Archives for the month of: March, 2012

Thanks, Willis, I laughed mightily! Much appreciated.

Watts Up With That?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

A few months ago I wrote a post about the previous head of the EPA, Carol Browner, and her risible claim that she was creating jobs. Her successor, Lisa Jackson, is worse.

Lisa has just ordered that in the future, American coal will be burned in the most polluting way possible. She ruled that coal can’t be burned in new US power plants, so it’s going to be exported to shabbily built highly-polluting furnaces in third world countries. That’s environmental protection at its finest.

Having done that, now she has jetted off to Paris with her usual granola entourage, which consists mostly of nuts and flakes. I guess when the party is in Paris, video-conferencing is soooo last week …

CONTACT:

Alisha Johnson

Johnson.alisha@epa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 28, 2012

EPA Administrator Leads U.S. Delegation to Paris for Meetings on Economic and Environmental Cooperation

WASHINGTON…

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From AmericanThinker, another reason to homeschool:

Recently, there has been a disturbing nation-wide trend of parental rights being trampled upon by public school officials, from bag-lunch inspections to electronic bracelets being used to spy on overweight kids. This week brings another example of complete disregard for parental rights, this time from Grove High School in Delaware County, Oklahoma.

Grove High School transported 699 kids away from school property without first notifying parents…via Blog: 'Relocating' children.

We need, state by state, to repeal compulsory education laws. We also need to amend our Constitution to prohibit congress from making any law regarding education, just like religion in the First Amendment. I see no easy paths to the solutions, but I see no solutions possible until we accomplish this.

Be confident that you can homeschool your own children if you want to. You are capable. No one cares more about your children than you do. Think it through and make the best decision for your children in your circumstances. The public school should not be your default starting position.

Living in Oklahoma, this seems worth reposting on my own blog. While, Oklahoma is not mentioned, the May 3rd, 1999, Oklahoma City tornado is mentioned as one of the most powerful ever. In my nonexpert opinion, it was the most powerful ever measured, though it was not the “biggest” by some measures. So, it is appropriate to call it “one of the most…”. The 2011 Joplin tornado is discussed. Joplin is in the stomping grounds of my youth. I know Joplin and OKC quite well. The Oklahoma City tornado was much bigger, doing more damage over much more area, affecting multiple communities. Still, Joplin is MUCH smaller than OKC, and it is the only large town for many miles. The impact of the 2011 tornado on Joplin must not be underestimated. Still, the media simply forgot about history when they started covering Joplin. The sensationalism and alarmism reported were completely unjustified, given that many people involved should have had firsthand experience with the OKC monster, and many should have had first-person knowledge of the 70s super outbreak. Likewise the recent devastating rural tornadoes, essentially wiping communities off the map. Pitcher, Oklahoma, is an example local to me, between Joplin and OKC.

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Until the April 26/27th 2011 tornado outbreak, The April 3rd 1974 was the biggest outbreak of tornadoes in US history. Last year, the usual suspects railed about how the outbreak was a clear consequence of global warming> climate change> climate disruption, even going so far as saying such linkage was “required by ethics” (insert facepalm here).  I called them all “Hucksters“. The wailing was sort of like when 1934 was the warmest year in the USA until James Hansen came along and “adjusted” 1998 to be warmer.

I and many others said it connecting AGW to the 2011 outbreak was rubbish- there’s no connection in the data, and that it was what you expect to get when you have La Niña conditions like we did in the spring 0f 2011. WeatherBell’s Joe D’Aleo even predicted the likelihood of severe weather ahead of time…

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Once harm has been done, even a fool understands it.

Homer

It is amazing how bad it must get before most people do recognize it though. The human tolerance for bad ideas is unfathomable.

BTW, the Greek Homer, not the yellow one. 😉

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Servetus
John Calvin was the chief instigator in the execution of Servetus for challenging his authority. After burning Servetus at the stake, Calvin wrote:

Whoever shall maintain that wrong is done to heretics and blasphemers in punishing them makes himself an accomplice in their crime and guilty as they are. There is no question here of man’s authority; it is God who speaks, and clear it is what law he will have kept in the church, even to the end of the world. Wherefore does he demand of us a so extreme severity, if not to show us that due honor is not paid him, so long as we set not his service above every human consideration, so that we spare not kin, nor blood of any, and forget all humanity when the matter is to combat for His glory.

Marshall, John (2006). John Locke, Toleration and Early Enlightenment Culture. Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History. New York: Cambridge University Press. p. 325. ISBN 0-521-65114-X. That no such doctrine was ever a part of the teachings of Christ’s ministry or the early Christian church has caused no end of debate as to the real intentions of those who tortured and killed those whose views differed from those of the ecclesiastical authorities at the time.
Primary: Calvin, Defensio orhodoxae fidei (1554), 46-7; Allen, Political Thought, 86-7

So, to that great Christian theologian, reformer, and leader [at least to some], I am either an idiot, too dumb to know better, or a simple sinner, too self-centered and short sighted to care, or I must be an atheist.

I reject all of that. (Besides, it reminds me too much of Marx, Lenin, and Mao and their allegiance to communism.) I’m a Christian. I just think a god who needs men to defend him, even kill for him, is simply no god at all. My God is bigger than that. My God can handle my failings, and yours too, and He doesn’t accept it as good if either of us judges the other over it. The scripture teaches to judge fruit, not men. Burning someone at the stake for holding an unusual trinitarian view and for renouncing infant-baptism is not good fruit. John Calvin seems to have had more rotten fruit than good.

For some, I think violence against others with regard to belief stems from power and authority problems (“Power corrupts…”), but for most, I believe it stems from fear. We Christians are commanded to walk in love, which casts out fear, and in faith, which is opposed to fear. This would seem to apply to other areas of life, especially to politics.

Amazing:

http://htwins.net/scale2/

A LOT here. It is another perspective item.

I thought it was bad. It is worse now.

Oh well. I’ll make it.

“We need to be asking what political and economic factors are conducive to seeing real displacement. Just developing non-fossil fuel sources doesn’t in itself tend to reduce fossil fuel use a lot — not enough. We need to be thinking about suppressing fossil fuel use rather than just coming up with alternatives alone.”

Mr. York left out something important, something he implies that will be needed for suppression of fossil fuel use. He left out police and military force. We, the citizens, need to guard against such.

This isn’t new. EPA puts out a graphic and information regularly that shows it:

http://www.epa.gov/airtrends/aqtrends.html

The graphic specifically is here:

http://www.epa.gov/airtrends/images/comparison70.jpg

The take-away is that energy use tracks population despite efficiency gains, with a recent drop for regulatory and economic reasons, but miles-driven tracks with GDP, and GDP growth exceeds energy use growth because of efficiency gains. Hmm… Not hard when you think about it a little.

Regarding regulations, the graphic also shows that the air quality has improved EVERY YEAR since 1970. We have cleaner air than has ever been in our lifetime. Yet, the politicians, and especially the bureaucrats, say we need more regulation. I think it is obvious we passed the point of diminishing returns long ago. Our regulations are harming more people than air pollutants now.

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From the University of Oregon a clue as to why green energy isn’t making much inroads. For example, compare these findings to what we learned recently from Matt Ridley about the big fat zero of wind power in the bigger scheme of things.

Wind and other alternate energy is essentially no more than a rounding error.   – Anthony

Focus on technology overlooks human behavior when addressing climate change

Study shows it takes 10 units of alternative electricity sources to offset a unit of fossil fuel-generated power

EUGENE, Ore. — Technology alone won’t help the world turn away from fossil fuel-based energy sources, says University of Oregon sociologist Richard York. In a newly published paper, York argues for a shift in political and economic policies to embrace the concept that continued growth in energy consumption is not sustainable.

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From American Thinker

By Rael Jean Isaac

Referencing:

Richard Landes in Heaven on Earth: The Varieties of the Millennial Experience

Isaac relates the self destruction of the Xhosa for fanatical reasons.

“Do you feel a mixture of pity and contempt for these strange people who ruined themselves on the basis of an outlandish vision? If so, the feeling is misplaced. Just as the basis for the Xhosa economy was cattle, the lifeblood of our economy is energy. And we are strangling our own energy supply on the basis of an apocalyptic prophecy that has no more validity than the one that sent the Xhosa into self-immolation.”

via Articles: Global Warming and National Suicide.

Societal self destruction is not the only problem that can be caused by fanaticism. One generally needs to apply wisdom broadly throughout ones life. A misguided true-believer is a dangerous thing. Of course, an open minded and well guided true-believer can be powerful. Accountability is important and to always be sought. Power, at least in the political and military sense, must always be strongly limited.

I agree too much to not reglog it. Good stuff.

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Are you now or have you ever been a global warming denier?

Guest post by David Ross

Some have suggested that the Fakegate affair has been discussed enough. They are wrong. Peter Gleick is a minor figure in climate science and his actions are of little account. But the reaction of all the global warming alarmists, who see nothing wrong with what he did, is much more significant.

More important still: this is an aspect of the climate debate that everybody can understand. It is much simpler to grasp than the issues raised by Climategate. You don’t need to be a climatologist or scientist or statistician. There’s no need to draw a graph or drill an ice core. All the information you need is straightforward and laid bare.

The fact that, despite all this, those alarmists still can’t distinguish right from wrong, tells many of us more about the climate…

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Drop by wattsupwiththat and encourage Anthony, please.

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UPDATE: 3/17/12 Thanks to everyone for all the support, kind words, and well wishes. Today I found myself taking another long nap, and I awoke feeling much better than yesterday. Stress is an insidious thing, and until it catches up with you, you don’t realize what impact it has.  – Anthony

It has been an exhausting month since Fakegate hit the scene, and tonight when I came home from work, I crashed hard, taking a nap. I even missed dinner. My children tried to wake me up apparently to no avail. At the moment I feel like I have a hangover.

Behind the scenes, I’m dealing with a lot of things related to WUWT and the legal fight building with the Pacific Institute and Gleick, plus other things. Today for example I’m wrestling with starting the blog all over again on another platform because my wordpress.com free hosting keeps messing…

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Willis, writing at Anthony’s, worth reading, as always.

Watts Up With That?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

There’s an article in the latest issue of Science magazine, called “Strengthening the UN Agencies In Order To Protect The Authors’ Paychecks” … just kidding, that would be the title if they enforced the “Truth in Advertising” laws for pseudoscientific papers.

In fact it is called Navigating the Anthropocene: Improving Earth System Governance(paywalled), apparently named specifically so we won’t be forewarned what it’s about. It is a two page article produced by an entire alphabet of no less than 33 listed authors, from Abbott to Zondervan, supporting my theorem that V ≈ 1 / A^2.  (Restated in English, my theorem says that the value V of a scientific article is inversely proportional to the square of the number of authors A … but I digress.)


Figure 1. Are these the kind of men you want to run your global economy…

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“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”

Mark Twain

“When in doubt tell the truth.”

Mark Twain

I’ll add that there is always a doubt. Always tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, and admit you were wrong when you err.

Also,

“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

Albert Einstein

And for a little seasoning:

“Communism is like prohibition, it’s a good idea but it won’t work.”

Will Rogers

Mary came across this, and I had to post.

Preached at Bristol, in the year 1740 (excerpt, click the link for the full sermon)

“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” -Romans, 8:32

How freely does God love the world! While we were yet sinners, “Christ died for the ungodly.” While we were “dead in our sin,” God “spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all.” And how freely with him does he “give us all things!” Verily, FREE GRACE is all in all!

The grace or love of God, whence cometh our salvation, is FREE IN ALL, and FREE FOR ALL.

I. It is free in all to whom it is given.

II. The doctrine of predestination is not a doctrine of God.

III. Predestination destroys the comfort of religion, the happiness of Christianity.

IV. This uncomfortable doctrine also destroys our zeal for good works.

V. Furthermore, the doctrine of predestination has a direct and manifest tendency to overthrow the whole Christian Revelation.

VI. And at the same time, makes that Revelation contradict itself.

VII. Predestination is a doctrine full of blasphemy.

via Global Ministries – John Wesley, Sermon 128, Free Grace.

Yes! Amen! That’s right!

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