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These items caught my eye – 31 July 2013

1: Shale gas, tax breaks and coalition tensions; 2: Saudi Prince: Fracking Is Threat To Kingdom; 3: Peer Review Falters at the Altar of Conviction; 4: Which Was The Hottest Year In Ohio?; 5: Will the Cost of the Climate Wars be the BBC’s Integrity?; 6: Smart Meters – Welcome to a brave new world WITHOUT privacy; 7: growth in Arctic ice from over 40 years ago …; 8: Society of Environmental Journalists … lockstep in an appalling beat of bias?; 9: Europe is paying the price for its infatuation with renewable energy; 10: Warren Pearce: Are climate sceptics the real champions of the scientific method?
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Shale gas, tax breaks and coalition tensions

Posted on July 27, 2013 by Peter Glover

On July 19th, the UK Government finally fired the “tax break” gun that is likely to attract significant private investment and massively boost the tantalising economic prospect of extracting the bonanza of shale gas that the British Geological Survey (BGS) says may well sit beneath Britain’s green and pleasant land.

Above all, the Treasury announcement of “the world’s most generous tax breaks” for further exploration is a victory for George Osborne’s (Conservative) Treasury over months of foot-dragging by the (Liberal Democrat) Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) – despite the latter’s protestations to the contrary.

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Saudi Prince: Fracking Is Threat To Kingdom

Posted on 29 July 2013 by Sky News

A Saudi prince has warned that his oil-reliant nation is under threat because of fracking technology being developed elsewhere around the world.

Billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said the Gulf Arab kingdom needed to reduce its reliance on crude oil and diversify its revenues.

His warning comes as rising shale energy supplies in the United States cut global demand for Saudi oil.

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Peer Review Falters at the Altar of Conviction

Posted on July 31st, 2013 by Jennifer Marohasy

IT is perhaps easier to build the Great Wall of China than to convince a global warming devotee to reconsider their mistaken faith.

A man with a conviction is a hard man to change. Tell him you disagree and he turns away. Show him facts or figures and he questions your sources. Appeal to logic and he fails to see your point. So wrote, American social psychologist Leon Festinger in 1956.Bob on the wall

The human brain often struggles to discern fact from fiction, and even the cleverest scientist is susceptible to their own convictions. So if modern climate science is to provide a better understanding of how the dynamic, real-world forces that create weather and climate operate, rather than simply supporting the popular theory of dangerous global warming, then some discipline will be required.

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Which Was The Hottest Year In Ohio?

Posted on July 31, 2013 by Paul Homewood

According to NCDC, last year was the hottest on record in Ohio, tying with 1998 at 54.1F. The next hottest year was 1921 at 53.8F.

This is all very strange, because, according to the original state climatological reports, the annual temperature in 1921 averaged 54.6F.

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Will the Cost of the Climate Wars be the BBC’s Integrity?

Posted on July 31, 2013 by Anthony Watts

Guest essay by Jim Steele, Director emeritus Sierra Nevada Field Campus, San Francisco State University.

On July 29, 2013 the BBC’s Hardtalk journalist Stephen Sackur wrote “The Alaskan village set to disappear under water in a decade.” He opened the story with “within a decade Kivalina is likely to be under water. Gone, forever. Remembered – if at all – as the birthplace of America’s first climate change refugees.” He then quotes a local who laments, “The US government imposed this Western lifestyle on us, gave us their burdens and now they expect us to pick everything up and move it ourselves. What kind of government does that?”

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Smart Meters – Welcome to a brave new world WITHOUT privacy

Posted on July 31, 2013 by Stop Smart Meters Australia

The articles linked to this post clearly demonstrate what kind of details are available to the power companies using smart meters to monitor our power usage.

It also covers some of the concerns that the public has with respect to how this data can be used such as providing a profile of a monitored household to determine whether a house is occupied or not. Refer to article here: privacy-on-the-smart-grid

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growth in Arctic ice from over 40 years ago …

Posted on July 31, 2013 by pindanpost

Steven Goddard completely blows away the ‘melting Arctic’ hype, courtesy of a National Geographic map of the ice from 1971. He shows that the alarmist ‘catastrophists’ are no more than pseudo-scientific quacks: Arctic Ice Growth Since 1971

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Society of Environmental Journalists … lockstep in an appalling beat of bias?

Posted on July 31, 2013 by The View From Here

“I am writing simply to express my support for the mission of the Society of Environmental Journalists. I am convinced that it is a worthwhile — even a necessary — organization. And in my lexicon, ‘necessary’ is one of the highest possible forms of praise.”
— Bill McKibben, author (Source)

Such glowing praise from well-known Drama Queen, Bill McKibben is somewhat at odds with the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ)’s depiction of itself as an organization whose “vision and mission” include:

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Europe is paying the price for its infatuation with renewable energy

Posted on July 30, 2013 by The k2p blog

Electricity and the price of its generation is now one of the most fundamental parameters which steers the economy and industry and ultimately the level of unemployment in any country. It ought not to be subject to the misguided whims and fancies of “feel-good” environmentalism, but for the last 2 decades much of Europe has been travelling down a cul-de-sac chasing a mirage.

Instead of just focusing on generating electricity at the lowest possible cost while keeping the air and water sufficiently clean, politicians have been lured down the renewable energy path in a fantasy of saving the world from the imaginary dragon of carbon dioxide emissions. Instead of just using wind and solar energy in the special niches they are suited to, they have been subsidised and promoted as basic generation which is a role they cannot fulfill.

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Warren Pearce: Are climate sceptics the real champions of the scientific method?

Posted on July 30, 2013 by tallbloke

Bit of a turnaround for the Guardian this. It looks like the ‘Making Science Public’ blog posts Warren Pearce has been running at Nottingham University’s website looking at Dana Nuccitelli’s ’97% consensus paper have had the opposite effect to that which Dana hoped for. Along with many other well known critics, plus Prof. Mike Hulme, I assisted in giving the 97% consensus paper ‘a bit of a kicking’.

Since climate change came to prominence in 1988, the role of scientific knowledge – especially an idea of scientific consensus – has played a starring role in the ensuing academic enquiry/political debate/trench warfare (delete as preferred).

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