Wednesday, September 23, 2009

U.N. climate meeting was propaganda: Czech president

U.N. climate meeting was propaganda: Czech president

Reuters Sept 22, 2009

Excerpts include:
Czech President Vaclav Klaus sharply criticized a U.N. meeting on climate change on Tuesday at which U.S. President Barack Obama was among the top speakers, describing it as propagandistic and undignified. "It was sad and it was frustrating," said Klaus.

Klaus said there were increasing doubts in the scientific community about whether humans are causing changes in the climate or whether the changes are simply naturally occurring phenomena.

Klaus said global warming has turned into a new religion, an ideology that threatens to undermine freedom and the world's economic and social order.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Cooling is Beginning

Svensmark: “global warming stopped and a cooling is beginning” – “enjoy global warming while it lasts”
opinion piece from Professor Henrik Svensmark was published September 9th in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

From Watts Up With Sept 10,2009

Link to original Danish article

A couple excerpts include:
important to recognize that nature is completely independent of what we humans think about it.

Indeed, global warming stopped and a cooling is beginning. No climate model has predicted a cooling of the Earth, on the contrary. This means that projections of future climate is unpredictable,

solar activity is heading towards its lowest level in about 100 years’. Everything indicates that the Sun is moving into a hibernation-like state,

It is important to note that the Little Ice Age was a global event. It ended in the late 19th century and was followed by an increase in solar activity. Over the past 50 years solar activity has been the highest since the medieval warmth for 1,000 years ago. And now it appears that the sun returns and is heading towards what is called ‘a grand minimum’ as we saw in the Little Ice Age.

In 1996 we discovered a surprising influence of the sun – its impact on Earth’s cloud cover. High energy accelerated particles of exploded stars, the cosmic radiation, are helping to form clouds.

Giant solar flares can have the cosmic radiation on earth to dive suddenly over a few days. In the days after the eruption cloud cover falls by about 4 per cent. And the content of liquid water in clouds (droplets) is reduced by almost 7 per cent.

This means that projections of future climate is unpredictable.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

California Wildfires not due to Global Warming

AccuWeather’s Joe Bastardi makes mincemeat of Greenpeace claim that California Wildfires are caused by Global Warming

From Sept 10,2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

New Web Site

I found a new interesting web site for consideration in the climate debate. I have only begun to review the information on the site.

Reclaiming Climate Science

A couple excerpts include:
I was an environmentalist who believed in Global Warming.
I was then challenged by contradictory evidence -
- that there is no science "consensus" - there is no consensus - and any claim that "the debate is over" is at best unscientific, at worst fraudulent

Global temperatures have been falling for ten years, yet CO2 is rising as steadily as ever
Climate Science has been taken over by people with political agendas, headed up by the UN IPCC

Official Climate Science has increasingly abused public trust,

Through slander and silence in the media, many do not even realize of the existence of friendly, informed, active skeptics networks where real science happens.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Climate Change and Ensuring that America Leads the Clean Energy Transformation

EPW Committee Aug 6, 2009 Inhofe comments
Climate Change and Ensuring that America Leads the Clean Energy Transformation
August 6, 2009

Excerpts include: I think it's appropriate to take stock of what we've learned.
...this committee has held over thirty hearings on climate change.

We learned, for example, from President Obama that under his cap-and-trade plan, "electricity prices would necessarily skyrocket."

We learned from Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) that cap-and-trade is "a tax, and a great big one."

We learned from Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) that "a cap-and-trade system is prone to market manipulation and speculation without any guarantee of meaningful GHG emission reductions. A cap-and-trade has been operating in Europe for three years and is largely a failure."

We learned from Sen. Dorgan (D-N.D.) that with cap-and-trade "the Wall Street crowd can't wait to sink their teeth into a new trillion-dollar trading market in which hedge funds and investment banks would trade and speculate on carbon credits and securities. ..... most of the investment banks have already created carbon trading departments."

We learned from Sen. Cantwell (D-Wash.) that "a cap-and-trade program might allow Wall Street to distort a carbon market for its own profits."

We learned from EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson that unilateral U.S. action to address climate change through cap-and-trade would be futile. She said in response to a question from me that "U.S. action alone will not impact world CO2 levels."

We learned from Sen. Kerry (D-Mass.) that "there is no way the United States of America acting alone can solve this problem. So we have to have China; we have to have India."

We learned from Sen. McCaskill (D-Mo.) that if "we go too far with this," that is, cap-and-trade, then "all we're going to do is chase more jobs to China and India, where they've been putting up coal-fired plants every 10 minutes."

.......Democrats taught us that cap-and-trade is a great big tax that will raise electricity prices on consumers, enrich Wall Street traders, and send jobs to China and India-all without any impact on global temperature.

According to the American Farm Bureau, the vast majority of agriculture groups oppose it;

According to GAO, it will send our jobs to China and India;

According to the National Black Chamber of Commerce, it will destroy over 2 million jobs;

According to EPA and EIA, it will not reduce our dependence on foreign oil;

According to EPA, it will do nothing to reduce global temperature;

Britain facing blackouts for first time since 1970s

Telegraph UK September 1, 2009

Excerpts include:
The looming problem in Britain is caused by the scheduled closure by 2015 of nine oil and coal-fired power plants. They are the victim of an EU directive designed to cut pollution.

In addition, four existing nuclear power plants are set to be shut, adding to the need for new sources of energy. As yet no new nuclear power stations have been put forward for approval by the Government.

Demand for power from homes and businesses will exceed supply from the national grid within eight years, according to official figures.
The gap between Britain’s energy needs and demand throws fresh doubt on the Government’s assertion that renewable energy can make up for dwindling nuclear and coal capabilities
Over the next 10 years, one third of Britain’s power-generating capacity needs to be replaced with cleaner fuels.
Under the plan, 40 per cent of the UK’s electricity will need to come from low-carbon energy sources including clean coal, nuclear and renewables

“Britain faces blackouts because the Government has put its head in the sand about Britain’s energy policy for a decade. Over the next 10 years we need to replace one third of our generating capacity