emergency which should bother us. I am not a climatologist, but the IPCC and its leading spokespersons are not climatologists either. I am content to be a consumer of climatology and its related scientific disciplines. In this respect, I am located – in the economic jargon – on the demand side...
  • U.Va. Institute Assists Citizens with Sea-Level Rise Issues on Virginia's Coast [Gag Me!]

    08/21/2012 12:23:14 PM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 21 replies
    University of Virginia, UVA Today, UVA Facebook ^ | 20 Aug 2012 | University of Virginia
    U.Va. Institute Assists Citizens with Sea-Level Rise Issues on Virginia's Coast August 20, 2012 — Virginia's largest city may get up to 45,000 acres smaller over the next century, due to an anticipated 2.3 to 5.2 feet of relative sea-level rise expected in Virginia Beach – a rise that would also impact the entire Hampton Roads region and the Eastern Shore. Recognizing the challenges this will pose, the University of Virginia's Institute for Environmental Negotiation is assisting citizens and decision-makers in long-range planning. Under director Frank Dukes, associate director Tanya Denckla Cobb and graduate associate Melissa Keywood – all from...
  • The Deniers (State of California propaganda)

    If the experts agree on the existence and causes of climate change, why do some public opinion polls find that only about half or less than half of the American public is convinced that emissions from human activities bear responsibility? A small but vocal group has aggressively spread misinformation about the science, aiming to cast doubt on well-established findings and conclusions. Their goal is to create confusion and uncertainty, thereby preventing meaningful action to remedy the problem. The same strategy was used cynically for decades by the tobacco industry after research showed that cigarettes caused cancer. In fact, some of...
  • Jerry Brown hot for money from global warming law

    08/20/2012 1:47:08 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 5 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 8-19-2012 | Mark Landsbaum
    Brown wants you to believe global warming "poses an immediate and growing threat to California's economy, environment and to public health," and that reducing greenhouse gas emissions, "which are warming the planet," is necessary "to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change, including the increased likelihood of both flooding and drought." That's the same phony scare story repeated until many people finally tuned it out. It failed to persuade Congress to intervene with a law to limit greenhouse gas emissions, even though Congress almost never has seen a trumped-up crisis that didn't justify overreaching intervention... But, as the Sacramento...
  • Global warming alarmism detached from reality, still

    08/20/2012 1:54:20 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 3 replies
    You may have noticed the recent hype about global warming, a hot summer, looming devastation from freakish weather and all the same old stuff recycled again. You may also have noticed one of the reasons: Gov. Jerry Brown wants to justify shaking down corporate California, again. Well, not only does Brown get the temperature wrong, he also hypes the threat of extreme weather events. Which is to say he gets that wrong too. So, are we amidst horrific extreme weather events? Normally we’d just say, “not exactly.” In this case, we have to say, ”You’ve gotta be kidding.”...
  • The reason for the polarization of the global warming issue

    08/20/2012 6:43:50 PM PDT · by norwaypinesavage · 3 replies
    Watts up with That | 8/17/12 | David French
    Deliberation tends to move groups, and the individuals who compose them, toward a more extreme point in the direction indicated by their own predeliberation judgments.....group polarization – has many implications for economic, political, and legal institutions. It helps to explain extremism, “radicalization,” cultural shifts, and the behavior of political parties and religious organizations
  • Fracking Leads To Cleaner Air

    08/20/2012 5:05:31 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 20, 2012
    Carbon emissions in the U.S. have hit a 20-year low due to a supposedly environmentally unfriendly drilling technique that has created an abundance of cheap natural gas. The free market, it seems, does it better than the EPA. Environmentalists find themselves between shale rock and a hard place after a little noticed technical report documented how the natural gas boom caused by the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has actually helped the environment in a major way while also creating jobs and economic growth. In the report, the U.S. Energy Information Agency, a part of the Energy Department, said...
  • Climate and Drought Lessons from Ancient Egypt

    08/18/2012 11:29:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Thursday, August 16, 2012 | United States Geological Survey et al
    Ancient pollen and charcoal preserved in deeply buried sediments in Egypt's Nile Delta document the region's ancient droughts and fires, including a huge drought 4,200 years ago associated with the demise of Egypt's Old Kingdom, the era known as the pyramid-building time... said Christopher Bernhardt, a researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey... "Even the mighty builders of the ancient pyramids more than 4,000 years ago fell victim when they were unable to respond to a changing climate," said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. "This study illustrates that water availability was the climate-change Achilles Heel then for Egypt, as it may well...
  • California--Editorial: Jerry Brown's overheated climate rhetoric

    08/19/2012 3:44:10 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER ^ | Aug. 17, 2012 Updated: Aug. 19, 2012 9:07 a.m. | Editorial Staff
    Pending auctions of greenhouse-gas permits will benefit only California’s government. It's probably no coincidence that Gov. Jerry Brown recently launched a website to scare Californians into embracing his global-warming hype. The state is about to launch a cap-and-trade scheme that potentially will raise billions of dollars for the government, ostensibly to fight global warming.In reality, the money is likely to be diverted to more mundane political uses – like backfilling the huge budget hole perpetuated by Mr. Brown and the Democratic-controlled Legislature.
  • NSF Promotes Climate-Change Ed. With $19 Million in Grants

    08/18/2012 9:41:16 PM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    Education Week ^ | Aug 17, 2012 | Erik Robelen
    Efforts to advance climate-change education in schools and communities are getting a boost from a set of six grants awarded this week by the National Science Foundation, totaling nearly $19 million. The grants will support a number of efforts, including a joint project in Maryland and Delaware to help schools deliver effective and regionally relevant instruction in grades 8-12, and pay for work led by the New England Aquarium to enhance climate-change education in zoos, aquariums, and other settings. The four other NSF grants include: -- $5.7 million to Columbia University for a project to help the public understand climate...
  • AP IMPACT: CO2 emissions in US drop to 20-year low

    08/18/2012 5:10:50 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 32 replies
    The Associated Press (AP) ^ | 17 Aug 2012 | KEVIN BEGOS
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — In a surprising turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years, and government officials say the biggest reason is that cheap and plentiful natural gas has led many power plant operators to switch from dirtier-burning coal. Many of the world's leading climate scientists didn't see the drop coming, in large part because it happened as a result of market forces rather than direct government action against carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that traps heat in the atmosphere. Michael Mann, director of...
  • Water balance of global aquifers revealed by groundwater footprint (Abstract)

    08/16/2012 10:39:42 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    Nature ^ | 09 August 2012 | Tom Gleeson, Yoshihide Wada, Marc F. P. Bierkens & Ludovicus P. H. van Beek
    Groundwater is a life-sustaining resource that supplies water to billions of people, plays a central part in irrigated agriculture and influences the health of many ecosystemsMost assessments of global water resources have focused on surface water,, but unsustainable depletion of groundwater has recently been documented on both regional and global scales. It remains unclear how the rate of global groundwater depletion compares to the rate of natural renewal and the supply needed to support ecosystems. Here we define the groundwater footprint (the area required to sustain groundwater use and groundwater-dependent ecosystem services) and show that humans are overexploiting groundwater in...
  • Why New York State Should Lift its Hydraulic Fracturing Moratorium

    08/14/2012 1:20:32 PM PDT · by 92nina · 10 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-08-14 | Christopher Prandoni
    As New York’s Department of Energy Conservation (DEC) prepares to issue a report on hydraulic fracturing, DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens finds himself in a precarious position. As former founder of Catskill Mountainkeepers—your run-of-the-mill anti-energy, anti-hydraulic fracturing group—Martens spent most of his days making sure oil and natural gas producers were creating jobs in Pennsylvania, not New York. Hydraulic fracturing is effectively banned in New York State (indefinite moratorium) which means that the Utica Shale play, the natural gas formation that stretches from West Virginia to New York, is off-limits. Were NY’s DEC to issue an objective report about the pros...
  • NOAA Requests Ammunition For The Weather Service

    08/13/2012 3:05:16 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 66 replies
    http://pprnnews.prepperpodcast.com ^ | 8.13.12 | James Smith
    On 9 Aug 2012, the Department of Commerce, for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration by way of the National Weather Service, put out a solicitation for a small variety of ammunition. The solicitation breaks down the requirements: 16,000 rounds of ammunition for semiautomatic pistols to be factory-loaded .40 S&W caliber, 180-grain jacketed hollow point (JHP). 6,000 rounds of frangible, 125-grain CFRHT .40 caliber. 24,000 rounds of ammunition for semiautomatic pistols to be factory-loaded .40 S&W caliber, 180-grain jacketed hollow point (JHP). In all, 40,000 rounds of ammunition, and only 500 Transtar II blue 24″ x 40″ targets are being...
  • The Keys to the Climate Debate

    08/13/2012 12:22:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 13, 2012 | David M.W. Evans
    Hardly anyone knows that two thirds of the warming predicted by the climate models comes from assumed changes in humidity and clouds, and only one third comes directly from the extra carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases. Some awareness of the calculations is essential, because there is no direct observational evidence that rising CO2 caused the bulk of the recent warming. If there were, don't you suppose we would have heard all about it by now? The world has spent over $60B since 1990 looking for that evidence. The ice cores shown by Al Gore in his movie were...
  • Hundred-Year Forecast: Drought (So sez the New York Times...)

    08/12/2012 5:20:07 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies
    Hundred-Year Forecast: Drought By CHRISTOPHER R. SCHWALM, CHRISTOPHER A. WILLIAMS and KEVIN SCHAEFER BY many measurements, this summer’s drought is one for the record books. But so was last year’s drought in the South Central states. And it has been only a decade since an extreme five-year drought hit the American West. Widespread annual droughts, once a rare calamity, have become more frequent and are set to become the “new normal.” Until recently, many scientists spoke of climate change mainly as a “threat,” sometime in the future. But it is increasingly clear that we already live in the era of...
  • Biz bosses 'to save Ł400m' as UK.gov axes green red-tape---More than 100 ... climate change ...

    08/10/2012 10:27:13 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    The Register ^ | 10th August 2012 08:40 GMT | Out-Law.com
    Rules for power lines, pipelines and more shown the door More than 100 energy and climate change regulations are to be scrapped or improved in a bid to cut "red tape" for businesses, the government has announced. Energy Minister Charles Hendry said that, following a review, 86 regulations would be dropped completely while a further 48 regimes would be "improved". The full package of reforms, including other initiatives by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), is expected to save businesses around Ł400m over the next 20 years, he said. The review was part of the government's 'Red Tape...
  • Coal Comfort - The EPA hates the carbon-heavy fuel, but it’s here to stay.

    08/06/2012 2:35:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2012 | Robert Bryce
    About one train per hour. ThatÂ’s the target loading rate for the massive silos, conveyors, and hoppers at the North Antelope Rochelle Mine in Wyoming, the most productive coal mine in the world. And on a cool, nearly windless day in late March, Scott Durgin, a regional vice president for Peabody Energy, was happy. Standing in the mineÂ’s dispatch office, Durgin pointed to a flat-panel display showing a list of trains that had recently passed through. It was exactly 12 noon, according to the clock on the wall, and since midnight, the mine had loaded 11 trains, each carrying...
  • 1.5 Million Years of Climate History Revealed After Scientists Solve Mystery of the Deep

    08/09/2012 11:10:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Aug. 9, 2012 | NA
    A new study has successfully reconstructed temperature from the deep sea to reveal how global ice volume has varied over the glacial-interglacial cycles of the past 1.5 million years. Scientists have announced a major breakthrough in understanding Earth's climate machine by reconstructing highly accurate records of changes in ice volume and deep-ocean temperatures over the last 1.5 million years. The study, which is reported in the journal Science, offers new insights into a decades-long debate about how the shifts in Earth's orbit relative to the sun have taken Earth into and out of an ice-age climate. Being able to reconstruct...
  • July 2012 not a record breaker according to data from the new NOAA/NCDC U.S. .....

    08/09/2012 7:38:24 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | August 8, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    I decided to do myself something that so far NOAA has refused to do: give a CONUS average temperature for the United States from the new ‘state of the art’ United States Climate Reference Network (USCRN). After spending millions of dollars to put in this new network from 2002 to 2008, they are still giving us data from the old one when they report a U.S. national average temperature. As readers may recall, I have demonstrated that old COOP/USHCN network used to monitor U.S. climate is a mishmash of urban, semi-urban, rural, airport and non-airport stations, some of which are...
  • Ray Evans reviews The Denialist Victory ( Man-Made Global Warming Advocate not happy)

    08/09/2012 12:13:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    JoNova ^ | August 8th, 2012 | Ray Evans
    Ray Evans writes a review below of  Robert Manne’s essay in The Monthly entitled A Dark Victory: How vested interests defeated climate science. (Forgive me Ray for slipping in one or two thoughts of my own below).   Ray Evans is the secretary of The Lavoisier Group one of the first original skeptical groups in Australia (I’ve put a few notes on that at the base of the article). It was Graham Readfearns review (ABC Drum) that apparently brought the Manne article to Ray’s attention.Dear All,Readfearn’s review was a lamentation of defeat and disappointment. So I immediately bought a copy of The...
  • Ripping A Lib Blogger Who Rips Mitt on Wind Power

    08/09/2012 10:44:30 AM PDT · by rightjb · 20 replies
    RantPolitical.com ^ | 8-9-2012 | PolitiJim (@politiJim)
    Fellow RantPolitical.com blogger Jenny Craig (if that is her real name) asks the question, “Why Do Conservative Wingbags Hate Wind Energy?” Assuming that she is talking about wind power and not harnessing the flatulence of bovine bowel activity, I’m more than willing to help a fellow ranter out by answering her question. God knows SOMEONE needs to school her.She leaps off of Romney’s recent policy position that he wants to do away with wind energy tax incentives. She believes Romney (and by association every member of the GOP) are suddenly disconnected from scientific and economic reality for the following reasons:...
  • Scafetta’s new paper attempts to link climate cycles to planetary motion ( March 2012)

    08/08/2012 12:52:53 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | March 21, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Nicola Scafetta sent me this paper yesterday, and I read it with interest, but I have a number of reservations about it, not the least of which is that it is partially based on the work of Landscheidt and the whole barycentric thing which gets certain people into shouting matches. Figure 9 looks to be interesting, but note that it is in generic units, not temperature, so has no predictive value by itself.Fig. 9. Proposed solar harmonic reconstructions based on four beat frequencies. (Top) Average beat envelope function of the model (Eq. (18)) and (Bottom) the version modulated with a...
  • Clean Energy Summit Sparks Political Events, Debate Over Government Role In Renewables

    08/07/2012 2:38:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Lahontan Valley News ^ | Tuesday, August 7, 2012 | Sean Whaley
    CARSON CITY – With U.S. Sen. Harry Reid's 5th annual National Clean Energy Summit set to kick off today in Las Vegas, the debate over alternative energy development and the government's role in its future rages on. The purpose of the day-long event as described on the website is to, “once again bring together clean energy visionaries and leaders, public officials, business executives and entrepreneurs, investors, students, and the media to discuss how to empower the public with tools to promote the clean energy economy; increasing jobs and our energy independence.” But the role of the federal government in the...
  • $1.3 billion in ‘clean energy’ subsidies produce 288 permanent jobs, ......

    08/07/2012 2:47:54 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Nevada Journal ^ | Monday, August 6, 2012 | Kyle Gillis
    Full Title:**********************$1.3 billion in ‘clean energy’ subsidies produce 288 permanent jobs, quadruple cost of electricity in Nevada Reid-sponsored National Clean Energy Summit pushes more subsidies as key to Nevada’s futureLAS VEGAS — As U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid prepares to host his fifth annual National Clean Energy Summit on Aug. 7, a Nevada Journal examination of Nevada’s renewable energy sector shows that over $1.3 billion in federal funds funneled into geothermal, solar and wind projects since 2009 has yielded and is projected to yield just 288 permanent, full-time jobs. That’s an initial cost of over $4.6 million per job.Despite...
  • OBAMA TO TRANSFORM U.S. MILITARY INTO SOCIAL WORKERS: New focus on ‘global warming,’ poverty, etc

    08/06/2012 4:59:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Klein Online / WND ^ | July 31, 2012
    Progressive organizations behind White House policy have crafted specific, second term plans for President Obama to transform the U.S. Armed Forces into a social work-style organization designed to combat “global warming,” fight global poverty, remedy “injustice,” bolster the United Nations, and increase “peacekeeping” forces worldwide. The groups, already instrumental in influencing Obama’s first term defense agenda, call for massive, second term slashes to the military budget. The savings are to be used to invest in “sustainable energy” and in fighting worldwide climate change. These schemes and many more are documented in the soon-to-be-released book, Fool Me Twice: Obama’s Shocking Plans...
  • The Perspective of a Lifetime on Atmospheric Modeling

    08/04/2012 11:57:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 4, 2012 | Anthony J. Sadar
    The president vowed to make climate change a top priority in his second term, suggesting that a major assault on industry is coming if he is re-elected. So before the potential onslaught, some real-world perspective on climate change is essential. First, note that the tool used to both develop future global climate scenarios and to panic the public on meteorological mayhem is atmospheric modeling. Most of my nearly 35 years of professional life has been involved with atmospheric modeling in one... --snip-- What I and so many other air modelers have discovered is that, as impressive as modeling has become,...
  • BOMBSHELL: Obama chief of staff Daley briefed on Solyndra concerns six months before bankruptcy

    08/03/2012 6:54:46 AM PDT · by SE Mom · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 3, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    The Solyndra scandal took a big step up the ladder today, as ABC News uncovers new evidence that shows fears over a collapse reached all the way into the West Wing. An OMB analyst tried to raise red flags on the Obama administration’s attempt to rescue the now-bankrupt green-tech firm, before the Department of Energy rejected her advice and restructured the loans in March 2011, which illegally subordinated taxpayers in case of default. An e-mail from Kelly Colyar in August 2011 reminded recipients that she had predicted that very scenario — and that White House chief of staff had been...
  • Report: Extreme South Jersey weather could be caused by global warming

    08/02/2012 5:35:48 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 28 replies
    Gloucester County Times ^ | August 2, 2012 | By Andy Polhamus
    Climate change has come to New Jersey, according to Environment New Jersey, a statewide environmental advocacy group. The organization released a report Thursday that attributes this year’s extreme weather to global warming. “Certainly, we have a problem on our hands,” said Matt Elliott, a representative from Environment New Jersey. “We need to do everything we can to cut carbon pollution today.”
  • Senate EPW hearing on global warming tomorrow ( Wed August 1 )

    08/01/2012 11:48:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | Anthony Watts
    Posted on July 31, 2012 by Anthony Watts On Wednesday at 10AM ET (7AM PT) the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will conduct a hearing on (take your pick) global warming climate change climate disruption. Dr. John Christy will be there, but it is confirmed that Dr. Richard Muller of BEST will NOT be testifying.  From what I hear it will be webcast, details below.It is called: “Update on the Latest Climate Change Science and Local Adaptation Measures.” You can watch the webcast at http://www.epw.senate.govFull Committee hearing:Update on the Latest Climate Change Science and Local Adaptation Measures.Wednesday, August 1,...
  • Dems blame weather on climate change

    08/01/2012 10:37:30 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    Dems blame weather on climate change By Zack Colman - 08/01/12 01:07 PM ET Droughts, heat waves and other severe weather are being exacerbated by climate change, several Senate Democrats contended at a hearing Wednesday. Democrats on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held the hearing to call attention to what they said are the risks of climate change highlighted by severe weather this summer. They also sought to blame Republicans for holding up action to prevent or slow global warming. “I think we have to recognize that extreme weather conditions have a severe burden and cost on...
  • California weighs giving away more CO2 permits (to stem 'leakage' of businesses fleeing state)

    08/01/2012 10:12:08 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/1/12 | Rory Carroll | Reuters
    Aug 1 (Reuters Point Carbon) - In an effort to dissuade companies in key industries facing new carbon costs from leaving the state, California is considering giving them millions of dollars worth of additional free greenhouse gas allowances, state's air regulator said on Monday. California's cap-and-trade program seeks to emulate tactics used in the European Union and Australia to address emission "leakage" - a term describing the exodus of employers from a state or country in order to sidestep environmental costs. The California Air Resources Board (ARB), the regulator of the forthcoming program, held a workshop in Sacramento on Monday...
  • VANITY: I Blocked Algore's Current Channel Rubbish

    08/01/2012 4:42:09 AM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 9 replies
    VANITY: I blocked that horrendous tripe called "Current Channel" from my Direct TV Satellite service.
  • Climate change threatens California power supply - report

    07/31/2012 8:16:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/31/12 | Rory Carroll | Reuters
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California's electricity sector is more vulnerable to climate change than previously thought, as higher temperatures will impede the state's ability to generate and transmit power while demand for air conditioning rises, a report said Tuesday. The data is part of the latest report released by the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Energy Commission, which are trying to help state and local leaders prepare for life in the hotter, drier California of the future. (Report: http://r.reuters.com/zag79s) Wildlife, agriculture and coastal communities are also at serious risk from climate change, the report said. Sea levels could...
  • Anthony Watts: My response to NCDC’s op-ed in the New York Times ( RE - Temperatures of CONUS)

    07/31/2012 4:38:13 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 30, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Andrew Revkin asked me to provide comments on this article of his where the National Climatic Data Center was asked to respond to Watts et al 2012:A Closer Look at Climate Studies Promoted Before PublicationHere is what I sent to him:My comments on Thorne’s response are pretty simple.They still refuse to get out of the office, to examine firsthand the condition of the network and try to come up with hands on approaches for dealing with station inhomogeneity, but instead focus of trying to spot patterns in data and massage it. In my view this is the wrong approach and...
  • Climate change – off in the ozone

    07/30/2012 1:32:11 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 26, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    From the Harvard University  news service and the what are they smoking department, comes this suggestion that apparently it never was ozone damaging CFC refrigerants at all, it was those nasty thunderstorms wot done it.  They say: “Recent studies have suggested that the number and intensity of such storms are linked to climate changes…which could in turn lead to increased ozone loss and greater levels of harmful UV radiation reaching the Earth’s surface, and potentially higher rates of skin cancer.” I have a pretty hard time believing this one, because, well, it’s like Rube Goldberg machine construct where lots of...
  • Backstory on the new surfacestations paper ( Anthony Watts of "Watts Up With That?")

    07/30/2012 1:01:18 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 29, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    I’m a bit burnt out, so this is a just a few notes to quench some speculations about Steve McIntyre’s role and to help everyone understand what this week has been like.
  • Earth once had hazy methane atmosphere like ice-moon Titan--Microbial flatulence dominated ---

    07/30/2012 9:53:01 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | 19th March 2012 15:00 GMT | Lewis Page
    Billions of years ago, before Earth's atmosphere had oxygen, it periodically possessed a "haze" of organic chemicals including methane, boffins have discovered. During these periods the planet's air was more like that of Titan, ice moon of Saturn, than the stuff we breathe today. "Models have previously suggested that the Earth's early atmosphere could have been warmed by a layer of organic haze," says Dr Aubrey Zerkle of Newcastle uni. "Our geochemical analyses of marine sediments from this time period provide the first evidence for such an atmosphere." According to Zerkle and his colleagues, during the period 2.5 to 2.65...