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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun
Spurred by a recent article in Rolling Stone, some Baltimore television meteorologists are weighing in against global climate change -- and are drawing some criticism for it.
WBAL-TV's Tony Pann shared the article, which calls some TV meteorologists "climate crackpots", on his Facebook page. He, along with others like WMAR-TV's Mike Masco and former WMAR meteorologist Justin Berk, argue climate change is an unproven theory.
The Rolling Stone article, published Dec. 5, questions why more TV meteorologists don't agree with global warming. Its author suggests in some cases it's because of conservative station owners, or because many TV meteorologists aren't trained in climatology.
by Lord Christopher Monckton, cfact.org
Ms. Christiana Figueres, chief secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, told a press conference in Doha today that the 18th Conference of the States Parties would bring about "a complete economic transformation of the world."
La Figurehead did not have in mind a free-market transformation. The intention of these 18 annual vacations - er, serious negotiations to Save The Planet - is what it always was: to create a treaty binding more than 190 nations to do as the Secretariat says. Democracy? What's that?
Todd Stern, the U.S. lead negotiator, was similarly upbeat at his own press conference. With all the fervour of an evangelical preacher in an Alabama mega-church, he predicted that the "Doha Way Forward", following the "Bali Road-Map", the "Durban Platform", etc., would achieve a second Kyoto Protocol - a treaty that all the nations of the world would ratify.
On hearing this, the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, the only climate-skeptical environmental group recognized by the U.N., decided to design some lapel buttons showing the figure "67" - the minimum number of U.S. Senators needed to ratify a treaty. In 1997, while Al Gore was president of the Senate, it voted by 95 to nil not to accept any treaty like the Kyoto Protocol.
Though the key bureaucratic global-warming profiteers here think "progress" is at last going to be achieved, there is a subdued air among everyone else. Very few came. Copenhagen in 2009, when almost 50,000 turned up, is a distant memory.
Even the Communist-era slogans that are a wearisome feature of these conferences are less strident than usual. This year's official catchphrase is "Count me in."
The very slow, ancient, badly air-conditioned buses echoing tinnily with Arab music that ferry the plebs like us to and from the conference center have "Share The Ride - Cut The Carbon" painted on their grimy flanks. Hardly a rallying-cry to man the barricades.
The trouble is that there has not been anything like enough global warming to keep the usual suspects safe in their cushy, taxpayer-funded sinecures. My innocent amusement for today was to visit several of the side-shows organized by the usual kooks who are drawn to these conferences like quacks to colored water. At each event I asked the obvious question:
"After 16 years without global warming, how confident are you that the official predictions of doom have not been overblown?"
By Mathew Carr, bloomberg.com
Barack Obama may consider introducing a tax on carbon emissions to help cut the U.S. budget deficit after winning a second term as president, according to HSBC Holdings Plc.
A tax starting at $20 a metric ton of carbon dioxide equivalent and rising at about 6 percent a year could raise $154 billion by 2021, Nick Robins, an analyst at the bank in London, said today in an e-mailed research note, citing Congressional Research Service estimates. "Applied to the Congressional Budget Office's 2012 baseline, this would halve the fiscal deficit by 2022," Robins said.
Hurricane Sandy sparked discussion on climate protection in the election after presidential candidates focused on other debates, HSBC said. A continued Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives means Obama's scope for action will be limited, Robins said. Cap-and-trade legislation stalled in the U.S. Senate after narrowly passing the house in 2009.
North American discharges fell 1.3 percent last year amid slowing economic growth. In China, the world's biggest emitter, greenhouse gases from fuel use rose more than 9 percent in 2011, according to BP Plc (BP/) statistics published on June 13.
"Cap-and-trade has been demonized" and Obama probably won't seek to install such a program in his second term, Richard Sandor, founder of the world's biggest carbon trading exchange in Europe, said today at the presentation in London of his book titled Good Derivatives.
By Paul Chesser, nlpc.org
We've already seen Fisker Karmas spontaneously ignite in a Texas garage and a supermarket parking lot in California, which were blamed on isolated incidents.
But now the taxpayer-subsidized ($193 million) electric automaker has seen several of its $102,000+ luxury hybrids go up in smoke all at once, thanks to Hurricane Sandy.
Jalopnik.com reported Tuesday night that approximately 16 of the Karmas that were parked in Port Newark, N.J. Monday night as Hurricane Sandy approached were submerged by the storm surge. According to the Web site's unidentified source, the vehicles then "caught fire" and "exploded." Jalopnik has exclusive photos of the Karmas in which they all were thoroughly destroyed by what must have been an intense inferno.
Fisker - which was supposed to received $529 million from the Department of Energy's stimulus allocation but was shut off because its business performance shortcomings - has acknowledged the incident.
By Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian.co.uk
No mention of global warming for the first time since Congress was briefed on the threat in 1988
The Pentagon ranks it as a national security threat and, left unchecked, climate change is expected to cost the US economy billions of dollars every year - and yet it has proved the great unmentionable of this election campaign.
Amid unprecedented melting of the Arctic summer sea ice, new temperature records in the US and a historic drought, the last of three presidential debates wound up on Monday night without Barack Obama or Mitt Romney ever uttering the words climate change.
It was the first time since 1988, the year Congress was first briefed on the emerging threat by the scientist James Hansen, that there had been no mention of climate change in an election debate.
By David Rose, dailymail.co.uk
The world stopped getting warmer almost 16 years ago, according to new data released last week.
The figures, which have triggered debate among climate scientists, reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures.
This means that the 'plateau' or 'pause' in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996. Before that, temperatures had been stable or declining for about 40 years.
The new data, compiled from more than 3,000 measuring points on land and sea, was issued quietly on the internet, without any media fanfare, and, until today, it has not been reported.
This stands in sharp contrast to the release of the previous figures six months ago, which went only to the end of 2010 - a very warm year.
Ending the data then means it is possible to show a slight warming trend since 1997, but 2011 and the first eight months of 2012 were much cooler, and thus this trend is erased.
Gasoline station owners in the Los Angeles area including Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST) are beginning to shut pumps as the state's oil refiners started rationing supplies and spot prices surged to a record.
Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) stopped selling gasoline on the spot, or wholesale, market in Southern California and is allocating deliveries to customers. Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) is also rationing fuel to U.S. West Coast terminal customers. Costco's outlet in Simi Valley, 40 miles (64 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles, ran out of regular gasoline yesterday and was selling premium fuel at the price of regular.
Spot gasoline in Los Angeles has surged $1 a gallon this week to a record $1.45 a gallon premium versus gasoline futures traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange, data compiled by Bloomberg show. That's the highest level for the fuel since at least November 2007, when Bloomberg began publishing prices there. On an outright basis, the fuel has jumped to $4.3929 a gallon.
An early-season storm dumped more than a foot of snow on northwestern Minnesota on Thursday, closing schools, limiting travel, canceling a homecoming parade and snuffing out the danger from wildfires that had destroyed 11 houses in Karlstad two days earlier.
"The snow is a problem of its own, but it's been a saving grace in Karlstad," said Kittson County Sheriff Kenny Hultgren.
It was a dark and quiet grace, however, as the storm knocked out power, leaving Karlstad residents facing the prospect of no electricity at least overnight. The town's nursing home, evacuated on Tuesday as fire approached, was still closed as crews cleaning up smoke damage were limited to a backup generator. It's not expected to be reopened until Monday.
By the time the snow tapered off late Thursday, residents near Badger, southwest of Roseau, were already confronted with more than a foot. At Greenbush, 8 inches of snow forced the closing of the field office of the Interagency Fire Center that had been monitoring wildfires across northwest Minnesota.
Washington, DC - (Sep. 24) JunkScience.com announced today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been sued in federal court for conducting illegal life- and health-threatening scientific experiments on human subjects.
Based on information uncovered by JunkScience.com publisher and public health consultant Steve Milloy through the Freedom of Information Act, the nonprofit American Tradition Institute Environmental Law Center (ATI) sued EPA in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Among other things, the lawsuit asks for:
EPA to be barred from conducting illegal life-and health-threatening experiments;
a formal investigation of EPA's human experiments; and for
regulations based on the illegal experiments to be suspended pending an investigation.
"EPA has broken every law and violated every standard established since World War II and the Tuskegee syphilis experiments for the protection of human subjects in scientific experiments," said Milloy. "That EPA administrator Lisa Jackson permitted this heinous experimentation to occur under her watch shocks the conscience," Milloy added.
Thursday, 20 September 2012, 5:29 pm
Press Release: New Zealand Climate Science Coalition
20 September 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANTARCTIC ICE AREA SETS RECORD HIGH
"Day 258 of 2012 is the highest for this date since satellite scanning of Antarctic ice areas commenced 33 years ago" the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition announced today. "It is also the fifth highest daily value on record."
Coalition chairman, Hon Barry Brill, says the most remarkable aspect is the extent to which the 2012 area exceeds normal Antarctica averages. "The sea ice cover yesterday was 311,000 square kilometres above the 1979-2012 average. The surplus ice is more than twice the area of New Zealand".
"The Antarctic dimensions come partly at the expense of Arctic sea ice" said Mr Brill. "Over the 33-year period aggregate global sea ice volumes have remained steady, but there are fluctuations between the two polar areas from year to year. The fluctuations are the result of ocean currents and wind patterns, rather than temperatures".
"Antarctic ice is much more important than that of the Arctic. The area of its sea ice is a million square kilometres larger than the highest value ever recorded in the Arctic. Then, of course, the Antarctic is an entire continent, with more than 90% of the earth's glacial ice" said Mr Brill.
"It is appropriate that this record should occur in a week that The Listener carries a cover story featuring the winter low point of Arctic ice, along with multiple pictures of calving glaciers and forlorn polar bears," said Mr Brill. "The magazine has little to say about the Antarctic apart from complaining that it is "poorly understood". The author also avoids mentioning the glaring facts that no significant global warming has been recorded in the past 16 years, and that sea level rise is apparently decelerating.
"It is unfortunate that under-informed writers, albeit unwittingly, mislead their readers who should be helped to understand the difference between sea ice extent and ice cap ice, both thickness and extent as regards the latter. The ice cap in the Arctic is small compared to the Antarctic. The cap of the Antarctic is increasing in thickness in most places, except around the Antarctic Peninsula.
Sea ice extent is largely a consequence of sea surface temperature, ocean currents and wind," said Mr Brill, who advised those interested in graphic confirmation of Antarctic sea ice readings to refer to:
By Spencer Michels, PBS.org
It was about 105 degrees in Chico, Calif., about three hours north of Sacramento, when we arrived at the offices of one of the nation's most read climate skeptics. Actually, Anthony Watts calls himself a pragmatic skeptic when it comes to global warming. Watts is a former television meteorologist, who has been studying climate change for years. He doesn't claim to be a scientist; he attended Purdue. He's the author of a blog, Watts Up with That?, which he calls the world's most viewed site on global warming. For a story I was working on for the PBS NewsHour, Watts was recommended by the Heartland Institute, a conservative, Chicago-based non-profit that is one of the leading groups that doubt that climate change -- if it exists -- is attributable to human activities.
Watts doesn't come across as a true believer or a fanatic. For one thing, he has built a business that caters to television stations and individuals who want accurate weather information and need displays to show their viewers. He has developed an array of high tech devices to disseminate weather data and put it on screens. He has several TV stations around the country as clients.
Read the rest of the article here.
By Bernie Woodall and Paul Lienert and Ben Klayman REUTERS
(Reuters) - General Motors Co sold a record number of Chevrolet Volt sedans in August -- but that probably isn't a good thing for the automaker's bottom line.
Nearly two years after the introduction of the path-breaking plug-in hybrid, GM is still losing as much as $49,000 on each Volt it builds, according to estimates provided to Reuters by industry analysts and manufacturing experts.
Cheap Volt lease offers meant to drive more customers to Chevy showrooms this summer may have pushed that loss even higher. There are some Americans paying just $5,050 to drive around for two years in a vehicle that cost as much as $89,000 to produce.
By Elmer Beauregard
In my quest to find out what CO2 levels actually are in Minnesota I purchased my own CO2 meter and I have been having fun with it ever since. The good people at CO2meter.com said you should let it run all day and see what happens. I did and much to my surprise I noticed that CO2 levels vary greatly in just one day.
During the day CO2 levels drop at a pretty steady rate, as plants grow during the day they consume CO2 and in turn emit oxygen for us to breath. This is called Photosynthesis and is the engine that drives life on this planet. It is a symbiotic relationship between animals and plants which I believe is God designed. How could something this complicated and well designed happen by chance?
What I think is interesting about this chart however is the dramatic spike in CO2 levels around sunset. CO2 levels go from a low of 378 ppm at 7 PM to a high of 462 ppm just after 9 PM. (sunset was at 7:51 PM). This is a 84 PPM or 18% increase in just 2 hours.
There are no man made influences shown on this chart. It was a very nice day here in Minnesota, we weren't running any air conditioners or furnaces, there were no fires no grilling this is just nature doing its thing. Plus, I have noticed this spike every night when taking measurements.
I'm sure all of you climate scientist reading this know all about the Photosynthesis Effect and have many arguments on why natural daily variations are meaningless. But when I see how much natural variability in CO2 levels there are in one day, I don't think there is a need to panic over a 1 PPM increase in CO2 every year at Mauna Loa.
Watch "The Boy Who Cried Warming" in full length at the website:
By Elmer Beauregard
Yesterday I blogged on how the atmoshperic CO2 levels in Minnesota are higher than Mouna Loa Hawaii, but I should have waited a day.
I started measuring yesterday morning and the CO2 was about 430 ppm but it kept dropping as the day progressed. The good people at CO2 meter.com warned me this would happen but I had no idea it would be this dramatic. The CO2 levels yesterday went from 430 ppm at 8 AM in the morning to 381 at 5:30 PM the height of the Photosynthesis Effect. That is an 11% shift in one day.
Currently Mauna Loa is at 392 PPM so Minne Loa is 11 PPM lower than Mauna Loa.
I have no idea what this means but it was an interesting exercise.
Here is the chart from 12PM to 7Pm from yesterday.
By Elmer Beauregard
I looked all over the internet to try and find what atmospheric CO2 levels are in Minnesota but I found nothing. So I figured I would just start my own CO2 level reading station here at the Minnesotans For Global Warming World Headquarters. So I purchased the USB CO2 Probe Data Logger K-30 model from the good folks at CO2meter.com.
I got the CO2 meter right away so why did I take so long to post the results?
First, being a mac guy I had to find a PC laptop to run the software. After doing that I messed with the calibration settings on the CO2 probe which I shouldn't have done.
Turns out there are 2 ways to calibrate the K-30 one way is to bring it outside and zero it out to whatever the atmospheric CO2 levels are. It assumes the CO2 level is around 400ppm then it measures all CO2 levels relative to that such as inside a building.
This is what I originally did but that was wrong because I wanted to measure the outside CO2 level and I don't want to assume it is 400ppm.
The other way to calibrate it is in a 100% Nitrogen environment which is how it came shipped but I didn't know that. So I tried creating a 100% Nitrogen environment to recalibrate it but that, turns out, is hard to do. I went to a welding supply store who sells 99.9% Nitrogen gas but the other .1% was probably air which was enough to throw off the calibration. Remember we are taking about .03% of the atmosphere. So I sent it back to the good folks at CO2meter.com and they recalibrated it in a 100% Nitrogen environment.
I got it back yesterday and I plugged it in this morning and took the first measurement which I feel is pretty accurate and to my surprise CO2 levels in Minnesota are higher than I thought.
Drum roll please.......
By James Taylor, Forbes.com
The year 2012 is breaking all-time records for lack of tornado activity, inviting the question whether global warming is causing a long-term decline in destructive extreme weather events.
According the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, only 12 tornadoes touched down in the United States during July 2012, shattering the previous July record low of 42 tornadoes recorded in 1960. Because radar technology in 1960 could not detect many of the smaller tornadoes that are detectable today, scientists believe the actual number of tornadoes that occurred in the previous record-low July 1960 was actually about 73. Accordingly, six times more tornadoes occurred in July 1960, the previous record-low year, than occurred in July 2012.
By Anthony Watts, Wattsupwiththat.com
Amidst Obama's inexorable war on American energy, consumers, jobs, and prosperity, his EPA is in the process of promulgating 4 new pollution rules that will bury the coal industry and "necessarily" raise the price of electricity on American households. They are the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for Utilities (MACT), the Cooling Water Intake Structures regulation, and the Disposal of Coal Combustion residuals. The former two have already been finalized while the latter two are close behind. Today, the D.C. Circuit Court struck down the EPA's authority to implement the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.
In August 2011, Obama's EPA imposed a cap and trade style program to expand existing limitations on sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions from coal-fired power plants in 28 "upwind" states. They claimed that they had unlimited authority pursuant to the Clean Air Act to cap emissions that supposedly travel across state lines. The EPA admitted that the rule would cost $2.7 billion from the private sector and force many cole-fired power plants to shut down. Priorities USA might have even run an ad against Obama claiming that his superfluous regulations cause workers to lose their health insurance and die.
While NASA climate alarmist James Hansen insists record summer heat and drought are caused by man-made global warming, leaked internal emails from just three summers ago reveal that he and his colleagues expressed alarm that the planet was inexplicably ... cooling.
Hansen, often called the "godfather of global warming," announced earlier this month that blistering heat across the United States is so rare that it can't be anything but the man-made global warming he has been warning about for decades.
"This is not some scientific theory," he told the Associated Press. "We are now experiencing scientific fact."
But in 2009, as the thermometer hit record lows in America, he and other climate scientists panicked in a flurry of emails: "Skeptics will be all over us - the world is really cooling, the models are no good."
They lamented that Mother Nature was not cooperating with their predictions that global temperatures would smash heat records last decade. They blamed their miscalculation on sulfate emission trajectories and revised their forecast to show a cooling trend lasting until 2020.
By James James O'Dea, The Huffington Post
We define as having criminal intent any person who calculates that there is a definite possibility their actions will result in harm to others. Equally, we define as criminally negligent anyone who is aware that an individual is likely to harm others but who ignores the situation. In the not-too-distant future will politicians who intentionally ignore global climate change, or who obstruct action to implement conscientious policies to prevent deterioration of climate conditions, be deemed criminally negligent? The scale of death and destruction resulting from global warming may potentially exceed losses due to genocides and world wars. We need discussion of legal and moral accountability for gross negligence when it comes to destruction at this level.
Given the tools at our disposal to measure the adverse climate impact of human behavior and the overwhelming consensus of climate scientists about the causes of global warming any conscious choice to deny it and refuse to take action must be considered extremely risky behavior and, I believe, criminal negligence.
As record-breaking floods, fires, and drought affect more regions of the world, the risk of not just more loss of life but massive and sustained loss of life becomes statistically inevitable. How any one of us responds to the risk of harm to others defines whether we are morally clear or morally clouded. Here is a simple analogy about our moral and legal responsibility for taking risks:
You take little Jenny to school and you are met by the principal who says his electrician tells him the school's electrical wiring is old and faulty and there is significant chance it will overheat in places and cause a fire. The principal, who has no expertise in inspecting wiring, says the electrician doesn't know what he is talking about. Any school official or parent who knowingly sent their child into that school would be held criminally negligent if it caught fire.
The same is true for climate change; we have to make morally coherent choices based on the information currently available to us if we don't want to be held accountable as accessories to what may be the crime of the century.
The Pentagon, acting in a responsible way, has done its own scenario planning for very large-scale social and political chaos arising from climate change disruptions. The military knows you pay attention to risk. But our government and so many others have drifted into an immoral paralysis on this issue.
I write and teach about human rights and global peacebuilding and it's very clear when governments are responsible for crimes against humanity. It is becoming increasingly clear that climate disruptions are going to increase global conflicts over resources, food and water, and create climate refugees. Global warming will destroy any chances of global peace. In international law we have established an international criminal court and war crimes tribunals to try those found guilty of crimes against humanity. But who will be held accountable for inaction on global warming and how will they be brought to justice?
By Elmer Beuregard
I Google the term "Global Warming" in Google's news section every day and have for the last 5 years. I was excited to search today to see what impact Anthony Watts' devastating new study had on the news cycle. When I searched today however I was surprised to see that NO mainstream "news" channel had picked it up. Instead the main story was how Richard Muller had turned from a global warming denier to a believer.
Monty Python's Black Knight sketch immediately came to mind.