Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Chinese coal blamed for global warming er... cooling • The Register
Climate scientist Judith Curry, chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology, doesn't find the economists' statistical theatrics convincing. She wonders why the short-lived regional increases in particulates should have a global effect on temperatures. She also notes that there has been no increase in aerosols, either globally or over East Asia, from 2000 to 2006; Chinese emissions only rose in the period 2004 to 2007. Kaufmann et al do acknowledge that a La Nina weather pattern cooled the planet between 1998 and 2000, while a warm El Nino increased temperatures in 2002 and again in 2010.

"The political consequence of this article seems to be that the simplest solution to global warming is for the Chinese to burn more coal, which they intend to do anyway," writes Curry.

Doubtless they will. First we blame them for warming the planet, but now we blame them for cooling the planet. ®
Roger Helmer: EU Parliament Votes Down The 30% Emissions Proposal
For myself, I oppose 30% absolutely (and 20% as well), as it will have no effect on climate, but will make energy more expensive, and drive energy-intensive businesses offshore to jurisdictions with lower environmental standards. So we could well end up with two tons of CO2 in India or China to save one ton in the UK.
I am delighted to record that the whole report was voted down today (July 5th) by a substantial margin.
Roger Helmer: MEPs Put Lunch Before Climate Change
Tummies were rumbling. An MEP got up to propose that the rest of the day's business be postponed to our next Strasbourg session (w/c July 3rd). The acting President, as protocol demanded, put the proposal to defer to a vote of the House, and it was carried by two to one (we Conservatives, notwithstanding hunger, voted against). So we wait until July for a result.

Good to see that the MEPs have a proper sense of priorities, and recognise that lunch is a far weightier matter than Climate Change. And me? I got straight into the car and started burning the diesel along the highway to Calais.

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