Another PolarBearGate development: After the Obama administration told us the Monnett investigation had “nothing to do” with his 2006 polar bear article, we’re told that Tuesday’s nearly three-hour long interview with Monnett revolved around that article
Watchdog says merit of polar bear paper questioned – CNBC
JUNEAU, Alaska – The federal investigation into suspended wildlife biologist Charles Monnett has focused on the scientific merit of a 2006 article in which he and a colleague recorded their observations of apparently drowned polar bears in the Arctic, a watchdog group said Tuesday.
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility said Monnett was interviewed by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management, Regulation and Enforcement’s inspector general’s office on Tuesday.
PEER executive director Jeff Ruch said that Tuesday’s nearly three-hour long interview revolved around the article and the project, including Monnett’s role during procurement.
Ruch, who monitored the interview via teleconference, said Monnett was also asked about any connections he had to non-governmental organizations and fundraising for environmental groups.
He said the suggestion was raised that Monnett was somehow involved in a covert campaign to promote the issue of climate change. Ruch said it could be several weeks before a transcript is available.
Driftwood On Ice
Doug L. Hoffman
Tracking the flow of ice in the Arctic is difficult. Reconstructing the extent and flow in times past is even more difficult. An interesting new report has turned to driftwood, embedded in the Arctic pack ice, as a way of deciphering Arctic climate conditions over the last 10,000 years. The researchers found a climate record that is in good agreement with previous histories, including such events as the Medieval Warm Period, the Little Ice Age and the Holocene Thermal Maximum. In fact, they found temperatures during the HTM to be 2° to 4°C higher than today. They also found a complementarity oscillation in sea-ice abundance between East and West that is not correctly simulated by current ice models. (The Resilient Earth)
New paper finds some Antarctic temperature measurements show false warming of up to 10°C (18°F)
A paper published today in the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology finds that temperature measurements on the Antarctic plateau “are shown to be significantly warm biased by solar radiation,” resulting in temperature measurements up to 10°C (18°F) warmer than actual temperatures. The authors find that the summer Sun heats the housing for the electronic thermometers causing the warming bias during summer, which is also exacerbated by low wind conditions. Surface temperature measurements are particularly important at the poles, because satellite measurements of temperature do not include data poleward of 82.5° North and 70° South and the only available measurements in these areas are from surface temperature stations. Considering the tiny change in global temperature over the past 161 years of only 0.7°C, this newly-discovered large warming bias of up to 10°C calls into question data from areas critical to the AGW debate. (Hockey Schtick)
About his only serious shortcoming is barracking for a carbon tax because he does not understand it’s all pain for no gain but, as he says himself, he just doesn’t get the physics and takes as read the need for “decarbonization”.
IPCC: Only Economic Growth Can Solve Climate And Energy Challenges
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:36 Tim Worstall, Forbes
There are, as you will have noticed, a number of different views around how we go about solving climate change. From those who think it’s all nonsense and my, hasn’t Al Gore got fat? to those who insist that only the immediate overthrow of capitalism, the return of medieval peasantry, can possibly save us all. (GWPF)
Obama Warms to Alaskan Drilling
by BRIAN MCGRAW
Much to the chagrin of the left’s environmental base, Ken Salazar voiced Obama’s support for increased natural resource production in Alaska: (Cooler Heads)
My Excellent Journey to Canada’s Oil Sands
by MARLO LEWIS
The United States imports almost half of its oil (49%), and about 25% of our imports come from one country — our friendly neighbor to the North, Canada. Today, Canada supplies more oil to the USA than all Persian Gulf countries combined. (Cooler Heads)
TransCanada CEO: Oil sands will be developed with or without pipeline
Industry Group Hits Back at Anti-Coal Rhetoric From Bloomberg, Sierra Club
In a Wednesday column, the president of a major coal industry group defended coal energy against recent attacks from the environmentalist left. The current drive to drastically redcuce coal power in the United States, he claimed, would deal a body blow to the American economy.
“There are challenges inherent with using every energy resource,” wrote Steve Miller, president and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. “But if the United States backs away from any of our domestic resources because it poses challenges, we will soon find ourselves with fewer, more expensive supplies of energy.”
Miller specifically addressed the recent donation by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg to the environmentalist group Sierra Club. The donation specifically funded the group’s anti-coal campaign, which Miller claimed would, if successful, drastically reduce the country’s “jobs, economic growth, energy security and global competitiveness.”
The Sierra Club claims it has prevented 150 coal power plants from opening, and seeks to shut down a third of the country’s older power plants in the next decade. Bloomberg’s donation, the Sierra Club said, will aid in that campaign. (The Foundry)
Cheap Shale Gas Means Record Expansion Of U.S. Chemical Industry
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 12:57 Jack Kaskey, Bloomberg
Dow Chemical Co. (DOW) spent a decade moving chemical production to the Middle East and Asia. Now it’s leading the biggest expansion ever seen back home in the U.S. as shale gas revives the industry’s economics.
Dow is among companies planning to build crackers, industrial plants typically costing $1.5 billion apiece that process hydrocarbons into ethylene and other synthetic materials. The new crackers will be the first to be built in the U.S. since 2001 and the largest wave of additional capacity, John Stekla, a director at Chemical Market Associates Inc., a Houston-based consultant, said in an interview. (GWPF)
While these are trifling sums when compared with the $90billion of mainly ‘stimulus funds’ the Obama Administration wasted on ‘renewables’ over the last 3 years they are no less difficult to bear. Governments are not in the business of picking winners and losers as far as technology goes (although they appear to have singular talent at choosing losers to back) and they should never, ever attempt to do so.
U.S. doling out funds for clean fuel technology
The Obama administration on Wednesday said it will give more than $175 million to car companies and research centers to spur clean auto technology and production of advanced car batteries. (Reuters)
California’s 33% Renewable Energy Goal by 2020: Form or Substance? (Part I–Current Situation)
by Ulrich Decher
California is committed to a renewable energy portfolio to provide 33 percent of its electricity by 2020 from qualifying resources such as wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and small hydroelectric facilities.
Can this portfolio succeed? Ambitious goals take more than legislative action to have a chance for success. It takes an actual plan that can be implemented with actual engineering accomplishments. (MasterResource)
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Al Gore’s Sequel to An Inconvenient Truth
Monsanto plans farm trials for drought-tolerant corn
Monsanto Co. will begin farm trials of its drought-tolerant corn seed next spring, marking the global seed giant’s first roll-out of seeds genetically engineered for harsh environmental conditions.
The introduction comes as drought and searing heat this summer have withered crops across the U.S. South.
The new biotech corn seed still needs water to grow healthy plants, but is designed to use moisture more efficiently, said Monsanto global corn technology lead Dusty Post.
“We’re not talking about being able to grow corn in a desert,” said Post. “We’re not going to make them whole. But every bushel counts.”
Monsanto is working to sign up about 250 U.S. farmers in the western corn belt – Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, Colorado and Texas – for planting next spring.
Acreage for the farm trials would be small, about 10,000 acres, said Post. (Reuters)
Comments On the British Met Office Press Release “Pause In Upper Ocean Warming Explained”
… First, if “…more of the heat stored in the upper ocean to be released into space”, this represent Joules that will never contribute to global warming. To compensate for this loss of heat, if global warming is to fit the IPCC model predictions, there must be well above average heating in the coming years to “catch up”. This large loss of heat also further supports the findings in
Spencer, R.W.; Braswell, W.D. On the Misdiagnosis of Surface Temperature Feedbacks from Variations in Earth’s Radiant Energy Balance. Remote Sens. 2011, 3, 1603-1613.
that the IPCC models are inaccurately representing this aspect of the climate system (see also my post). Spencer and Braswell wrote
“….the satellite-based metrics for the period 2000–2010 depart substantially in the direction of lower climate sensitivity from those similarly computed from coupled climate models…”
The British Met Office also wrote “Secondly, heat can be temporarily moved to the deeper ocean below 700m…”. They fail, however, to present what time period is meant by “temporary”. Indeed, heat transfer to deeper in the ocean will disperse horizontally and likely would only slower reemerge, if ever, (decades or centuries?) back into the upper levels of the ocean.
The news article is also making the typical error of assuming that the ”recent pause in warming [occurs] despite continued increases in greenhouse gases.” This assumption concludes (erroneously) that the added greenhouse gases dominate the climate system over the last ten years. However, as documented by Spencer and Braswell, and others, natural climate variations are larger than modeled by the IPCC multi-decadal predictions. (Roger Pielke Sr.)
Climate Forecasting Models Aren’t Pretty, And They Aren’t Smart
Anyone who says they can confidently predict global climate changes or effects is either a fool or a fraud. No one can even forecast global, national or regional weather conditions that will occur months or years into the future, much less climate shifts that will be realized over decadal, centennial and longer periods.
Nevertheless, this broadly recognized limitation has not dissuaded doomsday prognostications that have prompted incalculably costly global energy and environmental policies. Such postulations attach great credence to computer models and speculative interpretations that have no demonstrated accuracy. (Forbes)
Another Major Climate Model Failure: Unable To Simulate North American Monsoon Pattern
Read here. The North American Monsoon (NAM) is a fairly regular climate pattern that affects northern Mexico and southwestern U.S. The pattern is typified by a dry June that turns into a rainy July-September period.
Based on the relative simplicity of this climate pattern, one would expect that the unprecedentedly expensive, robustly powerful, cleverly sophisticated and devilishly complex climate models could at least provide accurate predictions of the NAM. New peer reviewed research finds that the global climate models are indeed worthless at such an assignment. (C3 Headlines)
James E. Hansen Worshipper Gets Debunked
By Ed Caryl
A reader who goes by the name of “renewable guy” and I had a recent exchange on the credibility of James Hansen and his crew at GISS a short time ago. He gave me the following list of 9 observations to support Hansen and GISS: (No Tricks Zone)
Kids and parents clash on climate change
AUSTRALIAN kids are clashing with their parents over the importance of climate change, a survey has found.
The survey, by research groups Bayer and the CSIRO, found one in three families disagree on the importance of climate change with one in five parents saying they didn’t believe in climate change.
“It is encouraging to see that children are taking what they’ve learned in the classroom and using it to educate their parents on how to reduce their carbon footprint,” Peta Ashworth, from the CSIRO’s Science into Society Group, said today. (AAP)