Monthly Archives: September 2011

That’s a lot of green for very few jobs

More ‘Green’ For Donor Energy

Solargate: Despite Solyndra, the administration shovels another billion out the door before the deadline as the lists of politically connected companies feeding at the public trough expands. Seems the sun also corrupts.

Follow the money, it has been said, and you’ll find out all you need to know. Two days before the expiration of the program that funneled $535 million to a failing but donor-connected Solyndra, another billion dollars was rushed to two more solar energy companies. That money could have repaired more than a few crumbling bridges.

You’d think the program would have been suspended until the administration found out what went wrong. Unless, of course, the program was functioning exactly as intended — to spread the wealth around with an emphasis on Democratic Party donors. (IBD)

More solar companies led by Democratic donors received federal loan guarantees
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Scotland Faces Green Self-Destruction

Scotland Faces Green Self-Destruction
Thursday, 29 September 2011 07:57 Simon Johnson, The Daily Telegraph

The costs of Alex Salmond’s green energy revolution are “going through the roof” and threaten to bankrupt companies by doubling energy bills, business leaders have warned the First Minister.

The Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) said electricity is currently about nine times more expensive to generate from wind farms than gas-powered plants.

Mike Salter, the SCC chairman, told the organisation’s annual dinner that Government energy experts predict greater reliance on “very expensive” renewables will lead to consumers’ electricity bills doubling.

He warned this would hold back the Scottish economy and lead to businesses going under. If this is the consequence, he questioned whether Mr Salmond’s “total commitment” to green energy is “misguided”. (GWPF)

Tim Ball: Ontario’s Predictable Energy Disaster; Mortgaged To Falsified Climate Science.

Ontario’s Predictable Energy Disaster; Mortgaged To Falsified Climate Science.
by DR. TIM BALL on SEPTEMBER 28, 2011

Ontarians are paying for the green energy agendas created by Maurice Strong as former head of Ontario Hydro. David Suzuki and Dalton McGuinty push to continue Strong’s disastrous policies, which guarantees shortages and higher costs, even if McGuinty is defeated. It will take years to rebuild adequate facilities. Strong and Suzuki found willing politicians who refused to understand. It’s willful because of the clear evidence of false science and failure of similar policies in any place that pursued green energy. (Tim Ball)

“Green Job” Fallacies (Part II: What is a ‘Green’ Job?)

“Green Job” Fallacies (Part II: What is a ‘Green’ Job?)
by Robert Michaels
September 29, 2011

Even if there were a usable model to analyze job creation, we are left with the problem of identifying which jobs are actually “green.” A renewable project can result in the employment of technical personnel trained to specialize in operating or maintaining its technology (whom we presume are green), as well as additional bartenders who will help the workers to enjoy their evenings (harder to classify as green).

The matter is important because any type of governmental or private spending might open up slots for bartenders. Renewable technologies, however, have been viewed as the foundation for a massive increase in skilled workers whose human capital will provide them with higher lifelong earnings.

Two recent studies point up that the choice of definitions can affect estimates of the green workforce, and show that an extremely small fraction of jobs defined as green are in renewables. (MasterResource)

More on the misanthropy that is “environmentalism”

Noon’s Rebuttal: Environmental Law is Upside-down

Thanks to Michael Economides and The Energy Tribune for giving coverage to the practice of professional environmentalism in America.

The debate between the Center for Biological Diversity and me stems from an issue gaining increasing attention. Most recently, on September 28, according to an Associated Press article, the EPA cut corners. Referencing a report from the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general, the article states the “EPA should have followed a more extensive review process.” Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins, Jr said: “It is clear that EPA did not follow all the required steps.” Earlier this month, the Washington Examiner revealed a similar scandal: U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger “ripped” two Fish and Wildlife scientists for their “biological opinion” that was “arbitrary, capricious and unlawful.” Likewise, I drew attention to science behind the proposed endangered species listing for the Sand Dune Lizard. The CBD took offense. Instead of defending the science, they have opted to attack me.

How’d we get here? (Energy Tribune)

Apparently it’s ‘safer’ to let people burn

Another ‘detectable trace presence must equal massive harm’ waste of space. Hydrocarbon-based foam and plastic products are hygienic and safe. To make them safer still flame retardants are used. The alternative to our exposure to traces of synthesized compounds is exposure to much more of the truly toxic products of moulds, pathogens and pests which make up our natural environment. Curiously, the chemical hand wringers neglect to mention that the more synthetic Man’s environment has become the longer we live relatively disease-free lives. Constructed dwellings are better than dank caves, mattresses an improvement on a pile of grass and animal furs and so on. In the same vein, trivial exposure to flame retardants would seem distinctly preferable to burning to death. Some people appear to have very strange definitions of “unsafe”.

Are Flame Retardants Safe? Growing Evidence Says ‘No’
Elizabeth Grossman

New studies have underscored the potentially harmful health effects of the most widely used flame retardants, found in everything from baby blankets to carpets. Health experts are now calling for more aggressive action to limit these chemicals, including cutting back on highly flammable, petroleum-based materials used in many consumer products. (e360)

Maybe EPA should fine Ma Nature for all that dust

EPA must revise rules for our dusty state

The Valley has had a summer of dirty air, and you just need to check the headlines to understand why: a series of huge dust storms.

They’ve also created a blizzard of paperwork. Local and state air-quality officials have to assemble a mass of data to show that natural conditions were almost entirely responsible for our unhealthy air this summer.

Why should it be so hard to prove the obvious? (The Arizona Republic)

Ooh! Lookout, there’s chemicals in stuff!

SciAm has chosen to run a patently absurd chemical scare piece. What they neglect to mention is that the hapless “Susan” has placed her fetus at greater risk from the exertion of jogging than from any and all of the “toxins” cited, excepted perhaps the herbal tea. How? By raising the temperature of the early developing fetus she risks malformation (commonly cleft [hare] lip and/or cleft palate), although she’d either have to be grossly unfit or pushing herself excessively to cause such a temperature increase. The herbal tea is more of a worry having basically zero quality control and largely unknown constituents. Epic fail from SciAm.

Toxins All around Us
Exposure to the chemicals in everyday objects poses a hidden health threat
By Patricia Hunt

Susan starts her day by jogging to the edge of town, cutting back through a cornfield for an herbal tea at the downtown Starbucks and heading home for a shower. It sounds like a healthy morning routine, but Susan is in fact exposing herself to a rogue’s gallery of chemicals: pesticides and herbicides on the corn, plasticizers in her tea cup, and the wide array of ingredients used to perfume her soap and enhance the performance of her shampoo and moisturizer. Most of these exposures are so low as to be considered trivial, but they are not trivial at all—especially considering that Susan is six weeks pregnant. (SciAm)

Yes, with sufficient finance we can develop most anywhere

China’s City of the Future Rises on a Wasteland

TIANJIN ECO-CITY, China — Three years ago, this coastal area fit perfectly into the dictionary definition for “wasteland.” Its soil was too salty to grow crops. It was polluted enough to scare away potential residents. Sometimes the few fishermen who lived here saw investors driving in, but they quickly turned around and left, leaving nothing behind except dust.

But then some people showed up to buy a piece of this land. It is about half the size of Manhattan. They restored the soil, cleaned up water pollution and began preparing the once-deserted place for a city that will host green businesses and some 350,000 residents by 2020.

This is Tianjin Eco-City, basically a wasteland-to-community experiment carried out by the Chinese and Singapore governments. The two nations are taking this effort seriously, pouring in capital and expertise, including a minister-level committee from Singapore, to ensure its success. (ClimateWire)

Global Warming Hoax Weekly Round-Up, Sept. 29th 2011

The round-up returns this week and finds nine Nobels nobbled, a handy guide to talking to the tea party about climate and victory for the denier industrial complex, or something. (Daily Bayonet)

various coverage of fault finding in EPA’s fantasy “endangerment” claim

EPA’s CO2 Regulations are What’s “Comically Wrong”
Nicolas Loris

The Environmental Protection Agency called a Daily Caller report “comically wrong” this morning. That is an interesting analysis given that the EPA’s hideously bad global warming regulations are more of a joke than actual regulatory structure. Either way, the fun and games will soon end when Americans are paying higher energy prices and businesses are shedding jobs as a result of these “comically wrong” regulations. (The Foundry)

Weird science: EPA Inspector General calls greenhouse-gas regulatory process flawed
Caroline May

In response to a report that could lead to questions about the credibility of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) , Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, is calling for hearings to investigate. The report — from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the EPA — reveals that the scientific basis, on which the administration’s endangerment finding for greenhouse gases hinged, violated the EPA’s own peer review procedure. (Daily Caller)

EPA IG Finds Serious Flaws in Centerpiece of Obama Global Warming Agenda

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Erl Happ: Cloud cools

Cloud cools
Guest post by Erl Happ

This post was generated in response to the Christopher Monkton thread. It is not a criticism of Christopher Monkton but of our tendency to imagine that artful mathematicians (I am not one) are sufficiently sophisticated to deal with complex problems. Indeed the debate as to the value of feedback processes illustrates the lack of utility of mathematics when unconstrained by observation of the real world. Climate Science is full of it. (WUWT)

Christopher Monckton: Empirical Determination of Climate Sensitivity

Empirical Determination of Climate Sensitivity
Written by Christopher Monckton
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:50

By an astonishing 15 distinct methods, Christopher Monckton of Brenchley demonstrates in his latest SPPI technical paper that the warming we can expect in response to the doubling of CO2 concentration that is expected this century will not be 6 F, the IPCC’s central estimate, but only around 2 F. (SPPI)

Donna Laframboise: Here an Activist, There an Activist

Here an Activist, There an Activist
Donna Laframboise
September 27, 2011

There was a time when I believed the marketing spin. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was comprised of the world’s top scientists. These men and women were providing a service to humanity. Rather than golfing or sailing they were volunteering their weekends. Objectively assessing the available scientific evidence, they were writing careful, impartial reports on whose integrity we could all depend.

But that was before I did some basic fact-checking. Before I discovered that this organization is riddled with activists.

For every circumspect scholar who behaves in an upright and professional manner there’s another whose judgment is impaired. Blatantly and obviously so. Any scientist who gets into bed with lobby groups such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is not a scientist who should expect the public to trust him.

Sorry, folks, but this is too important. We’re being told that, in order to save the planet, we have to restructure our economies, diminish our lifestyles, and even change our values. Well before I do any of those things I need to be assured that the people who’ve arrived at these conclusions are above reproach. I need to know there’s no funny business going on. (No Consensus)

Daily Bayonet: Mother Jones’ Modesty

Mother Jones’ Modesty

Hippies at Mother Jones have thrown in the towel, cried Uncle, folded like a cheap suit and picked up their ball and gone home.

In a piece entitled ‘How the Climate Change Deniers Won‘, Mother Jones details how the global warming agenda failed, in a handy cut-out and keep chart that reads like a veritable cornucopia of everyone the left loves to hate. (Daily Bayonet)