Archive for September, 2008

10 of the best, 10 of the worst climate research papers

09/26/2008

Ten of the best.

Ten of the worst.

The green police state in Britain

09/26/2008

“Britons should be subjected to random carbon spotchecks and intensive surveillance of their diets, transport and waste disposal habits, says the Government’s architecture and design quango in a new report today.

The word “monitoring” occurs 19 times in the 32-page publication by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). If the proposals in the report What Makes An Eco Town? are implemented few aspects of life will go unrecorded.

CABE says the strict monitoring is needed to ensure the carbon footprint of the eco-town dwellers remains at one-third of the British average, which is the requirement for what’s called “one-planet living”, the quango says.

Examples of monitoring include “the ecological footprint of the diet of 100 randomly selected residents”, and the number of shops selling local produce. Waste disposal and transportion habits will also be scrutinized.

The Carbon Cult also wants to choose what you food you eat, and will carefully pre-select only the most righteous retailers.” “Britons face carbon spotchecks

Governments, not Big Oil, determine the price of oil

09/26/2008

“There are many reasons oil is trading above $100 per barrel, including soaring global demand and the fading luster of the U.S. dollar. But perhaps the most important factor is the mismanagement and inefficiency of state-run oil companies. More than 90 percent [94%] of the world’s oil and gas reserves are controlled by national oil companies or by Russian energy giants caught in the Kremlin’s orbit. And as the price of oil and gas continues to rise, those outfits have less incentive to increase their production because they can collect the same amount of rent (or more) by keeping their production flat. Nor do these companies feel much pressure to operate in a transparent, efficient manner. …

Last year, Nadejda Makarova Victor of Stanford University’s Program on Energy and Sustainable Development estimated that if the national oil companies were operated as efficiently as the international oil companies, global oil output could be more than double its current levels. Victor claimed that if all of the oil reserves now controlled by the national oil companies were instead under the control of the international oil companies, “world oil production would be about 140 million barrels per day higher.” …

[I]t’s abundantly clear that if the national oil companies were run more efficiently, global oil production would be dramatically higher and prices would likely be far lower than they are today.

The obvious need is for more capitalism—and less socialism—in the oil sector. With the national oil companies controlling so much of the world’s hydrocarbons, the main impediment to increased supplies is not the amount of available resources. Rather, it is an overall lack of capital discipline, technical skill, and aggressive exploitation of the resources.” “The Petrobras Exception

10 of the best, 10 of the worst climate research papers

09/26/2008

Ten of the best.

Ten of the worst.

The green police state in Britain

09/26/2008

“Britons should be subjected to random carbon spotchecks and intensive surveillance of their diets, transport and waste disposal habits, says the Government’s architecture and design quango in a new report today.

The word “monitoring” occurs 19 times in the 32-page publication by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). If the proposals in the report What Makes An Eco Town? are implemented few aspects of life will go unrecorded.

CABE says the strict monitoring is needed to ensure the carbon footprint of the eco-town dwellers remains at one-third of the British average, which is the requirement for what’s called “one-planet living”, the quango says.

Examples of monitoring include “the ecological footprint of the diet of 100 randomly selected residents”, and the number of shops selling local produce. Waste disposal and transportion habits will also be scrutinized.

The Carbon Cult also wants to choose what you food you eat, and will carefully pre-select only the most righteous retailers.” “Britons face carbon spotchecks

Governments, not Big Oil, determine the price of oil

09/26/2008

“There are many reasons oil is trading above $100 per barrel, including soaring global demand and the fading luster of the U.S. dollar. But perhaps the most important factor is the mismanagement and inefficiency of state-run oil companies. More than 90 percent [94%] of the world’s oil and gas reserves are controlled by national oil companies or by Russian energy giants caught in the Kremlin’s orbit. And as the price of oil and gas continues to rise, those outfits have less incentive to increase their production because they can collect the same amount of rent (or more) by keeping their production flat. Nor do these companies feel much pressure to operate in a transparent, efficient manner. …

Last year, Nadejda Makarova Victor of Stanford University’s Program on Energy and Sustainable Development estimated that if the national oil companies were operated as efficiently as the international oil companies, global oil output could be more than double its current levels. Victor claimed that if all of the oil reserves now controlled by the national oil companies were instead under the control of the international oil companies, “world oil production would be about 140 million barrels per day higher.” …

[I]t’s abundantly clear that if the national oil companies were run more efficiently, global oil production would be dramatically higher and prices would likely be far lower than they are today.

The obvious need is for more capitalism—and less socialism—in the oil sector. With the national oil companies controlling so much of the world’s hydrocarbons, the main impediment to increased supplies is not the amount of available resources. Rather, it is an overall lack of capital discipline, technical skill, and aggressive exploitation of the resources.” “The Petrobras Exception

All the cute animals are killing themselves

09/26/2008

Suicidal animals star in global-warming PSA

Reid tries to sneak continuation of oil shale ban

09/25/2008

“Sen. Jim DeMint’s office reports just now that Harry Reid is trying to sneak the oil shale ban — backed by House Democrats — back into legislation under cover of the bailout frenzy. Details:

“We’ve just been alerted that despite House Democrats relenting on extending bans on offshore drilling and oil shale in the continuing resolution (CR) appropriations bill, Democrat Senate Leader Harry Reid has decided to sneak an extension of the oil shale ban through as Congress fights over the financial bailout. Oil shale in America’s West is estimated to hold be between 800 billion and 2 trillion barrels of oil — that is more than three times the proven oil reserves in Saudi Arabia alone.

Here is the text of Reid’s proposed new ban on oil shale, that he is trying to add as an amendment to the CR or move seperately as a “stimulus” package, or we should say an anti-stimulus package if this is included. Sec 1602 continues ban on oil shale. The language follows:

SEC. 1602. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, including section 152 of division A of H.R. 2638 (110th Congress), the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009, the terms and conditions contained in section 433 of division F of Public Law 110–161 shall remain in effect for the 19 fiscal year ending September 30, 2009.

It would be an insult to all Americans if Senate Democrats worked to bailout Wall Street while damaging our future prosperity by banning development of vast energy reserves in oil shale.”” “Reid tries to sneak oil shale ban back into legislation

Sun-modulated cosmic rays cause ozone hole

09/25/2008

“A University of Waterloo scientist says that cosmic rays are a key cause for expanding the hole in the ozone layer over the South Pole — and predicts the largest ozone hole will occur in one or two weeks.

Qing-Bin Lu, a professor of physics and astronomy who studies ozone depletion, says that it was generally accepted for more than two decades that the Earth’s ozone layer is depleted by chlorine atoms produced by sunlight-induced destruction of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the atmosphere. But more and more evidence now points to a new theory that the cosmic rays (energy particles that originate in space) play a major role. …

Lu says that data from several sources, including NASA satellites, show a strong correlation between cosmic ray intensity and ozone depletion. Lab measurements demonstrate a mechanism by which cosmic rays cause drastic reactions of ozone-depleting chlorine inside polar clouds.

Satellite data in the period of 1980-2007, covering two full 11-year solar cycles, demonstrate the significant correlation between cosmic rays and ozone depletion.

“This finding, combined with laboratory measurements, provides strong evidence of the role of cosmic-ray driven reactions in causing the ozone hole and resolves the mystery why a large discrepancy between the sunlight-related photochemical model and the observed ozone depletion exists,” Lu says. …

In sharp contrast, Lu says his study predicts the severest ozone loss — resulting in the largest ozone hole — will occur over the South Pole this month. The study also predicts another large hole will probably occur around 2019.” “New theory predicts the largest ozone hole over Antarctica will occur this month

"Virtual scientific consensus" — Mann's right, AGW exists only in the virtual world of climate models

09/25/2008

“Michael E. Mann, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist [WHAT?!], had just spent an hour explaining why he thinks there is virtual scientific consensus that people are causing the earth to warm and sea levels to rise, when a self-described “left-leaning, pro-environment person,” a meteorologist, rose to angrily dispute him.

The critic said thousands of scientists disagree with Mann’s contention that carbon dioxide is causing climate change. Others have discredited Mann’s figures on unprecedented temperature hikes. … “I’ve spent a lot of time in the last 10 years researching this matter. It is the greatest hoax perpetrated on mankind.”

Natural forces don’t account for the warming that is being observed, [Mann] said. Only carbon dioxide fits. Then he added:

“A fossil-fuel funded amateur [Steve McIntyre] has a Web site that vilifies scientists in my field,” he said. Questions about his data were rejected, he said, by the National Academy of Science [wrong, it verified McIntyre] and by the United Nations’ International [sic] Panel on Climate Change.

“I don’t think by any stretch of the imagination has our science been discredited, except perhaps by some far-out fringe of the blogosphere.” …

He later said he is used to the attacks. Climate change skeptics see that they are losing the scientific arguments, he said, so they are stepping up ad hominem attacks on scientists.” “At URI, Nobel Prize-winning scientist answers critics of climate change

I think Steve McIntyre has shown who the amateur is.