Friday, April 30, 2010

Australian Government Puts Emissions on Back Burner

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Rudd Government has put off indefinitely a Senate vote, which was due next month, on its emissions scheme. Last December the Senate rejected the trading scheme for a second time. The opposition and the Greens were combining to fight a third attempt. The latest delay means that the Government is running out of time to pass the scheme in time for its start date of July 1, 2011. A spokesman representing investment banks, including Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank, expressed disappointment over the postponement.

http://www.smh.com.au/environment/emissions-put-on-back-burner-20100426-tnc6.html

Cash from EU Green Plan to Fund Coal Plants

Cash from EU Green Plan to Fund Coal Plants
Documents leaked to The Independent suggest that European countries will be able to use money from an EU emissions-reduction scheme to build new coal-fired power plants. This bizarre situation arises from concessions made to new and poorer EU states such as Poland when the EU was drawing up its "20-20-20" regime (cut emissions by 20% and secure 20% of energy from renewable sources by 2020.) After 2013, 100% of emissions permits across Europe will be sold, generating enormous revenues (e.g., £40 billion from the UK alone by 2020). According to the leaked papers, some of these funds could be used to provide up to 15% of the costs of "highly-efficient CCS-ready power plants."

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/cash-from-eu-green-plan-to-fund-dirty-coal-plants-1955125.html

German Chancellor Abandons Aim of Binding Climate Agreement

German Chancellor Abandons Aim of Binding Climate Agreement
Der Spiegel Online reports that, frustrated by outcome of the Copenhagen conference last December, Chancellor Angela Merkel is quietly moving away from her goal of a binding agreement limiting climate change to 2ºC. She has also signaled at the EU level that she no longer supports Europe going it alone. The Chancellor realizes the limits of Germany's influence after China and India refused to agree to curb their emissions. The Spiegel article contains some quotes from a heated, three-way argument in Copenhagen.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,691194,00.html

Scandal: Obama, Gore, Goldman, Joyce Foundation CCX partners to fleece USA

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Lyin' for Climate Indoctrination

Oxburgh Report Released

After three weeks of work, the international panel headed by Lord Oxburgh to examine the research at the Climatic Research Unit submitted its five-page report to the University of East Anglia on April 12. Among its conclusions, the panel found no evidence of deliberate scientific malpractice at the CRU, but was surprised by lack of involvement by professional statisticians in an area (temperature data) that depends so heavily on statistical methods. In the second link Stephen McIntyre critiques the Oxburgh report calling it "flimsy and embarrassing," and in the third the Vice-Chancellor of the UEA calls the report "a great relief." The fourth link describes the views of Prof. David Hand, a member of the panel and head of the Royal Statistical Society, on the hockey stick graph.


http://www.uea.ac.uk/mac/comm/media/press/CRUstatements/Report+of+the+Science+Assessment+Panel

http://www.thegwpf.org/opinion-pros-a-cons/815-stephen-mcintyre-oxburghs-trick-to-hide-the-trick.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/climatechange/7589715/Climategate-scientists-criticised-for-not-using-best-statistical-tools.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/climatechange/7589897/Hockey-stick-graph-was-exaggerated.html

UN's Climate Bible Gets 21 "F"s on Report Card

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The UN’s last, desperate bid for unelected world government

he atmospheric concentration of CO2 today is about 388 parts per million by volume. However, we are adding just 2 ppmv a year to the air. So the warming we cause each year, even if one believes the UN’s wild exaggerations of CO2’s warming effect, is just 4.7 times the natural logarithm of the proportionate increase in CO2 concentration from 388 to 390 ppmv.

Thus, 4.7 ln(390/388) = 0.043 Fahrenheit degrees – less than a twentieth of a Fahrenheit degree of “global warming” every year. That is all. Putting it another way, it would take almost a quarter of a century with no carbon-emitting activity at all – not a single train, plane, automobile, or fossil-fueled power station – to forestall just 1 Fahrenheit degree of “global warming”.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The miracle of CO2.

Dam letter

Mr. Ryan DeVries
2088 Dagget
Pierson, MI 49339
SUBJECT: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20;

Site Location: Montcalm County

Dear Mr. DeVries:

It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental Quality
that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above referenced
parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal landowner
and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity:

Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet
stream of Spring Pond.

A permit must be issued prior to the start of this type of activity. A
review of the Department's files shows that no permits have been issued.

Therefore, the Department has determined that this activity is in
violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource
and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994,
being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Michigan Compiled Laws
annotated.

The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially
failed during a recent rain event, causing debris and flooding at
downstream locations. We find that dams of this nature are inherently
hazardous and cannot be permitted.

The Department therefore orders you to cease and desist all activities
at this location, and to restore the stream to a free-flow condition by
removing all wood and brush forming the dams from the stream channel.
All restoration work shall be completed no later than January 31, 2002.

Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so
that a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff. Failure
to comply with this request or any further unauthorized activity on the
site may result in this case being referred for elevated enforcement
action.

We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this matter.
Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
David L. Price
District Representative
Land and Water Management Division
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

RESPONSE:

Dear Mr. Price,

Re: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20;
Montcalm County

Reference your certified letter dated 12/17/2000 has been referred to me
to respond to. First of all, Mr. Ryan De Vries is not the legal
landowner and/or contractor at 2088 Dagget, Pierson, Michigan.

I am the legal owner and a couple of beavers are in the (State
unauthorized) process of constructing and maintaining two wood "debris"
dams across the outlet stream of my Spring Pond.

While I did not pay for, authorize, nor supervise their dam project, I
think they would be highly offended that you call their skillful use of
natural building materials "debris." I would like to challenge your
department to attempt to emulate their dam project any time and/or any
place you choose. I believe I can safely state there is no way you could
ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam
ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their
dam work ethic.

As to your request, I do not think the beavers are aware that they must
first fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam
activity. My first dam question to you is:
(1) Are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers? or,
(2) do you require all beavers throughout this State to conform to said
dam request?

If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, through
the Freedom of Information Act I request completed copies of all those
other applicable beaver dam permits that have been issued. Perhaps we
will see if there really is a dam violation of P! art 301, Inland Lakes
and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act,
Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.3010,1 to
324.30113 of the Michigan Compiled Laws, annotated. I have several
concerns. My first concern is aren't the beavers entitled to legal
representation?

The Spring Pond Beavers are financially destitute and are unable to pay
for said representation - so the State will have to provide them with a
lawyer.

The Department's dam concern that either one or both of the dams failed
during a recent rain event causing flooding is proof that this is a
natural occurrence, which the Department is required to protect. In
other words, we should leave the Spring Pond Beavers alone rather than
harrass them and call their dam names. If you want the stream "restored"
to a dam free-flow condition - please contact the beavers - but if you
are going to arrest them they obviously did not pay any attention to
your dam letter (being unable to read English).

In my humble ! opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to build
their unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green
and water flows downstream. They have more dam right than I do to live
and enjoy Spring Pond. If the Department of Natural Resources and
Environmental Protection lives up to its name, it should protect the
natural resources
(Beavers) and the environment (Beavers' Dams).

So, as far as the beavers and I are concerned, this dam case can be
referred for more elevated enforcement action right now. Why wait until
1/31/2002 The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice then, and
there will be no way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them
then.

In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention a real
environmental quality (health) problem in the area. It is the bears.
Bears are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you
should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the beavers alone.

If you are going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your step! (The
bears are not careful where they dump!)

Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to
contact you on your answering machine, I am sending this response to
your office via another government organization - the USPS. Maybe,
someday, it will get there.

Sincerely,
Stephen L. Tvedten
The University of Texas at: Austin
Office Community Relations/Accounting unit
P.O. Box 7367
Austin, TX 78713

Circling the Bandwagons

Global Warming's Unscientific Message

An editorial in the Washington Times describes Ross McKitrick's efforts to publish a scientific paper that documents a fundamental error in the IPCC's 2007 report. This error involved adjusting global surface temperature readings to get a higher temperature change. However, Dr. McKitrick's efforts to have the paper published by the journals Science, Nature and the the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society were rejected. However, the paper will appear in a forthcoming edition of Statistics, Politics and Policy.



http://pielkeclimatesci.wordpress.com/2010/04/06/comments-on-circling-the-bandwagonsmy-adventures-correcting-the-ipcc-by-ross-mckitrick/

Monday, April 5, 2010

Democrats are the Birthers.

It’s been almost exactly 18 months since Philip J. Berg, a Pennsylvania lawyer and Hillary Clinton supporter, filed a lawsuit demanding that his state keep Barack Obama off the presidential ballot until he provided satisfactory proof that he was born in America — something Berg said Obama couldn’t do. Today Berg appeared at CPAC, handing out a leaflet promoting his ObamaCrimes website (it argues that the president is a “citizen of Indonesia”) and seeking out reporters to promote his case.

I stumbled upon Berg as a Belgian TV station gave him a pretty polite and short interview — anyone’s guess whether they were genuinely curious or whether they were humoring him so they could move on. But as he spoke, Berg drew some more onlookers, including another reporter who taped the interview and gushed about what a fan he was of Berg’s work.

“These are people who really support this particular issue,” said Berg of the CPAC crowd. “This issue transcends party lines.”

A Superstorm for Global Warming Research

Germany:
In Spiegel Online International, Marco Evers, Olaf Stampf and Gerald Traufetter have produced a well-researched eight-part essay: (1) A Superstorm for Global Warming Research, (2) Politically Charged Science, (3) A Climate Rebel Takes on the Establishment, (4) The Smoking Gun of Climatology, (5) The Reality of Rising Sea Levels, (6) The Myth of the Monster Storm, (7) Climate Change's Winners and Losers, and (8) The Invention of the Two-Degree Target. Each part of the essay is approximately one page in length.

The Telegraph's James Delingpole writes that when the Germans give up on AGW you really know it's over.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,686697,00.html
Germany: A Superstorm for Global Warming Research
In Spiegel Online International, Marco Evers, Olaf Stampf and Gerald Traufetter have produced a well-researched eight-part essay: (1) A Superstorm for Global Warming Research, (2) Politically Charged Science, (3) A Climate Rebel Takes on the Establishment, (4) The Smoking Gun of Climatology, (5) The Reality of Rising Sea Levels, (6) The Myth of the Monster Storm, (7) Climate Change's Winners and Losers, and (8) The Invention of the Two-Degree Target. Each part of the essay is approximately one page in length.

The Telegraph's James Delingpole writes that when the Germans give up on AGW you really know it's over.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,686697,00.html
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100032460/when-the-germans-give-up-on-agw-you-really-do-know-its-all-over/

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Groupthink

Groupthink is a concept that was identified by Irving Janis9 that refers to faulty decision-making in a group. Groups experiencing groupthink do not consider all alternatives and they desire unanimity at the expense of quality decisions. Learn more about groupthink and then complete the interactive exercise at the end of the discussion.
Conditions Groupthink occurs when groups are highly cohesive and when they are under considerable pressure to make a quality decision.
Negative outcomes Some negative outcomes of groupthink include:
  • Examining few alternatives
  • Not being critical of each other's ideas
  • Not examining early alternatives
  • Not seeking expert opinion
  • Being highly selective in gathering information
  • Not having contingency plans
Symptoms Some symptoms of groupthink are:
  • Having an illusion of invulnerability
  • Rationalizing poor decisions
  • Believing in the group's morality
  • Sharing stereotypes which guide the decision
  • Exercising direct pressure on others
  • Not expressing your true feelings
  • Maintaining an illusion of unanimity
  • Using mindguards to protect the group from negative information
Solutions Some solutions include:
  • Using a policy-forming group which reports to the larger group
  • Having leaders remain impartial
  • Using different policy groups for different tasks
  • Dividing into groups and then discuss differences
  • Discussing within sub-groups and then report back
  • Using outside experts
  • Using a Devil's advocate to question all the group's ideas
  • Holding a "second-chance meeting" to offer one last opportunity to choose another course of action

CLIMATEGATE II - U.S.A. VERSION