Outrage of the Year: EPA Sending Tax Dollars to China
WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Outrage of the Year” – that is what U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, is calling the distribution of tax dollars to China by the Obama Administration, through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to promote its climate change agenda. This information comes from a report released by Congressman Fred Upton, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Link to Upton Report: EPA’s foreign grant program
Link to list of EPA’s Foreign Grants
“As the White House calls Congressional leaders to a meeting to address our nation’s debt and spending crisis, a report recently released by Congressman Fred Upton shows that the Obama EPA has been spending millions of taxpayer dollars in places like China – a country we already owe 1.2 trillion – to promote its liberal climate change agenda,” Senator Inhofe said. “This is truly the outrage of the year.
The Economist Magazine On The Scientific Value Of The International Space Station
The Economist has an interesting conclusion in their June 30 2011 article
The end of the Space Age – Inner space is useful. Outer space is history
“…… the benighted International Space Station (ISS) [is] surely the biggest waste of money, at $100 billion and counting, that has ever been built in the name of science.”
The funding of climate impact studies, decades into the future, based on multi-decadal global climate model predictions is a similar waste of many millions of dollars ,
as I have discussed in past posts; e.g.
Is The NSF Funding Untestable Climate Predictions – My Comments On A $6 Million Grant To Fund A Center For Robust Decision–Making On Climate And Energy Policy”
The Difference Between Prediction and Predictability – Recommendations For Research Funding Related to These Distinctly Different Concepts
Diminishing Returns From Multi-Decadal Global Climate Model Simulations
The National Science Foundation Funds Multi-Decadal Climate Predictions Without An Ability To Verify Their Skill
The funding of climate science needs to return to a focus on testable scientific hypotheses, instead of continuing being used as a platform to advocate for particular energy policies. The International Space Station is an appropriate example of how vast amounts of resources can be wasted for non-scientific goals. (Roger Pielke Sr.)
If you build it, they may not come
A shortage of healthy food is not the only problem
A NEW website from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that 10% of the country is now a “food desert”. The Food Desert Locator is an online map highlighting thousands of areas where, the USDA says, low-income families have little or no access to healthy fresh food. First identified in Scotland in the 1990s, food deserts have come to epitomise urban decay. They suggest images of endless fast-food restaurants and convenience stores serving fatty, sugary junk food to overweight customers who have never tasted a Brussels sprout.
The USDA links food deserts to a growing weight problem that has seen childhood obesity in America triple since 1980 and the annual cost of treating obesity swell to nearly $150 billion. Accordingly, Michelle Obama announced a $400m Healthy Food Financing Initiative last year with the aim of eliminating food deserts nationwide by 2017. (The Economist)
What’s Really Causing Childhood Obesity?
By Elizabeth M. Whelan, Sc.D., M.P.H.
(Originally published on Forbes.com on July 6, 2011)
The Academy of Pediatrics blames fast food, but the real culprit is overeating.
An alarming one-third of American children are overweight or obese. It’s a rate that’s climbed three times as high as it was even a generation ago, and the hunt is on to identify the culprit and root it out.
But wait: Apparently the offending party has been nabbed. The prestigious American Academy of Pediatrics, a professional organization of 65,000 physicians, has just announced its official recommendations for combating childhood obesity: Ban “fast food” commercials on television. The Academy, citing one study, claims that this move alone would reduce the number of obese and overweight kids by almost 20%.
UAH Global Temperature Update for June, 2011: +0.31 deg. C
July 7th, 2011 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.
Post-La Nina Warming Continues
The global average lower tropospheric temperature anomaly for June, 2011 increased to +0.31 deg. C
(Roy W. Spencer)
On the Divergence Between the UAH and RSS Global Temperature Records
World War II bombing raids offer new insight into the effects of aviation on climate
Wartime weather records reveal impact of contrails caused by USAAF raids
Climate researchers have turned to the Allied bombing raids of the Second World War for a unique opportunity to study the effect thousands of aircraft had on the English climate at a time when civilian aviation remained rare. The study, published in the International Journal of Climatology, reveals how civilian and military records can help assess the impact of modern aviation on the climate today.
The research, led by Prof Rob MacKenzie, now at the University of Birmingham, and Prof Roger Timmis of the Environment Agency, used historical data to investigate the levels of Aircraft Induced Cloudiness (AIC) caused by the contrails of Allied bombers flying from England to targets in Europe. The team focused their research on 1943 to 1945 after the United States Army Air force (USAAF) joined the air campaign.
“Witnesses to the huge bombing formations recall that the sky was turned white by aircraft contrails,” said MacKenzie. “It was apparent to us that the Allied bombing of WW2 represented an inadvertent environmental experiment on the ability of aircraft contrails to affect the energy coming into and out of the Earth at that location.”
Aircraft can affect cloudiness by creating contrails, formed when the hot, aerosol-laden, air from aircraft engines mixes with the cold air of the upper troposphere. While some contrails disappear swiftly, others form widespread cirrus clouds which intercept both the energy coming into the planet as sunshine and that leaving the planet as infrared heat.
When the USAAF joined the Allied air campaign in 1943 it led to a huge increase in the number of planes based in East Anglia, the Midlands and the West Country. Civil aviation was rare in the 1940s, so USAAF combat missions provide a strong contrast between areas with busy skies and areas with little or no flight activity. (EurekAlert)
Fewer rain storms across southern Australia
Decreasing autumn and winter rainfall over southern Australia has been attributed to a 50-year decrease in the average intensity of storms in the region – a trend which is forecast to continue for another 50 years. (CSIRO press release)
It has already dried up to 200% of normal (Steven Goddard, Real Science)
Future fire – still a wide open climate question
How the frequency and intensity of wildfires and intentional biomass burning will change in a future climate requires closer scientific attention, according to CSIRO’s Dr Melita Keywood.
5 July 2011
Dr Keywood said it is likely that fire – one of nature’s primary carbon-cycling mechanisms – will become an increasingly important driver of atmospheric change as the world warms.
“Understanding changes in the occurrence and magnitude of fires will be an important challenge for which there needs to be a clear focus on the tools and methodologies available to scientists to predict fire occurrence in a changing climate.”
She said the link between long-term climate change and short-term variability in fire activity is complex, with multiple and potentially unknown feedbacks. (CSIRO press release)
Experts Find Deep Arctic Water Temps Fall By 1 Deg. – Bizzarro Theory That “Global Warming Hides” In Deeper Waters Not So Hot
Read here. Global warming scientists and alarmists are always trying to rationalize why the catastrophic AGW hypothesis is in continuous fail mode, and why the globe is cooling and not warming as they predicted. Besides the infamously lame “aerosols overwhelm CO2″ excuse that is trotted out every few years by elite losers, the other favorite excuse is that global warming actually goes and hides in the deep ocean basins, where no one can ever seem to find it. (C3 Headlines)
More IPCC Fabrication? Climate Sensitivity To CO2 Robustly Enhanced To Produce Larger Warming Predictions
Read here and here. The IPCC’s global climate models are essentially driven by the climate’s sensitivity to atmospheric CO2 levels. To produce predictions of dangerous and accelerating global warming, all that needs to be done is to increase the CO2 sensitivity condition that the models are based on. Apparently, that is what the IPCC has done, which makes it easy-peasy to convince policymakers that global warming is a threat. (C3 Headlines)
Black Gold Rush In Texas
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 21:01 Stockhouse News
A new oil rush is occurring in the United States, and once again, it’s in Texas.
U.S. oil companies are rushing to stake their claims for shale oil acreage in the PermianBasin, an area encompassing 100,000 square miles in western Texas and southeastern New Mexico. The area could contain as much as 106 billion barrels of hydrocarbons.
How did this come about?
Because a new technology is opening up previously unattainable sources of oil. This same technology led to the tripling of U.S. natural gas supplies in recent years. (GWPF)
Drill, Cuba, Drill
Cato Institute: Zeroing Out the Department of Energy
by Jerry Taylor
July 7, 2011
“All Americans are involved in making energy policy. When individual choices are made with a maximum of personal understanding and a minimum of government restraints, the result is the most appropriate energy policy.” – Reagan Administration Energy Plan (1981)
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) oversees nuclear weapons sites and subsidizes conventional and alternative fuels. The department has a history of fiscal and environmental mismanagement. Further, misguided energy regulations have caused large loses to consumers and the economy over the decades.
DOE will spend about $45 billion in 2011, or about $380 per U.S. household. It employs about 17,000 workers directly and oversees 100,000 contract workers at 21 national laboratories and other facilities across the nation. The department operates 37 different subsidy programs.
Department of Energy research activities should be terminated. The private sector is entirely capable of funding its own research into coal, natural gas, nuclear power, solar power, and other forms of energy. Businesses will fund new technologies when there is a reasonable chance of commercial success, as they do in other private industries. (MasterResource)
Solar Panel Myth Exposed
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 08:45 Lauren Thompson, Daily Mail
Solar panels that cost up to £16,000 will knock just £70 a year off household bills, which is almost half the original estimate, energy experts have admitted. Undercover investigation by consumer champion Which? has found many firms selling solar panels are overestimating how much energy the panels produce (GWPF)
Senate deal would axe $6 billion ethanol tax credit
Three senators reached a deal on Thursday to repeal the $6 billion per year ethanol tax credit by the end of July, an agreement that must still be passed by Congress.
The loss of the subsidy could add extra costs for ethanol blenders such as Valero Energy Corp and Marathon Oil Corp, but it is unlikely to reduce demand for corn. (Reuters)
Ethanol ‘Compromise’ Reached
Skeptics are smarter, hippies like hookers and warmist scientists are so much FOIA-gras. (Daily Bayonet)