"Carbon (Dioxide) trading is now the fastest growing commodities market on earth.....And here’s the great thing about it. Unlike traditional commodities markets, which will eventually involve delivery to someone in physical form, the carbon (dioxide) market is based on lack of delivery of an invisible substance to no-one. Since the market revolves around creating carbon (dioxide) credits, or finding carbon (dioxide) reduction projects whose benefits can then be sold to those with a surplus of emissions, it is entirely intangible." (Telegraph)
This blog has been tracking the 'Global Warming Scam' for over three years now, four when we get to the end of November this year. There are a very large number of articles being published in blogs and more in the MSM who are waking up to the fact the public refuse to be conned any more and are objecting to the 'green madness' of governments and the artificially high price of energy. This blog will now be concentrating on the major stories as we move to the pragmatic view of 'not if, but when' and how the situation is managed back to reality. To quote Professor Lindzen, "a lot of people are going to look pretty silly"
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Wednesday, 30 May 2012
"A stash of 80-year-old photo plates in a Danish basement has proved that Greenland's ice was melting even faster then that it is now. In the thirties, Greenland's ice was melting rapidly, then there was a cooling period in the middle part of the twentieth century, and now it is melting again, accelerating in the 2000s. Images of ice shelves from the pre-satellite era are extremely rare, so it's often difficult to assess the scale and speed of Arctic ice melting today. Researchers at the National Survey and Cadastre of Denmark had been storing the glass plates since explorer Knud Rasmussen's expedition to the southeast coast of Greenland in the early 1930s. In this week's online edition of Nature Geoscience, Ohio State University researchers and colleagues in Denmark describe how they analyzed ice loss in the region by comparing the images on the plates to aerial photographs and satellite images taken from World War II to today. Taken together, the imagery shows that glaciers in the region were melting even faster in the 1930s than they are today, said Jason Box, associate professor of geography and researcher at the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State."
"Climate change sceptics are often derided as uninformed - but a new study proves that the opposite is the case. Sceptical individuals are slightly MORE science literate than 'believers' in climate change. The difference isn't huge, according to a survey of 1500 U.S. adults. 57% of sceptics are 'science literate' according to tests asking basic science and maths questions, versus 56% of believers."
Monday, 28 May 2012
This new paper may explain the widespread belief in the value of Michael Mann’s methods and the ‘bet’ on the Hockey Stick
"So why would I point out a paper on gambling as being relevant to the hockey stick? Because, the hockey stick was in fact a huge gamble on the part of “The Team”. They knew full well the science in it was shonky, but they hedged their bets with techniques (such as Mike’s Nature Trick) that gave a result that they felt sure would be “bought” by the scientific community at large. It was a good gamble at the time, but as Climategate has shown us, it may have been a winning hand with a one time jackpot, but they are losing the card game as the other players slowly realize they have a cheat in their midst."
"Bureaucrats in Europe could push the price of petrol up in the UK by 4p a litre by dictating 'green' fuel targets to member states. Under tough energy targets in a Brussels directive, 10 per cent of the energy used in the transport sector across the EU will have to come from biofuels or other 'renewable' energy sources rather than fossil fuel by 2020. But campaigners argue that the green initiative will just penalise motorists and taxpayers in Britain who are already struggling to keep their head above water in the current economic climate."
Saturday, 26 May 2012
Facepalm! Gore’s “dirty energy = dirty weather” claims about the US are laughable in the context of other countries
"Al Gore, is his usual incompetent persona, is bloviating weapons grade nonsense again."
Thursday, 24 May 2012
"..Not surprisingly, these changes coincide with changes occurring at other parts of the globe, and so add to the massive weight of evidence refuting the claim that climate fluctuations on centurial in millennial scales are regional phenomena and occur over a small temperature range."
"As a result of Germany's green energy transition, electricity prices are exploding. Consumers and businesses are paying the price while Germany faces gradual de-industrialisation. Economists estimate that the cost of the green energy transition will total 170 billion Euros by 2020. This is more than double of what Germany would have to write off if Greece were to withdraw from the monetary union."
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
"Those who doubt that market forces still have the power to transform the world aren't paying attention to America's revitalized energy sector.....But high energy prices prompted companies to develop new technologies. Hydraulic fracturing—drilling deep vertical wells then drilling horizontally to release natural gas from shale rock—was perfected. Because of that, natural gas reserves increased dramatically while prices fell. In 2008, natural gas sold for about $12-$14 per thousand cubic feet. Now it sells for about $2 per thousand cubic feet. Instead of supplies lasting only 12 years, there is now sufficient natural gas for at least 100 years."
"At the Heartland Conference in Chicago this morning, four of the forty-nine signers of the March letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (discussed at WUWT here, here, and here) appeared to discuss their reasons for signing that letter and to announce a second letter responding to NASA’s response. The text of that letter is reproduced below: ....In our letter of March 28, 2012, we, the undersigned, respectfully requested that NASA and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) refrain from including unproven remarks in public releases and websites.On April 11th, Dr. Waleed Abdalati responded, holding that: “As an agency, NASA does not draw conclusions and issue ‘claims’ about research findings.” Eight days later, at a senate hearing, Dr. Abdalati, did just that......"
Monday, 21 May 2012
"The Church of Global Warming — or is it climate change or maybe climate disruption — is currently enduring a crisis of belief somewhat akin to the time when, in 1517, Martin Luther engaged in his theological carpentry at the All Saint’s Church in Wittenberg. Former believers have become skeptics. NASA astronauts and scientists now doubt the whole business and the remaining true believers accuse them of joining the Flat Earth Society or becoming the equivalent of Holocaust deniers."
"Each weekend the Sydney Morning Herald’s News Review poses a question and invites answers from four people; most recently they asked a climate sceptic to take part. ......My 400 word contribution below argues that, for various reasons, over the last couple of years there has been a major shift in attitudes in that the need for urgent action has virtually disappeared from the policy agenda in most countries and that a binding international agreement is unobtainable. I also refer to a report that Republican President candidate Mitt Romney has “decided to say that climate change is a hoax and you can’t trust scientists”. This report comes from an interview of Norm Ornstein (a leading US political analyst at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington) on the 7.30 Report of 16 May. If Romney were to be elected and if he maintained this view, there would be significant implications for US (and international) policies on climate change."
Saturday, 19 May 2012
"We saw this for years in the way that those daring to question the euro, or the onward march of the EU to political integration, were dismissed with contempt – by politicians, the BBC and every variety of the great and the good – as “fruitcakes”, “xenophobes” and “Little Englanders”. We saw it in spades as the promoters of “consensus” on global warming took over the commanding heights of the scientific world – such as the Royal Society, Nature, the universities (on a sea of climate-change related funding). Supported again by politicians and the BBC, they were determined to show the maximum intolerance to those who challenged their orthodoxy, however rationally: these were “deniers”, “flat-earthers”, “anti-science nutters”, who must be “in the pay of Big Oil”. But in each of these important fields where dissent has been treated as thoughtcrime, the world has moved on - and very much as the heretics were urging for so long. The global warming scare has not continued to unfold as projected by those bent computer models on which it rested. Temperatures have not risen as predicted, the ice caps aren’t melting, nor sea levels rising, nor hurricanes, droughts and heatwaves intensifying as we were assured they would."
Friday, 18 May 2012
"German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung here reports on another major German solar manfuacturer that has gone insolvent. A week ago solar cell and module manufacturer Sovello declared insolvency."
"So far this year, coal-fired power generation in Germany has grown to 68% from 53% as a share of nuclear and fossil-fuel generation, according to the Leipzig-based European Energy Exchange. Profits at coal-fired plants in Germany are up by 30%. The British government reports that U.K. coal plants are running at capacity, and that coal's share in power generation has been rising from 2009 lows."
Thursday, 17 May 2012
"First, Stephen Harper and Company may be sincere about tackling climate change. In that case, they are grossly incompetent. Their policy is a mess. They have accomplished little or nothing. And there’s no reason to think they will do any better in the future. The other possibility is that Stephen Harper and Company are lying. They do not have any intention of tackling climate change. They never did. Their only real goal is to manage the file so it doesn’t become a political liability, which they have done with considerable success."
New paper using RADARSAT data: Antarctic ice shelves slowed down – “…have not been changed in a significant way in the past 12 years”
"This study Twelve years of ice velocity change in Antarctica observed by RADARSAT-1 and -2 satellite radar interferometry (Full paper here) with radar data seems to indicate there not much change in the past 12 years, the authors write:"
"A paper published today in Geophysical Research Letters finds the oceans have warmed only 0.09°C over the 55 year period from 1955-2010. According to the authors, this resulted in a sea level rise of 0.54 mm per year [only 2.12 inches per century] and corresponds to 0.39 Watts per square meter of the ocean surface. However, the IPCC claims the increase in CO2 from 1955-2010 'should' have warmed the oceans by 1.12 Watts per square meter [5.35*ln(389.78/312) = 1.12 W/m2]. Thus, even if one assumes all ocean warming is due to increased greenhouse gases, the IPCC has exaggerated climate sensitivity to CO2 by a factor of almost 3 times [1.12/0.39]. [This is why Trenberth can't find his "missing heat"-it never existed in the first place]. In reality, greenhouse gases cannot warm the oceans at all because they radiate infrared which only penetrates the surface of water a few microns to cause evaporative cooling."
Snowfall at this time of year isn’t an annual event, so it’s not completely normal, but it’s fair to say it’s not completely unusual either. We last saw snow in May all the way back in… 2011, just last year, and we also saw more snow in 2010. If we look back through the records dating back to 1910, the snowiest May on record was most likely in 1979 when 342 weather observation sites reported snow on 2 May."
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
New paper finds climate computer models exaggerate global warming and don't reproduce Pacific ocean oscillations
"A paper published today in Geophysical Research Letters finds "Most [climate] models overestimate trends, whereby the models predict less warming or even cooling in the earlier decades compared to observations and too much warming in recent decades." Furthermore, the paper finds that the most influential ocean oscillation on the planet, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), is poorly reproduced by climate models."
Monday, 14 May 2012
Sunday, 13 May 2012
The Green River Formation—an assemblage of over 1,000 feet of sedimentary rocks that lie beneath parts of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming—contains the world’s largest deposits of oil shale. USGS estimates that the Green River Formation contains about 3 trillion barrels of oil. At the midpoint of this estimate, almost half of the 3 trillion barrels of oil would be recoverable. This is an amount about equal to the entire world’s proven oil reserves."
"..Astonishingly, it now emerges, it has become quite deliberate government policy to keep Britain short of water. And the explanation for this baffling volte-face lies in a “Communication” issued in 2007 by the European Commission (COM (2007) 414 Final) “addressing the challenge of water scarcity and droughts in the European Union”. This document was based on the belief that Europe was facing a water crisis due to global warming. The only way to meet the prospect of severe droughts, it argued, was to encourage us all to use water much more “efficiently”. Not once in this 14-page document is there any mention of the need to improve the storage of water. From now on, the policy of member states must be, by every possible means, to reduce the use of water, not least by making it more expensive. This is the policy that our government has now adopted, as was confirmed last year by Mrs Spelman’s White Paper, Water for Life. In all its 105 pages, there are plenty of mentions of climate change and the need to conserve water in face of the predicted droughts. As Mrs Spelman put it, when rivers start to run dry and cracks appear in those empty reservoirs, “we must recognise these as warning signs of what we might expect to see in a changing climate”. But not once, as in the EU’s paper, is there any mention of a need to build new reservoirs. The only message is that we must learn to conserve this “precious resource”, not least by making us pay more for it."
Friday, 11 May 2012
In a nutshell: Why models are wrong and and manmade global warming not catastrofic, explained in 3 vidoes by Dr David Evans
"These videos explain everything you need to know regarding global warming: That models showing catastrofic global warming are wrong, why and how they got it wrong, and finally some considerations regarding how close we were to real catastrophy in Copenhagen in 2009."
Thursday, 10 May 2012
"British households will have to cover the cost of the subsidies through their energy bills over the next 20 years. The Government said the main point of the new Energy Bill is to make electricity “secure, affordable and low-carbon”. It will hand millions of pounds per year to energy companies in a subsidy called “capacity payments” simply for keeping their power stations open to back up wind farms. Another subsidy called “contracts for difference” will artificially raise the price of electricity to make it worthwhile for companies to build nuclear power stations."
"Labor is currently wanting to increase the nation's credit card limit from 250 billion to 300 billion - a far cry from the billions in surplus it inherited. The effect of the Carbon Tax in killing the non-mining economy is yet to be seen as most of small business will be whacked without any compensation."
Is 'global cooling' on the way? Lake sediment proves sun cooled earth 2,800 years ago - and it could happen again soon
#Lake sediment proves 'solar minimum' caused 200 years of cooling 2,800 years ago
#New minimum due soon - after this year's increased sunspot activity
#Sun's activity CAN cause changes in Earth's climate, claim scientists
#May throw predictions of global warming out of whack
"The link between Solar ‘moods’ and the weather down here on Earth was first noticed in the 1970s, when the American astronomer Jack Eddy noticed a strong correlation between historic weather records and contemporaneous accounts of Solar activity, most notably the long record of sunspots published a century before by the astronomer Edward Maunder. Eddy noticed that a ‘quiet’ Sun correlates with cold weather and a manic phase means warmer conditions. His best evidence for this link comes from the last time the Sun went to sleep, the so-called ‘Maunder Minimum’ period from 1645 to 1715. During this period and for about a century either side, much of Europe and North America suffered a succession of bitterly cold winters and damp washout summers - the ‘little ice age’.
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
"Central England temperatures so far this month average 8.6C, 1.6C below normal. The last time May was colder was in 1698, at 8.5C over the whole month. And the Met Office has warned that weeks of wet weather ahead could wash out the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations. The Environment Agency issued two flood warnings and 14 alerts, warning of high tides swamping coastlines across South Wales." (H/T Climate Realists)
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
"In the past fortnight official information has been released that the ‘death threats’ were fiction. The story was a mammoth beat-up promulgated and/or swallowed by the science community, which normally prides itself on checking evidence."
Monday, 7 May 2012
East Anglia Climatic Research Unit shown to be liars by results of latest FOIA ruling and investigation
Sunday, 6 May 2012
Saturday, 5 May 2012
Friday, 4 May 2012
'The worst case we imagined is not coming true': Greenland's glaciers are melting less quickly than experts feared
Two Russian Studies Of The Arctic Climate (Climate Science)
Thursday, 3 May 2012
Turn south, and head straight for 400 miles: GPS trackers reveal polar bears can swim non-stop for up to 10 days
#Temperatures expected to fall to as low as -9C
#More heavy rain expected to fall in southern England and Wales today
#Snow forecast in May for parts of northern England and Scotland
#April was the coldest month since 1989