The best scientist is open to experience and begins
with romance - the idea that anything is possible.

–Ray Bradbury

Obama: Keystone pipeline jobs a ‘blip’ in the economy

cartoon-keystone-energy-jobsPresident Obama disparaged the proposed Keystone pipeline, in an interview with the New York Times published Saturday, calling the estimated construction jobs a “blip.”

During the interview, the Times reporter asked Obama why he continued to block the pipeline – even though it would create jobs and was supported by unions.

“Well, look, they might like to see 2,000 jobs initially. But that is a blip relative to the need,” Obama said, noting that after the pipeline was finished most of those jobs would disappear.

Obama also warned that the pipeline might cause higher gas prices in the United States.

Drowning in Sea Level Nonsense

Sea levels have been rising at a rate in the order of 1 millimeter per year.Sea levels have been rising at a rate
in the order of 1 millimeter per year.
New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D) and forty members of Congress believe the sea levels are rising, that a panel should be created to determine what should be done, and, of course, to throw billions of dollars at a problem that does not exist. Politicians were eager to scare the public with the discredited global warming hoax and now they have found a new one.

In New York City, Mayor Bloomberg has proposed a $20 billion flood barrier system to protect the city from future hurricanes and rising sea levels. Well, hurricanes like tropical storm Sandy are real, but rare. Rising sea levels, however, represent no threat at all.

William Happer who researched ocean physics for the U.S. Air Force and is currently a physics professor at Princeton University notes that “The sea level has been rising since 1800, at the end of the ‘little ice age’”, a cooling cycle last from around 1300 to 1850. Far from heating up, the Earth entered a new cooling cycle around 1996 or so.

Fracking brings employment and economic revival

cornfieldCorn-based ethanol requires 2,510 to
29,100 gallons per million BTU
of usable energy
Signs of pride and prosperity were evident all over Williamsport and the gorgeous northern Pennsylvania countryside around it. Friendly, happy people greeted us. New cars, trucks, hotels and restaurants sparkled in a clean, bustling downtown. New roofs topped barns and houses, while late model tractors worked the fields. Formerly dirt roads are now paved.

Men and women again have high-paying jobs, young people are coming back instead of moving away, their salaries are supporting other businesses and jobs, and many are taking college programs in oilfield technical and business specialties, Vince Matteo told me. As president and CEO of the Williamsport/Lycoming County Chamber of Commerce, he’s witnessed the transformation.

“98 percent of the change has been positive,” he says. Contributions to United Way are increasing each year, county infrastructure has improved enormously, and environmental impacts are minimal.

Refuting the myths of climate change

cartoon cry wolfI start with a quote from a newspaper report on changes to the climate:

“The Arctic ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report ... yesterday from ... Bergen, Norway. ...fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard of temperatures in the Arctic zone ... Within a few years it is predicted that due to the ice melt the sea will rise and make most coastal cities uninhabitable”. 

You might think that this alarming prediction is from the latest report by the  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In fact it was a prophesy made in November, 1922, and published in The Washington Post. But it was typical of the kind of doom and gloom prophesies that the end of the world is nigh which have been common throughout history – but have not, of course, been realised.

Mann vs. Steyn: Heresy Shall Be Crushed

mannRemember when scientists and other truth-seekers used to get all riled up about the way the Catholic Church treated Galileo? The outcry was not over the fact that Galileo was a "peer-reviewed" researcher, and therefore beyond question. Quite the contrary: the argument was that, from the point of view of the quest for truth, no one, including the representatives of official orthodoxy and authority, ought to be regarded as beyond question. In the Michael Mann lawsuit against Mark Steyn and National Review, it is the "award-winning researcher" who is joining the fight for Church orthodoxy, while the defendants are the persecuted Galileos.

Mann, of course, is the creator of the famous "hockey stick graph" that has been employed doggedly throughout the doctrinaire climate science community and the mainstream media as proof that the Earth has shown a marked and unprecedented increase in global mean temperature during the brief period of industrial society's extreme CO2 production, which increase is consequently cited as proof that man's industrial activity is causing the temperature rise. Let us leave aside the climate religion's little logical problem, namely the contradiction between (a) its complete dependence on the premise that rising CO2 levels can and do have an immediate and substantial effect on global temperature, and (b) its attempts to dismiss the significance of the fact that global temperature has not increased significantly since 1995 while CO2 emissions have continued to rise, on the grounds that this is supposedly too short a period to prove anything.

Wind turbines ARE a human health hazard: the smoking gun

20turbinesHow much more dirt needs to come out before  the wind industry gets the thorough investigation it has long deserved?

The reason I ask is that it has now become clear that the industry has known for at least 25 years about the potentially damaging impact on human health of the impulsive infrasound (inaudible intermittent noise) produced by wind turbines. Yet instead of dealing with the problem it has, on the most generous interpretation, swept the issue under the carpet – or worse, been involved in a concerted cover-up operation.

A research paper prepared in November 1987 for the US Department of Energy demonstrated that the "annoyance" caused by wind turbine noise to nearby residents is "real not imaginary." It further showed that, far from becoming inured to the disturbance people become increasingly sensitive to it over time.

Germany’s Biggest Energy Company Considers Fleeing Europe

t-shirtGerman utility E.ON is considering dismantling some European power plants that have been mothballed because of poor profitability and relocating them to faster-growing emerging markets such as Turkey, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal Wednesday. The radical idea underscores the dire situation facing many utilities in Europe, where the combination of weak energy demand caused by the economic crisis and the rapid expansion of renewable energy is undermining the conventional power-generation business. --Hendrik Varnholt and Jan Hromadko, The Wall Street Journal, 25 July 2013

German operators of coal and gas power plants are sounding the alarm: the operation of many power plants is no longer profitable as a result of the green energy transition. Dozens of plants could be closed down, the industry warns. Of approximately 90,000 megawatts of conventional power capacity in Germany up to 20 percent could be shut down, the newspaper quoted the CEO of a utility. In the worst case scenario, Germany would face blackouts. --Reuters, 16 July 2013

DON'T PANIC - '$60 Trillion' Arctic Methane Scare Already Disproven

permafrostThree academics have written an opinion piece in hefty boffinry mag Nature, saying that humanity must reduce its carbon emissions hugely or methane belching from the Arctic seabed will do $60 trillion of economic damage. But the latest research suggests that Arctic methane emissions are not caused by humans at all.

Gail Whiteman (professor of "sustainability, management and climate change"), Chris Hope (an economist) and Peter Wadhams (an oceanologist) present their arguments in the Comment section of Nature, here (pdf). They start off by suggesting that disappearing ice and warmer seas in the Arctic (caused by human carbon emissions, they say) are already causing methane emissions, and that further warming - with associated ice loss - will see these emissions increase hugely.

New paper finds 2012 US extreme heat wave due to natural variability

earth 2A new paper by a team of NOAA scientists published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society finds that the US extreme heat wave of March 2012 was due to natural variability, not AGW.

According to the authors, "Several lines of evidence strongly implicate natural variations as the primary cause for the extreme event," and "We conclude that the extreme warmth over the central and eastern U.S. in March 2012 resulted primarily from natural climate and weather variability, a substantial fraction of which was predictable."

Sunspot Enigma: Will Inactive Sun Cause Global Cooling?

sunspots

Something is happening to our sun. If history is anything to go by, the sun’s change of mood could affect us all by cooling the earth and throwing our climate change calculations into disarray. It might even be the case that the earth’s response to low solar activity will overturn many of our assumptions about man’s influence on climate change. Cold not warmth might be our future. We do not know. We must keep watching the sun. –David Whitehouse, Public Service Europe, 24 July 2013

A dueling presentation on the science of climate change

Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon- State Climatologist for Texas and Regents Prof. at Texas A&M, and Dr. Willie Soon- Astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, conduct a dueling presentation on the science of climate change. This is a joint event put on by the UHLC's Environmental & Energy Law Society and Federalist Society and is moderated by law student Michael Quirke.

Tenacity of Alarmists is Astounding

It's a beautiful day. Go out and play.Why won't the 'experts' just hit the beach
and stop all this doom-saying.
Global warming has been "on hold" for the past 16 years, so scientists are now saying that it's hiding in the deep oceans, even though they have no actual evidence this is the case. You have to admire the wherewithal of people who truly have a vested interest in keeping this "false" alarm alive and kicking. Now it's been delayed 5 to 10 years. Their computer models haven't panned out and yet the mainstream media has the temerity to call them experts?

Global warming has slowed down in the past decade or so: "Some people call it a slow-down, some call it a hiatus, some people call it a pause. The global average surface temperature has not increased substantially over the last 10 to 15 years," notes a scientist. That's true even though the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere keeps speeding up. We have the deep ocean to thank, experts say: It's acting as a massive heat sink.