Britain is set to grant hundreds of millions of pounds in subsidies to highly polluting diesel generators as a way to help solve the energy supply crunch facing the country over the next 15 years. If all of those registered are successful in their bids — which analysts believe is likely — it could cost the taxpayer £436m, provide enough energy to power more than 1m homes and emit several million tonnes of CO2 a year. The subsidies on offer are so appealing that even solar-power developers are building diesel generation on their sites as a way of maximising their returns. --Kiran Stacey, Financial Times, 4 November 2015
A second act in Volkswagen’s massive emissions scandal just began. Late on Tuesday night VW Group announced that the company had identified “irregularities in CO2 levels” which had emerged as part of internal investigations. As many as 800,000 vehicles could be affected across the entire group, according to the release. Shares are getting crushed in early European trading, down by as much as 10%, pushing the price below €100. --Mike Bird, Business Insider UK, 4 November 2015
On the fundraising trail last night for the Democratic National Committee, President Obama insisted to a celebrity-studded crowd in New York that his presidency “has never been about me.”
“As I enter into my last year in office, some supporters started getting nostalgic, and so we’ll take pictures and they’ll say, oh, Barack, I wish you could run another term,” he said. “And I explain — no, first of all, not everybody says that. But I explain, A, it’s unconstitutional. George Washington set a good example. B, Michelle would not permit it, even if it were constitutional. And, C, this has never been about me.”
The number of people unconcerned about the much-ballyhooed global warming threat has jumped to nearly 40 percent in only four months based on a new survey released yesterday and conducted by AP/NORC. That's almost an eight percent increase since July. The survey, which was given before and after the current Pope's first visit to the United States, shows that among adults aged 18 and above, only 38 percent of Americans are "not worried at all" or "not too worried" about global warming (how the survey was phrased).
More interesting, of those who believe global warming is occurring, 35 percent think global warming is mostly natural and man-made, and 13 percent think it's a combination of the two. Shockingly, only 12 percent believe it is caused entirely by human activities, and only 39 percent think it is caused mostly by human activities (italics used to indicate survey wording).
Activists are warning that the upcoming United Nations climate conference is the last chance to save the world. Fair enough. So if no deal is reached at the meeting, can we please stop hearing about global warming?
The 21st session of the Conference of Parties to the U.N.'s Framework Convention on Climate Change starts Nov. 30 and will ponderously drag on until Dec. 11. Call it the "Last Chance in Paris," because that's what the fearmongers, from the Vatican to Prince Charles, believe it is.
Of course we've heard all this before.
IT’S a miracle. Most Australians are now global warming sceptics, despite years of being misled by the media.
A CSIRO survey of more than 5000 people has confirmed it, even though warmist reporters tried to spin it.
For the first time since Al Gore’s 2006 film An Inconvenient Truth claimed man was heating the world to disaster, Australians who believe this scare are outnumbered by those who don’t. True, a worrying 45.9 per cent of Australians do still think man is mostly to blame for what warming we’ve seen over the past several decades.
CCD Editor's Note: A climatologist and a climate expert weigh in on the so-called monster Hurricane Patricia and concomitant fear-mongering, and their assessment after all the headline-grabbing, clickbaiting hoopla finally died down. From The Province:
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We were told that Hurricane Patricia was the strongest event of its kind in history. A quick look at the record books reveals that this isn’t true.
Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are just different names for the same weather phenomenon — intense tropical cyclones, or TCs. The only difference between them is their locations. In the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific, we refer to them as hurricanes. In the Northwest Pacific they are called typhoons. In the South Pacific and Indian Ocean, people call them cyclones.
So how did Patricia compare with other severe TCs on record?
You are a scientist. You wake up one morning and go:
“Why don’t I write a letter to the US Attorney General asking her to throw fossil fuel companies in jail under the RICO act?
It would be my civic deed for the day”.
No it doesn’t. Climate scientists have a penchant for signing activist letters. But letters pushing legal advice to an Attorney General recommending prosecution of opponents?
So where do these strange ideas come from?
The shine is coming off once bright prospects for natural gas as the future fossil fuel of choice in Asia as power companies in India and Southeast Asia tap abundant and cheap domestic coal resources to generate electricity. In Asia alone this year power companies are building more than 500 coal-fired plants, with at least a thousand more on planning boards. “Coal is still the cheapest and the fuel that most Asian countries will use,” said Loreta G. Ayson, undersecretary at the Philippine Department of Energy. --Florence Tan and Henning Gloystein, Reuters, 3 November 2015
Fracking and other new drilling techniques can nearly double the available supplies of oil and gas in the next 35 years, according to BP. In a report published yesterday, the oil major says that this impending glut of hydrocarbons has demolished fears that the world is running out of oil. Mr Eyton added: “Energy resources are plentiful. Concerns over running out of oil and gas have disappeared.” --Robin Pagnamenta, The Times, 3 November 2015
It's not my fault! Blame global warming!All the proof you need to see that climate change is a complete taxpayer-funded fraud:
Climate change has been blamed for many things over the years. Never, until now, has anyone thought it was possible to see it as a kind of contraceptive.
Hot weather leads to diminished “coital frequency," according to a new working paper put out by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Three economists studied 80 years of U.S. fertility and temperature data and found that when it’s hotter than 80 degrees F, a large decline in births follows within 10 months. Would-be parents tend not to make up for lost time in subsequent, cooler months.
TransCanada has sent a letter to the State Department on Monday asking to suspend building the Keystone pipeline amid the growing hostility shown by the Obama Administration. The application to build the nearly 1,200-mile-long pipeline (of which only 875 miles need to be completed), and requires presidential approval, has been waylaid for years by the current administration. TransCanada is ready to fold its tent and wait until after the next presidential election in 2016. The State Department has not indicated if it will accept TransCanada's request to withdraw its permit for building the project.
The NY Times is also reporting that Obama's press secretary, Josh Earnest, said the president would make a decision regarding the pipeline this year or next, but gave no firm answers in the highly controversial pipeline. The pipeline, expected to carry 800,000 barrels of oil a day from the Alberta oil sands to the Gulf coast for refining, has been a rallying cry of Democrats and environmentalists who see the oil pipeline as contributing to global warming.
So CNBC’s John Harwood is not only unashamed of his disgracefully biased moderating of the GOP debate, he’s doubling down — entrenched as a five-year-old boy guarding his Halloween candy.
After the debate he tweeted, “GOP debate in 2015 enriched my understanding of challenges @SpeakerBoehner has faced and @RepPaulRyan will face.” I assume he was not speaking complimentarily of these “challenges.”
In an interview, Harwood insisted he was justified in asking Donald Trump if his campaign was a comic-book version of a presidential campaign. “There is no one on that stage,” said Harwood, “who actually believes you can send those 11 million people out of the country. There is no economist who believes that you can cut taxes 10 trillion dollars without increasing the deficit. It is simply a set of discussions that is not connected to the real world we live in.”
When it comes to getting the most bang for your buck, you can't beat fossil fuels. And that's a big problem for costly renewables. According to the Wall Street Journal, BP’s Technology Chief David Eyton said in a report Monday that unless the world makes carbon-based fuels more expensive, renewable energies will never be competitive.
He believes a "carbon price of $40 a ton would make [natural] gas a more economical power source then coal," but still thinks a higher carbon price is needed to make renewables like wind and solar less expensive and more competitive. In other words, renewables can't compete on a global stage without their costs being artificially deflated.