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These items caught my eye – 4 August 2013

1: Thank You, George Mitchell, For Fracking; 2: We could soon be paying billions for this wind back-up; 3: Free energy breakthrough? Holy grail of water splitting technology now achieved with sunlight, mirrors and seawater; 4: “What a bloody mess” … BoM data; 5: Biologists spreading misinformation: hybridization with grizzlies not due to polar bears moving inland; 6: Lewandowsky: Backdating; 7: Regulatory Creep; 8: Long Term Central England Temperature Trends; 9: Blam! Blam! Willis Eschenbach takes a scattergun to solar-temperature datasets.; 10: Rosema et al: Global cooling of Earth’s surface since 1982; Please remember to read the comments, as the information (and the links) contained in them often put the main article into context..
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Thank You, George Mitchell, For Fracking

Posted on August 1, 2013 by papundits

By Katie Tubb ~

George P. Mitchell passed away on Friday, July 26, leaving behind a legacy as the man who unlocked America’s vast oil and natural gas shale resources.

Born into a poor family, Mitchell wasn’t handed success. Having emigrated from Greece, his parents, Savvas and Katina, stressed the importance of hard work and an education. Mitchell paid his way through Texas A&M and served in the Army Corps of Engineers before starting an oil drilling business with his brother in Texas. Never would Savvas and Katina have believed their son George would turn the company into one of Texas’s best or that his hard work and risks would make him a billionaire philanthropist.

But no one expected Mitchell to reshape the energy outlook of a nation.

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We could soon be paying billions for this wind back-up

Posted on 3 Aug 2013 by Christopher Booker

The National Grid’s latest plan is taking off into the weirdest scheme yet, thanks to our politicians’ obsession with wind turbines.

Occasionally, one comes across a story so mind-blowingly unexpected and out-of-left-field that it seems hard for readers to take on board that it is true. Such is the story I first reported here last month, under the heading, “Our lights will stay on, but it’ll cost us a fortune”, about the scheme being devised by the National Grid to solve what has long been the most intractable problem created by the Government’s plan to see the best part of £110 billion spent in seven years on building tens of thousands more wind turbines – namely, how to keep our national grid “balanced” when it has to cope with all those unpredictably wild fluctuations in the speed of the wind.

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Free energy breakthrough? Holy grail of water splitting technology now achieved with sunlight, mirrors and seawater

Posted on August 4, 2013 by Ken McMurtrie

Free energy breakthrough? Holy grail of water splitting technology now achieved with sunlight, mirrors and seawater

Free Energy is high up on my list of interests and global energy resource.

The processing and eventual production of electrical energy is, of course, not free of costs, but it is certainly free of pollution and is 100% sustainable. Even though the author of this ‘Natural News‘ article suggests using the hydrogen for a more productive fusion process, there would be no necessity to go there, if we accept pollution free burning and steam turbine generators as adequate. Going ‘there’ involves incredible heat processes and, not sure about this but, ionising radiation?.

From Mike Adams, discussion on some hope for a cleaner future:

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“What a bloody mess” … BoM data

Posted on August 4, 2013 by pindanpost

There has been so much mis-reporting and forecasting misses from Australia’s BoM, it’s a wonder more wasn’t made of the most famous Climategate e-mail, from a file called ‘Harry Readme’. Not a wonder really, the media were so shilling for global warming, they could not see the data for the dollar signs. The data? Now, that’s a good question: “What a bloody mess” …

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Biologists spreading misinformation: hybridization with grizzlies not due to polar bears moving inland

Posted on August 3, 2013 by polar bear science

A paper published last week in the journal Science, written by a team of biologists and atmospheric scientists, expounds on a possible dire future for a range of Arctic animals. It’s called, “Ecological consequences of sea-ice decline” and surprisingly, polar bears are discussed only briefly.

However, with the inclusion of one short sentence, the paper manages to perpetuate misinformation on grizzly/polar bear hybridization that first appeared in a commentary essay three years ago in Nature (Kelly et al. 2010)1. The Post et al. 2013 missive contains this astonishing statement (repeated by a Canadian Press news report):

“Hybridization between polar bears and grizzly bears may be the result of increasing inland presence of polar bears as a result of a prolonged ice-free season.”

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Lewandowsky: Backdating

Posted on August 3, 2013 by Shub Niggurath

Steve McIntyre has a post on the Lewandowsky affair. It is a key one and a summary might be useful.

The notorious ‘Fury’ paper from the Lewandowsky group is in chronic ‘temporary withdrawal’¹. The ‘Moon’ paper has data issues that invalidate the paper.

When questioned how he reported on skeptics in the Moon paper without surveying them, Lewandowsky said he had asked skeptics in 2010 to host the survey. He didn’t say who they were.

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Regulatory Creep

Posted on August 3, 2013 by Jeff Condon

The Environmental Protection Agency of the United States is one of the largest and most draconian governmental organizations on the planet. Under Obama, it has also become one of the most powerful. The ability to regulate CO2 as a pollutant, being one of the chief new results of Obama’s already horrific presidency. The problem with the EPA is that those in charge GAIN power by adding regulation. Their funding is directly related to the ability to say NO to any citizen for whatever reason. If you want to build a house, and the EPA has declared some feature of your property as protected, they get to say NO. They also then need to monitor that “feature” of your property which requires funding and resources.

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Long Term Central England Temperature Trends

Posted on August 3, 2013 by Paul Homewood

Long Term Central England Temperature Trends

Long Term Central England Temperature Trends

Attention is often focussed on the late 20thC increase in CET, which is in turn linked to IPCC claims that this was when global warming began in earnest. This argument, of course, rather falls flat on its face with the rapid decline in CET since 2006.

However, we need to ask ourselves, is it appropriate to look at temperature trends over such a short period of time? Global temperatures are affected by the AMO, or Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, a totally natural phenomenon which runs on a cycle of about 50 – 60 years. The AMO has been in the warm phase since the mid 1990s, but has actually been recovering from the bottom of its cold phase since the mid 1970s.

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Blam! Blam! Willis Eschenbach takes a scattergun to solar-temperature datasets.

Posted on August 3, 2013 by tallbloke

WUWT’s resident cowboy-turned-climate-expert WIllis Eschenbach responded to a comment I recently made on his thread ‘Cycles Without the Mania’, where he set out to prove a negative – that the rest of the Solar system can’t have any effect on the Sun, and thereby, Earth’s climate systems. It was a followup riposte to Nicola’ Scafetta’s latest paper, under discussion here at the Talkshop.

This was my comment:

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Rosema et al: Global cooling of Earth’s surface since 1982

Posted on August 3, 2013 by tallbloke

A very interesting paper published in Energy and Environment has found that the Earth’s actual surface (as opposed to the air temperature 1.5-2m above it) has been cooling since at least 1982, according to data from the European METEOSAT satellite observation platform, which is in a geostationary orbit above the equator on the Greenwich Meridian. The authors think this is due to increased cloudiness. They point out that the UAH satellite data processed by John Christy also showed a cooling of the troposphere in the 1980′s until ‘adjustments’ were applied to the original computations. It’s a very readable paper, reprinted from the E&E Journal, available here.

Rosema et al: Global cooling of Earth’s surface since 1982

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