Ain’t no science at the RSE
Sep 29, 2011
I’m grateful to Messenger for pointing me to this excerpt from the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Facing up to Climate Change report. This is the winning entry for the schools’ climate change poster competition, held as part of the project. Why such a competition would be felt necessary by a learned society is beyond me, but here, such as it is, is what the combined eminences of the society felt we need to be doing to face up to climate change…
Cap and trade wins California Supreme Court ruling
Over some environmentalists’ objections, the state Supreme Court voted Wednesday to let California air-quality regulators go ahead with a market-oriented cap-and-trade system of pollution credits to combat global warming while appealing a judge’s order to look harder at alternatives.
The order came in a case that has divided mainstream environmental groups, which support cap and trade, and antipoverty “environmental justice” organizations, which argue that the market approach exposes poor and minority communities to more pollution. (SF Chronicle)
Carbon scheme ‘open to fraud’
EPA’s CO2 Regulations are What’s “Comically Wrong”
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
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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Using the energy in oil shale without releasing carbon dioxide in a greenhouse world
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2011 — New technology that combines production of electricity with capture of carbon dioxide could make billions of barrels of oil shale — now regarded as off-limits because of the huge amounts of carbon dioxide released in its production — available as an energy source. That’s the topic of the latest episode in the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) award-winning “Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions” podcast series.
Volts For China?
Industrial Policy: Unable to sell its electric cars here, Government Motors plans to partner with the Chinese and possibly give away its taxpayer-funded technology. The administration’s industrial policy picks another loser.
Here we thought the purpose of President Obama’s green jobs and green energy policies was to embrace the technologies and energy sources of the future in order to compete with countries like China. Instead, taxpayer dollars may have once again been wasted — this time to provide jobs for and technology to those we should be competing with.
General Motors Corp., whose international headquarters is in Shanghai, has announced it would be developing an electric car platform with its longtime Chinese partner, the Shanghai Automotive Industrial Corporation (SAIC). The question is why. GM would of necessity have to share some of its technology with the Chinese at the same time it was aiding a U.S. competitor. (IBD)
Breaking: Farcical CDM swindle sits atop the global warming hoax
Clean-energy credits tarnished : Nature News
As the world gears up for the next round of United Nations climate-change negotiations in Durban, South Africa, in November, evidence has emerged that a cornerstone of the existing global climate agreement, the international greenhouse-gas emissions-trading system, is seriously flawed.
But a diplomatic cable published last month by the WikiLeaks website reveals that most of the CDM projects in India should not have been certified because they did not reduce emissions beyond those that would have been achieved without foreign investment. Indian officials have apparently known about the problem for at least two years.
“What has leaked just confirms our view that in its present form the CDM is basically a farce,” says Eva Filzmoser, programme director of CDM Watch, a Brussels-based watchdog organization. The revelations imply that millions of tonnes of claimed reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions are mere phantoms, she says, and potentially cast doubt over the principle of carbon trading. “In the face of these comments it is no wonder that the United States has backed away from emission trading,” Filzmoser says.
Inside the EPA
Memos show that even other regulators worry about its rule-making.
The Environmental Protection Agency claims that the critics of its campaign to remake U.S. electricity are partisans, but it turns out that they include other regulators and even some in the Obama Administration. In particular, a trove of documents uncovered by Congressional investigators reveals that these internal critics think the EPA is undermining the security and reliability of the U.S. electric power supply.
With its unprecedented wave of rules, the EPA is abusing traditional air-quality laws to force a large share of the coal-fired fleet to shut down. Amid these sacrifices on the anticarbon altar, Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski and several House committees have been asking, well, what happens after as much as 8% of U.S. generating capacity is taken off the grid? (WSJ)
EPA: Regulations would require 230,000 new employees, $21 billion
Alan Robock On Geoengineering
There is an interesting seminar scheduled for September 27 2011. The announcement is reproduced below. Alan Robock and I differ on a number of climate issues, but he and I seem to agree on the risks of geoengineering. Alan told me that his papers on geoengineering can be obtained from http://climate.envsci.rutgers.edu/robock/robock_geopapers.html
I have highlighted text in the announcement in which he and I agree. His concern on geoengineering, which involves deliberate alterations in regional climate forcings, in addition to any effect on the global average radiative forcing, should also make him a proponent of the important role of land use/land cover change (i.e. a regional climate forcing) as a first-order climate forcing. (Roger Pielke Sr.)
The silliest part about it is that the basis for the argument doesn’t really exist – it is all about making it inconvenient for shoppers (to reduce your consumption of Gaia’s goodies, don’t ya know?)
A Sack Standoff in the Checkout Aisle
The plastic bags shoppers use to carry their goods home from the store have become an environmental battleground, and statistics are a key weapon in the fight.
Cities around the U.S. have banned or considered banning the bags because of their environmental impact. Manufacturers of the sacks have dueled with environmentalists and makers of reusable bags over carbon footprints. And last week, a maker of reusable bags settled a lawsuit filed by a plastic-bag manufacturer over competing numerical claims on bags’ imprint on the environment.
Lies, deception and carbon tax
START with what is uncontested. First, once carbon emitters are issued permits, those permits will be property they own, so any government that abolishes them will have to pay compensation, possibly in the billions of dollars.
Second, entitlements created by statute may be found by the High Court to be property even if that is not specified in the legislation creating them. But specifying it in the legislation, as the government intends, makes that outcome, and the need to pay compensation, far more certain.
Expert on carbon markets: “You couldn’t design a better instrument for corruption”
The “rich” nations have promised to provide $30 billion by 2012 “to help poorer, vulnerable countries adapt to climate change” and they have pledged to raise that amount to $100 billion a year by 2020.
Fortunately, it is highly unlikely that the “rich” nations will ever raise those sums of money. Still, before the final unraveling of the case for human caused global warming, billions of dollars are likely to be wasted on corruption e.g. in connection with carbon markets (cap and trade), recently described in this way by an expert: “You couldn’t design a better instrument for corruption”: (New Nostradamus of the North)
Worse To Come As Fuel Poverty Bites
Sunday, 25 September 2011 05:54 Tracey Boles, Sunday Express
FUEL poverty is set to spiral next year as energy price rises hit home, the Government has admitted.
More than a quarter of all households, 6.9million, are already classed as “fuel poor” according to price comparison website uSwitch.
It is defined as when 10 per cent or more of net household income is spent on fuel. (GWPF)
See here and here for some of the reasons carbon dioxide sequestration, for sequestration’s sake, is a moronically stupid idea.
As far as the projected rise in temperature goes, that’s just plain fantasy derived from the IPCC using the wrong sign for climate feedback – see their own figures demonstrate so here.
Carbon capture progress has lost momentum, says climate change agency
Meeting of senior ministers in Beijing hears that CCS is being left behind due to financial crisis and weakening political will
In Scramble for Land, Group Says, Company Pushed Ugandans Out
KICUCULA, Uganda — According to the company’s proposal to join a United Nations clean-air program, the settlers living in this area left in a “peaceful” and “voluntary” manner.
People here remember it quite differently.
Ruth Lea: We Simply Cannot Afford The Government’s High-Cost Energy Policies
Sunday, 18 September 2011 21:26 Ruth Lea, Conservative Home
The Chancellor of the Exchequer recently conceded that the forecasts prepared by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) for the March Budget will be undershot. There will be a new set of forecasts, along with measures to boost growth, in the Autumn Statement (29 November). Growth, or more accurately lack of growth, is rapidly becoming the big economic story along with the inter-related and intensifying crisis in the Eurozone – but more on this another day. Despite the disappointing prospects, the Chancellor reiterated that he would be sticking to his deficit reduction plans, rightly so in my view. (GWPF)
Huhne Does He Think He is?
What the Minister for Energy and Climate Change thinks about the public: (Climate Resistance)