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  • Don't serve carbon lies, ACCC warns (Australia's draconian Carbon Police)

    05/25/2012 9:09:48 AM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 5/25/12 | Phil Hudson
    SHOPS and restaurants could face fines up to $1.1 million if waiters or sales staff wrongly blame the carbon tax for price rises or exaggerate the impact. And households are being warned to watch out for telephone scammers offering to deposit carbon tax compensation into their bank accounts. The prices watchdog, the ACCC, will today launch its countdown to the July 1 carbon tax with a special focus on helping small businesses understand their obligations and consumers to be vigilant for false claims. It is releasing internet videos to help business, a 16-page guide and has set up a dedicated...
  • EPA holds 12-hour hearings with environmentalists to slow coal production

    05/24/2012 8:58:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5/24/12 | Josh Peterson
    The Environmental Protection Agency held 12 hours of stacked hearings in Washington, D.C. and Chicago on Thursday in favor of a regulation that analysts have concluded would kill the building of new conventional coal plants in the U.S. Among the participants scheduled to testify in consecutive five minute blocks throughout the day were multiple representatives from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and environmental activists from the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Greenpeace. The proposed rule, reported by The Washington Post in March, limits the amount of greenhouse gases emitted...
  • Obama's Land of the LOST

    05/24/2012 9:39:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    What's green and blue and grabby all over? President Obama's new pressure campaign for Congress to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). The fight over LOST goes back three decades, when it was first rejected by President Ronald Reagan. He warned that "no national interest of the United States could justify handing sovereign control of two-thirds of the Earth's surface over to the Third World." According to top Reagan officials William Clark and Ed Meese, their boss believed the "central, and abiding, defect" was "its effort to promote global government at the expense of sovereign nation states --...
  • Policymakers have quietly given up trying to cut ­carbon dioxide emissions

    05/24/2012 10:15:58 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    watts Up With That? ^ | May 24, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Full Title at WUWT: Bob Carter’s essay in FP: Policymakers have quietly given up trying to cut ­carbon dioxide emissionsDeal with climate reality as it unfoldsSpecial to Financial Post May 23, 2012Dr. Bob Carter By Dr. Bob CarterOver the last 18 months, policymakers in Canada, the U.S. and Japan have quietly abandoned the illusory goal of preventing global warming by reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Instead, an alternative view has emerged regarding the most cost-effective way in which to deal with the undoubted hazards of climate change.This view points toward setting a policy of preparation for, and adaptation to, climatic events...
  • Climategate Continues

    05/24/2012 3:21:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 24, 2012 | Andrew Montford & Harold Ambler
    Climategate, the 2009 exposure of misconduct at the University of East Anglia, was a terrible blow to the reputation of climatology, and indeed to that of British and American science. Although that story hasn’t been in the news in recent months, new evidence of similar scientific wrongdoing continues to emerge, with a new scandal hitting the climate blogosphere just a few days ago.And central to the newest story is one of the Climategate scientists: Keith Briffa, an expert in reconstructing historical temperature records from tree rings. More particularly, the recent scandal involves a tree-ring record Briffa prepared for a...
  • CA: Air Resources Board to make webcast on ‘black carbon and other “short-lived” greenhouse gases. ‘

    05/24/2012 12:46:12 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    watts Up With That? ^ | May 24, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Short notice – this is on NOW.Worth watching, even if only for how they justify saying ‘black carbon and other “short-lived” greenhouse gases.’. I didn’t know black carbon was a gas. Here’s the release: On Thursday, May 24, at 12 NOON EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME / 9:00 AM PACIFIC DAYLIGHT TIME, a group of internationally acclaimed scientists will present to the California Air Resources Board findings on black carbon and other “short-lived” greenhouse gases.The presentation will be webcast. For more information, see the email below and visit http://www.cal-span.org. MEDIA ADVISORY: Leading scientists to present findings on black carbon and climate...
  • Man-made sea-level rises are due to global adjustments

    05/24/2012 12:14:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies
    JoNova ^ | May 25th, 2012 | Joanne
    Frank Lansner’s first graph surprised me. It’s well known and often quoted that sea levels have been rising by 2-3mm a year every year for the last 20 years. But it’s not well known that the original raw satellite data doesn’t show that at all.What astonished me was the sea levels first recorded by the Topex Poseidon satellite array showed virtually no rise at all from 1993-2001. Surely not, I thought. I asked sea-level expert Nils Axel-Morner, and he confirmed: “Yes, it is as bad as that.“ Now, given that Envisat (the European satellite) showed no rise from 2003-2011...
  • Source found for missing water in sea-level rise

    05/22/2012 9:38:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 61 replies
    Nature News ^ | 20 May 2012 | Amanda Mascarelli
    Human use of water contributes markedly to rising tides. Climate change, with its associated melting ice caps and shrinking glaciers, is the usual suspect when it comes to explaining rising sea levels. But a recent study now shows that human water use has a major impact on sea-level change that has been overlooked. During the latter half of the twentieth century, global sea level rose by about 1.8 millimetres per year, according to data from tide gauges. The combined contribution from heating of the oceans, which makes the water expand, along with melting of ice caps and glaciers, is estimated...
  • EU allows aid to limit carbon dioxide cost for big power users (haw haw)

    05/23/2012 10:50:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 23 May 2012 | (With Reuters)
    European Union nations will be able to compensate some big energy users, including steel and aluminum producers, for extra costs resulting from changes to the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) beginning next year, the Commission confirmed yesterday (22 May). A draft last month had already shown EU member states from 2013 would be able to shield big industry, to try to prevent so-called carbon leakage, which happens when rising costs drive business out of Europe. "If production shifts from the EU to third countries with less environmental regulation, this could undermine our objective of a global reduction of greenhouse gas...
  • Text of Václav Klaus Heartland Institute Conference Speech

    05/23/2012 10:06:58 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    watts Up With That? ^ | May 23, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Many thanks for the invitation and for giving me the opportunity to address this distinguished audience. I am not for the first time in Chicago. It is also not for the first time that I am attending a conference organized by the Heartland Institute. But it is for the first time I am with Heartland here in Chicago.Some of you know that I came to Chicago for the NATO summit. Yesterday and today I was supposed to speak about what to do in Afghanistan, how to keep NATO going in an era of overall indebtedness and budgetary cuts, and about...
  • NASA Astronauts Announce Second Letter to NASA at Heartland Conference

    05/23/2012 9:39:28 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    watts Up With That? ^ | May 22, 2012 | rep49
    This will be a top sticky post for a day or two, new stories will appear below this one. At the Heartland Conference in Chicago this morning, four of the forty-nine signers of the March letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (discussed at WUWT here, here, and here) appeared to discuss their reasons for signing that letter and to announce a second letter responding to NASA’s response.The text of that letter is reproduced below: May 11, 2012The Honorable Charles Bolden, Jr. 
NASA AdministratorNASA HeadquartersWashington, D.C. 20546-0001Dear Charlie: In our letter of March 28, 2012, we, the undersigned, respectfully requested that...
  • The Light Rail Laundry (braying)

    05/23/2012 6:20:00 AM PDT · by bray · 8 replies
    www.brayincandy.com ^ | 5/23/12 | bray
    Keep yourselves in God’s LOVE as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Jude 1:21 People wonder why the politicians are so enamored by a transportation system which is as inefficient a way of moving people as Light Rail. Every train that has ever been used for transportation has never made money or been a convenient method to get from where you are to where you are going. Never mind a car is far more efficient in every category, the city pols need trains and all the graft and corruption they...
  • Natural sinks still sopping up carbon (As in carbon sinks for carbon dioxide)

    05/21/2012 12:43:28 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    Science News ^ | May 15th, 2012 | Alexandra Witze
    Ecosystems haven’t maxed out ability to absorb fossil fuel emissions Earth’s ecosystems keep soaking up more carbon as greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere, new measurements find. The research contradicts several recent studies suggesting that “carbon sinks” have reached or passed their capacity. By looking at global measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide, the new work calculates instead that total sinks have increased roughly in line with rising emissions. “The sinks have been more than able to keep up with emissions,” said Pieter Tans, an atmospheric scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colo....
  • VIDEO of ‘Climate ethics’ profs: Global warming skeptics guilty of ‘crimes against humanity'

    05/22/2012 2:45:26 PM PDT · by oliverdarcy · 31 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Oliver Darcy
    Penn State panelists attack "deniers" Rush Limbaugh, George W. Bush, Christopher Monckton, Fox News, and The Wall Street Journal.Penn State "climate ethics" professor Donald Brown accused global warming skeptics late last month of committing "new crimes against humanity." "We've lost 25 years," said Brown, referring to so-called global warming skeptics' efforts to delay and prevent government action on climate change. "I think we should encourage a conversation whether this is some sort of kind of new crime against humanity." "Its really evil stuff," continued Brown, speaking to a classroom of students on April 30. "It's nasty." Brown, the Associate Professor...
  • Trenberth’s missing heat still missing: ocean temperature trend... – 0.09°C over the past 55 years

    05/21/2012 3:10:58 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    watts Up With That? ^ | May 16, 2012 | Anthony Wattshttp://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post_article
    A new paper published today in Geophysical Research Letters describes how the oceans have warmed only 0.09°C over the last 55 years, from 1955-2010. Don’t let the red line fool you, read on. Key Points A strong positive linear trend in exists in world ocean heat content since 1955One third of the observed warming occurs in the 700-2000 m layer of the oceanThe warming can only be explained by the increase in atmospheric GHGs That last bullet point makes me cringe a bit, because I seriously doubt the resolution of this study down to hundredths of degrees seeing the sort...
  • A nation still drawing 18,000MW in it’s sleep can’t go solar… ( Aussies...)

    05/21/2012 2:51:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    JoNova ^ | May 20th, 2012 | Joanne
    I’m away, so this is a good time for Guest posts. Here Tony explains that we need lots of electricity even while we sleep. I didn’t realize our electricity needs were so high at night. The lowest power use each day is still as much as 60% of the peak. That’s the base load at 3am, and solar panels and wind farms just can’t provide it. We can burn the odd $500 billion building hundreds of solar plants, but even then, we would have to go “medieval” for about 8 hours each night. Candles anyone? — Jo Guest post by...
  • Obama officials pressured contractors to change job loss figures, recordings reveal

    05/21/2012 11:18:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    FreeBeacon ^ | May 21, 2012 | Bill McMorris
    Obama administration officials may have pressured government contractors to change job loss estimates associated with coal regulations, audio recordings reveal. The tapes show that unnamed officials with the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) asked government contractors to change their calculations of job losses associated with the Stream Protection Rule.A preliminary draft of an environmental impact statement estimated that up to 7,000 coalminers could lose their jobs under the administration’s “preferred” regulation. After a leaked copy of the report went public, officials asked the contractors to compare job estimates to a model in which another regulation was enforced,...
  • California has reason to worry about its business climate

    05/20/2012 12:42:03 PM PDT · by SmithL · 30 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/20/12 | Dan Walters
    The Los Angeles Times published an article last week about Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's efforts to recruit California businesses to his state, citing complaints about California's business climate.Gov. Jerry Brown's spokesman, Gil Duran, told the Times in response, "This is a Republican myth that is often repeated yet simply not true. Reputable studies have shown that businesses are not fleeing the state for the cold, empty and desolate hinterlands."The response typified the Capitol's dismissive attitude toward any suggestion that we have become economically uncompetitive. . . . Making California hospitable to that job-creating investment should be Job No. 1 in...
  • Arctic melt releasing ancient methane

    05/20/2012 10:31:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5/20/12 | Richard Black
    Scientists have identified thousands of sites in the Arctic where methane that has been stored for many millennia is bubbling into the atmosphere. The methane has been trapped by ice, but is able to escape as the ice melts. Writing in the journal Nature Geoscience, the researchers say this ancient gas could have a significant impact on climate change. Methane is the second most important greenhouse gas after CO2 and levels are rising after a few years of stability. There are many sources of the gas around the world, some natural and some man-made, such as landfill waste disposal sites...
  • Gingrich to Georgia GOP: Let's rally around Romney

    05/19/2012 5:59:36 PM PDT · by Innovative · 223 replies
    The Florida Times Union ^ | May 19, 2012 | Errin Haines
    Newt Gingrich took the stage at the Georgia Republican Party state convention on Saturday wearing a Mitt Romney sticker, focusing his attacks on President Barack Obama and attempting to energize the crowd around his former Republican rival. "To every conservative, everywhere in America: When your choice on the one hand is Barack Obama, and your choice on the other hand is Mitt Romney, no serious conservative could possibly believe that electing Barack Obama is acceptable ... for America."
  • Pipeline Flip Turns U.S. Oil World 'Upside Down'

    05/19/2012 1:51:53 PM PDT · by Theoria · 41 replies
    NPR ^ | 18 May 2012 | Jeff Brady
    The U.S. oil boom has created a glut of crude in Cushing, Okla., a major oil storage hub. This sign dubs the city the "Pipeline Crossroads of the World." For years, Cushing, Okla., has been on the receiving end of a 500-mile pipeline funneling oil from the Gulf of Mexico to the American heartland.Starting this weekend, that pipeline will start moving crude in the other direction. That flow reversal could soon have implications at gas pumps around the country."For 40 years, crude oil flowed north," says Philip Verleger, a visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. "Today, oil...
  • Billions For Climate, Not One More Cent For Defense

    05/19/2012 1:43:59 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 19, 2012
    Federal Priorities: A new report shows we have spent $70 billion on climate change since 2008 while our strapped military is ordered to become energy-efficient. Imagine weapons that don't harm the environment. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, took to the Senate floor Thursday to decry the green agenda being imposed on the military by the Obama administration at the same time the defense budget is being sacrificed on the altar of runaway deficit spending.
  • MA SouthCoast Residents Learn About "Agenda 21", "Smart Growth", and "Sustainable Development"

    05/19/2012 3:56:41 PM PDT · by jazzpatriot · 8 replies
    The Jazz Patriot ^ | May 19, 2012 | Tom Wholley
    Sixty SouthCoast Residents learned about Agenda 21, SmartGrowth, Sustainable Development and other threats to their constitutional right to own property at an informative presentation at the Fall River Public Library in Fall River, MA. monday evening This group of patriotic and concerned citizens took time out of their busy lives to learn the facts about a devious plot hatched at the United Nations in 1987 under the guise of “saving the planet and the environment", called Agenda 21. They had all heard the horror stories of communities and businesses severely inundated by ridiculous environmental regulations and restrictions from a vast...
  • Europe's Failed Natural Gas Strategy: Gazprom Hopes to Build Second Baltic Sea Pipeline

    05/19/2012 12:41:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 05/18/2012 | Frank Dohmen and Alexander Jung
    With the planned Nabucco natural gas pipeline in southern Europe hitting snag after snag, Russian natural gas giant Gazprom is considering the construction of a second Baltic Sea pipeline to go with the just-finished Nord Stream. With unconventional natural gas from the US flooding the market, however, the strategy is not without risk. … Indeed, it is beginning to look as though the erstwhile competition between the two pipelines has been overwhelmingly won by Nord Stream. (Gerhardt) Schröder's team has just decided to expand the Baltic Sea pipeline's capacity. The owners, Gazprom, E.on-Ruhrgas, Wintershall, Gaz de France and the Dutch...
  • The “well funded” climate business – follow the money

    05/19/2012 10:56:50 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    whats Up With That? ^ | May 19, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Flashback, Michael Mann said this on October 5th, 2010: Our efforts to communicate the science are opposed by a well-funded, highly organized disinformation effort that aims to confuse the public about the nature of our scientific understanding. …Scientists are massively out-funded and outmanned in this battle, and will lose if leading scientific institutions and organizations remain on the sidelines. I will discuss this dilemma, drawing upon my own experiences in the public arena of climate change. Next time you get challenged on how much money is involved and whose side gets it, point out Mann is delusional by showing them...
  • Palm Beach County creating job to tackle climate change

    05/19/2012 7:45:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Palm Beach Sun Sentinel ^ | May 19, 2012 | By Andy Reid
    HELP WANTED: Seeking a go-getter able to thwart sea level rise, reduce polluting fossil fuel emissions and protect strained drinking water supplies. Must have lobbying skills to convince local government and residents to invest in preparing for climate change. Al Gore-style PowerPoint abilities a plus. Palm Beach County is in the market for a climate change czar. While the actual job title and day-to-day duties for this new county post remain in flux, the far-reaching goal is to get a county with more than one million people ready for climate change. That includes promoting "environmental sustainability" efforts such as recycling...
  • Analysis: Germany's Merkel losing green battle to cheap coal

    05/19/2012 2:22:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri May 18, 2012 5:43am EDT | Henning Gloystein and Vera Eckert
    To reach its strict climate targets and fulfill Chancellor Angela Merkel's nuclear exit plans, Germany needs to avoid coal and build a stack of gas power plants to secure clean energy supplies beyond 2020. Yet the challenge facing Merkel's new environment minister Peter Altmaier, his predecessor fired this week following a disastrous state election defeat, is finding a way to make gas an attractive option while coal remains the more profitable way to produce electricity for Europe's biggest economy. "At current prices, you create a future that is comprised of renewables and lignite (coal) power generation," Klaus Schaefer, CEO of...
  • Pollution enhanced thunderstorms warm the planet?

    05/18/2012 7:01:44 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | May 18, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    From the DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a new paper in GRL saying something that doesn’t make much sense to me. As shown in the diagram above, thunderstorms transport heat from the lower troposphere upwards. The heat source at the base of the atmosphere (at the surface) is the absorption of sunlight by the surface of the Earth. That transfers heat to the lower atmosphere by conduction (a small amount), and mostly be re-radiated Long Wave IR. Heat is then transported upwards by convection, which is done by clouds (cumulus for example) and especially thunderstorms. So, given the amount of...
  • Run for the hills: Yet another study informs us of the imminent end of life as we know it

    05/18/2012 6:47:36 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10:01 am on May 17, 2012 | Erika Johnsen
    The end is nigh! Or so our esteemed environmental prophets are telling us… yet again. Humans will need two Earths to support our lifestyles by 2030 because we are draining the world’s resources so quickly, a new report has warned.Produced by the World Wildlife Fund, the Zoological Society of London, the Global Footprint Network and the European Space Agency, the 2012 Living Planet Report measures humans’ ecological footprint on the planet.At the moment, the picture is bleak, according to Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International, with resources being drained 50 per cent faster than they can be replenished.He said:...
  • Only global poverty can save the planet, insists WWF - and the ESA!

    05/18/2012 11:32:18 AM PDT · by LucyT · 34 replies
    theAregister.co.uk ^ | 16th May 2012 08:19 GMT | Lewis Page
    Extremist green campaigning group WWF - endorsed by no less a body than the European Space Agency - has stated that economic growth should be abandoned, that citizens of the world's wealthy nations should prepare for poverty and that all the human race's energy should be produced as renewable electricity within 38 years from now. Most astonishingly of all, the green hardliners demand that the enormous numbers of wind farms, tidal barriers and solar powerplants required under their plans should somehow be built while at the same time severely rationing supplies of concrete, steel, copper and glass. The WWF presents...
  • Former VP Al Gore has a girlfriend

    05/18/2012 11:45:08 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 70 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 18, 2012
    It appears Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former vice president Al Gore is back in the game. Back in the dating game, that is. He has, according to The Washington Post's Reliable Source blog, a "serious girlfriend." Her name is Elizabeth Keadle—better known as Liz—a well-heeled Democratic donor from Southern California in her 50s with a background in science and a devotion to environmental causes. The relationship is solid enough that she accompanied Gore, 64, and an eclectic group of experts and VIPs (Richard Branson, singer Jason Mraz, actor Tommy Lee Jones) on a trip to Antarctica in January to...
  • New paper using RADARSAT data: Antarctic ice shelves slowed down – “…have not been changed...

    05/18/2012 10:43:42 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | May 17, 2012 | by Anthony Watts
    A new paper published May 15th in the the journal The Cryosphere utilizes 12 years worth of RADARSAT data to determine the rate at which some well known ice shelves in Antarctica have been moving and changing, and the answer is: “not much”. In fact it appears there has been a slowing down. First a map of Antarctica and the most worrisome Ross Ice Shelf (marked by the red x) is in order: If you follow the alarmosphere and MSM related to the Ross Ice Shelf and others, you get these kinds of stories: West Antarctic ice sheet collapse even...
  • US Government *only* spent $70 billion on climate since 2008

    05/18/2012 10:31:44 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    JoNova ^ | May 19th, 2012 | Joanne
    Remember the fear of global warming is falling because skeptics are well organized and well funded by vested interests and, after all, the US government is only spending ten thousand times more than Heartland. How could they compete? The Congressional Research Service estimates that since 2008 the federal government has spent nearly $70 billion on “climate change activities.”Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe presented the new CRS report on the Senate Floor Thursday to make the point that the Obama administration has been focused on “green” defense projects to the detriment of the military.The Daily Caller Hello to all the fans...
  • Effective World Government Will Be Needed to Stave Off Climate Catastrophe

    03/19/2012 11:26:35 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 38 replies
    Scientific American ^ | March 17, 2012 | Gary Stix
    Almost six years ago, I was the editor of a single-topic issue on energy for Scientific American that set out a plan for how to keep atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations below a planet-livable threshold of 560 ppm. If I had it to do over, I would scale back on the nuclear fusion and clean coal, instead devoting at least half of the available space for feature articles on psychology, sociology, economics and political science. Since doing that issue, I’ve come to the conclusion that the technical details are the easy part. It’s the social engineering that’s the killer. Moon shots...
  • Federal government spent nearly $70 billion on "climate change activities" since 2008

    05/17/2012 3:34:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/17/12 | Caroline May
    The Congressional Research Service estimates that since 2008 the federal government has spent nearly $70 billion on “climate change activities.” Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe presented the new CRS report on the Senate Floor Thursday to make the point that the Obama administration has been focused on “green” defense projects to the detriment of the military. The report revealed that from fiscal years 2008 through 2012 the federal government spent $68.4 billion to combat climate change. The Department of Defense also spent $4 billion of its budget, the report adds, on climate change and energy efficiency activities in that same...
  • Electric bill outrages

    05/16/2012 8:54:47 PM PDT · by SmithL · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | 5/16/12 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    President Obama said that his policies would cause the cost of electricity to skyrocket. Well, it has, but not only because of Obama. . . . the cost is passed on to ratepayers, who have no idea that they are paying extra to subsidize “green” fantasies.
  • Defeat Law of the Sea Treaty -- Again

    05/16/2012 6:28:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 16, 2012 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The stunning repudiation of Sen. Richard Lugar's, R-Ind., bid for a seventh term has sent shock waves through Washington's internationalist lobby. A former Rhodes Scholar, Lugar has spent his career promoting a globalist agenda, since he succeeded the late Jesse Helms as the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. One day after Indiana Republicans handed Lugar his walking papers, an outfit called the Atlantic Council held a forum to promote the discredited Law of the Sea Treaty. As former Republican U.S. Sens. Chuck Hagel and John Warner beamed their approval, Obama's Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta declared that...
  • Globally Warmed Over: Hatred Unmasked at Last

    05/16/2012 1:46:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | May 16, 2012 | Daren Jonescu
    Aspiring apparatchiks of the coming world dictatorship, tiring of the hopeless race against facts in their anti-industrial carbon dioxide hoax, have finally given up the pretense of science in favor of pure, old-fashioned doomsday preaching. Having been outlasted by reality in the pseudo-science of "global cooling," undone once again in the pseudo-science of "global warming," and ultimately laughed off the stage in the unfalsifiable quackery of "global climate change," it is apparently time at last for the advocates of tyranny in the name of Gaia to play their last card: global mass hysteria. Consider a recent New York Times editorial...
  • Tragedy of the day: 1 in 10 animals unable to outrun climate change

    05/15/2012 12:34:03 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | May 14, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    From the University of Washington, via Eurekalert, sympathy for snails, turtles, sloths, slow moving howler monkeys, shrews and moles and other slow moving critters that will apparently bake in place due to the 0.7C temperature rise of the past century. They just can’t move fast enough it seems. No mention of adaptation either. Why oh why did nature equip them so poorly? /sarc Gotta love this reasoning: Only climate change was considered and not other factors that cause animals to disperse, such as competition from other species. The natural world doesn’t work that way. You can’t just turn off all...
  • EU threatens China, India over airline emissions

    05/15/2012 11:27:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 15 May 2012
    The European Commission today (15 May) gave defiant Chinese and Indian airlines one month to report their carbon emissions after they failed to meet their deadline, expanding a transcontinental feud over the EU’s Emissions Trading System. Ten air carriers from the two countries failed to report their 2011 emissions to the EU by the end of March and could face punitive actions if they do not file their reports by mid-June, said Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard. The eight Chinese and two Indian carriers that fly to and from EU airports could face sanctions from members states if they do...
  • Newsbytes: Germany Faces Green Energy Crisis

    05/13/2012 9:15:02 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | May 12, 2012 | From Dr. Benny Peiser at The GWPF
    Posted on May 12, 2012 by Anthony Watts From Dr. Benny Peiser at The GWPFGlobal Warming Policy Foundation (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Network Agency Calls For Suspension Of Emission Laws For Old Coal Plants Last winter, on several occasions, Germany escaped only just large-scale power outages. Next winter the risk of large blackouts is even greater. The culprit for the looming crisis is the single most important instrument of German energy policy: the “Renewable Energy Law.” The economic cost of a wide-scale blackout are measured in billions of Euros per day. The most important test of energy policy is now the...
  • Astronauts: Cool It on Warming

    05/11/2012 3:10:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 11, 2012 | Deroy Murdock
    To the long list of right-wing, knuckle-dragging know-nothings who dare question so-called “global warming,” environmentalists now can add six Apollo astronauts, two rocket men who flew aboard Skylab, and a pair of former directors of the Johnson Space Center (JSC). These veterans of America’s space program are among the 49 retired NASA employees who recently asked the agency to halt what they consider its unscientific advocacy of climate alarmism. In a letter to NASA administrator Charles Bolden Jr., these rocket scientists, space explorers, and other men and women of reason requested that “NASA and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies...
  • 200,000 Blue Collar Coal Miners Who Power America Threatened by Obama EPA

    05/11/2012 11:28:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/11/2012 | Fox News
    In obscure, blue-collar towns across Appalachia -- places that most Americans have never seen -- generations of coal miners have toiled away at back-breaking labor to power American homes and industry. Now, as many as 200,000 of them who dig, process, transport and burn America's most abundant fuel are threatened by EPA's latest coal rule. It imposes a standard for emissions that is all but impossible for many plants to meet. It requires coal-fired plants to release no more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour. The only means for many older plants to attain that standard is...
  • On the climate, the holocaust, denial, billboards, and all that

    05/11/2012 10:02:02 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | May 10, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Over at Climate Depot, Marc Morano wonders why Andrew Revkin is calling attention to an article linking Holocaust denial to “climate denial”. He writes: What’s up with NYT’s Revkin? He touts essay: ‘A look at denial, from Holocaust to climate fight’ by a survivor of Bergen-Belsen & a warmist physics prof. at Brooklyn College Read the Full ArticleIs featuring an essay linking Holocaust denial to climate ‘denial’, worthy of a shout out on Revkin’s blog? Excerpt: ‘Denying the Holocaust today, with all the available factual information, requires denying of all of history… But most of our history is based on...
  • A Blast From The Past: James Hansen on ‘The Global Warming Debate’ from 13 years ago

    05/11/2012 9:00:14 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | May 10, 2012 | Guest post by Floyd Doughty
    Some years ago when I was investigating the climate change issue in my spare time, I ran across a short article by James Hansen on the GISS website under “Education Resource Materials”, dated January, 1999. James Hansen is arguably the father of modern Anthropogenic Global Warming dogma. So I saved the web page for future reference because of some of the predictions contained within it, as well as the incredibly balanced and well-reasoned attitude expressed regarding the philosophy of scientific investigation. We could all benefit from Dr. Hansen’s wisdom. For example, “Skepticism thus plays an essential role in scientific research,...
  • The Sierra Club Opposes ‘Clean Energy’

    05/08/2012 6:02:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 8, 2012 | Robert Bryce
    ‘Clean energy” is the political darling of the moment. President Obama has made the promotion of clean energy one of the centerpieces of his administration and his reelection effort. The Democratic National Committee claims that “clean energy” investments are “helping pave the way to a more sustainable future, creating new jobs and entire industries here in America.” Last month, the Center for American Progress, a leftist think tank, released a report that touted the need to build a clean-energy economy.On Sunday, an editorial in the New York Times extolled the benefits of renewable energy and declared that the “clean...
  • The Yamal deception ( Dataused for the Global Warming Hoax

    05/10/2012 11:02:42 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    bishop-hill.net/blog ^ | May 9, 2012 | Bishop Hill
    As many readers are probably aware, there has been an important new posting at Climate Audit about the Yamal affair. This posting is an attempt to set out the whole story of Yamal. It reworks an article I did in 2009 and incorporates new developments since that time. I hope readers find it useful. I have also prepared a Kindle version of the post, for which there is a small charge - click here:Please also consider hitting the tip jar.The story of Michael Mann's Hockey Stick reconstruction, its statistical bias and the influence of the bristlecone pines is well known....
  • Game Over for the Climate (we're doomed, DOOMED, I tell you!)

    05/10/2012 8:09:06 AM PDT · by pabianice · 34 replies
    New York Cage Liner ^ | 5/10/12 | Hansen
    GLOBAL warming isn’t a prediction. It is happening. That is why I was so troubled to read a recent interview with President Obama in Rolling Stone in which he said that Canada would exploit the oil in its vast tar sands reserves “regardless of what we do.” If Canada proceeds, and we do nothing, it will be game over for the climate. [AIEEE! - Ed.] Canada’s tar sands, deposits of sand saturated with bitumen, contain twice the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by global oil use in our entire history. If we were to fully exploit this new oil source,...
  • Foreign charity waters down anti-oilsands grants

    05/09/2012 12:13:04 PM PDT · by Clive · 4 replies
    Sun News network ^ | 2012-05-09 | Daniel Proussalidis
    OTTAWA - A foreign charity that has given millions to Canadian environmental groups has quietly - and retroactively - re-written grant descriptions days after Finance Minister Jim Flaherty warned in his budget the federal government would apply heightened scrutiny to the political activities of charities in this country. "We have modified and added additional content to some grants to reflect progress, lessons learned and achievements," the Geneva-based Oak Foundation said in an April 2 posting at its website. While Oak's description of the changes is vague, researcher and blogger Vivian Krause has written in the Financial Post, "The changes mostly...
  • Environmental groups collecting millions from federal agencies they sue, studies show

    05/08/2012 6:52:15 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/8/2012 | By Joshua Rhett Miller
    Deep-pocketed environmental groups are collecting millions of dollars from the federal agencies they regularly sue under a little-known federal law, and the government is not even keeping track of the payouts, according to two new studies. Under the Equal Access to Justice Act, or EAJA — which was signed into law by President Carter in 1980 to help the little guy stand up to federal agencies — litigants with modest means who successfully show government agencies wronged them can get their legal fees back from the taxpayer. But the act also covers 501(c)(3) nonprofits, including environmental groups that aggressively sue...