About this time ten years ago, I enjoyed one of my happiest family holidays ever. It was on Lundy which, as Will Heaven rightly says, is the most beautiful island in Britain. If you're lucky enough to be staying in one of the Landmark Trust properties on the island you get the place pretty much to yourself once the daytrippers have gone. There are fantastic cliffs for your children to fall off, puffins to look for (though usually not to see: we never did) and seals to go swimming with. It's like living out an Arthur Ransome/Enid Blyton novel for real.
And now its unspoilt perfection is about to be ruined by a stupendously enormous, outrageously expensive, and totally effing useless offshore wind farm belonging to a big German energy company.
Although blades on the 150-foot wind turbines at the new German offshore Riffgat power plant nine miles off the North Sea island of Bokum are finally turning, there is one big problem. They are doing so only because they are being powered by onshore fossil-fueled generators to prevent the rotors from corroding in salty air. And why might that be? Well although they otherwise function perfectly, the underfinanced grid operator hasn’t yet connected a power line because of problems attracting investor financing. Prospective investors attribute their reluctance to a lack of market confidence.
While half a dozen wind farms are still being built in the North Sea, there are no follow-up contracts. As Ronney Meyer, managing director of Windenergie Agentur (EWE) based in the northern port city of Bremerhaven said, “The market has collapsed.” EWE developer Riffgat reportedly doesn’t plan to invest in any more offshore turbines.
Even though atmospheric carbon dioxide reached almost 400 ppm in May of this year, we see little evidence that it has produced any warming. Although the press has been claiming that global warming is spawning extreme, usual weather, we see little evidence of that also. Anthony Watts of WUWT blog has a review of real data showing the state of the climate (see his post here). Below, I provide some highlights from that post.
The Arctic warmed above freezing later in the year than usual and has dropped (at least temporarily) below freezing earlier. Arctic sea ice extent is higher for August than it has been in the last five years, although it is still below the 1979-2000 mean. See the black line in the graph below:
While you have never met a fan of the WNBA, the women’s professional basketball league, leading sports media outlets continue to bombard us with scores, highlights and even live games.
So it is, too, with global warming, which after 10 to 15 years of not-so-much warming is now referred to as “climate change.” After nearly two decades of media consensus, it is impossible to find a regular American not part of the Global-Warming-Industrial-Political-Complex who is all spun up over the environmental calamities foretold.
More than any other reason, the WNBA falters because it's a winter sport played in the summer. In the summer we do not want to be cooped up in a sweaty sports arena, nor do we want to watch it on TV. We want outdoors and fresh air, and they keep trying to change the subject.
Organizing for Action, President Obama’s campaign machine declared Tuesday “climate change day,” encouraging everyone to pepper skeptical members of Congress at town-hall meetings with questions about why they won’t raise taxes to avert the doom of the planet.
Even the most agile of senators won’t be able to dodge these community organizers, because the League of Conservation Voters will spend $2 million filling the airwaves with an attack on any congressman who won’t get with the program.
The doomed planet movement has been losing momentum. Inconvenient scientific findings have confirmed the lack of any significant warming of dear old Earth over the past 16 years. It’s hard to scare people into action when nothing bad is happening. That’s why the White House has changed its vocabulary again — first “global warming” was changed to “climate change” — and now the correct name of the scam is “carbon pollution.” It’s a way to paint carbon dioxide as if it were black soot billowing out of industrial smokestacks. Carbon dioxide is actually what humans exhale, and it’s food for plants.
Throughout much of the last two days my Direct TV reception, fed via satellite, was disrupted as some stations were accessible while others were not. Turned out to be just an outage problem for my apartment complex, but I initially wondered if it might have to do with lots and lots of meteoric dust.
Here’s why: on August 11th and 12th the annual Perseid meteor showers were at their peak. They are commonly called shooting stars and can be quite stunning. They are, as Karen C. Fox noted on NASA.gov, only “the tip of the iceberg when it comes to meteoroids slamming into Earth’s atmosphere. Some 10 to 40 tons of material of invisible meteoric dust enters the atmosphere from interplanetary space every day.”
And you were worried because Al Gore has been ranting about a little bit of carbon dioxide (CO2), a mere 0.038 percent of the atmosphere, was going to destroy the Earth?
Ice in Greenland is melting partly because of heat from the Earth's mantle, according to a team of international researchers.
The group claims that they are the first to find a connection between melting of the Greenland ice sheet and the high heat flow from the Earth’s mantle.
The findings, they suggest, could have implications for future predictions on climate change and the reasons behind ice melt in the region.
The Greenland ice sheet is often considered an important contributor to future global sea-level rise over the next century or longer.
In total, it contains an amount of ice that would lead to a rise of global sea level by more than seven metres, if completely melted.
Fracking has become a national debate in Britain – and it’s one that I’m determined to win. If we don’t back this technology, we will miss a massive opportunity to help families with their bills and make our country more competitive. Without it, we could lose ground in the tough global race. So my message to the country is clear – we cannot afford to miss out on fracking. For centuries, Britain has led the way in technological endeavour: an industrial revolution ahead of its time, many of the most vital scientific discoveries known to mankind, and a spirit of enterprise and innovation that has served us well down the decades. Fracking is part of this tradition, so let’s seize it. –David Cameron, The Daily Telegraph, 12 August 2013
Author Joe Fone of Christchurch, New Zealand has spent many years researching current and historical data on climate change, with the help of the finest scientists down under. His new book, Climate Change: Natural or Manmade? gives a clear, unbiased view of what is reasonably true and what is clearly incorrect. The book shows his strong intellect and unrestricted effort to find the truth wherever it lay.
Alarmism Devoid of Science
Fone really won me over with Chapter 2, titled “Sagan’s Problem Planet,” where he describes Carl Sagan as a science populist rather than the great astronomer of public myth. I have taken Sagan to task on a wide variety of subjects, but Fone usefully concentrates on Sagan’s theories about the atmosphere of Venus, which Sagan used to support his belief in anthropomorphic global warming.
Fone accurately calls global warming today’s cause célèbre, “promoted by an army of enthusiasts from scientists and politicians to environmentalists, celebrities and now even theologians, all of whom declare it to be the most pressing issue facing us since the last such scare—the 1970s ice age panic promoted by a similar army.”
Whoever came up with the saying, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” obviously knew nothing about the fury of panhandlers for public funding being asked to actually account for what they did with their taxpayer handouts. Global warming activist Michael Mann is taking this fury to a new level this summer, seeking vengeance on government officials who would like to know what Mann did with the millions of dollars he sucked out of the public trough.
Mann’s career is dependent on taxpayer handouts. He draws his salary from a public university, Penn State. He solicits government grant money to carry out special research projects. Government officials, who are accountable to voters for how they spend the tax money they collect, occasionally follow up on taxpayer concerns that government funding recipients appear to be misusing government funds. This, apparently, makes Mann furious.
Retracted PhotoDon’t worry, kids. Santa’s home isn’t really under water. The Associated Press just released an inaccurate photo.
The news organization is catching some heat after publishing a photo supposedly showing a large lake forming at the North Pole due to global warming. But the AP issued a formal retraction of the photo, admitting that the “lake” was a naturally formed small melt-pond that isn’t even at the North Pole. While the camera is supposed to be monitoring the North Pole, it had drifted hundreds of miles south.
H/t Climate Depot. Meteorologist Joe Bastardi debates warmist Discover Magazine editor-at-large Corey Powell on Fox Business: