Guest Post at Bishop Hill
by Ben Pile
I am very pleased to have a guest post up on the excellent Bishop Hill, Ideological money laundering.
As everybody now knows, the headlines from IPCC WGIII report on renewable energy appear to have been written by Greenpeace. When the Summary for Policy Makers was published last month, I was one of many who noted the role of Greenpeace, and the extent to which the SPM’s authors were involved in the renewable energy industry. Steve McIntyre’s discovery has caused further criticism of the IPCC’s letting such overt agendas near its evidence-making for policy-makers, even from the green camp, albeit only because it is such bad PR. But there is yet more to this story.
Call me naive, but I have constantly amazed by the sums available to the environmental agenda for little more than PR. (Climate Resistance)
Greenpeace-gate breaks and the IPCC is busted. The shock. (Could they really be this dumb?)
What were they thinking? Greenpeace and the IPCC are both bleeding credibility over this one. The silly thing is, if they weren’t so arrogant, they could have hidden this so easily. The obvious conclusion is they are not even trying. (Jo Nova)
Junk Science Week: No climate death in Venice
By Terence Corcoran
We interrupt our scheduled Junk Science Week material to bring you news from the front line of the global climate scare. (Financial Post)
Junk Science Week: Toxic terrorists ignore organic food threat
E. coli traced to sprouts from organic farm
By Gilbert Ross
A respected newspaper notes the latest toll among Europeans of a virulent strain of the bacterium E. coli, the source of which has recently been determined to be sprouts from an organic farm in Germany. In the same newspaper, a few pages distant, a credulous journalist has in essence copied and pasted another press release from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a U.S. activist organization, warning us yet again about the traces of pesticide residues on their so-called “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables. Wait — didn’t they try the same tactic only a few months ago? Don’t ostensible journalists remember this same trick, which EWG uses to garner attention and subscribers?
The irony of the latest EWG food scare would warrant a self-satisfied smirk if it weren’t so tragic. (Financial Post)
Bedbugs and Bureaucrats
Bedbugs are finding their way from more and more hotels into more and more homes. One way to get rid of them is to wash infested bedding and clothes in hot water. Hot means at least 118 degrees F; a warm water wash of only 104 degrees will kill only ten percent of the critters.
An extended bout of high-temperature drying is also recommended.
But with laundry machines and dryers coming under increasingly stringent federal energy efficiency regulations, sufficiently hot wash and dry cycles are becoming a thing of the past. Many new washers have thermostatically controlled mixing valves, which adjust wash water temperatures to levels set by the manufacturer. That high-tech feature isn’t aimed at satisfying market demand, but at meeting either the efficiency regs or the criteria for special manufacturer tax credits (yet another program to boost energy efficiency at all costs).
Since hot water accounts for most of the energy used in laundering, these programs all aim at restricting it. Could there be a bedbug lobby at work here?
As for dryers, many new models have “eco-cycles” that run at lower temperatures. Whether you can still get a sufficiently hot drying cycle will depend on the particular model. As they say, results may vary.
And so while politicians satisfy their itch to control, we’re left scratching ourselves. Call it an eco-rash. (Cooler Heads)
A pesky trace gas outwits climate science by adopting the Obama doctrine, the Sun may set on alarmist fantasies and Greenpeace buys a yacht. (Daily Bayonet)
Solar jobs cost the Earth
Climate Progress celebrates that the US solar sector employs more people than the US steel industry.
The math is fuzzy, at best. A fact even CP has to acknowledge:
A couple words of caution: These figures are comparing solar manufacturing, sales and installation to steel production alone. If one were to factor in products made from steel, the industry would be up around 160,000 workers.
In other words, they fudged the numbers to fit the agenda. If it were a true comparison, their argument falls at the first hurdle, so they move the hurdle. Hey, it’s climate science, fudging numbers is what they do. But that’s not what this post is about.
It’s about efficiency. Solar is an inefficient energy source, it’s an even less efficient source of jobs. (Daily Bayonet)
Voters put $10 limit on green energy cost
By Ed Crooks in New York
US voters support increased use of renewable power but would pay only about $10 per month extra for it, according to an opinion poll that highlights the difficulties facing many forms of lower-carbon energy.
Climate change panel in hot water again over ‘biased’ energy report
By Oliver Wright
The world’s foremost authority on climate change used a Greenpeace campaigner to help write one of its key reports, which critics say made misleading claims about renewable energy, The Independent has learnt.
Steve McIntyre: IPCC WG3 And The Greenpeace Karaoke
The Failure Of Dynamic Downscaling As Adding Value to Multi-Decadal Regional Climate Prediction
A main tool for the impacts community with respect to climate risks in the coming decades is the use of dynamic downscaling from global multi-decadal climate predictions. The concept is that by using the higher spatial resolution of regional climate models, along with fine scale terrain and other landscape information, more accurate detailed impact information can be achieved.
Many millions of dollars are being spent on this approach; e.g. see
Not sure how this got into the Nude Socialist Global warming not to blame for 2011 droughts
ADD one more to the list: after the driest spring in more than 20 years, parts of eastern England are officially in a state of drought, according to the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. This comes hard on the heels of some of the worst droughts on record across the globe, from Texas to China.
While global warming is an obvious suspect, there’s no evidence that it is to blame. Continue reading
Forget carbon, this is worse: researcher
Attention should turn to nitrous oxide if climate change is to be properly addressed, according to a Brisbane-based member of a Nobel Prize-winning team who says the gas has 300 times the impact of carbon dioxide.
Queensland University of Technology professor Richard Conant was part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with Al Gore.
Professor Conant’s latest research suggests the best way to reduce greenhouse emissions is to improve the way nitrogen fertiliser, which releases nitrous oxide, is applied to crops throughout the world. (Sydney Morning Herald)
Climate change will cost poor countries billions of dollars, studies say
Adapting economies and maintaining infrastructure under global warming will cost developing countries dear, and resentment is building as rich countries delay in providing finance
Analysis: Economy, public seen key to climate deal
Wider public unease about climate change and stronger economic growth are likely to be needed to revive sluggish U.N. talks after hopes for quick agreement on a treaty have fizzled, experts say.
Many nations at U.N. talks in Bonn from June 6-17 seem resigned to a long haul — more like arms reduction talks or U.N. trade negotiations — after failure to agree a binding U.N. climate deal by an end-2009 deadline at a summit in Copenhagen.
“Public awareness is really going to be the key,” to spur a deal to avert heatwaves, droughts, floods and rising seas, said Rajendra Pachauri, head of the U.N. panel of climate scientists. (Reuters)