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These items caught my eye – 7 June 2013

Who said environmentalism is not about the money? Despite huge funds, the alarmists are losing the infowar; Another alarmists shows a lack of scientific knowledge; OPEC under stress; Google, can we ever trust it again? Things to worry about after this inter-glacial; Supporting the Fred Hollows Foundation; Shock News From Canada – yeah, really; Bill Nye, the science guy – climatology’s living oxymoron; Burn Coal – Burn Oil, you know it makes sense. Remember to read the comments, they’re often better than the main article.

The Green Decline In Spain And Australia

Posted on June 7, 2013 by Tory Aardvark

Two new stories from Spain and Australia illustrate the continuing decline of the Man Made Global Warming political agenda and industry, in Spain the government is planning to cut the subsidies paid to renewable energy producers by 10% to 20%, while in Australia, land of the carbon tax Green NGO, The Climate Group is leaving the country because of the “unfavourable” policy environment.

In the early years of the first decade of this century to stave off Global Warming as it was called then, countries like Spain and Portugal followed the Germans and Greened their economies on the German Green subsidy model.

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How to run a really bad infowar campaign.

Posted on June 7, 2013 by Pointman

It’s perhaps a debatable opinion, but I think the main way that a lot people found out there actually was such a thing as the climate skeptic blogosphere, was that its existence was highlighted by the alarmists themselves. In the complete absence of any PR budget, it was actually the alarmists who by attacking it, inadvertently spread the word that there was an alternative narrative on offer from a small skeptic community in the blogosphere. That mistake was the shape of blunders to come.

The alarmists, like all compulsive fanatics, simply could not abide any opposition, no matter how small, sciency or obscure it was, and let’s be frank here, in the early years, those three adjectives described the skeptic community quite accurately. Innocuous though it was, they just couldn’t leave it be and had to go after it, because that’s the elemental nature of fanatics.

Though a lone and solitary voice in the wilderness, it was still opposition and therefore had to be closed down. They felt obliged to crush the last one percent of resistance but in seeking to eliminate it, simply gave it a heightened profile, which it otherwise might never have had. Every attack led potential dissenters to skeptic sites, and nowadays the skeptic sites have grown and matured, eclipsing and burning brighter than the alarmist ones, who despite desperately talking up their falling hit numbers, are slowly shrivelling down into burnt out brown dwarves.

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Marshalling the most bizarre arguments

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 by The Bishop

This TED talk by American Meteorological Society president Marshall Shepherd is hilarious. You might have expected the big man to marshal some of the most powerful and incisive arguments around. Instead, El Pres cites what he calls “The Hockey Stick”, but is actually the Marcott paper: you remember, the one with what the authors diplomatically call a “non-robust” blade (critics are much, much ruder).

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Will The OPEC Cartel Break Up?

Posted on June 7, 2013 by Climate Change Sanity

Because the OPEC cartel provides about 40% of the world’s crude oil, it has been able to control the crude oil price. Its members meet and set the amount of crude they will produce for sale opposite the forecast world demand. They can reduce or increase production to raise or lower prices. Other major crude producers outside of OPEC have been able to sell all their crude oil but acting independently are unable to displace OPEC’s role as the selling price arbiter.

As you would expect, OPEC wants the price to be high but recognizes that if they set it too high, demand will drop and competitors will be encouraged to prospect for more crude. Within OPEC, the members have their own issues that make setting the production levels and thus the price, not easy. However, Saudi Arabia, currently the world’s largest producer of crude oil, is said to be the primary voice in this process.

When the OPEC members meet, as they did on May 31st, to set the production level/price, one big factor was how much of their government’s budget is derived from the oil revenues. And what is the price of crude oil that makes that budget whole? The graph below, from the American Interest’s posting “OPEC Sweats: How Low Can Oil Prices Go?” illustrates the price needed to balance their government’s budget:

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Delusional: Google’s Eric Schmidt Claims Media Help Climate Skeptic ‘Liars’

Posted on June 7, 2013 by Matthew Sheffield

Matthew Sheffield

Matthew Sheffield

In a bizarre speech, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt (pictured) blasted the news media, saying reporters “don’t believe in facts” when it comes to their coverage of the discussion over whether or not humans are increasing the Earth’s temperature.

But Schmidt was not talking about the fact that the Earth’s median temperature has not increased in over 10 years or that the Earth has experienced ice ages when the atmospheric CO2 content was 5 times its current amount. Instead, the top Obama adviser was ranting against “liars” who do not believe in anthropogenic global warming.

Because a sufficient number of people do not buy into the climate hype, this creates inaction on the part of government, Schmidt alleged, according to a report by the technology blog The Verge.

“The media gets confused because they don’t believe in facts, and public policy people get confused because they don’t believe in innovation,” the former Google CEO is quoted as saying at an event his company sponsored called “How Green is the Internet?”

It would also appear that Schmidt sees some sort of conspiracy to prevent people from knowing the “truth” as he sees it. Such a conspiracy cannot last long, however, according to the top-dollar Obama donor:

“You can hold back knowledge, you cannot prevent it from spreading. You can lie about the effects of climate change, but eventually you’ll be seen as a liar.”

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When this interglacial ends ….

Posted on June 7, 2013 by The k2p blog

This interglacial will end.

It may take another 100 years or 5,000 or it may already have ended. From whenever the end is reckoned it could take about 4,000 years for full glacial conditions to set in.

This interglacial will end

This interglacial will end

The ice sheets will advance again. New land will be exposed as sea levels fall – up to 120m.

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Saving sight … help Fred Hollows Foundation

Posted on June 7, 2013 by pindanpost

My horticulture group has been supporting the Fred Hollows Foundation for almost a year now. Recently they phoned to advise that our funds have saved sight in at least 14 people who were once blind. If you are able, please join up and donate a few dollars each month.

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Shock News From Canada – Melting Ice Uncovers 500 Year Old Plant Remains!!

Posted on June 7, 2013 by Paul Homewood

Scientists working at a glacier on Ellesmere Island have discovered a form of moss that has been dormant under the ice for 400 years. The plants, which are amazingly still alive, have been carbon dated as far back as 1550 AD, thus proving that the glacier has been at least as small in the recent past.

Emergent growth of moss from beneath the Tear Drop Glacier, Sverdrup Pass, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut

Emergent growth of moss from beneath the Tear Drop Glacier, Sverdrup Pass, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that 16thC temperatures in the Arctic were already colder than the peak of the MWP, and therefore it seems highly likely that many older specimens will still be buried much further up the glacier.

Apparently nobody told them about hockey sticks!

The paper by Catherine LaFarge et al is below.

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Bill Nye: The Red Car

Posted on June 7, 2013 by The Dusty Thanes

BMW red car


Introducing red car Friday!

From now on, until I get bored of it, every Friday will feature a red car, like last week’s post on the middle ages. Also, whenever I can there will be other posts too… but here is today’s red car.

Bill Nye… the science guy…. You see him here and there on the news, expounding, pontificating, telling people what they should believe and what they shouldn’t believe.

Here he is at Smithsonian magazine where the subtitle is: ‘The famous scientist cuts through the global warming noise and lays out the facts.’

And by the way, if you go watch it (embedding wasn’t working for some reason.) the bottles are absolutely nothing like our atmosphere with its many, barely understood equilibration systems. It is a horrible example.

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Why Fossil Fuels Improve the Planet

Posted on June 6, 2013 by Donna Laframboise

Donna Laframboise


A free, shortish book defends – and celebrates – oil and coal.

Alex Epstein gave a presentation at Vassar College recently about the importance of fossil fuels in our daily lives. The Vassar Greens student group responded by accusing him of being racist and sexist (see the e-mail reproduced here).

Young people attending liberal arts colleges apparently have a Book of Bad Words. Whenever someone says anything that conflicts with their lamentably predictable worldview they reach into that book and fling those words around willy-nilly.

Who needs evidence? Who needs to be contextually relevant? You’re evil. We hate you. It stands to reason you must be racist and sexist, too.

Such is the quality of thinking that $60,000 annually in tuition and other academic fees now purchases.

Unlike his close-minded campus critics, I’ve actually read Epstein’s book. It’s called Fossil Fuels Improve the Planet. A lovely-on-an-iPad PDF edition – as well as an ePub version – may be downloaded here for free.

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