Archive for September, 2009

IPCC the outlier, as usual

09/26/2009

“Over decades of research, multiple peer-reviewed studies have been conducted to measure the maximum amount of time that CO2 remains in the atmosphere before being recycled by the oceans. Almost all studies have determined that the maximum time is less than 15 years, with the majority of studies indicating under 10 years. See graph to left.
The IPCC chose to assume CO2 remained in the atmosphere for up to 100 years (red bar in graph). If a shorter residence time was assumed, the IPCC climate models would not be able to predict the accelerated warming that is hypothesized to be caused by human CO2 emissions.
The IPCC choice of 100 years is based on no physical evidence (observations, measurements, etc.).
The background chart is the familiar temperature versus CO2 chart that shows CO2 steadily rising while global temperatures are declining. This is the exact opposite of IPCC climate models’ predictions. A principal reason for the climate models’ failures is the false assumption about CO2 atmospheric longevity they are based on.” “Maximum ‘residence time’ of atmospheric CO2” h/t Jennifer Marohasy
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Sanity in California? Impossible!

09/26/2009

“[Republican candidate for governor of California Meg] Whitman issued a statement again slamming [California’s “global warming”] law, referred to as AB32, calling it a “job-killing regulation.” She previously made critical comments in Orange County on Tuesday, when she formally announced her campaign for the GOP nomination next year.

The global warming law, a Democratic initiative that Schwarzenegger signed in 2006, mandates that the state cut its emissions of greenhouse gases 25 percent by 2020. …

Whitman has recently slung a steady barrage of mud at the law. She cited a recent study estimating that AB32 could cost California more than a million jobs, while the costs to implement it could exceed $100 billion. …

“Three years ago when the bill was signed, the unemployment rate was 4.9 percent with 883,000 Californians unemployed. Today, we have 12.2 percent unemployment, with 2.2 million Californians out of work,” she said. …

“I reject radical environmental policies that do little for the environment and devastate California’s economic future,” [Whitman] said. “Liberal environmentalists may not like jobs or people, but California needs both.”” “Schwarzenegger defends legacy from Whitman attack

Bypassing EPA and Congress, enviros use courts to force CO2 emission reductions

09/26/2009

“Global warming lawsuits [Earth to enviros: the planet has been cooling for a decade] brought by New York State and others who challenged major utilities on carbon-dioxide emissions from coal-burning power plants were reinstated Monday by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Southern District Judge Loretta A. Preska had dismissed the suits against American Electric Power Co. and five other operators of fossil-fuel-fired power plants in 2005, finding that the plaintiffs — eight states in all, New York City and three private land trusts — had pleaded a federal common law of nuisance action that was non-justiciable under the political questions doctrine.

But 2nd Circuit Judges Joseph M. McLaughlin and Peter W. Hall disagreed, finding there was no need for the trial court to defer to the political branches and refrain from hearing the suit until there is a definitive policy statement on global warming from Congress and the president. …

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo released a statement Monday saying, “This is a game-changing decision for New York and other states, reaffirming our right to take direct action against global warming pollution from power plants. Today’s decision allows us to press this crucial case forward and address the dangers posed by these coal-burning power plants.” …

McLaughlin and Hall found the federal common law of nuisance governs the plaintiffs’ claims

The states’ complaint warns the earth’s climate could undergo “an abrupt and dramatic change when a ‘radiative forcing agent’ causes the Earth’s climate to reach a tipping point.” The states allege that these changes will have a severe impact on their environments, residents and property.” “2nd Circuit Revives Suit Targeting Power Plant CO2 Emissions

Endangered species in the San Joaquin Valley — homo sapiens

09/26/2009


“California’s drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley [f]armers, families and food are being held hostage to an endangered fish called the delta smelt.

There was a time when the San Joaquin Valley was the most productive agricultural region in the world. It was a large part of what made the Golden State golden.

Now it’s a place where farmers no longer farm, but instead line up at food banks to feed the families of those who once fed the rest of the country and a good chunk of the world.

The largest man-made agricultural disaster since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s is unfolding in the valley due to yet another attempt to protect a fish declared to be threatened under the Endangered Species Act. This damage is being done to protect the hypomesus transpacificus, otherwise known as the delta smelt.

Last December the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in its finite wisdom, issued something called a biological opinion imposing water restrictions on the San Joaquin Valley and surrounding areas to protect the habitat of this tiny fish. The authorities forget the species homo sapiens, also part of the ecosystem, is threatened.

Its habitat is being destroyed — by government edict.

To protect the smelt, billions of gallons of water from the mountains east and north of Sacramento have been channeled away from farms and into the ocean, while farmers watched their crops wither and their once-productive land become barren.

Kern County authorities say that 145,000 acres that are usually irrigated with this water were killed or underirrigated last year. The loss was estimated at $100 million in that county alone. The University of California, Davis, estimates that San Joaquin Valley farm revenue losses ranged from $482 million to $647 million. Total economic losses could hit $3 billion this year.

In affected areas, the jobless rate is at 14%, with farming towns such as Mendota experiencing unemployment near 40%. In August, 50 valley mayors signed a letter to President Obama asking him to come and witness the devastation firsthand.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he “doesn’t have the authority to turn on the pumps” that the feds have ordered turned off. In June, the administration denied his request to designate California a federal disaster area because of the drought even though the U.S. Drought Monitor lists 43% of the state as being under “severe drought” conditions.” “Fish vs. farmers

IPCC the outlier, as usual

09/26/2009

“Over decades of research, multiple peer-reviewed studies have been conducted to measure the maximum amount of time that CO2 remains in the atmosphere before being recycled by the oceans. Almost all studies have determined that the maximum time is less than 15 years, with the majority of studies indicating under 10 years. See graph to left.
The IPCC chose to assume CO2 remained in the atmosphere for up to 100 years (red bar in graph). If a shorter residence time was assumed, the IPCC climate models would not be able to predict the accelerated warming that is hypothesized to be caused by human CO2 emissions.
The IPCC choice of 100 years is based on no physical evidence (observations, measurements, etc.).
The background chart is the familiar temperature versus CO2 chart that shows CO2 steadily rising while global temperatures are declining. This is the exact opposite of IPCC climate models’ predictions. A principal reason for the climate models’ failures is the false assumption about CO2 atmospheric longevity they are based on.” “Maximum ‘residence time’ of atmospheric CO2” h/t Jennifer Marohasy

Sanity in California? Impossible!

09/26/2009

“[Republican candidate for governor of California Meg] Whitman issued a statement again slamming [California’s “global warming”] law, referred to as AB32, calling it a “job-killing regulation.” She previously made critical comments in Orange County on Tuesday, when she formally announced her campaign for the GOP nomination next year.

The global warming law, a Democratic initiative that Schwarzenegger signed in 2006, mandates that the state cut its emissions of greenhouse gases 25 percent by 2020. …

Whitman has recently slung a steady barrage of mud at the law. She cited a recent study estimating that AB32 could cost California more than a million jobs, while the costs to implement it could exceed $100 billion. …

“Three years ago when the bill was signed, the unemployment rate was 4.9 percent with 883,000 Californians unemployed. Today, we have 12.2 percent unemployment, with 2.2 million Californians out of work,” she said. …

“I reject radical environmental policies that do little for the environment and devastate California’s economic future,” [Whitman] said. “Liberal environmentalists may not like jobs or people, but California needs both.”” “Schwarzenegger defends legacy from Whitman attack

Bypassing EPA and Congress, enviros use courts to force CO2 emission reductions

09/26/2009

“Global warming lawsuits [Earth to enviros: the planet has been cooling for a decade] brought by New York State and others who challenged major utilities on carbon-dioxide emissions from coal-burning power plants were reinstated Monday by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Southern District Judge Loretta A. Preska had dismissed the suits against American Electric Power Co. and five other operators of fossil-fuel-fired power plants in 2005, finding that the plaintiffs — eight states in all, New York City and three private land trusts — had pleaded a federal common law of nuisance action that was non-justiciable under the political questions doctrine.

But 2nd Circuit Judges Joseph M. McLaughlin and Peter W. Hall disagreed, finding there was no need for the trial court to defer to the political branches and refrain from hearing the suit until there is a definitive policy statement on global warming from Congress and the president. …

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo released a statement Monday saying, “This is a game-changing decision for New York and other states, reaffirming our right to take direct action against global warming pollution from power plants. Today’s decision allows us to press this crucial case forward and address the dangers posed by these coal-burning power plants.” …

McLaughlin and Hall found the federal common law of nuisance governs the plaintiffs’ claims

The states’ complaint warns the earth’s climate could undergo “an abrupt and dramatic change when a ‘radiative forcing agent’ causes the Earth’s climate to reach a tipping point.” The states allege that these changes will have a severe impact on their environments, residents and property.” “2nd Circuit Revives Suit Targeting Power Plant CO2 Emissions

Endangered species in the San Joaquin Valley — homo sapiens

09/26/2009


“California’s drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley [f]armers, families and food are being held hostage to an endangered fish called the delta smelt.

There was a time when the San Joaquin Valley was the most productive agricultural region in the world. It was a large part of what made the Golden State golden.

Now it’s a place where farmers no longer farm, but instead line up at food banks to feed the families of those who once fed the rest of the country and a good chunk of the world.

The largest man-made agricultural disaster since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s is unfolding in the valley due to yet another attempt to protect a fish declared to be threatened under the Endangered Species Act. This damage is being done to protect the hypomesus transpacificus, otherwise known as the delta smelt.

Last December the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in its finite wisdom, issued something called a biological opinion imposing water restrictions on the San Joaquin Valley and surrounding areas to protect the habitat of this tiny fish. The authorities forget the species homo sapiens, also part of the ecosystem, is threatened.

Its habitat is being destroyed — by government edict.

To protect the smelt, billions of gallons of water from the mountains east and north of Sacramento have been channeled away from farms and into the ocean, while farmers watched their crops wither and their once-productive land become barren.

Kern County authorities say that 145,000 acres that are usually irrigated with this water were killed or underirrigated last year. The loss was estimated at $100 million in that county alone. The University of California, Davis, estimates that San Joaquin Valley farm revenue losses ranged from $482 million to $647 million. Total economic losses could hit $3 billion this year.

In affected areas, the jobless rate is at 14%, with farming towns such as Mendota experiencing unemployment near 40%. In August, 50 valley mayors signed a letter to President Obama asking him to come and witness the devastation firsthand.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he “doesn’t have the authority to turn on the pumps” that the feds have ordered turned off. In June, the administration denied his request to designate California a federal disaster area because of the drought even though the U.S. Drought Monitor lists 43% of the state as being under “severe drought” conditions.” “Fish vs. farmers

California dreamin'

09/25/2009

“[G]overnor [Schwarzenegger] is still fighting to convince all Californians the state should go full steam ahead with its climate change plans, but he said he would not back down.

He argued that California’s economy would boom thanks to the push to cleaner technology, including a requirement he signed last week that 33 percent of state electricity come from renewable sources by 2020 and the most aggressive energy efficiency plan by a U.S. state, announced by regulators on Thursday.” “Schwarzenegger Vows to Go ‘Green’ for Obama

Gore cashes in — again — at your expense

09/25/2009

“A tiny car company backed by former Vice President Al Gore has just gotten a $529 million U.S. government loan to help build a hybrid sports car in Finland that will sell for about $89,000.

The award this week to California startup Fisker Automotive Inc. follows a $465 million government loan to Tesla Motors Inc., purveyors of a $109,000 British-built electric Roadster. Tesla, like Fisker, is a California startup focusing on high-end hybrids, with a number of celebrity endorsements that is backed by investors that have contributed to Democratic campaigns.

The awards to Fisker and Tesla have prompted concern from companies that have had their bids for loans rejected, and criticism from groups that question why vehicles aimed at the wealthiest customers are getting loans subsidized by taxpayers.

“This is not for average Americans,” said Leslie Paige, a spokeswoman for Citizens Against Government Waste, an anti-tax group in Washington. “This is for people to put something in their driveway that is a conversation piece. It’s status symbol thing.” …

Fisker’s top investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a veteran Silicon Valley venture-capital firm of which Gore is a partner. Employees of KPCB have donated more than $2.2 million to political campaigns, mostly for Democrats, including President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks campaign contributions. …

Asked whether Mr. Gore had any influence on Fisker’s application, the DOE’s Rogers said, “None at all.”” “Gore-Backed Car Firm Gets Large U.S. Loan