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These items caught my eye – 30 May 2013

EPA to be forced to justify its position?; Greens advocate shooting themselves in the foot; What’s a ‘climate denier’?; Sustainability – another weasel word; Mini Ice Age coming – don’t panic, don’t panic; With enough coal to last 300 years, why are we leaving it in the ground?; Consensus? – what consensus?; Resilient – a new weasel word; Science makes a mockery of climate alarmists, again; EU not happy with German subsidies – neither are we.

Please remember to read the comments, as the information (and the links) contained in them often put the main article into context.. If you follow a site that is, maybe, a bit off the beaten track and think it would be of interest, please contact me and I’ll take a look.
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How Will EPA Tilt at Daubert?

Posted on May 29, 2013 by evilincandescentbulb

In The Supreme Court of the United States
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Amici believe that no scientists have devised an empirically validated theory proving that higher atmospheric CO2 levels will lead to higher GAST [global average surface temperature]. Moreover, if the causal link between higher atmospheric CO2 concentrations and higher GAST is broken by invalidating each of EPA’s three lines of evidence, then EPA’s assertions that higher CO2 concentrations also cause sea-level increases and more frequent and severe storms, floods, and droughts are also disproved.

Such causality assertions require a validated theory that higher atmospheric CO2 concentrations cause increases in GAST. Lacking such a validated theory, EPA’s conclusions cannot stand. In science, credible empirical data always trumps proposed theories, even if those theories are claimed to (or actually do) represent the current consensus.

[Southeastern Legal Foundation, Inc., et al., Petitioners, v. Environmental Protection Agency, et al., On Petition for a Writ Of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the District Of Columbia Circuit, Brief of Amici Curiae Scientists In Support of The Petitions For Certiorari, USSC: Nos. 12-1268, 12-1269, 12-1272]

What will the U.S. Supreme Court do? Looking to the merits of the case about global warming and the case against EPA, from a legal perspective we must consider the poor dumb schlub factor that mercifully has been incorporated into modern rules evidence (i.e., the Daubert standard), as follows:

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Green Energy Unicorns

Posted on May 29, 2013 by Donna Laframboise

Donna Laframboise

Donna
Laframboise

Everywhere it has been tried, green energy is costly, unreliable & financially unsustainable over the long term. Here’s a reading list for those still in doubt.

I’ve recently been writing about the fossil fuel divestment movement which, according to some accounts, is “sweeping” US college campuses. In the opinion of the idealistic young activists involved in this movement, fossil fuels are passé.

“It’s time for a new age of renewables” they declare. College endowment funds should invest in “renewable energies” instead.

Why do we hold on so firmly to green fantasies? Why won’t we admit that currently available renewable energy sources don’t measure up?

This past March, the chief investment officer for California’s state pension plan called investments in clean technology “a noble way to lose money.” It’s possible, he acknowledged, that some of these investments might turn out to be profitable on a timescale of a decade or more. But his experience so far is that investing in clean tech is fraught with problems.

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Three Positive Ways to Counter Climate Denial

Posted on May 29, 2013 by manicbeancounter

Anyone who reads this blog will know that I am deeply sceptical of the whole global warming scare. That stems from trying to compare and contrast the arguments through understanding different positions. One element I found coming to the fore is trying to shut down any criticism by maligning of opponents through untruths, derogatory comments and questioning of motives. A recent example of is Paul Syvrets’ attack on Jo Nova, a Vince Whirlwind’s follow up to my comment.

Suppose for one moment that alarmists of being on the side of science, and hold the fundamental truth about the coming apocalypse unless the human race repents of its evil ways. As climate science is based on public relations, I would suggest that the whole approach of attacking opponents and shutting them out of the media is a PR disaster. Tell somebody they are wrong and smearing them will get their backs up and help persuade others you are not on the side of truth. Now scientific models are too difficult for the lay public to understand, and outputs ambiguous to the uninitiated.

Let me suggest three, very positive, ways of winning over people from the “false prophets of climate denial”.

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Forget sustainability – it’s about resilience

Posted on May 29, 2013 by Judith Curry

The concept of resilience encourages us to ask a different set of questions about the way we manage our resources-and therefore ourselves. – Brian Walker

A universal definition of sustainability is elusive – the Wikipedia article provides some definitions and history.

A few months ago, Andrew Zolli wrote a provocative article in the NYTimes entitled Learning to bounce back. Some excerpts:

FOR decades, people who concern themselves with the world’s “wicked problems” — interconnected issues like environmental degradation, poverty, food security and climate change — have marched together under the banner of “sustainability”: the idea that with the right mix of incentives, technology substitutions and social change, humanity might finally achieve a lasting equilibrium with our planet, and with one another.

Yet today, precisely because the world is so increasingly out of balance, the sustainability regime is being quietly challenged, not from without, but from within. Among a growing number of scientists, social innovators, community leaders, non-governmental organizations, philanthropies, governments and corporations, a new dialogue is emerging around a new idea, resilience: how to help vulnerable people, organizations and systems persist, perhaps even thrive, amid unforeseeable disruptions. Where sustainability aims to put the world back into balance, resilience looks for ways to manage in an imbalanced world.

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To The Horror Of Global Warming Alarmists, Global Cooling Is Here

Posted on May 26, 2013 by Peter Ferrara

Ice Age Earth

Ice Age Earth

Around 1250 A.D., historical records show, ice packs began showing up farther south in the North Atlantic. Glaciers also began expanding on Greenland, soon to threaten Norse settlements on the island. From 1275 to 1300 A.D., glaciers began expanding more broadly, according to radiocarbon dating of plants killed by the glacier growth. The period known today as the Little Ice Age was just starting to poke through.

Summers began cooling in Northern Europe after 1300 A.D., negatively impacting growing seasons, as reflected in the Great Famine of 1315 to 1317. Expanding glaciers and ice cover spreading across Greenland began driving the Norse settlers out. The last, surviving, written records of the Norse Greenland settlements, which had persisted for centuries, concern a marriage in 1408 A.D. in the church of Hvalsey, today the best preserved Norse ruin.

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the good coal story … ‘tanked up and ready to roll’

Posted on May 30, 2013 by pindanpost

Sasol's plant, Secunda

Sasol’s plant, Secunda

Converting coal to liquid fuels is an old but expensive task. China, though is well on the way to a positive outcome in the technology, says David Archibald:

David Archibald

China puts a tiger in its tank

While the West hobbles its economy and security with carbon taxes and eco hysteria, the signs are growing that the Middle Kingdom is pursuing a major undertaking to convert coal to liquid fuels. If push ever comes to shove, guess whose forces will be tanked up and ready to roll? More…

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the climate consensus’ last gasp …

Posted on May 30, 2013 by pindanpost

The floodgates are opening, climate science is a ‘bust’. About time too. Is it a failure to communicate, or faulty climate science?

Guest essay by Steve Goreham

Originally published in The Washington Times.

Earlier this month, a New York Times article by Andy Revkin voiced concern over a gap between “the consensus” of climate scientists and public acceptance of the theory of human-caused global warming. Revkin pointed to a study published in April by Dr. John Cook and other researchers, which claimed that 97 percent of scientific papers over the last decade “endorsed the consensus” of man-made warming. But is it a failure to communicate the science to the public, or a case of bad science?

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Crisis of the week: the biosphere … new “Statement” percolated, circulated and endorsed

Posted on May 29, 2013 by The View From Here

Courtesy of today’s edition of Nature magazine:

Getting the word out on biosphere crisis [link is to ReadCube’s freebie preview -hro]

A landmark statement released last week, formulated from a review published in Nature last year, illustrates how effectively and rapidly bridges can be built between science and society. The review suggested that human influence may be forcing the global ecosystem towards a rapid, irreversible, planetary-scale shift.

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Oh-Oh!!! Guess What Else They Were Wrong About? CO2 Budget!!!

Posted on May 29, 2013 by suyts

There’s a new study out, and, once again, science makes a mockery of climate alarmists.

Amazon River exhales virtually all carbon taken up by rain forest

You see, the nutters believed that the Amazon jungle was important because it sucked up a lot of our CO2 and then it just kept it or eventually sank to the bottom of the oceans. So, without it, we’d all burn in a fiery CO2 induced hell!

Let’s consider all of the lunatics proclamations about the earth’s CO2 budget and the atmospheric levels etc…. Turns out, there were wrong about how much was natural, how much was getting sequestered, and how much was anthropogenic.

The Amazon rain forest, popularly known as the lungs of the planet, inhales carbon dioxide as it exudes oxygen. Plants use carbon dioxide from the air to grow parts that eventually fall to the ground to decompose or get washed away by the region’s plentiful rainfall.

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Günther Oettinger: Unfair energy subsidy to German business

Posted on May 30, 2013 by tallbloke

From Der Speigel

Günther Oettinger: Unfair energy subsidy to German business

Günther Oettinger

The audience was small and exclusive, which helps explain why little has emerged thus far of what European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger said at the Hotel Stanhope in Brussels on May 6. It was enough to cause something of a stir among his listeners.

For the European Commission and for Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia, Oettinger said during a dinner event, it is clear that price concessions for energy-intensive companies in Germany amount to an inadmissible subsidy. In the best-case scenario, he said, the Commission would ban such subsidies. But, he added, the worst case could see Brussels demanding that such companies pay back the money they had saved as a result of the discounts they have received.

Competitors and neighboring countries had filed an official complaint about these benefits with the European Commission, prompting the EU competition authority to launch an investigation. The German commissioner had sought to assure industry representatives that the process was only just beginning and that the outcome remained unclear.

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