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.
At the upcoming United Nations Climate Summit in Paris, participating nations have prepared a treaty that would create an “International Tribunal of Climate Justice” giving Third World countries the power to haul the U.S. into a global court with enforcement powers.
Congress would be bypassed – left out in the cold – by this climate deal, critics say.
Policies once left to sovereign nations could be turned over to a U.N. body if the U.S. and its allies approve the proposed deal in Paris during the summit scheduled for Nov. 30-Dec. 11.
Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear. --Harry S. Truman, Special Message to the Congress on the Internal Security of the United States, 8 August 1950
The free communication of thoughts and of opinions is one of the most precious rights of man: any citizen thus may speak, write, print freely, except to respond to the abuse of this liberty, in the cases determined by the law. --Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (1789), Article XI
A popular weatherman announced Saturday evening that he has been sacked by leading French news channel France Télévisions for publishing a book which accused top climate change experts of misleading the world about the threat of global warming. The announcement comes four days after France Télévisions chief Delphine Ernotte told French MPs that Verdier had been summoned to a formal interview that could lead to his dismissal. --France 24, 1 November 2015
A new NASA study published Friday in the Journal of Glaciology showed that Antarctica is adding more ice than it's been losing. This finding challenges other research, including the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, that concluded that Earth’s southernmost frozen continent is losing more land ice than not. NASA's new paper shows it isn't.
The paper, published by researchers from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the University of Maryland in College Park, and the engineering firm Sigma Space Corporation show that based on satellite data, there was a "net gain of 112 billion tons of ice a year from 1992 to 2001 in the Antarctic ice sheet. The gain slowed to 82 billion tons of ice per year between 2003 and 2008. All of which translates to a net reduction in global sea level rise of 0.23 mm per year."
What an unpalatable irony. The 1783 Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War and created the United States. The 2015 Treaty of Paris could end what’s left of our democratic USA – and complete the “fundamental transformation” that the Obama Administration intends to impose by executive fiat.
Meanwhile, as a prelude to Paris, October 24 marked a full ten years since a category 3-5 hurricane last hit the United States. (Hurricane Wilma in 2005; Sandy hit as a Category 2.) That’s a record dating back at least to 1900. It’s also the first time since 1914 that no hurricanes formed anywhere in the Western Atlantic, Caribbean Sea or Gulf of Mexico through September 22 of any calendar year.
The Russian president believes that "there is no global warming, that this is a fraud to restrain the industrial development of several countries including Russia," says Stanislav Belkovsky, a political analyst and critic of Putin. "That is why this subject is not topical for the majority of the Russian mass media and society in general." --Reuters, 29 October 2015
Putin's climate scepticism dates from the early 2000s, when his staff "did very, very extensive work trying to understand all sides of the climate debate", said Andrey Illarionov, Putin's senior economic adviser at the time and now a senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington. "We found that, while climate change does exist, it is cyclical, and the anthropogenic role is very limited," he said. "It became clear that the climate is a complicated system and that, so far, the evidence presented for the need to 'fight' global warming was rather unfounded." That opinion endures. During a trip to the Arctic in 2010, Putin acknowledged that "the climate is changing", but restated his doubt that human activity was the cause. --Reuters, 29 October 2015
False-color view of total ozone over the Antarctic pole.A giant hole in our ozone layer, larger than Russia and Canada combined, has appeared over Antarctica, but it's not the result of global warming. On Thursday, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) blamed the record-sized hole in our ozone layer as a phenomenon that "fluctuates in size during the season in polar regions." With the return of extreme cold in the stratosphere (upper atmosphere) and sunlight to Antarctica, chlorine radicals are created that destroy ozone molecules. The ozone layer is what protects most life on Earth from the harmful rays of the sun.