NAACP and EPA would inflict heat prostration and death
by Niger Innis and Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr.
This kind of “environmental justice” we can do without.
From New York, Washington and Atlanta to Chicago, St. Louis and Dallas, America is baking in a furnace. As millions swelter and gasp, they thank their lucky stars for air-conditioned cars, homes, offices and other places of refuge. And for the reliable, affordable electricity that makes AC possible.
Previous generations weren’t so fortunate. When a record heat wave slammed the nation in July 1936, Midwest temperatures hit 100-107 for a week. With most homes and businesses lacking even fans in this pre-AC era, millions suffered heat prostration. In Wisconsin, 449 died. Nationwide, thousands perished.
Now the EPA and NAACP want to send America back to the “good old days.” Under a perverse notion of “environmental justice,” they are promoting tough new air quality rules that would shut down dozens of coal-fired power plants that make affordable AC possible for millions of poor and minority families.
According to them, coal-based electricity is “racist.” Minorities are more at risk because they often live near “dangerous,” older, more polluting power plants.
There is no excuse for the ridiculous “racism” and “justice” rhetoric, or the way EPA used cherry-picked data and computer models to conjure up health risks and benefits that exist only in virtual worlds. (Visit http://www.AffordablePowerAlliance.org for details.) Worse, the agency refused to consider the disastrous effects its draconian regulations will impose on families and businesses, due to skyrocketing electricity prices. (SPPI)
Obama Doubles The National Debt – Claims Victory
Fact Sheet: Bipartisan Debt Deal: A Win for the Economy and Budget Discipline
Obama 2006 : “raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure”
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies…
Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
- Barack Obama
(Steven Goddard, Real Science)
David Cameron climate support ‘misplaced’, says Nigel Lawson
MARGARET Thatcher’s chancellor, Nigel Lawson, has criticised as an “inappropriate intervention” in Australian politics British Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s letter of support for Julia Gillard’s carbon tax.
On his arrival in Australia, Lord Lawson also challenged what he said was the widespread misrepresentation of the reason for Baroness Thatcher’s early support for action on climate change. (The Australian)
Obama unveils sharp increase in auto fuel economy
Several major auto makers on Friday embraced the Obama administration’s proposal to push the industry further away from once-dominant gas guzzlers to more lean and efficient vehicles. (Reuters)
A Big Welcome To EPA Motors
Industrial Policy: It’s bad enough that the Obama administration owns GM. Now it’s taking over the entire auto industry by imposing a radical fuel economy mandate. Worst still, carmakers are letting them get away with it. (IBD)
Grow Our Way Out
Energy Policy: A new study documents a mini-boom caused by the development of the Marcellus Shale formations in Pennsylvania, creating jobs and revenue. Maybe the second rule of holes is that when you’re in one, start drilling.
While Washington unravels over hitting the debt ceiling, fretting over a stagnant economy, a shortage of revenues and an abundance of spending, a quiet economic boom is occurring in Pennsylvania that shows much of our economic wounds are self-inflicted. (IBD)
Shale Oil & Gas Bonanza: The Energy Wealth Keeps On Coming
Sunday, 31 July 2011 21:16 Al Fin Energy
Marcellus shale oil & gas have been lying in wait, waiting for humans smart enough and hungry enough to come down and get them. Some humans are willing — and they are beginning to reap the rewards. Other humans are frightened of phantoms and their own shadows. They are drowning in debt and avoidable human misery. (GWPF)
Archaea — An Overlooked Source Of Greenhouse Gas:
Friday, 29 July 2011 10:28 Dr. David Whitehouse
Apparently, bacteria aren’t the only microorganisms in the sea that pump large quantities of certain greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. A new study shows that marine archaea – a distinct group of single-celled microorganisms – might be the primary source of nitrous oxide emissions from the world’s oceans. These marine archaea differ from bacteria in that they contain several genes and metabolic pathways that are more closely related to eukaryotic organisms. Alyson Santoro and colleagues grew cultures of archaea from the Pacific Ocean in the laboratory and found that the microorganisms produce significant amounts of heat-trapping nitrous oxide through the oxidization of ammonia. Isotopic measurements show that these marine archaea produce more nitrous oxide than marine bacteria, suggesting that they could be largely responsible for the large amounts of the greenhouse gas moving from the oceans to the atmosphere.
Rajendra Pachauri is back to tell us: Trust me
The IPCC’s chairman wants us to forget all those scandals about hockey sticks and Himalayan glaciers.
One of the more bizarre episodes of the week was the arrival in London of Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as part of what appears to be a concerted bid to rehabilitate the IPCC after the deluge of scandals that assailed it last year. The line he took in several cosy interviews, with the BBC and others, was that the IPCC’s 2007 report made only “a single mistake” – its prediction that the Himlayan glaciers might all have disappeared by 2035. Otherwise, we are asked to believe, the IPCC’s reputation as a fount of utterly reliable, “peer-reviewed” science survives unscathed. (TDT)
More Disinformation From New Scientist About Climategate
New Scientist has used the occasion of CRU’s release of CRUTEM station data in response to the ICO’s rejection of CRU excuses to disseminate further disinformation about the Climategate dossier.
Anyone can now view for themselves the raw data that was at the centre of last year’s “climategate” scandal.
The Climategate dossier is about the Hockey Stick, not the CRUTEM temperature record. CRUTEM is mentioned in only a few emails. Muir Russell’s list of common words in the emails (p 147) doesn’t list CRUTEM, but, according to this list, Yamal is mentioned 100 times. While I had an outstanding FOI request for CRUTEM data in 2009, the primary concern of Climate Audit has been with proxy reconstructions, rather than the temperature record. (GWPF)
Additional Information On The “Ocean’s Missing Heat” By Katsman and van Oldenborgh 2011
I discussed the papers
C. A. Katsman and G. J. van Oldenborgh, 2011: Tracing the upper ocean’s ‘missing heat’. Geophysical Research Letters (in press).
Palmer, M. D., D. J. McNeall, and N. J. Dunstone (2011), Importance of the deep ocean for estimating decadal changes in Earth’s radiation balance, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L13707, doi:10.1029/2011GL047835.
in my posts
2011 Update Of The Comparison Of Upper Ocean Heat Content Changes With The GISS Model Predictions
New Paper “Importance Of The Deep Ocean For Estimating Decadal Changes In Earth’s Radiation Balance” By Palmer Et Al 2011
I have been sent a summary article from Klimaat wereld on this subject that was published on July 28 2011 [h/t/ Erik].
This Klimaat wereld summary article is titled
Tracing the upper ocean’s ‘missing heat’
by Caroline Katsman and Geert Jan van Oldenborgh, KNMI. Although, as discussed below, I have several issues with their interpretations and conclusions, the authors should be commended for publishing a significant new contribution to our understanding of the climate system. This is an effective paper which can be built on to improve our knowledge of the science of climate. (Roger Pielke Sr.)
More settled science not needing debate: Direction of climate change in Antarctica unknown
A paper published last month in the journal Climatic Change reveals “the magnitude and even direction of recent Antarctic climate change is still debated.” The paper states the Antarctic Peninsula is warming, but that “in continental Antarctica [where by far the most ice is located] a cooling trend was recently detected.” Also confounding, the surface temperature of permafrost areas is warming, “although the air temperature was almost stable.” (Hockey Schtick)
Canadian Scientists and the World Wildlife Fund
I stumbled across a document the other day that rendered me speechless. ‘This can’t be right,’ I said to myself. ‘You’ve been parked in front of this computer so long you’ve begun to hallucinate.’
But my eyes were not, in fact, deceiving me. In December 2009 hundreds of Canadian scientists really did choose to publicly align themselves with a left-leaning advocacy organization. They actually thought this was a smart strategy – that this is how you persuade a Tory national government to take action on climate change. (No Consensus)
Scientists: You Are No Longer Politically Useful
Charles Monnett is a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement in the US Department of the Interior. He has published in the peer-reviewed literature on polar bears. He also has just been suspended by the agency (PDF) under claims of possible scientific misconduct related to his polar bear research and was recently interviewed by criminal investigators. (Roger Pielke Jr.)
Drowned Polar Bears and Scientific Misconduct
Fallout from Our Paper: The Empire Strikes Back
July 29th, 2011 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.
UPDATE: Due to the many questions I have received over the last 24 hours about the way in which our paper was characterized in the original Forbes article, please see the new discussion that follows the main post, below.
LiveScience.com posted an article yesterday where the usual IPCC suspects (Gavin Schmidt, Kevin Trenberth, and Andy Dessler) dissed our recent paper in in the journal Remote Sensing.
Given their comments, I doubt any of them could actually state what the major conclusion of our paper was. (Roy Spencer)
Rise of the 1st Law Deniers
The Cloud Mystery
Henrik Svensmark on climate change
If you have 53 spare minutes and you haven’t seen the 2007 Danish documentary (in English) yet, here it is:
You will see Svensmark, his collaborators, Shaviv, Veizer, and many others in this documentary about cosmoclimatology. (The Reference Frame)
HadCRUT3: 30% of stations recorded a cooling trend in their whole history
In a previous blog entry, I encouraged you to notice that HadCRUT3 has released the (nearly) raw data from their 5,000+ stations.
The 5,113 files cover the whole world – mostly continents and some islands. I have fully converted the data into a format that is usable and understandable in Mathematica. There are some irregularities, missing longitudes, latitudes, heights of a small fraction of the stations. Some extra entries appear for a very small number of stations and I have classified these anomalies as well.
As Shawn has also noticed, the worst defect is associated with the 863th (out of 5,113) station in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This one hasn’t submitted any data. For many stations, some months (and sometimes whole years) are missing so you get -99 instead. This shouldn’t be confused with numbers like -78.9: believe me, stations in Antarctica have recorded average monthly temperatures as low as -78.9 °C. It’s not just a minimum experienced for an hour: it’s the monthly average.
Clearly, 110 °C of warming would be helpful over there. (The Reference Frame)