Lonnie E. Schubert:

This is what the President agreed to for China.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

By Paul Homewood

News from Enerdata that China has published a new Energy Development Strategy Action Plan (2014-2020), presumably following on from the US-China agreement last week.

The State Council of China has unveiled a new Energy Development Strategy Action Plan (2014-2020) focusing on the development of renewables and capping primary energy consumption at 4.8 Gtce/year until 2020, i.e. limiting the primary energy consumption growth rate to 3.5%/year until 2020. China aims to limit coal consumption to 4.2 Gt/year until 2020, a 16% increase over the 2013 consumption level of 3.6 Gt. China will also target a reduction of coal in the primary energy mix to under 62% by 2020, to the advantage of non-fossil fuels (15% by 2020 and 20% by 2030, from about 10% in 2013) and gas (10% by 2020). By 2020, the installed nuclear power capacity is expected to reach 58 GW, with an additional 30…

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Lonnie E. Schubert:

For me, there is no clearer example of the fact that windmills are a failure than T. Boone Pickens, who put his money where his mouth is, and he changed his mind. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pickens_Plan He says he lost two billion dollars on it. http://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2014/03/31/t-boone-reborn/ When it hurts, you change your mind. Sooner or later, the level of pain with windmills will be too high for society to bare. Then we will abandon them again, and someone will have to deal with the mess.

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS:


Another of Vesta’s leading “lights” ….

Here’s a great little take on the great wind power fraud from the US.

Twenty Bad Things About Wind Energy, and Three Reasons Why
By John Droz, Jr. — October 24, 2012

Editor note: This is an updated version of a previous post at MasterResource: “Wind Spin: Misdirection and Fluff by a Taxpayer-enabled Industry” which was itself an update of Fifteen Bad Things About Wind Energy, and Three Reasons Why,” one of the two most read posts in the history of MasterResource.

Trying to pin down the arguments of wind promoters is a bit like trying to grab a greased balloon. Just when you think you’ve got a handle, it morphs into a different shape and escapes your grasp. Let’s take a quick highlight review of how things have evolved with wind merchandising.

1 – Wind energy was abandoned well over…

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Lonnie E. Schubert:

The only point, volcanoes are not nearly as important as we assume them to be.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

Well, we haven’t had a game of “Spot The Volcano” in a while, so I thought I’d take a look at what is likely the earliest volcanic eruption for which we have actual temperature records. This was the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Laki in June of 1783. It is claimed to have caused a very cold winter in 1783-1784. A study of the effects (see end notes) says:

… the 1783-1784 winter was extremely cold and snowy around the circum-North Atlantic. European temperatures were ~2°C below average for the late 1700s, and it was among the coldest winters in Central England …

Well dang … that sounds pretty scary. However, being a naturally suspicious fellow, I thought I’d take a look and see just what the temperatures actually said. I found eight records in the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature dataset that went back that far, there…

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Lonnie E. Schubert:

The Pointman, across the Atlantic, knows US politics better than we do.

Originally posted on Pointman's:

The mid-term elections in America are over and the big winner is the Republican party who’ve taken control of both houses of congress. There are a number of conclusions to be drawn from the results.

The big one is that once you get past the media’s continuing love affair with the concept of a Barack Obama, the majority of Americans are deeply disillusioned with him. The perception and the reality is that he and his administration don’t actually do anything. They’re like rabbits paralysed in the headlights of whatever crisis is currently bearing down on them.

In the absence of any type of New Deal policy to get people back to work, the economy is still scraping along not far above the bottom and places like Detroit, which used to be the pounding heart of manufacturing America, are imploding down to fractions of their former populations. If you’re a working man and just…

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Lonnie E. Schubert:

Mr. Budline, got anything we more technical information? I see a link in the comments to a presentation of the good doctor’s. I will look into that.

Thanks for the good interview. I enjoyed, and I’m hoping there is more to come.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Paul Budline writes:
This past Tuesday I took my camera to Princeton University to conduct an interview with physicist Will Happer, whose work you probably know. This is a 4-minute video I put together after that interview, which I hope you’ll find interesting. I should be clear that no money or anything else exchanged hands, although Dr. Happer did buy me a cup of coffee.

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Lonnie E. Schubert:

I know engineers that scoff at windmills being hard. They view it as just an engineering problem. Certainly. It is, but engineering problems cost money, and the compromises required to put industrial power production on the top of towers is just never going to compete with other practical ways to produce power. Never. Put a stop to the bird choppers. Mostly, just don’t give them tax money! End all subsidies for every form of “green” and fine them for the damage they do, just like everyone else.

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS:


Not bearing up to the strain …

German fan maker, Siemens has been running a huge propaganda campaign in South Australia over the last couple of weeks, surrounding the opening of the extension of the Snowtown wind farm – wheeling in Australia’s 2011 Tour de France winner, Cadel Evans as their pet-pedal-powered mascot.

And its highly paid wind farm ambassador, Tim Flannery – Australia’s world-renowned (but self-appointed) long-range weather forecaster – has been on the front foot in the press in recent weeks screaming about imminent “global incineration”. Tim’s “solution”? Why more giant (Siemens) fans, of course!

Not that he makes much noise about it, but Tim sits on Siemen’s Sustainability Advisory Board and – true to the title – has been working flat-out to “sustain” Siemen’s ability to flog its fans in Australia – with a mix of hysterical hectoring and overweening political pressure – all built around…

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Lonnie E. Schubert:


Facts remain stubborn things.

Originally posted on COMMON CORE:

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“…The US ranks 1st in the world in Nobel Prizes in the sciences and medicine. 60% of all Nobel Laureates come from US public schools.  The US ranks 1st in the world in the number of utility patents and the number of scientific papers produced.

The US ranks 2nd in the world on the Global Creativity Index, 3rd on the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index, and 5th on the Global Innovation Index.

We rank in the top 10 in the industrialized world for the percentage of high school graduates and the percentage of our population with BA degrees.

We produce the highest percentage of engineers who are qualified to work in multi-national corporations, we produce the greatest number of engineering doctorates, over 90% of which go to US born students, and the list of the accomplishments goes on.

In short, the arguments that all these standardizing reforms are both necessary…

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Lonnie E. Schubert:

A little about what we know and what we don’t know.

Originally posted on Naturalis Historia:

Under nine feet of ice, frozen for 700 years, from DNA extracted from bits of caribou dung, a viral genome has been recovered and brought back to life.   Don’t worry this isn’t a case of mad scientists resurrecting the black plague for nefarious purposes.  This is the story of some inquisitive scientists investigating past environments by looking at frozen caribou dung pulled out of an ice core in the Northwest Territories of Canada.  Apparently caribou seek out permanent ice patched in the warm summer months to escape mosquitoes and to cool down.  While there they do what caribou do and some of those remains become part of the growing ice field.   The partially digested plants that passed through that caribou stomach have been frozen for 700 years.   Now they are a tiny little time capsule holding clues about the climate and vegetation of a remote area in northern Canada.

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Lonnie E. Schubert:

Dumb. Still, who is dumber, the President who agreed to such nonsense, the reporters who extol it, or the common citizens who react with anything other than derision?

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

From Dr. Benny Peiser and The GWPF:

China Pledges To Peak CO2 Emissions – But Only After ‘Around 2030’

Today, the Presidents of the United States and China announced their respective post-2020 actions on climate change, recognizing that these actions are part of the longer range effort to transition to low-carbon economies, mindful of the global temperature goal of 2℃. The United States intends to achieve an economy-wide target of reducing its emissions by 26%-28% below its 2005 level in 2025 and to make best efforts to reduce its emissions by 28%. China intends to achieve the peaking of CO2 emissions around 2030 and to make best efforts to peak early and intends to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 20% by 2030. Both sides intend to continue to work to increase ambition over time. –U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change, 12…

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Lonnie E. Schubert:

Just too good. I found it essential to use the Reblog function. Hopefully I’ll take time to write some thoughts. Still, take advantage of this: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/
Go join the conversation about the Gospel and Grace.

Originally posted on Musings on Science and Theology:

CactiOur world is athirst for the good news of the gospel, often without knowing it. But what is this good news and how do we pass it along? In chapter 4 of Vanishing Grace Philip Yancey looks at ways that we as God’s people can reclaim the good news and pass it on. This chapter is worth some thought and some conversation.

First we have to ask the question – What is the good news? Yancey’s take here may surprise (or even annoy) some.

It strikes me as genuinely good news that we are creations of a loving God who wants us to thrive, not random byproducts of a meaningless universe. That God entered our world and demonstrated in person that nothing – not even death – can separate us from God’s love. That the story of Jesus has this main theme: “For God so loved the world that he…

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This article, http://www.energyguardian.net/obamas-climate-deal-china-sends-signal-new-congress-back-home, indicates that our President just promised China that we would shut down a fourth of our factories, shut off a fourth of our lights, close a fourth of our hospitals, and drive only three-fourths of what we do now, all within 10 years. Okay, for what?

Well, apparently, in return for killing and impoverishing here at home, the Chinese have agreed to stop growing within 15 years. Huh?

Fortunately both are impossible. However, things might get ugly here in the USA if we cannot stop our sycophantic leader.

Elections have consequences, and quoting our dear leader, “We won.”

Lonnie E. Schubert:

Great insight.

Originally posted on Letters to Creationists:

On October 27, Pope Francis inaugurated a bronze bust in honor of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, and gave a talk to the assembled members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. After saying some nice things about Benedict, Francis spoke about science and faith.

The sound bites that got picked up by the press were mainly these:

When we read in Genesis the account of Creation, we risk imagining God as a magician, with a magic wand able to make everything. However, it was not like that.  He created beings and allowed them to develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one, so that they were able to develop and to arrive at their fullness of being.   He gave autonomy to the beings of the universe at the same time at which he assured them of his continuous presence, giving being to every reality. And so…

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Lonnie E. Schubert:

Reverend Roberts writes:
The shared belief of family and friends in Christ: This is often overlooked, but acceptance in the fullest sense in a YEC church is dependent on believing that YEC is correct and all this evolution caper is wrong. It is not difficult to see the pressure this puts on people to be Creationist, as to rejection will cause personal pain due to strained or broken relationships. It easier simply to accept YEC and ignore any questions. If the church is officially YEC, it is even harder and the pressure to stay and conform is immense.

Many evangelical churches are large thriving ones, with plenty of mid-week activities. British ones are smaller than American but there is the danger of coercion to tow the line. Thus in a creationist church to question the leadership over creation is liable to lead to problems and pressure against one can build up. There are the usual challenges; “don’t you believe the Bible?”, “Why question God’s truth of creation which the pastor/vicar is teaching?”

This type of challenge is a disincentive even to air one’s questions and doubts, as you will realise that you could end up not being wanted in the church. The price of questioning is high. You can be edged out (or kicked out) and lose friends and much of your social life. It IS the unacceptable face of fundamentalism.

However it is denied vociferously.

For the last half-century many opponents of creationists have started by assuming that if you can explain scientifically why creationism is wrong, creationists will give up that belief. They are soon shown to be wrong, because the reasons for believing creationism are more than scientific.

For many to reject creationism is to give up your faith, your church, your friends and associates, your social life and, possibly, your family. No wonder creationism is so had to challenge. After all, it is the TRUTH…

Or is it?
I respond: No it isn’t.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Jesus said that to love God with all our mind is the greatest commandment. Jesus said loving our neighbor is the second command. Jesus said loving one another was His command. There is no truth and no love in the YEC and antievolution crowd. They walk in fear, not faith. They condemn, not love. Reverend Roberts is right. My family was not welcome in the last church we were in because of it.

Originally posted on Peddling and Scaling God and Darwin:


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Why do so many Christians believe in Creationism when it runs counter to almost all of science and is seen to be nonsense, and even dishonest, by non-creationists, whether Christian or not?

This cannot be understood without grasping the deeply–felt reasons for believing what many scientists think nonsense. YEC provides the “scientific” capping to a “biblical Worldview”. This Worldview provides an all-embracing outlook on life and integrates every aspect of their lives. It also enables one to oppose non-Christian Worldviews and to be confident in the “Culture Wars

The most important reason for accepting YEC is not a literal Genesis, but a concern for salvation through Christ. The heart of evangelical faith is redemption through the death of Christ, expressed as Substitutionary Atonement in that Jesus’ death forgives sin and takes away the penalty of death. To some this is dependant on their being…

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