Friday, September 30, 2011

Global warming protests are so 2008… In 2011 it’s Occupy Wall Street |
Since the wheels are rapidly falling off the global warming / climate change hoax, where are you going to find your average liberal malcontent?

Occupying Wall Street.
Ophelia becomes major hurricane; update on Atlantic season - Capital Weather Gang - The Washington Post
But in this season’s batch of 16 named storms, there have been only 4 hurricanes, three of which (including Ophelia) have reached major status (category 3 or higher). And Colorado State researcher Brian McNoldy notes this is a record low number of hurricanes for such a larger number of total storms.

“Looking back through the records, any season with 16+ named storms had at least 7 hurricanes,” he blogged.
Are Americans warming to the threat of climate change? – Telegraph Blogs
Professor Krosnik is predicting that global warming will be an important issue in next year's election.
Why Does The Global-Warming Debate Provoke So Much Anger? : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR
Things are really even more complicated. For what is claimed in (4) is not only that global warming is bad, but that it is terrible, that it threatening and frightening and terrifying. But do the facts about global warming entail that we ought to be terrified?
Reenact global warming in your cocktail | Grist
This Japanese site sells ice cube molds depicting penguins and polar bears sitting on ice floes. As the ice melts, both the floes and the critters are destroyed, making this a pretty good simulation of the effects of global warming. Finally, a product that combines climate education with all the drinking you need to do when you think about it!
Making Funny with Climate Change | The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media
some climate communicators see humor as their best chance to make climate issues resonate with the public at large, though the tact can be a double-edged sword
Jackson Hole Daily | Yellowstone warming up
Greater Yellowstone Coalition board chairwoman Marcia Kunstel likened Greater Yellowstone to Noah’s Ark.
Twitter / @bryanrwalsh: Americans! More climate ch ...
Americans! More climate change means more playoff rain delays!
Global warming spurs Swedish indoor ski park
Regardless of your own personal views on global warming our Swedish friends over at Danish megafirm C. F. Møller Architects seem to think it’s a big deal, enough to build a 750,000 square-foot winter wonderland.
What’s the point of constructing a mammoth indoor ski park if by doing so will only add to the very phenomenon that necessitated it’s conception? Well, C. F. Møller is taking care to ensure that Skipark 360° is entirely self-sufficient, with renewable energy from geothermal wells, solar panels, wind turbines, and hyrdopower. Construction on the park is expected to begin sometime in 2013 or 2014.
2nd typhoon in week lashes rain-soaked Philippines -
Still, it is not clear that this is entirely because of climate change, especially in India, it said.
Make-believe schemes for a make-believe fix to a make-believe problem | Herald Sun Andrew Bolt Blog
The Gillard Government plans to cut our emissions by 160 million tonnes a year by 2020 actually involves paying foreigners for offsets for 100 million tonnes of that target.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu Gets White House Support - And Why That's Bad For Him
Chu is a manager at this point, he did not personally intervene for Solyndra, he listened to arguments and made a judgment call - but if he were not so anti-CO2 he looks at everything else through rose-colored-business-plan glasses, this would not have happened.
Socolow Re-Reaffirms 2004 ‘Wedges’ Paper, Urges ‘Monumental’ Levels of Clean Energy Deployment ASAP | ThinkProgress
The single biggest failure of messaging by climate scientists (until very recently) has been the failure to explain to the public, opinion makers, and the media that business-as-usual warming results in simultaneous, ever-worsening impacts that, individually, are each beyond catastrophic, but combined are unimaginablly horrific .
Monbiot bares all – Telegraph Blogs
What's more the documents show that in a period of five years, Hansen earned in outside income between $1.47 million and $2.67 million, in addition to his basic salary as a government employee of $180,000.

Under the terms of contract governing that salary, Hansen is forbidden from privately benefiting from public office and from taking money for activities related to his taxpayer funded employment.

Maybe Monbiot, for whom transparency is clearly such an issue, should investigate.
The New Nostradamus of the North: Indian expert on carbon credits: "We call it the corrupt development mechanism"
Hundreds of millions of dollars in carbon credits were awarded to Indian companies even though they did not reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate change consensus? Just ask the believers - The Lakeland Times - Minocqua, WI
Nobel winner, Obama supporter resigns from physics group over climate change as skeptics' ranks grow
How Central Park cools the entire planet | Grist
But while evaporation from parks does cause clouds, they’re the other kind -- the kind that helps cool the Earth. The clouds that green spaces give rise to are low-lying and white, and they reflect sunlight back into space, acting like a sun shade on a hot day. And, according to Ken Caldeira, the principle investigator on this study, the clouds reflect 3/4 as much heat as they remove from the city. In other words, parks help the planet almost as much as they help the city.
Global Warming Could Cost Canada Billions? - Minnesotans For Global Warming
Here are a few questions I have about this report

Wouldn't warmer weather expand Canada's now very short growing season?
Most Canadians live in southern Canada, wouldn't it getting warmer allow people to live in more of their own country?
Wouldn't it cause crops and trees to be grown further north into areas which are now under permafrost?
Couldn't you grow different crops like corn and soybeans which don't do well in Canada now?
Isn't most of Canada's coastal areas under ice most of the year?
Wouldn't warmer weather allow Canada to build ports where they can't now like in Hudson Bay?
If Canada becomes warmer wouldn't this create more tourism?
I'm not sure what health concerns they're talking about but wouldn't you have less people freezing to death in the winter?
Was this study paid for by Big Wind?
Corn Productivity Increasing, Along With CO2 | Real Science
I seem to remember something from primary school about CO2 being an important part of the photosynthesis process. Something about carbon …..
Canadian Arctic nearly loses entire ice shelf |
Floating icebergs that have broken free as a result pose a risk to offshore oil facilities and potentially to shipping lanes.
These floating ice masses are typically 131 feet (40 meters) thick (equivalent to a 10-story building), but can be as much as 328 feet (100 meters) thick.
Russia - Surprise snowstorms - Two weeks of snow in two days (Video)
28 Sep 11 – In the Chita and Magadan regions, heavy snow and strong winds paralyzed road traffic and left entire districts without electricity.
GAO: 42% of USHCN Weather Stations Fail to Meet NOAA Standards
Washington, D.C.—Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today welcomed a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) entitled “NOAA Can Improve Their Management of the U.S. Historical Climatology Network (USHCN).” This report quantifies lingering questions concerning proper siting of weather stations, finding about 42% of the active USHCN stations in 2010 did not meet one or more of NOAA’s siting standards. GAO says the two standards most commonly unmet are “distance to obstructions [such as buildings and trees] and distance to extensive concrete or paved surfaces.”
The Telegraph finally figures out where the North Magnetic Pole is was, issues microscopically sized correction | Watts Up With That?
1945 Shock News : Taxing Starving People Didn’t Stop The Drought | Real Science
This is weird. Our top socialist scientists tell us that taxation is the cure for all climate problems.
Is the US Republican Party a long-term problem for climate change? | Debating Europe
Are the Republican Party in the US the single biggest obstacle to reaching a global agreement on climate change? Or are developing countries like India and China (now the single biggest emitter of CO2 in the world) part of the problem?
New measures to tackle Lincoln’s CO2 levels
The debate on Lincoln’s carbon emissions has sparked renewed interest with climate change threatening the way we live.
“I know there are other greenhouse gases, but the one people focus on is carbon,” Smith said.
Cold Revolution: The Snowsports Generation Looks for Meaning in Fighting Climate Change | ThinkProgress
One is hard pressed to find a single pro athlete who doesn’t want to mobilize on climate.
C3: Per Wikileaks Documents, The UN's Climate Change Programs Are Total Failure - Looks Like Fraud
The entire climate change endeavor sponsored by the United Nations is essentially a gigantic fraud, propelled by leftists and greens dedicated to no growth, no prosperity policies. The actual quotes from "elites" who support the UN's "green" policies confirms everything that Wikileaks is now discovering.
My 1995 Resignation Letter From The IPCC | Climate Science: Roger Pielke Sr.
I recently again came across this letter and, in rereading, it still accurately expresses my 2011 views on the IPCC perspective.
Every Day In 2011 Has Been Cooler Than 2010 | Real Science
There must be less CO2 in the air this year.
Climate Common Sense: Today's Solar Dream to Become Tomorrow's Nightmare!
Queensland now has 107,000 homes getting a free solar ride on their neighbours with guaranteed feed-in tariffs mandated until 2028. The rest of the community will be paying for these "green" freeloaders for another 17 years unless a future government acts to protect the majority of consumers. The problems with solar panels apart from those above, are now becoming obvious even to people with the limited intellect of our Queensland politicians. Our electricity grid is sensibly not designed to have un-needed power fed back to the grid and transformer saturation has now become a major problem. To counter this no more than 30% of consumers in an area will be able to install panels which is small comfort to the other 70% footing the bill.
All these solar panels and the transfer of money from the solar panel have-nots to the solar panel haves will not reduce one iota the requirement for fossil-fueled power stations .
Ocean Acidification — a little bit less alkalinity could be a good thing « JoNova: Science, carbon, climate and tax
In Brief: The oceans are not acidic, and will not become acidic in the foreseeable future. Many of the fears and alarming scenarios are based on models. Many scary headlines are based on studies of extreme pH values beyond the range of anything realistic.

Incredibly, hundreds of studies show that for pH changes that we are likely to encounter in the next 100 years, there is arguably a net benefit to underwater life if the oceans became a little less alkaline.
Serreze : Arctic Ice Has Accelerated From First Place To Second Place Since 2007 | Real Science
I always go backwards when I accelerate.
The Reference Frame: Nature: carbon trading is a farce
In the real world, the CO2 level is dictated by the markets and by the laws of Nature and it has to be so. Any bureaucrats' attempt to prescribe Nature what its CO2 concentration should be in 2040 is both immoral as well as unrealistic. It's just a wishful thinking and all the money paid for such attempts will end up in the pockets of the speculators and crooks. At current prices, we are talking about more than half a trillion dollars a year that is thrown to the trash bin.

Of course, if we wanted prices that actually start to affect the behavior of some people who don't know how to reorganize their CO2 to pay nothing, the price of CO2 emissions would have to grow by an order of magnitude and dozens of percent of the world GDP would be thrown out of the window.
The Vindication of Alan Carlin | Power Line
Wait—what? You don’t remember all the outraged press coverage of the Carlin story? Come to think of it, neither do I. Here’s a refresher: in 2009, when the EPA announced its “endangerment” finding to justify its planned regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, Alan Carlin, a 35-year veteran EPA employee who ran the EPA’s National Center for Environmental Economics, produced a 98-page critique of the climate science the EPA used in its finding. Carlin’s report concluded, “We believe our concerns and reservations are sufficiently important to warrant a serious review of the science by the EPA.”
Getting ready for more global warming: Heathrow airport triples snow clearance fleet | Watts Up With That?
Heathrow airport has tripled the number of snow clearance vehicles to tackle severe winter weather.

Operator BAA also has three times as many staff ready to clear snow compared with last year.
Climate Common Sense: Green Jobs $16 Million each in the Obanana republic!
Having learnt nothing from the Solyandra debacle Obama's crew has rushed through a $737 million dollar loan guarantee to Solar Reserve which is constructing a 110 MW Nevada solar power facility which will create 45 permanent jobs - a snip at $16 million a pop. However Obama can be confident that this time everything will be fine as by an amazing co-incidence Nancy Pelosi's brother-in-law is executive director of Pacific Corporate Group , an investment partner in Solar Reserve.
Glaciergate’s Other WWF Connection « NoFrakkingConsensus
All seven of these people are members of the WWF’s panel. Which makes one feel ever-so-confident in the IPCC’s conclusions, doesn’t it?
Listen up, Prime Minister - drop the carbon tax to win back Australia |
PUBLIC support for the carbon tax has tanked, with one in three people now more likely to vote Labor if it dumped the policy.
For Want Of Climate Urgency | The Energy Collective
It’s so bad, in fact, that it’s become almost impossible to talk about it with any degree of frankness and at any appreciable depth and breadth without instantly sounding like a nut case standing on a street corner wearing a “THE END IS NEAR” sandwich board.
Al Gore: U.S. Democracy ‘Hacked’ by Anti-Warming Special Interests | PEOPLEUNLIKEUS
The BBC said Gore’s speech included “a strong attack on the effect of lobbying and money-raising on the U.S. Congress, and on carbon producers who he said employ four Washington lobbyists for every member of Congress.”
“Although developments in this sector remain at an early stage, let me tell you that the whole world is rooting for you,” it quoted him as saying.
ABC News Commits Random Act of Journalism on Solyndra - The Rush Limbaugh Show
It's not about the green industry and it isn't about green jobs. It's about getting green into the Democrat coffers. I mean, come on, folks, 45 permanent jobs resulting from $1 billion in loans, start-up costs for solar industry firms? Forty-five permanent jobs at between 16 and $23 million a job? That's not what this is about. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who is really, really wrapped up deep in this, and if there needs to be a fall guy on this, that's who it's going to be. Mark my words.
Climate Skeptic Proves Conclusively That He Knows How To Waste Time, Money | Media Matters for America
That they didn't actually perform the experiment is moot
Climate change compounds global security threat, British admiral says – CNN Security Clearance - Blogs
Morisetti pointed out that existing stress points form a band around the globe, running from Central and South America, across Africa, the Middle East and south Asia. That band, he said, intersects with the regions of the globe most susceptible to climate change.
Vail Valley Voices: More hot air than science in global-warming theory | Dr. Martin Hertzberg
“Cherish your doubts, for doubt is the handmaiden of truth” — Robert Weston.

Since I am a long-time denier of human-caused global warming and have been described as an “inaccurate” and “irresponsible” “fool” by Scott Glasser's commentary in Monday's Vail Daily, I feel compelled to respond.

I am a research scientist who also served as a meteorologist for the U.S. Navy. I am also a lifelong progressive Democrat.
Rail commuters warned of major cold weather travel disruption | News
Commuters were warned today of major disruption this winter as breakdowns were expected across the south-east.

The boss of the UK's busiest commuter operator said snow and ice will pose a "significant challenge" as weather forecasters predicted a harsh winter.
Chu takes responsibility for a loan deal that put more taxpayer money at risk in Solyndra - The Washington Post
Energy Secretary Steven Chu acknowledged Thursday making the final decision to allow a struggling solar company to continue receiving taxpayer money after it had technically defaulted on a $535 million federal loan guaranteed by his agency.

Chu spokesman Damien La­Vera said in a statement that the secretary approved the restructuring agreement for Solyndra because it gave the company “the best possible chance to succeed in a very competitive marketplace and put the company in a better position to repay the loan.”
Government plans to raise speed limit to 80mph | UK news |
The government plans to raise the speed limit to 80mph from 70mph in a victory for the transport secretary, Philip Hammond.
Al Gore speaks and dines in Jyväskylä | News | YLE Uutiset |
Nobel Prize winner and former US vice president Al Gore addressed a business seminar in the central Finnish town of Jyväskylä on Friday.

NASA’s Hansen: “If We Stay on With Business as Usual, the Southern U.S. Will Become Almost Uninhabitable.”

It will be the great repopulation of the North.

Climate change to cost Canada nearly two percent of GDP by 2080

The national roundtable is a federally appointed agency that conducts research and provides policy advice.


It predicted that climate change would result in flooding of low-lying coastal regions, threaten timber supply, and lead to health problems due to worsening air quality.

Physicists consider their own carbon footprint
ScienceDaily (Sep. 29, 2011) — In October's issue of Physics World, Phil Marshall, an astrophysicist at the University of Oxford, calls on physicists to pull their weight when it comes to climate change, drawing on his own research showing that astronomers average 23,000 air miles per year flying to observatories, conferences and meetings, and use 130 KWh more energy per day than the average US citizen.

Marshall says that physicists must not only act as "trusted voices" in climate-change debates, but also do all they can to reduce their own carbon footprints.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Warmist Revkin appears to admit that "individual molecules of CO2 leave the atmosphere within a few years"

A Closer Look at CO2's Long Goodbye -
The assertion is that because individual molecules of CO2 leave the atmosphere within a few years, claims of a building threat from the heat-trapping properties of this trace gas (amplified by feedbacks) are overblown.

Deniers: Namibia isn't ready to try powering their country using solar and wind "power"

TRADE: Climate Change Will Impede North-South Trade
"Namibia with its long coastline and many days of sunshine is excellently positioned to reap the benefits of wind and solar energy," Braby said.

However, some think that Namibia is not ready for this.

"We are not ready for renewable energy," countered the ruling South West Africa People's Organization member of parliament, Ben Amathila. "We need to make laws that are futuristic in order to exploit wind and solar technology, but decision makers have far too little knowledge of these issues."
The Gauntlet® Opinions - Joubert on climate change science
I do not believe it right to create unnecessary fear. To contend that there is a scientific consensus on global warming is outright deception.
Goldman Sachs To Buy Majority Stake in ReNew Wind Power -
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. agreed to buy a majority stake in ReNew Wind Power Pvt. Ltd for '1,000 crore, extending the U.S. investment bank's bets on renewable power projects.
Still Waiting On The Rapid Response Team | Real Science
I sent them this question over ten months ago.
Climate change predicted to spread malaria
Durban - The geographic range of malaria could more than double in the next 50 years, putting almost eight million people at risk - five million of whom did not previously live in areas at risk from malaria in Southern Africa.
Dec 2010: WHO report shows 50% decrease in confirmed cases of malaria
LAGOS — A total of 11 African countries showed a greater than 50 per cent reduction in either confirmed malaria cases or malaria admissions and deaths over the past decade, a new World Malaria Report has revealed .
A new policy to save the bandwagon: Don’t mention Global warming. | ScottishSceptic
Just look at the Goreathon. Every time one of these warmist jerks opens their month another million people ask: “where is this impending doom? Where is the sea rising? Where are the famines? Where are the heat waves? I look around me at my home, my neighbourhood and really I can’t see anything has changed”.
$737 million in green-tech loan to company connected to Pelosi family? « Hot Air
As both Gateway Pundit and American Glob discover, one of SolarReserve’s “investment partners” is Pacific Corporate Group, through its Clean Energy and Technology Fund. And PCG’s executive director is Ron Pelosi — brother of Nancy Pelosi’s husband. Suddenly, this deal makes a lot more sense than spending $737 million for forty-five jobs.

This surely is just a coincidence … in the same way that the push by the Obama administration to approve a loan to a failing Solyndra backed by one of his big campaign bundlers was just a coincidence.
Solar Energy Companies | Democratic Donors | Loan Guarantees | The Daily Caller
A Daily Caller investigation has found that in addition to the failed company Solyndra, at least four other solar panel manufacturing companies receiving in excess of $500 million in loan guarantees from the Obama administration employ executives or board members who have donated large sums of money to Democratic campaigns.

Today's Climate Change | A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change | US EPA
Burning fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping gas, into the atmosphere, which is the main reason why the climate is changing.
Global Warming Hysteria: Now It’s the “Denier Industrial Complex!” » Secondhand Smoke | A First Things Blog
People who get the most attention in the world, such as Al Gore, Prince Charles, Thomas Friedman, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Big Time Hollywood and Rock and Roll, push the warming meme at every chance. Entire movies have been made pushing global warming. Television shows. It never ends.

And yet, global warming hysterics think they are somehow outgunned in the debate by the “Denier Industrial Complex.”
Shanghai Struggles to Save Itself From the Sea -
Climate change is pushing up the sea level globally. While in Shanghai, such rise is roughly the length of a rice grain in each of recent years
Rice in human nutrition - Grain structure, composition and consumers' criteria for quality
IRRI uses the following scale for size: extra long, >7.50 mm; long, 6.61 to 7.50 mm; medium, 5.51 to 6.60 mm; and short, <5.50 mm.
Variations in Sea Level
Tide gauges around the Chesapeake Bay indicate that the relative sea level in the Bay is rising at twice the average global rate of 1.8 mm per year [Douglas, 1991]
EPA Inspector General Report on Climate Health Finding - The Daily Green
Blogging on the issue, David Doniger, policy director of the climate and clean air program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, described the EPA's findings as perched atop an "enormous, multi-layered pyramid" of scientific [crap] developed over decades.

At the base, he wrote, are "tens of thousands" of peer-reviewed studies.
Green disturber | Montreal Mirror
M: Do you think the climate change deniers honestly believe the positions they’re putting forth? I mean, these people have children too.

TB: The people most opposed to moving to more sustainable, cleaner, safer energy systems are usually the ones with the fattest pocketbooks. That’s the bottom line. Most of the climate denial indus­try is funded by major fossil fuel companies. It’s a manufactured debate. We’ve proven that over and over again.
Carbon schemes a Mafia 'honeypot' |
THE carbon tax will be a "honeypot" for criminals and a massive fraud opportunity that could be manipulated by the mafia to make and launder money, a major fraud conference was warned yesterday.
German Economics Professor Concludes: “Solar Subsidies Are Senseless”
And so how many more studies do we need to tell us the obvious? There are so many studies out there that conclude renewable energy subsidies are a failure, yet you can be sure they will all be ignored by the next IPCC report, which instead will focus on some oddball quack paper by Ottmar Edenhofer.
Plants gobbling up CO2 – 45% more than thought | Watts Up With That?
From the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres a clear indication for those “CO2 is plant food” scoffers that they plants don’t care what they think.

Productivity of land plants may be greater than previously thought
Economists: Every $1 of electricity from coal does $2 in damage to U.S. | Grist
All told, coal plants cause $53 billion in damage every year. And none of that even takes climate impacts into account.
Heathrow campaigners hit US as battle with the airline industry goes global | Environment |
This Saturday, transport campaigner John Stewart and I will be heading, through video-conferencing and in person, to New York, to mark the start of a US-wide Aviation Justice Express tour, in which we will tell the story how activists triumphed at Heathrow.
Crandall Who? | The New Republic
[Bob Murray, founder and CEO of Murray Energy] is deeply skeptical of the scientific consensus that global warming is being caused by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, preferring to lend credence to outsider theories for climate change, such as sunspot activity or a shift of Earth's magnetic north redirecting ocean currents. He has withering criticism for fellow energy executives who are looking for ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, saying they are in it for their own gain and will harm the economy.

Bummer of a consensus: Burning fossil fuels allegedly causes monsoons to both drop 10% and increase 10%

Fifty-Year Drop in Asian Monsoons May Be Linked to Fossil Fuels - Businessweek
Sept. 29 (Bloomberg) -- The reduction in seasonal rains in south Asia over the last 50 years may be a result of tiny chemicals emitted into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels, U.S. scientists said.

Computer models incorporating the effect of so-called aerosols emitted from car exhaust pipes, power plants and cooking stoves could explain the 10 percent drop in the seasonal monsoon rains in parts of India over the last five decades, the researchers wrote today in Sciencexpress, the online version of the journal Science.
Flashback: 'Phenomenal' temperature rises threaten India - SciDev.Net
The global model predicts a 10 per cent increase in monsoon rainfall over the next century

Breaking: Trace amounts of CO2 could make Canada so hot that damages per year could reach eighty-five eleventy kazillion dollars annually!

Karma News: As Nobel Laureates Call to Halt Tar Sands, Govt Panel Finds Warming Could Cost Canada $500 B/yr by 2075 | ThinkProgress
Note that the study finds, “A small but not impossible chance of costs reaching over $150 billion per year in 2050 exists.“ In 2075, “there would be a 5% chance of costs exceeding $546 billion and a 1% chance of costs exceeding $820 billion.”
Forest carbon projects rake in $178 million in 2010
Investors funneled $178 million into forest carbon projects intended to mitigate global climate change last year, according to a new report by Forest Trends' Ecosystem Marketplace. By trading a record 30.1 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtC02e), the market saw a 48 percent rise over 2009
In total the global forest carbon market is now estimated at $432 million with projects impacting 7.9 million hectares worldwide.
Obama Central Planning - By Henry Payne - Planet Gore - National Review Online
the real scandal here is how much U.S. industrial policy under Obama now mirrors Communist China central planning.
Global Warming Hoax Weekly Round-Up, Sept. 29th 2011 « The Daily Bayonet
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.
Mason Inman: The Climate Post: Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies May Be the Way to Jumpstart Climate Finance
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released what may be its final International Energy Outlook, a report it has published annually, but that was canceled after the EIA's budget was slashed 14 percent this year.

Some of its highlights include the projection in its reference scenario that global energy use will rise about 50 percent over the coming quarter-century, with half the increase coming from China and India.

The reference scenario also projects renewables (including hydroelectricity) will be the fastest-growing energy source, growing close to 3 percent a year and more than doubling in production over 25 years.
The Solyndra - Walmart Connection | National Legal and Policy Center
Walmart can no longer be portrayed as a "conservative" or "Republican" company. Beginning under former CEO Lee Scott, and accelerating under present CEO Mike Duke, Walmart has become a powerful backer of a host of left-wing causes.
Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog: Selective Importance of Science Integrity Guidelines
What has been interesting to observe various statements by observers about the significance of the IG report. I'd speculate that these observers would have had different reactions had this report been requested by Henry Waxman in 2006 about the last administration's EPA.
Of course, during the Bush Administration concern about processes to ensure scientific integrity were all the rage. At that time it was generally understood that process matters, not simply because it helps to improve the quality of scientific assessments, but also because it helps to establish their legitimacy in the political process.  One sneers at process at some risk.

Reuters: Climate fund could surpass lending by the World Bank, but there's one problem: the fund has no money

COLUMN-Climate aid progress may end Kyoto rancour -Gerard Wynn - AlertNet
LONDON, Sept 29 (Reuters) - U.N. climate talks resume in Panama next week but expect more action in Cape Town 10 days later, where an informal panel will quietly agree the outlines of a climate fund which could surpass lending by the World Bank.

Climate investors are taking an interest in the fund, which has no money, reflecting the fate of a shrinking market in carbon offsets which is now a rump of its size four years ago.

"The team’s finding suggests plants absorb 16 to 19 times mankind’s total CO2 emissions"

Plants take in more CO2 than thought, study finds | Sci-tech | DAWN.COM
The team’s finding suggests plants absorb 16 to 19 times mankind’s total CO2 emissions, underscoring the powerful role they can play in regulating the climate.
Carbon scheme 'open to fraud' | The Australian
TONY Abbott has seized on warnings about fraud in international emissions trading schemes as a reason to dump Labor's planned carbon tax.

Amid concerns from the Australian Crime Commission and international fraud agencies, the Opposition Leader yesterday said there was "a lot of scope for scamming" within carbon trading schemes and strong enforcement would be required to police it.

"I think that we are going to have to have a very intrusive carbon cop if an emissions trading scheme carbon tax goes ahead," he said, speaking at Digga manufacturers on the Gold Coast yesterday. "It's one of the many reasons why I'm against it because I don't think we need the kind of intrusive regulation, the kind of intrusive supervision and enforcement that inevitably an effective carbon tax would need."
“Climastrologist” James Hansen versus reality - Wry Heat
Given the antics of “our leading climate scientist,” one wonders if climate science as practiced today is really a science. Maybe it should be called “climastrology.”
From Jim Hansen's latest rant:
I drove off to a tar sands rally at the White House...IPCC WGII (2007) estimates that, if business-as-usual (BAU) CO2 emissions continue this century, between 21% and 52% of all species will be committed to extinction...Well-oiled Governors and Senators in Texas and Oklahoma bear a responsibility. Asserting that global warming is a hoax, they take actions that help BAU CO2 emissions continue, even if it requires spoiling pristine places to extract the dirtiest fuels on the planet.1 How can they get away with this? When will they finally be smoked out? Do the current drought and fires in Texas provide a legitimate basis for exposing the reprehensible behavior of these mountebanks, a chance to pull the curtain aside revealing the charlatans behind? 1 Our fossil fuel-government oligarchy will not tolerate even peaceful citizen objection to actions that could leave young people with a planet spiraling toward a desolate state. ...The media are partly responsible for the silent summer, as they have mainly chosen not to examine connections between climate anomalies and human-made causes. A cynic may ask whether their silent summer is related to increasing right-wing control of media and large advertising revenues from fossil fuel companies...A different sort of criticism, including an element of character assassination, has developed since then and has been leveled most heavily against scientists Ben Santer, Michael Mann and Phil Jones. The approach has included acquiring and digging into personal correspondences of scientists in search of any inappropriate or questionable statements, as well as fine-toothed scrutiny of their scientific analyses in search of any element, however minor, that could be criticized. The ultimate target of the critics in Santer's case was a specific sentence that Santer was responsible for as a lead author in the 1995 IPCC report: "Taken together, these results point towards a human influence on climate." The target in Mann's case was the temperature record of the past millennium, which Mann had shown to resemble a "hockey stick", bending upward into rapid warming in the past century. The target in Jones' case was his analysis of observations showing the rapid warming of the past century. The important point I wish to note is that each of these three targets, the scientific conclusions that provoked the critics and which they aimed to destroy or discredit, have been shown in subsequent analyses to have been correct, indeed, dead-on-the-mark...An epitome of the Washington syndrome is the cap-and-trade-with-offsets scheme that was hatched as a 'solution' to global warming. It assures big roles and a continuing stream of big money for big banks, big coal, big oil, and utilities. Who is left screwed and tattooed? You guessed it. John Q. Public. Every single cent in expanded corporation 'profits' and the compensation for multi-million-dollar executive salaries, including salaries for a new class of bankers, 'carbon traders', is extracted via increased energy costs paid by John Q. Public. Most proponents of cap-and-trade must admit that it is inferior to a simple honest rising price on carbon emissions (a fee collected from fossil fuel companies). Their defense of capand- trade is reduced to a fatuous "don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good". In fact capand- trade is not 'good' – it is designed to allow business-as-usual, leading to certain mining of all fossil fuels on the planet and a debacle for young people...It is time for all of us to get Tea-Party-angry about what our political system has become and about the intergenerational injustice being perpetrated on young people.

Settled science: If you don't believe in the global warming hoax, you probably have lousy teeth

America’s oral hygiene and political divides largely match | The Washington Independent
The shorthand summary for political junkies is that if you don’t believe in climate change or in the benefit of health care reform and are leaning toward casting a ballot for Texas Governor Rick Perry sometime in your future, chances are you have lousy teeth.
On Solyndra, the buck stops with Chu -
REPUBLICANS DECRY DOE ‘RUSH’: Reps. Cliff Stearns and Michael Burgess are reiterating concerns that DOE is pushing loan guarantee applications, like the one given to Solyndra, out the door ahead of the Friday deadline. “Solyndra was the product of a bad bet rushed out the door and taxpayers are now on the hook. We cannot afford DOE rushing out more Solyndras in these final hours,” Stearns said in a statement. “If you’ve got the end of the fiscal year breathing down your neck, if you’ve got another $6-8 billion to push out the door, are you at risk for making the same kind of mistakes? And honestly that’s what’s keeping me awake at night now,” Burgess said on Fox News on Wednesday evening. “We’re putting our best effort into making sure no more Solyndra money is going out the door in the last minute.”
Twitter / @v_kyriakakis
Gvt source tells us #Baillieu Gvt has instructed them not to refer to 'climate change' anymore. Have 2 call it 'evolving climate'. WTF???
2011 Much Cooler Than 2010 So Far
It is very unlikely that 2011 will be anywhere near a record year
Poland Vows To Veto Any EU Anti-Shale Legislation
POLAND would veto any EU legislation that threatened its sovereignty in energy policy, Maciej Olex-Szczytowski, an adviser to the Polish foreign minister on economics and business, said yesterday.

Guardian: Gore said that "nearly every climate scientist actively publishing on the subject now agreed there was a causal link between carbon emissions and the sharp increase in intense and extreme weather events seen across the globe"

Al Gore: clear proof that climate change causes extreme weather | Environment | The Guardian
Former US vice president tells Scottish green conference that evidence from floods in Pakistan and China is compelling
Al Gore has warned that there is now clear proof that climate change is directly responsible for the extreme and devastating floods, storms and droughts that displaced millions of people this year.
The former vice president and climate campaigner said that US democracy had been undermined. "In the language of computer culture, our democracy has been hacked," he said.
He added that nearly every climate scientist actively publishing on the subject now agreed there was a causal link between carbon emissions and the sharp increase in intense and extreme weather events seen across the globe.

"Every single national academy of science of every major country on earth agrees with the consensus and the one's that don't agree with it do not exist. This is what they say to governments: 'The need for urgent action is now indisputable'.

Warmist sob story contains admission that some Arctic sea ice is still 130 feet thick

Huge ice shelf breaks loose in Canada - US news - Environment - Climate Change [hoax] -
TORONTO — A chunk of ice shelf nearly the size of Manhattan has broken away from Ellesmere Island in Canada's northern Arctic, another dramatic indication of how warmer temperatures are changing the polar frontier, scientists said Wednesday.
"The Markham Ice Shelf was a big surprise because it suddenly disappeared. We went under cloud for a bit during our research and when the weather cleared up, all of a sudden there was no more ice shelf. It was a shocking event that underscores the rapidity of changes taking place in the Arctic," said Mueller.

Mueller also said that two large sections of ice detached from the Serson Ice Shelf, shrinking that ice feature by 47 square miles — or 60 percent — and that the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf has also continued to break up, losing an additional eight square miles.

Mueller reported last month that seven square miles of the 170-square-mile and 130-feet-thick Ward Hunt shelf had broken off.
Flashback:  2007 Record Low Date Arrives – 9000 Manhattans Of Recovery | Real Science
JAXA shows that there are 9,000 more Manhattans of ice than there was on this date in 2007.
Photosynthesis occurs 25% faster: study
CANBERRA (Xinhua) -- The global rate of photosynthesis, the chemical process governing the way ocean and land plants absorb and release CO2, occurs 25 percent faster than previously thought, a team of U.S., Netherlands and Australian scientists said on Thursday.
The Island President - YouTube
Filmmaker Jon Shenk and the President of the sinking Maldives, Mohamed "Anni" Nasheed, talk about how saving the world from climate change will save his country.
C3: Arctic Sea Ice Model Affirms Current Sea Ice Extent Not Unusual - Means Ice Change Is Natural
IPCC Climategate scientists and professional global warming alarmists have long dedicated themselves to provoking hysteria in politicians and the public. A favorite tactic has been their pushing the propaganda that current Arctic temperatures and sea ice extent are "unprecedented".

The skeptics have long surmised that today's Arctic temperatures and sea ice extent are not unusual, and are likely not the result of humans. Now comes a sea ice model that confirms the skeptics' hypothesis, while devastating the alarmists' position.

These people think you're stupid, New York Times edition: Photos of waves on Long Island are supposed to make the point that trace amounts of CO2 are dangerous

Climate Equation: Coal + Ice = ? -
The final part of the exhibition is dominated by photos taken by Clifford Ross that show violent waves crashing to shore during hurricane season on Long Island, making the point that extreme weather is expected to become more frequent because of climate change.

Warmist doctor Paul Epstein: You know what we need? Another $500 billion carbon dioxide swindle

Solving Climate Change: We Need a Tax on Currency Transactions - Paul Epstein - Life - The Atlantic
A tax of just 0.075 percent on only currency transactions in dealer markets would yield the $500 billion needed to rebuild our systems
Paul Epstein - Authors - The Atlantic
Paul R. Epstein, M.D., M.P.H., is associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School and is a medical doctor trained in tropical public health.

Junk scientists predict that CO2-induced unpredictable cooling and warming will be "too extreme for amphibians to deal with"

As Temps Rise, Amphibians May Vanish : Discovery News
The biggest obstacles facing the amphibians are not mountain ranges and other physical barriers, the study found. Instead, it's the unpredictable nature of projected climate changes that threatens them most. Instead of getting gradually and consistently warmer, temperatures will roller coaster in ways "too extreme for amphibians to deal with".

"Every time it gets warmer, they can move, but when it gets cooler again, they can’t move far enough and they get stuck," Early said. "It's like taking two steps forward and one step back."

Canada: Federal advisory panel suggests that lack of global climate swindle could cost Canadians $43 billion per year

Climate change could cost Canada billions: report
Canada can expect to pay between $21 billion and $43 billion each year by 2050 if it fails to come up with a domestic plan within a global agreement to tackle climate change, says a groundbreaking assessment released Thursday by a federal advisory panel.
Maybe the Canadians should get the Solyndra plant blueprints and put up about 40 of those every year?

Solyndra: Largest VC loss ever? - Boston Business Journal
Solyndra said Wednesday it plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after reportedly taking $1.1 billion in VC.
Wind turbines: annoying, sure, but probably not actually unhealthy | Grist
with the exception of some self-reported cases of sleep disturbance, there is no scientific or empirical basis to conclude that wind turbine noise causes health problems.
Weatherwatch: Deadly heat | News | The Guardian
the UK has had the coolest summer for some years...heat itself may turn out to be a major killer.
Twitter / @Revkin
@KeithKloor slams @KennethPGreen for wielding Socialist cudgel in Politics-Sience pissing match with @ChrisMooney_
Flashback: Chavez Tells Copenhagen Summit "Capitalism Is the Road to Hell" – Gets Standing Ovation | The Gateway Pundit
When he said there was a “silent and terrible ghost in the room” and that ghost was called capitalism, the applause was deafening.
I Bet Chinese Solar-Panel Fabs Don’t Have Disney-Singing Robots - By Greg Pollowitz - Planet Gore - National Review Online
If you took $535 million dollars and sold tickets to watch the pile get set on fire, you’d have a better chance at profit than Obama’s Solyndra:
Deluded NASA Scientist Believes That He Controls The Fate Of The World | Real Science
The fate of humanity and nature may depend upon early recognition and understanding of human-made effects on Earth’s climate (Hansen, 2009).
1989 : Hansen And Gore Vs Bush Sr. | Real Science
Same story, different Bush.
Ontario’s Predictable Energy Disaster; Mortgaged To Falsified Climate Science.
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.
Henryk Broder And ARD Public Television Expose, Ridicule German Climate Fanaticism
German flagship ARD public television broadcast a half hour show that was actually fully devoted to poking fun at the now religious climate movement in Germany.
Gore fakes 'proof' of Man Made Global Warming shock – Telegraph Blogs
What the internet has proved in these debates, time and again – from Glaciergate to Amazongate to Polarbeargate – is that when the rebellious amateurs of the sceptical blogosphere go head to head with the climate establishment, the bloggers always win. Not as a result of invective or snarkiness or any of the other things that bloggers also do quite well: but on the actual hard science and raw evidence. Look at almost any tussle between, say, WUWT on the one side, RealClimate on the other, and you'll notice that when it finally boils down to the irreducible truth, the side that emerges triumphant is the sceptical one, not the alarmist one. It's partly because the facts are on our side (so we jolly well ought to win if we're doing our job even remotely properly), but also because, being the underfunded underdogs, we've been forced to raise our game to a higher standard than that of our rather complacent, smug opposition.
The Difficulty of Drawing Lines Around Ice -
Another researcher, Jason Box, an associate professor of geography at the Ohio State University’s Byrd Polar Research Center, is focused on solving this problem; he has built a Web page devoted to it. As he said: “It’s not hard for me to sit at the comfort of my computer and classify an image. What would be hard would be the validation effort.”
GOP’s Solyndra Witch-Hunt Halts Project to Employ Veterans Putting Solar Panels on Military Housing | ThinkProgress
The SolarStrong project is nothing like Solyndra. Solarcity has a proven business model and has been able to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in private capital for other previous projects. It also uses technologies that are cost-competitive and trustworthy. It’s a completely different beast.

If that’s the case, why would they need a loan guarantee?
Al Gore praises Scots renewables 'but dearer bills loom' -
Mike Salter, chairman of the Scottish Chamber of Commerce (SCC), warned the cost to businesses of subsidising Scotland's renewables ambitions could leave them bankrupt due to massive hikes in electricity bills.
During his speech Mr Gore urged his audience to find the "moral courage" to act for the sake of "our children and their children". "We are at the proverbial fork in the road," he said. "To continue as we are leads towards what the scientists have been warning us is a catastrophe."  [Which scientists say that?  What percentage of all scientists say that?]
Gore Sets A New Record For Personal Stupidity | Real Science
China and Pakistan have been having disastrous floods for as long as they have existed.
Never mind the global economic collapse: what about plastic bags??? – Telegraph Blogs
Not so long from now, distinguished, elderly historians such as Lord (Andrew) Roberts of Manhattan OM and Sir Niall Fergusson are going to be re-examining the behaviour of the world's political leaders in the run up to the greatest, most hideously painful economic crash in history. And then, sadly, these historians are going to keel over dead, laughing at the risible extent of the self-delusion, arrogance, remoteness and truly breathtaking stupidity displayed by men like David Cameron.
Chris Mooney | Evolution and Climate Deniers: Natural Allies?
Modern climate science suggests that the free market, the source of so much economic growth and prosperity, also has a dark side
Barnett Shale Has Created 100,00 Jobs, $65 Billion In Economic Activity
The Barnett Shale natural gas field has generated $65.4 billion in economic activity and created more than 100,200 jobs over the 24-county area since 2001, according to a new study commissioned by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.
Peter Foster: Nobels savage Keystone XL | FP Comment | Financial Post
How do the Holy Men travel the world? Sailing ship? Magic carpet?
Suing the gum’mint for subsidies to build useless monuments to the mass sociogenic illness of DiOxyCarbophobia | JunkScience Sidebar

EPA Rules … and how they don’t follow their own | Watts Up With That?
Now, in any well run organization, this official finding by the Inspector General of flagrant flouting of the scientific requirements would call for an immediate do-over … but this is not a well run organization, it is the US Government, sub-species EPA.
Warming Island / Greenland Sea Regional Climate and Arctic Sea Ice Reconstruction | Watts Up With That?
“Move along, there’s nothing to see here.” The Arctic sea ice has “been there and done that” many times over the last 10,000 years without any anthropogenic assistance.
“Green Job” Fallacies (Part II: What is a ‘Green’ Job?) — MasterResource
The clean economy expands its bounds by creative classification. Thus we find that energy efficiency includes 350,000 people in public mass transit, mostly bus drivers, and environmental management includes 386,000 people in waste management, formerly known as trash disposal.
- Bishop Hill blog - Community science
The problem with state funded science is that you tend to have to hand control of a great deal of money to somebody. Do we want money directed by politicians (who will spend to maximise their chances of reelection) or by bureaucrats (who will spend it as wastefully as possible in order to encourage more funding to come their way) or by scientists (who will try to shut out dissenting views).
Empirical Determination of Climate Sensitivity | Originals
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.
Colbert: 'Global Warming is Real, Folks' -
[Colbert] I believe that it just isn’t bad enough. Because if it was bad enough –-we’re not bad people — we would take action. And if we run through the fossil fuels, if we load the sky with carbon, then it would be obvious. Right know you kind of have to be a scientist to understand what’s going on.
Come clean, Tony | Climate Nonconformist
Abbott is almost certain to become prime minister within the next two years. While would be better than the incumbent prime minister, I am concerned by his lack of conviction on this issue. He’s best coming clean now, in order to better represent the views of skeptics in Australia.
EU Referendum: The master of irrelevancy
With the nation poised on the brink of an economic catastrophe, the like of which may exceed in severity the Great Depression, The Boy steps in with an ultimatum … to supermarkets on their use of plastic carrier bags.
Weasel Zippers » Blog Archive » NYC Mayor Bloomberg: “Government’s Highest Duty” Is To Be The Food Police…
Bloomberg would make a great dictator.

Warmist Revkin on climate science: "you can end up with kind of a group-thinky process"

Reliable Sources in an Age of Too Much Information -
In the special arenas within a problem like climate change, you have pretty small groups of scientists working on problems like Greenland’s ice or Arctic sea ice or ocean acidification. In all those instances, you’re talking about probably a few dozen people at most for whom it’s their full-time preoccupation. So you can end up with kind of a group-thinky process….

That’s why you can also have people come in from the outside and help with other aspects of assessing the work, the statistical rigor of it. They don’t necessarily have to be in the field. They’re just people who are good at gauging statistics. If someone says something is significant – in the rigorous use of that term – someone from outside can look at that question, even if they don’t know anything about, for example, sea ice. It should all be in the paper in terms of the calculations that were made.

"The new building is like the Taj Mahal": Some nauseating details on just one of many insane ways that the Obama/Chu braintrust blew your money in an attempt to prevent CO2-induced bad weather

Solyndra’s $733 Million Plant Had Whistling Robots, Spa Showers - Bloomberg
It wasn’t just any factory. When it was completed at an estimated cost of $733 million, including proceeds from a $535 million U.S. loan guarantee, it covered 300,000 square feet, the equivalent of five football fields. It had robots that whistled Disney tunes, spa-like showers with liquid-crystal displays of the water temperature, and glass-walled conference rooms.

“The new building is like the Taj Mahal,” John Pierce, 54, a San Jose resident who worked as a facilities manager at Solyndra, said in an interview.
Amid the still-unfolding postmortems, the factory stands as emblematic of money misspent and the Field of Dreams ethos that seemed to drive the venture, said Ramesh Misra, a solar-industry analyst in Los Angeles for Brigantine Advisors.
He is skeptical of the company’s statement, in a press release on the groundbreaking for the plant, that it had a backlog of $2 billion in orders for its cylindrical solar modules for commercial rooftops, which it touted as cheaper to install and more efficient than competing flat panels. “Backlog” is a term sometimes used loosely in the industry and may not represent firm orders at all, he said.
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and then-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger attended the 2009 groundbreaking for the plant.
...The project employed more than 3,000 union construction workers, according to a Solyndra background sheet.
The plant features 19 loading docks, four electric car charging stations in the parking lot and landscaping of wild grass and a rock garden.
Commercial real-estate agents in the region wondered why a new factory was being built in the Silicon Valley region, the epicenter of some of the priciest real estate in the country, where most new construction consists of office space.
About 11.4 percent, or 950,801 square feet, of industrial space was vacant in Fremont in September 2009, according to data from Colliers.
Obama admin approves 2 solar loans worth $1B
The loans were approved under the same program that paid for a $528 million loan to Solyndra Inc

Brainwashed kid: "I do not know whether alternative power sources will save us. I do know that continued reliance on fossil fuel will destroy us"

Citizens Gather to Effect Climate Change, With Video - Middletown, CT Patch
Moving Planet Day was observed Sept. 24 in Middletown at Holy Trinity Church on Main Street with Artfarm circus demonstrations and climate change talk given by a Wesleyan professor's son

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Head of UN office against drugs and crime praises Colombia’s anti-narcotics efforts - UN News Centre
By pioneering alternative development initiatives such as the Forest Warden Families programme, Colombia has made more than 4 million hectares, an area the size of the Netherlands, “drug-free.”

Those efforts may also have helped mitigate climate change – the production of a gram of cocaine leads to the destruction of four square metres of rainforest.
Report: EPA cut corners on climate finding -
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration cut corners before concluding that climate-change pollution can endanger human health, a key finding underpinning costly new regulations, an internal government watchdog said Wednesday.
DOE Mulls Green Energy Loans At $23 Million Per Job -
Update: The Energy Department on Wednesday approved federal loan guarantees for two green energy projects totaling more than $1 billion. It approved $337 million for a Mesquite Solar project in Arizona and $737 million for a Solar Reserve project in Nevada. The projects would create a total of 52-55 permanent jobs, according to earlier DOE figures and company statements.
AFP: Global warming: New study challenges carbon benchmark
PARIS — The ability of forests, plants and soil to suck carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air has been under-estimated, according to a study on Wednesday that challenges a benchmark for calculating the greenhouse-gas problem.
Video analysis and scene replication suggests that Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project fabricated their Climate 101 video “Simple Experiment” | Watts Up With That?
The only conclusion one can make from these four points is that the video of the “simple experiment” is a complete fabrication done in post production.

These people think you're stupid: We're supposed to ignore all those "bumper crop" reports and believe that trace amounts of CO2 are devastating world food production

Food Security and Climate Change: The True Cost of Carbon - Paul Epstein - Life - The Atlantic
Warming, itself, is already damaging crops. Writing in Science magazine Stanford University's David Lobell and colleagues found that global maize and wheat production declined by 3.8 percent and 5.5 percent, respectively, from 1980 to 2008, due to rising global temperatures.
2010: U.S. fields producing record crops
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday predicted record-breaking U.S. wheat, soybean and corn crops, helping boost the overall global grain supply and tamping down worries of global shortages that have emerged in recent weeks.
2011: Bumper crop in UP leads to India's record wheat output
The record wheat production in the country estimated for this year is largely on back of a bumper harvest in the main producing state of Uttar Pradesh, which is forecast to produce about 30 million tonnes of the grain.

Wheat production in Uttar Pradesh this year is estimated to cross 30 million tonnes, an increase by over 9% compared to the last year, on the back of good weather conditions.
2011: Pakistan forecasts bumper citrus crop
Pakistani citrus exporters are looking forward to improved orange exports this season after heavy rains have given rise to a bumper crop, reports the Daily Times of Pakistan. | Kazakh wheat exports to fly as season progresses
"In addition, in years such as this, when Ukraine and Russia are experiencing bumper crops, it makes it much more difficult to obtain quotas for these Black Sea ports," the attaches added.
Bumper harvest on track despite disasters|Davos at Dalian Special|
DALIAN, Liaoning - Despite severe natural disasters, China is expected to achieve a bumper harvest for the eighth consecutive year this year, Agriculture Minister Han Changfu said on Thursday.
Mother Jones’ Modesty « The Daily Bayonet
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.
Virgin's Richard Branson joins fight against global warming | PRI.ORG
One of Richard Branson's newest ventures, the Carbon War Room, is designed to enlist capitalists and entrepreneurs into the fight against global warming.
2008: Branson proposes warming 'war room' - US news - Environment - Climate Change -
UNITED NATIONS — How's this for an idea: an "environmental war room" to lead the world's efforts to find a fix for global warming.

Virgin CEO and British billionaire Richard Branson offered that idea up while addressing the start of a U.N. debate on climate change, saying it would be run by a world figure in global warming and could serve as "a tool for the U.N." to ferret out good ideas and calculate each nation's costs.
"This is just as important as stopping nuclear proliferation. This is just as important as stopping terrorism," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
EPA IG Finds Serious Flaws in Centerpiece of Obama Global Warming Agenda
Report calls the scientific integrity of EPA’s decision-making process into question and undermines the credibility of the endangerment finding
Former US Vice President Al Gore hails Scotland as a world leader on green energy - The Daily Record
There was one dissenting voice in the short question-and-answer session after the speech.

Edinburgh city councillor Cameron Rose queried the consensus on climate change, telling Mr Gore that other respected scientists disagree.

But Mr Gore responded with an analogy that a man with chest pains would take the health advice of 98 doctors and ignore the two that said there is nothing to worry about.

Later, Mr Rose, a Conservative councillor, said: "His apocalyptic terms just do not ring true.

"He said we're fighting for the survival of our civilisation. The evidence is not there for that kind of interpretation.

"There are other reasons to focus on renewable energy, such as cleaner air and energy security."
Human-caused climate change debated along party lines | Seattle
But when it comes to the statement, "It was caused by humans," only a third of Americans believed that last year, and even fewer, 26 percent, believe it now.  [IPSOS, Reuters poll]

Even among Democrats, that number is going down, from 44 percent a year ago to just under 38 percent this year.
Sun Might Be Setting on the Entire U.S. Solar Sector | InvestorPlace
What investors really should be concerned with is the dark clouds gathering over the entire solar sector.
Arctic Shelves Have Lost Half Their Size in Six Years -
OTTAWA — Canada’s Arctic ice shelves, formations that date back thousands of years, have been almost halved in size over the last six years, Canadian researchers said on Tuesday.
C3: Finland Researchers Prove That Malaria Incidence Declined During Modern Global Warming
The IPCC's climate scientists and green global warming alarmists have long predicted that global warming will cause an increase/spread of malaria to higher latitude regions. As with most catastrophic AGW predictions, the IPCC and alarmists are wrong, again.
The New Nostradamus of the North: Greenpeace does not want to stop construction of new coal plants in South Africa
Quite reasonable words, coming from a Greenpeace employee. One would hope that Naidoo and his fellow warmists at the top of the international Greenpeace hierarchy would embrace this kind of a more realistic policy. But that is wishful thinking; the likely outcome is that this was Adam´s last "coal friendly" statement

Warmist Robert Socolow laments: "We are losing the argument with the general public, big time...I think the climate change activists, myself included, have lost the American middle"

Reactions to a New Plan for CO2 Progress -
[Robert Socolow of Princeton]...the goal of the paper I have just written is to “restart” the discussion of climate change, which, as I see it, is on the verge of disappearing from view...In short, I see us losing at least a decade (the minimum time for a discarded priority to make a comeback), unless we find creative ways to reengage the public.
...We are losing the argument with the general public, big time. I am addressing the next few years, and I am asking how we can get the general public to take climate change seriously. This is not where any of us in 2004 thought the argument would be in 2011.
...I think the climate change activists, myself included, have lost the American middle, and I’m trying to say that this loss can be explained and maybe even undone.
Al Gore gives way to Mikhail Gorbachev for control of .eco domain | Environment |
Gore's Climate Reality withdraws bid for new 'green' domain, leaving door open for Gorbachev-backed Big Room
Blog: Cain's big advantage
Well, lo and behold, one widely overlooked entry in Cain's resume is the fact that he's a trained scientist, with degrees in both mathematics (from Morehouse College) and computer science (from Purdue) Furthermore, he actually worked as a professional mathematician, computing potential missile trajectories for the Navy, something that not even the great Al Gore can claim.
Fighting Climate Change Is Not About Environmentalism - Alexis Madrigal - Technology - The Atlantic
Somehow polar bears became the charismatic emblem of what was wrong with global warming; I think we should have made it a mayor instead.

"Scientific" American blogger: Trace amounts of CO2 could cause Boston supermarkets and Burger Kings to be unavailable to global warming refugees arriving from elsewhere

Save Burger King! Data Bring Global Warming Forecasts to Life in East Boston - Katherine Friedrich - Scientific American Blog Network
Environmental justice health risks and global warming go hand in hand....Near the beach, storm surges – estimated conservatively at 1 meter – could cover public transit tracks and reach houses and businesses that are hundreds of feet from the water now. The businesses near Constitution Beach include a Latino supermarket, a tool lending store, and a Burger King.

The tour leaders didn’t discuss what might happen to these neighborhoods if they are flooded. I’m concerned that these seafront properties, which developers eye with acquisitive interest today, could become tomorrow’s slums. If homeowners abandon the houses they cannot repair and buildings are sitting vacant, crime might increase. Given the stories that came from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, this idea is not farfetched.
Although few environmentalists might support the slogan “Save Burger King!,” it may be time to rethink how we talk about the resources low-income areas could lose. Global warming could wipe out our beaches, seaside restaurants, low-lying urban neighborhoods, and international grocery stores.

Although Chelsea and East Boston may never become high-crime ghost towns, curbing our appetite for the activities that cause global warming could help ensure those supermarkets will still be there for immigrants who may be escaping global warming elsewhere in the world.
Scientific American Blog Network
Katherine Friedrich has a graduate degree from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Half of her coursework was in journalism.

Google to finance rooftop solar: Does this mean that solar subsidy dollars will move from the pockets of ordinary people into the pockets of high-flying Google billionaires?

Google will finance rooftop solar installations -
Google wants homeowners to use solar panels to generate electricity. And it's investing $75 million to help up to 3,000 of them install panels on their roofs.

The Internet search giant said Tuesday that it will create a fund for solar installers to offer financing plans.
Google will own the panels, and will get paid when customers buy the electricity the panels produce.
2007:  Google billionaires get another jet | News Blogs - CNET News
The fun thing about having lots of money is you can buy as many toys as you want. Over at Google it's a veritable playground.
So, in addition to the two Gulfstream Vs and a Boeing 767, the Google billionaires anticipate landing a Boeing 757 at the airfield starting sometime next month, the documents show.

Jeffrey Kluger in Time on climate change: "Anyone — scientist or not — can read papers on both sides and seem to come to a well-reasoned conclusion either way"

Why scientists are smarter than politicians - TIME
A far greater number of studies have shown that climate change is by no means fully understood. Anyone — scientist or not — can read papers on both sides and seem to come to a well-reasoned conclusion either way.

What distinguishes scientists from the rest of us is their ability not just to understand the data but to derive the data — which is a bit like the difference between being able to graph a 95-yd. touchdown run and being able to execute one, cutting across the seam and exploiting the gaps in coverage that the average person would never see. That's what good scientists do every day. "The cracks and discrepancies that might seem too small or obscure for some," Randall writes, "can be the portal to new concepts and ideas for those who look at the problem the right way."
Planet warms. People thrive. Scare is stupid | Herald Sun Andrew Bolt Blog

Will the Solyndra Witch-Hunt Hurt Venture Capital Investments in Clean Energy? | ThinkProgress
After all, venture investments are inherently risky. A venture firm will make 10 bets expecting 9 to fail and hoping the one big success will make up for all the other failures.
Looks like Whistler-Blackcomb ski area is snowed in

Free Our Light, Save the Bulb. —
Petition to the U.S. House and Senate: The undersigned demand that you repeal the ban on incandescent light bulbs beginning in 2012 that was enacted in 2007.