Technical Problems …Two More Huge German Offshore Wind Parks Cut Off From Grid!

wind farmGood thing Germany still has reliable sources of energy, such coal and nuclear power, online. Otherwise the citizens would find themselves sitting in the dark and seeing their food spoiling away in fridges and freezers.

More reports are out that Germany’s string of problems surrounding its ambitious installation of offshore wind parks has been extended once again.

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Maryland’s New Fracking Regs Are So Bad, Industry And Greens Both Hate Them

regsGreen activists and the energy industry are both angry about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, regulations proposed Wednesday in Maryland.

Environmentalists claim the new regulations would lead to earthquakes and groundwater contamination while business leaders say they’d still be the toughest in the country.  The regulations would allow the state to issue fracking permits in October 2017 and were originally crafted by former governor and Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley.

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White House Says Raising Taxes On Coal Would ‘Improve Economic Efficiency’

war on coalThe White House released its report on the effects of raising royalty rates for coal mining on federal lands, and in it, officials argue raising rates on coal — therefore decreasing production — would “improve economic efficiency.”

“Although the focus of this report is on ensuring a fair return to the taxpayer, there is strong economic evidence of large external costs from coal production, transportation, and consumption,” the White house reported Wednesday.

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New Study Shows No Methane Emergency In The Arctic Despite Warming

arcticArctic methane levels have remained stable despite overall warming trends, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) concluded in a study Wednesday.

While there has been an increase in Arctic warming and methane levels have occasionally gone up, the AGU study explains that there is no long-term trend of rising methane levels.

“There has been a huge increase in Arctic warming, and while we do see spikes in methane due to short-term temperature changes, we’re not seeing a long-term change in methane levels,” Colm Sweeney said in a press release accompanying the study.

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The Return Of The Global Warming Pause?

Even though global average tropospheric temperatures are rapidly falling now as La Nina approaches, it is usually the second calendar year of an El Nino event that is the warmest, especially in the satellite record of tropospheric temperatures. This is because it takes a couple of months for all of the unusually warm Pacific surface water to transfer its extra heat to the atmosphere, pushing peak atmospheric temperatures into the second calendar year of an El Nino event. While 2015 was only the 3rd warmest year in the satellite record (since 1979), 2016 might well beat out 1998 as the record warmest. And, of course, if we go into prolonged La Nina conditions for the next 2-3 years, we might well be debating the meaning and significance of a 20-year pause in global warming in another year or two. —Roy Spencer, 22 June 2016

Every El Niño is different. We’ve shown that fact in many of the posts presented in the 2014/15 El Niño series and those about the 2015/16 El Niño. Weather around the globe is chaotic, so the background state globally in which each El Niño forms will be different. As a result, the responses of ocean basin surface temperatures to El Niños will vary from event to event, even strong El Niños.

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DNA evidence reveals ‘grolar’ bear was a blonde grizzly

blonde bearDNA evidence released this week showed a much-hyped blonde bear killed by a hunter in Canada’s Nunavut region was not a grizzly polar hybrid, or grolar bear, but rather a light-haired grizzly. News outlets and prestigious zoologists speculated it was a grizzly-polar hybrid and it was the direct result of global warming. The bear’s death sparked renewed interest from the public and media, as grolar bears are considered rare. The Washington Post devoted an entire story on how climate change was forcing grizzly and polar bears to breed with abandon. Hardly.

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4,000 Years of Climate In One Chart

From Andy May at Watts Up With That, a fascinating chart that plots estimated global mean temperatures along with historical events over the last 4,000 years.

Most of the time line is based on ice cores, while the most recent temperatures are from the HadCRUT (probably inflated) database. There are explanation and commentary at the link, but for now, the chart.

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Feds Cancel Water Gun Fight Because It Could ‘Damage Natural Resources’

wash monumentA massive water gun fight at the Washington Monument, in which more than 30,000 people expressed interest, was cancelled Monday by the National Park Service because it could “damage natural resources.”

The event has been publicly advertised on Facebook since at least February, and organizers claim that the National Park Service knew about the event.

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Tesla Buyout Of SolarCity Could Lead To Ethical Problems For Elon Musk

muskElon Musk has proposed fusing electric vehicle Tesla Motors and solar panel company SolarCity, both of which are headed by Musk, prompting critics to wonder if the move would be ethical.

“This is something that we have been thinking about and debated for many years,” Musk, who recused himself from the vote, said in a call with reporters Tuesday. “But the timing seemed to be right now” because Tesla is attempting to accelerate production of Tesla batteries, as well as introduce new products for SolarCity.

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