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The Week That Was: 2013-09-28 (September 28, 2013) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project

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Quote of the Week: If an honest man is wrong, after demonstrating that he is wrong, he either stops being wrong or he stops being honest. Anonymous [H/t Tim Ball]

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Number of the Week: 0.065ºC

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THIS WEEK:

By Ken Haapala, Executive Vice President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)

IPCC: On Friday, the IPCC released its Summary for Policymakers. The report was not yet complete, it referenced graphs that were not presented and will have to be inserted. Therefore, a side-by-side comparison of the NIPCC and the IPCC reports is premature. However, there are some disturbing omissions. As Roy Spencer points out, estimates of the sensitivity of the climate to increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) are missing. Yet, this is the entire political…

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Willis idea is workable. That is the main thing. It can work and help people. It needs some devoted, honestly interested people too. Not foundation funds.

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Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

In my last post, “Expensive Energy Kills Poor People” , I spoke of the women of Lesotho. In the comments someone asked what I would recommend that they do regarding electricity.

For me, there are two separate questions about the provision of electricity. One is cities and the grid. The other, and for me, more important question regards the folks living in places the grid may not reach for decades. For example, Steven Mosher pointed me to a quote that says of Lesotho (emphasis mine):

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The majority of the population (76%) lives in rural areas, but has strong links to urban centres in both Lesotho and neighbouring South Africa. The majority of these villages lack electricity and the probability of connecting them to grid electricity in the foreseeable future is very low. Grid electricity, being a commercial form of energy, requires users…

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Brian Wang has a post at NextBigFugure here, http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/09/history-of-nuclear-power-costs.html#more, where he describes a significant factor in the cost of new nuclear (fission) power plants. The comments were mostly good additions. The regulations, as he indicates, have increased and increased, even when we learned some were unnecessary, none were lessened, but always increased. ALARA is the rallying cry of all things nuclear. As low as reasonably achievable. Of course, as achievement is established, the regulators assert that even lower standards are achievable, ever-increasing costs for an ambiguous and impossible objective.

Nuclear fission will be the power our great-grandchildren use. Perhaps their great, great-grandchildren will use fusion. Windmills will be forgotten. Remembered only in lonely remote applications and children’s stories. Solar will probably remain, but in limited, niche applications. And our grandchildren will feel shame for the starvation we caused by burning our food.

I like Norman Rogers writings. He’s written a piece at American Thinker, http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/09/the_climate-industrial_complex.html (and a slightly older article here: http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/08/global_warming_as_faith.html). Good stuff.

In the current article, Mr. Rogers makes the case that our science associations, pretty much without exception, are self-serving money grubbers. Pretty much the only thing this science organizations accomplish any more is grant proposals and propaganda designed to keep fear high and public money flowing.

The argument leads directly to the politicized “science” environment we see with all things related to environmentalism and climate alarmism.

Quoting from the article:

“The climate science establishment does not criticize “clean” energy companies promoting highly impracticable schemes, be it wind farms, solar installations or electric cars. This is not because they don’t know that these schemes are useless, even by the standards of true believers in global warming, but because they have no enemies in the global warming subsidy sphere. They welcome allies in the climate-industrial complex, no matter how deficient in intellectual integrity, in the long march to fleece the taxpayer.” […]

“When scientific organizations endorse global warming catastrophe theory, remember that these organizations are really just fancied-up labor unions and their reports and statements are generally self-serving declarations disguised as objective analysis.  It is obviously foolish to ask scientific organizations to give objective advice concerning programs in which they are deeply self-interested.  The National Academy of Sciences says it mission is to give “… independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology.” The problem is obvious.  The government should seek out persons and organizations without a self-interest stake when asking for advice concerning science policy and science spending.”

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This is a guest post by one of our regular commenters, Graeme No.3

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ALICE AND THE UNICORN

By Louis Karrol.

Alice was almost asleep when the green rabbit wearing an unfortunate waistcoat ran past her. She didn’t notice at first that he was green because he was peering at his fob watch and muttering “it’s too late, too late, we are all doomed”; and Alice wondered why. “Excuse me” she said, but the rabbit scuttled off down the forest path. Alice followed him but soon lost sight of him as the path twisted and turned, but could still hear his refrain “we’re all doomed” ahead of her.

But when she came to a junction she was unsure which way to turn, when a voice spoke from above: “right is right but everybody is going left”. Looking up Alice saw a blue cat with a large grin and very tousled…

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Worth understanding. Data is important. Often data is manipulated just to make it mathematically easy to use. It is more important to respect the data than to show one’s math skills.

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Guest essay by Jim Steele, Director emeritus Sierra Nevada Field Campus, San Francisco State University

For researchers like myself examining the effect of local microclimates on the ecology of local wildlife, the change in the global average is an absolutely useless measure. Although it is wise to think globally, wildlife only responds to local climate change. To understand how local climate change had affected wildlife in California’s Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountains, I had examined data from stations that make up the US Historical Climate Network (USHCN).

I was quickly faced with a huge dilemma that began my personal journey toward climate skepticism. Do I trust the raw data, or do I trust the USHCN’s adjusted data?

For example the raw data for minimum temperatures at Mt Shasta suggested a slight cooling trend since the 1930s. In contrast the adjusted data suggested a 1 to 2°F warming trend. What…

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R.R. Reno, editor of First Things, provides his insights into the Pope’s recent interview here: http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2013/09/francis-our-jesuit-pope

He provides an honest look at what I see as an honest interview. There are good comments from readers as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Stupid people tend to not be able to stomach other stupid people, so, of course, appeal to authority, and most of all to might, and claim you are right, and shut off debate.

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Apparently, the science was too popular, so what do these fools do? Alienate their readers of course:

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David Vosburg wrote an article for BioLogos, here, http://biologos.org/blog/the-personal-journey-of-a-faith-filled-scientist I enjoyed the article and recommend it, but my own story is much more mundane. I was simply raised this way, despite being raised essentially as a fundamentalist. My family and friends and associates were (are) mostly fundamentalist evangelicals. I suppose the key was exceptionally practically minded grandfathers.

Quoting from the article:

“I was able to explore these questions in community—a community that extends back over 1500 years. I was surprised and encouraged by what St. Augustine and Galileo had written in the 5th and 17th centuries, respectively. Both cautioned against holding too rigidly to particular biblical interpretations in the face of apparently contradictory evidence.

In The Literal Meaning of Genesis (ca. 415), St. Augustine of Hippo writes:

In matters that are obscure and far beyond our vision, even in such as we may find treated in Holy Scripture, different interpretations are sometimes possible without prejudice to the faith we have received. In such a case, we should not rush in headlong and so firmly take our stand on one side that, if further progress in the search of truth justly undermines this position, we too fall with it.

Galileo Galilei echoes this thought in his Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina (1615):

In St. Augustine we read: “If anyone shall set the authority of [the Bible] against clear and manifest reason, he who does this knows not what he has undertaken; for he opposes to the truth not the meaning of the Bible, which is beyond his comprehension, but rather his own interpretation; not what is in the Bible, but what he has found in himself and imagines to be there.” This granted, and it being true that two truths cannot contradict one another, it is the function of wise expositors to seek out the true senses of scriptural texts. These will unquestionably accord with the physical conclusions which manifest sense and necessary demonstrations have previously made certain to us.

Our President and progressives are proving they truly hate people, especially the poor.

Fred Singer  is an exceptionally well qualified scientist and thinker, apt that he writes so much for American Thinker. http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/09/report_from_the_war_on_coal.html

Fighting coal and increasing the cost of energy, especially the cost of electricity is a violent and deadly war on the poor. No good can come from it, only pain and suffering.

Taleeb Starkes writes for American Thinker here, http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/09/the_other_dropout_problem_in_urban_schools.html and points out that teachers are fleeing the public schools.

We can fix this. First, repeal truancy laws.

Second, parents, step up, take your place, fulfill your responsibility. Teach your children. Do your part. First, consider homeschooling. You can. You are capable. Remember that school is simply part of the maturation process and how we try to prepare our children to become independent adults and productive citizens. The objective isn’t good students. The objective is equipped people.

Who cares more than you? No one. You care more how your child turns out than anyone. You are best equipped to help your child become a successful grownup. You are best equipped to help your child become successful today. After all, today is all we have. Success one day at a time proves to be a lifetime of success–a successful life.

Still, you can choose not to homeschool. No worries. There are reasons.

Regardless, you are the parent. Don’t abdicate your responsibilities. Teachers cannot actually teach your children. Each child must learn, and in a large classroom full of immature people, that is hard. It is even harder for those whose parents are not showing effort, concern, and adequate involvement. Parents always lead by the example they set. Set the right example. It is required. It is your duty. You owe it to your children. Help the teacher.

We also need our bureaucrats to back off.

There are too many requirements on the teachers. There are too many rules and conditions on the money supplied, especially for grants, especially from the federal government.

We need our First Amendment to be amended (through the Constitutional process) to read “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of education or of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”.

I happen to think there are things worth fighting (even dying) for, and also things worth fighting against.

It is important to remember to mostly stand for and do what is right.

Whiteheart sang More Sold Out, where they encourage us, “Are they working harder at what we think is wrong, than we are at what we know is right?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9utiZwlQsIQ Amazon sells their music. The Souvenirs album is a worthy addition to any music collection. Their Little Drummer Boy is one of the greatest songs ever recorded. http://www.amazon.com/Souvenirs-White-Heart/dp/B000008M90/ref=sr_1_27?ie=UTF8&qid=1379935211&sr=8-27&keywords=whiteheart  Read the rest of this entry »

I really intend to read what the Pope said, here, http://www.americamagazine.org/pope-interview, but for now, I find the comments interesting. It does seem obvious the progressives and the amoralists are most definitely seeing what they want to see and engaging in wishful thinking. It seems clear the Pope has no intention of changing orthodoxy and Christian morality.

It seems to me the Pope is a follower of Jesus, a man who looks to each person as an individual, special and unique to God, therefor special and unique in how he is to be dealt with, one on one, with full consideration, as much as is humanly possible.  Read the rest of this entry »

Apt anecdote.

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Did you see the photograph of Senator John McCain playing  poker on his iPhone during the Senate hearings on whether or not the United States should take military action in Syria? He was supposed to be listening to testimony from Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey…

so it was no biggie…instead he decided to relieve his boredom by playing video poker.

Obviously talking and listening are so last century and so borrrr-ring that no one is doing it anymore…especially when there are just so many alternatives available to help us avoid it.

And After all it was just a hearing on the President’s call for military action against another country!

And I doubt the good senator was worried about being  tested on anything that the secretaries of State, Defense and the Joint Chiefs might have…

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