Archive | May, 2014

Climate News – May Edition No. 2

Scientific developments

Warming has coincided with El Ninos rather than greenhouse gas emissions. Donald Rapp shows this and also that there is no causal effect on El Nino from greenhouse gas emissions.

Judith Curry demolishes the U.S. National Climate Assessment Report demonstrating it ascribes all weather events to man-made factors.

A new report by Willem de Lange and Bob Carter shows that sea levels have been rising slightly for 10,000 years and that there is no evidence of an accelerated increase. There are great differences in sea level changes – the average includes falls as well as rises and the appropriate response is to address locally any issues of concern.

The longstanding IPCC tradition of politicising and sensationalising the Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) is clearly being continued in regard to the ‘hiatus’ and the reliability of climate models. As noted by Judith Curry and others, the draft version of the SPM correctly stated “Models do not generally reproduce the observed reduction in surface warming trend over the last 10-15 years.” But this was removed from the final version.

Meanwhile news comes of the defection from the warming camp of the world renowned former director of the Max Planck Institute, Professor Lennart Bengtsson who has lamented the use of models in the face of their predictive failures. Bengtsson also joined Lord Lawson’s Global Warming Policy Foundation but, under pressure from warmists and fearing for his security, felt forced to resign.

Jo Nova pillories the latest theories of why Antarctica is refusing to warm in line with climate model predictions.

Joe Bast of Heartland summarises the research on scientists and global warming. Thorough analyses refute the statement that 97 per cent of peer reviewed papers support man-made global warming and the most rigorous find only one per cent actually expressly do so.

Policy responses

In the US, Obama wants to attack coal powered electricity but environment concerns continue to have no traction in polls.

The British government has finally twigged that large scale solar does not work and closed the subsidy. The solar lobby industry is “dismayed”.

Putin has different concerns and, to protect his assets, advises the EU that fracking is a Bad Thing. Environmental activists agree but Lord Lawson’s committee sets them straight.

The Australian budget abolished the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) saving $1.3 billion, closed the scandalously wasteful carbon capture and storage program (from 2017), removing  $460 million from it; reduced somewhat the scam of ethanol subsidies; and closed the $17 million “clean coal” initiative. The government’s election plan of solar on One Million Roofs was not in the budget. It did allocate the first $75 million to the $3.55 billion emission reduction fund.

To maintain the momentum, the IPA’s submission to the Renewable Energy Target Review Panel advocated its immediate termination with no additional expenditure for existing or new wind farms and other wasteful projects.

Unfortunately, the Australian budget lets slip the opportunity to defund the UN. The notorious Christiana Figueres, head of climate change at the UN, is urging churches to pull their investment in fossil fuel firms. Too many churches are infected with the anti-capitalist ideology and are complying.

Warren Buffett understands how to play the investment game. “I will do anything that is basically covered by the law to reduce Berkshire’s tax rate,” Buffett told an audience in Omaha, Nebraska recently. “For example, on wind energy, we get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That’s the only reason to build them. They don’t make sense without the tax credit.”

Here is an informative piece from The Sydney Morning Herald last Friday on the process by which an increasingly deranged Kevin Rudd finally self-destructed before abandoning his carbon crusade, ‘The day the Rudd government lost its way on climate change‘.