“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
—Daniel J. Boorstin

Fred Singer Closing in on Fact: CO2 Doesn’t Affect Global Temperature

singerI write to concur with conclusions in Dr S Fred Singer’s recent essay: “The Climate Sensitivity Controversy”, by  S. Fred Singer, American Thinker (October 15, 2014) and to solve the puzzles he posed.

In particular he concludes “climate sensitivity, CS, is close to zero”. This means any effect of CO2 on Earth’s temperature and climate is vanishingly small, hence unimportant. Singer leaves his warmist camp and joins the denier camp of skeptics.

I met Singer at his University of Houston lecture hosted by Prof Larry Bell on February 6, 2012 and his several talks at the latest Heartland Institute ICCC, Las Vegas, July 7-9, 2014. He has played an important role in disputing alarmist global warming claims for decades. He has received many awards.

Wind farms 'will never keep the lights on': Study claims turbines are 'expensive and deeply inefficient'

wind-turbines-offshoreWind farms will never be able to ensure the nation’s lights stay on because they are ‘expensive and deeply inefficient’, it is claimed today.

Confirming the long-held fears of many critics, a new study published by the right-leaning Adam Smith Institute and the Scientific Alliance argues the green energy revolution has been an expensive folly.

Researchers found that, on average, wind farms produce 80 per cent of their potential power output for less than one week annually – and they manage 90 per cent output for only 17 hours a year.

Thousands of turbines are useless in low winds and they are turned off to prevent damage if the speeds are too high.

Obama's War on U.S. Energy

KXLSeptember 19th was an anniversary you did not read or hear about in the nation’s news media. It marked six years—2008—since the first permit application for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline was submitted to the federal government. Can you imagine how many jobs its construction would have created during a period of recovery from the 2008 financial crisis? President Obama is universally credited with delaying it.

Thomas Pyle, the president of the American Energy Alliance, pointed out that World War II, the construction of the Hoover Dam, and the Lewis and Clark Expedition all took place in less time. In a September Forbes article, he noted that “Earlier this year a Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 65 percent of Americans support building the pipeline, while only 22 percent oppose it. In Washington three-to-one margins are usually referred to as mandates.”

Europe’s Green Suicide - Heavy Industry Moves Investment Abroad

green blob“We shift investment money from Europe into the U.S. as a consequence of the less competitive environment in Europe,” Harald Schwager, a senior member of BASF’s executive board, said in an interview. “Many European companies which are energy-intensive are finding out that the benefits of shifting investment from Europe to the U.S. are significant.” --Stanley Reed and Melissa Eddy, The New York Times, 25 October 2014

BASF executives say that German and European Union policies toward industry, particularly when it comes to energy, are forcing big companies to look elsewhere as they seek to expand. Especially in Germany, energy prices have jumped as a result of the government’s big push for renewable energy sources — a policy that the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel has labeled the Energiewende, or energy transition. And nearly a quarter of all companies in heavy industry are considering reducing production in Germany, according to a survey by the German Chambers of Commerce.  --Stanley Reed and Melissa Eddy, The New York Times, 25 October 2014

Weather experts: Cattle-killing blizzard not climate change

blizzardA study conducted by a team of weather experts determined the October 2013 blizzard that devastated parts of western South Dakota and Wyoming isn’t anything to be alarmed about in the near future.

The blizzard accounted for the deaths of an estimated 45,000 head of livestock, reports said.

The team concluded the event couldn’t be tied to climate change, though, because of limited data on severe weather events in the fall. The team included researchers at South Dakota State University, who said the storm is not cause for alarm.

“I don’t think there’s any cause for alarm as far as fall blizzards of that severity go,” said Laura Edwards, a climate field specialist at SDSU’s Aberdeen Extension office.

Report Details White House, Environmentalists Action To Stop Fracking Boom

cartoon-obama-oil-drillingPresident Obama has long been touting the U.S. oil and natural gas boom as the product of his administration’s “all of the above” energy plan. But a new report from Senate Republicans claims the White House supports oil and gas drilling publicly while partnering behind the scenes with eco-activists to regulate it out of existence.

Environmentalists have launched a massive campaign to impose stricter regulations and even bans on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in states across the country. Their efforts have been complemented by federal agencies working to crack down on fracking and horizontal drilling, according to a report by Republicans on the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee.

Man-Made Global Warming 'A Myth', Says Weather Channel Founder

colemanMan-made climate change is a myth and all efforts to prove its existence have failed, according to Weather Channel founder John Coleman. The award winning weatherman, whose career spans over sixty years, drew on the support of over 9,000 Ph.D. scientists to claim that "the science [purportedly proving man made global warming] is not valid".

His remarks were made in an open letter to the Hammer Forum, which hosts a series of discussion panels at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Yesterday the forum played host to Michael Mann, creator of the infamous and widely debunked ‘hockey stick graph’ which claimed that global temperature was on a rapid upward trajectory, and Brenda Ekwurzel, who has lobbied for stronger climate legislation in the States. The letter was published in full on climate blog Watts Up With That.

"At your October 23 Hammer Forum on Climate Change you have scheduled as your only speakers two people who continue to present the failed science as though it is the final and complete story on global warming/climate change. This is major mistake," Coleman wrote.

Getting oil across Canada to the sea could be in the pipeline

pipeline constructionSo you're the Canadian oil industry and you do what you think is a great thing by developing a mother lode of heavy crude beneath the forests and boggy muskeg of northern Alberta.

The plan is to send it clear to refineries on the US Gulf Coast via a pipeline called Keystone XL. Just a few years back, America desperately wanted that oil.

Then one day the politics get sticky. In Nebraska, farmers don't want the pipeline running through their fields or over their water source. US environmentalists invoke global warming in protesting the project.

US President Barack Obama keeps siding with them, delaying and delaying approval.

Europe's Climate Poker

merkelEU leaders Thursday night committed by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40%, and increase energy efficiency and renewables by at least 27% [provided there is a legally binding UN climate treaty]. French President  François Hollande said the deal would send a clear message to other countries such as China and the US ahead of the talks in Paris next year to agree global legally binding greenhouse gas emissions. A special “flexibility clause” was added to the final text, making it possible for the Council to return to the targets after the UN summit. --EurActiv, 24 October 2014

European leaders have struck a broad climate change pact obliging the EU as a whole to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% by 2030. But key aspects of the deal that will form a bargaining position for global climate talks in Paris next year were left vague or voluntary, raising questions as to how the aims would be realised. A clause was inserted into the text that could trigger a review of the EU’s new targets if other countries do not come forward with comparable commitments in Paris. --Arthur Neslen, The Guardian, 24 October 2014

EU 40% CO2 reduction by 2030 is a plan to destroy the whole system twice

power-electricA damp rag nicknamed Herman Van Rompuy (yes, check what is the most popular YouTube video about him) and his apparatchik friends have finally agreed about an insane 15-year plan (a 3 times more ambitious time scale than Stalin liked to "command")

EU leaders agree CO2 emissions cut

It's an atrocious piece of communist planning. Poland and others probably agreed with this insanity because they were promised a few bucks (negligible $3 billion dollars over a decade in the case of Czechia) as a compensation.

Historically, similar communist plans have almost never come true and it's very likely that this won't come true, either. There isn't any good reason why the production of carbon dioxide should drop by 40 percent.

Global Warming Carpetbaggers Misfire In Florida Attack Ads

steyerOutside activist groups are spending millions of dollars on political ads claiming Florida Gov. Rick Scott is not doing enough to fight global warming. A look at the facts, however, reveals Florida is more than pulling its weight on the global warming issue and the political ads are more about promoting a Democratic political candidate than fighting global warming.

Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer, who made his fortune funding coal power in Third-World nations, is leading the global warming push in Florida, spending $10 million on anti-Scott political ads. The ads take a decidedly negative and sarcastic tone, including claiming Scott’s plan to address global warming is to build an ark for himself and his friends.

Climate change PROVED to be 'nothing but a lie', claims top meteorologist

earth sun 2John Coleman, who co-founded the Weather Channel, shocked academics by insisting the theory of man-made climate change was no longer scientifically credible. 

Instead, what 'little evidence' there is for rising global temperatures points to a 'natural phenomenon' within a developing eco-system.

In an open letter attacking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he wrote: "The ocean is not rising significantly.

"The polar ice is increasing, not melting away. Polar Bears are increasing in number.