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This Week in Energy and Environmental News October 10, 2011

with Ken Haapala, Executive Vice President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)

Quote of the Week:

'Oil and gas will be important for the next few years. But we need to go on to green and alternative energy. [Energy] Secretary [Steven] Chu has assured me that within five years, we can have a battery developed that will make a car with the equivalent of 130 miles per gallon.'" President Obama in response to a comment by shale oil developer Harold Hamm
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Number of the Week: $4.65 Billion

north-sea-offshore-wind-farmTHIS WEEK:
By Ken Haapala, Executive Vice President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)

SEPP / VA-SEEE FORUM: October 22 from 11 am to 1 pm. SEPP and VA-SEEE will be hosting a Forum in Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University. Topics include Fred Singer's latest research on the failure of IPCC models, UN and US efforts to control local land use, energy issues, climate change myths and distortions, benefits of carbon dioxide, EPA litigation and the changing winds on Capitol Hill. The Forum will be held in the Commons Theater in the University Student Commons at 907 Floyd Street. A parking garage is across the Main Street with a charge no more than $5.00.
The Forum is open to the public with no charge. Donations accepted.

The Oil and Gas Revolution:

The technology of extracting oil and natural gas from dense shale and oil sands is giving difficulty to those who desire control of these fuels. The false claim of peak oil or the high price of natural gas no longer can be used to justify programs of generating electricity from inefficient, unreliable, and expensive sources. Many in Washington, Brussels, and London are trying to stop the revolution by using special regulations that are not justifiable by science, economics, or public health.

However, cracks are appearing. Poland has made it clear it will veto any European Union (EU) regulations on extraction of natural gas from shale. The government of Poland simply does not wish to be dependent on Russia for this critical fuel. It has agreements with private companies to develop its promising natural gas resources. Other Central European nations are expressing similar views for developing natural gas resources in their countries. They have witnessed what Russia will do when it manipulates the supply of natural gas from government controlled companies for political, rather than economic, purposes.

George Osborne, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, has announced that Britain will not lead the EU in reducing carbon dioxide emissions at a faster rate than the rest of the EU. According to reports, Britain's Climate Change Act requires that Britain cut emissions by 34 percent by the end of the decade. The rest of the EU must cut emissions by 20 percent. It appears that the British government does not wish the nation to commit economic suicide by continually driving up the cost of electricity in order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions through the use of wind power and other alternative means of generating electricity. No doubt, the reports of the discovery of extensive deposits of gas bearing shale in northwest England makes the government's position, prior to Osborne's announcement, less tolerable to the public.

President Obama's comment, quoted above, indicates the administration will not promote the oil and gas revolution and would rather wait for a great technological breakthrough in automobile batteries, a breakthrough the world has been waiting for since electric automobiles were first developed over 100 years ago. The administration's actions confirm this position - ignore the current technological breakthrough in oil and gas and wait for technological breakthroughs in solar, wind, and batteries. Please see Article # 1 and links under "Questioning European Green."

Skinning the Cat:

In 2010, President Obama's prized cap-and-trade bill failed to pass the Senate, which was controlled by Democrats. Mr. Obama famously stated there are other ways to skin the cat. Subsequently, the EPA has announced a wide range of intensified regulations to control emissions from electrical utilities, refineries, cement plants, and other facilities that emit large amounts carbon dioxide (CO2). EPA is making many dubious claims about the health benefits of such regulations. The Republicans on Capitol Hill are showing unusual resolve in fighting these regulations. And in some cases, such as the ozone rule, the administration is backing down. It appears that the Republicans in the House may actually demand that the EPA substantiate its claims of health benefits from these regulations, many of which are based on highly questionable statistical manipulations.

No doubt, a major factor in the Republican resolve is the current economic stagnation. Passed with great promises two and one-half years ago, the Stimulus Bill has failed. President Obama is promoting a second such bill but seems to be garnering little support, even among Democrats. Republicans tried to force a vote on the bill in the Senate. This week, using a highly controversial procedure, the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, managed to avoid the vote, which may have been embarrassing to the President.

It appears that economic stagnation will be a major issue, if not the defining issue, of the 2012 election. It is becoming increasingly apparent to many that the issues of the environmental movement, such as global warming, are secondary and that proposals to implement these issues are damaging to the economy. For the first time in a presidential election, some candidates are openly questioning the findings of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Of course, those who long stated the science is settled are labeling those candidates who question the science as anti-science. Advancement in science comes from skepticism and questioning. Those who unquestioningly accept the findings of the politicized IPCC, and label the skeptics as anti-science, are better describing themselves.

EPA Endangerment Finding: 

As stated in prior TWTWs, SEPP is a participant. in the group called the Coalition for Responsible Regulation, et al. in its litigation against the EPA for its "Endangerment Finding (EF)" that GHG, especially carbon dioxide, endanger public health and welfare. Several TWTWs discuss some of the highly questionable claims of the EPA.

Perhaps the most outrageous claim is the title of a subsection of EPA's latest court filing: "Climate models have been properly validated." This may come as a shock to IPCC expert reviewer Vincent Gray from New Zealand. He has successfully argued that the IPCC cannot label the results of the models as predictions - because the models have never been validated. The IPCC uses the term "projections," rather than "predictions." The EPA is claiming greater rigor in the models than even the IPCC claims.

Further, in NIPCC vs. IPCC [Singer 2011], Fred Singer demonstrates that under the present circumstances the models cannot be validated at all because of inherent chaotic uncertainties. First, in efforts to show consistency between observations and the model results, error bounds have been extended to the point they become almost meaningless. Second, all the models are non-linear chaotic models. They produce different results each time they are run. No one run, or even a few runs, can be used to establish a mean for the runs. At least 10 runs, or more appropriately, 20 runs are needed to establish a mean. The model with the greatest number of published runs is the one from Japan with five runs - each showing strikingly different results with each run. Many models have been run only once or twice. A mean from these various models is statistically meaningless. Third, the surface temperature data from 1979 to 1997, which is used to establish the models, reports a warming trend that may not exist. It cannot be found in the records from six independent methods including radiosonde, satellite, and proxy data.

In addition, Table 2.11 in an appendix of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) assesses the level of understanding of the sixteen Forcing Factors found in the models. Some Forcing Factors that may be important, such as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) are not considered. Of the 16 considered, the level of understanding of 11 (69%) is ranked as "low" or "very low." For the EPA to claim the models are valid is similar to a government agency certifying that a passenger aircraft is reliable after the engineers state that the reliability of 69% of the components is low to very low, and some important components may be missing.


Keystone Pipeline Update:

The battle of whether or not to build the Keystone Pipeline is becoming intense. The pipeline is designed to bring over 700,000 barrels of oil per day from the oil sands of Alberta to refineries in Texas. Some of the refineries are processing crude from Venezuela - hardly a friend of the US. Many opposing the pipeline are using the tried and true method of claiming they want the pipeline but not where it is sited. Of course, no place is suitable. Others are making various false claims such as the pipeline can contaminate the entire Ogallala aquifer. Of course, the aquifer is currently crossed by many roads and pipelines.

Jim Goeke, professor emeritus in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, reports he has spent 40 years studying the Ogallala Aquifer including drilling over 1000 test holes. Among other things, he reports the Ogallala Formation is sloped from west to east. Thus it would be difficult for a leak in a pipeline in the eastern part to contaminate water in the western part. Please see Article # 2 and links under energy issues.
Number of the Week: $4.65 Billion. That is the amount the Chinese oil company, Sinopec, paid for the stake ConocoPhillips had in the Alberta oil sands.
Corrections and Amplifications: SEPP Director Tom Sheahen pointed out that last week the Number of the Week failed to give the proper units. The units are megawatt hour of production. For example, for 2007 the Energy Information Administration estimated the subsidies for natural gas production of electricity amounted to $0.25 megawatt hour of production while the subsidies for wind were $23.37 per megawatt hour of production, and solar were $24.34 per megawatt hour of production.

The September 24 TWTW provided a link to Steve McIntyre's post "Brian Hoskins and the Times Atlas" but failed to annotate its importance: [Imperial College professor and Fellow of the Royal Society] Brian Hoskins was one of the first people that [journalist] Fiona Fox went to for a testimonial to the supposed rigor of the execrable Oxburgh inquiry [of Climategate]. Hoskins, presently [former RS publicity chief] Bob Ward's supervisor at the [climate-alarmist] Grantham Institute, shamelessly called the Oxburgh inquiry "thorough and fair." Please see the link under "Climategate Continued."

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For the numbered articles below please see this week's TWTW at:
The articles are at the end of the pdf.

1. How North Dakota Became Saudi Arabia
Harold Hamm, discoverer of the Bakken fields of the northern Great Plains, on America's oil future and why OPEC's days are numbered.
By Stephen Moore, WSJ, Oct 1, 2011 [H/t George Nicholas]

2. Local View: A science-based approach to the Ogallala Aquifer
By Jim Goeke, Journal Star, Sep 24, 2011 [H/t Joe Herring]
Jim Goeke is a research hydrogeologist and professor emeritus in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

3. Let's Let Rigorous Science Prevail
By J.E. Murray, Letter, WSJ, Oct 4, 2011

4. Five Truths About Climate Change
During the decade that Al Gore dominated the environmental debate, global carbon-dioxide emissions rose by 28.5%.
By Robert Bryce, WSJ, Oct 6, 2011

5. Solar-Panel Firms' Outlook Dims
By Cassandra Sweet, WSJ, Oct 4, 2011

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Commentary: Is the Sun Rising?
When Science Isn't
By Paul Greenberg, Townhall, Oct 5, 2011

Climategate Continued
Brian Hoskins and the Times Atlas
By Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, Sep 22, 2011

Seminar on Penn State "Inquiry"
By Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, Oct 4, 2011
According to Steve, Clive Crook elegantly summarized the Penn State process at the Atlantic Monthly: "The Penn State inquiry exonerating Michael Mann - the paleoclimatologist who came up with "the hockey stick" - would be difficult to parody."

78 Names
By Donna Laframboise, NFC, Oct 1, 2011 [H/t Bud Bromley]
"The scientists whose names appear below have not only been examining one of the world's most important questions for the IPCC. They have a documented, public relationship with professional lobbyists who have a strong interest in influencing this matter."

EPA: the Endangerment Finding was not a "highly influential scientific assessment.'
By Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit, Oct 4, 2011

Challenging the Orthodoxy
IPCC Predictions (Scenarios) Always Wrong Therefore Science Wrong.
By Tim Ball, His Blog, Oct 4, 2011 [H/t Marc Morano, Climate Depot]

Warmists Think We're Stupid
By Ross Kaminsky, American Spectator, Oct 4, 2011 [H/t Debbie Wetlaufer]
[SEPP Comment: Rebutting an article in the New York Times.]

This is 90% certainty? Really? (Yet another paper shows the hot-spot is missing.)
By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Oct 3, 2011

Defending the Orthodoxy
EU urges roadmap this year on climate action
By Staff Writers, AFP, Oct 2, 2011
[SEPP Comment: The gathering of the cult.]

Group Urges Research Into Aggressive Efforts to Fight Climate Change
By Cornelia Dean, NYT, Oct 4, 2011
"We are doing it accidentally, but the Earth doesn't know that," she said, adding, "Going forward in ignorance is not an option."

France withdraws shale gas permits: minister
By Staff Writers, AFP, Oct 3, 2011

Fossil fuel subsidies rising despite reform effort
By Ben Geman, The Hill, Oct 4, 2011
[SEPP Comment: Does not necessarily apply to US. Agree with IEA and OECD: Phase out all subsidies of energy production. Disagree: "removing inefficient subsidies would raise national revenues and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions." Boldface added.]

Questioning the Orthodoxy
Climate sceptics are today's radical rebels
By Brendan O'Neill, The Australian, Oct 8, 2011 [H/t ICECAP]
[SEPP Comment: According to Scientific American those challenging the orthodoxy are white, conservative males.]

Chinese sceptics see global warming as US conspiracy
By John Garnaut, Sydney Morning Herald, Oct 8, 2011 [H/t Cooler Heads Digest]
[SEPP Comment: Maybe not every climate skeptic / denier is a white, conservative male. See above link.]

Questions for the Chief Scientist
Australia's Chief Scientist provides high-level "independent" advice to the Prime Minister and other Ministers on matters relating to science, technology and innovation.
By Michael Kile, Quadrant, Oct 4, 2011

Questioning European Green
Lessons From Lemmings: The EU's Green Power Folly
By Larry Bell, Forbes, Oct 4, 2011

The Osborne Doctrine
By Fraser Nelson, The Spectator, Oct 7, 2011
[SEPP Comment: Has a bit of realism penetrated the British Cabinet's mad dash for alternative energy? The comments by the Chancellor of the Exchequer indicate perhaps it has.]

What happened to the Conservatives' green agenda?
Chancellor's attack on environment laws at conference is a far cry from the Tories' 2006 rebrand as an eco-conscious party
By Damian Carrington and Allegra Stratton, Guardian, UK, Oct 6, 2011 [H/t Cooler Head Digest]

Shale Gas & the Re-Shaping of European Power Politics
By Peter C. Glover & Michael J. Economides, Energy Tribune, Oct 6, 2011 [H/t GWPF]

Carbon credits tarnished by human rights 'disgrace'
By Staff Writers, EurActiv, Oct 4, 2011 [H/t Mark Duchamp]

Problems within the Orthodoxy
Al Gore is doing a disservice to science by overplaying the link between climate change and weather
To claim that we are causing meteorological events that would not have occurred without human influence is just plain wrong
By Myles Allen, Guardian, UK, Oct 7, 2011

Productivity of land plants may be greater than previously thought
By Staff Writers, Science Daily, Sep 29, 2011
[SEPP Comment: More than a little hick-up to those who claim that human CO2 emissions will stay around for a thousand years.]

Planet 'far away' on climate goals: study
By Staff Writers, AFP, Oct 4, 2011
[SEPP Comment: Of course, the "planet's goal's" are created by international alarmists.]

China population to become world's biggest polluters
China's carbon emissions for each member of its population could overtake that of Britain as early as the end of next year, it has been revealed.
By Peter Foster, Telegraph, UK, Sep 28, 2011 [H/t Des Moore]

Seeking a Common Ground
Double standards
By Martin Livermore, Scientific Alliance, Sep 29, 2011

The climate change debate: Man versus nature
By Staff Writers,, Oct 3, 2011 [H/t Joe Bast]
[SEPP Comment: As seen in the History of Malaria in Finland (TWTW Oct 1, 2011) the comments on global warming endangering health are unsubstantiated. In many countries in the tropics malaria rates were plummeting with the indoor spraying of huts with DDT, until EPA banned DDT in the US and environmental groups demanded that other countries adopt these bans. When they did, malaria rates exploded. Now many of the same environmental groups blame global warming as spreading malaria.]

Communicating Better to the Public - Exaggerate?
Science controversies past and present
Reactions to the science of global warming have followed a similar course to those of other inconvenient truths from physics.
By Steven Sherwood, Physics Today, Oct, 2011 [H/t Ed Berry]
[SEPP Comment: Another highly selective account of history. Among other issues, the author does not recognize, or admit, that Galileo's contemporaries, Aristotelian scientists, railed against Copernicus and Galileo's use of observations as evidence. Which group is demanding empirical evidence from the mainstream scientists? Certainly not the alarmists!]

A Map of Organized Climate Change Denial
By Andrew C. Revkin, NYT, Oct 2, 2011 [H/t Marc Morano, Climate Depot]

Chart: How the Climate Change Deniers Won
By Josh Harkinson, Mother Jones, Sep 22, 2011
[SEPP Comment: The chart for the above Revkin article.]

Map: The Climate Change Scare Machine - the perpetual self-feeding cycle of alarm
By Jo Nova, Her Blog, Oct 6, 2011
[SEPP Comment: See counter chart for above claim and the Revkin article.]

Who's Bankrolling the Climate-Change Deniers?
By Byran Walsh, Time, Oct 4, 2011,859...
[SEPP Comment: Apparently, the journalist never heard of Climategate.]

Who's Bankrolling the Climate Change Fanatics?
By Rebecca Terrell, New American, Oct 5, 2011 [H/t SPPI Blog]
[SEPP Comment: Rebuttal to Harkinson article.]

Communicating Better to the Public - Make things up.
Seattle PI fabrication: "We've lost one to two months of spring snowpack since the early 1970s"
By Staff Writers, ICECAP, Sep 28, 2011

Models v. Observations
New Article Highlights Deficiencies In The Global Climate Models - Luo Et Al 2011
By Roger Pielke Sr, Pielke Climate Science, Oct 5, 2011
"This article illustrates that not only have the global models shown NO skill at predicting changes in climate statistics over multi-decadal time scales, they still do not even skillfully simulate important components of the current global climate."

Measurement Issues
GAO report on the poor quality of the US climate monitoring network
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Sep 30, 2011

Erroneous Information In The Report "Procedural Review of EPA's Greenhouse Gases Endangerment Finding Data Quality Processes"
By Roger Pielke Sr, Pielke Climate Science, Oct 5, 2011
[SEPP Comment: Challenging the EPA claim that that the temperature records from CRU, NOAA, and NASA were independent and valid.]

Changing Sea Ice
Arctic Ice Loss: Portent of Doom or Reason to Rethink IPCC Climate Sensitivity Assumptions?
By Marlo Lewis, Global, Oct 3, 2011

Agriculture Issues & Fear of Famine
Climate: Act now to diversify crops at risk, say scientists
By Staff Writers, AFP, Oct 3, 2011
[SEPP Comment: Alarmism at its international best.]

The Political Games Continue
White House Likely to Veto Bills Delaying CSAPR, Boiler Rules
By Staff Writers, POWERnews, Oct 5, 2011

Sen. Alexander targets energy subsidies, says political furor over climate might ease
By Ben Geman, The Hill, Oct 5, 2011
"I've devised a plan for seven mini-Manhattan Projects for energy independence: solar, batteries, green building, capturing carbon, fusion, making fuels from crops we don't eat and finding better ways to deal with nuclear fuel,"

Cap-and-Trade and Carbon Taxes
Court rules in favor of European Union emissions trading
By Keith Laing, The Hill, Oct 7, 2011

FERC Says Merger Would Further Entrench Duke Energy Monopoly
By Paul Chesser, National Legal and Policy Center, Oct 7, 2011
[SEPP Comment: After spending millions lobbing for cap-and-trade, Duke Energy did not buy any friends in Washington. Was it because Duke's chairman declared that, by its lobbying, Duke would make $1 Billion per year if cap-and-trade was passed?]

Kill carbon dioxide regulations
Harper still rolling out rules that will waste billions
By Tom Harris, Financial Post, Oct 5, 2011

Subsidies and Mandates Forever
Wind industry: Rep. Stearns 'misunderstands' us
By Andrew Restuccia, The Hill, Oct 7, 2011
[SEPP Comment: We are misunderstood and need subsidies.]

EPA and other Regulators on the March
EPA's Mission Leap
Editorial, IBD, Oct 3, 2011

Shocking Costs Of Environmentalism
Editorial, IBD, Oct 7, 2011 [H/t Timothy Wise]

The EPA Gets Caught in a Big Fat Lie
By Alan Caruba, Warning Signs, Oct 1, 2011

The EPA's Endangerment Finding Is Very Endangered
By Patrick Michaels, Forbes, Sep 30, 2011 [H/t Marc Morano, Climate Depot]

Oil sands environmental impact unknown: Canada audit
By Staff Writers, AFP, Oct 4, 2011

EPA Takes a Looser Stance on Power-Plant Emissions
By Deborah Solomon and Ryan Tracy, WSJ, Oct 7, 2011

Energy Issues
Salazar to enviros: Give Obama credit on energy
By Ben Geman, The Hill, Oct 5, 2011

The Keystone Pipeline, Again in the News
By Michael J. Economides, Energy Tribune, Oct 3, 2011

Warren Buffett, the Keystone Pipeline, and Crony Capitalism
By Joe Herring, American Thinker, Oct 6, 2011
[SEPP Comment: The association with Warren Buffett appears contrived.]

Good For Canada And Us
Editorial, IBD, Oct 4, 2011
"The Natural Resources Defense Council has warned that Keystone XL "undermines the United States commitment to a clean energy future."

Rushing headlong over the cliff
By Marita Noon, Global Warming . org, Oct 3, 2011

Oil and Natural Gas - the Future or the Past?
The End isn't Nigh
By Donn Dears, Power For USA, Oct 7, 2011

Using the energy in oil shale without releasing carbon dioxide in a greenhouse world
By Staff Writers, SPX, Oct 05, 2011
[SEPP Comment: An answer to the thirty year old dream?]

Administration's Control of Oil and Gas
What the Frack is Going on Here?
By Paul Driessen, Townhall, Oct 1, 2011

Return of King Coal?
Why Asia Relies On Coal
By Frank Clemente, Energy Facts Weekly, Oct 3, 2011

Oil Spills & Consequences
Scientists Identify Microbes Responsible for Consuming Natural Gas in Deepwater Horizon Spill
By Staff Writers, SPX, Oct 07, 2011

At Deepwater Horizon, Basic Research Was Applied
By Lonny Lippsett, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Oct 7, 2011

Alternative, Green ("Clean") Energy
Is China's Green Energy a Myth?
By Staff Writers, Institute for Energy Research, Oct 3, 2011 [H/t Cooler Heads Digest]
[SEPP Comment: Not a myth, but a clever marketing ploy.]

Green Energy Industry Staggers
Walter Russell Mead, American Interest, Oct 1, 2011 [H/t Real Clear Politics]

DOE Finalizes Seven Loan Guarantees Before Program Deadline
By Staff Writers, POWERnews, Oct 5, 2011
[SEPP Comment: For a total of $5.9 Billion.]

Bursting the Big Green Bubble
By Amy Oliver Cooke and Michael Sandoval, Townhall, Oct 3, 2011

Ontario's Power Trip: The $4,000 electricity bill
Electricity rates will double, making them among the highest in the developed world
By Glenn Fox and Parker Gallant, Financial Post, Oct 4, 2011
[SEPP Comment: Who cares if it costs more, the consumer will pay!]

Peltier: 'Chart a New Course' (POWER magazine editor rejects windgas for gas)
By Robert Bradley Jr, Master Resource, Oct 5, 2011
[SEPP Comment: Without an inexpensive, practicable means of storing electricity on a commercial scale, wind power is unsustainable.]

Fuzzifying ­fossil subsidies
Oil and gas will beat green energy with or without subsidies
By Peter Foster, Financial Post, Oct 4, 2011
[SEPP Comment: Another attack by the IEA and OEC (following the climate agenda) on fossil fuel subsidies in an effort to justify even greater subsidies on unreliable, inefficient, and costly wind and solar.]

Solargate Opens Wide
Editorial, IBD, Sep 30, 2011

Doubling Down On Solyndra
Editorial, IBD, Oct 7, 2011
[SEPP Comment: There is a difference between a bet and financial responsibility. Responsible leaders do not bet with the peoples' money.]

Why Wind Power Blows
By Steven F. Hayward, The American, Oct 5, 2011 [H/t Cooler Heads Digest]
"While the installed capacity of wind power on paper-that is, assuming the wind is blowing at the right speed-looks impressive, in the real world grid operators can count on only about 8 to 13 percent of that capacity being available during peak times."

US unlikely to hit Renewable Fuel Standard for cellulosic biofuels
By Staff Writers, SPX, Oct 06, 2011
[SEPP Comment: Given the reserves of oil and gas in the country, there is no reason why it should.]

Say No to the Keystone XL
Editorial, NYT, Oct 2, 2011
" should be clear, from many studies, that the best hope for long-term job creation will come from the development of renewable and alternative energy sources."

A U.S.-Backed Geothermal Plant in Nevada Struggles
By Eric Lipton and Clifford Krauss, NYT, Oct 2, 2011

Carbon Schemes
Flagship green energy project faces axe
Carbon plan to be shelved over funding shortage as fears grow for Tories' green agenda after chancellor's 'austerity' remark
By Terry Macalister and Damian Carrington, Guardian, UK, Oct 6, 2011
[SEPP Comment: A Carbon capture and storage (CCS) plan was just too expensive!]

California Dreaming
California Supreme Court Clears Way for Cap-and-Trade Rulemaking
By Staff Writers, POWERnews, Oct 5, 2011

Review of Recent Scientific Articles by NIPCC
For a full list of articles see

Getting Back to Basics: Atmospheric Blocking
Reference: Scaife, A.A., Wollings, T., Knight, J., Martin G. and Hinton, T. 2010. Atmospheric blocking and mean biases in climate models. Journal of Climate 23: 6143-6152.

A Ray of Light Cutting Through the Dark Pall of Flood Damages
Reference: Gong, G.-C., Liu, K.-K., Chiang, K.-P., Hsiung, T.-M., Chang, J., Chen, C.-C., Hung, C.-C., Chou, W.-C., Chung, C.-C., Chen, H.-Y., Shiah, F.K., Tsai, A.-Y., Hsieh, C.-h., Shiao, J.-C., Tseng, C.-M., Hsu, S.-C., Lee, H.-J., Lee, M.-A., Lin, I-I and Tsai, F. 2011. Yangtze River floods enhance coastal ocean phytoplankton biomass and potential fish production. Geophysical Research Letters 38: 10.1029/2011GL047519.

Warming of the Tropical Upper Troposphere
Reference: Fu, Q., Manabe, S. and Johanson, C.M. 2011. On the warming in the tropical upper troposphere: Models versus observations. Geophysical Research Letters 38: 10.1029/2011GL048101.
"Fu et al. state that in addition to greatly overestimating the tropical surface temperature trend, "it is evident that the AR4 GCMs exaggerate the increase in static stability between [the] tropical middle and upper troposphere during the last three decades," which findings do not bode well for the climate-modeling enterprise that is the foundational basis of the IPCC's unsupported claims of CO2-induced climate change."

The Effects of Climate Change on Infectious Diseases
Reference: Rohr, J.R., Dobson, A.P., Johnson, P.T.J., Kilpatrick, A.M., Paull, S.H., Raffel, T.R., Ruiz-Moreno, D. and Thomas, M.B. 2011. Frontiers in climate change-disease research. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 26: 270-277.
Health, Energy, and Climate
Malaria Declines Despite Local Warming
By Patrick Michaels, World Climate Report, Oct 3, 2011

WHO warns on urban air pollution
By Staff Writers, WNN, 28 September 2011
[SEPP Comment: Based on the chart on air born particles, the US. Australian, and New Zealand urban areas are the cleanest of the countries covered.]

Mosquitoes Ignore Global Warming Predictions
By James Taylor, Forbes, Oct 5, 2011

Environmental Industry
Our children are at risk
By Harry Jackson, Jr, Townhall, Oct 5, 2011
[SEPP Comment: Questioning environmental programs destructive to the economy.]

The Bloody Record of the War Against Carbon-and the Green Movement Generally
By E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D. Cornwall Alliance, Oct 3, 2011

Green groups have plenty of 'green'
By Paul Chesser, Daily Caller, Oct 6, 2011

Other Scientific News
Chemist Once Accused of 'Quasi-Science' Wins Nobel For Quasicrystal Discovery
By Rebecca Boyle, Pop Sci, Oct 5, 2011 [H/t GWPF]

Studies of universe's expansion win physics Nobel
Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess of the United States and US-Australian Brian Schmidt won the 2011 Nobel Physics Prize Tuesday for their research on supernovae, the Nobel jury said.
By Staff Writers, AP, Oct 4, 2011 [H/t Gordon Fulks]

Climate debate diminished standing of science in some quarters: Nobel Prize winner
Sunanda Creagh, The Conversation, Oct 5, 2011 [H/t Lobos Moti, The Reference Frame]
[SEPP Comment: The debate should be based on physical evidence, not political power.]

Space Observatory Provides Clues to Creation of Earth's Oceans
By Staff Writers
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 06, 2011

Other News that May Be of Interest
"Energy and Society" Course: Professor Desrochers's Model for the Academy
By Robert Bradley Jr, Master Resources, Oct 7, 2011
[SEPP Comment: Perhaps a mandatory lecture series for all employees of the EPA, and Departments of Interior and Energy.]

China rethinks air pollution reporting
By Staff Writers, UPI, Oct 4, 2011

Iran, Iraq pay $1.2 bn to battle sandstorms
By Staff Writers, AFP, Oct 3, 2011

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Friday Funny - The newest member of the Union of Concerned Scientists
By Anthony Watts, WUWT, Oct 7, 2011
[SEPP Comment: Kenji Watts, Anthony's dog, is proud to qualify and be accepted to membership to the Union of Concerned Scientists.]

Climate Change Caused Angry Runts
By Tim Wall, Discovery News, Oct 3, 2011 [H/t Marc Morano, Climate Depot]

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