Archives for the month of: April, 2012

Howard Richman & Raymond Richman make points about the propaganda fueling climate change fears, and offer some reasons to not worry. I’ll suggest that cold kills, warmer is better. There is no increase in extreme weather. There is an increase in media coverage and popular reporting with cell phones and youtube. (See Anthony Watts repeated posts proving such at The Richmans make a good point about the President’s rhetoric related to oil companies not paying enough taxes. That is bogus!

via Richmans’ Trade and Taxes Blog.

President Obama is staking his re-election campaign upon the opinion polls. His administration is suppressing fossil fuel production and development. On March 27, Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) limited carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants to 1,000 pounds per megawatt-hour. This rule prevents the building of the lowest-cost producers of electricity: coal-fired power plants. It will raise the price of electricity for American households and businesses.

Then, on March 29, Obama moved to reduce domestic drilling for oil by calling on Congress to end $4 billion in “taxpayer giveaways” to the oil industry and instead to double down on investments in clean energy industries “that have never been more promising.”

Dr. Bernard Weinstein, associate director of the Maguire Energy Institute at Southern Methodist University, in an op-ed in the New York Post, stated that oil companies enjoy no benefits not available to other businesses. They are permitted to expense prospecting and drilling costs during the year those costs are incurred. Weinstein estimates that these deductions amount to $2.8 billion, while wind and solar plants enjoy real subsidies not available to other businesses amounting to $12.5 billion per year — and this does not include state subsidies.

Oil and natural gas companies used to enjoy percentage depletion allowances as their form of depreciation, but those are now denied to the large oil companies. Moreover, when the wells they dig prove unproductive, they can use their losses only to offset gains from their productive wells.

Oil and natural gas companies pay more taxes to federal and state governments than does any other sector of the economy. According to the federal Energy Information Administration, as reported in the Wall St…

via Articles: Does global warming cause extreme weather?.

Mr. Keith Riler makes some very interesting points. Most of what he says goes for all of us Christians, not just our Catholic brethren.

Jeremiah (23:1), whom the president should heed, is very clear on this: “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord.”

via Articles: Barack Obama: Tearing Catholics to Pieces.

Edward H. Stewart, Jr. makes related points here.

via Articles: Sex, Lies, and School Bus Rides.

It is clear that the attack from the left is on us all.

Worth keeping an eye on.

The approved patent, for a Stirling Hybrid Electric Automobile, has seemingly doubled the efficiency that NASA achieved by changing the design. The inventor, Mr. McDowell, has introduced a heat exchanger that converts the hot exhaust gas directly into electrical current, which is fed back into the hybrid electrical system. The design is much like that of the Toyota Prius, except that there is a Stirling engine and not an IC engine.

via Articles: The Search for the 100-MPG Car.

Interesting. I’m not taking the time to try to look up the statistics, but it would be interesting to know if these kinds of projects are actually catching on. There are lots of informative comments on the post. I doubt anyone will be happy with a producer gas system conversion unless they have freely available cellulose fuel (and a penchant to tinker). Like windmills, there are many good reasons these systems have never been first choice for motive power.

Watts Up With That?

Guest post by WUWT moderator Andi Cockroft

This has little to do with my beliefs (or otherwise) in CAGW, but more to the fact that I am tight with money and this project offers the ability to run my 5 litre SUV for free ! Please note however, this is only suitable for Petrol/Gasoline Engines – most definitely NOT for diesels

Now I should also state that I live on a block of “Native Bush” (read indigenous trees) in New Zealand, so I have a carbon sink of my very own. I also have access to an almost unlimited supply of pine from plantation operations where logging operations leave huge amounts of uneconomic timber behind – myself and several hundred souls benefit from this bountiful resource to heat our homes in winter.

Now I want to run my SUV on it as well.

So what is “Producer Gas”? Well our…

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Cool. So variable, yet so stable.

Watts Up With That?

Ian Wishart writes in Investigate Daily:

Century old map throws new doubt on climate change sea level claims

A new book on the history of New Zealand has inadvertently stirred the climate change debate by revealing a near zero sea level increase over the past century.

The book, The Great Divide, includes a 100 year old map of Cloudy Bay lagoons in New Zealand, drafted back in 1912 to show the location of 20 kilometres of canals dug with wooden spades by ancient Maori.

However, when the 1912 map is shown alongside a satellite image of the same location from Google Earth, it reveals not only the startling accuracy of the original map (drafted at a time when aerial photography did not exist) but also a stunning lack of Pacific Ocean encroachment on the narrow shoal linking the lagoons to the sea.

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Karin McQuillan

What President in his right mind would authorize an attack on any mom as a woman who “never worked a day in her life”?

via Articles: Why Do They Want to Pick on Ann Romney?.

She says a lot. Worth reading. Her thoughts start out touching and encouraging, then shift to frightening. She concludes strong. I’m looking forward to a Romney White House.

It is amazing how gullible the average person is. It has to do with lack of memory. Most people can hardly remember half a lifetime. We should all remember that life is short, even when we attain great age, and maturity comprises much more than time. Maturity is required for one to realize when he is being taken-in. Stay mindful that the smooth talker is probably trying to trick you in one way or another, and keep your hand on your wallet.

Watts Up With That?

Since warming hasn’t been cooperating lately, in desperation, Yale and George Mason University are trying to use a poorly worded and loaded poll to convince us that “weather is climate”. Problem is, the data does not support it.

Here’s the poll released today:

Just looking at the cover tells you a lot, it’s about the imagery of fear and terror, not facts.

Here’s a quote from the many news stories being circulated today in the MSM:

“Most people in the country are looking at everything that’s happened; it just seems to be one disaster after another after another,” said Anthony A. Leiserowitz of Yale University, one of the researchers who commissioned the new poll. “People are starting to connect the dots.”

Well by all means, let’s “connect the dots”, but let’s use history and data rather than sloppy questions like this:

What’s hilarious about this question is that…

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While being interviewed in 1996 for the job that brought me here to OKC, each interviewer asked me if I had any concerns about moving to the area. It didn’t occur to me why until the drive back. I suppose it was just that big-a-deal to everyone. To me it was just a crazy man. Such idiots can happen anywhere, any time. I refuse to let fear run my life. Such is one of the costs of freedom. I’m happy to keep up the rent on the freedom!

Ninety billion is a rather large number.

via Articles: The Answer Really Isn't Blowing in the Wind.

There really is good reason people stopped using windmills so long ago.

Note that energy use tracks population, not growth. Growth is good, and miles driven track that. Clean air is getting better, and has been since 1970.In the image, the scale starts at 5-years, then in 1995 switches to one-year.

In the USA, and most of the developed world, the reason we have so many problems and worries is because we have no real problems. None of us are actually worried about our next meal, nor our shoes, nor a roof over our head. Apparently the average American family near the poverty line with a high school senior will spend upwards of two thousand dollars for prom this year. Obviously poverty is not a real problem in this country, not to mention the ever increasing rate of obesity.

These percentages are actually scary. Over one third of Americans are “worried a great deal” about the general availability of sufficiently clean air and water for general health? Really? In 1970 there was a significant problem. As Willis E. has pointed out, that was a reasonable use of the force of the state, but the problem was solved by the mid ’80s, and these regulators exist only to justify their own existence now. Now the most dangerous substance known to mankind is EPA, at least in the USA.

Don’t take my word for it. The EPA is proud to let us know that they succeeded decades ago. They just refuse to go away.

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I missed this last Friday, but better late than never. From Gallup Worry About U.S. Water, Air Pollution at Historical Lows. Looks like a double body-blow to admitted document thief Dr. Peter Gleick; Americans don’t share his top two concerns on water and climate, probably because of the actions of zealots like him.

Trend: I'm going to read you a list of environmental problems. As I read each one, please tell me if you personally worry about this problem a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or not at all.

These results are based on Gallup’s annual Environment poll, conducted March 8-11. The trends are part of a broader decline in worry about environmental threats documented in the poll.

Gallup asked Americans to say how much they worry about each of seven environmental problems. All show significantly less worry today than in 2000, when worry was at or near its high point for each item. The declines in concern about drinking-water pollution and air pollution are the largest for the problems included in this year’s poll.

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The point is that billions and billions of dollars have been lost in solar power projects, who is asking where the money went? Who is holding anyone accountable? Who is going to clean up this mess? And, who is going to help all the people who are having to forgo heat in the winter because energy has gotten so expensive?


Update : Since this article is yet again getting a lot of hits and it’s five years old, I’ve been asked by several people on Twitter what are my thoughts on the subject nowadays. In response, I’ll be writing a follow up article for this coming weekend.

If you keep an eye on the financial world, which I do, and especially the green sectors, which I also do, it’s been an interesting time of late. Within the last few weeks, Solar Trust of America (STA), owner of the world’s largest solar plant, filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11, and nobody expects much of it, if anything, to emerge from it. STA joins a long list of companies in the solar energy sector, who’ve gone bankrupt, ducked into protection from their creditors, suspended production indefinitely or are simply circling the plughole.

Across the world, a few of the more prominent and expensive casualties are Solyndra…

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Willis does it again. It is amazing how simply these things can be shown in skillful hands.

Watts Up With That?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

The quote above is from Lord of the Rings, an exchange between Gollum and Smeagol, and it encapsulates my latest results from looking into the Shakun 2012 paper, “Global warming preceded by increasing carbon dioxide concentrations during the last deglaciation” (paywalled, at Nature hereinafter Shakun2012). I discussed the paper in my post “Dr. Munchausen Explains Science By Proxy“. Please see that post for the underlying concepts and citations.

When I left off in that post of mine, I had investigated each of the 80 proxies used in Shakun2012. I plotted them all, and I compared them to the CO2 record used in their paper. I showed there was no way that the proxies could support the title of the paper. Figure 1 recaps that result, showing the difficulty of establishing whether CO2 leads or lags the warming.

Figure 1. All proxies…

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Savage New Territory: Trickle Down Tyranny By Larrey Anderson

via Articles: Savage New Territory: Trickle Down Tyranny.

“Seminal” is a good word.

I posted a couple of Steve Taylor song’s lyrics a few days ago. He is one of the greats. His songs have gravitas. Some are light, some are silly, some are severe, and some are sarcastic, even severely so. Whether he was addressing a spiritual issue, politics, or common and practical matters, they all say important things. Good stuff!

With a near perfect blend of humor and seriousness with exceptional music driving the lyrics, this one makes a clear statement about the church that has rung a clear tone for decades now. It is at least as applicable today.

A youtube presentation here:
This Disco (Used To Be A Cute Cathedral)
Sunday needs a pick-me-up?
Here’s your chance
Do you get tired of the same old square dance?

Allemande right now
All join hands
Do-si-do to the promised boogieland

Got no need for altar calls
Sold the altar for the mirror balls
Do you shuffle? Do you twist?
‘Cause with a hot hits playlist, now we say

This disco used to be a cute cathedral
Where the chosen cha-cha every day of the year
This disco used to be a cute cathedral
Where we only play the stuff you’re wanting to hear

Mickey does the two-step
One, Two, Swing
All the little church mice doing their thing

Boppin’ in the belltower
Rumba to the right
Knock knock, who’s there? Get me out of this limelight

So, you want to defect?
Officer, what did you expect?
Got no rhythm, got no dough
He said, “Listen, Bozo, don’t you know”

This disco used to be a cute cathedral
Where the chosen cha-cha every day of the week
This disco used to be a cute cathedral
But we got no room if you ain’t gonna be chic

Sell your holy habitats
This ship’s been deserted by sinking rats
The exclusive place to go
It’s where the pious pogo, don’t you know

This disco used to be a cute cathedral
Where the chosen cha-cha every day of the year
This disco used to be a cute cathedral
Where we only play the stuff you’re wanting to hear

This disco used to be a cute cathedral
Where the chosen cha-cha every day of the week
This disco used to be a cute cathedral
But we got no room if you ain’t gonna be chic

Envision if you will, yourself with family members next to you, another family across the studio, and Richard Dawson leans over and asks, “Dim lights, loud music, bright spotlights, colored lights synch’d with the music, and rotating special effects–where are you?” Your family is depending on you. You have to answer, and you say “CHURCH!” Your family members’ faces fall, the audience groans, Mr. Dawson reacts with veiled shock and unbelief, and he turns to the board and exclaims, “Survey says…” You don’t really expect to see that answer turn up do you? [Buzzer sounds!]

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